Glossier Haul – London Pop-up!

For those of you who haven’t heard of them, Glossier are a perfectly pink brand that puts your skin first and emphasises makeup as your choice. Their millennium pink packaging and focus on natural beauty is actually very refreshing to see, especially as a contrast to the heavily foundation-ed we’ve got used to.

Glossier are originally based in New York but have recently branched into the UK (lucky for us) via their website. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, they’ve just opened a pop-up store in Marylebone, London. It’s exclusively open until the 22nd November and is an amazing opportunity to swatch their entire collection and sniff their gorgeous perfume.

I paid a visit myself and as you can see from the pictures, the interior is beautifully thought-out to match the brand and to provide you with quality instagram content. The trailing vines of pink roses, large antique mirrors and crisp white display shelves perfectly reflects what Glossier is all about.

I purchased the milky jelly cleanser, priming moisturiser, birthday balm and the cloud paint in dusk. The first 3 come in a ‘Phase 1’ set which actually saves you some money and sets you up for endlessly dewy skin.

The milky jelly cleanser is so incredibly gentle that I have no problem using it remove my eye makeup and it leaves my t-zone feeling smooth and oil free. Following with the priming moisturiser, which has made a huge difference to how long my makeup lasts during the day, I’ve found that it stops the foundation on my nose breaking up almost completely. The birthday balm smells like cake and has tiny little flecks on glitter within, that’s already a win for me, plus the infamous cloud paint which gives a flush whether you have makeup on or not.

I would definitely go and check it out whilst it’s still open! To get more details about the pop-up click here.

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

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The Well-being of Models – #worldmentalhealthday

Having recently been to a lecture about Discovering careers in Journalism, I was introduced to Olivia who is the founder of The Fashion Debates. Described as ‘a London-based event series exploring ethical issues affecting the fashion industry’. This talk inspired me to discuss the ethical issues concerning a models health and well-being.

I identify these two separately because they are, within themselves, very different concepts. Health can be described as a physical state including being a good weight etc, Well-being is a state of happiness and prosperity in combination with health.

It is often debated about whether models are ‘too skinny’, which I’m not disputing as a worrying aspect of the modelling industry because it definitely is at risk of affecting their health. However, as well as the strict bodily measurements a model has to meet, there may be other aspects of modelling that are equally as damaging to the well-being.

Having freelanced in the past I have not necessarily had to meet the standard measurements of a model, which greatly improved my bodily confidence as I learnt to love myself in the body I had been given. Although I did not have a happy time in all my modelling jobs. I once was offered a job as a hair model in which they wanted the hair to be cut short, to which I agreed as I had loved my short bob. The process involved a catwalk and a cut on stage, all of which I agreed to. However, from my experience, the model is not kept in the loop in the chaos of preparing for a show and my hairdresser spoke very little English. In this confusion there had been a miscommunication between myself and the hairdresser and I came out with a haircut much shorter and very different to what he had promised me. I became very anxious and depressed in my social life and I felt my confidence being stripped away, It wasn’t so much the haircut itself (I grew to love having short hair) but the complete lack of knowledge and confusion about what was going on.

Although this was a minor job in comparison I have spoken to an anonymous model who said this about a recent catwalk job: ‘It’s hard to be constantly criticised, even as the most confident person it can get to you.’ and ‘They talk about you in 3rd person in front of you which makes you feel like some sort of Mannequin.’ The world of modelling is very impersonal and objectification is common. The eating habits of models on jobs also has its own stigma. ‘They give you dirty looks if you eat anything other than a salad’. In an 8 hour job it is important to eat regular meals and it is often the case that models do not get the chance to eat or they are so afraid of being judged that they will not eat a substantial meal.

It is so important that around World Mental Health Day that we discuss the hidden insecurities of the ‘glamorous’ world of Fashion modelling and expose the industries flaws that affect models and even others through their influence on social media.

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

P.S I know this is an unusual post for me but I felt very passionately about this and wanted to share my views! Please comment and let me know if you like this kind of content and whether I should write more.

OOTD: Sportswear Luxe

Over the last couple of weeks I have been starting University! I’m thinking of posting about my experiences and advice about Freshers week, how to decorate your room to feel homely and even how to downsize your wardrobe. If you’re interested in seeing any of these, leave a comment!

Today, however, I have a look I styled by piecing together elements of the Sportswear trend and the PVC trend.

My hoodie is from Topshop (20% off for Students at the moment!), part of the UNK sports range they have. The skirt is from H&M who also have a 20% student discount online and in-store at the moment, I styled this outfit with Biker boots to dress it down, but it could be paired with heeled boots. I’d also wear this with a baker boy hat and layered necklaces to add extra accessories.

I would definitely make the most of this in between Autumn weather for wearing skirts and dresses before tights become a necessity!

Let me know in the comments below if there are any posts you would like to see in regards to University!

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

How to wear Autumn Trends: Kitten Heels

It’s finally Autumn! Well it at least feels like it. The weather is getting windy and cold and I’m ready to break out all the new jumpers and coats I have been hoarding. I’ve been keeping a close eye on the trends of this Autumn and the kitten heel has been EVERYWHERE.

I have a bit of an obsession with ankle boots so when I saw this pair of white leather kitten heel boots in Miss Selfridge for £35 I was sold. I teamed this with a white bardot knit which was inspired by Sarah Snyder and Kendall Jenner’s style from the Honey Punch concession at Topshop. Worn with black mom jeans from ASOS own brand, layered gold necklaces from Primark and Brandy Melville and my baker boy hat from Missguided.

