THE CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD

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Woohoooo I’ve been nomination for the creative blogger award! Massive thanks to the gorgeous Jasmine who has an amazing blog, if you’re into Korean products then she is definitely one to follow!

Creative Blogger Award Rules

1. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
2. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
3. Nominate 10 other blogs and their links
4. Notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
5. Pass these rules on to them

5 Facts about me:

1) I’m only 5’1″ tall or should I say short. I used to be insecure about this and people, including friends and family, always had a way of trying to put me down (literally lol). Having gotten over it now I’ve learnt to love what is unique about me and try to use it to my advantage.

2) I studied Biomedical Sciences in university. I really had no clue about what I wanted to do at the age of 18, I thought I wanted to be a doctor. It hasn’t been until the last year or so that my career has started to find a direction that I’m passionate about.

3) I am a massive hip hop head, specifically from the golden age and some underground stuff now. I remember as a kid I use to “borrow” my brother albums and listen to them. But honestly, hip hop has made me so much more of a socially conscious individual.

4) From the ages of 3 to 8 I lived in Sri Lanka. I’m so grateful to have lived part of my childhood on such a beautiful, exotic island. There was so much space to run around as a child and the memories are irreplaceable.

5)  I really love dogs. We had a few dogs growing up and I miss them so much, they are such selfless and loving animals. I can’t wait to have a more disposable income so I can afford to look after one.

My Blog Nominees: I’ve really enjoyed reading the blogs below. Some of them I’ve been reading for weeks, some more recent but very interesting nonetheless. Go check them out!

Beverbee

MakeMeUpMarie

BeautyByCaitlin

StephanieJayneBeauty

So Many Lovely Things

Rachwat

Dorothea Beauty

Living Disrobed

That’s Pretty True

Claire’s Beauty

Jay x

Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara – Review

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I have a love-hate relationship with this mascara. I bought it a few months ago from Boots for £7.99. What really persuaded me to try this was the added Argan oil in the formula.

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The mascara wand is the plastic kind and it has lots of spiky bristles on it. This brush allows the wand to pick up all the tiny little lashes, coat them in mascara and avoid clumps. The formula for this  mascara is incredibly creamy probably because of the argan oil. It doesn’t weight down my lashes and they feel soft to the touch. It find that it dries quite quickly and the finish is a nice black colour. However I do find that if I apply a second coat I can get some flaking/ fall out.

I LOVE the results I get with this mascara. It really picks up the little lashes, separates them and gives volume at the base making it look like I’m wearing eyeliner. There is a bit of lengthening with this mascara but not a lot of volume which makes it  great for everyday use.

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Now onto the negatives. If you follow my blog you’ll know that I have oily lids and this mascara doesn’t hold up over a long period of time. The 12 hour picture above is after I went to the gym and you can see some smudging on the outside corner, also throughout the day the mascara kept flaking.

Removal of the product is very easy, just some hot water will take it off. It smudges so you will need to use an oil-based remover to clean the residue.

I’m coming to the end of this tube and whilst I love how it makes my lashes look I won’t be repurchasing it. If Rimmel come out with a waterproof formula I will snap it up without batting an eyelid (see what I did there haha!).

Jay x

Should you use fragrance-free skincare?

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I’m in the process of phasing out fragrance from my skincare regime. I will explain why but first lets address what a fragrance is.

Fragrances in skincare come in a few forms. It can be a synthetic (lab-created) fragrance which will appear as “Parfum/Perfume/Fragrance” on the label. Frequently at the bottom of a label you will also see ingredients like “Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene” to name a few. These ingredients are allergens and have to be disclosed on labels if they are present above a certain limit.

Fragrances also come in the form of essential oils for example lavender oil, peppermint and eucalyptus are popular ones. Fragrances, both synthetic and from essential oils are referred to as “allergens” in the cosmetics industry and they can cause sensitisation of the skin.

Now the tricky bit. Just because a product is “unscented” doesn’t mean it is “fragrance-free”! Sometimes companies add fragrances to a product to remove smells, confusing, I know. Also just because a product has a fragrance doesn’t mean it isn’t “fragrance-free”. Some ingredients like shea butter for example have a natural odour which is not allergenic. To overcome this issue when looking at labeling make sure it specifically says “FRAGRANCE-FREE”.

So why should you avoid fragrances? If you suffer from sensitivity, rosacea, eczema, acne, inflammation then you MUST avoid fragrances in your skincare.  Fragrances are one of the most common reasons for allergic reactions in skincare so please take a look at the ingredients listing on your products, it may reveal why your skin has been acting up.

Generally if you don’t suffer from the above skin issues it is still safe to use fragranced wash-off products like face-masks and face wash as these don’t come into contact with the skin for a long period of time. For products that you leave ON your skin? Well the jury is still out.

