Glowy Summer Makeup Look

So on Saturday at the YSL makeup masterclass, we re-created Suzie’s pretty glowing Summer makeup.  I was quite surprised by just how little foundation was required to create the look and although it looks like a lot of products the look can be achieved fairly quickly and makes the skin look really healthy perfect for summer. The perfect holiday look.

I’ve since attempted to recreate the look using mostly drugstore makeup products to give a more affordable alternative.

*Makeup Used*

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Collection Primed and Ready Correct and Concealer

Rimmel Stay Blushed 001 Pop of Pink

Topshop Glow

Barry M Brow Kit

Bourjois Liner Feutre Felt Tip Eyeliner

Maybelline the Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine

One of the main tips that I discovered in the masterclass was to use a flat foundation brush to apply most of the base products when wanting to achieve a dewy finish.

I’d say that the star product of this look is the Touche Eclat Blur Primer which helps to maximisethe skins radiance.  The product is clear but has almost like glitter pigments through it so when applying it as a base for the rest of the makeup, it will help it to create that inner glow from the skin.

Next, we applied a small pump of foundation and using the same flat foundation brush gently patted that into the skin, at this stage we were told not to worry if some imperfections were still coming through because using colour correctors would fix this.  I’ve opted to use the Collection Correct and Conceal mini palette.  Use the green shade to conceal redness and lilac to disguise yellow tones so this is good under the eyes.  Blend this in using the brush.

In keeping with the glowing look, we used a liquid blush and a cream highlighter.  Apply a small dot of blush to the apples of the cheeks and using the same tapping motion of the brush blend into the skin to prevent harsh lines and the blush looking round. *not a good look*.  I’ve picked the Topshop glow for highlighter because it looks amazing on cheek bones and instantly makes your skin look super fresh.

If your pale, like me, I would then recommend using some bronzer on the temples to help warm up the face.  I like to use the Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer it helps to achieve that sunkissed look.

We then filled in our eyebrows, I like to use the Barry M Shape and Define Eyekit before lining my eyes with Bourjois Paris felt pen and applying a coating of mascara to the lashes.  To round up the whole look we used the same lipstick Suzie was wearing which was YSL Rouge Volupte Shine a soft coral shade, again perfect for summer.

So there you have it! A step by step guide of how to achieve the summer look Suzie’s been rocking over the past couple of weeks.  Be sure to leave me a comment below and follow if your not already

Clare x

Meeting Hello October with YSL!

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Hi Everyone! Yesterday I got to meet one of my favourite beauty/ You tuber’s Suzie aka Hello October.  When I heard she was coming to Glasgow in collaboration with YSL it was the best news I’d heard in a long time.  I wont lie though, for the first couple of minutes the makeup tutorial was rather awkward especially when told to remove my face of makeup in the middle of Debenhams.  But, I learnt new tips for applying makeup and was introduced to the Touche Eclat blur primer, a glittery little primer that helps to give your makeup a good base and a dewy finish.

Suzie is as much a babe in real life as she is online and she had the most unbelievable tan so jealous.  Typical Scottish weather after it being lovely and hot for the past week yesterday was teeming with rain which made my hair go all flat and frizzy, but, I still managed to get some pics with Suzie.

Leaving, I got given the ultimate YSL goodie bag filled with a gorgeous makeup bag, mini black opium perfume, mini touche éclat blur primer (yass) and I picked up the lipstick they used on me, Rougue Volupte shine 9 , a peachy shade perfect for summer.

It was a fab day and the first ever proper blogger/ makeup event I’ve ever been to. Leave me a comment below and if your new be sure to follow

Clare 🙂 x

I’m Back! I’ve Finished Uni!

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Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all well! Long time no see, as you’ve (hopefully) noticed I’ve been absent from my blog for quite some time now roughly about a month? That’s because I’ve been sitting my 4 final university exams which I’m glad to say are finally over meaning that I’ve finished my Honours History Degree! Todays felt quite strange not having to study and its starting to hit me that I should start to think about what I want to do with my life (lol).

But…. with my degree done and studying no longer consuming all my time I’m back and I have big plans for this space.  Hopefully more consistent posts, covering more areas and a fresh new look! So if your not already following my blog please do so to not miss out on my future posts 🙂

It feels good to be back!

Clare 🙂 x

Easter Nest Cupcakes

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Hi Everyone! Happy Easter Weekend! This afternoon I managed to make some time amidst studying hell to bake some Easter nest Cupcakes.  I was inspired by the YouTube video that Zoella and Mark Ferris did a few weeks ago in which they baked these chocolate Easter Cupcakes.  They looked so delicious that I decided to give it a go myself. If you fancy watching the video its linked here

*Recipe*

4oz of self raising flour

4oz of caster sugar

4oz of butter

2 eggs

1/2 tsp of baking powder

4 tbsp. of cocoa powder

Shreddies

12 small paper cases

12 large paper cases

Chocolate frosting and mini eggs to decorate

The recipe that I followed was Mary Berry’s for her classic cupcake recipe.

Step 1)  Mix the 4 tbsp. of cocoa powder with 4 tbsp. of warm water

Step 2) In a large separate bowl, mix together all the cake ingredients together until it forms a smooth glossy batter.

Step 3) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line cupcake cases and fill the cases with the batter.

Step 4) Whilst the cakes are baking in the oven for the next 15-20 minutes, melt a bowl of chocolate over hot water.  Crush a packet of shreddies or cornflakes before adding them into the bowl of melted chocolate.

Step 5) Fill small cases with the melted shreddies and add a mini egg.  These will set in the fridge and form to be mini nests.

Step 6) Once the cakes are out of the oven and have cooled, begin to ice the cakes with the chocolate frosting.

Step 7) Take the mini Easter nests out of the fridge and place them on top of the icing.

Step 8) You now have Easter nests!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this baking post.  I can confirm that the cupcakes are really delicious! If your new, please follow my blog and leave me a comment down below! 🙂

Clare x

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

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Hi Everyone! I’ve been meaning to do a review of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation for a while now, so as I was reaching for it this morning I decided to finally get round to writing this post.

If your not familiar, Bourjois re-launched their Healthy Mix Foundation at the beginning of this year, complete with slightly new packaging for 2017.  Its available in Boots and Superdrug for £9.99 and in my opinion is one of the best drugstore foundations on the market.

I’ve always loved this foundation as I feel it really makes the skin look fresh and awake which is due to the Vitamin Mix of C, E and B5.  I’d say that it gives a good medium coverage and it isn’t a matte foundation so your skin is left looking quite dewy, and as the name would suggest healthy.

I find this foundation blends really well and doesn’t tend to cake at areas of dryness on the face something that I’ve had problems with other foundations doing so.  You’ll be glad to know that the re- launch has retained the scent of peaches *yay* and the bottle now has a square top and pump. The foundation claims to last for up to 16hrs but I haven’t as of yet put that to the test.  However, during my 12 hr days I have noticed that at the end of the day the foundation doesn’t look too bad!

I hope you liked this review, be sure to leave me a comment and follow my blog for future posts

Clare x

 

Spring Nails

Hi Everyone! I seem to always enjoy switching up the different colours I put on my nails at the various seasons in the year.  During Spring I tend to gravitate more towards pastel shades and thought that I’d do a quick post to share some of my favourite shades.

As a brand I love Barry M polishes, in particular their speedy quick dry range.  As it says on the tin these polishes dry in really quickly which I love. They also seem to with stand chipping quite well so you can eek out wearing the same nail polish for a week.  What a win.

Firstly, lets talk about my latest polish to join my collection, 634 In a Heart Beat from Barry M Quick dry range.  This is a flamingo/sherbet pink colour that is really pretty keep it to one coat if you want a light coat and two coats makes the colour pop more.

Tanya Burr Fairy God Mother polish is a milky blue with purple undertones to it.  I think this colour looks really clean on the nails and is perfect for everyday.  It layers up nicely and the packaging as with all the nail polishes from Tanya is gorg.

Tanya Burr Little Duck has been in my nail polish collection for quite a while now.  Its a lovely mint green shade another one which is perfect for Spring.

Finally, we have Barry M Full Throttle.  I wont lie I’m not nuts on the name of this polish but I get what they were doing with connecting the racing theme with the speedy names.  Its a peachy shade that instantly makes your hands look a bit more tanned even if they are not at all.  What is it with peachy orangey shades that do that?!

So there we have it my 4 fav Spring nail polishes that I’ll be alternating between for the next few months.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments and as always if your new please follow my blog it means a lot!

Clare x

Skincare Update:- La Roche Posay

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Hi Everyone! I haven’t really done a skincare routine post for a good while now so I’m going to fill you in on what’s being going on with my skin and my new plan of action when it comes to my skincare regime.

Since around the age of 11, I’ve had redness around my T zone, mostly the areas around my nose and forehead * I believe the correct term to use is acne rosacea*.  Since then, I’ve more or less spent my time trying to cover up my skin/ the uneven skin tone and the blemishes. I remember at first I got my hands on a concealer crayon from Rimmel which was 2 tones too dark for my skin and as a result of applying it directly to the spots, it  spread the infection around the rest of my face.  It was a great look.  In recent years thanks to the power of makeup I’ve gotten better at covering my skin but recently it has been the worst it has been in a long while which comes at the time of my exams. YAY.

Whether it has been down to stress, hormones, unhealthy eating, makeup sponges whatever, I knew I had to take better control of the situation.  YouTube will sell it to you that you need to have a complex skin care regime: day oils, night oils, toners, lactic acid pads etc. etc. Not only do I not have the budget to afford these excessively priced skin care products, but that’s a lot of products for one face.  As someone from a family of women who have more or less just used plain old water and a moisturiser, I’ve decided to skim it back and go back to a brand I love and trust to hopefully make my skin better.

