Jenna’s Blog | Part 3

Howdo,

Tayla’s mum here with just a quick bit of waffle about my hair products.

I have to be very careful as I suffer with dermatitis on my scalp which will flare in to psoriasis if I’m not careful.  My doctor prescribed me with a special shampoo for really bad flares and a delightful lotion for smaller flares which feels like I’m putting alcohol on open cuts…..yes it’s really that nice!  So as you can appreciate I have to be careful but at the same time I love to try new products.  A dilemma, but if I’m on the ball I can catch anything nasty before it gets icky lol.

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Right, at the moment I’m using Dove daily care shampoo 250ml £1.34 at Boots.com.
Massaging this shampoo into your hair gives you a lush head of smooth bubbles.  It’s leaves your hair feeling clean but not stripped.  Best of all it reminds me of our first family holiday to Orlando, where we bought some Aussie shampoo and conditioner to use.  Now American Aussie is TOTALLY different to English Aussie.  I hate English Aussie and think it smells like plastic and it leaves me hair feeling like plastic too.  American Aussie is the best shampoo and conditioner I have ever used and it just smells divine!  So the Dove shampoo takes me straight back to Florida and good times 😊

Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner 350ml £3.99 at Boots.com.
As with the shampoo, the scent is just flipping gorgeous and makes me all dreamy lol.  It conditions my hair really well, leaving it tangle free.  Great stuff!

Dead Sea Spa Magik Dead sea mineral shampoo 330ml £8.30 at Debenhams.com.
Now this shampoo is a bit of a funky smell.  I use his when I have a sore and itchy scalp from the dermatitis. It leaves my hair lovely and clean.  I wish it smelt a bit nicer but as it helps me scalp I can live with it 😉

Dead Sea Spa Magik Dead sea spa magic conditioning scalp mud. 150ml. £9.75 at Debenhams.com.
This conditioner is a clay scalp treatment and it’s amazing!  Again it smells funky.  You don’t need much as it spreads easily on your scalp and through your hair.  It gets rid of my itches and leaves me with the softest hair.

There you go, told you it was a short one today.  Hopefully it might help anyone who suffers with scalp inflammation or just an itchy and flaky scalp.  No ones wants to walk round scratching like they have the crawlies, surrounded with a cloud of dandruff YIKES.

Until next time …..

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Face | Hiding The Madness

Hey There Pretties!

Today I write to you, sat on my couch, in the dark watching some thunder and lightening. This autumn weather has been AMAZING and really is my fave time of year!

We are finally mid week! YAY so we can all do the mid week boogie! As I am not working at the mo I will join in for the sake of it, but there is just nothing to hate about a Wednesday! (I am not working because I am a bum, just simply some issues were had at my previous place of work and the surgery I had just kicked my ass just FYI. I am almost healed and have a job lined up, but I will leave that for another day).

I am also in the process of a new project, I am just sorting out the little details and should be able to share with you in the next few days! Another YAY!

However, today will only be a short blog. I am in 3rd day of my Blogging frenzy and wasn’t sure what to share with you all.

This morning I woke up and realised my Doctors appointment was early that expected so I didn’t really have time with gaffing around with makeup so just covered my face, applied a small amount of mascara and rushed out the door.

So, whilst I was deciding what it was I wanted to write about, I thought I would do my makeup all fancy (The downside being I had no where to wear it 😦 ). I took what little makeup I had off and thought that my skin was just dreadful so I decided to write about how I cover my horrible scarring, redness and extra blemishes when my skin is at it’s worst. I have had worse skin than I do now, but it is the first time I have noticed it being too horrible in a while.

I tend to have bad skin when Aunt Flow visits… When I get ill…. or apparently just for fun every now and again. This is not unusual for women and as long as daily routines and effort is put into looking after your skin, you will reap the rewards.

ANYWAY

Ramble over. Here is a before pic…

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And here are the products I used…

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Max Factor Lasting Performance in Fair

ELF Cosmetics Cover Stick in Ivory

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Neutral

And here is the after…

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(I filled in my brows and did add a small amount of blush, but I think you can get the idea of how much different my skin looks).

How did I apply them you ask?

After moisturising and priming I added my ELF Cosmetics Cover Stick FIRST. Yes, you read that correctly. I applied it where the redness was looking most angry. This allows a little extra coverage. I do not blend in, I go straight ahead and apply the Max Factor Foundation over the top, blending in with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I LOVE this brush and the finish it gives my skin.

I then add any extra cover stick where necessary and then just buff in the powder gently. I can’t live without powder. I am not a fan of the dewy finish, I love a matte finish, but just add as much as you feel feel most comfortable with.

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Here is a just a wee cheeky selfie of the complete look I went for.

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And there you have it.

Goodbye for now my loves xo

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My Favourites | Bathtime

Good evening you Beauties!

Hope you are all well and your week is off to a fabulous start!

As I write this, I have X-Men: The Last Stand on E4 (I am a little Marvel Comic Films geek and especially love all the Avengers) on in the background, my PJs on and candles lit. At the mo, this is my little bit of heaven, without getting in the tub. I am still healing from my surgery and I am only allowed to shower, so you can imagine my frustration knowing I can’t have a full on pamper sesh with a bath, a book, and face mask and all the other wonderful things it includes! (nails, a cheeky beverage etc)

But during my time only being able to shower, it has genuinely made me appreciate it and the little bit more variety of products that are available to you to stay fresh and pasty-stink free!

Anyway, here is a sneak peek into just a few of my fave products when I do have a pamper, or just feel like a good scrub!

I think by now you can all appreciate that I am a cheap and cheerful kinda gal, but just because a product isn’t expensive doesn’t mean it has to be completely rubbish. We have all come across the no-so-great products in our hope for saving a few pennies but we have to remember that one product maybe ones saviour, but another’s idea of hell.

I have had my fair share of bad reactions to shower gels, bubble baths and other skin related products; dry skin, itching, eczema but they haven’t just been the lower end products so the price tag doesn’t really mean a thing to me, so the best thing about my blog today is that EACH product comes under the £5 mark. Doesn’t that sound delightful?

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So to start with I have a product that is new to me, but having been eyeing up for a while. Surprise, surprise it is by Nivea (so I am bound to love it). It is the In-Shower Body Moisturiser in Pampering Honey. It promised to hydrate for 24+ hours and to leave just as nourished as slapping on that bog standard moisturiser. Boy oh boy, it lives up to that expectation and then some. I feel so amazing after showering with this product. It is to be used after cleansing but can be applied all over. It is designed to take that greasy feeling left when moisturising, especially when you have to stand star shaped half naked in your bedroom freezing your panties off (and then you realise you left the curtains open!).  It smells absolutely divine and I am left feeling silky smooth. It even does the job after shaving. For me this is a 10/10 product and I will be stocking up! The great thing is if you are sensitive to smells and like more of a fresher fragrance, then there is a standard option, available in a blue bottle for extra dry skin, or a white bottle for everyday skin.

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Because the In-Shower Moisturiser by Nivea has to be applied after cleansing, it would be silly of me to miss out on letting you know what I am loving at the moment in the form of Shower Gel. I have two favourite brands when it comes to lathering up, and that is between Radox and Original Source. Radox for me have brought out a few disappointing smelling products so for me right now it is all about the OS. They haven’t let me down yet when it comes to scents and products. My current Can’t-Live-Withouts are the Vanilla and Raspberry and the Mint and Tea Tree. The V&R smells is more of a yoghurty smell and is perfect if want something sweeter. It is all Natural Fragrance and gives you that little extra moisturise. The Mint bottle claims to have 7,927 real mint leaves packed into one bottle and it definitely smells that way. It gives you that extra wake up for a morning shower and makes you feel cool and fresh. Perfection!

And finally, can’t mention any bathroom products without sharing my favourites by Radox. Their Bath Soaks.

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The Muscle Soak is for long days where I have done a tough workout or been on my feet a lot. I suffer with irritated knees, especially in the winter, so this is ideal. The blue and greens ones have more of a manly smells, but I love a good man smell every now and again 🙂 This one includes some Sea Minerals and Clary Sage to ease the aches and pains.

The Stress Relief soak has ‘a calming blend of rosemary and eucalyptus’. I use this for “I am going to kill my boyfriend so pour me some bubbles” days. (Take that in either bathing or in an alcoholic beverage form 😉 ) I find the scents so soothing and really allows me to relax and take some me time!

You can’t forget the little girly and more moisturising bubbles. Doing what it says on the tin, It nourishes with a blend of Ginger and Shea Butter. This one leaves my bathroom smelling so good and is another great product when you are suffering with a bit of that pesky dry skin. Especially with the winter coming up, I will stocking up on this one ready for when I can once again enjoy a good soak!

What are your must have products in for when you are having a good scrub?

Share yours and I will check them out for myself!

Goodbye for now My Loves xo

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My Empties!

Good Evening My Lovelies!

Hope you are all doing well! I thought it was about time that I wrote you another blog so I have been brainstorming to see what I can share with you and then it hit me.

A while back, I was shopping in one of our local budget department stores (I think that is what you could class it as), Trago Mills. Basically they sell anything you can imagine from furniture to plants to stationary, even all the little weird and wonderful things that you didn’t actually realise you need! I found this cute little pink bin, that at the time thought would be perfect for my car as my boyfriend is literally the worst at keeping it clean and tidy! But it wasn’t ideal and believe it or not, not big enough for the big mess he makes!

So it just sat in my bedroom to add a little character, gathering dust. For a while now I have been toying with the idea to share with you some of the empty products I use but I always just naturally throw them away without even thinking! So you can imagine my delight when that little light bulb in my head was flashing!!

Here is the little guy.. !

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I have now decided to use it for my empty products and when I have enough of a collection, I can share with you all my thoughts and whether or not I am in a hurry to run down to the shops and purchase it all once again!

Shall we get started before I start to bore you all with my ramble already? Right then, here goes…

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To start with, I have the Nivea Invisible Black & White Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray. The promise is that it is deigned to be a clear spray to protect white marks on black clothes and yellow stains on white clothes, 48hour protection, it’s gentle on the skin and is alcohol and colorant free. These are all great but do they work? Meh. I wasn’t impressed and extremely disappointed because Nivea have to be my all time favourite brand. It smells fresh which I love, but I wouldn’t say it lasts 48hours (Nor would I particularly expect it to as I shower everyday!!) It is a clear spray and never had a problem with that horrible white fall out when you move your arm after spraying. Its not as protecting as I would like, but I probably would purchase in the winter for that lighter fresher feel.

My Lacoste Touch of Pink Perfume has to be one of my all time favourites! It smells so nice and I am completely gutted that it has finally run out! I’m not going to spend too much time on this one because there is only so much you can say about a spray, but it is rare I find sprays that I love simply because smells can be a major trigger for my migraines. Because it is a light and fresh smell it really doesn’t cause any headaches at all 🙂 Perfection! (Plus I love that it’s Pink!)

The Moroccan Argan Hair Oil by Organic World is designed for moisture repair and damage control. I apply it on damp hair and then again when I have finished styling it. Just a small pea sized amount each time. I found that it smells lovely and isn’t too heavy of an oil. It helps deduct time from my blow drying time and leaves a nice healthy shine to my hair. I am not 100% sure where it was bought as I do believe it was a stocking filler bought for me last Christmas (I have so many oils, it takes me a while to get through them all!)

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The Rimmel 60 Second Nail Varnish in Caramel Cupcake is literally my all time favourite go-to colour. It is natural for all those that aren’t allowed a strong nail colour to school or work and it does genuinely dry super quick. I actually bought two of these when I last stocked up and is a regular purchase for me! I love love love it!! My only down fall with any quick drying nail varnish is that they do dry out in the bottle a lot quicker, however that doesn’t bother me because I am just a fidget when I have painted my nails and Rimmel especially have the best colours!

The Avon Lipstick in “Pink Pop” was gifted to me actually a couple of christmases ago by my dear friend Chelsea. It was my go to daytime colour for when I worked or just looked for that ‘perfect subtle pink’. It had a hint of shine and glitter making it pop, but it was the perfect colour for me! I would buy it again but it appears to be discontinued! 😦

And finally!The two concealers I have I have relatively recently written about.(Click here) My E.L.F Cosmetics cover stick in Ivory is genuinely one of my favourite concealers because the coverage is just incredible for the price. The colour is ideal for my complexion. It is of a thick heavy coverage but doesn’t feel greasy or heavy once blended! The Essence is perfect consistency and coverage especially for the under eye coverage. However the colour was a little too dark for my skin. I will have to double check that I did buy the palest colour. If it is the palest then I probably won’t buy it again or will buy for when I next go on holiday as it was ideal last time!

And there you have it! Have you tried any of the above products? Let me know!

Goodbye for now my loves xo

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Everyday Go To Make Up | Back To School

Hey Dolls,

Hope you are all well!

This post goes out to all the little beauties out there who have recently started back to school or those looking for a quick and easy go to daily makeup. The reason I dedicate it for all the youngun’s out there is because my 15 year old sister has recently started back and described how the teachers are stripping young teenagers of their individuality and unique personalities away.

Going round class by class with nail polish remover and makeup remover and saying only natural coloured hair is allowed. I see the point and how it should be about the education not what you look like, but I also feel that making it about no makeup, no hair, no expression, is going to do the complete opposite to the teenagers in education.

Uniform is in place to ensure that everyone is wearing the same thing to minimise bullying, but every teenager needs an outlet for expression. I don’t what I would have done without a little bit of makeup in school because I suffered with horrid acne, and without that cover up I probably wouldn’t have wanted to leave the house.

I feel education is most important and towards the end of my educational period at my particular school, the education deteriorated and so did my motivation. One of my classes was a complete joke, with one teacher teaching two different levels at the same time, and my complaints led to me having to take time out of my time out of school hours to get the lessons I should have had during school hours.

So instead of focusing on how girls apply their makeup and spending the money on removers, how about focusing on ensuring teachers and students are thriving to do the best they can do? There should be limit on how much makeup is worn, obviously it would be unacceptable to walk in with full on clubbing makeup during the day, but a little bit of creativity could just help someone find themselves. Hell, thats what your teenage years are for! So I am going to show how I wear my makeup when I can’t be bothered or when I going for a more natural and pretty looks..

First things first…. The products. image-7So here I have (In order of application after moisturiser and primer – will not cover the application of my eyebrows)

ELF Cover Stick concealer in Ivory £1.95

NYC 14hr Long Lasting Foundation in Classic Ivory £3.99

Maybelline Super Stay Waterproof Powder in Ivory £5.99

Natural Collection Blusher in Pink Cloud £1.99

-Calvin Klien Cream Eye Shadow In Snake Skin Silver (Poundland)

MUA Matte Eye Shadow Palette in Ever After (Using shades Bare and Smoke) £4.00

MUA Eye Shadow Palette in Heaven & Earth (Using shades Amber Dune)

Essence Waterproof Mascara in Black. £2.50

ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lemonade £1.95

My point was great coverage for a flawless, glowing skin for those who suffer with acne or those pesky imperfections (I still do, so please don’t let it worry you, just make sure you find a really good skin care routine, if you want me to share mine just let me know). You don’t want to piss off you teachers either, so ensure you pick a foundation that really suits your skin colour. I am a rather pale person so I have to swatch with the testers before I buy.

For this look as well, you don’t want to apply tonnes of everything. No Tarantula eyelashes and unfortunately no statement lips.

So a super quick run down of my application.

I used the ELF coverstick to cover my imperfections whether they be large pore or blemishes. Before blending I then applied my NYC foundation. You want to ensure you blend down the neck, towards your hairline and by the ears (we don’t want the lines). It feels slightly heavy but don’t worry about using one or the other if you don’t have those imperfections on your skin, this is about making you look as natural as possible. Dabbing the powder on with my powder brush to start with as to ensure that the base we applied isn’t smudged nor moved around the face the way we don’t want to do. Once that has done, nice gentle circles to finish the application to just finish covering any shines. If you like the dewy look and are comfortable with it – go with it, i’m just very much a powder finish gal.

Then with a cheeky smile gentle apply the blusher on the apples of your cheeks. The great thing about the Natural Collection blusher is that is doesn’t look heavy, you very much have to build the colour up step by step which is great for achieving the natural look. image-11 The Calvin Klien cream eyeshadow was a little bargain of mine and bought in multiple colours. The pigmentation is just perfect to use as a highlighter to heighten the eyes under the brow. Also is great for a little primer eyeshadow primer ;). I applied this with the light matte eyeshadow to bring back that natural finish. I added another MUA pale brown colour in the corners of my eyes, simply to add definition, but this doesn’t need to be done. Using the MUA Matte black shadow, I used this in place of my usual liquid liner. It softens the application just sightly widening the eyes, adding a very subtle definition. The Essence Black Mascara is very difficult to clump your lashes so again it will add a very subtle definition make you feel that bit more comfy (can’t leave the house without mascara). If you already have dark eyelashes, trying using a clear mascara just to add that pop. That way it will look even more natural. image-10 The lipstick is applied like a gloss as is absolutely perfect as it is close to my lip colour already. Matching the lip stick to your skin tone and lip colour is essential to complete the look. It adds confidence and just a little pop to your pout. image-8 image-9

I hope this helps those who struggle with their school. Take a selfie of your natural makeup and take me in them on twitter or Instagram so I can see! Good luck.

Goodbye for now xo

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