Rosie for Autograph Lipstick

Hi everyone!

This is my first post for a while as I’ve been super busy and not found time to take, let alone edit my photos!

For me, Marks and Spencer growing up was the place my grandma bought her clothes, my Mum happily shopped for herself, and I was happy enough to wear the children’s clothing lines! It was a brand built on trust, a family business that generations remained loyal to.

Since those days it has constantly been shifting and changing to adapt to the times – I’ve been a HUGE fan of their Limited Collection (now rebranded to Limited Edition) for some years now, the younger, edgier sub-label of M&S. I’ve grown to love Autograph and it’s tailoring, though not necessarily it’s price tag! It’s a place where I go when I need a staple item I know will last and won’t cost the earth.

They’ve made huge leaps too in their beauty ranges, expanding stores to include almost John Lewis-esque skincare and makeup stands. I was wandering through the other day, actually on the hunt for a decent pair of stockings, when I found Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s beauty range, Rosie for Autograph.

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I was stalled by the Chanel-style packaging, glossy black with Rose Gold (I scorn Mac’s matte black and silver for this!) with a solid rose gold bullet for the lipstick tube itself. I immediately reached for Lady Rose, a neutral, brown-toned tea rose shade. It glided smoothly on the back of my palm, and a testy sniff revealed the same tell-tale scent of Mini eggs as Soap and Glory’s lipstick range.

If I had to wear one shade for the rest of my life, it would definitely be this.

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It wears well, applies smoothly, and I feel as if my lips are being nourished by the formula.

The one thing I would mark it down on, is the price. £14 to Soap & Glory’s £9-10 per lipstick (even that is a bit steep). I noted that in the range there are a number of other products, for lips, eyes and face! My positive experience with this lipstick means I’ll definitely be interested checking out the other items, namely the blushers and eyeshadow pallettes, encased in the lovely rose gold metal. Shop the collection on the M&S Website!

Because I would never review a lipstick without posting a photo of me wearing it, here you go! What do you think?

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me in Rosie for Autograph Lady Rose lipstick

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ignore my weird lip shape – you’re here for the damn colour!!!!

What irritates me in Beauty Blogging

Good morning, or not, as it may seem for me today with this slightly ranty post.

Please take this post in the spirit in which it was written – we all love a good moan from time to time, and while I’m aware there are flipsides to each point I make below, it’s just a bit of fun and isn’t intended to upset anyone or refer to any individuals.

I get tired of seeing certain sorts of posts all the time in my bloglovin, wordpress and Twitter Feeds. This isn’t to say that I don’t like the bloggers who post them, but I feel they are either so overdone or so utterly pointless that if I see a post about these things, I never read them; or if a post that I read contains an annoying habit, I nearly always stop reading it.

Let me know if you agree, disagree, or have any annoyances yourself in the comments!!

1. MAC lipstick collections

Ok, everyone loves their lipsticks, including me. I own two – Chilli and Speak Louder. They’re great colours, long lasting, beautifully scented.

But who cares about MAC collections?! The packaging doesn’t really inspire, and we all know that MAC lipsticks are a little on the expensive side. So you showing your massive haul of MAC either means your flaunting your wealth or you’re just really irresponsibly buying overpriced lipstick!

2. Lipstick swatches on people’s arms

I get that it’s difficult showing what colours look like when it comes to eyeshadows. Palettes often contain more shades than you can ever wear at once. (While I’m on the subject, Colour Pop cosmetics get high marks in my books for swatching their eye makeup against 3 skin tones; pale, olive, and dark).

But Lipsticks being swatched on people’s arms tells me absolutely nothing. I WANT TO SEE THE LIPSTICK ON YOUR FACE! I can’t  count the times that I’ve clicked on a post reviewing a lipstick I’ve been coveting in the vain hope that the blogger who has similar skin tone to me will look good in it, giving me hope the lipstick will suit me and is worth buying.

More often than not there’s a pretty photo of the lipstick with some flowers, and a smear of lippy on a wrist.

I can feel my blood boiling in frustration even as I write this!!! I want to know if it will look good on me for crying out loud. It could be bright blue and look absolutely wonderful on your pale, elegant arm, but on your face? Nope!

3. Lush Hauls

see number 1. I adore Lush as much as the next person. I love going in and picking up all the same things I always pick up just to smell them and get my hands covered in glitter. I always end up buying the comforter bubble bar because it lasts me 4/5 baths.

Prices of lush have crept up in the years since I started going there. So I feel aggrieved by Lush Haul blog posts/youtube videos. We all know what they sell, and they rarely launch new products. So why do I want to read about which bath bomb you chose?? (Lush posts are best confined to Lush addict Instagram accounts. That way ‘fans’ can perpetuate their own obsessions and not bother everyone else….

4. Pastel Filters

This one is specifically an Instagram-related irritation. I HATE these “Cute girly pastel” accounts that spring up, and although completely devoid of any photographic talent, have thousands of followers. Basically, take  photo of something with polka dots or floral paper in the background, whack up the brightness and turn down the contract ridiculously low, so it looks like the person’s bedroom is pervaded by a thick fog.

It hurts my eyes, and p***es me off that accounts which don’t put any effort in get more followers than other lovely accounts (including mine of course…!)

5. Really Unhealthy Breakfast

Lastly, and probably again Instagram specific….

WHAT’S WITH ALL THESE BLOGGERS EATING ABSOLUTE CRAP FOR BREAKFAST?! Dougnuts? Candy? Are you SERIOUS? If your waistline is anything to go by then probably you’ve just taken the photo and actually you were munching muesli; Or you are blessed with a fantastic metabolism (for now at least…).

I do not condone the eating of high sugary foods for breakfast, though a little treat in a while is fine.

6. Apologetic posts about not posting

We know you have a life. You have holidays, family, friends, partners. Stop grovelling for our forgiveness. The sad reality is people probably didn’t even notice you were gone, such is the fickle world we live in. Stop apologising to people you don’t know, about not typing up some words about makeup on a blog.

I blog in my spare time (when I get any), fitting it around my full time job as a business development manager. I work hard! I go to the gym, I spend nights working away, or spending time with my husband. I will never let blogging feel like an obligation, and the second it does, I won’t do it.

7. Emtpies posts

Would *you* like to see the inside of my recycling bins? No? WELL WHY THE HELL DO I CARE ABOUT YOUR EMPTY BOTTLES?!?! WHY IS THIS A THING?

and…. breathe.

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Makeup Revolution Chocolate eyeshadow pallette


So makeup Revolution really have got me sold on their eye pallettes. Not only are they super affordable, but actually the quality of the pigments is way better than  one would expect of a brand that doesn’t charge over the moon!

At £7.99 they are perfect dupes for the Too Faced Cosmetics equivalent, which comes in at around £32!

There are 3 to choose from within this range – milk, white or dark. I’m going to swatch the
milk chocolate pallette!





Aren’t they the most amazing nudes and chocolates you’ve ever seen? Looking at the pallette makes me feel hungry too!

Have you tried makeup Revolution yet? You can order directly off their website or they are stocked in Superdrug if you’re the sort of person who likes to try before they buy makeup!

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Tips to cut down the cost of your makeup addiction!

If there’s anything I like better than beauty products, it’s saving money on them.

Wearing and sometimes reapplying your makeup more than once a day, I can quickly begin to run out of makeup staples – I know for me, face powder is a prime example of this (though weirdly I always have at least 2 mascaras rattling about at any given time in my makeup drawer!)

Makeup addict as I am, I probably do have far too many eyeshadow palettes than I will ever use.. But I have a tendancy to run through out of my basics pretty quickly. I thought I’d share with you some tips, whether you are looking to stock up on makeup bag staples or looking out for something new or special to try, in order to save a bit of money!

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Find Bargains Online

The internet is the best place to find bargains for pretty much anything you can think of; you’re favourite candy, clothes, and costume jewelry. Makeup is no exception, and you can find some incredible bargains online. You’ll be able to find low-price alternatives for your favourite beauty products in many places (I love Bodycare for trying something new, for as little as 99p!)

You can also discover high-end products at great prices by looking for out of season products -. You can look for websites that specialise in discount makeup deals, or just take to eBay – Illamasqua nail polishes can be snapped up for well over 50% off.

Of course, there are also some budget brands that have fantastic products to rival the high-end brands – I adore Makeup Revolution!

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Buy in Bulk

One trick that can help you save money, especially online, is buying several lots of your favourites at once. If you have a product you know you love and will buy over and over, you can save money by purchasing in bulk. For example, you can get some Revitalash products to last you three or six months. Amazon is a great place to buy your favourite designer haircare products in packs of 6 – Tony & Guy, Argan Oil products &  Tigi Bed Head to name a few.

This is only a good idea if you’ve actually used the product before –  Don’t buy a year’s worth of something you’ve never tried!

Look in Unexpected Places

When you’re shopping for beauty products, you probably go to Boots, Superdrug or a department store. But you could find some fantastic bargains in places you don’t think to look. Take pound shops for example. You can find all kinds of things for only £1 (or sometimes a little more or less), and things that you would expect to cost a heck of a lot more! Go and have a rifle through their makeup and beauty products. Supermarkets are another place you might not think to look. But they can have excellent beauty sections. I love Beauty at Tesco found in the large superstores.

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Seek Out Freebies

Of course, the best bargain is a complete freebie. But how can you get hold of them? One way is to enter competitions with prizes you’d love to get hold of. There are also lots of websites that tell you where to find the latest free samples. For example, if you visit, you can find tips on where to find freebies. Some of the offers come straight from beauty companies. They often look for people to trial a new product and give their opinion – if you’re a blogger you can sign up to resources like to receive products directly from brands who want to use your blog as a marketing platform.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on your makeup. With my money saving advice, you can feed your beauty obsession for less!

Keep Thrifting!

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My Top Strobing Products Right Now

Hey everyone!

So while many of us are still getting our heads around and becoming more comfortable with contouring! Personally I’ve not quite nailed it. Powder for contour powders tend to patch on my Base Layer of makeup and make me look dirty versus contoured!

I admit I need to try cream based contour products,  I. E.  From clinique. I quite fancy the chubbie sticks.

Now,  strobing. To me,  the cynical minded, strobing is no different to highlighting,  which I am comfortable with doing!

I decided to share my current highlight/strobing products.

I am so in love with these makeup organisers by the way… Ebay!

First off is makeup Revolution’s vivid baked highlighter. This is amazing and I love it. For £4 you can’t beat it!

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I love the lilac finish to this product!

I love the lilac tinge,  ideal for combating your skins off-colour moments!

Second is this Shu Uemura highlighter. It’s actually from the blush range but I bought it because it was pearlescent. I apply this using the real techniques contour brush to the bridge of my nose and along my cheekbones.

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I love this read techniques contouring brush.

It’s really pretty! You have to buy the case separate with Shu Uemura but at least you can just refill!

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I lost the lid for the Watt’s Up! ages ago… oops!

Next Comes jelly pong cosmetics all over skimmer.  This comes in the form of a liquid  and applies beautifully  like Molton gold. Benefit Cosmetics’ “Watt’s Up!” is a solid form of this,  and is a really great product to apply to the cheekbones.

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I adore this soap & glory trick and treatment highlighter/concealer, with it’s pearlescent shimmer! This eye shadow primer is also great for paler looks

Last comes Soap and Glory’s trick and treatment (shown with the eyeshadow primer though I’ve not swatched it). This product is amazing and I dab it in little circles around the eye area to gift a lift to dark circles.

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I use these intermittently,  and when I feel like it  as part of my daily makeup routine. Strobing or highlighting,  whatever you  call it…  For me it gets the vote ahead of contouring!

What about you?

Here are the swatches of the products;



Hope you liked this post! Shu uemura didn’t show up well I’m the photo without flash but really it’s a brilliant product.

Do you use anything else for strobing or highlighting? I’d love to see you recommendations!


Jess xx

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BarryM Speedy Quick Dry Collection

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry collection

Hello everyone!

You probably already know by now,  but I am a fully fledged nail polish freak,  and a Barry M addict in particular. In my view there is no better value polish on the market for quality you get.

The speedy quick dry collection really appealed to me as there’s nothing I hate more than smudging my nails! I’m always on the go and so the faster it dried the better. These polishes really do deliver on their quick dry polish.

I thought I would swatch the “brights”  of the collection (as they have pastels too!) that I own. They’re always bringing out more shades and my collection grows!





If you’re interested I can do a post showing the swatches of my pastels quick dry collection?

Hope you are having a great weekend!


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Beauty : May Glossybox Contents

Good morning readers!

It’s Saturday morning and I am trying to avoid the towering pile of ironing I know is waiting for me downstairs… instead I am sat by the large window enjoying the breeze and the sun and writing about my glossybox contents, which arrived not 10 minutes ago as I write!

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May Contents

This month is my last month- I decided that £13-something a month was a bit much and as every penny counts at the moment with moving into a new house in July… you get the idea. I’ve enjoyed it for the 6+months I’ve been a member, with some of my favourite items being the Royal Apothic Lip balm, and the Color Club Nude nail polish in April’s box.

This month is all about the approaching Summer, and from looking I can tell they may have had festival goers or holiday makers in mind.

Contents are:-

  • MeMeMe Dual ended eye pencil in blue. RRP £6.95
  • Etre Belle Aloe Vera Moisturising gel RRP £15.93
  • Zerreau Towel off shampoo foam Full size RRP £7.95
  • SASS intimate perfect skin concentrate RRP £12.00
  • Collection Cosmetics Field Day lipstick RRP £2.99

Firstly, MeMeMe. Glossybox have in my memory send 1 item by this brand before, and I was as equally impressed then with the colour and application then as I am now. They swatch beautifully. I will definitely be wearing this.

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Double ended crayon swatch for day vs night or bright vs bold.

I’ll talk about the lipstick next seeing as I swatched it together. It might just be me but I struggle to wear these pop coral colours. They never cover properly. It’s a beautiful colour, but it remains to be seen how it wears- I’m not wholly confident for the price but then again I could be proven totally wrong. BarryM, case and point.

Collection Cosmetics in Field Day
Collection Cosmetics in Field Day

The Zerreau beauty shampoo foam – now this sounds interesting to me. I am the world’s biggest advocate of Batiste Dry Shampoos – my hair is fine and silky and thus gets oily and lank quick. I try and avoid overwashing but you know how it is when your hair feel gross. You just gotta wash it! Especially if you swim or exercise regularly. I’ll be very keen to try this, but I have to say it sounds expensive so it won’t replace Batiste in my hair routine.

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Etre Belle – never heard of them – Aloe vera moisturising gel comes in at the most expensive of the products in this month’s box. I’ve had a number of water-based facial gels from Glossybox and to be honest I’m never quite sure where it fits into my skincare routine! The box’s insert simply suggests applying to the face in an upwards, circular movement to hydrate and sooth. Well I sure need that- I’ve been getting lumps like you wouldn’t believe along my jaw line and suffering from awful skin coloration right now. I’m keen to try anything out that might help. This product has a masculinised scent but is fresh and clean feeling, with a cooling effect.

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Now lastly, SASS’s intimate perfect skin concentrate, aimed at those of us that wax in intimate areas. I guess we forget that waxing effects the skin’s hydration level significantly. I do sometimes forget to moisturise afterwards. The formula is supposed to aid in the prevention of ingrowing hairs. Hurrah, if so! The packaging of the product is sleek, clean and professionally appealing.

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Anyway I hope you liked this review of the Glossybox contents, and it will be my last until the day I retake up my subscription!

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Ranting: Why I’m mad at YSL

photo credit: Really Ree Beauty Blog
photo credit: Really Ree Beauty Blog

You may well have seen me blog before about my YSL nail polish, and how much I love the colour.

I also posted photos of it on instagram.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love the colour. I am obsessed with it actually. I get so many compliments when I wear it. BUT- and this is a massive but for me –  it chips like hell! Considering it costs £18 for a bottle, this is just not acceptable. I can deal with a polish of BarryM’s price range chipping, and they do. It’s to be expected. But after 1 day…? No.

I also bought one of their lipsticks recently, mainly because they were the only brand I could find that had a shade of purple that I wanted. Now, it smells nice, and the packaing is lovely, but it claims to last 6 hours. No way! The formula is far too creamy, and again I paid a lot of money (£25 ish) for this lipstick.

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I won’t be shopping with YSL again because of these 2 negative experiences. When you pay a lot of money, you expect a lot in return. I didn’t get it.

So if anyone knows a good budget alternative for the polish and the lipstick, talk to me!!

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Fashion : pastel loveliness

I adore pale subtle colours, especially in spring. Recently I’ve been on  a bit of a pastel binge,  so I thought I’d share some with you!

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This is my adorable Clarks handbag. I decided to look for something paler as the summer was approaching and found this beauty.  It was 20% off £50 at the time,  too!

Barry M Speed dry collection

Lap of honour

I couldn’t resist this collection. I always smudge my Polish because I am impatient and can’t wait for things to dry properly! This collection is so adorable,  with pastels through the spectrum.


The Body Shop Vitamin E Facewash

Not exactly wearable but it’s cute and pink all the same!

I picked this up because although their tea tree stuff is amazing it has a tendency to tighten and dry if used too often. This baby is soft and gentle and just lovely,  I use it everyday.


Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried the Barry M speedy dry collection?


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