Friday, 30 September 2016

September Favourites | 2016

How is it already the end of September? I was hoping to get more posts up but this month seems to have slipped by me and now its almost October. I'm still planning on uploading more but at the moment, I have so much work to do and life just seems to be getting in the way but anyway on to the favourites. I have been wearing more make up this month but its been pretty much the same products because at seven o'clock in the morning I'm in no mood to mix up the make up. So there aren't many favourites but they are most certainly my favourites.

If there is one lip product I have been wearing , it has be the Rimmel 107 Lipstick. I know that everyone cracks out this lipstick around this time of year but I do love wearing it. I find this shade of red berry to suit my skin tone perfectly and is a long lasting matte formula. The nail polish of the month is the Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Polish in 'Starfish' which is a light brown neutral shade. I don't normally go for such a natural colour but this is neutral shade is ideal for work and university.

I haven't been wearing a whole lot of face make up as a few spots have appeared so I've just stuck with eyeshadow this month. The palette of choice has been the Tanya Burr Hollywood Eye Palette which contains four light brown and glittery shades. I love this palette because its compact and the shades allow you to create a natural look as well as a night out glitter look. The other eye product is the Mac Paintpot in 'Groundwork' that I have been wearing pretty much everyday as a base. I know I featured this in last months favourites but I wanted to be honest and just say its been my favourite again.

What have your September favourites been?

Emily <3

Friday, 23 September 2016

The Works & Poundland Craft Haul

One of my favourite hobbies at the moment has to be craft making as I find it so relaxing and calming. So when I was in town the other day, I decided to pick up some more craft items from The Works and Poundland. I find that these stores are always underrated when it comes to shopping but they have some amazing bargains and craft essentials and I thought I would show you what I picked up.

The first two things I picked up come from The Works. Although there are quite a few stores around me, not everyone stocks the same thing so when I spotted the Fun Fair themed Washi Tape I couldn't help but pick it up. This Washi Tape pack contains one blue patterned thinner tape and a thicker tape which has fun fair tickets printed on it. As soon as I saw the set of tape, I knew it would be perfect for card making and decorating and cost £1. I also picked up a set of 29 Clear Alphabet Stamps which were also a £1. I have been on the hunt for some Alphabet stamps for a while and when I spotted this set, I couldn't resist. However I have tried these stamps and they haven't got the best quality but for such a cheap price, you can't really complain.

The main reason why I went into The Works was to see if they had any Paperstack Packs as I have seen a few bloggers talking about them. I was delighted to see that they had them in stock and pick up the Floral Happiness Paperstack for £3. These paperstack contains 24 sheets of Double-sided printed paper which has a range of different patterns, making it ideal for cards as well as backgrounds for pictures. If your looking for paperstack packs for an amazing price, I would recommend checking the The Works.

The other shop I popped into was Poundland as I saw a blogger raving about there craft section. However when I visited my local store, they didn't have the biggest section but I did find a couple of pieces. The first piece was the Pretty Pastels Paperstack which costs a £1. This paperstack contains 32 sheets with 4 x 8 designs which is smaller than the previous paperstack but includes some lovely designs. The final product in this haul is the Mini Glitter Embellishments that cost £1. When I spotted these mini glitter embellishments in the style of cupcakes, I couldn't help but pick them up.

Are you into Arts & Crafts? Where are your favourite places to shop?

Emily <3

Monday, 12 September 2016

Starting University | My Tips & Tricks

Its that time of the year again when universities begin a new year and everyone moves in. This is definitely very true for me as I am surrounded by all my belongings, trying my best to stuff at into my car boot. Although this is my final year at university, this time is different because my younger brother is off to university as well. I remember my first couple of weeks at university very clearly and as I am giving advice to my brother in bucket loads, I thought why not pop up a post about it too. So here is my top tips and tricks for starting university or for just being more adult like.

Budget & Save 
Budgeting may seem like a silly thing to point out but believe me, it really makes a difference at university. At the beginning of each week, I write down everything that requires money or bills that are due, and create a total budget for that week. If no bills are due that week, I will often take out a set amount of money for the week and I don't allow myself to take any more money out. This may seem silly but my shopping habits are out of control at times. Saving is another great thing to do at university, so that when it comes to special events, you don't have to miss out on them because you have no money left.

Don't Go Over Board On the Homeware 
When I first started university, everyone had the most expensive cooking equipment, towels and bed linen. But I quickly learnt that it really isn't worth it because they are so many amazing places that have great homeware products for a cheaper price. My favourite places include Primark, H&M, New Look and TK Maxx, In terms of kitchen ware, I would recommend Homebase as they have a massive selection at a reasonable price.

Meal Plan 
Planning your meals ahead of time is one of the most helpful things you can do at university. To some people, it may seem like the worse thing in the world and that's fine but for me, I need a plan. I normally sit down on Saturday Night and write down all the meals for the week in my planner. Crazy Saturday Night! By planning breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next week, it allows you to ensure that you don't overspend when food shopping and means you don't the issue of getting home and having to think of what to cook. I also love cooking in bulk as I normally cook in big quantities as I have a big family, so when I'm living by myself I still cook the same amount but just pop the left overs in the freezer and reheat in the microwave later in the week.

Walk & Cycle Everywhere 
I don't own a car as I don't drive, so I don't have the worry of thinking about bringing a car. However it does mean I have to figure out other ways of getting around. When discussing this topic with my brother, the idea of cycling came up. I personally don't cycle around the city I live in as I am a terrible cyclist and would definitely be run over. However my brother has fixed up his bike up and is planning on cycling everywhere. But if you have the cycling ability that I have then walking around and hopping on a bus may be your best bet. Most universities will run a bus pass scheme as well.

I hope you have found these tips useful and gives you an idea of things to do to make the jump to university smoother. Sorry I haven't been posting as much but I am planning on changing that so thanks for sticking around.

What would your tips and advice for starting university?

Emily <3

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August Favourites | 2016

I'm back today with a quick favourites post. I wasn't planning on making a favourites post until I came back from my holiday but by then it would be half way through September so instead I am writing it half way through August. This is going to be a quick one as I haven't really tried anything new and if I'm being honest I haven't worn much make up at all but here are the few products that made it onto my face.

The only new product that has made it onto my favourites post is the Mac Pro Longwear Paintpot in 'Groundwork'. I haven't previously owned a paint pot from Mac but I have always loved cream eyeshadows so when I saw this paintpot at a discounted price, I jumped at the chance to pick it up. I have been wearing it non stop and is a great base product. The only other eyeshadow product I have been using is the Elf single eyeshadow in Sable Brown which is a light brown shade that gives the eye lid some definition. The Milani Baked Blusher in Luminoso is a firm summer favourite of mine and gives a wonderful summer flush.

The lip product that I have been reaching for is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong which is a very bright pink shade. In the past I have been too scared to wear this colour as it is very bold recently, I have been pushing myself to wear brighter shades and this one is my favourite so far. The nail polish of choice comes from Rimmel in the shade Fancy a Dip which is a light baby blue shade ideal for the summer time.

What have your Augsut favourites been?

Emily <3

Sunday, 28 August 2016

My Travel Essentials | 2016

As I write this, I am surrounded by clothes and make up because I am in the process of packing for my holiday and I thought I would share with you my travel essentials. I'm not actual going on a plane but rather taking the car but because I am going for a long period of time, the essentials I will be bringing will still be similar so here we go.

First up is make up wipes. I don't use make up wipes to remove my make up (thanks Caroline Hirons) but rather for any messes or make up spills that occur. My favourite wipes to use are the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes as they are gentle and effective at removing any make up left on my hands or any eyeliner that has gone wrong. I also carry them in case one of my little brothers ends up with sticky hands (big sister duties). Another travel must has to be hand gel to get rid of any unwanted germs. I always carry hand gel with me and am sure I have one in each bag but you can never be too sure! Along with hang gel comes hand cream. I can't stand dry hands so I have to ensure that I have some with me and my choice for this holiday is The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream.  

Travel minis is the best part of travelling right?! As soon as I find out I am going on holiday, I head towards the mini section in Boots. There is nothing more exciting then little bottles of shampoo and condition. My choice of hair care products comes from TREsemme as their shampoo and condition are amazing. I am also planning to bring shower gel (obviously) but I forgot to add it to the photo. In terms of skincare, I take as many products as I can which normally equals a full routine. So order to take a full routine I normally have to put the products into smaller containers which I often buy from Primark for £1.

Hairbands. Never forget hairhands! I did once and it didn't end well at all. I always like to bring a fair few in case I lose or break them. I just buy the Superdrug own brand hairbands as they are cheap and do the job. When it comes to make up brushes, I don't normally do anything different, but recently I spotted a Real Technique Brush Travel Set and is great for travelling with. It contains an eyeshadow, foundation and face brush and of course you will need a compact mirror while travelling and mine is from Primark. Finally pain killers. I personally don't take painkillers but if one of my family members gets a headache then these come in handy.

What are your travel essentials?

Emily <3

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Mac Pro Longwear Paintpot | Groundwork

I am a massive fan of cream eyeshadows and own eight colour tattoos from Maybelline so when I noticed this Mac Pro Longwear Paintpot in 'Groundwork' for a discounted price, I couldn't help but pick it up. I have heard so many amazing reviews on these cream eyeshadow pots from Mac so I had high hopes for this product and it didn't disappoint. 

I would describe the shade as warm chocolate toned brown colour and is a gorgeous natural shade. I often use this shade if i'm having one of those days where I can't be bothered to apply any fancy eyeshadow. This cream eyeshadow is quickly becoming one of my all time favourites because it is so easy and quick to apply and is the perfect everyday shade. The formula is of a thick creamy type that glides onto the lid and can be applied by the fingers or brush and comes in a little glass pot ideal for travel.

Overall I am in love with this cream eyeshadow and has replaced my love for the colour tattoo in 'On and On Bronze'. I would say it is similar to the bronze maybelline eyeshadow but contains less shimmer and glitter and makes you look a bit more adult like. That's it for this post and I know its been a short one hopefully you enjoyed it.

Have you tried this cream eyeshadow before?

Emily <3

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Travel Makeup Bag | 2016

I'm very excited as I write this because I'm on holiday and relaxing but I thought I would knock out a few extra pre-written posts so that I didn't leave the blog without any posts for two weeks. As I am packing for the holiday, I thought I would share with you my travel make up items. The make up bag I will be using comes from Next and was given to me for Christmas and is pink and beige with rose gold hard wear. I really like using this bag as it is big enough to fit all the make up my heart desires into it.  

For base products, I will be taking the Bourjois CC Cream because it is my favourite foundation as it is light and easy to apply. I also brought this cream because it feels very comfortable and doesn't feel greasy. To help my cc cream stay in place, I am bringing the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. I always use this powder as it is my favourite powder for keeping me matte and doesn't break me out. I never know if eye primer is a base product or not but I thought I would add it to my base and helps to keep my eyeshadow in.

When talking about face products, I am going to bring blushers and a bronzer. Sleek has to be one of my favourite brands because they have very sleek and thin packaging. The bronzer of choice is the Sleek Contour Kit in light as it is contains a matte bronzer ideal for travel. The blushers are the Sleek Blush by three in Pink Lemonade and  H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Golden Peach.

Eyeshadows are my favourite make up product to play around with so when it comes to travelling, I often bring a few. The eyeshadows palettes that I'm bringing include the Freedom Pro 12 Audacious 3 and Fleurdeforce Quad in 'Cosmic Bronnze' as well as the Kiko Eyeshadow Stick '05' which is a great base. In terms of eye liners, I picked the Stila Waterproof Smudge Stick in 'lionfish' and the Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Liner.  

Lastly comes the lip products. Normally I go for neutral lip products so I picked the Rimmel Provocalips in Make Your Move as it is very comfortable and long lasting. The other product is the Relvon Moisture Stain in Barcelona nights which is a bright hot pink colour. The lip liners of choice are the Kiko Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner in '314' which is great for creating a darker lip colour as well as the Maybelline Coloursensational Lip Liner in Intensive pink which is great for creating a mid toned pink.

What do you keep in your travel make up bag?

Emily <3

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