Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas shoes| They Speak For Themselves

I honestly don't have to write too much about the shoes because let's face it they do speak for themselves! These are so beautiful, probably the most beautiful pair of shoes I own.
These pair of gold shoes are covered in small diamontes from the point of the toe to the tip of the heel. They sparkle in the day and night, and are brilliant as a statement piece.
The great thing about the shoes is that they are versatile in that you can wear them with jeans, skirts or dresses because of the style and the neutral tone. 

If you'd like to see a video of the shoes to see the sparkle head to my Instagram (@pureaccidentalbeauty). 
As you are probably wondering, these shoes are from next. I couldn't find the original shoes on the website though, so they may be sold out- I did find a similar pair in silver glitter though:

Merry Christmas!

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Long natural lashes| The Best Way

I have forever longed to have long lashes.  No matter what I did nothing worked, whether it be putting Vasoline on them overnight, or trying to curl them before putting on the mascara. And from that point of view, I have tried plenty of mascaras – high-end and drugstore brands, and yes I have found the better mascaras but my lashes were still pretty short and actually had gaps in them  from where hair was missing.

The last year is when I decided to try some of these lash enhancing serums and conditioners. I am not one to spend too much on these things as I'm always quite sceptical of the results, I don't want to end up spending hundreds of pounds on something that doesn't even work. I started looking on Amazon and looked for the well-known brand Revita lash. But from looking at the prices I was put off and didn't think that they would actually work, so settled for a copycat brand. This copy Brand claimed to do the exact same thing as the Revita lash. After a few months with using it, I gave up. I could not see any difference at all.
For a couple months after that I stopped looking after my lashes, and after being fed up again decided to get semipermanent lashes individually glued on by professionals. I booked in with a very nice salon to put the semipermanent lashes on for £65, and proceeded to tell me that infills would cost me £30 a go. When I opened my eyes after being sat there for an hour at least it immediately felt like there was something scratching my eye. Not that it was the fault of the girl who did it, it was just the way the eyelashes were on my eyes. It took me a good half an hour before I could get into my car and drive home -as I didn't feel safe until it was comfortable.
The next couple weeks I hated the fact that I could not rub my eyes when I was tired or rub my eyes when I had something in them. The thought of putting make up on my eyes was horrible because I knew I'd have to get it off and therefore risk pulling the false eyelashes which in turn pulled my own lashes and actually pulled them out. I was very careful with them but I still managed to lose a lot of eyelashes once the fake ones had come off. 
I had actually made it worse. And I wasn't willing to have the fake eyelashes again. So I decided as a last effort to make my eyelashes nice and long and full again, I would take the plunge and just get the Revita lash conditioning serum and while I was at it get the Revita brow too. 

I have been using it for around 2 to 3 weeks, and I have never seen my eyelashes this long, full and curly. And that is the honest truth! I was honestly so surprised, I did not think it would work this quickly or that other people would actually notice. I didn't tell the lady who does my eyebrows yet that almost the first thing she said to me was have I changed my eyebrow routine?

Revita lash and Revita brow is worth the money in my opinion and I will be purchasing it again. 

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Have a merry Christmas xxxx

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Lush lush lush

As you know, lush is my weakness! There is nothing better for me, than to come home and use a bath bomb and relax into some sweet smelling soapy suds. 

I just wanted to share my recent favourites with you- ones that really made a difference to the cold windy evenings we've been having!

I finally got round to using this bad boy the other day- frozen bath bomb. Okay it doesn't look like much but when you pop it in the water, the smell and fizz just fill me full of excitement. With little specks of subtle glitter and a beautiful blue colour you can't be too disappointed with this bad boy! Especially if you love frozen the movie!
I do personally prefer a bit more bubbles but you can always mix a bubble bar with this to create more bubbles/ coverage! Haha 

Obviously got too excited to remember I was meant to be photographing this! Haha
I'm missing one more little red berry? Don't know where that went!

You could easily be put off by how much glitter there is on this one, but having had one myself, and my boyfriend has used this too- nor myself or him has had ridiculous amounts of glitter on us! Which is good because I reassured him it would be fine (not actually knowing of course!)
This one is a bubble bar which means you can use it more than once- by just breaking a piece off and running it under the tap. 
Anyway, as you can see it isn't too much to look at in the bath, some people may be put off by the fact it's a green bath. I'm not usually put off by colours for baths as long as they smell nice and don't look horrendous! Lol
I was pleasantly surprised by this one and was very happy with the amount of bubbles!
Love Claudia 

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Lush Bath| Yog Nog

Yog Nog....

First of all this smells amazing to me. Really just relaxing and yummy- it smells quite sweet from the hints of toffee. If you aren't into sweet smelling things give this a smell before you purchase just in case!

