Thursday, 31 December 2015

A Year in Reflection | 2015


The most cliche way to start this post is to say 'I can't quite believe how quick this year has gone' but it's the truth.  Now we're on the last day. Scary stuff. I wanted to do a roundup of the year so in a few years back I can actually see how I truly felt about it, rather than remember it solely based on sweet nostalgia.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Skincare Additions

lush
My skin is going through a bit of a rough patch right now. I'm even under the watchful eye of the doctors because I'm that desperate. Comparing myself to a pizza or even a Dalmatian is something that happens more often than not lately. While my prescriptions aren't really going to give any tell tale signs of the miracle they're hopefully performing at the moment, the recent skincare purchases I've made seem to be pointing my skin in the right direction.
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Sunday, 27 December 2015

2016 Goals | Blogging & Life

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Christmas is pretty much over now and that means the New Year is officially on it's way. I'll probably be seeing it in from the comfort of my home in a pair of fluffy pyjamas that my parents got me. While that fact will probably never change (I swear I was born with a grandma's mind), the goals I set for myself change each year. I thought I'd do a little run down on here, after all writing it down somewhere is hopefully going to motivate me to achieve them!
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas

It's the 23rd of December and that officially means the Christmas period is very much here. I'm feeling a little bit more festive now, although if you don't then don't worry about it. I have a post right here about why it's okay not to feel festive.
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Monday, 21 December 2015

Festive Nail Polish

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You'll rarely find a slick of nail polish on my nails but seeing as I have three days off over the festive period (weep) I have to take every opportunity I can get. I'm pretty appalling at applying the stuff, which is probably why I don't wear it, but practice makes perfect right?
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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Last Minute Gift Guide

last minute gift guide

Christmas is always a little overwhelming for me. I feel like there's a lot of pressure on, essentially, one day of the year. Maybe it's because everyone seems to be super organised and they know exactly what to get for the loved ones in their lives. Me? I have no clue. I wing it when it comes to present buying. I'm not one for gift guides usually but I decided to make an exception, so if you're stuck, you're welcome (they're not too pricey either).
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Concealers for Every Job


Concealers are a step I can't skip. If the bags under my eyes aren't making an appearance thanks to a good nights sleep, then I can certainly count on my skin to misbehave. I thought a roundup of my favourites in my collection was needed.
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Highstreet Brands I Trust

I'm a high end coveter, and I will make endless wishlists of MAC eyeshadows I want, but the highstreet brands are one I'm familiar with, so much so I can now impart my wisdom onto any friends that will happily listen and take my advice (HI Sophie, if you're reading this). I thought I'd do a little round up of the brands from the good ol' highstreet I trust.
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Pampering.

Sundays mean two things for me. 1) I've got 3 days off work and 2) I can happily pamper myself to my hearts content because I fully intend on being lazy. Now my small array of products are more aimed for my bath time pamper sesh but even so, they make me feel like I'm taking care of myself just a little bit better than I normally do.
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Friday, 11 December 2015

Why it's Okay to Not Feel Festive

 

Everyone is decking their halls and putting up their Christmas trees, and I feel a bit like Scrooge sat in the corner. I am excited for Christmas, and I want to be in the festive spirit but I realise the more I force it, the more it ain't going to happen. If you're feeling a little bit like me, I thought I'd reassure you that what you feel is a-okay and here's why.
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Changing My Mind

Do you ever just change your mind on some things randomly one day after giving them that last go? I kind of enjoy being proven wrong when I'm only proving myself wrong. What better way is there to celebrate my wrongness with a post?
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Monday, 7 December 2015

Project: Use Up

I can justify many things but buying £100 of makeup a month when I have loads to use up, makes little to no sense to me. I'm exceptionally useless at using something up. I mean when a new product comes along it just sets off a whole new love affair. Project: Use Up isn't my idea, Charline can take full credit for that, but I do love the concept and when my Muji trays are full to the brim, well a girl has to do what a girl has to do.
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Life Lately #2

Where to start? A lot has happened in a short space of time and I'm feeling excited/nervous/'what the heck is happening in the universe to make me feel this happy?'. Last year in comparison was a pretty awful time, and life has definitely done a 180.
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas Wishlist 2015

It's December. Santa is officially on his way and I'm very much listening to Ariana Grande sing 'Santa Tell Me' on repeat. Family members keep asking me what I want to which I reply 'I don't know' which results in a very tired sigh or a death stare. I'm notoriously hard to shop for, but I figured I'd throw together a quick list of things I want, to stop the questions and also to hint to James exactly which Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow palette I want. 
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

December Goals

Today marks the first day of December and no matter how cliche it is to say it, it still rings true. Hasn't this year flown by? I feel like I've added 5 years onto my mental age by saying that. I thought after a little bit of a blogging break a goals post would be very welcome. Hopefully it can become a regular occurrence around these parts. Anyway, let me tell you my goals for this month.

