Monday, 11 December 2017

Chester Weekend Trip (Meeting The SacconeJolys)


Some of you may or may not know, but a couple of months ago I took a weekend trip to Chester, where I stayed with my best friend who is down there for university.
This trip has been long-awaited, as I've always wanted to go down but somehow I suppose my anxiety always got in the way and stopped me. It was always something which got to me.

This time however, was the time to go and visit her and also another special reason too.
We had tickets to meet The SacconeJolys on their book tour! Me and my best friend are both huge fans of The SacconeJolys and I've been watching them for a while now and I just find their videos so entertaining and really relaxing, they have gotten me through some tough times.

I travelled down on the train on Saturday afternoon (nearly missing it because my watch decided to stop and my housemate literally saved my skin by ringing a taxi for me last minute) and arrived around evening time, just in time for a Dominos!

I really enjoyed myself, we went for a night out on the Saturday night which was a lot of fun and one of my favourite nights out I've been on (and thankfully BeyoncĂ© played) and then the next day, being a bit tired, we slept in, caught up on Strictly and watched Moana. She also made me a very tasty roast dinner which was soo good!

Monday was the day I went home but it was also the day we met The SacconeJolys. It was held in WH Smith, in the centre of the city which was great for me as it meant I got to see a bit more of Chester in the day this time! I should have taken more photos as it was my first time in Chester, but we were making sure we got there on time. At the signing, there was the opportunity to get your face painted with one of the dogs, or balloon animals. It was a very chilled event overall. As for Anna and Jonathan themselves, they were absolutely lovely and Jonathan's humour came out even in the short time we saw them. Anna looked so pretty and it was so weird to think that we were standing there beside them after having watched them for so long.

I really enjoyed my weekend down in Chester and I especially felt proud of myself because I know that I managed to throw myself into it and that a year or two ago I wouldn't have been able to do it. Looking back, I still can't believe I did it but I can't express how happy I am that I did. Somehow I managed to control my anxiety for the most and when I look back at the photos and videos, I smile a lot and am grateful for the amazing memories.

I also put together a short vlog featuring a couple of the clips and photos I took over the weekend (not all of them). Enjoy!

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas: Best Friend

Hey everyone!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And if you still haven't got a plan of what to get your best female friend, take a little look at my gift ideas below:

Unicorn Mug - £10.00
(You could even get some chocolates or hot chocolate and marshmallows to put inside with the mug for an extra cute gift!
Strawberry Treats Set - £6.00 The Body ShopPerfect for someone who deserves a relaxing and indulging bath, you could team this up with some face masks or a cute shower cap to complete the gift.
Flamingo Wall Print - £3.15 EtsyThis wall print is so cute and would make a great gift for a friend who's into interior and decorating. If you wanted to follow up with something to go with it, you could always buy a reed diffusor or candle.

Cactus Hoodie - £5.69 your friend who loves to be cosy and snug, an oversized hoodie would be a very appreciated gift idea. This cactus one is so cute and quirky, as it's from Amazon so you won't see it worn everywhere. You could even pair it with some cosy socks from Primark to make sure the person is extra snug!

Echo Falls Gift Set - £5 TescoWho doesn't love a little beverage around the festive season, (providing you are of legal age)? This Echo Falls gift set is so cute because not only do you receive a small bottle of wine, you get some Lindor chocolate and a sweet little glass to go with it! Pair up with a DVD your friend may like or a new lipstick and you're sorted.

Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette - £9.99 Superdrug
This highlight palette has caught my eye for a while but it would make a gorgeous gift for a makeup loving best friend, as it's budget friendly and Sleek are a brand which do amazing quality products for their price range. A nail polish or cute brush set would be the perfect partner for this gift idea!
Personalised Wall Calendar - £14.99 Boots
Taken loads of selfies with a friend over the past year? A personalised calendar would make a very thoughtful gift and treasured because it's personalised. You could maybe pair a small stationary set to go with it so they can mark on their important dates and let's face it  - who doesn't love some new stationary?

