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

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

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