Sunday, 12 March 2017

The Weeknd Starboy: Legend Of The Fall 2017 Tour

Hello everyone!

Last night I went to see The Weeknd on his 2017 world tour. I thought that I would share some photos and videos from the concert, because I have done a post similar to this one before and you all seemed to like it. I must say, this is probably the best concert I have ever been to! I know that that is a very bold statement but it was truly amazing!

In total Abel sang 25 songs, some of which were his old classics and some were new songs from his Starboy album. My favourites were Six Feet Under, Often, Starboy, Can't Feel My Face, Earned It, False Alarm and The Hills.

We were so close to the stage so I got some good photos. I am going to end this post by sharing some of them with you:) If you want to see some videos that I filmed then you can head over to my Twitter (link at the end of this post) as I am going to be posting a few on there.

I hope that you enjoyed this little blog post, I know that it is different to my usual content. Have you been to see The Weeknd on his world tour?!

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Updated Makeup Collection 2017

Hello everyone!

In today's post I am going to be sharing with you my updated makeup collection for 2017. Can you believe it's 2017 already?! I was going to do one at the end of last year but I decided to wait because I knew that I would be getting a lot of makeup for both Christmas and my birthday.

As with my previous makeup collections, I am going to be listing all the non makeup items at the end of this post. I'm not going to be listing any makeup products though because that would take far too long!

I am still storing my makeup collection in the same dressing table as before. The items on the top of my dressing table have changed so I will quickly run through those now. I also want to quickly mention the chair at my dressing table, as that has changed. I got the chair from Ikea (link at the end!) because I didn't really like the stool that came with it because it was uncomfortable to sit on. This chair is really comfy and I have a blanket draped over the back as well as a cushion on the seat, which I will try to link at the end of this post.

Starting with the very left hand side of my dressing table, I have my makeup brushes. The brushes are in my Ikea Skurar Pots, as they always have been, but I have then put those pots in a wooden storage box which I bought from Ponden Home Interiors. I can't find the storage on their website but I will link a few similar at the end of this post. I think that this looks really nice and adds a rustic effect to my dressing table.

I don't have anything else on the left hand side of the dressing table, so the next thing is my main mirror. I have had this for the same amount of time as my dressing table and I love that there's three parts to it. It is screwed down to the dressing table so that it doesn't fall over and smash, and that is why I have never decided to change it. In front of the mirror I have a little silver jewellery box which is engraved and I store all of my everyday jewelry in it. It was a Christmas present so I'm not sure where it's from, but I'm sure there are lots of similar ones available.

Tucked behind my main mirror I have a new No7 Illuminated Mirror because my other one cracked. I always do my makeup using this mirror because it means I can see every little detail up close, and it has a light around the perimeter so it creates the perfect lighting for doing my makeup.

Finally, on the right side of the table I have my MUJI acrylic drawers with two lipstick holders on top. Inside the drawers I store the majority of my lip products, and then the rest are stored in the two holders on top. I love the MUJI storage and the drawers have served me very well in the few years that I have had them. I will talk more about my lip products later though!

I store the majority of my makeup in the top 2 drawers of each side, so that's four drawers in total. In the top drawer on the left hand side I have all of my eye shadows; whether that's single shadows or palettes. I have all of the palettes methodically stacked up around the drawer, and then I have a basket full of all of my single shadows including creams. I'm not going to go through every single makeup object, for obvious reasons, but I will mention a few of my favourites from each category. My favourite palettes are definitely the Too Faced Sweet Peach, MAC Warm Neutrals, Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy and the Naked palettes. I also really like the Makeup Revolution 32 palettes, of which I have two. I have a ton of No7 single shadows in the little basket, as well as a Kylie Cosmetics cream shadow and a few of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos.

Underneath my eye shadows I store my base face products; primer, concealer, foundation, powder and setting sprays. At the back of the drawer I have my primers and concealers. I'm sure you all know that my favourite primer is the Benefit PoreFessional! I also have some Rimmel primers and a few other random brands. Next to my primers I have concealers. I don't really own that many concealers, but I just have a few Benefit ones as well as Collection, NYX and MUA. Stashed beside that basket I have two setting sprays; the NYX Matte Finish and the L'Oreal Infallible. These are both running VERY low so I am going to have to repurchase both of them soon. Then at the front of the drawer I have a basket with all of my foundations. One of my top foundations at the minute is the Estee Lauder Double Wear, and I also love the GOSH Foundation Drops, No7 Beautifully Matte and the Rimmel Lasting Finish. I don't have a storage method for my powders, so do let me know how I could store them, but I have them stacked up in the front of my drawer. I have a few of the Rimmel Stay Matte powders (obviously!) and a few random brands like NYX and Collection.

