Thursday, 31 December 2015

Dear Jenni 2016

   I have to admit I saw Jemma from Dorkface do this post at the beginning of the year and then her recap post a week or so ago. I thought it was a good idea, so I decided to do, a to me post for 2016.
You should all go and visit Jemma's blog it is amaing!

2015 is quickly coming to an end and that means for me, looking at the year ahead. I use to set myself unrealistic new years resolutions, or I would make too many, that I just couldn't keep up.  2016 is more about setting goals, and ones that I would keep and are realistic. In the past I would say, no more junk food and I would fail, when really I should of said to monitor the amount of junk and not to eat a lot of it. Anyway, I'm rambling.

As I type this, we are three days away from 1st January and i'm writing this post, purely for my own benefit. I want to look back at this post a year from now and see how my goals have worked for me, if I stick to any of them and to see how my life has changed. This is technically a letter to my future self.

So, without further ado, here are my goals...

1. Be more healthy with your body
You only have one body, treat it with care and it will do you good. From July 2015 you were doing so well with exercising and eating a balanced diet. But since your honeymoon you lost control. You ate complete junk! you put on 60 pounds in 5 months! you didn't exercise or eat balanced meals. You ate no veg or fruit and now you are complaining your body hurts and feels uncomfortable.

So to clear the slate 2016 is going to be much more balanced, you are going to eat well, workout and take back control of your weight and life.

2. Get out of your comfort zone
At this moment in time you hate your current job. You would much prefer to be your own boss. You already have your own business which is doing well and you have a blog. But, you need to get out of your comfort zone and do things for your business and blog that scare you. You need to take more risks and not emotionally attach yourself to things. If people don't like what you do, who cares? this is for you. This is for what you want in YOUR life. Yes, it will be hard at times, that's the point. Go out there and get what you deserve.

3. Be Happy
2015 has been a rollercoaster of emotions.The first 7 months of the year, you were so happy. You were getting married, you had appointments and you made plans. Since August you have been unhappy. See point 1 above. You made no plans (not even for your 30th birthday) all you have thought about is how unhappy you are in your job, how tired you are after every shift. You count down the days to your next day off and cry every time work phones to call you in to do a 12hr shift, on top of another 12hr shift.

You are the only one who can change this. 2016 is the year to gain back your happiness. Plan things to do, book days off to go somewhere different. Plan your 1 year anniversary. Do things that make you happy and plan how you are going to change your career. This in turn will make you happy and motivated.

4. Become self employed
All of the points above will help you with this huge goal. This is your dream, go for it. Take risks and see what happens.

I will end this post here. These are the main points I desperately want to change for next year. All I can hope is that, the future Jenni will read this at the end of 2016 and tick everything off. I want to look back and say, yes I was heading towards a very dark place. But, I changed it. I took the leap and I talked to myself and I did it.

Here's to 2016 and good luck

Jenni xo

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

What Christmas Means to me


This is it! Last Minute running around, gathering things we have forgotten. Wrapping gifts, while watching films and drinking warm cosey drinks. Baking and or cooking food in preparation for tomorrow. Most of us have finished EVERYTHING! and are just enjoying ourselves, or are at work and will be for the next two days or rest of the holidays. I wanted to do a light and easy to read post for the last day of blogmas. 

Christmas has so many different meanings for so many different people and I just wanted to share with you all what Christmas means to me...

For along time since I could remember, christmas holds a special place in my heart. I love the feeling of feeling christmassy. I love the lead up to it in December, the films, going shopping and having a look at all the different houses decorated and lit up in multi-coloured lights and animated signs, santa and or reindeer. I love it!!!

To me, Christmas doesn't mean presents, I don't get excited for them. Sure, I used to as a little girl. But growing up, it has taken a whole new meaning. I love spending time with my family, whether thats watching a film, playing a board game (yes that's what we do), or filling our faces with food. Recieving presents is just an added bonus. 
Since leaving home eight years ago, I carried on the tradition. I'm not a very materialistic kind of gal. Sure I have my wish lists and items i'm desperate for, but I want to buy those for myself or if I do end up recieving an item for that list, then it's a kind gesture, and very sneaky of the person for looking at my list (I know you're reading this dear husband).  I don't expect for anyone to go out and buy me something I've longed for. To me that's not what Christmas is all about.

I feel kind of cheesy saying this but Christmas is family time. I get super excited at the amount of food i'm about to demolish and I don't care if I feel sick afterwards. I love monging out in front of the tv and watching the Christmas Tv listings while eating more food and drinking hot chocolate or Baileys. I enjoy playing games, usually Manopoly (I am very competative). 

This is what Christmas means to me. So as the big days, edges closer, I want to say have a fun-filled and joyus day. 

Happy Holidays To All My Followers and Readers 

Jennixo
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Get To Know Me... Beauty Blogger Tag!

Morning Everyone! Last week I was nominated by the gorgeous Hannah, from LoveHannahxx to do the 'Get To Know Me' Tag. Don't forget to check out Hannah's amazing Blog!

So, here we go...

Question 1. Is Your Hair Naturally Straight or Curly?
Hmm, my hair used to be dead straight when I was growing up. But, in the past five years it has gone, kind of wavey. Which I'm not complaining. It used to take me ages to get those beach look waves. now it just happens!

Question 2. Do You Dye it yourself, or go to a Salon?
I haven't coloured my hair for over six years. But, when I do, I do it myself. However, if I do decided to dye my hair again, I think I will go to a salon. 

Question 3. Do You Wear The Same Style Everyday, Or Do You Change It?
I do wear the same style everyday. I work full time in a nursing home, so my hair has to be up in a ponytail. I have two days off a week and those are the days I wear it down. 

Question 4. How Long Does It Take For You To Put Your Makeup On?
It depends, if i'm working then it would take me about 15 minutes. On my days off, 30 minutes and if i'm going out for the night, 1 hr depending on what look I want. 

Question 5. What Do You Do First? Eyes or Face?
Face! I always start with my face, so that I don't miss anywhere with concealer and foundation. I have tried starting with my eyes before and that didn't go down too well. 

Question 6. Do You Collect Makeup, Or Just Buy As And When You Need It?
Both. If I see something I love, such as a palette or lipstick then I would buy it. It's more interesting then buying what I need all the time. However, I use all the makeup I buy and never keep something if it has gone past its best before date.

Question 7. How Often Do You Wear False Eyelashes?
Never. One, I can't put them on and Two, if I do manage to put them on they look ridiculous! Plus, I can't be dealing with glue and mess. I wear 3D Mascara which is basically better than false eyelashes and makes your lashes longer and thicker and you don't need glue! which means no mess. haha,  I purchase that online at glamourlashbelles.com

Question 8. What Are Your Current Everyday Staples?
Skincare wise, I switch day to day, from Younqiue's Clean face wash and Dermalogica's cleanse and scrub. I finish with Dermalogicas moisturiser. 

Makeup wise, I love Benefits POREfessional primer and I use that everyday, as well as my Younique liquid Touch foundation and concealer. It gives you that flawless complexion, that I LOVE. I also team it with the touch powder. (These can be purchaed online at glamourlashbelles.com) I ALWAYS use liquid eyeliner on my top lid and my 3D Mascara.

Question 9. Do You Wear Makeup When You're Home Alone, or With Family?
Sometimes, If I know i'm not going anywhere then I don't put any on.

Question 10. How Many High End Products Do You Have?
All my makeup is high end. I either use Benefit or Younqiue. I do sometimes, shop in drugstores for makeup. However, my second job is selling Makeup (Younique - glamourlashbelles.com - shameless plug :P ) which is highend and is mineral based and animal cruelty free.

              
   
Question 11. Do You Plan your OOTD The Night Before, or Decide When You're Getting Ready?
When I'm Getting Ready. I change my mind so frequently on what I want to wear. It's better for me to choose on the day. However, If I'm going out to a party then I would plan a few days before. 

Qustion 12. How Often Do You Change Your Handbag?
Once a year or two? I'm not a massive handbag lover, so when the bag I have starts to break or looks like it has seen better days then I will change it. 

Question 13. How Often, Or When Do You Work Out?
A few months ago I would workout 5 times a day. At the moment it's none. But, that will soon change.

Question 14. Left Or Right Handed? 
I'm Right Handed! 

Question 15. How Tall Are You?
5ft 6in or 170cm

Question 16. Do You Speak Any Foreign Languages?
I can speak very little Spanish. Enough to survive if I get lost in a Spanish speaking Country. 

Qustion 17. Sweet Or Savoury?
I'm a sweet person hands down! I can and will eat every sweet thing put in front of me. My sweet tooth is massive! Doughnuts are my fave.

Question 18. What's Your Favourite Perfume?
My favourite is Next Cashmere perfume. I'm not rich enough to buy perfume. But I do love the scent of Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream. 

Question 19. How Many Pets Do You Have?
I have two Dogs. A girl (Dizzy on the right) and a boy (Bruno on the left) and they are both Staffordshire Bull Terriors. 

                             

Question 20. Do You Read Comments Posted On Blogs?
I do. I read both on my blog and other peoples. I love to know what other people think. 

Question 21. Do You Keep A List Of Other Products To Try When You See Other Posts?
Sometimes, If I like the sound of a product and It will benefit my skin or whatnot. Then I will list it.

Question 22. How Did You Come Up With Your Blog Name?
Well, my name is Jenni anyway so the first part of it was easy. My married name didn't sound right for a blog, neither did my maiden name. So I chose Belle. Because I love the word. It sounds pretty and also one of my favourite Disney charaters is Belle, she loves books and so do I. So Jenni Belle was created. Also, My makeup bussiness is called Glamour Lash Belles. And everytime someone joins my company I call them Belles, so it's in keep with everything.

              

Question 23. What Kind Of Camera Do You Use For Your Photos?
I use my iPhone 6s Plus. I would love a Canon but I can't afford one of those at the moment. 

Question 24. What's Your Favourite Colour?
I don't have just one favourite colour. I love all colours but I ususally lean towards pastels such as pinks, purples, oranges, greens. 

Question 25. Do You Swear?
I'm not going to lie, but yes I do. I only swear if i'm angry or i've hurt myself. My husband does tell me off for it too.

Question 26. What Are You Doing With The Rest Of Your Day?
As I write this post, it's Monday morning and so, I have to go to work at 1pm. So I would just relax and catch up on YouTube videos in the meantime. 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Feel free to comment below, I do read comments haha. I hope everyone has a good day.

Jenni xo

I nominate...

Becca Marie - Becca Marie
Jemma - Dorkface 

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her

                                          

So, it's eighteen days until Christmas!!! I say this casually, but deep down alarm bells are ringing because at this point in time, I have done nothing to contribute for it. Instead I would rather help my fellow readers out, on last minute gift ideas.

For Her

Under £20


- Books

                                  
• Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccetric Glamor by Dita Von Teese
Discover Dita's beauty secrets that have earned her a frequent spot on international best dressed lists and high profile fashion show rosters. This book takes yo through every step of Dita's glamour arsenal, includes her friends - masters in makeyp, hair, medicine, and exercise.

This Book is packed with helpful advise, tips and tricks for anyone wanting to look as good as Dita.
£17 from Amazon.co.uk

                            
• Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge
This is the first book by Makeup guru and YouTuber Lisa Eldridge. Face Paint takes you through history and tells you stories of how and why the items in yor makeup bag got to be there. This book is filled with beautiful paintings and illstrations and some awesome iconic photography.
£15.19 from Amazon.co.uk

- Beauty and Skincare

                                                                                 
                                                                             



• Benefits - Goodies - a go go kit
The kit includes 4 gorgeous longwear powder shadows (Call my bluff, thanks a latte, gilty pleasure and kiss me, i'm tipsy) and a stay-put eye primer (stay don't stray, mini in light/medium). Plus the famous lengthening they're real! mascara is included. This kit is for anyone who loves eye-makeup and is looking for something different. This gorgeous eye kit also comes presented in a collectable tin.
It also comes with a tips and tricks booklet. 
£19.50 from any Benefits store, counter or website





• The Body Shop - Moringa Festive Picks 
This gorgeos 'feel so good' printed box set is the perfet gift this christmas. This box contains a selection of delicate moringa-scented goodies.
The box includes. 
-Shower gel 250ml
-Body Butter 50ml
-Body Scru 50ml
-Moringa Soap 100g
-Cream mini bath lily

Also this specially selected gift = 1 day of safe water for a family in Ethiopia! How thoughtful can you get at this time of year?
£18 from The Body Shop 

£20 - £40



• Liz Earle - Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in Limited Edition Pink Pepper and Mint
This is so on my wishlist for christmas. This is so lovely for anyone who is looking for luxury skincare at affordable prices. Your skin litteraly feels so refreshed and clearer looking after using this. It's also suitable for all skin types. Comes in beautiful packaging. 
£20.75 from lizearle.com

Over £40

• Jo Malone - Bath and Body Collection
This is another item off my wishlist. This has everything you need to have a luxury pamper from head to toe! This set includes
- Orange Blossom Body Creme 50ml
- Blackberry and Bay Bath Soap 50g
- Lime Basil and Mandarine shower oil 100ml
£48 from jomalone.co.uk


What are you getting your girlfriends, friends, mum and or nan for Christmas?

Jenni xo

Top picture taken from Pinterest.
Other pictures show taken from websites mentioned in the paragraph beneath.
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Motivation Monday Week 3

 
                       

Good Morning Everyone, are you ready for today, this week or this month? As we get nearer to Christmas this time of year can be stressful. It does't have to be. So if you jump out of bed with a smile and think about the good points of the day ahead, then you will disperse all that negativity out of the day. Remember, negativity breeds negativity. Positivity breeds positivity. 

Have a super Monday and a fantastic week.

Jenni xo 
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Favourite Blog Of The Month

When I launched my blog at the start of October, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it! It's so much fun planning out what you are going to blog about, finding props to feature in your photos and creating ideas for photography. I've been reading a lot of blogs and following blogs for months before creating my own and I thought it would be a good blog post idea, to feature blogs and bloggers that made me decided to start my own. Also I just want to share how awsome they all are.

So my first blogger of the month (November) is Hayley Rubery, I particularly love the way her writing flows, and get straight to the point of what she is blogging about. Her blog; Frock Me Im Famous is full with helpful tips for bloggers, Christmas Gift Guides, Outfit of the day posts and so much more, I can go on and on! 

                                     
  

I particularly loved her '17 Things You'll Understand If You've Travelled Thailand' post, as I have been all over the country and its islands. It was something I could connect to. There is always something to relate to on Hayleys blog. Her pictures are stunning also, I love how clear and fresh they look and Its something I'm always trying to perfect. 

                      

   

So, if you haven't already, I think you should go and check out her blog right now!

frockmeimfamous.com


                                                  Who's your favourite blogger?


Jenni xo

All pictures belong and have come from Hayley - Frock Me Im Famous.
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Favourite Christmas Songs

   

It's the second of Decemer which means I personally find it acceptable to start listening to Christmas music. Sure, we have been subjected to Christmas songs since October, but that's only in shops and on TV, and I know some of you sang along to them. What I mean is, we now don't have hide our joy any longer! We can now turn up the music, so to speak on any device. Aka through your earphones or your speakers, on loud and throughout your house without feeling guilty, yay! 
I even go as far as creating a playlist on my phone and I end up having a 100 songs on it! Don't worry I won't list them all. Today I am only going to list my top 10. Some of them you may find quite ridiculous, so you have been warned.

10. Lonely This Christmas - Mud
  9. Mr Hanky The Christmas Poo - Mr Hanky
  8. Last Christmas - Wham!
  7. Santa Baby - Kylie Minogue
  6. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith
  4. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
  3. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
  2. Warm This Winter - Gabriella Cilmi
  1. Fairytale of New York - The Pouges

This is just a little taster of what I like to listen to at Christmas and there are plenty of more songs!

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Jenni xo
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

November Reads


     
    



I thought I would do a seperate post for what I loved reading this month.
Lets get to it...

1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

                                
   

Now, some of you may or maynot be aware that I own my own makeup and skincare business. With any business you need to practise and read up on self development. That's when I came across this jem of a book. #GIRLBOSS is all about CEO of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso and how she can help you seek a unique path to sucess. It's kind of like a self-help book, but not at the same time. You read stories about Sophia which lead up to her sucess with her business. Amongst the hilerious stories from behind the scenes. There are some very help tips, as well as some startling wakeup calls. 

This book is a must have for all entrepranuers seeking success with their business or finding success in whatever you love doing. It proves that success doesn't come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break. 

A must read!

2. Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

                                
  

Another must read! I am all about the self development this month, ha! So this one has had everyone talking about it. I've seen alot of bloggers and fellow team members reading this one and I have to say, get it now!

Girl Code is similar to #Girlboss but different all together. It's written through the eyes of the author (Cara), founder of the Champagne diet and a certifed Master Life Coach. Girl Code is a map for female entrepreneurs, professional women, 'side hustlers' (those with a day job who are building a business on the side, like moi), and any one inbetween who wants to become a better woman. 

This book is not a step by step guide and will not teach you how to build a multimillion pound business. But, it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your 'why,' eradicate  jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. This book it rammed with advice and tips. Cara also interviews well known business women and there are spaces to jot down your thoughts.

Highly recommend reading this one. 

3. Blogosphere.

                               
  

Now this is not a book, so to speak. It's more like a magazine but one with high quality advice. It's bascially a magazine for bloggers by bloggers and is full with adive on how to behave at events, tips on advertsing and how to find your blogging niche. Plus it's full of interviews with fellow bloggers and secontions on food, fashion, lifestyle, beauty, travel and photograghy. 

It's a great magazine to have and looks amazing on your coffee table. Costs £4 (plus £1.75 for P&P) and you get it next day delivery if you purchase before 3pm. You can get your copy from blogospheremagazine.com

what's your monthly read?

Jenni xo 
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