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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Life | An honest day in the life...

When it comes to our blogs and social media platforms we all know we only put out there what we're prepare for people to see. For some its (quite literally) warts and all, but for most, it's the best representation of ourselves... And that's totally okay. I'd much rather show you an image of my fancy schmancy meal a new pop up restaurant in town than I would the Big Mac & fries I've just scoffed on my dinner break. I suppose it's the way the world works now.

Something that I can't help but get peed off with & find myself actively avoiding are 'uber perfect life' routine videos you see circling Youtube. Morning routines, evening routines, winter routines, you name it, I've seen it & I'm not buying it! I get it!... I really do, but if you're trying to convince me you wake up bright eyes & bushy tailed at 6.00am, make yourself insta-worthy avocado on toast for breakfast & have time to use all of Lush products you own during your morning bath, then you've got another thing coming. Aint nobody got time for that!

Today I'm being totally honest with you as I take you through an honest Monday in the life of Claire Mac.

06.15am | My first alarm goes off, and as I'm still trying to catch up on sleep from about three days ago so I instantly hit snooze! Hell to the no 06.15am!
06.20am | Second snooze. There's no way I'm getting out of bed at this time.
06.30am | My third alarm goes off & I pull myself out of my cosy warm sheets & walk out into the Arctic like temperatures that is my house. (Exaggerate much?)
06.40am | Time to polish a turd & make this face look half sort of decent. Thank goodness for my office job meaning I don't have to be out in public. Concealer is my best friend!
07.00am | Breakfast time. Not avocado on toast, oh no! Today we're having knock off coco pops.
07.30am | The dreaded drive to work. The time I treasure before the madness starts.
08.00am | I start work. Catching up  on what I've missed over the weekend. It's excessive, it's a pain in the ass, but it's got to be done.
10.00am | Hunger starts - Effing hell Claire, you've only been at work for two hours.
11.00am | Elevensies is a thing right?
12.30pm | By this time I'm a ravenous beast! I really need to get myself some food. I'm 'trying' to be healthy so I'm off for an M&S salad & takeout coffee.
01.30pm | Lunch is over. Say goodbye to the quickest hour of the day.
2.00pm | Tiredness is kicking in now... Should really have got two takeout coffees.
03.00pm | Countdown begins. This is where I usually start clock watching, dreaming of home time.
04.30pm | Cannot come quick enough. It's time to get out of work. There's literal steam coming off my feet right now.
05.00pm | Time for tea. Sometimes it's home made spaghetti bolognase, sometimes it frozen garlic bread and chips. I literally have no in between! Dan gets what he's given! Ha.
05.45pm | By this time Willow is gazing at me longingly & I can tell by her eyes shes saying 'please take me out mumy'... Walking boots are on, so off we go, come rain or shine. Yay! *insert eye roll here*
06.30pm | Time to get cracking with the blog.
07.00pm | #BDIB time. I love catching up with the girls over on my twitter chat. I'm making much more of an effort now joining in when others are hosting & it's making my Mondays so much more exciting.
08.00pm | Get the kettle on lass. Time for what cold be the 8th brew of the day.
08.30pm | My laptop gets turned off. I'm very aware that because of blogging I neglect Dan a little bit so I try my very best to switch off on an evening... That doesn't mean I don't have my phone in my hand. Eeek!
08.45pm | Bath time! I'm an absolute sucker for a good bath. It's my ultimate chill out time. I sink into the waters, pop my fave youtubers on on my phone & spend the next half an hour wallowing.
10.30pm | I've felt tired for at least the last hour, but feel only now is an acceptable time to go peeps.

Then it's time to do it all again the next day. I'm sure there are plenty more people in the same situation as me but I feel like looking at my timeline throughout my day I can cut myself a little slack when it comes to my blog. I can be quite harsh on myself but looking at my day written down I actually only spend a couple of hours each day on ClaireMac and to be fair, I think I'm doing a pretty okay job at it.

And as you can see I lead a pretty boring life & I'm sure plenty of you guys do too... And that's awesome! I'd love to see an honest day in your lives.

