Thursday, 31 December 2015

Embracing 2016

To say that this year has been good is an understatement, I really wanted 2015 to be amazing and it hasn't disappointed me, I thought I'd do a quick post as I've seen quite a few people on my twitter & tumblr feed posting 'things I want to do in 2016' so here are mine, and really to also say a massive thank you to YOU!!! you reading this thank you for all your support throughout this year and for all your comments, messages everything, It makes me SO immensely happy to read all your lovely comments, blogging has really boosted my (non-existent) confidence over time, and for that I can't thank each and every single one of you enough. now let's stop being soppy *grins*.

One thing I bought a few months back was a book which is called "One Line A Day - A Five Year Memory Book" it's something I've had my eye on for a while and decided to finally grab one and start to fill it out asap, I decided that today (as I type this) I'd fill the first page out at midnight tonight, It's kind of a new years resolution of mine which is maybe it will maybe it wont  to keep for 5 more years, I know it probably wont last but it's something I'm going to try my best at keeping.

My hopes for 2016

  • To spend more time with my family & friends
  • To stress less and enjoy everything a little bit more....
  • I'd like to get my Anixety & Panic Attacks a lot more under control this next year, as they are both two things which sometimes hold me down quite a bit.
  • To have a bit more confidence
  • And well ultimately to be happy - if you're not happy, it's not worth it so just stick with what you are doing if it makes you happy & if it doesn't then flip to a new chapter in your life.
So what ever you do in this lovely new year, make sure it's a good one & live a life you'd love to look back on! I look forward to seeing you lovely lot in the new year and I can't wait to do some more beauty, fashion & lifestyle based posts!




Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Boots Haul | Sales

As you can all probably guess (and see) by the title of this post I have been to boots again, however I have an excuse as to why I ventured into there *starts to rush words* THEY HAD A SALE ON!!! hahaha Boots have finally reduced some of my all time favourite products half price in the christmas sales, So on Boxing day (as me and my mum do this every year) we headed to our local boots and I went a little bit mad, 2 (large) carrier bags later and my little (not so little Jess) shopping trip was complete, I received a few gift cards from people for christmas to use in boots and what better way than in the sale!

The first item I bought was the Origins Superstar Minis, now I was extremely tempted to buy this before the sale as I love Origins products they just work for my skin, and make it feel so much brighter & better, it's a little set of seven mini travel sized products, to give a whirl at home or on the go, ideal for going away, I liked the variety that was in this box so I thought why ever not, it comes with a little cotton Origins bag, and I think that's now £23 something.

One brand I love is Sanctuary Spa, and they do some amazing products which are fantastic for dry/sensitive skin & are now a brand I swear by and would highly recommend to anyone, So when I came across a few Sanctuary products now in the sale I almost screamed, the first thing I found was a little mini tin with a trio of different sanctuary products, they have three collections green lemon & orange blossom, cleansing burst & white lily & damask rose all three are gorgeous, these again are ideal travel size & come with a little exfoliatort. Now only £4.00

sticking with the sanctuary I also bought another two items from them, one is a Cleansing Burst box filled with a wash, scrub, body butter ect & the other a tin of the white lily & damask rose, I'd highly recommend taking a purchase in these items as they are amazing and work wonders on my skin, and for what you are paying for you do get quite a lot free and save a fair few bob aswell (btw they are all full sized products #bargainous).

I then moved away from the sales and headed to the Essie Nail Polish counter instead, and I picked up two nail varnishes one in 'Bikini So Teeny' which is a lilacy pastel blue colour with silver shimmers running through & 'Maximillian Strasse Her' which is a really pretty greyish duck egg colour, I'm not normally a fan of Essie nail polishes as I feel that they chip quite easily compared to other nail polish out there such as Barry M, however I'm extremely impressed with what I've used so far (I think it might be a new formula maybe?) I will probably do a blog post a little bit later on, about these nail polishes. £7.99 each (sadly not in the sale).

The two things I picked up were Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Body Scrub & a New Deodorant. 

Soap & Glory do the best scrubs ever I feel very clean & fresh after using them, I also find them quite moisturising products, the Sugar Crush Body Scrub is one of my old time favourites, it's now my go-to scrub I've been using this for a good few years now and it was time I needed another one so I could have my fix of sugar crush hahaha, it's honestly the best just go and try some trust me you wouldn't be disappointed! £8

and my deodorant, well it's a deodorant nothing much interesting just something I found myself purchasing, I'm one of them really annoying people that will spray it in the shop to smell it before I buy it, so I'm sorry (not sorry ;) ) about that, this is one by dove in the scent pomegranate & lemon verbena this is actually on offer at the moment & is ideal for handbag size when you want a quick refresh throughout the day! 

I should have shares in that place the amount of times I go in and purchase things, I'm actually on first term names with the cashier I shop in there that much......
Anyway I hope you enjoyed this rather long haul filled with rambles, let me know in the comments what you think of the things I've bought and also let me know any good places that have got some great sales on!

See you soon....

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Massive Topshop Haul

Well I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, I did and received some lovely things, one of them things was a bit of spending money which as you can imagine I was thrilled with as my wardrobe need a few new items, (in my opinion anyway many people would however disagree with me). I picked up some sales items and some non-sales items, so let's get started with my mahusive topshop haul (quick note feel free to grab a quick beverage before you continue to read this as it's a good long haul hahaha).

let's start with the non sales items, the first thing I bought were these gorgeous tiny floral print, skinny cigarette trousers, I love topshops cigarette trousers I just think they always do so many pretty coloured ones throughout the year, so I picked these up, they are really soft and like a silky material, super comfy, I bought these as I thought they'd look great in the spring/summer with a nice black cami top and a sun hat, & they are £39.00

Next up is another quite pretty item and that is a pair of velvet lace detailed shorts, they are a little bit of a hot pant style shorts, but never the less they are gorgeous, I saw them on the rail and loved how pretty they looked, I like how these can be dressed up or down, these would also like really nice again in the spring/summer with a basic grey top, floppy black hat & some sandals, these do fit true to size, really comfortable and just gorgeous what more can I say than that. these were £28

stripy dress, I loved the ribbed affect on this dress it makes it look quite thick and snug, I tried this on in the shop and really liked it, it's just a plain black and white stripe, jumper dress style, I'm not quite sure if you'd call it that but I'm calling it a jumper dress anyway, it's £29.00 it comes on my just above the knee and I'm 5ft 1 so you can imagine that it's quite true to size.

sticking with black and white stripes I also bought just a plain stripe top in topshop, very casual and just a basic item really and that was £20, it's quite stretchy material so ideal for an everyday kind of top.

Now moving onto the sales, I went in on boxing day, mental I know but I had time to kill so what better way than to spend that time in topshop. I picked up this gorgeous baby blue jumper, I think it might be slightly cropped, I love this again this will go with everything, it will look really nice with a pretty little collar underneath, it was £36.00 reduced to £18.00 an absolute bargain which I wasn't letting stay in the shop.

POP-CORN SOCKS!!!!!!! I saw these and thought they were adorable and so sweet! they've even got little faces on them, actually they'de go quite nicely this my blue jumper hahaha they were £2

I picked up in the jewellery section a little J necklace as you know my names Jessica so the J is just there to remind me incase I forget the first initials of my name hahahah *starts laughing uncontrollably* and that was £3.25

picked up a nail varnish in the shade Tidal as I don't own enough nail varnishes already, it's a blueish/greyish colour and that was £3.00 

I'd just like to point out that I didn't buy this lot all in one trip it was many little and often trips, I really hope you like this massive haul and that I didn't bore you to death, I love reading what other people have bought or have picked up in the wonderful christmas sales. let me know in the comments what shops you have been loving and spending quite a bit of time in.

till the next post see you soon!



Monday, 28 December 2015

December Favourites | 2015

(sorry about the really crappy photos I was in a bit of a hurry ;) ) 

December is almost over *screams NNNOOOOOOO* which means that It's almost been another month gone were I have used products that I have enjoyed and want to now share with you SOOOO, this is going to be my December favourites!

The first product I've been really loving through November & December is a Barry M Nail polish in the shade Chai. Now you may or may not be aware that I'm an avid lover of a blue nail varnish but I must have felt daring the day I purchased this is it's a really pretty deep grey (chai Jess it's CHAI!!!) colour, I've found myself constantly putting this shade on my nails so I must have loved it!

Moving onto skincare things, more recently I have been having many a trip to lush and have picked up a lot of their christmas things which I have been using and loving (Golden wonder is my current go too bath bomb!) But there is one thing from lush that I always used to purchased and It used to my go to facemask for a little skin treat and that is the fresh facemask in Catastrophe Cosmetic, these facemasks last for three weeks in the fridge, a little bit of this beautifully creamy balm goes quite a long way. No only does it smell amazing, it works wonders at balancing out my oily and dry patches on my skin. For me this is personal favourite lush facemasks, it's the nicest facemask out there and I've tried SO many different facemasks, but this is definitely my go too facemask, I'm constantly coming back to this mask as it really helps sooth and calm my skin if it's feeling irritated, or even when I have few spots. the only downside to this product, I kind of feel like I have to rush myself to use it up but never the less it makes my skin feel soft and just the nicest thing in the world, this is only £6.50 I know recently some of Lush's prices have gone up slightly. I've been using it for about I'd like to say 3 years now so it's a firm favourite and something that i'd highly recommend.

Sticking with skincare again, I've been loving the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. It is a multi-functioning, botanical cleansing balm for all skin types and is the nicest thing EVER! it's so hydrating and moisturising, I use this first thing in the morning and last thing at night to remove the days face away hahaha, if you want to have a little bit more of a read on my thoughts on it I have done another blog post where I've gone into a little bit more detail here.

One thing that always bugs me is having dry lips, for one it's not ever a good look and two who wouldn't want to have nice moisturised lips, I for one do, and the current lip balm I've been loving and using is the Burt's Bees Mango Butter lip balm, it's SO moisturising it's unreal lasts a really long time, I like to pop this on just before I apply my lipstick as it makes them soft and not dry (praise the lord) I also sometimes like to pop it on-top of my lipstick to give it a little bit more of a shine to it. 

Sticking with all things lips I recently bought a new lipstick from Topshop, Topshop do fantastic lipsticks at such great prices not to expensive or inexpensive a nice in-between price, this one is in the shade Petal, it's a really pretty peachy nude and makes quite a good dupe for a certain YSL lipstick (just a little heads up for you) I'd highly recommend that you get this now as you'd be silly to miss out on such a stunning lipstick which looks pretty much exact to the YSL Lush Coconut Lipstick, at a fraction of the price, it's really good and makes the perfect peachy nude it's just stunning & something that I've found myself using quite a bit

I've also been loving Soap & Glory products again this month, my favourite out of the many collections that are available are the Sugar just smells amazing it smells like lime which is just the best smell ever, I've been loving their Sugar Crush Body Wash, Buttercream (it's so moisturising it's unreal) they make my skin feel so fresh and it's so nice and sweet scented, something that I love and is always somewhere in my bathroom!

Soap & Glory they have recently released a few new products & two of them are Sugar Crush (surprise, surprise) scented, the first one is Hand Food, now I'm not a fan of sticky handcreams, I don't like that sticky (I can't touch anything) feeling it's just not nice, however I get quite sensitive skin when it starts to get colder, so I've been absolutely loving the Sugar Crush Hand Food, it's so light and not at all grease or my worst nightmare sticky, extremely light and well worth a purchase if you want a new handcream.

Anti-bac now I'm a long time fan of S&G's Anti-bac gel as it doesn't give you that alcohol strong scent like other anti-antibacterials do, it's very refreshing and a lot of people keep asking me "can I have some Jess?" honestly always carry an anti-bac gel in your handbag it's a god send because you never know when you might just need it.

and that everybody is my December favourites, I hope you enjoyed it, let me know in the comments section what things you have been loving throughout December!

What are you current favourites?



Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm

I'm completely & utterly late to the scene with reviewing this product but it may not come as surprise to you, that after hearing and reading so many fellow beauty fanatics raving about certain must have cult beauty products, that I tend to go out and buy them to give 'em a whirl and share my thoughts with you all, I like see what all the hypes about. So I ordered the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm. I'm the type of person who is always slightly scared to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to skincare and beauty products, but this is one beauty product that I'd now be lost without, I'm not disappointed at all infact I'm really surprised, The Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm isn't cheap at £38 (for 100ml) but I don't however, consider it extortionate for really qood quality skincare. Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm is a luxurious botanical cleansing balm that removes all traces of make up, not only this, it also doubles up as a soothing and softening mask and universal rescue balm. ingredients include Moringa seeds, wild fennel and vitamin E help to balance, purify and minimise the appearance of open pores, whilst a blend of uplifting orange, neroli and mandarin extracts combined with calming jasmine and rose to revitalise, dull, dry, dehydrated skin. This stuff claims to do a lot of things and I can promise you it doesn't fail to deliver. Since using this compared to other skincare products my skin feels & looks SO much brighter, healthier and so much more hydrated! you get a whole months worth of cleansing with this pot, I simply use a pea size amount every morning and last thing at night.

This balm is honestly exceptional, I just feel like my skin 'craves' it hahaha, I look forward to my skincare regime much more now since using this product it's moisturising and can swipe make up off just like that *clicks fingers* hahaha. It's a very creamy, whilst also buttery textured balm. You apply this with a dash of water, rub it into the balms of your hands and simply massage on your face and neck, and then wipe of with the muslin cloth that comes with it. The cloth that's provided with this product is really soft & gentle and makes the whole process of cleansing so much nicer. It not only feels nice on your skin but it smell truly delicious, your skin feels like it's been at a spa and has drank up all the goodness from this amazing balm. like I said it's pricey stuff but the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm is worth EVERY penny & pound! And I'm really pleasantly surprised like someone once told me.....good skincare is pricey, however it's completely worth it!

I really would advise you to give this a whirl like I did, I'd very highly recommend

Have you tried the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm?



Friday, 27 November 2015

Pretty Curls | BaByliss Boutique

I have owned many curling wands/irons in my life but this one I'm ever so slightly more in love with compared to the others, let me introduce you to Boutique by BaByliss, BaByliss are renowned for always creating really good quality hair products to give different effects to your hair, now on a recent trip to Boots, I bought the Boutique Wand. What actually drew me to this was the stunning packaging, it didn't have anything to do with the fact that it was *coughs* ROSE GOLD!! surprise surprise. I have extremely long hair which is a pain to wash but so much fun to do different hairstyles with, I especially love doing a fishtail braid as I think it really suits me. I not only liked the packaging but it's designed for long hair, perfect for long hair & in rose gold....what more could I ask for! I have used it for the past few days and I'm extremely impressed with it at £79.99 RRP I think is an extremely good price for the quality and value of this product, It's very easy to use, perfect travel size & doesn't come with a list of instructions that are long enough to read from now till the end of time. It's a pretty self explanatory product, press a few buttons and you're good to go! It's perfect for long hair, I tend to have my temperature set on 180 as it's hot enough and i feel the perfect temperature for my hair, I tend to hold mine a little longer on my hair than the recommend settings as I personally feel it holds the curl that little bit more. I LOVE this curling wand and I'm chuffed to pieces that it's now a staple in my hair care, you can create so many cute and girly styles with it, you cand do everything from a casual slouchy beachwave look to a glam night out look with this wand, if you're looking for that perfect christmas present for any beauty fan than I'd highly recommend you take a look at buying this wand, which is currently on a bargainous price at £30 in Boots!

Do you own a curling wand?



Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Newlook Homeware | 2015

Rose Gold Candle (infront of mirror) - Newlook 
Mirror (Behind Candle) - H&M 
Copper Lantern - Newlook
Merry Christmas Photo Frame - Tesco Living
Rose Gold Trinket Box - H&M
Rose Gold Mason Jar - Newlook
Mini Rose Gold Candle - Primark

Yes this blog post title may have surprised you, the rumours are true Newlook have released a homeware collection and I think I'm in love with it!
For a every long time now I've longed for Newlook to launch a home interiors collection. Interior design and homeware is another one of my passions I just love how you can make a house turn into a home with little things, finishing touches everything! So whilst scrolling on the interweb I saw a little button which had some homeish looking things so I clicked and my eyes lit up like a firework. I knew straight away the one place I was heading when I was next in town and that was Newlook.
Newlook have gone and created some really cute and quirky items now we all know I'm a huge fan of copper/rose gold and let me tell you I wasn't disappointed when all I could see was copper/rose gold things screaming at me. They have gone for quite basic but effective homeware items such as candles, jars, chalk boards (even typing that word gives me goosebumps uughh) and even little lights. Now I picked up a few things as you know I'm one for all things copper.

The first item I bought was actually the little Lantern which is of course in my fave colour rose gold, I like the size of this as it fits perfectly on my shelf and is a lovely little feature to my room.

The prices for all this homeware are actually reasonable not too pricey yet not too cheap either in a good mix, I have to say the quality is extremely good too.
I then picked up the little rose gold candle which smells like coconut and ughh I could just eat it, it's that good, really good size and this is sat on my little shelf infront of my mirror (which is from H&M)
I then picked up some more copper lights, it's not as if I have like five at home already *looks away shamelessly* I liked them because of how different they were compared to my current ones. I have a mixture of little copper balls and copper stars (both from Primark) they were only £8.99 which I think is bloomin' bargainous.

Next up I bought a copper mason jar, now the fact that it's copper persuaded me even more, I wanted a bedside glass for a while now but it's never been something that I've gone into a shop and thought "you know what I'm gonna go and buy that glass I've always wanted" so this was the perfect time to get one, I like how strong and sturdy it is also it comes with a little straw too....

Over all I've quite impressed with newlooks homeware range I think it's very pretty, I can't wait for the next collection already! I love how they have gone for greys, whites & copper/rose gold as the first (of many *starts praying*) collection.



Wednesday, 23 September 2015


(photos above are not mine they are photos I've found on google images and instagram)

IT'S FINALLY AUTUMN!!!! *highfives*

One thing you probably all know about me is that I love Autumn/Fall I just love how everything is SO much more cosy, you've got Halloween, pumpkin carving, festive drinks everything about autumn I just LOVE!

I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite things that I look forward to about autumn, as well as including some really autumnal photos because why ever not!

1. Halloween is on it's way

2. Pumpkins

3. Comfort Food

4. Scarfs

5. Super Cosy Coats

6. Candles, Candles and well MORE CANDlES

7. Evenings getting darker

8. Watching Hocus Pocus on repeat

9. Layering Clothes

10. Boots with socks

11. Cosy Coats

12. Christmas Just Around The Corner

13. Pumpkin Pie

14. Scented Candles

15. Perfect excuse to put the heating on!

I could go on forever but, i'd be a typing here a pretty long time....

What's your favourite things about autumn?



Friday, 11 September 2015

Oxford Street Splurge | Lush

You all know by now that I'm a flipping lush addict, I always find myself instantly drawn to the shop hahaha So recently some friends of mine Megan & Jo (hello if you're reading this) went to lush oxford street and kindly picked me up a few things! Now I didn't buy any bath bombs this Time *shock horror face* however I bought a few things that I've wanted to try after scrolling through my Instagram feed day dreaming about owning them! So with out further a do here's another lush haul.....

The first item Jo & Megan picked up for me was Lushs Key Lime Lip Balm, now another person who I know also bought this a couple of months back and ever since she let me try some, I've wanted one so I felt like it was about time I bought one, and honestly I'm just gonna but this out there this is probably one of my new favourite lip balms! It's very soft and moisturising on your lips and well the flavour test exactly like key lime pie so you can't go wrong. This lip balm does have a slight shimmery tint to it but you can only see it once applied up close. a little goes an extremely long way I also find that I don't have to keep re-applying it everytime I eat/drink, this product I like to apply after I've put on a lipstick as it basically locks in the colour hahaha you could also use this before you apply your lipstick! I can feel that this is going to be in my september favourites already! £6.57 per each balm

Next up I bought Rosey Cheeks Fresh Facemask, after hearing SO many amazing from other beauty bloggers about this Fresh Facemask, I decided that I'd try it. I honestly LOVE the smell of it, it smells incredible, it contains rose petals, rose clay & rose oil, what I like about lush face masks is that they last for 3 weeks, you get about 8 masks out of them, which to me is very good value for your moolah as you get lots of use out of them, that and you skin instantly feels so much more refreshed and brighter. This facemask is designed to help any redness you have on your skin, just a quick note this is a clay mask so a lot more thicker compared to the others! £6.50 per pot

I then bought the Big Bang Bubble Bar, I'm a sucker for bubble bars I just love them what I particularly like about this one is that lush have only gone and added a bath melt or an oil to it so you get to have a little extra to help soften your skin. I love how lushs description on this product it says " Start your evening with a BANG, not a whimper & treat yourself to a colourful bubble bath filled with softening avocado butter, zesty grapefruit oil, and refreshing lemon nyrtle oil. Simply crumble under running water, going all out if you fancy a super bubbly bath or saving some for next time if you want to prolong the treat..."  I wish this was available in every lush store *hint hint lush please* as it's such a gorgeous smell! a light citrus scent and you can really smell the grapefruit, I just love this bubble bar! SO GOOD!!!! £3.75 each

I've wanted to try the salted caramel soap for a long time after hearing other people say how nice it was, so I got a piece of that I'd say this is very much like honey I washed the kids soap it's super nourishing to the skin and makes it feel soft and clean that and the name itself just says it all, it's a very sweet caramel scented soap, my nan says it smells like christmas hahah I've got a feeling it's got cinnamon in too. Starts from £4.10 (per 100kg) my piece was £6.64 for 162kg.

The last item I bought was the Dreamtime Bath Oil, I wanted to try these as I have been feeling quite anxious lately and wanted something that would completely make me feel relaxed & calm, so I stocked up on them and bought three (one I've given to my nan as she liked the lavender scent) It's one of my new favourite bath oils as it's so relaxing and you instantly feel calm, it's got lots of lavender inside it, it says " Let curiosity point the way. Sink into the bath with thus mesmerising purple cocoa & Shea butter melt and appreciate the view as chamomile settles your spirits and camls deeply. ZZzzz" they are £2.00 each and in my opinion completely worth it and they make you feel so relaxed and calm! 

What products have you tried from Lush Oxford Street?


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