Tuesday, 10 October 2017

World Mental Health Day 2017: What It Means To Me & My Tips

Hi everyone!

Today this post comes out specially for World Mental Health Day.

As someone who has dealt with a few aspects of mental health, I find this day particularly important. Mental Health problems are very common and it's important to consider the fact that you can't see who may be suffering from one. They are all around and can come in many different forms.

This day itself revolves around promoting the education and raising awareness for conditions which you may not be as familiar with. And knowing that there are so many different people out there facing struggles with their mental health. I feel like it's important to be because I want there to be education on mental health especially in schools and for the younger generation because these skills can be kept throughout life and hopefully reduce or even make others feel at ease knowing what they may be dealing with. If they learn about these things during their teenage years it can be beneficial for years to come. It may also make recovery easier because you have more of an understanding of what is happening to you. It took me a while to properly acknowledge I had anxiety as I'd not really been educated fully on mental health, I feel there's a huge amount of assumptions regarding mental health and stigmas which can hold you back from understanding yourself and also receiving treatment.
I feel like World Mental Health Day keeps a reminder that we have to consider others around us and their ways of life and the way their minds work.

Some tips I'd offer if you or someone you know is suffering would be:

* Don't be afraid to take some 'me time'. Sometimes being busy can be extremely stressful and tire you out, even social situations. By balancing out both work and social commitments it can mean you have a schedule which suits your needs better.

* Talk! It's hard to open up, but talking to those who care can really help. I know I'm being slightly hypocritical here because I bottle up a lot of things, but I know that there's people around me who do know some of my triggers and generally my own battles, although I've not shared everything. However talking your worries out with someone can be hugely helpful.

* Write down your achievements and be proud when you do something brave. One of my friends actually gave me a little notebook to write down some of my achievements and good things in and it was such a thoughtful and considerate gift. It's important to keep these in mind during a down day as it's easy to become engulfed by the negativity.

I hope this post for World Mental Health Day has done it justice. Thank you for reading!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx


Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Fashion Tag

Hey everyone!

I was reading through Anna Saccone's blog recently and came across 'The Fashion Tag' which she had completed. I've never completed a tag based on fashion before so thought I'd go for it.

1. How would you describe your style?
My fashion style is quite casual yet comfortable. I'm girly but I'm not in your face girly. Some days you'll see me in a Disney top or something cartoony and other times you might see me in some sophisticated tops or darker clothes. I've got a mixture of styles, which I quite like.

2. What are your wardrobe staples?
A few of Primark's Basic tees, they are so useful to throw on for university lectures with a hoodie or sweatshirt. Some comfy pairs of jeans are a must. A nice dressy top for fail-safe last minute evening arrangements. Also a checked shirt will always look stylish.

3. Most expensive item in your closet?
Probably a faux leather jacket from Wallis. It's one of my favourite clothing items and it's great for evening occasions and day time too. I'd wanted a leather type jacket for a while and I was so happy to finally get one.

4. Most wanted item?
I really want more dressier pairs of shoes but I've got really picky feet!  

5. Favourite designer?
I'm not really bothered about designer clothes to be honest. I care about high end makeup, but in terms of clothes I'm not quite big on fashion designers and things. I can't afford to spend loads of money on just 1 handbag or something.

6. How much do you spend on clothes?
I've been more experimental with my style and clothes buying recently so probably about £20 - £50 in a couple of months. I just seem to be buying clothes a lot recently.

7. What are your favourite places to shop?
I love Primark, it really saves my life. Asda and Sainsbury's do great pairs of jeans and jeggings which are of really good quality. I also love Boohoo and New Look. Topshop's a bit more pricey but they have nice stuff in.

8. Favourite fragrance?
Probably Beyoncé's Heat perfume. It's just such a gorgeous scent and even without being a Beyoncé fan I'd still love it.

9. What's your favourite way to do your hair?
I have it natural really, I don't do a lot with it because I'm not a hair care expert. I have many different shampoos so I don't have to worry about product build up cos I don't use the same one each time.

10. What is your go-to outfit when you have no idea what to wear?
Depends if it's a day event or a night time event. If it's day time I'll just throw on my New Look skinny jeans, a Primark top and a hoodie and trainers. For an evening event I'll probably throw on my Asda black jeans, a black top and jacket and boots.
11. One fashion trend you wish would come back or stay?
I love 90s fashions so I'm glad that they've been in recently. I love chokers so I really hope they stay for a while! I also really like the mom jeans trend as I don't always opt for outright skinny jeans.

 12. Show us your most prized possession in your wardrobe.

As sad as it sounds probably my Yonce t shirt and my Lemonade sweatshirt. I love wearing Beyoncé related clothing and I ordered them off Amazon. I love them. Probably because they are harder to find.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this blog post and I tag you to complete it if you wish to!
If you complete the post please link me to it!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Update: New Uni Year/Autumn Days


One of my favourite ever sunset photos I've taken.

