#53 Boots Haul

18 Feb

A week ago I did something a little bit naughty… yep this happened.

Boots Haul

I only intended to buy the Dr Jart BB Cream after being recommended it during the #bbloggers chat and it was even better as it had 1/3 off. But then I started having a good browse (as you do) and more things made their way into my basket. Next up was the Rimmel Lasting Finish polish in Pear Drop and Rimmel Pro colour polish in Aqua Cool, two really nice shades that will be great as we enter spring/summer. Rimmel is currently on 3 for 2, so I also picked up this Rimmel Scandal Eyes kohl liner in nude which I have been trying to get my paws on for quite a while. I couldn’t not look at my favourite brand, Soap and Glory right? Again 3 for 2 so I picked up the S&G Kick Ass Concealer, S&G Solar Powder and the S&G Archery brow pencil. And no guys it doesn’t stop there! I am running out of my night cream so I picked up this Vitamin E Night Cream, but it was 2 for £4… so…. I got the Vitamin E Eye Cream.

I just don’t know how this happened. But I am enjoying the products so hopefully I will be able to review some soon!

J xo

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#52 Missguided Weekend Wishlist

16 Feb

I have been browsing the Missguided website recently and I am in love with some of their pieces. I will definitely be placing an order when I start shopping for my holiday! I loved so many of their pieces that I have decided to devote a whole weekend wishlist to them!

Missguided Wishlist

| 1. Enaya Cross Bracelet, £4.99 | 2. Indrina Galaxy Print T-shirt, £11.99 | 3. Abalai Neon Croc Bag, £15.99 | 4. Pattricia Chelsea Boots, £26.99 | 5. Barbey Leather & Tweed Box Pleat Dress, £25.99 |

What are your top Missguided picks? :)

J xo

#51 Top Valentines Lip Products (+ Swatches)

14 Feb

With it being Feb 14th today, I thought I would do a date night inspiration type of post today, featuring 3 of my favourite lip products of late. They vary in colours and budgets too, so I hope there will be something for everyone.

Valentines Lips

Valentines Lips

From L -R:

| MUA Shade 16 – Nectar Lipstick, £1 | Rimmel – Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in Shade 22, £5.49 via Boots | Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipgloss in Punchbowl, £9 via Boots |

Just a quick apology before I start. I really wanted to post photos of me wearing these lip products but my lips are so chapped and dry right now, that the photos would not do the products justice. Therefore I have stuck with swatches.

Firstly, MUA lipstick in Nectar. Wowza, for £1 this lipstick is full of pigmentation and coral goodness. Staying power isn’t perfect as you would expect from a £1 lipstick, but I would say it lasts for a couple of hours at least. For £1 you can’t complain. It is easy to apply, and is really moisturising. Up second is Rimmel – Kate Lasting Finish lipstick in shade 22. A classic red lip with a slight pink undertone, amazing pigmentation on this and it has a much greater staying power than the MUA lipstick. This product would be great if you were going for a simple make-up look but wanted to add a dash of vibrant colour to pull the whole look together. Super value for £5.49. And finally, a gloss for those who just don’t get along with lipstick, Sexy Mother Pucker in Punchbowl. A sheer but buildable pretty pink gloss from Soap and Glory, which gives you a tingly feeling when you apply leaving you with soft and plump lips. It does have quite a sticky consistency but it balances that with a great colour pay off and staying power, £9.

Happy Valentines everyone, I hope you all have a great day and that you enjoyed this post :)

J xo

#50 L’Oreal True Match Foundation Review

12 Feb

Back in December, I picked up the L’Oreal True Match foundation in Boots. Now, I had never used a L’Oreal foundation previously but I had heard good things so I gave it a go. The foundation claims to be super-blendable and match skin colour and texture.

L'Oreal True Match

L'Oreal True Match

L'Oreal True Match

L’Oreal True Match foundation, £10.29 in Boots (currently 2 for £15 on selected L’Oreal cosmetics!)

