Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Another Little Beauty Bay Haul

Hello everyone!

You may recall I posted something titled 'A Little Beauty Bay Haul' just under a month ago... Since then I shamefully admit I have placed multiple Beauty Bay orders, but I didn't want to bombard you with tons of hauls so I just kept my orders to myself. My most recent order consists of four Jeffree Star Cosmetics products and I really wanted to share them with you all because I am obsessed with JSC and am working on building my collection up. If you would like to see what gems I picked up then keep on reading:)

Summer 2018 Collection Velour Lip Scrub in Gummy Bear (£12.00):
The JSC Summer 2018 range has just been released and I am totally obsessed with the orange packaging! I picked up two items from the Summer collection; the first being this yummy Velour Lip Scrub in the flavour Gummy Bear. My initial impression of this lip scrub was that the scent is really fruity and fitting for the Summer time. The texture of the scrub itself isn't too rough but at the same time is perfect for smoothing out the lips. 

Summer 2018 Collection Velour Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Wet (£16.00):
I was so impressed with this lipstick when I first lay eyes on it because the shade is exactly how it looks on the website- which is rare when buying lip colours online! This shade is totally out of my comfort zone as I always wear a nude lip colour, but I was drawn to it and just had to get it. I am yet to wear this as I am going to be taking it on holiday with me (I think it will look gorgeous with a tan!) but from the swatch it's a beautiful shade and I'm going to make every effort to wear it:) 

Skin Frost in Siberian Gold (£25.50):
This is by far the item which I am most excited about as I have been wanting to try a JSC highlighter for absolutely ages now! I decided on the shade Siberian Gold which is a versatile champagne shade, ideal for everyday wear. I was really pleasantly surprised with how big the highlighter pan is- this is definitely going to last me a while. The pigmentation is exactly what I expected and I can't wait to wear this.

Velour Lip Scrub in Watermelon Gum (£12.00):
Because one lip scrub wasn't enough; I picked up a second! Again, this is a fruity scent because it's the Summertime and what else would you want in the Summer?! The scent of this is really strong, you can smell the watermelon instantly after taking the lid of the tub, and again it's the same soft consistency.

Those are the lovely goodies I picked up from Beauty Bay! Do you own any Jeffree Star Cosmetics products?

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Summer Holiday Wish List

Hello everyone!

As you all know; when you've got an upcoming holiday it's impossible to not treat yourself to a few new bits. I'm going to be doing some holiday shopping in the coming weeks so I thought that it would be a good idea to put together a wish list with some of the items I am planning on buying or simply lusting over.

ASOS DESIGN Cactus 100% Modal Traditional Shirt & Short Pyjama Set (£26.00):
You cannot go on holiday without some new pyjamas, which is why I have this gorgeous set on my wish list. I absolutely love the cactus print and they look very fitting for the summer too. 

Tommy Jeans Metallic Pool Slider (£30.00):
Sliders are a must when you're going on a hot holiday as they're great for throwing on and going down to the pool. These look super comfy (and super stylish!) so I definitely need a pair of these in my life ASAP:)

ASOS DESIGN Ultimate Cotton Smock Dress in Khaki (£15.00):
Cotton dresses are another one of my essential holiday items because the material is really cooling and are perfect for wearing on a night out on holiday. Khaki is one of my favourite colours to wear as it's really flattering for my skin tone, and I think it will look really nice with a tan too. I can't wait to pair this up with some heeled brown sandals. 

ASOS Cotton Mini Shirt Dress (£20.00):
This dress looks so comfy so I am definitely going to be buying one. This is a very versatile piece as it could be dressed up with a pair of heels or dressed down with some sandals. 

ASOS FLOW Leather Tie Leg Flat Sandals (£18.00):
You cannot go on holiday with at least a couple of pairs of sandals. These are definitely not something that I would wear on the beach as they would give me crazy tan lines, but they're perfect for wearing on a night time. 

Topshop Sequin Raw Hem Shacket (£49.00):
I'm all about the sequins and the glitter, so as soon as I spotted this on the Topshop website I instantly fell in love! The name 'shacket' is slightly weird but I don't mind because it's absolutely gorgeous. 

Boohoo Abigail Woven Ruffle Floral Split Midaxi Skirt (£15.00):
It's not often that I wear skirts so I definitely want to try a few whilst on holiday. I've never heard of 'midaxi' skirts before, but they're a combination of a midi and a maxi skirt. The floral pattern on this one is very pretty and it also comes in a variation of colours. I might just end up buying all of the colours as they're lovely! 

Barry M Glitter Rush Body Glitter in Moonstone (£4.59):
If you know me then you would also know that I love anything glittery; and what better time to wear glitter than on holiday?! I spotted some Barry M body glitter on the Superdrug website and I have added it to my wish list because they just look so fun. 

L'Oreal Paradise Mascara (£11.99):
I have seen so many amazing reviews on this mascara over the past few weeks so it's definitely on my wish list of products to try. This is supposed to be a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which I have been wanting to try for a while now, so I definitely need to give this a go as it's a lot cheaper than the Too Faced version. There is also a waterproof mascara which would be perfect for my holiday so it doesn't smudge in the heat and make me look like a panda! 

Those are some of the lovely things I have on my holiday wish list! Stay tuned for a holiday haul in the next few weeks once I've purchased all of my bits:)

Until next time, 

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:)

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

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

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.

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. 

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 

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