Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A Better Night's Sleep | Tips & Tricks

I'm sure you have heard the expression that everyone needs their beauty sleep and people always say that you should get around eight hours of sleep per night but this is easier said than done. I am a massive fan of sleep and can often be found sleeping whenever I have a free moment. However I sometimes get nights where sleep just seems impossible and that's where I have come up with a few ways to give myself a better night's sleep.

Perform a Yoga Routine 
Before you laugh, the routine doesn't need to be hard or intense but rather relaxing and calming. If I am ever stressed out I love to perform a calming yoga routine which brings my heart rate down and clears my mind. Relaxing Yoga Routines can be ideal if you find it hard to switch off at night as it allows you to focus on your heart beat and breath which causes you to relax and clears your mind.

Relax & Pamper
If Yoga really isn't your thing, why not try a pamper session with your favourite products. I find that treating yourself, watching tv and reading magazines really helps to take my mind off any problems or issues I have. I feel that once I have released myself of any negativity, I am calmer, more relaxed and more likely to fall asleep quicker.

Create a Night Time Routine 
One thing that made a huge differennce to my sleep pattern is my night time routine. I created a simple night time routine which consists of switching off my laptop at eight o'clock and kicking back and watching tv and reading a book. I normally remove my make up and pop on my PJs early in the evening as its comfortable and allows me to unwind and chill out.

Wake Up With Daylight 
I have very thin curtains which means that when the sun rises, the day light comes flooding in. I used to hate this and always moaned about it but recently, I have been making the most of it. I really enjoy slowly waking up with the daylight as it is a graduate wake up call. At first it can feel strange and odd but now I love waking up with the light and it really puts me in a happy mood.

What are your tips and tricks for a better night's sleep?

Emily <3

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Weekend Pamper Essentials

One thing that never fails to get me through a long week at work is a weekend pamper session. I'm a massive fan of pamper nights and normally have at least one per week. I just feel that everyone needs some time to treat themselves and feel good. As a beauty addict, there are many different products that I use and it can sometimes be overwhelming if your not as beauty crazy as me, so I thought  I would give you a break down of the products.

Body Lotion & Scrubs 
In terms of products used on your body, I often use shower gels, body scrubs and body lotions. I don't know if this is odd but I use a different shower gel when I am having a pamper night as I prefer to use a more luxurious one. My personal favourite is The Body Shop 'Mango' as the smell is heavenly and makes me feel more luxurious. One of my favourite things to use during a pamper night is body scrubs and specifically Soap & Glory Scrubs. At the moment, I am loving the Soap and Glory Body Buff as I feel that salt scrubs work better with my skin type. Once I have scrubbed and washed, I hop out the shower and lather myself in body butters. The Soap & Glory Righteous Butter is my current choice because it moisturises and hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling smooth and soft.

Hair masks & Treatments
As well as body products, hair products are also used and very well loved. Some people don't bother with extra hair products and I didn't for a long time but recently my hair has been a bit worst for wear. The Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer is my must have hair product and I have talked about it time after time. The smell and texture it gives my hair is amazing and makes it look so sleek. I also like to use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner if my hair is very dry as it gives my hair a deep treatment. The Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Spray is used after I have showered as it strengthens my hair.

Face Scrubs & Masks 
While in the shower, I also reach for my face scrub. I don't own many face scrubs as I have sensitive skin but I do like to use the Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub as it is refreshing and sensitive. However my main face scrub is the Osiris Apricot Facial Scrub which can be brought from Tesco for £1. I love the smell of this scrub and it is rather smooth and soft which works well with my skin. Face masks are life savers when it comes to dry and spotty skin and I never fail to use them. My number one mask is the Simple Deep Cleansing Mask which leaves my skin smooth, soft and very healthy looking. If you prefer peel off masks, I would recommend the Simple Pure Cleansing Face Mask. I reach for the Superdrug Vitamin E Leave On Moisture Mask when I have dry and dehydrated skin.