I purchased the shade D1WI Golden Ivory which is one of the lighter shades. I was really impressed with the wide variety of shades they have, it makes a change for a drugstore brand to have such a good range. It is a liquid foundation with a very fluid water-like consistency and it is indeed super-blendable. It does what it says on the tin, and I did notice how it evened out my skintone in places too. One pump is enough for me, and it applies so easily. It almost glides onto the face. I use my MUA F2 Stipple brush that I spoke about in my MUA Haul but it would work well with a standard foundation brush or even your fingers too. I would say it has a light to medium coverage which is what I look for in a foundation, I don’t like anything too heavy. But you could achieve a more fuller coverage look with this foundation by building it up without it looking cakey. I have super dry skin and it still worked well for me, it didn’t dry out my skin any further which is such a bonus. It lasted well in the winter weather too, I used my Rimmel Stay Matte powder on top to set it.

My final thoughts? I think this is a great foundation for anyone looking for a no fuss, flawless finish foundation on a budget. A true drugstore gem in my opinion.

J xo

#49 Weekend Wishlist

10 Feb

The Weekend Wishlist’s are back!

Weekend Wishlist

| 1. Topshop Mexican Print iPhone Shell, £8 | 2. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £24/50ml | 3. MUA Pro Base Conceal and Brighten Kit, £3.50 | 4. ELF Studio Bronzer, £3.75 | 5. Missguided Linne Cropped Blazer in Cobalt, £24.99 |

How gorgeous is that Missguided blazer?

J xo

#48 Daily Lust – Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

9 Feb

I love a good face mask. I have been using Soap and Glory’s No Clogs Allowed face mask which is incredible but unfortunately it is slowly coming to an end and I want to try something new this time around. Enter Lush and their Fresh Face masks. They have a wide variety of masks targeting different skin types and problems. For me, it would have to be the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask.

Fresh Face Mask

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask – £5.95/75g

Firstly, it is full of blueberries, one of my favourite foods ever as well as being great antioxidants. Secondly, because I have been having a bit of trouble with my skin recently and a deep cleansing mask of this would do it the world of good I’m sure. And as you would expect from Lush, it is full of natural ingredients that your skin will love. Have you tried any of Lush’s fresh face masks before? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

J xo

#47 MUA Pro Blush Perfection Cream Blusher Review (+ Swatches)

7 Feb

You may have seen my MUA Haul post not so long ago, showing the abundance of MUA products that I purchased during their 50% event. Well I have been using them since they arrived so I thought I would do a review of the Blush Perfection Cream Blushers that I received.

MUA Cream Blusher

MUA Cream Blusher

MUA Cream Blusher

MUA Cream Blusher

MUA Cream Blusher

L – R: MUA Pro Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Blossom and Dolly, £2 each

I absolutely love these. They cost £2 each which is amazing. Blossom is a beautiful dark peach colour, whereas Dolly is a more vibrant coral colour which will be great in the warmer months. The pigmentation and colour pay off when applied has been great too. The cream blusher is very build-able  you could use it just to add a touch of colour to the cheeks or apply a few layers for a really strong look. I personally use an angled blush brush to apply these, but they work really well if you use the fingers too. For £2 the packaging isn’t too shabby either and it is quite sturdy.

There are 2 other shades available, and they are definitely worth checking out when you are next in Superdrug! You can also purchase these products direct from MUA online. Have you tried these before? What did you think? :)

J xo

#46 30 Facts About Me

5 Feb

Hey guys, I have seen the ‘# facts about me’ tag floating around a few blogs so I decided to do it for myself. I haven’t done a post like this before so I thought it would be a good opportunity for you guys to find out a bit more about me and get to know me better! :)

Here goes:

