Sunday, 30 November 2014

November 2014 Favourites.

November has been a bit of a mixture of a month for me. It's basically been an absolute month of hell in regards to university work with four assignments to be getting on with, but I have managed to squeeze in some nights out in a bid to just get out of the house. There I got to experiment with some make-up looks and I always like to glam up a little bit for work with rather heavy eye make-up and some bold lips - this month it was the only excuse I had to get dressed up! But December is just one sleep away and I am seriously excited.. it's party time!! 

TIGI Catwalk Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm - I've unfortunately run out of my absolute HG hair oil which is Moroccan Oil and as my current financial situation is worse than my dog's I have had to use different techniques. But I am pleased to say this is one that has really impressed. I just apply it after washing my hair and then brush it through from root to tip. It makes your hair super soft and shiny, and it's fab as it has heat protecting serum to prevent your hair from splitting due to using heat appliances on your hair. It's quite a thick consistency - a lot thicker than an oil - but I feel this gives a little extra protection.

Benefit Gimme Brow - considering I haven't had my brows done since I went to uni back in September (shock horror!!) my brow game has actually been quite strong recently. I really think it's because my eyebrows are a bit longer and bushier that when I apply this it sweeps on really smoothly and creates a really defined look.

Barry M Matte Mocha Nail Polish - I love this shade at the moment and am wearing so many nude, greys and browns that it goes perfectly with any autumn/winter outfit. The matte look is original and it's really good as it dries within minutes which is ideal for me, as I am so impatient when it comes to waiting for my nails to dry.

Topshop Mink Lipstick - I am so so glad that I purchased this lipstick as it's fast becoming my all-time favourite lip colour, which is a rather bold statement for a beauty blogger! I just love it. It goes on super smoothly, it lasts for ages and it looks fantastic with any make-up look. I particularly love it for day looks as it is still quite subtle but brings a little edge.

Max Factor Face Finity Primer - I recently reviewed this (which you can read here) and really have been loving it this month, particularly as my skin is suffering and this helps to soothe it. As I said in my review it really is like make-up glue and keeps your make-up on all day.

What were your favourite products this month?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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Friday, 28 November 2014

OOTD | Shop Til You Drop.

If you follow me on Instagram you will know I have started #100HappyDays in a bid to stay positive and be thankful through all this university stress. So naturally Day 1 had to be an outfit selfie post - whatever else?! This outfit was one I wore last Sunday when I went for a day out shopping with my mum to get started on the dreaded Christmas shop. We had such a lovely day :) I always love spending time with my mother. Even though I go home every weekend I am always working or catching up with friends or spending time with my boyfriend so any time we have together is precious. We even ended the shop with a much needed Nandos.

For the day I decided to take my black A-Line skirt out of the wardrobe as these are still so popular this autumn/winter. This one is a little big for me now as I have recently undergone a health overhaul but it still worked with my new favourite top and some leather boots, socks and tights! It made for a really comfortable, practical outfit. 

Are you doing #100HappyDays?
Lots of love, 
Jessie, xoxo

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

My Merumaya Experience | Review of the Luxury Facial Wash.

Every girl loves a facial and massage, am I right? Even more so when it's courtesy of luxury skincare brand Merumaya. I can't believe it's been nearly four weeks since I went for this amazing experience but it was seriously so needed as I've been super stressed out lately. It's no surprise then when the lovely Karis suggested I send my details over to Merumaya's press extraordinaire, Lekha, I did so straight away!
I had never heard of Merumaya before, but was super excited. It's a relatively new skincare brand which launched in 2012 and from 2013 was available in select John Lewis stores.. And in October 2014 the brand arrived in Cardiff! The brand integrates anti-aging with anti-blemish which is great for all skin types and helps with some of the most daunting skin problems. I was invited to John Lewis in Cardiff for a luxury facial and I was very excited to try out the products and see what the brand was all about. 

