Saturday, 15 July 2017

ASOS Summer Wishlist


Asos Wishlist


Happy Saturday guys n gals! since I've not done a post like this in a while and I enjoy having a nosy at bloggers favourites, I thought why not create one for you to read on this gloomy Saturday. I absolutely adore shopping on ASOS, even more so now that there's the option to stack up points and get rewards (which I'm admittedly a little addicted to doing, I don't want to tell you what A-list level I'm on). Everything is usually reasonably priced and I'm loving a whole lot of things lately. Here's a sneak peak of my rather ridiculous saved list. I've took the liberty of splitting things up into categories, just incase you're looking for a particular thing. I know, what an angel I am. I've got a bit of a penchant for animal print lately so excuse me if thats not your thing. I've also decided to include swimwear, even though I've got absolutely no plans to go on holiday this year, just because the swimwear range is sooo good at the moment. Enjoy!


Dresses



Swimwear






Bottoms





Shoes


When Asos had a footwear sale a few weeks back, I was scrolling through and opening tabs of the shoes I liked, as you do. Then when it came to inspecting what I'd opened, almost all of the shoes were from the same brand, The March. Who are you and where did you come from because I am literally obsessed with every pair of shoes you've created?! 



Beauty 

The one thing I love about shopping with Asos, is that along with the amazing selection of fashion brands, their beauty game is killing it at the moment. There's so many things I've had my eye on recently in the beauty/skincare category, I'm especially looking forward to trying some of The Ordinary products. 



Thanks for reading! 

There's a few days left to enter my giveaway too. x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Boob talk.

Hey you, lets talk about boobs. Big, small, perky, jiggly - we've all got them, right? 

Little Women Lingerie

Since we can all agree to that, I thought I'd tell you about my little epiphany I had a couple of weeks ago. I was pretty bored, scrolling through pr requests (girl better werk) when I came across a lingerie company, Little Women, asking for bloggers to collaborate with. I squealed and proceeded to frantically scribble out a very eager email because I mean, who wouldn't want free lingerie... that's the dream, right!?

When the lovely Belinda got back to me, it suddenly hit me, a huge pang of self doubt like a brick to the face. The truth is, I've been through many stages of love, hate and everything else in between when it comes to having smaller boobs and the body confidence that comes with it.


When I was younger, I felt like it made me less womanly. I used to shy away from boys asking about bra sizes or if I was swimming with friends, I'd buy some sort of push up boost extravaganza contraption and tie the straps real tight so they looked bigger - even if it left me with red marks. I envied my friends that had bigger boobs and felt like I always had to be covered away because I wasn't 'womanly' enough.

But, the way I see it now that I'm growing older and wiser to the media, is that us girls always want what we can't have. You only have to look at that scene with Gabby from Love Island a couple of weeks back to prove that, I sobbed because I knew exactly how she felt. To show how ok I am with my little bubs, I shot these photos... yes, I put images of myself in a bra onto the internet - shocker.

If you've not got huge boobs like me, then you'll know yourself how much confidence this takes. But you know what? Ever since I realised 'bigger is not better' and what I've been blessed with ain't all that bad, I've learnt to love my body a lot more. Maybe you're reading this post because you're lacking a lil' self love too, so I thought I'd write a list for my fellow small boob society friends so we can all finally agree that all of our bodies, regardless of how big or small, are hot af.


Why small boobs are great boobs.

Little Women Lingerie

1. Bra-free errday.

Which is probably my favourite thing about having smaller boobs, letting them free. Running to the shop? no one will bat an eyelid if you couldn't be bothered to pop a bra on. Found a really cute backless dress? No need for strapless bras, just stick on some fancy nipple covers and you're a-okay. 

2. The pretty underwear.

We can wear pretty much any type of lingerie we please. Bralettes, lacy numbers, you name it we can flaunt it. Even on days where we fancy a little boost, shove on a push up bra and you can fake it till you make it. Strongly recommend looking at the Little Women Lingerie selection, everything is stunning. 

3. We're in good company.

Kate moss, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz, the small boob babe list goes on. Try and tell me you don't fancy at least one of them, I dare you. 

4. It's impossible to look slutty.

We can wear V neck ensembles right down to our yin yang if we fancied and still wouldn't look slutty. Which is a perk in itself, as you don't receive any unwanted attention from boob boys. 

5. Sleeping

Back, front, side, belly-flop, you name it - we can sleep it.


Thank you so much to Little Women Lingerie for sending me these beautiful pieces and inspiring me to share this post with you all. Little Women specialise in beautiful lingerie specifically tailored for girls with smaller boobs. They're affordable, gorgeous and everything down to the packaging was a dream to receive and I can't wait to build up my collection. Thanks for reading girls, I hope it's helped you even in the teeniest of ways. x



Sunday, 9 July 2017

Summer Florals

Boohoo Floral Tiered Dress

I guess this post would rightly be called 'bloggers made me buy it' because once I saw this  Floral Tiered Boohoo dress on Megan Ellaby, it was love at first sight. I've been waiting for the perfect moment to wear this dress so I can finally get some ok-ish outfit posts. I miss sharing my style with you, but the weather is very temperamental these days! As luck would have it, yesterday the sun was out and it was glorious so I went on a journey to try and find some pretty places to shoot.
Boohoo Floral Tiered Dress
Boohoo Floral Tiered Dress
Boohoo Floral Tiered Dress

If you don't put it one dorky photo you're not doing it right, right?!

I love the colours of this dress, it's literally me personified in dress form. The pretty nude pink and coral tones are a nice match for my skin and my current hair colour. I say current because who knows what colour it is at the moment, I'm currently in hair limbo deciding what to do next. Even though I think this dress is a little pricey as far as normal Boohoo prices go, costing £32. The quality is great, it fits really well and I know I'm going to get my wear out of it.


Have you bought any summer staples lately, what would you recommend? Thanks for reading, stay tuned this week as I have a few exciting posts planned. 


Oh, there's also still time to enter my  giveaway x


Monday, 3 July 2017

L.A Girl Pro Collection

Do I dare go as far as saying that this is my new favourite makeup brand, like ever?! 
L.A Girl Pro Collection

Ever since I saw Carli Bybel contouring with these Pro Concealers, I've been meaning to try out L.A Girl Cosmetics. I don't know about you, but I immediately think that if a beauty product is fairly cheap, it's probably going to be a bit crap or look absolutely horrendous on my skin. So initially, I decided they weren't going to be for me. But, after seeing the brand pop up so much lately I decided to go out on a limb and purchase a few items. I mean, all of these products came to £27 POUNDS in total. Where else would you be able to buy a foundation, setting spray and two concealers for that kinda money?! I knew if I didn't like them, at least it hasn't cost an arm and a leg that I would be crying over.


I decided to try two of the  L.A Girl Pro Conceal Concealers, one in the shade Porcelain and one in the shade Yellow. The Banana shade in my Anastasia Cream Contour palette is my total ride or die, but it can get pretty expensive - especially when they STILL don't do single refills, so whenever I run out it's a whopping £40 - yes Anastasia, I'm calling you out gal. So I thought I'd try the yellow concealer as a cheaper dupe for all my contouring needs as the colour was fairly similar, and then I bought porcelain as a regular concealer.

These concealers are genuinely insane, they are so creamy and blend so well even though they're very pigmented as you can see by the swatches. I've been using the porcelain concealer to cover up blemishes before my foundation and it's my new favourite. Then the yellow concealer has been sharpening up my cheek contour and brightening my under eyes on top of my foundation. The colour works just as well as ABH Banana, just £35 cheaper! The tubes are a little annoying, I feel like I personally don't really get on with the brush applicators as I can't control how much product I'm going to use. But I mean for £5.00, I think I can live!
L.A. Girl Pro collection



This foundation though is by far my favourite find. Before I go into it, I admit - I'm a foundation snob. I always assume that the more expensive a foundation is, the less it will break out my face or cause me problems etc, etc. But I've been wearing this £11 foundation daily for a week now and I can't believe how blind I've been. Like seriously, I wore this foundation on a boozy night with the gals a few days ago, I woke up and lost my purse but my foundation was still amazing! If that isn't a praise I don't know what is! 

The shade I bought, Nude Beige comes up and sets a lot darker than the foundations I usually wear, but I've been brightening it up with my concealers and a little powder and it works great. The coverage is unreal and you get so much for your money. With other foundations I wear, like Sheer Glow, I use around 3 pumps to get an even base. You can basically cover all of your face in this heavenly formula with just one pump. Honestly girls, if you suffer from oily skin like me and don't like a full matte look then this is the foundation for you. It leaves your skin looking semi-dewy but not totally greasy and doesn't settles into pores. 


