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Fashion Friday - Recent inspo

Recently I've been soooo inspired by some new blogs that I've discovered recently. I have NEVER been that adventurous with my fashion sense and style but right now I'm feeling like experimenting with my clothing choices and I have to say..... It's mostly down to the following blogs:

The usual lip product suspects

I can't be the only one who ends up with a bunch of lipsticks/lip products because 'you just never know'. I'll go out wearing a pinky nude and then after lunch fancy a bold lip and low and behold I will have a few to choose from. I'm not sure how I end up with at least 6 different lip products in my bag, but it gets to a time where I go into the lipstick section in my collection and notice a big dent and think to myself......now what bag did I last have. 

So on this day, the lip products I have in my bag are:

Models own- Blackberry: IF you need something sheer with a hint of colour that is super hydrating and moisturising for your lips all at the same time, then this is the guy for you. I've been a lover of this for a few years now and Sammi over at The Beauty Crush got me into it. It give enough colour to make it look like you have taken quite a while to apply. Such a nice dark berry colour and perfect for people who are afraid of a bold lip.

Collection creme puf…

The joys of make up #FOTD

Growing up I had quite bad acne and the brightest red cheeks you've ever seen. Now I'm 27 my skin is much better however I still have the bright red cheeks that I desperately cover everyday and this make up look is something I go to most days when I'm not at work.
N7 colour primer-£10.50-I've done a post all about priming my face and have included this product in that HERE. It act as a great primer however if also diminishes my red cheeks like a pro. I use this every single day and really does help to even them out with the rest of my skin.
Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation- £9.99-My go to base at the moment. I'm totally loving using this as it can be used lightly and built up if you need it to be full coverage. Doesnt clump in my dry areas and is a great colour match for me. Certainly one of my all time drugstore foundations. 
Soap and Glory Archery- £8.00-Your probably all bored of me banging on about this product so I will leave it as that and link you to my brow pos…

Sunday round up - 8 - It's a long one!

Half term has been lovely and a lot of picture taking. Lots of meeting friends, the cinema, food and just some me time. You don't realise how little time you give to just yourself when you get wrapped up in life/work. Small things like taking a 2 hour bath the other evening, knowing I didn't have anything to do or wake up for the next day was heavenly. If you didn't already know I've been doing a post a day through the half term week and have loved every minute and am so overwhelmed by the support from you guys as the views on my blog and blog posts have been rising and rising. Makes me so happy knowing people are enjoying what I ramble on about *tells myself to stop rambling now. Here's my half term round up!

1- Brighton #OOTD. Post HERE. I love going to Brighton, even if it is a day trip and not a long weekend or something. There's always place to go, things to see and lots of yummy food to eat that I can actually eat *stupid intolerances.

2- If your'e vega…

Evening skincare routine

It's time for the next instalment of my skincare routine posts. As you can see a few of these products were featured in my morning routine so I will just link that post when I mention those products.
Step 1- 'Rimmel Just Let it Go' This is a great eye make up remover and works hard on tough waterproof mascara. It feels very similar to the Clinique eye make up remover but obviously a cheaper version. I like to use this on a couple of cotton pads to get the majority of my eye make up off.

Step 2- 'Garnier Micella Cleansing Water'I take this all over my face to take off any make up for just the days sweat and whatever has made it to my face. Great at taking off make up and acts like a pre cleanse. Morning routine HERE.

Step 3- 'Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish' As you saw in my morning routine, this is my chosen cleanser. I do need to get a new one so suggestions below would be great. It does the job without anything super duper special. It cleanses your skin, takes o…

Fashion Friday - Brighton #OOTD

A day trip to Brighton with Tony was certainly on the cards as soon as his day off was agreed, so off we went at 9am for a little day trip. Even though we had nothing planned for the time we were there, I just love walking around the town and the Laines. So many nice shops to go in and great places to eat that have vegan options and thought I would share with you my outfit from the day.
I'm not very outgoing when it comes to fashion, give me some purple eyeshadow and a crazy bright lip and I'm all for it however I'm quite bog standard with my style. I felt some what brave on this day and busted out a hat from H&M ages ago. This is the first time I've ever worn this hat out and actually loved the way it looked with my outfit. I knew it was going to be windy so my hair was put up and the hat was chucked on.
Layering is key! Especially in Brighton on a windy, chilly day for four layers it was. The top is from Whistles sale maybe last year of the year before, black and w…

Morning skincare routine

A post I've never decided to venture into for some reasons however now is the time to share my most favourite part of beauty....skincare! So before I get stuck in a little low down on my skin: It's combination, oily and dry. I have sections that get very dry and flaky but at the same time I have oily sections such as my chin and my forehead. I don't suffer with many breakouts however they like to pop up now and again.

Step 1-'Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water' I use to just freshen my skin after the nights sleep. To get off any sweat or bacteria from the pillow and all of that lovely stuff, so my first cleanse. It's just nice, refreshing and makes you instantly feel clean.

Step 2- 'Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish' is a product I think I will always use in my routine. It's a great gentle cleanser that works well with my skin, keeps it calm with minimal to no breakouts and does an awesome job at getting rid of make up. This is the cleanser that is actually c…

My love for lip pencils

Keeping along the same lines as Mondays post with the old 'longer lasting' make-up thing, I'm so into using lip pencils as my liner and full lipstick colour because of that reason. I've narrowed it down to the ones I use the most and find the best results from.
Rimmel: I have two lip pencils I always go to when I need them. One being 'Red Dynamite ' which is your typical bright red, and the other called 'Spice' which is a pinky brown. The formula for both is soft, a little rough and a little bit of dragging along the lips which is ok and I can deal with. They are so long lasting and I've gone through three of the 'Spice' shades because I love it that much. The 'Red Dynamite' is a very close match to MAC 'Cherry' lip liner but a tad less expensive! Overall the Rimmel lip pencils are a good price for a product that stands up to the tests with pretty good results.
NYX: This was found in a random make up sale in an outlet store and…

Allergy safe Marble cake

Having to be dairy free isn't the easiest thing sometimes, especially when all you want to do is indulge in cake and you can't just go out and buy one from a shop. This means I have to bake often to keep this urge at bay, which occurs a lot. My sister's gluten free (also not from choice) so I tend to bake for both our needs to allow us both some indulgence every now and again. I must stress that this is a Sainsbury's recipe however I've just adapted it to mine and my sisters dietary needs. This can be adapted further depending on your needs and I have used an egg replacement before which has also worked fine.
Ingredients (dairy free and gluten free): 225g Dairy free butter 225g Caster sugar 4 eggs 225g Gluten free self raising flour 3 tbsp of Soya milk/almond milk 1tsp Vanilla extract 2 tbsp cocoa powder/raw cacao 1 tsp Xanthan gum
Steps: 1. Your oven needs to be pre-heated to 180C/160C for fan ovens/gas 4. I used any tin I had in the cupboard and this mixture was fine in it.…

Making make-up last longer

A family member asked the other day 'How can I make my make up last longer as it just feels like its completely gone by the end of the day'. I have my favourite products pictured above and went through each of them to my Aunt. So how do I make mine last longer?

Starting with a primer?- For people who have very sensitive skin like my sister primers are hard to find that don't react with her skin. In my case though my favourites are the Laura Mercier Primer and the Benefit Porefessional. Both very different however do the trick by prepping your skin ready for product and somehow just grabs onto your base make up and puts it under lock and key. There are others that I have used and have been happy with but these two are by far top of my primer love list. 

Locking make up in with powder?- I've recently found this Healthy Balance powder which is a great way to lock in and moisture which could be the issue as to why your make up has disappeared by the end of the day. This shou…

Sunday round up -7-

I am so happy that last week is over for a few reasons. Number one, I was so ill *cold/flu and kept dragging myself into work day after day which just lengthened the week and made it feel like forever. Number two, any other teacher will agree that last week of term is hard as both you and the students are incredibly tired and have had enough. Number three, its now half term!!!!

Some of you will already know that I have planned a post a day over half term which I have been so excited about so I hope you all enjoy that. Anyway heres what I've been upto this week.

1- In an attempt to make myself feel better hoping that when I woke up Monday I would be 100% *wishful thinking I made myself a dairy free marble cake. I actually ate the majority of the cake...woops but it was so nice. I just used a Sainsbury's recipe (which will actually be a post this week) and just changed some of the ingredients to dairy free ones and it turned out great.

2- Loving scrolling through endless amounts of…

A simple, quick Valentines face

I'm not actually spending Valentines day with my boyfriend as I'm off on a school trip to watch England play in the six nations which is pretty cool. Tony being a rugby player himself was all for me going.

I gave myself a lay in today so had to make my face presentable in case I had to be included in any school trip pictures or if I met Martin Johnson I would so ask him for a selfie! 