I'm not usually a fan of yellow baths (it's not the most pretty) but I really enjoyed this one, mainly for my skin. That's because as I put this in the bath, little bath melts came out (which l think looked like little slices of cheese! Lol) but actually melted beautifully into the bath and soaked into my skin leaving it feeling super moisturised and smelling great. 
I also enjoyed the subtle shimmer it left on my skin (don't worry it wasn't in your face at all it was actually very nice!) haha. 

Spot the slices of cheese in my bath....

Overall I would give this a 7/10- mainly because the bath wasn't the best of colours and I prefer a bit more cover up in my baths (aka a bit more bubbles or something). 

I will however, be purchasing this again as I really enjoyed the scent and the moisturising benefits for my skin. 

love Claudia. Xx

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Fireworks| Perfect Until..

This isn't a post I'd normally do but I thought it was something I can share you all on a more personal level rather than just always talking about beauty or style etc. Just like a conversation between two friends..
This was me on fireworks night, all snuggled in my big fluffy coat, makeup on (as I don't always get a chance to play with makeup due to work) and a plan to see the fireworks without going into town and trying to find somewhere to park and be constantly surrounded by people (it can get so busy!)
We (Ash and I) had the plan of watching the fireworks which were going to be on a boat at Poole quay, but instead of going to the front we went round the side, where some other docks were. 
We thought we'd make sausage sandwiches and bring snacks and coffee in a flask to sit and watch the fireworks on a blanket (to me this sounded an absolute delight!). 

So we packed up a cool bag with the food in and made our way down to the spot we had planned. There were barely anyone there which was great! So we sat down on the blanket with a great view and started our snacking!
We finished our food and cuddled up to keep warm. The boat was just about ready to start the fireworks. 
After about a minute of the display starting, I saw something move right by my feet. All I could see was this grey body and a tail. A rat! It had probably been there under a little crate the whole time but now it was running around near my feet. 
I can safely say both Ash and I jumped up and packed the rest of our food away quickly! So instead of being dazzled by amazing fireworks (which from what I could see were very beautiful) we were keeping a very close eye on our new friend that had joined us hiding under the crate! 

Well that's one way to ruin your fireworks night! 
Has anything like this happened to you before?
Hope you enjoyed this little chat!
Speak soon!
Love Claudia x

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Autumn Dress| Burnt Orange Shirt Dress

What's your favourite colour? Autumn. 

In all seriousness, I love all the neutral warm tones that Autumn brings. Theres something so comforting about it. Maybe that's to do with the fact that Christmas is coming (yes I said it!) and hot beverages and blankets replace the ice lollies and bikinis! 
So when I saw this dress I automatically fell in love with the colour before I'd even seen what the dress looked like. 

This dress just sits perfectly on my body and hangs to flatter my curves. 
I feel like this dress not only goes with boots (and a leather jacket to grunge the look up) but could be put with tights and dolly shoes with a nice tailored coat or blazer. It's just so versatile!
Both the dress and the boots were from newlook and I do feel that new look continue to up their game- really affordable yet quality stylish pieces! Which means a happy Claudia! Haha
Hope you're feeling well,
Love Claudia x
Ps sorry for the bad quality images I had to use my phone as no one was around to help take photos! 

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Crossfit| 5 Months on (Update)

Hello everyone!
Oh my goodness I am so sorry this has been a long time coming. 
Sometimes life just gets busy. One minute you're trying to figure out where you can go on holiday (if you can afford it!) and what bikini to wear and the next you're trying to haul on a thick pair of tights and getting your cosy Parker out of the wardrobe. 

That's kinda how my life has been in the last few months- I'm basically trying to keep up! Very much like constantly being on a treadmill. TIREING. 
But even though I've felt like this, there has been one thing that has been fairly consistent in my life so far. That being Crossfit. 

I cannot tell you how much I'm enjoying it and for me, still being motivated after 5 months of starting is a major achievement. When I went to the gym or wanted to start running I kept saying to myself 'I'll go tomorrow' and never did. For some reason I've managed to keep going to Crossfit at least twice a week and at times 3. In all honesty though I'd like to go more! It's more that I don't finish work and then can't get there in time. (Sometimes it can take 40minutes to get to Crossfit in rush hour traffic). 
Can I just mention- 40minutes is actually quite far to go as well so the fact that I'm motivated to still go after work at least twice a week is still a pretty big deal to me. 

