Beauty Bay Best of USA Box | The Miami Box with Swatches

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To celebrate the 4th July, Beauty Bay have created two Best of USA boxes featuring our most loved American-born beauty products. One of the boxes is called the Miami Box and the other is the LA Box. These are a great introduction to some brands you may not have tried before. I was lucky enough to receive the Miami Box in my blogger mail and had to share it with you. First of all I love Miami so this box was the perfect one for me anyway…

Inside the box are eight American beauty goodies, seven of which are full sized and one is a mini version. The value of the box is worth over £85 but will be retailing at only £54 which I think is epic and the reason I needed to share this with you.

So whats inside? 

Makeup Geek Contour Powder in ‘Break Up’ ~ A matte cool toned powder to create chiseled cheek bones. RRP £7.95

Makeup Geek Blush in ‘Spell Bound’ ~ Matte petal pink blush for a rosy blushed look. RRP £7.95

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in ‘Creme Brûlée’ ~ A matte sandy toned eyeshadow which has the perfect pigmentation and blends like a dream. It looks great through the crease. RRP £4.95

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in ‘Riviera’ ~ One of my favourite brands at the moment has to be Anastasia! This is the only non matte product in the box and it is a beautiful rose gold highlighter which gives you the lit from within look. I already have this highlight in ‘So Hollywood’ so I was so excited to receive this in the box. RRP £28

Kevyn Aucoin Deluxe Mini The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Medium ~ A perfect nude lip liner. This is the only non full sized product in the box but Kevyn Aucoin is very high end so it was great to receive this little pencil. Full size RRP £20

LA Splash Forbidden Kiss Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Latte ~ This is such a gorgeous nude-brown shade (see swatched below) of liquid lipstick with high pigmentation. RRP £9.95

Coloured Raine Matte Liquid Lip Paint in Mars ~ A red tone brown opaque liquid lipstick. RRP £15

Gerard Cosmetic Slay All Day Setting Spray in Jasmine ~ A jasmine scented setting spray to help your makeup to last all day! This is very refreshing so you could also use it throughout the day to keep yourself feeling fresh – especially on hotter days! RRP £12.50

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L-R Makeup Geek: Creme Brûlée, Break Up & Spell Bound

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L-R : Coloured Reine Mars, LA Splash Latte & Kevyn Aucoin Lip Pencil in Medium

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator ‘Riviera’

The Miami Box and the LA box are exclusively available on BeautyBay.com from 4th July 2016. Are you going to treat yourself?

#BestOfUSA

Summer Punk Halo Eye Tutorial & Product List

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Finding inspiration for different makeup looks can sometimes be hard – a bit like writers block. The other day when my creative juices weren’t flowing I just simply starred at my palettes and came up with this look and I was pretty happy with it. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and please do let me know if there are any other looks/videos you’d like to see.

BASE:

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation cream

Loreal True Match Foundation (For reference I am Golden Natural on my tan days Golden Ivory on my pale days!)

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer Light

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

NYX Wonder Stick

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer

Urban Decay Quiver Blush

Illamasqua Beyond Powder O.M.G

MAC FIX+ Setting Spray

EYES/BROWS:

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade Taupe

Stila Spirit Palette (Puppy & Kitten)

Urban Decay Electric Palette (Slowburn)

Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

NYX Jumbo Pencil Gold

LIPS:

Dose of Colors Bellini

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Me Before You From A Quadriplegic’s POV (spoilers included)

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Last week Jojo Moyes’ best selling novel, Me Before You, hit the big screens and I couldn’t wait to see it. I actually read the book a few years ago and remember thinking that I wish more people would read it and hoped it would be made into a movie. Me Before You is a story of an adventurous, successful, handsome man named Will who tragically gets hit by a motorcycle which results in him being paralysed from the chest down. Then there is Louisa, who is desperate for a job to support her family so becomes Will’s care assistant. This turns into a love story but the heartbreaking twist (spoiler alert) is that Will wants his life to end because of his incurable injury.  Since the cinema release there has been a massive backlash of negativity from a lot of people who believe Hollywood are simply implying that if you are disabled you shouldn’t want to live. I don’t think this is the case at all. Although this film is heartbreaking, it is real life for quadriplegics and I can personally relate to so many aspects of the struggles Will is going through. However, I am unlike Will, I don’t want my life to end and I want to have as many opportunities as possible despite my awful struggle. Saying that, a lot of people are like Will. I’ve heard of people who won’t even get out of bed because they have given up and to be honest when I was younger I was a person who wished my world would end. Its so hard. I’ve just changed.

In the media these days we seem to hear of the inspirational stories, which is great, but we don’t often hear about the reality. Although Will is a fictional character his story has been real for a lot of people. I really felt this film had done its research on spinal injuries which I was pleased about. It spoke about things some people may have never heard of or considered, like autonomic dysreflexia (AD). AD, is a way my body tells me something is wrong/something is hurting below where I can feel. This will make me break out into a cold sweat, sometimes on one side if the pain is on a certain side, it can give me a awful headache too. Most shockingly, if left untreated, AD makes your blood pressure go crazy and could result in a stroke, heart attack or death. Also, the film showed how many of us rely so heavily from the help of others. I personally need help with most things, my wheelchair is the least of my worries in all honesty. The fact I have to have personal assistants is what I feel is my main struggle. It always feels like my independence is in their hands and when someone decides to leave it is like the rug is pulled from under my feet and I need to start again. Each night I have to be turned every 2 1/2 hours otherwise I sweat, not because I’m hot, but because I’m uncomfortable and autonomic dysreflexia kicks in. I can’t remember the last time I simply just slept. Whilst watching this film I could relate to the tiny things such as Will’s comments about not being able to fit under tables to taxis refusing to take him because they’d have to get a ramp out.

When I went to the cinema to see the movie I cried a lot. However, it wasn’t necessarily due to the fact Will wanted his life to end. It was seeing the hardships this life brings but also his love story with Lou. She loved him for him. I really have no idea why this movie has so much hate, no one else in the movie wanted Will to die or felt he was a burden. He was his own burden and he made a choice. We are all different and whilst a lot of us can cope some people can’t. Even though I am someone who promotes positivity I too sometimes wish I could escape this life, by this I don’t mean die, but simply have a little break where I can escape my injury, which is only natural. Although, I despair at how Will was consumed by his injury and his final decision to end his life, I thought it was done extremely well.

Being the only quadriplegic in the room at the cinema and seeing everyone with tears down their faces I wondered if it had opened their eyes to what quadriplegia is and I hoped they weren’t just crying because Will wanted to die.

On a side-note, I feel the movie was very true to the book and Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin played the roles very well. The only annoyance I have is that they didn’t use a quadriplegic actor. However, I guess it wouldn’t have been possible to film the pre-injury shots in the movie. If you haven’t seen the film yet, definitely take tissues, I even cried watching the trailer which you can watch at the bottom of this post.

To those reading this who are going through a hard time, know you’re not a burden and you deserve to live a fulfilled life. We have our struggles but we don’t have to be defined by them.

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#LiveBoldly

Monday Motivation Quote #10 – We’re all winging it

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“At the end of the day everyone is winging it, be the person that risks it and who pushes themselves, you may be worried but know even the ‘professionals’ are winging it at times” – Jordan Bone

This quote says it all really. Sometimes we may be so worried about something because we don’t feel good enough, confident enough, clever enough but in a lot of situations everyone is winging it. You’ve just got to take the risks and do something that scares you because you will be so proud once you have done it. All successful people have taken risks and stepped outside of their comfort zone and at one point or another they would’ve wondered if they could do it. This week do something that scares you and pushes you closer to your dream you may be nervous at the time but you definitely won’t regret. Trust me I will be taking my own advice.

Happy Monday xx

Don’t Label Me

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“The only way to make dreams come true is to create them in the first place” – Jordan Bone

It feels like we are all labelled one way or another so I decided to create this motivational video for all of you. I hope it encourages you to believe in yourself. Its only 2 minutes long but I’m hoping it is a powerful message. Please share it to spread positivity xx

Eleven.

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Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if a certain thing hadn’t/had happened? I do, but thankfully not too frequently because if I did I would probably go crazy. Today marks 11 years since my life went in a completely unfamiliar direction (I’m sure you know my story by now so I won’t bore you!). I don’t know why but every year I feel compelled to write a blog post marking this tragic anniversary. However, this year I haven’t felt quite as low as I have in previous years – perhaps because it has just sprung upon me as I have had so much to think about lately. Last year I felt down in the dumps for about 2/3 weeks before the 7th May, but this year I just felt a little bit sad last weekend and for a brief moment yesterday until I snapped myself out of the self pity. As each year passes by quicker than the last I can’t believe I have spent so long in this situation, which makes me think that if I haven’t given up then nor should you. Despite the shit I have to deal with, despite the struggles and the yearning for the simple things in life I am not giving up, I try to remain as positive as I can and will do so for the rest of my life or at least I’ll try.

This year has felt a little bit strange because the 7th May has landed on a Saturday and last weekend was a bank holiday which was how it was 11 years ago. I remember exactly what I did as if it were yesterday. I have also felt extra protective over my younger sister, Eden, who will be turning 15 pretty soon. I was 15 when I had my accident and in the same school year as she is so I want to wrap her up in cotton wool. I just need to realise that after all the lectures she won’t make the same silly mistake of getting in a car like I did.

Being paralysed never gets any easier, theres always the same problems (even my night time routine is such a chore – I have to be turned every 2 1/2 hours so I never get a good nights sleep – I’m a zombie) but I am not one of these people who is simply existing in hopes of a cure. Don’t get me wrong a cure would be absolutely awesome and I would be the first to say ‘i’ll be a guinea pig’ BUT I don’t wake up everyday thinking about it because if it never happens I have wasted my life being so focused on my injury. However, being paralysed isn’t an injury you can escape or forget about.

Shit happens but its up to us how we deal with it. Just always remember YOU deserve an amazing life but the world doesn’t owe you anything so its down to you. Yes, somethings are out of our control and I definitely know this but keep pushing yourself as much as your can and you’ll shine.

Thank you for always supporting me. I appreciate each and every one of you. Today I’m having cocktails and a bbq whilst being surrounded by the people I love. Remember to be safe on the roads, you are so important to so many people.

Jordan xx

Previous years posts:

10 Years…Mixed Emotions

7th May

 

Lets catch up…

 

The past few weeks I’ve felt a little out of the loop when it comes to my YouTube channel as I have moved into the house we have been building for the past 2 years. I am finally in my lovely home but the moving in process has taken up a lot of my time so I’ve lost a bit of inspiration when it comes to filming and in all honesty lack of time interrupts my inspiration. I’m almost settled so hopefully things start to get back to normal soon. Therefore, I decided to film this chatty catch up video whilst applying my makeup a couple of days ago. Hopefully I get my mojo back soon and the inspiration will flow. Enjoy x