Sunday, 29 April 2018

Would You Rather Beauty Edition

Hi everyone!
So I realised I'd not done a tag post in a while so I thought I'd search around and find one I've never done before and Would You Rather (Beauty Edition) is just that!

1) Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eye liners, lipsticks and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?
This is a hard question as I love my palettes very much, but I think I love my lipsticks a lot more so probably going to have to say I'd rather lose my palettes and eyeshadows.
2.) Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
I mean technically I'd hope my chopped off hair would grow back but I think if I never cut my hair again I'd genuinely get sick of it particularly in summer because it's really hot!
3.) Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
I suit neither but probably coral because it's more discrete.
4.) If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
I mean logically I'd spent it half and half, but if I had to choose one it would probably end up being clothes.
5.) Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
Wow what a thought! Neither are hygienic but I figure, eyeliner as lipstick is probably most plausible?
6.) Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
I've never actually shopped at a Sephora so going to have to say MAC!
7.) Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?
That would be a very hard thing to do but I'd say maybe eyeshadow as sometimes you can't always notice my eyeshadow if I'm wearing lashes so at least I could change up the lip colour it would look a little different!
8.) Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
I wear both but possibly dark nails as some of them end up being dark reds, purples, greys.
9.) Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?
If I'm going to be smart about it, I fall out of love with lip products quicker than I do eye products, so my favourite lip product would probably be different in a few months anyway, and lip products are easier to find dupes for!
 10.) Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
Probably never use lipgloss because I barely use it anymore anyway so it wouldn't be much difference.
11.) Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
Ooh well I'd not like having no eyebrows but using a sharpie? Not sure how that would work haha!
12.) Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
Probably without nail polish, because I don't always paint my nails anyway.

So there we have it!

Thank you for reading! Feel free to do this tag if you fancy it!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Sleek Cream Contour Kit (Light) Review

Sleek's Cream Contour kit was a product I'd been considering for a while as I'd previously been using powder contour but wanted to try a cream formula and see if that made any difference, as I do have dry skin, I felt that the cream would maybe sit better on my skin than powder did. Here's a little review of how I found the kit!

(Ignore the mirror reflection of the table, I had to get this photo on Christmas before I actually used it!)

This cream contour kit in the lighter shade, includes 6 different tones including 2 highlighters, which I don't reach for as much as the contour shades, but it's handy to have some alongside! There's a light, medium and dark option for buying the product, which is definitely handy as you can buy whichever matches your skin tone the most.

I loved how easy this cream formula is to blend! The variety of shades also made it easier to build up the contour instead of just going straight in with one. I find myself beginning with the first on the bottom row and depending how I'm feeling, I'll gradually build up the coverage and blend it out with a buffing powder brush.

It's not too dark and fake looking in my opinion, it's easy to get a very balanced, nice shading to your face without looking like it's gone wrong. I think that cream contours look a lot better when they are completed than powder contours do, which is what my old one used to be. They are so smooth which make them super easy to work with and I love it for that!

It's a very affordable price (£10.99) for the quality you get and as someone who loves Sleek's products, I'm glad it didn't disappoint me! The packaging is very professional looking and it even has a mirror inside which is an extreme bonus! Even though I don't use the highlight shades as much, I think it's nice all the same to have them included! It may be a little pricier than some of the other highstreet/drugstore contour kits but it's definitely worth it if you're a big makeup lover or if you are a big fan of having a very contoured and structured face. It's definitely made me prefer cream contour products and Sleek once again haven't disappointed me!

Have you tried a cream contour kit, or specifically Sleek's? Let me know in the comments!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream Review

Hey everyone!

Today's post is a review for one of the new products from Simple's Water Boost range, which aims to take care of dehydrated skin and help reverse the five stages of dehydration.
I was drawn to this range after reading about it in Superdrug's Dare magazine March/April issue, as recently I've definitely noticed my skin being a little dry, dull and generally dehydrated! I had been looking into investing in something to sort it out or at least improve it a little so Simple's range came at a great time!

I'm a big lover of Simple's products as I've tried many out before and been impressed and their makeup wipes are a holy grail of mine. I don't tend to try too many skincare brands, I have very sensitive skin and it can easily be affected by a change of product, but Simple generally tend to impress and of all the brands out there, have no harsh chemicals.

