Monday, 31 December 2012

random snaps from 2012.

I have to say 2012 was an awesome year for me, and 2013 will only be better!
Here are a few random pictures that I took when I was out and about this year that never made it into any previous posts.

Enjoy :)

 watch the throne tour - may 2012
 ms. dynamite
 choccywoccydoodah brighton
 emeli sande

And on that note, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Thank you for all of your love and support on my blog and I look forward to creating more posts for you in this next year.

LOADS of love, yours truly, jayj x.

Friday, 28 December 2012

december glossybox.

Glossybox most definitely ended this year's boxes with impeccable style. This December box has to be my favourite Glossybox to date, with products that suited my beauty profile to the T. I felt as though all the products in this month's box were able to be used by so many different people and that it was thought out very well. I also felt that most if not every brand in the box was a known brand, and therefore we trust the products just that much more.

First off, the packaging. The black outer box that it got delivered in as well as the sleek grey box complimented the products in the box very well. As much as I love the classic pink Glossybox, I do prefer this grey box. It was wrapped in black tissue paper covered in stars and definitely had a festive vibe.

The box came filled with six full-sized items, which is a rarity so that was a nice surpise.
 milk_shake conditioning whipped cream 100ml / sleek au naturel eyeshadow palette / rituals body cream - cherry blossom & rice milk 70ml / seche nail polish - chocolat / glossybox blush - glossy rosewood / anatomicals lip gloss

Like everything, you always have a favourite, so for this review I thought I would focus on my preferred products within the box.
rituals body cream - If you know me, you know that any type of lotion or moisturiser is my favourite thing. I just love the different textures and scents that they come in, and this rituals one is a nice addition to my collection. 
anatomicals lip gloss - This lip gloss is one that is not too thick or sticky. It is good to use over a lip balm if you did not want any added colour and it smells amazing!

seche nail polish - I love the colour that came in my box! It is a pleasing neutral colour that would complement any skin tone. I own the very well-known Seche Vite top coat and we all know how prestigious that product is so I believe seche will have done well with their colour polishes.
sleek natural palette - Although I have not yet used this palette, I am very excited to do so! This is my very first sleek palette and I've heard nothing but good things about their eyeshadows so I have high hopes for this product in particular.

Did you guys get this box? What are your thoughts? (and if you have a blog and you did a post, link your review :) )

Hope you all had a very lovely Christmas and got tonnes of love and gifts from your favourite people!
I do have a post planned for before the New Year, so this is not the last you will see of me in 2012. (seeing as we all survived the end of the world, yay!!)

best wishes and lots of festive loves, jayj x.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

quick nail post #5.

It's Chrissssssssssstmas!!
Well...not yet, but you know...tis the season :)

I've been going hardcore with my seasonal nails, diving into all of my glitter polishes and making bizarre mixes.
I get so excited when it comes to my's weird.

Ramble over. Enjoy :)

LA colors - tropical storm / barry M - silver multi glitter / rimmel london - disco ball / seche vite top coat
elf - purple dream (mattified)

feeling all sparkly, jayj x.

Friday, 14 December 2012

my favourite brushes.

There are items in everyone’s makeup collection that they simply could not do without, and specifically in my case, these are my essential makeup brushes.
I don't wear all that much makeup but using the right tools can help a lot when it comes to the results of the products I use. Using the right brush to apply my foundation or BB cream can create a smooth and flawless look. Carefully adding my eyeliner with a dense flat brush adds definition and depth to my eyes. Applying my powder with the perfect powder brush completes my look effortlessly.

Each step when applying your makeup any time of the day is an important one, and in this post I want to highlight just how important my brushes are and which ones are my favourite for completing my look.

elf Complexion Brush - This for me is simply the perfect brush for powder. It is so soft and fluffy and feels good on the skin.
It is very thick but not hard, so distributing powder on your face is easy to do. The brush can also be held and moulded into other shapes which make it good for applying blush or contouring. Everyone loves a good multi-functional brush!

elf Powder Brush - As someone who has been reading blogs for a long time now, this brush was always featured somewhere on so many people's different blogs, so when I made my first ever elf order, this brush had to be on the list! Although it is called a powder brush, it can be used for various things, and I use it to apply my foundation.
It is a flat-top brush and it is quite dense so I am able to buff my foundation in nicely and it doesn't leave any lines or streaks on the skin.
I use this more specifically for my heavier foundations (MAC Studio Fix, Sleek New Skin Revive) as the brush is dense enough to really smooth the product over the skin evenly.

Superdrug Blending Brush - At the time, this was the most random purchase and I didn't even know what I would necessarily use it for as I am not a big eye shadow wearer. After a long time of not using it at all, I started using it to apply gel eyeliners and cream eye shadows as eyeliners.
It is quite a flat and compressed brush; therefore it is easy to get a lot of product on to it. I also find it very easy to control and I am able to get both thicker and thinner, straight lines above the eye.

MAC 130SE - This came in a set of four which is also my first ever set of MAC brushes. I love that it is a relatively small brush as it makes it perfect for travelling. It is easy to carry and the handle isn't too long.
It is a duo-fibre brush so it is great for stippling as well as buffing the product in. I personally use this for my lighter foundations (Sleek BB Cream, MAC Face & Body) as I feel as though I use less of the product alongside this brush.

Wordy much? haha!

What are your favourite makeup brushes? Any other tools in your makeup bag that you simply couldn't do without?

all made up, jayj x.