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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A Belated New Years

Hey all you lovely people!

Sorry that I have been a bit off the ball for a little while now, but with having a tonne of coursework over the Christmas holidays, it’s been hard to keep track of everything else. But I’m here and I’m back to start getting some more blogs up for you all!

I feel like this new years went past in a bit of a blur and I spent my night, sat in my room, youtube on in the background busy working away on my coursework! My deadline for the module was the 8th of January, so I am going to say that my new years has started a week later than everyone elses. I worked away up to the evening before my deadline and then just crashed in bed until it was time to lug the 4 sketchbooks and portfolio over to uni for hand in and once it was done I couldn’t be happier. Now for the last few days I have begun to sort my self out properly. I have had catch ups with friends, properly unpack after coming back to uni from Christmas and have made a start of having a good sort out off all my stuff in the flat. I decided that with it being a new year I would experiment a bit with my content and have filmed a time-lapse of my make up organisation, is this something that you guys would like to see?

If you saw last years post, I try now to steer away from new year resolutions and instead set my self some goals, which I will share a few of with you now. The first one is to take risks with my career. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now you may know that I am study fashion at uni and as part of my course we have the option to add an extra placement year into our degree, with the opportunity to go abroad. I’m not going to give too much away as nothing is set in stone just yet, but I can tell you now that I have some exciting things coming up for September, but need to put myself out there and take a few more risks to confirm the oppurtunity.

I have also set myself a health goal. I have been really good with eating and going to the gym the past couple of years, but one thing I have neglected is drinking water. I want to aim to drink more water this year and for it to get to the end of the year and not even notice how much water  I am making myself drink.

Finally the last goal I will share with you is that I want to declutter my life. Living away from home, and having a fairly big living space at uni, I have accumulated a lot of ‘stuff’ over the past year or so, so much that when I took a load of it home over Christmas, my home bedroom felt claustrophobic with all the stuff in it. I want to try to clear out anything that I don’t need as well as not buy anything unless I do really need it.

I hope that you have all had a great new year and I hope that I can get back to posting every Wednesday for you all. I’m having a bit of a mind block with blog post ideas, so let me know what you want to see in the comments below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Collective Beauty Haul

Guys it’s christmas eve!!! I can’t believe how fast the time has come around! As I haven’t been able to get a post up for a couple of weeks, I thought that I would make the time to write one for you today! Sadly it’s not a festive post, but I hope that you still enjoy!

As a uni student getting more and more broke, I can’t go out and treat myself to new beauty and make up bits as much as I would like to, meaning a lack of hauls for you all. So I decided that over the last couple of months I would keep everything that I have brought together and put it together as one collective haul. I will start off with a couple of beauty items. I have never really used a high quality eye cream, occasionally I would reach for my simple eye gel, but after having that for about 3 years and not yet finishing it, I thought it was probably not doing me a lot of good. As its been getting colder and colder, I have found that my undereye area has been drying out so I finally treated myself to a good eye cream. I decided to go for the burts bees intense hydration eye cream and have to say I’m impressed. It’s an odorless cream and leaves my eyes feel fresh and soft. The next skin care product I brought is another new one that I have not tried before, the Pixi Glow Tonic. This is something I have always wanted to try and after seeing it come into the sale on Black Friday, I had to pick it up. I have only used it a couple of times so far, but I am enjoying it. It had a refreshing smell and leaves me feeling nice and awake in the morning.

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Next up I couldn’t resist this lip kit that I spotted in Primark. It’s a stunning pink metallic shade, and comes with both a liner and liquid lipstick. Unfortunately, the lip liner is quite a lot paler that the lipstick, so it doesn’t really show up on my lips, however the lipstick itself comes out a beautiful metallic shade. It has good pigment and lasts a long time, te only downside being that t really dries your lips out, but you can’t expect everything from primark.

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Following on from that I have two eye make up items. The first is the make up forever starlit powder, in the shade 15 (I think). This was something else I had been wanting for a long time and had managed to pick up when it was in the sale! I don’t think the swatch of it that I did of the powder does it justice at all, but it is the most stunning colour ever. It’s a shimmery rose pink and can be used as eyeshadow as well as a highlighter! I have use it a couple of times now when doing a cut crease look and it has worked amazingly!

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The next eye product, I have had a while now, but as I have yet to mention it on my blog, I felt the need to express my love. This make up revolution pallets has been my go to for about 3 months now and I can see I will be using it for many months more. This Flawless Resurrection palette is said to be a dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills, modern Renaissance pallette. I don’t own that pallette myself but I have tried it from friends and I can agree this is a very good dupe. For an affordable high street alternative, the colours are really pigmented, especially the mattes and the range of colours means you can create so many different eye looks. I just can’t express enough how much I am enjoying this pallette.

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If you guys know me, you will know I love a good highlighter. With my favourite being my chameleon topshop one. So when I unwrapped a new topshops highlight from my best friend on my birthday, I was super excited! The shade sunbeam is a pretty golden shade, a colour I had yet to add to my collection. The other highlighter that I got recently is a primark one in a pink shade. It swatched really nicely in the shop but after using it, it doesn’t seem to show up as much on the cheeks, which is a shame.

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I grabbed this bargain when I was in TKmax doing some christmas shopping. It was reduced down to only £10, a complete bargin! I was looking for a new bronzer that I coud dust over my face to give me a warm look and I am more than happy with the results of this one. It isn’t too pigmented so I can be messy with the application and is a warm toned brown making my skin looked sun-kissed. I would definitely recommend this product.

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Finally I got myself a new setting spray. Previously I have always used the Urban Decay, all nighter spray, but wanted to get a more affordable one that I could use on a day-to-day basis. It feels a bit more chemically when I first spary it, but once it has settled, I can see that I does keep my make up in place throughout the day.

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So that’s all from this collective haul and I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have picked up over the last couple of months. What new products have you brought recently? Let me know below!

Hope you all have a good christmas!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

Winter Lifestyle Essentials

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

3. Candle

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.winter essentials-3

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!

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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!

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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!

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What are your winter essentials? Let me know in the comments below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

Have you seen my winter night routine? click here

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Winter Skin Care Routine – Evening

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.

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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.

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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?

Yours Truly,

Emma x

See what hair care products I have been loving here

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October/Noveber 2017 – Learning New Things

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.

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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See my last month here

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Trying out Vo5 Products

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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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

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Have you read my last beauty post? Click here to read about my back to uni haul.

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