Saturday, 27 June 2015

Lifestyle | Do What Makes You Happy.

Isn't it funny that as we grow our priorities change and we start to enjoy completely different things? I wrote about this a little while ago but while I now prefer nights in and long walks on the beach on a Saturday night, I am still struggling to adjust to saying no and turning down offers without getting the feeling that I am an old fart, even though it's simply because I no longer want to go out and get completely wasted.

A turning point came a few weeks ago when I went to a festival and decided I didn't want to drink as I was going on holiday the following week (currently here now, so hey guys! Don't be jealous ;)) and didn't want to spend the week before being ill and generally feeling like sh*t after recovering from a  weekend of alcohol and jager bombs. People were shocked when I was turning down drinks and I felt like I had to give a full explanation to everyone as to why I wasn't drinking, when in reality it was simply because I didn't want to. I stood in the festival tent with the music blaring and people shouting and screaming around me and just felt like I was in the completely wrong place. I ended up heading home early that day and felt so stupid, especially when I saw so many tweets and Facebook statuses saying how much of a good weekend it was, when I felt like it was just a waste of my precious money and time. 

It wasn't until a few days later when I realised that it's okay to say no to the things that you used to always do. I saw a tweet saying that you should do whatever makes you happy, even if others think it's boring or stupid or lame, and I finally got it. Why am I trying to please others when I'm not even pleasing myself? What's the point of doing things or going somewhere that you know deep down you're not going to enjoy? 

From there I made a pledge to myself to start putting myself first. I feel like I've always tried to accommodate to everyone and realistically that's just not possible. For me now my main focus is to work hard and to get the dream job I have always wanted, to spend time with my family, friends and boyfriend doing the little things I love, and to keep happy and healthy. After all, that really is the most important thing. : )

Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Review | Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush.

For those of you who regularly read my blog you will know that I have now become obsessed with skincare - Clinique skincare to be exact - and the newest addition to my skincare regime is Clinique's Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush. The brush is dermatologically developed and uses sonic movements, with two different bristle types, to really reach those difficult areas and to give your face a thorough clean. This is something we really need in today's environment which is filled with anti-oxidants, and its particularly essential for those of us who wear a full face of makeup every day. 

I have been using this brush for the past month now and am really impressed by it. Before I was using face cloths and just splashing water on my face and while my skin has really improved, this brush has taken it to the next level by really removing every inch of makeup and dirt on my face. What's more, it has really reduced the redness that I was getting from scrubbing with a face cloth as it is softer and more gentle on the skin. 

Clinique recommends that you begin by using the brush for thirty seconds all over the face and gradually building up to one minute twice a day (both morning and evening). I remove my makeup before use and then apply my cleanser and dampen the brush with some warm water before turning it on and gently sweeping it across my face in circular motions across the cheeks and in upwards and downwards movements on the t-zone. You don't need to apply any pressure when cleansing as the brush does all this for you, and if you do it can be too harsh for the skin.

As you can see from the above photo, the brush head has two different bristle types. The white are for all over usage, so you can cleanse the cheeks and forehead, while the green are a little harsher so that you can angle the brush to really dig into the areas that you usually miss when cleansing. I find them really beneficial for cleansing around the nose and those pesky spots I tend to get on my forehead and chin. I find this has really helped to reduce the pores on my nose and to combat those tiny blemishes also. It helps to let your moisturiser and products really seep into the skin and to give a gorgeous radiant finish. 

I will say that my skin has really improved since using the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush. It's a lot clearer, there is reduced redness and my skin actually glows. It is soft to touch and your skin is left looking and feeling fabulous. I use twice daily, but not on the days I am exfoliating as I don't want to overdo the skin and create excess oil, and I feel so fresh after usage. Admittedly, the brush is very pricey at £79.00, but I like to think of it as an investment. This is going to be so long lasting and will outrun face cloths and wipes as well as seriously benefiting my skin. I was concerned that it would be too harsh but I haven't had any experiences like that. I simply buff over the skin and the results are outstanding. 

Have you tried this product?
It's another thumbs up for Clinique for me! 
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Tag | Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty.

When stuck for inspiration there's nothing I love more than a good, old tag! I think it's a great way to talk about something different on your blog and to discuss something you haven't before, so when I was searching for ideas to blog about to fill the week while I'm away in Cyprus (*currently sunning myself up on the beach as you're reading this - jealous?*) and stumbled across this post on Heather's blog I decided to tag myself and get started straight away! I just loved the idea as it's different from any other tag I've done before.
GREED: What is your inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?
My most expensive beauty product is probably one of my eyeshadow palettes - either my Vice 3 palette from Urban Decay which costs £45, or my Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Quad which comes in at £_ and was bought for me by my lovely boyfriend last Christmas. They do have a super hefty price tag but I've worn and worn them, and I would say they are definitely worth the money as the quality and pigmentation of the respective palettes is equally fabulous. My most inexpensive products are probably my lipsticks. Apart from my growing MAC lipstick collection, I usually tend to opt for drug store lippies as I always end up losing them.

WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?
I'm still trying in vain to get my hands on MAC's Velvet Teddy lipstick. The Kylie Jenner lip is a favourite of mine and I am desperate to get Velvet Teddy so I am able to complete the look! I would say my love/hate relationship is with Estee Lauder's Double Wear. I absolutely love how it looks on my skin - the finish really is flawless - but after wearing it for a long period of time it does cause break outs as it's so heavy on the skin. There is always the struggle of whether to wear it and have a flawless face and risk a break out, or to leave it and just make do with my powder foundations. #thestruggleisreal.

GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products? 
Oh my god, it has to be The Body Shop's Body Butters. They seriously smell divine. I used to work there and would always come out smelling like a walking fruit bowl and now that I'm not there I use them often to moisturise my legs and arms. My favourite has to be coconut because it helps to enhance your tan and smells delicious too.

SLOTH: What beauty products do you neglect due to laziness?
Okay, I think we're all guilty of this, but I always neglect my makeup brushes. I leave the cleaning for way longer than I should but the task is so boring and tedious and I don't even have that many brushes. It does feel great after they are all done though, and my makeup does apply a lot better. It's just getting round to doing it! I also always neglect my primer. I think it's because I've never actually found a product that works as it should, so any recommendations would be fab. 

PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence? 
For me it's a bold, smoky eye. I love doing my eye makeup and am always experimenting with different makeup looks and colours. My eyes are quite big as it is so when I do my full eye makeup routine I am always left with eyes the size of saucers but it really does make me feel a lot more confident. I could never leave the house without some mascara and eyebrows too, of course, but the whole shebang really makes me feel a lot more confident.

LUST: What products are you currently lusting over?
I always love the look of YSL makeup. The packaging is so pretty and classy. It's basically a beauty bloggers' dream and I seriously need to get my hands on some. I also want to try some more Charlotte Tilbury products. Everything I see always looks so pretty and I have been so impressed by the products that I have tried from CT. Ooh, there's one more brand I would love to get my hands on and that's Anastasia Beverly Hills. I would love to try their brow and contour kits. My dad currently works in Canada and will be heading home next month for my graduation so I'm going to beg him to get one for me!

ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift? 
Perfumes are always a fabulous gift, and it's something I wouldn't necessarily splurge on myself so they are always welcome. My favourite perfumes are Armani's 'Diamonds', Dolce and Gabbana's 'Dolce' and anything by Marc Jacobs, especially as the bottles look gorgeous on your dressing table. 

If you would like to take part in this tag then please feel free and let me know if you do as I would love to read your opinions on the Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty. I tag Jasmine, Jenna, Abigail, Emily and Rebecca.

Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Summer Holiday Essentials featuring The Hut*.

The day has finally come! In just a few hours myself and my boyfriend, Dan, are heading to Cyprus for a week of sun, sea and cocktails. To say I am excited would be an understatement as I am in desperate need of a getaway to just relax and recuperate after a crazy past few months. For today's post I thought I would share with you some of my absolute essentials for a week in the sun!

1. Sunglasses
One thing I seriously need for a holiday is a pair of fancy shades. Not only do they keep the sun out of your eyes, but they are a life saver for covering your face when you've had a few too many cocktails the night before. I have these amazing round glasses from Topshop and they have not left my face since I bought them. 

2. Sun Protection / After-Sun Protection
Don't be a dingbat and stay safe in the sun! If I'm not careful I get ridiculously burnt so always keep topped up with suncream. I use SPF 30 to begin with and then go down to SPF 20 by the end of the week as I do want to get a nice tan, and I apply before heading out for the day as well as while I'm out and especially after being in the water. Even if it is "waterproof" you can never be too safe. This year I will be using Garner Ambre Solaire which is a lovely creamy texture so is moisturising as well as protecting. I also think treating your skin after a day in the sun is essential so I like to use an after sun, as well as The Body Shop's Coconut Body Butter which helps to enhance your tan and also smells divine.
3. Travel Minis
If, like me, you like to take at least thirty outfits for a week (you know, just in case!) then travel minis are essential. I bought little plastic containers from B&M Bargains last year and they are a lifesaver. I just squeeze some shampoo, conditioner and skincare products into the bottles and am good to go for the whole week. I also like mini eye makeup removers and cleansers to remove my makeup and anything that's full size I sneak into Dan's suitcase. ;)

4. Towel*
While hotels do provide towels I always like to take my own for lounging by the pool and for me the brighter the better. I absolutely love this towel* from The Hut as it has such a gorgeous reversible pattern and is so bright and summery. I'll always be able to find my sun lounger with this beauty. It also has an amazing quality and is really soft so will make for a comfy bed. There lots of different towels to choose from so if you're heading on a summer vacay then check them out here!

