Tuesday, 1 September 2015

My Style Icon: Shay Mitchell Inspired OOTD

Hey Guys!

I have loved Shay Mitchell's style for such a long time and I regularly check her instagram to browse through her OOTDs for holiday style inspo. She loves a good pair of high waisted denim shorts paired with a bardot style off-the-shoulder top- right up my street when it comes to summer style!

So, when I came across the Boohoo My Style Icon competition, I just knew I had to recreate one of Shay's looks. Here is my take on this outfit. How do you think I did?













Boohoo Frayed Denim Hotpants*
Forever21 Off The Shoulder Top
Marks & Spencers White Sandals
Asos Sunglasses
Penneys Earrings

xoxo, Emma



Sunday, 30 August 2015

GIVEAWAY: WIN A YEAR'S SUPPLY OF WATER WIPES

Hey Guys!

I have a super exciting post for you all; I have been given the chance to giveaway a year's supply of Water Wipes!

Here's what the lovely folks over at Water Wipes have to say about their wipes:

WaterWipes are the World’s purest facial wipes – no sting, no skin-tightness and no chemical residue. After a long day of festival fun, when your face has taken a beating from makeup, sun, sweat and dirt, a good cleansing routine is essential.  With a few simple sweeps, WaterWipes gently remove every last bit of make-up and grime, plus they'll leave skin feeling pure, fresh and detoxed.


As you can see from yesterday's post- my sister's festival essentials, she really likes these wipes, as do I, for a snappy bedtime routine, so I am so excited to be doing this giveaway for you! 

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter system below, and the competition is open from August 30th to September 13th. I will choose a winner then and get in touch with you!

Good Luck!

xoxo, Emma 



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, 29 August 2015

My Sister's Festival Essentials

Hey Guys!

I really wanted to do a little Festival Essentials post, but having never been to one, I don't think it would be a particularly practical post. However, what I lack in festival knowledge, my sister, Rebekah, certainly doesn't. So without further ado, take it away, Rebekah!

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Festival season is still upon us, with Electric Picnic looming for many Irish people.. Unfortunately I missed the chance to get myself an EP ticket this year – thanks to the event becoming completely sold out. However I have booked a little break with 4 of my friends to Marbella, leaving Monday so I guess I didn’t do too badly ;)

I digress – back to festival essentials. I wouldn’t call myself a complete festival pro or anything but I have been to a good few over the years including the London-based Lovebox back in July, and EP last year. I know my first “proper” festival experience (aka camping, minimal personal hygiene and stodgy over-priced food) was quite a daunting thought so hopefully this list will help a few of you festival-noobs or veterans out there. These tips are based on camping at a festival but either way these items wouldn’t hurt you to have at day events.


1// Wet Wipes
 You know that age old question of “if you were stranded on a desert island, what item would you bring?”. Well, first of all what an impractical question as surely if you could forecast being stranded you wouldn’t be stranded- no? Anyway, wet wipes would for sure be on my list of essentials. Not just for festivals, they are so useful in every day life. I am obsessed with these ones in particular – Water Wipes. They contain only 3 ingredients – water, dead sea minerals and fruit extract, so are completely void of nasty chemicals like other wipes on the market. Perfect size for putting in your little backpack/bumbag/crossbody for festivals –  an essential for those much needed portaloo breaks. You can find the company here https://www.waterwipes.com and you can buy them in most Dunnes, Tesco etc.

P.S: I have a really exciting surprise for you all tomorrow so stay tuned!

2// Hand Sanitizer
 I couldn’t live without a hand sanitizer at festivals – portaloos, dusty/muddy ground, rubbish everywhere, eating with your hands – did I mention how fun festivals are? No, but seriously you need to pack a mini hand sanitizer if you are heading to a festival.

3// Dry Shampoo
 Yes I know there are showers in most campsites – and EP actually has a pretty good one, but who wants to waste 3 hours of valuable festival time queueing for a shower then waiting for your hair to dry? If like me, your hair hates you, dry shampoo is your best friend. Batiste is a classic and works well but Aussie also do a great one and leaves the hair less tacky.

4// Toilet Paper
 No one said packing for a festival was glamorous but toilet roll will become your best friend and even a source of additional income if needs be. People in my campsite last year were actually selling toilet roll due to a shortage towards the end of the weekend.

5// Snacks
 Unless you want to spend a small fortune on stodgy fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the 3 day weekend, you should definitely pack some snacks. Breakfast bars, popcorn, rice cakes – whatever floats your boat.


6// Suncream
 You may be thinking I am a bit optimistic about this one but seriously never underestimate the Irish sun. Even if it's cloudy make sure you have some SPF on, you would be surprised what gets through those clouds.

7// Plasters
 Wet feet + rubber wellies = blisters. Plasters are a godsend if your feet are giving you trouble. Tripping over tents in the pitch dark is also common so prepare yourself for some extra grazes.


