16 April 2015

The New Drugstore Duo

If you've been following my Instagram (Clairabelle0306)
this post will come as no surprise as I've been banging on about these two products for the last few weeks and I just had to give them their own dedicated post.

 One I picked up on a whim and was rewarded with fantastic results and the other I finally managed to track down after months of excited hype, well I wasn't disappointed by that one either..
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara
Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara
// Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara // £6.29 // Link
I have quite high standards when it comes to mascaras, it takes a lot to impress me so I didn't have very high expectations when I decided to use this mascara, but I was completely taken aback. Credit where credit is due this mascara blew me away, it makes my lashes look so long and separated, really defined and most importantly of all it doesn't flake or smudge, so I can apply it on my lower lashes which I never normally do with other mascaras, very high praise indeed! I've also been informed that one of their other mascaras is even better than this one, so I'm definitely going to look into that and report back.

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend SnobRimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
// Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob // £3.99 // Link
If you're after Kylie Jenner esk lips look no further because this inexpensive lip liner seriously delivers. It's incredibly pigmented and gives the illusion of a full, juicy pout without any effort. The formulation is super creamy and surprisingly long lasting, it has a satin feel that isn't drying. You can wear it underneath a nude lipstick / gloss to add longevity or on it's own like I love to do.

I couldn't be happier with the product, the only issue I have is the packaging. I would prefer it to be in pencil form, but for £3.99 you can't really complain too much can you? If my beauty maths is correct you can pick up 4 of these lip liners for the price of one of it's Charlotte Tilbury counterparts, hello bargain!

The drugstore is seriously on fire, if you fancy seeing a whole fotd featuring drugstore products here's the link to one of my latest posts.

Have you recently discovered any drugstore gems, do tell?

XOXO Claire
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11 April 2015

"Where Is The Love"?

Sometimes it's easy in the blogging world to get caught up in your own hype, increasing your numbers and getting your posts out there, that's all well and good. Good for you, be proactive! But isn't it also nice to give a little recognition to others, come on girls "Where is the love" (Black Eyed Peas Style!)

 So today I thought I would spread the beauty love to some lovely girls, who in my opinion have amazing blogs, really know their stuff and just generally deserve a little more L.O.V.E.

Favourite Beauty Blogs
// Fifi & The Diamonds // Link
// Love & Marmalade // Link
// A Little Soapbox // Link
// Tea Party With Alice // Link

Favourite Beauty Blogs
// Fashion Mumblr // Link
// Caked To The Nines // Link
// GlamO'Clock // Link
// Mollie Manning // Link

Everyone has different criteria for what makes a good blog, for me it's a clean layout, large bright pictures (I have the eyesight of an eighty year old) and most importantly, interesting content with personality. The gorgeous girls mentioned above have all three, not to mention their own little quirks and writing style that make them unique. So do go over and say hello! Lets bring back leaving comments and interacting.

I'm definitely going to start doing these kind of posts more often because I love sharing the love, and as the whole blogging community grows it's nice to uncover some hidden beauty gems.

Are there any beauty blogs that you've been loving recently that I really need to take a look at?

XOXO Claire
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7 April 2015

Shopping My Stash | Spring Edition

A new season means it's time to switch things up a bit in the beauty department, dust off a few of the old "Spring" favourites, make some rediscoveries and maybe find some new loves.
During the winter I tend to prefer a more heavy duty base but as the sun begins to (slowly) reappear I like to switch out my full coverage foundations for something a little more sheer. Though if my skin is going through a particularly rough patch (like now arrrgggg!) I do a bit of mixing to achieve my desired look. The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream makes a gorgeously dewy, fresh looking base.

Cleansing oils are definitely the way to go for completely removing every inch of warpaint, I bought the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil ages ago and haven't really given it a fair trial, so thanks to shopping my stash it's been brought back to my attention.

Coral lip products are a given in spring, I also tend to gravitate towards more of a gloss. The Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Rieuse is a lipstick and gloss hybrid, with the pigmentation of a lipstick and texture of a creamy gloss/balm. This is another product that really hasn't been given enough love, just look at that packaging. Bad Claire!

Tints are always fun in the warmer months, cream on cream definitely gives a flush, natural finish. This Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit is sheer but great for low-key no makeup, makeup days.

I've been surgically attached to my cream eyeshadow sticks recently and I thankfully just rediscovered these Mini Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks. I do have to use a primer beforehand, but they give a lovely wash of colour and lets face it anything in miniature is an added bonus! Am I right?

What products have you rediscovered, just in time for spring?

xoxo Claire
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