In the top left hand drawer I have a mix of products. I have all of my mascaras, eyeliners, contour products, bronzers and highlighters in this drawer. I also have a little pot at the back with my (very few!) brow products in. The first basket contains all of my mascaras. I have loads of mascaras so I'm just going to mention a few. I've really been liking the Benefit Roller Lash recently, and I also love the Benefit They're Real, Rimmel ScandalEyes and Rimmel Volume Colourist. Pushed to the very back of this drawer I have my eyeliners. As I've mentioned on multiple occasions, I don't really wear eyeliner that much because I always end up messing it up! The very last basket in the drawer contains my bronzers, contour products and highlighters. My most recent additions to this basket has been the Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette, Benefit Hoola Bronzer and The Balm Mary Lou Manizer. Some of my old favourites are the Sleek Face Form palettes, L'Oreal Infallible Sculpt Duo and Makeup Revolution Highlight Trio. In between my two baskets I also have the Smashbox Shape Matters palette because I couldn't get it to fit anywhere else:) The little pot at the back left hand corner has my brow products in. I only have a few brow products because I tend to just stick to the same gel everyday. My most recent favourite is the Benefit Gimme Brow, and I also like the NYX Tinted Brow Gel.

The final drawer has all of my blushers, but I am working on combining this drawer with the one above. The only basket in this drawer contains all of my blushers. To be honest, I have't been reaching for any of these very often recently. When I do like to wear blush, however, it's usually MAC Peachykeen or the Sleek Rose Gold blush.

Finally I have all of my lip products on the top of my dressing table, like I mentioned earlier. In the holders on top of my MUJI drawers I have all of my I Heart Makeup lipsticks, my MAC lipsticks and all of my Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks and glosses. I have sorted all of my lipsticks into colours, so that I can easily find the shade I'm looking for. In the top drawer I have all nude lipsticks. I have some of the NYX Lip Lingerie's, NYX Butter Glosses, a NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream and a lot of other random brands. Some of the random brands I own include GOSH, KIKO, MUA and Bourjois. In the next drawer down I have reds and purples. Again, there is a whole host of different brands. Some of which include NYX, Soap & Glory, KIKO, Revlon and Rimmel. I also have a L'Oreal Colour Riche palette which is the red version. Underneath that drawer I have my pink and coral lipsticks. This is probably the drawer which I go to the least, mostly because I feel like I don't really suit these sorts of shades. The fourth drawer is a lot more empty, but I'm sure it will get filled up soon! In the drawer I have 10 Makeup Revolution lipsticks, my favourite GOSH Lip Oil, a MAC Lip Primer and a few other little lip balms. I also store all of my lip liners in here, but I don't use them all that often. I have some of the Kylie Cosmetics liners that came with my lip kits, and I also have some other brands such as MAC and MUA. I'm not going to show the final drawer because it is practically empty, it just has some random glosses in and a few perfume samples. Again, this drawer will be getting filled in the near future I suspect:)
Side note: I have only included my everyday (nude!) lipsticks because I don't really wear any of my others. 

That is my updated makeup collection! I hope that you enjoyed taking a peak into my makeup drawers:) Please do let me know in the comments if you would like to see a room tour as well, because I would love to do one.

Shop this post: Argos Pine Nordic Dressing Table (£199.99) // Ikea White Chair *similar* (£20.00) // Ikea Skurar Pots (£2.00 each) // Argos Triple Dressing Table Mirror (£49.99) // No7 Illuminated Mirror (£49.99) // MUJI 5 Drawer Acrylic Storage (£24.95) // 24 Lipstick Acrylic Holders Similar (£7.00 each) // Lakeland Medium Faux Rattan Storage Tray (£1.99 each)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Roundup Of My Must Have Palettes

Hello everyone!

Palettes are so useful when it comes to makeup, because they contain loads of different products all in one place. Today I am going to be sharing with you some of my favourites and I hope that this post leaves you wanting to buy them all:)

Also I just wanted to mention that all of the palettes in this post are absolutely filthy, but that just shows how loved they all are!

