Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Bb. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Range

My hair has been a nightmare recently, very damaged and very tangled so when I heard about the new Bumble and bumble release I thought I would give it a go. This is the first time I've tried anything from the brand which may sound surprising as Bb is so renowned in the beauty blogging world, I guess I'm just not that into haircare as I am make-up and skincare. I tend to stick to drugstore haircare products and don't change them up very often so the expensive price tag of Bumble and bumble products really put me off. However I saw in Boots that they've released a travel kit with the new range, Hairdresser's Invisible Oil. I thought this was a great idea to try out the products before you spend loads on the full sized bottle so I think in future I will try this with the rest of the Bb products.

The packaging is really cute, white with orange writing and the three bottles come in a handy little see-through case which is ideal for travelling. In the kit you get the shampoo, conditioner and primer which are all 60ml so you get a fair amount to try out. According to Bumble and bumble the range 'softens, silkens, tames, de-frizzes, detangles and protects' and I agree 100%. 

The shampoo and conditioner felt lovely when applied and left my hair feeling very nourished and not at all dry like I find some shampoo's can. I got out of the shower and applied the primer which you apply to damp hair and leave in to condition, this made my hair feel even more soft and silky and the brush went straight through with no tangles what so ever - perfect! After drying I still had silky smooth hair and it wasn't weighed down or product thick at all. 

The only thing I will say is that it doesn't have a very strong scent which is something I enjoy in a shampoo and conditioner however I will definitely be repurchasing the full sized bottles and I think they are definitely worth the money! 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Airport Purchases

I make it a tradition every year when I go on holiday to raid the Duty Free in the Airport and splurge on those items I've been wanting for ages. Not only is it always great to have a beauty splurge it also helps with the waiting around and if you're a nervous traveller, takes your mind off it! Although there are many bargains to be found in the Airport and a lot of the products are cheaper I always like to save up a bit of cash before I go - so I usually have a good idea what I'm going to get. I also purchased a few bits from Mac whilst at the Airport and throughout my holiday but I thought I would save that for another post so keep your eyes peeled for that!

This year I knew that the oh-so-raved-about perfume of the summer, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream was definitely on my hit list. I'd been waiting all summer, watching people post beautiful Instagram pictures and reading about how gorgeous it was until my holiday finally came around - it took ages! Now I'm awful at describing scents but I'd say this is fruity, floral and light - yep that's all I've got. Its just gorgeous, not too overpowering yet its still really flattering and its gorgeous to wear day or night. I love it!

I stumbled across the Jurlique counter and decided to pick something up. It took me hours to decide soothing, replenishing, balancing!? But I finally decided on the Soothing Foaming Cleanser, however I'm not sure if I'd say it really foams, maybe that's just me? All in all its a great cleanser, it leaves my skin feeling really clean and refreshed without drying and the Lavender scent is gorgeous. I definitely want to try out more products from Jurlique so let me know of any favourites?

Finally I picked up another pot of the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm, yes another pot. Its the first lip balm I've ever finished and it only took me 3 months! It really is my fave, I don't think I'll find another that works as well as this so I really can't fault it at all. I've already made a considerable dent in the new pot but I have heard there's a stick formula so I'm interested to see how it compares.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Favourite Instagram Accounts

Its no secret that I'm absolutely obsessed with Instagram and love finding new accounts to get inspiration *cough cough* and stalk peoples home décor/make up stashes. There's something about finding an Instagram account that you love so I thought I would share a few of my faves and where I find most of my inspiration for my own blog.

I've said many-a-time how much I love Kate's blog and YouTube account, her content is always spot on with absolutely increeeedible pictures, which probably explains why I love her Instagram so much. Kate has a talent for taking great photos and the fact that she loves taking great photos of make up makes it even better! She's recently moved into a new house and is in the process of redecorating so you can expect lots of gorgeous home décor inspo with lots of white floorboards! 

