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.

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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.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Isa Dora Face Sculptor Palette

Hey Guys!

After harping on about this product for a while now, I thought I'd do a more in depth review of the Isa Dora Face Sculptor Palette in the shade Warm Peach*. Here's why I love it...

Bronzer: The bronzer is a bit darker than Benefit's Hoola Bronzer, and it also has a touch of very fine shimmer. It is fine enough that I use it to lightly contour my face whenever I'm feeling a bit adventurous with my makeup for college. It is definitely for people with a warmer skin tone, like mine. They have another shade of the palette; Cool Pink, which would be ideal for Irish pink-toned skin.

Blush: This is a lovely peach shade that I feel would suit most skin tones. It has super finely milled gold shimmer running through it which adds a certain glow to the skin that I love. It manages to make me look flushed, but not embarrassed... my cheeks can do that all by themselves!

Highlight: A lovely champagne highlight that reminds me of a powder version of my beloved NARS Copacabana Liquid Illuminator. I dust this on top of my cheekbones and a tiny bit down my nose for nights out or special occasions.

So there you have it, my thoughts on Isa Dora's Face Sculptor Palette* in the shade Warm Peach.

Have you tried anything form Isa Dora before?

xoxo, Emma

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

Monday, 23 February 2015

Weekly Roundup #3

Hey Guys!

Here's another instalment of my (almost) weekly series of my faves. This week I have been loving...

Isa Dora Face Sculptor Palette*: I used this in my most recent YouTube video, and I've been using it every day since! It is an all-rounder palette with a blush that suits most skin tones,  a gorgeous champagne highlight and a non-orangey bronzer. What's not to love?

Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr: This is such a beautiful book. I haven't read it all yet, but I just love flicking through the pages. Photography is something I love, so I could sit for hours just looking at all of the gorgeous images in this book.

White Hot Love Nail Polish: I reviewed this last week, here, and I haven't taken it off! It catches my eye every time I pick something up or move my hands in any noticeable way, and the longevity is pretty darn good too.

That's it for my favourites of the week.

What have you been loving this week?

xoxo, Emma

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

Monday, 16 February 2015

White Hot

Hey Guys!

During the summer last year, I was browsing Asos, as you do, and there was a flash sale on the Rimmel Rita Ora nail polishes. They were on sale for €1.50! I quickly purchased the shade 'White Hot Love', a beautiful white colour. I expected it to be a five-coat job because of past experiences with white nail polishes, but you can really get away with one or two coats.

This nail polish lasts around 4 days on me before I need a touch-up, and that's without a base or top coat. I love this nail polish with a tan, so I'll definitely be rocking it in the summer months, but yesterday I was feeling uninspired by the spring-y shades in my collection. You know, the pastels, pinks and oranges, so I wanted a pop of white and reached for this polish. The result? I can't stop staring at my nails!

Have you tried any other shades in the Rita Ora for Rimmel Nail Polish range?

xoxo, Emma

Thursday, 12 February 2015

FairyPants Cuticle Oil

Hey Guys!

I'm back with a quick review for you today, a review of's new cuticle oil*. Fairy pants are a British vegan cosmetics and jewellery company that pride themselves on being totally cruelty-free, something I truly value in a company, so without further ado, onto the review! (That rhymed, lol).

I received this very kindly in the post, and as I was having a nail polish free day, I thought I'd pop it on my cuticles to give them a little bit of much-needed TLC. The first thing I noticed was the fresh scent of citronella from the oil, a scent that reminds me of a salon, and getting pampered.

I like how you apply this with a brush as it makes it easy to pinpoint dry areas on your cuticles. I brushed the oil on, let it sit for a minute or so and then massaged it into my cuticles. After soaking in, I really noticed a difference. Those horrible dry bits of skin that seem to catch on everything were softened, and I can tell that with another use, I'll hardly even know they're there!

The packaging hasn't been totally confirmed yet, so I was sent the oil in a basic nail polish bottle. I will update you on Twitter when they release the proper packaging.

Until then,

xoxo, E

FTC: Items marked with a * where sent to me for consideration. All opinions and views are totally my own.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Drugstore Beauty & Skincare Haul

Hey Guys!

I did a little bit of shopping in my local chemist recently, and I wanted to share the spoils with you...

Clearasil Rapid Action Gel Wash: This is actually a repurchase for me as I immediately noticed a difference when I ran out and didn't use it for a few days. I use this every single night and I love how clean it makes my face feel. I will definitely be repurchasing this again when I run out.

Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Touch Lip Pencil in 'Red Essential': Bit of a mouthful, but these pencils are absolutely gorgeous. Long lasting, moisturising and in a fabulous range of shades, I just can't get enough of these badboys. I picked up the shade Red Essential as it isn't just your standard classic red, it has deep orangey undertones in it that make it seem just that little bit more vampy. 

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water: Sounds like a bit of a gimmicky product, but I have heard some pretty good reviews and for only €4, I thought to myself, why not? Of course, I will let you know how I get on with it in a future review, but until then, I look forward to giving it a whirl.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and Thin Eyeliner: I was in the market for a new liquid eyeliner, and when I spotted this in the chemist and swatched it on the back of my hand, I knew I had to get it. It is so pigmented, and when applied, does not budge all day. The nib is a tiny bit sharp, but I have a feeling it will soften up with a few uses.

These are the few beauty bits I picked up recently. Have you bought anything new in the drugstore recently?

xoxo, Emma

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Weekly Roundup #2

Hey Guys!

I'm back with the second instalment of my (almost) weekly series called the Weekly Roundup. This week I have been loving...

Belvita Apricot Duo Crunch Breakfast Biscuits: Definitely not the best thing to be eating, but are certainly not the worst. These little packs of deliciousness are the things I have been reaching for when I'm running late in the mornings or if I'm too lazy to make myself some lunch. They're basically  the food equivalent of the makeup wipe... fine by me.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner: I have been devouring this book since I got the whole series in my stocking on Christmas morning. I fell in love with the movie adaptation when I saw it in the cinema as I thought it was a whole new take on the classic dystopian fiction movies/ novels doing the rounds. I am loving the book so far, I just wish I had more downtime so I could read it properly instead of a quick 5 minutes before bed.

Pretty Little Liars: Ever since the whole series went up on Netflix, the couch and I have been joined at the hip. Literally. Every night, and day (whoops), I have been sitting down for a pretty lengthy PLL marathon as I watch intently from the very first episode, trying to figure out who the mysterious A is. Please don't tell me!

So these are the things I have been loving this week. I'll talk to you all on Wednesday!

xoxo, Emma