Testing New Make up Brushes

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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What make up brushes are your go to ones? Would love to hear some suggestions!

Your’s Truly,

Emma x

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September 2017 – Summer has gone

Hey all you lovely people,
So I can confirm that summer is over and the bad weather is here! But you know what that also means… cute jumper, scarfs and boots! But it also means that uni starts back tomorrow and I am terrified. Second year is about to start and its a year of finally deciding what I want to do in the future. I know that I want to do fashion but now I need to start making some more decissions about what part of fashion. Even writing about it scares me a little, so I will get onto the last month. I moved back into my flat for the year, leaving my job, friends and family behind me once again. It was another hard time, but this year I had my boyfriend with my to help with the move, making things a little easier. The last couple of weeks scince being back I have been sorting myself out, experimenting with cooking, organising and then seeing my uni friends. It has been a enjoyable two weeks.

I know my work load is about to increas so I will try my hardesr to keep up my blog posts, but please bare with me if some come late or some are missed.

Yours Truly,

Emma xx

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October Bullet Journal

Hey guys!

As the end of the month draws closer it means a new monthly spread in my bullet journal. This month was my first month of using a bullet journal and although I have loved using it to get organised, there were definitly some improvements that I needed to make! The first thing that needed changing was my monthly spread. Origionally i had taken up two double pages with this, havina a larger monthly calander, along with a tracker and then a spending tracker across two pages of its own! I did not need all of this space. For starters I wasn’t using the monthly calander, but I did quite like having it to glance at if i needed to know which day fell when, so I added it to my title page. Much beter use of space. Secondly, I didn’t need to have my spending tracker across two pages. I’ve only used about half a page this month so again I made this a lot smaller, meaning my monthly spread fits onto one double page.

Next up was the weekly spreads. Agaian they had takenup two double pages for each week and I wanted ot change that. I liked having a spaced to writemy lists, but I wasn’t useing all the space, so decided to fit all the days onto one double page, leaving a sections to do my meal plans all in one. I think that these spread are going to work for me a lot better but I will update you all next month to let you know how I get on!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Yep that’s me… 15 year old me… I remember that, it was night before I got my braces, I remember being filled with excitement and nervous. I had got bullied for having bad teeth and in my mind getting braces would fix it. Thinking back now I was so young, so determined to fit in, always trying to look better. That was 5 years ago now. Five years may not seem like a long time to some, but when you’re a teenager growing up, life can change within the blink of an eye. You are always changing, discovering yourself, learning, making 5 years feel like a life time. So this is where it starts… I have always wondered what I would say if I could talk to my younger self. Would I myself warn what was to come, would I stay positive, would say anything at all? I pondered over this for weeks now, unsure on whether to even write this post, but with it being on my mind and my blog being a place to express whats on my mind, I can’t not write this…

Dear My Younger Self,

I know you probably don’t want to listen to this. You always were stubborn about taking in advice, but you’ll soon learn that sometimes you need to. Sometimes you need to take a step back and get an opinion off someone you trust. Talking of trust that’s where I’ll start. Don’t be naive! Don’t be blindsighted by the nice things people say to you. It will be hard, but only trust those who you know really do have your back. You’re about to hit a rocky stage. Things will seem hard for a while and you’ll want to talk to someone… you’ll need to talk to someone. But only talk to those the closest to you, the ones that you know deep in your heart you can honestly trust. Being a teenager doesn’t last forever, keep that in mind. Once you hit rock bottom, the only way that you can go is up. Yes,  know that sounds cilche, but I know you always liked your motivational quotes. You’re a lot stronger than you think, but sometimes you have to hunt for that strength. Don’t give up on hunting for it, you’ll find it just when you need it.

You’re final couple of years at school will be hard. People can be horrible sometimes, but it doesn’t mean that everyone is. Give it a few years and trust me, you’ll meet some of the best people in your life. Just be patient and don’t let the wait get you down. Remember that idea that you had about doing fashion at college? The one that people laughed at, the one that teachers persuaded you not to do? Yeah you know the one I mean, well make sure you don’t give up on that idea. Going through with it will be the best decision that you have ever made. It will lead you to amazing things.

Oh and one last thing. Just be you! Yes again another cilche and one that you probably don’t believe. But trust me, this is the most important. You may not know who you are yet, you may want to experiment, but always stay true to yourself, no matter what. Don’t let others lead you off in the wrong way, don’t think you should be doing something just because everyone else is. Just do you… just be you!

Love your future self x

What would you say to your younger self if you had the chance? Tag me in your posts or leave a comment down below! It’s amazing how much you learn and how much you wish you knew when you were younger. 15 year old me would have loved some guidance, but I’ve got where I am today and couldn’t be happier.

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Gym Look Book – The Brights

Its been a while coming but I am super excited to share with you all my latest lookbook! The gym brights! After the great response on my last gym lookbook post I have been wanting to post the second part here but as some of you may know I have been so busy over the summer and it has taken until now to get this post written and pictures eidited. If you didn’t see my last lookbook check it out here – Gym Lookbook – Black and Pink. I loved all the outfits in my last post, butsometimes I like to go a bit brighter and bolder, so for you fun loving gym girls out there… here are the brights of my gym wardrobe!

Look 1

This first look is a perfect summer go to look. It’s cute and fun, while keping you cool, but staying covered up. When I found these shorts on Bershka I just couldn’t resist and looking further into their website I soon found a cute top to wear with them. The two pieces compliment each other well, being colourful but not too over powering. I had always been nervous to wear shorts at the gy, worried they would ride up but these are super comfy and stay in place, making me feel secure while working out.

(Top and shorts from Bershka, sports bra from New Balance, Nike trainers)

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Look 2

This next look is slightly darker than the first, but still has a good amount of colour to keep it fun. For me a perfect colour scheme for the gym in the winter. The leggings are my favourite in the look. The pink and purple ombre gives the outfit that good hint of colour, while to mesh pannel at the back of the legs give it a stylish edgy look. I would normally add a black jacket when going to and from the gym and then add a black cap to make the outfit look complete.

(Leggings from TKmax, sports bra is New Balance, Nike trainers and cap from Asos)

 

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Look 3

This next look is a bit more toned down with plain black leggings, but the fun comes in with the sports bra! Although this isn’t the most supportive sports bra, the look of it is great. I tend to stear away from this bra when doing weight bearing , but for a spin class or abs work out it works fine. I loved the bright pink pattern on the bra and not wanted to cover it up, paired it with this muscle tee. This tee has a large open back and dropped sides really showing off the colours on the bra.

(Leggings, top and bra all from forever 21, Nike trainers)

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Look 4

My final look is possible the boldest of the collection! Not only are there bright galaxy print leggings but a bright pink top to match my trainers! I found these leggings in TKmax for just £8 and couldn’t resist! They are definatly out there so for anyone wanting to blend in at the gym, maybed these aren’t the best option. But if you know me, I love a bold choice!

(Top and trainers are Nike, leggings TKmax and foam roller is from Amazon)

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I hope you have enjoyed my second gym look book! I am back to uni next week so will be back at it in the gym and I cannot wait. I feel like my fitness has really dropped over summer but a new academic year and I am raring to go! Do any of you go to the gym?

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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August 2017 – Summer days

How is it September already!

The summer has flown by in a blink! But then I guess that’s just what happens when you’re busy! August was such a busy month for me, but I was lucky enough to take 10 days off in the middle, where I got to spend some quality time with friends and my boyfriend. Around working full-time, I haven’t had a lot of time to myself, so knowing I had these 10 days coming up, I was more than excited! I planned in advance how I would spend my time, fitting in a trip to see uni friends, friends from home and then finally spending the last few days with my boyfriend. These days that I spent with him we decided to take a trip into london and then a couple of days later, a trip to Brighton! Both days were amazing! I always love the hustle and bustle in central London. Everywhere you look there is something going on and it’s so easy just to lose yourself in your surroundings. Going to Brighton had to be my favourite day of my time off. Brighton is one of my favourite places. Theres so much to do, from shopping in the centre, to sitting on the beach. Collection vintage keepsakes from the lanes, to eating donuts on the pier! You just can’t be bored! The trip was eventful too with prying seagulls eyeing up our donuts, we tried to keep the hidden, but within moments of taking the first bite… a gigantic seagull landed straight on Chris’ head! It scared the life out of me, but I can say that moment wont be forgotten easily!

As summer draws to an end I am finishing my last week off at work before heading back to uni on the 16th of September. The time has disappeared before my eyes and I can’t help but feel sad that I have not been able to do as much in the time that I had; but that was my choice. I knew working full-time would take it out of me, but being a student, I was keen to earn as much as I could for the upcoming year.

Have you guys started back at school, uni or work? Let me know what you are up to in the comments below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Abandoned Treasures

Finding locations to create the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot can be hard, but once found can create photographs that only your mind could once imagine! For me I wanted an area that carried a run down, grunge vibe but at the same time one that wasn’t going to draw the eye away from the fashion item itself. I soon found myself lucky when I stumbled across an abandoned hospital! It was just what I had been imagining! It’s amandoned treaures held the key to my look and after snapping plenty of shots, follwed by a bit of editing, I had a photo lookbook, better than anything I could have hoped for!

All this work had been for part of my final uni project. A communication breif wanting a range of images and illustrations for the grament at hand, a previously made white shirt. I had carried out a couple of previous shoots prior to this one; one location in Bristol and the other at a scrap yard (Click the links to see the previous shoots), but it was this shoot that had worked the best and had been what I had been looking for. I went on to using these pohotgrpahs as my final images. Working with them to creat both postfolio pages and digital illustrations, I am happy to say that I can away from the project with a first!

Its important to give yourself credit for the work you produce and I am proud of myself for what I have achieved. This has to be my favourite shoot I have ever completed as well as the best and I am happy to be sharing it with you today!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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