My quick Valentines face:

I wanted to go for something that would last and that would just make me look a bit more fresh and awake. The Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation is such a great base. I only need to use one pump which covers my whole face nicely and gives a lovely fresh in the middle coverage. I obviously apply this with a Real Techniques brush but today have gone for the buffing brush for a bit of a lighter application and finish. 

For the little details like the brows I am using my trusty Soap and Glory Archery as this never fails me. Natural look, easy to apply, quick to apply and lasts all …

Loreal hair care saviours

Thank goodness I was lucky enough to receive this as a Christmas present as my hair has definitely needed the love and care this has given it. I've used the 'Mythic oil' before and have gone through a whole large bottle so before I even started on this trio I knew I would love them.
Mythic oil masque- £17.99 *full size- I use this before shampooing and on damp hair. I listen to songs whilst in the shower and know that after two songs I can rinse it out and shave my legs to pass the time. My hair can get quite greasy easily so never apply this midway up and just apply it from the middle down as this is my weakest and damaged area. It smells so luxurious and really does help to leave it very nourished and smooth. It is made up of avocado, argan and grapeseed oil and makes a noticeable difference when washing my hair with shampoo after, as normally my hair is a tangled knotty mess. But with this I can wash it nicely and with ease.
Mythic oil shampoo- £13.99 *full size- I have to …

A Bourjois mini haul

Who doesn't love a Boots deal? Well Bourjois had one of their own in Boots recently and of course, it had to be done. There were a few things from Bourjois I wanted to try and managed to get two of the three and a little something extra so I was certainly a happy bunny.
Sharpener- £3.49: I've needed a new sharpener for a while now and wanted one with a large and small hole. This had both and in a small container so you can store the sharpening's in if you aren't near a bin which I quite enjoy. Being a lovely girly bright pink also adds to me picking this up. Have used it loads and really glad I got one.
Healthy balance powder- £8.99: Having heard so much about this powder *especially from Lily and Anna I knew that when my current powder had finished I had to pick it up and give it a go. I can't comment too much on it yet and obviously there will be a post on it sometime soon but it is really nice and I am enjoying it. It is quite fragranced along the same lines as th…

Sunday round up -6-

Another week and we are here again, a Sunday round up. Sundays are my most fav day of the week as it revolves around food, chilling and tv *or in my case Netflix. Enjoy the post, and if you don't already follow me on Instagram, what are you waiting for?! (@JPOPPY88).

1- My skin is super happy when I use this Una Brennan mask, and whenever I use it I can't stop touching my face it feels that smooth and soft. It does such a great job of clearing out *super gross* your dirty pores and leaves your face looking spick and span as it's jam packed with ingredients your skin loves.

2- Date night at the cinema to see Big Hero 6 which I have to say was brilliant! We sat amost a room of children and their parents and laughed our heads off. Some are saying its better than Frozen? Hmmm I'm not sure but was an all round feel good film, totally worth going to see. 

3- My lips are not happy at the moment and is a tad frustrating when you love wearing lipstick the amount that I do. This Nu…

Why the red cheeks?

Because of the spontaneous fashion post on Wednesday I thought I would do a beauty related one today to make up for it. 
For years now I have suffered with the 'rosy cheek, british rose' face. I can remember being in school and other kids calling me 'rosy giggles' because of how much my face went red. To this day this still happens but I have had a product by my side for so long now that keeps me under control.
This stuff has been in my make up collection for so many years now. I love it and can't possibly walk out the door without it on. Obviously it doesn't completely get rid of red cheeks, but because of the green shade of the liquid it helps to really calm it down. It's just something that makes you feel a bit more at ease when going into any social occasion that you might get embarrassed, laugh too much, trip over the list goes on. 
I only apply it on my cheeks as that is the place where I am the most red. It's a nice consistency and acts as a good pr…

A Whistles Wednesday

I have a confession to make... I’m a hoarder and can’t seem to bring myself to throw away anything. Even if I haven’t worn an item of clothing for years I find it so hard to things out. I do really need to sort myself out and give away items, sell items and eventually get down to a nice capsule wardrobe. I've been scanning the internet for some future purchases and I always seem to start in the same place every time.....

Whistles is one of those shops that I'll always find something in there that I like, and at the moment theres quite a lot so I thought I would share them with you. I hope some of these will be future purchases however I feel some I could be waiting a long time for.
Jeans: Everyone seems to wear jeans, they are just a thing. I've recently bought myself a new Topshop pair and stopped myself getting the same ones in blue. I've always told myself I will get myself a treat pair of jeans from Whistles one day, and I feel that this will happen this year!
Necklac…