Sunday, 30 September 2012

September Favourites!

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well, today I am going to be doing me September favourites.
I don't know if it is just me, but every month seems to be whizzing by!
Anyways, lets crack on....
First up is my very first Soap & Glory product; Smoothie Star Deep Moisture Body Milk.
 I did a beauty wishlist a few weeks ago showing some S&G products that I wanted and so when I went to boots a couple of weeks ago, I decided to get this for myself. This is quite expensive at £10 but it is so nice. It smells really good and moisturises your skin really well. I'm sure this isn't as moisturising as some of their body butters, but I find it works well for me. 
Next is the Tresemme Split Remedy shampoo. I did a review on a few of the products from the Split Remedy range after receiving a sample with my Oasis online order (click HERE) and as I loved the products so much, I decided to get the full sized bottle of the shampoo. I really do love this shampoo, I adore the smell and I find it makes my hair really soft and silky. It also doesn't make my hair as greasy. Love it!
Before I went back to school, me and some of my friends went shopping. Up until then I was a Hollister virgin, but when I was out shopping, me and one of my friends decided to do the '3 for £15' deal on the Hollister body sprays. I ended up getting the Malibu Beach spray, and I have to say, I love it. It is a sweet scent with hints of almond and vanilla. I have been wearing it pretty much throughout the whole of September and as you can see from the picture, I haven't used too much of it. I highly recommend this scent, especially for Autumn and Winter.
Next up is the Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine. I got this whilst in New York at the start of June and hadn't actually used it up until mid September. I am really glad I purchased this as it is such a nice lip butter. It is really moisturising and lasts a fair while on the lips, considering it is just a lip butter. The colour doesn't really show up on my lips as I have quite pigmented lips already, however, I would love to try out more of the colours.
Lastly, is the Simple Clear Skin moisturiser. I did a review recently (click HERE) but I thought I would include it in my favourites as well. I really like this, it absorbs quickly and mattifies my face. Although it does control the oil, it still moisturises my face enough. It hasn't broken my out and over all I really like it.

So that is it for my September favourites, I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. 
Let me know what your favourites are or if you would like any more information on the products above.
Hope you all had a great September and I will see you next time.

Claire x

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Autumn/Fall Fashion Ideas!

Now that Autumn/Fall has descended upon us I thought I would show you some clothing I think look really gorgeous in Autumn. With these pieces, or very similar pieces, I think you could make some really lovely Autumnal outfits for this year.

I love chain detailing or studding on clothes, and of course knitwear for Autumn. I also know rose gold has be very on-trend over recent months.

I personally love Autumn as the weather usually isn't freezingly cold and so it gives you the opportunity to wear really nice jumpers and cardigans, thicker leggings etc.

Tell me what your favourite clothes are for Autumn or what trends you are loving right now.
I really hope you enjoyed my first fashion related post. 
Thank you very much for reading and I will see you guys soon.

Claire xxx 

Monday, 24 September 2012

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser!

Hi Everyone!
I wanted to do a review today on a recent discovery of mine. 
I was looking for a new moisturiser as my Essence one wasn't hydrating enough for the colder weather which has descended upon us, and after seeing many good reviews on the Simple Oil Balancing range, I decided to give this moisturiser a shot. 

I purchased this from Boots using my mums points on her Boots card, but to buy it costs £4.27.

The Simple website describes this moisturiser as;

"Our Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser is a perfect blend of ingredients to help maintain moisture levels throughout the day whilst giving long lasting shine control. Perfect for even sensitive skin.simple goodness
Our special blend of Simple moisturising goodness containing Vitamin E, Pro-Vitamin B5, Zinc PCA, Corn Starch and Phytosphingosine, a natural antibacterial, helps to moisturise your skin whilst gently absorbing excess oil and mattifying skin"

It also has no perfumes or colour making it suitable for sensitive skin.
As you can see from the picture it is just a white moisturiser. It does have a very slight scent but nothing overpowering. 
At first it does have quite a thick consistency, but once you start massaging it into the skin, it is quickly absorbed and leaves your skin feeling soft but matte. 
I am really enjoying using this moisturiser, it really does help control the oil yet still moisturise your skin like Simple claim. It hasn't broken me out either which it great.

