Thursday, 30 January 2014

Criss cross nail with Essie Cocktail Bling and Models Own



I only painted my nails a couple of days ago but never to be one to keep a nail colour for long I removed my new Disco Fever polish and went for a different colour entirely. It's the complete opposite almost, going from a bright magenta to a bluey-grey. I think the lovely British weather may have influenced me somewhat.

Essie's Cocktail Bling is one of my favourites and is one of my more subtle blue toned polishes. I usually love wearing it. It's one of Essies polishes that doesn't need to be coated over and over for a good finish (I'm looking at you Fiji!)
However, I painted my nails and immediately thought 'naa, not feeling it' but rather than removing it (waste not, want not) I dug out one of my trusty Nail Art Pens courtesy of Models Own and drew a criss-cross pattern on my ring finger.


essie-cocktail-blingEssie Cocktail Bling and Models own Pastel Blue Nail Art Pen

It was only while looking up the colour on the website when I came to write this review (I was too lazy to get up and get the pen -judge me if you will) and I discovered that the tip can be flipped over and has a thin brush...which would have made my criss cross much neater and easier. It's a tad on the wobbly side! Oh well lesson learnt for next time! Now I know this I might do the whole hand! 



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Essie Cocktail Bling and Models Own Nail art pen in pastel blue.



I think I'll try shades of pink next time as we slowly approach the warmer months!
What do you think?

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Monday, 27 January 2014

My Love/Hate relationship with Sex & The City



Now, don't get me wrong. I love Sex and the City. I have watched the box sets over and over again. I have my  favourite girls (Samantha) and Guys (Aiden) and I've lusted over and laughed at many many of the outfits. I've wished I had Carries time to write and her shoe collection, and at times her hair was great... But that's about it, my love of her stops there.


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You see, the trouble with one of my favourite TV series' is the main character, Carrie. Wardrobe aside, what is there to like about her? If she was your friend you'd tell her where to go... well I would! She's just so self centred and selfish and a right royal pain in the arse! 
What sparked this post is when I put on the first Sex and the city Movie while I got on with some cleaning. It worked out as a positive in the end really as I was getting worked up which meant there was some very thorough cleaning going on as I scrubbed through my anger!

Rather than going through points of all 6 series, I shall just point out what she does wrong in the first film alone.

I'm of course writing this assuming you've seen it, so I'm sorry if you don't know what I'm talking about. This film winds me up, but I love it, and I'll continue to watch it over and over. I'll always moan about Carrie's behaviour. It's like when I watch Big Brother/Towie/Don't tell the bride... there are a lot of people on TV that just grate on me and I moan about. I love TV that gets a reaction. It's the kind of tv watcher I am, I watch and I rant and that is what I love Twitter for, letting me bond with other people who do the same. It's all harmless and shouldn't be taken too seriously...

Anyway, I digress...

So the start of the film you get the feeling of excitement, the recap of the amazing tv series we all know and loved in the 90's. We See Carrie view an apartment with Big, the first point she annoys me is the line 'hello, I live here' -who does that?! ANNOYING. Then when she tells her friends about it she fobs off Miranda's attempt at giving some sensible advice and basically tells her to shut up and just 'be jealous'. nice.


"From now on you'll be my Man-Friend"

So they get engaged in their kitchen. She makes Samantha be maid of honour when she's expressed how she thinks it's "painful and unnecessary"  (Never has a truer word been spoken) but of course she doesn't care how her friends feel. She just wants everything her way. For someone who didn't seem too excited about marriage she surely gets the Bridezilla part right!

"I don't really believe in marriage, now Botox on the other hand, that works every time"

She plans to move in with her hubby-to-be. Her friends drop everything in their lives to help her pack all her stuff away while she prances around in old clothes doing a fashion show for them. ok I know this was for the audience's benefit but still, imagine for a second you were in that situation you'd be like 'ok quit fucking about now, I've got stuff to do, k?'


"The Bride wore a dress by no-one"

Steve has cheated on Miranda but Carrie has a wedding to plan! Friends and their problems do not matter right now! She has to finalise her seating plan and tie bows onto things or what ever it is people that plan weddings do.

After saying in a roundabout way 'this closet is too small, I hate it here!' Mr. Big kindly builds her a bigger shoe closet, the moment the whole cinema gasped when we all saw it. Suddenly it's quadrupled in size. From a little cupboard you can now walk around in it. What is that closet, Narnia? This isn't so much her fault, I realise, it's just a part in the film that baffles me, any expert DIYers please let me know if this is at all possible, if so I would like one!


The night before the wedding she gets a call from the man she is marrying in a few hours, he's clearly upset, concerned and wanting to talk, but she doesn't want to hear it, she makes some joke about how she is a great writer and fobs him off. Selfish Carrie strikes again. Not only a bitch to her friends, but to her men too.

On her wedding day she has the worst roots I've ever seen on a woman, I mean, all that planning and no time to fit in a trip to the hairdressers?! 
There's no surprise Mr. Big doesn't turn up, I'd be having second thoughts too! When she hears the news she orders (not asks) someone to give her a phone, then when he says he's turned around she shouts 'get me out of here' GET YOURSELF OUT OF THERE! How did you get there? were you lifted up the stairs?! You have legs! Have these poor girls not done enough?!...etc


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The car passes him in the street and she attacks him with her bouquet shouting 'I'm humiliated'. Yes love, you are making a scene in the street with a bird on your head! Of course you are humiliated. If she stopped being BAT SHIT CRAZY for a moment she'd hear him say 'I'm ready' but no, she's on a roll now, petals everywhere! The carnage.


Again the girls all rally round, They try and get her out of her honeymoon by suggesting there had been a death. 
She says 'wasn't' there..?'
 ...NOPE, no there wasn't actually. 
They cancel their plans and fly to Mexico to join her on her would-be honeymoon. That's some pretty amazing friends if you ask me. She spends the whole time moping and letting her friends do everything for her, including feed her! I mean, come on woman! Does she ever show her appreciation? Of course not.

"I need to get out of my Mexi-coma"

When back in New York she dyes her hair brown (probably easier, considering the roots) and hires an assistant as she probably realises she can't keep getting her friends to sort her life out for her, she might as well pay someone to do it. Because she's so busy with... what? Ignoring Mirandas real problem? Which ok, I sliiightly blame Miranda for, if you are going to stop making the effort and stop trimming then you can't be surprised when your man strays, she needed to take a bit of the responsibility. Relationships need work from both sides -I think I heard Dr Phil say that somewhere. But this post isn't about Miranda, Carrie should still be there for her friend, whether or not she's in the wrong. And if she is in the wrong she should tell her, not sit there going 'yea... what a bastard' 



"Jesus Honey, Wax Much?"


The only nice thing Carrie does for her friend is look after Lily while Charlotte is at the doctors, and even then she tells her fairytales aren't real, shattering the poor girls dreams. Hey Carrie why not tell her Santa doesn't exist while you're at it?!

I could go into how I think the kid used to play lily was a terrible choice as she can't act for toffee but that might just be too mean... 



She has a Valentine's meal with Miranda and finally takes some responsibility and admits she made the wedding all about her, while of course not being able to resist adding in an awful pun 'I let it get bigger than Big' but suddenly she takes it all back  when Miranda admits that she said 'I don't know why you're getting married' ... cos apparently  that's enough to blame the WHOLE thing on her. But that's so much easier, shift the responsibility on to someone else Carrie, you're good at that. Never mind all of Miranda's other problems! Add this one too it, your day is clear now, take the day off, Louise from St Louis can take it from here!



After having their big fall out over nothing a really awful version of auld lang syne is played that is so annoying that I mute the tv.  They make up, with Miranda making the first move even though she's done nothing wrong. 
And basically they all live happily ever after. Kind of.

All this drama for what is essentially momentary cold feet which would have been prevented if little Lily hadn't touched Carries phone. Keep your kid away from other peoples stuff Charlotte! 
Anyway.


I'm hoping it wont put you off watching it though, it's a great film, really it is.






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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Rimmel Salon Pro, Kate Moss Range | Disco Fever



Just a quick review on a colour by Rimmel that I am loving right now and I wanted to share it with you. I picked this up when I had a little haul in Boots. I'd had my eye on it for a while so I thought it was time to treat myself. I saw I could get  2 for £6 so I just couldn't say no!

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Disco Fever is the colour I wish Essie's Bahama Mama was. I was so underwhelmed by that nail polish. It's a really nice colour with one coat, but it needs 2 to be opaque and it is then too dark and just not the same. So I was pleased when I swatched Disco Fever and saw it was just the colour I was after. It's perfect for the transition between Winter and Spring, moving on from the berry shades and into the brighter pinks.




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I love the look of the Salon Pro polishes and the Kate Moss range have some great shades too. I love the thick consistency and they look a lot more expensive than they actually are. Soul Session is another favourite of mine.


Have you tried anything from this range?





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Thursday, 23 January 2014

My Beauty Compare Review






 I was recently approached by MyBeautyCompare.com which is a comparison website but for beauty products. It sounded very interesting so I was really excited to give them a try and share my thoughts with you.

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They claim to be the world's first beauty price comparison site giving us the opportunity to find the best deal on over 1500 brands of beauty products whilst making sure they are the right ones to suit you.  

After filling out a quick form about yourself such as your skin type, skin concerns, eye colour, hair type/colour, your water intake, alcohol consumption, how much sleep you get, and diet you are recommended products based on the details you have given them. The form is a very simple multiple choice and only takes a couple of minutes to fill in.

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I think this is great. It's especially good for skincare as you are matched with products that will work for you and help improve your skin.  No matter how many reviews you read, you can never be 100% sure that the product will be right for you, as something that is good for one persons skin isn't always the case for your own. I think my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is amazing but I know people who break out when they use itI’m forever reading ingredients on bottles trying to see if it would suit my skin type and this site does that all for you.

The only thing I didn’t like was the in the tanning section it matched me to much paler tans than I would like, based on my ‘fair’ skin tone. Even though I am technically fair I like my tan to be dark so I tend to opt for the medium to dark end of the spectrum when it comes to tanning. But obviously you can go against your recommendations and read reviews of the products you like the sound of. It was nice to look into brands I wouldn't normally consider.

I must be doing something right, they matched me with a couple of my favourite concealers! I'm now tempted to go straight to my Clinique counter to try the other one!


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We all like to save a bit of cash,  I don’t know about you but when ordering online I like to see which sites have the best deal and I rarely order from the same place over and over again, so Beauty compare also shows you how much the product is on different web sites. I think it would be nicer if there was also the option to compare to a few more high street stores too but I suppose that could come in time.

Overall I think this is a great idea and I can see it becoming very popular incredibly quickly!




*Although I was contacted by this site my thoughts are 100% my own



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Friday, 17 January 2014

Pastel Polka Dot Nails



Not that it's mid January I can start convincing myself that Winter is slowly but surely leaving us. I wish I could say I liked snuggling up in warm jumpers but I just don't. I'm a Summer girl and I'm counting down to Spring!

And I'm way ahead of myself, especially on the nail front. It seemed like the best place to start seeing as it's too cold to get out the floaty skirts just yet. 

Out with the Berry Reds and Taupes I wore so much over the Christmas Season and in with the Pastels! Pastel nails are probably my favourite look if I'm honest. I just love the girlyness of them without being too pink and pretty.


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So for this I used a mixture of polishes from my collection along with my new Barry M Nail art pen that I picked up in a recent Boots Haul.

The colours I used are Revlon 'Blue Lagoon', Models Own 'Grape Juice', Maybelline 'Mint for Life'  and Nails inc 'You're a Peach'

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I very simply dotted randomly with the black nail pen and that was that. Very simple indeed. I love the nail art pen, I find Berry M ones much easier to use than other brands as they feel sort of like a felt tip and are much easier to manage.

Polka dots are the easiest to do and they can transform a very simple look into something a bit more interesting.








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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

50 Facts about me



This post has been in my drafts for a while. 50 took me a while to think of and I'm sorry if this is a bit of a lengthy post. Make yourself a cup of tea and settle down to learn a little more about me!



1. My name is Jenna, but most people call me Jenn. A friend added the extra N one year on a Christmas card and it just stuck, now If I see Jen spelt with one N I think it looks unfinished.


2. I like to eat salt and vinegar crisps and chocolate together, preferably Mccoys and Galaxy –don’t knock it till you try it!

3. I always trust my instincts, my first impression of someone is 99% always right.

4. I went to 6th form for one day and left when I realised it wasn’t for me and I was just following the crowd.

5. I love anything Disney, just seeing the castle gives me goosebumps!

6. I like the smell of matches and paint. In fact I really like the smell of paint! More than would be considered normal!

7. I still have a teddy called Pinky that I was given the day I was born.

8. My birthday is 11th November (11/11) and 11 is also my lucky number.

9. I eat a lot of ice cubes.

10. I used to have an Alsatian called Suggs and I can’t wait til I have a big enough house and garden to have another one.

11. As a child, my Dad nicknamed Jenna-pops… not too sure why.

12. I love going to get my hair done. Someone playing with your hair, making you look pretty while you gossip, read magazines and you are brought tea –what’s not to like?

13. I own a lot of shoes, and only 2 pairs are flat – trainers for working out and a pair of ballet pumps. I'm just more comfortable in heels.

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14. I didn't realise I had a fear of fish til I was swimming with Dolphins in Mexico and burst into tears when I saw loads of tiny fish round my feet! The Dolphins didn't bother me at all, but the tiny fish scared the hell out of me. 

15. I’m the only one of my siblings that doesn’t have a middle name. When I was younger I made one up. It was Lee after my Mum's best friend.

16. I once got a blue Smartie stuck up my nose and I thought I was going to die (I was a dramatic child)

17. My hair is naturally pretty curly but I blow-dry it or let it dry in rollers so you’d never know!

18. I hate Facebook and what it has done to the world –far too many people reading into things and causing unnecessary drama and upset!

19. I love cooking, but I can only cook in a tidy kitchen.

20. I’m definitely more of a dog person, dogs love you for you, cats love you cos you feed them.

21. I’m really bad at finishing drinks, there’s always half full glasses all over the place.

22. I have very old fashioned values.

23. I have a driving license but I haven’t driven a car in about 3 years. I was born to be driven!

24. I wish there was more understanding about mental illness. Far too many people just don’t get it and it needs to change.

 25. I don’t see the big fuss about bacon! 

 26. My first ever CD was the first Spice Girls album.

27. I love the Beckhams. 

28. I’d love to study psychology, people fascinate me.

29. I grew up with my brothers and (male) cousins so was a bit of a tomboy –something that is so hard to believe now!

30. I’m very creative, I love drawing and making cards/presents for people. Though I didn’t study art at school.

31. We got the idea of the name for our son Mason waaay before we got pregnant (and before we knew he was a Kardashian) after seeing a kid at Victoria station with the name on the back of his shirt and thinking it was nice.

32. I find it so rude when people are on their phones instead of spending time with you. I believe the situation should be treated like this- If it would be rude to get a book out and start reading, it’s rude to get a phone out too.

33. My parents aren’t married and I’ve never viewed marriage as overly important to have a good relationship. Marriage seems very disposable these days.

34. The first film I saw at the cinema was The Little Mermaid.

35. I get really irritated watching quiz shows, I hate how they drag it out! Deal or no Deal could be over in 5 minutes if they just got on with  it!

36. I missed a year of school down to illness.

37. I’d never really wanted kids before I started seeing Sam, and we had Mason 15 months after we got together!

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38. I hate ungrateful people, I’m constantly going ‘you’re welcome!' to people I hold doors, or move out of the way for.

39. My favourite Friends character is Ross but I am most like Rachel.

40. I’ve never been to a funeral.

41. I like to analyse my dreams.

42. I never wear my hair up but I always have a hairband on my wrist .

43. I’ve got more and more claustrophobic as I've got older. I often don't realise I'm scared until I'm having a panic attack.

44. I find the Birds Eye Bear really creepy

45. I hate mass produced art. I like art to have some meaning, not something that hundreds of others have bought from a stall in Bluewater!

46. I like the smell of ironing, or when the heating is on... I guess that means I like the smell of hot metal!

47. Anything Dad-related will make me cry. Lion King, Armageddon, Dance with my father, Finding Nemo, The bit in Titanic when the man says ‘only for a little while, there will be a boat for the daddies, this is for the mummys and the children’ (oh god I’m welling up as I type!)

48. My favourite flower is a lily. They smell amazing.

49. I cook an excellent steak and a pretty mean omelette. 

50. I own several tracksuits but I never wear them outside. 

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Phew! 50 is a LOT! But there we go, I hope it wasn't too boring! Well done if you got this far!
Is there anything we have in common?


People that know me, how many did you already know? Any revelations?
If you've done a facts post send me your link, I'd love to have a read!





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