Sunday, 28 February 2016

Monthly Memories: February







Hi everyone! It's that time again where I share with you all of my monthly memories from February. Where has the time flown by, eh? It's going to be my birthday on Wednesday and I'm going to be 15! It's absolutely insane, don't you think?

Anyway, I've picked out 6 photos from my camera roll on my phone which I thought summed up my month. For me personally, January was my detox month, which was the time for a fresh start and new beginnings, hence why I didn't really do much, apart from tried to better myself and set out goals for the year ahead. Alternatively, February is the month of love. Although I think that you should appreciate the people most important to you every day of the year, I do believe that sometimes you should just show a little bit more appreciation, as you never know when you could lose everything and everyone around you. I used this month to meet new people, spend time with those who are close to me and to do the things that I love.

1. What better way to start of a photography post than with a picture of a sunset? If you know me well enough, you will be aware of the fact that I literally used to obsess over sunsets. I'd constantly be on the lookout for them and I'd always capture them whenever I could, just because I thought they were something incredible. Let's face it, I'm not a morning person in the slightest and I don't get up for anything or anyone, let alone sun rises, even though I totally would if I had the motivation. I took this particular one from my bedroom window, so I just thought I'd include it, because it made me smile and I thought that it could make some of you smile too.

2. The day after I broke up for half-term, which was during the middle of the month, I went out to meet one of my lovely friends Sophie. I'd been speaking to her for a short amount of time before this day, but I was in quite a bad mood, so she offered to meet me and cheer me up. It was honestly one of the nicest days I had all month! We had such a nice chat, we laughed non-stop and I didn't feel awkward in the slightest. As I'm quite an anxious person, I find it difficult to meet with people that I've never actually spoken to in real life before, but Sophie made it seem so easy and I really do love her for that.

3. I apologise for this picture being quite grainy and dark, but it was actually taken at about 5pm, so the day was gradually disappearing before I had even realised. This photo was taken before I went out for a family meal with my mum, my sister, my grandma and my granddad - 4 of the most important people in my life. We actually were going out to celebrate my mum's birthday, which had fallen 4 days before on the 13th of February. My granddad came upstairs to see me and have a chat, so I thought seeing as I had my phone out, I'd take a picture with him, because why not? I really do love my granddad. He's one of the only men who has never let me down and I could not be more grateful for that.

4. Even though I really didn't do too much during half-term, I did have a nice time as it came towards the end of the week. I met up with a few of my friends and we all just had a chilled evening out. There were a lot of giggles and for once, I actually felt accepted as part of a group. That doesn't really happen very often, because as I've said, I'm quite a socially awkward person, but I really did feel comfortable around the people that I was with and I didn't even feel anxious. What a result. I guess that when one day out goes right, you feel as though all the others will go right too, which really gave me that surge of confidence that I needed. It just goes to show that even though some things can seem difficult and nerve-wracking before they actually happen, they usually do turn out absolutely fine, or even more than fine, so there really is no need to worry so much! It's easier said than done, I know, but honestly, everything works out fine in the end.

5. The day after, I went for a sleepover with Tia. Considering the fact that I hadn't been for a sleepover in forever, I was actually quite nervous, but once again, I didn't have any reason to be. I think, as humans, we always over-analyse things and work ourselves up when there really is no reason to be quite so anxious. 90% of the time, we have great fun and then we wonder why we were ever questioning our choices in the first place! I never really get much sleep when I stay over at other people's houses, but I think that adds to the excitement of it! I did have a really nice time though and I think that's why it's better that I don't have sleepovers quite so often, because when I do, they always end up going better and making up for the time that I didn't have them.

6. To finish off this post, I have a picture from Friday afternoon. After school, I decided to go and hang out with two boys that I know quite well. I don't really know why I took this picture, but I guess I do take random pictures at times, if I think they look nice, or just if I want to capture the memories from that day. I did have a really lovely time and once again, I did feel like I was accepted for the most part. I think that those days where everyone is so chilled and care free are the best kind of days. You just enjoy each other's company, so it doesn't matter whether you're hanging about in the same place for 3 hours, or whether you're gallivanting off on some wild adventures. It's the people you're with that matters.

All in all, I've had a really nice, positive month. I did my first collaboration here on my blog with some fellow blogging girlies for Valentines Day, I made some new friends and managed to be sociable and try new things, I got some good exam results and I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I feel really proud that I've managed to do all of those things whilst keeping a smile on my face. It isn't always all about sunshine and sparkles, but you have to make the most of what you have in life. Things won't always go your way and that's okay. I'm very proud of all I have achieved this month, and I hope you're proud of yourselves too!

Next month, it's my 15th birthday, I have another collaboration planned for you, I have a huge variety of posts coming your way and a whole lot of other things that I don't even know are happening yet! What are your plans for the month of March?

Lots of love,

Jade x

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Getting To Know Me

I've already done quite a lot of 'get to know me' posts, if I'm being honest. If you have been a follower of mine for quite a while, then you will already know that.
My blog is incredibly personal to me. I share a lot about my life on here, not knowing who's reading, or judging me behind the screen. I intentionally share this much, both about my experiences with things and my thoughts on the things that I'm the most passionate about. I blog, so that I'm able to have an outlet, which is like a hobby to me and I like knowing that I'm able to talk about whatever I wish, whilst hopefully impacting people's lives at the same time. It's not a career at all - it's simply something that I want to do during my free time and I can't see that changing any time soon.
As I've already mentioned, I have done quite a lot of 'get to know me posts' already, because I do want all of you to know me as much as possible (obviously within reason), but I wanted to do something similar, yet a little different at the same time today.
So many bloggers and youtubers always do tags, which are essentially themselves answering a bunch of questions, but I really don't think that's very interesting at all. I would rather just go into detail about specific facts, rather than bombard you with loads that probably don't even interest you at all.
I'm going to start off by being extremely honest. I'm always honest, no matter what post I'm writing, but I feel like with these more personal ones, I have to be extra honest, if that makes any sense whatsoever. I also tend to ramble a lot more, so if you like rambly posts, then this is the one for you!
I have only ever had one 'proper' relationship. The reason I say 'proper' in a way that seems like I'm being sarcastic is because I believe that we all have different views on what the word proper actually means. For some people, they may consider a proper relationship to be one that lasts more than 1 week, whereas for others, their opinion may be completely different and they may consider a proper relationship to be one which lasts for months. I'd say that I count as part of the latter. I have liked quite a lot of people throughout the years, but half of them, I don't feel any attraction to anymore, and I can't even remember why I even thought they were semi attractive in the first place! The thing is, as far as I'm aware, none of them ever really liked me back to the point where they would have had a relationship with me during that time. Well, we were like 11 or 12, but I suppose that's besides the point. I guess I just got really upset back then, because I was quite a few years younger compared to how I am now, and I felt almost envious of other girls that I knew, because they all seemed to be so lusted after and so loved up. I now realise that it probably wasn't love at all, because half of the 'couples' don't talk anymore either, but that's just the way life works I guess. People come and go, but that's okay. I guess you just learn to adapt in the end, because you eventually get used to it.
I'm currently in quite a difficult situation. I don't want to talk about it too much, because I don't feel that comfortable just yet, but I do want to touch on it briefly, as some of you may be going through something similar and it may be helpful for you to know that you aren't alone in your struggles.
Sometimes, when we are in a relationship, we can become almost consumed by the whole idea of it and knowing that we always have another person to hang out with can make us feel all kinds of emotions, both good and bad. I know that when I'm in a relationship, I can become quite attached and overwhelmed, because I get so content with the thought that another person is always going to be there for me and I like to know that I'm their special person and they are mine. It gives me a sense of comfort and stability, you know? Whilst you are in that relationship, it can all seem so perfect - more so than you could have ever imagined. This feeling can last for weeks, months, years; it can last for an incredibly long time. I think that from the very beginning, right when you start talking to someone, you have to allow yourself to enter a certain mind-set. You have to understand that things could take a turn - either positively, or negatively. You could end up with this other person for the rest of your life, regardless of your age, or gender and you could literally have one argument throughout the entire time that you are with them. Literally, everything could be near enough perfect. That would be ideal, don't you think?
However, it doesn't always work out this way. In the beginning, things can seem as if they are going really well. You may get on like two peas in a pod. There may be no arguments, no disagreements, nothing, but love and affection. Then, as time goes on, things may change. You may begin arguing over nothing, or something that seems insignificant. You may start being blunt with each other. You may not know what to say anymore. You may even find out that you have been cheated on without any clue at all that anything was going on with someone else. It may happen more than once. You could end it with that person and lose all respect for them. Or, you could take them back, again and again and again. You may find that you don't want to let them go. You may find that life seems unbearable without the thought of them being there to give you a cuddle whenever your spirits need lifting. You may feel that you have no hope of ever loving anyone else.
And that is okay. That is completely okay. You are allowed to still love the person who cheated on you repeatedly. You are allowed to still love the person who broke up with you 2 years ago. You are allowed to feel the way you feel. No matter what other people think, or say. If you love a person, regardless of how they have, or do treat you, then it's completely your decision as to what you do and how you choose to go about the situation. Of course, it's completely unacceptable for someone to treat you like that with such little disrespect, but if you still love them, then you can't help that and you shouldn't be so hard on yourself either. Having said that, I would suggest trying to distract yourself for the time being. If someone is cheating on you, or if you love someone, who doesn't feel the same, or even if you just don't feel ready for a relationship with a particular person, then try doing other things whilst you are working out what to do with your situation. Spend time with friends and family, talk to other people of the same gender that you are interested in, look after yourself and most importantly, do the things that you enjoy.
As hard as it may be, just try to do anything but think of the person that you love. I know it can be heart breaking, I really do, but sometimes, it just has to be done for the sake of your own sanity. I know how cliché it sounds, but things do get easier eventually. If you spend your time doing other things and you spend a little while away from that certain individual, then you will be able to get a clearer perspective once you have thought about it all. Take in what other people are saying, as they are saying it for a reason most of the time, but make sure that you always pick what's best for you and what makes you happy.
After that massive ramble, I guess I just wanted to say I'm actually quite a sensitive, deep person. I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way, but I really do care about other people and how they are feeling, so I always want to try and help in whatever way I can. I would go out of my way just to make sure another person is feeling better than they were before I started speaking to them. That's another reason why I write blog posts. As much as I like to talk about beauty and fashion and all that jazz, I also like to connect to a large variety of different people on a much more personal level, as I don't feel like there's enough of that in the world right now. I really like to do advice posts, where I can just chat about my past experiences and try to help people with different situations, but I also like to talk generally about issues and my thoughts on certain things as well, so it's quite a mixture really! My advice posts and the ones where I delve deeper into life issues also prove to be some of the most popular, which I actually find incredibly touching. I know that may sound weird to some, but I get such nice comments about them, both from people I know in real life and people that just know me through reading my blog. It really is so sweet and every single comment means the world to me. My biggest dream in life is to be able to help others and make sure that they feel as though they have a purpose in this world.
Leading on from that, I would love to be able to create music and books and maybe even videos for people in the future. I know those are quite extravagant dreams, but I do believe that anything can happen, so I will try my best to make sure that they do someday. I just want to touch people's hearts with the words that I write and one day, maybe I can travel the world in an attempt to physically help those struggling too.
We all have our own dreams. And this is mine.
Lots of love,
Jade x


Sunday, 21 February 2016

Staying Strong


Hi lovelies! I'm so sorry I haven't posted for over a week. It's been half-term and even though I haven't really done all that much, I just haven't had the motivation to post and then for the past few days I've been out quite a bit or swamped with other tasks, so it hasn't been that easy to get a chance. I'm back now though and hopefully I won't be going anywhere.

When you're a blogger, I think that it's important to take some time out to look at analytics and figures every once in a while. Maybe once a month, either at the beginning or the end. I'd say it's like a mini review of your own little personal space, so that you can keep up to date with your progress and how you're doing. I wouldn't actually say that numbers and views are the most important thing that you should put before anything else when you're a blogger. In fact, I'd actually say the opposite, but I do think it can help massively if you regularly take a step back to reflect on things.

Back in the day, I used to do advice posts a lot more often than I do now. I don't actually think I've done one yet this year, which is absolutely crazy if you take into consideration how I used to be! Looking through my statistics, it's clear for me to see that my advice posts are some of the most popular and my first post was actually an advice post, because that was predominantly the direction that I wanted my blog to go down when I first started.  

I'm dedicating this post to my beautiful sister Sophie. After having quite a deep conversation with her this afternoon, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to write up this post. I discussed some things with her that I would also like to discuss with you, as I feel like it's a topic, which many people may find relevant, or beneficial in some way.

We all go through our own personal struggles throughout our lives. That's a given and you probably don't need me to tell you that. No matter how well you know or think you know a person, you will never fully understand exactly what it is that they're experiencing, because you aren't the person who has to walk within their shoes every day. You can talk for hours on end for days on end and with each minute, you will more than likely get closer to them in some way and get better at understanding their situation, but you still won't be able to understand how they feel each second that goes pass. It's just one of them things in life that is virtually impossible, regardless of how hard you try.
You should always encourage people to open up to you, (if you're a trustworthy person, that is) and try your best to listen and support them in any way that you possibly can.
It some situations, you may feel as if you have been completely thrown off your path of comfort and you may feel as if you are totally helpless towards the person, but honestly, just being there to listen and comfort someone in need can be enough for them.

Over the years, I've had plenty of practise when it comes to helping people with their problems and offering support to them if they need it. I'm by no means the best at it, but as I say to those that I speak to, I have learnt quite a lot through personal experience and through that my loved ones have told me they have gone through, so I do have quite a lot of knowledge that I'm always happy to put to use. I'm one of those people who always has something to say and is always ready to bring some quotes into a situation. Whatever a person is going through, I listen, I attempt to help as best as I can and then I begin to encourage them and use quotes to support my point. Wow, doesn't this just sound like some sort of English lesson? See, I always try to throw in a dash of humour as well - however bad at it I may be! Seriously though, quotes and words can be of a lot of comfort when you're going through a rough patch. I understand the whole 'actions speak louder than words' thing and I do believe that's true to a certain extent, but words can make you feel something which actions cannot. Words are so much deeper and so much more meaningful in some ways and they really can do a great lot of healing.

'Everyone wants to be the sun that lights up your life. But I'd rather be your moon, so I can shine on you during your darkest hour, when your sun isn't around'. That is one of my favourite quotes ever. It's lovely to be someone's sun, so you can light up their life and make them smile when they feel a little low, but I think it means so much more if you can be the one bright, hopeful part of someone's life when everything else is so terribly dark.
Whether you believe it or not, we do all have a purpose in life. For me, I have my blog as my outlet, my distraction and my main purpose. I find that if you have something or a few things to focus on that you love and feel truly passionate about, then you will never be completely lost. I described it to my sister as having my own personal bubble. I get to choose who enters that bubble and what goes inside it that is of importance to me. For example, I am in my own personal bubble. I like to be accompanied by a camera (to symbolise my love of photography), a globe (to symbolise my love of travelling), a musical note (to symbolise my love of music), a pen, and a book (to symbolise my joint love of reading, and writing), a row of my family members (to symbolise my love for them), a dog (to symbolise my love of animals) and finally, a computer (to symbolise my love for blogging and all of you). I could pick many more, such as the sunshine and love, but I would be here forever. I was just giving you a little insight into my bubble, so that you have some inspiration when creating your own. The beauty of it is that it's your bubble, so nobody ever has to find out about what's inside it. They just need to be interested as to whether they are in it or not. You can always add and eliminate too - what's not to love?

Some people are interested in meditating, doing breathing exercises, practising mindfulness and going on long walks to clear their head. Whereas others enjoy painting, drawing, reading, writing and dancing. We all have our own hobbies and our own passions. As long as we stick to them and we never, ever give up on them or our dreams, then it's completely fine to have whatever hobbies and passions we want. You always need to keep yourself busy whenever things seem hard. Talk to people. Do what you enjoy. Try your best to distract yourself and release all of that inner negative energy through doing something productive.

I actually wear a necklace that has a sun charm on it. It's silver and it shimmers whenever it's light during the day. It's close to my heart and whenever I wear it, I often think to myself that it's my sunshine and it means that I have to be the sunshine for other people. I have to be able to smile myself and radiate positivity, so that it's given off to others and then it will carry on like a snowball effect (a good one, of course!). I also wear a little charm bracelet, which has a cross, a hamsa hand and an evil eye. Each of those charms have a significant meaning to me and my life, so I like to keep that on my wrist as often as I can too. Do any of you have any pieces of jewellery like this? 

Just remember that you have the power to change how you feel. The sooner you choose that you wish to lead a happy life and you wish to follow all of your dreams and become successful in many different areas, then the longer you have that life to live. Whatever you feel is your destiny, you have to follow it. You have to live the life that you want. Don't allow other people to destroy your dreams and crush your confidence just because they are battling with their own insecurities. You should never rely on people either. As much as they tell you they will always be there, it doesn't mean that is the truth. You should love them, and care for them and treasure them as much as you can during the time that they are still there, because the truth is, people don't stay around forever. Anything can happen and it can be at any moment. When people walk away with no reason at all, then you will be the one feeling devastated, and lost without them. It shouldn't be that way. You can lean on others if you feel lonely or if you want someone to talk to, but you should never feel as if you are alive purely for one other person. You are alive for yourself and for your purpose. They are not your purpose. Yourself and your dreams are your purpose. Live for you. Live for your hopes and your goals. Be the person that others look up to and admire. Prove to them that you don't need a relationship or buckets of money just to live a happy, successful life. It's possible to build something incredible out of nothing. You just have to hope that things get better and realise that you can only make things better yourself. People can help and motivate you as much as they possibly can, but it's ultimately your decision to actually take all of that motivation and turn it into something massive. As Demi Lovato says in her book, "Learn from the past and share your experiences with others. Cherish the present and look forward to the future". It may seem hard right now, but I promise you, with the right mindset and the right people around you, anything is possible. Stay strong. Prove all of the demons wrong.

And as for you Soph, I love and care about you so very much. You are my strong, shining star, and you cannot let anybody dim your sparkle. I dedicated this post to you, because I want to help you after our talk earlier and I want you to be happy. You are my big sister, who has always been there for me ever since I was a little girl. Now, it's my turn to be there for you.

Lots of love,

Jade x


Saturday, 13 February 2016

Valentine's Day Makeup // Collab

Hi everyone! Today's post is going to be a little bit different in comparison to what I normally do. 

It's part of a new project, featuring myself and 7 fellow blogging girlies, and each of us has created a Valentine's Day post, as part of this collaboration. We will doing this every month, or so, based on a different theme each time, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! I will link each girl's incredible blog, and their Valentine's Day post at the end, so make sure you go follow them, so that you don't miss out in the future! 

I've decided to do a post on a makeup look that would be appropriate for Valentine's Day, so I hope you enjoy it.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation / £9.99 - If ever I wear foundation, I always reach for this serum by Bourjois. They also do an actual foundation, which is a bit thicker, and therefore it gives you more coverage, but I don't feel that full coverage is always necessary. This one comes in a variety of different shades, so you're guaranteed to find the perfect match for you, whether you're super pale like me, or if you have a naturally darker skin tone. You can apply a small amount, without it looking too full-on, or you can build it up - whatever suits you! It smells like apricots, which is really refreshing, and lovely on the skin, and I find that it covers any redness, or imperfections extremely well. A little goes a long way too, so it will definitely last you a good few months! 

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer / £4.49 - Ever since I bought this concealer, I have quite literally never looked back. I would go as far as to say it's quickly become my favourite, and believe me, that's a huge statement to make, considering everyone and their mum raves about the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer! I either apply this under my eyes to cover up my terribly dark circles, or I also apply it over any spots, or imperfections that I may have, and it works wonderfully for both. For the price, I don't think you can really fault it, as it leaves any of your dull areas looking particularly spruced up!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze' / £4.99 - I must say that when I first purchased this product, and starting tryingg it out, I wasn't too sure what the hype was all about. To me, it felt a little bit out of the ordinary to be applying an eyeshadow with a creamy consistency to my lids. However, I'm in love with this product now! I don't use it all that much, because I never really get the chance to wear eyeshadow, as I have school most of the time, but I think that it's gorgeous, particularly for Valentine's Day, and times when you want to look a little more presentable, and dressed up - even if you're not with a romantic lover! I would suggest dipping your ring finger, or middle finger into the pot, and then swiping this product all over your lid to create a beautifully flawless finish. It's honestly such a stunning shade, perfect for any eye colour, whether you apply another eyeshadow over the top or not!

Tanya Burr False Eyelashes / £5.49 - I received these eyelashes as a gift for Christmas from one of my best friends. Having never tried eyelashes before, I had no idea what to expect, but I certainly wasn't disappointed. These eyelashes are natural, whilst still adding length, volume, and perfection! I'm not too sure what they are called, but I'm pretty sure they are the 'Pretty Lady' ones - don't quote me on that though! If you want to add a little extra flutter to your peepers, then do go ahead and buy these beauties! They are only £5.49, so they aren't extortionately priced and they are also perfect for if you're a newbie. 

Soap & Glory 'What's Nude' Eyeshadow Quad / £10.00 - As I mentioned earlier, the cream eyeshadow from Maybelline would be perfect either on its own, or with an eyeshadow, or two blended over the top of it. If you're one of those girlies who prefers to add some colour, and definition to your lids, and leave the Maybelline shadow to act as a base, then I would suggest using this quad over the top. You could apply the bottom left shade directly over the top, as its matte, but still very pretty, and wearable, and then you could blend the shimmery aubergine shade through the crease to give the whole look some sparkle, and sass! You could also use the top two shades as a brow bone highlight, or within the inner corner if you wish.

Barry M Showgirl Mascara / £4.99 - I have actually only tested out this product once before, so I can't really give an honest review, but I still really like it from the results that I had seen. It does really lengthen your lashes, and it makes them look fluttery, and more volumised. I would recommend applying the false lashes, and then putting this over the top of them, so you really will have desirable eyes that dazzle all day long.

Sleek Blush by 3 Palette in 'Pink Lemonade' / £9.99 - Within this palette comes 3 blush shades; a shimmery, dusky pink, a creamy peachy pink and a shimmery, rosy pink shade, which actually looks very similar to the 'rose gold' shade that Sleek do. For £10, I don't really think you can go wrong. There a shade for any makeup look, whatever the occasion, and there's one which has a creamy consistency, as well as two which have a shimmery powder consistency. How much more perfect can you get for the price? I would highly suggest opting for the cream shade in the middle for this particular look, which is called 'macaroon', as it just gives you a really natural flush to the cheeks, without being too over-powering.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub / £5.50 - Although you may think that this product is expensive for what it is, I can guarantee you it's worth it! Whether you're single this Valentine's Day or not, I think it's always important to have exfoliated and moisturised your lips to make sure that they are kept in tip-top condition, particularly around this time of year. This lip scrub is like exfoliating heaven in a pot. It's insane! It smells, and tastes absolutely delicious (I'm not sure if you're supposed to eat it exactly, but I do it anyway.. Surely I'm not the only one girls?!), and it really does exfoliate your lips like no other product. This little pot alone has lasted me since forever, and I do actually use it quite religiously. Once your done with applying it to your lips, then all you have to do is either lick it off (yum), or wipe it off with some water, and then prepare to be amazed by the softness of your pout!

MAC Lipstick in 'Ruby Woo' / £15.50 - What Valentine's Day look could possibly be complete without a matte red lippy? I mean, c'mon, I wouldn't really be a blogger if I didn't finish off with this beauty! MAC lipsticks are on the pricey side, but I think that you have to make an exception sometimes in life, right? And, let's be honest, who could resist this shade? Matte lipsticks can be quite drying, hence why I included the bubblegum lip scrub before, but if you make sure you exfoliate, and thoroughly moisturise your lips beforehand, then who knows, you may be getting your Valentines kiss! This product stays on for absolutely ages, it's simply stunning, and it smells incredible too, like all MAC lipsticks - now, is that a bonus or what?

Thank you so much for reading this post, and I hope you have an amazing Valentines Day, whether you're spending it alone, with friends, family, or with a loved one! Just have fun, no matter what!

Make sure you go and check out the other gorgeous girlies, and see what they are posting about;

Lauren // Things To Do On Valentines Day
Emily // Valentines Day Makeup Look
Marry // Get Ready With Me: Valentines Day
Kate // A Singletons Guide To Valentines
Niamh // Valentines Day Inspired Lookbook
Hannah // Valentines Day Makeup
Charlotte // (Unfortunately, she couldn't participate this time, but she will next time!)

Lots of love,

Jade x


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Current Makeup Routine: Winter

Even though I've been blogging since April last year, and I often do beauty posts, I don't think that I've ever done a makeup routine, or if I have, it was quite a while ago.

Over the past few weeks, I feel as though I have managed to put together a subtle, yet classic makeup look that I wear most days, unless I'm not wearing anything on my face at all. There are only 7 items that I use religiously (8 if you count the alternative lip liner option!), but I find that this works for me, and it's the most practical! I am only a teenager, so I don't have the most money in the world, hence why all of these items are from either Boots, or Superdrug, and I don't really like to go too over the top either, otherwise I can often look like a tomato stained cake! Not that you get tomato flavoured cakes, but you get what I mean...I think...

Dermalogica Sheer Tint / £34.80 - I haven't actually included this tinted moisturiser into the image above, because if I'm honest, I completely forget, and I just can't ever seem to get a particularly clear photo of it. I received this product as a gift quite a while ago now, and even though I didn't know what I thought about it at first, I'm now in love with it, and I use it most of the time, unless I'm not feeling like wearing any form of base that day. I've never really been the hugest fan of base products actually. I went through a phase of wearing different foundations, but I found that they either didn't make my skin tone properly, or they were just too hard to blend, and they caked on my skin. Despite the fact that it's on the more expensive side of the scale, I do really like this tinted moisturiser for both summer, and winter. You can build it up, or you can apply it as a light layer, but you really don't need that much at all. It smells quite nice too, surprisingly!

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer / £4.49 - Everyone and their best friend goes on about the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, and they have been for as long as I can remember. Fun fact, I have actually tried it myself, and I did keep trying it out, just so that I could properly form an opinion on it, but I really don't feel like it's my cup of tea. Having said that though, I don't really know if concealers do much for me full stop. I usually apply it under my eyes, as I have absolutely horrendous, and I mean horrendous, dark circles, but I also occasionally apply it on any spots that are surfacing, or if they are nearly gone, but still visible. It definitely does help, and it doesn't crease on me from what I have noticed, and it's affordable, so I think it's a good option if you aren't sure what kinda concealer floats your boat.

Sleek Face Form Kit / £9.99 - If you don't have this absolute gem in your life, then I genuinely have no idea what your excuse is! It's absolutely incredible, and since I received it on Christmas Day, I haven't stopped using it. It comes with a blush, a contour shade, and a highlight shade, which is just perfect really. I use my large powder brush (pictured above) for the blush when applying to the apples of my cheeks, and sometimes I use it for the bronzer too, even though I don't use that as much, or I use the smaller setting brush for both the bronzer, and for the highlight. I honestly couldn't fault this trio if I tried. The blush is actually the singular one, which is called 'rose gold', and it's one of Sleek's most popular shades actually. I thought that for a tenner, I could get all three products, instead of paying individually for each other them, so that's always a bonus.

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow Quad in 'What's Nude' / £10.00 - I've always been quite a massive eyeshadow fanatic, but since purchasing this quad at the beginning of last year, I haven't ever used anything different. It comes with 4 shades - a pearly white, which I use within my inner corners, and as a highlight along my brow bone, a pale pink, which I blend all over the lids, a matte medium brown, which I also apply to the lid, and then a shimmery aubergine shade, which I blend through the crease. All of the colours work so well together, and they create many gorgeous looks.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara / £7.99 - This freakin' mascara is my absolute holy grail, my godsend, my everything! I'm literally not even joking when I say that. The amount of mascara's I've tried out is actually probably not even funny, but I genuinely do think I have found my love match this time. I've been using it for almost a year now, I'm pretty sure, and it's literally transformed my lashes. I naturally have quite long, thick lashes, but I'm always looking to make them even fuller, and more voluminous, so this baby comes in perfectly for when I want to do so. It lasts for ages, the packaging is really sleek, and so gorgeous, it lengthens your lashes, adds volume, makes them stand out a lot more, and also makes them look natural, yet fluttery. I absolutely love it! For the price as well, considering it's under £10, it's incredible.

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara / £4.99 - Another staple in my makeup routine from Maybelline is their Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara, which is at a super affordable price at only a fiver! Although I don't really like the feel of gel products on my brows, I make an exception for this one. I really like the applicator, as it's so easy to use, it makes your eyebrows look as if they have been done by a professional, and there is pretty much a shade for everyone. I don't really know what else there is to say about an eyebrow product, but I really like it, and all I can say is go and try it out for yourselves!

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in 'East End Snob' / £3.99 - Unless you have been living in a shell, or under a rock for your entire life, then you will know just how hyped up this particular lip liner has been from Rimmel. It's probably the most notorious shades that the brand has ever sold, if I'm honest. I noticed that my sister had it, and after hearing endless reviews about it, I thought I'd try it on, and I instantly loved it. It's quite subtle, but it's a lovely, rosy pink, and even though it's not super bold, or dark, it just adds a little something to your lips, and I really like that about this product.
I also use my MAC lip liner in 'Soar', which is typically known as the Kylie Jenner shade, but I couldn't get that to fit decently in this photograph either. That's a more expensive alternative, but it's 100% worth it. It's quite a lot darker, but it's so sophisticated, classy, and wearable that I just love it, and neither of them dry your lips out too much!!

Kate Moss Lipstick by Rimmel in '003' / £5.49 - Usually, I wear this lipstick shade over the top of my Rimmel 'East End Snob' lip liner, and I genuinely do think that those two combined together are like the perfect pair in terms of lip looks. The packaging is classy, yet again (I'm a classy young lady, what can I say?), it's affordable for what it is, compared to some other high street lipsticks, it's a wearable my-lips-but-better shade, and it sits really nicely too. I don't have anything bad to say about it!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I'm sorry for rambling, but there was a lot to get through!

Lots of love,

Jade x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Recent Purchases: Lush


Hi everyone! Since I have recently made a few new purchases from Lush, I thought I would do a haul to show all of you what I have got. I also bought some other goodies, which were targeted towards skincare rather than body care, and I decided that I'd just show the bath stuff today, and leave the other for another time.
Bath Bombs

L-R; Butterball / Think Pink / Sex Bomb
 Butterball Bath Bomb / £2.65 - Even though this particular bath bomb may not look like it's anything special, I've read quite a few reviews about it on the website, which persuaded me to give it a go. The main ingredients are cocoa butter, and ylang ylang oil, which help to calm, and soothe both the skin, and the mind. It's described as 'the bath bomb to replenish dry, sensitive, or irritated skin', as well as helping to relieve anger, panic, and fear. It's one of the more natural bath bombs, and I honestly think that sometimes natural is best. You don't always have to have huge chunks of glitter, and multi-coloured streaks through the bath. I'm really excited to try this product out in particular, and it smells really nice as well!

Think Pink Bath Bomb / £2.65 - I've used this bath bomb once before in the post, and I absolutely loved it from what I can recall. It contains Tonka absolute, vanilla absolute, neroli oil, and lavender oil, which means that it's quite a sweet, sensual fragrance, but it's also relaxing, due to the different oils that it has in it. There are 3 little rice paper confetti hearts that are imprinted into the centre of this bath bomb, and that doesn't really bother me in the slightest, as I think it's just a sweet little touch to the product. It's quite a bright pink, so it turns the bath a beautiful dusky rose colour, and I love it when the bath water changes colour. I find it all the more relaxing, and it really does help me to unwind after a long day.

Sex Bomb Bath Bomb / £3.50 - Although this is more of an expensive purchase, I really wanted to have quite a splurge, as I hadn't ordered from Lush online before, and I had been wanting to bite the bullet for ages, so I eventually did, and I thought I might as well go a little bit crazy! I can't actually remember if I've tried this bath bomb before, so I can't really comment, but it's honestly absolutely stunning. It's probably one of the prettiest bath bombs in terms of appearance that I've ever seen! It contains jasmine, which is known to be 'floral, and seductive', clary sage oil, which is 'calming, sensual, and soothing', and also, ylang ylang oil (noticed a theme yet?), which is 'sweet, heady, and floral'. The name will either lure you in, or push you away, but for me, I honestly don't have a problem with it! I'm really into soothing, aromatherapy type bathing products, and so it's no wonder that this one stuck out to me. I can't wait to try it out!

L-R; Creamy Candy / Unicorn Horn / The Comforter

Creamy Candy Bubble Bar / £2.95 - Next up, I purchased the Creamy Candy Bubble Bar. Once again, it has vanilla absolute, known for it's 'sweet, and comforting scent', organic cocoa butter, described as 'softening, and conditioning', and almond oil, which provides 'hydration for skin, and hair'. The website states that it smells like sweet candy floss, and it's thought to raise your energy levels, and perk you up. It also offers extra moisturisation than the average bubble bar. Cool, or what? With bubble bars, you can get quite a few uses out of them, so it's suggested that you break a piece of, and crumble it under running water for the best effect, and hence the name, it will create a tonne of bubbles!

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar / £4.25 - Much to my dismay, I have actually already used most of this bubble bar up, and unfortunately it's limited edition too. How sad is that! I honestly love it so much. If I were you, I'd get your hands on it straight away before it's no longer available in store, or online. This magical bubble bar contains lavender oil, which is 'balancing, and calming', ylang ylang oil, which, as I've said is 'sweet, heady, and floral', and neroli oil, which is described as being 'uplifting, and toning'. Not only does it make my skin, and the bath water so soft, and soothing, but it also completely calmed me down, and made me feel very at ease. I thoroughly enjoyed using this product, but I really do hope that Lush introduce it to the permanent bubble bar collection!

The Comforter Bubble Bar - £4.95 / Last, but not least, I purchased one of the most raved about bubble bar's from Lush, which is 'The Comforter'. I'm sure most of you have heard about it by now, but it's taken me ages to actually convince myself that I needed to give it a go for myself, whilst I had the perfect opportunity, because I really do feel as though I have been missing out. It is actually pretty expensive, because it's nearly a fiver for one product, but I'm pretty sure it will be worth the price, and the wait. Everyone says that the smell replicates that infamous Ribena flavour, and since giving it a whiff, I honestly think it does! I used to have Ribena all the time when I was little, and this product really does bring back all of the nostalgia surrounding my childhood. According to the description on the website, it's the Cassis absolute, which gives this bubble bar the distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, so that would explain why everyone associates it with actual Ribena!
I hope you all enjoyed taking a peak at my recent Lush purchases. What are some of your favourites?
Lots of love,
Jade x


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

How Blogging Impacts Young People

When it comes to thinking of a way to begin a blog post, I never usually struggle that much - I normally just get into the flow of things straight away. But, today is a different day. I knew that I wanted to write this blog post, and I have in fact known for a week, maybe more. I just had no idea how I wanted to start, or how on earth I was going to convey the thoughts from within my brain into words that you could all understand.

I guess it would be a sensible idea to start by talking about why I wanted to write this post in the first place. Well, it's quite simple really. I started this blog back in April. That may not seem all too long ago to some of you, but to others, like me, it feels like it was a whole other world away. I've been reading other people's blogs since forever, and deciding to start writing my own has probably been the best decision I've ever made in my entire life. Not that I've made many amazing decisions, but still, that's besides the point!

As a 14 year old girl, there is a lot going on for me. I'm in Year 10 at school, which is the year that I'm starting my GCSE's, and this means that there are weekly deadlines for coursework, and homework, for a start. I also have to go out with my friends, and family, find time to do hobbies that I enjoy, and other things like that. It can all get a little overwhelming at times, and there is certainly a lot to do, but I am grateful that I do get quite a bit of spare time during the evenings, and the weekends. I do spend most of my days at school, trying to learn, and get a proper education for myself, but although that's my main priority for the next few years, I do have other priorities too that come afterwards.

I'm not sure how many of you are aware of this, but I do have an incredibly active mind. I am actually quite a worrier, so I do tend to think, and over-analyse quite a lot, but that can have it's positive points, and it's negative points. Although it means that my mind is constantly working, and the thoughts never seem to stop buzzing around like eager little bees, it does mean that I can always think deep into the context of things, and I'm constantly coming up with new ideas, and things to say, or do. I suppose you could say that's why I normally always have ideas of posts to write, or things to say about certain products, or topics. I think that people are either practical, who are into sport, and physical activities, or they are thinkers, who are into writing, literature, and delving a lot deeper into things.

Over the last few months, and years, blogging has become so much more of the 'in thing', and I really do feel like it has impacted the lives of so many young people, including myself. I read other people's blogs, as well as write my own, so I feel like I now have a really clear understanding of the way things work here in the blogosphere, and I would definitely consider myself to be a very small part of it. I'm no-where near as huge, or as recognisable as some people are, but I'm very proud of how far I've come, and I try to remember that each person is on their own individual journey. I take it one step at a time. In my bloglovin', I say that I hope to make a difference to the world, one smile at a time. And that really is so true! Well, to me anyway.

I honestly do feel that reading blogs, as well as writing your own can honestly impact your life in such a massive way. Before I started my blog, I didn't really have a focus. I was really struggling to find a social group that I felt I fitted properly into, I often felt like quite an outcast, and I had far too many things going on that, looking back, I don't think I could really handle them myself in the appropriate way. It's difficult for any young person growing up, but we all struggle in different ways, and it's so important that we get support. Through starting blogging, I feel like I escaped a lot of horrible stuff that was going on. Sometimes, it can feel like one bad thing after another just keeps on happening, almost like a distressing, and continuous cycle of negativity. I know how that feels.
I do still struggle. Some days are harder to fight through than others. Except that now I've attempted to completely shift my attitude, and to introduce things into my life that bring me true happiness, and satisfaction. Blogging can be such an escape route, and it really can act like a shield, or a focus for certain individuals, including myself. Whenever I feel low, or bored, or unmotivated, or if I'm just generally having a bad day, I will either read blogs, or I will write some blog posts for my own blog. It can honestly be such a distraction, and it can not only motivate people in so many different areas of their life, but it can also really uplift, and support them. It can help people to interact with others, it can give you new ideas on how to become a more positive, sociable person, and it can give you something that you will enjoy, and feel that you are benefitting from.

For me, I find that blogging is my focus, my distraction - my glimmer of hope. Except, it's much more than just a glimmer. It's a whole world of hope. No matter what I'm thinking, or feeling, blogging is always there, somewhere in my mind. I find that it gives me hope to carry on, especially when the road gets rough. It gives me a continuous distraction that I can always turn to, whatever my mood. It also opens me up to a whole other world beyond the screen. I can't really explain why it gives me hope, but it definitely does. It motivates me to become a better person, and it helps to give me that extra bit of strength to carry on fighting. Not only for myself. Not only for my loved ones. But, for you. For you, reading this blog post right now. You are so important to me. Regardless of whether I know you personally, or not. I know that you are important to me, and I write these blog posts for you. You are wonderful, and you deserve to be happy.

I may not have the most followers on my blog out of every blogger who ever existed, but that doesn't matter to me. None of the numbers matter to me. I care about the amount of smiles I have put on people's faces, and the amount of hearts I have touched. Sometimes, it's nice to be reminded of how many people look forward to reading your blog, and how many people look at certain posts, so it allows you to see what ones are the most popular. But they are merely just numbers. I don't count the numbers. I see them as real life people, who are impacted by the words that I write that come directly from my heart. Some of you may not know me very well, or not at all. So, knowing that I could change your life, or completely shift your state of mind just by reading the words that I write a couple of times a week is insane. That fact within itself is just simply amazing, don't you think?

If ever any of you need, or would like anything, even just a chat, I will always be here. I try to inspire people, and make them smile through posts like these. I'm not entirely sure if they work for everyone, but I try my best, and that's what matters the most.

I know what it feels like to be so in the dark. I really do understand. But, it doesn't have to be that way forever. No matter what you are going through, I promise you, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and there is always hope. Let myself, and my blog be your hope.

Lots of love,

Jade x

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