Thursday, 31 December 2015

Things I've Learnt in 2015


(Christmas meal set up 2015)

Happy New Years Eve! I was in the middle of some coursework when I had a brain wave to write this, so here I am once again procrastinating and writing about all the things I've learnt this year...

Being in my 3rd year plus studying Psychology means a lot of work and stress. This year I've realised how hard I can be on myself, always worrying about how well I'm doing and having no self belief, basically I need to learn to chill

Buying a Nutribullet or any sort of green juice making machine will not make me healthy, and it won't be used everyday as I expected it would. It is a lot of effort...

Buying clothes in River Island full price is a massive heart breaking mistake, everything instore goes on sale and every year you make the same mistake, save your money Jodie...

Emails from my favourite shops are actually evil, did I really need that pair of Zara boots that are exactly the same as some I already have?... maybe, but I'm still unsubscribing from all online shopping emails and getting with the capsule wardrobe thing next year. This is in the hope of saving money for my holiday to Vegas.

I started taking my blog seriously back in May, when the days were long and skies weren't all that bad, then October came along and I realised bad lighting is a real pain for photos. I dislike a dark and dingy #flatlay, I would rather just not have a photo (throws camera on the floor and storms off in a strop).

Latte art is called art for a very good reason. I started a part time job as a barista in September, have I mastered latte art yet? No.

I cannot go a week without my weekly The Michalaks fix, I'm one of those people sat there ready waiting for their vlog to be uploaded on the Sunday, the vlogs are hilarious, intelligent and beautifully edited!

I would love to know what you've learnt this year?
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015 Beauty Discoveries



I feel like this year there has been some really big discoveries for me, finding two new favourite lipsticks, managing to have skin that is actually blemish free and getting a new shorter do has meant finding new products that I have really fallen in love with. I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet, I have more than likely posted a full review so I will leave a link to them as I go along.

I'm starting with skincare, my first discovery is the First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream, I used to use moisturiser here and there thinking my oily skin didn't really need it. Since having this and slotting it into my skincare regime it has made so much difference to the texture and moisture levels in my skin. My skin looks more plump and hydrated. The Avene Cleanance Expert is another product that has made a massive difference, the under the skin lumps I used to have on my skin are starting to disapear and I'm not breaking out nearly half as much, it is honestly a wonder product that has lifted my confidence with my skin.

I always want my hair to look thick and fuller than it really is, a product that has seriously helped me with that is the TRESemme Perfectly Undone Sea Foam. It's a bit odd as it is like a sea salt spray in mousse form, but it leaves my hair having amazing texture and volume without weighing it down. I didn't like hairspray for a while as it reminded me of the days when I would have spiral curls solid with the stuff for school discos. The got2b Volumizing Hairspray helped me change my mind as it actually helps give more volume without look crunchy and brushes out easily, it smells amazing too!

The Soap and Glory "scrub of your life" has been a little God send, not too harsh that I'm leaving my skin feeling dry and sensitive but just a really good exfoliant that does the job of providing smooth skin and getting rid of any remaining fake tan. I also love that it comes in a tube rather than a pot, I find those big pots with the screw top lids are a faff!

Lipsticks now, ahh... They look quite boring actually and something that I wouldn't have ever thought I would wear this time last year. Firstly the absolute star of the show Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl I talk about this way too much but it just really suits me as far as a nude/ brown lip goes. Amazing formulation and it goes with any makeup look my heart desires. I feel like I've found a really fab mascara this year that ticks all the boxes. The Maybelline Lash Sensational doesn't smudge, gives me volume, length and separation plus isn't too much hard work removing it, I don't ask for anything else really.

Last but not least is the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette, 100% the palette of the year for me. The shade range is gorgeous, for me this makes the perfect travel palette as it houses a few matte shades and then a mix of light to dark shimmery shades that are wearable and look lovely together. The pigmentation and staying power are good, £15.50 on BeautyBay, ya'll need it! For brows all I have reached for is the powder in the L'oreal Brow Artist Kit, I feel like high street brands have stepped up their game with brow products this year as this is the perfect shade and tone for me, and I just find powder easiest to work with.

I've had such a fun year blogging this year, I've discovered so many products mostly down to fellow bloggers. Thank you for all the support, I'm excited for what 2016 has to bring!

What are some of your favourite discoveries this year?
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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas Presents 2015




I'm currently catching up on Youtube vids with a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich, absolutely perfect! I'm always lucky come Christmas as my family, friends and boyfriend are very generous. I thought I would share some of my Christmas gifts as no doubt they will be getting full mentions on here throughout January, this is basically a sneak peek of the reviews to come!

The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette is right out of my comfort zone, I'm a warm toned. bronzed eye makeup kinda gal so I am really excited to start experimenting with this. The colours are gorgeous and I know I can trust the quality of Urban Decay eyeshadows. Plus, I think UD are the only brand to actually give you a decent eyeshadow brush!? This one looks pretty promising. My nails have been awful for a while now as they are so thin and break easily, I was happy to open the OPI Nail Envy, I've heard so many good things about it so fingers crossed it works for me.

Christmas isn't quite Christmas without a little bit of Lush, it is like a roast dinner without the stuffing, it just isn't allowed. The bubble bar Holly Golightly (all sold out now, sorry!) smells spicy, does anyone remember those Atomic Fireblast sweets? (give it a google I bet you do) it smells exactly like them! The bath goes green and the cinnamon scent is so festive, I'll be picking this up next year to have again. Snow Fairy is a classic, a little too sweet in the mornings for me but nice in the evening. Something new I've never tried is the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creme's this one is in "Prague", this is really cute as I actually went to Prague in November, so quite a thoughtful gift. The colour is like nothing else I own, it is a berry toned pink with a little purple in there too, really unique to other berry lip colours I've seen. I'm loving the formulation of this and will be picking up more shades in the new year for £5.50 you can't go wrong!

