Tuesday, 22 July 2014

I Love ME!

How are you going, my lovelies?  Sorry for not writing all that often, but you know, life gets in the way sometimes, so I just don't have all that much time to write often. I jot things down, so you'll hear about it all one day :)

So something in particular has brought on the post you are about to read. It's John Legend's song "You and I". Have you heard it? I think it's wonderful. And so is the clip.

To be honest, though, it made me cry the first time I heard/watched it and it gave me goosebumps. It's so beautiful and it hit me that I used to be like that. I used to check my make up all the time and just hide under it all.

My confidence was non-existent. I didn't really love myself and I didn't respect myself. I tried my best to just blend in and not be noticed. I don't know when, how or why I had such low self-esteem, but I did. For years and years. And then I snapped out of it.


I realised that the relationship I have with myself is probably the most important one ever - once you learn to love yourself, it's a lot easier to love other people. And this is a very very true fact for me, but more on that some other time.

Anyways, I learnt that I have to accept myself the way I am. If I didn't like something, I changed it. If I couldn't change it, I embraced it. I still have my moments of issues with different parts of body or whatever, but I snap out of it. On my own, or with the help of my very own John Legend, or family, or friends :) And I get there.

So whatever you do, don't compare yourself to others, don't punish yourself for not being "perfect" (perfect is very subjective, you know), don't torture yourself, and don't wish you were somebody else - just be yourself. Get to know yourself and be proud of who you are, because let's face it - you are wonderful and if you don't love yourself, it's hard to expect someone else to love you. And everyone deserves love and happiness.

Life is way too short to waste it on hating yourself - and recent events have really shown that. So don't waste another moment hating the way you are, the way you look, the way you think. It's not worth wasting any more time.

So stop hiding - put on a bright lipstick (that was one of the first things I did!) and be confident - fake it till you make it if you have to, but remember that you are amazing! I used to use make up to hide - now I use it because I like it and, hell, I can go without and not bat an eyelid at what someone has to say about it!

Get out of your comfort zone! Get rid of fake friends - they are probably dragging you down! Become the person you want to be. Find happiness in doing things that you truly love. Go for a walk and just think. Stop and smell the roses. Clear your head. Don't waste time on "could have/should have" - keep on going and just do better next time. Don't beat yourself about past - you can't change it. You can make your future brighter though :)

Stick this onto your mirror and practice and practice until you get there:

And just because everyone deserves a bit of John Legend in their life, here it is and think about it - you should love yourself the way you are, and those who deserve to be in your life will love you exactly the way you are too:

I can honestly say that I really love me, can you? You should!


Ms Jelena xx

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Luk Beautifood Lemon & Mint Lip Nourish

Are you taking care of your lips this winter, my lovelies? Have you found your perfect go-to lip balm to nourish your lips and keep them nice and hydrated?

If you are after an all-natural lip nourish, then I'd suggest you have a look at what Luk Beautifood has to offer!

I absolutely love the Lip Nourish in Lemon & Mint, which is a tea rose shade - quite natural "your lips but better" kind of sheer tint. If you are after a different taste or tint, there are a few other options for you: Chair Shimmer, Tangerine & Vanilla, Mandarin & Cinnamon, Lemon & Ginger, Orange & Juniper or Vanilla & Cinnamon, so have a look and see what tickles your fancy!

Lemon & Mint Lip Nourish  has the lemon and mint notes which are absolutely delicious and refreshing and I quite enjoy that sort of smell and taste, so it's a perfect balm for me. I simply can't get enough of it for that reason and also because it is oh-so-moisturising! The rosemary oil, avocado oil and cocoa butter make this natural sheer lippy sooo hydrating and beautiful on the lips. My lips feel soft and smooth and get that slight hint of colour too.

I have to reapply this balm throughout the day, as I only get a few hours of hydration out of each wear, but I don't mind reapplying as I know that I'll get that beautiful hit of lemon and mint all over again! I absolutely love this balm, as it's really hard to keep my lips hydrated in Melbourne winter, especially when it's windy, but this lip nourish manages to do just that! Another thing that I love about this Lip Nourish is that it is Australian made! This just sells it for me completely!!!

The pigment of this Lip Nourish is not overly strong, it gives a slight hint of the tea rose colour, but it is not as dark as it is in these pictures once applied - remember that this is a 100% natural lip nourish though, so the point is in using all natural ingredients and pigments!

This Lip nourish is rich in Vitamins A, C-E, antioxidants and Omega 3-6 fatty acids from avocado, sesame seeds and plant lipids that help keep the lips soft, smooth and illuminated!

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourishes retail for $24.95 and you can get them here, as well as some other all-natural goodies (Cherry Lip & Cheek stain, I am looking at you!)! The regular delivery within Australia is free, or you can pay $10.00 and get it delivered via Express Post.

Have you tried any of the Luk Beautifood Lip nourishes? Are you going to? Which lip nourish from the Citrus and Spice Menu sounds the most interesting to you?

Ms Jelena xx

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

5 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

So now that it’s getting colder and everyone is sniffing around us, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about a few ways we could win against the winter blues! Lovelies, are you ready for winter and the cold and flu season? I’ll share some tips with you on how to stay healthy this winter and hopefully fight off all the bugs that try to come your way and keep on looking wonderful:

  • Exercise regularly – I know it’s hard staying motivated in winter when it’s cold and dark outside, but even just a brisk walk for 20 minutes will help you. Get off a few stops early on your way to/from work and walk instead. Better yet, go or a walk during lunch time and then do a bit of exercising at home – an exercise DVD, dance DVD, some squats and push ups and that will help give your immune system a boost and you will be less likely to get sick during winter. I'm trying my best to go for a run/jog at least a few times during the week too! It’s a lot easier when it’s not raining outside, but as I said, do what works for you, as long as you do something!
  • Wash your hands – yes, it seems weird, but it will help you get rid of the germs, viruses and various nasties on your hands that could otherwise end up in your body and give you a nasty flu. Use anti-bacterial wipes, soaps and sprays and wash your hands often, especially while you are at work and there are more bugs floating in the air. After you wash your hands, don’t forget to moisturise them, to keep them nice and smooth! No need to have dry and cracked hands – not pretty, my loves! I highly recommend Natio Wellness hand moisturiser, but use anything that you like really :)
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  • Eat well – make sure to eat well (and not just during the winter months). Soups and stews are full of yummy flavours and vegetables and to spice them up so they aren't always the same, use different herbs and spices and play with ingredients! Eat fruits and veggies that are packed with vitamins and minerals – kiwi fruit, bananas, garlic, oranges, mandarins, sweet potato, capsicums, etc. As you aren't getting as much sun during winter, make sure to get enough Vitamin D from the foods you are eating – fish (salmon and tuna are great), mushrooms, supplements etc. A bit of chocolate won't hurt either! Everything in moderation is the key and if it makes you happy, then do it!!

    • Take care of your skin – your skin will get dry during winter, so make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids – set yourself a reminder if you know you will forget to drink water. And make sure to moisturise your skin daily!   Remember this post? Might want to revisit it!

    • Sleep well – Lack of sleep will affect your immune system, so make sure to get plenty of zzzs during winter. If you are having trouble sleeping, try turning off your phone and TV and instead have a relaxing bath, a cup of chamomile tea and curl into bed with a book. It will help you relax and get you into a sleep mode. Cuddling also does the trick for me!

    Another thing that helps with staying healthy in winter is laughing! Well, maybe not, but it will make you feel better even if you get sick! So keep on laughing, keep on smiling and try your best to think positive!

    Do you get sick during the winter? What are some of your tips for staying healthy during the winter months?

    Ms Jelena xx

    Thursday, 29 May 2014

    Maya Angelou

    "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."  Maya Angelou

    "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."  Maya Angelou

    May she rest in peace...

    Ms Jelena xx

    Monday, 19 May 2014

    OPI Neon Collection Summer 2014: Little Bits of Neon

    Hey there, lovelies!

    Hope Monday was fast and painless for you! To ease the pain, here's something hot and bright for you! I present the OPI Little Bits of Neon!!!

    I mentioned before that I really really love wearing bright shades, so as far as I'm concerned, this summer collection is absolutely perfect for the upcoming winter!

    Juice Bar Hopping  – This tangerine cream makes me jump for joy! - this is a very bright orange/tangerine shade and I am in love with it already!

    Life Gave Me Lemons – This citrus lemon line hits the spot every time! - a yellow highlighter shade in the best possible way! Loving it!!!

    You are So Outta Lime! – Here comes trouble and she’s wearing this outspoken lime green! - I love this limey green shade! It's perfect on its own or with another shade!

    Push & Pur-Pull  – This forceful purple has got me coming and going! - Who doesn't love a nice purple! Absolutely gorgeous!

    Hotter than You Pink  – Just when you think pink can’t get any hotter, there’s this! - Hot would be an understatement for this gorgeous pink polish!

    Down to the Core-al  – The beauty of this brilliant coral goes beyond skin deep! - Perfect to brighten up a gloomy day and corals look great on almost any skin colour!

    Apart from the witty names (I love OPI for the names alone!), these shades are really stunning! The texture is quite creamy, so a bit more difficult to apply, but three coats will give you a nice and even coverage and beautiful bright nails! You can use the white base coat to make the colour pop - Put a Coat On! is the white base coat from this collection, or you can go without. I went without the base coat and my nails are still very neon-y! Trust me, it beats Mondayitis in a heartbeat!

    Another interesting fact about this collection is that all six shades are part of the mini pack! I don't think this has ever been done before!!! Yet another awesome thing about that is that you get six gorgeous minis for $25*! Winning!!!

    So tell me, what shade is your favourite one? I can't really decide... Maybe Juice Bar Hopping or Push & Pur-Pull. Or Life Gave Me Lemons. So hard to pick one!


    Ms Jelena xx

    *I didn't pay their retail price because my darling hubby surprised me! :) He also took majority of these photos too. I'm one lucky girl!!! :)