A Yorkshire based lifestyle & parenting blog written by Claire Chircop.

Lifestyle | To be laid back doesn't mean you are lazy.

I'll always remember the day... It was the Summer between leaving high school and starting college, we were enjoying yet another care free day, a ten strong group of friends with not a single care in the world. We were sat in a friends garden when one of the guys said to me in a belittling, almost degrading tone 'You're very laid back aren't you Claire?'
Picture the scene, Claire sat at the dinner table, a slight slouch to her posture, everyone else chatting, enjoying the summer sun & she's just sitting back, observing. It's not a particularly awkward scene, and she definitely didn't think about it at the time, Claire was just being her usual mellow, easy going self. That's when he muttered those seven little words. The words that seemed to have stuck with me.
But what does it mean to be laid back?... Well according to the Urban Dictionary it's to be repressive, passive, submissive, slow, with a lack of passion, a lack of guts and basically to be down right lazy. Words and phrases that I'm 100% saying hell to the no too! Don't get me wrong, I can understand why my personality would come across this way. I have a very bohemian type, go with the flow type attitude when it comes to most aspects of my life. I wing practically everything! That being said I'm a very positive, glass half full kind of gal, that even when times are tough am cool, calm and collected under pressure and believe that everything is going to be alright in the end... You'll quite often hear me say in my most northern of accents 'It'll be reet!' And you know what, it bloody well will be!

Us as bloggers, heck us as millenials live in a culture that emphasises productivity. We must be doing something at all times, documenting our lives at all hours of the day. It's a wonder we get a chance to sleep. So how do those of us with a laid back attitude to life get by?.. We just roll with it! I struggle to think of any other way of doing it. What other way can we approach it? We live in a day and age where there's too much pressure, we worry about the things that we could be doing, when in fact we're not taking the bull by the horns and living. Social media is a massive instigator for this too! We fall victim to thinking our lives aren't Insta-worthy enough because we're not going to coffee shops decorated with white washed walls and marble tables, or so on and so forth, we all know the stereotypes. How fucking sad is that!
Hence why I feel it helps to have a laid back approach to life. Laid back... not lazy!

There are many differences between being laid back and being lazy. The silly thing is, is I believe our laid backness (I know that's not a word, but I'm too laid back to care) can often be mistaken for laziness, especially from those on the outside looking in - And that is what I find so flipping frustrating. To be laid back, doesn't mean you are lazy, but you can be lazy and laid back. There's a difference.

* People that are lazy constantly need reminding of tasks they haven't completed yet, jobs that should probably have been done weeks ago. Laid back people keep a track of their to do lists, and complete their tasks one by one, in a methodical thought out way.
* People that are lazy don't care about peoples opinions, both of themselves and of others. Laid back people are concerned by peoples thoughts and feelings.
* People that are lazy don't earn the respect from their coworkers. Laid back people are often the teams confidante, the person to give comfort when times get tough, and the person who counterbalances craziness. This works especially good in retail. Cough, cough!

So let's not be lazy folks, lets be laid back. Lead a slower life and take absolutely everything in. Life is for learning!

Would you class yourself as a laid back person? What do you think it means to be laid back?


Jeans - New Look
Top - Missguided
Coat - H&M
Shoes - Primark
Bag - La Redoute

Beauty | The Perfect Product To Contour With When You Don't Know How To Contour.

I'm not a makeup guru. I'm lucky if I transform myself into a six out of ten after applying a little bit of slap. Woe is me right? That being said, I love experimenting with different looks & different products, but something I've always struggled with is contouring! Darn, scary, contouring! 

Where did contouring even come from? That's what I keep asking myself. But rather than run away from it, I've jumped aboard & have found a corker of a product, that even a novice such as myself can use.

Thank goodness for the Rimmel Insta duo contour stick!

The dual ended, almost lightsaber looking product has a bullet style contour shade on one side and a highlight on the other and comes in three shade variations, light, medium and dark. Naturally I gravitated towards the light contour stick, but actually depending on what type of makeup look I am going for, I can get away with all three - Which is amazing & so very unexpected.
As you can see from the swatches below, there isn't a massive difference between the three contour shades, they're obviously different to suit varying skin tones, however I was expecting much more of a contrast. Thankfully however they all work perfectly for me. The highlight shades are utterly swoonworthy. Honestly, they're three of the most beautiful shades. Light has a champagne shimmer, medium is more of a natural sun kissed glow and dark is a heavenly golden glow. What's not to love?
To apply the product, it's as simple as drawing the contour and highlight lines to your face. I love this part of the process as it makes you look quite silly. I've taken many a selfie before blending the product in, much to my friends amusement. But as you can see, it really is such an easy process, even a novice such as myself can do it.
The formula of both the contour & the highlight shades are so creamy! They're buttery, a dream to blend and are the perfect products for this time of year, when you're looking for a bit more of a dewy finish. I really feel like I've turned a corner using these products, which sound ridiculous as I'm a 27 year old woman, but they've totally transformed my makeup routine. Gone are the matte effect product & liquid lipsticks, out comes dewy skin, a summertime glow & glossy lips. I'm loving it!
The longevity of this product is amazing too, even more so with the new Rimmel Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray - It's really great! I can pop it on on a morning and not have to worry about the product sliding off my face during the day, which I'm sure you'll agree, is always a brucie bonus!

What I love about the Rimmel Insta duo contour stick is how easy it is to use and how they've totally transformed my makeup routine! What are your favourite contour products to use? Do you find it easy?

Claire. X

*These products were very kindly sent to me, however as always, all opinions are my own.*