Soap and Glory Hand Food saves me, I love this mini from one of their sets I received. It really keeps my hands nourished without feeling greasy. Everyone needs one in their handbag, it makes the perfect stocking filler!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, was there anything beauty related that you received this year?
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Cocoa Brown... New Fake Tan Favourite!


To be honest fake tanning is a chore to me, I can never be bothered to exfoliate and moisturise to make sure I'm not going to look like a milky white and tan reptile. For around a year I have only really used Dove Summer Glow, which for a gradual tan is my favourite and I'll still stick by it, but I needed a good instant tan in my life for those last minute "quick I need to be tanned," moments.

The Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse, is possibly the best instant fake tan I've tried! I have used everything from St Moriz to St Tropez and nothing has beat this yet. The colour is dark but natural enough to pull it off (even being as pale as I am). Some fake tans leave my skin feeling tight and dry and cling to any dry patches, this one doesn't, I wouldn't go as far as saying it is moisturising but it definitely hasn't made my skin any worse. The consistency is a mousse which I have used before but this resembles a hair mousse as it is light weight, it blends easily and quickly on my skin so I'm not hanging around for ages waiting for it to dry. One tip with this, give it a shake before you dispense the product, other wise (like I did) you could have product squirting out in all directions, plus it mixes the tanning elements with everything else in the bottle.

I can be pretty unorganised so the fact this develops in a hour means I'll never have to look like Casper at a party again. Another usual pet hate about fake tan is the dog biscuit smell, this product isn't completely free of it at first but once I wash it off the smell goes. I honestly can say this will be constantly repurchased, I almost want to put it in my 2015 Favourites post even though I've been using it for 3 weeks!

What is your favourite instant fake tanner?

Lastly Happy Christmas Eve! You can find me on Instagram jodiemelissamoores or Twitter jodiemelissaxo

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Daily Makeup: Festive Updates




Everyones going crazy for Christmas party makeup, but during the festive period I like to glam up my everyday makeup slightly. I recently reviewed the Eylure Advent Calender which has definitely made me become slightly obsessed with lashes, here I'm wearing 020 which are really natural looking and just add extra volume which I've really been loving. I never usually wear eyeshadow during the day but around this time of year I always reach for the Urban Decay Naked Palette to add a subtle smokey eye by using Virgin in the inner corner, Half Baked all over the lid and a mixture of Naked and Buck in the crease. Half Baked is one of my all time favourite eyeshadows for the festive season, it's a gold with flexes of gold glitter and shimmer running through it, so nice!

Another makeup change is highlighter, I always wear highlighter but usually something more subtle, but MAC's Soft and Gentle is making an appearance in my makeup routine again. The pink undertones really compliment my skintone, in the pan it looks almost glittery which is never a good look, but on the skin that doesn't transfer. My lips have become a little dry from the cold weather so I've been wearing the Clarins Natural Lip Perfector in 04 Petal Shimmer to add some colour and moisture at the same time. These live in the bottom of my handbag and amongst all the other lip products it is definitely these I reach for the most.

I hope you're all having a lovely Christmas, have you made any festive changes to your everyday makeup? You can also find me on Instagram: jodiemelissamooress and Twitter jodiemelissaxo 
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Eylure Advent Calender Review



I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous advent calender from Eylure. Let's get one thing straight, I'm still a massive fan of the good old chocolate advent calenders ( I have two this year...) but I agree that beauty advent calenders are a pretty good way to try out new products.

The calender comes with 12 pairs of lashes and a full sized glue and I usually reuse them a few times if I can save them, so I'm sorted for a good while with these! This is also the perfect time for me to have plenty of eyelashes, Christmas makeup isn't complete without lashes. There are only three pairs I'm not keen on which have been donated to some of the girls I live with (no 101, 083, 107 + 100), they are a little too dramatic for me. The others I am so excited to try, I usually go for a wispie style like the 035 and 117 in the picture above, but I'm really looking forward to trying a different look, especially 116 as they are more defined (I'm thinking with a cat eye they will look gorgeous).

Eylure are my favourite brand of lashes, they're such good quality and although they are usually around the £5 I can always get around 3 uses out of them by just removing the glue after I've used them. The lashes are good quality so easy to wear and don't feel heavy on my eyes like other lashes I have used in the past. The glue is a good'un aswel, I've used it for years and my lashes always stay on securely, I always have a fear of my eyelashs coming off in the corner so I don't use anything else.

If you are looking for lashes to wear over this festive season I definitely recommend Eylure as a brand, they have so many different styles to suit any look as dramatic or low key as you like. For anyone who hasn't worn lashes before and isn't sure of what to go for I think the Fleur De Force "Fleur Loves" lashes are perfect, they're so comfortable.

I'll be posting lots of Christmas makeup looks on my Instagram over the festive period wearing the lashes featured here! My Instagram is jodiemelissamoores
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Friday, 11 December 2015

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Review



The first ever highend foundation I bought around 4 years ago was Estee Lauders Double Wear, seems like a drastic choice for a 16 year old but my skin was so oily and prone to blemishes I wanted something long lasting and full coverage. I remember feeling amazing holding the luxurious bottle and using my trusty real techniques expert face brush to transform my skin, it went from having uneven pigmentation and blemishes to a pretty much perfect looking base. My confidence grew and my love for double wear started, 4 years later my skin is completely different, the blemishes I get are usually around my chin and sometimes on my cheeks, no where near as bad as I used to experience. I haven't used double wear every day since then, but on those days I needed some real help, I turned to it (and still do).

