Monday, 14 August 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award

*Edit I apologise for the layout of this post, it didn't seem to want to space out!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog.
So this is the Sunshine Blogger Award which I was kindly nominated for by Britt from Alternatively Speaking, you can read her post here. I'd like to thank Britt for tagging me and you can find my answers to her questions below.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring. Once nominated the blogger is required to write a post in which they:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
  1. What do you like most about blogging?
    Having my own space to write my own things and publish my own content.
  2. How did you choose your blog’s name?
    I wanted a Claire related nickname and Éclair fitted and Cares just came because I write about things I care about.
  3. What does ‘friendship’ mean to you?
    Friendship is someone who cares for you, looks out for you, listens and makes effort with you.
  4. If money wasn’t an option, what one thing would you buy right now without hesitation?
    I'd probably buy loads of clothes and makeup and go for loads of Spoons visits with my best friend.
  5. What is your biggest fear?
    My anxiety, death and not being happy
  6. What is your current favourite song?
    My current favourite song is probably Chris Brown's Kiss Kiss or Charli XCX's Roll With Me.
  7. What is the most amazing thing you have experienced while traveling?
    I'm not sure actually.
  8. What is your fondest childhood memory?
    Probably visiting my grandparents. They would always be great weekends. And going on family holidays to Wales. They are really good memories of my childhood.
  9. If you had to leave right now and could only take 3 things with you to a mysterious, unknown destination, what would you bring and why?
    I'd take a friend, my phone and some clothes because I'd need someone with me, my phone goes everywhere with me and clothes is kind of obvious!!
  10. What is your favourite quote?
    One of my favourite quotes is from Beyoncé's Pretty Hurts music video, where Bey answers the a question 'My aspiration in life, is to be happy.' It really sits with me.
    I also love the quote 'You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think' from Winnie The Pooh.
  11. When you aren’t blogging, what are you doing?
    Either listening to music, watching YouTube videos. Or watching TV.

    I tag any of you that want to do this tag to do it and the questions I leave for you are:
    1. Who was your first concert?
    2. If you could befriend any celebrity, who would it be and why?
    3. Favourite snack?
    4. You have a day trip with your best friend. How do you spend it?
    5. What are two of your favourite movies?
    6. Where is the furthest you've travelled?
    7. What's your favourite mascara of all time?
    8. Favourite restaurant?
    9. Who was your first celebrity crush?
    10. Favourite fruit?
    11. Who's Instagram do you love to peep at?

    Thank you so much for reading! And once again thank you Britt for nominating me lovely!!

    Love & hugs,
    Claire xxxx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Zoella Jelly & Gelato: Body Pudding & Shower Shake Review

Hey everyone!

I was very excited to hear of Zoe releasing a new range of products for Zoella Beauty, as their products have always impressed me and appealed to me in the past.

Her new range, Jelly and Gelato in cooperates the summery vibes of ice cream and all those tasty treats and scents you have in summer.

The actual scent is described as being 'Elderflower and Pomegranate' which I'd describe as being quite fruity and fresh, although different to that of her previous collection Tuity Fruity.
As soon as I smelled it, I knew I'd used something with a similar scent and I worked out it was a M&S Passionfruit body butter which shared a very similar scent. I'll have to see how it sits with me in terms of Zoella Beauty scents, as it tends to take a couple of months for me to be able to decide where it goes in the ranking, as Sweet Inspirations really grew on me a few months later than when I first bought the products. The scent itself is very lovely and I can definitely see myself wearing it a lot.

Body Pudding:
This cute little tub resembles a little ice cream tub, which I absolutely adore.
It is extremely moisturising and makes your skin feel so soft, I was actually surprised at how smooth my hands and body felt. It's probably the most smoothing product she's released so far I'd say.
I love how my skin feels after I've used it. It feels very luxurious and as if it would be more expensive than what it actually was, because of the amazing moisturising ability this has. It is a gorgeous product and the scent is very prominent in it. I was very impressed!

Shower Shake:
The Shower Shake Body Wash has the most adorable packaging, shaped like a little milkshake, it is SO adorable and captures those summer vibes perfectly!
Unfortunately, my bottle of Shower Shake is broken and doesn't shut properly, which is a problem I've never had with any of Zoe's products before, so I must have just got a faulty one!
It shares the same scent as Body Pudding, although I found it to not be as strong once I'd used it, as some of her other shower products have been stronger after use. The scent didn't sit on my skin as well as the body pudding did. Although I absolutely adore the packaging, it isn't my favourite of Zoe's shower products.

That being said, I'm excited for future Zoella Beauty releases, as Zoe always manages to produce the most eye-catching packaging and gorgeous products, so it's 100% okay if this isn't my favourite collection. We all have different scents we do and don't like or products that do better work on us than others do.

Have any of you bought any Jelly and Gelato products?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 6 August 2017

July 2017 Favourites


Today's post is my July Favourites!! I know it's been a while since I published a Favourites post (I've been listing and writing them but never got round to properly publishing them!) So here is my July Favourites from 2017! July wasn't the easiest month and definitely not the best I've had, but anyhoo, let's discuss the faves! Also, I didn't wear much makeup during July so I didn't really have any makeup favourites!

