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Jessica Blu 1.0

You may have noticed there has been some slight changes around here. In my 2017 goals, I mentioned how I wanted to improve my blog this year, I though now is the perfect time to start achieving this goal. First of all, there's been a name change, I'm no longer Where's My Lipstick, I'm now Jessica Blu. For quite a long time now I've wanted to change my name to something more...me. To go along with the new name I thought it would only be appropriate for a new design. I've wanted to change up my blog for a while now as I've had this current design for a couple of years now. I would also like to say it's a perfect way to celebrate my 100th post and also this week I hit 500 followers - I would like to say thank you to everyone who follows, reads and comments on my blog. It really means a lot to me.

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been planning and working with a lovely lady called Cat from Gatto, to create my latest design. I love my new design so much it's so fresh, clearer and hopefully easier to navigate around. I really hope you love it as much as I do. I'm planning on posting one a week, on a Sunday - I know it's not a lot but I can stick to it, some weeks there could be the odd post on a Wednesday - you might be lucky if you get that. I'm also planning on focusing on lifestyle and cruelty-free beauty in the future. Along with my new design, I want to continue to grow my blog with improved photographs and content. If there's anything you'd like to see in the future please let me know.

My 2016 Favourites

I don't really do monthly favourite posts and not much changes from month to month. Instead at I like to do these yearly posts where I discuss all my favourites from the previous year.

001. Hurraw Lip Balm
I first got introduced to this lip balm from my subscription to LoveLula box, March box. I love this lip balm so much, I like to apply it every night, I think I like it because it's waxy so it's really hydrating my lips while not leaving them sticky. By applying it most nights it's meant that over the summer and winter when my lips can get really dry it's helped to reduce it and so I haven't suffered from dry lips. It's cruelty-free and vegan too. I need to pick up more perhaps in different scents.

002. Niomi Smart
I've followed Niomi for a couple of years now but this year she has easily become one of my favourite vloggers, I've been loving her content. Also in September Niomi brought out a book, Eat Smart, which I got. Niomi is plant based and has some really great recipes that taste great but also use everyday foods.  

003. Lush Tea Tree Spray
I know I had this in my 2015 favourites but I have to include it again this year because I love it so much. For a couple of months I've been using the tea tree tablets but a couple of moths ago I splashed out and bought myself a new bottle. Integrated into my skincare routine I've found it to do wonders for my skin, it helps to reduce my acne. I like to use it every morning and evening to keep my skin refreshed, remove dirt and spots at a minimum.

004. Barry M Nail Polish in Cappuccino
I love shades like this one which is a grey tone with a purple undertone, I have similar ones in other brands but this year I found one that Barry M do. I love Barry M nail polishes because they are cruelty-free, cheap and really good formula.  

005. Neals Yard Remedies x Deliciously Ella Moisturiser
I've done a full review of this moisturiser along with the facial wash a couple of moths ago. However, I've chosen to include just the moisturiser as it's my favourite out of the two. I know some people don't like it because there is a strong scent of rose, but I really don't mind that scent. I also find it to be really moisturising but without being heavy and greasy. It's defiantly helped my skin look more radiant and feel smoother.

006. Blogosphere Magazine
I only got round to buying a subscription and I'm so happy I did and should have done it sooner. I love that it focuses on bloggers and is made especially for bloggers. I love all the interviews - my favourite was with Ella Grace Denton, it also offers great advice I love the Agony Aunt section whit all relatable bloggers problems. I look forward to the next issues to be released. It's so nice to actually get it in the post and read it rather than it being online.

007. Mario Beau
I discovered this brand earlier this year after hearing Kylie Jenner and a few other celebrities raving about one of their products, kinda weird I know. I decided to give them ago after always hearing such good review so I went online and actually spoke to them where they recommend me some products for my skin. I picked up the whitening mask, their anti-acne serum which has really helped reduce those sore red spots and the spots that sit under the skin. I also got the drying lotion, this is what everyone raved about, it's specifically for whiteheads, I dab some on and they are reduced overnight and gone in a couple of days.

008. Daniel Wellington Watch
I got this watch for Christmas last year and I don't think I've taken it off ever since I wear it nearly every day. I love it because it's so simple and classic, I got mine in the brown and gold combination and found that it can go with any outfit I wear to make it look complete. I would love to expand and perhaps get a silver one.

009. Too Faced, Better Than Sex Mascara
This past year I've been focusing more on my skincare routine than my makeup collection. However on the days where I choose to wear makeup, I will always go for this mascara, sometimes I just wear it with nothing else because it just makes your eyes pop. I love it because it really lengthens and adds volume to my lashes without making them heavy or feel clumpy - I hate it when mascaras do that. I think I may just have to purchase the waterproof version as well.

010. Bloggers & Vloggers
There are so many amazing bloggers and bloggers I've discovered over the past year. I did a twitter thread of some of my favourites but I'm just going to list them for you now on here. You should go and check them all out as they are all brilliant!

- The Michalak's 
- Jess Who
- Lily Pebbles
- Forever September
- Eleanor Claudie
- The Anna Edit 
- Ms Rosie Bea 
- Love Cloth 
- Media Marmalade 

What have been your favourites of 2016?

Blog Update For 2017 & Questionnaire

In my 2017 Goals post, I mentioned how I wanted to improve my blog. I know were only 4 days in but it's never too early to start the changes. For quite a while now I've been wanting to change my blog. Before I go through with these changes I think it would be interesting to hear your opinion on my current blog, because it is you who reads my blog. It's completely anonymous so you can be honest, it should only take around 5 minutes to answer. I've never done anything like this before so I'm quite excited to hear your opinion on my blog.

You'll find the survey blog if that doesn't work for you here's a link

Thank you again for answering - I look forward to reading the responses.

Hello 2017

Happy New Year! It's time again for my annual post where I like to share my goals for the up and coming year. If you haven't already make sure you check out my post of where I shared what I achieved in 2016. I think the goals I've set fairly realistic and hopefully I can achieve them throughout the year, I'll let you know in June and December how I got on with them and if I achieved them.

one. reduce my consumption of meat and dairy
I know people might think it's weird to have cruelty-free beauty products before cutting out meat from my diet, but that's just the way I did it. Since I've become cruelty-free I've obviously learnt bout the industry and I've come across all the benefits of having a plan based diet. I'm planning on giving Veganuary ago, starting from today, I'm not too sure I'll fully stick to it but I need to learn I can make mistakes and learn from them. If any of you are plant-based or know of any good blogs or YouTube channels please let me know.

two. Pass my driving test 
I started to learn to drive last year and so fingers crossed I can pass my test this year and visit lots of new places.

three. Explore more - Visit new places 
This kind of goes with number two, as if I pass I will be able to visit new places more easily. It's not about visiting multiple new countries (that would be lovely but not realistic) I mean more new cities and even new areas I've never been to that are local to me.

three. learn new things
I feel this is really important, to keep learning a new skill, I know I set it last year but I would like to change the skill this year. If you saw me What I Got For Christmas you may have noticed I got quite ab it of calligraphy and handwriting tools, which I would like to put to good use and learn how to write with the properly.

five. Improve my blog
I always want to keep improving my blog, create my own writing style and improve my pictures. Another area of my blog I want to improve is with the whole deign of it, I'm planning on changing my name to a more personal name. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled as it should be revealed within the next couple of weeks.

six. Read more books
I've never been the biggest bookworm and I don't think I'm going to achieve that wishing 2017, however, I would like to read some books. I'm setting myself a small goal of 1 a month, I know it's small but I'm hoping I can then achieve or exceed it. If you have any recommendations let me know.

All the best for 2017!

Let me know your 2017 goals.