claire joanne

If you have been a reader of my blog for some time now, you will have noticed that it is no longer called "Nail-Beauty-Life", back when I started this blog I was doing quite a lot of blog posts that were nail related and this was due to me qualifying as a Nail Technician and doing sets of nails on a daily basis for people.

For the past year I have really noticed that I hardly do those sort of posts anymore and stick mainly to Lifestyle and Beauty posts instead, so the name just didn't fit what either myself or this blog was about anymore. So I thought why not just rename my blog/social media with what really was well me, and nothing says that better than just using my name.

I've still got a few bits left to update but for the majority of it it's all complete, I've sorted my menu bar out and think I've corrected any links that were no longer working, I've also deactived my personal email address that I set up in the previous blog name as I just forgot to keep using it when replying to emails on my normal account.

I've got quite a bit planned for the blog for the rest of the year, so I do hope that you will stick around to see what's coming, but for now I will leave you with my updated social media accounts and if you would like to follow me on any of them, I will be very grateful!

Changing & Rebranding My Blog

Saturday, 27 October 2018

This month's Glossybox was all about everything Halloween, and they had 2 boxes available to send out when dispatch day arrived. There was a "Treat" box aswell as a "Trick" box, I was secretly hoping that I got the Treat box and luckily that is the one that arrived at my door a few days after I got the dispatch email.

I was really impressed with the box this month and even though I don't think I will use the lipstick as it just isn't my colour at all, everything else I will definitely get some use out of at some point. So let's get into what was in the "Treat" box this month.

Luna By Luna Cosmetics - Translucent Powder  MUA MakeUp Academy - Luxe Set & Reflect Finishing Kit

Luna By Luna Cosmetics - Translucent Powder
This is just a basic translucent setting powder in this month's box, it says it "soaks up excess oil while softening fine lines and hiding pores" which already sells it to me as my skin can feel a bit oily at times which isn't good for me haha. I'm currently in the middle of using one that I already have open, so I think I will save this one for when I next need a new one to try.

MUA MakeUp Academy - Luxe Set & Reflect Finishing Kit
This is 2-in-1 product which is both vegan friendly and also cruelty free aswell, the top section is a gorgeous highlighter in a subtle gold colour and looks gorgeous. It says to add the highlighter part to cheek bones, the bridge of your nose aswell as your cupids bow. The highlighter then lifts up to reveal a white invisible powder to help mattify your t-zone area, and for just £5 for this product I think that's quite a bargain!

Sleek Makeup - Eyeshadow Palette: Oh So Special  This Works - In Transit Camera Close-Up

Sleek Makeup - Eyeshadow Palette: Oh So Special
Ooh another eyeshadow palette from the brand Sleek Makeup, this is the second one of these I have received in Glossybox and I actually don't mind as it is a palette of different colours to the last one I got (you can see that here). The only thing I ain't really a fan of is the brush that comes with these, but I'm pretty sure no-one likes those brushes and prefers to use other brushes. The colours in this palette are gorgeous though, and I am gonna look up some Halloween ideas and see what I can come up with.

This Works - In Transit Camera Close-Up
I have been wanting to try this product for soo long now it's unreal, but I have just never got around to purchasing it myself (let's face it, I can't afford the £35 quid for it haha). It's the first product I tried out of the box this month, and I will admit I do love it and how it made my skin feel. I have days where my skin either feels dry or oily, I really can't win with my skin and using this has kept my skin feeling really soft and hydrated throughout the day.

Illamasqua - Antimatter Lipstick: Nebula

Illamasqua - Antimatter Lipstick: Nebula
Lastly in this month's box was this lipstick by the brand we all know well which is Illamasqua, I love how simple the packaging is on this but the colour of it just isn't me at all. I don't think I will use this at all but on the plus side (the photographer part of me) it will look nice in some flatlay photo's that I am planning on taking very soon!

