What’s in my makeup bag?

Hey guys,

I’m back!!! (Well I didn’t physically go anywhere but I had a mini break) I’ve been super busy with work and personal things but I’m so happy to be back writing posts!

Today’s post is about what I keep in my makeup bag, if the title didn’t give it away already (shocker, right?)

Let’s start of with my makeup bag, as many of you know I LOVE Harry Potter so couldn’t resist buying this when I saw it! (Primark £4) I wanted to get a hufflepuff one as that’s the house I’ve been sorted in. However, they only had gryffindor and slytherin in stock so I chose the gryffindor one.

These are the makeup bits and bobs that I keep in it. I have other makeup bags filled with other makeup but these are my go-to’s.

Glitter pigments & glitter primer from NYX

I love NYX’s products, they are of such great quality and value! And they’re cruelty free, bonus!!

Sleek face form and highlight palettes

I’m also a big fan of sleeks highlighter palettes and I love the contour palette, it works perfect for me! I’ve always preferred powered based contours as I find them easier to work with and blend out. The highlight on the body form palette is also my fave, as you can probably tell due to it almost being finished.

NYX & Urban Decay eyeliners

Urban Decay do my favourite liquid eyeliners of all time! I use their heavy metal eyeliners in almost every makeup look I do! The ‘epic ink liner’ from NYX is also the best liquid liner I’ve used as it’s so easy to apply and doesn’t bleed out!

NYX & L’Oreal mascaras

Yes I bought the ‘badunkadunk’ mascara by NYX purely for its name… however, I was pleasantly impressed at its quality. Although it does transfer onto my eyelids almost every time I apply it; and god forbid you rub your eye…panda look it is! But other than that it is good and adds good volume onto my lashes. The other mascara is by L’Oreal and I can’t remember the name for it, but it’s a fibre mascara and is AMAZING! I haven’t used false lashes since and well.. that speaks for itself.

NYX & L’Oreal primers

I love the L’Oreal ‘infallible luminizing primer’ it’s a lovely texture, very easy to apply and makes your skin glow even under foundation! When I’m not using The L’Oreal primer I use my NYX HD Studio primer which matches my foundation, it works really well and keeps my makeup intact, hooray!

Foundation, BB cream and concealers

If my skin is bad I use L’Oreals’ glam nude BB cream as a primer/base under my foundation. Otherwise I use my foundation and concealer as usual. I love the foundation, it’s not too thick but has a good coverage. However without powder it can be shiny.

Rimmell eyebrow pencil & NYX eyebrow pomade

As you can see I’ve almost finished the eyebrow pencil, I love it! But won’t be getting another one as it’s nit cruelty free. However I love NYX’s brow pomade, for me it’s perfect and totally affordable! However I do want to try the ABH one as it’s clearly one of the best from the hype!

And that is all! As I mentioned earlier I do have much more makeup than that but these are the bits I use regularly and love the most!

Whats the favourite makeup product that you have in your make up bag?

Thank you so much for reading today’s post.

Love,

Jess x

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Review: VeeBeautyLDN

Hey guys,

Happy New Year!! I’m so excited for 2018, this year is going to be good I can just feel it!

My first post of this year is going to be a review on the lovely products I’ve received off the amazing VeeBeautyLDN!

*all views are my own*

I received the Lash & Brow serum, Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lip Balm and Minty Moment Moisturising Lip Balm.

I’m so grateful to the owner of VeeBeautyLDN as she was really friendly and lovely to approach. I will leave her contact details at the end so please do check her out!

Lash & Brow Serum

How to use

For eyelashes – use at night, apply with the wand as close to the lash root as possible.

For eyebrows – apply the oil onto your finger and massage into the eyebrows in a circular motion.

What does it contain?

Caster oil, Argan oil, Vitamin E and Avocado oil

Does it work?

Yes!!!! Ive used lash serums before and have had no luck at all, after using this for a month I’ve seen a big difference in the length, thickness and health of my lashes, they feel soft but not brittle like they did before. I haven’t used it on my eyebrows as of yet but I’m sure it’ll do the same to them!

My rating

5/5! I 100% recommend this serum if you want longer and healthier lashes!

Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lip Balm

What does it contain?

Beeswax, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E and vanilla essence oil.

Does it work?

Yes! I use this every night and my lips have never been so smooth and moisturised and trust me I’ve tried a lot of lip balms! This is probably my most favourite of them all!

