Friday, 23 December 2016

Party Season Skincare

Hello everyone! This is going to be my last post before Christmas so I hope you all have a lovely time. I already shared my party makeup picks but I thought I'd share my skincare picks too. I think skincare plays a big part in the way your makeup looks so I've put together some bits for all skin types! Partying and late nights can also take a lot out of your skin so its good to have a stable routine thats going to keep it from drying or breaking out throughout the season.


Monday, 19 December 2016

Party Ready Makeup

Hello everyone, I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas are all ready for the season. I thought I'd share some of my favourite makeup picks that I thought would be great for the season. I always make sure to choose the products that I know are long lasting when I've got a party or event to go to so hopefully this will give you some inspiration and help you out!


Monday, 12 December 2016

A Little Kiko Haul

Hello everyone! A very exciting thing happened recently, a Kiko store opened in my local area! They opened on black Friday and had an amazing offer where if you bought 3 things, you got 3 for free - which I thought was pretty amazing. I, of course, decided to treat myself as I've wanted to try Kiko for the longest time but was afraid to just order online without seeing the products.


Monday, 5 December 2016

November Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone, little late on posting my favourites this month but hopefully you all still enjoying reading about them. This past month has been crazy busy and I don't really know where its went to be honest. My birthday was at the beginning of the month and after that time just seems to have flown by and now we're on the countdown to Christmas! Of course, there are plenty beauty bits I've been loving this month, even though its passed so quickly!


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Cheeks & Nails For Winter

I think we're full swing into winter here in the UK as its pretty freezing and I'm sleeping with a hot water bottle in the bed at night! For me, this calls for changing up the makeup I wear so that I match the season seamlessly. Its all about bold nails and all round darker makeup in my opinion!


Friday, 25 November 2016

Too Faced The Power Of Makeup // Nikkie Tutorials

Hello, little review today. I know its near impossible to get your hands on this palette now but there are still a few left kicking around here and there. I wanted to make sure I'd tried this palette out properly before sharing my thoughts on it too! I think this palette is pretty good value considering you get a bunch of other bits and pieces with it too!


Monday, 21 November 2016

Current Skincare, The Staples

Hello everyone, I thought I'd share some skincare bits that I've been using for a while now. I recently picked up some new things from Pixi which I've been loving, but these skincare bad boys have been in my stash for quite some time. I get the feeling that some of my new purchases may make it into my staples but for now this is what I've been loving.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Irresistible Me Jade Hair Straightening Brush*

Hello, today I'm gonna be talking about the Irresistible Me Jade Hair Straightening Brush. Irresistible Me kindly shipped this all the way from the US and I am very appreciative of this. I've been seeing these hair brushes all over the web, particularly on Facebook and I've been dying to try one as everyone seems to have been getting really great results. 


Sunday, 13 November 2016

First Thoughts on Getting a Kitten

Hello everyone, I thought I'd share something a little different today. I got a kitten about a month ago and I think he's the cutest little thing so I'm treating you to some photos of him. He's a ragdoll cross and he is currently 14 weeks old as I write this post. I named him Baila (bay-lah) which means dance in Spanish in case you are wondering. 


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Recent Beauty Bits // Haul

Hello everyone, finally back today with another post for you all. If you dint know already I took a week or so from blogging to celebrate my 21st birthday which was a lot of fun! I spent a lot of time with friends and family and felt like it would be wrong to put up a half-hearted post just for the sake of it. I got a few beauty bits for my birthday and I bought a few things myself so I thought I'd just collate them all together into one big haul!


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Pretty Gemporia Jewellery*

Hello everyone. Today I have some really pretty jewellery to share with you all. Gemporia were kind enough to send me couple of bracelets to try out (which I was super excited about) and I thought I'd share my thoughts on them.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Hey everyone, I'm finally getting around to writing my review on this palette. I wanted to make sure I'd tried it out properly before sharing my thoughts on it and I'm pleased to say I absolutely love it! Kat Von D Beauty is an amazing brand that is 100% cruelty free and I've been impressed with everything I've tried from them. I'm loving the fact that I can get my hands on KVD in the UK now via Debenhams!


Monday, 17 October 2016

A Lazy Girls Hair Staples

Hey everyone, I was having a look through a bunch of my blog posts recently and I realised that more often than not I talk about makeup and sometimes I forget to mention the things I use on my hair so I thought I'd share some of my staples with you today. In all honesty I really don't do too much to my hair but I do have a few products I always come back to.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Fall/Autumn Lip Choices

Its that time of year when dark lips are back in full force, and I love a bold lip. I thought I'd round up some lip choices that I will most definitely be rocking this season. Not all of them are super dark and vampy but they are all part of the plum/mauve family which is totally my favourite!


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Palettes I've Been Neglecting

I'm sure along with many of you guys, I have an abundance of palettes. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love palettes but sometimes I forget about a few or they end up at the back of the drawer and fall into the out of sight, out of mind situation. I recently dug through all my palettes and made a point of putting my neglected ones to the top of the pile!


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

September Beauty Favourites

I'm kind of shocked that we've hit the end of September already. I guess that means we really are into the autumn months and winter will be upon us very soon. Now that its October, it does mean its my 21st birthday next month which is pretty exciting. September has been a good month for me blog wise too, I've really got back into the swing of things and I'm much better at organising my time to make sure I can keep my blog up to date. Of course, I have some beauty favourites.. so lets get to it. 


Saturday, 1 October 2016

'No Makeup' Makeup Picks

Hello everyone. I thought I'd talk about some products today that are great if you don't want to wear anything too heavy on the skin. For me, if I'm wearing less makeup than usual I tend to favour a lot of glow to make me look like I've got a naturally radiant complexion.


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A Mini Boots Haul

Sometimes when its payday, you accidentally walk in to Boots and you accidentally buy a few new things even though you only went in for a new toothbrush right? Well, thats what happened to me last time I went in so I thought I'd share the few things that I picked up.


Friday, 23 September 2016

Cruelty Free Favourites [Brands & Products]

Hello everyone, I thought I'd do a little bit of a different post today. I noticed recently that a lot of the brands I use and love on a daily basis are actually cruelty free, which was quite a pleasant surprise. It made me think that some of you might really appreciate a post about some really great cruelty free products, and for everyone else, some of the brands might surprise you!


Monday, 19 September 2016

NYX Makeup, Thoughts So Far

For those of you who don't know, NYX has made its way into many Boots stores across the UK which is super exciting. Its also started a new addiction for me so if we could all take a moment to pray for my bank balance that would be great. In all seriousness though, NYX is a great affordable brand and I love the fact they're much more accessible in the UK now. I've tried a few products from them now so I thought I'd do a round up and share my thoughts.


Friday, 16 September 2016

Brushes For A Perfect Smokey Eye

Hello everyone, I want to share some of my favourite makeup brushes with you all! I love doing smokey eyes and that becomes a breeze when you have the right tools (and a lot of practice).
I'm a sucker for fluffy brushes so I thought I'd share my top picks with you all.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks [Mother & Lovesick]

Hello lovelies, today I decided to talk about my favourite lipsticks as of lately. I've not tried many liquid lipsticks but if you're in the market to give some a shot then I highly, highly recommend these ones as they tick all the right boxes for me.


Friday, 9 September 2016

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette

Ever try something and have super high hopes? Me too. I've always wanted one of these concealer style palettes that would let me mix up my makeup game and conceal and highlight my face. I picked up this one from Makeup Revolution as I'm generally always impressed with their products and they're very affordable too.


Monday, 5 September 2016

5 Forgotten Favourites

Hello everyone, back today with a little roundup post talking about a few makeup bits that got a bit lost along the way. If you read my last post you'll know I finally unpacked all my makeup after moving and of course, I can across loads of things I forgot I owned. These are 5 products I used to use all the time so it was really lovely to rediscover them.


Friday, 2 September 2016

Purple Mermaid Vibes

Hello everyone, the blog schedule is still a little all over the place as I'm still getting used to living in my own place and organising my time properly. I finally got round to unpacking all my beauty bits and felt inspired looking at all the beautiful makeup that I own so I created this look the other evening. For those of you who follow me in Instagram @claresloves you may have seen this already but if you want to know what products I used then keep reading.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

Hello everyone, today I thought I'd talk about one of those products that has had so much hype over the past few months. I'm not huge with my highlight and contour game, I tend to contour and apply something reflective to my cheekbones but before this palette I'd never really jumped on the 'banana' shades under the eyes.


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

My Current Makeup Bag

Hello everyone, I thought I'd share the products that have found their way into my makeup bag recently. I've been keeping things pretty simple and of course I change up the products all the time but for now these are the bits a pieces that have been blessed with having a presence on my face.


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Lips, Cheeks & Nails For Summer

August has hit, but in my opinion its still very much summer. As I write this, its 19'c outside which is not bad for a mostly cloudy day here in Scotland. Theres a lot of things I've been reaching for a lot this summer so I thought I'd make a little round-up post sharing some of my favourites.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Guess Who's Back?

