Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Monthly Roundup | April

This months monthly roundup is going to be super duper short & super duper short, compared to the previous ones anyway! I've literally got a million and one things going on at the moment & barely any time to do any of it all. I'm working full time, blogging part time,  being an interior designer part time, moving house part time, being an events coordinator part time & running a house (less than) part time - You name it, I'm doing it!
I've recently taken over a new job role at work, which has brought so much more workload, but it's a really exciting role that (as sad as it sounds) actually makes me excited to get to work! As well as working in a HSamuels selling all the sparklies, I've started managing their social media sites and being their events coordinator. Working in social media is a huge ambition of mine, one I've developed through blogging & taking on this role is hopefully this is just the start of something exciting for me!

I've been doing a lot more fashion based posts on the blog this month - It's what I started blogging about so it's been nice to get back into it. I think now the weathers getting a bit nicer & the lighter nights are here it's sparked up my energy again for fashion blogging... It has however made me lust after a whole new wardrobe overhaul! Ooops!

I also attended an event down at The Body Shop in the white rose shopping centre this month. I think of all the events I've been to, this has to have been my favourite! The energy at the event was amazing, the staff at the store had so much passion for their products it was really inspiring to be a part of. 

We're a bit further along with our house move too. If you regularly read my blog, you'll know that Dan & I have finally saved enough money for a deposit on a house & successfully applied for a mortgage. We've found a house we think's perfect for us to start our next chapter, unfortunately we don't have a move in date yet, but it can't be too far away now!

As well as getting back into more fashion based blog posts, I've also been enjoying some new beauty products...

Real Techniques Blush Brush.
It really is worth investing in some quality tools! That's what my Dad says anyway, he obviously doesn't mean makeup brushes, but the same rules apply here. The blush brush is so light & fluffy, it's the perfect tool for applying a quick swish of colour to the apples of your cheeks. It always looks clean too, which is a big bonus for me & anyone else who has their brushes on display. It's a really lovely, luxurious looking product.
Makeup Revolution Iconic Blush, Bronze & Brighten.
This wonderful little palette is probably my most used product throughout the month of April - I don't think I've actually gone a day without using it! I love having everything in one place with my cosmetics, so this product has been an absolute wonder. It's the easiest contour kit I've used & from a price point of view it's fantastic!
Makeup Revolution Ultra Velour Lip Cream - Sweet Boy with a Big Mouth.
Never in a million years would I think I could get away with a barbie pink shade lipstick, but I absolutely love it. I think it goes so well with my skin tone, I think it makes me look much more tanned which is always a bonus. I love the application of this lip cream, it's between a gloss & a pencil texture so it glides onto the lip really easily. It doesn't last a massive amount of time on the lip, but I could happily apply this all day - It's such a fabulous colour! And I'm definitely tempted to buy more bold pink colours.
The Fragrance Library - Peach.
I wouldn't say I have the biggest perfume collection, nor am I that into it, but a fragrance that really got me all giddy was the peach scent from The Fragrance Library. As a brand, the scent selection is huge (like really huge) but it's always the summer, sweet, sickly scents that catch my attention & this one's just perfect! I use it as a bit of a pick me up throughout the day & now it's getting closer to Summer it's going to be perfect!
Garnier Ultimate Blends - The Marvellous Transformer.
I started using this product around six months ago now, I did take a little break in between, but since reusing these products my hair has never looked better. The marevllous transformer range is perfect for reconstructing limp, lifeless hair into locks Rapunzel would be proud of. I dye my hair slightly more auburn than natural & find these products enhances the colour amazingly!

What have you guys been getting up to this Month? What is your proudest achievement throughout April, I'd love to know!

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Fashion | White Denim

One thing that I've been afraid of when it comes to fashion is, the very unforgiving white denim jean. Even if you've got a super perky J-Lo butt, there's nothing worse than being able to see your underwear through your trousers! I've been putting off the dreaded white jean for years & years, and was always adamant that I would never go there... Well 2015 is the year I finally went there!

