Crystal rollers; worth the hype?

Hey guys,

its been about a year since I last wrote a blog post, and to be honest a lot has changed since then; I’ve started a new job and focused heavily on my open uni degree so found it hard to balance blogging alongside it. However, I have missed not writing blogs so I’m giving it another shot.

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, this will be about crystal rollers, more specifically the Revolution crystal rollers alongside the serums.

The serums are called:

  • Rose and camomile: calming and soothing serum
  • Green tea and collagen: hydrating and plumping serum

They are both vegan and cruelty free.

The packaging itself is very aesthetically pleasing and the serums themselves are glittery (but don’t leave your face glittery, woop!). They are great value for money as a little goes a long way and the serums seem to be lasting forever.

I use the jade crystal roller with the green tea and collagen serum and the rose quartz roller with the rose and camomile serum.

I personally love them and have noticed a real difference in my skin since using them. I use the green tea and collagen one as part of my morning routine and use the rose and camomile serum during my nighttime routine.

I would highly recommend trying these if you’re skin is sensitive and dry as the rollers really help to soothe and calm inflamed skin and also the serum is absorbed into the skin causing it to feel more moisturised.

Have you tried crystal rollers? if so, leave in the comments your thoughts on them.

Until next time,

Jess x

My January Favourites

Hey guys,

Today’s post is going to be on my favourites from last month. Yes I know it’s a bit late as it’s nearly half way through February but let’s just pretend it’s last week๐Ÿ˜‚.

I personally love these posts so thought I need to do these more often.

So let’s begin,

Favourite Makeup bits

I donโ€™t know about you but Iโ€™m seriously loving Makeup Revolutionโ€™s makeup recently. For such low prices the quality is AMAZING and to be honest the eyeshadow palette is just as pigmented as my urban decay palettes.

Here are some more Makeup Revolution bits and my new Lโ€™Oreal eyebrow pencil. Everyone is taking about their concealer and for good reason, I LOVE it! (Review will be up soon). Their loose highlighter is also so good, I’m in love!

This is the ‘Pure Gold’ Lipstick from L’oreal which I am in complete love with, just look at it!

This is another lipstick from L’oreal that I’ve been loving. It is in shade 116 and is a shimmery nude.

Favourite Hair Products

Here are all my hair products that I’ve been loving! As I’m trying to grow my hair these really help and are so good! My hair has been feeling and looking so much better since I’ve been using them.

Favourite Netflix shows

Reign and Riverdale are both my faves at the moment. You should give both a watch if you haven’t already!

That is all for my favourites! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s posts and maybe learnt more about what I like.

What are your favourites from January?

Love,

Jess x

Whatโ€™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 ยฃ4) 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 & Lโ€™Oreal primers

I love the Lโ€™Oreal โ€˜infallible luminizing primerโ€™ itโ€™s a lovely texture, very easy to apply and makes your skin glow even under foundation! When Iโ€™m not using The Lโ€™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 Lโ€™Orealsโ€™ glam nude BB cream as a primer/base under my foundation. Otherwise I use my foundation and concealer as usual. I love the foundation, itโ€™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 Iโ€™ve almost finished the eyebrow pencil, I love it! But wonโ€™t be getting another one as itโ€™s nit cruelty free. However I love NYXโ€™s brow pomade, for me itโ€™s perfect and totally affordable! However I do want to try the ABH one as itโ€™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 todayโ€™s post.

Love,

Jess x

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

BLOGMAS – DAY 21 – December Favourites

Hey guys,

Welcome to the 21st day of my blogmas! Only 4 days left! Today’s post is going to be my favourite products from this month!

So let’s get started!

Body care

Sleepy, mask of magnamity, snow fair body conditioner from Lush and VeeBeautyLdn’s eyelash and eyebrow serum and two lip balms. I love using all of these, definitely would recommend for you guys to try it out!

The body scrub by what’s in it for me, smells edible and leaves your skin feeling incredible! (Haha rhymes)

Fragrance

So fragrance were kind enough to gift me with these beauties at the Blogosphere Christmas festival last weekend and they all smell so lovely! So affordable and pretty! You can purchase these from most boots stores and would make great stocking fillers!

Face mask

Im loving this face mask at the moment! You can check out my full review on L’Orรฉal’s pure clay masks here.

Makeup

This is a recent buy of mine from Urban Decay and it is the Heavy Metal palette. Don’t let this picture fool you, this palette is HUGE well.. in comparison to their other palettes. I swatched it in the shop and bought it then and there that’s how much I loved it! Will do some looks using it soon!

Hair care

I was also luckily enough to be gifted these at the Blogosphere Christmas festival too by Ogx! I LOVE their hair products! Been using their shampoo and conditioners for maybe 2 years now, my hair definitely thanks me for it!

Books

This is my favourite book of this month! I love it! Check out my review for it here.

Netflix

These are my two favourite series at the moment, not just for this month but they’re what I’m watching this month! If you haven’t seen either or any of them I definitely suggest that you should!!

What is your favourite product of this month?

Thank you for reading today’s post, if you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here.

Love, Jess x

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

Want to see what I get up to this festive season?

Follow my Instagram โ€“ https://www.instagram.com/jessxclare/

Follow my twitter – @jessxclare

Add me on snapchat โ€“ jessclarex

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

BLOGMAS DAY 14 โ€“ Festive Lush Haul

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 14 of my blogmas! I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s been two weeks already! Itโ€™s absolutely flown by!

