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The Bourjois Limited Edition Mascara.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

First post of the week and its already almost Thursday- I really didn't think getting back into full-time work would affect my blog schedule but its hit hard. Over the last week and next couple of weeks, I'm going to be trying my best to organise my time and schedule content in order to still continue on with my blog and juggle both. In my desperate 'new job' shop last week however, I did go a little crazy on the clothing front but also bought makeup like i'd never be able to shop again- no idea why- but here it is- my first of many of these new product posts.

The packaging on this Volume 1 Seconde Mascara has caused me to have such high expectations aswell as a  beautiful new dressing table addition. Its so fun and colourful and instantly caught my eye when makeup shopping in the week, and I just knew I had to try it. I'm yet to try any mascara's from Bourjois but if its anything like their foundations or bronzers then it will no doubt be great.

Currently I'm using the Maybelline Lash Sensational which I think is one of my favourites yet, so I'm definitely trying to make this last for as long as possible. Eventually I will have to make the change however, but I'm always open to trying new ones so I'm pretty excited to of picked up this one already. I'm yet to properly trial this product but from first impressions its pretty much worth the £8 its on promotion for at the moment so i'd recommend grabbing it while its at this price. Most mascaras seem to of reached and exceeded this price level now to find this was quite a surprise for me. 

From the display in the store however, I do know that the product itself has a plastic brush opposed to bristles which is great in the long run as it maintains its structure well. Another aspect I like however was that it also has small, little bubbles on the end of a few of the bristles which really helps to get them pesky small lashes I'm sure. 

What do you look for when picking a mascara?
Seeking ElleJay.

The Pug-Party Phonecase.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

How cute are these little pugs, right? Once the lovely people over at Iconemesis offered me the chance to try one of their lovely phone cases*- I had a browse and I couldn't deny that I needed this one in my life. A pug is my dream pet so part-filling this void in my life with this fun and adorable cover for my phone brings me so much happiness.

Iconemisis do a variety of covers for the latest iPhones and the options range from fun styles such as this pug illustration design by Gemma Correll, to more subtle designs such as this floral pattern by Johanna Basford. If like me, you are very behind on technology currently too, you definitely need to take a look as the iPhone 5/5s cases are on sale and are as cheap as £5 a case. At that price, you really can't go wrong, as the quality of both the case itself and the print are amazing. However, if you are a iPhone 6/ 6 plus owner, you will be overwhelmed with the amount of choice and at only £15, you still are getting quite a bargain.

What style do you go for when picking your phonecase?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Myths of Blogging.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


With the likes of faces such as Zoella, Tanya Burr and Fleur De Force making a big splash into the book world with their best selling title, and now Lily Melrose following suit- many of you may be thinking ‘anyone can do that’ or that they’re not deserving of their quick success. Blogging has been around for years but only recently has the marketing world seem to have tapped into just how advantageous this world is for promotion. However to become a blogger like these girls, its not as simple as a few posts to break into the world of online opinion sharing, as with the title ‘blogger’ comes a lot of struggles and false realisations when starting off, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you.

Blogging is easy: 

Probably the biggest misconception of blogging is that it’s an easy hobby or job to have. You’ll find so many people on social networks such as Twitter or Instagram calling out bloggers and accusing them of wanting free things. If only that was the case eh? It's so much more than taking a few photos and putting them on the Internet with a quick review. A lot of effort and thought goes into each and every post whether you think it looks that way or not. Photos involve dedication and can leave them waiting hours for a good bit of light or can mean retaking a whole album of photos just because of a bit of hair that got in the way. Then comes all the retouching to correct the composition and contrast, and resizing to make sure it fits perfecting in their blog layout- see where I’m going with this? It’s not all it seems. Becoming a full time blogger comes with a lot of sacrifices and you can bet that those people will sacrifice a night with their friends to ensure you get your post on a Thursday as promised.

It just means writing on a website: 
There’s the post idea and research, then the content and photographs, then there’s the promotion on every social media outlet you have. Alongside this, you have all the bits in-between such as answering questions from readers, attaching tags so its easy for the reader to navigate and then there’s the actual site to worry about- HTML, SEO and every other confusing website letter combination you can think of. Without all these aspects, how will anyone ever get to read your opinion and the things you write on your blog?

It’s all about 'free things': 
As mentioned above, this one of the largest misconceptions there is about blogging. Many non-bloggers assume that everything that appears on a blog is gifted to the blogger and the things that are written are paid opinions. In actual fact, if an item is given to a blogger for review purposes, it will be written within the content or marked with an asterisk (*)- so look out for this – but this still gives the blogger the right to give an honest opinion- good or bad. In saying this however a gifted sample isn't at all a free item- it's payment for taking the time to research and write about the brand, include the product in your blog, and as mentioned above, it can be time consuming and very hard work!

You will easily get followers: 

A lot of people start a blogs not as a hobby but as a ‘quick way to make money’ and soon give up once they don't suddenly get thousands of followers after posting twice. It takes time and hard work to build up a following and even the biggest bloggers started off at 0 too! It involves placing yourself and your niche into the community, and therefore working hard towards your goals for your blog. Without a good base and consistency in your work, you could be a year in with no more than 15 readers, so don’t expect it all if you’re not willing to give it your all aswell. If this means creating content alongside working a full time job then you’ll be joining probably 90% of the blogging community.

As you’ve just discovered, blogging does have its downsides such as the time it takes and the sacrifices it requires but its not all doom and gloom. It’s the perfect creative outlet and its definitely said by many to be one of the most rewarding jobs there is with the constant support from readers and your new positive outlook on life through the way you begin to view the world. Plus, if there’s ever a way to feel less guilty about buying your dream pair of shoes- labelling it as for blogging purposes is the ultimate excuse.

What do you think of people making blogging a full time career?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Best Prints Under £15.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Whether you've had a home reshuffle or you've just moved into somewhere new- sometimes the rooms can be hard to make homely. No matter how many walls you paint or times you move round your furniture, it might still leave you feeling very unloving towards your new home. However it is amazing what a few home accessories can do. This can be as simple as a couple of printed cushions or even a fancy new plant, however a new trend that seems to be being found in every home tour or Pinterest worthy living room is a framed quote or simple illustration. For this reason, I've decided to accumulate some of my ultimate favourite ones that are extremely affordable and under £15.

I Like Beards - £3.96 - Download
Hello Gorgeous - £3.75 - Download
Paris - £10 -  Print
Cake Quote - £15 - Print
Gold Pineapple - £10.22 - Print
Watercolour Quote - £8.51 - Print

There are so many places to pick up simple prints such as these ones I have found on Etsy, and if you're feeling creative, why not even have a go at your own? Some of my favourite illustrators if your budget can stretch that little bit further or you're even just looking for that little bit more style are Ella Masters, Melissa Nettleship and Laura Callaghan.

Have you seen my own designs on my Etsy store here

Seeking ElleJay.

The Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Review.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Its only recently that I've actually started including eyeshadows into my everyday makeup routine. I used to either go bare or just use a simple eyeliner flick for a more complex look. Recently however I've grown from basic neutral tones all over the lid such as the colours in my Naked Basics palette, to products such as this beautiful On and on Bronze shade available in the Color Tattoo range. 

The 24hr Color Tattoo eyeshadow range is a range I've heard a lot about but never really been that keen on trying as I thought the colours were quite bold and perhaps to shimmery for me. However, being the big fan of Made In Chelsea that I am (don't judge me) and constantly wishing I looked even a little bit like Stephanie Pratt- I have fallen in love with these bronze and gold eyeshadows and think they just add that little bit extra to the look in a subtle way. 

The colour I went for was this gold tinged bronze shade - 35 On and On Bronze- and I genuinely have no regrets. There weren't many shade options when I picked this up so I wasn't aware of the decision I could of been faced with- but I'm so glad! On the skin however, this colour is a shimmery brown, for lack of another description, and sets perfectly when applied unlike powder eyeshadows which can fade quickly and transfer to the upper parts of your eye. For this post I had tested the product out on my hand and amazingly, six hours later it hadn't budged. Even after wiping it, the colour remained bold and the shape still perfect so I can only begin to imagine the staying power this product has!

Now having tried, tested and loved this product, I've done a bit of a shade search for them and now feel like I need lots of other colours from the range in my life. For the amazing value of around £5 also, these pots are pots of dreams! The ones I've got my eyes on however are Eternal Pink- for a lighter pinky-brown, Immortal Charcoal- for the perfect no budge smokey eye look, and also this bright white or similar colour for the perfect eye brightener!

What colours of these would you recommend?
Seeking ElleJay.

The Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation Review.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Waiting in my makeup drawer for its time to shine- I actually picked this foundation up a while ago. I tend not to open more than one foundation at a time as I have a fear it will get ruined once it is exposed to the air, however, now is its time since my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation has been used to death and has nothing left to give. 

The Bourjois 123 Perfection Foundation is a medium-thick liquid that dries a bit like a powder with a matte finish. The slight powdery finish feels light on the skin but unfortunately also looks quite dry. It does not look cakey or unnatural even when layered on but it tends to cling to any dry patches so a good amount of face cream before is essential or a good primer. Two layers is the maximum I go, but one would also be enough for those looking for an even but more natural complexion. It is quickly absorbed into the skin which is great and is also comfortable to wear throughout the day without movement or transfer onto clothes.

