The life of a 20-something year old; Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger.

Monday, 27 April 2015

REVIEW: HD eyebrows

Today's post is all about eyebrows - which we all know are super important in framing your face.

But the question is what is the best way to get them looking good...

HD brows website states:

"Eyebrows are as individual as fingerprints, and our tailored procedure transforms even the most unruly, sparse or over-plucked brows into perfect arches to suit the wearers face. Taking between 30-45 minutes, the HD Brows experience features tinting, waxing and threading, with stylists using a specially designed formula to give you perfectly defined brows."

...& I think that is exactly what they do. If you get the right stylist you can achieve (or work towards achieving) your desired look. I would definitely recommend having this done.

My before and after photos are not the best because I have just used my iPhone but in person there is more of a difference. 


Here they look a bit scraggly, both eyebrows look slightly different and I would have to pencil them in when doing my makeup.


Perfectly symmetrical eyebrows! All trimmed and immaculate with no strays... We kept a similar shape are and going to grow them out a bit for next time.

The average price is £25 and in my opinion worth every penny. It is recommended you get them done every 4 - 6 weeks but if you try to maintain them, as I do, I would get them done every few months. The tint will fade pretty fast but a good eyebrow product will do the trick... I can do a post on this when my tint has faded.

If you live in Braintree, I recommend HD Brows By Elouise.

Let me know if you have any more questions... & no it doesn't hurt at all.

Jess x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

5 ways to stay healthy at work

I know that a lot of people struggle to keep healthy at work, especially when working in an office. I know I used to be one of those people anyway...

So here are my top 5 tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle even at work with a never ending biscuit tin!

1. Prep.
Probably the most obvious point.

I usually prep my snacks for the week on Sunday evening and then just prep my lunch the night before... I always have salad in the summer months which is great and can be totally different each day. Just make sure to get enough healthy carbs, fats and protein in your day - I will do some lunchtime meal recipe ideas soon! Some inbetween meal / snack ideas could be Greek yogurt (which you can add different things to each day to mix it up) my favourite is peanut butter! Also, carrot or cucumber sticks. I usually have at least all of this in one day.

If you prep for the week, I think the protein element is ok for four days max so when I do this I usually do Monday - Thursday and do something fresh for Friday.

2. Have healthy snacks.
Aside from all of that I have mentioned above, it's always great to have a few extras lying around just in case you feel particularly hungry one day. My favourite for this is a mix of seeds and berries. If everyone is chatting in the kitchen, take these with you so you don't get tempted by those high fat and  sugary foods that everyone else is eating.

3. Drink water... a LOT of it.
I personally love water so have no problem in drinking litres of the stuff but I know a lot of people don't like water so why not try an infruition bottle - it really works. I recommend always adding a slice of lemon into it to aid digestion. Also, swap a regular tea for a herbal tea. You'll learn to love it if you don't already.

4. Move.
Move around when you can. Always offer to make the tea or do the photocopying. In fact, if you're drinking enough, you'll have to get up to go to the toilet more anyway!

5. Say no.
Say no when offered cake or biscuits. You have your own snacks remember. This becomes so much easier when the above tips have been fulfilled as you'll find you are actually far too full up to even want the packet of biscuits that you usually demolish!

I hope this helps some of you!

Jess x

Sunday, 19 April 2015


Now I may be called a hypocrite for posting this but I think we almost all go through phases of feeling confident and those phases of feeling low.

So here I am attempting to teach you all, as well as myself, to remember to be confident!

"Confidence is not 'they will like me'. Confidence is 'I'll be fine if they don't' - unknown"

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself - unknown"

I previously posted about positivity (here) & happiness (here) - and most of what I said in both of those posts will be repeated, simply because they all interlink with one another. 

"My theory is; if you look confident, you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing - Jessica Alba"

Smile. It will brighten your day and those around you too.
Think or write something down at the end of each day that you think you did well at.
Listen to songs that make you happy.
When you look good you feel good. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
Clear out the clutter in your life. A messy room = a messy mind.
Get organised. Organised life = organised mind.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
Focus on your positive qualities.
Eat right and exercise. Its amazing what good it can do for you and your mind.
Always try and get out of your comfort zone and push yourself.

Live. Don't worry about what other people will say or think. Who cares! Do what you want.

"Just believe in yourself. Even if you don't, pretend that you do, and at some point, you will - Venus Williams"

Go follow my pinterest; I have all sorts of boards, including a happiness one where I post inspirational quotes & anything that makes me smile! I also like lots of pictures so be sure to check that section out too!

 Remember: smile, be happy, be positive & be confident.

Jess x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

RECIPE: Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

So here is one of my new favourite dinners; Mexican quinoa stuffed peppers.

For those of you that know me, you'll know I am obsessed with peppers, so this is the perfect healthy dinner for me.

Obviously you can make alterations as you wish... this dish is so versatile, which is why I thought it would be perfect to share with you all. Although attempting to get precise measurements is difficult as I usually make it up as I go along.

You can have it without meat if you would prefer or decide to do a different theme (not Mexican) using black beans instead of kidney beans...

Also you could do half this recipe and make it a starter, rather than a main.

(I did extra here because we were super hungry so they don't look they best but they were SO good)

Serves: 2
Total time: about 1 hour 15 minutes (long but worth it).

2 large bell peppers
Quorn mince (four small handfuls)
1/2 small onion
1/2 tin of tinned tomatoes
1/2 tin of kidney beans
1/3 cup Quinoa
Sweetcorn  (one handful)
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper (depending on how hot you want the dish)
1 clove garlic
Coconut oil (other types of oil are ok)
Grated cheese (say half a handful).

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
Prepare the peppers by cutting them in half and discarding of seeds then place them into your dish.
Roughly drain your tomatoes and kidney beans but reserve all of the liquid.

Heat the coconut oil in saucepan over medium heat until melted. Sauté the finely chopped onion for about 5 minutes then add the cumin, cayenne pepper and garlic and cook for an additional minute. Stir in the drained tomatoes and kidney beans and cook for 5 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Add the quinoa and 2/3 cup quinoa then cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes (until quinoa is tender) - don't let it burn! 
At the same time as this cook your meat separately.
Stir in most of the cheese (save some to sprinkle over when cooked) to the quinoa mixture and then add it into the pan and mix in the meat when all is cooked.

Fill each halved bell pepper with the mixture and place in baking dish. Pour the reserved liquid from in the bottom of your baking dish.
Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes.
Transfer stuffed bell peppers onto serving dish and drizzle pan juices over top. 


Jess x


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Pink and fluffy...

This is probably the single most girly thing I have ever worn in my life and I love it. This outfit is perfect for spring/summer outings. I love the jumper, it fits well and will go with so many other things. I got the two piece in the Missguided sale (and it's still in the sale now) making it so worth the money.

I am also in love with my sheer heart socks I from ASOS, they are so cute and can be worn with almost any type of shoe. Who ever said socks and shoes don't go?!

Jumper - Missguided
Skirt - Missguided
Heels - New Look
Socks - ASOS
Bag - New Look
Jewellery - Michael Kors
Photographer - Olly Bowers

The bag was a present and I can no longer find it on the website so it may be out of stock but New Look do have lots of other fab clutch bags, as I have linked above. I paid a grand total of £15 for the two piece, the heels and the socks. Keep an eye out for those amazing offers and don't be afraid to let the company know if you are not happy!

PS. for those of you who keep asking; my hair is all mine.

Jess x


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

April wish list

Today I decided it was about time I did another wish list post as there are sooooo many items I want to buy right now that I really can't afford at the moment (waaaaa) but it makes it slightly better sharing them with you all.

The first brand I am in love with at the moment is The Ragged Priest - who I found through my love of Topshop. I have yet to buy anything from their website as it is a little on the pricey side, so let me know if you have and what you think of the brand! Here are my absolute favourite picks...


The next stop, is of course Missguided - I like these less expensive websites for shopping sprees so I can buy a few items rather than just choosing one. I like their website in particular because they often post full outfits rather than just the one item so you can get a feel for what to wear with it. Here are my current top picks...


Skinny Dip London is a great brand for accessories. I am forever seeing people with their phone cases in particular. But I feel like I need to buy one of these bags...
Wildfox is another amazing brand I love but is again a little on the pricey side... They have lots of amazing swimwear and sunglasses on their website. I really want a swimsuit like the picture below - the colours are beautiful and I love the low backs. I did see a similar one in Primark, however the fit wasn't great and I'm unsure how long it would really last.

South Beach also have some really nice swimwear - I haven't ordered from them yet as I am not going away until September but let me know if you have in the comments below and what you think of the sizing.
Jess x

Sunday, 5 April 2015

25minute treadmill HIIT workout

My current treadmill HIIT workout;

3 minute warm up (I just walk for these three minutes while sorting out my headphones etc).

Time               Type              Speed            Incline

60s                 jog                  7.5                0%            
30s                 sprint              13                 0%
60s                 walk                5.5                0%

60s                 jog                  7.5                2%            
30s                 sprint              13                 2%
60s                 walk                5.5                2%

60s                 jog                  7.5                3%            
30s                 sprint              13                 3%
60s                 walk                5.5                3%

60s                 jog                  7.5                4%              
30s                 sprint              13                 4%
60s                 walk                5.5                4%

60s                 jog                  7.5                5%            
30s                 sprint              13                 5%
60s                 walk                5.5                5%

60s                 jog                  7.5                6%            
30s                 sprint              13                 6%
60s                 walk                5.5                6%

120s                jog                 7.5                7%            
60s                 sprint              13                 7%
120s               walk                5.5                7%

Cool down.

I often get people ask me about my workouts, as well as eating habits, so I thought I would share my favourite HIIT workout with you all.

I constantly change and update my HIIT workouts - I find 30 seconds sprint, 30 seconds rest just so boring - but above is what I did today.

You will need to change the speeds to suit you - the walking is your rest so make sure you are walking slowly and not jogging. The jogging is a slow jog and then the sprint needs to be you pushing yourself to your limits.

I usually do this then move onto some form of weight training (I will post some of my routines at some point as well, or maybe even do a little video) to make up an hour at the gym.

Jess x

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