REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Another ridiculous name in attempt to make a product sound fancy and scientific. I’m onto you, skincare companies. This mask retails at £32.00 for 50ml on the REN website, and the description states:

“A blend of Glycolic, Lactic, Citric and Tartaric Acids, sourced from extracts of Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Lemon and Grape, work with Papain from Mexican Papaya to deeply exfoliate, decongest and purify the skin thereby smoothing skin texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Omega 3 and 7 nourish, soothe and repair the skin to ensure skin remains calm and soothed.”

Application

This stuff is bright yellow! And really slimy. Unpleasantly slimy. I put it on and immediately wanted to wipe the yellow mucus that was now covering my face. But I resisted and gave it the ten minutes it advises.

The Drying

I don’t know if this mask is supposed to dry, but it didn’t. It continued to feel like I had been the victim of the Ghostbusters’ slime for the entire ten minutes.

Removal

Thank God this was fairly easy to remove. A gentle wipe with a hot damp flannel did the trick. It feels like it should have dried and been a peel-off mask, but it’s not (I checked).

Aftermath

Immediately afterwards I didn’t notice any difference. It seems like all that repulsion at my own face was for nothing. I went and made myself a consolatory cup of tea. However, after a couple of minutes, my skin started to feel really tight and fresh. I looked in the mirror and the slime attack had miraculously evened my blotchy skin tone!

Overall

Okay, so if you can get past the weird grass/medicinal smell and the disgusting slimy texture, this is actually a really great mask. I wouldn’t use it more than once a week because I can see that it might dry your skin out if you overuse it, but my skin looks and feels really great. The blend of acids (that sounds terrifying) helps to get rid of any dead skin and leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft. It also did wonders for the pores on my nose, and after just one use I can totally see a difference. At £32.00, this mask is extremely expensive, however I would be more inclined to spend the money on this than on the Glam Glow Youthmud mask

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Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Review

Yes, ‘tinglexfoliate’.

So a friend of mine recently gave me some free samples from her work, and amongst them was a 5g sachet of this face mask. Now a 50g tub of this stuff retails for £49.00 on the Glam Glow website which lasts about 10 uses (that’s £4.90 per application!) I guess what I’m trying to say is that this stuff is expensive, but I’ve heard amazing things about the brand so I was really excited to try it out.

This particular mask contains volcanic rock, french sea clay and active green tea leaf. Fancy.

 

Application

It got a bit of an odd consistency for a face mask, it’s very gritty and there was a bit of fall out but all in all I loved the exfoliating element of this mask – it was like a whole two in one deal. And 5g is just the right amount for one application, so no shortfall and no wastage either.

 

The ‘Tingle’

Okay, I know this mask was supposed to ‘tingle’, but MY GOD. It burns. Really burns. And I don’t have a problem with sensitive skin on my face, so it’s extremely rare for this to happen. It burned so much that I had to resort to sticking my face out of the bathroom window to cool it down. This sensation only lasted a minute tops, but from a mask that’s supposed to make you feel like you’re in a spa, I was feeling far from relaxed with my head out of my window and a towel on my head for all my neighbours to enjoy. The burning went away, but the embarrassment will stick with me forever. 

 

The Drying

This is always my favourite part of a facemask, the part where your entire face is dry and you can’t even move your mouth. I get bored easily, so having an element of ‘this is cool, I can’t raise my eyebrows’ is always entertaining for me. And this mask did not disappoint. My face felt tight within three or four minutes. 10/10 for rock hard faceness.


 

Removal

This mask was surprisingly easy to remove with a hot damp flannel, and the exfoliating effect actually felt really nice. My face was a little pink, but I’m putting that down to the hot flannel.

 

Aftermath

OH MY GOD my face was tight. But tight in a ‘I feel ten years younger and ten times more glamorous’ way. I could not stop touching my face. It’s like it temporarily irradiated all of my pores and blackheads and imperfections, and I totally agree with its claims that it gives you ‘instant camera ready skin in 10 minutes’. I’ve never used a face mask that made my skin look and feel that good before. 

 

Overall

This mask is expensive. Too expensive. Not even a few hours of having a softy soft face can justify paying that much money for a tub of mud. But if you’re suddenly in the mood to spend an obscene amount of money of skincare, go for it, just be prepared for the burn on your face as well as the burning of a hole in your pocket.

