February 13, 2019

Break Up With Your Girlfriend Cause I'm Bored | Galentines Day

Happy Galentines Day lovelies! 
February 13th has arrived and of course your girl has treated herself bc if I don't who will?! 
I mean the past two years I've treated myself so I decided may aswell make it three years running...amiright?! So this year I decided to show you all what I treated myself to this year because who doesn't love a nosey at what other people are buying. 
So of course I started with my faves latest fragrance release, Cloud has FINALLY made its way over to the Uk and Ireland and you already know I love me an Ariana Grande fragrance. So I decided to welcome Cloud into my ever growing fragrance collection. The scent for Cloud is very different to her previous scents, it's not as sweet and its a little more stronger and fruity based and I'm not going to lie when I first sprayed it I wasn't too sure on it but I didn't really mind if I didn't like it because I still wanted it (I realise that sounds bad I don't have money too burn I'm very bad with money, but I wanted the new fragrance because I have all the others on display so wanted to add this to the lil family.) But I'm so obsessed with the packaging its so cute and pretty I love it. But yeah the scent it's grown on me, it's not my favourite and I do rather the old scents but I still like it. 

The next thing I decided to treat myself too was another Jo Malone candle. So my work bestie bought me a Jo Malone candle as part of my 24th birthday gift and only two weeks ago I finally started burning it (it hurt though bc it was so new and fresh and pretty but anyways). So because I started burning that one I decided you know what lets add another to my collection. So I picked up the Peony and Blush Suede candle and guys oh my god I freaked out when I opened the box the candle was wrapped in because...they include a box of black matches. Like I don't know why I got so excited about this but I did and I'm still a lil shook tbh because aesthetic but also the most extra unnecessary thing ever!

Something I fell in love with real quick when I seen it on ASOS was a spell book (ya'll know how much I absolutely adore Halloween) called 'Hex Your Ex' I mean just look at how pretty that is, like is that not the prettiest book you've ever seen in your life?! And it's a blooming Spell Book like guys get on my level. Theres love spells, money spells, good heath spells etc included inside and I'm obsessed with how girly and halloweeny it is I love it. Quick disclaimer though, I don't actually believe in the spells and you will not find me sitting in a circle with candles lighting around me mumbling some spells, it's just not my thing fam but if it's you, you do you booboo. 
So the next thing I decided to pick up was a Diptyque perfume. Diptyque released a little Valentines range and of course I got sucked into the packaging and the description of the scents. (Yes I bought all these candles and perfumes without knowing what they actually smelt like) I got a Diptyque perfume for Christmas and love it so was like sure why not?! So I picked up the Eau Rose fragrance and oh my goodness guys this is so gorgeous I'm obsessed it just smells of pure roses (obvz) and it's so fab I love it. 

Also from Diptyque I decided to also get another candle and from the same Valentines range I picked up the Damascena scented candle again with the same rose scent but slightly sweeter due to the added honey notes to it and just like the fragrance it is beautiful. Also I have to say I blooming love the candle packaging from this brand there's just something about it that makes me very happy which is strange I know but I just really like it. 
Something I like to do every year is buy one 'big' gift, now when I say big I mean it costs a little more coin than everything else and usually I opt for something Apple but tbh I actually have everything from there atm that I want so they need to hurry and drop some new releases. When I don't choose an Apple product I normally opt for a designer bag but there was none that I really liked and to be honest I really don't need another bag right now. However this year I made a change and bought myself a ring....yup I did! Like Ari said 'bought matching diamonds for..' okay I only bought a diamond for myself nobody else. I've been in the market for a rose gold/diamond ring for awhile. I like very dainty jewellery and since my birthday and Christmas I've accumulated two rose gold chains and a gold bracelet so a ring was obviously the next thing I needed. When I seen this ring in Fields jewellers I fell in love instantly! This is the most sparkly thing I've ever seen in my life it could legit blind me I'm not even joking. I'm so blooming obsessed with it I adore it. I mean just look at it, like loOK AT IT ugh love me. 
Finally something I thought was way too cute not to get was this Boohoo jumper with 'Bieber + Baldwin' wrote on it. Like gang I'm not even a huge fan of either of these two but for some reason I became obsessed with this jumper I couldn't not own it. I mean cute though right?! 

Whether you're celebrating you today or if you're celebrating with a loved one tomorrow I hope you all have a lovely day.
Happy Galentines Day gals.

February 10, 2019

Buy Myself All Of My Favourite Things | Galentines Gift Ideas

So it's that time of year again, when the stores are full of red hearts and roses and theres 'love' signs everywhere you go. Which means it's the annual Jordan buys herself everything she wants..."Alexa, play I Don't Need A Man by The Pussycat Dolls".
Now I'm not going to lie, I have no problem spending money on myself any day of the week but when Valentines comes round the past two years I've gone a little bit extra so I thought why not make it three years in a row!? Yes I've already ordered myself all my gifts but don't worry of course I'll be sharing them on the day because they're all cute af.

So thanks to Ariana Grande's latest bop '7 Rings' I decided that I'm extra and instead of writing a Valentines Gift Guide like I have the past two years (which you can find here) this year I'd just write a Galentines gift ideas post and then when the 13th of February approaches I may aswell show you all what I spoiled myself with...because why not!? Who doesn't love a good 'oul What I Got For insert whatever the occasion here kinda blog post.

So lets get into what you can possibly treat yo'self too because sis trust me you deserve it all!

I'ma start off with something simple, so if you fancy having a chill pamper evening in why not grab some new skincare products you've been dying to try out? Or even just getting round to re-purchasing old favourites that you just haven't gotten around to doing. Personally at the mo I'm recommending the Pixi Double Cleanse, the Rose Ceramide Cream and the Pixi Milky Mist. I absolutely adore the products and use them on a regular basis since getting them. I wrote all about them in a post of their own which incase you missed out on you can have a lil read all about them here.

If like me you have a slight little obsession when it comes to makeup then same fam! So I'm not talking your regular Smashbox lipstick I'm thinking bigger because we wanna be a little bit more than regular we're aiming for a lil extraness (not dragging smashbox bc love). So lets start off with maybe a little Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick I mean it's not too heavy on your bank account and is quite affordable for a luxury brand and everybody loves a lil Chanel in their life amiright?!
So maybe Chanel just isn't doing it for you so if you wanna go up that one little step higher and are full on prepared to drop €85 euro on a single lipstick...girl get yourself a Christian Louboutin lipstick this is one of those beauty products I do not regret purchasing at all. Still to this day I am obsessed with everything about it, the packaging, the design, the formula everything is perf and I love it and 10000% recommend them. Like Ari said "happiness is the same price as red bottoms" but I can't afford them rn so the lipstick is the next best thing.

Perfumes are always a good idea, yes I may already have 70 bottles but I want more. -That sounded very Veruca Salt of me- Know what is also another great thing to buy... Candles and not just any kind I'm talking the luxury you're actually paying that money on a candle kind of ones! So lets start with Diptyque, now I'm still very new to this brand as in these are the only scents I own kinda new but I love them so had to recommend them. The Diptyque L'ombre Dans L'eau fragrance is very different to the perfume scents I normally wear, it's much stronger and not as sweet as my usual picks but it still has a floral element to it. The matching Baies candle comes with the same scent and it fills your room with the scent in just moments when you burn the candle. You can get both in a set together or purchase separately.
Another brand that you CANNOT go wrong with when it comes to fragrances and candles is good 'oul trusty Jo Malone. Ugh fave like. If you're to treat yourself to one fragrance go smell some Jo Malone because you're bound to fall in love with at least three scents. I absolutely adore the Peony & Blush Suede scent aswell as the Fresh Lime & Blossom and the ever so famous Pomegranate Noir. These perfumes last on you for absolutely hours and the candles are on another level. You can literally light one of these candles for five minutes and then pop the lid back on it and I can guarantee you that you will still smell the scent lingering through your house four hours later.

When an occasion pops around I like to buy myself one lil 'extra' kinda gift as in it's in the €100+ price range (I mean that's what credit cards are for right kids....dont get a credit card!) Usually it's either an Apple product (they literally own me, like they may aswell just do a direct debit from my account when they release a new product) or a new designer handbag... I mean go big or go home right? Something that I honestly cannot live without are my AirPods I honestly think they're worth every penny and if like me you've absolutely no time for wires these are for you fam. Last year I decided to pick myself up my first Valentino handbag because every girl needs some Valentino in her life. (See Insta post here to see what I bought myself last year) So yeah maybe you've had your eye on a bag or a purse and you just haven't bought it yet for yourself...what are you waiting for girly? Click that 'add to basket' button.

Or if you're not feeling like spending an extreme amount of money nothing beats a new pair of pyjamas and your favourite movie!

Will you be treating yourself for Galentines?

February 04, 2019

My Thoughts On Pixi Skincare

Pixi Skincare was always something I had seen in the blogger land for years and throughout them years I didn't really have much of an interest in skincare and I wasn't one to invest in some good skincare products. However as you get older your taste changes and you realise sometimes spending more money on certain products is for a reason. Now of course I'm not dragging budget brands because there are some great little hidden gems you can find in the skincare aisle at Boots but sometimes on certain things there's a reason some products have a higher price tag compared to the brand next to it. Sometimes it's just because the brand is so over-hyped but sometimes its the quality. 
Getting slightly off topic back to Pixi.

So I finally rounded off a few little products to try and have been doing exactly that over the past few months and I decided you know what, lets do a little round up of everything I've been trying to let you know what worked for me and what didn't.

This was one of the two products that I really really wanted to try after hearing so many amazing reviews about it. Literally when I finally got it I couldn't wait to go home and try it out straight away. Consisting of half and oil based cleansing balm and half a cream cleanser, the two step system helps remove all traces of makeup from the skin leaving it ready and prepped for the next step of your skincare routine. Right so lets start off with I have sensitive, slightly dry skin so I try to avoid overly fragranced products because they tend to irritate my skin. This however has no scent to it which is a win and the products are so fab. Okay so the cleansing balm literally has all your makeup melted off your face within seconds. I will admit it takes off waterproof mascara and eyeliner etc but I absolutely hate oily things on my eyes so although I have used it on my eyes many of times I do tend to just take my eye makeup off with micellar water just because I freak out at the oil near my eyes (idk why maybe I'm weird). So then you simply wipe that off with a damp muslin cloth and then go ahead and use the cream cleanser which leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft I'm obsessed with it. You only have to use a coin sized amount as it spreads very well.

I've also been using the Rose Ceramide Cream. Which is described as an intensive ultra rich moisturiser. This obviously smells of roses and is so delightful. It is quite intense and a rich consistency so there would be no way I personally would be able to use this in the mornings as it would take way too long for it to soak into my skin, especially if I was getting ready for work. So personally I only use this as a night moisturiser because it has all the time in the world to soak into the skin while I sleep. The product is extremely hydrating and leaves your skin feeling so soft and refreshed. With the ingredients inside it also helps with improving the skins elasticity aswell as protecting the skin against environmental aggressors.
For those lazy days when you really just can't be bothered with a skincare routine (don't lie we all have many of them....right?!) the Hydrating Milky Mist is my go to product. This is described as a "deeply hydrating mist that provides an invisible layer of skin-soothers, making it the ultimate remedy for dry skin" and I totally agree 100% with the statement. When I'm feeling lazy or even just throughout the day on no makeup days when I feel like my skin just needs something I simply spritz this all over my face and neck and it just helps soothe any skin that may be irritated or dry and just adds that little bit of moisture to it. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid to plump skin too. 

Finally the ever so famous Glow Tonic. So this was the product I was hyped about due to how hyped up of a product it is but I'm just going to go straight to the point and say unfortunately this did not work for me. I used it for a solid month but within that month my skin went haywire. This seemed to have been way too strong for my sensitive skin and ended up just overall messing up my skin for a month. I tried to deny it was this product but at the time of using the product it was the only new skincare item that had been added to my usual skincare routine. However although the Glow Tonic didn't work for me I may try out one of the different ones they have to offer in hopes that they might work with my skin but sadly this one just was not for me.

I mean 3 out of 4 products isn't a bad try. I really was so annoyed at the fact that the Glow Tonic didn't end up working out for me but I am glad that I liked the other three products that I have been using. Overall I would definitely recommend the skincare brand to anyone looking to venture out and start investing into their skincare products. Prices for the products range from €15 upwards with the most expensive product currently €34.
In the future I can definitely see myself trying out more from their skincare range and eventually venturing into their makeup range.

Have you tried Pixi Skincare yet?

February 02, 2019

Sheldon Turns 5

January 28th came and saw my little boy Sheldon turn 5 years of age! 

Yes that's right this little fellow has turned five years of age and I got him back when he was only a little 9 week old fluffy ball of hair. Of course like every other year I had to do a quick little themed photo to mark the occasion and this year as he was five I got balloons because how else would you mark the occasion?!

