BLOGMAS – DAY 15 – Last minute Gift ideas

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 15 of my blogmas, today’s post is going to some ideas for last minute gifts. If you’re like me and leave Christmas shopping to the last minute then hopefully this post will be of help to you!

So let’s get started…

Fluffy socks

Because…well who doesn’t love fluffy socks?

Primark

Primark

Scarf, hat & gloves set

Perfect present for this time of year!

Accessorize

Accessorize

Mug

Which again is perfect for this time of year, who doesn’t love hot drinks in this cold?

New Look

New Look

Jewellery

Nearly everyone loves costume jewellery and it’s a lovely gift to receive.

River island

River Island

Gift sets

There are so many different types of gift sets out there to get, makeup, bath, nail, perfume and many more

Boots

Boots

Gift voucher

If all other ideas fail then why not get a voucher for their favourite shop.

If you missed yesterday’s post then you catch up on it here.

Thank you for reading today’s post!

Have you done all your Christmas shopping?

Love, Jess x

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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

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BLOGMAS – DAY 7 – My Christmas Wishlist

Hey guys,

Happy Thursday! Only one day till it’s Friday, whoop!

Today’s Blogmas post is going to be my Christmas Wishlist! If you’ve missed yesterday’s post you can read it here. Link

If you need ideas for presents for others or even for me I hope this helps!

So without further ado, here are the things I’m wishing for this Christmas:

Here are the links where you can purchase any of the above:

Morphe Jacilyn Hill palette £37

Pandora Disney princess crown charm £55

Pandora Disney Mickey Mouse spacer charm £40

ABH brow promade- medium brown – $18

Paperchase recipe journal £14

Makeup Revolution gift set- 12 days of Christmas £40

Next woolly bobble hat £14

River island purse £14

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! Let me know in the comments what’s on your wish list this year!!

Love, Jess x

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🍂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

Product Review: Flower Jelly lipstick 💄 

Hi guys,

This post is gong to be a review on the flower jelly lipstick that I got online. The brand is called ‘Chanlēevi’ and is supposed to be a lipstick that changes according to your body temperature.

I would overall rate this a 2/10, that may sound really harsh but I’ll tell you why.

Packaging of the actual product looks cheap, the lipstick itself is quite chunky yet there isn’t much product. When applied it makes NO difference at all, the texture is okay as it isn’t sticky and is quite ‘gel like’. The thing I like about this lipstick is that it smells like haribos and is moisturising for your lips. So it would be a good lip balm. I definitely feel like this is falsely advertised.

As you can see from the picture above there is little to no difference. My lips look glossy in the before picture as I had Vaseline on them already.

I’m not suggesting all Flower Jelly Lipsticks don’t give results but this particular one in this brand doesn’t.

I hope you’ve found this post useful, please leave a comment if you have ever used a flower jelly lipstick and your views!

Love, Jess x

🐰Why I went cruelty free🐰

Hi guys,

In this post I’m going to talk about why I went cruelty free, what I use that’s cruelty free and what brands are cruelty free.

I’ve only recently switched to cruelty free products (approx 1/2 months ago). The reason is that I LOVE animals, before when I used all types of makeup I tried not to think about the fact it’s tested on animals but still used it. I saw all the documentaries, articles and pictures about animal testing and yes it did make my stomach turn but I turned a blind eye to it.

My decision to go cruelty free came a lot later though, it wasn’t through watching videos it was just a snap decision that I made (and thank god I did). I think I was just going through my normal routine of putting on my makeup when I thought “why am I using this makeup when animals have been experimented on for it”. This is why I use cruelty free products. Why should animals be experimented on with products that humans use?! Animals are not there for our needs, they deserve to be treated with respect.

So since then I’ve been buying only cruelty free products for my makeup, skincare and hair care. Unfortunately I can not afford to replace all I have so what I did was use the old stuff up then replace it with cruelty free products.

So yes some of my makeup is not cruelty free but as soon as it’s used up then it will all be. My makeup that is not cruelty free is my:

  • Mascara
  • Contour
  • Powder

So it’s not too bad.


I use Urban Decay’s eyeshadow pallettes, I have for ages so I was very relieved to find out Urban Decay was a cruelty free brand.


This is my foundation and concealer that I use, both very good coverage and a nice consistency. Before I went cruelty free I used Rimmell London’s foundation, which was good but I prefer this one. The price difference was only £2/3.

In this picture it shows the eyebrow promade I use, eyeliner pen & pencils, glitter and glitter eyeliners (UD).


These are the highlights/illuminaters that I use. The Urban Decay one is more subtle but still shimmery.


These are all the lipstick/liquid lipsticks/lip liners that I use, I highly recommend all of them.

(I apologise for my picture quality as I’m using my phone and the lighting wasn’t too great)


In case any of you are interested in using cruelty free products here are some makeup brands that do NOT test on animals:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • BareMinerals
  • Kat Von D
  • NARS
  • Urban Decay
  • Too Faced
  • Smashbox cosmetics
  • Colour pop
  • Morphe
  • NYX
  • elf
  • Bh cosmetics
  • Pixi
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Eyeko
  • Tarte
  • Real Techniques

Here are some skin/body care that is cruelty free:

  • Lush
  • The Body Shop
  • Aesop
  • Kiss my face
  • Herbivore botanicals

Obviously there are loads more and you can find more out at Peta- easy ways to go Cruelty Free.

When I’m out and about I like to use an app called Bunny Free, which is basically a search engine for product brands.


Say if you’re out and want to know if a product tests on animal all you have to do is type it into this app and it’ll tell you whether it tests on animals or not.




I hope you have enjoyed or found this post useful, I’d just like to say that I in no way judge/think badly of those who don’t use cruelty free products. Every one is entitled to their own views and I respect those that use all products.

What cruelty free products do you like/use?

Love, Jess x