Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Designer Wish List



Being a home owner means that wish lists are often made and often nothing purchased from them for a while (but its nice to wish). I'm off to Bicester Village in the first weekend of May so have been doing a little searching around the higher end websites and totally falling for so many things...... So here is my high end wish list.

Valentino Rockstuds, just because they are just beautiful. Being everywhere on the internet right now and everyones mum and sister with them they have grown and grown on me. Would defo go for nude as I don't own any nude shoes and would be worn through the year. 

Saint Laurent small clutch, again a nude/cream colour and is more of a spring and summer item. I would go for this in black however this really caught my eye. Love the gold hard wear and long chain handle.

Burberry Mid Length Trench, such a classic and never gets old. Would go for the mid length due to my height as the mid would probably look long on me. I would wear this all year so would be a great investment. 

Kate Spade wallet, I am in desperate need of a new wallet and this is so pretty, sophisticated and timeless. So beautiful and I hope I find one like this at Bicester. 

Missoni crochet bikini, I'm a bit picky with swim suits but I love this two piece as it's something a bit different. Being crochet means you get a bit of a texture and no strap lines!

Mulberry French purse, taking a huge purse on a night out is effort and takes up all of the clutch bag chosen to go with your outfit. Again I'm a bit boring and like a good tan as well as a black purse. 

Pandora stacking ring, I only wear two silver rings at the same time. I am really into stacking and this ring I would wear on a middle finger or my other thumb.

So you can follow me on my designer shopping journey add me on Instagram: @JPOPPY88 

Do you have any designer wishes?

Happy hump day!
xoxo

Monday, April 27, 2015

Covering up dark circles


I'm not one that suffers with terrible dark circles, however can get them quite bad having gone a few evenings with little sleep. I'm not too bothered about them for work but if they decide to appear ready for the weekend when I have something planned I like to use a couple of different products to ensure they are under control (and can't be seen).

I first go in with the Bobbi Brown Corrector (which I am dangerously running low on) and lightly pat this directly underneath my eye and bring it down slightly onto the top of the cheeks which help to blend it in. It really helps to neutralise the dark circles and brighten the entire area. It's easy to blend into the skin with a patting motion and does a good job at sticking around. 

After correcting I go in and put on my foundation and do a few other steps before going in with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer . I sweep underneath the eye from the centre (by my nose) all the way out. I find I get a better coverage applying it in a line rather than dotting it on. I usually dabb it into the skin with the Real Techniques Buffing brush however some days like to use my fingers.This concealer is great at covering anything at all, is a dream to blend and really affordable!

You might already know that I am a big fan of the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder which don't get me wrong, is lush! But for a while I've gotten back into using the Elf HD Powder specifically for around my eye area. The reason behind this is that I find the Elf powder to gone on a lot lighter, makes the skin feel super soft and seems to flatten out the appearance of lines and circles. Its a bit messy and the packaging gets so dirty but this powder is great


How do you cover yours?!

xoxo

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A little Barry M haul

Pink Punch, Cotton, Prickly Pear, Matte Top Coat, Black
Back in the day I was always buying Barry M polishes as they were affordable and pretty good for the price. Recently I've noticed Barry M here there and everywhere, adverts, Instagram, Blogs and so on and thought I'd give a couple of their special ranges a go. 

Gelly High Shine- A nice thick consistency which makes the coverage great and only requires two coats. High shine and doesn't seem to chip much which is great for someone like me who types a lot. The only thing I'm not so keen on is the brush as its quite thin and is a little awkward to get the bottom of the nail straight. 

Matte Top Coat- This does exactly what it says. I went for the top coat as I didn't like the thought of restricting the shades I chose to just matte. Its gives such a different effect to your nails with the Matte effect and prefer for a night out along with the black!! Looks awesome.

Original- I was a little gutted I couldn't find a Gelly High Shine in black so had to go for the original formula. I find it a little harder to work with compared to the Gelly formula however still gives great coverage and only two coats required. 