In regards to my body and strength I do think there have been some improvements. I am 100% more stronger than when I first started and have still a long way to go. I've notice I'm able to add more weight to the bar than before and perhaps can do more repetitions. 
My arms and stomach have become more toned although again this still has room for improvement. This will come in time- fitness is a journey and there is no way to rush through to the results. 
I still stick by what I've said in a previous blog and that is I would definitely recommend trying Crossfit. I know it seems intense and scary but it isn't as bad when you get into it and all the people I know who go there are super friendly and supportive. Baring in mind I didn't really know anyone who went before I started and had not done any weight lifting before - it was completely new. 
So anyway I thought this would be a nice update- I'll try and be more frequent with my posts. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Love C xx
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Juice Cleanse| Fruveju

I've always been intrigued in cleanses. Whether they're worth the hype (what with them being super expensive) or whether its just worth trying to do it from home. I know I've tried to do it a few times on my own at home, but I've either got side tracked or didn't really know what ingredients to use.

So bit the bullet and am sharing my experience with you to maybe help you in your decision of whether to cleanse or not to cleanse.

I went on to the internet on Sunday evening and found this cleanse. I chose it as it was a more well know brand that wasn't too steep in pricing- I paid £52.50 with free shipping, it was meant to be £70 but I managed to find a discount code on the home page (perhaps for new cleansers?).

Monday I had an email asking me when I would like to start my cleanse- first day available was Thursday. This worked out well for me so I agreed and they confirmed it would arrive between 8.30am and 10.30am- it arrived Thursday morning at 09.50am.

I had to finish doing some errands so I didn't manage to have the first juice until 11am. This green juice did taste quite earthy and I was surprised as to how liquidy the drinks were. I thought there may be a bit of thickness to them like a tomato juice but no. Still though, as I have frequently drunk juices before, this was fine to drink.
As I was late and still feeling a little peckish I continued with the next juice and decided to have the shot to go with it. I'm not one to be afraid of how these juices taste, I'm quite easy when it comes to drinking juices, however the shot was absolutely foul! Honestly, I had to quickly drink the juice down afterwards because I was struggling to keep it down!
Once I had gotten over the shot, the juice itself was actually quite nice. Very easy drinking and pleasant- I could taste the orange which was comforting after a very strong taste of ginger from the shot.

I popped out to the shops and arrived back hungry- juice number three. Another green one. This one tasted a bit more refreshing than the first and was again easy to drink. This was about 14.00pm.

I had noticed that by obviously drinking more during the day I was making more frequent trips to the loo but I guess this help flush out toxins too!

I was looking forward to this one- 'Spicy Lemonade' sounds enticing to me. I really enjoyed this, this reminded me of a lemonade I had before- so easy to drink and honestly I could easily have this on a daily basis.  I would say that this could have been more spicy as I didn't really notice it at all, however I do tolerate spice very well. I had this one at about 15.50pm.

I had this drink just before going to my Crossfit session at around 18.00pm. This was yummy, tasted mostly of the pineapple with hints of the carrot and beets. I was feeling actually quite fresh at this point, not really hungry just, sort of satisfied.

The Cashew milk I had straight after Crossfit when I got home, around 20.30pm. I did really like this one, it was slightly thicker, and sweeter in taste. I did notice it was a little bitty (as you may see from the side of the bottle) but overall enjoyable.

At the end of the day I was feeling quite refreshed and energised, which is great seeing as I'm normally very into my food and I did do a workout as well. I knew I hadn't eaten but I wasn't having hunger pangs or feeling like I'd particularly missed out.

I would recommend doing this on a day where you won't be tempted by food- i.e going out with friends for food etc. I personally wouldn't do this for more than one day as I felt that one day was enough and would suggest that if you haven't done a cleanse before try one day first.
Overall I would do this again, however not on a regular basis- only when I feel I need a deep cleanse after not eating well (christmas/ birthdays/ holidays etc). I do think that just generally eating healthy and well will help wellbeing anyway, which is what I mostly do.

What are your thoughts on cleanses and will you be doing one?

Love C. xx

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Anastasia Beverley Hills| Liquid Lipgloss

Hey Ya'll!

I've been browsing the internet, in the hopes finding a lipgloss that I like. I mean, I like lip glosses but it takes more than just a bit of shine to interest me in them. I'll be honest I'm more of a matte lip kind of girl. BUT I was more than intrigued in these lip glosses, I've heard many good things and I wanted to really put the gloss to the test.
I chose a dark reddish plum colour, I like a bold lip and decided that if I was going to go for it, why not go for it hard.


How did that little blonde hair get there! Whoops..

This Lipgloss can be found on Amazon ranging in price from £25.00-£29.99 - click this link to view on their website.

I've been really impressed with this, the colour pay-off is amazing, the way it applies just glide on. The texture on the lips is a little tacky but not sticky or gloopy which is great.
I personally would like to grow a collection in these lip glosses as they are just what I am looking for. I am also totally in love with their liquid lipsticks (a blog post will be coming at some point for this too) as they are beautiful.

Hope you enjoyed this post, I'll see you soon!

