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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Not Another Makeup Haul!

So I think I may be a bit obsessed with make up at the moment… and that can only mean one thing… another make up haul!

I brought these bits and pieces across two different trips, so together I have a sort of collective haul. The first place that I went to was Boots. I had been wanting a face primer for a long time, as this was the one important thing missing from my make up collection. I had tried out the revlon photo ready primer before, when I had borrowed it from a friend, and having loved it, decided that this would be a good choice to go with! The soft silky texture of it is perfect for giving you the perfect base to your skin, leaving you photo ready all day! Revlon were doing a 3 for 2 offer on this particular day and having already been eyeing up a couple of their other products I decided to grab myself a new every day foundation! My favourite all time foundation has to be the YSL touch eleclat, but with it being slightly more on the pricy side, I wanted a cheaper alternative for everyday use. I went with the Revlon, colour stay in normal/dry, shade 200. I have tried it out a couple of times already and am in love with the moisturising texture and flawless finish it gives. Finally from Revlon I picked up the colour stay eyebrow pencil in the shade 210, soft brown.

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After spending a while at the Revlon counter, I decided to move over to NYX. I was desperately in need of a new bronzer for contouring and having looked lots up online decided to go with this one from NYX. It is in actual fact sold as a blushers instead of a bronzer, but being in the shade taupe and a cool toned brown rather than orange toned, it works great for creating a shadow underneath your cheek bone.

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I then moved from boots to Superdrug where I was instantly drawn towards their new stand of Elf products. The eye shadow palettes quickly caught my eye and I couldn’t help but treat myself to nude rose gold palette. This palette has 10 pink and copper toned shades, reminding me of the naked 3 palette. They aren’t the most pigmented shades I have ever used but they have enough pigment to give you a great day time look without going over the top.

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A few days later I found myself taking a trip to Birmingham Bullring and that can only mean one thing… a trip into Kiko! As always kiko had a sale on and I soon found myself looking at their individual eyeshadows which were only about £1.20 and yes I ended up buying three! The first two work together being a coppery shade and the tired is a metallic lilac shade which I can wear with my other purple shadows that I own! Finally in Birmingham new street station, I headed into a shop called Hema. I had never been in this shop before and it reminded me a lot of tiger and even sold make up! They also had a sale on so decided to try a couple of their products. First was this metalic taupe eye pencil and the second a brush. I have tried out the brush a couple of times and although it doesn’t pick up that much products it is good for blending.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I got in my makeup haul! Let me know any new products that you have brought or tired out recently!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Stocking up on the Basics

Is it just me that finds all their beauty essentials run out at the same time?!

That’s what happened to me this weekend which resulted in a trip to boots! Although I like to play around and mix up my make up and toiletries, there a few basics that I keep the same! These are the products that I know work well and are affordable. Firstly I grabbed the rimmel stay matte pressed powder, 01 transparent, this has been the powder that I use for years now and sets my makeup in place flawlessly without any caking or patchiness. Another setting product that I use is the clear mascara from natural collection. This mascara is great for setting my eye brows in place and definitely gives it a good hold for the day without going stiff and looks fake and the best thing is ita inky £1.99! Next was the collection lasting perfection concealer, again a product that has been a go to for a while now. I use it for an under eye brightening concealer and since when I tried it I haven’t looked back! Finally is my favourite mascara the maybeline, lash sensational mascara in black. This gives my lashes volume as well as length and doesn’t go clumpy either!

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The next few iteams I have to get were toiletries! First up was new shampoo. I have been using treseme for a while now so decided to switch it up a bit and go for the Aussie stop the break shampoo a great shampoo that helps stop hair damage when styling and using heat on your hair on a regular basis! I also got the conditioner in the same type for extra protection! I got two other hair products at the same time, some L’Oréal Elnett hair spray, the one for coloured hair and then some Alice bands for keeping my hair off my face when putting on makeup or cleansing!

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Finally the last item I picked up was a pack of cotton pads (from Wilkos). Also a must to have a bug supply of these and I use about 4 a day!

So that’s everything I picked up this time and hopefully they’ll last me a while!

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

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Have you seen my last beauty post? Evening Pamper Routine

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Evening Pamper Routine

Who doesn’t love to spend an evening just relaxing and pampering themselves! It can sometimes be hard to find some time to have to yourself in your day-to-day life, but it is important that every so often we just stop and breath and having a pamper evening is my favourite way to do this!

I started my evening by gathering all the things together that I would need for my perfect night in. This included a facemask, scented candles, lush bath bomb, a good book, bottle of rose and of course some fluffy towels! I started by taking off my make up from the day using my Garnier Micellar cleansing water and then applied the rose face mask from Sephora. I love how smooth my skin feels after this facemask, it definitely benefits my skin well! While that was on my face, I ran myself a bath using the Creamy Candy bubble bar from Lush. Its smell reminds me of the christmas scent, snow fairy, one of my favourite lush smells and after crumbling it under running water, my bath was soon filled with lots of pink bubbles! I went on to light a couple of small primark candles, before slipping into the bath, book in one hand, rose in the other.

