Jica Lash Extension Treatment: Review

Saturday, 28 March 2015

I've worn false lashes once in my life and that was when I was bridesmaid for my best friends wedding. As you can probably guess from that being the only day I've worn them - it didn't go well. I felt like I had huge pieces of paper hanging off my face and these were natural lashes so not even the thickest ones you can buy. I'm fairly lucky in that I feel my lashes are quite long and can hold a curl pretty well, I just crave a little thickness on the hair rather than having to apply so many coats of mascara. 

When I was contacted and asked to give the Jica Lash Extension Treatment* a go I have to admit, I was in two minds about it. The thought of putting lots of little hairs on my eyelashes made me feel a little... uneasy I think is the right word. I had all sorts of images of the hairs getting in my eyes etc. I put that to one side and decided to give them a go. 

You need to be careful when opening the bottle, I did it a little too enthusiastically and as you can see from the photo all the fibers ended up on my table, which did make for a good photo but I couldn't help but think of the waste that this created. 

Over the past few weeks I have been using the Jica treatment and above is my favourite way to wear it. I apply my mascara of choice and stop once all the lashes are covered, there is no need for a second coat at this stage. I then lightly apply the Jica lash extension treatment so that there is a light covering on my lashes. The trick is to not apply too much here. If you think about it the lashes will only stick where there is wet mascara so there is no point in layering up the treatment. If you do want more than one layer you will need to repeat the mascara process. I wait for this to dry and then lightly apply another coat of mascara. 

There are a few tips that I have learnt over the past couple of weeks:

  •  Do one eye at a time otherwise the mascara dries too quickly and the treatment doesn't stick properly.
  • If you want a bigger curl to your lashes curl before the treatment goes on, otherwise you end up with clumps. 
  • Don't rub your eyes - a bit of a no brainer if you wear eye makeup anyway, but this isn't something I will wear in the height of hayfever season. 
  • Have a mascara that you don't mind getting fibers on. Even when you are so patient and wait for everything to dry, there is a chance that you will get some fibers on your mascara. 
Have you ever used something like this?
An "at home" alternative to eyelash extensions?



Leather punch...

Monday, 16 March 2015

A short but sweet post from me today. Recently I've been putting a lot of effort into gymming it and eating better and as a result a few of my belts have actually stopped fitting me. Rather than have to head to the nearest leather shop, I decided to purchase my own leather punch, this was just £1.89 from ebay and arrived within a day. 

I can now just adjust my belts myself which is so much easier!



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The cut-away court shoe...

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The classic court shoe will never go out of fashion, but a nice spin on a classic trend is to purchase ones with a cut out.

I wore these to a winter wedding and they looked amazing with a blue dress. The closed toe makes your foot feel secure and the cut out makes them feel much more dressy than a normal court shoe.  
As they are a simple nude shoe they look great with jeans and a t-shirt.



Boots Haul

Wednesday, 11 March 2015
I don't think there is any chance I will ever go into boots and just come out with what I went in for. The temptation is just too much. Although the majority of this haul is actually what was on my shopping list - progress.
First things first is the make up aisles, these are the first aisles in my local boots and I naturally make a bee-line for them. I needed to get a new full coverage foundation as I have gone through my Mac Studio Sculpt foundation far too quickly and considering the price of it, I need to find a cheaper one. Most of the makeup brands were on offer so I felt even better - a marketers dream. I was drawn to this new release by Loreal an Infallible 24 hour Matte foundation, on offer at the time for just £6.99. Despite the obvious similarity in the packaging this isn't a bad dupe. I've been really enjoying using this and it lasts all day, keeping most of my redness hidden, I'm impressed. 

The other item on my shopping list was a new mascara. In my last YouTube video I posted (a haul!) I bought a new mascara but already that has dried out to the point that its difficult to work with. As Loreal was on a 3for2 I picked up the False Lase Telescopic mascara in black. I've heard good things about this mascara and I am so impressed. My lashes are fairly long and curled already so most mascaras do a decent job, but this mascara is something else. 

As mentioned, with a 3for2 on the cards I wasn't leaving without a third item. I don't need anymore "colour" products like nail polish, lipstick or gloss so I went with a decent staple of a concealer. I've always wanted to try the Loreal Lumi Magique concealer as there has been a fair amount of hype around this product but never felt like I needed to purchase it. I haven't used it yet, but hoping that it will banish my dark circles. 

I've recently been regularly going to get waxed, as in I have completely ditched the razors and I haven't looked back. There has been one problem though, ingrown hairs have been a little issue so I have plucked up the courage (haha) to purchase a very expensive pair of ingrown tweezers by Tweezermen. They are extremely sharp but awesome and make light work of ingrown hairs. 

Last week I finally gave in and admitted I needed a hair cut and not just a trim. I've had a good couple of inches off the ends and I now feel like I have a bob - I don't and I'm being dramatic but that's what it feels like. Anywho, this called for some new weapons in my hair box. I've decided my hair looks better waved and curled so picked up some texture spray to help hold the curls and give volume, dry shampoo - because I got through cans and cans of the stuff and hairspray to hold everything in place. The VO5 stand was all two for £5 and the Pantene dry shampoo was on offer for only £1.99.
And finally, hair bobbles. 



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LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Monday, 9 March 2015
 I know I am very lucky in the facial skin situation, HA that sounds like I'm saying I'm blessed with looks. I'm not. But I don't suffer from spots, at all. My face is unnaturally red but I can hide that with makeup and I do pretty much everyday. I get one spot a month around my chin which lets me know I have a couple of days before my period starts... keeping it real. It comes up, I pop it after days of trying not to and then I have a really annoying scar that lasts ages.

Another problem I get with my face is the really rough skin down the side and this makes my makeup sit really badly. It's almost like the KP that's on my arms and I hate it. I notice a real difference in that though when I use this mask. As mask of magnaminty is a face and body mask I like to use this on my arms too and there is a noticeable difference when I do.

My favourite thing about this mask is that it contains peppermint oil which is one of my favourite smells ever, I'm a little bit mint obsessed. There is also evening primrose seeds and aduki beans which gently exfoliate the skin without being as harsh as some of the other scrubs I've used. The way I use the mask is to gentle exfoliate for a bit and then leave the mask on for as long as I can. This is usually  around 20 minutes.

A short but sweet review, but if you have troublesome skin give this one a go.



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Haul: Chemist Direct

Tuesday, 3 March 2015
One of my favourite things about the internet, apart from all the blindingly obvious, are the numerous different places you can buy things from. Let me explain, a few years ago the only place I ever went to for cosmetics was Boots and that's mainly because that was local to me. I didn't even set foot in Superdrug. 

Chemist Direct recently got in touch and a whole other website of cosmetics and toiletries is now one of my first places to look for a splurge. They even do prescriptions which I am now looking into as you can guarantee I always leave it to the last tablet before I realise I have to get my repeat in.

First point of call was the makeup, well I lie, I did check out the pets products first. But anyway, back to the makeup. I picked up two lip products the Max Factor Lipstick in Bloomy and the Loreal Colour Riche in Crazy Fuschia which were both heavily discounted on the price that you would pay in other stores. Both colours are great, bright colours that are typically "Charli" and I'll be posting reviews up as soon as I can. 

Secondly I headed over to the nail polish and picked up possibly the best nail colour combination ever, the OPI Muppets Most Wanted - Gaining Mole-mentum and China Glaze - Pool Party (which is my first ever China Glaze nail polish. I've worn these SO much since the order arrived but they seem to chip really badly. I'm currently working out if it's my base/top coat that's causing this. Apart from that, they are amazing. 

Whilst it would have been lovely to have ordered a whole load of makeup, I decided to be sensible and look at the range of deodorants. I've used Driclor before and was pleased to see a twin pack on offer. The only downside is that they don't have the roll on part, so application is a little messy. On the complete opposite side to the deodorant spectrum is the Perspi Guard Rock Deodorant a 100% natural rock deodorant. I have always been intrigued by these as I have always used such harsh deodorants for fear of sweat patches... I'm not on my own here am I?... I've not been brave enough to use this but I am going to try it this weekend whilst I am dog walking, I think that's a pretty good test. 

Boringly Matt and I needed new toothbrushes and this pack of three were perfect for what I needed. I even have a spare on to brush the hamster with. When deciding what toothbrushes to buy (exciting, I know) I suddenly had a brainwave of wondering whether Chemist Direct sold anything to do with tooth whitening, they did and I ended up adding the Janina Maxiwhite Ultra White Strips 7 Day System to my basket. After using strips with bleach in them and having a shooting pain in my tooth, these took my fancy because they say they don't contain bleach. I've used them for a few days and I can see a slight different so time will tell. 

Finally, I've just had a decent hair trim, about 2 inches has been cut off the ends and at the moment I am more comfortable when my hair is curled. Being as the Carmen Copper Curling Wand and the Wahl 19mm Curling Tong we such bargains at less than £8 each I picked them both up to give them a whirl.. or twirl. 

I can't wait to get my paws into all these and get some reviews up over the next couple of weeks.
Have a look on Chemist Direct, there are some real gems on there. 



*A voucher was provided for part of the total of this purchase, I put some of my own money towards the final balance

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