Monday, 15 December 2014

The Perfect Dark Lip?

Now we're well into the Winter months everyone is talking about berry lips and how excited they are for the Festive season, myself especially. Throughout Winter I love nothing more than to cosy up by the fire, put on my Christmas bedding, drink Mulled Wine and most importantly bring out the Winter make up! 

I purchased my first dark coloured lipstick (MAC Rebel) a few years ago and I've been hooked on dark lip shades ever since. For some reason I enjoy wearing dark plum/berry lips in Winter way more than bright colours in Summer so this year I've been determined to build up my collection, and what better way to start than with MAC Diva! This colour has to be one of the most talked about lipsticks in the blogging community and I can definitely see why. It’s a matte shade, which is by far my favourite formula from MAC and the colour is gorgeous - guaranteed to suit most skin tones. You can wear it two ways, heavy for a full on dark lip or lightly patted in for a subtle wash of colour – either way looks incredible! I see it as a sort of instant pick me up, if I'm feeling a bit rubbish and I'm having a boring make up day I stick this lipstick on and it transforms your face! I've been pairing it with either a bronze/goldy eye shadow look or just loads of eye liner. I'm obsessed with this shade at the moment but I really want to invest in some more dark shades for Winter.

What’s your favourite dark lip shade?
Jess  x 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils

My new obsession is the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils (£4.99). They are basically a drugstore take on the Nars Velvet Lip Pencils (which are a staple product in many girls make up bags), only for less than half the price!

With so many gorgeous shades I found it very hard to chose which ones I wanted and as they are currently on 3 for 2 in Boots, naturally decided to pick up six. I ended up with Nude Perfection, Keep It Classy, Berry Much, In With Coral, Fab Orange and Minimalist. I love all of them but my definite favourites are Nude Perfection which is the perfect Kylie Jenner lip colour and Fab Orange which I loved so much I took on a night out and lost it - SO lucky its not a Nars pencil!

The packaging is lovely, really minimalistic and actually quite similar the Nars offering, they have the shade colour painted on the bottom of the packaging which really helps when trying to find the shade you want in your collection! They don’t at all feel drying on the lips which I would have expected for a drugstore lip pencil and they are also extremely pigmented! I've definitely found my favourite lip product of the month, I just need to get every colour!

Jess  x 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic

I did my very best to resist the urge to delve into Charlotte Tilbury's new make up range until pay day, but quite literally hours after the money had hit my bank account I was scrolling through the Selfridges website deciding on my first hit. Apologises for the dramatic intro but I honestly feel I have waited for so long to get my hands on this range and I seem to be more excited about it than any other beauty launch I've purchased! I decided I would restrict myself to one item as I have my eye on loads of other gorgeous products for Christmas, I just couldn't leave the Cheek to Chic blusher behind so I purchased the shade Love Glow. 

The packaging is a wonder of its own, it looks so sleek and luxurious, as soon as I opened it I was in love. The shade is a beautiful light peachy pink and the idea is that you swipe your brush over the edge of the compact to create the base colour and then apply the brighter, centre shade on the apples of your cheeks to create a ‘pop’ of colour. It really creates a gorgeous look which is so wearable for every day and I have in fact been wearing it every day this week! It may be slightly on the pricey side but its totally worth every penny, I can’t wait to try more products from her range!

Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should try next?  

Jess  x 

Friday, 10 October 2014

An Alternative To Coffee

Since I've started my first full time, 9-5 office job I've been drinking coffee like there's no tomorrow. I have to admit I've always been a lover of coffee and I'd have at least two - three mugs a day but I think there's something about sitting at a desk working in an office environment that makes you drink so much more! I've found myself going for a coffee every couple of hours and I've been concious of (a) how it actually isn't that great for you and (b) my teeth going black! I've also found myself having more headaches, obviously I'm not 100% sure this is a result of drinking too much coffee but I'm pretty sure its not going to help. 

So I thought I would try something a little different, fruit tea. Its so big nowadays and I regularly see brands like Teapigs pop up in blog posts and subscription boxes etc. A lot of my colleagues drink fruit tea so I've been testing a few out at work. At first I was craving proper tea and coffee and couldn't see how it could ever compare, however once I started trying out the different flavours and experimenting a little I've become obsessed! I'm currently drinking the Twinings Cherry and Cinnamon Tea, I love Cinnamon anyway although I know its an acquired taste and may not be to everyone's liking. I've also been drinking the Clipper Apple and Rhubarb Tea which is divine and definitely my favourite so far, I love tangy tasting fruit and apple is one of my faves. I think its so much fun trying out the different flavours and I actually didn't realise there were so many on the market, its a bit hit and miss as I've tasted some absolute vile ones but that's the fun of it! The only thing I need to improve on now is to stop having sugar, we'll see how it goes...