5. Flip Flops
While I love my pretty sandals and glitzy shoes for the evenings, in the day time you can't beat a pair of flip flops when you're just relaxing by the pool or heading for a day at the beach. I always buy mine from Accessorize as they have pretty designs and fabulous quality so are sure to last. 

6. Bikinis
Anyone else go overboard when buying bikinis? It's the one time a year I really wear them so I always go to town and take enough so that I have a different one for a different occasion. I absolutely love bright bikinis that have a bit of support and look unique and funky and this luminous beauty fits the bill perfectly. 

7. Perfume 
Anyone else always remember their holidays when they smell their favourite perfumes? I always do this and I love to have a gorgeously (is that a word?) scented perfume to spritz whilst on holiday. Also really helpful for when you're a bit sweaty after a hard day of relaxing by the pool. 
8. Travel Documents / Passports
Okay, time for the boring stuff, but it's so important. Don't forget your passport, travel documents and flight information, insurance (so important and so cheap to buy too!), money and any other documents you may need. I like to take mine in a little plastic wallet so I have everything safe and all in order. I also check about four billion times before leaving that I have it all in place and then check every five minutes in the airport - I am a worrier!

9. A Good Book
And last, but not least, a good book is essential. Having the chance to relax and read is one of my favourite things about going on holiday as it's very rare I get a chance when I'm home. I love taking my Amazon Kindle and making sure it's fully loaded with different books as I get quite engrossed and end up reading about four by the end of the week! This is much to Dan's dismay as he has nobody to talk to as I'm lost in a fictional world!

Another few essentials would be any medication, some plasters (I always manage to hurt my feet on holiday somehow) and some spare cash to do some souvenir shopping, as well as enough space for all your clothes, underwear, shoes, bags, accessories and toiletries. I would say try not to overpack, but then I would be a hypocrite!

Are you heading away this year?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Friday, 19 June 2015

Review | Nanokeratin System Befri Brush*.

For years I have been desperately trying to grow my hair. I regularly cut it, try to keep away from the heat for a few days a week and I use lots of hair oils and masks but nothing seems to work. I will say that all this pampering does make it look thick, glossy and shiny, but I guess I am one of those people whose hair just stops growing at a certain length. 

When Nanokeratin System got in touch to see if I wanted to test out one of their latest inventions I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I've never tried anything from the brand before but after some research I can see that they are one of the leaders in hair technology and, by enhancing their products with biometric ingredients, they help to nourish and rejuvenate your natural hair processes. I was sent the BeFri Brush* and was so excited to try it out. 
The BeFri Brush* claims to bring immediate hair relief because of its kinematic structure with eight free-moving arms which glide through your hair and smooth it out. It is quite cool as the arms of the brush move to work with your hair instead of against it and as it has one hundred and forty two bristles it is said to be really conditioning for your hair. Nanokeratin recommends you brush it downwards, or vertically, to begin with - basically in the same way you would normally brush your hair - before holding the brush upwards and brushing horizontally, or sideways, across your head. 
The brush looks quite funky and it is light and easy to hold. The arms of the brush move, but not too vigorously, and as there are gaps in between the arms (see photo above) it helps to dry your hair quicker when blow drying, as it allows the hot air to get to the roots, and this is obviously going to cause less damage as you have less heat on your hair. 
I have noticed that it does glide really smoothly and quickly through my hair, so there is less vigorous tugging and more effortless gliding. It really is quite soft and my hair feels silky and looks nice and shiny after usage. I have also noticed there is less hair fall out, so that is obviously helping and it seems that knots are easily tackled with this brush. This may be because the bristles of the brush are quite thick so they don't get tangled up in your hair and instead work to detangle it. I find a lot of brushes have really pointy bristles which end up damaging your hair as they slice through it. 

On Amazon the BeFri Brush* is available for £19.99 which is quite expensive in my opinion, but the brush is sure to last as it does have a fantastic, sturdy quality that I'm sure will stand the test of time. All in all, it's a thumbs up for Nanokeratin, and I am looking into trying some more of their products in the hope that one day I will have hair as long as Rapunzel. 

Have you tried this hair brush?
What are your tips for growing your hair?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Fitness | Five Reasons Why I Love Running.

If my seventeen year old self could see me writing this now I think they would faint - the five reasons I love running! Honestly, this is something I never thought I would be writing about on my blog. I used to absolutely despise running and when I first started the gym I went with hopes that I would lose weight with as little vigorous movement as possible. Three years later and I'm running on a regular basis and have actually grown to love it!
I started attending circuits classes in December and I found out that I could actually run. In primary school I was one of the fastest runners in the class and even won the Sportsperson Award at the end of the year. In secondary school I lost all my love for sport. I blame it on the terrible PE teachers who didn't care about any sports other than rugby or netball. I danced about three nights a week, but slowly my fitness levels decreased and I started to gain weight - something which really got me down as I had always been so tiny. 

After two years of the gym and starting to increase my fitness levels and experience with lots of different classes, I decided to attend circuits. I had tried it two years before and struggled so much that I decided never to go back. I was so nervous but finished the class feeling so proud of myself as not only had I kept up, but I was ahead of a lot of the regular circuits goers. Since then I have attended circuits classes up to four times a week, and I absolutely love it. 
We now spend the summer evenings running on the track and I have gradually seen so many changes in my body. I even go running with Dan in the evenings and there are so many benefits that I have found from running regularly.

1. Weightloss
I have been on a health and fitness journey for the best part of eight-nine months. I started eating a lot more healthily before that, but have really focused since the end of the summer last year and in the past year and a half I've dropped about three dresses sizes, from an unhealthy size 10-12 to a healthy size 6-8. Cutting out junk food and sugary snacks was the turning point, but I believe these circuits classes have really aided my weightloss. Running has shifted the excess weight I wanted to say goodbye to as it is said to burn more calories than any other activity. 

2. Toning
What's more it's really helped me to tone up, especially my legs and bum. It really strengthens the muscles and helps you get those pins summer-ready! Your legs get physically stronger and you will see a visible difference. This has really helped improve my confidence too.

3. Seeing my fitness levels improve
I can remember the first time I went out on the track for our circuits class this summer. I honestly found it so difficult, and the long distance runs really tired me out. My heart rate was so fast, and by the end of the hour I couldn't wait to go home and eat and sleep. I also had serious DOMS in the muscles the next day, but by the fifth track session I was so amazed by how much better I was coping. I still do find it difficult but the change since my first session and now is incredible. 

4. Clearing the mind/Stress relief
The past few weeks have been horrendous for me, having to deal with dissertations, university assignments and just being a complete ball of stress. The best way to combat this was a work out and running outside in the evening air was perfect. I used to look forward to the circuits classes and then myself and Dan started going to the beach for runs too, and it really helped to calm me down, regather my thoughts and allowed me to focus on the task in hand afterwards. As you run your mind floats away and you get a chance to release all those negative thoughts. It really was a lifesaver for me. It improves your mood and is also said to help with anxiety and depression.

5. Improving sleep
The best thing apart from the health and wellbeing benefits? After a good run you will definitely have a good night's sleep. I sleep quite well anyway, but running knocks me out for a good eight hours and I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Improved nights' sleep also boosts your energy levels and I find I am much more enthusiastic! 

These are just some of the benefits I have found for myself but there are so many more health benefits, such as reducing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease and even improving your brain cognition. Don't get me wrong, it took ages to get used to running and it's been a love hate relationship. If running isn't for you then a nice long walk will work just as well. Being out in the fresh air and being healthy works wonders for me! 

My next challenge is to improve my long distance running. I find it quite difficult but it helps having a training buddy to pull you along. I would love to sign up to and complete a 10k at the end of the year. 

What's your favourite kind of exercise?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Monday, 15 June 2015

Review | Eyelure 101 False Lashes.

Summer is here and this means there are endless amounts of events to get glammed up for. Whether it's a wedding, christening, night out or holiday there's always a chance to go that extra mile with your make up look, and what better way to add an extra punch than with false lashes? 
If ever I have a big occasion I love to wear my Eyelure 101 False Lashes. I have worn these for years and always go back to them if I ever try any other brand or lash type. The reason I choose them is because they give a lovely, volumised finish to the lashes. I don't go for length when it comes to lashes but opt for a more natural finish with added volume, and Eyelure 101 fit the bill perfectly. 

The pack comes with the individual lashes and a small tube of glue. I like to apply my makeup and mascara first before adding a thin layer of glue to the lashes and placing them gently onto the eyes. This does take practice and I remember the first time I wore them I ended up with glue everywhere and lashes placed halfway up my eyelid, but now it takes a few second and they are set in place. I hold them down with the tips of my fingers, although you can use tweezers, and then once they are positioned and the glue is dry I apply another layer of mascara to ensure my lashes and the falsies are merged together. This gives a more natural finish.

The staying power of these lashes is really good. I think the added layer of mascara also helps but they don't curl up at the ends like a lot of other lashes do. I have worn them for all day events, like weddings etc., and they still look just as good at the end of the night as they did at the start. They blend well with natural lashes, they look natural and they bring a little something more to your makeup look.

The lashes worn with mascara and a winged liner finish
I will say that after wearing them it is important to thoroughly wash the eyes and to ensure that every scrap of makeup/glue is removed. I find sometimes the day after use that my eyes really sting and feel really heavy, even with a thorough cleanse the night of removal. I would say that is the only downfall of the lashes.

