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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My January Favourites

Hey guys,

Today’s post is going to be on my favourites from last month. Yes I know it’s a bit late as it’s nearly half way through February but let’s just pretend it’s last week😂.

I personally love these posts so thought I need to do these more often.

So let’s begin,

Favourite Makeup bits

I don’t know about you but I’m seriously loving Makeup Revolution’s makeup recently. For such low prices the quality is AMAZING and to be honest the eyeshadow palette is just as pigmented as my urban decay palettes.

Here are some more Makeup Revolution bits and my new L’Oreal eyebrow pencil. Everyone is taking about their concealer and for good reason, I LOVE it! (Review will be up soon). Their loose highlighter is also so good, I’m in love!

This is the ‘Pure Gold’ Lipstick from L’oreal which I am in complete love with, just look at it!

This is another lipstick from L’oreal that I’ve been loving. It is in shade 116 and is a shimmery nude.

Favourite Hair Products

Here are all my hair products that I’ve been loving! As I’m trying to grow my hair these really help and are so good! My hair has been feeling and looking so much better since I’ve been using them.

Favourite Netflix shows

Reign and Riverdale are both my faves at the moment. You should give both a watch if you haven’t already!

That is all for my favourites! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s posts and maybe learnt more about what I like.

What are your favourites from January?

Love,

Jess x

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 21 – December Favourites

Hey guys,

Welcome to the 21st day of my blogmas! Only 4 days left! Today’s post is going to be my favourite products from this month!

So let’s get started!

Body care

Sleepy, mask of magnamity, snow fair body conditioner from Lush and VeeBeautyLdn’s eyelash and eyebrow serum and two lip balms. I love using all of these, definitely would recommend for you guys to try it out!

The body scrub by what’s in it for me, smells edible and leaves your skin feeling incredible! (Haha rhymes)

Fragrance

So fragrance were kind enough to gift me with these beauties at the Blogosphere Christmas festival last weekend and they all smell so lovely! So affordable and pretty! You can purchase these from most boots stores and would make great stocking fillers!

Face mask

Im loving this face mask at the moment! You can check out my full review on L’Oréal’s pure clay masks here.

Makeup

This is a recent buy of mine from Urban Decay and it is the Heavy Metal palette. Don’t let this picture fool you, this palette is HUGE well.. in comparison to their other palettes. I swatched it in the shop and bought it then and there that’s how much I loved it! Will do some looks using it soon!

Hair care

I was also luckily enough to be gifted these at the Blogosphere Christmas festival too by Ogx! I LOVE their hair products! Been using their shampoo and conditioners for maybe 2 years now, my hair definitely thanks me for it!

Books

This is my favourite book of this month! I love it! Check out my review for it here.

Netflix

These are my two favourite series at the moment, not just for this month but they’re what I’m watching this month! If you haven’t seen either or any of them I definitely suggest that you should!!

What is your favourite product of this month?

Thank you for reading today’s post, if you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here.

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 13 – Winter Self Care Tips

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 13 of Blogmas! I am pretty shocked that I’ve made it this far tbh but here we are!

Today’s post is some winter self care tips! As I know Christmas is all about giving and loving others it is also important to take care of yourself!

Here are some tips, I hope you find them helpful:

Get plenty of fresh air – I know it’s tempting to stay snuggled up in bed watching Christmas movies and drinking hot drinks during this season but it is so important to get fresh air. To make it more festive you could go visit Christmas markets and Christmas lights, that way you’re getting fresh air in a festive way!

Pamper yourself – as it’s the holidays take this time to completely relax and de-stress! Face masks, manicures, bath bombs…you name it! Do something that makes you happy.

Organisation – this season gets super busy and hectic for the most of us, and if you’re like me you can’t survive without a diary/planner. Without mine I’d be lost as my memory is like a fish. Organisation doesn’t just work by note form it also could be in your bedroom, organising a shelf, cupboard or draw can really help to declutter your space. You don’t need to declutter all at once, do bit by bit and make it fun! (Well as fun as you can)

Sleep more – yes more! Sleep is SO important for your health and is a good way to recuperate after the stress of Christmas. Resist that urge to watch another episode on Netflix, I know it’s hard but it’ll still be there tomorrow! Your body will thank you for even one more hour of sleep!

Take a break from social media – I really do feel that we are all very dependent on social media nowadays (myself included, I can imagine Graham nodding his head right now as he calls me ‘hooked’). Don’t get me wrong social media is great! But too much….not so great. This links along with the pamper yourself point. We all need some ‘me’ time, without it we would crack up. You can be the most chattiest person alive and still need a break from socialising. And like the famous saying “too much of a good thing is bad”.

When I say take a break I don’t mean be drastic and not go on your phone for a week, because people will definitely worry! Just take a few minutes out of your day to put down your phone, read a book, have a bubble bath, meditate or go for a walk! It definitely works as I’m starting to try myself! I do this before I go to bed, I put my phone down, read some of my book then go to bed; and I’ve definitely been sleeping better since!

Spend time with those you love – it is so important to spend quality time with those who are close to you, that may be your girlfriend/boyfriend, best friend, friend or family member. Every moment is a memory so let’s make each moment count! Spending time with others doesn’t need to be expensive! It could be as simple as a movie day or a pamper day, I love having these sort of days as it’s nice to just chill out together and catch up.

Be positive – yes it is hard sometimes to maintain positive but even just one quote a morning can really help. Standing in front of your mirror and saying to yourself “you can do this” became you can! You can do anything that you put your mind to! Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

Embrace the season – don’t be a Scrooge! It’s Christmas! Eat that chocolate if you want too, buy that dress if you want too, it’s okay to treat yourself! (I tell myself that every time I buy myself a new palette from urban decay or boots..)

The ultimate self care tip is to love yourself!

These are all I have today. I hope they have helped you to think of ways to take care of yourself this festive season!

Thank you for reading today’s post, your ongoing support really does mean the world to me!

If you have missed yesterday’s post which was my first ever book review then click here.

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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🐰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