Claire. X


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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Beauty | 'That' Fenty Beauty Foundation

Fenty Beauty is literally everywhere right now! And granted, this is probably the hundredth blog post you've probably read about the Pro Filt'r foundation from Rihanna's powerhouse of a beauty brand, but I couldn't not feature this slick tube of deliciousness on my blog.
It was the buzz around Fenty Beauty's social media coverage which first attracted me to the brand. Inparticularly the impact it had on women  even before the launch, if you've seen the video's and imagery circling Fenty Beauty's social platforms then you'll know! Rihanna's mantra for the brand is that women everywhere should be included, which I hold my hands up to and say 'amen sister!' Too flipping right we should!
With forty foundation shades to her brand, Rihanna really is paving the way for the beauty industry - I think we're going to see lots more brands from now on creating much paler and much darker foundation shades, so no one is left behind (I can't help but think of the Titanic as I write that).
I love the solidarity and inclusivness which comes from Fenty Beauty however a little part of me can't help thinking why this couldn't have been done sooner - None the less Bravo to Rihanna for being a total #GirlBoss & showing us all how it should be done!
 After seeing some of my fave Leeds Bloggers being invited down to the opening at Harvey Nichols (at 7am might I add - Eeek) and getting an insight into the fabulousness that is the Fenty Beauty brand, I knew I had to get myself there as soon as humanly possible.
 There were a few things that had caught my eye such as the killawatt highlighter and the match stix sets, but I knew almost instantly the best place to start with Fenty Beauty was with their renowned Pro Filt'r soft matte longwear foundaton.
I was matched to the shade 150 neutral, which fits and suits my skint one perfectly! At the time we tried two other shades, but it was clear right from the get go that 150 would be the one for me.
I've been using my Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge to buff the liquid foundation into my skin & find it provides me with both a full and even coverage. I'm enjoying that this is more of a full coverage foundation which if I'm honest isn't something I'd usually go for, I prefer something a little less heavy but surprisingly and thankfully for me, my skin still looks like my actual skin with this foundation. I'm always worried that fuller foundations will leave me looking doll like & without much definition to my face, but I have absolutely no worries with that when it comes to this foundation.
It's very long lasting too, which it claims to be - I can quite happily apply the Pro Filt'r foundation before work at 6am and it'll still be looking perfectly fine when I'm back home on an evening. I have quite normal to dry skin which with a drying mattifying foundation can often be a worry, but again with this it's surprised me. I'm not 100% on how it would cope with oily skin, but for me it's an absolute dream!
My only criticism, and it's not really a criticism, is that the packaging doesn't blow me away. I quite like the frosted glass, but I think the white plastic lid cheapens it a bit. But it's absolutely true what they say - It's what's inside that counts! And I'm more than happy with what's inside.
This foundation is an amazing all rounder & one I believe I'm going to get so much use out of especially as we hit the colder months & I need something with a higher coverage. Bravo Rihanna, bravo!

Have you tried anything from the Fenty Beauty range? What do you think to Riri's 40 shade foundation range?

Claire. X

Have you read any of my previous posts...
Beauty | Fuss Free Skincare With Nivea
Wedding | Halfway There
Beauty | Five Summer Favourites
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Beauty | fuss Free Skincare With Nivea

I'm a firm believer that less is more when it comes to skincare. I've never been the type of person to put a million and one products on my face, partly down to laziness, but mostly through not wanting to clog my pores with excess and unnecessary beauty products.
I've tried various products over my umpteen years and have found some firm favourites along the way but a brand I always come back to & a brand I believe is quite underrated in the blogosphere is Nivea.
To begin cleansing I like to go in with a product that's going to get rid of the vast amount of makeup in the shortest amount of time. Go hard or go home right? The Nivea Exfoliating Scrub is super gentle but super effective at getting rid of makeup and any dead skin cells. It's creamy, smells delicious and leaves my skin feeling incredible.

As a second cleanse and to get rid of any excess makeup I like to use the Nivea Double Eye Makeup Remover. I pop the liquid oil cleanser on a cotton pad and swish it across my eyes to remove left over or waterproof mascara before giving a second swoosh to the rest of my face. I love the half oil, half liquid formula to this, it feels really lovely and luxurious to the skin & I'm almost positive it a slight shimmer to it, which is always a bonus!
An iconic and instantly recognisable product in my collection is the Nivea Creme, a super thick, luxurious moisturiser which I couldn't be without right now, especially as we reach the colder months. It's very similar to Soap & Glorys' Righteous Butter in terms of texture and how it feels on the skin, the only difference being it takes a little longer to sink into the skin, but its so worth it because you can feel all the oils working their magic. I can't imagine this being particularly great if you have oily skin, but because mine is quite normal to dry it works brilliantly for me. My skin just drinks it all up!

These three products, as simple as they are, have worked wonders for my skin... And the fact that Nivea is a bargain brand is a total bonus!

Have you tried any of these Nivea products before? What are your go to skincare products?