Johnson's Baby Softwash Bodywash
I thought my skin was reacting to dust of moving out of my uni accom so I bought this to use in the shower/bath as it's formulated for less risk of irritation and it's for babies' skin predominantly, so obviously it's going to be incredibly easy on the skin and make it really soft and be very gentle. It reminds me of my childhood and smells so lovely. It's not something I use loads now my skin's balanced but it is great for moisturising your skin as it makes its aim to discover the softness of your skin which I love.

Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
A huge summer tune. If only the UK weather could be appreciative of summer so we could jam to this properly!! Pharrell's voice fits this like a glove.
Olly Murs ft Louisa Johnson - Unpredictable
I'm a big fan of Olly, but immediately this song didn't grab me, but its grown on me in recent weeks. I like it.

Lil Kim' - Lighters Up
I actually forgot this was Lil Kim and only realised when I heard it on a music channel recently. It got stuck in my head and remained there for the entire month. It's a hip hop classic.

Stormzy ft Kehlani - Cigarettes and Cush
I heard this Stormzy song recently and really enjoyed it. Featuring Kehlani and Lily Allen's backing vocals, I became a fan.
David Guetta ft Justin Bieber - 2 UDavid Guetta and The Biebs both return with this track which I imagine would be great on a night out with some hair flicking!!!
I can't find an official audio on YouTube but you can find it on Spotify!

French Montana & Swae Lee - Unforgettable
I'd already heard this when hearing it on Love Island (more on that below) and I loved it. It's so catchy and definitely a soundtrack to this summer. So good.

Left Eye - Through The Pain
I love Left Eye and was listening to some of her stuff recently, this song really hit me and I think it's incredible. Truthful and emotional.

Left Eye - Spread Your Wings
This is another one of Lisa's tracks which I hugely rated whilst listening to her stuff. The thing I loved about Left Eye's raps were that they were real and meant something. Her words always related to the track and she was an amazing rapper. I'm sure she would be really proud of T Boz and Chilli for their TLC reunion tour and I just hope she is looking down smiling and resting peacefully.
Danity Kane ft Tyga - Lemonade
I think this came up on Spotify after Lil Kim's Lighters Up, but it drew me in.
Love Island
I decided I wasn't going to get into this, then was going to but didn't catch up, then I got told to by one of my friends, watched a couple of episodes and became hooked. It's seriously so addictive and I feel like I love reality TV programmes like this that are on a lot as they take up a lot of my mind and can distract me from things going on in my life. I thought the final would be between Kem and Amber and Jamie and Camilla and they were all great finalists. I really really miss Love Island and can't wait for next year's series!

What have been your favourites from July?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Don't Pink Of It Review

Hey everyone!

So recently I picked up my very first Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipstick. I've actually never owned any of Bourjois' Rouge Edition lipsticks, but I know Chanelle from Chanelle Hayley has expressed her love for Frambourjois, one of Bourjois' other liquid lipsticks, so I was quite intrigued to try them out.

The shade I chose was Don't Pink Of It, which I thought was going to be a pale baby pink nude.

In shops, Bourjois' liquid lipsticks are actually more expensive than NYX's, which suggests ultimately, that the quality is that bit dearer, which was also intriguing as I own a fair few NYX liquid lipsticks and am very

The formula is definitely more on the luxurious side, it's very creamy and comfortable on the lips.
The matte effect looks very natural and you can see it's velvety effect.

It does feel slightly wet on the lips, only slightly, in comparison to Sleek's liquid lipsticks which dry completely, the Bourjois liquid lipsticks do feel a bit moisturising, but dabbing with a tissue could definitely sort this out. I tried this and it definitely helps.

I do love the colour, but I was definitely mistaken in thinking it's a baby pink nude. It's more of a mid pink shade, on the bolder side than the nude side. I absolutely love the colour it just isn't what I was intentionally looking for, but I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this!

Do you own any of the Bourjois Rouge lipsticks? Let me know!
Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Monday, 31 July 2017

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash Review

Hey everyone!

Today's post is a review on Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Body Wash. As you may know if you've been an avid reader here, I am a big Soap and Glory fan and love the products I've used by them so far, including the Sugar Crush body butter, so I got using the Body Wash version of the product.

As it was one of the minis, I had 75ml of the product, which is a nice travel size amount, also small enough to fit in my uni bathroom, when I was staying in accom.

I was eager to use it after smelling it, it's a gorgeous fresh citrusy scent, lime is the main fruit you can smell once opening. It smells extremely energising and fresh, which is perfect for this time of year.

You only need a small amount and it lathers up very well, which I've always found is a huge pro of Soap and Glory products, they lather up so easily and so smoothly. It's extremely smoothing to use.

However the scent didn't last or stay as strong as I expected to once out the shower. It smelled a little different and not as strong, not like Clean On Me did.

To conclude, despite it smelling very citrusy and fresh and smoothing, I'd probably stick to using the Sugar Crush body butter, as it would make the scent last longer. Clean on Me's scent appeals to me more and also lasts longer so I'd probably stick with that one.

Which are your favourite Soap and Glory products?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxx

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Lipstick Tag 2017

Hey everyone!

Lipstick pictured is Rimmel's Pink Blush.

So I completed the Lip Product Tag back in 2015. Since it's over 2 years ago and my lip product game has grown since then, I thought I'd do a follow up 2017 version.
If you want to read my original post I've linked it here.

How many lipsticks do you own?
Honestly, too many to count! I need to do a clear out!

What was the first lipstick you ever owned?
Beige Glace by Maybelline, which I don't even think is still around these days! It was fairly shimmery.

What is your favourite lipstick brand?
I love NYX. They make absolutely great liquid lipsticks, which have really caught my eye. Obviously MAC do gorgeous lipsticks and Rimmel is great for high street.

What is your most worn lipstick?
Probably my NYX Stockholm liquid lipstick. I throw it on all the time. Alternatively, Sleek's Shabby Chic gets worn a lot too.

What is your favourite finish?
It used to be satin, but I'm loving matte finishes atm.

What is the last lip product you bought?
Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade 10 - Don't Pink Of It. It was the first of Bourjois' liquid lippies that I've tried.

How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag? Including balms
I've just checked and I had NYX's Lip Lingerie in Bustier, MUA's Velvet Lip Lacquer in Dash and Zoella Beauty's Sweet Mint lip balm from the 2015 Christmas range.

How do you store your lipsticks?
In my makeup bags, I don't particularly have any storage units for them.

What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
I use NYX's Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels. It's an absolutely stunning red. I also really like Rimmel Kate Moss' 01 shade. Clinique's Cherry Pop is also a big favourite.

What lipstick are you currently lusting over?
I'm looking for a baby pink nude liquid lipstick, but an actual lipstick I'm loving and lusting for is probably the Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Don't Pink Of It, because it's my newest lippy and I just love how matte it looks and how velvety it feels.

Thank you so much for reading this post and do let me know if you own any of these lippies and what you think of them!!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Let's Talk: Mental Health Update

This post is one I made which is quite raw, basically I needed to get a few things out of my system and update you I guess. I just thought I'd mention it at the start. I do write about mental health and promoting ending the stigma of mental health and at first I considered editing this a lot more thoroughly, but decided to keep it as it was, as I want to help.

Last time I did an update on my life, it was a very positive one. I was in a good place, I was proud of myself for everything I handled this past year and I was excited for the future.

A lot has changed since then and it's kind of knocked me back into a bit of shock.
I don't want to disclose too much but very suddenly, I dealt with family illness. My dad was taken ill about 3 weeks ago and I still feel sick thinking about it, as it was pretty serious. It was 2 days before we were due to go on holiday so a lot happened in a very short space of time.

It came at a time where I suddenly started feeling really ill and had quite a bad migraine for about a week which was pretty much a bad cold and then somewhere in the middle I had a bout of food poisoning and then a really bad throat. One thing after another right? I feel like if I'd been stronger physically, it might have helped mentally.
Unfortunately, my health anxiety has worsened and it's not been like this for a good few years. It's quite difficult to manage, it just means my mind runs away with itself. I frequently feel like I'm overthinking symptoms, panicking thinking I've got all kinds of things. And then it seems to extend to other people, people I care about. It's probably a reaction to what happened to my dad as it was such a shock and it hit me very hard, its meant that I've been worrying about my best friend and my boyfriend quite a lot.
I've not had this kind of behaviour to this extent for quite a few years as I mentioned, so it's quite a shock to the system for it to return.

In regards to my dad, he's making a recovery, which I'm so, so, relieved about. I can't explain the fear I faced that initial day. I'm just so thankful for the NHS who did everything they could and acted as fast as they could. My respect for them grew enormously.

However, I feel like it's triggered a lot of stuff, or at least it seems to have, coming home I've felt a lot more anxious and overthinking a lot of things.
My carefully grafted confidence has definitely shredded, I keep being reminded of the trust issues I have and overthinking things to the point where I just feel defeated and upset.

My point is, my anxiety is very bad at the moment and arguably depression and OCD are making their returns. I've never really spoken about the latter two much as it's not an official diagnosis, it's just something I'm aware of. I hope to one day be able to discuss my experiences in more depth when I'm ready.

The health anxiety was definitely a shock to the system though as some of the things I'd been feeling I'd not felt like for a good few years, to that extent. Worrying excessively about my health and being terrified that my own illness was going to make others ill. Just horrific obsessive, ugly thoughts which kept taking up my mind.

I've realised I do have a lot of issues within myself, I do worry excessively over being judged and other peoples thoughts, too often putting other peoples' feelings above my own.
My mind is a very hurtful place for me at times.

All I can really do is spend the rest of my summer trying to build up the confidence and joy that I thought I felt a few weeks prior to the incident and try and feel better! That's what I intend to try to do now.

I send all of my love and support to those fighting both mental and physical struggles right now 💖

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Additional Note: This has been written both in the last week and 2 weeks ago. Not literally the date it was published.