Saturday, 30 December 2017

Let's Reflect: 2017

Hi everyone!!

It's the end of the year and therefore time for my annual 'Let's Reflect' post. Even though there was a lot of different things to discuss last year, I feel like there's still some big points I want to mention in this year's. 2017 has been a rollercoaster with many, many opportunities of growth for me and a selection of new friends along the way too.

As I mentioned last year, I started university. I managed to continue the rest of the year and was so shocked to have completed my first year of uni! It seems distant now but even though I'm currently in second year, there's a few aspects of first year that I miss.
I passed First Year and felt somewhat proud to have done that, seeing as I've not always got the best grades. I really want to get a couple more firsts in my assignments for second year, but we shall see how that goes...
In terms of uni, I'm a little more relaxed on attending lectures and seminars however I still try to push myself to go to as many as possible, as I do end up feeling guilty if I don't. I definitely feel more comfortable being away from home than I did towards the end of 2016 and proud that I managed to build a life in a completely new fresh environment.

One of my other big memories of 2017, would be Final Fling, an event our university held to celebrate the end of the academic year. The weather was so nice, even a little bit too boiling at times, and I was able to watch S Club, Pendulum, Fuse ODG and Rewire and Varski. It's actually probably one of my favourite days of 2017, I enjoyed it so much and it brings back good memories. I controlled my anxiety well that day too. 

Another big mention of 2017, would be that I got into my very first relationship. It wasn't something I really expected to happen to me, but I'm lucky enough to be with someone who tries to understand my anxiety and supports and cares for me and makes me laugh. He's supportive of my blog too which definitely helped me with my confidence towards it and another aspect I appreciate.

Speaking of my blog, I know I've not really given it the attention it deserves this year, but in September when I began my second year of uni, my module meant I had to keep a blog and because I didn't really want this one to be scrutinised, I adapted a lifestyle blog which is still online and you can read here. From carrying on this blog as part of uni and generally speaking a bit more about my blogs, I've found myself being a bit more confident with it, which is a complete turnaround from last year. I'm not the most confident in my writing and this blog in general as I'm fully aware there's bigger and prettier blogs out there, but I do really enjoy writing it and planning posts etc. Hopefully I can carry this on into 2018 and really push on with it.

Despite finishing 1st Year on a high, my summer did have a shaky start as my dad became very unwell just days before we were going on a family holiday. I still feel a little weird when I think about that day because it was one of the most scared I'd ever been but I'm so thankful to the NHS and in particular the doctors and the surgeon that, to be honest, saved his life.

One of my bigger achievements I'd say would be visiting my best friend in Chester. Ever since she went there for university in 2015, I've wanted to go and visit her but sadly my anxiety always held me back and I never went through with my plans. However, when she persuaded me to come to Chester as SacconeJolys were taking their book signing there, I simply knew I had to go.
I'm really proud of myself for going there as my anxiety can really suffer travelling/not being at home and even though I could feel myself triggering at some point, I managed to keep on top of it somehow and for that I'm proud of. Looking back I had a really amazing time, especially the night out and I know that I couldn't do that a year/2 years ago so that's definitely something good. I did a post about this on my uni blog, so if you'd like to have a read of that you can do here.

It brings me on to meeting The SacconeJolys. If you've read my blog for a while you will know I'm a huge fan of them and they got me through the dark patch I went through when I first joined uni in 2016. They are so entertaining to watch and I really like them. Meeting them was amazing, if a little nerve-wracking once the moment finally came. I've loved them for a few years now so it was so good to see them and it made that weekend even more special for me.

One of the other things which has changed for me during 2017, was moving out of student accommodation and into a house, I share with other students who are my housemates. I only knew one other person as she's one of my good friends from my uni course but I'm really glad to have met my 3 other housemates as they're very funny and canny. We had a Halloween party for Halloween and it was a really lovely night where we all got to socialise together and surprisingly I actually really liked my makeup for it still even from looking back at photos!

I also turned 21 this year, which I can't quite believe as I do not feel 21 but I had a fab night with one of my best friends and thankfully we did hear Destiny's Child (so a bit of Beyoncé didn't go amiss!)

Another change in me I'd say during 2017 has been my ambition to throw myself into life more. I've tried to do more and socialise more with the people I care about and try not to let anxiety stop me. I can't say it's been easy but it's been something I've definitely been more aware of and something I've done my best to do.

Unfortunately, my 2017 hasn't ended on a positive note, as sadly one of my favourite people, my gran, passed away just before Christmas. She was such a funny and brilliant person and I will miss her always, as I mentioned she was one of my favourite people in the whole world. It unfortunately also means I'm grandparentless now, which is a very sad thought to think about. If you still have your grandparents with you, please treasure them especially during 2018.

Despite all of the good and bad, 2017 has brought me a lot of new experiences and I can only hope and pray that 2018 allows me to continue growing as a person and is good to me and my loved ones. I hope to make amazing memories in 2018 too!

I hope you've enjoyed this very lengthy discussion about my 2017.
Happy New Year and I wish you all a very amazing 2018.

