Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Wash Review

Hey everyone!!

Today's blog is all about a product from a shop which I really love but actually seemingly, seem to rarely actually buy from. I'm always in and out of The Body Shop, checking out the body butters and the shower gels and the makeup but I actually don't buy from there very much, which I think I may have to change as I've read a lot of positive reviews of various beauty items from there!!

The Japanese Cherry Blossom body wash was given to me by a friend last year and it's probably not a scent I'd reach for immediately, I'm drawn to other scents, however upon using this, I did fall in love!
It's a really flowery yet fresh scent which I can definitely say is unique in my personal collection of shower products as like I said I don't tend to reach for them!

It may only be a mini container but you can definitely get quite a few washes from it. It smells beautifully floral and fresh and stays after your shower too, as I've found some shower gel scents fade from your body literally as soon as you leave, but this one lingers and leaves you feeling extremely fresh and clean.

Another thing I love is that it lathers up really well and really easily and you don't need a lot of product to get what you need for your shower. I think it's great!

Definitely has made me reconsider branching out to try flowery scents!

Which are your favourite Body Shop shower products? Let me know!!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxx

Thursday, 20 October 2016

100 Of My Favourite Songs

Hey everyone!

Bit of a random one today, but I thought today I'd share with you some of my favourite songs! Warning, I do have a lot of favourite songs! Couldn't include them all but here are some of the songs which I love!

1. Cheryl - Call My Name
2. Shakira - Hips Don't Lie
3. The Pretty Reckless - Heaven Knows
4. Beyonce ft Jay Z - Crazy In Love
5. Zayn - Pillowtalk
6. Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby
7. The Saturdays - Higher
8. Spiller ft Sophie Ellis Bextor Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
9. Little Mix - Black Magic
10. Alesha Dixon - The Way We Are
11. Timbaland ft SoShy & Nelly Furtado - Morning After Dark
12. All Saints - Pure Shores
13. Paramore - Brick By Boring Brick
14. JLS - Proud
15. Demi Lovato - Confident
16. Scooter - Posse
17. Kanye West - Stronger
18. Madonna - Vogue
19. Lady GaGa - Poker Face
20. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - AKA What A Life
21. Abba - Voulez Vous
22. Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Moment 4 Life
23. Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
24. Destiny's Child - Survivor
25. Craig David ft Big Narstie - When The Bassline Drops
26. Kelis - Trick Me
27. Rihanna - Te Amo
28. Ashlee Simpson - Boyfriend
29. N.E.R.D - She Wants To Move
30. Blonde ft Melissa Steel - I Loved You
31. TLC - No Scrubs
32. Usher ft Ludacris & Lil Jon - Yeah
33. 5 Seconds of Summer - She's Kinda Hot
34. Alicia Keys - Karma
35. Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
36. Westlife - What About Now
37. Spice Girls - Wannabe
38. Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty
39. The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
40. Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff - Boom! Shake The Room
41. Chic - Le Freak
42. Kelly Rowland - Work (Freemasons Remix)
43. Avicii - Wake Me Up
44. Ashanti - Foolish
45. R Kelly - Ignition (Remix)
46. Aaliyah - Try Again
47. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On
48. Blue - One Love
49. Olly Murs ft Flo Rida - Troublemaker
50. Rizzle Kicks - Skip To The Good Bit
51. Charli XCX - Break The Rules
52. Eminem - We Made You
53. S Club 7 - Reach
54. Flo Rida ft Kesha - Right Round
55. Christina Milian - When You Look At Me
56. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
57. Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom
58. Wretch 32 - 6 Words
59. Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
60. Beyonce - Love On Top
61. McFly - Transylvania
62. Sum 41 - In Too Deep
63. Jennifer Lopez - Jenny From The Block
64. Busted - Year 3000
65. Adele - Hello
66. One Direction - Best Song Ever
67. Britney Spears - Work Bitch
68. Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free
69. Pussycat Dolls ft Will.I.Am - Beep
70. Fall Out Boy - I Don't Care
71. Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
72. Ellie Goulding - Figure 8
73. Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard on Yourself
74. The Saturdays - All Fired Up
75. Ciara ft Nicki Minaj - I'm Out
76. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
77. Coldplay - In My Place
78. Imagine Dragons - I Bet My Life
79. Steps - Stomp
80. Green Day - Holiday
81. Christina Aguilera - Candyman
82. Geri Halliwell - Bag It Up
83. Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way
84. Soul 2 Soul - Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
85. Michael Jackson - Thriller
86. Ed Sheeran - Sing
87. Emma Bunton - I'll Be There
88. Ella Eyre - Good Times
89. Emeli Sande - Wonder
90. Eliza Doolittle - Pack Up
91. Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
92. MKTO - Classic
93. B.O.B. - So Good
94. G.R.L - Ugly Heart
95. Kasabian - Shoot The Runner
96. Eve ft Gwen Stefani - Let Me Blow Ya Mind
97. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
98. Big Brovaz - Favourite Things
99. Ronan Keating - Life Is A Rollercoaster
100. Labrinth ft Tinie Tempah - Earthquake

Do you think you have a similar music taste to me??
Let me know!!