Let's ignore the fact there's another break here!

How have you all been? I've had a busy few weeks and I'll let you all know why..

So I've just started my second year of University, I've been here for just under 3 weeks so far after moving into my new flat on 17th September. Obviously it takes adjusting even when you've already studied for a year, I'm moved in with new people (minus my coursemate who's also here) so that was also different as I'd stayed in student accommodation previously.
Luckily, my housemates are really lovely and also funny!
It's not been the easiest of few weeks but I've handled it better than I would have thought I would have done. Living arrangements isn't the only thing that can be unsettling however, as receiving and dealing with a new timetable especially when you have anxiety can be hard, so far it hasn't been too bad. It's not been super easy, there's been a few tough bits naturally.

I'm still going by the same quote as I ended my last uni year with 'Make the most of everything you have' and I hope I have the confidence to do more and try and focus more on me (probably another post coming soon!)

It also happens to be my favourite part of the year. I really like Autumn as the good TV starts and October's quite an interesting month and then it's my 21st birthday next month and Christmas is just around the corner too. There's a lot of things happening. Which reminds me I still need to have my first Pumpkin Latte of the year (I tried one last year and loved it).

I can't remember if I did a blog post explaining that I'd lost confidence in my blog (and indeed myself) but I still love writing and I love the freedom I have to talk about the things I like. As there's a lot of exciting things coming up I'm going to try and give my blog a bit of a makeover. I have a blog to do as university work too, so I feel like there's a lot of content I'm going to have to produce.

I'd like to thank you all reading this for staying with me, I know my blog posts have been very scattered this year, I still care so much about you all and this blog. You are not forgotten!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxxx

Monday, 14 August 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award

*Edit I apologise for the layout of this post, it didn't seem to want to space out!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog.
So this is the Sunshine Blogger Award which I was kindly nominated for by Britt from Alternatively Speaking, you can read her post here. I'd like to thank Britt for tagging me and you can find my answers to her questions below.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring. Once nominated the blogger is required to write a post in which they:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
  1. What do you like most about blogging?
    Having my own space to write my own things and publish my own content.
  2. How did you choose your blog’s name?
    I wanted a Claire related nickname and Éclair fitted and Cares just came because I write about things I care about.
  3. What does ‘friendship’ mean to you?
    Friendship is someone who cares for you, looks out for you, listens and makes effort with you.
  4. If money wasn’t an option, what one thing would you buy right now without hesitation?
    I'd probably buy loads of clothes and makeup and go for loads of Spoons visits with my best friend.
  5. What is your biggest fear?
    My anxiety, death and not being happy
  6. What is your current favourite song?
    My current favourite song is probably Chris Brown's Kiss Kiss or Charli XCX's Roll With Me.
  7. What is the most amazing thing you have experienced while traveling?
    I'm not sure actually.
  8. What is your fondest childhood memory?
    Probably visiting my grandparents. They would always be great weekends. And going on family holidays to Wales. They are really good memories of my childhood.
  9. If you had to leave right now and could only take 3 things with you to a mysterious, unknown destination, what would you bring and why?
    I'd take a friend, my phone and some clothes because I'd need someone with me, my phone goes everywhere with me and clothes is kind of obvious!!
  10. What is your favourite quote?
    One of my favourite quotes is from Beyoncé's Pretty Hurts music video, where Bey answers the a question 'My aspiration in life, is to be happy.' It really sits with me.
    I also love the quote 'You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think' from Winnie The Pooh.
  11. When you aren’t blogging, what are you doing?
    Either listening to music, watching YouTube videos. Or watching TV.

    I tag any of you that want to do this tag to do it and the questions I leave for you are:
    1. Who was your first concert?
    2. If you could befriend any celebrity, who would it be and why?
    3. Favourite snack?
    4. You have a day trip with your best friend. How do you spend it?
    5. What are two of your favourite movies?
    6. Where is the furthest you've travelled?
    7. What's your favourite mascara of all time?
    8. Favourite restaurant?
    9. Who was your first celebrity crush?
    10. Favourite fruit?
    11. Who's Instagram do you love to peep at?

    Thank you so much for reading! And once again thank you Britt for nominating me lovely!!

    Love & hugs,
    Claire xxxx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Zoella Jelly & Gelato: Body Pudding & Shower Shake Review

Hey everyone!

I was very excited to hear of Zoe releasing a new range of products for Zoella Beauty, as their products have always impressed me and appealed to me in the past.

Her new range, Jelly and Gelato in cooperates the summery vibes of ice cream and all those tasty treats and scents you have in summer.

The actual scent is described as being 'Elderflower and Pomegranate' which I'd describe as being quite fruity and fresh, although different to that of her previous collection Tuity Fruity.
As soon as I smelled it, I knew I'd used something with a similar scent and I worked out it was a M&S Passionfruit body butter which shared a very similar scent. I'll have to see how it sits with me in terms of Zoella Beauty scents, as it tends to take a couple of months for me to be able to decide where it goes in the ranking, as Sweet Inspirations really grew on me a few months later than when I first bought the products. The scent itself is very lovely and I can definitely see myself wearing it a lot.

Body Pudding:
This cute little tub resembles a little ice cream tub, which I absolutely adore.
It is extremely moisturising and makes your skin feel so soft, I was actually surprised at how smooth my hands and body felt. It's probably the most smoothing product she's released so far I'd say.
I love how my skin feels after I've used it. It feels very luxurious and as if it would be more expensive than what it actually was, because of the amazing moisturising ability this has. It is a gorgeous product and the scent is very prominent in it. I was very impressed!

Shower Shake:
The Shower Shake Body Wash has the most adorable packaging, shaped like a little milkshake, it is SO adorable and captures those summer vibes perfectly!
Unfortunately, my bottle of Shower Shake is broken and doesn't shut properly, which is a problem I've never had with any of Zoe's products before, so I must have just got a faulty one!
It shares the same scent as Body Pudding, although I found it to not be as strong once I'd used it, as some of her other shower products have been stronger after use. The scent didn't sit on my skin as well as the body pudding did. Although I absolutely adore the packaging, it isn't my favourite of Zoe's shower products.

That being said, I'm excited for future Zoella Beauty releases, as Zoe always manages to produce the most eye-catching packaging and gorgeous products, so it's 100% okay if this isn't my favourite collection. We all have different scents we do and don't like or products that do better work on us than others do.

Have any of you bought any Jelly and Gelato products?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Monday, 31 July 2017

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash Review

Hey everyone!

Today's post is a review on Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Body Wash. As you may know if you've been an avid reader here, I am a big Soap and Glory fan and love the products I've used by them so far, including the Sugar Crush body butter, so I got using the Body Wash version of the product.

As it was one of the minis, I had 75ml of the product, which is a nice travel size amount, also small enough to fit in my uni bathroom, when I was staying in accom.

I was eager to use it after smelling it, it's a gorgeous fresh citrusy scent, lime is the main fruit you can smell once opening. It smells extremely energising and fresh, which is perfect for this time of year.

You only need a small amount and it lathers up very well, which I've always found is a huge pro of Soap and Glory products, they lather up so easily and so smoothly. It's extremely smoothing to use.

However the scent didn't last or stay as strong as I expected to once out the shower. It smelled a little different and not as strong, not like Clean On Me did.

To conclude, despite it smelling very citrusy and fresh and smoothing, I'd probably stick to using the Sugar Crush body butter, as it would make the scent last longer. Clean on Me's scent appeals to me more and also lasts longer so I'd probably stick with that one.

Which are your favourite Soap and Glory products?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxxxxx

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Lipstick Tag 2017

Hey everyone!

Lipstick pictured is Rimmel's Pink Blush.

So I completed the Lip Product Tag back in 2015. Since it's over 2 years ago and my lip product game has grown since then, I thought I'd do a follow up 2017 version.
If you want to read my original post I've linked it here.

How many lipsticks do you own?
Honestly, too many to count! I need to do a clear out!

What was the first lipstick you ever owned?
Beige Glace by Maybelline, which I don't even think is still around these days! It was fairly shimmery.

What is your favourite lipstick brand?
I love NYX. They make absolutely great liquid lipsticks, which have really caught my eye. Obviously MAC do gorgeous lipsticks and Rimmel is great for high street.

What is your most worn lipstick?
Probably my NYX Stockholm liquid lipstick. I throw it on all the time. Alternatively, Sleek's Shabby Chic gets worn a lot too.

What is your favourite finish?
It used to be satin, but I'm loving matte finishes atm.

What is the last lip product you bought?
Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade 10 - Don't Pink Of It. It was the first of Bourjois' liquid lippies that I've tried.

How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag? Including balms
I've just checked and I had NYX's Lip Lingerie in Bustier, MUA's Velvet Lip Lacquer in Dash and Zoella Beauty's Sweet Mint lip balm from the 2015 Christmas range.

How do you store your lipsticks?
In my makeup bags, I don't particularly have any storage units for them.

What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
I use NYX's Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels. It's an absolutely stunning red. I also really like Rimmel Kate Moss' 01 shade. Clinique's Cherry Pop is also a big favourite.

What lipstick are you currently lusting over?
I'm looking for a baby pink nude liquid lipstick, but an actual lipstick I'm loving and lusting for is probably the Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Don't Pink Of It, because it's my newest lippy and I just love how matte it looks and how velvety it feels.

Thank you so much for reading this post and do let me know if you own any of these lippies and what you think of them!!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx