#63 Weekend Beauty Wishlist

7 Apr

Weekend Wishlist is back! This week is a beauty edition featuring the products that I am currently craving! I am always a drugstore kinda gal, but there are a few more high-end products in the mix featured in this post!

Weekend Wishlist

| 1. Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask, £20 | 2. Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm, £34 | 3. Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched, £7.99 | 4. Barry M Gelly Nail Effects in Green Berry, £3.99 | 5. Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, £26.10 via FeelUnique |

Have you used any of these products before? Would you recommend them? Leave your comments below, I would love to read them!

J xo

#62 Primark Haul – Blazers

3 Apr

I actually purchased these blazers back in March, but I never really got round to showing you them. Get ready for the bargains that I am about to unveil.

Primark Bargain Blazers

Primark Bargain Blazers

| Primark Black Duck Print Blazer, £15 reduced to £3 |

Primark Bargain Blazers

Primark Bargain Blazers

| Primark Wine Blazer, £15 reduced to £7 |

Primark Bargain Blazers

Primark Bargain Blazers

| Primark Cream Blazer, £17 reduced to £3 |

You read it correctly people. 3 blazers for a total of £13.

The first £3 blazer is black with cute little ducks on, with a hint of turquoise. This is so cute; it looks great with a white tee and some light wash jeans for a casual day time look. Second up, the wine blazer for £7. This one is a bit more formal, but the colour is absolutely gorgeous. I love it. And finally, the cream £3 blazer. I wasn’t sure about this one, but for £3 I couldn’t leave it behind. It has a big gold button, but I probably wouldn’t do it up if I wore it. I think I will get more use out of this one in the summer months.

So what do you think? Bargains right. Do not forget to check out the reduced rails in Primark, you can find some absolute gems!!

J xo

#61 brb!

29 Mar

Just popping to Spain loves! See you all in a week, and enjoy some scheduled posts!

J xo

#60 Daily Lust – Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

27 Mar

I love Soap and Glory, I’ve said it many times and I will say it again. They just can’t do wrong in my books. Cosmetics, bath, body and skincare; They’ve got it all going on. I am seriously lusting over this Sugar Crush scrub.

Sugar Crush scrub

| Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub, RRP £8 available to Boots here |

I have smelt the Sugar Crush scent previously and oh my. Have mercy. It smells so good. I love a fresh, zesty scent and the lime in this bad boy is great! I have used Pulp Friction in the past and loved it and now this is on my radar I may have to take a sneeky trip down to Boots at some point. I need to have beautifully exfoliated skin for when I go on holiday soon don’t I? This is how I am going to justify this purchase. Come at me.

Has anyone used this scrub? Would you recommend it?

J xo

#59 My Make-up Storage!

24 Mar

I love seeing these kinds of Youtube videos, and while I know this is a BLOG not a Youtube channel, I thought I would do this post all the same! I don’t think I have a huge amount of make-up (especially compared to those I’ve seen!) but this is the way I keep my stash.

My Make-up Storage

My Make-up Storage

So, it all is kept in a Soap and Glory box that was part of a gift set that I received for my birthday. At the top left, I keep my MUA palettes. I have the Heaven and Earth, Undressed and Artiste Collection. In front of those is a purple basket (which I think are from Wilkos) with most of my everyday face products. I try to keep some order to this with cheek products and powders at the back, and foundations, mascaras, eyeliners etc towards the front. Obviously it never stays like this for too long!

At the back, I have a little jug type thing that my Nan gave me that I keep my make up brushes in. Most of my brushes are MUA, elf or Avon, however I really want to try some Real Techniques! I also pop my tweezers on the side of this too. Next to this is a little box that I keep more eyeshadow quads, or single shadows in along with some cotton buds. The two little bottles at the far right are elf brush cleaner and The Body Shop eye make up remover.

The second purple basket contains all of my lip products. Lip colours/stains/sticks on the left, and more moisturising balms on the right. And of course, my beloved Lush lip scrub belongs here and I reach for it everyday still.

And that is it. Really simple, but it works for me! I would love to see how you store your make up for everyday use, so if you do a similar post or Youtube video please feel free to leave a link in the comment below and tweet me to tell me you’ve done so!

J xo

#58 MUA Artiste Collection Review

20 Mar

I purchased this palette during the MUA 50% off event (see my MUA haul here), and I have used it a fair few times since. You can buy MUA in Superdrug stores nationwide or online here.

MUA Artiste Collection

MUA Artiste Collection

MUA Artiste Collection

| MUA Artiste Collection, RRP £6 available online or in Superdrug stores |

The first thing I have to say about this products is that MUA have listened to their customers. The eyeshadows are named! It is only a little thing but it does make a big difference, well I think anyway. The palette includes 6 eyeshadows, which are of marbled effect. I really rate these eyeshadows, and the other MUA eyeshadows that are available. They are super pigmented and apply really well onto the eyelid. My favourite eye look with this palette is to apply Mocca to the eyelid and then add Cookie to the outer corner and through the crease, blending well. If you are looking for some great swatches of these eyeshadows then check this blog post by The Sunday Girl out, the swatches are great!

