Claire Mac


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

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?


Friday, 28 July 2017

Life | Desserts At Kaspas Leeds

I make no secrets about it... I'm a huge dessert fan. I'm one of those gals that when we go out for tea I check the pudding menu before the main course. It's the way I've always been & the way I always be. And that's quite okay with me.

There seems to be new restaurants opening in Leeds every other day at the moment, but one that stuck out for me (for obvious reasons) is Kaspas - The Gelato & Dessert house. Dan & I were recently invited to join them for an afternoon of pancakey goodness and it's safe to say we jumped at the chance.
We've never really eaten out just for desserts before, in fact I don't think we've ever done it. We enjoy picking up a cake while we're in Starbsucks or Costa, but going out to a restaurant just for waffles seems like that little bit more extra doesn't it. We were right giddy kippers before setting off! Eeek!

We were instantly taken back by the super bright, super punchy interiors as they stand out from anything else nearby. I'm not sure it's my interior style of choice, but there's absolutely no question that it totally goes with everything Kaspas stands for.
We quickly took our seats, and were astounded by the extensive menu Kaspas has to offer! Honestly, let me tell you, whatever chocolatey concoction you want, you can get here. You will not be disappointed!
I opted for the bananaberry crepe, a light fluffy pancake topped with (not so light) chocolate sauce, strawberries and bananas. And Dan chose the M&M waffle, which is totally what you'd expect it to be... Super dense, super tasty & super colourful!
The desserts at Kaspas are all cooked fresh to order, which not only means the whole place smells amazing, but everything's mega tasty which is exactly what you're looking for in a new restaurant. Service was quick and really friendly too, which is always a massive bonus especially in this day & age when we're all so preoccupied.

Everything about our Kaspas experience was fab. I mean what's not to love, just look at that food! I don't think I could have had anymore chocolate on my crepe & like I said at the beginning, that's quite okay with me.

Have you been to Kaspas before? What's your favourite dessert?


We were provided with a gift voucher to spend at Kaspas. All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Beauty | My Winter Morning Skincare Routine.

The winter chill really doesn’t agree with my skin, so upping my skincare game both morning & night really helps combat the harsh weather effects. I’m usually pretty good at sticking to a routine but I find myself being a lot stricter & I’m dedicating more time to perfecting my winter skincare routine. Today I’m going to be talking through my morning skincare routine - It’s one that really works for me & I find really brightens my skin ready for the day!

I begin the day by lathering a pea sized amount of the Simple kind to skin refreshing facial wash gel upon my face. As the name suggests, the product is really refreshing & the perfect way to start the morning skincare routine. The gel is gentle on the skin and leaves the face feeling super duper fresh ready for the following products.
I exfoliate using The Body Shops’ Vitamin E CreamExfoliator. This has been an amazing addition to my morning skincare routine as even though it does have the exfoliating beads in, the product itself is ridiculously soft & soothing which is brill for this time of year! I love using this one as it’s a cream formula so the exfoliating product is actually really moisturising at the same time as cleansing. I couldn’t rave about this enough!
Using a cotton pad I then swish a small amount of the Simple Kind to skin soothing facial toner across my full face. The toner evens out any moisture unbalance within my face & leaves the skin looking healthy & radiant.
The Moogoo full cream is designed to use on dry skin so at this time of year it’s especially useful. The moisturiser has been adapted from a product used to soften cows udders (hence the name) so if you can imagine how tough & hard wearing the product needs to be. I’m not overly sold on the creamy scent, but the product itself is amazing! It’s the most moisturising moisturiser I think I’ve ever used & it’s one that I’ll repurchase & repurchase again.
To finish my morning skincare routine, I pop a small amount of the Simple kind to eyes soothing balm, under my peepers to try eradicate any dark circles. And with this my morning skincare routine is complete!

A persons' skincare routine is very personal to them & although all five products work brilliantly well for me, it's not to say they'll work as well for everybody else. Have you tried any of these products before? What are your go to skincare products? I'd love to know, so pop your answers in the comments below.

Thanks for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x


Beauty | Five Festive Lip Favourites.

Along with Nail Polishes, Lipsticks are always a great & easy way to transport your makeup look into the festive season. The red lip is a huge biggie for me at Christmas time, paired with a golden metallic eye, I think it’s the perfect festive makeup look!

