Saturday, 28 February 2015

Monthly Roundup | February

So it's the end of another month, we're two months into 2015 and although I'm sure everybody says it, it's completely flown by! For me February was a month of scrimping, as this post goes live I'll be in London, I'll have (hopefully) had a brilliant time at London Fashion Weekend, enjoyed doing the touristy thing people do in the capital and will probably be feeling pretty sad at the thought of returning home and going back to work. It feels like I've barely done anything all month, in order to pay for London, I wouldn't have it any other way though!... I'd much rather be skint for a few weeks but have something amazing to look forward to, than the other way round.

Dan and I also had a cute day out in Bakewell... Home of the tarts! If you love afternoon tea or anything cute like that, you need to go! We quite often go out to random villages in the middle of nowhere for days out & walks, but Bakewell has to be one of the nicest places. We of course indulged in the delicacy!
Strangely enough we had our Staff Christmas night out this month, how bizarre does that sound since Christmas feels like it was years ago! I still feel really new to Leeds so let the others lead the way but we went to some fab bars. We started off in Roxy Ballroom, a quirky bar where you can play beer pong... Turns out I was absolutely crap at it. And we made our way onto Call Lane and hit up The Rock Bar, that was of course after popping into Mcdonalds for a happy meal, because that's exactly what you're craving at 2am!

My jewellery making course at JWL has finished, I completed the full course & was gifted with a 'certificate of attendance' - That still makes me giggle!.. Rather than acknowledging I finished the course & achieved all the necessary skills, I've got a certificate saying I showed up. Ha. Nevertheless I now have all the skills needed to produce some gorgeous pieces of silver jewellery, my first is the silver hammered ring & matching earrings I'm grouping under the 'Polly' range. My plan of action is to create various geometric shaped jewellery ranges and give them all super cute girlie names. 

February has also been the month of bad skin! I've suffered really bad with dry (almost rubbery) painful eyes, I've tried all sorts of remedies but this subsequently means instead of reaching for fancy new makeup I've been more inclined to pick up some intense moisturising lotions & potions.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter: I'm a huge fan of moisturiers normally but I find this offering from S&G has that extra nourishment. This is always my 'go to' product when I'm needing that extra bit of help with my skin.
Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm: A really cooling moisturiser that has brilliantly soothed my eye area. It sinks into the skin effortlessly and blends like a dream. It's a brilliant little moisturiser, that I'll continue to use even when my redness has gone down. Hopefully it'll be soon!
Avon Techniques 360 Nourishment Mask: My hair is in such bad condition at the moment, I probably should have gone to the hairdressers about 4 months ago, but sometimes life just gets in the way doesn't it. I've been using this product once a week and even though my split ends are still visible, the general health of my hair feels so much better!
Charmed Ivy Ganesh Necklace: I went through a phase of contantly buying bits and pieces from Charmed Ivy, they're a brilliant brand with an ever expanding range. I'm constantly looking through their website but unfortunately my bank balance screams at me every time I add stuff to the basket. I've been wearing this necklace so much recently though, it's so easy to throw on & looks brilliant over a plain tshirt.

This year I've really been enjoying lifestyle posts recently & am thinking about taking my blog a bit more down that road - If you'd like to see that then please comment below. I discovered these two ladies originally for their fashion posts but like I said I've been really enjoying the more chatty posts from these two lovely ladies.

Ally in Blunderand | Let's talk about tattoos.
I loved this post from Ally, as a tattooed lady I am always intrigued by peoples opinions and views regarding tattoos. I believe there's still a huge stigma relating to tattoos and a lot of people still have very old fashioned reviews regarding the subject... Having tattoo's doesn't makes you an unemployable thug... I have tattoos and people are constantly flabbergasted by this! I'm a 'prim and proper' girlie girl... A characteristic that doesn't really fit the stigma of being covered in tattoos. It's always a super frustrating conversation having to justify myself for having tattoos. Why shouldn't i have tattoos? I appreciate the art & like the way they look on my body! Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of tattoos that I'm not keen on, but they're not on my body so who am I to judge? Basically if you want a tattoo, it's your choice, it's your body, just bloody well go for it. I could rant about tattoos all day!

