Wednesday, 20 June 2018

My Piercings | Pain Ratings & Aftercare

Hello everyone!

I don't know about you but I am an absolute sucker for a good piercing! Over the past 8 months or so I have been adding to my piercing collection, and I thought that it may be useful to some of you reading this if I do a whole post on the piercings I currently have.
I am going to start off by listing my piercings in order of pain, from least to most, but of course everyone is different so this is just a rough guide. I am then going to talk about each piercing and things such as healing times, and I will also share pictures of the piercings so you can see what they look like:)

LEAST PAIN
1. Ear lobes
2. Nostril
3. Helix
4. Tragus
5. Forward helix
6. Rook
7. Snug
MOST PAIN 

1. Ear lobes (left and right)
Ear lobe piercings are pretty straight forward and heal the quickest compared to cartilage piercings. I got all of my piercings done with a needle, including my ear lobes as it's meant to be better all round compared to a piercing gun, and they didn't really hurt to be honest. The advised healing time for the ear lobes are around 6 weeks and I would say for me they took a little bit longer than that to heal because I was naughty and tried to change them after a few weeks haha!

2. Nostril (right)
My nostril piercing was actually the first piercing I got and it was surprisingly not too bad. It was definitely a little bit more of a pinch than my ear lobes but nothing significant. I changed my nose stud after 6 months, which is the advised healing time, and it was a little bit uncomfortable but again nothing too painful that I couldn't handle. 

3. Helix (right)
I did think that this piercing was quite nippy when I got this but since then I have realised that it really wasn't that bad compared to other cartilage piercings which I have had since then. I got this pierced on my birthday in January so I have had it for a good few months now, and I would say it's pretty much almost healed and ready to be changed. 

4. Tragus (left)
I was quite nervous going into this piercing because I had heard from a lot of people that the tragus piercing is very painful. I didn't find it too much more painful than my helix piercing but my jaw did ache for a few days afterwards. This isn't fully healed yet as I only got it pierced in February, but it shouldn't be too long before it is fully healed. I really like this piercing and can't wait until it's healed so I can put a pretty hoop in it. 

5. Forward helix (left)
My forward helix is the most recent piercing I've got- I actually only got it two days ago! The piercing of my forward helix wasn't unbearable but the following day around the piercing was quite swollen and also painful. It has now began to settle down and isn't really bothering me anymore, so that's good haha:) This definitely won't be my last piercing! 

6. Rook (right) 
My rook piercing was slightly more painful than my tragus but nowhere near as painful as my snug. Of course like a few of my other piercings I did think this hurt a lot at the time but then I got my snug pierced and that scaled the pain down a lot and I then didn't think this one was too bad. 

7. Snug (left) 
I don't want to scare anyone off who is thinking about getting a snug piercing but I really cannot put into words how painful this piercing was. I got this about a month ago and the pain of the initial piercing and also the inserting of the jewellery was quite uncomfortable. I had never heard of this piercing until recently, but it is becoming quite popular and I think it looks so cool. If you want something a bit different then this is a great option to go for:) 

As far as aftercare goes; I clean my piercings with sterile saline which you can either make yourself using boiled water and sea salt or can buy pre made from places such as Boots and Superdrug. I find cotton buds really useful too as it enables me to thoroughly clean the piercings.

I thought that I would mention that I got all of my piercings at Doc Black Ink in Newcastle. The store is really clean and the staff are great at putting you at ease. I definitely recommend them if you are in the North East area and are looking to get a high quality piercing. 

Do you have any piercings? Has this post inspired you to get any? Let me know in the comments below!

Shop this post: Doc Black Ink 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Easy Homemade Brownies | Cookie Crumbles*

Hello everyone!

I love a good brownie and there's nothing better than making your own at home- it's so much fun! The lovely people over at Cookie Crumbles sent me one of their brownie making kits and I thought I would take you along on my brownie making journey:)

What's great about this kit is that you only need to add three ingredients to it; water, oil and eggs. This kit is perfect if you're in a hurry because you can quickly mix the ingredients together and pop them in the oven in no time.

