Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Merry and Bright

Tis' the season of ugly sweaters and festive knitwear. 
Ho Ho how you doin' folks. Bit of a change of scenery isn't it? Hartlepool is considerably greyer in the winter and it's virtually impossible to find nice places to shoot. So when all else fails, I guess the only option left was to pay a trip to the only remotely colourful place left, the arcades.

Christmas is firmly upon us... yikes, queue a 'where did the year go' quote. With that, I've been swerving ugly christmas jumpers and furry parka jackets like Keanu Reeves in the Matrix. I don't know what it is about this time of the year, but I find it relatively hard to find clothes that I like. December is my birthday and christmas month and I tend to be a little bit more sensible with my buys. So when it comes to summer, and I'm more than likely broke AF, I can make use of the versatile pieces I purchased in the winter. For example, this High Neck Knitted Jumper* I was kindly gifted by LOTD will look splendid with a denim skirt and vans.

Judging by how much this Lazy Oaf Cardigan has been on my back since I bought it, this is also going to be a firm fave in 2018. Although it's a tad more expensive than what I'd usually pay for a cardigan, it's a real eye catcher and the quality is always top notch from Lazy Oaf. If you're still looking for great christmas gifts for women, I'd highly recommend checking out Jack Wills' giftwear range. FYI, they've got a whole bunch of colourful festive fancies that aren't as pricey as Lazy Oaf along with some great beauty and sleepwear bits. 

I'm currently writing this post wearing the Jack Wills checked lounge pants and eating a good old M&S mince pie, so I can vouch for Jack Wills when I say these are super comfy and roomy enough for my christmas food baby. Here's a few more statement knitwear pieces I've been loving that you can wear all year round too if you loved my Lazy Oaf cardigan .. Ciao for now x

This post was sponsored and contains aff links*

Friday, 8 December 2017

The 'Treat Yourself' Gift Guide

First of all, excuse my absence (pretends to be shocked). Your girl is in final year and genuinely hasn't had a minute to think, let alone write about Christmas presents. But, alas! I'm here, halfway through my deadlines with a gift guide for you lovely lot. I'm thinking of completely rebranding and making that dreaded move to Wordpress in the new year, so I'm pretty damn excited about that! 

Since I'm a December baby, December is the month I firmly believe in treating myself and I always take inspo from what my favourite bloggers think I should be spending my pennies on. Whilst it's all good and well to round up a whole bunch of things that have caught your eye. I thought I'd share a few of my favourite products I've lovingly tried and tested, that I think would be perfect under the tree. 
Gift GuideGift Guide

First up, is the Limited Edition Magnitone Cleanser*. I used to own one of these babies many a moon ago and sadly lost it, so when the lovely Emma at Fetch Publicity asked if I wanted to be part of the Christmas Campaign, I couldn't wait to jump on board. Especially since the limited edition set features a Rose Gold brush, I mean... every bloggers dream, am I right? 

The barefaced box comes complete with two brush heads. One, Active Clean - the standard head which is soft enough for most skin types. The second, The Stimulator which is the real MVP in my opinion. It's made of rubber bristles, rather than the skin-kind bristles of the Active Clean. Which means that it really massages and works your skin and it's amazing for applying creams and moisturisers.
Gift Guide

The set also includes a cute little travel bag and a wireless USB travel charger, which I think is an absolute lifesaver. Especially if you're anything like me, I almost always forget to take different plug adaptors with me on holiday, so having a USB charger I can just plug into my macbook is a godsend. 

I'm already reaping the benefits of using this brush day and night. My skin feels so soft and squeaky clean. It's the perfect gift for girls who are lazy when it comes to skincare, totally makes you feel like a right cleansing queen. The brush itself really couldn't be easier to use, simply pop on your cleanser, press the button, move on to the next area of your face when it beeps and you're done, easy. Snazzy skin in 60 seconds. 

