Sunday, 25 October 2015


Right on queue October came around and I started to develop my annual Autumn cold! Yep, every single year I suffer the same lingering cold that seems to be impossible to fight off. Whether living in freezing cold student accommodation for the past year has anything to do with it, I'm not sure, however I'm sure many people are going through the same thing right now. So I thought I'd put together a sick day survival guide.

Entertainment //

In my eyes, the most important thing to consider is how you're going to entertain yourself for the day. I like to light some candles to make it really cosy and get wrapped up in some comfy pjs and a warm blanket. Netflix is usually where I would head first, I've been loving watching Gossip Girl again. I've decided to re-watch the entire series which if anyone knows how many episodes there are, It will take me a while! I've also started to watch Breaking Bad with my boyfriend as we needed something a little less girly to watch together, we've only watched a couple of episodes but so far so good. If you are looking for something really easy to watch there are loads of chick flicks and good comedies available on Netflix, I would definitely recommend! 

If you don't feel like vegging in front of the TV all day (a preferred option of mine) you can always read a new book, recently I've been reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes which has so far taken me a ridiculous amount of time to get through as I've been so busy. Finally  I think magazines are always a good option, there are so many I love and you can now download them to your tablet or phone so you don't even have to leave the house!

Skincare //

One thing I hate about being ill is how my skin feels, its always so dehydrated and sore which nearly always results in a break out. To combat this I like to use a hydrating face mask like the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (£30.00), don't think that overnight masks can only be used at night time, I pretty much always use them in the day and they work amazingly. A good lip balm is another must and so far I haven't found a better offering than the Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm (£9.50), I'm sure throughout the day I must apply this 1000 times, It works wonders.

Food & Drink //

Everyone knows that the one miracle food when you're feeling ill is soup. I'm a big fan of soup as it is but when I'm ill its all I seem to want. Its great if you have a sore throat, I remember when I came down with Tonsillitis all I could eat was soup and ice cream because my throat was so sore. Another thing I crave are warm drinks, I get through cups of tea like nobody's business. I think hot chocolate is a good option when you're feeling unwell as it feels a bit luxury as well as tasting gorgeous. If you're after a healthier option, why not try green tea? I don't find it the nicest tasting drink on its own but I like to add half a teaspoon of sugar which sweetens it up a little - probably defeating the object I know!

Medication //

I'm so pathetic when it comes to taking any type of medicine, I couldn't even take tablets until I was 16. So I usually stay away from horrible tasting cough medicines if possible, which probably would be the best thing for me! Instead I opt for the standard Beechams Cold and Flu tablets which always work for me, I would definitely recommend the Max Strength All In One capsules which I've tried out this year. I pair it with some Honey and Lemon Strepcils and sometimes a little trick that my mum used to use. When I was growing up she would give me a teaspoon of honey when I had a sore throat, whether it actually works or not I don't know but Its something I still like to do. 

What are your top tips for sick days? Are they similar to mine?

Jess  x 

Thursday, 22 October 2015


If for some reason you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of Zoe Sugg, more commonly known as Zoella; she is often described as a YouTube sensation. She is primarily a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger/vlogger, with over 9 million YouTube subscribers she's taken the industry by storm. Over the past year she has taken her passion for beauty and released her own product range aimed at young girls that want to pamper themselves using affordable yet indulgent beauty products. Until recently I had yet to try anything from the range however with exciting new launches coming out all the time it wasn't going to be long until I made my first purchase

I received the Foam Sweet Foam shower gel as part of a present from a friend a few weeks ago. The gel has the Tutti Fruiti scent which is new to the range and was added in Summer this year, its really sweet and very girly, I love it! I find it quite similar to some of the Soap & Glory shower gels in terms of consistency, its really creamy and lathers up with only a tiny amount of product. The packaging is really cute and would look gorgeous displayed in the bathroom, Its also a good size for travelling as I've noticed that the original shower gel is packaged in quite a large bottle which probably wouldn't be as handy. This product is priced at £3.50 which I think is pretty reasonable, Its not something I would buy all the time but as a treat now and again I would definitely recommend it. 

