Sunday, 15 April 2018

Current LBD Picks


An LBD (little black dress) is a classic staple in any gal's wardrobe, they look effortless and perfect for an easy glam look. Black goes with everything and with so many different styles out there, there's so much out there to choose from and therefore a style to suit everyone. In this post I thought I'd go through and choose 10 LBD's that I recommend and personally like. I tried to choose a variety of styles and places. Enjoy!
 I love the frill on this, it sets it apart from other standard black bodycon dresses, I also admire the fact it is cold shoulder. At £25 it's one of the pricier dresses in this list but it's not too bad.

Lace Sleeve Wrap Black Dress - £5 - Everything5Pounds.Com

I chose this dress because it looks a lot more pricey than just £5 and I think it looks very sophisticated and stunning. I love the lace sleeves.

Bryanna Cut out Neck Bodycon Dress - £15 - Boohoo

I love the detail at the top of this, it's very sexy and I feel like it gives it a bit more of an edge.
Boohoo sells a lot of gorgeous dresses and this is no different!

Karina Bandage Zip Through Midi Bodycon Dress - £20 - Boohoo

Even though this is a fairly simple dress, I like the zip through detail on it and think it's one of those simple but effortless dresses that's easy to wear and good to throw on if you don't know what to go for.

Black Extreme Thigh Split Panelled Plunge Bodycon Dress - £20 - Pretty Little Thing

Even though this probably isn't a dress I personally could get away with, I love the design of this dress and just think it's stunning.

Black Binding Detail Cross Neck Bodycon Dress - £12 - Pretty Little Thing

The cross detailing on this one is one what makes me love it a lot! Definitely one I'd like to have in my wardrobe!

Black Sequin Bandeau Bodycon Dress - £12 - Missguided

I simply had to include one with sequins, although I'm not a bandeau dress wearer, I think this would be gorgeous for a special occasion. We all need a bit of sequins sometimes!

Black Glitter Mesh T Shirt Dress - £10 - River Island

I love how this takes a simple t shirt dress and jazzes it up a bit by having the mesh overlay. I love how it's sparkly too.
Black Asymmetric Ruffle Hem Mini Dress - £19.99 - New Look

As well as being simplistic, I love how chic the ruffle bottom of the dress is! It gives a lovely touch to it and naturally makes for a perfect 'swish' boomerang!!

Scuba Crepe Diphem Bardot Skater Dress - £15.99 - Select Fashion

Bardot styles are everywhere at the moment, but the back part of the dress being slightly longer looks so gorgeous on this dress and with it being only £15.99 it looks like it should be so much more expensive! Very pretty!

And there we have it! Hope you enjoyed this post and do let me know which one you like the most and if you'd buy any of these yourself and which was your favourite!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Why It's Important To Be Supportive

Hi everyone!

I'm sure you've all noticed by now I've done quite a few posts specifically on mental health and aspects of it. Support is such an important part of life and that's what I wanted to address further today.

This post also relates to the feelings of jealousy we have from time to time.
I think we are all guilty of comparing our life to someone else's and then feeling jealous of someone else's opportunity or success, or just comparing ourselves to other people and making ourselves sad over it. I know I've done it before.

We all get jealous and envious of people sometimes, it's a natural human emotion and it's completely okay to feel that way, you just have to channel it and use it to motivate you and to be a supportive person.
But the most important thing is not to let it turn you into a negative person.
By not being supportive or being openly petty or jealous, it's doing nothing but adding negativity to the situation. It doesn't even have to be about jealousy though, by showing your support to someone it really shows that you're actually caring towards them and not just the kind of friend who hovers in the background and doesn't cheer for you when things are going well.

As the saying goes 'Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make yours shine any brighter'.
Degrading someone else's successes or triumphs doesn't change anything about yours.

I felt so much better in myself when I started trying to be more supportive to my friends' opportunities. They're your friends after all, they're going to want to talk about it (to a reasonable level) and because you're close and important to them, it would be you. Sometimes we all need a bit of moral support with whatever life is throwing at us or whatever opportunities are present.

I used to struggle to be a supportive friend, because I'd be feeling bad that it wasn't happening to me and yes I still do feel jealousy at times and wish I'd be able to have their opportunities, but I channel it now and it's made me a better person because I'm cheering for them, I'm supporting them, having their back and helping them. My mental health was probably a big factor for that but as I've mentioned, I began to realise that there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be supportive to someone who's had success, even if you haven't had that same success. I told myself this and realised that it's an important part of being a supportive friend.

