Sunday, 9 September 2018

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Ring The Alarm Eye Shadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

One of my favourite eye shadow palettes I am using at the moment is the gorgeous Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Ring The Alarm palette. If you didn't already know, Jaclyn Hill recently collabed with Morphe to produce a vault containing 4 eye shadow palettes. I was really tempted to buy all 4 palettes because they looked beautiful and I wanted the full collection, however I just knew deep down that the shade range in the other 3 palettes isn't something I would usually reach for and therefore I wouldn't use them. I do want to share my thoughts on the Ring The Alarm Palette today as it is right up my street and I am LOVING it:)

The packaging of the palette is quite simple but very nice and elegant at the same time. Each of the palettes contain 10 eye shadows, with the Ring The Alarm palette containing solely warm toned shadows. 

I instantly fell in love with this palette as the shades are everything I reach for on a day to day basis. There are a few matte browns in the palette which are great transition shades and there are also some really pretty berries, reds and shimmers. 

The formula of the eye shadows is up to the usual Morphe quality; with them being very smooth and easy to blend out. They are also really pigmented and vibrant, as you can see in the swatches. 
(Bottom to top: Lolli, Rush, On Camera, Boom & Alert

(Bottom to top: Bomb Ass, Siren, Mugshot, Framed & Secret

If you are debating whether to try out one of Jaclyn's new palettes with Morphe then I would definitely tell you to do it, and if you are into warm toned shadows then this is the palette to go for! This is definitely going to be my go-to Autumn/Winter eye shadow palette this year as the shades are just perfect:)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Beauty Bay Haul | September 2018

Hello everyone!

These Beauty Bay hauls are becoming quite the regular occurrence, and are possibly my favourite posts to write (although I'm sure my bank account will not be pleased with that!). I shop on Beauty Bay at least once a month so I thought that I would make this a series where I share what I've bought on Beauty Bay each month, starting with September:)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette (£43.00):
I have lusted over Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow palettes for so long and I have no idea why I'm only just getting around to trying one out. I was really excited to receive this as I have been waiting so long to get my hands on one of these coveted palettes. The Soft Glam palette just screams my name as it contains 14 gorgeous neutral shades which I would use on an everyday basis. The palette contains a range of opaque mattes as well as some really intensely pigmented glitter shades, as you can see from the swatches. I also love the packaging of the palette as it has a suede cover; although I can imagine it gets really dirty! I can't wait to get some more ABH palettes- so expect to see at least one in my next haul! 

Top row (bottom to top): Tempera, Glistening, Orange Soda, Rose Pink, Sultry, Bronze & Mulberry

Bottom row (bottom to top): Dusty Rose, Fairy, Burnt Orange, Sienna, Rustic, Cyprus Umber & Noir

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Blossom Glow & Precious Petals (£3.75 each):
Wet N Wild has recently launched on Beauty Bay and it is a brand I have heard a lot about, so I wanted to pick up a few products to give them a try. I picked the products based on reviews which I have previously read, and the MegaGlo highlighters are something that have been recommended time and time again. There were only two shades available on the website at the time of ordering, Blossom Glow and Precious Petals, and as you can see I did pick both shades up. Blossom Glow is a cool-toned silver highlighter whereas Precious Petals is more on the warm/peachier side. Both highlighters are very light and powdery meaning they blend out really easily, and you also only need a small amount of product as a little does go a long way. They both look stunning and catch the light well. I know that there are more shades in this collection and I can't wait for them to be added to Beauty Bay so I can buy them all:) 

Wet N Wild Colour Icon 10 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Nude Awakening & Rose In The Air (£3.75 each):
I spotted these palettes on Beauty Bay also and I must admit that I had never seen these before, but I couldn't believe how affordable they were. For under £4 you get a palette which contains 10 eye shadow shades which is more than enough to create loads of different looks. There are three varieties and I ended up going with the two that screamed 'me' the most. The first palette I picked up is Nude Awakening which consists of neutral browns, beiges and also a few pinks. This palette is perfect for a minimal everyday eye shadow look and the shades are just so easy to work with. The other palette I got is Rose In The Air. This reminds me so much of the ABH Modern Renaissance palette with all of its warm toned oranges and purples. I will definitely get a lot of use from this palette in the Autumn/Winter and, again, it's so easy to use. If you are looking for a good palette to travel or just to use on a daily basis then check these out! 

Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Mocha-licious, Bare It All & Spiked With Rum (£3.00 each):
The final products that I bought from Wet N Wild are their Megalast Lip Colours, and I bought three shades. It won't surprise you that the three shades I bought are all nudes because they are what I wear everyday, and if these last as well as what they claim to then I will be wearing them everyday. The three shades I got are Mocha-licious, Bare It All and Spiked With Rum, and I was pleased to see that they weren't too similar to each other. Mocha-licious is the darkest of the three and a true dark brown shade. Bare it all is the lightest of the shades and is a very natural nude shade, whereas Spiked With Rum is a pink nude. 

(excuse the shimmer on my hand- I had just swatched the Wet N Wild highlighters and this just shows how good they are!)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Thick As Thieves & Androgyny (£16.00):
As I mentioned loads of times on my blog, I am expanding my Jeffee Star Cosmetics collection so do expect to see at least one product of his in every haul from now on! I am obsessed with his liquid lipsticks and I just want to own every shade- I will get there some day! The two newest editions to my collection are Thick As Thieves and Androgyny. Thick As Thieves is a warm toned nude which is the classic shade I always reach for and can never get enough of. Androgyny is a very similar shade to Deceased, which I already own, except Androgyny is slightly warmer toned. I will be doing a Jeffree Star Cosmetics collection at some point and I will also swatch them all so that you can compare the shades, so stay tuned!  
(Again with the Wet N Wild highlighter shimmer haha!)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Sarcophagus (£25.50):
Whilst expanding my JSC lipstick collection I am also working on my highlighter collection. This is only the second JSC highlighter I own but I will definitely be buying more shades as these are just so pigmented and stunning. These highlighters are literally going to last me FOREVER because the pans are so big and you really don't need to apply a lot of product due to the intense pigmentation. Sarcophagus is a champagne highlighter with almost a hint of pink undertones. This is the classic shade I go for when it comes to highlighter so no doubt I will use this to death!

Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit (£28.00):
It feels like I have been writing this blog post for such a long time now- but we're finally on the last product! The last product I picked up is skincare because my skincare routine has just went downhill lately. I have heard so many great things about Mario Badescu skincare but I thought that I would get this starter kit before purchasing the full sized products just in case. I have used this a few times and my skin feels amazing and I already see and feel a difference, so no doubt the full sized products will be in next months post and also a 'Currently Loving' post:) 

Those were the goodies I picked up for Septembers Beauty Bay haul. Do you shop on Beauty Bay? What was the last beauty item you bought?

Shop this post: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette (£43.00) // Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Blossom Glow (£3.75) // Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Precious Petals (£3.75) // Wet N Wild Colour Icon 10 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Nude Awakening (£3.75) // Wet N Wild Colour Icon 10 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Rose In The Air (£3.75) // Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Mocha-licious (£3.00) // Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Bare It All (£3.00) // Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Spiked With Rum (£3.00) // Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Thick As Thieves (£16.00) // Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny (£16.00) // Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Sarcophagus (£25.50) // Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit (£28.00) 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Inside My Scrapbook

hello everyone!

Over the past year or so I have taken a real interest in scrapbooking as I find it really relaxing and theraputic. I just love the idea of having all of my favourite memories in one place, and I absolutely love the good feeling you get whilst looking back at good times. Today I thought that I would share that feeling with you all and take you through some of my favourite pages in my scrapbook.

Starting off with the actual scrapbook itself; I got it from Paperchase quite some time ago so they don't actually sell this exact one anymore. It took me a while before I really got into scrapbooking which is why the book itself is so old. I actually added a strip of washi tape to the front cover because I love the design on the washi tape and I wanted to personalise it a little also. It's a really nice sized scrapbook and it's almost full so I will definitely be going back to Paperchase for my next book- they have a lovely selection!

The majority of the photos in my scrapbook were printed using the website Super Snaps. I absolutely love their prints as they are always high in quality and reasonably priced too. I have the 'Mini Square Snaps' in my scrapbook because they're the perfect size. I also have a couple of photos in there which are from when I was younger, so they're not from Super Snaps, but I think it adds a nice effect to the book:)

I am now going to show you some of my favourite pages and give you a bit of a backstory to them too.

I don't know about you but I love cats- they're just so adorable! I don't have any pets but the cats featured in my scrapbook are my Grandmas. I absolutely adore them and had to dedicate a section of my scrapbook to them:)

I love going to concerts and have done so for about 7 years. The first concert I ever went to was Justin Bieber all the way back in 2011. On this double spread page I have the tickets to some of the first concerts I went to including JLS, Bruno Mars and One Direction. I have pages further on, which I will get onto soon, individually dedicated to some of my most recent concerts too. I also want to quickly mention the wooden letter tiles which I have on some of my pages. I got them from Hobbycraft and think they just add something a bit extra to my scrapbook, they also have sticky circles already attached to the back which makes for a quick and easy application.

