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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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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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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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 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

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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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Back to Uni Haul

I am officially moved into my second year flat! I have this week to settle in before freshers week and then it’s back to the hard work that is my uni degree! I wanted to get myself sorted with a few beauty bits while I still had the time and also the money! A trip to the usual boots and superdrug did the trick!

I started by picking up a couple of skin care bits. The first was my trusty go to micellar water. This thing is amazing! I try to use a proper cleanser normally but this is a life saver after a night out. There is nothing worse than going to bed with a full face of make up, but with a cotton pad and some micellar water, its quick and easy, you can’t go wrong. The next face product I got was a new night-time moisturiser. As winter is quickly approaching, my skins gets dry so fast and the best way to solve this is to get a good hydrating night cream. I have never tried this one from Una Brennan before but I love there face masks so thought why not give this one a go. Finally the last skin care product is nose strips! I don’t use these that often, maybe once a month, but I find that’s enough. The ones that I got this time are the deep charcoal Biore ones.

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Next I got myself a new hair product. I recently cut my hair a lot shorter and am enjoying playing around trying to style it, so decided to treat myself to a hair moose. I am yet to try this but I am sure I will be doing a review very soon. Lastly are two make up products. The first is Tanya Burr face illuminator, I thought that this would be a good foundation alternative for those days in uni or at the library where my skin is tired and I don’t want to be wearing any foundation. Again I have not tired this but a review will be coming soon. Lastly I grabbed my favourite eye liner, the soap and glory super cat liner. This product is so easy to use and the best part is, it stay on all day and all night without budging!

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What are your back to school beauty essentials? Let me know in the comments below.

Yours Truly,

Emma

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