Juvia’s Place The Saharan II Palette Review

In this post, I’ll be reviewing the Juvia’s Place Saharan II palette.

I purchased this palette around a month ago from Beauty Bay because I’ve heard so many vloggers and bloggers mention Juvia’s Place palettes and how amazing they look on women of colour. I’ll share pictures of the swatches, the palette itself and the look I created. (Please be kind because when it comes to eyeshadow application, I am not a connoisseur. I probably struggle just as much as the majority of women out there do!)


The Juvia’s Place palettes were specifically created with women of colour (WoC) in mind and this is why I really wanted to do this review.

At first, I was very skeptical about purchasing a eye shadow palette for £20. I definitely read some reviews beforehand and I’d advise any of you who are interested in this product to do the same.

As you can see from the swatches, all of the shades in this palette compliment darker skin tones beautifully. The palette comprises of a combination of metallic, duo chrome and matte shades. I assume that the matte shades should be used as transition shades (something that helps to merge colours together) and the others shades are meant for the lids only.

What I love about this palette the most is that the shades are highly pigmented. A little really does go a long way, so don’t expect to run out of a certain shade anytime soon. I find that with two-three light strokes with a eyeshadow brush, I am able to get a very good coverage so take it from me, less is more.

As mentioned earlier, I’m not amazing at applying eyeshadow but I found it very easy with this palette.With Moroccan inspired influences, the rich patterns will have you feeling and looking like a goddess.

Below is a picture of the look I created. I used the shades Nomad and Fez.

Pros: all shades are easy to apply, not a lot of product is needed to get a good amount of coverage, nice variety of colours which compliment darker complexions, highly pigmented shades, fingertips can be used to place product on lids, good value for money.

Cons: pricing may be an issue if you aren’t crazy about spending a little bit extra on a eye shadow palette but on the other hand, because a small amount of product is needed, this is a product that will last for quite some time. When it comes to makeup, everyone has their preferences: its either high street, in between or premium. Always wear makeup that makes you look and feel your best.

Personally, I’m very glad I went ahead and bought this palette and I’m actually very tempted to buy another one! If you’ve used any other Juvia’s Place palettes, please feel free to drop your recommendations in the comments section below.

The Juvia’s Place Saharan II palette is priced at £20.00 and can be purchased from Beauty Bay.

I hope you have enjoyed this review. I enjoy hearing from you all so please let me know what you think. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and tell your friends about my space.

Kel xo 


Operation ‘Build-A-Man’ Needs To Be Cancelled

Before I start, I would just like to say that this post is not an attack on any woman who has helped her partner or a potential partner in any way: whether financially, emotionally etc. In life, I believe that we all make decisions based on what we feel and what we believe is right.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about what I call ‘Operation Build-A-Man’ and why I believe it should be terminated with immediate effect. Two people can come together and build together, (that is the expectation), but it isn’t a woman’s job to build, heal, fix, repair or mould anybody’s son and if there are any men reading this, you will probably say that the same goes for women.

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Building someone UP and building WITH someone are two completely different things. In order to build with someone, they need to have potential and they need to be progressive. There is no point of saying you want to achieve certain goals if you aren’t prepared to actively work towards achieving them. On the other hand, building someone UP is pretty similar to building a house. There’s no vision, no plan, you are starting with a plain surface almost. Building someone up in a world where roles, responsibilities and actions are at the core of our being is one of the most draining things a woman can endure.

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In the book The Four Agreements, the author Don Miguel Ruiz, said something that stuck in my mind. He says that as people we are happy as we are and we need to realise this about other people too. If we can’t accept anybody as they are, we need to let go. Looking at someone and thinking ‘If only they expressed themselves more, If I spoke less, maybe they’d naturally become more ambitious/goal driven’ will bring you nothing but frustration and dissatisfaction.

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The truth is like a buffet, everything you need to see is right in front of you. Recognise your worth and don’t jump into situations for the sake of it. What is meant for you will not pass you by.

Here are some tips that I’d like to share with you in the hope that you don’t find yourself in a dating situation or relationship where you are giving a lot more than you are receiving:

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Get to know who you really are (likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses…THE LOT) before you put yourself out there. In a previous post, Musings of an Introvert, I talk about the quiz I took which lead to me finding out I was an INFJ. If you don’t know what your personality type is, I recommend taking the quiz or any other personality based quiz that is expert approved. 

Another thing I recommend is finding out what your love language is. The five love languages are different ways in which love can be expressed and experienced. Your love language will help you understand yourself better and will also allow you to be clear about what you expect in relationships, whether they are newly formed or whether they are in existence.

Be friends first! Be friends first! For the love of our sweet Lord, if that man is meant for you, he won’t go anywhere. Relationships are rushed into so quickly these days, and they crash just as fast. I was watching an episode of Oprah’s Masterclass and Cindy Crawford was talking about marriage and she said that the one thing she realised was that love is best rooted in friendship. I remember repeating this to myself time and time again because it was just so true. Being friends first allows both of you to build a solid connection. You get a good idea of what the person you are dating is about and you will be able to identify any warning signs because you (hopefully) won’t have caught feelings.

Working on yourself and understanding that a real relationship is about being with someone who compliments you, not someone who completes you. So what if your friends are in a relationship every six months and you’ve been single for almost a year? It really doesn’t matter. Look at the positives. This is your time. This is your time to live your best life and work on being the woman that you were destined to become. 

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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.

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Kel xo


How To Find The Perfect Deals Online

Searching for the perfect deal online can be such a struggle. Surprisingly, this hasn’t put us Brits off online shopping. According to the Daily Mail, 95% of Britons buy goods from online retailers. One in four UK residents shop online at least once a week.

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The majority of us have horror stories about items that look nothing like how they appear in the picture or very expensive delivery costs and this can put us off shopping online. However, when it comes to online shopping, don’t focus too much on how long it may take you to find what you are looking for, but take your time. Research is key if you want to get a good deal.

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In another short but sweet post, I am going to be sharing a few tips with you all on how you can master the art that is online shopping and ensure you get your money’s worth when you are looking for that perfect deal…

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1) Always check reviews – After all, we are all consumers. We invest in products and services so why not see what your fellow buyers are saying about a product or service before you choose to invest in it? The majority of websites tally up the opinions of customers, from good to bad or 5-1 etc, so be sure to read testimonials so that you can make a wise and informed choice. Never be sold on a product/service just because someone said that it worked for them!

2) Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe – If you are looking for a bargain online and you have found a product/service that has caught your eye, then subscribe to the brand’s mailing list before you seal the deal. Many brands are very generous to new customers so it is likely that there will be a discount code in your welcome email. Downloading apps as well is also another way you can secure that discount before you make your purchase.

3) Comparisons – Always compare prices if you want to get the best deal. Be careful with deals such as 3 for 2 or 1/3 off. 3 for 2 deals are created to make you spend more money and usually, a 1/3 off is a brand’s way of trying to ensure they make a quick profit. The item you really want could actually be half price of buy one, get one free on another site so always shop around. The Google shopping page is a fast and easy price comparison tool.

4) Avoid high delivery charges – Choosing click and collect at the checkout is the best way to do this. It doesn’t cost a lot and on some sites, it actually means you get your items a lot quicker.

5) Bulk buy (if necessary!) – If you find an amazing deal on something you have been looking for for quite some time, then I would recommend buying more than one, especially if there’s high demand for it. This comes in handy if you are shopping for necessities such as cosmetics, food etc.

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If you or anyone you know is looking for a great deal, then check out the Latest Deals website .

This is a collaborative post between myself and Latest Deals.

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

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Kel xo


Matte Battle: Which of these Topshop lipsticks do you prefer?

As you are all probably aware by now, I’m a huge lipstick fan. I love experimenting with different shades but my only requirement is that any lipstick I use HAS to have a matte finish. As I have oily/combination skin, matte lipsticks draw less attention to it, so if you have oily/combination skin, matte lipsticks are the way to go.

I was sent three lipsticks from Topshop to try out and I must say I was very impressed.

The three shades I received were Inhibition, Depth and Beguiled.

(Swatches – from L-R: Depth, Beguiled and Inhibition)

I’m just going to share my opinion on these lipsticks with you before I show you the pictures:

My personal favourite out of the three is Inhibition. I’m obsessed with pink lipsticks. I own about twenty, I swear. I love how pigmented the colour is and it really compliments by complexion. I’d love to hear from you as to which shade you prefer.

Generally, I like that the lipsticks aren’t glossy and they are long lasting. I always test lipsticks by how they look once I’ve finished eating the messiest lunch/dinner lol and this one barely budged at all. I was so impressed. At £8 each, you are getting your money’s worth because you don’t need to apply a lot of product in order to get full coverage. Inhibition is perfect if you want to start using bright lipsticks or you like the colour pink. Beguiled would be more suited to the ladies out there who love to stand out and make a statement, however, I would recommend that if you do decide to try Beguiled and Depth, you use a lip liner first. I actually don’t own a lip liner so I found it very difficult to perfectly apply all the shades. Other than that, I would definitely recommend these lipsticks to all the beauty junkies out there.

(Left to right: Depth, Beguiled and Inhibition)

Pros – matte finish, good value for money, nice packaging, formula, colour is pigmented

Cons – not 100% easy to apply, some shades more bold than others

Topshop Long Lasting Lipsticks can be found on their website and are priced at £8.

I hope you have enjoyed this very short but sweet review lovelies. Please feel free to comment and let me know which shade is your favourite, I just love hearing from you all. Don’t forget to like and subscribe and tell your friends about Kelle’s space.

Kel xo




How To Be An Educator And Still Have Time For Yourself

‘Is there really such thing as a work/life balance when you are an educator?’

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Some of you will say yes, some of you will shrug and some of you will totally disagree but with whatever job you choose to do, finding a work/life balance is a necessity. As an educator myself, I do find it very challenging to make time for my planning (even though I’m supply/cover and don’t really need to do much) and my social life (i.e: spending time with family, friends, making time for hobbies and other forms of self care). While, we can agree that this is a struggle, it isn’t impossible.

If we don’t take the time to pay attention to our needs as well as our responsibilities, we will suffer. Emotionally, physically, and in severe cases, mentally. 

Here are some tips that I would like to share with you that help me (and will hopefully help you) keep and maintain a work/life balance:

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Have a plan – ‘Planning’ is the word every educator dreads hearing (because it takes up a great deal of our time) but its important to actually plan your planning. Use a notebook or an organiser to write down which lessons/resources you are going to plan/prepare first. Having a plan for your planning makes life so much easier (even if you’re doing paperwork, have a plan!). Sometimes working sporadically can cause burnout because you could easily become overwhelmed. It’s actually been proven that having ‘to do lists’ and ticking each thing off as you go promotes a sense of self satisfaction.

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Give yourself a break – This is the one thing we fail to do as educators. Sometimes it feels like there are a million and one things to do in one day and each day is a endless struggle to be a modern day superhero. It’s important to give yourself time out if you want a healthy work/life balance. Don’t feel bad about it either. Stop working on Friday evenings, try to do something nice on a Saturday/Sunday. Taking time out helps you to recharge and unwind. It also improves concentration and increases productivity.

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Stay healthy – Working from 6am – 6pm some days will have you reaching for caffeine and sugar (trust me) but its important to eat as healthily as you can. In a school/college/uni day, so much is expected from educators. We need to teach our students, mark their work, plan activities/assemblies and so much more. It is a very demanding role and if you are healthy and you are eating right, you will be able to perform better in your role (and hopefully avoid sick days).

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Support support, support- As mentioned in the previous point, so much is expected from educators these days. Make sure you have a strong and supportive circle. Family, friends and colleagues that you can confide in when you get stressed. This is so important because the worst thing you could possibly do for yourself is bottle up all your feelings and emotions. As well as being on the receiving end of support, make sure you are giving it too. Remember, once upon a time you were a trainee. You may have a junior member of staff or a support that needs some kind words of reassurance from time to time.

