Thursday, 1 October 2015

Essie's Bahama Mama

Hey Guys! 

I am obsessed with this polish from Essie at the moment, it is the perfect Autumn/Winter shade that I know I'll be reapplying time and time again this season. When teamed with a top coat, I used a clear Rimmel polish, Bahama Mama lasted just over a week without chipping. Yes, you heard right, no chipping.

I love a good burgundy shade, so this is right up my street, and I've also been wearing a lot of monochrome and all black looks lately so this is a nice, modest pop of colour on my nails without being too in your face. An all-round winner, really.


What is your go-to Autumn nail polish at the moment?

Until next time,

Xoxo, Emma 

Monday, 21 September 2015


Hey Guys,

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway to win a years supply of Water Wipes, as it was my first giveaway I was nervous that no one would enter, but people did, so thanks again! Now I'm sure you all just want to know who won, so....


Sophie, if you could email me ( so I could put you in contact with the lovely people running the giveaway, you should get your prize shortly.

Thank you again to everyone for entering, and please don't be disheartened if you didn't win this time, I'm sure I'll be doing more giveaways in the future!

Chat soon,

xoxo, Emma

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

How To Maintain Your Summer Glow

Hey Guys!

So the weather has officially turned from warm and sunny (well it has for people who live in a country with actual seasons) to crisp and cool, meaning our summer glow, whether real or not is beginning to fade. I thought I'd put a few tips together to help you maintain that summer tan for as long as possible.

Water: Pretty obvious, but your skin will glow and look healthier when you're properly hydrated. I have noticed on the days I don't drink enough water (try drink 2 litres a day) that my skin looks a little dull and feels tight. Drink up!

Moisturise: I can't stress this enough, you can never moisturise too much! I moisturise my whole body really well every single night, regardless of whether I've been out and am only home at 4am ;) I love using aloe vera, especially this one as they are completely natural and have no scents which can irritate skin. I've been moisturising every day for the last few years and it all pays off when people ask you if you're wearing fake tan nearly a year after you've been on holidays.

Exfoliation: You might think that exfoliating would essentially rub your tan off, but a nice gentle scrub every now and then is important to get rid of dead skin cells that can make your skin look dull and dry. Try to use a natural scrub such as brown sugar and olive oil or a simple coffee one.

So those are my top three tips on maintaining that summer glow well into fall/ winter time!

What are your tips for keeping your skin glowy all year round?

xoxo, Emma

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Real Techniques Haul

Hey Guys!

I posted about Real Techniques brushes a while ago, and how I get them cheaper by buying them from the Real Techniques website, and today I'm back with another haul! 

What really tempted me onto the site was the email I received letting me know that you got a free Expert Face Brush when you buy the new Deep Cleansing Gel. I thought, what better time to get it than when it's cheap and you get a free brush with it? I am so excited to try the cleansing gel out, and I will definitely do a more in depth review when I have given it a proper trial run.

Next up is the Sculpting Brush, one I've wanted to buy for a while. It is one of the newest brushes in the original range and it looks like a good 'un! Perfect for contouring and maybe even applying a highlight of the tops of the cheekbones, it is just the type of brush I have been on the hunt for.

Finally, another long-lusted-for product, the Miracle Complexion Sponge. I have heard great things about this beauty sponge, especially from my sister and as I don't wear foundation on a daily basis, I'll be using this for bopping and blending my concealer out. 

Have you tried any of these Real Techniques products?

Xoxo, Emma

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


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!


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 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