I would highly recommend this moisturiser as I think it would suit quite a few skin types; expect if you do have dry skin as I don't think it would be moisturising enough.

I hope this quick review was helpful, please let me know if you have tried any products from the range and what you think as I love hearing your views and opinions.

Thank you for reading and if you feel like it, please follow me as it would make my week :)

Claire xxx

Friday, 21 September 2012

Review: Real Techniques Blush Brush

Hello Everyone!
Today I want to do a quick rant about the Real Techniques Blush Brush. I am a massive fan of the Real Techniques brushes, owning the stippling brush, powder brush and core collection. 
I got the blush brush a few weeks ago whilst Boots had an offer on the brushes; Buy one get a 2nd half price. 
I picked this one up for myself as I had been eyeing it since my Sigma F40 blush brush is getting a bit old.

It costs £9.99 originally which I think it really good for an excellent quality brush. The bristles are made of Taklon and are super soft, don't shed and are really easy to clean.

On the Real Techniques website, it describes this brush as;

Contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high-definition results:
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • self-standing for easy storage
  • extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use
I would use this brush for blush, bronzer or powder, it a great multi-purpose brush.
As you can see from the pictures, the brush is slightly tapered at the end meaning it is great for contouring the cheeks. I wouldn't recommend this brush if you want precise application of bronzer because it is quite big. However, for an all-over bronzed look, it is brilliant.
I also enjoy using it for blush as it goes over the cheeks really well and makes your cheeks have a rosy glow. 
The brush would also be great for powder as you can easily use it under your eyes if you like to set your concealer.

Over all it is an amazing brush like all of the other Real Techniques brushes. Some may find it too big for blush but I find I can work with it.
I would highly recommend this brush if you are on the market for a new face brush as it is so multi-purpose.
I really hope you guys enjoyed this review, and as always thank you very much for reading.
Have a great weekend!

Claire xxx 

Monday, 17 September 2012

The Liebster Blog Award!

Hi Everyone!
I just found out today that Zara from ZaraLou very kindly nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! I want to say a big thank you to Zara for nominating me, it means so much and it is so nice to know that people do read and enjoy me blog :)

The Liebster Blog Award is an award for new bloggers with under 200 followers, which I think is great as it gives new bloggers recognition for their amazing blogs. 
So the rules are that you say 11 things about yourself, answer the 11 questions set by your nominer (is that a word?) and then ask 11 questions for 11 bloggers with under 200 followers who you nominate!

11 Things About Me!
1. I love cats! I would love to have two Birman cats when I am older named Coco and Chanel.
2. I am currently doing my GCSE's.
3. I love travelling to different countries but hate flying.
4. My current favourite tv show is 2 Broke Girls.
5. I love cooking.
6. I am super happy Forever 21 came to the UK because many of the clothes are my style and they are quite affordable. 
7. My favourite song right now is Beyonce's 'I was here'.
8. It is raining outside as I right this.
9. I am really looking forward to Autumn/Fall and Winter.
10. I suffered from pneumonia when I was 1 year old. 
11. I find it impossible to do messy buns.

11 Questions From Zara!

1. What fashion item could you not live without?
Probably knitwear (jumpers, cardigans etc) because it is always rainy and cold in the UK and I love layering with jumpers....they're also really comfy and cosy :)

2. What is your favourite trend for this Autumn?
I don't really keep up with trends that much, but I have been noticing a lot of studding in shops and I love clothes with stud detailing.

3. Pepsi or Coke?
I would have to say neither. I really don't like coke or pepsi or anything like that. The only fizzy drink I like is lemonade, but I don't drink it that much....sorry.

4. What was/is your favourite subject at school?
I love English and Film Studies because I find them really interesting! I also like Maths and Food Tech.

