Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Let's Reflect: 2014

Hey everyone! Can you believe it's 31st December 2014 already?! It honestly doesn't seem that long since 2014 was beginning and now I'm in my last year of sixth form which is absolutely crazy and quite emotional. I know 2015 is going to be the biggest changing year yet, so I'm quite nervous for that, but before it comes, I thought it would be a good idea to inject some positivity back into my mind and reflect on 2014 before it slips away.

2014, overall for me has been quite a mixture of emotions. I've had ups and downs but ultimately, I feel as though there have been some proud moments for myself as a person this year.

Although I've struggled in parts, I've seen developments in some parts of my strength, I've been gradually pushing myself that bit further whenever I can, remembering Zoe Sugg's "Say Yes" motto.



This year, I completed a week of work experience alongside Ian Payne, from ITV. I had previously had the opportunity of this last year, but chickened out, mainly because I felt anxious of the fact it was the unknown. A year later, the same opportunity of work experience came up again. My mum was encouraging me to go to this one and as it cost money to do and she'd already paid for it, I felt as though I had to really make the most of it and definitely go. There were many things I was worried about, for example getting lost, not being able to leave if I felt anxious, embarrassing myself and general unfamiliarity and the unknown of what we were doing or what any of the people we would meet would be like, especially as there would be pupils from other schools there and media industry experts. I didn't want to leave a bad impression on them. Especially as a lot of it was being filmed, it put me under more pressure to not look like I was looking anxious during the whole experience!

There were parts where I had a few struggle moments, but I can look back on the week with positive feedback, although I did almost break the North East BBC news set... let's not talk about that ;)
I even managed to give two short completely unscripted interviews, which I never thought I would do, at the beginning of the week!
I got so many opportunities that were basically a once in a lifetime chance. I got a tour of the BBC North East building, around St James' Park, Northumbria University and more activities. I also got to meet some amazing people from the media industry and discover more about how they got where they are today. It was a hugely beneficial week in my opinion.

Looking back, I can't quite believe I managed to do it, as in 2013 I hadn't been able to, it was definitely a boost knowing I managed to get through it with just a few stress/panic moments and that I can still look back on the week with a smile on my face. I have to say, thank you to my friend who was with me during the week, I definitely felt a lot comfortable knowing I had someone with me. It was in some ways a struggle in parts, but if I think back to it, I ultimately have great memories of it, which is the main thing!

I also volunteered to help younger students in my school with their literacy skills, which was an amazing opportunity and the children I worked with were all so lovely and I'm so happy I did it, I was gutted when the 6 week sessions ended. The teacher who I assisted was so kind, I was at ease the whole time.
I can honestly say, Rosie was one of the inspirations of me doing this work, as I've learnt a lot from her about how important it is to consider how different people learn best and taking care with pupils who have any learning issues and I wanted to help people improve their own skills so they could feel proud of themselves as the weeks went on. I was so proud to watch their progression. And it made me smile so much when they recognised me and got excited to see me in the school corridor, it was a very rewarding role. I'm quite happy that I went along and did it, as I was nervous about how I'd be perceived by them, as there are some quite big personalities in the lower years of my school, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Quite possibly the biggest highlight of my year was Tuesday 9th September 2014. That day was honestly one of the most surreal days of my life!
It is the day of The Saturdays Greatest Hits tour! I was lucky enough to meet Mollie which was absolutely incredible, I can't thank Chloe enough for being sweet enough to call Mollie over and take the photo for me.
I met new people and I also got to see Emily, Bradley, Hannah and Cat, which was so lovely. I can't thank you guys enough for being so nice and I'm so happy I got to see yous, it was amazing! And during the concert, I also managed to get a Frankie wave, which made the day even more surreal. It was my favourite day and I had an amazing positive mindset for weeks afterwards, which was a huge achievement for me. I'm prone to being a negative thinker, but following that amazing day, I was on top of the world and for a little while my anxiety was drifting from me (it resurfaced eventually, unfortunately but let's skip that). The fact that I actually went through such a positive phase, made me feel so so happy. That whole day changed a lot of my thinking and made me realise that you really just don't know what the future holds and that amazing things will happen!

I also had my first ever interview, for a university this year! Although it didn't really feel much like an interview in the end, the fact I did it and got through it without too much damage was something which I felt very proud of myself for doing. I actually have good memories of the two days, which is something I never expected to say!

