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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015



Well it's the end of another year and boy has it been an eventful one.

I started this year a married woman, doing a job I really wasn't happy in, and hating the house I lived in.

Crazy how much can change in what seems like no time at all. I am now separated and living alone (well except for the cats of course). I've changed my job and am much happier at work. There has even been enough improvements done to the house so that I don't hate it anymore.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

December Favourites

I figured that as it is my last chance this year I best do my favourites this month.


As it has been the festive season I have been wearing Christmas earrings again. I do love Christmas earrings, they can be so tacky but it's ok...because it's Christmas. I did spot some in Asda that are basically baubles, like proper big, I have no idea how anyone could wear those. 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015


Well I have to admit I am feeling a little bit spoilt again after this Christmas.  Now that I am 26 I definitely don't expect as much as what I get. 

I got the usual money,vouchers and smellies. Oh and some booze :)

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone!



Merry Christmas!!

I can't believe it's that time of year already! How is it Christmas again? I have to say this year it just doesn't feel like Christmas at all. It's odd because I am usually quite organised but I'm not at all this year. It just doesn't feel the same, and I know it probably shouldn't because of what's happened this year, but I don't think that's why.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

My Christmas Playlist


It has taken me a lot longer than usual this year to start listening to Christmas music. Normally come the 1st of December the Christmas album is out. I think it has just been a busy month so far that Christmas has kind of been forgotten until now...it pains me to say that. All that is changing now though and I have finally started with the Christmas tunes so I thought I would share my playlist with you. In no particular order..

Michael Bublé - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Michael Bublé - White Christmas
Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
Wham - Last Christmas
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born
Jimmy Buffet - Mele Kalikimaka
The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
Kylie - Santa Baby
Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree
Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means To Me
Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and Wine

Most of them are pretty old songs but I just don't think anyone really makes the same sort of Christmas songs these days. The old ones are just the best in this case, and I guess because they have always been around they remind me of Christmas's past. I'm sure I have missed some out but I just can't think what.

What are your favourite Christmas songs?

Julz xx

Sunday, 13 December 2015

The Christmas Tag




I have been looking for a Christmas Tag to do for a while and tonight when I went to catch up on my YouTube subscriptions I came across this one that Brogan Tate had done. It seemed like a good one so I decided to have a go.

Here goes....

What's your favourite holiday movie?
Oh there is so many I don't know which to choose. Probably Miracle on 34th Street, just because I can remember watching it a lot when I was younger and I still love it as much now as I did then. Probably not the best Christmas movie out there but I like it. 

What are your favourite Christmas Colours?
I think the classic red is my favourite Christmas Colour. Red just makes me think of Christmas straight away!

Do you stay in your pjs or get dressed up for Christmas day?
I like to get dressed up for Christmas day, although I also like to stay in my pjs for as long as possible. So a bit of both pjs for most of day but dressed up by the time Christmas dinner is ready.

If you could only buy one person a present this year who would it be?
Oh....I don't know. I would probably buy something and give it to someone in need, that way I don't offend friends and family by choosing one of them over the other. Plus no one would dare get mad at me :)

Do you open you presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning definitely, although I like to sneak one open on Christmas Eve because I just get too excited and can't wait. I am seriously worse than a child.

Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
No I haven't but I almost picked up one of the kits when I was shopping today but decided against it because I had no idea what I was going to do with it once I had made it. I wouldn't have eaten it so it would just be a bit of a waste really.

What do you like to do on your Christmas break?
Christmas break? What's that? I work in a shop so generally the most time off I will get is 2 days. So basically I am as lazy as possible for 2 days! I will be at my parents house for Christmas so will just be spending time with them, watching Christmas movies and probably eating far too much.

Do you have any Christmas wishes?
Not really, just that it is a good day and we all have fun.

What is your favourite Christmas smell?
I really like the sort of spiced apple, cinnamony smells that are around at this time of year. I picked up a Glade candle today called Luminous Apple Spice and it is soooo nice.

