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Friday, 28 February 2014


Hello Beauties,I can't believe another month has flown by and it's time to write up my February advertisers post.  This year is passing by far too quickly but it would be really great if you could please spare a moment to check out my lovely advertisers featured in this post. Their websites/blogs range from bloggers to shops and I'm sure you will love what you see.  Each and every one of them puts a huge amount of time and effort into their posts and whether you are looking for reviews, outfit posts, shoes or make-up you will definitely find it.  So, without further a do, please let me introduce my wonderful February advertisers:

Advertiser: Hoad Shoes

Established in 1898 Hoad Shoes is situated in the heart of Sevenoaks in Kent providing footwear for all the family. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, superb product knowledge and a vast range of products from fashion boots and shoes to extra wide fittings for swollen feet and orthotic insoles for foot problems. We have recently opened our online shop selling a wide range of products such as Gabor, HB, Pedro Miralles, Dubarry and Timberland to name a few. We offer free postage on all online orders and a click and collect option if you are local to the area.

Advertiser: Beky Lou

My name is Beky and I started BekyLou in late September of this year; I've had an overwhelming response and it's become such a hug part of my life. BekyLou is a beauty,fashion and lifestyle blog in which I share all of my beauty/fashion loves and lusts with you all, review products and also mix in some personal lifestyle posts such as 'My Journey with Anxiety and Depression', which has been my most viewed and most personal post to date. I'd love it if you could take a peep over via my links below and follow - I'm aiming for 300 bloglovin followers by the end of January! 

 Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |  Blog Lovin

Advertiser: Dulcie

Dulcie’s Beauty Blog – A Beauty and Lifestyle blog where I share my beauty favourites and my reviews of products I’ve tried and products I’ve liked. Make-up is my thing, with nails as a close second.  Created with inspiration from my beautiful friends, the blog features my make-up looks and outfits, nail polish favourites and skin care picks. A creative space, Dulcie’s Beauty Blog brings beauty products, style and fun together.

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Advertiser: Bethany Worrall

Hey guys! I'm Bethany and I blog over at the very originally names! I started my blog a few months a go as nobody was interested with my rambles, particularly fashion & beauty related! I blog about pretty much whatever takes my fancy, but as I'm not great at saving money I'll always have a haul lined  up! Lipsticks are my weakness, along with Essie nail polish! If you stop by, please leave a comment, or pop over to my twitter/Facebook/Instagram as I love a good old chat!

Thanks to Kimberley for letting me advertise her this month!!


Advertiser: Miss LJ Beauty

Hay everyone, 

How are you today? My wee blog contains a bit of everything but beauty is my passion. I am getting married in June so expect a few post on that. As with a wedding coming up I'm on a fitness and weight loss kick ATM.  I am currently running a series called inspirational people on Sunday to give us all a boost that dreams can come true! 


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Advertiser: Dee's Beautful Life

Hello, My name is Dee, I started blogging back in feb 2013 and I am very please with how far I have progressed with it. Dee's Beautiful Life is a beauty and lifestyle blog. I love all aspects of beauty and have achieved NVQ level 2 and 3 in beauty therapy, I also have a spending addiction and love to share with you all my findings and the products I love. I do a Make-up Monday series, where every monday I post a make-up look for you all! 
Please check out all my links below and help me reach 500 Bloglovin followers.
Much Love

Advertiser: Satchels and Pearls

Satchels + Pearls is a lifestyle, beauty, fashion and motherhood blog by Michelle, a recently new mum to a baby boy and living a long distance relationship with her husband across the sea. On Satchels + Pearls you can find beauty reviews, DIY, recipes, all topped off with a quirky sense of fashion from a blogger with a buzz cut. Michelle has a passion for afternoon cake and tea, and will take you on adventures around West Yorkshire. So why not check out her blog and follow her life journey?

