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 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Skincare on Trial


I’ve been wanting to try some new skincare items recently so I decided to test out the new Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask (£13.00). I'd heard nothing but great things about this product and Gabbie from Velvet Gh0st sold it for me - besides I'm always in the market for a new face mask!

So far I'm impressed, it’s a very dark coloured, thick mud mask which kinda reminds me of my all time favourite Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal mask only much much more affordable! As I have a touch of face mask OCD I like to apply it with with a Real Techniques foundation brush, I just feel you get a more even, neat application and you also end up with much less wastage. I basically just apply it with my brush and leave it until it’s completely dried. It usually changes colour from darkish grey to a lighter grey so that’s a pretty good indicator to when to take it off. As for the mask itself, so far so good. It hasn’t broken me out or irritated my skin at all which let’s face it, is always a good start! My skin definitely felt clean and refreshed the following day and so far I’m finding that spots that are on the verge of developing are reduced. BINGO. 

Have you tried this mask? What do you think?

Jess  x 

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! 

Jess  x 

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.

Jess  x