GRWM: Bouncy Curls and Light/Bright Makeup

Helloo, so this past weekend I celebrated m aunt’s 50th and one of my friend’s 21st birthdays. There was plenty of alcohol and FOOD (diet was momentarily on pause). So anyway, I really liked my hair/makeup that I wore to my friend’s 21st birthday party so I thought I’d show you and do a little run through of what I used etc 🙂

bouncy curls hairstyle

Here it is! So I went for kinda of voluminous curls and light shades around my eyes with winged eyeliner (it’s my fave!)


So I used my Babyliss Pro (type F40b) Curling Wand CLICK HERE (it looks like it’s on sale at the moment too so would be a good time to buy!). Not going to lie, this is the only curling wand I own, I’m a student so I can’t afford everything I’d like but I think it’s a pretty good one. When I first used it (yeearss ago) back when the curling wand trend was just starting and I had been used to the ones you clip your hair into and roll up, I wasn’t such a big fan of it. Now, having used it for years and also having had a bad experience with the old kind of curlers, I love it!

So I sprayed my hair with a bit of Tresemme Protect Heat Defence Styling Spray and began to curl AWAY from my face. My tip is to always curl away from your face, I think it looks miles better and frames your face better. I generally take quite large chunks of hair when I’m curling it this way, that’s how to get the larger ringlets when you’re done. I don’t really measure the amount of hair I take but I’d say only about ten pieces overall (obviously this varies from hair type to hair type).

The piece of hair right at the front on my right side (the side my parting sweeps to) I take a smaller section and curl it backwards on the top of my head and hold it for a few seconds only. I wrap my hair around the wand right to the top but it falls slightly to where it’s sitting in the picture. Afterwards just a spritz of hairspray and I tend to run my hands through it to make it less organised as well!


I decided, because it was a summer evening and I was wearing a long maxi skirt, to go for a bright kind of dewy makeup look. I started by applying my NARS sheer glow foundation in Mont Blanc (of course) (CLICK HERE) and blended it out. I love the coverage this foundation gives me without looking cakey, it’s for sure a holy grail item for me! I then applied some of my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (CLICK HERE) under my eyes and on a few spots I’ve had on my forehead recently (sigh). I then applied a light dusting of my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent (CLICK HERE) I’m sure you’ve  all heard loads about this powder before but it’s great and I don’t see a reason to pay out for a high end brand when this powder does the job just fine for me 🙂

On my eyes I decided to get out my old MAC palette. I used Charcoal Brown in my crease just to give it a little bit of definition without it being a dramatic look at all, and then I applied Naked Lunch across my lid. I used a little bit of Nylon in my inner corners (it’s quite an intense shimmer so I was light handed with it). For me I really wanted to use light shades, and I’ve been loving doing that recently because I find that it opens up my eyes and enhances them better than when I apply heavy, dark shades. I then applied a thin line of liquid eyeliner on my lid as I love the elongating effect of a wing on me! Here’s a picture that better shows my eye makeup (even if it is a bit cringe).

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Obviously it’s not perfect, I’m not a pro or anything, but I quite liked the final result. On my eyebrows I filled them in with MAC Omega eyeshadow first and then used a little bit of my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe (CLICK HERE) to sharpen up the ends.

I bronzed my face a tiny bit (not that you can see it!) with NARS Laguna Bronzer (CLICK HERE), another product I absolutely LOVE from Nars and then used my Sleek Solstice Highlighting palette which I’ve spoken about quite a few times on this blog now! In the above picture I hadn’t applied anything to my lips yet, but i did decide to go for MAC Velvet Teddy, which I think is meant to be a kind of browny nude but because I’m so pale it comes up quite dark on me!

Here’s another picture of the final look (feat a glorious glass of prosecco).

party makeup look

I hope you enjoyed reading this and maybe found it interesting if you’re looking for hair/makeup inspiration for something this summer 🙂 I felt pretty confident with this look and it didn’t feel like too much or too little.

Until next time,

J x



Job Interview Makeup

So today I’m bored at work, currently sat in the mailroom waiting for about a MILLION things to print off. So I thought I’d do a work themed post. I was recently at a couple of job interviews trying to find a summer placement, so I thought I’d just quickly explain what I put on my face those days 🙂

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So this is what it looked like. It was pretty subtle because, after all, it was an interview.

I started with my FAVOURITE foundation Nars Sheer Glow and applied that to my face, followed by a touch of Rommel Wake Me Up concealer under my eyes and on a couple of blemishes. After that I set everything in place with my Rommel Stay Matte powder in translucent.
I used Mac Omega eyeshadow on my eyebrows (it’s a matte and a very good shade for my brows) followed by some of my Anastasia Pomade in Taupe just on the ends for some definition. Getting the brows right is always going to be a work in progress though!

On my eyes I used Woodwinked by Mac and blended it out. I genuinely think this eyeshadow can look gorgeous by itself as when you blend it out it goes a smoky orange toned shade. A thin line of my Bourjois Pinceau liner across my lid but no wing (I’ll be honest I just didn’t have time!) and then a lick of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (but not too much as it can get quite dramatic!).

I kept it very simple on my face and applied the lightest little bit of hoola bronzer just to define my face a touch and then I used my Mac Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish, it’s the perfect amount of subtle while still being a gorgeous highlight!

On my lips I used my trusty Mac Velvet Teddy lipstick, no liner for a more natural look. It always does the trick!

So there you go that’s just a quick run down of what I wore to my job interviews! Hope you like it 🙂

Oh and here are some other pictures of it that I found, slightly less flattering!

Until next time,

J x

spring cosmetics haul

Spring Cosmetics Haul!

I haven’t done a post like this in a while so I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve bought recently! 🙂

spring cosmetics haul

So as you can see I’ve bought a few things, some more expensive than others. I don’t know about your but Spring seems to be the time when I restock everything I’ve run out of and buy a few new things for my wardrobe. It feels like the start of the year more than January to me in many ways.

I’ll start by showing you what eyebrow products I bought recently. Now I am the kind of person who is literally NEVER happy with their eyebrows. I have tried so many different products over the years and I’ll go through phases of using different things and then looking back and thinking “what the fuck was I doing” at some point. Anyway at the moment I’m using the following (check my little attempt at a gif too):

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Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe, Benefit Gimme Brow in Light, Benefit Ready Set Brow Clear Brow Gel and Zoeva 317 Rose Gold Vol 2.

I’ve wanted to try an Anastasia brow product for so long. It was only recently I heard about the Pomade and after a short period of contemplation I gave in to the temptation and ordered one! For me the colour range was pretty poor. There’s a good mix of warm and cool tones but the actually shade range is pretty limited. Taupe is the lightest cool toned shade and I sometimes find it a bit dark on me. In fairness I am very fair and have light hair but for me this is a slight drawback. The actual product is very good though, easy to apply with precision and glides on nicely. You only need to use the tiiiniest little bit too so hopefully this product will last me a long time!

I never thing of Benefit as being one of my favourite brands but actually when I think about it they have a lot of good products that I use every day. I recently ran out of my MAC clear (not by the end it wasn’t) brow gel and needed a replacement because my brows are unruly at the best of times. I’m really glad I went for the Ready Set Brow gel because it really does set them in place and they don’t move!

As I said above I’m in a constant battle with my eyebrows and I’ve heard SO MANY good things about Benefit Gimme Brow. A few years ago I was in Boots in my hometown and you know how sometimes the people at makeup counters can be… pushy? My friend and I were literally just stood looking at the benefit stand (minding our own business) and the lady at the counter came over, whipped out her Benefit Gimme Brow and practically forcibly applied it to our eyebrows! Despite this interesting experience I actually thought the product looked pretty good. I think I’ll do a post soon on my eyebrow routine because there are quite a few steps 🙂

zoeva brushes collection lasting perfection concealer

The Zoeva (i’m sure i’m not the only one but when I first heard about this brand years ago I thought it was a Zoella brand!) brushes are great, very soft on the skin and apply product nicely and evenly. Also aren’t they just completely bloody gorgeous?! Rose gold is such an amazing trend!

The Collection Lasting Perfection concealer was a repurchase. I mean of course it was it’s the best concealer everrr. Mine is in the lightest shade and I can’t live without it. The only negative about it is sometimes I find the consistency a little thick, but I think that’s probably just a matter of opinion more than actually a shortcoming of the product.

hourglass ambient lighting, sleek solstice highlighting palette, bourjois liquid eyeliner

I’ve already raved about the Sleek Solstice Highlight palette in a recent post (if you haven’t seen it click HERE). So I won’t go into too much detail about it other than it is just absolutely gorgeous. If you’re a girl who loves an intense highlight like me (let’s be real who doesn’t) then I assure you you will love this palette!

The Bourjois Pinceau liner is also a repurchase. I used to struggle so much with eyeliner but once I found this product i can now do winged eyeliner in about 2 minutes, which I couldn’t have dreamed of doing before! Can’t see myself using a different eyeliner any time soon!

I recently bought this Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat for £10 on Depop. It originally costs £32 and for a second hand product that’s basically unused I think paying less than a third of the price is a pretty amazing bargain! I’d highly recommend Depop (and hey if you want to follow me find me @jbowey96). I’ve wanted to try Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Blushes for absolutely ages but they are just so extortionate. Having tried one now i can tell you that the colour is gorgeous, be quite light handed with the application because they are very pigmented but the effect on the skin is STUNNING!

Finally I was in town recently and escaped from a freak downpour of rain into the nearby Lush shop. Surprise surprise I didn’t come away empty handed. I actually bought 2 items but the one I feel like deserves a special mention is the No Drought Dry Shampoo. It works super well and you get plenty product for your money. I find with a lot of spray on dry shampoos the product will run out after a very short amount of time and you’ll just be left with a strange liquid coming out of it that just makes your hair look WORSE! The best thing about this product though has to be the smell. It smells of lemons and it’s so zingy and lovely, the perfect smell for a dry shampoo that’s meant to make you seem fresher than you probably are!

Well that’s everything I’ve bought recently I hope you enjoyed reading 🙂

Until next time,

J x

Spring Highlighters

Hey! Sorry I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging just because I was finishing up with exams and then after that I’ve basically been sleeping and/or seeing my friends and actually having some fun! The weather has, surprisingly, been really quite nice up here the past few weeks though and it’s got me in the mood to wear my makeup a little differently. One of my absolute favourite makeup items is highlighter, so I thought I’d review a couple of the ones I own today.

The first real highlighter I ever bought was:

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle £24.50 (Link here!)

I absolutely love this product because it has a natural, peachy, pearly shimmer and catches the light very nicely without being too intense (although is that really a thing?)

mac soft and gentle highlight

This is what it looks like on (apologies for the messy bed spread). Also, side note, it’s really hard to get highlight to show up in a picture without piling it on! This was the best one I could get but as you can see it gives you quite a nice glow 🙂

My most recent “purchase” (I ordered it and it never showed up so I got a refund and then it magically came through my door, don’t tell!) was:

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette £10.00 (Link here!).

This is my favourite of the moment, not only is it significantly cheaper than the Mineralize Skin Finish, you get four different shades! There are three powders and one cream highlight, so surely it’s all you could need? My favourite is the peachy shade in the bottom right of the palette. It has quite a high shine and I love the way it looks on!

Again it was difficult to get the highlight to show up in pictures but this was my best attempt. All of the shades in the palette has a similar level of shine. The cream was obviously more dewy and natural looking so would be great for a hot day.


I swatched each other shades on my hand, the far left is the MAC and the rest are from the Sleek palette.

I also own Nars Albatross, however, for me personally it comes up a little yellow on my skin (probably because I’m so pale). So it’s not one of my favourites. All three are great products though and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. MAC has more of a natural shimmer, Sleek a little more intense and glitz.

I hope you enjoyed this, it was just a quick one because I’m not the best at beauty posts but I thought I may as well try as I do love makeup! Please comment below telling me about your favourite makeup products and highlighters 🙂

Until next time,

J x

Drug Store Faves!

Hey! I felt like doing a little beauty post today because I’ve been really enjoying doing my makeup recently, sometimes I can’t be bothered haha, and noticed that I keep reaching for some cheap(er) products that I consider to be absolute staples. So today I’m going to give you a run down of my absolute favourite drug store makeup products, I hope you enjoy 🙂


Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – £10.99

I am always somewhat sceptical about drug store foundations because I have incredibly dry skin and don’t want to put anything on it that will irritate it. Having said that I decided to give this one a shot after hearing many good things about it from friends and online and I’m so glad I did! At £10.99 it may not be as cheap as some other foundations you’ll find in Boots but compared to some of the high end foundations I’ve shelled out for in the past it’s great to have a slightly cheaper alternative for when I’m a bit skint! I would say this is a medium coverage foundation and the shade I buy is Light Vanilla (the lightest shade, as usual) which matches my skin really well and doesn’t look orangey at all thankfully. The only negative thing I will say about this foundation is that when left on the skin for a while it can begin to look quite greasy, but for the price I can forgive it that.


Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99

Everyone’s favourite, the old trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, well loved and packaging faded. If you’re experiencing problems with shiny skin like I mentioned above this is the product you need. I prefer to use the Transparent shade because sometimes I find that powders with a bit of colour in them come up looking orange on my skin. Don’t think I really need to say much about this product as most people I know own it but it deserved a mention in my favourites! I do have dry skin and sometimes this can be too drying, but to set makeup it works really well.


Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – £5.49

I haven’t gotten to the stage yet where I can justify myself spending over £20 on a concealer so I’ve tried my fair few of drug store concealers. This is potentially my favourite. Although I do love the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, I do sometimes find it difficult to blend and a little dry. The Wake Me Up concealer glides on and blends super easily and does a nice job of brightening up underneath your eyes! The shade I use is 010 Ivory, again the lightest, sometimes out of stock which makes sense given I live in Scotland and we’re all fluorescent up here.


Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour – £4.99

I really enjoy using cream products, particularly cream eyeshadows as they look dewy and very pigmented. These Colour Tattoo’s are such a good price for what is a very good product. My favourite shade is On & On Bronze, but couldn’t find it today 😦 so here’s a picture of Eternal Gold which is also a gorgeous shade. They blend out very nicely and are easily buildable. As I’m sure you can tell by the name of my blog I’m a bit lazy (a bit is maybe an understatement)! If I’m also being lazy with my makeup I love to just apply one of these to the lid and blend them out around the edges. Takes all of ten seconds and actually looks very nice.


Bourjois Liquid Eyeliner – £6.99

I, along with many others, have ALWAYS struggled with doing winged eyeliner. I’ve tried so many different eyeliners, drug store and high end, and this is the best one I’ve ever used! The thin brush applicator allows for a really precise line which is good because I don’t like dramatic eyeliner on myself. I use the shade Ultra Black and it really is ultra black and applies very smoothly. For the price I think it’s an amazing product, especially given how expensive some other eyeliners are. Mine is drying out a bit now but I will definitely be repurchasing it!


Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal – £3.99

Continuing with eyeliner, these eye pencils by Rimmel are great! I have the shade Nude pictured above and as you can see it’s in desperate need of a sharpen. This shade is perfect for lining your lower waterline, it opens up the eye but isn’t as dramatic as using a white pencil. For £3.99 you really have nothing to lose giving these a go but I can vouch for their quality, they are very creamy and don’t drag on application which is something I’ve experienced with a lot of pencils in the past.


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – £5.99

Mascara is another one I struggle with sometimes. For some reason my eyelashes on one eye just don’t like to separate out and look nice with a lot of mascaras. I’ve bought expensive ones in the past and been disappointed but this one really separates out the individual lashes and lengthens them. It’s definitely not the only mascara I use but it’s one I always go back to. Mine is in the shade Black, of course.


Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Lipsticks – £5.49

These lipsticks are very popular and for good reason. There is a gorgeous and vast range of shades that are all incredibly pigmented when applied to the lips. Of course having Kate Moss’ name on the packaging probably boosts sales a bit, but I think people come back for more because of the quality. The shade pictured above is shade 38, a beautiful peachy pink. I am also obsessed with shade 1 which is a dark, blood red. Not to bash high end lipsticks as many are absolutely beautiful, but if you are a bit short of cash and want to buy a new lipstick I’d highly recommend these guys!


Barry M Gelly Nail Paint – £3.99

Barry M nail paints are some of the only products that I used to buy at around aged 14-15 and actually still buy now. They come in SO many shades and finishes and for the price the product is great (I mean it’s £3.99, come on). One of my favourite things about them is the shape of the brush, it’s quite flat and fits well with the shape of my nails. The product is a good consistency and glides on nicely. Pictured above is the shade Black Grape, it’s basically all I’ve been wearing recently. As much as I’d love to be sporting pretty nude nails I’m just obsessed with this nearly black shade!

Well that’s the round up of my favourite drug store products, I hope you found it interesting. Let me know in the comments if you also love any of these products or are interested in trying them out. Also sorry if some of the products look a bit dirty it’s just because they’re well loved and they’ve been crammed into a makeup bag that’s way too small!

Until next time,

J x

Urban Decay Moondust Palette


Today I’m going to my first beauty post and as I’ve recently purchased the Moondust Palette by Urban Decay I thought I’d give it a quick review!
Since returning to uni in September I’ve often noticed my friend Milly having really cool sparkly eyeshadow looks. I always wondered what it was but never thought to ask, until one night I was getting ready for a night out round at hers and she brought out the Moondust Palette.
I was instantly intrigued by it because, let’s face it, the colours are super eye catching!


One of my first thoughts when deciding whether or not to buy this palette was, ‘will i use all the colours?’. I had a think about it and spoke to my friends and decided that yeah I probably would use them all at some point, but even just buying it for my favourite few shades would be worth it to me (plus with a quick check on the Urban Decay website i found that buying a couple individually would cost more than the entire palette anyway)!

Speaking of price this palette comes in at £36, I will leave a link to the product at the end of this post. To some £36 may be out of their price range, to others a bargain, but as it ultimately works out at about £4.50 per eyeshadow I think it’s pretty good value for money. Especially  considering the price for individuals on the Urban Decay website is £15.50, seems pretty outrageous to me?

One of the first things I noticed when my parcel arrived and I first saw the palette was the insanely cool packaging. Like seriously plenty of eyeshadow palette’s have gorgeous packaging, but this is like the rockstar of eyeshadow palettes.

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It’s chunky, metallic, glittery box with statement ‘moondust’ indented on the front with a reflective mirror like effect in the lettering, and of course the main identifier ‘Urban Decay’ in gun metal grey in the top centre. Everything about this palette sparks visual interest, maybe one of the reasons why it’s such a well known and loved product.

However this isn’t the only reason for the success of the product. On first trying out the shadows on myself I found that the formulation of the eyeshadows are absolutely lovely and, most importantly, the pigmentation is second to none! I can’t imagine anything more disappointing than buying a super bright vibrant eyeshadow palette only to find that on application only a whiff of the original shade transfers onto the eye. Luckily this was completely not the case with the Moondust palette. I was able to achieve sparkly, intense eye looks with ease, and I don’t profess myself to be a pro at makeup application! The shades blend well and just generally look absolutely bloody lovely.

So how do I feel about the shades? Well, I’ll be honest, on first glance some of them looked pretty scary to me! Here’s a run through of the shades one by one.



This is a gorgeous sparkly, shimmery rosy shade. Despite it looking very pink in the palette it comes off more like a highlight shade and looks absolutely gorgeous used on the inner corners to open up the eyes. When i first looked at my friend’s palette this was one of the first shades I was drawn to. Compared to some of the other, more dramatic, shades in the palette Specter is certainly one of the ones that would be more wearable on a day to day basis.Simply in terms of what I’m used to wearing this is probably the shade I was initially most comfortable with.



I would describe this shade as a rusty, coppery red. It looks more intimidating than it actually is. On the eye it comes off as a kind of reflective red glitter that is most noticeable when it catches the light. Of course if you want a more intense red it is buildable, but generally I like to wear just a hint across my lid to finish a look off. This is definitely one of my favourite shades in the palette. I’m sometimes cautious of reds, but Element is unique and gorgeous!



This is a beautiful purple shot through with a silver sparkle. This shade is perfectly wearable and would suit anyone in my opinion, but looks especially stunning with green eyes as the colours compliment and enhance one another. One of my absolute favourite things about this palette is the duo chrome effect of most of the shadows. Although the colours may initially seem apparent, when you apply them to the eyes there’s generally another layer that reveals itself when the light catches it.



Now, there’s no getting around it, this is not an every day shade. Nor is it the most wearable eyeshadow I’ve ever seen. This is probably the one I will reach for the least, however, I do think there are some really fun uses for it! This colour screams ‘party’ to me, and I feel like a party is the perfect place to wear wacky eyeshadow shades and have no one bat an eyelid. Personally I quite like the idea of using a slanted eyebrow brush, like the Mac 266, wetting it slightly and using this is an eyeliner, just above your usual black line. Perhaps I’ll try that out in a makeup look sometime and write a post on it.



A fitting name for what is a very grey silver. This shade is stunning and just has the most intensely pretty sparkle. Do I really need to work hard to convince you that a sparkly silver shade is lovely? This can be used in so many ways: dramatic inner corner highlight, eyeliner, across the lid you name it. Despite being silver, probably one of the most common eyeshadow shades, Granite is unique. It has that kind of gunmetal grey base shade to it (which I personally love) and the brightest, light catching silver glitter through it. I was trying to think of a word to describe it and space dust popped to mind, then I remembered the palette is literally called Moondust, guess it’s just a really well named product!



Oh Lithium. You are my favourite. When something is called Lithium you know you’re onto a winner (cue Nirvana). This shade cannot be pinned down. Is it gold? Is it bronze? I think it’s probably somewhere in between, but whatever it is it looks amazing! It looks especially stunning on blue eyes as bronzey shades compliment blue eyes beautifully. I could rave about this shade all day, buy the palette for this shade alone (only half joking).



Another one of the more intimidating shades in the palette. As a general rule I steer clear of blue eyeshadows, scared of repeating the 2008, preteen blue eyeshadow fiasco. It’s nearly ten years on now though and about time I ventured out of my comfort zone and tried out a blue shade (nervous laughter). I would recommend using a light hand with this shade, as intense blue is probably still a bit of a no go. That’s just me though, feel free to prove me wrong I’m sure somebody with better skills than me could make it look wonderful. For me though, I quite like to use it in a dark smokey eye. I use it over the darkest shade in the outer V just to smoke out the look and make it that little bit more glitzy and dramatic.



Galaxy is really quite similar to Granite in terms of the base shade, however, Galaxy is shot through with a blue sparkle which looks stunning when the light catches it. This is a shade I haven’t used as much as some of the others, but brushed across the lid on a cool toned smokey look this shade looks great and, as with all the shades in this palette, unique! Another way this could be used, if you’re a little intimidated by it, is by sweeping Granite across the lid and just using Galaxy to highlight down the centre of the lid. This would give a slightly more subtle effect than using it all over the lid, but would still look lovely.

Well now that I’ve gone through all the shades individually, I’ll just show you a couple of pictures of swatches to demonstrate the pigmentation.


I apologise for perhaps being the palest person you have ever seen! Specter is right at the top but doesn’t show up well in this picture, mainly due to my pale skin. So here’s another picture.


As you can see all of the shades are beautifully pigmented, this was just one swipe of all of them so you are getting a decent product for your money (in my opinion).

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This is for sure the most exciting eye shadow palette I have bought in a long time and I hope you find this blog post interesting and are as excited about the product as I am.

Until next time,

J x