Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Spectrum x Mean Girls Burn Book Collection Launch Party

So last Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch party of the insaaaane new Mean Girls make-up brush collection by Spectrum Collections. You will have seen the brushes from their previous collections all over Instagram- it's impossible NOT to take photos of the beautiful marble, unicorn, multicolour, mermaid-inspired brushes and bomb shell bags. But this collection is something else!

Inspired by Mean Girls, they have a freaking Burn Book! It's a case for the 10-piece brush set, but also doubles as a bag. Each brush has a quote from Mean Girls, and as it's one of my favourite films and I probably quote it at least once a day, it made me feel so nostalgic! 

Anyway- back to the launch party! Beth and I are obsessed with London, so we made a list of Instagrammable cafes, bars and restaurants we wanted to visit beforehand, and I packed my trusty Olympus PEN in my bag so we could get some fancy shots for Instagram and make a full day of it! Obviously that failed because we didn't realise how far apart they were (schoolboy error) but we DID manage to get to a bar called 'Tonight Josephine' in Waterloo. Everything about it was so beautiful - the cocktails, the neon signs, the Kate Moss quote outside the door- why are there NO places like this in the North?!?! (Reason number 32939482039 I need to move to London.)

Also, I'm gonna apologise for the photo quality of the photos below now, I ended up having so much fun, the PEN stayed firmly in my bag, so these are all iPhone specials- sorry!

After a couple of Love Potion's and Pornstar Martini's, we headed to the Ice Tank, where the event was being held. When we arrived there was ACTUAL PAPARAZZI outside. It was crazy  getting out of the taxi to about 10 men all snapping away. (Even if they probably deleted them all after like who the F are they.) We carried on posing by the Mean Girls wall, and were greeted by Regina George's mom with cocktails- which had tiny burn books made of fondant icing on them! Seriously, the attention to detail was CRAZY. (And of course the dress code was pink- it was a Wednesday after all!)

As well as the COOL MOM, also milling around the room were Janice (..Ian- DYKE.) Kevin Gnapoor, Damien and Coach Carter. There was a treat table with chocolate unicorn bark (which I ate about 82 tonnes of- oops), doughnuts with 'I'm a cool mom!' in icing, and loads of other sweet things which looked (almost) too good to eat! They were made by a company called Sugar Tits, which I've seen on Instagram have created some other incredible looking treats for other amazing events. Can you cater my next birthday party please?

There was a photo booth, A HUGE BURN BOOK which everyone could sign *dies*, lockers showcasing the incredible new Burn Book collection and brushes, Unicorn Tears Gin, Candy Kittens, a nail bar (gutted I had Shellac done a couple of days before so I couldn't take advantage) and blogger babe Zoe London on the decks.

'Put it in the book!'
Oh, and Jess and Dom from Love Island were there! Now I am not one for fan-girling, but everyone knows how obsessed I was with Love Island so of course I got a photo! (Not even sorry.) They are 100% my type on paper. Also in attendance were Lucy Meck, Lucy Watson, Nicola Hughes, Kady McDermott and a couple of beauts from Britain's Next Top Model.

As well as obsessed over every tiny details the Spectrum Sisters had put into making it the event of the year, it was amazing to meet some blogger babes IRL. I met the lovely Leah, Fran, Jordan and CASSIE! It sounds to lame to be like 'I've been talking to this girl online for about a year' (and slightly weird) but I bonded with Cassie over the most un-bloggy thing on Twitter- Taz's Angels! (If you don't know- Google it in your own time cos it's a bit NSFW!) I can't wait to see you again girl! *Girl crush & #FF every day for the rest of eternity*

*Get someone who looks at you the way Claudia looks at Cassie*
Thank you so much Hannah and Sophie (aka the Spectrum Sisters!) for such an incredible night, and congratulations on such a huge collaboration. If I was Prom Queen I would definitely snap my crown up and give you both a piece.

The Mean Girls collaboration will be available on August 30th from the Spectrum website here. The 10 piece brush set with the Burn Book is £79.99, or you can purchase both separately. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Rihanna x FENTYxPUMA Fur Sliders: NEW COLOURS!

Ever since I got my FentyxPuma pink fur sliders about a year ago, I have been absolutely obsessed with them. No joke, I wear them everywhere- much to eeeeeeeeveryones dismay. Every time I put them on I hear at least one 'Oh my God what the hell is on your feet' (or words to that effect) but haterz gonna hate. They probably couldn't pull them off anyway (*insert smug face emoji here*)

Anyway. I wanted to get both the black and the pink, but they sold out so quickly, and it was only by fluke that I saw them on the 'New In' section of trusty ASOS so I snapped up a pair. I bought a size 6- my normal shoe size- but they are SO BIG :( Of course I still wear them because there's absolutely no chance of my snagging another pair unless I want to pay £150 for them on eBay and risk them being fake. Which I am not prepared to do. So word of advice for anyone purchasing the new colour release- go a size down!

The new pastel colour way includes Orchid Bloom (purple), Bay (green) and Cool Blue (I'll give you one guess..!) I'm not wild about the colour purple so I got the other two colours. They arrived this morning and OH MY GOD I am in love. It's times like these that I wish I had six feet so I could wear them all at once. Ok maybe I don't want six feet, but you can see how much I love them!

The new colours dropped on Saturday 15th July on the official Puma website, but you can still get them on ASOS here!

I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive that annoying blob on the bottom left of this otherwise lush photo

Did you get anything from the FENTYxPUMA footwear range? What is your favourite colour from the newbies?

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

My Nose Job Story (Including Before and After Pics!)

This post is one that I have been meaning to write for a while, but similar to the one I wrote a few months ago about 'how to get over your ex' (read it here), I have been slightly hesitant to post it. The first reason is because I KNOW how nasty internet trolls can be. And the second is because it genuinely makes me feel sick to look at old pictures of myself pre-nose job. Not only because I hate how it looks- obviously or I would have had surgery on it, but because it brings back ALL OF DA FEELS.

The new and improved Claudia Wright
I have wanted a nose job ever since I can remember. In fact, my mum found one of my old diaries from like 2005 and on one part of it I just wrote I WANT A JOB NOSE over and over on about 20 pages. I was 13. Which is so sad to think about, even now, because although I've always been a positive, happy person, I'e always been good at hiding my emotions. I remember the little things I would do, like never let people take photos of me without me knowing, and even when I posed for a photo (which was rare) I would delete it anyway. I would always pose looking dead on straight at the camera so my side profile was well hidden, and I did a weird little smirk-smile because I never wanted to draw attention to my mouth (because it was near my nose). If I was out with my friends I would always position myself so nobody was directly looking at my side profile, and I would beg teachers to let me sit at the back of the table on every seating plan, so again, my side profile wasn't on show. Thank GOD we weren't the social media, selfie, vlogging, photo taking generation that we are now or I probably wouldn't have left the house!

Nobody really cares about the opposite sex when you're in primary school, let's be honest we're all more bothered about playing bulldogs or scarecrow tig, so it didn't really affect me back then. My nose got a lot more attention when I moved up into high school, because let's face it, kids can be horrible. I remember hearing that certain boys 'would fancy me if my nose was smaller' and things to that affect. I didn't actually have a boyfriend until I was 21, so I wasn't really arsed if boys fancied me back then to be fair, but it still really hurt. One particular time that stood out was when I was shopping in town with a friend on a Saturday, and a complete stranger (I was about 14 and so was he) shouted about how big my nose was. I just burst into tears on the street, it was AWFUL. It was shortly after that that I had a serious talk with my mum about getting surgery. She was so understanding, but I was 16 so she said I would have to 'do some research and wait till I was older'. Obviously that was a polite way of saying absolutely not until your older, so I asked my eldest brother if he would lend me the money and fly to Poland with me, because I read that it was loads cheaper over there. Thank GOD I didn't!!!!! 

The Dreaded 'Before' Photos

I'm not ashamed to admit I have destroyed the disk I got with all my official 'before' nose photos on, because I felt sick. I was having surgery to change my nose, so what the hell would I would a disk full of photos of the thing on it?! What was I going to do, scroll through them when I was bored? No. I would rather volunteer for the Hunger Games. So finding 'before' photos to post on here was kind of difficult because I have deleted/de-tagged all the worst ones, but I managed to dig up some purely for the sake of this post. I can't actually believe I'm posting these online for everyone to see, but it would be ridiculous to post a surgery experience without before and after photos. So here goes.. 

My actual worst nightmare. THE MONEY SHOT
Hoping the mahogany shade of my body would distract from my face... 
From the front
The Consultation 

After seeing how unhappy I was, my Mum found me a surgeon who specialised in nose jobs, who was relatively local, and we went for a consultation when I was 17 (back in 2010!). The consultation alone was £250, and he told me he would absolutely not operate on me until I was 18. Crushing to hear, but what did I expect? Him to crack out his scalpel out and start chiselling away at my face there and then? Fortunately, my 18th birthday on the horizon, so he booked me in my surgery for the coming August. I remember taking photos of Katie Price in with me like 'I want this nose!!!' but during the consultation we agreed that he would remove the bump and make sure it still 'fit my face', if you get what I mean? Because I still wanted to look like me! (But better. Obv.)

The Procedure

Because I had a large bump in my nose that I wanted removing, I was told I would be getting an open rhinoplasty- where he would slice across my septum, flip my nose up and chisel away at the bridge, to remove the bump and make it straight. *shudders* It would take around 2 hours, and I would be staying overnight in the private hospital. To be honest, the whole experience from arriving at the hospital, to leaving the following morning, is a blur. I remember arriving, getting changed into that rancid gown and some huge baggy hospital granny knickers, Dr Srinivasan greeting me and taking my 'before photos', saying bye to my Mum, the nurse wheeling me into a room, asking some questions about uni while she injected me with local anaesthetic and the next minute I woke up in a dark room in the middle of the night with an oxygen mask on. I couldn't feel my face at all, but I remember my lips felt really chapped so I pressed the panic button and a nurse appeared. For some reason I brought my make-up bag with me (LOL) so this nurse was applying bright pink glittery Dior lipgloss on me at like 4am, because it was the only moisturising lip product I had with me! *DIVA*. I could barely even walk to my bathroom to have a wee, because my head felt about 20 stone- weeeeeeeird feeling!

The Morning After

I had a huge cast over my nose, with two huge pieces of tape across my cheeks to hold it on, so when my Dad came to take me home in the morning, it looked like he was chauffeuring me straight of the set of Saw 6. Not pretty. I was quarantined in my house for the next 7 days, because a) I would terrify the neighbours, b) I couldn't risk getting a cough or a cold or my nose would have probably dropped off, and c) my face was so swollen and bruised it was GREEN, so I had to eat my meals through a straw. Therefore I needed my mum, aka my personal carer, with me 24/7.

The Big Reveal!

You have to keep the cast on for a week, and I am not joking, you think a treadmill or a microwave minute is slow, I swear that week lasted ten years!!!!!! I kept having nightmares about the doctor taking it off and looking like Michael Jackson, or it just not looking anything like what I wanted. Because let's be serious, a nose job is a preeeeetty big deal, it's slap bang in the middle of your face. Once the cast came off, Dr Srinivasan had to pull the gauze out of my nostrils. The thought of this now makes me feel physically sick, but at the time I wasn't phased because I just wanted to see my reflection! Google it if you don't have a weak stomach- perhaps not when you're about to/have just eaten though. Basically, after the surgery, while you're still asleep, he packs each nostril tight with between 1 and 3 feet of gauze to hold the position of the new nose, and obviously this needs to be removed along with the cast. VOM. It felt like he was pulling metres and metres of string from inside my stomach out through my nose- uncomfortable was an understatement!

The first photo I posted online of my new nose. September 10th 2010
My Dad took me to get the cast off, and I think we both cried when it came off! I LOVED what I saw.  I couldn't believe it was me. When we got home, I put some foundation on and drove straight over to my best friend Jess' house to show her, and I think her and her Dad cried too! I was like another person. I felt like I was GLOWING.

Such a difference!
The Cost

The question everyone wants to know!!!! Obviously the price of nose jobs vary with every surgery, taking into consideration whether it's an open or closed rhinoplasty etc, but mine was around £4,500. And yes, my parents paid. Not really anyones business but everyone always wants to know! I'm always so open about things like this so I don't mind disclosing things like that. Yes, it's expensive, and yes it sounds extremely cheesy but it genuinely changed my life.


Was it worth it? Yes. Absolutely. I am a full supporter of changing anything that you are not happy with. I hated my nose, so why would I spend MORE years of my life being unhappy about it when I can change it? My family and friends will probably say that I'm probably a bit too confident now (understatement!) but I wake up every day and I'm happy. So I'm eternally grateful!

Was the pain unbearable? Like I said above, the whole experience is a blur. But I've had someone physically slice my skin, break my nose and chisel the bone. So yes. It was painful. But the aftercare I got through the medical practice, the fact I had my whole family catering to my every need post-surgery, and the sheer excitement of getting the nose I dreamed of blocked out any pain.

Would I get any more surgery?
Well, I wrote about the surgery/beauty treatments I have had so far here, but yes, I want another nose job. I am far too critical about my own appearance, and there is just a few tweaks I want. Obviously my mum and dad won't be funding this one, so scraping £4k together is going to be a bit tricky as I can't even save a tenner.

Which surgeon did you use? My nose job was done at Fulwood Hall Hospital by Dr Jeyaram Srinivasan.

Monday, 10 July 2017

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Clay Mask Review

la roche-posay effaclar clay mask review

When it comes to skin, I'm pretty lucky. I rarely get spots, never get dry skin, no eczema. In fact, two of my best friends confessed this morning that they were Whatsapping each other the other day about how nice my skin was! *blushes* (I didn't make that up, I promise.)

However, I do suffer from oily skin. Well actually, 'suffer' seems a bit strong, because I'm sure there are worse things in life than having to re-apply pressed powder a couple of times during my night out, even if it is a bit annoying!

la roche-posay effaclar clay mask review
I feel like the entire La Roche-Posay range was MADE for me. First I fell in love with the Anti-Blemish System (blog here) then the Effaclar Duo[+] Unifiant (blog here) and now their lovely PR team kindly sent me the new clay mask* to review. Directions suggest applying a thin layer to your skin once or twice a week, and promises to absorb sebum (our glands that secrete oil), reduce pore size and cleanse the skin.

I am making more of a conscious effort to get early nights throughout the week (and save my bad behaviour strictly for the weekends) so I got straight to work. I don't have the patience to wait for clay masks to spend hours drying, and luckily this one dries in rapid time! In fact, you only have to leave it on for 5 minutes for it to work it's magic.

la roche-posay effaclar clay mask review

I noticed my skin felt instantly 'cleaner', which sounds a bit grim but it's hard to get that super clean feeling when you wear eyelash extensions because you never feel like you can scrub your face properly. (I do wash my face properly by the way guys, but you know what I mean when you just scrub your face under the shower head- yeah it's not that easy for me.) And now I've used it a couple of times I have noticed the pores on my nose (/blackheads?!) are basically non-existent. It's so easy to apply, and so easy to remove (non of that painful charcoal skin-pulling business here!)

I'm definitely going to incorporate it into my weekly evening skincare routine when I feel like my face needs a little TLC. Plus, for £13 it's super purse-friendly! Get yours here.

Have you tried any of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range? Which is your favourite? 

*I was kindly sent this product, however I am 100% honest in my reviews and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 3 July 2017

My Dermatude Non-Surgical Facelift Treatment and Review

So you could say 25 is a bit young to be getting a facelift, non-surgical or not, but let me tell you a bit more about Dermatude before you start the whole 'too much too young' spiel! (Schpeal? Schpiel? Whatever.)

Described as 'the facelift alternative' or a non-surgical facelift, Dermatude Meta Therapy is a process which creates microperforations in the skin using a machine with 18 teeeeeny tiny needles in it (not as painful as it sounds- I promise!) The micro-needles puncture the skin just below the epidermis to send it into 'trauma' mode, stimulating your skin to produce new collagen and elastin, regenerating the skin tissue and giving you that youthful glow! Whilst this is happening, the specialist Dermatude serums are allowed to soak into your skin. Each serum is tailored to you and your skin type to ensure the best results every time.

Dermatude improves the look of wrinkles, fine lines, improves structure, reduces the appearance of pores, increases firmness, boosts elasticity and gives an overall more youthful appearance. Who doesn't want that?! (Head over to the website here to see the full list of benefits!)

Looks painless right? Well, for those who watch my Instagram story every time I go and get my lip filler know how well I can disguise the pain.. BUT this treatment was mostly pain-free, considering all the perforating and penetrating and needles I have just been discussing. The only part that made me curl my toes a tiny bit was my nose, which just felt weird more than anything, and my forehead. Probably because I'm an idiot and got third degree burns on it a couple of weeks prior to my treatment (again, if you follow me on other social media platforms you would have seen the mess I was in!) But because of this, Kelly made sure she used a lower speed on my forehead and was extra careful.

As you can see, my skin has gone slightly red due to the Dermatude needles penetrating my skin. However, the penetration is extremely controlled, and the maximum depth the needles go is 0.5mm, so you don't need to worry about bleeding/anaesthetic. (Also how lush do my lashes look?!)

I couldn't not get a selfie in my 'Halloween' mask could I?! As terrifying as it looks, it felt absolutely amaaaazing on my skin, and if I didn't have a two hour drive home ahead of me and ran the risk of causing a multi-car pile-up on the M6, I would have definitely left the salon wearing it! Absolute BLISS.

This was a couple of days post-treatment! My skin felt glowing and my make-up glided on perfectly! To get the best results from your Dermatude treatment it is advised to book in for regular appointments.

Hopefully I have opened your eyes to new skin therapy treatments, and beat the stigma that 'facelifts' and facelift alternatives are only for the over 50's! You only get one body, so look after it, give it some extra TLC and prevent wrinkles before you actually start getting them!

Have you ever tried Dermatude or something similar?