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Some people! !!!


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!!



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


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!!?


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

Prom Tutorial?



So, a strange thing happened. I mentioned to a pair of lovely young ladies I know, that I was thinking about doing a tutorial for prom make up then I get home and low and behold, on facebook, I’m being invited to my ten year school reunion. Now, apart from feeling quite old now :(, I am taking it as a sign that this was meant to happen!

Now, with prom just around the corner, I know there are going to be lots of young women out there planning what dress to wear, who they’ll be going with and, if things haven’t changed since I left school, some of the boys will be arranging the most unusual ways to arrive at the prom! Yes, at my school prom we had the standard limos, the fire engines, the horse drawn carriages, but we also had a lorry show up, complete with four portaloos strapped to the back, which four of the lads from my year emerged from. If I remember rightly, one had his pants around his ankles, and showed off his gold thong.

I went in a limo xD

Now, prom for me was a good night but… I don’t know, I didn’t really enjoy school so prom was more of a celebration for me that I had survived it! Looking back at the pictures… woof…. I won’t lie, I had a crap time in the run up to prom, with all of the preparation time being one thing going wrong after another.

First bit of advice for you lovelies. PLAN!! Plan, plan, plan! You can never plan enough. Also, GO BY RECOMMENDATIONS! I made the mistake of getting some false nails put on by a company who had a stand in the middle of a shopping centre. Looking back on it now, I want to scream at myself! The woman was the dictionary definition of incompetant, she did seven nails using the white powder, then ran out and finished the others off in pink powder!! Now, correct me if I am wrong, but acrylic nail extensions are meant to be smooth, shiny, glorious things… well…. mine were not. They were lumpy, miscoloured, rough and different lengths. I got home, cried, then painted them over. I should have refused to pay her for such a shoddy job, but I was young. It didn’t stop me from feeling a little jolt of happiness when I watched them go bust a few years later!

I really, hand on heart, do not want that to happen to anyone else. So, throughout the tutorial I might drop in a few things that I really wish I could have told myself! Actually, I really would like to do one of those ‘Dear 15 year old me’ letters, might be quite therapeutic!

But anyway, back to my point. Wow I really do like to go off topic don’t I!? I could do with requests or inspirations for the make up style, for example would you prefer natural glam look or something more wild? Or both?

Until next time,

Jen x