Eyelure is a fabulous brand for false lashes in my opinion. They have lashes to adhere to everyone's needs whether it's length, volume or just a natural looking enhancement; they really do have it all! You can purchase Eyelure from drug stores across the UK and these particular ones cost £5.95. I think this is a brilliant price as they are also reusable.

Have you tried Eyelure false lashes?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Lifestyle | Exploring Stackpole the Pembrokeshire coast.

 On a hot summers day there really is no better place to live than Wales. Of course, I am biased, but seriously it's such a beautiful country, rich with mountains, lakes, scenic coastlines and views that literally look like something out of a feature film. Last Sunday was such a beautiful day. I had just got back from Cardiff after seeing One Direction and I quickly showered and had some lunch before Dan picked me up and we headed West for a day in the sunshine. 
On the bridge at Bosherston.
I took Dan to a place that is very close to my heart. Stackpole is a designated landscape in Pembrokeshire, and has some amazing little places to visit ranging from hidden beaches, cliff tops views, gorgeous woodland and lilyponds and cute little tea rooms. It's a place I go every summer with my nannie and grandad and it's one of my favourite places ever. It reminds me of my childhood, and I have many happy memories there. 

The first place we headed was Bosherston Lily Ponds. These are man-made lakes which were created over 200 years ago to form the background of the Stackpole Court house and they are truly beautiful. There are lots of bridges allowing you to cross the lake and the area is abundant with wildlife. We saw lots of bright blue dragonflies and pretty lilies and the views were really breathtaking. 
Views of the lily ponds at Bosherston.
A view through the trees.
Strolling around the lake.
We decided to walk around the lake, something I've never actually done before, and it was so peaceful. There were lots of people out making the most of the sunshine and we spent our time taking lots of photos. Then, halfway around, we stumbled across this amazing beach. It's literally on the edge of the lake and it was so pretty. It looked like something out of a film with bright sand contrasted against the sapphire sea. It's called Broadhaven South Beach and is the perfect location for relaxing with families - a hidden gem. 
The hidden beach we discovered - Broad Haven South.
The shoreline at Broadhaven South. 
We then walked the rest of the lake before getting back in the car and heading over to St. Govan's. These are cliff tops on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Park which have seriously breathtaking views. I've been here so many times with my grandparents and absolutely love visiting. There is even the teeniest chapel built into the cliffside, which was built and lived in by St. Govan in the fourteenth century. It's amazing the little wonders you can find when you go exploring!

The view from St. Govan's cliff tops.
The chapel tucked away in the cliffside.
After eating some ice cream on the clifftops overlooking the beautiful views, we got back into the car and headed to Stackpole Quay. There are cute little tea rooms and a harbour with stunning views, but we headed over the clifftops to somewhere that Dan and I hadn't visited before. 

Beautiful Barafundle Bay.
Barafundle Bay is a remote beach which is only accessible via clifftop. It's amazing how many beautiful, idyllic beaches there are in Pembrokeshire - they really are so magical. Many people who live in Carmarthenshire and surrounding areas rave about Barafundle Bay, so I was excited to visit it, and when we got there I could really see why people loved it so much. The Bay is small and it literally feels like you're in another country. You have to walk down a steep set of stairs to get onto the shore, but the views from the clifftop are breathtakingly beautiful. 
Barafundle Bay - like something out of a film!
After a busy day we made the journey home. It was such a lovely day and I really love spending time with Dan and seeing what beautiful places we can find. We always manage to find something new when we go exploring and I treasure the days we have together. : )

Any of you bloggers who are looking for somewhere pretty to visit I can't recommend Pembrokeshire enough! There are so many pretty, unique places and it really is a photographer's dream!

What's your favourite thing to do on a sunny Sunday?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Thursday, 11 June 2015

OOTD | One Direction.

After months of waiting, this weekend I finally got to see One Direction live in concert. (For those of you who aren't a fan, then please just skip to the next paragraph as there is going to be some gushing about how amazing they were - sorry ;) hehe!) They were so amazing, and I'm so glad I went to see them. My crush on Niall has just grown to another level, and now I am also falling for Harry Styles. I was never sure of the hype, but after seeing him live it has really made me understand why people like him so much... 

But anyway, enough of that! It was my cousin's fifteenth birthday the day after, so it was her birthday treat, and we had an amazing time and are already looking into booking the next concert! For today's post I thought I would show you what I wore to the concert. I find concerts are a difficult event to dress for as you want to be dressed up but don't want to look as if you're off to a night club, but you also need something comfortable considering a lot of the time you're standing for hours on end for the band/singer to come on stage. 
Blazer - Mum's Wardrobe
Crop Top - River Island
Jeans - Topshop (similar)
Shoes - River Island
Bag - Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses - Topshop
Necklace - Miss Selfridge (last season)

I opted for a look which I think defines smart casual - choosing a printed blazer and platform shoes for the 'smart' and wearing it with a black crop top and ripped jeans to add a bit of casual. The blazer is actually my mum's, which I nicked from her wardrobe, but I absolutely loved the fit and the printed pattern that featured a swirl of colours. I picked out the blue and black from the blazer to colour co-ordinate with a black sheer crop top from River Island and jeans, which are Toyshop's Joni jeans that I absolutely love. 