Fashion Influx | Blogging expectations vs reality.
Oh my goodness! Lydia has great style & always looks picture perfect, but this just had to be one of my faves this month! It's so funny! I always love a good 'misconceptions with blogging' post, but the way this post is written, & the hilarious images that go with it - It's one not to miss! I completely agree with everything written in the expectations vs reality post - It's blooming hard work being a blogger, but it's kind of nice knowing we're all going through the same thing... 'eating supernoodles' & 'looking like a thumb'.

What have you guys been getting up to this month? If you've been to London Fashion Weekend I'd love to read your posts.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x


Monday, 23 February 2015

Outfit | Woodland Walks

Because I've got a week off work (hallelujah) and because I'm still a country bumpkin at heart, we decided to take a trip out to Middleton Woods to do a bit of exploring & get some fresh air in our lungs. We live ten minutes from Middleton so it only seemed right that we got out the house and had a wander around. I was surprised at how much area the woods covered and how many little woodland trails there were meandering through the forest, there was even a golf course running through the centre, so there's plenty of exploring to be had. We'll probably go back, take a different route & discover some new mysteries!

I don't want to jinx it but I definitely think the weathers starting to look up, I feel the cold really badly especially on my hands and feet but recently I've been doing just fine and surviving without my usual winter boots or a thick wooly, comfort blanket like scarf!
Today I'm going sockless (which is always a big event for an ice queen like myself) and wearing my new Topshop skater shoes, I featured some similar in a lust list not so long ago and decided to treat myself. I love the casual look they give off & think they'll go with so many outfits, but they're just so bloody uncomfy! I've been left with blisters on the back as well as rub marks across the bridge of my feet... Damn you pretty shoes, why do you want to hurt me? If anyone else has this problem please shout up, I'm begining to think i've got weird, oddly shaped feet.
I'm wearing my ever trusty boyfriend cut New Look jeans, they're super duper comfy & really flattering on the butt area, which you don't normally get with a more slouchy styled jean - So top marks for that! I've worn these loads since I got them & can imagine they'll last for years like my previous pair, they'll work brilliant with a pair of sandals too as it gets warmer. (Hurry up Mr. Sunshine!)
My vest is pretty simple, it's a dropped arm black tank top from Primark - It has a slightly oversized fit to it too so I think it works well with the rest of my slouchy look.
I've grabbed my black duster & thrown quite a tailored item over an otherwise casual outfit - I like this style as it makes everything look a bit more uniform, and gives my look a military style silhouette.

Have you been getting out and about not it's started to get a bit warmer? I still class myself as new to Leeds, so if you've got any recommendations I'd love to hear then.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Duster - Boohoo (£25.00)
Tank - Primark (£8.00)
Jeans - New Look (£25.00)
Shoes - Topshop (£20.00)
Rucksack - Primark (£12.00)
Necklace - Charmed Ivy (£6.00)


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Tag | Confessions Of A Beauty Blogger

Yesterday afternoon I was tagged by the lovely Jess Glitterbat to complete the 'Confessions Of A Beauty Blogger' tag. When I first started my blog all those moons ago I considered it to be purely fashion based as I was a complete cosmetics amateur, so to be tagged in Jess' post shows just how much my blog has evolved. So without further a do, here are my confessions... (I can't help but have Usher in my head)...

1. How many hours a week do you spend planning/writing/uploading posts?
For me it really varies week to week, I don't schedule any of my posts so some weeks I may post only once, whereas others I'll post 4 or 5 times. My work commitments also play a part in how often I post, I can work anywhere between 20 and 40 hours a week, it's pretty unpredictable, but obviously the more I'm working the less action you'll see on my blog. I'd say on average though that each post takes a couple of hours from start to finish - I'm really bad for getting distracted too so if there's something good on telly it'll probably take me double that! Oops!

2. Are you a spender or a saver?
I'd like to say saver... I used to be really good, I'd find it so easy to save a large percentage of my wage, but just recently I've gone from being paid weekly to being paid monthly and it's completely buggered up my saving abilities. I've also just recently moved to Leeds, and the shops here are sooo much better than my home town so I'm still in that 'new & exciting' phase with Leeds and kind of can't help myself. I need to get back into saving, Dan & I are wanting to buy a house this year so I best get my butt in gear and start saving more of those pennies!

