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




Saturday, 13 June 2015

Rimmel Scandaleyes Xtreme Mascara

Hey Guys!

Today I'll be giving you the low-down on my current mascara fave; Rimmel Scandaleyes Xtreme. The packaging is what really caught my eye, I mean it's neon coral, so that's not hard to do! This mascara is definitely one that ages well; it works better for me when it's a little drier.



The wand is really interesting as on one side you have the lengthening side which is a slim, standard plastic wand that you can really wiggle into the base of the lashes to achieve great length. The other side is curved, allowing you to layer up for a good bit of volume that is always welcome in my books!


This is the best mascara I've used in a while, as I've been trying some that are much more lengthening and separating than curling and volumising, the latter being a quality I way prefer in a mascara.

Have you tried this mascara? Will you be giving it a go?

xoxo, Emma

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

My Go-To Vegan Pancake Recipe

Hey Guys!

I thought I'd do something a little bit different on the blog today; a recipe. I love cooking and baking, and I actually already have a health food blog with my sister, but I've only ever posted one recipe on this blog. It was a salted caramel hot chocolate recipe from a few years ago, I think, but I wanted to share my recipe for the perfect vegan pancakes with you all today.



These are so fluffy and the batter can be whipped up in about 3 minutes. The longest part is the cooking process, but that can't be helped! The pancakes are processed sugar free, vegan, and can be gluten free if so desired, and topped with maple syrup and a few berries, you really can't go wrong.

Ingredients:
1 cup flour (I used 1/2 gluten free and 1/2 wholegrain spelt)
1 teaspoon baking powder (omit if using self-raising flour)
Small pinch of salt
1 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
2 tablespoons olive or melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons liquid sweetener of choice (I used maple syrup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Heat a frying pan with a little bit of oil (I prefer coconut oil), before lowering the pan down to a medium heat when the oil has melted fully.
Pour a tablespoonful of batter onto the pan and flip when bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look dry.


Cook for another minute on the other side before sliding onto a plate.


Repeat with the rest of the pancakes until all of the batter is gone.



Serve with maple syrup and some fresh berries.


I hope you like the recipe!

xoxo, Emma




Sunday, 24 May 2015

Rose Gold Nails

Hey Guys!

I am officially finished my first year in college, and it's SUMMER TIME! I am so excited to finally have time to blog and film videos!
Today, I thought I'd show you what I currently have on my nails. It's one of the Revlon Scented Polishes in 'Beachy', a gorgeous rose gold shade with a subtle fresh, you guessed it, beachy scent when painted on the nails.



The longevity is pretty good. With two coats, and no topcoat, the polish lasted about three days without chipping, which for me is about average. I also adore the little bottle with the spherical cap, it looks so pretty on my shelves. There are loads of colours in the scented range, so I might pick up another when I go shopping today... we'll see!


Also, I can't not talk about my henna which I think is just amazing! One of my best friends did it for me, and I'm already thinking of all of the other designs I could get when this one wears off.

Have you tried any of the Revlon Scented Polishes?

xoxo, Emma

Monday, 11 May 2015

SoSu Nail Polish Review

Hey Guys!

I'm back today with a little review of Suzanne Jackson (AKA SoSueMe)'s new nail polish range.
I picked up 'Rock Candy', a gorgeous blue-toned pink that I thought would be the perfect Spring/Summer transition shade. Unfortunately, the polish just didn't live up to my expectations.


Firstly, I love the packaging, although my particular bottle was covered in sticky tape, hence the few dog hairs (ew) stuck to the top. But, inside, the product just doesn't work for me. Upon first application, I thought 'Oooh so smooth!' but then adding another coat seemed to make it streaky and the polish just didn't 'settle down' for a nice, even finish. The polish also took an absolute age to dry, resulting in me having to remove it all and start again after waiting half an hour for it to dry, but still getting it all over my black jeans as I was getting changed!


Longevity was the biggest let-down for me with this nail polish as it barely lasted a day before chipping like crazy! I like to test longevity with nail polishes by using them without a top coat, and generally polishes last 3-4 days without any noticeable chips.

Have you tried any of the SoSu nail polishes? If so, how have you found them?

xoxo, Emma



Friday, 8 May 2015

Steely Grey OOTN

Hey Guys!

That feels so strange to type after 2 MONTHS. Yes, it's been 2 whole months since my last blog post! I really have no excuse apart from my poor time management. I was away for 2 weeks in the Gaeltacht, and since then I've been bombarded with assignments, presentations and fun college things like that. One fun thing, and not 'fun' in the sarcastic, totally un-fun way, was the Ball I attended. My course holds a ball every year and being a Freshman, I got to go for the first time! I am currently editing a Get Ready With Me for my YouTube channel, so that should be up by Sunday, if not tomorrow evening.

Anyway, I thought I'd give you a sneak peak of what I wore, and you may have already seen a few pictures on my Instagram, which is the one thing I've managed to keep updated!



I wore this beautiful dress from ChiChi London on Asos which received plenty of compliments ;) I love this tea length style and although I could have done with the size 6, I felt comfortable the whole night long.

My shoes are Carvela by Kurt Geiger and I bought them for my Debs last September. They are fine to walk in, but after 7+ hours in them, they start to pinch just a little (read: a lot).


To see how I did my makeup, check out my video when it goes live!


xoxo, Emma


Saturday, 7 March 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Hey Guys!

I was recently contacted by Rachel Dalton Communications in regards to putting together a little Mother's Day Gift Guide. With the day fast approaching (March 15th, put it in your diary!) I thought this was a great idea, so here are a few things you could gift to the motherly figure in your life.

The Ol' Reliable Flowers Option:  An oldie but a goodie, my mom loves receiving a big bunch of flowers any day of the week so I will definitely be stopping by a supermarket to pick her up a bouquet come Mother's Day.


Pampering Essentials: I'm pretty sure most mothers enjoy a bit of pampering, so whether you decide to go all out with a voucher for a spa, or you want to pick up some at-home beauty pampering bits, you are sure to put a smile on a loved one's face. Two great products for at-home pampering are Emjoi's Micro Pedi * and Micro Nail*. I tried out the Micro Nail* and my nails literally shine like glass! Topped with a bit of cuticle oil, maybe a French mani and a good glass of vino, I know my mom would be in her element. The Micro Pedi* is one of those things that you wouldn't ask for as a gift, but you would be delighted to receive one. My mom tested this out and she loves it!



Get Crafty: Giving your mom something you made will always be somewhat nostalgic for her and she will definitely appreciate it. You could buy a plain white photo frame and fill it with pictures of you and your family, put together a 'favourite things' hamper filled with her fave chocolates, wine, a nail polish, fuzzy socks, whatever. I saw a really cute DIY on Pinterest where you shape a piece of clay into a heart and then press your finger into it to leave your fingerprint marked on it, and attach it to a keyring when it's dry. Mothers love that sort of thing.

Image c/o Pinterest.com

What will you be gifting your mother this year?

xoxo, Emma

FTC: Items marked with a * were sent to me for consideration. All opinions are my own.