Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Recent Beauty & Home Buys

Hello, long time no post! Just a quick little post to share with you some of the gems I've purchased recently. 

Seventeen CC Cream SPF 25 (Fair) - £6.99
Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm - £3.69
Denman Large Styling Brush - £8.49

My beloved Clinique CC cream ran out and I found myself on a the hunt for a cheaper alternative. I spotted the Seventeen CC Cream in Boots and decided to give this budget alternative a try. At first I was a little taken aback by how orange 'light' looked as I squirted a blob out of the tube but surprisingly once I have blended it into my face it provided a nice base for my foundation. This cream defiantly evens out my skin tone and helps to cover any blemishes along with my concealer. 

Winter is never a good season for my lips, they tend to become cracked and dry, so I always carry a lip balm around with me. I adore the Lush None of your Beeswax lip balm tins but I find the little tin very difficult to open sometimes so opted for a stick balm. I picked up one of the honey Burts Bees balms and I've been using it on a regular basis since. The honey is so soothing! 

I have a confession to make...I have not had my hair cut in almost six months! Terrible right? I've not done it for any particular reason, I've just been very busy and distracted by more important things. Now, my hair is so thick and unruly that my Tangle Teezer just won't do the job. I needed a hair brush that could tackle my thick hair and that would be easier to hold so I purchased one of the Denman styling brushes. I've really liked using this hair brush and I dare say that it just might take pride of place over my trusty Tangle Teezer for those bad hair days. Note to self: book a hair appointment, NOW! 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Top Coat - £9.99
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Dig Fig - £9.99

I've often found the Sally Hansen polishes a bit 'hit and miss' but I'm impressed with these gel polishes. The application brush is a little large but personally I find a large brush gives a more even application. The drying time is pretty decent and after applying two coats of colour and a top coat my nails stay chip free for at least a week which is good going for me because I'm constantly using my hands and extremely clumsy. 

Superdrug Nourishing Nail Polish Remover - £1.39
Clean & Clear Spot Treatment Gel - £4.59
Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick - £2.69
VO5 Hairspray Strong Hold - £3.15

I've been having a few troublesome breakouts recently so decided to try two old favourites, the Clean & Clear treatment gel and the Witch stick. Combining these two together has made a huge difference. I used the Clean & Clear treatment morning and night and carry the Witch stick around in my bag to dab on during the day. When my breakout first starts and feels really sore the Witch stick is so soothing! 

Chalk Mason Jar - £4 

I found these two little beauties on a recent shopping trip to Asda. I've wanted some mason jars ever since I first spotted them on Pinterest. They look so adorable and are great for smoothies and cocktails. These were the last two on the shelf so I was pretty pleased with myself when I spotted them. I've had a look on the Asda website and I can't find a link to them anywhere and can't exactly remember how much they cost but I think they were around £2-£4 each. I know you can purchase similar ones from eBay in packs of four or six for a decent price too. The jars have a label on the front that can be written on in chalk and then washed off and the straws are made from a very durable, reusable plastic. I can't wait to make some smoothies to go in these, expect some smoothies posts! 

What's your favourite smoothies recipe? 

Claire Louise Xx 


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Christmas in Heaven

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Hello! This post has been sitting in my drafts for some time, but I had not been able to get myself to a place to be able to publish it until now. Writing it has been really difficult but at the same time really comforting. 

This Christmas had been a really difficult one. My stepdad passed away suddenly from a heart attack in November. I woke up in the early hours of the Friday morning, the day that he passed. This was really unusual as I had been really tired from work, my PGCE placement and university all week. I'd woken up from a really strange dream. All I could see was my stepdad's face, he was talking to me but I couldn't hear him. I didn't feel unhappy or sad but I had a feeling I couldn't really explain. After waking up and briefly looking around the room I drifted off back to sleep. A short time later I woke up to see my brother Gavin stood in the bedroom doorway. He was struggling to tell Ian and I something but couldn't find the words. I knew before he opened his mouth what it was he was going to say. My stepdad, Steve, was gone. I don't see myself as a religious person or one that believes in spirits but it was an experience where I find comfort in believing he came to say goodbye. 

I never really knew my biological dad, he died when I was really young and I have no memory of him. I don't know what his voice sounded like or how he would laugh. I only know what he looked like from family photos. For as long as I can remember my stepdad had been a part of my life and although I never called him dad he was for all intents and purposes my dad and I feel blessed to have known him. He was there for me when I was little, teaching me about all his travels around the world. He was there for me as a teenager when I went off the rails. He was there for me on my wedding day, to walk me down the aisle. I will have my wedding photos to cherish forever, and they mean even more to me now. 

Not having Steve with us over Christmas has been really tough. Loosing someone is really painful but loosing them at a time like Christmas makes things even more difficult to come to terms with. As much as my family and I have been grieving we some how managed to pull together to make this Christmas really special. It was special for many more reasons too. Ian and I celebrated our first Christmas together in our own flat. My brother Adi and his wife Jo celebrated their first child Joshua's first Christmas. Its these special times that helps us to remember that even when we loose someone so special to us, we have to find a way to carry on and find peace in knowing that even though they are no longer hear in the physical sense, they were still there to share it with us. 

Claire Louise Xx


What I Got For Christmas!

Hello! I'm probably very late jumping on the bandwagon with this post, but better late than never! I know these posts are not to everyones taste but personally I love reading them, so if you have done one, leave me your links! I love seeing what people get for Christmas, its probably because I love giving presents so much. One of my favourites things about Christmas is buying presents and seeing my family and friends open them! I have to say I feel well and truly spoilt and I'm extremely grateful to all my family and friends for what they have given to me! 

Lush Bath Bombs.
Victoria Jackson Essentials Face Color Kit Palette.
Victoria Jackson Shimmer Powder Brush (Bronze).
Ted Baker Lindar Crystal Bow Matinee Purse
ghd White Eclipse Styler.
Smirnoff Vodka.
Weenie Beanies Tin
Merry Christmas Chocolate Tin.
Pandora June Birthstone Ring (Moonstone).
Yankee Candle Green Petal Bowl.
Yankee Candle Beautiful Day Wax Tart.
Heritage Rose Personalised Claire Pen.
Baylis & Harding Boudoire Pink Orchid Luxury Bath Wash 750ml.
Calvin Klein In2U EDT 150ml.
The Oatmeal How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You.
Paperchase A6 Flexi Linen 2015 Owl Diary.

Jack Wills Hope Cove Gift Set:
Pink Shower Puff.
Striped Eye Mask.
Hope Cove Body Butter 175ml.
Hope Cove Hand Cream 75ml.
Hope Cove Body Wash 200ml.
Hope Cove Body Mist 125ml.
Hope Cove Body Scrub 200ml.

Soap & Glory The Next Big Thing Limited Edition Gift Set by Hattie Stewart:
Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion 500ml.
Heel Genius Foot Cream 125ml.
Whipped Clean Shower Butter 250ml.
Orangeasm Body Wash 500ml.
Hand Dream Super Cream 100l.
The Righteous Butter 300ml.
Sugar Crush Body Scrub 300ml.
Off Your Face 3 in 1 Daily Purifying Cloths.
Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer (Charm Offensive) 7ml.
Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara 10ml.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year! 

Claire Louise Xx