Friday, 23 December 2016

New Locks

Most people would associate me with blonde hair, it's safe to say that I have definitely experimented with my hair over the years, but I always go back to my safe zone with blonde,  however it was time for a proper change.

Over a year ago now I had an extreme reaction to bleach, which has never happened to me before, but left me unable to put bleach onto my scalp for the foreseeable future, this also lead to many complications regarding shampoos, treatments etc. So for months I have been going with ombre, which just wasn't quite what I was happy with, I love being blonde and I wanted it more than anything.

Now my hairdresser is a miracle worker, whenever I go in, I come out with exactly what I want, and feeling like a princess with the prettiest curls too. Jadene understands that I have to take my Dove shampoo in, and I've never left her feeling even slightly disappointed, I've always loved it. So when I messaged her the other day saying that I was going dark, I think it came as a shock. 

I decided to take the plunge, go brunette, have a considerable amount off the length, and just feel refreshed, so on Wednesday I sat down with outgrown ombre desperate for a cut, and left just two hours later with beautiful brown curls. I could not tell you how many compliments I have received since leaving the salon, and I genuinely couldn't be happier with the results. 

Although I still have to be super careful regarding shampoo etc, I know that I can still have the most beautiful colour on my hair and not have to worry about it. I've never been too impressed with hairdressers before, but after over a year and a half, I would never go to anyone but Jadene now!






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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Aladdin @ Salisbury Playhouse


When an email dropped into my inbox with an invitation to go and see this years pantomime at Salisbury Playhouse, I knew instantly that I was going! When I heard that the whizzes behind the production of Cinderella that I watched last year, I set my expectations high!

Aladdin isn't a story I'd traditionally associate with a pantomime, but the production was wonderful, and for anyone who ever says that pantomimes are just for children should definitely get booking a ticket asap. The staging was so beautiful, with my favourite part by far being the magic carpet! The acting was outstanding, and it just didn't have the over cheesiness that some pantomimes do, which I was so happy about!

Housed in the main house, the atmosphere from the audience is exhilarating, and you can tell the impact that this has on the performance too! I think I'm actually going back to see this one again with family, because I was just so impressed!!




ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE.

Are you seeing a pantomime this year?
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*tickets were gifted, but all views and opinions are my own.
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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Getting Festive


Christmas is looming, and despite buying all my presents, having them all wrapped, and being on the verge of breaking up for a few weeks, I am just not feeling festive! So I thought I'd do a post on the things that I do to not only get festive, but to just spend a nice cosy evening in!


For the evenings where I just want to be cosy and snug without having christmas thrown at me, I love nothing more than curling up with some of my favourite candles, anything apple scented is always a winner for me, and grabbing all the cushions and blankets, and putting on a good film, some of my favourites are Superhero films - so The Dark Knight Trilogy* is always a safe choice, along with my favourite marvel characters, Iron Man of course tops the list, and then Captain America is slowly creeping up too!


For the evenings when I need to get festive, the christmas tree gets turned on, Christmas pjs come out, the big tub of chocolates, the christmas candles are lit and on the tv are the classic christmas films, The Polar Express* & Jack Frostare two of my childhood favourites and this year we've added Get Santa& National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation* to the list!


I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas music - shock horror! But I also love iceskating, and spending hours on end wandering around the Christmas markets, going out for dinner and drinks with friends to catch up and send all my love for the festive period. I may not currently be feeling festive, but give it a week and I'll be full on festive cheer personified!

How do you get festive?
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*PR samples in return for post
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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Halloween with Homesense

Whether you're going all out for Halloween, and throwing a huge party, or whether you are spending the evening curled up on the sofa hiding behind cushions at a scary film and being secretly glad everytime the doorbell goes, Homesense has got you covered!

From subtle items such as cake stands, or beautiful snow globes - are they still classed as snow globes if they're not covered in snow? - to huge furniture pieces such as mailboxes with skeletons crawling out, (little kids playing stopped me from getting a photo), Homesense has everything you could possibly want or need!