3. When is easiest to write your posts?
During the day, it's so much easier to photograph with natural sunlight, but I like getting cosy on the sofa, putting my feet up & writing a post before Dan gets in from work. We've both got our own hobbies, so we tend to do those while the other person is at work and then spend the time we have together with each other - The way it should be.

4. What makes writing posts comfortable for you?
Cosy clothes! You'll often find me snuggled up in my Disney Aristocats pjamas wrapped up in a throw on the sofa. We have the comfiest sofas ever, they're really slouchy so will probably do nothing for our postures but they're brilliant for slobbing out & even sleeping on. Also coffee! I've been known to drink 10 or so cups of coffee a day, I'm trying to cut down, but nothing even comes close, I'm pretty much addicted.

5. What's your worst makeup/hair habit?
Not getting my hair cut. I'm booked in for two days time actually, but this will be my first hair cut for around 8 months. It's completely out of laziness though, I've got no one to blame but myself unfortunately. It's crazy how 6 weeks turns into 3 months, which then turns into 8. The ends of my hair at the moment are so bad, I'm itching to get the chop now, I'm going to get a couple if inches off to try restore some health back into it. 

6. What's one quote you wish the world would live by?
Maybe not the world... But when I was younger one of my friends made me a plaque for a birthday which said 'eveything will be okay in the end, if it's not okay then it's not the end'. I think there needs to be a bit more positivity in people and this quote sums it up perfectly.

7. How long do you spend getting ready every day?
I try do it as fast as possible, I'll always try and have as much sleep time as I can - Lazy I know. Time wise, if I'm not washing my hair I'd say half an hour, if I am though it'll probably take double, if not more just because it's so long and thick. What seems to take the longest amount of time in my makeup routine is getting my eyebrows on point, I'm overly obsessed with getting them symmetrical, it's one of the most annoying things, but when it's good it's blooming brilliant! You know you're starting a good day when you've got strong brow game!

8.  What are your favourite posts on your blog?
Anything where we've been out exploring the country & discovering new places. I love looking back on memory posts rather than ootd's & beauty posts, I think blogging is a fab way of documenting these days - It's a lovely piece to look back on.

9. Who is a beauty blogger you think deserves more subscribers than they have?
Ruby over at meplusmymakeup, I met her at my very first blogger event up in Newcastle and have been an avid follower ever since. She certainly knows her stuff & her makeup looks are insanely good! Go check her out!

10. What's one thing you're excited about in this coming year?
Buying a house... Hopefully! I started a savings account when I was 21 so it feels like I've been saving forever, but this year is going to be our year! In my head I know exactly how I want our home to look so fingers crossed we'll be able to get it - I'm ridiculously excited to decorate & get everything all homely. 

11. What's your favorite blogging moment?
I'm reading this as 'moments' because my answer for this one it getting to go to loads of cool events & meeting some absolutely gorgeous, brilliant bloggers. It's fab getting to meet people with the same interests as you, somebody who feels your pain when you can't quite get the correct lighting for your photos. I've been really lucky to go to a few events now & barring one, I've thoroughly enjoyed myself. 

12. How long does it take to prep a post?
I think I've answered this question already, I must have been rambling! But a couple of hours I'd say from start to finish.

13. Are you wearing jeans/skirt right now or are you wearing pjama bottoms?
Come on... It's a sunday! Of course I'm wearig pjama bottoms. I'm wearing my kermit the frog pj's at the moment, wrapped up in Dans' dressing gown. I am the epitome of cosy right now!

14. What are you most proud of in your life?
Moving away from home. I'm a complete home bird and the village where I'm from nobody tends to leave. But last year we made the move and tottled down to Leeds & it's been the best decision I think we've made. It does nothing for my bank balance like I said, but it's bloody brilliant down here. I'm still a northern bird though, through & through!

There we have it! Those we're my confessions. I'm going to tag Amy J Walters, Ruby Barton at Me Plus My Makeup & Lucinda at The Fashion Fictionary. Good luck ladies! If you want to write up your own confessions, please feel free.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Friday, 20 February 2015

Beauty | Nars Dual Intensity Eye Shadows

I don't own a great deal of high end make up, over the years I've found some cracking budget based cosmetics that I've really enjoyed using, but every so often I think I deserve a little treat. Something I treated myself to a little while ago are the Nars dual intensity eyeshadows.