My scrapbook is full of lovely photos of my family and friends. I wanted to share a few of the pages with you because they contain a lot of lovely memories from my childhood all the way through to the present day. I also have some more family photos, from when I was a lot younger, later on to show you.

As I mentioned earlier, I do have a few pages in my scrapbook dedicated to some more recent concerts which I have attended. One of which being The Weeknd which I went to in March of last year. I had a great time and so I obviously wanted to document that in my scrapbook.

These have got to be two of my favourite pages- I just love how well colour co-ordinated everything is! On the left hand page I have a really cute hare watercolour painting which my sister did, and then on the right hand page I have some cute Polaroid pictures from when I was a baby as well as another baby photo of mine.

Back in 2015 I went on a trip to France with the school that I was attending at the time. I had a lovely time and it was also my first time abroad so there was no doubt that I would be including a double page spread of my France visit in my scrapbook. I have some photos from the trip as well as my theme park map and sea life centre ticket.

Staying on the travelling trend, in April of 2017 I went to Edinburgh. I had been to Edinburgh previously but that was many years ago when I was little so I really couldn't remember anything about it. We went to Edinburgh Zoo whilst we were there and I saw my favourite animals ever (meerkats!) and also did a spot of shopping in Harvey Nichols. I would definitely like to go back to Edinburgh because there is a lot more to see and since we were only there for the day we didn't get to explore as much as we would have liked to.

Last Summer I went to Fuerteventura for a week and I've obviously documented the holiday in my scrapbook! The first page of the double spread has my boarding passes stuck on and the second page has a collection of photos including everything from ice lollies to cocktails and the plane journey.

The most recent concert I've been to was Sam Smith, which was actually only a few months ago in March 2018. Just like my other concert pages I have done a double page spread which includes my concert ticket and some of my favourite photos from the concert.

The last pages I am going to talk about in this post is from my very recent holiday to Lanzarote. I had such a great time (if you want to see what I got up to then click here!) and couldn't wait to document it all once I had got back. I am going away again in October so that will definitely be getting added to my scrapbook as soon as I'm back.

So, that is my scrapbook. It’s not the most perfect scrapbook in the world but it is a collection of my best memories and for me that's good enough:) Do you have a scrapbook?

Shop this post: Wooden Letter Tiles 114 Pack (£4.00) // Super Snaps Mini Square Snaps (£6.99 for 20 prints, £0.28 for extra prints)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Books I've Recently Read | August

Hello everyone!

I have talked about my passion for reading many times on this blog, and I have recently read so many good books that I really want to share with you all. In today's post I am going to be sharing the books I have read over the past month.

Love Simon by Becky Albertalli:
I read this book in one day as I had previously watched the film and knew that I would really enjoy the book too. The storyline of this just hooked me in, even though I already knew how it was going to pan out, and I highly recommend it regardless of whether you've already seen the film or not. It's easy to follow and full of emotion- definitely one to add to your reading list! 
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is- and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal...

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon:
I had Everything, Everything on my book wish list prior to purchasing it last month. This is another book which has been adapted into a movie, however I am yet to see this one. Everything, Everything is a really easy read with a nice romance story line to it. 
Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn't left her house in seventeen years. Olly is the boy next door. He's determined to find a way to reach her. Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love. 

See How They Lie by Sue Wallman:
This is the second book by Sue Wallman which I have read, and I also read another one of her books this month too which I will talk about later. All of her books lie under the same theme and I really enjoyed Lying About Last Summer, which was the first book of hers I read. See How They Lie is easy to follow and will leave you wanting more.
Mae's grown up at Hummingbird Creek, an elite wellness retreat where teens get the help they need from Mae's psychiatrist father. The Creek monitors every aspect of residents' daily life for optimal health and well-being, and everyone must follow strict rules. But after Mae is caught breaking the rules, she starts to question everything about how she lives. And at the Creek, asking questions can be dangerous. 

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus:
I was immediately drawn to this book when it popped up in my recommended section on Amazon. I read the synopsis and knew that this was something I would enjoy. I took this book, along with another book, on holiday with me and could not put it down. From beginning to end it drew me in and had me guessing all the way through. 
Five students walk into detention. Only four leave alive. Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects. 

