Going Out or Staying In?

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I was watching one of Carrie Hope Fletcher's video on her amazing channel 'Itswaypastmybedtime' (you should really check it out!) and came across one of her other videos called 'That One Wild Night...' and you can watch it here. The video talked about going out and staying in and this got me thinking that everyone my age and everyone around me goes out almost every night and yet I am currently curled up in a ball in the world's fluffiest dressing grown while watching TV. As a university student, a lot of people expect me to go out and drink every night but this couldn't be further from the truth. 

If your a university student, I'm sure your know what freshers are but if you don't, it is basically where there are events every night and everyone goes and gets very drunk for about 2 weeks. Now as a first year, there was a bit of pressure to go to these events and I can honestly say I didn't go out. Out of 2 weeks worth of events, I went to one and I didn't enjoy it that much and to be honest I just wanted to curl up and watch TV or read a book. 

Now I don't want to say that going out and drinking is bad or wrong because everyone has there own choices and their own ways of having. However what I took awhile  to understand is that everyone has their own way of relaxing and having happy. This may be going out, drinking, watching tv, writing blog posts, watching movies, chilling out with family, reading a book or blogs. 

Sometimes I feel that I'm a 50 year old women trapped inside a 19 year old body. When people ask me if I'm going out and going to dance, meet guys and drink until I pass out, I can't think of a worse night. My perfect night includes junk food, tv shows or movies and my sister to cuddle with. Sometines I feel that there is so much pressure and expectation for you to go and being social. 

I don't think that you have to go out and drink to 'be social' but rather just hanging out with friends. Whether it is going to movies, shopping, going to the restaurant, going to the beach or just hanging out with family. Sometimes I wonder if I am the only person who would rather spend a night in and not go out and drink. 

Are you a going out or staying in type of person? 

Emily <3 

Topshop Blusher 'Good Girl'

Thursday, 22 January 2015

I have always heard so much good stuff about the Topshop make up range but have never had the chance to try any, that is until now. I recently brought a blush from their range in the shade 'Good Girl'. This is a light bright pink colour and is a powder blush. I first heard about this blush from Fleurdeforce and I fell in love with the colour when I tested it in store and had to pick it up. 

The Topshop powder blushes are very pigmented and blend well however it is fairly easy to go overboard. I normally apply this blush to the apples of my cheeks and only the smallest amount is needed to create the flushed look. One thing that I didn't realise when I brought it was this blush contain some glitter which doesn't really come across as much in the photos. However the glitter doesn't make you look like a vampire and is a rather subtle glitter.   

One thing that Topshop make up is well known for is there packaging and I have to say that it is amazing. Although white packaging can be hard to keep clean, it doesn't get dirty and the little black dots in a cute touch. The blush is in a compact and a mini mirror inside and fits into a make up bag perfectly. I would highly recommend trying this blush because it is great quality and is fairly cheap. These are just my thoughts and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and twitter! 

Have you tried this blusher before?

Emily <3 

Skincare Empties

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Its that time again when I go through my skincare empties and show you what products I have used up and whether I would buy it again. I have a range of products from moisturisers to wipes and I personally love reading these type of posts and I thought why not share my skincare rubbish with you...

The first products are cleansers and come from the drugstore,. I finished the Ganier Micellar Cleansing Water and I can say that I will definitely be buying this again. This is because it is one of the best cleansing waters I have ever used because it takes my make up off without stringing or upsetting my skin. The other cleanser comes from No7 and is their Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm. This isn't the best cleanser I have ever used but it does the job and removes dirt and make up from my face. However, the smell of the cleanser is rather strong and may not be to everyone's taste and I don't think I will be buying this cleanser again. 

The next two products I have used up come from Simple and are their Hydrating Light Moisturiser and Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. I first tried the Hydrating Light Moisturiser and I didn't really see any improvement in my skin but decided to finish it anyway. However I was shocked when I tried Replenishing Rich Moisturiser because I didn't realise how dry my face was. I really love the Replenishing Rich Moisturiser because it is gentle, hydrating and doesn't upset my skin. 

The next two products aren't technically skincare items but I thought I would add them and they are a mini  conditioner and hand cream. I brought a mini size of the TREsemme Conditioner to use when I went on a weekend holiday but it turned out I loved it because it made my hair feel smooth and soft and smells amazing. I finished the Hand Food by Soap and Glory and I can't say I will be buying it again because the smell was over bearing at times and is rather greasy. 

The last skincare product is the Nivea Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes that are my favourite becuse they remove mascara and make up quickly without stringing my skin. I don't normally use wipes unless it is to remove eye liner that has gonewrong or eyeshadow that I don't like. 

That's all of my rubbish and I hope you found it interesting. These are just my thoughts on the products and they may work differently for you. Don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and twitter!

What Skincare products have you been using lately ?

Emily <3  

Everyday Staples // January

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Ever wanted to know what products have been my staples over the last couple of days? Well if so, this is the post for you because I'm going to share with you a few products that are fairly new to my everyday staples collection. These are my January Everyday Staples and is a collection of products that I can't stop using. I picked a couple of lip products, an eye product, nail polish and bronzer...

 Barry M Lash Vegas Mascara 
A mascara that I have been using a lot over the last couple of days has been Lash Vegas mascara by Barry M. I originally brought this because it was on sale and I needed a waterproof mascara but since then I have been using it regularly, and it has quickly become one of my favourites. It gives volume but doesn't make me look like I'm wearing false lashes but gives a more natural look. Another thing to note is that this mascara doesn't require tugging to remove unlike other waterproof mascaras.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 'Metallic Pomegranate'
My eyeshadow base of choice comes from Maybelline and is one of their colour tattoos. It is 'Metallic Pomegrante' which is a red wine colour that is perfect for winter. I love using it at the moment because I am currently on a break and am becoming a bit lazy with the make up. Because of this, the colour tattoo takes about 1 minute to apply and blend and then your good to go. If your starting out in make up or you do your make up on the go then these cream eyeshadows are perfect for you. 

Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer 
I'm sure that you have seen me writing about this bronzer before but it is so good. The actual bronzer is amazing and is the perfect colour for me. I love swiping across my cheeks to give it that more bronze look. It gives it that natural bronzed look instead of looking like you went overboard with the fake tan. This packaging isn't my favourite, however it is thin and is perfect for slipping into your make up bag when you are travelling.  

Nivea Lip Butter 'Blueberry Blush'
Every night before I go to bed, I apply the Nivea Lip Butter in Blueberry Blush. Doing this, leaves my lips feeling smooth and soft and ready for lipstick. This lip butter is the best I have ever tried and smells like blueberry heaven. It really moisturises my lips and during the winter months, it is very important to moisturise the lips. This lip butter is thick and can take awhile to sink in which is why I often use it before I go to bed. 

Barry M  Nail Polish 'Berry Cosmo' 
A nail polish that I have been in love with in the last couple of days would have to Barry M's Berry Cosmo which is a dark red wine colour. I love wearing this on its own or with glitter if I am feeling very festive and glittery. Either way, this nail polish is a winner in my heart and is well worth a try. The formula of Barry M nail polishes is long lasting and this nail polish is no different.

That's all of my everyday staples for now. I hope you found this useful and interesting and if so I might do more of these posts in the further. These are just my own thoughts about these products and they work different with others. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin and Twitter to stay updated!

What are your everyday staples at the moment?

Emily <3 

ASOS Wishlist

Friday, 16 January 2015

You know when you just go to check your emails and end up on ASOS? Well that happened the other day and I thought instead of spending money I don't have, why not create a little wishlist and share it with you. I personally love looking at wishlists and seeing what other people have been eyeing up and what has taken their fancy so here's mine...

If you any of these outfits have taken your fancy, you can click the picture and it should take you straight to page. These are just my picks and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and twitter!

What outfit is your favourite?

Emily <3 

My Perfect Nude Lip

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

I have been rocking one lip colour recently and that is my perfect nude lip. I personally love rocking a nude lip because you don't have to worry about the lipstick transferring to your teeth and isn't bold and is comfortable to wear. Loads of people have been raving about the nude lip and creating the 90s nude colour lip and of course I felt the need to jump on board and create my own nude lip and if you want to know how I create my personal nude lip then here we go...

The first thing I do is apply a lip liner. I feel that applying a lip liner before hand really adds to the effect of the nude lip. I picked the Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob and this really prepares my lips and gives the lips an outline. This lip liner is great because it doesn't dry out my lips and matches my lips perfectly and it very to easy to apply. You can buy these in Superdrug or Boots. 

After I have applied the lip liner, I go in with the L'oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash in the shade '101 Lolita' which is a darker nude colour. I love this lipgloss because it doesn't move or transfer onto other surfaces and remains glossy throughout the day. This combination of lip liner and lipgloss is perfect and makes me feel a bit like Kylie Jenner. The L'oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash is great if you don't want to reapply throughout the day and makes the lips look glossy and shiny. These can also be brought from the drugstore. 

And that's how you create my personal nude lip and I love it. This is just the way I create it and you can create and change it however you want. I hope you enjoyed and found it interesting. Don't forget to follow me on twitter and bloglovin!  

What's your favourite product to use for a nude lip look?

Emily <3 

Exam Anxiety & Stress // How I Deal With It

Sunday, 11 January 2015

As I am writing this post, I have one week until my first exam at university. This fact scares the living day light out of me. I have been thinking about writing this post for some time but at this moment in time, I am very nervous and anxious and feel the need to talk about it so do bear with.

Every time I hear the word 'Exam' my heart rate increases and I feel very sick. Just the word sends me into nervous wreak and it often affects me really badly. My anxiety often makes me study until I fall asleep and or until I end up crying down the phone to my mum. I am not going to lie when I say that have been worrying about this exam for the last two months. Yes two months!

When I ask others around me if they have started revising for the exam, they say that they haven't thought about it let alone open a textbook or write revision cards which is crazy to me. Sometimes I feel like the only person who gets nervous and anxious about exams. However because I have had to deal with this during sixth form I have come up with a couple of ways to help and I thought why not share them...

1. Get Out and Take a Break
During a exam period, I often end up studying from the minute I wake up to the moment I fall asleep. However after about 2 weeks of that, I am so drained and that's where my first technique comes in. If you have having a study day, then take breaks such as going to Starbucks and grabbing a coffee or going out for a run. Believe me, this will leave you refreshed and ready to study. 

2. Study with Friends
Most people who don't study seem to say it is because they find it boring and I often suffer with this. So to solve this, I often text friends and ask to meet up and have a study session together. I often find these the best ways of studying because you learn so much while enjoying yourself. I had a study session the other day and I never laughed so much in my life. Try it! Grab friends and study.

 3. Turn off Everything & Focus
Slightly different from my last two points, when you get around to studying, turn off your phone, laptop, computer and TV. Turn off everything that will cause you to lose focus. If this means going to the library than so be it. Doing this will help you to focus and take in as much as possible.

4. Be Comfortable 
There is nothing worse than sitting in tight jeans trying to study (yes I have been there before). When I study, I often put on tracksuit pants or sweatpants and often sit on the sofa. Just find what is comfortable and crack on and study. However this doesn't meant, sit in your PJs in bed studying because that won't work either. This also applies to the exam itself. Wear clothes that you are comfortable in such as hoodies, leggings and converses.

5. Breath and Take Your Time 
One of the important points and I am often reminded of this. During and before exams, I get very nervous and my breathing becomes heavier and faster. This is bad because it can often lead to a panic attack which is not what you want. Just breath and try to hear yourself breath. Count your breathes. Take your time, don't panic and pretend your doing a past paper in your room.

6. Don't Over Think It
I am that person who reads a question and then comes up with a answer before than questioning myself. Its ok to think twice about an answer and check it but don't think about the answer for half an hour because that won't help.

These are my top six tips of how I deal with stress and anxiety that comes with exams. These are just my tips and tricks and they may not work for everyone. Exam is a stressful and nervous time and it is only human to worry and be nervous. I often find these hard to follow but when it gets bad these tips really help. If you are sitting exams whether it be, GCSEs, A Levels, IB, University or something else, good luck and if you have any tips about how to deal with it, leave them in the comments!

Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever get anxious about exams?

Emily <3 

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