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Pamper Day!!

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What a morning!

I woke up late, missed my shower and ended up heading to my meeting feeling a little less than my best. On top of that, the ‘guest speaker’ didn’t really know what she was talking about but waffled on for about 30 minutes!!

Bleh!

So what did I do? I planned out a luxurious pamper session for when I got home.

I was already in the city so I decided to stop into Lush and grab some stuff to really give me that glorious feeling. And my, I wasn’t disappointed.

I bought myself a Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb, Aqua Mirabilis Body Butter, Sugar Scrub and a few other pieces for the other half!

Now, I’m going to be honest here and geek out. The reason I picked Dragon’s Egg was because the name just screamed Game of Thrones to me. Listen to me long enough and you will soon realise that I consider Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen just… breathtaking. Plus, the girl is stunningly beautiful and I wouldn’t mind being a damn Khaleesi and having dragons, you know!

So, seeing the bath bomb, my brain travelled to that scene in the first ever episode where the timid Daenerys bathes in a huuuuuge, steaming bath overlooking a picturesque view, before meeting the ever so handsome (albeit brutally vicious) Khal Drogo. Well, it’s the closest I’m going to get to being royalty so I’ll take it.

It took some imagination when I got home, I can tell you that much! I do not have a huge tub, nor do I have a picturesque view… actually I dont have a window at all, but I set some music going and, once my bath was run,  I dropped in my precious dragon egg and waited for the fire and ice.

Well, it took a minute to get going.

Ok, so it wasn’t so much a boom, more a fizzle, but the aromas that travelled up were absolutely divine! I’m not really one for citrusy smells, butit complimented the jasmine so well that I was happy to lie back and just think of my Drogo… wait…

Now, the website boasts that this particular bath bomb holds secrets and fireworks for a finale so I was pleasantly surprised to open my eyes to find my body immersed in glittering, liquid gold and surrounded by petals. Patience truly is a virtue with this bath bomb!!! I’ll happily admit that I did the film thing, you know, where you lift your legs out of the water and try and be all graceful?? Yes, more imagination WAS needed here 😀

Now, I have waffled like the lady from my meeting but hey, takes one to know one!!!!

The Dragon’s Egg is by no means my favourite bath bomb from lush, no… that award goes to Golden Wonder which turned my bath water this tremendously deep turquoise and me, with my red hair, totally reverted back to my childhood days where I pretended to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Unfortunately that bomb was a Christmas Special so no regular bathing for me with that. Nevertheless,  my Khaleesi bomb is a good second.

The sugar scrub isn’t much to look at, resembling one of those green things they use to display flowers, but it claims to be good for cellulite with its use of fennel oil, and at £2.75 a pop it’s a damn sight cheaper than some creams! Some have complained about the smell but I didn’t find it pungent at all. It felt lovely on my skin, and I chose to rub it on then in with my hands as not to be too scratchy. I love it being a sugar scrub as opposed to salt as I’ve been left in absolute agony more often than not with them!!! As for the cellulite reduction, watch this space.

All in all, I didn’t want to get out of my bath today. Did a nice little hair treatment and face mask to have more reason to stay in!

That was a good four hours ago and my skin is still feeling soft and so good!

Oooooh and the present my other half bought me arrived today! It was lovely to come tumbling through my front door, laden down with bags (only one of which was shopping 😦 ) to find my Guns and Roses shoes waiting for me. They. Are. Gorgeous!!!

To finish up, here’s a photo of all my shiz, and please ignore my kitten who decided he’d be little Mr I’m going to sit in your photo and look stroppy. He’s cute enoughto get away with it though.

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So, until next time!
Jen x

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Some people! !!!

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I know,  a title such as that makes people think “uh oh, Jen’s got another person on her hit list”, but no. This time I want to applaud, and give a shout out to in case she stops by, Emily from the Benefit counter in the High Street branch of Boots in Southampton. She was an absolute star and so, so, SO friendly and professional that I felt the need to blog about it.

Jen, I hear you cry, are you being sponsored by Benefit to say such nice things?

No, dear readers, I am not,  but as an avid purchaser of all things beauty based, I have come across a whole range of sales reps, as I’m sure you too all have!

I’m talking about those sales assistants who judge the proverbial book by its cover; the ones who are so primped and primed that you can almost see the tip of the stick they have stuck up their backsides poking out from beneath their uniform skirt. Those women, and I say that as most of them are women :(, who look down their noses at you if you aren’t caked in their company’s products or dripping with designer gear that screams the fact you have money to burn.

Yes, I’m sure every single one of us have been left feeling slightly, if not incredibly, what’s the best term for it… unworthy? Judged? Embarrassed? All of the above?

I digress, and this post isn’t to focus on those nasty sales people, it’s to talk about the nice ones.  I’m really stressing how welcoming and lovely Emily was!!!! I wasn’t feeling my greatest, I’d had to fight the great battle of Primark,  cross the sea of excitable school children whose parents were already sick of them one day into the summer holiday,  before collapsing through the doors and towards the Benefit counter.

Why was I in there? Well, in this current ‘heatwave’ Britain is experiencing (which I’m pretty sure is the same as the summers we had when I was young just everyone’s forgotten it after the wet and wild summers we’ve had recently), my foundation was no longer on my face but had travelled south onto my neck and worse! Along came Emily who, bless her heart,  didn’t act like I was some beauty refugee in some dire state of needing cosmetic CPR. She asked what I was looking for and before I knew it, I was in the make up chair being pampered.

So what? That’s her job, right? Sure, but she put up with ALL my craziness, even down to being shown pictures of my kittens and my ability to chat for England! It meant she ran over and had to pass on her next client to her partner, but I learnt new ways to apply foundation, I told her about this blog, my other jobs and we laughed about the joys of makeup in this heat and various other cosmetic tragedies we’d experienced. I blabbed, like I do all the time, the way that normally gets me looked at like I’m a freak, but I was comfortable there and didn’t feel like I needed to prove I had some form of beauty knowledge to be seen as a ‘proper’ customer.

I know I’m making a big deal out it but it’s rare for me, with all my quirkiness,  to not feel judged and intimidated by beauty professionals and this lady was a breath of fresh air.

So my next review will be the products I bought today, the 15 hour primer and the hello flawless foundation!!!

Buuuut I do think the good makeup gals and guys deserve to be praised so I’m going to praise any I find on here; I think I’ll call it ‘Reward the Reps’. Maybe I’ll start reviewing the sales teams as well as the products!!

Congratulations EMILY from BENEFIT in Southampton’s High Street BOOTS branch, you are the first recipient of ‘Reward the Reps’ and are now classed as one of **Jen’s Gems**

Until next time!!

Jen

Catch up!

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So, the counterfeit thing is going rather well!

More and more items are getting delivered and I’m just waiting for a good enough bulk to take down to Dior and accost the lovely ladies in there again!

However, I’m getting a bit antsy about something to do and I was thinking about possibly a Hunger Games themed set of tutorials? I love in the film how they had the procession and were dressed to represent their district… sooooooo how would a set based around the different districts sound? Good?? Yay? Nay? I think it could be quite cool!

Also, I have a few items still for sale and I’m probably going to do a few tutorials using them, try and help them shift!

Until next time!

Jen x

 

Oh Dior, real Dior, wherefore art thou, real Dior!

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So, yes, I’ve been at it again! Naughty me has completely and utterly neglected the blog but believe me, I have valid reasons.

My life has been going through some huge, and I mean HUGE, changes over the last few months! I found my calling in life! You are now looking at a very busy, but very satisfied, Youth Worker! I cannot gush enough about how much I love this job, but it’s been very time consuming with the new training. There have been days when… it even hurts to say it… I feel sick… there have been days when…. I haven’t even worn makeup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know, I know!

Anyway, this job has given me a completely new lease of life on the makeup thing in the past week or two. I speak to a lot of the young women I see, who cannot necessarily afford to buy designer brand makeup, so they turn to sites such as eBay to try and get someone’s unwanted Christmas present etc on the cheap! I can’t blame them, I always think something feels better when you’ve got it at a bargain price!

However, what is worrying me more and more is the amount of counterfeit products they are being duped with! I am in the business of teaching these young people how to be healthy, take care of themselves, yet they are putting God alone knows what onto their skin and thinking it’s good!

Sometimes you can be lucky and get ripped off into buying coloured flour or something simple like that but there are so many other ingredients that are so incredibly dangerous, you’d likely freak out if you knew!

BBC News had a story up about Leanne Wetheim, an eBayer who was arrested and charged for selling counterfeit goods on the auction site. The scary thing is, and I quote from the page, after testing, a “counterfeit Max Factor mascara was found to contain more than three times the safe level of lead.”

The Daily Mail Online ran a piece about the same sort of topic, but they found their tested counterfeits contained “traces of cadmium, copper, arsenic, lead and mercury as well as worrying levels of bacteria.” Arsenic… as in the POISON!

I cannot find the blog I read it on, but there was an instance where a mascara was found to contain petrol! I know I’m not the only one who has accidentally jabbed myself in the eye with the mascara brush, it’s painful enough with a ‘nice’ mascara, let alone one that contains the crap that my car uses to run!

Let’s face it, girls… and some of those boys who like to use a little cover up ;P, these counterfeiters don’t care a bit about you. The tat they are wheeling out could potentially cause you permanent disfigurements. At best, you could get a small reaction, but what if you get something worse!?

You search online about fake makeup and there are loads of posts about spotting fake MAC, fake BeneFit, fake this, that and the other but I noticed a real lack of posts on anything but bags and lipsticks when it came to Dior!

Now, I love Dior. I love, love, love, love their waterproof eyeliners!!

Therefore, I am going to start doing some vigilante work! I am in the process of ordering and receiving a few Dior items from eBay that I believe will be fake and I will be naming and shaming those sellers here if they refuse to take their products down.

Now, I can hear some of you saying, “Yes, all well and good Jen but what about those people who do not know they are selling fakes? Some might be the victims too!?” I understand that, I am no mean ogre! To those people, I will recommend they take their bits and bobs to Trading Standards and report their sources. The people I will name and shame will be the ones who, even after I prove they are selling fakes, are still trying to pass their crap off as genuine.

Still, some of you will say “Jen, no offence, but how can you, a lowly blog writer, class your opinion as proof!?” To those I will say this; I have a secret weapon who I would like to thank whole-heartedly for her input in this little venture.

I shall start from the beginning with this story.

My other half found a Dior eyeliner on eBay for £6 and I thought hmmm too good to be true, so she ordered it. After a stupid amount of weeks, it arrived and by golly, what a state it was. The print on the pencil was shoddy and overlapping, not what you’d expect from the Dior line. The actual Dior font was wrong too, far too thin and spaced out. The details, the made in Germany part and the Christian Dior Paris part, were too big and, for the want of a better word, chunky. Then I opened the pencil lid.

Now, I’ll post up a photo in the main piece, but you’ll have to excuse the state of my genuine Dior eyeliner, it’s been well used! However, you will be able to see how the actual pencil looks. Gorgeously smooth on the original! Then we’ll compare with the sketching pencil I was sent!!! Let’s just say this; you put that anywhere near your eyes and it’s going to scratch worse than my new kitten when we gave her a bath… and you’d likely make the same high pitched, screeching sounds she made too!!

I messaged the seller requesting a refund… and she said no, because the product was genuine. Long story short, we’ve been arguing back and forth for a few days, her claiming she has proof it’s genuine and I can whistle. Well, that’s just not something I can accept. So I decided to get someone fighting in my corner, and who better to ask advice form than an ACTUAL Dior staff member?

So off I traipse into town, to my local John Lewis and arrive at the Dior counter where I encounter two lovely ladies.

Now, on a side note, I always used to be so intimidated by the Dior ladies, because of their black uniforms, their immaculate appearance and their stunningly made up faces… and the fact that, even on my best days, I felt slightly inferior when talking to them! But hey, maybe that’s part of their sales pitch! I know I bought my first Dior piece because I felt like “Hey, they’re wearing Dior makeup, if I wear it, I can be as beautiful as them!”

Anyway, back to the story.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was speaking to the Regional Manager for the Greater London area, and she was most interested in the fake (and yes, she confirmed that it WAS a fake) eyeliner. Jen – 1, eBay seller – 0

So I now have the RM’s email, and I can send her the details of the sellers I find are dealing in fake products!!!!!!

If you, or anyone you know, have had dealings with someone selling fake Dior makeup, please feel free to message me, either here or on twitter, and I will happily investigate or report it.

Look out for my full write up!!!!!

Until next time,

Jen x

Which Beauty Box to subscribe to!!?

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So I need some advice from you lovelies!

I am tempted to subscribe to one of these beauty box providers, but the question is… which one!?

There seems to be a sea of possible options but all reviews have good and bad points! I’m not expecting a perfect company, I know that every box isn’t going to be filled with luxurious items that I will fall madly in love with because they do an amazing job on my skin/hair/whatever. However, I could really do with some input on which company is the best of the bunch!

So, Glossybox? Joliebox? Latestinbeauty? Anyone? Please? I’d love you forever! Feel free to comment here or hit me up on good old twitter @ladyniffa.

Until next time,

Jen x

What is it with everything at the moment!?

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Christ on a bike! The ‘I’m not dieting, I’m just eating healthily’ has well and truly taken a back seat these past few weeks, hence the lack of posting. I’ve just had no oomph to do anything! It’s been a struggle just to do the most menial tasks, like even getting up!! Things that have normally caused me joy, the cooking, the makeup, have been non existent! That’s right, I have had days these past few weeks when I’ve gone to work with no make up on! This may seem like nothing to some people, but to me it’s a big deal!

Buuut, speaking to people, I’m not alone! How are you guys feeling? It might just be us Brits and the stupid ‘I look sunny and warm out but I’m freezing cold and going to randomly pelt you with hailstones that hurt so much it’ll make you cry’ weather. Honestly, this mass semi-depression can only be blamed on the weather, surely! Anyone I know who’s trying to diet, or eat healthily, have been knocking back the junk food. And I’m not kidding, I’ve lost count how much chocolate has disappeared down my neck recently, and I’m -not- a chocoholic at all! People I know who are fitness fanatics, are finding it hard to push themselves like they normally do!! It’s insane! But fear not, we’re not alone!!

Knowing I wasn’t alone in my feeling down was the kick in the bum I needed! I headed off and got some cute storage bits and bobs for my makeup, sorted it all out so I no longer need to rummage through bags to find my foundation! I love it! It looks so organised, but still slightly chaotic, like me!

The other half and I also grabbed a few bits to decorate our tiny hallway upstairs. That was fun, it’s now got a beach theme and freshly glossed doors! Check us out, huh!

I also cooked what I can only describe as being a gloriously beautiful dinner! I’ve never cooked trout before, but we thought we’d try something new! So I made something called ‘Blackened Fish’ on a bed of lettuce, with saute potato chunks and grapes. It was meant to have crap loads of butter in it, but I just missed that out and used it as a dry rub. It was literally like heaven to my taste buds!  Here’s a picture of the finished product, because I’m vain like that!Image

Speaking of vanity, I decided to buck up my ideas with the makeup yesterday, and actually made an effort for work. I don’t want to toot my own horn but I was really, really pleased with it!! I think it would work as a prom eyeshadow, as it’s not too dramatic, but not too plain either. I felt like a right diva with my attempt at rocker hair. Please note, I do not claim to be any good at hair, so excuse it!

If you guys like this, let me know and I’ll do a step by step! Also, excuse the low quality of the pics, I used my phone in my bathroom 😦 not the greatest lighting but it was the best I had! It doesn’t show the colours that well either, but it was a mix of purples and black so it made my eyes look really green! <3333

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So yeah, I think that’s everything! How have you guys been? If you’re feeling a little low, hope it changes for you soon!!

Until next time,

Jen x