There's currently a massive  £40 off this set at Argos too, so grab one while you can!
Gift Guide

As you can probably tell by how much I've got left in the bottle, this  Monsoon Rose Gold* perfume has been my go-to scent this month. The perfume itself comes in a gorgeous minimal box and shock horror, it's rose gold again. Bonus points to Monsoon too, as it's also cruelty free.

The smell is pretty, fresh and floral, everything I look for in a perfume and the staying power is impressive for such a low priced fragrance. I can pack this on for my 9am lectures and still smell it on me once I get back home. Definitely a perfect, guilt free, affordable gift.

Here's a few other beauty products currently on offer too I've been spying on too, that Pixi set is calling my name: 

Thank you so much for reading and baring with me.
I've got a few exciting winter collaborations coming up so stay tuned, lots of love x
*This post contains gifted items

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Relaxing with Ren Skincare

Being a fashion student typically consists of me staring at a computer screen for hours on end, or trying to make sense of my frantic handwriting after racing to catch the important bits from a powerpoint slide...
 (if you know, you know) 

Either way, I love running back to my beloved pyjamas and getting ready for those few sacred hours of me-time before the madness starts again in the morning. My ideal regime consists of a Netflix binge, a good old 'wrinkly fingers' kind of soak in the tub, or a sloth on the sofa to contemplate my pressing drama queen problems for a few hours. 
Ren Skincare

Regardless of my usual routines, student life makes it pretty difficult to switch off in the evenings. I almost always get into bed at night and start making a lengthy mental list of all the things I have to do... have forgotten to do... or should probably do right that second. 

If by some miracle that list is empty, then I'm likely keeping myself awake planning my future home interiors and swatching colours in my head. Before I know it, It's 2am and I'm stuck in a Pinterest scrolling frenzy. 

I was generously sent a beautiful PR package from Ren Skincare showcasing their new launch, the Now to Sleep Pillow Spray. Which, may I add, was tucked away inside a gingham box in the most adorable wash bag.

Along with the spray came three little samples of the Night-Time Favourites. Since I find it hard to unwind and get sleepy in the evenings, I couldn't wait to give these a go and finally make use of that extra hour in bed winter has kindly gave us.
Ren Skincare

Admittedly, I've tried a whole bunch of pillow sprays similar to this one, from Neom to This Works, and I can say with confidence that this is by far my favourite. It's got that dreamy lavender pillow spray scent, but it's not too overpowering as it's got a long list of other ingredients *ooooo* like Frankincense and Hops to spice it up. 

I've found in the past that with similar products, the longevity is the issue. I don't want to get in bed to finally unwind and then not be able to smell anything. Ren suggest 1-3 sprays and that's completely accurate as it packs a punch so you can really take the wonderful scent in. 

As for getting a good nights sleep, I can't say it's helped me switch off as I'm crap at it, but I definitely feel a whole lot more relaxed and at ease when it comes to hitting the hay. 

Ren Skincare

Since this has facial has Glycolic acid in it, I was worried my sensitive skin was going to throw a tantrum and low and behold, it did. Although I wouldn't say this was harsh on your skin (a slight tingling sensation, if that). 

Ren suggest using this every 3 to 5 days, but I experienced a few dry patches here and there from that timeframe. This is definitely a staple product to pull out on special occasions, or when you feel like you're in need of a skin revamp. After using this less frequently, it left my skin soft and visibly clearer, even on time of the month days! which is impressive. 

There's something about applying a balm to a dry face that freaks me out and I tend to steer clear of this sort of product. But after biting the bullet and giving it a whirl, I'm a little bit in love with it. The balm melts away the toughest of makeup, even mascara, so effortlessly and the scent is perfect for unwinding.  I know the full sized bottle of this balm will definitely work it's way up the ranks on my christmas list this year. 