I'd just like to give a massive shoutout to Emily, Caroline, Bradley, Rosie who have been absolutely amazing to me this year, thank you all so much! You've made me feel so happy and been there for me in times of anxiety, and it just means so much that you are so lovely. Thank you so so much! Also big shout outs to Chloe and Sophie for basically helping me get my Mollie photo. I will always be grateful! Love you both! Let's continue this into 2015! And also btw I'm here for you all anytime, Xxxx

Thank you all for reading this, it will be a year since I launched my blog in February and I'm so thrilled that it's had as many views as it's had so far! It means a lot to me! I can't wait to continue the blog into 2015!
Hope you've had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you an amazing happy, healthy and successful 2015!

Love,
Claire xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx




Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Zoella Beauty Review!

Hey everyone!

So I have a little review here, of three products from Zoella's Beauty Range.
I tried to be as unbiased as I could regarding these products, as yes I am a fan of Zoe's, but I would honestly love these products even if they weren't hers, mainly because of the scent (I'll get to that later)

So the products I'm reviewing are the Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion, the Soak Opera Bath Soak and Shower Creme and the Blissful Mistful Body Mist.









So firstly, with the Body Lotion, the packaging is extremely cute in my opinion, and although I'd perhaps like a little bit more than 160ml, because I'm getting through it rather quickly, I do think it is a valid amount for the £5. I really really love the body lotion, I just find the scent so gorgeous. It has Vitamin E and Shea Butter to condition the skin, which I think can be hugely important for a body lotion. You want a product which will not only smell good, but will moisturise and condition the body. It has a really lovely consistency, it does take a little longer to be absorbed than other body lotions I've tried, but it doesn't mean I love it any less. I've seen a few reviews mentioning the scent being quite absent, but for me, that wasn't the case. It's not the boldest of scents admittedly, but it charms you with an indulging and calming fresh floral scent. The scent is the reason I've been using it so much, I just can't get enough of it! It's definitely going to be purchased again by me.

The Soak Opera is an absolute bargain for the actual amount you get, 490ml is an absolute bargain! You can either use it as a bubble bath or as a shower gel which I think is excellent, as it can appeal to everybody! The formula of the soak is a bit of a gel like substance which lathers very easily and has the scent mentioned in the body lotion. I think it is an absolute bargain of a product and leaves me feeling very refreshed, the scent is my favourite part of the product. It is easy to get it out of the bottle, just a little squeeze enables you to have as much product as you would like, which I think it great! The overall design of the bottle is so cute and I particularly like the pale pink girly colours used on all of the beauty range.

The Blissful Mistful is the final product I'm reviewing, and you get 45ml for £8, which I think is a bit pricey, but it is a very sensational mist in my opinion. After reading some of the reviews that said it didn't have much staying power, I wasn't expecting too much from it. But for me, the staying power was excellent! It stayed with me much longer than I had expected it to, with it being a body mist, although it had gone on my clothes and perhaps stayed longer for that reason, it still stayed strong for some hours! It has the same luxurious scent as the bath soak and the body lotion, which thrilled me as I am obsessed with that scent. It's a relatively light spray, but I can definitely notice it and it refreshes me.

The products mentioned can be purchased at Superdrug for £5, £5 and £8.

To conclude, I will definitely re-purchase these again as I adore the scent and they are great pampering products, not too pricey and not too cheap looking. I'm a huge fan of them.

Thank you for reading this post and I will talk to you very soon!

Love,
Claire xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Tag!

Hey everyone!

So I'm sorry this is a little later than planned, I have a very, very, busy December this year as I'm facing mock exams, coursework deadlines and also university stuff is also happening right now and on top of that I have two Secret Santa's and everyone I need to buy presents for Christmas, and I've not even written my own Christmas list yet, yes I know Christmas is literally 2 weeks away. I've literally had no time! Oops...

So as it is the festive season, I've rummaged around the Internet for the best Christmas Tag Questions and I'm going to answer some now so here goes!!!

1. When do you first start getting excited about Christmas? Well, my birthday is in November, so basically after my birthday I get really into Christmas, but I do start thinking about it in like October/November time.

2. Do you still have advent calendars? Indeed I do!!! You just can't not have one!!

3. What are your favourite Christmas films? I've actually not seen as many Christmas films as I probably should have... oops! Some I do love however are Nativity, The Grinch, The Snowman, The First Snow of Winter, Home Alone, Frozen (i know it's not a Christmas film exactly, but it's a winter film yeaaa)

4. What are your favourite Christmas songs? This is quite possibly one of the hardest questions you could ask me! I have so many!! Some of them are I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Merry Christmas Everybody, Merry Christmas Everyone, Fairytale of New York, Baby Please Come Home, Step Into Christmas, In Dulci Jubilo, Stop The Cavalry, 8 Days of Christmas, I Believe In Father Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (Destiny's Child Version), Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, We Three Kings (Aly & AJ version) & omg there's loads more but yeah

5. Do you have any Christmas traditions? Erm, well I normally get a selection box, they are shrinking every year but I just have to have one, oh and I normally listen to at least one of my CD's that I get for Christmas before dinner. It's been 1D the past 3 years haha!