8// Torch
 Continuing on from tip no. 7 above – to prevent said clumsy trips a torch will make your life a whole lot easier (and less painful) at night-time whilst trying to locate your tent.


9// Wellies
 I know, how cliché of me – but seriously you will regret wearing those brand new Nikes in all the mud and glory of a festival campsite. Your Nikes can thank me later.

10// WATER!
 Don’t forget to drink tons of water – you wont believe how quickly you can become dehydrated when you’re distracted going to sets and generally having a good time. To prevent any short-lived festival weekends from dehydration and sickness try to keep sipping water all day. It won't hurt the hangover in the morning either.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you're lucky enough to be going to any festivals, have fun and just know how jealous I am of you!

Make sure to check back tomorrow for a super special blog post ;)

xoxo, Emma



Friday, 21 August 2015

Just A Little Note

Hey Guys!

I thought I would put up a little post as I'm going on my holidays to Portugal later this evening, so there won't be a blog post next week! I am so excited as I've never been, and it'll be an opportunity to explore, recharge, eat new foods and (hopefully) get a good tan ;) 

I have, however, scheduled a video on my YouTube channel which will go up on Tuesday at 8am, so don't forget to check that out. 

Catch you on the flip side!

Xoxo, Emma 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Cheeky LUSH Haul

Hey Guys,


You may have seen that I went into Dublin to meet Marcus Butler on Wednesday (still not over it), but I also went into LUSH and myself and my sister spent about 40 minutes in there, chatting to the lovely workers and checking out their new range which I am totally in love with. My sister and I were quite clever and bought stuff that we could both use so if you want to see what else we bought, check out my sister's blog post.


The first thing I spotted was the new Comforter shower cream, a bright pink moisturising shower gel which is the sister product of the Comforter bubble bar, a cult lush product. Its colour is just so eye-catching and it you're a fan of sweet cassis then you will love this!

Next up is something I picked up on a whim but I am so happy I did; the Popcorn lip scrub. I had the Mint Julips one years ago and I really prefer the scent of this one, a caramel-y, salty scent that is just right up my street. It's all natural so you just rub it on and lick it off! It's loaded with coconut oil which moisturises the lips as well as exfoliating them.


My hands are drier than the Sahara at times so I'm constantly on the lookout for treatments and hand creams so I don't look like a 12 year-old with 90 year-old hands. I spotted the Golden Handshake hand mask immediately as it's sparkly and on a stick. You swirl it around in warm water, allowing it to thicken before soaking your hands for 15 minutes and rinsing off. I am so excited to try this one out!


Finally, I spotted this at the till; the Pumice Power foot exfoliator, loaded with orange oils and natural pumice. I tend to neglect my feet so every now and then I have to do a major exfoliate and moisturise to keep them looking marginally acceptable in sandals. You simply wet this and scrub your feet- it lathers up as well as exfoliating, so moisturisers the fresh, smooth skin.



I hope you've enjoyed reading about the few bits I picked up in LUSH!

xoxo, Emma







Friday, 14 August 2015

Insta Catch Up #1


Hey Guys,

I've seen an increasing amount of bloggers do blogposts where they compile the instagram pictures they have uploaded in a certain month and put it together into one picture- heavy post. I really do have a penchant for photography and having a blog has really helped that hobby flourish. I'm currently on the hunt for a 'big girl' camera, or in other words, one that isn't hot pink with a dent in it from when I "accidentally" threw it on the floor. No matter how neglected my blog or youtube channel may get, rest assured that my instagram will be full of colourful pictures that you can have a gander at, so here is my insta feed from July 2015.



         the beautiful beach in wexford; feeling spend in mac; delish vegan dark chocolate, almond butter banana bread; my fave flowers from M&S; fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a mermaid on the rocks; the stunning village at lyons where I worked in a children's cookery school this summer
                         
                                       

Let me know if you think this should be a permanent feature on the blog!

Xoxo, Emma 



       

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Summer Beauty Haul

Hey Guys!

I went on a bit of a shopping spree in Boots today, so I'll give you a sneak peek of it all before I do a more in-depth video of the products.



What Did I Buy?
John Freida Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Deep Conditioning Mask
MeMeMe Shimmer Stack*
Rimmel GlamEyes Professional Liquid Liner
Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Liner
Rimmel Good To Glow Highlighter in Soho Glow
Fix & Perfect Pro Primer (free when you spend €12 on Rimmel)
Dr PawPaw Lip Treatment*
Bourjois Nude Sensation Blur Effect Foundation in 43 Golden Nude
Sunkiss Collection Set w/ Maxi Delight Bronzer, Colour Boost Lip Crayon in  Peach on the Beach, and a Kabuki Brush (free when you spend €20 on Bourjois)


Here's what I picked up in Boots, along with two products I was very kindly sent (marked with a *).

Keep an eye out for an upcoming video where I give you all a more in-depth look into these products!

Have you bought anything new recently?

xoxo, Emma