The reason that I have been cutting out fragrance is not because I suffer from sensitivity but I figured there is literally no benefit in having these allergenic ingredients in my skincare routine. Even if they don’t cause a visible reaction, who knows whats happening in the lower layers of my skin. There are some sources which say perfumes can leads to the breakdown of collagen in your skin. Currently there is very little research which supports this and maybe I’m being paranoid, but why take the risk?

What are your thoughts on fragrances in skin care? Have you had any reactions to them? Do you avoid them? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

 

Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Cream – Review

downloadI literally bought this eye cream on a whim. Initially I went to the shop to repurchase my Bobbi Brown (BB) EXTRA Eye Cream but the sales assistant was busy. Whilst waiting I browsed the Clinique counter and came across this new eye cream.

In this review I’m going to compare my experience with Cliniques eye cream with the BB Extra Eye cream. A 15ml pot cost of the Clinique eye cream costs £32, which is £12 cheaper than the Bobbi Brown one.

Formula: There are some decent moisturising ingredients in this product but I was shocked to see Rosemary Leaf Extract which is a fragrance, even though Clinique is meant to be 100% fragrance free! One thing to note is that the BB eye cream also contains fragrance… why companies would add fragrance to eye creams is beyond me, really. This eye cream claims to boost natural collagen and help skin look and feel smooth and firmer.

Texture: This cream initially feels quite thick when you scoop it out of the pot. I use less than a pea size for both eyes. I apply this by dotting the product under my eyes and taking it up to my temple and orbital bone, avoiding the eyelash and eyelid area. To absorb I use a light patting motion, immediately I noticed that this absorbs much quicker than the BB eye cream and it doesn’t leave an oily feeling afterwards.

Effects: Overnight my eye area looked moisturised but less so than my BB eye cream.

Overall verdict: This is a nice eye cream but I don’t think I’m going to repurchase it. It isn’t as moisturising as my Bobbi Brown one. It also contain fragrance which I am in the process of phasing out in my skincare routine. I didn’t noticed any difference in my fine lines.

I think I’m going to go for the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado next so look out for a review soon. If you have any suggestions on fragrance-free  THICK eye creams comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (Amore) – Review

IMG_2839I’ve been on the hunt for this lipstick for a while since seeing a swatch of it online. I bought this from Marks and Spencer for £15. It’s a beautiful mauve-plum shade of lipstick which follows the 90’s lip trend. In the tube this has a slight shimmer which is very subtle and doesn’t look overly glittery.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a creamy-matte, opaque lipstick which has at least 6 hours of wear. It has vitamin E in it to help hydrate the lips. This formula is so creamy and velvety on the lips and the doe-foot applicator makes application smooth.

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L-R: After application, dry (flash), dry (no flash)

Once applied the lipstick is shiny and quite a dark colour, it dries down to a lighter fully matte finish. This lipstick lasted the full 6 hours on me and didn’t require a lipliner as there was no bleeding, but I do love pairing this with Soar lipliner from MAC. It does transfer even after it is dry and there was some fading at the end of the day but it faded evenly. Also this was a little bit drying on my lips but I could apply lipbalm on top. This lipstick does require make-up remover to remove completely

I really like this lipstick. It’s a great way for those with darker skintones to try out the 90’s / Kylie Jenner mauve lip. I really want to try some of the other shades from the range now so watch out for more swatches 🙂

Jay x

Jane Iredale Amazing Base SPF 20 Loose Mineral Foundation (Latte) – Review

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Spring/Summer is coming! This is my favourite time of the year but my skin doesn’t always agree with the heat. I have combination skin and even during the coldest weather my T-zone gets so oily you could fry an egg on it. During the summer any liquid foundation just melts off my face making my skin look and  feel gross.

A lot of oilier skin gals use mineral foundation during the warmer months.  I needed something that has a matte finish, fragrance-free,  contains physical sunscreen and doesn’t contain talc. Cue Jane Iredale Amazing Base!

I bought this foundation from Treat Your Skin for £29.95. There are 17 shades to choose from with cool/neutral/warm tones, I am an NC44 in MAC and I chose the colour “Latte”.  Luckily this is the perfect match for me.

Taken from the Jane Iredale website Amazing Base Loose Powder Foundation is:

“A loose mineral foundation that gives a sheer to medium coverage. Made from micronized minerals, free of synthetic chemicals, oil free and weightless. A foundation, powder, concealer and broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 20 UVB/UVA. Conceals redness and diffuses appearance of fine lines and pores with soft focus effect.”

Packaging: This is probably the worst part of the foundation. I poked holes in the top of the sticker like advised but find the product difficult to dispense. If I take the sticker off, too much product will fall out.

Formula: I am really impressed with this formula. The sunscreen components are Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 6% which gives broad UVA and UVB protection. There is Dimethicone present to give the foundation a nice application.  Plankton Extract, Algae Extract which soothes and nourishes skin. Also the product is Vegan friendly, cruelty free.

Fragrance: There is no added fragrance in this powder making it suitable for sensitive/ acne-prone skin.

