Sunday, 29 September 2013

Monthly Favourites - September

The end of the month has rolled around once again, which means that it is time for me to round up a small selection of products that have made it into my coveted monthly favourites pile! I think it says a lot about a product if it makes it into these monthly posts, as it usually means I have used it non-stop and continued to reach for it despite the plethora of beauty products I own! So here's this month's edition: 


 Maybelline Colour tattoo - On and on bronze 
Despite only retailing for £4.99, these are possibly the best cream eyeshadow products I've used. Similar in theory to the likes of Mac's paint pots and benefit's famous creasless cream shadows except at a fraction of the price tag. On and on bronze is my absolute favourite, it's a perfect bronze, shimmering shade that looks lovely on its own with a quick sweep over the eyelid making for a fool-proof easy makeup look in the mornings! It also works well as a base for other neautral or smokey shades, or as a liner- so a great multitasker. 

The White Company - Seychelles hand and nail lotion 
The colder weather is in full swing and I've noticed my skin becoming drier and I am forever searching for the perfect hand cream. I think I've found it. I mentioned this handcream in this post and the scent is truly gorgeous and long lingering despite the cream blending effortlessly into the skin and really doing it's job. I've been reaching for this everynight before bedtime in an attempt to give my hands some tlc in this cold! 


Miss Sporty - So Matte foundation in Ivory 
I recently reviewed this foundation and I still cant believe it comes it at around £3 only! This has been the only foundation I've reached for this month, so that's got to be a good thing. I find it covers well, works well on my oily skin and is a good shade match. It's by no means heavy coverage, but it's enough and for the price it deserved an honourable mention! 

Benefit - High Beam 
I've had this mini from Benefit for a little while now and it's always just been something I've only used as a brow bone highlight for those full on makeup looks, however this month I used it non stop as a cheek highlight and absolutely loved it. It's a gorgeous pearlescent silver shimmer that really brightens up the face and looks lovely with a pink blush. I really would consider buying the full size version, but I think this mini will last a really long time! 

Mac blush - Plum Foolery 
It's officially autumn when I crack this baby out. My first ever Mac purchase and forever a favourite! It's the most perfect deep pink almost mauve shade that has subtle shimmering particles that look amazing once applied. It's an ideal shade for this time of year to give you those rosy cheeks! If you haven't come across this shade before, I'd recommend you check it out! 

Maybelline baby lips - peach kiss 
You can read my thoughts on the baby lips range in this post and I can't get enough of them. Although cherry me (the orange packaging) is my favourite of the bunch, this month I've been reaching for peach kiss frequently and it's the perfect product for those can't be bothered days to give your lips a little something extra with minimal effort. 

Real techniques brushes - Contour & Deluxe Crease brush 
I don't know what it is but before this month I stopped reaching for any brushes other than the very basic. I applied foundation with my hands, used a powder brush and didn't even bother with eyeshadow. This month I've been obsessed with these two brushes. The contour brush has worked perfectly to apply my highlighter of choice (high beam) and the deluxe crease brush has been a god-send for applying my concealer lately! Two firm favourites from the real techniques range! 

What have you been loving lately? Have you tried any of these? 

Jess 
xo 






Saturday, 28 September 2013

Loreal Rouge Caresse - Lip butter alternative?

Since the launch of Revlon Lip Butters, there has been an endless supply of lip butter/lipstick hybrids available on the market and the best part is, a lot of these are drugstore products! Personally, I'm a huge fan of lip butters and enjoy having a product that provides a wash of colour, a moisturising finish and a little bit of shine without being a heavy lipstick. 

Loreal Rouge Caresse lipsticks retail at £7.99 and are available in 12 different shades. Shades range from pretty pastel pinks, lovely lilacs and beautiful reds. The shade I absolutely love is called 'Lovely Rose (03)' which is pretty, soft, pastel pink shade and probably one of the most wearable 'everyday' shades in the range. 


loreal rouge caresse lovely rose

Packaging wise, they almost look high-end similar to the likes of dior! They have a silver casing and feel very sturdy and also look rather pretty amongst a sea of rather boring packaging. In terms of formula, they are somewhere between a lipstick and a lip balm - they are not sticky at all, they are smooth to apply and hydrating. Despite being this smoother, buttery formula they are surprisingly pigmented. Althought lovely rose is a subtle shade, as you can see in the swatch below ... it is exactly how you expect it to be in terms of the shade. 

loreal rouge caresse lipstick lovely rose swatch

I really like this product, I''m not sure if I could choose between the revlon lip butters and loreals rouge caresse lipsticks but one thing to note is that if you prefer a matte shade then the loreal ones would be perfect as they don't have any shimmer. I love the way this applies with a wet look without being sticky, and giving a lovely sheen and tint to the lips without looking 'too much'. One thing to note is that they are not long lasting, and do require regular application but I quite often reapply lip products throughout the day anyway - so that's not a problem for me, especially as this packaging is durable and can come with me in my handbag! 

