The Monthlies: Bodyform Deo-Fresh Fast Dry Pads

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I haven’t done a Monthlies post in forever! I was using up some of my acquired stash from my previous posts so had nothing new or exciting to share, but I finally perused the supermarket aisles for a new brand to try and came up with these – the Bodyform pads.

Womens hygiene products really are dominated by one brand – Always, they take up at least 3/4 of the entire pad stand and only in the small corner did I see these. Their packaging wasn’t as exciting but the price was better so I grabbed a pack and gave them a go.

I have been very pleasently surprised with these pads. I always worry different pad brands will be like the ones which were made 10 years ago – bulky and nappy like but these are definitely not like that. They are thin, long and in the same general shape as other pads but I think these have better adhesiveness. I hate it when pads slip about after awhile, but these are very sticky and do not move once you have put them in place.

The pad itself is very soft and feels very comfortable when wearing it – probably more so than always ones. They flex well with the body and I forgot they were there – just what you need! They have good absorbency and are good at absorbing smells, but not presenting that fake deodorising smell themselves.

They didn’t seem to last quite as long as other pads, maybe because they are so thin, but this isn’t really a bad thing. For the price (under 2 pounds) you get more than enough in a pack and they last for more than one cycle.

Overall I will keep picking up some other versions of Bodyform pads, I have been pleasently surprised and I do like to support other brands in this very small market. When researching the brand I found they were very active in creating more sustainable and environmentally friendly products with less packaging – definitely needed and support breast cancer research and assisting women in Africa with sanitary products – all essential and great causes!

Have you tried this brand of pads? What do you think of them?

JC xx

 

July Freebies: Clinique Chubby Stick and New Cid Cosmetics i-crayon!

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July seemed to involve a lot of train travel. I do like trains (I did a blog on them awhile ago) but I also feel as though travel is the best excuse to pick up a few magazines. When I lived in NZ, magazines were so expensive – and as they were shipped in, I don’t think I ever got a freebie, now I’m in the UK it seems to be a competition about who can have the cheapest mag with the best extra!

Glamour Mag – Clinique Chubby Stick

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Glamour did well this month, 4 different mini clinique offerings and the mag itself was only 2 pounds, so it was pretty much totally free! They put out the moisturing lotion, a mascara and two shades of the Clinique mini chubby stick – I got the shade 07 Super Strawberry.

I have seen these previously and have wanted to pick one up for awhile as I know these were the original chubby stick. I find them so easy to apply, probably explains why they have spread out and there now seems to be chubby sticks for everything from blush to eyeshadow! It’s great for applying on the go and just throwing in my handbag.

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I have really been enjoying this colour and formula – it is a lovely shade which as soon as I put on I got some nice compliments from the boyfriend which is always a great sign for a new make up product! It is slightly glossy but still nice and opaque – just slightly darker than my natural lips so it is a very easy to wear everyday shade. I managed to get my hands on two of these, so when they run out I will be taking a trip to the Clinique counter!

Cosmo – New Cid Cosmetics i-crayon

Photo 09-08-2014 10 46 25 amThis was a late month pick up as I’m not the biggest fan of Cosmo but there wasn’t much choice. They either had the New Cid mascara or the lip and cheek tint – I find mascaras from mags are always a miss so I grabbed the lip and cheek tint.

This is also in chubby stick form and I quite like the colour – it is a great statement pink. I have used it on the lips which works well but I find it a bit harder to use on the cheeks as it is hard to blend – if you have any tips on this then let me know! (PS After writing this the tip broke off and fell out – disappointing!)

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Out of the two, I much preferred the Clinique offering but I will keep trying with the cheek tint – let me know if you have any tips!

JC xx

Book review: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

 

I haven’t done a book review on here before, mainly as I haven’t been reading too many exciting things lately. But after reading Sheryl Sandbergs Lean In, I felt compelled to blog about it.

Lean in is a book regarding women in leadership and their career progression. It delves into the reasons women tend to not move into leadership, how to deal with a career whilst balancing motherhood and it really empowers women to take control of their own career and ‘lean in’ as she put it.

I really enjoyed this book, it presents a lot of points which are so relevant to women in the workplace today – especially in business and technology. It presents things which I hadn’t even realised I was doing, as holding me back, to succeed you really need to lean in with all you have and put yourself out there for projects and tasks which you may not feel completely experienced in doing. It raises excellent points about how women tend to doubt themselves more than men so are less likely to put themselves forward for promotion or for these projects which you may not feel completely comfortable doing. It also discusses really great points about how a lot of women have the ‘tiara syndrome’ – hoping someone will come along and put a crown on their head for all the hard work they have done when in reality they need to go and seek that themselves.

I think it’s so important for women to be proactive in their careers and excited to get into leadership, it is still shockingly low how many women are actually leading companies in the modern world. She points out that even though women’s rights have come leaps and bounds, that is no reason not to want to strive to continual equality – where there are as many women CEOs as men!

Overall, this book really motivated me and it is something I will use everyday in my career and a book I can see myself going back to as I grow up. Even if you aren’t in a business or tech industry I really recommend this as essential reading.

Sheryl also did a great Ted talk about the same topic which I will link here so you can get a feel for it.

Have you read this book? What do you think we can do to empower more women in their careers and into leadership?

JC xx

Concealer Wars: Collection Lasting Perfection vs Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a concealer wars – you can check out my last one about the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer vs Benefit Boing here. This time around after reading beauty blogs for a fair few months, I scoped out two concealers which seem to be many bloggers top picks – the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and put them to the test.

Nars Radiant Perfection Concealer – £22

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I recently received a John Lewis voucher as part of  my leaving present from my previous job – I took this as a great reason to pick up a few of my very first high end beauty products!

I decided to pick this up in the shade Chantilly – but I found the shade match quite difficult. When I swatched in store I thought I would be the shade vanilla but it was sold out, however, when looking at the swatches outside afterwards I decided the chantilly actually matched a bit better but it still is a wee bit too light for my skin.

The formula of this is lovely, it’s creamy and slides on the skin easily, depositing a great amount. It is a high coverage and needs a little work to blend out – it is better when it’s warmer! It provides good coverage but I do think whether it is the colour I picked, it is much better under my eyes as it acts as a slight highlighter at the same time, rather than covering my spots or redness.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – £4.19

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I picked this up from Boots in the shade Fair – I had previously used this once as I got it in a freebie bag but it was WAY too dark, so I finally decided to pick up the right shade for me. The shade is a pretty good match for my skin tone and I was very pleased with the bargain price of 4 pounds. The concealer comes in a small tube with a doe foot applicator – exactly the same as the Nars.

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I am really loving this concealer, it is creamy and applies on the skin evenly and smooth as you can see in the picture above. I find it very easy to blend out and it gives the best coverage I have found recently. It works to hide those bags whilst also being really effective on redness and spots – I blend my concealer with my fingers which with some can result in it totally disappearing but not in this case. It lasts a reasonable amount of time – not all day but definitely a few hours before I need to reapply. I have found out of the two this is the one I have been grabbing in the mornings and once which is slipped into my bag for during the day. I am a convert and I love it!

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Collection is on the left, with nars on the right. 

Winner:

Comparing price, shade, and coverage the Collection concealer definitely comes out on top in this concealer wars. It is such a bargain and very comparable and better in some aspects than the nars concealer. I will definitely repurchase. Save your pennies all, off to superdrug!

What is your favourite concealer?

JC xx

Guest Blog: American Crew – Fiber Hair Product

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My name is Paul Joslin, I am the boyfriend of Jasmin and also a lifestyle blogger on PaulJoslin.com. My girlfriend asked me to do a guest post for her blog and here it is!

A few months ago I went to get my hair cut and while speaking to my barber he recommended me a new product I’d never used or heard of before – American Crew – Fiber. This product is for styling hair for a natural, dry looking, but firm hold. I’ve since used it nearly every day while my hair is short.

The product comes in quite a small tub and on initial impressions I had my doubts about how long this product would last. However, after using the product for a while, I’ve found that since you only need to use a small quantity to achieve maximum results it has lasted really well.

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The product has a nice smell and a dry, thick texture. Since my hair is quite fine I only need to use a small amount, rub it between my hands (to warm it up) and then apply throughout my hair.

The end result is a dry, textured, firm hold with a natural look and no unpleasant greasiness or wetness. The hair still has enough freedom to blow in the wind or let me run my hand through my hair, but enough hold to retain the general shape / style.

My only complaint about the product is that when warming it up in my hands before applying it can sometimes leave a lot of  sticky residue on my palms which requires me to wash my hands afterwards.

(Below shows before and after)

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The Beauty Wishlist #1

Now I haven’t done a wishlist before, and I don’t think they will be a regular thing. But I think of this kind of like window shopping, finding the things I want but will probably not buy unless there is a special occasion!

 

Wishlist

 

1. Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs

I smelt this in duty free a little while ago and it was gorgeous! I used to mainly purchase celebrity perfumes but after becoming addicted to the Dior J’Adore I have been enjoying more high end “grown up” fragrances. It is quite the pricey perfume though so this will remain on the wishlist for quite some time.

2. Mary-Lou Manizer by TheBalm

I have been into highlighters recently, I like the subtle glow they give you. Benefits high beam has been my go to but I’d love to try a powder and I’ve heard great things about this formula. I haven’t tried anything from the balm but their marketing and packaging look so cute.

3. Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream by Antipodes

I really like a thick night cream for a couple of nights a week especially in the winter to keep the moisture in my face. Antipodes is from good old NZ and Essiebutton has recommended it many a time, so obviously I now want it desperately!

4. 1 Seconde Mascara by Bourjois

This is probably the one which will be bought first of this list as it isn’t an unreasonable price! It’s on this list as I seem to have an abundance of mascaras so just waiting to use them up. I have heard this is comparable to Benefits They’re Real so I will be excited to try it out.

5. Multiple in Orgasm by Nars

I love multi use products, the multiples and the matte multiples look like my ideal product, easy to use and you get your moneys worth! I really enjoyed swatching them as well, it’s just a pain to fork out 30 quid for one tiny product.

6. Brush Starter Kit by Real Techniques

The main thing which is lacking from my make up kit is brushes. As I don’t wear foundation or powder, I have managed to get away with this for awhile but I really want to invest in some brushes soon! Real Techniques brushes are great quality and feel lovely when I have tried my friends so I will hopefully pick this up at some point this year!

So there are my current 6 products on my wishlist! I actually really enjoyed putting this together, so if you like reading posts like this then let me know. Also a quick shout out to Jaq at Lazy Days Beauty as I used her awesome guide on how to create a collage on polyvore to help make this, you can have a read here.

JC xx

100 Happy Days – Days 61-70!

We are making real progress now – I haven’t decided exactly what I will do when I reach 100, maybe start again! We will see.. If you’re doing 100 happy days then please let me know as I would love to follow you!

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Day 61 – I did a selfie on the train to Manchester to show off my new faves – Too Faced Lashgasm and the Sephora eye shadow stick!

Day 62 – Paul and I headed off with my grandparents to Blackpool for the day – the beach was lovely and we even headed up the tower.

Day 63 – We then went off to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry for the day which we really enjoyed. I am planning on doing a weekends away post on Manchester so will update this then!

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Day 64 – Still on my mini break in Manchester, I went with my grandparents to Chirk castle which was gorgeous – even if it did rain for much of the day.

Day 65 – I went with my uncle to explore some of the central Manchester sites – the best surprise was John Rylands library on Deansgate, if you’re around Manchester and have never been then I really encourage you to head in and explore, it amazed me and might be my favourite library ever!

Day 66 – I bought a kimono! I looove it, it was 14 pounds from Matalan and with the recent heat wave i.e. summer, I have been wearing it non stop.

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Day 67 – Headed off to the theatre with Paul, my sister and her boyfriend to see 1984 – great performance, I recommend if you get chance to see in London!

Day 68 – Paul and I went to Brew for brunch which was very nice (though pricey!). You can see the ombre quite well in that pic – though I am considering chopping it all off as it is a bit straggly – opinions all?

Day 69 – I bought the Body Book by Cameron Diaz which I am reading at the moment. Will do a full review when done!

Day 70 – I started my new job! The first week was a week away for induction, we went bowling at the end of our first day and although you can’t see it, I won the first round – there’s a first for everything!

How have your happy days been going?

JC xx