Thursday, 30 July 2015

July Favourites // 2015


The end of the month means only one thing and that's monthly favourites time. I have been trying out a lot of new make up products this month and therefore I haven't got many products which I used continuously for a whole month but I have a collected a couple of products to talk about. These include some skincare and make up products and of course nail polishes.


My first favourite for the month is a skincare item. I brought the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser in 'Cocoa Radiant' at the start of July and haven't stopped using it since. As the temperature has been higher during July, I don't enjoy walking around the house waiting for a thick and heavy body butter to soak in. Because of this, I have been using the Vaseline Moisturiser which is fast absorbing and smells like chocolate.


One make up product that I have been loving this month is the L'oreal Glam Bronzer in '06'. I have picked up a couple of different bronzers to try out and one that I have used non stop is from L'oreal. This bronzer has a matte finish with a hint of shimmer to it and creates a bronzed healthy glow. This bronzer is very pigmented and a little goes along way. If your looking for a drugstore bronzer, I would recommend trying this one.


A blusher that I loved using, is the Sleek Blusher in 'Rose Gold'. I brought this blusher back at the beginning of the year and used it almost everyday and then forgot about it. However, I recently pulled it out of my make up collection and started using it again. I don't know why I stopped using it in the first place because it is beautiful and stunning. This blusher gives off this flushed rosy cheeks look and it is perfect for the summer time.


The lipstick of choice comes from Topshop and is bright pink. I am generally a person who stays away from bright lipsticks as I don't feel that confident or comfortable wearing them. However, I decided a couple of weeks ago that I was going to try out my brighter lipsticks. The Topshop Lipstick in 'Brighten Rock' is my favourite bright pink lipstick and is very long lasting and actually suits me. If your scared of trying bright lipsticks, give them a go and you won't regret it!


I am a nail polish addict and can't help but buy more and more. I love wearing the Barry M Sunset Nail Polish in 'Peach For The Stars' which as the name suggests is a peachy shade perfect for the summer. I also pair this nail polish with the Barry M Sunset Topcoat which creates a shiny and long lasting finish. The other nail polish I have worn is a nail polish from Rimmel in 'No Tan Lines Here'. This is a coral shade that is similar to the Barry M one but no girl can ever have too many nail polishes right?

What are your July Favourites?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

What's In My Holiday Make Up Bag?


A holiday wouldn't be complete without a post about my holiday make up bag. I am a person who likes to bring as much make up as possible and then doesn't end up using half of the products. Because of this, I have tried my best to scale down the amount of products I have packed and to think about what I will actually need and use.


The make up bag I am currently using is personalised and is from Notonthehighstreet.com and can be brought here. I own many different make up bags but I recently purchased this bag as I felt that I needed a slightly bigger make up bag which would be able to fit my palettes in and this one is perfect for me.


First up is make up brushes and I never seen to be able to scale down the amount I bring. For face brushes, I have got the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for my tinted moisturiser and a Superdrug Blusher and Powder Brush. I have also got Superdrug Eye Blending Brushes as well as a Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio.


In terms of bases, I have picked the Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream in 'Natural'. I personally don't wear heavy foundations when I am on holiday so I have decided to bring a lighter base. However I have chosen to bring two different powders. The Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder in 'Natural Fair' is the powder I use when I want to avoid looking shiny and oily. The Maybelline Superstay 24 hour Waterproof Powder in 'Nude' is the powder I wear when I want a more dewy finish.


The bronzer that is coming with me is the L'oreal Glam Bronzer in '06' which is a matte bronzer that contains a slight amount of shimmer in it. I have been using this bronzer for the last couple of weeks and I really like the way it gives a natural bronzed look so it seems perfect for a holiday. This product is also very compact and great for travelling with.


I am a massive fan of blushers and if I could I would bring every blusher I own but instead I have picked a palette. The Make Up Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in 'Hot Spice' is the palette I am bringing which contains mostly coral and peachy toned blushers as well as two high lightening shades. My other blusher is the Rimmel Stay Blushed in 'Pop of Pink' which is a liquid cheek tint in a bright pink shade.


My favourite primer is the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and is coming on holiday with me. I haven't found a primer as good as this one as it keeps the eyeshadow in place all day and is a holiday must have for me. The other eyeshadow is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze' which is a blogger classic. I love using this for days when I am too lazy to apply any other eyeshadow.


When it comes to travelling, I always go for eyeshadow palettes as they save space and allow me to have more choice of shades as well. I have picked the Make Up Revolution Ultra Eyeshadow Palette in 'Flawless' which includes 32 different shades and I am very excited to try out this palette. The other palette is more high end and is the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette which contains six neutral matte shades.


I have decided to bring three different liners with me as I always wear eyeliner. I have picked the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in 'Lush' as it creates a natural eye look and doesn't move once I have applied the liner and is the perfect brown shade. The Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 'Bronze' is my other favourite which pairs perfectly with a bronzed eye look. I also put in the Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Liner if I want to create a heavier eye look for a dinner.


The Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express Flared Mascara is my main mascara as it gives volume and length to my lashes and is long lasting. I have always enjoyed this mascara and it is the only one I have used for the last couple of months. However I have also picked my Mac False Lashes Extreme Black which is a tester sample and is a perfect size for travelling with.


Lip products is something that I find quite hard to scale down on and ended up with four products. I have decided to bring the Mac Lipstick in 'Impassioned' which is a bright pink colour and is perfect for a summer holiday. I also chose the Topshop Lipstick in 'Brighten Rock' which is another bright pink colour but it slightly long lasting. A more pink toned product is the Miners Moisture Effect Lipstick in 'English Rose'. The last product is the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in 'Nudist' which is a more natural shade.

What do you bring with you on holiday?

Emily <3

Sunday, 26 July 2015

My Holiday Essentials & Must Haves


As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I am currently on holiday. I have pre written this post and I thought I would write about my holiday essentials and must haves. I don't know about you, but I love packing and it really excites me to run around and grab everything that I need. However I am a massive over packer so I have come up with a couple of my holiday essentials and must haves.


Dry Shampoo is a must have for me. When I go on holiday, I try my best to limit the amount of times I wash my hair which means dry shampoo is essential. I find that giving my hair a break from washing it everyday really helps to refresh and stops it from breaking off so quickly. My personal favourite is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in 'Tropical' as it stops my hair from becoming oily and a greasy hair ball.


Another holiday must have is a sunscreen. I got burnt last week during a day out with the family so I am going to be covered from head to toe in sunscreen but I do sometimes have a reaction to some types of sunscreen and therefore I use the Nivea Sun Moisturising Lotion SPF 30. This type of sun lotion really hydrates my skin and doesn't leave it feeling greasy or sticky but rather moisturised.


In terms of skincare, there are a couple of products which always travel with me. The Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Moisture Cream in SFP 30 is my moisturiser and I have talked about this a lot but it is worth a try. It may sound odd that a face mask is an travel essential but my face always benefits from a deep cleanse as I am not as strict on my skincare routine when on holiday and I love using the Simple Deep Cleansing Facial Mask.  Make up wipes are equally as important on those nights where you just can't be bothered with a five step skincare routine. I personally use the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes as they are gentle and get the job done.


I know that not everyone likes to use a body butter during the summer or on holiday but I find that my skin becomes drier and a normal moisturiser doesn't cut it. Therefore I bring  The Body Shop Body Butter in 'Strawberry' which smells like a strawberry heaven. I don't normally bring a full size body butter but instead I like to pick up one of there mini body butters which are a perfect size for travelling.


My last holiday essential is a hand sanitizer and I always need to have one. A lot of people talk about and use the Soap & Glory hand sanitizer but I find the scent is overwhelming. Because of this, I use the Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel which I find refreshing and hydrates and is non sticky or greasy. I also find this hand gel gentle on my hand and smells fresh and new.

What are your holiday essentials & must haves?

Emily <3

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Ways To Save Money In Fashion & Beauty


I love having and buying new clothes, shoes, handbags and make up but I also like saving my money so you can see where my problem comes in. This problem became worse once I went to University as I had to buy food, books, bedroom decorations and kitchenware. Very exciting stuff I know. Because of this, I have figured out a few ways to save a couple of pounds here and there and I am still able to treat myself every once in a while.

Discounted Make Up Stores 
If I am in the mood to try out a couple of new make up products but don't want to splash out, I always try to find make up products in discounted shops. I love browsing through the make up items in one pound shops as well as poundland. I also buy products from Fragrance Direct as they have a massive range at a discounted price which include high end as well as drugstore items.

Charity Shops 
I love spending time going through different charity shops and searching for hidden gems. I personally love finding different and unique dresses as well as picking up plain shirts for a couple of pounds. There are so many different types of charity shops which don't just contain clothes but shoes and handbags as well as books and dvds. This may seem weird buying other peoples old clothes but there are so many amazing secret finds that you couldn't get anywhere else.

Bargain Bins & Boxs
When I am doing my weekly food shop, I love to have a sneaky peek into the bargain box or shelves to see if there are any discounted make up or skincare items. I often find discounted nail polishes in these bargain bins which I pick up. Superdrug and Boots also have bargain areas which I always look through and there are often broken eyeshadows quads that can be fixed as well as skincare products.

Outlet Stores & Centres 
Where I live, there is an outlet shopping village near me and I love finding bargains. There are always clothing items which have been discounted due to a fault in the design like a broken zipper. I normally purchase candles at an outlet store as they are often half the price or even more. Try searching for any outlet shops near you and check them out.

Special Offers 
If there is one thing that makes me smile its a good deal or special offer. Boots always have 3 for 2 offers on Soap & Glory and Simple Skincare which I always take advantage of. Superdrug sometimes have 3 for 2 across all make up products. Try looking for special offers when your next in Boots or Superdrug and have a search for promotion codes when shopping online.

Research Before Hand 
The last  tip I have is to research and read reviews before buying something. I always spend hours reading about a product or item before purchasing it particularly if it is a pricey item. I looked at so many lipstick swatches before picking a Mac Lipstick to buy and this worked well as I brought a lipstick that suits me perfectly. Try comparing prices on different websites and in different shops to get the cheapest price.

What are your tips for saving money?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

A Beginners Guide To Skincare



There are so many different skincare products lining the shelves of the Supermarket, Boots and Superdrug these days and it is often confusing and overwhelming. I never knew what products or items I needed or even how to create a skincare routine. However over the last year I have figured out a couple of tips so I thought I would share with you my beginners guide to skincare.

Know Your Skin Type 
This has to be one of the most important tips and one that took me a while to understand. There are different products for different skin types. Whether it be for oily, dry or combination skin, there are products for everyone's skin type. I personally have combination skin which contains dry and oily areas on the face. There isn't really a correct or right way to find out your skin type but just keep an eye on your skin to see whether your skin becomes shiny, dry or a bit of both.

Find Out About The Products 
I'm sure your have heard of a number of different products which are involved in a skincare routine but you don't really need all of them. Think about the products you believe your skin will benefit from and what your skin needs and requires. Don't forget to read the ingredients and is equally as important to check which skin type the product is aimed at. I try to avoid products which are for dry skin and normally go for the items which are designed for sensitive skin as they are normally gentle on the skin.

Stick To A Daily Routine 
When I first started with skincare, I failed at keeping a daily routine as I claimed that I didn't have enough time. This was because I created a massive routine and that's when I downsized it completely. I use a cleansing water to remove the make up on a cotton pad before going in with a cleansing balm to clean the skin and remove any extra make up still left. After this I grab my toner and pop some on a cotton pad and swirl it around my face. Once this is complete, I gently apply eye cream around my eyes before then apply my moisturiser.

Try A Weekly Routine 
In the beginning, a daily routine may be hard enough to maintain so a weekly routine may seem silly and pointless. However once you have got the hang of your daily routine, why not create a simple weekly routine. Once a week, why not try using a facial scrub, face masks, body butters and lip butters. You only need to use these products once every one to two weeks and they help you to maintain a hydrated and healthy looking skin.

What are your skincare tips & tricks?

Emily <3

Sunday, 19 July 2015

High End Beauty Haul & First Impressions


As I have finally got off my backside and got myself a job, I have been purchasing some more luxurious and high end beauty products. However I wasn't planning on buying this many products, I promise. I'm going to blame it on the fact that the most of these items were on sale and I am terrible at resisting a bargain. I have purchased a couple of products from Urban Decay, Mac and Clarins and I thought I would share my first impressions with you.


First up is a blogger classic and it comes from Mac. Believe it or not, I didn't own any Mac Eyeshadows but I had always wanted to and when I finally saved up the money, I did some research to find out which shade I wanted. In the end I picked up the Mac Eyeshadow in 'All That Glitters'. I have to say that my first impressions of this eyeshadow is that it's very pigmented and blends perfectly. However I would suggest using an eye primer underneath it as it makes it more intense and it creates a great natural all over the lid shade.

