Sunday, 20 May 2018

20 Significant Songs Tag

Hi guys!

I'm not sure if this is already a tag or not, but I thought I'd write about 20 songs which are significant to me in some way, either through memories or through their lyrics or something else. As I have a big passion for music, I thought it would be a fun way to include both interesting things about my life and songs that have significance. I hope you enjoy reading some of the significant songs to me!


* Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French
Can't Speak French was a song that got me through a difficult patch during 2008, I am pretty sure I played it every single day for months. It's one of my favourite Girls Aloud songs and holds such a place in my heart. It's hypnotic and a classic, despite not charting as highly as I believe it should have.

* Red Hot Chilli Peppers - By The Way
This song reminds me of summer holidays with my family, when I was younger as I vividly remember hearing it a lot in the car. Whenever it plays I do feel very nostalgic.

* Beyoncé - Freedom
This song is a hugely significant song for me. It's angry toned, vocal delivery.
The lyrics hit a chord, I feel like I can relate to it in my own way, in my own anxiety, freedom is what I crave and this song just makes me feel very empowered. Beyoncé is also one of my favourite artists and Lemonade is arguably my favourite album by her.


* Little Mix - I Won't
This song really stuck out to me whilst at the Little Mix Get Weird tour in 2016, my experience hadn't been the best due to anxiety and arguing parents behind me, as a lot of standing issues meant that people couldn't see, but this song seemed to clear my head and got me properly thinking and since became a major boost track for a low mood. My mood at the concert changed when these lyrics sat with me.

* Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
This song was prominent in a very hard time in my life, I would play this religiously to give myself a bit of a boost. I love it and feel like it's a very important track. It's still a track I play when I need a little bit of a boost.

* ATB - 9pm Till I Come
This used to play on many occasions whilst on my way back from my grandparents house in earlier years, as we used to travel back during a radio show which would play dance anthems and this is one of the ones I remember mostly. It makes me think of travelling in the car in the dark and feeling peaceful and nostalgic.

* Scooter - Posse
This is one of my favourite songs from my childhood as me and my brother listened to Scooter a lot when we were younger. Posse was always my favourite and it makes me feel very nostalgic and happy yet ready to party. I still love it today and would love to hear it on a night out. I still hope for that to happen!! I refuse to die until I've raved to this in a club.

* Michael Jackson - Thriller
Thriller has a place here because it brings back good memories as I go to Blackpool most years with family and one of my favourite illuminations is the Haunted House which plays Thriller amongst other horror related songs. We always spend time outside it.

* Five - Everybody Get Up
I put this in here because it weirdly got played at two of the events I went to at my university's SU. It therefore reminds me of them and First Year in general!

* One Direction - Best Song Ever
Best Song Ever takes me back to 2013 which was one of my favourite summers, I spent a lot of it with my best friend and we were very One Direction obsessed then and I have really good memories of that summer, we went on walks and basically chatted for hours. I miss that time in my life. Best Song Ever's music video is also iconic and still makes me smile and laugh today. Leeroy is life.

* The B52s- Love Shack
This track reminds me of Leavers Ball 2015, when me and my best friend danced to it on the dancefloor and I was feeling really good and really enjoyed myself. It brings back good memories.

* Christina Milian - When You Look At Me
This song screams nostalgia to my childhood. I must have heard it at a lot of kids' parties back in the day and I still love it to this day. Christina Milian made some fab tracks.

* Ellie Goulding - Your Song
Ellie Goulding's version of Your Song has a big significance to me because one of my best friends recorded herself singing it for me and also performed it in public too. She's still one of my best friends to this day and I would always feel very proud hearing of her singing progress and whenever she sent me videos of her singing. Caroline, shout out to you ;)

* The Saturdays - All Fired Up
Very similarly to Best Song Ever, All Fired Up reminds me of a very good summer. It also reminds me of good times within the Sats fandom and it's also still one of my favourite Saturdays tracks.

* Pharrell Williams - Fun Fun Fun
This song is so happy and cheerful, not only is it from Despicable Me series, which I like, but it also reminds me of my dad because he's a big fan of this song and some of Pharrell's tracks.

* Aaliyah - One In A Million
I chose this simply because the lyrics are so precious and it's the title track of my favourite Aaliyah album too, which makes it more significant. It's one of those songs that would be perfect for a wedding I feel.

* Dua Lipa - New Rules
This has 2 big significances to me, one being it reminds me of when I first started Second Year and me and my housemate put this on a lot, but also I have a very funny video from my 21st birthday when I snapchatted me and my friend singing along to it and the DJ noticed and called us out on it and you can hear it in the video.  

* JLS - Outta This World
Outta This World is a very significant song to me as it brings back memories and the feelings of little 13 year old me (crying) at my very first concert, when JLS came out and were right in front, in the air above in the air, literally right there. It was my first ever concert experience and I was obsessed with them at that point and it was a good time in life when that album was also out. The song just reminds me of the sheer surreal feeling I had at that point. It was the first song I heard them perform live.

* A-h-a - Take on Me
I don't think of this song the same way anymore, after my little hamster Humphrey when he was little, stopped and was seemingly mesmerised at a performance of the song on the TV. He literally just sat and stared in the direction of the TV and since then I've joked on numerous occasions that it was his favourite song. Also, sadly Humphrey passed away this week, he was just under 2 and a half years old. (RIP Humph x)

* Coldplay - In My PlaceThis is another song which just makes me feel very nostalgic every time I hear it and reminds me of when I was younger.

* Jennifer Lopez - Ain't Your Mama
Another one me and my housemates have played to death in the living room TV this year, you can't go wrong with a bit of JLO. There's a certain number of songs which are always played in our uni house haha!!

There we have the songs! Did you enjoy this post? In the comments, please let me know a significant song to you!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Purple Makeup Look // Collab With The Diary of Ellie

Hey everyone!!


Today's post is actually a collab with Ellie from The Diary of Ellie.
We both decided to do purple makeup looks, as we both love the colour purple very much.
I feel like it was a very exciting look to do! Please note that I'm not the best at makeup, (in fact I'm pretty shit!) I don't claim to be a makeup artist or anything, I just thought I'd show you what I created! I've never really done a post like this before, so it's new to me!


All products will be listed below!



Maybelline Colour Tattoo: Crème De Rose
NYX Love in Paris/Parisian Chic Palette (Shade 4)
Morphe 360 35P (Plum Palette)
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Rimmel Match Perfection (Light Porcelain)
Millie Macintosh Luxe Glow Face Illuminator
Sleek Solstice Highlight Palette
Sleek Cream Contour Kit (Light)
MAC Honeylove

In terms of the Morphe palette, I used them in this order (5 on my lower lash line and slightly in the centre of my lid)

 
Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you think!! And thank you so much for the collab Ellie! If you'd like to read Ellie's post which shows her purple look, you can do here!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Thursday, 10 May 2018

If I Could Only Wear 5 Lip Colours

Hi!

I saw Chanelle Hayley's post 'If I Could Only Wear 5 Lip Colours' and found it to be a very interesting post, so much so I thought I'd do my own. I love experimenting with new lipsticks, whether it be liquid, lipstick, crayon or stains. I have quite a collection of different shades and types so it was quite a challenge deciding if I could literally only wear 5! But I did end up choosing 5! So let's read forward and see what I chose...



NYX Liquid Suede - Kitten Heels
I had to include a red lippy in this as it's such a classic statement and this is one of my absolute favourites. It's bright and beautiful and extremely pigmented and long lasting. A true winner.

Sleek - Shabby Chic
I'm always on about Shabby Chic, but it's such a wearable colour and works day or night. It's a gorgeous pale pink shade, which works as a pink nude. I absolutely adore it and Sleek's matte me liquid lipsticks are brilliant.

NYX Lip Lingerie - Embellishment
I've expressed my love for this liquid lipstick a few times here on the blog. It's a very distinctive shade and is set apart from the other ones I own. I think it's absolutely gorgeous and is a brown toned nude shade with a bit of a lilac look about it. I still need to collect more of these.

L'oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paint - Wuthering Purple
I had to include a purple shade as purple is my favourite colour and this particular liquid lipstick has been good to me and proved it's long lasting as well as being a gorgeous colour.

MAC - Honeylove
I was really struggling between a few for the final colour, I knew it had to be a nude shade but I couldn't quite pick one. It was probably between this and Sleek's Birthday Suit, but as I realised the rest of the ones I'd chosen were liquid lipsticks, I chose to pick MAC's Honeylove because even though it's a matte lipstick, it changes it up a bit! It's a gorgeous nude shade and so wearable.



So there we have it. My 5 shades/lipsticks I'd wear if I could only wear 5!
It was extremely tricky picking 5 as like I said, there's quite a few different liquid lipsticks that I love wearing. And thank you Chanelle for inspiring me to do this post!

Thank you for reading!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 6 May 2018

April 2018 Favourites

Hey!

Welcome back to my blog, and indeed to April 2018's Favourites! My blog has definitely been a big part of this month and I've been working really hard on it and the social medias alongside it (did you know I'm on instagram @EclairsCares?). It's been a real outlet for me this month particularly. Anyway, back to the topic, here is everything I've been loving during April! I hope you enjoy!




RC Glam Amira Lashes
I think I've mentioned these in my False Eyelashes 411 post here but I purchased these eyelashes from RCGlam, they are the most gorgeous and fluffy eyelashes. At £8 they are such good quality and everytime I've worn them I've found them to look absolutely stunning. I'm so proud of Raisha for these and it's so amazing to see her do well.


Eylure Cheryl Sexy Senorita Lashes
These lashes are really light and natural, I find these to be great when I still want to boost my lashes but still allow my eyeshadow visible. I am a huge fan of them! So simple yet gorgeous.

Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream
I reviewed this during April which you can read here, but I've been really enjoying using this gel cream! It's such a lovely formula, not too thick, easy to rub in and I have genuinely noticed a difference with my skin particularly using it alongside Simple's Refreshing Facial Wash. It's so moisturising and refreshing, and as it says, works to reverse dehydration of the skin! Definitely worth a buy if you have dry/dull/dehydrated skin!


Slipper Socks
I've been meaning to mention these in a Favourites post! These slipper socks were gifted to me by one of my housemates who brought them back to me when she came back to the UK after Christmas. I love them so much, they are so comfy and so convenient to wear around the house, living in a shared house, they are great to slip on if you're going into the kitchen/living area! I know they aren't the neatest, but they've been well-loved and been in the washing machine already haha!


New Look Wide Fit Suedette Platform Heels
I wrote about my New Look shoe purchases in this blog post here and the platform heels have actually had their first outing as I went to a meal with my family. I loved wearing them and they were very comfy, I did wear them with tights, but I could walk in them and they were just amazing, I'm so glad I bought them.


Music:
The Weeknd - Call Out My Name
Lil Dicky ft Chris Brown - Freaky Friday
Una Healy - Never See Me Cry
Leah McFall ft will.i.am - Home
SuRie - Storm (UK Eurovision 2018 Entry)
Junglepussy - Bling Bling
JoJo ft Wiz Khalifa - Fuck Apologies
Matt Cardle - Desire
Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry

YouTube:
BeautySpectrum

So that's it for my April 2018 Favourites!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Claire xxx

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Why I Love Aaliyah

Hi everyone!

As a few of you who have read my blog for a while, or know me in real life know that I'm a huge fan of the late R&B singer Aaliyah, who it was announced last year would be receiving a MAC collection dedicated to her.
To celebrate the release of the collection, they are creating a film titled A-Z of Aaliyah and encouraging fans to post photos or video that shows how Aaliyah inspired you.
I decided to dedicate a blog post to discussing Aaliyah and how she's personally inspired me and why I'm such a fan of hers.

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I knew of Aaliyah throughout my childhood as I watched a lot of the music channels and had seen More Than A Woman multiple times over the years. As I got older and my love for R&B music grew, Aaliyah became one of the key artists I listened to.

Aaliyah was an artist who could do so much. She didn't just have an incredible voice, she had an amazing style, her acting career was kicking off and her dancing was slick and perfected.
She had the whole package and re-watching her music videos is always interesting because in many ways she seems so ahead of her time!

My favourite Aaliyah song is 'Try Again' and it's one that inspires me so much. The message of the song can be taken on board for any situation. It's also such a jam and the video is gorgeous too, it's definitely my fave Aaliyah track!



In terms of some of the ballads she released, Journey To The Past and One In A Million are some of my favourites. Her voice in Journey To The Past is absolutely stunning!

I loved Aaliyah's style, as it evolved from being quite tomboyish and very typically 90s to being effortlessly stunning and sophisticated.
Some of her video makeup looks are extremely classic and I can only wish that we got the chance to see her style evolve even more.

