Friday, 29 November 2013

Wobbly bits and Pineapple lumps

Skinny, slim, slender, fit, hot, beautiful. That is what society determines beauty to be..

In order to be pretty, you need to be a certain weight. Well sorry society, but I disagree. I believe if you are confident and happy, then who gives a flying f*ck if you ate an entire tub of ice cream last night.

People are so focused on the ‘perfect’ body, and it is downright unhealthy. Torturing yourself day in and day out, not eating one single carb, drinking a million litres of water, starving yourself, it is pointless! At the end of the day live your lives. You only have the one, and why not enjoy yourself.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love food, there is no denying it. I love pineapple lumps, and reeses pieces, and cookie dough… *drools*. HOWEVER. Moderation people! I allow myself treats and treat days, but I do balance it with good stuff.  I am not advocating a completely unhealthy lifestyle, because you will feel worse for wear. Your body needs vitamins, irons and all that jazz. I just wanted to let you know, that it is okay to be a bit wobbly. I am not a skinny person, and of course I have days where I wish I was a bit firmer. But my wobbly bits are what makes me, me! Embrace your wobbly bits, Love your cellulite, and indulge! People love you for who you are as a person, not for your thigh gap.

So enjoy your weekend, eat and be jolly, and if anyone says anything about it, eat them too.

P.S if you haven't tried Pineapple lumps you need to. Amazeballs. 

Jess x

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Hair Rollers

Dear Women of the internet. 

You need hair rollers in your life. 

I discovered hair roller whilst on my travels, and I have not looked back since! 
I have longish hair (Its right on my nips), and because I am slightly lazy, my hair would often just be in a messy bun. 

So, rollers are PERFECT. Al you need to do is put them in and go about your normal business! Take them out, and voluminous, amazing hair!

I have two types, the sleep-in ones, and the normal ones. 

I prefer the sleep-in ones. Have a look here

I am not here to do a tutorial, not yet anyways. But just to let you know about the goodness that is rollers.

In Liverpool, girls walking down the street in their pjamas and rollers is considered the norm. And I wish NZ was the same! When I was in the UK, I walked down to Tescos in my rollers, did my shop and wandered back. NO-ONE BATTED AN EYE. I looked like a poodle. Nobody cared!
Few snaps of my rollers - purchased from Primark

Thanks for reading x

Monday, 11 November 2013

The Remington Salon Pro, Tribal Tong

'The Remington Salon Pro, Tribal Tong' is a tool that you all need. Trust me.  

It is  SO easy to use, and it doesn't take long to do. It actually takes me longer to straighten my hair! 

The tong creates effortless curls, and you can style so many different ways! From tight ringlets, to beachy waves. 

I also found that the curls don't drop much. In fact, if I don't wash my hair and keep it dry, it's still curly the next day! 

Highly recommend any curling tong like this. I used to hate curling my hair with a tong because I would get a clamp kink! But not anymore!

Thanks for reading x

Friday, 8 November 2013

Tanning time!

Hey guys!

It is summer time here in NZ, and everyone around me seems to be getting their tan on...
Apart from me and my white English skin. However! I have found an amazing product that is not making me look like an orange oompa lumpa, and instead a tanned goddess! 

Introducing... *drum roll please*,  the 'Dove Summer Glow' nourishing lotion. 

This product has such an amazing smell, and a great feel, you will feel so silky smooth afterwards. 

I really love this product as I have such a big fear of a fake tan gone wrong.

The lotion is a gradual tan, and therefore 'enhances your natural skin tone', No major orange streaks!

You can apply whenever, but it is recommended to apply after a shower. I get impatient waiting for it to soak in, so I hairdryer myself. Handy tip!

Please please please WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER USE. I didnt the first time, and I had orange hands for a while...

Thanks for reading! x

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Dip Dye/Ombre hair - Ginger to Blonde


A few weeks ago I attempted to 'dip dye' my hair blonde. My hair is naturally red, auburn, strawberry blonde, ginger, and so the dye didn't take to my hair very well. So this was my second attempt! 

I used the same dye as my first attempt. I really liked this dye because it was a lightener one, and lightens your natural hair color. As this is the first time I have ever dyed my hair, I felt a lot more secure knowing this!  

This is what is in the kit. Conditioner, gloves, powder stuff, creamy stuff, bottle thing and leaflet! As you can see I put towels everywhere, you do not want to get this stuff on anything because it will bleach and ruin. 

I dont know how well you can see it here, but I got the hair dye on my skin. And there went my fake tan...
Also please be careful if you have sensitive skin! My sister did my hair the first time, and because she has sensitve skin it burnt like a bitch when she accidently got it on her. 

Alright, so as you can see here I have wrapped a towel around myself and I am waiting the required 30mins. However, I waited for 50mins and also hairdryed my hair. This is purely because my Mama told me to do it. 

AND there you have it! The finished result. I curled my hair so there was some movement, and I used the 'Remington Tribal Tong'. (Thanks Missy!)

Before and after shots. I know the mirror is dirrrrrty but shush. 

Before and after shots :) 

A few tips for ombre or dip dying hair

  • Its okay to apply the dye messy, you need to to create this effect. One really good way to do this is to tinfoil sections of your hair, just so you don't go to high. It gives you a guideline. 
  • Once the 30 mins is up, scrape some of the dye of the ends of your hair to see the color. 
  • Don't wash your hair for 24 hours after, this allows your hairs natural oils to set the color. 
  • It is a good idea to not wash your hair for 24 hours before as well, because otherwise the color might slip right off! I kid I kid, but you get what I mean. 
  • After care is extremely important!!! In the kit I used, there was a conditioning packet specifically for blonde hair color. It recommended leaving it on for 3 mins, but I left mine on for 10. Your hair is going to be super dry, so get some kind of hair mask to pamper yourself with! You can also get color protecting shampoo and conditioner etc, I will do a blog post at a later date about how to care for dyed hair. 

Thanks for reading x

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

England trip '13

I was born and raised in England until I was 10yrs old. Then my parents made the decision to move to New Zealand. I am now 20yrs old, and in October I went back home for the first time.

The main reason for the trip was my grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary and we were there for 2 weeks! My trip consisted of a lot of eating, drinking and catching up with everyone! Cheesy chips made a regular appearance as did blue wickeds..

The party itself was insane. My grandparents know how to party! It was such a wonderful feeling to have family right there, something that you guys may not understand unless you have moved away from yours. 

The trip was amazing, and I have such fond memories. Thank you to my entire family for making me feel so loved and welcome, and thank you to my amazing friends that have stayed in touch with me for the past 10 years. I had the most amazing time and I cannot wait to travel some more! 

Here are a few snippets of my trip x

Off for lunch with my Dad. The streets fascinated me and I loved how everything was within walking distance almost!
Shopping in Primarni! Love the Christmas jumpers!
Oooh yeah! Asda!  
The Queen in Liverpool
The 'Three Graces', and also typical English weather!
A Pirate ship!
Matthew Street in Liverpool, where the Beatles where first discovered. 
Aaaah cheesy chips! This photo makes me drool...
A proper taxi!
Matthew Street
My Nanna and I, off to go to her 50th Wedding Anniversary party! The flash makes me look like Voldemort, but this photo means to much to me to not share!
Whilst I was there I got a tattoo :)
Alcohol, cakes, chocolate, and bingo. Summary of my England trip in one photo
My old house! Ah trips down memory lane
My Kindergarten!
Aaaand of course, the Disney shop. 

Fitness and stuff!

Hey guys!

It is summer in NZ! 
 And I do not have a summer body yet. HOWEVER, I have formulated a plan! 

I don't know about you, but I spend quite a bit of time on YouTube. 

Recently I discovered a channel called - Fitness Blender

Why spend money on a gym membership, when you can chill on YouTube, and workout? 

Go and subscribe to these guys right now. This channel is perfect! 

The videos are easy to watch, and easy to do! I tend to do them in the front room, or even in my bedroom! 


Monday, 4 November 2013

The 'Mrs Carter Show' World Tour - NZ

Hello everyone! 

Recently Beyonce came to New Zealand, to perform her 'Mrs Carter Show' World tour. Here are a few snippets of the evening. 

(Mumma and I, off to see Queen Bey!)
(The Vector Arena, So busy!)
(Stan Walker, the opening act)
(Queen Bey!)
(So Fierce)
('Les Twins', amazing dancers!)
(So close!)
(Dat ass..)
(Glitter Rain!)
(Surreal, just as perfect as you would of thought)

(Outfit for the night - Dress is from Kmart)

By far, the best concert I have ever been too. Beyonce was AMAZING live. The whole show was outstanding. Love love love her. 

Thanks for reading x

Shellac nails

Shellac or Gel nails are the 'in' thing at the moment, and I expect it to stay that way for a while. 

About a month ago, whilst in the UK, I got a Shellac manicure. And it is still on now. 

Shellac lasts for about 2-4 weeks, depending on care. Making it ideal! I used to hate getting my nails done, because clumsy me would always chip them! And being the perfectionist I am, it would irritate me immensely! 

However, trying to get Shellac off at home, is extremely difficult. You need to soak each hand in a nail polish remover that has an acetone formula. In fact, it is easier to just go to the salon and get them done again... Or at least that is what I tell my partner! 

Thanks for reading x 

Friday, 1 November 2013

Hello internet world!

Why hello there internet! 

First of all, apologies for being slack and not posting. It has been an insane few weeks. SO much has happened! I went to England for two weeks! Which is a whole blog post in itself, and when I came back it was straight into Uni and exams and so much craziness! I also had my best friend come home for her birthday week, I saw Beyonce in concert, and so many birthdays! 

Having such an action packed month got me thinking about how blessed I am to have such amazing friends and family! This month I want all of you guys to appreciate your family and friends a bit more! Go out on dates, savor your time together and do something you have always wanted to do! Tick something off that bucket list! 

I have loads of posts coming up so stay tuned guys! x