Last year (how bad does that sound) I picked up the shade Phoebe (left) & Castillo (right), two beautifully intense lilac shimmer shades. I chose the two colours because purple tones really really bring out my green eyes - I once heard only 3% of people have green eyes, I don't know how true this is though? I'm pretty sure I know quite a few people who have green eyes.
The dual intensity range comprises of 12 shimmery pearl tones which can be applied either wet of dry (hence the name) depending on the look you want to achieve. For a sheer finish you'd apply the product as normal with a dry brush, however if you're wanting a more intense finish, dampen your brush before loading the product and you'll be set for a more high impact look. I find this works particularly well with a Mac 266 small angle brush and applying as an eye liner. 

These are the first high end eye shadows I've actually purchased so safe to say, my expectations were high, especially at £21.00 per piece! 
The formula of this product is brilliant & there's barely any fallout when applying which is really surprising with it being such a shimmery tone. I love the application process of these shadows, they're such intense & highly pigmented tones they apply like a dream! The formula blend really well too, both wet and dry & I found that the two colours work perfectly together - Phoebe works insanely well on the crease. The shadows staying power is brilliant, whether you're wearing them during the day or on a night out, you won't need to worry about them fading. They keep that intense punch of colour for a good eight hours, so an absolutely brilliant result in my books! 
Packaging wise, would you expect anything less than perfection with Nars? The square box contains a miniature mirror and fastens shut with a reliable magnetic strip, it screams Nars & I absolutely love how it looks on my dressing table! 
Reading this you may think I've fallen head over heels with these shadows, and I have to a certain extent, but these just one iddy biddy thing that keeps niggling away at me... And it's the price! I paid £42.00 for these two products, where a few weeks ago I paid £4.00 for a full palette from Makeup Revolution. I love them, but would I buy them again... I'm not so sure. 

If you know of any dupes for for any Nars product then I'd love to hear them. I don't disgruntle them as a brand, I just wish they were more affordable. 

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Beauty | Getting Rid Of Puffy Eyes... The Natural Way.

Today is my first day off since early last week. Phewie!! I've actually just worked 8 days in a row, and all 8 days I've been getting up at 6.00am and working a super long ass shift! Sucks to be me right? I'd been suffering anyway recently with dry, puffy & tired eyes as you'll know, but this long stint at work has completely tipped me over the edge. I've never seen my eyes look so bad, I've even had a breakout down one side of my face, so safe to say I'm not a happy bunny!
Anyway today I'm talking to you about teabags! I've tried all sorts of lotions and potions on my face over the years and I do think they work to a certain extent, but reducing puffyness (because that's a word) the natural way, with teabags is something I've never tried before. And lets be honest a beauty routine that starts with a cup of tea... I honestly can't think of anything better, can you?

Instead of making your cup of tea as normal, add an extra teabag so you have one for each eye. I let mine brew for a couple of minutes, I've read people do it for longer, but double the amount of teabags obviously means double the strength tea and I still wanted a delicious cup of tea to drink with my breakfast. I removed the teabags as normal and placed them on a small plate which I then transferred to my fridge to cool through. These need to be kept cool for twenty minutes which is the perfect time allowance for drinking your brew & having a couple of slices of toast, I always have peanut butter on mine but I absolutely shovel it on! It's so yummy! After you've done eating your breakfast all you need to do is lay down, place the tea bags on your eyes, and let them do their magic. 

I left the teabags on my lids for twenty minutes as I found after this time scale they'd started to warm & reach room temperature. I thought sitting still for this length of time would be really difficult, but it was sheer bliss! I was listening to the telly and just enjoying being in my own little bubble. They instantly cooled and soothed my entire eye area, even reaching my brow & cheek bones, which was fab. The cooling sensation was just incredible, it felt so refreshing & nourishing on my tired eyes. What I was most surprised at however was the scent, I really thought they'd give off a really strong tea smell but that was hardly there. Maybe because they're cool they don't smell as much, I'm not sure? The end results we're really impressive! Admittedly they haven't gotten rid completely of the puffyness around my eye area, but the way it's left me feeling is just brilliant! My eyes we're really painful & tight before I popped the cool teabags on, but after I feel completely refreshed, awake and ready for the day.

