Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Beauty | My New Base Products.

Does anyone else get to point where literally all of your makeup products run out? Rather than running out one by one, a few weeks ago it seemed like all my base products ran out at the same time. Duhm duhm duuuhm! Total world problems!
I put the feelers out on twitter during a #bbloggers chat a little while ago to see what foundations & concealers you guys recommended. I fancied something new, with a decent amount of coverage but I also something that left my skin looking natural and healthy. I had so much feedback (thank you very much ladies), with the general consensus being that I needed to try the Bourjois healthy mix foundaion & the Collection lasting perfection concealer... So that's what I bloody well did!

I've had the Collection lasting perfection concealer on my 'to buy list' for a little while now so admittedly when my previous concealer ran out, I did get a little bit giddy about trying this newie. It's such a cult product in the beauty blogger world so to say I was expecting great things is a bit of an understatement! 
There weren't many shades left by the time I'd got to the Collection stand but thankfully there was a cool medium left & thankfully it suits me perfectly. I was surprised the colour shade sat so well, as it's the second darkest shade, and I certainly haven't got the darkest of skin tones. This spurs me on though to purchase the lightest shade as I know it'll make an insane highlight. The product is much thicker than other concealers I've used, it feels really luxurious on the skin & blends really well. It does take a little longer to blend than other concealers I've used, just because of how thick it is but once it's done it looks amazing. Blemishes, red patched, dark circles, you name it, they're all gone! I'm well and truly on the Collection lasting perfection concealer bandwagon!

I'm not the worldliest of foundation users, if you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know I've literally tried about five foundations in my whole lifetime (bad blogger  I know). Basically I found a foundation which I loved & that worked perfectly with my skin tone, so i just stuck with it. Before I knew it, one bottle, turned into two, turned into twenty! So here I am trying something new!
I'd always heard such great reviews of the Bourjous healthy mix foundation & because so many of you were suggesting I try it, I knew I was onto a winner. Turns out, I even prefer it to my usual foundation! I opted for light vanilla, which is actually the lightest shade in the range & it matches my colouring perfectly. The product applies really smoothly & leaves my skin with that desirable flawless finish. The Bourjois healthy mix foundation is an absolute dream to wear as it lasts all day, looks impeccable on the skin and comes in at a mere £9.99!

I'm absolutely over the moon with my new base products. Bloggers well & truly know best, I reckon, so when I'm on the look out for new products you'll all be my first port of call!

Thank you so much for reading!

Lots of love | xclaireabella.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Fashion | New Look Sleeveless Jacket.

After having a bit of a spendy weekend back up north a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to show you all my favourite new buy. Drum roll please.... This utterly amazing grey marl sleeveless jacket from New Look.

For me this jacket is a complete game changer!.. I've never actually owned anything like this before & it's not normally a style of jacket I'd have opted for but it's totally transformed the way I view my wardrobe. The jacket prompts me to dig out older clothes, add layers to my outfits & create interesting silhouettes with my style. It's gotten me even more excited about Autumn/Winter fashion.
I sized down with the jacket because I felt the material hung that bit nicer & It also feels quite fitted around my back and shoulders which I really like. Weirdly, it feels really expensive on, just because of how nicely the piece fits. Even though it's sleeveless, the jacket feels really warm when it's on because it's such a thick & luxurious material. It fits & feels like a dream & I can't wait to get more wear out of it.

What do you think of todays' outfit? Have you got any game changer pieces like this sleeveless jacket?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Palazzo Pants - Primark
Turtle Neck - Marks & Spencer
Sleeveless Jacket - New Look
Shoes - Primark
Necklaces - Charmed Ivy
Bracelet - Fat Face
Rings - Hearts Of Brass

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Beauty | Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lip Gloss: Berry Picking

My opinions on lip glosses has changed dramatically over the last year or so. Never in a million years would I have ever opted for a gloss over a lipstick, however nowadays it's something I'm finding myself doing more & more often. I was previously under the impression that glosses were tacky, sticky, gloopy and not all that nice to wear on the lips... Turns out I must have just buying the crap glosses, as the ones I've tried recently have been absolutely fabulous!
My winning streak when it comes to lip glosses spurred me on to experiment with bolder lip colours, hence why I picked up Tanya Burrs' Berry Picking

The first thing I noticed about the product was its' fruity scent. It was a really pleasant surprise, however I can't quite put my finger on what it is is, I want to say watermelon, but I'm not all that sure. It's lovely though, whatever it is. (If you know what scent I mean, write it in the comments below, I'd love to know.) The product applies really nicely with a soft & comfy doe foot applicator. It's not sticky in the slightest and it's really comfy on the lips. For a gloss, Berry Picking applies pretty opaquely, It certainly packs a punch on the lips and looks absolutely beautiful for the coming season. This shade will look amazing too with a gold shimmery eye & a perfectly contoured face!... Note to self: I really need to learn how to contour! Although I wasn't too keen on Tanyas' eyeshadow palette packaging, I absolutely love the sleek design to the lip gloss. It's neat, it's compact & it looks a hell of a lot more expensive than it actually is.

Have you tried anything from Tanya Burr's new cosmetics range? I'd really like to expand my gloss collection.

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Beauty | Shop My Sisters' Stash

I'll admit it... I'm nosey! I love nothing more than having a good snoop through people wardrobes & beauty stashes. Getting an insight into somebodies beauty routine & comparing tips & tricks with them is something that interests me immensely. I can also sit and watch beauty videos for hours, whether it be GRWM's or a good old Boots haul. You name it, I bloody love it! 
While I was back up North over the weekend I made sure to have a bit of a nosey through my sisters makeup collection & Inevitably being the beauty hoarder that I am, she had products that I completely swooned over, here are my top 5 from her collection.

Years and years ago I used to always wear the perfume Amor Amor, by Cacharel, it's super cheap and it smells absolutely divine! It's a really girlie scent with fruity & floral notes which literally last all day. For me there's just something about this scent, it takes me straight back to my teenage years, and now I've been reminded of it, I'm probably going to have to go out & buy myself another bottle.
I've heard so many rave reviews of Maybellines' Dream Lumi Touch Concealer so when I saw this in my sisters stash I knew I had to give it a go. It's a much thicker formula than I'm used to however it blends perfectly & I found it to work extremely well. I've recently just picked up the cult Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer so I'm going to give that a whirl first, but I'm deffinitely intreagued by Maybellines' offering.
I feel at the ripe old age of 25, I'm only just getting into eyeshadow, and one of my favourite parts if applying product to the eyes is the highlighting. Adding that little pop of highlight makes a massive difference & Macs' Crystal Avalanche is perfect for applying the product to tear duct area & under the brow bone.
If you caught my last post, you'll have seen me wearing Macs' Rebel which let me tell you, is absolutely sensational! I thought I'd like it, but I really really really really like it! I will 100% be purchasing this little beauty when pay day comes around. I absolutely love the deep purple vampy shade and think it's prefect for Autumn, I'd get so much wear out of it.
One product I don't own a great deal of is bronzers. I tend to struggle finding a shade that doesn't look too orangey against my pale skin tone (so if you know of anything please holla my way). The Hoola Bronzer from Benefit is a really lovely ashy golden toned product which does sit quite nicely against my complexion however it's still not quite what I'm looking for, and the £23.50 price tag is pretty damn scary!

Have you tried any of these products before? I'm definitely fancying the Mac lippie & the Amor Amor perfume, these are totally going on my 'to buy' list.

Lots of love | xclaireabella


Monday, 21 September 2015

Fashion | Black & White Cross Top.

Yes, you're probably all sick of these monochrome outfits, but seriously, there's just something about them! There's something about wearing a purely black & white outfit that oozes sophistication & makes me feel all Parisian chic!... Plus they're outfits that are ridiculously easy to put together.

Admittedly I have added the teeniest bit of colour with the peachy pink duster coat but everything else is strictly monochrome... Even down to my undies! TMI soz. 
I'm really enjoying simpler styling at the moment, so todays outfit may not be utterly phenomenal, but it's one I really enjoy wearing and one that's really comfy. A-Line tops hide a multitude of sins, but I really like this one because of the mesh cross detailing & they way the straps are positioned. I've had it for quite a while now & it's still one of my favourite pieces because of how flattering it is. Skinnies & a pair of pointed flats finish off my look today, I'm really into pointed flats at the moment - I just think they're really stylish & sophisticated and finish off a smart/casj look, just perfectly.
I popped back up North for a couple of days last week, supposedly visiting family and friends, however I did manage to cram a little bit of shopping in there... hence my new beautifully structured black handbag. I've been on the look out for a plain black medium sized bag for a little while now, and I managed to pick this beauty up in Primark for a measly tenner. Doesn't it make shopping so worth while when you manage to pick up a complete bargain.

I'm also wearing Mac Rebel here, which I've absolutely fallen hook like & sinker for! I'm definitely gonna have to repurchase it next pay day!

