BLOGMAS – DAY 16 – Secret Santa gift ideas

Hey guys,

Welcome to my 16th post and happy Saturday!

This is the first year I haven’t done a secret Santa but when I did I really did struggle to find something to get.

Today is a quick post as I feel like I’ve done a bit too many gift ideas posts (sorry!)

Let’s get started…

Depending on your budget it could be up to £5 or £10, here are some ideas:

For a joke you could get them Stressticles

Under £5 – purchase them here

Lush Bathbombs

Check out my lush haul post from Thursday it’ll give you some ideas on which bathbombs to get!

Cinematic light box

£10 – purchase from here

Party pong

£5 – you can purchase it here

Yoga dog book

Do they like dogs? If they do they’d love this!

£5 – you can purchase it from here

Thank you for reading today’s post! If you missed yesterday’s posty check it out here.

Are you doing secret Santa this year?

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS DAY 14 – Festive Lush Haul

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 14 of my blogmas! I can’t believe it’s been two weeks already! It’s absolutely flown by!

Linking back to yesterday’s post one of the main ingredients to a true pamper session is of course …..(drumroll please)…..a bath bomb!

And where better to get a bathbomb than lush?!

Today’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 I’ve only used one of them! So no review on them as of yet, sorry!)

Thank you for reading today’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

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BLOGMAS – DAY 4 – Gift guide for her

Hey guys, today is day 4 of blogmas and I’m already feeling the struggle!

Today’s post is a gift guide for her, as yes it can be hard to buy for us girls but if you know her interests then I hope this post can be of help to you!

If you missed yesterday’s post check it out here it’s a gift guide for him

These gifts could be for your friend, girlfriend, sister, Mum, cousin…etc and depending on your price range some of these gifts might just be perfect! (If I’ve done a good job)

Jewellery

Most girls love a bit of bling as it helps to make the outfit look just a little bit more glam

You can get some lovely costume jewellery from accessorise, Topshop or river island (my personal top 3)

Top left | bottom left|right

If she is into more elegant jewellery and you don’t mind spend that bit more then pandora is the place! Swarozki is also good as well as h samuels but again this depends on your price range and how much you’re willing to spend on this certain person.

Pandora

(Pandora has a Disney collection so if she’s a lover of Disney then I highly recommend something from the collection!)

Makeup

If she is a lover of makeup then why not treat her to a makeup gift set!

Boots and Superdrug both sell some really good ones!

Boots | Superdrug

Gift sets

Sometimes it’s hard to pin point what to buy someone so if you have a vague idea on what they like then a gift set is perfect!

You can get all sorts of gift sets! Some of these are:

• Perfume

• Nail sets

• Socks

• Bath sets

• Body shop gift sets

And many more!

Boots | Superdrug | The Body Shop

Box sets

If she loves a series and is non stop watching it then why not treat her to the box set! That way she can watch it whenever she wants!

Here are some popular box sets that you could get

Lush bath bombs

Everyone should know how amazing Lushs’ Christmas range is amazing so why not treat her with a pretty bath bomb! She’s sure to love it!

Lush

Lush bath sets are a perfect idea, they’re small and sweet! Most gift sets from Lush contain one or two bath bombs and a little gel, depending on the set.

Boots & Superdrug do some lovely bath sets as well

Candles

Around Christmas time it is lovely to have candles around to help it feel festive and cosy at this time of the year. Nothing says Christmas more than a room lit up by candles and smelling like eggnog or ginger.

Yankee candles have some really lovely candles, here are some examples:

Yankee candles

Personalised gifts

I don’t know about you but I always feel personalised gifts are just that extra bit special. There’s so many options from personalised frames to personalised notebooks! Amazon is a great place to get personalised gifts and keepsakes!

Fashion

And if none of the above ticks your boxes you can’t go wrong with a cute gloves, scarf and hat set! Perfect for this time of year too!

River Island | Accessorize

And if she’s a shopaholic or just loves to treat herself once in a while but is fussy then why not a voucher for her favourite shop!

These are all the ideas that I could come up with, I hope it was helpful to any of you who are struggling to buy presents for your friends and family.

Just a little reminder, don’t stress too much over presents, as Christmas is more about being with friends and family and making lifetime memories and that is the most important.

Thank you for reading today’s post and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post when I will be sharing my Christmas tree with you! Yay

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 Skincare Routine

Hi guys,

I hope you’ve all had a good Monday and have a good rest of your week!

Today I’m doing a blog post on my current skincare routine, I say current as I’m pretty sure it’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 it’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 couldn’t lay the bottles flat as they wouldn’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 Shops’ Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser.

Then before I leave for work I use Dr Botanicals ‘Tropical Invigorating Cream’ 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 Shops’ Tea Tree Skin Clearing FacialWash.


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


After this I apply LUSHs ‘Grease Lightning’ spot treatment gel over any blemishes I have on my face.

Check out my review here.

Then use The Body Shops’ Vitamin C Skin Reviver Instant Smoother and spread this over my T-zones. (Also works as a great primer)


Then I use The Body Shops’ 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 ‘Tropical Invigorating Cream’ duo moisturiser again.

When that’s soaked into my skin I then apply The Body Shops’ Tea Tree Oil onto my T-zones and gently pat it down using two fingers.

That’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 L’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 Shops’ Tea Tree Anti-imperfection Night Mask.


That’s a wrap!

A full review of The Body Shops’ Tea Tree range will be posted soon!

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

Love, Jess x