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Makeup Brush Cleanser

I'm not the best at cleaning my makeup brushes. I always make a complete mess of the sink with foundation, bronzer, blush and concealer pouring out of my brushes. It's amazing how much product sinks into the bristles. So with the help of a handy little product from Primark, that costs less than a coffee from Starbucks, I've changed my approach and now keep my brushes clean on a day to day basis. Obviously a deep clean is still needed regularly but instead of going weeks, or months, with dirty brushes I can now spot clean with ease. All it takes is a spray or two of the makeup brush cleanser (which comes in a handy little spray bottle), twirl it around on a piece of kitchen towel and your brushes are back to a slightly more hygienic state. It's amazing what a cheap little product can do to your makeup routine.

How good are you at keeping up with the makeup brush chores?

Birthday Celebrations with Caketoppers

It was my fiance's birthday at the end of last week we had a fantastic few days celebrating with lots of tasty food (Sorry ResultswithLucy, holiday mode was most definitely put on!) His 'main present' was our holiday to Majorca in July so his presents were lots of little surprises. Not quite as grown up and boring as last years Hoover, bin, kettle and toaster - oh the excitement of buying a house last year, poor boy!

Mark isn't fussed by cake but you can't miss out on candles and making a wish on your birthday so I thought a couple of cupcakes would be the perfect alternative. I got a chocolate cupcake and vanilla cupcake from a couple of days before with 2 personalised, edible photos on top. The cakes arrived in a little box that fit through the letter box and were well packaged up to avoid any disasters. I managed to convince him to share them both and they were delicious! Such a clever idea, with quick delivery I didn't have to worry about getting to the shop and they tasted fresh like I'd just baked them that day! If you fancy trying them out or any of their bigger cakes you can get 10% off with the code JEN10.

Homemade card
I've been loving making cards at the moment and this is one describes him to a Tee. He actually appreciated it more than my typical Moonpig or Funkypigeon card because he knew I thought about every little detail. It's also been the card on the windowsill with the most comments so far.

 Canvas from and Beer O'clock Light
Both my parents and I had his mancave in mind when it came to buying presents. My Mum had me chasing Rory around the house trying to get the perfect photo in order to get a canvas made. We both loved this photo, it captures his cheeky personality. Hellocanvas has really good prices, quick delivery and excellent quality. I found this Beer O'clock battery LED light in a local homeware shop and thought it would be a nice addition to his 'Boy Room'.

1kg of watermelon sweeties
I always remember him buying loads of watermelon sweeties from the corner shop when we were in 1st year at uni. It wasn't long before they stopped being for sale and he was gutted. He had no idea they were back in production and I knew a huge bag would be a brilliant present. I had no idea it would actually be his favourite! His eyes lit up when he pulled it out of the gift bag.

A few of his favourite things 
Money was his present of choice from his parents, how grown up, but his Mum also bought him a cute little crate full of some of his favourite things. She'd also been really busy baking some sweet treats including some homemade Caramac traybake and Rocky Road. I'm glad there's a few pieces in each bag so that he's got no excuse but to share!

Fish and Chips!
Because his birthday was on a weeknight he didn't fancy going out for dinner, we saved that for the weekend, so his birthday dinner of choice was something from the Chip Shop. I chose fish and chips and they were as good as the look! I definitely had a food baby after eating all of this but I enjoyed the treat.

Cadbury's Nibbles Cheesecake
If you know anything about us and food you'd probably know that we are both cheesecake mad. If there's a cheesecake on the menu we're very likely to be ordering it. So much so, our wedding cake might just be a cheesecake! My Mum makes a mean cheesecake and a cheesecake was requested for August 25th. He'd quite often choose an Orkney Fudge Cheesecake but this time he went for the flavour we had at Christmas - Cadbury Nibbles!

Outfits of the Week: August #2

Pinafore: New Look
Tshirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Primark
Shoes: Primark

Top: New Look
Trousers: George @ Asda
Necklace: Primark
Sandals: New Look

Top: Primark
Skirt: ASOS
Cardigan: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Primark

Blouse: Primark
Vest Top: New Look
Jeans: River Island
Sandals: Accessorize
Necklace: Forever 21

Blouse: George @ Asda
Jeans: New Look
Shoes: Primark
Nails: Models Own

On the Screen...

