September Favourites

I cannot believe we are already in October. September has gone by so quickly that I barely had time to sit for a couple of minutes and breathe but I did have time to pick a few new favourites that I’m going to share with you today.

Makeup and Skincare 

 

As always, my go to cleanser is the Oskia renaissance cleansing gel. I have to admit I haven’t been the best at looking after my skin recently but I will always go back to this. I have also been loving quite a few of The Ordinary’s products – in particular the Lactic Acid and Hyaluronic acid. These two I use every day with out fail and they seem to be keeping my skin happy.

My favourite fragrance of the moment is the Tom Ford Velvet Orchid. It’s quite floral which I wouldn’t normally go for but somehow it works. This is my favourite daytime fragrance and then when I go out I have been using the Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme as it is a spicier scent that is worn best in the evening.

Makeup wise, I recently purchased the Bare Minerals blemish remedy foundation after watching on of sunbeamsjess’ videos. I’m not a fan of heavy foundations but tend to get quite oily throughout the day and this powder works really well for me as its at most a medium coverage and helps with oil. I have wanted to get an LVL lash lift for a long time but wanted to see if I could just try a serum and see if that helps. So I bought the Rapid Lash eyelash enhancing serum and I have really noticed a difference! I still need to curl my lashes but am hardly wearing mascara now unless I go out. I have also been loving the CND Shellac colour field fox. In order to save money I’ve started learning how to do my acrylics myself and am pretty proud of how it turned out.

Homeware

 

 

I have just moved into my house for uni and have finally had a room to decorate the way I wanted. Of course its student housing so the furniture is a bit mis-match but I am so happy with everything I’ve done to my room.

My first homeware favourite is a candle from Anthropologie, I couldn’t find it online but it’s the cashmere and mahogany candle and honestly, all candles from anthropologie look and smell amazing. I also love my book poster from Oh Deer which I brought for my room in halls last year, I feel like it’s in the perfect place as there isn’t anything else on the wall so it’s quite a statement. That’s what I wanted to go with this year so each wall has one statement piece on it. Another wall has a tapestry on and the other has a big mirror from IKEA – definitely a statement but I love the way my room looks and how homely I’ve made it in only a couple of weeks.

Books and Music

I haven’t had much time to read this month since settling into the new house has been manic but I have one book recommendation and that is Slade House by David Mitchell. There will be a review of it soon up on my writing blog so I won’t go into detail about it now but its a fairly short novel so those of you who don’t want to commit to a massive novel should also check it out. This is how it is described on Goodreads: ‘Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .’ and if that hasn’t drawn you in then take my word for it! I could not put this book down and at the time of it I was working 10 hour days yet I finished it within 3!

Music wise I’ve been going onto my discover weekly playlist a lot on spotify as I keep wanting change and end up loving the music on there. Some of my favourites which you should give a listen are: Sorry – Nothing But Thieves | Found What I’ve Been Looking For – Tom Grennan | Bayonne – Little Comets | Lip Addiction – Shag Rock | Our Blood – Sam Nicolosi | Native – KYKO | Dakota – Stereophonics

 

What are some of your favourites right now?

Jess xx

 

 

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Life Update: Summer and Starting Second Year

I feel like all I have done since handing in my final assignments back in April is blink and now I’m a couple of days away from starting second year.

Honestly, summer got a bit too much for me, I was working every day and could never find time to blog but now I’m back at uni I’m going to really try and get a routine sorted in which I blog once a week on here and my writing blog.

I can’t really excuse myself for not blogging over the summer and I wrote a lot of blog posts that I just was never really completely happy with (I am a perfectionist and I don’t want to upload something onto here just for the sake of it) so they are just sat in my drafts folder and hopefully I’ll get around to posting them in the future.

Now onto more recent things, university. I start tomorrow and am doing three modules this term, the first is a compulsory module called writing project I and then I have chosen to do screenwriting and poetry as my optional modules. I won’t go into it too much now as this blog is my lifestyle blog and Jessica Gajadharsingh is the place I blog about my university work and writing so if you do want to know more I will share everything on there.

Summer wasn’t very eventful for me as I was working about 50 hours a week but I did go to Boardmasters festival which was amazing and such a great break! I was also extremely happy to be back in Cornwall again after spending over 3 months at home.

So that is it for now, I will try and make my upload dates Monday as I don’t have uni that day, thank you to those who have stuck by me this summer and my lack of blogging, it will get better!

Jess x

 

A Playlist For When You Want Time To Yourself

One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday is getting up early (I know, shocker) and pampering myself a little bit. I do this on a Sunday morning as it’s generally the only time  I have to myself.

The one thing that, in my opinion, is crucial to having time to yourself is a nice, chill playlist. Today I am going to share with you some of my favourite songs right now that are on my chill playlist.

Cocoon – Milky Chance | Warm – SG Lewis | Different Skies – Shoffy | Charlemagne – Blossoms | Getaway – Blossoms | Malibu – Miley Cyrus | Ooh La – The Kooks | Feel Good – Aslove, Daniela Andrade | All At Once – Charlie Simpson | Mess is Mine – Vance Joy | Livewire – Oh Wonder |

 

Whats on your chill playlist?

Jessiecrescent

Current Skincare Favourites

I’ve wanted to post this for a while but I just wanted to check that the products I chose really worked well for my skin before I did. I tend to have combination skin, sometimes I get dry patches on my cheeks and an oily T-zone with slightly enlarged pores and the odd breakout depending on how stressed I am or hormonal. But I do feel like keeping to a regular skincare routine keeps my face happy at all times.

Of course it’s not just skincare that depicts your skin, it’s also a lot to do with both mental and physical health – if I’m stressed I will have breakouts on my forehead, if I’m not eating the right foods for my body I’ll have breakouts on my cheeks and before the time of the months I’ll get breakouts around my lips. As well as this, I’ve noticed that through trial and error some products also break me out.

With all of this taken into consideration, I can confidently say that I have a solid skincare routine that I can use all year round which helps my skin whatever condition its in.

For the first step in my routine, I wanted to find a good cleanser that could work both morning and evening. I couldn’t narrow it down to one cleanser but if I could it would, without a doubt, be the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. This product always seems to leave my skin feeling cleansed but not tight. I apply it to dry skin with dry hands and it transforms into the most amazing smelling oil that quickly dissolves any impurities from my skin. On days when I wear a fuller face of makeup I will also use a cleansing oil in the evening before the Oskia cleanser as a double cleanse just to make sure all the makeup is removed from my face. I really like The Body Shop Cleansing Oil for this.

The toner I have chosen is one I recently added to my collection as, honestly, I have never found anything that really works for me. This product works as a chemical exfoliant but it has also helped reduce the size of my pores and always keeps my skin feeling smooth. I use the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant after I cleanse both morning and evening and have done so for about a month now and I can see a difference.

Moisturiser is a funny one for me. I change moisturisers more often then I should but I always seem to go back to the Clinique Moisture Surge more than any other one. That is why this Clinique moisturiser is a favourite – it’s not heavy on the skin as heavy moisturisers seem to be really congesting for me however it still manages to hydrate my skin and keep my oily t-zone at bay.

Having a good face spf is also needed when at uni on the sunny coast of cornwall, considering I’ve spend most days there on the beach. My favourite one is the clinique city block as it doesn’t feel greasy and doesn’t clog my pores either which is win win for me!

What have been your recent skincare favourites?

Jess x

Things that make me smile

I’ve been in bit of a rut recently, since finishing first year I’ve felt overwhelmed by the summer and what it has to hold for me as well as starting second year in only 3 months. If those 3 months go as quick as first year did then I haven’t got long to go so today I thought I’d focus on the positives. Especially the things that have been making me smile.

Exploring somewhere new My flatmate Clem knew I had been feeling down recently and so one evening we decided to take a drive to one of my favourite places in Falmouth – Pendennis Head. But when walking down towards the shore we decided to take a different route down and found the most amazing secluded bit of beach where we just sat and talked. This is one of the things I love about falmouth – it has so many beautifully hidden places that just want to be found. Also, Clem’s dancing was a pretty spectacular sight too (Check out my youtube video to see that).

Finding new music One of the best things about having flatmates with a similar music taste to you is that they always find new songs that they know you’ll like. And who doesn’t like listening to music to make them smile when they’re down?

Sunny days I definitely consider myself to be one of those people who’s mood is weather dependent so as all you English readers will probably know my mood has been up and down just like the weather in this temperamental country. But sunny days are definitely something to smile about and it’s great living on the coast where you can drive 10 minutes to the beach and spend hours there without a care in the world. The odd rainy day also seems to make me smile as well, there’s just something about being stuck inside with a good old chick flick watching the rain pour down outside your window.

Coffee shops I have one particular coffee shop in my mind as I write this. In fact, I’m writing this blog post in that coffee shop right now.

What are some things that make you smile?

Jess x

Finishing Uni and Summer Plans

If you follow me on instagram, you would know that I have finished Uni for the year. In fact I finished all my assignments at the beginning of April but didn’t know my results until 17th May, which were later official on 22nd May. So as you could imagine that month and a half of waiting was a bit of a stressful time for me.

Since then I have also felt slightly overwhelmed; realising my first year is over and having to move out of the flat I’ve called home since September and going home for a 3 month summer. I have also felt somewhat uninspired on the blogging front. I’ve written about 15 drafts of different posts that I could’ve uploaded easily but they just didn’t feel right.

So I thought I’d start with a little update post and fill you all in with my summer plans.

I am currently at home for a little bit working and in 4 days I am off to Dubai with my sister (perks of having family working as cabin crew). It’s only a little trip but I can’t wait to get away and relax for a bit, then when I’m back I will be back down to Falmouth for a week to move my things into storage for the summer before coming back home on the 20th June.

After that I am going to be working full time in the Summer and hoping to be posting on both this blog and my writing blog once a week. If that gets a bit too much for me I’ll alternate blogs each week.

Thank you for being so patient with me whilst I sort everything out, it’ll get better from now on.

Jess x

 

7 Days in Paradise

Skiing is considered a family thing in my house. Every year, for as long as I can remember, we have been away during the easter holidays skiing and, as my birthday normally falls during this time, I have probably spent more birthday’s skiing than I have at home. I’m not complaining!

This year was no different and so, as soon as I had finished all my assignments I hopped on a flight and headed over to the snowy alps for a week in paradise.

Beach Daze

One of the best things about studying in Falmouth is that you’re only 10 minutes away from the beach.

The beach is one of my favourite places to be and going with good friends always makes it better.

Check out the video that goes along with this blog post here.

Acting again

During my year out I was so grateful for all the opportunities I had to act – from the Edinburgh Fringe festival, to Thorpe Park Fright nights and then to London this time a year ago. Being in uni now has made me realise how much I miss acting and I’ve wanted to find more opportunities to act for a while now.

I was recently asked by my friend Ash Hunt to act in a short film he wrote with his friend Jack Summerell and I jumped at the chance to say yes.

We have had a read through with the small cast of 5 and start filming this week. I love the script but am slightly nervous as I’ve never acted on camera so I’m interested to see how this goes.

I also wanted to apologise for not posting very much recently, deadlines are coming at me hard and fast and I just needed to take a break to keep my head above the water. Once I finish my assignments on the 7th of April I will start posting more regularly so bare with me.

Jx