5. Bold eye or bold lip?
For me, I love a bold lip :) I think a simple neutral eye and a red, or a dark pink, or a plum colour looks beautiful, especially for Autumn and Winter.

6. What is your favourite season for fashion?
Definitely Autumn because you can wear jeans and a jumper and not be too cold where as in Winter you have to put a massive coat on which means people can't really see your outfit. Also in the UK we don't get much hot weather so I don't get many opportunities to wear shorts and a vest :(

7. Do you watch beauty videos on youtube?
Yes I do, I love watching so many people and I think the beauty community on Youtube is amazing.

8. What is your favourite Christmas film?
That's really hard. I remember watching so many when I was young, one in particular though was Disney's 'Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas' which I loved!

9. What do you spend more time on, your hair or your make up?
Make up! On a school day or if I am going somewhere nice, I spend about 10 - 15 minutes doing my make up. For my hair, I usually just brush it through and keep it natural which takes about 2 minutes. 

10. Drugstore or High end make up?
That's really hard because I think you can find some brilliant things from the drugstore which work just as good, if not better than some high end make up. However, I get really put off by the samples in drugstores when they're all dirty and messy, and so I think there is nothing better going to a high end make up counter and them just doing your make up for you, I don't know if it's just me, but I find it so relaxing.

11. Who is your style icon?
I really love Heart from ThatsHeart as I think her style is really cute and comfy but still really stylish. Celebrity wise, I think Eva Longoria Parker is beautiful and I love her style, I also think Diana Kruger has a very classy style.   

My questions for you!
1. Do you prefer Christmas or New Year? 
2. What is your favourite high street/drugstore product?
3. What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
4. What is your 'go to' hairstyle?
5. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
6. Would you consider making Youtube videos, along with your blog?
7. What is your best beauty tip?
8. What would you say is your 'signature' look? 
9. What is your favourite Christmas song?
10. If you were to win an oscar, what would it be for?
11. And because I liked Zara's question so much, what do you spend more time on, your hair or your make up?

The people who I nominate!
Cats and Clothing
To be confirmed 
Abundance of Erica

So these are the lovely ladies who I nominate, I know I have nominated them before but I have just been loving their blogs right now :)

Also, a last thank you to Zara for nominating me and to her brilliant questions, I really enjoyed doing this post and I hope you enjoyed it too!
Thank you for reading, and if you want, follow me as it would make me smile :)

Claire xxx


Friday, 14 September 2012

How to: Tell If Your Make-Up Is Out Of Date!

 Hello Everyone! 
Today I wanted to quickly share with you a tip I have recently learned. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I always heard people go on about checking if your make up was in date and I never knew what I was looking for, however, I recently read somewhere the secret to finding out.
Here are a few examples. On the back of most products, make up, skincare and haircare, there should be a little symbol of a pot with 6M, 12M, 18M or 24M (or something similar) in it. This stands for 6 months, 12 months, 18 months or 24 months.  
Directly below the 'E' is the 12M symbol.
On the far right at the bottom below the word "Paris" is the 24M symbol.
Above "02 Rose Ivory" on the right is the 24M symbol.

Now the annoying thing is that you may not be able to exactly remember when you bought a product, and I am completely the same. For some of my products (about half) I know roughly when I bought them. However, by knowing roughly how long you have been using your product, should give a good indication to if it has expired yet.
Also, I wouldn't 100% live by the rule of using your products until they are 'out of date'. I know that some of the products I use are out of date but they still look, smell and work fine. However, if a product was getting on a couple of years and it is more of a liquid product then I probably wouldn't want to start using it. 
Lastly, you can also go off the look and smell of the product and the performance. If it has separated (unless it is normal for that product to separate) or if it has a funny smell then I would advise maybe not to use that product, especially if you haven't used it in a while. Also if it isn't working or performing very well then if may be an indication that it is too old.  

I really hope this post has been useful, I am sure most of you know about the little symbol, but for those who were like me then I think it is really good to know so you are aware that products go off just like food. 
As always thank you very much for reading, let me know if you have any other tips for knowing if your products have expired!