I had been wanting to try double wear light for a while, after watching Lisa Eldridge do a video on blemish and acne prone skin it just confirmed that for everyday I needed to ditch the full coverage foundation, and be happy with the areas on my face that were blemish free. My one issue with a lot of foundations if the longevity, ain't no good to me if it looks good at first and a patchy mess an hour later, this became a reoccurring problem with so many expensive and inexpensive foundations.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light is exactly what I needed. The consistency is a little more creamy feeling than the original double wear, this makes it so easy to blend a smooth over my skin. I apply about a 5p piece amount on the back of my hand and start by applying it on my nose and work outwards, straight away the redness around my nose is covered and a light/medium coverage is left blurring out any pores or small imperfections, then I apply a small amount to my forehead (luckily I don't get spots there any more so I don't need as much coverage). Depending on how my skin is doing I'll apply this to my chin aswel and just use concealer, but sometimes I use the original double wear here.

This foundation feels so comfortable and is lightweight on my skin. The coverage isn't obvious making it perfect for every day use. The finish I can only describe as natural looking, it isn’t particularly dewy but if I've been using any chemical exfoliants on my skin the radiance that they leave my skin with isn't totally covered, which is amazing. One issue I also have is some skincare products can leave my skin with dry patches, but this doesn't cling to them at all, phew! After 7 hours of wearing this foundation I was so happy (and a little shocked) to see it still in place, having oily skin is a stress so many times throughout the day I'll be wondering how my foundation looks. The one thing I would change about this foundation is the shade range, 9 shades isn't enough and I guess a few people won't find a match.

Im definitely going to be wearing this foundation to Christmas parties aswel as in the day, I'm so impressed by how long wearing it is and how it provides a nice coverage whilst still looking natural at the same time. I'm hoping this suits all skin types as it is such a nice foundation to have in your collection, but for oily skin/ normal skin girls I can say it is a definite winner!

John Lewis also have this on offer for £26.55 at the minute!
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: High End Beauty




These are the staple makeup bits in my collection that are also fab gifts for anyone that is even slightly into their makeup. I'll kick it all off with eyes, the Urban Decay Primer Potion is a must, it makes any eyeshadow last so much longer and gives such good colour pay off, this is the perfect stocking filler or a good one if you are on a budget. Looking back I'm not quite sure how I lasted without the Urban Decay Naked Palette in my life for so long. What I love about it is all the different looks I can create, the two matte shades mean I don't really need anything else. This palette with a staple blending brush (Yep that is MAC's 217) is all you need to create an amazing eye look. It may seem quite pricey but the quality of the eyeshadows is unbeatable, it's like touching butter....

Another beauty gift is the Benefit They're Real Mascara, I wanted to dislike this because everyone hyped it up so much, but it's an all rounder (lengthens, gives volume, separation, doesn't smudge, lasts ages, doesn't leave any annoying black marks below my bottom lashes.. Perfect really). This makes the perfect gift as high end mascaras to me always feel like a luxury. A more affordable mascara I'm obsessed with at the minute is the Maybelline Lash Sensational, it provides volume and length... A combination of these two always gives me goooooooood lashes.

Just after my lipstick obsession is highlighters, they're my new babies. A classic that my collection wouldn't be without is MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. I remember my boyfriend buying me this Christmas 2012 and I was so chuffed with it, this is the perfect safe option as it looks gorgeous on everyone. Anyone that is a makeup wearer needs that one luxurious (stupidly priced) lipstick they wear when they need a pick me up, Charlotte Tilbury is the brand I reach for when I'm feeling rubbish and want to feel human again. The Matte Revolution lipsticks have the best formulation, staying power and most amazing shade range you could ask for. Although it can be hard picking a lipstick shade I think something classic like Bond Girl, Red Carpet Red or Love Liberty are shades pretty much everyone will love.

Lastly a fab stocking filler is nail polish, there are some really nice sets around (TK MAxx is the place for cheap sets) but a couple of single nail polishes are also a winner to receive at Christmas. The Sleek Loves Gel Nails polishes are not highend but I am so impressed by the quality I wanted to include them in this, they are long lasting and opaque with amazing shine like a salon finish, for £4.99 you can't go wrong.

Have you bought any highend beauty gifts for anyone this year?

Keep up with me on Instagram: jodiemelissamoores and twitter: jodiemelissaxo between posts!
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Friday, 4 December 2015

Tag: Blogging Highlights of 2015



Prepare to be overloaded with the words blog, blogging and bloggers. I really wanted to create a post that conceptualised this whole year of blogging for me. In May 2015 I decided to share my little place on the internet with social media, which has allowed me to speak to other bloggers and become involved in such a fab community! Getting myself involved has really kept me motivated, not to mention a new found love for flat lays, I'm always trying to think of new ways to perfect a flippin' flat lay. This year has been such a good year for my blog and myself, so I thought it would be nice to look at the highlights. I would also love it if anyone fancies joining in and doing this post for themselves, please comment or let me know on twitter or instagram!

1) Favourite month of blogging from 2015

I'm a student so over summer I took full advantage of having more free time and managed to post once every other day throughout August. I love blogging so having the time to produce more was fab, I really miss that. Taking photos was also so much easier, which I think made a massive difference. My boyfriend also came back from working away, for 4 months, so I think that might have something to do with it being my favourite...

2) Most popular post of the year

When I heard about the Fleur De Force and Eylure collab I may aswel have jumped up and down with excitement, the "Fleur Loves," lashes are my absolute go to now. I must have been one of the first to write a post and review the lashes and Fleur was lovely enough to give me a good'ol retweet, before I knew it my post had been viewed by so many people. It was exciting as it was only a few months into taking my blog more seriously.