This is a pretty bog-standard night cream and it does the job well. I've been lathering this all over my face at nighttime and it smells insane. I'd say it's quite similar to my Lush Enzymion cleanser, but is a lot nicer in terms of the scent. The normal sized bottle of this is £34 though, so it is quite pricey for a standard night cream. 

Overall, I'm completely head over heels with this brand. Everything from the quality of the products down to the cute packaging details draws me in like a sucker. I guess that's my inner-blogger coming out.

(ps, if you feel like giving in to your inner blogger too, every purchase of  & Now To Sleep currently comes with that cute AF bag, you know you want too)


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Life lately..

Jeez, a whole 19 days I've been away. In Blogger measurements, is that not like, forever? 

Whilst I’d love nothing more to tell you all I’ve been swanning around somewhere exotic and fancy, the reality is my absence solely consists of a growing love story between me and my bed. 

I find it pretty difficult at times to keep motivated being a blogger and a full time student, especially when stress makes my mental health pivot back and forth like a yo-yo. 

My way of dealing with tasks is to nail them one by one, which is why this summer my blog really took off, I had nothing else to spend my time on apart from Love Island and Fab lollies so I could really up my game. But now, I’m juggling three different modules at once with stacks of deadlines and extra final year pressure and I'm not afraid to say that I'm finding it a struggle.

The irony is I’m putting off university work by writing this post, and tbh when you’re reading this, my anxiety will be finding some other way to do so again (you should see how spotless our student flat is, I'm a self confessed domestic goddess). 

But I'm not afraid to admit defeat to you lot, especially when I know a lot of you go through the same. It irks me how little is said with regards to mental health at university and I could genuinely chat for hours about it. But your gal is doing okay and I'm taking it one step at a time.

So there you have it; business plans, photoshoots, dissertations, research, you name it, I’m doing it. There’s going to be a freedom shaped rainbow at the end of this tunnel at some point and I cannot frikkin’ wait. Wish me luck! and to any girls who are in the same boat, I feel your pain and you can chat to me about it anytime.

As our beloved Daniel Bedz once said, ‘I gotta get thru this’.

Thanks for reading, you can shop this outfit that was on my Instagram here, the H&M jumper is sold out but here's a few alternatives:

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Lush Newcastle blogger event

A couple of weeks back I was invited by the babes at Lush Newcastle, to the press launch of the new Halloween and Christmas products. Plus a few returning faves (yes to Snow Fairy!)

I literally accepted the invite in a second, as I love Lush and I was keen to see what new products they had in store for us.

Being that the event was a ‘blogger breakfast’ I was up and out super early and ready to get my nose into all the new wonderful smells, normally I’m not a morning person, like at all. But, being greeted with vegan pizza and a bit of bublé playing upon arrival, I perked up instantly. 
Lush Newcastle Event

After meeting a few friendly faces and introducing ourselves, we we’re split into groups so that we could have a little pit-stop at every activity they had planned for us. The first stop was my fave, the bath bombs. We had a few little demos so we could see the new launches in action. 

Two that have managed to sneak on my christmas list (because who doesn't get Lush sets for christmas?) are the Ectoplasm and the Luxury Lush Pud. Ectoplasm is one of the new jelly bath bombs which I haven't had the pleasure of giving a whirl yet. 

The texture was so bizarre, but I love them and they totally remind me of my younger jelly bath days. They also do a Snow Fairy jelly bomb so I will definitely be picking that up sometime soon. 
Lush Newcastle Event

We then had a bash at creating out own  Sunnyside bubble bars, and I honestly think I'm still covered in glitter from my attempt two weeks on. The whole process of making the bubble bars contained just seven ingredients all knead together in one bowl.

I decided to get a lil' creative with my bar and instead of moulding the regular tear shape, I spent ages trying to make a 'J' shape. It's crazy to think that the makers in the Lush factory can create up to 1,000 bubble bars an hour and I was struggling with one! 

Lush Newcastle Event

Overall, I had a Lush day (pardon the pun). The staff were absolutely lovely and I tend to get pre event jitters with this sort of thing but I felt like I was right at home instantly. 

I was also given a super generous goody bag that I'm currently in the process of working my way through, so lookout for a Lush review pretty soon. (definitely including the 9 to 5 cleanser btw, my skin is dreamy)

Have you nabbed anything from the Halloween or Christmas launch?

Thanks for reading and thanks to the  Newcastle Lush Gang for inviting me! 

more skincare posts to have a nosy at:

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Home away from home with Desenio (+ discount code)*

The one thing I hate about moving away from home for university, is kissing goodbye to my cosy little Jen cave and saying hello to bare, ugly student houses.

I've 'ummed and ahh'ed' when it come to how on earth I was going to make my room more 'me' on a student budget, so when Desenio got in touch to collaborate it was kind of a no brainer. I snapped up the opportunity asap, anything to try and cover up those dreaded yellow magnolia walls.

I've lusted after  Desenio's prints for sooooo long, having seen them on Fashion Slave's blog before, they're the perfect, affordable brand to cosy up any home. 
Desenio Prints

Since me and my housemate are now in third year, I decided I'd go for a little bit of a motivational theme with my prints. God knows I need to be reminded there's a light at the end of the tunnel when I'm knee deep in modules and eating all the comfort food I can get my beady hands on.

I had an idea of what sort of colour scheme I wanted to go for as my room is fairly navy and grey. Desenio makes it so soooo easy to create a  gallery wall based on colours and styles. They have the 'perfect pairings' category where prints are matched together and everything is easily organised into sections like 'quotes', 'fashion' etc, so you can find exactly what you're looking for, easy peasy. 
Desenio Prints

I usually buy my frames from somewhere like Wilkos, or even Poundland at times, but their range of frames are ridiculously cheap too. I'm so glad I took the plunge and brought a few  gold frames to bring into the mix because they look so pretty. 

If you're a student like me, your money might be a lil' tight if you're moving into a new house too (those admin fees and deposits am I right?!) but you don't need to spend a small fortune decorating your new pad with Desenio. I mean, some of the prints start from just £2.95.

And to stop you drilling random nails in willy nilly and probably losing that crazy deposit when you move out. I hung my frames with Command Strips, which are super easy to apply and take off and leave absolutely no marks on the walls, what a lifesaver. 
Desenio Prints

Andddd to save you even more dollar, you can get 25% off prints from the 10th-12th October with the discount code VELVETSPRING. (fyi, this doesn't include the handpicked collection or frames). 

So that leaves you with a few extra pennies for a night out or a cheeky pizza, at the same time as having a spanking new instagrammable room, what a win win situation?

Thanks for reading as always, let me know if you'd like to see more of our new pad! x
more posts to have a nosy at:

This post was created in collaboration with Desenio* 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

My Autumn wardrobe

The second Autumn collections start to arrive in stores, is the second I lose all self control and spend like there's no tomorrow. I live for this time of year, when I can wear boring beige and browns and all things fluffy and oversized without judgements.

Even though everything else seems to fall apart this time of year, my skin typically becomes a dry mess and my weight balloons because I'm drinking sugary hot chocolates and lattes like water, my wardrobe definitely doesn't. 

Missguided Trucker CoatMissguided Trucker Coat

One of my favourite purchases this month is my  Missguided Trucker Coat. The minute I open my Pinterest for a little bit of Autumn inspiration, it's always this style of coat that crops up.

 I managed to nab this whilst they had 30% off, coats tend to be so expensive in Autumn, so I was over the moon to find such a bargain. Even though it's huge, like literally ginormous, it makes a really snuggly, thick staple coat for chilly days. 
Missguided Trucker Coat

I thought I'd throw together a few pages of some Autumn pieces I've had my eye on lately. So if you're not a fan of florals, knitwear and a whole load of dark green and berry shades, I suggest you look away now! 

Thanks for reading x
more style posts:

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Cya September.

Toodle pip September, god you’ve been a twat of a month.

From being broke AF, domain authority dwindling, having those god awful university wobbles and a bad case of tonsillitis, it’s fair to say I’m glad to see the back of you tbh. 

It’s been that sort of month where everything and anything could possibly go wrong and then some, but you know as my queen Gemma Collins says, the only way is up.

So I’m accepting the crappy lighting in my new uni home, I’m sending all my love to student finance and I’m making more of an effort with blogging and university work. It’s been very quiet on my end lately and this is why. Because realistically, I’ll of just been ranting about how shit everything is and nobody wants to hear that now do they?

But I promise nothing but rainbows and butterflies from now onwards (or should I say pumpkins and bats?)

 I’ve invested in a himalayan salt lamp to get those negative vibes straight outta my way and of course, my favourite time of the year is here. Who could possibly be upset in Autumn when it’s almost Halloween.

Not this gal. Infact, I’m hunting eBay for super tacky dragon memorabilia to make myself a Daenerys costume as we speak. All of this done whilst religiously listening to Bodak Yellow and wishing I was as cool as Cardi B.
As far as blogging updates go, I’ve got a few exciting tings in the works. Including a university haul with Desenio which will include a 25% discount code for you all so keep your beady lil eyes peeled for that one.

I’m also heading to the Newcastle Lush blogger breakfast next week, for a sneaky peek at their christmas and halloween collections and I cannot frikking wait. Lush always create the best seasonal products (snow fairy, I'm looking at you) so I'm over the moon I'm going to have the chance to share a few new launches with you all.

So, now I guess we should talk about the elephant in the room, velour flares? 

It's very rare that I manage more than three photos of an outfit shoot that I don't hate, so I put that down to how much I like this outfit. I suppose a lil' bit of credit goes to the bf for taking them too. I'm also gonna give myself some credit for the fact that my top says 'emotional inferno' because if that aint relevant to this post, I don't know what is.

Weekday are slowly but surely taking over my wardrobe, I'm obsessed, every single thing I own I love. Even though they're just a smidge bit more expensive than typical high street brands, the quality is worth the extra pennies.

I love outfits that make you feel good, but are also cosy enough to double up as a big warm hug, you know?

Here's the outfit deets for you.

Weekday Eve Trousers

Weekday Emotional Inferno Tee

Asos Ruben Leather Boots

Thanks for reading as always. PS, I'm almost hitting the ol' 2,000 mark on Instagram, so if you want to keep up with more outfits etc, please give me a cheeky follow.
 Lotsa love x

more style posts:

new chapters / sale picks / pleats, please! 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Milani Cosmetics

Damn Jennifer, back at it again with those blogging breaks.

If you haven't already guessed by the amount of horoscope tweets that've taken over my Twitter, or the fact that I haven't posted to Instagram in over two weeks?! I'm back at university.

Whilst nine times out of ten I'd love nothing more than to be blogging, it's my final year and I think my blog is going to take a bit of a back seat whilst I get my shit together and werk. 
Milani Cosmetics

Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of posts to write and get out there. But I can't help feeling guilty at the moment, its hard to find the right balance between university and blogging. But, what better way to get back into the swing of things with a beauty post! 

I was recently contacted by the beauty retailer  Just My Look, to try out a few new things from a brand I've always wanted to try, Milani Cosmetics. I love discovering new beauty retailers that stock a whole range of products because I use a bunch of different brands on the daily, so being able to buy it all from the same place is such a god send! 

So happy that I got to try a few things from Milani, I've been using these products pretty much every time I've worn makeup for the past two weeks and I am so impressed! Here's what I got: 
Milani Cosmetics

Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar

I've seen so many people on Instagram with this face powder because it's so pretty, look at those little rose details! I absolutely love this face powder. It's the perfect mix of peach and beige tones, and looks so gorgeous on. It's like a highlight, bronzer and blush in one and is very subtle but easily build-able. Totally obsessed with this! 

Milani Face Primer in Light/Medium

This primer reminds me of Benefit's Porefessional as it's the same gel consistency. Professional really didn't agree with my oily skin, but this works wonders for me. It's a really bizarre orange colour but blends out to a clear shade. It glides on so well and even though it's mattifying, I can still achieve that glowy, dewy complexion that I like. Would 100% recommend for someone with problematic skin and it's so affordable too. 

Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Bahama Beige

This colour is sooo up my street, I would describe it as Mac's Velvet Teddy but a little bit more pink and obv half the price. It has a really nice watermelon smell, and is a creamy formula which sits well on the lips. It's not a long lasting lipstick, so it's one to pop in the bag and touch up on the go, but I love this shade and the formula. 

Overall, I'm so impressed with Milani and so happy I got the opportunity to try a few things out. Would you recommend any other products by the brand? let me know. Thank you so much for reading, promise I'll be posting a lot more often as of now! x

more beauty posts to read:

skincare review | colour pop caved | beauty with barry m 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Shoutout to the small bloggers.

This post is dedicated to all the hard working blogger babes killing it at the mo. In particular, the 'smaller' bloggers, who I think deserve a lot more recognition and love. I hate using the term 'small' because being a smaller blogger myself, I feel like we're automatically put in this category of less hard working, less engaging and less impactful. 

Though nine times out of ten, I think I'd prefer to relate to a smaller blogger. 

I want an actual response when I ask where a certain item of clothing is from, I want to read about products I can afford on my student budget and I want to feel like we're not totally miles apart.

So here's a few inspiring girls that totally deserve all the credit they can get. 
p.s ever wondered how bizarre a loose ponytail looks from above? me neither until now ffs.

Friday, 1 September 2017

What a year of blogging has taught me

It dawned on me recently that it's been a whole year since Velvet Spring was born. I guess Bloglovin' was too busy stealing my views and not showing my saves to remind me of that milestone, hmm? So technically it would've been a year last month, but I guess that's not too far off. 

I've learned an awful lot about blogging in this time, a lot that I would've loved to of known when I first started out. So here's a few pearls of wisdom from me to you. 
A year of blogging

Monday, 28 August 2017

New Chapters.

Hi, to whoever you may be. This post was such a difficult one to write up as my brain is full to the brim with questions and doubts when it comes to my space on the internet. Truth is, I've found myself having a bit of a blogging identity crisis and I finally feel like I'm ready to chat about it. So here goes, grab some snacks and a cuppa.

The blog sand.

I may or may not have nabbed this from Love Island but 'Help... I've fallen into the blog sand'. Some of you are probably currently thinking 'Jen mate, what are you talking about?' so allow me to explain. The 'blog sand' is the current Blogosphere we're all a part of and it's easy to lose yourself amongst the masses of bloggers. With so many of us trying to leave a mark on the scene, you can't help but grow to recognise and relate to a certain style of content and before you know it, you're stuck. 

Now, don't take this the wrong way as this definitely isn't a bad thing at all. I've gained a lot of exciting brand relationships due to the content I've been known to produce. As nine times out of ten, brands are hunting for that 'blogger aesthetic' that we all know and love. I guess a lot of my readers have stuck by me because of this type of content too. 

But truth be told, to quote our babe Britney Spears... I'm not that kind of girl. 

I've fallen out of blogging to fit in. I don't want to scroll down my Bloglovin' feed and lose my content in the sea of blogposts that are styled exactly like mine. As much as I love reading these blogs and enjoying their content, for me, I feel like I haven't been true to myself. I take a look at my recent posts and I can't see any of my personality or personal tastes coming through and it makes me feel like I just want to quit entirely. 

So, even though my Twitter poll preferred my other style of photography, I'm giving this whole new blogging style a go for my own state of mind. I don't know whether this change is going to bite me on the bum in the long run, or whether I'll still prefer to do this a couple of months down the line. But currently, it feels like the right thing to do. 

I'm glad I've found the right words to get that out of the way and push all the doom and gloom aside. So I guess now we can talk about this outfit? 

I've been lusting after a cardigan like this since the infamous Lovers and Drifters came on the scene and sold out almost immediately last summer. Leaving a loop cardigan shaped hole in my heart and wardrobe. So you can imagine how giddy I was to randomly stumble upon this baby on And Other Stories, what a dream.

It's a little on the expensive side than what I'd typically spend. But it's a total investment piece (I keep telling myself). I can style this up like I have here with a pair of light jeans and boots for colder weather, or a cami dress and vans for summer. 

You can shop the look here

I hope you'll join me on this new blogging journey, promise it'll be a good one! 

Friday, 25 August 2017

Skincare review with Chemist.co.uk*

If you've been a Velvet Spring reader for quite some time... (you go girl), you'll know that I like to write about skincare when I find something new that works for me. It's very rare that I find something that totally agrees with my skin, as it can be super temperamental due to it's sensitivity. This post is also featuring a new style of photography, I'm unsure whether I want to go ahead and rebrand so this is just to test the waters.. let me know what you think! 
Skincare Review

A few weeks ago, I was approached by the lovely PR Georgia, behind the online pharmaceutical retailer Chemist.co.uk. In exchange for a skincare review, I received a voucher to go wild with and spend to my hearts content. When the email first popped in my inbox, admittedly I felt like giving this a swerve. As from my own experiences of visiting chemists, there's never really much variety to pick from and especially not with regards to beauty and skincare. 

But after giving the site a quick once over, I managed to pick up a lot of products that I've been eyeing up for ages. Including the renowned Cetaphil cleanser (that every blogger seems to rave about) and Dr Paw Paw balm. I guess this is living breathing proof that you shouldn't judge a book, or a website, by it's cover. Chemist.co.uk stock such a huuuge variety of brands that you can save a fortune on delivery costs in the long run too.

Since I was so surprised, I had a cheeky peek at the beauty section too. The site also stocks brands like L.A Girl, Rimmel and Max Factor and they're ALL super cheap and below actual retail price (go have a nosy, thank me and your saved pennies later). 

So, without further ado, here's my thoughts on the products I picked up: 
Nivea Express Hydration Primer

Nivea Visage Hydrating Primer

I am all for 2-in-1 beauty products. A product that can prime and moisturise at the same time, gives me a few extra minutes in bed on a morning and I can definitely get on board with that. This primer is so refreshing to pop on on a morning. It's very light, cooling and absorbs super quickly. It's left my skin feeling really moisturised and cared for whilst managing to create the perfect base to pop my makeup on. For £4.89, you can't get much better than this.

After interning at Closer as part of the beauty team, one of the main requirements of an intern is to do some good ol' research. I was tasked with the job of finding out celeb beauty favourites and the one that kept cropping up was this balm. Honestly google Dr Paw Paw, everyone from Rita Ora to Nicole Richie swear by it. Even though the actual description of the product is a little bit gross, I mean 'fermented Paw Paw?' come again? The product is amazing and the possibilities are genuinely endless.

I've used this to moisturise my lips, pop on my lids and cheeks for a dewy glow and I've even swiped this across my eyelash curler to prime my lashes. I am so impressed, I'll definitely be picking up the tinted versions in the future! You would think, since it's such a staple it would come with a huge price tag, but it's just £8.99 on Chemist.co.uk.

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover

This is a product I've seen absolutely everywhere on the Blogosphere, so I thought I'd cave and give it a whirl. Initially I was put off by the bottle as it states it is, 'fragrance free, soap free and non comdeogenic' like... if you've got none of those, how are you gonna go about doing anything for my skin? Though after using this on the daily for the past two weeks, I'm a convert. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean and has no problems when it comes to removing makeup. 

