Monday, 31 July 2017

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash Review

Hey everyone!

Today's post is a review on Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Body Wash. As you may know if you've been an avid reader here, I am a big Soap and Glory fan and love the products I've used by them so far, including the Sugar Crush body butter, so I got using the Body Wash version of the product.

As it was one of the minis, I had 75ml of the product, which is a nice travel size amount, also small enough to fit in my uni bathroom, when I was staying in accom.

I was eager to use it after smelling it, it's a gorgeous fresh citrusy scent, lime is the main fruit you can smell once opening. It smells extremely energising and fresh, which is perfect for this time of year.

You only need a small amount and it lathers up very well, which I've always found is a huge pro of Soap and Glory products, they lather up so easily and so smoothly. It's extremely smoothing to use.

However the scent didn't last or stay as strong as I expected to once out the shower. It smelled a little different and not as strong, not like Clean On Me did.

To conclude, despite it smelling very citrusy and fresh and smoothing, I'd probably stick to using the Sugar Crush body butter, as it would make the scent last longer. Clean on Me's scent appeals to me more and also lasts longer so I'd probably stick with that one.

Which are your favourite Soap and Glory products?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxx

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Lipstick Tag 2017

Hey everyone!

Lipstick pictured is Rimmel's Pink Blush.

So I completed the Lip Product Tag back in 2015. Since it's over 2 years ago and my lip product game has grown since then, I thought I'd do a follow up 2017 version.
If you want to read my original post I've linked it here.

How many lipsticks do you own?
Honestly, too many to count! I need to do a clear out!

What was the first lipstick you ever owned?
Beige Glace by Maybelline, which I don't even think is still around these days! It was fairly shimmery.

What is your favourite lipstick brand?
I love NYX. They make absolutely great liquid lipsticks, which have really caught my eye. Obviously MAC do gorgeous lipsticks and Rimmel is great for high street.

What is your most worn lipstick?
Probably my NYX Stockholm liquid lipstick. I throw it on all the time. Alternatively, Sleek's Shabby Chic gets worn a lot too.

What is your favourite finish?
It used to be satin, but I'm loving matte finishes atm.

What is the last lip product you bought?
Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade 10 - Don't Pink Of It. It was the first of Bourjois' liquid lippies that I've tried.

How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag? Including balms
I've just checked and I had NYX's Lip Lingerie in Bustier, MUA's Velvet Lip Lacquer in Dash and Zoella Beauty's Sweet Mint lip balm from the 2015 Christmas range.

How do you store your lipsticks?
In my makeup bags, I don't particularly have any storage units for them.

What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
I use NYX's Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels. It's an absolutely stunning red. I also really like Rimmel Kate Moss' 01 shade. Clinique's Cherry Pop is also a big favourite.

What lipstick are you currently lusting over?
I'm looking for a baby pink nude liquid lipstick, but an actual lipstick I'm loving and lusting for is probably the Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Don't Pink Of It, because it's my newest lippy and I just love how matte it looks and how velvety it feels.

Thank you so much for reading this post and do let me know if you own any of these lippies and what you think of them!!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Let's Talk: Mental Health Update

This post is one I made which is quite raw, basically I needed to get a few things out of my system and update you I guess. I just thought I'd mention it at the start. I do write about mental health and promoting ending the stigma of mental health and at first I considered editing this a lot more thoroughly, but decided to keep it as it was, as I want to help.

Last time I did an update on my life, it was a very positive one. I was in a good place, I was proud of myself for everything I handled this past year and I was excited for the future.

A lot has changed since then and it's kind of knocked me back into a bit of shock.
I don't want to disclose too much but very suddenly, I dealt with family illness. My dad was taken ill about 3 weeks ago and I still feel sick thinking about it, as it was pretty serious. It was 2 days before we were due to go on holiday so a lot happened in a very short space of time.

It came at a time where I suddenly started feeling really ill and had quite a bad migraine for about a week which was pretty much a bad cold and then somewhere in the middle I had a bout of food poisoning and then a really bad throat. One thing after another right? I feel like if I'd been stronger physically, it might have helped mentally.
Unfortunately, my health anxiety has worsened and it's not been like this for a good few years. It's quite difficult to manage, it just means my mind runs away with itself. I frequently feel like I'm overthinking symptoms, panicking thinking I've got all kinds of things. And then it seems to extend to other people, people I care about. It's probably a reaction to what happened to my dad as it was such a shock and it hit me very hard, its meant that I've been worrying about my best friend and my boyfriend quite a lot.
I've not had this kind of behaviour to this extent for quite a few years as I mentioned, so it's quite a shock to the system for it to return.

