Jesska Denise is an Irish beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog



OohLaLa Blog Awards.

On Tuesday I went along to the 'OohLALA' magazine blog awards. My blog was a finalist in the 'Best Beauty' category along with two other fabulous bloggers 'MakeUpMonster' (who won) and 'BlondesLoveCupcakes'. I was delighted to have been a finalist in a category with such incredible bloggers. Let alone have my blog featured in the magazine with the 12 other finalists. Seeing your blog in a magazine because all of your lovely readers took the time to nominate you is definitely a brilliant feeling so thank you guys so so much. My Mum drove Trina and I up for the night. It was the first time she has ever drove to Dublin, we were so proud that she made it there and back with no problems. The event itself was at '37 Dawson Street' in Dublin which is such a funky,chic place. We had such a fun night and it was fab seeing so many stylish people in one place. I only saw a handful of bloggers I actually knew as the place was SO packed but I did meet some lovely bloggers I'd never met before. We bumped into Aine from 'ThisIsAine' outside and had a great night with her and you should all check out her blog. If I'm honest I think the venue, as cool and unique as it was, was definitely the wrong place to hold the event. So small and narrow and a little awkward for the 'Penneys' fashion show. No bueno. Buuuuut, the fashion was amazing and there are so many fabulous coats I have my eye on. Not good for my bank balance.
I'm sure you're all just dying to see what I wore. I joke. I wore a dress I found in 'Penneys' last week. On the tag it was 15€ but when I got to the till it was actually 7€!!!!! BARGAIN. It's this lovely off white, flowy dress with the most gorgeous lace detail around the neck. I'm a little obsessed with it. It reminded me an awful lot of this one Vanessa Hudgens wore a few weeks back and I love everything she wears. So effortless. I paired it with a black studded clutch which was also from 'Penneys' and some 'Topshop' heels of which, neither are pictured. My bad guys. Hair wise, I waved it, brought it all to one side and plaited a fish tail plait down the middle. Thank you Blake Lively for the inspiration there... I'll have a short vlog of the night up on my youtube soon which you can find here. Make sure you're subscribed. Overall it was a fun night and I can't thank you guys enough for nominating me. especially as there was over 100 blogs nominated and 10,000+ votes! Crazy stuff.


America Haul.

(L-R Elf Shimmer Palette, Maybelline Color Whisper in Mad for Magenta',
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya, Garnier Fructis Hydra recharge,
Bath&Body Works candles in Leaves and Frosted Cupcake, Hand Sanitizer in Japense
Cherry Blossom, Dove Body Wash, Victorias Secret Spray.)
Sooooo, my friend Trina (twitter stalk her here) is just back from New York after spending the whole Summer there. She's been gone since May. She's my shopping partner. It's been hard. However, I shopped vicariously through her. I sat through many skype sessions where she showed me all the freaking bargains she was getting over there. 50% off 'Revlon' foundations. Cheap as chips nail polishes. 75% off some brands. I did ask her to pick me up a few things, which my mum fabulously paid for. I was conscious of not getting things that were out here. I mean, what's the point of that? I did have 'Baby Lips' on there but then they suddenly decided to launch here so were no longer needed. I've been eyeing up the 'Color Whispers' by 'Maybelline' ever since they launched in the US. They reminded me of the 'Revlon' lip butters which I'm obsessed with so I needed one of those. I didn't really have a particular shade in mind so Trina picked me up the shade 'Mad for Magenta' which is this gorgeous purple/pink shade, can't wait to try it out.

The 'Elf Shimmer Palette', 'Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya', Victorias Secret Spray and 'Bath and Body Works Leaves candle' and hand sanitizer were early birthday presents from Trina. She's such a star. I was only tweeting about the lip butter the other week, but she's quite the stalker ;) I'm obsessed with the 'Leaves' candle. Elle Fowler raves about it every autumn and I didn't think it would be in store by the time she left New York but she found it and surprised me. I cheated with the 'Dove' body wash. I bought that in 'Boots' today for 1.49€. Trina made me buy it. She'd gotten it while she was in America for herself so it counts okay. I can't wait to get reviewing all of these for you guys. Can't use anything till I take pics though. Talk about your blogger problems. Also, if any of you are going to the 'OohLaLa' blog awards Tuesday, tweet me and let me know. I'm so excited. Can't believe I'm a finalist in the beauty category. Currently counting down the hours.


Natural Collection - Duo Eyeshadow.

I'm a massive fan of 'Natural Collection' and absolutely adore the majority of their products. I think for the small price you pay you really get your moneys worth. Especially in comparison to other drugstore products where 60% of the time you're not getting such a great product for 7-8€ you know? With 'Natural Collection', I'm never left disappointed. I was so impressed with their powder blushers (previous reviews here) that I decided I needed to try out their eyeshadows. You can never have too many eyeshadows after all. The 'Natural Collection' eyeshadows typically come in a little duo like above. A dark shade and a light shade which complement each other perfectly.  So you're getting two shades in one which is bargaineous. I picked up 'Mocha/Latte' and actually use it for filling in my brows as well as being an eyeshadow. I find the shade 'Mocha' is perfect for filling in those gappy bits in my brows without being too overly obvious. Ending up with cartoon style eyebrows would not be a good look. 'Latte' works brilliantly as a highlight for under the brow, it isn't heavily pigmented and adds a lovely natural looking glow. As far as using them on the eyes, they work great. The shadow generally doesn't budge and is pretty lasting throughout the day. There's no fall out from the shadow's that I noticed and 'Mocha' works really well for creating a lovely matte smokey eye. They aren't shimmery in the slightest which is a welcome change, as the majority of my eyeshadows look like glitter balls.