So I decided I had to try and give my skin a bit of a water boost by trying out one of the Water Boost range products!

I picked out the Hydrating Gel Cream but was torn between the Hydrating Gel Booster too. The gel cream can be applied after cleansing your face and that's how I used it.

You simply apply a small amount and rub into your face, upon application I felt it to be very refreshing and quenching. It's a creamy consistency, as expected, but not thick, it's very lightweight which I think is great as it makes it easier to apply to your skin and allow it to soak in. One of the main things I actually love about this cream is it's not greasy or sticky at all and it so pleasant to use. Sometimes keeping moisturised and hydrated means having sticky creams or moisturisers on you but this isn't like that at all.

It's very gentle on the skin which is expected with Simple and it's also non-perfumed. I have actually noticed my skin being less dry and more quenched since using the gel cream, especially alongside my Simple Facial Gel Wash which I'm back to using after returning back to uni house. I'm really impressed with the cream and it has made me wonder what the other products in the range would do alongside this.

I had no bad reaction to it and it kept my skin more refreshed and quenched, it's a product I'm sure I'll definitely repurchase once I'm finished with as I have really liked it so far!

Have you tried any of the Simple Water Boost range yet? What did you think of it?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Current LBD Picks


An LBD (little black dress) is a classic staple in any gal's wardrobe, they look effortless and perfect for an easy glam look. Black goes with everything and with so many different styles out there, there's so much out there to choose from and therefore a style to suit everyone. In this post I thought I'd go through and choose 10 LBD's that I recommend and personally like. I tried to choose a variety of styles and places. Enjoy!
 I love the frill on this, it sets it apart from other standard black bodycon dresses, I also admire the fact it is cold shoulder. At £25 it's one of the pricier dresses in this list but it's not too bad.

Lace Sleeve Wrap Black Dress - £5 - Everything5Pounds.Com

I chose this dress because it looks a lot more pricey than just £5 and I think it looks very sophisticated and stunning. I love the lace sleeves.

Bryanna Cut out Neck Bodycon Dress - £15 - Boohoo

I love the detail at the top of this, it's very sexy and I feel like it gives it a bit more of an edge.
Boohoo sells a lot of gorgeous dresses and this is no different!

Karina Bandage Zip Through Midi Bodycon Dress - £20 - Boohoo

Even though this is a fairly simple dress, I like the zip through detail on it and think it's one of those simple but effortless dresses that's easy to wear and good to throw on if you don't know what to go for.

Black Extreme Thigh Split Panelled Plunge Bodycon Dress - £20 - Pretty Little Thing

Even though this probably isn't a dress I personally could get away with, I love the design of this dress and just think it's stunning.

Black Binding Detail Cross Neck Bodycon Dress - £12 - Pretty Little Thing

The cross detailing on this one is one what makes me love it a lot! Definitely one I'd like to have in my wardrobe!

Black Sequin Bandeau Bodycon Dress - £12 - Missguided

I simply had to include one with sequins, although I'm not a bandeau dress wearer, I think this would be gorgeous for a special occasion. We all need a bit of sequins sometimes!

Black Glitter Mesh T Shirt Dress - £10 - River Island

I love how this takes a simple t shirt dress and jazzes it up a bit by having the mesh overlay. I love how it's sparkly too.
Black Asymmetric Ruffle Hem Mini Dress - £19.99 - New Look

As well as being simplistic, I love how chic the ruffle bottom of the dress is! It gives a lovely touch to it and naturally makes for a perfect 'swish' boomerang!!

Scuba Crepe Diphem Bardot Skater Dress - £15.99 - Select Fashion

Bardot styles are everywhere at the moment, but the back part of the dress being slightly longer looks so gorgeous on this dress and with it being only £15.99 it looks like it should be so much more expensive! Very pretty!

And there we have it! Hope you enjoyed this post and do let me know which one you like the most and if you'd buy any of these yourself and which was your favourite!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Why It's Important To Be Supportive

Hi everyone!

I'm sure you've all noticed by now I've done quite a few posts specifically on mental health and aspects of it. Support is such an important part of life and that's what I wanted to address further today.

This post also relates to the feelings of jealousy we have from time to time.
I think we are all guilty of comparing our life to someone else's and then feeling jealous of someone else's opportunity or success, or just comparing ourselves to other people and making ourselves sad over it. I know I've done it before.

