Clear Out my Make Up with me

My name is Emma and I’m a make up hoarder… but then again aren’t we all? Or a lot of us at least!

But as I’m about to move into a next chapter of my life, I have been working my way around my flat having a clear out and I couldn’t not give my make up collection a bit of tlc. I keep all my make up either in my acrylic container on top of my chest if draws or in my top draw, organised (to an extent!) in a cutlery organiser.
I started off by emptying everything into the floor and then plonking myself down to work my way through what I wanted to keep and what needed to go. I got rid of bits that I haven’t used in years or that we’re in a bit of a state.

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Of course having a clear out of my make up means a lot of swatching and my arm was cover and wiped multiple times! It made me really realise how many gorgeous eye shadow shades that I didn’t use enough, but also the reality that I have a multiple lipsticks of the same shade. Whoops!

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Finally I had my two piles of stuff sorted and I was surprised that I have been able to push myself to really get rid of the stuff that I really needed to do. With the pile of make up to keep, I gave it all a good clean and organised it into piles of different types. Although I still probably have more make up than what a single person needs, but I’m happy with the amount that now I have. I have given myself a couple of options for different things, without going over the top.

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Finally after getting everything sorted out and cleaned up, I was able to put it all away. I put my every day make up into the acrylic draws, along with a few bits that I want to try out again and use more, and then the rest want into my storage draw. I’m super happy with the end result and am beginning to really enjoy doing my make up again. It’s so important to have these sorts of clear outs in your life and to take a step back and see what you do and don’t need. It can be something small like make up or bigger and deeper, like relationships. But either way, have a look into your life, take a step back and see what you need to re organise and make a change with.

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Health Food Haul

Healthy eating has been a must for me recently. As part of my current period try to detox myself and get out of the rut that I have been stuck in, I have decided to add a few new bits and pieces into my diet to help give me that super food boost! At the spa last month I have an amazingly delicious salad, with feta and celery, topped with pine nuts. I’d never tried them before but something about then just really made the salad. So I was egar to buy some to experiment with putting in my own salads. I also got myself a couple of different types of seeds, including sunflower and sesame, again to add into salads and also on top of cereal to just give it that extra health benefit.

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I am such a tea and coffee lover, but I am always so awear that it’s not always the best thing for you to drink, especially in the morning and at night; so I decided to explore other alternatives. I looked at a couple of different options of herbal tea and brought a few to try out. The first I grabbed was a bright and fruity morning tea with natural caffeine in it. I have to say after trying it the first time, I wasn’t too keen, but I have been making myself have one every so often and I am beginning to grow on the taste. Next for during the day I got green detox tea, this is something that I have always been a bit reluctant to try because I have never liked the smell, but I have to say that I have been enjoying it! Finally and my favourite out of all the ones that I brought was the nighttime tea. Theres something about it, it may just be physiological because of the name, but either way, it really helps me wind down before bed. The smell is calming, the taste is just a hint but really yummy and being able to have a warm drink that isn’t filling or containing caffine, really helps with settling the stomach. It’s definitly a tea that I would recommend to anyone who struggles with their nighttime routine, as i do.

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Last of all for drink wise, I picked up a lemon and lime. This is something that i used to do before and want to get back into the habit of doing, lemon and lime water. It has so many health benefits to drinking it and in a morning its the perfect drink. Researchers say that you shouldn’t have a caffeine drink as your first drink in a morning, as many of us, including myself, do. Water is the best thing to drink. But like many of you will agree, water isn’t the first thing you really want to reach for, so by doing this it really adds something to make the thought more appetising. Finally I picked up a little treat for myself. Something yummy but also healthy, dark chocolate coated rice cakes. This is a treat I have loved for yeas now and when I eat healthily, its one I can eat and not feel guilty afterwards. Defiantly worth trying out if you havent yet! And this is coming from someone who can;’t stand rice cakes on their own!

I would love to hear any health food suggestions from you all! So please leave a comment below.

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Spa Detox

When the opportunity arose to take a trip to the spa a couple of weeks ago, I could not turn it down! It was just what I needed to relax and having the chance to go with my best friend made it even better.

On the Tuesday morning we set off to Champneys Spa in Tring, full of excitement and energy for the couple of days that we were there. When we arrived, we had come through the front entrance and got to experience the long drive down through the grounds, being parking the car up and doing the short walk to the reception. The staff were so lovely to us when we got there as neither us really knew where we were going! We were shown to our room and given a welcome drink. But it was quite the Champaign we had dreamt about, but instead a ‘lovely’ turmeric drink… I’m not going to even pretend that I enjoyed it… it was gross! After that was gone and out the way, the really fun began. We sorted out bit in our room, put on our bikinis, robes and flip-flops and headed down to the swimming pool! After about 5 minutes of being in the pool we noticed that there seemed to be a lot of people just sat round the edge, like they were waiting for something… and yes we were right they were! Out of no where an instructor appeared and announced that a water fitness class was about to begin. Me and my friend looked at each other in horror and straight away debated doing a runner, but we were stuck. Out robes and flip flops were underneath the bench that instructor was using… there was no escaping for us! I can’t lie though, once we had got over laughing at every excercise and hiding at the back, we had a great time! Even deciding to go again the following day. Who knows maybe water zumba could become my new things!

