Monday, 30 June 2014

June



There's always something about this time of year that makes me very reflective. I've taken some time out in the last couple of days to reassess what matters most to and what I need to do to be where I want to be. Maybe it's because this week is my birthday week or maybe it's just because we are half way through the year. Whilst the last 6 months have been possibly the most rewarding, I've also had to overcome a lot of problems. I think it's safe to say that whilst April/May felt like I was fighting a losing battle with my anxiety, June was the month I took back control. This month, I sat my final exams for my LPC and started working full time in a job that I adore and have dreamed of doing since I was 12. It's quite scary that I'm now in full time employment, but at the same time I feel like I'm finally starting to do what I've wanted to do for so long. The cruelest thing about anxiety is that it makes you stop doing what you love to do. I feel like for the last 6 months I've neglected everything I love to do. I've focused soley on university, and attempted to deal with my anxiety all by myself. Now that I've finally built up some courage and undergone CBT, I feel like my old self again. So to make up for lost time, I'm determined the next 6 months are going to be a different story. I'm just going to focus on having fun.

This month I've learnt:
  1. You might not feel like it at the time, but bad times can really give you the kick you need and make you focus on what you want the most.
  2. Bloggers, cocktails, and cupcakes are a dangerous combination. Top that off with having my first Nando's experience, and it's obvious that bloggers make the best friends.
  3. Millie Macintosh is literally perfect. It's honestly not fair that someone so pretty, with such an amazing wardrobe, can also be a fabulous cook too!
  4. Out of all the sport's in the world, football is the one I am least interested in. On a side note, Kim Sears ever gets fed up of watching Andy Murray play tennis, I'll happily step in.
  5. I was clearly meant to live in England. I don't do well with periods longer than 7 days in heat. By heat I mean 19 degrees or above. That's practically arctic for some of you!
xoxo
J
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Birthday Wishlist






With my birthday just under two weeks away, I though it would be fun to show you what I would love to get for my birthday.

Some Money Towards A Car Let's address the biggest thing on my wishlist, the car. I don't and would never expect someone to buy me a car. I've saved up quite a bit to get a new car but just need a few more pennies, so any money I receive would go straight into my car fund. I'm looking at getting a VW Beetle, Fiat 500 or Mini Hatch One.

Pretty Little Liars Box Sets Everyone I know has told me to watch this series, and I've just never got round to it. I absolutely adore American series, and keep being told I will be addicted to this, so needless to say, I want these in my life.

Headphones I am desperate to get my hands on a pair of proper headphones rather than the in-ear ones I currently have. Not only do they look good, I think they might actually be better for my ears and more comfortable to wear. I love these that Zoella recently featured but for a more realistic option I have my eye on these ones from H & M.

Beauty Products Being a beauty junkie, I can't make a birthday wishlist without including some products I've lusted over. I am desperate to try Fountain's The Beauty Molecule, just to see if it really does make any difference. A lot of my blogger friends have raved about Bumble & Bumble's Sunday Shampoo, and as I am trying to expand my hair care routine and be more adventurous with products, I think this would be a great addition to a Sunday night pamper. Lastly, I've been really looking at Origins Make a Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment which is a pre-moisturizing lotion which helps make you moisturiser more effective.

So those are some thing I'd be over the moon to get for my birthday. I must stress though that I really am a girl who has everything and am incredibly lucky so whether I receive beautiful cards or generous presents, I am extremely fortunate to have such special people in my life.

xoxo
J

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Monday, 23 June 2014

FOTD: Ball




Sadly I can't take credit for this make-up. If I could, I would look far more glamours every day. On Friday I went to my local Illamasqua counter at the Trafford Centre in Manchester to get my make-up done for the Summer Ball at my University. The ball was has A Mid-Summer Night's Dream Masquerade theme, but I wanted something slightly different to what I usually go for. Usually I stick to neutrals, but for this event I wanted quite a dramatic smokey eye with a red lip, almost like a grunge vintage look. As I had a fringe, I wore a black net half-veil with lace headband trim instead, so I wanted my eyes to really standout and avoid getting lost. My poor MUA Mitchel had his work cut out for him. On the Wednesday (one day after finishing my exams) I was stuck in bed in agony with two perforated ear drums and a severe sinus infection. However, nothing was going to prevent me attending my last ball as a student and so I sat back and let him perform his magic. I must admit, when I have my make-up done, I zone out but I got very curious when I heard some girls passing saying my eyes looked amazing. Somehow Mitchel managed to put some life back into my face and give me the dramatic look I wanted. I even had a bit of an ombre red lip going on! What I love about having my make-up done at counters before nights out apart from one less thing to worry about, is that you get to see how products you might not usually try work with your skin and features. Whilst you might stick to your comfort zone, someone else might just give you that little push, and now I am in love with more edgy makeup. 

I was absolutely shocking at noticing product names but did pick up a few used. I had the tiniest amount of the Hydraveil Primer applied before Skin Base Foundation in 03 and Gleam Highlighter in Aurora. On my eyes, the Powder Eye Shadow in Obsidian and Machine was used along with Eye Liner Cake in Mislead. My main lip colour in the centre is the Intense Lipgloss in Temper. I had no mascara on which was abnormal for me.

Having my make-up done on the counter cost £30, however this was completely redeemable against purchases on the day at the counter. I picked up the lip gloss so I could make touch ups, and the Skin Base as it's rare I find a foundation which suits my fair skin as well as this does!

xoxo
J

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Monday, 16 June 2014

St Tropez Self Tan Express

St Tropez Self Tan Express
St. Tropez Self Tan Express(*) - £33



Raise your hand if you've ever slipped into your comfiest PJ's and whilst deciding which box set you'll devote yourself to, you get a text for an impromptu night out? On being talked out of you onesie and into your heels, you realize that you have hardly any time to transform yourself from warm to wow. Without your own beautifying warehouse a la Miss Congeniality, its enough to get anyone's falsies flustered. However a new superstar product from St. Tropez has just been released, and could be the answer to your prayers.

Say hello to St. Tropez Self Tan Express, the suit-all tan that is perfect for those who hate the hassle of fake tan and those who haven't got the time to tan. Contained in the super sleek bottle is a light weight mousse containing 100% natural tanning agent. As always, the mousse is fool-proof to apply is virtually the same as applying their Gradual Tan, St. Tropez's fast drying formula allows you to get on with the rest of your prep without wasting time letting yourself, erm, dry? The real magic of this mousse is the intelligent shade complex making it suitable for everyone, regardless of what look your going for. It's really simple. If you want a light tan, leave your tan on for 1 hour and then pop into the shower, for a medium tan leave it on for 2 hours, and for a dark tan 3 hours. Yes you did read that right, I did say pop into the shower. With this magic self-tan you are actually allowed to shower, rather than the usual 24 hour wait as with spray tans. The tan will continue to develop for up to 8 hours to your chose shade taking multi-tasking to a new level. With the added bonus that the formula lives up to its streak-free claims and has no tell-tale scent, this is my new go to for when I've been too lazy forgot to put a mitt on. 


If you fancy picking up this tan so you can be prepared in an emergency too, it's currently included in the 3 for 2 on skincare at Boots.


xoxo
J


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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Shiny New Things




About a month ago I did a very expensive haul indeed. My parents have always told me that when I get my first pay cheque from a "proper" job, I should treat myself to something I've wanted for ages and that will keep so I can look back and remember my first steps in my legal career. Of course as soon as I was paid I headed onto the Selfridges website and gasped at all the beauties in stock. Like the magpie I am, I decided I wanted to splurge on some jewelry I had been lusting after. I'd wanted a Vivenne Westwood Orb Pendant since I started my blog. Ironically, two years later, I finally got my paws on one. I've also been dying to get some Kate Spade pieces and picked up this bracelet and and the matching earrings. I am in love with how feminine and delicate the bow details are, and the rose gold tone is so flattering. 

Keeping it short but sweet, let me know what you bought or plan to buy with your first pay cheque.
xoxo
J

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Monday, 9 June 2014

L'Oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara Black

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Mascara - £8.99



































Mascara is one product that I can't live without. It can really open up someone's eyes, and give them more confidence. For me, it makes me feel more put together. If I'm just having a day at home relaxing, I don't put any mascara on, but when I want to get things done, the mascara comes out and magically my mindset is transformed. I'm very lucky in that my natural lashes are long, thick and dark, but finding a mascara that ticks every box can be tricky. There's only a couple things I look for when buying a mascara, I hate any clumpiness and it must be long-wearing and not flaky. Seems simple but it's surprisingly hard. Although I've previously tried high end mascaras, I've recently gone back to the high street, and have come across a gem.

Immediately drawn to the pink and black packaging (nothing screams "buy me" to me more than pink), I picked it up on a bit of a whim, not expecting very much, but was soon pleasantly surprised. The brush looks pretty similar to my old favorite from MAC that got discontinued. Apparently this L'Oreal's first flexible brush, and it really grabs your lashes, separating them whilst adding volume and giving them a nice curl. After one coat my lashes looked fuller and my eyes looked bigger which is never going to be a bad thing. Whilst this mascara specifically targets volume, it adds length too, making it a great all-rounder. The cone-shape of the brush is great for getting right to the lash line, hard-to-reach corners and your bottom lashes. You won't get any spider-leg lashes as this mascara has no clumps. One coat happily last me a full day at work with no touch-ups too! The only negative I can find is that it does dry out fairly quickly in around 2 months which of course causes it to flake somewhat after 3/4 hours. However, seeing as your supposed to change you mascara every 2/3 months this isn't anything major, and having loved it so much I've happily repurchased. It just goes to show that you don't have to spend £25 on a high end mascara to get one to tick all the boxes.

Have you got any mascara recommendations?
xoxo
J

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Friday, 6 June 2014

2 Year Blogiversary Giveaway




Tomorrow is The Crown Wings 2 year birthday. It's crazy to think that I've been a 'blogger' for 2 whole years. So much has changed since I started, I've had 3 different layouts, worked with some amazing brands and companies, been invited to some incredible events and met some lovely people. Despite learning so much over that time, I still have so much I want to do with my blog. I've only just recently started taking my blog 'seriously', and really want to develop it. I have no plans to turn blogging into my full-time job (never say never), but as a life long perfectionist, there's still bits that need working on. Watch this space.

Over the last 2 years, my blog has really become my baby and it's still one of my major passions. One of the things which has made it so enjoyable and rewarding is the blogging community, and of course, my followers. I've met some truly-talented bloggers who constantly give me the motivation and inspiration to keep going, even when I've suffered from the dreaded blogger's block. The support I've received from those who read my blog has been second to none. The comments, tweets and e-mails telling me people read what I write and like it is one of the best feelings, and I hope I continue to get them for the foreseeable future.

To mark to occasion and say thank you to everyone who's read my blog and supported me, I thought I'd do a little giveaway. One lucky winner will win a £30 ASOS e-voucher. The giveaway is open internationally. If you are international and win, you must change the currency in the top right corner of ASOS.com to GBP and then ship it internationally. It cannot be converted into another currency. The giveaway will end on my 22nd birthday, 4th July, and they will have 48 hours from me sending the e-mail that they have registered with to respond. If they fail to respond, another will be drawn, and so on. All entries will be verified, and accounts used purely for entering giveaways will be disqualified.

Good Luck
xoxo
J


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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

#nwbrev











On Sunday I had a little trip to Liverpool for the North West Bloggers Event in Revolution, organised by Hannah. Following the huge success of North West Bloggers previous event, this event gave all us Northerners a chance to meet each other and have a catch-up over a Krispy Kreme or two.

You can never go wrong with cupcakes and cocktails when bloggers are concerned. Whilst on the topic of cupcakes, how amazing are the ones above, made by fellow blogger Carrieanne! After mingling with some lovely bloggers, it was time to have a mooch. I adore bath & body products, and can't resist them if they smell as amazing as those from Green Bubbles. The quality of these products are second to none, and I couldn't help pick up two scrubs, one for my mum and one for myself, to try out. As always, my inner magpie was pleased by Teardrop Designs and I had to force myself to step away from those pink pearl drop earrings. Although they are still calling to me. If that wasn't enough, there was an MUA demonstrating airbrushing, which looked so natural and flawless, and semi-permanent eyelashes. My beauty to-do list is getting longer each event I go to! After an afternoon of girlieness, we were each given a bag of delights containing a £30 ESPA voucher (which of course was spent Sunday night), a full sized ESPA product, S-File, Benefit Lollitint plus many more things. How exciting!

I'd just like to thank Hannah for organizing such a lovely event. I had such a great time and met so many bloggers.

xoxo
J
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