Hands & Feet
Some people forget about the feet and hands but they are just as important as any other part. I like to use an intensive hand cream and paint my nails. The hand cream of choice at the moment is The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream which is greasy free and smells amazing. A pamper session is never complete without nail polishes and I am loving mint green on my hands for the summer. For my feet I only use the Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream as it moisturises and softens my feet like nothing else I have tried.

What are your weekend pamper essentials?

Emily <3

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Products I Always Come Back To

As a beauty addict, I will be the first one to admit that I am always buying and trying new products. However they are a few items that I have always turned back to throughout the years. You know the products that you can't find anything as good as and you are always going back to. I felt this could be an interesting post to see what products I turn back to through thick and thin.

Kicking off with a mascara. I have many different mascaras from the drugstore and some I have loved and others weren't so great. However there are one mascara in particular that I find myself repurchasing and always using. The Maybelline The Falsies Mascara has always been in my make up collection and is always continuously used. After I finished my first one I tried to branch out and try others but after a couple of months, I repurchased it and the love affair started again. There is something about the volume and length that just makes it one of a kind.

Sticking with Maybelline, I adore their cream eyeshadows. When I walked into the drugstore to pick up some eye products for the first time, I came across the colour tattoos. I now own six different shades in the colour tattoos which tells you that I am obsessed with these cream products. One shade stands out as my go to product and that is The Maybelline Colour Tattoo 'On and On Bronze. The creamy formula blends perfectly into the eye crease and lid and creates a smoky bronze look.

Moving onto lip products. I am a big fan of trying out new and different lip products from lipsticks to lipglosses. However the Collection Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream 'Cotton Candy' is one product that I return to. There is something about a long lasting moisturising lip cream that always draws me back towards this cream puff. This lip cream slides onto the lips very smoothly and dries to a matte finish while keeping the lips moisturised and flake free. The lasting power of this product is unbelievable as it stays in place while you eat and drink.

I have only really started using bronzer within the last year or so which means that my bronzer collection isn't big but I do love using the Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer . This is really the only bronzer I ever use and I have tried many different other bronzes but the mixture of both shades creates a bronze glow that I can't get enough of. I personally swirl and mix the two shades of bronzer that this product contains which gives a real healthy glow and has a slight hint of shimmer to it.

Eye palettes are my weakness and I own so many and to be honest, I don't use them all. I own palettes from, MUA, Stila, Make Up Revolution, Collection and Sleek but the palette that I always return to is the MUA 'Undressed' Eyeshadow Palette. It is rare that you ever find a palette where you use all the shades but with the 'Undressed' palette, all the shades are used and loved. At only £4 the eyeshadow quality is amazing and even rivals some of the high end palettes. I always reach for the MUA 'undressed' palette over my Stila 'In The Light' palette which really says something.

What products do you always come back to?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

June Favourites // 2015

Seriously where did June go? I don't know about you but the fact that June is finished is pretty scary but I do have some monthly favourites to share. Because I'm currently on a summer break from University, I have had more time to experiment and wear make up and I have a few rediscovered products. My monthly favourites include eyeshadows, eyeliners, moisturisers and of course nail polishes as well as a tv show and an album which I can't stop listening to.

My first monthly favourite is a rediscovery of mine. I have been using the Simple Protecting Moisture Cream non stop this month. The main reason for this is because of the SPF 30 it contains as I have been going for hikes, runs and generally spending a lot of time outside. I find that I normally burn quickly when I'm exposed to the sun so I have been turning to this product almost everyday this month.

The first eye product that I have been wearing a lot this month is the Rimmel Glam Eye HD Quad Eyeshadow in 'Heart of Gold'. I haven't been the biggest fan of Rimmel eyeshadows in the past and I brought this quad a while back but never used it. However a couple of weeks ago I was in the mood to rock a gold eye look and have been addicted to the quad ever since. The eyeshadow blends so well and creates the perfect gold summer look.

Another rediscovered product also comes from Rimmel. I have really been enjoying brown pencil eye liner rather than a black liquid liner as it creates a more natural look and is also a lighter option compared to liquid liners. The Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil 'Oil Sable Brown' is my favourite pencil liner of the moment as it slides along my lash line and doesn't move until I use make up remover to remove it. At only £2.99, I can't recommend a cheaper pencil liner that is as good.

Onto the nail polishes that I have been loving this month. I'm sure this will come as no shock that I have been wearing Barry M Hi Shine Nail Polishes non stop. The two shades that I have been wearing the most is a light blue shade and a light mint green shade. The Barry M Hi Shine 'Sky Blue' is a light baby blue colour while the Barry M Hi Shine 'Sugar Apple' is a more mint green toned colour. I will agree that they are very similar shades and I definitely don't need to have both but I am nail polish obsessed.

In terms of tv shows, I can't stop watching The Whispers. It is scary but still makes me want to watch it every week. The Whispers is about aliens who use children to carry out their plans and plots. Sounds odd but seriously give it a try! The album that has been played non stop throughout June is Ella Henderson's Chapter One. I know I'm late to the party on this one but every song on the album is amazing and is one of my all time favourite albums.

What were your June Favourites?

Emily <3

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Plan Your Perfect Summer | Ideas & Tips

Now that summer has well and truly kicked off, I'm sure that some of you are finishing school, college or university and are wondering what your going to do. I'm definitely one of these people. I know that someone of you may be working during your summer and props to you but everyone needs some time to relax and recharge and I have got some ideas of what you could do. I am a firm believer that the summer is designed for you to chill, relax and to have a good time with friends and family and here are some great ideas and tips.

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The first thing that you can do is bake. This is one of my favourite things to do during the summer holidays. You could bake cakes, cupcakes, flapjacks, cookies, brownies or anything that you fancy. If you are not into sweet treats why not whip up some raw vegan brownies which taste amazing. Even if you aren't the worlds greatest baker, you can always buy a cake or brownie mix and make a summer treat. I personally love to make sweet potato fries which are so yummy and simple to make.

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Why not go outside and hike. If I am feeling bored or want to clear my head, I head out for a hike. I find this very calming and refreshing. I love to plug in my headphones and just walk while listening to some funky tunes and rocking very cute workout gear. Hiking is just as fun if you invite your family and friends along too and is a great way to explore the surrounding area as well. I often go hiking with my family and always end up having a picnic with yummy sandwiches and fruit juices.

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One of my all time favourite activities during the summer is a girls day out. At least once a week, me and my friends go out and find something fun to do together. My typical girly days out often include shopping trips, going to the movies and trying out new restaurants. There is nothing more I enjoy doing than chatting with my friends over a plate of delicious food or browsing the latest clothes in Primark. Of course no girls day out would be complete without taking hundreds of pictures.

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If you live in a country where the sun shines bright, how about throwing a pool party or going to the beach. I love spending a day by the pool as it really relaxes me and is also a great way to be active as well. When I throw a pool party, I always remember to bring inflatables as well as fruit smoothies to drink. If you don't live near a pool, why not take a trip to your local beach and have a beach day. I love floating in the sea, building sand castles and eating ice creams.

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My last idea is to have a lazy pamper day. Every once in a while, everyone deserves a pamper night. This involves face masks, hair masks, luxurious body lotions and nail polishes. I take great pleasure in sitting in my sweatpants while watching my favourite chick flick and eating popcorn. There is nothing better than a day to treat yourself and often I feel so much more positive and happy after a pamper session.

What are you planning to do this summer?

Emily <3

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Five Beauty Tips I Always Follow

When I first started wearing make up, I didn't know what I was doing and it is safe to say that there were some serious make up crimes committed. However over time and with lots and lots of practice, I finally feel that I can create a make up look that looks half decent and with this comes a couple of tips which I never fail to forget. These are just my tips and tricks which I found though trial and error and I thought I would share them with you.

Invest In a Good Nail Polish Top Coat 
I love wearing nail polishes but love it more when it is long lasting. For years and years, I went with out using a top coat and always wondered why my nail polish was chipping after only hours of wearing it. When I finally noticed that I needed to get a top coat, I tried so many different ones. Not all top coats actually help but one budget top coat I like is the Barry M Clear Top Coat. The Essie 'Good To Go' Top Coat is one of the best I have ever tried and makes the nail polish last longer. 

Never Pair A Bold Lip With Smoky Eyeshadow
I really wish that someone had informed me of this tip when I first started wearing eyeshadow. I never thought about whether my lips and eyeshadow matched which meant that there were times when I paired a smoky eye with a orange lip. Never ever again. If I am going to go bold with the eyes than I normally go for a more neutral lip colour such as light pink. Make either the lips or eyes the centre of attention but never both. 

Prime Your Lips Before Applying a Matte Lipstick
Lipsticks of a matte formula are very unforgiving if your lips are dry and cracked. The lipstick will stick to the dry bits of skin and look terrible. To avoid this, use a lip scrub to remove any dead cells before then applying your favourite smooth lip balm to moisture your lips. Priming your lips before hand ensures that your lips are smooth and soft and also makes the lipstick last longer without it flaking off or drying out your lips.

Take Your Time Blending In Your Foundation 
One of the most important tips I have learnt. Take your time when it comes to blending in your foundation. The last thing you want is foundation that isn't fully blended in and just soaks into your pores. Blending ensures that the foundation doesn't become streaky which doesn't look good on anyone. Also remember to pick the correct shade so that it matches your skin and make sure that it suits your skin type.

Store Your Liquid Liner Upside Down 
My last tip is about liquid liner. There is nothing worse than streaky liner because the liner doesn't come out consistently. To avoid this problem, try storing your liquid liner upside down. This ensures that the liquid comes out at a consistent rate. This will also make sure that you get a nice, solid black line every time and stops the liquid liner from drying out as quickly.

What are your top five beauty tips?

Emily <3 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

How To Become A Morning Person

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I don't know about you but one of my favourite times of the day is the morning. I have always been a morning person ever since I can remember. However a lot of friends and family members are definitely not and often ask me how I became a morning person so I thought I would share my tips and ideas to get you up and enjoying your morning.  

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My first tip is to move your alarm clock out of your reach. Move it to the other side of the room where you can't turn it off unless you get up and out of bed. This idea may seem simple but it works wonders because by forcing you out of bed, you are more lightly to get up and get ready to face the day. If you use your phone as a alarm clock, try placing it in a draw or by a window so it forces you to physically get up and turn it off. 

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Don't forget to let the daylight in. Once you have dragged yourself out of bed and turned off your alarm clock, open up your curtains and let the light in. I find that daylight wakes me up and also brightens up my room. I know that you might find this hard and may even burn your eyes but after a couple of days, your love the feeling of the daylight shining on your face in the morning. 

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Hydrate yourself with a glass of water. After you have turned off the loud alarm clock and let the light in, grab your a glass of water and drink it. If you don't like drinking water, try adding a couple of slices of lemon. This not only tastes amazing but also cleanses the body while helping you to fight the hunger cravings. Drinking lemon water at the beginning of the day also helps to feel fresh and boost your energy. 

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One tip is to prepare the night before. If I know that I am going to be busy in the morning and have some where important to be, I pick out my make up and clothes the night before. I normally leave my make up out on the side so I don't have to spend ages picking out eyeshadows. I place my clothes out as well as packing my bag so I don't have to think about it and really speeds up the morning routine. 

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My last tip is to make the morning about you. This is one way to make you enjoy your morning more. If you give your a couple of minutes to yourself to do something that you love , you are more likely to enjoy your morning routine. I love to spend a few minutes sitting with my little brother just chatting about anything really as it is relaxing and is a great way to start the day. 

What are your tips and tricks to becoming a morning person?

Emily <3 

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