Jayne’s Kitschen Has Officially Moved!

22 Nov

Please note that as of this week, all future blogs are going on at my new website:

http://www.jayneskitschen.co.uk/blog

The new site is still under development, I’m having trouble transferring old blog comments over, I can still see them on my back of house but not on the posts & I’m currently lacking a link to read older posts. But I’m getting there!

Hope you will enjoy the new site! See you over there!

Upcoming Changes to Jayne’s Kitschen

21 Nov

Just a quick note to let my readers know that my new, self hosted blog is on it’s way. I’ve decided to switch over for my flexibility with my site & to enable me to make it my own. I’m tired of seeing lots of other blogs with the same theme as mine, as cute as it is! I also want to enable me to take my blog to the next level.

All weekend I’ve been working on the new site with help from my husband & friend Laura & I’m pleased to say that phase one is now complete!

You can see the new site at http://www.jayneskitschen.co.uk/blog I will be soon switching over to just the new site. But in the meantime, please bear with me whilst I iron out technical glitches.

Let me know what you think so far!

My Wedding Make Up 24th May 2010

20 Nov

The Lime Crime Centrifuschia competition I’m running, made me feel like finally sharing a few photos from my wedding, which was on 24th May 2010, at Oulton Hall, Leeds. I wore the Lime Crime Centrifuschia lipstick, along with a combination of airbrushed foundation and Too Faced eye makeup, by the lovely Kimberley Brook. These photos were taken my the amazing, India Hobson who is a fantastic photographer, working on fashion, art, portraits and wedding photography.

Beautiful day, that I will remember forever. Maybe I’ll share some more photos on our wedding anniversary?

Gift Guide for Burlesque Beauties

19 Nov

Everyone should have a but of Burlesque in their lives, it’s fun, glamourous and sexy, often with a bit of humour and a beautiful vintage look to it. I’m sure you have a burly girl in your life, so thought it would be fun to do a little gift guide for the burlesque beauties you know, whether they are a performer, fan or wannabe burlesque darling, here are some of my favourite burlesque gift shops!

Pearls & Swine

An amazing array of bizarre, creative and beautiful fascinators, masks, collars, shoe clips and jewellery. Really imaginative designs. Pearls & Swine are worn by some of the best of the real UK Burlesque Scene, check out the lovely models on the site to see. My personal favourite, is this totally over the top Cherry Fascinator for £60

What Katie Did

An essential in any Burlesque wardrobe, What Katie Did create reproduction vintage lingerie, corsetry and hoisery including the classic fully fashion nylon seamed stockings. If you really want to treat a lady this year, What Katie Did is sure to impress. I just love the Lalique corset in red with black velvet trim, it’s festive and would go with the above cherry hair piece! This corset costs £209.50, be sure to read up on corset fitting before purchasing.

Rockalily Makeup

If you haven’t already heard of Rockalily, you clearly have been missing out on this fabulous independent lipstick business, as run by the wonderful Ree Ree Rockette. I’m including Rockalily on my list because not Burlesque beauty is complete without her red lips and Rockalily is the quintessential Burlesque lipstick supplier. At £14 each it’s well worth it, plus you’re supporting a new small business!

Dupenny

Now your Burlesque Beauty has the look, you need to kit out their home! I haven’t yet seen a better supplier of Burlesque themed homewares than Dupenny. I would quite happily buy one of everything from their kitsch, fun, monochrome range of wallpaper, cushions, ceramics and prints. I think this cushion is my favourite gift item piece though, pricey at £70 but it’s design is fantastic, see it as an investment piece.

Review: Argan Oil & Macadamia Oil for Long Hair

18 Nov

As you may be aware I hate going to the hairdressers and love very long hair, because of this, I’ve been experimenting with ways to keep my long hair in good condition so as to avoid going for a trim and also to improve it’s general condition and appearance.

My hair is currently just above waist length, naturally straight, my natural honey coloured blonde but very frizzy & flyaway despite being extremely thick. My main complaint would be that usually I get very messy split ends and fluffy flyaways throughout. Although, since using a variety of natural oils I’ve been able to vastly improve this and I want to share with you two of the best I’ve tried so far.

So, we’ve all heard about the wonders of Argan Oil right? It’s blooming expensive though in it’s purest form, you’re looking at around £25, so instead I picked up this Argan Oil Treatment from Superdrug for £6.99, it was on offer when I bought it, but normally it’s £9.99 for 100ml.

It’s not pure Argan Oil, it’s got all sorts of other stuff in it, but it’s working very well for me, you apply it to wet hair to smooth frizz, add an anti-oxidant protection and it claims to reduce drying time by 50%! This isn’t something that bothers me, but it is partly true.

I use about 6 pumps of this thick, clear oil which feels like a serum texture, which has a slight pleasant scent and smooth it through wet hair, concentrating on the tips. When my hair has dried naturally it is visibly smoother, straighter and very, very shiny and soft. The only thing that I don’t like about it, is that it seems to make my hair a little more static that normal, but this isn’t a major problem as the other results cancel this out.

In order to boost the results of my hair oil treatment, I have now been adding in some Macadmia Oil, which I received through a blog swap with Ms Reds Beauty Blog. This oil is also thick, but has a brown colour to it and is more greasy that the Argan Oil. To avoid making my hair look greasy, I use this one just on the tips of my hair and where is it needing a little more attention. You only need a small amount of this to make a difference, as too much will make your hair look greasy.

This combination seems to be working really well for me, although I am still using the Coconut Oil from time to time, as mentioned in a previous blog. I’m pleased to announce that it has been about 11 months since I went to the hairdressers and my hair is still looking healthy, hooray! Think of how much money and trauma I have been saved!

What are your top tips for caring for long hair?

Competition: Win Lime Crime Lipstick in Centrifuschia

17 Nov

Ok, so if you haven’t heard already on the 24th November, my blog will be two years old and to celebrate I’m planning on throwing a few giveaways. My first competition is to win a brand new Lime Crime Lipstick in Centrifuschia, this is my favourite lipstick and is the shade I wore for my wedding last year. You can read my blog review here.

Competition is open to UK residents only and to qualify all you need to do is to leave me a blog comment telling me why you think you should win it. Be sure to include your Twitter name or email address so I can contact you if you win!

The best comment will win and the winner will be announced the last week of November, so you will receive your prize in time for Christmas! For an extra entry, you can tweet a link to the competition, with the hashtag #jayneskitschen

Entries close at the end of 24th November. Prize has been purchased by myself, so this is not a sponsored competition.

Cherish Me Liberty Alphabet Pin

17 Nov

At the weekend, I wasn’t feeling very well so spent most of the day on Twitter. The lovely Libby of @Cherishmedesigns on Twitter, tweeted a flash giveaway and lucky me, I won one of three prizes. It really helped to cheer me up, as I don’t win things very often and it was from a crafter that I really liked.

My prize arrived today and I love it so much, I had to blog about it straight away! First off, check out how pretty it was packaged!

First thing, that Libby got right with this one is that the little pouch is red, with a gingham lining, two of my favourite things! Plus how lovely, that she wrote me a little note?

Libby’s Liberty Print Alphabet Pins, are just so cute, they are little badges covered in Liberty printed floral fabric, with a contrasting coloured felt letter. Very, very pretty. The next thing that Libby got right, was that she went for a purple and green badge, which just so happens to be the colours I wear the most and it went beautifully with today’s outfit.

Thank you so much! I just love the Cherish Me shop and I’m sure this little pin will get lots of love!

www.cherishme.co.uk