Gold Coloured Shoulder Bag - £8.99 H&M
There's no such thing as having too many handbags, and this one would make a great night out bag as it's small and the gold colour is pretty to stand out in the light. I think it would make a great Christmas present with maybe some gel heels if you're planning on giving it to a mate who's always out in heels! Their feet will be very grateful!
So there's my gift ideas guide for your female best friend, I tried to incooperate some ideas. Ultimately, the decision is yours as to what your best friend likes and her personality, but I hope my ideas have maybe inspired you.

Claire xxx

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Palete Review


Today I'm talking about the Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Palette. I recently got gifted this palette from one of my best friends and it had been a palette which I'd been considering buying. Mainly because it displays a gorgeous number of shades. There's a nice collection of both matte and shimmery shades which compliment one another enormously. All of them range through light browns/cream to shimmery browns to the dark matte shade at the end.

I tested out this palette at the weekend and let's just say I was very impressed!
The pigmentation is extremely outstanding and very easy to blend.
It's a palette which can take you from your neutral and subtle day makeup to your seductingly sexy shimmery smoky makeup with just one brush sweep.

It's actually my first product from Makeup Revolution but I've got to say I'm really happy with the quality of the palette and the number of potential looks you can create with it. I'm hugely impressed and really recommend it! Makeup Revolution is definitely a drugstore brand I've wrongly overlooked and never quite noticed before but let's be honest that will not be happening anymore!

Have any of you used any Makeup Revolution products? What's your favourite?

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Making Up For Lost Time


This is probably a different kind of post to what I've done so far on this blog however it is a lifestyle blog and writing about topics such as this should be just as valuable as my other posts.

When I joined university I knew there were a lot of new experiences and new things happening, I didn't quite know what to expect as I was not only starting a new section of my life, I was moving away from home, which at the time was a big step for me and definitely a very weird thing to get used to at first. Naturally, although I do like being in my own company and being on my own as well as being social, I do feel like I rely on other people for comfort and for generally making sure I'm doing things right. Even though joining university was at first unsettling, I kept reminding myself that I was building my own little life here and that this is something which if you'd told me about in 2013/2014 I'd have not taken you seriously. What I'm trying to say is that it's a huge achievement for someone like me.

One notable thing about first year however, was that because I was adjusting and settling into this new way of life and dealing with my mental health in a new environment, I didn't quite do as much as I wanted to/maybe should have done. It probably took me a little longer to settle into the new environment than others did and that therefore led me to missing out on making as many memories as I could have done especially in the very early stages of First Year, which I do regret a bit.

Ultimately, even though I did end up making progress and making many memories in first year, I did miss out even then on socialising and making memories. The memories I do have for last year are amazing as my confidence did start growing, but for the first couple of months particularly, I was held back.

Sometimes I do feel like I'm trying to make up for lost time, as especially through secondary school I struggled with anxiety and consequently it made me miss out on a lot of things throughout my teenage years. It still does now to an extent, but university particularly gave me more of a freedom and also more confidence in some ways to have good experiences and make up for time lost and things I don't always get to do. I've been there and looked back on things I wish I could have done but due to lack of confidence or anxiety or something I've not been able to do it.

Anxiety can be difficult and sometimes make you feel extremely unmotivated or unconfident and indeed stop you from socialising and doing the things you want. My advice is to try and push yourself whenever possible to try and do things. One of my ways of pushing myself towards the end of first year, was that I tried to make the most of the time I had left and I wanted to make more memories and didn't want to look back and see I'd done nothing. Try not to put pressure on yourself to do everything, but definitely try and do what you can.