Whilst you're there for the house, you can also pick up a costume for any little ones in your life, or accessories for your own costume, with intricate lace masks, and the traditional witches hats.


Everything at home sense is less than the RRP, so you're automatically saving money, and they definitely cover for all budgets, so whether you're looking for a pumpkin scented candle, or the creepiest halloween decorations ever, run to Homesense!
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*I was gifted a gift card for this post.
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Monday, 17 October 2016

Lush Halloween Haul

When in London a few weeks back, I realised I had an hour between getting off the train and the start of an event, so I ran as fast as I could to Oxford Street, to grab the LUSH Halloween and Christmas ranges. I've decided to split the post so it's not too photo heavy, so Wednesday's post will be the Christmas one!



This one smells incredible, with infusions of Vanilla absolute and Cinnamon, I would say that it does smell more like Oranges than Pumpkin, but either way, I love the scent, and plan on using this on a rainy evening!




I love this guy, he's just so adorable! It smells incredibly fresh, with Lime and Neroli oils, and I cannot wait to watch him fizz away in the bath, even if he is so cute!



Northern Lights was one of my favourite bath bombs the last time it was around, and I don't think it came back last year, but this year it's back, with a new design too! This one is apparently way less likely to crumble, however I don't like that you can see the blue and yellow on either end, this was a wonderful surprise before! This is a very floral heavy one, so is the perfect one to use when you're knackered, and you just need something to help you off to sleep!


Have you picked up any of the Halloween range?
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

MAC LIPTENSITY RANGE


When I heard that MAC were launching new lipsticks, I got excited, and then when my friend Tilly who works on the MAC Counter in Southampton contacted me about a blogger event, I got even more excited! 


The LIPTENSITY range has been created in collaboration with Maureen Seaberg, who is a Tetrachromat, which as one of the girls told me, is where she sees more spectrums of the colour than the standard naked eye, meaning that the colours of the lipsticks are unlike any others. They're incredibly pigmented, but do not dry matte, however this is not needed for durability, because they are gel based meaning they stay put for hours on end! 


The colour range is beautiful, with the most wearable nudes, to a beautiful vibrant blue, and cherry reds. There is definitely a shade for everyone within this range as there are 24 shades, with 18 being permanent.


If you're from the Southampton area, pop in to see them on counter, all of the artists are so lovely, and you can also follow them on instagram here. Thank you so much for having me!
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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Debenhams - Gorgeous Bra


The next instalment of my series with Debenhams Lingerie is this beautiful red set from Gorgeous at Debenhams. 

This bra is beautiful, like the previous bra in the series, it is unpadded, but this one unfortunately is slightly too big for me to wear on a day to day basis, as I just feel more confident in others, but it still gives support, and I feel like those with bigger busts will definitely love this one.

The design is so intricate, with polka dots, and then a lace upper cup, and the super adorable bow in the middle! This is definitely one of those bras that makes women feel good about themselves, if only it fitted me better! :(

However, as always, I have the opportunity for you guys to head over to my twitter and win one for yourself! @thelifeofjks



Terms & Conditions
-            Prize is for the Debenhams Gorgeous Red Bra only
·         Prize is subject to availability
·         All prizes are non-transferable, non refundable and non negotiable. No cash alternative is available for any prize.
·         Debenhams Retail Plc will not be liable for any prizes which are lost, delayed or damaged in the post for reasons beyond their control.
- The bra comes in 30 E-G , 32 DD-H, and 34-40 DD-H.
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Friday, 19 August 2016

Debenhams - Freya Fancies Plunge Bra & Knickers

So when the latest bra arrived on my doorstop I was taken back by the colour, and instantly thought that it was not for me. However, after giving it a trial, I've discovered that this could actually look really nice, with a tan, and a crochet top for example, the yellow/green would stand out beautifully.

This bra is the Freya Green 'Fancies' Plunge Bra with the accompanying briefs. Now similar to the last bra I reviewed in this campaign, this bra isn't going to add anything to your cleavage, however it does give good support to what you already have.  It's comfortable to wear, and the tiny triangle cut out makes it different from others, but again this is very comfortable. The straps are made of the softest material, which I personally prefer rather than having an elaborate lacy strap.

This bra retails for £26 which I think is great value for money because there are similar ones in Victorias Secret that have a much heftier price tag.

So now on to the exciting part for you guys, I am giving you the opportunity to win a set yourself! Please head over to my twitter @jesssnook to win.


Terms & Conditions
-            Prize is for the Debenhams (Style name) bra/ lingerie set only
·         Prize is subject to availability
·         All prizes are non-transferable, non refundable and non negotiable. No cash alternative is available for any prize.
·         Debenhams Retail Plc will not be liable for any prizes which are lost, delayed or damaged in the post for reasons beyond their control.
- The bra comes in 28 E-G , and 30-38 DD-G.
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Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Girls - Lisa Jewell

I'm back with another book review. This book infuriated me, because of how well it was written, and how much I needed to know what happened. Within the opening pages, the reader is introduced to a situation, however we know nothing of the characters, of the situation, or the context, so the book then flips back, and you learn all the details of their lives and how the scene came about.

I wouldn't say that I had either a favourite or least favourite character within the novel, instead I loved aspects of each any every character, they are very human which is something missed in a lot of fiction. The book causes you to doubt every character, but also fail to understand how they could be implicated, and then it all makes sense at the reveal. The themes explored are dangerous but important, especially in a contemporary society, and truly raises questions about who you trust and how much you know your neighbours.

The ending was disappointing, but only minimally, however I can't tell you why without ruining it... I was pleased with the culprit, and the reasoning behind it, but when you finish it you'll understand why!


Will you be picking this up when browsing Watersones?
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Debenhams Fantasie Bra


So last weeks winner has now been chosen, which means that it's time for a new review and competition! This time its the Fantasie Blue 'Jacqueline' bra, which is one of the most stunning pieces now in my drawer! The sizes of this bra are only for those with larger breasts, however by taking down the back strap size, I can still wear this one, but due to this and the design it is definitely not the bra if you are looking for lots of support! However to boost your confidence, and for a beautiful dainty bra, this one ticks the boxes.

I have found it incredibly difficult to photograph this one due to the lace details, and the Debenhams photo only has a model in it, so you can see the detailing below and see the full bra here.


Competition -

This time due to restrictions with rafflecopter, the competition will be run on my twitter. - jesssnook

Terms & Conditions
-            Prize is for the Debenhams (Style name) bra/ lingerie set only
·         Prize is subject to availability
·         All prizes are non-transferable, non refundable and non negotiable. No cash alternative is available for any prize.
·         Debenhams Retail Plc will not be liable for any prizes which are lost, delayed or damaged in the post for reasons beyond their control.

- The bra comes in 32-40 DD-F , and 32-38 DD-G.
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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Me After You

So as you'll have seen in this post, I fell head over heels in love with Jojo Moyes Me Before You, I laughed and cried along with the characters, and when I heard there was a sequel I could not wait to get my hands on it, after popping into my local waterstones I was told that the hardback was no longer stocked inshore, and was online only, and that the paperback wasn't out for over a month, I couldn't wait, I didn't want to start on another book, so instead, took to Amazon, and two days later, the parcel arrived on my doorstep, and I jumped straight in.

I am not the person who is going to ruin either book for you, but there was definitely a shift within the second novel, and although I didn't enjoy it as much as it's predecessor, I still loved reading this book. I love Jojo Moyes' writing style within the novel, and it truly felt like a seamless extension of the original. I preached about both this one and the first to Alice so much that she finally gave in and brought them, read them, and as I'm writing this I just received a text saying how much she loved it too.

I honestly couldn't recommend these two novels more if I tried, they've made it straight to the top of some of my all time favourites, and I love seeing people I've recommended them to, loving them aswell.


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Monday, 4 July 2016

What's on my iPhone 6s


So nearly two years ago, I had a terrible iPhone 5, and when my upgrade came around, I moved over to Sony, now to say Sony served me well would be a lie, the screen came unattached on the three models I had, and my last one actually melted in the sun... meaning I had to pay out a lot of money to upgrade six months early, however that did mean that I finally got to have the iPhone 6s in Rose Gold. Nearly two weeks on and we're inseparable, so I thought that I would show you the most used apps on my new phone!

First up my phone case, I can't decide whether I love it or hate it, but I just took advantage of the fact that I could now get any case I wanted! You can find it here


Social Media plays a huge role in the blogging world, and my favourites are the standard Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I also use snapchat to follow other bloggers, but am yet to expand my blogging presence into that world! You may be thinking that you've never seen me mention Pinterest... you'd be right, I just don't get it, but that's my next task to conquer!


Any apps that can make my blogging life slightly easier will always have a place in my heart, Facetune is amazing for editing your instagram shots, I paid £2.99 I believe, but the whitening tool is amazing, Analytics means that you can keep an eye on your stats and how your recent posts are  doing, Bloglovin' allows me to stay up to date with all my favourite blogs. Hootsuite and Buffer fulfil the same function, of scheduling tweets, but I would rather use two apps than pay for premium usage on one.... and finally I have Blog Touch Pro, this is the latest app I've stumbled across, and this one I did pay premium for, this app allows you to blog fully functioning on your mobile, the blogger app does not allow this, but Blog Touch Pro has every function the standard blogger site has! 

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

#wearehere


The Battle of the Somme is a historic moment that mankind will remember forever, we owe our lives, and our country to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their tomorrow, so that we could have a today. Today, July 1st 2016 marks 100 years since that day, and today, as you may have seen on the news, on social media, or even in person, there were soldiers around the country.

These soldiers were silent, the only interaction given was a song - 'we're here because we're here', or being given a card. Each soldier represents a real life hero who lost their life 100 years ago today. This project was top secret, and although I have known for over a week, I couldn't speak a word to anyone, and until this evening, no one knew who had organised them, everyone simply did what we know best, with the hashtag #wearehere trending on twitter.

The event was partially inspired by stories of sightings both during and after the First World War, by people who believed that they had seen a dead loved one. This was seen by some today, with one of the most poignant pictures I saw being shared of an elderly lady crying on a train sat next to one of the soldiers. The uniforms that the soldiers were wearing were historically accurate, and the song they  sung was one that was once sung in the trenches. There were 27 theatres involved with the campaign, based all across the country, who came together in such a memorable way.

1418NOW have created a video with an overview of the day, which you can view here.







I loved being a part of this incredible mark of respect, and I hope that whether you saw them in person, or just via the media, that these soldiers made you take a minute out of your day, to remember those who sacrificed themselves for you.

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Debenhams Natural Mega Boost Multiway Bra


The staple bra for every woman is a nude multi-way, one that you can wear with any colour outfit as it will not show through, and one that you can simply detach the straps and make it suitable for strapless tops and dresses, however an issue faced by some is the lack of support in these bras. So when I tried the Debenhams Natural Mega Boost, I was pleasantly surprised to feel completely comfortable without the straps, not feeling at all like I was missing support, and it's been worse so much since it arrived. It fits like a glove, whilst giving a natural boost which is always ideal when wearing strapless pieces, and I wouldn't be without it now!

Now I have the exciting news for you guys, I get to give one of these bras away, so please see the competition below!




Terms & Conditions
-            Prize is for the Debenhams (Style name) bra/ lingerie set only
·         Prize is subject to availability
·         All prizes are non-transferable, non refundable and non negotiable. No cash alternative is available for any prize.
·         Debenhams Retail Plc will not be liable for any prizes which are lost, delayed or damaged in the post for reasons beyond their control.