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After finishing in the bath, my pamper routine doesn’t stop there! It’s at this time that I like to spend some time doing my nails. I decided to paint my toe nails and then put on some white fake nails. These white nails are the newest addition to my primark collection and I love them already! (Find out more about my Primark nails here). Then finally to end the night I will top up my wine glass and sit back watching some catch up on my laptop!

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I do for my pamper nights! How do you like to relax?

Your Truly,

Emma x

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Pink Grapefruit Collection at the Body Shop

As summer is quickly approaching I decided to have a shift around in my every day beauty products! I switched out my coco butter shower gel and body lotion and, after a quick trip to Body Shop, replaced it them a few of the products from the pink grapefruit range. This has to be my favourite fragrance from the Body Shop. Its fresh zingy scent has me up and ready to go on those warm summer mornings, making me excited for the sunny day ahead.

They were doing a buy one half price offer on the large items, so I picked myself up a bottle of the shower gel and then a large tub of body butter. Then from the smaller products I grabbed one of the body scrubs. I had never tried a Body Shop scrub before which is why I opted for the smaller size to give it a trial run before purchasing the larger one if I get along well with it. I then have the small pot of body butter. This is a product that I already owned from before. I had stocked up on these last summer as they are the perfect size to throw in your bag. I loved using the small tub after I’d done some sunbathing in the park with friends or if my skin was looking dry throughout a day when having bare legs!

I am so excited to start using these new products now that the sun is finally out! Pink grapefruit is definitely my go to summer scent! What’s your favourite summer fragrance? Let me know in the comments down below?

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Have you seen my morning skin care routine? Read it here

 

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Charcoal Face Mask! Does it work? 

Every time I go onto Instagram and YouTube videos always pop up trying out the peel off charcoal face mask! I have always thought it was a great idea so when I spotted a tube of the mask in a beauty shop I thought it was finally time to give it a go for myself!

 

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I was nervous at first, knowing that it can be painful, so did a trail just using it on my nose! I used just one layer of the liquid but soon noticed it was drying patchy and whole air hole so layered it up with a second coat. After waiting for around 10 minutes the mask was dry and ready to peel off. To my surprise it came off easily, in one piece, with little pain. I struggled to see if it had pulled any black heads out as it was such a thin layer but my nose definitely felt smooth afterwards!

 

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A few days later I decided to brave it and go for the whole face! I had to layer up the mask a couple of times to get a good coverage and then left it until I started to feel it tighten and dry around my face. I was expecting it to peel off easily after doing my nose and it not hurting; but this time I was in pain! My forehead and nose were fine but as soon as I move towards my checks my eyes were watering! I pushed through and pulled the rest off and was happily surprised by my skin being smooth underneath… until waking up the next morning to sore skin and spots! I wasn’t happy! I feel like the mask worked on my nose but should be avoided if you have sensitive skin. I would maybe use it again for my nose, but only so I don’t waste the product! I wouldn’t buy this again though. For the pain it gives you and the bad outcome over all, it is not worth the money! 18472163_1491440094259292_1371564009_o

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Let me know if you have tried this facemask? Did it work any better for you?

Yours Truly

Emma x

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Primark Nails

Before I write this post I want to do a quick side note apology for the lack of a post last Wednesday! I have been trying to post every Wednesday but due to deadlines piling in at uni I didn’t get a chance to write last weeks! I was pushed to finish one deadline for Wednesday morning before travelling to Bristol for a photoshoot on Thursday!
Due to this I was also not able to do my normal monthly update, so March will have to be combined with April!

I am going away to Wales with my famil for the week on Thursday but will be sceduling a post for next Wendsay and hopefully will be able to follow that up with some photographs from my trip! Anyway back to my weekly post… Primark Nails!

Am I the only girl out ther who cannot stand painting their nails?! The time it takes to sit and litrally watch paint dry… only for it to then chip off a few days later! It has always fustrated me until I found a better alternative! Fake nails! I have never wanted to pay to go and get my nails done professionally. As a student, its not something that really fits into my budget, but after hearing that primark nails are great and cheap and there being a big store just down the road from me I decided to check them out and haven’t looked back since.

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There was a large range when I went in and I now have a growing collection! My favourite are these neutral coloured ones in Stone Cold. They are perfect to wear with anything and I found them to stay on for over two weeks! Pretty impressive for only paying £1. They do take a while to apply though. With doing an art subject, I need to be able to use my hands easily for all the pratical tasks, making, sewing ect. and becuase of this i struggle with having long nails, meaning I cut and file each nail once applied. But the extra time taken to do this is definitly worth it for how long they stay on for! Especially, like I said, when I do a lot of pratical work with my hands! Imagine if I wasn’t doing any of this, how long they would stay on for!

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I recently added a couple of new styles to my collection. The ‘Rose Gold’ and the ‘Frosted Rose’ nails. I wore the ‘Rose Chrome’ into uni and must have got 3 or 4 compliments that day of people asking where I get my nails done! Only to be greeted with shocked faces when I said they were Pirmark £.150 fake nails! I am ye to try the ‘Rose Chrome’ but am very excited to!

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What do you guys like to do with you nails? Paint them? Get them done? I would love to hear all your thoughts!

Yours Truly

Emma x

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