Forever Fever | Mini Shoe Haul

Take a look at these beautiful shoes from Forever Fever. They were amazing enough to send me three stunning pairs of shoes to review including:

‘Molly’ Black Suede Boots

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‘Kendall’ Nude Studded Heels

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‘Olivia’ Grey Thigh High Boots

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Don’t forget to TREAT YO SELF: Save 20% with the code FOREVERNEW at Forever Fever here 

Watch my full review now: 

JG x

Crochet an easy winter hat

beginners easy crochet hat

Since learning how to crochet a few months ago I have become hooked! (Cheesy pun intended). I’ve made bralettes, scarfs, infinity scarfs and amigurumi toys.

I found this super easy pattern to crochet a winter hat and wanted to share it with you all. It’s a Lion brand yarn pattern which can be found here. I actually chained 47 to start as I copied the height of one of my favourites Abercrombie and Fitch hats.

I used:

  • a 5mm (H) crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • worsted weight yarn from love
  • cardboard to make a pom poms

Some useful videos:

My hat in pictures 


This was after about 30 rows – I kept wrapping the fabric around my head to ensure it would fit. I made about 60-70ish rows in total


The ribbed pattern



This is after I weaved yarn through the longer length of the hat. Once threaded I pulled the yarn together and tied a couple knots to secure it. At this point it looked how it does in the above picture however there was still a small hole so I sowed it together.


Here I’m sowing the side together with a yarn needle


I’ve got enough left to make a pom pom!


Pom pom making


Watching pom pom making on YouTube




The final product!


This hat took me a few hours over two days. Single crochets seem to take  FOREVER to grow especially after my last project was made with treble crochets – but stick with it and you’ll have a lovely homemade crochet hat!

JG x





Thank you and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Jade Gabriell

Wow! It’s 2016. I just wanted to take this time to say thank you and Happy New Year to the thousands of people that have visited both this blog and in 2015. As my other blog is focussed on my journey to publication, I started this blog in April as a way to share all of my other passions and interests, and I’ve been blown away by the amount of support that I’ve received. It really makes me happy seeing my stats, reading comments and talking to so many followers and other bloggers that I’ve spoken to as a result of this blog!

My top five posts in 2015 were: 

  1. A review of the Bridea Box: A must have for the UK Bride-to-be
  2. The perfect Autumnal (Fall) hobby that you need to start
  3. Transformation Tuesday with a Freedom Makeup London Haul
  4. Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11: A review
  5. Septum piercing: Yes or No? 

Get ready for more beauty, hair, crochet and wedding posts in 2016! 

Be sure to like, follow or comment on my blog – I love connecting with other bloggers and readers!

JG x


It’s a Christmas wig off!

Christmas is just days away and that can only mean one thing….I need a new hair-do! As some of you know I cut nearly all of the relaxer out of my hair and have been rocking a super slick short do. I love it but I also want beautiful bouncy curls on Christmas day.

So in the ring we have Sensationnel Lace Wig (with Front Extension) in Kerry (colour 4) versus Sleek’s Fashion Idol 101 Lace Wig in Rose (colour FS4/27).






There’s not really much to say here. Both came in boxes and were packaged as you would expect a boxed wig to be. Tissue paper, netting around the hair etc.

fashion idol 101 rose and sensationnel kerry lace front



Lace and fit  

Sleek’s Rose had lace at the front and at the back of the wig making it look even more natural if it was worn in an up-do. I have a medium to large sized head and I have to say that the Sleek wig definitely fit my head better. Sensationnel wigs always come up a big small on me. Sensationnel’s Kerry feels a bit tight and I wouldn’t be able to put it in a proper pony tail because you can see the sides of my natural hair when it’s up.

Sensationnel Kerry and Sleek Rose

Left: Sleek (Rose). Right: Sensationnel (Kerry)

Neither wig has much parting space. To be honest I wouldn’t even attempt to part Sleek’s Rose. Sensationnel has a small natural part already in it, however for those who like a deep part neither wig would do very well. They do both however, have cute baby hairs which help the wigs blend better with my natural hair.

Sensationnel Lace front Kerry and Sleek fashion idol 101 Rose

Left: Sleek (Rose). Right: Sensationnel (Kerry)


I’m really feeling chocolatey brown colours at the moment in particular shade 4. I find black a little harsh with my skin tone in the winter when I’m paler. Both wigs are predominantly shade 4, however Sleek’s Rose has shade 27 (dark blonde) highlights running through it, which actually gives the wig a really nice overall colouring. I’m not too keen on the way the highlights just come out of the front making me look like Rogue from X-Men but overall I like it.


Sleek (Rose) - Colour FS4/27

Sleek (Rose) – Colour FS4/27



Sensationnel (Kerry) – Colour 4


Hair Texture

Sensationnel Kerry and Sleek Fashion 101 Rose

Left: Sleek (Rose). Right: Sensationnel (Kerry)

As you can see from the pictures in this blog post both wigs have lovely curls in them. Sleek’s Rose wig has looser curls and almost a forties wavy feel to it and without any layers the hair falls quite long. Sensationnel’s Kerry has tighter curls, in some places they look like barrel curls, and it also has layers and a fringe. Kerry definitely has a more modern feel.

Sleek’s Rose is ‘100% premium tongable (up to 200C) synthetics fibres’. It may be a ‘premium fibre’ but as soon as I took it out of the box I noticed that it was going frizzy in places.

Sensationnel’s Kerry is a ‘new futura fibre’ and is heat safe up to 180C (350F). I’ve worn it twice now and the curls still look lovely. I have another futura wig which holds up really well compared to other synthetic wigs, so I have high hopes for Kerry!



I picked up Sleek’s Rose from eBay for £34.99 including delivery, it arrives within a few days. Sensationnel’s Kerry I got from Paks in Peckham, London for £29.99. For a synthetic wig in the UK both are reasonably priced. However, I can’t wait to move to the states where wig price are in dollars. I have a feeling is going to be my favourite online beauty store.


So which wig I am going to wear for Santa this year? Honestly, I’m not too sure. I’m going to wear the Sensationnel wig this week to work and see how it holds up, however it seems more like an everyday work wig. Whereas, I really like the tones and glamorous look of Rose and think she’ll look great with my holiday makeup on the day… even if she only lasts the day…


Recreate my holiday makeup with: 


  • Freedom Pro Primer
  • Kat VonD Lock-it Tattoo Foundation – Medium 62
  • Freedom Conceal Pro – Dark
  • Freedom Conceal Powder Kit- Medium 01
  • Maybelline Fit me! Powder – Toffee 330
  • Accessorise Baked Bronzer
  • Makeup Revolution London Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade – Dark Brown
  • Makeup Revolution London Redemption Palette Iconic 2  (Use the Gold and Copper)
  • Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner – Black
  • Ardell Demi Wispies
  • Eyelure Lashfix glue
  • Rimmel Lip Liner Exaggerate – 024
  • Rimmel Lipstick Lasting Finish by Kate – 107


JG x 

Free £15 Luxemme Xmas Vouchers


Christmas has come early 

It may be November however it’s never too early for Christmas presents! You guys will probably already know that I love Luxemme. I’ve blogged about their stunning Thalia dress and their Alayna two piece, both of which I adore.

Now, Luxemme are giving away free £15 vouchers to all of my loyal readers and fans. The vouchers can be customised with the receiver’s name, and can therefore make really lovely presents, stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts. Go on, treat someone (or yourself) with a voucher.
All you have to do is follow then on social media (links below) and then follow this link to order your free Christmas vouchers today, which get posted out to you for free!

More than anything you could put a few extra smiles on a few extra faces this Christmas.



Treat Yo Self 

Why not check out Luxemme’s two piece outfits if you’re looking for something a bit different for your wardrobe? Whether it’s a skirt and top combo or jacket and trouser combo, I absolutely love them – so go on and have a looksie!

That’s all for now folks.

JG x

Easy Halloween Make-up Looks (Day of the Dead): Part Three

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JG Day of the dead easy halloween makeup look

JG Day of the dead easy halloween makeup

I love Day of the dead makeup looks and was amazed that I had all of the bits to do this one already in my makeup bag!

halloween makeup bag cheetah leopard

You’ll need: 

  • a powder slightly paler than your skin tone
  • black liquid eyeliner
  • eyeshadows in your choice of colour – I used green and purple for the rings around my eyes
  • coloured eye pencils (I recommend Soap and Glory’s Crazy, Sexy, Kohl)

Step 1: powder your face

Step 2: draw the circles around your eyes using your coloured eye pencil and fill in using your choice of eyeshadow. I used a green eye pencil and green eyeliner because I was transforming from my poison ivy makeup look

JG day of the dead easy halloween make up

Step 3: use your liquid eye liner to draw mini rings around the green circles

JG day of the dead easy halloween make up

Step 4: use another coloured pencil to draw swirls or another pattern on your forehead

Step 5:  fill in the mini rings with your eyeshadow colour choice (I used purple)

JG day of the dead easy halloween make up

Step 6: use your eye liner to colour in a triangle shape on your nose and draw lines on your cheeks and mouths to make it seem as if it has been sewn shut.

JG day of the dead easy halloween make up

el final

This is the last part of my easy halloween make-up looks! Make sure you check out my leopard and poison ivy looks! Happy Halloween!!! 

Easy Halloween Make-up Looks (Poison Ivy): Part Two

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halloween JG poison ivy easy makeup

OK…so you can do this look with your usual green eyeshadow and purple lipstick but I highly recommend Soap and Glory’s Crazy Sexy Kohl Kit and Mac lipstick in Heroine to really make this look pop.

You’ll need:

  • a red wig
  • your foundation
  • contour kit
  • bronzer
  • black liquid eyeliner
  • green eyeshadow
  • green eye pencil
  • purple lipstick
  • eyelash glue
  • false lashes (optional)
  • and leaves from your garden.
halloween easy poison ivy makeup

Changing up the wig 😉

Step 1: apply your foundation

Step 2: really accentuate your cheekbones when you contour. I contoured and then applied bronzer on top so it was extra dark

halloween makeup poison ivy JG easy

Extra bronzed cheek bones

Step 3: I applied my lipstick (It’s a habit whereby I like to have my lips done before my eyes…)

Step 4: (my favourite part) colour your eyebrows in with green pencil

Step 5: apply your green eyeshadow (all the way up to your brows), line your eyes (in black) and apply your false lashes

Step 6: use your eyelash glue to strategically stick the leaves to your face and body.

Eyelash glue and leaves from the garden poison ivy easy makeup look

Eyelash glue and leaves from the garden

Take a look at my easy leopard halloween makeup look and stay tuned for my day of the dead post coming very soon!

Oh and here’s some of the bits that I used to create this look:

halloween makeup bag cheetah leopard

Easy Halloween Make-up Looks (leopard): Part One

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I don’t know about you but I love Halloween! I also love super easy halloween looks that don’t cost me a bomb. In this three-part series I’m going to go through easy makeup ideas that you can create using items that you’ll probably already have in your make-up bag!

First look: The Lurvely Leopard  

A classic animal look

Easy cheap Halloween leopard make up


You’ll need:

  • cat ears
  • your foundation
  • contour kit (optional)
  • shimmering gold body powder
  • a brow kit (or brow liner)
  • black eyeliner (liquid and/or pencil)
  • gold eyeshadow
  • brown eyeshadow
  • false eyelashes (optional)
  • and a sure hand.

easy halloween leopard cheetah make up

easy halloween leopard cheetah makeupStep 1: apply your foundation and contour

Step 2: apply the shimmer powder all over your face

Step 3: sort your brows out

Step 4: apply your gold  and brown eyeshadow and then line your eyes (you can pop your false lashes on here)

Step  5: draw a heart on your nose, fill in your top lip with a black eyeliner and draw on your whiskers

Step 6: decide where you want your leopard spots and draw them by using your eyeliner to make wavy C and O shapes. Once you have the black sorted use your gold eyeshadow to fill in the spots.

RAW! You’re all done!

And in case you were wondering what was in my bag…

halloween makeup bag cheetah leopard

Stay tuned for Poison Ivy and Day of the Dead looks!

Get the look: Co-ordination with a Luxemme two piece

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I love a matching two-piece and this little stunner from Luxemme was the perfect edition to my collection before Autumn came and swept over England.


Limited Edition: Alayna Floral Contrast Two Piece from Luxemme

Outfit: Limited Edition: Alayna Floral Contrast Two Piece from Luxemme* 

Price: £35.00

Size: 10 (though the label says M)

Delivery: £3.95 (standard)

My Luxemme delivery

My Luxemme delivery

From the moment my parcel arrived I knew that I was in for a treat. Luxemme’s clothes arrive wrapped in black tissue paper with a hand addressed envelope containing the invoice. It’s this kind of small but personal touch that I love when ordering from an online boutique rather than a huge online retailer.


This two-piece is beautiful, and from the moment I saw it on their instagram I knew that I had to have it. It has a unique floral pattern and is made from a lightweight fabric that is perfect for the warmer months. Whilst I wish the weather in England was warm enough for me to get a few more wears from it Luxemme have some lovely looking jackets  online at the moment that seem perfect for the Autumn chill.

If you haven’t already make sure you check out Luxemme on instagramtwitter and Facebook!

JG x