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxxxxx

Friday, 29 December 2017

My 2017 Favourites


So normally my 2017 Favourites post just ends up being a repetitive list of previous monthly favourites items, summed in one but seeing as I was slacking on the Favourites posts this year, I feel like this might actually be new to some people. So this post sums up a lot of my Favourites during 2017.

Sleek Metallic Roman Copper:
This is such a gorgeous metallic shade, definitely unlike anything I have in my makeup bag, gifted to me by my best friend for my birthday. I think it goes well against my hair shade and made me love Sleek even more as a makeup brand. I love how stunning it looks both in it's tube and on the lips.

NYX Transylvania Soft Matte Cream:
This is such a gorgeous dark purple colour which is absolutely perfect for the autumnal time of year! I wore it on Halloween at our Halloween house party and it completed my 'bad fairy' look.

NYX Lip Lingerie Beauty Mark:
I had nothing like this in my collection when purchasing it and I love how it's a dark toned brown shade, I find it so wearable and so gorgeous. I'm a massive fan!

NYX Lip Lingerie Embellishment:
I have no other colour like this and NYX's liquid lipsticks are stunning quality. Their lip lingeries are some of my favourite liquid lipsticks out there and I honestly adore this shade!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara:
My holy grail mascara, I couldn't not include this in my Favourites as despite me trying other mascaras during 2017, this still remains my favourite. It is such good quality for the price and even better than some of the more expensive high end mascaras in my opinion.

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick:
This highlighter is so creamy and gives such a dreamy sparkle to the skin. I love the formula as it makes it so easy to apply and it's great value for money.

Makeup Revolution Palette Redemption Iconic Palette2:
This palette is amazing quality, the pigmentation is amazing and there's some stunning shades which can take you from a casual day look to a sparkling night time look. I was hugely impressed and as it was my first Makeup Revolution product it's made me look into the brand more.

Maybelline The Nudes Palette:
This palette was one I used countless times in 2017 and it's extremely purse-friendly and small enough to be carried around. Such good value.

Eylure False Eyelashes:
This is definitely the year I've been wearing false lashes more than ever and I love the Eylure ones, now that Tanya's ones are discontinued (sadly!) They are reasonably easy to apply and there's so many different types.

Zoella Snowella Body Spritz:
This is probably one of my favourite Zoella Beauty scents, it's definitely in my top 3. It's such a gorgeous scent and I'm gutted it's limited edition! I've been wearing it so much since I bought it.

Beyoncé Heat Kissed Perfume:
I got this for Christmas last year and it is such a gorgeous scent. It's slightly muskier in my opinion to the standard Heat, I find it extremely wearable both day and night. think everyone who knows me, knows how much I've been obsessed with Boohoo this year. Every time anyone asks what I'm doing I seem to be on there browsing their clothes and adding to my ever-growing wishlist. I love the variety of clothes on there and the prices are so good too, and they are always doing offers and they do student discount too which is a bonus for me.

Anna Saccone Star Sign Necklace:
I got this for my 21st birthday back in November and I love it so much. I'd wanted it for a couple of years so finally having it made me love it even more. I got the rose gold one as it looked so pretty. It's one of my favourite jewellery pieces and I love it.

Mickey Mouse Necklace:
My boyfriend brought me back this very cute little Mickey Mouse necklace from Disney and I love how small and discrete it is, it goes with pretty much everything because of it's size and I think it's so adorable.

Turtle Bracelet:
My best friend went to Greece during the summer to help turtles, and she brought me back this turtle bracelet which is so cute! I love it, it's so adorable.

I didn't manage to put out photos of the jewellery but if you check my Instagram @EclairsCares I'm sure you will see them there as I wear them so often!!

Music: (Naturally not all released in 2017)
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (My most played song on Spotify of 2017)
Drake - Passionfruit (My second most played song on Spotify of 2017)
Charli XCX - Babygirl
DJ Khaled, Beyoncé & Jay Z - Shinin'
Jason Derulo - Swalla
French Montana ft Swae Lae - Unforgettable
Lethal Bizzle - Pow
Charli XCX & Cupcakke - Lipgloss
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Ciara - Speechless
Jennifer Lopez - Everybody's Girl
Camila Cabello - Havana
Marina & The Diamonds - Teen Idle
Little Mix ft Stormzy - Power
Kelis - Millionaire
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Jax Jones ft Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don - Instruction
Stefflon Don ft French Montana - Hurtin' Me
Charli XCX - Drugs
Ed Sheeran - Nancy Mulligan
Camila Cabello - Crying In The Club
DMX - Party Up
CNCO ft Little Mix - Reggaeton Lento

Love Island
Shameless (US)
Gossip Girl

Special shout out to Imogen, as she has been my biggest discovery of 2017! She's become one of my absolute favourite vloggers to watch as she's so upbeat and positive, so loving to her viewers and an extremely inspiring person! I love her so much and I'm so glad I discovered her channel. She's an absolute sweetheart.