So yes, I do tend to spread support whenever I can for example if someone's posted a photo on Instagram where they look lovely, I'll comment and tell them. You never know what one act of kindness can do to someone, a compliment can go far.

Basically, you're not going to get far and progress in life if you're stuck tearing everyone else down or being limitedly supportive. Being the good person who spreads support can only do good, you never know you may make someone's day with a comment of support.

Life can be very brutal sometimes and it's easy to forget that there's people who care sometimes, so don't be afraid to spread the love!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 8 April 2018

New Look Shoe Haul


So I'm notoriously a pain to buy shoes for, I'm the pickiest person when it comes to comfort because I hate that I sometimes get foot cramp, and also happen to have 'wide feet' which results in a lot of standard shoes being too narrow for me. Truthfully, I find it so hard to find shoes that are comfy enough for me and that I like the style of too.
So I was extremely surprised the other day to purchase not one pair but TWO pairs of shoes from New Look, during their 25% off sale. New Look is definitely one of my favourite high street shops but I've never purchased any of their shoes before. Here's a look at what I bought:

Wide Fit Black Suedette Platform Heels - £25.99
These were actually shoes I'd found on the New Look website and really liked the look of. I've been looking for a pair of dressier black heels for a while now.
I got them in a size 4 as the size 5 was a big fit and they don't do half sizes.
They are mostly comfy, obviously heeled shoes aren't always the comfiest but I simply couldn't leave them behind so I bought them. As someone who can't walk in heels, I manage to in these and they're so gorgeous too.

Wide Fit Black Suedette Low Block Heeled Sandals - £16.99
These were purchased alongside the other heels, they were a very spontaneous buy. It was actually my mum that brought me these over to try on, as I'd been trying pretty much the entire shop on, it was a chance that they actually were so comfortable! The front part of the shoe is literally so comfy and cushioned. I hope that I'll be able to wear them in summer and maybe nights out too. I got these in a size 4 too as they seemed to fit okay, I do find it strange that I have trainers that are size 5 and a half and these are a 4 but I guess different places do different sizes?

So there we have it. I've actually never bought shoes from New Look before but I'm very happy with both pairs especially as they were unexpected buys! I'm not sure how long the 25% off offer lasts, but I'd take advantage if I were you!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Product Empties #1


I realised I'd actually never done a Product Empties blog post in my 4 years of running this blog.
I think the reason for that is I'm so bad at finishing products up, if I enjoy something I really don't like using it all up, I'll often use it till it gets almost empty... just because I have enjoyed it so much.

Today I thought I'd sit down and discuss some of my recent products which I've used up and mention whether I've enjoyed them and whether I'll repurchase.

I love reading Product Empties posts because you're going to get a mixture of products which the blogger/vlogger has loved and some they have disliked!
You also get to find out if the products are reliable as they've used them up, either because they're so good or because you're trying to use up to get rid of!

Beyoncé Heat Perfume (not pictured as I've actually left it at my uni house!)
This is a perfume I've had for a few years now and actually not sure how I've made it last so long as it's actually probably one of my favourite scents. I think the reason would be because I liked it so much I decided to save it for special occasions. I would definitely repurchase it again and in fact already have a bottle ready to open!

Impulse Into Glamour Spray This is probably one of my go-to scents, it's so fresh and easy to wear, I spray it most days, it's light and easy to take out with me. I don't use many aerosol sprays as I used to, but Into Glamour is a firm favourite which gets repurchased countless amounts of times so I will definitely be buying again!!

Nivea Soft Creme Shower Crème
This was a mini and perfect size for travelling with, which is what I mainly used it for, the perfect travel shower mini. It's extremely moisturising and smells lovely! I probably won't be buying again immediately but I'd love to try it again in the future sometime.

Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Pomegranate Conditioner
I have multiple bottles of this, from one in my uni house to 2 bottles back home and I finished one of the bottles at home recently. Although this didn't do amazing work for the ends of my hair (unless my hair is just too damaged and easily breakable) but I love, love, love, the smell of this conditioner and it does make my hair feel so smooth. I will more than likely buy it again but I might experiment with a new conditioner and see if any other help my hair more.

JLS Kiss Perfume
Who remembers when JLS released two perfumes? Well I was/am still a big fan of JLS and realised that this perfume has run out, I think I have another one somewhere but I believe it's discontinued now. It's one of the fruitiest scents I've owned but not quite my favourite scent. I wore this loads when I was about 15/16!

Zoella Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion
I absolutely loved this body lotion and the classic, soft and comforting scent of Zoella's first set of products. It smells so dreamy and so soft, I have another which I bought a while ago as a backup!

Hope you enjoyed my first ever Product Empties!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 1 April 2018

March 2018 Favourites


Here is my Favourites Post for March, which is admittedly a little shorter than usual! There's not a lot of makeup/beauty favourites this month as since late February/majority of March, I fell ill and it lasted for multiple weeks and therefore barely wore any makeup or had any plans to also where makeup for. To make up for it I'll discuss some of my Favourites in more detail.

Zoella Blissful Mistful Rollerball
It might be because it's quite a fresh spring scent, but I've been enjoying Zoella's classic scent again. Blissful Mistful is such a light floral/feminine scent and as the actual spray I have was back home, I had the Rollerball edition of the spray at my uni house so I've been using it and enjoying it. They are so handy to pack for on the go.

Janelle Monae - Faster
Janelle Monae - Dance Apocalyptic
Boogie Pimps - Somebody To Love
Louisa ft 2 Chainz - Yes
Pussycat Dolls ft Missy Elliott - Whatcha Think About That
The Script - Rain
Joey Negro - Make A Move On Me

Pretty Little Liars
Right, I know I'm super late to the bandwagon here, but me and my housemates finished Jane The Virgin last month so during March we decided to watch Pretty Little Liars, a series I've heard raved about lots and never actually watched myself. I can thoroughly see the hype and I'm really enjoying it.

Not Going Out
Not Going Out is a sitcom starring Lee Mack, who I find has absolutely brilliant comic timing! I've not watched all of the series', but I've watched quite a few years of the recent series and thoroughly enjoyed them. Lee Mack is great with one-liners but I don't think this show is for everyone, but it's definitely something I look forward to whenever it returns to the screens!

Jacqueline's World
Jacqueline was in EastEnders as Lauren Branning from 2010 - 2018 and since departing she has set up a YouTube channel and began releasing vlogs. I find it extremely interesting as I've loved Jacqueline as an actress for quite a few years now, Lauren was one of my favourite characters and her bond with daughter Ella, is so adorable to watch.

I feel as though I mention Neesey quite a little bit on this blog but she's one of my favourite youtubers. She has a fun and sassy personality, I adore her style and her aesthetic and basically, she's just amazing yes? I've been binge watching a lot of her old videos recently and enjoying them.

Vivian Zhu aka xxnaivivxx
Vivian is a YouTuber I used to watch back in 2010/2011 who actually quit YouTube a couple of years ago. However. she's made a return to YouTube and is back to do more videos and I'm intrigued to see what she brings.

I apologise for this Favourites post being a little smaller than my usual Favourites posts, hopefully I'll get to enjoy more products next month!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxxx

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Let's Talk About: Blogging Pressures


I was reading Are You Feeling Pressured By Your Blog? written by Dorkface recently and I realised that I could relate to it in a number of ways and realised that it would be quite an interesting blog post, and another edition to the 'Let's Talk About' series.

As someone who's been blogging for a few years now, there is a lot I've learnt surrounding writing posts, running a blog and as this title mentions 'blogging pressures'. Blogging isn't easy and it takes time for development.

Blogging fascinated me because I'm not quite comfortable enough to go on camera and chat about things but I loved the way you can discuss and express your thoughts on your own little space on the Internet. It was always a place where I can chat about anything on my mind, maybe give comfort with my mental health posts or just generally belong somewhere.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to take my blog proper seriously and stick to my schedule, which was originally Sundays but then I branched out and tried Thursdays and Sundays, but not a specific time of day. Admittedly, my views went up but looking back some of my content wasn't always as good as it could have been.
But through the years I've struggled to keep up with continuously blogging, particularly when I started uni and through times when I just lost my mojo a bit. I've never been someone to rank in loads of views on my blog, but there was a time when I'd be getting regular views and my untimely breaks have dented that so deeply that I am disappointed in myself for letting it slip.

Also, I find a lot of pressure surrounding promoting your blog too. My EclairsCares Instagram feed is very random and my photos aren't perfect and I don't have a massive DSLR camera and all the kit to do absolutely amazing photos. I try my best and I know that lovely feeds are so appealing to the eye, but mine just isn't like that and it's something I both take pride in and feel slightly embarrassed over. But the embarrassment comes from the pressure, especially from a beauty/lifestyle blogger perspective of having that kind of feed. You shouldn't feel bad about your feed though if you like the photos and if it's representative of you.

