Monday, 30 May 2016

My May Favourites...

I've never actually done a monthly favourites post before but this month for some reason, so many products have stood out for me. This is a mix of beauty with a little bit of fashion and I hope that you enjoy reading!

Soap & Glory £9
I've had this lip gloss for a couple of months actually but these past few weeks I have been using it non-stop. I didn't buy it specifically because of the lip plumping aspect but that does come in handy! I actually bought it because it has the slightest nude tint to it, I didn't want a gloss that was completely transparent and this 'Bare Enough' shade is perfect. If I fancy being a bit more colourful I like to use a lip tint underneath and then adding this gloss on top.


These neckerchiefs have been my favourite accessory this month. They are so versatile, you can wear them in your hair, around your neck, on your wrist. You can also wear them with the knot at the front or at the back. It can dress down quite a smart looking outfit as well as dressing up a simple outfit. At only £5 they are a such a great item to have in your wardrobe.

Bondi Sands £14.99
After watching Lydia Elise Millen's video on 'How to get the perfect and even fake tan' I immediately went to Boots the next day to buy this! I've used many self tanning products before all of which have been good but nothing has ever stood out. The last fake tan i'd actually bought was the Bondi Sands 'Self Tanning Foam', it left me a really nice colour but it also changed the colour of my bed sheets! This oil however develops throughout the day (or night) and you don't have to wash it off. It's not greasy as you'd expect an oil to be and it leaves you with such a gorgeous, natural colour. I always know if a fake tan is too 'orange' when it has developed on my legs. They are the palest part of my body and annoyingly show up and streaks and patches. This oil has left me with neither! Also, it hasn't attached itself to any of my scarring from eczema and dry skin. Win, win!
You can read my '10 Tips for self tanning' here...

Batiste £1.63 (RRP £3.29)

I'm not going to lie, I'm quite new to using dry shampoo! I am quite lucky, my hair doesn't get greasy very easily and it never has done. However, I have been using this to boost my hair and give it more volume. I only use a small amount and mainly focus it on the area at the front of my head. It smells so sweet & delicious!

Clinique £17

Now, I actually received this chubby stick in a goodie bag from the Clinique event I went to last month. This isn't meant to give you an opaque, full colour finish instead it creates this subtle hint of colour which day-to-day is what I am after. What I love is that not only is it very moisturising but you don't have to be very careful when applying it! Just run it across your lips and you're good to go. A great product for your handbag.

L'Oreal £9.99

I have seen this foundation everywhere! A few weeks ago I was in Boots and was after a dewy foundation. I was applying the testers on the back of my hand and I was actually the lightest shade 01 however, when I got home and applied it I knew it was wrong. Although it blended nicely, I knew once I had applied fake tan this would be too light. A week later I went back in and bought the next shade 03. This is a much better shade for me. It is quite watery and for me, it took a good few attempts to get used to it. I have used both a brush and make up sponge to apply this foundation and I would say the sponge was a lot better. It's not full coverage but it is great for those 'No make-up, make-up days'.

There we have it, my May favourites! I hope that you have enjoyed reading this post, let me know if you would like me to do it every month!

Much love as always, 

Jade x

Saturday, 21 May 2016

10 Tips For Self Tanning...

I have been self tanning since my teens and over the years I have perfected my routine. No matter what season it is I will always be wearing fake tan and every time I apply it I follow each of these steps to ensure I am streak free & glowing!
So, if you would like to learn some of my tips on fake tanning then please keep reading...

1. Exfoliate your body using a scrub and if you have one use a body brush. You need to get rid of any of that 2 week old tan you have on and buff away any dry skin you may have.

2. Remove hair from your legs before you apply your tan. Especially if you shave or wax because you don't want to take off any of your tan afterwards and then end up with really tanned feet!

3. Moisturise your elbows, knees, hands and ankles. I normally use Vaseline because it creates a great barrier. Fake tan has a habit of clinging to these areas and makes them appear darker. Be sure though to rub the moisturiser in evenly.
4. Use a gradual tanning moisturiser like this St Tropez one or Garnier moisturiser. As well as beginning the tanning process it also acts as a sort of primer so that when you apply the proper fake tan there is already an even coat on your skin. Since i've used this step especially i've never been streaky.
5. When applying fake tan to the tops of your feet and hands only use what is left on the mitt and pat it onto your skin, don't rub. I personally like my hands to be a little lighter in colour than my arms because I think it looks more natural. By patting the mitt onto your hands you reduce the chances of getting those streaky lines in between your fingers and on the outside of your hands! (We've all had these)

6. Apply one less coat to your face. This one is for those of you who wear foundation. Your foundation is typically slightly darker than your natural skin colour and if it's not, if you wear bronzer then you will want to equal out the tan anyway. I know a lot of Youtubers who don't fake tan their face at all but I don't tend to wear a full coverage foundation so I like to go somewhere in between and blend it all in!

7. Speaking of blending, have you tried using a make up brush to blend your fake tan? Especially around the face and neck area I find that the mitt can be quite big so by using a brush I can ensure that I can get into the smaller areas and be streak free!
8. Do not forget behind your ears and the back of your neck! Even though you can't see them that well, other people can!

9. Use a hair dryer on a 'cool' setting to dry your fake tan. Yes you may look like a bit of an idiot stood there for 5 minutes in your pants but you won't have that sticky feeling when you put your clothes on!

10. To keep your tan going for as long as possible you need to moisturise every day. If you want to keep that glow you could even moisturise with your gradual tanner. Whatever you do though, do not put tan on top of old tan if it has already started to come off. You know what I mean, when the crease on the inside of your arm now has a lovely pale circle in it? Forget it. You need to start right back at number 1.

I hope that some of these tips have been helpful and please let me know if they work for you! I've used many fake tans over the years and there has never been one that has really stood out, they've all been quite good. I still occasionally use one from Home Bargains which is only like 89p?! 
What would you recommend?

Much love as always, 

Jade x


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Nothing To See Here...

This post is for those of you who find it difficult to cover up certain body parts in the summer. I personally hate getting my legs out in the summer. They don't tan very well because they are never in the sun and I always seem to have some sort of bruise or eczema scar on them. However, this summer I want to change it up a little bit. I don't want to spend every sunny day in a pair of jeans. Fashion is constantly changing and I feel there are so many trends that you can dip in and out of to create the outfit that is perfect for you. 

Please bare in mind that I am not saying you should cover up. You may feel similar about your arms to the way that I feel about my legs and maybe some of these clothing suggestions may give you more ideas for your wardrobe. I think that we should ALL feel comfortable and confident in what we wear. Especially in the sunnier months where we do tend to show off a bit more skin.

I have organised this post into 'Body part' sections so that it is easy for you to scroll through. All of the items are linked. I have chosen everything from the ASOS website although I haven't just used ASOS branded items. 


Here I have given a mix of different styles of tops and playsuits. There are a couple of long sleeve items as well as some that only cover up the top half. 


It doesn't always have to be long trousers and jeans. I have picked items here which are made from lighter material as well as giving a mix of cropped trousers and dresses. I really love the striped River Island cropped trousers-perfect for day and night!


For covering up the stomach/tummy area I specifically chose clothes that didn't cinch you in at the waist. I can completely understand that it can be a very flattering look but after a few drinks in the beer garden or munching on a few burgers at your friends bbq you don't want to be uncomfortable. These 4 items I have chosen are for skimming over your stomach area. Let's face it, no matter what size, shape, height you are your belly will get a little bigger throughout the day when you are eating and drinking and wearing clothes that give you room to breathe will help you to feel more relaxed!

I hope that this post has been helpful. As I have said, this isn't about telling you that you should cover up these certain areas. You rock whatever outfit you want to with confidence! Its just many of us may have certain body parts that we dislike. It may not be about weight it could be that you have a scar there or you are going somewhere that you need to cover up a little more but still want to feel summery and keep cool. Let me know if you have enjoyed this style of post in the comments.
Much love as always, 
Jade x


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Review 'Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara'...

I'm going to put it out there straight away that this isn't a "You need to go out immediately and buy this product' post. In fact it's the complete opposite. 
3 weeks ago I saw an advert pop up on TV for this new Rimmel mascara which gradually tints your lashes over 2 weeks. I go to the gym daily so in the past I have had my lashes tinted so that I don't have to wear mascara or much make up and thought that this would be like killing 2 birds with 1 stone. Unfortunately not. Now it's not all bad and I will go into a bit more detail below so if you have seen this mascara advertised and were interested in seeing if it actually works then you can see before and after photos below...

The Good

Now, I will start with the good points. The brush is good, it's not too big and I found it easy to apply mascara to my top and bottom lashes. Also, the formula is quite dry which actually I prefer. I normally tend to 'air out' my new mascaras as I find them quite watery. 

The Bad

Before I move onto the 'Before and After' photos here comes the bad points. If I happened to accidentally get a little bit on my skin it was a nightmare to get off. Even after waiting for it to dry and using a cotton bud to remove it, it wasn't easy and it ended up taking off my eyeshadow too. Another bad point was that during the day when I happened to look in the mirror I noticed that it had really smudged under my eyes. It had flaked off and made me look like I had panda eyes! Whilst removing this mascara with micellar water I noticed it was even harder to remove than Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara! It wasn't that it necessarily stuck to my lashes, it was more my skin it clung to. I think this is because of the 'tinting' ingredients in it.

...and the ugly

*Can I have a drum roll please*



I know right, no difference! Honestly, I can't even see the slightest of change. I wore this mascara every single day for the past 15 days and kept it on for as long as possible. Maybe it's just my eyelashes as the before and after photo on the Rimmel website looks a lot different to mine?

I really wanted to love this product. I am not saying that I will completely stop using this as like I said I liked the brush but I know that I will not be reaching for it regularly. 

Please let me know if you have used this mascara and if you did like it or like me, found that it didn't exactly do what it said on the tin!

Much love as always, 

Jade x 


Friday, 6 May 2016

Easy Tiger...

Tiger is one of those perfect shops that sells a bit of everything. Last year when my boyfriend and I were moving into our house I visited Tiger a few times. It has a great selection of stationary, party decorations, lunch boxes as well as yoga equipment and even make up! I was drawn into there this time by the pastel colours on display in the window and I thought I would write a little post and show you lot what I bought. At a total of just £6 these 4 items really brightened up my shopping trip!

12 x Pastel Sprinkle Pencils
I work in a school so I am constantly handing out pencils to the children. At just £2 for a pack of 12 I could not resist, they'll go perfectly in my pencil case! 

Pink Sprinkles Notebook
As well as working in a school, I also teach dance. I am always jotting down different routines or even writing down a song I hear that could be great for a cool down. Just £1 for this A5 notebook was such a bargain and it matches my pencils!

50 x Pink Straws
Okay okay, so not quite a necessity but these were too cute to leave in the shop! I am really looking forward to Summer and having BBQ's and I love hosting when our friends come round so I know these will get used up! Plus, on days where I am wearing my favourite lipstick, these will come in handy when I don't want to keep reapplying it! These were also just £1.

Mint Green Lunch Box
I could not believe this lunchbox was only £2! We have so many boxes and we are constantly throwing them out because they get stained or they leak. This one however, has locks on the side! I know it may seem a little sad that I am so happy about a lockable lunchbox but you don't want your salad dressing ruining everything in your bag. It also comes with a little knife and fork and a tiny pot to put your dressing in. With little compartments to separate out your lunch and the choice of Pink, Blue or green this is a definite must have!

I did also buy an extra long lightning cable as all of our chargers have broken and that was just £3. They had that in a range of colours too.

I hope that you enjoyed this little post, if you have bought something in Tiger recently, let me know! I want to know what I have missed!

Much love as always, 

Jade x

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