Friday, 24 April 2015

BEDSIDE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS


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

JO MALONE WOOD SAGE AND SEA SALT


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

PINK TO MAKE THE BOYS WINK


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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Saturday, 11 April 2015

REAL TECHNIQUES BOLD METALS


I'm a sucker for new brushes so when Real Techniques came out with their new premium brush range I was straight down to Boots to check them out. At first they were causing a little controversy as they are priced much higher than the original RT brushes with most of them coming out at around £15.00 - £20.00. Personally the price didn't bother me, mainly because of how freakin' gorgeous they are but also because Sam & Nic clearly stated these are not budget brushes, these are premium and made at a much higher quality. 

The whole collection is beautiful, there are silver, gold and rose gold brushes which are all so different and unique. They've brought out three eye brushes, three face brushes and two cheek brushes, surprisingly I didn't purchase them all at once mainly because half of them were completely sold out everywhere but also because I wanted to make sure the quality was on point before I parted with that much money. 

I decided to pick up the powder brush which was the first to catch my eye, its so soft and angled in a way that you can use it for applying pretty much any product. I've recently been using it to apply my foundation after I saw how gorgeous Tanya Burr's foundation looked. It really is the ultimate multi-purpose brush. I've wanted the famous Nars contour brush for years but never been able to part with what seems like nearly half a weeks rent to get it so the Bold Metals 301 was a perfect alternative and has been helping me find my cheek bones daily. Finally I decided to pick up an eye brush, the 201. I've been using this to blend shadow into my crease and under eye, its really dense and makes blending a dream. 

In my opinion these are definitely worth the extra few pounds and are exactly what the Real Techniques brand needed. I need to get my hands on the 101 which is the funny little foundation brush which is shaped like nothing I've ever seen before! Let me know if anyone has tried it?

Jess  x 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES

This month I've discovered some amazing products both from new purchases and from shopping my stash. As always I spent way too much money on make up but hey ho, no regrets! February has seen so many new beauty launches and I’m proud to say I've managed to stay away from all of them... so far. I've decided I’m going to sit back and wait for all the reviews of the products to come up on my bloglovin’ feed and then I can decide which ones are worth the hype.

So first up is unfortunately going to be a bit of a tease as it’s actually a discontinued product but I've been loving it so much I couldn't resist including it in my favourites. The Estee Lauder Raisins eye shadow palette. I first fell in love with this whilst watching one of Zoella’s videos a few years back, it’s a gorgeous palette consisting of one shimmery light pink shade and one deep purple shade. I’m a big fan of pink/purple coloured eye shadows anyway but the shade and formula of this little beauty is incredible.

I've been getting back into MAC recently and discovering lots of gorgeous products along the way. As I’m forever on the hunt for those Kylie Jenner nude lipsticks I decided to pick up the shade Mehr (£15.50) which is a lovely matte shade. I hadn't heard a lot about Mehr before which I find bizarre now as it’s so gorgeous! When applying MAC matte lipsticks I always like to dab them on very lightly and blend with my finger which I think gives a better finish and a lot more lasting power. A second MAC purchase comes in the form of a paint pot, MAC Groundwork (£15.50) is a gorgeous light brown shade which acts as a perfect base for any eye shadow look. I've tried and tested it over the past few weeks and it really does last all day with no creasing!

You always have a month where all your favourite perfumes seem to run out and you’re left with the realisation that you have to spend an excess of £100 to replace them all, yep that was me this month. Even though I’m moaning about having to fork out that much money I will admit that I’m obsessed with perfume and therefore secretly enjoy trying out new ones now and again. I picked up one I've had my eye on for a while, Miss Dior (£49.05 50ml) by Christian Dior. I’m terrible at describing scents and I think this one is especially hard; all I can say is its floral, light but not too light and bloody gorgeous!

