Friday, 10 February 2017

My current favourites


So I have been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now, but with moving house it just wasn’t possible. I wanted to put this up at the end of January but now its just the current beauty items I have been loving.

I received this for Christmas from Dan alone with the it’s raining men shower gel. I suffer from really  bad eczema, on my arms, legs and body so he did a little research and found out what were the best things recommended from Lush.
I absolutely love the dream cream, this obviously isn’t great from really raw eczema as for that its best to get something from the doctor. However I have found that using this every evening and throughout the day if I’m feeling a little bit dry. Is working amazingly, I have been using this since Christmas and I’m finally starting to feel as though I’m in control a little more with my eczema. It has really cleared up and I’m loving it.
Its lovely and rich and takes no time at all to hydrate the skin, on the back of the product it states that as it contains oat milk its perfect for helping with Eczema prone skin. With it being a lush product, I wasn’t sceptical to try it what so ever, as you always know they use great ingredients which are always trusted for the skin

As mentioned I received this for Christmas also, I have also been using this a lot. It contains a high percentage of honey, which as you can imagine smells incredible and some how makes you feel like your doing good things for your skin. 

I have recently written a blog post about this as I have been loving it so much. I use this product every night with either a muslin cloth or a flannel to cleanse my skin and remove any make up or dirt. If you haven’t already you need to try this!

Since trying the cleanse and polish and loving it, i decided I had to try more Liz Earle products. One of my friends swears by this moisturiser so I thought i would give it a whirl. I haven’t looked back, this product has completely blown me away. My skin has honestly never felt so good, my skin feels so moisturised I never have any dry patches. Its such as great base before make up as well. I normally apply one pump to my skin in the morning or under make up and just under 2 pumps in the evenings. I really enjoy this product, I feel I need to delve a little deeper into the land of Liz Earle.

I receive this product in the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty advent calendar, I have heard so many people talk about this product always wanted to try it. Mixed with my other new skin care favourite this month, I just feel my skin is in a great place at the moment. I use this product 2-3 times a week, by squeezing some product onto a oval cotton pad. I then swipe this over my entire face avoiding my eye and lips. I don’t often get breakouts apart from at my time of the month, but I have noticed they are clearing so much quicker and the scaring isn’t sticking around for long at all!

Zara Femme (perfume)
I love this perfume if you haven’t smelt its you need to try it, luckily my best friends got me another bottle for my birthday so I can now carry one in my handbag and one at home. I do feel like you need to top it up a little throughout the day however, it doesn’t really bother me as the price reflects that.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what my current favourites are, what are you currently loving?
Jade
xx

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Liz Earle - Cleanse and Polish (review)

I received this cleanser for Christmas. I have always heard good things about it, but I have never really not been using something I loved enough to contemplate buying it. 

The way I use it is to wet my face a little bit, then use one pump on to my fingertips and massage it into my skin. I find that wetting my face a little before application really helps with removing mascara otherwise it takes a while to get it off. Then using a warm flannel or a muslin cloth I gently remove the product from my skin. I find that its a great way to give your skin a gentle exfoliation whilst cleansing.
This product is great for oily combination skin, It always leaves my skin feeling incredibly cleansed. I use this in mornings and evening, sometimes to remove make up and sometimes to just cleanse my skin in general. I love the scent its really fresh, also rather relaxing as well.
Another great thing about this product is the packaging, the fact that it has a pump ensures you only use as much as you need and there isn't any wasted product, Its mess and hassle free which its fab.
I know that there are thousands of reviews of this product out there, I just thought I would share my opinion with you, I have literally used this product everyday since Christmas and my skin has never felt so good.

Monday, 16 January 2017

2016

I am fully aware I have been off the blogging radar for over a year, however I used to absolutely love blogging, writing and photography, so this year I have made it my goal to get back into it. Not a resolution because who even sticks to them..

So 2016 was one hell of a year, so I thought i would share some of my favourite photos and memories from the year with you. I am hoping to post at least once a month from today, obviously I am aiming for more but Im setting myself a little target. Anyway I am boring you with this so here are some of my moments.

To begin the year me, my boyfriend (Dan), Anna and Josh, moved into a lovely house in the centre of Norwich. It couldn't have been more perfect, the house is lovely we and nearly a year on we are all still the best of friends.

A week after we moved in, we held a moving in/my birthday/ Annas birthday party! It was great we invited lots of friends it was a great way to start off the time in our house.

We had many a night out and night in, way too many drinks, games of monopoly in which lasted hours. We also went through a phase where we bought a Playstation 2 and we were obsessed with  SingStar.



Days out with my beautiful nephew and boyfriend.

In April my incredible sister ran the London Marathon, so me and Dan head off to drive down to London however 20 miles into our journey I made the shocking realisation that I forgot to fill up with petrol. After bickering about me wrong and I should have stopped at the last petrol station. Anna and josh came to the rescue with a jerry can. 
The next day was very emotional, charley got ready and left early to make it to the starting point and then we met her at the 3 mile check point. We then began to make our way around London, tracking her on our phones and trying to see her at as many check points as possible. At every checkpoint we saw her, we were very lucky every moment was emotional. The cheering and the chanting and even the occasional tear, we followed charley around as she ran for such an incredible cause. We were the most emotional at the last check point before the finish line, I believe it was mile 24 and oh my word, the sheer emotion was like nothing I have ever felt before. Watching other runners in agony but powering through, I have never seen anything so moving. We were all oozing with pride.


On the 30th of April Arabella Jane, was welcomed to the world Dan's brothers baby girl. I will remember the moment forever, walking out of the hospital my ovaries were aching! I have never been so broody in my entire life. 


In May me, my dad, step mum, stepsisters flew to malaga for a short break, unfortunately due to my annual leave I was only able to go for 3 nights however it was so nice, It was so relaxing. It was so lovely to be able to spend some quality time with all my family being in the same place at the same time. 


At the end of May me, Anna and Sophie drove to the O2 to watch Busted, we had such a great evening.

Me, Dan and Josh went canoeing on the Norfolk Broads, it was a great afternoon. However i wasn't quite aware how much effort actually went into canoeing...
We arrived at a pub and had a quick drink then it was time to get back onto the canoe before out time slot ran out. I have never been so happy to see dry land at the end of this.


6th of August was Dans birthday, I planned a day of activities for us and all of our friends. As Dan really enjoyed canoeing the weekend before I thought we would go to the Waffle House for breakfast, then drove back to Salhouse Broad for another afternoon of canoeing. However this time there were eight of us so it was a little different. Also quite stressful to ensure we all didn't collide but also stayed out of the way of boats... this was proving quite difficult at the beginning. Then in the evening we had an evening of activities at home, we had a BBQ played beer pong, gender games, mr and mrs and had a few drinks.



A couple of days later, Me and Dan packed the car up and drove to Cornwall for a little holiday, we stayed at 3 different hotels as we wanted to see as much as we could before we had to come back to norfolk. So we spent a night in Looe  two nights in Newquay and a night in Poole Dorset. We had a great time, We love Cornwall since we went in 2015. 



At the end of August I went to London to spend the weekend with my Dad, Step mum, step sisters and their partners for my Step mums birthday. We had a lovely time, we went for drinks in Richmond  drove through richmond park looking for deer and then Saturday night we went out in Wimbledon Village for a few drinks. 


My Auntie came to visit us before my cousins went back to school, we took a day trip to the beach which was really lovely. We had fish and chips on the quay and took the tiny train back to the car park.


On the 4th of October my nephew Jacob was welcomed into the world! As you can see this was a year of beautiful babies and a year of me feeling incredibly broody. Jacob made Zachary a big brother and he is an amazing big brother!

Halloween, we decided to throw a Halloween party we all obviously dressed up and made sure everyone we invited dressed up too. Me, Anna and Sophie got a little too distracted in hosting the party, we accidentally left buying an outfit until the last minute. In the end we bought some cheerleader outfits from Wilkos and went as Zombie Cheerleaders. We had a great night everyone's outfits were amazing!
Also I thought I would show you a picture of my Nephew dressed up because, he looks so cute!
Bonfire night we took a walk into the centre of Norwich to watch the fireworks, they are let off from the castle they are always great. 
Christmas I had an amazing Christmas this year, since we were now in our own place we bought a real tree, four of us drove to Homebase to pick out a tree. Four people trying to pick out a tree was hard enough, let alone trying to fit a Christmas tree in the back of a Ford Fiesta with four people. Dan bought me a M&S beauty advent calendar which was amazing.  I had the best Christmas, I spent the day with my mum and then we had Christmas as a 'house' a couple of days later.


New year, we spent the new year at home. We had a few of our closest friends round. We decided to stay in as, all in all we couldn't remember the last time we spent a new year in the comfort of our own home all together. We had a Casino night, we played a variety of different games, roulette, exploding kittens (card game) and blackjack.

2017 Is going to be very different to this year, Me and Dan are actually moving home with my Mum to start saving for a mortgage, its a big step in our lives and very scary. We would love to stay living with friends for another couple of years but we both really want to buy somewhere so in order to do so we need to make some sacrifices. 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Homemade festive chocolates

Me and my Mum decided that we would make some festive chocolates, she loves baking and creating new things. Probably where I get it from, so tonight we took it upon ourselves to make some delicious delights.

We only used cheap chocolate, as we haven't done this with the different ingredients before, so we bought a fair few bars of tesco value chocolate. I am fully aware that these won't have the best flavour but as we were adding a number of various different flavours  so we didn't see the problem. 
Ingredients
Morello Cherries
Satsumas
Lemon
Raisins
White Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
You can add anything you want to your chocolate but this is just what we added.
Method
Zest one orange
Zest one lemon
Dice cherries
I did all this at the beginning to be prepared.
Then over a pan of boiling water we placed a bowl and melted down the chocolate, when it was all melted we filled the moulds half way and added the desired ingredients, after adding this we would then fill the mould to the top with the rest of the chocolate and place into the freezer for a short time. 
We left ours in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes, but obviously you can adjust the time if needed. You can also place them into the fridge to set if preferred.
We removed them from the freezer and popped them out of their moulds, as we used silicon moulds this was very easy.
You can decorate the chocolates if desired or leave them as they are.

I couldn't believe how easy these were to make and such a beautiful homemade christmas gift to receive. It was also such a lovely thing to be able to do with my mum. My favourite were by far the chocolate orange they were amazing, as were the others.
Thanks for reading
Jade
x

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

My top 5 make up brushes

I have been wanting to do this post for a while now, as I really wanted to share my thoughts with you all.
From left to right
one - realTECHniques Contour brush
Like all of these brushes I use this every day, I use this to apply my contour and highlight. I love the shape of this brush as it is small enough to fit in the groves of your face. But big enough to distribute the product evenly. This brush is a real winner for me, I bought this as part of the Core Collection. You can buy this at Boots by following this link.
two - realTECHniques Expert face brush
Obviously I love this also, however I can't find anything else that does the same job, I feel like this is so consistent in being excellent when blending and applying foundation. I don't feel like it hold onto too much product either which is brilliant. I feel like it will be very hard for me to find anything that matches the quality of finish this leaves me which every day. You can also pick this product up in boots, I will leave the link here for you to have a browse.
three - Sephora Classic crease shadow brush
I bought this brush when I was in Paris in January, every time I apply any type of eye shadow. I use this brush for blending as Its easy to get into my crease to distribute all the product. Although last time I washed it I didn't dry it properly so it looks a little bedraggled. You can buy this online from Sephora though this link.
four - realTECHniques blush brush
I think that this was one of the first make up brushes I ever bought It was a few years ago now, but I don't remember ever disliking this product. I used to use it for applying blusher for the past few months I have been using it to apply bronzer, as I feel it is the right size for my face. The bronzing brush I had before seemed stupidly large. This just allows me to focus on a certain area for application. You can pick this product up also on boots by following this link.
five - Avon
I'm not sure of the name of this brush as it has rubbed of the side of the brush, but I bought it from Avon, I believe it was to be used as a liner brush. But I love it for doing my brows, it is the perfect size and is flexible when using brow wax or powder. I love this brush, as you can imagine it was cheap from Avon but does a fantastic job. I can't find any links to this product online but if you have a Avon book you may be able to find it. 

Thank you so much for reading.
Jade
x

Monday, 30 November 2015

Gingerbread Men

My mum made some gingerbread men the other day, they were lovely. So I thought I would give the recipe a go and share my thoughts with you all. I love making gingerbread as they not only taste amazing, but they make the entire house smell like christmas!

Ingredients
125 grams butter
150 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 egg
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
175 grams of soft brown sugar

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
Sift together all the dry ingredients apart from the sugar, proceed to add the sugar and butter then blend until crumbed. You can use hands to do this, continue until it looks like breadcrumbs. Then stir in the sugar.
Beat the egg and golden syrup together in a separate bowl then add to the current mixture until all the mixture clumps together. Remove the mixture from the bowl onto a flat surface, knead for a short amount of time. Then wrap the dough in clingfilm or place into food bag, then pop it in the fridge for about 15 - 20 minutes.
Remove from fridge, place on a floured surface and roll to desired thickness, the thiner the better as will rise slightly. Begin to cut out with desired cutter and place onto a baking tray (covered in baking paper)ensure you leave gaps in between your gingerbread as the do spread slightly during baking. 
Place into your preheated oven for around 8-12 minutes, just keep checking on them because they cooked in about 9 minutes in my oven. 
When cooked place on to wire cooling rack to cool completely then ice or serve as desired.

Jade
x



Sunday, 8 November 2015

Explaination

Sooo on the fifth of October I flew to the USA to embark on what I thought was the biggest adventure of my life so far. I had a great first week in New York with all the girls who truly made it. I then arrived in New Jersey on Friday the ninth, for the first couple of days it was amazing. Then I began to realise that it wasn't what I signed up for. Im not going to go into too much detail about what happened because I don't think it is necessary. But I flew home (to England) on the eighteenth of october. I just wanted to write to ensure that I kept you In the loop also so you all knew what country I was in. I spent a week with my family in New Jersey, I spent a lot of time with Alana (my only friend) but I had a blast we didn't get to do all we wanted but we spent time drinking hot chocolate, watching movies and eating food. Basically Im back home in England, I have been here for a few weeks and I'm getting back into the swing of things. I was going to write this post earlier but to be honest I didn't feel ready, the whole thing was very emotional and I'm just getting used  to everything.
 I have no regrets.

Jade
x