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough:
This was another book which appeared in my recommended section on Amazon based on adding One Of Us Is Lying to my basket. When I was reading the reviews on this book it was said to be a bit like Pretty Little Liars, and I absolutely loved that! I do really enjoy murder mysteries although it's not often I read them so it was nice to change it up a bit this month and read this. I am not going to give any spoilers away but this will have you questioning EVERYTHING! 
I don't remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this: it wasn't an accident. They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but sometimes it's hard to tell them apart. My friends love me. I know they do. But that doesn't mean they didn't try to kill me. 

Your Turn To Die by Sue Wallman:
Last but not least, the final book which I read during the month of August is Your Turn To Die; another book by Sue Wallman who I mentioned earlier on in this post. This was the other book I took on holiday with me and it was a good pick. I knew I could rely on this book for a good, gripping mystery. Just read that synopsis and tell me you don't want to read this!
Leah can't wait to spend the week at Roeshot House with her cousins Ivy and Poppy and family friend Jakob. Every year they slip away from the adults to the attic, where they catch up and make predictions for the future. But this year traditions are derailed by new girl Tatum, and some disturbing news; the body of a teenage girl was discovered in the garden- a secret kept for over 60 years. As Leah begins to unravel the mystery, unsettling events around the house start to mirror their predictions from last year. If she isn't careful, history could repeat itself...
I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you have been inspired to do some reading. This is going to be a monthly series on my blog, so expect to find out what I'm currently reading at the end of next month:)

Shop this post: Love Simon by Becky Albertalli (£3.99) // Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (£5.69) // See How They Lie by Sue Wallman (£6.42) // One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (£5.19) // 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (£2.00) // Your Turn To Die by Sue Wallman (£2.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Beauty Wish List #9

Hello everyone!

I was recently reading through my old blog posts and I realised that I hadn't done a beauty wish list since last September. Can you believe it? Almost one whole year without posting a wish list post! I knew that I quickly had to rectify that, and so today I am going to be sharing some of the bits currently on my beauty wish list.

Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette (£39.50):
I have seen so many pictures of this palette all over Instagram and it just looks absolutely stunning. The shades in this palette are very much what I go for on a daily basis, with some pops of colour in there too. Urban Decay always produce high quality, pigmented eyeshadows so no doubt this palette will be the same. I need this in my life immediately! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina & Soft Glam Palettes (£43.00 each):
I have never tried an Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow palette before despite seeing so many great things about them. I currently have my eyes on two palettes; Norvina and Soft Glam, although Soft Glam contains more of the shades which I typically go for. I think if I was to buy either of these palettes it would be the Soft Glam just for the reason I would get use from the majority, if not all, of the shades however Norvina is equally pretty. 

Wet N Wild Colour Icon 10 Pan Palette in Nude Awakening, Mega Glo Highlighters & Photo Focus Foundation (£3.75, £3.75 each & £6.00 each):
Wet N Wild has recently launched on Beauty Bay which I am very excited about because I have been wanting to try their products for a while now. Their products are so affordable- hence why I have so many on my wish list! One item which I particularly have my eyes on is the Colour Icon 10 Pan Palette in Nude Awakening. I could not believe that you get 10 shades for just £3.75; it's such a bargain! I am also interested to try their Mega Glo Higlighters as well as their Photo Focus Foundation. Definitely stay tuned for future posts as I will be dedicating a full post to reviewing some of their makeup:) 

Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Highlighter in Gilded Rose (£30.00):
I spotted this on Instagram a few days ago and this is, hands down, the most gorgeous highligher I've seen in my life. The rose pattern is stunning and Gilded Rose is a lovely champagne toned highlighter, which is something I go for on an almost everyday basis. I really want to get my hands on this but everywhere I look it's sold out- hopefully I can get one soon! 

I Heart Revolution Triple Baked Highlighter in Champagne & Diamonds (£6.00):
Staying along the same lines of highlighter, except this one is a lot cheaper than the Smashbox one. This is one of the most recent releases from I Heart Makeup and looks like something I would be interested in trying, especially the shade Champagne & Diamonds. The packaging reminds me a lot of Too Faced makeup and when it's a lot more cheaper you really cannot go wrong. 

Revolution Pressed Glitter Palette in Midas Touch (£10.00):
I'm not usually one for glittery eye looks but I have just fell in love with this palette from Revolution. It's affordable and the colours look stunning. I have seen swatches of this palette online and they are absolutely blinding so I will definitely be trying this out for myself. 

Those are all of the lovely items on my beauty wish list at the minute. I will definitely be buying some, if not all, of these so definitely stay tuned to see them in future posts:) 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

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