Sunday, 19 November 2017

For Those Who Need It...

You may believe that you're battling with your darkest demons right now
And you might not be able to see the way to the exit
But, just remember that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel
Whatever it is that you're going through, it won't last for the rest of your life
You have to go through the bloodiest of battles to recognise that you are one of the strongest soldiers
Every single person who goes through hardships is a survivor, and that's a fact
It's the darkest nights and the toughest of times that produce the brightest stars and the bravest people

Your dark days do not define you
I know that right now you feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders
But, I promise you that one day you will find inner peace
You are strong enough to overcome any obstacles
And handle any of the hurdles that get placed in your path
Find that strength from within and hold onto it
Have hope when it comes to your future, trust what is meant to be, and let go of what has already happened
Even in your darkest of days, there will always be someone by your side
I will always be by your side
Cheering you on, and clapping whenever you have proven yourself wrong
I believe that you are capable of achieving anything, so you must believe it too

- JM
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

My Top Tips For Writing Poetry

Being able to read, and write is something that I will never take for granted. Quite honestly, this ability has changed my life, and shaped me into the person that I am today.

Even when I was much younger, I was always into reading stories, or making up my own - and, within the last few years, I've also discovered a love for poetry.

Today, I thought I'd share with you a couple of the things that I've learned along the way, in the hope that they may be of help to you too.

Get inspiration from everywhere
People may wonder where poets actually find inspiration for their poems from. Well, the truth is, it can come from absolutely anywhere! The most important thing to me is that each piece is personal, and emotional, but it all depends on the individual, and what they feel they're writing for in the first place. Think about past experiences, the people in your life, nature, society, politics - anything!
 
Make sure it all comes from the heart, and no-where else 
If your poems come from the heart, it's more likely that your audience will actually connect to the words that are written as if they are words you have spoken. Poems are such an individual form of art, and for other people to relate, and understand them without even knowing the person shows that a true masterpiece has been made.
 
Focus on the flow of the feelings
The thing with poetry is that with any form of literature, there's not just one genre, or style that fits all. There's spoken word, prose, haikus, soliloquy's, ballads, odes, and many more! I personally tend to write without any particular structure, or thought about the layout, and I put an emphasis on the words, rather than the appearance.
 
Not every poem has to rhyme
Whenever I start to write, I hardly ever think about whether I want my sentences to rhyme or not. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. There's no set rules with poetry, ya know. Some are longer, some are shorter, and they aren't all going to be identical, even if they are about the same, or a similar subject. The whole purpose is to express yourself through words, and so as long as you feel you're doing that for yourself, then that's all that matters!
 
Those are just a few of my top tips for if you're wanting to get into poetry writing. It's a really fantastic, rewarding hobby, and it's even something that I'd consider pursuing as a career in the future. Whether you want just want to express your emotions, or you want to do it as a way of helping other people, you should definitely give it a go!
 
For those who are interested, my poetry account on Instagram is @jmpoetry_x!
 
Lots of love always,
 
 

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Importance Of Girl Power


Girl power is something that I feel incredibly passionately about, especially since we're in the 21st century. In case you were wondering why I've chosen to use the cover of Grace Victory's book 'No Filter' as the main photo for this post, it's because I consider her to be a girl boss, and one of my major inspirations when it comes to being sassy, and supporting others.

I feel like nowadays everybody is so quick to judge, and pass comments unnecessarily, especially when they don't know the person, or they can do it anonymously through social media sites. It's actually quite sickening to me, and I'm sure many other people feel the same.

Evolution is a part of life. As time goes by, everyone, and everything changes, one step at a time. Nothing stays the same, and you can either progress positively, or make mistakes, and allow yourself to deteriorate, and keep falling behind on the grind, so to speak. There's more to life than dragging others down, and doing what they want you to do. Haters are motivators, so use any negativity, and nastiness to help you lift yourself up.

Ultimately, you have to focus on yourself, and your own future. As much as your friends tell you they're always going to have your back, and they're always going to support you, it's never guaranteed that they are actually going to last in your life. Of course, you should have trust in them, but don't place all your hope, and happiness into that one person, or group of people that are your 'go-to's'. You should want to better yourself, and stay on the grind. Make sure you're always hustling, so you will eventually get to where you want to be. Who knows, you could be the next entrepreneur, or girl boss yourself!

The idea of being a girl boss may be different to you than what it means to me. I think it's a girl, or a woman, who's constantly trying to achieve her goals, whether that's personally, professionally, or otherwise. It's someone who always has ambitions, and is always working on lots of different things that she feels passionately about. She's always lifting others up, and empowering them, or speaking about taboo subjects to try and smash the stigma. You could have a few people that you consider to be a girl boss, or just one - even if it's yourself!

Don't rely on anyone else. Focus on becoming driven, and motivated, purely because you want to give yourself a good future. Don't let others drag you down to their level, as they're probably just jealous, or insecure themselves. Allow yourself to be inspired, and positively influenced, but don't allow yourself to slack if you become envious. Channel that negativity into productivity, and continue to slay. Set yourself goals, and constantly push yourself in the right direction. Small steps lead to success. If you set your mind on the grind, anything is possible.

For me personally, I want to become a girl boss to other young people out there. I want to work hard on creating quality content on my blog, I want to build up a genuine support system that I can interact with, I want to go to University and specialise in Clinical Psychology, I want to start up my own business, I want to make music. I want to make even my wildest dreams come true.

With passion, perseverance, dedication, and determination, you can, and you will do anything.

Lots of love always,



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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Is This Reality?

 
Truthfully, I can't remember how it all started, or when it began. It just suddenly came out of no-where, and since then, I've been on quite a journey, which has involved many bumps in the road.

For those of you wondering what in the world I'm talking about, it's derealisation.

"Derealisation (sometimes abbreviated as DR) is an alteration in the perception or experience of the external world so that it seems unreal".

I'm not entirely sure what triggered it for me, but I experienced a fair bit of trauma during my childhood, and early teenage years, so I wouldn't be surprised if that's one of the main reasons. I won't go into too much detail though, as that's a separate issue altogether.

Fortunately, I don't experience derealisation everyday. However, it has affected my every day life. I'm unable to deal with bright lights, much like the sort that you would find in supermarkets, or shopping centres. Even my school hall causes the same effects for me. I started recognising that derealisation was an issue when I tried going into my local Tesco a number of times, and I felt so spaced out, and anxious that I had to literally speed walk back out into the fresh hair to calm myself down. It was horrendous, and the people around me couldn't work out what was going on either. I probably sounded crazy!

I often sit in class at school, or in the hall for an assembly, but I feel like I'm not really there at all. I feel as though I'm in a dream-like state, a trance almost, and it's as if I'm watching over myself, because my body, and my mind are detached momentarily.

The derealisation that I experience typically comes from anxiety, paranoid thoughts, bright LED lights, tiredness, or even just on random occasions. Research suggests that it can be a characteristic of mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, or even schizophrenia.

In all honesty, it's a really tricky thing to manage, and live with, because it's quite unheard of within society, hence why I'm doing this post to raise awareness. I only know a couple of people from the internet that can relate, but now a few YouTubers, such as Dodie Clark, and Sarah Hawkinson, have made videos about it, which is actually quite a comfort to me.

Although there isn't much you can do, some types of medication, and even therapy are available, either on the NHS, or privately if you're living in the UK. Once you have worked out what the root cause(s), or your triggers are, then you can find ways to get through it each time you have an unpleasant experience.

Personally, I'm always with people that I feel comfortable with, I try to face my fears, and push myself out if my comfort one when possible so I don't miss out on any opportunities, I talk about my feelings, and I focus on my breathing.

I'd be really interested to know if any of you have experienced, or do experience derealisation, and whether you have ever sought help for it! Let me know either way.

Lots of love always,
 

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Lily in Space Designs: An Interview


If you know me well enough, you'll be aware of my love for animals, and wildlife. I've always been a massive animal lover, and I just think that they're the cutest little things. I'm also someone who likes to support small businesses, and Etsy shops, so if you combine those two facts together, it's clear to see why I wanted to do an interview with Lily in Space Designs! A soon as I stumbled across Lily's account on Twitter, I just knew I wanted to speak to her and find out more...

Q1: Hey! Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you today on my blog. Let's start off with an easy question. What inspired you to choose the name 'Lily In Space'?
 
 A: Hello! When I was trying to choose a name for my business, I wanted something that incorporated my love of science, being a physics student, and my love of creativity and art. I thought that ‘Lily in Space’ brought together those two aspects, without really limiting me to a certain type of product, as I wasn’t completely sure what direction my business was going to go in. Some of my first designs were illustrations of woodland animals as astronauts! (Link to fox astronaut card)
Q2: The main theme of your designs seems to be woodland creatures. I'm guessing you're a massive animal lover?
 
A: Yes – I’m definitely a massive animal lover! Badgers are of course my favourite animals, as you can probably tell from my designs, but I am a supporter and lover of all animals. I’m a particularly strong opponent of the badger cull and fox hunting. I find nature fascinating, which is probably why I enjoy drawing plants and animals so much. I think my ‘Animal Lover’ badges are some of my favourite products, just because they describe me so perfectly! (Link to 'Animal Lover' badge)
Q3: How about you tell us when, and why you decided to start up your own online shop? Was it a sporadic choice, or one that took a lot of preparation, and thought?
A: My Etsy shop has existed since 2014, when I tried to start a shop but quickly gave up. I re-visited the idea in February 2016, after finding out about a craft fair happening at my university. I figured that I had nothing to lose by printing a few of my drawings onto cards and taking some along to see how they went down. I only had 4 designs, and I didn’t sell very much at that first fair, but I enjoyed the making process so much that I decided I might experiment a bit more and try selling some online! So, it was quite a spontaneous decision to start the business to begin with, but lots of decisions since then have required considerably more preparation, such as expanding product lines and taking the business in new directions.
 
Q4: You mainly sell badges/pins, cards, prints, and jewellery. Why did you want to design those things in particular? Would you ever branch out into anything else?
 
A: I mostly choose products based on what I enjoy making and can make myself at home. I find shrink plastic to be such a fun material to work with – it reminds me of being a kid, and it’s so satisfying watching the designs shrink down in the oven! I definitely want to expand to more products in the future though. I recently launched a new pencil case with a woodland animal design, as this is something else I can make at home. I’m really keen to make more pencil case designs – it’s on my to-do list! As well as that, I’ve got my eye on partnering with a couple more production partners to make a new range of notebooks and mugs, especially with some new writing-related and tea-related puns! So that’s a little sneak-peek of some things you might see coming to the shop in the near future. (Link to woodland pencil case )
 
Q5: Is your shop an individual thing, where you literally do everything, or do you have some little helpers as well?
 
A:  I do almost everything myself for my shop, from drawing, to making, to photography, to promoting. I have worked with some production partners though. For example, I had some notebooks printed by Awesome Merchandise. However, because a lot of the fun for me comes from making products myself, I mainly stick to making things on my own in my bedroom! My boyfriend does help me out though, like setting up at craft fairs and folding cards if I have any big orders, so I should give him some credit here.
Q6: Tell us your 3 biggest goals/hopes/dreams for the next 5 years! You can be as creative as you want!
 
A: That’s a tricky question! I have lots of mini-goals for the near future, such as reaching 200 Etsy sales by the end of the year, but I haven’t thought too hard about the long-term future. First of all, I would love to start selling my products wholesale. I love the idea of having my products sold in quaint little gift shops around the country and being seen by many more people. I would also love to expand my product line to include a lot more designs and products. Maybe in 5 years I’ll have at least 100 products in my Etsy store? That seems like an achievable goal to me. I probably won’t ever run my Etsy business full-time, as I am starting a graduate job in Physics in August 2018. Therefore, I guess my third hope for the next 5 years is that I will be able to keep this up. While doing a technical degree, I’ve found it so rewarding to have a creative outlet. I really hope that I will keep having the time (and the support!) to keep creating new designs, listing them and promoting them. And most of all – I hope that my designs will make people smile! Now I think that was more than 3…
 
 
 Hopefully all of you enjoyed finding out about a little more behind this business! I know I certainly did. Be sure to comment below if you purchase anything, as I'm sure hat will make Lily's day!
 
What's your favourite product on the Etsy? Are you as intrigued by animals as we are?
 
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Lots of love always,
 
 
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

5 Things I've Learnt Since Blogging


Since I began blogging back in April 2015, my life really has changed forever. I don't mean that in a cliché way at all, but I wouldn't be the person that I am today had I not made the decision to start writing here on Simply Jadey.
 
I've never dedicated a post to all the things that blogging has taught me, but believe me, there are many, so I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to share some of them with you!
 
1. I've learnt that some of the very best people in the world can be at opposite ends of the country to you. The majority of my closest friends, or people that I talk to online are those who have impacted my life in the most special way. I text them religiously, and I even occasionally call, or FaceTime them, which just blows my mind to be able to do that! I feel blessed to be able to turn to them in times of need, or even if one of us just fancies a chit-chat, and I can't wait to meet all of them someday.
 
2. I've also learnt that it's possible to have a passion, which literally combines all of your other passions together. I've always been into reading, writing, photography, and social media, so blogging really is the best thing I could possibly be doing. It's my favourite hobby, and I'm so lucky that I have people who support me throughout it all.
 
3. Blogging is a very time-consuming hobby that requires a lot of hard work, though. People who aren't aware of what goes on behind-the-scenes often just assume that we take a couple of photos here, and there, and then spend about half an hour writing each post, but it's so much more than that. Hours, and hours, even days, go into planning, preparing, photographing, writing up, and promoting each post - and that isn't even the half of it. It takes a lot of effort, commitment, and dedication, but if you have a genuine passion for it, you will persevere, and then begin to see results that make it all worthwhile.
 
4. Do it because you want to do it, and allow yourself to become a little selfish. It's great to get feedback, and comments from other people, whether they're readers, or other content creators, but don't become consumed by what they think, and say. You blog, because you have the passion, and the drive to do so. You may well get hate, or criticism, but just let it go in one ear, and out the other. For every 1 person who passes negativity onto you, there will be 10 who go out of their way to send you all the love, and positive vibes.
 
5. Don't be afraid to get yourself out there. Self-promotion is definitely not a bad thing, you know. Don't get me wrong, sometimes you can overdo it slightly, but showing off a little every now and then is totally okay! We all do it. If you don't promote yourself, and show people what you're made of, how are they supposed to know your fabulous blog even exists?! Get involved in Twitter chats, use the infamous hashtags, and carry on slaying!
 
 
So, those are just a few of the things that blogging has taught me so far! Of course, I could sit here all day, talking you through many more, but I may do another part to this in the future if it's something you would be interested in seeing.
 
What things have you learnt since you started blogging? How long have you been doing it?
 
Lots of love always,
 

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Keep Troublesome Skin At Bay With OY! Skincare*

 
 
 

 


 
A couple of months ago, I very kindly got some products sent to me from Green People. They had just released their new Organic Young range, specifically targeted towards teenage skin, and they wanted me to be one of the first people to try it out, so I could let my readers know my thoughts!
 
There are 5 products in total, including a foaming face wash, a cleansing moisturiser, a purifying serum, a blemish concealer, and a deodorant.
 
First things first, let's just take a moment to appreciate the packaging. I absolutely love it! Each individual product has a different colour associated with it, which I think is a really nice touch, and it makes everything much more unique, and interesting. As it's an organic brand (hence the name), the packaging is quite simple, but that's something which I'd say I'm attracted too. It looks neat, and clean, which is the message that the creators were probably trying to get across in the first place.
 
I'm going to start off by talking about the Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash, which comes in a 100ml bottle. It's targeted towards acne-prone, spotty skin, which is especially common within teenagers, and young people, as we often get excess oil on our face, leading to breakouts occurring more frequently, especially if it's around that time of the month. I've used so many different face washes, and cleansers, but never really found one that I genuinely like, or find beneficial. This one in particular has willow bark, which reduces inflammation, and kills off bacteria, and tea tree, which also helps to control bacteria too. The pump makes it really easy to use, and you get a lather that feels super refreshing, and like it does the job. The smell isn't too over-powering, but it definitely makes you feel like you're giving your face a good clean! Just remember that a little really does go a long way.
 
Next up is the Clear Skin Cleansing Moisturiser, which comes in a 50ml tube. This is a natural moisturiser, which helps to promote a spot-free complexion. I usually find that moisturisers make my face feel really greasy, but this one doesn't at all. It's nice, and light, and has a lovely scent, which makes you feel pampered, but also revitalised. Just like the face wash, it contains willow bark, and tea tree, but it also has prebiotics, which help to balance out the skin. You only need a tiny amount, because it's a very thin texture, but it soaks in after a couple of minutes.
 
The third product in this range is the Clear Skin Blemish Concealer. Now, I'm going to be honest, I'm not actually a massive fan of this. When I swatched it on my hand, it appears to be quite dark, and it just doesn't really match my skin tone. It says you can use it as a tinted foundation, if you mix it with the moisturiser, so I may try that, but in regards to covering spots with it, I'm not a fan, unfortunately. It does say on the review section that it may be too dark for very pale skin tones, and I think that's what the issue is with me. However, if you take the time to blend it properly, it does have a nice finish, and it doesn't feel tacky, or sticky or anything, so it may well work for some people who are darker than myself! Many people do really like it, and recommend it, so give it a go, and if you don't get on with it, then you can always give it to somebody else!
 
Although this may come as a surprise, I've never actually used a serum on my skin before, so I was very intrigued when I received the Clear Skin Purifying Serum. This is meant to have with any blemishes, or redness, and irritation. I will be honest, I haven't actually used this on my face yet, but I've tested it out on my hands, and it seems like a good, handy little product! The idea is that you cleanse first, and then apply it sparingly by gently patting it into the skin. It smells absolutely divine, and really luxurious, as it contains black willow bark, tea tree, yucca, and rosehip oil. This only comes in a 30ml tube, but as it's only meant to be used sparingly, it will last you at least a few months.
 
The last thing that I was sent was the Orange & Vanilla Deodorant. This may be a slightly controversial opinion of mine, but I'm not actually a massive fan of roll on deodorants. However, if you're going to the gym, or you have PE at school, or something like that, they can actually be handy to just chuck in your bag. This one looks cute, and it also smells really nice actually. On the website, it says that it lasts around 2 months, which is quite a while for a deodorant! and you can even use it on a daily basis if you wanted to.
 
All of the products are free from any gunk, or junk, and they are only made from natural goodness. If you are a cruelty free consumer, or you're looking to make the transition like myself, then you should check out this range, and also Green People as a whole brand.
 
Thank you to the lovely PR team for sending me these goodies to try out. I really appreciate it, and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what I think of them all!
 
Have you ever heard of Green People? Are you going to try anything from the range?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Green People. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Lil Update

 

It's literally been months since I've done a chatty update on my blog, so I thought now was about time that I did one. Quite a lot has changed, and as I like to share things about my life with all of you, I feel like it's only fair that we have a little catch up.

First things first, I've been at my school's Sixth Form for a month already. I'm studying Psychology, and Double Health & Social, which I'm actually really enjoying so far. Don't get me wrong, both subjects are quite a challenge, but that's the good thing about them. I'll probably do separate posts about them in the future, but I feel like it's still too early in the courses at the moment to fully understand how I feel, and what I want out of them in the long-term. I'm also thinking more, and more about University, and where, and what I want to study when that time rolls around in just under 2 years - eek!

Alongside focusing on my education, I've also been applying for jobs recently. I created myself a CV last weekend, and since then, I've been applying to quite a few jobs, some temporary, and some permanent to see if I have any luck with gaining some experience and taking home some extra cash. I've never had a job before, and I've got to that age now (16) where I just want to start working, and earning my own money to build up that independence which I've been lacking these past few years. I do, however, have my work experience placement next week in a residential care home for the elderly, which I'm actually looking forward to. I'll only be assisting with tasks, and talking to the residents, but I feel like it will be very valuable experience, especially for my future career path, so I'll be sure to do a blog post on that too when it's over.

Something else that I'm going to be doing is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award - how exciting! I've already paid my deposit, and given in the consent form, so now I know that I'll be able to get involved, and I couldn't be happier about that. It's only the bronze one, as that's where everybody has to start, but I'm really looking forward to it. I have my first aid training on 5th, and the 12th November, and so that should be beneficial. I think it'll be really good for my personal growth, and development.

I think that's about all I have to say for today! If I think of any other announcements, or news, then I'll let you guys know in another post. I hope you're doing well, and let me know if there's anything that you want to update me on too!

Lots of love always,

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette





Most people, particularly if you're a blogger, or social media influencer have heard about the new addition on the market, which is the Naked Heat Palette. From the second it came out, people were going crazy for it, and it sold out in so many places within a matter of days. Luckily, my older sister surprised me when she came back from Barcelona, as otherwise I probably wouldn't have been able to get my hands on it until Christmas, or later!
 
Even though I'm obsessed with all things beauty, I have tendencies to act like a magpie when it comes to pretty eyeshadows. I have a couple of high-street palettes that I always turn to, and then I have a MAC eyeshadow, which I always use in the crease, or along my bottom lash line. I rarely splurge, or treat myself anymore, because quite frankly, I find it more special if I receive a surprise gift instead, which the person knows I'd love (and blog about, of course!).
 
I genuinely could have cried when I received the Naked Heat Palette. As with all Urban Decay products, the packaging looks incredible. It's obviously high-end, but it just feels, and appears luxurious. From the colours used, to the texture of the lettering, everything is perfect. Everything about it just screams HEAT, which shows that the name is very fitting.
 
As with most eyeshadow palettes, it comes with 12 shades, which are a mixture of mattes, and shimmers. I have included a swatch of each one in a photo above, and as you can see, it goes in somewhat of a gradient from lightest to darkest.
 
The first 3 shades Ounce, Chaser, and Sauced are the most neutral, and ones that you would most probably use as a base. They are still very pigmented though, despite the fact that they are considerably lighter in comparison to the others! Low Blow is a slightly darker one, which can be used on the lid, or in the crease, and I'd say its leaning towards a camel sort of shade.
 
Next up are my favourite 8. Not that I don't love them all, but the slightly more basic ones are quite boring, right? They are there to serve a purpose, but they aren't exactly pretty. Lumbre is by far one of the prettiest ones, and I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it! It's such a gorgeous, shimmery copper shade, and one that would compliment any skin tone. It's got a pearly sheen to it, which I actually really like! Combined with Torch, Dirty Talk and Ember, it looks insane along the lower lash line, and I'll definitely be using them shades there for the upcoming Autumn!
 
He Devil can be used on the outer lid to give more definition, and more of a sultry/smokey appearance if that's what you're going for. That one's a matte, so it could also be used all over the lid, or even in the inner corner if you felt brave enough.
 
I've already briefly mentioned that I use Dirty Talk until the lower lash line, because it works so well with the others. It's redder than Lumbre, but it's just as metallic, hence why they compliment each other so perfectly. I think they would look especially nice on green, or hazel eyes.
 
Up next is Scorched, which I don't think I've actually used yet. This would probably have to be the one that stands out to me the most. It's a warmer copper, compared to the others I've mentioned, and it's got a frosty finish, which I am actually really drawn to. I think it makes the eyeshadow look nicer, both in the pan, and as a swatch.
 
The last 3 mattes within this palette are Cayenne, En Fuego, and Ashes. I used Cayenne in the middle of the lid, and above the crease, because it's one of those shades that can pretty much go anywhere and still add a little something something to the look. It's versatile, and transitional, I'd say. En Fuego is the darker, redder version of it. I'd recommend putting that on the outer lid alongside He Devil, but in future looks, I'd probably try putting it in the middle of the lid, or above too! I guess you just have to experiment with these things. Finally for the mattes is Ashes. I feel as though that stands out slightly more so than the rest, because it's more of a matte purpley-brown, and it works in the crease if you're going for a sultry/smokey eye.
 
The 12th shade, and the last one out of the lot is a shimmer called Ember. That name just reminds me of Bonfire Night, and smoke. I love it. It's a classic frosty brown shade, perfect for the lower lash line to make things really dramatic. There's a reason why I associate it with smoke, and even name is suggestive of that.
 
With this palette, you even get the double-ended brush, which is super soft, and it makes blending the eyeshadows a dream, I'm telling you. I use the flatter side for packing colours on to the lid, and sometimes for running them underneath the lower lash line, and then I use the fluffier, paintbrush like side to blend, and create more definition.
 
Overall, I just love this palette, and think it's absolutely perfect for this time of year. If any of you want to see me recreate some looks with it, I'd be more than happy to do so!
 
Have you ever tried any of the Naked Palettes? Do you want/own this one?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
 



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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Relaxing Songs Playlist


I don't know about you, but music takes up a huge part of my heart. I rarely go a day without listening to the radio, Spotify, or SoundCloud, and I'm forever annoying my loved ones with the amount of times I just belt out into song!

Having said that, I don't really consider myself to gravitate towards a particular genre. I like to listen to anything from hip hop, to musical soundtracks to rap. 

However, today I'm going to be sharing some of my favourite relaxing songs with you all. I have a couple of playlists on my Spotify, and every single song on there leaves me feeling at ease, and comforted in some sort of strange way. If any of you enjoy this post, then let me know and I'll be sure to do more of them in the future!

Starting with an absolute classic, Yours by Ella Henderson is a perfect addition to any relaxing playlist. If you're ever in a reflective mood, or if you're just about to go to sleep, you should definitely listen to it, because you'll instantly feel soothed. The lyrics are so beautiful, and meaningful, and Ella's vocals are just out of this world, to be honest. You'll end up feeling all the feels, and that's one of the key things that I look for in a song!

Another track that I can't get enough of is sung by none other than Ed Sheeran. Even though it's a fairly old song, Tenerife Sea is unbelievable. Surprisingly, it's not actually about Tenerife, hence the title, but it's actually a very romantic, summery song. Ed is notorious for the captivating love songs that he writes, and he didn't disappoint with this one, as I'm still loving it so many years later!

Next up is the acoustic version of Latch by Sam Smith. All I can say is wow. Wow, wow, wow. As you can tell, love songs are probably my favourite out of the bunch. Not because I'm in a really romantic relationship, but because it just captures my heart, and my attention, and makes me feel really emotional. I know all of the lyrics, and I could easily have this on repeat until I fall asleep to it. It's like a lullaby - honestly!

Finally, for this playlist, I can't recommend When You Love Someone by James TW enough. I'd never really heard of him before hearing this song, but a lot of people have been finding out about it recently, and loving it just as much as I do. This one is also about love, but in more of a family approach. It's essentially about when parents fall out of love, and families fall apart, because sometimes separation is for the best to keep the peace. James' other songs are also worth giving a listen, as hes recently released a new one called Please Keep Loving Me

These are 4 of my favourite tunes to put in a relaxing songs playlist, as all them are in the ones that I have! I'm more than happy to do another part to this if any of you want me to, but I could also do it on different genres too if that's something you're interested in. 

Let me know what you think, and if you like/listen to any of the songs mentioned!

Lots of love always,




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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Autumnal Lipstick Loves

Most females are obsessed with one type of beauty product in particular. Some are all about the perfect eyebrows, others are all about the highlight that pops, whereas I'm mainly focused on having a pretty pink pout. I've always been 'that' girl, who owns far too many lip balms, and lipsticks. I just can't seem to resist the temptation!

As it's now Autumn, I tend to steer away from the bright pink, glossy look, and I gravitate more towards browny nudes, and berry shades. I do have a purple too, but whether, or not I'm brave enough to crack that one out this year is a completely different matter.

I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about my 4 go-to lipsticks for this time of the year, seeing as Friday marked the end of Summer! I'd be interested to hear what you think, and what your favourites are, because of course I'm always on the hunt for an excuse to spend more money on makeup!

Who remembers back to the time when Revlon's lip butters were all the rage? I think it was in 2012 when every single YouTuber, blogger and their mum had been hyping up this collection like there was no tomorrow. I tried out a couple of the shades then, but I just wasn't a fan, and couldn't understand why they were getting so much recognition. However, since picking up this shade about a year, or so ago, I can honestly say it's one of the nicest lipsticks I've ever tried! I suppose the point is that it's not a lipstick, as such, but a lip butter instead. That could explain why it's so moisturising, and softening, because it contains mango, shea, and coconut butter (would you believe). The name 'Berry Smoothie' is also very fitting, as it really is the perfect berry shade for the Autumn/Winter months. If I don't know what to wear on my lips, but I don't want anything matte, then I'll always reach for this without a doubt!
As I've already mentioned, I don't usually go for pinky nudes during this time of the year, as I'm more focused on darker, browny ones. This shade from L'oreal is exactly what I'm talking about. It isn't too bright, or girlie, but it isn't super dull, or dark either. It's the perfect 'my lips but better shade' for the cooler months. It makes your lips feel hydrated, and supple, as there's the slightest layer of glossiness, which is just what I like! Although this is slightly irrelevant, I also like the smell, because it isn't too overpowering, so it won't put you off. If you're looking for the perfect browny nude, then this ones for you!
 

If there's such a thing as an all-round perfect lipstick, then I'm 99.5% sure this would be the one. I never used to be a fan of matte formulas, because I do tend to get fairly dry lips, but honestly, I cannot say enough good words about this one from Seventeen. Not only is it incredibly pigmented, but it's absolutely ideal now that we are in September. I've been waiting all year to start wearing it again, and I'm so happy that I finally can! The packaging is really sleek, and luxurious looking, and for only £4.49, I think you're onto a winner with this one. However, if you're into more reds, or purples, there will definitely be something like that in the Mega Matte range that floats your boat.
 
 
"Ooooh, a lip lacquer", I hear you say. I thought I'd throw in something just as lovely, but a little bit different for the end of this post. I'm not sure if I've ever seen another lip lacquer on the market, aside from this one. It's a hard one to describe, because it's not your average lipstick, but it certainly isn't a lip gloss either. I suppose it's midway between them both? It's incredibly pigmented, glossy, and long-lasting, and it can be easily applied with the doe-foot applicator, which allows you to be neat, and precise. I think the packaging is almost something from out of space, as it's pretty unique, and all of the names are relating to space, but I love it none-the-less, and think that's what makes it stand out. I really would like to try out more colours in this range too, particularly 'Stellar', and 'Apocaliptic'.
 
Remember to let me know what your favourite Autumnal lipstick shades are, and I'll be sure to check them out. Have I convinced you to buy any of the ones that I've mentioned today?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Melancholy Mind: An Interview & Book Review

 

Being a blogger, I'm very lucky that I get to speak to, and interact with people from all walks of life, who have different stories, and experiences to tell me about, and educate me on.

One lovely lady that I've known for quite a while now is Charlene McElhinney. She's a Mental Health advocate, who recently published her very own book called Melancholy Mind! She poured her heart, and soul into it, and as she's a friend of mine, I obviously want to support her, and her successes in any way that I can. That's why I thought I'd do a little interview with her about the book, so that all of you can get to know her better, and hopefully become convinced to buy your own copy! Now, onto the questions...

Hi Charlene! It's so lovely to have you here on my blog today. Why don't you start by introducing yourself?

Hello! It’s always an honour to feature on other bloggers’ platforms; thank you for having me! I’m Charlene McElhinney, I just recently turned 21 years old and I’m from Glasgow, Scotland.

For those who may not know, what inspired you to start writing Melancholy Mind? Were your own Mental Health struggles the main reason, or were there others too?

Melancholy Mind was originally written as part of my college course graded unit. I only planned on writing an anthology of around 5 poems, when I got to 60+ I thought: Why not self-publish a book? I began researching into it and thought it was feasible. Definitely something I could to if I put my mind to it. It was a long and challenging process but I learned loads on the journey and it was ever so rewarding to put my book out there in to the world. Added to this, my mental health struggles were the real reason and inspiration behind the book. I’ve battled with Depression & Anxiety for a few years now and my main outlet has always been writing.

What was the inspiration behind the name? Did you intentionally choose for it to be alliterative or did it just turn out the way?

The alliterative title was intentional. I had always loved the word ‘melancholy’ as I can resonate with it a lot. My mind is always full of depressive, melancholy, thoughts (hence Melancholy Mind). I thought it was short, straightforward and simply effective. It just popped in to mind randomly one time and I thought that’s it, that’s the one.

The book itself is split up into 9 chapters. Were they fairly easy to come up with or did you specifically wish to talk about all the subjects at some point?

As a whole, they were fairly easy to come up with, as it was taking the reader through my mental health journey step by step. The chapters just came naturally. However, the actual content within these chapters was not so easy. I drained myself writing this book. I took myself back through some of the worst times in my life, and put myself back in that mind frame, to be able to produce the poetry. It was a very trying time and I felt like giving up on many occasions but I just soldiered through. And I’m so glad I did. My book has helped me on my down days, given me opportunities and the most important ‘reward’ of all is being able to reach out to other MH sufferers and help them. The kind words, the reviews and the messages have helped me so much and have made the whole journey 100% worth it.

Talk to us about some of the incredible opportunities you have had since the publication date!
 
I've featured in several papers, my local paper ‘The Cumbernauld News’ and ‘The Evening Times’, I’ve been on BBC Radio Scotland (to mainly talk about letter writing but also to plug my book), I’ve received an abundance of messages from people who have took comfort from my book and have wanted to reach out to me to tell me how much it’s helped them, I’ve been featured on so many blogs in regards to reviews of my book and Q&A’s about the background to it (just like this!)… it’s just been fabulous! It’s been 6 months now since I published my book and put it out there in the world and it’s honestly one of the proudest moments of my life.
 
Now that you are a published author, can you see yourself releasing more books? Maybe something other than poetry...?
 
Definitely. I’d love to. It’s just finding the time at the moment. I’ve just started my first year at University studying Creative Writing, Journalism, English & Law and it’s going to be a very time consuming course, for sure. I’m also trying to upkeep my blog and all of my social media platforms as well as letter writing to over 30 pen pals so I do an awful lot of writing at the moment. When I get free time, I tend to like to read or go to the pictures etc, however when a good idea pops in to my mind I take note! I’d love to sit and write a novel. That’s next on my to-do-list. Now that I know how to self-publish, too, it’s something I could see myself doing again!..
 
Are you going to buy Melancholy Mind for yourself? Have you ever heard about it before?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 

 
  
  








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