Claire.X

Have you read any of my previous posts...
Wedding Files | Half Way There
Beauty | 5 Summer Beauty Favourites
Beauty | Loreal Paradise Mascara
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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Wedding Files Part 3 | Half Way There

It's a scary time for us right not in our lives. We've got so much to do Wedding wise & absolutely so little time! It's bizarre to think that we booked our Wedding ten months ago, which on a timeline puts us near as damn it half way there. Eeek!
The Venue.
Finding a venue was a relatively easy task for us both. I'd seen various publications from our chosen venue over the last few years and had already had it in my head for if we were to ever get married. I'd shown Dan, and although we did look at other venues close by with a similar sort of vibe, nothing really compared to what we'd initially seen. For us it's absolutely perfect!
The Legal Stuff.
I'm so glad we sorted the legal side of things quite early on. It sounds silly, because it's such a simple task, but I could definitely have imagined us forgetting about this. It's basically like a more formal version of Mr & Mrs, it was bizarrely nerve wrecking in fact but over in a matter of minutes & was absolutely fine.
The Theme.
Something else that was quite easy for us, especially after booking our dream venue. Our theme fits perfectly with our venues' setting and compliments both Dan & I as people. Finding a theme and overall colour scheme was a bit of a no-brainer for us & super easy to tick off the list. Woop woop!
The Entertainment.
Finding some amazing entertainment for our big day was definitely high on our priorities. Understanding that good bands are hard to find and get booked up really quickly, this was the second thing we secured after our venue. After looking online for what felt like forever, dismissing band after band we eventually managed to source two brilliant, but very different bands for our wedding day. One acoustic duo for during the day & for the evening a seven piece rock & roll band and I for one absolutely can't wait to boogie on down to both  of them!
The Dress.
I haven't got my dress yet, however this is something that's planned in for the next couple of weeks - I'm going to spend a weekend with my closest ladies & *fingers crossed* find my dream dress! In my head I have a pretty clear idea of what it is I'm looking for, so I'm hoping finding the perfect dress is going to be a relatively easy task. I've heard from various people however that what they think their wedding dress is going to look like & what they actually come out with is more often than not two totally different things. If you're already married, or are engaged & have already bought your dress I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
The Photography.
This was a biggie for us & took us quite a while to organise. When you're surrounded by amazing photography in the blogging world it makes you much pickier when it comes to finding a Wedding photographer. And in this case, picky isn't a bad thing! After hours (actually maybe days) scouring the internet we decided on the most amazing, whimsical, fairtytale styled photographer & I'm SO excited.
The Flowers.
The thought of organising flowers for our big day terrifies me. I don't think Dan's particularly bothered about what we have, leaving it up to me, but I have no idea on how to even start looking at the buggers. I'm totally clueless! I have absolutely no idea what flower is what, the only thing I have inside my head is a colour scheme, so I'm hoping to find a florist soon, who can basically take what little knowledge I have & run with it. I've also got a sneaky suspicion the flowers are going to cost an absolute shed load, which scares me, especially for something were now 100 fussed by. Heeeelp!
The Rings.
Working in a jewellers means I've had my eye on the perfect Wedding ring for quite some time now., in fact I was eyeing them up quite quickly after getting engaged. Eeek! Dan hasn't chosen what he wants yet, but mine is on order ready to collect a month before the big day. It's super sparkly & looks amazing next to my engagement ring
The Cake.
After designing our engagement party cake, this should hopefully be a doddle! I don't think it's going to be too different to be fair, only on a slightly bigger scale. Pinterest has been absolutely amazing for cake inspiration for us! I'm wanting

We've got another few bits and bobs to organise still, like favours, bridesmaids & best men outfits, hair & makeup trials. All what I'm considering as 'tit bits' - You know the things that aren't massively important, that will eventually get done. Thankfully we've managed to secure the big things for the day, and even though I'm sure we're going to have some stressful times ahead of us, we're both really excited!

Are you married, or planning a Wedding? Any tips of tricks would be very much apreciated.

Claire.X

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Beauty | 5 Summer Beauty Favourites.

It's debatable that we've even had one, but as August draws in it means that Summer's on its way out. Personally I'll be sad to see Summer go, the dewy makeup looks, long loose beachy hair & fresh summer scents. I've really enjoyed experimenting more with beauty this Summer and I'm sure I'll carry these products further into the year but as the title suggests, here's my fave five of the season.
I was very lucky to receive this scent as a birthday present last month. It's a scent I'd not actually heard of previously, but it's one I've fallen in love with. Splash Pear is an obviously fruity scent but it's much more grown up than anything else similar that I've smelt, and lingers around throughout the day making me feel super fresh and sophisticated. I like fruitier scents in general, but feel they're so much more appropriate for this time of year.

I've had this highlight in my collection for almost a year now, truth be told I thought I'd lost it not that long ago, but it had just dropped behind my dressing table. If that isn't a sign I've got too much makeup I don't know what is. I love the versatility of this product though, I either mix it in with my foundation or swipe it straight into the tops of my cheeks as a standard highlight. In my opinion you can never have too much highlight, especially in Summer, and for me this product is just perfect - I haven't found another which has beaten it so far!

I've had this palette in my collection for such a long time now but I've only recently rediscovered it again. I think it's because Urban Decay have just brought out the Heat palette, that it's put the Naked 3 palette to the forefront of my mind. The shades are absolutely perfect for me, I love the rosy tones and the mix of mattes and shimmers. It's just perfect!
A newbie to my collection, this mascara has hit me hard! I'm in love with the formula, it's so nourishing, so lengthening and makes my lashes super duper fluttery. I don't have to worry about fall out with this product either, which is often a concern when it comes to mascara. Usually by the end of the day I've got the pandaiest (put that in the dictionary Susie Dent) of panda eyes, but with this they look exactly the same at 9pm as they do at 9am.

Something I said right at the beginning of the year is that I wanted to spend more time moisturising my body & even though it's something I fallen quite slack with a few months ago, I'm well & truly on the moisturising bandwagon. This body sorbet is my go to product at the moment. I love the gel like texture to it, it's super duper light, gets the job done, and smells incredible!

Have you used any of these products before? If you had to pick, what's the one product you haven't been able to live without this Summer?

Claire. X
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Beauty | Loreal Paradise Mascara

It feels like there's new products appearing at our beauty counters every single day now. New palettes, new lip products - It's quite hard to keep up! But one product I did want to keep up with & was very excited about is the Loreal Paradise mascara.
I've seen this product being promoted left right and centre over the last month or so, which means for me it can either go one of two ways. I'm either going to completely hate it and not feel the hype what so ever, or I'm going to fall hook line and sinker in love and wear it to death. Thankfully for me, this one was the latter.
It was a mix of things really that got me so excited about this mascara; The hype, the branding, the fact it's from my favourite cosmetics brand, but also because it's come at the exact right time! My previous mascara fave, Miss Hippie which funnily enough is also from Loreal has ran out which makes me very sad!
As soon as I layered the product onto my lashes I noticed how nourishing and silky feeling the liquid is, which is quite a bizarre thing to say about a mascara. But it's only since looking into the product that I've realised it contains super nourishing caster oil which is fab and leaves my lashes feeling feather soft.
Another biggie for me is that this mascara claims to be flake free & as claims go that's a pretty big one! But let me tell you, it's bloody well true. I've worn this mascara now on countless occasions, rubbed my eyes, cried with laughter, so on and so forth, and it hasn't budged! It's great! All I need now is this in a waterproof formula.

My lashes were well and truly taken to paradise! Have you tried anything from the Loreal Paradise range? 

Claire. X
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Friday, 4 August 2017

Fashion | Hounds Tooth Culottes

You may have seen that last week I tweeted about finding THE best fitting pair of culottes ever to grace my existence. Well hey presto & as if by magic!... Here they are. (Shortest & sweetest blog post intro ever).



These culottes were one of those purchases that I knew almost instantly as soon as seeing them I'd be wearing them for years to come. I could picture wearing them  with so many different pieces that I already have in my wardrobe & that excited me so much! I've been into fashion for as long as I remember, and even though I love everything that I've bought so far this year, this pair of culottes are something else! 

I only picked up one pair (at that time, teehee) but there were two other colours when I went into Primark, a beautiful dusky pink shade and a pale pastel grey pair... Which I have since purchased since photographing these images. Eek! Story of my life! But when you find something that fits absolutely perfectly I think you should go ahead and buy it in every blooming colour!

With the culottes being quite wide legged I've opted for a simplistic black silky Cami to counterbalance the silhouette, but threw over my trusty oversized aviator jacket. The jacket was quite a big purchase for me but I've worn it to absolute death making it so worth it! I love how casual this outfit is when everything's worn together, but I'm so excited to wear the culottes withg a white blouse and some killer black stilettos. Total Va-Va-Voom!
What's your take on culottes? How would you wear them come Autumn/Winter?

Claire.X
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