Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dairy free winter drinks | #jaidemas


Not being much of a traditional tea drinker, and only a coffee girl at the weekends, I tend to live off herbal tea, green tea and hot chocolates during the week. I like starting my day with a fruity one that's quite light, and finishing off my day with a comforting, rich drink and thought I'd share as I understand the struggle of these colder days. 


Green tea ~ Tetley Beauty Tetley Immune Twinings Fudge Melts
These teas are one of my fav ways to enjoy a little warming beverage to kick start my day. The beauty tea is cucumber and apple and is so refreshing and really tasty. It contains B7 and is supposed to help maintain healthy hair and skin, which is always a bonus. I also really enjoy the immune tea, which is more fruity and tropical with pineapple and mango. This tea has added vitamin C and helps to support your immune system (and mine is shockingly bad so this is much needed). Both are lovely and easy to drink and a nice alternative to regular tea and coffee. 

The fudge melts don't state they have any promises to help with your beauty or immune, but they do taste a little indulgent. Some people just don't get the reason why I enjoy Green Tea and how I can even call it tasty or indulgent, but I just love the taste. 

Herbal tea ~ Pukka 
In general, I enjoy the majority of the Pukka tea flavours and tend to grab the variety box so I always have a good range to choose from depending on my mood. The night time and lemon, ginger and Manuka honey are my ultimate choices from the variety pack. Because they're wrapped singly I like chucking a couple in my work bag as ready to have whenever.

Hot Chocolate ~ Freddo Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
I follow the Accidentally Vegan instagram (which I'm so incredibly thankful for), and when they uploaded the picture of the Freddo Hot Chocolate as being unintentionally vegan, I virtually went straight to the supermarket to hunt it down. The ingredients on the back stating that 'It may contain milk' but isn't listed as an ingredient. I like to use rice milk or the foamable oat milk you can get as I find it makes the thickest and creamiest hot chocolates. Of course I top it off with some dairy free whipped and marshmallows. Evenings are when I like to treat myself to one of these naughty warming treats, however, I probably have a little too much per week. Whoops. 


Thanks for reading one of my #jaidemas posts! Now who's for a warm beverage? 

xoxo


Monday, December 5, 2016

Don't know what to get her? | #jaidemas


Recently I've started to panic as secret Santa is something I'm going to have to take part in soon, and also, will be off buying stocking fillers for my mums stocking as soon as my dad sends the text with the subject 'Help-mums stocking'. Your brain goes into overdrive and you start worrying about what items to buy and what they like and what if they don't like certain things. I'll always go straight to these types of items for 'her' no matter what age really as they are safe options. Never have I experienced a secret Santa/friend/female family member to be disappointed or not please with their present following these staple presents.

This Works - Deep Sleep Pillow Spray -  
Being a daily user of this and majorly addicted to it, I like to share the love of this product with everyone I know. Some people really don't believe that things like this work, but even if that's the case, it smells so nice and to receive a mini is a perfect trip away accompaniment. My grandparents are now into it along with my parents and they all love the scent so I'm pretty confident that anyone who loves sleep will love it.

The Body Shop - Almond hand cream-  
Hand cream is something I buy every year for so many different people and no matter what age, receiving it is always much appreciated. This hand cream is one of the best in my opinion as well as the Hemp one. Incredibly moisturising, softening and smells great. Depending on where you buy the hand cream from, you can get nice sets or, can get them singly and gift them to someone alongside another present.

Yankee Candle - Tea light variety pack -(similar)
If someone buys me a candle, I'm always so so so so happy! Candles are a fab way to gift people with something that will last and also be used, as who doesn't use candles ey? These little gift packs are such a good idea for people who aren't massive on candles and particular smells, but gives them the opportunity to try out a few different scents. Christmas cookie smells amazing! You must go smell it. 

So...? Fragrance set - 
I like having a nice variety of possible smells to reach for day to day and don't like to waste my expensive Tom Ford perfume on wearing it to work. So, for going to work I use body sprays from brands like Soap and Glory and So...? I have this set myself and think it's just a nice thing to receive. This scent in this box is quite a fresh and general smell so it's hard not to like it. Affordable, nice to have in a handbag just in case and just handy to have.

Flamingo candle -
I know I've already included a candle, but if you want to get someone a candle and want it to be a little bit more special than a variety gift set, then a Flamingo candle is where it's at. The packaging is so adorable and one that you see all over Instagram (so perfect for those posting a lot on social media). They have some great scents like mojito and Palm of Violets and so many more. I always feel more inclined to buy a candle that's in a nice jar as I think about what I can use the jar afterwards, as a cotton bud holder (love doing that).

All of these are items I feel are easy to buy if your in a rush or feel stuck on small presents to get people. They're all handy and nice gifts to give to someone even if you don't know them, I'm sure they'll all go down well. 

Have fun shopping!

xoxo

Friday, December 2, 2016

What I'm splapping on my face right now | #jaidemas


Last week I had a little switch around of a few items that I had just completely forgot about. You know what the deal is, when you have too much 'stuff' that you end up just picking the same thing every day. So, I selected a few products I'd not used in a while, or never used, and put them in a make up bag which I was determined to solely use for a certain period of time, until I had a good opinion on the newest items. I'm pretty proud that this exact line up has been on my face since I shared this snap on Instagram last week. I'm honestly love this gang and thought I'd let you know why they're spicing up my make up bag. 

It's all about the lashes for me right now and I'm ditching the liner as in all honestly, I just can't really be bothered right now. I'm in a liner rut and am kind of waiting for the greatest one to land right in front of me as I'm fed up searching for it. For now, it's my lashes that are dominating my eyes and I couldn't be happier I found the Nars Audacious Mascara in my local TKMaxx so much cheaper than it should be (#winning). The wand has lots of little bristles and really grabs onto your lashes from the lid and pulls them right up. The length and the curl holds for hours and have been receiving compliments since using it saying my eyes look like they are popping and really stand out.  

The Kat Von D 'Shade and Light' eyeshadow palette was bought for me back in March by my sister (she did good), and it was forgotten about over the last few months and in one of my boxes of newer items I must use more. I knew I was going to love using it properly but seriously, this palette is so useful and versatile. Some stunning shades, some I don't normally wear at all and some which are just so easy to slap on yet they look so lovely. Yes it's an eyeshadow palette but, I've been using a couple of shades for face contour (gotta love a multifunctional product) which gives a really nice natural effect to the face. Silky, pigmented and easy to blend = perfection. 

#browsonpoint hashtag is used all over the internet and social media and now I feel I can use that hashtag. Having recently attended the Makeup Revolution Halloween party and was kindly gifted a few different items including this dark eyebrow shadow from Freedom. The pigmentation is fantastic and actually have to have a bit of a light hand when using it as it's that opaque and just solid colour. I tend to just go in with the darker one of the two and just apply differently across the brows mixing a light hand and normal. The packaging is quite standard, but, being small and so compact and includes a mirror! This will not just have your brows on point, but serious handbag/purse goals with a dinky mirror on the go.
 

I'd love to know your opinion on any of the products shown in the picture above and whether you like them or think I should try a different one. 

Thanks for stopping by on #jaidemas day 2!

xoxo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The first day of #jaidemas


Being a full time teacher limits me in terms of how much time I can spend filming, blogging and taking pictures, and over the past couple of months I'd really been thinking about going that extra mile this December. I'm so limited during this time of year as I leave when it's dark, and get home when it's dark, so thought, why not give both blogmas and vlogmas a go and alternate between the two and lets call it #jaidemas 

Over the years I've been a devoted blogmas and vlogmas supporter and have always fancied taking part myself. The reason behind #jaidemas was for me, to document my December and my life, but also, to share more of me with you lovely lot. I've come up with a little timetable which goes a little like this.

December 1st - 7th - Blogmas (8am upload)
December 8th - 14th - Vlogmas (6pm upload)
December 15th - 21st - Blogmas (8am upload)
December 22nd - 29th - Vlogmas (6pm upload)

This works well for me as I'll be vlogging the weeks when I have things going on, like events and social goings on, and blogging when my weeks will be a little quieter and very work focused. You can expect posts and videos that are Christmas focused, general beauty and skincare, fashion and also baking. I've got a few events and things so will be good fun!

Taking part in blogmas and vlogmas is something I think can really benefit someone who shares a lot of their life on social media. Your followers are able to see and hear more of you and become closer to you as a person and not just through Twitter chats. I hope you can follow me and support me on this journey and would love you us all to use the hashtag #jaidemas to chat together. It's going to be so tough, full time job, long days, limited daylight and a slow Macbook, and I'm predicting that coffee will be in high demand but bring it on! I'm ready!

xoxo

Monday, November 28, 2016

Constantly shopping my wardrobe | Fashion


I recently spoke to a close friend about my spending habits and she honestly nearly choked when I said "But I don't spend much on clothes". To be fair, she sees me posting pictures on Instagram and Snapchat sharing all clothes, bags and beauty etc so, I guess it comes across like I'm always buying new items. To tell you the truth, I rarely buy clothes and am a bit of a strange clothing shopper. I can't straight up go into Topshop for example and spend £50 on a dress or £45 on some jeans. I just can't part with that lump of money on a regular basis. Every now and again, I'll have a little spend, but all of which I'm very selective and clear minded with my purchases. 


So, how do I make it seem new and fresh? Well, changing up your wardrobe with the seasons allows you to feel quite fresh with the options you give yourself. If I'm starring at the same wardrobe from January through to December, I'm going to grab the same things over and over and would feel a little boring and mundane. Working in a rotation helps it to feel like you've been shopping because it might of been a whole year since you last wore that black fluffy jumper, but now your reunited, and it feels brand new.

Where do you store your second stash though? I'm lucky enough to have two wardrobes and have the one in my bedroom as my current seasonal collection, which is where I reach into every day. The second double wardrobe is in the spare room and houses everything I won't wear at the moment depending on colour palettes, texture etc. Some items are hung on a rail, but others are just folded and in storage bags until the next time I need them.

My thought process behind this method is being able to keep my spending down, but always feeling fresh and happy with the clothes I have to choose from. Some might say that this method is pretty similar to the capsule wardrobe, and I would agree that there are similarities and both do make you really think about the items you have and might need. 

 
I couldn't really get the detail in that I'd like, so depending on the response, I'll make a YouTube video to go alongside where I can show you exactly what I do and the motions of the process.

xoxo