Wednesday, 23 July 2014

L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream

Hey Guys!

Now you now I love a product that cuts down on my morning routine, who doesn't? This little gem of a  product is something I haven't heard anything about in the blogosphere, but one day it was reduced to €8 in my local pharmacy so I decided to give it a whirl.

Not expecting much, I tried it one day. Wow, this stuff is so cool. I have no idea what it does, but it just makes my skin look good. I blend a little on my nose where things can get a little red and my pores like to come out and play occasionally, and also just a little on the area around my nose and under my eyes. It smoothes out the whole area, making it look flawless. I then apply a little concealer on my dark circles, and it blends in immediately over this product, meaning no tugging or anything. LOVE.

I would definitely recommend giving this product a try, it is one of those amazing products where you don't know how it works, it just works really well! One little thing… the texture is so odd. I'm not sure if it's meant to be like that, but it just sort of splats out of the tube. Weird.

Have you heard of this product before? What do you think of it?

xoxo, Emma

Monday, 14 July 2014

My Holiday Reading List

Hey Guys!

When I go on holidays- I'm in Greece at the moment- I read a lot. And I mean a lot. And that's when I'm going for one week, so this time I'm prepared for a reading extravaganza. I'm actually going to buy one or two more books in the airport, which I may report back on when I come home on the 23rd. So, here is my Holiday Reading List.

Allegiant (Veronica Roth)// The last in the Divergent series, I'm halfway through and I am loving it. This series is one of the best I have read, and I am obsessed with the movie too. Does anyone know when it comes out on DVD actually? I'm pretty sure everyone has heard about this dystopian fiction series due to the movie, but long story short, it is set in America in the future, after the country has been ravaged by a war and been 'repaired' by implementing a genetically curing system in society. Absolutely FAB.

The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)// Nothing much to say about this, but I am prepared to cry.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire (Cassandra Clare)// SO excited to read this… I have read the rest of the series and it is right up my street. Fiction done excellently.

Beauty (Louise Mensch)// This is one of those 'don't have to think too hard' books that I think will be a perfect poolside read. It sounds very Gossip Girl-esque, so I am excited to read it. It is also an author I've never heard of so I'm looking forward to potentially finding a new fave.

Vogue// Do I really have to justify this? ;)

I hope to pick up the new book in "The Selection" series and maybe Binky Felstead's autobiography in the airport so fingers crossed they have them.
I have scheduled a few posts for the next fortnight while I'm away, so hopefully everything goes to plan and I will also be back to uploading videos. Finally. 

xoxo, Emma

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

My Holiday Makeup Bag

Hey Guys!

I am quite minimalistic on the whole makeup front on a day to day basis, but especially when I go abroad. With all of the heat, pool time and delicious food, who has time to do a whole face of makeup complete with primer and foundation? Maybe some people, but not me. I opt for the basics, and I thought some of you might be interested in what I pack for my holidays.. which are today!

Face// Maybelline Matte Maker Pressed Powder… to keep shine at bay.

Eyes// Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara… to add definition.
           Smashbox Full Exposure Palette… for a bit of dinner time fanciness ;)

Lips// Nivea Vanilla & Macademia Lip Butter… to prevent dried out lips.
          Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea… to add a hit of color, also for dinner time.
          Nivea Sun Protect SPF 30 Lip Balm… Gotta protect those lips!

As for tools, here are my picks:

MAC 116… for powder.
MAC 217… for applying and blending eyeshadow.
Blank Canvas Cosmetics E25/E26 Duo Brush… for applying and a little extra eyeshadow blending.

There you have it, my holiday makeup bag for a sunshine holiday. I am going to London in August so I will probably do an updated City break version of this post before then. I hope you are all enjoying your summer, and I will chat to you soon.

xoxo, Emma

Monday, 7 July 2014

Shopping the Zara sales...

Hey Guys!

Now I know I'm not the only one in love with the Zara sale, right? They aren't like Topshop- just putting out the pieces that no one wants, and at a high price too, might I add. Zara put out some great stuff, and that great stuff always seems to fall straight into my shopping basket. Oops. To give you an example of some of the stuff I have picked up in the Zara sale, both on and offline, I put together a little OOTD of three items I recently bought.

