Sunday, 22 November 2015

There's no business like glow business

(L-R: NARS South Beach, Estée Lauder illuminating powder in Heat Wave, Benefit Watts Up!)

Highlighter is one of my favourite makeup products and it's an essential step in my beauty routine. If applied correctly and not like a glitter ball(!), it can really help to tie a look together. Just because Summer is over doesn't mean we can't all have that glow, if anything it's more important now that Winter is on it's way. A girl has to look luminous right?! In today's post I want to talk about a few highlighter loves of mine, all are just as luminising as one another yet still unique.

If you prefer a cream highlighter Benefit's Watts Up! is one of the best on the high end high street (that's a bit of a mouthful isn't it?) The highlighter is packaged in a practical metallic stick making it ideal for travel as it's not too clunky. The shade itself is a beautiful champagne gold and it's by far a favourite in my collection. It can be easy to go overboard, so I suggest applying it sparingly straight from the stick, or using a setting brush.

Sadly I dropped the next highlighter on the floor, so it has a rather unattractive crack through the middle; nevertheless it hasn't affected the product and it's still just as stunning. Heat Wave by Estée Lauder is a powder formula and similar in shade to Watts Up, a champagne gold, but in my opinion it's warmer and a little more glittery. I adore this highlighter as it can be built up naturally and easily, which is sometimes an added bonus when choosing to use powder highlighters.

The third and final highlighter to feature is another cream product and it's South Beach by NARS. I am arguably NARS' number 1 fan as they are the brand behind my holy grail bronzer, blush and tinted moisturiser! South Beach is a bronze highlighter and the kind you would go for if you wanted a natural bronzed glow. The product is beautiful in every way and the pigmentation is very impressive.

What are some of your favourite highlighters?

Jess xx

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

NAILing it | The Autumn Edition

(L-R: Essie Merino Cool, Essie Sole Mate, Essie Angora Cardi, Lottie London Dream Weaver)

My name is Jess and I'm a nail polish hoarder.

I realised the other day when I went home for a week that I have two FULL drawers of nail polish.. That is ridiculous. Other than needing to sort through this collection of mine, I guess it goes to show just how much I love painting my nails on a regular basis.

I used to paint my nails every two days but that was the time when I was a French student with an abnormally free timetable. Now, I struggle to change shade once a week. Despite the lack of time, I still find myself purchasing new nail polishes and I'm very much aware of new nail polish releases. If you haven't gathered already, I adore Autumn and the colours associated with this season, therefore it only seemed right to compose a post all about my top choices this Autumn.

Essie Merino Cool has been a staple in my collection for some time now and it's one of those shades that is frequently commented on by friends. It's described as an 'autumn mulberry,' simply a deep grey toned lilac. Merino Cool never fails to look stylish on the nails and it can be worn with anything, which highlights the sheer versatility of this nail polish.

Essie Sole Mate is a rich burgundy plum and the most recent addition to my collection. It's fast becoming one of my most loved shades and in my opinion it's a classic autumnal nail polish. Although the longevity of Essie nail polishes aren't my favourite, it's nothing that can't be resolved without a decent top coat (I use Seche Vite) and the shade range available is just too darn gorgeous to ignore.

Essie Angora Cardi is probably my most reached for nail polish during the Autumn season. It's deeper than your normal dusty rose and there are hints of mauve, making it quite a unique shade. Personally I feel that it can be worn all year round but I've particularly loved matching it with my vibrant autumnal wardrobe and it compliments my outfits well.

I believe Lottie London is a relatively new brand to hit the shelves in Superdrug and I'm definitely a fan. Lottie London Dream Weaver is slightly different to your typical autumn nail polish choice but I think it's definitely one to whip out, due to the muted grey tones running through this pale blue shade. I'm really impressed with Lottie London as a brand and I look forward to trying out some more from the range.

I've been wearing these nail polishes constantly throughout the season, what are some of your Autumnal staples?

Jess xx

Tuesday, 3 November 2015


Last week my grandparents came to visit and despite the typically British gloomy weather we decided to go to Southwold one afternoon. Southwold is one of my favourite coastal towns in the UK and I have many fond memories walking along the beach past the colourful beach huts, crabbing or having fish and chips at a seaside pub. Luckily the sky brightened as the afternoon rolled on and I was able to snap a few shots of our day.

I don't think I've ever written an outfit of the day post on my blog (probably because of my past mismatched style!) but the time has finally come. I'm obsessed with Autumn and I enjoy walking into clothing stores and spying all the autumnal hues of red, orange, mustard and green. When it comes to fashion, it's my favourite season and this year in particular I'm constantly sporting mustard tones. While I chose a more relaxed footwear option for casual beach strolling (lol), I would normally wear this outfit with a pair of chunky boots.

My coat is from New Look and it's perfect for the transition between Autumn and Winter due to the lightweight material. You know how I said I like mustard (a lot)? You can probably tell by my choice of jumper. This rust toned knitwear piece is from Gap and if I could wear it every day I would! The trousers are probably my most loved item in this look and I've had quite a few friends comment on them; I'm all for patterned trousers and they are a Topshop classic in my opinion. Lastly I'm wearing incredibly comfortable khaki Supergas, my current favourite casual shoe option. I was introduced to Superga as a brand a year ago by my best friend and they have changed my life, literally. If you're looking for a pair of comfortable yet chic relaxed footwear then go get yourself a pair of Supergas. They're great.

What do you think of this outfit?

Jess xx

Monday, 19 October 2015



Yesterday I accidentally wandered (obviously) into Boots and purchased a few new beauty products. My brother and his girlfriend also recently returned from a holiday to America and they kindly picked up some of my holy grail products. One of my favourite type of posts to read is a haul, I love seeing what other beauty bloggers purchase and it introduces me to items that I may not have tried before. 

Being the foundation hoarder that I am, naturally I couldn't leave Boots without buying a new one. Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation (along with the serum formula) is one of the best foundations I've tried. It's smooth, easy to blend and it leaves a natural healthy glow; it does exactly what it claims to do. Now that Winter is fast approaching, I'm beginning to put away the tinted moisturisers and replace them with light to medium coverage foundations. The only issue is that I'm still very tanned from my holiday last month and so I needed to find a foundation that matched my tanned face, as well as providing the desired coverage. I've read many reviews and seen YouTubers also praise the L'Oreal True Match foundation and this seemed to be the most suitable choice. I've yet to put it to the test but I have high hopes that I will be pleased.

MAC Gingerly is my second favourite blush, ever, after NARS Luster and I sadly finished my last one - quite an achievement though! MAC describe the shade as 'capri bronze,' essentially it's a bronzed peach and the most perfect blush to go for if you're lusting after that sun-kissed glow. I seriously adore it and can't wait to feature it in an upcoming makeup look post.

I am and always will be a brow pencil kinda gal, I just can't work with brow powder or eyeshadow. Anastasia Brow Wiz is the best of the bunch in my opinion, it's easy to use and you can apply it lightly, while also being able to build it up for a stronger brow game. Whatever works best for you!

If you've been a reader of my blog for some time then you will most definitely know about my love for the L'Oreal Voluminous mascara. It's probably been my holy grail mascara for close to 4 years now and although I haven't tried many others since realising my love for it, I'm not sure I'll ever find one just as good for my lashes. In case you're wondering why the packaging is different, this is because I only buy it from America. The formula is strangely not as great in the UK, so whenever anyone I knows goes to America I always ask them to bring back a few!

I've yet to master the winged eyeliner and because I've always used eye pencil, I am absolutely useless when it comes to applying liquid or pen eye liner. This year I'm determined to practice and practice until I can do it with both eyes closed! The L'Oreal Super Liner seemed like the best option for a novice like myself and the super thin tip looks very attractive to use if I do say so!

A girl always has to have lip balm in her handbag, right?! I've tried a fair few in my time and I particularly like the EOS lip balms. They may be awkwardly shaped but you do get a decent amount of product and the packaging is very cute. The scent I went for this time is Coconut Milk and it smells good enough to eat. 

I hope you enjoyed this haul. Have you recently added any new products to your beauty collection?

Jess xx