What is your favourite Christmas meal or treat?
I feel like I should probably be saying Christmas dinner but I'm not going to because, well for one thing, I don't like turkey. My favourite treat at Christmas time is Mr Kipling Frosty Fancies...yup. I'm bloody obsessed with those things, it's dangerous. I could eat a whole box at a time.


Well that's all folks! I'm getting so excited for Christmas now :)

Julz xx

Thursday, 10 December 2015

December Glossybox


It's Glossybox time again and in my opinion the most important box of the year! I have to say I wasn't completely sold on this box when it first arrived but now I have had a proper look I think it's a pretty good one. The first plus is that there is an extra product this month, won't complain about that anyway, and we have 3 full size products.


The box itself is a good one but none of my cameras will do it justice probably because its pretty dull today! Annoying. It's actually rose gold and very festive looking. This is The Rose Gold Edit and is in collaboration with beauty blogger Really Ree. The idea behind it is to have everything you need to be all ready and 'glam' for Christmas Day, so there is a bit of everything in here.

être belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On 


*Full Size*
Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects  

*Full Size*
essence  Liquid Lipstick in Show Off 

*Full Size*
 So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil

Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask 

Hylamide Pore Delete

All in all I am pleased with this box. The eye roll on has come at just the right time as I am so tired all the time just now and my eyes definitely show it, so I am looking forward to trying that one. Oh and the face mask. I think I need to schedule myself a little pamper evening and make use of that. The only thing I might not get use out of straight away is the liquid lipstick but only because it's not the sort of colour I would wear at this time of year, should get plenty of use come spring/summer though.

Glossybox and Really Ree have really covered everything with this box and I am looking forward to  making use of all the products.

Getting excited for Christmas now :)

Julz xx



Saturday, 5 December 2015

I'm Still Alive

I've been a bit of a fail at this recently, life has just been a bit too hectic and I haven't found the time to sit down and write. I have wanted to but I just couldn't sum up the energy or any creativeness whatsoever. I had fully intended to post every day in December up until Christmas but that just isn't going to happen unfortunately.

At work we have just opened a new store and as you can imagine its all go go go just now. I'm pretty sure when we get over the initial novelty of having a new store it will be time for the Christmas madness so this month is going to be a busy one. More than likely a quick one too. I have barely even thought about Christmas yet which is odd for me. I seriously love Christmas.

I haven't even bought myself a chocolate advent calendar this year. I think this will be the first year I haven't had one. I did get the Tanya Burr Cosmetics advent calendar though. Although it is only a 12 days one so I am opening it every second day. I am enjoying it so far, I have a nail polish a lip gloss and an eye shimmer pot. I really like the newer packaging as well.




At least the being busy because of work is a good thing, but coming home to a broken boiler and then problems with moving bills from one account to another is something I could do without. It sucks being a grown up! It's ok though I'm starting to get things sorted out so by the time 2016 comes around it will be all good..hopefully. 

I am going to try and post as much as possible this month but I can't make any promises because I have no idea when I am going to get the chance to.

I just wanted to let everyone know I am still alive and I haven't given up on Just Julz I am just a busy bee at the moment. A good busy though not an oh my god I'm so busy I hate it. :)

Julz xx




Thursday, 19 November 2015

Taking Back My Life


If you are a regular reader of Just Julz you will know that there has been some big changes in my life recently. Well maybe just one big one so far. I split up with my husband, and we were still living together. I really tried to make this work because at the end of the day the house was ours not mine. Turns out it was a lot more difficult than I thought and after about a month I couldn't cope anymore.

So I asked him to move out. 

I know you're probably thinking if I wasn't happy shouldn't I be the one to go....not if I am paying the bills.

It's probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do, because as much as our relationship had already ended, once one of us had moved out it was going to really be over. Do you know what I mean? I don't know how to describe it. Basically whilst we were still in each others lives like that I wouldn't be able to move on with mine. I was still worrying where he was when he hadn't come home, I was still cleaning up his mess, and we were just getting pissed off at each other. 

I took the cowardly way out and left a note for him telling him how I was feeling and basically telling him to move out. I would have said it to his face but I know the lack of reaction would have just made me angry and I really didn't want it to all end with us completely hating each other. 

Do you want to know the scary thing? I still haven't cried a single tear. Is that bad or does it just mean I have made the right decision? Maybe it's just that I did all the crying whilst we were still together.

I really thought when he moved out and I was living alone I would be terrified...but I'm not.  I was so scared that my anxiety would take over and I wouldn't be able to do this. Turns out I am a lot stronger than I thought. I think I have mentioned before that since I was little I have been terrified of the wind and if you are in Scotland just now you will know it's been pretty windy...but I haven't been scared. Well apart from by the fact there was some banging noises that made me think my house was going to fall down or something, although I think I was more annoyed by it than scared.

I'm finally taking back my life and figuring out who I am again. I have done a lot more smiling recently and generally I am happy. I have down days but doesn't everyone? There's so much more to say but I don't want this post to get too long and boring so I will save it for another day, but just one more thing.

TAKE A CHANCE

I've just taken a big one and it has turned out to be completely the right thing to do. I'm going to start taking more chances/risks in life. I'd rather learn from the mistake than regret not trying.

:)

Julz xx

Monday, 16 November 2015

November Glossybox


Glossybox have really stepped up their game over the last few months and this month is just as good. I have said quite a lot of negative things about Glossybox this year but this month it's all positive. I am pleased with every single product in this box.



I was so happy to see this MUA palette. I know MUA isn't a high end brand and their eyeshadow palettes only cost £4 but they are such good quality for that. This palette is called Undressed and is a nice mixture of nudes and metallics. I really like it, this is the sort of palette I would have picked up myself.


I'm going to be honest and say fake eyelashes scare me. I have only ever tried them once before, a self adhesive pair that I got in a Glossybox, and it went badly. I just couldn't get them right at all. Despite this though I was pleased to find these because I do want to be able to use them. These are just a nice natural looking pair (probably why they are called Naturalites Julz) and they are £5. Yeh wish me luck with these. 


The only primer I have been using for quite a while now has been Benefit Professional so it is nice to get a new one to try out. I'm not sure about the illuminating factor in this but I'm definitely looking forward to giving it a go. We have had a few Emite products through Glossybox before and they have all been good so hopefully this will be to. We received a travel size of this but the full size is £25.90.


Somehow I have never tried a Revlon Lipstick before. I have had the lip butters but never a lipstick by them, so I was pleased to see this. The shade I got was Pink in the Afternoon and it's a really nice pinky nude colour which costs £7.99. It looks like it would be a nice every day sort of shade, so I'm sure I will get plenty use out of it. 


Finally is the Royal Apothic Body Creme. I don't think I have ever tried anything from Royal Apothic before and I am not great with skincare, but I do like this. It smells so nice, but not too strong. I won't even attempt to describe the smell because I am useless at that sort of thing. Again this is a travel size product and the full size is £14.50 which doesn't seem too bad.

All in all I am pleased with this box and I feel like I can start to recommend Glossybox to people again because they really have had a good few months. Let's hope next month's is a good one for Christmas! Exciting! :)

Julz xx

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Help!!

How do people get through break ups? I feel like I have tried to keep positive and stay strong and all of a sudden I can't do it anymore. I'm still not getting upset I'm just getting so angry. 

I feel like I am doing something wrong because I'm the one who doesn't have a life I go to work and I come home, thats about it. I rarely do much else. What the heck? 

I'm so drained it's unreal.

I just want to move on with my life but I don't know where the hell to begin. Obviously I want rid of this house but what then?

Part of me just wants to run away and start again but I'm far too much of a wimp to do that, and am in a good place with work finally, do I really want to give that up for the unknown? Not really.

I feel like I spend everyday thinking there has got to be more to life than this but I do nothing to find out what. 

Where do I start guys? What do I do? 

I just feel like I am going to explode. God knows my neighbours must be sick of my singing(screaming)! 

I don't want this blog to turn into a place for me to have a whine and a moan but sometimes you just have to don't you?

I just need to keep telling myself things will work out and meantime find something new to do, meet some new people or maybe even reconnect with old friends. Basically stop being a loner! 

Maybe I should place an ad .... Friends wanted haha!

Oh dear isn't life hard sometimes??

Now to face my next challenge...getting to sleep.

Night Night everyone!

Julz xx







Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween everybody! 

I'm not writing about Halloween but it felt wrong not to acknowledge it at all.

Can you believe it is the end of October already? and the end of Blogtober. 

Do you like my new notebook? I came across it in Tesco yesterday and it seemed quite appropriate so I picked it up. (I did pay for it)

I know I failed to post yesterday but I was absolutely exhausted. I was on an early shift yesterday morning, then I went to Granny sit (not that I was needed or there very long), then I went shopping and by the time I got home and had my dinner I was ready to sleep. 

I have no idea why I was so tired and it's not like me to fall asleep so early but I must have been sleeping by about 8.30. That's how tired I was.

Never mind I have had a decent sleep and felt a lot better today. 

I have managed a post for every other day this month though so I am pleased with that. 

 Maybe in November I will stick to doing a post once a week. I said that at the end of July and it didn't happen. I am so unorganised it's not even funny.

I feel like I should have more to say today but I just don't, maybe I'm still more tired than I thought.

I'm gonna have a nice chilled evening with a cider and watch some YouTube and then go to bed and read for a while so I'm fresh for work in the morning :) 

I hope you have enjoyed Blogotober and thanks to everyone who has visited Just Julz it's been a great month for my little blog :)

Julz xx








Thursday, 29 October 2015

October Favourites

I am actually going to do a favourites post this month. I know I did a current favourites earlier in the month but for once I have things to talk about.


If you read The Day I Did Nothing But Watch YouTube Videos you will know I came across Reece Mastin and really liked his music. Yeh well now I love it. I haven't stopped listening to it and normally I get fed up after about a week or 2 of repeating the same songs. Not this time. I don't know what it is about this guy's music but it is just so good. Honestly go check him out if you haven't already.


I have rediscovered Avocado this month. I went through a stage of having rye bread avocado and poached egg all the time, I loved it. I'm not very good at poaching eggs though so I eventually gave up on it. I never thought to just have avocado on toast. So my latest thing is to have 2 slices of the small warburtons seeded loaf toasted and slice up half an avocado and pop it on them. I am trying to cut down my portions thats why I am using the small loaf I'm trying to trick myself so 2 small slices seems like I'm getting more than just one big one but it's probably not that much difference, hopefully.

My next favourite is smiling :) Yep I am finally starting to do that again. I feel like this month has been such a positive one towards sorting my life out. It's great. I'm so much happier than I have been in a long time and my confidence is growing all the time. ( I know yesterday was a down day so this seems a bit odd to say but in general it's been true.)


Make up wise I have another rediscovery and it is doing my eyes really dark. I used to always wear dark make up on my eyes but kind of grew out of it but I really love the look and have started wearing it again occasionally, especially for photos. I love a black and white photo where my eyes are really dark. Everything looks better in black and white doesn't it?

OK maybe I don't have as much to talk about as I thought, but this is the second favourites post of the month so it's alright :)

Overall October has been a pretty positive month for me so let's get ready to make November an even better one.

Julz xx


A Down Day



 I feel crap! I have no idea what is wrong with me but I have just felt so down for the last couple of days. I can feel myself slipping into the mindset of what is the bloody point? I'm trying so hard not to let myself end up there.

How much does it suck to be a grown up?

I think I am just sick of waiting for things to happen but there's not a lot I can do to make them happen any faster, or it feels like there isn't.

I have been doing so well recently at staying positive and trying to look to the future, it's just that the future feels like it is never coming.

I just need a little rant today I know it's not the most exciting of posts to read but when I get like this it just takes over and there is no way in heck I can be creative.

It's annoying because it isn't like anything has happened to make me suddenly become so down, I almost wish something had just so that I knew why I was like this. 

Ok rant over for now, not that there was much ranting, but I can't even be bothered to do that properly  :(

There's only one thing for it...go to my safe place (bed), watch some YouTube, give Jess some cuddles, eat some crisps and read my Christmas magazine. Then maybe go to sleep and hope to goodness I feel better in the morning.

Julz xx

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Updated What's In My Bag

 

 I have decided to do an updated What's In My Bag? I thought it wasn't long since I last did one, turns out it was 3 months ago. Plus I am using a different bag, therefore it's ok. Some people might find this a bit boring but I love having a nosy in other peoples bags.

The bag I'm using just now is by Ness, I'm not sure of it's name unfortunately. It was a very nice gift and I love it.

It's actually a really nice size, I can't get too much in it but there is enough room for more than I need.


It's not too messy!


In one of the sections I have:
My diary which I got off Amazon and a pen (which probably came from work)
A random cat bookmark 
My iPhone cable
Amor Amor perfume which is almost gone!
My Modalu Pippa purse 
My camera the Canon SX610 HS
and my deodorant Nivea Pearl and Beauty


The zip section in the middle is handy for all my keys.

For some reason I have half a packet of almonds, I'm healthy sometimes I guess.

I also have tweezers? 


In the front section I have:
A little pouch for my make up
A hair brush
Some Extra chewing gum
Some Nurofen (which you would not normally find but after my wisdom tooth pain I always keep these on me just incase)
Finally of course my iPhone.


My little make up pouch came in a Glossybox a few months ago and is just a nice size for some basics. At the moment I am carrying around:
Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette
Benefit Porefessional License to Blot
A Rimmel Kohl Eyeliner
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (a must have)
Carmex Lip Balm
Revlon Colorstay Foundation 
Some bobbles 

Ok maybe I still carry around more than I thought. There probably is no need for all of this to be in there but oh well you never know what situation you will find yourself in, and honestly these seem like basics to me. This is the tidiest my handbag has been in a long time.

Do you carry around as much as me? Or are you worse?

Julz xx



Monday, 26 October 2015

Poser!

This is just a quick post today with one simple question... Is it normal for a cat to pose this much?


 (i know this isn't a pose but his lickle paws are cute)











Cute though isn't he? Guess he must know it haha

Julz xx

Disney Tag

I recently came across this Disney tag and even though I haven't actually been tagged I decided to do it anyway just because I love Disney!

Favourite Disney film?
 Definitely Pocahontas. It has been since it first came out when I was little. I'm not sure why but I love it.


Favourite Disney character?
It's got to be Mickey Mouse hasn't it?



Favourite Disney princess?
Pocahontas of course

Favourite Disney side-kick?
Either Olaf or Flit and Meeko




Favourite Disney song?
Beauty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast.

Which Disney character would be your best friend?
Merida she is Scottish after all


Who would be your Disney pet?
I would have Percy the Pug from Pocahontas. 



Have you ever been to disneyland?
Yep I went to Disneyland Paris for my 21st birthday it was amazing I really want to go to Disney World at some point too.

Who is your disney alter ego?
 I did a quiz for this one because I didn't know what to put, turns out it's Belle

Your Alter Ego is Belle!
Beautiful, Smart, Loyal and Brave.

You matched with Belle!
People describe you as one of a kind.
You are most likely to win an award for your kindness.
You never let your friends down and will always stand by there side.
You are a really smart person and love a good book.
Other people find you to be quiet shy, but that's because they dont really know you.
You like to keep yourself private but love spending time with your loved ones.
You are one of a kind!

Ok then, happy with that.

Who is your favourite disney villain?
Cruella De Vil 


Do you collect anything disney wise?
Not really just the Dvd's, lots and lots of dvd's. 

What disney film would you star in if you could?
I think one of the older ones like Mary Poppins maybe or a bit more modern maybe Camp Rock.



How old were you when you watched your first disney film?
I must have been very young because I can't remember at all.

What do you love about disney?
 I have no idea what it is about Disney but it just sucks me in every time. I think it's to do with wanting to be a child again because that seems like such an easy and happy time now I am an adult.

Who is your favourite disney couple?
Simba and Nala because well they are just cute aren't they?

Do you love Disney as much as me?

Julz xx