2017 Instagram Best Nine

2017 Best Nine
I thought I would end my 2017 blog posts on a high, and share with you the 9 photo's that did the best over on my Instagram this year. Instagram and myself have had a love/hate relationship this year, but in 2018 it will definitely be the platform that I am aiming to improve on the most.

Essie Advent Calender - Days 17-24


The last part of my "Essie Advent Calender" series of blog posts, is showing you what was inside days 17-24, and I can't wait to try some of these colours out very soon! I have a feeling I am going to be changing my nail colour a little too often over the next couple of weeks/months haha.

Essie Days 17-20

Essie Advent Calender - Days 9-16


Today's blog post is a follow on from my last one that I published, except this is days 9-16 of the Essie advent calender. The last few blog posts of 2017 that I will be doing won't be long blog posts, as I am currently working on trying to finish my photography coursework so that I can get it submitted online so that I have more time to work on my blog in January.

Essie Days 9-12
Essie Days 9-12

Essie Advent Calender - Days 1-8

I love an advent calender as much as everybody else does and usually I just get myself a normal chocolate one, over the past few months though after seeing this Essie advent calender which was priced at £80, I knew I wanted it but just couldn't justify paying that much for it! Then I was browsing Facebook as you do and someone posted into a group that this had gone down to just £10, it was out of stock online so my mum managed to get it for me in a Superdrug store whilst she was out.

So I thought I would share with you what is inside the Essie Advent Calender:

Days 1-4
Essie Days 1-4

Shopping With ToSave*

ToSave

I was recently contacted and asked if I would like £20.00 worth of products sent to me from www.tosave.com to review, and I thought why not, as it would give me a chance to check out some of there products and see what the delivery time was like once the items were dispatched.

Every Fashionista's Guide Through December

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

It's that time of the year once again, and we need to brace ourselves, and hold tight to layers of toasty clothes - because, in the next several months, things will only get chillier by the minute! And I have to say, it's no easy task to stay at the very top of your fashion aspirations when the weather won't let you wear your favourite sandals for your own birthday.

But, there are many handy ways that can not only help you survive, but actually thrive through this gloomy season. So, let's take a look at a few tried and tested style hacks to help us all fashion through this cold December with flair!

Gift Guide: Homeware

Guft Guide: Homeware

This is one of my favourite type of gift guides to do at this time of year, I myself love buying little home accessories to add around the home and also the bedroom. It's all the little touches that really make a whole room come together to make it complete.

Christmas Baking List

Christmas Baking

I'm one of those people that just love to bake and try my hand at making things that I have never tried baking before. This can be anything from biscuits to cupcakes and also to full-on birthday cakes, last year I attempted to make my nephews 1st birthday cake which was in the shape of the number 1 and decorated in a Lion Guard theme, and I must say it turned out pretty damn good even if I do say so myself.

Monday Moments #6

Monday Moments #6

For a second month in a row I have managed to keep up with my "Monday Moments" blog series, it was due to go up on the 24th but then I realised the 24th wasn't a Monday so I had to do it a few days late this month instead.

3 Ways To Support Fellow Bloggers

blogger cup

There's something about supporting fellow bloggers that I think should be done by everyone, whether there blog is just a personal hobby or if they have been lucky enough to do it as there full time job and make an income from it. There are even some bloggers who are talented enough to be able to make stuff to then sell as part of there income, these are the bloggers I'm talking about not the overpriced merchandise/advent calender ones.

Home Bargains: Skincare Haul

T-Zone Charcoal Skincare

Every few months or so I tend to notice that I have to change up my skincare products that I am using, I'm not sure if it's just the fact that my skin gets so used to a product that it just stops working or if it's all to do with the change in the weather.

November Glossybox: Unboxing

November Glossybox
November Glossybox
Another month equals another monthly Glossybox treat arriving at my front door, all ready for me to open up and have a good look at what product's I received for this particular month. Although I was a bit disappointed with this month's box, I am still going to stay subscribed as it's the only box that I haven't liked as all the others have been brilliant. Hopefully the contents of this box is just a small build up to how good December's box will be *keeping my fingers crossed that's why anyway*.

November Goals!

November Goals
November Goals

This month there is so much that I want to get done, that I decided if I made a "November Goals" blog post then I need to get it done because it's written down haha. I have also been lacking so much motivation this past week or so, that I need to sort myself out!

So here are my 6 goals for this month:

Seoul Fashion Weeks Vibes


After the splash of vibrant outfits that came out of the European and the US fashion shows, it’s hard to imagine the level of ingenuity it would take for a city to bring something new and fresh to the table. And yet, Seoul has at least a few pzazz-rich trends that will rock your world, and several other bold ideas perfect for the upcoming season. Let’s see just how this South Korea’s fashion capital has reinvented the meaning of fabulous!

Personalised iPhone Case

personalised iPhone case

I have been on the lookout for a personalised iPhone case for a while now, but could never find one that I liked the look of or one that wasn't too over the top in colours. I guess I was just looking in all the wrong places e.g eBay, until now when I had a look on Etsy!

Monday Moments #5

monday moments #5

I always say I am gonna keep up with these every single Monday, and I always seem to fail at it.......come one Claire sort yourself out will ya! Looking back through all my old blog post's and it seems that I haven't done a "Monday Moments" blog post since May.

So here we are on Monday 23rd October, and I am gonna try my hardest to make these a monthly blog post, which to be fair really shouldn't be that hard but lets wait and see if another one goes up on the 23rd November or not haha!

My Everyday Go To Hand Products

Soap & Glory Hand Products
Soap & Glory
I have always been a sucker for wanting to keep my hands feeling soft, as there is nothing worse than having your hands feeling really rough and horrible feeling! So for today's post I thought I would share with you two of my favourite hand products by Soap & Glory  😊

October Glossybox: Unboxing

Glossybox October 2017
Usually when I do my monthly Glossybox posts, I always do a review of the products aswell. This month though I am just doing the unboxing of it as I need to get myself back into regular blogging, and thought what better way then to show you what I received in this months box.

Top Milan Fashion Week Trends

Milan Fashion Week
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Ah, fashion week. The time when all the glitterati flock to see the new lines of their favourite designers, all decked up in their absolute FW finest. The street style in New York was glamorous, polished, trendy and on point. London was a tad more rebellious, as London usually is, while the streets of Milan were flooded with everything from ultra-glam to the epitome of laid-back. Stay tuned as we unveil some of the absolute finest moments captured on the streets of Milan.

Glossybox: Unboxing & Review

September Glossybox

I'm a bit late this month with my usual monthly Glossybox post, this month just seems to be flying by like anything....please slow down 2017! This month though we are back to the classic pink box with black writing, I loved everything that was in my box this month even if I have shared some of the stuff with my sister.

Keeping It Simple

Just lately I have really been loving wearing simple necklaces and also layered necklaces, I have never really been a "chunky necklace" kind of person my necklaces have to be kept simple with just one small pendant on if it's just one necklace, or if it's a layered necklace then the chains all have to be the thin kind.

Firstly I will show you the 2 necklaces that I have been wearing all the time just lately, alternating them to style whatever outfit I'm wearing that day. I will then share with you a couple of necklaces that I'm loving the look of over on Lyst.co.uk and hoping to purchase some time soon.

Primark Layered Necklace

How I Edit My Instagram Pictures!

Instagram Edit
I have really been trying hard to work on my Instagram just lately, and trying to grow my audience on there aswell. I first decided on how I wanted my Instagram account to look and also got some inspiration from a few of my favourite accounts, and decided I wanted a clean white theme for mine and started going about this by slowing upping my photography game and what I actually posted on there.

iPhone Photo Diary #7

iPhone Photo Diary

For today's blog post, I thought I would do another one of my iPhone Photo Diarys. In these posts I share a few photo's that are on my iPhone that you probably wouldn't see anywhere else unless you were on my facebook friends list.

"Girls Just Wanna Have Sun"

August Glossybox
This months Glossybox has got to be my favourite one so far, apart from 1 product I liked everything that I received and am definitely going to get some good use out of it all. So I thought I would share with you what I got and some up close pictures and also what I thought of each product.

From Summer Trends To Signature Look

Photo by Naletu on Unsplash
One of the best things about fashion is how immersed you can get in the world of colours, textures and fabrics. There's nothing like walking down the street, dressed to the nines, and knowing you're drawing everyone's attention because you look amazing. Following trends is fun, it's a way to learn even more about fashion, a way to take care of your appearance. However, trendy things are hardly going to be unique, so you're left with a bit of an issue - what to wear if you want to be in vogue, but still stand out? Well, to help you out, we've taken some of this summer's most prominent trends and put a little twist on it.

Secret Scent Box - Monthly Subscription*

Secret Scent Box August Edition

When most of us hear or talk about monthly subscription boxes, we all automatically think or beauty or skincare products right?! What if I told you, you could get a monthly subscription box that contained just perfumes and them being designer perfumes aswell! 

Spray On Nails: Yes or No?

Eterluxe Spray On Nails

I recently purchased a can of spray on nails as I had head so many good things about these, that I just knew I wanted to give them a try to see if they really are as good as everyone says they are.

Hello Summer Glossybox

July Glossybox
I recently decided to give glossybox another try, as I've heard that it has got quite a lot better since I was last subscribed to it. I think I also unsubscribed last time aswell due to us moving and having to save every penny where we could. I'm so glad I decided to subscribe again as apart from 1 item, I loved most of the products in the July Glossybox.

Sharing My Face Mask Stash!

Face Masks

Every now and then I love to give myself a bit of pampering by doing a nice face mask and just chill out in front of the TV whilst catching up on some of the programmes that I have got recorded on my Sky+ box in the bedroom.

I didn't realise though just how many face masks I had until I had a good clear out of my whole bedroom yesterday. I have 8 different face mask or 9 even if you include that one that always stays in the bathroom what is currently being used.

13 Reason's Why, Blogging & Instagram

13 Reasons Why, Blogging & Instagram
13 Reason's Why, Blogging & Instagram

So it's a Friday night and it's currently 8:30pm and I am already laying in bed on the laptop and watching television as I feel completely drained and have no energy whatsoever! So thought I would do a bit of a rambling blog post catching up with a few things for you to have a read of, ain't done one in ages so why not haha.

Superdrug Beauty Haul

Superdrug Beauty Haul

I recently did a little bit of online shopping whilst getting some bits for my oldest niece's birthday next month and decided to take advantage of the 3 for 2 deal on the Superdrug website.

It would of been rude not to take advantage of it now wouldn't it?!
So I thought I would share with all some pictures of what I actually got.

iPhone Photo Diary #6

iPhone Photo Diary

Looking through my iPhone photo's this month to start this blog post off, and I hardly had anything good on there...well good enough to share anyway!

So this month instead of sharing 8 pictures with you, I've decided to share just the 5 pictures instead.

NOTW: Nail Of The Week

Tanya Burr - Mini Marshmallows

First up let me just say that I am totally in love with this nail colour at the moment!
I own quite a few of the nail polishes by Tanya Burr, but most of them are in the old packaging style.

But this is by far my favourite that I recently picked up, and the fact that it only cost me 50p when I got to the till was even better. It was priced up at £2.50 on the shelves, but went through at 50p when the lady scanned it which was a bonus and a £2.00 saving for me.

5 Ways To Create A Unique Beach Style

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Bring out your beach bod, put on your favourite swimwear, spice it up with some fancy details and head to your nearest beach – it’s time to shine, ladies! There are so many fun ways to show off your figure and strut those curves during this summer, and while you’re basking in the sun for that tan, you can also look and feel gorgeous. The beach awaits, let’s think up your seaside style!

Time Bomb - Cleanse And Buff


If you've been a reader of my blog for some time now, you will have no doubt read at some point that my skin is really sensitive and I have to be really careful with what I put on my face to avoid my skin breaking out bad.

NOTW: Nail Of The Week

Barry M Nail Varnishes
Another week gone by and I've decided to change the colour of my nails again, I'm finally getting round to doing more nail related posts here on Nail-Beauty-Life. I'm currently awaiting a delivery of nail tips, so there will be Acrylic nail related posts coming soon aswell!

5 Recent Beauty Purchases

Beauty Purchases

I thought I would share with you my 5 most recent beauty purchases, most of them were planned purchases whilst one of them was ordered by mistake as I didn't realise it was in my basket (joys of shopping online haha!)

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Fashion Influencer

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Fashion Influencer


In case you haven’t noticed (but you probably have if you’ve been following fashion at all) is that for a while now we’ve been going through a very fresh, innovative fashion haze. Namely, while various brands still dominate the fashion scene and somewhat dictate the foundation of all-things-fashion, they’re no longer blindly followed in their core form nor they are copied as much. The off-the-runway look is to be seen on Red Carpets, Met Galas and other celebrity events but – when it comes to behind-the-camera people (yes, us), things are entering a very exciting, experimental zone with a lot of unusual takes to what’s considered a trend.

NOTW: Nail Of The Week

 Barry M - Road Rage

With the summer weather showing itself more and more everyday this is where I find I get the most use out of all my nail varnishes, as I love nothing more than a nice summery colour painted onto my nails.

Manchester Sadness



I was going to put up a normal blog post today, but after watching the news and hearing and seeing what happened at the Ariana Grande concert it didn't feel right to put up a normal happy post when so many people have lost there lives.

Monday Moments #4

Monday Moments #4

I can't believe that this is only the 4th post Ive done in my Monday Moments blog post series, I think it's mainly because not that much changes every time I come round to doing these posts.

I've changed it up a bit in this month's post, I've changed the "Looking Forward To" to "Thing's I've Been Doing" and also the "Blog's I've Been Loving At The Moment" to "Youtubers I'm Currently Watching" aswell as "On My Wishlist" to "Recently Purchased"

Currently Burning....Or Not!

Bomb Cosmetics - Baby Powder

Every few months or so, I tend to do a blog post sharing with you what candle I am currently burning and what it's called. This month though I purchased a candle from Bomb Cosmetics and it's that cute I don't think I will be lighting it anytime soon haha!

What's On My Current Reading List...

I love nothing more then getting stuck into a good book or two...and when choosing a book I usually go for a variety of books and tend to pick ones that have a nice front cover what make it seem like an interesting book to read, please tell me i ain't the only one who does that?!

So I thought I would share with you 2 of the recent books I purchased which I will be starting to read within the next week, and also what they are all about!

The Girl Who Lied

Contour, Bronze & Highlight

Contour, Bronze, Highlight

The 3in1 Product:
3 Shades to Sculpt  + Define Features

Ever find that one product that you just fall in love with, no matter how expensive or even how cheap it was? 
Well that is me when it comes to the above product!

So I Failed By ? Points...

Theory Test Fail

As you have probably already guessed by the title of this blog post.....I failed my theory test, by 3 points! 
Not majorly though but it was still a fail, I kind of kept it a secret as to when my actual test was, in fact apart from 4 people nobody else actually knew!

iPhone Photo Diary #5

iPhone Photo Diary

Another month = Another iPhone Photo Diary


1- The first photo in this iPhone Photo Diary is all my bridesmaid bits that I got from my sisters hen night aswell as the actual wedding. The bridesmaid sash and wine decoration was given to me on the actual hen do and the bouquet, necklace, name card and little chocolates were all from the actual wedding. I took a photo of it all like this so I could print it out and put it up on my memory board in the bedroom, as obviously I couldn't hang all that up on my wall separately haha

Products I Regret Buying!

Products I Regret Buying

I've had so much going on lately, that I've barely had anytime to sit down and do a blog post let alone take any pictures for the posts. But today I'm managing to get a post written....and hopefully a few scheduled whilst I'm at the iMac!

So for today's post I'm gonna do a "products I regret buying", It's all mainly skincare products for this post, but I'm sure there will plenty of other post's like this to come in the future aswell!

Bourjois Happy Light Matt Primer

Until recently I can honestly say I had never tried a primer before until I purchased this one a few weeks ago.....I  bet your shocked right?!  I just never felt the need for one, or really understood why people used it. So I thought I would purchase one to try it out and see what all the fuss was about!

Bourjois Happy Light Matt Primer

What You See vs What I See!

When it comes to blogging and taking photographs to go with blog post's or to share on our instagram, we always like them to show everything clean and tidy......basically just Instagram worthy. Am I right?!

So for today's blog post I'm gonna brave it and show you exactly what I see compared to what you actually get to see. I'm doing this on a day where I have finally got rid of a 5 day headache and can finally function a bit and get some housework done.....and get this bedroom of mine sorted!

What I See vs What You See

So to start off with, I'm gonna show you 3 different area's of my room......my desk, my beauty area and then the bit where I take most of my Instagram photo's.

Introducing Naturelle Cosmetics*

Naturelle Cosmetics

I was recently sent a product by Naturelle Cosmetics to review in exchange for an honest review on my blog, and seeing as I love trying out new face creams to see what does and doesn't work for my skin I was more than happy to do this!


Who are Naturelle Cosmetics?
They provide only organic and natural, body care, hair care and skin care cosmetic products. A few of there ingredients include organic omegas (3,6,7 & 9), antioxidants, vitamins and over 100 natural active compounds.