We all get jealous and envious of people sometimes, it's a natural human emotion and it's completely okay to feel that way, you just have to channel it and use it to motivate you and to be a supportive person.
But the most important thing is not to let it turn you into a negative person.
By not being supportive or being openly petty or jealous, it's doing nothing but adding negativity to the situation. It doesn't even have to be about jealousy though, by showing your support to someone it really shows that you're actually caring towards them and not just the kind of friend who hovers in the background and doesn't cheer for you when things are going well.

As the saying goes 'Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make yours shine any brighter'.
Degrading someone else's successes or triumphs doesn't change anything about yours.

I felt so much better in myself when I started trying to be more supportive to my friends' opportunities. They're your friends after all, they're going to want to talk about it (to a reasonable level) and because you're close and important to them, it would be you. Sometimes we all need a bit of moral support with whatever life is throwing at us or whatever opportunities are present.

I used to struggle to be a supportive friend, because I'd be feeling bad that it wasn't happening to me and yes I still do feel jealousy at times and wish I'd be able to have their opportunities, but I channel it now and it's made me a better person because I'm cheering for them, I'm supporting them, having their back and helping them. My mental health was probably a big factor for that but as I've mentioned, I began to realise that there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be supportive to someone who's had success, even if you haven't had that same success. I told myself this and realised that it's an important part of being a supportive friend.

So yes, I do tend to spread support whenever I can for example if someone's posted a photo on Instagram where they look lovely, I'll comment and tell them. You never know what one act of kindness can do to someone, a compliment can go far.

Basically, you're not going to get far and progress in life if you're stuck tearing everyone else down or being limitedly supportive. Being the good person who spreads support can only do good, you never know you may make someone's day with a comment of support.

Life can be very brutal sometimes and it's easy to forget that there's people who care sometimes, so don't be afraid to spread the love!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 8 April 2018

New Look Shoe Haul


So I'm notoriously a pain to buy shoes for, I'm the pickiest person when it comes to comfort because I hate that I sometimes get foot cramp, and also happen to have 'wide feet' which results in a lot of standard shoes being too narrow for me. Truthfully, I find it so hard to find shoes that are comfy enough for me and that I like the style of too.
So I was extremely surprised the other day to purchase not one pair but TWO pairs of shoes from New Look, during their 25% off sale. New Look is definitely one of my favourite high street shops but I've never purchased any of their shoes before. Here's a look at what I bought:

Wide Fit Black Suedette Platform Heels - £25.99
These were actually shoes I'd found on the New Look website and really liked the look of. I've been looking for a pair of dressier black heels for a while now.
I got them in a size 4 as the size 5 was a big fit and they don't do half sizes.
They are mostly comfy, obviously heeled shoes aren't always the comfiest but I simply couldn't leave them behind so I bought them. As someone who can't walk in heels, I manage to in these and they're so gorgeous too.

Wide Fit Black Suedette Low Block Heeled Sandals - £16.99
These were purchased alongside the other heels, they were a very spontaneous buy. It was actually my mum that brought me these over to try on, as I'd been trying pretty much the entire shop on, it was a chance that they actually were so comfortable! The front part of the shoe is literally so comfy and cushioned. I hope that I'll be able to wear them in summer and maybe nights out too. I got these in a size 4 too as they seemed to fit okay, I do find it strange that I have trainers that are size 5 and a half and these are a 4 but I guess different places do different sizes?

So there we have it. I've actually never bought shoes from New Look before but I'm very happy with both pairs especially as they were unexpected buys! I'm not sure how long the 25% off offer lasts, but I'd take advantage if I were you!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Product Empties #1


I realised I'd actually never done a Product Empties blog post in my 4 years of running this blog.
I think the reason for that is I'm so bad at finishing products up, if I enjoy something I really don't like using it all up, I'll often use it till it gets almost empty... just because I have enjoyed it so much.

Today I thought I'd sit down and discuss some of my recent products which I've used up and mention whether I've enjoyed them and whether I'll repurchase.

I love reading Product Empties posts because you're going to get a mixture of products which the blogger/vlogger has loved and some they have disliked!
You also get to find out if the products are reliable as they've used them up, either because they're so good or because you're trying to use up to get rid of!

