Thursday, 16 October 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel!

Hi there, lovelies!

If you follow me on instagram, you would have noticed that I'm ever so slightly obsessed with the new craze - Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish!


First I bought this duo pack with Step 1 (the colour) and step 2 (top coat) and to be honest I wasn't sure what I expected. I'm not usually a gel polish kind of girl - it kind of wrecks my nails and I just don't think it's worth the hassle of healing your nails later on, so I just stick to regular polish and change colours every so often. After all, I have to justify buying more polishes by changing them all the time, right?!

So back to the topic of not liking the gel polishes - well, I take it back! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel changed my mind!

Step 1 - the polish applies nicely - it's smooth and applies nicely - with darker colours, I found that two coats are enough and with the lighter, pastel colours (see how I didn't stay at only one nail polish from this range!), you will need three coats. The first two coats with the lighter colours will look a bit messy and gluggy, but the third coat will smooth it out and the top coat will help make it smooth and shiny, too!


The brush is nice and wide and it covers almost the entire nail in one swipe, which I love - it's a lot faster!

Once I apply two or three coats of this Miracle Gel, I'd leave them to dry for about 10 or so minutes before applying the top coat. I did this in both daylight and at night time with the lights on and it worked just as well, so don't fret if you don't have enough daylight during the week!


 The Top Coat seals the colour in and smooths all the little imperfections and then once it tried, my nails are soooo shiny - it looks like a professional gel mani - absolutely stunning! I couldn't get over how shiny my nails were! I've never had a professional mani done (I simply couldn't stand someone doing my nails - unless it's the hubby, of course - and, yes, he does my nails every so often, teehee!), but I would imagine they would look pretty and shiny like they do with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel!


 The only thing that I didn't absolutely love about this Top Coat is the brush - I find it slightly harsh on the nails and sometimes it smudges the polish slightly.


This Miracle Gel is truly miraculous - you don't use the lamp for it, as the normal light does the trick, which means you won't need a UV lamp that could potentially dry your nails and cuticles - yay! And to take it off, you just need to use a normal nail polish removed - no soaking, no al-foil, just use it as you would with a normal nail polish! Ah-mazing!

I didn't keep this polish on for 14 days (it's meant to last for this long!), but for 7 or 8 days I did keep it on, there was no chipping! I loved it - I did everything as usual - dishes, bathroom cleaning and hair washing and the Miracle Gel passed the test with flying colours! 

So overall, I absolutely love the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and I highly recommend you give it a go if you haven't already! The duo pack with the polish and the top coat retails for $20 or so and the colour on its own is $16.95.


The red polish in the photos above is called Red Eye and below are a few snaps from other colours I posted on my instagram - as I said, I really love this Sally Hansen range! 

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So tell me, lovelies, have you tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel? What did you think? I simply cannot rave enough about it!



Love,


Ms Jelena xx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

R U OK?

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R U OK? Day is a national day of action on the second Thursday of September. R U OK Day?'s purpose is to regularly check on family and friends and ask a question that could change and save a life.

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It's such a simple question, but more often than not, people will ask you and keep on going without actually stopping to listen to what you have to say. If you do find yourself in this situation, don't give up! Talk to someone else, a friend, a family member, or a helpline. Whatever you do, don't give up - there are people who genuinely care!

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When you ask someone R U OK? make sure to stop and listen, help them to get over the hurdle, offer advice and check in from time to make sure they are getting there. Remember that we all vulnerable at some stage of our life and that we need a bit of a push, so do a good deed. It could save a life.

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And karma will repay you!

If you aren't OK, please talk to someone and just remember that you are precious and amazing and you deserve nothing but the best! There is help available, so don't try to do it on your own! It's OK to not be strong, it's OK to need help, advice, someone to listen.

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Here are some helplines that you might find useful:
Lifeline 13 11 14 - 24/7 telephone crisis support, as well as online one-one-one crisis support (8pm-Midnight AEST)
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 - 24/7 professional telephone crisis support for people at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved, as well as online resources and information
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 - 24/7 telephone counselling for young people 5–25 years, as well as online and email counselling (check website for hours)
ReachOut.com Online crisis and mental health information for young people 14-25 years
headspace Online support for 12-25 year olds, including mental health, drug and alcohol issues
National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line and Website 1800 RESPECT (737 7328) - 24/7 confidential telephone counselling and online chat service about domestic violence 
SANE Australia 1800 18 SANE (7263) - Telephone mental illness advice and referrals, weekdays 9am–5pm AEST, as well as online resources and information

beyondblue - 1300 22 4636 - Info line for depression, anxiety and related disorders, as well as online resources and information. You can also search for a mental health professional by postcode here.
Black Dog Institute - Clinical and research expertise and community education about depression and bipolar disorder

 I wrote about suicide in my R U OK? post in 2013 - simply because I found it chilling how many people decide to take their own lives in those dark moments - we see it in the media too often and it's alarming. It's important to love yourself and it's heartbreaking how this just disappears in those moments of darkness and desperation. I wish it didn't happen to anyone. Ever.

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So my lovely readers, R U OK? Stop, reflect and ask yourself and others. Take time to listen, support, encourage and be there for others and for yourself!

Life is precious! And so is happiness :)


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 Smile and be happy :)


Ms Jelena xx




Friday, 29 August 2014

Winner, Winner & Randomness!

Happy weekend, my lovelies!

It's been one of those never-ending weeks, but hey, happy times now that the weekend is here!

So what have you been up to lately? If you follow me on instagram, you will know that I'm crazy in love with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish! They are $13.95 at Priceline at the moment! (I may or may have not bought more...) :)

I also played with some nail art - this was me using OPI Turn on the Haute Light (silver) and Scout Cosmetics Groove is in the Heart! Have you tried Scout Cosmetics polishes? They're quite good! And you'd know I have a thing for witty nail polish names :)


I've also been indulging in food and dreaming of another getaway!


In other news, we now have a winner of my Facebook Giveaway!!! Congratulations Smiling Filipina!!! Please email me, or message me on Facebook/Instagram and I'll get your goodies + a surprise to you very soon!!!



And on that note, have a glorious weekend!


Love,


Ms Jelena xx


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

I Discovered Coconut Oil!

Yup! A bit late to the coconut oil bandwagon! So the thing is, I discovered the coconut oil a long time ago, but I've only re-discovered it recently.

Every winter I have dandruff issues, flaky scalp, itchiness, redness - I guess Melbourne wind isn't the most friendly thing around. So while usually a bit of normal hair oil on the scalp would solve the issue, this year was different. Whatever I tried, it just didn't work. And then on my day off, I was watching daytime TV (not all that exciting, but still!), and some doctor TV show was on and a lady (patient?) had similar issue and the doc suggested she use some coconut oil.

So what do I do? I get myself a jar of coconut oil too! I bought this Melrose Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil from Woolworths for $11.99 (I think?) and it's one of the best things ever!


You can use it for moisturising your skin - it's absolutely amazing on dry wintery legs and chapped lips! You can also use it for cooking - it can be used as a healthy alternative instead of butter - I haven't tried, so I can't tell you if it works or not! You can also use it for some naughty, ahem, adult fun, as my friends over at beautyheaven suggested :)

But anyways, I used it for my hair/scalp problems and it helped! So to apply the coconut oil on my scalp, I would brush my hair, and part it randomly and massage the coconut oil into my hair and scalp, and then part my hair elsewhere until I covered my entire head/scalp. You can use the oil straight out of the jar, or you can microwave it for a few seconds to melt it. Then, I'd either wrap my head into some clingwrap  or a showercap and put a towel over it to keep it warm - this just speeds up a process and helps work faster.

So the texture of the coconut oil is interesting, but I like it. Some don't, as I saw in the comments under a photo I posted on my instagram! So what it the texture like? It's solid to begin with, but it melts very quickly when it's warm. The moment you put some onto your hand, it will start to melt - hence why you don't really have to microwave it to melt it before applying on your hair. This is what happened to the coconut oil within a minute or so of taking it out of a jar:


And so once my hair has been covered in coconut oil goodness for about 30 or so minutes, I'd wash it - shampoo twice and condition once and that's it! I found that my hair had more volume after using coconut oil - I was sure that it was going to be weighted down and oily, but I was wrong! My hair also stays cleaner for longer! Who woulda thunk?!

My dandruff issues are a thing of the past and now I use coconut oil for its conditioning benefits on my hair and skin and I absolutely love it! It's a natural moisturiser that works wonders! I don't know about your skin in winter, but mine needs all the TLC it can get!

So tell me, lovelies, have you used coconut oil before? What are your thoughts? What do you use it for?


Ms Jelena xx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Living On My Own & Becoming Independent!

So here comes another personal post, my lovelies! I don't know, I've been thinking about sharing this with you for a while, so here it is - my thoughts on living on my own! I'll be honest here - for years and years and years, I was shy and not very independent at all. There were different things that made me this way, but I was really quiet and tried to blend in.

I wasn't very independent, instead, I relied on other people's help. I don't know why. I don't know how either, because my parents tried to make me more independent and confident, but it just didn't work. It worked with my brother, but it didn't with me.

Then things happened and I got this urge to wake up, shake up and start living!

I decided to move out and that's how I ended up in Melbourne! Ha! Because moving to another suburb just didn't seem like enough of a move! Not really, it's just that I really liked Melbourne, so I thought why the hell not!

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All jokes aside though, it was one of the best things I have ever done! I've learnt so much and my only regret is not doing it sooner! I've grown up so quickly! I had responsibilities! For the first time in my life, I was a grown up! Bills, rent, cooking, cleaning, work! I was in charge of it all! 

I have to admit that I really enjoyed it all, having responsibilities and knowing that whatever doesn't get done is your own fault is really amazing! You actually start to appreciate what others do for you in a different way, but you also realise that you can do it yourself too! 

Juggling work, housework, social life and staying sane wasn't the most easy breezy thing I've done, but it shaped me into a more confident person that knows that she can fend for herself and do a good job of it!

For me, it's all been quite empowering! I realised that I'm capable of much more than I thought I was. This (among other things) helped me become more confident, stand my ground and just realise that I can do anything! If other people can, then so can I!

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Living on my own also helped me get to know myself better - being alone doesn't mean being lonely! And to be honest, I never felt lonely. I took the time to get to know myself, my likes and dislikes and to really just take time out and enjoy the moment! I think being on my own has really helped shape me into a person that I am today and to not be influenced or defined by other people and, don't quote me on this, but I do believe that this has made me into a better person and a better partner! Noone likes to babysit their own partner - independence, on the other hand, is quite sexy!

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Things have changed now and I'm living happily with my hubby, but I'm glad that I took the plunge and had my living alone stunt for a while! It's really made me into a stronger and better person that doesn't have to rely on others. 

So my darlings, if you are still living at home or with friends, think about living on your own a go if you can! It's empowering, amazing, fun and good for your confidence! If you can do it financially, but aren't sure about the rest, I dare you to do it - you will not regret it!




Ms Jelena xx