All in all my love for Barry M polishes is certainly back and am loving all of these colours I've recently purchased. Next I want to get my hands on the fast drying ones!!!

Happy Friday, what Barry M polish is your favourite?

xoxo

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Allergy safe Banana Bread- no need for butter


A bunch of bananas have sat in the fruit bowl for some time, and before I knew it they were over ripe and a bit manky looking. I had a recipe for a banana bread cake from a while ago and made a few changes and this actually came out pretty good.

If you have some over ripe bananas feeling unloved, give this a go!

Ingredients: 3 over ripe bananas (more if you have them), 2 cups Gluten free self raising flour, 1 cup of brown sugar, 2 eggs, xanthan gum, 1 tsp vanilla extract, half a tsp of ground cinnamon, a splash of milk if needed (I used almond milk).

Instructions

Step 1: Grab a bowl and break up all of your bananas and mash up with a fork until it resembles something similar to babies food.

Step 2: Once your bananas are mashed I added the sugar all at once and mixed well (still using a fork). 

Step 3: Mix in both eggs until completely combined and has a very running constancy. 

Step 4: Very gradually add in the flour, Xanthan gum, cinamon and vanilla to the mix and beat until smooth (still using a fork).

Step 5: Put the batter into a tin. As you can see in the picture I used a cake tin as I don't own a loaf tin. It didn't come out as good as it could of but still tasty and edible. 

I baked for 40 minutes at 180 degrees C. 

Enjoy the recipe! If you give it a go please tag me in it. I enjoy this best when you've re-heated it with some soya custard.....yummm.

Much love
xoxo

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Updated haircare routine


Having checked out an article in Stylist magazine on looking after our hair in the same way we look after our skin, it made me realise just how little thought I was giving to my hair routine. So naturally, I went hair shopping, did some research and got my act together and here's my vamped routine.

Philip Kingsley- Elasticizer- £16 - I use this a couple of times a week, the main reason because it's pricey! It's a pre-shampooing product that is supposed to help repair your hair from continuous dying and styling. I've seen a difference having used this frequently and my hair just feels tougher, like it can handle more without getting damaged quickly and snapping. 

Garnier Marvellous Transformer shampoo- £2.79 - When having a bath at my parents I noticed this on the side and gave it a shot. I was so impressed even after just one wash my hair was smooth without being too smooth and greasy looking. I do find I have to alternate my shampoo as my hair kind of gets used to them so when I don't use the Garnier one I like to use the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew- £5.99 It's great and seems to take away the dullness that can happen with bleached hair and does make it soft to the touch.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew conditioner- £5.99 - I bought the shampoo and conditioner on an offer in Boots (at the moment it's 3for2) and It's ok, I'm not crazy about it, but I guess it does what it's supposed to. Conditioning is a step that I feel I need to do but I'm not fussed over because I know the next product will be there.

Loreal Mythic Oil- £16.49 -I swear by this oil and it really does a super job. I use it whilst my hair is still wet and also once I've dried it. It really helps to nourish the ends of your hair and keep it tame (perfect if you have frizzy ends).

Do you look after your hair in the way you should? Do you use any of these products? What's your favourite hair care product?

Happy hair Monday!
xoxo

Sunday round up - 12 -


Feels like donkeys ago that I postsed a Sunday round up. This week has been a little strange as I went back to school after Easter holidays on a Thursday which felt strange that it wasn't a Monday (OCD went crazy). The weather was beautiful for my last few days of the holidays which I was over the moon about and spent a few hours in the garden relaxing. So here's what happened during last week, enjoy! 

1- Sunbathing Sammy - It was lovely to spend some time outside with my handsome cat and boy does he love to sunbath. This was taken when he had come in for a drink and clearly needed to lay on a cold floor. I'm such a crazy cat lady in the sense that I am obsessed with my cat and if I could I would hang out with him all day every day.

2- Spring nail inspo- you either love white nails or hate them, and I'm loving them right now! I bought a new white from Barry M and it's so white. The colour makes your nails look so nice and strangly enough really goes with my skin tone even though I'm super pale. Loving it for spring and summer.