A day filled with his favourite treats along with all the carrots, cucumbers and naps that one little GuineaPig can manage. If you've followed Darling Jordan for awhile you may remember that last year I spent €150 on a brand new two tier cage for him and now a year on and he still has never went upstairs....like he refuses to walk up the bridge #lazylife

So this year I just spoiled him with all his favourite treats because in reality he really didn't appreciate his new cage last year even though I had to re-arrange my whole bedroom for it too fit. 
But I mean you have to admit, he looks pretty darn happy about being surrounded by balloons and all his favourite treats. 

If only you all could see what my camera roll looked like just to get these two photos, if y'all ever tried to take a photo with an animal you know what I mean!

Anyways it was a cute lil photo op hour and Sheldon was rewarded with all the treats for being such a good participant and also because he just deserves the world.

Happy 5th Birthday little boy, I love you.

January 21, 2019

E.L.F Beauty Shield Recharging Magnetic Mask Kit

Is there really anything better than coming home after a long day at work, or just a mentally exhausting day and just having a full on pamper session?! Of course whats a good 'oul pamper session without a facemask. Literally as we speak I've atleast 20 facemasks at hand for when I want to chill and just treat myself like the Queen I am (I'm listening to 7 Rings way too much right now). Something a little different that I've been trying lately is the E.L.F Magnetic Face mask. Now I've seen these around before and honestly I'm probably one of the last people to try them out but I'm like you know what.. it's 2019 about time we can take a facemask off....with a magnet...we in the future now guys!

So I went into this mask blind, as in I didn't look at any reviews, I didn't read about what it was supposed to do except for the little paragraph at the front of the box which claims "visibly lift away surface impurities" I mean I'm up for anything thats going to help make my skin look better so of course as soon as I got it I went straight home and slathered it onto my face. I've used it several times now, the mask pot is now completely empty and I think I've finally come up with my conclusion of this mask.

Lets be honest it's a little gimmicky but you know what we all love a little gimmick and heres why  

The whole concept of not having to wash off a face mask is genius, so they invented peel off masks which we went crazy for. Then they came up with an even better idea...sheet masks! Like oh my god theres barely any work in them anymore however they lost the 'fun factor' don't get me wrong I love a mask that does what it claims to do so if it means I have to wash it off by holding my face in a bowl of ice cold water for a solid three minutes fair enough. But we can all agree (i hope) that the fun of peel off masks were gas, half the time you were challenging yourself to take it all off in one go without breaking it so you could see a face etc like it was amusing. 

So by bringing out magnetic face masks are slightly going back to the fun of facemasks. Now am I the only one who feels this way because I'm actually a big child or please tell me others feel this way. 
I just texted one of my friends on snapchat she agrees so atleast I now know I'm not the only one in this.

So onto the actual mask itself I'm gonna throw it out there that I already give the concept a 10/10 because I don't have to move off my bed to remove it and just have to run a magnet over my face.
The formula itself is quite thick and chalky with a chocolate orange scent to it (win). The magnet you receive is dual ended one holding the magnet and the other acting as your spatula to apply the mask. I won't lie I struggled using the spatula end, maybe it's just because I hadn't applied facemasks with them before but I just found this awkward. Back to the mask you simply apply it, leave it for 5 - 10 minutes on the skin and remove it with the magnet. The mask doesn't harden on the skin or anything so you don't have to sit there waiting for it to dry out or anything like that. The removal of the mask I must say is so much fun because you're just constantly like 'omg I cant believe that actually worked'. However I did find it left a layer of not so much oil but something that felt very silky on top of the skin. It's recommended that you don't wash your face after removing the mask and just go ahead with your moisturisers which I did. 

Result wise, you do feel like the magnet is pulling everything out of your skin and I will admit I have noticed the pores and blackheads around my nose area have definitely improved while using this face mask. It also leaves the skin feeling very soft which I put down to that layer it leaves sitting on the skin after removing the mask itself.

Is it actually worth the €30 price tag just for the gimmicky nature of the removal?

yes and no.

I honestly believe that this did help reduce the look of my pores and help with the removal of black heads BUT I do think it's a tad overpriced. Also I feel like for the amount of product you get in the actual container isn't a lot especially if you're doing your full face 1-2 times a week like it recommends. I think I got about 4/5 applications with this pot and for the price I'm just not sure thats all that great. I do know the likes of Glamglow are a lot more expensive but I feel you get a few more uses out of them pots. It's probably due to how thick and chalky of a consistency this product has that doesn't help when it comes to spreading it across the skin. 
They do offer a refill mask in a tube that you can basically transfer it into your tub on the E.L.F website for £17 which is roughly almost €20 which I'm just like...rly mate...?!

So although I did enjoy it for the scent and the fun factor of removing a mask with a magnet with how little uses you get and for the price tag I don't think it would be something I'd be stocking up on anytime soon. However I did enjoy using it for the time I did have with it. Now I'm left with a magnet thats not really going to be doing much so I'm just like do I keep this for something or?

Have you ever tried a magnetic face mask before?

January 13, 2019

Jeffree Star Northern Lights Supreme Frost Pro Palette Review with Swatches

Jeffree Star Northern Lights Supreme Frost
I’m not going to lie I was never part of the Jeffree Star cosmetics hype, I just didn’t really bother with it until Shane Dawson done a series all about Jeffree Star and I think I was so shocked and amazed at the series and how Jeffree made a successful life for himself that I was like you know what let’s give these a whirl, it also helped that at the time BeautyBay had a sale on so I tried the liquid lipsticks and fell in love with the formulas and have gathered quite a few lipsticks from the brand since then. 

Come Christmas time I received the Northern Lights Supreme Frost palette which contains 6 different highlighting shades and I literally could not contain my excitement and I was so excited to put them all over my face. I had never tried any of the highlighters so I was over the moon to have gotten his latest release to try. Inside the packaging, which I must add is so stunning sits 6 beautiful shades. I will admit some more easier to wear than others but still all so gorgeous. 
Jeffree Star Northern Lights Supreme FrostThe supreme frost formula is very soft to touch and almost melts under your finger. When applied with a brush they give the most gorgeous glow and the more you apply the more intense they become, honestly I thought with just one swipe you’d be able to see my non-existent cheek bones from space but no they are quite subtle on the first application. 
Jeffree Star Northern Lights Supreme Frost Swatches
I immediately went to Alaskan Ice because of how much of a gorgeous iced white it is and I was not disappointed, it gives the most gorgeous icy blue tone when facing towards the light that it’s just gorgeous. 
Thawed out is a fab pale pink shade and it’s definitely in my top two shades from the palette.
Below freezing will more than likely be my least used shade in the palette I think for obvious reasons. Now if you can pull this off I’m jealous because the colour is so breathtaking when on the skin but I just cannot pull it off with my pale af skin, legit looks like I’ve gotten frostbite on my cheeks when I put it on.
Frozen Gold let me down a little I mean to an extent I honestly thought it was going to be a more rosey gold toned shade but it’s much more on the yellow toned side. Still a fab colour though and I definitely will use it.
My favourite of all Anchorage. The most stunning peachy gold shade and I’m so obsessed with it. I’ve been wearing this one the most out of the palette because I think it’s so fab and every time I wear it I get asked at least 3 times what highlighter I’m wearing. 
Finally Artic Sky, when I first saw this shade I didn’t think I’d like it just due to the colour but oh my goodness this is beautiful on the skin. Although a lavender toned shade it just really works and looks so fab swept across the cheekbone. 

Overall I really like this highlighter formula, it is very different than everything I’ve ever tried and it definitely makes me intrigued to try out the original formula highlighters from the collection just to see how much they differ. These are so silky and smooth and in no way powdery at all. The palette itself is so lovely and I’m definitely delighted to have it as part of my collection because I just know I’m going to use it so much. The actual products inside I honestly thought would be much smaller but the pans are quite large compared to your usual highlighter palette panned products. 

If you’re on the hunt for a new highlighter palette, and maybe you want to experiment with shades that aren’t the usual colours you’d go for I’d definitely recommend splurging on this palette as I really don’t think you’d regret it!

Have you tried any of Jeffree’s products?

January 06, 2019

My Top Beauty Picks From 2018

Happy New Year!

Is everybody else still as shocked as I am that it is actually 2019 already!? Literally the quickest year of my life and I honestly feel like I blinked and missed 6 months of it.
However as it is the new year and everybody is starting the usual resolutions, new year new me and everything else in between of course I'm joining in!

I've set very small, achievable goals for myself this year for my blog and for myself and hopefully I'll actually stick to them this year as last years plans didn't exactly go to plan.

So I decided to start off 2019 with a look back at the beauty products I loved and enjoyed over the past twelve months. Surprisingly this year I found these quite easy to pick out whereas normally it takes me ages to try and narrow all the products I've loved down to a certain number. In 2018 I feel like there wasn't many beauty bandwagons I jumped on without reading reviews about them, and alot of the time surprisingly for me my attitude towards things was 'sure I've something like that already' which trust me is a very strange sense of mind for myself to have.

Anyways because I didn't go overboard as much as I usually do every other year it meant I was able to pick out 11 products quite quickly from my collection that I fell in love with throughout 2018.
So lets jump right in.

Starting with the Jo Malone French Lime Blossom fragrance. I got this back in October and while I only had it in my life for a short period of time compared to some of the other products included in this post I became obsessed with this scent. I absolutely adore Jo Malone fragrances for the reason being that they last on you for absolute hours before you have to even think about spraying yourself with perfume again. The scent is very different than the usual sweet like fragrances I usually opt for and I'm literally going to describe it as a very grown up scent. It is absolutely gorgeous and I 've literally went through half the bottle of it since October because I've been using it so much. I was carrying it around with me in my handbag everyday, which was weighing me down but I was so afraid of breaking it that I ended up getting myself a perfume pod (smartest little invention ever) and transferring it into that. Definitely my top new fragrance of the year for sure.

When I was tanned (which started back in May) my go to foundation was the L'oreal True Match in 4n. Although I also used this when I was pale (2R/2C) I just especially loved it when I wore fake tan as the shade matched me perfectly. This foundation is the best drugstore one in my opinion and I've tried my fair few. However I find this one amazing, it lasts on my skin all day long and I'm forever getting compliments on my skin when I wear this. For the small €15 price tag I honestly cannot recommend it anymore. When you open my foundation drawer (is it a bad thing I've a whole drawer of foundations or...thats normal right!?) its basically 80% true match because I love it so much and I'm forever stocking up when Boots are doing a 3 for 2 offer on it.

Something I was so excited about this year to add to my collection my very first Christian Louboutin Lipstick in 'Just Nothing'. The most gorgeous natural nude lip colour I've ever come across packaged in the most extra packaging I've ever seen in my life. The formula is a matte finish but when on the lips feels very silky and moisturising which I love because I absolutely cannot stand formulas that dry out your lips and make you feel like you haven't drank a glass of water in four years. Definitely can see myself having to buy a lil treat in the shape of the exact same lipstick in the iconic red shade. If you're thinking about splurging on one I definitely 100% recommend them.

2018 was the year I decided to give self tanning a try and boy was it an eventful time. From looking like an actual orange to even using one that ended up looking a little green I think it's safe to say I definitely mastered self tanning...well except for my hands, they're still a learning curve. However the tanning brand that made me fall in love with having a colour rather than looking like a milk bottle was the Tantastic Liquid Tan. The reason I fell in love with this brand was their formulas are basically fool proof and they don't come with that vile self tan smell instead its replaced with a quite appealing scent. Throughout the past year I've definitely gone through at least 8 bottles of the liquid, 6 of the lotion and 3 of the foam...trust me the colour pay off is GORGEOUS! Think Bahammas for two weeks kinda tan. They're also quite affordable and are almost constantly doing some sort of percentage off on their website.

Onto the Mario Badescu Facial Spritz. I literally fell head over heels with this and currently have four bottles of it as back up for when I run out. It's so refreshing and I absolutely adore it. I ended up writing all about it in a post last year which you can find here. They're so refreshing and are great for no makeup and makeup days for a quick freshen up. I use these religiously especially after removing my makeup because I feel like they just do really good things for my skin. After trying all three different scents/flavours (idk what you call them, basically there's 3 different ones) the Aloe one is definitely my favourite although I do love them all I seem to buy more of this one than the others. I won't go on too much more about it because I've already told you how much I adore it in a post of its very own!

Onto another fragrance that definitely won the year for me Woman by Ralph Lauren. This year saw me buy my first Ralph Lauren handbag...and then shortly after buy another...and for Christmas I got a Ralph Lauren purse (which is beautiful) so I feel like I had a little love affair with the brand for a hot minute. Anyways I'd never really been fond of any of the Ralph Lauren fragrances until this year when they launched Woman. With a mix of strong florals and rich woody scents the fragrance was one of my most sprayed scents in 2018. Although slightly different (again) than the sweet scents I go for I fell in love with this scent very quickly. Of course it started out with a rollerball but you know theres currently a 100ml bottle sat in my fragrance drawer. Also I want to quickly mention the bottle design as although it's quite simple the unusual way the lid opens rather than the normal pull off lid adds a little touch of glam and luxury to the bottle design. If you've yet to smell this I urge you off to your nearest fragrance stockist and give it a little sniff.

False lashes and I have a love/hate relationship. As in I will wear them religiously for a solid two weeks and then totally ignore their exsistence for two months. This year I was a little adventurous and stepped away from my usual eylure picks and ventured to Beauty Bay to find a more 'luxury' brand of lashes (but also I still didn't want to spend €30 on a pair bc I just don't see the worth) and there I discovered Doll Beauty who have their own little range of makeup but also a huge range of lashes and oh my! I fell in love with the first pair I got which was in the style 'Selena' and ever since then I've been buying my eyelashes from the brand, they even do multipacks which are great value. Lets quickly mention the packaging because it's so girly I absolutely adore it. The lashes come stored in a little acrylic box under the pink sleeve so you know they're well protected between wears. When removed carefully and cleaned (as in removing glue) you get quite a good few uses out of these before they start going a bit tattery.
Jeffree Star cosmetics was a brand I also ventured into in 2018 and I think it was mainly because of Shane Dawsons docu-series on Youtube ft. Jeffree. I got the mini nude set for my birthday back in August (I never got around to writing up my what I got post - true story it's still sitting in my drafts) and fell in love with the formula and one particular shade that I ended up wearing everyday and as I'm typing this post I have it on my lips! Celebrity Skin quickly became my everyday staple nude shade and as the formula is so long lasting I'd never have to worry about re-applying it (except after eating but thats kind of obvious). I ended up finishing the year with three tubes of the liquid lipstick version of this shade and one bullet lipstick of it. If you're on the market for a soft brown nude with a peachy undertone to it this one is your new BFF.

Something I was in two minds about mentioning but I truly enjoyed using it and can see myself purchasing another bottle when this runs out is the Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation. I used this in the shade Creme Brûlée for when I was too lazy to tan and was embracing my pale af skin tone. Although definitely a fuller coverage foundation than I'm used to wearing I really loved this. The coverage I found amazing and it wore quite well, I'm saying quite because sometimes if I was having a bad skin day I did find I'd have to patch it up a little. When I first tried it I really didn't get on with it for the simple reason of I'm used to wearing medium coverage foundations and the consistency of them are usually quite watery so I think I got over-whelmed over how thick this was and wasn't 100% sure how I was going to apply it (yup I freak out over these things). However after sticking with it I ended up turning around my attitude towards it and really enjoyed it. It's also fragranced which I found a little strange but as soon as its applied to the skin the scent goes and you're not bombarded with the perfume of it. I have sensitive skin and so normally have to be wary of perfumed products coming in contact with it but it never bothered my skin at all.

The third and final fragrance to get a mention is my all time beloved Gucci Bloom. When this was released last year it shot right to the top of my favourite fragrances and since then it honestly hasn't budged. They released two more scents in this range and I'm actually not a fan and the original is still my absolute favourite. If you love sweet floral scents you'll love Gucci Bloom. I've mentioned this fragrance here on Darling Jordan multiple of times including in my top 2017 beauty products which you can find here. Which means its been my top fave for two consecutive years running now. I've so many fragrances (its actually ridiculous) but I always end up going back to this one. Plus the simplicity of the bottle design just leaves me doing heart eyes because of the delicate girly packaging.

And last but certainly not least my other favourite self tanner that I fell head over heels for the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark. Now I'm going to be the first one to hold my hand up to say if you want a dark false tan...this isn't the one fam. Although called Dark you get more of a very natural healthy looking glow rather than a 'hey guess who's back from Abu Dhabi' When I first tried this I was going from Tantastic making me look like I was in the Bahamas to this and I literally remember thinking "is this a faulty batch or something!?" but strangely enough I kept using it and using it, then moved onto my second bottle and then my third and fourth (and so on) and I just couldn't get enough of how natural it looked. Surprisingly something I thought was such a failure ended up finishing as my favourite tanning brand of the year. It's also coconut scented so you're not left with that vile biscuit smelling tan (the most revolting smell in the world imo) which is so fab because you're actually able to breathe while letting it develop on your skin.

And there you have it, my top Beauty picks from 2018.
What products did you fall head over heels with last year?
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