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Bourjois Holiday Collection – Influenster

This month I was chosen to receive a Vox box from Influenster. If you have never heard of it, it’s an app where you review products and gain points then some people are sent PR samples!! In a nutshell it’s a great idea. I was randomly picked to be sent the Bourjois Holiday collection, I was so happy as I love there products so getting them for free was a bonus.

In total I was sent 8 full size products they were the following

Healthy Mix Foundation

Healthy Mix concealer

Push up mascara

3x Rouge Velvet lipstick

Smokey stories eyeshadow palette

Blush in shade 34 Rose D’or

I have tried 7 out of eight products so I will do a quick review on each of them on this post!

I have used healthy Mix foundation years ago and it is not as I remember I was shocked at how much coverage it had! Despite not being my colour I mixed it with a bit of Clinique and the coverage is amazing! I’ve found it stays on all day too giving a dewy look all day!

I love this mascara, I am a mascara addict hence the name of my blog. This is a little tricky at first but it gives you lovely long separated lashes!!

This palette is the only item from the collection I am yet to try. I am however petrified to try out purple!

I have been dying to try this out for so long! Gutted I didn’t get it sooner it is so soft on the skin and such a beautiful natural Rosey pink! However I am terrified of dropping it as it looks like it would crumble….

I am so shocked with the staying power of these lipsticks! The pigmentation of the lipsticks is amazing I think I would only wear 2/3 colours as one is a little too brown for me but I’m so happy. They apply so smooth and they don’t drag on your lips!

There we go so that’s what I got in my Vox box! I hope you enjoyed seeing this let me know your favourite Bourjois products! Thank you for reading!!

Melissa

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November Love Me Beauty (Monthly Subscription)

Hello, this week has gone quick how is it Wednesday, like every month I am going to share what I have received from my love me beauty box. Unfortunately I was so disappointed with this months edit, so I have actually cancelled my direct debit for next month. All the new items cost 100+ credits (you have 60 per month), and I wasn’t willing to pay more for their new edit. I did however have a lot of referral credits so I decided that I would spend them all this month and cancel. If next months edit is good I think I will join again but who knows…. If you are signed up to subscription services then let me know!

First Item I picked out is the custom coverage buffing brush by Eco Tools, I do own this brush already but I want one to keep in my boyfriends and one to keep at home as carry my brushes back and to is a nightmare.

Next I picked up the Enhancing Eye Set also from Eco Tools, I never spend much money on eye brushes as I am not the best at eyeshadow. However these are great for traveling as they’re double sided.Next item I picked, was another brush from Eco Tools which is the Skin Perfecting Brush, I am desperate for a new contour brush and this one looked really firm. Now stepping away from the make up brush madness, the next item is an eye cream by Caudalie. I have never tried an eye cream before and want to know what all the fuss is about before I invest into an expensive one! I have terrible tired looking eyes and this cream is supposed to be energising to I am hoping to see some result. Next item is a make up item by So Susan Cosmetics, and it is a highlighting pencil. Now I picked a highlighting pencil out last month and am still yet to use it but I love the colour of this one and just couldn’t leave it there. I am hoping it is going to work perfect on the inner corners and brow bone! Another Caudalie product now, but this time its a Radiance Face Serum. I am currently using SkinKissed and am loving using a serum in my day to day routine. However I am wanting to try a different serum now as my face is so dull with no make up.  (any tips please leave in the comments)Back to the make up, I picked this up I think 2 months ago in a Love Me Beauty Edit and I am LOVING IT. I am such a sucker for a good lip gloss and this girls/boys, if you love a nude lip then you need this gloss in your life. Buxom is a relatively new brand but they now sell it in Debenhams!!  This Perricone MD Facial wash really intrigued me, I have never tried a face wash that is not a cream/ gel before so I am so interested to try this out! It is citrus as well so I am hoping that it will help out with my dullness in my skin!  

There we go then so that (could be my last) Love Me Beauty haul, If not then I will see you around the same time next month, who knows I might try out a new box in December, so let me know what boxes you all get!!

Thank you so much for reading…

Melissa

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October Favourites

Its November that means its nearly bonfire night, its time for way to many hot chocolates, the christmas films will make their debut on TV and it is nearly time to celebrate Christmas! This year has gone way to quick but after booking New York for next may I am so excited to get into 2018.

Anyway into my October Favourites, now I don’t remember the last monthly favourites I have even posted. Purely because of the fact, I haven’t really been loving anything lately. However last two months I have been trying out/buying all sorts of new and old products and I cannot wait to share with you guys what I have been loving!

Make up

First of all a foundation which is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation, I will hold my hands up I usually shy away from Clinique’s foundation as I never think they will have enough coverage and be too light on my skin. NOT THIS ONE!! I have oily skin with blemishes I rather not be on show and i’ll tell you this foundation hides it all. I do find if I don’t powder it can get a little oily but what foundation doesn’t?

Second make up favourite is the NYX dark circle concealer, now this isn’t really going to hide that huge red spot on your chin, but if you’re anything like me and have bags under your eyes this is a life saver! I love the creamy consistency of the concealer and it lasts forever too!

Skin

I rave about the body shop in any post I know, but their skin care has been the only thing to ever work on my skin. So one of my skincare favourites this month has been The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask, this stuff is AMAZING! You apply it before bed on all your problem areas then night morning there is a noticeable difference in your skin!

Second skin care favourite this month is the Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish, ok I know I am late to the party… This stuff is great, I wouldn’t say it actually does anything to the condition of my skin but it also doesn’t cause any break outs or reactions! This stuff gets every little bit of my  make up off at the end of the day!

MISC

My first random favourite is POPBands London, these have been life savers recently. I sleep with my hair up and they’re the only hair tie that doesn’t leave that huge kink in my hair the next morning, with starting the gym recently too they’re great as I can take my hair out knowing I wont need to style my hair after my work out so I can go straight to work. (Blog Review of POPBand London here)

Next favourite is the Sims 4 since I was about 12 I have been an anti social teenager who played on sims for countless hours of the day! A week ago I bought The Sims 4 after being highly disappointed over sims 3 and I am totally hooked, even my boyfriend is. In my opinion nothing will ever beat The Sims 2, but The Sims 4 is 100% better than The Sims 3!

TV

I have watched WAY too much TV this month and I have no idea where I have even found the time. Instead of writing about each show/film heres a list and where you can watch it!

  • Bridget Jones Baby – SKY or on DVD (Do not understand why she fancy’s Mark Darcy EW!)
  • Eastenders- BBC Iplayer
  • Designated Surviver  – Netflix

There we go so that is all for my October Favourites, I hope you have enjoyed this posts. Let me know what you have been loving in the comments below!

Thanks

Melissa

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July Monthly Favourites 

That's right I actually have some favourites this month! Happy Thursday hope you've all had a great July, other than suffering with the Florida blues I certainly have! 

This month I have to admit I have bought a lot of new things from clothes, food to make up so this post may be a little varied but I'll get started. 

Firstly I will start off with make up and Beauty favourites! 

Eco Tools- over the past few months I have been trying out numerous Eco Tools brushes and I have to admit they are some of the best brushes I have ever tried. They are also very affordable too! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade- I am so late jumping on the bus with this product I know. However I cannot fault it, it is making my brows look 10x better than usual and really helping to get a definite shape! 

The Body Shop Body Butter (vineyard peach)- I have been using this product before I apply my fake tan this month and I have honestly noticed a huge difference. My tan is going on my evenly and also lasting a lot long that it would without me using it! 

Primark Pore Strips- that's right primark! These strips are absolutely amazing they are only £1 and definitely the best ones I have ever tried they are definitely worth trying out! 

Pop bands- I had this recently in my Love Me Beauty box and I absolutely love it! It is a hair tie that doesn't leave a kink in your hair! Which works wonders for me as I have to sleep with my hair up. I totally recommend them! 

Dove Deodorant- This is a weird one (I think), I have always been a sure girl. However this one was on offer so I grabbed it quick on my way to work one day and keep it in work for a refresh through the day. I can honestly say it is the freshest smelling deodorant I have ever used! 

A bit of an odd beauty favourite I know, but I have been using these cotton pads from primark for about 3 months now and have got to say they are Fab!!! They're only 80p and they're the large ones so you can get more make up off with one!

For me nail varnish is a rare favourite just because I usually wear acrylics but totally amazed by Primark's Nail Varnish's. I work in retail so I am always using my hands the polish lasted a good 3 days without chipping!

Now it's time for my random favourites and there is quite a few this month! 

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland- A YouTuber I have grow up watching! Recently Louise brought out a book and I am usually not one for YouTubers books but this one I just had to read! So glad I did too, it's on offer £5 in Tesco for the hard back and I read it in just under a week. Such a fantastic read and I am dying for the second one to come out! 

Storage draws- I have a tiny room so best keep dreaming about fitting Alex draws in them to store my make up in. So opted for something to go under my dressing table out of the way but still look tidy to keep all my bits in! These have been a godsend they fit my make up pallets in all my skin care too! They are from Argos £19.99. 

That's all for my monthly favourites this month let me know what you've been loving this month!

Check out my Instagram to see what I've been buying – @melissaljonesx

Melissa.

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Huge Haul! 

Hello! Sneaky mid week post as I have been shopping all day today I thought I would share what I bought! 

First thing I picked up was from the make up section in primark, both sale too! 1 set of 5 brushes which were £7 that were down to £3 which is a steal for brushes! And secondly was a powder brush from their Troll collection which was only £1. 


Can you really go into Primark without buying PJs? (Left) some pink heart PJ bottoms which were only £3! Second are a set of Bambi short and vest set which was £6, I love these sets from Primark! Lastly was a Bardot black top which was £4 and looks lovely on in any season! 


Next place I visited was Jack Wills. (From left) I love these style bras so had to pick this one up for £8.95 as I already have the matching pant!! The other one was just too pretty to leave a bit dearer at £12.95. I also picked up some trainer socks up too for £9.07 as my socks seem to disappear in the wash!😂


Zara are in sale at the moment and if you love hunting through a heap of clothes then you’ll be in your element but for me I just haven’t got the patience to hunt for a top or two. So only found this one tshirt, which was full price at £12.99. 

Recently my mum has moved house so I’m forever finding bits and bobs for my new room! This cushion was £8 in Debenhams and I thought it was so cute!


I haven’t been into Lush in ages! So I picked up a bath bomb and also one of their bath oils, as I’ve heard great things about the oils! 


Back to the home wear I bought this set of 4 draws that fits perfectly under my dressing table for £19.99 from Argos! 

Well that all I bought today! I will be uploading a room tour post on Sunday! And possibly a make up haul next week so click follow to stay updated! 

Thanks for reading 

Melissa 

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Love Me Beauty – June

Hello I am back, very tired, jet lagged and a little tanned I think the only way I can keep myself awake is to write this blog post! So todays post is going to be the June Love Me Beauty June bag/box, for those of you that are not familiar Love Me Beauty is a monthly subscription box where you pick what you want!

If you want to read more about the box then click here.

Any way I will get started this month I had extra credits to use so I got a little more than usually, but yet again I am so happy with the product quality. I got 5 products this month and a make up bag.

First Product I picked was the Eco Tools six piece day to night set, if you read my reviews each month then you will know how much I love the Eco Tools brushes that are available on love me beauty. This set comes with an angled face brush, pointed concealer brush, highlighting fan brush, eye shadow brush and a lip liner brush and also comes in a make up bag!19224874_1382753128470941_841660180065177837_n.jpg

Next thing I picked up was a Pop Band  I have heard really good things about these, if you don’t know what they are its a hair bobble. They are supposed to be gentle on your hair, going to start using them to sleep in.