This monochrome outfit fits perfectly in the transitional weather, especially with the gold accessories to add a contrast of colour. It would work just as well with longer layered necklaces too.

If there are any other trends you’d like to see me style leave a comment letting me know!

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

Makeup Haul: AUGUST

I’ve had way too much spare time this summer to spend makeup shopping, which in turn has definitely had a negative impact on my bank balance. Having said that however, this haul is full of popular staple products that I’ve finally decided to splurge on.

#1 – Mac Lipsticks in Fleshpot and Honeylove

I’ve not got many Mac products in my collection but I’ve used a couple of my friends Mac Lipsticks and loved the consistency of them. Honeylove is a matte nude and Fleshpot is a very light satin lipstick which I use to lighten up the center of my lips.

#2 – Beauty Blender

Having only used other beauty sponges I was eager to test out the Beauty Blender, I bought two in Germany as they were on offer.

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#3 – Victoria’s Secret Extreme Plumper

This lip gloss tingles on the lips and plumps them up quickly. I use this before putting on lipstick and after exfoliating and it gives me a natural pout.

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#4 – Anastasia Dip Brow in ‘Medium Brown’

I had been using a ‘fake’ dip brow for a long time without realising I had been sold a counterfeit, so I immediately threw it out as you never know what ingredients are in counterfeit products and how ethical they are. The real dipbrow is much softer and darker in pigment! Your brush should make a dent in the product.

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#5 – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

My favourite eyeliner by far! Having been given a mini for my birthday I was eager to buy the full size.

#6 – Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Another product that is raved about in the beauty community – and rightfully so! It does not oxidise or look cakey – brilliant for baking.

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#7 – ABH Modern Renaissance

A classic Eyeshadow palette that will never go out of fashion. An array of warm tones and beautiful shimmers which should be a staple for any makeup bag.

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#8 – Urban Decay Naked Shapeshifter Palette

My most recent purchase from Debenhams and my favourite so far, with 5 creams for contouring, highlighting and colour correcting and 4 powders that are insanely soft and blendable but really pigmented. It’s totally got me into contouring!

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#9 – Iconic London Illuminator in Original

This metallic golden liquid highlight is BLINDING! It’s a little dark on fair skin tones like my own but works beautifully mixed into foundation for a healthy/glowy skin day.

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Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

OOTD: Missguided Haul + Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

This post is inspired by Dia&Co – a curated shopping experience for sizes 14+ which celebrates stepping out of your clothing comfort zones to love your insecurities. They encourage this in their offices by having ‘Try-Day Friday’ in which everyone is encouraged to try new styles for a confidence boost!

Inspired by amazing work by the people at Dia&Co, I have put together an outfit I would never usually wear because of my own insecurities but I felt really confident in it! This blog post is supposed to show you that sometimes adding something new and different to your wardrobe can really boost your confidence, even if you don’t think it will its worth trying and returning the item if it doesn’t go well.

I took to the Missguided website and ordered a couple of things I would never usually wear. This baker boy hat is not something I would usually wear because I find it difficult to wear hats with short hair but I found that with some fringe showing at the front I was able to make it work. I also ordered a low cut bodycon polka dot dress. I don’t usually wear a lot of low cut clothes because I don’t have much cleavage for it but this dress was cut low enough to make it look flattering.

This helped me feel really confident in styles of clothes I would usually shy away from – I hope anyone reading this takes some advice to step out of your fashion comfort zone!

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

Skin Care Routine + Haul!

I have recently become a brand ambassador for Botanics, an all natural skin care brand sold in Boots that formulates their products in collaboration with Kew Gardens. They very kindly sent me a few of their products to try which I have introduced into my routine. So far I’m really enjoying the Toning Spritz – With rosewater and a very fine spray it is super refreshing to use before moisturiser.

I start my Skin Care by cleansing. I swipe all over my face with the Nip & Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Cleansing Pads, this removes any extracts of dirt and also contains hyaluronic acid which is crucial for reducing wrinkles and improving moisture (this is important for people of any age!).

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Once or twice a week I’ll follow this up with a face mask. I’ve been really enjoying the L’oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask. This clay mask removes impurities and oil and is affordable!

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When I’m not using a mask I will use a face scrub to remove dead skin once or twice a week, it’s important not to use face scrubs too often as it will damage your newer layers of skin. I use the Botanics All Bright Purifying Face Scrub which has a gorgeous flower smell due to the hibiscus flower ingredient.

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I’ll then follow up with a Toner, I’ve been really enjoying the Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz because it has a fine mist which covers the face evenly with only a couple of pumps.

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If I am having a breakout I’ll usually apply a spot treatment. I use the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. This reduces acne scars but can also work as a spot treatment and I’ve found it to work literally overnight to reduce the size and severity of spots.

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Then for moisturiser. My day time moisturiser is the Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream, suitable for all skin types and with spf 15. The best thing about this moisturiser is that it contains Glycerin. This means it has a slightly tacky texture when on the skin. This is amazing as a base for makeup because your foundation will stick to the texture and last longer throughout the day.

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During the night I use a heavier moisturiser that I can leave to absorb into my skin. I use The Body Shop Drops of Youth – Youth Cream. Although its thicker it still feels light on your skin and leave you feeling baby soft in the morning.

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If you want to purchase any of the Botanics products mentioned in this blog post you can use the code BOTANICS2 to save some money at checkout!

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo