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September Favourites

30 September 2014
September has been and gone so quickly and Octobers right around the corner, that and with being on a spending ban (you can read about it here) I've had more time this month to have a good old hoke around in my room and use things that I would have previously forgotten about. Now I'm usually all for two favourite posts: beauty & non beauty but this month I'm combining them, I just haven't loved that much, plus I've been enjoying a few days away from blogging and finding new inspiration for posts but next month, I promise two posts.

The first favourite and probably the best of the month is The Maze Runner by James Dashner, I really wanted to read this before the movie comes out, nine times out of ten I can't read the book after I've seen the movie because then it sort of spoils the book, I like reading everything for the first time and getting lost in it all. I'm about halfway through at the minute and then I'll be on to book two, The Scorch Trails but I'm really liking it so far and its making me more excited for the movie which comes out next week I think, starring Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf fans will relate, what a cutie), Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and Thomas Sangster - fab casting!

Also on the non beauty front I've been using the Soap and Glory Flake Away travel sized tub to use it all up, it smells amazing, S&G know their scents and the product works wonders as an exfoliator. In fact when its used up completely (theres a little bit left atm) I might just have to pick up the bigger sized tub from Boots. My everyday go to perfume has been One Direction's Our Moment, I have too many perfumes to be normal and I'm trying to use them all up and this I've discovered is one of my favourites. It's the cutest bottle and has a fruity scent which I can't stop spritzing everywhere and I'm sure once I smell it their latest perfume You and I will be on the Christmas list ;) Another favourite of the month related to One Direction is their two newest songs released this month from their upcoming album FOUR, Fireproof and Steal My Girl, they're both a bit folky but I love them and if you haven't heard them, have a listen on Youtube :)

As for Beauty favorites I've been loving pink, can you tell? The Revlon kissable balm stain in Honey is so well loved all the packaging has rubbed off, I simply apply this right before I leave the house and I don't have to worry about it ending up all over the place, it stays put all day, isn't drying and is just an all round nice nude-y colour. My second lipstick is more of a coral-ly, its Crosswires by MAC, it has the classic mac smell which makes it amazing in itsef and although I wasn't too sure about the colour originally I absolutely love it once its applied and it hasn't been off my lips since, well worth a swatch. From MAC I've also been using their prep+prime skin visage sample and I've noticed a massive difference in my makeup, my opinion on primers has changed thanks to this little one and lastly on my nails I've had MUA's nail polish in Ameretto Crush and for a £1 I can't fault this, it hasn't chipped and I've had it on for a good few days and its a nice colour, I just don't feel like its time to crack out the purples and blacks yet - hopefully this sunshine lasts a bit longer, anyways thats all my favourites for this month :)

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s What have you been loving through September, beauty, books, tv shows, new songs?

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

26 September 2014
Fridays are a bit of a no go posting day unless I post them really early like today, I'd rather post on a Friday if I can but if not Thursday will most likely be my new posting day along with Monday, Tuesday/Wednesday depending on the week and the odd Saturday/Sunday. This week though the lovely Taylor over at another fashion fanatic nominated me to do the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and since I hadn't seen or heard of it before and it links bloggers around the world I thought it would be a great tag to write. 

The rules are: 
1. Link the blogger who nominated you and their own blog. 
2. Include the award logo on your own blog. 
3. Answer their 10 questions. 
4. Make up 10 questions for the bloggers you nomiate. 
5. Nominate 10 bloggers to do the award. 

Taylors Questions: 

1. What job do you want when you are older? Is this your dream job? 
At the minute I'm not sure which direction I want to go in, theres so many welcoming opportunities, ask me when I graduate and I might have a better idea, I'm still too young for this lol! As for blogging being a dream job? I guess it is a little but at the moment I'm enjoying it as a hobby and creative outlet for myself so that I don't pester my family to pieces, you know how it is. 

2. What is your favourite food? 
Good old pub food (by that I mean something usually fairly simple, like home made vegetable brother, bangers and mash, chicken pie etc) and of course Sunday Dinner, between the two I can't really call it.  

