Holiday Fashion Wishlist with Yoins!

Seeing as we're approaching Christmas (I hope you guys are enjoying the festive season!), I've decided to bring you a fashion wishlist that could also potentially serve as a last minute gift guide (you know, sometimes we forget the odd friend... we're only human!) as there are some stunning pieces that I, personally, would feel so privileged to receive. 


Happy Wednesday everybody! Today I've got a relatively short one for you, however, as you can tell by the title, IT'S MY FIRST GIVEAWAY! YAY! In addition to that, I feel incredibly fortunate that I have the pleasure of hosting it with Caseapp (whom also gifted me the products featured in this blog post) as I can guarantee that the winner will thoroughly enjoy their stunning and personalised prize.

Jasmyne: My Winter Skincare Savior

Due to the dramatic title, I bet you guys are expecting something amazing from today's post, which is exactly what I'm going to give you because, ladies and gentlemen, I've found my new obsession. Now, I'm aware that I make the previous statement approximately 4 times each week about different products, however, this time, I'm declaring it with the utmost seriousness.

BodyBlendz Vanilla Blush Coffee Scrub

As you can see from the title, today we're going to be doing a focussed review on my newest obsession and, when I say obsession, I really mean it: this has been in my shower and next to my sink every day of the week without fail. That product is indeed the BodyBlendz Vanilla Blush Coffee Scrub, which I'm going to, of course, tell you guys all about in a moment.

B:UNDENIABLE - An Exclusive First Look...

Being a woman (or should I say 'girl') of colour, I do sometimes struggle with certain cosmetics brands not providing enough variety in terms of shade range to match and suit darker skintones. And, quite frankly, it pisses me off bothers me a great deal, as EVERYONE, regardless of how light or dark an individual happens to be, has the right to feel beautiful. That, ladies and gentlemen, is why the brand new range B:UNDENIABLE by Brysocréma stole my heart the minute I read the description.

Brand Focus: Pilgrim 55

So, as I hinted at the end of my last post, today, we're going to delve into some stunning skincare (alliteration goals)! And, no, today wasn't just an excuse to shoot outside (although you know I LOVE doing that) - this brand in question's products are 100% natural and organic, which definitely merits some floral and rustic adornment. 

The Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay - Review & Swatches

Ashy. Stunning. Fallout Prone. Pigmented. These are just a few of the many varied words I've heard being used to describe this eyeshadow palette. And, the worst part is: there's no consensus. Is the smoking hot Naked Heat by Urban Decay a massive hit or a total fail? Well, I'm here to give you the most honest and raw review you'll find; let's put this product to the test today.

Best of K-Beauty: Jolse Haul

Yep, that's right guys, it's about time for another installment of my 'Best of K-Beauty' series, in which I test out and discover new Korean cosmetics from a variety of different sources in order to give you NOTHING but the best (I do try!).

The Perfect Pair - Natural Pacific Toner & Serum Review

Hello all! I know, before I start, I've simply got to give you my deepest apologies for the lack of blog posts within the last month and a half. Sometimes one goes through a certain period within their life which requires them to take a break from everything and focus on their current situation, which was the case for me, as heartbreaking as it was. However, I'm back and better than ever, coming straight at you with a review! (Unintended rhyming - looks like I'm getting back into my flow...)

NEW FROM JUST ESSENTIALS - Exposed Cosmetics + Amazing Shine Lashes!

Now, at this point, I've been asked numerous times about where exactly it is that I source my more affordable cosmetics and haircare products. Well, the truth is, Just Essentials is the site that I resort to nine times out of ten.

Technic Cosmetics - The Sequel

Yes, I LOVE a good sequel! As you guys know, I've been really enjoying using affordable products lately, especially those belonging to the wonderful brand Technic CosmeticsSo today, much like my first Technic Cosmetics Brand Focus post, I'm coming at you with the ultimate lowdown on these new makeup goodies that won't break the bank. 

Best of K-Beauty: Style Korean Haul (Volume 1)

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last while, you'll all know about the obsession for Korean beauty products that's taken the world by STORM. And I, myself, happen to be a part of that huge fan base - I am 100% for K-Beauty and in love with the new products I've been discovering. However, the question of where to source these babies is always an interesting one... Well, not until I came across the amazing Style Korean.

T-Zone Skincare's ENTIRE Charcoal & Bamboo Range - TESTED!

I know what you're thinking: FINALLY, A SKINCARE POST! Well, you're absolutely right because with heaps of new makeup comes a need for some real skin TLC, and what better products to try out than T-Zone's brand new charcoal and bamboo skincare range!

July Beauty Favourites

Yes, it's time for you guys' favourite segment of all: my monthly beauty favourites! (woop woop!) I've been testing and trying out a lot of new goodies this month and I'm absolutely buzzing (a little bit Geordie there) to share my picks with you!

Introducing: The Elli Beauty Range...

Little to everyone's surprise, I, like most others in the beauty community, have a real soft spot for 100% organic and natural products, hence why I'm absolutely delighted to introduce you guys to Elli

Love Lola Makeup - July 2017

Yet another month of this precious Summer period has flown past, which means that I have the pleasure of bringing you the hottest launches from Lola MakeupHonestly, you guys are going to absolutely LOVE these new products so, without any further hesitation, let's get straight into this July's edition of my 'Love Lola Makeup' series!

£220 Worth Of Makeup For Only £102! WTF?

As you guys know, I love makeup. But, what's better than makeup, you may ask? Well the answer to that one is simple: DISCOUNTED MAKEUP!

How To Take Your Eye Makeup To The Next Level...

Yes, I know you guys were probably expecting a tutorial based on today's title, however, instead, I think it's about time to introduce you to the brand that has completely changed my eye makeup game for the better.

Summer Polish Picks

There's pretty much only one beauty related topic that I've never discussed here, and that's nail polish! Hence why, today, I'm going to give you a fairly short one on my Summer polish picks!

June Beauty Favourites (Collab)

After last month's beauty favourites post became my most popular blogpost of all time (thank you so much!), I decided that I simply had to bring it back this month and give you guys something I know you'll enjoy!

Drugstore Delights - Technic Cosmetics Brand Focus

After scrolling past Technic Cosmetics so many times on Ebay during my frequent online shopping sprees, I thought it was about time to give their makeup a go!

Love Lola Makeup - June 2017

After a lot of communication and organisation, I'm really happy to announce that I've become an official representative of the Lola Makeup blogging team (cue applause)!

May Beauty Favourites

As we're just beginning to enter into June, it seemed a very fitting stage to give you my May beauty favourites! I've been enjoying a lot of goodies lately - the month of May has been kind to me in terms of new makeup and skincare products; in my normal fashion, I thought I'd share those with you guys!

HUGE Labelle Makeup Haul - Review + Swatches!

Before we begin, take your socks and shoes off, prepare yourself a snack (healthy or decadent, I don't judge) and get comfortable because it's haul time. *scream and cheer here*

Bohemia Natura Cosmetics (Ryor) - A More Natural Approach To Skincare

As the years go by, people are beginning to realise the benefits of less chemicals and more ingredients that are naturally cultivated and produced. Yes, the expression 'less is more' finally has a place in the beauty world.

New In: Makeup Brush Sets

I am an unabashed makeup brush addict. When I say 'addict', I don't mean an 'enthusiastic devotee', I mean an outright makeup brush OBSESSIVE. 

The False Lash Diaries with

Now, everybody knows that no look is even remotely complete without a pair of your favourite falsies. Lashes come in all sorts of shapes, styles and textures to suit anybody and everybody with a passion for makeup, however, there's only one place that I purchase mine on a regular basis: 

Mask Graveyard - Testing out Iroha Nature Face Masks!

Before I start, I'd just like to give a shout out to those bloggers that can consistently produce 'Empties' posts - this was my first experience photographing products that are completely finished and, I must say, it's incredibly difficult to position them in a way in which they don't look like they've just emerged from a bin. 

NEW: BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel DELUXE EDITION Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette - Review & Swatches!

Jeez, that was a long title. But this post certainly deserves it, as we're going to discuss the newest palette collaboration on the market RIGHT NOW. Yes, that's right, your girl preordered the new BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Eyeshadow and Highlighter palette! 

Morning Skincare Routine 2017

On a daily basis, I receive quite a few questions and queries regarding my morning skincare routine, and how I manage to look so awake at the crack of dawn. I'm not, by any means, claiming to have the best skin in the world (I honestly don't you guys, I'm a teenager. I think that says it all...) however, I certainly know how to help my skin to look as fresh and as clear as possible, using affordable products.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DUPE?! - Aesthetica Contour Kit Review + Swatches!

Now, I love a good contour as much as the next person but, lately, I've found that the prices for contour kits have risen dramatically. I absolutely love my Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Series (what a mouthful!); the shades are all so pigmented and blend out beautifully. However, I don't have $40 to waste just like that, so, when it came to a point in which I needed a new contour kit, I didn't repurchase and, instead, went with a cheaper option.

The Top Five BEST Beauty Gurus on YouTube

Hey guys, so today's post is a little different from what I normally do; I'm going to be sharing my top 5 favourite beauty gurus on Youtube.

The Importance of Facial Serums

Today, I've decided to bring you a skincare post (I'm beginning to really enjoy writing them!) about what has become, for me, a hugely important element of my facial care routine: serums.

Zoeva's "Caramel Melange" Palette Review + Swatches!

Everyone within the beauty community absolutely raves about Zoeva brushes and their quality. (I, unfortunately, haven't had the pleasure of trying them out yet) However, they have come out with a few bits of makeup themselves and, of course, I had to get on it like a car bonnet.

My 7 Travel Makeup Essentials! (Collab)

Hey guys! So, today, I'm bringing you this post on my 7 travel makeup essentials, which is also in collaboration with my lovely fellow blogger Mariyam. Don't hesitate to check out her blog (click here!) as she's such a genuine, kind hearted person with a beautiful content feed.

Kore Beauty's NEW Anti-Ageing HYDROGEL Facial Mask!

So it's been a hot minute since I've done anything skincare related here on this blog and, boy, have I got a new product for you!

Rice DOESN'T have to be boring?! - Persian Rice With Crispy Potatoes

It's come to my attention that the vast majority of rice recipes and ways to eat rice are incredibly dull and boring. I mean, there's nothing inspiring about a pot of boiled white rice, is there?

Kiko Shimmer Shadows - Which range has THE DAZZLE FACTOR??!

Kiko Milano is one of those brands that I can feel comfortable with giving my money to in large quantities; I'm normally very impressed with their products (there are always a few exceptions, of course) and I DEFINITELY get the most out of my money. The prices are low and the quality is generally quite high so a heavy makeup consumer, like me, can't really ask for much more than that.

Pharmacy Faves - My March Drugstore Highlights!

Okay, so we're pretty much at the end of March and, for me, that's the perfect time in which to share with you guys, my lovely readers, what I've been enjoying (definition: excessively using) this month.

How Argan Oil SAVED my hair + Argan Dew Product Review!

I haven't done too many posts about haircare here on my blog, primarily because I just don't consider myself a shining example when it comes to looking after my locks. Given my frizzy, difficult hair, over the years, I've experimented with chemical straightening and still do it to this day; my tight curls are simply unmanageable without it!

My Classic Delicious Pancake Recipe!

I LOVE pancakes. Sorry, but that was an admission I needed to make. However, there is ONE thing that can make or break a pancake, and that is whether it's homemade or not. And that's what I'm here for!

Yay or nay? My Newest Sephora Makeup + Swatches!

I've been going to sephora for quite a while now, whether that be the shop or the website, for my high end beauty products and it's safe to say that I wouldn't go anywhere else; I'm whipped! But after all this time, I'd never stopped to to take a good look at their OWN brand products and after that dawned on me, I began to purchase items little by little until I'd gathered a reasonable amount of Sephora Goodies.

The BEST eyeshadow palette of 2016!

Normally, I would add the word 'arguably' to the title but, for me, this palette doesn't deserve to be questioned. The Nubian palette by Juvia's place is by far the best palette of 2016; the moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it and when I did obtain it, it was exactly what I'd hoped for in terms of texture, longevity, blendability and colour payoff, as you'll see throughout this post. I know it's a bit late as we're WELL into 2017 but I guarantee that after reading this, you'll want this palette as a part of your collection.

Greece - The Best and The Worst!

As some of you may know, I, recently, had the absolute pleasure of venturing out deep into the bowls of Europe and visiting Greece. This voyage was funded by my school for the Greek and Latin students (I'm a bit of a nerd to be honest) meaning that a lot of what we intended to look at was surrounding the Greeks and their history.

Palette Wars: Too Faced's Chocolate Bar VS. Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar

Okay, so, here's the deal: we all know that these two palettes are amazing and pretty much holy grail items in any collection. We expected quality and Too Faced brought that to the party. Twice. Two times in a bloody row. 

My Oh-So Decadent Chocolate Orange Gateau Recipe!

WARNING: you are at risk of gaining 10 lbs just from reading this post, because this is just something else. This oh-so decadent and delicious cake is primarily based on everyone's favourite guilty pleasure (chocolate) but generously laced with orange, giving it the perfect, tangy and acidic kick that leaves us wanting more and more. (We all know that one slice turns into two slices and after that, it's all a blur...)

Want to get your glow on? Here's how!

Over the past few years, we've all seen so many makeup trends enter and leave the game, but one that's never going to budge is highlighting and strobing; we just can't live without that glow. But do you want to know what products can help you blind like a goddess? Just keep on reading!

Why Mac Prep and Prime Fix + is a MUST HAVE makeup product!

Mac's speciality, Prep and Prime Fix + spray, is surely a staple in every makeup lovers collection. But why? For today's post, you're going to discover the many roles this little stand out product can fulfil within your beauty routine and a how I like to make use of mine.

The Bakery Bible: 3 MUST HAVE recipes for this February!

As this isn't just a beauty blog, sometimes I have to stop myself and let the makeup take a back seat (sorry makeup) in order to talk to you about what I've been loving within other parts of my life. 

Is it TOO good to be true??! - Morphe Brand Review + swatches!

Morphe, Morphe, Morphe... Where do I start? To me, it seemed like a revelation: top quality makeup and brushes (comparable to those of high-end brands) for incredibly reasonable prices. I mean, what the HELL could go wrong? And, of course, with the aid of huge beauty influencers of the Youtube platform, such as NikkieTutorials, PatrickStarrr and Jaclyn Hill (plus a few others), this brand has completely taken over and blown up.