October Favourites

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Hey guys! I cannot believe it is October is already over. You may be wondering why I didn’t do a favourites post last month and to be honest I sat down to write the post but couldn’t for the life of me think of anything that I was really loving that month. Nonetheless, that was last month and this month I’ve been liking a lot of things, so without further ado here are my October favourites.

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BEAUTY

NYX Lip Lingerie in Teddy

This liquid lipstick has been my everyday lipstick for the transitional weather. I haven’t been feeling bold or brave enough to rock a red or dark vampy lip when I’m at work but this lip colour is the perfect alternative for me. It is a true brown with a grey undertone that doesn’t really scream “look at me!!!” but rather smugly suggests that you’re down with the seasonal change.

Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation

As the weather has been getting cooler my skin has not been as oily and thus to bring a bit of Autumn glow I’ve been using this foundation. This product is quite lightweight on the skin, blends in really easily and gives my skin a really pretty lit-from-within glow. It lasts all day and I’ve really been enjoying using it at my daily foundation.

Delilah Sunset Matt Bronzer

I’m someone who never stops using bronzers come rain or shine. After Summer has past I put my shimmery, shiny bronzers away for a more matte formula. This is my holy grail bronzer during the winter. It warms up the skin without being too in your face and I find I don’t need an extra blusher when I use this, which saves me time in the morning. The formula is finely pressed so it blends in well and lasts all day on the skin.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

I spoke about this liner in a post earlier this month and I am really enjoying this product. It is pigmented, easy to use and literally lasts through anything. To see my full review, see here.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

My hair was in a really bad state and I was finding that I couldn’t leave the house without my hair frizzing and drying out. To be honest what it really needs is a trim which I promise I will get round to, but in the meantime I’ve been using this hair treatment from Philip Kingsley. I apply a golf size ball amount of this treatment on the ends of my hair and leave in for at least 20 minutes before washing and styling. Honestly the different that this product makes is immense. Straight after using this product my hair feels so much smoother, stronger and the frizz is reduced. I find the effects last a good 2 weeks until I need to treat it again. I’m coming to the end of the pot and will be repurchasing it again asap.

Carolina Herrera 212 EDT

I’ve been on the hunt for a new daytime perfume for the longest time and out of frustration of not finding anything that I love, I decided to purchase this one (online) as I liked the notes in the perfume (white florals and musk). Upon initially spraying I did not like it as it had a strong chemical smell, but after it has dried down the clean white florals come through. After a few hours on the skin it leaves a light musk. Whilst this perfume isn’t one that really stands out to me, I’ve really enjoyed using it for work and it is very suited to the city. It is a very subtle, clean scent, perfect for the day time, perfect for work and I feel like it is very suitable for this transitional weather.

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FASHION

Zara Ankle Boots in cream and burgundy

I love, love, love Autumn fashion. I love layers, chunky knits and accessorizing with hats, shoes and bags. So come payday your girl went a bit wild and bought a few things. Zara hands down have the best Autumn/ Winter range so I always know I’m going to be broke when I go there. Initially I went into Zara searching for the burgundy version of these boots and when I saw the cream pair I fell in love. These ankle boots make any outfit look classy. I love the wood and metal detailing on the heel, which by the way is actually really comfortable. I will be rinsing these boots this Autumn/ Winter for sure.

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SNACKS

Buff Bake Snickerdoodle Almond Butter

This month I bring to you the humble nut butter but not as you know it. What makes this almond butter different is that there is added whey protein in it! I’m always looking for more ways to add protein into my diet and I love nut butters so this really is win-win for me. I really enjoy the flavour of this almond butter, I’m not sure what a snickerdoodle is supposed to taste like but it’s kind of biscuitty and I get a hint of cinnamon from it too. The texture is a little bit grainy which is to be expected because of the whey but overall it’s really delicious! I bought mine from Musclefood.

 

JUNE FAVOURITES

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Well hello there. I know I say this every month but I can’t believe June has already come and gone! To be honest with you guys, recently I was feeling like my passion for all things beauty was dwindling but something clicked with me in the past few weeks and I’ve been getting back into beauty, so please expect more frequent posts from me. I haven’t got that many favourites this month but I did purchase a couple of new things which I’ve really been enjoying and wanted to share with you…

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BEAUTY

NYX Lip Lingerie “Exotic”

I spoke about this product in my previous blog post and honestly this has shot to the top of my holy grail lip products. This liquid lipstick is the prettiest warm pink and will suit just about everyone plus it’s really comfortable to wear. Also did I mention it costs just £6.50! To see a full review click here.

