Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Perfect Vampy Lip

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Hello Everyone!

So if you watch my YouTube Channel you may or may not have seen that I recently uploaded a Halloween make up tutorial (if you haven't had chance to watch it click HERE)

Anyhoo... Whilst planning the tutorial it came to my attention that I didn't actually own an ultra dark vampy lip colour, which I really wanted to include in the tutorial. So on a recent trip to ASDA I stopped by the make up aisle and stumbled across Collections Gothic Glam lipstick in the shade Scorned.

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Now I'd never tried any Collection lipsticks before and I was a little sceptical when I saw the incredibly cheap price tag of only £2.99! But with that being said I thought that the shade wasn't going to be one that I would wear every day so I decided to throw it in my basket and give it a go!

When I got home I applied the lipstick and immediately fell in love with it! It effortlessly glides onto the lips, has an excellent colour pay off and doesn't feel drying at all - which is one of the big deciders for me when trying out lipsticks. After wearing it for a few hours at home I noticed that the staying power was impeccable especially after eating dinner and drinking tea etc... Not one smudge or bleed!

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(These are a couple of Instagram snaps I took of me wearing the lipstick after I had filmed my tutorial)

Now this is normally where I would start pointing out the negatives but I honestly don't have anything bad to say about it! It's a gorgeous lip colour and formula and has made me excited to try more lipsticks from their line.

Have you tried any lipsticks from Collection and if so what are your fav's?

Love
Jade x


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Bourjois Color Edition 24H Eyeshadow Review


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Eyeshadow is one of my favourite parts of applying my make up, so when I was picking up my weekly food shop in Tesco's the other week; I decided to head over to the make up aisle and treat myself to a couple of season appropriate shades.

After browsing a couple of stands I stumbled across the Bourjois Color Edition 24 hour cream to powder eyeshadows. I spent a little while swatching the testers but they had ran out of the shades that took my fancy so I decided to give the eyeshadow treat a miss.

The next day my boyfriend and I went to a carboot sale and you will not believe my luck... There they were, three never before opened, brand new Bourjois eyeshadows all in the colours I had wanted! I asked the lady at the stand how much she wanted for them and she said that I could have the lot for £5 - SCORE!!!! 

So I know, enough about how they came to be in my possession on to what I think!

All of the colours in the collection are absolutely gorgeous and I think they will suit most skin tones. The shades I went for are Or Desir (gold) Petale de Glace (silver) and Prune Nocturne (plum)

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Pro's
They are simple to apply and as easy as a cream eyeshadow to blend but dry to a powder finish. I found the best way to apply them is by using your fingers, I first tried with a brush but the darker shade seemed to look a little patchy.

The lighter shades I've found work wonderfully as a highlight, not only on the brow bone and tear duct area but also on the cheek bones - This is super handy as it saves valuable space in my make up bag!

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Con's 
The biggest let down for me is the pigmentation. I find that you really have to build the shadow up to get a good colour pay off which can be annoying when I'm in a rush and need to get my eyeshadow on quickly. Also the packaging is plastic so it feels quite cheap and flimsy.

I'm still on the fence about these and to be honest I'm kind of glad that I didn't have to pay the full £6.99 price tag per pot. Especially when their rival the Maybelline Colour Tattoo's are a couple of pounds cheaper and I personally prefer them to these.

Let me know in the comments if you've tried these eyeshadows and what you thought of them?

Jade x









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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Current Autumn Nail Polish Favourites!

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If you know me in person or if you have been watching my YouTube channel for a while you will most likely know that I am a huge nail polish fan! So today I thought that I would share with you some of my go to nail picks for Autumn.

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(L2R - Model's Own - Northern lights, Butter London - Disco Biscuit, Revlon - Sparkling and Maybelline - Bronze me up)

Glitters!
Now I know glitter isn't for everyone but for me it's a personal fav - apart from the whole removing it situation, that totally sucks feet! Anyway... Purple, pink and copper colours are my favourite choices when it comes to a glitter. The Revlon and Model's Own shade's are super opaque and only take 1-2 coats however the Maybelline and Butter London take about 3-4 which is a little annoying but worth it for such gorgeous colours.


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(L2R Provence and Cool Beige)

Neutrals 
In my opinion you can never go wrong with a cool toned neutral. They give a clean look and tend to be the colour group I go for when I don't know what colour to paint my nails. The above two are both from the Revlon Colorstay range with is quickly becoming one of my favourite polish formulas. Both are super opaque and the brush makes it so easy to apply.

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(L2R Essie - Bahama Mama and Rimmel - Black Cherries)

Reds
I sometimes struggle when it comes to purchasing red nail polish because I find the majority of them have very orangey undertones which don't always suit my skin tone. So Autumn is the perfect time for me to shop for reds as the majority of them are slightly darker than the classic bright red and lean more on the purple/ blue side. These two are ones that I find myself gravitating towards an awful lot recently and I have a feeling that one of them will end up in a future favourite's video ;)

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(L2R BarryM - Grey 293 and Essie - Aruba Blue)

Something Different
'Rock chick' is one of my favourite fashion styles on a night out. So when I smoke up my make up and throw on my leather jacket I always grab either my BarryM for muted dark grey or my Essie cobalt blue to add a pop of colour. These are both some of my all time favourite colours which have both been repurchases.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any favourite nail polishes for Autumn let me know in the comments!

Jade x









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Sunday, 12 October 2014

6 Ways To Make You Happy

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I've been feeling a little run down recently, so I decided that today I'd share with you a few things I like to do when I need a little pick me up, so lets jump in with activity number one...


Time Out
Like many people I am a person who struggles from time to time with anxiety and panic attacks. So when I feel an attack coming on I like to take some 'me time' and relax. One of my favourite ways to relax is by taking a nice big bubble bath with either a bubble bar or bath bomb! Some of my favourites right now are Sparkly Pumpkin and Father Christmas by Lush.

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Spending Time With Friends 
When you're feeling anxious it can sometimes appear easier to shut yourself away and avoid social situations. I am unfortunately someone who falls into that circle from time to time. However I find when I actually pluck up the courage and see my friends it makes me feel 'normal' I know it's easier said than done but it's certainly worth it when you are laughing out loud with your bestie!

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Exercise
Yes I did just type the dreaded 'E' word... However exercise is a fantastic way to energise you and release endorphins which relieve stress and help make you happy. You don't have to spend hours chugging away at the gym, a walk through your local park or going for a swim will do the trick! A part of my exercise routine is getting shouted at by Jillian Michaels while doing her 30 day shed and shred DVD in my living room. On a side note - it means that I can have a large slice of chocolate cake and not feel guilty about it! 

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Embrace The Worst
What's the worst that could happen? If you have a specific thing that you are worried about; e.g. a party you've been invited to or an exam; often the best thing to do is to think about the worst thing that could possibly happen in that situation. Making my worries more realistic and confronting them head on, even if it's just in my head makes me feel more confident about facing up to them in reality.

Looking Forward
When I feel low I like to distract myself by thinking about things to look forward to. Whether it's knowing that I can snuggle up on the sofa after a long day, booking a holiday or looking out for the Christmas Coca Cola advert on TV, thinking ahead helps me not dwell on the not so great parts of the day.
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Reward Yourself
If you've done something that's outside your box and your comfort zone then reward yourself because you flipping deserve it! Well all often concentrate on the stresses and the bits in life that make us unhappy and brush over the victories and laughs we had on the same day. Even if you've just had a good day and felt normal and happy then you deserve a reward because you didn't let feeling get you down. I like to treat myself with a little shopping spree finished off with a hot chocolate from Starbucks!
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I hope you find these tips useful, let me know in the comments what you like to do on a down day?

Jade x







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