Have you tried the rouge caresse lipsticks? What did you think? 

Jess 
xo

Friday, 27 September 2013

The White Company Haul

Earlier on in the month I attended the launch evening of The White Company in Cardiff which you can read about in my previous blog posts. Having never shopped with The White Company before, I was very excited by all of the amazing products and items in store and spent a long time smelling all of the different perfumes and home fragrances. Of course, I couldn't leave without buying something and I knew immediately which fragrance was my favourite! 

The White Company, St Davids Cardiff, shopping bag
How cute are their little shopping bags?
My favourite scent was of course Seychelles which is described as:

Evoking the balmy breeze of an Indian Ocean island, soothing Seychelles combines notes of fresh bergamot, bright orange and rich amber with warming notes of exotic coconut, vanilla and almond.

This scent literally smells like a tropical island and is reminiscent of a holiday, it's a very warm and iniviting scent and it is definitely my favourite out of the large selection of scents available from The White Company. 
The white company seychelles review
I purchased the Seychelles Hand and Nail cream and the Seychelles Home Fragrance Spray. Other products available in this range include candles, scent diffusers, soap, tea lights and bath and body lotions. 

 The home fragrance spray retails at £15 and contains 100ml of product. The packaging is as expected from The White Company, elegant, chic and simple - with a glass bottle, a silver cap and the signature White Company labelling. The product itself is amazing, it's a very powerful scent and as suggested you only need a couple of sprays to scent an entire room. I usually spray 2-3 times towards the centre of my room and it fills the entire space with a delicious fragrance. And yes, it is that delicious that I am cheeky of having a little spritz before I leave the house and I always get compliments - it really lingers on my clothes even if I just spray my room because obviously like the lazy gal I am I have clothes hanging around on my chair (chairdrobe anyone?). I really wouldn't let the price tag put you off this product - yes, it is more than I would usually spend. However, it is hands down the best room fragrance I have ever used and I know for definite this will be a repurchase, if I ever get to the bottom of the bottle - it will also last a good amount of time! 


The hand and nail cream retails for £14 and contains almond oil and shea butter which help to heal and moisturise dry hands. Again, the packaging is typical of The White Company, a simple plastic bottle with a silver top and a handy 'pump' function for easy use. You get 250ml of product, and again you only need a small amount of the product each use. I typically use one pump which is plenty, the product sinks right into the skin without leaving your hands feeling greasy yet it also leaves them feeling smooth. The scent, again lingers on your skin which I really like - even after washing my hands several times they still smelled amazing! I'd really like to see a mini version of the handcreams in travel packaging as I'd love to carry one of these in my handbag for on-the-go use! 

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with my purchase from The White Company. They are slightly more expensive than my usual choices when it comes to hand lotion and room sprays, but they are actually brilliant. The quality is top notch and the scent is to die for. I've converted all of my family to this room spray so now I have to hide it. 

Have you tried anything from The White Company, or even this scent? 

Jess 
xo 

*although I attended the store launch, please note these products were purchased with my own money and these views of 100% my own :) 


Thursday, 26 September 2013

September Empties - Products I've used up

This month I have used up a lot of products, including some make-up items! I've really got into the habit of using up bottles and tubs of things before moving onto the next and my empties posts seem to be getting bigger and bigger! So here's the latest round up of products I've finished up completely in the last month! 

HAIRCARE: 
TIGI Catwalk - Oatmeal and Honey conditioner 
I picked this up from TK Maxx a while back and its a whopping 750ml tub so it lasted me a very long time. I really liked the scent of this, it's really does smell like porridge and it isn't the usual scent I would like but I did! In terms of its conditioning qualities, it was great - towards the half way point I discovered that this really works if you spend the time massaging it into the ends of the hair. It felt hydrating and made my hair have a certain shine to it, which I really like! It's pretty expensive, but its about £10 cheaper if you buy it in Tk.Maxx! Repurchase? YES 

Macademia hair mask
This was another purchase from Tk.Maxx and it was only about six or seven pounds. Unlike the conditioner, this was a hair mask so I used this once a week and left it on my hair for about 5-10minutes - only using it on the ends. Again, I found this worked best after massaging it in and it did leave my hair feeling hydrated immediately after washing it off. It wasn't a long lasting hydration though, and considering it was a hair mask I didn't feel like it helped my hair a great deal. Repurchase? NO 

Avon advance techniques morrocan oil hair mask
I absolutely love this range from avon! I've tried the shampoo and conditioner which I featured in last months empties and this month I finished the hair mask! Can you tell I've been obsessed with hairmasks lately? I really liked this one, it smelled amazing and made my hair feel so soft! Repurchase? YES 

 MAKEUP:
Rimmel stay matte pressed powder 
Another appearance from this holy grail product, it tends to crop up every other month. I'm not sure I can say any more about it other than it is amazing and forever a repurchase. 

Avon lipstick in Carnation 
I can't remember the last time I finished a lipstick, but I finally finished this one. I loved the shade, it's a bright pink but nothing too 'in your face'. Formula wise this was hydrating and very pigmented and I have a few other shades from this range too. Repurchase? Probably not in this shade. 

Avon Glimmersticks brow definer in blonde
Again, I don't think I've ever finished a brow product? At least not completely - but this is all gone! It's my current favourite brow product, the shade matches me perfectly and I like that its some kind of gel/pencil hybrid so it has a slight wax texture that does keep your brows in place. Repurchase? Yes, already have! 

LOTIONS AND POTIONS:
Nivea daily essentials oil free moisturising day cream
As someone with oily/combo skin I was really excited to try this having heard so much about it. It worked in the sense that it didn't add any extra oils to my skin, but it also felt like it didn't moisturise in the slightest. It just evaporated into my skin and made no difference, so I wasn't a fan of this. Repurchase? No

Superdrug vitamin e hot cloth cleanser 
I'm a massive fan of the liz earle hot cloth cleanser, so for me this was a cheaper alternative. Turns out I really really like it! It brightened my skin on those dull days and really helped with reducing the amount of blemishes! Repurchase? YES

Bath and body works pocket bac in bubblegum 
I love these little guys, and wish we could get our hands on them here! It's nice to have different scented hand sanitizers as who doesn't need to sanitize?! Brilliant idea if you ask me. Repurchase? YES 

Original Source lime shower gel 
Another appearance of this product! This really does smell amazing, pure lime and so refreshing and zingy! A constant repurchase! 

Phew! Well done if you made it this far, I feel like this was a successful month in terms of using things up! Have you tried any of these products? 

Jess 
xo



Wednesday, 25 September 2013

hairspiration

So, it appears I am currently having a hair nightmare. Tonight I came to the realisation that I currently hate my hair, and I'm not just talking about having a bad hair day - I literally loathe my hair. I've never really been into my hair at all, it's always been thick and a pain to style! At the moment my hair has not been cut for about 9 months (shame on me) but you know what it's like, if you haven't been to the hairdressers in a while - it makes you scared to go! It was ombre-d back in January and hasn't really been touched since, so I do have dark roots which are brown/blonde and then it's lighter towards the bottom (you can see here in this OOTD how it looks down, and in this OOTD how it looks up). I NEED A CHANGE. I'm thinking along the lines of a shorter length and I am undecided on a colour. I just want to have healthy, manageable hair!?! 


I'm thinking about a long bob - so not too drastic, but shorter than I have it now! What do you think? 

Jess 
xo

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A bargain beauty haul

Today's post is none other than a bargain beauty haul! Recently there have been lots of posts and thoughts regarding discounted cosmetics and retailers selling named brands at a fraction of the price. Personally - I am okay with buying some products from discount stores, I feel like you can tell when a product is past it's date and occassionally stores will get fairly new stock. Of course, some stock is old and discontinued, but when its sealed in a packet and a well known brand - I don't see the problem. So here's some recent bargain beauty buys: 

bargain beauty poundland 99p cheap cosmetics budget beauty


OPI shatter in 'superbass' - 99p 
This is from the nicki minaj collection for OPI that was released back last year, and these are in a wide range of discount stores at the moment. I would imagine they are left over stock from the collection that are now of no use to OPI as there are brand new shades and collections released constantly. This blog post has some amazing nail combos using this and if you can't find it in a local store you can grab it on Amazon for £1.99 and free delivery

Rimmel wake me up instant radiance shimmer boosts 
002 radiant rose - 99p 
 004 shimmering sand - 99p
I was really impressed to see these in the store as they are still available at boots both instore and online for £4.99 each as well as feel unique! They are a mousse/cream textured highlighter intended to add an instant glow and radiant look to your face, so I am excited to try these fully!  

Sally hansen sheerest cream blush in Bloom - 99p
This was a little impulse buy that intrigued me. I don't own many cream formula blushes and I loved the shade of this one, it's perfect for autumn. I have no idea whether or not this is available elsewhere, on ebay it is only available in US dollars at a high price! Sally hansen is a brand that often seems to creep up in discount stores, and I've not really tried anything from there before so I'll let you know how I get on with this!

And that's it - 4 products for under £4! If you ask me that is a bargain, especially when the rimmel products are still selling in highstreet shops and drugstores right now! Have you found any beauty bargains recently?

Jess
xo

*I realise some of you may be completely against buying discounted cosmetics, I have read numerous articles and information on this subject, and at the moment it is fine by me! 


Monday, 23 September 2013

TAG: How much is your face worth?

Recently I was tagged by my lovely lovely chummy Lisa from www.lisahh-jayne.com to take part in a tag to total how much your face is worth. Basically, all you need to do is take a look at your everyday products - so that's everything inside your makeup bag or box that you use on your face at any given time - add up the total and see how much you spend on your face! I don't think you need to include tools like brushes etc, so here's what I use: 


Young skin mattifying moisturiser - £1 (asda!) 
Bourjois healthy mix foundation - £10.99 
Avon eye primer - £7 (reviewed here)
Mac studio finish concealer - £14 
Sleek Storm eyeshadow palette - £7.99 
Boots natural collection blush in peach melba - £1.99 
Mac MSF in soft and gentle - £22 (reviewed here
Loreal Telescopic Mascara - £10.99 
Avon Glimmerstick brow pencil in blonde - £6 (reviewed here
Bourjois Chocolate bronzer - £6.99 
Mac MSF natural in light - £18.50 
Rimmel stay matte powder - £3.99 

Grand total: £111.44 

All in all - that's quite a lot, and that's including some real budget products like my natural collection blush instead of a Mac blush or opting for a sleek palette rather than urban decay! It really does add up, but I also realise that all these products last me a very long time - other than foundation, so if it looks good on your face it's kinda worth investing in don't you think?

I would like to tag everyone reading this who fancies having a go aswell as these lovely ladies below

Lauren -  http://www.makeupbylaurenmarie.com/
Laura - http://libertylovesmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/
Laura - http://pale-girl-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/
Shona - http://www.freshbeautyxox.blogspot.co.uk/
Carly - http://www.carlysbeautyworld.co.uk/

Jess
xo 


Sunday, 22 September 2013

OOTD: Peter Pan collars

There's something about Autumn that makes me want to buy every single item of clothing or accessories that I see that is available in this gorgeous burgundy/wine colour. It is definitely my favourite colour to wear for the Autumn/Winter seasons however I have never ever wore anything with a peter-pan collar, despite always wanting too! Peter Pan collars are everywhere at the moment, and have been for quite some time - they instantly add a little girliness to an item of clothing and I am officially a fan of the peter-pan collar!

Peter Pan top tshirt simply be plus size uk blog

Peter Pan top - £12 Simply Be
Blue skinny jeans - £30 Simply Be 

I'm already looking for more peter-pan collar items, it's nice to be able to find them from plus size retailers, especially at this price! The top is very spacious and I probably could have sized down to a 24 (wearing a 26). It's a lovely thick cotton and washes brilliantly - it's also available in teal and cream, so I think I'll be getting those too for only £12! Bargain. 

Jess 
xo

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Bedroom furniture: All white everything

Lately I cannot get enough of all things home-related. I am currently dreaming of moving out and I also am constantly wanting to make the most of my small room at home and lusting after the perfect bedroom furniture solutions. I'm a big fan of the ever so 'cliche' white bedroom furniture, and all things shabby chic inspired. So I've compiled a small collection of some of the pieces I am adding to my 'mental wishlist' of things I would add to my room in an ideal world where money wasn't an object, and space was ample. 



I WANT IT ALL. 

Jess 
xo


Friday, 20 September 2013

Miss Sporty - So matte perfect stay foundation

No, you're eyes have not deceived you - this blog post is about a foundation that comes in priced at under £5 - £3.49 to be precise! The foundation in question is 'So Matte' - Perfect stay foundation from Miss Sporty (available to buy at Boots and Superdrug). I am a massive fan of drugstore foundations and after hearing a few mentions of this from one of my favourite youtubers/bloggers Miss Budget Beauty I was intrigued as to how much I would enjoy such a cheap, affordable foundation. And for the price, I really had nothing to lose! 


miss sporty so matte stay perfect foundation ivory pale review
 So Matte comes packaged in a 30ml plastic tube with a pump, very similar to the original bourjois healthy mix (my absolute fave packaging) which has very little waste as the foundation gets gradually pumped up to the top - which also means you can always see exactly how much product you have left, so there's the first positive. The packaging is pretty basic, red and white which doesn't scream luxury but also doesn't scream cheap. It is available in 3 shades 001 ivory, 002 medium and 003 medium/dark. I chose the lightest shade, and its a pretty good match for my skin and despite being only a few pounds it doesn't have that typical orange tone that I have often found with lower priced foundations. 



Formula wise it almost moussey in texture when it comes out of the bottle but applies and blends like a liquid foundation as expected. It is thick, but doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all - however it is a fast-drying foundation which means you either have to be a pro at blending your foundation quickly, or just apply to one area at a time. The coverage is a light/medium coverage - nothing too full but it does even out skin tone and cover the basics, which is perfect for those 'good skin days' or days when you don't need a heavy coverage. As it is a matte foundation, it doesn't give a dewy finish which is suitable for my oily/combo skin however I wouldn't recommend this to those who already have dry skin as I imagine it would cling to dry patches. The shade was a very good match for me and it doesn't require a lot of buffing and blending, it's just an easy foundation. In terms of wear time, it lasted pretty well - as always I use my setting powder over the top, so I imagine that helped somewhat but it lasted around the same time as any other foundation I own - I usually find I powder my nose/chin area early afternoon but I do have oily skin so that's something to consider. 

For the price, I am really impressed. Granted, it isn't a ground-breaking foundation but for just over £3 it is ideal for those on a smaller budget (e.g ME!) or perhaps if you have oily skin and you are trying to find a matte foundation! This would be a great option for any younger girls starting out in makeup too! 

Have you tried this product? What is your favourite drugstore foundation? 

Jess 
xo

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Lush: The Comforter bubble bar

Now that we are firmly into Autumn, I've rediscovered my love for long soaks in the bath. I love bubble baths all year around, but when its hot and humid in the summer months it just seems like a chore! However, now I can enjoy the long hot soak in a bath after a long day or when its freezing cold and dark outside. I use a whole array of bath products, but when it comes to bath bomb type products Lush is definitely my favourite! 


One of my all time favourite products from Lush is The Comforter bubble bar which is something I purchase time and time again. The comforter retails for £4.50 and here's what Lush have to say about it ' 


"This isn’t called the Comforter for nothing. We threw everything we had at this one, to make it warming, comforting and reassuring. We wanted a bath that gave the same sense of safety and calm that your favourite teddy, your comfort blanket or a snuggly scarf gives.At times when you feel you need to protect yourself from the world  - immerse yourself in this pink bath and allow the familiar oils to envelop you in a comforting berry scented embrace"

the comforter, pink and white bubble bar lush

Well.. if that description doesn't want to make you buy it, then I don't know what will! It really is a lovely product, it leaves a silky texture to the water and release a beautiful pink colour leaving you with rather pretty bath water with a mountain of bubbles. It smells sweet, fruity and delicious with it's main scent being blackcurrant, it's almost like a bowl of sweeties and to me - this is the signature Lush smell. Whenever I think of Lush, this smell is what comes to mind. The Comforter is twice the size of the normal bubble bars and although it comes in at the higher price of £4.50 I always get a least 4-5 uses out of one bar - so it's actually pretty good for the money! 

Lush the comforter pink bubble bath review

Ahhh - doesn't that just look amazing. Some times I really wish I could just stay in a nice warm bubble bath all day, reading trashy gossip magazines and contemplating life. But I can't so for now I'm going to enjoy using up some of my bath time products and increasing the amount of 'pamper' time in Autumn/Winter - just because I can! 

I'd definitely recommend the comforter to any of you lovely ladies that are a fan of all things sweet, pink and girly - it really is a treat and unlike other bath bombs/bars this lasts you a few uses. Have you tried this before? If you have any Lush recommendations please let me know in the comments! 

Jess 
xo

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Maybelline baby lips - are they worth the hype?

I apologise if this is the fifty billionth blog post on Maybelline's baby lips that has popped up on your news feed, but I thought it was only right to let you know my thoughts on these little fellas as one of them made an appearance in my monthly favourites post. They are a hugely hyped product with everyone under the sun talking about them and us beauty fanatics here in the UK heard SO much about them before we could even get our hands on them thanks to our bloggers and vloggers across the pond!

maybelline baby lips cherry me pink punch peach kiss swatch review
Currently there are 6 shades/flavours on offer in the UK. Three of which are tinted and leave a wash of colour on your lips (no SPF) and three of which are colour-less but contain SPF. They are all priced at £2.99 (I snapped mine up on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots). In terms of packaging they are brightly coloured and stand out on the shelves compared to the likes of our typical lip balms (nivea, carmex, vaseline etc). I personally like the packaging, it's cute and colourful and is strudy enough to take a light battering in the bottom of my handbag! 

maybelline baby lips cherry me pink punch peach kiss swatch review
I chose the three tinted versions, which have no spf but provide a light wash of colour or tint to the lips. These are Cherry Me (a subtle red/deep pink scented of cherries), Peach Kiss (a nude tint scented of peach) and Pink Punch (a soft pink scented with passionfruit).  

maybelline baby lips cherry me pink punch peach kiss swatch review
Cherry Me, Peach Kiss, Pink Punch. 

In terms of application I was surprised how soft these were, I kind of expected them to drag on your lips whilst applying as most coloured/scented lip balms tend to do this. These applied smoothly and were quite wet and almost glossy in consistency if that makes sense. You can see in the photo above that they are quite shiny - which gives them a moisturising feel when applying - granted feeling this doesn't last long but I didn't expect it to! 

maybelline baby lips cherry me pink punch peach kiss swatch review
Cherry Me (bottom) Peach Kiss (middle) Pink Punch (top)

When swatched, you can see that these are quite subtle and don't rank highly in the colour pay off - however they are not marketed as a lipstick or lip butter - they are a lip BALM so we can't expect it to be massively pigmented. I am impressed with the lovely subtle tint of colour they leave and I do think this is noticeable when wearing! Everytime I wear cherry me, someone always asks me what I have on as it looks quite red/deep pink and shows up well on my skin tone. Peach Kiss is a lovely nude tint and is a great way to add a little bit of something to your lips without having a full on colour. If you struggle to pull off a nude lipstick, or often find they can wash you out then this might be a great buy for you. Pink Punch is probably my least favourite of the three as when applied it tends to separate a little on my lips and cling to any dry patches and almost feels like a different formula to the other two shades.

Overall I am a fan of the baby lips. Yes they were extremely raved about and very much hyped before they even arrived, but they are a decent product. They aren't earth shattering-ly brilliant but I personally expected a lip balm with a subtle tint of colour which is exactly what I got. They are an excellent handbag essential and easy to apply on the go without worrying about mistakes and they are pretty reasonable at £2.99 a piece!

What do you think of these? Do you have a favourite shade... or are you not a fan?

Jess
xo

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Autumn Tag

autumn tag

Recently I was tagged by the lovely Laura of Pale Girl Reviews blog to do the Autumn Tag. As a lovely of Autumn/Winter and all things related - I couldn't wait to get around to answering these questions. I'm sure if you follow me on twitter that you have seen me rant and complain about warm weather and rejoice in the coldness - I really am a winter bird, so this time of the year is my favourite! I won't ramble on any longer in case I end up repeating myself, so let's get into the questions on the tag! 

autumn love. #quotation #inspiration #zappos

For Autumn what's your.... 

1.  Favourite thing about it? (sorry folks, it's gonna have to be things not thing, I can't possible choose one!)
The darker mornings, the darker evenings, the sound of rain in the nighttime against my window, the falling of leaves from all the trees, the bare branches and twigs, the crunchy leaves on the ground, the reds, oranges and browns, the countdown to halloween, the cosy evenings in, the consumption of hot chocolate, the wearing of slippers and cosy pyjamas. 

2.  Favourite drink? 
In Autumn I tend to gravitate to hot beverages, plenty of coffee (that's an all year round given), hot chocolate with whipped cream and a Caramel Latte from Starbucks - I had my first one last week! 

3.  Favourite scent/candle?
I'm a big fan of my yankee candle wax tart holder at the moment, but I don't have any autumn/winter scents for it yet - I'm still on my summer scents - so please throw some suitable recommendations my way! I'm currently eyeing up the 'Winter' scent from The white company after smelling it at an event earlier in the month - it's SO festive and good. 

4.  Best lipstick? 
I tend to stick to subtle shades all year around but for Autumn I often reach for Mac's Shy girl (or my rimmel notting hill nude which is a very good dupe!) I also will be reaching for my baby lips in cherry me as it's a subtle red/dark pink and is a little bit hydrating too for the colder harsh weather. 

5.  Go to moisturiser?  
I tend to go for a thicker moisturiser in the colder weather, at the moment I am loving my Nivea daily essentials regenerating night cream as it's quite an intense moisturiser and I will also reach for face masks a bit more! For the day I will stick to my usual simple or nivea oil free day cream. 

6.  Go to colours for the eyes? 
I'm a neutrals all year round kinda gal - so nothing changes there, I tend to stick to my Urban decay naked palettes, probably more of naked 1 as it's slightly warmer tones. 

7.  Favourite music or band/singer to listen to? 
Does Christmas music count? I've already caught myself humming jingle bells. Other than that - I listen to the same old tunes that I do in the summer - whatever I'm enjoying at the time. 

8.  Favourite outfit to wear (i.e. boots & a scarf combo)?
I love burgundy/wine coloured items, I adore finding the perfect chunky knitted snood and I'm guilty of reaching for warm snuggly ugg boots. And slippers of course! 

9.  Autumn treat?
I suppose it is hot chocolate - with lashings of whipped cream. I like to try little different flavour sachets of the options hot chocolate too - as they are usually only about 40calories and delicious! 

10.  Favourite place to be?
My house. Preferably tucked up in bed, blogging or watching a movie with it pouring down with rain outside and a cuppa by my side. Perfect! 

& that's it for the tag questions. Hopefully by now you've discovered how much I truly love Autumn. Thanks again to Laura for tagging me and here are a few of the fabulous bloggers I would like to tag: 


I also tag any one else reading this who would like to take part too! 

Jess 
xo

Sunday, 15 September 2013

NOTW: Sinful Colours 'Nirvana'

Well, if you haven't guessed by the dark mornings, cold weather and abundance of rain ... it's officially Autumn. Of course, this means that I can now crack out my suitable nail polishes and some of my favourite autumnal/winter shades to carry myself into the season nicely. My first Autumn pick has been from Sinful Colours - a brand that has quite recently become available at Boots in the UK! Sinful colours are priced at a very budget friendly £1.99 and they have various finishes to choose from aswell as a whole rainbow of shades. The shade I am currently loving is '949 Nirvana' which is part of the matte shade range - other finishes available include pearl, glitter, shimmer and cream! 

Sinful Colours Matte nail polish in Nirvana shade 949 boots

sinful colours nirvana nail polish swatch boots

How gorgeous is this colour?! My all time favourite polish has always been a toss up between a pretty pastel in Essie's 'mint candy apple' and my fool-proof go to for autumn/winter - Barry M's Mushroom. Nirvana by sinful colours reminds me so much of Mushroom by Barry M - it's almost identical, except the sinful colours version has a much higher shine to the finish and it applies so smoothly. I'm really impressed with this polish, the photo above is taken after just 2 thin coats - so it's a very 'true' colour representation. In terms of wear time this has been on around 4 days with no major chips, just a tiny amount of wear at the top of one nail - which is pretty impressive for less than £2! 

Have you tried sinful colours? If so, do you have any shade recommendations? I've fallen in love with this formula and you really can't go wrong for the price! 

Jess 
xo

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Avon Glimmerstick brow definer in Blonde

I'm not sure I've discussed my current brow product on this blog yet, so I'm going to do that today! As far as eyebrows are concerned, I've always been a bit 'not bothered' and only recently (in the past 2 years) discovered a love for filling in my eyebrows! Luckily, I have quite full brows anyway - but they do need a bit extra and need a little shaping. Previous favourite products for my brows have been the classic Rimmel eyebrow pencil and elf's eyebrow kit - however this Avon Glimmerstick brow definer falls as a happy medium between a pencil product and a wax/powder product. 






