'Get to Know Me' - Beauty Blogger Tag

I saw my friend Paige over at 'Beauty and Me' (Link Here) do this tag the other week and found it really interesting reading her post and so I thought I would answer the questions too!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally straight with absolutely no volume to it at all! It is very easy to manage as I just run the straighteners over it and it's done, however I do have to try very hard to curl or get any volume in my hair. 

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to the salon? 
I do a bit of both to be honest! I prefer going to the salon to get it dyed as it always seems to come out nicer than when I do it and its also a much nicer experience too!

3. Do you where the same style everyday or do you change it?
I normally just wear my hair straight and down, very boring! However I do curl it sometimes when I want it to look pretty! 

4. How long does it take for you to put on makeup? 
I normally do my makeup on an everyday basis between 20-30 minutes but I can do a quick face of makeup in 10 minutes and I've also completed the 3 minute makeup challenge before!! If I'm going out on a night out with my friends then I normally spend between 30-45 minutes. 

5. What do you do first, face or eyes? 
I always do my base first, then my contour, then my eyes and brows, then I go back to my blush and highlight and then I do my lips! Strange I know! 

6. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it? 
I think that I do a bit of both to be honest. I love makeup and so I have way way more than I need, 100%! But I don't see the point in collecting makeup and not using it just because it's pretty, that makes no sense to me! 

7. How often do you wear false eyelashes? 
I have actually never worn a pair! I have naturally long lashes and with mascara, they look absolutely fine to me. I also just couldn't be doing with pieces of material on my eyes, I think they'd really irritate me! 

8. What are your current everyday makeup staples? 
I've been obsessed with the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop lately as it's just so beautiful and also the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette too, I keep reaching for it over any other blushers, it just has all the options I need!

9. Do you wear makeup if you're home alone or with family? 
Most of the time I do because if I have a day free, I'm most likely filming a video on that day and so therefore I will need to have makeup on! However if I'm just having a complete chill day then I won't wear makeup. I'm very comfortable without makeup around everyone I know. 

10. How many high-end products do you have?
I have a fair few I have to admit! Most of my skincare is high end and I do have a lot of high-end makeup, however I do have an equal amount of drugstore makeup products too. 

11. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide in the morning when you're getting dressed? 
I normally decide in the morning but sometimes if I'm going into uni early the next day, I plan my outfit the nigh before just so I'm not stressing in the morning! 

12. How often do you change your handbag?
I use my Michael Kors Selma handbag all the time but occasionally I do fancy mixing it up, if I need a bigger or smaller bag or even when it gets warmer and I don't fancy carry such a structured black bag!

13. How often or when do you work out?
Literally never. I know thats so bad and I am trying to get into doing some exercise at the moment (I even bought work out clothes!!). I normally get into working out when it gets to March/April and I realise that I'll be going on holiday in the not so distant future! I really want to look good this summer though so I'm going to get on it! 

14. Left or right handed? 

15. How tall are you? 
I always say that I'm 5ft 2" but actually I think I'm more realistically 5ft 1" and a bit. 

16. Do you speak any foreign languages?
Not really, I did GCSE french but literally the only things I can remember are bonjour and je suis. 

17. Sweet or savoury? 
This ones hard because I do love myself some pizza hut cookie dough but I do love savoury food too! I probably couldn't pick because I just love the both too much. 

18. What's your favourite perfume? 
I have a few to be honest, I love Jo Malone Pomegrante Noir, Tom Ford Black Orchid, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Giorgio Armani Diamonds, a lot basically!! 

19. How many pets do you have? 
I actually don't have any. We have a cat at my Dad's house but it was my step-mum's cat before they got together so I don't really count it as mine. Bradley has a dog though and as we've been together for nearly 5 years, I'll count her as mine ;) She's adorable!

20. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
I always read the comments left on my blog, especially now I'm getting back into writing posts for you guys! But I go through stages with reading actual blogs and so I also go through stages of reading the comments. 

21. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts? 
I keep a list of products I want to try on the notes app on my phone but I only ever add to it when I really want something. I normally keep the tab open on safari on my laptop if theres a product that I really want! 

22. How did you come up with your blog name? 
I actually started off as 'Make-Up Addict 15' years and years ago and then I changed to gingerbread beauty (I know, what the hell?!) and that blog is actually still live, here. I then created my youtube channel whilst still writing that blog and called that 'JDRMakeUp' so then my blog ended up following the same name! I really love my youtube and blog name and am so thankful to my 15 year old self for choosing it!

23. What sort of camera do you use for your photographs? 
I use my Canon 700D normally to take my blog photos which is the same camera that I use for my main channel youtube videos. However if I'm out and about, I'll use my Canon G7X camera that I use for vlogging. I use my iPhone 6 Plus for instagrams. 

24. What's your favourite colour? 
I don't really have one if I'm honest! I like pastel colours though. 

25. Do you swear? 
Yes, it's got worse since I got to uni too. I never used to swear though at all, said not one word! 

26. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
It's actually 10:24pm whilst I'm writing this so theres not much of the day left! I'm going to get into bed, finish my weekly vlog and read some of a new book I've started reading called 'It's not me, it's you' on my kindle. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this and getting to know me more! 


Most Popular Concealer Ever?

This concealer has been raved about to a ridiculous level over the past year or so. Every single person and their dog has tried the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and there is so much hype surrounding this product. 

I had wanted to try this for months and I finally got it as a lovely present from my grandma for christmas this year. I have been using it ever since and I love the formula, it is very creamy like the name suggests and blends in beautifully to the skin. I have the same vanilla too and it is such a perfect colour match! 

However, I am not fully impressed as I have had this for just a month and a half and the concealer already feels empty, I haven't even used it everyday! It is actually ridiculous how little product there is left in the tube and I'm starting to think as to whether I have a dodgy one because its just ran out so quickly. There isn't much that come out on the doe-foot applicator and thinking back, even when I first got it, there wasn't much product on the applicator even then! I like a fair bit of concealer both underneath my eyes and on my blemishes and so this just doesn't suffice for me.

I had the Make-Up Forever Full Cover concealer a few months ago and that lasted me for an entire year, so I think I will be repurchasing that one instead of this! 


Statement Necklaces | Happiness Boutique

Necklaces really do finish off an outfit, especially a statement one and thats why I love these two necklaces from Happiness Boutique. They're such beautiful necklaces and I adore the way they look with any outfit that I wear. 

The marble statement necklace is so beautiful and different to anything else that I have ever seen in the shops. It really glistens in the light and retails for £22.33. Find it here: http://bit.ly/1Q5oymQ.

The second necklace is named the 'Snow White' statement necklace which I love, what a pretty name! This one is absolutely gorgeous and the white on it looks grey in some lights which I love. Find it here: http://bit.ly/1Q5oymQ for £19.24.

Happiness Boutique offer free worldwide shipping which I think is amazing and I also have a 10% discount code for you guys which is 'JDRMakeUp' and valid till March 4th. 

*Happiness Boutique sent me these two necklaces for review purposes but all opinions are my own and I have been not been paid for this review. 


The Easy Way to Contour

Recently I've started using a fan brush to contour my cheekbones and it's changed my makeup routine completely, it makes contouring an absolute breeze! 

All I do is swirl my brush in my bronzer/contour powder and then swish the brush on my cheekbones to create a really natural contour. I find some brushes that I use to contour can be a bit harsh on my skin and the bronzer can look really stripy and fake whereas with this fan brush, the powder always looks really natural on my face. 

To top it all off, this brush was only £3.45 from eBay!


The £2.99 Eye Shadow Palette

£2.99 for £15 eyeshadows?! What even! This little beauty is from eBay and is one of the beauty steals that I've purchased this month

I love the selection of shades in this palette as they are all very warm and they're the colours that compliment my skin tone best. The pigmentation of this is also very good for £2.99, some of the shadows are slightly chalky but who can complain for that cheap of a price! I love the burnt orange/red shade in the middle of this palette, its so unusual. 

One thing that is very surprising is that this product is actually shipped from the UK and so only takes a couple of days to arrive, whereas the majority of cheap ebay finds are normally shipped from China and take weeks to arrive!

If you want to purchase this gem yourself, you can here.