Sunday, September 17, 2017

WHAT I'M TAKING BACKPACKING | BARCELONA



So I'm off on my first ever solo trip tomorrow. I’m buggering off to Barcelona for some late summer sunshine and to dip my toe into the world of backpacking. I’m making suuuuuuch a mountain out of a molehill here, and I'm not gonna lie; I’m absolutely bricking it. I’m only away for 4 nights and travelling is something I’ve wanted to do for YEARS, but I guess it’ll always be a bit daunting on your first time. 
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

A YEAR IN LONDON | WHAT I'VE LEARNT


In honour of my anniversary of moving to the big smoke, I thought a little blog post was in order to celebrate the things I’ve learnt since moving! It’s a lil’ bit soppy and a lil’ bit lighthearted, but I was feeling cute and enjoyed looking back over the last year.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FENTY BEAUTY FOUNDATION | REVIEW


When it comes to a new celebrity makeup line, my default reaction is to roll my eyes and hit snooze. I don’t tend to like them; I think they’re extra money making schemes and they usually end up being a little bit a lot underwhelming. H O W E V E R. The range launched by Rihanna at the end of last week made me do a little wee and clench my fists as I tried to resist hitting ‘purchase’ on the Harvey Nichols website. I just absolutely fell in love with the entire thing. The promotional images, the swatches, the not-so-celebrity price tag? How could I resist?
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LOUNGE UNDERWEAR | REBORN BLACK HIGH WAISTED LEGGINGS SET


Despite my hatred for the current government and the fact that I am 100% confident Teresa May is trying to scab me out of every penny I possess, I got a letter for my FIRST EVER TAX REFUND this year! How exciting! I’ve been pretty skint this summer, and I've been getting progressively more frustrated with not being able to buy myself anything ‘fun’. It wasn’t a huge sum of money, but it was definitely a lovely surprise and really helped me treat myself this month! 
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

3 FALL LIP COLOURS



Well. Operation Summer Body 2017 was a big fat fail. In fact, Operation Have A Fun Summer was pretty much a huuuuge fail altogether. I had intended to go on holiday, save some money, see more of London and just generally have a fun time. I ended up working, working, working, then spending all my money on food and rosé wine and waking up full of regret every day. I struggle without a set routine - I find I really slack without one. Pffft. Oh well. 

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

HAIR TRANSFORMATION @ PINK SAYS


I originally intended to VLOG this new ‘do, but technical difficulties involving a pesky camera charger, combined with a gnarly hangover means that a blog post will have to do! I got a few good pictures, and jotted down a load of information from my lovely hairdresser Katy, so I hope you find this post useful!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SUMMER MORNING ROUTINE


The irony of this blog post is that I’m writing 'My Summer Morning Routine’ whilst wearing a dressing gown AND a hoodie because it is freezing and bucketing down with rain. It is August. I am annoyed. Where is the sun!?

But even so, summer is here and that means that I’m not setting an alarm for 7am and I’ve got a different routine for my more relaxed mornings. 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

MY NEW HOLY GRAIL BASE | TOO FACED


Not many things bring me as much giddiness than a new foundation. I’ve had my eye on the Too Faced base products for well over a year now. I’ve dabbled in their products, I already own and adore their Boudoir Eyes eyeshadow palette (review HERE) and their best-selling Better Than Sex Mascara (review HERE : can confirm, it is better than sex), and so I’ve been desperate to try more of their stuff. I’ve seen nothing but fabulousness and love for their Born This Way Foundation and Concealer, and so it was top of my birthday Wishlist this year, and the birthday fairy treated me well!

I’ve got no knowledge of any Too Faced counter near me, so I had to guess which shades I’d need. I used the trusty Foundation Matrix to match my shade online, and it turns out it was pretty spot on. I chose the Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain, and the Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Very Fair.