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Next thing I picked was a detox mask by caudalie, never heard of this brand before but I love a good detox mask. The packaging is great very sturdy and its 15ml which I think is a good size for a sample product.

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The 4th product I chose this month was more brushes, I much rather receive tools as I grudge paying for them otherwise. This set is a little travel set and consists of a Powder and a foundation brush, I love travel size brushed as they don’t take up much room in your bag! Again these as Eco Tools so I know I will love them.

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The Last product I picked up was mainly to test the brand itself they are Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips (press on lip stick), I have seen nothing but good things about CT and would love a good nude lipstick from there but want to see if they stay on all day! (any recommendations let me know!)

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Thank you so much for reading, taken me so long to focus on writing this due to jet lag. Let me know in the comments if you want some Florida/Disney related posts!

Melissa

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The Best And Worst Skin Care For Oily Skin!

Hello! At the moment I am so obsessed with skin care and trying to make it look the best it has! This post is in collaboration with Julia I am going to tell you my best and worst for Oily skin and if you go visit Julia’s blog if you suffer with dry skin!

I have suffered with oily/spot prone skin since I was about 12/13, so I have tried out my fair share of face washes, scrubs and masks from drug store and high end products! Obviously everyones skin is different these may or may not work on my skin and might not on yours! So lets get started..

BEST

  • The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash- I have done a full review on this so click here to read more, but this is by far my favourite product for my oily/spot prone skin. I feel as if this products calms my skin helping ease my spots and clean my face! I suffer with hormonal break outs and I use this everyday and it certainly helps reduce the pain/size of the spots. It is only £6 from the body shop, they have a range of products if the face wash is not for you.img_0524
  • L’oreal Charcoal mask- Now I have tried majority of the charcoal masks available in boots, and this one if by far the best! You can see results straight after the first use, I find this mask helps to purify my skin and really helps unclog my pores! Depending on where you buy this from it ranges from £5-£7, I have hardly used any of mine a little goes a long way.18556320_1348311915248396_2227007549030620367_n
  • Benefit Boo Boo Zap- If you suffer from “teenage spots” then this one is for you, you know the big red spots that take up your whole cheek for about a week! I used to swear by this product, it helps reduce the redness and swelling of your blemishes. Its such an easy product to use, you just dab a bit on your finger and apply to the blemish! Its £14 from boots so a little pricer but you only need a little bit so lasts a while.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

 

WORST

  • Sanctuary Spa warming Detox Charcoal Mask- I was so excited to try this product day after I instantly regretted it, I broke out with so many spots after using this mask! I only bought a sample size which was about £2/3. I really don’t recommend using this if you suffer from blemishes! Didn’t do anything to my face and also burnt my face.
  • Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel- I bought this in a trio where I had a toner and face wash too and was so disappointed it just did nothing for my skin. I have always found Clean and Clear to sting my face when using it especially on blemishes! This product didn’t break me out but its supposed to ease your spots and it didn’t do anything to mine.img_0746
  • Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads- People always rave about Clearasil being a good brand. However I think it does nothing for my face like clean and clear it always tends to sting my skin on application, then leaves my skin feeling really oily! These are ok if you want something to freshen your skin up mid day but not as a spot/ oily skin treatment.

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Oily Skin DO’s

  • Try and have no make up days, this really helps your skin, so be confident and have a few no make up days.
  • Take your make up off to work out!
  • Don’t avoid moisturising, your skin will become dry with too many spot products.

Oily Skin DONTs

  • Avoid the tooth paste myth, some believe it helps whereas it really doesn’t all it does is irritate your skin and causes peeling
  • Wash your face with water instead of using face wipes as more pure!
  • Don’t overload on products, don’t be using 10 spot products on your skin at once as the more products the more chemicals are on your face!

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That is all for my Best and Worst products for Oily Skin, If you suffer from dry skin the jump over to Julia’s blog to view her post! Let me know what you love skincare wise!

Thanks for reading.

Melissa