3) Posts that you are proud of 

The Fleur de Force lashes review, because I plucked up the courage to uploads photos of myself wearing the lashes (I was so nervous to do that!)... Another is a post I wrote about achieving a dewy finish when you have oily skin (here) I was happy to share my experience with having oily skin and I feel like it is something that isn't spoken about that much, having oily skin does not always mean having a matte looking finish!

4) Stand out blogging moments this year

Getting involved with the social media side of everything was a massive step for me, I love chatting to other bloggers. I hosted one of the bbloggers chats which I was really nervous about but it was so much fun. I also hosted a giveaway which I have wanted to do for ages, I wanted to give something back to all you lovely people that comment on my posts and give my blog a read.

5) Things to change/ improve in 2016

There are so many things I want to improve, I think later on next year I'll invest in a better camera. I love the photography side of blogging and I'm really starting to notice how crap my camera actually is. Another change that will be happening sooner is a complete redesign, I have my eye on a few different options, I feel like a change! I also really want to meet other bloggers in 2016, that is going on my to do list.

6)  Favourite blogs/ bloggers of 2015

There are so many lovely people I've been able to chat to through blogging. I've compiled a list of the blogs I've been loving this year.


I hope you're all feeling festive by now! If you don't want to do the tag let me know some of your 2015 blogging highlights...

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Christmas Party Makeup Essentials







Who's with me that one of the best parts of a night out is getting ready? I love spending ages doing my makeup and on the average day I'll only have chance to spend 15 minutes, so I take full advantage (excessive but I have been known to spend an hour and a half on my makeup...) I've picked out some of my essentials for a winter evening makeup look, honestly I go all out for most nights out I go on, but there is something about feeling all festive that just makes me put on even more!

THE PERFECT BASE

My perfect base starts with a mattifying primer, I love having a luminous finish but because of my oily skin I have to work on that after my foundation. The Body Shop Instablur really helps to keep my makeup in place so it will last all night without budging or needing touch ups (it is also fab dupe for the Benefit Porefessional). Once I have a base I know will last I'm adding highlighter, probably too much but I love it! For something more intense I layer liquid and powder highlighters. I always reach for the TempleSpa Instant Radiance Booster as my liquid option, it doesn't move around the makeup underneath and provides a gorgeous luminous glow to my skin, then to follow would be something more intense depending on my eye makeup and if I'm wearing fake tan.

THE EYES

I'm always torn between golden, warm toned shadows and silver cool toned shades for the winter. However this year it was easy for me to pick these, I think the stand out product for me is MAC's Tan Pigment, all MAC pigments in general are gorgeous and add dimension to any eyeshadow look or work amazingly on their own. Tan is a golden bronze shade with pink under tones, an easy way to wear pinks if you are pale like me. I love applying this wet to make it even more intense.

I'm yet to see one bad review about the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, and with good reason. They act as the perfect base for eyeshadows or look nice blended out on their own. My favourite for the festive season is Eternal Gold, if I'm wearing a bold smoky eye I'll put this in the inner corners to brighten everything up and it works a treat. These are really long lasting and are similar to the MAC paint pots but thankfully a fraction of the price!

I couldn't write this without including the Sephora shadow in Hollywood's calling. It is like a pressed pigment, amazing pigmentation but blends easily and the colour is one of my absolute favourites and looks amazing with blue eyes, it is a bronze shade with gold flexes running through it... It is going to be so hard to choose what to go with when I come to doing my makeup! If I'm wearing a lot of eye makeup I feel bare without lashes, my favourites are by Eylure, especially the "Fleur Loves," lashes from the Fleur De Force range. I think lashes are a personal thing, I can't wear any with a thick band or that look too obvious.

THE LIPS

I'm not one of those girls to have clothes everywhere because I can't decide what to wear, for me it is lipstick where I struggle! It seems like a simple choice but I never know what to go for, especially during winter. A bolder option I'm loving at the minute is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, it is bloody scary looking but there is something really flattering about it. The deep purple/ berry shade works well with my pale skin and with some pale gold eyeshadows it looks stunning. It is a high maintenance option though so I've also included MACs Lip Pencil in Dervish, this colour matches my lip colour perfectly it works really well at making my lips appear fuller and more even, my go to lip option for when I'm going for a bold smoky eye.

I'm so excited for Christmas and starting to feel so festive already... What are your Christmas party makeup essentials?
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Skincare Discovery - Avene Cleanance Expert




Thankfully I've managed to get rid of the majority of blemishes that are sore and obvious, but my skin still isn't clear from those really annoying small under the skin bumps (please tell me I'm not the only one who gets them?) and blackheads which I obviously want to get rid of! I remember the first night I used the Avene Cleanance Expert* not expecting much one night, but when I woke up the next morning I noticed straight away how soft my skin felt and also how much clearer it looked after just one use. 

After using this for two weeks I have seen a massive difference, not so much with blackheads but with under the skin pimples, they are slowly going which no product has ever been able to do for me before! Finally! I cleanse my skin, use a toner and then go onto this treatment if I'm not using a mask or anything else. I use this as an evening moisturiser, I just feel like the benefits are better as I wear makeup most days, I want my skin to soak it all up in the night. It is a light weight cream, it absorbs into my skin instantly, for me there is nothing worse than feeling a heavy and sticky product on my face as a I go sleep so this ticks another box for that. Another plus about this product is that it doesn't leave my skin feeling dehydrated, I love the La Roche Posay Effaclar K, but I can't use it every day otherwise my skin becomes dehydrated and makes applying makeup over the top impossible without it looking awful and patchy. 

I won't be letting this product run out without a backup in my skincare collection, I feel like this is a fab skincare discovery that is gentle but effective at the same time.

