Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Elizabeth Arden Lipstick

Hello!

So for Christmas, as I mentioned I received a big bundle of Elizabeth Arden Make-Up from Thomas, and these four lipsticks were one of my favourite pieces! I absolutely love the shades of all four, even the brighter colours which is suprising for me! They are all super wearable, and the consistency and lasting power of each is remarkable! I would definitely recommend picking a few of these up, and of course the metallic packaging looks gorgeous displayed! These exact shades aren't on the website, but you can probably pick them up at counters!


L-R Desert Rose. Red Door Red, Breathless, Ultra Violet.


lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Eliazbeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

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So, I had a Debenhams voucher to use, and after lusting after the Eight Hour Cream for months on end, I finally decided to take the plunge, and luckily the lovely assisstant advised me that for just £2 more I could get this whole package. 


 Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
This can be used for absolutely everything, ' to shape brows, revitalise shine, soothe dry hands and smooth cuticles and nails. Also for symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking due to minor burns, sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abbrasions or cracked lips.' This definitely gets it's money worth! The only thing I'm not too keen on is the scent.

 Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment
This is an incredible product, you need the smallest amount in order for application for your hands, and it leaves them moisturised for hours on end. 

Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Body Treatment
I haven't had the chance to use this yet, but I definitely can see all of the range becoming a permanent feature of my routine.

Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturiser For Face
Again, this is one that is yet to be used, but I want to invest in the whole collection!

Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick
This is perfect, it is shaped like a lipstick so is so easy to just pop into your bag for on the go, and also means that you can save the Skin Protectant for other purposes other than lips!


lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Monday, 29 December 2014

What I Got For Christmas

Hello!

This is in no way me bragging or showing off, but I love seeing what others got for Christmas so thought that I would post too!

LUSH Cosmetics
I got huge amounts of LUSH for Christmas, and I'm so excited to use it all! A few of my favourites are So White shower gel and bath bomb, Baked Alaska Soap, and Candy Mountain. The two boxes at the front are handmade bath bombs from a Christmas Market. I also may have brought some bits in the Christmas sale.... oops!


Disney
I got quite a few DVDs for Christmas including a few boxsets, but these have to be my favourite! I absolutely love the Disney Classic covers and this brings my collection to 10! 


Make-Up
Thomas  did well this year, I requested the Elizabeth Arden set as I found an incredible deal, so he got me and his mum the set, and it's incredible!! The Lancome gift was chosen especially! He chose a beautiful shade of lipstick, and even got a free gift with skincare and bits in too!


Yummy Treats
Christmas would not be right without the mounds of chocolates and bits, and these are my favourite that I received! The Belgian Chocolate Truffles are to die for and the bear and poppets are one of my favourites!


Earrings
These were my favourite present I received, Thomas brought me these gorgeous earrings and I couldn't love them more!


I absolutely love all of the gifts I received, a couple of other bits I got were some Beats headphones, a dressing gown, some Elizabeth Arden skincare etc.

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave me a gift this year!

lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Balmi - Coconut

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I hope you've all had an amazing christmas!

On Christmas Eve- Eve I popped into Topshop as I could see that they had started to organise their sale, and spotted a clear plastic bauble that had the Coconut Balmi Lip Balm in, and I had wanted one of these since February, when I made the impossible choice between an EOS and a Balmi. Since then, I have not seen the point in spending £5 on one when I had the EOS. So when I saw the £2 label I just couldn't resist! I'm not a major fan of the coconut scent which is why I'm glad that it's not an overpowering scent. This is super nourishing, and at the moment it's a bit easier to apply than the EOS due to the pointed tip, but I'm sure that this will even itself out the more I use this one! I would definitely recommend seeing if you can pick one of these up, especially at such a good price!


lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Favourites

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Now I've broken up from uni, I'm trying to fully immerse myself in the Christmas spirit, and have found a couple of bits that I love!

The Grinch is one of my all time favourite Christmas films, and I realised this year that I didn't have it on DVD, so that quickly got fixed, and then when my new bed arrived last night me and Tom snuggled up and watched it!

You probably all know how much I love LUSH Cosmetics Snow Fairy, as I mention it all the time. But I am a strong believer that this should be available all year round!  It smells good enough to eat, and leaves your skin silky soft!

As I said the other day, I have come around to the idea of a bright lip, and I am loving the two Rimmel Apocalips that I managed to pick up at an amazing price - in particular I love the darker shade! I feel very festive when wearing this one!!


