Friday, 22 July 2016

I Reached 1000 Followers on Instagram Giveaway...

I was so happy to finally reach 1000 followers on my Instagram page the other day! I love Instagram and I really enjoy commenting on photos and finding new accounts. I get so many lovely comments as well so I wanted to say "Thank-you" by hosting a giveaway!

To make this extra special I wanted the prizes to be products I actually like and use myself so here they are...

1. NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream 'Milan'
2. NYX Cosmetics Eyeshadow 'Gold Lust'
3. NYX Cosmetics HD Blush 'Hamptons'
4. Barry M Gelly Nail Varnish 'Rose Hip'
5. Benefit Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Tint 'Posie Tint' (Mini size)

Instagram Entry - All you have to do is Follow me on Instagram (@jadeannloves) 'like' the photo and tag someone in the comments and say why you like following them or why they inspire you. 

Twitter Entry - To enter on Twitter you will need to follow me (@jadeannloves) and retweet the giveaway tweet which is pinned to my profile.
Closing Date is my Birthday 16th August!
You are allowed to enter on Instagram and Twitter. I will then put all of the names into a randomiser and allow that to choose my winner. Nice and fair!

Unfortunately due to posting restrictions this giveaway is UK only. 
You must be older than 16 to enter.

So if you would like to be in with a chance of winning these prizes then head on over to my Twitter and Instagram pages! Good luck to you all and thank-you for following :) 

Much love as always, 

Jade x 


Sunday, 17 July 2016

How To Use Props In Blog & Instagram Photography...

I knew when I started my blog back in October '15 time that photography and my 'theme' would be important to me. I've always been a very creative person and I love making anything look pretty! From birthday cards to hosting dinner parties I always try my best to make it look that extra bit special. Recently my Instagram theme has become very pink. I didn't intentionally make it that way I think it was a mix of the flowers I was buying and the make-up too. However, now I want to share my photography prop tips with you. You may not want to have a theme and just simply want some ideas on how to spruce up your photos so I hope that some of these ideas help you out. 

Anyway, let's get started...


If you have been following me for a while you will notice I love flowers. Fresh or fake I think they brighten up any room and photo and that is why I always have them around. I have a few bunches of fake flowers of which I have bought from The Range for under £5 each. You can put these in vases or even just place them on the background. My background for my photos is the top of a chest of drawers which is clean and white. When I buy fresh flowers I normally buy them from Lidl as a small bunch of roses in there costs only £2 and they last a good fortnight too. With these I like to cut the stems small on 3 or 4 flowers and put them in a washed out jam pot! There's really no need to go out and buy lots of vases. Kilner jars make a great vase too. If I want to change up my photo style I also like to pick a few of the petals off and sprinkle them around the product I am taken a photo of. This just adds more to the photo and creates more colour and vibrancy rather than just a white background.
Jade's little tip* Remember roses have thorns, handle with care! (Speaking from experience!)
Cost £2-£5



Yet again another easy way to jazz up your photography is by using pieces of jewellery. Primark does great packs of rings which would be perfect to use.
 They are great to fill the empty space and you can mix and match between rings, necklaces and even metals. I also use this cute little soap dish which I bought from Sainsbury's here is a similar one. You can of course buy a jewellery dish but they are pretty much the same and some cost a fair few pound more. 
Cost £3+


Once you have bought your items don't throw away that 5p bag it can come in very handy! Obviously ditch the plastic carrier bag and recycle it but a lot of make-up and perfume products now come in fancy bags which are perfect for your photography. I personally only use these bags/boxes with products of the same brand and you may think it looks a little 'too staged' for your style of photographs but I quite like it. 
Cost 5p

Perfume Bottles...

These perfume bottles may have been finished months ago but they are great 'background' props. They fill the background and give the photo a dressing table feel. Because of the silver detailing on them I like to match them with silver jewellery.

Frames & Fairy Lights...

I haven't been using fairy lights recently but when I was taking these photos I fell in love with them again! I bought mine for under £1 from Amazon and they work great. They aren't very long but they are great to drape over the white background and obviously brighten up the photo. You may need to adjust your lighting/camera settings when using these. Frames with pretty pictures or quotes in are great for giving your photos more levels. I bought the white one from Ikea and the copper one from New Look in the sale. The cupcake image is actually a postcard that my Mum bought me last year. 

Cost £1-£3


Books & Magazines... 

Yet again another great way of adding more levels to your photos. For those that know me well will laugh at my choice of books here- Kim K's picture book and 2 cupcake recipe books! I am not the biggest reader as you can tell! However, when they are stacked up they are great for resting products on. Magazines are also another great addition to any photo, I didn't have any at hand but you will have seen lots in posts all over Instagram. Also, don't feel like you have to buy Vogue if it's really not your thing. Some home & lifestyle magazines or other fashion magazines have some great images in that will look fantastic in the background of your snaps.
Cost £2+

For a lot of you these may seem pretty obvious props to have already but I just wanted to show you how easy it is to jazz up your images and make them stand out. Also, you don't have to spend a fortune. I've heard of people using marble chopping boards and even coloured card to use as their background so it is really up to you and your imagination! 

Let me know if you use any of these or if I have helped you in anyway. 
Much love as always, 
Jade x


Sunday, 10 July 2016

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Review...

This is one of the most Instagrammed and reviewed fake tans, if you haven't heard enough of it and want to find out a little bit more then please keep reading...

As much as I loved this tan straight away I wanted to use it a couple of times before I wrote a review about it. I originally featured it back in my "May Favourites..." post where I said I had seen it feature in one of Lydia Elise Millen's Youtube videos. Now that I have used it multiple times I feel I am ready to give a better review about it.


I bought my bottle in Boots for £14.99. Although I have used many fake tans in my time, this is the most expensive one I have bought. However, the 150ml bottle is still going strong and I reckon I have applied it to my full body and face 6+ times so, for £14.99 it is definitely worth it. 


As I have dry skin and I have a few very dry patches on my legs and arms I would definitely recommend using a gradual tan moisturiser before applying this oil. The one time I did not do this I did have a noticeable streak on my arm. Now, I know this is partly my fault but the tan doesn't have much colour to it when you apply it so it can be hard to see where you have rubbed it in. Using a gradual tan moisturiser helps to reduce streaks and for me, it helps the liquid gold oil not stick to any dry patches. 


I would definitely say that this is one of the most long lasting fake tans I have ever used! I moisturise every day and most days I use an exfoliator and both of these help the liquid gold to fade nicely without it being patchy. Obviously the more you have on the more you will notice it fade back to your natural colour like any other self tanning product but it gradually fades back and I haven't found it to build up in certain areas either.


This is one of my favourite things about this product, it is such a natural colour. It is definitely more of an 'olive' shade and I haven't found it to be orange at all. Personally on my skin it is the same colour all over and I apply one more layer to my legs than arms because they have been out of the sun more. 


Now unfortunately this is a negative point. Bondi Sands states this product has a "Coconut scent" but I really don't agree with this. Although it is great because you do not have to wash it off, you can apply it in the morning and let it develop throughout the day unless I am staying in the house I haven't done this simply because of the smell. I mean it's not unbearable, it just has that 'fake tan' smell so if you are used to that then this probably isn't a big deal for you. However, as I teach dance and work out a lot I don't want to be sweating with the aroma of biscuits or whatever you think that fake tan smell is!


Like I said, this is definitely one of the best fake tans I have used and I will continue using it. Currently I am using the St Tropez gradual tan with it but I am hoping to buy the Bondi Sands lotion too which is only £11.99. I can definitely see what all of the hype is about so if you see it in your local drug store then pick up a bottle and let me know what you think!

  • Great colour
  • Great longevity on the skin
  • The bottle also lasts for many applications
  • Smells strongly of fake tan
  • Subtle colour so you can't always tell where you are applying it

Thanks for reading, I hope that this has given you a bit more information about this great tanning oil! Let me know what you think of it in the comments!
Much love as always, 
Jade x

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