For starters, the packaging of the foundation is dreamy. It is expensive looking, and the frosted-glass and sleek black lid make it feel very luxe indeed. The pump is a nice, handy little feature and lately, I’ve had a bit of bother with foundations in tubes and glass bottles with no pumps. The concealer tube matches the foundation, with the ornate golden rim around the lid. The doe-foot applicator is soft and perfectly sized. The lid also clicks slightly to let you know you’ve closed it properly. No leakages for me!

The foundation, in Porcelain, is still quite yellow-toned compared to what I usually go for. Too Faced describes it as having ‘neutral undertones’, but on me, it looks rather beige. However, during the summer months, my skin suits a slightly yellowy foundation as my skin goes a little olive-y when I get a tan. It’s a lovely match and looks very natural. Porcelain is the palest shade that this foundation comes in from Debenhams, so I don’t honestly know if I'm going to get much wear out of it over the winter months as I transform back into my usual corpse-looking self. You can get fairer shades from the U.S website; Swan, Snow and Pearl are all several shades lighter than the ones us UK folk can get here. 


The Too Faced website claims that the foundation is ‘undetectable’, and I’d agree to an extent. The foundation’s finish is unbelievably natural when you apply a thin, even layer. But, it’s one of those wonderful little products than can be built to a full-flawless-glam-not-a-spot-in-sight-goddess-like coverage. It’s wonderfully pigmented and looks like real skin. It’s also really comfortable to wear and tends to last me most of the day (a good setting spray really would help the staying power of this foundation). 

One thing that irks me is that this foundation takes a good few minutes to set. It creases on the eyelids and sides of the nose when you first apply it, so I like to whack it on my face, go and make a cup of tea, and then come back to set it with powder. Then, if it has creased, I can blend it away and set it nicely. 

The Born This Way Concealer in Very Fair is my perfect shade for a concealer. It has slightly rosier tones and is truly pale. I’m quite sparing with concealers at the moment, and luckily I don’t really need them TOO much as my skin is behaving itself spots-wise and I’m getting a good night’s sleep most nights. However, I am using this around my eyes and on my eyelids, just to brighten the area up and to create a perfect base to put my eyeshadows on. 

I did use this to conceal spots a few weeks ago, and it worked wonderfully. It takes a couple of layers to completely cover redness, but it really does mute any angriness and blends the imperfection into the rest of your face wonderfully. When concealing spots, do remember to use a brush instead of the doe-foot applicator itself to stop bacteria getting into the tube! This can cause more spots later on!

I’ve found that both of these babies respond best to a buffing brush, and that once they’re on, they’re on. These are a couple of the best base products for longevity and a natural-looking finish. I love covering my freckles and I do struggle with patchy red areas on my chin and around the nose, and both of these babies work to cover all my insecurities. As someone with oily skin, these are two of the best base products because they don’t go greasy as the day goes on, and I’d completely recommend you try these out if your skin problems sound similar to mine!

Lots of love,
Jasmine x

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Friday, July 28, 2017

WHAT I GOT FOR MY 22ND BIRTHDAY


Ready for the most overdue post on my blog this year? My birthday was on May the 31st, and I was waaaaaaay too excited, busy and drunk to take pictures of all my gifts and write a blog post sooner. Sorry! So instead I’ve dug out a few pictures taken over my birthday week that show you roughly what I received and what I was getting up to.

First things first, and the bestest and most exciting thing ever, was my new MacBook Pro. Technically, this wasn’t supposed to be a birthday present, as it just so happened that I spilt an entire mug of tea over my old one the day after my birthday. Cue the tears and the dramatic overreaction on my part, and my dear mum taking me off to Bromley to see if we could get it repaired. We couldn’t, it was soaked, and so mum surprised me by splashing out on a new one for me. I did lose all my uni work from last year, all my photos and youtube video files, all my passwords and my sims 4, BUT, I ended up with a shiny new MacBook and I'm so grateful and pleased. And so the worst part of all that? The wasted cup of tea. 



Then on the plane back from Venice (Yep, my mum is so extravagant and extra that a trip to Venice was 100% necessary for my 22nd (but honestly I’m so grateful and so lucky and omg it was the loveliest four days ever ever ever)) Mum decided to splash out  f u r t h e r  on a bottle of Chloe perfume, which I’ve wanted for the looooongest time. I’ve been spraying it on me in Boots for the longest time as I’ve been fancying the smell of this more than my signature Daisy by Marc Jacobs, and I’m so lucky to now own it.



A few new pairs of lingerie never hurt anyone on their birthday, did it? These were technically presents to myself, because it’s probably very inappropriate to ask the grandparents for a new set of scanties, right? These are both sets from Primark - the bras are around £8 each and the pants are £3. Both these sets are bloody gorgeous, feminine, sexy, flattering, and above all - they fit my minuscule chest. Weeee!


Moving on swiftly to my baby pink Italian leather backpack from Venice (thanks again mum, I am forever in your debt), which was hilariously rammed into the face of some Italian dude on the Vaparetto just minutes after purchasing it. It. Is. My. Everything. I never knew you could feel emotion towards a bloody backpack, but I do. I’ve always been a backpack kinda girl, I like having both hands free for my phone, glasses of wine, handrails when you’re falling over from too many glasses of wine, for example. It’s pretty big inside and fits all my essentials in, and injects a splash of cute baby pink into my exclusively black outfits. 


Dinner date! Chris took me to Côte Brasserie for a beautiful 3 course meal. I’d never been to Côte before, because I’m a bit sketchy on all that French fodder, but it was soooooo lush and I ate myself almost to death. It was a while ago now, but I remember that I had Egg Benedict to start, and Chris had Calamari and shared Olives. I say ‘shared”; I mostly pulled faces at the grapes of satan and dug around in the bowl for the garlic, pickles and sun-dried tomatoes. We both had minute steaks with fries, and for desert I had sorbet and he had frozen berries with melted white chocolate. Then we drank far too much and it was fabulous. 

All in all, my birthday was absolutely fantastic. I definitely did the whole “I’m 22 OMG I’m nearly dead” semi-mid-life-crisis, but the fact I had my mum over for it was amazing, and Chris was wonderful and my best friend came up to spend the day with us all, too. My Dad is paying for me to go to Ibiza later this year, and I got a few cards with a few dolla billz inside, which have probably all been spent on Five Guys by now, but hey ho! Thank you to everyone who made my birthday beautiful, I’m so lucky. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22! 

Lots of love,
Jasmine x

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MY FAVOURITE SKINCARE



I've been really inspired recently to fiiiinally make this video all about my ultimate favourite skincare products. There's a wide range of products, from cleansers, body scrub, pore strips and face masks in here, so I really hope you discover a new product that may potentially help you, too. Don't forget to Like, Comment and Subscribe if you enjoyed watching!

Products mentioned:
Clarisonic Mia 2
Garnier Micellar Water
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
Etude House Blueberry Sheet Mask
Superdrug Spa Charcoal Nose Strips
Grounded Coconut Coffee Scrub
GLAMGLOW Supercleanse Mud To Foam
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Oily/Combination
Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

Lots of love,
Jasmine x

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Monday, July 24, 2017

MY BEST SKINCARE SECRET | IN-DEPTH REVIEW



If there’s one thing that really gets me excited, it’s finding a skincare routine that makes my face look and feel gorgeous. I’ve struggled with various skin problems for most of my teenage years, and spent countless pounds on trying all different kinds of products from loads of different brands. Some have worked well, for a while, and some have done the exact opposite and made my skin 100% worse. I swear by La Roche Posay’s Effaclar range, and the Origins face masks are a luxurious treat for my skin every now and again. And I’ve now discovered a routine that works wonders for me, too. 

I’m sure everyone has heard of Liz Earle by now; their Hot Cloth Cleanser went a little bit viral and it seemed to be a blogger favourite for aaaages. I first bought it on my 21st birthday, and when that ran out earlier this year, I decided to invest in the 3-step range because I’d loved using the cleanser so much.

I’m 22 now, and I am lucky to be over the worst years of painful, red spots. However, I do still get the odd gigantic crimson boulder pop up (usually directly before an occasion where I’d really prefer it not to), and I’ve always had an oily forehead and nose, and the odd dry patch. My lips are also always really cracked, but I’ll get onto that in a minute!

The Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is the cult favourite, and it has become my new favourite cleanser. I am cautious about using foaming cleansers nowadays after realising they are super drying and leave my skin feeling tight. This cleanser is creamy and silky, and the cloth helps to lightly exfoliate and remove all the dirt on my skin. I usually wet my face using hot-ish water, massage 1 pump’s worth of cleanser into my face for about 3-4 minutes, and then wipe it away using the cloth and very hot water in circular motions. Sometimes, before I use this cleanser, I like to fill a bowl with boiling water and steam open my pores up, which lets you clean your face a bit more thoroughly. 

After cleansing my face, I grab the Instant Boost Skin Tonic which is essentially a posh toner. I sweep it over my skin using a cotton pad. Liz Earle describes the toner as refreshing, soothing and brightening on the skin. It improves the appearance of skin as it is non-drying, gentle and alcohol-free. It smells really lovely, it reminds me of flowers, and the ingredients are natural. This toner contains aloe vera to hydrate, calendula, chamomile and cucumber to soothe and refresh, and vitamin E which is an antioxidant.

After the toner has settled into my face and dried off, I reach for THE BEST MOISTURISER I HAVE EVER USED. It is called the Skin Repair Moisturiser and I chose to buy the oily/combination formula. There’s also a dry/sensitive formula. I take an almond-sized amount and dot it on my forehead, each cheek, chin and nose, then massage it into my skin until it’s smooth and even. This moisturiser spreads around like a dream, so you don’t need to use much. Again, it contains naturally active ingredients which don’t over-egg the pudding and really work to brighten and soothe the skin. I absolutely loathe most moisturisers because I walk around looking and feeling greasy as anything, but this one sinks in and disappears, and is always very comfortable. The one thing that irks me a little bit about this, is that it doesn’t have any SPF, but I can just about live with that because it’s so comfortable and lovely. 

Back to my dry lips; I’ve always struggled with cracking and dry lips, and it was a friend who first mentioned that it could be because I always use foaming, oil-reducing, magnifying facial products. I never thought it would affect my lips, and even though I thought I was avoiding them, evidently all the moisture-sucking properties of my previous products were making them super dry and gross. They’ve improved a lot since starting this 3-step routine, and lip balm is actually starting to do its job!

A couple of annoying negatives are the sizes of these 3 bottles are a bit inconsistent with each other. The cleanser will run out waaaay before the toner or the moisturiser, and then the toner will run out and I'll have loads of moisturiser left. They’re all also a bit pricey; the cleanser is £14.50, the toner is £15 and the moisturiser is an eye-watering £19.50. But, I am a firm believer in ‘you get what you pay for’! 

My skin always feels much more balanced and hydrated, it looks less tired (despite my ridiculous sleeping pattern at the moment) and it’s making my makeup look better because of the smooth base it is being applied on to. Although I still get the odd spot, I feel like my skin is much less angry because I'm not slathering a load of harsh chemicals onto it constantly. 

I hope this in-depth review was helpful to you, and if your skin concerns sound similar to mine, maybe you could find your next favourite skincare product. I will also mention that the ladies on the Liz Earle counter in Boots stores have always been soooo kind and helpful (they do try to slide in with the cheeky upsets and promotions) and they ask loads of questions to help you find the most helpful bits and pieces for you!

Lots of love,
Jasmine x

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

YOUTUBE: GREY 90S INSPIRED MAKEUP



Products Used:
NARS Pore Refining Primer
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer in Light
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation
MAC Powder Blush in Taupe
Soap & Glory Voluboost Brow Fibre Gel in Talk Of The Brown
LORAC Pro 2 Palette - Shades: Snow, Beige, Cool Gray, Chrome and Charcoal
Revlon Colourstay Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
MAC Matte Lipstick in Stone
Lipcote
Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights

The music I've used in this video is my incredibly talented boyfriend's original song 'Landmarks'! You can find him at
https://soundcloud.com/bearsandmirrors

My Clothing:
Pretty Little Thing Cropped Jumper

Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this video were purchased by myself, and the opinions are my own.