Then lastly, the L.A Girl Pro Setting Spray. You're probably thinking 'God, surely she's going to moan about one thing at least?' but, you're wrong. Sorry lol. This setting spray is sooooo good. Forget, Mac Fix+ and Urban Decay All Nighter - A £6 setting spray beats them both. This spray has a cooling effect so it feels super refreshing and comes out as a light mist, which I love. It really gets the job done, as I said before, I woke up with my makeup pretty much still intact and I think it's down to this spray. Although, I do wish they sold a bigger version of the bottle as it's tiny. But, It's super easy to just pop in your bag at the same time.



I'll definitely be trying more of the L.A Girl range, have you got any favourites? Thanks for reading! 
P.S, there's still time to enter my  giveaway! x





Wednesday, 28 June 2017

1000 Followers Urban Decay Giveaway

Jean Michel Basquiat Urban Decay
Urban Decay Palette
Well hasn't this been a long time coming? I've been meaning to do this giveaway for what feels like forever. Firstly, I want to thank every single one of you for putting up with my ramblings and tantrums and weird outfit choices throughout this year. I remember sitting at home, refreshing my 10 followers on Bloglovin' and thinking 'wow, this is going to be difficult'. I'm so proud of myself for sticking with little Velvet Spring and even though there's been times where I could've happily gave up blogging, knowing that you're interested in what I'm doing makes me very soppy and emosh enough to keep going. Now here I am, a 1000 followers later, eek! 

So what better way than to thank all of you lovely lot by giving away a limited edition Urban Decay palette? I thought this was a fab palette to give to you all as it caters for a whole lot of different tastes due to the variety of summery colours. All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter entry below, I'm going to throw in a few other fab beauty surprises too because I'm SO thankful of you all. Genuinely I am. If this is you're first time reading this blog - don't worry you can enter too and thank you for popping along and joining the journey!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to all of you! x

Friday, 23 June 2017

The Best Affordable Beauty Buys


My hat is well and truly off to the bloggers who can successfully create a pretty flat lay because GOD these photographs took a lot of sweat, blood and tears I swear. Who knew something that looks so easy could be so bloody difficult?! Anyway, I thought I'd put together some of my favourite affordable beauty bits I've been loving lately. I don't know about you, but I love finding a good ol' beauty bargain from the comfort of my own home rather than swatching for hours on end in Boots. I have built up quite the obsession with a few of these products so excuse me if this post turns very rambly, don't tell me I didn't warn you! 

The first thing I want to share with you is the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Hair Mist, because this stuff is amazing. For someone who hasn't got any jolly holidays planned yet, I can spray this stuff to my little hearts content and instantly feel like I've been zapped somewhere tropical, the coconut scent is insane. As well as smelling like the Bahamas, it does a pretty good job at protecting your hair. Post blow-dry, my hair feels super smooth and glossy. Go out and have a cheeky spray and sniff, I dare you.

Up next are a brand I'd never heard of until I finished my internship and this little Buxom gloss was in my goody bag. After loving this gloss so much, I did a little stalk and found that they're actually stocked in Debenhams and they're so affordable. The lip product in question is the Full On Lip Polish in Leslie.  It reminds me of my younger Avon makeup days because it has that familiar tingling sensation that makes your lips numb, which I love! That and this shade has a pretty sparkle to it, so it's perfect for minimal makeup days.

Next, two products that are a match made in heaven. If anyone knows me, I rarely EVER wear eyelashes. I don't think I have the best eye shape for them and honestly, I'm absolutely god awful at applying them no matter how hard I try. But Kiss Products have managed to create a lash that actually looks half decent on me, amen. These lashes in particular, the  Blooming Lash in Peony* are so natural and I love them enough to actually take my first ever selfie wearing false lashes, who'd've thought eh! 

A lovely lash teamed with a pretty pink blush is my go-to look this summer. That's why I've been obsessed with the  L'Oreal Blush Paint in Pinkabilly. I've always been the type of gal to steer away from cream blushes for some reason, but after giving this a go I'm a bit of a convert. It's such a bright, summery shade of pink and blends so effortlessly.