Avon Glimmerstick brow definer retails for only £6 and often goes on sale for half price - which is excellent! The product is simply described as 'Easy to define and blend. Enriched with vitamins A and E.' Unlike a standard brow pencil that can often drag on the skin and require pressure in order to acheive the desired colour, avon glimmerstick glides on perfectly and is very soft and an almost wax-like consistency. For me this works well as it gives a more subtle look then a bold pencil and Blonde is the perfect shade for me - and is suitable for blonde/light brown hair! This has now become my holy grail eyebrow product and I couldn't be without it. I'd recommend it for those who find a pencil too harsh, or for those who want a quick, easy to use product that doesn't require a brow brush or a sharpener! 

What's your go-to brow product? 

Jess 
xo

Friday, 13 September 2013

OOTD: GRADUATION!!

It's official, I am now a graduate! A week ago today, on Friday 6th September I graduated with a degree in BSc Hons Psychology and Counselling studies (2:1) .. how crazy is that?! I was in two minds about going to my actual ceremony, but I'm glad I chose to go - it actually turned out to be a stress-free, enjoyable day. I was joined by all my family and enjoyed a few glasses of champagne and got to see the uni girls and get snazzy pictures taken. I shared a quick picture on my instagram (@i_walktheline) but thought I'd share a bit here too for you all. So here's a quick mirror shot of what  I wore: 



Plus size graduation dress and outfit
Black peplum dress - Simply Be 
Black tassle Clutch Bag - Primark 
Black cardigan - Asda 
Black tights - Evans 
Black and studded shoes - New look 
(do you sense the black theme?)

All to be completed with a harry-potter-esque gown.....
The classic throwing of the mortar board (hat!) 

Graduation Day UK
Sister and me looking smiley. 

Jess 
xo


Thursday, 12 September 2013

August Empties

There's something about writing up an empties post that I thoroughly enjoy, I think it's the satisfaction of knowing that I've got my moneys worth out of a product and finished the lot - anyone else, or just me? Anyway, I haven't accumulated a whole lot of products this month but I have made my way through a handful of items and I'll be letting you know whether or not I would repurchase them. 

Products I've used up and empties blog

Sudocrem - £2 (currently in the 3 for £3 at Superdrug)
This is one of those products that confuses a lot of people, it's for babies right? Wrong - it's an absolute lifesaver on breakouts. I apply a little of this over any blemishes and fall asleep with it on and as it has antiseptic qualities it dries out the spot and therefore helps it to disappear. I've heard a few people don't get on with this, especially if they have uber sensitive skin. A little bit goes a long way and this little tube lasted me a very long time and worked a treat. I'd definitely repurchase

Bio Oil - 60ml for £8.99
Another product that lasted me an absolute lifetime! Bio-oil is a very popular product when it comes to stretch marks (which I have plenty of, as do 90% of the female population) but also an excellent product for acne scars, ageing skin, dehydrated skin and uneven skin tone. I've previously used this as a treatment on scarring and stretch marks and noticed some improvement in terms of them being more subtle - but I've also used this as an intense body oil for hydrating my skin when it's really needed it. I'd probably repurchase. 

Bourjois Healthy mix foundation - older formula
Oh how I loved this foundation. I love everything about it, the shade is perfect, the finish was excellent and the packaging was genius. It has since been replaced with the new formula and packaging which I am not a massive fan of. The foundation itself is the perfect formula for medium coverage that will hide a multitude of skins and discolouration and blemishes! The packaging means absolutely no waste and I wish bourjois would bring this product back! I would repurchase in a heartbeat i
f it came back.  

BodyShop Satsuma shower gel
I'm sure this has made an appearance in another empties post of mine as it is one of my favourite bath/shower products ever. I'm a big fan of orange/zesty scents when it comes to bath products and this is delicious. It literally smells like a fresh satsuma and gives the entire bathroom a scent, as well as foaming really nicely and just being plain old lovely. I will always repurchase and stock up when it's on offer! 


Batiste dry shampoo - tropical
Yes, another one of these has made it's way into the empties post. I think this is a monthly thing for me, I tend to always have one of these batiste cans on the go. They are an excellent time saver and boost for inbetween washes and tropical is my favourite scent. I'll repurchase. 

So that's it - another bunch of products that I've used up over the course of the month. Not as many as I usually have but some old favourites and constant repurchases. I've already been adding to my little 'empties box' ready for next month - i really am getting the hang of this using up entire products business! 

Jess 
xo