URBAN DECAY’S NAKED RELOADED PALETTE – WORTH THE HYPE?

I haven’t posted a makeup review on my blog for so long so this post was definitely overdue.

Anyone who follows me on Instagram or knows me in real life knows that I love Urban Decay’s Naked palettes and when they release a new one, I simply cannot resist getting it.

 

When the Naked reloaded palette was released, I was super excited as I love the original naked palette and was gutted to see it was discontinued (however now I can guess it was all part of a master plan).

Some of the shades in this palette are quite similar to the original naked palette but there are new tones thrown in there too such as the pink shades, which I love.

The palette itself is longer than the other naked palettes which mean more shades (yay!) however it no longer contains a brush which was a bit sad as I did think the brushes that came with the palettes were good.

 

The pigmentation of this palette is really good and you can definitely tell that Urban Decay has upped their game when it comes to their eyeshadow formula.

You can create loads of different types of looks with this palette from subtle to smoky which is perfect for all round use.

Even though it has strong similarities to the original palette I still find myself using both which is good.

What Urban Decay Naked palette is your favourite?

Love always,

Jess x

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THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR – by Shari Lapena

This book was sitting on my book shelf for just over a year before I decided to read it. I initially bought it because I had seen such good reviews on it on social media and in magazines, however when choosing my next book, I always put off reading it, as it wasn’t the normal type or genre of book I would normally go for. After finishing ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ I thoughthey why not switch things up a little bit and read something different. I’m SO glad that I did because I loved this book!

I would say that it fits under a crime/thriller category, and prior to this I had been watching various documentaries on Netflix under the same genre (e.g. Ted Bundy’s tapes and Dirty John) I am also currently watching the Madeline McCann documentary so thought that if I enjoyed a crime/thriller series I might like a book of that genre too!

So, before I get started on my review let me tell you a rough outline of the story. It’s based on a couple who leave their baby alone whilst attending a dinner party next door, they check on their baby regularly however, when they get home…the baby’s gone! The story tells you the twist and turns in the investigation.

I read this at the same time as watching the Madeline McCann documentary so the similarities were uncanny and scary!

The blurb

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half-hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there…

My rating

5/5.

My review

The book was amazing! I was instantly hooked after the first chapter, it just kept making me want to read on and read on to find out what’ll happen next. Books like this are my favourite, as I never want to put them down. I also found this book to be so unpredictable and the twists in the story plot were insane! I definitely recommend this book.

Have you read this book? If yes, did you enjoy it?

Love always,

Jess

Still me – Book Review

So I’m back with yet another book review, and surprise surprise its from the Me Before You series!

My first thought when reading the last sentence was “NOOOOOOO it can’t finish there!” but well… it did. The book just leaves you wanting more and I still can’t grasp the fact that I will no longer be reading all about Louisa Clarks’ life anymore. The way Jojo Moyes wrote the book makes you feel like you’re there and you know Louisa in real life; so much so that I have to remind myself that Louisa is a made up person and not someone real (We can all wish right?).

What is ‘Still Me’ about?

“Lou Clark knows too many things… she knows how many miles lies between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to meet someone who’s going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it’ll hurt. Lou won’t know what to do next, but she knows whatever she chooses is going to change everything.”

That was the blurb and in all honestly I don’t think it gives the book justice at all!

What would you rate “Still Me”?

5/5, 10/10, 50/10, 100/100…. you get the idea.

What are your thoughts on “Still Me”?

As you can probably guess I LOVED the book, even more so than the previous two. I found myself looking forward to my lunch breaks just because I knew I could read the book. I’m quite sad thinking that I won’t be reading it tomorrow lunchtime…

The storyline is amazing, I cannot fault it. The way Jojo Moyes describes the plot is extraordinary, I have a clear imagine of all the scenes, all the outfits and just well..everything! Theres not too much I can say without getting carried away or spoiling it; so take my word for it, this book is a MUST buy. If you want to fall in love, feel happiness, heartbreak and sadness, romance and excitement and every other possible emotion under the sun, then this is for you!

Whilst you’re reading this, I’m sitting here with every bone in my body crossed hoping that ‘After you’ and ‘Still Me’ get adapted into movies ASAP so I can binge watch them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and if you’ve read the books I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. And well if you haven’t read the books what on earth are you waiting for?

Love always,

Jess

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE – BOOK REVIEW

I saw this book in nearly every book shop for weeks before deciding to buy it. I had heard such mixed reviews on it that I wasn’t sure if it was worth reading or not but it so was!

At first, when I started reading it, I found it a bit difficult to get into, I’m like that which most books and TV series, but soon enough I was hooked. The story is so unique, moving and funny that you can’t help but fall in love with Eleanor Oliphant. Gail Honeyman wrote it so well and also highlighted important issues which gives the book a more realistic feel.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

It’s a gripping story about a woman who due to childhood traumas grew up in a sense of isolation. Who knew an old man’s fall could change her life forever? She faces her demons and forms relationships she would never have dreamed of doing before.

This book will make you cry, laugh and feel most emotions under the sun, but it will all be worth it.

THE BLERB

“Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes everything….”

WHAT WOULD I RATE THE BOOK?

I feel like this is becoming a theme in my book reviews but a strong 5/5.

MY REVIEW

After reading the first two chapters I found myself hooked, the writing style and storyline was just so good, I found it hard to put it down and just wanted to keep reading it. There were quite a few unexpected twists and revelations which added a deeper meaning to the story which I really liked as it wasn’t predictable. The ending of the story was well done however I wish we could find out what her life was like after..

Have you read this book? If so, what is your opinion on it?

Love always,

Jess

My thoughts on Pixi’s Glow Tonic

So recently I’ve been using the very hyped Glow Tonic by Pixi. I’m pretty sure by now everyone has seen the Pixi Glow tonic on their insta feed at least once!

After months of seeing it everywhere, I decided to give it a go and see what all the fuss was about..

Ive been using it for over a month, maybe even two (my memory is awful) so I can safely say that my opinion on it is solid. Unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with it like so many others seem to have. I do have quite sensitive skin so that could be a factor towards why I haven’t noticed any benefits.

During the last month or so, I’ve noticed a noticeable deterioration in my skin; I’ve changed my diet and tried other things whilst keeping the toner the same. After applying the toner my skin feels extra dry and not ‘glowy’ at all…so much for ‘glow tonic’ eh? My skin breaks out more and is a lot more red and ‘irritated’ looking which obviously isn’t the skin look I desire.

I am gutted as I have seen so many good reviews on the tonic however I personally will not be repurchasing.

What facial toner do you use?

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