It took me a little while to find a pair of jeans that i was 100% happy with. I've noticed a lot on the high street at the moment that are either super high waisted, have ripped knees or have frayed ankles. And for my first pair of white denim jeans, I just didn't want that. I was looking for a pair of well fitting, regular rise, white denim skinny jeans & feel I have found that with this pair from New Look. These are classed as 'disco jeans' which I'm assuming means that fit wise they're going to be pretty similar to the American Apparel disco pans - So they properly suck you in, in all the right places!... And they definitely do, let me assure you of that.
I wanted to wear these super bright, crisp white trousers with a simplistic, minimalist outfit therefore opting for a pastel pink top & floaty floor length kimono. I love this look for Spring/Summer, however I can't help thinking how perfect it'd be wearing this on holiday, for an evening out with cocktails and a sea view. That'd be ideal!... Shame that isn't going to be happening anytime soon... Damn you mortgage!
Making me think of summer holidays even more so, is the blue topaz & turquoise jewellery I'm wearing. I seem to have gathered quite a collection over the last year and this ring & dream catcher necklace are two of my favourite pieces.

Top - Primark(£2.00)
Jeans - New Look (£22.99)
Kimono - Primark (£10.00)
Sandals - Primark (£4.00)
Ring - HSamuel (£107.10)
Dream catcher Necklace - Charmed Ivy (£5.00)
Tassel Necklace - Primark
Watch - HSamuel*

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Beauty | Makeup Revolution Iconic Blush, Bronze & Brighten

One thing I'm a huge fan of with beauty products is having them all in one place. Every morning at 6.30am sharp I cart my makeup from my bedroom to the living room, so I can use my  special makeup mirror (because we all have that one that we rely on) to apply the products to my tired & disheveled face. It sounds ridiculous, but at this time in the morning and in the dark, carrying ten different makeup products can be pretty tricky! 
This Iconic palette from Makeup Revolution makes my makeup routine just that little bit easier...

The Iconic palette in shade 'smoulder' contains a blusher, bronzer & highlighter so everything you could possibly need to contour your face & give your bone structure that bit of extra definition. All three products are divided equally into quite large pans & comes with a full length mirror on the flip side of the packaging, which is a brilliant size to use when travelling.

The contour colour is a muted tan, which works perfectly with my skin tone because I'm pretty pale at the moment. I feel this product gives just the right amount of colour for me to brighten my skin tone (& help me look more alive) however I can imagine if you had a darker, more olive skin tone, the effects wouldn't be as substantial.
The blusher is the most fantastic hot pink colour! I love the sudden injection of colour this brings to the apples of your cheeks & because it's so pigmented, a little goes a really long way with this product. I love how quick this product is to apply, just one quick swish & you're ready for the day.
The highlight is a shimmery pressed powder of pale pink gorgeousness! Again with this product a little goes a long way - I like to apply this with my fingers as opposed to a brush as I find it being a much more precise application process.

I own a massive amount of Makeup Revolution products & have always been really impressed with their quality & price, however this Iconic Brush, Bronze & Brighten just blows everything else out the water. I've been reaching for this product every day for the last few weeks & will continue to do so - It's ridiculously impressive.

I picked up this palette for the bargain price of £4.00 which I think is absolutely fantastic - I really don't know how Makeup Revolution do it, but they do & they bloody do it good! As well as 'smoulder' Makeup Revolution also have three other shades in the Iconic range which I'm really looking forward to trying.

What are your favourite Makeup Revolution products?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Lust List | Creating A Capsule Wardrobe With Zara

Hopefully we'll be moving house in the next couple of weeks, we should get a definitive date at the end of this week (Eeek!) but it's really got me thinking about downsizing and creating a capsule wardrobe.
The older I'm getting, the more I want to steer away from those really trendy clothes, the ones that are around for one season & then forgotten about, in favour of more classic, timeless pieces. 
At the moment I'm really loving Zara. I've always seen Zara as an inbetweeny shop, with a target audience of those who aren't that young, but equally aren't that old... And at the ripe old age of 24, I feel I fit in perfectly.

1. The Camel Coat.
What a way to transform an outfit! I don't actually own a camel coat but I really feel that they are a necessity when it comes to a womans' wardrobe. I love the masculine oversized look this coat has & think it'd work perfectly with a number of outfits.
2. Black Skinny Jeans.
Whether they be ripped or high waisted, a good pair of skinny jeans is an essential element of your wardrobe. I've opted for a black pair here, as black goes with literally everything! These would look brilliant with a pair of converse for a casual look, or equally as fab with a pair of heels & sparkly top.
3. The White Tee.
Where would we be without a white tee! I love this one from Zara, because of the detailed drop back - To me it just screams Summer & I love that about an outfit. Wearing a white tee with an outfit is a very basic concept however sometimes I think simple works best & I think this one's amazing because it looks so much more expensive than it is.
4. The Leather Jacket.
If you know me even a little bit, you'll know how much I love a leather jacket - My favourite being a dark tan aviator style jacket from Topshop. I love how a leather jacket toughens up girlie outfits & think they look really showstopper over tutu style dresses. A leather jacket works just as well with a casual outfit, maybe with black skinnies, a white tee & some Nikes.
5. Cut Out Sandals.
I'm not normally one for getting my toes out but with a good pair of sandals I jump at the chance. They're just so cool, comfortable & really easy to wear. I've picked this pair because they're pretty basic in the way they're designed, but the gold hardware addition down the front of the sandal makes them look very expensive & sophisticated.
6. Black Boots.
I love a good pair of boots! Maybe this pair aren't exactly season friendly at the moment, but for Autumn/Winter these would be amazing. The heel on this pair is relatively low, and because they're quite a tall ankle boot, they'll be really comfy & easy to walk in which is always a bonus!
7. The Casual Maxi.
Now the weather's getting a bit warmer (Hallelujah!) I think it's really important to add a maxi into your wardrobe. Something that's really comfy & casual would be great, so I think this pastel blue number is fabulous. I love the Grecian style, and how it's cinched in at the waist too - It'll be really flattering on.
8. A Mary Poppins Bag.
And by Mary Poppins, I mean something you can fit everything in - Something with enough pockets & compartments to fit all your bits and bobs in. I really love the two straps with this bag, so you can wear it over your shoulder or as a handheld depending on whats comfiest.

What do you guys think of my selection? I'm deffinitely going to think more about future purposes before I hand over my hard earnerd pennies.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Fashion | Colour Blocking For Spring

Since having a major wardrobe overhaul I feel like I've discovered so many different clothing items that I'd forgotten about. Surely that's a sign that I've got too many clothes, in fact, my wardrobes fit to burst at the moment, but still... We can never have too many clothes right?
Anywho... Today I'm showcasing to you this stunningly coral, peach blazer. Originally it came in a little shorts suit set, but I seem to have lost the shorts (Boo hiss!) so we're just looking at the blazer for now, and hopefully in my mass of clothes I'll find the shorts at a later date!


I love how easy it is just to chuck a blazer over your outfit, & how dramatically it can transform an outfit, especially with a super bright injection of colour. This coral peach colour is going to be fab in Spring Summer & to me just screams sunshine! I always wear my blazers open as I think it looks much cooler, but you also get to see the lining - This one being very silky & shiny, but most blazers nowadays have some awesome patterned linings, which I think is always cool to see.
I think this piece works just as well with a plain white tee or shirt however I have gone pretty colour mad (for me anyway) & teamed my tailoring with a soft green cami. I like the bold contrasting colours & think it's a very memorable look. To balance the pops of colour I've toned things down with some simple black skinnies, bright white pumps & nude clutch.

What do you guys think of colour blocking?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Blazer - Primark
Cami - Peacocks (£6.00)
Jeans - H&M (£7.99)
Pumps - New Look (£24.99)
Clutch - Miss Selfridge*
Bracelets - Sister Vintage (£1.00)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sweet Treats | Patisserie Valerie White Rose

Last week before I attended the Body Shops event in the White Rose, I had a bit of spare time on my hands so I so popped into Patisserie Valerie for a coffee & cake, along with a bit of people watching. Aren't coffee shops the best places for people watching! I ordered my usual latte but decided to go for something slightly different cake wise & picked the beautifully decorated vanilla cupcake. 

The coffee was lovely. For a latte (the milkiest of all coffees) it still had that really strong coffee taste to it which I liked. If anything, I could have done with the cup being a bit bigger, and in a glass - I'm a bit fussy about my coffee. I get narked when my latte comes in a plain, boring cup - I know that's me being a weirdo though. 
Isn't the vanilla cupcake just the prettiest thing! The little pink hearts and chocolate snowflake (is it a snowflake?) are so super cute and tasty! The vanilla frosting was really creamy & delicious - It was definitely the best part of the cupcake. Surprisingly the actual cake itself was chocolate, which if I'm honest was a tad dry, but still pretty tasty. It doesn't put me off however & I wouldn't hesitate going back.

It was pretty quiet when I visited Patisserie Valerie so I couldn't really get an appropriate feeling for the atmosphere there. I'm wanting to visit the Leeds store as I've heard it's much more cutesy with a waitress style service - And I'm all for the cutesy! So I'll definitely be popping in there at a later date.

I'm wanting to visit more independent tea rooms in Leeds if any of you have any recommendations?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Monday, 13 April 2015

Event | The Body Shop White Rose

Last week I attended a VIP Blogger event at the Body Shop in the White Rose Shopping Centre, where we were presented with a wide range of their fab new products.
Tom & Shannon at the store ran the event & were ridiculously helpful - The knowledge they had on their products was insanely good, and their passions for their jobs was inspiring to see & be a part of.
I had a wonderful time at the event and had the opportunity to sample some fab new product ranges...

Fuji Green Tea
It's no secret that Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, that do you good both inside and out; So it seems only inevitable for The Body Shop to bring out their own range of Green Tea products. The Body Shop source their Green Tea from Mount Fuji in Japan which is renowned for their high quality, refreshing & revitalising Green Tea, so right from the beginning there were high hopes for these products. The range is divided into three beautifully smelling sections from cleanse & detox, to replenish, and then refresh, and holds a total of nine products.
The first cleanse & detox stage basically includes everything you'd use in the bath, so it includes an exfoliating soap, body scrub & a shower gel, however what really caught my eye was the bath tea & infuser. The stainless steel infuser is filled with Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea and popped under the tap as you're running your bath. Quickly the running water infuses your bath with the most delicious smelling scents that help destress & relax the whole body. 
The second stage is replenishing the moisture back into the skin. This section includes a body butter, body lotion & a body sorbetall of which have a similar level of moisture however the texture between the three is very different. I actually ended up buying the Fuji Green Tea Body Sorbet because of its' super light and fluffy consistency, it's not like anything I've ever tried before, but felt like an absolute dream to apply.
The third & final stage is to refresh with the Fuji Green Tea Eau De Cologne, a very awakening, unisex scent. It's a very fresh & light scent with notes of green tea (obviously) & hints of jasmine and bergamont - An all round delicious scent!

Virgin Mojito
Another newie (and a goodie) from The Body Shop is their Virgin Mojito range & let me tell you, it's absolutely stunning & probably my favourite of the new scents! Personally I'm not a mojito lover, I can't be doing with mint in my drinks, however the scent The Body Shop have produced for this product range is gorgeous! Strangely some products seem to be mintier than others so it's not a consistent scent however whichever way the mint to lime ratio is, they all amazing. They have a couple of the usual products in the range such as the body scrub & body butter, but something I've not seen before is the body splash, a perfume type product that applies exactly how it says on the tin and smells so delicious & zesty.

Honey Bronze
I feel like I struggle when it comes to bronzing & fake tanning. I just haven't got the knack for it & I'd much rather be pale than have streaky brown lines all over myself. Saying that, I'm actually pretty tempted by a few things from the honey bronze range.
The Body Shops' bronzing powder really caught my eye, even though the two newer shades are much darker, it's the paler products that I really liked. The honey bronze bronzing powder is a super pigmented matte powder which will easily give that sun kissed glow & with a whopping 6 shade range, you're bound to find the perfect shade. 
They've also brought out a new highlighting product, due to land in stores next month, which very much reminds me of the eos lip balms in the way that they're applied. The product is applied in the tub & goes over the cheek bones with one quick swish! The darker shade was way too dark for me, but the lighter product is amazing, it's the perfect amount of shimmer to illuminate my complexion.
Another new product to the honey bronze range & out next month is the leg tint, which at first applies quite dark but blends beautifully to reveal a tanned yet still natural glow. I love the idea of this product because even if I am tanned (which is very rarely) my legs never seem to catch up with the rest of my body, so this would be perfect!

Once again a huge thanks goes to Leah, the manager at The Body Shop, White Rose & also to Tom & Shannon for running the event. Damn you for persuading me to spend my pennies,my bank balance is doing me no favours at the moment... But I had a brilliant time!

What's your favourite body shop product?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Beauty | Makeup Revolutions Amazing Care Lipstick #happylips

Okay so I feel totally lame for titling this blog post with a hashtag! What I don't feel totally lame about is confessing my love for these Makeup Revolution products after four four days of owning them... Pretty fast I agree, but it's true what they say, when you know, you know!

The first thing that drew me to these products is just how nourishing they looked. My lips have been so dry & flaky recently, and I'm literally the worst person at looking after them - It's so bad! I'm really big on skincare, but for some stupid ass reason I always neglect my lips which is why I thought these products would be really handy to try. I thought they'd be good, but I didn't realise just how freaking amazing they'd be!

There are two elements to these Amazing Care Lipsticks - The centre core, which is an intense coloured pigment within an outer casing of argan oil to soothe & hydrate the lips. To me, the product is a lip balm, lipstick hybrid, it's really refreshing and smooth on application yet it has the intense colour of a bright, glossy lipstick. The colour pigment appears to run down slightly quicker than the moisturising balm, but you can always swipe the extra balm off to get to the colour. And seen as though these come in at just £3.00 each (currently £1.50 in the sale) I think it's pretty darn good!
At the moment Makeup Revolution only stock four colours however I'm pretty sure they'll release more in the not so distant future. Here are the two super girlie pink shades I own...

Amazing Care Lipstick #HappyLips | Love Pink
I actually own two of this shade, I should really have read the final order before I pressed buy, but I'm not overly fussed, as I know I'll make use of the two. Love Pink is exactly what it says on the tin, a girlie, playful colour that just screams Summer! This is going to be such a wearable shade & I can't wait to get started.

Amazing Care Lipstick #HappyLips | Electric Love*
In the bullet the two shades don't look too dissimilar however once they're on Electric Love is much more neon & vibrant. I think it's a stunning shade that could really do with a tan to compliment the colour. 

I'm totally over the moon with these lipsticks, I think they're absolutely brilliant & from a price point of view they're phenomenal. Without a doubt I'm going to be purchasing the other two shades to give myself the complete collection, I adore them that much! 

Lots of love | Claireabella.x


Friday, 10 April 2015

Fashion | Crisp White & Leather

Recently I've had a much needed clear out of my wardrobe & feel like I've rediscovered so many different outfits. I'd almost forgotten about all my crisp white shirts (yes I have many) & how nice they looked with straight legged trousers and a leather jacket... Hence todays' outfit! 
There's just something about a crisp white shirt & leather jacket that just oozes style & sophistication... Funny thing is as well, is that it's probably the easiest look to put together. 

Sadly my leather jacket is pretty much on its' last legs but I really love the aviator style & how it works with a crisp tailored shirt. I think the jacket adds a certain depth to the outfit more so with the mix of textures.
This is the first outing of my colourful trousers - I picked them up in the Zara sale earlier in the year & have been waiting (not so) patiently to be able to show them off. They're a little bit jazzier than what I'd normally wear, but the flecks of pastel blue, yellow & green feel absolutely perfect for Spring.
Picking up the blue in the trousers I've matched it to my cobalt satchel. I think of all styles of bags, the satchel has to be my favourite & this structured blue number is just stunning! It works fab with todays' outfit.
Also can we all take a moment to appreciate my hair being tied up! I'm really enjoying a slicked back low ponytail at the moment. I wasn't sure how it'd look on blog photos, but I don't think it looks too bad.

What have you been wearing to transition your outfits from AW to SS?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Shirt - Primark (£8.00)
Trousers - Zara (£10.00)
Jacket - Topshop (£45.00)
Pumps - New Look (£7.99)
Satchel - Primark (£8.00)
Raybans - ASOS (£120.00)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Beauty | Environ AVST 1*

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited down to the Beauty Matters salon in Garforth for their grand reopening & to also take a sneaky peak at some of their non surgical procedures. I'm super grateful because it was a brilliant night and I was gifted with a cute purple goodie bag containing discount vouchers & this amazing Environ AVST 1 moisturiser.

Environs' concept behind the AVST moisturisers is that they are to be used as a step up system, increasing the vitamin & antioxidants one level at a time. The AVST 1 is their introductory moisturiser, with the lowest (yet still substantial) level of vitamin A & C in - It's recommended that you use two bottles of the AVST 1 before moving up to AVST 2 and going up through the ranks.

I've been using the AVST 1 moisturiser for the past three weeks now after cleansing. I use two pumps of the solution on the morning & two on the night... And let me tell you I've noticed such a difference already! The biggest difference i've noticed is how balancing the moisturiser is, my skin appears so even & plumped, it's made me super confident on those no makeup days. My skin appears so radiant now, even after such a short period of time, but it's been absolutely brilliant! AVST is such a nourishing moisturiser & it sinks into the skin instantly, the only downside is the smell - I can't quite put my finger on what it smells like but it's not great... My boyfriend even scrunches his nose up if I get too close! But I'm willing to sacrifice that for such an amazing product! Just don't tell him that.

I received the Environ AVST 1 free as part of a goodie bag from the event however I am going to be more than happy handing my money over when this bottle ends. I'm actually quite excited to make my ways through the AVST stages!

Have you tried this or any other Environ products before?

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Fashion | Navy Striped Drape Shirt

I think I've got a bit of a 'thing' with stripes at the moment... I wrote a post this week about the almost nautical trend & now I'm back with another! Seems I'm having a bit of a love affair!

I'm pretty sure every blogger & their cat has this Primark draped shirt - The cross over style seems to have taken the fashion world by storm this season & with it being patterned with a navy stripe it feels like it's been a winner in everyones' books! It's such a flattering style, the light chiffon material falls really nicely over the bust (even for a small boobed lady like myself) and gathers perfectly at the hips. The slightly capped sleeves fall lovely off the shoulders, which for me works really well, because I'm a bit funny about the tops of my arms & shoulders. Basically what I'm saying that this shirt is such a lovely fit! I'm really so impressed with this Primark offering - I think it's quite a grown up piece & I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of it.

I'm letting the draped shirt do most of the taking with todays' outfit! I've paired the top with a simple pair of black skinnies & my favourite H&M cream trench coat. I'm really excited for the weather to pick up again so I can start wearing this coat properly, it's quite a thin material so it's been a tad too cold recently, but things are certainly looking up! Bring on the sun! I love this time of year because you can start getting all your Spring/Summer clothes out the wardrobe again, hence the pointed cut out flats I picked up in London last year. 
I also think I've found my perfect jewellery combination here - Hallalujah! You'll probably get sick of seeing it over the next few weeks, but my Vivienne Westwood bracelet, DKNY ceramic watch & gold blue topaz ring is really exciting me at the moment, I think the three work so perfectly together

How have you guys been working the stripe trend? I'd love to see.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Shirt - Primark (£8.00)
Jeans - H&M (£7.99)
Shoes - New Look (£24.99)
Trench - H&M (£24.99)
Bag - Primark (£8.00)
Bracelet - Vivienne Westwood (70.00)*
Watch - DKNY @ HSamuels (£185.00)*
Ring - HSamuels (£107.10)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Fashion | Stripes with House Of Fraser

With the weather getting warmer (even if it is only very slightly) Dan & I have found ourselves continuously checking out the high street stores for what to wear this spring summer. I always think the changeover to spring summer is so much more difficult than to autumn winter & it was lovely to get a little bit of help from House of Fraser with what to wear.

At the moment House of Fraser are working on a stripe trend campaign for SS15 and they were kind enough to gift Dan with a Thomas Pink latitudelong sleeved navy striped shirt to help him along the way with his spring summer wardrobe.

Dan ordered a size medium which did fit ever so slightly bigger, not so much that it looked odd, but it would have been nice for the shirt to have been a tad more fitted. The navy colour works pretty well with the rest of Dans' wardrobe so it was quite easy to style & I think it's much simpler to wear having the striped coloured bands quite thin, so he was really happy with it. In summer he quite often wears open shirts with a thin jersey top underneath & the sleeves rolled up, which will be a completely casual way way to wear an otherwise smart striped shirt.

This then got me thinking about the other offerings House of Fraser have to support their stripe trend campaign for SS15... I couldn't help thinking about myself (duh) so I also had a sneaky peak at what items they have for us ladies.

1. Ralph Lauren bengal stripe shirt.
2. Paul Smith reversible stripe scarf.
3. Gant stripe pull over.
4. Corsivo textured stripe tie. 
5.Criminal stripe polo.
6. Calvin Klein stripe nightwear.

1. Paul Smith monochrome stripe dress.
2. Dickens and Jones stripe top.
3. Vivienne Westwood stripe tote bag.
4. Moschino stripe purse.
5. Oasis stripe top.
6. Ralph Lauren stripe blazer.

What are your thoughts on wearing stripes over SS15? I really love the idea of cotton candy shade stripes for spring summer so anything mint green, pastel pink or sky blue is going to be a winner.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Beauty | Celebrating Makeup Revolutions 1st Birthday

It doesn't happen very often in the beauty industry where a brand completely comes out from nowhere, takes the world by storm & keeps growing and growing with no signs of stopping. The beauty industry already has so many prestigious brands, but it seems there was always space for a budget friendly, blogger friendly, animal friendly, revolutionary cosmetics brand.... In walks Makeup Revolution!

If you haven't heard of Makeup Revolution... Then where the heck have you been? With products starting from as little as £1 (yes one whole pound) they offer a whole lotta quality for not much buck - You don't feel half as guilty buying three lipsticks from Makeup Revolution as you would say Mac, so from a price point of view Makeup Revolution are winning massively for me! The products are always insanely good (considering the price) but it's the quality of the service with Makeup Revolution that I really love. They use social media so well & make me as the customer feel so awesome for buying from them. I think brands that connect with their customers are really going to go so far & considering Makeup Revolution has only just hit it's 1st birthday I think they've done so so well!

Part of their birthday celebrations included the fabulous offer of if you spend £25.00 on products, you'll receive an extra £25.00 worth of free goodies!... And who am I to turn that down. Here's what I spent my money on...

Atomic Lipstick | Make it Right 
I've been after trying one of the atomic shades now for such a long time & you all know my love for purple so I thought where better to start than the shade 'make it right'.
Lip Hug | Love Can Set You Free
This lipstick is much nudier than it appears online. I originally picked this shade because it looked nude/mauve & I thought it'd work perfect with my skin tone but this is still a lovely shade & I'm excited to give it a go.
Amazing Care Lipstick | Love Pink
I absolutely love this idea! Lip balm on the outside & pigment on the inside. I have had a sneaky try of this already & I absolutely love it - Like literally fell in love straight away!
Ultra Velour Lip Cream | Sweet Boy with a Big Mouth
Who doesn't love a pop of pink! The texture of these matte lip lacquers is normally spot on and this is colour is going to be such a good shade for Spring/Summer.

Iconic Pro Blush, Bronze & Brighten | Smoulder
I've been after a palette like this containing all three aspects of contouring for such a long time. It's pretty annoying having to use three different products at a time so this handy 'all in one' product will be ace.
Focus & Fix Brow Kit | Light Medium.
I've been wanting to try this for such a long time! I'm huge on Benefits' Browzings & I'd heard this was on an equal par at a fraction of the price so I've been desperate to compare.

Nail Polish | Devil Inside
Okay - I'm Claire & I have a nail polish addiction. I didn't think I did... But I seriously do! How gorgeous is this shade though. I'm all for subtle nails and I think this will be the perfect colour to see me through to Summer.
Powder Blush | Treat | Sugar
I already own two of Makeup Revolutions blushers & have been really super duper impressed with them so I couldn't help but add these two to my collection. At £1.00 each they're a bloody bargain!

Pro Foundation Brush | 101
I'm a little late to the Makeup Revolution brush hype that's been going on so I thought I'd better jump on the bandwagon. I can't believe how inexpensive these are!
Pro Eyeshadow Contour Brush | 102
So we're contouring our lids now are we? In laymans terms it's a crease brush isn't it really. I don't own an angled brush so I wanted to give this a try to see what effects it gives.
Pro Concealer Brush | 102
I'm terrible with brushes, I literally use the same 2 brushes to complete my face so I really wanted to give this a go to see if it was worth the hype.

As you can see you get an awful lot of products for £25.00, a lot more compared to other cosmetics brands. It was easily spent as they've got a huge array of products & their colour choices are insane! Here's all the goodies us Makeup Revolution fanatics were given in return...

Liphug | I Think You're Amazing
Another fab nude, but with a hint or coral this time. I've got so many new lip products at the moment it's getting me all giddy!
Amazing Care Lipstick | Love Pink | Electric Love
I've got a duplicated colour in 'Love Pink' - I'm not too fussed mind, becaue I absolutely adore everything about these products.

Vivid Blush Lacquer | O Boy
I've never used a product like this before, I'm hoping it's easy enough to apply. If it is I'm sure I'll love it because of how bright barbie pink it is.
Eye Dust | Starless | Levity
I've always struggle with pigments. I'm terrible for spilling the product everywhere & making a complete mess! The colour choice here isn't something I'd necessarily go for but I'm going to work with them, they could make some pretty interesting looks.  

I Love Makeup | I am Naked
This is a fab little palette, it's the perfect size with some perfect shades. This is going to be one of those quick and easy palettes that I'm not going to be able to put down.
I Love Makeup | Go To The City
This is a real mix of shades for me. The blushers are lovely but the eye shadow shades are a tad mismatched for my liking. I like the shades that are there I just wished they were more connected to each other. 

Mascara | Amazing Volume
For me this is the first Makeup Revolution product where I've been able to tell it's a budget cosmetics brand. The brush is huge so I'm hoping it's not going to be too clumpy but I'll certainly give it a go.
Eye Primer | Matte
I've been suffering quite badly recently with sore eyes & they're still a little sensitive so I'm going to leave trying this for a little while, but when I get there I'll be sure to let you know.

Have any of you guys made the most of Makeup Revolutions' birthday celebrations? I'd love to see what you've bought if you did.

Lots of love | Claireabella.x
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