After testing out the shower gel I've been itching to try her other products so I've been looking online on, the Christmas gift sets look amazing and I'm desperate to try the Candy Cream Softening Body Lotion which has little beads of moisture that burst on your skin when you rub it in!

Have you tried anything from the Zoella Beauty range, what are your thoughts?

* Quick tip - Zoella Beauty is 3 for 2 on feelunique at the moment!

Jess  x 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


I go through stages with my skin where its really great and then all of a sudden it reacts to something badly and freaks out. When this happens I try pretty much anything to get rid of the blemishes and attempt to bring some life back into my skin, most of the time this proves to be a difficult task. I have one routine I always go back to which seems to kick my skin back into shape and sort it out in no time. Recently I've realised that I probably shouldn't be looking any further as it never lets me down. 

I started using the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask (£23.00) just over a year  ago and I think I'm on about my third tube. Its a thick charcoal mask which you apply weekly (or however often you need it), it draws out all of the impurities in your skin and unclogs your pores. Its one of those masks that I can see drastic improvements in my skin after the first use and I haven't found anything that targets spots better. I've recently been using it as a spot treatment too, I apply a small amount to the affected area and leave it for a couple of hours - not sure if you're supposed to do that but its been working for me!

After using the mask my skin never feels overly dry unlike with some deep cleansing products however I always like to follow it up with the Origins Drink Up Intensive 10 Minute Mask (£23.00). Usually I would apply a thin layer of this, allow it to soak in and then tissue off the excess leaving you with baby soft skin! My skin always feels super clean and really healthy. I'm a huge lover of masks in general but the Origins masks have always worked for me and seem to be the only thing that can fight breakouts. 

I usually finish up with some of the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + (£15.50) as its great for scarring and I also find it helps with unclogging pores. I've been testing out a similar offering from Indeed Labs so I'm looking forward to seeing how that compares to my fave!

Have you got a skincare routine you can always rely on? 

Jess  x 

Thursday, 3 September 2015



Since I started getting into make-up I've heard great things about MAC Groundwork Paint Pot (£15.50), it seems to be one of those products which everyone raves about in the blogging community. I decided to pick it up as I thought it would be a good addition to my collection for when I need to quickly apply some colour to my eyes and leave the house. It really is as good as everyone says, its a really gorgeous beige/brown shade which I think would suit any skin tone. It adds a subtle wash of colour, blends seamlessly and lasts all day.


At pretty much the same time as purchasing MAC Groundwork I heard about the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige (£4.99). For the price this is an absolute steal, the consistency is exactly the same as the MAC offering, the only difference is a slight variation in the shade which you would only notice if you had both products side-by-side. Once you get over the not so pretty packaging you are essentially using the same product. I'm sure it will take me a while to get through these two so you'll be hearing about these beauties quite regularly! 

Jess  x 

Friday, 24 April 2015


There's something about having the products I use every night out on display that makes me more motivated to use them regularly. Its part of my routine now to use certain products on a daily basis both in the morning and at night and when I fall out of this routine I don't know what to do with myself - my skin feels it too. I honestly believe that one of the main reasons my skin has improved is because I've found some great products that my skin loves and I've been using them consistently.

I know I can rely on the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£23.00) to transform my skin when its freaking out. If I have dehydrated skin, breakouts, dryness I know I can go to bed with this on and in the morning my skin will have improved drastically. I can't even put my finger on what it does, its like a good skin day in a bottle. 

A few months ago I really got into Indeed Labs and started using their Hyaluronic acid, I completely fell in love and saw amazing results in my skin so I decided to give the Pepta-bright (£24.99) a go. I'd seen that a YouTuber (ThePersianBabe) had been using it and recommended it for scarring and uneven skin tones which is what I suffer with the most. I've been using it for about 3 weeks now and I'm addicted, I have to say it takes a while to get over the awful smell, I'm the kind of person that loves nice smelling products so it was a hard one for me! I've definitely seen that my skin is much smoother and looks a lot more even, I'm not having many break outs these days so its improving the look of my skin every time I use it. 

The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate (£36.00) is a staple in many girls nightly beauty routine because its just so amazing at what it does. Its packed full of essential oils to help repair your skin over night, leaving you waking up to hydrated, replenished skin. I always find it settles breakouts and redness and helps keep my skin plump and glowy. Apparently this also has some oils which are supposed to help you sleep too, not sure if this is true because I have no trouble sleeping but it does have a very relaxing scent. 

When I have a spot emergency I always reach for the Mario Badescu Drying Cream (£12.50), this stuff works miracles. It essentially dries out the spot really fast so it clears up much quicker. The only thing you have to be careful of is using it too much, on too much of a large area and drying out your skin. I suggest you use this as a targeted spot treatment and only apply it directly onto the blemish. Just to put it out there, it smells absolutely vile. But once you get over the smell its an amazing product. I've always found that a lot of the spot treatments from Mario Badescu smell awful but they really do work! I think sometimes the worse they smell the better they actually are! 

I've raved about this final product so much on my blog I think I've made it pretty clear I love it. The Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip balm (£9.50). I'm still yet to find a better lip balm that leaves my lip as smooth as this does, I love applying it at night so I wake up with gorgeously soft lips in the morning. Couldn't be without this product and I would recommend it to anyone.

Jess  x 

Sunday, 19 April 2015


I finally took the plunge and decided to take a look at the Jo Malone counter, with the intention of actually buying something. I've always enjoyed having a wander over to have a sneeky browse but I could never afford to buy anything. The scents are amazing, each one so unique like nothing you can find on the high street. I can't even cope with how cute the packaging is and the luxury feel - just amazing!

After spending a while testing out all of the gorgeous scents I decided to pick up the beautiful Wood Sage and Sea Salt which was, at the time the newest addition to the range. Its inspired by the seaside - "Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful." I don't know what it was about the scent but I fell in love instantly, I didn't expect to like it as I love floral scents and this is the only Jo Malone fragrance that doesn't contain a single floral note. The best way I can describe it is quite a woody, musky scent which I guess makes sense as its supposed to be unisex. It has a top note of ambrette seeds, a heart note of sea salt and a base note of sage. 

I know I'm awful at describing perfumes but I wanted to let you all know how much I've been loving it! Let me know what Jo Malone fragrances you love so I can lust over buying another.

Jess  x 

Thursday, 16 April 2015


I've been loving pink shades recently, not sure if its the time of the year or the fact I've rediscovered the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (£38.00) which in my eyes is possibly the ultimate rose toned beauty product out there. The Naked palettes hold some of the best eye shadows I've used, they're creamy, long lasting and most of all come in an amazing shade range. I feel like I sometimes neglect this palette and then rediscover it and fall in love again. I've been wearing the paler shades most days for work as they're so easy to apply when you're in a rush. 

I picked up the Miss Dior perfume (£78.50) a few weeks ago as pretty much all of my faves had run out. This is now one of my faves! I'm hopeless at describing scents but this is gorgeous, its floral and elegant with amazing staying power. I'm pretty sure as much as I hate to admit it, I buy perfumes somewhat based on how pretty the bottle is and the packaging of this beauty is one of the cutest I've seen. Its the kind of perfume bottle you have to have on display on your dresser because it would be a waste to keep it hidden away in a drawer.

Finally a new blush purchase, the Max Factor Creme Puff blush (£8.99). I've always wanted to get my hands on one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes but parting with £36.00 has proven quite a task, especially for a blush when there are so many gorgeous drugstore alternatives. These new Max Factor beauties are an amazing dupe for the Hourglass offering, the shade range is gorgeous, the pigmentation is incredible and they are super blendable. I've been loving wearing a more natural glowy blush and a little more bronzer.

Have you tried any of these products?

Jess  x 
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