Top 5 Nail Polishes Under £5

Sunday, 24 May 2015

One of my favourite things to shop for is nail polishes and I often spend hours wondering around Boots and Superdrug trying to find the prettiest shades. Although there many great high end brands which provide great nail polishes, the drugstore is one of the best places to find great quality nail polishes at a budget-friendly price. Here are my top 5 under £5...

Rimmel Lasting Finish 'Fancy a Dip?' - Link 
One brand which sometimes gets over looked is Rimmel when it comes to nail polishes. However I find that the quality is great and long lasting not to mention the amazing range of shades. My favourite shade from Rimmel has to be 'Fancy a Dip?' which is a light baby blue colour.

Essie 'Haute in the Heat' - Link 
Essie is a blogger favourite brand when it comes to nail polishes and normally they are around £7.99 but at fragrance direct they are sold at £2.49 per bottle. I remember a couple of years ago when I first tried an Essie nail polish and was blown away by the quality and I am a sucker for a dark pink shade.

Barry M Nail Polish 'Amethyst Glitter' - Link
One of my all time favourite nail polish which I have talked about countless times would be Barry M. I feel that there isn't a brand which provides great quality nail polishes at such a cheap price like Barry M does. They also have a glitter range which I am in love with. 

Maybelline Superstay 'Crystal Clear' - Link 
I'm not going to lie when I say that I haven't really tried many Maybelline Nail Polishes but one that I have tried is there 'Crystal Clear' Base and Top Coat which I use every time I paint my nails. This top coat makes my nail polish last for weeks without a single chip. Amazing!

Barry M Jelly Hi-Shine 'Sugar Apple' - Link 
Coming back to Barry M, one of their nail polishes range is their Jelly Hi-Shine. This range has great quality nail polishes which are thick and shiny and long lasting. My favourite shade from them has to be 'Sugar Apple' which is a light mint green colour and is perfect for spring. 

What are your favourite nail polishes? 

Emily <3 

How To Motivate Yourself To Workout

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Recently I have been very good and have been working out every morning for the past two months and this is because of my new found fitness and workout motivation. The reason why I never got into fitness before hand was because I didn't have the motivation to drag myself out of bed but that has all changed! I felt the need to share them with you so that you can be just as motivated...

1. Cute Workout Clothes
This may sound like a odd thing to be motivated by but honestly it works! Go out and buy yourself some cute, pretty and colourful workout bras, tops and pants. If you feel comfortable and happy in your workout clothes, you are more likely to enjoy the exercise and makes you feel good as well. If I'm feeling demotivated, I think about the new workout leggings I brought and then I'm up and out the door. 

2. Make a Workout Playlist
The night before you plan to workout or exercise, plan and create a playlist of your favourite songs. These songs should generally be up beat and fun to listen to. If you have a couple of new songs that you like to listen to, then download the songs onto your phone or ipod. The only way I get through a run is if I have my dance playlist going otherwise it isn't happening. If your stuck for music, then just have a google and there are loads of suggestions. 

3. Do it in the Morning 
There have been countless times when I have said, I'll workout this evening and then I end up completely skipping it. I quickly learnt that working out in the morning gets it out of the way and allows you to get on with the rest of the day. Yes this will sometimes mean that you may have to get up earlier but chances of getting it done later are going to be smaller. I love going for a run or a swim in the morning as it refreshes me and fully wakes me up. 

4. Make it a date
I don't mean in a romantic way, but a workout date with a friend or family member. If you agree to meet up with a person at the gym to workout, you are more likely to go. Your workout buddy could be a friend, partner or family member. I personally love waking up my sister and dragging her out for a walk, run or cycle ride. Not only does it make it more fun and enjoyable but the time just seems to flow by without you noticing.  
Are you feeling motivated yet? I hope these tips and tricks have got you up and into your workout clothes and to the gym. These are just my ideas and tips and they work well for me but they may work differently for you. I would love to hear what exercises and sports you love to perform! 

What motivates you to keep fit and exercise? 

Emily <3 

Top Drugstore Bronzers

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

As a university student, I only ever shop at the drugstore when it comes to Make Up and it is no different when it comes to Bronzers. I never really wore bronzers when I first started wearing make up as I didn't understand how to use them. Because of this, I started at the drugstore when I finally decided to try a bronzer. But this wasn't an easy task so I thought I would give you a round up of my top drugstore bronzers...