Hello everyone. Clare is back. Finally. Its been a while, but as mentioned in a previous post I've been busy decorating and moving into my own place. I've made a few 'vlogs' if you're interested in seeing some of the process. I need to make an updated one now that I'm more settled in but it'll hopefully give you and idea of how busy I've been lately. I thought I was going to have so much more time to write a few posts here and there but my days just seem to disappear amongst working and unpacking. I have been able to take a bunch of photos today so I hope to resume proper blogging schedule on Friday. I just thought I'd make a wee update post to keep you all in the loop so I don't just come back unannounced. Also, if I've missed anything big in the blogging world, please fill me in! I'm going to leave you here with these videos while I venture out into the evening sun to catch some pokemon. See you all very soon.


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Soap & Glory Heel Genius

Hello everyone, we're talking about feet today. Sorry if its all a bit TMI for you but feet are one of those things I think we all forget about. Summer is fast approaching and if I'm completely honest, I want to be able to wear flip flops without any fear of what my feet look like.


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Blog & Life Update

Hello everyone, its that time where I just feel like I need to sit down and have a little chat about nothing in particular. I want to keep you all update with my life and my thoughts on moving forward with my blog.


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Products I've Been Neglecting

Hello everyone, today I want to chat about falling into a makeup rut. By that I mean, using the same products every day and neglecting some of the amazing things you have in your collection, the things that maybe found their way to the back of the drawer that don't see as much love as they maybe saw in the past.


Saturday, 4 June 2016

New Makeup Geek & Mac Palette Additions

Hello everyone, today I thought I'd show you some of the things I've added to my palettes recently. I love Makeup Geek and Mac eyeshadows so it was only natural that I added some new bits to my collection!


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

May Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone, its June already which is a little bit terrifying. However, it does mean its time for another favourites post. It was getting to the end of May and I didn't think there was much that stood out to me but as I started picking things up to make a post, I realised there were plenty of products I've been showing my love this past month.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist

Hello my lovely readers, its time for another cheeky review because as you all know - I'm a beauty hoarder. I'm glad I picked this up though, I finished my Mac Fix + and I just really felt like trying something new. I've tried a few setting sprays in the past but I don't really feel like any of them have made a huge difference to how long my makeup lasts. This, however, was pleasantly surprising in terms of performance.


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Mask & Peel

Hello everyone! I decided to try a new face mask which is really rather exciting as I've been using the same few for quite some time now. I think I had some of my Boots coupons to use which meant I got this for a pretty good price, I can't remember how much exactly but I know it worked out a good deal!  Or maybe thats me just trying to justify to myself why I bought it!


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Gleam' Glow Kit

Hello everyone, today I'm writing about probably the most beautiful thing that I own. I'm not even kidding. If you know me well, you'll know that most days I like to rock some pretty serious glow on my cheekbones. My current favourite of late is the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder (silly name, its not matte at all) as it gives my cheekbones a beautiful shine that lasts really well on my skin. Buuuut then I was on Instagram (as usual) stalking the latest beauty products from all my favourite brands and literally as soon as I saw this I could not wait to get my hands on it. Also, Anastasia, get your liquid lipsticks here in the UK asap, I've been waiting patiently for a long time now.


Monday, 16 May 2016


Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. I have decided to run a little giveaway here on Claresloves to give back to all of you wonderful readers. I appreciate all of your comments and everyone who follows me here so I thought I'd do something nice to give back to you. I wish I could send something to every single one of your but I think that would be a little out of my budget! I do wish every single one of you the best of luck however.

I have decided to giveaway either a Mac lipstick of your choice, OR a Mac eyeshadow of your choice (pan or in container). There are, of course, some rules I would appreciate that you follow, otherwise your entry will not count. Click 'Read More' to find out how you can win. >>

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter

Hello everyone, a little bit of skincare today which I thought might mix things up a little since we've been a little makeup heavy on the blog lately. If you read my skincare routine a little while back then you'll know I've been using the Clinique Take The Day off Balm Cleanser forever to take my makeup off at the end of the day. I thought I'd give this one a go as its a little easier on the bank balance and the tin looked really cute on the shelf!


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Mac Huggable Lip Colour

Lipstick junkies, prepare yourself. I have found my all time favourite lipstick formula ever - well, I think I have. For those of you who have been reading the blog for a while, you'll know I have pretty dry lips. This doesn't stop me wearing the lipsticks I want, it just means I'll probably have to suffer a few days of lip balm only if I wear something matte. I'm a fan of lipsticks that pack in the pigment but unfortunately I always find my favourite colours and finishes tend to be the most drying, until I discovered these bad boys. I picked up the shades 'Commotion' which is a beautiful plum shade and 'Out For Passion' which is a lovely coral.

Can we also just firstly mention how pretty the packaging is of these? I love the regular Mac lipstick bullet but theres something about this more streamlined, gunmetal offering that seems a little irresistible. The reason I fell in love with these initially is because they don't dry out my lips at all! I could literally wear these for days on end and my lips wouldn't even mind. Its a miracle. Not only that but for such a moisturising formula, they pack a pretty decent amount of pigment. This means your not sacrificing the pigment in order to keep your lips in shape. The texture of them is really nice too, they're a little tacky when you apply them and then it feels like you have a super thick lip balm on as the consistency is quite thick (this is the best way I can think to describe it). As they are a little tacky they last really well on the lips for something so hydrating, and when they do start to fade they wear away really nicely without going patchy or leaving a weird line around your lips. Of course, they have Macs signature vanilla scent to them - which I love - meaning they're the perfect all rounder. They have a glossy finish, but its not too glossy so they look really pretty and thanks to the formula they don't slip and slide around your lips. I only have 2 shades at the moment but I cannot wait to go back to my local Mac counter after payday to snap up a few more, before everyone realises how wonderful these really are. I haven't heard many people talking about these but I highly recommend you give them a little swatch - you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Whats your favourite lipstick formula? Have you tried these?

Mac Huggable Lip Colour - Available here.


Saturday, 7 May 2016

Boots Beauty Haul

Hello everyone, I thought I'd share a little Haul I did recently on, I love Boots and I'm forever saving up my Advantage Card points so I can treat myself. Recently I realised I had about £70 on my card and I wasn't really saving for anything in particular so I thought I'd just pick up some things I needed as well as a few extras! Its a nice feeling that I didn't have to spend any real money on this haha.. but then I worry about how I managed to gain £70 in points..

I love how with Boots you can have your order delivered to store, as my work is just around the corner from a Boots. For me, it means I can get my order sooner as I live in the country and nothing ever arrives at great speed. I picked up a few things I'd been wanting to try for ages from NYX.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Laquer

Hello everyone, if you can't tell I'm still on the liquid lipstick bandwagon and I've been trying out different ones left, right and centre! I decided to pick up these too from Makeup Revolution as the colours are really pretty and they swatched really nicely in store. I picked up the shades Rebel (right) and Keep Lying For You (left).


Sunday, 1 May 2016

April Beauty Favourites

Another month, and finally I'm getting round to doing a monthly favourites. I don't know why I always forget about doing a monthly favourites post but this month I made an effort to get one done! Some of these favourites won't come as a surprise if you read the blog regularly but some I've kept to myself until now!

Of course the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is getting all the love as its probably my all time favourite base now (its seriously rivalled my love Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk). Its a lovely bendable,

Thursday, 28 April 2016

OPI Nail Envy

Hello everyone, I recently made the mistake of removing my acrylic nails myself and now I'm full of regret and desperately trying to nurse them back to life. I'm sure we've all done it but I didn't think much about it before I soaked them in nail varnish remover and peeled them off - gross I know. Not only do I have dry hands and cuticles, but my nails are soft and pretty delicate at the moment. I decided to give the OPI Nail Envy a whirl since it gets a lot of love.

I wouldn't say the difference in my nails is dramatic but they're certainly better than they've been in the past when I've decided to take my nails off at home. I find when I apply this to my nails, it kind of hardens them up a bit so wether I'm wearing this alone or using it as a base coat my nails seem to hold up a little better than without it.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Too Faced 'Melted Peony' Melted Lipstick

Hey everyone, the liquid lip trend is still going strong and slowly but surely I'm getting to try a few of the favourites that seem to be blessing the blogging world. Since everyone seems to love the Too Faced offering, I thought it was about time I investigated what all the hype is about.


Friday, 22 April 2016

Current Makeup Bag Staples

Hello everyone, I thought I'd do a little round up post today as I've been posting a lot of reviews so I thought it might be a good idea to break things up a little! I thought I'd chat about the things that have literally been in my makeup bag forever, the things I don't have any intention of changing any time soon. We all have the products we love and then forget about, but these lot have been around in my life for quite some time now. 

First up, the Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base has been my primer of choice for a good while now. In fact since I first purchased it, I actually haven't used anything else!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour

Hello everyone, I may or may not have discovered a new lip favourite and I thought it would only be right to share it with you all. Liquid lipsticks seem to be a huge trend right now and if I'm honest I haven't ventured out and tried too many, I have pretty dry lips so I always have to make cautious decisions with what I put on my lips. When I swatched a few of these in my local Superdrug I was pleasantly surprised and took one home.

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