BLOGMAS – DAY 12 – Review of a Festive book

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 12 of my Blogmas! Today’s is a review of Jenny Colgans’ book “Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery” it’s my first proper book review so fingers crossed you enjoy it!

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

By Jenny Colgan

First published in 2016

43 Chapters 339 pages

What is the book about

It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting

Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery and the festive season always inspires her to bake something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. This Christmas should be their best one yet, but life doesn’t always go to plan…

When Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life that Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. Then a face from Polly’s past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that’s not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?

What I rate it

5/5!

My thoughts on “Christmas time at Little Beach Street Bakery

It was my first ever time reading a book by Jenny Colgan and I loved it! It took me by surprise to find out it was the LAST book out of a trilogy but even so I don’t think it made a huge difference and I still loved the book and will definitely be getting the other two books!

The story line progressed nicely, not too slow but not too fast either! You really get to emphasise with the characters and feel like you’re actually there living in the story. It was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down! It wasn’t overly Christmassy which I liked, it had other underlying stories within it which makes it a much more complex but interesting read.

I would highly recommend this book and this author!

Thank you for reading today’s post! Hope you enjoyed my first ever book review! If you would like to see more then please let me know in the comments!

If you missed yesterday’s post (what Christmas means to me) you can check it out here.

Love, Jess x

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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

Review: Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating cream

Hey guys,

I haven’t done a review in SO long I’ve really missed doing them but don’t worry I have plenty more reviews coming your way soon. All views are my own and are 100% honest.

Today I am reviewing Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating cream. Firstly, the packaging itself is a huge selling point, so aesthetically pleasing. So if you are one of those people who like to have all their products looking pretty on the shelves this cream would fit right in!

I LOVE this cream, I have nothing bad to say about it! It has a pleasant yet subtle smell which isn’t overpowering once on your face. You only need to use a small amount and it goes far! This means good value for money which is what we all love, right?!

I have been using the cream for about 3 weeks now and have noticed a huge difference in my skin, as it’s gotten colder my skin normally dries out and gets sore and irritable. However, thanks to this cream my skin is soft and as moisturised as ever!

It’s also cruelty free and vegan! What’s not to love?

I would rate this cream 10/10 and would highly recommend for you to try it!

Thank you for reading today’s review! I hope you have enjoyed it!

What moisturiser do you use? Comment below

Take care,

Love, Jess x

🍂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

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