Lets start with the Iconic Rimmel 107. Part of the Kate Moss range, this matte lipstick has got to be one of my winter favourites! The deep, dark red shade applies really smoothly with next to no bleeding & lasts on the lips for a good three or four hours.
Next for more of a sheen, in the form on Tanya Burrs’ BerryPicking lip gloss. The product isn’t at all sticky & because it has a doe foot applicator, it’s ridiculously easy to apply. The berry shade has a slight glitter to it, meaning it’s absolutely perfect for the festive season.
Revlons’ colourburst matte balms have always been a firm favourite with me, but it’s the shade Standout that stands out (get it?) for me this Christmas. It’s a bold plum/red shade that’s super duper creamy to apply & lasts for a blooming long time.
The New Cid Cosmetics I-Crayon is actually a lip & cheek tint however it’s mainly my lips that I use it on. I have the shade Strawberry Soufle which gives a sheen of an orange toned red shade. The product doesn’t sit as boldly as the others so this would be a great one to try if you're new to a red lip.
Finally it’s the very first red lip colour that I ever bought, and that’s the Maybelline super stay 24 hour colour in Red Passion. I absolutely love everything about this lipstick range, I really need to write a post solely on them because they’re amazing & I think this bright bold red will see me through the festive season very well.

As you can see I’ll be wearing a red lip more or less every day this month, but what are your favourite festive shades? Do you have any standout lipstick choices?

Thanks for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x

Beauty | The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream.

I’m the first one to complain as soon as the colder weather arrives, so anything I can use to combat any dry or tired skin is always going to be a bonus for me. The Body Shops’ Wild Argan Oil Cream has been a staple product of mine over the last few weeks… Even so, that I’ve been out to repurchase a few more for stocking fillers.

The hand cream contains the goodness of Moroccan argan oil (duh) which sinks into the skin almost instantly. The formula is very rich & luxurious which I think is perfect for this time of year, when you’re needing that little bit more moisture injection to your skin. I can imagine the scent to be quite overpowering for some, but personally I absolutely love it. It’s very authentic & as bizarre as it sounds, it smells like it’s doing your skin the world of good! As with all Body Shop products, this hand cream works wonderfully & I wouldn’t be without it during the festive season. My hands are super duper smooth & nourished – The Wild Argan oil hand cream is a dream to use!

What’s your favourite Body Shop range? I can’t quite decide, but this scent has got to be up there for me.

Thanks for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x


Event | Lush Leeds Spa.

It’s crazy to think of the amazing opportunities, this little old blog has given me! I’m a seriously lucky girl! One of the most hotly anticipated events of the festive season was that of the cult cosmetics brand, Lush! This has to be the fastest RSVP I’ve ever written – I didn’t care what my shifts were, I was going to this event! Luckily for me I’d already had the day off work… So no sickies were pulled in order to attend this event, I promise!

The event was to celebrate the reopening of the Lush Leeds Spa, which is downstairs in the city centre store for those (along with myself) who didn’t know it existed. I’ve visited the city centre store on a handful of occasions and for the life of me, have never noticed the huge sign saying ‘Spa downstairs’ – Doh! There are four treatment rooms downstairs, each specifically designed to suit four beautifully indulgent spa treatments. The first treatment room is Beatles based & very aptly named ‘A Hard Days Night’ which consists of a 75 minute massage of gentle & passive stretches aimed to elevate the body & mind, whilst listening to an album of the four pieces, classics. The second room contains the ‘Sound Bath’ session, a really unusual sensory spa treatment aimed at stimulating circulation and becoming more in tune with yourself. In the session, tuning forks are struck & then placed at the temples & then over the ears which reveal the most bizarrely intense whirring noise. Almost like a higher pitched electricity buzz, it’s a really difficult sound to describe, but it feels amazing, so if you’re after a treat, but something a bit different I’d highly recommend this one at £70. The third room was a double treatment room where you could indulge in treatments such as ‘The Comforter’ a super luxurious chocolatey treatment. Lush were clearly saving the best till last with their fourth & final treatment ‘Planets’ a 3 hour treatment perfect for a group of girlfriends or a hen party. The treatment consists of a 90 minute full body massage, 30 minute hand & arm massage and then a 60 minute facial… All after hopping in the bath with your favourite Lush bath bomb! The treatment looks amazing & it’d be a complete treat however at £285 per person it's very much so on the pricier side of treatments.

Along with the treatment rooms we also got to have a nosey around the store at their new Christmas ranges. I love the Peeping Santa bubble bars, they’re just the cutest things & would make brilliant stocking fillers, along with the Dashing Santas and one of my faves, the Luxury Lush Pud. I finally got my mitts on the Comforter shower gel, which unbelievably smells even better than the bubble bar! I really can’t decide whether I prefer this or Snow Fairy? Decisions decisions! It’s too tricky!

What are your favourite Lush products?

Thank you so much for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x
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