Ingredients to add to the mix:
2 x eggs 
60ml vegetable oil
20ml water

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4
2. Place mixture into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, water and vegetable oil. Mix until well combined
3. Grease and line baking tin with baking parchment. Pour in the mixture and level out
4. Bake for 20 minutes
5. Remove from oven, leave to cool and then cut 




And it's as easy as that! Just look how yummy those brownies look- and they tasted amazing too:) 


Until next time,
Emily xo 

*There are PR samples featured in this post, however all opinions remain my own!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Morphe 15N Night Master Palette | Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

As promised in my recent Beauty Bay haul; I am going to be reviewing the Morphe 15N Night Master palette. I have tried and tested this palette since purchasing it and I am ready to share my thoughts as well as swatches of all the shades.

Packaging:
The packaging of the palette is nice and sleek. I love the outer box and the 'bend the rules' slogan on the side of the box is a nice touch. The palette itself isn't too bulky but I wouldn't say it's super travel friendly either. The eye shadow pans are quite big so you are getting a lot of product for your money, and I like that there's a full sized mirror included too. 


Swatches:
I swatched all of the shades pretty much as soon as I opened the palette and I was very impressed with the formula and also the pigmentation. The shadows are very buttery and swatched beautifully on the skin. I love the shimmery shades a lot and I also really like Cliche, which is a matte purple shade. Even from just looking at this palette you can tell that there are so many looks to be created with the shades; whether those are more natural looks or full on smokey eyes. I also must add that I love the shade names- they're so creative! 
 Row one 

 Row two 

Row three 

My thoughts:
Overall I am super impressed with this palette and this will definitely be incorporated into my everyday makeup routine. There are some great matte brown transition shades in this palette as well as some more glam glittery shades. The only criticism I have is that there isn't a matte white shade which can be used as an eye shadow base, however there is a nude shade which can do a similar job really. For £15 you cannot go wrong with this palette. 

Overall ratings:
Packaging: 4/5
Shade range: 4.5/5
Pigmentation: 5/5
Blendability: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Shop this post: Morphe 15N Night Master Palette (£15.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Makeup Collection: Highlighters

Hello everyone!

Highlighters are definitely one of my favourite makeup items, they're just so fun and pretty to look at too! Today I am going to be showing you through all of my highlighters and letting you know what I think of them all:)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit:
This was the first Anastasia Beverly Hills product I ever tried and it was a great starting choice for exploring the brand. All 6 shades in the palette are pigmented and are super glittery, which makes the cheekbones look extra glowy. I had never tried a purple or blue highlighter before I got this palette, but I'm so glad I did because they just look amazing. 


Makeup Revolution Highlighter Palette:
I think that this MUR palette was one of the earliest highlighters I ever purchased, and it's quite bad when I think about how long I have had this in my collection for! These highlighters are some of the most blinding highlighters I own. The first shade is a gorgeous pearl shade, the middle shade is a peach and the last shade is a lavender. I sometimes mix all three of these highlighters together and let me tell you that the glow they give off is absolutely GLISTENING!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette:
I was so chuffed when I made my very first Hourglass purchase; this Ambient Lighting Palette. Hourglass is a very luxurious brand and I cherish this palette because it was fairly expensive. I don't use this all that often because of the price point, but I really should start using it more because that is what it was made for! I love using Dim Light in the Summer time all over my face as it is a really brightening powder and it gives off a lovely glow. Incandescent Light is great for applying where you would usually apply your highlighter; cheekbones, nose and cupids bow. Finally, the third shade in the palette is Radiant Light and this shade is more on the bronze side. I think that this makes a lovely all over the lid eye shadow. 


The Balm Mary Lou Highlighter:
This is my ultimate every day highlighter because it's a wearable champagne shade with a lot of shimmer to it. I love the way that this catches the light and gives a lovely glow without looking too much for an every day look. I highly rate this!


MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Peach Diamond:
If you're after a really affordable highlighter then MUA is definitely the way to go. I only own one shade at the moment but I am very happy with the one I have. It is called Peach Diamond and, even though it doesn't look very peachy in the pan, it gives a peachy glow. I really want to try some more shades and I know that I will love them if they're anything like this shade.

Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette:
Just look at how beautiful these highlighters are- they almost look metallic! The first shade in this palette is a cream lavender shade. I'm usually not a big fan of cream products but this looks lovely on it's own, or with the lavender powder highlighter on top of it. The shade I have been using the most out of this palette is, surprise surprise, the champagne shade. The peachy shade is also really lovely and looks stunning mixed with the other powder highlighters. 

Makeup Geek Highlighter in Midnight Sun:
You may be wondering why this highlighter looks so strange, and that's because I ordered this offline and sadly it arrived broken. I did re press it as I thought it would be easier than sending it back and ordering another one, and I don't think it's affected the performance too much. This highlighter is a true golden shade and looks particularly lovely with a tan. 

I Heart Makeup Unicorn Heart Rainbow Highlighter:
How pretty are the colours in this highlighter?! This is definitely not something which I would wear on an everyday basis because it's just so glamorous, but if you're going on a night out then this would be perfect. When you mix all of the shades together you get a gorgeous silver highlighter with a blue undertone and I think it would look amazing on all skin tones. 

Barry M Strobe Cream in Galactic:
Onto the final two highlighters now! I actually completely forgot that I had this until I found it in my highlighter basket, but I have put it to the front of my collection so that I am encouraged to use it more often. When swatched, this looked like a beautiful iridescent pearl highlighter shade and I love that it just glides onto the skin really smoothly so I can guarantee that this will be very easy to blend out. 

Benefit High Beam:
Last but not least, I have the Benefit High Beam. This is such a classic highlighter and I feel like everyone owns this highlighter so I'm not going to go into too much detail. I love mixing this in with my foundation on holiday because it gives me the most gorgeous healthy glow too. 

I hope that you all enjoyed taking a look at my highlighter collection. You know the score by now- let me know in the comments which highlighter you're loving right now!

Shop this post: Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit (£41.00) // Makeup Revolution Highlighter Palette (£8.00) // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (£59.00) // The Balm Mary Lou Highlighter (£16.00) // MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Peach Diamond (£3.00) // Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette (£9.99) // Makeup Geek Highlighter in Midnight Sun (£17.00) // I Heart Makeup Unicorn Heart Rainbow Highlighter (£4.99) // Barry M Strobe Cream in Galactic (£4.49) // Benefit High Beam (£21.50)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A Little Beauty Bay Haul

Hello everyone!

I love lusting over all of the makeup on Beauty Bay; and more often than not that ends in an order being placed. On my most recent Beauty Bay browse I ordered 6 items, so I did hold back quite a bit! Keep reading if you want to see what I bought:)

Morphe 15N Night Master Eye Shadow Palette (£15.00):
The first thing I purchased is the Morphe 15N Night Master palette as it is something I've been wanting to try ever since I spotted it on the 'back in stock' page. The shade range is everything I look for in an eye shadow palette; a mixture of neutrals, burgundies and dark smokey shades. I am going to do a full post on this palette, including swatches, so stay tuned for that! 




Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin (£16.00):
I cannot tell you how many times I've repurchased this liquid lipstick because it's my go to for everyday. I have so many lipsticks but I cannot stop myself from repurchasing this because the shade is perfect and it lasts unbelievably well. 

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Tweezers (£5.00):
I've been needing a new pair of tweezers ever since I lost mine and I just picked up these from BH Cosmetics as they weren't too expensive. Tweezers are tweezers so I think these will be just fine. 

RCMA No Colour Powder (£13.00):
Another repurchase is the RCMA No Colour powder which is a product I have been using to set my makeup for some time now. This has become a holy grail product for me and it's something I'm going to be repurchasing for a very long time. 

Morphe R36 Pointed Highlight Brush (£9.00):
I have seen so many beauty guru's using pointed highlight brushes to apply their highlighter with, and I wanted to purchase one to see what all the hype is about. This type of brush is meant to be a lot better than the fan brush, which I have been applying my highlighter with for a while now, so I am going to try it out and see what I think. 

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Highlighter in Afterglow (£13.00):
The final product I bought is a highlighter to go with my new highlight brush. Milani is a brand I want to try more of so I thought this highlighter would be a great starting point. The shade is gorgeous champagne tone and you can see from the swatch just how stunning it is. It's really pigmented and is very reflective, which is just what I like in my highlighters. 



That is everything for my Beauty Bay haul! What was your most recent beauty purchase?


Until next time,
Emily xo
 

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