Love & hugs
Claire xxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Fall Tag


So as it's now October, (I know I can't believe it either) it means for the UK that Autumn/fall has crept in and is now here. As I don't remember doing this tag, I decided to complete the Fall Tag today.

Favourite fall colour?
Usually it's dark purples and berry tones which is my usual favourite, but this year I've been quite into experimenting with new shades. I bought a gingerbread brown coloured top from New Look the other week and it's not quite like anything I own.

What is your favourite fall lip product?
This year I'm quite excited about using MAC's Rebel, as it's a berry tone but it's buildable so it doesn't have to be 'in your face' bold. I also bought NYX's Transylvania which is going to be an interesting one to use!

What is your favourite fall accessory?
I got really into scarves the past couple of years so probably scarves. They can look really chic and cute and are obviously great for the cold weather! I have a cream coloured snood which I love bringing out at this time of year!

What is your favourite fall nail polish?
I'm not sure I have one at the moment, but I'm keen to try greys and maybe a very dark berry/purple shade.

What is your favourite thing about fall?
I generally love autumn because Strictly starts, Apprentice, I'm A Celebrity and X Factor come back, its the build up to Chistmas and my birthday is in November so it's generally a really nice few months!

What are you being for Halloween?
I don't know yet!

What is your favourite fall hairstyle?
I don't really have a particular fall hairstyle that I just wear during that time of year, but I do love adding little mini scarves or bandanas, it can look really fun.

Please complete this tag if you fancy it! Let me know your favourite things about Fall/Autumn!!
Thank you so much for reading!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Go At Your Own Pace

Hey everyone!

This post is highlighting reasons as to why taking things slowly and taking things at your own pace is important and beneficial. These days, the world is so quick and busy and there's so much going on and it can be overwhelming. Not everything is going to go perfectly or go the way you want it to go, sometimes you may feel unable to do certain things on certain days. You may wake up with a bad mental health day or not feel your best and that is completely normal. There's a difference between something you genuinely aren't ready to do and something which is possible to do which just needs more confidence and motivation to push yourself through.

My anxiety means that some days I can't face doing certain things, whatever they may be, sometimes even stupid, little ridiculous to some sounding things can be hard or a trigger, a lot of the time I'll push on and go for it to try and get myself through them anyway, but sometimes you just kind of know that you really aren't able to do that thing today, whatever that may be. It can feel like it's holding me back which isn't the way I want to live my life, I feel like 100% most days I'm pushing on and trying to get positive vibes to keep myself in a good mind state. Chatting to others who understand this is a great way to get yourself a quick fix of vibes as they get you and they get your struggles and if you don't see how far you've come, then they sure can notice it and help you.

Basically, the message I think needs to be conveyed is that it's okay to go at your own pace. Allow yourself to settle. Often people suffering with hidden conditions are actually working themselves 10 times harder anyways, trying to process and evaluate situations to ensure they can get through it. Therefore tiring themselves out harder and using more energy.
Sometimes it's easy to feel others can move at faster paces and can accomplish things faster than perhaps you might. It's easy to get caught up and feel as though you aren't good enough or aren't smart or strong enough when the actual truth is you are smart and you are strong enough, it just takes a little more settling to go before you're ready. That is completely okay and it should be made aware of and there should be more understanding that not everyone works at the same pace. Being comfortable is hugely important and although you do want to keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone when you can.

Although for a lot of people suffering with a hidden condition or a mental illness, the littler things can be out of your comfort zone than what others may feel are their comfort zone. That's also okay, we're all different and none of us chose to experience or live life this way, you just have to be patient with yourself and have the knowledge that you are allowed to go at your own pace and have a good support ground for those situations. I would like to think that friends and family even colleagues or staff members would respect this, because sometimes it isn't easy to say that you need to go a little slower or need more time than others, as you don't want to appear "stupid" or irritating or feel like you're a burden or letting anyone down, we shouldn't have to feel like this, nobody should feel like that way. Not everyone can get things right first time.

If you are struggling, please don't feel like you aren't strong or that you aren't capable of doing anything, you are incredible and I believe in you. There has been many little instances in your life where you have accomplished little milestones or little things you managed to do even when you didn't think you could do it. You are strong!

I'd love to hear any feedback from this post, so do comment below if you have any thoughts or any suggestions of help for anyone who may be struggling with things like this.

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Friday, 7 October 2016

Zoella Hungry Hands Hand Cream Review


This post is going to be about one of Zoe's new products, 'Hungry Hands' which is one of her highly anticipated Christmas 2016 products. It is of course a brand new hand cream which is always a useful item to have in your handbag or by your bedside table, as colder weather means colder hands which may need moisturising regularly to avoid them getting dry!

As soon as Zoe mentioned she would be including gingerbread in her new collection, I was VERY excited about it. Gingerbread is one of my favourite festive scents and I don't actually own many products with the scent.

The packaging is extremely neat and festive like, with a brown striped card box featuring the product inside, which instantly gives you a bit of a festive feeling. The actual tube itself is very similar to her first handcream, however this one is in a dark red colour and white stripes, enhancing the Christmassy feel of it and also taking it a little more autumnal.

When I first opened the hand cream, I instantly had to see what the scent would be and how strong and I can't express how beautifully it smells! It genuinely smells like fresh gingerbread and it literally smells like you could eat it! I've been disappointed by gingerbread smelling items in the past but this totally doesn't disappoint at all! I am so so overjoyed at how good it smells, although I knew Zoe was a big Christmas enthusiast and that she loves gingerbread too so I had a feeling that it would be fantastic and I was not let down!

You don't need very much product to get soft hands, it sinks in fast and isn't greasy like some hand creams are, which is useful if you're on the go or are always doing something with your hands! The scent is so addictive, you just want to keep on breathing in the beautiful scent!!

To conclude, I'd say that this is definitely an autumn/winter must have! It's a great addition to Zoe's range and I'm now excited to try the rest of Zoe's new products! At £5 it's a pretty good price and a little goes a long way so it should last you for the season!!

Have you tried any of Zoe's new Christmas items? Let me know!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxxx

Sunday, 2 October 2016

September 2016 Favourites


September has been an absolutely hectic and crazy month but here are my Favourites for it! Let me know what some of your favourites have been this month!

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser
My lips ended up being so dry that even my most trustworthy lip balms couldn't cut it! Thankfully this is where Blistex saved my life and thoroughly made sure that my lips were moisturised enough and looked after. I would say it's not an everyday product, more useful for those times where your lips are quite damaged and need a quick fix! It was very cheap and very useful!

Silver Heart Necklace
I received this necklace as a gift for my 18th birthday a couple of years ago and I've just been wearing it a lot recently, I'm not too sure why. I think it went with one of my tops one day and I rediscovered my love for it. I love sterling silver jewellery and this is such a simple yet classy and sophisticated necklace.

Jurgen Vries - The Theme
This has been one of my childhood songs, it brings back a lot of memories but I've recently had it on replay again, it's a very heavy trance/dance track which I have a huge amount of love for. It's a throwback but a throwback with a hard bass.

Jennifer Lopez - (What Is) Love?
You know when you listen to a song and it hits you on such a level of understanding? This is that song! I watched The Backup Plan earlier this month and this song is in the closing credits of the film and I instantly fell in love with it. I also adore JLO as you probably know by now. She's amazing in that film you should deffo have a watch if you haven't already!

Fifth Harmony - That's My Girl
I love how feisty the music video is for a start, a lot of girl power and a lot of serious sassiness! The track itself is extremely catchy and easy to listen to. A true female power anthem, motivational and the beats are heavy which emphasise the power they are addressing in the song. Also loving the Destiny's Child reference in Normani's bridge.

Mollie King - Back To You
Miss Mollie King, one fifth of one of my favourite groups of all time, The Saturdays, ventured out with her first solo single and it's one that tugs on your heart strings and I reckon it's one that can be related to by a lot of people! Mollie is such a loveable lass and I'm intrigued to hear more of her music as it comes.

Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO - Cold Water
In recent days, I've been really loving this, definitely easily to listen to and overall a very cute track. Justin Bieber's success in the UK has definitely grown spectacularly over the last year, managing to knock up 4 number one singles in the last 12 months.

Kanye West - Fade
This track has an incredible dancer in the video, and the song itself is easy to listen to, deffo give it a go!

Sia - Unstoppable
I recently heard this by chance in my flatmate's room and I quickly became a fan of it. It's a very empowering track and deffo worth a listen if you need a bit of a motivational track to see yourself through! I love these kind of tracks!

Hope you've all enjoyed this post and have had a great month!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxxxxxxx