Jarrolds Vintage Bloggers Event

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Whenever I go to Norwich I go to Jarrold’s to get any MAC purchases I’ve got my eye on so when I received an email from the lovely Louise to attend their vintage blogging event I was so excited. So last week I ventured off to Norwich to attend the event which was taking place in Jarrold’s new restaurant/cafe, Benjis. I arrived a little early so mooched around an empty Jarrold’s, it felt like I was in the movie The Greatest Store in the World where a family sneak inside a department store to sleep in overnight, but doing this was only a tease because it made me want to buy things when I couldn’t – oh, its a hard life. When it was time to attend the event five other bloggers and myself were greeted with champagne and delicious food on platters. After a bit of mingling, taking photos, nibbling food and sipping champagne we were invited to have a vintage makeover. Firstly, I had my hair done by Kasey from Aveda who gave me a fantastic pin up style look which even lasted the next day. I wish I had a Kasey at home to beautify my hair everyday! Next I went over to Georgia, who is the beauty manager at Jarrold’s, but because there wasn’t much time left she just did a few basic bits to my face. However, the new YSL lipstick (sorry, I’m unsure what shade it was) really pulled the look together don’t you think?! After a bit more chin wagging it was time to leave but on departure we were all given a goodie box featuring a few lovely bits from The Vintage Cosmetic Company, which is soon to be sold in Jarrolds, and fab samples from Aveda.

Head over to www.jarrold.co.uk to find literally everything from beauty to fashion to homeware.

Jordan’s Beautiful Life is ONE!!!

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One year has passed since I created my blog, Jordan’s Beautiful Life, and what a year it has been. I never knew how great blogging (along with being on YouTube) could be. Having my own little creative space online is such a fantastic outlet for me and I haven’t once looked back. Over the past year my knowledge on beauty products and makeup application has grown hugely and I have thoroughly enjoyed using a variety of different products. Although there are times when I have bloody writers block I have decided that I shouldn’t put too much pressure on myself when it comes to blogging and once I relax the creativity seems to flow. I know that some bloggers write everyday and I’ve had little stints of doing the same but I sometimes feel that if I continued to write everyday (at the moment) I would lack originality and I would end up forcing myself to publish a post which I wouldn’t be 100% happy with. This past year, with regards to blogging, has been up and down…one minute my views rocket and the next minute they slow down. However, if I just focused on stats then I wouldn’t be blogging for the right reasons. Yes, I’d love this to be a career and I put that out to the universe everyday but I blog because I enjoy it. With everything that has happened in my life I believe in doing what makes me happy and blogging is one of those things along with my first child, YouTube, of course!

So, I just want to say a massive THANK YOU!!! to all of you who continue to read my blog a year down the line and to all of you who are new to my blog, WELCOME! Heres to many more years xxxx

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Gerard Cosmetics ‘Color Your Smile’ Lip gloss New Packaging, Review & Discount Code!

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Whitening Lightning ‘Color Your Smile’ lip glosses have now been rebranded to Gerard Cosmetics and how gorgeous is the new packaging?! Jen Gerard CEO at Whitening Lighting has expanded her brand and created Gerard Cosmetics as her beauty line has grown. The lip glosses still have the handy mirror on the side and the innovative LED light inside to make it easy to apply your lip gloss in any situation. The new packaging is looks so much more luxe now that it has a gold lid with GC simply scrolled onto it, making these lip glosses even more appealing to the eye when placed on our dressing tables. Today not only did I want to introduce you to the fab new packaging but also to these three shades which I haven’t spoke about before.  As always, the formula is fantastic it doesn’t feel awfully sticky like a lot of lip glosses do but just a bit tacky and lasts hours – probably longer than any lip gloss i’ve tried before. The pigmentation is a dream and each lip gloss is so true to colour its unbelievable. Usually with lip glosses you have to always swatch them before you purchase because they can sometimes apply so sheer but not these, what you see is what you get as you can tell from my swatches above.

Shimmer of Hope * ~ Gerard Cosmetics have done it again and created a gorgeous nude! This one is lighter than their original nude colour and I love it. It looks awesome alone or on top of lipstick (as they all do).

Rose Hill * ~ Another creation by the lovely Jaclyn Hill. This is a beautiful muted dusky rose red shade which is a fantastic red for those who perhaps are a little afraid of having a very bold, in your face, red lip.

Wild Orchid * ~ I’m obsessed with this vibrant purple shade. It is SO pigmented its incredible! My little cousin and I had some fun trying on the lip gloss in the photo below!

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Not only are the lip glosses fabulous but the team at Gerard Cosmetics / Whitening Lightning are such lovely people. I just want to give a big shout out to Jen, Nina and Joy because they’re so lovely! You can purchase the lip glosses at www.gerardcosmetics.com and get 25% OFF with the code JBLIFE :)

To see my previous reviews and swatch video click the links below:

Full Review and discount code

Butter Cream review

Swatch video

 

Outfit Of The Day & Night ~ Wedding Guest

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After trying on a staggering nine dresses, none of which didn’t fit me well at all, lets just say I was slightly (very!) fed up. Thankfully number ten was a bit more flattering on me. I opted for this pretty skater dress from Chi Chi and although when I tried it on it was a little bit long for me I was lucky enough to have it shortened in time before I had to travel up North for my uncles wedding. Being sat in a wheelchair I find the shorter the dress the better as sometimes it can look like I have a sheet on my lap if they’re too long! This ‘Modesta’ dress from Chi Chi is fully lined, has a lace overlay on the top part of the dress, a slight sweetheart neckline, capped sleeves, slight padded bust, pleated skater skirt bottom and concealed zip at the back, this cost me £46.99 which I think is very reasonable. I have to apologise for the unprofessional iPhone photos, I accidentally left my memory card for my camera at home in my laptop – bad blogger! My uncles wedding was set in the beautiful countryside near Clitheroe and it was such a fantastic day full of love, laughter, yummy food, alcohol, and dancing! Congratulations Ian & Beth I wish you the world of happiness!

Dress ~ Chi Chi Clothing

Bag ~ Accessorize ~ Unavailable as I bought it in the sale a few weeks ago, £8 bargain!!!

Shoes ~ Christian Louboutin ~ Unavailable ~ Similar

Watch ~ Michael Kors

Bracelets ~ Annie Haak, Tiffanys & Co, Bella Jane 

Earrings ~ Diamonds I bought a few years ago but I cannot remember the designer

Rings ~ Pandora & one from Camden Market

Blazer ~ H&M ~ Similar (could only find it in ‘tall’ though)

Hair ~ HK from Dirty Looks in the shade Paparazzi Highlighted

The British Tag

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I’m sat at my desk with the dreaded curse of writers block so thought it would be the perfect time to do the British Tag. I was tagged by the lovely Beth, from Beauty In Beta, and although she tagged me on YouTube I haven’t gotten round to filming it and as I said before my brain won’t cooperate in creating new post ideas! With that said here are my answers for the British Tag created by Sammi from Beautycrush.

1) How many cups of tea do you have a day? And how many sugars?

I used to be a huge tea drinker but now I only drink about one green tea a day as opposed to regular English Breakfast tea. I tend to drink more tea/hot drinks on days when I’m cold to warm me up. I don’t have any sugar these days!

2) Favourite part of your roast?

This is a hard one, I love roasts. Roast potatoes are delicious but I love stuffing too, oh and Yorkshire puddings…ah! I’ll just say really crispy roast potatoes!

3) Favourite dunking biscuit

Chocolate digestives are really good but I’d have to say chocolate HobNobs are even better as they’re just YUM when combined with tea. That would have to be with regular tea though, green tea and biscuit dunking sounds gross!!

4) Favourite quintessentially British pastime?

I’d say going for afternoon tea is something I enjoy. The sandwiches, the scones with clotted cream and jam and the cakes…YUMMY! Perhaps with a cheeky glass of champers too ;) I also love going to the seaside for fish & chips. If something involves food I’m generally going to love it.

5) Favourite British word?

I’ve been sitting here thinking…umm…but I think ‘sugarplum’ is a cute word and I think thats British right?

6) Cockney Rhyming Slang?

Dog & Bone…Phone?! I don’t know many!

7) Favourite Sweet?

Veggie Percy Pigs.

8) What would your pub be called?

The Bone Inn…LOL…my last name is Bone I’m not being rude (just perhaps a little immature haha)!

9) NO.1 British person

I’m guessing this means someone famous!? So, I’d say, David Beckham, I think every Brit likes a bit of Becks!

10) Favourite shop/restaurant

Whenever I’m in London I always love going to Selfridges which I’d count as British even though Mr Selfridge was American, still counts right?! My favourite British restaurant would be…I can’t think of any British restaurants because a lot of them are Italian or what have you :/ so I’ll just say, nice independent restaurants/pubs. There are some lovely ones down by the coast.

11) What British song pops into your head?

All you need is love – The Beatles

12) Marmite?

My first thought was ‘absolutely not’ but to be honest I don’t even know if I’ve tried Marmite! I can just imagine I’d hate it!

I tag YOU to do it! Leave your links in the comments so I can read your answers! Xx

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

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Another day, another eyeshadow post but this time this beautiful palette is more than just an eyeshadow palette. Tarte have created a limited edition palette called Rainforest After Dark* which includes six eyeshadows consisting of neutral browns with a gold and muted purples with a shimmery plum (which look quite brown in the swatches above), a bronzer, blush and highlight all inside a round wooden effect compact with a stunning snake design. This palette will look so beautiful placed on my dressing table! Along with the makeup the palette includes a reasonably large mirror (for a palette anyway) which is always handy, hey dolls?! Each product is infused with coloured clay which helps to control oils in the skin which then makes the makeup last longer which means that it is ideal for a night out when we want our makeup to be able to stay intact even after a bit of crazy dancing. I am yet to put this makeup to the test in that respect, I haven’t been on a night out in what seems like forever! What I love most about this palette is that it is perfect for times when you’re travelling because it is so compact and has a lot of what you need inside it. The eyeshadows themselves are reasonably pigmented but the lighter shades do need a little bit of building up and I’ve found that the darkest brown shade needs a lot of blending but I think it is the perfect alternative to a black shade. When I first applied the bronzer I found it to be a little light but after a bit of building up I created my perfect shade. To me, the nude pink blush in the palette looks rather cool toned but when applied it seemed to turn warmer – this may come off differently on each person! The highlight is so stunning, it adds a gorgeous glow to the cheekbones as well as a tiny bit of shimmer. My overall favourite eyeshadow has to be the gold shade (duh, its always my first choice!) although it applied much more beautifully and intense when I applied it with a damp eyeshadow brush.

Overall, if you love neutral shades which you can use day or night then I would get this palette. Not only will it look pretty on your dressing table but it will look pretty on your face. I know what you’re thinking my fellow Brits, Tarte is an American brand so where can we get it!? Well, I recently discovered Rose’s Beauty Store which stocks all American products for the UK…eek! They may be a little bit more pricey than they would be in America – this palette is $38 in the US (from Sephora) but on Rose’s Beauty store it is £38.99 which is definitely worth it as you’ll avoid tax fees when it arrives at your door! Find it here !

Watch my first impressions of using the palette in the video below:

The Vegan Kind ~ Beauty Box

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Well I wasn’t expecting a subscription box from The Vegan Kind for a while so I was so confused when I had one delivered. After a bit of head scratching, I realised it was a limited edition box full of cruelty free and vegan beauty products. I was so excited to tear into the box and when I did I discovered such a great bundle of goodies worth £37.50 for just £15.95. To get your own beauty box click here, to get this box you don’t have to subscribe so go ahead and treat yourself!

What’s inside The Vegan Kind’s Beauty Box*?

* Inika Black Caviar Eyeliner (RRP £13.50) ~ A creamy and highly pigmented natural eyeliner with a handy sharpener attached which to have with you at all times. This will be perfect for those with sensitive skin as it is made from natural plant products and minerals. ~ www.inikacosmetics.co.uk

* Furless ‘Must have’ Stippling Brush (RRP £8.50) ~ A super soft stippling brush which is so versatile because it can be used to apply such a range of products from foundation to blush and all in between! This has to be one of the softest brushes I now own and it is 100% vegan and cruelty free. Enter the code THEVEGANKIND by September 30th 2014 and get 15% off your order at www.furlesscosmetics.com.au

* White Rabbit Lime & Coconut Cleansing Water (RRP £4) ~ First of all I have to say WOW this smells incredible with its zesty citrus infused with coconut it just reminds me of a cocktail so if you get this remember you can’t actually drink it despite it being tempting. This cleanser is a fab alternative to cleansing wipes as it is made to be able to easily and quickly remove any makeup. I would use this as I would my makeup wipes then cleanse my face with my regular cleanser too. The ingredients consist of spring water, orange blossom water, coconut oil, polysorbate 20 to blend water and oils, sodium benzoate & potassium sorbate (skin friendly preservative and lime essential oil. All of the ingredients each have properties to improve the skin. Get 10% off your order until 31st August with the code TVKbunny at  www.etsy.com/shop/whiterabbitskincare

* Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Beauty Eyeshadow 1g Sample X2 (RRP £3.50 each) ~ Stunning loose mineral eyeshadows from Beautiful Movements which are free all the nasty stuff such as parabens, synthetic dyes, fragrances, fillers, bismuth, oxychloride, nano particles and animal products. I received the shades Adobe Brick and Mississippi Mud which are both neutral shades – Adobe Brick is a browny gold and Mississippi Mud is literally a mud brown. You can wear them as a wash of colour over the lid or intensify the look by applying with a damp brush. Get 15% off your order until 31st August with the code VEGAN15 at  www.beautifulmovements.com

* Simply Soaps Orange Cocoa Bath Melt (RRP £4.50) ~ When I first saw this inside the box I thought it was a big bar of delicious white chocolate and I even tricked my boyfriend and he almost tucked into it until he read the label. This is a bath melt made from raw cocoa butter and pure plant essential oils and smells amazing! It is great to add to your bath to unwind and relax. The ingredients are pretty minimal consisting of organic raw cocoa butter, sodium bicarbonate and essential oils of vanilla and orange! Get 10% off with the code vegankind at www.simplysoaps.com

What do you think of The Vegan Kind’s Beauty Box? Will you be treating yourself to one?