In regards to my dad, he's making a recovery, which I'm so, so, relieved about. I can't explain the fear I faced that initial day. I'm just so thankful for the NHS who did everything they could and acted as fast as they could. My respect for them grew enormously.

However, I feel like it's triggered a lot of stuff, or at least it seems to have, coming home I've felt a lot more anxious and overthinking a lot of things.
My carefully grafted confidence has definitely shredded, I keep being reminded of the trust issues I have and overthinking things to the point where I just feel defeated and upset.

My point is, my anxiety is very bad at the moment and arguably depression and OCD are making their returns. I've never really spoken about the latter two much as it's not an official diagnosis, it's just something I'm aware of. I hope to one day be able to discuss my experiences in more depth when I'm ready.

The health anxiety was definitely a shock to the system though as some of the things I'd been feeling I'd not felt like for a good few years, to that extent. Worrying excessively about my health and being terrified that my own illness was going to make others ill. Just horrific obsessive, ugly thoughts which kept taking up my mind.

I've realised I do have a lot of issues within myself, I do worry excessively over being judged and other peoples thoughts, too often putting other peoples' feelings above my own.
My mind is a very hurtful place for me at times.

All I can really do is spend the rest of my summer trying to build up the confidence and joy that I thought I felt a few weeks prior to the incident and try and feel better! That's what I intend to try to do now.

I send all of my love and support to those fighting both mental and physical struggles right now đź’–

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Additional Note: This has been written both in the last week and 2 weeks ago. Not literally the date it was published.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

This or That - Beauty Edition

 Hey everyone!

I don't believe I've done a This or That tag in a long time and this is the beauty edition! I've taken a few of the questions out as I'm from the UK and some of the questions referred to brands I haven't used as they aren't available here to buy in shops. I hope you enjoy!

Blush or Bronzer
To tell the truth I don't really use either but if I had to pick one it would be blusher because in some occasions I wear it!

Lipgloss or Lipstick
Lipstick definitely! I don't wear lipgloss much anymore but I used to wear it a lot when I was about 11 - 14.

Eyeliner or Mascara
Tricky one here but probably mascara as I'm better at applying it than eyeliner!

Foundation or Concealer
Foundation. I love concealer but I'm much more likely to use Foundation!

Neutral or Color Eyeshadow
Neutral eyeshadow suits me better than bright colour eyeshadow I feel.

Pressed or Loose eye shadows
I'd say pressed eyeshadow, as loose can be quite unnecessarily messy.

Brushes or Sponges
I use brushes more than sponges.
O.P.I or China Glaze
I don't personally use either brand but OPI do some gorgeous shades so probably OPI.

Long or Short
I don't like really long nails so I'd probably say medium length, I'd love to get my nails done sometime.

Acrylic or Natural
As I answered before, I have never had my nails done, I have natural ones but I'd love to get them done some day.

 Brights or Darks
I quite like dark shades, but I love wearing bright shades too. My favourites are dark reds/purples.

Flower or No Flower
I have some Hello Kitty stickers which I sometimes use, I don't have flowers. But I do like to switch it up!
Perfume or Body Splash
Definitely perfume, but also body spray too.

Lotion or Body Butter
Body butters are my favourite, they are always so soft and creamy!

Body wash or Soap
I'm more of a body wash person than a soap person!

LUSH or Other Bath Company
Has to be Lush!! Lush are just so good.
Jeans or Sweat pants
I wear jeans a lot more but definitely out, I don't really wear sweats/joggers out the house.

Long sleeve or Short
I own a lot of short sleeved tops so short sleeved.

Dresses or Skirts
Probably dresses over skirts but that's only cos I don't own any skirts at the moment! I have a black leather skirt in my New Look wishlist though!

Stripes or Plaid
Ooh, I wear both so its hard! Probably stripes!

Flip flops or Sandals
Probably sandals, but I do throw my flip flops on to go out in the garden.

Scarves or Hats
I find hats cuter but scarves are so so good at keeping you warm!