3- Spring Sunshine- even though I'm a Winter lover and can't think of anything nicer than wearing a snuggle roll neck I do love a bit of sunshine. It's been nice to sit in the kitchen with my French doors open and admiring the fresh warm breeze. 

4- Five product natural make up look- I've never been one to cake tones and tones of different products onto my face, especially during the day but cutting it down to five was a challenge. I love my make up to look natural especially brows (no one likes permanent marker brows) and for my base to blend into my skin and allows for some shine.

5- Unveiling the five products- all five of these products I am using everyday. I can't get enough of them. If I had to pick one that I couldn't live without it would have to be Benefit They're Real. I can't believe its taken me this long to try it but I am totally in love and can't wait to try the colour versions they are bringing out.

6- Bathroom is coming along- a year on and we are finally changing the house into something that represents us and our tastes. It's not completely finished yet but should be done during the next week. Then we get the final bill........

7- Details- I'm not very adventurous with my Jewellery choices. I tend to stick to either this set up or a gold watch and gold hoops or my gorgeous Mink and Stone necklace that helps me to add a bit of colour. 

8- Valentino crushing- it seems that every time I check out my Instagram feed I see someone wearing or crushing over the studded Valentinos. The more and more I see them, the more and more I fell that I need them in my life (both flat and heeled obviously). The nudes are my favourite, what's yours?


Hope you've had a lovely weekend! 
xoxo

Friday, April 17, 2015

Benefit Roller Lash



Better late than never they say and boy am I glad I finally got my hands of this beauty. Since having this little guy its taken over all of my other go to mascaras even They're Real which is a major fav of mine. 

The technology behind Roller Lash is the fab brush. I normally have to go over and over my lashes but with this, you just need to roll the handle and tadah! For someone like myself who has very stubborn lashes I normally curl them every day for them to hold a curl. I was so surprised to use Roller Lash having not curled my lashes prior to applying it.  The wand is designed to catch every lash, even the little ones and with a little wriggle it latches on and draws up the lashes to add that curl you normally only get from curling. Its jet black and water resistant which everyone knows has the best staying power, and for those that cry when they laugh *waves hands it helps.  

I've taken the advice from the Benefit website and applied it and used They're Real on top as it adds more volume and drama to the lashes. I tend to do this for evenings or nights out and just Roller Lash for the day time. But just don't cry whilst wearing it.....

Obviously I'm going to mention the packaging.... so cute and girly and the fact you can get it in a miniature means it can literally go everywhere with you! Such a plus.


Hope you all have a lovely day
xoxo

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Keeping your face simple



Limiting yourself to only a handful of products might be something that some would shudder at the thought of. This however is what I will be doing every day during the week to keep a fresh natural, easy and fast spring look. I don't like too much fuss at this time of the year but at weekends the lip colour of choice will change to more of a bold lip, and if out in the evening maybe a little shadow.

1- Primer- There might be a gasp from a few of you but the primer of choice right now is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. This seems to work a bit better than the Benefit Porefessional on my skin with regards to working with oil and greasy through the day. It feels a bit lighter and slightly invisible, like you've not put anything on.

2- Base- I currently have 3 favourite natural looking bases that I'm really enjoying at the moment and will come as no shock to those of you who follow me on Instagram. I will be rotating the following, Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hourBourjois Healthy mixLaura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, all of which provide my skin with a radiant and fresh look which stays around for the entire day.

3- Brows- Personally this is one of my most vital steps hen getting ready and spend the majority of my time on them in the mornings. The top brow contender for me is still the Soap and Glory Archery. It manages to really sort out my patchy brows and make them look big, delicate, natural and defined. I use the brush end to brush through before I start penciling and also after as it really helps to get the coverage even.

4- Mascara- Right now I'm reaching for Benefits They're Real on a daily basis simply because I don't need to curl my lashes before applying it which is an insane thing for me as I have the most stubborn (cow like) lashes going. This mascara some how curls my lashes at the same time as applying the product and holds them for the entire day or whenever I wear it. I use about 3 coats to make them really full and long but honestly, I am so so impressed with this.

5- Lips- Nude all the way for me and a lip product I've been using to get this look is the Maybelline Colour Drama in Nude Perfection. As a big fan of these anyway I knew what I was getting (formula wise) and the fact that they can stick around for a while through food and drink. The shade is a great match for my skin tone and feel it would be great for a lot of skin tones. I find it hard to get a nude that looks good and I can safely say I've now found one.

Is cutting down to 5 products something you have done or would like to try out?

Happy hump day!
xoxo


Sunday, April 12, 2015

For the love of grey


Coming into the sunnier weather I feel almost pressured into incorporating more colour within my outfits. An element of my staple go to outfit is grey, which I feel is actually nice and easy to bring into spring. I love a good basic (v-neck top, cami) as they can all be jazzed up or dressed down, or brighten up which is what I will be doing.

This is my current GREY wish list to help me with the spring transition. Laying is going to be something I do a lot more now as this time of year it gets quite chilly in the evenings so even if you put a jacket on that has no sleeves, it adds a little warmth to help you through the evening. 


Are you a lover of grey? Is there anything here that takes your fancy? 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!
xoxo

Saturday, April 11, 2015

It's all about the base by Rimmel


Having taken full advantage of the most recent 3 for 2 offer in Boots I finally treated myself to the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation in Ivory. There is so much love for Rimmel bases and having not tried any before, so I chose this. 

Shade- The shade range is pretty good and was happy to find they went pale enough to match my skin tone which I can honestly say is pretty much spot on. I could probably go lighter however like to give my face a little more colour as your face sees the sun more anyway. 

Formula- Its quite thick however not really thick and gloopy. When applying it to your skin it feel really light, very similar to how the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser feels on the skin. It has quite a strong fragrance to it which isn't off putting but is quite strong. Theres no need to have to really buff this into the skin as it's effortless to blend and sits on the skin very lightly for a full coverage base. It covers well and reduces the amount of concealer I need to wear. It does well to cover my rosy cheeks but I still feel better wearing my green cheek primer. 

Staying power- I haven't had the opportunity to wear it for a whole 25 hours however for a whole day of 9-9 it did pretty good and when cleansing I had to use quite a few cotton pads to get it all off my face. Even at the end of the day when looking in the mirror it was clear that I had something on my face but didn't look too oily or dry. 

To op it off it has a pump!!

Have you tried this foundation or another from Rimmel? What do you think?

xoxo

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My first Charlotte Tilbury products



My first ever Charlotte Tilbury products were bought for me as a birthday present from my mum as she knew how much I was lusting over near enough everything. I have had since the very beginning of March to try these out and it is my 100% personal opinion.

Matte Revolution lipstick-£23- I was so happy to receive something from the Matte Revolution range (being a matte lipstick fan) and needed a shade like this to go in my collection (Red Carpet red). I was waiting for the battle you normally get with a matte lipstick and the tugging of the lips however this was something completely different. There was no excessive tugging or a battle, it strangely felt like a very moisture filled lipstick, more so like a balm texture. Very easy to apply and is the most gorgeous deep bright red. I have worn this on many evenings out and has lasted well, doesn't budge and had people complimenting me on my lipstick (which is always nice). It is filled with hidden extras which are supposed to do wonders for your lips " Lipstick tree and Orchid extract soften, protects and hydrates lips for younger-looking, healthy lips. 3D glowing pigments create the illusion lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller" Charlotte Tilbury.

Cheek to Chic-£30- As soon as I opened this I got quite excited and did a little excited dance which looked very similar to one that Chandler does in friends. I have the shade 'Love is the drug' and around the outside in the shimmery highlight and in the centre is a pop of colour for the cheeks. You can either swirl it around the whole pan or take it from the individual circles (which is what I like to do). The cheek colour is gorgeous and really gives you instant fresh and spring like look, and the high light is barely there until you catch the sun and its just unbelievably pretty and shimmery. The formula is very soft and feels like a smooth dusting when applying it. It's incredibly pigmented and I have to use a very light hand especially with the pop of cheek colour as its very easy to over apply blusher *We've all been there.


