Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Monthly Favourites: Bloggers


                           
Good evening, morning, or afternoon to you. Hope everyone's week is going well and if it's not, then just remember the weekend will soon be here! YAY.

I cannot believe that we are now in the last week of January! Say what? Can someone please tell me where the month has gone? This means it is my monthly faves time... Which brings me to todays post. I want to shoutout the bloggers who I have been reading posts from for the whole of January and who have inspired, motivated and helped me. I read tons of blogs and these are the ones that stood out for me.

Here we go...

                                    

                                                                      dorkface.co.uk

I absolutely love Jemma's blog. I get so excited when I see that she has created a post. Jemma was one of the first people I followed on Twitter and Bloglovin, when I first started blogging. I had no idea what I was doing, and at that time the blogging community I was seeing was a very negative and bitchy place. I was so nervous to post and almost quit. 
At this time, Jemma created some very helpful posts about blogging and how to get started, which helped me tremendously. She also created #TheGirlGang on Twitter, a positive place and community for bloggers which I love and have made loads of friends.

dorkface.co.uk is a fun and colourful blog. The layout is easy to navigate and Jemma's photography and designs are so lovely and gorgeous. Her content is amazing and her blog is filled with all kinds of posts from personal to useful tips. This blog will keep you hooked. You should all go and read her latest post; Blog Advertising; Things You Should Think About - especially if you're new to blogging. 

                                   

                                                                   fromroses.co.uk

From Roses is next on my faves list. Rebecca is amazing and her blog was also one of the first ones I started reading and following. Her layout is so simple and airy, it's so fresh. Her photography is bright, clean and inspiring, I love it. It might sound insane but I feel like I'm outside, every time I go to her blog. That's how fresh it is. 

From Roses is more lifestyle, with beauty, style and fitness thrown in for good measure. You will always find something you like on this blog. I particularly enjoyed reading her; Productive Habit To Get Into For Working Smarter, Not Harder post.



                                   

                                                                    oliviacheryl.com

Last but not least is Olivia Cheryl. Again, Olivia was another one of the first people, whose blog I started reading. Her blog is filled with awesome content such as; My online dating experience Part 1 and 2. Olivia, also posts helpful blogging content like; Do You Really Need Bloglovin? 
Her photography is colourful and girly and always, without fail draws me in. Olivia's blog is  easy to navigate around and at the top of her blog, has a 'Big This Week' and 'Recent Posts' where you can click on her popular posts or recent one, without scrolling all the way down to find. 

Olivia also has a YouTube channel, which I have just discovered and I love! It has some pretty awesome vids for you to watch from Look Books, to makeup and hair tutorials. You should all go and subscribe!



Well, that's it for this month at least. I hope you all enjoyed todays post and I will be back soon, with another post.

Who's your favourite blogger(s) of the month?

Jenni xo
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Confessions of a 90's Kid


                   
                               
I'm always day dreaming about how great my childhood was, and thinking 'those were the days'. I haven't hidden the fact that I am now thirty (Yikes). This consequently means I spent all of my childhood in the 90's. This was all before smart phones, internet (as we know it), catch-up on demand and Apple Music or Spotify. So what was it like growing up in the 90's

Music: In the 90's itunes, Spotify and apple music wasn't even thought about, let alone invented. So I spent the majority of the evenings (especially Sunday at 4pm) recording chart music onto blank tapes. I wasn't rich enough to buy cd's (they were expensive! You wouldn't have much change out of a £20 note), and buying tapes was a declining item. Just thinking back to when I would spend ages, next to my stereo, index finger on the play button and thumb on the record, because you had to press the buttons down at the same time to record, and it was so easy to screw it up. It makes me shiver. I use to always have a blank tape in, just incase a song I liked came on and I could instantly record it. Flying off my bed like a crazed lunatic, so I didn't miss the start of the song, especially if it was the Spice Girls. All of these tapes I would listen to on my walkman.

Later on, when I was able to buy CDs or were gifted them, I had a portable cd player which I took everywhere with me and I owned hundreds of CDs. Which now have all gone to car boots or the skip.

                                 


2. Consoles: When it was raining and only raining outside and it was the weekend or half term, I was aloud to stay in doors and play on my Saga Mega Drive II . I loved that console and I equally loved Sonic the hedgehog. I would spend all day trying to beat Dr Robotnik and would get very angry if I lost a life and had to start at the very beginning of a difficult level, because there wasn't a save button back then. 

I also spent a lot of time on my Commodore 64 (a computer with a tape player attached, for games) and play Flimbo's Quest, which I completed once and there was still no save button. I was pleased as punch and one of my life's goals back then.
                               