For shoes I chose my favourite platform sandals/flatforms, from River Island, as they are quite dressy, I think, but still not too much for a concert, even if my feet do end up in blisters after every wear. I also accessorised with a statement necklace, my new shades from Topshop and my favourite tasselled bag from Miss Selfridge. 

What is your go-to concert look?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Review | MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam Miley.

One of the blogosphere's holy grail beauty products has to be the infamous MAC lipstick. With astounding quality, an array of vibrant shades that spans every colour of the rainbow and sleek packaging, the MAC lipstick has become an absolute favourite of mine and slowly, but surely, my collection is growing. The most recent addition is Viva Glam Miley Cyrus - a limited edition lipstick for 2015 fronted by Miley Cyrus - and it's safe to say, I'm in love. What's more, the full RRP (minus VAT) of the lipstick is donated to the MAC Aids Fund, which is a registered charity to help women, men and children affected by AIDS around the world.

First thing's first, this lipstick is bright. And when I say bright, I mean fluorescent. It is a super vibrant fuchsia pink shade, with a slightly blue undertone to really add to the brightness and is perfect for the summer time in my opinion. It gives an instant pop of colour to a more neutral makeup look. It is described as a 'super sexy hot pink' and I believe it fits the bill perfectly. The pigmentation really is fantastic. 

My favourite thing about MAC lipsticks is how easily they glide onto the lips. Viva Glam Miley does this too, allowing for an effortless application that gives an instant vibrancy. You can apply this in one swift swoop to see the full affect of the lipstick and it has a lovely shiny finish, without looking too much like a gloss. I believe it mixes the elements of matte and gloss really well, to give a bold colour with a slight sheen that is hydrating to the lips. The durability is really good too, as it doesn't bleed into the skin around the lips. I would say that it starts to need another application after about four hours, but it does leave a pinky tint to the lips, so if you have a long day it's sure to last. 

Finally, the packaging. I love the alternate twist to the standard MAC lipstick style, with its bright pink casing and Miley's signature finish. It also makes it really recognisable when hunting through your lipstick stash due to its alternative look. 

All in all, this is a fabulous lipstick, although not one for people who shy away from statement shades. It has an amazing, bold pigmentation, it's long lasting and doesn't bleed, the packaging is really unique and buying it means you're donating to charity and helping those who need it. I would recommend those of you who love bright shades to pick this up on your next shopping spree!

Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Dress for the Occasion with George*.

Is it safe to say that summer is officially here? June has arrived and has brought with it some signs of summer, with the sun trying it's best to outshine the rain. I love summer. It's definitely my favourite time of year, as it's filled with events, sunshine (hopefully), holidays, festivals, lazy days, road trips and, of course, ice cream. Today's post is a collaboration with George at Asda, who very kindly sent me some pieces to put together a look book for you lovely readers. It's my first ever look book, so I'm super nervous to post it, but I really hope you enjoy.

George have a huge array of summer dresses to choose from - ranging from the flowing maxis, to the oversized shirts, to the casual minis - and there really is something to suit everyone and every occasion. There's even a fab range of maternity dresses for any of you mummy bloggers out there! I was spoilt for choice but opted for these very versatile dresses, which I think can be worn for a multitude of occasions! 

1. A Day at the Shops.

Shoes - River Island
Necklace - Miss Selfridge (last season)
Sunglasses - Topshop

This oversized shirt dress is fab and I love how it can be dressed up or down. It is a little square, so to give it some shape I opted to style mine with a waist belt, and I hoisted it up a little to bare my pasty pins (seriously can't wait to get away so I can get a tan!). I styled it with my current favourite tassel bag, and chunky sandals with some Willy Wonka style shades and a bejewelled necklace just popping out of the collar. This dress is perfect for a day at the shops because it's stylish, it's quite light and it's not too fitted, so there's room to breathe, shall we say? I also like the quirky print and the monochrome vibe. 

2. Holiday Fever. 

Sandals - Primark (last year)
Sunglasses - Topshop

For an easy, fuss-free holiday outfit this dress is a no-brainer. It's super bright so great for sunnier climates and again it's really light and stretchy so it's comfortable to wear when you're basking in the  evening sunlight. I like the tropical print too and it could be worn in the day to the beach, or in the evening when you're out for some drinks. I've opted for a casual look here, with some strappy, gladiator style sandals and my tassel bag. I've also added my Willy Wonka shades to pretend that I'm actually on a beach in Greece and not in freezing cold Wales. 

3. Special Event.

Bag - Primark (last year)

Summer events are always difficult to dress for, but this dress is ideal. Whether it's a wedding party, christening, summer BBQ or an evening of cocktails with the girls you just can't go wrong with white lace. It has a laced overlay with a plain white cotton dress underneath to cover your modesty. As the dress is so lacy and detailed I kept it minimalistic with these pretty sandals* also from George and a beaded clutch bag. I will say that these dresses are quite difficult to get to shape the body, so I would try before you buy to ensure the perfect fit.

A massive thank you to George at Asda and to the lovely team at Talented Talkers who worked with me with this one. I hope you all enjoyed my first look book. I'm excited to post many more in the future! 

What are your favourite summer pieces?
Have you checked out the dresses at George at Asda?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo
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* These products were sent for review.

Friday, 5 June 2015


Us beauty bloggers are all the same, and no matter how much you try to convince yourself that you don't get sucked into the beauty blogosphere hype, you have to admit that the days where you could walk through Boots without picking up any new makeup products are a thing of the past. Ever since starting blogging I have become a little bit obsessed - I can't wait for new makeup releases, whenever I see a product reviewed on a beauty blog I just have to have it, and I am a sucker for a photo with a pretty white background. Here are the #beautybloggerprobs that we've all come across in our time as a beauty blogger!
1. Not being able to use any new products until you have taken at least seventy four photos for the blog. 

2. Convincing yourself you need that beauty product as it will make for a fabulous blog post. 

3. Getting sucked in to the new product hype and counting down the days to beauty product releases.

4. There's no such thing as a five minute face; a strong contour and highlight is an absolute necessity. 

5. Trying your hardest to walk past Boots... One hour later you're leaving the store with a heap of new, unneeded goodies!

6. Instagramming every single minute of your life. 

7. Dreaming of living in a huge house where everything is completely white. 

8. Already having almost fifty red lipsticks, but popping another one into your online basket as it's an ever so slightly different shade that you must add to your collection. 

9. Forever buying little trinkets to jazz up your blog photo flat lays. 

10. Squealing a little whenever you see that Urban Decay are releasing a new Naked eyeshadow palette. 

11. No bath is complete without a Lush bath bomb - or three.

12. Resisting the urge to go into full on beauty product review mode whenever someone asks for a recommendation on a certain beauty product.

13. Friends and family members being shocked when they realise just how much makeup you actually have.

14. Doing a little happy dance when people complement your winged liner. 

15. Spending your Sunday morning lusting over everyone's Instagram breakfast snaps and just wishing your bowl of cereal was photogenic. 

16. Having a skincare regime that consists of at least four steps both morning and evening since starting a blog. 

17. Collecting products in your online baskets throughout the month and then blowing your whole monthly wage on new makeup. 

18. Telling yourself you're on a spending ban at the start of the month. Three days later you're awaiting the postman's arrival for your brand new beauty products!

19. Trying to find a white background for every Instagram photo. 

20. Looking forward to the #bbloggers chat so that you an add new products to your never-ending wish list.

21. And lastly, being so happy that you found the beauty blogosphere as you have finally found crazy beauty-obsessed people who can share your passion! Or should I say obsession?!

Can you relate? ; )
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Review | Benefit's High Brow.

If there's one thing us beauty bloggers can't live without it's a strong brow game. Seriously, I loved brows before, but since I started blogging I have been absolutely obsessed with making sure my brows are on fleek (sorry guys, I just had to!). I use gel, powder and wax (Benefit's Gimme Brow and Brow Zings) to get my brows defined and in shape and I decided that, now summer is here, I wanted something to give them a little lift and to really highlight the brows. That's where Benefit's High Brow comes in.

I have seen many snippets of this product across the blogoshpere over the past few weeks, and when I was out shopping with my mum she convinced me to buy it as I had been lusting over it for some time. High Brow is basically a brow enhancing pencil, with a light cream-coloured pigmentation, that you pencil under the brows and around the eye area to instantly lift the eyes. I wanted it instantly and thought it would be perfect for the summer, as it claims to give a gorgeous, bright glow. The pencils come in two shades - Linen Pink and High Brow Glow - I chose Linen Pink as it's more natural, whereas High Brow Glow has a shimmery finish and is a little more golden.
Firstly, I just love the packaging. It comes in a cute little box and the pencil is so sleek and bright. It has creamy, pink swirls and looks like something out of Candyland - so Benefit! I also love how thick it is. It has a much bigger circumference than your average pencil so you get a thicker application of product. This is ideal as you can apply it in sweeping strokes under the brow and it covers all areas without having to go back and reapply.

