Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Body Shop Vegan Brushes | Beauty


Make up brushes can either help to apply products flawlessly, or can, muck up your look causing streaks and so on. I feel that a base applied with poor quality brushes, leaving streak and brush marks is up there with cakey base as two of my pet hates. And when you get an eyeshadow brush that just doesn't grab the shadow and help to apply smoothly or help to blend, it's just so disappointing and creates way too much work for my liking. So, what were these beauties like? 


These brushes from The Body shop are firstly 100% vegan and cruelty free, and the quality of them is spot on. Nice to hold and all do their job well, whilst looking very stylish and a bonus is that they look just as beaut in pictures. The bristles haven't shed during use or when I've washed them which is what you want, and it lets you know they're well made and will last well through continuous use. 


I've already got my favourites out of the bunch and that have replaced my, what used to be my go to brushes. The N93E (The Buffing Brush) is amazing for stippling and pushing in your base of choice. I'm not a fan of using this brush for buffing into the skin as I find the finish isn't as good as pushing the product in. Because its quite a dense brush and a small surface area, it helps to get a flawless finish by pressing into the skin. It does take a bit longer to apply your base as the brush is smaller than normal, but, so worth it as the finish is lovely. 


Other ultimate favs for me are the N91W and the N93E (Both shadow brushes). The flat shader has been great to press in shadow under the bottom eyelash line to help create an under smoke. Something I've never really been a fan of before, but haven't stopped since I started using this one and can't believe what it adds to an eye look.

The crease brush allows you to pack, blend and everything in between. Such a multi-use item that it's perfect for travelling, but, I just can't stop reaching for it. The bristles are soft and help to blend the edges beautifully and seamlessly, helping to make your eyeshadow look pro.


In all honesty, I was unsure of what these would be like before they arrived. For some reason I thought they'd be poor quality and wouldn't be near that of Spectrum (who also product vegan brushes). But, I will swallow my thoughts as these have really impressed me in particular being the three I've outlined. The other two brushes aren't ones that I've used much of, but I'm keeping at them and everyone and their mum seem to use highlighter except for me! 


xoxo



Monday, February 27, 2017

Freefrom Pancakes for Pancake Day !



Pancakes on Pancake Day is something that brings so many memories of being young and trying to eat as many as I could, and would layer with anything and everything. These days, my pancakes have to be very different to back then and am limited in terms of toppings (thank you IBD). But this doesn't mean I can't make incredibly tasty ones! 



Mrs Crimbles is a great company that specialise in FreeFrom food and have brought out these packets of batter and pastry mix which is a huge help to the freeform community, and give us some convenience in terms of having 'normal' food. Being gluten free is one thing, but I'm also vegan so am always making things from scratch to ensure they are edible and go along with my dietary requirements, so having these are great to have in the cupboard. 


The pancake batter mix is completely gluten free and asks for you to just add add and milk. In my case, I decided to mash us two bananas to act as the binder (instead of the egg) and used oat milk as it's quite creamy and has a nice natural sweet taste. I followed the recipe exactly and just substituted ingredients to make it vegan friendly.


I'm not going to go into too much detail about exactly how I made them, we all know how to make pancakes. But, for reference, I used 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake which made for these perfect American style fluffy pancakes. I topped them with some vegan chocolate chips, agave nectar, flaked almonds and chia seeds.



I love knowing what toppings everyone has on Pancake Day. It's so personal and there's just so many to choose from. I'm partial to strawberries and vegan squirty cream ........ watch out my social media platforms for some live Pancake Day action!

xoxo

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pink for Valentines #OOTD | Fashion


Well, we've had it. The day that everyone pretends to be romantic. I'm not a fan of Valentines day (you've probably already guessed) but thought I'd join in with sharing a bit of colour in my life. Normally being a monochrome lover, these pink trousers are very out there for me and I'm so loving it. They're fun, comfortable and were an absolute bargain in the Topshop sale. 





No matter what you guys are up to on this 'Day of love' I hope you are happy, well and spending your time with someone or people that you love. Don't worry about roses and chocolate. It's the time you spend together. And bright pink trousers rule! 

Layering, mixing textures and colour blocking is something I'm trying to experiment with. Like I said, these trousers are so out there for me, but, I feel pretty comfortable in them which is both great and strange. I saw a whole rail of them in my local Topshop so go down and grab some as I can't find them online! Honestly will get so much wear out of them and are a pretty good transitional piece  being such a beautiful colour. 


Bag| Matalan , Trousers |(similar) Topshop , (similar) Converse , Jumper | Topshop , Rings | Pandora and Orelia , Bracelet | Pandora ,  Jacket | H&M

Much love as always
xoxo


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Am I a Lush Cosmetics addict?


I've been thinking recently about what it actually is that makes me so mad about Lush. Thinking about whether or not it's just a hyped up brand by many bloggers out there (including myself) who snap away and get that gram whenever they take a soak, making me want products, or do I actually love what the products are and appreciate the products for what they do? 

Being a company that don't test on animals is a bonus, and something I'm now trying to live buy as a new addition to my resolutions (post HERE), and knowing I can buy anything under the roof of Lush is just easy. But it's not just the fact they don't test on animals. It's just as amazing how they recycle bottles and make a head scarf out of them, and that you can take your empty bottles in to recycle if you want. There are so many different ways that Lush are trying to help the planet and a reason why I respect and love what the company is about. 


Of course I'm not going to forget about how every product smells delicious and good enough to eat. And that no matter what you pick up in store, the camera loves it. Scents are such a big thing to us and one of the biggest things people look for in a bath or shower product as well as the benefits. Scents are made easy in Lush and you know what you're getting. A great smelling product
 that does what it says and will leave you in a daze for days. The scents stay on the skin for such a long time (sometimes we're talking not just hours, days) and the product that says it will moisturise, so it moisturises. 

As well as the scents the fact they sell things like bath bombs and bubble bars that are fun and really tickle the senses. Being not just a nice smell, but a work of art in your bath of which they bring new items out very regularly. You've got thing for the shower people, like jellies that come in mantas beards and in shower body conditioners that make your skin feel baby soft and oh so brand new. 

Basically, I don't need anyone to persuade me to buy from Lush. I honestly love the company and its products. Lush art is big within the community and as the products are so photogenic, naturally appear on our feeds. But that's not the thing that makes me go back time after time. The staff are all so passionate about the products and the brand, wanting you to love them as much as them. I can't stress enough what a #lushaddict I am, but I can assure you, this love is real and I will keep on supporting Lush as I know they are quality and beneficial products I'm buying that are cruelty free and I can recycle. 

I'm Jaide and I'm a Lush addict. There, I said it.

xoxo

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunday kintwear | Fashion OOTD



The perfect Sunday outfit for me, is one thats easy to wear. Everything from quick to get on, comfortable, cosy and just effortless. To reach this Sunday perfection, I like to go for knitwear and jeans. That's just me. I know some of you out there will be like WHAT? Jeans? Yes, I find them one of the most comfortable items. A part from joggers and leggings of course but, theres a time and a place for those bad boys. 


Sunday morning was a bit of a rush if I'm honest as we were off to Brighton for the day and decided to have a chilled morning with a coffee in bed watching some easy TV, so it literally was a grab and go situation. The jumper is one of my most favourite pieces right now and was a Christmas present from my mum. As soon as I saw Lily Pebbles wearing it in one of her vlogs I just had to have it. Anything grey and I'm there really, but, I also fell in love with the knitted pattern and the high neck but seriously, Marks and Spencer is killing it with knitwear right now. 


Everything else included in this outfit was older than a year, which some people might not be fans of, but, thats just how I roll. The COS jacket (super old) is a proper old favourite that I bust out when in need of a bit of colour and call it my colourful coat as I'm a monochrome worshiper normally. My Russell and Bromley boots are into their 3rd year now and are still going incredibly strong and are most certainly needed in this cold weather when converse just won't cut it. I do want to broaden my collection of ankle boot for this reason and feel a standard Chelsea boots is on the wish list now. 


My little bit of out there with the glittery socks. Because the only jeans in grabbing distance were these cut off ones, I fancied a bit of something something. If they're going to be on display, you might as well give em something to look at. Faithful Topshop glitter socks that I think everyone has. 

Link me in the comments below to some of your go to Sunday looks you've featured. I'd love to see them and get some inspiration. Sunday is by far one of my favourite days of the week and dressing for comfort and ease is up on my list of loves. 

XOXO