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,


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,





Sunday, 17 September 2017

Teen Talk: Going All The Way

 Today's post is going to be something a little different to what I'd normally write about. I'm all for discussing taboo topics, but this is something that I think about, more than I speak about it.
For any 16 year old in the UK, there is an incredibly high chance that they will understand where I'm coming from, and there's an even higher chance that they can relate in one way, or another.
What I'm talking about is the societal pressure of engaging in sexual behaviour, and losing your virginity. It's legal to become sexually active at the age of 16 in the UK, and although many people do 'it' before, regardless of the reason, there is still a large amount of us that don't feel ready, or haven't. The 16+ year olds that are yet to have sex.
I have had 1 boyfriend before, but he was 2 years younger than me, and neither of us were particularly interested in that sort of thing at the time. We'd much rather have just enjoyed each others company, and chilled out whenever we were together. It's a fact of life that boys take longer to mature than girls, and as the years have gone on, and I've been around more people, I can definitely see that in some respect.
In my personal opinion, it's absolutely essential that when growing up, you talk to as many different people as you can. Of course, some of them are going to be complete assholes, and they're going to be as toxic as anything. You will feel all these negative emotions at the time, but realistically, you're then going to recognise what you want to avoid in the future, and you will grow from the experiences. You're allowed to flirt whilst you're young, and carefree. You're allowed to do sexual things with other people without feeling guilt, or shame. You're allowed to send explicit texts, and images, as long as everyone involved feels happy, and comfortable. You're allowed to have regrets, and wish you hadn't done certain things. Boys, and girls, are allowed to feel anxious, and unsure when it comes to sexual thoughts, and behaviour. They are also allowed to feel passionate, and positive. There's nothing to be ashamed about, whether you perceive it to be positive, or negative.
Just because I'm 16 years old, and have been for 6 months now, it doesn't mean I want to have sex. It doesn't mean I want to meet up with loads of guys, and flirt with them after 5 seconds. Having said that, there's absolutely nothing wrong if there are people who do want to do that, as we all have desires, and fantasies. I've flirted with, and fancied quite a few guys now, and at the moment, I'm quite content with just talking to them if the opportunity comes up, and seeing how things go. The truth is, there is no rush.
Society places a huge amount of pressure on young people. Boys are expected to sleep with loads of girls, which he then gets rated, and applauded for. He's seen as cool, and desirable if he sends pictures of his private parts to whoever he can find on his Snapchat list. There are probably many boys out there who don't want to do that. They would rather wait for the right girl, or at least wait until their in a relationship. That's completely okay.
Nobody should be called 'frigid', or pathetic for not wanting to do something. Being a virgin isn't something to be afraid, or ashamed of. So what if everyone is going to a party, and getting off with people, whilst you're sitting at home, eating Cadbury's chocolate, and watching Netflix? It doesn't matter! Half of the time, others will claim to have had sex, but they are probably just as apprehensive about the whole thing as you are. Wait until the right person comes along. They will respect you for it. Being in school/college/Uni usually means that everyone wants to know everyone else's business, but you don't have to talk about anything if you don't feel comfortable doing so. You don't have to conform to society's expectations. You do whatever you feel is right, and follow your heart. Sex, and sending nudes won't mean anything in the long run, once you're out of that environment, unless you genuinely want to engage in those things, which again, you shouldn't be shamed for.
I'm a 16 year old girl, who is just going to do whatever I want to do, without trying to please anybody else, or attempt to look cool. When the right person comes along, I know I'll be thankful to my 16 year old self for waiting, as it'll be 100% worth it.
How do you feel about societal pressures surrounding sex? Would you rather wait?
Lots of love always,


Monday, 11 September 2017

A Poem About Pisceans

Something which has always interested me, and caught my attention is astrology, and star signs. I don't necessarily care for daily horoscopes, or telling the future, but I just love looking into the traits, and characteristics that each star sign, and in particular my own, may possess. I'm also an avid poet, as some of you probably already know if you have been following me for a while, so I thought that I would combine the two together in today's post.

One of my very good blogger friends Alice also has the same star sign as me (Pisces) and we thought it would be a cute idea if we did a collab, which was based upon the topic. She's going to be doing a DIY post over on her blog (which you can read here), and I'm going to be sharing both of our verses of poetry on mine for you! We hope you enjoy...

She's selfless
It means she's caring and understanding
but this can be a devilish trait in disguise.
She finds it a struggle to fall in love with herself
All of her own emotions build up and overspill, like books on a shelf
Being selfless drains all of her energy
as to others, she is always so genuinely complimentary
She's always the first to offer a helping hand, or a shoulder to cry on
yet she falls asleep listening to the saddest of songs
Everybody treats her like she's nothing but an accessory
They only speak to her when they feel it's necessary
But, she's selfless and that's what makes her so sweet
It's definitely a trait which she wants to keep.

She's sensitive
It means she's deep and empathetic
but it can be negative.
The tears need holding back, ceaselessly
from the idea that no problem can be
solved heedlessly
Being sensitive wears her out
because of the countless fears it brings about
She shan't see blood, violence nor torture
for her chemicals will unbalance and haunt her
Her hypersensitivity can be misperception
this feeling left as a victim of her brain and minds deception
But she's sensitive and that's what makes her great;
A true example of her Pisces fate.

- J.M & A.G

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Short Stay In St Ives

If you follow me on Twitter (@simplyjadeyx - cheeky self promo), you probably know that I spent a couple of days in St Ives, West Cornwall recently. I actually only got back on Friday!

I went with my Aunt & Uncle from Monday afternoon-Friday morning, and we really only went just to explore, enjoy a short break away, and get away from the mania of everyday life. I had a little list of the things I wanted to see too, so we partly went by that.

Although I took quite a lot of pictures, these are just a few of my favourites. I took all of them on my iPhone camera, but I thought they were pretty good quality considering! Whenever I go away, I like to take the opportunity to document as much of it as I can, because I really do enjoy photography (it's a hobby of mine) and I can then share my travels and experiences with all of you as well!

On the first day, we went to the beach, which was actually opposite the little B&B/guest house that we were staying in. I'm going to do a blog post on it shortly actually! The beach was called Porthminster, and my Aunt and I just wanted to have a paddle, as we had just arrived a little while before, and that was the day which was supposed to have the best weather overall. We just dipped our toes along the sand to have a paddle, and then that night, we went for burgers at a place called Blas Burgerworks. My main, and my dessert were both absolutely delicious and I'd thoroughly recommend the place if you're ever in the area. It's right near the harbour too, so it's the perfect setting really.

All of the little houses and cottages within St Ives are incredibly cute, and I'd honestly love to live in one of them someday in the future! Even though they're right by the seafront and near to the harbour, it's so peaceful and dreamy walking along the cobbled streets. One of my other favourite places to eat, but one which was along the seafront was Caffe Pasta. As the name would suggest, they do a variety of pasta dishes, but they also do pizzas and other things too. We had such a lovely lunch there, and the staff were friendly, and welcoming, The views were also fab!

Another place we visited was Carbis Bay. You can go on about a 20-25 minute coastal walk from St Ives itself, and then you'll see the view that's shown in the 4th picture! The beach there is slightly more secluded than the ones in St Ives, and there is also a hotel just opposite. We ate lunch at a little bar & restaurant, and I had a garlic pizza, and chunky chips with garlic butter, which was insanely delicious! It was by far one of the best meals I've ever had.

We also visited most of the little galleries, and tourist attractions. Some of my favourites were the Blue Bramble Gallery, Harbour Galleries, Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens, Art Space Gallery, and Porthminster Gallery. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely visit at least one of them!

Porthminster, Porthgwidden, Porthmeor and the Harbour beaches are all so pretty, but some are used more for surfing, and water sports, whereas others are more secluded and used for relaxation purposes.

The last 2 photos are probably actually the ones I'm most proud of. When walking back on the second to last day, we saw the most mesmerising rainbow, which stretched right across the sea! The colours aren't as vibrant on camera, but it really was quite an extraordinary sight, I must say. The last photo was of my sea-view from the room that I was staying in. It was on the last night, and I was in awe with the way that you could see the sea itself, the clouds, and even the harbour. Capturing the way the light reflected onto the water was just amazing.

Overall, I had such a lovely time in St Ives, and I definitely feel as though I saw everything that I had hoped to, and more. It had exceeded my expectations, that's for sure!

Have you ever been to St Ives, or anywhere in Cornwall? What do you think of these scenic shots that I took?

Lots of love always,
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