Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Review: Beauty UK Ultimate contour palette

Hi guys.

Today i am going to be reviewing the Beauty UK contour palette. I first saw this mentioned by Mikhila over on her MissBudgetBeauty channel. As soon as she mentioned it i knew it was something i wanted to try. So a few days later i went to super drug and picked this up. It was the last one in store so i made sure i snapped it up. I think that it is a really good price, costing only £4.99, but in there you get a contour a bronzer and a highlight shade.

The palette is made up of all cream products meaning that they are easily bendable. My biggest criticism for this is the colour range. They only have one palette which i presume they are marketing this as a universal product to suit everyone. However, i swatched the bronzer which is way to orange on my skin tone, and the highlighter just blends into my skin and is pretty much the same colour because i am so pale.

The one thing that keeps me loving this palette is the contour shade. I love it and think it gives a beautiful cream finish. The product blends so well meaning there are no harsh lines. Personally i would pay the full price for just the contour shade on it's own. I have been using the contour shade everyday that i use my make-up and think that it is becoming a staple in my make-up routine. Also the product is going to last a long time, as a little goes a long way.

The one thing that i think makes this cream kit stand out from both high end and drugstore cream contour kits it that it gives you a guide on the back if you are a complete beginner to contouring your face.

Overall, my thoughts on this product are that I love the contour shade however i could live without the other two shades and by the contour as it's own colour/product. Saying that i would still recommend this product to people because is it still good value from a cream contour shade.

Jen xx

Monday, 16 February 2015


Hi guys,

So sorry that i missed posting blog post for you yesterday, I have big essay due in at the end of the week which i have been working on. I am aiming to having a post up for you wednesday and Friday and will have 3 posts coming your way next week.

Next week will also be the return of my youtube channel as i will be going back home meaning i can film for you guys.

So sorry, i hope you understand.

Jen xx

Friday, 13 February 2015

Night time skincare routine.

Hello :)

So being a university student my skincare has become more important to me than ever, drinking more and not always eating the best means that my skin needs a bit of extra help keeping in good condition. My skincare routine takes about five to 10 minutes before bed but can be a saviour to the skin. I know i am not perfect and don't do it every night e.g. 4am when you come home drunk from a night out, however i do it most nights to help my skin.

Step One)
I take my Bioderma on some cotton wool pads and remove any make-up I have had on my face that day. I prefer this to remove my make-up to wipes because I have sensitive skin and find this doesn't feel so rough on my skin. This is a cult beauty product that receives a lot of hype, and whilst i do live it, i think there are some cheaper alternatives that are more readily available in the UK that do the same thing. e.g. the L'Oreal micelar water.

Step Two) 
I then take my clean and clear morning energy face scrub and focus this on my T zone the places where i get most oily and also on the occasional breakout that might surface on my check. One i have scrubbed my skin i just rinse it off and towel dry my face. I know people may do this after cleansing but i just like to do this step first to get it out of the way with. 

Step Three) 
Next up is the Liz Earle cleanse and polish like the bioderma this is a cult skincare product around the beauty blogger and youtube community and to me this is really worth the hype. I have tried other cream cleansers such as the simple one but had such a bad reaction that i don't mind spending a little more on this one. I take 2 pumps (recommended one) and rub this in all over my face and take my ring finger and gently rub it on my eyes and massage my lash line to remove and last bit of make-up. 

Step four) 
Following the cleanse it is time to tone, currently i am using that last of my Caudalie beauty elixir which i think is a lovely product, however i love the lush tea tree toner just at much, but that is at home whilst i am here at university. I spray this on the a cotton pad and then while down my T zone to help clean out those pores. 

Step five)
It's time to moisturise. My everyday moisturiser is the Embrayollise Lait Creme Concentrate. This is a very pricey product in my opinion and i do find it hard to part with my money over the till. However i love this product, a little goes a long way meaning that this tub can last you a while. I also think the metal like tube it comes in makes it seems more cooling on the skin which i love. I just use a pea size amount and massage this into my face. 

However, 2 days of the week i switch it up and use a moisturising face mask in the winter to really help heal my dry skin. The one I have been using recently is the Superdrug Vitamin E moisture mask. I use a double pea sized amount and massage this in all over my face and allow for it to soak in. After 10 minutes i then tissue off the remainder of what is on my face. 

Last Step) 
My last step is to look after my poor lips. I have dry lips all day everyday, and the winter weather makes them even worse if that is possible. My holy grail lip balm is the blister lip conditioner. Unlike other lip balms i feel like this one really tackles the problem rather than just creating a smooth protective layer on top of the lips, leaving your lips softer and moisturised for longer. 

So there you have it my winter skincare routine. 

Jen xo

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Review: MUA Brow Define

Hiya :)

So as i was perusing in super drug about a week ago I came across this on the MUA stand, it's nice to see the more affordable brands branching out into the eyebrow department. I am not one to spend much on my every brows as they are think and don't need much filling in. However I am always willing to try drugstore products.

The MUA Brow define is a tinted gel, so the same sort of product as the Benefit Gimme Brow (which I have no tried so am unable to compare). However there is a massive difference in price the MUA one retails for just £2 making that a £15 price gap. I got mine in the colour Dark Brown the darkest shade, however this is nearly Black, but having dark brown and purple hair i can get away with out it. I don't know if al the colour come out darker than described.

The wand appears to be larger than the benefit one (again i have not tried this is merely and observation). The wand is just smaller than that of a travel mascara meaning that it can be a bit messy and hard to get a precise application.

The product leave your eyebrows soft and not solid like a brow mascara might so this is not a setting product the colour can also move when dry however this is when they are pressure is applied, a slight knock would't move the product.

Overall I enjoy using this product and will continue to use it on days where I wish to have a slightly darker brow. I would purchase again however next time i might try the lighter shade.

Jen xoxo

Monday, 9 February 2015

OOTD: Basic Everyday Outfit for University.

Hi Everyone, Long time no speak I know.

So today i really liked my outfit for university so i decided i was going to share it with you. It's really comfortable and perfect for sitting round in a class room. You will have to excuse the images, i left my camera and tripod at home so they are taken on my phone and some of them are at awkward angles.

So outfit was all based on this purple shirt by Levi, which was a bargain price of £3 from the vintage shop Harley and Lewis, which is always having sales and sells authentic vintage clothing. I couldn't wait to wear it a soon as i got so today was the day. Underneath i am wearing a vest top which i found in the Fishermans's Wharf area of San Fransisco which has the bear of California on it in and Aztec print. 

The main reason i love the shirt is the flower detailing on the collar and the top of the pockets which helps give it that feminine touch considering it is so over sized. This shirt is and extra large.

I parked the top half with black Topshop treggings perfect for sitting in a classroom for a few hours and paired it off with my favourite low top navy blue converse. 

Excuse the awkward pose.

This is the finished look for my outfit, this has to be one of my favourite of basic everyday outfits to wear to university.

Jen xoxo