Sunday, 13 January 2019

What I Got For My Birthday | 2019

Hello everyone!

On Friday I celebrated my Birthday which meant I got some lovely prezzies, and I wanted to share them with you all today.

For my Birthday this year I asked for a few bits and pieces but I did just mainly want money as I was planning on getting a tattoo. I am writing this post after my Birthday so I have got my tattoo now, and I am already planning on getting another very soon. If you would like to see what I got then head over to my Instagram or you can wait until my blog post which is coming soon.

On to the presents, the first item I received is the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette (clearly I cannot go one post without mentioning his products haha!). I own two of his most recent palettes but this is one I have wanted for a while, it is just always out of stock whenever I have the money to buy it. I used this on my birthday as well as the days following and it has reminded me just how much I am obsessed with JSC products- if you couldn't tell already!

I think it's probably quite fitting if I also mention the other Jeffree Star Cosmetics product I got; another one of his 2018 holiday liquid lipsticks. This time I got the shade Scandal which is a pretty mauve purple shade. I don't own anything like this and it looks so pretty so I'm really excited to show it off.

I also asked for a few everyday makeup bits because the products I use are on the pricier side so they make great gifts. First of all I got my Holy Grail Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in the shade Light 45 Warm, and this is my absolute perfect shade match. I absolutely swear by this foundation as it's so high coverage and lasts at least 12 hours without the need of a touch up. To go along with the foundation I also got the Lock It concealer in Light 7 Warm which is the perfect shade for me.

To go along with those makeup base products I also received the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC35, which is something I also did ask for. I have actually not tried this before now but I have heard many amazing things about it so I thought it was about time I tried it too. Expect this to be in a favourites post soon because so far so good!

From my friends I got some bottles of Koppaberg aka my favourite drink ever alongside some Thornton's shortbread and some croissants which I ate straight away- they were delicious!

My sister got me these gorgeous earrings from Goldsmiths as I have been loving this style recently. She also got me a wine glass which I absolutely love because if you know me then you know I love anything with glitter on it.

Last but not least, my main present was a beautiful Tiffany & Co necklace. I have had my eye on this necklace for years now but it is quite pricey and just couldn't justify buying it however I am so excited to finally have my hands on it. This gift was totally unexpected and it is just absolutely gorgeous. The chain is the perfect length and the charm is perfect too- I'm never taking it off haha.

Let me know in the comments when your Birthday is! How are you going to celebrate it?

Until next time,
Emily xo

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Project Pan #1 | 2019

Hello everyone!

I have been meaning to do Project Pan for a few years now as I do own quite a lot of beauty products which I have had for a long time but don't seem to be getting used. I have put together a collection of products which I am aiming to finish before 2019 is up, so let's have a look at the contenders...

The first product I am aiming to use up is the Zoella Snow Scoop Bubble Bath. I have had this since Christmas 2017 but it is still smelling just as good as it did when I first opened it. This definitely will not be difficult to use up as there is a very minimal amount left. My bet is this will definitely be finished by my next update.

I have a few fragrances that I want to use up this year because I seem to get into the habit of opening fragrances, using them for a few weeks and then forgetting about them or moving on to something else. The first fragrance I want to finish this year is the Zoella Botanic'Eau body mist as I have had a third of the bottle left for quite a few months now. I am also aiming to finish up one of my bottles of Shawn Mendes Signature 1 as I have about a third of it left too. This is one of my favourite perfumes of all time but I do have a few bottles of it. I think these are the products I might struggle with the most but I'm putting every effort in them because I'm determined to at least use up one of them. 

There are a couple of makeup bits that have been in my collection for a long time now and I just can't seem to shift them from my collection. I go through plenty foundations but one I have been halfway through for a while now is the Milani Conceal & Perfect 2 in 1 foundation. I think the reason I don't reach for this one any more is because it's in the shade 00A which is far too light for me. I could maybe use this as a heavy duty concealer, because it does offer great coverage, or just use it as normal and wear a bit extra bronzer. I have no idea why I bought such a light shade because I've used a darker one in the past which was perfect for me; it's just got to go!

A makeup product which is an absolute necessity in my everyday makeup routine is the Kat Von D Shade & Light contour palette. I do not go a day without this and my favourite shade is almost gone from the palette. I would like to use up all of the other shades before purchasing another one so in the next year I am going to be using the rest of the shades up. This one will not be hard considering I use the palette every single day.

I used to use the NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer religiously however I have stuck to liquid concealers for the past year. That means that this concealer is quite old but it seems to be absolutely fine so that is another product that needs using up before it goes off. There isn't a lot of product in the pot and I remember just how much I used to love this, so this should be another easy one to finish. This concealer is very comparable to the Benefit Boi-ing concealer but at a fraction of the price. 