October Glossybox: Unboxing

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

As we get older, we realize that taking good care of our bodies is essential if we want to prolong our youthful and healthy appearance. It's true that beauty comes from within, but taking extra care of our face is more than welcome. In order to achieve that, we have to change our diet and quit bad habits, and also stick to some natural skincare products. Listed below is a roundup of some very useful au naturel products you might want to include in your beauty regime.

All natural DIY face cleanser

You'll need a handful of chopped cucumbers and some rose water to start. Cucumber is the key ingredient because it's rich in vitamins, and it has a very soothing effect. Also, cucumbers refresh your skin due to their cooling properties. Blend it until you get a green juice, and then pour it into a spray bottle to make it look like a regular face cleanser. Add a castile soap and some essential oils, like eucalyptus or peppermint, and store it in the fridge, Spray the toner on a cotton pad, and clean your face a few times a day.

Honey and lemon face mask

Mix these ingredients in a bowl by squeezing ½ lemon, and two tablespoons of honey. Take a warm cloth and put it all over your face to open your pores a little bit. Apply the mask evenly with fingers or a clean makeup brush. Avoid the eye area because of the lemon, so it won't burn your eyes. Wear it for 20 minutes and then wipe it off with a washcloth. You can repeat the same process daily, or whenever you need it.

Shiney hair do care

DIY mask are a perfect solution for those who like to experiment at home, and it costs nothing to try. Coconut oil and cinnamon are known for their hydrating and moisturizing properties, and the mask recipe is a piece of cake. You will need one tablespoon of coconut oil and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix it all together in a bowl, and massage it on your entire hair. Tie your hair up and cover it with a towel or a shower cap. Wait 45 minutes, and then rinse it regularly with a shampoo and a conditioner. If you repeat the process once a week, you'll notice your hair got smoother. However, if you're too busy to create your own mask, you can always buy organic hair growth shampoo from Bondi Boost that is widely known for promoting hair growth, and it's rich in different oils that softens your hair. Certainly, health and strength of hair are more important than its size. Therefore, using one of these hair repair products from time to time is a pretty good idea.

Farewell wrinkles

Majority of women can't accept the fact that the ageing process is inevitable, and no one has ever escaped from it. Thankfully, getting old isn't that bad considering there are so many natural anti ageing skincare products you can choose from, that can help you stay rejuvenated and fresh. They are great for pampering the sensitve skin around your eyes, refining wrinkles and most of them give you a healthy glow.

Bentonite clay mask

Many women swear by this natural face mask because it actually works. Take one tablespoon of bentonite clay, one tablespoon of water and a few drops of apple cider vinegar. Mix it until you get a thick paste. Apply it on your face, neck and your cleavage as well. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and then rinse it with warm water. Clean your face with a soft towel and you'll notice your skin got all glowy and smooth. You can go with this procedure a few times a week. If you are too lazy to make your own clay mask, then you can purchase some pretty affordable products that have the same effect on your skin.

Coffee body scrub

This one's really effective, and there's nothing better than already having all the ingredients at home. You will need half a cup of coffee grounds, one tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of brown sugar. Mix them all together and gently massage your whole body with circular motions. You'll notice how your skin gets smoother and smoother just like baby's bottom. This body scrub is great for removing dead skin and body acne, and it's also believed to fight cellulite. Of course, your cellulite won't disappear by using this scrub only, because you need a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen first.

Sea salt lip treatment

Due to the overuse of lip liners and different matte liquid lipsticks we apply on a daily basis, our lips start suffering from dryness and end up being chapped. Just like regular lip balm, lip scrub is pretty effective since it removes the dead skin. It's easy to make such scrub because you will only need three ingredients. Put a little bit of sea salt in a bowl and mix it with rose water and vegetable glycerin. Apply it on your lips, gently exfoliate and wipe it off after scrubbing. Limit your lip exfoliation to once a week and get ready to smooch.

Now that you have flicked through the list, you can get yourself one of these amazing products and nourish yourself the way you deserve.

