Sunday, 17 July 2016

Must-Have Make Up Brushes

As a make up lover, an obsession with make up brushes is only natural. There are so many amazing make up brushes and I own quite a few but the other day I noticed that I use the same brushes pretty much everyday and I thought I would share them with you.

Many amazing brushes have high price tags but one brand that create make up brushes for a great price is Real Techniques. Real Techniques have a range of different brushes but one of my must have brushes is the Real Technique 'Expert Face Brush'. This brush is used to blend in my foundation and because it has a small head making it ideal for applying foundation to my face. My other must have brush from Real Techniques is their 'Blush Brush' which is perfect for applying blusher to the cheeks. The last must have brush from my collection is the Zoeva 'Luxe Smoky Shader' which I use to apply eyeshadow to the lids. Zoeva has a lot of hype around the quality of the brushes and with good reason because I love using this brush.

What are your favourite brushes? 

Emily <3 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Favourite Lip Combination

I will be the first to admit that I have more make up than any girl would ever need but at the moment there has been one lip combination in particular that I have been wearing non stop over the last couple of weeks. Most people during the summer months wear nudes or pinks but the shade that I have been obsessed with lately has been a dark pink nude colour as I find that other light nude shades don't really suit me very well.

The first part of my lip combination is a creamy colour comfort lip liner from Kiko in '314 Marsala'. I love Kiko lip liners as they are creamy and long lasting as well as being fairly reasonable in price. Although Kiko isn't widely available, a new shop has recently popped up near me so I'm sure I will be checking out and trying some new products from them. I find that this lip liner feels comfortable on the lips and makes applying lipstick over the top very easy and simple to do.

Over the top of the lip liner, I apply the Soap & Glory Matte Lipstick in 'Pom Pom'. I believe it was Mikhila from Miss Budget Beauty who introduced me to this lipstick and when I swatched it, I couldn't help myself but buy it. It is one of those 'your lips but better' shades and really suits my skin tone. Both of these products together creates a comfortable, long lasting product with great pigmentation.

What are your favourite lip combination?

Emily <3

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Planner Overview + Sticker Haul

I have been thinking about writing a post about my new planner for a couple of weeks now but I wasn't sure whether it seemed interesting enough or if it would fit into my blog theme but over the last of days I have become completely obsessed by my planner and the planner world on YouTube that I thought I would share my planner with you anyway. I believe that Mikhila from Miss Budget Beauty first introduced me to the world of planners and that's when I became hooked.

When I first decided I wanted a planner, I immediately turned to the Erin Corden Vertical Life Planner but after looking at the shipping price, I went to look else where. I wasn't sure what type of planner I wanted but eventually I came across  and placed an order soon after. The main thing that draw me towards this planner was that I could create everything to suit me and I am very pleased with it.

As the name of this planner would suggest you can customise many aspects of the planner and one of those things was the monthly overview which I have before the start of each month. I enjoy having this overview as it allows me to easily glance at the month and all the appointments and events that I have. I also decided to add it as the Erin Corden also contains a monthly view.

The inside of the planner contains week by week views and this can be customised as well. I decided to choose the vertical format as it's ideal for making lists and is different from other planners. I find the vertical format perfect for writing and suits my style of planing. The colour of the top and bottom bar is completely up to you but I did pick pink. There are many add ons that can be attached to bottom bar such as water trackers but I decided to keep it as plain as possible. The only negative thing about this type of layout is that the weekend is split in half but for me it isn't a problem.

After that overview I thought I would give you a look at a previous week I have planned. As you can tell, I really like to use stickers to plan. If your interested in this type of planning I believe it is called Glam Planner and there are so many videos particularly from Elle Fowler. The type of stickers I use are generally designed for the Erin Corden Vertical Planner but still fit in perfectly to this vertical format. As you may be able to tell, I like all the stickers to match and to have a them and these stickers are all from a printable kit from BeaYoutiful.

There are many different places you can purchase stickers depending on what type of stickers you would like and how much money you are willing to spend. One of my favourite places to search for cheap and fun stickers would be amazon. The stickers on the left are all from amazon and will be used over a few months. The most popular place to buy stickers would be etsy as most of them are targeted for the Erin Corden Planner but can always be adapted and changed to fit your needs. The stickers on the right are from an etsy shop called 'PlanWithJade' and she had some amazing kits! If your on a budget than you could buy some sticker paper and create your own or print off some printables that you can download from pinterst.

I also like to add washi tape to the bottom of my weekly spreads to add a fun touch. Washi tape is generally sold in most places but my tapes come from, Poundland, Tiger, Superstores as well as Amazon. I am also looking into getting stamps as well but for now its just stickers and tape. I hope you have found this post interesting and gives you an insight into my planner and accessories. If you guys are into your planning as well I would love to know what type of accessories you use! 

Emily <3 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

June Favourites | 2016

Even though it is pouring down with rain and its too dark to take blog photos in the afternoon, it's the end of June. Can you believe it?! Before I get into the favourites, I need to apologise for the lack of posts recently over the last couple of weeks. It has been the most crazy and busiest month as I have moved back home and have been going back to work. However I am planning to get organised and try and post more often with different and interesting content. But if your still around, thanks for staying and here are my favourites for the month of June.