Charlotte Tilbury products are definitely worth the money. You get a product that not only looks the part but acts the part too. Very pigmented products that are lovely to us and do what they say they will do. As soon as I used both products for the first time I was already thinking about what my next purchases could be.

Are you a Charlotte Tilbury fan? Have you tried either of these products? Do you have any recommendations for me?

xoxo


Monday, April 6, 2015

Late on the bandwagon: Maybelline Colour Tattoo



I've held off on buying some of these Maybelline Colour Tattoo eye creams as I had heard so many mixed thoughts on them which made me more and more hesitant about giving them a go. This changed when I was in Boots a while ago and noticed the three for two deal and nothing else really took my fancy so thought I'd take the risk and grab a couple to try out. 

To start off I am so impressed with the staying power of these bad boys. On my skin these guys stick around. I wouldn't say it's for the 24 hours that it states in the name however an awfully long time. Even trying to take off my swatch in Boots took a while and had to completely remove it with my trusty steed Clarins make up remover when I got home. 

The low down: I went for the shades Metallic Pomegranate and Permanent Taupe and will be going back for more. The shade Permanent Taupe is such a wearable everyday shade and looks great on its own or will a little darker shade popped into the crease. The Metallic Pomegranate on the other hand is my favourite of the two and love wearing it on its own. I used a MAC 217 to blend out the edge and it looked great. I found that it took a little while to completely blend it out but the finished result was just what I like from a red eye make up look. Like I said the staying power is great, especially perfect for a night out as sweat won't even budge them. I noticed a bit of creasing when using the cream without a primer so this is something I'm currently experimenting with several primers. 

Overall I was pretty chuffed with these little guys and will most certainly be having another look in Boots on the next three for two as I love the look of the And On Bronze shade.

Much love!
xoxo 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Allergy safe Easter rainbow cookies



For most people Easter is when you can scoff as much chocolate as you want and no one judges. This year I'm not one of those people. Since finding out that dairy is really no good for me back in September it's really changed my diet as you can imagine, and for someone who loves their food has been quite tough. Obviously being a foodie I found a way around my favourite meals and snacks and have a yummy cookie recipe to share with you as my Easter treat.

Ingredients: 200g Dairy free butter, 300g Caster sugar, 2 medium eggs, 300g Gluten free Self raising flour, 1 teaspoon Xanthan gum.

Additional ingredients (if you want them gluten free do not use the lotus spread): Sprinkles, Dairy free chocolate chipsLotus caramel spreadJelly beans, almond milk.


Pre cooking steps: Pre-hreat the oven to 200C or gas mark 6 and line your baking trays.

Step one:
I tend to leave the butter out of the fridge until room temperature or you could pop it in a bowl and in the microwave until soft. Using an electric whisk cream up the butter and sugar together. 

Step two:
Pop both eggs into the mixture and mix a little more until completely blended. 

Step three:
Next is all your dry ingredients; I like to add in the flour a little at a time mixing as you go. To complete the dry step add in your teaspoon of Xanthan gum (this enables the mixture to hold together because you are using gluten free flour). If it seems too dry pop in a drop of almond milk however be careful not to make it too sticky as it will be difficult to handle. 

Step four:
Throw in all of your additional ingredients. I feel that more is better as theres nothing worse than eating a cookie with only a few choc chips in. So I added 3 packets of jelly beans, 3 packets of white choc chips and some sprinkles.

Step five:
I used a table spoon to pick up my desired amount for the cookies, I like a big thick cookie so can only put 5 on each tray. For the cookies that I stuffed caramel spread into I just flattened the mixture in my hand, popped the caramel in the middle and covered like a parcel. I made two batches, one that was just dairy free and one that was gluten free as well.

If you make these cookies following this recipe I would love to see them so please tag me in it! 