Linking back to yesterdayโ€™s post one of the main ingredients to a true pamper session is of course โ€ฆ..(drumroll please)โ€ฆ..a bath bomb!

And where better to get a bathbomb than lush?!

Todayโ€™s post is going to be of the bath bombs/bubble bars that I recently purchased from lush and the keep in the spirit of blogmas I chose only festive ones!

Christmas Sweater

The snowman bubble bar

Christmas Eve bubble bar

The magic of Christmas bubble bar

Star light star bright

To purchase any of these you can get them from a Lush store, from the Lush app or online here

(Due to my mums allergies Iโ€™ve only used one of them! So no review on them as of yet, sorry!)

Thank you for reading todayโ€™s post!

What is your favourite Lush bathbomb?

Love, Jess x

BLOGMAS – DAY 8 – Christmas makeup looks

Hey guys,

I’m so sorry this post is going up so late! Hope you enjoy it just as much!

Today’s post is a few Christmas makeup looks that I did yesterday.

(Prewarning: I’m no MUA so please don’t judge as these were first attempts and the lighting was poor so I apologise beforehand)

Christmas look 1

What I used:

  • Urban decay Smoky palette (grey on outer crease)
  • Urban decay Electric pressed pigment palette (silver glitter)
  • Nyx holographic glitter pigments & glitter primer
  • Urban decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner

(Can you tell I love urban decay?)

How did I do it?

  1. I used a light grey as the transition shade
  2. I went in with a darker silver/grey to do the outer crease
  3. I applied the silver glitter on my eyelid
  4. Put a small bit of the glitter primer on top
  5. Used a flat brush to apply the glitter pigment
  6. Using the white eyeliner I drew the ‘snowballs’ under the eyebrow

How did I find it?

This was just a random idea that came to my head, it was quite simple and didn’t take me long at all! It’s actually my favourite out of the three looks I did.

Christmas look 2

What I used:

  • Nyx elements eyeshadow palette: Earth (green outer crease colour)
  • Urban decay moon dust palette (green glitter)
  • Urban decay heavy metal glitter eyeliner (gold glitter)
  • Urban decay razor sharp eyeliner (white & green)

How did I do it?

  1. I used the green colour from the Nyx palette as a transition colour
  2. I went on top of this with the green glitter shade from the UD moon dust palette
  3. I used a lighter green shade from the Nyx palette on my eyelid
  4. I drew the wing with the razor sharp eyeliner (white)
  5. I then applied the gold heavy metal glitter eyeliner over my eyelid
  6. Then with the green UD razor sharp eyeliner I went over the white eyeliner with stripes

How did I find it?

This again I completely guessed and experimented, for my first attempt I’m quite proud however there is PLENTY room for improvement. It did take longer than the first look but not by much!

Christmas look 3

What I used:

  • Urban Decay naked heat palette (red outer crease and eyelid)
  • Nyx copper glitter pigment & glitter pigment

What did I do?

  1. I used a medium red tone as the transition shade
  2. I built on this using a darker red
  3. I used a lighter red on my eyelid
  4. Using a small drop of the primer I spread this on the lid and applied the red glitter pigment

How did I find it?

I got inspired for this by a look on Pinterest

I found it really simple to use but it didn’t turn out quite as good as I expected but with practice I’m sure I’ll improve!

If you would like to purchase anything I’ve used in this post here are the links to Urban Decay & Nyx‘s websites

So that’s it for today’s post! I know that the makeup looks weren’t the highest of standards but I’m still learning! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe even take a bit of inspiration from it!

Thank you for reading as always!

Love, Jess x

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

Want to see what I get up to this festive season?

Follow my Instagram Follow my twitter – @jessxclare

Add me on snapchat โ€“ jessclarex

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

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

My Skincare Routine

Hi guys,

I hope youโ€™ve all had a good Monday and have a good rest of your week!

Today Iโ€™m doing a blog post on my current skincare routine, I say current as Iโ€™m pretty sure itโ€™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 itโ€™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 couldnโ€™t lay the bottles flat as they wouldnโ€™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 Shopsโ€™ Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser.

Then before I leave for work I use Dr Botanicals โ€˜Tropical Invigorating Creamโ€™ 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 Shopsโ€™ Tea Tree Skin Clearing FacialWash.


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


After this I apply LUSHs โ€˜Grease Lightningโ€™ spot treatment gel over any blemishes I have on my face.

Check out my review here.

Then use The Body Shopsโ€™ Vitamin C Skin Reviver Instant Smoother and spread this over my T-zones. (Also works as a great primer)


Then I use The Body Shopsโ€™ 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 โ€˜Tropical Invigorating Creamโ€™ duo moisturiser again.

When thatโ€™s soaked into my skin I then apply The Body Shopsโ€™ Tea Tree Oil onto my T-zones and gently pat it down using two fingers.

Thatโ€™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 Lโ€™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 Shopsโ€™ Tea Tree Anti-imperfection Night Mask.


Thatโ€™s a wrap!

A full review of The Body Shopsโ€™ Tea Tree range will be posted soon!

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

Love, Jess x

Review: Dr Botanicals Pomegranate superfood sleeping mask

Hey guys,

Hope youโ€™ve all had a good Monday! Todayโ€™s post is a review on Dr Botanicalโ€™s Pomegranate superfood sleeping mask.

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

this face mask is 100% vegan and cruelty free! So thatโ€™s a bonus.

This is an overnight mask, youโ€™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 (doesnโ€™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 hasnโ€™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