What do you think of todays' outfit? Are you a monochrome fan like me?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Duster - Boohoo
Top - Topshop
Jeans - H&M
Flats - Primark
Bag - Primark

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Beauty | Autumn Nails

There's a few things that determine the changeover from SS to AW... Whether it be welcoming London fashion week, changing the cosmetics in your makeup bag or like me, hauling some serious amounts of Autumn inspired Nail Polishes. For my nails, the change over to Autumn Winter can only mean one thing. I wave goodbye to the summer brights and welcome in the deeper, darker, more sultry shades for my talons. 

You can't beat a really great dark polished nail, which is why I love Essie's Licorice. Licorice is a super glossy, super jet black polish which oozes sophistication and leaves me feeling very well put together... As well as playing homage to my goth days! (Woop woop!) I really enjoy Essie's formula when it comes to their polishes, they last a long time on the nails and dry pretty quickly too.

If you're after something a bit different you might want to try a magnetised nail polish. One of my favourites is All Fired Up Red by Fashionista, which I believe is one of only five colours in the range. The magnestised polishes are made by The Saturdays, All Fired Up Red, being the shade Rochelle's put her name too. What surprised me with the polish is just how quickly it takes to complete painting your nails. The polish goes on super quick & then the magnetisation process to finish literally takes a few seconds. It's bizarre how quickly this polish dries! It's amazing!

One for the Christmas parties is Fury by Seventeen, which is an almost holographic sparkly gold. On the nails you'd think Fury is just a standard gold, however as soon as light hits it (or weirdly when you're in water) the colour sparkles with a green/blue oily tinge. Seventeen nail polishes have a smaller brush than standard, however it covers quite a lot of area so you can get all ten nails polished really quickly. This has got to be one of mt faves for AW as it really gets you in the mood to party!

We all know Rimmel polishes are up there with the best & one of my favourite shades for AW is Pompous, a deep glittery purple shade. The formula's thick, really easy to apply & even though it doesn't dry in 60 seconds, like it claims, overall it's a pretty darn good polish! This shade is great for everyday wear however because it has the glitter, it's just was wearable for parties & evenings out.

Something more on the subtle side is Devil inside from Makeup Revolution. The formula I have to say isn't tip top, but the colour is ahhmazing! I absolutely love the muted purple shade, I think it looks just as fabulous on the nails as it does in the bottle & I feel super stylish when wearing it. The polish chips pretty easily, so I don't normally wear this for more than a couple  of days... If you know of anything else this shade from a different brand I'd love to hear it. 

These are my five fave nail shades for Autumn Winter, what do you think? Is there a polish you think I need to add to my collection?

Lots of love | xclaireabella.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Beauty | A Mid Week Pamper With Kiss The Moon*

I don't know about you, but for me the countdown to the weekend always starts on a Wednesday - Two more days till the weekend, two more days till a sleep in & two more days till I can get away with wearing my pyjamas all day! I'm already looking forward to it! Wednesday nights make the best pamper nights, giving you that much needed beauty therapy to see you through the rest of the week & the best way to start is with an oil infused bath.

A couple of months ago I attended #TheCityGirls event in Leeds where I was gifted with a sample sized version of Kiss The Moons' Love After Dark Bath Oil. I was really excited to use the oil as it claims to relax the body & nurture the soul - A sentiment that struck a chord with me as I've recently changed job roles, meaning I now have a wake up time of 6am each morning. Getting up at the crack of dawn certainly takes its' toll on your body, especially the further you get through the week, so I'd saved this oil especially for a full on pamper night!

The bath oil is predominantly floral based, containing RosePalmarosa,Ylang Ylang & Frankincense oil which is renowned for easing the mind - Perfect for resting my weary bones! I thought the scent was going to be really strong but it's not, it's just perfect! I've used bath oils before which stink out the whole house (much to my boyfriends' annoyance) but the scent from this is only quite feint, it's lovely. Once entering the bath, the water was so luxuriously smooth & I could feel the After Dark Bath Oil nourishing my skin almost instantly.

I've tried a couple of bath oils previous to this one & definitely prefer them over a bath bomb (not very blogger I know) but this one's fab. I'd definitely like to explore the brands' different scents more.

Have you tried any bath oils before? I'm a complete bath person, so I'd really love to hear your recommendations? 

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Monday, 14 September 2015

Fashion | The Luxemme Olivie* Two Piece

I thought my last fashion post would be the last summery post of the year, however fear not... Sunny Leeds has come up trumps again in the form of a glorious Sunday afternoon so what better opportunity to wear my new Luxemme two piece.