If I am being honest, I don't really use hand creams because I either forget or am too lazy to wait for the cream to sink in and dry so I don't bother. However recently I noticed that my hands had become very dry and decided to pick up and try the Zoella Wonder Hand Moisturising Hand Cream. This hand cream is very creamy and moisturising but isn't too thick or over bearing. I often apply it before I go to bed and it leaves my hand feeling soft. The nail polish of choice this month is the Barry M Coconut Infused Nail Polish in 'Surfboard'. I would describe it as a light purple shade which is very neutral and perfect for summer.

In terms of make up, I haven't really worn much due to the craziness of my life at the moment and the fact that my skin isn't great. Saying this I have been wearing eye make up here and there and my eyeshadow of choice is the Khroma Beauty Kourtney's Kardazzle Complete Face Palette. I found this product in TK Max for a couple of pounds and it is amazing. It contains eight eyeshadow shades and three face products as well. I find that the eyeshadows are particularly pigmented and buttery. The other make up item is the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner in 'Lionfish'. I have raved about this liner before as it is amazing as it glides onto the lid and is very buttery.

What are your favourite liners?

Emily <3

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Favourite Long Lasting Lipsticks

One quality that I adore within a lipstick is long lasting power. As much as I love a good lipgloss or balm nothing can beat a matte lipstick and I own many different types. The staying power of these lip products makes them ideal for everyday wear as well as special events and dinners. The idea that a product can remain on the lips for the whole day without losing pigmentation or drying out the lips is amazing. Due to my love for these types of lipsticks, I have a fairy large collection and I thought I would share my favourites with me.

(Revlon, Soap & Glory, Rimmel, Rimmel, Collection, Bourjois, Collection) 

When I am looking for a long lasting lipstick that hydrates as well, I turn towards the Revlon Matte Balm in 'Fiery' which is creamy and long lasting ideal for autumn. Rimmel is a brand that is known for creating great lipsticks and two favourites include the Provocalips and Kate Moss Lipsticks. If your into matte liquid lipsticks then the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet  products could be perfect for you as they are long lasting and come in a range of bold shades. Another wonderful brand that have released great long lasting lipsticks is Collection in their Matte Balms and Cream Puffs. Out of all the products I own the one that I wear the most is the Soap & Glory Matte Lipstick in 'Pom Pom' as it has one of the best matte formulas I have ever tried. 

What are your favourite long lasting products? 

Emily <3 

Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Summer Make Up Edit

Its officially summer time which means I'm cracking out the dresses as well as the summer make up. I often don't normally change my make up from winter to spring but do switch up my make up for summer to a lighter more appropriate look. During the hotter months, I prefer to wear lighter shades and bases as heavier make up normally melts off my face after about five minutes. The main products that change include foundation, blusher, eyeshadow and lip products.

In terms of base, I switch up the Relvon Nearly Naked Foundation for the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream. This cc cream is ideal for summer because it still provides coverage to hide any spots and problem areas but feels light on the skin and doesn't disappear after an hour. To aid the longevity of the cream, I often apply Seventeen Miracle Matte Powder over the top. This Seventeen powder is the only powder I wear in the summer because it has amazing oil controlling power. When it comes to blushers, I am all about the corals and peaches. I find that these tones of blusher are more suited to the summer months and give that flushed look and my favourites at the moment are the Clarins Blush Prodige in 'Sunset Coral' and Natural Collections 'Peach Melba'.

During the winter months I prefer to wear darker purple and bronze shades on my eye lids but when the summer months arrive, I crack out the lighter taupe, brown and champagne colours. One of my favourite neutral eyeshadows is the Nars Duo in 'Portobello' which contains two matte light taupe shades as well as the L'oreal Quad in 'Nude Lingerie'. I also like to wear cream eyeshadows such as the Max Factor Excess Shimmer in 'Copper' as they are long lasting and are easy to quick. When it comes to summer, I turn towards bright pink lip shades in matte formulas such as the Bourjois Rough Edition Velvet in 'Pink Pong' as well as the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil in 'Fushsia Desire'. I also find that lip stains are great for the hotter months and my favourite is Revlon's Moisture Stain in 'Barcelona Nights'. 

What are your summer make up products?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

TV Shows I'm Currently Watching

Recently I have been watching a lot more TV as I have finished University for the summer. Because I have been watching more TV I have discovered a couple of new shows and I thought I would share them with you. More often than not, I watch Netflix as they offer a range of different things from TV to documentaries. 

The show that I have been watching non stop has been House M. D. I have always had a soft spot for medical dramas but I hadn't heard of this one until I spotted it on Netflix and I thought I would give it a try. However after watching a couple of episodes, I have become addicted. If you like other shows such as Grey's Anatomy then this may be the show for you. 

I remember when everyone watched The Vampire Diaries and I didn't really see what the fuss was about. However when I saw it on Netflix I decided now was the time to try it and was frustrated that I hadn't watched it earlier because it is amazing and contains some very cute guys. I would recommend this show to anyone who loves a good love triangle and drama. 

I have previously watched The Big Bang Theory but I never watched every episode until they appeared on Netflix. I find that this show is great to watch when I am feeling stressed and need a 20 minute break. With eight seasons worth of episodes currently available, it is definitely worth a watch. 

For years and years I have watched Friends over and over again but recently I have started watching it from the start again because I find it so relaxing and funny. I think that I can watch friends over and over again because it is a show that I can really relate to particular due to the phase of my life that I am currently in. 

What TV shows are you currently watching? 

Emily <3 

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