Monday Motivation Quote #7 – Live For Now

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

We are human of course we will think of the past and dream beautifully into the future but all that truly matters is NOW. This present moment was once a distant dream so truly be in the moment. Stop worrying, stop dwelling and stop thinking ‘what if’. Yesterday no longer exists and tomorrow doesn’t exist yet. Now is all that exists so embrace it, live it, and love every moment. Take a deep breath and close your eyes it will really bring you into the present.

Happy Monday x

The Jordan Hand Challenge

On my channel I don’t tend to do many challenge type videos as they all seem a little bit pointless. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done a few for a giggle but I’ve never felt like they actually meant anything more than that. However, last week I was thinking of a way to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries when I had a lightbulb moment and The Jordan Hand Challenge was born. As I’m sure you are fully aware by now, I am a tetraplegic which means I cannot move anything from the chest down…including my hands yet I create makeup tutorials for so many of you to see.

So what is The Jordan Hand Challenge?

Check out the video above to find out exactly what the challenge is!

The Rules

Film yourself applying your makeup without the use of your fingers. You can move your wrist, like me, but not your fingers/thumb. Check out one of my tutorials to see how I do my makeup! TIP: Tape your fingers down but leave your thumb free…I cannot move my thumb but when I move my wrist back it brings my thumb towards my finger making it easier to hold brushes…BUT I HAVE ZERO GRIP!

If you don’t have a YouTube channel I’d still love for you to try this challenge perhaps by posting a photo of your makeup and writing about your experience.

#TheJordanHandChallenge

For more of an insight into my makeup journey please watch My Beautiful Struggle which is a little slice of my story.

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Some of your videos

I’m so happy to see some of you have already filmed the challenge!

Monday Motivation Quote #6 – A Bad Day

“Don’t let a bad day mean a bad week.” – Jordan Bone

We all have days where we have just had enough. Days where all we want to do is cry, eat loads of chocolate and cuddle our duvet and thats OK. Life can be tough so when you’re feeling that life is a bit too much take notice of those feelings, have a good cry and do something for you. Get the negativity out of your system so the rest of your week is a positive and productive one. Sometimes many of us feel defeated if we admit we’re having a bad day but remember you are human and its normal to have the odd crappy day now and again.

Remember if you’re feeling low its always good to talk to someone, especially if its more than just the odd bad day. Also, if you’re in an unhappy situation and you can change it remember you are in control of your own life.

I hope you’re having a good Monday so far and that you have a great week. If your week is off to a rocky start so far just know it’ll get better if you let it!

Happy Monday xo

Monday Motivation Quote #5 – Be Yourself

“Stop trying to be like someone else, you’ll shine so much brighter if you just be yourself”

– Jordan Bone

When we see other people’s success/lives we often wish we could be like them. However, the reality is that if we are just ourselves and are true to ourselves we will have so much more to offer than we would if we tried to be like someone else. Its always good to have inspirations but don’t feel like you aren’t good enough because you’re not exactly like them. Start being proud of who you are, stop comparing your lives to others, start living your own.

Happy Monday xx

Monday Motivation Quote #4 – Don’t Give Up!

“Don’t let your struggle consume your existence. Although life may be hard you can still reach for the stars if you believe in yourself enough” – Jordan Bone

Its so easy to give up when you’re life isn’t going the way you had planned. However, do you want to be the person that didn’t try to live a great life despite a hard situation? Prove yourself wrong and go for it. Your life could lead you to amazing things if you believe in yourself. If you succeed then great and if you don’t get to exactly where you wanted to be then at least you tried your best. There were times in the past when I thought I didn’t want to live anymore but I am glad I didn’t give up. Life is hard, there are so many things I wish I could change but I know I can’t so despite being frustrated I am still trying to live a great life…I hope you do the same.

Happy Monday x

Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Lipstick & Liners Swatches & Review

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Last Thursday I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Spring collection…in NEW YORK CITY! Ok, you probably already know that as I have gone on about it all week – a NYC post will be up soon. Anyway, I was given a goody bag filled with all of the UDXGWEN products which made it feel like Christmas all over again. The Gwen collection consists of an eyeshadow palette, a blush palette, a brow box, lip liners and lipsticks. I thought I would do a post on the lip products in the collection because they are simply fab and when I think of Gwen and makeup lipstick comes to mind.

The packaging of these lip products has a 1920’s art deco vibe with its black and gold print which I love!

In total there are eight lipsticks and six lip liners (I am missing one liner called Phone Call) all chosen by Gwen. Each of the lip liners are called the same name as one of the lipsticks so they are a match made in heaven. This makes it so easy to know which pair to buy, obviously there are no rules when it comes to makeup (within reason of course!) so you could use any liner with the lipstick you desire.

With the 24/7 waterproof formula these lip liners are super long lasting. Despite being long lasting they don’t have a drying texture and are very creamy and glide onto the lip effortlessly. A great tip for making your lipstick last longer is to not only line your lips but fill them in completely with the lip liner before applying the lipstick.

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Ex Girlfriend lip liner and lipstick

Ex Girlfriend is the nude of the collection. This has a hydrating texture and is sheer – like a gloss but non-sticky. To me this is a ‘my lips but better’ colour. In the photo above I simply lined my lips with the lip liner and filled in my lips with the lipstick. For a more obvious lip colour the entire lip in with the liner first – that way it won’t wear off so quick either. I really love this shade as it is very wearable with any look.

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Wonderland lip liner and lipstick

Wonderland is a vibrant red pink shade. It is highly pigmented, long lasting and has a creamy texture. To achieve the bold look I lined around the lips with the liner and filled them in with the lipstick. With red or dark lipsticks it makes it so much easier to use a lip liner before a lipstick to avoid feathering or going over your lip line. This is one of my favourite shades in the collection.

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Firebird lip liner & lipstick

Firebird is a bright fuchsia creamy lipstick. It has obvious blue undertones and is some what iridescent. It isn’t as opaque as some of the others but feels hydrating. It is a fun colour and kind of reminds me of ’80s Barbie.

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714 lip liner & lipstick

714 is a bright orange red. This is is only matte in the collection but is referred to as a ‘mega matte’ making is very long lasting. This colour screams Gwen in my opinion! As with most matte lip products, this was a little stiffer to apply than the cream finishes but it surprising didn’t make my lips feel overly dry which was great.

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Rock Steady lip liner & lipstick

Rock Steady is the darkest in the collection. It is a deep wine red with a creamy texture. I have worn this lipstick a few times now so I must say it is my number 1 favourite of the collection. Although its creamy and not matte it lasts all day. As this is a dark opaque but creamy lip colour I am thankful there is a lip liner available as the darker the lipstick the harder it is to avoid feathering around the edges.

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Phone Call lipstick

Phone Call is a bright pink yet is classed as a sheer shade. Although it is classed as sheer it still has great colour pay off. It feels hydrating on the lips and lasts longer than you would expect from a ‘sheer’ lipstick. This also comes with a lip liner.

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Spiderweb lipstick

Spiderweb is a bright neutral almost cool toned red with a creamy texture. I feel this is another obvious Gwen shade – of course they were chosen by her but you know what I mean (I hope!). This is pretty opaque, long lasting and feels smooth on the lips.

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Plaid lipstick

Plaid is a sheer cool toned berry shade. To me, this looks a bit like a lip stain but with a glossy appearance if that makes any sense. This isn’t as bold as some of the other shades in the collection so may be more wearable for everyday – although personally I’d even wear the boldest to the supermarket but thats just me!

What is your favourite from the collection? 

The UDXGWEN Spring collection is available on www.urbandecay.com now and will be available on www.urbandecay.co.uk from the 21st January and nationwide 23rd January 2016 so write it in your diary!

The price of the lipsticks are $18 and the lip liners are $20 – I will find out the UK prices asap.

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Monday Motivation Quote #3 – Grateful

‘ Think of everything you’re grateful for and you’ll realise that life isn’t so bad.’

-Jordan Bone

A lot of us tend to focus on the negative situations in our lives and forget to appreciate all of the positives. As soon as we focus on the good things we become happier. Be grateful for your health, your family and anything that fulfils your life. Life can be wonderful if you let it. Our struggles will be there but if we get on with our lives and appreciate the good the positives will make the negatives seem less important.

Happy Monday x