Studs or Dangly Earrings
I'd say studs but I don't actually have my ears pierced.

Necklaces or Bracelets
If you'd asked me a few years ago, I'd have said bracelets but these days I'm a huge necklace lover.

Heels or Flats
Definitely flats, I can't walk in heels! I'd love to be able to though!

 Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots
I'd say cowboy boots!

Jacket or Hoodie
I love wearing hoodies, I feel so cosy in them.

Curly or Straight
My hair is naturally curly/wavy so I'd say I'd prefer it like that but I do love my hair straight.

Bun or Ponytail
A ponytail I'd say.

Bobby pins or Butterfly clips
Probably bobby pins.

Hair spray or Gel
Hairspray definitely!

Long or Short
I prefer long hair but sometimes I feel like I'd like a little bob.

Light or Dark
I love both but on me I feel like I like lighter.

Side sweep bangs or Full bangs
A full fringe!

 Up or Down
I prefer my hair down!

Rain or Shine

Summer or Winter
Oooooh I like summer but I like winter a lot.

Fall or Spring

 Chocolate or Vanilla
Probably chocolate!

So that was my This or That Tag! I hope you all enjoyed the post and feel free to do this tag if you wish!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Let's Talk About: Why Did I Start Blogging?

Hey everyone!

I'm blogging after a bit of a bad week, but I thought I'd celebrate my blog to boost my mood and I thought I'd write a little bit about why I started blogging!

I remember around Spring 2009, discovering Michelle Phan's YouTube channel. The first video I ever watched of hers was her Poker Face Makeup Tutorial which I was completely hooked by.
I started watching YouTubers and beauty gurus not long afterwards but although occasionally filmed mock up videos, never did anything about it or posted them or anything like that. I had no confidence and didn't feel like I had anything to offer.

Nowadays, YouTube has blown up big time and it's incredible!

Although I still wish to make the transition to YouTube, I have always written and used my imagination through things like that. I remember my Year 3 class teacher was always very enthusiastic about my writing and my stories and had a lot of belief in me and support which was really lovely of her. I wish I knew if I still had those books, I'd love to read some of my past stories and see if they were really any good at all!! I studied English Language and English Literature at A Level (well Literature for AS), I always kept it with me. I'm now studying Media Studies at university, having just passed my first year, so it all relates quite a lot.

Why did I start blogging then? Simply because I wanted my own little space to talk about what I wanted to. From being constantly inspired by YouTubers, to wanting to do my bit and express my opinions, I felt like I wanted to write one. I actually wanted to begin my blog in early 2013, but I couldn't get Blogger to work on my laptop, so I didn't and ended up beginning my blog in early 2014 instead.

Blogging is really therapeutic to me, especially the mental health posts. I don't claim to be a makeup genius or a beauty genius, I just enjoy playing around with it and attempting to make it look good. I like reviewing products because it's hella useful when you're searching for a potential new purchase and can see photos of what they look like and if they're any good, from people who have actually used them and you can see it.
I like raving about Strictly or Beyonce or my favourite YouTubers, simply because they are what I like and what I want to talk about. It's like my baby, it's somewhere that I have where it's all my work and I can choose what to write about and when to post it.
I like just being able to be me and talk about things I want to talk about.

Sometimes I feel a little lost when it comes to this blog as I don't know what I'm doing sometimes or which direction to go in, but I suppose as long as I keep writing about things I want to then I'll keep at it.

Also sometimes I get concerned that because I do love a lot of YouTubers and Zoe Sugg inspires me a lot, that it can get mistaken for trying to be like her, when in fact I've actually been interested in the YouTube community before I discovered Zoe and I've been writing practically my whole life, just not in a blog style.

Just because I blog and because I have anxiety, doesn't mean I'm trying to be Zoe or trying to copy her, but sometimes that's what I get concerned about. It's really easy to just assume that because I'm a big fan of Zoe, that I'm copying her or trying to be her but it's so much more than that. It's giving me my own voice and sharing things I like. For some time, I held back from talking about how much Zoe has helped me with my anxiety because it sounds generic, but I can honestly hand on heart say she has. Blogging is definitely a great way to put your own voice out into the world, on whichever topic you wish, whether it be the latest lipstick you love, or your updates or advice on mental health.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx