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Sunday round up - 11 -

It's such a shame that this post has to be done early this weekend as my weekend is a good one, but you will see that next Sunday. This week has been another tough one at work and as it gets closer to the end of term I feel my energy levels really dropping, but the end is in sight! It's been a good blogging week and have been super organised and had about 6 posts scheduled. Love being head of the game.

1- Monday miniatures post was a hit with you guys which made me so happy as I am such a sucker for anything tiny and was hoping for others support on this addiction.
2- Nabbed this Ciate polish in Knickerbocker glory from TKMaxx the other day and boy am I glad I got it. Such a nice pinky red and matches my water bottle....loser.
3- Such a hard decision figuring out what LUSH bath product to use as they are all so good.
4- Dreaming of Paris and how I would love to go back sometime soon. Such a lovely picture.
5- Sharing my desk essentials with you. Obviously Costa coffee is one. 
6- Se…

ASOS Fashion Friday wants

I am still grasping onto some birthday money as I am really stuck on what to buy. Having a lot of fashion on my list and in desperate need of clothes that fit me, I feel clothes are the most sensible items to purchase with this money. I thought it would be nice to share with you guys what I currently have on my wishlist and see what your fav pick are. 

Would love to hear below what items you like the most, or the items you might also be purchasing.


Your Eyes Lie ripped jeans £38.00Yoga now, Wine later £25.00 , Mango wide leg culottes £39.99 , Boyfriend sweat £20.00Oversized scarf £18.00 , Weekday blouse £35.00 , Cold shoulder cami £18.00Palma pointed heels £30.00,Crepe duster jacket £60.00


Much love and thanks!
xoxo


Re-discovering Loreal Nude Magique Foundation

Having been very obsessed with several different base products for a good few months now, some of my trusty friends had been forgotten about. Whilst digging through my base collection I came across the Loreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint foundation £9.99, and the love affair reignited.

The thing that caught my eye about this when I originally bought it was the fact it claimed it was a 'Fresh Feel' and 'Weightless Bare' foundation. This always does the trick to catch my eye as I'm such a lover of anything I can apply and feel natural. 

The consistency is very watery and runny and annoyingly has just an open circle instead of a pump so its a bit tricky to get the correct amount out without dripping it or completely covering your brush with it. It has a slight oily feel off the skin an on and did put me off at first however isn't actually an issue with my oily sections. It's so easy to apply and is a pretty fast application. It sinks into the skin to create a look …

Monday miniatures

There's something about miniature/travel sized products that make you think 'oh yeah that's handy for...sometime when I'll need it', to which I am a huge sucker for.  Nowadays lots of brands sell well known items but half the size, and in my opinion Benefit have some of the cutest miniatures which just draw me in as they are too cute to pass up.
As we all know Benefits packaging is what tops them off as a brand. Your never disappointed with what it looks like and lets face it, packaging is something we notice and take into consideration. So pretty, sleek and girly it's right up any beauty lovers alley. 

Do we really need the same products but in a smaller size? - probably not, but it can come in handy for the times when you have a small bag or are going on holiday. 

Is it a necessity? - probably not but again, comes in handy. 

Are we just being greedy? Maybe not greedy but organised? *says this with a taken-aback tone.


Are you addicted to miniatures too? Whats your …

Sunday round up - 10 -

Nearly the end of March and things are getting a bit brighter which always brings a smile on my face. The past week has felt like a blur as work has been crazy, however the Easter holidays are coming up and I'm thinking of blogging everyday again like last half term... what do you think? 

So my week in pictures:

1- Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in the shade 05 has been in my bag all week and thought what a better time to upload a post on it HERE. Not being a huge fan of lipgloss I was quite apprehensive to try this out. I was pleasantly surprised however not overly wowed. I'm going to try and persist and see if the love for this is a grower.

2- Flicking through my first In Style mag for ages and came across this awesome eyeliner look. So strong and bold, would look great along with an all black outfit and killer heels. It's on my list of things to try.

3- This is exactly how I felt this week. And the fact its a pug is just super cute. Hands up who loves pugs!!! *…

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecters

Being so popular with countless bloggers all over the internet this has become such a cult Clarins lip product. Having six shades in the collection they most definitely have one for everybody. They can be worn on their own or as a prep on your lips which is super handy. The colour pay off is very sheer but gives off enough colour that allows your shade to be seen. 

What do I think?:
Not being a fan of lip glosses I was a little apprehensive as to whether I would actually enjoy and get on with using it. To my surprise it isn't thick and gloopy like the standard gloss I've tried. It's quite sheer and light on the lips and gives such a lovely sheer colour that just looks kinda natural. Clarins claim that these make your lips look smooth, soft, plump and fuller-looking. I have to agree that my lips did look smooth and fuller than normal however on me it didn't last for long. Lasting all of an hour I had to re-apply the product a few times whilst being out. This is understand…

My emergency handbag essentials

Being a bit of an organisation, bag swapping, OCD lass I have a few beauty bags within my one big handbag. These are the products I need through out the day. When I have chapped lips, dry skin, feel ill or have a spontaneous sleep over.

Sudocream *pr sample- This is great for chucking in your handbag and such a versatile product. I use it mostly on my knuckles as I have quite bad dermatitis which can get quite sore. It's hard to squeeze the product out of the tube but once you get it out and rub it in its all worth it. On bad days when my knuckles are flakey, this really helps to smooth it out and also calm down the redness and soreness.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir- £11.50-  I feel this has feature in too many posts recently but it really does deserve the hype. What's good for Victoria Beckham is good for anybody and she is a big fan of this product. I use this when I feel a bit greasy and sweaty after a long day at work or even to just refresh my make up if I'm going out straigh…

NARS Audacious lipstick in Grace

For those who know me know that I love a bold lip. Whether that's a red, pink, orange, pinky red I am there. When I opened this little beaut on my birthday from Tony I was instantly excited and speechless, I didn't know whether to take blog photos straight away so I could wear it that day. This is my first NARS lipstick and believe me won't be my last either. 

Grace is such a beautiful pinky coral colour and would suit so many skin tones.I love to wear this along with a peachy blushers and lashings of mascara....perfect. A full coverage lipstick from one glide and super soft and creamy formula which felt so luxe. The lasting power is crazy good and I've worn it from 9am-5pm before with no touch ups (including drinking and eating). The application of this lipstick is so easy there's no need to use a lip pencil. Even the packaging was luxe with its matte black exterior down to the magnetic close.

All in all this product is brilliant and I couldn't say enough great …

Sunday round up - 9 -

I haven't done a Sunday round up for what seems like months and knew that I had to get back into them today. My week has been good, loved the weather, had an exciting event to attend and spend a little money so all in all it was a golden one.

1- Bedtime is something I actually look forward to. A symptom of my illness is fatigue so generally I am excited to go to bed. My lovely sister got me the cat sleep maskfor my birthday and have been loving using it along with my This Worksproducts that help me to have a perfect night sleep.

2- As the sun is coming out and its starting to feel a bit more spring like. So because of this I embraced the brights and instead of a grey or a berry shade went for the orange Nails Inc NEONwhich I love so much. If your someone like me that lives in mostly black and grey clothing, adding a bright nail like this does wonders for your outfit.

3- Recently I've been really getting into my flavoured green tea. Because I can't drink milk or soya really I …

Benefit Curls Best friend #birchbloggers event

When I received an email inviting me to the Benefit Curls a Best Friend pop up store in Soho with Birchbox I instantly replied thank you and I'll be there. I'd heard so much about this pop up store I just had to go. The ground floor has a few tables where you can sit and have a drink with some music on and a nice atmosphere. The second floor has some brow bars, hair bars and a make up area where you can have any look created for you. The final floor was a cocktail bar with dimmed lighting, delicious cocktails and a place to sit and chill.

To start the evening we were greeted with a choice of any cocktail from the menu. I went for an evita spritz which was a sparkling elderflower cocktail and was so lovely and refreshing.  We had a good twenty minutes to mingle, chat and as bloggers do take pictures of everything. It was lovely having this time at the beginning to get to know some of the other ladies whilst sipping on scrummy cocktails. Oh so very sophisticated for a Wednesday e…

Too young for anti-wrinkle products?

I've always wondered, what age is the right age to start using anti-wrinkle products. Is there a right age? Is it just when you start to notice lines appearing so dash out to get something that claims its anti-wrinkle and hope for the best. 

Whilst having a ganders around the sale stand in my local Fenwicks I spotted this lovely set for a great price of £24. Being a huge fan of the Caudaliebeauty elixir so thought these would be worth it.

Having used these for a few weeks now I can honestly say that I am really enjoying them. The products have a little bit of a strange smell, but I look past that at all times. Out of the three products I use the serum in my skincare routine first. Being in a glass bottle and glass pipette it makes it feel very luxe. Quite a runny formula when compared to the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair however still smooths on with ease and leaves your skin feeling very smooth and soft. The serum apparently helps correct and defend your skin from daily exposu…

Suns out, nails out

The sun is out and the weather is glorious and what better time to start cracking out the bright nails. I received this lovely set for my birthday and am already in love with the orange neon shade which I am sporting at the moment (see my instagram: @JPOPPY88).
I've always been a fan of Nails Inc with my favourite shade of all time being 'Porchester square'. The consistency of Nails Inc is pretty good and tend to last a while chip free, however can vary from colour to colour. The Neon shade in this collection is quite thin and requires 3 coats, but the red shade is quite thick and only requires 2 coats so is very hit and miss.
The special effects shade is gorgeous and is so glittery it really is special. I like to put a good thick top coat on top otherwise it can be a little rough. And by just wearing this shade on your ring finger gives a special look. 
All in all Nails Inc is a great brand and with collection packs like this, it can really help to brighten up your look as t…

Face mask Friday - Bridesmaid prep

A wild Friday night in for me as per usual, however this Friday is a little special. I will be preparing for my cousins wedding which is on Saturday so my skin is having a good old pamper in preparation for a long day of a face of make up. I have a 'go to' group of masks that I go to when I know I need a good deep moisturising clean but something that doesn't have too much of an angry after effect on my skin.

I'll obviously start with a good cleanse to get my skin ready for a deep clean (Click HERE for evening skincare routine)

Starting with either the Aesop Parsley Seed masque , Una Brennan Super Facialist Anti Blemish Clay Mask the Liz Earl Intensive Nourishing Treatment mask which are very similar however tonight I will be going with the Aesop. This is purely because it does a great job with blemishes and has a very soothing and calming effect to my skin. Being a bridesmaid with a lovely shiny spot or super dry skin which will stand out in the family photos is not wha…

Products Ioved in February

A new month and a new favourites post. A couple of these are old favourites however the rest are new this year or the end of last year and they've made such an impression that I had to feature them. So here it goes! 

Spotify: I've only started using this because of work really and for teaching dance it means that I can access so many different songs and not have to worry about buffering and all that, but for the last couple of months I have been loving it for personal use too. I think I've had the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack on repeat since I saw it in the cinema. It's been great to just search, not pay for it, not have to download it, and its yours in an instant. I am thinking of paying for it monthly which allows you to use spotify wherever you are without having to worry about wifi.....tempting....very tempting.

Bourjois Healthy Balance powder- £8.00:
I am still loving this powder! I can apply my make up in the morning and sweep a light dusting over my entire face to …

My birthday face

First of all I must apologise for not doing a Sunday post this week. I fancied having a day off to really enjoy by birthday with my family, I'm sure you all understand.
So for todays post I felt like sharing my make up choices for my big 27. A look that was quick and easy *story of my make up life. It does include a new lipstick which Tony bought me and chose himself. What a keeper. So ... "whats on you face" I hear you cry!
Birthday #FOTD:
Base- I started by using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser as I wanted something very natural as I was just staying in at my parents house and didn't need something full coverage. I skipped things like highlighting and contouring and just swept some Mac Peaches over my cheeks for a bit of a fresh faced look.
Brows- I was feeling ever so lazy this morning and went for the easy option for my brows. Just an angled brush and some Mac Brun shadow and just set it with some Miss Sporty clear mascara. This is my fast option for brows and doe…