Me Before You – Book review

This is such a popular book/movie that I’m sure you already know what it is about but hey, it was so good that I couldn’t NOT write a review. Unfortunately I did the whole process the wrong way around and had watched the movie before reading the book; which didn’t turn out to be so bad…obviously there were slight changes to the storyline from the book; as books tend to always be more detailed but having already watched the films I had a good image on who the characters where which helped to aid my imagination when reading the books. I got to put my hands up to Jojo Moyes as she is an amazing author and portrayed the characters and the storyline so beautifully.

What is the book about?

“Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick’ (Sorry to interrupt, but he’s played by the same actor who is Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter. Anyway carrying on…) ” What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”

That was the blerb however I’ll give you more of an insight about it without giving too much away.. Will is a quadriplegic following his accident and is struggling to readapt to his new style of life. He was once an adventurous outgoing, very physical being who is now confined to a wheelchair; his live was changed by Lou Clark completely. I don’t want  to say any more in fear of spoiling it for anyone who’s not read it (but definitely needs too).

What would you rate ‘Me Before You’?

5/5 definitely!

What are your thoughts on ‘Me Before You’?

Well if you hadn’t guessed already I love the book and highly recommend anyone to read it. It was the first book I read after a long break from reading and oh boy did I get hooked in fast! I felt like this book gave so much, it was funny, romantic, sad but also  educational. As I felt Wills’ condition gave the whole book a whole new layer/dimension, it gave it a deeper meaning and shows the reality of those kind of situations. I fell in love with the characters and felt like it was real life and they were all real which could possibly why I got so emotionally hooked.

That is it, I’m still pretty new to reviewing books but I’m hoping to do more in the near future.

If you’ve read this book please let me know how you found it in the comments below!

Q: What is your favourite book?

love always,

Jess x

Benefit Kabrow eyebrow promade. Hit or miss?

So I’m sure there are loads of reviews on this eyebrow product by benefit floating around but hey why not have another one!

I bought this eyebrow promade in May this year just before going on holiday as I’d forgotten the one I used to use on the regular which was the NYX Tame & Frame eyebrow promade and I am so glad that I did!

I’m not the best at doing eyebrows but I found this one especially easy to use and the little brush that it comes with is actually good! (Normally I don’t use the brushes that come with promades)

It’s smooth to apply and looks quite natural when used which is perfect especially for daily use.

The most impressive thing about this promade for me is that it’s waterproof (aka sweatproof) so was perfect when used on holiday.

Do you remember that heatwave that hit the Uk in the summer? Well damn, my eyebrows didn’t smudge once!! Even when I went on holiday late August the kabrow even survived me swimming!

I’m not an expert on eyebrow promades and haven’t even tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills one but I would highly recommend this one!

It gets 5/5 from me!

What is your favourite eyebrow product?

Love always, Jess.

My daily routine of trying to stay positive

So as you may have or may not have noticed I haven’t written a blog in a long time; I’m trying to get back into it now, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while.. I’ve been so caught up doing other things and living life that I found it hard to find the time but hey ho I’m back at it now!

So this post is different to my norm and slightly out there, it’s taken a lot for me to admit it to myself and only just recently to my friends but I think it’s about time. Recent events in my life has confirmed to me that I suffer from anxiety, it’s not severe and is mostly manageable but it’s there. So with this I’ve been working on how to maintain a positive mindset which really helps.

So every morning I wake up and I read these positivity books;

• Everyday confidence

• The little book of positivity by Lucy Lane

• The little book of happiness by Lucy Lane

• Affirminator cards

I read these every morning and I feel like they help put me into the right mindset and helps me to start the day off positively.

I also read in one of the books that keeping a journal is good for keeping positive as you can reflect back to moments in your recent past and see the positive in them. I’ve started to do this and have noticed that it does help to note down how I’m feeling on specific days as then you can kind of understand your emotions more.

I’m no way an expert in this in any shape or form buy these little things have really helped me to feel more positive.

If you have any tips on how to stay positive please leave them in the comments below.

Love,

Jess

Linziclip

Hey guys!

Todays post is going to be about my experience with the company Linziclip.

They were looking for bloggers to try out their clips and review them and luckily they picked me to be one of those bloggers!

*all views expressed are my own & are 100% honest*

You’re probably thinking why would there be such a big deal about clips but they’re not just any clips they’re better. They have a strong grip and are designed in a way that won’t your head if you lay back with them in. Girls, this means you can nap with them in!

They have lots of different sizes and shapes ideal for various hair types. I was sent these:

I use the black one to hold my hair back when using a face mask or hair mask and it’s great! Obviously as my hair is quite short it doesn’t work as well as it would for longer hair but still works a charm!

I use the little ones to separate my hair when straightening, to hold my hair back when doing makeup and to hold hair up when it’s tied up. So they are definitely useful, I use them every day now.

There are loads of different designs and patterns to choose from which makes them so unique and fitting to nearly everyone! This sounds like I’m promoting them but I promise I genuinely love their product and wanted to share it with all of you!

If you’re interested then you can get some of your own here.

Thank you for reading today’s post.

Love, Jess x

Products I’ve not been loving ☹️

Hey guys,

Today’s post is a bit different to my normal posts as it’s not so positive but just as honest.

It’s unrealistic to think that we love everything that we buy because we simply don’t, there are certain products that may actually be good but don’t work for you.

Here are some products that I’ve been trying out but haven’t worked for me as I wished they would:

L’Oreal facial cleansing oil

I’ve been using this for over four weeks and I just don’t get the hype of oil cleansers. It does take off makeup but leaves my skin feeling too oily and god forbid I try to remove eye makeup, then my eye goes blurry and feels like I cant see. I personally wouldn’t recommend as I feel like micellar water and makeup wipes work much better!

NYX Badunkadunk mascara

Yes I bought this purely for its’ name, serves me right, right? I love majority of NYX’s products so was a bit surprised to be disappointed with this one. It adds a reasonable amount of volume but boyyy does it make me look like a panda! Putting it on is like doing surgery, I have to make sure my hand is absolutely still or it transfers everywhere. Even after just an hour of wearing it I find myself with panda eyes. The kids at my job love it, I frankly do not. I wouldn’t recommend this product unfortunately.

Barry M liquid chrome highlighter drops

I personally prefer powder highlighters but really wanted to give this a go because it looked stunning when I swatched it instore. I don’t think its a bad product, I just don’t enjoy using it on myself as it can be quite patchy and hard to blend out.

The Body Shop Almond nail and cuticle manicure oil

I use this every night and have seen no difference to my nails sadly, it doesn’t help to push up my cuticles so I wouldn’t recommend this product.

And that is all! This post was long awaited as I like 9/10 of the products I buy so it’s very uncommon to find something that disappoints!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post! Please let me know in the comments what products you’ve not been loving recently!

Love, Jess x

Happy Jackson & Venom Comms

Hi guys,

A few weeks ago I was sent a few products from the company Happy Jackson & Venom Comms and I really wanted to share it with you!

*All views are mine & 100% honest*

Happy Jackson is an awesome brand which sells lots of vibrant, colourful and empowering products! These range from beauty, stationary and technology; you’re bound to find something amazing in their selection whether it’s for you or a present for someone else.

They’re starting to be sold in various stores such as boots, debenhams, Selfridges and John Lewis but you can always visit and order from their online store.

So without a further ado, here are the products that I got sent to me.

‘Hello world’ iPhone X case

If you’re addicted to phone cases like I am then look no further! This is my current favourite case, I love all things holographic and the fact the little triangles are holographic makes it so sheek and I love it! If you would like it for yourself or for someone else you can get it from here.

‘Girl Power’ portable powerbank and mirror

This isn’t just a power bank, it’s also a mirror! I just love it so much, the quote on the front is so cute and it’s just the perfect shape/size and so handy! Need a mirror? no problem just use the other side of this while it charges up your phone! What a brilliant idea! If you want you’re own one (because let’s face it, who wouldn’t love it?) You can check it out here.

‘Actual mini brain’ memory stick

How cute is this USB? Not only is it practical but it’s also super cute too! If not for yourself, this would be such a cute gift for someone who is currently studying or just loves being organised! You can get it from here.

‘Queen of awesomeness’ iPhone X case

So like I mentioned earlier I have a slight addiction to phone cases so I was super happy to see I got sent two! I love the colour of this case as it’s so vibrant and summery which makes me miss the sun! If you’d like to get your hands on this awesome case (see what I did there?) then you can get it from here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and see things you like! It’s a new range so why not be one of the first people to try it out!

Thank you for reading today’s post!

Love, Jess x

My February Favourites

Hey guys,

Today’s post are my favourites from February, another month another favourites post. I can’t believe it’s already March, where has February gone?

This month it is purely makeup and isn’t that many as the products featured in last months favourites post are still my favourite also!

Makeup Revolution Pearl Lights loose highlighter

I’ve never used a loose highlighter before but damnnnn this is pigmented!!! It gives a lovely golden glow and isn’t too much or too little if that makes any sense? I would highly recommend any highlighter loving person to try this! After all, you get a lot of product for only £5.

L’Oreal Eye Paint

I’ve only ever tried two liquid eyeshadows and at first I wasn’t overly keen but this one completely changed my view! It works great with a cut crease or for a simple liner look.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

You’re probably sighing right now thinking I can’t stop banging on about this concealer and you’re right! I can’t….simply because I love it! Check out my review on it here.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

I know this palette has been out forever and I pushed it to a side for a while because I got new ones. I recently went back to using it and wonder why I ever stopped. Honestly go back to your old palettes and you’ll remember why you loved them before!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Thank you for reading.

What is your favourite product that you’re using at the moment?

Love, Jess x

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer Review

Hey guys,

Today’s post is my review on Makeup Revolution’s new concealer which everyone is talking about! You’re probably bored of reading reviews on this concealer but if on a small chance that you haven’t seen one then yay welcome to mine!

Before I actually got my hands on the concealer I had heard such good reviews on the concealer so I just had to get my hands on one or in my case two… I have the shades C3 & C4.

There is a lot of talk that it is a dupe for the Tarte shape tape concealer which is awesome as I always wanted to try the Tarte one but was put off by the price (£35) whereas the MUR is only £4 (bargainnn)

My Rating: 5/5

My Review

I absolutely love this concealer, it definitely lives up to the hype! The coverage is amazing but isn’t too thick/heavy so is easy to blend and gives a ‘flawless’ look. It is a great way to cover blemishes and brighten up under the eyes! I don’t  I could flaw it in any way at all!

I would 100% recommend this to everyone and anyone as its one of my fave products at the moment!

Thank you for reading today’s post.

What is your opinion on the MUR conceal & define concealer?

Love, Jess x

My Valentine’s Day

Hi guys,

You probably read the title and thought I’m doing this post really late and well I guess it is, but better late than never right?

This post will be all about my Valentines with Graham. I would never of thought that I’d ever do a valentines post but here I am and here it is..

So we did two parts of it;

The first one was to an Italian restaurant (Italian is my faveee food!). The restaurant was called Piccolino and was in Virginia Water. It was my first ever time there and I enjoyed it thanks to Graham. We didn’t see any desserts that we liked so we decided to go ‘creams’ and it was such a nice ending to a lovely night.

Part two was my favourite part of all for obvious reasons.. and if you follow me on instagram or snapchat you’ll know why.

Graham booked a mini break to Hythe in Kent, it was a one night stay at a lovely hotel. So day 1 of the weekend was fun because I love long drives, as I’m not driving I get full control of the music which of course Graham is blessed with. (He’s probably shaking his head reading this right now, ha). When we got there we unpacked and headed straight for the beach, because why the hell not??

The weather was lovely and the beach was literally a few footsteps away. We stayed there until sunset and that was absolutely beautiful! Who knew England could be so pretty?

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It was so peaceful and calm I just wanted to stay in that moment forever but that’s not possible so as time went on of course food would be the first thing on my mind. There not being many places open we settled for Nandos which I was very happy about.

We then went for a walk down the river which was so romantic and cute, I couldn’t of felt more happy (soppy af I know, soz) and then returned to the hotel. We even checked out the hotels’ bar, which was filled with a lot of older people so I did feel a bit out of place but still had a nice time. After a few drinks we went back to the room and watched Ted and Dracula Untold (goals right?😂)

Day 2

The sunday was just as good as the saturday and was very busy. We started off the day by visiting the local town for breakfast, the town was super cute; all the little shops were so aesthetically pleasing and pretty. However, as it was sunday they were all shut, we found a costa and had our brunch in there. We took a walk back through town and to the river which looked just as beautiful in the day time! I even saw an Otter like animal, it was super cute.

We then went back to the car and drove to our next destination which was…

Port Lymphe

We visited the Port Lymphe Reserve, we went on an hour long safari ride which took us to the enclosures of lots of different animals such as: cheetahs, rhinos, wild hunting dogs, camels, giraffes and many more.

Once this was finished you could walk around the rest of the reserve and see the other animals such as: lions, meerkats, monkeys and many more. A lot of these animals were snuggled in their indoor enclosures so we was unable to see them, which is understandable as it was freezing! There was a scottish wildcat there which honest to god looks so similar to domestic cats but you’d definitely pay the price if you tried to pick that one up.

This reserve is pretty impressive to be honest, Graham got me the brochure which has all the information about each animal that is in their care. Some of the animals are extinct in the wild and majority of them are at a high risk of extinction which is really sad. Their breeding program is also amazing as they release them back into the wild but also keep on eye on them to make sure they’re thriving in the wild.

I’m a huge lover of animals and zoos as you’d know if you follow me on social media so visiting this place  was a great surprise planned by Graham. I would definitely recommend for anyone to visit it if they’re nearby! (only if you’re okay with a bit of walking, my legs were aching by the end).

We had finished by 2:45pm and thought that was too early to go back home so decided to have another little adventure and Graham drove us to Dover!

We visiting the white cliffs of Dover which again was a lot of walking (my legs were not happy) but it was so worth it! When we reached the viewpoint we got such a stunning view of the cliffs, sea and France! Graham even got a text saying “Welcome to France” and my phone changed time zones to Paris times. So turns out our phones GPS’s aren’t that accurate.

We walked back and decided to head home.

It was such a lovely valentines and it’s all thanks to Graham.

Thank you for reading this post!

What did you do for Valentines?

Love, Jess x

Mini Haul from Superdrug, Lush & more

Hey guys!

Feels like ages since I’ve written a blog post but in reality it’s only been a week!

Today’s post is going to be about what I bought on monday when I went shopping to Westfields. It’s mostly makeup because…well I’m addicted.

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So lets start off with the makeup bits that I got from Superdrug..

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Superdrug had this awesome deal which was to spend £12 and get the ‘Love Conquers All’ palette by Makeup Revolution which is a total bargain if you ask me! Plus I needed those three bits anyway!

Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder

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Okay so I have been looking for a baking powder for EVER, so I was so happy to finally get this! It was the fourth time of me searching a superdrug for it but all they had was the banana baking powder which is wayyy too yellow for my skin tone. So I thought the ‘lace’ shade would be perfect.

First impressions: 4/5 – you get a lot of product and for £5 what more could you want? It also seems to do a good job at baking although it’s not the best I’ve seen (via youtube) but for a beginner like me, who’s just started to bake; it is perfect! Would definitely reccommed!

Makeup Revolutions’ Conceal & Define concealer

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As you are aware that I already own one of these if you’ve seen my previous post but on monday I bought the lighter shade as I had previously purchased it in the shade C4 but wanted it lighter. As it is super popular it has taken ages to find a light shade in a store so on monday I got the C3.

To find out my first impressions on this you’ll have to stay tuned and wait for my review on it which is coming up soon..

Makeup Revolutions’ Pro Fix Illuminating fixing spray

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I’ve been in need for a new fixing/setting spray as my Rimmell one broke, so thought I’d give this a shot.

First impressions: 3/5, seems to do the job but the smell isn’t the best.

Makeup Revolution Love Conquers All eyeshadow & highlighter palette

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I’m aware the swatches havent come out too well, it was the first time me doing swatches so please don’t hate. The light shades don’t come out too well but the deeper ones do and boyy are they good! The highight is the heart in the middle and acts as a cute and glowy blush.

My first impressions: 3/5 as the pigmentation is good..but not as good as MUR’s other palettes.

Inglot Duraline

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I heard about this from one of my favourite MUA’s Abigail Forbes. It is a mixing liquids which makes dried up makeup products more usable. My eyebrow promade was getting a tad dry and this is just what it needed!

My first impression: 5/5, it works like a charm! My brow promade is practically brand new!

Kiko Radient Fusion Baking Powder

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So I went from having no baking powders to having two! This one is a different formula so maybe it’ll work better or worse.. I don’t know. I love Kiko however and this was half price so I couldn’t resist!

I have no first impressions as I haven’t used it yet.

L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper

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I’ve needed an eyebrow gel for absolute ages! So it was about time I purchased one! I decided to try this one as I’m loving their eyebrow pencil at the moment so why not!

My first impressions: 5/5, can’t fault it in any way, does everything I wanted/needed it to do.

Spectrum Tapered blender brush

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I’ve seen spectrum brushes everywhere at the moment! I only just realised boots sold them so I treated myself to this one.

My first impressions: 5/5, the brush is super pretty and soft and it blends the shadow perfectly.

Lush The hair doctor hot oil treatment

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As I’m in desperate need for my hair to grow I have been looking around for different masks and oils to use and this was one that I have found!

I have no first impressions as of yet, as I haven’t tried it yet!

Lush Teo Deodrant

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You’re probably reading this and thinking that I’m a weirdo for buying this but I’ve been looking around for a cruelty free deodorant and couldn’t find one. Lush did sell these powder ones but can you imagine how messy that would get, well with me trying to use it anyway.

Again, I haven’t got any first impressions of this as I’m yet to try it out.

Lushs’ Roots hair treatment

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As I said previously I’ve been looking for hair masks to help my hair grow or in this case make my hair less ‘fine’.

And you guessed it..I haven’t tried this yet either so have no first impressions.

So this may be more than a ‘mini haul’ oops.. But in all seriousness, I hope you have enjoyed reading this and maybe seen something you like.

Here are the websites where you can get what I have mentioned above:

And that is all!

Thank you so much for reading this post! There will be reviews upcoming for some of these products so please keep your eyes peeled.

Love, Jess x

P.S. What hair masks/oils have any of you found that helps your hair to grow? (Please answer in the comments)