Love C xx

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Lancôme Gel Éclat Clarifying Cleanser| Review

I wanted to do a short post on something I've been loving that I rediscovered on my birthday. This Lancôme cleanser!

My skin is combination, I get dry patches usually around the outside of my face and my T-zone gets oily. I find this cleanser is so smooth and easy to work into your skin, although when you first squeeze some into your hand you may think it is thick and sticky- but it's not! The pearly white gel sells for around £23 but it can vary from where you buy this. Although it is deemed as quite expensive- you don't need a lot of it to go a long way. 

The cleanser is targeted to normal to combination skin and has a fresh light floral scent to it, which is something  I would normally avoid because my skin can be so sensitive, but alas I am yet to get a bad reaction! The cleanser contains White Lotus, Rose de France and Japanese Cedar bud, all of which were all derived naturally.

Lancôme suggests using this twice a day but so far I've been using it once, just because of pure laziness I guess, and sometimes I like to alternate between the Origins face scrub in the mornings. 

I would honestly recommend giving this a go if you're looking for a new cleanser, or at least see if there is a sample at your nearest shop that sells this.
Let me know your thoughts on this cleanser or if you pick up a sample, let me know how you got on!

Love C. xx

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Highlight on Fleek!| Champagne Pop by Jaclyn Hill

Okay, so firstly may I just say that when this arrived in the post I was so excited- that I was welling up. My eyes became damp at the excitement of opening the parcel to find this beauty of a product, created by a beauty of a woman.. Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector by Jaclyn Hill in collaboration with Sephora.

If you do not know about Jaclyn Hill please check out a few of her videos Here!

She is a bubbly, fun and genuine lady who has a passion for makeup and I adore watching her videos. She makes you laugh and you really learn a thing or two!

I never really thought highlight brought much to a makeup look until I saw Jaclyn's videos, honestly it brightens and changes the look completely!

So without further a due, here is my review (although you probably know what I'm going to say) on Champagne Pop!

To start with the packaging is so so so beautiful, the gold reflective box is so classy and having her picture and her words of wisdom on the back add a little personal touch of Jaclyn too.

Champagne pop is a beautiful gold highlight with a pink undertone. It adds dimension, lifts your face and brings a beautiful glow.. I cannot say how beautiful this highlight is... just look at it, it is so pigmented. You only need a little of this, which I love because you know this product will last as well.

This product is limited edition, I managed to get mine off Ebay from a Uk seller so that I didn't have to pay oversea charges (I know, cheapskate..but hey whatcha gunna do?)

The best thing about this highlight is that it is designed to work with every single skin tone! Amazing! I personally apply it to the places I want people to notice, so for example my cheekbones, cupids bow, under my brow bone etc, and honestly it has changed me. *Puts hands together and praises Jaclyn and Sephora for having a baby this good*

For more tips on how to wear this you can watch this video and see how Jaclyn uses it.

See ya soon!

Love C. xx

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This photo does not do it justice, check out the videos online because this is worth the investment! xx

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Birthday Celebrations| 'I don't know about you, but I'm feelin' 22'

I'm sorry it's been a little while, it has been a crazy month!

It was recently my birthday and I really enjoyed the weekend I spent with family.
I was also treated to a surprise- which was amazing!
These are some pictures I took of the weekend, not to show off or anything like that but to share something special with you and to keep documentation here on my blog for myself too.

I was super surprised to arrive a Bovey Castle last weekend, I hadn't ever been before and it is honestly so beautiful.

We took a little walk around the grounds, with beautiful flower beds and lovely views.

I was then treated to a spa and facial for the afternoon and totally was able to relax. The facial was honestly the best I've ever had, my skin was so soft afterwards and I could tell i needed it from the exfoliation and moisturisation. Honestly my skin was glowing. We then got ready and made our way over to dinner.

Sorry I'm not smiling I don't think I was ready! haha!
(Dress- Lipsy, Shoes- Kurt Gieger)

We had a beautiful meal. It was honestly so nice to have fun and quality time with Ashley, with work we never seem to get much time together and then when we do it tends to just be monging on the sofa. So it was really lovely to be able to dress up nicely and do something like this together that we wouldn't usually do.

We were invited to go to a friend's wedding reception nearby and in all honesty we were just expecting to get a taxi, but we ended up going and returning to the hotel in this beautiful car.

The next day we just chilled out and went for another walk along the grounds. It was honestly a little surreal the whole weekend. I was Just so surprised and so lucky to be able to have these things and to have such an amazing man in my life who spoils me. So really this is kinda a little thank you to him and to say how much I appreciate him in my life. (Sorry for the cringe/soppy sentence but it had to be said)!

I hope you enjoyed this little snippet of my birthday weekend! I know I always enjoy looking at other peoples photos!

Love C. xx

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