The Saccone Jolys

I hope you've all had a fab 2017 and I'll be posting my Let's Reflect 2017 post this weekend so I hope you will all have a read of that too!!

Thank you so much for reading!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxxx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Boohoo Wishlist


So I did a Boohoo Wishlist a couple of months back as part of the blog for my uni module, which you can have a read of here, but I do love Boohoo and my wishlist has grown since then and I've picked out a few more things I'd like to share with you!

Petite Jane Rib Cold Shoulder Neck Detail Top £10.00 (Black & Khaki)
I love both colour variations of this top and really want at least one of them I'm just waiting for them to come back in stock in my size. I love the detail and I'm a fan of cold shoulder tops.
Amelia Western Style Denim Mini Skirt £15.00
I am wondering about attempting to wear skirts and this denim one appeals to me not only because of the denim material but the length and design of it. It's a fairly simple piece but I feel like you could team it with a lot of different things.

Shama Strappy Neck Cold Shoulder Top Red £14.00
I love the top half of this, I think it looks really gorgeous and pretty. I chose the red one because I am trying to inject some colour into my dressier tops. I really love this.

Tegan Mesh & Lace Bralet £12.00
I love how chic this bralet is! The mesh makes it look sexier and I just love how it looks. I feel like it's also one you can get away with wearing with most outfits.

Lisa High Neck Slinky Midi Dress Black £10.00
I've had this dress in my wishlist for a while now but I love how simple this dress is but how nice it looks too. I feel like this would be a great LBD to have for any special occasions.

Violet Oversized Checked Shirt - £18.00
I hope this is back in stock soon! I love the colours of this shirt and feel like it could be worn in many ways such as on it's own or as an extra layer over a top or a vest. It reminds me of the red shirt Beyoncé wore in her **Flawless music video although hers was red and black. I feel like this shirt would be great in my wardrobe.

So I could properly go on much longer, but for now I'll stop here!
Do you like any of my choices?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxxx

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

My 2017 Unwrapped Spotify


So recently, Spotify gave us all the opportunity to look back on the top songs and artists we had been listening to in 2017. Here are mine:

Even though I was expecting a couple of them, I was a little surprised at a couple of the songs that it picked out for me! Especially Wobble by Lethal Bizzle and Chat Shit Get Banged by Tinchy Stryder. While I know I listened to them a lot over this year, I was expecting either Babygirl by Charli XCX or Blackstreet's No Diggity to feature.

Beyoncé, Little Mix, Lethal Bizzle, Girls Aloud and Jennifer Lopez are all artists I really appreciate. Girls Aloud were definitely listened to a lot more in my childhood but I clearly still listen to them a lot, their songs are classics to be honest so that shows that.

Have you all done your Spotify Unwrapped 2017? I'd love to know!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Post Ideas


I thought today I'd write a list of Christmas Post Ideas! Feel free to use any of these if you are doing Blogmas!

* Christmas dessert recipes
* DIY Christmas decorations
* Gift wrapping ideas
* Christmas jumper hauls
* Christmas Party fashion lookbooks
* Your favourite Christmas traditions
* Christmas makeup ideas
* Gingerbread Designs
* Christmas films you love
* Gift ideas
* Party game ideas
* Christmas market photos
* Christmas lights photos
* Your favourite photos/memories from previous Christmases
* Christmas snack ideas
* Festive card ideas
* Budgeting
* Favourite Christmas songs
* Winter skincare tips
* Goals for 2018
* Secret Santa ideas
* Christmas character makeup
* Christmas wishlists
* Christmas ideas for kids
* Christmas charity campaigns
* Christmas TV adverts

Hope these have given you some ideas!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Reindeer Makeup

Hey everyone!

Happy 1st December! The festive season is finally back around again and this time I thought I'd try something new which I've not done before. I decided to do Reindeer makeup.
I apologise for one of my eyes being overdone, it was a mistake on my part apart from that I was quite happy with it, as it had been my first try of doing it.

I know I'm not the best with makeup but I did enjoy experimenting for this look. I could have obviously done it better too but for a first try, I was quite proud! It's perfect for if you are having a Christmas themed party or event coming up! A good tip I'd use is to make sure you contour the nose as it made it look much more effective. The bronzer I used is more on the orange side but honestly that wasn't a bad thing for this particular look. You could also use a brown liquid lipstick, I was going to use Beauty Mark from NYX's Lip Lingerie range but I couldn't find it when I was doing the makeup so I went with Bustier instead but it still worked. You can also add some reindeer ears for the full look but I left mine at uni when I took these photos as I'd gone home for the weekend!

Makeup Used:
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - Light Porcelain
Natural Collection Sun Tint Bronzing Powder - Sun Shine
Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow - Creme De Rose
NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick - Bustier
Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 2
Barry M Kohl Pencil White Eyeliner
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Millie Mackintosh Luxe Glow Face Illuminator

Also, I'm completing a blog for my uni work so if you could check it out and leave a comment it would be hugely appreciated!! You can read it here

Thank you for reading!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxxxxxxxx