Skincare | Nip+Fab Clean fix gel







Nip+Fab Clean fix gel is a light foaming cleanser that really gets the job done. No messing, no fuss just a  simple yet thorough cleanser. Not necessarily formulated to take off make up, but this baby goes a long way in removing dirt and impurities left on the skin after removing make up. A small pump of this lightly foaming gel cuts through oils and grease which can build up on the skin during the day. Using apple amino acids Nip + Fab Clean fix gel works deep in your pores to break down and eliminate build up of impurities and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.  I use this once a day in the evenings after removing my make up to really clean out my skin. I generally opt for a more soothing cleanser in the mornings, like the renew radiance cleanser from Natio,Review here.  Nothing makes my face feel as fresh and clear than the Nip+Fab clean fix gel.  Although it does smell of soap, it doesn't irritate or dry out my skin, it just gets the job done. Simple. Easy. What more do you want from a cleanser?






Lifestyle | May Catch up



This year is getting away with me! I cannot believe it's May already! This year has been super eventful so far, so I thought I'd do a little catch-up with you all. January I was still in Sydney, sitting on the beach and drinking far too many mojitos and far too much wine. February we returned to the UK to reapply for our Permanent residency visas, which unfortunately isn't exactly a quick process. So I've settled into life back in London and back in my old office! I was super lucky to be given a job literally as soon as I landed back in the UK and I started work only after a week back on UK soil. In March I became an auntie for the very first time of the most beautiful baby girl; Alexa Coco Rose. Whilst you were all enjoying the May day bank holiday sunshine, I was working on an event. Alpha Leadership conference 2014 was held over two days at the Royal Albert Hall, which is such an amazing venue to work at - I arranged flowers, greeted guests, ran around South Kensington with radio headsets buzzing in my bag, and I even got to sit in on a couple of sound checks! After 2 days of early mornings and long days working a week's hours in only two days - I was exhausted! A few days holiday was a in dire need, so I've hopped back to Cambridge to sit on my boyfriend's couch, drink tea and work on zee blog. Ahh bliss. Of course, I've been kept company by 4 gorgeous Chihuahuas and one particular puppy who might just be mine soon....  But the madness doesn't stop for too long as we're getting ready to head to Body Power Expo in Birmingham next weekend representing my boyfriend's new fitness magazine. I'm sure you'll hear a lot more about it in the following posts! So that's me, so far 2014 hasn't been bad - it's been crazy, and super busy but life would be boring without a little crazy - right?
Love Claire.x 



Beauty | Neutral eye favourites

Everyone loves a neutral eye, perfect for day and smoked up for night. So I thought I'd share my go-to neutral shadows with you all. First up, I use No.7 Stay Perfect eyeshadow in 70 Innocence as a base colour or highlight most days. It's a beautiful vanilla shade with just the perfect amount of shimmer, although it does need a touch of primer to keep it from creasing. Second up is such a faithful quad, whenever I'm unsure what to do with my eyes or what to pack from travelling, this baby always makes the cut. The L'Oreal colour riche in nude lingerie contains 4 gorgeously rich shadows in all the shades your need to make a perfect smokey eye; A champagne highlight, a muted pink lid shade, and mid brown for the crease and a dark brown for added drama. Next up are two MAC shadows, the first is Omega which is a lovely mousey matte brown, perfect for filling in sparse brows and Cut to fit a rusty frost shadow adding just a pop of interest for the everyday neutral eye.

What are your go to neutral shadows?

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Sunday Spa | Soap and Glory - No Clogs Allowed - Detox Mask






I've loved all the body products I've tried from Soap and Glory, but despite the great reviews, I was always skeptical of their skin care. Being very gimmick-ly branded, I just wasn't sure if it would actually do anything good for my skin. My skin was in dire need of some TLC, working long stressful days and not getting much sleep in the lead up to a big event, I took action. 
Soap And Glory No Clogs Allowed - Super Self Heating Deep Pore Detox Mask takes on a more sophisticated appearance than other S&G products, with clean white packaging and a handy squeezey tube. The formulation is a white gritty, clay-like paste which contains a self heating ingredient which really helps open those pores and clean out all that gunk. I use a grape sized amount of product to evenly cover my skin and I can instantly feel it heating up. It's a strange sensation of minty tingle and heat, which is actually quite pleasant and soothing at the same time. The product goes on white and is activated by massaging a small amount of water over the product, activating the ingredients and turning the product to a light blue. After 5 mins, the mask has done it's job without going horribly hard and tight- which I hate. Due to it's gritty texture, it also makes the perfect scrub, just wet your hands and work the product around your face to remove dead and dry skin. 
Once washed of my skin feels transformed. Honestly my skin felt like new, beautiful cleansed and polished. As well as that my skin felt de clogged without any drying. It really worked well to penetrate the pores sucking out all the oils and impurities, and within a day after use, my complexion was so much clearer too. 
 
white, before activation
 Blue, after activated with water

Used once a week, the Soap and Glory - no clogs allowed - deep pore detox mask is a staple in my skin care regime. 

Have you tired it?



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Book Haul | Spring reads

To ease the pain of my horribly long commute to work, I've really had time to get stuck into some good books. Having got fed up of my kindle, my love for real print and pages spurred on my recent book splurge. I'm so excited by new books, spending hours in bookshops browsing the shelves is one of my favourite past times, but lets face it, Amazon is just a lot more convenient.

Room by Emma Donoghue is a haunting tale of child abduction, abuse and a powerful instinct for survival. Room is beautifully written and explores some very chilling scenarios of captivity and the determination of a mother's love for her child. It was one of those books where I just couldn't stop, I was sucked into the plight and situation of mother and child. Definitely a key read for a mature reader.
The Thread is the second book I've read by Victoria Hislop. Having read and really enjoyed The Island as a teenager, I thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into The Thread. The Thread is a melodically paced love story of Thessaloniki, Greece, and the people who enriched it's history. Detailing events from exile, immigrants, world wars and political unrest, The Thread weaves you through the rich tapestry which moulded Greece into the country it is today. A lovely book, a perfect pick for lazy summer days.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is a new popular release this spring, I've yet to get stuck into the story line, but as the juicy story lines unfold, I'm already excited about this book.
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close is blurbed as a truly girly book, following the lives, losses and loves of 20something women. I can see that this will be the perfect beach read - if I ever get round to booking a summer holiday. 


What are you reading at the moment?
Can you recommend me anything?


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