Wednesday, 30 July 2014

ESSIE'S FIJI

Over and over again I find myself watching YouTube videos or reading blog posts and spotting nail polishes that I just neeeeed in my life. That's exactly what happened with this one. I've saw people wearing this so many times and I've just been dying to know what it was. I was scrolling though blog posts one day and I saw that a lot of people were mentioning Fiji by Essie. I googled it and HALLELUJAH! I'd found it after what felt like forever. Of course, like the crazy nail polish obsessed woman that I am, basically ran to every single Boots or Superdrug near me to try and grab one. As you may have guessed, I wasn't disappointed with the results. I absolutely love the creamy pale pink colour, I'm usually not a fan of really light nail polish but this looks so sophisticated and goes with absolutely everything! It's so uplifting compared to the darker coloured nail polishes I usually wear and I'm already obsessed. Well Done Essie!
 

 
What nail polish are you loving this summer?
Jessica xx
 
 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

SUNKISSED SUMMER TAG


Summer is by far my favourite season of all and when I saw Ingrid do the Sunkissed Summer Tag I just knew I had to do it also! I've used her questions opposed to the original ones as I like this set better. Enjoy!

1. What is your go-to product for a sun kissed summer glow?
St.Tropez bronzing lotion! It's such a lovely colour that works really well on my skin tone.

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?
Miranda Kerr - Treasure Yourself. I absolutely love this book! It's basically all about appreciating yourself and your self worth. It's also filled with positive affirmations so is super good for a little pick-me-up when you need one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

3. What's your signature summer scent this year?
Dolce and Gabbana's 3 L'Imperatrice is my go-to this summer. It's such a fresh scent yet so sophisticated.

4. The sun is shining and it's time to get outside! What's your favorite thing to do?
I loooove riding my bike when it's sunny! I also love to go out for lunch and have cocktails whilst sitting outside in the sun, go shopping, take my dog on a walk around the park and have picnics.

5. You're on the boardwalk and your stomach is grumbling. What's your go-to summer beach food?
When it's sunny I love to eat citrus fruits such as lemons and limes for a snack. If it's a meal I'm after I'll be more than happy with a thin margarita pizza with parsley. Healthy, I know!

6. Sunscreen is always important, but it's a MUST in summer! What's your favorite?
I prefer sun creams over oils as I have quite greasy skin to start with and oil based sunscreen just doesn't sit well on my skin. I like the St.Tropez and Piz Buin sun creams. My skin never really burns and tans well so I use SPF 6, guilty, I know!

7. After a day in the summer sun and heat, what do you do to cool off?
If I've been out in the sun all day I love to have a shower to remove all of the sun cream and products that are on my skin. I then love lying down in the shade with the air con on and some Lipton peach iced tea.

8. How do you wear your hair in the summer?
I tend to just wash my hair and then tie it up whilst damp so when I wake up it's tousled and messy. I always alternate all day between a messy bun and having the top half of my hair in a small messy bun and the bottom half down as I like to have my hair off my face whilst its hot.

9. Must-have nail polish for summer 2014?
Essie's Fiji. I am 100% in love. It's such a lovely neutral creamy pink and looks so wonderful! 

10. Sometimes it just feels good to chill out and watch Netflix. What shows/movies do you recommend for summer?
I'm currently obsessed with Orange Is The New Black. Clueless will also forever be one of my favourites if you fancy a more girly film. It totally depends what mood I'm in.

11. Do you wear liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer in the summer?
I tend to wear liquid foundation but only a really thin layer as I don't like to feel as though I'm wearing any in the summer yet still want to have a little coverage.

12. It's super bright outside! Do you reach for sunglasses or a hat?
Both! I always sunglasses, even in the colder months. I just like them to wear either to keep my hair out of my face or the sun out of my eyes. I recently purchased a black floppy hat and I've been wearing it everywhere as I love it so much.

13. What is your summer jam this year?
I've recently discovered Lilly Ahlberg on YouTube and oh my goodness. Her voice is like a little piece of heaven and I can't stop listening to her covers! My favourite so far I think has to be her cover of Chocolate by The 1975.

14. Do you have a summer bucket list? If so, share some things on the list.
Before summer is over I reaaaally want to visit the aquarium, go for a picnic in the park, have a spontaneous weekend away and go to Alton Towers, which is a theme park a few hours away.

15. Bikini, tankini, or one piece?
I'm all for strapless bandeau bikini's this year! Minimal tan lines and all.

16. Summer means heat... and sweat! What's your favorite sweat proof product this year?
I've really loved the L'Oreal false lash telescopic waterproof mascara recently! It does such a great job of spreading your lashes out and giving length to them. It's such a nightmare to remove though but I suppose that's super great if you're wearing it whilst in water!

17. Summer wouldn't be complete without a scoop (or two) of ice cream! If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be?
If I had to create my own flavour I think I'd choose either flying saucer or toasted marshmallow flavour! Oh, how I wish!
 
Jessica xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

MY CURRENT WISHLIST

CURRENT WISHLIST
 
Every single time I go shopping, which is a lot, I tend to just buy everything that catches my eye. This leads to me buying a whole lotta unnecessary junk which just gets lost amongst the million other things I've bought on an impulse buy. I've decided that every week/month, depending on how many things are on my list, I'm going to make a wish list and only buy what I really love. So here it is, my July 2014 wish list... Enjoy!

1. Card Holder from Whistles - £20
2. White Rose Midi Skirt from Topshop - £50
3. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture from Boots - £25
4. White Olivia Burton Big Gold Dial Watch - £72
5. Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo from Boots - £18.50 for 250ml
6. Bumble and Bumble Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner from Boots - £20.50 for 250ml
7. Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil from Boots - £31 for 100ml
8. Medium Shiny Croc Clutch from Whistles - £60

What's on your wish list? Let me know!
Jessica xx
 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

SCHWARZKOPF ESSENCE ULTȊME BIOTIN+ VOLUME REVIEW

I'm soooo guilty when it comes to choosing shampoo based on the smell. If it smells great, I'll use it! Conditioner, on the other hand, I'm super picky about. I have thin hair so find it pretty hard to find a conditioner which smells amazing and is light on my hair as it gets weighed down so easily. I first saw the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Biotin+ advertised on TV and for some reason was drawn to it.  I decided to go for the volume range as I always need lift and volume in my hair, especially the roots, so why not! The shampoo smells kinda like a perfume I cant put my finger on and cleans my hair really well, it really cleanses it and removes any residue left from styling products. The conditioner smells AMAZING! If you love sun cream you will love this. Yes, you read that right, sun cream. The conditioner smells exactly like sun cream which I thought was just amazing as it's summer and reminds me so much of holidays abroad. I'm unsure if it intentionally smells like this or not, but either way I love it! It's light on my hair also which is a massive plus. I will most definitely be repurchasing these when I've ran out. I'm impressed Schwarzkopf! 
 
 
 
 
What hair products are you loving? Let me know!
Jessica xx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

BLEACH LONDON ROSÉ

I've spent forever loving pastel pink hair and also spent forever putting off buying it. I googled this product a million times before one day I just thought 'why not?', so here I am, dying my hair pink. I'm using the Bleach London Super Cool Colour in Rosé which can be purchased in Boots at a super cheap £5. I personally really like the smell although you can smell a bleach/strong undertone to it and I'm also a big fan of the packaging. Depending on the shade of your hair, the results of this product will vary. I don't plan on bleaching my hair beforehand as I already have highlights in my hair which will therefore cause my hair to not all turn out the same colour, which I'm well aware of. If you want all of your hair the same colour I suggest that you bleach all of the intended area. To apply this product it's quite simple;
- shampoo your hair as normal
- do not condition your hair
- towel dry your hair
- with gloves on, apply the dye to the area of your choice
- leave for 15 minutes +/- depending on how intense you want the colour
- wash off with luke warm water
- dry hair
 
I would highly recommend that you use gloves as I made the mistake of thinking that washing my hands thoroughly after would do the trick and boy was I wrong! I had pink fingers for around 2/3 days after which was not a good look. I left the dye on for 15 minutes and it came out quite light on my hair. It took so well to the lightest part of my hair, the top. Although it barely took to the bottom of my hair but did have a slight pink tinge in the sun but I wasn't too bothered as I'm not a fan of the 'block colour' look and I like lots of different shades. The colour washed out completely after one wash which was so disappointing as I loooooved the colour! This would be great for a festival or event in which you only wanted a 'quick fix' and wanted it to wash out before a certain time. I would most definitely be repurchasing this product as it's such a lovely colour for summer, is super fun and not to mention on the affordable side. Bleach London's Swamp Spritz is most definitely next on my list to try!
 
Have you ever tried Bleach London?
Jessica xx
 


Monday, 7 July 2014

LONDON CALLING

Yesterday my family and I decided to have a trip into London for the day. It consisted of 9 hours driving, 4 tube journeys and a whole lotta shopping. We took Ella (my dog) with us so it meant that she couldn't go in any shops and we seriously considered buying a pram for the day as she's your typical lazy pug. As we only had around 5 hours shopping we stuck to our 'limited shopping time' rule where we only visit the shops which we don't have at home to make the most of our time here. I completely fell in love with & other stories, my latest discovery. I browsed online before we went so I could pick up the things I wanted, but I course, I wanted everything! I'm most definitely planning another longer trip up as soon as possible. 


Travelling selfie.
 
I fell completely in love with all of the jewellery in Tiffany.

My latest discovery and I'm obsessed.

Ella's first tube journey!






I had planned to go to Paris to visit Ladurée sometime next year and it was actually on my bucket list as it's something I've dreamed about forever. Oh my goodness! I was freaking out!!! It was absolute heaven!

How did you spend your weekend?
Jessica xx

Friday, 4 July 2014

Style Inspiration

Inspiration, for me, comes from so many places. Tumblr, Instagram and magazines are just a few of the places that influence my style. I love photos that you see and they just inspire you to create a new outfit or make a change, those photos which you're automatically drawn to time and time again yet don't know why. I've decided to share some of the photos which I've saved over the past few months that have inspired me or that I've just loved. Please be aware that none of these images are mine, nor am I claiming that any of them are. They're all from Tumblr and Instagram and have been saved over a period of months so I therefore can't tell you the source of every single image. The ones I know I'll tell you.

Instagram - @forloveandlemons
 

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I hope you're having a lovely day!
What inspires you?
Jessica xx