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Sunday, 29 July 2012

200 Follower Giveaway {CLOSED}


I recently reached 200 GFC followers on Just Jesss and to celebrate, I'm holding a little giveaway. I'm afraid it's nothing huge as I'm not earning at the moment, so it's just a couple of my favourite products to say thank you to my favourite readers (that's you guys!)

Up for grabs to one lucky winner are an MUA Eyeshadow Palette in 'Dusk til Dawn', a Revlon Lip Butter in 'Macaroon', and a Barry M Chameleon Nail Paint in 'Blue', which I blogged about here.
I've decided to give Rafflecopter a go, so all entries will be through the widget below; any entries in the comments section will not be counted. Please make sure to read all the rules and the Terms & Conditions in the widget before entering, as any invalid entries will be disqualified.

The Rules:
1. Please make sure you complete all the mandatory entries, or you'll be disqualified. In order to enter, you MUST follow my blog via GFC; like my Facebook page; leave an email address; and comment on this blog post, telling me one thing you like about my blog, and one thing you think I should change. Make sure you leave the information requested so that I can validate your entries; any invalid entries will be disqualified. Duplicate entries / those made through multiple accounts etc. will be deleted.
2. You can gain additional entries for completing additional tasks, including following me on Twitter; Tweeting about the giveaway; following me on Pinterest; following on Bloglovin'; following on HelloCotton; and sharing my blog button. If you followed me before this giveaway, you are also entitled to one additional entry. A total of 20 entries are available if you complete all the tasks. In addition, you can tweet once per day in order to gain extra entries; just make sure you submit a link to the Rafflecopter widget each time.
3. This giveaway is open only to those with a UK postal address, excluding Ireland. I'm so sorry to my International readers but I simply can't afford to post abroad at the moment. Hopefully in the future I'll be able to hold a giveaway that will include you guys. Thank you for your understanding in this.
4. One winner will be selected at random from the valid entries by Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted by email, as well as announced on my blog and on Twitter. By entering, you agree to have your name announced as described in the event of your winning. Once I have emailed, the winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn.
5. If you are not over 18 years of age, you must have your parent or guardian's permission to enter this giveaway. This is because, if you win, I will need your full postal address in order to send your prize.
6. Once the prize has been posted, I am no longer responsible for it. I will obtain proof of postage but I cannot take responsibility if the parcel is lost or damaged in transit; I've never had a problem with this but these things can happen.
7. Please don't follow if you're only going to unfollow once the giveaway is over. That's rude as well as being unfair on my readers and everyone else who has entered properly.
8. This giveaway is open from 5:01 BST July 29th 2012, until 5:01am BST August 13th. That gives you two weeks to enter. I'm sorry for the weird times, they're due to the Rafflecopter widget being Americanised!
Good luck everyone!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Ulta3 Cosmetics

You may remember that a couple of months ago I received a blog swap parcel from Michelle, a lovely Australian lady who blogs over at Labmuffin. Included in my package was a nail polish and a lipstick by Ulta3; as far as I'm aware this is a brand that's not available in the UK and I've never seen it any shops that I can remember.
The nail polish I received was a beautiful shimmery purple called 'Waterlily'. This applied nicely, with the first coat being somewhat streaky and uneven, as you can see in the first photo below. Two coats was perfectly sufficient for full opacity on most of my nails; a couple required three coats. Finished off with Essie's Good To Go top coat (reviewed here), this is a lovely smooth, glossy polish. It's quite a bright purple, perhaps more suited to autumn than to summer but that won't be putting me off! This actually reminds me of Barry M's Nail Paint in shade 161 'Vivid Purple', would anyone be interested in a comparison post?


Michelle also sent me a lipstick in shade 'Deep Red Rose Matte'. I've only recently started wearing lipstick and mentioned this to Michelle when we were discussing what we'd each like to see in our parcels, so it was kind of her to pick this out for me. This is, as the name suggests, a deep red rose colour with a matte finish. I think it suits me, but it'll definitely have to be saved for days when I'm feeling super-brave!

From these two products, I really like Ulta3, they seem to be good quality cosmetics and I'd definitely try more if the opportunity arose!
Have you ever tried Ulta3 Cosmetics? How was your experience?

(These products were provided as a gift as part of an arranged blog swap. As always, I have given my honest opinions!)

Friday, 27 July 2012

It's Nearly My Birthday...

Okay, so that's a lie, my birthday isn't for another two months. But if it were nearly my birthday, this is what would be on my wishlist.

Lavish Alice Seahorse Bracelet,

TopShop Diamante Pointed Shoes, £35

Missguided Sequin Collar Blouse,

Missguided Studded Seam Shorts,

Flower Pattern Bound Waist Zipped Mini Dress
Oasap Flower Pattern Dress,

River Island Leopard Print Blouse, £22

12 Shade Undressed Palette
MUA Undressed Palette, £4
Which is your favourite? What's at the top of your wishlist at the moment?
I've recently reached 200 followers, which is amazing, thank you all so much! I've got a couple of little things for a giveaway to celebrate, which I should be posting this weekend at some point, so keep an eye out for it!


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Review: ELF Eye Primer

It's no secret that I have a bit of a love affair going on with ELF. As far as I'm concerned, you can't beat their great prices and good quality products! A few weeks ago, I purchased their Studio Eye Primer and Liner Sealer, and it's become a total staple in my make-up routine - I don't know how I ever lived without it! I should start by saying, I've yet to actually try the liner sealer, but it is definitely love with the primer.

I have oily skin, and without this primer, eyeshadow starts to crease on me within an hour of application. I'd never had a full day's wear out of eyeshadow in my life, until now! You apply this from the stick to the eyelid, blend in, and then apply your eyeshadow as normal over the top. The primer does a fantastic job of really making colours pop, as you can see in my swatch of 'Chopper' from Urban Decay's Naked2 Palette here; over the primer, the colour is exactly as it looks in the pan, meaning you can create much more dramatic looks on the eyes.

Eyeshadow goes on smoothly, blends seamlessly, and lasts for eight hours even on my oily lids - this product is a miracle, I can't recommend it enough and I will 100% be repurchasing when I run out! On the left here, you can see the primer alone - blended on the left and unblended on the right. On the right-hand photo, you can see my typical daytime eye make-up using my Naked2 palette - the colours are more vivid and blend so well over this primer. I wouldn't be without it!

Have you used ELF's eye primer? What's your favourite ELF product?


Monday, 23 July 2012

Review: Look Beauty Stretch Factor Mascara

As I promised in yesterday's FOTD post, here are my thoughts on Look Beauty's Stretch Factor Mascara, which is available from their website priced at £6. This is what Look Beauty have to say:
"If gorgeously long is your cup of tea, then this is your tube of mascara! Super stay, super long, super sexy, like Lash extensions in a bottle. Tip: Look down into the mirror and wiggle the brush from root to top. Coat the outer corner lashes with the tip of the wand too for extra length."

The concept of this mascara is quite straight forward - it contains small fibres, which are supposed to help lengthen the lashes, hence their tagline, "Lash extensions in a bottle!"
On first impressions, I like the packaging, which is a pretty pale pink colour, quite girly without being tacky or cheap-looking. The brush is of the spiky rubber variety, which I usually prefer over the standard spoolies, so another point in this mascara's favour. This is the shade 'Waterproof Black', but the mascara is also available in 'Black', 'Ultra Black', and 'Brown Black'.

You can see the small fibres in the formula in the second shot of the brush there - the idea is that these adhere to the lashes, adding length and volume. But how does it perform on the lashes? This photo shows one coat applied to my top lashes, and none on the bottom.

Although I like how this looks on my lashes, I don't feel that it lengthens any more than other mascaras - this may be more noticeable to ladies who struggle for length though? Nonetheless, this separates my lashes nicely and is a lovely black colour. My only complaint is that it's a bit of a bitch to remove, probably in part due to being waterproof; even with eye make-up remover I find the little 'fibres' stuck around my eyes the next morning.
Overall, this is a good mascara at a reasonable price, although when repurchasing I think I'll give the Waterproof a miss to see if this makes removal any easier!
Have you tried any Look Beauty cosmetics? Any recommendations?

(Please note, I was sent this mascara free when I placed an order for some other products on the Look Beauty Website. This does not affect my review in any way and, as always, I have given my honest thoughts and opinions!)

Sunday, 22 July 2012

FOTD: Meeting McFly

Today I went to meet McFly (again!) and thought I'd share the make-up I wore. I didn't want too heavy a look because I knew there'd be a lot of rushing around and excitement, but I still wanted to look suitably "done". Here is the look I went for:
And these are the products used:
Urban Decay Naked2 Palette* 'Tease' and 'Chopper'; Look Beauty Stretch Factor Mascara in '4 Waterproof Black'; ELF Eye Primer; Collection 2000 Supersoft Kohl Pencil in '02 Birdy Song'; Avon Eye Duo in 'Classic Neutral' (used to fill brows); ELF Eyeshadow "C" Brush; ELF Angled Contour Blush; ELF Brow Comb.
I've got reviews planned for the Stretch Factor Mascara and the ELF Eye Primer, the rest of this is pretty standard. The Avon Eyeshadow Duo I've had for so long it's been discontinued but it's the perfect colour for filling in my brows!

I'm loving the L'Oreal True Match Foundation at the minute, it blends in so flawlessly and gives me just the right level of coverage. I'm planning to pop up a review of The POREfessional as well; this is the sample that came with Glamour magazine a couple of months back. The ELF Blush Brush was a bargain at £3.75 and I love it, it's just the right shape and size for applying blusher. The concealer is a blogger's staple, as is the NARS blusher, and the Collection 2000 powder is just the one I happened to grab at the time to keep the shine off my face a little!
And just in case you're interested, here is me with Tom and Danny from McFly, looking super happy!
Aren't they beautiful!? :D


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Review: Montagne Jeunesse Travel Pamper Pack

I've enjoyed reviewing Montagne Jeunesse's Skin Heroes range so much that, when I was contacted to see if I'd be interested in reviewing their Travel Pamper Pack, I jumped at the opportunity. The premise of the Travel Pamper Pack is simple; a selection of six sachets of product to treat yourself on the go. Included in the package are one Peel-Off Mask, one Skin Smoother, two Body Washes, one Foot Cooler, and one Intensive Spa Hair Masque. The six sachets come presented in a little cardboard organiser-type box, with perforations so you can remove them one by one as necessary. This is a nice touch and means they're all neatly kept together in your luggage, and easy to find in a hurry.

Like all of Montagne Jeunesse's products, the Travel Pamper Pack contains a range of natural ingredients, including Apricot, Orange, Mango, Pomegranate and Passion Flower, and is also suitable for vegetarians. I've only ever used face masks by Montagne Jeunesse in the past and have never tried any of their other products, so I was most intrigued to try the Foot Cooler and Hair Masque.

I'll review each component separately before giving my overall opinions on the Pamper Pack, starting with the Passion Peel Off. This is what the packaging has to say:
"Peel away the day with our pulped Pomegranate and purifying Passion Flower peel off. Your skin will be left deeply cleansed with a radiant glow. Antioxidant rich crushed Raspberry, Grape and Cranberry will protect, leaving you ready to hit the hustle and bustle."

The instructions tell you to apply to cleansed skin, and relax for 15-20 minutes before peeling off. The mask smells lovely and fruity and applies nicely to the skin, with plenty in the sachet to cover the whole face in an even layer. I actually spent my 20 minutes listing things on eBay which isn't the most relaxing pastime, but nonetheless it was an enjoyable experience. The mask peeled off in a satisfying way (there's something about peel offs, don't you think!?), but I didn't feel this really did anything for my skin. It didn't seem to clear my pores out or leave my skin any brighter.

The Body Wash smelt lovely and fresh - really orangey. One sachet was the perfect size for one use, and it foamed up nicely both with a sponge and with hands, leaving my skin feeling soft, clean, and lightly scented.

Again, I loved the scent of the Hair Masque, which has a really zingy lime aroma. This spread nicely through the hair but it did take some washing out. You'd have to be really careful, especially if you're prone to greasy hair, to get every trace of this out. One rinsed out and dried, my hair was left feeling soft and smooth and smelling lightly of lime, which was really nice. I didn't feel my hair looked any better, however there may be more of an effect if you've been abusing your hair with lots of sunshine, sea water and chlorine on holiday, rather than using it on an overnight stay in rainy miserable London.. I know my hair always feels like it needs a bit of extra love when I've been on a beach holiday and I think this would be ideal. There was plenty in the sachet to cover all of my long, thick hair, so if you only used it on the ends or if you have shorter hair it would easily manage two applications.

The Body Smoother had a sweet scent which actually reminded me of Refreshers sweets rather than Apricot and Mango, but it was pleasant nonetheless. This has quite large, rough pieces of ground apricot kernel to exfoliate which I found perfect for my body, particularly the drier areas such as knees and elbows. I think it would be too harsh for use on the face however, so I didn't try this so as not to upset my already sensitive skin.

The Foot Cooler, packed with Spearmint and Blueberry, smelt quite heavily, reminding me of a sort of fruity chewing gum. The bright blue, creamy liquid was quite runny so you had to be careful, but it did a lovely job of cooling and refreshing my tired feet, drying to a talcum-powder like substance, as you can see on my hand above. This is good in theory as it would absorb moisture and prevent your feet from becoming hot and sweaty again. In practice, however, I found the consistency of the powder slightly too thick and sticky, and I found I ended up with "tide marks" all over my feet - not a good look if you want to go out in the evenings. There was plenty in the sachet - enough to share with a friend or, like me, massage into your lower legs as well to soothe aching muscles after a day's walking! I won't show you my feet but suffice it to say they were nicely cooled and refreshed, despite looking like I'd been paddling in chalk.
Overall, the Pamper Pack is a lovely concept, and a great way to treat yourself a little whilst on holiday. They'd also make lovely gifts as wedding favours, hen party goodie bags and so on. This is definitely something I'd consider repurchasing in the future for short breaks or weekends away.
The Pamper Pack is available to purchase from the Montagne Jeunesse website, priced at £5 - shipping is a bargain 75p, or free if you spend more than £10, so there's no reason not to treat yourself!

(This product was provided by PR for a review. This does not affect my opinions in any way; as always, I have been completely honest about my thoughts.)
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