Sunday, 27 December 2015

Taking A Trip Down Memory Lane


Over the past few weeks, a new idea has been lingering at the back of my mind, and I've decided that it's something that I would really like to share with all of my readers. From my younger childhood, so when I was between the ages of 1-12 (I have separate teenage memories of the past 2 years!), I have a huge collection of memories, and I don't think I've ever gotten personal with all of you in the way that I'm about to get, in relation to my past. I'm not going to be sharing the bad memories, because that's not what this particular post is targeted towards, but I'm going to be sharing the happy, cute memories instead.
The reason I picked this image of the sunlight streaming through the trees is because I feel like it describes my entire childhood in a picture. None of the other pictures that I've got stored in my 'lifestyle blogging photos' album fits the theme of this post like this one does. It may not make sense to some of you, but it makes sense to me, and I just think that spending a lot of time with nature when you're younger is something that can be reflected within this photo. I spent quite a lot of my younger life outside, and I just think that this picture is the most accurate representation, and whenever I look at it, tonnes of childhood memories come flooding back within an instant.

A collection of my favourite childhood memories include my grandma, and granddad, but particularly my grandma. When I was a little girl, I used to spend pretty much all of my time with my grandparents, because my parents often worked 5 days a week, and I wasn't old enough to go to school back then from what I remember. All of my days were spent with them. We would either go out, and about, or we would spend time together inside. Whatever we did, I knew that I would always have a lovely time, and I would always feel safe, and looked after. A short walk away from my grandparents house is a little park. You go through this very short alley, which leads to a gate, which overlooks onto the park itself. You can either go to the left, where there are a few benches, and quite a steep, sloping hill, or you can go to the right, which is quite rocky, and also pretty steep with lots of little stones, and gravel type stuff that you have to walk down. I used to take some of my dolls (not the Barbie ones - the bigger ones like Baby Annabel) in their pushchair's, and myself, and my grandma would usually always go to the left hand side of the hill, and from the top, we would count '1, 2, 3!', and release the pushchair so that it zoomed down the hill. Then I'd quickly run down to save my 'babies', and then push them in the pushchair into the park. There was a set of baby swings that my grandma would push me on, and I remember I'd get so excited when I went up high, because you could see all over the entire park. Most of the time we went, there wasn't really anybody else about, because it was either before dinner (around 4-5 I think), so people weren't really about all that much, and it's quite a small park anyway. I'd also put my dolls in the swings as well. After a while, a larger yellow swing was added on the end of the normal baby swings, and so I'd either go in it myself, with my dolls on my lap, whilst my grandma pushed us, or I'd push two, or three of the babies at a time by myself (with a little added help, I assume). There was also a little bench opposite a basketball court, and sometimes we would sit, and watch people playing basketball, whilst we ate some snacks, or just relaxed, and on the odd occasion, I would take my basketball up there, and we would both try, and shoot!
During the summer months, we also liked to visit two of the bigger parks near my grandparents house. I used to like feeding the squirrels round the back of one particular park, and I used to feed the ducks, and watch them swim along the lake. There is also a  fair (which still goes on to this day), and whenever we would walk up to the park, or if my granddad did, we would always look out for the posters to see the dates of the fair itself. I remember going with my family, and going on the carousel, the dodgems, the bouncy castle, and everything like that! I loved seeing how the park could completely transform into a huge funfair for everyone to enjoy. In general, although I'm quite a shy, reserved person, I have always loved funfairs, and the atmosphere of them as a whole.
The other park that I used to go to has always been another favourite of mine. During the summer, there are always really pretty flowers as you walk into the entrance, and myself, and my grandma have always loved flowers, because we actually used to plant together in the garden too, and I'm going off track a little here, but I remember that I planted a huge sunflower once, and it got as huge as to nearly go right over into next door's garden!

Anyway, moving on from the sunflower story, this other park has always been a favourite of mine. There's always quite a lot of people there, but it was somewhere that we would occasionally visit in the summer, because of one special reason - the sprinklers! If it was a particularly hot day, my grandparents, and I would pack a little picnic, (or we would get ice-creams, or a drink whilst we were there) and I would have a little towel, and my swimming costume, and I would run under the sprinklers. My hair would get completely drenched, but it was so lovely, and fun to be able to cool down, whilst running in, and out of these massive water sprinklers! What child wouldn't love it? I mean, let's be real here!
In the same town that the park is in with the water sprinklers (I don't want to go into too much detail for obvious, personal reasons), there's also a massive retail park, and in it is Toys 'R' Us. If you are unfamiliar as to what this store is (I'm pretty sure most people know though), it's basically a massive toy store for babies, and young children, which literally has everything you could possibly want, from dolls, to clothes, to cots, to anything else that a young child could desire. It's honestly such a huge store, and the aisles of things that it sells is endless! I remember at one point, I used to walk in with my grandma, but then as we went round the first corner, there was a display of some zombie/monster thing that the store was advertising, and I was absolutely terrified - I'm pretty sure I used to literally run past that bit! Whenever I used to see new dolls being advertised on the TV, or new clothes that I could get for them, I would always want to embark on a Toys 'R' Us trip so I could see what was there! I'd literally spend hours, and hours playing with all of my dolls, and teddies. I'd always get a cushion to perch on whilst sitting up against the sofa, and then I'd have all of my Barbie dolls in a box, and I'd take them all out, and act out tonnes of scenarios with them. On the odd occasion, if I couldn't think of any other scenarios, then I'd take all of them into the kitchen, I'd fill the washing up bowl with cold water, and then I'd line all of my dolls up on the side of the sink, and I'd make them all 'dive' in, then I'd use fairy liquid to 'wash' their hair. I'd also usually wash the sink for my grandma too, just by squirting fairy liquid everywhere, and scrubbing it all with a cloth.
My grandma, and I would also bake fairy cakes a lot too. Sometimes they would be vanilla flavoured, whilst other times they would be chocolate with sprinkles on top of them. I'd usually get the assigned task of mixing the bowl, setting the cupcake cases out, or licking all of the cutlery, and the bowl out (okay, maybe that last task wasn't quite assigned..), but I'd try to get involved in whatever way I can. It was always so much fun too!

There's also one final thing that I'm going to be talking about in today's post. Near to my grandparents house, there's two different theatres. One is near to the town centre, and then the other one is about a 10 minute bus ride away. Earlier this year, we went to the one near the town centre (which is about a 5 minute bus ride away - that's pretty walkable, but the other one isn't quite so easy to walk too) to watch Aladdin. I don't think I'd ever been to that one before, but our seats were pretty near to the front, and it was absolutely incredible. I honestly enjoyed every minute of it! The other theatre that we always used to go to is actually the one that we might be going to in January next year as well. If we do go, we will be going to see Cinderella. I know it may sound cheesy, or cringy to some of you, and you may well think I'm too old, but it's something that me, and my grandma have always done, and I think it's really cute. We don't usually get to spend time together nowadays, but this is a way that we can, whilst having something different to do at the same time. And anyway, what normal person doesn't love Cinderella?! We've seen Beauty & The Beast, Snow White, Aladdin, Cinderella (it never gets old), Sleeping Beauty, and probably others that I can't quite remember! The theatre is one of my favourite places, and because I don't go too often anymore, it makes it even more special.

I really hope that you enjoyed today's post. It's something a little bit different, and so I thought that I would just see what all of you think of the idea. I'm an incredibly sentimental, nostalgic person, and I think it's so important to be able to reflect on memories, and happy times every now, and then, and share them with people as well. I can always share with you what lipstick I've been loving, or what dress I'm lusting after in New Look, but I don't always get the chance to talk about precious, past memories, and I think that I should be doing it more often, before I completely forget them, but this way, I can't ever really forget them, and that's one of the beautiful things about blogging. I will happily do more of these posts every so often, so please let me know if that's something that you would like!

Lots of love,

Jade x  
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Friday, 25 December 2015

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

I don't know about any of you, but Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. I genuinely couldn't think of any festivity, or event that could even come close in comparison. I could literally talk about it forever, possibly until we reach next Christmas, but I thought that seeing as it's Christmas Day itself, not only have I surprised you with my 3rd post of the week, but I'm also writing a themed post to tie in with the excitement, and so what better themed post to do than to list all of the things I love about the event itself. This could be quite a rambly list, so I'd get comfortable if I were you!
1. Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on top - The way I see it, you're either a hot chocolate lover, a tea lover, or a coffee lover. I've never really been a particularly huge fan of coffee, as the one time that I tried it when I was younger, it kind of put me off, I guess. I'm yet to try it again, but I may change my mind within the future. Ever since I've been little, I've been drinking tea. My whole family are avid tea lovers, and I've always included myself into that category for as long as I can remember. However, over the past few years, I've been spending more time at home, rather than at my grandparents, due to school commitments, and because all of my stuff is here, and I have since converted to preferring hot chocolate. In previous winters, I would usually have a mug of hot chocolate in the morning before school, and I'd also have a mug after school, and occasionally before bed too. As it edged towards summer, I guess I kind of went off of it, but over the past few months, I have gotten back into it again. I managed to convince my mum to pick me up some mini marshmallows (just the white, and pastel pink ones), and I have this tall glass, so my mum makes the hot chocolate itself, and then she adds some whipped cream, and a selection of mini marshmallows on the top of the cream. That, my friends, is when you know it's beginning to feel a lot more like Christmas.
2. Snuggling up to watch Christmas films - Nothing beats a Christmas film in December, does it? Some of my personal favourites are Elf, Home Alone, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Polar Express. They are just classics to me, and whenever I watch them, they make me feel all warm, and fuzzy inside, because it means that Christmas is coming, and that means that things can only get more festive, and positive from that point onwards. The whole situation becomes a whole lot better if I have a hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on top WHILST watching one of the selected Christmas films!
3. Giving, and receiving presents - Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the giving, and receiving of gifts. As much as we all love to receive them, I don't think it would be as special if we didn't give back to people too. This year, I really have gone all out in terms of giving to others. I had all of my presents wrapped by the time we had reached the end of November, and I also put a hell of a lot of thought into each gift for each individual, but I only did that, because I wanted to repay those who mean the most to me. It's one of the ways that I can say thank you for everything they have done for me during the year that we're soon to say goodbye to. Quite often, we can lose appreciation for that people that we should actually be appreciating the most, and as Christmas is all about spending quality time with loved ones, and sharing special treats with all of them, it's the most appropriate time to show some much-needed appreciation. As I said, I love giving gifts to people that I know truly deserve it, and I love to be able to make them happy, so they feel that people care about them, and treasure them as a person. Having said that, I really do love receiving gifts off of my loved ones too - I would be lying if I denied that fact! I'm honestly such a little kid at heart. I always sit underneath the tree with my mum, and sometimes my stepdad if he wants to come downstairs, and try to imagine what the gift is, and then I always tear it open, and I just get so, so happy seeing what someone I love has picked out for me. I love being able to see the thought that goes behind everything. It makes the whole experience so, so special, and memorable.
4. Seeing all of the decorations - Every time I'm in the car, or I'm passing someone's house, I always look in to see what decorations they have up, if any. I can usually see the wreaths hanging up on the door, Santa's, and Snowmen, and Reindeers standing up on the driveway, lights entwined all around the trees, and bushes, and all the pretty Christmas trees in the window. I honestly love it so much. It really brightens up the whole street, and it puts everyone in the festive spirit too. Some people really do go all out, and I think that's incredible, but then those who don't put up anything at all, they almost let down the whole street in a way, because it just ruins the atmosphere!
5. Listening to festive songs - Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't everybody love a festive song? (I didn't even mean to rhyme there!) When they start to come on the radio more regularly, that's how you know that Christmas really is just around the corner. I think that every Christmas song is a classic, because let's face it, it just makes the whole build-up a lot more exciting. Some of my personal festive faves are 'Fairytale Of New York', 'All I Want For Christmas Is You', 'Christmas - Baby, Please Come Home', and 'Do They Know It's Christmas'. Most of the time, I don't think I even know what the songs are called, but I know that I love them, and they make me feel all warm inside around this time of year, so that's all that matters!
6. Spending time with my loved ones - I think that it's important to spend time with your loved ones whenever you can, and not just at Christmas, but even more so during this time of the year. Christmas Day is the day for all the family to come together, and have a laugh, enjoy each other's company, eat for too much food, and give, and receive tonnes of presents. My family usually all do their own thing for a bit, and then we all come together in the living room for presents, and talking, and eating a few sweet treats, and then we all have dinner together, and pull the crackers, and have wine (not too much for me, as I'm underage, but I'm allowed if it's a special occasion!), and then we just relax, and watch television, and chat, and just generally have a lovely time. I also love going out shopping with my loved ones at this time of year, either shopping, to Winter Wonderland (that's what me, and my sister did last year), or to Costa for a hot chocolate, and some food! It's such a lovely atmosphere during this time of the year, and I love making the most of it, because it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
I hope you all have an absolutely incredibly Christmas, and make sure that you spend it with those you love, and care about the most. I'm sending you all the very best of wishes, and I hope you all give, and receive some beautiful gifts!
Lots of love,
Jade x

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A Love Letter To Myself: 100th Post


Dear Jade,
2015 has been a complete rollercoaster of a year. There have been some incredible highs, but also some devastating lows. I can't believe that we are now gradually nearing the end, and we are fast approaching 2016! Where has the time gone? It's quite literally flown by!
During the past year, you have learnt a lot, and you have achieved more things than I could have ever imagined. I understand that 2014 wasn't your best year. You went through a lot of personal struggles, and there were so many times when you wanted to give up, buy you got through it - you go girl!

You started off 2015 on a high. You vowed that you were going to try your best to be positive, and stay strong through everything. January actually did start off very well. You suspected that the year probably wasn't going to be easy, because let's be real, when is life ever easy, but you had told yourself that you were going to make the most of it, and turn things around from the past few years. Nothing that eventful really happened in January for you. You struggled quite a lot when you first went back to school, but I think that as time has gone on, you have learnt to deal with what other people think, and now, it doesn't even really bother you half as much as it did back then. You were happy, and you were trying to be positive, but at the same time, you still felt kind of low. You were excited to see what the next 12 months had to offer for you though.
In February, you started your relationship with Charlie. You honestly couldn't have been happier if you tried. It was like everything that had gone so horribly wrong in previous years had just completely fallen together, like your jigsaw puzzle had finally fit into one piece. You really did deserve that happiness though. I know you didn't believe that you did at the time, but you honestly did. You lasted 7 months with him, even though it was quite a rocky relationship at times. You never knew what love was until you met him, and got involved with him. He helped you through some of your darkest times, and he was one of the people who guided you towards the light at the end of the tunnel. You also met some incredible friends this year, and they were there for you during the highs, and the lows. You did lose some friends, but they weren't ever worth your time in the first place. The ones who are meant to be in your life have came, and stuck by you, so that's all that matters. You now know who to keep close to your heart, and who you can trust. You're aware of the people that have done you wrong, and believe me girl, you aint ever letting them losers back in your life again! You can now enter 2016 with the right people by your side, and you can focus on giving them love, and affection. The haters don't matter. Nuh uh.

There have been many highlights for you in 2015 and above is a collage of some of them. Back in April, you started up your very own blog. You had no idea if you would stick at it, or even if you would get anywhere at all, but now, you have come further than you could have ever imagined. You may not have the most followers, but you have made yourself so proud, and you have learnt so much over the past few months. You have made new friendships, and strengthened old ones, you have discovered new places, and you have also learnt many life lessons along the way. You may have gone through many difficulties, and sometimes, you would want to give it all up, but that's okay. Life isn't meant to be perfect. You can't expect to wake up everyday to find yourself greeted with love, and sunshine. Things will be difficult, and there may be times where you can't even summon up the strength to get out of bed in the morning to face the day, but that's allowed.
Not everyone will like you, and sometimes you will feel like your world is falling apart, but each day, you will get stronger, and each day, you will remind yourself of why you are alive. What other people think of you is irrelevant. That's none of your concern. You do you, and leave them to do things their way. Don't allow negative people to interfere with your mindset. You are here on this Earth to be able to change people's lives, and positively make a difference in whatever way you can. I am so, so proud of everything that you have come through this year, and everything that you have managed to achieve. There are still some days where it feels like you're falling into that depressive, deadly hole again, and sometimes when you're in that mind-set, you not only take it out on yourself, but you also take it out on those who love you the most. You need to learn to stop being so harsh, and to stop pushing people away. You now know who cares about you, and who genuinely wants to be in your life for as long as they possibly can. So, stop taking it out on them when all they want to do is help you, and don't over-react quite so much, when there really is no need to. Just listen to your heart, and your loved ones. You can't go wrong with that Jadey. Don't ever doubt your gut instincts. If you feel that something is wrong, or there's something not quite right about someone, then chances are that you're right. And if you feel anxious, or unsafe in any sort of situation, regardless of what it is, then remove yourself. There have been far too many occasions where you have put yourself in danger, or at risk of danger, and that's not okay. That's never okay. Back then, you should have just walked away. I know you felt a sense of uncertainty, and discomfort, but you should have just walked off, even if it meant walking off on your own. Now you are always with at least one person you feel safe with, so let's hope there will be no more of these situations next year.

Although you have still experienced your fair share of ups, and downs this year (what do you expect, you are human!), I am still so immensely proud of you, and all that you have achieved. It's not only just the little things, like continuing to go to school every day, even though at times you feel suffocated with fear, and dread, or never failing to have a smile on your face. You always try to be smiley, and positive. It may not work at times, but you try, and that's all that matters. But, as I said, I'm not only proud of those little achievements. I'm also proud, because of the bigger things that you have achieved. You met up with one of your close friends Megan, and you travelled all the way by yourself, and spent the whole day up in London together. You even managed to have one of the best days ever, without getting yourself into a complete panic! Go you! You also went to Southend, and went on all of the rollercoasters that you were in awe of, yet petrified of for the past 5, or more years of your life. I mean, it may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it was very difficult for you to overcome those fears, but you did, and you had an amazing time. It feels good to be proud of yourself, doesn't it? I know you don't often give yourself much praise Jadey, but you really haven't done too badly this year girl. You still get very anxious, and you blow things way out of proportion on a daily basis, but hey, that's you. And that's okay. You have your regular mood swings, and you scream, and shout, and moan, and groan for hours on end, maybe even days on end. But, hey. That's you. And that's also okay. In the words of Jess Glynne, don't be so hard on yourself. Don't put yourself down, just because things are starting to get better, and you are beginning to see the sun through those ever looming clouds. It's okay to be happy. I know you find it scary when happiness comes to you, and you feel like you have to push it away, and say no to it, because you don't believe that you deserve happiness, but you do! Listen to your heart, and listen to what your loved ones are saying. They care, Jadey. They want you to be happy. It doesn't do you any good to come home crying, and to threaten that you are going to stop talking to people, just because you've had a rubbish day due to other reasons that are in no way whatsoever related to that person. You are such a positive, loving girl, who has so much to give. So, instead of trying to improve other people's happiness, and positivity levels all of the time, you should split it 50/50. Of course, you should help, and support other people as much as you possibly can, but don't you dare neglect yourself in the process. You are as worthy of love as anyone else is. So, please listen to yourself here, and stop denying the fact that you deserve love, and happiness.

I know that next year is going to be an amazing year for you. You have learnt so much, and come so far during 2015, and I have no doubt in my mind that you will succeed even further during 2016. I'm sure that so many doors are going to open for you - more than you could ever imagine, and each day, you will continue to not only amaze yourself with what you achieve, but those around you, who love you the most. I expect that you will surpass 100 followers, make even more people happy with the words that you use, strengthen your friendships, and relationships with certain special people in your life, succeed throughout the whole of Year 10, which is your first year of GCSE's, become more involved in the things that you enjoy (reading, writing, singing, baking, photography, blogging, and a few others), learn how to manage your time properly, capture, and create many more memories with your loved ones, and I also hope that you learn to be genuinely happier, and less stressed, if you can help it. I have no doubt that you will try to make the year as amazing as it can be. I do think it would be a beneficial idea if you set a couple of small goals though. I'm not going to say resolutions, as neither you, or I believe in setting 'resolutions' as such, but I have an idea of some of the goals you should set yourself. They are all achievable, and they will all help you in some way.

Try to gain some confidence within yourself, and don't be so doubtful
Learn how to manage your time, and organise your life a little better
Go out of your comfort zone - say yes to any opportunity you feel will help you
Up your blogging game - work on the photography, writing, and layout in general
Try to be kinder, and more understanding to everyone - forget the arguments
Make exciting plans, as often as possible, and get out whenever you can
Continue to get involved in the things that you love, and that make you most happy
Take some time out to relax, and recharge. It will do you the world of good.
Spend time with those who are closest to you. Don't let them feel unappreciated.
Try your hardest at school. It's difficult, but you are doing so well. Keep it up.


Before I come to the end of this letter, I just want to give you a couple of pieces of advice that may help you along the way during your journey into, and through 2016.

Follow your intuition, always
Be smart, and brave, as often as you can.
Think of other people before you speak, or act in a certain way.
Always tell the truth, no matter how terrible it may seem at times.
Don't take any rubbish off of anyone - no matter who they are.
Remember that you deserve everything wonderful in your life.
Stay true to who you are. Do what you love to do, and keep those things close to you.
Take time out every once in a while. You get easily over-whelmed with your emotions.
Work on your creative side, your mental side, your social side, and your physical side.
Use your experiences to help others overcome their own problems. Be kind-hearted.
Go for the things/people/experiences that make YOU happy, and help you grow as an individual.
Don't be two-faced, hypocritical, attention-seeking, or evil - they are not nice qualities.
Never tell someone that they are wrong until you have seen things from their view.
Make sure that a lot of incredible things happen this year. Whether they are big, or small.

Jadey. I hope you like this letter, and I hope you see how much time, and thought has really, truly gone into it. People often tell you that you have impacted their life, and that you have a gift of making others happy. That's something that you should take care of. Don't let that gift go, and don't ever change yourself for anyone, or anything. I'm sure you have many other goals for 2016, but if you put your positive lil mind to it, anything is possible.

Lots of love

x



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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Things I'm Grateful For


In today's generation, we take for granted just how lucky we really are. We get so many opportunities on an everyday basis, and for some people, they just click their fingers, and their loved ones give them whatever they want. There are some people like this who don't even appreciate what they receive. They just expect all of their wishes, and dreams to be handed to them on a silver platter. Everyone deserves presents if it's a special occasion, or if they have done particularly well in something, or even just as a surprise - but some people just take gifts for granted, and they don't show any gratitude whatsoever. It's the little things in life that matter the most anyway. Not everyone can have a brand new BMW, and the latest Chanel handbag. Money doesn't grow on trees. And that's okay. We should all start appreciating the things, and people that we do have, rather than focusing on the materialistic desires that are constantly in our mind. I think that this post is coming at the perfect time, because it's getting really close to Christmas now, and there are some people that don't even have a roof over their head, let alone lavish presents that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. That's why today I thought I'd share with you the things that I'm most grateful for. They don't cost any money, but they allow me to lead a very happy life, and they make me feel very lucky, and honoured to have them.

1. A warm bed - This probably sounds like quite a cliché to start off with, but I seriously wouldn't be anywhere near as mentally stable if I didn't have my bed in my life. I think I'd have lost the plot a long time ago if I didn't have somewhere to go to collect my thoughts, and calm myself down when I'm feeling under the weather, or as if I've fizzled out. Nothing can beat the comfort of your own bed - that's just a given. Whenever I'm feeling ill, or as if I'm in need of some proper relaxation time, then I light a candle, pop the TV on, or some YouTube, and I just chill out under the covers, and my super soft blanket. Sometimes having the option to relax on your own can really help with your state of mind, and it can improve your mood a lot too. I never used to like being in my room, but since things have been shifted around a little bit, and my bed is now in the corner, I feel like it's a lot cosier, and I actually am in it more often than not. Some people don't even have a bed, and I think that I should be more appreciative of the fact that not only do I have my own, clean, cosy bed, but I also have a whole bedroom to myself, and I really do think that having your own space can make the world of difference in so many ways.

2. Being surrounded by my loved ones - I'm very lucky in the sense that I'm surrounded by some amazing people, who inspire me, and bring a smile to my face everyday. I may not have the biggest family, and I may not be the most popular girl in my school, but I have a group of incredible people in my life, and I am so deeply grateful for everything that they do. Whenever I'm in need of comfort, or support, I know that I'm not alone, and I know that I will be able to receive that off of someone who's in my life. All of my loved ones do so, so much for me, and I am constantly trying to repay them, but I don't feel that anything I do will ever amount to what they do for me. I know that I can often take people for granted, but I don't ever mean to, and I know that if I were to ever lose anyone that's precious to me, I would be absolutely heartbroken, because they all mean the world to me, and they all have an influence on who I am as an individual.

3. The little things in life - There are so many little pleasures in life that every single one of us is bound to take for granted. A sunset/sunrise, a refreshing swim in the sea, a walk on the beach with our loved ones, the feeling of having a well-deserved lay in - the list is literally endless. I think that we should all make much more of a conscious effort to make a list of all the things that we are grateful for, or that make us smile within each day. You will be surprised at how many things you can find. Why don't you write a text message of appreciation to your mum for taking the time to make sure you have a lovely, home-cooked meal? Why don't you go, and meet up with an old friend, and reminisce on all the happy times from your childhood? It really is all about the little things. I can't stress that enough. Show the world some appreciation, and don't take the natural beauty's for granted.

4. The kindness of people I haven't met before - I often am taken aback by the kindness of people that I haven't even met before. Quite often, I will message people, simply because I feel that they deserve whatever compliment I'm going to give them, and I will literally be left in awe by their response. Sometimes, it can feel like the people that you're surrounded with at school, or at work are only there to pass rude remarks, or to put you down at whatever chance they get. Then you can have a brief encounter with someone who lives an hour, or more away from you, and you can literally just click. I'm so lucky to have met some lovely, kind people through the internet, and whenever I feel like nobody else understands me, or like I just need a rant, I will message one of them, or even just message someone I've never spoken to before if they seem down, and we will just have a really deep, meaningful conversation. If I know that someone is feeling down, then I want to be able to take the opportunity to try, and make them feel better, in case nobody else has bothered that day. The same goes for if I'm feeling down. Usually, the people who end up making me feel better actually tell me that they feel better knowing they have helped me, and that way, the compliments just keep flowing between us, and we build up such a lovely connection that can be carried on through future conversations.

5. The struggles that I've dealt with in the past - This may sound like quite a weird one, but don't worry, I'm gonna explain it. I have been through quite a lot in the past, and not all of it was pretty. I'm not going to dwell on it in this post, because now isn't the time for it, but it's been a pretty rough ride to get to where I am now. Although things haven't always been the best, I'm glad that I've had to deal with the struggles that have I have previously come across in the past. If I hadn't have gone through them, I probably wouldn't be where I am now, and I certainly wouldn't have gained the strength that I have now built up. I truly do believe that everything happens for a reason, and all of the negative, nasty stuff that has happened before doesn't even matter anymore. What matters now is focusing on the present, and looking towards the future. You can't change the past, but you can be grateful, and appreciative of the lessons that it taught you, and you can use these lessons to help shape your future, and help those who may be going through what you went through back then.

6. Everything in relation to Christmas - If I had to pick an absolute favourite time of the year, it would be Christmas. I literally spend the whole year getting excited all over again, and by the beginning of November, I'm well, and truly in the festive spirit. I had bought, and wrapped all of the presents I am planning to give to my friends in the middle of November, and so I knew that this year I was going to be well, and truly prepared. There's just something about Christmas that genuinely does make it the most magical time of the year. I've already expressed my thoughts on the importance of your loved ones, but I'm going to be emphasising it again. Family, and friends are literally the most important thing in an individual's life. Who we surround ourselves with really does determine a lot, and these people can stick with us throughout our entire journey on this Earth. I think that appreciation of our loved ones is particularly important during the Christmassy time of year, because so many people are alone, and so many people have to go without gifts, year after year. I really enjoy spending time, and money on the people that mean the most to me, because I feel like after everything they have done for me throughout that year, they really do deserve it, and it's just something nice to do, right? I always put a lot of thought into everything that I purchase, and even though I'm hideous at wrapping (I am at the moment, but I'm working on it!), I love giving the gifts to people, and finding out what they think, even though it's slightly nerve-wracking too. I'm not going to lie, I do also love receiving gifts. Not in a spoilt way at all, because of course I never expect anything, but I really appreciate the thought that goes behind the gifts, and I feel really special knowing that I'm appreciated, and loved. I mean, who doesn't? I also really enjoy spending proper, quality time with my loved ones around Christmas though. It's such a loving time, and it really warms my heart to be in the company of those that I love the most. I just think it's really important that we don't take it for granted, ever.

I really hope you liked this post! Let me know what you think. What are the things that you are the most grateful for? Post a comment below, and tell me what you think!
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x   
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Top 3 A/W Lipsticks

 
Around this time of year, I tend to back away from bright, garish lipsticks, and I usually gravitate towards deeper, berry shades. I've picked out my top 3 that I'd like to share with all of you today, and I typically switch between them, depending on my mood, the weather, and my outfit that day. They are all budget friendly options, because they are all under £10, and you can buy them from either Boots, or Superdrug, so they are readily available. Although they are all deeper shades in comparison to vibrant, summery ones, they are all still quite different. The one towards the left is quite a sultry, cerise shade in a liquid form, the middle one is a very dark plum in quite a glossy form, and the one towards the far right is an everyday, neutral pink, but it's more appropriate for the colder months, and it's in a crayon form, so it's quite matte in comparison to the other two.
 
 
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial / £6.49 - I don't actually think that I've ever spoken about this lip lacquer on my blog before. When I first purchased it right back at the beginning of the year, and I tried it out initially, I didn't really know how I felt about it. It's an everyday shade, but it's a darker version, which makes it a lot more appropriate to wear during these wintery months. For those of you who are less familiar with what a lip lacquer is, it's the same consistency as a lipgloss, but it doesn't really appear as a lipgloss, because it dries more matte than that. It's not the sort of shade that I would opt for during the spring, and summer months, but in the time between about September - February, I absolutely love this product! I haven't worn it too much lately, but that's only because I haven't really been wearing makeup all that often, as I'm either at school, chilling at homes, or I'm blogging. It doesn't have the nicest of smells, but if you can look past that, then I'm pretty sure anyone would love wearing this. Considering it's Rimmel, which is a drugstore brand, I actually think that the packaging is really sophisticated, and I also really like the doe foot applicator, because you can easily apply the product to your lips, without it smearing everywhere, as the applicator fits perfectly to the shape of your lips. There are other darker shades in the range, but I actually am a massive fan of this product, and so I would definitely considering trying out some other, deeper colours.
 
 
Topshop Lipstick in Fast Lane / £8.00 - Can you believe I'm including a purple lipstick in my 'Top 3'? If I were you, I would be pretty shocked! Some of you may not know this about me, but believe it or not, I'm actually not shy at all when it comes to my lipstick choices. I would happily pose for a photo wearing blue lipstick if I really wanted to, and if I found one that was flattering enough. Whenever I put up fashion posts, I'm always wearing pretty neutral lipsticks, and so I thought that I'd release the crazy side of myself in today's post, and share with you a vampy lipstick, which is spot on for this time of year. Considering Topshop is quite an expensive brand to say the least, I was pretty sceptical when I realised that they had brought out an entire beauty range. For a good few months, I was debating whether or not to bite the bullet, and purchase this product, and I'm so glad I did. I also have another brighter lipstick that I wear in the warmer months, but that isn't the main focus in this post. Purple lipsticks are incredibly hard to pull off, and I'm not stating that I can do that at all, but I believe that makeup is an expression of an individual, and Autumn/Winter is the time for me that I feel it's appropriate to wear whatever I like on my face, regardless of how deep it is. If any of you are looking for a vampy, plum shade, then this one really is the best choice that you could go for. It is difficult to apply, and it requires a lot of precision, but once you have mastered the technique (once again, I'm not saying that I have), it's a beautiful shade for day, and night. It's quite glossy too, which is always an added bonus, right?
 
 
Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Elusive / £7.99 - Another lip product that I have previously mentioned on my blog is this matte balm by Revlon. Seeing as it's matte, I never usually wear it during the Spring/Summer, because it would only dry my lips out more, but during the Autumn/Winter, I actually wear it quite regularly. It's a gorgeous, dusky pink, which is perfect for this time of year, and even though it's matte, it doesn't emphasise any cracks, or dry parts. It lasts for quite a long time, and it has a really nice finish to the lips, so I think that it would suit anyone. You can always layer a deeper rosy gloss over the top of it if you don't like such a matte finish, but I don't have a problem with it at all! I think that it's very flattering on my skin tone, and once again, even though it's a drugstore brand, the packaging is really sleek, and each crayon reflects the colour that you will see inside, which is actually spot on to what you do receive.
 
 
What lip colours do you gravitate towards during the Autumn/Winter?
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x
 
 




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Sunday, 13 December 2015

10 Things That Make Me Happy


Considering the fact that I'm a positivity enthusiast, it's kinda crazy knowing that I haven't actually done many positivity focused posts. I'd like to try and incorporate them into my blog a little bit more, just because it's something that I enjoy writing about, and I feel like it would be beneficial to many people too. Today I'm going to be talking about 10 things that make me happy. I'm sure that there are way more than just 10 things that make me happy, but I thought that I'd start off with a smaller number, so that you can all get some ideas as to what things may be able to make you happy, or bring joy to your life. Let me know in the comments below what your top 10 things are! Now, let's jump into it..

1. Taking photographs - I don't just love taking photographs, but I also love looking at photos, both my own, and other peoples, and knowing that I'm capturing precious memories that will last a lifetime makes me so happy. I always try to take photos at any chance I get, not just for the purposes of my blog, but for myself, and my loved ones too. Whenever something particularly special, or nice happens, I usually try to document it by taking a quick snap of it. Memories can last forever, if they are remembered, and treasured. I have a mini memory box that I've got quite a collection of little bits, and bobs in, including stacks of precious pictures, and general sentimental keepsakes. I don't have that much in it, but I hope to build it up, so that I can always look back on the times that made me the happiest. Memories never change over time, even if certain people do.

2. Writing - I think that this is a bit of an obvious one, don't you? I've mentioned it numerous times here on my blog, but really, I can't ever mention the things that make me happy enough. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved everything to do with reading, and writing. There's just something about those two things that fill me with such immense joy. I have an incredibly wild imagination, I absolutely adore reading books, and I also love creative writing, whatever the sort. I do love writing as a whole, so both English Language, and English Literature, but particularly English Language, as it allows me to express my thoughts, and it also lets my creativity, and imagination flow at the same time. It would be an absolute dream of mine if I could write my own book some day, or maybe even more than one. I'm not sure if I'd write a fiction, or a non-fiction, but I know that I'd want to influence the way that other people view reading, and I'd also like to help people, so hopefully that dream will come true some day. Who knows?

3. Christmas - It's the most wonderful time of the year. It really, truly is. I don't think that anything could ever compare to Christmas, if I'm honest. Everything about it is just incredible. It's such a special day for me, and I know that I'm not the only person in the world who thinks so either. The decorations, the atmosphere around the streets, and in peoples homes, the warmth, and joy that everyone seems to be experiencing, and the actual day itself. There's so much love, and happiness around this time of year, and I find it so comforting, and special. I have loved Christmas ever since I was a little girl, and even as I get older each year, I still make it out to be just as big of a deal as I did previously. It only happens once every 12 months, and I think that's what makes it even more special when it comes around to the lead up itself. I wrapped all of the Christmas presents that I had bought by the time it was the end of November! I love being able to treat the people that I care about the most, and I find it so touching when I can tell that they have clearly thought about what gifts I'd appreciate receiving in return too.

4. Music - Yep. I'm talking about music again. I don't really think that a day goes by where I don't listen to some kind of music. Whether it's on the radio when I'm on my way to, and from school, or whether it's before I go to bed, or even whilst I'm writing up a blog post for all of you. I just bloody love music. If I had to pick some current favourites, then you can find out what they would be on my recent music discoveries post! I also love singing, so I guess you could say that's another passion of mine actually.

5. Shopping - What girl doesn't love shopping? I mean, seriously. Everyone loves shopping (that's what I think anyway), but I'm a serious shopaholic. If I see something that I like, or I feel that it would suit me, I just instantly convince myself that I need it. I don't know why I'm like that, because it's actually quite a bad habit, but I guess that's just the way it is, and I don't have a problem with buying new things, except when I become skint, I don't really think anyone is too pleased with me, if I'm honest. On the positive side, I end up with lovely, new things, and all of you get to benefit as I can recommend things - it's a win-win situation! Apologies to my purse..

6. Family & Friends - I'm a very lucky girl in the sense that I'm surrounded by some incredible people. My family always manage to crack some sort of joke whenever we're all together, and we are a pretty crazy bunch, so that's something that occurs very often! I always enjoy going out shopping with the ladies, or going out for meals all together, and we just always have a nice time. As for my friends, I honestly wouldn't be where I am without them. The small selection that I have, I know that I can trust them with anything, and everything, as they are always there to support every decision, and choice that I make. They can always cheer me up, and put a smile on my face, when things in my world are looking kinda bleak. And, if you're reading Charlie, (which you probably are!), then you come into this message too stinky, don't you worry! Thank you all for everything that you do, and for constantly motivating, and loving me. It means the world.

7. Sunshine - Something that we don't get very often in the UK is sunshine, and warm weather. I'm the sort of person who gets incredibly hot, incredibly quickly, but I do love feeling the warmth from the sunshine on me. When I was on holiday in the summer, I got such a lovely tan, and I spent a good few days in a row sunbathing. I hate sweating, and I hate getting too hot, as I normally just feel pain then, but the sun makes everything look 10 times prettier, and it puts everyone in a better mood, without a doubt.

8. YouTube & Blogging - I've been watching YouTube videos since I was 9 years old. That's a whole 5 years of my life that I have spent the majority of my free time on the internet. I started off by watching all of the typical beauty gals, such as Sammi Maria, Zoe Sugg, Sara Walker, Grace Victory, Louise Pentland, Tanya Burr, and then I discovered many other vloggers later on. I have been reading blogs for as long as I can remember too, but I've gotten into them a lot more within the past year, and a half. I've also now had my own blog for 9 months, and I honestly couldn't have made a better decision. I think I started it at exactly the right time, and I've honestly come so far already. I'm only 14, but I hope to continue writing here at Simply Jadey for many years to come. I have already learnt so much within the past few months as it is, and over the next year, I hope to continue improving my posts, and I also hope to build up more of a community. Blogging has become such a huge part of my life, and I feel so honoured to be a part of such an amazing network. Thank you so much to all of you who have supported me, and taken the time to read my posts. It really does mean a lot, honestly. All I want to do is help people, and knowing that I'm already getting closer towards that dream makes me feel so happy.

9. Food & Drinks - Oh my goodness. Food. The love of my life. Pancakes, pizza, chocolate, pasta, sweets, cake, cheese, fruit, ice-cream, bread - it's all so damn good! And drinks. Milkshakes, juice, fizzy drinks, flavoured water, energy drinks - everything. Although I can be quite a fussy eater at times, especially when I go out for meals, I am a complete, and utter foodie. I could eat, and eat for days on end, even when I'm not particularly hungry. I'm actually a terrible cook, but that's something that I hope to work on in the future!

10. Adventures - We live in such an incredible world that I think it would be such a shame if we didn't explore as many corners of it as we possibly could. Life is honestly so short, and nobody even knows when they may have reached the end of their time of this Earth, so I think it's much more important if we make the most of it while we still can. I love visiting new places, and discovering things that I haven't ever come across before. There's something so fascinating about the whole experience. Whether it's a completely different country, town, city, park, or anything else. I just love going on adventures. I'm also an adrenaline junkie. Although I'm a very anxious person, I absolutely adore the feeling of receiving an adrenaline rush! I want to sky dive, paraglide, parasail, jetski, and do everything else that can give me an adrenaline rush. This also links to the fact that I hope to travel all over the world someday. It's such a beautiful place, and there's so much that each continent has to offer that I haven't had the chance to experience yet.

Leave me a list of 10 things that make you happy! Let's all be positive, shall we? :)

Lots of love,

Jade x


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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Let's All Have A Casual Chat


I have recently been noticing a particular video idea that has been floating around YouTube for a couple of weeks now. It goes by the name of 'The Stripped Down Challenge'. The whole concept behind this idea is that the person filming the video has 10 minutes to talk about whatever they would like to get off their chest. It can't be edited, or scripted, or anything of the sort. It has to be all natural, and from the heart. I've become very inspired in particular by both Katie Joslin, and Grace Bruce, and this is why I feel that it's a nice idea for me to write up this post for all of you today.

I don't have a set list of things that I would like to talk about, but I don't want this post to be too long, so I'm just going to jump straight into it in the other that the topics come into my head.

Before I heard about this challenge, I'd actually been planning on doing like a monthly casual chat series. I haven't really thought too much about specific topics at this moment in time, but it's something that I'm working on as we speak. I would say that I can mainly be referred to as a beauty, and lifestyle blogger, but I also dabble in other things, such as mental health, fashion, advice, and other sorts of topics. I'm already quite open here, hence why I talk about the deeper, more personal parts of life, but I feel that by doing these monthly casual chat posts, I can reveal a personal side of me, but on a more general level. As I say, I have already delved into quite a bit of my private life, and I have spoken about a number of different issues that I have suffered with personally, but I want to take a break from that for a little while, I guess. Over the last few weeks, I have been writing up a series called 'An Insight Into My Life'. The whole purpose behind these sorts of posts is that my readers can get to know me on a personal level, and genuinely get 'an insight into my life', but without knowing all of the ins, and outs, and the ups, and the downs. Of course, I'm more than happy to address everything that has gone on in my past, all that's going on currently, and all of my hopes for the future, but sometimes it's nice to take a step back from all of that. Instead of just talking about my experiences with bullying, and loneliness, I can talk about much more diverse topics, like travelling, music, style, and all of those lighter topics in life. I just feel like I'm one of those people who always has a lot on their mind, and I always have a lot to say, so instead of just talking about my life, and sensitive topics all of the time, I thought it would be nice if I could talk about general things that I've been thinking of during that time, and things that have sparked an interest, or a topic of conversation that I could rant to you about.

As I'm sure many of you already know if you're a regular reader, English is, and always has been my favourite subject at school. I absolutely adore every aspect of English, and it's something that has always fascinated me too. If I didn't go down the career path that I'm hoping to go down in the future, then I would love to potentially go down the writing/journalism route if I could get the opportunity. I feel like with English, there is no right, or wrong answer. I'm currently studying the novella 'The Strange Case Of Jekyll and Hyde' and I'm actually really getting into it. Some of the contextual things that we learn about in the lessons, or that we end up discussing as a class seem to stem ideas for blog posts, such as this one. We have recently been discussing things that relate to the novella, and they have quite often led me to think of many different things. One thing that stuck out to me the most is the idea of the duality of human nature. This suggests that people often have two sides to them, and although we may put on a façade to the outside world, it doesn't mean that we are completely innocent, and pure all of the time. Even though this prediction is based of a text, it can apply to every day life too. Every single person has a 'good' side, and a 'bad' side, in my opinion. I think that most people can come across as well-respectable, and as if they don't have a bad bone in their body, but really, we all know that isn't true. Nobody is perfect, and we all have our flaws, and the things that make us slightly less likable. This statement also goes for the fact that there is two sides to every story. Just because one person reckons that one thing happens, it doesn't mean that their point of view is necessarily true, and it doesn't mean that their opinion is the one that you absolutely have to agree with. Every sees things differently to another person, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion on any subject. People often tend to hide behind a façade, because they feel that they should keep certain aspects of their life, and their personality concealed. I agree with this in some ways, but in other ways, I disagree. I'm all about being open, and honest, but I do understand that some things have to be kept private, and it's okay if not everyone wants to share everything about their life to the whole world. On the other hand, I don't agree that people should be giving off a fake portrayal to onlookers, because that will only complicate things in the future, and if someone has a fake personality, then there's not much point in anyone associating with them, because there is no honesty whatsoever.

I really do love the fact that English is such a broad subject, because reading other people's writing, and even creating your own writing shows that if you look deeper into context, and the reasons behind what is said, you will begin to understand life in general from a much clearer perspective. So, if you read war poems, or heart-wrenching, tragedies then you look into the background of the text, and you unpick the words, and think about the connotations, and the symbols, then you will be able to gather a variety of different ideas, and it will also lead your imagination, and your mind to work a lot more freely, whilst enabling the text to become a lot more significant, as we are encouraged to think more deeply about the story, the messages that it's trying to present to us, and also how it may connect to everyday, real life issues that we are faced with.
This means that poems, novels, and descriptive writing pieces are a lot more personal, and easily relatable, because they come from the heart, and they allow a real insight into an individual's life, and background. I also feel that I can express myself most effectively through words, because they can delve so much deeper than a video message, and I feel that it's a lot more personal. Whenever I have something on my mind, rather than just talking about it to a friend in real life, or on a phone call, I usually just send them a message instead, as I find it so much easier to get my point across. 

Lately, I've been thinking about things that I enjoy doing in my spare time. I've always been quite an introverted, reserved person, in comparison to other people my age. I often keep myself to myself, and I don't really like to get involved in the things that other people get involved in, like drinking, partying, staying up all night, and all of that. I do get quite lonely at times, but I do like being in my own company, and I like being able to relax in the comfort of my own home. Whenever I go out with more than one person at a time, or especially if I go out with a group (which rarely happens nowadays anyway), I always feel incredibly uncomfortable, and out of place. I don't know if it's just me, but I find myself getting anxious all of the time, let alone when I'm out, and involved in social situations. I always have to be around at least one person that I feel completely content with, because if I suddenly feel the need to escape, or break away from the discomfort that I'm in, then I need to be able to do that as quickly as possible, and ideally, the other person would understand me well enough to know just how panicky I can get at times.
With that rant aside, there are a few things that I like to do whenever I have some free time. Following on from my love of English, I like to snuggle up with some blankets, or a hot drink, and read a book, and I also like to write blog posts (that's an obvious one!). I feel like I can properly express myself in the best way when I'm writing up blog posts, and that's something that makes me really happy, and it's definitely a passion that I've quickly developed over the past year. I also really like reading other people's blogs, and watching YouTube videos, TV, or documentaries. I'm quite a visual person, and I'm always looking for new things to read, or watch, so if any of you ever have any recommendations, then please feel free to let me know. I usually just spend my evenings slumped on the sofa, or cosily tucked up under blankets in bed, so I like to be able to chill out, and unwind, and watching, and reading things allows me to do that, whilst still learning new things, and being able to comfort, and calm myself. A pamper evening once in a while isn't a bad idea either! Who doesn't love to treat themselves? Anyway, those are all of the things that I like to do in my spare time if I'm usually by myself, but I also like doing things with other people. If I am going to spend time with my loved ones, then I like to go out shopping, for a meal, to the cinema, to their house to watch films, and just generally hang out, or I just like to have a day in with them, whatever we're doing, because as long as I'm with the people I love, nothing else really matters, because they are enough to make me happy.

That's all I'm going to be talking about for today's post. It's something a little bit different, so let me know what you think about it, regardless as to whether your opinion's good, or bad. I do have a couple of topic ideas, but I don't really know if they are things that you would all be interested in hearing me talk about. I recently did a post about music, and that was something that I really enjoyed, and I'd like to do more posts about topics that I genuinely feel passionately about, because I could literally bang on about them for ages. I could talk more about body image, relationships, school (GCSE's particularly), trust, dealing with drama, makeup, friendships, personal influences, and what kind of things I stand for, and believe in. Those are just a couple of ideas, but if any of you have any others, then feel free to contact me, and let me know. I don't feel that I interact with my readers as much as I would like to, and so it would honestly mean the world to me if you got in contact with me, and started commenting more. It would be lovely if we could all build up a little community here at Simply Jadey, and then we could all help to make each other feel better, and we could all be friends too!

What posts would you like to see? And what has been the highlight of your week this week? 

Lots of love,
 
Jade x
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

The 10 Product Face

 

Considering I have been blogging for 9 months now, I haven't done as many beauty posts as I feel I would have liked to. I'm trying to produce better quality content, and I'm spending more time on the photography of each post, as well as the writing, so hopefully that will begin to pay off! Today I'm going to be doing a post about makeup, once again. I thought I'd show you some of my everyday essentials that I have been wearing on my face lately, because there's only 10 of them, and they are all affordable, so I thought that it would be an interesting fun to do, and a bit of a shorter one for those of you who don't appreciate my rambles. What sort of posts do you like me writing about most? Beauty, fashion, lifestyle, photography, or advice? Feel free to contact me, and let me know!

 
Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser / £4.19 - I don't think that this product will come as much of a surprise to any of you, unless you're a new reader, because I've been banging on about it in my last few beauty posts. Although I wasn't a fan of it when I first purchased it quite a while ago, I have since grow to like it a lot more. If you have very dry skin, or your skin feels in need of a really good moisture, then this would be the perfect product for your skin to drink up, as it really does quench the dryness, in my opinion. I usually apply this before I apply any of my regular makeup over the top of it, as it acts like my version of a base (until I cave in, and try out a primer, or a few), and then my foundation, concealer, and any powder products sit really nicely for the rest of the day.
 
 
Dermatologica Sheer Tint Tinted Moisturiser / £34.80 - Similarly to the Simple moisturiser that I just mentioned, I have been loving this little beauty a lot more during the recent weeks. It has quite an odd smell, so I guess that could potentially put some people off, but it doesn't really bother me anymore, as I'm used to it. I think that whenever I use this as my base product, it just completely improves the appearance of my skin. It doesn't really have that much coverage, as it is only a sheer tinted moisturiser, but if I do want to wear some form of product that offers a minimal amount of coverage, then I would without a doubt go for this option. It isn't the cheapest, but if you buy it, and then use it sparingly, it can last for quite a few months. I just think that it can make your skin look so much better, and it doesn't even look like you're wearing any makeup at all, which is just an added bonus!
 
 


 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer / £4.19 - This concealer literally used to be all that people would talk about a while ago. It was so hyped up that I genuinely think every woman, and her cat owned it. I had tried it out after I'd heard endless reviews about it, but once I'd tried it, I just didn't fall as in love with it as I would have expected that I would. I was already liking other concealers at the time, so it just wasn't something that interested me much at all. Recently, I stopped using the other concealers that I had been using, and then I converted back to this one, as I wanted to give it another go. As you can see, it became a staple in my everyday makeup routine. It dramatically helps to reduce the appearance of spots, it gets rid of any noticeable dark circles, and it just generally improves any problem areas that you may have, so it's no wonder that all people used to do was hype it up until the cows came home. It also has a doe foot applicator, which makes it really easy to apply, and you can either blend it with a brush, a beauty blender, or even just your fingers. It's super easy, and it does blend really nicely too.
 
 
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara / £7.99 - I genuinely can't explain how much I actually love this mascara. It's absolutely insane! I have tried out a fair few mascaras over the last few years, believe me, so when I say this one is by far the best one that I have ever used, I really do mean that. Whenever I wear it (even though I don't wear makeup all day everyday), I get so many compliments (not to blow my own trumpet, or anything), and people always ask me what it is that I'm wearing on my lashes. It thickens them, it lengths them, it blackens them, and it adds a whole lotta volume too! I'm the sort of gal who likes really curly, voluminous eyelashes, rather than just longer ones, as mine are already quite long without mascara, and with this product, that's exactly what I get. The tube looks really sophisticated, and glamorous, and I love the colour of it too - I mean, who wouldn't?! If you were going to buy, and try any mascara, then I would definitely suggest that you pick this one up, and it isn't even as expensive as other mascara's can be.
 
 
Collection Extreme Felt Tip Liner / £2.99 - I usually only wear liquid eyeliner during the colder months, and that's why I'm including this one by Collection in today's post. Although I'm sure there are quite a few people who like to wear liquid eyeliner in the summer months too, I just don't think that's the right option for me, and so I usually like to wear it in the time between October-February. Collection is an incredibly affordable, high-street brand, and it just goes to show that even though a brand, or a product is on the less expensive side, it doesn't mean that it's any less amazing in comparison to the high-end, designer brands. I'm really not that good at liquid eyeliner, and it's still a skill that I think I need to work on perfecting if I want to pull it off on the occasions that I do wear it, but I think that this is the easiest option to work with if you do want to rock the eyeliner look. It's quite an easy applicator to get to grips with, as it's just a regular sized nib, and it's much simpler than if you were to use a gel liner, or something else a little more dramatic, so if you're beginning, or you just want a cheaper alternative that allows you to create a feline flick, then this wouldn't be a bad choice for you, particularly if you're a teenager, like myself.
 
 
Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in Seductive Pink / £8.99 - Unlike many other beauty bloggers, and makeup lovers, I've actually never really been a huge fan of blush. I'm naturally quite a pale person, and whenever I get too hot, too cold, or incredibly embarrassed, I always go this horrible bright pinky red colour, so I used to wonder what the point was of me emphasising the redness of my cheeks even further, in the hope that it would make me feel mildly prettier? It just made no sense to me. I've since changed my mind though. Although this blush certainly isn't the cheapest that there is, I really have fallen in love with it, and I do find myself wearing it on a regular basis. It's kind of a marble type blush, if that makes sense, and so I just swirl my brush in it, and then apply it to the apples of my cheeks, and it leaves me with a really beautiful, rosy finish without looking too full on at all. It's definitely worth every penny in my opinion, as I don't really use any other product on my cheeks at the moment apart from this little beauty, and that says a lot!
 
 
Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Quad in What's Nude / £9.00 - I do apologise for the fact that I don't opt for the cheapest of makeup products, but they are all what work best for me, and it's only 10 products, so I think that's justifiable. Anyway, this quad is absolutely perfect for any sort of eye look that you're trying to create. As well as being 2 light shades at the top, there are two darker shades at the bottom, which makes it a really versatile, easily wearable quad, and considering 4 single eye shadows would probably add up to at least £10, or more, you're saving either way when you think about it. You get 4 very well pigmented, differing shades, and all for the price of £9.00. How could you go wrong?! Considering how much you're paying for it, and what a range of proper quality eye shadows you get, this really isn't a bad option at all. All of the shades are equally as beautiful, and I genuinely do use all of them at some point when I whip this little quad out. I can't recommend it enough, and if you only had to use 1 product for your eye shadow, then I would say that this would have to be the one.
 
 
Soap & Glory Matte Lipstick in Super Nude / £9.00 - If you have read any of my previous beauty posts, then you will know just how much I adore this lipstick by Soap & Glory. It's such a gorgeous 'my lips, but better' shade, and I think that it could suit everyone, regardless of their appearance, or their complexion. Seeing as it's matte, I suppose that the average person would assume that this would be a very drying, flaky lipstick, but in fact, it's the complete opposite of that. I wouldn't necessarily say that it's moisturising, but then again, I suppose it is in a way, because it gives my lips a really nice, matte finish, but it still makes them feel soft whenever I apply this. It also stays for quite a long time, and it doesn't rub off when I eat, or drink, which is always what you need when looking for a lipstick, am I right? I even managed to convince my mum to love this lipstick! What a win!
 
 
Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Picnic In The Park / £5.99 - I have loved Tanya for as long as I can remember (if you have read her book, you will understand what I mean by that little comment, even though it wasn't even at all intentional!), and when she revealed how she was going to be releasing her own beauty range, I honestly couldn't see what she had to offer. This was quite a while ago now, and I have had this lipgloss since well before the summer, but clearly you can see just how much I love it if I'm including it now, not because I purchased this gloss ages ago, but also because it's winter now, which typically means bye bye bubblegum pink, and hello berry shades. I guess that I'm a rebel, who doesn't play by the typical rules though, right? It smells insane for a start! Even if you aren't interested in buying this product, you really do need to go, and give it a sniff, because you won't regret. It's lovely, and glossy, and it's such a beautiful shade for the spring, and summer months. The packaging has actually been redesigned now, but I think it looks really chic, and sophisticated either way. I don't normally go for lipglosses, as I find that they can tend to be quite sticky, but I don't actually have a problem with this one - it's definitely bearable! You could always ask for it for Christmas if you're interested. It would be a sweet little stocking filler. Who has tried any other lipglosses from her range? I'd love to know if you have any recommendations!
 
How are you feeling about these regular beauty posts from me? Do you like them, or not?
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x






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