Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Beauty Wish List #8

Hello everyone!

There have been so many beauty releases recently as we are rapidly approaching Autumn. I thought that for today's blog post I would put together a list of the products I am most excited to get my hands on in the coming weeks and months.

Too Faced Peaches & Cream Collection:
I was, and still am, a big fan of the 'original' Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection. I use the eye shadow palette pretty much everyday and it never seems to disappoint. Too Faced are expanding their peach themed range of products with the Peaches & Cream collection. I particularly have my eyes on the Just Peachy Matte Eye Shadow palette. The palette consists of 12 fully matte shades and they all smell like peaches and cream. I'm not sure if the scent is the same as the Sweet Peach range as I haven't had a chance to see the products in person, but I am sure all of the products smell delicious!

Too Faced Natural Love Eye Shadow Palette:
Another Too Faced product I currently have my eyes on is the Natural Love palette. This palette has been out for a little while now and I think the shades are gorgeous. The palette is very natural and nude, but that is what I like when it comes to my eye shadows. For £52 you actually get 30 different shades, and I honestly think this is a palette where I would get a lot of use from every shade. 

Urban Decay Shapeshifter Palette:
A few weeks ago I saw this palette mentioned in a blog post and I was immediately intrigued. This palette has everything in it; from contouring to concealing. One side of the palette contains cream products and the other has powder products. I love when brands come out with palettes with a whole host of different products in them as that makes them great for travelling. I definitely want to pick this palette up and try it out for myself, and of course I will let you know what I think of it too! 

Pat McGrath Matte Trance Lip Trio in Skin Show:
I am always hearing people rave about Pat McGrath products, but I personally have never tried any before. I was browsing the website a few days ago when I came across this gorgeous matte lipstick trio. I am a huge matte lipstick fan, as you all should know by now, and I also love nude shades. When I saw the Skin Show trio of matte lipsticks I was immediately drawn. This lip bundle is very pricey, so I think I will just enjoy everyone else's reviews for now, but I would absolutely love to try these out someday. 

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eye Shadow Palette:
I think that this wish list is all about eye shadow palettes as this is the third one on my wish list! I have tried one Morphe eye shadow palette before and the quality of the shadows was really nice. There has been a lot of hype around the Morphe X Jaclyn Hill palette, so I feel obliged to try it out so that I can see for myself how the eye shadows perform. I love the shade selection as there is a little bit of everything in this palette, and I feel like it would encourage me to be more experimental with my eye makeup and add some colour into my looks. 

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Face Mask:
I tried the Detox mask from L'Oreal and I really enjoyed it (read the review here!). I was browsing the Boots 'new in' section when I came across the Blemish Rescue mask. I am assuming that this product is new because I have never seen it before, but I really want to try it out. If it's anything like the Detox mask then I will love it. 

Real Techniques Powder Bleu Collection:
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Real Techniques brushes. I have loads of RT brushes and I just can't keep up with all of their amazing new releases. The Powder Bleu collection is one of the most recent releases from Real Techniques. These brushes are specifically designed for use with powder products. Real Techniques brushes in general are really soft and sturdy so I am excited to try these ones out soon.

Zoella Lifestyle Range:
I am aware that this is supposed to be a beauty wish list, but Zoella launched a new lifestyle range recently and I am obsessed! I love the colour scheme that Zoe has went with this time, and I definitely need to get my hands on the items. I love the notebooks, the ring holder, the cushions and the 'inspire' desk decoration. Zoe never fails to impress with her releases and I will definitely keep you all posted if I get any of the collection:) 

As always, do let me know in the comments what is on YOUR wish list!

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Monday, 25 September 2017

Degustabox | September 2017*

Hello everyone!

It is that lovely time of the month again when I receive my lovely Degustabox, and I get to share all of the yummy goodies on here. Last month's box went down an absolute treat and I loved all of the items in the box; and this month's box is just as exciting!