Sleek Blush “Flushed”

This blush is something I haven’t blogged about thus far. I bought this Sleek blush along with “Sahara”, an orange tone similar to MAC Peaches. However, Flushed has really surprised me, it’s a super pigmented coral which looks amazing on my skin tone, blends really well and lasts a long time. Well done Sleek!

Lush Mask “Cup O’ Coffee”

I haven’t been to Lush in a hot minute so decided to treat myself to a face mask. Although I love the fresh face masks I never get to finish them so I went for one of the longer shelf life products. Cup O’ Coffee is an exfoliating face mask which firstly, smells sooo sexy and secondly makes my skin clear and smooth as a baby’s butt without drying it out. My make-up also goes on better after using this mask.

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FASHION

Varley Marble Mesh Insert Leggings

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Us bloggers are known for loving marble everything and when I saw these leggings from Varley I knew I had to have them. They give an effortless, clean and undeniably cool look to any outfit. I’ve received a number of compliments for these leggings and will be wearing them all Summer long.

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That’s all for this month my loves, please let me know what you’ve been liking this month!

Jay x

MAY FAVOURITES

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Hello beautiful people. Where on earth did the Month of May go?! Here in London Summertime is in full swing (periods of sunshine with lots of showers LOL) so I’ve finally had a chance to try some of my Summer favourites. I’ve been really liking a few things this month so without further ado, here they are…

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BEAUTY

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

This serum is a cult favourite in the beauty industry. The moment I used it I thought to myself “Why did I ever stop using this?”. Advanced Night Repair is one of the only two serums that I have repurchased (the other being Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum). Every night I pat a few drops of this serum into my skin, it absorbs quickly and in the morning I consistently wake up with with clearer and plumper skin. If you haven’t ever tried this serum I would thoroughly recommend it for healthier, supple skin! Read my in-depth review here.

Urban Decay De-Slick Spray

As it’s been a little warmer I’ve been loving using this setting spray to prolong the wear of my make-up. After I put on my make-up in the morning I spray this into my face and it sets my face to a matte finish. I definitely see a reduction in oil production and an elongation in the wear of my make-up. If I’m going out after work I like to spray this on my face again after blotting and it’ll set me for the rest of the evening. This product is a must for anyone with oily skin.

Delilah Sunset Matte Bronzer (Medium Dark)

To anyone with my skin tone (NC42-44) you NEED to have this bronzer in your kit. This is the best matte bronzer I have ever used. It is the perfect blend of warm and cool tones, finely milled, long lasting for the dreamiest bronzed skin. There is a lighter version available too for fairer skin tones. For a full review see here.

Kiehls Avocado Eye Cream

This month I had some dehydration around the eyes so I’ve been applying an extra thick layer of this eye cream at night and it’s really done a great job at getting rid of dry lines and plumping up the skin around my eyes. It’s a simple formula but extremely efficient at what it does. For a full review, click here.

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FASHION

Bershka Bomber

Bomber jackets are everywhere this season, I find myself wanting all of them! I picked this jacket up a few months ago from Bershka, one of my favourite high street shops, and I’m really enjoying wearing it dressed down with jeans and trainers. It instantly makes you look effortlessly cool. The print and colour are really complementary on my skin tone too.

Pieces Backpack

I’ve been searching for a black backpack for ages but always found that they were either too small to be practical, or too large, making me look like a school child! I found this backpack from Pieces and it’s the perfect size, the faux leather is really soft like real leather and the shape is really different to anything I’ve seen before. I will be taking this on holiday in a few weeks as the zip and clasp makes it pretty much impossible to steal from.

Rebel London Sandals

This pair of monochrome sandals from Rebel London are so pretty, smart and comfortable. They match just about any outfit so I will be wearing these a lot this Summer.

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SNACKS

Food For Life, Ezekiel 4:9, Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal

Cereals are one of my favourite foods so I’m always looking for new ones to try. I came across this cereal and the ingredients looked amazing- freshly sprouted certified organically grown whole live grains, legumes, and seeds, no added sugar, no added oil, no artificial flavouring, 100% whole food full of vitamins and minerals. This cereal tastes absolutely amazing, crunchy and wholesome, I can’t wait to try all of the flavours. It’s high in carbohydrates and protein so I love having it with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit before a weights session at the gym. It’s quite expensive (£5.50/box) but totally worth it, I bought mine online from here.

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That’s all for this month my dears, please tell me what you’ve been loving this month in the comments section below!

Jay x

 

April Favourites

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Hello beautiful people! How are you all today? I can’t believe the end of April has already come! I’d like to say it’s beginning to feel like Spring, but in London it’s actually snowed in the past few days so I’m still waiting to bust out my Spring beauty faves.

To be honest, I haven’t been liking that many things this month so the list is looking a bit sparce, but here are my few April favourites…

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BEAUTY

Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask

Guys I don’t know whats been going on with my skin. It’s like throughout my teenage and early adult years I had perfectly clear skin and now I turned 26 and I’ve been getting breakouts, especially on my forehead! Anyway, this mask from Clinique has been my go-to this month. Whenever I see a small blemish coming up I put this on my face for a few minutes and it really helps to stop the spot from coming up to the skin.

MAC Diva

I haven’t worn red lipstick since last year (literally). For my boyfriends birthday I whipped this oldie out and I remembered why it’s my all time favourite red lipstick. This is just the perfect red for warm medium/darker skin tones like mine and it makes your teeth look SO WHITE. I mean just look!

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Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candelight

Every time I wear this highlight I feel like a million dollars. It can be born both subtly and layered for a high impact look. I love that I can wear it during the daytime without looking like I’ve got too much product on my face and the way it catches the light without being too shimmery or glittery gives it such a classy finish.

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FASHION

Petite Rachel Blush Cross Front Trousers Prettylittlething.com

Oh my gosh these trousers are just LIFE. They have such a different cut that they definitely don’t look like they cost just £25! Also the blush colour is so on trend. I had numerous complements throughout the day from complete strangers when I wore these around London.

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SNACKS

Grenade Carb Killa White Chocolate Cookie

I think it’s officially official. Grenade Carb Killa are the BEST protein bars on the market, yes better than QUEST (IMO). I literally don’t eat chocolate bars anymore because these taste just like one. The white chocolate cookie flavour is perfect if you love white chocolate. These bars are normally quite expensive (£30 for 12) but I managed to get a box of 12 for £20 on sale. I should probably stock up!

 

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That’s all for today folks, please tell me what you’ve been loving this month in the comment below. Until next time…

Jay x

DECEMBER FAVOURITES

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Hello hello! How are you beautiful people doing? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of great food, gifts and time well spent with your loved ones  ^_^

I can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of 2015. I’ve decided to start one of my new years resolutions early, because, why not?! I’m going to start doing a monthly favourites post covering not just beauty but fashion, snacks and any other things that come to mind. So without further ado, let’s go!

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BEAUTY

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993

I spoke about this lipstick in a previous post and I’ve really been struggling with wearing any other product on my lips. Seriously, I’m obsessed. The colour, the formula, the colour *sigghhhhh*, it’s beautiful.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Deborah

When day turns to night I like to opt for a deeper lipstick shade. I’ve been on the search for a brown lipstick in forever. This lipstick is very expensive but it’s offset by the amazing formula, very much like the Urban Decay formula but even better dare I say. The colour is stunning and a little bit different from your standard red or berry.

Koji Dollywink Eyeliner

For a long time this eyeliner has been sitting in my collection without use, however recently I’ve started using it again and I can’t remember why I stopped. It is easy to apply, pigmented, long lasting, doesn’t smudge and it easy to remove when used with a good eyeshadow primer.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette

I don’t think I’m ever going to get bored with this palette. The warm brown shade is amazing for the crease and THAT glitter shade though! Whenever I wear this shadow and I catch a glimpse of the shimmer I take a second to appreciate how beautiful it looks. It’s amazing for nights out/ date nights.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDP

Narciso Rodriguez is slowly becoming one of my favourite perfume brands. This has become my signature daytime scent. If you’re into your woody, musky, white florals then this is one for you. It’s fresh, subtle, sexy and grown up.

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FASHION

Camel Coat

I’ve been on the hunt for a camel coat in forever and I found the most gorgeous wool and cashmere blend coat in Debenhams AND in a petite size. It is literally the most beautiful thing and fits like a dream. There’s something about a camel coat that make you look put together, classy and chic making it a staple in every closet.

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Dune Trish Over the Knee Boots (Grey Suede / Leather mix)

For the longest time I’ve steered away from boots because high street shops in the UK generally don’t cater to slim calves like mine *sob* However! I took a random gander to Dune and came across this pair which looked unusually slim, I tried them on and my goodness they fit so well! I’ve always wanted to rock the over the knee look and this grey pair comes just over the knees and I love that it is half suede and half leather. I’m looking to purchase a black pair now!

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Nubian Skin Tights in Cafe Au Lait

Any darker skin ladies know the struggle of finding skin colour tights. Either you wear a pair that is too light, buy a £25 pair from Wolford or just go bare legged. Refusing to do either of the three I decided to try this pair from a relatively new brand Nubia Skin and I have to say I am very impressed. I picked mine up at House of Fraser for £8 a pair, the colour Cafe Au Lait is perfect for me and allows me to rock the bare legged look for less.

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SNACKS

Nakd Bar Caffe Mocha

I love Nakd bars, they are so delicious I can’t believe they’re actually good for you. This bar covers my chocolate addiction and has a strong coffee taste, it’s so decadent and makes the tastiest afternoon snack.

Nescafe Instant Coffee – Gingerbread Latte

I’m not a fan of instant coffee sachets, I always find that they taste a bit rubbish to be honest but constantly buying hot drinks from coffee shops always seems so wasteful. I recently tried this limited edition holiday flavour from Nescafe and I have stocked up on them for a significant period of time. They taste delicious, creamy and actually give a good amount of froth. My favourite hot drink at the moment for sure.

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So guys tell me what have been your monthly favourites and also what are you getting up to on New Years Eve? Comment below and let me know.

P.s. See you next year!

Lots of love,

Jay

YesStyle Haul

Yesstyle is a website where you can find the latest fashion, beauty and home products from all over Asia. I discovered this website a few months ago and I am HOOKED. The clothes on there are so so pretty, affordable and original, I also buy all my skin care products from Yesstyle too.

Now on to the actual website. Let me tell you, the amount of things you can buy on this website is HUGE, it literally takes me around a week to search through it because there is just so much choice, plus there are new items being added every week. International free standard delivery takes from 7-14 days with a £20 minimum spend. Express shipping is free over £90 and delivers within 3-5 days.

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My package arrived ^_^

The first items I got were a plain white slouchy t-shirt (http://www.yesstyle.co.uk/en/info.html/pid.1035913657) made of distressed material and some silver rings (http://www.yesstyle.co.uk/en/info.html/pid.1035145978), nothing special, so I didn’t take a picture. The next t-shirt I bought has this adorable mickey mouse print on it, the material is so soft and it is really well made. Think I’ll pair this with some boyfriend jeans and a maxi cardigan for a casual, relaxed look.

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Next I bought this navy mini dress with the lace arms. It’s really nice for the summer, but comes up extremely short, and I’m only 5’1″ !

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 Next I bought 5 Dark Circle Intensive Care Eye Masks from My Beauty Diaries. They are meant to treat dark under-eye circles. I think I’ll do a product review on these soon.

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I got a pack of 5 Skin Note! Deep Moisturizing Hydrogel Masks from Etude House. I used this whilst I was in Korea and they are so hydrating and cooling on the skin. Again, I’ll review these soon.

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 I needed a deep cleansing mask, so I bought this Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask from Innis Free. Review coming soon!

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And finally, can we take a minute just to observe the sexiness of these shoes….

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I’m usually a UK size 3, I bought a 35 which was apparently meant to fit, but they come up a tiny bit small at the back. Doesn’t matter I’ma still rock them. The quality of these shoes aren’t great, the heel is made of a foamy material and the upper material isn’t very sturdy, but it is very comfortable and should survive at least one season.

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Overall, I’m so delighted with the service from Yesstyle, I’ve already got a shopping cart full of stuff I want to buy on Payday. Many of the products on the website are already in stock, however some of them have to be ordered by Yesstyle from the different suppliers. This means that it can take around 7-14 days for your items to come into stock and on rare occasions they won’t be able to get your item, in which case you are given  a full refund. The customer service is impeccable, I get constant email updates if my item hasn’t been stocked and when my order is going to be shipped. There is also a loyalty rewards system that allows you to get discount on future purchases.

If you are planning to buy from this website, please make sure you read the product description with regards to size. I do find that the clothes are made for more shorter and petite frames. Also make sure you really observe the pictures to see the quality of the item before you buy it, it is easy to get carried away with all the cute clothes, bags and shoes without paying attention to details.

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Happy shopping loves!

Jay x