This is a guest blog post by Claire in Australia

Natural Skincare and Haircare 101

Thursday, 11 October 2018


This year has possibly seen Instagram really up it's game when it comes social media, myself personally have loved watching Instagram stories and catching up on what everyone has been getting up to behind the photo's, although I do share some bits on Instagram stories, I certainly don't make enough use of it like others do.

I have so many favourite Instagram accounts that really aspire me to create more content and also more that I like for all different reasons, some for their style of photography, some for there theme and then there's also some that end up costing me money where they share such nice stuff at bargain prices haha.

So for today's post I thought I would share just four of my favourite accounts, and ones that you should consider following.....if you don't already that is!


misseleanorjean - This Instagram account is just heaven, it's two of my favourite things all in one place being marble and rose gold items. Every now and then I see things on her account that I just absolutely love and often find myself going in search of said items, one item in particular was this cup the one with the three hearts on, I couldn't find the other one to match it unfortunately.

gemellisx - This account is my all time favourite when it comes to flatlay photographs, her style of photography is just brilliant, and I know I'm not the only won who admires her photography. Everything on her Instagram just blends together perfectly, I also really like the pictures that she takes that are looking down from above as there isn't many that can make them look so put together like she does. She also has a gorgeous little boy (hope she don't mind me saying that), and you can tell just from pictures and her Instagram stories that she is a brilliant mum aswell!


beautykingdomuk - I love how bright and colourful her Instagram account is looking at the moment, there's always something in her photos that just make them pop and really stand out everytime. Whenever I see her style photos when I'm scrolling through Instagram, I know straight away that they are hers haha. I love the colour of her nails in this picture here, they are a very autumnal colour and perfect for this time of year.

kateballamy - This was one of the very first Instagram accounts that I started following when I first set up my blog account, and even now I still love the content that she posts regularly. Some of photos look so put together and like everything just belongs together. If my Instagram looks anything as good as hers in the future then I would be very happy.

Hope you enjoyed having a read of the four Instagrams that inspire me to up my photography game, and maybe one day get mine looking half as good as there's!

Please leave your Instagram accounts below, as I am always on the lookout to follow more accounts that inspire me with their photos.

If you would like to check out my Instagram and follow me if its something you like you can do so by clicking here: clairejoanneblog

Four Inspiring Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

Saturday, 6 October 2018

october, goals

I'm going to start the month of October with a couple of monthly goals that I would like to achieve by the end of this month, and at the beginning of November I will be able to look back and see if I managed to achieve them or not. So I thought if I put them in a blog post for the world to see, then I have got to at least give myself a good go and completing them right?!

ONE || I really want to try and reach a social media goal of getting to 400 followers on Instagram and I am so close to doing this, although it has taken me quite a while to get my Instagram looking like something I am happy with. The way I have it at the moment though I am gaining followers, but I am also losing some followers it seems if I don't follow them back but that's ok with me. 😊

TWO || I really want to get into designing something and start selling it over on my Etsy account, I have always been creative and drawing in scrapbooks and that but this time round I actually want to do it all digitally and make use out of what I learnt on my digital photography course. I am going to be starting off with something easy and literally only make 10 of them to see how I go and hopefully I can continue on from there......I hope anyway!

THREE || I have really got back into baking this past month, and want to try out a Halloween themed recipe from Pinterest, there are so many idea's over on Pinterest so it's going to be hard for me to decide which one to try out first. I may have to take a look at some food bloggers aswell to see if they have any tried and tested recipes aswell that have turned out good!

FOUR || Lastly I want to attempt to get quite a few blog post's published this month as I have so many idea's written down on paper that I need to have maybe one or two days where I can just sit down and just type away. I have really missed blogging properly but seem to get writer's block the minute I sit down and look at the laptop screen for some reason, please tell me I ain't the only one that this happens to?

My Four October Goals

Monday, 1 October 2018