Have you tried this before? I love how easy it is to achieve without having to spend a small fortune! I'm definitely going to be looking into more natural homemade remedies.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Friday, 13 February 2015

Beauty | 3 Valentines Lips

For me, working in a jewellery store it feels like it's been Valentines day for the past 4 weeks or so now, as soon as the Boxing day sales finished out came an abundance of the lovey dovey stuff - It was completely inevitable & just as equally inescapable! Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for a little bit of the mushy stuff, I've been with my partner for four years now and completely still feel in that 'honeymoon period' people talk about, but for me Mr St Valentine is a complete novelty & a guy who's out to make a little bit of extra money. It's cliche to say, but you shouldn't need one day out of the year to give you a kick up the backside & show your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife that you love them... Dan & I are fully planning on lounging around in out pj's all day & totally making the most of the half price take outs Dominoes has got on offer - That's real love for you!

Anywho, get off your high horse Claire... Something I do love about the novelty of Valentines is getting to wear red toned lipsticks, whether it be bright & bold or deep & sexy - A red lip suits any skin tone & is always a winner in my books. With it being the 'big day' tomorrow I thought I'd show you my three favourite lovey dovey inspired lipsticks - I have three, because I simply couldn't narrow it down any further!

 Rimmel lasting finish lipstick by Kate Moss - 107 (£5.49)
A firm favourite by bloggers across the community. The 107 is a super rich matte lipstick that gives such an intense burst of colour it's unbelievable. For me, this is my Grease Lightning lipstick, this lipstick will transform you from Sandy before Danny to Sandy very much after Danny! The revamp from plain Jane to sultry temptress is phenomenal as it instantly gives your lips that wow (wow wow) factor. Being a matte lipstick you'd think it would be quite drying on the lips, but this really isn't - It's smooth & velvety on application and feels really nourishing. The staying power with the 107 isn't the best, but I've found that with the vast majority of matte lipsticks, especially in bolder shades - I don't mind having the reapply this though because it's such a gorgeous colour, I can forgive you Rimmel. What I also love about this product is the branding, the Kate Moss lippies are so recognisable, I've often been given the nod of approval by girls who have spied me using this little red lovely. Girl power!!

Revlon colorburst matte balm - 225 Sultry (£7.99)
Another matte lipstick... Ooops! As a whole, I really don't think you can go wrong with Revlon lip products (I'd even push the boat out and say I prefer them to MAC lippies) they're probably my 'go to' brand when it comes to adding a bit of colour into my makeup routine - I think they're fab! I picked up the matte balm when it first came out, early last year & have been impressed with it ever since. The formulation of this product is so creamy & moisturising, it feels absolutely amazing on the lips. Because it's a chubby pencil too, it's a dream to apply, just one quick swish and you're ready to rock and roll! The shade sultry (how could I not include this on a Valentines day post with a name like that by the way) is much rosier than the other two I have selected, so I think this gives a much more youthful look & reckon it would work just as easily as a day date as it would for an evening out. For me sultry is such an easy shade to wear, no wear near as bold as the 107 however it still gives that punch of colour we're all looking for!

Soap & Glory sexy motherpuker - Charm Offensive (£7.00)
We all know I'm not the biggest lover of lipglosses, but anyone who's anyone knows the powers of the Sexy Motherpucker! This Soap & Glory 'cult product' plumps your lips to the next dimension making them look all luscious & full, I don't know how it works, but it bloody well works! And now with the addition of colour (I mean real colour) to the lip glosses there's just no stopping them! I love the illusion it gives of much fuller, bigger lips - and the shine is just incredible. These are real show stopper lips! Granted the formula is slightly sticky, which is my main bug bearer when it comes to lip glosses, but I can totally overlook that for the quality of this product! The longevity is brilliant too, it's the best out of all three - I can quite happily wear this all day & not have to worry. Love love love it!