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Manage your time – It’s nice to feel like a modern day superhero but remember that your time is precious and it is your responsibility to use it effectively. It would be amazing to help everyone with everything because that’s what you may feel naturally inclined to do – but are you doing it at the risk of your own productivity? If so, then you need to take a back seat and learn how to use the word NO. No is such a simple word yet it is incredibly difficult to say because we fear that we will be judged or condemned. Be honest and assertive over what you can do and what you can’t do. Saying NO isn’t as bad as you think it is.

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These are some things that help when trying to maintain a work/life balance. In addition to the tips I’ve shared, I think that you need to have an open mind first of all. No two days are the same. Some days, you will leave school feeling so tired you’ll be contemplating your career choice, while other days you’ll be feeling like you have the best job in the world.

To educate means to teach, inform or inspire others. You are contributing to help mould the future generation. Whether you are a teacher, supply teacher, teaching assistant or 1:1 support worker, you really do have the greatest gift of all, and that gift is making a valuable difference to children’s lives every single day.

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Keep up the good work (and don’t forget to take care of you!)

This post is in collaboration with SupplyNow

SupplyNow recruit supply staff (teachers, cover supervisors, TA’s) in schools through their much talked about app. The process of booking work through the app means more pay for teachers and less fees for the schools that recruit them. It’s a win win situation so if you are looking for school based work, get in touch with them here.

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Kel xo


Want To Be Your Own Boss? Here Are 5 Things You Need To Consider

According to the Office of National Statistics, self employment is now at an all time high. In the first quarter of 2016, there were 4.7 million people who were self employed.

Many people, millennials in particular, are choosing to say goodbye to their 9-5’s and hello to the world of entrepreneurship. The prospect of going it alone to start your own business from scratch can be very daunting, exciting and ultimately, very rewarding but it is absolutely essential that you know exactly what you are signing up for. Success isn’t instantly guaranteed and there will be days when you aren’t feeling 100% determined but…

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If you are thinking about becoming self employed, then these are the things that you need to consider:

1)Register yourself as self employed – Once you become your own boss, you will need to register as a sole trader because you will be responsible for paying your own Income Tax and National Insurance. If you are unsure of whether you meet the criteria for self employment, the GOV.UK website has a list so you will be able to see which category you fall into.

2) Be prepared for successes and pitfalls – No two days will be the same. Some days, business will boom and other days, it may not. Resilience and persistence is everything. You really do get out what you put in. Use successful moments to identify what is working for you and your business and use the difficult moments to remind yourself of why you decided to be your boss and also remember that no situation is permanent, as cliched as it may sound, it is true.

3) Do your research – Identify your niche, make sure you are bringing something unique to your market. Have a plan, speak to industry professionals, attend events etc. Be passionate about your craft.I think research is so important because being able to stand out from your competitors is key. Also, do your best to stay connected on social media, update your company’s website or any business profiles regularly.

4)Management is everything – In order to be your own boss, you need to be able to manage yourself and your time. Management will be at the heart of all you do so you need to ensure your management skills are exceptional.

As mentioned in the first point, as a business owner, you will be responsible for paying your own taxes and insurance. If you know that financial management isn’t a strength of yours, then you might want to consider doing an accredited course. Wowcher have some really good courses that are designed to help you with bookkeeping, taxes and accounting. The great thing about these courses is you can do them in your own time and you will gain a lot of new skills in the process too.

5) Look after yourself – A challenging part of self employment is that if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Take care of yourself. Yes, you don’t want to miss out on those amazing opportunities by working 6 out of 7 days in a week but remember that health is wealth. Don’t feel guilty for taking time out once in a while.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I am going to leave you with some very valuable advice…

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If you have decided to become self employed or you are thinking about being self employed, check out the Talk Tax website. There are some great helplines you can contact or if you chose, you can leave comments on posts and someone from the lovely team will be on hand to answer your query instantly.

This is a sponsored post between myself and Talk Tax

Kel xo