The pencil has a gorgeous, creamy consistency, but it's still very matte with a really definitive pigmentation. It is quite white when you first apply it, but it is easily blendable and gives a nice, natural finish with a gorgeous highlight. I apply mine in a line underneath the eyebrow and then blend it out using my ring finger to cover the brow bone and to blend with whatever eyeshadow I am wearing that day. It really is that simple. You do need to be careful that you don't apply too much, and it does take practice to get that perfect application. However, once perfected you get a gorgeous, highlighted brow-bone that is naturally enhanced to give the brows a real lift. Your brows look more defined and your eyes bigger and more alert. It really is that easy to achieve the look of the A-Listers with a simple, effective pencil.
I have used High Brow every day since I bought it, and it's not just the brows you can highlight. I have used mine on darker circles under the eyes and even along the nose and the cupid's bow of the lips. It's an all round highlighter, even though it's specifically made to wow those brows. At £16.50 it is quite pricey, but the product is so versatile and you hardly need to use any product to get a perfectly highlighted finish, so it's sure to last. If you're a lover of beautiful brows, like me, then I can't recommend it enough!

Have you tried High Brow?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

Monday, 1 June 2015

Review | Clinique's 7 Day Scrub Cream.

The amount of review posts I have done on Clinique's skincare products lately is getting quite ridiculous. I feel as though I should have shares in the company as slowly, but surely, their skincare range is taking over my life. I just cannot get enough! For those of you who don't know, a few months ago I was in a state of despair as my skin was in turmoil. I had huge, nasty boils all over my face and lots of horrid, little spots sitting under my skin waiting to explode. It was horrible and made me feel so uncomfortable. I wouldn't leave the house without a heavy mask of makeup and it was starting to really wear me down. One day I decided enough was enough. I got myself a Clinique skincare regime (read about it here and here) and started to really take care of my skin and I haven't looked back since!

The newest addition to my collection is Clinique's 7 Day Scrub Cream. While my skin had pretty much cleared - apart from the odd hormonal/stress-related breakout - I was getting a collection of little spots under the skin along my forehead. You know the ones that you can't see unless you shine the light onto your skin and then you realise you have a small army on your face? Well, them! When I went for my Celtic Manor facial (read here) the dermatologist told me that this was caused by a build up of dry skin on the forehead, which was trapping any excess oil under the skin. As the oil had nowhere to go, it was causing spots to form and she suggested adding an exfoliator to my skincare regime a few times a week.

I picked up this 7 Day Scrub Cream from Clinique for two reasons. Firstly, as Clinique works so well on my skin I didn't want to venture into another brand in case it messed up my whole regime. Secondly, I wanted something that wasn't too heavy, and the 7 Day Scrub Cream, and as it's a scrub cream, it's a little softer on the skin than the full-blown exfoliator. Containing fine grains in a cream base, the 7 Day Scrub Cream claims to clear pores, de-flake, polish and refine, as well as controlling oil-related problems. It's a product that is suitable for all skin types and combats a range of skin problems. I was very excited to try and the results have been brilliant!

I apply this after cleansing my face in circular motions with my fingers and I use it all over the face, but especially on areas that get particularly spot prone, such as the forehead and chin. It feels soft to touch but when you start to work the cream into the skin you can feel the little grains, but they are not too harsh. It feels really invigorating actually and you know you're getting a really thorough clean. I then rinse off with some warm water, but I will say that you need to do this thoroughly and the product does take a lot of rinsing to completely remove. I then complete my skincare regime with a toner, moisturiser and gel and my skin feels absolutely amazing. It's so soft to touch and I am left feeling completely refreshed.

But, the question remains - does it work? And I can say that it absolutely does, but I will warn you that it brings the blemishes out. The first time I used it I applied in the evening and the next morning I woke up to find the spots that were under the skin had really come to boil. They weren't angry or red but had come to the brim, and I think that's a really good thing. It meant that the product was working and after just one usage the dead skin cells had been removed and the excess oil was breaking free. After doing my usual skincare regime that morning I could see that my skin was so much clearer, and those little spots under the skin had pretty much disappeared! That's after just one usage - I couldn't believe my luck.

I've been using the 7 Day Scrub every other day, even though you can use it every day. I just don't want to overuse it so that my skin counteracts the product and creates extra oil and creates more spots. I just love using it and actually look forward to it. Every time I feel I have some blemishes brewing I use this bad boy on the area and the next day the spots are virtually removed. It's truly a brilliant product, giving the skin a thorough scrubbing but without causing any irritation or redness. The only thing I will say is that if you have an event where you don't want to have your blemishes at breaking point then I wouldn't use it the night before, just in case.

As for the oil control, I have seen an improvement, but I cannot tell whether that's from this product alone or from a combination of other factors. The pores on my nose are visibly reduced though and any dry patches are eliminated whilst giving a lovely polish. I would have to say that I cannot fault the brand's claims, they certainly are true to their word.

It's another thumbs up for Clinique from me!
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo