Sunday, 29 November 2015

I'm All About That Pink


What girl in the world doesn't love a little bit of pink in her life every now and then? I've never really been the hugest fan of the colour myself, as I'm more of a purple girl at heart, but I have been getting more into pink lately, particularly when it comes to makeup. Here I have four of my favourite lipstick shades (well, three with a lip scrub thrown in.. gotta keep them lips moisturised!), and one of my favourite blushes.

 
MAC Lipstick in 'Bombshell' / £15.50 - The first pink product that I'm going to be talking about is this little beauty in a lipstick bullet! I'm pretty sure that I've spoken about it a couple of times on my blog before, but seriously, who could ever get tired of talking about makeup? It's a frost formula, which means that it's quite shimmery when it's on the lips, but it isn't as extreme to the point where there are chunks of glitter on your lips. I don't think anyone would find that attractive, do you? It's such a beautiful, rosy pink shade, and even if you have no other makeup on your face, it just lightens up your whole appearance, and draws attention away from the other bare areas. I think it would look amazing on any skin tone, as it's just one of them versatile, easily worn colours! Most of the time when I go out, or in blog photos, I will be wearing this lipstick, because it's literally one of my favourites, hence why I feature it in a collection of different posts. Although MAC aren't the most affordable of brands, I would definitely say that this lipstick is worth it, and I've only properly worn this one, but to say I wear it everyday proves just how great it really is, and if that doesn't convince you to splurge on it, I don't know what will!
 
 
Revlon ColourBurst Lacquer Balm in 'Coquette' / £7.99 - Alright, so maybe this picture doesn't exactly do the product justice, seeing as the top is completely, and utterly destroyed (maybe that will teach me not to push the lid on quite so tightly in future), this is still such a gorgeous lip colour. The Revlon ColourBurst Balm's were all the rage a while back, and they had everyone talking about them left, right and centre. The problem with me is that I always hear beauty bloggers, and YouTubers banging on about certain releases from certain ranges, and I usually always give into the hype, but after trying out one, or two things from the range, I never seem to be as amazed as I thought I should have been, then once the hype dies down, and the products are just considered normal, then I will end up falling back in love. It's quite strange really, isn't it? But, back to the point, this is a really lovely, bubble-gum kinda glossy lip crayon, and although it's glossy, it feels quite moisturising on the lips at the same time! This lip colour can just make any outfit look presentable, and well put together, and I definitely want to be repurchasing it sometime, as this one doesn't look the most appealing, does it?!
 
 
 

Topshop Lipstick in 'All About Me' / £8.00 - I'm sure that some of you aren't as aware of Topshop's beauty range, as you are with other drugstore beauty brands. I have only ever tried their lipsticks, but for £8, considering that it's Topshop we're talking about, that really isn't too bad. They have a really creamy, moisturising consistency that sits really nicely on the lips, and they come in a variety of beautiful colours, ranging from pastel spring shades, to autumnal, berry ones. The packaging is really sleek and sophisticated (what more can you expect from Topshop?). It also lasts for quite a while on the lips, which is another positive point, so you can't really go wrong with picking one up!
 
 
Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub / £5.50 - Moving on from lipsticks, I'm now going to be sharing with you the lip scrub that I use whenever my lips are in need of a little exfoliating. Let's start off with the best bit. I kid you not, this lip scrub literally smells just lime a pot of bubblegum. It's so good that I genuinely think you could eat it, and I'm not ashamed to say that I've licked it off my lips before! This is honestly such an amazing product - it's one of my holy grails, for sure! It smells really sugary, and kinda sickly, but I think that adds to the whole experience of this product, and makes it 10 times more incredible to use. It makes my lips the softest that they ever have been, and it leaves them kissable, perfect for the Christmas season! You also get a lot of product, and a little goes a long way, so I really would highly recommend it, because it's pretty amazing, if I do say so myself.
 
 
Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in Seductive Pink / £8.99 - This is literally my favourite blush in the whole entire world right now. I've been loving it for quite a while, ever since I picked it up in fact, but it's honestly so lovely! When you blend the product with a brush, and you just lightly dust it onto your cheeks, it creates the most gorgeous shimmery pink glow, but it still looks natural at the same time. It isn't the most affordable out of the high street, but then again, what makeup is particularly affordable nowadays? I would definitely say it's worth every penny, as it's one of my everyday staples for my makeup routine, and I don't tend to go even so much as a day without a little dusting of this beauty! The picture really doesn't do it justice, so go and pick it up on a whim like I did, or give it a little swatch in the store. You will be surprised at how much you end up loving it, and you will thank me after!
 
So, I think that's enough talk about pink for one day, right? I'm all pinked out now! Please let me know if you have tried, or are going to try any of these products out.
 
Lots of love,
 
 

Jade x

 

 

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

An Insight Into My Life III


Lately I have really been enjoying writing these lifestyle posts, where I can just have a ramble on about my past, my future, and everything in between. I normally split them up into specific categories, so one post could be about bullying, and self-esteem, whereas another could be about travelling the world, and mental health issues. I have so many stories, and topics that I could talk about, and there really is a lot I could say about many different things, both personal, and general, and I think that this series is perfect for doing so. If you don't like these sort of chatty posts, then do let me know, but I'm trying to keep the content of my blog very varied, so that there's something for everyone here, but although I like to try a bit of everything, and dip my toes into every possible blogging niche water, I do typically consider myself to be a beauty, and lifestyle blogger, so that is primarily what you will be seeing the most of on my blog, I suppose!

Today, I'm going to be delving a little deeper once again. I know that quite a few of you like these chatty, more personal posts, and I really do find it almost therapeutic in a sense to be able to talk about everything that's on my mind, and everything that makes me as a person - it's literally like talking to a friend, or writing in a diary. The main focus of this post in particular is based around friendships, and relationships. Now, it's obviously going to be quite personal, as are any of these posts, but I will be talking about personal experiences, although not mentioning any names, and hopefully you will all learn something, and you may find some comfort knowing that someone else understands.

Friendships
 
I have struggled with friendships, and everything relating to this topic for as long as I can remember. It's something that is very close to my heart, and although it isn't particularly easy for me to talk about, I'm a very open, and honest person, as I'm sure some of you are already somewhat aware of, and I have discussed many other personal things before, so this one is no different. I'm going to keep it very real here, and throughout the whole of this post. I don't want any of you to feel sorry for me, or pity me in any way, and I don't intend on coming across as attention-seeking either. I'm simply telling my story, so that you can all get to know me a little bit better, and you can gain the reassurance that you're not the only person who struggles with some things. Anyway, I've never been the sort of person who fits in with the typical clique's, or one that has very many friends at all. For as long as I can remember, I have always felt like an outcast, in comparison to everyone else my age. I never really felt, or acted like how the other girls, and boys did that were of the same, or a similar age to me. I don't know the exact reason(s) as to why I was/am this way, but it's just how it always has been, and that's something that I have gradually learnt to accept (kind of). It can be really horrible when you fear going to school everyday, because you know that people will treat you as though you are invisible most of the time. It can break your heart when you can see everyone in their friendship groups, chatting, and laughing away, when you are standing alone, on the verge of tears, seemingly invisible to any other human. I have been in this situation one too many times, and so I completely understand if anyone feels this way. Even to this day, I often become isolated, or I purposely isolate myself, as I would rather be alone than in a group of people were a couple of them treat me as though I'm not there anyway. I'm not going to lie to you - it is difficult - really difficult. But, it's possible to get through it. I know that it can be one of the most devastating feelings, but there are ways to get through it. I never usually get invited to parties, or to group gatherings, or to hang out after school, but that's okay. That's the way my life is, and I've learnt to become okay with that. There are ways around the situation, and so what if people call you a loner, or a freak, and judge you, or laugh at you, because you prefer your own company? So bloody what? It's your life, and as long as you feel safe, comfortable, and moderately happy, then that's the main thing. Go to the library, and read a book, or go on the computers, and do some homework, go on your phone, put your headphones in, and listen to music, sit in the toilet, reading, or going on your phone, or go to the canteen, and chill. Only hang out with people who respect you. There will always be someone who cares, even if that someone is me. So, please don't worry. It will all sort itself out, and friendships aren't the be all, and end all, I promise. I do have a selection of amazing girlfriends now, and I love them all so much for everything that they have done. They know who they are. And remember, you will find your true friends eventually.
 
Relationships
 
I know that I said that this would be more of a personal post, and that fact hasn't changed, but to be completely honest with you, there are certain things that I would like to keep private, and more to the point, I feel that it wouldn't be necessary for me to share them with the Internet anyway. Having said that, we are still going to be getting pretty deep, just not to the inappropriate, uncomfortable level. Alright, so, I have only ever had one proper boyfriend. We're getting straight to the point here. I guess you could say that this links to what I just mentioned about friendships, and how I've always been the outcast when it comes to them. Well, I guess that fact applies when it comes to relationships, and love in general as well. I would say that I was never really interested in boys, and relationships, but I was somewhere in the middle. I was forever crushing on boys, but I was either too scared to do anything about it, or I just didn't want to - that's literally all it was. Quite a few people my age were in relationships, and as cute as I'm sure they seemed, I knew that it couldn't have been that real, as they barely knew a thing about love back then. Over the past year, I've learnt a lot about relationships, and being in love with another individual. But, before I say anything else, I just want to say that you should take your time. I've only ever kissed one boy in my life, and I'm cool with that. I've only had one proper boyfriend, so why would I feel the need to kiss anyone that I don't feel genuinely connected to? It doesn't make any sense to me, but it's a personal opinion. Some people don't kiss a boy until their 18, or older, some people don't have a boyfriend until then either. Whereas, other people kiss a boyfriend, and get a boyfriend when their 10. I was 13 when I kissed a boy, but believe me, it took a lot of courage. Of course, there were people who judged me, but so what? The person that I kissed respected my decision, and he didn't pressurise me into anything, even though he was ready. It is okay to wait. It is okay to take your time. Once the time is right, you will feel it, and then you will know that you are more than ready to take that step. Just wait, and don't do anything that you don't feel comfortable with at all. If someone respects you, they will wait for you. That's how I see it. I also believe that everyone has someone out there who is perfect for them. It may take years to find them, maybe only a month or two for some, but I do believe that there is someone out there for everyone. I'm only 14. I don't know everything. But, I do know that the right person will come along, you should never let yourself get pressurised into anything, regardless of the situation, and you need to build up a strong friendship, or develop feelings before committing, or deciding on the next step. Don't rush, because you may live to regret it. It's better to take your time, and make the right decisions, then to hurry the process, and regret those decisions for the rest of your life. Every female has a prince, and every male has a princess, the same as other females may have a princess, and other males may have a prince. Love is love, whatever shape, or form it takes. I do have that special person in my life, whom I love, and care about, but I don't wish to go into too much detail on that today. All I shall say is they know who they are, and that's what matters.
 
Let me know how you feel about these posts. Do you prefer long, or short ones?
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x
 

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Recent Music Discoveries


If any of you know me personally, then you will be very much aware of my varying music taste. I literally could listen to, and fall in love with anything from pop, to dance floor, to indie, to rap - it literally differs that much, I'm not even joking! I am constantly on the lookout for new songs to listen to, and sing along to when I'm bored, so I thought today would be the perfect chance to introduce a new element of my life into my blog, seeing as music is such a huge part of me that I love very much. Here are some of my recent music discoveries...

Adele 'Hello' - How would any music post be acceptable without having Adele's new single as the top favourite? I mean, I thought I'd always had a love for Adele, ever since I heard her song 'Chasing Pavements', way back in 2008, but ever since this new track has come out, I've fallen in love with her, and her music all over again. Everyone has been going absolutely crazy over it, and there are so many covers already, but I can completely understand why everyone is so head over heels. There is honestly not a single fault with it. The lyrics, the video, the message, the melody - everything is just perfect. I've had it constantly on repeat ever since it was released, and you can often catch me belting it out at whatever chance I may get. I wouldn't say I was obsessed though.. well, maybe a little!

The 1975 'Me' - Although this is quite an old song by a couple of years, I have only recently discovered it (hence why it's in my recent music discoveries post.. obviously!), but it's really too good to miss out on! I generally love the 1975 as a band in general, but I find that their older songs are better, and more catchy. This one is on my spotify playlist, as I tend to listen to my most loved through there, so you can check it out if you wish, by going onto spotify, either through the app, or the website, and typing in my name, which is 'jade_millard'. I always feel like I can sing along to any songs by this incredibly cool band, but I find this particular track the most catchy! The beat is one that you can easily get into, and honestly, everything about this particular song is just a work of art. As I say, it's a couple of years old, but that doesn't mean anything really, does it?

Jamie Lawson 'Wasn't Expecting That' - Another insanely talented musician is none other than Jamie Lawson. Now, some of you may be slightly unaware of who he is, and I'll have to admit, I was up until a couple of weeks ago too, so don't you worry. In a nutshell, he is a British singer-songwriter, and musician, who is quite new to the music scene, but he has released a couple of songs in the past, and since rereleased this particular song that I'm going to be discussing, as well as bringing out some new ones. 'Wasn't Expecting That' is one of them really beautifully written, created songs that makes you feel calm, and content at the same time. It's quite a romantic one at that, but who doesn't love a good ole romantic sing-song, eh? Everything fits together perfectly, and he's got an incredibly soothing voice, in my opinion! I have his playlist saved on spotify, so if I find anymore tracks that I like, then I shall keep you all informed. Have you heard of Jamie Lawson before?

Ed Sheeran 'Tenerife Sea' - Okay, so one of my favourite singers, and musicians in the entire world is Ed Sheeran. His voice, videos, and performances are flawless, literally. It was incredibly difficult for me to pick just one song that was my favourite, but I have this one on my spotify playlist, and so I thought that it would include it, although I could have so easily picked any of his songs. This is one of those songs that makes me feel so calm, and at peace, because of the lyrics, the melody, and the general vibe I get whenever I listen to it. Once again, it's a couple of years old, but I still love it just as much. I also find it a special song, as I used to go to Tenerife all the time when I was younger, and so it holds an extra special place in my heart, as lame as that may sound to some of you.

Justin Bieber 'Sorry' - This next discovery is probably going to be quite a controversial one. Here's the thing - you either love Justin Bieber, or you don't. I guess he's like marmite in a way? Weird comparison, I know, but that's the only love/hate thing that comes to mind right now. Now, I hate marmite, and I could never imagine myself loving it (trust me, there is a reason as to why I'm saying this), and I used to be the opposite with Justin. When his song 'One Time' came out, back in 2009, I fell in love with him, literally. I remember being in my grandparents living room, going crazy, and maybe even crying, and jumping about to the video, screaming that I loved him, and he was so hot. Yes.. I know. That's what my little 8 year old self got up to in her free time. What a wild child I was.
Anyway, I really loved him back then, right when I first found out about him, and pretty much everyone I went to school with was obsessing over him, and I didn't quite get to the 'obsessive stage', but I got pretty close. Then I started hating him massively, and I'd cry, or go mental if I heard his songs (not in a good way, believe me...), and now since hearing his new single 'Sorry', as guilty as I may feel, I kinda love it. It's one of them tunes that you can just sing, and dance along to, and I mean, how can you not love a good dance track?

MNEK 'Never Forget You' - Oh. My. God. Too much love for this song. Let's all just take a moment of appreciation, shall we? The beginning of the song has some really cute lyrics, and incredible vocals, and then it gradually gets into more of a dance track, with a really catchy beat, and it's honestly so easy to get into. It's catchy, cool, edgy, meaningful, and fun all at the same time. What more can I say really? It's the perfect song if you like something that has a lot of meaning, yet a lot of fun at the same time. I'd never heard of MNEK previously, but he's an incredible vocalist, and teaming up with Zara Larsson in this track was a brilliant choice, honestly. Just go, and give it a listen, but don't blame me if you fall in love!

That's all I'm going to be talking about today, but as it's music, I could genuinely go on about it for hours on end. Do you have any music recommendations that you have been loving? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll be sure to check them out!

Lots of love,

Jade x
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A Lil Appreciation


We can often lose track of the important things in our lives. Other things can take over, consuming our thoughts, and receiving all of our attention. What about the things that really matter? The people that mean the most to us, and hold a special place in our hearts? That's what I'm talking about today...

I would firstly like to say that I appreciate those who have put me in difficult times before, and treated me badly in the past. It may sound like an extremely odd starting point, but I am appreciative of those who have hurt me previously. They have helped me to realise that I don't need that toxic negativity in my life; not now, not ever. They have also taught me what to avoid being like. I now know that I will always be above people like that, and I will try my best to be the complete opposite of that in fact. I can't understand why anyone would ever want to act in such a horrible way towards someone else, but I have learnt what sort of people to avoid, and that's a very valuable lesson indeed. It's important to always remember the people that hurt you, and put you in unbelievably horrific situations. It's possible to forgive them a couple of times, if you feel that's appropriate, and it's totally your decision, but if they have hurt you more times than you can ever imagine, and their kindness will never amount to the pain they have caused you, remove them permanently. They are there to teach you a lesson, nothing more. This also means that I would like to thank the people who left me during my difficult times. Quite often, so called 'friends' listen to most of my problems, and vice versa, and then after a while, we gradually drift apart, or they see that things are getting worse, and they aren't prepared to put in the effort, and actually act like a true, supportive friend. That is okay though. That just proves that you don't need those sorts of people in your life, and you are clearly better off without them. Life isn't always about butterflies, and sunshine, and it's important to fill your life with people who understand this, and choose to stick by your side no matter what. Anyone else shouldn't be wanted.

And how could I write an appreciation post without talking about those who have helped me through difficult times? How do I even begin to describe these beautiful, incredible humans? Although there aren't many people who have been there for me since the beginning, the small handful who have never failed to stand by my side are who I am dedicating this message to. I won't be naming any names, as the people know who they are, and I feel that may be a little bit too personal, but I don't believe that's necessary anyway! To those special people, I am incredibly grateful to you for all the things that you have ever done for me, and all the times you have been there supporting my decisions.
I probably wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for all of you. This message is dedicated to my family, and my very special friends. As I say, there aren't a huge amount of them, but that makes each individual all the more special to me. I am eternally grateful for all that each of you do for me, from listening to me ramble on day, and night, to comforting me, and reassuring me when I'm having one of my down days. You all know that I worry, and overthink way too much, yet you still manage to put up with me, and love me, even when I feel virtually unlovable myself. I don't feel that I show my appreciation enough, and so I feel that this post is one way that I can express it a little better. You all hold a very special place in my heart, and I will always be more than happy to be there for you, and support you whenever you need me too. I have my very close friends, and then I have my good friends, who I don't speak too quite as often, but who I still love just as much. I would drop everything, and be there in a heartbeat for any of you. Thank you all so, so much for everything that you have ever done, and all that you continue to do. I couldn't ask for a better, kinder support network. I love you all so much.

Finally, I would like to dedicate a little message to all of you reading. Even if I don't know you personally, and none of the other messages apply to you, that doesn't mean I don't appreciate you. If you are a regular reader of my blog, if you read it every once in a while, if I've spoken to you and helped you once previously, or vice versa, or even if we used to be good friends, and now we no longer talk for whatever reason. You are all equally as important to me. I write this blog purely because I want to. I find that it brings  so much happiness, and satisfaction to my life. All I want to do is help people in some way. Whether I make you smile, give you hope, reassure you, give you advice, or even save your life - it all adds up to me, and makes blogging worthwhile. I have always enjoyed reading blogs, and I still do, but now I enjoy writing my own one too. I write just as much for myself, as I do for each and every one of you. I want to inspire people, and help them to feel positive and hopeful, no matter what their life is like during that moment in time. I talk about my personal problems a lot, and I'm not afraid to be honest, and open up. I want to encourage people to be fearless, and confident within their own skin. As much as I have a huge interest in fashion, and beauty, my real passion lies with issues that are much deeper than what MAC lipstick to buy, or what handbag to invest in.
My real passion lies with issues such as mental health, body image, confidence, and the things that aren't necessarily spoken about quite so comfortably as other 'less taboo' topics. But honestly, thank you to each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blog, or give me such lovely feedback. It really does mean the world to me, and I appreciate every single one of you very, very much!

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to read this ramble of a post. I hope you all have a wonderful evening, whatever you're doing, and I shall talk to you very soon.

Lots of love,

Jade x


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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Current Favourites

 
 

I couldn't get a decent image of all of my favourites put together, and there's also far too many of them, so I thought that I would just put a general image of a makeup bag to add a little something to this post. I have a variety of things that I'm going to be talking about today actually, mainly makeup, and skincare, but I may be featuring other categories in future posts. I have never done a favourites on my blog before, so I thought that I would do one, which combines some of my most loved beauty things from the past couple of months. If I do consider doing more of these posts in the future, there won't be as many items, and it won't be quite as rambly (but, come on, this is me we're talking about!), so don't worry about that - this is a rare post, I can assure you! Who doesn't love a good chat sometimes though, particularly about things they love? Anyway, I'm at it again! Let's just begin..

Skincare

Garnier Moisture Match Moisturiser in Start A Fresh / £3.99 - The amount of times that I have praised this product on my blog now is actually getting kind of insane. But, I guess that just goes to show how much I truly love it, right? It really is a holy grail of mine, and even though I do switch up my moisturisers between this one, and another one from Simple, I do think that this one will always be my favourite. The consistency is perfect - light, and not greasy at all, which is exactly what you want, considering you most likely have oily skin if you are purchasing this product, and it smells really refreshing too. My skin always feel so soft after I have used this, and so I try to use it as much as possible. There are different types, depending on what your skin is like, and each one has a different coloured tube, but I would definitely recommend taking a look at this fabulous moisturiser.  

The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash / £5.50 - Although this isn't the face wash that I use to cleanse my face everyday, I'm including it in my favourites rather than my original daily one, as I actually think that I like it more. It's quite runny, and so it's very much a liquid formula, but I think that works best for what it is. It has that lovely, refreshing scent to it, like most tea tree skincare products do, and it rubs into your skin really nicely. I usually wash my face with this when I'm in the bath, then I rinse it off, and follow on with the face mask that I have currently been loving (more on that in a minute), before finally finishing up with the moisturiser that I just spoke about, and it literally makes my skin look insane. If you are in need of a new facial wash that's affordable, whilst still working wonders, then this is without a doubt the one to go for. It's completely natural, as it's made of tea tree, and it cleanses perfectly, which really helps with the condition of my skin.

Lush Mask Of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask / £9.95 - Once again, I have spoken about this mask quite a few times already on my blog, but you can never speak too highly about the things that you love. It really is such an amazing product, and I genuinely don't think there are many masks out there on the market that can beat this beauty. I never used to be much of a fan myself actually, but since using this, I have become completely converted. It smells insane - it's incredibly minty, and refreshing, and it's quite a thick mask, so it covers all of your face, whilst still getting into all the areas, and I honestly cannot rave about it enough. It's an absolute godsend! I do think that it's pretty expensive considering what it is. I mean, £10 for a face mask, come on! But, then again, considering the amount that you get, and how long it lasts for, combined with how good it is, and the price of Lush in general, then it really isn't too bad when you think about it. I have recently become a lot more obsessed with Lush, and I just love the brand as a whole, so I may be doing a post on them once I have picked up a few more bits! Let me know if that's something that you would be interested in, or if you have any recommendations.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub / £5.50 - We're sticking with Lush for this next favourite too. You can't say I didn't tell you that I love the brand! I guess this is a bit of a cheat product, as I haven't been using it quite as much recently, so it might not be considered a 'current favourite', but I've started using it a couple more times over the last few weeks, and I'm going to make a conscious effort to use it some more, as I really do notice a different once I have used it, and so I guess that it does count. It can be quite messy, but it's amazing, honestly. It smells exactly like bubblegum (maybe too sickly sweet for some?), which I personally love, and I find that it totally transforms my lips, even after one application. It really does make them the softest that they have ever been before, and although I was reluctant to buy this at first, considering that it's £5.50 a time, I can genuinely say that I don't regret it, and I'm glad that I made the decision. A little goes a long way too! Many people speak highly about this, and I would say that it's fast becoming an essential in my everyday routine.

Makeup

Dermalogica Sheer Tinted Moisturiser / £34.80 - I'm going to be honest, and say that I wasn't the biggest fan of this product when I first started using it. I didn't think that the shade matched me properly, and there was just something that wasn't quite right, whether it was the way that I had applied it, the texture, the way that it looked, or something else completely. However, I have grown to love it over the past few weeks. I don't actually wear makeup that much anymore, surprisingly. Well, I do, but not as much as I used to, so not everyday. Having said that, if I do wear a base product on my face, then it would most likely be this one. It's a tinted moisturiser, and it's very light, and glowy on the skin, so it doesn't give off the same impression as a foundation, in my opinion. I don't find it to be too heavy, or cakey at all, in fact, it's the perfect finish for my skin. It can feel a little bit sticky sometimes, and it doesn't have the most pleasant of scents to it, but it gives such a lovely glow to the skin, and it just adds a little bit of something, as opposed to if you just had a bare complexion. It's very expensive for what it is, in my opinion, but if you can justify that amount of money on one base product, or if you are receiving it as a gift, or a treat, then that's a bonus! You only need a tiny amount anyway, so it would last quite a long time, and you can switch it up with other foundations, and tinted moisturisers, but I would suggest trying it out at some point.

Collection Lasting Perfect Concealer / £4.19 - This concealer was literally all the rage quite a while ago, and every beauty lover, and their dog spoke about it! I was never that much of a fan back then when everyone else was, and I never saw what was so special, as surely every concealer is the same? But, oh boy was I wrong! This is my go to concealer, and I can finally see what everyone was talking about all that time ago! It literally makes my under eye bags, and dark circles disappear within an instant, and it leaves me with a flawless complexion. All you have to do is apply a little bit here, and there, wherever there is a pesky blemish, or some problems under your eyes, and this little gem will sort all that out for you, and only for £4.19! What a bargain Collection!

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow Quad in What's Nude / £10.00 - If I had to pick any eyeshadow quad to last me my entire life, then I would absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, pick this one from Soap & Glory. It's pretty much the only product that I use on my eyes, and I would pick this one over anything else that I have tried! There are only four shades in it, but I honestly don't think you need any others, as it gives you everything you need, both for everyday, wearable use, and for night-time, party use. I use all of the shades too. The shimmery pearl white is perfect as a highlight underneath the brow bone, or as a highlight in the inner corner, and it can really brighten up the eyes. The light, dusky pink is perfect as an all over wash of colour, or if you want something for a nude, everyday look. The medium brown is perfect either as a shadow to fill your eyebrows in(that's what I did when I lost my eyebrow pencil), or as a natural colour over the lid, and finally, the deep, shimmery brown is the perfect shade for in the crease, or to layer over the top of all the other shadows. It makes your eyes look really put together, and any beautiful look can be created through the use of this quad, so it's really all that you need.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara / £7.99 - Out of all the mascaras that I have ever tried, no other one compares to this beauty. It. Is. Insane. Whenever I wear this on my lashes, everyone always compliments me, and asks me what mascara I'm wearing, and this is the long-awaited answer my friends. Maybelline is one of the main brands when it comes to mascara's, and I don't think that it ever disappoints, particularly when it comes to this one. It's everything that you could possibly ask for in a mascara (well, for me anyway!), and I don't think that anything does compare to it at all. It can feel quite clumpy sometimes when I apply it, but it doesn't look clumpy in the slightest, and it really does make my eyelashes stand out, and feel even blacker, and more volumised than ever before. I'm one of those gals that lives for dramatic, fluttery eyelashes, and with this mascara, it lives up to those expectations. The packaging is also really sleek, and compared to some other mascaras that I have tried, or heard about, it's actually not too expensive either, considering how good it is, and what it has to offer.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil / £10.00 - I don't know if it's only me, but I feel like if your eyebrows don't look properly shaped, or filled in, then it just throws off your entire facial appearance. If you have a pair of properly put together eyebrows, then you pretty much succeed at life. I don't usually have the best eyebrows in the world, unless I have literally just got them threaded, but this pencil really does help me to get them looking a little bit better, and ready for the day. Most Soap & Glory products are quite expensive, and a tenner for an eyebrow pencil is no exception, but I can just about justify spending that amount of money on a single item, considering it is for my eyebrows, and all. On one side, there is a pencil, and on the other side, there is a pen. I usually just use the pencil to help define the hairs, and fill them in so that they look more precise, and less sparse, and then on the odd occasion that I use the pen, I just go over the general shape of my eyebrows to help them look a little fuller, or more defined, but I don't really use it that much, as I feel it can appear quite heavy, and caked on if I do.

Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in Seductive Pink / £8.99 - As I've mentioned on the majority of these favourites, this blush really isn't one of the cheapest. But, I am only talking about my favourites, and considering that this isn't a budget-friendly, high-street type of post, then I guess it really doesn't matter, does it? Anyway, back to the point. Max Factor isn't a brand that I have ever used anything else from, as I just didn't hear anyone talking about it too much, and so it wasn't ever something that intrigued me immensely. I must admit though that I do really like this blush (hence why it's in my favourites..). It's a really pretty, rosy pink colour, and it just adds a nice sheen to your cheeks, and as I'm quite pale anyway, it gives a little bit of subtle colour to my complexion, which is exactly what I need, particularly during these colder months, as we draw into winter. It's a powder finish, which is what I go for when I'm buying a blush, and I genuinely don't think it gets spoken about enough - it deserves much more love for what it is, so go check it out, or give it a cheeky lil swatch when you next pop into Boots, or Superdrug!

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lipstick in Super Nude / £9.00 - If I'm not wearing my much loved Mac lipstick (which I will be talking about in just a moment), then I will most likely be wearing this gem by Soap & Glory. It's such a beautiful browny-nude, which is suitable for any time of the year, but it looks particularly pretty as a finishing touch to any makeup look, or outfit, as it just polishes everything together nicely. It's almost identical to my natural lip colour, and although it doesn't give off much, seeing as it's also very much a matte shade, it's still one of my all-time classics in my collection. I think that it's really sophisticated, and it comes in a very sleek, matte black tube too, so really, how could you possibly go wrong by opting for this beauty? Although it's matte, it isn't drying at all, and it smells absolutely divine - it almost has a slight vanilla scent to it! I think that it's well-worth the money, and it would suit anyone too, so it's worth a try, right?

MAC Lipstick in Bombshell / £15.50 - I only actually two lipsticks from MAC, and seeing as I never really have an occasion that's appropriate for me to wear ruby woo to, I usually only wear this one, and it's one that I wear on a daily basis. This lipstick is honestly so lovely though. It's a lustre finish, so it's quite shimmery, and pearly in a way, (I don't know the best word to describe it), but it doesn't have any glitter in it, so it's perfectly wearable for an everyday basis. It's a lovely deep pink, which honestly would suit any skin tone, any hair colour, any eye colour, anything. I think that it's well worth the money, because it isn't drying at all on the lips, it has a beautiful, lustrous finish, it can really pull together any makeup look, and it's just fabulous really! There are no faults with it, so it's well worth the £15.50 in my opinion. I also don't think that this is such a well known shade, so it's quite underrated if that's the case! It's definitely worth a look at it anyway.

Haircare

Toni & Guy Nourish Conditioner / £6.49 - Whenever I wash my hair, I will always reach for this conditioner. Apart from the bottle being almost impossible to actually get the conditioner out of, it's my favourite one to use during the week when I wash my hair. I usually use this product twice a week, as a staple to help repair, and nourish my locks, and then I will use a mask on the weekend, which is only once a week to switch it up a little, and to help ensure that my hair is properly nourished, and soft, particularly from the mid-lengths to ends. I actually got my hair cut shorter a few weeks ago, as it was feeling really dead, and dull, and since then, I have been doing my best to look after it a bit better, and it has been so far, so good. It smells divine, and it's quite a thick consistency, so it helps to lock in a lot of moisture, and it leaves my hair feeling, and looking silky smooth, which is exactly what I want out of a conditioner.

Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask / £6.49 - As I have just mentioned, I usually use a hair mask once a week, so very Sunday to ensure that the ends of my hair are moisturised, and as soft as they can be ready for the week ahead. I just think it's important to use a hair mask every so often, just because it will ensure that it's in better condition, and it's nice to care about your appearance too. I usually just smother a fair bit onto the mid-lengths, and ends of my hair, although sometimes I just apply it all over if I'm feeling particularly wild that day, and after a minute or so, I just wash it off, and it honestly leaves my hair feeling super soft, and well treated. Our hair can often get a bit neglected sometimes, due to the use of heat on it, and constant weather changes within the atmosphere, and that can leave it looking very limp, and lifeless, hence why I believe it's important to give it a little love every once in a while. Your hair will thank you for it later!

Tangle Teezer / £10.99 - Where do I even begin to talk about this wonderful little tool that is the one and only Tangle Teezer? Ever since I bought one, I have never so much as batted an eyelid towards a regular hairbrush. I mean, why in the world would I do such a foolish thing? Once you have converted to one of these beauties, you genuinely will never turn back. It's hands down one of the best decisions that I have ever made in regards to my hair. Whether you have just washed it, or whether it's already dry, this little brush is absolutely ideal. It doesn't tug on your hair, like regular brushes can, and it's compact, so it's easy to hold, and easy to pull through any tangles, or knots. The one that I have is also bubblegum pink, so you can't really go wrong, to be honest! It's lasted me since early on in the summer, and it looks a little worse for wear near the bristles, but that doesn't bother me at all, as it still does the job, so who cares?! If I could, I would convince anyone, and everyone to invest in this gem, so please go, and do it! It will make your life a whole lot easier. Well, in terms of your hair anyway!

Whilst I'm on the topic of hair care, although this may be slightly irrelevant, if any of you have any recommendations of products that could help reduce frizz, or tame flyaways, then please do contact me, or let me know in a comment below, as I'd really appreciate it!

Fragrance

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted Perfume / £28.00 - This is literally my favourite perfume in the whole world. Not only is it perfect, because I love Taylor as a person, and as a singer, but it's also perfect, because of the bottle, and the actual scent itself. It comes in a gorgeous, dainty ruby red bottle with a gold filigree type lid, and around the lid is almost like a charm bracelet design, so there are delicate little charms (obviously), such as a bird, a little diamond, and a flower with a diamante in the centre. I think that this is such a cute, elegant little touch, and it really makes the bottle look pretty on a dressing table too. The scent itself is also divine. The top notes are wild berries, and passionfruit, the heart notes are peony blossom, and white freesia, and the base notes are vanilla, and white musk. It's perfect for both day, and night, and it smells quite musky, and sensual, so it's probably better for during the night, but I wear it all of the time, no matter what the occasion, and it's lasted for ages too. This is the scent that I would use to describe me as a person, because I genuinely wear it that much! I need to remember to pick up another sometime soon though, as I'm running very low!

Zoella Blissful Mistful Body Mist / £8.00 -  My daytime scent that I tend to wear for school lately, or if I'm popping out would have to be this one by the highly adored Zoella. It's a light-hearted, fresh kind of scent that can easily be spritzed on before you walk out the door. It's the typical girlie scent from her beauty range, and it's lovely to wear on a daily basis, whatever the occasion. It's really light, and simple, so it isn't too full on, or heavy for during the daytime, and it just adds a little something, and I think that the scent is pretty recognisable if you're an avid Zoella fan! It comes in a cute little bottle, and I think the polka dots are a sweet little touch as well! The name is also adorable.

I'm sorry to those of you who aren't quite so much of a fan of these longer, chattier posts, but I do try to keep the length varied, and so to those of you who do find that this style is your cup of tea, then I hope that you have enjoyed it, and picked up a few new ideas along the way. I haven't managed to include all the categories that I would have liked to have spoken about, but maybe there will be a part two coming up within the next few weeks, who knows?!

Lots of love,

Jade x
 









 

 







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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

It's All About The Little Things

 
How often do you hear people repeating this saying over, and over again? It really is true though. The little things matter more than anything else, and as time goes on, you realise that they may actually turn into the things with the most significance in your life.
 
There are so many little things that happen in our everyday life that we take for granted, and we don't even realise until we take a proper look at the bigger picture. Imagine all of the times people have been there for you, or made you smile, because of a spontaneous joke they cracked, or because they baked you a cake when you were feeling poorly. Quite often, people do little things for the people that they care about, as a way of expressing their love, and showing how much they appreciate them. Words can often have very insignificant meaning, unless they are also proven by actions. Anyone can say that they are in love, or that they deserve to be a celebrity figure to younger people, but what are these thoughts, and words if they are not supported by actual events? If you say that you love someone, then prove it to them, and support your point with evidence. I'm making this sound awfully similar to an English lesson, but I can assure you, there is very good reasoning behind the nonsense that I seem to be saying! For example, to prove that you love someone as much as you say you do, you could cook them a meal if you know they have had a stressful day, or you could plan them a surprise trip to the theatre if you know they love musicals. This is what I mean when I say the little things matter the most. You don't have to shower someone in a constant supply of designer gifts, because as gorgeous, and appreciated as a designer handbag, or a pair of Christian Louboutins may be once in a while, no form of love, whether a friendship, relationship, or anything else can be bought by lavish luxuries. It's all about the thought that counts. As you grow older, you will gradually realise that nothing else matters, as much as the moments, and the memories.
Surround yourself with positive people who bring out the best in you, and love you for who you are. Capture every moment, and treasure the memories. Live for today only.
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x 
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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Shop My Stash

 
 
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of 'shop my stash', it's basically an expression that is used when you root around in your makeup drawers, looking for hidden gems that you may have forgotten about, or once loved, and have since rediscovered them, and are now vowing to give them a little more attention. I have 8 products in total that I'm going to essentially be reviewing today, and as always, I'm going to be completely honest, so hopefully my opinions help you to form some of your own! Let's get on with it..
 
 
 
 
 
Lush Ultrabland Cleanser / £7.50 -  This cleanser is literally like a little angel in a pot. I'm going to admit to the fact that I didn't get on with this the first time I used it. I did exactly as the tub suggested on the back (Lush do include cute little features like that), and I applied it all over my face, then removed it with a warm flannel, but I struggled immensely with actually removing the product from my face, as it seemed to be really greasy, and pretty gross actually, if I'm honest. Now, I hate putting Lush down, as I absolutely adore the brand as a whole, but us bloggers gotta be honest, right? Anyway, I decided to give it another shot, and I was pleasantly surprised at how differently I felt! Once again, I applied it all over my face, just with my fingertips, and I made sure that I literally smothered it everywhere, and then I got in the bath, and left it for a couple of minutes, then I properly splashed warm water all over my face with a flannel, and although I found it difficult to get off, as it is quite a creamy, oily product (it does say beeswax and rose CREAM cleanser for a reason...duh), the outcome was insanely amazing. Yes, there was a similar outcome after the first time of using this product, but I just wasn't really feeling it back then. However, I followed up with a face mask, and some moisturiser, and my skin was literally looking like the bomb.com! I genuinely looked like I had makeup on, when really I'd just gotten out the bath. Lush suggest that anyone with problematic skin should use this product alone solidly for a month, and they believe that it changes your skin completely. So, I think I'm going to try it, and see how I feel after! Even though I don't typically have problematic skin, I am going through the terrible teen stage, so we'll see what happens, and if I go through with that idea, or not.
 

 
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze / £4.99 - The first eye product that I'm going to be talking about is this eye-shadow base from Maybelline. It's an incredibly creamy, pigmented little beauty, and it's in this gorgeous shimmery, bronze shade, just like the name suggests. It can either be a base, so that you can layer up other eyeshadows on top, but I usually either wear it completely by itself all over the lid, or I have been blending deeper shimmery brown shades into the crease to create a really pretty look. The only reason that I've been neglecting it quite a bit since I purchased it is because I don't feel like I've quite mastered how to make it work yet. It can look quite messy on me, regardless of whether I apply it with a brush, or with my finger, but I have heard so many people raving on about it, and I do understand why, but I just need to convince myself to play around with it a little bit more, and experiment to see how it works best for me. However, it's very affordable for what it is, and I'm sure it could be considered a dupe for many high-end products! It's also a very wearable flattering shade, in my opinion.
 
 
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Super Nude / £9.00 - This may be as a surprise to some of you, seeing as this lipstick is featured in a 'Shop My Stash' post, but this actually used to be one of my favourite shades that I owned in my collection. Kinda crazy, right? I used to wear it literally all the time, and so I guess you could say that I considered it to be a staple. When I was raiding through my very messy makeup stash, I came across it, and I have since rediscovered my love, and I now wonder why I stopped wearing it for such a long time in the first place! I suppose that just goes to prove how much of an addiction I have with buying lipsticks - oops (sorry not sorry!). But anyway, this is honestly such a stunning shade if you're looking for the perfect nudey lip product. It isn't too pale, yet it isn't like a browny nude either, so it's really suitable for any skin tone! It's matte, so there isn't any shimmer whatsoever, but it isn't drying on the lips at all. It's moisturising, and it has a really lovely consistency which leaves your lips feeling super soft, and supple all day. It isn't the cheapest option, but considering what you get, I really would suggest that you think about purchasing it, or checking it out, and I'm definitely going to start wearing it a lot more now.
 

Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Makeup Remover / £3.39 - I'm going to be completely honest with you guys, this product has been sitting in my box of skincare products for quite a few months now, and I have hardly touched it at all. In fact, I was rather sceptical to whip it out actually! I haven't tried it all that much since the idea for this post came about, but I have tried it a couple of times, and I actually squirted a little bit onto a cotton pad when I was wearing the Maybelline eye shadow that I mentioned previously, and it removed all of the product straight away without leaving even the slightest amount of residue. I did, however, have one issue when I tried to get my mascara off. It could have been purely my own fault, but I was rubbing the pad up and down my top, and bottom lashes to try and get the mascara off, and then I kinda just kept swiping it over my eyes, and then I was left with really red, blotchy eyes that didn't go down for a good few minutes. Maybe that was a fault of my own, so it hasn't put me off, as the product did do what it said, and it removed my eye makeup, but I just don't know if it's exactly as 'kind to eyes' as it says it is. However, I will keep trying it out, as it worked wonders for the rest of my eye makeup, but just maybe not for the more delicate, sensitive areas of your eye.
 
 
Dermatologica Sheer Tint / £34.80 - One base product that I have recently rediscovered is this fabulous tinted moisturiser from Dermatologica. I kindly received it from my older sister earlier this year, and I was instantly eager to try it out. At first, I didn't really know what a tinted moisturiser was if I'm honest, and I hadn't ever tried out anything from this brand, because I thought it was just a skincare brand, but I gradually fell in love with it. It's in the shade medium, as you can see, and I originally thought that it would be too dark for me, but it honestly isn't! I'm quite a naturally pale gal, and so I find it really difficult when looking for, or testing out face products, as I hardly ever know what shade to go for, whether it be light, fair, medium, or whatever else, and so I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that this shade was pretty wearable for me. I usually just apply a pea sized amount to the back of my hand, and then use my foundation brush to blend it all into my face, but I've actually been applying some of the Simple moisturiser to the back of my hand first, and then blending the two together, and I've found that it's actually a perfect match so far! The moisturiser helps to lighten the shade a little, and make it go on better, and not at all streaky, so that's always an added bonus. I do find that this product can be slightly sticky if I touch my skin throughout the day, but that isn't something that really bothers me if I'm totally honest with you. I will be trying it out some more, but there's obviously an explanation as to why I used to love it, and use it so consistently, and I'm definitely going to be trying it out a lot more, especially as it's a nice, light base.
 
 
Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Picnic In The Park / £5.99 - I'm sure that most of you are already head over heels in love with this lipgloss, but surprisingly enough, I actually wasn't one of those people up until now! Tanya Burr brought out her makeup range quite a while ago now, and I bought this product right near the beginning of that journey, but I had never truly fallen in love with it like I had hoped I would. I wore it a couple of times, but as I mentioned before, I just have an extreme amount of lip products to choose from that I usually just gravitate towards the current favourites, and all of the other ones have to deal with a little bit of neglection - woops! Having said that, I do tend to switch up my lip favourites every once in a while, and so now I have told myself that I'm going to be reaching for this one a lot more often, because let's be honest here, it's an absolute gem! The shade isn't coming up quite so accurately on the camera, but I'd say that it's a beautiful bubblegum pink. You can just go, and give it a cheeky lil swatch if you want though! It's incredibly pigmented, both when swatched, and on the lips, and it isn't drying at all - it's very much glossy, and it keeps your lips feeling plump, and soft at the same time. I'm not the hugest fan of lipglosses, as every one I buy tends to leave my lips feeling sticky, and too wet, but this one isn't like that. I mean, it's obviously going to be perfect though, as it's Tanya Burr we're talking about! The packaging has since been changed, but I think that both the old (displayed above), and the new versions are equally as classy, and girlie, so I don't have a problem with that either. It's extremely affordable, and beautiful with any skin tone.
 
 
Simple Kind To Skin Light Moisturiser / £4.35 - Another Simple product that has been very much pushed to the side lately is their Kind To Skin Moisturiser. I'm going to keep it real here, I honestly despised this when I first used to use it a couple of months ago. I found it too thick, it made my skin really tingle, and burn, and I found it too hard to blend into my skin. Since then, I have been very much hesitant to try it again, and rightly so. It has still been burning my skin, and making it feel like it's on fire, but I find that it does blend, and sink into the skin a lot better when you use a brush with it. It does make your skin feel soft, and refreshed, and it also has a nice, light scent, but somehow, my skin doesn't really tend to get on with Simple products, which I actually find to be quite strange? Maybe it's just me, or maybe the fault lies elsewhere. I'm honestly not too sure, but as I mentioned before, I like to use this moisturiser with my Dermatologica sheer skin tint, and so I will see how I go, but let me know if any of you have tried this out, and had the same problem, or if it's just me.
 
 


 
 MUA Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette / £4.00 - Last, but by no means least, I want to start making more of an effort to use this little beauty on a much more regular basis. Thing is with me, I tend to hear so many beauty bloggers, and YouTubers raving about all these makeup products that I go, and buy them myself, then I end up never using them, so it's a total waste of my money! This is why I think this post idea is so beneficial to me, because I really need to learn to be a lot more careful with my money, and much more conscious with what I spend it on, and whether I'm actually going to wear the products, or not. Anyway, this palette was all the rage quite a while back, and so it has been laying in my collection for quite some time now (as I said, I always give into the hype!), but I've finally decided to crack it out, and give it a little more love. It's about time, don't you think? There is a really lovely, versatile selection of shades, ranging from a light, shimmery white on the left, to a deeper, smoky brown, perfect for Autumn, and Winter on the right. You are really spoiled for choice with this palette, and it works wonders for any occasion, as you're bound to find a suitable shade that tickles your fancy. At only £4, who could resist? They are all very pigmented colours, and you can create some stunning looks, either by blending a variety of the shades together, or by mixing them with other eye shadows that you have in your stash. They stay on for a very long time, yet they are easy to remove at the same time, and so you really can't go wrong with this shadow selection.

Let's hope that this post encourages me to use up some of my more neglected makeup products, and who knows, they could end up making their way into my favourites in the near future!
 
Have you tried any of these products? What would you like to get your hands on?
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x






 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The Girl Behind The Blog

 

I'm aware that I've done quite a few of these 'getting to know me' posts lately, but I have got quite a few followers now (it's a big deal to me!), and so I thought it would be necessary for me to do just one more! It's not even like I like talking about myself (ok, sometimes it's nice to have a little ramble), but I do genuinely just want you lovely bunch to find out more about the girl behind the blog! Which, is obviously me! The first thing you should know before we actually get started is that I'm quite a silly, sarcastic person, even when I don't mean to be.. you will learn that over time, believe me!

The first thing that I would like to start of by saying is that I'm an incredibly passionate person. There is quite a selection of things that I believe are extremely important, and my passion for those particular things is never-ending. If I feel passionately about something, for example blogging, I will put my all into it, and I will never stop putting 100% into every aspect of it. I guess you could say that I don't give up on the things that I believe in, and that hold the most importance to me. Some of the things that I have the most passion for include helping people, blogging, my loved ones/supporters, music, photography, and the beauty/fashion industry. There are, of course, a few others too, like writing, and exploring the world, but I'm just trying to make a point that I am an incredibly passionate person. The interests that I have are the ones that I focus the most on, and I will always do my best to make sure that I put all of them in my priorities.

Even though I'm only 14 (and a half..) years old, I literally have most of my future mapped out in my mind already, and it's something that I constantly go over too. I may sound slightly deluded, or insane to some of you, but I'm going to share my plans none-the-less.
I'm currently in my first year of GCSE's, and I'm doing the standard subjects (Double Science, Maths, English, Citizenship, PE), and then I have chosen my own subjects, which are Health & Social Care, Business Studies, Geography, and Graphic Design. I aim to get my results for my GCSE's at the end of Year 11 (standard ofc), and then I hope to stay on and go to 6th Form. Ideally, I would like to study any out of these subjects - Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Business Studies, Biology, Geography, or Health & Social Care. So, maybe that part of my life isn't quite as planned out as I had hoped it was!
And that stuff is all happening within the next few years - time really does fly!
Once I've completed my A-Levels, and hopefully done very well) I plan on going to University. I used to be so unsure about this stage in my life, but now I've realised that it's something I'm 90% sure I want to do. I'd ideally like to study something that will enable me to go down the career path that I have had planned for a while now, and so I would probably have to do a course that relates to Nursing, Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, or Social Work. In all honesty, I just want to help mainly children, and adolescents with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, anger issues, eating disorders, and others. I have a range of similar options in mind at the moment, which includes being a psychiatrist, psychologist, potential social worker, mental health nurse, occupational therapist, or a child and adolescent psychotherapist.
In an ideal situation, I'd like to be working for CAMHS, which stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and I'd also like to be able to help, and comfort those who are severely ill in hospitals with mental illnesses, as well as doing fundraising work.
Of course, things may change, but those are my rough ideas in terms of career plans.

On the side of that as a bonus, I'd like to be able to do either blogging, YouTube, or both part-time. I'm not saying I'd like to make money out of it, because honestly, I would rather do it as a hobby that I'm passionate about, but to have it as something that I can do during my free time, and to enjoy it too would be an absolute dream, it really would.

Another thing that I feel really passionately about is music. Ever since I was a very little girl, I have always enjoyed singing, dancing, and listening to other people's songs. I used to stand in the living room, whilst my grandma, and granddad sat in their armchairs opposite me, and I'd sing away, either to the music channel in the background, or just some of my favourite songs at the time, even if I didn't know the lyrics. They have always been my biggest supporters, and I love them unconditionally anyway, but I think that fact makes them even more special! I often dream that one day I will be able to write, record, and produce my own music, and then perform it to a live audience at the 02, or something, just so that my grandparents can come and watch me perform my original music. I've gained a lot more confidence surrounding singing within the last few months, and it would mean a lot to me if I could pursue that, and turn it into an achievement.

The previous point also links onto the fact that music personally means a lot to me. I guess I use it as an escape, something that I turn to no matter what my emotion, or state of mind. I find that it calms me down, and it helps me to rationalise my thoughts, and take a break from the real world. The lyrics that people write, and sing can become so meaningful, and they can have such a lasting impact on me, whether in a positive way, or in a negative way. There are so many lyrics that make me smile, and feel grateful to be alive, and there are others that bring out so much raw emotion from deep inside me, but I feel that listening to them helps me to let go of pain, and feel that there are other people out there who understand me. I have been through a lot during my lifetime, and not all of it has been pretty, so I feel that if I could get the opportunity to write, and release a personal, heart-felt song, then I could have the same sort of impact on other people, like certain singers have had on me.

I'm going to finish off this post by saying that there is still a lot about myself, and my personal life that I could talk about, and I would be happy to do so, and share it with some of you. I want to make my story known to many people across the world, and I feel that I would develop more of a connection to you all if I did so, and vice versa. Blogging is my way of connecting to people all over the world on a much more emotional level through words. There are so many dreadful things that occur in this world that people go through, and I want my blog to be a safe, positive place where I can help and leave a lasting positive impact on you through kindness, and positivity. I will also be doing a separate blog post on both meaningful lyrics, and meaningful poems/stories.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about in another post similarly styled to this one, then please do let me know. I love a good ramble though, so be prepared for some lengthy posts!

Lots of love,

Jade x
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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Top 3 Feminine Fragrances

 
The first scent that I'm going to be talking about is the Lynx Attract For Her Bodyspray. This is honestly such a fresh, likeable bodyspray, and it's not like anything I have ever smelt before. I'm absolutely terrible at describing scents, and so if I even so much as tried, I would probably completely fail, so I'm just going to let you smell it for yourself. If you go online on the Superdrug website, there are a couple of negative reviews, slating this particular product, but I personally love it just to quickly spray on, and you can hardly hate it when it's so inexpensive! But, don't let the price put you off, and allow you to think it's not good enough, because honestly, it's a lovely scent.
 
 
Now, I'm sure many of you already know about this scent, or you may own it already, but it's the Zoella Blissful Mistful Body Mist. This is actually a perfume, as opposed to a body spray, like the Lynx one that I just spoke about, and I absolutely adore it. I'm not just being biased, because I love Zoe as a person, but it genuinely is a wonderful product. Once again, I can't really describe the smell, but you can go and give it a little sniff if you would like to, or you can always just Google it!
In my opinion, it's a very clean, girlie fragrance, without being too overpowering, or too sweet. Considering it's only 45ml's, it lasts for a very long time, and you only need a couple of sprays!

 
 
This is my ultimate favourite fragrance out of the 3 that I have spoken about today. I honestly don't think anything else could ever compare to Taylor Swift's Enchanted Wonderstruck. It's honestly insanely amazing. The bottle in itself is just a work of art. It used to have little charms dangling off the chain, but they unfortunately snapped off without me realising whilst I was on holiday back in August. When I realised, it literally broke my heart - but it's okay, because I'm in need of purchasing a new one soon (yes, that's my excuse!). It's honestly divine though. It's such a stunning, sensual fragrance that is literally what I would define as 'the woman empowering scent'. I feel like it's something that you could catch Beyoncé rocking! I wear it everyday, and I'm so near to the bottom of the bottle now, but it's honestly just perfection in a bottle. It's very strong, and quite musky (if that's the right word to describe it - don't kill me if I'm wrong!), but I wouldn't have it any other way.
 
So, that's it for this short, but sweet post. I know I haven't included that many perfumes, but that's how you can tell them are my absolute favourites. If I find anymore, I will be sure to do a part two!
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x



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