Jumper, Skort and Cuffed Heeled Sandals all from Zara

How much did I save, you ask? Well the whole outfit rings in at €55.97, and originally would have cost me €82.93. That means I saved €27. Score. 

Now please excuse me as I go spend that €27 on more Zara clothing. See you on the flip side.

xoxo, Emma

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Mermaid's Tale

Hey Guys!

If you know me at all, you will know I am slightly obsessed with mermaids, and have been ever since I was little (did anyone else watch H2o: Just Add Water everyday after school?). They were also the main characters in my Junior Cert English Exam Short Story (I got an A *insert smug face emoji*). So, as soon as I saw this beautiful nail polish in my local pharmacy, I just KNEW I had to have it. Mermaid color? Check. Mermaid Sparkle? Check. Mermaid- themed name? Double check. Let me introduce you to Sally Hansen's Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Mermaid's Tale.

First off, just look at that color. So pretty, right? It reaches full opacity at 3-4 coats, not bad for a glitter polish, I think. It manages to dry quite smoothly, unlike some other glitter polishes which can dry to a rough finish with bits of glitter poking out. You know the ones, that seem to catch on everything and anything, making washing your hair a nightmare? This one doesn't do that.

The lasting power is pretty good, lasting about 5 days on me before needing a tip touch-up. Not too shabby. I was, and still am- just slightly less- in love with this polish because of one thing. The Removal. This is unforch a classic glitter polish when it comes to taking it off… in other words, it was a pain. 

I am definitely interested in trying more of Sally Hansen's CM line as they seem to be really great quality, with a gorgeous shiny finish and they also have a wide range of shades available.

xoxo, Emma

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Making A Statement

Hey Guys!

I'm here with a fashion-y type post for you all today, based on my love of statement necklaces. I currently have three which I wear frequently as I think they are the perfect accessory for any outfit! Apart from my Swatch watch which you guys will have seen me wear pretty much all the time, I am pretty minimalistic on the jewelry front, so I like to make a statement with a necklace (Do you see what I did there? Ha.) You can find some great necklaces in Penneys/ Primark, Zara, and H&M.

I like to wear them with everything, from under shirt collars in Autumn/Winter, to jazzing up dresses and plain t-shirts in Spring/Summer. I will do a styling video if you would like to see one, but until then, here are my favorite statement necklaces.

Gold Chain// Penneys
Multicoloured Tiered Necklace// Penneys
Coloured Jewel Necklace// H&M

Stirped T-Shirt// Zara
Sunglasses// Penneys

xoxo, Emma

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The 3-in-1 Palette

Hey Guys!

So there will be a massive collective haul coming your way pretty soon, but I just couldn't wait to tell you about a palette that I received for my 18th birthday. My parents surprised me with the beautiful Urban Decay NAKED Flushed Palette, a 3-in-1 palette with a bronzer/contour shade, a rosy blush, and a highlighter. The perfect on-the-go palette. Here are my thoughts.

The Bronzer: A warm toned matte brown that I use to contour my cheekbones and to add a hint of much-needed warmth to my pale face. I love that this has no shimmer so can be used as a contour, something that I find to be quite difficult to find in a bronzer nowadays. No muddy, orange disco balls to be seen around here, thank you very much.

The Highlighter: This is a beautiful pink highlighter laced with shimmer that I like to dab just along the tops of my cheekbones and on my brow bone to add a healthy glow. I have recently been turned into a highlight lover after discovering that it doesn't just make you look like you are a bit shiny and in need of a sweep of powder. When applied correctly, it can give you a lit-from-within glow that I think is gorgeous.

The Blush: Although it seems quite vibrant in the pictures, this is such a pretty rosy pink with a subtle hint of shimmer. This blush is very pigmented, so requires a fairly light hand, be warned! I dust this on the apples of my cheeks, and I look instantly more awake and put together.

I have fallen in love with this little palette and I fully condone all of the hype it has been getting in the blogosphere since it's release. As far as I'm aware, there is only one shade available in Ireland so far, but there seems to be a few versions in other countries. You can pick it up now from Debenhams, and other Urban Decay stockists nationwide, for €29.00.

Have you tried the Urban Decay NAKED range?

xoxo, Emma