I tried to take as many photos as possible while we were there, but with it being a health and wellbeing spa, they were strict on the use of phones and only managed to sneak a few when we had areas to ourselves. We spent the rest of Tuesday going in the hot tub and sauna, before getting dress and going down for a VERY healthy dinner. I’m not complaining, the food was delicious but a chocolate pudding at the end would have topped it off, instead I had fruit.

Day two we had our treatments booked in, mine a body message and my friends a facial. After breakfast and a quick trip to the gym, we headed down to the treatment area where we met more super lovely staff ready to give us our treatments. I have never had a professional massage before but after this experience I cannot wait untill I get the chance for another. I had been nervous going in, worried about feeling awkward and uncomfortable. Worried about having to lay their half-naked, but as soon as the music went on and the massage began, I didn’t want it to end! So if any of you ever get the chance for one, take it!

We didn’t feel like doing too much after our treatments and had a while until lunch, so headed into one of the quiet relaxation rooms where we laid down on the water beds and before we knew it was had dozed off for an hour or so! Too comfy not to! We woke up just in time for our lunch booking, which we followed up by another water fitness class and then sadly it was time to leave.

I had an amazing two days spent at Champneys Spa and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fitness spa break. They run so many different fitness sessions and classes, both studio and also outside in the grounds. If we had been there longer we also had the option to go cycling around the grounds and things such as horse riding can also be planned!

Have any of you been to a spa before? Let me know what you think about spa trip below!

Your Truly,

Emma x

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I Owe You an Explanation

Hey all my lovelies out there! I know I’ve been off my blogging game for a while now, which is why I thought that I would start off with an explanation to where I have been. If you saw my last post, about a month ago now, you would have been given a taster of what I have been doing for part of my uni coursework. I can tell you one thing for certain… it has pushed my working ability to the limits and beyond! But what I can also tell you, although quite a few ups and downs, I have enjoyed doing the work so much. To give you a bit more of an insight, each week since January, I have been given a new brief, with the deadline in either 5 or 7 days from that date. The briefs have varied and I have worked my way through a whole range of projects, including SunSpell, festival wear, jewelry, print and even journalism. With each different project came a different challenge, and even though it was a tough ride, I reached the end of each project, with an outcome that I was happy to present. I have already shown you one project where I was an award winner and will shortly share another with you soon, of which I was also an award winner! I would love to know if you enjoy seeing my work, so let me know if you would like more posts like that.

It hasn’t been all work though. I recently hit a bit of a rut. My work got handed in about two weeks ago now and from that point I crashed. Although like I said, I had enjoyed the work, the pressure of it all finally got to me and once I no longer had my work to keep my mind busy, I realised that my mental health had been neglected and I had been ignoring everything my body had been trying to tell me. I’m going to try to get a few blog posts out in the new few weeks going into more detail about mental health and self-care and how I’ve spent the last couple of week on the mend. This isn’t something I like to shout about in my life, it’s more something that I address when I am alone, in the comfort of my own space and can put my full focus on myself. Saying that, I have spent quite a bit of time watching inspiration YouTube videos on self-love and I find them to be a huge help, so I thought by spreading my ways of picking myself back up and having a health and lifestyle boost, could maybe help some of you out there.

It’s so important to take the time out of your busy life and give yourself time to recover, listening to what your body needs. This may just be an early night, a long hot bath or a bit of fresh air. But it could also be a bit more than that; such as, a wardrobe declutter, a new morning routine or even a change of diet. So like I said above, I want to share with you all a few things that I have been doing along those line and hopefully can help a few of you out in the process! Keep a look out for those post coming soon!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Sunspel Project Work

Two weeks ago I got the opportunity to take part in an amazing brief at uni. Design, pattern cutting, creation and all from an industry expert!

As many of you may know I am currently a second year university student studying fashion, which is also why my blog has been lacking content the last few months. Part of this semesters module was to complete a different live industry brief each week and it has definitely done a good job of keeping me busy! I’ve done all sorts of briefs in the last few months, from jewellery, to sportswear to colour theory, but my SunSpel project has to the one I am most proud of. For those who may not have heard of the brand, they are a UK based brand who design and make everything from the English home city, Nottingham. The began as menswear before branching out into women’s and are know for their loungewear, especially their signature t-shirts. Their polo shirts are even worn by Daniel Craig in the James Bond films!

Our uni was lucky enough to get in contact with the head designer over at SunSpel who came into our Monday morning lecture to release a brief for us! After giving us a talk through the week project we were then lucky enough to take part in a hands on workshop, talking through our initial ideas with the designer himself. To give a quick summery of the brief we had to do a zero waste project. We had three different routes we could go down; zero waste pattern cutting, reducing the waste of a current SunSpel pattern or use of fabric scraps. I decided to go down the route of creating something for SunSpel and reducing the waste left over from making a t-shirt. Using the scraps of fabric I created a ball of fabric yarn which I used to make a weaving detail down the sides. The following Monday I had to present the design and here out my final outcomes.

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A couple of days after our presentations we heard back the news that the designer had decided to choose a winner for the brief. I opened up the email to see me name at the top with the award ‘most innovative project’ and I couldn’t be more over the moon!

I wanted to share this all with you to show how putting in the effort really pays off. I always find I’m the one who try’s and try’s and works my socks off only to miss out on the top awards, but I never give up and now here I am! I have an amazing award given directly from an industry expert, something that will help me forward in my career. So remember to never give up.

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Get Ready With Me – Date Night

I love getting ready for a night out! I don’t know about you but I always end up looking forward to getting ready more than I do going out!  Although that aside the night I went out this time I had a really really great time!

I thought I would share with you all my getting ready ‘routine’ if you can call it that and show you the look I was going for the products I was used. I began by doing a quick skin care routine to prep my face ready for a night of wearing heavy make up. I began by spraying my favourite Lush toner all over and after leaving it to dry for a couple a minutes , before following it up with my Loreal day time moisturizer and a burts bees eye cream. I always like to wait about 5-10 minutes after my skin care to allow it to settle down into my skin. before following it up with a primer. The one of choice for the night being my Revlon photo ready primer.

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My second step meant moving onto doing the base of my make up. I used my favourite YSL foundation. One I tend to only reach for when I’m heading off to events of nights out. I decided I wanted to try and create a dewy look so mixed a little bit of the Tanya Burr face illuminator into the foundation to give me more of a glow. I followed it up by concealing and brightening my under eyes, then setting my face all over with a transparent power. I like to add quite defined contour to my check bones for nights out so I took NYX bronzer (which is actully sold as a blusher in the shade taupe) and applied that. I never used to be a blusher girl but recently cream blushers have been my new addiction so using a beauty blender I applied a kiko blusher to my checks (Less is better 01) followed by my Two Faced love light highlighter.

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Next step was brows, a simple routine I keep the same no matter the occasion. My benefit Goof Proof Brow pencil in 02 followed by natural collection clear mascara to set them into place. One that was done I followed on to my eyes, the first step being priming. I Only tend to use an eye primer on nights out and when I do I use the original Urban Decay primer potion. But what I do on a day to day basis is use one of the amazing Maybeline 24 hour colour tattoos. I have quite a few of these in my collection and when I want a neutral base Creme de rose is perfect!

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Eyes primed and ready to go, I then move onto the fun part, creating my eyeshadow look. I have been loving this Revolution flawless 3 pallet, which is said to be the dupe of the Anastasia Modern renaissance pallet. I wanted to create a cut crease pink look, so used the shades in this pallete and also the pink from the Primark Vintage pallete to create this look. After I was happy with it I added my Make up forever star lit power to the centre to finish off the look. Finally I added winged liner, mascara and then lined my water lines.

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The last step to my make up routine was lips. Even if I get ready for a while before leaving to go out, I will wait until the last-minute to add my lip products. For this look I went in with a Primark lip pencil, followed by Mac Viva Galm V. My first Mac Lipstick and my current favourite!

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So that’s the finished make up look for you all! Like I said I love getting ready for evenings out and have so much fun pulling a look together. As you can tell there was a pink theme going on for this date night, and I have even painted my nails to match and not forgetting the pink that I had put in my hair a few days before! What do you all think? Let me know in the comments below and I would love to hear when your favourite date night products are.

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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P.S I hope to be posting an update on what I have been up to lately, as I have been very absent from blogging with my busy schedule.

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Amsterdam!

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 with my boyfriend and it was one of the best experiences travelling that I have ever had. This was my first oppurtunity to take a trip away without my family or uni. Instead it was just me and my boyfriend, doing our thing, our way. It was only a short trip, 4 days in total, but with filled the days with sightseeing, museum visits and just taking the life surrounding us. As always, I took my camera with me along the way to help capture my time away.

Amsterdam is somewhere that I have always wanted to go to and I was not disappointed. The streets were cute and unique, a maze of canals leading us around. The museums lived up to a high standard with so much to see and the local boat tour we went on was great fun and a chance to see the winter light display. We couldn’t take a trip to Amsterdam without venturing into the red light district either and I have to say that was an experience in itself, but as intriguing as it was to see how something like that is part of the locals everyday life, I was happy when we got back to the hotel that evening! For those who don’t know about the red light district, I’m gonna say to look it up rather than me to try to explain it in a blog appropriate way!

I love sharing my travelling photos with you all, so that’s whats I am doing today! I hope you enjoy looking through them and I would love to hear where your favourite holiday destinations are? It might give me some inspiration for my next trip!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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My last trip was to Wales, check out the photos here

I also took a trip to the zoo in the summer that you can see here

 

 

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