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

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ms Jelena's Facebook Giveaway!

Hi lovelies,

Here's a little giveaway for my darling Facebook followers!

This is what's included and there will be a few little surprises too!




Included in this giveaway are the following goodies:

  • Ulta3 Colour me Mini Pastel nail polishes
  • Ardell Lash Starter Kit in Natural #116
  • Schwarzkopf Live Colour - Ultra Brights in Magnetic Purple
  • 17 Instant Glow Bronzer/Shimmer Powder in Aztec Gold
  • Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Nova #102
  • Rimmel Glam Eyes Eye Shadow Quad in Smokey #001
  • L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil


To enter this giveaway, you will have to:


  1. Follow Ms Jelena's Blog Facebook page
  2.  Leave a comment below saying you would like to enter the giveaway (you can leave your full name in the comment, or provide it if you are a winner and I will verify that you are a follower) :)


This giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook. 

The giveaway will be open until 11:59am (AEST) Friday the 29th of August and the winner will be announced on Ms Jelena's FacebookInstagram and blog - the winner will have until 11:59am (AEST) on Sunday 31st of August to notify me of their postal address. 

The winner will be randomly selected/drawn out of a hat. This giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

The products will be sent via registered/trackable post.

Good luck, beauties!!! xx



Ms Jelena xx

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.

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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:
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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!


Love,


Ms Jelena xx