What is your favourite skincare items for those under the skin pimples and blackheads too!?


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Sunday, 22 November 2015

A Mini Sephora Haul





Granted this is a lot smaller than the typical Sephora hauls I've seen in the past, but having never tried anything from the brand I wanted to pick up a few bits that would give me an idea if I actually like them! I went to Prague recently and when I saw the Sephora sign the well known brands like ABH, Kat Von D and Tarte sprung to mind, I was seriously worried for my bank account! A little disappointed a lot of the products were similar or from brands I had never heard before, but ofcourse I still bought some bits.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain

I went for the shade Marvelous Mauve, it reminds me of Brave but slightly more pink, very similar to the Rimmel Kate Moss matte lipstick range in 101. I have come to the conclusion from this that I'm not actually that keen on lip stains! I tried the Rimmel Apocalips when they first came out and I had the same problem with them, firstly because of how difficult they are to apply, and secondly they just don't last on me and end up showing any signs of dry lips that I have. I'm going to persist with this and try it a few more times, but for now I just can't seem to make it work.

Sephora Eyeshadow

This alongside MACs Amber Lights is becoming my most reached for single eyeshadow. "Hollywood's calling" is basically what I expect from every eyeshadow, really pigmented, long lasting (although I do use an eye primer every time I use eyeshadow) and blends well. I have been loving wearing this for nights out all over the lid and blended into the crease with a warm dark brown shade and then a lighter gold in the inner corner. This colour also looks amazing over the top of the Maybelline colour tattoo in On and On Bronze, if you like a lot of glitter and shimmer you'll probably have a mini heart attack over it, I nearly did.

Sephora Blusher

If you a regular reader then you'll know for some reason I don't  didn't like wearing blusher. I'm still well within in my comfort zone and always gravitate towards the first colour in any range, usually it's a dirty rose shade that is pretty basic. I picked up the shade "Shame on you!" which you guessed it is a "rose" shade, it is matte which I love because if I want any shimmer I'll just add a highlighter over the top. When I first used it I hate to be dramatic but it was a revelation, I couldn't believe how much brighter my complexion looked and I went from ghostly to healthy. Yes it does look boring in the pan, but it works really well with my pale skin. The pigmentation is good but not to the point where it is difficult to work with, the colour is buildable which I think is best with a blush. I'm only wishing I had picked up more of these!

I think next year will be the next time I'm able to pop into a Sephora, what are your favourite products from there?

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Luminous Skin with Collection




Left: layered with the Mary-Lou Manizer on top, Right: on its own

Shade 1: Porcelain.... 

I feel like everyone knows and loves Collection for their lasting perfection concealer (plus that amazing new blusher and bronzer quad they have just released), but the brand actually has some other products that need some lovin too! With the majority of their products being under £5 my student back account is also kept happy...

I've wrote a post on achieving a luminous/ dewy finish before with mainly high end products mentioned so this is like the "on a budget" second part. Whenever anyone asks me on foundation recommendations if they don't have oily skin I always recommend a dewy and illuminating finish, I think it looks stunning and natural. Annoyingly when you've got skin like me that is constantly oily it makes wearing those foundations a pretty impossible task (I know I ain't got time to be blotting my face every 30 mins!). I tried the Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation* and for me it didn't work, it is a light weight liquid foundation that did at first look really nice on my skin, it provided a luminous yet natural finish covering most of my redness well, but after an hour it started to separate and my oily skin wasn't having none of it. I would suggest swatching this and trying it if you need an inexpensive foundation, definitely one for normal/ dry skin (not sure how well it would sit on dry patches, but it seemed to smooth over my skin pretty well) if you are on a budget and looking for a dewy light/ medium coverage foundation. I did also find this quite hard to colour match, I don't know what "Porcelain" they have been looking at as the lightest shade is too dark!

Now on to the products that do work for me, the Collection Luminous Concealer* is a budget liquid highlighter/ concealer I've had in my collection for years. It does a fab job at adding a subtle reflection of light onto my skin, nothing shimmery and awkwardly obvious so perfect for more natural makeup days or layering with other products. I like to wear this over the top of a concealer under my eyes, it means I can have the full coverage from the concealer but in a more natural looking way with the highlighting element on top.

Anything easy to use I want in my life, so a highlighter in stick form is perfect! A swipe of the Collection Speedy Highlighter* at the tops of my cheek bones helps my skin look luminous, this is lovely and subtle for the day time. I feel like wearing highlighter in the right way is actually quite hard without making it look really obvious, but this is pretty fail safe and perfect for beginners as it blends easily and isn't too much of an intense colour. I have the shade 01 Pearl Sheen, so as the name suggests it is a pale pink pearlescent shade, this looks especially lovely with theBalm's Mary-lou manizer layered on top! I think this is definitely more for paler skin tones as it is quite fair on my skin.

Overall I am pretty impressed, I think the highlighter is gorgeous for a paler skin tone which I think is actually quite hard to find on a good one from the highstreet and the concealer is an old classic in my collection.

What are your favourite products for luminous skin? Are you a fan of Collection?
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Monday, 16 November 2015

Nars Train Bleu






A few weeks back I had one of the best emails, a random £5 off Space NK voucher, how could I just let that collect dust and expire? I decided to get something that I wouldn't usually reach for and step out of my comfort zone, after seeing Vivanna mention Train Bleu I thought yeah, I'm gunna try that! 

The formulation is up there with one of my favourites for a matte lipstick, the Velvet Matte pencils are creamy and feel nice and soft on the lips, it doesn't feel to me like a typical matte lipstick. When I wear a bold lip my one concern usually is that fact it is going to smudge or bleed throughout the day, but this has been fine. The shade itself looks darker in the pencil than on the lips, It is a deep purple shade, which is pretty similar to an aubergine! 