I firstly met with Lekha before being shown to a treatment room tucked behind the make-up counters in John Lewis. I didn't even know these existed! It was really cool. Dimly lit and seriously atmospheric which set up for a really relaxing facial and arm and hand massage. Honestly, it was so amazing. I could go back every day. 

I was treated by Claire, who was really lovely, and gave me an insight into what the brand was about and what products would be best for me. We established that I had spot-prone skin, although she said she would never have guessed seeing as I cover them well with my make-up (best compliment being a beauty blogger),  and she suggested I try Merumaya's Luxury Facial Wash, which Lekha very kindly sent to me to give a whirl. 
The Luxury Facial Wash is a clarifying cleanser for those who are troubled by blemishes, which is also integrated with treatments to help with anti-aging. I am only 20 but they do say to start caring for your skin straight away to stop the aging process, so something like this is ideal for me; especially as it helps keep those nasty blemishes at bay! It contains some amazing ingredients with A.C NET (which is clinically tested to reduce spots and the appearance of pores, and to control moisture) as well as Pomegranate enzymes for mild exfoliation and Rhodiola Rosea, Mongosteen and Baobab extracts to provide anti-oxidant protection. In short, it contains ingredients that help to cleanse the skin of any make-up or dirt, to control moisture and reduce shine, as well as to protect the skin from nasty anti-oxidants. 

My verdict? I love it. I am honestly quite useless when it comes to skincare (as you regular readers know) but this is now a firm favourite in my book. You can use Merumaya's Manual Cleansing Brush for a better effect, but for now I have been using a wash cloth and cleansing my face with warm water. I would say to remove make-up first with a make-up remover and then to cleanse with the Luxury Facial Wash to give a thorough clean. It leaves the skin feeling super soft and fresh and gives way for a lovely, relaxing evening. 

This brand is definitely one to watch out for. It's loved by the "big" bloggers like Essie Button and Lily Pebbles, and is relatively priced too. The Luxury Facial Wash costs just £14.50 which is fabulous in comparison to other high end brands. This one certainly competes with other luxury high-end skincare brands and I can't recommend it enough. 

A massive thank you to Maleka and Lekha for inviting me to try out these wonderful products and for introducing me to this fabulous brand. Also, they even helped me out with some notes for my dissertation!! So a massive thank you for that as well :) 

Have you tried Merumaya yet?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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Monday, 24 November 2014

Review | L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara.

In desperation a few weeks ago I ran into Superdrug to grab a new mascara before heading on a night out. I had heard a lot about L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara, so with little time on my hands I grabbed the first one in sight, only to get home and find out it was purple! (*insert monkey with hands over eyes emoji here*) What a doughnut! Although, I am pleased to say that, despite the bright shade, I am really impressed with what I picked up.
I have tried so many mascaras, ranging from drugstore favourites to high end beauties, and there are three things I look for when purchasing. I like them to give my lashes the illusion of longer length, to give lots of volume and to be long lasting, without flaking away. I'm pleased to say the Miss Manga mascara ticks all three boxes.

The product does come out really thickly, and honestly this isn't helped by the thick brush, but I think once it's on it looks fabulous. I would recommend using a clean mascara wand to separate the lashes as you can end up with a spider-leg look but once that's done you will be seriously impressed.

The mascara gives the impression of false lashes which I really love and once it's applied, it really doesn't budge. You will need a special eye make-up remover to remove, but then that's all good news really as it means the mascara is doing its job!

Just make sure you don't pick up a purple one like me! ;)
All in all, a fabulous purchase!
What's your favourite mascara of the moment?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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Saturday, 22 November 2014

First Impressions | Beauty UK's "Snob" Lipstick.

I am a huge lover of Beauty UK lipsticks. They cost less than £3, they come in amazing shades that are vibrant and long-lasting and they rival that of the high-end beauty brands - what's not to love? It's no surprise then that I couldn't resist another beauty bargain when I headed to town last week. 

This time I was looking for something fairly neutral to wear with greys and pale pinks. As much as I love my deep, berry shades it's always nice to have something a little more subtle for down days and when I'm at work or lectures. I opted for "Snob" which, albeit its name relating to something from the inner depth of one's nostrils, is such a beautiful shade. 

I think this pale pink will be perfect with subtle grey smokey eyes and a berry blush, teamed with some pastel clothes and a chunky scarf, it makes the perfect outfit completion!

What is your favourite lipstick shade?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Friday, 21 November 2014

OOTD | Grey Glam.

I am soooo sorry I haven't posted in so long. Life has seriously taken over this week with lots of essay deadlines and lots of nights out to contend with, so unfortunately blogging had to take a backseat (booo!) But I am back and have the whole weekend to get caught up on photographing, blog posts and exciting projects! This makes me happy. :D

I thought I would share with you another outfit post as I just love seeing what other people wear when they glam up for a night out. I'm constantly coveting ideas from other fashion bloggers and scrolling through Instagram for new trends to try, so I hope you're not getting bored of them. I know I class myself as a beauty blogger but it feels like fashion is slowly starting to take over. I cannot wait to get my hands on a camera and tripod in the new year to take lots of fashion-y posts and start to share them on here with y'all!
Top - Miss Selfridge - available here
Midi Skirt - Miss Selfridge - available here
Heels - River Island - last season
Necklace - Miss Selfridge - available here
Bag - from my Mum's wardrobe!

Last Saturday it was my friend's 21st birthday and she decided to have a get together in one of our locals before heading into town for some more drinks. It was the perfect excuse to get glammed up after a hard week of essay writing. My lovely friends from work bought me this two piece as a leaving present (although I only stayed away for six weeks and I've already returned to work there!). I teamed it with some white heels and a bag and, of course, some statement jewellery.

What have you guys been up to lately?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

OOTD | Winter Berry.

So here we are with another fashion post. I've been loving Winter fashion lately although I never get much of a chance to dress up with day wear. In the week as I am always in university and opt for comfier clothes such as blouses or cosy knits, but this weekend I got dressed up for a little shop after work. 
Coat - New Look - similar
Scarf - Primark - similar
Crop Top - River Island - similar
Necklace - H&M - here
Jeans - Topshop - here

I love this coat. I had forgotten I bought it which annoys me as I could have had so much wear out of it. It's such a gorgeous colour and makes me feel sooo sophisticated. I teamed it with this pretty scarf which I pinched out of my mum's wardrobe and thought they worked together perfectly. My boyfriend actually commented on how nice they looked together and, in his words, said "the scarf print would make a good collar". Boys, ey? 

I teamed this with my trusty grey crop top which is woollen and comes with long sleeves and a turtle neck. I seriously love this cropped trend for this AW and now have a growing collection of these tops in an array of colours. I wore with my trusty Joni jeans from Topshop which are high-waisted and added the finishing touch of a baby pink statement necklace which blends the outfit together.

What is your favourite trend this AW?
I seriously need a camera and tripod to start doing more professional fashion posts!
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Sunday, 16 November 2014

River Island and Miss Selfridge Haul.

Wow, it's been a while since I last posted a haul on here! If I posted a haul of everything I bought then we might as well change the name from All Things Beautiful to All The Hauls haha! I just have an addiction when it comes to spending, which is seriously annoying. If I see something I like, I'll buy it. This results in too many clothes and not enough events/time to wear them. 

