Thursday, 29 December 2016

THE HANDBAG EDIT

Ok, so I knowww the majority of bags in this handbag edit are Gucci- but everything in the new season collection is SO amazing I just couldn't pick my favourite! As usual, all links are shoppable if you're feeling spendy! 😜


THE HANDBAG EDIT

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

2017 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

It's almost impossible to hear the phrase 'new year' without thinking of this meme:


So instead of harping on about how I'm gonna be a better person, stop drinking, binge eating and getting up to mischief every weekend, cos we all know that ain't happening, I thought I would set some realistic targets.

1. Get into more of a routine with my blog. So instead of posting randomly throughout the month, I wanna post more regularly and stick to a schedule.

2. Get better at blog photography. Looking back at my photography from just last year makes me cringe cos it is SOOOOoOOO bad. It was only recently that I learned how to take a decent flay lay and I invested in some photo props and a marble background. I was actually going to buy a new camera with my Christmas money but it's going on a deposit for a trip to Vegas next year now instead. So blog.

3. LEARN HOW TO USE IMOVIE. Yep. My vlogs are terrible quality. It is literally just me sat on my bed chatting shit. But I LOVE recording them, and you seem to love watching them as I always get requests to do more! But the fact I can not use iMovie to save my life pains me because I wanna be able to add cute music and text and effects to make them look pretty so this is definitely high priority for next year.

4. SAVE MONEY. Again, one that really should be high priority but anybody that knows me, knows I am SHOCKING with a capital 'S' at saving money. But now I'm at the ripe old age of 24, I wanna start looking at the bigger picture i.e buying a house, plus I wanna see more of the world.... which means going a bit further than Marbella!! Vegas, Dubai, Miami, Oz, Bali and Thailand are all on my 'to-visit' list so I'm gonna have to stop buying £26 lipsticks and start doing some serious saving.

5. Keep on top of my fitness game! When I got back from Thailand in January I was probably the fattest I had ever been, and looking back at the photos genuinely makes me cringe. Since then I got a PT for 6 months who really helped me focus on getting my body, and confidence back! I'm not saying I wanna lose 10 stone, get a six pack and develop quads the size of a small country, I just wanna carry on being at the point I am now- where I enjoy eating healthily and working out.

6. Make more effort to see my friends. I'm lucky to have an amaaaaazing group of best friends in my home town, who I see whenever I'm home, but for the ones who have flown the nest, and the onesI  met at uni etc I really want to make the effort to see more. My mum bought me the cutest Ban.Do diary for Christmas, so I have no excuse not to get some weekends pencilled in!

7. Travel more in general! I've already got London, Belfast and Amsterdam booked so far this year, but I wanna make more plans! European city breaks, UK breaks, anywhere and EVERYWHERE.

8. Do the splits. Bit random, but I am soooo close it's really frustrating! Plus I need a party trick for next time I'm thrust into the spotlight at a talent show on a reality TV show.

Friday, 23 December 2016

BIGGEST FAILS OF 2016

At the end of every year, it's always nice to reminisce on all the memorable, special, unforgettable times had over the last 12 months. But in true Claudia style, and the fact I am the unluckiest person in the world ever, I thought I would share this years fails. So if anyone has had a shit year, hopefully having a little lol at my misfortune will cheer you up! To be fair though, NOTHING will top 2011, which involved dropping out of uni, getting a boys name tattooed on my bottom lip and getting thrown off a reality TV show for having 'explicit' photos on Facebook, but these come pretty close! 

And for the record- NO, those photos didn't exist. (5 years later people are still searching for them looool)

Anyway, let's get started!


That time I was newly single on Valentines Day so Co-op sent me a Valentines hamper. (get the violin out)


That time I uploaded a photo on Instagram with #nomakeupselfie and got absolutely roasted by some random bird on her Facebook page (IT WAS A JOKE, LOVE) And for the record, I don't know this girl, it was someone who was in my brothers army training who has her as a friend and recognised my face!

That time I thought I was Mary Berry and tried to ice 'Happy Birthday Sarah' on her birthday cake and it resembled bird poo. 


That time I was catfished on Plenty of Fish as 'AmyLou1974' and the gal listed my age as FUCKING 42.