3. Outside: I was constantly told by my parents to go outside and only come back for dinner and when it starts getting dark: Making dens was a serious topic of discussion amongst friends. I would spend hours after school, at weekends and during summer holidays searching for a place to build dens and making them. I was lucky enough to have a large group of friends who lived not far from me, some lived next door or on the next street. We would go to the local woods and build our dens out of fallen branches, shrubs and furniture that people had dumped. The best den we made had a carpet, oven, sofa and coffee table. Until a rival group noticed and set it alight or robbed it off us. Those were the days.

4. Mobiles: These were available to me during the later part of the 90's. My parents thought it a good idea to give me a brick. Seriously, they were heavy and chunky and annoying. They had no games on them, the only thing you could do was make a call and text which cost 10p, so you had to be careful in the amount of text you sent. I probably had to go and top it up twice a week. Yep, I said top it up, there was no mobile phone plans back then, It was all pay-as-you-go. You had to go to your local newsagent, tell them which card you want and It was just a card, which you scratched the silver off the back, call a number and enter the code and hey presto you had £5, £10 or £20 on your phone. I defiantly don't miss doing that.

                     
5. The library was my friend: I didn't have a proper computer growing up, so I didn't have the encyclopaedia CD-ROM to use. So, when I had projects from school to do, I had to go to the library. I remember doing a lot of homework at the library and I use to have to get there early on a Saturday morning, otherwise all the table were filled and I had no where else to work, except on the floor. I use to know my way around a library pretty well, I knew where the sections were and what the different symbols on the spines of the books represented. 

5. Collections: I collected a lot of crap in my childhood. A couple of collections I was obsessed about was pogs and tazos. I had hundreds and would spent my break times at school playing and swapping. I also collected the spice girls photo type things that went around. I may still have these collections back in my parents loft as I don't remember throwing them away. 

                            


6. Video Rental: My favourite thing to do at the weekend was go to choices or blockbuster and pick a video to rent out. It was like a huge thing back then. Before films were available to buy, you had to rent them out and it took years for a film to become available to take home from being out at the cinema, and I mean years. 

7. Saturday Mornings: If I wasn't going to the library and it was raining out. I would spend the morning watching tv, especially Live and Kicking and later SM:TV. This was before we got sky and was able to watch channels like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

                                

8. Friday and Saturday Evenings: They were the best for tv. I loved knightmare, which involved a creepy medieval set and some poor old teen wearing a viking hat over there head and eyes, so they couldn't see and be told by their friend three friends, which way to go and be shouted to 'STOP!' before they fell down a hole or a skeleton grabbed them. I also watched The Crystal Maze, Krypton Factor, Generation Game, Gladiators,  Blind Date, Noels House Party, TFI Friday, and many more great programmes.


9. School Discos: These were the highlight of the end of term at school. I would make it my mission to know the dance routine to the Macarena and Saturday Night. And I would know all the words to any of Take That, Boyzone and Ace of Base songs.

And Finally...

10. Fashion: I didn't really take note of fashion. The first part of the 90's I wore hand me downs. By 1997 I was more conscious of what I was wearing and copied a lot of what my friends or the Spice Girls were wearing. I wore a lot of sports wear (Sporty spice was my fav), especially ADIDAS and Kappa, which had poppers down the side of the legs. I also owned quite a lot of pairs of combats which would sit on my hips and crop tops (Thanks to the girl group All Saints). I mainly wore practical clothing, because I was always out climbing trees, building dens and hanging out at parks. Also, I was a bit of a tomboy so choice of footwear was a pair of Reebok trainers (I even had a black pair for school)
                         



I hope you enjoyed reading about what my childhood entailed. If you were a 90's kid then what did you get up to?

See you soon.

Jenni xo 
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Friday, 15 January 2016

Book Review: Unforgiven by Lauren Kate


                                     


I absolutely adored the fallen series when they were first published. The series revolved around the love story of both main characters Lucinda and Daniel. I am not going to give away the story. But I do recommend reading the series first before this one.

Unforgiven tells the story of Cambriel, who was last seen in the rapture before disappearing. This supposedly hints at the reason why he left the sword & cross school (Fallen series). Cam is reminded by Daniel and Lucinda's love story about the love he lost with Lilith, three millennia ago. Now he is back in Lilith's life and only has fifteen days to make her fall in love with him again, a bet he made with Lucifer.

I was so excited to learn about this new book and even more so, that it was about Cam. Cambriel 'Cam' was my favourite character out of the series, so I was sad to see him leave. Cam portrays one of those 'bad' guys. You know you shouldn't date but can't help it. He has the dark hair, pale skin and mysterious green eyes and a smoulder that would make you faint. He is subsequently a jerk in the fallen series. Well, he is a Fallen Angel after all. 
However, in Unforgiven he seems different, not as bad ass. We see a different side to him. I love how Lauren decided to show us this almost different, but lovable Cam.

I felt that Lauren Kate did a very good job at this book. I did sometimes feel that it was Daniel and Lucinda all over again. That was soon squished with some chapters going back in time to when Cam and Lilith knew each other and what actually happened. with returning Fallen characters making an appearance, which I loved.

The book read very easily for me. I flew through this book, reading it as soon as I had time. This story is filled with ups and down for the couple and it has you on the edge of your seat, wanting to know more.

Towards the end of the book Lauren doesn't fully end the story and it suggests maybe another book maybe in the pipeline? I hope so :)

I have read a lot of comments from people who are rolling their eyes at this book. Some even begging Lauren to 'let it go' as in the series. I have to say, Lauren if you are reading this then please write as many books in this series as you  can. I loved every minute of each book, for me it's a guilty pleasure and feels kind of Disneyesque? (Think I just created a word).

All that put a side. I fully enjoyed reading this new book in the series and I would highly recommend reading this and the series to those who are into teen fiction, Angels and Demons, and fantasy. 

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Jenni xo
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Myths About Oily Skin




As you may have read in previous posts, I have extremely oily skin. It has been one of my burdens for fourteen years,and i've only just accepted it as something that is part of me and it will never go away. 

I was seven years old when my oily skin broke out. At the time I didn't take much notice (What did I know about skin at seven?). I just washed my hair more often. It wasn't until I was thirteen when I took real notice. This was also around the same time I started to wear makeup everyday (which didn't help). I was absolutely clueless on skincare and makeup. I didn't even have a computer and even if I did, Google as we know it now, didn't exist! All I had was teen magazines and even then advice about skincare and oily skin was limited. All I heard was to use this and that, which would strip the oils right out, only to make it worse and sometimes dry my face out completely. 

I wish I had someone to talk to, who knew and understood oily skin and could have helped me out. So this is a series I will be posting once a week, to help those of you who, like me, suffer from oiliness. So, without further ado... 

Enjoy x

There are loads of myths about oily skin out there. Here are four facts to further your understanding of how to really keep oil under control. Lets debunk those myths!

MYTH 1: Oil can be controlled by stripping skin with harsh, drying ingredients such as alcohol.
This is so false. Like I mentioned above, stripping the skin of oil can actually make your skin over produce oil. How come? Because your skin will then try an replace the oil that has gone and then makeup what's lost!  If you do use alcohol-based products this will also cause your skin to dehydrate, become irritated and sensitive. 

MYTH 2: Sunscreens and moisturisers increase oil production.
Another false one. There are sophisticated products out there that won't clog up your pores, and even contain oil-absorbing microsponges for the ultimate in sun protection and skin care benefits. Dermalogica, ESPA and Elemis are just to name a few, go and have a chat with your local beauty therapist. 

MYTH 3: A little sun exposure is ideal for drying up skin.
False: I remember reading this in the advice section of a magazine and even I knew that it seemed wrong. Sun exposure is never good for skin. while it does give a temporary 'drying' effect. Your sebaceous glands will speed into overdrive to help replace lost oil and give you even more!

MYTH 4: There's nothing that can be done to help control oily skin.
Definitely false. Don't give up! Having oily skin is just as manageable as any skin condition. I did it the hard way and dried my skin out. I've used all sorts of products and it wasn't until I became a fully qualified  beauty therapist to really understand my skin and to use the right products. 
Go and speak to a professional skin therapist who can analyse your skin, then provide a real proper diagnosis, which will include a regimen of products and lifestyle changes to keep oily skin under control.  

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you suffer from oily skin, I hope I've helped. If you do have any questions then please comment below?

Jenni xo
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Saturday, 2 January 2016

To My Younger Self: Skincare Advice


I have been interested in skincare since I was sixteen years old. I even went and completed a Beauty Therapy course. This was a good fourteen years ago now (yikes!). 

Now that I am older, I know more about my skin and what to put on it, here is the advice I would give to my younger self. 

1. Hands off the soap! Never, ever use soap on your face. It's so harsh it strips your oils from face, making you more oily and or, dries out your skin. (Yes, I used to wash my face with body soap).

2. Moisturise. This may sound controversial, but moisturiser will help with oily skin (As long as you use the oil-free ones). Moisturiser minimises your pores and helps hydrate your skin, so your skin doesn't over produce sebum (oils).

3. Use oil-free products. This will help greatly.

4. Invest in a good skincare range. Having extremely oily skin, is the bane of my life! I found out in my beauty course that the brand Dermalogica helped tremendously with my skin. At the time I felt as if they were leading the way to help people like me. They cater for ALL skin types. 

5. Keep drinking water. This actually helps contribute to clearer and softer skin. And also helps it to stay hydrated and supple. And stops the glands over producing oils.

At the time I had no idea what to do about my face and I feel so happy with my skin now, now that I know what to use. 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

See you soon.

Jenni xo


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