A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

Event | The Body Shop #WildAboutLeeds Lamberts Yard, Leeds, UK.

If you're local to Leeds & have been walking around town thinking 'Why the hell is The Body Shop boarded up?'... Well I'm about to blooming well tell you.

I don't manage to get into Leeds that often however seeing that The Body Shop has been closed for the past couple of months has saddened me greatly. I didn't really know what was happening to the store, but taking the timescale into consideration I knew it was going to be something good... And I wasn't wrong!

The store will be reopening on Saturday 5th November as a new concept store... The very first of it's kind!

It will be an amazing addition to Leeds & if the interior & exterior drawings are anything to go by, it's going to be completely stunning. The new store will be pretty much completely window lined, allowing as much natural light into the premises as possible along with a new interior decor mirroring The Body Shops natural ethos. Inside there'll be specialist skincare & makeup stations as well as a pretty fricken amazing body butter display. not to dissimilar to that of an old sweet shop.

Unfortunately I won't be able to make the grand opening on November 5th (damn you work) but I'll definitely be popping through on my next day off. I can't wait to see what to see what the store looks like in real life - I bet it's even better than the concept images.

The Body Shops Christmas campaign this year is jungle themed #JungleBells as it marks their 40 anniversary and lifelong dedication to campaigning against animal testing. For every specially selected Christmas gift bought, The Body Shop will help protect endangered species and restore one square meter of rain forest, which to me is a pretty amazing thing to be a part of.

Huge thank you to Ajay & the girls from The Body Shop for their generosity & hospitality! #WildAboutLeeds

What are your favourite Body Shop products?



As we've skipped into Autumn, my makeup look is much more natural and bronzey & I've found myself using a mix of fantastic new additions to my makeup bag along side some old school favourites. 

I began todays' makeup look using the Loreal True Match Highlight which is a multi use liquid highlight, perfect for using either as a primer, mixing with foundation or as the name suggests a highlight. The super creamy formula blends effortlessly into the skin leaving it looking radiant & hydrated ready to complete the rest of the makeup look. To even out my skin tone I've been favouring the Loreal Infallible 24HR Matte foundation & the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer which give the perfect amount of coverage for this time of year. The longevity of both products too is amazing, which is always a bonus!

To give my face a bit of definition I've used the Soap & Glory Solar Powder bronzer which is very very sadly on its' last legs. I really need to go back out & repurchase this because it really is one of my all time favourites. It's brilliant! Another oldie but a goodie is the Bourjois Little Round Pot blush in the shade 33 Lilas D'Or, which for me is the absolute perfect rosy blush. These blushes are quite nostalgic for me and I'm sure I'll keep buying them until Bourjois stop making them.

I've been sculpting my brows recently to be much darker & thicker than they were in Summer & to do so I've been using the always amazing New Cid Cosmetics I-Groom. I was first introduced to this product when I was a teenager & I've loved it ever since. If you're looking for a super precise yet easy to use brow pencil, this is the one! A new mascara to my collecting is the Loreal Mega Volume Miss Hippie, which I still need to write a full review of on this blog, but let me tell you that it's amazing! Loreal have really upped their game for me recently & this product is no exception.

Finally onto the lips. To prep the lips I love using Bubblegum from Lush, a super sweet sugar scrub which works perfectly at exfoliating the lips. As seasons change I think lip colour is something that changes dramatically, or it does with me anyway. This month has seen the welcome return of a nude brown toned lipsticks and todays lipstick of choice is the beautiful MAC Mocha.

What do you think of todays makeup look? Have you tried any of these products before? How has your makeup routine changed from Summer to Autumn?



Even though the nights are closing in on us & we're all more than excited for all things Autumn/Winter, I can't help but still be digging that Summertime glow!

I picked up the Loreal True Match Highlight a few weeks ago on one of those Boots shops, you know where you go in for one thing and came out with eight... We've all been there right? It's infectious!

I've only ever used powder highlights in the past, so was really excited to try this one & see how different the finish would be. The multi use liquid highlight is exactly as the name suggests. Loreal recommends the product to be used in either three ways; As a base before foundation, mixed in with a liquid foundation for a dewy coverage, or as a standard highlight to make those cheekbones pop! I've loved the versatility of the Loreal True Match Highlight and have found myself using it at least one of the three ways, pretty much every day since buying it.
I have the shade Icy Glow which is cool toned rosy illuminatior that packs one hell of a punch. The multi use liquid highlight is dispersed super precisely from the small nozzle you come to expect from Loreal products, ensuring none of the product is wasted. I've used both my hands and a brush to apply the highlight & find it blends seamlessly either way. I love how pigmented, yet non glittery, the highlight is and a little really does go a long way with this product, I can definitely see it lasting a long time. I've been really loving using  the Loreal True Match Highlight as it  gives a much dewier, more natural finish than others I've used, this is definitely my highlight of choice right now!

I don't know why it's taken me so long to try a liquid highlight. What would you recommend?


Beauty | Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks.

You'd think after organising my collection, I'd take a bit of time out from purchasing lip products... But nuh huh! 

In my defense, they are smaller sized products, but still... There's flipping four of them! Do I have room for four extra lipstick in my collection? Clearly so...

I'm no stranger when it comes to Sleeks Matte Me lip products. I have a couple of shades already however when I found this pack of four in the Christmas Gift section of Boots I knew I had to pick them up. The full size Matte Me's retail for £4.99 which is the same price I bagged these four beauts for, minus a penny. Even when I got to the till point, the Boots assistant complimented me on my bargain find! I'm so so pleased with them. Sometimes I struggle to make my way through a full lipstick, mainly because I have so many of them, so it's nice to have a smaller product that I'm going to make full use of.

Within the Matte Me collection there were four shades which are all pretty perfect for Autumn/Winter. I have Rioja Red, a super bright letterbox red which has reignited my love for red liptick. Velvet Slipper, a muted plum colour which is the absolute epitome of an Autumn lip. I then have Old Hollywood, which is pretty similar to the previous shade however it has more of a red tone. And then probably my favourite shade of the four which is Birthday Suit, the most perfect mauve toned nude.

I love the formulation of these liquid lipsticks, they work perfectly for me and the fact I only need one coat, is amazing. I find liquid lipsticks can be quite difficult to apply as you more often than not, need to be mega speedy, precise & quite light handed however having the doe foot applicator makes the whole application process surprisingly easy. As I mentioned, one quick swish and you're away! They're really enjoyable to apply & the longevity is out of this world! If you've tried these before you'll know that they're a bugger to get off, but hey ho, we don't want to be worrying about it coming off during the day, do we?

Have you tried the Sleek Matte Me's before? What are your favourite liquid lipsticks?


Beauty | Loreal Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation.

I think I've found it!.. The perfect Autumn/Winter high coverage foundation, that will set you back less than two brand spanking new five pound notes.

I picked up the Loreal Infallible 24hr matte foundation a few weeks ago now, on a total whim... I had some boots vouchers and was looking for my third, out of the three for two Loreal items I'd already picked out & rather randomly decided upon this foundation. And boy what a good choice it was!

I chose the shade 11 Vanilla which is pretty much perfect for my paler complexion this time of year. The formula feels surprisingly light, for a higher coverage foundation & blends into the skin seamlessly. It's a real pleasure to apply this drugstore foundation as it glides onto the skin so easily! The Infallibles' longevity is amazing too, it claims to last 24hrs, which I obviously haven't tested fully, but what I can tell you, is that it does last a flipping long time! It's wonderful! I love the packaging a lot of the Loreal products have as the small nozzle means you have much more control over how much of the product is dispensed which for someone who's quite heavy handed like me, is a complete bonus! A higher coverage foundation isn't something I'd usually go for, as I like my skin to look more natural and dewy, but as the months get colder I think this is the perfect addition to my makeup bag - I'm already looking forward to buying my next tube!

What's your favourite higher coverage foundation? What have you been digging out of your makeup bag for Autumn/Winter?



Never in a million years did I think I'd still be blogging two and a half years down the line. Lord knows I barely knew what blogging was when I first started, but what a wonderful journey it's been and one I'm wanting to explore to it's maximum capacity.

I'm quite a shy gal & have always been pretty reserved, however nothing excites me more than being invited to blogger events and meeting like minded people with the exact same passions. A lot of the blogger events I've been invited to have been from brands with product launches, or new store openings where obviously you do get to chat to one another, but there's often so much going on that you don't fully get to know the people you share this beautiful community with. This is where the idea of the #LeedsCoffeeAndCakeMeet was born.

I love coffee, I love cake & I love getting to know people...

I always knew that if I was going to create a blogger event, I wanted it to be more of a meet up with a smaller group of bloggers, ensuring we could all talk to each other and get to know one another on a more personal level. I wanted something casual, where everyone feels relaxed and at ease, with the added help of coffee and cake to spur on conversation. Quite quickly, after doing a bit of market research & with the help of Moments Coffee, Paula from Isiko & my boyfriends sick graphic design skills I was able to create my very first #LeedsCoffeeAndCakeMeet.

The coffee and cake was just a bonus at the meet up, what was amazing was the bloggers that came, got involved and spread some blogging positivity, It was fantastic chatting to one another, finding out each others tips and tricks and getting to know each other on a much more personal level. The two hours in which we were chatting felt like a matter of minutes, it was amazing. In honesty at the time of the event I was in a bit of a blogging slump, I hadn't posted for a couple of weeks & I was craving some much needed motivation which is exactly what I got from the #LeedsCoffeeAndCakeMeet. I came home from the meet up with a head full of ideas, it felt amazing, I literally couldn't drive home quick enough. I was spurred on to change my domain name (Hello clairemac.co.uk Eeeep!) and I generally felt like I couldn't wait to get myself back into the swing of things when it comes to blogging.

With the help of Paula from Isiko I was also able to provide a little giveaway for my meet up for the blogger who created the most buzz on social media. I was provided with this unique pink/orange glass pendent which rather luckily ended up winning its' way home with Bridie from The Same Old Chic. I realise the importance of drumming up attention on social media and creating a buzz so a giveaway was always something I wanted to provide for the bloggers attending, so a huge thank you need to go to Paula for collaborating with me and this again is something I'm wanting to expand for the future.

This truly is an amazing community & the opportunities blogging brings are second to none!

Thank you for all of your support & if you're interested in attending the next #LeedsCoffeeAndCakeMeet why not tweet me at @ClaireMacBlog and I can definitely hook you up!

Have you ever planned a blogger meet up or event?


PS. No speeding occurred on my drive home from the #LeedsCoffeeAndCakeMeet