However, as a shopaholic something I can't resist is an offer and when I noticed that River Island were offering 25% off for Grazia readers, as well as 30% off bargains on many items in Miss Selfridge I simply could not resist...
Glitter Skirt - River Island | Glitter Long Sleeve Crop - River Island | Baby Pink Leather Look Skirt - River Island | Patterned Cropped T-Shirt - Miss Selfridge | Necklace {similar} - Miss Selfridge | Eyelure Lashes - Miss Selfridge | Grey Long Sleeve Crop {similar} - River Island | Red Platform Heels - River Island

I'm now officially ready for party season with my glitzy co-ordinates, PVC skirt and killer heels. I have been after some red heels for about two years and have never found the perfect pair. I was worried that these would come out more of a "burnt orange" than bright red but thankfully they were perfect. Teamed with a red clutch and bold red lip they are perfect for a night out over Christmas!

That's me all shopped out for another few weeks... 
Or should I say days?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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Thursday, 13 November 2014

OOTD: work hard, play hard.

Excuse the terrible student house lighting and grainy finish!
These past two weeks have been incredibly boring. All I've done is get up, type up essays, go to the gym and go home. I've hardly even left the house except to work out and it was really starting to get me down. I've been feeling really guilty for doing anything other than university work but this week my housemates were heading out and dragged me with them. Even my dissertation supervisor advised me to go and blow off some steam... If  your tutor is telling you to go out and party then it would be rude not to, right?!

It felt really good to get dressed up properly and to wear a full face of make-up and to do my hair. I've just been living in my gym kit and comfy clothes for the past two weeks so it felt great. I wore a dress I bought from River Island over a year ago and have only worn once along with my trusty neon shoes (also from River Island) and a turquoise clutch bag which I bought whilst on holiday in Greece. I decided it would be good to inject a little colour into my outfit, despite the dark, dreary weather.

It was a really good night and I didn't get in too much of a state as I wanted to get up and do work the next day and didn't want one of those hangovers which would make me want to eat everything in sight. Thankfully I got everything I wanted to do done yesterday so it just goes to show; if you work hard, you need to make time to play hard too!

Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

wishlist wednesday: glitter and glam.

Party season is officially here! This makes me feel so excited as it means that Christmas is just around the corner. I really love getting glammed up for Christmas celebrations and I love that all over the festive season all you see in the high street is glitz and glam! I have been having a serious search all over the high street and online for some staples ready for party season, and today I thought I would share my favourites with you....

1 - Asymmetrical Embellished Bodycon - River Island
2 - Roberta Bodycon Dress - Miss Selfridge
3 - Embellished Bralet - Topshop
4 - Black Embellished Necklace - Debenhams
5 - Gold Glitter Platforms - River Island
6 - Strappy Diamante Playsuit - New Look 
7 - Gold Storm Drape Necklace - New Look
8 - Sparkly High Neck Crop Top - River Island
9 - Sparkly Mini Skirt - River Island
10 - Faith Black Mock Croc Clutch - Debenhams

What's on your wishlist for party season?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Monday, 10 November 2014

Beauty Products We All Loved As Teens.

C'mon ladies, admit it. When we were teens there was a signature look we all went for; bright orange face, over plucked, almost non-existant eyebrows, and ultra-glossed lips. Oh, not forgetting a shimmery eyelid and all-over body glitter! 

I was looking through some old photos yesterday and the words that sprung to mind were - "what. the. f!#k". Honestly, what on earth was I thinking even walking round the house looking like that, let alone out in public?! And more importantly, why did my mother ever let me go out? Although, you have to laugh at how much things have changed, and at least I'm not alone. We all did it, even though we try to pretend we didn't!

So, for today's post I though I would take a trip down memory lane and do a little reminiscing. I've seen similar posts floating around before and found them so funny! However, here are some of the products I needed to survive back in those secondary school days...

1. Dream Matte Mousse - an absolute must-have product for looking cool in school. Oh, and it had to be at least two shades darker! And applied with a shovel. This orange paint made you look more oompa-loompa than Kate Moss, but it was definitely one of our survival weapons. 