Advertiser: Bargainista Bride

As the name suggests, Bargainista Bride is about exploring options to save money on weddings - whether that be attending them or planning them. The blog chronicles the wedding planning journey of a couple in their mid-twenties living in Cambridgeshire (with a great Disney proposal story to boot!), as well as offering resources to help others save. 

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It has been wonderful to advertise these lovely blogs this month, read their posts and get to know the people behind the blogs/website. I hope you will take the time to look at them an enjoy them too :)

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Fragrance Friday: La Prairie Midnight Rain Perfume Review

Today's review is on a perfume that has packaging like no other I have seen before. This pretty rain drop shaped bottle contains the gorgeous Midnight Rain fragrance by La Prairie and is one of my favourite perfumes. This is definitely the kind of fragrance which is lovely to wear as well as have displayed on your dressing table as I love the unique shape, colour and pretty glitter covering the bottle.

Launched in 2006, this beautiful perfume has a top note of pomegranet, freesia, mandarin and guava.  The middle note consists of white lily, amber flower, plum flower and vanilla orchid and finally a base note of cashmere wood, musk, vetiver and patchouli. The result of these beautiful ingredients united is a wonderful sweet, floral fragrance which is perfect to wear in the evening although I sometimes wear it in the day too because I like it so much!  This scent is fun, girly and reminds me of the Summer and holidays.

Midnight Rain is the kind of fragrance that draws attention and whenever I wear this lots of people ask me what scent I am wearing.  After applying a few sprays it lingers on the skin and it is lovely when you catch a subtle smell of it but I do find it isn't particularly long lasting which is a real shame.   As a result, this does mean you need to carry a little of it with you in a perfume dispenser (they are very small so are easy to pop in your handbag). so you can top it up when necessary.

If you want to buy the beautiful Midnight Rain perfume by La Prairie you can get it from House of Fraser for £78.00.

What is your favourite perfume?

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Thursday, 27 February 2014


February Faveourites February Favourites February Favourites February Favourites February Favourites February Favourites February Favourites

Hello Guys! I can't believe it's time to share my favourites from the past month (or two) with you already! I didn't do one last month because I felt it was a little too soon after doing my round up at the end of the year so below are all my 'go to' products since Christmas... that's why this post is a little picture heavy!

Firstly, are two popular MAC products that I have been using on a daily basis. MAC Mineralise Skin Finish has been a staple in my make-up routine for the past 18 months and it works perfectly to reduce shine and set my make-up in place without being cakey or heavy. It's been a while since it had a mention so I thought it was about time I showed it some love again.  Read the review here.

Since reading a lot of blog posts over the past few weeks featuring the MAC Soft and Gentle highlighter it reminded me how beautiful it is so I have started to use it again.  I apply Soft and Gentle to my cheek bones and brow bones and it gives my skin a really pretty healthy glow which a number of people have commented on since I started using it again.  Read the review here.

The cold weather has been playing havoc with my lips so I have been religiously applying my mint Lush Lip Scrub and Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm to prevent them from getting worse.  They aren't severely chapped but I like to think using these two products is the reason for that as after they feel so smooth and nourished. The Lush Lip Scrub also tastes and smells amazing.

Essie Maximillian Strasse Her has been my go to polish this month as I think it is perfect for the time between Winter and Spring.  A few weeks ago I started to get a little bored with my usual berry tones and dark polishes so have occasionally been reaching for more pastel shades as well as Maximillian Strasse Her which is the perfect mix of the two as it isn't too light or dark.  It definitely makes a refreshing change.  Read the review here.

Over the past couple of months I have also been dipping into my collection of lip glosses more and have often been wearing them on their own or over a lipstick.  I love the pretty sheen they give my lips and one of my favourites has been this gloss by Collection as it is a pretty girly pink shade which gives my lips a subtle pop of colour.  The formula is a little on the thin side but it is light on the lips and isn't sticky which is more important to me.