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“Your Hair Looks Like it’s on Fire!”

So last Wednesday, I decided I was completely sick of being blonde and sent a picture of a girl’s hair I had seen on Instagram to my hairdresser, and by Friday, after three hours in the salon, I was a redhead once more.

Whilst at university, my hair was red, brown, black, platinum blonde, green (accidentally), red, orange, red and then blonde. I’ve been that same shade of blonde for three years now, with the exception of a few temporary Bleach London experiments with pinks and purples. And lately I’ve not been feeling myself, and I’ve been remembering a time when I had confidence flowing out of me like nobody’s business. And it’s when I had red hair. Soooo…

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My hairdresser is incredibly talented, and made the experience even more exciting/terrifying by turning me away from any mirrors or reflective surfaces from the moment she rinsed the dye out, so I had no idea what it looked like until she had cut, dried and styled it. And if that wasn’t enough, Bizzaz use completely cruelty-free Paul Mitchell products. Amazing.

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It’s okay to be completely obsessed with my own hair, right? I’ve not felt this good in a long time. I finally feel like me again. Everything is falling into place: I’ve moved into a lovely new home with one of my oldest friends, I’ve just secured an amazing new job at the University of Exeter with an actual salary, I’ve been working on my music, and my hair is ON FIRE. Life is good.

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Aleena at Bizzaz, you are a magician. My hair is stunning and I absolutely love it. If anyone wants to change up your look and have a total hair transformation, go to Bizzaz in Exeter. Even if you don’t live in Devon.

Brows On Fleek

IMG_5775.JPGSo unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, if you’re into beauty you’ll know that Benefit have finally launched their new brow range last week! It includes some old favourites that have had a bit of a makeover, and some brand new products. All of these are available in more shades than ever, perfect for people like me who struggle to find a perfect brow match.

Now although Benefit are classed as a high street make up brand, their products aren’t exactly cheap, so instead of breaking the bank and buying all 9 products, I settled for 4, 2 of which are already firm favourites in my daily make up routine.

I also bagged myself a lovely free passport cover and two free mini benebalms when I ordered online with Boots!

First up, my all time favourite brow product: Brow Zings (RRP £24.50)

FullSizeRender (1).jpg“Three steps to amazing brows… this pocket-size compact includes everything you need!”

Yes, this product is pretty expensive, but I have to remember that in over a year of daily use, I’ve actually not even come close to using up my old one.

I went for shade 2, which is suitable for people with darker blonde hair. I was debating going for shade 1, because my hair gets a lots lighter in the summer, but I’m so glad I went for this one after seeing the shades in store (1 looks a little too warm for my hair colour!)

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Firstly, I love the packaging. It looks completely different to the old Brow Zings, and I’m all for giving old favourites a little revamp!

Inside you’ll find the much-loved wax and powder, as well as a new and improved mirror, the handy pair of tweezers, and two brushes that fold out and clip together to create a longer handle to give you more control – this attention to detail is what sets Benefit apart from other brands.

Brow Zings is perfect for everyday brows, especially if, like me, your brows are extremely sparse and patchy, left over from the over-plucking phase of the early 2000s (RIP eyebrows).

Next up, Gimme Brow (RRP £18.50)

FullSizeRender (7).jpg“Poof… fuller-looking brows magically appear! This brush-on gel contains tiny microfibres that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition.”

Another firm favourite of mine, I was recently introduced to Gimme Brow when a Benefit make up artist approached me in my local Boots and asked if she could try a few products out on me. I was so impressed with this fibre gel, not only does it hold your brows in place all day (mine have a habit of being extremely unruly without it!), but it actually has a thickening effect, making it seem like you have hairs where, in my case, there aren’t.

FullSizeRender (8).jpgThere are only 3 shades available in this product, so I apprehensively went for shade 1 thinking it would be a little too light, but actually it’s almost exactly the same as the old light/medium shade I normally use.

You can use this product on it’s own (I tend to do this when I’m going to the gym and don’t want to wear make up, but don’t want to look like an alien with no eyebrows!) or over the top of something like Brow Zings to set your brows in place.