Another thing I feel is a big pressure especially among the beauty/lifestyle community is discussing expensive and high end makeup. I don't know if I'm alone on this one or if there's more of you who feel this way, but I feel there's a big amount of pressure to discuss higher end products in posts. I'm certainly not someone who has the bank balance to be able to splurge and buy endless bits and bobs from the more expensive brands, however much I'd love to, but sometimes I feel there is a pressure to do so. Obviously this doesn't apply to everybody but it sometimes seems as though you're not successful if you only discuss highstreet/drugstore products, which is definitely not true!

What's more, I had a blogging module last semester at uni and as I'd been blogging for just under 4 years when receiving it, I felt like it was a module that I could comfortably sink my teeth into. When it came to my result, I was really disappointed as I'd gotten my lowest grade ever at uni and what upsets me the most is that it was doing the thing I love doing, that I've been doing previously for 4 years. I was balancing two blogs at one time during that stage but I was just so gutted that I'd let that happen and just made me feel like absolute crap and full of doubt really. I felt like I'd been disheartened a bit, as if blogging had been taken away from me. Blogging has been a huge therapeutic help to me over the years and it almost felt as though all of that had been taken away from me upon receiving my mark. It sounds dramatic but it made me question whether I could ever consider blogging as a career or not, whether writing this blog was just a waste, because I'd remember how I'd let it all slip and it all just kind of hit me at once.

Through blogging, you can put your personality and your themes across however you want and I just wish there was less pressures surrounding the blogging world. There are so many different types of bloggers from all around the world, writing about different subjects and presenting themselves to the world in different ways and it should be celebrated.

To conclude, there are definitely many ways in which I've felt blogging pressures, and many different times too. Have you guys felt blogging pressures? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Thursday, 15 March 2018

False Eyelashes 411

Hi everyone!

This post is on the topic of false eyelashes! It's only in the last couple of years I've properly gotten into false lashes after steering clear of them for fear of them either just looking like I'd applied them in the dark or that they would be too heavy. I wanted to do a specific post about them because I've never really discussed lashes here on my blog as when I first started it I barely wore eyelashes but they've since become some of my favourite things to use with my makeup!

Lashes in General
For me I've technically only tried a handful of specific brands of false eyelashes, Tanya Burr and Eylure.
Unfortunately, Tanya Burr doesn't do eyelashes anymore which is quite disappointing as I honestly found hers amazing and so easy to work with! I also found the glue so much better too.
Now I stick to Eylure eyelashes and I'm a big fan. They're extremely light and there are so many different varieties and effects to try out. Mostly I try and buy mine from shops such as Bodycare or Savers here in the UK, as they sell them much cheaper, but Eylure lashes are generally found in a lot of places from supermarkets to Superdrug and Boots. The good thing about Eylure is that they have a big variety of different lash styles so you are guaranteed to find a style/pair that suits you and they are so light that you can't even feel them on, which I feel like is hugely important because nothing worse than feeling like your lashes are weighing your eyes down!!

I would say I've seen some YouTube videos on application of false eyelashes, but mostly I guess I'd say I'm self-taught as I didn't really follow their instructions or advice. A lot of people say using tweezers helps but for me personally, I don't use tweezers as I think I'd find them too fiddly.

I've been told that I'm good at applying false eyelashes but I wouldn't always agree! I think I'm very much a trial and error kind of person when it comes to eyelashes as I don't always get them on first go and even once I'm actually wearing them, they aren't always perfect.

A few tips I'd definitely suggest would be to try and stay as close to the lash line as possible when applying, have patience as you more than likely won't get it on right first time especially in the first few times you apply them.
Also using mascara to blend your real lashes among the fake can really help.
When I first started applying lashes, I wasn't all that great but it definitely takes practice to get used to wearing them, but now it's almost weird going on a night out without lashes.

Some of my current favourite lashes would be

Eylure X Cheryl Lashes in 'Belle of The Ball' (these work a treat for a night out, they look so stunning on and look extremely feminine and stunning)
RCGlam Lashes in 'Amira' (The newest lashes in my collection, they are absolutely beautiful and the fluffiest pair of lashes I own! They seriously enhance your eyes!)
Eylure Enchanted Lashes in 'Rose' (although sadly I don't actually own these lashes anymore as unfortunately, the lashes fell out of their case when I was taking them back to uni after the Christmas break so I lost one of them and the other got dusty, however I wore them for my 21st birthday and they were gorgeous!)

I'm intending on trying some of Primark's lashes as I've heard amazing things about them and especially for the prices they are sold at!
I'm also tempted to try either Ardell Wispies or Dodo lashes in the near future too as they look so stunning.

I hope this has helped some of you who maybe want to know more about lashes or the ones that I like and more!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx