Sunday, 29 November 2015

November Favourites // 2015

I know I always say it, but how is it already the end of November? The end of the month signals another favourites post and this one includes a range of products from Hair, Lipsticks to a Bronzer. During November I tried more products as I went through a stage of buying loads of new products to test out and loved them. 

A bronzer hasn't been featured in my favourites for a couple of months but I recently purchased this vivid baked bronzer from Make Up Revolution in 'Golden Days'. I hadn't previously owned a baked bronzer so I thought this one would be a great starter. This bronzer has a light coverage which allows you to build it up without looking orange and feels smooth on the skin.

The nail polish of the month goes to Essie in the shade 'Parka Perfect'. I would describe this shade as similar to mint green but still different enough to require buying this even if you own mint green shades already. This blue green shade contains hints of shimmer to it and is perfect for autumn. I also love the Essie formula as it is long lasting and doesn't clip for weeks.

Everyone raves about the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in '107' which is a dark berry red colour but I never brought it because it looked too bold for me. However since caving and buying it, I haven't stopped wearing it. I just feel that this red colour really suits my skin tone and the matte formula is one of the best from the drugstore.

Another lipstick from Rimmel is The Only 1 lipstick in 'One of a Kind' which is almost the same colour as the previous lipstick but is slightly more berry purpled toned. I wasn't sure what to make of this lipstick as the bullet shape makes it harder to apply but saying this I have worn it consistently as it is long lasting while still being moisturising.

The last product is the Andrew Barton S.O.S Hair Repair Conditioner. I haven't heard much about this brand before but when I was doing my food shopping in asda, I saw it and decided to give it a go as my hair seemed to be weaker recently. I can't say that it has made my hair stronger but it leaves it feeling smooth and soft and for that I love it. I normally use this as a conditioner treatment or hair mask.

What are your November favourites?

Emily <3

Thursday, 26 November 2015

5 Tips to Keep Motivated

Back in January I made a goal to eat healthy and exercise more and for a while I stuck to my goals of eating healthier and going to the gym more. However after the summer and I started university again, I began to lose my motivation for a healthier lifestyle but I am a trying to turn myself around and thought I would share my tips to get me back on track.

Find Motivation to Keep you Going 
I personally find that motivation works wonders to get me up and out of bed in the morning. There are a range of different ways to find motivation such as music, pinterest, working out clothing and cook books. I always find that looking through fitness and gym inspiration boards on pinterest is a great way to find inspiration for gym clothing, exercises as well as body. I also love creating workout playlist to get pumped up and active to.

Think About Why You Are Doing This 
Thinking about why you want to make a change or live a healthier lifestyle is something that I found quite hard to understand. Figuring out why you are putting myself through gym sessions at the crack of dawn is an important factor in finding that your inspiration. What are your aims and what are your hoping to achieve by eating healthier foods? Whether you are doing it for weight loss, to tone up or just to live healthier, you should always know your reason to keep you motivated.

 Small Changes Will Make The Difference
Whenever I think about exercising and eating healthier, I always think about having to make big changes such as having to go to the gym for hours and eating nothing but vegetables. However this couldn't be more wrong. Since I am trying to start live healthier again, I am starting off with small changes such as cutting out processed sugars as well as cutting out snacks and junk food. Starting off with smaller changes gives you a better chance of sticking to it. 

Find Ways To Make It Enjoyable 
I remember when I decided to set myself a goal of exercising more I joined the gym but couldn't stick to it. This is because I didn't enjoy the gym and found it boring and rather dull and that's when I discovered other activities that I preferred and found more interesting and fun. These activities include yoga, Pilates, swimming, running as well as hiking. An important part of motivation is creating a work out routine that you enjoy. The same thing applies to eating. If you don't enjoy eating certain fruits or vegetables why not mix them together in a smoothie.  

What are your tips to staying motivated? 

Emily <3 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Top Five Tuesday | Eyeshadows

A couple of weeks ago I started a new series and thought I would share my favourite eyeshadows with you. Along with lipsticks, eyeshadow are my favourite thing to play around with and own many different types. I find that eyeshadows are a wonderful way to change up a look and can give your eyes more definition.

Rimmel Single Eyeshadow in 'Spicy Bronze' 
One of my favourite bronze eyeshadows comes from Rimmel and is a brown bronze shade which is perfect for everyday wear. The pigmentation is very impressive and matches a black liquid liner. I found this eyeshadow for a cheap price on Fragrance Direct and would recommend that you try this eyeshadow.  

Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow  in'Toasted'
I am a massive fan of drugstore eyeshadows but one high end eyeshadow that I always turn towards comes from Urban Decay. 'Toasted' is a warm pink champagne shade which is ideal for spring and summer when paired with a pink lipstick. The texture of this eyeshadow is buttery and soft and the pigmentation is so intense and pure.  

MUA Single Eyeshadow in 'Copper'
There are not many great eyeshadows that only cost £1 but this one from MUA is amazing. The shade Copper is a great autumn colour and contains such a intense pigmentation. I have to admit that these eyeshadows can be hit and miss but this one is one of the better ones. I would highly suggest that you swatch it when your next in Superdrug. 

Elf Single Eyeshadow in 'Raspberry Truffle'
Elf is a brand that I haven't try much from but one product that I am a fan of is their single eyeshadows particularly the shade ' Raspberry Truffle'. I don't normally wear purple eyeshadows as they don't suit my skin tone but this one is different. This shade is a purple tone with a bronze undertone to it and matches my skin more. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Pink Gold'
I love using these cream eyeshadows as they are easy to apply and are long lasting. I also rave about 'On and On Bronze' but I also love using the shade 'Pink Gold' as it creates a great pink champagne colour and gives a perfect base for darker eyeshadows.

What are your favourite eyeshadows?

Emily <3 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Superfacialist Cleansing Oil | Review

I have heard so many bloggers and youtubers raving about this cleansing oil but thought of rubbing oil onto my skin put me off buying it. However a couple of months back, I noticed that my skin was looking a bit dull so I decided to change up my skincare routine and that's when I finally brought this amazing skincare item.

Personally, I use the Superfacialist Cleansing Oil as my first cleansing step. I wasn't sure that this cleansing oil would fully remove my make up but I was pleasantly surprised by this oil. Once the oil has been applied to the face, the make up does just dissolved within seconds. I couldn't believe how easy it was to remove the dirty off my face and felt relaxing and calming on the skin.

The scent of this oil is unlike anything else I have tried as it smells like oranges and grapefruit. As a rule, I don't use this product around the sensitive area of my eyes but rather use a cleansing water for that instead. However I would say that all skin types can use this as I have sensitive skin and it hasn't reacted at all.

The packaging of the product does let it down slightly because of the hard to use lid which can be tricky with oil in your hands. However a little goes along way with this product and is a great skincare product and it will be sticking around in my skincare routine for years to come.

Have your tried this cleansing oil before? What did you think?

Emily <3

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Rimmel The Only 1 | Review

I am a massive fan of the Rimmel Lipsticks and own seven and counting. I just find that the formula is perfect and are my favourite from drugstore. Because of this, I was very excited when I found out that they launching a new line of lipsticks. The Only 1 lipsticks claim to have everything that you would need in a lipstick which is quite a big statement to make. However I was pleasantly surprised.

The packaging of this product is different from anything else I have seen as it looks very high end with a pointed, architectural lid with the classic Rimmel logo on top. However one thing I have noticed after using this lipstick, is that I find it harder to apply than others which may be because of the bullet design. Saying this, I have used this lipstick for the past week and picked the shade 'One of a Kind' which is a berry colour very similar to 107.

The formula of this lipstick is very interesting and is probably my favourite part. When the lipstick is applied, it gives off an opaque finish while still feeling quite wet and glossy. After a couple of minutes, it driers to a fairly matte finish and doesn't move but I have found it does transfer onto surfaces if your not carefully. I really like that you are left with a lip stain and still feels comfortable. My favourite part of this product is that the lasting power is unbelievable. Overall I will say that the formula is definitely one of the best in the drugstore.

Have your tried these lipsticks before? What did you think?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Beauty Tips for My Younger Self

When I look back at pictures of my younger years, one thing that stands out is the lack of beauty knowledge and experience. A lot of the make up looks I rocked when I was younger, makes me want to hide in the hole and never come back out. However I thought it would be fun to share some of the advice I would tell my younger self...

Put down the Bright Green Nail Polish - I don't know why but I was obsessed with bright green nails during my younger years and wore it everywhere and let me tell you that it definitely didn't suit me. Thankfully I have grown out of the bright green phase and have turned to mint green instead.

Blue Eyeshadow doesn't suit you - Nowadays I only ever rock bronze and brown toned eyeshadows as they match my skin tone the best but back in the day, I rocked bright blue eyeshadow which definitely didn't match my skin tone. If I am honest, I can't believe my mum let me leave the house with it on.

Glossy Red Lipstick will smudge onto your teeth - I remember discovering my mums lipsticks and deciding that a glossy bright red lipstick would look great on me. I have nothing against the red shade but there was more on my teeth than on my lips.

Face Glitter won't do anything special - One Christmas, I received a Barbie themed beauty kit which included some facial glitter which I worn almost everyday. I still ask my mum why she didn't remove it from me as it just made me look like I had walked into a glitter ball.

Learn how to apply eye liner correctly - During my later teenager years, I tried my best to wear liner but I just couldn't apply it correctly which meant it ended up below my eyes. I didn't even try to apply it along my lashline. Thankfully I have finally nailed the art of applying eyeliner.

What would you say to your younger self?

Emily <3

Sunday, 15 November 2015

A Cream Blusher Obsession

I love blushers and have a rather large collection but one formula of blushers that I have only recently discovered has been cream blushers. I always found cream blushers to be messy so never really bothered with them but over the last couple of months, I have fallen in love with them and thought I would share my favourites with you. 

One of the most hyped cream blusher in the blogging world has to be the Stila Convertible Colour. I picked up this blusher in TK Maxx in the shade 'Magnolia' which is a slightly darker brown red colour. This may seem like a odd colour to wear as a blusher but it gives a healthy glow and works a blusher and bronzer blend as well. 

The most used cream blusher has to be the MUA Cream Blusher in 'Dolly' as it was my first one I tried. This is a peachy coral tone which is ideal for the summer and is more of a powder to cream formula. I find that this blusher sits perfectly on the cheeks and gives a peachy summer glow. I also have to mention the cheap price. 

My favourite cream blusher comes from Illamasqua in the shade 'Seduce' which has a funny name but is a stunning dark almost berry toned colour. This shade may look scary but it swatches slightly more sheer and blends into the skin to give a winter rosy cheeks look. I would say that this is a wetter cream formula than the others. 

The final cream blusher comers from Rimmel and is a Liquid Cheek Tint in 'Pop of Pink'. I would say that this is a liquid to cream formula which is a brighter pink colour. I found this blusher to be slightly sheerer than the others which makes it easier to blend and gives a great flushed look.

What are your favourite cream blushers? 

Emily <3 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils | Review

I have always been a lipstick lover and never really gave lip pencils a look in because they looked too fussy to use. This was my option until I finally picked up one of the colour drama lip pencils from Maybelline. I remember hearing that they were great dupes for the Nars Lip Pencils and thought that they were worth trying then.

The lip product is housed in a little pencil form which are the perfect size for popping into your muji storage or handbag. I wasn't sure about applying these but found them to be very easy and perfect for going right into the inner corners of the mouth without going everywhere. I have yet to sharpen them so I don't know what to expect.

The first shade I picked up was 'Keep it Classy' as I saw loads of people raving about it. I would describe this shade as a deep toned pink almost berry colour which is perfect for autumn. Even though it is a fairly bold colour, this is a shade that could be worn during the day and transited into a glamorous night time look as well. I like to pair with lip pencil with a pink champagne eye look.

The other shade I have is 'Fuchsia Desire' which was more as a random choice. As the name would suggest, it is a bold bright pink shade. I am a massive fan of bright pink colours as they can be fun to play around with. I find this colour more appropriate for spring and summer but still like to wear it on days when I want to be bolder.

The formula of these lip pencils is unlike anything else I have tried. Although they apply like a pencil, they have a creamy soft feel and glide across the lips to give an opaque finish. However once the product has been applied, it dries to mix between a matte and satin finish which doesn't smudge or move. Even after I have eaten and been drinking water, it still looks amazing. I never have to reapply them during the day and are such a bargain!

Have your tried these lip pencils before? What did you think?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Top Five Tuesday | Lipsticks

Recently I have been thinking about starting a new series on my blog and decided to finally do it. I have started off with lipsticks as they are my favourite and have named the series 'Top Five Tuesday'. I won't be posting these types of post every Tuesday but look out for them every now and again. Starting off with lipsticks sounded like a great idea to me because I am a lipstick lover and thought it would be fun to pick out my top five.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - I have talked about this liquid lipstick time after time and recently reviewed it. I can't sing enough praise for this lip product as it is truly amazing. The lasting power is unbelievable and the texture is smooth and soft. I own the shade 'So Hap Pink' which is a perfect every colour and is ideal for all day wear.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish '29' - This is one of two Rimmel lipsticks to be featured in this post. There is something about the formula of this lipstick that makes it so creamy and moisturising on the lips. I also have to mention the smell of this lipstick as it is of a cherry scent and is personally my favourite. The purple shade may not be for everyone but it is great for autumn.

Topshop Lipstick 'Brighton Rock' - It took me a while to try out a Topshop lipstick and I don't know why because they are of such great quality. They almost compare to the Mac lipsticks in that they are long lasting and very pigmented. The only thing I would say is that they are slightly drying after a whole days wear. This shade is a beautiful pink shade ideal for a casual day look.

Mac Lipstick 'Impassioned' - If I am being honest, I was quite scared to use this shade of lipstick when it arrived on my doorstep but have actually achieved a lot of wear out of it. It is a very bold bright pink lipstick but the formula is creamy, pigmented and smooth on the lips and is my favourite formula of lipstick. However I will add that I normally wear this during the summer months.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish '107' - Lastly is another lipstick from Rimmel. This is a fairly recent addition to my collection as I didn't think the colour would suit me but it has become one of my all time favourites and is a dark berry red. A lot of people say that this is a autumn lip colour but for me it is be worn all year round.

What are your favourite lipsticks?

Emily <3

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Best of Budget Beauty Brands

As a university student, I am always on the look out for beauty bargains and budget brands. I know that not every budget beauty brand have products of great quality but there are some brands that produce some amazing products for such a reasonable price tag. Because of this, I thought I would share my favourite budget brands with you.

First up is Make up Academy which can be found in the shelves of Superdrug. I remember when I first started wearing make up, I brought almost everything in the Make up Academy stand as they have a range of products at such a cheap price. My personal favourites from them are the eyeshadows, both single and palettes as well as their Undress Your Skin Foundation.

Rimmel is another brand which I love and has a great price tag. It may not be the cheapest brand in the drugstore but it is definitely not the most expensive either. The Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks are some of my favourite and are of such great quality. Another thing that this brand is known for is the Scandaleyes Eyeliners which are better than high end liners.

Next up is Collection which I believe don't get enough hype in the blogging world. I know everyone raves about their concealer but they offer other amazing products as well. I regularly use their Lip butters and Matte Lip Butters as well as their amazing eyeshadow palettes. I also hear that they are releasing some new face and cheek palettes which I am very excited to try.

The final brand is Make up Revolution which only launched a couple of years back. I remember going online and purchasing products to try as soon as they had launched. I love using their eyeshadow palettes because they have such great pigmentation not to mention their stunning bronzer and blusher palettes. I have to talk about their packaging which makes it look so much more high end.

What are your favourite budget brands?

Emily <3

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Ever since I can remember, I have always had sensitive skin and would spend hours going through ingredients lists. Because of this, It took me a while to become a bit more adventurous in the skincare department. Saying this, I have found a few products that really work well for me and are wonderful for sensitive skin.

The Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser is a product that I have used for years and swear by it. Simple is a great brand for people with sensitive skin as they create products that are designed to be kind to skin and for me they are. This moisturiser is my favourite because it really hydrates my skin while still being fast absorbing.

A brand that I have only recently tried is the Yes To Cucumbers which is a range specifically for sensitive skin and their calming facial mask and a favourite of mine. I use this mask when my skin has a bit of a breakout or if something has upset it. I find this mask to be soothing and kind and leaves the skin feeling soft.

The Simple Pure is from a Superdrug own brand designed for sensitive skin and contains a range of products but the one I have tried is the Cleansing Facial Mask. I love using this mask when my skin looks dull and needs a pick me up as it really gives a deep cleanse and gets rid of any dirty. However I will mention that it does sting around the delicate eye area.

The most recent addition to my skincare shelve is the Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser which I use to clean my face once I have removed my make up. This cleanser is unlike anything I have even tried as it feels so gentle and smooth on the skin and leaves it feeling clean but not stripped. There is something about this product that makes it delightful to apply and use. I would highly recommend this product!

These are only my recommendations for sensitive skin and my skin type may be different and the products may work and react differently to you.

What are your favourite skincare products?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet | Review

When Bourjois first launched these liquid lipsticks, I heard many bloggers raving about them but decided not to buy into the hype. However a couple of months back, I finally caved and picked up the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'So Hap' Pink'. I am a massive fan of matte formulas as I don't really have time to reapply during the day.

The packaging of this product is simply and cute as it gives an indication of the shade and includes an applicator which fits into the shape of my lips perfectly. This lip product is so pigmented and only the smallest amount is required to get a opaque look and isn't messy at all.

The product itself is a mid toned pink with a coral undertone to it. I find that this is a great everyday shade and can be worn all year round. The lipstick applies like a lipgloss before drying to a matte finish which doesn't move. The lasting power of this product is unbelievable as it stays in place all day. I even eat and drink without it disappearing. If your thinking about trying this lipstick, I highly recommend that byou do.

Have you tried this liquid lipstick before? What did you think?

Emily <3

Sunday, 1 November 2015

What I Received For My Birthday | 2015

Recently, I celebrated my birthday and was lucky enough to receive some amazing goodies and presents. I personally love reading these types of posts as they often give me ideas for Christmases and Birthdays. Because of this, I thought it would be fun to share with you the presents I was given.

Cooking books may seem like a weird thing to be given but as a university student, there is nothing better than a good cook book to give you inspiration. I always find it hard to cook different meals so I was very excited to get these books and have already found some yummy recipes to try.

It almost brought me to tears when my younger brother and sister handed me gifts that they brought themselves! My wonderful brother brought me a Christmas scented candle which smells amazing and is currently being burnt which is getting me into the spirit. My lovely sister brought me a massive bag of Starburst Sweets which are my favourite!   

As a beauty lover, there were some beauty products thrown in as well. The Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Body Scrub is a product that I had wanted to try but kept forgetting to pick it up so it was brilliant when I received it. I also received a set of Rimmel products including a lip crayon, red glitter nail polish and mascara.  

The final product is from Superdry because my mother knows me very well! I live in Superdry as they have very comfortable clothes and this grey and purple jumper is no different. This jumper has a fluffy lining which makes it very cosy and ideal for autumn!

Thanks to my wonderful and delightful family who brought me these amazing gifts. I am in no way showing off these gifts and I am very grateful and thankful.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Emily <3

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