What are you loving this Christmas?

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and get everything you wish for!

lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Benefit - R.S.V.P

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I've recently rediscovered one of my all time favourite eyeshadows, it's one of Benefit's cream eyeshadows in the shade R.S.V.P. I received this in one of their sets, and instantly fell in love! It is a gorgeous rose gold/champagne colour, and just applies so well, and I can confirm that this does not crease at all throughout the day! I think that this is perfect at the moment for a festive look with a bright lip! 

£15,50, available here

lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Rimmel Colour Crush

Hello!

This was my final purchase from my visit to B&M, and this cost an amazing £1!

I am a major fan of nudes, as I think that where I'm so pale, bright lips can just show too much of a contrast, but I am loving bright lips at the moment!

This one has such a lovely texture, and unlike the majority of other similar products out there, this one doesn't have any glitter in - finally! It leaves a lovely gloss finish, and even though it does transfer onto glasses etc as most do, it still stays on the lips for hours on end. This is definitely one of my favourite lip products at the moment, and this has opened a gateway for the brighter colours to come join the countless nudes in my collection!

Shade - Boom Chic A Boom. Available here


Lots of love,
Jess xxx



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Friday, 19 December 2014

Lasting Finish - 1000 Kisses

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This was another purchase from B&M, and this was only £1.50! I used to have this exact shade, but mine never fully worked and it just got annoying so I ended up throwing it away, however, this one works perfectly and I just love the shade of this! Personally, I don't like the clear gloss end, as I find it to be a weird texture, and for it not to leave a gloss on the lips, so I use this as a tint instead, and it gives such a natural colour for the days when you don't want to have too much make-up on!

700 Nothing But Nude


lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Rimmel Apocalips

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On a recent trip to B&M I stumbled across the beauty aisle, and picked up some bargains! I've had a nude version of the Rimmel Apocalips before, and fell in love with the texture, finish and constistency! There is nothing wrong with these glosses! I managed to pick these up for £2, compared to the £6.49 in Boots! I love the applicator for this one, as it definitely makes it easier for those of us with smaller lips! The colours are gorgeous, and as you can see from the swatches- highly pigmented! That is just a light swipe!

(L-R) Stellar & Apocalyptic

I would highly  recommend these glosses, and if you want to save a few pennies then pop along to your local B&M!


lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Too Faced - In The Buff

Hello!

So recently, Cohorted got in touch and offered a collaboration, and of course it would be rude not to accept! 

Cohorted is a social shopping website, where you can pick up amazing products at even better prices! Basically, the more people that buy the product, the cheaper it gets! There will be a bottom discount set, and if you join the Cohort before it reaches the lowest discount, you will only pay the price it reaches!


Too Faced is a brand that all beauty bloggers swoon over, from their incredible palettes, to their gorgeous packaging of the products, and this is my first experience of them in real life! This lipstick is in the shade In The Buff and although on first appearances and on camera it looks very brown toned, on the lips it is the perfect nude! Definite a your lips but better! This is super moisturising and leaves a subtle gloss finish to perfect that pout!

This week on Cohorted you can pick up these amazing products

Too Faced A La Mode Palette - £26.50
Clinique Clarifying Lotion - £13
Real Techniques Duo Fibre Collection - SOLD OUT
MAC Shy Girl - SOLD OUT

Although the product was provided by Cohorted, all views and opinions are my own!


lots of love,
Jess xxx



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Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush

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I was lucky enough to receive this lovely nail varnish from my friend Aysha as a Christmas present, I've had my eye on the latest launches from The Body Shop for a while, and was so happy to open this!

This is in the shade Meet Me At Dusk, this is a gorgeous nude shade that is perfect for the days when you want something on your nails, but for it not to be too obvious! I really like the consistency of this, and it dries quickly which is ideal! I've just painted my nails now so I guess we'll have to wait and see how long it lasts and if it chips easily!

I would just like to say thank you to Aysha for a lovely present!



lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Bargain vs Blow-out

Hello!

So, blemishes and breakouts are every girls worst nightmare, and I've spent years trying to find the perfect treatment, I've had these two for a few months now, so thought I'd play them off against eachother!