I think because it is so dark it works well with some eye liner and lots of mascara and not much more. I'm looking to buy MAC's Vino lipliner (I did have it but annoyingly lost it!) I think it would compliment this colour perfectly. This definitely isn't my everyday lip colour option but a nice addition to my collection for when I'm feeling brave!

What are your favourite bold shades for A/W? 
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Prague in Pictures







(taken from my instagram; jodiemelissamoores)

Prague has to be one of the most beautiful cities I have visited, I feel so lucky! I have been prettttty stressed lately so taking this break was much needed. I feel like if you want a luxury experience but on a budget it is the perfect place to visit. 

1)

The view from the metronome... By far my favourite photo from the whole holiday! The Vltava River is stunning, we took a boat trip along the river and I was speechless for the majority of it. One thing I really love about Prague is the history, all of the different districts offer something different. The old cathedrals and cute cafes make it such a beautiful romantic city. Either side of the river has something different to offer.

2) 

An example of one of the gorgeous buildings dotted around Prague. I took this photo from the boat cruise, where (get ready for this) I also saw a husband and wife have their wedding photos took on the river bank! There was about 100 swans surrounding them, she was wearing a gorgeous white dress and I wanted to cry.

3)

My boyfriend was confused as to why I was taking this photo, but something about this scene felt so Parisian and sassy I couldn't resist. I wish I knew that man so I could give him this photo. This was on Charles bridge which is the most famous bridge in Prague, worth going in the morning when it is nice and quite.

4)

Again that same river, I like this photo because it looks peaceful! It made me think a lot about how busy I have been lately and to just take a step back and make time for myself, random but it shows how a picture can speak a thousand words (I'll stop now as I'm aware how cringy this is).

5)

An example of some of the quirky places to dine in Prague, The Hanger is tucked away down a little side street. There are so many lovely places to visit that are quite hidden from central areas, I think researching for places to eat and drink is one of the best things to do before a visit, clearly summing up my priorities.

6)

I'm sorry but who doesn't love horses and Cartier jewellery? Although I did approach a horse and nearly got my hand nibbled off. This was taken in the old town square where is also a must see if you visit Prague.

7) 

We stayed at The Kings Court Hotel and decided to have breakfast included to cut the costs down and as this picture shows it definitely doesn't disappoint. Anything and everything was served, I was going to bed excited to wake up to the breakfast buffet! The room itself was spacious and comfy, the bathroom was a bloggers dream filled with marble tiles and big mirrors. We decided to treat ourselves and use the Spa too, which I think is a must given it is in the hotel. It was also in the perfect location, literally next door to the palladium where inside they have Sephora... All in all a lovely hotel with really lovely staff too.

I think the pictures speak for themselves, the perfect European city break I think! I''m also going to be uploading a "what I wore in Prague" post which I'm a little nervous about, but I get to write about my holiday again so...

Where is your favourite destination for a city break?
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Saturday, 7 November 2015

MAC Lip Haul






If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen I took a trip to Prague this week (it was amazing, I have some posts all about it coming up next week). For me the holiday starts at the airport, overly excited by duty free I headed straight to MAC in the hope of updating my lipstick collection. Being a massive fan of MAC's Brave (satin finish, dirty pink/mauve shade) I wanted something that was slightly darker and more autumnal. I had one of those moments where I had a good browse then started picking out at random, the first lipstick I picked out was Twig. Twig was exactly what I was looking for, described as a "soft muted brownish- pink" it is one of those perfect wearable colours that looks fab with any makeup. A satin finish is my favourite as the colour shows up exactly as it looks in the bullet but doesn't show up any dry patches on the lips like a matte finish does. 

After watching Jess (Sunbeamsjess) talk about her MAC lip liner collection it inspired me to start thinking more about lip liners and how they can be used as lipsticks or to change lipsticks I already have in my collection. I picked out two lip liners that I thought would work well under a lot of shades I already have. The most well known of the two is Spice and I can see why, it is described as a "pink cinnamon stick" shade on the website but I feel like it is much deeper than that and more on the nude/brown side rather than pink like the name suggests, this works so well under Twig bringing out the brown tones making it a more statement lip. I was looking for an everyday lipliner that will work with anything and I opted for Dervish, this liner pretty much matches my lip colour so works perfectly at just perfecting my lip shade and giving my lips an even finish. If I ever just want to wear a clear gloss or natural lip this is going to be perfect, definitely something that was missing from my current lip liner collection!

What are your favourite MAC lipsticks/ liners? I need to start making a Christmas list!

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Travel Makeup Bag/ Everyday Makeup


(My eyebrows are due a serious threading sesh)

I feel like I have finally found a makeup look that I can't stop wearing, and probably won't stop wearing for a while. It consists of a gel liner, a good pair of eye lash curlers and my favourite lip combo discovery of the year. I'm currently in Prague and I've had to manage a 4 night stay with a 10kg bag, hence the use of samples and smaller products that help with space.

Base wise I've been wearing a combination of Estee Lauder Double Wear in Fresco (£30) with the L'oreal True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory (£9.99). The longevity of the double wear is still apparent but the true match foundation helps keep it a medium (less cakey) looking coverage, using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99) to buff this in leaves my skin with a matte finish that is going to last through a day of lectures or work. Typically I don't actually like a fully matte finish, so this is where I introduce theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (£17.50) to the tops of my (non-existent) cheek bones and just a little under my brow bone, this highlighter is perfect for everyday, it isn't overly pink or too pale so I feel like it will work well for most people.

To add some colour to my face I'm taking the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.99), this is perfect for travelling because it has a bronzer and a contour shade in the one palette, which both actually work for me really well. The contour shade isn't too grey which is something I've struggled with when trying others, perfect budget option for anyone who is on the paler side like me!

I used to use the Maybelline Gel Liner (£7.99) years ago and when it dried up I just forgot about it and decided not to repurchase it again, but I'm so glad I picked it up. Gel liner is the most long lasting and gives me a really dark black line, it has made me realise how much of a shoddy job some of my other liners were doing. I think paired with the right brush it can be worn in so many different ways. Along my water line I use the Benefit Eye Bright (£15.50), such a simple concept but I feel strange without applying some of this now, it really brightens and makes my eye makeup look complete. Mascara has to be the Maybelline lash sensational, I've wrote a post with before and after pictures, they say it all really. For my holiday I'm taking away a sample of the Chanel Infinite Length and Curl, this gives me volume and length and without a doubt will be featuring on my Christmas list, due to the fact it is £25 full size!

Now onto that holy grail lip product discovery which will be no surprise if you follow me on my social media, MACs Brave (£15.50), the perfect muted pink/ mauve shade with blue undertones. Honestly I don't know why this colour works for me so well because it looks kind of boring right in the bullet.
Next on my list are Twig, Faux and Patisserie (which hopefully I'll have picked up from the airport!). The lipliner I wear with it is Whirl (£12.50) which I'll be taking away with me to hopefully pair with a new lipstick buy, it is the perfect mauve shade that is slightly darker than Brave making it more intense.

What are your travel makeup essentials?
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Sunday Night Pamper Essentials


For me there is just something therapeutic about having a good chill out and pamper on a Sunday, new week new me! I like to interchange a lot of the products I use, but these are always the ones I come back to when I want to wake up feelin' good Monday morning. I always start with cleansing my face, and off course it is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (£15.50) that just does it for me. The eucalyptus is fresh and calming and the creamy texture makes it easy to cleanse and get my skin clean without stripping it and leaving to dry and tight.

I don't always have baths (don't worry I shower inbetween) so I go all out when I do, I like to use two bath bombs but the one that goes in each and every time is Lush Butterball (£2.65). This bath bomb has pieces of cocoa butter in it that leave my skin feeling really soft, even after having a shower the next day my skin is like a babies! I think if your skin is sensitive and you don't want the usual crazy things from Lush then this is perfect. The Temple Spa Big Reveal (£40), ahh this product makes me happy! It is a glycolic resurfacing peel which is the first of its kind I have tried, unbelievably applying this and seeing the results takes less than 2 minutes. My skin is left feeling soft and radiant, when I use this I notice the next day my makeup sits smoother and applies better to my skin, it has become a wonder product for me.

The final stages are always kept beside my bed to use before I go to sleep. I definitely wouldn't be able to wear matte lipsticks without the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm (£9.50). In the evening I like to use something rich and intense. I wake up in the morning and I can still feel this balm working its magic, if you have dry lips and have tried everything but this, then it is worth a go. it seems quite pricey compared to the usual lip balm, but you get what you pay for in this case! Lastly I apply the Sally Hansen Nail Oil (£6.20), this is a fairly new step in my routine because my nails have annoyingly started flaking and thinning. So far this oil has managed to keep my cuticles softer and my nails in better condition.

What are your Sunday night pamper essentials?
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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A/W 2015 Fashion and Beauty Essentials





(Instagram; jodiemelissamoores)

This post has been a long time coming! I am obsessed with A/W fashion and makeup so it makes sense for me to bring together all my favourites and share them in one (massive) blog post. 

THE BEAUTY

Brown/ nude lips

I kind of wished summer away just so I could crack out some of my favourite dark nude shades. Frequently mentioned on my blog is Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Bond Girl, and I just had to include this here because I have been itching to wear it. an alternative for me is the Rimmel Lasting Finish lipliner in Spice all over my lips with some of Coffee Bean in the outer corners then a little bit of MACs Honeylove dabbed on top (honeylove is way too pale for me to wear it on it's own). A little more effort to make this look sleek, but it is worth it!

Two others that are a little less pricey are MAC's Velvet Teddy and Revlons "Mink". Obviously you've all heard of Velvet Teddy, but I couldn't not include it. Similar to the formulation of CT Bond Girl it glides on and leaves a matte finish that isn't at all drying, so perfect for the colder months. Revlons "Mink" is for when I want a glossy finish, it is such a rich colour that I love pairing with black eyeliner and heaps of mascara. The formulation is also really hydrating and it doesn't leave my lips feeling dry or uncomfortable.

Shimmery eye makeup

MAC pigments remind me of Christmas parities, and if you can't wear a bit of glitter over Christmas then when can you? I actually love Tan pigment all year round but especially along my lower lash line with a warm smokey eye for the colder months. I have Vanilla on my list for next time!

A/W scent

Thierry Mugler Alien brings back so many memories for me as I bought it in the airport before I went to New York last Christmas, so you can see why I love it. I gravitate towards a floral fragrance always (Gucci bamboo is next on my list!) so for me this is the perfect winter floral as it is really rich, woody and comforting. I have the Eau De Parfum and one spray is enough, so worth the investment. For me this is an evening fragrance so I am still on the hunt for the perfect winter day time scent.

THE FASHION

Scarves

I love scarves, I feel like they are perfect for throwing on top of any outfit and making it look like you put in some effort. I'm slightly obsessed with this Accessorize scarf, which lets face it is more like a blanket! After looking online they have some gorgeous ones in that range from £17 - £25, which for a decent scarf I think is worth it. Zara is also a good place to look, or to be honest I'm always buying a scarf or too from Primark!

