Seventeen ‘Easy On The Eye’ Eyeshadow Palette

IMG_3505 (2)IMG_3509 (2)Last week I was picking up a few bits in Boots, when the Seventeen make up display caught my eye. I’ve never used any of their products before, so I decided to give the ‘Easy on the Eye’ in Birthday Suit eyeshadow palette a try. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve worn eyeshadow – it’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that I have no idea what I’m doing! This palette appealed because it was reasonably priced (£7.99), it had a selection of natural pink and brown shades, and it came with a little guide on how to use it! I also love the packaging. It comes in an eye-catching box, and inside is a sleek black palette with a great mirror and brush, and 11 beautiful shades.

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“A collection of 8 matte, shimmer & pearl powders, 3 metallic creams & 1 eye primer with dual ended applicator, mirror & get the look guide.”

I’ve used this palette 4/5 times now, and I’m so impressed with the results! Here’s how I’ve been achieving a natural pink eyeshadow look, with almost zero effort and expertise!

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The palette comes with a dual ended brush, (which is so much better than the typical tiny sponge applicators you get with eyeshadows!), but I like to use a fluffier brush, so I’ve been using the Seventeen ‘Eyes’ brush, which I picked up for £1.99 from Boots.

 

 

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Before I do my eyes, I do all the rest of my make up. I know some people prefer to do their eyes before they even put their foundation on, but I’m so heavy-handed with my beauty blender I feel like I’d end up spreading eyeshadow all over my face when I put my foundation on!

 

 

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First off, I prime my eyelids with the eye primer provided in the palette. You can buy eye shadow primers separately from pretty much any make up brand, but because I never use eye shadow I’ve never felt the need to buy any! The primer in this kit does the job, and it’s easy to apply with your fingertip, helps your eyeshadow stay put and doesn’t leave your eyelids feeling greasy.

 

IMG_3625 (2)IMG_3649 (2)Next, I apply the metallic cream Pink Flush all over my lids, again using my finger tip. I like to concentrate the product in the inner corners of my eyes, as it acts as a highlighter and makes your eyes look wider and brighter, with a subtle hint of glitter. You could also use this on your brow bone just under your eyebrow arch as a highlighter to add a bit more shimmer to your look.

IMG_3788IMG_3778 (2)The first powder shadow I use is Gentle Pink. I use my brush to apply this all over my lids, making sure to blend from my eye socket up to my brow bone.

You should always start with the lightest shade as the base for your eyeshadow, because you can  gradually build the colour on top. Gentle Pink is a soft, delicate shade with a gentle shimmer that really brightens your eyes and acts as a great base for eye-popping colour. I’d be quite happy to wear this on it’s own with some eyeliner flicks!

IMG_3800IMG_3812IMG_3795Next I use the shade Sun Kissed Peach. With this one, I fill my eyelid, keeping it light in the inner corners and blending a darker colour out the outer corners. This is a matte shade, so the colour is more pigmented, so I’d advise starting off with a little bit on your brush and adding more if you need. Don’t panic if it looks a little bit dark when you first apply it – the trick is to keep blending!

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IMG_3891IMG_3867Finally I use Toasted Almond on the outer corners of my eyes, concentrating on blending into the crease of my eye and up top my brow bone to give it definition and a graduated look. This is a great shade to use last because it’s darker, but it also has a slight shimmer to it, so it’s not too intense.

IMG_3924IMG_3959To finish off the look, I line my eyes with Maybelline Master Ink Matte Liquid Eyeliner in 10 Charcoal Black. I like to use a nice, thin line, just to frame my eyes and compliment the eyeshadow, instead of my usual bold flicks.

 

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Finally, I use  Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara  in 1 Very Black to coat my eyelashes. I concentrate on my outer lashes to create delicate, fanned lashes, and also give my bottom lashes a light coat (I do this because my eyelashes are so fair, but if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with dark eyelashes, you don’t need to use mascara for your bottom lashes!)

So there you have it! My natural, pink eyeshadow look, that if can do it, anyone can! I would really recommend this palette to someone who, like me, has no idea where to start when it comes to eyeshadows! I love the soft, shimmery effect I get from these four colours, and I can’t wait to try out the others for a soft brown look! They also do an ‘Easy on the Eye’ palette called ‘The Big Smoke’, designed for creating that classic ‘smokey eye’.

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Jessica xXx

Did I Offend You?

I want to talk about offending people. About the invisible line between making a joke and hurting someone’s feelings. In my opinion, a joke is only funny if you’re not the only one who thinks it is. If it’s meant to make people laugh, and not to upset them.

Recently I’ve heard some ‘jokes’ that truly disgusted me, from people I thought would know better. Some aimed at my mental health and my appearance (I’m aware I have a big nose, get over it, I have), some aimed at my family (people who know me know that I’m fiercely protective), others aimed at people I’ve never met. I’ve had people take what I told them in confidence and make them into a ‘joke’ for their own amusement, to get a reaction, no matter how much it hurts me. People I trusted, and who I thought were my friend. If I don’t joke about a personal issue, what makes someone think they have the right to joke about it themselves? What gives someone the right to make me into a joke? And are their lives really that unfulfilled that they have to get their kicks by kicking other people? (Metaphorically, obviously).

It’s made me question the world we live in, and the people I choose to associate myself with. How can someone so easily make a joke out of someone else’s misfortune? It’s a complete mystery to me. It’s 2016, and the world is screwed up enough. You would think people would look out for each other and not bring them down. It’s time we stop bringing other people down and start bringing them up.

The majority of the time you have no idea who a ‘joke’ is going to affect, who is going to find it upsetting and who is going to really take it personally. Unless you do know, which makes it even worse.

Now I have a fair bit of training in comedy, so I feel like I can gauge what people are going to laugh at, and what they’re going to cringe uncomfortably at. There’s a difference between being a ‘controversial comedian’ and being cruel. There’s a difference between ‘dark humour’ and being an asshole.

Don’t be that guy.

Don’t be an asshole.

Jessica xXx

February LUSH Review

About a week ago I ventured out in the horrible weather with my sister to my favourite LUSH store to add to my ever-growing collection. I had done a little bit of research before I went, and made a list of the products I was interested in, some of which I ended up purchasing, and others which I did not.

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The products I didn’t end up buying were:

  • Herbalism – I still really want to try this, but I didn’t want to buy two facial cleansers and the shop assistant recommended I try Ocean Salt
  • Full of Grace – I’m still fascinated by the concept of this (a solid facial serum) but I’m worried it contains a little too much oil for my combination skin
  • Yummy Mummy and Prince Charming – I was really hoping I would like the smell of one of these because I still haven’t found a LUSH shower gel I like, but I wasn’t overly keen on either of them

I’d still love to give Herbalism and Full of Grace a try, so I’m not ruling them out just yet, and I’m still determined to find a shower gel that I really love the smell of!

Seanik (£5.95)

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This first product is a re-purchase. I reviewed Seanik in my January LUSH Review, and since then I’ve only fallen more in love with it. It has completely changed my haircare routine, just like I hoped it would, and I can’t see myself ever going back to liquid shampoos!

My hair usually goes limp and frizzy the day after I wash it, but after using this for a few weeks now, I’ve found I can leave longer between washes (which is much better for the health of your hair as it isn’t constantly being stripped of its natural oils) and my hair stays shiny and full of volume. I often find that after a couple of weeks my hair ‘gets used’ to a shampoo, and it stops having the same results as it did in the beginning, but Seanik continues to make my hair beautifully big and soft!

12654637_10153996086495337_2479310045446046492_nThere are loads of shampoo bars on offer at LUSH, but Seanik is perfect for my hair type, and I’m really starting to notice a difference in the overall condition of my hair. It’s helping me to really embrace the natural texture of my hair, plus I’ve found that it helps my colour last longer! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different shampoo bars LUSH sells, my advice would be don’t be afraid to ask for help! The shop assistants are there to give you advice and they really know their stuff.

The reason I re-purchased it now isn’t because I had used my first one up, but because I’m going to be travelling around a bit soon and I wanted a spare one to keep in my wash bag!

Big (£5.95)
IMG_3458Since using a shampoo bar, I’ve been wanting to try out a solid conditioner, so I picked up Big. I chose this one because it’s supposed to be good for hydration and volume.

Being honest, the first few times I used this I was struggling to get any product, as it was quite hard. After 4/5 uses, it did start to soften up, and I got used to the texture, so my advice with this one is to persevere!

My favourite thing about this is it’s great for concentration on a particular area that needs a bit of love, for me it’s my ends, as you can just rub the bar straight onto your hair. It leaves my brittle ends incredibly soft and hydrated, and you can even use it on dry hair for a little bit of extra shine on those days in between washes.

I am still using a conditioning mask once a week (currently it’s the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter from The Body Shop) for an extra splash of moisture, but I am starting to love this solid conditioner as much as my shampoo bar. I really want to try out the Jungle bar next, as it’s meant to be great for taming wild hair.

Ocean Salt (£7.95/120g)
IMG_3460I’ve been using Dark Angels as my daily scrub, and although I absolutely love the texture and the amount of exfoliation you get from it, I cannot stand the smell of it. Charcoal and Sandalwood are not a nice combination, in my opinion. So when I went into LUSH, I asked the shop assistant if there was anything with the same amount of texture but without the smell, and she recommended this!

This contains vodka*, limes and grapefruit oil and smells like a mojito! I absolutely love the way this smells, it’s perfect to wake you up in the morning.

If you’re like me and you’re a big fan of layers of mascara and eyeliner, it won’t remove your eye make up, but it does leave your face feeling clean, soft and refreshed, and you can use it all over your body if you wanted to!

I was advised not to use this every day because the salt content may dry out my skin, especially in the winter, so I’m alternating between using this and the remainder of my Dark Angels (which is lasting forever!).

*If you’re not keen on putting vodka on your face, it’s also available in an alcohol-free version.

Rub Rub Rub (£8.95/250g)
IMG_3452“Spring into softened skin with floral jasmine, sea salt and fresh lemon juice”. Now I’m not normally a massive fan of jasmine in anything, but it’s very subtle and complements the other scents really beautifully.

You can use it on wet or dry skin, depending on the level of exfoliation you’re looking for, and you can even apparently use it as a shampoo for a massive volume kick (which I haven’t tried yet but I’ll keep you posted!)

I love the consistency of this, and a little goes a long way because it’s jam packed full of salt for a luxurious scrub. Speaking of luxurious, I do think it’s a little on the pricey side, so I’m not using it every day.

One thing that I’m really excited about is that although I’ve only used it 3 or 4 times, it’s made a huge difference to the Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms. This is a skin condition that’s basically like permanent goosebumps, and they can be red or, in my case, white in colour. They’re nothing to worry about, and they’re extremely common in young women (hurray for hormones) and people with eczema (hurray again), especially during the winter when your skin is naturally more dry, but I’ve never found a product that has worked as well on them! My arms has gone from being bumpy to almost completely smooth and I could not be more happy about it.

Love Lettuce (£6.75/75g)
IMG_3465.JPGI know, I know. I couldn’t wait to have five empty pots and get my Fresh Face Mask for free! I just love this product so much, and when I smelt the lavender fragrance in the shop I couldn’t resist!

The Love Lettuce mask is amazing for balancing out the skin’s natural oils, which is perfect for people with oily or combination skin like myself. It’s also incredibly exfoliating, and I find it really helps with blackheads.

Because it’s fresh, you have to keep this in the fridge to stop it going off, which also means that it’s extremely cooling and refreshing for your face.

It such a lovely weekly treat for my face, and not only does it smell incredible, but it leaves my skin glowing. If you’re a LUSH virgin, I would definitely recommend starting off with a face mask and maybe a bath bomb or two!

Not a massive haul this time around, but I really did my research before I went, and I made sure to get advice from the LUSH staff, who are always fantastic and really brighten up your day. Shout out to the lady in LUSH Exeter who helped out me and my sister, and gave a free soap to an adorable little girl who was very excited!

Jessica xXx

 

 

A Day To Unite

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Today is World Cancer Day.

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that Cancer has had quite a grip on my family. My late Nanna and Great Uncle Alan suffered from Cancer, my Granny has had and beaten it, and my Dad was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma (a type of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma) in August 2014.

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It’s safe to say that my entire adult life has been affected by Cancer in one way or another. And it really, really sucks. It’s baffling to think that in 2016, with all our technological and medical advances, we still don’t have a definitive cure for Cancer. The only way that’s going to happen, is if we all unite.

Last year, I ran the 10km Race For Life, and I was so overwhelmed by everyone’s support, and having my Dad there to cheer me on was the most incredible and humbling experience. I’m doing it again this year with my sister, so if you do want to show us a little bit of support, and help us in the war against Cancer, please feel free to check out my Just Giving page and donate whatever you can. Or you could even sign up for a Race For Life event yourself! If I can run 10km, then anyone can. Seriously, I’m incredibly unfit.

If we all unite and support each other, we can give Cancer the kick up the arse it needs.

You can find a list of shops near you selling Unity Bands here.

This blog, and my Race For Life, is dedicated to my wonderful, inspirational and always hilariously grumpy Dad. You can follow his Lymphoma Diaries on his blog here.

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Jessica xXx

 

The Body Shop Haul: First Impressions!

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I love The Body Shop, but as someone on a tight budget, I often have to wait for promotions to be able to buy the products that I love. So when my mum messaged me last week letting me know that they were having an online sale, I immediately filled up my basket and placed an order. As well as some items being in the sale, they had a 40% off everything promotion and I have £10 in vouchers from my Love Your Body card, which meant I was able to purchase £74.50 worth of products for only £34.10, saving a massive £40.40! I’m not sponsored by The Body Shop so all the opinions are my own, and everything pictured here was paid for with my own money.

Here’s what I bought!

Satsuma Body Butter 50ml – £3.00 (RRP £5.00)

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This is the first thing I ever bought from The Body Shop years ago, and when I think of The Body Shop brand, the product that comes to mind first is their body butter range.

The satsuma scent is the one that I associate with my mum (shout out to you, Jane!), and I used to steal hers constantly when I was younger.

It’s a really rich formula with a fresh, energising fragrance. The moisturisation of this product is intense and long-lasting, and I particularly like to use it on my legs after shaving to keep them smooth and soft.

‘Born Lippy’ Stick Lip Balm: Pomegranate – £1.80 (RRP £3.00)

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This lip balm has a really sweet, fruity smell that would be perfect for the summer. It has a subtle hint of red which is perfect for when you don’t want to wear lipstick, but you want your lips to have a touch of colour.

It feels very moisturising on my lips, and has left them feeling very soft with a lovely shine.

I don’t think it will be replacing my EOS lip spheres, but it’s the perfect size to keep in my pocket at work.

Satsuma Hand Cream 30ml – £2.40 (RRP £4.00)

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This hand cream has a more concentrated smell of satsuma than the body butter. It contains satsuma oil which gives it a really zesty, citrusy scent that I absolutely love.

It sinks into your skin really quickly, and leaves them feeling lovely and soft. It has a very light-weight, non-greasy formula which is perfect for a hand cream.

The 30ml tube is the perfect size to throw into your handbag for on the go. I’m never without hand cream, and I think this is going to become a firm favourite!

Papaya Shower Gel – £1.80 (RRP £4.00)

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I bought this because I was running out of shower gel, and this one was in the sale. It’s not a scent I think I’ve ever smelt while shopping in The Body Shop, so I thought I’d give it a go!

It has a really lovely, fruity smell, and genuinely does smell like papaya. It lathers really well and I think this bottle will last me quite a long time.

It’s a little too fruity for the winter, so I think I’m going to save it for the summer as I think it’ll be the perfect accompaniment to a cool shower!

Satsuma Home Fragrance Oil – £2.40 (RRP £4.00)
FullSizeRender (18).jpgThis is the last satsuma scented one I promise! This is a re-purchase for me, as it’s a scent that I think is perfect all-year round to fill your home with!

A few drops go a long way, and it isn’t long before the gorgeous, full-bodied scent fills my flat.

I love fragrance oils as an alternative to scented candles, and this bottle is going to last me a lot longer than a candle would!

Eyelash Curler – £3.00 (RRP £5.00)
FullSizeRender (1)FullSizeRender (2)Another re-purchase is this eyelash curler. It’s great for giving your eyelashes a lift before putting on your mascara, and I love that it comes with a replacement pad.

It also looks a lot nicer than a lot of the plastic curlers you get on the highstreet, and at £3.00 in the promotion, it was an absolute bargain. I probably should have replaced mine a month or so ago as the pad had worn down quite a lot, so I’m glad I was able to get this for a reduced price.

Coconut Oil Hair Shine – £3.30 (RRP £5.50)

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This is the product I was most excited to try. I’m a big fan of the Garnier Ultimate Blends ‘The Sleek Perfector Oil’ (you can read my review of it here) which contains pure coconut oil, so when I saw this I had to try it.

It’s a solid that turns to oil under the warmth of your fingers, so all you have to do it rub a little between your fingers and smooth onto your hair. It’s had really good reviews for giving shine and smoothing down frizz and flyaways.

The only thing I’m not keen on is the smell. I hate coconut, and being a natural product without other added fragrances, it has a very strong smell of coconut that is going to take a little bit of getting used to.

Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter – £4.80 (RRP £8.00)

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This is a product that I always buy when The Body Shop is having a sale or a promotion. It’s a conditioning mask that is perfect for hair like mine that struggles with being dry and a bit damaged.

It’s a really rich, thick formula, so you don’t need a huge amount to saturate your hair. It says to leave it on for at least five minutes, and I like to use it at the same time as a face mask so my hair get a good 10-15 minutes of the treatment before I rinse it off. It contains oils and honey that are really nourishing, and it has a light, fresh scent.

Pink Grapefruit Body Puree – £4.80 (RRP £8.00)

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Since my wonderful friend Meg introduced me to the Grapefruit Body Butter, this has been my favourite-smelling range in the whole Body Shop collection. I can’t get enough of this zesty, citrus smell that lasts all day long, and it brings back memories of my beautiful friend and picnics in the park at uni.

I love the pump on this bottle: it’s great for people like me who are often too lazy to moisturise.

The puree has a lighter texture than a body butter, so it’s perfect for the summer when you want something that’s going to be absorbed quickly but still feels super nourishing.

Africa Honey & Beeswax Hands & Foot Butter – £6.00 (RRP £10.00)

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First off, I love this packaging! Not only does it look really fancy on my dressing table, but the jar is also re-usable!

I get really dry hands and feet, and I’m constantly searching for something that’s going to give them a really thorough moisture boost. I’m really looking forward to seeing if this product can make a difference.

My first impression is that its a really thick butter, but it seems to absorb fairly quickly into my skin which is always a plus.

It doesn’t have a strong smell of anything really, which is actually what I prefer in a foot lotion.

Liquid Eyeliner in 01 Black – £5.40 (RRP £9.00)

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This is my all time favourite eyeliner, and whenever I can get it for a reduced price (because let’s face it, £9 isn’t cheap), I always try and get a couple.

I can’t speak highly enough of this product. As someone who does winged eyeliner every day, I was so happy when I discovered this a couple of years ago.

It’s smudge and crumble resistant, and it gives a bold, long-lasting colour. It lasts all day and night, and I never have to touch it up.

I love the fine-pointed applicator, and the fact that it’s contact lense friendly is a massive plus for me, because it means if I ever do accidentally get it in my eye and under my lense, it isn’t going to make me feel like my eyeball is on fire.

So that’s it! 12 products for less than half price, and I couldn’t be happier with them!

Thank you for reading, I hope I’ve given you some ideas about product you might like to buy from The Body Shop.

Jessica xXx

 

Garnier Ultimate Blends ‘The Sleek Perfector Oil’ Review

As someone with naturally curly hair, I am in a constant battle against frizz and dry ends. I also dye my hair every 6-8 weeks, and have been doing this for the past 8 years, so I’m really aware that my hair needs a little bit of extra care to keep it in good condition.

Something that has been an absolute hair saviour recently, especially over the winter, has been the Garnier Ultimate Blends ‘The Sleek Perfector Oil’ with pure coconut oil. It’s specifically tailored to dry, frizzy hair, and claims to nourish hair, protect it from heat styling, tame frizz and flyaways, boost shine and leave your hair smelling ‘divine’.

image2 (2)After every hair wash, I dispense two pumps between my palms, rub my hands together and apply evenly throughout my damp hair, concentrating on the ends where most of the dryness is. You can also use it on dry hair which makes this product extra versatile!

This product is amazing. It smooths down my frizz without weighing it down, and gives my hair shine without leaving a greasy residue. It’s also perfect for people who struggle with unruly curls like myself, giving me more defined curls rather than my natural wavy mess. On the very rare occasion that I find the patience to straighten my hair, it protects it from heat and leaves it unbelievably soft and healthy-looking!

As someone who absolutely hates coconut, you’d think I wouldn’t like the way this product smells, but it’s actually a really light, subtle smell. The oil contains cocoa seed butter as well as coconut, which balances out the scent well and leaves it smelling really lovely.

The product retails at £9.99 and you get 150ml in a bottle. In terms of hair oils on the market, it pretty affordable, and because a little bit goes a long way, it lasts for absolutely ages! It’s also a great alternative to Argon Oil. To go with this oil, there is also The Sleek Restorer ShampooThe Sleek Restorer Conditioner, and The Sleek Restorer 1 Minute Treatment. I’ve tried all of these products in the past and love them all, especially the 1 minute treatment, and would definitely use them again in the future. Boots often have great deals on these products, so keep an eye out!

Jessica xXx