Last but not least is the YSL Shocking Mascara in jet black. I have a love hate relationship with this mascara because I love how dark it is and that it defines, lengthens and volumises my lashes but I hate that it can clump very easily.  The latter can soon be resolved by wiping off some of the extra product before application, though, hence why I have been using this mascara a lot (nearly every day) and why it is featured in this post.

What do you think of my picks?

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel

Regular readers will know I'm a little obsessed with Lush products and one of the most recent additions to my collection is the *Prince Charming Shower Gel which was part of this years Valentines range and has never been released before. I haven't actually used many Lush shower gels as the bath bombs appeal to me more but how could I resist trying a product with such an adorable name!

Prince charming is a gorgeous deep red/pink shade that makes a nice alternative for those who have run out of the infamous Snow Fairy which is available during the Winter months.  The packaging is exactly the same and shows off the product to the full with its simplistic design.  

The scent of Prince Charming is quite unusual but it is deep, rich and sweet thanks to the marshmallow root, vanilla and pomegranate juice.  Personally I love it and I'm a little disappointed it isn't part of the permanent range! According to the label, you can use this as a shower gel as well as on your hair although I haven't done the latter yet.  I usually prefer to stick to my shampoo's as their are quite a few I'm loving at the moment by as I'm intrigued I will try this product on my hair at least once.  Hopefully the scent will linger longer on my hair than it does my body.

Prince Charming is a really lovely shower gel and when I use it the whole bathroom smells of the delicious scent. My skin is also left soft, smooth and clean.  I will definitely be on the look out for this shower gel again next year and it has really encouraged me to try more shower gels Lush have to offer.

As Prince Charming was part of the Valentines day range at Lush it isn't available all year around but you may still be able to get hold of it if your local store has any left in stock.

What do you think of Prince Charming?

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What Makes a Good Blog?

Hi Everyone, I hope you're all well.  Today's blog post is on what could be considered a controversial topic, 'What Makes a Good Blog?' so I just want to add a little disclaimer before I start.  There is an endless list of things that makes a good blog and this blog post just features a few that I personally think are important.  I'm not saying that this is the only way to do things or that it is the best way, it's just what I look for in a blog. Let's get started.

Be Yourself

There are thousands of blogs about beauty let alone on fashion, food and other areas so I think one of the most important things you can do when blogging is to be yourself. If can take some time to establish yourself and work out your writing style, type of posts, and pictures etc but one thing that really draws me to a blog is when I can see someones personality shining through.  It makes it more interesting and enjoyable to read because I can relate more with the writer and it makes their blog unique.

Have Fun

When I'm reading a blog I find it pretty easy to tell if the writer enjoys it because thought and enthusiasm goes into their blog posts, they are passionate and their posts are a good length.  We have all times when we are busy or not quite in the 'zone' to write and I think when this happens it's best to take a step back and not force yourself to write your posts otherwise I do find it can come across to the reader. I think having fun and enjoying what you do is imperative.


This is a tough one because photography is a huge area and personally I think it is something which takes time to learn.  I have had my blog for around 13 months now and I've only just got to a point where I am happy with my photo's.  It just goes to show with a little patience and time you can improve massively and even if your photo's aren't the best if they are large, show off the product and are crisp you are onto a winner.


There is a saying that 'content is king' and I definitely agree with this statement. It's all well and good having an amazing layout, promoting your blog and having lots of pictures but something which is equally important is the content of the actual blog posts your readers will be looking at.  The blogs I love to read and follow have a variety of blog posts (reviews, tutorials, fashion, lifestyle, food etc) so there is always something different, they post regularly, their posts have minimal spelling mistakes and there is plenty of detail. For me there is nothing worse than reading a post about a product which doesn't cover the essential information.


There are so many beautiful layouts in the blogosphere and I absolutely love to see how different they are all.  You guys are all so creative and I love how people have a theme and make their layout unique to their personality.  My favourite layouts are simple, neat and use minimal colours as I'm not a fan of busy layouts that make it hard to read text.


Communication is a key part of blogging and for me the best blogs do this regularly.  It is so lovely to see that comments are replied to on posts, emails are responded to and tweets acknowledged.  It makes me think the writer really appreciates what the readers have to say and it also gives you a chance to get to know people a little better.


I haven't got a huge amount to say about advertisements other than to keep them to a minimum.  Personally, I am put off when there are lots of pop ups and advertisements getting in the way of blog posts and making them hard to read. I think the odd one in a side bar, between posts or at the top or bottom of the page is fine because they are subtle but if they prevent me from reading the actual blog, which is why I visited, then I don't stay for long.

What do you look for in a blog?

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014



On Sunday I wrote a blog post about the outfit I wore to my friends wedding which you can read here.  Today's post focuses more on the make-up that I wore which is listed below. I wanted to go for a very natural look that would be simple to touch up throughout the day if necessary and would last as long as possible. Here are the products I chose:

Primer - Benefit Porefessional // Review
Foundation - Chanel Vital Lumiere Aqua // Review
Concealer - Benefit Erase Paste // Review
Powder - MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus // Review
Highlighter - MAC Soft and Gentle // Review
Blusher - Nars Amour // Review
Eye Primer - Urban Decay Priming Potion // Review
Eye Shadow - Naked 1 Palette Sin and Hustle // Review 
Eyeliner on Top Lash Line: L'Oreal Super fine Liquid Liner
Eye Liner on Waterline - L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Smokey pencil liner in Mystic Grey // Review
Mascara - Lower: Maybelline The Falsies Upper: YSL Shocking
Lip Liner - Dior liner in nude
Lipstick - Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour in Love Lorn  // Review

What do you think of this look?

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Monday, 24 February 2014


Beauty Haul Beauty Haul Beauty Haul Beauty Haul

I haven't splashed out on any beauty products for a while so when pay day came along this month I decided to treat myself to some products I have had on my wish list for a while and others that needed to be replaced as they had run out (read my empties post here).

First on my list was the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm which I have been wanting to try for as long as I can remember.  Don't get me wrong, I still love the REN Cleansing Balm but I fancied something different to try so when I finished my last bottle I decided it was the perfect time to pick up a new one.  I've heard nothing but good things about the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and even when I purchased it in Debenhams using my beauty points the lady who served me raved about it.. I have very high hopes for this product and I will be using it for the first time later on today.

Next on my shopping list was the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm as my Burts Bees one is finished and I wanted a more concentrated one to treat my dry lips.  My lips are not severely chapped but I have noticed they haven't been as smooth as normal over the past few weeks so I wanted to start using a new lip balm as soon as possible to prevent them from getting worse.  I have already started using the Nuxe lip balm and although it is early days so far I am loving it. The formula is very thick, creamy and nourishing plus it smells gorgeous.

In my empties post last week I mentioned I had run out of my Benefit Erase Paste. This concealer has lasted me a very long time, It has been a staple in my make-up bag for around 18 months so I definitely had to re-purchase it. Benefit Erase Paste has a very thick and creamy formula which is perfect for covering blemishes or dark under eye circles.  It also works really well with my Chanel Vital Lumiere Aqua Foundation.  

As well as buying the Benefit concealer I decided to re-invest in my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. This is a product I have used in the past and loved but sadly I accidentally left it in the bathroom on a night out and I never saw it again.  It isn't quite as thick as the Benefit Erase Paste but it my favourite drug store concealer and I have really missed it so while I was in Superdrug I decided to buy another one.

Lastly, I invested in quite a few nail polishes.  I was on the look out for a glitter to add as an accent nail with my Essie Maximillian Strasse Her polish and at the time I couldn't decide on whether I wanted to go with pink or silver.  As I change my nail colour once a week I knew I would get use out of any colours I choose so I decided to go for a selection so I could swatch them and see which one worked best with my outfit.  The ones I got were Hors d'Oeuvres (silver) and A Cut Above (chunky pink) by Essie and Pink Silver Glitter by Barry M. Whilst at the Barry M stand I also noticed the new Silk collection which looked stunning so I also picked up these pretty pink in shade Blossom. I can't wait to use them!

What do you think of my beauty haul?

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Sunday, 23 February 2014


Wedding Wedding Wedding Wedding Wedding

Carraway Dress - Coast - £160
Fascinator - Hired - £20 (local shop)
Faux Furr Bolero - Coast - £70
Clutch Bag - Accessorize - I bought this a couple of years ago
Shoes - Kurt Geiger - I bought this years ago
Nails - Essie Maximillian Strasse Her and Essie Hors d'oeuvres
Necklace - Tiffany & Co
Ring - Gift
Bracelet - Gift

Hello Lovelies! Some of you that follow me on Twitter (@kimberleyj77) will know I went to a wedding yesterday and today's post features the outfit I wore.  It was a very special occasion because it was the wedding of one of my best friends who I have known since I was four so I had to get my outfit just right.

If I'm honest, I found it really hard to find a dress because being February I had no idea what the weather was going to be like so back in the Summer I bought a pretty nude and black dress from Coast as I wanted to be prepared. I thought it would be unlikely I would find an outfit in January/February because there are a lot of sales during that time so when I saw a dress I liked I bought it.  Unfortunately, that plan back fired a little because whilst I love the dress when I tried it on again in the run up to the wedding I didn't feel as comfortable in at so I wasn't so sure I did want to wear it after all. As it still had the price tag on I tried to convince myself to wear it but when I went into Coast again to buy a wrap to go with it I spotted a gorgeous white, silver and duck egg blue dress. Over the next couple of days I couldn't get this dress out of my mind so I knew I just had to try it on once and for all. I decided if I liked it then I would buy it and if I didn't then I would stick with the black and nude dress as I hadn't actually planned to buy another one.

You know how this story ends because the pictures in this post give it away but I'm I am so glad I bought the duck egg blue dress. I think the detail on it is stunning and I love the colour combinations.  I felt really comfortable wearing it throughout the day and it was easy to team with a nude clutch bag and shoes as well as a duck egg blue fascinator (which I hired).  I don't have a picture of the shoes here but they are a simple strappy Kurt Geiger sandles with a closed in toe and mid heel so I could easily wear them for hours without my feet hurting. In fact.. 12 full hours before I gave in and put on my flats!

The wedding was beautiful from start to finish and my boyfriend and I had a wonderful day celebrating with the happy couple and our other friends.

What do you think of my outfit choice?

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Saturday, 22 February 2014


Spring Polishes - Essie and Barry M Spring Polishes - Essie and Barry M Spring Polishes - Essie and Barry M Spring Polishes - Essie and Barry M

Hello Beauties! It's the run up to Spring, the weather is cold but the flowers are starting to spring up, the sun is shining and the sky is a beautiful pastel blue.  This wonderful weather is the inspiration for today's blog post and features some gorgeous polishes that are perfect for the Spring.

Barry M Lychee // Link

Lychee is part the of gelly range which I love because it is long lasting and leaves a beautiful shine on my nails. This is also a very neutral shade so it goes with a whole host of outfits for both the day and evening.  Personally, I find this to be the perfect nude shade as it isn't too dark or light.

Essie Not Just a Pretty Face // Link

Out of the selection of polishes featured in the most this is definitely my most worn as it is a pretty pink pastel shade that goes with a lot of outfits.  I love that it gives your nails a subtle hint of colour without being too in your face.

Essie Go Ginza // Link

This was a shade from the Spring collection last year and it is a very pretty lilac shade which has pink undertones.  This polish looks lovely on its own or when teamed with a pretty accent nail and it is a colour I'm going to try and wear more this year.

Essie Bikini So Teeny // Link

I've never been a big fan of blue nail polishes but Bikini So Teeny is a really pretty blue that I added to my collection last year and love it.

Essie Maximillian Strasse Her // Link

This is an unusual shade but it makes a refreshing change from your typical pastel colours in Spring.  This is a pretty duck egg blue colour with a slight green/grey tone which looks very pretty on it's own or when teamed with a silver glitter accent nail. I wore this combination to a wedding yesterday and lots of people commented on my nails. Maximillian Strasse Her was part of the Spring Collection last year.

What do you think of my picks?

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Friday, 21 February 2014


Lush Seanik Solid Shampoo Bar This photo was taken with my phone under shop lights and is not the true colour. The below photo's show it in true form.Lush Seanik Solid Shampoo Bar

Hello Lovelies! Today's blog post is about a recently purchased treat from Lush.  I've been a big fan of the bath bombs, bubble bars, shower gels and liquid shampoo's for years but in the last few weeks I have been trying out a product unlike any I have used before, a solid shampoo bar.  I've looked at this product once before in Lush, so long ago I can't remember and I was put off because I thought it would be a lot of hassle to use and if I'm honest I did find the idea of solid shampoo to be pretty strange.  However, a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a Lush event in London where we were able to speak with their experts about the products and view demonstrations.  After always being a little intrigued by this unusual product I asked one of the girls about it and she kindly told me more about the product and demonstrated how to use it. At this point I was totally sold so decided to treat myself to one.

Lush offer several different solid shampoo bars in their range so it was pretty hard to choose just one but in the end I went for Seanik which is said to add volume. Being someone who has long but fine hair I need all the help I can get when it comes to volume so I'm always trying out new products. I had high hopes for this one.

Seanik is a gorgeous bright blue solid round bar that contains seaweed, sea salt and lemon.  The mixture of these ingredients is said to add shine and volume to hair as well it make it soft.  Sounds perfect right? Since purchasing this product I've used it every other time I've washed my hair as I like to mix up the shampoo's I use and every time I have been very impressed by the results.  My hair does have a beautiful shine and I would even go as far as saying that this solid shampoo adds more volume to my hair than any other shampoo I have tried thanks to the sea salt. The volume is added from root to tip and it doesn't make my hair frizzy so I don't necessarily have to style it if I don't want to and unlike some other volume shampoo's I have used in the past even after straightening, my hair is still full of volume.  On the down side though, I don't find this shampoo makes my hair particularly soft so without fail I use a conditioner (although I always do anyway!).

The scent of Seanik is very hard to describe so I would definitely recommend taking a look at it in Lush but it contains mimosa, jasmine and orange flower essential oils which gives a gorgeous floral fragrance.  It is a pretty, subtle scent which lingers for a while after washing your hair which I really like. 

Unfortunately, there are a couple of downsides to using a solid shampoo bar. Firstly, I find it a little messy to store because after using it I leave it on the side of the bath which leaves a blue ring.  It isn't a big deal to me because it's easy to clean but it isn't quite as tidy as popping your shampoo back in the cupboard.  I also wonder how easy this product will be to use as it gets smaller.  At the moment I use it in two ways. I either hold it and rub my hands together with a little water so it foams and then put it on my hair or directly rub the bar on my hair.  Both methods work well and I think it's pretty much just down to personal preference what you choose to do but as the bar gets smeller I think this may get a little more tricky. On a more positive note, although this shampoo bar is only small, for mid-long hair I have been advised you can get around eighty washes out of it which is amazing. Due to the size, this is also the perfect product to take on holiday as it will take up much less room in you case than a bulky bottle.. so that means more space for shoes and clothes which can only  be a good thing!

Overall I have been really impressed by this solid shampoo bar and I'm really glad I tried it.  It is now part of my hair care routine and I love how it gives my hair a boost of volume and also contains only natural, ethical and animal friendly ingredients.  Seanik is yet another Lush product I love!

You can buy the Seanik solid shampoo bar from Lush for £5.99

What do you think of Seanik? Would you use a solid shampoo?

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