Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013/2014

I know your feeds are probably full to the brim of 'new years' related blog posts, so I will try my best not to bore you. Last year I wrote a blog post reflecting on my '2012' and looking back at the resolutions I made and how/if I achieved them. This year I thought I'd do the same - so here's a look at what I 'hoped' to achieve throughout 2013 .... 


1. Save money - NO, I didn't manage to do this. but part of this included finding a job and keeping myself afloat financially - which I did. I have been lucky enough to have two jobs throughout the year, and I am currently in a position that I am very grateful to be in, despite having saved a total of £0. 

2. Graduate - YES. I did indeed graduate, with a BSc Hons in Psychology and Counselling (2:1) and it was the proudest day of my life, to think that I achieved something as big as that. You can read about it here and here

3. Better health - I am going to say YES, I acheived this. In the last 6 months of 2013 I lost 2stone (28lbs) and that was a big acheivement for me, and it's something I am proud of. My journey is by no means over, but I feel happy about this. My resolution was not/is not to LOSE weight, but to GAIN confidence in my body and IMPROVE health. 

4. Appreciate things - YES! This year my life has changed in so many ways, one of them is my ability to appreciate things. I was always a complainer, moaning and focusing on what I didn't have. In 2013 I learned the value and meaning of GRATITUDE - MOAN LESS & APPRECIATE MORE. 

5. Happy Happy Happy - YES. In the past year, I have really tried to focus on what makes me happy and how to better myself as a person. As silly as it may sound, this resolution has changed my life - I am a much happier person and I truly believe that it is possible to be happy, and for the last few years that felt like it was something that was un-achievable for me - to just be happy, but guess what... I AM HAPPY. 

So, all in all 2013 has been a good one. Technically speaking, I achieved 4.5 out of my 5 aims/resolutions/goals for the year and for the first time ever I am not dreading new years eve. For years I have said the exact same thing to my family and friends: that New Year's eve is the most depressing day of the year - in the words of John Lennon and Yoko - another year over, what have you done? This year feels different, in a good way. So here's to 2014. 

2014

This year, I would like to carry on achieving things. I am a believer in making new years resolutions that involve starting something or bettering something, not stopping or quitting. If you focus on what you don't want to do - you will only do it more than ever before. So here are a few short and sweet 'resolutions' or goals, if you will: 


- continue on my weightloss journey, 
- improve my own thoughts on my own body
- continue to focus on positivity, gratitude and how good life truly is and how great it can be
- do more to help others, give back and be generous

I sincerely hope that your 2014 is a good year, may it bring you everything you want it to and enjoy and appreciate every moment.  

Have a fabulous new year, I intend on staying at home watching Jools Holland and enjoying my own company reflecting on the last 365 days. 

Jess 
xo  



Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Product Review : Rimmel Stay Matte




Stay Matte in shade Transparent - available in boots for £3.99


For a very long time I've been looking for the perfect powder. My criteria being a) mattifying b) long lasting c) afforadable & d) NOT orange. After trying out my fair share of drugstore powders, I think it's safe to say that I  have found it in Rimmel's 'Stay Matte' pressed powder in the shade 'transparent' - which is a bargainous £4 in the majority of drugstores and supermarkets! 



What Rimmel say....

Stay Matte boasts a matte finish which lasts up to 6 hours, and provides an all over 'natural looking' and 'long wearing' finish to the skin, as well as evening out skin tone. Furthemore, 'stay matte' is free from fragrance, parabens, oils and talc which means it shoudln't clog up your pores. 


What I say ...

As someone who favours the matte look, as opposed to the natural dewy look, I find the powder gives an ideal finish. It does even out my skintone, and gives my face an all over colour adding to the 'flawless' look I am after. I do like to add some shine back in using a highlighter or perhaps a cream blusher, but in general I tend to use less of this product on my cheeks anyway. As for my t-zone, which has always been a problem area .. this powder works miracles. It seems I have finally found a powder that actually keeps my skin matte,so no more oily nose by lunchtime for me! If I was out for the duration, so perhaps 8am until 8pm on days where I have uni and work then I will pop this in my bag and re-apply just before work at around 5, but as a general note, I do find this to last longer than other powders. Previously, I have found Rimmel powders often show up 'orangey' or just not my colour, but this transparent shade fits perfectly with my foundation which is usually ivory/vanilla. 


Overall - I absolutely love this powder, it is well within my dwindling budget, it keeps my oily t-zone at bay and lasts throughout the day. A definite recommendation and a thumbs up from me! 



Have you tried this powder? What are your thoughts? 

p.s any other recommendations for a pesky oily t-zone ladies? 


Jess 

xo

HUGE CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!

Hi all! As a thankyou to all of the lovely people who stop by and visit my blog, leave a comment or follow - I am holding a huge giveaway consisting of 7 different prizes! I always said I would host a giveaway at 500 gfc, but now I'm at 600 plus nearly 600 of you on bloglovin, I thought it was only right to host a Christmas giveaway full of lovely goodies you can win! 

There are 7 prizes in total - so there will be 7 different winners! All you need to do is complete the rafflecopter form below for a chance to win, and complete extra entries if you want to! 








Monday, 16 December 2013

Plus size OOTD: Breaking style barriers with Marisota!

If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times - 'fat girls can't wear skinny jeans'. In actual fact, they can. Despite all the 'rules' about plus size fashion and what curvy/larger/fat/plus size ladies should wear, the bottom line is that you can wear whatever you like. Sometimes I am guilty of playing it safe and worrying about whether I am able to pull off certain items of clothing, so when I was contacted by Marisota* to take part in their style barriers chance I thought it would be a great way to help break the barriers! 


There were 5 barriers in the Marisota style barrier challenge, all of which are classic " don'ts " for plus size women. They were: 

'Horizontal stripes are unflattering'
'You can't clash colours'
'Pastel colours are difficult to wear in winter'
'Prints shouldn't be mixed'
'Skinny jeans are unflattering'







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I was chosen for the skinny jeans barrier, which I was pleased about as I am more of a trousers/leggings kinda gal than a skirts and dresses type. I chose the Jeffery and Paula skinny jeans in black and decided to go for a smart/casual look which I would feel great wearing! So here's my outfit and attempt at breaking the classic plus size rule of not wearing skinny jeans! 

*Black peplum vest - £9 (Absolute bargain!)
*Black tassel pumps - £25  
Tassel clutch bag - Primark (£8) 
Necklace - gift 

Overall I am really happy with this outfit! This would be a great option for a works lunch or party this christmas and a great choice for a casual night out. I love the skinny jeans, they are very comfortable and stretchy and have a zip detailing at the ankles which add a bit to the look! They aren't uber skinny, but they are flattering, fitting and comfortable (comfort is key for me when it comes to fashion!) I am in love with this party knit from Joe browns too! So ladies - when it comes to skinny jeans, just WEAR THEM! Try a few different pairs, find a pair you feel comfortable in and rock them! 


*gifted by marisota, as always -views are my own!