Texture and application: This powder has a semi-matte finish but is surprisingly pigmented, you can get between light and medium coverage. With mineral foundation it’s good to work in layers so dispense a bit of product and build up coverage.  I used my Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush (not a great brush by the way- too scratchy and falls out).

Finish: On the skin this powder feels dry on my cheeks within the first hour of use until the natural oils come through, then it looks and feels amazingly skin-like. This foundation doesn’t looks ashy on my skin but actually gives it a nice warmth.

Longevity: This product lasted around 8 hours on me before it started fading, it did allow oil to come through on my T-zone after 4 hours but not nearly as much as normal.

I must admit I was skeptical about the coverage I could get with just a powder but I am fully converted. During the day-time I want something to even out my skintone but not look heavy or clog my pores, especially in hot weather. I reckon this little tub will last the duration of the British warm weather ( which isn’t too long to be honest). I 100% recommend this to anyone who is oily/combination, acne-prone, sensitive and wants to use a light-coverage mineral foundation with natural and effective ingredients.

Below are some pictures of me wearing this foundation today.

Jay x

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Drugstore Haul

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I went to Superdrug today for one item and well …this happened LOL. I found a couple of cool make-up things that I’m excited to try.

1) MUA Pro Palette Elysium £6.00. This palette has a nice mix of matte and shimmery eyeshadows leaning towards the pinker side. It also comes with a double ended eyeliner/highlighter pencil. I’m really excited to try this palette to create some girly spring looks. If you like Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 then this might be a nice dupe.

2) MUA Eyeshadow Palette Heaven And Earth £4.00. This is also a nice neutral shimmer palette again fantastic for the daytime. There’s lots of pretty golds in here which would look really nice in the sunshine ^_^

3) Maybelline Colorstay Stripped Nude Lipstick 728 Honey Beige £6.99. I got this lipstick as I actually don’t own any nudes in my collection. It’s a nice brown-nude with a satin finish.

4) Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Waterproof mascara £9.99. I need a new mascara and I got this after a recommendation from a friend who said it was amazing. Will probably do a full review later.

5) Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer Nude £7.99. This concealer gets a lot of love online, I’m interested to see if it performs better than the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, I will probably do a full review on this too.

6) Sleek MakeUp Brow Perfector DARK BROWN £4.99. This is my first eyebrow gel ever! I’m intrigued to see what kind of a difference this makes to my eyebrows.

I didn’t go too wild at the drugstore today thankfully, I’m so broke now it’s unreal (come on payday!!!)

What products have you been buying at the drugstore recently? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Liebster Award Nomination

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Hey guys!  I’m very excited to be nominated for the Liebster Award by Collective Couture who has a fabulous lifestyle blog so check her out ^_^

I honestly thought I posted this months ago but turns out I didn’t (Doh!)

Rules:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  • Answer questions given.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and link them.
  • Create 11 new questions.
  • Notify all nominees.

1) What are your future plans for your blog?

I’d like to improve the quality of my blog in terms of written content and pictures and make it visually more attractive.

2) If you could collaborate with one person or brand, who would it be?

I’d love to collaborate with the brand Paulas Choice. This brand is a new discovery to me but they have so many great products with amazing ingredients, but without the price tag. I’ll be doing a post on some of these very soon.

3) What is your favourite make up item?

I’d have to say concealer, but only because it’s a necessity (waaa panda eyes).

4) What’s on your wishlist this year?

I really want to get a new camera, possibly a bridge camera so that it’s small enough to carry around but with the functionality of a DSLR.

5) If you could only shop in one shop forever, what would it be?

Hmm I’d have to say Zara. Their clothes are so chic and look so much more expensive that what they are.

6) What’s your ideal pamper night?

Ok so my ideal pamper night begins with a facial massage, deep cleansing face mask, sheet mask, hair mask and a long shower (as I don’t have a bath tub). Afterwards I like to cuddle up on the sofa with some take-away and tea whilst watching a film. Oh and a scented candle of course.

7)  Choose one: Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle. Which one and why?

My passion has always been beauty.

8) Where’s your favourite place to blog?

I love blogging from my bedroom, I recently bought a new desk so I’ve got a nice work space. Room tour coming soon!

9) Favourite movie?

Gosh of the top of my head I’d have to say Fight Club or American History X, but I have sooo many more!

10) Places to visit on your bucket list?

I want to visit Japan next.

11) Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram. I feel like taking pictures is much easier at conveying a message than a tweet.

I nominate:

My questions:

1) Who is your favourite Youtuber, and why?

2) What is your favourite cuisine?

3) What is your oldest item of clothing?

4) What is your skincare saviour?

5) Why did you start a blog?

6) What is your favourite lipstick?

7) Flats or heels?

8) The last place I went on holiday was…

9) The best TV series I’ve ever watched is…

10) Savoury or sweet?

11) Who is your inspiration?

 

I’m sure the time frame for this has long expired but I thought it would be a nice way of you getting to know me better, so I nominate anyone who is reading this post to answer my questions! 🙂

Jay x