3. What three things are at the top of your bucket list?
1) Have a road trip through America, 2) visit canada, niagra falls, the lot and 3) meet one direction? my list doesn't have to be realistic

4. Why did you start blogging and would you consider starting a YouTube channel? 
I was considering starting one all last year as a way of communicating with other bloggers who liked beauty as much as I do, my brother isn't that fond of me talking about a new mascara, what boy is? and so at the start of this year I took the plunge and started JennysEverydayLife. As for youtube if you'd have asked me a few months ago I'd have said no but now I sort of want to make one just so that people can sort of put a voice to a name sort of thing, I enjoy that about other bloggers but I don't have any clue about editing (I have Windows) so if anyone has any tips please help? 

5. What do you see yourself doing by the time you're thirty? 
Hopefully I'll be working in a job that I enjoy, I'll have been able to travel (even if its just a little) and who knows maybe I'll be married and have kids by then? 10 years isn't a long time :(

6. What are your favourite pair of shoes? 
Currently my black ankle boots which have a chunky heel and a fair few studs so they're giving off that motorbike chic look, plus they're easy to pair with most of my wardrobe and comfy as anything.  

7. What is your go-to casual outfit? 
If I could get away with wearing a massive baggy jumper, scarves, a skirt and ankle boots all year round then that would be my outfit, it definitely is during winter but if I'm feeling lazy probably just a tshirt, leggings and converse, very simple and comfy. 

8. What is your favourite part of your makeup routine? 
Most likely mascara, I love applying it to one eye and seeing the difference between the two, obviously I then apply the second eye or else that would look strange and maybe lipstick too, it just finishes off my makeup before I go out. 

9. Who could you say that your role model in life is? 
I don't have a role model as such just supportive friends and family who help me out when needs be, although I do admire Emma Watson tremendously. 

10. Where in the world do you want to travel to most? 
If you haven't guessed it America, then Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, France, Italy (again), the list goes on for a while so I'll stop now :) 

My questions: 

1. Favourite colour? 
2. Would you ever make a Youtube channel? 
3. Tea or Coffee? 
4. Favourite thing to do? 
5. Favourite Autumn clothing staple? 
6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
7. Favourite tv shows to watch? 
8. Do you think creating/writing a blog has helped you in any way? 
9. Who's your celebrity crush? 
And since everyone seems to be doing their Christmas shopping already (which is crazy!) 
10. Whats your pefect Christmas present?  

My nominees: 

1. India at
2. Kenzie at
3. Francine at
4. Charlie at
5. Jessica at
6. Emma at
7. Melissa at

If you do the tag please leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out :) Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s if anyone would like a youtube video or has any tips for video editing on windows please let me know, I'd be forever grateful

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My University Experience.

23 September 2014
I've maybe wrote this post ten times already but I just don't know how to word everything or maybe its just because I don't write that many personal posts on here but I know a lot of people will be starting University either this week or next and I know that if I had of had someone to talk to about University two years ago, I would have been much more prepared and relaxed so here's a bit about my University experience. 

Back in 2012, seems a while ago now I stressed about not getting into University, probably more than I should have but I really wanted to carry on with education and luckily I got the grades. Within the first week I was ready to call it quits on University in general, since I wasn't living in halls I didn't know anyone and I'm shy enough anyway so I spent a lot of time being quiet and reading and then running for a train and I just wasn't enjoying myself at all. Luckily enough our course had a 3 day residential and over that time I made friends with my roommate, a girl who literally lived down the road from me (like I mean five minutes), we were both fairly alike and she was travelling for the next year like me, what a match! After that the two of us made about 8/9 new friends and I was suddenly happy & ready to start my second week of University, plus I wouldn't have to make that 3 hour daily train journey on my own. 

The classes themselves were interesting, the lecturers were more than helpful and although it was a struggle at times (maths and statistics are not my strong point) I finished my first semester with good grades. The only thing I'd been lacking in is going out for nights out like some of my other friends, however in the second semester I found a balance and I used to stay in one of my friends houses for 2 days and I went out at night too and we also paid our deposit for our second year house, as I really wanted to get a balance of living away at least one year so we were all excited for second year as well, Soon enough it was exam time and I finished off first year with a 2:1 feeling quite proud with what I'd achieved, I know its the Christmas holidays and you don't want to revise but it does pay off! 

Second year was almost right around the corner and it was exciting to be moving away, buying new things, living without parents and all that. Our house was gorgeous, not what you'd expect from a student house in the slightest and we were a ten minute walk away from the beach, what more could we want. For freshers we went out four nights out of the five and from then on we went out nearly every Tuesday and Wednesday night and successfully made it into class the next day at 9am without resembling a zombie, well I didn't, my friends not so much. The classes were more challenging than the first year and the work load was definitely a lot more but if you managed your time well and stayed organised, a planner is essential, then you weren't stressing 2 hours before the deadline - unless the printer in the library brakes and then all hell breaks loose, trust me! 

I was definitely pushed out of my comfort zone a lot more, think presentations in front of 60/70 odd people and I'm really not one for public speaking but in the end I was proud I was able to do so and that felt much better. The second semester we went on a fieldtrip to Cyprus that I posted about at the time and that brought the whole class together and we all bonded even more than we had done in the past two years which was lovely, a night of karaoke with the lecturers did happen. In May it was exam time and I was stressed beyond belief, I didn't have as much time to revise as I would have liked and I came out of my exam thinking I'd failed but when the results came out in July it turned out I hadn't, in fact I was given an award for achieving the best results in my year so that just shows if you're still organised, prioritise your work when you have free time instead of taking mid afternoon naps and revise you can still go out for drinks two nights a week and get good grades, so that myth that you can't is a big lie. It's up to you how well you do, no one else. 

And currently, I should be at Freshers and preparing for my final year of University with about half of my class but instead I'm typing here and I don't honestly know what I'm doing for the next year, its a little worrying yes but I'm coping. I'll be doing a placement year and if I thought I was going to be out of my comfort zone with a class presentation, I'll definitely be out of it now. I'm not sure where exactly I'm going at the minute, heck I haven't even sent my student finance away but I'm glad to have had an extra year before going into my final year, essays, my dissertation and yet more essays. Soon enough it'll be time for graduation and I'm not ready for that. University has given me so many wonderful experiences so far and I'm so glad after that first week that I was able to stick it out. I didn't live in halls and still made friends, don't panic you will. I went out and enjoyed myself with the social aspect of uni and still got good grades. I didn't travel too far away for University and I've had a mix of living there and at home. The only thing I would change is getting involved in more clubs and societies but I'm not beating myself up about it. 

I'm sorry that this is such a lengthy post, I really am but I know a lot of people are just starting University and reading something like this might help, if you've made it to the end, thanks :) Also if you have any questions at all about University, even if you think its a silly one, don't be scared to ask, as I said I'd rather have been able to ask someone two years ago than know nothing. Just don't stress!

Thank you for reading, Jenny xo    
P.s if you do have questions, don't hesitate to comment or even email me if you don't want to publically, I'll try and help as much as I can :) 

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Favourite Brands: Rimmel

22 September 2014
One brand that I've been loyal to since I started venturing into the world of makeup is Rimmel, in fact I think the first makeup bits & pieces I ever bought were from Rimmel and years later they're still one of my favourite drugstore brands, if not my favourite. They have an amazing range of products, are budget friendly and the quality of their products is always spot on! Its probably the brand that I own the most from and I thought I'd express my love in the form of blog post with some of my all time favourites from the brand over the years. Hope you enjoy!

Rimmel foundations, (closely followed by Bourjois) are my favourite brand of foundation from the drugstore, the Rimmel Match Perfection was one of the few foundations that was light enough to suit my skin and worked well throughout the sunnier months when I needed a lighter base or for a good skin day. Another foundation of theirs which is most loved is their Wake Me Up Foundation by me, its a pinch too dark for me in the winter but come spring and summer when I tan a little (read: I'm bright pink) this is what I reach for. The matching Wake Me Up concealer is also incredible, these two together are the perfect duo and although the concealers a little lighter than I'm used to, sometimes the extra shimmer is just what I need.

Now Rimmel sure do know how to do their powders in every shape and form, setting powder, blush, bronzer you name it and they're all spot on. For years, the stay matte powder has been my number one and I'm afraid to think about how many I've got through but it does everything I need so theres no point spending a small fortune on a more expensive powder which might not be quite so good. I've owned a few of their blushes and bronzers, the most recent being the sun shimmer bronzer which my housemate unfortunately dropped and it was smashed to pieces but I've been impressed by both of these and probably need some more in my collection.

My first eyeliner and mascara was from Rimmel, just the standard black kohl pencil and I think it was the extra superlash mascara, very simple but from what I can remember it did what it was meant to do. It didn't smudge, didn't make my lashes all clumpy and stayed on throughout the day so my younger self didn't see the need to venture out into other brands, that all happened later on. R.I.P bank balance.

Lastly my favourite offerings from the brand is their lipsticks, all of Rimmel's different ranges like the Kate Moss range and the Moisture Renew range and even the Apocalips haven't left me dissappointed once. Theres always such an amazing choice of shades, the pigmentation is superb, they're not drying in the slightest and you can always find dupes for more expensive lipsticks. My favourites would have to be the Kate Moss range though, my favourite nude this summer has been 03 from her range and for autumn I'm sure 107 will be back on my lips again. Once these are paired with a lipliner you can really do no wrong.

All in all I absolutely love all of the Rimmel products I've tried over the years and I'm nowhere near halfway through trying them all but if you don't own that many Rimmel products I advise having a browse of their stand next time you're shopping. I can't wait to try some more new things!  

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s what are you're favourite products from Rimmel?

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The Body Shop Honey Bronzer: Review

18 September 2014
With Summer more or less over you'd think the bronzer would be packed away for another year however for whatever reason the sun is making more of an appearance mid September than it did throughout the whole of July & August together so I thought I'd review my favourite summer bronzer which was briefly mentioned in my August Favourites (link), The Body Shop Honey Bronzer.

Probably the worst photo ever, this bronzer just doesn't want to be photographed :(
 I tried to avoid bronzer before so many times, being as pale as I am it always looked muddy and orange on my own skin - maybe I just never found the right bronzer but even still it put me off them until early summer this year when I picked up this. There was some hype around it but what drew me in was the fact that they had two shades for paler skin tones, fair & light. They have 4 shades all together so they do cater for darker skin as well with medium & dark but I was so excited to try it out for myself.

I was the second shade 'light' surprisingly, I'm so used to being the palest of pale and its a lovely colour match for my skin. Another thing that I think put me off bronzers for the longest time was the chunks of glitter and shimmer associated with them however this is a matte bronzer with absolutely no shimmer at all #success, which applies like a dream and can be built up. I still haven't had a time where theres been too much product but it simply adds a natural bronzed look to my cheeks, a warmth to my face if I apply it all over with my RT powder brush and it comes in handy for contouring too. An all round multi-use product AND it lasted ages on my skin, even on the sunnier days it didn't budge like you'd expect.

Without a doubt its my favourite bronzer of the summer and its definitely changed my opinion of bronzers - I've actually reached for this Body Shop offering far more than blusher, my usual go to cheek products. It also looks amazing, its a large compact with tortoise shell packaging (which screams summer to me), includes a large mirror for topping up on the go and the product itself has an intricate honey comb design which is a nice finishing touch. If you're unsure about what colour you'd be, swatching is probably you're best bet next time you're in the Body Shop. It's my new favourite!

You can actually find it here for £13 (link) or on the Body Shop Website (link) and theres always plenty of offers on so you can snap it up for a bargainous price.  

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s what's been you're favourite bronzer to use throughout summer?

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17 September 2014
Ever since my first days on instagram (which was a while back)  I was always drawn to the gorgeous packaging of YSL cosmetics, more specifically the rouge volupte shine lipsticks, they always looked so luxurious & I promised myself I'd buy one as a treat eventually so when my summer exam results came out this year I jumped at the excuse opportunity to buy one. Since I've owned it for a while now I thought it'd be nice to actually get round to reviewing it.

YSL rouge volupte shine lipstick, review and swatches, shade 13, pink in paris
Awkward arm swatch of Pink in Paris, shade 13.
At first I was torn between the original rouge volupte lipstick and the volupte shine, I'm usually more of a matte-ish kind of girl, me and lipglosses/shine don't get on too well so I wasn't sure whether I'd like the shine or not. Whenever you're forking out so much money, you don't want to get it wrong, so after hours and hours of online swatches and reviews I decided I'd try the volupte shine instead as they had a newer formula and a more impressive shade range. In the end I decided on the rouge volupte shine lipstick in the shade 13 'Pink in Paris' & its my most prized lipstick in my collection. Its the packaging, I swear.

Since I hadn't tried any YSL cosmetics before I was pleasantly surprised by the fruity scent of the lipstick, very summery indeed and much nicer than no scent at all. As I said theres a massive shade range and the YSL emblem on the lipstick case itself is similar in colour to the lipstick inside so every shades packaging is unique. Shade 13 is a lovely rosy pink (and although I own a fair few pinks, you can never go wrong with it) and it applies beautifully.

Once applied it feels buttery and after one swipe there's a bold colour showing how incredible the pigmentation actually is on these lipsticks and can be built up even more so if thats what you fancy. The colour itself is gorgeous and glossy but not too much gloss for my liking and lasted far longer on my lips than I expected. With eating two meals and drinks since its first application it lasted 6-7 hours which is crazy! and when it had finally faded it left a subtle stain all over the lips rather than looking patchy so it appeared I was wearing a coloured lip balm instead. The fact that I can wear it and not have to worry about it bleeding is a godsend for someone who doesn't look in the mirror every 5 minutes throughout the day to check.

Overall I am in love with the YSL volupte shine lipsticks and can definitely understand the hype around them, not just for their unique packaging but the product itself and I really want to buy another so badly, I think I may wait and see if some offers are on though as on a student budget I can't splurge £25 a time. This one I actually bought on Feel Unique when they had a £10 off £25 offer on so technically this only cost me £15 #bargain, I think thats why I love it even more so.

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
P.s what are you're thoughts on the YSL rouge volupte shine lipsticks?

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Everyday Face #1

15 September 2014
A face of the day isn't something I usually post but this month is all about diversifying my posts a little so I thought why not? Throughout Spring I rekindled my love with eyeliner & I just wouldn't leave the house without it and a full coverage face but since we've been having summery days the eyeliners long gone and I've been reaching for a different couple of products that I thought I'd share. 

For base I've been using my trusted Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in the shade '100 Ivory' and although its one of my heavier bases I've been holding back and using it sparingly. This paired with my Collection concealer, well my base is good to go. I'm also not the biggest fan of full, dark, unnatural looking eyebrows - theres nothing worse but I've been using the Maybelline brow drama (something I hated at first) and then a cheap and cheerful and I think the darkest eyeshadow from my MUA heaven and earth palette to define the arch a little and together they provide a natural looking brow #success

Eye wise, as I said I have love/hate phases with eyeliner and even eyeshadow, sometimes I just like the effect of a good mascara on its own but recently I've been using a light taupe-y shade from my MUA palette all over the lid just to add a little bit of colour and then my L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara on the top and bottom lashes. This was something I'd completely forgotten about until late and I really love the length/volume it gives. I then applied another layer of mascara using the Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara to add that extra something.    

Powder wise, I've been using my Stay Matte powder across my oilier t-zone, lightly contouring my cheeks using my Sleek Face Form Palette in 'light' and the rose gold blush included in the trio to help brighten up the apples of my cheeks. And then finally, finishing off with a light dusting of MAC's mineralize skin finish in Soft & Gentle, my new favourite thing! 

For my lips I've been reaching for the Kate Moss lipstick in shade '03' a really lovely nude, normally I'm all for a bright lip to brighten everything up but lately I've just really been loving the bronzed and nude look. What way do you prefer doing your makeup/lips through the summer, bold or nude? 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
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Perfect for Pale Skin: MAC Studio Fix NW10 Review

12 September 2014
My Perfect Foundation for Pale Skin post link aka the Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NW10 was posted about a month ago & I promised I'd review it once I'd used it for a while so alas here we are. It's probably the closest match to my skin tone out of the hundreds all the foundations I've tried so far and it would be perfect for all those other pale girls out there. After wearing it once and having a makeup artist flawlessly blend it in, it isn't quite the same so after a few weeks and a lot of use, here we are! 

I knew right away I was NW as I definitely have more pinky undertones but as for the colour match I hadn't a clue, after watching and reading so many reviews I thought I would be able to get away with NW15 (at the time that was the lightest shade) but after looking at it in the shop I realised if I had of bought it online I would have been rocking the whole 'my face is orange' look. Between NW10 and NW13 we decided I was NW10 so that's what I happily walked away with. 

In my last post I compared it to the Rimmel Match Perfection but they're only similar in terms of colour match for me, formula wise they're completely different. The MAC studio fix is a medium to full coverage meaning I can build it up for those bad skin days or let my skin breathe a little and only have a medium coverage, either way it looks amazing. I had always applied foundation with my fingers (they were clean, it was fine) for a more natural look but I've found a brush actually works better applying this and I use my trusty Real Techniques expert face brush (what a life saver) and therefore there's no mess, it applies beautifully and I'm done in no time.  

The foundation luckily doesn't oxidise which I hate foundations doing and stays true to the colour it was when you left the house that morning, no unpleasant surprises mid afternoon when you look in the mirror. It also has a SPF of 15, perfect for summer, applies fairly matte and would suit a range of skin types because of it being fairly matte. The only downside of this foundation is it doesn't come with a pump, I made the decision to buy one with mine but I know my Estee Lauder Double Wear is a real nuisance without one and it's nine times out of ten so wasteful of the foundation itself, so tip of the day, buy a pump! 

As for the foundation I think you can all tell I love it, in fact its probably my favourite at the minute, it's a tie between this and the Bourjois Healthy Mix but I can't wait to wear it through the autumn and winter months as well. All in all if you're looking for a new pale foundation, give this a swatch next time you're near a MAC counter, you won't be disappointed and its so worth its £21 price tag.

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s whats your favourite paler foundations?

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100 Happy Days: Part One

10 September 2014
For the past while on Facebook, Instagram & Youtube, mainly the latter, the 100 happy days tag has been flying about and for some reason or another I've always wanted to give it a go but never got round to it. The jist of the tag being that everyone learns to appreciate the little things in life and have a more positive outlook, an all round lovely concept I think. 

1. Chocolate. I'm sure most girls can relate, chocolate really is a girls best friend and nothing makes me happier than sitting watching movies and snacking on a giant chocolate bar. My all time favourites being Galaxy and Dairy Milk and Easter well thats the perfect time of year for me. 

2. Movie nights. This kind of ties in with the first, movie nights especially in winter make me so happy. Its so cosy to snuggle up in bed on those miserable nights, get some snacks and pop a DVD in the t.v. 

3. Travelling/Holidays. I love travelling to new places whether it be by boat, plane, train, you name it. I just think its so exciting finding new places, shops, restaurants etc and feeling like a tourist mostly. It also helps if the place you're visiting has a warmer climate than home, not hard at all and theres just soooo many places I'd love to visit if I had the opportunity.    

4. Friends. Probably the most well loved t.v. programme of all time! I've grown up watching this, when I was younger I just loved the characters and didn't really understand the plot (what a naive child) and as I grew up I finally understood and loved the programme all over again. This is the only show that I've been able to watch repeat after repeat and still haven't got bored with it. It cheers me up no matter what mood I'm in! :) 

5. Rain. This may be odd but can I just say I love the rain whilst I'm safe indoors, I find it so peaceful watching the rain bouncing off the road outside and knowing I'm dry, I'm probably the only one! Its also so relaxing listening to the rain before falling asleep at night. 

6. Reading. Ever since I was little I loved reading and years later I'm the same. I love getting lost in a good book and more often than not the following in the book series. A couple of years ago I read all four Twilight books in a week I think, oops. I'm a fast reader which is a curse and a blessing and I have a serious problem with not wanting to put the book down until its done but I love reading nonetheless.  

7. Christmas season. I love the build up to Christmas, I usually refuse to shop until Halloweens over and done with and although most people get irritated with Christmas shopping I can't wait for it, in fact I'll prolong buying all my presents at once so I have an excuse to go shopping again. The Christmas atmosphere, bundles of clothes, hot chocolate, lights and snow sometimes is just amazing.

8. My iPod. This is attached to my hip and this point should probably be named music rather than my iPod but still. Listening to new and old albums/songs can bring back so many memories and sometimes its nice to just have a little sing song when no one else is in the house. 

9. Summer Evenings. At heart although I love Christmas and winter, I'm a summer baby and I love summer evenings - its not very often that we see the sun so I like to make the most of it when we do. This mainly means living outside as much as possible and its definitely a nice change to have bright evenings, where its not getting dark at night until 10:30/11pm.  

10. Drives with friends. Since all my friends have been driving for ages its nice going for drives and the odd midnight trip to the Mcdonalds drive through! Its just refreshing having the freedom to jump in the car and be at the beach in fifteen minutes on a nice evening. Now I just need to get round to learning!

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s what small things put a smile on your face?

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The Body Shop Seaweed Clay Mask

8 September 2014
One thing I have a love for is face masks and with the colder months on the way I thought it'd be best to pick up a few more to treat my skin with every Sunday night & maybe a few nights in between too. The newest addition to my collection being The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask for oily/combination skin and since I've fallen for it so much I thought I'd write a review for it - which has been a long time coming!

Most Body Shop products are tailored to certain skin types and although this mask is for oily/combination skin, I think it would also suit those with acne prone skin too! My skin isn't too oily, just sometimes and it makes such a difference to my skin so it would probably do wonders for those who do have oilier skin. Whilst placing an order a while back I decided to buy this, now I hadn't smelt it in store and knew from experience I didn't like the smell of real life seaweed so I don't know exactly why I picked it but I'm so glad I did - it smells lovely (a little strong) but still lovely and fresh and once I'd opened the tub I couldn't stop smelling it, am I the only one?

The mask being clay is quite thick and a greeny-grey colour, think swampy colours and when it dries it changes to a lighter whitey-grey colour. I've actually used it loads of times already and I haven't made a dent in the tub so it'll definitely last a while. Originally I wasn't sure about the £13 price tag but eventually I took the plunge and haven't looked back, in fact its made me want to try more masks from The Body Shop. I only use this once a week usually or if I'm feeling a bit down throughout the week I might use it again, its so easy to apply, just try not to laugh and crack it which I always seem to do and most importantly its not a hassle to remove!

This mask is meant to draw out impurities, excess oils and refresh the skin and it does all of that and more. Its only meant to be applied for 5-10 minutes but I've realised the longer you leave it on the better the results, I usually leave it on whilst watching tv so between half an hour to an hour oops and whenever I take it off my skin feels oh so soft and healthy. I also haven't had that many spots as of late and I think frequently usinng this may have something to do with it so I'm dying to try a few more things from the Seaweed Range which you can find here (link) where the mask retails for £13, don't panic there's plenty of offers to keep an eye out for. I definitely recommend picking one of these up next time you fancy buying a face mask :)

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
P.s what face masks have you been enjoying lately?

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5 September 2014
The rules are very simple, copy and paste all of the rules, this tag was created by Jessica Vannan at Pretty Chit Chat and I was tagged by the lovely Leigh-Ann at Pugs and Flowers to do this tag, her blogs lovely so you should seriously pop on over and visit :)

1. Foundation. 
Lately its been the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, (the original healthy mix foundation was far too yellow toned for my skin) but this in its lightest 'shade 51 - light vanilla' is a lovely match, much more neutral, It's a medium coverage so I don't have to stress on bad skin days (we all get them), lasts all day long, makes my skin glow practically - it looks effortlessly flawless and it of course smells gorgeous, added bonus!    

2. Concealer.
This of course is the well raved about Collection lasting perfection concealer and with good reason, its amazing and if you haven't tried it well you need to and you'll be converted! 

3. Powder. 
I used to have a white Collection Powder which worked wonders if my foundation was slightly too dark but since then I've moved on to my Rimmel Stay Matte and I dread to think how many I've actually bought over the years. It doesn't look cakey in the slightest and works its magic even in the height of summer. 

4. Blush. 
I don't have too many blushers, I usually use bronzer instead oops but if I do need one on an everyday basis its usually the MUA mosaic blush but if its a day for dolling up it'll be either Fleur Power from MAC or Hussy from Illasmasqua. They're all gorgeous shades, last and are super pigmented!  

5. Bronzer.
All summer this has become my favourite bronzer, perhaps ever. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer has the perfect shade range for paler skins, no orange or brown muddy mess. For once I'm not the lightest shade, I'm number 2 - Fair and I just love it. It stays in place all day and honestly I just love the design and compact it comes in too, with a little going a long way! 

6. Highlighter. 
I only have two highlighters in my collection and only starting using them this summer, honestly I hadn't a clue before then. The two are completely different on the price range, the MUA undress your skin highlighter and MAC's MSF in Soft & Gentle, both gorgeous shades but I find myself reaching for the MAC offering more than the other. It just finishes off your makeup perfectly. 

7. Mascara. 
Either Maybelline The Falsies or L'Oreal Miss Manga, out of all those I've tried these are my favourites for giving both volume and length without looking spidery or clumpy. I'm dying to try the L'Oreal million lashes mascara though, I think thats next on my list! 

8. Eyeshadow. 
Being a nude eyeshadow lover the Naked Basics palette is perfect and the fact that I can take it with me when travelling and its pocked sized only makes me love it more. Its titchy and ever so cute and with all Urban Decay shadows the pigmentation and quality is incredible. Good job, Urban Decay!

9. Brows. 
I don't really do too much to them, an eyeshadow that matches which I seem to find is most of my MUA heaven and Earth palette, a trusty eyebrow pencil or else the Maybelline brow drama is all I need, just to shape them a little. 

10. Lip Product. 
The toughest question ever.... I'm probably going to have to pick about five and thats with narrowing it down. For nudes or more natural lips, the Rimmel Kate lipstick in 03 or Revlon Kissable Balm in Honey, for plum or winter lips Kate Moss matte in 107, brights the Revlon Matte Balms and the really matte option (but still a lovely colour) the Collection Cream Puff in Fairy Cake.  They're all gorgeous! 

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag, I've tagged: 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo

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September Spending Ban

2 September 2014
Since its a new month & all that, I decided I'd try a few new things such as a spending ban.... probably not my best idea but hey! I'm usually quite good with money but I just want to see how much I spend on things that I don't really need, but think I do. Apart from the odd thing like going for dinner with my friends every month or something (which is a bit of an ocassion) I've budgeted for everything and I'm going to try my best to stick to it! 

I knew that if I had a unrealistic ban like three months or the entire summer I would definitely break within a week, no one has that much will power especially with new beauty releases every week! Therefore I decided I'd try it for a month, not too long a time to make me give in but not too short a time that I won't notice the difference in my bank account. It'll also give me some extra money to buy things at Christmas etc which I wouldn't have had otherwise.

 If I do need any necessities I'll have to buy them like shampoo or conditioner but aside from that I'm really going to be strict with myself - that means no nice AW14 clothes for a whole month :( Its slightly annoying that everyone else will be splurging with their new student loans and I won't be able to spend a penny but it'll work out better for me in the long run. In about a month I'll probably update and say whether I could stick to it or not (fingers crossed).

Have any of you tried a spending ban? Did you set aside money for certain things or is this something you'd try in the future? I know lots of people had a summer spending ban but I don't think I could cope lol! Let me know :)

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
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