La Roche Posay are a French skincare brand which use thermal spring water in their products and the brand is directed towards people with sensitive skin and acne prone skin.  I used them a few years back and noticed my skin improved for some time but I aim now to religiously use these products whilst of course, also making more of a conscious effort to make better lifestyle choices e.g. upping my water intake.

I’ve bought the Effaclar foaming gel as a facial wash which I intend to use both morning and night and the Effaclar Matte moisturiser, aimed at people with oily skin and large pores.  I’ll check in with an update in a few weeks time, hopefully I notice a difference!

Thanks for reading, be sure to leave me a comment below telling me your skincare regime 🙂

Clare x

 

LUSH Spring Haul!

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Hi Everyone! Today I’m sharing with you a small Spring LUSH haul of a few products that I recently bought post uni.  I love how many seasonal appropriate products  LUSH bring out during the year and their Spring/ Easter range is always so adorable.  I haven’t yet picked up any of their Easter bath bombs but watch this space as in the next few weeks I’m certain that I will buy a few!

*The Comforter Shower Gel*

Although not necessarily associated with the Spring collection, I wanted to pick up a bottle of this shower gel as it reminds me of my first trip to London in 2015.  I think the shower gel is perfect for this time of the year as it is blackcurrant scented with notes of vanilla so it smells very fruity and sweet smelling. Essentially it is the comforter bath bubble bar in a shower gel.

*Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bars*

I remember this product from last year and its just as cute as before!  Its a bunch of 3 ‘carrots’ pink,purple and orange that are bubble bars and once you run them under running water they make your bath filled with bubbles. As well as being adorable the carrots are re-usable meaning that you get lots of baths out of them.  The scent is citrus lemon, bergamot and they have buchu oils.

*Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb*

I’ve picked this bath bomb up especially for my mum as part of her mothers day gift.  She loves the smell of roses and florals.  The bath bomb is shaped as a rose and filled with yellow rose petals which appear once the bath bomb is fizzing in the water. Its such a beautiful smelling bath bomb!

I hope you liked reading this post! Be sure to leave me a comment down below and follow my blog if you aren’t already doing so!

Clare x

New Drugstore Releases #2

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Hi Everyone! Hope you are all well if you’ve read my last drugstore post here then you’ll know that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the new products that I bought.  I’m happy to report back that my most recent purchases from Boots were a much better success! Hope you enjoy reading this post 🙂

*Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash*

If you’ve read my blog for a while now then you will know that I’m a big fan of the Garnier Micellar Water makeup remover. It isn’t harsh on the skin but still gets your makeup off really quick.  Recently they have brought out a gel wash version of the product which I was excited to see.  The wash works in the same way as the water does the only difference is with tis product you lather it up with water and it turns into a foam wash.  It doesn’t require much to get your makeup off and your skin is left feeling soft and clean.

*Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation*

As a brand I love Bourjois and have been a fan of the healthy mix foundation for a few years now.  Recently, they have re- launched the product it has different packaging but I’m glad that the iconic fruity/peachy scent has not disappeared.  The foundation gives really good coverage and doesn’t leave the skin matte so you are left with glowing skin.  The foundation has Vitamin B5,C and E in it which is interesting and is supposed to last up until 16 hrs but I haven’t put it to the test.

*NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Cairo*

The last NYX lipcream that I bought was in the shade Abu Dhabi and I really loved it.  Now that NYX have launched in boots its a much more accessible brand to access and there is still so many products that I want to try.  I opted for the lip cream in the shade Cairo which is quite similar to Abu Dhabi but I’d say that it is a tad more peachy. The lip cream’s dry in matte and last well they also have a powdery smell to them, the only gripe that I have with them is that my lips always seem to be really dry but that can be resolved with lip balm.

Let me know any more makeup launches that I should try I feel quite enabled now that it is Spring to try new products.  I’m intending on doing a giveaway soon so if you’d like to be in with the chance to win follow my Instagram:- clare95xo more info to follow soon!

Clare x

Banana and Peanut Butter Muffins!

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Hi Everyone! One of my favourite ways to relax is to bake.  I love the process and how rewarding it feels when you’ve baked something that is really tasty and everyone loves.  Today I wanted to make something semi-healthiest and saw that I had some banana’s that needed using up so I made use of the ingredients I had in the house and baked some banana and peanut butter Muffins.  I used an American recipe which you can find here if you’d also like to make these.  The recipe is really easy to follow and most ingredients you will have to hand.

I think these muffins would be great for breakfast time especially if your on the move and want something quick to eat, grabbing one of these muffins would give you a healthy start to the day as they are full of protein.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Next week I have a party to bake for so you’ll be sure to see more baking blog posts then so be sure to follow my blog!

Clare x