The Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hey guys,

Earlier this month I was nominated for ‘The Mystery Blogger Award’ by the lovely CherishingFlo. If you haven’t already you should check out her blog. She posts about lifestyle tips and her personal life. I LOVE her blog, her posts are always fresh and inspiring and won’t fail to add a smile to your face! So thank you so much for nominating me!

You may be sitting there wondering what an earth this award is even about well….

The award was made by Okoto Enigma, check out her post on how and why she created it! (Original post).

What is the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’?

“Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma

RULES (the only rules I like to follow….haha just kidding…)

  1. Put the award logo on your blog
  2. list the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one funny question
  9. share a link to your best post(s)

So lets Rock ‘n’ Roll..

3 things about me

  1. I have a phobia of spiders and centi/milipedes. The way they look and move creep me out. I strongly dislike feet but wouldn’t class it as a phobia.
  2. I love astrology and have collected many crystals and gems over the years.
  3. My favourite colours are red and rose gold.

CherishingFlo’s questions for me:

  1. What made you start a blog?

I have always loved beauty products, especially makeup and I never knew how to express my love for it. After reading other peoples blogs on makeup and beauty, it suddenly clicked in my head that blogging is what I wanted to do.

  1. What inspires you to write your blogs?

The blogging community really inspires me, I had no clue how supportive bloggers are before I started my blog but I would 100% not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing support I have received from fellow blogger who I now think of as friends.

  1. Would you ever want to blog full-time?

Yes I would love too! Not at the moment I wouldn’t as I love my job at the moment but it would definitely be something I would love to do in the future!

  1. How has blogging impacted your life?

It has made me more confident in myself, gives me a sense of purpose; rather than coming home lazing around watching Netflix I now feel motivated to write/plan blog posts (most days anyway). I have also met lots of AMAZING people from all around the world! I would never of met them if it wasn’t for starting a blog.

  1. What is your favourite past time?

I love going out with friends, seeing Graham, going shopping, reading books, going to concerts and watching movies/programmes. (Sorry couldn’t pick one)

My Nominations!

Kayla, simplyshaiz, judanna, kris marie, mary, PAE Reviews, caitlin, Sonam, becca , tizzhebahSophieRachel, Respirare , Angela, yiota, gianaFrancesca

Please check out their blogs as they are each wonderful and unique in their own way.

My  Questions for you:

  1. What is your favourite part about blogging?
  2. Have you told your friends/family about your blog? if no, why not?
  3. What are your favourite things to write about?
  4. How do you motivate yourself to keep posting blogs?
  5. If you was to have ONE super power what would it be?

Please comment below your post URL’s once you’ve written them as I can’t wait to read your answers!

Thank you so much for reading!

Hope you have had a lovely Monday and see you next time!

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

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hi guys,

I hope you are all well and have had a good Monday and fingers crossed we all have an awesome week!

This post as you know by now is about ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’, I am beyond astounded to have been nominated for this by FIVE lovely girls! No way did I ever expect to be nominated once never mind five times! So I would like to give a HUGE thank you to P A E Reviews, Katie, Fiona, Carly and Laura. I highly recommend for all of you to check out their blogs as they all post such good content and are lovely people!

These awards are a great way for us bloggers to show our appreciation of each other and if I could nominate each and every one of you I would!

My 7 facts!

  1. I’m owl obsessed! I’m hoping to do a falconry course soon so maybe one day I can work alongside the beautiful creatures. My love for owls started from Harry Potter, so obviously snowy owls are my fave. I will own one sometime in my life!
  2. I have 10 piercings, all in my ears. (5 in each)
  3. I’ve dyed my hair bleach blonde, pink and brunette but now I’m back to a natural blonde colour
  4. I have a huge love for dogs! Never been allowed one but luckily my cat acts like a dog so I’m halfway there
  5. I used to want to be a vet all through primary and secondary school but the more I thought about the actual job responsibilities the more I realised it wasn’t for me. I haven’t got the emotional/mental strength to put down an animal and tell the owners without bawling my eyes out myself. I seriously admire every single vet out there cos damn that must be tough.
  6. I have a slight obsession with jewellery from pandora…very slight.
  7. I hate sloths, they creep me out.

I’m not very good at thinking of facts about myself so I’m sorry if they were boring or repetitive to my other posts.

Nomination time!

Please take a look at these blogs, each are unique and equally amazing!

Rules of this award

If I’ve tagged you these are the rules of accepting the award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself

But the most important thing is to have fun and connect with others! Because after all isn’t that what blogging is all about?

Please tag me in your posts so I can read them!

Thank you so much as always for reading, have a lovely evening and enjoy the rest of your week!

Love, Jess x

P.s. who’s excited for November?? I am

🍂My October Favourites🍂

Hi guys,

Today is going to be my post on my favourite beauty and skincare products of this month. Some are new and some I’ve had for a while. It’s like a massive multi review (yay!)

So first up is….

Skincare

  • Dr Botanicals Pomegranate superfood regenerating sleeping mask – you can see a detailed review on this in my previous post Dr botanicals Pomegranate superfood sleeping mask review. It’s made my favourite this month as after just a few uses I can already see a difference (yay)
  • ‘The raspberry kiss’ hand cream by treacle moon – this hand cream is amazing! It smells heavenly and leaves my hands so smooth and soft which is exactly what you want from on a hand cream.
  • Lush ‘bubblegum’ lip scrum – this is a very popular product so I’m not going to go into detail on why I love it as I’m sure many of you know what it’s good for. But for those of you who may never of heard of this before, this is an amazing exfoliator for your lips! I use it when I do my face masks but you’re supposed to use if before putting lipsticks on.
  • Blistex Intense Moisturiser lip balm – I initially bought this to get rid of a cold sore I had however after using it a few times I found my lips were so much more moisturised. It tingles after one use and I love it!