Thirdly, Ka-Brow! (RRP £18.50)

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“Brush on rich, wearable colour! This cream-gel fills, sculpts & defines brows… and comes with a custom built-in brush.”

A brand new product from Benefit is Ka-Brow! This is a brow cream gel, often referred to as a ‘pomade’. It looks exactly the same as a gel eyeliner, but is a much creamier consistency.

A little of this goes a long way, and it’s great for creating natural brows. You can also build on this for a more bold, dramatic look, perfect for a night out where you want everyone to envy those brows!

FullSizeRender (4).jpgThe brush pulls out the top, and attaches to the lid to create a longer handle, which is again a lovely little detail that makes the product that much more special.

At first I struggled to get any product out, but once you warm it up a little with the brush, it becomes a lot easier to apply and glides onto your brows like a dream.

I went for shade 2 again, and I’m really looking forward to playing around with this product!

Lastly, Goof Proof Brow Pencil (RRP £18.50)

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“Presto… everyone’s an expert with this super easy brow-filling & shaping pencil. Fast, full & natural-looking brows magically appear thanks to the glide-on formula, soft colour and goof-proof tip.

Now in my opinion, almost £20 is absolutely extortionate for what is essentially, an eyebrow pencil. However, this seems to be one of the new favourites amongst Benefit fans, so I thought I would give it a go, as I had some Boots advantage card points to spend, so I added shade 2 to my basket.

I love that on one end is a spoolie brush, because my eyebrows tend to go a bit werewolf-y and need a bit of taming before I apply my brows.

FullSizeRender (6).jpgThe pencil end is a thick, slanted pencil. The pointed end is for definition and the wide, flat side if for filling in your brows. It’s a nice, soft pencil, which was a relief, as a lot of brow pencils are so hard that they’re impossible to get any pigment out of!

First impressions? It’s extremely quick, so fantastic if you’re in a rush or just having a bit of a lazy make up day, but I’m not sure it’s worth £18.50, as I can’t see it lasting a very long time.

I’m completely obsessed with the look of packaging of these products – the theme and designs are unlike any beauty products on the market right now and they really stand out on your dressing table. One thing I would say is that some of them feel a little bit cheap and plasticy, something I wouldn’t expect for such high quality products.

The increase in shades available is something I’ve been most excited for about this range, and they don’t disappoint! There’s even a handy guide on the Benefit website on which shade would suit your hair colour. There’s a shade for everyone from platinum blondes to people with jet black hair. However, I would have liked to have seen an auburn/copper shade – I’m sure there’s a lot of red-headed ladies who will need to test out a couple of shades before they buy these products!

As usual with Benefit, they’ve provided handy guides on how to use each of the products, something which I’ve found extremely useful, especially with Ka-Brow!

Overall, I’m really impressed with the new products, and eventually I’d love to get my hands on the rest of the range!

Let me know what your favourites are from the new Benefit Brows range!

Jessica xXx

 

New Things Are Happening!

The past couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy, so I apologise for my complete silence on this blog! So many things have been happening, so I thought I’d give you a quick update!

IMG_5453 (2).PNGFirstly, and most excitingly, if you hadn’t already guessed from my Twitter and Instagram (or had me bang on about it to you in person) I have a new job! I’m going to be spending my summer working for the University of Exeter in the accommodation office as an Accommodation Office Administrator. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s basically a Student Advisor specialising in accommodation. I’ll still be working part time in the pub (I’ve grown quite attached to it and the spare cash will be nice), but I’m so excited to have a normal Monday-Friday 9-5 job for the first time in my life! XD The only problem is, my wardrobe consists of jeans, trainers and black work shirts, so I’m going to have to get a some ‘office appropriate’ clothes!
13072880_474319639434427_6832856377466583397_oSecondly, I’m in a play! I’m going to be a busy bee this summer! I’ve been cast in Sun and Moon Theatre’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona as Lucetta, so all my spare time is currently being used rehearsing and learning lines (one reason I haven’t blogged in a while!) It’s one of Shakespeare’s first plays, and a lesser known one too, but we’ve given it a bit of a modern(ish) twist by setting it at a university in the late 50s/early 60s. I’m absolutely loving the rehearsal process (it’s been a while since I’ve done some theatre!) and I can’t wait to watch it all come together. If you want to come and show your support, we’re showing on:

  • 11th June at 4pm at the Cygnet Theatre (Exeter)
  • 23rd June at 7.30pm at The Queen’s Theatre (Barnstaple)
  • 26th June at 2.45pm at The Queen’s Theatre (Barnstaple)
  • 6th August at 12pm at The RSC Dell Open Air Theatre (Stratford-Upon Avon)
  • 6th August at 3pm at The RSC Dell Open Air Theatre (Stratford-Upon-Avon)

You can also like Sun and Moon’s facebook page to keep up to date with everything!

IMG_5430I spent my weekend in Birmingham with my family. Not only was I celebrating my new job and Ben’s (my sister’s boyfriend) birthday, but most importantly we all went to the opening night of Made Up, the two woman show that my sister is starring in. It’s on at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre until Saturday, and then it’s going on tour until June 11th. I might be biased, but it’s fantastic, and I’m extremely proud. If you fancy seeing my sister looking like an alien, an old woman and many more in the space of 70 minutes, here’s a link where you can find all the dates 🙂

IMG_5302Next I thought I should touch on my Vegan Challenge. A lot of you have been liking my Instagram posts about it, and asking me how it’s going, so I thought I’d answer everyone on here. It’s going amazingly well. It’s been so much easier than I thought it would be! I’m absolutely loving trying out new recipes (I’ve discovered quinoa and it’s changed my life) and I’ve taken much more of an interest in food now that I have to actually think a bit more about what I’m eating. It’s also really helped my lactose intolerance. Before I would often ignore it and eat that bar of chocolate or have that slice of cake even though I knew it wouldn’t be good for me. Now I’m being forced to find alternatives, and it’s really opened my eyes to the dairy-free alternatives out there. As for whether it’s going to be a permanent change? I’m not sure yet. I’m just over halfway through my challenge and I’m yet to make up my mind, but needless to say I’m loving being vegan for now! Alongside being vegan, I’ve also been really getting into the gym. I joined my local Anytime Fitness and I’m (slowly) starting to enjoy exercise again. It’s a good job, since I’ve got my Race for Life 10km in two months!

Phew, that’s all for now! I promise to be better at blogging from now on, and  I’ll have a new beauty-related post up soon!

Jessica xXx

March Cosmetics Haul!

Spring is finally upon us, so I went out in the sunshine to update my make up and skincare collection! I had a load of Boots advantage card points to spend, so I didn’t have to part with too much of my (very hard-earned) cash. I’ll be posting individual reviews for the Bourjois products once I’ve tried them all out, so stay tuned for those!

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  1. Ultrabland from LUSH. This is my favourite cleanser, and I used it every morning to clear away any oil or dirt, and every evening to remove my make up.
  2. Mask of Magnaminty from LUSH. I wasn’t hugely keen on this product when I first used it, but the more I’ve used it, the more I’ve grown to love it. It smells amazing, and I used it about twice a week to help keep spots away and my complexion clear.
  3. Simple Kind to Skin Light Moisturiser. I absolutely love this facial moisturiser, and I find it’s perfect for my combination skin, keeping the dry patches moisturised while not leaving an oily residue.
  4. Metal free hair bands from Superdrug. I’m always losing or breaking hair bobbles, and as my hair grows it’s getting more and more important for me to just tie it up and get it out of my way!
  5. B. Blusher/Contour Brush from Superdrug. I needed a new brush for contouring and this one was on offer so I decided to give it a go! It’s Superdrug’s own brand and I’ve never used their brushes before so I’ll keep you updated on what I think of it!
  6. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush. This is the only dry shampoo that I use, so I always stock up when I’m out in town. It’s amazing at getting rid of any oil build up on your ‘in between hair wash’ days, and it adds volume without leaving your hair feeling stiff and crunchy.
  7. Imperial Leather Sherbet Lemon Shower Cream. I needed a new shower gel, and this one smelt incredibleI cannot wait to use this!
  8. Bourjois Bronzing Powder in  shade 51 Light. This is the first Bourjois product I picked up (I’ve never used any of their products!) I’ve heard really good things about this, and as the weather gets warmer I like to have a bit more of a bronzed look to my make up. It contains cocoa powder and does actually smell like chocolate!
  9. Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Sheer Matte Liquid Lipstick in shade 04 Ravie En Rose. I swatched what seemed like a hundred of these in Boots! This is the first one I picked up, and it’s a lovely light, coral-pink shade. It feels really light and is a buildable colour, perfect for Spring!
  10. Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finish Liquid Lipstick in shade 07 Nude-istThis is a gorgeous liquid to matte shade, perfect to take a make up look from day to night!
  11. Maybelline The Eye Eraser in shade Light. This is my favourite concealer. I used it to cover blemishes and dark circles, and also as a highlighter.
  12. Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation in shade 51 Light Vanilla. I get bored of foundations pretty quickly, so I thought I would try one from Bourjois this time. It was the lightest shade they had so it’s lucky that I’m not any paler!
  13. Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara in shade Ultra Black. Now I love my Benefit They’re Real! mascara, but it’s pretty pricey, so I’m trying to find a mascara that I get on with just as well.
  14. Bourjois Blusher in shade 41 Healthy Mix. I’ve been wearing the same blusher for about 3 years now, and it’s really time for  a change. I was staring at blushers for absolutely ages before I finally settled on this coral/pink shade. I thought it would go really nicely with the Ravie En Rose liquid lipstick which is a similar shade.
  15. Set of 3 nose studs/rings from Accessorize. These speak for themselves really. I want a new nose ring that wasn’t going to turn my nose green like ones from Claire’s, so I was pleasantly surprised to find these in Accessorize!

I’ll keep you updated of the Bourjois products! I’m so excited to try them out!

Thanks for reading!

Jessica xXx

American Cream

Although I really love my Big solid conditioner from LUSH, I thought I’d give the American Cream hair conditioner a go, just to mix things up a bit! I bought the smallest bottle, which is £4.75 for 100g, but it’s also available in a couple of bigger sizes too. I thought the small one would be perfect to try it out, and because I’m going up to Derby for a couple of days and it’s a really handy travel-size.

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The conditioner contains honey water, fair trade vanilla, fresh strawberries, organic orange and sage and lavender oils. It’s designed to ‘leave your hair gorgeously soft and smelling sweetly’.

First impressions are that I really like the smell – I was worried that it was going to smell overpoweringly of strawberry, which is one of my least favourite scents, but it’s actually a lovely vanilla scent, with a hint of strawberry coming through.

It’s a lovely, thick and creamy consistency, but it doesn’t leave my hair feeling weighed down which is often the case with thicker conditioners. It spreads really nicely through my hair, and I like to concentrate it on the ends which need the most moisture. 

Something that I’m really impressed with is the amount of shine it gives my hair! As you blonde readers will know, it’s often tricky to get your hair as shiny as those with darker hair, and it can often feel really soft but still look a bit dull. American Cream has brought my colour out and made my hair look beautifully healthy! 

All in all I really like this conditioner, and I’ll definitely be purchasing a bigger bottle next time!

Jessica xXx

Herbalism

It’s pretty clear by now that I’m completely in love with LUSH, and I particularly love trying our their face scrubs and cleansers. This time I picked up a tub of Herbalism!  It’s described as ‘a herbal combination of nettles and rosemary to balance and cleanse the skin, with almonds and rice bran to gently exfoliate’. It’s priced at £6.95 for 100g, and although you can get it in a bigger size, I don’t think I’d be able to up a bigger one before the use by date!

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It contains ground almonds, nettle, rosemary and rice vinegar extracts, chamomile blue oil and sage oil, all ingredients that are meant to soothe and cleanse the skin, and, as with the majority of LUSH products, it’s made with 100% natural ingredients.

First impressions are that I love the colour – it’s a brilliant, bright green! It also has a fresh, herbal smell – I can really smell the rosemary and sage coming through which is light and refreshing.

IMG_4316IMG_4319Like with a lot of the LUSH cleansers, you take a chunk of this product and mix it with a little water in the palm of your hand to create a paste, and then use it on your face and body as required. I love the control this ‘paste’ method gives you over how thick the product is – sometimes you want a really intense cleanse, and sometimes you just need a little lift!

Herbalism leaves my face feeling unbelievably soft and nourished, and is actually really lovely to use if I’m having a shower in the evening, as the herbal smell is very relaxing. The one thing I will say is that whilst it can remove base make up, it won’t remove eye make up, so it’s best to use something like Ultrabland (reviewed here) either before or after to properly take your make up off.

It’s a lot less grainy than other exfoliators I’ve tried from LUSH, and although I love a good, concentrated scrub, this will be nice for those days when my face needs something a little bit more gentle. It’ll be perfect to alternate with my Ocean Salt scrub, which you can read my review of here.

Let me know what you think of Herbalism, or if you’d like me to try out any other LUSH products!

Jessica xXx

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

Get Ready With Me!

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In this blog I decided to do a step-by-step ‘Get Ready With Me’, showing you how I take achieve my daily make up look. This is the kind of make up I wear every day, it’s really versatile and perfect for someone like me who wants to make as little effort as possible- I know it sounds like a lot when you break it down like this, but it normally takes me about 30 minutes to do. Every product shown here (apart from the two Lush ones) were bought from Boots, and the majority of them are extremely affordable, with the exception of the Benefit products. I should also say I’m not sponsored by any of these brands (but I wish I was!)

Before I apply my make up, I cleanse and tone my face with LUSH’s Ultrabland and Tee Tree Water. These are great for removing any leftover make up residue and they help to balance the skin’s natural oils. I’ve been unwell this week so I’ve got a bit of a breakout on my forehead, so the antiseptic properties of the toner water are really good for helping calm that down.

IMG_2496I then moisturise my face with Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser SPF 15 (£4.35/125ml). This has a great, non-greasy texture and absorbs really quickly into my skin.

I also use Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm (£3.65/15ml). This is soothing and cooling under the eyes, which are a definite problem for me.

 

IMG_2581IMG_2590I think it’s really important to use a primer before applying your make up. I currently use Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer (£5.99/30ml) which is bright purple! It sinks so quickly into my skin and leaves it really smooth. It contains hibiscus which is great for an even skin tone, and is a great base for keeping your make up looking fresh and lasting longer. It also helps to reduce the appearance of pores.

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IMG_2607Next I like to use a BB cream. I swear by Rimmel London BB Cream Matte in Light (£6.99/30ml). I have quite an oily T zone, so this is great for mattifying. You can wear it as a base for foundation or alone. It’s SPF 15 which is fantastic for protecting the delicate skin on your face from UVA and UVB rays. It claims to minimise pores, even skin tone, mattify, control shine, smooth, sooth, conceal dark circles, help prevent blemishes and provide all day coverage.

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IMG_2656I’m always changing up my foundation. The latest one that I’m loving is Maybelline Superstay 24H Foundation in 05 Light Beige (£8.99/30ml). It’s a really affordable, medium coverage foundation that lasts all day without transferring or rubbing off. It doesn’t crease too much around the eyes which is one of my pet peeves, and I don’t have to keep powdering throughout the day. This is great if you’ve got combination skin like me: it controls shine but doesn’t dry out my skin. It’s also a really good match for my skin tone, which is rare because I’m so pale!

IMG_2684IMG_2727The next product I’m loving at the moment is the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer in Light (£7.99). This is a great buildable, non drying concealer that you can use for dark circles, blemishes and basic highlighting. In my opinion, it’s a bit on the pricey side for a concealer, but you only need a little bit so it lasts for ages.

IMG_2746IMG_2767Now I’m no expert in the whole ‘contouring’ craze, but the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palette in Light/Medium (£6.99) is great for novices like myself. I usually only use the bronzer in this palette, because I prefer to use a liquid highlighter. It’s a subtle colour and blends well, while providing buildable colour. And it gives me cheekbones! Hurray!

IMG_2791IMG_2808I’ve used the same blusher for ages now: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Soft Ciolour Blush in 020 Pink Rose (£3.99). It gives me a lovely, natural tint to my cheeks and it blends really nicely. I naturally get quite flushed, so I tend not to use a massive amount of blusher, but this just adds a nice bit of colour.