Anatomicals Skincare

I've always been a huge fan of Maybelline's Lash Sensational, so I was quite sceptical when it came to trying out the new  Collosal Big Shot, but I'm so glad I gave it a go. Even though the brush is literally humongous, it creates really long lasting curls. I actually prefer this formula over Lash Sensational because I find that mascara sometimes leaves black marks under my eyes, whereas I've had no problems like that with this one! 

Last but definitely not least, I was sent some products to try from Anatomicals a couple of months back. I've been testing them out since and found that these two are my favourites.  The Hawaii Five-Glow Scrub* has been a lifesaver in this heat. I just hate the feeling of suncream on my face in hot weather, so I've been looking forward to the evening when I can give my face a good hard scrub with this, smells divine too. 

Another life saving product in this heat is the  Anatomical Never Lose Your Cherry Lip Balm*... can we just appreciate that title for a sec? Even if the Anatomicals products weren't amazing, I think their funny puns would still have me head over heels! This cherry balm smells so yummy and more importantly has SPF15, so you don't have to worry about your peckers getting burnt in this heat! Although, the taste isn't that great - for £2.50 I can suffice! 



Have you got any affordable beauty reccomendations? I'd love to hear them! Thanks for reading x 
*Products containing an asterisk are PR samples.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Summer with Zara


I feel very conflicted about writing this post, so bare with me gals. On one hand I want to rave on about how spectacular the weather has been and how I'm loving this Zara dress, but in reality I'm not. I shared one of these photographs on Instagram a couple of days ago, then realised I was totally unhappy with the way I looked. Finding self confidence is bloody hard and something I rarely think about lately, but when summer comes around and you have to start getting bits out that you'd usually hide away - it's quite daunting.

This battle with confidence has left me feeling pretty pants and unmotivated in the blogging world. After finishing university I finally have some spare time to concentrate on the blog, but I just haven't been able to do so. I think, if I didn't mention how I'd been feeling lately in this post, I would definitely not be able to move on from this - I'd just sit here thinking about how much of a bloody fraud I am and be all sulky and probably keep thinking about posting.

The truth is, we're all guilty of a little self doubt from time to time. But I think it's what you do with that initial doubt that helps you get over it. Which is why I'm still posting these photos as a way of saying 'stop being so bloody stupid' to myself. That, and Nathan managed to actually take some half decent photographs of my outfit which is an accomplishment so I didn't want to see them go to waste. Can we also just talk about the dress for a moment? Zara always pull it out of the bag with cute affordable summer dresses.

On a lighter note, I'm yet to share my red hair with you all so here it is, ta-da! Although it's fading really quickly (It's semi-permanent dye), I'm going to re-do it in a couple of weeks and show you all how I managed to get that colour. Though, I hold no promises because at the moment it's fading into a rose-gold colour and I bloody love it! So we'll see - bare with!

Thanks for listening to me rant! J X

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Flawless base with Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Beauty Review

I bet if some of you read my posts, you'll think 'bloody hell - Jen is finally trying Double Wear!'  Believe me, it's been a long time coming. I think Estee Lauder is just a brand I underestimated and wasn't really bothered by until I finally took the plunge. Like, is it just me who associates Estee Lauder with posh older women?! (probably just me). Anyway, moving swiftly on - I can 100% confirm that this magnificent combination of products has left my skin GLOWED UP.

Who knew that the Illuminating primer underneath Double Wear foundation would be such a match made in heaven? I've tried so many brightening primers over the years from all different ends of the price spectrum but this has blown me away. You know when you find a product and instantly you're like 'yep, this is the one'... well that's what this primer is for me. Even better than my beloved Laura Mercier. If any of my readers suffer from oily skin but still want a dewy look thats going to last, try this - it's an absolute dreamboat. I'm 100% going to buy it at full size once I run out (which will be sooner rather than later because I'm slapping it on like there's no tomorrow.)

Which brings me onto my next point, Double Wear is exactly what it says on the bottle. It's not particularly my ultimate fave, coming from wearing Nars Sheer Glow for the past year, I find that it's a little too matte for me to work with. However, the lasting power is insane. Take it from my interning experience. Bustling around horrendously humid London, sitting in a sticky fashion cupboard didn't even phase Double Wear, it still looked perfectly intact on the sweaty tube ride home 9 hours later.  So it's not all doom and gloom, I can see it's going to be a staple come winter, but in summer I tend to wear lighter foundations - so I've not been wearing this most days but from when I have - it's a great little formula.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Estee Lauder Double Wear

Believe it or not the skincare is just as marvellous, possibly even better. I've been splurging on skincare so much lately that I've got so many different things queueing up to be tested. But, I just can't stop using these badboys. The DayWear moisturiser is a really soft and light day cream which sinks into your skin pretty quickly. The thing I love most about it is that it has such a nice smell, I I hate when SPF moisturisers smell artificial and awful? totally puts me off! 

The cult favourite Advanced Night Repair has also worked wonders. Though, given that it's quite expensive, I'm using the teeniest amount so I can treasure it for as long as possible. Applying this on a night is so soothing, it has hyaluronic acid in the formula too, so my skin is really clear and hydrated at the moment. I don't think I'll repurchase it though, purely because of the price and the size of the bottles, but for now I'm just letting it go and loving my fresh af skin. 

Products mentioned:



Have you got any Estee Lauder recommendations, or do you have any questions about any of the products? 
Hit me up! Thanks for reading, J X



Friday, 2 June 2017

Skincare with Kiehls


Hey hey, guess who's back back back - I am university and intern free! I'm planning a few lil' posts about how I got on interning in London, but for now, enjoy this! A few days ago I had the pleasure of attending an evening event with Kiehls. I've always been so intrigued by Kiehls, I admit I've stopped and peeped in before but never actually stepped foot in store, because I just don't where to begin when it comes to my skincare. There's a few cult products that I see almost everywhere on Instagram and I know from relentlessly watching Kylie Jenner's snap stories that she's a huge fan, so you can imagine how happy I was to finally dive in and learn a little about the products.

Initially we were greeted with a cheeky cocktail in association with the new cocktail bar around the corner, The Alchemist. I would 100% recommend you try out the 'Bubble Bath' cocktail, a pretty pink frothy cocktail that tasted sooooo good. Once we got settled and had a little chin wag and a piece of cake with all the other bloggers, we were introduced to some of the top products and received a complimentary personal skin consultation. The store is cleverly split into sections, so once you've discovered your skin recommendations, there's a whole section devoted to you. Don't worry if you're in a rush and you don't want to spoil your makeup either - the little patches can detect your skin type over the top! 

My results showed that my skin type is oily to normal, so I was shown the range of products that were suitable for my skin. The skin consultant Diane was super lovely, she even recommended a few products for my annoying puffy morning eyes too. I genuinely could've spent hours in there!

(The lovely Shannon papped getting her skin consultation) 

Can we also talk about how cool that dry ice table set up is by the way?! Even though I had my eyes on buying almost everything, I settled with the bestselling moisturiser, Creme De Corps. I've had a few samples of this in the past and loved the rich texture and the gorgeous smell, so I thought I'd stock up and buy a bigger size. I learnt that the Victoria's Secret models use this moisturiser before they walk the runway, so they're all glossy and smooth for the cameras. Just praying it somehow turns me into a Kendall Jenner. I left arm in arm with a whole bunch of skincare samples and goodies which was so generous of the lovely staff at Kiehls. I'm going to test these products out for a few weeks so I can do a proper review and give my full opinion on them, so if you love Kiehls - keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for reading! J x 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Blogging Insecurities.



Blogging Insecurities
Blogging InsecuritiesBlogging Insecurities

Right off the bat I have a pretty good sense that this post is gonna be a long one at that. So if you're in for the long run, go put the kettle on and come back with plenty of custard creams to tide you over. Or if you want to just appreciate the sheer joy on my face eating that beautiful scone at the Great British Cupcakery months ago, then by all means... now is your time

As you're reading this I'll be either be halfway through deadlines stressed to the nines with a glass of Blossom Hill, or I'll be extremely proud of myself for not leaving everything last minute. Probably the latter, probably still have wine either way. (Sorry I've been away for a while, I'm busy with deadlines as you can guess).

When I first started blogging I wanted to introduce myself properly - but I was always way too nervous. I was terrified of someone from home catching wind of what I was doing and telling everybody else and the whole thing was enough to put me off for quite a long time. I live in a small town, I've got a bunch of wonderful people in my life but the thought of someone reading this from my old school or somebody I work with used to make me want to vomit. For a brief period of time I decided to create a separate Instagram and went by a hilarious name that I'd never repeat again, just because I was so scared of opinions, imagine that! 

Fast forward a few months and a few 'fuck it' moments later, Velvet Spring was born. Don't get me wrong, there's still things I wish I had the balls to do, I'd love to start my own YouTube channel but even now almost one year later the thought of somebody watching my videos, analysing my every move just totally freaks me out. I actually created one once and I was super proud of it, then my grandma *biggest fan* shared it on her Facebook page and I deleted it in seconds without a trace. And honestly, I know that there's still going to be a bunch of people who will give it the 'lol look at Jen, thinking she's a blogger' but that just doesn't phase me anymore, I'm proud of what I do! 

It's those little moments that I love most about blogging. It's the baby steps along the way that help you become the blogger you are. If you'd of told me a year back I'd be working with some of my favourite brands and actually attending blogging events by myself I'd of asked if you were feeling okay.

Don't get me wrong and I'm sure we all know at times it's overwhelming. You only have to mention the words SEO and Analytics to me and my brain goes into meltdown mode and I find myself reading blogging tips for hours. But it's so worth it, I've met bloggers who are nothing but lovely and it's that kind of community that will always encourage me to keep my butt in gear and do what I love. Shoutout to Curly and Wordy, It's Lauren Victoria and Pint Size Pixie.

So, to round off a very wordy and nothing but good vibes post...
 I'm going to admit a few home truth 'blogger mishaps' here:

I leave bobbles around my wrists that ruin good photos / I almost always have chipped polish / my hair is pretty straw-like because I switch up my colour like there's no tomorrow /  I'll have a blob of mascara somewhere around my eyelids without a doubt because I'm bloody useless at applying it / I'm adamant my face is wonky and it makes me very self-conscious so you'll never see a front-facing photo. But it's okay, I'm an imperfect blogger and that's exactly the way I want to be!

Thanks for reading, J x

Friday, 7 April 2017

How I Colour My Hair.

Warm Mahogany Colour Vibe
Warm Mahogany Colour Vibe

Hey peeps, happy Fri-yay. Sorry it's become a little quiet on my end, I've had a bit of a stressful week, you honestly couldn't write my life at times I tell ya. If anyone's looking for a clumsy / stressful / forgetful lead role for a very boring sitcom, hit me up.

Today's post comes as a bit of a unusual one for me,  I don't think I've ever posted about my hair. Like ever. It's literally my prized posession so even I'm shocked at that (even though it's in absoloute desperate need for a trim, please don't judge me bcos I'm judging myself trust me)

As you all probably know from my endless amount of selfies on instagram, I like to experiment with my hair quite a fair bit. Around half of my hair is bleached blonde, because I had a very long, boring, ombre look for quite some time. I grew tired of that look pretty much instantly and then realised blonde is an absolute bugger to cover up. So nine times out of ten, whenever I dyed over my hair everything was peachy dandy for a few weeks and I'd wake up one day and boom, the blonde was back.

So rather than relentlessly dyeing my hair until it's all gangly and straw-like, I've been scouting for ways to rejuvenate the blonde and make it a little more vibrant. Thank god for Colour:Vibe. The hair fairies over at Colour Vibe have miraculously found a way to keep my hair looking beautifully vibrant and it's so simple to use - even an idiot like me can do it. 

Colour Vibe
Warm Mahogany Colour Vibe
These clever little bottles of hair dye act as a shampoo so you can cleanse, tone and care for your hair in your normal hair routine. I've currently been switching between  Warm Mahogany and  Warm Copper Gold to ensure my colour stays vibrant, it's sort of like a "your hair, but ten times better" moment I'm currently in the middle of. I get so giddy when it comes to washing my hair and giving it a blow dry to see the results because it's so instant.

Admittedly, at first I was sceptical, but after building up the colour through several uses I started to notice a huge difference and since it's only £2.99 a bottle, It's such an inexpensive way of colouring your hair. Not only that, I was so sick and tired of ruining my hair through bleach and poor colourants that it's so refreshing to be using a dye that's kind to my hair as it colours, since it's free from ammonia, peroxide and all that nonsense.

Thank you so much to the lovely Niamh at BrandNation for letting me test your wonderful products, I'd honestly recommend them to anyone in need of a colour boost! 

What's your vibe? Thanks for reading! X 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Pretty and Pink.


Happy April Fools day! eee can you believe how much I'm posting lately?! who would of thought that I'd finally find my blogging motivation smack bang in the middle of all my looming university deadlines.

In the gap fillers between trying to wrap my head around Trend Forecasting or when I've simply had enough of screaming at Photoshop waiting for a PR miracle to happen, I've been snap happy with some outfit shots. It's not a myth when people use the 'Student Life' phrase, believe me, being a broke ass student can be pretty tight at times, especially when it comes to clothes shopping.

That being said, I sometimes like to give myself the illusion that I have tonnes of money and buy pretty things just to feel sassy for a few moments before reality kicks in and back to the post office it goes. But in the midst of all this I thought I'd start to share some of my favourite affordable outfits with you all a few times a month, just incase you're in the same position as me because, you know... #studentlife.

I know some of you will be saying damn girl, just get a job! Believe me, I tried a job for a few weeks - juggling a full time degree in Fashion Communication with four individual modules on the go at once and then standing behind a chocolate counter thinking about uni work really didn't bode well. So I chose the poor life.

So without further ado, this Pink Oversized T-Shirt Dress at £7.99 is a steal. It's a gorgeous shade of pink and it's pretty versatile, I've worn this with a black turtleneck under and some tights and Converse for a colder day. Then like so, I just team it with my favourite denim jacket and a pair of battered Converse and the jobs a good one.
The only bummer about Bershka is they don't offer Student Discount at the mo, but with free delivery and free returns and the prices are pretty cheap regardless, I don't really mind all that much. Have you got any wardrobe staples from Bershka or do you recommend any cheap websites? Let me know!



Thanks for reading, J X


Monday, 27 March 2017

Levoi Nails Blogging Event.


Is there anything better than a complimentary glass of champagne and fresh pair of beautiful nails?! I had the pleasure of attending Levoi nails blogging event last Friday thanks to the lovely Laura, who runs the blogging platform Ellefluence.

Being a student in Newcastle, I'm surrounded by lots of different places to go pamper my nails and admittedly I'd never heard of Levoi, but I'm so glad I got the opportunity to visit! Situated on St Mary's place, it's pretty much right next to Northumbria University library and they offer student discount on Mondays... so you can imagine where I'm going to be spending my free time now! 

Levoi is hidden away down a couple of steps below street level, which is probably why oblivious me hadn't noticed it before, but it's definitely a place I won't forget. The whole salon is decorated beautifully and I knew from the minute I was handed a free glass of champagne that I'd love it here. 

What I found most interesting about the salon is that Levoi mix their own colours to suit the customer. I said I love dark green shades and within minutes the lovely owner, Anne, was able to mix me up the perfect colour exclusively for me. Though, I was so amazed by the variety of techniques they offer, I ended up covering the colour with a mix of glitters and chromes too! If you fall in love with one of Levoi's colours (which I'm sure you will), they're also  available to buy online, which I think is a perfect gifting opportunity. 

As you all know, I suffer from anxiety so initially I was sceptical about attending my first ever blogging event by myself. But the girls we're so friendly I was immediately put to ease and really enjoyed my time chatting away, I didn't want to leave! 

Anne, spent so much time with me - trust me to be the nightmare of the event! For some unbeknown reason my right hand wasn't curing well, but Anne persisted and wouldn't let me leave until my nails we're finished beautifully and I couldn't thank her enough. All of the team at Levoi paid great attention to detail and made sure every single nail was left looking fabulous, the level of professionalism was outstanding. 


Excuse the podgy fingers, but how gorgeous are those? they glitter so much in the sunlight, I keep catching myself checking them out! I was in the salon for around two hours until my nails finally started to play nice, I don't know about you but I don't know many nail technicians who would be willing to spend two hours making sure a single clients nails were that perfect! 

With prices starting at just £16, Levoi is such great value for such an amazing service the girls provided. As if that and the free champagne wasn't enough, I was treated to a hand massage at the end of my experience too which was a perfect way to end the day. If you're around the Newcastle area I would 100% recommend visiting Levoi, especially if you're on a student budget like me. Though I only experienced the nail treatment, I'm keen to try out Levoi's other services, as they're also experts in waxing, Hd brows and LVL lashes. 

You can book online at www.levoinails.com or call the salon on 0191 230 5859. Thank you so much to Ellefluence for organising the event and the lovely girls who worked wonders with my nails, I'll be back soon, I've already eyed up my next colour online.

Thanks for reading, J x




Saturday, 25 March 2017

Spring Skirts


Spring Styling

Spring Styling

Spring Styling

I bet you thought you wouldn't see this bloody marvellous graffiti wall again haha. Happy Saturday little loves! I hope it's a lush one. I'm so happy with how the weather is shaping out in England lately, I feel like I can finally start to come out of hibernation and wear nicer clothes (though still playing it safe with tights because cold legs are a no-go). I totally forgot about this little gem hidden away in the back of my wardrobe, I bought it in the Urban Outfitters sale about a year ago and I've fallen back in love with it, the colour is so pretty. Teamed with my good old faithful buckle boots and my city bag and I'm ready to bask in the sunshine. 

On another note, I attended my first ever blogging event alone yesterday and I didn't make a complete tit of myself so I'm pretty proud of that one. I'm genuinely the worst person for making situations ten times worse than they will be and I was stood outside for a good ten minutes trying to psyche myself up. I think it's SO important to push yourself out of your comfort zone at times, especially if you have anxiety like me. It was a great event and I also got some pretty gel nails in the process, win win! 



Hows your weekend going? Thanks for reading! X


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Beauty Edit: Clinique Chubby Sticks.

Clinique Chubby Sticks
Clinique Chubby Sticks

Hi guys n gals, happy Wednesday! A few weeks back I was lucky enough to win a competition Clinique was running for Valentines day. I never everrrrr win anything so I was over the moon when I found out, but then I realised they'd picked a whole bunch of winners so I was not so special haha, but nonetheless! I am so pleased with my little winning - A Clinique lipstick in shade 07 Super Strawberry

Now as you probably know I collect lipsticks like there's no tomorrow. I feel like I can't leave the house without putting something on my lips, no matter how bold or subtle it is, I feel naked going without. So you can imagine my excitement winning a new lip product to try out and a bloody good one at that. 

I've never ventured into Clinique's beauty range, I always have this predetermined idea that skincare should stick to being skincare and makeup brands should stick with selling makeup, so if i'm being brutally honest it's never really appealed to me all that much. Yet this lipstick has totally swerved my opinions and I'm left with an itch to try some more of Clinique's beauty range. 

On first impressions the Chubby Sticks are super moisturising, I've been suffering with pretty dry lips lately and this has been my go-to lip balm. They have a gorgeous subtle colour, this one in particular, Super Strawberry - is very sheer but leaves my lips a natural red 'just bitten' colour which I feel really emphasises my lips natural shade.

I also find the actual pencil shape applicator to be such a godsend. I can't be the only one who hates tin lip balms?! the thought of the germs from my fingers touching the product makes me feel queasy. So having a pencil-style applicator which I can just glide on my lips whenever they're feeling a little quenched is perfect. This shade itself is one i'd typically go for but now I've done my research I've got so many different shades I want to pick up too. So, suffering from dry lips and want a product that'll not only look pretty but help moisturise them? Chubby sticks are the ones for you.




Have any of you tried the Chubby sticks or is there any Clinique products you would recommend? 
let me know! Thanks for reading x 


Sunday, 12 March 2017

#BERSHKASTYLE



I'm a real laidback gal. I used to obsess so much over my appearance to a ridiculous level but growing older you seem to realise there's a lot more things to life than your perfectly curled hair or your perfectly primed outfits. (That's not to say Nathan didn't have to take hundreds of photos because I felt like I looked awful haha). Don't get me wrong, there's days where I really want to feel good about myself, but more than usual I'm bare effort, natural untameable hair well underway and I make a dash for soft, comfy clothing. 

This outfit screams ultimate comfort for me, my trusty old school vans that are so worn in they feel like slippers, my beloved joni jeans and my new favourite jumper from Bershka. How pretty are those arms! I love the frill detail, it's the perfect balance of boy-ish and adding a little femininity to a casual lazy day outfit. 

I was also kindly gifted this clutch bag which is a complete life saver because it's so roomy. I always struggle to find fashionable bags that hold all my necessities (like five different lipsticks, a hairbrush and a shit load of sharpies) but this is perfect, it's also got an attachable strap too for whenever a clutch is inconvenient - I love it. Thanks Koko Couture, you da best.



How's your Sunday, I hope it's a lovely one! Thanks for reading x

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