I am now going to share all of the lovely goodies in the box;
Green & Black's Velvet Edition (RRP £1.99)
Latin American Kitchen Sauce & Rice (RRP £1.85 each)
Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp (RRP £2.49)
Knorr Concentrated Stock (RRP £2.20)
Virtue Energy Water (2 x RRP £1.35)
San Miguel Gluten Free (RRP £2.00)
Mentos Mint Mix Sharing Pouch (RRP £1.19)
Dream Ancient Grains (RRP £1.60)
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks (RRP £3.49)
Green's Egg Custard Mix (RRP £0.69)

Although I love all of the items in the box, my favourites so far have to be the Virtue Sparkling Energy Waters as well as the Green & Black's chocolate. I also made the Latin American Kitchen rice and sauce for my lunch; I added some chicken too and it tasted absolutely lovely!

Shop this post: Degustabox

Until next time,
Emily xo

* The products featured in this blog post were sent to me for review, but all opinions are my own!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Brands I Want To Try More From

Hello everyone!

There are a few brands in my collection that I haven't really tried all too much from. I noticed when I was clearing out my makeup recently that I have a couple of great brands in my collection that I definitely want to try more products from. So, in today's blog post I am going to be sharing a few different brands that I would love to try more from in the coming months.

Too Faced:
The first brand I want to try more from is Too Faced. I only own the Sweet Peach eye shadow palette at the moment and I absolutely love it. The palette smells amazing and the shadows are of a great quality. I definitely want to try some of their face products, especially the Hangover Primer as I have heard amazing things about it, and I also want to try some more eye shadow palettes. 

Hourglass is such a luxury brand and I have always dreamt of owning tons of their products. The Hourglass packaging is so luxurious and gorgeous, and I think I would buy their products just for that to be honest! I have one of their face powder trios and it has been well loved ever since I purchased it. Hourglass products are such an investment but it's totally worth it if the products work well.

The Balm:
Earlier in the year I purchased the Mary Lou highlighter after wanting to try it for the longest time. I have used it so much and have actually nearly hit pan, so that just really shows how much I love it! I have my eyes on a few of the eye shadow palettes and some of the blushers too. I think the quirky packaging is what really draws me to The Balm products, I'm an absolute sucker for nice packaging!

I Heart Makeup:
I have been loving the I Heart Makeup Unicorn Highlighter recently, and it's really urging me on to try more of their products. I Heart Makeup are known for creating products that are similar to brands such as Too Faced and Kat Von D, and I think it's great if you can save some money when it comes to makeup purchases. I Heart Makeup also do a few more boxed highlighters which I really want to try because their Unicorn Highlighter is absolutely blinding and looks stunning on the face. I have also heard some great things about their dupes for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes. 

I hope that you all enjoyed finding out some of the brands that I want to try more from! What brands would you like to try?

Shop this post: Too Faced // Hourglass // The Balm // I Heart Makeup 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Handbag Beauty Essentials

Hello everyone!

I don't know about you, but I always carry some beauty essentials with me wherever I go. I keep all of my essentials in a Jack Wills small makeup bag, and today I am going to be sharing with you everything that is in the bag.

I always keep some sort of pressed powder in my handbag so that I can dust some on my face as and when I need it. I tend to get oily on my nose and forehead towards the end of the day so if I am going to be out for the whole day then this is a MUST! At the minute I have the LA Girl Pro Face Matte Pressed Powder. This is really handy because the compact also includes a mirror and sponge, so it's a 3 in 1 product. 

Powder Brush:
Of course, to go along with my powder I like to keep my powder brush in my bag too. I have the Real Techniques Powder Brush because it's really soft and applies powder well. I know that the LA Girl powder comes with a sponge to apply it with, but it's not really something I would use to apply powder. If I was in a pinch and forgot my powder brush then I definitely would use the sponge though! 

I like to carry with me whatever lipstick I am wearing on a particular day. I never know when I'm going to need to reapply my lipstick, but most of the time I never actually end up re applying. I like to wear matte liquid lipsticks which last incredibly well on the lips so they do stay in place all day. Some of my favourites are the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks as they're really long lasting and feel really comfortable on the lips. If you would like to see a post on my other favourite liquid lipsticks, then do let me know in the comments and I will do that soon. 

Lip Balm:
Some days if my lips are feeling particularly dehydrated then I like to carry a lip balm around with me and then constantly apply that throughout the day. I have tons of lip balms but I love the Albus & Flora lip balms as they contain SPF 30 (not that I need it in England!) and are really moisturising too. Obviously I don't apply lip balm when I have on a lipstick, but some days I do like to give my lips a breather from all of the matte lipsticks I wear. 

Mini Perfume:
Before leaving the house I always spritz myself with perfume, but I do like to keep a miniature bottle in my bag for using when I'm out and about. At the moment I have a mini YSL Black Opium perfume in my bag because it is my all time favourite perfume. If you have not smelt this perfume before then you definitely need it, it smells incredible! 

What beauty essentials do you keep in your handbag?

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Currently Loving #9

Hello everyone!

I am really impressed that this is actually my 9th 'currently loving' blog post! I honestly thought after the first one or two I would forget to ever do another one. I have had so much time to spare recently so I have just been trying my best to find new amazing products to share on here, and that is why I have done three 'currently loving' posts in the past three months or so.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 15 Sun Lotion:
I came back from a week in Fuerteventura a few weeks ago, and I shared in this post that I was going to be taking a Hawaiian Tropic sun cream along with me. I had never tried the sun cream before then but I am pleased to report that I absolutely loved using it. I used up the full tube when I was away but I will definitely be repurchasing it for when I next go on holiday. My skin is so tanned and glowy at the moment, and I can guarantee that it wouldn't be like this if it wasn't for the sun cream. 

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo & Conditioner:
Another favourite from my holiday is the Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner. I took a few miniature bottles of these away with me and my hair has never felt softer. I am definitely going to consider purchasing the full sized versions of these because not only do they leave my hair feeling super soft, they also make my hair feel clean but not to the point where it feels really stripped and undernourished.

Sleek Face Form Trio in Light:
This product is by no means a new product, in fact I have had it in my collection for a good few years now, but I recently rediscovered it when I went on holiday. I took this with me on holiday as it is very compact and includes a blush, highlight and contour/bronzer shade. I hadn't used this trio for a long time but I thought that my holiday would be the perfect chance to get some more use out of it, and I have definitely fallen back in love with it! The highlighter is very pigmented and blinding on the cheek bones, and that is definitely the number one reason why I love this so much:) 

LA Girl HD Concealer in Porcelain:
After being so pleasantly surprised by the LA Girl HD Pro Coverage Foundation (despite the horrible shade range!) I wanted to try some more of their products. The concealers are probably one of the most raved about products from LA Girl, and I couldn't carry on any longer without trying them! The shade I bought is Porcelain, and is the perfect shade for under the eyes and anywhere on the face that I want to highlight. As for the formula, it is really blendable and works great under the eyes as it isn't thick or heavy looking. 

Makeup Geek Highlighter in Midnight Sun:
I have had this Makeup Geek highlighter on my wish list for a long time now, so I was undoubtedly excited to try it out. Obviously I am very impressed with this highlighter as I am featuring it in this post! Midnight Sun is a gorgeous pigmented light gold shade. This highlight is the type of shade that I would normally go for, as I like to play it safe when it comes to highlight, and it has quickly landed a place in my top 3 highlighters. This shade can be built up to look very intense or it can also be lightly dusted on the cheekbones for a nice glow, but either way the pigmentation and formula is amazing. I couldn't believe just how buttery the formula is, and this allows for a very easy application. I already have my eyes on a few more shades! 

P.S. If you are wondering why the highlighter pan looks weird; the highlighter arrived broken so I had to repress it back into the pan!!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin:
Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks are definitely my favourite lipsticks of all time. Celebrity Skin is the most recent addition to my makeup collection and again, it is a basic nude shade that I pretty much wear everyday. I seem to stick to one liquid lipstick at a time until it runs out and I was using Daddy, which was a collaboration with Manny MUA, but my tube is very nearly empty. This is definitely a liquid lipstick that I will be continually repurchasing because it is my ideal shade and ticks all of the boxes for me personally. 

RCMA No Colour Loose Powder:
I have heard the RCMA No Colour loose powder being raved about for such a long time now, and I just couldn't resist purchasing a bottle to see what it was all about. I couldn't believe that the powder was only £13 for the amount of product you get! The powder is very finely milled and lightweight, and it makes my skin look so smooth. I like to use it with a damp beauty blender so that it doesn't just fall of my makeup sponge before it actually gets applied to my face. I think that this is very comparable to the Kat Von D Lock It Loose Setting Powder but the RCMA powder is definitely a lot more affordable. I can definitely see myself re purchasing this in the future.

History Is All You Left Me:
In my 'Holiday Reading Picks' blog post I mentioned that I would be reading History Is All You Left Me when I went on holiday. I am pleased to report that I loved this book and I actually finished it in one day! I loved how the whole story was put together and alternated between history and present time. I am not going to be giving away any spoilers but if you want a good read then definitely keep this book in mind. 

That is everything I have been loving recently! What are your favourite products at the moment?

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Brand Focus: MAC Cosmetics | My Favourite Products From MAC Cosmetics

Hello everyone!

This is my first high end 'brand focus' post. Up to now, the only brands I have talked about have been drugstore. For my first high end 'brand focus' I thought that I would discuss MAC, as I have been using their products for a long time and have built up a considerably sized collection.

MAC Blushers:
I don't use blushers as often as what I used to, but when I do it's either a Benefit blush or MAC blush. MAC blushers are some of my favourites as they have a huge selection of shades so you will definitely find something for your skin tone. The Pro Longwear blushers also last all day and the colour doesn't fade, which is a problem I can sometimes have with cheaper blushers. Well Dressed is a satin finish pale rose shade, and it was the first MAC blusher I ever purchased. The other Pro Longwear blusher I own is in the shade Stay Pretty. I actually cannot even remember purchasing this shade, but it is a very lovely shade nonetheless. Again, this adds a lovely pop of colour to the cheeks without looking too vibrant. Stay Pretty is like a darker matte version of Well Dressed. The final MAC blusher I own is Peachykeen which is a bit different to the other two blushers I have talked about. Peachykeen is a Sheertone blush which means that it isn't intensely pigmented, but I love layering it on top of other blushers. I love a good shimmery blush and this one has gorgeous gold specks of glitter running through it.

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study:
This is such a classic MAC product which I used to prime my eyes with everyday before applying eye shadow. I have been neglecting this product quite a lot and every time I use it it just reminds me how much I used to love this. The MAC Paint Pots are really creamy and are great for use as an eye primer and as a highlighter on the eyes. I think that you can even use this on the cheekbones, although I haven't tried that out yet. Bare Study is just a nice shimmery champagne shade which would work well on every skin tone. I have made a very big dent in this jar so I will definitely need to repurchase soon!

MAC Eye Shadows:
One of my favourite eye shadow palettes of all time is the MAC Warm Neutrals palette. I am very close to hitting pan on a lot of the shadows and I have absolutely used the palette to death! I have so many eye shadow palettes but there is something about this one that makes me go back to it time and time again. I will include swatches of my favourite shades in this palette so that you can all see exactly how wearable and pigmented the shades in this palette really are. I also have a custom MAC quad which I created a long time ago, and that contains two nude shades (Malt and Naked Lunch), a cranberry shade (Star Violet) and a black shade with silver glitter (Black Tied). Finally, I own two single shadows in the shades All That Glitters and Satin Taupe. All That Glitters is a gorgeous very shimmery peachy beige shade which can be applied with a damp brush for an intense look, and Satin Taupe is the perfect smokey eye lid shade. 

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Etcetera:
I went through a phase last year where I would just wear this lip liner all over my lips, with no other lipstick on top of it. I love this nude beige shade as it's very much the shade I go for everyday, and it has a matte finish too. This doesn't have an extremely creamy formula like the Kylie Cosmetics lip liners do, but it lasts amazingly well throughout the day! 

MAC Lipsticks:
I have a few MAC lipsticks so I am not going to be listing every single one as that would take a whole blog post in itself, but I am going to be sharing my three favourite shades. My first favourite shade is Creme Cup. I feel like everyone owns this lipstick as it's a classic MAC lipstick shade. Creme Cup is a lovely pink shade and it is a Cremesheen formula which means it applies really smoothly. My second favourite MAC lipstick is Brave, which is more of a darker shade that I have recently been wearing everyday. My final favourite shade is Angel which is a very similar shade to Creme Cup, but it ever so slightly cooler.

Those are all of my favourite MAC products! What are your favourite MAC products?

Shop this post: MAC Pro Longwear Blusher in Well Dressed (£19.50) // MAC Pro Longwear Blusher in Stay Pretty (£21.50) // MAC Sheertone Blush in Peachykeen (£19.50) // MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (£16.00) // MAC Warm Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette (£49.50) // MAC Single Eye Shadow in All That Glitters (£13.50) // MAC Single Eye Shadow in Satin Taupe (£13.50) // MAC Single Eye Shadow in Malt (£13.50) // MAC Single Eye Shadow in Naked Lunch (£13.50) // MAC Single Eye Shadow in Star Violet (£13.50) // MAC Single Eye Shadow in Black Tied (£13.50) // MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Etcetera (£15.50) // MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup (£16.50) // MAC Lipstick in Brave (£16.50) // MAC Lipstick in Angel (£16.50)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Brand Focus: LA Girl | My Favourite Products From LA Girl

Hello everyone!

LA Girl has been a brand which I have discovered this year. They launched their products on Beauty Bay which has made them very regularly available for beauty lovers just like me. I have mentioned their products in a number of my blog posts as I have really enjoyed using them over the past couple of months, and today I am going to be rounding up all of my faves:)

LA Girl Pro Prep HD Smoothing Face Primer:
When it comes to primer I have used the Benefit Porefessional for the LONGEST time ever. It's not that often that I change my primer because I know that the Benefit one works well for me, but I started using the LA Girl Pro Prep HD Smoothing Face Primer a few weeks ago and I have been really pleasantly surprised by it. The texture is very similar to the Porefessional, except this one is not tinted, and smooths out the face just as the Benefit primer does. The only downside to this product is that the tube is very small compared to other primers, but you don't need to use that much of it to get a smooth base for your makeup. I will definitely repurchase this as it's a great drugstore version of the Porefessional.  

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation:
I have mentioned this foundation quite a lot since purchasing it, and I even did a full blog post on it which you can read here. I was impressed with this foundation as it has a really dewy glowy finish, and it also offers a lovely coverage, but the one thing I didn't like was the shades. I purchased Fair and this was very dark and orange on my skin. It's not a huge problem as I do just mix this with a white foundation and it thickens up the formula at the same time, but it is a shame that the shade didn't match me in the first place. 

LA Girl HD Pro Concealer:
I have heard amazing things about this concealer for such a long time and I recently purchased the shade Porcelain on Beauty Bay. For £5 you definitely can't go wrong with this concealer as it offers a great coverage. I love using Porcelain under the eyes and anywhere on my face where I want to brighten. The concealer is really thin in texture which makes it super easy to blend out. I will definitely purchase more shades of this concealer as I love it a lot!

LA Girl Pro Face HD Matte Pressed Powder:
The final product from the LA Girl Pro range that I am going to be talking about today is the Pro Face powder. This powder is definitely going to live in my handbag as it is perfect for touching up makeup on the go. The powder is really lightweight and it does a great job mattifying my skin, especially the forehead and nose areas which I tend to get most oily. The powder also comes with a sponge and mirror underneath the actual product, and that is why I think it's great for on the go use. 

LA Girl Super Mega Mascara:
I mentioned this mascara in one of my Currently Loving blog posts as I was, and still am, really impressed with it. Like I said in that post, the mascara is advertised to give really dramatic lashes. I definitely don't think it adds tons and tons of volume and length to my lashes, but I like it because it is one of my more 'natural' volumising and lengthening mascaras. 

Those are all of my favourite products from LA Girl! Have you tried any LA Girl products before?

Until next time,
Emily xo

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