The Witch Blemish Stick costs £2.50 and I picked it up in my local tescos, The main put off for me is the practicality of the product, you push the product up from below, and then when you're finished you then have to push it back down. At first, the product feels weird to be applying straight to your face, but after a few uses the corners round out, and it applies smoothly! This does a really good job at preventing any upcoming spots that you can see under the skin, but not so well at the ones that are already there!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is £7. Application of the product is again a bit annoying, where you only need a tiny bit, you have to stand there shaking for ages to get some product out.This does mean that there is no wasted product though, so there's a silver lining to that cloud! This oil works wonders on all spots, the only thing I would say is that if there is any broken skin then this can definitely sting!

Overall, I would recommend both products, but for me the winner is the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, as it works faster, and works on all blemishes and spots! P.S if you sign up to the Body Shop Newsletter then you will get emailed lots of offers to save you some money!



lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Harry Potter Studio Tour

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Yesterday, we have a University trip to go to The Making Of Harry Potter Studio Tour, and although it was the second time I've been been, it was just as incredible!

I went over 2 years ago with Tom, and since that they've added bits and moved lots around, so it wasn't as if I was paying to see the exact same thing again! The tour is a definite must for any Harry Potter fans, as you get to see all of the favourite sets, the costumes, the props etc, and the incredible attention to detail that the crew put in the entire time!

One small thing! Do be aware of the very high prices in the shop at the end!





Lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Yankee - Strawberry Buttercream

Hello!

So, when it gets cold there's nothing better than having a super long bubble bath and then snuggling up and watching Netflix all evening, and I couldn't do either of these things without a good candle! 

My friend Ellen got me this candle for Christmas, remembering that it's one of my favourite scents, and it is heavenly! It smells good enough to eat, but it isn't too sweet in my opinion, and my favourite part is when you blow it out just as you're going to sleep and then the scent gets a bit stronger all around the room and you can still smell it - dreaming about cake anyone?

If you love Yankee, or if you haven't tried any of them before then definitely go grab this one, and thank you very much Ellen for a lovely present!!



lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Naked 3 vs Basics

Hello!

So, in blogger land, Urban Decay palettes are seen as a holy grail product, with the lovely highly pigmented shades, and the mix of matte, shimmer and satin shades, they are an essential in every make up collection!

The first palette I picked up was the Naked 3, and then I later brought the Basics, and I have to say, that I completely fell in love with Naked 3, and that Basics just doesn't compare for me! I like a very feminine make up look, so the pink toned shades in Naked 3 are perfect for me, and yes occasionally I do jut go for a very nude look which makes Basics perfect, but for everyday wear, Naked 3 is definitely the one for me! Naked 3 retails for £37 and Basics for £22, but I brought both off a website called cohorted, and I paid £18.50 and £15 for them, and Urban Decay do regularly appear so I would highly recommend keeping an eye on there to grab yourself a bargain!



Lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Garnier Micellar Water

Hello!

Since I brought this back in the summer, it has been a daily essential for me! This is the perfect remover, as it is as gentle as pure water, but removes all traces of make up instantly! This is also very refreshing so is a perfect morning pick me up! As you can see, I am  just reaching the end of the bottle, which is so good, as I use this at least once a day! The bottle does claim to have up to 400 uses, and it doesn't disappoint! This retails at an incredible price of £4.99, which is ridiculous in comparison to the high end equivalents such as Bioderma!

This is available for purchase here


lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Benefit They're Real

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So, I've spoken about this briefly before, so I thought I would do a full review of this mascara, as I think I'll be due for a repurchase soon!

They're Real is the best selling mascara in the UK, and it's incredibly easy to see why! This adds amazing volume with length and a curl - practically impossible for a mascara! The wand on this one is a bit intimidating at first, as it is very thick, and 'spiky' but this is what reaches every single lash, and holds the curl so well!

This mascara can be seen as quite expensive as it is £19.50, but in comparison to Chanel etc where you are looking at £22 upwards, I would say that this is an absolute bargain, as it lasts for so long too! This will definitely erase the need for using two mascaras, and I can guarantee that this will become a staple in your mascara collection!

available to buy here


lots of love,
Jess xxx
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

LUSH: Northern Lights

Hello!

First things first, I would like to say thank you! Last night I hit 6000 views on my blog, which is absolutely crazy! I didn't think that anybody would actually read my little blog, and that amount of views since February is crazy! So thank you all very much!

When I went to see the LUSH Christmas products for the first time, Northern Lights was the one that really drew my attention! I have never seen a bath bomb in this shape before, and I was ecstatic to discover that it is not just a Bonfire Night special!!