My first ever bronzer that I brought was from MUA. I don't really know why I picked this one other than the fact it only cost £1. The packaging of this bronzer is simple and clear and isn't any thing fancy. The product itself is a shimmer bronzer which I don't normally go for as I prefer matte bronzers but for a first bronzer this is great. 

Another bronzer that I love and use regularly is the Soap & Glory Solar Powder. The paper packaging isn't great as it wears and tears easily. However the bronzer is truly amazing and contains two different shades. It has a light shade which has shimmer in as well as a darker shade which is matte. I personally swirl the two shades together to create the perfect glow. At £11, it isn't the cheapest bronzer in the store but it is worth a try.  

One of my newest bronzers is the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer which is a blogger favourite. I have to agree that the packaging is very cute but the product is even better. This bronzer is almost matte with a hint of shimmer to it and gives a lovely warm glow to my face. I normally use this bronzer to travel with as it fits perfectly into my make up bag and costs £7.99. 

The last bronzer is on the cheaper end of the scale but is just as good. The Rimmel Bronze Compact Powder is a great bronzer if you are starting out in make up as it is completely matte and contains no shimmer at all. On natural make up days, I reach for this bronzer over others because it gives a more natural look while still adding warmth and colour to my face. At £5.61, it is such a bargain!

What are your favourite bronzers from the drugstore?

Emily <3 

A Cream Eyeshadow Obsession

Sunday, 17 May 2015

As a beauty blogger I always love make up products but there is one specific product that I have an obsession with and that would be cream eyeshadows. Every time I go shopping I always end up buying more eyeshadows and I just can't help myself. There is something about the glass pots with black lids that draw me towards them and I'm sure that the collection will continue to grow.

As well as the packaging, I love the formula. When I first started experimenting with make up, I was too scared to try cream eyeshadows and stuck to powder eyeshadows. However fast forward a couple of years and I reach for a cream eyeshadow over powder eyeshadows almost everyday. The creamy blendable texture and formula makes it so easy and quick to apply. 

My favourite cream eyeshadows are the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. I would even go as far as saying it is one of the best in the drugstore. At only £4.99, they are such a bargain and come in a range of different shades. A blogger favourite is 'On and On bronze' which is a beautiful bronze shade. My personal favourite at the moment has to be 'Creamy Beige' which is a perfect everyday colour that can be used as a base for other eyeshadows. 

Do you like cream eyeshadows?  What is your make up obsession? 

Emily <3 

Blogger Inspired Purchases

Thursday, 14 May 2015

You know when you pop into Boots or Superdrug just to buy toothpaste but then you notice a product that a blogger has raved about and ends up sneaking into your basket. I have a few too many of those moments and I have to admit that I do end up buying products based on blogs that I normally read and products that they rave about and recommend. I thought I would give you a round up of my favourite blogger inspired purchases...

Make Up Academy Iconic Eyeshadow Palettes 
I remember when I first heard about this new brand launching and that they were going to be a budget friendly brand. I was so excited to try there products and when I saw Missbudgetbeauty raving about their eyeshadow palettes which were dupes for the Urban Decay Naked 1, 2 and 3 palettes I couldn't help but place an order and try it out for myself. 

Soap & Glory Solar Powder
I once came across a YouTube video from ViviannaDoesMakeup where she was raving about the Soap and Glory Solar Powder. After she mentioned it in a favourites video, I decided to pick it up when I was in Boots. I am so happy I did because I haven't stopped using it. Vivianna talked about the two shades of bronzers which it contains and how it isn't glittery and I couldn't agree more. 

Rimmel Eastend Snob Lip Liner 
I can't just pick one blogger who talked about this lip liner. I remember a week when I just continued to see this lip liner pop up on my bloglovin feed and I couldn't help but run out to Superdrug and pick one up for myself to see if it was as good as everyone else says. I have to agree with all the bloggers who raved about this lip liner because it is that good!

Ubran Decay Primer Potion 
This has to be one of the biggest talked about products in the blogging world. I don't really have the money to spend £17 on an eyeshadow primer but after seeing bloggers such as Zoella, The Sunday Girl and many others raving about it, I decided to part with the money. I have honestly never found an eyeshadow primer as good as this and has to be one of the biggest blogger inspired purchases ever. 

Am I the only one who has a lot of blogger inspired products? These are products which have been inspired from other amazing bloggers and may work differently for you. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it interesting.