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A Beauty Wishlist #1

Hi Everyone!
Today I wanted to share with you a few beauty related items I currently have my eye on. I have done a couple of 'wishlists' in the past, but thought I would just start doing fashion wishlists and then beauty wishlists. 
I hope you guys enjoy this post, I know I love seeing wishlists as it gives me my own ideas and I just find them really interesting :) 

First up is Mac Cremeblend blush in "Something Special". I have been wanting this product after seeing the beautiful Rebecca from PolarMilk rave about this product. I think it is a gorgeous colour and I always think cream blushes look more natural than powder blushes.
Now I need your help. I have been eyeing the Mac Cream Colour Bases for a while and although I am going to wait until I finish my other Mac highlighter, I thought I would ask you guys anyway. I love the colours Pearl (left) and Hush (right) but didn't know which colour would be best for highlighting on a NC15 skin tone. What do you think?
After I have used up the St Ives Apricot Body Scrub, I really want to try out the Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub. I have heard a lot of youtubers rave about this product and I just think that it looks like a really nice scrub :)

Also from Soap and Glory, is the Scrub Your Nose In It face exfoliator. I have heard really great things about this product and thought it would be worth a try one day.
Lastly from Soap and Glory are two cleansers, Face Soap and Clarity (left) and Peaches and Clean (right), which again I need your help for. Both of these cleansers look great but if you have tried one of these cleansers or both cleansers out I would LOVE to hear your opinions and views. Remember, I do have combination skin with bad breakouts on my forehead and around my mouth and chin.
And last but by no means least, is a Balmi lip balm. I probably don't want to try all 5 but I think one of these would be really nice to have, if you have tried any of these, which flavour would you recommend?

So that is it for my beauty related wishlist, I do apologize for most of the products being from Mac or Soap and Glory, I have just been really interested in their products recently.
 If you have tried any of these products please, please write your views or opinions down below as I would really appreciate it.
I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading :)

Claire xxx

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Review: Good Things Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well today. I am going to be doing a review on the Good Things Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser. In my last post I did a review on the Good Things facial mask (click HERE) and so I thought I would do a review on the cleanser which I bought at the same time. 

Like I said in my last post, Good Things products are free from various chemicals, animal ingredients and mineral oils.
They also all contain superfruit extracts. The stay clear cleanser contains extracts of mango, blueberry and willow-bark to "purify and decongest the skin, keeping oiliness and breakouts at bay."
On paper, this cleanser looks amazing and as I suffer from pretty bad breakouts on my forehead, around my mouth and on my chin, I was really looking forward to trying this cleanser out. 
I also had very high expectation due to seeing such amazing reviews of the brand in general.

The actual product is a clear gel which slightly foams when used. It has a strong fruity smell which I personally love, but those with sensitive skin may find it too strong.
Again I love the packaging of all their products and I think the Good Things website is also really good as it has a lot of information about the products and their ingredients etc. 

When I first began using the cleanser I was having a very bad breakout on my forehead, I started using this and the facial mask but due to that making me break out in more blemishes, I just used this. It didn't make a dramatic difference to my skin, but over a couple of weeks my skin began clearing up and I did get quite excited that this would be the perfect cleanser for me.
However, over the last few days I have had a big breakout around my mouth and I can see more coming on my forehead!
My skin does have a cycle. I will go through a period of bad breakouts but then they will clear and I will have reasonably clear skin with the odd blemish, until I get another bad breakout, so for me it is a never ending cycle. Unfortunately, this cleanser really didn't do anything for my skin. I did think it was working, but when my skin broke out again recently, I relised it wasn't clearing up my skin.

Although this cleanser didn't make me break out, it also didn't completely clear and prevent blemishes. I am really disappointed that it didn't work out for me and I was hoping for a better difference. 
I would still recommend it though, because it may work for you and in general it is a nice cleanser to use.

Please let me know what cleanser you would recommend for breakouts, or if you have used this cleanser and what you thought of it.
I hope you enjoyed this post and as always thank you very much for reading!


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Review: Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well, and for those who are now back to school (like myself), I hope you're having an ok time :)
Today I want to do a review on the Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask. I featured this in a recent haul (click HERE) after seeing such amazing reviews of the brand.
I was really excited to try this but after using it a couple of times, I wanted to share my opinion. 

The brand Good Things has been developed by Alice Hart-Davis and all the products contain no mineral oils or other petrochemicals, parabens, sodium
laureth and sodium lauryl sulphates, and nothing that has been derived from or tested
on animals. This is a huge bonus as you know you are not putting anything nasty on your face. All the products also contain "superfruit extracts", which are not just good for the skin, but also make a lot of the products smell really nice.

First of all, I will say I LOVE the packaging of all the Good Things products. I think it is really pretty and I really like the colour scheme they use throughout.

The actual product is a light green/grey colour with a medium consistency. It covers you face really well and a little goes a long well. It contains superfruit extracts of avocado and goji berry

The Good Things website describes the 5 minute facial mask as;

"This mask is a true multi-tasker, designed to make your skin clearer, brighter and smoother, all at the same time. Top ingredients include green clay and kaolin to draw out impurities, avocado oil to moisturise, goji berry extract to soothe and willow bark extract for radiance."

On paper, this mask sounds really good and so I had very high expectations of it clearing my skin. 
On the first application, it felt very tingly, on the second it was still tingly but not quite as much. It wasn't very pleasant but I just thought it was working.
However, the reason why I have only used this mask twice is because each time I have gotten a lot more spots than I usually would around my t-zone.
I don't know if thats what it's meant to do, draw out all of your impurities, but I am quite scared to use it as it will draw out a load of spots on me. On the plus side though, it does draw out all the impurities, so if you suffer from blocked pores than this may work really well for you.  
I have blocked pores around my nose and it did reduce them in size, so I do believe with regular use they will disappear. However, because I don't have a cleanser that works perfectly for me yet, I don't want to continue using this mask and end up with more spots than I did in the first place.

Also, they claim that the avocado oil will moisturise you face, however, when I took this off using my Liz Earle muslin clothe, my face felt incredibly tight. If you have a very good moisturiser than I am sure it will fix it, but I don't and so I had to use a couple of coats of my moisturiser just to relieve my face of the tightness.

A positive I do have is that it dries very quickly. Although it is a five minute mask, it really dries in about 3-4 minutes, depending how thickly you put it on. It also has quite a pleasant smell. 
As well as this, the Good Things website has a lot of really good information about their products if you are interested in them.

Overall though I am really disappointed with the mask. I wanted to love it but my skin just doesn't seem to work with it. I do want to give it a 3rd chance but I am just to nervous to use it again incase I break out in a load more spots. So for now I think I will just stick to the cleanser.

Please let me know if you have tried this and if you had the same problem or if it cleared your skin up. I hope you enjoyed this review and as always thank you for reading.

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Why Do You Wear Make-Up TAG!

Hello Everyone!
Today I want to do the why do you wear make-up tag!
I saw this from the creators of the tag; Sammi (BeautyCrush) and Louise (Sprinkleofglitter), and also Erica (Abundance of Erica) who did the tag. 
I thought it looked really fun and so I am going to do it today.

1. When Did You Begin Using Make-Up?
I am quite ashamed to say that I began wearing make-up when I was about 12. At the start of high school, I made a new group of friends who were already into make-up, and so of course I felt like I should be wearing make-up too and so went out to Boots and bought the Max Factor Natural Mineral Foundation. I didn't know anything about make-up and ended up getting a shade way too dark for me, yet I still wore the foundation for about a year. After a year or so I started to slowly discover liquid foundation, powder, concealer, blush etc and even to this day, I still suffer from breakouts due to my lack of knowledge about what products to use.

2. How Do You Feel Without Make-Up?
I would love to say that I feel fine without make-up, but sadly that is not true. Even if I am just staying at home with my family, I still wear concealer under my eyes to make me feel more awake. I probably will always wear something everyday, unless I am ill, as it makes me feel more confident and I feel more like 'myself' if that makes any sense. 
I always find though that if I see other people with no make-up, I always think they still look beautiful. However, when it comes to myself, I am always I harsher critique. 

3. What Do You Like About Make-Up?
For me, I love applying make-up. I don't know if that is a bit odd, but I always look forward to sitting down of a morning and applying my make-up. I have a passion for make-up and would love to do it as a career, despite the fact I am not the best at applying it. 
Like I said before, I also like it because it does make me feel more confident, and I find you can always rely on make-up to make you feel better about yourself if you are having a bad skin day etc.

4. Three Holy Grail Items?
1. Concealer: For me, I am ok to wear concealer by itself because you can cover any problem areas like dark circles, blemishes, redness etc. I would probably choose it over foundation because although you can get full coverage foundations, I wouldn't really want that all over my face everyday.
2. Blush: I love blush as it can add a pop of colour or a warmth to your face. There are so many types of blushes and colours to choose from and I just think it is a great multi-purpose item.
3. Lip Balm: This may be a bit random, but I always use lip balm. I use it underneath lipstick and lipgloss and at night before I go to bed. It is a must for me.

So that is the tag, I hope you enjoyed it. I tag ALL OF YOU!
Leave a link down below if you too decide to do it.
Thank you for reading and I'll see you next time.

Claire xxx

Monday, 3 September 2012

Review: Mac Fix+

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well. Today I am going to review the Mac Fix+.
I got this a couple of weeks ago after hearing so many good reviews about it. I paid £13.50 for 100ml.

The Mac website describe the product as;

"An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!"

Basically fix+ is water with minerals in it, and although it doesn't sound like much it, I find it does make a difference to my make up.

Firstly I do find it pro-longs my make up. It is not a dramatic difference, but it does make everything stay in place for longer.
I also love how it makes your make up look for natural. It blends everything together and removes that powdery finish you can sometimes find from powders, blushes etc.
Lastly, it gives your skin a really nice sheen. I have combination skin and I don't think this makes me more oily. It just gives my skin a healthy glow which I love.

It is very refreshing and so I think if you were to be going on a long haul flight, spritzing this over your face every now and then would really refresh your skin.
The lady at Mac also said that you can use this as a toner, which I think would also be a great idea.

Overall Mac Fix+ is a really great multi use product. You can use it as part of your skincare, by itself, after your make up or throughout the day. I would definitely repurchase this product and I am really happy i tried it out.

I hope you enjoyed this review, let me know if you have tried the Mac Fix+ and what your thoughts are on it.
Thank you for reading and if you want, please follow as it would make my day :)

Claire xxx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

August Favourites!

Hi Everyone!
I know I said something similar last month but I still can't believe we are now into September and 4 months away from Christmas!
But, today I am going to do my August favourites. Enjoy!
First up is the Jemma Kidd I-Glamour Define Eyeliner which I got free in the September issue of Elle. I have been wearing this pretty much everyday since I got it, with and without mascara!
Next may come has no surprise to some people, the Bobbi Brown BB cream. I have been loving this throughout August and if you want to know just how much, I did a review HERE.
The Mac Fix+ is quite a recent purchase but I have really enjoyed using it. It leaves a pretty sheen to your skin and helps blend everything together, leaving your make up looking more natural. 
Next is the Real Techniques Stippling brush. I love the Real Technique brushes but this month I have found myself reaching towards the stippling brush to apply my tinted moisturiser, BB cream, cream blushes etc. I did a review HERE!
I got the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in July but have used it quite a lot throughout August. It makes your skin so soft and smooth, which means your make up applies easily. I also think it does help slightly improve the longevity of your make up throughout the day.
Lastly is the Jessica nail polish is Tutti Frutti. I did a post recently on this (click HERE) because I love it that much. It is such a beautiful sheer coral colour which I really love for summer. The quality is also really good. 

Ok they are my August favourites. 
Let me know what your favourites are too!
I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading.

Claire xxx