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

INSTAGRAM CATCH-UP | JUNE '17


SO OVERDUE SO LATE SO DISORGANISED I’M A USELESS BLOGGER! The last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic for me. My life has been busy, stressful, full-on and a bit chaotic so I really apologise for the lack of posts lately. I really struggle with ‘blogger’s guilt’, like I know many of my fellow bloggers do, but it’s been so important for me to take this time to look after myself and those close to me. What better way to kick myself up the bum than with a June Instagram catch up?

VENICE was completely amazing and was part of my birthday celebrations! My mum came over from Australia and whisked me off on a 5-day trip to Venice, somewhere I’d never been before. We left on Thursday and had an incredible long weekend soaking up the culture, sun, food and drinks, and even had a couple of spa treatments each at the hotel. The full blog post can be read HERE!

PINK HAIR I had a sort of mid-life crisis after turning 22 and went immediately to Boots and bought a load of pink hair dye, and then booked myself a spray tan to top it all off. I’ve always been notoriously pale, so a spray tan was pretty hilarious (and I’m not sure I was 100% a fan) and the pink hair transformed me into another human being for a couple of weeks. My Insta theme is always a million times prettier when my hair is pink, though…

DATE NIGHTS have been coming thick and fast lately, since me and Chris are both working and we’ve got more time to actually go out for romantic dates. We went to see Pirates of the Caribbean, we’ve been for steaks, we have been doing lunches and picnics, and it’s been so lovely. The next few things on my wishlist is a cocktail bar crawl in Soho, a comedy club evening and maybe a trip to the zoo.

What were your Junes like? Although mine was busy, I'm so enjoying being away from university for the summer and making the most of having time to myself. I’m also going to set myself a one-post-a-week goal to make sure I’m avoiding the blogger guilt and so there’s always new stuff coming up on my blog. I hope you enjoyed my instagram catch up!

Lots of love,
Jasmine x

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

THE H&M WRAP DRESS






This is just a super duper snappy post to show off my new H&M wrap dress that I found while I was digging around in the sale last week! 

I don’t know about you, but I very rarely even bother with the sale rails. There’s never anything in my size, you’ve got to wade through the knee-deep mess AND you practically risk losing your life in a fight if you’ve got to argue with someone about snagging the same thing. 

So this little baby was hanging right by the entrance and was the only one I could see. It was reduced to a mere tenner, and after trying it on in the changing rooms, decided it was definitely a find. 

H&M have a section that really reminds me of All Saints clothing; the style is similar with earth toned colours and comfy jersey fabric. I think this had come from that section because it does feel very grungy and understated, which is something I love. But I also think it’s girly and quite pretty, despite the charcoal colour, because the silhouette is so feminine. 

For this outfit post, I paired the dress with Primark’s fishnet socks and my black Old Skool Vans. It looks really effortless, and I was super comfy all day. If you like this dress, it might be worth digging around in your local H&M to see if there’s still any left!

Lots of love,
Jasmine x



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Thursday, June 29, 2017

VENICE


I am so unbelievably lucky, so grateful and so excited to be able to share my recent trip to Venice with you. My mum flew over from Australia to spend my birthday with me, and even booked us a five day trip to Venice. I’ve been backpacking round Italy before, but never went to Venice, so I was really excited to see it. We spent four nights and five days there, and it was magic. I wanted to share some pictures and some bits and bobs about what we got up to on our beautiful, relaxing trip.

On day one, we landed at about midday, and got the airport shuttle-boat thingy over to Lido, the island we were staying on. Hotels in Venice are often really full over the summer months, and often extreeeemely pricey. So instead, we stayed on Lido which has a white sandy beach, restaurants, shops and a regular vaporetto over to the main city. In true Jasmine-form, I kicked things off with a carbonara before heading to our hotel, checking in, and then getting the waterbus over to the city for a little walk around. 

Mum’s been to Venice about three or four times already, so she knows her stuff (thank god), because the streets are very windy and complicated to explore. The alleyways are long and dark and some are just dead ends. If I’d gone there alone, I’d still be wandering around in some piazza or another now. After another Italian feast of Pizza di tonno, we just went back to the hotel early-ish for a good sleep. 


We woke up on day two and headed out on the vaporetto into the city, but not before eating double my bodyweight in cheese, sliced meats, eggs and bacon AND melon AND yoghurt. We headed to the Doge’s Palace for a nosey round, and it was aaaamazing. They’ve still got access to the prisons downstairs so it was amazing to see all the old cells and chambers. I wrote Chris a quick postcard which STILL HASN’T ARRIVED and we went for lunch (carbonara, obv) and then we went back to our hotel for a spa treatment each, followed by some dinner nearby. I had a full body scrub. I died at how incredibly silky and dolphin-like I was afterwards. Swoon!



On day three our alarm went off hella early so we could go and take pictures in the city before all the tourists showed up. We got a few good pictures but apparently, Venice is the busiest city on planet earth and even arriving at 7am couldn’t save us. We got breakfast next to the Rialto Bridge and then headed off for some culture at Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia. I tried an Aperol spritz with my lunch and to all ye Italians who may be reading this: you are nasty and Aperol spritzes have a special place in hell reserved for them. Then we went back to Lido and headed to the beach to laze around all afternoon.




Day four saw us have a little lie in, and then catch the vaporetto over to Murano where they make all the pretty coloured glass. Unfortunately, we went on a Sunday so not many of the factories were open, and we timed it poorly by ending up there on some sort of boating festival day. We walked around a bit anyway, and then gave up and went off for the highlight of my trip, the Isola di San Michele which is the graveyard island. Oooo spooky! Then we went back to the spa, this time for a full-body massage and a facial. Blisssss.



On day five we realised we’d literally bought no-one anything to take back with us, so we caught the vaporetto into Venice, bought some souvenirs. Chris got a t-shirt and a leather bracelet, Mum bought my sister an Italian leather bag (I got one too!) and an Italian leather belt for Mum’s partner. Then we went for my final carbonara (I was crying inside) and headed back for the airport. 


Venice is seriously one of the most amazing and beautiful places. The city has such richness and literally every single building is instagram-worthy. It’s the kind of place I’d absolutely love to visit again, and I feel I could have walked for hours through the city streets. Well, I think I did to be honest. We averaged 8 miles a day. A negative to the trip was that it is literally the most tourist-ridden place on earth. I know I’m saying that AS a tourist so it’s a bit ironic, but I certainly prefer visiting new places where the tourist population doesn’t outweigh the local population. But it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and I’m so incredibly lucky and thankful that my mum took me to see it (and probably spent her pension in doing so). 

Lots of love,
Jasmine x

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

DATE NIGHT MAKEUP


Something really strange happened last week. I left the house and DIDN’T have to go in to work. I know, what?? On my days off, you can usually find me sprawled on the sofa binge-watching something and eating cheese straight from the block, but not last week. With my mum being over from Australia, and having been away to Venice, Chris and I hadn’t had a chance to celebrate my birthday, just us two. So we booked in for a swanky-ish evening at Cote Brasserie and I layered on the slap, and we had a really lovely, really boozy, really don’t-remember-getting-home evening. I also learned to overdraw my lips this week, which is beyond exciting. As a result, I was well and truly feeling myself, so that’s why a mountain of selfies will have been plaguing your instafeed. Soz not soz. 

The makeup I used was:
For the base I primed with Benefit’s PoreFessional Primer, then buffed in a generous amount of my new favourite Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. Then I concealed using the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, and set it all using my trusty MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation. 
For my cheeks, and because I’ve been on the spray tans, I needed to add a heck-load of colour to my face so I blended a load of NARS Laguna Bronzer on to my jawline, under my cheekbones, on my temples and around my chin. Then I used MAC Powder Blush in Blushbaby, but only a little bit. 
My Brows are literally just a swipe or two of the Soap & Glory Brow Voluboost in Talk Of The Brown, which is fool-proof and so quick to apply. 
My eyes were done using the NAKED Palette by Urban Decay using the shades Smog, Darkhorse and Buck. I finished that off with a small wing using the Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner pen, and a good few coats of my ultimate love Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which literally is the best mascara ever, seriously.
I chose the best, most wonderful liquid lipstick to finish of my face with. My lips were slathered in a layer of Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow ’n’ Arrow, which is my ultimate favourite nude at the moment. And I’ve even learned to use it to overdraw my lips (finally!), and this lippie makes it so easy. The finish is very natural and it doesn’t look obvious (I bloody hope), and I think it compliments the new pink hair. 

My hair colour is an unholy concoction of Crazy Colour in Candyfloss, BLACH London Rose semi-permanent dye, and a truckload of silver toning shampoo, but I’m completely in love with the pinkness of it all. 

I wore this dress for the first time, which is from the Missguided store in Stratford. It was only £18 and is a burgundy velvet deep v-neck skater dress which you can't really see in the pictures, so you’ll just have to trust me that it was luuurvely. Well, after a lot of boob tape and having to stick plasters over my nipples, it was luuuurvely. 

Half of my makeup was ruined by the time we’d drank copious amounts of wine and dribbled steak down my chin in what I imagine was the single most attractive move I’ve ever made in a nice restaurant. All in all, we had a gorgeous time and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next date night. 

Lots of love,
Jasmine x

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SCOTT CORNWALL ULTIMATE HAIR COLOURING PACKAGE*








A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be contacted by Scott Cornwall’s team about reviewing a ‘box of hair goodies’, and I was obviously HELLA excited and grateful to be asked. What I didn't know was that the box that turned up was going to be so huge and full of some really cool products. Included in the set was 4 new products that I’d not yet heard of or tried, and now I’ve received them, I can give you my first impressions.

Scott Cornwall PreColour Protein Spray
The lil’ booklet that came in the package tried to make sense of all this new haircare mumbo jumbo, but I must admit that it is still a bit confusing for me (someone who can barely even brush her hair on a regular basis, never mind preen it with protein spray). The instructions basically say that this spray can be used like a leave-in conditioner, something I’m a big fan of having bleached my hair into oblivion over the course of 7 years. It’s also recommended that you use it before colouring as it prevents damage to the hair and also helps you get a fuller coverage. How it works, I don’t flipping know, but it’s on offer at Boots at the moment and so far, my hair does feel slightly more manageable.

Scott Cornwall PreColour Clarifying Treatment 
I actually gave this to my friend when I received the package because I had LITERALLY just put a fresh load of pink dye onto my hair, and there was nooooo waaaay I was going to be stripping it out so soon. So my buddy took it off my hands as she proceeded to conduct her own risky experimentation on her hair in her bathroom; going from dyed dark brown to rose gold. She said it worked quite well to remove the dye on her hair before and prepare it for the new lot, and her hair is looking really gorgeous now as a mid-blonde with a rosy pink tint, so this treatment probably helped her out. The booklet said that this treatment actually lifts the hair cuticles so that colour can penetrate the hair better, and therefore stay on longer. Hmmm, scientific stuff.

Scott Cornwall Colour Restore in Silver Blonde + Scott Cornwall Colour Restore in Lilac Grey
So AGAIN, I have recently popped a load of pink onto my hair, and I’m loving it, so these have both been placed lovingly into the bathroom cupboard and I’m going to give these a go when I’m next feeling like a change. Both of these shades are from the newer collection, and both shades speak to me. Greys, silvers, cool chromes and lilacs are my favourite hair colours to have during the cooler months and makes me feel so wintery, so these are going to be saved up for when the weather drops down a bit. Both shades are beautiful and I’m hoping I can just mix them both for a silver-violet effect. Exciting!

Lots of love,
Jasmine x


*Disclaimer - While I have been sent these products for review on my blog, this has not affected the review I have given. All products reviewed are still done so with 100% my honest opinion.

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