Sunday, 30 August 2015

Beauty | Derma V10 Q10 Innovations*

Last month, at #TheCityGirls event I managed to bag myself a couple of Derma V10 moisturisers & because I'm a massive skincare geek, I couldn't wait to try them.
Derma V10's motto is 'love yourself for less' and I for one am a massive fan of it - I'd like to think beauty products that cost less than a fiver still have similar ingredients & a similar effect to those costing triple the price. Hands up if you're with me? I've never really been one to splash the cash when it comes to beauty products as you'll have seen on my blog and with these two being stocked at places such as bodycare, savers & home bargains I think they'll suit my purse strings just perfectly.


The Derma V10 day cream is quite thin in texture however don't let that put you off because this product packs a massive punch with its' injection of moisture. It feels fabulous once applied & leaves the skin feeling nourished, radiant and positively glowing! It's surprising how much good this product does to the skin & because a little goes a long way I'm sure this 50ml tub of goodness will last me a really long time.
The Derma V10 night cream is much thicker in comparison and feels a lot richer upon application, much like a lot of night creams. Personally I prefer this thicker texture as I like my skin to feel deeply nourished and completely lathered in a product. Again this comes in a 50ml tub & I've barely scratched the surface with it, so thankfully it'll keep me going for quite a long time. 
I don't have particularly bad skin, so I can't judge the Derma V10 moisturisers on their abilities to retain firmness but what I can say is that they've given my skin an extra bit of oomph that I'm currently loving! 

Have you tried anything from Derma V10? I've been really impressed with the products I've sampled, I'd love to explore the brand a bit more.

Lots of love | xclaireabella
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Beauty | 5 Products I Haven't Gotten On With

I love reading posts from bloggers explaining why they don't get on with particular products. Obviously what works for one may not work for another, so I always find it interesting sussing what's what when it comes to beauty products.



Paul Mitchell Ultimate Colour Repair Shampoo & Conditioner.
I received this travel size shampoo & conditioner from a recent blogger event I attended, and even though I'm super grateful for being gifted them, unfortunately they just weren't my cup of tea. The idea behind the product is fantastic & they seem to have gone down a storm in the beauty world so I think I'm out on my own with this one. Almost as soon as I rinsed these product from my tresses I knew they weren't for me. They left my hair feeling really heavy & quite greasy. Normally I can leave my hair unwashed for around 5 or 6 days but with these I had to wash my hair the very next day, which for a lazy gal like me isn't cool.

Makeup Revolution Amazing Volume Mascara.
I'm not going to whinge too much about this product, because it does only cost a couple of quid, but even so, I wanted to include it in todays' post. Everything from the formula to the packaging reminds me of a mascara you'd expect to see in those cosmetic kits you got for Christmas when you were 13. The product adds definition however unfortunately I didn't see any added volume with my lashes.

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser Pampering Honey Skin Conditioner.
Well that's a mouthful isn't it. When this product first came out earlier in the year, I was beyond excited to pick the moisturiser up. This probably adds to the disappointment that unfortunately surrounds this product for me, I'd gotten myself all giddy about using it for it to fall flat on it's face. Even though it feel silky & luxurious the formula is quite milky and I actually found the process of applying to be quite difficult. The product goes on pretty translucent too, so knowing where I'd put the product and where I hadn't was really strange. Rinsing the product away again felt pretty strange for me, imagine washing your face straight after moisturising, it left my skin feeling all oily and slippy. After getting out of the tub and drying myself off my skin felt pretty much as smooth as it was when I jumped in. For me the Nivea product just felt like a bit of a waste, it didn't really have any effect on my skin which is a shame, because I was so excited for it to be amazing.

Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss.
I am a massive fan of the Rimmel lipsticks so I thought if anyone was going to do a gloss well it'd be these guys, however unfortunately the formula & I really didn't get on. The product is very sticky and applied quite uncomfortably on the lips. The colour is beautiful although it's something that needs to be reapplied every couple of hours and due to the formula not being too pleasant, it was quite annoying.

Zoella Fresh Fizz Bath Bombs.
Admittedly it was the tutti fruity scent & the chocolate bar look, that first attracted me to this product however unfortunately this is where the positives stop. In my mind a bath bomb is supposed to enhance a bathing experience and add a little bit of luxury but these slabs barely fizzed and once they had, it looked like I was hopping into an average joe bath. The product smells yummy & is packaged beautifully, but for me is a bit of a waste as they didn't seem to add anything to my bath.



Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them if you have, it's always interesting how products that don't work for one, can work for another and vice versa.

Lots of love | xclaireabella 
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Monday, 24 August 2015

Fashion | Colour Blocking Cigarettes

There's something about being completely skint that really makes you reevaluate your wardrobe. I honestly can't remember the last time I treated myself to a new pair of boots or a lovely new top (boo hiss!) however, because of this I've put together oufits that I'd notmally have thought wouldn't go together, and made much better use of my wardrobe. 
Who would put bright pink cigarette pants with a mint green cropped jumper?... Erm, hello?



All these items I've had in my wardrobe for a really long time, and I've had really good wear out of them (especially that coat - it's fricken amazing) but I've never actually worn the pieces together. I'm not sure what crossed my mind to piece the two colours together - I think pairing differently hued colours, like these super bright cigarette pants and light pastel top can sometimes look a bit skewiff, but this pairing I actually quite like. Well, I really like it actually - I've got a bit of an urge now to do a little victory dance. Woohoo!

I picked the cigarette pants up on a trip to London last year, me and my sister did a day enjoying Oxford Street as well as a trip to the Harry Potter studios - I'd very much recommend both! It was an amazing weekend. The sweater/shirt combination usually gives an outfit a smarter edge however because the knitwear is cropped I think it still feels quite casual and comfortable. I actually prefer a cropped sweater with a shirt peeping through from the bottom, does anyone else remember being told to tuck your shirt in at school? Well look who's breaking the rules now! 

I had a look through my old blog posts recently, and it seems I really love a good colour blocking outfit (who doesn't?) but what do you think of todays' colour choices?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Cigarette pants - Topshop
Shirt - Primark
Sweater - New Look
Trench Coat - H&M
Shoes - Topshop
Bag - Primark
Sunglasses - Primark
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Beauty | The Ultimate Volumising Haircare Range.

I don't know about you, but when I find something that works well I very rarely steer away from it. I'm very much a stick to what you know type of gal, which is why today I'm going to talk to you about Fat Hair.

My love for Fat Hair first began way back, when I was one of those ridiculously cool teenagers... You know the ones listening to Paramore, wearing way too much heavy black eyeliner, fitting into the skinniest of skinny jeans & back combing my hair like a mothereffer. Yupp that was me! my hair would be back combed as high as it would go then i had the straightest bit of fringe you've ever seen sweeping across my forehead... What was I thinking!

Anyway, the only products that kept my hair as high as the Eifel tower was those from the Fat Hair range which are stocked in Superdrug. Like I say I've been using these products for years, and even though I don't wear my hair as 'out there' as I used to, I still find the products to be extremely useful!

Fat Hair plays host to a huge product range however the pieces I have in my posession at the moment, are the amplifying mist, thickening spray, amplifying mouse & the amplifying hairspray. I've also tried the amplifying cream & root lifter spray, which have both worked brilliantly. Can you tell that I'm a lover of this particular brand, this really isn't a sponsored post I promise!


If you used all these products at once I'd imagine they'd leave your hair feeling really thick & heavy, however by using a couple at a time they can totally transform your hair  into the most spectacular hairstyles imaginable. 

I like to use the amplifying mousse if I'm preparing for a night on the tiles. I'll comb a handful of the mouse through wet hair and then blowdry it into place. Even using a tiny amount of the product leaves your hair feeling volumised and suprisingly really nourished. I find the amplifying mousse works well as a base for the other Fat Hair products as they seem to glue together. 
If I'm after a quick fix I'll either pick up the thickening spray or amplifying mist, both do a similar job and instantly give your hair some va va voom! They're quite nice sizes as well so you can pop them in your handbag & use them as a pick me up throughout the day.
To finish off my do, I'll always go straight for the Fat Hair amplifying hair spray, it works absolute wonders and fixes my hair in place for hours! Even after using this product for a good ten years or so, I haven't met a hairspray that works better... If you could marry a hairspray, I'd probably get down on one knee for this one, it is seriously seriously good! 

I couldn't recommend these products enough! If you're looking for thickening or volume enhancing hair products you really need to check out these Fat Hair products! And if you think I'm a complete weirdo for confessing my love for the amplifying hairspray, then please try it & tell me what you think!

Lots of love | xclaireabella
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Beauty | Esqido Little Black Lashes*

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that a little while ago I had the opportunity to try out a pair of Esqidos' unforgettable false lashes which I really enjoyed wearing! They're a little more fluttery & wowser than what I would normally go for, so when my inbox pinged a couple of weeks ago asking if I wanted to try a set of my choice, I jumped at the chance!

I took a good look at the Esquido mink eyelashes range & ended up opting for the Little Black Lashes which only adds light volume to your peepers, keeping them looking relatively natural. I chose this pair as I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to falsies, I used to wear them all the time in my teens however since I've stopped it seems I've lost the knack of applying them and it always takes me a good twenty minutes to line them up. They do some beautiful lashes mind if you're after a bit more volume, the lashmopolitains' & lashorettes' are stunning! If only I was brave enough!



As with all Esqido falsies the Little Black Lashes came in the most gorgeous rose gold packaging. I've mentioned before that I'm not the biggest fan of rose gold however with these lashes I think the packaging really works. They look stunning on my dressing table! Very Pintrestworthy indeed!


Esqido lashes are relatively easy to apply.. Even for someone as useless as myself! I used glue from another set of lashes (because Esqido sell theirs separately) and let the glue go slightly tacky before applying. Just by waiting 40 seconds before applying them worked wonders, all it took was a little bit of strategic tweezer action & I was away!

I absolutely love the way these Little Black Lashes look, they're not too in your face but they still give your eyes the perfect amount of flutteryness! They're really lightweight & easy to wear, it doesn't actually feel like I'm wearing false lashes if I'm honest, which is amazing. These mink lashes claim to last up to 25 wears so I'll 100% be wearing these for evenings out. I think they look fab and I definitely prefer them to the Unforgettable pair I already have. 

Have you tried any of the Esqido mink eyelashes before? What do you think to this subtle addition of flutteryness?

Lots of love | xclaireabella


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Monday, 17 August 2015

Fashion | Navy & Cream Wedding Attire

Wedding season is upon us and luckily we've actually been invited to two this month which is really exciting. Thankfully one wedding was my side of the family & the other was Dans' so I did the bad thing of wearing the same outfit for both. Oops! Call the cops!


This dress was the absolute bane of my life at one point. I'd ordered it six weeks ago from Sheinside knowing full well that I'd need to be prepared because the company ships from China, what I didn't anticipate however was the 5 looong weeks it would actually take to arrive. Luckily for me the dress arrived just in the nick of time, but it was touch and go. I was even preparing for a back up dress which totally would have threw my previous outfit plans out the window so phewie! I'm a massive maxi dress fan & this one is no exception. The fabric is very light and skims over my body shape perfectly.

What do you think of my wedding attire? I've had a really lovely and indulgent weekend seeing my pal get married, what have you been doing with yours?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Dress - Sheinside
Sandals - New Look
Clutch - Miss Selfridge
Bracelet - Fatface* 
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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Beauty | Moo Goo Full Cream Moisturiser & Milk Wash*

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month you'll know I had the amazing opportunity a few weeks ago of attending the amazing #TheCityGirls event at The Liquorist in Leeds! I had an absolute blast at the event an was gifted with some pretty awesome products as I headed off. 
Two products that immediately caught my eye were that from the brand MooGoo. I'm pretty into my skincare however MooGoo (how fun is that to say by the way) isn't a brand I'd personally heard of. MooGoo are an Australian skincare company who have developed their products, once used for moisturising cows udders into a much softer and lighter product suitable for human consumption. Even now I'm not sure if I'm a little bit freaked out by udder moisturisers (please tell me if you feel the same) I was intrigued by these products and couldn't wait to give them a go.



The Milk Wash contains six natural glucose and coconut based cleansers as well as other ingredients to provide the skin with added moisture. MooGoo have found using a number of ingredients in their products helps fight irritation, a smaller amount of each cleanser is much less irritant than only using one ingredient - You can find out exactly what goes into each of their products online, MooGoo have a pretty amazing ingredient & description list for each product, so take a peak, it's really impressive! On application the Milk Wash is ridiculously silky, it slips so easily onto the face and lathers surprisingly well. The product has a faint milky/creamy scent which if I'm honest I'm not overly sold on... I don't love it, but I don't hate it at the same time. Luckily for me however the scent disappears rather quickly. The product feels refreshing and cleanses the skin well whilst injecting some much needed moisture.



MooGoo's Full Cream Moisturiser is a creamier version of the original udder cream & designed particularly to help fight irritated skin. The Full Cream Moisturiser contains almond oil & raw coconut oil which are both high in fatty acids, useful for troublesome skin. The moisturiser is super duper thick (the best kind if you ask me) and although it does take a bit of work to sink into your skin it works fabulously well. I love it & I can see the difference in my skin from using this product. The Full Cream Moiisturisers' scent is highly creamy, even more so than the Milk Wash. I'm really not a lover of cream so for me the scent isn't appealing whatsoever however what it actually does to my skin is amazing! So much so that I can totally look past the creamy scent.

I've been using the two products together for a little while now and even though the scent isn't particularly my cup of tea, the products work an absolute treat. I'm really enjoying using the Full Cream Moisturiser as personally I prefer a thicker, richer product to lather my face with & this one's brill. I can definitely see myself repurchasing this little product when my tubs empty! Thank you to #TheCityGirls for introducing me to this beaut.

Have you tried any of MooGoos' products before?

Lots of love | xclaireabella
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Lifestyle | I Now Have A Domain!

After a year and a half of blogging little old Claire has finally got herself her own domain name. Woohoo! I can now be found at www.xclaireabella.com so hopefully this is going to take my blog to the next level & make me and my little space of internet that little bit more professional... Bring on the immaculately designed business cards!

Anywho, Bloglovin are making me post this so I can link all my bits & bobs up so it's a short but sweet one today. Please bear with me while I'm switching things over, I'm a bit of a technophobe!

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Lifestyle | Achievements At 25

2015 is the year I turned the ripe old age of 25, or as my younger friends like to call it, a quarter of a century! At this age a lot of my friends are getting married, engaged, having babies & even though this hasn't quite happened to me, there are so many things I have achieved in my life & am proud of...


Throwback to when I first started blogging back in 2013.

1. After years of saving I'm officially a homeowner. It feels so so so so so good to finally have a house we can call a home.
2. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design. Granted I've not used it as a career, but I put the work in & came away with a fantastic qualification.
3. I have the best relationship imaginable with my boyfriend of four and a half years. We're going from strength to strength and it's great! I love being in love.
4. We've started our family with the cutest little puppy, I'm sure you'll have seen her all over my blog - She's a beaut & we're so proud of her.
5. I'm a complete home bird, but last year we moved to Leeds. Making new friends and adjusting to a new job had been tricky, but it's been so worth it! I'm so proud of being from the North East but I absolutely love living in Leeds.
6. I'm gaining a career to be proud of. I'll be posting more about this later on in the month.
7. I've traveled to various places around the world & seen some beautiful sights. I always want to travel more, but thinking back to the places I've been and the sights I've seen, it's incredible.
8. I've conquered fears. Stupid stuff from going to the dentist to riding down the scariest river rapids I think I've ever seen.
9. I've lived a pretty good life for a woman of 25. I've partied, laughed, cried, felt every emotion imaginable & it's made me into the kick ass woman that I am today.
10. I've raised money for charity. There's nothing like that fuzzy feeling you get when helping others.
11. I know who I am & what I stand for. I used to be ridiculously shy and now I'm a confident, independent (getting all Destinys Child) woman.
12. My little blog (duh, how could I forget?) I love this little slice of internet. It's the best thing I've ever done.
13. Knowing my body, when it's not working & what works best for it, health & clothes wise.
14. Eating healthily, and cooking a lot of meals from scratch. 
15. I can now manage my money like a boss! I think this comes hand in hand with saving for & paying a mortgage. Do i eat this week or do I get that cute top from Topshop. That's the way I look at things now. Boring I know, but it works for me.

What are you most proud of?

Lots of love | xclaireabella
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Fashion | Fat Face Hemsley Dress

A little while ago Fat Face challenged me to style their ever popular Hemsley* dress in two opposing ways, one for a beautiful summers day & the other for an evening out. The Hemsley* dress has been one of Fat Faces' most popular items over the last few years & has been given a bit of a refresh for Summer 2015 with some gorgeous new prints added to the line. I decided upon this beaut navy blue Bandana print. 

As soon as the dress I arrived the first thing I noticed was the quality! The dress is made up of a really thick material & has a beautifully lined underskirt making sure you're kept quite toasty throughout the day. The straps are adjustable meaning you could wear the staps crossed over or cinched in, it's a super duper wearable & versatile piece. But my favourite thing is that the Hemsley* dress has pockets!! This dress has freakin pockets!! Please tell me it's not just me that gets excited over these things.? Please!

For a casual daytime look, the first thing I wanted to do was to pop on a pair of comfy flats & how amazing are these ones! The very aptly named Willow* shoes are going to be making a regular appearance on the blog I'm sure! I love how wearable & comfortable they are, they'll go with just about everything which is amazing. To match the shoes I've accessorised with my favourite acessory colour... You guessed it! Tan! I friggin' love tan accessories. To be honest the barrel bag is just about on its way out, but I love it too much to throw it away, If you know of any alternatives I'd love to hear them. 





Hemsley dress - Fat Face*
Willow shoes - Fat Face*
Barrel bag - ASOS
Heart bracelet - Fat Face*
Anklet - Holiday Present
Necklace - Charmed Ivy

To transform this dress into more of an evening look I wanted to switch up the strap situation & alter the dresses silhouette. I detached the straps and tied them in a halterneck position as well as undid a couple of buttons. It's strange how such a little alteration can make the dress look completely different. As soon as i put the dress on this way I felt like a 50's pin up, minus the boobs of course, but it made me want to pop some rollers in my hair and fill my arms with tattoos. Anywho!... As always, I reached for my trusty nude clutch & tan sandals & away I went. I've come to realise that I don't actually own that many pairs of heels, I could do with having a night of internet shopping I think!... That's gonna be my plan tonight.





Hemsley dress - Fat Face*
Sandals - River Island
Clutch - Miss Selfridge
Bracelet - Dorothy Perkins

What do you think of the Hemsley dress, which look do you prefer? I can't decide. PS. Fat face have currently got the Flamingo print Hemsley in the sale.

Lots of love | xclaireabella
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