Sunday, 22 October 2017

Lily in Space Designs: An Interview


If you know me well enough, you'll be aware of my love for animals, and wildlife. I've always been a massive animal lover, and I just think that they're the cutest little things. I'm also someone who likes to support small businesses, and Etsy shops, so if you combine those two facts together, it's clear to see why I wanted to do an interview with Lily in Space Designs! A soon as I stumbled across Lily's account on Twitter, I just knew I wanted to speak to her and find out more...

Q1: Hey! Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you today on my blog. Let's start off with an easy question. What inspired you to choose the name 'Lily In Space'?
 
 A: Hello! When I was trying to choose a name for my business, I wanted something that incorporated my love of science, being a physics student, and my love of creativity and art. I thought that ‘Lily in Space’ brought together those two aspects, without really limiting me to a certain type of product, as I wasn’t completely sure what direction my business was going to go in. Some of my first designs were illustrations of woodland animals as astronauts! (Link to fox astronaut card)
Q2: The main theme of your designs seems to be woodland creatures. I'm guessing you're a massive animal lover?
 
A: Yes – I’m definitely a massive animal lover! Badgers are of course my favourite animals, as you can probably tell from my designs, but I am a supporter and lover of all animals. I’m a particularly strong opponent of the badger cull and fox hunting. I find nature fascinating, which is probably why I enjoy drawing plants and animals so much. I think my ‘Animal Lover’ badges are some of my favourite products, just because they describe me so perfectly! (Link to 'Animal Lover' badge)
Q3: How about you tell us when, and why you decided to start up your own online shop? Was it a sporadic choice, or one that took a lot of preparation, and thought?
A: My Etsy shop has existed since 2014, when I tried to start a shop but quickly gave up. I re-visited the idea in February 2016, after finding out about a craft fair happening at my university. I figured that I had nothing to lose by printing a few of my drawings onto cards and taking some along to see how they went down. I only had 4 designs, and I didn’t sell very much at that first fair, but I enjoyed the making process so much that I decided I might experiment a bit more and try selling some online! So, it was quite a spontaneous decision to start the business to begin with, but lots of decisions since then have required considerably more preparation, such as expanding product lines and taking the business in new directions.
 
Q4: You mainly sell badges/pins, cards, prints, and jewellery. Why did you want to design those things in particular? Would you ever branch out into anything else?
 
A: I mostly choose products based on what I enjoy making and can make myself at home. I find shrink plastic to be such a fun material to work with – it reminds me of being a kid, and it’s so satisfying watching the designs shrink down in the oven! I definitely want to expand to more products in the future though. I recently launched a new pencil case with a woodland animal design, as this is something else I can make at home. I’m really keen to make more pencil case designs – it’s on my to-do list! As well as that, I’ve got my eye on partnering with a couple more production partners to make a new range of notebooks and mugs, especially with some new writing-related and tea-related puns! So that’s a little sneak-peek of some things you might see coming to the shop in the near future. (Link to woodland pencil case )
 
Q5: Is your shop an individual thing, where you literally do everything, or do you have some little helpers as well?
 
A:  I do almost everything myself for my shop, from drawing, to making, to photography, to promoting. I have worked with some production partners though. For example, I had some notebooks printed by Awesome Merchandise. However, because a lot of the fun for me comes from making products myself, I mainly stick to making things on my own in my bedroom! My boyfriend does help me out though, like setting up at craft fairs and folding cards if I have any big orders, so I should give him some credit here.
Q6: Tell us your 3 biggest goals/hopes/dreams for the next 5 years! You can be as creative as you want!
 
A: That’s a tricky question! I have lots of mini-goals for the near future, such as reaching 200 Etsy sales by the end of the year, but I haven’t thought too hard about the long-term future. First of all, I would love to start selling my products wholesale. I love the idea of having my products sold in quaint little gift shops around the country and being seen by many more people. I would also love to expand my product line to include a lot more designs and products. Maybe in 5 years I’ll have at least 100 products in my Etsy store? That seems like an achievable goal to me. I probably won’t ever run my Etsy business full-time, as I am starting a graduate job in Physics in August 2018. Therefore, I guess my third hope for the next 5 years is that I will be able to keep this up. While doing a technical degree, I’ve found it so rewarding to have a creative outlet. I really hope that I will keep having the time (and the support!) to keep creating new designs, listing them and promoting them. And most of all – I hope that my designs will make people smile! Now I think that was more than 3…
 
 
 Hopefully all of you enjoyed finding out about a little more behind this business! I know I certainly did. Be sure to comment below if you purchase anything, as I'm sure hat will make Lily's day!
 
What's your favourite product on the Etsy? Are you as intrigued by animals as we are?
 
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Lots of love always,
 
 
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

5 Things I've Learnt Since Blogging


Since I began blogging back in April 2015, my life really has changed forever. I don't mean that in a cliché way at all, but I wouldn't be the person that I am today had I not made the decision to start writing here on Simply Jadey.
 
I've never dedicated a post to all the things that blogging has taught me, but believe me, there are many, so I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to share some of them with you!
 
1. I've learnt that some of the very best people in the world can be at opposite ends of the country to you. The majority of my closest friends, or people that I talk to online are those who have impacted my life in the most special way. I text them religiously, and I even occasionally call, or FaceTime them, which just blows my mind to be able to do that! I feel blessed to be able to turn to them in times of need, or even if one of us just fancies a chit-chat, and I can't wait to meet all of them someday.
 
2. I've also learnt that it's possible to have a passion, which literally combines all of your other passions together. I've always been into reading, writing, photography, and social media, so blogging really is the best thing I could possibly be doing. It's my favourite hobby, and I'm so lucky that I have people who support me throughout it all.
 
3. Blogging is a very time-consuming hobby that requires a lot of hard work, though. People who aren't aware of what goes on behind-the-scenes often just assume that we take a couple of photos here, and there, and then spend about half an hour writing each post, but it's so much more than that. Hours, and hours, even days, go into planning, preparing, photographing, writing up, and promoting each post - and that isn't even the half of it. It takes a lot of effort, commitment, and dedication, but if you have a genuine passion for it, you will persevere, and then begin to see results that make it all worthwhile.
 
4. Do it because you want to do it, and allow yourself to become a little selfish. It's great to get feedback, and comments from other people, whether they're readers, or other content creators, but don't become consumed by what they think, and say. You blog, because you have the passion, and the drive to do so. You may well get hate, or criticism, but just let it go in one ear, and out the other. For every 1 person who passes negativity onto you, there will be 10 who go out of their way to send you all the love, and positive vibes.
 
5. Don't be afraid to get yourself out there. Self-promotion is definitely not a bad thing, you know. Don't get me wrong, sometimes you can overdo it slightly, but showing off a little every now and then is totally okay! We all do it. If you don't promote yourself, and show people what you're made of, how are they supposed to know your fabulous blog even exists?! Get involved in Twitter chats, use the infamous hashtags, and carry on slaying!
 
 
So, those are just a few of the things that blogging has taught me so far! Of course, I could sit here all day, talking you through many more, but I may do another part to this in the future if it's something you would be interested in seeing.
 
What things have you learnt since you started blogging? How long have you been doing it?
 
Lots of love always,
 

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Keep Troublesome Skin At Bay With OY! Skincare*

 
 
 

 


 
A couple of months ago, I very kindly got some products sent to me from Green People. They had just released their new Organic Young range, specifically targeted towards teenage skin, and they wanted me to be one of the first people to try it out, so I could let my readers know my thoughts!
 
There are 5 products in total, including a foaming face wash, a cleansing moisturiser, a purifying serum, a blemish concealer, and a deodorant.
 
First things first, let's just take a moment to appreciate the packaging. I absolutely love it! Each individual product has a different colour associated with it, which I think is a really nice touch, and it makes everything much more unique, and interesting. As it's an organic brand (hence the name), the packaging is quite simple, but that's something which I'd say I'm attracted too. It looks neat, and clean, which is the message that the creators were probably trying to get across in the first place.
 
I'm going to start off by talking about the Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash, which comes in a 100ml bottle. It's targeted towards acne-prone, spotty skin, which is especially common within teenagers, and young people, as we often get excess oil on our face, leading to breakouts occurring more frequently, especially if it's around that time of the month. I've used so many different face washes, and cleansers, but never really found one that I genuinely like, or find beneficial. This one in particular has willow bark, which reduces inflammation, and kills off bacteria, and tea tree, which also helps to control bacteria too. The pump makes it really easy to use, and you get a lather that feels super refreshing, and like it does the job. The smell isn't too over-powering, but it definitely makes you feel like you're giving your face a good clean! Just remember that a little really does go a long way.
 
Next up is the Clear Skin Cleansing Moisturiser, which comes in a 50ml tube. This is a natural moisturiser, which helps to promote a spot-free complexion. I usually find that moisturisers make my face feel really greasy, but this one doesn't at all. It's nice, and light, and has a lovely scent, which makes you feel pampered, but also revitalised. Just like the face wash, it contains willow bark, and tea tree, but it also has prebiotics, which help to balance out the skin. You only need a tiny amount, because it's a very thin texture, but it soaks in after a couple of minutes.
 
The third product in this range is the Clear Skin Blemish Concealer. Now, I'm going to be honest, I'm not actually a massive fan of this. When I swatched it on my hand, it appears to be quite dark, and it just doesn't really match my skin tone. It says you can use it as a tinted foundation, if you mix it with the moisturiser, so I may try that, but in regards to covering spots with it, I'm not a fan, unfortunately. It does say on the review section that it may be too dark for very pale skin tones, and I think that's what the issue is with me. However, if you take the time to blend it properly, it does have a nice finish, and it doesn't feel tacky, or sticky or anything, so it may well work for some people who are darker than myself! Many people do really like it, and recommend it, so give it a go, and if you don't get on with it, then you can always give it to somebody else!
 
Although this may come as a surprise, I've never actually used a serum on my skin before, so I was very intrigued when I received the Clear Skin Purifying Serum. This is meant to have with any blemishes, or redness, and irritation. I will be honest, I haven't actually used this on my face yet, but I've tested it out on my hands, and it seems like a good, handy little product! The idea is that you cleanse first, and then apply it sparingly by gently patting it into the skin. It smells absolutely divine, and really luxurious, as it contains black willow bark, tea tree, yucca, and rosehip oil. This only comes in a 30ml tube, but as it's only meant to be used sparingly, it will last you at least a few months.
 
The last thing that I was sent was the Orange & Vanilla Deodorant. This may be a slightly controversial opinion of mine, but I'm not actually a massive fan of roll on deodorants. However, if you're going to the gym, or you have PE at school, or something like that, they can actually be handy to just chuck in your bag. This one looks cute, and it also smells really nice actually. On the website, it says that it lasts around 2 months, which is quite a while for a deodorant! and you can even use it on a daily basis if you wanted to.
 
All of the products are free from any gunk, or junk, and they are only made from natural goodness. If you are a cruelty free consumer, or you're looking to make the transition like myself, then you should check out this range, and also Green People as a whole brand.
 
Thank you to the lovely PR team for sending me these goodies to try out. I really appreciate it, and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what I think of them all!
 
Have you ever heard of Green People? Are you going to try anything from the range?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Green People. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Lil Update

 

It's literally been months since I've done a chatty update on my blog, so I thought now was about time that I did one. Quite a lot has changed, and as I like to share things about my life with all of you, I feel like it's only fair that we have a little catch up.

First things first, I've been at my school's Sixth Form for a month already. I'm studying Psychology, and Double Health & Social, which I'm actually really enjoying so far. Don't get me wrong, both subjects are quite a challenge, but that's the good thing about them. I'll probably do separate posts about them in the future, but I feel like it's still too early in the courses at the moment to fully understand how I feel, and what I want out of them in the long-term. I'm also thinking more, and more about University, and where, and what I want to study when that time rolls around in just under 2 years - eek!

Alongside focusing on my education, I've also been applying for jobs recently. I created myself a CV last weekend, and since then, I've been applying to quite a few jobs, some temporary, and some permanent to see if I have any luck with gaining some experience and taking home some extra cash. I've never had a job before, and I've got to that age now (16) where I just want to start working, and earning my own money to build up that independence which I've been lacking these past few years. I do, however, have my work experience placement next week in a residential care home for the elderly, which I'm actually looking forward to. I'll only be assisting with tasks, and talking to the residents, but I feel like it will be very valuable experience, especially for my future career path, so I'll be sure to do a blog post on that too when it's over.

Something else that I'm going to be doing is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award - how exciting! I've already paid my deposit, and given in the consent form, so now I know that I'll be able to get involved, and I couldn't be happier about that. It's only the bronze one, as that's where everybody has to start, but I'm really looking forward to it. I have my first aid training on 5th, and the 12th November, and so that should be beneficial. I think it'll be really good for my personal growth, and development.

I think that's about all I have to say for today! If I think of any other announcements, or news, then I'll let you guys know in another post. I hope you're doing well, and let me know if there's anything that you want to update me on too!

Lots of love always,

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette





Most people, particularly if you're a blogger, or social media influencer have heard about the new addition on the market, which is the Naked Heat Palette. From the second it came out, people were going crazy for it, and it sold out in so many places within a matter of days. Luckily, my older sister surprised me when she came back from Barcelona, as otherwise I probably wouldn't have been able to get my hands on it until Christmas, or later!
 
Even though I'm obsessed with all things beauty, I have tendencies to act like a magpie when it comes to pretty eyeshadows. I have a couple of high-street palettes that I always turn to, and then I have a MAC eyeshadow, which I always use in the crease, or along my bottom lash line. I rarely splurge, or treat myself anymore, because quite frankly, I find it more special if I receive a surprise gift instead, which the person knows I'd love (and blog about, of course!).
 
I genuinely could have cried when I received the Naked Heat Palette. As with all Urban Decay products, the packaging looks incredible. It's obviously high-end, but it just feels, and appears luxurious. From the colours used, to the texture of the lettering, everything is perfect. Everything about it just screams HEAT, which shows that the name is very fitting.
 
As with most eyeshadow palettes, it comes with 12 shades, which are a mixture of mattes, and shimmers. I have included a swatch of each one in a photo above, and as you can see, it goes in somewhat of a gradient from lightest to darkest.
 
The first 3 shades Ounce, Chaser, and Sauced are the most neutral, and ones that you would most probably use as a base. They are still very pigmented though, despite the fact that they are considerably lighter in comparison to the others! Low Blow is a slightly darker one, which can be used on the lid, or in the crease, and I'd say its leaning towards a camel sort of shade.
 
Next up are my favourite 8. Not that I don't love them all, but the slightly more basic ones are quite boring, right? They are there to serve a purpose, but they aren't exactly pretty. Lumbre is by far one of the prettiest ones, and I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it! It's such a gorgeous, shimmery copper shade, and one that would compliment any skin tone. It's got a pearly sheen to it, which I actually really like! Combined with Torch, Dirty Talk and Ember, it looks insane along the lower lash line, and I'll definitely be using them shades there for the upcoming Autumn!
 
He Devil can be used on the outer lid to give more definition, and more of a sultry/smokey appearance if that's what you're going for. That one's a matte, so it could also be used all over the lid, or even in the inner corner if you felt brave enough.
 
I've already briefly mentioned that I use Dirty Talk until the lower lash line, because it works so well with the others. It's redder than Lumbre, but it's just as metallic, hence why they compliment each other so perfectly. I think they would look especially nice on green, or hazel eyes.
 
Up next is Scorched, which I don't think I've actually used yet. This would probably have to be the one that stands out to me the most. It's a warmer copper, compared to the others I've mentioned, and it's got a frosty finish, which I am actually really drawn to. I think it makes the eyeshadow look nicer, both in the pan, and as a swatch.
 
The last 3 mattes within this palette are Cayenne, En Fuego, and Ashes. I used Cayenne in the middle of the lid, and above the crease, because it's one of those shades that can pretty much go anywhere and still add a little something something to the look. It's versatile, and transitional, I'd say. En Fuego is the darker, redder version of it. I'd recommend putting that on the outer lid alongside He Devil, but in future looks, I'd probably try putting it in the middle of the lid, or above too! I guess you just have to experiment with these things. Finally for the mattes is Ashes. I feel as though that stands out slightly more so than the rest, because it's more of a matte purpley-brown, and it works in the crease if you're going for a sultry/smokey eye.
 
The 12th shade, and the last one out of the lot is a shimmer called Ember. That name just reminds me of Bonfire Night, and smoke. I love it. It's a classic frosty brown shade, perfect for the lower lash line to make things really dramatic. There's a reason why I associate it with smoke, and even name is suggestive of that.
 
With this palette, you even get the double-ended brush, which is super soft, and it makes blending the eyeshadows a dream, I'm telling you. I use the flatter side for packing colours on to the lid, and sometimes for running them underneath the lower lash line, and then I use the fluffier, paintbrush like side to blend, and create more definition.
 
Overall, I just love this palette, and think it's absolutely perfect for this time of year. If any of you want to see me recreate some looks with it, I'd be more than happy to do so!
 
Have you ever tried any of the Naked Palettes? Do you want/own this one?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
 



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