Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Exploring Amsterdam

 Lets go back to May... 

I finally submitted my 10,000 word dissertation and under went exams for my final year of university, along with Ben's birthday, what better excuse than to jet off to Amsterdam. We were greeted with the best weather, I think we were tremendously lucky, everyone else i'd spoken to suggested coats, but we didn't need them once, in fact I wish I had brought shorts with me.
We decided to stay in an Airbnb, something neither of us had done before, but I was throughly impressed, and it felt so much nicer living in the culture of someone else's home in a different country. Everything about the apartment was amazing, and gave me apartment envy. 

I'd recommend walking, Ben and I walked miles around the city, you will definitely sleep at night, but it really is the perfect way to see all those side streets and things you would miss via public transport. One of my favourite things to do is just wander and explore and Amsterdam is such a great city to do this in.














As you can see, we took a trip to the sex museum, which is located close to Amsterdam Centraal, it's definitely worth the 4 euro, its a funny trip and lets just say they have some interesting characters which jump out at you. As the red light district is so famous on Amsterdam we thought we should check out the museum first, before heading along to see the real thing, I found the museum very interesting and it was interesting to see how things have changed and evolved over the years. 












* all photos taken either by myself or my boyfriend Ben


Friday, 12 February 2016

Valentines makeup look





As Valentines day is approaching, I thought I would do a look, its pretty natural with a subtle red lip and a bit of a warm pink toned eye. I thought this would be perfect for Valentines day, what ever the occasion may be.
If you are celebrating Valentines, then I hope you all have a lovely day and I hope you enjoyed this really easy and quick look I created. 

Jess x

Monday, 8 February 2016

Healthy pancakes






 As it is approaching the famous pancake day, I thought I would share with you these healthy pancakes which only consist of 2 ingredients. 
I love all types of pancakes, in fact I think everyone should eat pancakes more often, not just for pancake day. Whilst these pancakes are healthy, they don't actually taste healthy, they taste so good and are really filling as well. You are able to get a fair few pancakes out of one batch, so more for yourself, or for sharing if you wish. 

All you will need is:

- 2 very ripe bananas
- 2 medium size eggs

 Method:

1. Mash up the bananas into a mixing bowl

2. Crack both the eggs into the bowl and mix together with the banana

3. On a low heat put some oil of your choice into a frying pan (if you want to stay with the healthy theme i'd recommend coconut oil or an oil spray)

4. Using a small spoonful to judge the size, spoon some mixture into the pan

5. Allow a couple of minutes to cook one side and then you can carefully flip them with a spatula (You have to be careful here as it's a fairly runny mixture it can be a little harder to flip than some pancakes)

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have no mixture left

7. Decorate them how you'd like, I just used blueberries, strawberries and maple syrup.

Let me know if you have tried these and what you thought about them, I personally love them! 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Clothing haul






Over the course of December and January, I have picked up a few clothing items from Topshop, ASOS and Urban Outfitters, so I thought I would share them with you guys in a new video. It's only a short try on haul, i'm happy with the purchases I have made, although sadly I wish it was more summer items I was buying. Is it just me or is anyone else ready for the summer now!? 

Let me know which are your favourite items. 

Jess x

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Natural everyday make up routine


 

I'm not a massive fan of wearing a lot of makeup on a daily basis, just for things like running errands and going to university. I like my skin to feel really lightweight, almost like I don't have any makeup on. So, I thought I would show you what I have been using every day on my face, just to create a really natural look. If you want to see how I got this look, and the products that I have used then just watch the video on my youtube. I hope you enjoy.

Jess x

Friday, 22 January 2016

winter skincare essentials

 

I think we all know that Winter is a nightmare for our skin, entering the cold outside conditions, being subject to central heating... It can be a nightmare. I know that my skin can be so dry in the winter. So I thought I would share with you my favourite skincare products I use. 

1. Garnier Intensive - I always tend to pick up the body moisturiser for dry skin in the winter because it just leaves my skin feeling so much more hydrated for a longer period of time. I hate when you put on a moisturiser and you then think ' did i even apply anything'. 

2. Origins drink up mask - ohhhh my gosh this thing is my holy grail of all winter products. I don't actually use it as a 10 minute drink up mask, as it instructs you to do. I apply this all over my face 1-2 times a week right before bed and leave it on over night. My skin feels SO incredibly hydrated the next day its amazing. I notice if I don't use this one week that my skin is noticeably much dryer despite using a regular face moisturiser every day. 

3. Origins GinZing - I use this in the winter, often instead of the Liz Earle face exfoliator just because it is slightly less abrasive on the skin, as its also from their radiance boosting range I feel like it leaves my skin looking much brighter and more refreshed. I use this product at least twice a week. 

4. Body Shop Camomile cleansing oil - This stuff is incredible for taking your make-up off and is so gentle on the skin, even over the eyes for that pesky mascara. I love this in the winter, because it's oil based it doesn't leave my skin feeling really dry and dehydrated after I use this. I often get quite oily skin so even though this is an oil it doesn't make my skin feel oiler, so don't let that put you off. 

5. Lush Bubblegum lip scrub - Firstly not only does it taste amazing I find that in the winter my lips tend to get very dry and cracked, so I use this maybe once a week to remove the dead skin off my lips (I know gross!!) and it makes my lips feel noticeably softer and I then find that my using a lip balm they stay hydrated and moisturised for a lot longer, than if I don't use this lip scrub.

6. Nivea smooth nourishing hand lotion - I don't know about you but my hands are ALWAYS so dry in the winter. This is definitely by far one of my favourite hand creams, it is a really intensive moisturiser and I just keep it right by my bed and apply it before I sleep. I also carry it around in my bag too, just incase!

These are my go to products, especially during the cold winter months, where our skin isn't always the best, especially in comparison to summer.

I'd love to know what products you guys use. 

Love Jess 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

My New Years Resolutions



Hey guys, 

Welcome back to my blog, as you can see I have left it far too long.. AGAIN! I'm making it my mission not to do it again, I am so excited to focus on my blog and my youtube channel again because it's a fun creative release away from work and University.


I thought I would start of the first post of 2016 with my new years resolutions.

1. Travel more

Last year I visited Iceland and Portugal and it was so much fun, after having not left England for over 8 years it felt amazing to be able to get on a plane and see some beautiful places (even if I was terrified to get on the plane). So after falling in love with the idea of travelling I am hoping to visit many more places in 2016, once I have finished University in May.

2. Get fit

If anyone knows me well, they will know that I love exercise and eating healthy, but over the past few months I have really lost track of what I was doing and I must admit I absolutely hate it. So I have decided to really focus on my fitness and the things I like to eat and hopefully I can share some of these ideas with you in order to motivate and inspire others on my fitness journey.


3. Explore London more

This one sounds a little silly, but I live in London and have done over the past 3 years, and when I sit down and think about it I think actually I have barely seen any cool places in London. So I want to be able to get off the tube at a stop I perhaps haven't even heard of and just wander to see what I find. Hopefully I can get some nice pictures for my blog and share the places I go with you.


4. Attend all of my lectures

I am notoriously bad for just reading all of my lectures online, but I have made a pact to myself and promised my boyfriend that I will attend them all. I've just completed my first week and it was so great, I feel as though I have learnt so much more and I know it is really going to benefit me when writing my essays.


5. Socialise with friends more 

Whilst I definitely socialise day to day and I am a very chatty person,  I sometimes forget to take time out of my schedule and say yes to that meal, and yes to those drinks with my closest friends. I think it is so important to spend quality time with the closest people around you, despite how busy you are, so I am making it my mission to take time out with my nearest and dearest.






I hope you like some of the new years resolutions I have, I have also made a youtube video talking about them all.

Let me know if you have made any resolutions, I would love to hear them.

Love Jess