Friday, 27 June 2014

Summer Tag!!!

So it's summer here, there and everywhere. Well, not if you're in Australia at this moment in time :) But for the rest of the World the time has finally kicked in to enjoy some well deserved sunshine and all the beauty and fashion that comes with it. I recently found a blogger by the name of Emma's Beginning where she did her Summer Tag and invited everyone along to do the same if of course they want to. And so I'm one of those people who would like to join this circle :)

So let's crack on with some questions, shall we?

1. What’s your favourite summer nail polish?

When it comes to summer, I prefer to put light colours on my nails whereas in winter I tend to put darker colours. I've noticed I started to reach for the following colour ( picture below) 
quite often, so it's definitely my new favourite. It is a shimmery light purple colour that I 
think looks beautiful :)

2. What is your favourite lip colour this Summer?

Now.... I know I'm a girl and all that but looking at my make up storage shelf, I can honestly say I only have 3 lipsticks! How bad is that? I guess I'm just not a massive fan of lipsticks. But I made a deal with myself earlier this year that I will try to make some effort with my lips. haha! I'm hooked at the moment to this these lip sticks ( Rimmel London- picture below) but when I was in Superdrug the other week purchasing it and trying 5 different colours, I knew I could really only afford one stick at a time, you can imagine I went through hell trying to make that decision. But I finally chose one colour and I am loving it and by that I mean I wear it every day without reminding myself about my deal :D Just in case if you liked it, it's in colour '100 Give me a cuddle':

3. Show us your favourite Summer dress?

My favourite summer dress is from 2 years ago. I bought it online from Dorothy Perkins. This dress is perfect for hot/warm summer days. It doesn't make you feel sweaty and it's just a nice dress to be in when it's too warm.

4. What is your favourite Summer accessory?

My favourite accessory is my bag from Accessorize that I purchased erm....probably 4 years ago now and it's still going strong! I just love the details on there and it makes me happy from just looking at it:

5. What Summer trends are you most excited about this year?

Definitely floral prints! They are so feminine and bright, it's perfect for spring/summer time. I'm not sure if I'll be able to pull these off but I might:)

(Source New Look)

6. What is your favourite summer candle?

I don't burn any candles in summer time. Simples :) Late spring and the whole of summer are the only times when I don't burn any candles. 

7. What is your favourite body spray/ perfume.

My favourite one was actually a present. It's sweet but not too overpowering and has a floral kind of smell to it. I think it's perfect for summer. It's by Narciso Rodriguez ' Essence'.

8. What is the weather like where you live in the Summer?

I live in England. That is my answer :) But we do get sunshine and quite warm weather from time to time, so it's not too bad.

9. What is your favourite thing about Summer?

My favourite thing about summer is that my skin gets soo much better! For some reason when I get more contact with the sun, I have a lot less break outs and I always look better with a bit of tan on, I mean who doesn't?

10. What are your plans for Summer vacation?

I'm not going anywhere abroad this summer but definitely going to carry on exploring the UK a bit more :) My plans are to visit Cornwall and Wales!

The End! I hope you enjoyed at least some of it:)

I would like to tag Antonella from here to do the Summer tag post and of course anyone else who wants to join in :)

Happy Summer everyone!

Jane xxx


Monday, 23 June 2014

Summer in London City!

''Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ''
                                        - Henry James 

I've always been a summer lover since I can remember myself. Long days and short nights meant that I could stay out and play outside with my friends for longer as me and my mum had a deal, I had to be back home until it gets dark:) I guess I could say, I was an active child when growing up, I was part of the dancing group (that soon became my everything but that's another story itself )and I would spend all of my free time during summer holidays outside, playing hide and seek, volleyball, football and looking after kittens and puppies that lived on the streets. Unfortunately in Ukraine, you can find a lot of homeless pets that was breaking my little and childish heart and yeah you guessed it, I would take them home with me :) My mum was not impressed to say the least but I do remember that one time when she actually let me keep one of the ginger kittens that was so cute!! 
Summer for some reason is the time when I get a little bit nostalgic in terms of my childhood and my home town. I always want to go back and visit but during summer months, my desire to visit multiplies by a 100 :) 

The weather has been so lovely here in England over the last few weeks. I feel we all need a break from the most horrific and wet autumn and winter this year. Oh yes, it was horrific. We had very strong winds and rain showers, that made a massive tree in our garden to fall down on mine and other neighbours' car! I don't want to go into too much detail but I had a sleepless night to say the least. 

Now onto the point of this blog post :) Me and my other half went to London for a day for some business (sounding more important than it actually was). Anyway,after we were done with our 'business' we decided to stay and explore London:) 

It was a very sunny and warm summer afternoon and so we decided to go to Hyde Park and I'm so glad we did! As soon as we entered this magical place, our nostrils were having the time of their life as roses and other flowers smelled so fresh that instantly gives you that upbeat mood. I have to say, parks in London is something and I may or may not have underestimated them? I guess just a little, yes:) 

Little family of ducks :)

Royal Albert Hall


My current hair and make-up routine is very simple. One of the other reasons that I love summers so much! I don't put any heavy foundation or BB cream on my face and it feels very nice for my skin when I'm in the sun. During the warm months, I try and let my skin have a break after clogging it with foundations, concealers and face powders. Just in case if you're interested than here are the products that I used for this look:

Accessorize, Bejewelled Palette, £10,acc_21.8/5031269900 

The two eye shadow colours that I used for this look

The Body Shop, Honey Bronze, £13

Vaseline, Tesco

bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation, £19.95

Rimmel London, Scandaleyes, £4.99

Rimmel London, Colour Rush 'Give me a cuddle', £5.99 

Rimmel London blusher

Rimmel London,Wake me Up Concealer, £5.49

I'm not even sure where it's from as I had it for absolute ages now...

Wow! It turns out that I am girl from London who enjoys Rimmel London a LOT :) Well, it does the job quite well, it's not too expensive and it ticks a lot of boxes for me. 

Hope you enjoyed this little adventure and I will see you soon.

Jane xxx


Experimenting with my Hair


I love all things hair. Since ever I've discovered YouTube videos where girls showcasing their skills from how  to make 10 easy every day hair styles to sleek and more special up dos, I've slowly became addicted and decided to practice it as I was watching it on my own hair. Honestly, I never thought I'd be able to do it but you don't know for sure unless you try. And so I did and quite frankly, I was surprised at how easy some of the 'complicated' (it seemed at the time) hair styles were actually not that hard at all, all you needed to do is to watch step by step videos and try your best to re-create that look. 
I think for a girl, make-up is not the only thing that represents her personality it's also her hair that can make a simple look, look a little bit more fancy.

Kyiv, 2004

So this is how it all started. Me graduating school back in 2004 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Horrible picture to say the least. So why did you upload it, some might ask? Well, I just wanted to upload it so that you can see how my hair style has changed since my teenage years up until this point of my life. 
When I was growing up, there was no such thing as internet, in fact it wasn't until I came to the UK that I found whole other world for myself, such as Google, e-mails, YouTube and Facebook! Although in some cases I actually feel privileged that I grew up internet free, there were times when internet wouldn't be a bad thing. 
My first experiment took place when I was 19 years old and I did my first full head highlights in a salon. I was so excited to do something different with my hair as I do find, it makes me feel a little bit more confident. Unfortunately I don't seem to have a picture after my first appointment in a salon but using an imagination, you can probably guess what it looked like. I was very happy with the result but being a student and not having enough cash to splash on full head highlights, it slowly grown back to my natural colour.

After some serious consideration, I decided to colour my hair myself ( full-head). And so off I went to my local Tesco to purchase my ever first hair dye. My then boyfriend really liked dark haired styles, such as brown and black so I decided to go ahead with the chocolate brown colour. At the time Cheryl Cole was rocking that look with her wonderfully glossing locks in chocolate brown and so I thought I can pull it off too, maybe...? Hahaha!

Kyiv, 2008

As you probably guessed, I am on the right with my bestest (not sure if it's even a word) school friend that I still keep in touch! I guess without sounding too big headed, I don't look too bad because I spent a considerable amount of time in the sun and my hair gets highlighted by the sun quite easily ad I think the flash from the camera makes it a little bit more lighter that it actually was. However, when I came back to England and after a while my skin obviously went back to it's natural tone after a while and oh dear, I couldn't pull off that look any more! First of all, it made me look at least 5 years older than I actually was and I didn't feel confident. Besides, I did get quite a few negative comments about my hair at work so I thought this is it, I need to change it!! Oh, just found another picture with my natural skin tone, so you can see for yourself :)

London, 2008

So what I did first is I got a full-head highlights as I didn't want to damage my hair too much and it seemed to do a little trick but I wasn't too happy with the result but being all responsible and all that, I actually waited for it grow itself and when it got to the point where I could just trim it off, I did it with so much pleasure! After it was all off, I did another full-head highlights as I couldn't wait to have light hair again :)

                                                            Cornwall, 2009

Not damaging my hair too much, I still noticed a change and not in a good way. It became more thin and it looked like I've been straightening and hair drying it all day, every day, haha! But that's when I started thinking about little treats for my hair, such as hair masks and oil for my damaged ends AND I actually decided to start using my conditioner on a regular basis. When it comes to my hair, for some reason I get quite lazy and don't want to do much with it but it all had to change! Without knowing a lot about hair and how to help my damaged hair, for some reason I always trusted Tresemme range of shampoos and conditioners, it seemed to work and it smelled delicious! Because it wasn't cheap, I'd always purchase these products when they were on offer and their biggest bottle size is massive so it would last for quite a long time. However, I did try to use other shampoos along the way ( say one month I'm using Tresemme and the next I'm using Loreal Paris) as my hair gets frizzy quicker and it wouldn't have any volume when I use the same shampoo and conditioner for a few months straight. Anyway, the point is, I decided to try out their hair mask in hope to change my hair for the better.

This picture is not from 2009 ( I would be very impressed with myself if it was). I took this pic a few days ago as I STILL re-purchase this product over and over again! That is 5 years and counting:)  I don't know what they put in their but it works magic! I vividly remember how impressed I was with my hair after my first treatment. First of all, my hair was silky smooth, it wasn't frizzy and for once I didn't look like a poodle :) I could really feel that my hair was getting more healthy and more strong. That is why I keep coming back to it and although trying a few other products, I always kept coming back to this one.

For a year I haven't done anything with my hair and this is what I looked like:

                                                                 London, 2010

I have to say, looking after my hair and not damaging it really paid off but in my case I get bored quite quickly and so I always want to try something different, and by different I mean, grow it, cut it or colour it. The next stage was an inspiration from Cheryl Cole once again... Her red hair look looked so amazing again that I really wanted to try it out too. Unfortunately I haven't got a photo of me with this hair colour, which is quite weird but I did get a few positive comments about my hair colour but I'm gutted that I don't have a photo :(  I do remember it made feel a little bit funky and 'cool' LOL! So if you want to be cool and funky, the red hair look will definitely be the one to go for.

                                                                           Cheryl Cole

Wouldn't you want to try and rock these looks after seeing these pictures? Yeah I think you would :)

After my red hair adventure, I wanted to go back to my more natural hair colour and so I decided to dye it in natural blonde colour but that wasn't until 2012:

Bournemouth, 2012

I really really liked this colour, unfortunately I only realised that after I decided to colour it once again in order to get more of a fake blonde effect. Yeah I wanted to be more blonde than this and so I looked like this:
                                                                 London, 2012

I didn't mind this colour but it didn't suit me whatsoever and so my dream of being a blonde bombshell was shattered hahah!

It's 2014, and this is how my hair currently looks like (Pic below). I take it easy and it's been almost two years now since I've dyed my hair full head, so quite impressed but I still did a cheeky full head highlights last year. So in total no damage for my roots for 2 years and for my hair in general for 1 year. It's so nice to see my natural colour again! Besides, I already can see a few grey hair and I'm only 24:( So I decided to get the most out of my natural hair and enjoy it while I can! But life is too short for only one hair colour, so I am definitely happy that I had this journey of experiments and  that's what being young is all about: experimenting, trying new looks but also not forgetting to be responsible and learn from your mistakes to see what suits you best :)


Now on to some hair styles that I learned from watching YouTube videos. I'm going to keep it short and sweet. These are all the hair styles that I thought will be very hard to do but in actual fact was OK for me.


These are just a few hair styles that I do myself on a regular basis, they are quite easy and quick to make :)

Until next time, see you later :)

Jane xxx


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Edinburgh Trip 2014 :)

''One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.''- Henry Miller

The words won't describe how relieved I was, when I handed in my last assignment to the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University this summer! No more late nights in with my lap top, no more endless amount of hours in the library (although my course mates made it so much fun at times!) but most importantly no more university! And yes, it was very hard to say goodbye to my student life and friends but I am now really looking forward to the future and my travelling adventures(!!!) I believe that travel not only broaden your horizons but it also changes the way you look at life and people around you hence why I decided to use the quote above. For me travelling is a chance to get away from the every day life and experience new places and wow! the UK has a lot of places that will simply take your breath away. Oh and did I mention that I'm Ukrainian? :) That's probably why I feel the need to explore the UK in every way I can as almost after 8 years of immigrating to this beautiful country I never got a chance to actually get to know it.

Recently, me and my husband decided to go to Scotland for couple of days and I knew that Scotland has the most excellent countrysides and natural beauty that can be seen through parks, mountains and greenery but I was not expecting to see what I saw! Edinburgh is such an amazing place that combines both the city vibes and natural tranquillity of parks and countryside.

The streets of Edinburgh reminded me of what it was like in the old days, it has so much heritage and value that I was trying to take it all in by capturing it using my camera and  of course my eyes:)

This park was only about 15 minutes drive from the city centre but it definitely felt as if I stepped into another city itself. It has the most spectacular views and the oxygen was so clean that I actually felt a little bit dizzy.  

Summer time means all things beautiful and creative. I managed to make a few new friends (butterfly and a cute little bunny!!). It was so interesting to witness their life in the park. If you are a bunny lover like myself then this place is definitely for you as there are a lot of them there!  

Overall, it was a great weekend away with my other half and even though it took us about 10 hours to get there(!!!) I still don't regret that we went! I would strongly recommend to go there if you are looking for something new and exciting.
P.S. I might regret saying it but in my opinion, Edinburgh as a capital city has a lot more to offer  than London :) Just saying....hahaha! Although I do LOVE London nonetheless :)

Hope you enjoyed my first blog and I hope to see you in my little space of a vast blogging world very soon :)
Jane xxx


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