Sleek 'Oh So Special' Palette

Thursday, 5 March 2015

When you think about drugstore palettes, people normally think Make Up Revolution or Make Up Academy. However one of my favourite brands for producing eyeshadow palettes has to be Sleek. About a year ago, I brought two eyeshadow palettes and a blush palette and haven't looked back since. If you are a regularly reader of this blog (thank you!) then you might know that I also recently brought some of their single blushers because I love them so much. I'm sure you can see from this that I really love Sleek as a company but especially their 'Oh So Special Palette'.

The Sleek Palettes are as the name would suggest, very sleek and come in sleek black packaging with a massive mirror which I personally love. The palette comes with 12 different shades some of which are matte and some are shimmery. I actually use the shimmery and glittery ones more than the matte ones but I think that this is just me and my decision and my need to be glittery. Moving on from that fact, I love this palette because it often a wide range of shades from a light pink perfect for highlighting to a black shade which is perfect for using as black liner.  

(Top Row Right to Left: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate)

I need to say sorry about the poor quality of these swatches but my camera just wasn't focusing and I couldn't figure out why but I really wanted to include some swatches so I used my iphone. The Photo above shows the swatches from the top row of the palette and although you may only be able to tell five swatches there are actually six but Bow, which is a very light almost white colour wouldn't show up when I tried swatching it. However as you can see the pigmentation is amazing and my favourite shades from the top row include Organza, Gift Basket and Glitz.  

(Bottom Row Right to Left: Pamper, Gateau, The mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up , Noir)

As you may you be able to see, the matte shades have very good pigmentation as well as the shimmers. My favourite shades from the bottom row include Gateau, The Mail, Bored and Wrapped Up. I don't ever really use Noir as I prefer to use a liquid liner. I have to admit that these eyeshadows are very pigmented as previously stated but are also buttery and very blend-able. When I pick a palette to take with me on holiday or trip, I almost always turn to this one because the shade range is so big and the quality is so great but yet doesn't cost a lot either. 

Overall I would say this is a perfect palette for those who are starting out in Make Up and Beauty but want something more than the Make Up Revolution palettes and something that looks sleek and is of great quality. These are just my thoughts and this palette may work differently for you and don't forget to stay updated on this blog by following me on bloglovin and twitter!

Have you tried this palette before? What did you think about it?

Emily <3  

5 Places I'd Like To Travel To

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

You know when you have one of those days when you want to pack a suitcase and get on a plane and just leave everything for a minute? Well I am having one of those days and I felt like sharing my top five places I would love to travel to. Ever since I since I could remember I have always travelled and is something that I love. However in recent years, I haven't been travelling as much and I miss it so much...

I have heard so many people talk about Greece and how amazing and beautiful it is. Because of this I really really want to go see it and this is a place that I have never been before and I really want to change that soon. I love the idea of going exploring and taking in the beautiful sights. I am not sure where in Greece I would go but I love the idea. The pictures of the landscapes in Greece look beautiful and are worth travelling to explore.

Hong Kong
This may my favourite place in the world because it is my home and I miss it. I know this may be cheating a bit but I would to travel back here and visit friends. One of my favourite things is that although Hong Kong is known as a city, it contains some of the most amazing countrysides and beautiful beaches. I miss the culture, the food and the shopping malls and I am really hoping to go back very soon.

Bali. Right now I would to go to Bali and just lie by the pool and have my hair braided. Doesn't that just sound amazing! I have been to Bali four times but it is honestly one of my favourite places to go to relax and recharge. I love the people, the sun and exploring the wonderful culture. I have my favourite Hotel which I always go to and they have the best swimming pool which has a bar in the middle of it. What more do you need?!

I haven't really discovered or explored that much of Europe and Spain is on the top of my list to discover. The idea of spending a couple of weeks in the sun and lying by the beach and swimming pool is perfect. I would also love to learn the language and travel around the country exploring. I would love to rental a villa with a swimming pool and hang out with family and have amazing food. 

I have been to Singapore before and ever since then I have wanted to go back. I love the cleanness and the city life and the shopping malls. I would say that Singapore is kinda like Hong Kong and that is perhaps why I like it so much. I love the city, the shops, the people, the harbour front and the skyline.  

After writing this, I want to go travel right this second. I don't know about you but travelling just makes life that little bit more exciting and interesting. I hope you found my list of places I would love to travel enjoyable and interesting. Don't forget to follow me on twitter and bloglovin. 

Have you been travelling recently? What places would you like to travel to?

Emily <3 

Hello March // Monthly Goals

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Hello, March! I can't believe that you are already here. I have been obsessed with lifestyle blogs lately and I saw that one of them had monthly goals and I thought that it was a brilliant idea because if I write down and share my goals for each month, I will have a better chance of sticks to them. One thing you may not know about me is that I am an organise freak and one of my favourite things to do is to write lists. I love the idea of my life in lists and I love creating goals for me to reach and to try achieve because if I stick to them for a whole month then I am more likely continue them for longer...

Stick to my Skincare Routine
For the past two months, I have been rubbish with doing my skincare. The thought of having to wash my face and clean it just seems to hard and often I don't do it. Then I wonder why my skin isn't in the best shape. During March, I would like myself to try and stick to a skincare routine. I am helping myself by simplifying my routine. I am going to try and cleanse and moisturise every morning and night during March. This should hopefully help me to develop a simple routine that I can stick to and continue.  

Save Money 
As a university student, money always seems to be an issue. If your a student, your know what it feels like to have no extra money and if your a blogger as well, then your know the pain of wanting products to review and talk about on your blog but yet you can't because you need to buy food. However during March, I am going to try my best to save money. This could just include collecting my extra change and putting it aside in a small jar and by the end of the month I should have enough money for a little something rather than spending my money on useless things.

Focus on Work
Its getting to that point of the year when the work begins to build up. But I refuse to get stressed out by this so I would like myself to focus on work. This means getting up earlier and actually getting on this work. If you have work to do that's due in, get it done! I only have a couple of months left at University and would love to try and keep my grades up. I often turn off my phone and laptop and get change into my sweatpants so I am fully comfortable and ready to student without losing focus.  

Read more Books 
As a little girl, I loved reading and often I would spend days just sitting and reading. However because I am so busy with work and sport that I don't really have time to read. This is all going to change in March, because I am setting myself a goal of reaching at least two chapters before I go to bed each night. I love reading beauty and fashion books as well as novels and romantic books. Reading is a great way to fully relax me and takes my mind of work and other stresses.

These were my four goals for March. I feel that having goals for the whole year is silly and unachievable so creating smaller goals each month allows to achieve your long term year goals. I hope you found my goals interesting and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and twitter!

What are your goals for March?  

Emily <3 

February Favourites // 2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015

February Favourites. I can't believe that February is almost over. I have to admit it hasn't be the fastest month but it has definitely been an eventful month. I haven't really been trying too many make up products this month but there has been an increase in the nail polish department. I have a mixture of nail polishes, make up, and a book thrown in as well...   

Sally Hansen Colourfast Tinit & Moisture Balm
I have been loving this tint balm. I haven't really found any good nude lip products until I tried this one. The Sally Hansen Colourfast Tint in 'Health Nut' is a dark nude colour and moisturises my lips. I have been using this lip product all month and almost everyday and it goes with every outfit and every make up look. If you can get your hands on it, I would seriously suggest it!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 'Creamy Beige' 
If your read my January Favourites, you would have seen me rave about my love for the Colour Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze'. However my love for it has been replaced by a new one. 'Creamy Beige' is my new favourite. I found it in Superdrug and haven't stopped using it ever since. It is the perfect neutral everyday eyeshadow base. If I am having a natural make up day, I just wear it on its own but if I want to change it up, I'll lay it something else over it. Look out for a review coming soon! 

Barry M  G elly Hi-Shine 'Guava' 
I brought this nail polish back in January and it is fast becoming one of my all time favourites. I love mint green and this nail polish is the perfect mix between mint green and blue. I love wearing it because it matches jeans perfectly and is a statement colour. I have gotten a few comments about the colour and how pretty and almost mermaid-like it is.

Barry M  G elly Hi-Shine 'Rose Hip'
Another Barry M Nail Polish! I love the formula of these nail polishes and how thick and long lasting they are. 'Rose Hip' is a light baby pink colour and looks almost white from distance. I feel that this is the perfect spring colour and will be getting a lot of use during the spring and summer months coming up. 

  Rimmel Lasting Finish '501 Fancy A Dip'
I recently brought Fleurdeforce The Glam Guide book and I saw that Fleur was wearing a beautiful light blue colour on the cover. I remembered her talking about that colour from Rimmel so I walked down to Boots and decided to pick it up and give it a try. So far I really love it and so many people have commented on it and I even brought it for one of my friends because she liked it so much! 

Rimmel Lasting Finish '404 Ballet Pump Perfection'
I promise this is the last nail polish for this post. I wasn't set on buying this nail polish and haven't seen other bloggers talking about it. However I couldn't put it down when I picked it up in Tesco and there was something about the blue tones that shimmer through the pink colour. It is almost like the perfect princess pink colour. 

Fleurdeforce The Glam Guide
I am not one for buying blogger or YouTube products but when my favourite youtuber and blogger 'Fleurdeforce' released her book, I couldn't help but pop it into my shopping basket in Tesco. I love this book because it isn't just about Make Up but also Fashion, Fitness, Trends, Youtube., Blogging and Lifestyle. The book itself is written so well and even contains little tips to help you along the way and is worth a read!

The Detangler
My hair just seems to be in a big old knot all the time. I have heard so many bloggers raving about the Tangle Teaser but I just didn't think that it was worth spending £10 on a hair brush but I was shopping in Asda the other day and came across 'The Detangler'. It cost £6 and is the best brush ever. It doesn't rip my hair out and leaves it feeling smooth and soft. If you don't want to spend £10 on a brush, go to Asda and check out 'The Detangler'.

I hope you enjoyed my February Favourites and that you had a wonderful month! I can't actually believe that two months of 2015 has already pass! 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 to stay update on all things Emilycouture95! 

What have been your February Favourites?

Emily <3 

Non Beauty Haul // Gym gear & Heels

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The other day I went shopping with my mum because that's what we do and I picked up some items. However for once it wasn't anything to do with beauty which makes a change. I picked up a couple pairs of shoes and some gym gear. Now before we get started, I thought I would mention that I have joined the gym (typical blogger) and felt the need to go out and buy clothes for it. I thought I would share with you the items I brought...

The first thing I brought was actually something that I brought before Christmas but never got around to wearing them and writing about it so I thought heck why not include it. These heels were brought from New Look in the sale for £11 which is such a bargain. I was planning on wearing these on Christmas eve and Christmas Day but in the end, I worn a dress that didn't really suit these heels. However I worn them out for my sister's birthday dinner a couple of days ago and they looked so cute. I love how there is a cross over at the toes but still have support from the strap and the supported heel as well. The platform makes it easier to walk in and is going to perfect for those summer nights that I can't wait for. 

Yet another pair of shoes. I brought these a couple of days ago and I have fallen in love with them. They are from Matalan and are a light brown colour with a heel. Now I'm not really one for wearing heels however I do love to wear a pair of heels when I go out for dinner. However with these boots, I have worn them shopping, out to luinch, done food shopping and sightseeing and had no problem. They are honestly some of the comfortable heels ever and as a little person, this makes me very happy and I want to wear them everywhere!

I brought gym gear. Yes I repeat I have brought gym gear. I recently joined the gym along with every other person in the world who does during January and then it came to me that if I was going to go the gym, I would need gym gear. So when I was in Sports Direct the other day I picked up some. The first thing I picked up was these sport bras and they are in the coolest colours and patterns. I love the bright pink sports bar because it looks amazing under white tank tops. The black sports bar has a floral pattern and this gives it that girly look and I love it. I also brought a couple of running tops because I am trying to get back into running and of course I had to pick the brightest colours they have which I can't wait to try out at the gym. 

Don't you just love shopping?! These were the items that I picked up and I hope you found it interesting and that it given you ideas of what you can buy if your looking for heels or workout gear. These are just my thoughts about the products and were brought with my own money. Don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and twitter!

What have you brought recently? 

