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Who else loves watching other people apply their make up? (No not in a stalker way) I just find it interesting to see the different combinations of products and in what order other ladies apply their warpaint. On the train, public restrooms, make up counters, girl friends, seriously I find it fascinating. (I know, I don't get out much haha)
Real Techniques Brushes
So here is the order of how I apply my face:
Primer ( If I can be bothered).
Under-eye concealer.
Conceal those pimples.
Powder the t-zone.
Contour the heck out of my non-extant cheekbones.
Eye primer.
Blend, blend, blend, my eyeshadow.
Highlight (Again, if I can be bothered).
That days lip product of choice.

My favourite step is definitely foundation (especially on a bad skin day, which unfortunately seems to be more often than not lately, but that's another story). Evening out my skintone is a must for me, as I suffer from quite a bit of redness around my cheeks. For me having a good, even canvas, makes applying everything else so much easier. That's where the majority of my time is spent, though I probably spend more time than the average beauty blogger fussing with my mascara, I'm so thankful for spooleys, gone are the days of using tweezers to separate my lashes. (Yes, I did that!)

Now it's your turn, do you apply your make in a different way to me? Are you a beauty stalker too? What is your favourite beauty step?

XOXO Claire

Trying My Hand At Strobing (Using Mac Whisper Of Gilt)

I may be a little late to the "Strobing" #Highlightonfleek party, but I got here eventually and I've been binge watching Jaclyn Hills videos for the last few weeks trying to get up to speed. Damn, that girl can apply make up, she's really made me up my highlighter game! I scoured my make up collection looking for the perfect "lit from within" candidate and came across Mac Whisper Of Gilt.

I have no idea when I bought it, apparently it's a pretty sort after limited edition product. (But there are a few rumblings that it could be coming back in a new collection soon) so that's why I decided to use it and oh baby is it a beaute!
Mac Whisper Of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
Mac Whisper Of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
Mac Whisper Of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
I'm sure you've all heard of the phrase "Strobing" by now but if you're still a little confused let me fill you in. Strobing is where you emphasise the parts of your face (or body) that would naturally be hit by the light, so the tops of your cheekbones, cupids bow, bridge of the nose and collarbone.

I'm definitely no contouring expert, but a couple of sweeps of goddess inducing, highlighting powder is easy peasy. Now I know this highlighter is (currently) limited edition and is pretty much impossible to get your hands on, so I've popped a few other alternatives below, to make sure your "highlight is always on fleek"

Seventeen Skin Wow Primer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
Bare Minerals All Over Face Colour in Pure Radiance

Have you tried "Strobing" Or are you strictly a contour girl? Let me know what your go-to highlighter is.

XOXO Claire

Get To Know Me (With 20 Random Facts)

Mac Sweet & Sour Lipstick
Since my blog name change, where I revealed my actual name haha -  no my name's not Clairabelle nice try though. I thought I would put together 20 random facts, so that you could get to know me and a few of my quirks a little better, especially if you're new to my blog (hello and welcome). So lets get started:

1. Despite my young appearance I'm actually 27 years old. Though people still give me the "is your mum with you" look.

2. I would much rather have a cup of tea than anything alcoholic. My Grandma taught me well.

3. I hate Nandos, yes you heard me right, I'm not a spicy girl!

4. My all time favourite perfume is Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.

5. I've never seen Dirty Dancing.

6.  If you could mold Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum into one person, that would be my perfect man!

 7. I used to buy around 30 magazines a month, needless to say I don't anymore. Now my reading material is beauty blogs, which is considerably cheaper.

 8. (This one a bit personal, but I thought I should include it) I've suffered from anxiety and depression for over 15 years and sometimes getting out of bed is very tough for me. That's why my blog may go quiet at times, but I do and will always come back to it!

 9. Cake wins over crisps, every time.

10. I love tidying my room and reorganizing it.

11. You won't find me in "Da Club" but you might find me at home in front of Game Of Thrones & The Real Housewives (The OC's my favourite)

 12. Sleeping Beauty is my all time favourite Disney film, I know all the words and am still looking for my Prince Philip.

13. Three of my most hated foods are: Pickles, Coleslaw & Rhubarb. Yuck.

 14. When I was younger I broke my toe running down the stairs right after watching Casualty, an omen or what.

 15. I can't stand One Direction or Justin Bieber, don't hate me.

 16. I don't know how to drive and don't particularly want to learn, I have a serious phobia.

17. I met my oldest friend on my first day of nursery and I still consider her one of my closest friends today.

18. If I could eat pizza everyday for the rest of my life, I totally would. (Bonus: My favourite topping is mushroom)

19. I could watch Bridget Jones everyday, it's my favourite film of all time.

20. To me cold water tastes delicious!

There we go, hopefully you've got to know me a little better, who knows, maybe we have something in common. Now it's your turn, tell me something about you?

XOXO Claire
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