The shade I have is the Vanilla option or number 52 as I have a pale complexion, so if you also go for the lightest option, then this would be your colour also. As mentioned before, I have used Bourjois prior to this in the form of the Healthy Mix Serum and although the shades are named the same, I find this 123 Perfect option to be a little different and perhaps more orange than I had hoped.

Boasting 3 correcting pigments to sort out all imperfections – yellow to conceal dark circles, mauve to perk up dull complexions, green to soften any redness on the face – the first reaction that came to me was to look at it confused. Ive heard of this new way to elimate those red patches and other such blemishes by colour correcting them, however to claim they are all in this one foundation was a little bold. Now it is tried and tested however, I still am confused at this and I wouldn't include it in its selling points at this stage.

Overall, I do like this foundation for those days when I want a more matte base opposed to a dewy finish, however I still require a concealer on many of my skin blemishes so I won't be calling this my favourite foundation unfortunately. I also won't be using this daily as I fear it will cause my skin to become drier and not allow it to breathe, but I will keep it in my collection for nights out and hot weather to maintain a more flawless and long lasting base.

Have you tried this new colour correcting fad?

Seeking ElleJay.

The 5 Best Ways To Beat The Bloat.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Bloating is one of the worst feelings. It's a big reason for low body confidence and also why people feel they have to lose weight when they don't. Bloating is something very manageable and short-term in the body's daily function. Bloating is caused by many factors including undigested food, intolerances that you may not of known about and many other reasons that I'd rather not mention.

If like me bloating can make you feel a bit low and sometimes ugly if you focus on it too much; it's important to remember that throughout the day we are eating food which will eventually be digested and used by our body as fuel. So, as much as it appears we are getting bigger, it is easy to forget that you won't gain weight that quickly and it more than likely is just your bodies way of reacting to what it is storing. However, if this feels like it happens way more than it should and doesn't tend to disappear, there are some simple and easy ways you can change your lifestyle to make you feel happier in your body! 

Drink Infused Water 
Drinking water is pretty much a given and really can help improve most things when it comes to your body- dry skin, dehydration, hangovers- but infusing this miracle liquid with things such a cucumber or lemon can have even more benefits. Lemon water is said to clean and flush out any excess salt in your body that causes your stomach to hang on to fluid. However, don't over do it- once a day is more than enough- lemon is quite acidic, and from personal experience, you may find that it could make your gums become sore and exposed! 

Slow Your Food Intake 
Oh god! If anyone likes to focus on my food and eat it like its going to disappear- its me. I am an extremely fast easter- in the most sophisticated way possible I hope- but taking in your food at these speeds can cause you to take in excess air which causes this bloating and even hiccups. Take your time eating, chew your food thoroughly, keep talking to a minimum and only ever sip your drink while eating. 

Take Stress Away 
One thing I suffer with regularly is stress, and as many of you may also find, focusing on your breathing is really important for relieving this tension. For this reason, stress is seen as a trigger for bloating as it plays with the hormones in your body, causing many digestive confusions. Take yourself out of the situation for a while and think about things logically- you may just be working yourself up over something quite simple. 

Go Banana's! 
Potassium is a great help for digestion and therefore is a great thing for any weight loss diets too. Picking up a banana, adding an avocado or an orange to your meal- they're all great ways to help regulate the salt in your body and consequently reduce bloating. Probiotic yogurts also make good aids as they contain good bacteria that can help regulate digestion, making your tummy feel good.

Drink your tea
This is one technique I've never tried myself as I can't bare to drink it, but herbal teas have increased in popularity and flavour variety so quickly recently and are always claiming to be one of the best ways to help your bloating to disappear. Each of the flavours are different in what they can give you whether it be a stomach settler or a quick energy booster- get researching, buying and drinking!

Do you have a secret tip to beating the bloat?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Activewear Wishlist.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Since my first day with my new 'get fit' mindset- I've been determined to motivate myself using any means possible. This tends to be a good way to achieve what I want, as I begin making mental deals with myself and not letting myself be talked out of it. However another way I plan to get myself exercising more is by purchasing pretty gym or active wear so that the only time I get to wear it is if I get myself out the house to go on a run- or a slow jog, if I can even call it that. Lets face it, if you had any of these fun, cute clothes in your closet, you'd want to show them off too wouldn't you?

Admittedly, almost half of the things on my wish list are from Missguided as I find them to be great for stylish active wear, but also because I'd probably have to buy some actual clothes while ordering them too. Aside from this, there are definitely some really nice prints about from the more traditional sports brands such as Nike and Adidas so these really can't be looked over when looking for quality and longevity through the years.

What are your favourite brands for sportswear like this?

Seeking ElleJay.

The 'Fake Awake' Trick.

Monday, 4 May 2015

No matter how much sleep you get, getting up for work in the morning is never an enjoyable experience. As if you didn’t already suspect too- the morning mirror check will clarify this fear of yours by displaying a tired looking, squinty-eyed face. So, with this look needing a quick turn-around, here are some tips on faking the awake look to get them eyes looking bright and fresh even if you aren’t.

Hide those pesky dark circles under the eyes with a concealer that’s a touch lighter than your skin tone. This will effectively also brighten up the eye area. If you’re looking on budget then the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is a great option as its going to give you a bit more coverage. However, a holy-grail concealer for many is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as it will easily glide onto the skin without having to build up coverage. A bonus to this product also is that it will see you through the day without the usual lunchtime touch up – handy right? As you are using a lighter toned product, don't forget to blend this out with your regular foundation too to avoid any tide marks. 

A highlighter is not an essential here but don’t look over its ability to make you look more awake and fresh in the morning. With a small amount, you will see how it illuminates your cheekbones and makes your skin glow. There are both liquid and powder highlighters available, but for a quick fix, you may want to grab the Sleek Contour Kit. Sold in a couple of shades- it’s a simple go-to palette for a quick and easy brightening fix.

Now to the actual eye makeup- and the more tricky part. With the wrong choice of colour, you could be looking more ‘last night’ than ‘morning freshness’ so to avoid this, think light and bright. By using a nude or white eyeliner on your water line, the eyes can be instantly widened and brightened. For this, try the Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil in Nudo or White as they are creamy to avoid irritation and also subtle and perfectly pigmented. For the eyelid however, either go with a barefaced look and skip it out if this works for you, or a nude or simple pastel shade to really draw out your eye colour. By putting a white shadow on the inner corner of your eye, you will also open out your eyes and cover those darker patches most of us tend to get. Last but not least, finish with an application of mascara to really open up your eyes and add a bit of glam to your look.

So those are my tips on how to fake the awake look. Whether it’s due to a last minute get together the night before or an extreme case of insomnia- follow these quick yet simple makeup tips, and no one will ever know.

What are your tips to faking the awake look?
Seeking ElleJay.

The Primer Trials: Save or Splurge.

Friday, 1 May 2015

If theres one product I could provide my teenage self with, I actually think it would be a primer. As someone with quite dry skin, getting the right base and an even texture for my face is so important in achieving a flawless complexion. Having the right primer is also vital in getting your foundation to sit still on your face and even without the best and most expensive foundation, you can still have that perfect all day makeup.

Primers are products that almost all brands now stock which is a relatively new occurrence, however ones that I currently have in my collection are the three that feature in the photograph. I have something from each price range so no matter what your budget, theres something for you. However, I also wanted to do a quick analysis as to whether these primers leave you wanting to save or spurlge in order to get that perfect complexion.

Nivea Express Hydration Primer- £5 RRP
If like me you see Nivea and think more along the lines of skincare and body creams then you won't be wrong even with this products. It's texture is light and the absorption rate is high however it feels a little like cream but with a bit more of a gel like consistency. I cannot fault this product on how it hydrates the skin however I wouldn't say it evens out the texture of my skin as well as the others.

L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base Primer - £8 RRP
One of the newer primers on the beauty scene, this product has a lot of reviews floating around at the moment. It has had a great response and even left me visiting three stores in order to find it in stock. The texture of this is quite heavy as many matte products are but I only see this as a positive here as it therefore creates a film on the face that evens out any bumps or unwanted dry patches that foundation clings onto. Overall this product is well worth the price in my opinion, however I wouldn't advise daily use due to its weight, and its mattifying nature isn't great if you are also using a quite dry foundation so pick up a nice serum based base too.

Bare Minerals Prime Time Brightening Primer - £21 RRP
The most expensive primer of the bunch, this bare minerals edition has a few types, from the original to also a brightening or neutralising version. The one photographed however is the brightening and illuminating primer which has a subtle shimmer and slight colour to it and its also quite moisturising. It is great for a light base of you count wear much makeup, however I also think it is great if you want to let your skin breathe while creating a medium weighted base layer before foundation. If you do want a slightly heavier primer however and prefer a clear formula- I would say to definitely give the original one a try.

Overall, primers are a product that I would definitely advise splurging on as its the base for all your other products. From the reviews above, you will also see that by paying that bit more, you will get a much better and more effective product and your skin will love you for it. 

What is your favourite primer? Would you save or splurge here? 
Seeking ElleJay.