Organised Jungle

Organised Jungle

An organised jungle, in my definition is making art within the chaos. I’ve never been one to live in a physical mess, but I think mentally it does me in if I see things out of place. But more to the point, it just makes my life seem more difficult to move about when I’ve misplaced things, or even worse, in a rush to find what I need and having to substitute. Everybody’s worst nightmare.

I wanted to share some tips to help make your life that little bit easier for those busy mornings, rushed events and crazy evenings out…

Daily Shots

  • Do prepare the night before, because if you don’t, you will cost yourself sweat and wrinkles.. Something we know we don’t need.
  • Check your food inventory before going out to the shops, as it’ll save you time browsing too long and buying something you didn’t particularly want in the first place (avoids any unplanned purchases).
  • Tidy as you go so the job doesn’t seem as big when you come to clearing it all up. You could have a family member, friend or partner help you.

Organising your clutter

  • Do spend time looking at your clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery. Ask yourself if you would still wear that item 6 months on. If you haven’t worn it in 6 months (except for swimwear), it’s got to go ladies!
  • Colour coordinate your wardrobe to make your life easier and more fun when getting dressed up in the morning.
  • Roll up your clothes if space is an issue.
  • Keep little bits and bobs in boxes/containers so it’s neat and tidy, and most importantly in ONE PLACE.
  • Place shoes you don’t wear very often in clear boxes and stack them. You’ll see what you have, whilst having it in an orderly manner.
  • Heck, box anything that is fiddly and untidy, it is perfect for electronic equipment as wires always get tangled with everything else.

My biggest lesson is just letting go of things I don’t use, or see often. If I don’t think of it, and I don’t use it, it needs to go. By all means, there will be sentimental items, and those can be stored separately. I like to showcase my pieces by framing it, or giving them a spotlight on our TV stand. Having sentimental objects in your eye view will make you appreciate them more.

A good old clear out is what most people need. You can’t add more to your life because you physically and mentally have no space. Sometimes a thorough review of your inventory is just what you need to start attracting the things you do want.

Most people change, and I haven’t met a single person who has stayed the same. That includes likes, dislikes, lifestyle and physicality. If we know we change an awful lot, holding a lot of items won’t help us. In fact, what we need is less. Life can be pretty simple if we eliminated a lot of it, and bought more thoughtfully and presently.

So it’s not just about tidying up your closets and mess here and there, it’s about clearing the old, ready for the new, everyday.

– Jeanie


Foundation Brush VS Make Up Sponge

Foundation Brush VS Make Up Sponge

Now girlies, have you ever wondered if buying a foundation brush is better than a make up sponge?

Well, there are many pros and cons with using both, but the main reason for using different tools is to get the desired effect you are after!

You have to assess what you are trying to achieve, taking a look at your complexion and the final finish to your look. In my case, I have the awkward T-Zone issue whereby my forehead, nose and chin get oily in a matter of  4-5 hours after applying it.

I look for a product and the best method to get a matte look!

The main things you need to look out for, is setting up the routine, not so much the type of sponge you’re buying.

You will need to wet the sponge by running it under the water for about 10-15 seconds, whilst squeezing out the excess during and once after. And voila, you will have a damp sponge!

Apply your foundation to it, or to your face, whichever you prefer and begin to gently dot your face. Don’t insist on swiping it , because it will leave your foundation uneven, with some areas more covered than others.

Next step is to let it dry, before setting your powder on top of it. I tend to use a scrap of paper to just fan my face or get on with other housework in the morning. This helps with your powder to gently rest on top of your make up, instead of the powder having to dry your foundation before completing it’s final finish. The job of the powder is to set the makeup, not dry it.

So depending how damp the sponge is, and how much foundation you have applied, you will need to fan for longer until it is set!

You’ll have a matte and medium coverage look with this method. I prefer having a fuller coverage for more important events, or over the weekend. I don’t tend to play with my makeup so much throughout the weekdays.

Using a foundation brush is a bit simpler, because no damping is involved, and it’s more about the brush strokes you do. Both have a similar effect, but the key difference for me is using a brush doesn’t keep my makeup matte for the day. I find it gets oily quicker. I also feel that I use more foundation on my face with this technique because sometimes the foundation dries so quickly using a brush, leaving stroke marks on my face. This ends with me putting on more make up to cover it up, and in turn gets me more oiler! (Never ending battle).

So all in all, I think using a sponge is actually easier for beginners, because the foundation can be spread and added as required. It seems with a brush, it’s the end of and you will have to adjust and correct your mistakes with it. And as I said earlier, for me, it’s about keeping my face fresh and touch up free… So it’ll always be the sponge for me until the next method comes along that I need to test out!

– Jeanie xoxo