I did have a little bit of a chin breakout (period chin, you know?) before I started to use the cleanser and it hasn't done anything to help that on it's way. But my skin definitely feels refreshed and squeaky clean, so I would recommend this for people who have normal/combination skin. Definitely a great gentle cleanser for better skin days!

I'm a real no fuss gal when it comes to my skincare routine. I just like to whip off all of my makeup with a face wipe before I get stuck in with all my lotions and potions. So I bought this on a whim, just to see if it would sway me. But, unsurprisingly I'm definitely not swayed by this. Since it's supposedly formulated and created to cater to the sensitive eye area, I was expecting it to be pain free. It didn't do a spectacular job at removing my eye makeup to be honest and left my eyes feeling really sore and stingy anyway. So, its a no from me.

I hope you've enjoyed this skincare update. I'm sorry that it's quite a long one! Have you got any skincare products you'd recommend for oily skin?

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Monday, 21 August 2017

I Colourpop caved...

Prepare for the prettiest packaging and products of your life
Colourpop After Hours

Yes, I did it. I caved, I just couldn't go any longer knowing that my face was still yet to be blessed by the Colourpop gods. The minute I saw the After Hours palette I just knew I had to bite the bullet and hit that checkout button. Since Colourpop offer free international delivery with orders over $50, I bought a few other goodies to save in the long run. I'll keep them for a separate post because I want to keep it short and snappy, though I'm sure you'll be able to guess what they are from my photos. 

One thing I want to mention, is the amazing customer service Colourpop offers. If you watched my Instagram story and heard the ridiculous amount of 'oohs and ahhhs' when I was unboxing this order, everything was packaged so beautifully. Even little touches down to the individual comment cards to say thanks for your order really made a difference for me. Mine was a little animated lettuce saying 'lettuce celebrate' how cute?! Since they're such an affordable brand, it's nice to see them putting in the extra mile more than a typical brand would and I'll definitely be buying from them again in the future. Not to mention how amazing the products actually are. 
Colourpop After Hours

The Process

I've heard on the grapevine more times than often, that Colourpop can be really expensive to get here in the uk. I was initially put off after having such a bad experience with getting just ONE Kylie Jenner gloss and paying a fortune in fees. Though, I decided to just go for it and worry about the damage later.. treat yo self. I did look into shipping couriers etc but honestly, the free International delivery swayed me and I knew what I'd be paying in fees would more than likely equal an international shipping cost. So win win, technically?

When the little box of joy came, I was surprisingly only faced with a £12 fee, so everything came to exactly £50 in total. Which I get, some of you may see as a little steep. But £50 for two matte lips, a satin lip, a highlighter and seven insaneeely pigmented eyeshadows is good enough for me. Considering I'd pay £16 for just one lip product at Mac or Urban, you really can't complain. I'm still holding out for the rumours that Colourpop will come to Sephora though, so I probably won't be making another order in a rush! 

The Palette 

If you know me, I love a good glittery eye. So I popped this collection into my basket as fast as I could when I saw the swatches. These warm, cranberry tones are perfect for my eye colour and they're ridiculously glittery so I couldn't get a more perfect match if I tried. All of these eyeshadows are part of the 'Super Shock' collection and they're absolutely beautiful to touch. It's really hard to describe how they feel on the skin, but they're super velvety and buttery and glide on ridiculously well. 
After Hours swatches

As you can see from the swatches, if you aint a fan of glitter I don't think After Hours is suitable for you. The shades Wattles and Drift, are probably the only less glittery, more matte shades of the bunch. I've been using these shades almost daily to create a really warm, burgundy look as they're great transitional shades for my pale AF skin and really help making my green eyes pop. I'm so excited to use this collection more in autumn as I think the warm tones will be perfect for the season. 

Would you recommend any Colourpop Products? Thanks for reading! J x

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