Claire Mac


Friday, 17 February 2017

Beauty | The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter.

I've got a list as long as my arm of beauty products I've been wanting to try, one being The Body Shops' Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. I've always been a sucker for a cleansing balm, but after using up all of my Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleanser (which is flipping amazing btw) I wanted to see if there were any affordable alternatives that hit the same spot.
I picked the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter up at The Body Shop in McArthur Glen in York so managed to get it for a discounted price which is always a bonus! On the whole, I find McArthur Glen to be quite hit or miss, but I always come away with a bag full of goodies from The Body Shop - You can always rely on The Body Shop!
Like I said, balms or butter like consistencies are always my cleanser of choice, so I know exactly what I like when it comes to taking my makeup off on an evening. You could say that I'm quite particular!
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter applies like a moisturiser but feels like a primer once it's on the skin. Once it's out of the tin, the gentle cleansing butter has an almost gel like formula that when on the face, feels nourishing and strangely (but in a good way) mattifying. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter feels like a hybrid product because of its' consistency. I'd imagine some people would hate it because it is quite unusual, others like myself love it!
I have to massage the product into the skin quite a bit, far more than other cleansers I've used, but because I love the formula so much & I enjoy the way the product feels on the skin, I really don't mind taking the extra time. It feels like I'm having more of a pamper night because I'm spending more time applying & looking after my skin.
What I love most about The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is how it leaves my skin feeling once I've washed the product off. My skin feels ridiculously hydrated, super fresh & definitely non greasy, which is something I've found with a lot of cleansing balms, especially if they're of a thicker consistency.

I've really enjoyed using The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, it does exactly what it says on the tin & is an amazing affordable cleanser that will not only leave your skin feeling cleansed but it also makes the skin feel rejuvenated, healthy and gives it (in my case, much needed) glow!

Have you tired this cleanser before? What are your favourite go-to skincare products?


Monday, 13 February 2017

Wedding Files Part 3 | Oh So Clever Wedding Planning.

After the initial excitement of getting engaged, my inner stationery geek was screaming out for some kick ass Wedding Planners. Admittedly it's one of the first things I thought of!
I don't know about you, but I love writing things down; Shopping lists, to do lists, birthdays, aims, goals - You name it, I've probably written a list about it! There's something that's just so 'human' about picking up a pen and engraving your favourite notebook with whatever fills your mind & there's absolutely no chance that was about to change when it came to planning our big day!

Luckily for me Jennifer at Busy B came to my rescue with the rather Instagram approved Wedding To Do List* and as an extra little treat gave my bridesmaids their very own Bridesmaid Planner* which delighted them both very much so!

Not only are these planners impeccably aesthetically pleasing, but they're also really pretty fricken handy too! Each planner has a checklist, in case you've forgotten anything daft such as considering guests accommodation, booking a photographer or putting together a table plan. And yes, these all sound like basic stuff, but when you're in a wedding whirlwind who knows what you might forget!
Both planners are sectioned off really well too, which makes any organisation nutter like myself very happy indeed. Bridesmaids have sections such as The Big Day and The Hen Night, whereas the Wedding To Do List* is a little more in depth and compromises of a Guest List, Wedding Day, Wardrobe & (dum dum duum) Budget.

What I love about the Busy B Wedding Planners is just how easy they are to use! They're simple, effective & fun, which is exactly what Wedding Planning should be!

Do you have any Wedding Planning tips? What's your favourite stationery brand?


*These products were sent to me for review purposes - All opinions are honest and 100% my own.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Beauty | Ted Baker Lip & Cheek Tints.

What do I love more than a multi-functional beauty product you ask? A multi-functional beauty beauty product with rose gold packaging. Oh hell yeah! That's where these Ted Baker duos come in.

I rather luckily received the Lip & Cheek tints over the festive season, and I'm so glad I did, as it's not something I'd have picked for myself, but these products have made amazing additions to my ever growing makeup collection. That's what I love about gift giving and receiving - I love having the opportunity to try things I wouldn't necessarily gravitate towards, as more often than not I find I'm missing out on some right gems!

I received the glossy, chubby stick style product in two super wearable and brightening shades. Sadly the shade names aren't quite as exotic as I'd have hoped for, we all love a good pun don't we, but I have the shades 'Gold', a nude pink bronze colour and 'Pink', a rich sparkly fuchsia shade.

Even though it's a solid stick of product, the formula is extremely creamy which not only makes it really easy to apply, but it makes the colour ridiculously easy to blend. I've found a little goes a long way, especially with the fuchsia shade when using as a blush, so I pop a few dabs of colour onto the apples of my cheeks and blend with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I love the quickness of using a brush, but I'd imagine using a blending sponge would work equally as well at dispersing the product.
The colour pay off from these little tints are brilliant, they give a super healthy looking and radiant glow to the skin and lips due to having a glitter shimmer to them. I love the shimmer so much that when I've used the tints on my cheeks I've gone without a highlight as the product already gives me my desired natural illuminated look. 
On the lips, both colours look insane, they're very contrasting so whether you want a more natural or bolder look, they both sit amazingly well and last brilliantly too. I was surprised at how easy the product was to apply to the lips because it's a lot chunkier than anything I'd used before. Initially I felt there would be nothing precise about popping these tints on the lips, but blending the product using my lips worked brilliantly, and I love the fuss free feeling you get when applying. 

