Jade Priscilla

A lifestyle and parenting blog

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

How to: Fuss Free Everyday Mum Makeup

Alarm is set from the night before, uniforms ironed, school shoes lined up and waiting by the door.
This means that in the morning, there will be no rush or panic to get ready but instead a smooth transaction from bed to school....


School runs don't always go to plan, and some days as you rush out the door with barely a scrap of makeup on as you rush to make it to the school gates on time. However, there are some days when the makeup fairies are on your side, wishing you luck and cheering you on big time. And on days like that you don't go all Hollywood glamour just a bit more 'put together and on track'.

So after cleansing my face, I will moisturise and then apply my foundation- I use the true match l'oreal foundation for everyday use as it's light and gives great coverage without looking like I'm ready to hit the town in high heels and a sparkly top.

Now, I LOVE watching makeup tutorials on Youtube and can easily waste hours just watching and feeling inspired but there is no way at eight in the morning am I gonna roast, bake and toast my face. There is absolutely no need, there is also no need for chiseled cheekbones and noses so slender, little one could hope on and just slide to school.

So that step is skipped and instead, I just powder, using my Ben Nye translucent powder which is fab for keeping everything in place and also reducing shine as I hate my skin looking oily or shiny, matte all the way.

Eyeshadow like fake eyelashes are optional, I like to use a browney copper shade from an old sleek palette. Once that's applied and all blended in then I apply eyeliner.

Eyeliner is babes.
liquid, gel or pencil I love it all and a tip I use to keep mine on all day is to apply the pencil on first then I go over it with a liquid liner keeping my liner in place for the rest of the day.

My new makeup bag from emj is great for keeping my everyday makeup essentials in one place whilst still keeping me trendy. I am not one to retouch my base makeup once I have applied in the morning as that can often leave you looking like cake batter has been smeared onto your face come six pm. Powder on the nose is fine, just not the whole foundation and concealer. Oh, which reminds me that  I forget to mention concealer. I rarely use it so on the school run it wouldn't be my go-to product.

Once my eyeliner has been flicked I move on to my brows. When I was younger they were so thin naturally and I would make them even thinner by plucking all the stray hairs( thinking back- there must have been none) Now I try to make them look as thick as possible without creating a monobrow.
I use a powder to fill my brows in and sometimes a pencil if I want to be really precise and sharp.

Now, eyelashes will depend on the time and this has only been a recent thing as usually I have individual lashes on so would not normally have to bother anyway. But as I am naked eyed at the moment I usually reach for my Nouveau lashes in style 2.

That is it! quick clock check-apply a bit of bronzer then head out the door and of course, your favourite lipstick or lip gloss.

Quick, simple and fuss free.

What are your fuss free everyday makeup tips?


Jade Priscilla

Monday, 28 November 2016

November Birthdays

November, month of the Sagittarius and a month full of birthday celebrations and so much cake that if I blinked and made a wish I might turn into Mary Berry herself.

On the 26th of November Lashgang celebrated turning one! Such an achievement and unlike when your little one turns one and you umm and ahhh about having a party because you know it's just gonna be adults drinking processco, this gang KNEW they were gonna have a party filled with balloons, party hats, tea party food and a photo booth as well as the opportunity to get lashes beautified by the talented Nouveau Lashes technicians.

But, let me walk you through my day-take my hand...come with me...

In an ideal world I would lie in- not sure until what time but just to have an  option to sleep past eight in the morning suits me just fine. Okay, so I would have a lie then be woken by a brunch of fresh fruit and yogurt and all things yummy and harp music will fill the room, easing me into my morning routine....

In reality, I woke up early to get ready for my day in Purley and to take Lei to her extracurricular activity before heading to the train station. Fairly straightforward and the journey down to Purley wasn't bad at all. One insta video of me looking all nonchalant and casual, and a hour and a half later I arrived at Purley Station. I met up with Kelila and we made our way to the lashgang birthday bash!

Unfortunately we were late so missed pass the parcel but we had such a good time socialising, getting some great tips and just generally being inspired by so many fantastic lashgang members. As the party came to a close there was an award ceremony and we got given our party bags which  had even more lashes,a Nouveu lashes/lashgang canvass bag, lashgang badges which Lei has already claimed and pinned to her bookbag and a make up bag from emj .

The journey home however, wasn't as straightforward. There was no 'ohh-i'm-filming-myself-but-will-look-like-i'm-not-while-I-look-away-and-pretend-I'm-an-actress' videos, no tweets, no facebook updates, no nothing because my battery percentage was so low it was a joke and I wouldn't dare use it because somehow, only God knows how, I ended up in Balcombe which if you know me personally and know where I live, will know that that is nowhere near my home and it is the most loneliest, saddest (insert every sad feeling and emotion here***) station I have ever been to with it's two platforms and trains that whizz past but don't stop unless a hundred and fifty five hours have passed by. Gosh, I was so annoyed and cold, so so cold; I couldn't wait to get home.

After ten years, a mortgage and a remortgage, eight more kids and a dog I finally got home- I'm dramatic but trust me, it was so long and tiring I couldn't even bare it, every station I went bythat brought me  closer to home I would put my fingertips on the window and whisper "Home" ( HA! I joke,I joke- you DEFINITELY get my point-it was long!)
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After falling into an exhausted slumber, I woke the next day excited because my ROCK, my go-to, my best friend and number one supporter, fan, cheerleader, my mumma was celebrating her big Five-O birthday! Showered with gifts and a lovely dinner in the evening and the promise of a spa the next day with my dad, my mum was absolutely in her element and celebrated in style surrounded by love and laughter- best ingredients for a birthday.

Happy Birthday Mum and happy birthday LashGang- here's to many years of being fantastic, amazing and achieving great things *raises glass*


Jade Priscilla

***Apoligies if you are the mayor of that area or just a normal person having the time of your life- sowwie


Sunday, 20 November 2016

.....And Relax

My book is well loved ha! nearly finished, look out for a review
Let's set the scene....

You return home from work, stand outside your house and fumble around your handbag for the keys to the front door. Biscuit wrapper, hand sanitiser, lipsticks with no lids on gathering the crumbs and debris from the bottom of your bag- lipstick ruined, keys still not found and you start to panic.
The thing about panicking is that as your heart races and the worst case scenarios flash through your mind, the truth is whilst one hand remains in the bag your eyes are not and then when you realise the sheer stupidity of it, you find your keys hooked onto a tampon and you want to hurl the whole bag AND keys across the road but instead you breatheeee....unlock the door and begin your evening routine.

Now, don't be fooled in believing that I do this every evening, but if I have a few days off then it's all rock n roll.

First things first (I'm da realest) uniform off and into washing machine and then I run a bath...

 The water will be too hot as my toe test will tell me but I will get in anyway and pray that I will leave said bath intact and not resembling a burnt turkey


Time for:

Music-This depends, I go through bursts of wanting to hear music all the time then times when I just like nothing but the sound of the airvent in the bathroom.....

Current song of choice atm is JoJo- I Am

A book/magazine- One of my guilty pleasures is to catch up on on all the entertainment, reality star gossip, Hollywood gossip. If I am not accompanied by a mag then it will have to be a good book.

I am currently reading The Passenger by Lisa Lutz .Well I have been reading it for about 6 months, not because it's slow but because I kept putting it down and starting other books . Look out for a review.

Hot chocolate: I have a specific 'hot choc mug' and it has to be cadburys and  it has to be rich and creamy and have a love for hips, thighs and bums---Perfect! Marshmallows and whipped cream optional of course.

Face Mask- Nothing beats stepping out of the bath or shower with smooth baby smooth skin. I got the rejuvenating collagen mask in a goodie bag and I am excited to try it as it promises such good things for the skin

Time has passed and although my appearance is  not so much a burnt turkey, I am very much a prune- A very clean, relaxed and refreshed prune ready to tackle the next working day or lounge on the sofa and watch tv.

How do you relax and unwind after a long day, I would love to know.


Jade Priscilla


Monday, 14 November 2016

Flatlays, lashgang and me oh my!

*Meekly walks onto stage*

Hello, remember me?

It has been a while, I think I took the whole procrastination malarky a bit to far, resulting in procrastination turning into laziness and a bit of fear.

"Jade you should write," I get told all the time leaving my mouth and brain to have a tug of war about the art of lying and my penchant for doing nothing. It goes something like this:

Mouth: Yes, yes, I'm working on something at the moment.
Head: Liar
Mouth: I have been so busy etc etc but next Tuesday, that's the day, keep an eye out
Head: You really need to stop....

Yeaaaah,I annoy myself sometimes, especially as I am full of ideas and words that  just want to be written but that fear I mentioned always manages to creep back in and I find myself reverting that post about the school run and that time I fell between a portaloo back into my drafts because I think who cares? ( Now you all want to know how I did that- I don't know- but I have a dent in my leg and a bruise from August that won't fade.PS: I didn't fall into it! ha)

Maybe I will write and write and noone but a robot from some country far away will ever read it, oh and my mum and bestfriends because they are forever my cheerleaders but it doesn't matter because I am back,don't know for how long and I won't be making any promises that I will write everyday because and I will be honest I am lazy and enjoy daytime naps and crap daytime tv when I am not working a 12 hour shift, thank you very much.

A few weeks ago, I went to the beautyblogger awards, I took hardly any pictures and forgot my notebook and felt like a bit of a loser amongst everyone who seemed to have their shit together. As I filled in a registration form for lash gang, I apoligised for my lack of insta followers, twitter followers,lack of blog posts *sigh* and you know what I was told, I was told to stop, stop making excuses because it doesn't matter. I was made to feel like my thoughts and opinions were valuable just as much as someone who has tens of thousands of followers.( Thanks Beth Eleanor)I left feeling inspired, copied all of my bestfriend's notes and decided that I must stop comparing myself to others and just be me.

I am part  of a gang-lashgang which is run by Nouveau lashes and boy is it the coolest. They stock a variety of lashes as well as eyemakeup remover and now eyelash extenstion remover( goodbye cloggy vaseline eyes)   I have extremly thin lashes and I am appalling at applying lashes which is why I usually get indivdual lashes, so when I received a special parcel from Noveau lashes with even more lashes and a lash and brow conditioning serum, I was excited to see if it would make a difference to my lack of eye hair.

Albeit it's only a few weeks buuuttt my indivdual lashes have stayed on much better this time around, which means they are slowly getting stronger. You apply it as you would mascara which I love,so much easier than a thin paint brush thingy that I used to have for growth and conditioning.

And that is all for now, I hope to see you soon, let me know what you have been up to.


Jade Priscilla


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The 3rd Woman Book Review


I might not write as often as I would like to, but reading is a comfort of mine that I will hopefully never lose touch with. My handbag often has a book and if not, I have a kindle app jam packed with quick reads or the latest page turner. Which is why when I was offered the opportunity to review The 3rd woman by Jonathan Freedland, I couldn't wait to get stuck into a novel described as 'A strikingly fresh thriller...ingeniously realized'

In a United States that has yielded to the People’s Republic of China, corruption is rife, and the government dictates what the 'truth' is. Madison refuses to accept the official line that her sister Abigail's death was an isolated crime - but with her life on the line, she must give up her story or face the consequences.

Instantly, we are transported into the journalistic world of Madison Webb who reminds me of a British Stacy Dooley in the style of her undercover reporting. At first I assumed Freedland would make me work hard to understand the politics within the plot but as soon as Abigail's body is discovered the story picks up pace and we are thrown head first into a conspiracy theory, murder mystery and quest to discover who killed Abigail and who will be next.

 The story is cleverly written and well thought out and had me gripped until the very last page and although I wasn't instantly sucked in, I am so so glad that I preserved because The 3rd Woman is a thoroughly gripping read.

Let me know if you have read or are reading The 3rd Woman.

Get your copy here: The 3rd Woman- Jonathan Freedland

Thank you to Mumsnet  and Harper Collins publishers for providing me with a copy of  the novel in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Review: The Book of You

 Get ready to start living a better life for you

The resolutions usually start on the eve of New years day, the day when the guilt over the extra helping of christmas pudding or that awful nail biting habit you been meaning to quit starts to kick in. But like so many, by the second week of January as the store sale items dwell down  to just odd socks and hair bobbles, the resolutions that were followed so religiously now don't quite have a look in.

The problem I think is that the new year brings hopes for a new beginning and a new start and instead of choosing small tasks we all tend to go big or go home! This is why The Book of YOU offers a different take on resolutions, offering not just one or two changes but 365 micro actions for a happier, healthier you.

Food, Mind, Move and Love are the categories covered, with each sub category giving a useful tip for the day, these are a few of the actions mentioned:

Food: Fill your fruit bowl- I love having fresh fruit in my bowl and love to have a variety especially for after-school so Lei can reach for fruit rather than the biscuits

Mind: Enjoy Silence- I am known to enjoy my own company and whenever I do, I often like to be quiet,letting my mind be free to be creative with my writing or ideas for my blog.

Move: Explore the neighbourhood: This year I plan to travel more and discover new places, cultures and traditions.

Love: Find kindness around you:An act of kindness can melt even the coldest of hearts and this action can make you realise just how many people are willing to be kind if you just stop and have a look. It doesn't have to be big, just something as simple as holding a door open or helping someone with a difficult task can spread positivity

 There is no set way to read the book which is one of the things I loved as anything too restricting will cause me to lose interest so instead I chose a random action each day, something I will continue to do throughout the year.

One of the mind actions called for going to bed early, a real struggle of mine as I often leave everything until the last minute, resulting in late bedtimes and early rises. This action suggested getting everything ready early so that instead of fighting the need to sleep I can just fall into a peaceful well rested slumber.

The book of you has now taken  pride of place on my dressing table and is my go-to for daily prompts and to help me feel positive and ready to tackle the day ahead-especially if it is a Monday!

*I was sent The book of You in return for an honest review

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Procrastination: My bestfriend and me

My best friend is called procrastination.

 Our relationship is like no other, she will knock on my door at anytime of the day, no matter how busy I am or tired and I just can't find the will to turn her away, so before I know it I have lost all sense of date and time with  Procrastination reassuring  me that it doesn't matter-we have each other and that is all that matters.

The laundry basket is full, I sort it into darks, colours and lights choosing the heaviest pile to be washed first and just as I am about to put the soap in the drawer, Procrastination is humming this tune in my ear, she's humming and I am trying to work out what it is, my feet are tapping, fingers clicking as I put the soap back on the counter and head straight to the computer, I NEED-TO-KNOW WHAT-THAT-SONG IS.....

Procrastination is of course useless at helping me, she is  just hum, hum,humming away, urging me to google search snippets of the lyrics, then play it on Spotify and watch the video on YouTube.

Result: five music videos, make-up tutorial, cupcake tutorial and a vlog later, Procrastination has left, leaving me with my bone dry dirty laundry.

Procrastination and I are curled up on the sofa, the television is on, but we are not watching it, it is merely a bit of back ground noise as we get stuck into a book. A book which has been on the to-read pile for a few months now. Then just as the protagonist is going to reveal her deepest secret, procrastination whispers in my ear : "Read it later..." and as if by magic, the page is bookmarked and the remote is in my hand, last weeks unread magazine in my lap and after a hour of reality television I decide enough is enough and that I should really sort out the over flowing toy box but with the disguise of a good friend, procrastination takes me by the hand pats the sofa and in that ever so convincing voice she says: "Do it tomorrow...."

 Procrastination has invited herself for a sleepover, it's a school night so a bit inconvenient, especially as she is in the mood for staying up all night and I am ready to go to bed. She vies for my attention, coaxing and urging me to just reach for my phone. I ignore her by switching off the lights, but somehow, Procrastination has put the phone in my hand and together we are opening Facebook...scroll...scroll..like...scroll past the Facebook rants filled with indirects...engagement announcements...like..birth of babies...like....


Now, onto instagram,I switch on the light to get a better look....oh no! 52 weeks deep into   an insta-stalk and I have liked a random picture of a cactus- I AM MORTIFIED, procrastination is finding this amusing.
"Don't worry, we won't  sleep...Netflix and chill?" she suggests and I am considering her offer despite my body yearning for sleep.

Result: Six episodes, ten retweets and half a blog post later and Procrastination has decided she no longer wants to stay the night....

On my Christmas list to Santa I asked to procrastinate less and I think he misunderstood what I meant because instead I have gained a best friend who doesn't deal with the ethos of : GETTING ON WITH IT!

Does anyone want a new friend?

Name: Procrastination
Age: Unknown
Location: Next to Jade Priscilla who desperately wants to shake her off, so any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

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