- The bra comes in 32-36 B-DD, and 38 B-D.
                                                           a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Debenhams Bra Fitting

When Debenhams got in contact about their Bra Fitting Campaign, I couldn't wait to get involved. Bra fitting is something that I don't believe is spoken about enough, it's something that some people deem very personal, but I think that a bra fitting is essential for every woman. I was invited to the Oxford Street store, and had the most wonderful experience with a lovely lady who put me completely at ease, measured me up, went to go and grab some bras in not only the size she thought, but a range, and then gave me the privacy to try each one on, but was on hand to come in and adjust each one, and give her professional opinion. I have always joked with my friends that I must have missed the boobs part of puberty, but I came away from this fitting discovering that I was actually underselling myself, and have since found a new found confidence in bras that compliment me.

Debenhams found that 8/10 women were wearing the incorrect size, which is quite shocking, I did not think that it would be anywhere near this high, are you wearing the correct size? They have come up with 5 ways that you can tell if your bra is the right fit for you! 

1 - The centre of your bra should always be flat against your chest
2 - If wired, the wires should sit around the breast - not on it!
3 - The breast should be fully in the cups
4 - To check the backstrap, there should be enough space to fit two fingers
5 - There should be no indents in your shoulders from over tightening or lack of support!


    Over the next few months I am teaming up with Debenhams to bring you some reviews of different bra's, and also give you the opportunity to win some for yourself! The first is coming up on Saturday so make sure you enter!
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    Saturday, 25 June 2016

    The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train is one of the books that I have seen and heard the most about in a long time, I'd been meaning to pick it up for so long, and then on a pre-holiday book haul with the girls, I finally took it to the till, it was the first book I read on my holiday, and from the opening page I was gripped, I didn't want to put it down.

    The narrative follows Rachel, who's life has drastically changed, she has gone from a happy marriage, to being a lonely alcoholic who has become obsessed with her previous life, the narrative then flips between Rachel, Megan & Anna.

    I was on the edge of my seat through the entirety of the novel, I had to know what was going to happen next, and the twist at the end took me by complete surprise, I loved every second of reading this book, and was very excited when I saw a trailer for the upcoming film!!! Some may find it difficult to become so integrated into a fictional world, but this book breaks those boundaries, you want to solve the mystery, help the characters, and the only disappointment I found with this book, was that I wanted more, I wanted another novel, or for it to never end!

    Have you read The Girl on the Train?


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    Thursday, 23 June 2016

    A Relaxing Afternoon with Ocean Loans

    So, let's be honest, having a bit more money than usual helps us all out, it means we're less stressed, and means that we can treat ourselves to an otherwise rare luxury. When Ocean got in contact, and said they'd love to allow me to go and have a relaxing afternoon, I knew instantly what I was going to do, Morelli's ice-cream is something which Tom introduced me to, it used to be the brand of the ice-cream parlour in Harrods, but they've recently changed, and I was devastated. Now don't get me wrong, it is expensive, but it is so worth it. On my last trip to London I was strolling round Covent Garden and saw a permanent Morelli's cafe...

    So when in London for my 21st, we couldn't not stop off for a Sundae, I went for a chocolate fudge concoction, and Tom changed one of their creations, and ended up with strawberry ice-cream, banana ice-cream, and fresh strawberries! With no indoor seating, it is definitely preferable on a warmer day, and we were incredibly lucky with the weather, so we sat on the tables, and let people wander past up gazing at our delicious looking Sundaes.

    After we finished up our ice creams, or atleast attempted to, we had a stroll around Covent Garden, it's such a lovely place to have a relaxing afternoon, with performers and magicians on every corner, classical musicians serenading you as you're eating dinner, and loads of shops for you to spend all your money in! A trip into Chanel, and five minutes later I was leaving with a new lipstick and nail varnish.

    How would you spend an afternoon if money wasn't an issue?


    *This post has been kindly sponsored by Ocean Loans.

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