2. Urban Decay Glitter Eyeliner - my friends and I would walk into registration every morning and would be turning round and walking straight back out to the bathroom within 0.83 seconds. Our form tutor would have none of it, but every day we insisted on walking into school with our heads held high and our eyelids resembling disco ballst. I had the purple one and was one of the only girls to have it (I felt so cool) and eventually we won the battle and the teachers gave up trying to stop us. How was wearing glitter on your eyelids affecting our education anyway? Except from when it caught some sunlight from the window and blinded the whole class...

3. Miss Sporty Eyeliner - when we started to say goodbye to glitter the black eyeliner emerged and that only looked good if it was applied in a "panda eyes" fashion. In other words, a subtle winged liner was not good enough. It had to be applied all around the eye and would end up being very smudged at the end of the day. Not a good look.

4. White Blonde Peroxide - this is just a personal one but what started as a few subtle highlights eventually turned into my head resembling a light bulb. My hair seriously suffered; constantly having to dye my roots and straightening it within an inch of its life ended in a drastic hair cut and me being afraid to dye my hair for at least four years. 

5.GHD Straighteners - I absolutely adore my GHDs but in school these were my life line. I straightened my hair with absolute precision every morning before school, and would leave with it looking a frizzy mess as my hair was so damaged and dry. But I insisted. I would also tie my hair up in the back and then pull all my fringe and bangs down over my face. What a state.

6. "Charlie" Body Sprays - you had to have one of these in your rucksack and it had to be sprayed every half hour to ensure the whole classroom stunk of cheap, overpowering body spray. I loved the different fragrances (Charlie Pink being a personal favourite). But if you opened it in front of a group of girls it ended in a huge queue of them waiting desperately to knick some spray, and after five people it would have all run out. 

7. Batiste Dry Shampoo - this is a life saver now but it was an absolute God send back in the teen days. I don't understand how or why my hair would get so greasy. I would have to constantly wash it as it was just so gross and I don't think my black roots and white hair helped. either.

All in all, they were hilarious times for make-up and hair. Going to school resembling something out of a circus was always fun, and the ongoing battle with teachers to have that little bit of freedom always brought some interesting debates in the classroom!

What were your must-have teen products?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Sunday, 9 November 2014

NOTD: midnight sparkle.

With Halloween and Bonfire Night just gone and the festive season fast approaching there are no excuses to not get glammed up and add a little sparkle to your day! And what better way than to paint your nails in a shimmering, sparkly design?!

I bought these two polishes from Barry M last week to paint my nails ready for Halloween. I wanted to go for something dark and mysterious so chose Barry M's "Black" but could not resist this gorgeous "Atlantis" glittery polish from the Aquarium range.

In my opinion, they work together brilliantly and create a really girly, glittery look which works with all outfits. It's the perfect party piece! I would say, however, that the polish isn't very long wearing and after just two days it was completely chipped and I had to remove it and repaint. However, it's so pretty that I didn't mind and as the polishes are so cheap I wasn't expecting amazing results. You could try preventing this with a top coat, but it still has the same effect. That's the only downside.

All in all though these make the perfect nails to show off whilst drinking those cocktails and putting your hands up on the dance floor. 

What do you think?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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Friday, 7 November 2014

October 2014 Favourites.

Better late than never, ey guys?! October for me was a really good month. I had lots of parties, lots of events to go to and lots of make-up looks to experiment with! November is more than likely going to be a big mesh of university work; it looks like it's set to be all work, no play, which sucks but then Christmas is coming and I'll be home from university and party season can finally kick in! I tried a few new products in October and as I had lots of events I got to wear them on a regular basis which is always nice. So, without further ado, here they are...
1. Make Up Revolution "Run Boy Run" Salvation Eyeshadow Palette - try and say that really fast three times? What a mouthful. But its worth it as this palette is so jaw-droppingly beautiful. I absolutely love the pretty shades and this has been my go-to eyeshadow palette for nights out this month. (Take a look at my party fotd here and my Halloween fotd here). The pigmentation is amazing, the eyeshadow is really long-lasting, it costs just £6 and the shades are perfect for AW14; what more could you ask for?! I adore it, but if you want to read more about this palette then check out my review here.