I love a multi-functional beauty product, and these are no exception. I've loved using them over the last few weeks & I can't wait to continue doing so. 

What products have surprised you, and made you fall in love with them?


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Beauty | Finding A Signature Scent.

What is a signature scent?.. A scent that preserves memories. A scent that transports you to an amazing destination. A scent that fills you with love and happiness. And let me tell you, when you've found it, you'll know!
I find perfume descriptions quite difficult to go by, I mean I love fruit based top notes as much as the next person, but you never really know if a scents for you until you give it a good whiff! Saying that, I've always found perfume buying rather stressful; There's so many on the market, that it's seems like a complete minefield. After the initial stress comes excitement, when trying one perfume quickly whirlwinds into trying fifty. And lord knows once you're five perfumes in, they all start smelling the same. Ten perfumes in, that's when the headaches start! It can be a stressful time for the best of people!

Luckily I've found the one for me!
Although finding a signature scent isn't the most important thing in the world, it's definitely something that makes me feel good about myself. On a day to day basis, I present myself in a way that makes me feel as comfortable as I can in my own skin, wearing my hair a certain way, applying makeup how I like it to look & wearing my signature Cacharel Amor Amor scent.

I first discovered Cacharel Amor Amor around a decade ago, possibly even before that! You know how it is as a young teen, when you're just getting into cosmetics, the main buying factor isn't particularly the brand, or what the product does, it's the price. And at the time that's exactly what Cacharel had to offer me.
Amor Amor is their frutiest, and what I would describe as youngest smelling perfume under the Cacharel brand. It has top notes of blackcurrant, orange and grapefruit which when applied smell absolutely incredible. The lasting base notes are of vanilla, tonka bean and musk, which leaves a much fresher, defined scent and one I absolutely adore!

For me Amor Amor has got to be my singature scent because, even though I've dabbled in other brands, it's always this red bottled beauty which I turn back to time and time again. It's a scent that's stuck with me as I've progressed into adulthood and discovered who I am - It's a perfume that defines me! I've just dipped into bottle number 2,345,234 (okay, slight exaggeration) and I know as soon as this one's ran out, I'll be straight to the shops to buy another!

I adore Amor Amor!

Do you have a signature scent? What are your favourite perfumes?


Friday, 6 January 2017

Beauty | New Year, New Face With Bare Minerals.

I was a very lucky duck at Christmas & managed to come home with some kick ass beauty products including a lovely little set of glowing Bare Minerals face products.

This is my first experience with Bare Minerals. I can't quit put my finger on why, but it's not a brand I've yet gravitated to. After looking into the brand, I immediately fell in love with their ethos; 'We exist to make a positive difference in womens lives.' If that isn't a statement to start 2017 with, then I don't know what is?

The first Bare Minerals product I have to share with you is the Well Rested Face & Eye Brightener, a brightening concealer, highlight hybrid. The sheer mineral formula contains light reflecting particles, which once applied gives the appearance of a radiant, more youthful complexion. This product can be used before or after foundation, personally I prefer to use this after, and apply it both to the corners & underneath the eyes, where my dark cirlces don't do a very good job at hiding. Damn you dark circles! The brightener is relatively easy to apply. I like to pop it on and then go straight in with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to pat it into the skin.

I also have what I believe is one of Bare Minerals best sellers. Woop woop! The Illuminating Mineral Veil is a loose mineral powder that claims to leave the skin looking perfectly airbrushed, something I was very excited to try. I'm a bit squiffy when it comes to loose powders as I always envisage myself spilling the product all over, luckily for me and my carpets this hasn't happened yet. Phewie! I apply the finely milled powder with my Brush Works Powder Brush, which although it doesn't quite fit the pot quite correctly, it does an excellent job at distributing the product on my face. The finish is a very soft, natural, yet still glowing complexion.

The final addition, and probably my favourite of the three is the Bare Minerals Blush in shade Floret, a super hot pink shade, which initially scared the absolute life out of me! I like a rosy more natural glow to my cheeks so when I first saw this I thought it was going to be way too bright for my complexion. How wrong I was! Using the tiniest amount of lightweight mineral powder, this product defines and gives a natural glow to the apples of the cheeks. I'd imagine it'd be quite easy to overdo it with this shade & end up looking like a child who's got lost in their mums makeup box, so a little really does go a long way with this product.

These are my first three Bare Minerals products to grace my face, and I'm more than glad I've had the opportunity to try them. Is there anything you could recommend? 2017 is going to be my year of trying new things!


Friday, 30 December 2016

5 Things I Want To Achieve In 2016 Revisited.

I'm sure you're tired of hearing this by now, but bloody hell, hasn't 2016 flown by. As we reach the end of December, 2016 really feels like one of those 'blink and you'll miss it' type years.

At the beginning of the year I put together a list of a few things I wanted to achieve in 2016... Looking back there's things I've flopped at & things I've really succeeded in; With you today I'll be delving into my goals (I dislike the word resolutions) as well as putting a list of things I'd like to achieve in 2017.

5 Things I Wanted To Achieve In 2016.

1. Save Money - With buying the house last year, topping my bank balance back up was imperative! I mentioned in my previous post that I'd set up a direct debit to take a small amount from my current to my savings account each week. My mindset was 'look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves' which is very much true - I've managed to save a fair bit of money over the last year, but instead of going into my savings account, it's gone into Dan & I's Wedding account. Eeep! So I've definitely succeeded at saving, only now I have a reason and something to save for!

2. Go On Holiday - I've definitely succeeded at this one! After having zero holidays last year, I definitely felt like I was in need of some time away. This year we jetted off to Berlin, spend a week in The Algarve and finished the year off with a cosy cottage in the peak district, Dan, myself and the pooch. It was bliss!

3. Do More Interior Design - I began 2016 doing freelance Interior Design work however unfortunately this was rather short lived. I knew at the time of writing my original post that my heart wasn't truly in it any more, but I wanted to continue as I'd put so much time and effort into qualifying becoming an Interior Designer. Don't get me wrong, I love Interiors & adore decorating but  my passion for it is no longer there. It seems everyone's an interior designer at the moment, whether you're qualified or not - It makes me feel rather underwhelmed with my qualification & what I've achieved.

4. Create More Lifestyle Based Posts - Waaah! Okay, well this one definitely hasn't happened! I started off really well, but things quickly dried up. I struggled to think of topics and found it especially difficult creating imagery. I'm not a lifestyle blogger! It's just not me & I certainly am not about to start forcing content.

5. Do More Stuff - The most general point of all! Ha! I've definitely used my time better this year, going out walking, playing squash. I'd still like to 'do more stuff' but compared to the previous year, I feel like I've definitely achieved point number five.

5 Things I Want To Achieve In 2017.

1. Pay off half of our Wedding - We all know Weddings aren't the cheapest things in the world! In fact they're pretty effing expensive! We're on a roll with saving now, so carrying this on is something I'd love to do, and I'd definitely feel like it were an achievement paying at least half of our big day off by the end of 2017.

2. Enjoy more me time - My brain is constantly buzzing. There's always something going on up there, whether it's important or not, I'm always thinking about something. I seriously need to learn to relax, I should probably start reading more, it's not as if I don't have the time! Instead of scrolling, I should be filling my head more productively with inspiration.

3. Take more photographs - Being a blogger, you'd think I'd be pretty snap happy, but truth be told, I'm actually a really lazy photographer. I'd love to document more of my days across my social medias as something memorable to look back on. Aiming to post at least every day on Instagram is something I'd love to do, but is it achievable? Watch this space.

4. Get Garden Ready - We have pretty much everything we need to reorganise our back garden, we just need to get our butts in gear and do it. We'd originally planned to do it last Summer, but somehow that didn't quite happen. Here's to Summer barbecues in 2017!

5. Cook more adventurously - I love cooking, I absolutely adore it in fact! However I'm getting slightly bored of the same meals I'm cooking, week in, week out. I need some serious food inspiration from some kick ass cook books.!

How have you guys been getting on with your 2016 goals? What are you planning for 2017?


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Beauty | New Cid Cosmetics I-Illuminise.

I’m hugely into highlighters at the moment, mainly because I’m still digging the summer time glow, I can’t not put it on my face. I’ve tried liquid, powders and cream illuminisers, however something I haven’t tried is a highlight like the I-Illuminise from New Cid Cosmetics.

I’ve tried so many New Cid Cosmetics products over the years and have fallen in love with everything I’ve used, so I was mega excited to get my hands on and test the I-Illuminise.  I was instantly attracted to this product because of its’ application process. The I-Illuminise has a pump on the bottom which you press, releases the product into the brush, and then from here you can apply it onto the tops of the cheekbones or wherever you want illuminising.
The product applies really creamily and a little of this liquid highlight goes a very long way. Because it’s a liquid formula, the product does take a little while to blend into the skin, however once it’s on, it’s very much on, which is great. The I-Illuminise brings a very dewy finish to the skin so I tend to pair it with a lighter weight foundation as I find this gives the best effect. It works pretty well with a heavier foundation, but I personally prefer the effect of a more dewy natural glow.

Have you tried anything from NewCid Cosmetics before? It’s such an underrated brand for me! What are your favourite highlighting products?

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