Tuesday, 9 August 2011

August FML

First things first.

Loads of crap has been going on in England the last few days and it’s pretty frightening. I am going to say no more but its horrifying that people thing it’s acceptable to act the way they have been. I don’t follow any religion or anything. I live by one code.

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EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY

I think more people should.

Onto other less pressing matters. Look what I found!

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It does look cheap as hell but it’s cute! I got it from a charity shop, I was a tiny bit worried I’d find some old lady knickers inside but someone had done a through job cleaning it out! No hidden knick knacks to be found.

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Love the detail! This one is coming on holiday fo sho!

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Best bit haha! I’ve never really scoured the charity shops in my local town before but defo will check it out more now! I thought I’d be full of dead ladies M&S belongings……

Loving the things I got the other day! Here is a photo of my wearing a few of my new goodies…

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It looks a bit off as I had to crop my friend out and I was already a bit tiddly, good old Natch!

I was wearing Bourjois Healthy Mix, Topshop Neon Rose blush with Nars Deep Throat on top, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, St Tropez Illuminator and Nars Laguna. I’m wearing Nars Dogon on my eyes with a bit of Urban Decay liner and Prestige My Biggest Lashes mascara.

It was my friend’s dad’s 60th with a marquee in his huge garden and fireworks and LOTS of cider! Ended with me trying pistachios for the first time (I know) NOMNOMNOMNOM. All in all good weekend.

Another good thing of this week is something that has been pretty awesome for a good few years now.

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The Wire, if you didn’t know already, is ace. I’ve watched it all before but pretty sporadically (Clueless expanding my vocabulary) and my brother got me all 5 series on DVD for Christmas. This is my first chance to actually plough through and watch them one after another. That is Omar Little and he is one of my faves. If you get a chance, watch it. And it might seem a little boring and slow going but persevere, it’s epic!

The last point of this random ramble…I’m trying to watch more films. I like them and after years of falling asleep halfway through I can now just about stay conscious for 90 minutes so I figured I should make use of this ‘talent’. My ex was a film lover and I feel kinda out of the loop now, can any of you help a brother out with some suggestions please? Doesn’t have to be new, just good. I’m willing to watch almost anything….

Wow well done if you’ve made it…. hope your having good weeks! xo

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Experimental FOTD

Hm, maybe that was a bit extreme. It’s experimental for me but not necessarily for anyone else…

I was procrastinating (if ever I had a talent, this would be it) yesterday and thinking about any makeup looks I want to try. I remembered Kim Kardashian sported a double winged liner look aggges ago and thought it might be worth a go. These last few weeks I’ve been working on my winged liner, why not double the fun?!

So I kind of chickened out of doing both wings with actual liner liner and this is where I ended up…

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Argh I have no idea why my eyebrows look so straggly, they look fine in real life. Maybe a small trim is in order.

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And a gormless face. What a treat for you all!

Face – MAC Studio Moisture Tint in Light, GOSH Touch Up concealer in 1, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in 2, Nars Deep Throat blush, St Tropez Illuminator in Rose, Accessorize bronzer in Monaco, Guerlain Meterorites Perles in 02

Eyes – MAC Painterly paint pot, MUA Heaven and Earth palette, No7 cream eyeliner

Lips – MAC Gentle Simmer

I took loads of full face pictures but the lighting was appalling, this was the best of a bad bunch. And I OD’d on the bronzer and had to do a bit of blendy blendy blending which muddied up the colours a little. No mind, it was only to a local old man pub, I felt overdone as it was.

I quite like the No7 cream liner, a bit late on the bandwagon seeing as you can’t get it any more…I was under the impression it would run everywhere but I’ve worn it on a few sweaty nights out lately and it’s held up great! You hardly need any too so it will hopefully last until the end of time.

What do you think? Do you take much inspiration from celebrities? I don’t really pay much attention to celebrities so I draw more from what I see on blogs…not that I am experimental in the first place……

Friday, 5 August 2011

Ballin.

I don’t know what ballin or balling means. I have Destiny’s Child Greatest Hits CD in my car and balling is just about every other word on that album. From what I can gather it is something to do with money….. I feel so down with the kids. Like Baaaddad from Adam & Joe…..anyone? If any of you can explain balling to me in 60 words or less I’d appreciate it : )

Anyway onto more pressing matters. The today I finished work early and went to meet my mum in town for a bit of late afternoon shoppage. Luckily she had to stay at work a bit longer so I had a while to peruse the shops by myself. She gets pissed off if I buy more makeup y’see. Not that her disapproval stops me.

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This picture really makes the bag seem bigger than it is. I was thinking at work about what I would like to buy, I need clothes including a maxi skirt (love having cool legs when it’s hot without having to shave/fake tan!) and I have been admiring the Clarins summer bronzer, the mosaic one. But if I’m thinking about that, why not Dior Aurora? I think watching Wayne’s World the other day brought Aurora back into my subconscious. In fact, this is what happened…

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Dogon duo eyeshadow and Laguna bronzer. The gent at SpaceNK in Harvey Nichols was great. In fact, two of the three nice people I have encountered in that beauty department have been on the SpaceNK bit. One of the ladies on Shu Uemura was the rudest I’ve ever come across but that’s another tale.

Textbook shit photo:

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A trip to Bristol isn’t complete without a minor scavenge in either Boots or Superdrug

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Famous bronzer in Bali (half price!) and 3 more pout paints. I know. The more swatches I see the more I want them alllllll muaha. I now have added Peachy Keen, Minx and Rosette to my collection. Woo and yay indeed.

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My mad photography skillz boggle the mind.

High point of the day – a (probably) mentally unstable man telling me I had a pretty dress on. Plus the nice man in SpaceNK and purchasing. One of my true loves.

What do you think guys?

Also I have a birthday coming up in around 6 weeks, do you have any suggestions for upcoming things I might like but not be able to afford?

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Vs: Night Time Hair Care

Bonjourno! I hope this finds you well!

Just a little un today for a change! I have said before how I am trying to make an effort with my hair. Until a few months ago it was such a birds nest I didn’t really brush it. It was just too much effort. However since the purchase of the Tangle Teezer etc it is behaving much better!

I wear cream on my face while I’m asleep, why not try something on my hair to maintain it? I have had the Umberto Giannini product for a few months and the L’Oreal a few weeks. I have been using them alternately and here are my thoughts…

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Essentially they both claim the same thing, healthy looking shiny hair with a lightweight formula that won’t need rinsing and won’t stain your pillow.

Hm.

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On the left is Umberto Giannini, right is L’Oreal.

You can see the L’Oreal formula looks more fluid and lightweight, the UG one is more of a heavy cream. I use one pump of the L’Oreal which is a little more than the amount there, more than enough to cover the ends of my hair. I try to use the same amount of the UG but as it is in a tube the amount is much more difficult to control. As it is more stodgy it is also harder to distribute evenly through my hair.

The UG balm feels heavier on my hair and takes longer to ‘dry’….it kind of sets more than dries actually. It’s hard to describe, if I touch my hair I get residue even if it’s not a actual tangible amount my hands feel like they have stuff on them. Does that make sense? The L’Oreal one does dry pretty quickly and leaves my hair feeling soft like it is actually conditioning it, as opposed to coating it.

As for pillow residue and a no rinse formula? You know what I’m going to say. I feel like I have to have a towel over my pillow with the UG one and it does nothing for the condition of my hair. I have experimented with amounts but it rarely feels any different. I would not feel comfortable going out the next day without washing my hair. On the other hand the L’Oreal just sinks in leaving no residue, just silky smooth ends.

No contest. L’Oreal wins. The UG one is £5.61 from Boots, the L’Oreal one was around the same price when I had my eye on it a few months ago but my Mum got it for me for under £4 on one of those clearance shelves they have at the end of aisles sometimes. I guess this means it might be being discontinued so if you see it and fancy trying, snag it!

I really like L’Oreal’s Elvive range, I really wish they weren’t such massive animal testers. Sort it out!

What do you think? Have you ever used anything like this? I need recommendations! I am almost out of my Elvive Full Restore 5 spray thing as well, it’s kind of like a leave-in conditioner. I love it, it has without a doubt improved the condition of my hair but I hesitate to repurchase because of the animal testing. Any alternative suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

xoxo (I feel like Gossip Girl)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Things I Can’t Live Without: Zwei

Gutentag! I trust you ladies have had a good start to the week? Here it is nothing but work, work, work! However the light at the end of the tunnel is my family holiday in 2 and a half weeks to Paris/Holland including a day in EURODISNEY woop! I LOVE Disneyland. I don’t care if I’m 23, I watched Disney films growing up, know the words to what is probably too many Disney songs and can kick anyone’s ass at Disney Trivia. Apart from my brother but only when I’m having a mare of a game. It’s not even the films and characters, the rides themselves are ace! I defy you to find a ride at Alton Towers that will shit (pardon my French) you up as much as Tower of Terror. Cannot be done.

Upcoming travels aside, I thought today I’d talk about something that has been an absolute lifesaver in recent months. I lie, it doesn’t literally save lives but it does make mine a lot easier.

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I know I bitch about it a lot on here but placements during my course make my life mental. Not least because as well as working full time hours, often with a long commute, and having uni work on top is exhausting. You also have to be interested, know what is going on and be able to answer questions at the drop of a hat. Try staying alert and keen for an entire day at work, seriously, it’s horrible. I can barely stay conscious on a normal day let alone interested in whats going on around me. On top of all that, the mad patients, the angry patients, the upset patients, all the hard work and loving care I have put into my nails goes tits up. I’m a biter when stressed as it is, factor in hardcore hand washing and alcohol gel and you’ve got a dry, scaly splitty mess. Once one of my nails split about two thirds of the way down towards my nail bed sideways. It caught on everything and I had to cut/bite my nail down all that way. Needless to say it bled a fair bit and cained like a mofo. then the next week the exact same thing happened to my other thumbnail. I would have bitten both thumbs off, if it wasn’t likely that it would hurt more.

Back to the OPI Nail Envy. I won this in a giveaway at the end of last year/start of this year and have used it as a base coat for almost every manicure since. It is the only base coat that has ever made a noticeable difference in my nails themselves as well as the wear of polish. Whereas before my nails were splitting, parched and breaking at the drop of a hat, nowadays they are strong and resilient. They are long! For me at least, long nails was never an option before as no matter how hard I tried to behave and not use my nails to do silly things one would break doing the stupidest task and I’d have to file them all down. No longer the case! In fact if they do break it is usually a tiny chip which can be filed away easily losing minimal length. Win!

On the box, which I have helpfully thrown away despite being a packaging fiend, it says to use this as a strengthening treatment, layering on one coat a day until the end of the week when you remove it and start again. I haven’t ever done this, just using it as a base coat and still find it makes a great change in a matter of weeks though I guess this would depend on the rate your nails grow.

I know this is a great big gushing rant but a picture tells a thousand words

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Definite repurchase.

I know there are probably better base coats out there nail application wise but this is fast drying, easy to apply thanks to the pro-wide brush or whatever it is, and does what it says. If it can heal my fugly nails lord knows what this stuff is capable of.

OPI Original Nail Envy is £18.55 from Lena White. Truth be told, I was considering this before I won it and baulking at the price. Now I wouldn’t hesitate to repurchase.

If you have got this far, congratulations! I now have two small favours to ask of you. I am hoping to go on holiday with a few friends in early-mid September. Somewhere beachy but where we can also party. It is my first holiday with friends since the end of GCSE’s and after 4 years of living in a cave I want to go somewhere I can let my hair down! Do you guys have any suggestions? Cheap as possible!

In preparation for the aforementioned holiday (the Paris/Holland one doesn’t matter so much as I will rarely be in a bikini I’m sure! Minnie doesn’t want to see that!) I have started trying to lose a bit of weight. I have no idea what calories are in things and how much I burn exercising so to help I’ve signed up to My Fitness Pal to help my keep an eye on things. If you are on it then find me, my username is jadeylou15. Hopefully the peer pressure of people seeing how much of my diet is potato will put a stop to it!

Hope you are all having good weeks, I hate that it is August already and the amount of sun we have had this year adds up to about 3 weeks total! Sadfaces all round! xo

Drink. Feck. Girls.

In this instance, Feck.

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Clear effing fake tan?!?!?!?! Whatever made me think that wouldn’t go tits up?!

Top isn’t as bad as my leg is browner than it looks here but the bottom…

I cropped out the stubble and joggers. I am basically the female Onslow from Keeping Up Appearances. If you need reminding/have no idea who I’m talking about….

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Add a bit of mascara, shit load of concealer because my brother had a party till 5am with load music last night and I have to get up at 6:30 for work and you have me!

Karma, one of the girls he invited got really drunk and weed in his bed.