IMG_2816IMG_2839Next: the brows! I was relatively late to the brow game, but now I feel completely naked without them. I’m naturally quite fair, and my eyebrows are very patchy. The two products I use are Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit in Light (£24.50) and Benefit Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel in Light/Medium (£18.50). These products are quite expensive, but I absolutely love them, and after trying what seems like hundreds of brow products, they’re the closest match to my natural colour. The Brow Zings has a pigmented wax for shaping, and then a natural-shaded powder for setting. I then use the Gimme Brows to add fullness and keep the hairs in place. It’s also waterproof which is great- no one wants their brows running down their face when it rains.

IMG_2849IMG_2863I prefer a liquid highlighter, so I use Rimmel London Good To Glow Highlighter in 001 Notting Hill Glow (£4.99/25ml). You only need the tiniest amount of this, and it’s really good for people who want a natural glow. I use it on my cheeks and brow bone to add a bit of dimension and radiance.

IMG_2886IMG_2901When I want a little extra coverage, I like to use Max Factor Facefinity Compact in Porcelain (£10.99). This has SPF 15 and can be used alone as a powder foundation. I use a light dusting to mattify my make up and add a bit more coverage. It doesn’t dry out your skin, and if I do find I need to sort out excess shine on my face later in the day, a little bit of this sorts it out really well.

IMG_2927IMG_2938Moving onto eyes now. I’m not a bit fan of eyeshadow (mainly because I’m not very good at it!), but I do like to sweep a little bit across my lids before applying my eyeliner. For this I use Revlon ColorStay Shadowlinks in Oyster (£2.99). This adds a touch of sparkle and is a non-creasing powder. It also acts as a primer for my eyeliner and stops it smudging onto my upper lid.

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IMG_3004IMG_3018I’ve done the same eyeliner flicks since I was 16, and I’m really picky about the products I use. I’ve been using The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner in 01 Black (£9) for years, but it’s such a pain to get hold of. They only ever seem to have it in brown in store, so I normally bulk order it online which ends up getting pretty expensive. Last week I decided to try out the new Maybelline Master Ink Matte Liquid Eyeliner in 10 Charcoal Black (£4.99) and it exceeded my expectations. Not only is it almost half the price of The Body Shop one, it’s pretty much a dupe for it! The pen is slightly different, but it’s a nice fine tip that’s perfect for winged liner. It’s a long-lasting colour that doesn’t crack like a lot of liquid eyeliners, and after a particularly bad anxiety attack last week, I can now tell you it’s cry-proof!

IMG_3053IMG_3164Being fair-haired, my eyelashes are really blonde, so I’m obsessed with mascara. My all time favourite is the Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black (£19.50), which I currently layer with Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara in 1 Very Black (£7.99). I start with a coat of Maybelline, then Benefit, then Maybelline and then Benefit. I also use the Benefit one for my bottom lashes. It might seem crazy to layer them like this but I’ve been doing it for years and it’s become a habit!

IMG_3120To make sure my make up stays in place, I use the Maybelline Superstay 24H Setting Spray (£6.99/75ml). This is lightweight, quickly absorbed and refreshing and extends the wear of your make up. I’m one of those people who used to use hairspray (yes, hairspray!) to set my make up, so I’m so happy to have found an affordable setting spray that actually works!

 

To take this look from day to night, I can simply add a red lip. I start off with EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Vanilla Mint (£6.50) which smells incredible and leave my lips lovely and soft.

IMG_3177IMG_3190I then like to line my lips. For this look I used Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in 540 Hollywood Red (£3.99) – they do one in the same shade as the lipstick I use but I’ve run out! This is perfect to prevent the colour of your lipstick bleeding into your skin, keeping a nice clean line for your lips.

IMG_3206IMG_3217To finish off, I use my absolute favour lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 547 Pleasure Me Red (£6.99). I’m completely in love with this formula and the colour, and I currently have three of them (one for my make up stand, one for my handbag, and one for emergencies!). It’s a creamy, moisturising lipstick that gives a fantastic, bold, long-lasting colour that I find really suits my complexion. So if you ever see me out with red lipstick on, 9 times out of ten this is the one I’m wearing!

So there you have it! These are the products that I use every day, and I love every single one of them! Thanks for reading!

Jessica xXx