6. What do you eat for Christmas Day? Well I'm not gunna lie here, everything... except sprouts!

7. How good are you at wrapping presents on a scale of 1-10? Hmmm I'd say about 4 or maybe 5. I can be better, but I'm definitely not a 10 yet hahaha!

8. What is your favourite thing about Christmas? I love the fact it's a super cheery holiday and everything is sparkly and glittery and gold and silver and the food is legit amazing and everybody's really happy and you just get to celebrate and love life with all your loved ones and I just think it's a really really important holiday!

9. What is the best Christmas present you've ever received? One Christmas, I got a Nintendo DS and once I'd opened everything, my dad surprised me with a laptop and it was honestly the most amazing thing ever, it was so unexpected. That was a pretty awesome Christmas!

10. Real or fake Christmas tree? We have a fake one but it would be interesting to have a real one, maybe one year! :D

11. If you could only buy one present this year for someone, who would it be? I would struggle!! Either my mum or my best friend, my mum's had a bit of a tricky year healthwise and my best friend deserves to be presented with an amazing pressie!

12. Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Christmas morning!!

13. What do you like to do on Christmas break? I like to just chill out and watch loads of movies and reflect on the year and just make myself as happy as I can haha! I also sleep a lot hahahaha!

14. PJ's or dress up on Christmas Day? I dress up on Christmas Day, then PJ's for a lot of the holidays hahaha!

15. Favourite Christmas smell? We have a Christmas plug in air freshener which always reminds me of Christmas, but tbh, nothing smells more amazing than Christmas Dinner!

So I hope you all enjoyed this post, please comment below with your answers, will be fun to read!!
I shall try to write another blog post very soon!! Thank you all so much for reading!!

Love
Claire xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review: Collection Little Mix Perrie Lipstick

Hey everyone!

I've not done a beauty style post in a while now, I've just been pretty fixated on helping people in other ways, although I'm definitely planning other products to review and discuss in this blog!

Today's product is something I picked up in about March, from Collection's very own Little Mix collection, the Perrie Lipstick.

Here is what it looks like:






I had been debating for ages whether to buy the product, it was a relatively cheap price and Collection do some great products, I'm not sure why I took so long to buy it, I think it was partially the purple part that scared me. Even though purple is my favourite colour, I was nervous about wasting my money if it didn't suit me. One Saturday, however I was with my friend in Superdrug and she was buying a mascara and I was examining the lipstick (for probably about the 200th time). "Get it, treat yourself" she said to me.
Needless to say, I went for it... hahahahaha!

Anyway, I tried the lipstick pretty much as soon as I got home and literally fell in love with it! It's such a gorgeous colour and you can work it to the intensity that you want it, by layering it up. I was worried about it not suiting my skin tone or just looking weird on me, but quite a few of my friends have told me it looks nice, which was reassuring!

It has quite a matte finish, but it isn't particularly drying on my lips, which I really love, and I also love the fact it doesn't have a bad taste - lipsticks and lipglosses with awful tastes literally grind on me so much as I feel like I literally can't wear them!

Basically I just really adore this lipstick and it is one of my favourites, as well as being a perfect shade for the autumnal and winter months! And at a price of £2.99, it's an absolute bargain!

Here are more pictures


Thank you so much for reading this blog post, if you own the lipstick yourself, do you agree with what I've pointed out? I'd love to know!

Once again, thank you for reading and I shall post again soon!!

Claire xxx


Friday, 21 November 2014

Anti-Bullying Week

Hey!

I know I'm a little late with this, but it's been a relatively busy week mixed with birthdays and university decisions! However, whether you are aware of it or not, this week was 'Anti-Bullying Week'.

The week aims in grouping everyone, from children, parents, teachers and carers together to attempt to put a stop to bullying for good. I think it's great that we all have a week where we can reflect on how the people affected need to be cared for and that bullying has such damaging effects and has to be stopped!

The website Anti-Bullying Alliance has some alarming statistics when it comes to bullying..
http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/research/key-statistics.aspx

46% of children and young people said they had been bullied at one point whilst in school.
Also, alarmingly, according to a study from National Centre for Social Research, 16,000 young people aged 11-15 are absent from school at any one time due to bullying.
That to me is sickening, as the pupils being bullied are missing out on so much information that will be important for their future but feel as though they have no choice but to miss school because of people making their lives hell.

I think that one of the worst kinds of bullying is making jibes which are intended to be "jokes" or "banter" but in fact is very hurtful. I think another bad kind of bullying is that done by a friend themselves or someone you think is a friend. This is certainly a type of bullying which I faced during my final year of primary school, where my best friend turned against me with a new girl who had arrived and then began to bully me. I lost all of my confidence and literally hid away, begging my teachers to let me do jobs around the office so I didn't have to go outside during breaktimes or lunchtimes to face them. One of the teachers at the time used to laugh and call me a vampire, thinking I just didn't want to go out and enjoy the sunshine, but if only she knew! I didn't really have a lot of close friends in primary school, and the ones I did have left to other schools. I don't want to go into too much detail, but basically I was getting discriminated against and basically kept having loads of jibes aimed at me and I was also called anorexic which upset me quite a lot at the time.
I remember when one of them was off, begging the other to stop all of it, as it was really really upsetting me, she promised they would, but she only said it so I'd hang round with her as the next day, they were back making me miserable.
I have no idea how I managed to do my SATS exams, I have hardly any recollection of completing them, most of my Year 6 memories are quite negative.

The bullying did end after a few months which I'm literally so grateful for, and looking back on it 6 years later, I actually became best friends with the new girl, we're still good friends today, and I put the past behind me and still remain friends with the best friend who went against me, although we hardly ever talk, they both changed for the better and I chose to forgive but never forget. I felt as though there was no point holding a grudge. And it's true what they say, you can truly learn from anything, as I learned quite earlier than others to be wary of backstabbing.

I feel really strongly that nobody should ever be made to feel in such a deep negative way, bullying is DAMAGING.

You can order a "Stand Up To Bullying" wristband here http://www.bullying.org/htm/main.cfm?content=1114

I hope you are inspired to take a stand on bullying and that you take something from this post. Thank you so much for reading.

Love
Claire xxxxx


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Back Again!

Hi everyone!!

Extreme apologies for not blogging in so long, it's been quite a busy couple of months, with things in my personal life and also exam/coursework season, so I had very limited time to work on my blog!
I did however complete a Work Experience/Workshop regime, created by Ian Payne, where I got to experience many once-in-a-lifetime moments, such as sitting on the BBC Look North sofa and going backstage in St James' Park stadium. Not only that, but I got the chance to hear about other successful stories from people who have broken into the Media industry, and it was really quite interesting because nobody breaks into the industry in the same way, everybody starts somewhere. That's what I mainly learned from the whole thing. Everybody starts somewhere and there are opportunities out there that can be taken (although obviously in my case I am held back a little bit with anxiousness) but I mean, it's a crazy world out there and YOU can do anything!

SECONDLY, I would just like to say, that I am going to make it my aim to make this blog super successful! I shall try and blog more regularly and about appropriate things, although please bear in mind that I do not own the snazziest camera there is, although it does take very good photos!!

THIRDLY, I just want to say THANK YOU to you, who is reading this as you have somehow discovered my little blog and I am hoping you'll become a resident reader of it, I thank you for taking the time out to read this! I hope you're enjoyed it, I shall be aiming to put more content on in the coming weeks!

I shall speak to you all soon!

Claire xxx

Monday, 3 March 2014

Soap And Glory: The Righteous Butter: Review!

Hiyaa everyone, I will begin this post by saying I am SO SO SORRY for not posting in about 2 or 3 weeks, I've had a half term week off and then had a bit of writer's block! This should definitely be a Style Of The Week, but I've wanted to do this post for a couple of weeks now so I thought I'd do it now!!
This is the Righteous Body Butter from the Soap and Glory range! I had personally, only heard of Soap And Glory and not actually used their products until recently, when my lovely best friend got me The Clean Getaway set which basically includes smaller travel size versions of the best-selling products. I'm also aware it was voted "Best Body Butter" by Elle Beauty Awards! (I totally agree with this!!)

Anyways, I was excited to try the body butter because I had heard some good things about it and it certainly appeals to me because of how adorable the packaging is, so needless to say, I was dying to try this once I'd received it!

It's the travel size little tub, which is a cute little convenient size and perfect for travelling and sticking conveniently into a toiletry bag, you can purchase the travel sizes on their own from Boots, I've forgotten the price, but you get 50ml! Which is pretty good really when you think about it!


The body butter itself is a really nice texture, smooth and quite a thin consistency, which is really useful for applying as a body butter because you don't get a whole lot of it out and have to sort of dab it down like you do with some thicker body butters, the consistency is more or less perfect! It claims to contain proven skin smoothing fruit acids, which makes it ideal for moisturising your skin after a hot bath or shower! It also contains shea butter and aloe vera. 

It's scent is my favourite thing about it though, it literally smells like Heaven!! I'm really crap at describing scents unfortunately, however I'd say it's a really sweet scent and after researching it states to contain it's Original Pink fragrance, copyright of Soap and Glory.


It was overall a really sweet smelling, extremely excellent moisturising body butter, and made my skin smell amazing and it lasted for long then I expected it to as well!
It's definitely my favourite body butter that I've tried so far! I really cannot recommend this product enough!

I would give this product 10/10 because it's literally amazing!

You can buy it from Boots (varying from the travel size to the normal size tub)

http://www.boots.com/en/Soap-Glory%E2%84%A2-The-Righteous-Butter%E2%84%A2-Lotion-500ml_1208210/
http://www.soapandglory.com/products/bath-body/moisturisers/the-righteous-butter

Here are some extra links where you can find out more information on the prices and basically read more into Soap and Glory!

Thank you so much for reading and I shall have another post very soon!!

Claire xxx



Monday, 3 February 2014

Style Of The Week: Zoella

Hiyaa everyone! So today, as I still have to go shopping and sort stuff out, I am doing a post entitled "Style Of The Week" in which there will be a particular celebrity or youtuber in which I will talk about why I love their style and all kinds of nice things like that!
So this week.. is one of my all time favourite youtubers ZOELLA aka Zoe Sugg!
She is one of my favourite YouTubers and I really really admire her in many ways including the way she takes on life not letting her anxiety stop her from doing as many things, basically her cheeriness and fashion sense!

Zoe's most notable fashion pick is her collared clothing, which I for one absolutely adore! Not only does it make you look incredibly cute but it's really quirky and can mean you can layer things up (which is ideal for those cold wintery months!! She is also a huge fan of Disney prints and motifs, which I must admit, I am too!
I know that Primark at the moment are doing a lot of collared clothing and I've seen some for less than £20 which is extremely affordable (probably a bit more than Topshop and Urban Outfitters)
If you have a bit more wonga to spend.. you could alternatively try these links:
http://www.missguided.co.uk/clothing/category/tops/blouses
http://www.asos.com/search/peter-pan?hrd=1&q=peter+pan

Unfortunately, Topshop and Urban Outfitters websites weren't co-operating with me just now so I couldn't link the searches but hopefully I'll be able to sort out a link very soon..!

For the Disney motifs and t shirts, I suggest you zip off to Primark where there are currently a lot of Disney and related motif t shirts which all look extremely cute and aren't too pricey! I'm definitely guilty of buying quite a few items there (I do love Mickey&Minnie/Bambi though..!)

This lovely Snow White t shirt that Zoe mentions in one of her haul videos is still in stock at my local Primark and (not definitely sure so don't quote me on this) but I THINK it is £8...


I hope you all really enjoyed this post and spreading some love over to Zoe!
If you haven't heard of this magnificent lady, here is a link to her blog and youtube channel!




I shall be writing some more soon, but I hope you have a beaaaaaaautiful day!

                                                           
                                                           Love, Claire xxxx





Saturday, 1 February 2014

Welcome!!

Hiyaa everyone and welcome to ECLAIRSCARES!
This is my brand new blog where I hope to be able to make posts on things and issues which interest me!
This blog will mainly be based on lifestyle and beauty, although if I decide to discuss something else (which could happen I must be honest with you) then you can use this as a little pre-reminder!

So where shall I begin?
My name is Claire and I'm 17 years old and from the UK!
* I may have a small obsession with Hello Kitty.........
* My favourite music artists (among others) are The Saturdays, JLS, One Direction, Beyonce, Aaliyah, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Marina & The Diamonds, Paramore, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Nicki Minaj etc etc oops I've listed way too many...
* Body butters/perfumes/bracelets/lipsticks are all products I have to limit myself to buying..
* I've never been to Nando's... (I can hear the gasps ikr ikr)
* I'd love to meet Zoella because she seems like such a lovely person and really cute and I would be able to tell her how she inspires me.

Well there we go! There is my first blog post....
I will be back very soon!

Thank you so much for reading..!
Claire xx