Friday, October 20, 2017

A LITTLE OXFORD STREET HAUL


I hit my head on some phantom cupboard door/bedframe/handle or SOMETHING last week. It’s given me a nasty concussion and a bloody great dent in the crown of my head. I’ve been to the doctor’s and A+E and had all the scans, and they’ve said it’s all going to be fine, but I’ve been put on bedrest for a week. I actually put off going to the GP because I didn’t want to be that muppet that turns up with a bumped head, and so I tried to go about my week as usual, and even managed to get up to Oxford Street for a little retail therapy (all whilst having a concussion I didn’t know I had, and feeling very woozy and tired). I treated myself to a few new beauty bits from Kat Von D; goddess of goddesses and Spectrum Brushes; a brand I’ve been dying to try.


I went to Debenhams and experienced my first ever Kat Von D counter, and it was amaaaazing. They had every single Everlasting Liquid Lipstick colour on display meaning I got to actually test the colours for myself. I’ve had a few shades on my list for a while, but haven’t been able to hit ‘Buy’ in case they came and were minging. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to choose shades online, I’m SURE you’ll agree. 

I spent a good nine years at the counter swatching all my favourites, and ended up selecting the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary which cost £17. It’s a cool-toned mauve with greige and browny hues. I’ve got a couple of the other shades already at home, so I know I absolutely live and breathe for the formula. These are some of the only liquid lippies that won’t dry out my already-dry-as-the-sahara lips. They’re hella opaque and stick to your face all day - disappearing only after a drowning in Micellar Water OR a pitstop at Five Guys. 



Then I grabbed the Kat Von D ‘Tattoo Liner’ Liquid Eyeliner which cost £16. I love a pen liner, and although I kknnnoooowwww that they dry out quicker and you don’t get as much product out of them, I’m far too ham-fisted to bother trying with the proper gel or dippy-pot ones. It was love at first swatch. Not only is the line really pigmented, but the tip is flexible and super duper thin, meaning I can do little delicate flicks for the day, or gigantic wings to pay tribute to my emo days of 2007.


Then I made a little stop in Boots - initially because I wanted to perve over the Liz Earle counter for a bit. But then I spotted the brightly coloured Spectrum Brushes, which I hadn’t seen in stores before, and immediately parted with £8.99 for the Spectrum Collections B01 Flat Top Buffer Brush. I’d say that their brushes are really reasonably priced; they fit right in with the likes of Real Techniques and NO7’s brushes. And this brush is so bloody soft. It’s so soft and so pretty that I’ve not been able to bring myself to use it yet. Although I’m so lazy with washing my older brushes, I’ll be forced to use it soon. 

This little Oxford Street haul cheered me up no end, and cushioned the pain of being told I’d have to stay in bed for a week just a couple of days later. I’m really looking forward to using it all once I get back to my usual self.

Lots of love,

Jasmine x
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

IBIZA


If you’ve ever ventured to the land of Ibiza, you may be sympathetic to my plight here…I remember virtually n o t h i n g about the holiday. 
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Monday, October 16, 2017

URBAN OUTFITTERS JUMPSUIT | NEW IN FOR A/W


It’s time for one of my very far-and-few-between fashion related blog posts. I’ve got a few in the depths of my blog’s archives, but for the most part, I wander around most days in skinny jeans and a t-shirt. I’m certainly not ‘on-style’ and I like to think I dress according to what I think suits me and is flattering, rather than jumping on the latest trend because I’m SO INDIVIDUAL (but in reality I’ve spent more dosh on culottes, thigh high boots and embroidered mesh tops in the last year than I’d care to admit). 
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

DEALING WITH A DOWN DAY


I’ve never ever wanted to write about my mental health on my blog. I always wanted to keep it lighthearted and happy and fun, but with it being World Mental Health Day last Tuesday, I wanted to finally open up about my struggle with depression over the last few years. 
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

MY PERFECT ONE-BRAND BASE | NARS


Since I first decided to depart the life of white eyeshadow and concealer lips, and started to really take a proper interest in makeup, NARS has been one of the brands I’ve continued to adore. My first love, NARS SheerGlow Foundation, sent me on a whirlwind romance with blushes, bronzers, highlighters and lip products. And yeah, I’d probably crumple into a pile on the floor if I added up how much I’ve spent, but I have literally never been let down by any NARS thing I’ve slapped on my face. I know it’s not the most cost-effective habit to have, but I wanted to tell you what I’ve got in my most luxurious base routine. (Hint: it’s NARS)…
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