Sunday, 11 December 2016

Hello December and Goodbye 2016


My name is Joanna and I've forgotten how to blog.

An awful lot has happened this year. I'm going to state right now: positive things. Despite some things happening that could be taken as negatives. I could write a small essay on my life currently - just like everyone used to do the first day of term after the summer holidays - but as it is, I'll jump straight in with two points.

1. The Lad and I are parting ways.
Next month we would have been going out for ten years. Yupp. Ten whole years. But, ten years no longer. Instead the Lad is moving out. It's an amicable split (or as friendly as splitting up from someone you thought you might spend the rest of your life with can be) and I hope we'll stay in touch and still send each other cat memes on Facebook. Y'know, wishful thinking sometimes comes true?

2. I got my dream job.
I've applied loads of times to work on the railways. As a conductor, as a checker at ticket barriers, as a platform guard, as a driver. And never won. Except the last time I did win. I got the job. I'm still in shock. It's been a month since I got the call and I still can't believe it. I started at the end of November and I'm still finding my feet, but absolutely loving it.

Alongside these things I now have to think about how I'm going to manage my finances to accommodate them both. I'll be taking on a mortgage alone as well as a house that needs a lot of work doing to it. And working shifts - harder shifts than before -  in a safety critical role. Whoop!

Never do things by halves!

So, I'm calling it a day on here whilst I work on all of those things. I have already planned the January schedule on Oh, hello jo with a couple more higher budget brands being featured and a little bit more regularity in when I post, so please come back in 2017!

In the meantime I'm always on Instagram and you can find me on Twitter and Snapchat as petitepea. Say hello!

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Three Things: Selfishness

1. Number 1 should always come first.

2. If you're not happy, acknowledge it, find a solution, do it.

3. Don't be scared.

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Monday, 14 November 2016

REVIEW: Simple BB Beauty Balm

With Winter creeping up on us, I'd like to get a glowy complexion on the go. A little part of me doesn't like caking the foundation on to cover up my actual complexion - I'd rather enhance my own. Which also means less chance of those orange marks on my prize scarves where my jawline rubs against them.

I bought this Simple Beauty Balm on a whim. It's a one colour fits all jobby. Make of that what you will. Anyway, sampling never hurt anybody...

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

LIFE: My Birthday

Today is my birthday. And I think I've now hit middle age. I've received four different pairs of socks. FOUR! And the worst part? I'm actually chuffed because socks are randomly expensive. And despite wearing them every day (mostly) I never seem to think they're worth the money.

Moving on..

Today feels like a non birthday. Well so far. It's a quiet, lull type of day. Later we're going out for a meal and staying in York - much like the lads birthday.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

HOW TO: Three things to consider when stripping wallpaper

1. Time
Once you start it's hard to stop. Or should I rephrase that with: it's never ending.
There are ways to speed up this long winded task - you can use a wallpaper stripper like this; invest in a good scraper; get a friend to help (you might unfortunately lose a friendship over this); so having the time to get to the end of the task once you've begun is imperative. It means you won't stare at it, hating every moment you spend in the room and also it means it's one less thing to do next weekend when going out with your remaining mates is way more appealing.

2. Patience
Unless you really don't give a shit and are peeling off some godawful flocked craycray designed stuff to replace with good ol' anaglypta, then I suggest you take your time scraping off the old to make sure your plaster stays intact and as good as can possibly be. This will save you the hassle and expense of getting a plasterer in to fill in the divots your hacked out of it in a wallpaper induced rage.

3. Can it be painted?
The best trick of all when thinking about stripping wallpaper is to seriously consider just painting the bloody thing. Choosing to keep a textured wallpaper rather than ripping it off is, undoubtably,  a way of hitting a massive middle aged milestone, but one that many people come to cherish. Well, cherish might not be the right term, but just painting it means less time decorating, less money leaked out of the bank account and less time spent essentially staring at a wall when you could be staring at something a little bit more desirable *cough* ASOS.

Have you got any other tips to share about wallpaper? Do tell!

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Monday, 24 October 2016

LIFE: Struggling with happiness

It's been a long time since I used this space to talk about how much of a struggle I find every day life. I feel like I've been coasting, rather than living, the past year and I'm not quite sure how to find my feet again.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

EAT: The Lamb and Lion York


For the Lads birthday I decided to take him out to one of the best pub/restaurants in York at the moment - The Lamb and Lion - and booked us and a few friends in to dine there last week. I didn't really know what to expect. 

I'd been told it was good.  I usually go for those kind of recommendations.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

REVIEW: Palmers Cocoa Butter

I have a love/hate relationship with body moisturisers.

I love the feel of my skin when I use them regularly. I love how nourished and soft it makes me. But I hate how usually greasy and tacky they make me in the meantime. And then there's the vicious circle of needing to reapply every couple of hours or so - Vaseline I'm looking at you.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

BAKE: White Chocolate Chip Cookies

You fancy something sweet, but have nothing in? Well, if you're a pro home economist, you should have the simple combination of ingredients to sort yourself out with some of these badboys.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Hello October

Hello October, hello internet.

I'm sat writing this in a room that has taken four coats of paint and three days to make entirely white. In a house that is at least twice the size of our old one. In a street where everyone speaks an entirely different kind of English language to what I'm used to. In a Parish where the average age is about seventy.

We've finally moved. We're finally home.

The only disturbing thing I've come across since being here is that we are the youngest in our street by at least fifteen years and it's funny seeing these people seeing me in my short shorts and eclectic contrasting colour combos, and wondering what they're wondering.

I've sat in the middle of our huuuuge front window and watched all the different people walking past. Not just youths, not just unemployed plebs, not just single struggling mothers. We've moved to a completely different area. With a different standard of people.

And to be honest, I feel very proud, but also very out of my depth.

These people are established people, family people, suburban people. I am not. We are not.

We adult to the point where we have direct debits for bills and use Go Compare for home insurance deals, but we've never adulted to the point of hosting fondue dinner parties or having an M&S display cabinet.

I feel we've brought an entirely new species of human to this street.

So, it's my life mission to integrate with our neighbours.

We have lines in our lawn. I spent two hours polishing my car at the end of the driveway. We installed a new clothes line and I washed my white separate (something I've never done before). I made the Lad come with me to say hello to the older couple in the semi we're attached to. I unabashedly wave to anyone passing who's nodded to me whilst I've been in the garden.

I'm trying to say: I am a youth, but I'm no alien. I'm you, forty years ago. I'm proud to be here. Show me your ways!

I'm hopeful that one day, they'll accept us. But, until then I'll keep trying.

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

FOREVER REPURCHASED: L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil

I thought that having an oily face, using an oil to cleanse it would be a bad idea. Turns out I was completely wrong. Or rather, this is an exception to the grease-on-grease rule.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Hello September

Another month!

Bloody hell, the ball is well and truly rolling through this year now. However, things should start settling now we have a moving date. We fiiinally can buy new things/unpack boxes/ start new projects instead of living in a weird limbo. I'm so ready to be DONE with moving!

I've been extremely good these past few months only picking up essential items because I know that moving day is going to be super intense and stressful - hence why it's been a bit slow on ohhellojo.

I've tried to keep up appearances, but I know I've failed to even do that so I'm sorry!

Fingers crossed things pick up from now.

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Friday, 26 August 2016

REVIEW: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

I've been promising myself a high end foundation for a long time now. 

Well, I've actually been promising myself a whole new high end makeup kit for years, but life just happens and suddenly we're thirty pay days later and still no higher end quality to spread over my face.

Over the coming months we have a LOT of events to attend where I'll be most probably photographed. So the need for a base that won't make me look ghostly is definately just that: a need.

Monday, 22 August 2016

REVIEW: Maybelline Vivid Matte liquid Lip

Oh to be a woman who can pull off a lipgloss! Alas, it's not to be.

Although, this time it was a close one. The fact this Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid has a matte finish means it appears more velvetty on the lips rather than sticky. And despite some appearances being deceiving, this isn't. It's actually very nice to wear. 

So far so good?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

WEAR: Red Breton

I hoped that these photos might work out for me, but on a 27" screen they have terrible quality - soz. But for a couple of snaps on the ol' iphone in between checking out fishing tackle prices, I don't think we did too badly.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

REVIEW: Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara

If I was only allowed three makeup items, mascara would be one of them. A brow pencil and tinted moisturiser would be the others - but mascara would definately have to be included.

Now, this Revlon Mascara claims to be Ultra Volume, but I disagree. Although there's some volume where the lashes are visibly thicker, there's definately not any ultra volume. This is not the most volumising mascara I have used.

And I've used a fair few.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Hello August, hello everyone

Hi August. Hi to everyone that's waited a month for me to get my arse back into gear and focus some of my time to this little space on the interwebs.

I'd not realised it'd been this long. I apologise for that. I should have prepared more posts, I should have planned ahead, but life just took over.

The move is dragging on and our home has created some cabin fever type tension - both of us are scratching our eyes out for boredom and a lack of things to do.

Which is weird, because this should be the perfect situation for dedicating time to writing here. 

Except, when you're not feelin' it, you're not feelin' it. And I haven't. For a month.

Back now though, ready for August. Ready for Autumn. Ready for new projects. Ready for everything.

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Monday, 8 August 2016

REVIEW: Rimmel Sculpting Palette

I'm totally into face palettes. I mean: why not? It's a multiple whammy really. A highlighter, a bronzer/contour and a blush? And if you're travelling this summer it means you have shades that work together, in a easy to pack container. Total win. I'm all over that.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

HOW TO: 10 Ways to Clear Your Head of Negative Thoughts

1. Breathe
Really breathe, deep and slow. Feel each and every breath in fill you up and then feel how your chest deflates when it leaves your body. It's the simplest method to calm your mind and body simultaneously. If you're ever finding it hard to sleep, try this and within minutes you should be in a nice deep sleep.

2. Clean Up
If there's no mess/distraction/things scattered around it makes thoughts easier to process without them getting tangled up. It'll also hopefully take your mind off whatever negative thoughts you've been mulling over.

3. Get Out
Go for a walk, go to the shop, go to a friends house. You don't need to spend any money, or even speak to anyone if you don't feel like it. Just wander around and see where you find yourself.

4. Write it down
Have a notebook where any time you feel like this you write the negative thoughts down into it. Rid yourself of those thoughts. Give them to the notebook. If you want, read through past entries and know that the only way is up now. It can only get better.

5. Pamper yourself
Shave your legs, get those brows back on fleek, spend some time on yourself. Make yourself feel confident and proud to be you.

6. Tell Someone
If it's getting so bad, believe me it'll never be so bad that you won't ever find someone to help you. If not a family member or a friend, then there are plenty of charities that will be more than happy to listen to you.

7. Listen to Someone
Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little life bubbles that we forget that things are going on outside. Other people have issues too. Other people might be caught up in their bubbles and need your help as much as you need theirs. In some cases it might put your negative thoughts into perspective. Maybe they're not such bad problems after all.

8. Watch the Sky
The sky is so fucking huge. And it's not bothered by you. Or anyone else. It doesn't care about what's happening to you. It doesn't see. It doesn't feel. But it's alive. And moving. And always pretty - even on the dreariest days. It's also weirdly mesmerising so get caught up in the sky rather than negative thoughts.

9. Read
Reading is (in my opinion) the best form of escapism. There are princesses, princes, horror stories, happy stories, long stories or short stories. Whatever you are feeling like, there is a book out there that will lift your spirits.

10. Face it
If you have a negative thought that's lingering throughout all of these other points - face it. Challenge it. Choose. Decide on it. Move on from it. 

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Friday, 8 July 2016


I've tried all sorts of blushers. The bronzy blush, the powder blush, the cream blush, the liquid blush, the lipstain and blush 2-in-1, the list goes on...

But the ones I use every single day recently are the Lasting Finish Colour Blushes by Rimmel.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

LIFE: Best Friends

I have a lot of acquaintances, but few friends.

I have one friend who stands out as the BEST friend of my life. I can't imagine never seeing her lovely face again. If I were to number how many actual friends I have, I'd say three. One I check in with about twice a year, one from work, and this best friend - who despite living on opposite sides of England will forever be the person I want to share any discoveries with.

It's rare to have that relationship with anyone. Let alone someone who'll stay that person after moving away, living a different life, meeting different friends.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Hello July

Life is taking hold of me by both hands and dragging me through it at the moment. Not only are we in the middle of buying a house and organising all of our belongings, but my Thyrotoxicosis is back with a vengence.

I spent the back end of last week in bed, just thinkingthinkingthinking. Thinking is good if it benefits you or your situation, but not if it makes you want to curl up under the duvet even more.

I'm hoping with all my heart that July gets me back on track, lets me get focused and makes me happy.

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

HOW TO: Get a Mortgage

I'm breaking this down into three parts because otherwise this could get really confusing.

1. Your affordability
2. What you want to buy
3. Your deposit
4. Finding a good advisor/broker

Anyone who'd like to add anything to this please leave a comment down below!
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