If you were a fan of Revenge or Scandal, or you're into music then I think you'll like this show. Originally I was going to watch this by myself but my boyfriend came in half way through the second episode and it's since become one of those programmes that we're only allowed to watch together. Empire is going into it's 3rd Season and just seems to be getting better. It's about a family in the Hip Hop music world with their media company Empire Entertainment. Nothing runs smoothly for the man in charge while is ex-wife and three sons are on the scene. It's available to watch on Amazon Prime or on iTunes.

Stranger Things
This one has been all over Twitter and Facebook and quite rightly so. Not my usual type of programme but I was hooked. It's a Science Fiction, Supernatural sort of programme with a bit of mystery and horror thrown into the mix. It starts off with a boy disappearing into thin air and the 8 episodes centre on his friends, family and police as they try to find him. There's an interesting little girl and some secret Government experiments to get your head around too. There's some exciting twists and some pretty scary scenes. The series is a bit slow to start, especially when you've got the high expectations after seeing it plastered over social media but it's well worth getting involved in the intriguing story. 

Finding Dory
I can't resist a Disney film and even though Finding Nemo isn't actually one of my favourites (slightly controversial perhaps) I think this Pixar sequel was fantastic. I feel like it's a film in it's own rights with the adorable baby Dory being explained from the beginning. The story has a lovely message about family with a good balance of humour. The story is ever so slightly predictable but it's a kids film after all. The ending drags on ever so slightly but it's still a fun film with great characters and beautiful animations. We watched it in 3D but I don't think it added much extra to the already funny, warm-hearted family film.

Get a Job
We were looking for a light hearted film to watch on Saturday night and the 2016 film Get a Job about making it in the real world after graduating college seemed like a good comedy choice. It's packed full of actors that had me feeling hopeful but I was a bit disappointed by the sheer amount of sexual content used for humour. At one point we were both questioning whether this was meant to be a comedy at all. The story seems to plod along with some moments of real 'getting a job moments' quickly followed by a cheap gag that just brings the tone down completely. Maybe one to watch if you've been successful in the job hunt after graduation?!

Any movies or TV shows that you would recommend right now? 

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer Review

I've tried a lot of concealers, it's my must have makeup product of the moment. I'm always open to trying new ones whether it's a liquid, a palette, a crayon - whatever. Liquids tend to be my favourite as they're easiest to use and suit my dry skin best. Bourjois latest addition to their concealer range is the Radiance Reveal concealer, and judging by the struggle I had finding it, it seems to be a popular one.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal is a creamy, highly pigmented concealer formulated to hide dark circles but with it's build-able, thin texture it's great for redness and blemishes. With hyaluronic acid it's amazing for dry skin (a bit of powder might be needed for oily skin) and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. It's meant to be 24hour hydration but I've not put that to the test. It's really brightening and illuminating which is amazing for the dark circles under my eyes. It's similar to NARS Creamy Concealer with it's coverage but I think my skin looks fresher. It blends well without tugging at my skin, doesn't look cakey and there's no creasing or movement.

It comes in three shades - Ivory, Beige and Dark Beige which might mean there isn't the perfect shade for everyone. Thankfully 01 Ivory is really light and the perfect shade for my fair, freckly skin.  The doe foot applicator is great. It's easy to use and makes it an on-the-go product. It's really soft too, which some drugstore products don't quite achieve. True to  the Bourjois brand it smells amazing, so light and fresh.

The packaging is gorgeous. When I was searching the Bourjois stand with the Radiance Reveal name in my head I had no idea what it would look like but I was expecting something plastic maybe with a bit of colour. I was surprised to find the frosted glass bottle with metal cap, simple writing on the front and name along the side. This doesn't look like a drugstore product, in fact it's very similar to Dior Skin Star Concealer just about £25 cheaper.

This concealer is worth every penny, I would recommend it to anyone who's on the lookout for a brightening, good coverage and long lasting concealer - I mean who isn't? Bourjois have just created my perfect product. I feel like I need to buy a back up so I'm prepared when this one runs out!

No Pain No Gain?

I’m sure you’ll have heard the saying ‘no pain, no gain’. Many people seem to think that in order to achieve something, you need to go through a lot of hardship to reach your goal. But you’ll be happy to hear that this isn’t always the case! In fact, it’s now super easy to reach certain goals with minimal pain and effort.

Easy Beauty
A few years ago, invasive beauty treatments were all the rage. Cosmetic surgery was very popular not that long ago. Many women were putting themselves through some painful procedures just to get a certain look. Thankfully, there’s no need for us to go through all that pain anymore. There are now more non-invasive beauty treatments that work just as well. Treatments such as facials and chemical face peels can help rejuvenate your skin and help you look young. You don’t even have to get botox injections for wrinkles now that there is topical botox cream available. You can find out more about it online:

Simple Fitness
Once we were all fixated on gruelling workouts in order to keep fit. But these days, the fun has been added back into fitness. And when things are fun, you don’t notice the pain! Team sports are a big deal these days. Especially as the current Olympics have placed ones such as volleyball and team athletic events into the spotlight. Cycling is also extremely popular these days. So instead of hitting the gym for a strenuous workout, why not just go for a fun bike ride in the sun with all your friends!  Not only is it a great way to stay in shape, but it also gives you a chance to explore your local area!

Fun Education
The pain can easily be taken out of studying and college work. Thanks to the internet, you won’t need to spend long evenings in the library poring over books. Simply go online for condensed information. There are also many study sites that have turned revision into games and puzzles. It’s not just the Internet that has revolutionised education. There are now many apps designed to make learning easy and fun. One of the best is Duolingo, which is aimed at language learners:

Delicious Dieting
You don’t even have to put yourself through too much pain if you want to diet. There are plenty of websites that have created delicious meal plans that won’t leave you hungry and wanting more. You’ll be able to eat healthy versions of your favourite meals. And you can even snack on some meal plans! Next time you go out shopping, have a look in the diet sections. You’ll find healthier versions of your favourite ingredients and products, so you won’t even have to give anything up!

Look Fantastic Best of British Box

I mentioned in my Look Fantastic haul that I'm not a beauty box regular but gave in to the August box. The box is embracing the Olympics and team Great Britain with a Best of British Theme. I was excited to see some home grown brands and try out some new products. I had my fingers crossed that the box would have some skin care goodies and that didn't disappoint. Unfortunately all the the products seemed to be sample sized or very small but there's lots of recognisable, quality brands. 

I've tried a couple of Percy and Reed products before so it was a nice start to the box. This is a 30ml tube which is quite a good sized product but not strictly full sized. Wonder Balm is a cream/gel that promises moisture, shine, smoothness, definition, softness, humidity protection and manageability. Lots of promises like that makes me a little bit sceptical but ever hopeful. I've used it once so far in wet hair and my hair did feel a bit smoother and softer. I'm sure this won't go to waste.

REN is a brand that I've heard so much about but never used. Anti-pollution mist sounds good for someone that lives in the city but not something I would think of using living in the Highlands with the clear, fresh air. It's quite cooling and smells nice but I found it a bit heavier than expected. An invisible barrier against pollutants and ingredients to revive sounds like something worth trying.

So this is definitely a full sized product and I suppose a fail safe product at that. I've never heard of Bee Good before but I love the packaging and can't resist vanilla. I've only tried this a couple of times but it's left my lips feeling soft for hours, though slightly sticky at first. A good one for tackling dry, chapped lips - especially in the winter! 

I've tried Balance Me before and wish I'd known about this one sooner. I love using serums before my moisturiser but this one is meant to tackle blemishes and breakouts without drying out your skin. This smells amazing and fingers crossed makes a difference after a while. 
This was probably the product I was most excited for. I've not heard of RENU Skin but I've been wanting to try out an eye cream - better now than when it's too late. So far it's jumped right into my skincare routine and I've been enjoying using it. It's got Ancia which is meant to help with under eye circles and it's got dermal filling effects which is where the active lift comes into it. Thankfully I'm not necessarily filling lines but more preventing them.

Another spray for the face seems a little bit strange but this one appeals to me more. There's ingredients like Horsetail leaf(?!) and Gotu Cola Leaf Extracts which help to reduce fine lines and turn dull, tired skin into bright radiant skin. I've been using it in the morning after cleansing and my face feels more awake. Fingers crossed it'll help give me a healthy glow while I'm stressed about work. 

If you fancy buying one of the August boxes you can here while they're still in stock. Or maybe one of the previous boxes take your fancy. There's no risk once you know the contents!

Did you get the #LFBestofBritish Box? What was your favourite product? Do you have any beauty box subscriptions?

Outfits of the Week: August #1

Jeans: River Island
Necklace: Primark
Sandals: Accessorize

Blouse: Primark
Trousers: Tesco
Nails: Fuse by Sensationail
Sandals: Primark

Blouse: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Necklace: Primark
Sandals: Accessorize 

Top: New Look
Jeans: Primark
Flip Flops: Primark
Bracelets: Pandora, Annie Haak, Joma
Watch: Michael Kors

Top: Forever 21
Trousers: New Look
Necklace: Primark
Sandals: Primark

Pre-Holiday Detox

For some people getting your body out on the beach is the worst part of going on holiday. You might worry about what you will look like as you strut your stuff down the beach. It can be a nightmare getting in a bikini if your body insecurities include your tummy and legs. To enable you to feel more confident on the beach, you can to go on a pre-holiday detox. It will ensure you look your best when you do have to get into that tiny bikini. Here is some unmissable advice you need for your pre-holiday detox.

Go Organic
If you switch your processed food to organic it’s a great way to detoxify and lose weight before your holiday. Simply switching to organic food for a couple of weeks before you head on your travels will show you some results. When you are eating processed food, you are exposing your body to chemicals which will clog your system. You need to stick to free range chicken and organic fruit and vegetables which will clean your digestive system. A lot of people also give up gluten and dairy during their pre-holiday detox. It can make you bloated, which will stop you feeling confident in your bikini.

Get Sweating
You need to get sweating to detox before your holiday. Breaking out a sweat can help you to burn fat faster. In fact, people can lose a pound of water by sweating every day. Therefore, you should take up some form of cardio which will help you to burn calories. Running or dancing will burn fat quickly; you can lose over 100 calories on a mile’s run.

Consider a Quick Fix
It can be tricky to burn fat fast before you go on your holiday. Therefore, you could look for a quick fix to burn fat fast. You could look at going for a treatment such as fat freezing which removes fat naturally by our system. It shows results quickly, so you can go before heading on holiday. You can find many clinics who will do this such as Jill Zanders. If you don’t want to go for a treatment, you could try dry brushing at home. It stops bloating as you massage your lymph nodes with the brush which releases excess toxins and water. You can read more about dry brushing in this feature.

Go to Bed Earlier
You need to get some proper sleep if you want to look great for your holiday. You need to give your body time to repair in the night. Studies have found that people who have a good night’s rest are more likely to lose weight. You should be heading to bed at 10 pm, so that you can get a full eight hours rest. You should make sure your turn off the light and keep the room cool so that you don’t wake up in the night.

Remember that you should avoid coffee during your pre-holiday detox. You need to stick to spring water and smoothies to help you look your best in time for your holiday.

ASOS Haul - Dune, ASOS & JDY

If you've read my 'Back to Word Catch Up' you'll have seen that I made an ASOS order. I spent hours browsing the site, mainly the outlet section, on the hunt for some workwear. I ended up buying 5 things and spent nearly £80 but unfortunately 2 of the tops looked awful. One was a New Look jumper and it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The other was a white blouse which ended up being awful quality. It's so disappointing when that happens. I made sure to package them back up straight away and use the handy free Collect Plus service. Never the less I've got 3 things that I'm quite happy with and thought I'd share them today in hope that they're still in stock.

I've been to a few weddings recently and had major shoe envy. Loads of people have been wearing gorgeous nude heels and I've had to settle with court shoes or wedges. I've got a wedding coming up in October and decided it was time to get over my jealousy and buy myself a pair. Dune shoes always fit really well, the chunky heel means I won't be too unsteady on my feet and the discount was too good to miss out on. I've since found them for slightly cheaper on the Dune website - typical!

Skirts are perfect for work. I can wear tights, boots and wrap up in a jumper if the weather is rubbish in Autumn/Winter. In Spring/Summer I can wear sandals and short sleeved tops and still look professional-ish. A-Line style skirts are really flattering and I love the scalloped hem on this ASOS brand one. I also managed to bag 10% off using my boyfriend's student discount. You can get similar ones in a stripe print or white if black is too boring for you.

I was on the hunt for some floral blouses and ended up clicking on this short sleeve top by Jacqueline De Yong. It's more of a box shape top than I was expecting but it's so comfortable. The sleeves are a really flattering length and the print isn't too bright for Winter and doesn't look miserable and wintery. So far I've worn it with a pair of jeans but I reckon I could wear it with skinny trousers or a skirt for work. JDY clothing has definitely caught my eye now.

Where's your favourite place to buy work clothes from?