My rating

5/5 again, I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a Lip Balm that keeps your lips in good condition.

Minty Moment Moisturising Lip Balm

What does it contain?

Beeswax, coconut oil, Shea butter, sweet almond oil, mango butter, vitamin E and peppermint oil.

Does it work?

Again this is yes, seriously these lip balms are amazing! I use this one every morning as it helps my mouth feel fresh after brushing my teeth and keeps my lips feeling moisturised for hours! Only needing to re-apply it once during the day! (I work with children so am outside a lot)

My Rating

5/5! I stand by what I said in my rating of the other lip balm, I highly recommend this Lip Balm! It’s very refreshing and does exactly what it says it does, I’m in love with the quality of these products.

That’s all!

Thank you so much for reading this review, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and if you did want to check out VeeBeautyLDN here is her Instagram and website!

(All views in this post are my own and are completely honest)

Love, Jess x

Product review: ERA Natur – Bilka

Hey guys,

Today I am writing a review on two products I have got from ERA Natur, this is an amazing company which produce high quality cosmetic products that are all natural and contain herbal extracts and minerals.

We are passionate about using products for personal hygiene and cosmetics made with natural ingredients and with minimum chemistry. – ERA Natur

I ordered two products from ERA Natur which were the Bilka upgrape caffeine + body care – slim fit effect and the Bilka intimate hydrating gel wash.

Bilka upgrape body care caffeine+ slim fit effect cream

What does it do?

It is a body cream with a slimming and firming effect. It’s designed especially for stimulating the blood circulation and reducing fat. If used daily and in combination with the right activities and diet, a visible slimming effect can be noticed!

What does it have in it?

  • Caffeine – a proven stimulant which increases the blood circulation, helps for disposal of fat and water from the body.
  • Combined extract of horse chestnut, ivy & green tea– drains retained water, tightens and smooths the skin
  • Organic grape extract – an antioxidant, strengthens the collagen and elastin structure in the skin
  • Macadamia oil – deeply regenerates and hydrated the skin
  • Shea butter – rich in vitamins A, E & F
  • D-pantherol – increases skins moisture
  • Vitamin E – maintains skins elasticity
  • Menthol – gives immediate feeling of freshness and cooling

How do I use it?

Apply to wanted areas (e.g. stomach, thighs, arms..etc) with massage movements, use after a shower/bath twice a day.

My review

I’ve used this for the past week and I am definitely starting to see a slight difference! I’m using this on my stomach as that is the area I’m focusing on losing weight. Alongside this cream I am eating healthier (mostly) doing more exercise and drinking more green tea. I love the smell of menthol and can definitely feel the soothing feeling straight after. However if you dislike the smell of menthol I wouldn’t recommend this as the smell is quite strong.

My rating : 5/5

Bilka intimate hydrating gel wash

I mistakenly ordered this thinking it was a face wash, I was wrong. This is a cleansing wash for your intimate area.

What does it do?

It provides delicate cleansing in the intimate area without drying out the skin, gives a sense of freshness and comfort

What does it have in it?

  • Organic rose water – hydrates and freshens up, eliminates dryness and discomfort
  • Glycerine – restores skin elasticity
  • Bio ecological agent – neutralises harmful bacteria
  • Lactic acid – soothes and maintains the optimal PH in the intimate area

How do I use it?

Apply an appropriate dose, lather in your hands, wash and rinse with water

My review

I’m not going to go into great detail with this as that’s a bit personal. However after using this for a week I can definitely say it does make the intimate area feel fresher and more hydrated. It also smells really nice.

My rating: 5/5

If you would like to purchase any products from ERA Natur, you can do so here.

Thank you for reading today’s review! Check back later to see my blogmas Day 4 post!

Love, Jess x

VOGUE 73 QUESTIONS TAG

Hey guys,

I was tagged by Angela from dreamsandlashes.com to do the Vogue’s 73 Questions tag! I’m so excited to answer these questions and hopefully you will get to know me more in the process! It is quite a long post, so if you can’t make your way through all of it I completely understand!

Let’s get started!

  • What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

It was mine and Grahams’ 6 month anniversary and he brought me on a day out around London for the day which was really good.

  • What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?

Starting this new job, I was very very lucky to get my job and I am so glad that I did! (I work as a TA in a nursery in a school)

  • What’s the best thing to happen to you ever?

Is it too cringey to say meeting Graham? Because that is probably the best thing that’s happened.

  • What’s your favourite season?

My favourite season is winter purely for the atmosphere, warm jumpers, hot drinks, cosy nights in and Christmas. But summer is a close second!

  • What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas definitely! Love the atmosphere, the food and the movies!

  • Would you ever live in a big city?

I already do, I live in London. However I want to move out of London when I’m a bit older.

  • What’s your favourite ice cream?

Chocolate flavoured 100%! My ultimate favourite is Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked, however I can’t find it in any shops anymore which is heartbreaking.

  • What’s your favourite dessert?

Chocolate brownie!!

  • Cake or pie?

Cake definitely! I’m not a huge fan of pie, unless it’s apple pie.

  • What’s your least favourite food?

Fish! I can’t stand the smell, texture or taste of fish. (Except tuna)

  • What’s your favourite condiment?

I would have to say mixed herbs or garlic. (I totally did not have to google what condiment means…)

  • It’s brunch, what do you eat?

I’m boring so I would probably get a baguette or toastie.

  • What is your favourite colour?

Red

  • What colour dress did you wear to your prom?

Black and white.

  • Blow dry or air dry?

If I’m doing my hair before I go out I would blow dry, but normally I let my hair dry naturally.

  • Do you think you’re strong?

Physically, no. Mentally, yes.

  • Who is a person you’d love to have coffee with?

My old bestfriend in primary school, would be nice to see what she is up to.

  • When was the last time you cried?

Maybe just over 3 weeks ago, when I was thinking about moving out and realised I’d have to leave my cat behind. (at my parents)

  • Who’s the last person you texted?

Graham

  • Twitter or Instagram?

I’d have to say Twitter as I feel like you can connect with more people on there, but I love instagram too!

  • Who should everyone follow right now?

You should all follow respirare.weebly.com as her blog is amazing and deserves all the recognition it can get!

  • Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

When I was 14 I was on holiday with my parents, left my bag on the table and someone returned it to me but the 100 Euros I had was gone.

  • Favourite country you’ve visited?

Menorca, as I’ve been there twice but when I was younger and I loved it!

  • Country you wish to visit?

Oh there are so many! My top one at the moment is Thailand

  • First pet?

My current pet, My cat Ellie

  • Favourite disney animal?

There’s so many to choose from! Will have to say Pascale from the movie Tangled.

  • What are you doing tomorrow?

Working, exciting!

  • What are you most excited about in life right now?

I’m excited mostly for Christmas, as me and Graham have planned quite a few things to do.

  • A book you read because everyone else was reading it?

A fault in our stars, definitely didn’t disappoint.

  • What are you completely bored of right now?

This cold!! It feels like I have been ill for ever and I’m sick of it. (Pardon  the pun)

  • What’s your favourite beverage?

Coffee!

  • What’s your favourite cocktail?

Sex on the beach and pornstar martini

  • What would you order at a McDonald’s drive through?

A cheeseburger, mozzarella dippers, blueberry muffin and a toffee latte

  • What’s one thing you still have from your childhood?

My cuddly toy called Flopsy.

  • What’s your favourite current TV show?

Torn between Riverdale and Once Upon a Time

  • What’s a movie that’s made you cry?

Most recent one was dogs purpose.

  • What do you miss the most?

Not having to stress about money

  • What’s something you can’t do?

I can’t sing to save my life.

  • What are your nicknames?

Jess or Jessie, only certain people call me Jessie though

  • What makes you laugh a lot?

My friends, my dad or my cat being dopey.

  • Heels or flats?

Flats definitely! I can’t walk in heels at all!

  • What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know, I haven’t really done anything adventurous yet

  • What’s the one thing you wanted to do but been scared of?

Funnily enough it was blogging, I’ve wanted to blog for ages but only just recently plucked up the courage to

  • What’s the thing you’re most proud of?

Doing well at college and being qualified to do what I want to do.

  • What did you want to do with your life at age 5?

I always wanted to be a vet when I was younger but as I got older I realised what the job actually entailed and I realised I wouldn’t be good for the job.

  • Dogs or Cats?

I love both but definitely dogs!

  • What’s the most important thing someone can learn?

How to be a good and honest person. We need more of those in the world!

  • Bath or shower?

Shower, it’s quicker. However, if I need to relax/destress a bath is best.

  • Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Mountain hideaway definitely! I’d be too scared of flooding/tsunami if I lived by a beach, plus I hate the feel of sand.

  • If you could spend 3 months somewhere, where would it be?

America, I would love to do a road trip around America and see some of the states!

  • Are you messy or neat?

Neat, got a bit of an OCD in certain aspects.

  • What is your favourite scented candle?

I love berry scented candles!

  • What is the first thing you do each morning?

I check my phone, social media and all that then I get up and start my day

  • What do you have for breakfast?

Weekdays I have weetabix or porridge and on weekends I have pancakes or crumpets.

  • What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?

I read a chapter of my book.

  • What’s one skill you wish you had?

I would love to be able to draw/paint/sketch

  • What’s your favourite pizza?

Tuna and sweetcorn or meat feast

  • Describe your ideal man in 3 words

Honest, funny and caring.

  • Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

My mum, I don’t really call people, I’m more of a texter.

  • At what age were you the happiest?

I can’t remember an exact age but it was before my teens

  • What’s the last thing you ate?

A packet of malteasers, healthy right?

  • Where do you go to when you need to be alone?

My room or for a walk

  • What’s the biggest thing on your mind right now?

Trying to decide how I want to study to be a teacher

  • What’s the best activity to do at home on a rainy day?

I love lying in bed, reading books and watching netflix.

  • What are you listening to right now?

A christmas playlist on spotify. (Woop Christmas is coming!)

  • On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you in life right now?

7

  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Frogs legs

  • Starter or dessert?

Dessert definitely! I rarely ever get  a starter

  • What’s the furthest you’ve been from home?

Geographically wise probably Cyprus earlier on this year.

MY NOMINEES

Caitlin

simply shaiz

PAE reviews

If you’ve made it this far thank you! If you couldn’t finish it still thank you for reading what you did! I know it was a long one.

What else do you want to know about me? Comment below

Take care,

Love, Jess x

Review: Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating cream

Hey guys,

I haven’t done a review in SO long I’ve really missed doing them but don’t worry I have plenty more reviews coming your way soon. All views are my own and are 100% honest.

Today I am reviewing Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating cream. Firstly, the packaging itself is a huge selling point, so aesthetically pleasing. So if you are one of those people who like to have all their products looking pretty on the shelves this cream would fit right in!

I LOVE this cream, I have nothing bad to say about it! It has a pleasant yet subtle smell which isn’t overpowering once on your face. You only need to use a small amount and it goes far! This means good value for money which is what we all love, right?!

I have been using the cream for about 3 weeks now and have noticed a huge difference in my skin, as it’s gotten colder my skin normally dries out and gets sore and irritable. However, thanks to this cream my skin is soft and as moisturised as ever!

It’s also cruelty free and vegan! What’s not to love?

I would rate this cream 10/10 and would highly recommend for you to try it!

Thank you for reading today’s review! I hope you have enjoyed it!

What moisturiser do you use? Comment below

Take care,

Love, Jess x

My Skincare Routine

Hi guys,

I hope you’ve all had a good Monday and have a good rest of your week!

Today I’m doing a blog post on my current skincare routine, I say current as I’m pretty sure it’ll change within a month.

Skincare is subject to skin type so in order for you to know if these products may be of benefit to you it’s probably best I disclose my skin type… (drum roll please)… dry and sensitive mostly but in the summer it can get oily.

I would also like to apologise in advance for the quality of the photographs as the lighting was awful (ugh English weather) and I couldn’t lay the bottles flat as they wouldn’t stop rolling…

The order in which I do my skincare routine are as follows:

  1. Cleanse/wash
  2. Tone
  3. Spot cream/gel
  4. Serum
  5. Eye cream
  6. Moisturiser
  7. Oil
  8. Primer…..makeup as usual.

My morning and afternoon skincare routines are different.

In the morning I usually cleanse my face using The Body Shops’ Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser.

Then before I leave for work I use Dr Botanicals ‘Tropical Invigorating Cream’ duo moisturiser.


However in the afternoon after my shower/bath I will do a longer skincare routine.

First I wash my face using The Body Shops’ Tea Tree Skin Clearing FacialWash.


Then I use a cotton pad to apply The Body Shops’ Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner on my face and neck.


After this I apply LUSHs ‘Grease Lightning’ spot treatment gel over any blemishes I have on my face.

Check out my review here.

Then use The Body Shops’ Vitamin C Skin Reviver Instant Smoother and spread this over my T-zones. (Also works as a great primer)


Then I use The Body Shops’ Vitamin E Eye Cream, I apply this on my eyelid and underneath them.

After the eye cream has dried I then apply the Dr Botanicals ‘Tropical Invigorating Cream’ duo moisturiser again.

When that’s soaked into my skin I then apply The Body Shops’ Tea Tree Oil onto my T-zones and gently pat it down using two fingers.

That’s my skin routine almost finished!

Once/twice a week (depending on how many days I wear makeup) I exfoliate my face using The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub.

I also use face masks 3 days a week, I normally do 2 days of day masks and one sleeping mask.

I use L’Oreal Pure Clay masks as a day mask.

I use two different sleeping masks, alternatively to how my skin is.

If my skin is feeling dry I use The dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask. Check out its review here

If I have a few blemishes/spots I use The Body Shops’ Tea Tree Anti-imperfection Night Mask.


That’s a wrap!

A full review of The Body Shops’ Tea Tree range will be posted soon!

Thank you all so much for reading! I hope it’s been useful and please leave a comment what your favourite part of your skincare routine is.

Love, Jess x

💅🏼How to grow your nails💅🏼

Hey guys,

Happy Thursday! Hope you’ve all had a good week so far and have a fun Friday tomorrow💃🏼

If you know me personally then you’ll know I had short, brittle and bitten nails (ew right?) for YEARS. It was a habit that I had since I was as a child and as I grew up it began to be caused more by stress and anxiety.

I HATED my nails, I used to be so embarrassed of them and hide them as much as I could. When I got to 15/16 I started to get my nails done. I got acrylic nails as that was a quick fix to my solution, so I thought… Yes acrylic nails do help your nails to grow underneath however, it weakens your nails and they’re very likely to break. This was a never ending cycle for me.

I would get acrylics, they’d fall off, I’d get excited about how long my nails had got, they’d break and then I’d bite them off. And repeat…. There was one point when I thought enough was enough and I was sick of wasting money on acrylics that just damaged my nails.

I then moved onto Shellac which at first was great, my nails were growing more, it looked nicer as it was actually my nail BUT the more I got it done the weaker my nails got. They had gotten really nice and long until the shellac started to peel off and off peeled my nail with it!

This caused me to start biting them again. At this point I had given up on the idea of growing them until me and some of my best friends decided we would motivate each other to grow our nails through making a group chat to share our process. This has really motivated me to grow them and worked!

This is what my nails looked like before….

And this is what they look like now..

They are far from perfect and are very plain at the moment but I’m super proud of myself.

(Sorry for the crap picture quality, these pictures were only initially intended for the group chat)

Here are the stages of the nail growth

How did I do it?

First thing I did was paint them with a nude coloured nail varnish to make them look a bit nicer.

Then I went to my local drugstore (boots) to look for nail varnishes to help nails grow and viola I found one!

It’s by Sally Hansen and is called Maximum Growth, it promises to give visible results in 1 week! It wasn’t lying! I saw a difference in TWO days. (2nd picture from the right).

The third picture in the collage is a week after using the nail polish. (It really does work)

Directions for use: apply 1 coat to bare nails every other day or as a base for a nail varnish.

It cost me £5.99 and worked better than I ever expected it too! I would highly recommend this if you’re trying to grow your nails.

Self care is important too

Obviously there are other factors that can affect the health of your nails, a big one is stress. This had a huge impact on my nails as in my old job I was under so much stress and pressure it was affecting my nails, hair and skin!

Within a week of leaving and becoming stress free I noticed a difference!

So if you have weak/short nails and work in a fast paced/stressful work place, I’m not saying you have to leave but relieving some of the stress will definitely help and not just for your nails. You can release stress by meditation, exercise, reading, being creative …etc. To find more ways of relieving stress check out this website https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spotHow to care for your nails

I’m no expert believe me but I’ll tell you what I do that helps my nails to stay strong.

When my nails are bare I use this buffing block which has four different textured sides; one that files, one that buffs, one that smoothes and one that makes it shine. I bought mine from boots but a lot of drugstores and supermarkets sell them!

After that I rub hand cream onto my hands and nails.

Before applying nail varnish I use the Sally Hanson nail varnish as a base then apply the nail polish.

I try and take nail varnish off after 4 or 5 days and give my nails 2-3 days to breathe in between. (If you constantly wear nail polish your nail gets deoxygenated and goes orange)

And that’s all! Let’s hope I keep this routine up and my nails stay long!

I hope this post has helped you in some way, please leave a comment on any tips you have on growing your nails!

Thank you for reading.

Love, Jess x