I’m afraid I didn’t really enjoy the four face products (2 blushes, 1 bronzer and a highlight) as much as the eyeshadows. They aren’t as pigmented as the eyeshadows which is a shame as the blusher shades would look great on someone with a paler skin tone. They might not be great if you have a darker skin tone, as the product may not show up. I found the blush shades quite hard to work with, but that may just be me! I like that they have included 1 shimmery blush and 1 matte shade though! The bronzer is ok, it isn’t brilliant but it does a decent job as a contour shade. The highlight shade is light and pearlescent and does look quite pretty.

Overall, I don’t really feel too strongly about this product. The eyeshadows are great, but the face products do let it down a bit. I would still recommend it for the eyeshadows alone at £6 though!

J xo

#57 UPDATE: I’m sorry!

15 Mar

It seems to be a common occurrence that I am having to do Update posts, apologising for being a bit absent. But here I am!

If you follow me on Twitter (@BFLifexo), you will have seen me tweet endlessly about my ongoing essay and coursework deadlines that have been getting me down recently. Really getting me down. I have had no motivation to do anything other than uni work; I’ve stopped exercising and I have had a few diet blips. One such diet blip being a Domino’s pizza. Since then, I have snapped out of comfort eating and I am back on the healthy eating bandwagon. However, I haven’t got back into exercising and I have really disappointed myself with my lack of motivation. I should mention that even after these blips I thankfully only gained half a pound so there hasn’t been too much damage!

That being said, I am going home this weekend for the Easter vacation which means all of my uni work is finished for the time being. I will be back exercising in a few days, and I am determined to shift a few more pounds before my holiday at the end of March! And hopefully I will be able to post a bit more too, aswell as being more proactive in the #bbloggers chats on Twitter!

So how have you all been? I hope you are all doing well :)

J xo

 

#56 The Neon Weekend Wishlist

24 Feb

After having a sneak peek through some of the street style pics and such from London Fashion Week, it looks like neon is going to be a big trend this summer. So I devoted a weekend wishlist to some of my favourite neon picks available on the high street :)

Neon Weekend Wishlist

| 1. Topshop Neon Bunting Collar, £10 | 2. Ted Baker Apcon Bow iPad Zip Case via ASOS, £39 | 3. Barry M Neon Nail Paint in Pink, £2.99 | 4. Missguided Tylia Backpack in Neon Orange, £22.99 | 5. New Look Neon Yellow Skinny Strap Watch, £8.99 | 6. Missguided Tullisa Neon Pink Pleated Mini Skirt, £15.99 |

I NEED that watch in my life! So what do you think? Leave your comments below I would love to hear from you!

J xo

#55 My Five Product Face

22 Feb

I’ve seen a few of this kind of post dotting around the blogosphere so I decided to do it for myself. It was hard to choose just five but here is my five product face!

Five Product Face

Five Product Face

A good face product is essential so I chose the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (£7.99 from Boots here) and I have the shade Light. I love this as it is really easy to apply and the coverage is light-medium which is the ideal for me, I hate feeling cakey. It is SPF30 too which is great! I find it lasts me for the best part of the day, and it isn’t drying either giving a fresh, dewy look.

Five Product Face

I then chose the MUA Pro Brow Kit (£3.50 from the MUA online store here or in Superdrug stores) which is great little product. The packaging is great considering the price, and it comes with mini tweezers and a mini double-ended angled brush. I tend to mix the two top colours for my brows.

Five Product Face

There had to be a mascara right?! I have chosen the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara (£10.99 from Boots here). I actually have the limited edition Diamantissme mascara which I got free in a little set which I spoke about here. I love the brush and bristles on this baby, and it gives great definition and volume to the lashes.

Five Product Face

For cheek product, I chose my new current favourite blusher which is a MUA Blush Perfection cream blusher in Blossom (£2 from the MUA store online here or in Superdrug stores). I actually did a full review (+ Swatches) of this shade and the shade Dolly here, so definitely check that out! It is easy to apply and gives a natural flush of colour to the cheeks.

Five Product Face

I suffer from really dry lips, especially during the cold winters and this product (along with the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub) has saved my lips! It is the Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (£3.69 from Boots here) and it smells so so good. A tube of this lasts a really long time, it gives a subtle colour to the lips and is so hydrating.

So there we have it! I hope you enjoyed this post, have you done your five product face? Leave your links in a comment below, I would love to read them!!

J xo

#54 Health and Fitness Update!

20 Feb

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well, this post is going to be a little health update. So I last weighed myself last Thursday. I don’t know why I chose Thursday as my weigh in day but never mind! And last week I had lost another 1.6lb which puts my total weight loss so far (since the end of January) at 7.2lb! I have to say I really am so happy with my progress so far!

I told my Mum about my overall loss and she said “you’re not doing anything stupid like those crazy crash liquid diets are you?” which of course I haven’t been! All I have done is cut down on the bad stuff, eat more of the good stuff and reduce my portion sizes. On top of this I started the 30 Day Shred not so long ago too. At first it was hard, especially for someone like me who has never really exercised on a regular basis, but you do get in to it. Walking to uni everyday is another form of exercise for me too, especially as I live in quite a hilly area!

I have been stuck in bed for the past few days feeling fluey and horrible so I have missed a couple of days of exercise which I am gutted about. But, I am not forcing myself to exercise when I feel this rubbish, it won’t help! I have 2 more days left of level 1 then I am able to progress up to level 2.

I am so excited and pleased with everything I have achieved so far. I just hope it continues so I can feel confident when the boyfriend and I go on holiday at Easter!

J xo