The life of a 20-something year old; Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Boohoo #WeAreFamily campaign - NYE

I was lucky enough to be chosen by Boohoo to take part in their New Years Eve #WeAreFamily campaign.

I chose two outfits; one for partying (Jennifer mesh bodycon dressand one for a more low key dinner party (Sia strappy low back metallic bodycon dress), so hopefully there is some inspiration for everyone!

The prices of all the Boohoo dresses are great and the quality is still amazing. For this reason, Boohoo are my favourite online retailer at the moment... they have up to 50% off selected lines and £1 next day delivery right now, what more of a reason could you need to shop?!

The dresses were true to size - although I must admit a little tight but I had been binging my way through my exams last week so that might explain it... ops...

I am getting super excited for Christmas & New Year now; I love getting dressed up, seeing all my nearest and dearest, and just having a great time.

The first dress is super glittery and my camera did not do it justice but I am in love with the low back (but it isn't too low that you can't wear a bra still)... The second, I have to admit I was a bit nervous about but it fits like a dream and isn't too see-through, and I am wearing a bralet with it which I think works well!

I had so much fun shooting these looks, I love experimenting with hair and makeup too - let me know what you think...!







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Dresses - c/o Boohoo

What have you got planned for New Years Eve?


Jess x

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Gift guide - for women

Here are my top gifts for all types of women this Christmas...




For those who love their photographs, check out Huggle Up - they do amazing, reasonably priced prints, which you can also get as magnets!

Something that is so in right now are these light up letters - Up In Lights - spell out their name or simply their initials or even just a star.

ASOS do an amazing Christmas gift range every year with gifts for everyone! Which there is also an amazing sale on right now.

What about a subscription? To their favourite magazine or Look Fantastic Beauty Box 

Do they love doing their nails? I can't recommend the Sensationail gel kit enough. Keep an eye out in boots because they often do offers on this!


On a budget? 

Look out for the deals at this time of year; Superdrug has 20% off all fragrance gift sets right now... or even make your own packaging just to make the present more exciting, make your own Christmas crackers at Hobby Craft

Go with a theme 'the Christmas day package' 'the pamper package' 'the beauty package' etc

This can be done for people of all ages.

You can even team up with others and for example someone get PJs, someone get matching slippers, and someone get a matching dressing gown, etc etc.

Christmas socks are always a winner!


For the girly girls...

My favourite jumper ever right now is this to do list from Rad 

You can't go wrong with a Little Miss Princess Pouch

Disney do Personalised gifts which are perfect for all ages.

South Beach unicorn slippers are really cute and great for lounging around on Christmas day!

Light up trainers! Speaks for itself really... don't be afraid to shop on eBay for some cute little gifts, read my post on how to shop on eBay here. 



For those busy bees...

Candles, bath bombs - all the relaxing essentials needed for a chilled Christmas...

I absolutely love Yankee Candle, as most women do but if you're not sure on a scent, I would stick with something like Soft Blanket or Clean Cotton as they are fairly neutral smells that everyone should love!

You can't go wrong with a Lush bath bomb (if they have a bath of course) - so perfect for unwinding, plus they do a special Christmas range.

Throw in some chocolate or popcorn, a bottle of wine and a DVD and you have the perfect Christmas hamper!


What gifts have you brought this Christmas?

Jess x


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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Born Pretty Eyeshadow

Thanks to Joy over at Born Pretty Store, I received this beautiful mini glitter eye shadow palette - perfect for the upcoming festive season!



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The white shimmer is ideal for basically any occasion; it could be added all over the lid or just on the inner corners of the eye to brighten up your look. The glitter is subtle, so this look can even be worn for day time events. Alternatively, use all three to create a smoky eye look. I absolutely love all the colours, they blend really nicely into each other.

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This palette works about approximately £3.35 in pounds which is great for these three glitter shimmer colours. Plus, free worldwide shipping. 

I do have to say the packaging looks fairly cheap, however what can you expect at this price.

This site is ideal for those of us wanting to try out different make up looks without spending a fortune.


Also, use my coupon code BESH10 to get 10% off any purchase at Born Pretty Store.

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Recipe | Frittata

Frittata's are fast becoming mine and Ollys absolute favourite quick and easy meal. The options are endless and it really is fast. 

I thought I would share the recipe for those of us who are always in a hurry and either feel like we don't have time to eat or simply snack unhealthily instead! 
I am going to share two lots of ingredients, just to show you how really flexible this meal is - and how easy it is to stay healthy even when in a rush.

The recipe is great for your body and is surprisingly filling - what more could you want! You can just use one pan to save on washing up, and can just use whatever you have lying in the fridge.


Also, this could totally be breakfast, lunch or dinner...


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Serves: 1 or 2
Total time: 15 minutes


Ingredients


Coconut oil (or other oil if you don't have coconut but I recommend getting it to add to your healthy fats - remember we need to balance our macros!)

Now for 1 person...

2 eggs
1/4 pepper
2 mushrooms
Feta cheese

For 2 people...

4 eggs
2 chicken breasts
1/2 pepper
Small handful of broccoli


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Method


Preheat the grill on a high setting.

Place the oil in a small frying pan on the hob and heat on a low/medium.

Literally shove all the 'extra' ingredients in, however you want them - I like the pieces to be really small in a frittata but it is up to you - For one, I put the mushroom and pepper in at this stage; for two, I put the chicken and pepper in.

After the ingredients are cooked, beat up the eggs and add in any spices or herbs you fancy - I usually do black pepper and cayenne pepper.

After about three minutes of frying, add the cheese or tiny broccoli florets on top.

After another three minutes of frying, finish under the grill until golden on top and serve.

& enjoy!

Jess x


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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Fashion | Halloween edit

None of us like to admit it, but it's time to face facts and realise we are now adults, eeeeek. So perhaps dressing up as a full blown pumpkin, a zombie bride ("ex-wife") or the ever so scary bunny is no longer something we can do.

But everyone loves a themed outfit so here are my top picks for us 'adults' this Halloween...


Missguided have a halloween range and with the code 'booyah' you can get 20% off anything right now; ASOS also have a huge range with some really cute accessories; including temporary tattoos. New Look and Topshop have some kind of spooky looking clothing which is totally re-wearable throughout the whole of AW15.

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Halloween, fashion, fbogger, halloween fashion, halloween for adults
Halloween, fashion, fbogger, halloween fashion, halloween for adults
Halloween, fashion, fbogger, halloween fashion, halloween for adults

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How are you spending Halloween?
Jess x

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Sunday, 11 October 2015

1st Blogiversary

I cannot believe my blog is one today!
(fastest year ever)


I first have to thank you all for being so patient with me as I have been completely slacking with the blogging world for the past couple of months - but my life is currently in a massive whirlwind, with one year to go until a real serious turning point for my career.

For those of you who don't know, I am training to be a Chartered Surveyor and there is a LOT of work involved... I am doing my APC which is the most difficult thing I have ever done, as well as a post graduate course and also learning in full time work to be a surveyor and a business owner!

I can't thank you all enough for reading my blog and taking the time to comment on my posts.

Next year is definitely going to be my year though, so stay tuned! I am getting a new camera and other blogging bits for Christmas and then going to get a shiney new computer in March... Should I get a Mac? So hopefully good things are to come!


PS. This is definitely a good excuse for all of us to eat cake, right?

Jess x



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Friday, 9 October 2015

July Look Fantastic Beauty Box

If you've been following my blog you'll know that Look Fantastic were kind enough to give me a 12-month subscription to their beauty box (here) so every month I will be doing an unboxing video and full review on each of the products...

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Usually I upload the video at the same time which is why this post is so late... I have been praying my computer will magically fix itself... but shock, it hasn't! So I thought I would get on with my reviews and upload videos at a later date. I will of course post the video over on my twitter page when I finally can upload... or go subscribe to my YouTube channel to never miss out!


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My absolute favourite item from this box, which I already know I will buy again is this amazing nude lip pencil from Lord & Berry. I love the colour (its a very dark nude) and it seems to last through a lot! I have been using it regularly already. I am fast becoming a huge fan of Lord & Berry and will definitely be purchasing some more of their products soon! Can you recommend me any more L&B products?


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The next item which was a huge winner for me is this clarifying shampoo. As you all know by now, I love hair products in particular and who doesn't need clarifying shampoo from time to time. It was great to try out a different brand to what I usually buy and my hair definitely felt nicer after just one use.



Next was this oil which literally reminds me of that feeling you get after a professional facial. I have never even thought about using a product like this at home which is why these beauty boxes are so good. I loved it but I haven't used it enough to decide if the benefits would be worth buying the product as soon as it runs out but it is definitely a good treat for my skin!


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A lip balm is always nice, although as I have mentioned before I get on so much better with the stick forms. This balm smells rather unusual. And now winter is fast approaching in the UK, lip balms are an essential for every day use! Plus, I don't know about you but I am forever loosing my lip balms, they just seem to disappear! The best thing about this balm is that it is not just for your lips! You can put it anywhere... feet, elbows, face... my only problem is I don't get dry skin anymore so this is difficult for me to review but I would definitely recommend you try it if I did have problems with dry skin! Why not.


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I love a face wash as much as the next person and this one was totally different to the type of wash I usually go for. I don't think I could say anything bad about this face wash, it definitely did its job but I love my exfoliating wash so much that nothing can seem to compete. 


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Same product as before, minus the glitter... which deducts one star from my rating. As I think I did say previously, this product would be amazing for those of you who travel a lot and can't take too many products with them.



Thank you, as always Look FantasticThis box gets **** this month from me!

Don't forget the links I provide of each product takes you directly to the Look Fantastic product page where there are always multiple more reviews for you to look at.
 

Jess x

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Fashion | Pink Palms


I shot this look back when the British summer was in full swing. I am obsessed with these shorts from Sabo Skirt; I love love love their clothes and they are reasonably priced and totally true to size. I took this outfit on holiday with me as well, it is so comfy and perfect for those days exploring. The shorts are now also in the sale for only £13! I can't believe it, definitely worth buying for next summer (link below).













Top: Missguided // similar here
Shorts: Sabo Skirt // here
Shoes: Missguided // here
Bag: Primark // similar here

Photographer: Sarah James


Jess x


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