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Birthday Wishlist

I have never done a wish list on this blog, but since my birthday’s coming up and I seem to have spent a lot of time window shopping online recently, I thought it was about time! Do you ever think about what you would do if you won a million pounds? I do, and I think I would spend a lot of money on a shopping spree. Although, I’m trying to buy less and wear more, so I would probably buy a few expensive but very funky items of clothing.

 These ASOS Platforms are amazing! The pom poms are so cute, and I love the idea of embroidered shoes. I actually tried to DIY these last week, but it was not successful… I’m so glad I discovered Discount Universe. I mean, I can’t afford to buy anything from them but the crazy, colourful, over the top clothes remind me of how much fun getting dressed can be. If I had this rainbow two piece, you can bet I would wear it all summer! My love for bell bottoms is still going strong! These Miracle Eye Bells are definitely party trousers and choosing my favourite pair of Novella Royale Bells is seriously hard. How about a pair for every day of the week?

Since blogging, I’ve become more interested in makeup (although I still don’t wear very much) and I’ve been drawn to darker shades recently (although they’re not very summery!) I wouldn’t mind everything from the Lime Crime Clueless Witch collection and this halloweeny Serpentina shade. Every time I go into Lush I try on this Fantasy Gold liquid makeup – I would definitely wear it as lipstick! My hair is very problematic, and I swore by the Aussie hair care range until they were no longer cruelty free. The best cruelty free hair care I’ve tried so far is the Lush Fairtrade Honey shampooand American Cream conditioner, but they’re expensive! I loved watching the second series of the Great British Sewing Bee, and I would love to make some clothes from the Great British Sewing Bee book! I’m really into sewing at the moment, so I’d also love the DIY Couture book – I want to know hot to sew without a pattern! I follow the Everyday Sexism project on twitter and the Everyday Sexism book should be a really interesting (if slightly depressing) read.

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My Favourite Things Giveaway [ENDED]

In October my blog turned one and I kind of forgot to celebrate. I also reached a couple of follower-milestones and I published my 100th post, which slipped by without me noticing. So, I feel like this blog is owed a good celebration! I want to say thank you to all my readers, old and new, and the friends that I’ve made along the way! I’ve put together a giveaway package of some of my favourite things to say thank you for reading – food, vintage clothes, jewellery and bath bombs – which I hope you’ll love as much as I do!

If you win the giveaway you will receive…

My Favourite Things Giveaway / Jessthetics£25 to spend in Absolute Vintage

My Favourite Things Giveaway / JesstheticsVeggie Stuff Vegan Sweets: Haribo Rainbow Strips and Haribo Rainbow Twists
Vegusto Hamper of vegan goodies containing No Moo Melty Cheese, Mushroom and Cheese Burger, Farmhouse Style Sausage, No Moo Piquant, No Moo Mild Aromatic, Organic Coconut and Rasberry Vegan Chocolate (contents may vary subject to availability)

My Favourite Things Giveaway / JesstheticsThis crystal pendant from Ebay

My Favourite Things Giveaway / JesstheticsLush goody bag contains Karma Bubble Bar, Avobath Bath Ballistic, Rose Jam Bubbleroon, Fizzbanger Bath Ballistic, Phoenix Bath Ballistic and Big Blue Bath Ballistic

To enter the giveaway you need to be following me on Bloglovin or on WordPress Reader and leave a comment on this blog post with a method of contacting you if you win! This giveaway is open until midnight on the 28th February. Because it contains food, this giveaway is only open to UK readers (sorry!) Good luck everyone 🙂

[Giveaway ends February 28th at 12:00 AM GMT. Open to Residents of the UK Mainland and UK Offshore Islands only.  Winner will be selected at random and be notified via the method provided. This giveaway is sponsored by Vegusto, Veggie Stuff and Absolute Vintage. The products offered for the giveaway are free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Bloglovin and WordPress are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.]

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What I Wore: Blue Velvet

I can’t believe I’m only blogging about this dress now. This is the exact outfit that I wore for New Years Eve but the photos were too fuzzy to post (note to self, always take outfit photos before drinking champagne.) I love this vintage dress so much. It’s short enough to be not-too-formal but long enough to be classy – being tall, most mini dresses are super short on me! You can’t go wrong with blue velvet and I’m in love with the sweetheart neckline. These ASOS shoes are magical. They have a seventies vibe which I adore, and because they’re mid-sized platforms they’re so comfy. I actually walked into town and back (30 minutes each way) on New Years in these shoes and didn’t have any problems. I told you they were magical!

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I did my gold nails using Models Own polish, and my necklaces are from Waiste. I seem to be starting a collection! I wore this outfit to go out with my friends in York which was so much fun. Bloggers don’t often post going-out outfits. Maybe it’s because it’s so hard to take pictures at night-time. Oh well, I think this attempt went better than my last one!

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Outfit details: Dress, Vintage (Dollymix, Leicester) / Shoes, ASOS / Necklaces, Waiste / Lipstick, Lush Confidence / Nail Polish / Models Own 25 Carat Gold

I haven’t been able to catch up on other blogs recently. Don’t worry, I still love you all, I’m just still getting used to my new work / life balance. I hope you’re having a fantastic Thursday!

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Cruelty Free Beauty

As you may or may not know I’ve been a vegetarian for almost three years now. It’s something I’m very committed to, and I try to only buy products which aren’t harmful to animals (or people!) It’s not until recently, though, that I’ve given much thought to my choice of cosmetics. I read blog posts by Chelsea and Libby which pointed out that some cosmetics are still tested on animals. Testing beauty products on animals creates unnecessary suffering – we don’t need to test them on animals, plenty of companies use alternative methods! I’ve therefore stopped buying products from companies that test on animals. It’s been a difficult transition, though, since it’s often unclear whether companies test or not. Often, the “finished product” isn’t animal tested, but the ingredients are, or the company says they “don’t test on animals” but they’re paying someone else to do it for them. To make things more difficult, the Chinese law requires that all beauty products must be animal tested, which means that if a beauty company stocks in China it is not cruelty free. Confused yet? Here are the cruelty free (as far as I know) products that work for me!

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Urban Decay This is hands down the most expensive make up I own, but it is both vegan and cruelty free! Their Naked Skin foundation is the only foundation I’ve found that actually matches my skin tone, and it’s lovely and light so it doesn’t look cakey or make me break out. I’m not really sure what the point of primer is, but I’ve been dutifully wearing it, and my foundation lasts all day so maybe it is working! The mascara is also a favourite of mine – it’s gives me long lashes without the clumps. Plus, the Urban Decay lady in Debenhams is really nice. I’ve been coveting an Urban Decay lipstick for a while now!

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The Body Shop – Originally The Body Shop was the holy grail in cruelty free beauty, founded by the activist Anita Roddick, but it’s now owned by L’Oreal who do test on animals.I’m not really sure how I feel about this. I’m new to skin care, but I’m giving it a go. I’ve been cleansing toning and moisturising twice a day for a couple of weeks. I haven’t noticed an improvement, but I haven’t had any problems either which is unusual for my super sensitive skin. I’m going to be patient and see if there’s an accumulative effect!

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Zoya / Wet ‘n Wild / Barry M / Models Own – There are a surprisingly large amount of cruelty free nail varnish brands. Zoya is my favourite – it’s opaque in one coat and doesn’t chip easily. Models Own do the best glitter polishes, and Barry M is inexpensive and has a huge selection – I love their gelly polishes!

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Eco Tools – Apart from a snapped-in-half blusher brush that I’ve had for at least five years, this is the first make up brush that I’ve bought! It really is super soft and applies my foundation evenly. If I buy another make up brush, I will get it from them! Not only are they cruelty free, they’re also eco friendly and donate a lot of their proceeds to charity.

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Soap and Glory – I love Soap and Glory moisturisers! Hand Food, Butter Yourself, The Righteous Butter, they’re all good. Before Christmas the Yule Monty box was the Boots offer of the Week and I bought it (with my staff discount) for £23. Everything smells delicious, although I probably wouldn’t pay full price for the shower gel and the lip plump felt like it was burning rather than “tingling.”

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The Natural Collection – As you can see by the battered containers, I’ve had this blusher and eyeshadow for a while. I use the brown eyeshadow for my brows, and this is my everyday blusher. Since The Natural Collection is budget friendly I buy the kind of makeup here that doesn’t improve when you spend more money on it (pencil eyeliner, blusher etc.) and I love their gold eyeshadow!

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LUSH – I’ve saved the best for last. Lush is cruelty free, vegan, they have an emphasis on being eco-friendly and they campaign for a lot of good causes. I have a bit of a lush addiction at the moment. Every time I visit town I go in and smell all the bath bombs, which smell delicious and make my skin lovely and soft. They’re often glittery and contain “surprises”… and I love surprises! I recently tried out some of their “Emotional Brilliance” range. I have the blue “Control” liquid makeup (which I wear as lipstick) and the dark red “Confidence” liquid lipstick which took a while to get used to but is a lovely colour.

I hope that was helpful. Have you tried out any cruelty free products? If you want read read more about bunny friendly beauty, here are some resources that I’ve been finding super helpful… mo’adore Blog / Leaping Bunny / My Beauty Bunny / PETA Cruelty Free / Go Cruelty Free

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What I Wore: Disco In The Daytime

I know disco pants are a little dated, but I love mine so I’m going to wear them anyway. These trousers were my go-to trousers to wear to Willow (a grimy, cheesy club in York) but since I rarely go out now, I’ve incorporated them into my day-time wardrobe! This is what I wore Christmas shopping with James last week. I ended up only buying beer and a jumper for myself, whoops.

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Whenever James comes to stay we watch Buffy together. This time we watched the first season of Angel. My makeup is inspired by Cordelia this time – she wears some amazing dark lipsticks! I have layered up because it is freezing and windy. I don’t know how other bloggers can wear cut out boots / crop tops at this time of year unless they’re carrying a radiator around with them.

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Outfit details: Disco Pants, American Apparel / Shirt, Vintage (inherited) / Jacket, Vintage (inherited) / Coat, Vintage (inherited) / Scarf, Vintage (inherited) / Shoes, Topshop (Old) / Necklace, Vintage (inherited) / Earrings, H&M / Lipstick, Lush Confidence

I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday! I’m working a lot in the run up to christmas, but I’m enjoying being busy. I think if I had a lot of time on my hands I would be missing James and my friends too much. How are your preperations going?