Liebster Award


Oh my gosh, I'm so overwhelmed to actually be nominated for a blog award! Thank you so much to the amazing Lucy from APotOfVintage (check out her blog) for nominating me! 

I'd actually heard of this award but I never thought I'd nominated. I've learnt that this blog is for bloggers who have less than 200 followers to meet new bloggers/followers. 

The rules are you answer the questions that were set for you and then you set another set of questions and then nominate eleven more bloggers with less than 200 followers. 

My Questions from Lucy:

1    1. Why did you start a blog?
I started a blog because I love writing and I wanted to share my interests with people that were interested in the same sort of things. 
2 . What have you learnt from blogging?
I've learnt that it takes time for people to start reading your blog, bloglovin is amazing and i'm not as boring as I thought I was. 
3 . What is your favourite beauty quote and why?
"Black is the most slimming of all Colors. It is the most flattering. You can wear black at any Time. You can wear it at any age. You can wear it for almost any occasion. I could write a book about black." – Christian Dior
4 . Who is your favourite designer and why?
Probably Jeffery Campbell. I still do not own any of his pieces but they're so up my street and his shoes are just beautiful. 
5 . Which beauty product could you not live without?
Foundation, I hate my skin so I wouldn't be seen without it covered. 
6 . What is your beauty top tip?
If you're not experienced with filling in your eyebrows use an angled brush and eyeshadow powder instead of an eyebrow pencil, because it's easier to get a more natural look. 
7 . Natural or Bright and Bold?
Bright and Bold. 
8 . What is your opinion on Tattooed eyebrows?
If you want them tattooed, get them! But I personally wouldn't. 
9 . Which celebrity inspires your beauty and fashion choices?
I can't say I have a celebrity that actually does. I just wear what I like and I try to keep up to date with the trends. But if I like it and it looks good I'll wear it. 
10. What is your most recent fashion purchase and why?                                                                      I think it was my Boohoo Maddy chunky boots so that I could wear some casual heels for New Years Eve. 
      11. Favourite high street fashion brand?
Topshop/H+M/Missguided


My questions are:
  1. What are your opinions on tattoos?
  2. If you got a tattoo what would it be, where would it be on your body and why would you get it?
  3. What music genre is your favourite?
  4. Trousers/Jeans or Skirts/Dresses? 
  5. What are you favourite shoes and why?
  6. What's your favourite make up brand? 
  7. If you could only visit three shops/stores for the rest of your life (apart from like to get your food shopping/medicine/essentials) what shops would you want them to be?
  8. If you were a sweet/candy what would you be? 
  9. What's your favourite band/music artist?
  10. Have you ever been to a concert and who have you been to see that was your favourite? 
  11. What's your favourite city in the world and why? 

I Nominate...
Lauren from laurenbirdy.blogspot.co.uk
Alice Olivia from ablogbyaliceolivia.blogspot.co.nz
Jennifer from wonderfulflowering.wordpress.com
Lizzie from xbeautymagic.blogspot.co.uk
Brooke from versaceofcouture.blogspot.co.uk
Lyd from lipstickandlyd.blogspot.co.uk
Ruby from ohruby.blogspot.co.uk
Bethan from bethangrace95.blogspot.co.uk
Erin from erinwithlove.blogspot.co.uk
Naomi from nomsbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk
Beki from bekilouisebeauty.blogspot.com






A Thursday night moan...

I am writing this as I sniffle with a cup of blackcurrant flavoured Lemsip (awful times calls for awful measures). Unfortunately for me I was cursed with a cold from yesterday afternoon and I have spend the day at home (instead of at college), watching telly, eating and doing some work.

I thought I'd share with you some of my 'best friends' whilst I have this cold (non-human).

1) Olbas Oil 

Ah, the joy in my eyes as I found a small bottle of this in my drawers before I went to bed. Olbas oil is my saviour when I need to be able to breath during the night. I don't know what it does; I suppose the strong fumes open up your the blockage in your nose so you're able to actually get some kip.



2) Nasel decongestant

I found an Asda's own one of these in my beloved drawer full of wonderful things. It's a bit yucky to think about the fact you're putting up a snotty thing up your nose several times but it's a great way to quickly unblock your nose and it's also pretty fun to use. 


3) Vicks Vapour rub

AMAZING. Whether you have a cold or not this is so much fun to use. I rub it on my chest and throat during the day and when I go to sleep and sometimes I put it underneath my nose (I wouldn't try this yourself because it burns and it doesn't say to do this on the package). 



4) Soothers

Personally, I eat these for fun, but today I actually noticed that my throat had cleared up a lot after eating half a packet of these. I recommend blackcurrant flavour - de-leeeshous. 


5) Blackcurrant Lemsip

Why put yourself through the torture of the awful lemon flavour when you could have blackcurrant? Yum. I just drink this purely because I'm told to. I never notice much difference. 



6) Nivea Pearl Shine Lip Balm

My face and body always feels like crap when I'm ill. My lips tend to dry out so I always rich for my lip balm to make me feel a little bit more 'refreshed'. Thank you Nivea. 


In other news, I have my mock exams next week so I probably won't be able to get a blogpost up until the 31st/1st - sorry! I have a gut feeling I'm not going to pass because I've spent too much time trying to get my photography portfolio and my english coursework finished that I haven't spent much time on revision - silly  Jen! 


Lots of Love

Jen xo





Disclaimer: All images on this blog post were provided by Google images. They belong to their rightful owner. I just couldn't be bothered to get up to take pictures - I'm ill remember! 








Reflection of my 'life'.

So as it is now 2014 I keep saying to myself "jesus, I'm 18 this year" and that's pretty scary to think. I thought i'd reflect on this scary feeling and reminisce on all of the positive things I have achieved in my life so far. When I say so far I probably will only mention from my high school years because anything before that (apart from the fact I got picked to be on the tag rugby team in year 6 and we won a tournament and being the least active person ever this is a huge achievement) didn't really count. 

Meeting Ellis and falling in love
At the end of 2012 I was blessed to have the opportunity to meet Ellis who has become the biggest part of my life. We have experienced so much together within just over a year. He's let me experience 3 holidays with him and his family last year, we've been to Leeds Fest together. I've met somebody who is literally like the person of my dreams, he plays the drums, wants tattoos, grows a good beard, has nice arms and a good back, he doesn't mind my feet or when I have no make up on. He's like my best friend and my boyfriend mixed into one. I never thought I'd meet someone that I'd be able to be so open with. He has let me experience every aspect of being in love and a feeling that I have never felt in my life before and I think that's what's so special about us. I'm just excited for what the future holds now.

Me and Ellis


Surving high school
This is something that you're probably thinking "what??that's pretty easy", but it wasn't for me. I kicked up a stir in year 7 and somehow got the entire population of the upper years to hate me - bad move. This resulted in me getting teased a lot but I actually managed to survive it -woo hoo. I'm also went to an all girls school which added to the bitchyness. It was a hard time for me and not many people knew but it gradually got better and I made it. 

13 years old days...


Passing my GCSEs
Relating to high school I also managed to not fail my GCSEs which I think is a miracle as I rarely did my homework and always seemed to 'lose my work'. Plus I didn't start revising until like two weeks before the exams unlike everybody else so I thought I was doomed. 

Leaving high school :(


New family
I'm lucky to have a great family and my mum, sisters and I are extremely close so when my sister Kimmy became pregnant in 2010 and gave birth to my first nephew, Harry,  I was absolutely over the moon. He is the most abusive and cheekiest little boy in the world but I wouldn't change him for the world. He knows how to cheer me up and I'm so happy that my sister managed to reproduce someone so amazing. Last June she also had another baby and I got my first niece, Grace, who is adorable and always has a cheeky grin on her face. In November, my other sister Sami had a baby girl, Ella, and it was a very stressful time because she was early but to see how happy we all are now was worth the amount of stress it took. I'm so happy to have such cute additions to my family and I love them all so much. 

My family


Prom
Although it wasn't as planned as I dreamed it would be it was still amazing. I got my dress and shoes last minute and they definitely weren't as fancy and expensive as everybody elses but they were just right for me. I loved getting all dressed up, going to a fancy hotel, dancing and going to the after party and even if you think Prom isn't for you, it probably is because it's a great way to say goodbye to everybody from school who you're not going to see again. 

Prom 2013


Festivals
Thanks to my mother hen (shout out to Maddie), I've been to Leeds Festival 4 times since I was 13 - that's cool (to me anyway). I actually LOVE them. I love getting drunk and dancing around to bands with my mum, Ellis, my friends... The festival has introduced me into bands that I would never have heard of before and I've experienced something that really does make me happy (then sad when its over). If you've never experienced one then just go. The price is worth it. £200 to see 100 of bands? £10 per band? £10 for a band like Foo Fighters? Erm, you're never going to be able to see Foo Fighters for £10 anywhere else so on that note - it's worth it. 

2010

2011

2012

2013

Photography
All my life I've loved taking photos. I don't really know why but it's just something fun and interesting. I love colour and I love things. I'm studying it at college now and its so exciting to do and it's developed into something that I'd love to have a career in, especially working with bands or fashion magazines. 

My photography


These are the main things that have been positive aspects in my life and although I'm going to be old soon I'm happy that I've had a lot of positiveness in it and I'm excited to see what the future holds now. 

Lots of Love
Jen xo


January Wishlist

So this month I've started to save money (new years resolutions 'n'all). I think currently this month I've spent money on bottles of water every morning before college (55p each), a Subway cookie (50p), 2 pasties at Greggs (£2) and I think that's it! However, it's my mum's birthday next week and she's 50 so I'm going to have to fork out about £20 (a lot for me) for her present and buy cards etc. I'm also going to go into Manchester tomorrow which will cost me a large sum of £4.50 (I hate having to be an 'adult' now). 
Never-the-less I think I'm doing pretty well at saving this month, I would've usually bought at least a MAC lipstick and some form of clothing by now, but nope...still going strong. 

During my measly 10 days of a spending ban I have thrived over wanting a few things and I thought I'd share them to you...you never know my boyfriend or my mum might read this and treat me to something. Unlikely.


This months wants but can't haves.


1. ASOS PETITE Fluffy Cocoon Coat in Mint. The good ol' boyfriend coat is definitely my temptress this month, and last month. After seeing Tanya Burr buy a pink number in Vlogmas I have been wanting one extremely badly and after making the mistake of spending all of my Christmas money, I am now penny-less and coat-less. This coat is gorgeous and in a pastel shade which is in this spring. I feel like a pop of colour would brighten up all of my monochrome outfits and this particular coat is from the petite section so it won't look too over-sized and wash me out. This coat is £85 and although that's a lot of money, it's bloody good for a coat. 

2. Chella Long Sleeve Collared Boxy Top In Baby Pink.  Missguided is definitely my favourite website to shop from at the moment. Their clothes are fashionable and affordable. Baby Pink is definitely in for Spring and I love the colour as it's girly but add a pair of washed out denim jeans or disco pants and bam, you look fab! I'm also a fan of collars because they look great with jumpers, cardigans, jackets but also without anything. This top is for an affordable £19.99 and I think it would be a great started for a few outfits. 

3. Petite Blackwatch Check Leggings in Green. How have I not bought these yet? Tartan has definitely been my favourite trend for Autumn/Winter, although I was a late starter at it. Topshop do the best quality leggings I have ever bought, they're not too sheer, they're figure flattering and they're so comfortable! I love the petite section for my leggings and jeans as I'm quite small so it's hard to find bottoms that aren't too long, but the petite section is just right. These leggings are only £20 and I'm so close to purchasing a pair. 

4. Pink Chunky Buckle Cut Out Boots. Oh my god. I saw these in River Island just after new year when I went in to find a new purse and they caught my eye straight away. How cute are they? I love cut out boots but I still don't own any and I think these were pretty much made for me. I think they'd look great with a pair of jeans, a plain white t-shirt and frilly socks. These are £45, which I think for a high-street brand is really good compared to the prices of Topshop boots. 

5. Marcia. Fully Loaded Cross Necklace from Regal Rose. This is currently sold out but maybe if I pray it'll come back and maybe have a sale on it? I dream! I love grungy jewelry like this one and I'm a huge fan of silver. 

6. Motel Sapphire Playsuit in Tonal Floral Maroon.  I have always loved Motel clothing but I can never afford it! How beautiful is this playsuit? All the cuts are in the right places and it looks extremely figure flattering. Paired with some black opaque tights and some grungy boots this would look amazing. It's currently £45 but lets pray, for my sake that it goes down in price and then I can purchase it. 



I hope this post interested you. Maybe I gave you a few ideas of what to buy. If I have, buy me some too! I kid. What are you wanting but not able to have this month? Comment below and tell me!

Lots of Love
Jen xo

2013 Beauty Favourites

As you may have realised, 2013 is over and 2014 has begun. Over the 365 days in 2013 I have gathered many new loves of mine in the beauty department. As I am currently in one of those enthusiastic, inspiring, rare moods I'm just going to go ahead and jump straight into it.

Foundation, Concealer, Powder and Bronzers. 


Foundations, Concealer, Powder and Bronzer


If you have read my blog post from my prom experience, you will have read that I was given the fantastic opportunity to have a makeover at Nars and therefore I was able to try out some of their products. Although I loved each product they used on me, two products were my favourite: Nars sheer glow foundation and Nars bronzer in Laguna (read my bronzer section for this). After I attended Leeds Festival I had around £40 left over and I was starting college shortly after and so I wanted to try a much better foundation so I went on and bought Nars Sheer glow foundation in Ceylan. Although it's rare I get this sort of money to buy a high end foundation I love using this foundation for special events such as Christmas and New Years eve. Unfortunately my Nars sheer glow has almost ran out which is a shame but I have found some cheaper alternatives which are nearly as great as it. Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation has been my most recent foundation purchase and the coverage is great for the cheaper price of £10.99. I will definitely be continuing with this for 2014.
Nars Sheer glow foundation in Ceylan and Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation. 

Oh my gosh, why did I not purchase the blogger/youtuber hyped Collection's lasting perfection concealer sooner!? For under £5 the coverage is AMAZING. I have a mole on my chin and with this concealer it pretty much makes it almost invisible, which is my aim. It also just brightens up my face and it lasts all day so I look ripe and healthy ALL DAY. Amazing.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer


Since 2012, I have actually been using MAC's studio fix powder foundation just as a 'loose powder' (if I'm allowed to call it that?). I love it because it makes everything that's too shiny, not shiny. It's also good coverage and I like some coverage. I should be the likes to be covered gal. That sounds stupid actually maybe I'll steer clear of that nickname. Anyway, I love this as a powder. It's great.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC20
Bronzer this year has become my best friend. Since learning how to bloody contour at last, I have miraculously had bones on my face I didn't know existed and I have felt a lot more confident about my face in general, thanks to Nars bronzer in Laguna. THIS IS NOT OVER-HYPED. It's actually as amazing as everyone says it is. It's just the right shade for any skin tone, so it's just bloody brill.
Nars Bronzer in Laguna


Eye shadows, Eye liner and Mascara. 
Eye shadows, Eye liners and Mascara. 


For me, I have only just started to become confident in eye make up and so my 'collection' of shadows isn't really a collection. For my birthday Ellis, my boyfriend, treated me to my first Urban Decay palette which was the Ammo palette. Although this isn't really acceptable for a day time look, I love this palette for any of my evening looks, whether I am partying, going to a meal or going to the cinema. It contains some beautiful neutral shimmer shades but my favourites are Smog and Sin which I use very often.
Urban Decay's Ammo Palette. 


I don't wear eyeliner as much as I used to but now and again my go-to eyeliner is Loreal's superliner in Black and it's still going strong after buying it over a year ago and the line is pretty perfect, even with my awful attempts at winged liners.

Loreal's Superliner


My favourite mascara has only recently come into my life after seeing my friend Amy use it in college. It's the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless. I loved the packaging for starters, it's a neon metallic limey-yellow packaging - how fun. But it really is a great mascara because my lashes don't get clumped anymore which used to be a big problem of mine.

Rimmel's Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara


Lipsticks


My favourite lipsticks of 2013

As you may have noticed I have only written "lipsticks" and not the whole, lip glosses, stains etc. This is due to the fact, although trying out several lip glosses this year, I am definitely a lipstick junkie and wear my lipsticks 95% - ish of the time. My favourites this year have been Rebel, Lady Danger, Russian Red and Cyber by MAC - all dark lipsticks because I think they suit me more than most others.

MAC's Rebel, Lady Danger, Russian Red and Cyber. 




This is all for my 2013 beauty favourites! What were yours? Tell me in the comments, I'd love to know!

I hope you're all having a wonderful 2014 already.

Lots of Love

Jen xo