It you want minimalistic fashion and beauty inspiration Tamira's Instagram account is where you need to be! She is the queen of photography, she manages to arrange her products in such beautiful ways and the white boarder she uses is now beginning to become her signature look. She has amazing style, a make up collection to die for and is also partial to a bit of monochrome which is very close to my heart! 

This girl has amazing style and I regularly check her Instagram account on those mornings when I have no idea what to wear - then I have to go out and buy more clothes! She pulls together outfits so well with a variety of different looks and always manages to pull it off! She also has a gorgeous blog which features lots of style tips (very handy!).

Caitlin Flemming
Absolutely gorgeous Instagram, if you want tons of interior design photos to help you dream about how you want to decorate your house this is the place to be! She also posts a lot about all the amazing adventures she goes on and makes me want to go travelling so bad! 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Whole Lotta Rose..

When glancing through my beauty stash I couldn't help but notice the amount of rose scented products I've accumulated over the last few months and how popular rose coloured cosmetics have become. I haven't always been the biggest fan of the scent and it does have a bit of a grandma vibe to it however I have grown to love using it with my skincare. And of course, I have always loved the colour. 

First up the Una Brennan Superfacialist Rose Intense Moisture Mask (bit of a mouth full!) this was one of the first drugstore masks I tried and truthfully I wasn't expecting much from it at all, which was a massive mistake, I absolutely love it. It smells so lovely, not too overpowering but just enough of a scent to leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. You can smell it for a while after you wash the mask off which I actually really like, It makes me believe it has got right into my skin and actually worked! The The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist is relatively new to my collection and all I can say is so far so good. I haven't used it as much as I would have liked but when I have tried it the smell and the product is beautiful. Similar to the Rose Intense Moisture Mask the rose scent almost makes me feel more refreshed after using it, not sure if that's just me! 

I absolutely love the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadow as any eye shadow that's quick and easy to apply in the morning is definitely up my street. The Pink Gold shade is beautiful and so easy to wear. I like to pair it with my Naked 3 palette (which is also gorgeously rosey) the shades really compliment each other and the colour tattoo acts as a great base. Finally my favourite of all, my Zoeva Rose Golden Brushes. I'm sure I've gone on enough for you all to know how much I love these babies, they are possibly the best beauty purchase I have ever made and by far my favourite brushes. The quality is incredible, the packaging is beautiful and they work so damn good! I have a slight obsession with anything rose gold at the moment and I really want to get a nice rose golden watch at some point! 

Jess xo

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

June/July Instagram

I have to admit I've been awful at sorting out my Instagram posts these last few months so I thought I would combine June and July into one big post so you can see what I've been getting up to. In my defence I've had a hectic two months with weekends anyway to London and Sheffield, gigs and a holiday to Spain with the girls. 

I went to see Andy Jordan from Made in Chelsea perform which was sooo good despite being surrounded by large groups of 14 year old, screaming girls! In Sheffield I was introduced to a gorgeous little cake shop, It's called Fancie and they sell cupcakes to die for! London was amazing and I completely fell in love with the city, meeting Tinie Tempah wasn't too bad either! #majorfangirlmoment

Two holidays to Spain this summer means lots of trips to Zara and a slightly disturbing bank balance but after my trip to Fuerteventura I need to get myself into sensible mode to start my new job (scary!). I hope you're all having a fab summer and have had a great July!

Follow me on Instagram - @jessicatabinor

Vogue and Gossip Girl kinda day - My favourite Millie Mackintosh eyelashes - Fancie cupcakes (Sheffield) - Cheeky pic with Andy (looking greeeeat Jess) - #fangirl moment, totally lost my cool, windswept - London Town - Andy Jordan gig - Shameless selfie - Cocktails at the Alchemist - Amazing book - SpaceNK treats - The view from the apartment - Holiday photo - The nicest cocktail I have EVER tried - Lush bubble bar - Muji make up storage - Finally got my hands on the pineapple bookends - VB = Queen - Spoilt for choice - Blogging in the sun - What's on my face #2 

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

Jess xo

Sunday, 27 July 2014

What's on my face #2

This month I've rekindled my love for an old favourite foundation, Nars Sheer Glow. This was the first high end foundation I ever bought and It was the only thing I wore for a good few years. Sadly the last bottle I had smashed in my make up bag and I never got round to repurchasing it. I decided to pick up a new bottle last month and the lovely Nars assistant matched me up with an even better colour than I had before, yes I even loved it when I was wearing the wrong shade! The foundation gives such a nice glow which is perfect for the summer when you want to look all dewy and sun kissed but its also such good coverage without looking at all cakey. So I've pretty much been wearing this or my Nars Tinted Moisturiser every day for a flawless summer base.

After my little trip to SpaceNK when I picked up the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar and completely fell in love with it I've been on a mission to find a drugstore alternative and I think I just might have found one! The No7 Stay Perfect Shade And Define eye shadows come in 8 different shades and I decided to test out three, Cool Mink, Glistening Ray and Coffee Bean. I am so happy to report that these shadow sticks encompass the same multi-purpose, gorgeously creamy and very pigmented qualities as the ByTerry offering for a fraction of the price. At £8.99 I can just about look past the packaging and pretend that I am in fact using the Ombre Blackstar every morning.

Since their release the Maybelline Colour Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses have been everywhere and as I am partial to a good lip gloss I was obviously going to pick a few up. I have three in total but I have been wearing the shade Glorious Grapefruit over and over this week! Its a lovely coral colour and looks great either worn normally or lightly patted in to create a more subtle look. I love that these are not at all sticky and actually last a pretty long time!

Finally I have to mention another old love of mine, the 
Mac Cream Colour Base in the shade Hush, I bought this a while back when I was first starting to get into make up as the Mac assistant recommended it as a highlight and from then on I was completely hooked. It creates a gorgeous natural highlight for the cheekbones, eyelids and nose and the colour is so flattering on my skin tone. I had recently forgotten about this but as I was sorting through my make up stash I found it again and my love has not faltered at all! I've been getting loads of compliments on it as its made its way in to my daily make up routine once again!

Jess xo

Thursday, 24 July 2014

TOP 3 | Aftersun Products

With the lovely weather we've been having in England I've been getting out in the garden as much as possible soaking up the sun (with SPF of course!). I've been trying out different after sun lotions to see which ones work the best and help maintain my tan for longer. The most important thing to do after you've been out in the sun is keep your skin moisturised and hydrated so its a good idea to drink lots of water and apply a good moisturiser morning and night.

This spray is perfect for when you're in a rush and gives so much moisture to your skin! I was slightly sceptical when I first heard about it as I thought it might be a fad product that does absolutely nothing, I couldn't have been more wrong! You literally just spray it on your skin and very quickly run your hand over it to rub it in. When I say it takes seconds it honestly does and it leaves no greasy residue behind. I use the one that has Aloe Vera in it which gives incredible moisture and smells gorgeous. I use this when I'm in a rush in the morning and haven't got time to faff about with body butter and waiting for it to dry.

Malibu Aftersun Aloe Vera Gel (£4.29)
One of my holiday essentials is always Aloe Vera Gel, I have tried numerous brands and usually I just get the cheapest one I can find in Boots as they're pretty much all the same. Aloe Vera Gel targets dry skin and sunburn so if you have burnt on holiday you can reduce the redness and soreness. I'm definitely not recommending you let yourself burn and use this gel but if you have accidentally been in the sun for too long it can really help. 

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter (£10.50)
I use this both in the summer and winter and it is by far my favourite body moisturiser. Its a really thick formula that also dries pretty quick and you can really feel it on your skin throughout the day so you can tell your skin is moisturised. It has a lovely sweet scent which isn't too strong but you can smell it when applied. I like to use this pretty much every day to moisturise but I love using it when I've been out in the sun and my skin is feeling a little dry as it transforms it in seconds. I think if you're looking for a good body butter you can't go too wrong with Soap and Glory. 

Jess xo