With my combination skin I have to powder my T-Zone every day so I’m always on the hunt for a good affordable powder. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish will always be my true love but I have now found one that could potentially knock it off the top spot. The Bourjois Healthy Balance (£8.99) powder in Light was highly recommended by Amelia from AmeliaLilana and lets face it who wouldn't want her skin!? It’s really light, does a fine job at combating oil, comes in a great selection of colours and has an overall beautiful finish.

I shopped my stash and rediscovered the Rimmel Eastend Snob (£3.99) lip pencil. I've been using this as an alternative to my MAC and Charlotte Tilbury lip pencils as they are slightly on the pricey side to use every day. I feel like this just generally makes my lips look better, even if my lipstick has worn off throughout the day the lip liner will always be there to have my back! It’s a perfect shade that pretty much goes with any pink/nude lip colour.

What have been your favourites this month?

Jess  x 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

HIGH END HAULIN


Pay day splurge isn't even the word for how much I bought when I got paid last week - I need controlling. In my defence the two high end products I'm going to talk about today were definitely not a rushed purchase, I had been thinking about getting these two beauties for a while!

Firstly the Tom Ford lipstick in the shade Beau, which is part of the Lips and Boys collection. They are teeny tiny lipsticks in the most amazing shade range, they come slightly cheaper than their regular lipsticks at £26.00 which makes it that little bit easier to part with the cash. Even though I was drawn to the dark vampy shades I decided to go for a nude colour as I don't have many in my collection. I have to say I am kind of regretting that decision now as I find nudes so hard to wear, no matter how much I love them! The pinks and plum shades are flawless in the collection so after writing this post I think I might have to make a sneeky Selfridges order. I have to talk about the consistency, it is absolutely amazing! For me its just the right amount of creamy-ness - not too much that it slips around but just the right amount of moisture. I've never bought anything from Tom Ford before and I now understand just how luxurious their products are.

Secondly a product I've been meaning to purchase for such a long time, the Soleil Tan De Chanel (£32.00). I had my reservations about it and I suppose that's why its taken me so long to get my hands on it, a cream bronzer with only one shade, really? Surprisingly it really does work! Apparently its meant to suit any skin tone and in the pot it looks scarily orange but all I know is that it definitely suits mine. It took me a while to get the hang of how to apply it having never used a cream product to contour before but with my new Real Techniques brushes I got the hang of it in no time. A definite must have.. and the packaging just looks so pretty!

Have you been make up shopping recently?

Jess  x 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

BUDGET FACE MASK DUO


I've really into masks recently and they've been having a really positive affect on my skin. I think I've realised that my skin reacts better when I give it lots of attention, regular masks and pampering puts it in good shape in no time. The only problem is when you’re using masks so often you need to be concious of your spending because believe me, Aesop doesn't come cheap! You can find some amazing skincare brands in Boots and I’m a huge advocate of budget skincare so I thought I would share with you my favourite budget face mask duo.

The Una Brennan Super Facialist Anti Blemish Clay Mask (£8.99) is incredible and I've been using it for a year or so now. It’s a thick dark coloured mud mask that clears all of the dirt out of your pores and deeply cleanses your skin. I use this as an alternative to the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (£23.00) which is a holy grail product for me but is a little on the pricey side to use as much as I would like. Even though it’s more than half the price cheaper the differences in quality are minimal, of course the product itself doesn't feel as luxurious but the overall result is pretty much exactly the same.

After I've applied a clay mask I always feel like I need to moisturise my skin with some sort of hydrating mask. I absolutely love the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£23.00) but a budget alternative that works just as well is the Una Brennan Super Facialist Rose Intense Moisture Mask (£8.99). I'm a big fan of rose scented products however I am aware that many people aren't so fond so that's something to bare in mind. The consistency is really unique as its very thick with little lumps, its even got marshmallow extract in! Your skin feels so soft and hydrated after you've used it and the two masks together work wonders.

Do you have any purse friendly face masks to recommend?


Jess  x