I really can't pick just one, I'm sorry! I love all three. Whats your favourite Valentines inspired lipstick?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Outfit | Bank Glamorous Pastel Blue Biker Jacket

It's not very often I write a blog post about a single fashion item, in fact it's only happened once when I picked up my Timberlands from the York Designer Outlet, and I was totally buzzing that I'd picked them up for a quarter of the price they should have been! Woop! Actually thinking about it, I'm still buzzing now half a year later...
Well it's happened again! I pride myself on my ability to grab a bargain & this week on an shopping trip in Wakefield I picked up another beauty!
I live dead on between Leeds city centre & Wakefield, but it's always Leeds that pulls me in. In the four months of living here, I've only ever been into Wakefield twice! I think I need to go more often now though!

Bank isn't generally a store I tend to go in, it's only now that it's closing down & they're offering 70% discount that they've really caught my attention! They've got some brilliant bargains in store at the moment & honestly I Could have picked up so much more than I actually did - I swear I need a lottery win! Or a bank loan I never have to pay back! If only!

Anywho, what I'm talking about today is the cutest pastel blue biker jacket. I love it now, but I'm going to love it even more during Spring/Summer - Pastels are always a sign of brighter times to come, so I'm super duper excited to be able to wear this properly. I've been after a leather jacket for a little while now as my Topshop one is on it's last legs, but I always envisaged it being dark brown/black in colour, it's only when I saw this little beauty that my idea completely changed. The cut of this is pretty similar to my Topshop jacket, I love the buckle detailing on the sides as I find it really flattering on my shape & gives an otherwise girlie outfit that added toughness. The jacket from the Glamorous range at Bank is collarless, which I thought wouldn't agree with me at all, but in fact I love it - As soon as I tried it on I fell in love & knew I just had to get it!
And the best bit... Instead of it being £60.00 I only paid £14.50!! Like I said I'm a right jammy cow when it comes to shopping, I've perfected the bargain hunting skill over my 24 years & I'm hoping it'll do me well for years to come.

Have any of you guys picked up anything in the Bank sale? I'm going to keep popping in to see if they add any more lines, 70% off is insane right?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Beauty | A Match Made In MAC Heaven

I’ve found it! The dreamiest combination of lip products that when worn together make me feel like I can take on the world!

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who completely lusts for payday, then when it eventually arrives end up wandering into my local MAC store and spending a small fortune leaving me with just enough money for bills & rent… You know, the important stuff.  Inevitably this happened & on this occasion I walked out (quite happily might I add) with a new lip liner in boldly bare & a new lipstick from their lustre range in syrup.

I’m terrible for lip colours, I’ve got what seems to be a rainbow of lipsticks in my cosmetics draw at the moment, anything from rosie reds, deep plums & simplistic nudes. Now,  I enjoy a nude lip as much as the next person, but for me having a nude with a pinky purple undertone really excites me, I feel it’s much more warming and defines my lips just that bit better in order to suit my skin tone. This is what first attracted me to syrup… Buying the liner was just an indulgence, but to my surprise they work superbly together!

Boldly bare is the first lip liner I’ve ever owned, I’ve always been a bit dubious of how well they work, and in fairness if they actually worked at all. How wrong I was! Adding this product before syrup has been genious! As this is the first liner I’ve owned I applied the product slowly and carefully – It wasn’t scratchy in the slightest, in fact it was actually pretty easy to apply. I can definitely see myself getting faster at doing it as time goes on. As with all MAC lipsticks the formula of syrup is phenomenal, I don’t know how they do it, but they do it so well! The product glides across the lips and the longevity is fab – Even better with boldly bare underneath!

This colour combination is so easy to wear and will see me right through Spring/Summer – I’m glad I picked something other than velvet teddy & soar. Even though I own velvet teddy (and love it) I think the hype around having Kylie Jenner lips has reached it’s peak now…. Everyone’s talking about syrup & boldly bare… Or at least I am anyway!

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Friday, 6 February 2015

Lust List | Sports Luxe

I've had one of those days today where the only thing that's been in my mind has been 'I need a complete wardrobe overhaul'... I'm sure that, along with so many other ladies this thought goes through my mind all the time! At the moment though I've been really loving the Sports Luxe trend - I know it's been and gone, but for me it's a style I find really wearable & super duper flattering. I've been scouring the internet for a bit of inspiration & here's what I've been lusting over...

How comfy do these look? I've got a few pairs of smart/casual trousers now, but not in this khaki colour. I love the look of these & the fact they've got an elasticated waist band is just heavenly! These could be styled so many different ways, they'd look fab with the mint green sweater, they're just super versatile!
So this is ridiculous money, I know! But every time I pass Ernest Jones on my way to work this beautiful watch completely catches my attention. There's no way on earth I'd be able to afford this, but I thought, what the hell, this is a lust list... And I'm certainly lusting over this, so it's going on! To me this is perfection in a watch!
Bum bag! Bum bag! Bum bag! I'm really not a fan of carrying bags in my hands (how weird does that  sound) I gravitate more towards cross body bags & rucksacks so this would be fab! The casual festival vibes get me all excited for Summer too & the colour is amazing!
Firstly I love the mint green colour of this sweater! It's so lovely and femenine & will be fab for Spring/Summer. I love the look of these boxy style sweaters, on me they seem to sit lovely, so I'm in no doubt that this would be the same. It's cheap enough as well so I  could purchase a few of these, because it comes in a whole host of lovely colours.
I picked up a pair of pastel pink Tiga's last summer and found them so wearable & easy to style so I thought this pair would be a fabulous addition to a Sports Luxe wardrobe. And snakeprint?... Yes please!
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of trench coats, but this sleeveless addition is completely different, and would smarten up a sports luxe outfit. Because it's pretty neutral too, it'll look amazing with so many different outfit combinations. I love this! It's an awesome wardrobe staple!
So every man and their dog has these, but they're the most stylist trainers I think I've ever seen. I own Nike running trainers (not that I run that much) but they're so comfy & to be able to wear these in every day life would be a complete dream! Admittently they are pretty pricey, but they're so god damn gorgeous! Maybe I'll get these when payday rolls round!

Soooo some things I may purchase, some things I may not - I'm talking about that Rado watch. But everything on this page I'm totally lusting after! Have you guys noticed picked up any Sports Luxe bargains? 

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Outfit | Ripped Jeans

I've branded this as a fashion blog for almost a year now, but lately I've been getting right down & dirty with the beauty blogger side of things. I've really been enjoying experimenting with different makeup looks recently, but today I thought I'd better get back to my roots and supply you with a casual, sports luxe inspired outfit post.

I was in two minds whether to publish that picture above, the with Lisa Simpson looking all scorned, but I thought, what the hell. I was blogging whilst watching The Simpsons.... Guilty!! 
Anywho, todays' outfit is super comfy & relaxed but still on trend with the addition of my black duster & white soled boots. I love pairing tailored pieces with a slouchy outfit, I think it adds interest and instantly brings it to being very fashion forward!
I always think jeans look better with age, especially ones that are either ripped or boyfriend cut, as the extra wear & tear emphasises the style. I've had this pair for around a year now & am so pleased with them, they're just getting comfier and comfier! Adding to my casual look is a plain black tee from Primark, then I've thrown on a whole host of silver jewellery. I'm really bad for either wearing no jewellery at all or completely overloading an outift with it,  todays' pieces come from Treasured Belle (my own jewellery range - woop!), Pandora & Charmed Ivy. The black duster is one of my favourite purchases from last year, it's so easy to pop on over an outfit, and looks really well with with my boots and matching black bag.

Have any of you guys picked up any sports luxe pieces in the sales? I've really let the side down this year when it comes to sale shopping. I'm completely skint at the moment though... I'll probably put together a lust list post though soon, just to make me feel better. Ha.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Jeans - New Look (£24.99)
Top - Primark (£8.00)
Duster - Boohoo (£25.00)
Boots - New Look (£30.00)
Bag - Topshop
Solar Necklace - Charmed Ivy (£5.00)
Horn Of Selene Necklace - Charmed Ivy (£4.50)
Polly Ring - Treasured Belle*
Stack Rings - Pandora
Belt - Topshop


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Beauty | Extending My Foundation Collection

It's no secret that I'm the most boring person when it comes to foundation... I'm the absolute epitome of the quote 'stick with what you know' as I've been using the same foundation for the last eight years or so now. And that is my beloved Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid, I'd love to know how much I've spent in total on this little bottle of goodness.. I bet it's a shocking figure!! 
Anywho, at the ripe old age of 24 I've decided to try something new and get out of my foundation rut, so here's what I picked up...

