Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Gym bunny (in the making)

So with weddings galore this year, a holiday in Spain and me just fed up of feeling frumpy! I decided to dance with the devil and get a gym membership! Duh duh duuuh .................... Ok so it's not really THAT scary, however I have signed up on a 6 month contract, which I'm hoping will be a good enough reason to make me go. As I certainly do NOT want to waste a chunk of money each month. Also my older sister has membership there and she said she was starting to slack, so we're hoping we can motivate each other.

Now I for one do quite enjoy doing exercise and getting a bit sweaty, however I get very self conscious of the "taller, slimmer, more tanned and dramatically fitter" lady that always seems to pick a machine next to me and run rings round me without appearing to break a sweat. Seriously what is up with that?!?! Now I know going to the gym isn't really a place to wear makeup and worry what you look like, but I do feel a little better about myself if I have at the minimum killer eyebrows and fluttering lashes (not that I want to bat them at anyone, especially the hip swivel man who I always seem to make eye contact with whilst either him or I are in a compromising position!). So after having been going for a few weeks I have come up with my "gym face", this consists of the following items-

Mascara - currently either MUA every lash mascara in waterproof black, The Body Shop curvy waterproof mascara or Maybeline falsies mascara. I normally prefer a waterproof mascara for the gym, as I don't want to worry about any smudging or flaking whilst I'm getting all hot and sweaty, and wiping my face down. I also always curl my lashes before hand.

Eyebrows - I am currently addicted to MUA's eyebrow pencil in brunette and their Standard clear mascara. I am in love with both of these products as I feel the pencil is creamy and it applies well enough to give me a subtle feathery look, almost the same effect I would get from using a powder or wax. I am starting to like my eyebrows a bit heavier at the moment, I feel they frame my face better and make my eyes more prominent. And the clear mascara goes on nicely and slicks them down just enough to avoid crazy brows after a work out.

Lip balm/gloss - now I don't like to wear much on my lips, for fear of the dreaded sweaty upper lip and having it run onto my chin! However I find in most gyms (especially the one I go to) they have the air conditioning on pretty high and after being in their for an hour my lips feel parched. So I try and use my old faithful Elizabeth Arden 8hour cream or a good solid lipbalm such as chap stick. I avoid things that melt too much such as Vaseline or gloppy glosses as they just don't do the job.

Face - I DO NOT use blush! Heck my face goes beetroot red just looking at the entrance to the gym, I certainly don't need to make this more obvious. Instead I use my Rimmel stay matt powder all over, and then my ELF cool bronzer to add a touch of contour and subtle colour to my face. I also feel that by doing this it helps even out the redness once I get going.

So there you go, that is what I do for when I go to the gym. I also feel this look is good enough for me to be able to go out in public with after I've finished at the gym incase I need to pop somewhere or I'm heading straight to work after. Why don't you let me know about any strange places you wear make up and what your weapon of choice is.

J x

Monday, 20 August 2012

Time flies .......

So even though I've only really started this blog, I still feel bad I haven't blogged anything for a week! I'm going to go home tonight and possibly do a little blog about my favourite things! Although how exactly I am going to decide which things are my favourites, I do not know!!

I have also been making bracelets this weekend, bit random I know, but I am planning on selling them for charity. I am doing a BIG challenge next year, I am planning on cycling 800km in 8 days across Sri Lanka for genesis research charity. I will put a little post up about that later aswell, and possibly put a little link to my just giving page.

Anyways, this was just a little catch up blog.

J x

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Superdrug Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser

So, as you may know I bought 2 boxes of the vitamin e hot cloth cleanser from Superdrug yesterday. It is currently on special offer, normally it is £5.99 for 1 box but at the moment it is 2 boxes for £3.99! Talk about steal! Now I had seen a few people talk about this on Twitter and thought whilst it is on offer I would give it a go.

This is a picture of the packaging -
The packaging isn't anything spectacular, but it is quite cute!

And here is what comes in the box -
You get a 200ml tube of the cleanser, plus a fairly good sized muslin cloth.

Now the directions on the box say to gently massage the cleanser into your face and neck in circular motions, then using the muslin cloth to wipe it off with hand hot water. You should rinse your face with cool water to finish the process.

I used this yesterday as I wanted to give it a go. As soon as I opened the tube I was met with the most wonderful smell! It smells really clean and kind of like baby powder. It is really subtle and makes it seem really luxurious I think. I only used a small amount of the cleanser, and this was plenty. It rubbed in really nicely, and did not feel at all greasy. However I think my favourite part was rinsing it off with the hot water and muslin cloth, the cloth is very light weight but has just enough abbrasivness (correct word?) so you can feel it on your skin and feel it cleaning it. Using the hot water and the cloth made my face feel so refreshed, and you can definately see what muck is coming off of your face! (yuck) My face felt nice and smooth and clean afterwards, and with me having sensitive skin, I felt no irritation or tightness.

I also like the fact this this product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and that Superdrug are against animal testing.

I will definately be buying this product again, especially if I can get my hands on it whilst it is on offer again. I may even stock up very soon. As I like to save my pennies!

Hope you've all enjoyed this,

J x

Saturday, 11 August 2012


So today I had a quick trip into town, mainly to do some banking and run some errands. This then ended with me having a quick sneaky look in superdrug to see what was on offer.

An of course I saw plenty of things I wanted to buy! And there were a few good deals on aswell. Here is a list of what I bought-
Vitamin e - hot cloth cleanser (normally £5.99 each, however at the moment it is 2 for £3.99)
MUA eye shadow palette - Glitter Ball
MUA eye shadow palette - Glamour Days
MUA lip gloss - shade 5
2true cheek and lip tint - rose
2true cheek and lip tint - blush pink
2true 3 in 1 concealer - shade 3
2true nail varnish - shade 27
(all 2true products were any 3 for £4.99, plus a free nail varnish when you bought 3 products)

So as you can tell I bought a few products, I've never tried the 2true range and thought whilst they were on offer I would give them a go and have a play. Also with the vitamin e cleanser I have heard soo many good things about it, I thought I would try it whilst it was on offer.

Any who I have included a picture of everything I have bought, and also a picture of my receipt to show how much I saved! The fact I saved over £10 is definitely making me feel much better. I'm off now to go play with my new things and find room for them in my ever shrinking storage space!

J x

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Fake Tan, Dark Sheets and the Kardashians

So... This weekend is a BIG weekend, and by BIG weekend I mean Hen Party (or should I say Bacholorette party). It's a family members wedding in less than 2 weeks, so we're off out for a "Kardashian" themed party. This means lots of leopard print, fake tan and BIG eyelashes!

I've started my preparation tonight by applying my fake tan. I like to use St Tropez foam fake tan applied with a tanning glove, however this time I have tried a so called dupe of this product St Moriz, again applied with a tanning glove. I have taken some before pictures and will make sure I post so after pictures when I get a chance, I might even compare the 2. Also I've already had my nails done (see previous post) so I'm almost ready to go.

If anyone has any tips of tricks that will get me looking as amazing as the Kardashian, it would be greatly appreciated.

J x


New nails time, went for an uber sparkly finish this week. The picture doesn't show fully just how glittery these are! I LOVE them!!! You can never have too much glitter in your life.

Anyway chow for now

J x

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


Well, I somehow just managed to order a total of 23 items from MUA in their 25% off sale. If you haven't checked it out already, I beg you to go have a look!

Can't wait for my parcel to arrive. This weekend I am hoping to do my first product reviews. Hope they are okay :)

J x

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Queen helene mint julep masque

I've heard great things about this mask, and with having spot prone skin (which is VERY spotty at the moment) I thought I really wanted to give this a go!

However living in the wonderful uk means it is not readily available to me over here. However thank you to the wonders of eBay, I have managed to get my hands on some. So as soon as it arrives I will make sure I do a quick review and let you all know what I think.

Here's hoping its as good as people say :)

J x

New nails!

So this post is a week late as I've actually had my nails for a week already, however due to being really busy at work I've only just gotten around to posting.

Me and Sam (the girl who does my nails) both decided we wanted to try something new, so this week we went for a 3d minnie mouse inspired design. Hope you all like!

J x