Friday, 28 June 2013

Get To Know Me (TAG)


Well I've only been blogging for a month and so far haven't really had the chance to show you ..well me! as I've been overwhelmed with assignment and such (but all that ends next week WOO!) I saw this tag on Subtle Coral's page, and thought I'd give it a go :)

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
If I blow dry it - straight, if I leave it to try itself a sort of wavey/curly :) 

2.  What is your natural hair colour?

Blonde !

3.  Do you dye it yourself or do you go to a salon?
I Have never dyed my hair in my life! Keep being tempted too but can't bring myself to do it

4.  How often do you wash your hair?
Every other day

5.  Do you wear the same hair style everyday or do you change it?
I mostly have my hair down and straight, but I do wear alternative hairstyles a few days a week too :)

6.  Do you do your own mani/pedi or do you go to a salon?
Do it myself :)

7. How often do you change your nail polish?
Hah... well I'm a little bit of an addict.. probably 3 times a week, this week since Monday I've already done them 3 times :$ 

8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, or just in the summer?
All year round, I don't really like my feet so by painting my toes it makes them feel a bit prettier

9. How long does it take you to put on your make up?
everyday look around 10 minutes, going out probably 20-25... I always have to have a battle with my contact lenses before hand when I'm getting ready to go out

10. What do you do first, face or eyes?

11. Do you "collect" make up or only buy when you need?
Nail varnish I collect.... everything else, only buy when I need, as I'm a student and atm I don't have money to spend on myself, it all just goes on food at the weekend when I stay with my boyfriend.

12.  How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Never, I've worn them once for a like Under 18 fancy dress thing my friend dragged me too... but they didnt stay on well so I've never dared where them again! 

13. Do you wear a full face of make up everyday?
Not really, only when I'm going to college, or out with friends or something, if I'm just sitting at home then I don't :) Even sometimes when I go to college I don't put foundation on, sometimes just concealer, blusher and mascara.

14. Do you wear make up when your staying at home?
Rarely, only if there's a chance of my boyfriend randomly asking me to come over, or if I'm feeling a bit rubbish i put it on to make me feel better! 

15. Will you leave the house without make up?
Hmm... I have done, but only if I'm wearing my glasses as I feel a bit more disguised lol I will leave the house with minimal makeup (just a bit of blusher and mascara) but I rarely ever go out with none on as people always say I look ill... 

16. How many high end products do you have?
None, unless you count Avon as high end? and that was a gift. I would definitely say I'm a budget beauty blogger:P

17. How often do you clean your make up brushes?
Probably not as often as I should! :$

18. Do you decide your OOTD every night or when you are getting dressed?
For usual everyday things - when I'm getting dressed
For an occasion - the night before :)

19. How often do you change your handbag?
Very rarely! as I said, I don't have the money to go spending on other things! 

20. What time do you get up and go to sleep?
On a day off, I wake up at around 8:30 but sometimes lye in bed for a while, I go to sleep somewhere between 12am-2am :)

21. How often and when do you work out?
Every night I do 30 (or more if I can) stomach crunches/situps

22. Left handed or Right handed?
Right handed

23. How tall are you?
5ft4 :$

24. Do you speak a foreign language?
I took my french Gcse when I was 14 (year 9) and got a B, and then did my Spanish and got an A
so yes I speak a little bit of French and Spanish - not as well as I used to though as I've not spoke either for 2-4 years, I'm better at translating it then me making the conversation though if that makes sense?

25. How many pets do you have?
1 - a west highland white terrior (westy) called Poppy!:)

26. How often are you on Blogger?
Pretty much everyday

27. Do you read the comments posted on your blog?
Definitely, and reply, although I'm only new so haven't had many yet! but I will always read them!:) 

28. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Sometimes I will note down something I like the look of yes:) 

29. How did you come up with your blog name?
Well with my real name it's difficult to really get a nickname out of it, but with a mix of that and my middle name a few people called me LJ, but I thought that looked a bit boring so it became EllJaye :) 

30. What kind of camera do you use? 
Either my phone camera  (Samsung Galaxy S2) or the Casio EX-ZR10. I also have a Fujifilm HS20EXR but I use that for photography on adventures more than my everyday blog photos:)

31.  How often do you clean your house?
Well I live with my parents still, but I clean my room just.. whenever it needs cleaning really! depends how messy I've been that week:P

32. What is your favourite colour?
Black - although thats not really a colour, pink and mint green :)

33. What is your favourite beauty/fashion magazine?

34. Do you swear?
I do... one of the side effects of dating a geordie:P 

35. What are you doing for the rest of your day?
I'm going to go watch Despicable Me 2 with my mr, as he's obsessed with the minions! then I'll be going back to his and probably remain there for the weekend, If I don't post that's why - no signal or internet :( 

Anyway! so there's a little bit more about me! You ever want to chat to me just message me or tweet me! I'll always reply!:) 

Speak soon!
Toodles ♥

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30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 27 - NYC Nail Polish

Hey Heyyyy!!!

Wooo only a few more days of college then I'm free and I can write to you all about something a little bit more interesting than assignments and stuffs!!!

Today's snap is of NYC nail varnish in 236 Greenwich Village. I really like this nail varnish, it is a very pretty pink, I would probably class it as a barbie pink, which is great for summer as it's nice and bright!:) The coverage is very good, I put two coats on, and it dries pretty quick too. One thing I love about this nail varnish is that it hasn't gotten all gloopy and messy! and I've had it for a good few months now, so when applying it i don't manage to get it all over my fingers, where as I usually would, so YEY !:)

But yes definitely would recommend this nail varnish as it's a bargain! only £2 or £3 I believe so if you've not tried it, it's not too pricey so if you don't like it then you haven't lost out on much! but I'm sure you will :)

Speak soon!:)

Toodles ♥

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - day 26

Hey hey!

Here's today's snap! :)

Toodles <3

P.s my blogs will get more interesting once I've left college next week as I'll be doing more than just assignments ;) xx

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 25 - Daddy's Birthday!

HeyHey beautiful people!!!!

Today was my daddy's birthday!!! He was so excited bless him, like a little boy:P I bought him the new die hard film on bluray, and my mum got him a Vinyl record, a speaker, starcraft 2 and the big bang theory box set. So he was a pretty happy chappy. My dad is literally OBSESSED with big bang theory, I got him a Bazinga mug for fathers day, I'm pretty sure he actually wants to be Sheldon lol :)

Anyway as a birthday treat we got a chinese take away yummyyy (one of my favourite foods :) )!!! Got lots left over too so that shall be my lunch tomorrow;) my healthy eating plan isnt going too well :P

Toodles ♥

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Useless 30 Day Snapper!


I apologise to anyone that actually follows my blog for completely failing at the past few days of the 30 day snap challenge. Basically my internet has been horrific, plus I haven't been at home or particularly even anywhere with signal ! so I apologise greatly for my slacking :(

Here's the picture from the otherday that I couldnt upload! lol

This is the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Blood Orange, this is the first time i've used any of the Gelly nail varnish by Barry M, I found it was shinier than the usual nail varnish and it has good coverage just like the other varnishes by them. It did chip pretty quickly, however I didn't put a top coat on so that could be why! If you want a more manicured look I would recommend the Gelly collection as I found that it did give more shine and a more professional looking finish :) 

Toodles ♥

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 20


So my internet is being stupidly slow and wont even load any images or anything for some reason, so I cannot actually add the snap here right now, but it is on my instagram at elljayeblog . I will add the picture once my internet is deciding to show more than just blogger :P I wanted to show you all a video too but that will have to wait until tomorrow! :(

Speak tomorrow

Toodles ♥

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge Day 19


I'm discovering whilst doing this I have a very boring life! all I do is go to college, do assignments, see my boyfriend or watch tv -.- I apologise for how boring the june posts are being :P

Today I watched tv, had a driving lesson - got my test soon EEEEK!! watched more tv, then went out for dinner with my boyfriend and his best mate, I felt like a bit of a 3rd wheel and now have hardly any money because the food cost me £12 and as a student... I dont exactly have a lot of dollar. Now im here writing to you, before then continuing with ANOTHER assignment. snore.......

Today's pic is of Barry M 304 Mint Green nail varnish. I do quite like this nail varnish, however I feel it kind of needs to go with what you're wearing otherwise it looks a bit weird. One coat is NOT enough with this nail varnish, I wear 2 coats, but I think 3 would probably make it look its best but I tend to scuff my nails a lot and it takes much longer to try with 3 coats so.. yersh! I've had this nail varnish for probably a year now and it still has not gone gloopy? which I am amazed by! Yey Barry M!:)

Speak tomorrow
Toodles ♥

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 18


I really need to write a proper blogpost but with so much work at college I have no idea what to actually write about right now!:( I might do a review of some Foundations soon so keep an eye out for that!!:)

Today's picture is of me and my "gay but straight" bestfriend :P he always puts a smile on my face with his antics! and as you can tell by my cheeky little grin, we get up to some mischief on our adventures!

Toodles ♥

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30 day snap challenge day 17

Hey hey!
Today has been work work work! Only a few more weeks left at college so everything's all go at the moment.
Today's pic is of the ring my nan gave me :)
Toodles <3

Sunday, 16 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 16


Today's Fathers Day!! Haven't done a lot today as I was out last night so spent the majority of today in bed, then watching a film with my parents! But here's today's snap...

Toodles ♥

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Friday, 14 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 14


Today's Snap is of one of my many favourite sweeties! yum yum yum!

Toodles ♥

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30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 13

Hey Hey

Today was a busy and hectic day! Got up at 7, got to college for 9 then was pretty much non stop from then onwards until 11pm when I got home!! All because.... today was our final gig!:( boooo

As much as I dislike my college course, I was very sad that I most likely will not get the chance to perform with my boys again!! They are all incredibly talented musicians!! (check out Rampant Horse - they're one of the bands from my class :) ) & in a few weeks college all together will be over and I'm barely going to see any of them, which I don't really like the idea of, because although they do my head in because I'm the only girl and end up mothering them and doing everything for them because they're too lazy to do it themselves, they're all like my brothers and have got me through so much over the past 2 years, there has been heartache, tears, laughs, the lot! Any emotion you name it!!

Anyway time for me to stop being soppy!! I have got video's of the gig & I will probably share them with you once I've got them in the correct format and such.

So today's picture is of me and my boys (and 2 of the tutors which have been there throughout our time there)

Toodles ♥

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

30 day snap challenge day 12

Hey hey,
Most of my day was spent doing an assignment that's due in tomorrow, fun fun! Out of all the areas on my course this is probably my weakest, writing songs on logic and stuff like that, I'm a lot slower than the others, probably because I'm a singer and they're all guitarists so they know more about keys and stuff like that. I'm a bit rambly this evening, sorry!
I also had talent scouts from the voice come to my college today so I auditioned for that too, so fingers crossed :)

Bed time now

Toodles <3

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

30 day snap challenge day 11

Hey hey!
Today's snap is of a scrap book that I made for me and my boyfriend for valentines day :) i have it at the moment as I'm adding our new adventures to it!

Toodles <3

Monday, 10 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 10

Hey Hey!!

Today's snap is of my music stuff! Didn't realise I had quite so much stuff until I got i all out. I'm not actually that good at guitar but I like them and I cant bring myself to get rid of any of them!!

From Left to right in this picture I have

Microphone : sE2000 - around £80 but you need an audio interface box with it ( I use Cakewalk  UA-4FX )
Keyboard : Yamaha PSR E403 - I don't use this anymore since I got my electric piano but it was very good for learning and you can record on it too which is VERY useful when song writing!:) -
not sure if this is still available

Now the guitars
Electric - Westfield baby pink - I got this 2nd hand from the music school that I went to, I've never been able to play power chords or anything like that so I cant get a very good sound out of it! I'm sure a good guitarist could though :) 

Chantry - I bought this from a charity shop called Sue Ryders I'm not sure if its just a local one of its nationwide, but it only cost £50 and its not 2nd hand, the shop actually make and supply them themselves, very good for a starter guitar!! 

Tanglewood - this one is my baby!!! My FAVOURITE guitar, It has a hand painted design on it and my name written on it also!! It's a lovely sounding guitar, its an electric acoustic so good for gigging also and has a built in tuner which is always handy! I bought this from Ziva guitars - this is the make/shape of the guitar I got!Tanglewood Discovery Deluxe|c1crq but I got it in black and with the design "la fleur" which made it end up looking like!la Fleur|c1m2e 

Westfield - Another westfield guitar! I've not played this one really, I have it out on display though as it's pretty, I got this for my 18th birthday from one of my bestfriends at college. When he passed me the guitar case and said happy birthday I was like.. haha very funny you cant have seriously got me a guitar, and refused to open it thinking something was going to jump out at me, then when I saw it was infact a guitar, and pink it was clear that it was infact for me!! Talk about a good friend or what?!

'Herald' - This one is my slight guitar of shame lol! It was my first ever guitar, I must have got it when I was about 8, it is a nylon strung guitar (at first I thought that was all you could get then I didn't understand why mine sounded different and later realised it was because I didnt have a steel string) & I got this from Argos.... Sorry musicians! I didn't play it for a good few years though! then eventually I did, picked up the basics quick enough and then my collection grew!

Finally!!!! The electric piano - this is a Korg SP250 which costs around £600 and it is VERY good! I was given this for me to learn my piano grades on !:) 

The software which I use for recording is Sonar Le - and I have NO idea how to use it, if anyone knows how to use this software I would greatly appreciate some tips!!!

Anyway this has turned out to be quite a long blog post so time for me to shhh!!

Toodles ♥

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Sunday, 9 June 2013

30 day snap day 9 - fishtail plait

Hey hey!
If anyone is wondering what this is I'm doing this from sprinkle of glitter, visit her blog for more info about the 30day snap challenge :)

Today's snap is of my attempt at the fishtail plait! I have quite long hair and rather than just having it down and straight I want to do a bit more with it so gave this look a try! If anyone wants a tutorial tweet me!

(this is my first ever attempt so be nice)

Toodles! <3

Colourful Eye Makeup!


So when I was working at a photographic studio, I was being the model for my friend who was wanting to learn to do makeup professionally, and it ended up in me experimenting on my self everytime we were browsing at photos. I did this look to wear to a fancy dress party where I went as a doll.  (The middle image is the look I tried to create, and the outer 2 images on the left & right are my attempt - the eyeliner is a little messy sorry!) This look was using the Pretty In Pink eyeshadow palette from my previous eyeshadow post.

I wouldn't use this for everyday use as you can see it is very... vibrant! But for a fancy dress party or a themed photoshoot (e.g seaside,mermaid type thing) then it would work well :)

If anyone has any tips on how to not get the little dots of mascara on your eye lids that would be great. Because as you can see, I've had that issue a little bit here and the only way I can think to get around it is to keep my eyes closed until the mascara is dry,which obviously isn't very convenient!

More makeup looks to come! If there are any looks you want me to try & make a tutorial for, tweet them to me or message me the link on here!!

Toodles ♥

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge Day 8


Today was LAZY DAY!! yey. I went out last night drinking with my boyfriend and a couple of friends - bad idea. I didn't get drunk as I was feeling poorly, but being out until 1 am then staying up with him and my dad until 3 am playing call of duty probably wasn't the best of ideas because day I've felt awful so have remained in my pyjamas all day and am now sitting here eating ice cream! My mr has now gone on a course for the next week so I shall have to find something entertaining to do in order to give you more entertaining pictures than my fluffy socks...

Speak soon :)


30 day snap day 7

Hey hey, it's a little past day 7 but I'm out on the town at the moment! Although I'd much rather be in bed as I'm pretty sure I've got tonsillitis :(
Today's snap is from a Lil reunion with a couple of old friends for her 18th birthday! Miss them lots :( x speak tomorrow

Toodles <3

Thursday, 6 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 6


Just a short post today as I'm still not feeling too great and just got home and as its 11pm I think I should go to bed soon!!

It seem's that my eye-makeup post is getting some interest, would you like me to do more makeup posts? (just to state I am not trained in makeup or anything like that, I just enjoy playing around a learnt a little bit when I was training as a photographer as I had to work with Makeup artists)

Anyways... Today's picture is from my lunch time! Mcdonald's yey! I go there every Thursday on my lunch break from college! don't know why, it was always monday before but then our timetable changed! bit of a tradition for my class!!:) This is my local shopping mall/foodcourt.. :)

Bedtime now!

Toodles ♥

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 5

Hey Hey

So for Day 5 my picture is.....

I know it's a kind of Christmassy candle, but it smells pretty so I'ma use it anyway :P The reason behind this picture is because today I've been feeling very stressed, emotional and a little bit poorly:( I have lots of things happening in the next month, and big changes to my life and its all getting a little bit much!! So sitting in the dark, watching youtube videos with candles is being my relaxation :P !

I'm currently still at college, however some lessons I am now behind in as we had to miss out on our lessons, to help other people do their work??? Which I think is stupid because now my assignment wont be done on time! then I leave in July... and I'm going to have to get a job. I know a lot of people my age and younger have jobs and manage to juggle both education and work but I can't. I'm a very big worrier, and having too much on my plate tends to make me just stop and do nothing. I've worked a little bit before as a christmas temp, but never a full time job, and the thought of getting one makes me very anxious. Doing something I don't know much about, meeting all these new people, worrying whether i'll be any good at it, plus I don't even know what I want to do! All I keep saying is "I want to be like Ugly Betty" because I would quite like to be a P.A like her, however I need to conquer one thing before I do that... PHONES! I'm useless on the phone!

So that's my main big thing that's weighing me down! All I want right now is to jump on a plane to Greece with my boyfriend and forget about everything. but hey that's not going to happen! Things are changing and me no likey! I want it to be how it used to be, nice and simple but no! So I'm going to have to conquer all of this one step at a time!! If anyone else has similar anxieties tell me how you overcome them, or even just message me if you need someone to talk to! I'd love to speak to some of my readers.

Anyways, I need to go to bed as I have an early start tomorrow and don't wanna be poorly!!

Toodles ♥

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 4 -- Smokey Eye!!

Hey Hey!!

Okay day 4's picture is a makeup one! My attempt at an 'everyday smokey eye' look

I do not use any expensive makeups as I'm a student and am poor so all my makeup is done with highstreet/drugstore brands! The eye shadow is actually from palettes you can buy from Argos called "Pretty In Pink" I have 2 palettes from them one is a flat rectangle one and the other is a large cylinder shape. The colours used for this look are from this palette -

Although some people might be like shocked and horrified by the fact I use makeup from argos... I thought it would be awful, but there is actually a massive range of colours for a low price and I personally love it!!

If anyone would like a tutorial on how to get this look please message me or tweet me as I think it would be quite fun to do!!

A full shot of me with this eye makeup is below, as you can see it isn't too over the top for daytime use but adds a bit more to your daily look :)

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Toodles ♥

Monday, 3 June 2013

Barry M Nail Varnish

Hey Hey

2 posts in one day, aren't you lucky ;) I've not really worn this nail varnish much as honestly I didn't know if it really went with any of my outfits, i'm a bit obsessed with nail varnish and I often try if possible to coordinate it with clothing lol,  not sure if that's a bit weird or if other people do it to, let me know if you do so I don't feel like a loner!! This varnish doesn't seem to have a name on it anywhere? The sticker says "Superdrug Xmas" which makes me think it could have been a Christmas limited edition ? If anyone knows please comment and tell me because I would be quite interested to know!

Anyway, I have A LOT of nail varnish, and I'm always wanting to add to my collection, so far Barry M is one of my two favourite brands that are in the highstreet range because they really are a bargain for the quality that they are, they apply great coverage, I tend to do two coats, and they last a decent amount of time. However as I'm often very busy doing this and that, my nails do tend to chip, so I'm trying a couple of techniques; applying a bass and top coat, and painting the tip of the nail is supposed to help aswell, at first i thought that sounded really silly, but i assume they mean the literal edge of the nail tip. Any other tips would be very welcome!!

I'd love to do lots of comparisons of Nail Varnish as time goes on,but right now I cannot afford to go out buying lots of pretty things :( sad times!!

Haven't got much more to say on it other than that! Are there any other nail varnishes you recommend? Sorry if this isn't very detailed, I've not done beauty blogging before but I'll gt better in time!:)

Toodles ♥

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 3

Hey Hey!!

Today I spent 4 hours from 9 until 1 working in the recording suite at college, firstly setting up the equipment, and then recording all of the tracks for a band in my class as a part of the course I'm doing. I have to say it was INCREDIBLY stressful!!! Trying to set up 14 microphones and check that each one is working (and if its not - trying to work out what the problem is) and communicate with everyone, whilst people are missing around and not paying attention... very hard work! But eventually we did it and got the song laid down! Now  the next step is to mix it! Although next week it's my turn to do the performing so I might mix our track instead of another band's :)

I'm now sitting at home on my own, procrastinating... I have lots of assignments to be in, some that i didn't even know about until today! Woopsie! But I really don't know where to start, or have the will power to do anything after a 9-4 day at college, but it needs to be done! So anyway, must be off now! Feel free to drop me a message on here or twitter, would love to talk to some other bloggers :)

Here's my snap for today...

Toodles ♥

Sunday, 2 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - Day 2

Hey Hey!!

So today I didn't really get up to a lot as my boyfriend spent pretty much the whole day washing his car.... snore!!! However the weather was pretty good so I joined him and sat outside in the sun :) So anyways, due to the lack of 'activity' today I haven't got anything new to write about particularly, other than back to college tomorrow... sad times !!

Anyway, here's my picture :)

Toodles ♥

Saturday, 1 June 2013

30 Day Snap Challenge - day 1

Hi hi!
Unfortunately I cannot write much today as I'm having to do this on my phone as I'm out exploring!
Today I've been with my boyfriend for 6 months, and we've decided to go on a road trip for the day to Milton Keynes, which is 100miles away from where we live. The weather's been gorgeous and we got very lost in the shopping centre! It's huge! Although I was gutted there wasn't a primark :(
This photo is from Furzton Lake which we visited on our travels :)
Anyway I feel rude being on my phone so best go ;)
Toodles! <3