Hello my lovely readers!
New Year, New Start. After launching this site a couple of months ago I’ve now decided to take it to the next level and have moved creating a whole new website, which I hope you like.
I’ll still be blogging about fashion, beauty and the odd lifestyle post. So if you would like to follow me in this journey, you’ll find me at plainsarahjayne.com
I hope to see you soon!
Recently a French company, Damart got in touch with me and asked if I would like to sample a few of their items. After a little research, I found they’re known for producing clothes made with Thermolactyl, a fibre that has the ability to provide warmth without loads of bulky layers.
I picked the cream top because I loved the lace detailing around the collar, I thought it was rather cute and a nice finishing touch, plus, cream will go with everything.
It’s amazing how warm it keeps you even though the material is thin. Even though it’s long sleeved I personally wouldn’t wear this top on its own, so for extra warmth I’ve been layering it under jumpers, cardigans and on those really cold nights, using it as a jim jam top.
The bootees are by far my favourite! I don’t wear regular slippers, I prefer fluffy socks or boot-style slippers, so these are right up my street. I chose these because of the style, as well as their fluffy material and cute little bow detailing.
I love these, since I opened the box they’ve not been on my feet. They’re really comfortable and super warm, which is perfect for this time of year – they’re so warm I don’t even wear socks with mine because it gets too hot.
I also like that they have a hard plastic bottom rather than a fabric type, which means the bottoms won’t get dirty and they’ll last longer. I’ve had fabric ones in the past and they always kind of lose their shape.
If you’re one of those people who feel the cold easily, or you’re travelling somewhere cold like skiing or lapland (my friend found these items to be very useful when there) then you’ll find a wide range of items on the Damart website – enjoy!
Sarah Jayne x
There’s nothing worse than having to put up with dry, flaky skin on top of the freezing cold weather and whatever illnesses winter throws at us.
Usually when it comes to winter I have to buy a good exfoliator and an extremely hydrating moisturiser. Now finding a face scrub is rather easy, however finding a face cream that hydrates deep enough into my skin, lasts all day, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy is rather hard.
This is where Skinature’s Lavender & Argan Oil comes in. I got this product not so long ago from the Skinature #BBloggers event, normally I use oils in my baths and would never use an oil on my face. However, after sampling the product on my skin and watching how fast it absorbed and how none greasy it felt I had to give it a go.
I use this product as part of my weekly skin routine, usually every Sunday after my bath I’ll put two to three drops in my hands and rub it all over my face. As soon as you apply the oil it does feel like it’s just sitting on your face, but after a few minutes it absorbs into your skin and in the morning your skin is left feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.
When using this product I would only apply a couple of drops, anymore and it might not fully absorb into your skin leaving a greasy residue. To make sure you don’t apply too much and waste the oil the applicator makes this really easy for you.
Since you’re only using a few drops every week the product lasts a long time, I’ve used a small section in about five months. As well as this another bonus is it smells incredible, the mix of lavender and argan smells heavenly.
I would recommend this product to anyone suffering with dry skin, or is in need of a deep hydrating product once a week as part of their skin/cleansing routine. If any of you have tried this product, let me know what you think please!
Sarah Jayne x
I love a lot of Urban Decay products, including the Naked palettes, eyeshadow primers and lip glosses, so I don’t know why I haven’t tried the Naked Skin sooner.
Whenever I try a new foundation I always seem underwhelmed by it and go back to my most reliable one, Matchmaster by MAC. However, after trying this I really feel like I’ve found another that’s on par with my favourite MAC foundation.
It says on the box it’s weightless, ultra definition liquid make up and I couldn’t agree more. The foundation is so light it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything. Plus, you can build it up, so if you prefer a medium to heavy coverage it’s easily achievable without feeling like your face is thick with make up.
Normally when I apply my foundation I usually squirk small amounts around my face, but you have to be careful how much you apply as it’s quite runny and can get everywhere if you don’t reach for your beauty blender, or brush in time.
The only thing I think this foundation lacks is a nice scent, not to say it has a bad one, it doesn’t really have a scent but it’s always a bonus when a product smells incredible.
I pay around £25 – £30 for my MAC foundations (Matchmaster and Studio Fix) and after trying this foundation I think £27 is about right. I know you can find cheaper ones in Boots and Superdrug, but having tried a few cheaper alternatives I think you pay for quality. However, if you have a good cheaper foundation please let me know!
Overall this foundation certainly gives a flawless complexion, I use my beauty blender to apply this foundation and the results are truly amazing. I’m really happy I decided to try this product, I don’t know why I’m surprised I like it since I love Urban Decay, but I’ll definitely be buying more of this.
If you’ve tried Urban Decay Naked Skin please let me know your thoughts on the product!
Sarah Jayne x
The invitation welcomed us to take a tour around the new venue, sample their food menu and have a cocktail or two, before its official opening on December 15.
Arriving at a small door opposite Waterstones, I didn’t know what to expect. However, once the lift doors had opened to the first floor I was captivated instantly. The concept of the place is nothing I have ever seen before, it’s breath-taking and completely draws you in.
The walls are decorated with bare bricks and wooden beams, with vintage style wooden furniture, which has been splashed with paint, and entwined between tables and chairs are hand-crafted iron panels, which were especially made for the building.
In the centre you’ve seen nothing like it before – a giant tree, which sits above the bar and is filled with flickering lanterns, creating an enchanting and picturesque view.
There’s certainly a whimsical and magical vibe about the place and playing live music throughout the afternoon kept the atmosphere relaxed but up beat – definitely a place to bring friends.
After taking in the spectacular surroundings we were whisked up the spiral staircase to the second floor where there was more tables and chairs, which oversee the streets of Newcastle.
Before heading to see the outdoor balcony there’s also a function room, which I can only describe looks like the Mad Hatter’s tea party before the session has begun. There’s a long table with odd chairs, a grandmother clock, a oversized lamp and a variety of decorations.
After the tour we were shown to our table and our tasting session began. Out of the wide range of cocktails I chose The Botanist cocktail, which is a mix on the classic mojito and was delicious! (The Botanist cocktail is the cocktail on the left in the first picture, it has the pink flower in it.)
For food, Eve ordered the ribeye steak with garlic butter and chips, while I decided on the thai green chicken curry with coriander rice and a side of chips – I can’t have a curry without chips.
I love how it was presented, I wasn’t expecting the curry and rice to be in separate bowls on a wooden board and it tasted pretty good, just enough kick without it being too spicy. But the best was yet to come.
We were too tempted by the sounds of the sweet dessert hanging kebabs not to try them out and I’m so glad we did. I chose a mix of strawberries and toasted marshmallows, covered in chocolate sauce with a scoop of ice cream and it was the perfect ending to my meal.
I was so full I could have had a nap then and there, but bursting at the seams we both left thinking the same thing – we need to bring the girls here!
Please let me know if any of you have been to The Botanist and what you’re thoughts are, or if you have any cocktails to recommend!
Sarah Jayne x
Usually every year my Christmas list is never ending and it always seems to grow after I’ve been Christmas shopping, however this year I haven’t really asked for a lot. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because I’m getting older, does anyone else feel like that this year? Anyways, here’s just a few little bits and pieces I would really love to open from Santa this year…
1, Leather-look Faux Fur Collar Jacket, River Island
2, Urban Decay Naked Palette, Feelunique.com
3, Michael Kors iPhone Case, Apple Store
4, MOTO Pretty Blue Joni Jeans, Topshop
5, Michael Kors Glam Jasmine Perfume, Debenhams
6, Salted Caramel Yankee Candle, Yankee Candle
7, Make Up Bag, H&M
I hope everyone gets absolutely spoilt this Christmas with loads of wonderful presents and enjoys a lovely day with spent with your family and friends!
Sarah Jayne x
Last week I was extremely lucky to be sent to Cologne, in Germany for work, to visit and review the Christmas markets. The experience included a mini cruise with DFDS Seaways, a whisky tasting with a whisky expert, two nights in a hotel and two whole days exploring Cologne – it was amazing!
My review of the whole experience will be online and in ETC magazine very soon, but until then I thought I’d share with you some of the images I took whilst there – enjoy!
More coming soon. Please let me know your thoughts if you’ve been to Cologne, it truly got me in the festive spirit!
Sarah Jayne x
For those who didn’t see, last week work sent me to Cologne, in Germany, which was pretty amazing. Anyways, in-between “work” (visiting the Christmas markets) I couldn’t resist hitting the German high street.
One of the stores I found myself in was Kiko Cosmetics, now I know the brand is available in the UK, but I don’t think I’ve ever came across it before, (unless it’s been right under my nose and I just haven’t opened my eyes!)
The store was huge and filled with so many different products I had a hard time choosing what I wanted. Since I haven’t used the brand before I thought I’d make a safe bet and purchased a Ultra Glossy Stylo lipstick and a Pencil Lip Gloss.
I’ve been a little stuck in my ways as most of the lipsticks I have are a matte finish, so it’s been refreshing to try out a ultra glossy one. In the shade 802, which is a nude colour, it’s really easy to apply and doesn’t leave your lips feeling sticky.
With glossy finishes I always find they keep your lips moisturised and don’t feel them feeling dry up or have that weird crumbliness, that I sometimes find with matte finishes. So, this lipstick is ideal for that and if you want a colour that lasts all day. Another plus is it smells incredible, which is always a bonus.
I’m not completely sure why I picked up a pencil lip gloss and at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. You would think because it’s a pencil it wouldn’t feel glossy, but it’s just as glossy as the lipstick, which is lovely but not what I expected.
To be honest I had really low expectations about this product, however I totally underestimated it. On my swatch you can see it’s really pigmented and shimmery – with it being the festive period I chose a glittery nude colour.
However, once it’s on it’s a darker more stuble shade, which I prefer, plus it doesn’t leave your lips feeling sticky. The pencil lip gloss has really surprised me and I’m really glad I ended up buying it.
Well my little shopping trip in Germany has been a success! I know the brand is available in the UK, but I’m not exactly sure where you can pick the products up from. If any of you know please tell me!
Sarah Jayne x
So, what was a quick trip to Superdrug to buy some foundation turned into quite an exciting make up haul. As I was walking to the till I spotted the Revolution make up stand, since I’d never heard of the brand before I stopped and had a look over their products and after seeing how cheap they were I was quick to grab a few.
Can you believe these six items came to £10? How cheap! And they’re fantastically pigmented for how inexpensive they are. The highlighter is definitely my favoured, it’s in the colour Golden Lights and is super pretty.
I’m usually not a bronzer kind of girl because I’m so fair, but since their was a 3 for 2 offer on I thought why not try it, so I picked the lightest shade, Golden Days.
As you can see they’re highly pigmented, I popped a little bronzer where I’d normally contour and I applied the highlighter on just under my brow and above my cheeks. Being a powder base they’re pretty easy to apply, I used my Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply both, but I found using my fingers to apply the highlighter worked just as well.
I’m a sucker for brown and cream shades, I use them almost everyday as part of my make up routine. I chose a range of matte and shimmer shades, which I could blend together and build up. I went for; Mocha Love, Base! and I Need You and for £1 each these eyeshadows are brilliant, especially the cream and shimmery dark brown one.
This matte nude lipstick is absolutely fabulous for a £1, in fact I would say it’s up there with MAC’s Honey Love, which is my ultimate favourite nude. This lipstick in shade The One applies really easily, smells of vanilla and doesn’t dry your lips out or crumbles, which I’ve experienced with a few matte lipsticks.
Overall, I think for the price this make up is fantastic and I’m so glad I noticed it before leaving Superdrug. It’s so cheap, but so pigmented and really good quality, if you’re in need of some bargain make up look no further.
Please let me know if any of you have tried any products from Revolution and what your thoughts are, and if they’re different to the ones I’ve tried please let me know!
Sarah Jayne x