Have you tried fruit tea? What are your favourite flavours?

Jess  x 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Dove Advanced Hair Series | Pure Care Dry Oil

In my opinion Dove have always been on point with their haircare ranges, I've tried a fair few of their hair oils, swear by their Intensive Repair Masks and use their Style + Care Heat Protection Spray daily. My hair has been on the dry side recently and to be honest, is in desperate need of a good cut. So I was in the market to try some new haircare products to tame my locks until I get round to going to the hairdressers. I picked up Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil range a few weeks ago (you can see a review here) and fell in love with it, however its a little on the pricey side to be used as a daily shampoo and conditioner. Enter the drugstore alternative... the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Range (bit of a mouth full!), I spotted the Shampoo and Conditioner whilst shopping in Tesco for only £2.99! 

Basically Dove have released three new haircare 'series', Pure Care Dry Oil, Youthful Vitality and Oxygen Moisture. The Pure Care Dry Oil range is aimed for dry, dull hair and promises to nourish using dry oil technology. It contains macadamia and pomegranate seed oils to revitalise and aims to give 5x silkier hair. I know we've heard what wonders these products promise all before but I am actually noticing a dramatic difference to my hair and I'm obsessed! Even whilst I was in the shower and my hair was still damp, after applying she shampoo I could feel a difference. I combed the conditioner through my hair because that's what I've been enjoying doing recently and it honestly felt as luxurious as the Bb range! I was worried it may weigh down my hair with it being oil based but its completely non greasy and the softness of my hair was noticeable even the following day. I've definitely found my miracle haircare product and won't be changing things up for a while!
Jess  x 

Friday, 3 October 2014

September Drugstore Favourites

Many of my favourite products I use on a daily basis are from drugstore brands and finding something you love for cheaper is always a bonus. So this month I thought I would do something different and do my September Drugstore Favourites. 

First up the Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator, I've been using this as a base under my foundation and I've been loving it. When I first picked this up back in Summer I didn't get on with it at all, I thought it made my skin a really strange colour and far too shimmery but after leaving it for a while I decided to give it another go. I think my newly found love comes down to the fact I now have a slight tan from holiday, it means it blends into my skin tone much better. The difference it makes to my skin is incredible, it almost blurs out any imperfections before you apply your foundation so when your base is complete it looks flawless!

I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the MUA Blushers, especially the colour Cupcake. I’ve been wearing this almost every day paired with my MAC cream colour base in Hush. For the ONE POUND price tag you really can’t go wrong, they do a variety of gorgeous colours and they're great quality for the price. I’ve been told by so many of my friends to get the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and I never got round to picking it up. It’s a really nice formula, not too sheer but not too cakey which is exactly what I like in a concealer. Its gorgeously creamy and blendable which makes it great for under the eyes. I have tried It on blemishes but I don’t think I can find anything that covers as well as the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer so its reserved for those under the eye bags! 

I'm completely obsessed with the new LOreal Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows from Maybelline, they have so many beautiful colours and I made sure I brought home all the purpley/taupe shades. They're gorgeous shades, really pigmented and SO buttery. The only problem I have is that I can’t remember the shade numbers for when I want to pick up some more! I think everyone's fallen in love with the Maybelline Colour Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses and I've been wearing them all month! I have three colours but my definite favourite is the shade Glorious Grapefruit. I like to wear it two different ways, as a full on gloss and then also just lightly patted in to give a subtle wash of colour and shine.

What are your faves this month?
Jess  x 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Month of Instagram | September

I must admit I'm terrible at keeping up with these monthly Instagram posts, it seems like no matter how much I plan I always forget to write it! However this month I'm on the ball and have lots of pictures to share, I've decided to add a few of Augusts pictures because I think its a shame to not share them! I've had a busy few months with going on a second summer holiday, getting a new car and starting a new job but its definitely been fun! I'm so excited for Autumn and I've already whipped out the autumnal make up, all I keep thinking is soon it will be Halloween and then my 21st Birthday, eeek! Hope you all had a fab September!

Follow me on Instagram - @jessicatabinor

Make up reorganisation 
- Down time - Treats - Gorgeous Bentley - My first ever Glossybox - Airport purchases - Currently lovin' - Birthday Girl - I love my job! - If you like Pina Colada... -  A £2.99 palette! - My bestfriend and my Nemo PJS - ... Another Pina Colada - Holiday co-ords - A whole lotta rose - Gorgeous baby Leeland - My beautiful new car!

Feel free to comment your Instagram links and I will check them out! 

Jess  x