Looking Back Through The "Clairabelle0306" Archives

After five years, over five hundred blog posts and at nearly 1100 Bloglovin followers, you could say my blog's been on quite a journey. Today I thought I would take a little stroll down memory lane and re-live a few of my older posts. There are definitely a few that I am especially proud of and I know not everyone has been with me since the beginning, though if you are one of those people - know that you have truly made my blogging experience and I wouldn't still be sat here typing, so thank you!

Ok, lets go back in time... (I've also left the links to said posts if you fancy having a read (and laugh) in full).

Meeting Lily Pebbles & Vivianna Does Makeup
When I Met Lily & Anna.
Every blogger has people they admire and for me it was these two ladies! Last summer I finally got to meet them in person and I can honestly say it was one of the best days of my life.

Meet Daisy The Cockapoo.
Another day I made sure to document was when a gorgeous blonde bundle of fluff entered my life. You always forget how small they were as a puppy, shes nearly three now, boy how time flies.

Why I had a gastric band
Being Candid About My Weight.
I've always been open and honest on my blog and this was probably the most personal post I've ever written. It may be a bit controversial, but to me it was worth it.

OOTD: Afternoon At Oulton Hall.
This post might not seem so special, but it was actually the first outfit post that I felt comfortable with, so it definitely has a special place in my heart.

Blogging Tips
The Lipstick Always Fits!
In life clothes may not always fit, so you need to find something else to make you feel fabulous.

What I've Learnt From Blogging.
Over the last five years the whole blogging process has changed considerably, so I decided to reflect and let you know what I've learnt.

The Charlotte Tilbury Face (With 3 Alternative Lip Colours).
 This was the first fotd post where I did three alternative lip colours. I was so happy with how it turned out and it cemented my love for CT.

Lets Blame The Beauty Bloggers.
I've bought so many beauty products on blogger recommendations, so in this post I blame all the gorgeous bloggers who helped spend my money.

NYX Butter Glosses
Stripe Inspired Nail Art.
I've done quite a few nail art posts in my time but this is definitely one of my personal favourites. I actually took my inspiration from a top I had seen on ASOS and just went with it.

NYX Butter Glosses.
This pick is a little strange but I love it because I finally discovered my love of creamy lip glosses. Plus I really like how the pictures turned out.

There we have it, my little blast from the past. I do sometimes cringe at my older posts and think "Why did I write that" or "That picture is terribly out of focus" But overall, I'm so happy with how my blog has developed over the years, plus it's helped improved my confidence, which I am so thankful for. Heres to another five years!

XOXO Claire
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What's In My Weekend Make Up Bag? (London Edition) 2015

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Currently as you read this I'm strolling the streets of London Town visiting my oldest friend, hopefully taking full advantage of the shopping prospects and eating way too many sweet treats. Long gone are the days of me dragging a little suitcase behind me for my weekend expeditions now I have to make do with a tote, which ultimately means... minimal make up. So I thought I would show you what I stuffed into my small weekend make up bag.

Find out what I take with me on a weekend trip to London.
What's inside my weekend make up bag
Find out what's in my weekend make up bag.
Lets start with my base: The Nars Tinted Moisturiser always comes with me as it's light and easy to apply with your fingers. Next up is concealer and I'm giving the L'Oreal True Match a whirl, I'll will get back to you on that one. For bronzer it's a classic, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, this thing doesn't move out of my handbag. I packed a cream blush in the form of the Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera
so I didn't have to bring any brushes. Only one mini one for my bronzer. To make sure my #highlightonfleek I brought my mini Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. Onto brows, nothing new here just the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil & Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, they work so well together.

For eyes and lips I always like a bit of choice, regardless of how long I'm away for (ahem, one night). So, along with my trusty Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, I chucked in 3 mini Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Colour Sticks in Rose Gold, Amethyst & Sugarfrost. My Tarte Gifted mascara was an easy choice, plus it's tiny and I needed the extra room for lip products hehe. Two different lip combinations are a given, so I went for Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry & NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie for the bold option and Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pink Venus & NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Sturdel for the nude(ish) one. A girl gotta have choices! and these lip duos work so well together, I'm slightly obsessed.

What are your weekend make up essentials? How do you think I did, too much makeup?

XOXO Claire
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Formula X The System Review

Being the nail polish addict that I am, I feel it's my duty to get the lay of the land when it comes to the whole nail prep situation. With gel nails becoming ever more popular... it comes down to one thing lasting power! Personally I'm not really a gel fan because I'm forever changing my nail colour, so I definitely need a good, hard wearing top coat. I was strictly a Seche Vite girl (just read my review, to understand!) till I tried this little set from Formula X.

Formula X The System Product Review
Formula X The System Product Review
Formula X Nail PolishesMini Formula X Nail Polishes
Formula X The System // $32 // Link
This set comes with three products that when combined make the perfect nail sandwich, so lets start with the bottom bun (tehe)

 The Cleanse:
 I'm going to be honest, cleansing the nails is never something I've really thought about before, but it's actually quite an important step. Let's think about it... if you have any oil or left over residue on your nails, it will make it harder for a nail polish or base coat to adhere properly, leaving an uneven surface and greater risk of chipping, which is not cute. This cleanser completely dehydrates the nail bed (this sounds scarier than it is) with one coat, leaving nails ready for the next step.

Prime:
A base coat is essential for helping to protect the nail from staining and create an even canvas. It also gives the polish something to grip onto, adding to the longevity of your polish. This base coat looks red in the bottle, but it does apply clear on the nail.

Time for the actual polish, I chose Formula X Enigma, as you can see from the above pictures I do like my FX polishes, thanks to the mini set I bought last year.
Shine:
In my opinion the topcoat is the most important step in your manicure routine, period! Not only does it speed up drying time and leave a glossy appearance, it adds durability. I've used this topcoat a handful of times now, with quite a few different polish brands and I have to say the wear time is absolutely fantastic. I can easily go five days without one chip, on a few occasions I've even gone seven days. One thing I will say is that it did go gloopy quite quickly, but because I use quite a thick coat anyway, that doesn't bother me too much. I hate to say it, but Seche Vite has been retired to the back of my drawer and this has been my go-to topcoat for the last month.

 I am so impressed with this kit, it's fab value for money and the products kick ass!

Now, I know I'm being such a tease to those of us who live in the UK (so sorry) as we can't get our hands on the Formula X brand and Sephora doesn't ship nail products.. damn you! But there is a small silver lining, especially if you're going on your holidays to Europe this summer. I bought this set in Spain and I know there are Sephoras in both France and Italy and maybe elsewhere in Europe, so if you happen upon one, definitely pick up this set. Or ask a friend or relative because it's amazing!

What's your favourite topcoat? Have you a favourite Formula X shade?

 Also let's address the elephant in the room, what do you think of my re-design? I figured after five years (it was my fifth blogging birthday last week) my blog needed a serious makeover, so instead of attempting to do something myself, I turned to Pipdig. I'm so impressed with the results, the template was so quick and easy to install. I definitely recommend them if you fancy giving your blog a snazzy new look.

XOXO Claire
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