Wednesday, 27 June 2018

30 Beauty Questions Tag


I think we all love doing a tag post from time to time! I love reading them and answering them too! This particular tag '30 Beauty Questions' tag is one I don't think I've actually answered before.

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?

My first makeup item was Beige Glace, a lipstick from Maybelline. Aside from freebie lipglosses from TOTP magazine..! I think I remember there was 4 I used so much; Berry, Cherry, Watermelon and another flavour but I've forgotten the scent of the 4th one!

2. Describe your perfect mascara, have you found one that fits your specifications?

 I think generally Maybelline's Lash Sensational works the best for me. It's my absolute favourite.

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from your foundation?

I like full coverage, but often it's medium coverage really.

4. Favourite high-end makeup brand?

 I don't own many high-end makeup, but I love the look of MAC and Urban Decay. Morphe do absolutely amazing eye palettes.

5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven't?
Urban Decay and Colourpop. And Lime Crime!

6. Favourite drugstore brand?

 I used to say Rimmel, but now probably Maybelline or Sleek. And for drugstore eyeshadow palettes, Makeup Revolution.

7. Do you wear false eyelashes?

I do. I never used to because I thought I'd not be able to apply them or they'd feel too heavy, but now I absolutely love wearing falsies and honestly it feels weird going out on a night out without them.

8. What sort of makeup can't you leave the house without?

I can and will leave the house without makeup, but probably mascara. Sometimes I forget a lip product but I'd say that too.

 9. What is your most cherished beauty product?

 Probably my Morphe 360 Plum Palette. It's my baby. Whenever I open it, I'm still in awe of it and I got it at Christmas!

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you pick up an item here or there or like to pick up lots all at once?

I used to buy more than I do at the moment but I usually buy an item here or there, it's very rare I'll go makeup shopping and buy loads at once.

 11. Do you have a 'beauty budget' or do you spend freely?

 I don't have a budget set aside for beauty items, but I know roughly how much I want to spend.

12. Do you utilise coupons, reward system and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

 Oh definitely! My housemate has told me I'm always looking for bargains and she's right! My Boots reward card is definitely a big help! I'm always making sure I make the most of my reward system!!

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?

 Has to be lipstick. I just love trying out new brands and shades!

14. Is there a brand you absolutely can't stand?

 I don't think I can really think of a brand I can't stand in terms of makeup. I know there's brands I don't buy from anymore but that's not really because I can't stand them.

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics such as parabens or sulphates?

Not specifically, but I do tend to take care with what I buy as I do have very sensitive skin so things react sometimes!

 16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup? 

 Boots or Beauty Bay. Or Superdrug.

17. Do you like to try different skincare products or stick to a routine?

I do like to try new skincare products but as mentioned, I do have to try and take care with what I buy because of my sensitive skin.

18. Favourite bath and body brand?

 I do love Soap and Glory ever such a lot! They consistently produce amazing smelling products that work so well! I'm also quite a big lover of Zoella Beauty.

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which would you choose?

 Oh gosh!! That's a tricky question!! I'd be tempted to say Sleek. They don't just have one particular product they're good at, they are amazing at everything.

20. Which brand do you think has the best packaging?

 I've never tried any of their stuff, but Too Faced do gorgeous looking product packaging!

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?

 Any of the Little Mix girls always have perfect makeup!

22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?

 I beauty/lifestyle blog so does that count?

 23. 5 Favourite Beauty Gurus?

Makeup gurus on YouTube, I'd say Zoella, Imogenation, SophDoesNails, I watch quite a mixture of beauty and vloggers.

24. Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?

Not really, I don't use them.

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Oh definitely!!

26. Do you use a makeup base/primer for the eyes?

I used Maybelline's 24 Hour Colour Tattoo (cream eyeshadow) in Crème De Rose as my base for my eyes. It works so well.

 27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

 Literally dry shampoo some days but that's it.

28. What do you apply first, foundation or concealer?

 Foundation then concealer.

29. Have you ever considered taking makeup classes?

 I've never considered it personally, I just try to learn from practising or YouTube.

30. What do you love about makeup?

 Creating different looks and experimenting. I love trying new products.

So there we go! Comment below your favourite makeup product, and if you fancy doing this tag send me your links so I can have a read!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Friday, 22 June 2018

Let's Reflect: Second Year of University


Today's post is a little reflection post on my Second Year of University! I did one after finishing First Year which you can read here if you fancy it!

Second Year has been a whole new adventure, a whirlwind of emotions (and water in my uni house's case). The main difference between First Year and Second Year is definitely the fact that I felt so much more settled this year than last year. During First Year, I realise I did feel very lost and disorientated in terms of where I belonged.

In my accommodation, the main person I connected with was my flatmate who was a Masters student and therefore I spent a lot of time socialising with her and the friends I made through her, but as they were masters students, majority of them did not return when I started Second Year in September. As I was a first year student and they were masters, I did feel a little out of place sometimes even though they were absolutely lovely and looked after me well. My anxiety was very bad and I was adjusting to everything, meaning I didn't socialise much with others and probably missed out on the friendship making part of first year. Looking back now, I can see that a lot of my first year was spent seeing everyone else's experiences going so well and fun (and the year before when I was on my gap year.

Therefore, prior to beginning my second year of university, I was extremely motivated and extremely ready to make the most of my time and do more.
And Second Year actually made me feel a little more comfortable in my surroundings. I made new friends and new housemates and even though living in our student house hasn't been the easiest, I can look back and cherish the memories. I think that's been the key and happiest part of Second Year and it's definitely something I'm grateful for. They say some people come into your life for a reason, and I feel like my housemate definitely did.

The first half of the year was probably the best part, as I do love that time of the year anyway, but I got to spend Halloween with my best friend who came to visit and my housemates as we had a Halloween party which was very enjoyable! Halloween was probably one of my best Halloweens I've ever had as I actually got to celebrate it not once but twice.
I also somehow managed to visit Chester to visit my best friend at uni and also met the SacconeJolys that weekend! I'm still really, really, proud of how I did that weekend as I've mentioned that travelling is not the easiest for me but I honestly had a fabulous time and managed well.

Futhermore, I also got to go to the Christmas markets and see the Christmas lights turned on with my boyfriend which was a lovely memory, as Christmas is probably my favourite time of year! It's something I'd like to do this year too!

Socialising can be a hit and miss for me generally but I'd say I managed better at the start of 2nd Year to be more sociable and did enjoy a fair few social events!

However, towards the end of the year I have definitely lost myself a little. I was full of enthusiasm and optimism in the first semester and gradually things did slide a little.
I'm not sure if it was losing my Gran around the Christmas season and attending her funeral in January, but I've mentioned losing her was very difficult but I believe there's more than one reason.
Generally, I've always put a  lot of pressure on myself to socialise more and do more and make myself happy, but the pressure didn't always pay off and it just came to me feeling unsatisfied.
I attempted to blog about it but couldn't quite get the confidence to publish it.
Dealing with different things at one time can be overwhelming.
I'm a very emotional person and it just overtakes me sometimes which I need to work on. I also worry so much about other people which can further exhaust me!

February did have more events though, me spending my first ever Valentine's Day with my boyfriend and also my best friend visiting and staying the night in my uni house. It was a very busy yet fun week for me!
Another thing which hindered my actual socialising for roughly about a month, was I was struck down with scarlet fever during February/March. This was hard for me as I'd had loads of plans which I'd been excited for and one by one they disappeared and it was pretty disheartening. I was ill for a couple of weeks before getting my antibiotics but I couldn't drink on them so it was pretty annoying!

In terms of grades, mine have slipped a little this year, but my main aim was to get a First in at least one module per year as I got a First last year in one of my projects, luckily I managed to get a First in one of my modules which I was grateful for. Fingers crossed I can get a First somewhere in 3rd year too! In two of my essays, I felt like I had a lot more points to talk about which I need to remember for 3rd year, to have a good think about multiple points before choosing an essay topic!

I even managed to survive a flooding!

Despite all that, I managed to attend a second Final Fling, which is my university's end of year celebration event, which although wasn't as warm as last year, was pretty epic! I decided to go all out with the sequins and glitter this year and wore a blue sequin crop top from Pretty Little Thing. I also wore glitter on my face and eyeshadow. I loved how it looked and I literally am so glad I finally found that top from PLT, as I'd been looking for a while to find something I'd want to wear! I really enjoyed the day and got to see the Vengaboys, Tinchy Stryder, Kelli-Leigh, Sigala.

Moving onwards, I really don't want the uni experience to end as I have definitely grown so, so, much since I started in September 2016. Knowing in September I'll be going into 3rd year, genuinely terrifies me, but I hope that I can keep my life under control and make more positive memories! I recently got in contact with Mind and am in touch and hopefully working on my mental health so hopefully this helps me achieve this! Definitely need to try and get the stressful situations out of my way as it's definitely had a negative effect on my health, hopefully I can learn ways to help myself!

I'd love more than anything to get on top of things, make the most of everything and have loads more happy memories.

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 10 June 2018

My Fave Places To Buy Clothing!

Hi everyone!

Today I thought I'd share with you my favourite places to buy clothing! Over the past couple of years I've definitely got more into fashion and been a bit more experimental with my clothes buying and my outfits. Time to discuss my favourite shops, carry on reading to find out...

Dress from Boohoo, Shoes from New Look

Boohoo has literally become a staple place for me to look for clothes. They have such amazing clothes and so many choices and the prices are extremely good too! My wishlist fills up so quickly and I'm always impressed with what I buy!

Primark (no website unfortunately!)
Primark is pretty much a shop I'm ALWAYS in and always buying things from. I've bought so many amazing things from Primark, to playsuits, lingerie, onesies, pyjamas and more! They have everything and the prices are fab as well.

Pretty Little Thing
I haven't bought too much from PLT, but they have some absolutely beautiful clothes and the ones I have bought are amazing and I don't regret buying from! I've also never had any delivery problems (touchwood) so far either despite what I've heard from others! They serve some amazing looks.

New Look
New Look's clothes are always very stunning and they are a high street shop which I'll always dip into whenever I'm in town! New Look don't disappoint with the styles they offer and I've also recently got into their shoes too! Definitely one of my favourite shops!

Even though I've actually never bought from Missguided, I absolutely love some of the clothes I've found on there! There's a huge selection of dressier clothes which I love and I'm sure one day I'll end up buying something from them!

George @ Asda
George at Asda may not be some people's first thoughts for clothes, but their clothes are such good quality! I've bought my black jeans from there a few years ago and they've stayed black and stayed in excellent quality!

I love Amazon for clothes, the reason being you can find loads of clothes that you might not find in regular shops, more quirkier and less conventional. I bought my Lemonade jumper from Amazon and I wasn't let down, I think they are a great place to invest in something a little out of the ordinary.

LOTD is a website I've only just become aware of, so I've not bought there yet but they have so many amazing clothes and for super, super cheap prices! I'm really tempted to invest and have a try of their clothes as some of their prices are as little as £5!

So there are my favourite places to shop clothes! What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Friday, 8 June 2018

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Newtrals 2 Palette Review


Today's blog post will discuss the (Makeup) Revolution Reloaded Newtrals 2 Palette. I've been playing around with it recently and thought I'd give you a little insight into what I think of it.
Ultimately, this palette boasts a gorgeous collection of warm toned shades, with a mixture of shimmer and matte. These range from oranges, reds, browns, some of which I was intrigued to try as normally I tend to stay towards browns, silvers and neutral shades.

Although initially, this palette wasn't one I'd looked into much, whilst ordering my glitter shadows mentioned in my May Favourites from Superdrug a few weeks back, I found that buying something £4 or over would contribute to me getting free delivery, (it seemed a better offer than just spending almost as much on postage!)

So, a little apprehensively, I added this to my basket and thought I'd give it a go. I'd wanted to try some warmer tones and it seemed to be a great opportunity to go try this, as I own a Makeup Revolution palette already and knew it was amazing quality!

Revolution never seem to disappoint with the exceptional quality of their eyeshadows in addition to the price. The pigmentation is insanely good for the price of £4, you honestly would not expect them to be that price at all if you look at the formula.

The brand executes another fantastic product and proves once again to me that Revolution is a fantastic drugstore brand. 15 shades for £4 of that much quality is just unreal! As you can see you're given a variety of different shades and finishes, enough to give yourself various looks whether you're aiming towards a pink toned look or an orange one.

Although I've found that some of these shades don't really suit my eyes, the ones that do really make them pop and I love how they look. Another thing I'd say is that two of the brown toned shades are very, very similar. They are probably my two negatives over the palette, as everything else was great with it. The shades also don't have names but it's not too big of an issue.

Generally, I'd say it's definitely worth a buy, they are so easy to blend and such beautiful shades, for only £4, even if you aren't 100% sure about warm tones, I recommend you give this a go to have a play around with! That's what I did and I don't regret it!

Have you tried any of Revolution's eye palettes?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 3 June 2018

May 2018 Favourites


Welcome back to my blog and indeed to another edition of my monthly favourites. I cannot believe I'm writing my May Favourites as literally it feels like the start of the year was only last week! And also I can't believe my second year of university has ended (stay tuned for an upcoming reflection post on that!). But for now, here are my monthly favourites for May!

Revolution Refill Pressed Glitter - Glisten Up
I bought these as I knew I wanted to go as sparkly as I could for my university's end of year send off and the blue shade matched the top I was wearing. They were reasonably easy to apply and lasted so well for me! I may have to invest in the palette! For this pack you receive 5 different pressed glitters but I used two of them! There are some gorgeous shades in both sets! I'm lowkey tempted to purchase Glisten Here as well!

Herbal Essences Camomile Moisture Balance Shampoo
I'm fairly sure this has entered my favourites before, but I absolutely love the scent of this shampoo! It's so gorgeous and fresh! I'm not entirely sure if it's still sold as I've bought it in Bargain stores when I've recently purchased it, but I really would like it to come back!

Pretty Little Thing
Pretty Little Thing has been slaaaying with their new stock recently, my wishlist has slowly been building and building upwards! I've also bought two tops from them recently too and they are so cute.

Lisa Scott-Lee - Lately
Riot Act - California Soul
Artemesia - Bits + Pieces
Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha & Cardi B - Girls
Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
Sugababes - In The Middle
Jennifer Lopez ft Cardi B and DJ Khaled - Dinero
Keri Hilson - Intuition

Love Island (S1 and S2)
Hell's Kitchen

Vienna Mini Ice Creams
Tesco's Peppermint Tea
Aloe Vera Drink

Thank you for reading this post! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Claire xxx