Clarins Tonic Range

Clarins Tonic Range

If you're a regular reader of my blog, by now you will realise I'm a Clarins obsessive. I love everything Clarins - body and face! The Tonic range contains some of my favourite products from the brand. It all smells amazing and does wonders for the body!

What I Got for my Birthday..

A couple of weeks ago, it was my birthday! It was actually my 21st and I got completely spoilt and treated like a princess. Side note - please don't take this as me bragging! These posts are my favourite (I can sit for hours reading these, or watching them on YouTube), and I also find them really helpful if you're looking to buy someone a gift or compiling your own birthday list!

The Tape Trick

I can't get over how many people have never heard of this trick before. Whilst I was training to become a makeup artist, my only difficulty I really come across was perfect winged liner. I could create the perfect red lip and perfectly balanced smokey eyes - but liner would just take me forever! So when I come across this little trick, I was super excited!It's super easy but gives the perfect result so I wanted to share it with you. All you need is some tape and your eye makeup! 

Update: Why I've been MIA and what's new..

The past few months have flown past and I don't really know how it's already very nearly August! Since my last blog post, a lot has happened in my personal life as well as my professional life. 

My On-the-go Makeup Bag

My on the go bag is something I keep in my handbag! There are times when I'm a bit pushed for time and I can forget to apply some lipstick, or sprite some perfume so having this on me is such a saviour. 

Elvive Extraordinary Clay 3-Step System + Dry Shampoo

I have been a fan of the Elvive hair line for quite some time for now. I have been using the Fibrology line which helps with thickening the hair and providing volume. However, when I saw this was being released I was beyond excited. My hair has been greasy for as long as I remember, to the point where I have to wash it daily.

Makeup Storage and Collection

One of my favourite blog posts and Youtube videos to watch are makeup storage and collection videos. I love seeing how people store their makeup - no matter their collection size. Over the past year, the most popular solution has become acrylic storage drawers. There are lots of acrylic storage options available but the most affordable that I've come across is Muji.

My collection is stored using 5 2-drawer units (Muji), a 3-partition acrylic pot (Muji), a lipstick holder (eBay), a glass jar that once housed a candle as well as a wicker basket. Beware, this post is picture-heavy. 

HAUL: Space NK

Space NK is one of my favourite shops to browse in. It's always so peaceful - that might be because I normally end up going reasonably late - but it's just nice to shop in. My Space NK of choice is the one on South Molton Street, which is just behind Bond Street Station. However, the other day I got an e-mail about an offer - Spend over £60 and get £15 off! 

5 Minute Face

Everyday Makeup

There are days when I need to look put together but I'm either really short for time, or I'm just being really lazy and don't want to do my whole usual routine. This is my routine for those days..

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

I've posted about another Jo Malone fragrance before here, but I need to share my second fragrance with you. In that post I did mention that I do find Jo Malone overwhelming but this was a guided purchase after reading a ton of other bloggers opinions. I have decided that the Selfridges counter is my favourite place to browse through the range because it's not as quiet as other stores and so you don't feel like you're being stalked.

The Basics: Highlight & Illuminate

Highlighter & Illuminator

Highlighting and contouring is still such a huge thing in the beauty industry and brands are still battling it out between one another to create the perfect contour and highlight products. There are so many on the market it can be a little overwhelming so I wanted to share my thoughts. 

Highlighter & Illuminator

Highlighter is one of my favourite items of makeup. I just love how much it can lift the face and how much of a difference it can make to a makeup look. Typically, it'a used above the cheekbone, down the nose and on the brow bone. There are so many different highlights on the market, from creams such as the Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream, liquids such as Benefit's High Beam and powders such as MAC's MSF in Soft & Gentle. They really help to add a glow and dewy finish to the skin, depending on what type of highlight you use. 

There are so many different varieties on the market. You can find different shades and different 'strengths' of highlighters. Some of them are intensely pigmented like The Balm's Mary-Loumanizer or you have more subtle highlights like the MAC Soft & Gentle. My favourite currently is probably the Mary-Loumanizer because I do like a more 'full-on' heavy highlight and contour. 

Illuminators are typically a creamy/liquid product that can be used as a primer or mixed in with a base product. These are used to achieve a more glowwy look all over the skin rather than just specific areas of the face. You can also get body illuminators - these are especially beautiful on holiday when you want to enhance your tan! 

Everyday Face Updated

Everyday Makeup

my previous everyday face

Some of the products are the same to my previous post but some of the more prominent products have changed so I thought I would update it. 

I still start with my brows. Brows are still my thing - amongst my friends and colleagues, I am the 'brow girl'. I am still using the MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked. It's nice and easy and allows you to define the brow without it being too bold or fake-looking. Then I use the MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 to clean up around the brow area using the MAC 195 brush and then a 224 to blend it out.

