Friday, 28 February 2014

Life Lately - February

Life Lately is going to be a monthly post telling you what I've been up to, where I've been and things I've loved. 

1. At the start of this month I went to see Rizzle Kicks live, it was absolutely amazing! I wish I had an outfit post for you but I couldn't take many pictures. It was the second time I've seen them as I went to their first tour back in 2012, but they're one of few singers who sound exactly the same as their CD's, no auto tuning!

2. I had to do a make-up assessment at college this week and this is how it turned out! I went for a photo shoot kind of look, although I think the blush could've been stronger, it went really well and I got a distinction!

3. I promised myself I would read more this year so I spent most of the money I received for Christmas on books! My favourite book this month is Divergent by Veronica Roth. I've also read Insurgent but I preferred Divergent. I love the portrayal of the main character, Tris, and of Four. I'm really looking forward to reading Allegiant (the next book) when I finally get round to buying it. 

4. I've been experimenting a bit with blusher this month as I normally wouldn't wear any. I bought the Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba (link), which used to be something that was featured on blogs a lot but I've not seen any one talk about it for a while, even though it's only £1.99! It's a lovely colour and the only thing I don't like about it is the packaging. The pan has fallen away from the plastic container so whenever I turn it it's falling out and I'm afraid it's going to smash! Another product I've been loving is the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (link). I got this back in October when I went to ProBeauty North, it's the only time I've ever seen NYX in the UK! If anyone knows where I can get NYX products without expensive post & packing, please let me know in the comments! I put a little bit on my inner corners and smudge it out with a pencil brush for a nice bright-eyed awake look. The mascara I've been loving the Avon Super Extend Mascara in Black (similar here). It's perfect at separating my lashes and giving them that extra boost of length and volume. 

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!
What have you been up to this month?
Love, Jasmine x

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Haul #1

So, I've been naughty yet again and spent money! I swear I have some kind of problem, as soon as I get money it's gone. I popped into town with my mum this past weekend and picked up a few things there.

Miss Sporty - Studio Colour Mono Eye Shadow in 113 Classy (link) and Lasting Colour Polish (link)
Rimmel 60 Seconds in 713 Little Bo Peep (link)
Firstly I went into Superdrug on a mission to find a similar eye shadow to one I have from No7 which is years old and needs chucking out but I recently discovered a love for the colour! I looked at every single eye shadow in the shop and eventually found a similar colour from Miss Sporty. It's not a brand I'd usually go for (except the nail polishes) but it was the closest I could find and has good pigmentation. The packaging is a bit shabby in my opinion but I plan on buying a Z-Palette in the near future and depotting it into there. There was an offer on so I also picked up a nail polish from the same brand. I can't find a number or a name for it though which is a shame but I think it looks quite similar to the new Tanya Burr Nail Polish in Duck Egg. I also picked up another nail polish in Boots by Rimmel because I've been looking for a nice light grey colour recently and this one seemed perfect. 

St. Ives Apricot Scrub (link) Simple Kind to Skin Facial Wipes (link) Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks (link)
I picked up a few skincare items, I've recently made the swap from Boots own face wipes to these Simple ones so I thought I'd stock up. They're more expensive than the Boots ones but they're worth it. The St. Ives Apricot Scrub is a repurchase, it's my favourite face scrub from anything I've tried, it makes my skin feel soft and supple after using. I got the blemish fighting formula as I've been suffering with a few blemishes lately and I'm hoping this will help. I picked up three Montagne Jeunesse face masks in Asda, the Tea Tree Face Spa, which is a sheet mask, I've had a few times before and it smells amazing, just like spearmint gum. The White Chocolate Ultra Deep Cleansing Masque, to deep cleanse my skin and hopefully unblock my pores. I also got the Blemish Mud mask for the same purpose, it's a lot stronger than the Chocolate mask so I'm hoping it will help. It contains Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel which are good for blemish-prone skin but can sometimes be a bit harsh, so I'll be following with a heavy moisturizer after this.

Purse and Necklace - Primark
I needed a new purse as mine is falling apart so I went into Primark and found this one on sale for only £3! It's got a lot of card spaces inside which is good because I seem to carry a lot of crap in my purse! There's also a pocket at the back which is good for receipts or vouchers. I saw this necklace whilst I was walking to the tills and I just love the colour! It's a perfect mint green (although the picture doesn't seem it) and I've had a thing for gold jewelry recently so this is just perfect for me. It also came it a nude colour on a gold chain which my mum bought.

So that's all I've bought recently, not much but enough to empty my purse! What's caught your eye recently at the shops?
Love, Jasmine x

P.S. I know that my pictures aren't of the greatest quality but I'm trying to work with what I have at the minute, which is not a lot. Natural light and a Fujifilm Finepix Z. I'm saving for a new camera so hopefully the pictures will get better in time. 

Friday, 21 February 2014

Birthday Wishlist

My birthdays coming up soon and there's so many things I've been lusting after recently so I thought I'd show a little wishlist! Obviously I'm not expecting to receive all of these things as gifts but I've been writing things down on my Wunderlist app for a while and sharing them might give you inspiration of things to buy when you need a treat?

A lot of the things I'm lusting for are make up, but the two make up items that I've wanted for sooo long are MAC Eyeshadow in Sweet Lust and All That Glitters. I own some MAC shadows already that I bought when I went to New York last year and I was really impressed with the pigmentation and there's a huge choice of colours! I'd love to buy a 15 pan palette and be able to fill in but it's just so expensive! I'd also love to try one of Tanya Burrs new products, I think a lipgloss would be good as I don't own many lip products. 

One of my New Years resolutions was to read more books as I love reading but I just hadn't been making the time to do it. I'm currently reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and I love it so much that I've already bought the next book in the series, Insurgent, when it was on offer in Waterstones! So saying that receiving the next book, Allegiant, would be amazing! I'd also really like to read Beauty by Lauren Conrad and the Bobbi Brown Make Up Manual because as well as them being really interesting books about something I love, I think they'll help me with the Professional Make Ip course I've just started. 

I've currently got a thing for candles but I'm not able to burn them very often as my dad (a firefighter) has a thing about candles. I've been looking at wax burners and I think they're a great alternative. I've seen one in Asda Living for only £7! Saying that I smelt to Yankee Candle in Lime Vanilla whilst I was there and it was such a beautiful scent, a bit like the Soap & Glory Sugarcrush range but not as strong. They didn't have it in a wax tart but hopefully if I get a wax burner I'll be able to order it online.

What's on your wishlist?
Love, Jasmine x

P.S. I think I'll be blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays from now on. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Blogger Love!

Hi there!
For this weeks post I thought I'd do the Blogger Love Tag which was created by Fee from Makeupsavvy. Thanks to Fee for creating this tag and letting people use the questions!

What was the first blog you ever came across?
I think the first blog I read was either Zoella or Tanya Burr. I'd been watching both of them on YouTube for a while and decided to click the link for one of their blogs. They're both absolutely lovely. 

Favourite beauty blog reads.

Best blogging friend.
I don't really have any blogger friends yet as I'm just starting out but I did find out the other day that my friend Holly from school has a blog! Her blog is called Little Miss Wheely

Name a blog that enables your purchases.
This is actually a hard one as I tend to see things in posts that I like the look of and then go out and buy them as soon as I can but gh0stparties is definitely an enabler for me. I wanted to buy everything featured in her Drugstore Must Haves (link) post and video! 

5 blogs everyone should be reading.
Your favourite way to read blogs.
I tend to read blogs via bloglovin when I'm on my phone or iPad, Google just made it so confusing for me! I check when I wake up in the morning and then nearly miss my train every day as I just lie in my bed reading blogs! 

Bloggers that inspire you.
Khila from Miss Budget Beauty inspires me a lot because she's so successful and has grown such a large audience. Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter is also very inspiring to me, she always has a positive attitude and that shows in her posts and videos. She's always able to cheer me up.

Favourite blog design/look.
I love Sabrina's design on her blog A Little Obsessed. It's simple and that's what I like. I hate when there's lots of things going on around the edges of blogs as I sometimes find it distracting. 

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
This is a tough question as I've not been blogging for long but I love how the whole blogging community comes together and values each others opinions. I love sharing my thoughts and having a creative outlet. 

Name a blogger you would most like to see write a book in the future.
I'd love for Sprinkle of Glitter and Zoella to write a book together. Not really about beauty but about positivity and being happy.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and remember, spread the love!
Love, Jasmine x