On the website it is stated to have a very floral scent, but I definitely see this as having more of a spicy kick to it, however, the effect for me is the main attraction! When you pop this in the bath, the water turns a very vibrant purple shade, and after a minute or so something spectacular happens! Out of one end appears a bright blue, and the other a neon green/yellow. These all swirl together to create the most amazingly relaxing but exciting bath!

I would 100000% recommend this one to anyone who loves LUSH, and also to those rare few who are still yet to try one - where have you been?!

This is £3.50 and available here

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lots of love,
Jess xxx




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Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas

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So today's post is a bit different, this one is about the Christmas period and what it represents to me. 

The past few days I've done lots of things that have made me feel incredibly festive, and with the people that mean the most to me, my friends, family and Tom. Christmas is all about spending time with the important people in your life, and I've done lots of that. Last week I had a catch up with a school friend, then on Sunday we took a visit to go to Longleat at Christmas with some friends, Monday Tom and I had a day out to visit Winter Wonderland, Tuesday we went to Bath with Toms Mum, Wednesday I helped my friend decorate her flat ready for Christmas, and then yesterday we celebrated Tom's birthday! 

As you can tell I've been very busy, but spending so much time with lovely friends and family has been amazing, and I'm now super excited to give them all their Christmas presents and see their faces, and spend lots of time snuggled on the sofa eating chocolate watching The Grinch!

The meaning behind Christmas can sometimes get lost amongst all of the presents and decorations, but sometimes it is important to take a step back, and just spend some quality time with the people in our lives!

I hope you all have a wonderful festive season with your loved ones, the picture below we took at Winter Wonderland, and as well as being my favourite picture of me and Tom, it's also one of my favourite trips we've had, so make many memories that you'll have forever!


Lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

The 50p Brush

Hello!

A while ago I saw someone posting about some bargains on Amazon, and after checking them out I couldn't resist!

This set came in at just £1.98 and as you can see, you get FOUR BRUSHES! That works out at just less than 50p a brush which is incredible! The quality of these brushes is also remarkable, they are very soft, and dense, but also perfect for precise application and of course blending! The only brush that I haven't actually used yet is the one on the far right, as I've been going for the very smoky look, and this is for very precise application, with glitter perhaps!

I would definitely recommend picking these up and you can see them here


lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

One Heck of a Blot

Hello!

Is it really December 3rd already?! After a wonderful few days I am feeling incredibly festive so expect lots of Christmassy posts coming up!

Today I'm talking about the Soap & Glory - One Heck of a Blot Translucent Powder, I had some boots points going spare a few weeks ago so picked up a couple of pieces, and this instantly drew me in. I have to use a translucent powder because otherwise I find that they add an orange tinge to my face which isn't ideal, this is by far one of my favourite powders that I have used. 

The compact comes with its own applicator, but I'm still not entirely convinced that it can beat my trusty Real Techniques Powder Brush, but it really helps precise application in the required areas! I would definitely recommend this powder, as it lasts all day and it doesn't leave that cakey texture  as some do!


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Lots of love,
Jess xxx

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

Hello!

Recently I finished my beloved Match Perfection foundation, and as much as I love my MAC Studio Fix Fluid, I didn't want to have to use it every day as it is very expensive, so I went to go repurchase for the millionth time, and I saw the new range.

In terms of results, I don't actually see the difference between the two, which is really annoying because it's actually more expensive... It might just be my skin, but for me the Match Perfection lasts all day anyway so I think that I will just stick with that in the future!

Rimmel Foundations are a must for those of us with pale skin, as they have the perfect shades, I actually have to use the Light Porcelain shade which is the lightest in the range, but it is the perfect match for me!


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Lots of love,
Jess xxx



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Monday, 1 December 2014

etre belle Liplift Peel

Hello!!

As I said, this is the beginning of daily posts for the festive month! Up today we have the etre belle liplift peel

I think that I first received this in some form of beauty box, and never really used it until the other day when I had a major clear out of my make-up and skincare and rediscovered it. This is very similar to a lip scrub, like the LUSH bubblegum one for example, but the reason that I have been picking this up instead recently, is at night time I prefer to not have such a sweet strong scent on my lips, and this does the exact same function, with the same effect!

A lip peel/scrub is essential in the colder months to keep your lips super soft, and therefore it will help your lipstick stay on a lot longer!


available here

Thank you for reading guys!

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lots of love,
Jess xxx



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