Her style wasn't the only thing which evolved as she continued to go from strength to strength, the growth from 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number' to 'Aaliyah' is so pleasing, I love both sides of her, from the early street side to the classy yet effortlessly stunning adult she grew into.

One In A Million is actually my favourite album of hers, I enjoy pretty much every track so much and it's the middle of the growth, Timbaland and Missy had taken her under their wing and the production between the three of them was golden.

Another reason she's inspired me is that she allowed herself to develop, she wasn't afraid to experiment with her passions, try new things. I also love her style, some of the outfits she wore were so classy.

I'm so excited for the Aaliyah for MAC collection and am planning to buy at least one of the items from the collection, I just think it's going to be so effortlessly gorgeous. I also signed the petition and have been hoping for it to actually happen ever since!!
Thank you so much for reading this post! If you were an Aaliyah fan or are now, what's your favourite song of hers?

RIP Aaliyah❤ (1979 - 2001)

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Would You Rather Beauty Edition

Hi everyone!
So I realised I'd not done a tag post in a while so I thought I'd search around and find one I've never done before and Would You Rather (Beauty Edition) is just that!



1) Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eye liners, lipsticks and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?
This is a hard question as I love my palettes very much, but I think I love my lipsticks a lot more so probably going to have to say I'd rather lose my palettes and eyeshadows.
2.) Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
I mean technically I'd hope my chopped off hair would grow back but I think if I never cut my hair again I'd genuinely get sick of it particularly in summer because it's really hot!
3.) Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
I suit neither but probably coral because it's more discrete.
4.) If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
I mean logically I'd spent it half and half, but if I had to choose one it would probably end up being clothes.
5.) Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
Wow what a thought! Neither are hygienic but I figure, eyeliner as lipstick is probably most plausible?
6.) Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
I've never actually shopped at a Sephora so going to have to say MAC!
7.) Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?
That would be a very hard thing to do but I'd say maybe eyeshadow as sometimes you can't always notice my eyeshadow if I'm wearing lashes so at least I could change up the lip colour it would look a little different!
8.) Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
I wear both but possibly dark nails as some of them end up being dark reds, purples, greys.
9.) Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?
If I'm going to be smart about it, I fall out of love with lip products quicker than I do eye products, so my favourite lip product would probably be different in a few months anyway, and lip products are easier to find dupes for!
 10.) Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
Probably never use lipgloss because I barely use it anymore anyway so it wouldn't be much difference.
11.) Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
Ooh well I'd not like having no eyebrows but using a sharpie? Not sure how that would work haha!
12.) Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
Probably without nail polish, because I don't always paint my nails anyway.

So there we have it!

Thank you for reading! Feel free to do this tag if you fancy it!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Sleek Cream Contour Kit (Light) Review

Hey!
Sleek's Cream Contour kit was a product I'd been considering for a while as I'd previously been using powder contour but wanted to try a cream formula and see if that made any difference, as I do have dry skin, I felt that the cream would maybe sit better on my skin than powder did. Here's a little review of how I found the kit!

(Ignore the mirror reflection of the table, I had to get this photo on Christmas before I actually used it!)


This cream contour kit in the lighter shade, includes 6 different tones including 2 highlighters, which I don't reach for as much as the contour shades, but it's handy to have some alongside! There's a light, medium and dark option for buying the product, which is definitely handy as you can buy whichever matches your skin tone the most.

I loved how easy this cream formula is to blend! The variety of shades also made it easier to build up the contour instead of just going straight in with one. I find myself beginning with the first on the bottom row and depending how I'm feeling, I'll gradually build up the coverage and blend it out with a buffing powder brush.

It's not too dark and fake looking in my opinion, it's easy to get a very balanced, nice shading to your face without looking like it's gone wrong. I think that cream contours look a lot better when they are completed than powder contours do, which is what my old one used to be. They are so smooth which make them super easy to work with and I love it for that!


It's a very affordable price (£10.99) for the quality you get and as someone who loves Sleek's products, I'm glad it didn't disappoint me! The packaging is very professional looking and it even has a mirror inside which is an extreme bonus! Even though I don't use the highlight shades as much, I think it's nice all the same to have them included! It may be a little pricier than some of the other highstreet/drugstore contour kits but it's definitely worth it if you're a big makeup lover or if you are a big fan of having a very contoured and structured face. It's definitely made me prefer cream contour products and Sleek once again haven't disappointed me!

Have you tried a cream contour kit, or specifically Sleek's? Let me know in the comments!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx