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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

How I do my eyebrows!

I didn't really know how to review a make up brush and an eyeshadow so I thought I'd show you instead what I use it for. Apologies in advance as this will be very picture heavy!


So as you saw from my previous blog, my mini haul (here) I purchased these products the other day. I was looking for an inexpensive angled brush to fill in my eyebrows since my friend stole mine and came across this Barry M eyeliner brush for £2.99 at Superdrugs and I was in the lookout(?) for a a new eyeshadow to fill in my brows as the one I had was too glittery, so I bought one from Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in shade Rich Espresso (47) for £17, lucky enough Daddy bought it for me. 

1. Make sure you have a shape of the eyebrow

2. Fill them in - Doesn't matter how bushy or caterpillar like they look, as you will see in step 3

3. Clean that ish up with some concealer. I use Mac NW40 studio finish concealer (Which is a lighter shade than I use which is NC45). I then use a flat foundation brush to blend it in

4. I set my brows with the elf lash and brow mascara, so that they remain above my eyes and not by my chin, but you can use any clear mascara 

I actually really love the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow, its amazingly pigmented and I occasionally use it as a base on my eyes if I'm using eyeshadow. I really want to try more from Bobbi Brown, especially there gel eyeliners, at least the Barry M eyeliner brush will be put to multiple use!

Jade
xo



Monday, 9 December 2013

Review: MUA Matte Perfect primer


I'm not really a make-up wearer, and I usually wear most of my make-up in the autumn/winter. I guess because my skin doesn't look as delicious as it does in the spring/summer months. 

Before my foundation I used to apply just a face cream and then I was good to go. I then stepped it up a notch and started using Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm as a primer, and then eventually gave up with primers all together, until recently. I had it in my mind to purchase the 17 face primer but then I came across the MUA Matte perfect primer. I thought since I love MUA products, and haven't been let down by them before I should give it a shot, so I brought it from Superdrugs (here) for £4.


Its only a small tube 15ml to be exact, but trust me a little goes a long way. 






For a primer, the longevity of this product I'd say is about 2-5 hours, before I can feel it slipping off my face, it makes my make-up look really nice and flawless and makes my skin nice soft. As for a matte primer, I'll let you be the judge of that. Considering I have combo/oily skin it wasn't the best for my skin type - waste not, want not - I shall use this product until its finished to get a proper feel for the product. 

Have you tried this product? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.

Hope you all had a great week!

Jade
xo



Sunday, 1 December 2013

Mini-Haul - Superdrugs

Hey guys! :)

Happy 1st of December. I'm definitely not feeling in the festive mood yet, maybe that will change as we approach Christmas.
Today I thought I'd share with you, what I brought this week. It's been such a stressful week I actually can't wait to see the back of 2013, so I treated myself to some goodies.





 (Sleek eyeshadow palette 'i-Divine', Miss eyelure lashlets, Nivea lip butter 'Raspberry rose',  Loreal Super Liner Blackbuster, MUA Matte perfect primer, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Rich Espresso.)

Reviews on these products shall hopefully be coming in the future couple of weeks (Most likely not the Nivea lip butter, since its everywhere on the blogosphere, but fyi I am loving this product!)
, to give myself enough time to actually use and get a feel for these products.

What do you think about my 'Holy Grail' posts, I'm very dramatic and excitable so everything is pretty much a holy grail product. Is the Holy Grail post something you would like to see more of, let me know in the comments below.

I hope everyone had a better week than I had, and I hope you have an even more amazing week this week.

Until next time.

Jade
xo

Friday, 22 November 2013

HolyGrail#1: Softhood by Hairflair

Lately I've been on a hair journey, and have been trying to grow my relaxed hair (chemically straightened) longer. I've tried and tested many products along my journey, (which if you want to know more about then let me know in the comments) and also have been such a fail whale with maintaining a routine.
I am literally so bad with a routine, I do it for like 2 weeks and get bored and move on to something different. But maybe the trick isn't to treat it like a routine, but as something fun? (Eh, reverse psychology'd myself!)

One of the major steps on a hair journey is reducing the amount of heat you put on your hair. On my journey I came across this product, which I think it is safe to say is one of my holy grail products since being on my hair journey, and it is the 'Softhood' by Hairflair.

I purchased this product from Amazon and it cost £14.95 plus p+p, but lucky enough I had a £20 gift voucher, so it didn't cost me anything. The delivery was quick, as like most Amazon orders - and the product was not harmed in any way. 

When you open the box it comes in a zip pouch and when you 
take it out, it looks like this. It has a chin strap, a draw string to tighten and secure it to your head, and when I first tried this on I felt like I was gearing up for war or at least winter. 


The long nozzle/hose attaches to the hair dryer, set it to the lowest setting and voila! You have your own mini hair salon in your bed room, or in my case the kitchen (because for some reason I always do it in the kitchen).



I use this for EVERYTHING
-To roller set or curl my hair: Using rollers or pins and product
-To dry (of course) 
-To steam my hair: by putting a product in my hair, usually a deep conditioner and then putting a shower cap on my head and sitting under it for like 15 mins... 
and most of the time to keep warm, cos its super warm underneath

 This is what it looks like on, sort of.

Disadvantages:

- Its loud. Well of course it is, its covering your ears but I don't mind this as I usually use it when I have free time to leisurely relax around the house, and if I was still a student I'd probably do it whilst writing and researching for some essays. Multi-tasking at its finest ;). But maybe thats just my hair dryer?

-Its hot. I thought it being on the lowest setting would be really cold. I was terribly and utterly wrong. It works just as well! But its not too hot on the head, my complaint is about the little holes on the nozzle/hose that runs up the softhood that lets the air out and heats up my neck and shoulders or just anywhere it touches really. Which is why I wear my dressing gown - but this is most certainly not a deal breaker!

-You really have to secure this bad boy on your head, otherwise it will fly off and not in the fun Mary Poppins way either, in the wtf? sort of way, know what I mean?

I love this Softhood, because I can be handsfree, anything to make my life easier is something I'd throw cash at. I haven't had it for too long, so I don't know about longevity, but if it did break, I would definitely re-purchase!

So if you would like to purchase one and have an alien head like me for a while, then click here!
I promise you won't be disappointed! :D



Jade
xo


Thursday, 14 November 2013

#LiquidFoundationProblems

I didn't used to be a liquid foundation wearer, just give me my Mac Studio fix powder and I was good to go. I then dabbled into the liquid section of foundation and found myself beginning to wear it more often.

I first started off with Mac's Studio Fix fluid in NC45 which is pretty standard for everyone, after a while I thought to myself I need to start looking after my skin better so let me try a mineralized foundation and that worked really well for me for a while until I decided I wanted to graduate away from Mac foundations entirely - don't get me wrong Mac foundations are amazing as well as affordable, but I'm sure there are other amazing foundations out there too!





















My problem with Mac foundations and other foundations I have used is that for my skin colour it is far too orange, which was another reason I wanted to look for another foundation. So I had an 'ahhhh' moment (imagine floating angels and instrumental music in the background and maybe throw in a American black choir in there too) when I came across the Benefit stand in Debenhams, they had just come out with their new foundation 'Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow' in Hazelnut.


I don't know what it is about the concession stands or just make up shops in general, the lighting, the professional hand of the make up artist, I don't know! But all I know is when they applied the foundation on my skin it looked FANTASTIC - I was completely sold - when I got home on the other hand and tried to re-apply it myself it was still frickin' orange!!!

So I went on the hunt again, and there was my holy grail, a little to the right of Benefit and directly in front of Mac. Urban Decay. Luckily this time, instead of being the impulsive shopper I usually am I waited till I got home to see:

a. The longevity of the product
b. To see if anyone noticed my nice flawless skin


Before purchasing the product especially considering the price of the foundation £27. This became my go to foundation for every occasion, it has great coverage, it was weightless, did not have to reapply as often and I always got compliments, another positive point is lasts a while which is great for my purse as it is quite pricey.

Then I went on holiday and got darker, and now it doesn't match my skin anymore :\ *cries*

Alas, I'm on the hunt again!

Any recommendations will be great in the comments below, although I went into Inglot the other day and their foundation was an exact match to my complexion so I may have to venture down to Westfield and bagsy myself one. Who knows!




What's your favourite foundation?

Jade 
xo


Friday, 1 November 2013

DIY: Earring Holder

As I write this, I'm sitting in my pj's, sipping some herbal tea and trying to come up with something to post about - when it strikes me. I can show you what I tried to make the other day.

Watching youtube videos and browsing through pintrest for inspiration, I saw a DIY earring holder so I was literally on the hunt for a photo frame that was big enough to fit my entire collection of earrings, I kid you, not I hunted high and low even when I went to America to look after my sick aunt and still came up trump!

So the thought of doing that disappeared, just like many other DIY projects I thought would be a great idea (e.g. re-painting my mirror to some cool effect, re-decorating my bedroom to make it have a vintage look). Until one faithful evening, my mother and I went to Sainsbury's to pick my grandmother up some candles and low and behold in the sale section (because I'm a cheap motherf*****) I saw the perfect frame!

I can't remember how much they were but I picked up 2 of these bad boys and some string, and got to making some magic. 


And here is the finished product!


I just need to hammer some nails through the wall and hang them up and I'll be sorted.

What do you think?

If you want to try this at home, you will need:
*Frame of some sort
*String - quite thick because earrings are quite heavy
*Selotape 
*Scissors

One thing I'll add is, I used selotape to hold up the string, and obviously its not sturdy enough and I don't know what to use to make it stronger - I was thinking maybe staples? I dunno but suggestions would be super helpful!

Happy belated Happy Halloween!


Jade
xo





Thursday, 24 October 2013

Better late, than never.

Hi all,

I know I haven't posted anything in a long while and for that I have no explanation. It has been a very busy year for me with it being my last year of university only to find out I wouldn't be graduating as I failed one of my modules, 2 relatives passing away, and being able to go to America for a month to look after another sick relative and then finally volunteering in Romania for 2 weeks.

To say that these past few months has been tumultuous is an understatement.

To my old followers I thank you for your patience and your understanding, to my new followers I hope we can create something special.

Please know that I am returning to the blogosphere and hopefully with a vengeance as I hope to review many products and share with you anything of interest to me.

So thank you for everything, my little cherubs!

I shall see you in the next post.


Jade 
xo

Friday, 15 March 2013

Liebster Award

Hi all,

Sorry I have been really M.I.A lately, but uni is quite literally kicking my butt now. I have a dissertation due in may, 3 assignments due in april and 2 exams in may, suffice to say I need a beach with a long island ice tea cocktail, STAT!

Despite all this pressure, I thought I'd delight you all with my online presence (ha ha ha!)

I was very surprised when I looked through my emails one morning and realised that Nin over at Prettypug had nominated me for a Liebster award, and sadly it quite literally made my day week!


So here are the rules, I have to post 11 random facts about myself, answer 11 questions asked by the nominee and choose 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

Frankly, I hate talking about myself, but anything to distract me if only for a little while from the never-ending dissertation.

So without further a do, 11 random facts about moi!


  1. I am currently a 3rd year student, studying Criminology with Psychology and quite literally counting down the days until graduation. (Although the thought of me leaving my friends, family and new home is very daunting to say the least
  2. I am quite literally terrified of spiders. Come at me with one, and I may actually have to do physical harm to you. Lol who am I kidding, you will most likely see me in a foetal position crying my poor little heart out.
  3. I am an only child. 
  4. I have many great friends, but my Mum will always be my number 1 she is definitely what I imagine to have a sister would be like. And she is most definitely the definition of the grand ol' saying 'can't live with her, can't live without her'
  5. I am a very good singer, alas I have unfortunately been cursed with stage fright, sort of a catch 22 - all hopes of wanting to become a famous singer have been thrown out the window
  6. Green and Grey are my 2 favourite colours, if you haven't noticed already.
  7. My family background is Jamaican, but I was born and raised in London
  8. I love to cook, just as much as I love to eat and my favourite food in the whole world would be something pork related, possibly jerk pork
  9. I have 2 piercings (minus the ears) and 2 tattoos
  10. History was one of my favourite classes at school, although I was horrible at it
  11. Handbags, and shoes (flats/heels) are my kryptonite, although I'm still mastering how to walk in  heels (lol)

11 questions I was asked...

1. If you could go on holiday right now, where would you go and why?


I'd choose to go somewhere in the far east, maybe malaysia or Bali simply because of the culture and the history places like these are mostly overlooked and I would love to capture all the beauty of these countries before its too late 

2. What three songs are you loving right now?

I can't even tell you the last time I properly listened to music. The only music lately I have been listening to is soothing oceans, and piano melodies to help me concentrate with my work, so uh does that count?

3. Summer 2013... what are your plans?

Hopefully go on a pre-graduation holiday with my uni friends to Turkey, then after that its back to depressing England to put my degree to use and look for a job.

4. Dream job? 

I'd love to work for myself. Start my own business doing God knows what, watch this space!

5. If you were any Harry Potter character, who would you be and why? 

I'd be Hermione, mostly because I am a secret lover of gingers (Ron Weasley!) and who else wouldn't want to be outrageously smart and beautiful?! Girl power is making a comeback.

6. Will you be donating to Comic Relief/what are your reviews on such-things? 

As much as I love watching Comic Relief, I won't be donating. To me personally I think charities are all a big scam and I much rather go over to a country and volunteer my time to them. My mum works within the voluntary sector so I know all the ins and outs. 

7. Highlight of 2013 so far? 

Its too early to tell, I guess a new boyfriend and just finally being happy and content with life.

8. Which items of your wardrobe could you not live without? 

Ooh this is a tricky one! I guess my leather jacket and my ugg boots

10. You're getting married; you have complete creative control - what is your colour scheme, theme, etc, - what would you do? 

Where do I start?! Although green is my fave colour it wouldn't be one of the colour schemes. Maybe a purple and grey/silver? But I don't want to get married in a church I'm not that religious, and if I can't get married in an outdoor wedding, then I'd rather just get married in the registry office. 

11. Name something non-academic you would like to learn to do?

I'd love how to learn to fly a plane. Air Jade here I come!

Ok so here are my 11 questions to you.

  1. When you was little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  2. Who is your celebrity crush (male) and your fashion icon (female)
  3. What one item could you not live without?
  4. If you could be an animal, what animal would you choose and why?
  5. Exercise or plastic surgery?
  6. If you could be or do anything in the world, what would it be?
  7. What is your favourite movie?
  8. If you remember your first ever date (or any date), what did you do?
  9. What are some of your best memories?
  10. If you could back in time where would you go and why?
  11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Who I nominate!

http://plainandsimplejustlittleoldme.blogspot.co.uk/
http://lolalucy09.blogspot.co.uk/
http://phatfashionandbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/
http://discoveriesofself.blogspot.co.uk/


I don't really know who else to tag, but I'd love it if everyone participated. That would be awesome and let me know if you do it in the comments.

Thank you for being such a loverly distraction as always, welcome new followers. I hope you all have a great weekend and a fabulous week!

Jade
xo


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Firmoo Giveaway!

Whats this 2 new posts in one weekend?! I do spoil you ;)

Hope everyone is enjoying a very lazy sunday, Lord knows I am. I'm determined to stay in my pj's for the whole day and only surface when food calls my name, but we all know plans don't always go that way.


I thought I would share with you that Firmoo the online optical store will be giving away 100 pairs free glasses + free delivery on the 4th March at 9pm EST (I think thats like 1am in the UK, so be prepared to pull an all nighter) on a first come first served basis. Click the link and it will show you what you have to do to be entitled.


So don't say I didn't warn you, and good luck!

Jade
xo

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Super Savvy Me Project: Venus & Olay

Last year I signed up for a website called Super Savvy Me created by the company Procter & Gamble (P&G) and it is used as a platform to get help from their top experts, read interesting inspiring articles, get great offers on the latest products and read real reviews from its community - which is where I come in.

This month I was giving the opportunity to be apart of their latest project and test out a new product - the Venus Gillette five-blade razor who has teamed up with Olay and an Olay essentials complete care multi-radiance moisturising lotion (gosh that was a mouthful!) They sent me a package and it looked something like this:



Inside the bag looked like this...


So inside was the 5 blade razor and the moisturising lotion, a handbook and some coupons to get some money off, in the future.

Thank God that it came in time, because the hair on my legs was no joke! I think I was still stuck in winter hibernation mode, so the first chance I got I whipped out this bad boy and set to attempt to remove the hair from my legs. Due to the Olay moisture bars, it felt heavenly to remove the excess hairs and left my legs feeling nice and smooth and soft without having to moisturise afterwards, so I was super pleased with that result and its my go to razor now extra 5-blades also helped with the closeness of the shave which is always a plus in my books (: .
If your a venus gillette fan and you have bought their razors with the moisture bars then you know what it is like when the bar finishes, my only doubts with this product is, how long will the moisture bar last and exactly how much will they charge for the refill blades.



With the facial cream I was a bit skeptical, as you all know my skin is a bit weird and putting new products on my face always makes me weary, so I decided to use this as a night cream instead and so far there hasn't been anything amiss I've noticed, and have actually noticed that my skin feels nice and soft in the mornings. I haven't been using it for that long to properly give you a true review but I do feel it makes me look a lot more 'dewy fresh' (is that even a term?) Hopefully I don't grow extra friends on my face during this time, wish me luck!

If you think you want to be apart of a community like this, then most definitely sign up (here) and maybe next time you can be testing out new products in a different project.

Hope everyone is doing well, on this beautiful sunny saturday!




Jade 
xo












Sunday, 24 February 2013

Facial Cleanser review: Dr Organic


Today I'm going to be doing a review of a product that I have been using for at least over 6 months, that I have not fallen in love with and probably will not be using anything but for forever now - unless I add to it, which is more than likely as I have my eye on the Liz Earle daily gentle exfoliator wash, but thats neither here nor there.

The history of my skin is a grave tale.. (lol) but all jokes aside, I personally can't just use any facial product on my skin as I have a sort of oily/dry skin (Is that combination skin? meh!) most facial products either leave my face dry, itchy or just an overall blahh (know what I mean?) I have found a few things that have worked for my skin such as Avon's own products 'Clearskin pore penetration' which I have found that works magic, but found due to it being an exfoliant I cannot really use it for every day so I went on the hunt to try something new. 

I stumbled across Milly from Made In Chelsea's blog one day and she said that she uses a product from Holland and Barrats I cannot remember if she said Dr Organic Manuka honey or Burts and Bees facial products, but I decided to try the Dr Organics option.

There are so many to choose from, as I was only looking for a facial wash I can use every day I chose the tea tree gentle foaming wash and since its tea tree it was a win win for me!


It has literally been a God sent for me. I use it every day in the morning and sometimes at night to thoroughly take off my makeup, which btw works wonders on the eye makeup. I have had this bad boy for over 6 months now and I have not had to repurchase a new one yet, and at £6.19 for a 200ml tube makes for a cost effective investment. The smell is quite refreshing, I guess very um, tea tree-y? And it makes your skin feel very refreshed, without the tautness and tightness you usually feel after cleansing. 



 Usually after washing my face, I follow up with a facial cream, I was using the Dr Organic Virgin olive oil facial cream, and found that left my face too oily (the name should have given me a big clue) but considering the jar is quite small, it lasted me quite a while and I think I finished it just after christmas, so I decided to try the Dr Organic Manuka honey facial cream. I have not had enough time to decide whether it works for me or whether I truly like it as in all honesty I'm not the biggest fan of the smell of manuka honey, but it leaves my face smooth and soft and thats always a bonus - priced at £8.19 this 50ml jar will most certainly put a dent in your pocket, I sure know it did to mine!

I will be most definitely repurchasing the facial wash, but I may try a new facial cream from the Dr organic range. So a big thumbs up from me and a 10/10 from my happy skin :)

I hope everyone is having a beautiful lazy sunday, and please let me know if you have tried any of these products or any other health store related beauty products!

Jade 
xo


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Oh, Hello stranger ;)


Hello my lovely followers,

I'd just like to start off by apologising for my lack of posts recently, 3rd year has literally been kicking my butt so far and it's only going to get worse! Sigh. Not long left until its all over and I can relax with a cocktail on some faraway island (ahhhh!)

I hope everyone is doing well, and I hope I can finally start posting again soon because I've missed you all and I've missed writing down my thoughts on this big small world.

Happy Valentines day for tomorrow and if your single like moi, just happy thursday <3


Jade
xo

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Happy Burlesque and a sexy new year!

A couple of days ago I had the chance to go to a Burlesque show. If you know me, anything sexy related I am interested in (lol). So myself, cousin, aunt and mum trekked down to London's Soho to a little club amongst many called 'Madam Jojo's'.

It was only a small little club, and we got their pretty late so we had really shitty seats ('scuse my french) as you can tell from the crappy pictures. I didn't take many either as I was a bit too excited and forgot I could take photos, but I did remember to record the last act (which in my opinion was the best one!)



video




If you ever get the chance to see a Burlesque show, I really recommend you go and do it if not just for the experience. I enjoyed myself immensely and just maybe have found my calling in life.

Hope everyone had an amazing christmas and an equally amazing New years!

Jade xo