Saturday, 26 September 2015

My Top 10 Instagram Pictures

Hi All! :)

This week I'm looking into my past, in fact my past Instgram pictures.

I have quite a few on there, more than I thought but picking my top 10 was easier than I thought it would be. Now some of them will be obvious choices to you but others have a nice little story behind them so if you're interested please keep reading :)

1. First up is a picture of one of our cats, Leo. I love this picture of him as he is looking hopeful for some of my food and is just waiting patiently. This sums his personality up beautifully. He is a cheeky monkey but he is also very well trained when it comes to being patient.

2. Secondly is a slightly more materialistic favourite but I was so chuffed with this I had to include it. This picture is of my newly purchased purse by Ted Baker. Now I know it's sad to include this but I really did love this purse as it was a visual reminder of my success at the time. I had worked hard for years to get my business and career to a really good place and as a treat I finally (after years of waiting) got this lovely purse.

3. This picture is of me and my brother on our birthday - we're not twins but we were born on the same day - I know, weird right?! Anyhoo, we just had a casual meal out but our birthdays are always a nice time to remind ourselves how close my brother and I are, and we will always continue to be. It doesn't matter how hard we're working, how busy we are, where we are - we always make time to catch up, even if it's just over text. I love that we're able to have a strong friendship as well as be brother and sister.

4. I love this picture as its taken shortly after we got married and I couldn't stop staring at my rings. I just loved that we had taken that next step in our lives and our wedding was truly magical.

5. This is a cheeky picture of my husband and me on New Years Eve 2013. I didn't drink anything that night as wasn't feeling it but we had the best time. Silly games, great people, good food - it was such a good night!

6. Haha. This picture is of me and Mike playing on GTAV together on the playstation. We used to play online together and do crazy missions. I love that we got to share the passion of gaming together in this game!

7. This picture is of my beautiful Mum when we went for an afternoon tea. Now not only is this special for me as my Mum is an amazing woman, but also this is the day I thought I may be pregnant. I remember hating the smell of alcohol and smoke and thinking.. oh wait... am I?! :D

8. This had to be included - a gorgeous scan picture of our wonderful baby boy! I loved this scan as it was so amazing seeing our little baby wiggle around on screen even though he was so little I couldn't yet feel his movements. It was just amazing, something I will never forget.

9. I love this picture so, so much! This is a picture of me and our little boy only about a month old here. I remember being so tired but so happy here. I could cuddle him all day but I needed sleep too. We both struggled and supported each other with our sleepless nights, yet all in all I wouldn't change any of it for the world. This boy is everything to us.

10. Finally one recent one of our gorgeous Son. I love this as this is on one of our Mom and Son days where we just go and explore and learn. We spent the morning seeing family, then read some books and played in the park. I love our bonding days.

So that's it, my top 10 pictures. Have you got some top 10 pictures you would like to share, I would love to see them and see why you picked those too!

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Thanks for reading!
Jess x

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Loreal Paris Studio Line Hot and Big Hair Spray Review

Hi everyone!

This week I'm featuring one my new favourite hair products from Loreal Paris. This is from their new line and they have a selection of different products to suit every hair type.

I went for the Hot & Big Spray to help try and give my long and thin hair a boost of volume. Now I have tried a lot of different volumising products but haven't gotten on with a lot of them as they can tend to weigh down the hair or make it appear greasy.

This works by spraying it into towel dried hair and spraying it directly onto the roots. You then use your hairdryer to dry your hair and flick your hair upside down to help boost the volume that much more.

Once dry and brushed you're left with wonderfully thick hair, it is amazing!!

I can't say I've seen such amazing results by any other volumsing products before, even those I've tried at the salon! Also as this is a highstreet/drugstore purchase it doesn't break the bank and is only £3.79!!

I absolutely love this and won't be buying anything else for volume now!

If you have thin hair or would just like to add a bit of a boost to your hair give this a try!

Thanks for reading!
Jess x

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cohorted Beauty Box - September 2015

Hi all!

This week I'm very excited to bring you my first ever beauty box, Cohorted September 2015! I was drawn to this box after reading amazing reviews and lusting over previous boxes on Jaina's WhichBeautyBox's blog (great blog by the way, make sure you follow her if you don't already!).

So this month's box... Well you're introduced to it's contents by a handy card which details what each product is and also it's value. This month's box is worth an impressive £71.50, the box only costs £19.99!

I must say I love the design of the box too, it's sleek black design with a bow to open is gorgeous!

 It also arrived really quickly too and as you can imagine that was very handy considering how excited I was about having my first beauty box!

Anyhoo, lets get down to it.. so what is in the box?!

So this month's box contains:

theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette (worth £35.00)

theBalm Put a Lid On It (sample size)

Gucci Premier Shower Gel (worth £7.50)

Molton Brown Seamoss Bath & Shower Gel (worth £10.00)

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie (worth £19.00)

I couldn't believe how many wonderful goodies were in this month's box and what a month to get my first beauty box - I was so chuffed!!

Now for me I fell in love with this box by simply the gorgeous eyeshadow palette by theBalm and also the lip pencil from Nars but I'm also really looking forward to trying the bath products and the sample primer too. They both smell gorgeous and who wouldn't want a little bit of Gucci in their bathroom? ;)

The eyeshadow palette from theBalm is gorgeous! It holds some beautiful shades from nudes to some deeper pinks, purples and browns. This palette is a great all rounder so I can imagine if you wanted one to take on holiday this would be a great pick.

The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is stunning too and lived up to my expectations. The colour is long lasting (although doesn't last through food), highly pigmented, lightweight so you actually forget you have it on and when it fades it fades nicely on the lips. I'm loving this and now am wanting to buy more!

All in all I loved this box and I'm so chuffed that I decided to give this one a go for my first too! The September box is now sold out but if you're looking to get one make sure you check out the Cohorted website for their next boxes.

Thanks for reading!
Jess x

Monday, 7 September 2015

My Moisturiser Collection

Hello again!

I have a new little post for you this week - my moisturiser collection and my thoughts on each. I have been meaning to do this post for a while but I wanted to get one more moisturiser to try out before giving my final thoughts.

Now I have funny old reasons why I have so many but I'll list the difference between these all below for you all and also my overall favourite at the moment too.

Soap and Glory Righteous Butter - £10 - Buy here
I love how thick and creamy this stuff is and after using it my skin always feels nice and hydrated. The scent isn't too overpowering either - it's such a calming smell compared to some of their other scents. Boots usually hold a 3 for 2 on the range so you can always stock up on a few items at a go.

Nivea Firming Lotion - £3.39 - Buy here
Now this one I bought after giving birth as I wanted something gentle with no or a very mild scent and also something that may help rehydrate my skin. This stuff ticked all those boxes at the time but now as I'm feeling more myself I don't tend to reach for this one often. Saying that I won't be throwing it out either, I like that it's got a mild to no scent so if you want something light on your skin before applying purfume this is perfect. 

Lush Dream Cream - £11.95 - Buy here
This may be my new favourite. It's a calming scent that is light enough to not overpower any purfume. The creamy lotion can be applied to all skin types and will help most conditions, red bumps, spots and even some more severe conditions too (check the Lush website for recommendations). I used this on my legs just after shaving and it didn't case any discomfort and actually helped soothe my legs. It all calmed down any red bumps on my arms which I loved as nothing else has worked this quickly or well before! All in all, for me this is my new favourite - I can see why it's Lush's number 1 selling product!

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk - £10 - Buy here
I used to love this body milk from Soap and Glory but now I find the scent of this one is too strong. Also if I put this on my legs after shaving it burns a little - not so nice. So this one has actually gone in the bin now for me. I'm not sure if this is a common side effect or I may just be super sensitive but I find the Dream Cream works much better for me.

Liz Earle Botanical Body Cream - £19 - Buy here
This is a joint favourite of mine. I think purely because the scent is gorgeous, the cream is nice to use as dries quickly and it's nice and calming to my skin. I wouldn't say it works as well on skin conditions as the Lush Dream Cream but it is a close second. If you're after something with a little more scent than this may be one to go for.

So that's it.. my current favourite is the Lush Dream Cream. Have you tried any that you think I may like and should try next? I would love to hear your suggestions!

Thanks for reading!
Jess x

Thursday, 3 September 2015

My Top 10 Lipsticks/Lipglosses

Hello there!

This week I thought I would talk about my current top 10 lipsticks/lipglosses. I had quite a few to go through but I think I'm now down to my final 10.

Now as you can probably see by the picture, I love my pink shades but some of them are a little deeper than that with browns and reds also in the products. If you're looking for a new lipstick or gloss to try have a read, or if you're simply like me and like to be nosy and see what favourites people pick... Enjoy :)

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Flash in 662 - This is a gorgeous red glittery lipgloss which is just perfect for Christmas and Autumn time.

Bourjois Colour Boost in Peach on the Beach - I love to use this lip colour while on the go with a busy day. The shade is a peachy/pink and is a great shade for a pop of colour in the office.

Dior Addict Extreme in 356 Cherie Bow - This is a very classic pinky brown which would suit most people. I use this lipstick for special events as it's such a elegant colour and goes with most outfits too.

Mac Cremesheen Sunny Seoul - This for me is just the perfect everyday lipstick. It's longlasting and gives your lips a gorgeous glossy pink boost without being too much or too obvious. I LOVEEEE this lipstick!

Mac Matte Please Me - I love the Mac matte lipsticks as they're so longlasting without being too dry on the lips. This is a pinky/brown shade and for me this is a great all rounder shade for most occasions. Plus if I'm having a busy Mom day this is perfect for staying put for hours too!

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in 13 - This one is a fairly new purchase so I'm amazed how it's already moved it's way into my favourites but here we are. This lipstick is a little on the pricey side but it's very pretty. I have this in shade 13 which is a peach shade, perfect for Spring and Summer but also quite nice for nights out too.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in 13 - This is similar to the lipstick above but has more gloss and shine to it, also it's in a beautiful shimmery pink shade - my favourite kind! Also may I just mention the packaging.. pretty stunning right?!

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in 557 - This is a gorgeous pink lipgloss that I use sooo much in the Summer and evenings. I just love the effect it gives my lips, lots of gloss and sparkle but also a hint of pink colour. I love Dior lip products and I have a few but this one is always the first I pick out.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Happy Nude Year - I'm sure you have already heard about these but I really do love them and keep buying more and more. This shade is a pink/brown nude with a matte finish. These lip products last hours on your lips and usually only need a light touch up after meals (if that!). They're so handy to use when you have a busy day and honestly they impress me every time I use them.

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu - Finally to finish on a gorgeous nude lipgloss. This has got to be my favourite nude lipgloss that I've tried. The finish is sheer with a hint of brown, it's not sticky and it smells divine! I can't believe that a £6.99 lipgloss is in my top 10 but it's not the price that matters, it's the quality and I'm loving this one right now! :)

What are your favourite lipsticks? Do you have any you think I should try out too? :)

Thanks for reading!
Jess x