Blogiversary & Giveaway

Another giveaway, woopeee!

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Blog Giveaway

Yesterday marked 1 year since the first post on my blog! I was hoping to get this up then, but I’ve been ill and spent the day in bed boxsetting Harry Potter. Anyway, better late than never!

All in all, it’s been a strange year for me personally – finishing uni, moving back to my parents, getting my first graduate job – but a really great one in many ways. I started my blog as something to do and a way to keep writing once I finished my degree. I work in a creative area, so don’t really write anything except emails, so its really nice to sit down and write some blog posts.

I am pleased with how my blog and instagram are doing, but its not about the numbers. I mean, sure, its nice to see those numbers go up, but what I love more is the comments…

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200 Followers: 1st Giveaway!

Awesome giveaway!

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Hi Lovelies!

I reached 200 followers yesterday which is a super big deal for me because WHAAAAT? I know, I know…there are soooo many bloggers out there with thousands and thousands of followers but I didn’t start out thinking that I’d even get 10 followers, plus I’m a total social media dummy so ya basically this is magic for me. I have decided to do my first giveaway to thank my awesome followers…and this giveaway is opened internationally because I literally have followers from all over the globe which is SO COOL. Here’s a breakdown of the items I will be giving away-

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♥ OPI Mini in Coca-Cola Red

♥ OPI Mini in Sorry I’m Fizzy Today

♥ OPI Mini in Mandarin Orange

♥ Etude House Play Nail 115 Pastel Glitter

♥ Benefit They’re Real! Remover (Travel size)

♥ Colourpop Shadow in Shop, Matte

I purchased an extra…

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How to get corkscrew curls – Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler Hair Tong

1599450_10152791318157894_9064339050534309885_oleestaffordchopstickstylerI have always loved big curly hair and up until my teens my hair was naturally curly, however after years of heat styling my curls have become more of a frizzy mess than a defined curl. I always look enviously at women who have natural corkscrew curls and when I discovered this hair tool that promises such hair I knew I had to try it out. I bought the Lee Stafford Chopstick Curler from Argos for just £19.99 which is a ridiculously cheap for a hair styling tool.

The barrel of this tong is just 7-10mm wide and it isn’t completely round but more of a flat rectangular shape. It heats up extremely quickly in just 10 seconds, and has a  maximum temperature of 200 degrees celsius. I find that 5-7 seconds is all it takes to curl a piece of hair depending on the thickness.

It took a few attempts for me to learn how to use this styler but once I got the technique down I loved the results it gave me. I changed the thickness of each piece to achieve a natural curly hair look. Before curling my hair I made sure to use a heat protectant and a product that will set the curl. It take around 45 minutes to curl the whole head of hair. After my hair was done I used a few pumps of L’Oreal Elvive Extraodirinary Oil and ran my fingers through my hair to add shine and remove frizz. This was the finished look. ->

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This is the styler I turn to when I want to turn heads with my hair. I would 100% recommend this curler if you want big, sexy, diva, corkscrew curls and you have long hair below the shoulders.

Jay x

Follow me on Social Media!

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Hey ya’ll! Happy Friday yaaaaaaaaaay! What are you guys up to this weekend? This is just a quick post to share my social media accounts with you all. Please give me a follow on there and I will follow back!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/justjaybeauty

Instagram: https://instagram.com/the_jay_r/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_the_Jay

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Hope you have a fab weekend ^__^

Jay x

 

 

My Top 5 Hair Styling Products

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Hey guys! I don’t know about you but I was not ready for this morning, I swear I need another day after the weekend, to recover from the weekend 🙂

This post is going to be about my favourite hair styling products. I’ve got long, frizzy hair so I need to use a lot of products to tame my mane. Now this is just a small percentage of the products that I use, but these are the best of the best in my opinion, so let’s get right into it…

1) Batiste Dry Shampoo (Oriental). Who doesn’t love a dry shampoo? Batiste were probably one of the first brands to introduce this product onto the market and they are one of the best affordable brands out there. This product it my go-to for day 3 hair or when I need a bit of volume at the roots as it absorbs extra oil and gives some root lift. Oh and it smells amazing too!

2) Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Resurfacing Reinforcing Milk. This is an amazing product to use when I’m straightening my hair. It makes my hair so much more manageable, soft and shiny without weighing it down. It contains a polymer which coats the hair strands and protects it from split ends and breakage. Kerastase is widely used in hair salons so it is a great brand, although pricey. Also when I use this my hair smells like it does after I visit the salon, now who doesn’t want that!?

3) It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner. This product has a cult following and for good reason too. I use this when using curling tongs on my hair. It repairs dry damaged hair, adds shine, smooths & controls frizz, protects hair colour, heat protector, detangles, stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, adds volume and prevents split ends. My hair looks and feels stronger when using this product and I am confident that my hair is protected when using this. The only downside is that it is very expensive and you have to use a lot of product to coat the hair.

4) L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil UV Filter. This is the product I go through the most. There are two versions, the one pictured is for coloured hair but I prefer the version for all hair types.  On a day to day basis when I wear heat-free curls I need a product to de-frizz, add moisture and shine without destroying the curl. This product does just that and costs under £10. I use it before and after styling too, it is such a versatile product and one I shall keep repurchasing.

5) Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray.  As my hair is long it can feel very weighed down and especially when I straighten my hair it can look quite flat. This product is amazing at giving my hair a lot of thickness and tonnes of volume. I spray it in my hair before blow-drying and after styling. I don’t use it very often, but when I do I am guaranteed big, sexy, voluminous hair, I love it!

I hope you enjoyed this post, now it’s time to tell me what your favourite hair styling products are! Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

 

#TBT I miss my short hair & how I grew healthy long hair

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Throughout university I rocked short hair. Admittedly I really miss having it at this length, it made me feel edgy and badass whenever I felt the  back of my head being buzzed. Alas times have changed and I decided to grow my hair which is now halfway down my back. I always get asked how my hair has grown so quickly, so here are my top three tips to growing healthy long hair.

1) Get a trim regularly. You probably know this one already but I really can’t stress this enough. Regular trims will reduce the number of split ends you get and will stop the split end growing up the shaft of the hair. I have a trim every 8 weeks now cutting maybe half an inch each time. When my hair was in that awkward-mullet stage of growing I got a trim every 4-6 weeks This may sound counterproductive but really it’s the only way to grow healthy hair.

2) Deep condition your hair AND your scalp. Once a week I deep condition my hair and scalp with coconut oil and hair masks. Coconut oil strengthens the hair but also moisturises the scalp. Think of it like fertilising the soil for the plants to grow. I make sure to really massage the scalp to improve circulation.

3) Reduce heat tools. Heat styling causes hair to become weaker over time, allowing way for breakage and split ends. Since having reduce heat styling my hair has become stronger and has grown even longer!

Jay x

P.s. Have you checked out my INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY yet…

Liebster Award Nomination 2

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Hello all! I’ve been nominated for The Liebster award again woohooo! I was nominated by the beautiful Harriet who has just started out her lifestyle blog and is actually my desk neighbour at work, so please check her out! I really like doing these posts as it allows readers to get to know me on a more personal level.

The Rules:

·         Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.

·         Answer the 11 questions that they have asked you.

·         Nominate bloggers who have a following of <200 on Bloglovin’

·         Ask them 11 questions.

·         Notify the nominees.

So here are the questions I was asked:

  1. Why did you start blogging? I’ve always been into beauty and feel like I have a bit of knowledge to spread. I’ve also been reading blogs and watching Youtube for around 8 years now and thought it’s finally time to be pro-active and start something myself.
  2. What is your dream career? My dream career would be in the cosmetics industry perhaps in testing or compliance, who knows. It’s something I’m working towards.
  3. What is your favourite beauty product ever? Ooo this is a difficult one, I think I’d have to say concealer as a whole is my favourite product because I have the worst dark circles known to mankind.
  4. Favourite high street store? My favourite high street store is Zara. I LOVE their clothes because the shapes and cuts looks far more expensive than they are.
  5. What is your favourite blog and why? My favourite blog is someone I’ve been following for a few years Mouldy Fruit . When I stumbled across Zaras blog many years ago there weren’t many women with my complexion doing product reviews and it was really helpful to get advice from someone else before purchasing products.
  6. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I don’t think I’d change anything about myself. There are many things I could improve on and it’s a constant process, but if I changed I wouldn’t be me 🙂
  7. Favourite place you’ve visited? I loveeee South Korea. I think part of what really got me into skin care was my trip there last year, the cosmetics industry is booming over there and a lot of products that I just entering the West like BB creams, sleeping masks, sheet masks all started in Korea.
  8. Favourite female and male celebrity? I don’t really follow celebrities but I love Will Smith because well he’s Will Smith. Also Erykah Badu because she’s a freaking QUEEN.
  9. Top three television programmes? The Wire, Breaking Bad, Orange is The New Black.
  10. Where would you like to be in 5 years time? I try not to plan too much as things NEVER go to plan. I’d like my career and relationship to have progressed and just be in good health.
  11. What is your biggest fear? Not standing up for what I believe in.

Now here are my questions:

1) Who is your favourite Youtuber, and why?

2) What is your favourite cuisine?

3) What is your oldest item of clothing?

4) What is your skincare saviour?

5) If you had to work with any brand what would it be?

6) What is your favourite lipstick?

7) Flats or heels?

8) The last place I went on holiday was…

9) What is your favourite album?

10) Savoury or sweet?

11) Who is your inspiration?

Nominees:

Glitter-PomPom

AdoreDee

Megan Leigh

Jess

Afternoon Tea @ The Winter Garden Restaurant, Landmark Hotel – London

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My wonderful friend Mital took me for a delightful afternoon tea today as a belated birthday present. We went to the Winter Garden Restaurant in the Landmark Hotel just by Marylebone station in London.

This is by far one of the prettiest restaurants I have been to. If you really want to impress a special someone I would recommend taking them here for that WOW factor. It has beautiful, decadent decor and a relaxed, romantic ambiance. The restaurant is in the middle of the hotel and is overlooked by the rooms. The architecture of this building is amazing, it reminds me of why I love being a Londoner.

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You can choose between a traditional afternoon tea or chocolate afternoon tea. Of course we had to choose chocolate with a glass of champagne. Prices start at £40/head. The tea is brought out in courses. The first being finger sandwiches which you can top up (yes please), followed by warm scones, jam and clotted cream which you can top up again, and finally the sweet treats. I chose the Landmark Blend as my tea which was amazing. It’s an aromatic Assam and Ceylon tea which has a wonderful hint of vanilla.

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Of course I had to dress up for the occasion. The top I wore is from ASOS and the skirt from River Island. Bought a while back so I’m not sure they’ll be in stock.

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Heat Free Curls Tutorial

Untitled A few months ago I decided that I was going to cut down on using heat styling tools on my hair. However, I wasn’t prepared to bare my wild, frizzy mane just like that, I wanted to find an easy style that looks polished but also without heat. It’s been 2 months since I discovered how to do this style and I haven’t used heat on my hair since which has dramatically reduced the amount of split ends I’m getting. For this tutorial I used these foam twist bun makers. I bought 4 from an Ebay seller in China and they cost no more than £1 each! There are loads of different shapes available from hundreds of different sellers so you’re sure to find some.

Step 1) Wash and condition hair. I use the Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo (sulphate-free) and Aussie 3 minute miracle leave in conditioner. Towel dry.

Step 2) Apply hold styling product like gel or mousse. I then use around 6 pumps of the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil through the bottom half of my hair to reduce frizz.

Step 3) Let hair air dry until it’s 80% dry. If you’re in a rush use a hairdryer on cool setting and lowest speed.

Step 4) Comb through hair. Start from the bottom and work up to the roots. Section hair into 4 equal parts.

IMG_2962 Step 5) I have long hair so I hold the foam halfway down my hair and wrap the section around. Fold the ends to secure. For this look curl hair away from the face. I twist my hair around 4-5 times around the foam. Untitled Step 6) Leave in for at least 8 hours. I usually do this overnight. IMG_2968 Step 7) Unfold foam and take out of hair. IMG_2971 Step 8) Style hair. Take a medium paddle brush and start brushing out from the bottom. Brush each section from the underneath. Use your fingers to separate curls. Set style with hairspray, I use the Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray. Untitled IMG_2976 IMG_2979 Tips:

1) The more wet your hair is and the longer you leave the foam in the longer the curls are going to last. Usually with the above method the style will last a whole day. You can put the foams in again overnight to refresh the style.

2) The more twists you do around the foam makes tighter curls. If you want retro 40/50’s curls try twisting the curls towards your face and brushing towards the face. You can achieve a number of different styles so just play around with it and see what suits you.

3) If you have fine hair skip the hair oil and maybe just use a volumising hair mousse/spray.

I hope you found this tutorial interesting! It takes a few tries to perfect the method when using these foam curlers but once you get the hang of it it really does the trick.

Jay x