2. Benefit "Stay Don't Stray" Eyeshadow Primer - with an eyeshadow palette there has to be an eyeshadow primer and this one takes the prize. I love it. Not only does it ensure your eyeshadow stays in place all day but it also really brightens the eyes. This is only a wee sample, but when this runs out (it seems to be never ending!) I will definitely be purchasing the full-size product.

3. Simple Cleanser - I came home from uni one weekend this month and forgot my trusty Simple cleanser so had to resort to the make-up wipes ,and you should see the damage it did to my skin! I was really gutted as my skin flared out really badly and I think it's simply because I wasn't removing my make-up properly. However, after a few days of getting back into a skin care routine my face finally got a bit better, although I am still suffering from some pesky break outs which is so annoying. I blame the stress of university!

4. MUA Lipstick in Raven - okay, this is not a shade I thought would ever grace my lips but for Halloween it's a must. I created a really cool leopard/cat Halloween look and this was brilliant. It stayed on my lips all night and required a lot of scrubbing to remove. It also cost just £1 so it's great as I won't use it now until next Halloween, and I didn't end up breaking the bank!

5. Collection Liquid Eyeliner Tip Pen - I pinched this spare liner off my friend, Hazel, on Halloween and little does she know but she's not getting it back (hehehe). It was great for creating crazy designs and I have been using it for winged liner too and love it! Seriously impressed. It doesn't quite beat Rimmel London's Exaggerate for me, but it is a great alternative.

6. Barry M Nail Polishes - [shades Black and Atlantis] - I just love these polishes. They work so brilliantly together and have been my go-to nails for this month. I will be sporting this look very often over the next few months as I think they are the perfect party nails! 

What were your October faves?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Fairy Tale Tag

I recently spotted this tag over on Alexandra's blog and loved the idea! I'm a sucker for a good Disney film and thought this would be the perfect procrastination from my dissertation research!

Snow White - Do you consider yourself beautiful?
Sometimes I have really good days and think "Oh, I actually look quite nice today!" and others I'm like "Ewwww!" I wouldn't say I'm beautiful but I scrub up alright haha!

Sleeping Beauty - How many hours do you sleep at night?
I would say about 8-9 hours. Any less than that and I find it so hard to function properly; I'm like a walking zombie! I always wake up ridiculously early though. 8:30am is considered a lie-in for me!

Cinderella - Do you have a curfew?
No I don't. I'm 20 now but even when I was younger my parents were quite laid-back about how late I stayed out (our town is very small) as long as I told them where I was and who I was with, etc.

Rapunzel - Do you love being outside?
Yes I love it! Honestly, if I'm stuck inside all day I feel like I am trapped!! I love going into the outdoors and being from a rural town there's nothing better to me than long walks in the countryside or along the coastline. I especially love it at this time of year as the world looks so pretty!

Red Riding Hood - Do you trust strangers easily?
I don't think I do. It takes me a while to trust someone and if someone breaks that trust then that's it! I won't really bother with them again.

The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids - Are you easily fooled?
I think this depends entirely on the situation. I am always fooled by little jokes but when it comes to serious situations I think I have a good head on my shoulders.

Beauty and the Beast - What makes someone beautiful in your eyes?
Being kind, happy and positive. Oh, and a good sense of humour! I love the Roald Dahl quote - "if you think lovely thoughts then they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always be beautiful".

The Little Mermaid - What would you sacrifice for love?
Cheeseball alert but I would say anything! There's nothing more important to me, especially material things. (Although having money helps buy clothes so that is a big factor in my life.)

The Frog Prince - What do you find disgusting?
There are many things but one thing I cannot stand is when people walk along and spit on the pavement! Oh my god, why!? That is my biggest peeve. Oh, and when people burp out loud. It actually makes me sick.

Jack and the Beanstalk - Do you have any plants?
I love pretty flowers and plants but I don't have any of my own. My mum is obsessed with flowers and always has vases around the house. I think they brighten up the room beautifully.

Puss in Boots - Do you have pets? If not, do you want them?
I have two dogs - a Scottish terrier called Daizy and a Yorkshire terrier called Lou Lou. They are the cutest little things and are like best friends! I miss them a lot when I'm away from home. I also have a pet tortoise called Floyd! A random pet but he's quite cute in his own way.

Bluebeard - What is your weak point?
My weakest point has to be how much I worry and stress! I worry about EVERYTHING, especially about the future. It's my third year in university and I feel like a ball of anxiety but when things get too much I head to the gym or for a walk and that always helps to relieve my stress!

Pinocchio - What is your biggest wish?
At the moment it's just to pass my third year in university to the best possible grade but in the future it's to live happily with a lovely family and to have a good job and be content with life.

Peter Pan - What is your mental age?
I would say I'm about the right age really in my mind, although sometimes i do have crazy, young moments and others I feel like a granny because all I want to do is cosy up in bed and watch telly!

The Star Money - What is your most valuable possession?
I would probably say (shallow as anything) my make-up, straighteners, phone and laptop. Those are possessions I cannot live without!!

The Snow Queen - Who is your best friend and what would you do for him/her?
I don't have just one best friend but my mum is one of them. I would do anything for my mum, just like she would do the same for me.

The Princess and the Pea - Are you sensitive?
Very. I take things to heart a lot, even when there's no need to and a lot of things can stick in my mind and be twisted into something different when they were not meant in that way whatsoever.

Godfather Death - What qualities make a good parent?
Just take note from my mum and dad because they honestly are the best parents/people in the world! You have to be kind and patient and put your child first in my opinion.

The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes - Do you like parties?
I love to party! I love getting glammed up, buying new clothes, doing my hair and make-up and I love getting out and socialising! The only thing that puts me off is the hangover. Before I would be able to go out for at least 3-4 nights a week and now if I go out once a week it takes me days to recover! I'm only 20!! God knows what I'll be like in a few years time.

The Emperor's New Clothes - Do you care a lot about your clothing?
Yes. I am obsessed with clothes and that's literally all I spend my money on! I have sooo many, as in two massive wardrobes full, and it's so hard not having that much storage space in university. I wish I was super rich so I could go shopping every day.

The Brave Little Tailor - Do you consider yourself brave?

Before I would say no, but recently I have grown up a lot and challenge myself and make myself get out there and experience. I hate confrontation though and am also petrified of birds (haha) so I guess it depends on the situation how brave I am.

I tag everyone!
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Aviva Occasion Wear.

Party season is just around the corner which gets me so excited! Any excuse to get glammed up and party the night away is always good in my book! But for that you need the perfect party dress and those can be pretty hard to find. With Christmas parties, school and univeristy balls, weddings and formal events you will likely need a dress for each and every occasion; that's where Aviva Dresses* comes in. 
Prom Dresses
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I remember back when I was in high school finding a dress for the Winter Ball was always an absolute mission. One year my friends and I all wore long prom dresses and the next year we opted for short prom dresses and both years I trawled the internet and online stores to find the perfect dress. Aviva has an amazing range of prom dresses in a plethora of colours, styles and designs to suit all skin tones and body shapes! I love the bright use of colours and the tight bodices. Particularly love the crystal detail as a little sparkle is a must-have for a ball or prom! 

Evening Dresses
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When searching for an evening dress I always like to opt for cocktail dresses as I find that these are formal but not as formal as a ball dress or bridesmaid dress. They are a little more casual as they show off a little leg, but are still perfect for a Christmas party! These ones are super cute! I love the tutu style skirts which, agin, would be perfect for all shapes and sizes. The necklines and bodices of the dresses on Aviva are so unique and innovative. You're guaranteed a dress that is completely different from anything you would find on the high street so you'll definitely stand out from the crowd!

Do you have a party coming up that you need a dress for?
What are your opinions on Aviva dresses?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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Monday, 3 November 2014

Review: Max Factor Facefinity Primer.

Before I started blogging I never bothered to use a primer to be honest. It wasn't until I started reading blogs and learned about the benefits that I started to search for one that would suit my oily/combination skin type. I headed to Superdrug one day in search and the sales adviser suggested I try Max Factor Facefinity Primer and I am actually rather impressed.

The packaging isn't very flash - a simple see through bottle with a black pump - but the product itself is good. I really like that it has an SPF 20 as this would be great to use over the summer. Honestly, it doesn't do much in the way of disguising pores but it's quite thick and has a mattifying effect. I read somewhere that it is like "make-up glue" and I have to agree!

I like to pump some onto my hands before dotting it around my face and blending. It goes on really smoothly and quite thickly, but due to its consistency it is not greasy in any way whatsoever and it dries to form quite a "sticky" base allowing your foundation to apply quickly and smoothly, with really flawless results. It also has a really strange smell, I think it may smell like peanut butter! I am unsure whether that is to everyone's tastes.

All in all, for £10.99 this is a good primer but as it doesn't help in disguising pores and helping with the complexion I am unsure whether I would repurchase, and would perhaps look for a better primer on the market. I'm afraid I feel it is a little pricey for it's quality and I would like something that improves my overall complexion before applying my make-up. However, as far as ensuring your make-up stays on your face it really is impressive and it ensures your make-up lasts all day.

What is your favourite primer?
Do you have any I should try?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Meow! Halloween Make-Up Look.

Another year has flown by and in just two months it will be 2015! Such a scary thought! I honestly can't believe how fast this year is going, and soon it will be gone. It honestly feels like yesterday that I was an eighteen year old heading to university and in a few short months I will be graduating! Time seriously flies.

And as another year passes so does another Halloween! I love dressing up and experimenting with crazy make-up looks for Halloween, although I was very disappointed that I didn't have enough time to get experimenting and creating make-up tutorials for my blog. I really enjoyed watching YouTube videos (particularly Carli Bybel and Nicole Guerriero) and gaining ideas, as well as looking at the #asdarknessfalls hashtag to get some inspiration!

I had just over an hour to get ready as I finished a late shift in work last night so I opted to go as a cat/leopard (again). And here is the look I came up with...

Sorry about the terrible lighting! #studenthouseproblems

I prepped my face as usual with some Max Factor Face Finity Primer and used the usual Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and Bobbi Brown powder combo. I then did a dramatic contour along the cheeks, forehead and chin using my Bobbi Brown bronzer.

For my eyes I wore Benefit's Stay Don't Stray primer and used my Make-Up Revolution "Run Boy Run" Salvation Eyeshadow Palette to create a seriously smokey eye which was really fun! I love dramatic eye make-up anyway so it was really fun to experiment. I vamped up the look with lots of Clinique mascara and Eyelure 101 false lashes. Then I went a little crazy with the eyeliner and created a really thick outline of the eyes with winged liner coming to the nose and almost up to the eyebrow.

For my nose I highlighted with Rimmel's Wake Me Up Concealer to give a bright look and then contoured and outlined along the nose with a dark eyeshadow. This created a funky cat look. I painted on a black nose using some liquid eyeliner, and added a long line and some little freckles just above the lips which was applied over some white facepaint to, again, give the illusion of a cat's mouth.

Finally for the leopard spots I dotted different shades of eyeshadow along the temple and jawlines and, using a black eyeliner, I drew rough, squiggly lines around each spot. And for the finishing touch I used my new MUA lipstick in Raven (which cost just £1!).

I hope y'all had a fabulous Halloween.
The countdown to Christmas can officially begin!
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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