Is The Dior BB Crème Worth Its Price Tag?

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I have a lot of thoughts on this product, so I’ll not digress/waffle and will instead get straight in to writing down my thoughts on this cult-classic product and why I have such a love-hate relationship with it! I thought it’d be more helpful to show you pictures of this product on my face, rather than just swatching it on my arm/hand, and so I’m wearing the BB creme and nothing else as a base; some tinted lip balm and a bit of summin summin’ through my brows.

Interestingly, I find that the finish of this BB cream is dependent upon how it’s applied; when applied with my fingers, the finish is very much a glowy, dewy one, but when applied with a buffing brush, the finish is more matte. Dior of course justify the £33 price tag by claiming that the formula is infused with ‘high levels of active skin care ingredients, so I decided to look the ingredients list up to see if that were true, or if Dior were fibbing and making false claims. Unsurprisingly, the ingredients list Continue reading

The Best Places For Beauty Shopping in London

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Navigating a city in its entirety for the best beauty shopping locations can be draining both mentally and on your poor feet, so I thought a round up/guide to sort of post could be helpful for those of you who maybe find London a little overwhelming in the beauty shopping department and would benefit from a compilation of a few of my favourite hidden gems, and shops to peruse in!

Topshop’s flagship Oxford Street store – This BeautyMART stall actually served as the inspiration behind this post, because I feel that although this really is a hidden gem of sorts, it makes for a ‘kid in a sweet shop’ experience for beauty lovers and so I thought it was worthy of mention despite not being a stand alone beauty shop! BeautyMART carries bands such as Etude House, Pixi, OUAI, DHC, Bioderma, Tony Moly, Emma Hardie and a plethora of other K-beauty brands; all of which are brands that I’d never expect to see all together, which is really nice.

Neal’s Yard – Situated (and very much hidden) in Neal’s Yard itself in Covent Garden, the Neal’s Yard Remedies Store is a haven for natural beauty lovers Continue reading

How I Rarely Ever Pay Full Price For Beauty Products

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As much as I love to spend a little of my disposable income on beauty products, skincare and beauty can really take its toll on the old wallet and bank balance. Even for drugstore devotees, ‘affordable’ makeup is no longer really that affordable, and with the demand and price tags seemingly ever-increasing in the beauty world, I thought it’d be helpful to share a few tips & tricks for how to, like myself, rarely ever pay the full whack for your lotions and potions!

All beauty.com is an under the radar beauty discount gem – I no longer aimlessly peruse the department stores, because I know that there’s a strong likelihood of me finding a better deal and saving some pennies on all beauty. The now cult classic Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is £36 instead of the usual £40, Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid Eau De Parfum currently has 20% off, and there’s up to 30% off Clinique and Clarins skincare!

eBay & amazon in lieu of Boots or superdrug – it goes without saying that, particularly on eBay, you have to be a savvy shopper and only shop with legitimate sellers selling unused and fabulously bargainous unopened cosmetics. As a case in point, this lovely seller is currently offering the Revlon Colorburst Lip Balms in a range of different shades starting at just £3.50, and the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation for just £7.90!

Honey – this is a Google Chrome extension, that is all kinds of genius and a hallelujah-inducing invention for beauty lovers! All you have to do is download the app, shop online as usual, and your icon will turn orange and a number will appear; this number is notifying you of how many coupon/discount codes are currently available for that website/product!

Subscribe to email lists – though the constant influx of email notifications may be slightly annoying, it’s well worth subscribing to email lists on your fave beauty shopping sites as they are generous and often with their discount codes, deals and offers!

Hope this was helpful! Do you have any more tips to add to the list? Lemme know! Jess x

Two Hair Styling Favourites For Dry Ends & Limp Roots

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Admittedly, I’m a little lazy in the hair styling department; I tend to just go with the flow and throw a few loose curls in my hair, but these two gems make my hair styling life a whole lot easier with minimal effort required. If, like me, you’d prefer not to faff around with a million and one mousses, sprays and lotions and like easy-going products that are completely fail safe and hair-noob friendly, you might just fall in love with these two products as I have! Continue reading

My Thoughts On A Few Nanshy Brushes

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With a brush collection consisting of brushes from the likes of Bobbi Brown, Louise Young, Sigma, Zoeva, Japonesque, MAC and various other brands, I like to think that I’m able to now differentiate between an average brush and an outstanding one! So after having used these Nanshy brushes throughout the last couple of months, I’m now able to share my thoughts on them with you!

Upon first impression, and although I do really like the pearly white handles, I was curious as to whether they would become grubby; but after having used them for around 2 months now, I haven’t found them to stain in any way, which I think is because the finish of the white handles is glossy as opposed to being matte and more likely to attract the grubiness. Continue reading

Five Things To Add To Your To-Do List This Spring & Summer

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Book a weekend getaway – I realise, of course, that everyone’s budgets allow for different kinds of trips, but whether your personal budget allows for a trip to Brighton or to Paris, a weekend getaway is one of life’s great pleasures to me. Not only is it a great opportunity to explore somewhere new or a new culture, it’s a great form of escapism and allows for a little perspective and relaxation.

Go on a picnic and make the food yourself – Challenge yourself to make a quiche, sausage rolls or homemade lemonade, and enjoy your hard (but fun) work whilst soaking up the sun!

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Treat yourself to a beautiful bunch of flowers, and when they’ve passed their ‘best by’ date, try flower pressing – There’s nothing quite like a bunch of beautiful flowers to brighten up a room, is there? I always think that there’s something special about having flowers delivered to your doorstep and supporting skilled floristy, and so Continue reading