Happy Easter all, eat an Easter egg or two for me :)

xoxo



Friday, April 3, 2015

Pink for spring


Bourjois - Ole Flamingo!, Eyeko Glossy Lip Pen, Mac - Impassioned, Rimmel Apocalips - Nova, Hourglass - Ballet.
My love for pink lips becomes quite a serious love affair in the spring time and I have carefully chosen my top five pink lippies that I'll be wearing this month. Some you have seen around these parts before however I have a couple of new and old thrown in that I have been dying to wear however needed some sunshine to do so.

Bourjois £8.99- I don't need to bore you with the amazingness of this because I have banged on about it enough. But seriously this shade is so nice.A bright raspberry pinky/red it really does brighten up your face and looks stunning on pale skin tones. With the bonus of its lasting power puts this up there as number one in the pack. 

Eyeko- I had two of these from a while back and have used one of them a lot and was time to say goodbye to it. I only opened the back up one a few weeks ago and am so happy I ordered two of the same shade by accident. Being one of the deepest in the group but remaining very pink but has a blue tone to it. Blue/pinks are quite hard to wear and with this I apply it from the bullet and then smudge it over with my finger to really push the product into my lips and makes it more wearable. 

Mac £15.50- One of my all time favourites Mac lipsticks for a number of reasons and within this group I feel really does stand out. It's a very orangey/pink and is so bright and flattering on my pale skin tones as the orange adds a little warmth to my face. As its an amplified finish it is very pigmented and long lasting which comes in handy as I'm always drinking or eating. 

Rimmel £6.49- Once on the lips and dry this transforms into a baby pink shade and very matte. I find I have to wear quite a bit of base make up to pull this off because of the paleness of the product once its dried. It's lovely to apply and wear as it's super smooth and thick and glides so beautifully across the lips. 

Hourglass £23- The newest of the group! I've had this for a while now and haven't featured it on the blog until now because I was trying to get to know it more. I've wanted to try one of these Hourglass liquid lipsticks for ages now and can't say I'm disappointed in any way. It contains so many lovely ingredients to help keep your lips smooth and hydrated throughout the day and doesn't dry up on the lips. Once dry its a dark baby pink and gives a real fresh look to my face. 

Are you a fan of pinks for spring? Let me know!

Instead of a Sunday round up there will be an Easter baking treat for you all. Have a lovely long weekend.

Much love
xoxo

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A few products I've loved in March


The month of March has been a great one for discovering new products and also having to rediscover products in my stash due to spending out on a whole new bathroom (the joys of adulthood). A nice little group for this monthly favs.

Benefit They're Real-* Is becoming a new mascara favourite. Since getting this sample I have not stopped using it. Every single lash is coated and holds a nice curl. I still curl my lashes as they are stubborn however with good naturally curled lashes this could be the one mascara for you. It's relatively easy to take off at the end of the day and lasts for hours. Such a great overall product.

iPhone 6- Apple- Having only had this for a few days its definitely the product that has made it to a favourites this quickly. I've had a Samsung for two years so going back to a iPhone is so nice. The apps you can get, the simplicity of using it, and also the camera for instagram is epic!

Clarins instant natural light lip perfecters-£18- I enjoy using this product more and more every day. Makes my lips look and feel super smooth and full. I have the shade 05 which gives a pretty subtle pink tint to the lips. Not too glossy but has some sheen. It stays in my handbag now and really does come in handy for those lack of spare time to get ready dates. 

Dry shampoo- CoLab- £1.99- Number one, it's a miniature. Number two, who doesn't need dry shampoo in their life? CoLab London is my ultimate dry shampoo brand because its so light weight you can't ever feel like it's in your hair. It doesn't come out white so its just your hair but even more dry and  stiff.

Seche vite- £9.99- If you need a seriously good top coat then look no further as this is THE best I have ever tried and can hand on heart say I'm not bothered in trying out new top coats because its that good. Your nails are dry in like 5 minutes not even that and dry to the point you can pick things up, touch them and so on. 

There's quite a few other products I've enjoyed using however didn't feel strong enough to include them in a favourites.

Hope your having a lovely hump day!
xoxo