Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Process Of Writing A Novel | October Guest Post Month

 Hiya! I’m Trisha, writer of a lifestyle blog at Despite my blog mainly focussing on my life, I am an avid writer who is hoping to get published someday. For my guest post for Jade today, I thought I’d talk about the process I go through to write a novel!
So before I start, I should give you some background information about my novel. What Not to Do Purple Lipstick is thee name, which I am actually quite proud of despite it being so long. The basic premise of the novel is centred around two girls – Spencer and Trisha (and no, I’m not a narcissist, my blog name is actually my MC). They’re both struggling with mental health issues, as Spencer is bipolar, which is diagnosed in the novel, and Trisha is struggling from depression after the death of her mother. When Spencer punches Trisha, they’re made to paint the school gymnasium together as they both love art.
I am aware that the description is rather fluffy and cheesy, but I’m trying to centre this book around some of the major things that have impacted my life and the people around me – sexism and the journey of becoming a feminist (as Spencer’s friend Bea is a lesbian feminist), mental health, and the stigma surrounding LGBT people. I am straight and cisgender myself, but I am trying to represent her as accurately as possibly, I swear! The title comes from the fact that both girls in the school are the only ones who wear purple lipstick, therefore making them outsiders. It’s kind of a metaphor for the whole novel, really.
So, what’s my process of writing a novel? Let’s get started!
Number One: Getting the idea.
For me, my ‘getting an idea’ is quite different from most. It is slightly based off The Breakfast Club, aka my most favourite film of all time. However, it mainly just started from me writing an article for the school newsletter about our school shoes. Random, I know! But, for me it developed to ‘what if the girl was walking to the principal’s office?’ and just developed from there. I must say though; it has developed considerably from its first incarnation.
Number Two: Write write write.
You might have noticed that I skipped over the plotting bit entirely. This is because I do not plot. At all. I’ll take my idea and I’ll immediately start writing because, well, why not? So for me, the writing is the first real incarnation of putting this novel on paper.
Number Three: Edit
I’ll put it out there; editing a novel sucks. You just want to be writing, letting all your ideas flow out, but no, let’s comb through this 100,000-word novel for weird sounding sentences and typos and any other jazz that comes to mind. I’m currently in the fourth round of editing WNTDWWPL, and even now I know that I’ll still want to edit it at least two more rounds before sending it off to beta readers.
Number Four: Send to beta readers.
This is possibly one of the scariest steps in this post. Sending it to beta readers – aka, people who tell you whether your novel is crap or not – is so terrifying as you never know whether they’ll love it or hate it. And I’ll tell you from personal experience; it’s hard to take criticism when you’ve been working on this little baby of yours for so long. It hurts when people take the decision to shred it to bits.
I would put in how to query an agent and/or a publisher, but I’m not even up to there myself! I have so much further to go in my writing journey, and I’m so excited for every step of it.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the post! Thanks to Jade for letting me blog on Simply Jadey, and I hope to return sometime!
Trisha xx


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Top 5 Makeup Products | October Guest Post Month

I love trying out different makeup products, however there is always a few I end up going back to. Today I am going to be sharing my top 5 makeup products with you all, these are products I would recommend to anyone and enjoy using them so much!
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette:
When I decided that I really wanted to try a Naked palette from Urban Decay, I settled on the Naked 2 Basics palette, because it comes with 6 shades, and I knew that I would use all of them. The six shades are all matte (apart from one demi-matte for highlighting) and you can create a number of looks using them, from minimal to smokey. They are more cool toned than the original Naked Basics palette, which personally I really like too.

MAC Lipstick - Velvet Teddy:
MAC lipsticks have to be an all-time favourite for me, and out of the few I have tried my favourite has to be Velvet Teddy. It’s the perfect brown toned nude in their matte finish, which feels really nice and it isn’t drying at all. The lipstick is actually really long lasting too and in my opinion definitely worth the money!
Benefit High Beam:
Benefit’s high beam is my favourite highlighter ever. One of the reasons for this is, because it’s a liquid highlight, so it is so easy to blend onto my cheek and brow bones. The highlight itself is a lovely pink iridescent highlight, and illuminates my face very well, giving me a lovely glow.

Maybelline Baby Lips:
I honestly don’t know what I would do without these lip balms! My favourite is the Dr Rescue Too Cool shade. This is just a clear balm, and I take it with me pretty much everywhere. It feels so moisturising on my lips, and is so easy to apply on its stick compared to other lip balms. They are super affordable too at about £3!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams:
I own several of NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams, because at £5.50, they are such a dream. I hadn’t tried a liquid lipstick before these and I fell in love with their formula! They dry matte, but aren’t at all drying. Their shade range is very impressive, two of my favourites being ‘Abu Dhabi’ and ‘Stockholm’.

What are your favourite makeup products?

Erin x




Friday, 21 October 2016

What I Learnt During Adolescence | October Guest Post Month

Good Morning/Afternoon!
I hope you are having a fab day so far!
So, although I am still technically a teenager because I'm 19, I'm also technically an adult so we'll just go with that instead! I thought it would be a great idea to come up with some pointers of what I learnt during adolescence and how certain things definitely made me life a lot better, or in some cases, a lot worse. I'm not going to lie to you, I absolutely hated my adolescence years, and they were possibly the worst years of my life with everything which went on. However, during this time of my life, I also learnt a lot and they do say, everything happens for a reason. If I didn't go through what I did, I probably wouldn't be the person I am today so I'm slightly grateful at the same time. 

So let's get too it;

Do not over pluck your eyebrows
I'm not afraid to admit it, I was one of them girls who over plucked their eyebrows and to be completely honest, I don't regret it either. I absolutely loved my eyebrows even though they were ridiculously thin, I feel like they suited my eyes and I preferred them to big bushy eyebrows. During my adolescence years, everyone went through the craze of drawn on square shaped slug eyebrows and I didn't like this nor did I want to look like this so over plucked eyebrows was the best route for me! However, if I could go back in time, I wouldn't have even touched my eyebrows. If you're in school and you have beautiful eyebrows without drawing over them or plucking them, then please do not touch them! 

It doesn't matter if everyone doesn't like you
I learnt as I finished college that it really doesn't matter if everyone doesn't like you. I went through school and college of having hardly any friends and to me, this was a big deal and it did make me feel very unhappy, especially while being bullied. However, now being an adult and knowing who I can and can't trust and what sort of people are toxic to my life, I'm completely fine with someone not liking me. If someone doesn't like you, screw them, they're missing out! Be you and embrace who you are, and it doesn't matter if this annoys people in the process because it's your happiness at the end of the day. You're not pizza, you cannot please everyone.

Spots are not the end of the world
Did anyone else go through school being called spotty? I did, and I know a lot of people who also did. Spots are normal, everyone gets them because it's part of growing up and developing hormones. As a girl, spots are one of them things which I now get if it's my time of the month and I'm okay with that, it gives me some warning. However, through school you get the childish people who don't seem to understand that one day they are going to mature and get spots and then they'll feel stupid when they think about all the times they called someone "spotty". These people irritate me! But trust me, they're not the end of the world, they'll disappear in no time.

School is for learning, not for messing around
I also learnt that school is for learning, not for messing around. You have to go to school, we know this but there's a reason to this and people don't seem to understand that. Although you can get into sixth form or college with rubbish GCSE grades anyway because you can just resit Maths and English as many times as you want, learning is one thing you can't do if you don't go to school. Okay, so there's google which can teach you pretty much anything, but you'll never get the experience of learning different subjects if you don't go to school and you can gain so much knowledge in the process as well. Do you know someone who messed around in school who now does nothing with their life? I do.

It's very unlikely you'll still be friends with people from school in 3-6 years to come
Friends for life? No I don't think so. I left primary school with my best friend and we agreed we'd talk every day and see each other every week. I haven't seen her or spoken to her since. I had the same situation happen in high school too and well, that ended on a bad note when I was in year 10. You will find friends for life, but to be friends with people from school and stay friends with them when you're in your 20s and 30s, it's highly unlikely. However, you'll meet more and more people as you go to college, and university and then when you're working, that these people from school won't even matter anymore! So don't worry, you're not going to end up 60 years old with no friends because you stopped talking to your friends from school.

It's not the end of the world if your boyfriend dumps you I wouldn't say I regret being with the boys I was with throughout adolescence, but I would definitely 100% say they were a mistake. I remember being heart broken so many times in school. In year 7 I wouldn't snog my boyfriend after a year and a half of being together so he dumped me.. I still liked him for the next five years too which was so difficult. Meh, was he worth it, no he wasn't! In year 10 & 11, I went through so much with my ex because I truly believed I loved him, I did anything and everything for him, even while battling with depression while he also was. He cheated on me so many times, and I cried every night through pain but at the end of the day, he really was not worth it and it weren't the end of the world when we split up for good. They say, you have to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince and I completely agree with this. If your high school boyfriend dumps you, it's his loss. You'll find someone better darling!

Last but not least, have fun!

What did you learn during adolescence?

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Self-Care Routine

In the midst of the craziness of life, we need to take time to care for ourselves. If we don’t, we can become burnt out and unhappy with our lives. Self-Care is the root of self-love, and we need to love ourselves in order to fully love another. I am so passionate about self-care, and today I will be sharing with you my daily, weekly, and monthly self-care routines. I hope you enjoy these tips and you implement them into your own self-care routines. If you don’t have a self-care routine, I hope this inspires you to create one. You will see the difference in your quality of life. (I promise!)

Daily Self-Care Routine:

I work a full-time job, and I have a long commute into New York City. Therefore, I don’t have much time during the day. However, I always make time to at least one thing for myself every single day. Typically I do the following:

1. Clean up my room after a day of work (I always feel so much better when my space is clean and I can fully relax)
2. Meditate (I highly recommend meditation! It has completely changed my life. Definitely check out the Head Space app)
3. Hot bath with bath salts while l listen to an inspirational podcast
4. Light a candle or use my mini diffuser (Scents are so relaxing)

I always feel so much better after doing these activities every single day. A clean room results in a clear mind. Meditation helps ease my anxious thoughts and listening to an inspirational podcast while in the bath is an absolute treat. Finally, ending your day with beautiful scents is a great way to relax before bed.

Weekly Self-Care Routine:

I love to take myself on a weekly "date". Loving yourself and taking care of yourself is important, ladies! If you go on dates with your significant other and put a lot of time and effort into it, you need to do it with yourself.

Here are some activities I like to do:
1. Order a delicious meal and eat it while I watch my favourite show on Netflix
2. Go to the movies (I know going alone might seem scary, but it feels amazing not having to worry about someone else talking to you during the movie!)
3. Explore a new place in my town by myself
4. Sit in a café and read my favourite book while sipping a delicious drink
5. Go shopping or get my nails done

Monthly Self-Care Routine:

I try to treat myself once a month to something special. I like to buy myself a nice new pair of shoes, plan a reunion with my college friends, or travel to a new place. Your monthly self-care routine can be anything that you love to do. Devote your Saturday to learning a new song on the guitar. Turn off your phone and have a full day dedicated to you. If you love travelling to new places, plan a trip with your friends or your significant other. Spend the entire day exploring a new town. If you love to treat yourself with new makeup, buy a new highlighter or mascara. Treat yourself to something really nice. If you love seeing a friend who lives a couple of hours away, make the trip one day during the month to see that friend. You will feel refreshed and feel so happy after you saw them.

Remember, you are beautiful, smart, and amazing. Treat yourself like a queen. Loving yourself is so important and creating a self-care routine will result in you loving yourself even more.




Tuesday, 18 October 2016

My Favourite Autumnal Lipsticks | October Guest Post Month

I am SO excited that we're officially in Autumn! It's by far my favourite season; there's the crunchy leaves, the thick layers, the autumnal boots, and of course the gold eyes, and berry lips. So, I dug out my favourite Autumn Lipsticks to share with you all today. Some are drugstore, and some are higher end, but these are my Go To shades for the next few months. I hope you enjoy!
From Left to Right: Revlon Colourburst Lip Crayon in "Crush", Kylie Lip Kit "Kourt K", Rimmel Kate Moss in "Retro Red", MAC "Diva", Topshop Lips in "Inhibition", and NARS Sheer Lipstick in the shade "Damage".
Revlon Colourburst - Crush

My favourite thing about the colourburst range is the peppermint tingly sensation you get once applied! It's also really hydrating, which is exactly what I need in the chilly Autumnal weather, because if you've read my previous posts, then you will know that I get the worst dry chapped lips possible. It's quite a deep berry colour, but due to it's sheer finish, it looks so gorgeous and natural on the lips.

Kylie Lip Kit - Kourt K 

I've already talked about this in my Lip Kit Reviews, but I just need to give a bit hats off for Kylie for creating a dark shade liquid lipstick formula that doesn't look patchy!! There's a lot of mixed reviews about these Lip Kits, but I honestly love them. I think they're fab, and if it wasn't for customs fees, I'm pretty sure I would own the entire collection by now. This shade is arghhh.. just wow! It's my colour completely - I love a good dark lip in Autumn time, as you can probably tell by my swatches!

Rimmel Kate Moss - Retro Red

This one has more of a pinker undertone compared to the rest; it's that perfect berry colour. It looks so great on it's own too! I wear this when I'm feeling lazy with my eye shadow, because it's just a nice statement look. Saying that, it obviously looks perfect paired with a gold eye too. I think this is the cheapest of the selection, so if you're on a budget I would highly recommend picking this up during the season.

MAC - Diva

This, and Velvet Teddy will always be my favourite MAC Lipsticks. I don't know what it is about the matte formulas from MAC, but I find they work really well with my lips opposed to every other matte formula which will eventually dry out my lips. I really love the red/pink vibe it has going for it. I went through a phase 2 years ago where I pretty much wore this every day of Autumn, and I think it's definitely going to make a big reappearance this season too.

Topshop - Inhibition

This is my second repurchase of this shade, which was actually the first purple shade I ever owned, and I've stuck by it ever since. I do find that it dries my lips out slightly, but out of loyalty, I will never give up my love for this lipstick.

NARS Sheer Lipstick - Damage

Again, pulling this out from excessive wear through previous Autumns. I can't express my love for this enough! I think the NARS Sheer Lipsticks are so underrated. The formula is so moisturising, and so satisfying to sit on the lips all day. This colour also looks so perfect in a sheer formula! It's become my handbag lipstick now. Whenever I forget to apply a lip colour in the morning, I just apply this on the go, and due to it's sheer finish, its guaranteed an easy application too!

What are your favourite Autumnal Lip Picks?

Lily xo
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