Here's to 2017! (nervous laughter)

Thursday, 15 December 2016

CHRISTMAS BEAUTY WISHLIST

CHRISTMAS BEAUTY WISHLIST



I've been ill this week with tonsillitis....AGAIN *eye roll*. Which means I have had absolutey no shortage of time to spend stalking alllllll my favourite MUA and beauty bloggers on Instagram, and discovering loads of new wonder products to my ever-growing beauty wishlist. Fortunately for me, my brothers haven't bought my Christmas presents yet so I will be lucky enough to be unwrapping some of these babies on the 25th!

At the moment I've been using a cheap foundation from NYX Cosmetics. I bought it for my holiday in August when I was absolutely caning the sunbeds and with moving out and getting my new job and just generally being a busy gal, I haven't got round to getting a new one. I'm bored of MAC studio fix and was feeling adventurous in Debenhams beauty hall the other day so I picked up a couple of samples from Clarins. I have an oily T-Zone and have heard great things about Ever Matte and so far so good! I've been using 'Amber' for daytime and 'Chestnut' for weekends.

I usually use the Urban Decay Surreal Skin powder foundation over the top of my normal foundation on nights out because it makes my skin look F-L-A-W-L-E-S-S. No joke. It's incredible. So incredible that I actually bought about 3 tubs, which in hindsight was a great move because the whole Surreal Skin range got discontinued and replaced with Naked Skin. It looks the same so I'm guessing it's just the same thing with a difference name! I hope so anyway cos I've asked my brother to get it me!

If you haven't heard how amazing this stuff is then there is no other explanation than that you have been living under a rock for the last five years.

The world went craaaaaazy for this lipstick after seeing these photos, and it flew off the shelves. But now it's BACK. The pics have me baffled though cos it looks like a shiny barbie pink, however the website describes it as warm metallic peach? Don't really wanna pay £18 (incl. delivery) for metallic peach thanks. Do I take the risk? ALL WILL BE REVEALED.

Who doesn't love CT? Absolutely everything from the celebrity inspired lipstick ranges (big up KKW!), to the luxe gold packaging, to the lady herself, I am obsessed with! But I am still yet to own any of her products. Purely for the fact there is no CT counter near me, otherwise I would be stocked up with every item ever...and also bankrupt and living in a shed behind my parents house. But whatever. I follow a gorgeous girl called Polly on Instagram and she wears this duo and it looks amazing on every photo, so I NEED IT. So mum if you're reading this get to the Trafford Centre NOW. Thanks.

These keep selling out and it's no wonder why! At £21 for 35 eyeshadows, they are unbelievable value for money and the range of colours is so good. Non of the random greens or bright blues that you get in an eyeshadow set that you are never gonna even swatch. I can't decide Koffee and Nature Glow!

Again, part of the Naked Skin collection. I watched this in store last week and HOLY HELL I thought God himself was beaming a strobe of light down on me, it is SO pigmented and beautiful! I'm slightly worried in case I do get this for Christmas...I'll get overexcited and wear it all over my face and body instead of limiting it to my cheekbones. 

Friday, 9 December 2016

ROUGH RUNNER 2016: MANCHESTER

After completing Born Survivor, a couple of months ago, I officially caught the running bug. Yes to the 10km, but a big fat NO to the military style obstacles and being up to my neck in thick mud. So when I saw an advert for the Rough Runner on my Facebook timeline, it caught my eye straight away. Another 10km, however there is an option for 5km and 15km, all with 'Total Wipeout/Takeshi's Castle/Ninja Warrior style obstacles. I have actually applied to go on Total Wipeout (got pied...cheers guys) so this was right up my street! Plus, after completing B.S, it seemed like it would be a walk in the park. Since I wrote up my Born Survivor experience, (HERE) I contacted the marketing guys to see if I could review the course and fortunately they were more than happy to offer myself and a friend a pair of tickets for me and a friend for the Manchester event.

We opted for the 10km course, nice steady middle ground. Stupidly, I went out the night before so I was HAAAAANGING. But I still had an absolute blast! ESPECIALLY because my friend Hayley fell in on the very first obstacle 😄

Revved up and raring to go! (kinda)

Don't ask :|

A modern day Jack and Rose

FINISHED! (Excuse the poor quality & the love handle)

We both had an absolutely brilliant day- the sun was shining, the course ran through some lush countryside and the obstacles were absolutely hilarious- especially 'swept off your feet' and the 'travelator' at the end- which I face palmed the floor about 4 times trying to get up. See the rest of the obstacles here.

If you fancy taking on the Rough Runner next year, the list of locations and ticket information can be found here: http://roughrunner.com/


I would recommend it to anybody looking to plan a fun day out! It's not a competitive race so you don't need to be incredibly athletic, you can go at your own pace and just have a laugh!


Huge thank you to the team at RR for putting on such a brilliant day and for the tickets. We can't wait to come back next year!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

How to MAKE Money When You're Online Shopping (Yes, Really!)

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FOR REAAAAL GUYS! I read about Quidco when I was researching money saving tips for a client in my old job. It's a cash back site, where all you have to do is sign up, then whenever you want to make an online purchase, you go to the Quidco website, type in the name of the shop you want to purchase from (some aren't available yet, but the majority are on there!) then click the 'Shop now' button to be taken to your website of choice THROUGH the link on Quidco. This point is crucial because if you don't purchase the item/tickets/holiday/car insurance/whatever THROUGH the link on Quidco then your cashback wont be tracked.



I bet some people are reading this like hmm....sounds like a scam, but seriously it's legit. I just really  wanted to share it with the world, especially when I'm guessing the majority of my readers are making loads of online purchases around this time of year. I recently checked my account and I had over £115 of available funds just from going about my normal online shopping! (which is basically every week, but whatever)




Simply click this link to sign up, and shop away! (Think about how much you can earn buying Christmas presents for your friends and family!)





Happy shopping!




P.s This is NOT a sponsored post- I'm just trying to help a sista (or sista's) out!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Life Update: Some BIIIIIIG Changes...


So yeah. It's December. Almost time for the cliche 'new year new me' bullshit that you see clogging up your newsfeed on every possible social network. Then fast forward 12 months and they're still fat, still single, still not organised and still haven't saved a penny. It's hilarious because I am usually the first person who is like OH MY GOD SHUT UPPPPP *eye roll into the next century* but next year is gonna be prettttttty different for me.

I've got a new job in an industry I LOOOOVE and I've moved back out of my parents house! *insert face screaming in fear emoji here* So some pretty huge changes have been going down. I'm now living in a city which, before I came about a month ago to flat hunt with my parents, I had never been to in my life, and I've started a new job so that's completely new territory too. Fortunately for me, I haven't had do do a Lindsay Lohan and eat my lunch in a toilet cubicle by myself because my new colleagues are lovely, and my new housemates seem nice too. 


I'm learning to cook, do my own washing, still haven't a fucking clue how to iron mind you, and pay my own bills. To most 24 year old this is standard daily routine and you're probably reading this in absolute disbelief but anybody who knows me will know I lived a verrrrryy sheltered life (lolz) and my mum literally does (or did...wah) EVERYTHING for me. Like everything. She still cuts my sandwich into triangles and makes me sugar-free jelly and greek yoghurt to take to work. Yeah- really. Like, I'm 24 and I don't know how to iron. Or use a washing machine without shrinking/dying my clothes. In fact I've only just mastered how to put my duvet cover back onto my duvet ffs. ANYWAY. Back to the point, I might actually grow up a bit this year!

I've been here a week now, and I STILL haven't unpacked- due to the fact I have been so busy!!! I've been to two blogger events (HOORAYYYY for there being so many Leeds/Sheffield bloggers!) I've been for dinner with a friend who I haven't seen for a year, I've been taken on a night out by a friend from work (which was eye opening to say the least) and next week is filling up nicely too. So, call me over optimistic but it's turning out to be a really positive change in my life. And it's actually pretty frustrating actually to know how many opportunities I have been missing out on purely because I was too scared to just step outside of my comfort zone! 


So anyway, that's why I have been a bit quieter than usual on my social networks recently, but I'm back and planning some exciting things for the new year!


Here's to new beginnings!