I don’t get the chance to travel very often but when I do, I seize the opportunity and the memories I make are amazing. This Christmas I was able to take a holiday to Amsterdam… More
With nights long, dark and cold, winter can feel lonely and miserable! To help myself get through the winter I like to always make sure that I have a few of my essentials around me at all times!
1. A good book!
Anyone else love snuggling up on the sofa with a good book getting lost in a world of their own? I definitely do, I always find it a great way to end a busy day and gives me a break from my everyday life.
2. Fluffy Blank
What goes hand in hand with sitting on the sofa with a good book… a big fluffy blanket! I have been loving this teddy bear blanket from Pirmark. It really helps me get warm and comfortable in the evenings
And something else that fits hand in hand with the first two, a scented candle. Whether you love the atmosphere that they create or the smell, they are perfect to get you into a cosy winter mood.
4. Hot Chocolate and snacks
Yum! I love a good warming hot chocolate! It makes a great no caffeine alternative to tea or coffee in an evening and is perfect to warm your whole body through! And treat yourself to a little bit extra with, marshmallows, cream and your favourite biscuits!
5. Beanies and Scarfs
Want to keep warm and still cute? Then invest in a few new cute hats and scarfs this winter! I love coordinating my accessories with my outfits and this is a great way to do this!
6. Fluffy Socks
last but never least, I love to wear a good pair of fluffy socks! Whether just around the flat or hidden inside my boots, these are the best way to keep you that little bit warmer!
What are your winter essentials? Let me know in the comments below!
Have you seen my winter night routine? click here
Winter… I love it… my skin hates it!
Winter is one of my favourite times of year , the crisp icy mornings wrapped up in a cute jumper boots and a scarf, the cold evenings wrapped up, drinking hot chocolate and reading a good book. Whats there not to love! The problem is though, my skin hates the cold. Having naturally dry skin, the cold weather makes it feel tight and sore, meaning that each night I have to do that bit extra to help keep it feeling fresh.
I begin my evening sin care routine by taking my trusty micellar water onto a cotton pad and removing all the make up off my eyes and face. I normally end up doing this twice to make sure there is nothing left behind! The next step I don’t do every night but make sure I do at least once a week. This is my favourite hydrating face mask! This Clarins mask has been an absolute life saver! I apply a thick layer across my skin and leave for around 10 minutes. By the end of the 10 minutes the products has sunk into my skin in all the dry areas and I take a cotton pad and use warm water to clean of the remains.
After doing tha tI move onto my new favourite product! The Lush toner, Eau Roma Water! I discovered this about 2/3 months ago now and after using it every day, morning and night, I can see my skin looking brighter and naturally glowing. The products contain both lavender water and rose water, alongside having a spray top, making it perfect for a quick, easy yet effective step to an everyday skincare routine. Once the toner has dried, I make sure to apply a thick layer of my night cream. The cream that I can currently using is the Super facialist, by Una Brennan, rose hydrate. Not only does this has a gorgeous rose sent but leaves my face feeling hydrated and soft to touch. Finally I apply spot cream to any blemishes I may have at the time. I have used the clearasil rapid action treatment cream for years now, applying it when needs be and by morning the spot has visibly reduced in both redness and size.
I am really enjoying my skin care routine at the moment and can see just how much it is helping my skin. On the odd day where I miss out a step, I can see a noticeable difference, which helps me motivated to follow my routine every evening.
What are your winter go to skin care products?
See what hair care products I have been loving here
Wow it has been a busy two months! I was not expecting to be quite this busy but with going into second year of uni and then taking on extra things around uni, i haven’t had a moment to sit down and write! The two months have flown by so fast that I don’t even really know where to start. I guess I’ll begin with the first new thing that happened as I started back at uni… I got glasses! I knew I needed my eyes tested so finally took the plunge and got them done, the outcome being that I need glasses for close up work. I’m still finding it weird getting used to the but I have to say that they are helping and make my eyes fell a lot less tired after using the sewing the machine or my laptop for long periods of time.
Another new thing is that I have got a job at uni. This is a more recent thing and has only happened int he last week or so, but I have become a student ambassador for my faculty. This means that I help out on open days and university events and even get paid for it! My first shift was last week where I took a trip all the way to Manchester for the careers fair. It was a tiring day but great getting to express my love for my course to other people looking to come to coventry university.
As part of out court each year we have to choose an extra module to take part in. Last year my chosen module was Creative thinking in business, this year I decided to go for something even ore different and chose to learn British sign language! I have to say that it has to be the best decision I have made this academic year so far! When I was younger, about 11 in primary school each Friday a group of us would get the chance to go over to Heathlands school, a deaf school in our area. Its one of my most vivid memories from primary school and I use to love icing with the children there. Although back then I hardly new any sign language, we still mangled to find ways to communicate with the children, making it a fun experience for everyone. So when the opportunity came up for me to get to learn BSL at uni, I jumped at the chance. I have to say that when we all arrived to the first class we did freak out a bit and found it harder than expected. Its a small class of us o the course, only 20 students, but what makes it unique is that our tutor is deaf. Now when we realise this on arrival to our first lesson we all suddenly got very nervous, all of us worried about the upcoming weeks of lessons, but I have to say Mariam is amazing. Her lip reading skills are seriously impressive and although not being able to hear anything that we say, she can lip read word for word. This along with her patience, meant that we were quickly able to pick up the langue and now I feel confident having a one to one conversation with her, both of us understanding each other. Its incredible to think ow far I have come with learning it and it’s an experience that I am so grateful for. I would encourage you, that if you ever get the chance, learn even just a little bit for the language and you never know the impact you could have on someones life one day!
I won’t bore you all for much longer, but I will touch on the last new thing that I have been learning… Salsa dancing! Me and one of my course mates decided that we wanted to do something fun with the little time we had to spare and also though that it would be a great way to give us a break from all of our coursework and get us up and out of out studies and workrooms! It has been a fun experience and we have already decided to go back after Christmas to carry on with more classes!
I really hope that I can keep writing for you all, but the next month is going to be just as busy. Within my course, I take a year out where we go on placements. I am currently applying for a placement in Rome and others across London. The process is long and takes time so I will have to work my blog around that for a while. Hopefully I canker a bit of time free to write about my trip to Amsterdam over Christmas and share with you what I get up to.
See my last month here
When it comes to my hair I either love it or hate it! Sometimes I will wake up and enjoy styling it and then it will stay styled for the following 3/4 days before I was it and the process starts over. Other times I wake up and hate it! I want nothing more than to either wish it was long again or just wish that I didn’t have any hair to bother with. So with this being the case I am always on the look out for new products that will make the good hair days a more regular occurence. I was in need of a new heat protector and after a trip to boots and finding a 3 for 2 offer on Vo5, I decided to give some of their products a go.
The first producted that I picked up was a texture salt spray. I had never tired one of these before and wanted to see if it would help my hair go into natural curls without having to use heat on it. After playing around with it, I have found that it does work to an extent but I have to leave my hair down to sleep rather than tying it up, the option I’d normally take. It unfortunately doesn’t work as well as I had hoped, but it does help that little bit. I am yet to try it on dry hair tho, so let me know if you have tried salt spray on dry hair and if it works!
Next I grabbed a volume moose. I have use tresemes version of this before when my hair was a lot longer and it helped the curls stay in better when using a curling wand, as well as giving me lift at the roots. Sadly tho, this product didn’t work for me. Whether it’s because I am using it on my shorter hair and am not yet used to it or that it just doesn’t work as well, I don’t know, so I am going to keep trying it and see what I can do.
Finally I got what I went in for, the heat protect spray. Out of the three products I can happily say that this is my favourite. It has helped keep my hair healthy since having it chopped, even when I am using a lot of heat on it. Heat being something that really affects my hair. I will definitely be repurchasing this product when I run out.
Although I was a bit hit and miss with the products, I will give them this… they all smell divine! There are some great smelling hair products out there but these have to be the best I have come across. They leave my hair smelling fresh and fruity for days. Giving it a real salon smell.
What are your go to hair products?
I want to write a quick apology for the lack of posts the last couple of weeks. If you want to know why I have been slacking on my blog then keep an eye out for my October/November update that I will hopefully be posting on the 26th. This should give you more of an insight to what I have been up to outside of my blog. In the mean time, give my instagram a follow to keep more up to date with me everyday. I try to post daily outfit pictures and will be updating my story with what I am up to! @yourstrulyemmax
Have you read my last beauty post? Click here to read about my back to uni haul.
Thought I’d do a slightly different post for you all today and share with you an app that I have been loving recently. I used to use this quite a lot and then after getting a new phone, forgot about it! But after having a clear out of a lot of my clothes, I have rediscovered it and am loving it.
So let me tell you all what the app is about! It’s designed for selling and buying seconds hand, clothes, shoes and accessories. You can create an account and once verified you can begin posting your old clothes to sell. The app helps you to categorise each item and gives you postage options too. Once you have shared you’re item it is available for others to buy and the best thing about it… there’s no seller charge! Along with selling your items you can also buy new pieces to add to your wardrobe, with a search bar and filtering options to make it easy to find what you want!
I love having a good sort out of my wardrobe every once in a while and this is a great place to do something with the clothes I no longer want. I will leave them up on the site for a few months and then the bits I don’t sell, I will take them down and off to a charity shop they go!
I have linked my profile here – https://www.vinted.co.uk/members/657391-emmalou667
So if any of you are interested you can check it out!
What apps do you love using?
Missed my last post? Find the lookbook that I did here
Ever been in a rush from a busy day and not had enough time to get ready for an evening out? I find recently for me this has been the case for me. Being a second year uni student the work load is building up. I spend my days in uni or running errands, so when it comes to the evening, dinner out or going for drinks, I don’t want to spend ages getting ready. As a result of this I have become a big fan of day to night outfits!
I was in this situation on Saturday, a day spent working away in the library, followed by my boyfriend taking me out for dinner and a cinema trip. I really wanted to wear my new mustard t-shirt dress (H&M) that my boyfriend had picked out for me, so decided to base my outfits for the day around this! I wanted to keep my daytime look comfy and casual yet still stylish. I decided to pair the t-shirt dress with my favourite jeans, the Asos Farleigh Mon jeans. I tucked the front on my dress into the jeans to give it more of a normal t-shirt look. It was a sunny day, but being autumn not warm enough to skip wearing a jacket so as a compromise I went with an oversized scarf. This scarf is from H&M and after buying it last year, I fell in love with it. On my feet I threw on my black, high top convserse, such a good go to pair of shoes and finally had my trusty sunnies with me.
When I got back from the library I had only a shirt time to get ready, but after having planned my outfit in my head I knew it wouldn’t take me long. I switched the jeans for a pair of thick black cable knit tights, leaving the dress to hang down. I then replaced the scarf with a bow chocker (River Island), which instantly dress up the outfit. On my head, I added a black floppy hat. This was another purchase from last year and I love it as a statement piece. It’s great if you haven’t had time to do your hair or if you just want to add something extra to an outfit. I decided not to take a jacket out with me, as I knew we would just be indoors and with it being a humid night didn’t want to get too hot. Finally on my feet I went with some black lace up heeled boots. (Sorry these didn’t show up on camera that well!) The heel on these boots is small enough to be super comfy and wearable, but big enough to make them perfect for an evening look!
I thought I would also share with you a closer up view of my hair and make up for the day. I curled my hair first thing in the morning so that it would last me all day. I also did most of my make up, making sure to both prime and spray my face, helping the make up to stay on all day. When it came to the evening to touch the look up, I added winged liner and a kohl pencil on my water line (Forgot to take a photo of this!!). Finally I changed my nude daytime lip to a warmer red toned autumn colour!
I am so happy with how these looks turned out! But I have to say I was conscious that the dress was very short and have decided when I next wear it to experiment with pairing a black body con skirt underneath it.
Did you guys enjoy the post? I was so excited to photograph and write this post because as a fashion student this is what I do! Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more posts like this in the future!
Have you seen my last look book? Find my gym look book here
I finally did it… I finally treated myself to some new make up brushes! After working full time over summer I wanted to treat myself to something I had been wanting for a while and after spending months looking at different make up brush sets, I decided to go with this 18 piece set from BH cosmetics. The set is affordable and I had read some good reviews about not only the set but also the brand, so took the plunge and placed my order. They arrived the day I was due to leave to go back to uni, just in time! And I couldn’t wait to try them out!
I thought I’d give you all an honest review on my first time using the brushes to let you know what I think. The set itself comes in a brush belt. For me personally I won’t be using the belt but if you are a make up artist this could be really helpful. I decided to do quite a full on make up use in order to use as many of the brushes as possible. Starting with a foundation brush, I applied my daily foundation all over my skin before buffing it in. It felt strange to begin with as I normally reach straight for a sponge for my base but I found myself enjoying using a brush and will definitely keep on using it.
The next two brushes I used were an angled liner brush and a spoolie. Never having owned a spoolie (apart from on the end of pencils) I was super excited for this one and found straight away it made applying make up to my brows a lot easier! I then moved onto my eyes, my favourite part of doing my make up. Before I had only really used two eye make up brushes, so now having a larger choice of what to use I decided to try out a different sort of eye look. Out of all the brushes from the set these are the best. The flat shadow brush, angled shadow brush and blending brush were the ones that gave me the best results! I was a bit disappointed to say that the texture and softness of the brushes weren’t consistent and some felt a bit rough but never the less they still did a good job.
Finally I moved to finishing my face. I started with the angled contour brush and I am sad to say that I am disappointed. Straight away it started shedding and I struggled to blend out my contour with it, the blush brush was the same, shedding straight away and not picking up much product. I am hoping that after a wash and being used a few more times the shedding will stop and I can give them a better try. Although these two were a disappointment, two face brushes I did like was the small contour brush, perfect for around the nose and the large powder brush!
I have included a couple of before and after pictures of the final make up look for you to see how the brushes worked over all. The day I shot these photos my skin was playing up a bit with a couple of break outs but I was happy that I was able to cover them up and get a good overall complexion.
What make up brushes are your go to ones? Would love to hear some suggestions!