Tuesday, 26 November 2013


"You wake up late and have to do your make-up in record time, grabbing for your foundation you start to look around for the rest of your make-up, but you can't find your concealer or mascara, in the jungle of lipsticks and hair ties on your dresser. Crap, your going to be late! You NEED to get organised."  

Organisation comes naturally to some and not so naturally to others. Unfortunately for me, I seem to be part of the latter, where as no matter how many times I try stay on top of everything I don't manage it, but i'm persistent in trying. So this is how I've organised my make-up draw for the last 6 months and it's really helped me keep everything in order, especially on those days when i want a few extra minutes in bed.
- This is the dresser which I store all my beauty and hair items.

This draw to the left is dedicated to make-up only, so this means I alway know where it will be as it wont be scattered everywhere!

An over view of my storage

 Okay, so there you have it, at the back I have took three old plastic Chinese tupperware containers and I have placed them at the back of my drawers. (From left to right) In the first I have a benefit box which holds my lipsticks which I don't use on weekly basis. In the second I keep face and eye products such as powder, blush, eye liner and eye shadow and in the third is miscellaneous items such as eye liner sharpeners, brush cleaner and eye make-up remover.
Then moving to the front left, I have my main make-up bag which is from Elizabeth Arden and it fits perfectly in the space, and it contains all of my everyday make-up from foundation to lipstick, so if I'm in a rush I know all my items that I will need can be found in here, so im not searching all over.  
Then last but by no means least is the right side,which at the bottom I store my daily disposable contact lenses from Specsavers and on top to cover them up I keep my make-up wipes stored upside down which are Beauty Formulas gentle soft apricot cleansing facial wipes.
So there you have it, that's how I organise my make-up draw. How do you organise yours? Or do you have an entire cupboard or desk to store your make-up?
Well, thats all for now
the ins and out's ups and downs of 
Victoria Jane

Friday, 22 November 2013


"Looking in your bathroom mirror, you discover that one humongous spot that you had  on your chin yesterday has multiplied into 5 more across you face. ARGHHH! You start frantically caking make-up on them to cover up the rude red imposters, but alas nothing is working and they keep rearing their ugly heads through the layers of make-up you are vigorously applying. What can you do!?"

Blemishes  and spots can spots can ruin your day when they do appear, as I believe if you feel good you'll have a better day and if they're making you feel insecure it can be reflected in your day. As it is they're are here to stay for a while, and there is nothing we can do about them except grin and bear it and wait for them to disappear.  However even though we all get them now and again or for those with acne and other skin conditions all the time. there are a few steps which I try to carry out which I believe help my skin, and may help yours even though I should carry it out a little more often than I do!

And typically, completely these four simple steps, twice a week, keeps my spots at bay and face in clear state which helps me to remain positive and my day more likely to go smoothly. However if I am having a bad week or month with spots I will drink more water and do this routine between 3-5 times a week.
What are you holy grail facial regime items? Do you have one that works amazingly? Well, that's all for now the ins and outs, ups and downs of
Victoria Jane 

Saturday, 16 November 2013


"It's below freezing outside and you're all ready to step out in to the white mountains of snow where it blizzards around the houses and shops making them look delicious, like they've been sprinkled with icing sugar by an excited baker, but as you step outside it isn't quite the picturesque winter wonderland you were expecting, leaving you with a shiver to your bone and a red nose making you look like Rudolph's first born. Winters here and it's time to stay warm. "
Being cold is something that I can quite honestly say I hate, but on the other hand I love picking my favourite items to warm myself up in the cold weather that is fast approaching. From gloves, to coats, warm soups and scented candles winter is my favourite month ironically, seen as though I hate the cold but the fashion of this season is my favourite, and these are my favourite winter proof suggestion to keep you warm and on trend this approaching winter.

The first thing that pops in to my mind when trying to combat the cold weather is a coat. All though I am not always one for splurging on items that come in and out of fashion quickly, I think winter coats are an exception to this statement. Getting a good winter coat if you live in a cold town is essential. I bought a khaki parka this year to keep me snug and warm from Florence and Fred at Tesco for £45, which is a reasonable price for such a warm and inviting coat. Khaki Parka's are on trend, so no matter what you layer them over you'll have the look and mine has a perfect soft lining that feels like a teddy bear to stop me from freezing over. A definite win. This one pictured you can buy from Newlook for £49.99.

The next thing on my winter warmer list has to be mittens or gloves. Mittens and gloves have hit the high street with great gusto and line the rails of shops all over. Whichever you pick mittens or gloves it depends your preferences, I personally think mittens are cuter however gloves are more practical, so I tend to stick with gloves with chic edge. suede are my favourites and you get these from accessorize  but alas my student budget doesn't stretch to their prices. So I also found these ones pictured that are my favourites, to keep my fingers warm on those chilly days. They are also phone friendly so I won't get frost bite when trying to text, which is always a win!Find these for £4 at Dorothy Perkins. 

Then at last but by no means least, a hat. In my opinion hats either suit you or they don't and you'll know when you look in the mirror, but if it's cold outside and you wanna wear one, just do it. I am partial to wearing hats like the one  pictured,(£6 Matalan) but when it comes to winter I look for more wolly types to keep my little ears toasty warm. Like this one from new look that I have, which is £5.99 and keeps my head so incredibly warm, however this season beanie style hats are also very on trend, so if you prefer them why not give them a try?
 So there you have it my three winter essentials, for this upcoming winter season, parka coats, suede gloves and woolly bobble hats. What are your winter favourites this season is it clothes, food or something completely different? 
Well, that's all for now, the ins and outs, ups and downs of 
Victoria Jane

Friday, 8 November 2013

Job Specifics: The Perfect Interview Wear!

At one point or another most of us have to find a job, whether it be a Saturday job while your at school or college or a full time time job and the start of your career, its regardless. The point is, the majority of these jobs start off in the same way, with an interview, an interview where the first impression of you counts, where a person instantly decides whether you go in the hit or miss pile, so everything you do with in this time counts. Therefore your outfit hair and make-up are a massive contributing factor of whether you will get the job or not. So i've being doing some research to find out what the majority of your future employers maybe looking for! 
1: Neutral, natural make-up 
As an employer they are looking for someone who will represent their business positively and you cant be doing this by having a girls night out face full of make-up, so you need to tone it down and go for more of a natural look. Click HERE if you would like a tutorial on how to get an amazing natural look or take inspiration from this picture of Selena! 
2. Smart appropriate clothing 
Depending on the job your applying for, the word 'appropriate' varies considerably. For example going to work in desk job 9 till 5 may entail you should be wearing, a smart dress or trousers covering piercings and tattoos but then again having tattoos and piercings on display may get you the job if you're applying to be a tattoo artist. So be smart and be aware, and think what would you want to see if someone were applying to work for you! HERE or some of my suggestions to the side.
3. Simple hair 
Hair is one of the areas in which i personally believe you can go a bit wilder for as its your personal look. Although i still suggest something simple maybe just straighten it or do a simple plait, here are some of my suggestions to the side for the perfect hair on interview day. 
So they you have it my top 3 interview friendly tips on how to look appropriate for the big day. Good luck to anyone out there who is looking for a job right now.
That's all for now the ups and downs and ins and outs of Victoria Jane

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