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid (10 Ivory)
Firstly let me tell you why I love this foundation so much... It gives medium to light coverage which for me is perfect, I don't have particularly bad skin, the only thing I would say is that i i's quite dull, so this foundation gives me that much needed pick me up. The air whipped liquid glides effortlessly across my skin, its super slick formula blends really quickly and easily into my skin which is ideal for a lazy gal like me. The longevity of this foundation is fab too, I can confidently go about my daily business without worrying about this product. The 30ml bottle retails in at £7.99 so it's super duper affordable - I love it!... Is it any wonder I've been using this product for such a long time?

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour (005 Light Beige)
The first of my newies!... I've stuck with Maybelline, but boy this is so much different from the Dream Satin Liquid. This is a much heavier foundation that gives a completely full coverage, it leaves a flawless finish however it's so much more effort to apply. I found even using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush it took so long to blend in, granted once you get there it looks amazing but just be prepared to put a bit of elbow grease into it! I don't know if this actually lasts for 24 hours like it claims, anyone wearing foundation for that amount of time shame on you, but the staying power of this foundation is bloody good. This product will set you back a grand total of £8.99, so again pretty cheap, I can see past the application process and tell you that I'd quite happily wear this, and would probably repurchase again once this one's ran out.

Rimmel Match Perfection (100 Ivory)
Another light to medium coverage foundation, which works perfectly for me - I much prefer this more natural look, especially for everyday wear, this works fab! It's a very dewy foundation which will be amazing for Spring/Summer, I'll more than likely be wearing this during that time rather than the Dream Satin Liquid - Shock horror!! This blends beautifully and leaves my skin looking so radiant & fresh, I absolutely love it! It's got good staying power too - I don't think I have a bad word to say about this product, I'm struggling to criticise it, it's just fab! This is the cheapest out of the three foundations, coming in at £6.99 which is amazing, especially considering how long it will last me. Thank you Rimmel!!

Out of the three foundations I think I've done really really really well. I'll probably stick with my Dream Satin Liquid untill it runs out, which won't be too long & will probably take me up to Spring which will be perfect for cracking out the Rimmel Match Perfection. Woop! Because the Super Stay 24 Hour foundation is so heavy I'll probably just use this for nights out when I'm needing a bit more coverage. 

So I've been enjoying all three, but all for completely different reasons. Have you tried any of these foundations before? What have you thought to them?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x


Monday, 2 February 2015

Hair | Paul Mitchel Extra Body Daily Boost*

If there's one thing I suffer with, it's quite fine lifeless hair. I'm sure it used to be much much thicker when I was younger, but I think years of heat damage has really taken it's toll on my locks. I went through a stage last year of refusing to use heat on my hair & the difference it made was incredible, it became so much more healthy, but I've relapsed & slipped back into my old bad habits, straightening my hair almost every day now. I know it's bad, my hair's probably crying on the inside but I feel like Paul Mitchell's Extra Daily Boost has come to my rescue.

I actually received this little bottle of wonder after attending a Paul Mitchell event last year in Leeds & in all honesty... I totally forgot about it! It was only after searching for a root boosting product before a night out over the festive season, that I rediscovered this product & I've been using it ever since.
The panthenol induced product adds volume whilst protecting each individual hair strand at the same time - It doesn't actually feel like I'm wearing any product in my hair, so for me it's a complete winner! I've used some products before which have left my hair greasy and sticky, but this does nothing of the sort! On the bottle it says to apply the product to damp hair but I've found it equally as handy on dry hair. The boost it gives is the perfect amount, it isn't so much that it makes your hair look all cave woman like, it still looks really natural... Very much like Rachel from friends if you catch my drift. A few spritzs go a long way with the Extra Body Daily Boost, you only need to spray four or five times and it makes a huge difference. I have the 100ml bottle and can see it lasting such a long time, I've barely made a dent in it so far. 
Even though I received this product as a gift, I'd more than happily spend the money and buy it again, I love the boosting effect it's had on my locks! The smallest bottle they sell online is 250ml and is priced at £15.75, considering this is 150ml bigger than the one I have I think it's an exceptional price!.. And I'm really stingy, so it must be good!

Have you tried any Paul Mitchell products or is there any volumising hair products you could recommend?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

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