- Buy all your Christmas gifts for everyone

- Finally read the Harry Potter books

- Post every other day for Jodie Loue

- Start Yoga with Adrienne and actually do it 3 times a week (at least)

- Stop picking your skin once and for all

- Write to-do lists for every day of the week

What are your December goals?



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Saturday, 28 November 2015

I'll Miss You When You're Gone | Skincare Edition


Don't you just hate getting to the end of a product you adored? I always find they run out at the same time too (is it a law of physics or do I just have magical unlucky powers?). I usually end up repurchasing skincare that does the job well, but I have so much I'm trying to whittle it down. So these are just temporary goodbyes, but I will miss these guys when they're all used up.
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Friday, 27 November 2015

Cover FX


When it comes to makeup, testing out base products has to be my favourite thing. I'd probably disagree with that statement when my skin is having a break out moment. High end base products are something I've never really tried. Having a limited budget means I tend to opt for higher end skincare instead but I think trialling the Cover FX might have just changed my mind.
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Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Glow Getters


A look I am more determined to pull off is strobing. The one thing that puts me off is instead of looking youthful (which I should be at 18 anyway) and dewy skinned, I always feel like a bit of an oil slick. I'm putting down the powder for the highpoints of my face and swapping it out for the products that make me feel beautifully radiant!
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Trialling Clinique


A brand I've wanted to try for the longest time has to be Clinique. Do you remember the British Beauty Blogger Clinique Box? It contained some pretty generous sample sizes and a girl has to trial something that's pretty much a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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Monday, 23 November 2015

The Face Oil That Sorts Out My Oily Complexion

My skin is in need of some serious TLC as of late. It's practically every different skin type you could imagine - oily, blemish prone (the norm), dry, and normal. Combination is definitely an umbrella term here. Nevertheless the power of face oil is one I've been long exposed to but sometimes a girl forgets about her first foray into expensive skincare.
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Friday, 20 November 2015

The Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick Edit

The new and improved Jodie is actually using lipstick now. Who'd have saw that coming eh? Seventeen is a real gem of a brand and if you remember from my favourites post then you'll be familiar with the Stay Pout lipsticks that were featured. I'm here to answer your silent prayers and tell you all the need to know gossip on the range that I might possibly want one of every shade in.
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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Bourjois CC Cream

I can honestly say I've never tried a CC cream before. I might have tried one BB cream and after first impressions left me a little underwhelmed, you can almost excuse me for not jumping on the double letter bandwagon. 
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Mandara Spa | Possibly the Best Smelling Products Ever



When winter starts to roll around, so does my motivation for actually performing some sort of a body care routine. For me now is the season of indulging in baths, which means I need all of the products to help me feel as pampered as possible and I may have found my answer in the form of Mandara Spa.
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Weird, Yet Charming Weather


I don't really know the aim of this post (and from the title you could presume I'm watching too much Once Upon a Time.. and you'd be right) and I feel like potentially it's how my posts have all be sounding as of late. I apologise if it annoys you as much as me! Photography is an area I really want to improve and I want any new readers or old readers to see that effort come across in all my photos. I'm trying to be more spontaneous with it too, and just take pictures as and when I feel like it, hence the one above.
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Monday, 16 November 2015

My Skincare Secret


I feel like I've been a bit skin care heavy over here recently, but it's a real work in progress for me right now (hence all the posts). In the process, I've realised probably the most common sense thing - find things that work and STICK to them. No more chopping and changing for me unless a product runs out.
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Friday, 13 November 2015

Eight Habits We Could All Try


I always feel like this time of year everyone wants to self improve. I'm including myself in that generalisation. Instead of the whole 'new year, new me' that always seems to pop up, I thought this Christmas season I could try to introduce some new habits that will help me to be a better version of Jodie and if you fancy it too, then I hope these help you be a better version of yourself.
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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Motivating the Procrastinator


You know what should be my middle name? Procrastinator. Maybe it's the fact I'm an Aquarius, or maybe it's the fact it's a learnt behaviour (shoutout to mum always saying 'I'll do the ironing now' and then proceeding to deep clean the entire house just so she didn't have to). Either way, seeing as it's a familiar habit, I'd like to think I know just the way to trick myself into actually motivating myself.
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

For Better Skin


I'm slightly obsessed with bettering my skin right now, it's in such a poor condition that my mission in life is to wake up with clearer skin for at least a month. We all have to dream big right? They also do say that if you can dream it you can achieve it, so I'm hoping that with some skin loving friends I'll be there in no time.
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Freebies We All Want From Glamour Magazine


Do you know how long I've wanted the Clinique lipsticks that have come as freebies with Glamour magazine? If you follow me on Twitter (which if you don't you can follow me right here) then you'll have seen my daily moans at not being able to find the nude lipstick, and as a result stubbornly not purchasing the red one.
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Monday, 9 November 2015

Life Lately


Right now I'm in the mood to write and write until my mind makes some coherent sense. Lately I've been feeling both parts good and bad, and they seem to be happening in equal measures that it just gets a bit confusing sometimes. I thought I'd write a life lately post as I love to be nosy and also just to update you on everything that's going on in my life. Like the name would suggest.

So let's start with the good news. I've been selected to go for an interview at the university I've always wanted to go to for the career I really want to pursue. I'm as nervous as I am excited and I really just want to nail it so I can move forward with my life. It's at the end of the month so fingers crossed I'll know before Christmas and it'll be the best present I could receive. Having everyone else in my life go to university, with most of them achieving grades a lot lower than mine really impacted my self esteem and self worth. Although I've realised the big difference is that I know exactly what job I want and how to get there and I don't feel 'pressured' to go. I don't want to do a degree for the sake of doing one. It's ridiculously expensive and I don't want to pay for something I don't like. Now I just need to prove something I already know to my interviewers, that I'm worthy enough.

On a slightly more negative note, and  something I don't really talk much about on here is that in the past I've suffered with depression and anxiety. It sounds really cliche I know, but it's a part of me none the less. The fact I have to even say the 'cliche' thing makes my heart drop a little bit, because a mental illness should not be considered irrelevant because other people have it, and just because mine is less severe mainly due to the fact I'm in a fortunate position of I know exactly how to deal with it. Anyway now that winter is here, I've found it creeping back in a little like an old friend who you know isn't good for you. I'm trying so hard to stay on top of it and as such my motivation is pretty much in the gutter. For the last two weeks I've been posting five days a week from Monday to Friday, and now my motivation has dipped I'm thinking of going back to my Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule just until I'm feeling more positive. Although I'd love to know your thoughts on if you prefer five posts a week or just three.

Another reason for maybe dropping posts is the fact where I live seems to get no light whatsoever right now. It's been pretty much dark and gloomy for the past week and I really don't know how I'm supposed to take any photos. I also really want to start taking outfit posts of myself by myself, but I honestly have no idea how. Any tips and suggestions on this front would be majorly useful. I'm trying to find somewhere pretty that's also quite and it's proving quite elusive right now.

Sorry for the long and rambly post, I promise things will pick up here again soon. I'd also like to say thank you guys for helping me reach 500 followers. It feels a little insane that so many of you actually want to read this blog of mine. If you have any suggestions of what posts you want to see then please do let me know!



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Friday, 6 November 2015

Covering Up Blemishes

powder, concealer, cc corrector
My skin has been particularly bad lately and a girl has to do what a girl has to do, cover up all the badness and pretend she has good skin. It's an art that when you practice pretty much everyday you become a little adept at. I've got it covered from calming everything down to hiding that redness that we all know.
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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Holly Stevens Cosmetics


Makeup posts have been a little lacking around these parts lately. Well here I am today changing all that. Have you ever heard of Holly Stevens Makeup? Nope? Neither had I. Although I think this might be my favourite photo I've taken for this blog, so thanks Holly Stevens Cosmetics. I'm getting better guys (please tell me you think the same).
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Denman | The Ultimate Styling Kit


Christmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means don't you? Christmas sets! Possibly my favourite thing about Christmas (besides the buildup). Now I know it's a bit early but if you're anything like me you'll have already bought half the Christmas presents you need. I'm an organised person like that. Now if you're stuck for what gifts to get for those difficult people in your life I think I might have solved your problems, the only requirement is hair longer than a buzz cut!
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Dove DermaSpa Skincare

I think you'll agree with me when I say that Dove is an iconic brand. We've all heard about it and if your Nanna was anything like mine then all she swore by was Dove. I remember sneakily nipping to her bathroom to use their body lotions and potions, and the smell is something to this day I just love. Their new DermaSpa* range smells like Dove, there's no other way to describe it and I think I might have found the bodycare that will happily see me through winter (Yep, I'm planning that far ahead).
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Monday, 2 November 2015

The Importance of a Lazy Day

Everytime I open up the internet all I seem to see is tips on how to be 'efficient' or 'motivated' and 'productive'. Pretty much all the words I'd love to describe myself with on a daily basis, but I'm not a robot. For every hour of productivity I feel, there's probably about 2 hours of me that just wants to nap. I'm a human, and I'm sure I'm not the only who loves a lazy day here and there. So here I am to make you feel better about taking a lazy day, and tell you exactly why they're important.
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Friday, 30 October 2015

Why Do You Blog?


A question I seem to internally ask myself daily is 'why do you blog?'. I started my blog over a year ago now, and I've never looked back. I'd read blogs for well over two years at that point and I figured 'what the heck, let's give it a go'. A fair few breaks later and well I think I might have found my groove (cringing so hard at that word) and I feel more motivated than ever to just happily blog. Get comfy, because this could be a long one.
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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Simple Soap | The Perfect Makeup Brush Cleanser


Brush cleaning is something we all loathe doing but is entirely necessary. None of us want bad skin now do we? Baby shampoo really used to be the only thing I considered using and every time I used it my brushes just didn't feel quite clean. When everyone swears by something and you can't get on board with the idea, don't you feel like a black sheep?
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Bralette.

When you're wearing pretty underwear it's almost a given that it's going to be a good day. Bralettes are the perfect bridge for lovely looking undergarments while also being amazingly comfy. I'm talking about the 'am I wearing a bra?' comfy.
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Some Sort of a Haircare Routine

Have you ever noticed around these parts there's really nothing featured to do with hair? I'm honest with you guys, so I don't cower when I say that other than washing my hair featuring the occasional conditioner, I don't really have a hair care routine. I can hear you tutting from behind your screen. It's all going to be okay though, cause I'm now making a conscious effort to actually do something with my hair.
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Monday, 26 October 2015

Original or Waterproof? Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner

I don't truly feel like Jodie without a slick of eyeliner in the morning. It's a skill I've perfected and often get asked how to do. The answer to that is a whole other blog post (let me know if you want a post like that). Now if you've seen my review of the Fast Stroke eyeliner, you'll know how much I love it, so when I saw they had a waterproof formula, my hand may have uncontrollably put it into my basket without a second thought.
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

A Halloween Wishlist

The build up to Halloween is rather magical, quite like Christmas almost and with less than a week away, I thought what better way to get in the spirit of things than by creating a wishlist. Now I don't drink alcohol and because all my friends have moved away for university, there's no parties for me, but that doesn't mean I can't have a little fun right? If you follow me on Twitter, then you'll remember me wishing as soon as October hit, I wanted all the Halloween clothing to be out. Thankfully the Halloween gods heard my prayers and delivered some pretty things I can't wait to get my hands on (probably in the sale though because my camera wiped me out) and potentially wear all year.
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Bedside Beauty


There are some things in my life that have a solid routine, like my skincare. It happens AM and PM without fail and if I skip it I feel very angry with myself. A routine I'm trying to incorporate into my life is one I like to call the 'Bedside Beauty' routine.
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A dupe of Benefit Roller Lash?


A claim made by everyone who has tried Lash Sensational by Maybelline is that it's a pretty decent dupe for the Benefit mascara that is Rollerlash. You know what I'm not seeing though, comparison posts. In an attempt to change that I thought I'd give you my two pennies worth on, possibly, the most talked about dupe of this year.
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Jumping on the Bandwagon | Tweezerman Tweezers

Does anyone else resist a hyped up product just because? You all probably know the spiel about Tweezerman tweezers and how they're hailed as the best tweezers out there, but you know when you just don't believe the hype because there's just to much of it? Well your girl finally went and gave in.
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