Believe it or not, this is the first two piece I actually own - I've always steered away from the trend because I'm not a massive fan of having my midriff on show, I have two pretty unsightly tattoos beside my bellybutton which I'd much rather hide away from the world.
Because of my uncertainty on the trend, I dipped my toes in with the Olivie* two piece from Luxemme. I predicted the lace detailing at the bottom of the skirt & crop to be very forgiving, which it really is - I feel super comfortable wearing the Olivie*! Having that extra piece of materiel covering my tum makes all the difference & I'd quite happily wear this on nights out, day trips, pretty much anywhere - I really like it & think it's super flattering on!
Although I don't think it particularly needs it, I've teamed the Olivie* two piece with gold accessories. My new found Topshop sandals work perfectly with this casual look as well as my trusty DKNY ceramic watch & statement necklace.
Luxemme believe in high end products with an affordable price tag which after receieving this two piece I believe whole heartedly. The set comes in at a reasonable £35 but the quality is that of something you'd expect to be much pricier. With white clothing items it's often a worry that the material isn't going to be thick enough & will showcase your undies, but this is really great, both the crop & the skirt come with silk under linings... It's always a bonus when your undies aren't on show isn't it?

I love the idea of wearing two pieces, as I think they're so easy to throw on & you don't really need to think about the rest of your outfit.They're also great for wearing separately so the possibility of future outfits for me is pretty much endless. It's safe to say that the Olivie* two piece has made an excellent addition to my wardrobe.

Have you tried anything from Luxemme before? What's your 'go to' brand when it comes to two pieces?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Olivie Two Piece - Luxemme*
Sandals - Topshop
Coat - Boohoo
Sunglasses - Primark
Watch  - DKNY
Bracelet - Vivienne Westwood
Necklace - Primark

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Beauty | Raspberry Balmi*

You know it's getting to Autumn/Winter when you're heavily relying on a lip balm to get you through the day. The nights are drawing in much earlier now & I'm needing that extra layer of clothing to conquer the chill, but it's my lips are really feeling the struggle. I do suffer quite badly with dry skin during the colder months, but it's always my lips that catch the chill first. I have a lip balm on me at all times, whether it be in my handbag, my desk drawer, in the office or like with this Raspberry Balmi*, on my set of keys.

The Raspberry Balmi* applies brilliantly, it's really quick an easy to use and instantly leaves my lips feeling nourished & refreshed. The lip balm includes antioxidant rich vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil to leave the lips feeling smoothed & rehydrated.
The cube design of the Raspberry Balmi* is super handy, it's really easy to find if you're rummaging around in your bag & the twist top feature makes it fun fun to use. I've had loads of people comment the Raspberry Balmi*, even my boyfriend loves it because of its' quirky design.
The raspberry scent is only very slight & honestly if I didn't read that is was scented I probably would never have guessed. I don't mind this though, as much as I love those sickly sweet scents I do quite enjoy using neautral smelling products. I'm one of those fussy, all or nothing type of gals when it comes to scents. 

Have you started reaching for the lip balms yet? What are your favourites?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Beauty | Brand Focus: Esqido

If you're a regular xclaireabella reader then you'll be aware of my love for Esqido false eyelashesI was introduced to Esqido false eyelashes around four months ago & even though I was pretty skeptical to begin with, I needn't have worried, because they're bloody brilliant... As you can read in my reviews of the Little Black Lashes* & Unforgettable Lashes*. (Shameless blog plug yup yup)

One thing that cropped up in both reviews was that Esqido lashes don't come with their own glue, which for me being a  bit of a falsies noob was a tad annoying. After writing my first Esqido post the PR team got in touch with me to let me know that they appreciated my honest review & that a lash glue was in the pipeline, which I thought was really lovely of them.

So here we are, four months since first being introduced to the brand, I finally have the Esqido Companion Eyelash Glue* in my possession!

Firstly can we all just take a moment to admire how fricken good this brands packaging looks! It just oozes luxury and looks absolutely amazing on my dressing table.

The lash glue is latex free & specially formulated to be gentle on, and even preserve the life of your false eyelashes. The Esqido Companion Eyelash Glue comes with a brush applicator which I found really easy to use, one quick gentle swish & my falsies were away. The glue works well & my lashes behaved very well throughout a busy day so I'm really pleased. Even though the tube only contains 5.5ml of glue (which seems like barely anything) I'm sure this is going to last a really long time!

My Esqido experience has been amazing, I've loved testing out their products & will continue to use them for a very long time. Have you tried anything from Esqido before? What are your fave falsies?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Monday, 7 September 2015

Fashion | Black & Gold

As much as I love autumn (and I frigging love autumn) I don't feel like I'm quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet so any sign of a sunny day & I'm straight there with a pair of sandals at the ready!

I bought these sandals at the beginning of the year as a little treat to myself, god knows what I was treating myself for, but sometimes a gal deserves it right? Unfortunately I haven't worn them as much as I first anticipated... Seems I have too many shoes & not enough days in the week to wear them. I could really do with a mass clear out to be honest!
I love black & gold together, there's just something about the colour pairing that just oozes luxury & sophistication for me & even though my outfit today is pretty casual I think the look is still there. I'm really enjoying how well matched my accessories are with my outfit today, I think the necklace ties everything in perfectly.

What do you think of todays outfit? Are you still clinging onto the last little bit of Summer?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Sandals - Topshop
Jeans - H&M
Top - Primark
Necklace - Accessorize
Ring - HSamuel
Bracelet - Dorothy Perkins

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Beauty | Tanya Burr Cosmetics Hollywood Palette.

I think it can be quite difficult when bigger more mainstream bloggers bring out their own products, as I feel consumers buy for the blogger rather than the product itself. I'm never sure on the true quality of a bloggers product, which is why I'm reluctant to hand over my dosh... That was until I saw Tanya Burr's Hollywood Palette!

If you weren't already aware, Tanya has added a shed load more products to her newly branded cosmetics line, three of which are eyeshadow palettes. The Fairytale & Galaxy palettes are lovely, but more suited to cool toned skin whereas the Hollywood palette is much warmer & contains four super glam golden bronze colours that are perfect for Autumn... Because believe it or not we're actually in September now. Where is the year going?

There is quite a bit of fallout when it comes to applying the shades, so the application process does take a little longer than usual, especially if you're wanting to build up the colours, but admittedly once they're on they're bloody lovely. I actually found applying the product with my fingers a lot easier than with a brush with this palette, especially when it came to blending the colours.... And we all know, you can never do too much blending!
Nude delight is a perfect base colour for the lids and acts as an ace highlighter for under the brow bone or inner corner of the eye. Gold coin and Enchantment can be used in the crease either separately or together to pack more of a punch. My favourite of the four is Bookworm, a warm toned matte coppery brown which looks amazing in the outer corner and lower lash line. Together the colours work brilliantly and I love the warmth they bring to the eye, it's a perfect look for the coming season.
Being a bloggers' product I'd have expected the packaging to be more sleek & sophisticated (instaworthy) however with the range, I feel it's aimed more towards a younger audience - It's very cutesy and I can imagine people liking it, but unfortunately it's just not my cup of tea. But it's what's inside that counts though, that's what they say right!
I picked the Hollywood Palette up from my local Superdrug for £5.99 which in my eyes is a complete steal. Granted the quality isn't as good as your Urban Decays' or your Macs' but for the price I think this little palette is pretty darn good & I'm definitely going to get some good use out of it... Especially bookworm, that colour is sooo dreamy!

Have you tried any of Tanyas' products before? What would you recommend?

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Beauty | Sleek Eyebrow Stylist

Do you ever come across a product that impresses you so much that you rave about it to your mum, sister, work colleagues, friends, nanna & your nannas dog? Well for me that's this eyebrow stylist from Sleek.

Firstly let's talk about that angled was pencil! I find it so much easier to control an angled pencil rather than a brow brush so the lines I can create with the Eyebrow Stylist are much more precise. Because of the angle, I've found it really easy to create both a natural looking brow as well as a more defined 'HD brow' - The product works just as well for both & I've used it pretty much everyday since buying it. In fact I've  actually been using it for a good couple of weeks now before I photographed it (I'm a bad blogger I know) but I literally couldn't put it down.
The wax pencil lasts all day and even if I've been rubbing my eyes for whatever reason, my brows stay very firmly in place, it's fab! 
I've always liked this format of brow pencil, an angled wax pencil on one side with a spoolie brush on the other. My very first eyebrow pencil was the New Cid Cosmetics I-Stylist which is really similar in design to this one from Sleek so maybe it's the returning to my brow grooming roots that's increased my love for the product.
What I really love about this product however, is that it's high street! You can pick this up really easily & it'll only set you back £5.99 which is absolutey amazing... Especially considering I was forking out almost £25 for Benefits' Browzings, which (& I hate to say this) I'm not as keen on.

I really want to explore the brand more, as this is the first product from Sleek I've actually bought. What else would you recommend?

Lots of love | xclaireabella
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