Thursday, 27 March 2014

Throwback Thursday: Afro Baby

Todays post is very Anna Saccone'esc.  Believe it or not, in this picture I was only one...yet had an afro.  When I was born, I had completely black, straight hair, I look back at pictures now and think 'WHAT?! Is that even me?'.  Around 6 months old, all my hair fell out, adios black hair and welcome to the bright BLONDE, CURLY hair.  It couldn't have been more of a change.  I love this picture a lot, mainly because that little 'car' as I called it, was my favourite toy and I was outside washing my 'car' whilst my dad washed his car.  My mum told me I had such fun doing this (and posing for the picture too of course!), so yes, here is me, a mere one years old rocking a blonde afro and I haven't looked back since, although my hair is less of an afro but still curly as ever.


What pictures do you have of when you are little?
Do you have any pictures which look nothing like you?

Monday, 24 March 2014

Liebster Awards! I've been nominated!

Well, I only have been blogging to you lovely readers for 3 days (ish) and the wonderful Tiny Tang has nominated me for a Liebster Award, I feel so priveledged! Here is the link to her blog so you can all go and check her blog out and enjoy it as much as I have: Life as a Petite!

Before being nominated I had not heard of the Liebster Award before being nominated, but its awarded from blogger to blogger who have 200 followers or less.  I think its s fabulous idea as we all learn little fun facts about each other and get to read fabulous new blogs too!  I also discovered a few rules; 

1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must state 11 facts about yourself.
3. You must answer the 11 questions given to your, from your nominator.
4. You most nominate other bloggers, and set 11 questions for them to answer too.
5. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
6.  You must tell them you have nominated them so they can take part! 

Questions from Life as a Petite:

1. What's your favourite colour?
2. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
To be able to go back in time, I look back on so many amazing opportunities I had that I didn't pursue so if I could I would go back and take them all!
3. Name 3 of your fashion must-haves
1. Chunky Cardigans
2. Statement necklaces
3. Bright colourful scarfs - they jazz up any rainy day outfit!
4. What's your pet peeve(s)?
Judgemental people or people passing a judgement - if you don't know the full story you can never properly judge.  You don't know someones past or whats happened, just accept people for what they are and who they want to be.
5. What's your most used word(s) or phrase(s)?
'Life goes on' and 'beautiful' (apparently I say beautiful rather a lot!)
6. Do you have any hidden talents? 
I play the piano, saxophone, clarinet and sing (not hidden in my house but to my blogger chums its hidden!)
7. What's your favourite thing about blogging and where did you get your inspiration to start a blog from?
I love having my square on the internet, I get to be who I want and share my thoughts and opinions with so many other beauty lovers in this wonderful community! My inspiration literally came from my mum saying 'you should share your love for beauty and skincare products'. 
8. Have you met any celebrities? If so, who was your favourite?  And if not, if you could meet any celebrity, dead or alive, who would it be?
I met Jeremy Clarkson's wife and daughter when I was at a play barn in Derby when I was 7.  I didn't know at the time and I only found out a few months ago - totally my claim to fame!  If I could meet anyone it would be all 3 of the band members from The Band Perry! (They are a country band....I LOVE country music!)
9. What’s your guilty pleasure?
TOWIE! All my friends are like I hate that TOWIE programme, I just sit quietly in the corner and say nothing!
10. What's one food you couldn't live without?
BISCUITS! I eat too many...
11. Take a picture of your favourite item of clothing/accessory
I told you I can't live without my statement necklaces!

11 Facts about me!
1.  I am 5,11
2. I have incredibly curly hair
3. I have had a visual impairment for 5 years
4. I am scared of the dark
5.  I sleep with 2 teddies every night
6. Over done eyebrows are my biggest beauty hate
7. I hate going out/nightclubs
8. I wear the same lipstick every single day
9. I hate roller-coasters
10. I love music 
11. My blog is my pride and joy

My Nominees!

My 11 questions for my nominees:
1. What is your biggest fear?
2. Do you have any pets?
3. What inspired you to blog?
4. What beauty product can you not leave the house without?
5.  What words sum up your character?
6.  What is your favourite quote and why?
7.  How did you choose your blog name?
8.  Where is your dream holiday destination?
9.  What is your dream job?
10.  What tips have you learnt from blogging?
11. Whats the most expensive beauty/skincare product you have bought and do you regret it or love it?

Hope you all enjoy this post and thanks again to the wonderful Tiny Tang for nominating me!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

REDKEN - Curvaceous Full Swirl

I naturally have very curly and frizzy hair which recently, with the UK's temperamental and changeable weather can be a total nightmare and disaster.  My hair has become increasingly dry and frizzy, and for the first time in ages, almost feels unmanageable.

After going to the hairdresser about 3 weeks ago for a much needed split end cut (and a cheeky bit of colour), she recommended this REDKEN product to has since saved my life.

It is a good sized bottle of a 150ml with an easy to use pump at the top, allowing control in how much you are using.  The hairdresser advised using 1-2 pumps, but depending on the thickness/curliness of your hair this could vary.  I often use a third pump for any extras e.g.. my fringe or bits of frizz that sit around my face.

The product is a mixture of a cream and serum, its not totally got the oily/greasy texture of a serum nor  the thick and stodgy texture of a cream, its the perfect medium allowing maximum benefit to the hair. 

The product advertises that it fights frizz, seals in moisture and locks out humidity, allowing full body curls to be elongated.  I would agree with this completely.  It leaves my hair so curly but tame and I have never felt so confident leaving my hair natural.  It controls the frizz all day, and keeps the hair feeling nourished, not dry and lifeless.  Not only does Curvaceous Full Swirl do what it says on the tin, but it also smells amazing and looks amazing in the bottle (almost too amazing to want to use!).

I bought mine originally from my hairdresser as I needed frizz help and fast, so I paid £16.40.  I have since then found it on my trusty website of Feel Unique for £14.85 and if you catch it during the time of free delivery, you are quid's in!

This has definitely been my hair saviour, and will definitely be a saviour for me on my holiday in 3 weeks time!

You can buy REDKEN Curvaceous Swirl here.

What's been your hair care product saviour this year/month?
What products would you recommend for curly/frizzy hair?

Saturday, 22 March 2014

La Roche Posay - My Skincare Saviour

Skincare for me has always been the bane of my life. I have very awkward skin that can be unbearably dry, yet I breakout on a very regular basis.  This then leads me to having the issue of, the majority of blemish prone skin products suit a more oily skin type, leaving my skin even dryer, and even more unhappy.

I had been using the Clinique Anti Blemish range for quite a few months, but my skin was becoming very dry from the products and it was left feeling very scarred...something which makes me feel very self conscious.  Whilst scouting the internet, looking at reviews for different skin care ranges, I came across the website Escentual, which led me to the brand La Roche Posay.  The products were all marketed at a reasonable price...something I was not used to seeing after using Clinique for so long!  After doing a lot of research into the products and the brand, somehow 5 of their skincare products were bought, paid for and turning up at my door. 
(I have tested these products before writing this review about them.)

The first product I bought was Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel (£7.66).  On the bottle it says 'for oily, sensitive skin' which at first worried me again, thinking is this product going to dry my skin out like so many others have.  The answer to that is no.  Once the gel has foamed up, it is so soft and leaves my skin feeling really clean and fresh.  I then bought the Effaclar Astringent Micro-Exfoliant Lotion (£8.00) to use after the foaming gel wash.  This product was completely sold to me by reading the review from MeteoBeauty, and she described it as 'balanced skin in a bottle', and as she has had acne and suffered with acne scars, I thought it was definitely worth a shot.  The best thing about this product is I can use it and it doesn't make my skin tight or red or sore, something I experience with most toners.

The next 2 products I bought with the idea they would work together.  The Effaclar H - Multi-Compensating Soothing Moisturiser (£6.33) and the Cicaplast Baume B5 - Soothing Repairing Balm (£4.33).  The idea of the moisturiser is to provide the skin with long lasting comfort and moisture throughout the day, which this product definitely does.  I put the moisturiser on early this morning and still now (15:11) does my skin feel soft, supple and moisturised.  The idea of the balm working with my moisturiser, means that my skin even at its driest point will have adequate moisture.  The balm for me is used in the evening, sometimes as well as the moisturiser but sometimes just on its own.  It soothes chapped skin and intensely dry skin, which for me is a frequent occurrence.  I also use this when my skin is red and inflamed because of the Madecassoside in it which acts as an anti-inflamatory.

The final product I bought was the Effaclar Duo [+] (£10.33).  This product has quickly
become my holy grail product.  A lot of beauty bloggers (Tanya Burr, A Model Recommends) have reported amazing things about this product, so good it seemed
impossible.  But they were not wrong.  This product has helped with under the skin blemishes, scarring, imperfections and made my skin overall look more even and healthy. 
I could not believe a little bottle could do SO much for my skin.

La Roche Posay has got a serious thumbs up from me and I without a shadow of a doubt 
will be repurchasing and looking at more products in their range.

If you are interested in La Roche Posay or any other French Pharmacy skin care brands, head on over to as they are currently doing an amazing 1/3 off....why not go and indulge like I did!

Have you ever tried La Roche Posay and what do you think of the brand?
Are there any products that you would recommend for me to try?

Hola, Guten Tag, Hello

Hey there everyone, and welcome to my blog.

I have written a blog on and off for the past few years, but it was never the way I wanted and some of the content was not what I wanted either,  so I thought I'd start afresh and have my blog the way I wanted it.  So heres a bit about me -  My name is Jess, I'm currently 17 (but the big 18 is not far off!), I live in sunny Shropshire. I am currently in the last few months of my 6th Form life waiting to start the adventure of a degree in Primary Education with Music in Bath, so I figured it was now or never.

I am most definitely a shopaholic, always looking out for new trends and my favourite trends, but especially love buying and looking at beauty and skincare products, and just generally sharing what I'm doing and what I'm loving.

So, sit back and I hope you enjoy my blog!