The one product which never fails to completely remove my makeup is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel. This is amazing as it does not leave a trace of makeup and doesn't irritate my eyes as much as some makeup removers can. For some reason I have a few bottles of this open so I want to use up a few of them to clear some space in my skincare drawer. I highly recommend this as it's really affordable and does just as good a job as some high end cleansers. 

So those are the products I'm going to especially try hard to use up this year. I hope I can do it! Are you doing Project Pan this year? 

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette | Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

I know that I am slightly late to the game but I received the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette for Christmas and I have been trying it out ever since. I thought that I would share my thoughts as well as swatches so that you can see how well the shades perform.

The packaging:
I was hooked as soon as Jeffree revealed this palette due to it's quirky packaging. I clearly don't own anything like this and therefore I definitely had a space in my makeup collection for it. It feels so high quality, just like all of his other palettes, and I really like the hot pink vegan leather. 

The shades: 
I always express my love for warm toned nude shadows but I have really been trying to branch out and try different things over the past couple of months. The shades in this palette are pretty much all cool toned and there are some greens and purples in the palette which I absolutely love. I thought this would just be something to add to the collection and never really use but I have created so many looks with this that I wouldn't usually wear, and I can guarantee this is a palette which I will hit pan on pretty quickly. Just look at those names too! 

The formula:
First of all, I l love the space-themed imprints in the shades; I definitely love attention to detail when it comes to things like eye shadow palettes. I also own the Blood Sugar palette and the formula of the shades are identical: buttery and pigmented. Purples especially are known for being difficult to formulate but the purple in this palette, and in fact every shade, are perfectly formulated.

The swatches:
 (Left to right: Interstellar, Alien, Titan & Pluto)
 (Left to right: Martian Soil, Gravitea, UFO & Abduction)
 (Left to right: X-Files, Moon Rock, Phone Home & Flying Saucer)
 (Left to right: Cowboy, Area 51 & Ghost Og)
(Left to right: Black Hole, Tall Grey & Probe)

Overall thoughts: 
To conclude I am a huge fan of this palette and it has really enabled me to experiment with my makeup. The shades Martian Soil, Area 51 and Interstellar go really nicely together. I will definitely be making a look book of my favourite eye looks soon so keep an eye out for that.

What do you think of this palette? Are you a fan of the shade range? 

Shop this post: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette (£46.00) 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

2018 Favourites

Hello everyone!

It's the beginning of a New Year and that means one thing- I must do a round up of all of my favourites from 2018! I have quite a lot of products to get through in this post so sit back and relax...

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette (£39.50):
This is actually one of the newest makeup additions in my collection. I wasn't going to include this as I haven't been using it the whole year, but I have been using it religiously since I got it. I got this in October so have been using it for the best part of 2 months and it has got to be my favourite Urban Decay palette to date. I have all of the Naked palettes, apart from the latest one which I will be picking up soon, but the shade range in this palette is the best. As you all probably know I love a good warm toned eye look so this palette is perfect for that plus all of the shades have great pigmentation to them. 

(Left to right: Wildheart, Wanderlust, Guilt Trip & Hell Ride)

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (£24.00):
For a long time I refused to use setting spray because I believed that they were a scam and didn't really do anything for your makeup. However, ever since I have used the Urban Decay All Nighter I now think that if you buy the right one then it can do wonders for your makeup. I highly recommend this setting spray as my makeup lasts at least 14 hours, if not longer, when I spritz this at the end of my makeup routine. Now I know what all the hype was about! 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette (£46.00):
This year I really experimented with my makeup and tried shades that I had never tried before. This time last year I probably would have stuck with the more neutral shades in the palette but those reds and burgundies are to die for! The pigmentation is definitely what is expected from a Jeffree Star product as well- so intense! 

(Left to right: Blood Sugar, Prick, Cavity & Donor)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Sarcophagus (£25.50):
Another Jeffree Star product I have loved pretty much all year is the gorgeous Sarcophagus highlighter. This is the second highlighter of his that I own and the pigmentation is honestly one of the best I've ever tried. These truly are blinding and I definitely will be expanding my collection in the near future. 

Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£25.50):
A product which has been in my collection for a quite a while now but something I only just started using this year is the Hoola bronzer by Benefit. I have really been liking the tanned look this year and this bronzer has been the perfect natural way to do that. It isn't orange unlike some bronzers and can be built up for a more bronzed look.  

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit (£41.00):
It is no secret that I am an absolute highlighter junkie- if it's sparkly I NEED to get my hands on it! I do love the JSC highlighters, as I have mentioned so many times on this blog now, but another brand that does blinding highlighters is Anastasia Beverly Hills. I have 3 of their Glow Kits and Sugar is my favourite because the shades are very wearable. I also really like that there are shades for all skin types, so I can use this when I'm very pale or super tanned. That glittery packaging also just screamed to me- I love anything glittery haha. 

(Left to right: Stardust, Butterscotch, Gumdrop & Marshmallow)

Morphe M530 Contour Blender (£12.00):
For such a long time I would only use Real Techniques brushes to apply my makeup but Morphe has really taken off in the beauty community this year. One brush which has particularly stood out is their contour brush which makes my bronzer look airbrushed on- that's just how soft the brush is! It's the perfect size for contouring and bronzing the face, definitely a staple in my makeup bag that's for sure. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette (£43.00):
I FINALLY tried an Anastasia Beverly Hills palette! I featured this on a blog post as soon as I got it as I was so excited, and it definitely went down a treat with me. I love these shades (who doesn't love a good nude?!) and they are so powdery that they blend out so well. 

(Left to right: Mulberry, Bronze, Sultry &  Rose Pink)

Too Faced Natural Nude Lipstick in Nip Slip (£18.00):
Last but not least, the final item that I have been obsessed with in 2018 is this Too Faced lipstick in the shade Nip Slip. I am all for my Jeffree Star liquid lips but when I am in a rush or doing a more natural makeup look then I do like to just throw on a solid lipstick, especially something with a sheen such as this shade.

Those are my favourite products of the year. What have you been loving in 2018?

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Sunday, 30 December 2018

2018 In Review

Hello everyone!

A New Year is the perfect time to reflect upon the past year and think about all of the great things you got up to. I have been looking back at my 2018 in order to do this post and it feels like SUCH a long time ago, it's a good job I have my phone to look back at my year because otherwise I wouldn't have a clue what I got up to!

My birthday is the 11th January so I celebrated that with a meal out with some of my family. Although I don't have many photos from my birthday I am pretty sure we also went to the cinema. One thing I can remember from my birthday is that I did get my first helix pierced but I did forget to take a picture of it.

It will be no surprise to you all that February brought another piercing to my ear, which was my left tragus. To be honest that is the only exciting thing I did in February so let's move onto March:)

At the beginning of March I really didn't get up too that much however on the 21st I did go and see Sam Smith with one of my friends. He really does have an amazing live voice and it was a great night out.

In the first week of April I actually got my hair chopped. This may seem like something quite strange to include but I absolutely loved my long hair so it was quite a drastic moment for me. I did absolutely love the shorter look for the first few days however I very quickly begun to realise how hard it was to style. It has now grown a fair bit and I will not be doing that again in a hurry!

The beginning of the month was quite relaxed and therefore I din't get up to much. On the 18th I got my snug pierced and I will be including a picture of this as I am aware that not many people know what this is. I also had a really lovely day out with one of my friends to our local Kaspa's dessert bar and their waffles were absolutely delicious. We definitely need to plan another Kaspa's trip soon.

I cannot even remember this but on the 11th of the month I had a walk along the seafront at South Shields, my nearest beach, and also had a really yummy ice cream sundae. I am so glad I had pictures from this day otherwise I wouldn't have even included it because I completely forgot about it. I also got my forward helix pierced later on in the month (as usual I forgot to take a picture haha).

I have absolutely no idea what I was up to in July because I have no record of the month on my phone at all. I am assuming that I was probably doing lots of shopping for my upcoming holiday though!

So, at the start of August we travelled to Lanzarote for a lovely week in the sun. We had a great time and I did a whole blog post on my time there so click here if you want to see what we got up to. I also took this time to do quite a bit of duty free shopping and did a whole post on that too. You just cannot go abroad without doing a spot of shopping! When I got back I also headed to my local piercing shop and decided on the really unique flat piercing- I cannot wait to change the jewellery when it's fully healed.

On the 1st of the month I took a much needed trip to TGI Friday's AKA my favourite restaurant of all time. Their food is so delicious as are their drinks- it's making me hungry just thinking about it!

October was the month of my second holiday of the year. This time we went to Gran Canaria and of course I did a whole post on that holiday too. A couple of days later I did get my second helix pierced which was quite an impulse decision but it's going to look really cool when I change the jewellery in it. The day after that I actually got asked to be my sisters bridesmaid at her wedding and I said yes.

I get all of my piercings done at Doc Black which is based in Newcastle and I took another trip there in November to get my other tragus done, and this was the last piercing I got in 2018. November was quite a big month in terms of my dream career also, as I finally sent my university applications off to study Midwifery. I am eagerly anticipating to hear back and will of course update you all soon!

The majority of December was a time to celebrate for Christmas- with lots of shopping done. On the 11th I went on a festive trip to Edinburgh with some friends and we had an amazing time. Read here if you want to find out what we got up to and click here for a haul! Of course, it was also Christmas on Tuesday and as usual I was really spoilt. I hope you all had a really lovely Christmas, and year in fact, because you all deserve it:)

Of course, it was also Christmas on Tuesday and as usual I was really spoilt. I hope you all had a really lovely Christmas, and year in fact, because you all deserve it:)

That was my 2018 in a nutshell. What was your favourite thing which took place in 2018?

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

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