Jesska Denise is an Irish beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog



May Birchbox

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Spectrum wonder sponge
Although I've only been receiving Birchbox since February, I have to say, I really enjoy getting a little box of mystery in the post each month. I never know when it's going to arrive and I never know what the box may contain, unless I receive an email telling me to select what design I may prefer for a product or the box itself. It's like a little surprise and I love using the boxes afterwards to store things in my ALEX drawers from Ikea. This months box was themed 'For The Dreamers' and I have to say that despite the unique design of the box (I had so much fun scratching it all off), it has been my least favourite box so far, especially when I compare the products I received with those that others on Instagram received. I have my profile filled in so that I get products that are more suited for my skin type and hair etc, but I really would have liked to receive the Sarah Chapman spot stickers as opposed to the Vasanti facial rejuvinator as I know I won't use that. But that's the thing with beauty subscription boxes, sometimes you're just going to get a box that's a little more miss than hit and that was the case with this months box. Which is a pity since I really loved last months box. If I was paying for this like the majority of subscribers I would be even more disappointed, and I would consider cancelling my subscription out of fear of receiving such a box again. I know the idea is to try out things you never would have before and I don't mind one or two 'unknowns', but when the only one you've heard of is the coconut oil and make up sponge? Yeh.
Disappointment aside, I have really been liking the anti frizz balm by Philip Kingsley. I'd been on the look out for a reasonably priced one in Boots (there isn't any) so this was actually a good 'unknown' to have and I find it's been helping tame my hair and those awkward fly aways.
The lip tint is quite nice and compact, and I'm a sucker for red. It's handy for throwing in your bag or keeping in your pocket at work but definitely not something I would buy full size.
The Spectrum sponge is my favourite piece from this months box. Even just the unicorns on the packaging, ugh I am obsessed with unicorns right now. I swear I'm not five. I chose the lilac shade and having only ever used the Real Techniques make up sponge, I have to say I'm pretty chuffed with it. You can never have too many make up brushes // sponges so these are always a welcome treat. I had never heard of Spectrum until I received my first Birchbox and I've been eyeing up some of their brushes (mermaid ones!!) and I think I'm just going to have to splurge, packaging alone haha.
So that was this months box, a disappointment, but you'll have that. Not every box is going to be as wowing as the packaging. Next months box comes with discounted QUAY sunglasses and I think it was £12 off of £30? Not too shabby considering how on trend and expensive QUAY are right now, I have a pair already and I'm obsessed with them. So if you're not subbed already, I'd definitely sub for the discount on those alone.
(Although this box has been sent to me by Birchbox UK to consider for review, it has not impacted my opinion in the slightest. You can read my full disclaimer here. )

You can subscribe to Birchbox UK & Ireland here.


Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector

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Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Creme
I bought this Becca Cosmetics under eye brightening corrector when I was in New York last Summer (yes last Summer?!?!) and I still can't tell if I like it or not. Truthfully, this wasn't a product that I had on my wishlist, or even a product that was on my radar. You see, my friend and I decided we would have the genies that are the Sephora make up artists do our make up one day when we went shopping because we weren't about to splash out oodles of dollaz for make up that mightn't even work for us. The girl who did our make up was vry good at her job. I walked away with a highlight, a foundation and this under eye brightening creme all in the hopes of recreating the flawless base that she did. I have been unable to recreate said base, but that's okay. She's trained, I'm not. At least that's what I will continue to tell myself.
The idea behind the Becca under eye brightening corrector is that you apply it beneath your eye (duh) and it's supposed to eliminate any under eye darkness and brighten the area. You can then apply concealer on top if you wish. You can apply it in three different ways,
  • limited to just beneath the eye.
  • beneath the eye and surrounding areas above and beside the eye.
  • beneath the eye and down the bridge of your nose.
Personally, I stick to option 1, beneath the eye only. As I mentioned in my Birchbox post, my under eyes are quite dark and just awful looking. I don't get a lot of sleep so I rely on make up for making me look semi fresh. I apply the creme with a small make up brush as I found this was the easiest way to apply the creme without tugging at my under eyes and it makes it easier to get right up to the lash line. It sets on top of my foundation with no cakeyness, and it doesn't feel heavy on my skin either.
Although this product claims to 'brighten', I don't think it does a great job at that. If anything it just makes my under eyes look that little bit dewyer than the rest of my face and that's something I could have achieved for a fraction of the price with a good foundation and some highlighter. However, this does help cancel out the darkness under my eyes, the pink has a way of minimizing the harshness and making me look a little bit more alive, which is the sole reason I continue to use this. I use it as a highlighter on my cheekbones too because I find it gives a nice glow, especially if I'm wearing a pink blush. As I said above, I'm pretty much on the fence when it comes to this. I don't think I'd recommend this, and if I was to recommend you buy something like this, I'd recommend the ELF highlighter which is more than half the price and I tend to reach for more than this. I'm still slightly bitter that I bought this instead of a Kat Von D eyeliner, but yano, live and learn.
Have any of you tried this? Any thoughts? Comment below or tweet me @JesskaDenise.


Another LUSH Haul

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Yesterday I was in Dublin and naturally, I used it as an opportunity to pop into LUSH on Henry St. and spend all my money. I literally didn't go anywhere else, it was straight into LUSH for a little mooch. I went to LUSH with an absolutely massive wishlist given to me by my lovely friend Rebecca. She is the ultimate LUSH know it all, she's forever giving me little tips and tricks for how to make the most out of my bath bombs and bubble bars and she knows all the good things. However, I somehow managed to walk out of the store with nothing on the list she gave me. In my defense, they didn't have 'Custard' which was the number one item on my list (she raved so much I needed it) so I kind of panicked and let the guy in the store help me pick out some products that would help the current state of my skin, and the state of my hair. He also gave me a little sample of some cleanser that I could try that's supposed to be good for redness, and although I have yet to use it, it smells really nice. I didn't know LUSH gave out samples so that's nice to know for again, because my skin can react differently to different products and I'd hate to spend all my €€€€€ on something I couldn't use.  I've never tried any of LUSH's skincare except for the face masks and I've never tried any of the hair products. I'm a creature of habit and tend to stick with the same products, but I'm trying to break out of that habit because LUSH have some incredible products and I'm really missing out. Next on my list is some of the shampoo bars and exfoliaters. I love going into LUSH on Henry St. they're always so helpful and really friendly and these days I find I enjoy going into the shop more than I enjoy having a whole load of LUSH arrive at my door. There is nothing better than a sneaky bit of LUSH though, I'd happily spend all my wages there but I'd have no where to store it all haha.