Dealing with mental health struggles can be difficult, but you WILL make progress. It isn't always easy and I still have moments where I can feel myself getting triggered or think 'Shit I can't do this'. But thinking about some of the achievements I've managed over the last year and a half is so surreal so I honestly can say if you're struggling at the moment with any mental health problem, it's going to be okay, keep going and keep taking steps to push yourself. You can do it. I've made a conscious effort to try and do as much as I can and feel comfortable doing, make as many memories as I can, no matter how little they may seem. Because every memory made, is a step of progress.
For more advice and information on mental health, please take the time to visit Mind's website, there you can read other people's stories and find ways of getting help if you need it.

Claire xxx

Monday, 20 November 2017

OOTD: 21st Birthday Night Out


So on Saturday it was my birthday and I turned 21! I don't really feel old enough to be 21 but here we are! I'd known for a while I wanted to properly celebrate my 21st as in the past I've not really done much for birthdays and wished I had done. So I tried to make an effort for my 21st. It was also actually the first time I'd worn a body suit before but I really liked it. When I bought it I tried to buy a different colour as I've noticed that a lot of my dressy/night out clothes tend to be black. Here are the photos.

Bodysuit: Boohoo
Bralette: Boohoo
Jeans: George Asda
Boots: M&S

Claire xxx

Friday, 10 November 2017

My Favourite Autumn/Winter Lip Shades


We're heading into Autumn/Winter now which is one of my favourite times of the year!
I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite autumn/winter lip shades!

- NYX Soft Matte Lipcream Transylvania
This is perfect for this time of year, it's a dark purple which really works well I feel against my pale skin. You have to be careful to not let it get patchy as it's one of the Soft Matte Lip creams, but honestly it's one of my favourites to wear this time of year.

- Sleek Matte Me Fandango Purple
As you've probably guessed I'm into my purple shades, but I love the tone of this liquid lippy, only thing is it requires very precise application so it's not one you can quickly apply, you need time to take care with the application otherwise it can get messy.

- NYX Liquid Suede Kitten Heels
This is the red lipstick I picked up last year, as I had no red liquid lipsticks in my collection. I was hugely impressed with it and it produces a very bright and vibrant red shade. I'll definitely be wearing it a lot this year too.

- NYX Lingerie Beauty Mark
The Lingerie range offers a variety of beautiful brown toned nudes, this being one of the darker shades. I think this shade is really lovely for this time of year and it's extremely comfy to wear despite being matte.

- Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss 01
This is actually the first red lipstick I owned but it's a gorgeous red shade. Darker than Kitten Heels, but more of a creamy satin finish than outright matte. Definitely worth looking into if you love red lip shades.
- MAC -Honeylove
I'm including this as a standard nude as if you're wearing heavy autumnal colours on your eyes you're going to want a nude shade to match. Honeylove is a gorgeous nude tone and works well with a lot of different skin tones. It's a matte finish but isn't too drying.

What are your favourite lip shades for this season?

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Zoella Snowella Body Mist Review


It's becoming autumn/winter and that means one thing! A new Zoella Beauty collection timed for release right before Christmas.

As someone who's been a big lover of Zoella Beauty products previously (and a massive Christmas lover), I was really excited to see what this year would bring!
The range is amusingly titled 'Snowella' which is probably my favourite collection name to date.

The Snowella body mist comes in a white bottle with a general wintery style, but what makes it even cuter is the fact it comes with a little white pom pom! How cute?!

It states it has notes of Peony, refreshing Mint and Pink Pepper, which is a hard scent to explain!

I would describe the scent as a mixture of the Classic scent and Tuity Fruity (which both happen to be my favourite scents from her collections). In turn, I absolutely love the scent of this range and am definitely going to try and get my hands on as much of it before it discontinues. Every Zoella Christmas range is limited edition.

I find the Zoella mists to be very good quality, as even though they aren't perfumes, they manage to stay for longer than you expect. I've been using Snowella for a bit now and I've got to say it's definitely one of my favourite scents and one I keep heading to use during the winter months.

If you wish to purchase Snowella you can pick it up in Superdrug stores or alternatively online from Feel Unique, the link being here:

Have you tried any of Zoe's Snowella collection yet? Let me know!!

Claire xx