Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FOOL PROOF | BROWS ON FLEEK




Okay. What even IS ‘Brow Game’? I’ve spent the last year wondering if I’ll ever master those square brows. Will I ever be able to use a pomade? What in Jesus’s name is an eyebrow stencil?! For a beauty blogger, I’m surprisingly useless at (what 2016 would suggest) the most important part of a face. But no fear, because Benefit Cosmetics have invented a wonder-product that will aid even the most ham-fisted among us get seriously good looking eyebrows.

Rather annoyingly for me, Benefit recently revamped all of the packaging of their brow products. Gimme Brow now comes in a sparkly silver, diamond inspired tube. Oh well. I sort of like my basic, straight tube because I imagine it is waaaay easier to carry around. Plus, I’m not going to have a cry if it gets dirty in my makeup bag. At £18.50, Gimme Brow definitely makes me resent whipping my bank card out. Why, oh why, does Benefit tempt me so?

The fibre gel basically applies to your brows like mascara and thickens all the hairs of the brow and filling in any gaps. It also sets the hairs in place, but without turning them crispy and solid. It’s so easy to use, and so I think it’s absolutely perfect for beginners/people who don’t like to faff. I’ve recommended this to so many people, and as far as I know, lots of my friends really love it too.

Lots of love,
Jasmine x



Sunday, August 21, 2016

ZOEVA ROSE GOLDEN VOL 02





Ooooh la la. The last couple of blog posts have been pretty luxe considering I’ve got a similar bank balance to a London street pigeon. What can I say? I deserve treats. I’ve actually had this brush set for a couple of months already, but I wanted to save this blog post until I’d used them for a while and absorbed all of the rosy gold goodness. Here are my current brush favourites in the form of Zoeva’s Rose Gold Vol. 02 set. Appreciate the pastel pink, appreciate the rose gold, appreciate the white bristles……….aaaand we’re moving on!

In the set, which costs £65 from Beauty Bay, you receive eight stunning brushes in the most princessy finish imaginable. Three for your face, and five to slap stuff on your eyes with. Personally, I’m much more of a face brush kinda gal, simply because I lack the talent needed to work out what to do with a million fiddly eye brushes. Hey ho, maybe I’ll get some practise in now I’ve got five new eye brushes though?

Since I fear an essay on each brush would be dull enough to make you want to jump off a cliff, I’ll just tell you which ones are my top favourites. Bear in mind though, that Zoeva’s brushes are second to none in softness, ease of use and prettiness. The ONLY thing I don’t love is the fact that this particular set isn’t vegan. I personally always try to go for the vegan option, and I do have a vegan set from Zoeva, which is honestly fab.

Buffer Brush | This was always going to be my ultimate favourite. The way to my heart is ALWAYS a good buffer brush because my base is the most important aspect of my makeup. Incredibly, this particular brush IS vegan too! You can now buy these separately, and I’d say it was 100% worth a purchase.
Luxe Cheek Finish Brush | Ever seen that TV show where people are in love with inanimate objects? I’m applying to be on it because I’d quite like to marry this brush. It’s my go-to blush brush now, having knocked my all time favourite Real Techniques brush off the top spot *gasp!*
Crease Brush | I’m not even going to act like I know what I’m doing when it comes to my eyes. This is pretty much the only type of brush I’m confident with, plus I KNOW that a deep, blended crease is really flattering on me. Aside from being stunningly beautiful, it’s easy as pie to use and makes me feel like I can use the #MUA hashtag on Instagram.

Let me know what you think about this brush set!

Lots of love,
Jasmine x


Thursday, August 18, 2016

ANASTASIA BEVERLEY HILLS | MODERN RENAISSANCE PALETTE REVIEW






This blog post is dedicated to the loving memory of my bank balance and my rationality. Seriously, when the new Anastasia Beverley Hills release comes through your letterbox, (you know, the one everyone is losing their minds over/is sold out everywhere/is the most beautiful thing ever created by man) it’s difficult to decide whether I hate myself or I love myself. We’ll probably settle on the ‘love’. This is a treat and a half for me, considering I’m meant to be saving to move to London in a couple of weeks, and I’ve been trying to be careful with cash. However, when I saw this palette, all common sense abandoned me and I ended up parting with £45 in exchange for a little slice of heaven.

I think the pictures are pretty self-explanatory, but unless you’ve been existing in a cave, you’ll be well aware that this is a warm, rosy palette with a huuuuge range of shades (14 in total!) starting at pale beige and going through pinks, reds, taupes and oranges to rich browns.

On top of the fact you’ve got an eyeshadow shade for literally any possible event you might need it for, can we please take a moment to talk about/cry about/worship the pigmentation and sheer quality of every single shade? I can’t even count the amount of palettes I have with a beigey nude that just literally will not show up. Fear not. Not with ABH! Even the palest shades are like magical gold dust.

I won’t go into each shade individually (I do have a life of family guy and twinings to get back to), but I will mention which shades I think are the stars of the show:
Buon Fresco has me dying literally every time I open the lid. Dusty, rosy, sultry. The swatch says it all. I love this as an everyday shade, and pretty much have plastered my face in it most days so far.
Antique Bronze is also beautifully rich and warm. Again, it’s one I reach for loads, and the shade screams class. It’s a brown with cranberry shimmer. What did we do to deserve such beauty?
Primavera this one really reminds me of Kitten by Stila (an absolute cult fave and all-round life changing product). It’s a delicate champagne with loads of shimmer that is amaaaazing for more night-outy looks.
Warm Taupe is another winner in my book. It’s warm, check, it’s taupe, check, it makes life that little bit more beautiful. This blends out like a dream and is subtle enough for most daytime wear.

Have you tried this palette? Do you think it’s worth the dollar? Let me know your opinions!

Lots of love,
Jasmine x


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MY INCREDIBLY LOVELY WEEK IN SCOTLAND


I had planned on taking my proper camera out with me every day on this trip and taking loads of artsy photos so we could get a really well put together blog post. I actually ended up spending most of my holiday inside whisky distilleries, so what we’ve ended up with is a load of grainy, blurry snaps from my iPhone. C’est la vie! I recently packed up and trotted off to Scotland with my boyfriend and his lovely family for a week at their lodge in Loch Lomond, then a few days in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. Now, back to reality and work and all things heinous, I’m writing this now to battle the holiday blues. Here are some of my favourite things we did!

Chris’s 21st birthday – We started my boyfriend’s birthday with a prosecco breakfast, then a trip to Glasgow for shopping and pubs! I restrained myself impeccably, and managed not to buy anything for myself. Chris bought himself a couple of Adidas T shirts and some Nike Free Runs. We then had a huuuge dinner with too much alcohol, then got the train back to Balloch back to the lodge.

The hotel – Cameron House on Loch Lomond is honestly one of the most beautiful, grand, gothic places I’ve ever stayed in. It’s huge! Then, it’s got a huge gym, a spa, a golf course, a plane that lands on the loch, fountains, and a really great pool. Seriously, just Google it and cry because I’m not there anymore.

Glengoyne Whisky Distillery Tour – what would a trip to Scotland be without a distillery thrown into the mix? Glengoyne Distillery offers tours with complimentary whisky along the way. It’s a picturesque little distillery with waterfalls and ponds and the tour was fascinating. As was the gift shop.

Edinburgh Fringe – Oh. My. Lawd. Fringe fest is one of the most amazing experiences ever. We only spent three days in Edinburgh, but the atmosphere is incredible and the amount of things to do is unbelievable. We went to comedy shows, magic shows, improv, music, we watched countless buskers and I even had my mind read onstage by some wizard-like mind reader. I’ve not felt so inspired in a long time; all the young artists and creativity in one place was mesmerising.

FOOD – Okay, I’ll just lay it down for you. I ate about 4x my own bodyweight in sausages, burgers, Kurdish food, haggis, neeps and tatties. Until about a year ago, I thought haggis was a bird. I tried it for the first time on this holiday, and it was actually really lush. I don’t know whether to feel shame or literally petition the UK government to make haggis a compulsory item on every menu. Help.

All in all, I had a fantastic time. I’m so sad I’m home! On the bright side, the countdown to Reading is underway!

Lots of love,
Jasmine x


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