Emily <3 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Leather Effect 'Vintage Plum'

Sunday, 22 February 2015

If you saw my recent drugstore haul, you may have seen that I brought the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Leather Effect 'Vintage Plum'. I had heard a couple of bloggers talk about this leather effect colour tattoo but I thought it was just a US executive however when I spotted it in Superdrug, I didn't think twice before buying this. 

Even though it is a leather effect, this colour tattoo is like any other and comes in a little glass jar with a lip that needs to screwed on tight to avoid drying out. This colour tattoo is a gel cream eyeshadow consistently and claims to last 24 hours but I have never tried or tested this claim as I personally don't wear eyeshadow for that long but one thing to note is that I do wear an eyeshadow primer under this. A lot of people say that these eyeshadows are crease free but on me they seem to crease badly.  

I picked the shade 'Vintage Plum' because it was the one only in the store but also because one of my friends was raving about it and asked if I had tried it. I was also interested in the shade because it is a darker shade and I generally prefer to have a smoky darker eye than a neutral eye. Another reason which I will admit to is that this was a blogger induced purchase. I often find a product and say 'I'm buying this for reviewing on the blog' which of course is a terrible excuse.  

The product itself is a deep yet warm purple colour with a slight hint of taupe. From the photo below, you may be able to see that when it is applied to the skin, it becomes a dry and chalky texture which I guess gives it that leather effect look. 'Vintage Plum' is the ideal base to create a smoky eye and is the perfect dark smoky purple colour. 

Overall I would say this colour tattoo is perfect for the girls who love a good purple smoky eye but want something a little different and with a slightly different texture. If you are one for smoky purple eyes then I would recommend trying this out. These are just my thoughts on the product and they may work differently for you. I hope you found this review and first impressions interesting and don't to follow me on bloglovin and twitter! 

Have you tried this product before? What did you think?

Emily <3 

Mini Beauty Haul // February

Thursday, 19 February 2015

I often do my weekly food shop in Tesco and walk in with a plan of what I'm going to get and what I need. However, when I am walking out the store after my shop I notice that some beauty products have managed to sneak their way into my basket. I personally shop at a 'Tesco Extra' which is a bigger than normal Tesco and they have a range of beauty products and I can't help but get drawn in by. I thought heck why not share with you the few products that made it into my basket...

Nail Polishes are always something I love to buy even though, I have so many. My reason for picking up these two bottles is that I haven't really tried many Rimmel Nail Polishes and they were on sale as well. The shades I picked up were '501 Fancy A Dip' and '404 Ballet Pump Perfection'. I have been eyeing up Fancy a Dip which is a blue blue colour for a while and when I saw Fleur wearing it on her book cover, I picked it up. I couldn't help but pick Ballet Pump Perfection because it is a beautiful pink colour with blue undertones. 

One thing that I have been loving recently has been the Tesco Pro Formula Brand. I am currently trying their, facial wash and hot cloth cleanser but I spotted their Hydrating Face Mask and I picked it up to try. I have been feeling rather home sick for the last couple of days and I decided to treat myself to a pamper night tonight and I thought heck why not treat yourself to a mask. I have been battling with my skin recently and it feels dry so I thought a Hydrating Mask might do the trick. 

Mascara is one of those products that you are told to throw away after three months but yet cost so much more than other make up items. As you might know, I have used my Barry M Lash Vegas Mascara for months and got it back in August and have used nothing else since. I have been meaning to buy a new mascara but when I come around to buying it, I look at the price and think well maybe I don't need a mascara just yet. In the end, I picked up Maybelline The Falsies which is a favourite of mine. 

If there has been one product that everyone and their mother has been talking about, its the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyshadow Gel Pots. I heard Essiebutton talking about these in her videos and I thought I would try them. I love the Colour Tattoos by Maybelline but these are something else. When I swatched it, it was a mousse like texture which shocked me but after a couple of seconds, it dried to a nice finish. I'm not quite sure what to think upon first impressions but do expect a review soon. I picked up the shade '20 Copper' which I know doesn't look copper. 

That's all the product that slipped into my basket during my food shop. These are just my thoughts and they may work differently for you. I hope you found this post interesting and enjoyable. If you have any recommendations as to any drugstore products I should try in the further, let me know the comments.Don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and twitter! 

What products have you picked up recently?

Emily <3 

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