Monday, 30 July 2012

Dove Shea Butter Lotion Review

A note from Joelle...
It's time that my blog included more beauty product reviews, so here it goes!

  • Price: £3.99 from Tesco £5.50 in ASDA and £3.82 from Boots
  • What It Does: This lotion by Dove softens and nourishes dry skin. It has a rich smell of cocoa (nice and chocolatey) and keeps the skin smooth throughout the day.
  • My Opinion: I really like this product as it actually does what it says on the bottle, which is excellent. The only drawback is that it sometimes feels heavy on the skin (especially the face) in the sunshine and makes my face go really shiny. This is a lotion that works best in the cold winter months!
  • The Verdict: I cannot rave about this product enough. The luscious smell of the cocoa lasts on your skin for many hours and I feel that my dry skin is nourished. It is a reasonable price for the amount that you get and the bottle is very large compared to other lotions around at the moment.
  • Rating: 9/10

Friday, 27 July 2012

LONDON Calling - 2012 Olympic Games: I'm Ready. Are you?

A note from Joelle...
I know I have posted more than I usually do this week, but I'm just so excited that the Olympics are being held in my city!!!
This is the collage of photos taken taken with my trusted camera through the streets of London from over the years. It's a great city to live/work in and I am so glad that the eyes of the world will be able to see that starting from tomorrow night!
So sit back, sip some tea and have a look at these photos!
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London...

Painting the town RED, WHITE and BLUE!
 *All photos accept form the first top at the top left are from may camera. Please ask me before you share them online/pin them :)
As I now live in Scotland, I am nowhere near the Games. But at least I have the internet so I can watch the opening ceremony! Phew!
Be prepared for a spectacular show from Danny Boyle and the Team GB production team
Where will YOU be watching the 2012 Games? Let me know below! :)

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Quote Of The Week

A note from Joelle...

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity ~ Kahlil Gibra

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Style File #5 Azealia Banks

A note from Joelle...
I feel like I'm doing this feature in a weird six degrees of separation cycle. I have just realised that all the actors/style icons (except Emma Stone) I have posted about are all linked:
Chloe Moretz was in a film with Eddie Redmayne. Eddie Redmayne fronted the Burberry campaign with Cara Delevigne. And now Cara is really good friends with none other than rainbow-haired rapper Azealia Banks! Phew, that was complicated!
Anyway, I really like Az Banks. Yes some of the lyrics are a bit risqué, but you can't help but love her cute smile and nod your head to the beat of '212'.
I have noticed that she likes knitted children's jumpers, short denim shorts, strips and bralet tops.


What do you think of these pieces?

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Living in Scotland: The Update

A note from Joelle...
                                     ♫ ♪ Go - Livingston
I have been here for six weeks and a lot has happened: some good some really bad. However, I am enjoying the little rays of sunshine today and hope that everyone is too where ever you are!
So far I have tried black pudding for breakfast (which is the best thing ever),  seen traditional Scottish weddings, bought some tartan material (although my school uniform back home was a kilt!)learnt the local lingo ('Ned' means 'Chav') and also got a grip of a variety of Scottish accents.
It's just like England: people from the north have completely different accents from people from the southern areas, and I can now hear the difference! 
I still need to take a day or two out of the week and learn more about Scottish history. I only know bits about it, but it's mainly from the English historical point of view.
Now here's what's happened so far...
If I am very honest, the last two weeks have been really hard for me. I had a few days where I was really homesick and just didn't want to interact with anyone, and then I got really ill with a cold and and horrible headache. The rain and general greyness really did not help and I just felt like I should give up and go back to England. It also did not help that I felt that a few people that I have met here do not have the nicest personalties and are pretty mean for no reason. I do not like to argue with people, so I just steer clear of them and only speak to them when really necessary - that's the only way to avoid clashing characters around here! I only unleash my 'inner-London-urban-angry-girl' personality when it's really needed, and that's not a pretty sight!
The thing is with me is that I never admit defeat. Sometimes that's a really good thing to do, other times it's really foolish of me, as sometimes I am in the wrong (it's rare, just kidding!). I thought that I had admitted defeat two weeks ago when I booked an emergency trip home to see the loved ones and spend some time eating home-cooked meals for three days. But I realised that there is nothing wrong with leaving temporarily if you miss your friends and family - it's not defeat at all.
When I was back down in London, I met up with family and friends, got a good night's sleep and ate some bloody good food! I didn't feel better instantly, but I was much happier to be home. The sun was also shining, which was a bonus! I didn't see much of my sisters as they had not finished school yet and the other moved countries as soon as I got back home.
My friends were really supportive of me going to live in another country all on my own and made me remember that we all have different goals and we almost always get obstacles from helping us achieve them (well that's how I interpreted what they said - they're not amazing philosophers or anything like that!)
When the three days were up, I flew back to Scotland refreshed and ready to just get on with my work and ignore the people that were making life difficult. Although I was still quite ill and needed more rest, I just pressed on with my assignments and I definitely began to feel better!
As of today, I am in really good spirits. It has been a lazy Sunday in my flat and me and my flatmates have just done our work and lounged about not doing much. Tomorrow is the start of a brand new week and I am so close to reaching my goals!
To end on a happy note, I really do like it up here and hope to explore more parts of the country if I choose to stay and study here over the next few years. I need to see that castles, lochs, etc and just be a nerdy tourist! Anyone want to come with me? ;)

Well thanks for reading this, it wasn't the easiest post to write bit I was honest! Oh, an I promise to put up some photos of places that I have been in Scotland. That's if you don't mind the cheesy touristy photos! :)

Friday, 20 July 2012

Turquoise Stone Nail Art

A note from Joelle...

I was looking for beauty tips on Lauren Conrad's The Beauty Department as came across this great nail art tutorial. I like the fact that you only need two nail polishes and hardly any fancy nail art equipment.
Also, as a complete geology nerd, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a rock inspired nail art, could I? Turquoise is a semi-precious gemstone that gave the colour 'turquoise' it's name. It sometime has these cute golden veins running through it, which is captured into this nail tutorial/
I used a bluey/gold polish and a gold polish from H&M (both £2.99)
1) Paint on the blue polish a base coat and then leave to dry. I then used the ELF matte finisher to reduce the shine of the polish.

2) Grab a piece of plastic or some cotton wool and dab on some of the gold polish.

Then gently dab on the gold onto each nail and then leave to dry. Go over the edges of your fingernails with a cotton bud and polish remover to get rid of messy bits. Et voilà!  
*Apologies for the fuzzy photos - my camera didn't want to focus today!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

My Wavy Jewellery Wishlist!

A note from Joelle...
As you all probably know by now, I LOVE vintage, handmade jewellery. Not only because of the bargain prices and excellent quality, but also because of the love and care taken to make all the pieces!
I first heard of 'Wavy Jewellery about a month ago when I was browsing my twitter for jewellery inspiration. Make sure to tweet Kate @WavyJewellery. She is really lovely!
1) Light Blue Peace Bracelet: How cute is this! It reminds me of those wonderful bracelets that you buy on an exotic holiday and are meant to bring you good luck. I love the 'peace' symbol as it transcends all languages and means a lot.
2) Simple Cross Bracelet: This is just pure elegance and really cute. I would wear it at festivals, and just around town with the friends. I would also wear it at Church of course! Hehe :) 
3) Above The Knuckle RingAren't these the coolest rings ever? I first saw them on the Wavy website and fell in love! Although they are small and simple, boy do they make a statement!  I wouldn't even take these off - ever.
 What do you think of these pieces? Which one is your favourite? Remember to check out Wavy Jewellery for more beautiful treasures!


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Lana Del Rey: The New Face Of H&M

Lana Del Rey New Becomes Face of H&M Campaign

A note from Joelle...
If you read my tweets for (very) early this morning, you would have felt my excitement at the announcement that Lana Del Rey will lead the Autumn campaign for H&M. I have been a huge H&M fan, and this news has got every fashionista all giddy!
I have to admit that I expected Lana to steer more towards the Topshop route as her retro 'vintage hipster' fits in a bit more with that brand. But That's just a thought.
I know that she will be a great ambassador for the Autumn H&M campaign and I look forward to seeing the collection!
Lana in a pink Angora Jumper

Monday, 16 July 2012

Personal Questions TAG!

A note from Joelle...
Hey guys, I though I'd have a go at this tag even though it's mainly for Youtube Vloggers!
I TAG ALL OF YOU TO DO THIS TAG AS WELL!! Please leave your links below if you do this tag :)
Here we go...

  • What do you order at Starbucks?
I'm more of a Cafe Nero kind of girl, but if I do go into Starbucks I get the strawberries and cream frapp or a hazelnut hot chocolate. mmmmmmmmmmmm

  • What is one thing in your closet that you cannot live without? 

Definitely scarves. I feel naked without a silk or normal Kashmir scarf! I also really like my oversized denim jacket as it goes with everything.

  • What is one thing that people probably don't know about you?
I am a really big fan of Madness - a British band from the 70s and 80s.
I also have very small ears - 4cm to be exact!

  • One thing you want to do before you die?
Visit every continent. Just South America and Oceania to go!

  • What quote/phrase do you live your life by? 
'YOLO!' No I'm joking, I have a Quotes Of The Week section on my blog that is full of phrases that really inspire me.

  • What do you like/dislike about the blogger community?
I love how close'knit is it and the way bloggers support others through social media and events. However, sometimes I find it quite elitist with many established bloggers forgetting that they too were once small-time bloggers just doing it as a fun hobby and only talk to other established bloggers, instead of their followers. I don't really like that.

  • Most listened to song on itunes/spotify?
Do I have to say? It's really embarrassing... OK, it's 'It Wasn't Me' by Shaggy. Yes I know, total cringe, but  it's such a funny song! I also listen to A LOT of musical numbers and 'classical' music.
Azealia Banks' mixtape 'Fantasea' is also getting a lot of play!
On iTunes, it's Pure Shores by All Saints. That so is kind of hypnotic and has been a favourite of mine for ages.

  • Favourite number?

I love the number 27 as it's my birthday on that day.

  • What kind of style would you identify yourself as having?
It's hard to give it a name because I change it up so often. Sometimes I'll wear a goofy knitted jumper and biker boots, or a crop top with a maxi skirt the next day! I like to mix it up because one-genre fashion is really boring.

  • Any hobbies?
Yes, quite a few. I like to keep myself really busy. I cook, write novels, play the flute, do zumba (when I can be bothered to exercise), take photos, amateur geology, volunteer with charities and of course... BLOGGING!

  • Any pet peeves?
Again, quite a few. People eating loudly, clicking fingers, spitting, polystyrene objects (I know, odd one!), girls that don't know how to put foundation on, boys with long nails and just general rudeness. This is turning into a rant, so I'll just stop there!

  • Any guilty pleasures?
Promise to keep this a secret? OK, my two favourite films are 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie' and 'Clueless'. I can honestly watch them all day with now remorse what-so-ever. I spent my pre-teen years not doing many girly things so I think I'm making up for it now!
I seriously love my musicals and might even set one of my stories/plays to music - who knows? 

Friday, 13 July 2012

Summer Wishlist

A note from Joelle...
So what's on your Summer wishlist?

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Polka-Dot Nails!

A note from Joelle...

It has been absolute ages since I did a nail tutorial thing, so I apologise for that. I was studying in my flat (like I do for about 10 hours everyday if you are reading this Mum) and realised that my little pencil case was polka-dot with a pink background and white spots. I didn't realise I owned any polka-dot items as I'm more of a stripes girl myself.
Anyway, I immediately whipped out my pink and white polish and thought I would give polka-dot nails a go! I have seen plenty of nail tutorial post on this nail art before, so there wasn't really any trouble.

What you will need:
White polish - *I used Saffron London Matte White
Pink polish -  * I used All About Nails - Hot Pink 'Raspberry'
Random colour for accent nail -  *This is totally optional, but adds to the quirkiness. *I used Models' Own 'Pink Fizz'
Cotton buds/pads - Just for any spillages!
Old bobby pin/ Rounded pin - *I used a cut-out pin from an old hairbrush!

1) Paint the accent nail and the pink base first and then leave until totally dry

2) Get you rounded pin/ hair pin ready and dip into the white polish. Slowly dab in random places on each nail. They never come out perfect so don't worry if some are oval shaped or bigger dollops!
3) you can then go over your nail with clear nail polish if you want that extra sheen!

So what do you think? Let me know below! :)

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Joelle's Chicken And Pesto Pasta

A note from Joelle...
I have made some horrific pesto pasta back in the day (managed to give my entire family food poisoning the last time!), so I thought this time I revamped the recipe and added more vegetables to it. It was a great hit with the family and tasted great so here's how to make my new Chicken Pesto Pasta!

Spring onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 beef tomato (diced), pasta ( I used a mixture of the twisty one and this odd shaped curly one), double cream, raw chicken breast (cut into small chunks), fresh lemon juice, Nando's hot sauce (optional - but it makes tasted wonderful with it) and sunflower oil.
Put water in a pan. When bubbling, add the pasta with a pinch of salt. Close with a lid to cook.
Pour the oil into a pan on medium heat ( it made a weird shape in the pan!) 
Chop the tomatoes, spring onions and garlic into small pieces
Marinate the chicken with lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Most of the flavour will come from the pesto so need need to over flavour the chicken at this stage
Fry the spring onions, garlic and tomato together until soft
Add the chicken breast and stir until fully cooked (white inside and out)
Add the pesto paste and the Nando's sauce then leave to simmer. (It tastes nicer than it looks  - trust me!)
Once pasta is cooked, drain out the water and leave on the side to cool down for a few minutes

Add the pesto/chicken mixture to the pasta. Now is the time to add the double cream and the stir!
Et voilà! You can serve it hot or cold! Enjoy!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Quote Of The Week

A note from Joelle...
It's back! This weekly feature of my blog has gone AWOL for a while, but I will try so much harder to note down more quotes that really get me thinking  and will hopefully do the same for you too.
Last week, I was sitting in my flat watching a program online. One guy who was being interviewed said this:

'Aspire to inspire before you expire'

That has stuck with me all week and I intend to use it to help myself and others for a long, long time.


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