Beyoncé Heat Perfume (not pictured as I've actually left it at my uni house!)
This is a perfume I've had for a few years now and actually not sure how I've made it last so long as it's actually probably one of my favourite scents. I think the reason would be because I liked it so much I decided to save it for special occasions. I would definitely repurchase it again and in fact already have a bottle ready to open!

Impulse Into Glamour Spray This is probably one of my go-to scents, it's so fresh and easy to wear, I spray it most days, it's light and easy to take out with me. I don't use many aerosol sprays as I used to, but Into Glamour is a firm favourite which gets repurchased countless amounts of times so I will definitely be buying again!!

Nivea Soft Creme Shower Crème
This was a mini and perfect size for travelling with, which is what I mainly used it for, the perfect travel shower mini. It's extremely moisturising and smells lovely! I probably won't be buying again immediately but I'd love to try it again in the future sometime.

Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Pomegranate Conditioner
I have multiple bottles of this, from one in my uni house to 2 bottles back home and I finished one of the bottles at home recently. Although this didn't do amazing work for the ends of my hair (unless my hair is just too damaged and easily breakable) but I love, love, love, the smell of this conditioner and it does make my hair feel so smooth. I will more than likely buy it again but I might experiment with a new conditioner and see if any other help my hair more.

JLS Kiss Perfume
Who remembers when JLS released two perfumes? Well I was/am still a big fan of JLS and realised that this perfume has run out, I think I have another one somewhere but I believe it's discontinued now. It's one of the fruitiest scents I've owned but not quite my favourite scent. I wore this loads when I was about 15/16!

Zoella Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion
I absolutely loved this body lotion and the classic, soft and comforting scent of Zoella's first set of products. It smells so dreamy and so soft, I have another which I bought a while ago as a backup!

Hope you enjoyed my first ever Product Empties!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 1 April 2018

March 2018 Favourites


Here is my Favourites Post for March, which is admittedly a little shorter than usual! There's not a lot of makeup/beauty favourites this month as since late February/majority of March, I fell ill and it lasted for multiple weeks and therefore barely wore any makeup or had any plans to also where makeup for. To make up for it I'll discuss some of my Favourites in more detail.

Zoella Blissful Mistful Rollerball
It might be because it's quite a fresh spring scent, but I've been enjoying Zoella's classic scent again. Blissful Mistful is such a light floral/feminine scent and as the actual spray I have was back home, I had the Rollerball edition of the spray at my uni house so I've been using it and enjoying it. They are so handy to pack for on the go.

Janelle Monae - Faster
Janelle Monae - Dance Apocalyptic
Boogie Pimps - Somebody To Love
Louisa ft 2 Chainz - Yes
Pussycat Dolls ft Missy Elliott - Whatcha Think About That
The Script - Rain
Joey Negro - Make A Move On Me

Pretty Little Liars
Right, I know I'm super late to the bandwagon here, but me and my housemates finished Jane The Virgin last month so during March we decided to watch Pretty Little Liars, a series I've heard raved about lots and never actually watched myself. I can thoroughly see the hype and I'm really enjoying it.

Not Going Out
Not Going Out is a sitcom starring Lee Mack, who I find has absolutely brilliant comic timing! I've not watched all of the series', but I've watched quite a few years of the recent series and thoroughly enjoyed them. Lee Mack is great with one-liners but I don't think this show is for everyone, but it's definitely something I look forward to whenever it returns to the screens!

Jacqueline's World
Jacqueline was in EastEnders as Lauren Branning from 2010 - 2018 and since departing she has set up a YouTube channel and began releasing vlogs. I find it extremely interesting as I've loved Jacqueline as an actress for quite a few years now, Lauren was one of my favourite characters and her bond with daughter Ella, is so adorable to watch.

I feel as though I mention Neesey quite a little bit on this blog but she's one of my favourite youtubers. She has a fun and sassy personality, I adore her style and her aesthetic and basically, she's just amazing yes? I've been binge watching a lot of her old videos recently and enjoying them.

Vivian Zhu aka xxnaivivxx
Vivian is a YouTuber I used to watch back in 2010/2011 who actually quit YouTube a couple of years ago. However. she's made a return to YouTube and is back to do more videos and I'm intrigued to see what she brings.

I apologise for this Favourites post being a little smaller than my usual Favourites posts, hopefully I'll get to enjoy more products next month!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxxx