Thursday, 26 May 2016

Haul | MAC Cosmetics.


The other week I met my Mum in Broadway for some lunch, I'd just finished University and gotten myself my first 'real' job the day before, so I thought why not treat myself to some goodies from Debenhams. I very nearly bought myself the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette but I thought these goodies were a little more practical and ones I needed (well, sort of). 

So heres what I got:






Lot's of Love

Dena Jayne
xo


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Personal | Two Years.


On the 17th May 2014, I was in the car with Jordan, racing to the hospital to see my Grandad whom had been in hospital for several days prior with pneumonia. He'd been suffering from it for a long while before we realised what it was, when I had to accompany him in an ambulance - the scariest day of my entire life. I felt useless. Nothing I could do, but be there by his side. Waiting by his side in the hospital for hours, praying he was going to be okay, when neither of us knew if he would be. It was so hard, trying so hard to stay so strong. He probably knew I was worried sick, but I didn't want him to see that. He was so jolly. Cracking out jokes even though it was killing him.

It's crazy. I remember the 17th May 2014 like it was yesterday, it was such a sunny day. My mum was at the log cabin (Grandad forced her to go, he wanted her to have time to relax) and I knew something wasn't right. I even had my first proper argument with Jordan that day, to the extent where I told him to go and give me some space and he did. Luckily for me, he came back after I'd had some time to myself as I needed him more than ever that day, I just didn't know it yet. We'd gotten a phone call that day, to say Grandad had gotten worse, much worse and was advised by both my Aunty and Uncle to stay at home - so we didn't have to see him the way he was. I wanted to though. More than ever. I wanted to spend as much time as I psychically could with him.

Luckily Jordan was at mine and luckily he could drive. As soon as I got the phone call telling me I was able to go see him, we were in the car on the way. I stopped by his flat to pick up some essentials he needed (or so I thought) his daily newspapers, some jelly from the fridge as he was struggling to eat solid foods, so I thought this might go down a little easier and a fan, as he said he kept going warm in the hospital so I thought this may help. It's so weird, as when I entered his flat I got a strange feeling in my body and it was one I'd never felt before. I didn't know why at the time, but I know believe it was the time he went. I honestly didn't think he was going to die that day, but he did. My Dad phoned me when we were about ten minutes away from the hospital and I was distraught. I couldn't accept that he was gone. I was devastated. I still told Jordan to get to the hospital as quick as we could. I wanted to see him. I needed to. I needed to say Goodbye to my Best Friend.

Growing up, I'd always spent a lot of time around my Grandparents on my mums side. My Grandma was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour when I was two, so my mum spent a lot of time there, helping my Grandad to take car of her. It was hard growing up seeing my Grandma deteriorate so much. She was still so young and had so much to live for, but the tumour finally defeated her in 2002 when she lost her life at the age of 58. Far too young to die. Fortunately, it brought us even closer to Grandad. He came on more holidays with us, spent a lot of time at ours, he'd join us on our family days out, he even spent every Christmas and everyone's birthday with us. Some of my best memories are my memories with him. Some I'll treasure forever and ever.

In 2010, I became the main carer for my Grandad. His health had gotten a little worse over the years and even though he was able to do things, a little extra help never hurt anyone. This meant I saw him every day and I loved it. I'd do my jobs (cleaning, cooking etc) then we'd just sit back and relax watching crap TV and children movies. At the age of 70 his favourite TV show was either Jeremy Kyle or Spongebob Square pants, he was such a child at heart it was amazing. He'd tell the worst jokes in the world, but nearly pee his pants laughing at the joke he'd just made up. What I'd give to hear him say one of those crappy jokes now.

My Mum and my Sisters were so lucky. The bond we had with our Jarmar was one in a million and even though he's gone that bond is still unbreakable. He's still a massive part of our lives and nobody will ever be able to take that away from us. It's the little things I miss the most. He really was one crazy individual. There wasn't a day that went by that we didn't speak or he didn't make us cry laughing. He was incredible. I am the luckiest person in the world to be the Granddaughter of this man honestly, he was the best man in the world.

Lot's of Love

Dena Jayne
xo


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Beauty | Save or Splurge.


The Liz Earle cleanse and polish has been my go to cleanser since Christmas, I love everything about it. My skins never been so soft/clean or clear since I started using this (apart from my usual hormonal breakout at that time of the month) I can't fault it. However, when I came across a much cheaper version in Superdrug I was eager to see if it was just as good and whether I could save myself a few pounds or whether the splurge was worth it in this case. 


I received this as a gift at Christmas as a gift from my Sister but the set contained a bottle of the cleanse and polish and two muslin cloths (of very good quality might I add) and I think she paid around £20 for the gift set. The one I received at Christmas was in fact 150ml, I just photographed the other one I had.


I purchased this quite a few weeks back now at Superdrug. It comes with one muslin cloth as well. It cost £5.99 and it was on offer at the time, so I got a serum/moisturiser too. All for £5.99. Again, you get 150ml worth of product which is the same as the Liz Earle one. 


Both have similar ingredients in but the one from Superdrug seem's to have a lot more in than the Liz Earle one, both are cruelty free. Both use natural ingredients which is great as its better to have natural ingredients on the skin. They both look the same, both feel the same and they both smell really, really nice. Honestly I cannot see much different in these two products at all. 

Both do a wonderful job at making the skin appear cleaner, as I use it to take my makeup off. The Superdrug one seems to require more work and I break out when using it. I'm not quite sure why, but I do. So for me, I have to splurge on this one! 

Lot's of Love

Dena Jayne
xo


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Review | Bourjois Rouge Edition Liquid Lipstick.


Bourjois is always hyped about, but is a brand I didn't really try out until late 2014. I first bought the bronzer palette, which smells and looks like chocolate and it quickly became one of my favourite bronzer's of all time. I then went onto to trying the healthy mix foundation and I loved that too! So I thought it was about time I finally delved into some of the lip products and I actually picked up two, but today we will be looking at this one.


Honestly it lasts all day, even after eating, drinking and working all day, it stays in place. It's lightweight, velvety texture and non-drying formula gives extreme comfort that doesn't smudge! To say it's matte, it's quite moisturising and doesn't make your lips feel dry at all. The colour pay off is also amazing. For £8.99 you really cannot complain. It has been my go to lip colour for the last few weeks now and I either wear it alone or over a lipliner and both look just as stunning.


This product is available to buy here.

Lot's of Love

Dena Jayne
xo