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette:
The Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette is one of my most recent favourites. I have been using this palette just about every day since I got it for Christmas, and I absolutely love it. This palette is amazing because it contains three different contour shades as well as 3 different powders which are perfect for use under the eyes and for brightening different areas of the face. I have been using all three of the contour shades on the bottom row, but on the top row my favourite shade is the centre one. It is a banana powder which I use for setting my under eye area, and that just helps to prevent creasing. 

Smashbox #ShapeMatters Palette:
This palette is one of those palettes that contains a whole range of different products. These palettes are great for travelling as it means you don't have to bring lots of individual products along with you. In this palette there are eye brow products, contour products and 9 gorgeous eye shadows. Smashbox is a really great makeup brand as there products are really good quality, and this palette is definitely no exception! The powder products are really easy to blend and are very pigmented. You can also create loads of different looks with the eye shadows, and the bottom left contour shade is one of my favourite contour products I have ever used. 

MAC Warm Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette:
My MAC eye shadow palette is definitely one of my most used palettes in my collection. I get so much use from this palette because it contains 15 very high quality eye shadows. MAC eye shadows are one of my favourite eye shadow brands because they don't crease on the lid and don't fade throughout the day either. I honestly couldn't pick out my favourite shades from this palette, because I genuinely love and use all of them. I also love that there are a range of different finishes in this palette, including everything from matte to frost.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights & Contour Pro Palette:
I feel like this palette has been very neglected recently because I have been using my Kat Von D palette on a daily basis, but I still had to give it a mention because I used to use it all of the time. When I bought this palette last year I had heard that it was an amazing dupe for the NYX contour palette, which is a lot more expensive than this. I got this one and I am so glad that I did, because for a long time it was my go to palette for contouring. I love that this has four different contour shades for all skin types, and then a highlight shade as well as three powders which are perfect for under the eyes. I love the yellow toned powder as it is the perfect banana powder for setting concealer under my eyes. If you are looking for a contour palette that is on the affordable side but is still high quality, then definitely give this one a try!

Makeup Revolution Highlighter Lights Highlight Palette:
Another palette from Makeup Revolution which I love is the Highlighter Lights palette. All three of these shades are very well loved, and I sometimes even mix all three together for a blinding highlight! When I first used this palette I was so impressed with the pigmentation of all three shades as they are so pigmented and could easily pass as high end highlighters. Again, Makeup Revolution is very affordable so you can't really go wrong with this highlighter trio:) 

Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette:
I'm sure it's no surprise that I would be mentioning my beloved Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy palette, which I was especially loving in the Autumn months of last year. This is definitely in my top 3 eye shadow palettes, as all of the shades are right up my street and I use pretty much all of them. Some of my favourite shades to use from the palette are Beach, Brick, Almond and Dubai. These shadows are amazing because they have next to no fall out, and you only need a small amount of product because they are really pigmented. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 & Naked Smoky Palette:
I think that the Naked 3 palette is one of the first high end eye shadow palettes I ever bought, and it has served me well over the past 3 or so years. I love the rose gold toned eye shadows of this palette, with some of my favourites being Dust, Burnout and Buzz. Urban Decay are one of my favourite brands for eye shadows because they have an amazing shade range and the quality is always really great too. The other Naked palette I absolutely love is the Naked Smoky, which has 12 shades which are perfect for creating lots of different smoky eye looks. My favourite shades from this palette are High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Smolder and Whiskey. I have to admit, I haven't got that much use from these two palettes for the past few months, because I have been trying out different eye palettes, but these still remain in my favourite palettes:) 

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette:
This next palette is the most beautiful palette I have ever saw in my life. The packaging of the palette is amazing and I am so glad I decided to buy the palette when it was released last year. It is a limited edition palette, so it's no longer available, but I still wanted to briefly include it in this post. When you lift the top of the palette there are two little doors which you open, and out pops a gorgeous blue butterfly. You then pull out a drawer and inside are 20 eye shadows of all different colours. I honestly never thought I would get that much use from the brighter and colourful shades in this palette, but I have honestly used them more than the neutral shades in the palette. Some of my favourite shades in the palette are Gone Mad, Duchess, Dream On, Kingdom, Salazen Grum, Cake and Chessboard. 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette:
The final palette I am going to be talking about today is, of course, the Too Faced Sweet Peach. This is the newest addition to my palette collection, and I am absolutely in love with it! I'm sure you all know this by now, but the palette actually does smell like peaches and I love the scent. My only criticism for this palette is that some of the darker shades and some of the glittery shades do have a little bit of fallout, but I don't really find this to be too much of a problem because I normally do my eyes before my face makeup. This palette has all of my favourite shades in it for everyday wear, and I'm not going to pick out individual shades because there is not a shade in this palette which I don't love! Even the darker shades are getting used quite a lot in my eye looks. 

Let me know down in the comments what your favourite palette is at the minute, and whether you will be buying any of the ones mentioned here?

Shop this post: Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette (£37.00) // MAC Warm Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette (£49.50) // Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights & Contour Pro Palette (£8.00) // Makeup Revolution Highlighter Lights Highlighter Palette (£8.00) // Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette ($42.00) // Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (£39.50) // Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (£39.50) // Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette (£39.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Currently Loving #6*

Hello everyone!

Today I am back with one of my favourite type of blog posts to write... of course it's time for another 'currently loving'! I love writing these blog posts because it allows me to share what I have been loving and what you will hopefully love too:)

River Island Black Troublemaker Print Army Jacket (£60.00)
River Island is one of the main places I shop for my clothing. I was recently shopping for some new jeans on their website, and I came across this jacket. I absolutely love the embroidered designs on the jacket and I also love how it ties together any outfit really nicely. The jacket was only £60, which really isn't bad for a good quality piece of clothing. 

Coconut King Chocolate Orange Body Butter (£9.99)
Coconut King very kindly sent me their Chocolate Orange body butter recently, and I just had to mention it in this blog post! I never thought that a body butter could smell so much like a Terry's Chocolate Orange. I really like that this body butter is really thick in consistency, and I just like to layer it on my skin when I get out of the shower. I have got really dry skin on my legs at the minute, and I have noticed that it has improved since I started using this product. They also do lots of other scents, so definitely check out their website if you're interested! 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette (£39.00)
I have already featured the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow palette in a separate blog post, but I also wanted to include it in this one too. I have been using this eye shadow palette ever since I got it, and I am very impressed. You can create so many beautiful looks with this palette and it smells amazing too:) 

The Balm Mary Lou Highlighter (£20.00)
Again, I have wrote a separate review on this product so I am not going to talk too much about it. I have been wanting to try this highlighter for the longest time ever, and I am so happy that I finally own it. This is, by far, the best highlighter I have ever tried. The pigmentation is great and I love the way it catches the light once applied.

Albus & Flora Lip Balms (£10.00 each)
The lovely people at Albus & Flora recently sent me two of their lip balms to try out. If you know me, then you'll know that I'm always applying a lip balm. The two they sent me are in the shades Snowberry Red (love that name!) and Naked Flora. The packaging of these lip balms are really sleek and look very luxurious, which is something I really like. 

The Girl On The Train Blu Ray (£14.90)
I absolutely loved reading The Girl On The Train when the book first came out, and it feels like I've been waiting ages to watch the film. I never went to the cinema to see the film, but I bought the Blu Ray just after it came out. I can 100% say that this film is one of the best I have ever seen. The acting in it is amazing, and the story line is really gripping (even though I already knew what happened due to reading the book!). 

The OA (Netfix Series)
A few weeks ago I watched The OA on Netflix, and I am so excited for the second series. I love sitting down in front of the TV and watching a good series on Netflix, and I actually watched this all in one day! I won't tell you what happens; but check it out and let me know what you think:) 

Marble Phone Case (£16.00)
I am always changing my phone case, and my most recent case is a marble print one from Urban Outfitters. I got this case from the sale when I was doing a spot of online shopping. I did have a marble print one a few months ago too, but that one was from ASOS and it actually broke!

I hope that you enjoyed reading what I have been loving over the past few months. Let me know in the comments what you have been loving recently!

Shop this post: River Island Black Troublemaker Print Army Jacket (£60.00) // Coconut King Chocolate Orange Body Butter (£9.99) // Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette (£39.00) // The Balm Mary Lou Highlighter (£20.00) // Albus & Flora Lip Balms (10.00 each) // The Girl On The Train Blu Ray (£14.90) // The OA // Marble Phone Case (£16.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

*Some of the items featured in this post were sent for review, but all opinions are my own!

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