Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Beginning

I started 'Simply Jadey' back in April earlier this year. I didn't really know what direction I wanted my blog to go in at first, but after I had gotten used to the idea of sitting behind a computer, writing about whatever my heart desired on that day, then I discovered my true 'blogging destiny', if you will.

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to help people. If you know me personally, then you will already be well aware of how passionately I feel about this particular topic. I always try my best to be there for anyone who may need a little love, offering support in any way that I can. I don't do it because I pity someone, or because I am bored within that moment, and so I just want to pass the time. I do it because I genuinely care about others. I genuinely want to help as many people as I can during my life. I know that I can't just help one person on the one-off occasion, and expect to have changed the world, but I know that if I spend time and effort on other individuals, then after a while, I can certainly leave an impact on their lives. All of the times that I have listened, given a hug, smiled when they seem down, explained my solution to the situation - all of these little things can have a huge effect on someone else's life. This is why I blog. This is why I spend my time coming up with thoughtful, genuinely encouraging blog post ideas, writing them all up, and producing the most helpful content that I can. It isn't just something that I can do within 5 minutes. It can take anywhere from an hour, to a few days to produce just one blog post. But, I don't mind that. I think that the more time I spend on a post, the more meaningful it is, and the more of a powerful message it gives to you.

Alongside all that, I do have my own life. I am currently in Year 10, completing my first proper year of GCSE's. I have a group of friends. I have a family. I have a selection of hobbies that I enjoy doing in my free time. But, I also have a blog. I also have a blog, the one that you are reading now, called Simply Jadey. And I post here, twice a week, in the hope that it will help one of you, or make one of you smile for the day. I dedicate a part of my week to my blog, and to all of you who are reading.
I do it, because I want to do it. I care about each and every one of you who has clicked onto this post in curiosity, or in delight. I care about you all, because I know what it's like. I know what it's like to be so low that you fail to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know what it's like to feel such sadness and pain lodged right into every part of your chest. I know what it's like to feel as though your broken heart may never be fixed again. I know. But, I am still here. And so are you, sweetie.
You are here for a reason. You are on this planet Earth, because you are meant to be. You may not see the purpose behind your life just yet, but I can promise you right now, there is one, and you will find it sooner than you think. You may have days where you just want everything to end. You will want to pull the covers over your head, and declare that you give up, and the world has won at tearing you down. We all experience that at some stage in our lives. That is okay. We are all human. But, giving up should never be an option. We are all capable of achieving anything that we set our mind to. We all have lungs that allow us to breathe, and hearts that allow us to feel such emotion.
We are all human, and we are all wonderfully unique. We are all strong soldiers who are capable of conquering even the bloodiest battles. We are all going to live our lives to the absolute fullest.

This is why I blog. This is why I set up Simply Jadey back in April earlier this year. To touch people's hearts, to make them feel such deep, and raw emotion, to make them feel happy to be alive. To encourage them to see the light at the end of the darkest tunnel. I want to save, and change lives. I want someone to look at me, and say "Because of you, I didn't give up. You saved my life". I understand that is quite an insane dream, but I hope that one day I will achieve that, and many more.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person who has come along this journey so far. Whether you read my blog posts, whether you support me in my personal, everyday life, or whether we used to speak, or have spoken briefly before. I thank each and every one of you.
Without you, this journey would never have been possible. I genuinely do hope that I help some of you, whether in a little way, or a large way. You are all so important to me. You are my shining stars.

I love you all so much, and I am always here for any of you, whenever you may need me. I promise.

P.S. I have written my favourite poem below, just in case you need that extra bit of motivation today.

Human - Ridley Mcnabb
Today, I will be brave.
I will admit to the fact that I still haven't found that happiness I've been searching for.
It could be the fact that I haven't looked hard enough, or maybe I've just been looking too hard.
It could be the fact that there's a hormone in our bodies called serotonin, but my therapist says that I don't produce enough and that's why I have this thing that she calls depression.

So I take pills to make me feel better and that might be weird, you can think that if you want because the truth is that I think I'm weird too. Sometimes I think my weirdness is good, I can make people laugh if I really want to and I think that's pretty cool but there's also a bad weirdness to me that makes me feel really sad even though my life truly isn't all that bad but I can't help it. I can't just tell myself that everything's going to be okay because sometimes I don't even think I believe that anymore.

But today, I will be brave.
I will admit to the fact that yes, I have scars. But you know what? I have a birth mark on my right leg. I have freckles on my arms, I have ten fingers and a heart that pumps blood into my lungs and my lungs help me breathe. I have brown eyes and approximately one hundred and fifty hairs growing out of my eyelids that protect them from dust.

Yes, maybe I have purposely tried to hurt myself but so what? People say that whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. Well I must be pretty damn powerful because every day is a war between life and death and I may not think that I'm beautiful, or smart, or worthy, but I have a broken heart that's still beating and a terrifying mind that is still able to think about the children in Africa and the people suffering from cancer and the lonely girl in my class that I wish I had the courage to talk to and tell her that we are all human. We may not feel that we deserve to be alive but we have blood coursing through our veins and purity in our souls and mouths that are capable of speaking every single language in the world and brains that hold an infinite amount of knowledge and bones that allow us to move and hearts that can love.

So please, be brave.
Put the gun down. Step away from the bridge, throw the pills away, untie the knot and stay with us. Use your bones to lift your hand and place it to the left of your chest and feel the vibration of the most important organ in your body pulsing, keeping you alive. And that, my friend, is called purpose. You are still here despite everything that's ever happened to you. You survived the day when your best friend stopped calling and the day you waited two hours for that person who never showed up and the day you got picked up early from school to have your parents watch you get beat up on the playground and that's the day when they realized that their daughter is a loser but it's okay because you survived. You ignored the monster in your mind that is constantly knocking on doors but never being let in because you had the courage to say "stop. I deserve to be happy. I deserve to feel good about myself."

You are not a freak. You are not a loser. You are not fat, you are not ugly, you are not stupid. You are sixty percent water, sixty-five percent oxygen, eighteen percent carbon and one hundred percent human. Do not hate your body, you're beautiful. Do not hate your scars. Love them. Learn from them. Be the person who can say "yes, life was a battle and I didn’t come out untouched. I was beaten down and torn apart and bleeding from the skin and the heart. But I won." You conquered the bloodiest war, and you are so brave.

Yes, life is full of grief, and tragedy, and so much pain. Life is full of evil people and sickness and days where all you want to do is just get out of this place with so much hatred and cruelty and unfairness. But I have seen someone helping a stranger on the sidewalk, children holding doors open for the elderly, and love. So much love. And that's gotta be enough. We have to find a reason. We have to discover that one thing that will save us; that one good thing in this world that will give us hope. Hope that some day, things will be better.

But today, we will be brave.
Braver than yesterday, yet not as brave as we will be tomorrow. We will wake up with a smile on our face, and we will look in the mirror and say to ourselves:

"We are not our parents, we are not our siblings, or our teachers, or our friends, or our enemies. We are only ourselves. But one day, we will become doctors, we will become writers and lawyers and activists and dancers and rock stars. We will be mothers and fathers and lovers. We will not be perfect. But one day, our bruises will heal and our scars will fade and our pain will lessen and our smiles will become genuine. We will admit to the fact that bad days happen, but we will have so many good days and those are the ones that matter. We will not be our past, we will not be our mistakes, we will not be our fallen tears or our heart aches. We will be human, and one day, we will change the world."

~ Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.
Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome ~

Jade x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumnal Beauty Essentials

Seeing as we are now officially in Autumn, don't you think that it would be the perfect time for me to share my autumnal beauty essentials? It would only make sense, right? I have picked out 10 of my staple beauty products that I know I am going to be loving throughout the up and coming months!

This time of the year is when my skin tends to get really dry, due to the increasing amounts of wind rain, and cold air. That's why it's extra important that my skin is looked after, and hydrated, ready to face whatever harsh weather may come my way. This moisturiser by Garnier is absolutely perfect, and it works wonders for my skin. I have oily-combination skin, but during the colder months, it can lead towards the drier end of the spectrum, as would be expected. I usually just squeeze a pea-sized amount onto my index finger, and then I apply it in dots on each section of my face, and then I will usually rub it in with a regular foundation brush, or on the odd occasion my fingertips. I find that it's best to just rub it in circular motions, so that it doesn't drag along the skin, causing wrinkles. It has a really refreshing scent, it makes my skin feel, and appear super soft, and smooth, like a baby's bottom (typical description, I know!) and it helps to keep my skin looking radiant and well-looked after.
The second skin-care product that I have is the Lush 'Mask Of Magnaminty' Face and Body Mask. I mentioned this mask on my blog when I had first purchased it, but I hadn't tried it out properly at that stage, so I was unable to review it, or recommend it back then. However, I can now reveal that I would highly recommend it to anyone, as it has completely improved the appearance of my skin. I don't use it too often, as that's unnecessary, but when I do use it, whenever I have a blemish, or if I feel like having a little pamper evening in the bath, then it honestly does dramatically improve the condition of my skin during that moment, and it makes me feel like I'm doing it a lot of good. It has the same minty scent that toothpaste would have, but I find that it really revitalises my skin, and it just adds to the whole face mask experience, in my opinion! Although it may not appeal to everyone, I would think that quite a few people could deal with the scent if it's just for a couple of minutes, so if you can, then I would definitely try that. It's actually a clay mask, so it usually sets to a hardened clay texture after a minute or two, and then I just do whatever else I have to do, and then I wipe it off with hot water, and a face cloth. I honestly can't describe how soft, and refreshed my skin feels after. It does reduce the appearance of blemishes, and it makes you feel as though you have got a whole new face! It's a massive tub as well, and although you don't look quite so attractive when it's on (you actually would probably get the role of Shrek in the movie!), I would honestly say it's worth it.
Vaseline. Who would have thought it would appear in my autumnal beauty essentials? Well, surprisingly, it has! I don't see why you can't use Vaseline all year round, because, who doesn't want super soft, supple lips, but it's even MORE important to use it during the autumn/winter. I actually haven't been paying too much attention to my lips lately, and they often get incredibly chapped, and sore, but now I'm making a more conscious effort to start using Vaseline on a regular basis. There really is no excuse. It's affordable, it does the job, it smells like cocoa in comparison to the original version, so what's not to like? It doesn't have any special qualities, but it doesn't need to really!
I'm going to be honest here. I'm not actually the hugest fan of foundation in the world. Shock horror, considering this is a beauty essentials post! But, I genuinely don't feel that I need it for my skin, as I don't have particularly problematic skin, so what's the point of not only wasting money, but also messing up my skin in the long run? However, if I do feel that I want to wear a foundation, either on a bad skin day, or for a special occasion, then I will go with this Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. It's quite a light weight consistency, and it applies flawlessly over the skin, without any streaking, or fine lines making a sneaky lil appearance! It also smells like apricots - how awesome is that?! I've also mentioned this product on my blog before, but it's a favourite, and it's an autumnal essential in my eyes, so I thought that I'd include it if any of you are wanting to try out a new foundation.
If you know me well enough, you will know that I'm a sucker when it comes to eye shadows. I absolutely adore them, and I love playing about with different shades, attempting to create quirky, new looks. During these autumnal months, I tend to gravitate towards darker, more neutral tones. I have never really tried out the lighter colours in this palette, but I may be doing a makeup look soon based on it, so we shall see what I come up with, if anything! Some of the darker shades towards the right end of this palette are beautiful, and some of my 'go to' options, so I would recommend it, as you can create a variety of different looks, all in one item - what's not to love?! In case you don't know already, which I'm pretty sure 90% of you do just by looing at this image, it's the MUA 'Heaven And Earth Palette', which is available in any drugstore, such as Boots, or Superdrug.
Another eye product that I have fallen in love with is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze'. I still haven't quite worked out how to apply this cream shadow yet, as I go a bit over the top whenever I try to create a decent look, but I'm still experimenting, so let's hold onto hope! If you read a lot of beauty blogs, or watch a lot of YouTube beauty videos, then you will know that this is a very-hyped up eye shadow product. I think that most people use it as a base, hence why it's of a more creamy consistency, but you can really just swap, and choose, and go for a varying look everyday. It applies beautifully to the eye, whether with your finger, or with an eye shadow brush, and you can create some lovely looks, whatever your desired style may be. I would just be careful that you don't apply it too thickly though, as it can look a bit too dramatic if it's overdone, which you obviously don't want!
In the summer, I don't tend to apply eyeliner, because I feel it can be a bit too heavy, or dramatic, but then when autumn/winter roll around, I don't have a problem with wearing it everyday! I feel it can completely transform any makeup look, and it can add that slightly edgy approach that can look so stylish during these cooler months. I find that this Collection 'Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner' is perfect for either an everyday use, or for a meal/night out. It's easy to apply, it's affordable, it lasts as long as you want it to, and it looks really nice with any makeup look, specifically a more dramatic eye.
Purple lipstick may seem like a pretty vampy, daring lipstick choice to go for, but when it's autumn, does it really matter? I think that lipstick should always be seen as the statement part of your makeup look, so I don't see why you can't just make the most of the freedom, and the opportunity to whack out a deep purple shade. This gorgeous plum shade is from Topshop, and it's called 'Fast Lane'. I'm not usually one who suits darker shades, especially not one as bold as this, but I have worn it a couple of times before, and I actually do really like it. It applies ever so nicely on the lips, it has a long lasting finish, and it keeps your lips looking healthy, and kissable. If you want to make a statement, you might as well go all out, and I think that this is the perfect way to do so! Who agrees with me?
I'm going to be honest here. I'm a little scared to wear this shade out in public, as I've never actually worn a true ruby red before! In case you can't already tell what shade this beauty is, or where it comes from, it's actually Mac's 'Ruby Woo'. Oh yes, I've allowed a cult classic to make an appearance in my blog post.. Gosh, I do feel special. You may say that this doesn't count if I've never actually worn it before, but so many other people wear it that I've seen, both on YouTube, and blogs, so I really want to try, and gain some confidence to actually branch out, and wear it when the right opportunity comes up. It's not the sort of shade that you just wear on a lazy day - but, then again, who really wears makeup on a lazy day?! It's a gorgeous, matte red, and it's ever so famous within the beauty world, and so I do really want to try it out, and if I feature it in this post, you can all encourage me to wear it now! Who knows, it may be featured in a future outfit post over the coming months...

The final makeup product that I was going to talk about was the Lush Bubblegum Lipscrub, but as it's quite a messy product, it was proving to be very difficult to photograph, and so I thought I would just talk about it instead. Once again, I don't use this product religiously, but I do use it once every week, or so, whenever I feel like I want a bit of a treat for my lips. It does actually taste of bubble-gum, I must admit (yes, I do eat it off my lips.. is that normal?), and it leaves them feeling so soft, and smooth, and they smell wonderful for a while afterwards. It isn't too expensive, and if you use it sparingly, then the little tub that it comes in can last you a long way, as it has done with me. I have had my tub since April.. Insane huh? You can use it everyday if you wish, but it could become slightly harsh on your lips if you were to do so, but it's completely up to you, I guess!
We all want to smell good all of the time, right? If that's the case, then this perfume is an absolute must for your collection. I'm hideous at describing scents, so I'm not going to try too hard, but trust my word, it smells divine. It's quite a sultry, sexy smell, and I do wear it everyday, but I think you could probably just wear it during the evenings, as it's quite strong, and obviously perfumes aren't cheap, so you would want it to last as long as possible. It's a Taylor Swift fragrance, so of course, it comes in an insanely gorgeous, eye-catching bottle, but whilst I was on holiday, the charms seemed to somehow snap off the bottle, so I can't show you them, but all you have to do is Google the bottle. It would look lovely even if it were just to be sitting on your dressing table, if I'm honest! I feel so feminine, and elegant when I wear this scent, and that's how you know when you have chosen the right fragrance to wear. I will be repurchasing this very soon. Maybe it can go on my Christmas wish list!
I hope you enjoyed reading this Autumnal inspired post today! Let me know what you thought of it, and if you have any more requests for future blog posts, whether they be seasonal, or otherwise.
What are some of your autumnal beauty essentials?
Jade x




Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Why It's Important To Be Yourself

This picture is of me. I'm showing the world that I am proud of who I am. My flaws and all.

I think that we can all care a little too much about what others think of us sometimes. Society can be incredibly pressurising, and a lot of the time, without actually meaning to, we can act like completely different people than who we really are deep inside. I admit that I am guilty of acting like this as well.

Social media is such a huge platform nowadays, and although it can be absolutely amazing for things, such as communication, inspiration, careers, and entertainment, it can also be a major issue, and it can cause concerns within relationships, friendships, self-belief, and mental health. The media is constantly portraying artificial, airbrushed images to young people, and it's completely shattering their self-esteem, and their own views on their self-worth. There are also far too many disturbing images online that many people may find triggering, such as self-harm images, depression, and suicide quotes, violence, both to animals and people, and many more. I honestly do find it terribly worrying that such young, vulnerable people are feeling the need to change themselves, and hide the real version of themselves, just because they may not be what is being presented to us in the media.

Originality is beautiful. It is what makes us the people that we are. If everyone was identical, there would be nothing special about any of us. There would be nothing to learn, see, experience, or enjoy.
You may not have a toned tummy like your best friend. You may have glasses, and your dad may not. You could be the most talented in your class at dance, but you may struggle at chemistry, where as your best friend may be the complete opposite. That is ok. You are who you are. The more different you are, the more you will stand out, and that is what you want. You want to be your own person. You should want to have your own likes, and dislikes, your own hopes, and dreams, your own fears, and phobias. You take every opportunity that you get, even if your sister doesn't get that same opportunity. Explore the world, experience new things. We are all different, and that is a wonderful thing. The more you discover on your own, the more personal your story will be, and the more of a variety of things you are able to share with the people around you. Don't ever change for anyone. Don't be afraid to be you. An original is worth more than a copy, remember. Being yourself is truly the best thing that a person can be. Don't let go of that gift. It is valuable. I promise you.

Lots of love,

Jade x


Sunday, 20 September 2015

Our Society - A New Series

In my opinion, today's society is incredibly messed up. Some of you may agree with me, some of you may not. It saddens me to be surrounded by people who are acting in such a terrible way towards others. There are so many problems with the world nowadays that it's becoming increasingly more difficult to control, and for everyone to remain positive. There are issues such as bullying, racism, stigma's attached to nearly every possible thing, mental health concerns, violence, poverty, inequality, and so many more. It honestly does break my heart to know that there are so many people who couldn't care less about the wellbeing of others, and they would happily just stand back, and watch another human get hurt. Of course, I'm not talking about everyone, but I'm talking generally, in regards to what I see in my day to day life, what I hear, and read about in the news, and what is presented to be via the likes of social media. Since when was it considered 'okay' for someone to put another person's life in serious danger, or potentially even end it? When was it okay for someone to get tormented so brutally that they can no longer get out of bed, due to extreme mental health issues?
I simply cannot understand why anyone, and I mean anyone, would want to allow such negativity, and outrage to take place around them. If you were to see someone being picked on, what would your reaction be? Would you offer to help them, and see if they are in need of support, or would you just watch the actions take place, and simply walk away afterwards? And what about if one of your loved ones was in a really difficult situation? Would you give them love, and care, or would you just focus on yourself, and what you want? A lot of the time, we can be incredibly selfish without actually realising it at the time. We could be completely unaware that there is so much suffering, and sadness going on, right in front of our eyes. This really does need to change, and the change needs to be permanent.
Through this blog series, I'm going to be tackling a large number of these issues, and doing my best to reinforce more positivity, and appreciation into the world. I shall be continuing with my 'Spread The Sunshine' series too, as I have been with my advice style posts, as of late, and so I hope that these series' will help to make a difference, if not to everyone reading, then at least one person in the world.
If you do have any ideas of what you would like to see, or if you have any questions, or problems of your own that you would like me to address, then please feel free to contact me through any form of social media. Together, we can make a change within the world. I promise you. Let's start today.
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* P.S. if you would like me to get an email, purely dedicated to advice, and helping you guys out with more personal issues, then please do let me know!*
Lots of love,
Jade x

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Tmi Travel Tag

At the moment, I am suffering from an incredibly bag case of wanderlust. All I want to do is just travel the world, right here, right now. Of course that isn't possible, as there is school to deal with, but we can all dream, right? I was looking for some travel tags to do, and I stumbled across this one, so I thought that I would give it a go, and have my say! I wasn't tagged by anyone, so I'm not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you would like to do this tag on your own blog, then go ahead!

1. What was the last country you visited?

Majorca, last month! I absolutely loved it there, and I would go back in a heartbeat. I have done a separate post on it, so if you would like to give it a read, then you can here

2. How many countries have you visited?

Definitely not enough, in my opinion! It's been about 8, or 9 at the moment, but I'd absolutely love to travel the world when I'm older.

3. What is your favourite place on the planet that you have been to?

It would probably have to be Majorca! It's honestly one of the most beautiful, lovely places.

4. Favourite place in your home country?

I haven't really explored much of my country yet, but I would have to say Devon. I have gone there a number of times, and I just love it. It's so different in comparison to London, and it's filled with a number of childhood memories too.

5. If you could board a plane right now, where would you go?

I would go to Amsterdam! That's one of the places on my bucket list that I'd love to go.

6. What's your cup of tea - tropical island getaway, snowy ski break, or city exploring break?

It definitely wouldn't be a snowy ski break, as I'm not the biggest fan of snow, or the cold, and I would be far too frightened to ski, so it's a toss up between a tropical island getaway, or a city exploring break, but I'd probably go with a city exploring break, if I'm honest!

7. What are your top 3 hand luggage must haves?

I don't really use anything on the plane, but if I would have to choose, I would say chewing gum, my Kindle, or a good book, and some sort of tablet to watch a film on if I could!

8. Any travel tips to share?

I don't really think I have any specific tips, but I would say try to enjoy yourself as much as you can, explore the area as much as you can, and document everything that you experience!

9. Most embarrassing moment abroad

I honestly don't have any embarrassing moments, apart from when there have been attractive boys before, and I have looked like a bit of a fool, or once when this girl undid the straps of my bikini top in front of my holiday romance, and his nan! That certainly wasn't my highlight, but luckily it was all good in the end.

10. Biggest disappointment

There haven't been any disappointments at all when I have been travelling, and I'm very grateful for that!

11. Nicest surprise

It would probably have to be when I made a friend on my recent trip to Majorca! I didn't expect it at all, but I was certainly glad to get talking to someone my age!

12. Three places at the tip of the travel bucket list

Amsterdam, Italy and Australia

13. Favourite food discovery

The frozen yogurt that they did in Majorca was literally heavenly.

14. Why do you travel?

I travel, because I honestly do love it. There is nothing better than exploring new cultures, experiencing new things, meeting new people, and visiting different areas that you have never seen before. There are so many opportunities that you may never have got the chance to take if you hadn't travelled, and I think that it's honestly one of the most incredible things in this world.

15. What 3 things would you take on holiday/travelling if you could?

My TV, so that I could keep up to date with all my favourite series, and soaps, my bed, because nothing can compare to the comfort of your own bed, and I can't think of a third!

16. Have you picked up any phrases from travelling?

No, I honestly can't say that I have!

17. What two places would you not go back to, and why?

I really can't answer this question either, because I have loved every place I've been to, and I have never had a bad experience with any of them!

18. Your dream travel companion?

Cara Delevingne!

19. Most surreal travel moment?

The island tour we went on in Majorca! The whole experience was absolutely insane. I have a separate post on it here

20. Three people you would like to do this tag

Anyone who would like to do it! I tag you all!

Where would you like to go travelling?
Lots of love,
Jade x


Sunday, 13 September 2015

6 Tips To: Healthier Hair

Maintaining healthy, strong hair can be a very difficult process, particularly whilst teenage girls are going through the 'growing up' phase. Throughout the past few months, I have learnt a few tips along the way that I would like to share with you. I recently got my hair cut pretty short, as it had far too many dead split ends before, and I felt that I needed a refresh. So now, my hair is healthier than ever. Here are a few of my top tips on how you can get healthy, stronger looking hair..
Your hair can become damaged so easily, through various different things, such as the heat from the sun, wind and pollution in the air, lack of care, and so on, which can result in limp, lifeless locks that appear as though you have a literal birds nest resting on your head. That's not really what you want, is it? As well as using a normal conditioner whenever you wash your hair, I would recommend using a deep conditioning mask once a week too. I personally wash my hair 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday), so every Sunday, for example, I will switch things up from my usual conditioner and I will use the Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask. It smells like absolute heaven, it's so creamy, and moisturising, and it makes your hair feel super soft, and shiny! What more could a girl want from a hair mask? A deep condition every so often is vital in order to maintain healthy locks.
I'm pretty sure that everyone is guilty of applying heat to their hair more often than they should, right? I am too! I know that you may hear it a lot, but heat really does do so much damage to your hair, and the more you apply it, the more your locks will suffer in the long-run. If it's absolutely necessary that you use heat, then I would recommend using the Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray. Once again, it smells divine, it can protect your hair up to a high level of heat, and it can make your hair appear smooth, and sleek. However, as I have mentioned, it's best to minimise the amount of heat you use as much as you can, as this reduces breakage, and it is generally much better for the health of your hair.
When you are in the shower, or as soon as you have got out, you should try to brush your hair with either a wide tooth comb, or a tangle teezer. Wet hair can break so much easier than dry hair, and it can become much more tangled if you brush it with a regular brush. A wide tooth comb is much gentler on the hair, and it can get through the knots a lot better. I personally use my Tangle Teezer if I need to tame any frizz, or get rid of any tangles, and it works wonders. It's ever so gentle, and it works through the knots like nothing else. I also use it on dry hair, and it's honestly the best hair brush that I have ever used. It's compact, so it's easy to hold and travel with, it's a gorgeous bright pink colour, and it leaves my hair feeling super soft, and frizz-free. What's not to love?!
If you want your hair to be healthy, and to grow long, then you need to make sure that you get it cut regularly. It doesn't have to be a drastic amount, but it really will help to get the dead ends removed, and it will allow your hair to grow so much faster. It will look a lot nicer too, trust me!! I last got my hair cut in the middle of July, and I'm going for another trim at the end of October, even though it hasn't grown that much yet. It works wonders, and you will feel a lot more refreshed after you have gone for a trim.
Dying your hair is not good for it. I think that's a given, right? I'm not going to lie, I have dyed my hair quite a few times within the past year, or so, and I have really seen the effect that it has had. My hair is naturally quite light, and then I dyed it red a couple of times, and then black a couple of times too. It damaged my hair A LOT. I'd hate to touch my hair, as it just felt all hard on the ends, and it was all brittle, and lifeless. It just hung like limp curtains, and I hated it! Ever since I've stopped dying it, I have really seen a difference. If you dye your hair, or if you bleach it, it will damage it, because of all the chemicals that is in the dye. It's best to go natural, and then you won't have to worry about the colours fading, or your roots showing!
This one kind of goes without saying, but you should be using products that suit your hair type. If you have oily hair, then use clarifying, cleansing products, and go light on the amount of moisture. If you have dry hair, use products that are moisturising, and nourishing, and use hair deep conditioning hair masks every so often. If you have a sensitive scalp, then use natural, organic products, and use anti-dandruff treatments if you are prone to dandruff. Pay attention to the needs of your hair.
What are your tips for getting healthier hair?
Lots of love,
Jade x


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Let The Haters Hate

Something that has been wandering around in the back of my mind for a little while now has been haters, and why people hate on others. It's something that I personally can't understand at all.
We are all entitled to our own opinions. That's a given. But, there is a fine line between having an opinion, and hating on someone when they haven't even necessarily done anything wrong.
Young children, and teenagers these days get judged, and hated on far too often, and I honestly do think it's ridiculous, and completely out of order. Growing up is hard enough as it is without added worries. Young people always feel as though they are not good enough, or as though they need to change, because a few people are picking on them constantly, whether it be in school, or on social media. Just because someone wants to be unique, and do things the way that they want to, doesn't give anyone else the right to tear them down, or make hurtful remarks to that individual.
The world would be so terribly boring, and pointless if we were all the same, don't you think?
Instead of dragging others down, why aren't we encouraging them to be who they want to be?
You shouldn't be listening to what other people say. Most of the time, it's down to jealousy, as they may envy a particular quality that you have. You should be seeing it as a compliment. They clearly care so much about you that they feel the need to constantly bring you up in conversation. Although you may find it upsetting, and quite offensive, you need to try and think positively about the situation. So what if people are laughing at you? So what if they are making comments about your hair, your freckles, your teeth? You are you, and you will always be you. Nothing can change that.
These rude, insensitive people will only be in your life for a couple of years. They won't matter when you are married, with a family of your own, and a successful business. You just need to focus on your work, and the friends that you do have, and take no notice of anyone else, as they simply have nothing better to do than envy you, and allow jealousy to consume their lives. That's their problem!
What do you do to overcome hate? How do you feel about people that come across this way?
Jade x

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Majorca Montage





Although I am not too keen on the process that you have to take in order to begin travelling (taxi, airport, airplane etc), I really enjoy visiting new places, and exploring undiscovered surroundings. I love documenting all of the different things that I do, and witness, and seeing how other people live in different places around the world. The memories that I created and captured will last a lifetime, and so I will always be able to remember this holiday, and all of the exciting things that I experienced whilst there.
Whilst I was on my summer holidays, I stayed in Cala Bona, which is in the island of Majorca. The place that we stayed in was called the Floriana Resort, and I honestly couldn't have asked to have stayed anywhere better. It was such a beautiful, welcoming resort, and the people were honestly so kind, and friendly. Everything was spotlessly clean, and the food was incredible too!
During my visit, I mainly sunbathed, and spent time relaxing in the resort, but I did go on a few little adventures too. On the Thursday, (a week after being there) I went on a boat trip along the coast with my granddad, and my stepdad. It wasn't really a proper boat trip, because we just went along for about 45 minutes, until we reached Cala Ratjada, and then a load of people got off, and more got on, but we decided to stay on, as we didn't want to pay extra for another ticket! I really did enjoy it, even though it wasn't exactly what any of us had initially expected, and I did get a bit bored and nauseous towards the end, but the sights were insanely gorgeous. I really enjoyed spending quality time with my granddad, and it was nice to have a change of scenery. It's not everyday you go on a boat on the Mediterranean sea! As for other activities, myself and my grandparents spent the day going on an island tour of Majorca. It was incredible, and one of my favourite experiences by far. I have done a separate blog post on it, if you would like to have a look. I find looking at different places so fascinating, and it was lovely to spend some quality time with the people I love the very most.
We also went to the beach, and up to look at the shops, and little cafes along the seafront.
I bought a couple of little souvenirs during my stay, because who doesn't buy souvenirs when they go away on holiday? It would be silly not to really!
We spent the rest of the trip enjoying the wonderful weather, and topping up our tans, and devouring a bit too much ice-cream! All in all, I would really recommend staying at Majorca, and particularly the Floriana resort. I honestly didn't want my trip to end. Of course, it means back to school now, so the hard work has to begin, and the fun is over for another year! So, until my next holiday...
Jade x

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