What blogger inspired purchases do you have?

Emily <3   

Recently Purchased Products

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

As I was going through my make up collection and having a tidy up, I noticed that I had collected to number of recent purchases that had yet to be photographed and talked about, so here we go. These products were brought over a period of a couple of weeks from Boots, Fragrance Direct and Amazon. The products that were brought include eyeshadows, lip products, a blusher and a few nail polishes thrown in too...

I will be the first to admit that I have a problem when it comes to nail polishes and the collection just keeps growing. When I was in Boots a couple of weeks ago, I decided to adventure out from Barry M and try a new brand and that's when I discovered Revlon's 'Up The Ante'. It is the perfect spring purple colour. I also picked up a couple of Essie Nail Polishes in 'Status Symbol' and 'Haute in the Heat'. I promise you, they aren't the same shade of pink!

When I was browsing Fragrance Direct the other week, I spotted a couple of L'oreal lip products. After searching up swatches of the products, I popped a couple of them into my basket. The first product I picked was the  L'Oreal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash in 'Romy'. This is the perfect everyday lipgloss which dries to a matte finish and is very long lasting. The other product I got was the L'oreal Caresse Lipstick in 'Candy & Cherry' which is a bright Barbie pink colour. 

One Amazon purchase I made last week was the Milani Baked Blush in 'Luminoso'. I had seen Ingrid Nilsen raving about this baked blush for a while and I finally decided to check it out for myself. I have to admit that this blush is definitely worth the hype and has to be one of the most amazing blushes in the drugstore. The pigmentation of this product is unbelievable and blends perfectly without making you look like a disco ball. I would seriously recommend it!

The last product is the Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette. I have heard a number of bloggers talking about this eyeshadow product and I felt the need to see what the hype was about. I honestly can't express how much I love this palette. This has to be one of the best palettes in the drugstore and compares to higher end brands such as Urban Decay and Mac. I hardly ever find a palette in which I use all the shades but with this one I do!

What products have you brought recently?

Emily <3 

The Lazy Girl Introduction To Exercise

Sunday, 10 May 2015


One thing that I am trying so hard to keep up is exercising and to be specific, exercising everyday. As I am sure you know by now, one of my goals for this year is to exercise and be more active. It was fair to say that it started off pretty rocky however I think I am finally back on track. As a sport student, you would think that I am very easily motivated but you would be wrong. I find it rather hard to motivate myself to get out and off my laptop and exercise. However since beginning my fitness journey I have found some tips to help motivate myself and I thought I would share them with you. So here is my lazy girl introduction to exercise...

20-30 Minutes Per Day 
When I first set myself the goal of exercising everyday, I exercised for an hour at a time but quickly lost my motivation. However I learned that with the right type of exercise, you only need to exercise for between 20-30 minutes per day. If you really don't like the idea of doing exercise or being active, try and do 20 to 30 of gentle exercise per day. This could involve walking around a park or by the seaside. 

Find an Activity That You Like 
The first words that normally come to mind when people mention exercise include running. One thing that some don't realise is that there are many different forms of exercise and not every form of exercise is suitable or fun for everyone. Find a exercise that you like and enjoy because if you enjoy it, you are more likely to stick to it. Some of my favourites include swimming, aqua fit classes, yoga and pilates. Not everything requires running until you can't physically breathe any more. Believe me, exercise can be fun.

Get an Exercise Buddy 
Another way to make exercise more fun includes having an exercise buddy. This could be a family member or friend. I normally try to rope my sister or brother to come running or swimming with me. Having someone to workout with makes it more fun and makes you push yourself further. Working out with friends is also great because it becomes a social activity and one of my favourites is going to a aqua fit class with my best friend. I haven't laughed and smiled as much as I do when I am in aqua fit classes.

Fitness is a Journey 
The last one isn't really a tip but rather a statement. Fitness is a Journey and it took a while for me to understand this. You can't expect to see changes straight away. It takes months for the changes to be noticed. The worse thing to do is exercise for a week and then wonder why you haven't seen a change. Give it time and trust me, you will see results.

I hope you found these tips helpful if you are trying to workout more and be more active. These are just my advice and I am no workout or exercise expert and these are just tips that I found work for me. If you have any tips which you discovered please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Don't forget to follow me on bloglovin and twitter!

What is your favourite workout to perform?

Emily <3 

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