1. My full name is Jessica, but please call me Jess.

Me

2. I am currently at university studying Biochemistry and Microbiology.

3. I am not a vegetarian but I love Quorn.

4. My favourite colours are pink and blue.

5. I am a massive dog lover.

6. But my parents won’t let us have one. (sad face)

7. I have a boyfriend, and we have been together over a year.

8. He is taking me away to Spain over Easter as my Christmas present.

9. Hence, I am starting the 30 Day Shred very soon.

30 Day Shred

10. My favourite brand is Soap and Glory.

11. I have a full drivers license, I passed when I was 17.

12. Chicago is one of my favourite films.

13. Taylor Swift and One Direction are my guilty pleasures.

14. I love to bake.

Baking

15. I am super organised.

16. I get most of my clothes from Primark.

17. I have recently taken up yoga, I use the ‘Simply Yoga’ app for iPad.

18. Berries are my favourite fruits, especially blueberries.

19. While studying for my A-Levels, I worked in Superdrug at the weekends.

20. I have A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Nerd

21. Oh, and an AS-Level in French.

22. My Sundays were made for Onesies.

23. My skin is super dry, and I have eczema.

24. The Big Bang Theory is my favourite show.

The Big Bang Theory

25. Closely followed by Pretty Little Liars. (if you have never heard of it, you NEED to check it out!)

26. All of my make-up is drugstore, I have never owned a high end product.

27. I have naturally wavy hair, but I always straighten it.

28. As one of my New Years Resolutions, I only drink water, plain old water.

Water

29. I am quite a clean freak, especially in the kitchen area.

30. I love romantic comedies, it is my favourite genre of film.

And there we have it! I hope you enjoyed this post, if you do this tag please leave your links in the comments below :) I love having a good read!

J xo

#45 Brand Focus – graze

3 Feb

As you may know from previous posts (my recent update and new years resolutions post), I am on a real health kick of late. Snacking was always my downfall, I was always reaching for packets of crisps or the odd chocolate bar. Well not anymore my friends. Say hello to graze and their famous boxes.

Here is the concept:

graze

They stock a wide variety of products. From popcorn to guilt-free high tea and flapjack to olives, graze has got it covered. You browse their collection of healthy goodness and rate them: bin, try, like or love. For example, me and nuts do not get on, so I bin everything with nuts in and so I will not be sent any of the nutty nibbles they stock. On the other hand, I am a sucker for their fresh breads and dippers so I like/love these so I will be sent these more often. Could it be any simpler?

The website is really user-friendly so even the greatest technophobe would get along with it. You are also able to choose what day you would like your box delivered and where abouts you would like it – at home, the office etc. I ordered my box last week and it came not so long ago.

graze

graze

So what did I receive? Well I chose for my box to be a light box so it includes super low calorie snacks. In my box was very nori-sh, apple cosmo, fruity mango chutney with black pepper dippers and summer berry compote with wholemeal shortbread. And oh my, yummy indeed. Another thing I love, is that graze includes all of the nutritional information of each of the products.

graze

It is really detailed so it is great for someone who is really looking at what they’re consuming. The packaging is great too, perfect size for your letterbox and the box is biodegradable and recyclable. Each snack comes in its own sealed pot, so they keep for a good amount of time too.

I really cannot rate the company highly enough, their snacks are delicious and completely guilt-free. Each box costs £3.89 including delivery which I think is a great price considering the quality and nutritional goodness that is inside!

Does graze sound like something you would like to try? Then try it for FREE, just visit the graze website and enter the code: T35NW2VD for your first box to be free! Go on, what are you waiting for?!

J xo

#44 MUA Haul

2 Feb

You may have heard about MUA, the budget beauty brand that is stocked online and in some Superdrug stores. Prices begin from £1 which is amazing! They have a Facebook page, search ‘Make Up Academy (MUA)’, which reached 50,000 likes a week or so ago. And when it did, they launched a 50% off everything offer with free delivery. As expected it caused absolute mayhem! I was able to place an order and here is what I purchased!

MUA Haul

MUA Haul

From L-R:

The Artiste Collection – £6 (£3 in the event)

Undressed Palette – £4 (£2)

Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Dolly and Blossom – £2 each (£1)

Intense Gloss in Kiss and Make Up – £2 (£1)

Matte Perfect Primer – £4 (£2)

Brow Kit – £3.50 (£1.75)

Lipstick in Shade 4 and 16 – £1 each (50p!!)

Clear Mascara – £1 (50p)

Gel Eyeliner in Underground – £3 (£1.50)

Clear Nail Polish – £1 (50p)

L1 Lip Brush – £1.50 (75p)

E2 Eyeshadow Contour Brush – £1.95 (98p)

F2 Stippling Brush – £3 (£1.50)

E4 Eyeliner Brush – £1.50 (75p)

F1 Foundation Brush – £3 (£1.50)

So in total I spent £20.72 and got all of this goodness! I have been using the products since I got them and hopefully there will be some further reviews on some of the products! But I have to say I am SO impressed with the brushes! I would link the products listed above to the site but some of the products (most of the brushes) have sold out so are not available on the site! However, I have heard that they will be restocking early Feb, so be sure to get in there quick to avoid disappointment!

Were you able to place an MUA order? :)

J xo