Eye makeup is still the same if I'm honest. It's simple and give me the desired look I want so I'm not going to bother about changing it up yet! But as a recap - I'll use tape method. I have a post coming ip soon on this! Starting with the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre and then setting that with MAC's Orb. Then I'll use Wedge in the crease as a transition colour followed by Charcoal in the outer crease to define. Sometimes I leave it matte on the lid, or I may use a shimmery shade on the lid like Woodwinked or Patina. I'm still obsessed with the L'Oreal Super Liner. It's so easy to control and it's really black, and cheap!

I've gone back to using the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. It's a gel texture which is nice for my dry skin and it really helps my foundation to apply evenly. I've also starting use the Bobbi Brown Corrector under my eyes again to get rid of the dark circles!

My current foundation obsessed is the Chanel Healthy Glow foundation. I have a whole post dedicated to it here. It's a beautiful foundation and I can't recommend it enough! Then it's onto concealer. I'm still completely in love with the Clarins Instant Concealer. I use it everyday without fail and it really makes such a difference!

Finally, I finish off with a bit of sculpting and highlighting. I'm still using my MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt and applying that with the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt bush! Highlighting with the MAC Soft & Gentle gives a beautiful but subtle glow on the skin that catches the light in such a flattering way!

Red Cherry #WSP

Red Cherry #WSP

I've posted about Red Cherry lashes before - they are probably my favourite brand of lashes because they are so affordable and have such a variety! I usually pick mine up from here. This is not sponsored but I have been in contact with the company since buying these and they have provided me with a discount code so you can get 10% off - use 'JESSICAX10'. It's valid for a whole year! The #WSP are the 2nd most popular lash sold my Falseeyelashes and are definitely my favourite! 

MAC Lipstick Collection

MAC Lipstick Collection

MAC lipsticks are hugely popular and I'm always drawn in by that big stand of lipsticks stacked in rows. Admittedly, I normally pick up ones I already own a few times before I'm drawn to a new one - and even then it's normally a nude shade, oops! I've recently realised I have a lip product problem - I buy way too many!

I ❤ Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury is fast becoming the must have makeup brand. Not only are the products beautiful formulated, the collections are considerate and the packaging is stunning. The idea behind the brand is that you pick a 'look' that you want to recreate and you can buy the products to recreate that exact look!

MAC Pigments: Tan & Vanilla

Pigments something I was scared of for such a long time because they're a little messy and can be fiddly. However, they are totally worth that extra bit of care because they give such intense colour pay off and can really make an eye-look just pop!

The Basics: Bronzer & Contour

the basics - skincare, foundation, concealer.

Bronzer is used to add a touch of colour, usually a natural, sun-kissed glow. They come in various forms, but are most commonly found in a powder but are slowly being brought to us in cream and liquid forms. When it comes to bronzer, it's all about personal preference. They come in matte, satin and shimmer.. However the only truly matte bronzer I have ever come across, in any brand, is Benefit's Hoola, which was recommended to me by a makeup artist I know through college as the 'holygrail' bronzer for men. Contouring powders are something that we've seen adorning faces for a while now. These are different from bronzers because they are always matte and often a cooler shade as it's about creating shadows on the face.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation

Chanel makeup purchases are always exciting - the products are pure luxury and the packaging is just so beautiful and I feel special even just using the product. So when I heard Chanel had released a new foundation I was super excited to try it since I've not found one from them before.

Jo Malone: Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Jo Malone is such a luxe brand and I've lusted at being able to swan into a store, or to a counter and just pick up everything I want but let's be real, that's not okay. For those of you whom have been into a Jo Malone store or to a counter, did you find it overwhelming? I did.

I don't know whether it's the abundance of fragrances that all look the same - because at least in a fragrance hall you can distinguish between all the different types. Whether it's the design of the store/counter - lines of perfectly organised and positioned fragrances that are replaced or readjusted once you've touched one. Or whether it's the general serene environment. It doesn't matter whether I'm in a boutique store, the John Lewis Oxford St counter of the Selfridges Oxford St counter, I still feel like once I'm in Jo Malone 'territory' I'm in a bubble.. However, I have managed to indulge in making a purchase - or two.

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

If you've been following my blog for a while, you may have come to realise that Clarins is one of my favourite skincare brands. They are the UK's number 1 premium skincare brand and in my opinion, they totally deserve to be. However, brands are often leaders in one field, not jack of all trades so I was skeptical about trying a foundation from Clarins.

Alice Bow Insoles

Something I never thought I would feature on my blog. It's definitely not something I tent to talk about or even think about, but honestly, I do need them especially when it comes to wearing high heels. I'm definitely a flats girl but I can't resist pretty heels and how elegant they make you look, and how they can instantly make you look a few pounds slimmer. However, I was doing a little bit of research on Princess Kate and I stumbled across a rather interesting article (you can read it here).

The Basics: Concealer

the basics - skincare, foundation.

Concealer is used to mask dark circles, age spots, large pores, and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but thicker and used to hide different pigments by blending the imperfection into the surrounding skin tone. You can either use concealer before you apply your foundation or after - it's up to you. I typically use concealer after foundation because I like to use as little as possible and so I will only use it on areas that my foundation doesn't provide enough coverage for.