Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Event | The Body Shop Christmas Collection

So the C word has finally been mentioned on the blog! I've seen it circling the bloggersphere over the last couple of weeks however today's the day Christmas finally hits ClaireMac! Wahoo! Earlier in the week I was luckily invited down to The Body Shop at Meadowhall for a sneaky preview of their new Christmas products.

The Body Shop are offering up three new festive scents for their Christmas collection; Frosted plum, glazed apple & frosted cranberry. Each scent holds body butters, hand creams, shower gels, candles and so much more - You're going to have absolutely no problem finding that perfect gift for your loved one! All three scents are absolutely stunning, I'm always a sucker for fruity smells so these were always going to be winners in my eye but my favourite has gotta be the frosted plum! It's just divine!

Along with the new fragrances, The Body Shop also had gift sets available of some of the most popular scents. I love the way The Body Shop has packaged their products this year, they're super slick looking & would look absolutely ace under anyones' Christmas tree. A few of my faves included the smaller, more stocking filler gift sets such as the Strawberry Festive Cracker & the Lippy Star Wand - They both look totally adorable!... Although the star could prove pretty tricky to wrap! Eep! The Italian Fig gift set really took my fancy (Hint hint to anyone out there wanting to buy me and presents. Ha!) I'd first given it a whiff at #TheCityGirls event where Leah from The White Rose store was showcasing some of the new products. It's safe to say I'd fallen in love with the scent straight away! I absolutely adore how a single whiff of the product takes me right back to being on holiday. It's just amazing!

After having a little mooch around the store, we were ushered towards the makeup counter where specialist makeup artist Chanelle would be applying & demonstrating a few new products. Chanelle started with the fresh nude foundation & all in one concealer to provided a flawless base. The shade range of the foundation is quite impressive & I was really surpised at how quickly and evenly the product immersed itself into the skin. She then went in with the new Christmas Grooving Gold eye shadow palette which contains four beautiful glitzy shades, which when paired together make the ultimate Christmas smokey eye! Something that caught my eye during the makeup tutorial was the lip & cheek stain, a dual purpose product that injects a super cute rosy glow. Chanelle then applied a bit of extra mascara and two liners, the matte black kajal was applied to the upper lash line & then the brand spanking new metallic silver glitter liner was popped on the lower lash line. The whole makeup look was completed in less than half an hour, so it was fab so see how speedily a full face of product could be applied. I'm not sure if I could have done it myself, but it was amazing to get a few tips and tricks from Chanelle!

A huge thanks goes to Sophie, the store manager at the Meadowhall store for inviting me to the fabulous event. The frosted plum scent was definitely my favourite of the new Christmas scents, of which you'll see in a future blog post as I picked up quite a few bits from the range.... Treating myself an all that!

Have you tried any of the new Christmas scents yet? If not, which one do you think would be your favourite? Frosted plum, glazed apple or frosted cranberry? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Thank you for reading. Lots of love | Claire.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Beauty | Loreal Miss Hippe Mega Volume Mascara

I've fallen hook, line & sinker in love with Loreal over the last few months & a new favourite to my collection is the Miss Hippie Mega Volume Mascara.

I didn't particularly need a new mascara when I picked this beauty up a few weeks ago, I was very much making the most of the Boots three for two offer, so this is both a total fluke & godsend rolled into one.

Miss Hippie was created to give lashes a festival look, which initially I found a little confusing... Festival ready lashes? Is that even a thing?.. But I'm going to go with the loose connotation that this mascara leaves the lashes extra fluttery and feathery, which for me is exactly I desire from a mascara.
I want my lashes to appear voluminous, super jet black and lengthened, and this drugstore mascara does exactly that! Miss Hippie retails for £7.99 which I think is an absolute bargain, especially for the quality!
I'm very fussy when it comes to mascara wands but find this one coats every single one of my lashes perfectly due to it's short bristles super fuzzy brush. I love applying this product as it seems to completely transform my lashes.

It's the perfect product to use without shadow or a liner, but still create a dramatic eye look.

Have you tried Miss Hippie before? I've been so impressed with Loreal recently, what products would you reccomend?


Monday, 7 November 2016

Fashion | Out Come The Roll Necks.

It's roll neck season! Hallelujah! There's something comforting about cosying up in a roll neck at this time of year... That feeling that you can 100% take on the bitterly cold Autumn we're starting to have.

I've recently dug out last years Autumn/Winter wardrobe, sifting through the things I want to keep & then exchanging them with my Summer dresses and skirts that have been taking up my closet space over the last six months.
Something I kept was this very versatile black roll neck from M&S which makes me so excited for this time of year. I'm constantly cold (cold hands, warm heart) but wearing this thick knit keeps me all snugly & warm, especially when I throw the sleeveless jacket over the top. I picked up the jacket last year too & if I remember correctly, it only cost £30 which for the amount of wear I've had out of it, is an absolute steal!
If you read my last fashion post, you'll know that I'm trying to develop my style by making the most of my more tailored items in my wardrobe, hence why I'm wearing culottes rather than my ever trusty skinny jeans. I feel like I've gone through a bit of a style rut recently, basically I've turned into a complete slob, I'll come in from work & put my pj's on, which is all well & good, but I'm pretty sure my boyfriend hasn't seen me in normal clothes for at least a month, poor sod! I'm really enjoying making more of an effort & find reusing & reinventing pieces from my wardrobe to be totally liberating.
To accessorise I've simply added my Radley handbag which is the most perfect autumnal shade of green, wouldn't you agree?

What do you think of the roll neck trend? I'd love some even thicker ones, if you know the best places to pick them up?


Roll Neck - M&S
Jacket - New Look
Culottes - Primark
Boots - New Look
Bag - Radley

Friday, 4 November 2016

Wedding Files Part 2 | Choosing A Wedding Venue.

If you've read my previous post 'I've Said Yes Now What Do We Do?' Then you'll know that Dan & I recently got engaged and have begun or journey of wedding planning. Today I'm going to talk to you about finding our perfect venue, and also let you into a little secret... We've set a date!

When discussing our Wedding, Dan & I knew we wanted quite a casual, stripped back kind of day, with close friends and family seeing us tie the knot. For us getting married isn't particularly about the day, we're not fussed on spending thousands of pounds on an all singing, all dancing wedding - We want the day be about us two getting married & sharing that special time with loved ones.

Dan & I are very outdoorsy people & have often chosen a holiday in the Lakes/Peaks over one abroad, so it seemed only natural to theme our big day around this. We love old country houses and barns situated in the middle of nowhere, so initially chose this as our starting point when looking for our perfect venue.
We're currently living in Leeds however there was no question for us on choosing a location to get married... We were going back up north. Back with our families, back where we came from. The North East has some stunning countryside wedding venues to offer however pretty much from the get go there was always a front runner for us... Nothing else seemed to compare.

Wrays Barn at Whinstone View was one of the very first Wedding Venue's we looked at, and it just felt right! The rustic charm, gorgeous gardens, perfect location and cute wooden log cabins. Wrays Barn brings together a mix of rustic woods and natural materials, but still has a modern charm to it with it's carefully thought out lighting & interior decor. It's the perfect setting for our natural country themed wedding. We considered all boxes to be ticked & we visited pretty much immediately.

We sat down with our wedding coordinator, discussed what it was we're after and fell in love with the place!

So that's it. No going back now! We're all booked up to tie the knot in 2018, and for us the date can't come quick enough!

Do you have any Wedding pinterest boards? If so, feel free to hook me up. It's all I'e been doing lately on mine.

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