Now onto makeup…(woop)

Makeup

These are my selection of eyeliners that I’ve been loving this month.

  • NYX epic ink liner – this eyeliner is great as it is so easy to apply and looks great on the eye.
  • NYX Jumbo eye pencil in white – this is brand new and I’ve only used it once but I love it! Can be used as a base or just as a usual eyeliner.
  • Urban decay heavy metal liquid liners in gold and pink – I’ve had these for months but they have made it into my October favourites as they are AMAZING. They are great for any eye look, especially for glam looks! I love glitter so these were made for me.

This is my NYX colour correct concealer palette, as you can see I’ve used this quite a few times and it’s great! It’s of great value as you get a wide range of colours with such good quality for such a good price. I find it easier to apply it with a cotton pud.

Here you can see my favourite foundation and concealer. I LOVE this range, so much that I’ve already restocked it (oops). I feel that this foundation is very good in terms of coverage and consistency. These I feel are the underdogs of foundation & concealer as I’ve never heard them being mentioned.

This is what I use on my eyebrows and it’s great! I’ve been using it for ages so this one pot that I wrongfully assumed would only last me a month has in fact lasted me FOUR. Mind blowing right?!

This is my mascara and I LOVE it! Since I’ve been using this I haven’t needed false lashes and that alone speaks for itself.

And OBVIOUSLY my Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay has made it into my faves, ever since I’ve saw teaser videos of this palette even before it was released I fell instantly in love. Once it was in my possession I felt no different. It is AMAZING, definitely the most pigmented out of all the Urban Decay Naked palettes. (They’re all great though). This palette is especially good for this season, it’s RED (hello!). I’ve been waiting sooo long for a red based palette and viola here it is! (It took me 5 mins to figure out how to spell ‘viola’ lol)

This was an unusual purchase for me as I don’t usually go for bold or bright looks, but recently I’ve been loving them more and more. This is why this palette has made it into this months favourites as it’s a perfect palette to creat colourful eye looks. I’ve had so much fun playing around with it already. A full length review is coming soon….(wooooooo)

And this I’m sure needs no introduction as I’ve seen it all over Instagram and one other blogs. This palette is by the amazing Soph does nails, her YouTube videos are my favourite, I wish she’d share her talent with me 😩. I’ve used it a few times and the shades are BEAUTIFUL, so perfect for this season.

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is is the last of my favourites for October, it’s relatively new but been used loads as I LOVE glitter and I feel that this palette helps to complete my eye look. The only downside is that I wish it had more of a range of colours, but hey I can’t have everything! A full length review is coming soon….(wooooooo)

I know my list of favourites have been long and for that I am sorry. However this is my first ever monthly favourite posts so the future ones will be a little shorter (I hope…).

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and hopefully you’ve seen a few products you want yourself!

What are your fave products that you’ve used or found this month?

Love, Jess x

Review: Dr Botanicals Pomegranate superfood sleeping mask

Hey guys,

Hope you’ve all had a good Monday! Today’s post is a review on Dr Botanical’s Pomegranate superfood sleeping mask.

This is the packaging that it came in which I think is adorable, but hey I’m easily amused.

this face mask is 100% vegan and cruelty free! So that’s a bonus.

This is an overnight mask, you’re supposed to apply a thin layer onto your skin and leave it to dry into your skin. You can physically see this happen as when you first apply it, it is a white creamy consistency and then within 10 minutes it fades and sinks into the skin.

It contains pomegranate extract which is a strong antioxidant and aims to smooth and brighten the skin. It also contains almond oil which is rich in fatty acids (doesn’t sound appealing but it does good!) these hydrate and nourish the skin.

I recommend to use it 3 times a week to notice a difference!

My overall opinion on this face mask is good! It hasn’t got a strong/harsh scent, easy and convenient to use (sleeping masks always appeal to the lazy part of me) and it left my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed!

Thank you so much for reading this post! I hope you all have a lovely week.

Feel free to comment your holy grail face masks!

Love, Jess x

🎃HALLOWEEN FAVOURITES🎃


Hey guys, 

Today I’m going to a post on my Halloween favourites as I thought it would be quite relevant. 

Halloween is my second favourite time of the year (1st is Christmas) and I love many things about it. 

Here’s the list:

  • Aesthetic/decorations- I love the way Halloween looks, the pumpkins, skeletons and all the other decor. It all looks so cool and spooky 👻 
  • Pumpkin spiced latte 🎃 (does this really need an explanation??)
  • The colder/wetter weather- I love any excuse to bring out my jumpers again and yes I don’t particularly like rain usually but at this time of the year it gives me the perfect excuse to stay in and watch movies
  • Halloween movies! I LOVE horrors and Halloween is the perfect time to watch them! My all time favourite Halloween movie has got to be “The Nightmare before Christmas” which is a classic, if you haven’t already watched it I definitely recommend it!
  • The costumes! I love seeing all the different Halloween costumes, whether they be simple or extravagant. One year I saw Mario & Luigi and the 118 guys (as a dress up obvs) and that made me laugh!
  • And last but not least… Makeup! I love love love seeing people’s makeup looks! Even though I’m not great at doing Halloween makeup myself seeing others do it makes me inspired. This year I’m determined to do it well

That’s my list, there are other points but those are the main ones I wanted to include. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I was long overdue to write a Halloween themed post so I’m glad I finally did. 

Please leave a comment on your favourites of Halloween, I’d love to hear them. 

Love, Jess x 

P.S. I reached 200 followers on here and I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you! It honestly means the world to me so thank you.