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

BLOGMAS – DAY 17 – Favourite parts of 2017

Hey guys,

Welcome to my 17th Blogmas post and happy Sunday!

In today’s post I will be reflecting on the past year and the best parts of it.

2017 wasn’t a perfect year and it has had its downs but I prefer to focus on the positive parts. Christmas is such a busy time but I also think it’s the right time to have some down time to reflect, which is what I done for this post.

So here are my favourite parts of 2017:

• Starting a new relationship with Graham. I can’t say meeting Graham cos I met him in 2016, but since us starting our relationship I’ve never felt happier. I’m not going to go into all the soppy details cos he knows exactly why he makes me happy.

• Starting my new job at the school, since working here I’ve realised you don’t have to be stressed at your job and you can have fun! I love the people I work with and I love what I do, 2017 wouldn’t of been nearly as good if I didn’t get this job.

• Starting this blog is another big favourite. Thanks to having a blog I’ve met some amazing people who are so kind and lovely and have helped me so much even without realising it.

• The gigs I went to this year, I haven’t got the best memory but to the best of my memory I’m sure that I’ve seen all time low, you me at six, Ed Sheeran and Sean Paul this year as well as going to the summertime ball.

• Going to Cyprus with my best friend and her parents. I love going on holiday and the weather was so nice, we did loads of nice things and made some wonderful memories.

• Going to Bournemouth and Brighton with Graham. Those two little trips made big memories.

• Going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour because I LOVE Harry Potter and it was a truly magical experience which I’m going to relive next week yay! Check out my post on my experience here.

And that is it! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

If you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here.

What is your favourite part of this year?

Love, Jess x

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award  a couple of weeks ago by the lovely Sonam. Please go and check out her blog! She posts inspirational posts, beauty and lifestyle posts. Thank you again for nominating me Sonam!

RULES OF THE AWARD

  • Shout out to the blogger who nominated you with a link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger nominating you
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers for the Sunshine Award, with links to their blogs
  • Don’t forget to notify your nominees!
  • Give 11 new questions for the nominees to answer

SONAM’S QUESTIONS FOR ME

  1. What has been your all-time favourite post to work on?

The Harry Potter Studio Tour post! Writing that post gave me a chance to relive the experience which I loved!

  1. What is the one piece of advice you can give to anyone that wants to start their own blog?

To write about things that you like not what you see other people posting and to not be scared that people won’t read it because trust me they will! The blogging community is much more supportive than I ever imagined.

  1. How different is your life now from one year ago?

This time last year I was very unhappy at my (old) job and in my personal life. This year I have started a new job which I LOVE and have met an amazing person to make memories with. (Yes Graham, this is about you)

  1. Where is the place that you have always wanted to go?

Disney Land & World.

  1. How has your journey as a blogger been for you?

It’s been amazing! I’ve made friends with amazing bloggers from all around the world who are lovely!

  1. What is your all time favourite film? and why?

Harry Potter series….because I LOVE it and if you didn’t know that by now read my previous posts and you’ll soon be up to date.

  1. Tell us about a book that made an impact on your life

You guys are going to get so bored of my answers, this one is again Harry Potter. Without reading the books I wouldn’t have the same love and awe as I do for the movies and the whole production.

  1. Have you made any new year’s resolutions?

To focus on me and do things that are beneficial and not just for the sake of it. I like to think I’ve accomplished both of those.

  1. What is the boldest choice you’ve ever made?

Probably starting this blog and sharing it with those I know in real life.

  1. What is your spirit animal?

A wolf

  1. Who inspires you in life?

My friends, my dad and other bloggers that I have met!

I NOMINATE..

YOUR QUESTIONS

  1. Where do you see yourself in one year?
  2. What is your favourite season and why?
  3. If you could go to another country tomorrow, where would you go?
  4. If you could spend a day as any celebrity, who would it be and why?
  5. What song do you relate to the most?
  6. How has blogging changed your life?
  7. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
  8. What motivates you to blog?
  9. What is the ONE thing you don’t like about blogging?
  10. What are your goals for 2018?
  11. What is your favourite quote?

And that’s that! I love these awards as it is a great way to interact with other bloggers and make new blogger friends!

I hope you have enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!

Love,

Jess x

Harry Potter Tag!

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Welcome back to my blog! I’m so excited to do this post as many of you already know that I LOVE Harry Potter!

I was nominated by the lovely Ashleigh. Thank you for tagging me  in this post! Gives me yet another excuse to talk about Harry Potter hehe.

This tag was created by Cassie, so thank you!

  1. What house are you in?

After taking the quiz on pottermore I got sorted into Hufflepuff! Hufflepuff’s most renowned members include Tonks and Cedric Diggory. It is also known as the house that has produced the fewest dark wizards of any house in Hogwarts.

  1. What is your patronus?

A dolphin

  1. What is your wand?

Maple wood with a phoenix feather core, 11 3/4 and pliant flexibility.

  1. What would your bogart be?

A giant spider.

  1. What position would you play in Quidditch?

I’d most likely be a keeper, as I’m better at defence than anything else.

  1. Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?

I took a quiz online and it turns out that I’m muggle born just like Hermoine Granger.

  1. What job would you want to have after graduating from Hogwarts?

Looking after magical creatures with Hagrid or a preschool teacher for children with magic.

  1. Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?

The invisibility cloak

  1. Favourite book?

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone as I feel it made me feel like I was visiting hogwarts for the first time as well as Harry.

  1. Least favourite book?

Harry Potter and the Half-blood prince, for some reason it took me ages to read this book.

  1. Favourite film?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I loved watching all the tasks and the creatures were great! I hated the ending for obvious reasons but overall that was my favourite film.

  1. Least favourite film?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 purely for the deaths of Hedwig and Dobby.

  1. Favourite character?

Hagrid, I’ve always loved Hagrid throughout all the movies.

  1. Least favourite/most hated character?

Bellatrix Lestrange, one of the main reasons is for killing Sirius Black.

  1. Favourite teacher at hogwarts?

Minerva McGonagall because she has always stayed true to what she believes in and was pretty badass in the final battle.

  1. Least favourite teacher at hogwarts?

I have two; Horace Slughorn and Dolores Umbridge. I don’t like Slughorn because I could never truly trust him and its creepy how he tries to ‘collect’ his students. And Umbridge? does that really need an explanation?

  1. Do you have any unpopular opinions on the series?

There should of been a twist in Lucius Malfoy’s story and he should’ve been given a fresh start.

  1. If you could save one character from the final battle who would you save?

This is hard as I would want to save at least three! But I’d choose Fred Weasley, if you didn’t love his and Georges humour and wit then did you really watch the films or read the books?

To help you with some of the answers check out the Pottermore website here (www.pottermore.com)

THE QUESTIONS:

  1. What house are you in?
  2. What is your patronus?
  3. What is your wand?
  4. What would your bogart be?
  5. What position would you play in Quidditch?
  6. Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?
  7. What job would you want to have after graduating from Hogwarts?
  8. Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?
  9. Favourite book?
  10. Least favourite book?
  11. Favourite film?
  12. Least favourite film?
  13. Favourite character?
  14. Least favourite/most hated character?
  15. Favourite teacher at hogwarts?
  16. Least favourite teacher at hogwarts?
  17. Do you have any unpopular opinions on the series?
  18. If you could save one character from the final battle who would you save?

I TAG:

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Thank you for reading this post, I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

If you want to see my magical experience at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour check out this post.

Take care x

Love, Jess x

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Hi guys,

So as you all must know by now (by reading my previous 2 blogs) that I absolutely LOVE Harry Potter. I’ve been a fan of it ever since I was little. There isn’t one thing that a dislike about the film and book franchise (well apart from Cedric, Sirius, Dobby, Snape dying…but that’s the storyline 🤷🏼‍♀️).

But honestly J K Rowling did such an amazing job at creating such a magical place, it felt so real and I wish it was. All my child hood I always wished I’d get that acceptance letter so this is why going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour was so magical!

I actually went to Hogwarts (well the set) it was one of the best days of my life, thanks to my boyfriend Graham for bringing me (got to give him some credit ey).

So let’s begin my Harry Potter adventure….

This is the outside of the studios, there are 2, ones called ‘J Studios’ and the other is called ‘K studios’ (must’ve taken them ages to think of that name)

So the beginning of the tour leads you into a room which you and the rest of the tour group get introduced to the days tour by a member of staff. Then you get led into a cinema room where a clip about Harry Potter, actors/actresses, set and producers..etc which is actually really interesting (normally I find those sort of things boring but I guess Harry Potter is an exception). When it’s finished it’s time to …. open Hogwarts doors!

Pictures 4, 5 & 6 are of what you first see, The Great Hall!

All costumes in these pictures and any of the following are all real and worn by the actors in the movies which obviously adds coolness if it wasn’t cool enough already!

During the rest of the tour you basically just walked through the rest of the sets at our own pace. So I was basically like a child in a sweet shop. I absolutely LOVED it.

After this section we got to walk in the forbidden forest, which is almost as creepy as it is in the films.

The animations in this part of the tour is amazing though, you even get to see how they make a patronus!

After this it was time to visit Platform 9 3/4! This was one of my favourite parts of the tour as you could actually go onto the train and look into carriages from each movie.

(Picture of adult Ginny, Harry, Hermoine and Ron’s costumes)

Next up was a break where we got to try Butterbeer!

I personally didn’t like it, but still happy to say I’ve tasted it at the least.

The next part of the tour was outside where we got to see the night bus, Harry’s house, the bridge and hagrids car.

At this point I was still mind blown at the fact I’m seeing all of these things in real life, I couldn’t and still can’t wrap my head around it tbh!

The next part of the tour was inside, we saw how they made the masks of goblins, talking heads, giants, mermaids..etc, it was pretty cool.

The next part is probably the most instagrammed bit of the studio tour: Diagon Alley!

The final part of the tour (it’s okay, let out a sigh of relief I know you want too!) is the model(s) of Hogwarts which you’ve seen on the featured image.

Overall, Harry Potter Studios was AMAZING, it exceeded my expectations and it still doesn’t feel real. I would highly recommend to any of you who love Harry Potter and haven’t gone.

And of course I couldn’t resist buying some Harry Potter goodies.

I’m sorry this post has been so long, I didn’t plan for it to be this long but it happened.

I hope you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment if you’ve been or if you haven’t what your favourite part is.

And remember ….

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” -Dumbledore. (Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban)

Which Harry Potter film/book is your favourite?

Love, Jess x