I wasn't planning on purchasing another mac item but Fragrance Direct were selling Mac products at a discounted price. I couldn't help myself and ended up picking another lipstick. After doing some research I purchased a Mac Lipstick in 'Impassioned'. When it arrived, I was shocked by the bright colour but once I applied it to my lips, I fell in love. On first impressions, I would say the lipstick has a very opaque coverage as well as being moisturising and long lasting.


Next up I purchased a couple of Urban Decay products. I have wanted to try the famous Eye liners from this brand for a while as they have such a big hype in the blogging world. When I saw that Beautybay.com were having a sale on there products, I couldn't stop myself. I picked up the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in 'Lush'. This pencil is a dark brown colour but when I tried it for the first time, I noticed a lot of fall out which was disappointing. However after a couple of more tries, it isn't creating as much fall out and does create a dark consistent line.

The other Urban Decay item is a palette which is equally as popular. I noticed that a palette I had been looking at for a while was on sale when I checked on Beautybay.com and I am so weak that I couldn't resist buying it. The Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette is my newest addition to my ever growing palette collection. I wasn't sure if I would get much use out of it but I was very wrong. I love using this palette because on first impressions the eyeshadows are very buttery and blend into the lid to create a natural eye look.


The last product was a bit of a impulse buy but I couldn't help myself. I decided to treat myself to the Clarins Blush Prodige in 'Sunset Coral'. I spotted this blusher on Fragrance Direct at a discounted price and I loved the look of it and it had some great reviews. I have to mention that the packaging is stunning, gorgeous and luxurious. This blush contains two shades which I normally swirl together to create the perfect blusher and bronzer blend. When I first tried this blusher, I found it very pigmented and long lasting and created a lovely healthy glow.

What do you think of these products?

Emily <3

Thursday, 16 July 2015

10 Ways To Brighten Up Your Day



I don't know about you but there are just some days when I can't help feeling sorry for myself. Whether it be because of friendship, relationship or family drama or something that happened at work, sometimes I just need a day to cheer myself up and get myself out of the pity party. This can take some time to achieve but I have come up with a list of ideas to help along the way.

Get Up At A Reasonable Time - If I'm feeling down and in the dumps, lying in bed all day makes me feel worse because I feel like I haven't achieved anything and have wasted a day. I like to drag myself out of bed by 9.30am the latest. Once your up, grab your favourite scented cleanser and use it.

Shower With Your Most Luxurious Shower Gel - Sounds odd but it really helps. I love to use a shower gel from The Body Shop as they smell heavenly and feel luxurious when they are being used. If your not a shower person, try making yourself a bubble bath and light some candles.

Apply Your Favourite Make Up Products - If I'm having a me day, I will often go for a lighter more natural look but its up to you. I love to wear my favourite bright pink lipstick as it makes me feel happy and you can do the same, Pick out your favourite make up products and apply them to the face.

Style Your Hair - Another thing which may sound odd but is rather effective. If you leave your hair untouched it can make your feel worse so why not curl or straighten it. Not got enough time or energy, try a quick side braid or a high ponytail. Style it how you want it to look.

Throw On Comfortable Clothes - Most people like to reach for sweatpants when they are feeling down, but I love to wear maxi dresses or skirts. This may sound weird but it makes me feel better if I look stylish and I find maxi dresses super comfortable as well. Try it seriously!

Tidy Your Surroundings - Ever heard the saying tidy room, tidy mind. Tidy your room by picking up those clothes sitting on the floor, and organise your make up area or vanity. I find that tidying helps me feel better as I am no longer sitting in a massive mess.

Eat & Exercise - Grab some healthy snacks such as fruit, sweet potato fries or a mango smoothie. Junk food will only make you feel worse in the long run. Most people aren't in the mood for exercise when in this state, so why not crack out your yoga mat and try a relaxing yoga video.

Blast Your Favourite Albums - One thing that really perks me up, is dancing around my room to my favourite albums. I love to create throwback playlists and I normally pick one of these playlists and blast it while I'm getting ready in the morning or when I need a moment to myself.

Create a List & Goals - Writing down a list of things that I need to complete is a great way of figuring out what I need to do. Creating and writing goals is a great way to find some direction and have an idea of where I want to go and what I hope to achieve. This could be a change in diet, fitness or health.

Online Shopping & Painting Nails - Online shopping is something that I turn to when I'm not feeling in the right head space. I have recently been buying a couple of beauty products which always cheers me up. Another thing I love to do is painting my nails and always brightens up my day and hands.

What do you do to brighten up your day?

Emily <3
 

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