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The ASOS Wishlist.

Friday, 28 August 2015

I’ve really been feeling in the mood for an ASOS blowout recently, so I thought I’d put together one of my very overdue wish lists for you all to browse through. There was so many more pieces I'm really loving on their site at the moment, but lets be honest- there just isn't enough time in the day for anyone to see everything on there is there?

This transitional period between seasons, when the summer doesn't know whether its coming or going, is always the time you get to your wardrobe in the morning and realise you need to stock up on clothes. Nothing is 'the wrong choice' because, lets face it, it’s 95% cold, but you occasionally still get that hour of sun- optimistic right? So, why not bring your summer in by keeping up with the floral prints and strong colours.

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Are you loving any of my picks? Have you begun the transition over to A/W yet?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Korres Regulating Cleansing Gel.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

I have to admit, I really like the outer packaging of the Korres products- the white cardboard box with a kind of mathematics and medical feel to it. It looks both clean and simple yet has a distinct and recognisable bit of branding which I really like. This is also carried through to the bottle contained within the box as it is tall and brown with a flip-cap and a white label showing you the product information. Moving onto the gel itself however, it is quite runny and it's very easy to pour too much out into your hand especially whilst the bottle is quite full. I tend to use around an almond sized amount on damp hands, which I then massage into damp skin. As you massage the gel into your face, it turns white and begins to foam ever so slightly, which I was initially worried would dry my skin out, but it doesn't seem to have done so. It does, however, leave my skin feeling soft, clean and with what appears to be a reduced pore size which obviously I love! Another aspect of this product that I thought would be good to point out is the botanical scent of the gel as this is something that worried me originally- but despite the evident smell of sage, it is something that I have grown to actually like as it is far from overpowering.

So what about the oil-regulation? I'm excited to say, I have actually noticed a difference in my skin from using this product! Despite the addition makeup, I really feel like I can get a full day's wear of almost-matte skin from this product opposed to the combination skin I usually work with - which really is remarkable! I'd definitely recommend Korres Sage & Salicylic Acid Cleansing Gel to anyone who struggles with oily skin, it's a game-changer and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it works with my skin over the longer-term. 

Having read many reviews before buying this product about its ability to not only help with an oily facial appearance- but also to help clear up acne and reduce the scarring- it was something that I was quite keen to try out. I'm not a huge sufferer with this however with it being something that I have always had on my back and shoulders, it can sometimes mean avoiding certain tops or dresses, and also can cause the occasional bit of pain. With the products general aim of reducing oil in the skin, I could completely see how this regulating gel could help and it wasn't wrong. I have only trialled this so far on about half of the affected area in case there was any irritation, but from the results I have seen so far, I couldn't be more pleased. Anything that was previously there is now a  light scar and I'm yet to see any reappearances even after almost a week. Go team Korres! 

Korres Sage & Salicylic Acid Regulating Cleansing Gel doesn't seem to be available from ASOS any longer which is where I first came across it- but you can purchase it like me from FeelUnique or even pick one up from 
Lookfantastic or Debenhams. I actually purchased this for around £11 in the FeelUnique sale which is the cheapest I've come across it for, plus I know it will really last considering how little I need to use! 

Have you tried any products from Korres? Do you have any recommendations? 

Seeking ElleJay.

The Palmers Conditioning Spray Oil.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Natural extra virgin olive oil is forever being recommended for dry hair and as a cheaper alternative to many of the hair masks available. Loaded with Vitamins A, B and E and anti-oxidants to surround each hair strand- your hair becomes protected from any damage and helps to eliminate frizz. Said to instantly moisturise dry hair and the scalp- this Palmers Conditioning Spray Oil was recommended for braids and weaves however I thought it would still be worth a try on my own hair just to add some moisture and also some much
needed shine.

 oil itself comes in a clear plastic bottle with a spray nozzle for simple application. When I apply the product however, I prefer to spray into my hands first and then run my hands and fingers through my hair with the product avoiding the roots until it’s spread evenly and lightly coated. My thick hair is prone to damage and breakage and can sometimes require up to five sprays but for those with thinner hair, no more than around two sprays would be enough to not weigh down your hair. I also tend to apply the oil when my hair are completely dry after a wash which really helps to highlight the places its needed most. 

Since its delivery on Friday, I have used this conditioning oil twice and can really notice the difference. My waves are naturally soft but the oil has without a doubt made them more defined, super soft and naturally shiny. At the small price of £3.28 I payed for this over at, it has already achieved more than many of the other frizz taming or conditioning products I have tried despite some of them coming in at over triple the price. One aspect I'm not too sure about with this product however is the mild olive oil  and jasmine scent it seems to have, however this can easily be looked over if you're not a big fan like me.

What natural hair mask ingredients do you find most effective?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Reasons I Blog.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The reasons behind starting a blog is different for everyone, but many blogs recently are motivated by money, free stuff or fame, but the desire to share thoughts and ideas online is still the predominant reason it seems.

If I head back to my first post on this blog, the date written is January 2014, so its great that about a year and a half later I'm still going! I had written blogs before this but I was not nearly as committed or dedicated to its content. Admittedly Seeking ElleJay isn't without its few hiccups along the way with a couple of breaks and bad spells however, but even I never saw it going for this long or even anyone reading my views- so, thank you everyone!

Here are my own personal reasons on why I blog and why I continue to do what I do:

  • Being surrounded by creative people from all over the world who share the same interests 
  • Sharing my experiences and having them to look back on 
  • Having a visual record of my development in writing, photography and creative ideas 
  • Being part of opportunities that I cold never of achieved any other way. 
  • Encouraging and inspiring others 
  • Challenging myself to learn new skills and expand my knowledge 
  • Boost my self esteem and confidence 
  • Being part of a ever growing digital age and a well recognised new industry
  • Having something other than job experience to provide employers with 

Those are just a few of the reasons why I blog and I'm pretty sure I could go on forever with the list. Blogging has made me who I am and I like to look back at how different my life and mindset was compared to when I started. Since graduating, it has been the one thing that just feels right and the continuous opportunities I've had in involving it in my career make it all worthwhile. My participation in such a growing industry just feels right to me and no matter where it goes in the future, I know I have something to be proud of. 

Why do you blog, and has it influenced your career choices?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Sulis & Thermae Package.

Monday, 10 August 2015

There's nothing nicer than when a product gets delivered in a bit of fancy packaging is there? It makes you feel that extra bit of excitement when opening the box and it definitely adds a sense of quality too.

Sulis & Thermae isn't a company I had heard of before but after coming across them on twitter and having a look through they're website, I can now confidently say that they have some great yet unique products that I would love to try out! About a week after seeing their beauty blogger request tweet however, I was contacted by their team and was lucky enough to receive a lovely little package with this Dr. Lipp balm* inside. 

As you may of also done- I initially read the product label of Original Nipple Balm and was rather confused as to its purpose and just how I would be able to feature it here on my blog. Luckily however, the balm can be used for a variety of things such as cracked lips, dry skin, feet and even minor abrasions so i'm pretty sure it will be gone in no time.

Currently facing the post holiday skin peeling situation, I have tried out this balm and have been pleased with the results as it hasn't reappeared in this area again even two days later. Admittedly however, the texture of the balm is very thick and extremely sticky so I am yet to try out this Dr. Lipp balm for any of its other purposes, but as soon as I do, i'll be sure to keep you updated!

What products would you like to try from Sulis & Thermae?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Jersey Photo Diary.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that my weekend was spent on the small yet pictureque island of Jersey. Choosing to take a six day break away from city life, it was great to spend some time relaxing by the sea with both great company and sunshine to bring some colour to my skin. 

There are so many things to see in Jersey such as the castles and lighthouse during low tide, the caves and also the German bunkers from the war invasion, but if this isn't for you, the beautiful beaches and clear waters will definitely have you sold.