Chelsea boots

I feel like everyone needs a few pairs of chelsea boots, they are the easiest to just throw on and they go with anything! I think they are really flattering, and for days when I have lectures they are all I want to throw on. I picked some up from H&M for £24.99 to see me through the winter, ideally I would have real leather, student problems...

Suede skirt

Everyone and maybe even their mum has a suede skirt (or atleast faux suede). I went for a tan, a line skirt, and if I could wear it everyday I probably would! I love pairing this with turtle neck tops and a long line blazer/ duster coat. I think the beauty of having something like this in my wardrobe is that it can be dressed up or down, I'm thinking of picking one up in a burgundy shade!

Lace up tops

At first I thought I wouldn't like/ suit this trend (small boobs problems) but I actually really love it. I managed to get this gorgeous lace up top for £12 in the River Island sale, annoyingly it has sold out now but I have seen them everywhere. I feel that this style of top looks fab on everyone and I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried one on!

what are your A/W fashion and beauty staples? 

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Eating Healthy As A Student


During my first year at uni I was catered for, which surprise surprise consisted of a lot of bread, sugary sauces and crumpets when I couldn't hack the choice. In my second year I had the chance to start cooking for myself, I was making healthier choices and I felt a lot better for it. I have managed to change my diet into something manageable on a student budget whilst being healthy, and not taking up too much of the day to prep either.

Plan what I need for the week

I find it really helpful to see what I'm up to in the week and kind of plan my meals around that. If I know I've got a hectic week I'll buy more things in to make green juices so I can still eat healthily whilst not taking ages to prep. Planning for the week has also saved me money, without planning I would throw out so much fresh fruit and veg that I haven't used.

Do one big shop a week with a list

Fair enough the odd things like bread and milk, but shopping every 3-4 days made me worse off! Luckily my friends have bought their cars to uni this year so we can do the food shop once a week, but last year I would go to Aldi and then get a £3 taxi back, still saving myself a fortune compared to going every 2-3 days in somewhere like Tesco or Sainsburys. I never go without a list otherwise anything could end up in my bloody trolly (I know what I'm like, a proper sucker for offers).

Make in bulk

There is nothing worse than coming in from a lecture that ends at 7.15 (yes they exist in my final year) to have to cook something. Whatever I'm making I try to do it in bulk to save the hassle another night, it saves me so much time and also helps there be less food waste. I feel like I can make and use more of the fresh food I have bought this way too, then I can freeze it and have it another day.

Substitute carbs for veg

I don't have pasta all the time, so I try to use veg as a substitute... Not going to lie the thought of courgette thinned out and used instead of pasta made me sad, but it is actually really nice! I find myself craving the courgette over the pasta now because even the brown pasta makes me feel too full and bloated. I have this "spiral shredder" as they call it and it is working perfectly considering how cheap it was.

Use offers and student discounts

Sorry if you're not on O2 but on a Monday you can get a Boots meal deal for £1! Boots actually have some really nice salads and they do this flat bread that is amazing, Monday is (quite sadly) becoming one of my favourite days of the week (I wish I was joking). Bella Italia (not necessary healthy but everyones gotta have a treat) do a student lunch menu where you can get a pizza for £5, the pizza is massive and tastes amazing! NUS student discount is another good one, I save so much money each year and I think the average user saves around £500.

Buy fresh fruit and veg wisely

I always try to buy veg that will go with most meals I'm making. Spinach is a good one because I can have that with pasta, salads, on sandwiches and in my green juice. Another good one is peppers, I have peppers with literally everything. I buy either blueberrys or strawberrys for my breakfast and with the left overs there is an amazing recipe in Deliciously Ella to make jam from it, on top of toast the morning after a night out (or straight after a night out) it is perfect!

I hope this has been helpful, next week there will be a post on my top 10 tips for students if you like this sort of this!

What are your tips of staying healthy as a student?
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Budget Felt Tip Eyeliner Roundup



There is nothing more annoying/ heartbreaking than your winged eyeliner being a let down, I'll do the best smokey eye then ruin it with sloppy wing, it is just too much... I have compiled those that I have in my collection to do an overview, some are my favourites whilst others weren't the best!

Starting with my least favourite and it is the Avon Super Extend Liquid Liner. This is only my least favourite because of the applicator, I find it really difficult to use a felt tip nip that doesn't have any flexibility, and this is really stiff so it makes creating a wing a little harder. It is quite long lasting but I did see some cracking and smudging after around 7 hours (although I do have really oily skin).

I like the L'Oreal Superliner Ultra Precision, but my lack of skill means it makes getting winged liner right a bit of a stuggle. The formulation for this is one of my favourites, it is really long lasting and unlike the others in this post the tip is in a pot of liquid which I feel like makes my liner look blacker because I can get more product on the applicator.  I think this is perfect for anyone who doesn't wear a wing, or is a liner pro!

This was the first liquid eyeliner I really liked as it meant I could do a semi acceptable wing. The Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner is not only an absolute bargain but makes creating a wing quite easy. The formulation is okay, I can get a strong black line with this but I do like to intensify it with a black shadow on top, which I shouldn't really have to do, so although not the blackest it does last a long time (definitely not 24 hours, unless you're sitting still all day ).

My favourite of the lot is the L'oreal Superliner Perfect Slim Intense. The felt tip is really thin at the end making it a lot easier to get a really precise line, so applying this even for me is easy. Another thing that makes me repurchase this over others is how black the formulation is, I hate the look of watered down eye liner that some cheaper liquid liners give off. One slight let down for me is that this doesn't wear that well, I will need to touch up after around 6 hours..

I have my eye one the Charlotte Tilbury liquid eye liner, but the price tag isn't very student friendly! What are the best liquid eye liners you have tried? I think I'm still on the hunt for my favourite...
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