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Thursday, 30 April 2015

New In: Urban Decay Jilted

I'm not normally a bold lips person but for some reason I've been fancying trying a couple of brighter lippies lately for Spring/ Summer. I've been enjoying Urban Decay's 'Streak' lip liner and matching Revolution lipstick, which are a fabulous coral shade. I also like the formula generally, so much so that I actually wore the shade 'Naked' (a nude pink) on my wedding day.

Last week Groupon were running an offer were you could buy a £25 FeelUnique voucher for £15 and knowing that I wanted to try another shade, this was the perfect opportunity.

Left: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 'Jilted'
Right: Urban Decay 24/7 lip liner in 'Jilted'
The Urban Decay 24/7 lip liners are THE secret to long lasting lippy I swear. I never really used to see the point of lip liner but these changed my mind. I now own 3 of them and they are the only thing that has ever meant that my lippy stays put for a whole evening out. I outline my lips then fill them in all over before applying the lipstick, which I wouldn't necessarily do on an everyday basis but it's great when you want your lippy to really last. They have a slightly tacky feel which seems to help the lipstick adhere really well and stick around for a long time. I also like to combine them with other brands of lipsticks to help the lasting power.

Jilted is an interesting shade. It's a deeper pink that could almost be pinky red. The lipstick is so pigmented and creamy feeling. It has a blue shift to it which gives an interesting twist and makes it appear slightly more know that shade of pink that has a slight tinge of purple...I love it!

Urban Decay 24/7 lip liner in 'Jilted'

Urban Decay 24/7 in 'Jilted' with matching Urban Decay 'Jilted' lipstick on top
You can see that it's very intense with both the liner and lipstick applied. Below is the lipstick on its own which still packs a punch. Personally I prefer it with the liner just because I'm not the best at applying bolder lipsticks neatly without it.

Urban Decay 'Jilted' lipstick applied on its own, without any liner
You can find the Urban Decay lip liners here for £12.50 and the Revolution lipsticks here for £15.50.

Have you tried this shade or the Urban Decay range of lipsticks? What do you think?

Em x


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

April Beauty Favourites

I've been making an effort to pull out beauty products I haven't used in a while and just enjoy what I have this month instead of buying more, especially because I'm trying to avoid spending too much money at the moment and put money into savings for various things. This has resulted in me rediscovering lots of old favourites, which is never a bad thing! I actually had to whittle it down to the few things I've used the most but honestly I could have included a lot more.

I've gone back to using the Urban Decay naked palette (the original one). I actually used up more or less an entire palette when I originally bought it because I was literally obsessed and used it everyday for months. Most of the shades were gone so I bought a replacement. I did use it a few times but then got distracted by other palettes. Coming back to it has made me realise why I loved it in the first place. I have been doing everything from a very natural look to a dark smokey eye with it but my most worn look was the one I wrote about here.

Illamasqua blushes in 'hussy' and 'nymph' (£21.50 each here). I love Illamasqua blushes because they are such good quality. I actually managed to score both of these for around £10 each in the ASOS sale at the time, which was an absolute steal. They are well pigmented and don't fade during the day. I use a fluffy blush brush to avoid clown cheeks and they blend so nicely.Unfortunately I dropped my makeup bag and one of them has now got a crack in the corner...although it could have been a lot worse.

To pair with the blushes, which are more on the matte side, I have been using Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights highlighter in 'Breathe'. This is a very subtle highlighter that I like to brush over my blush to give a subtle glow without my already oily skin looking even more oily or shimmery (see my review here).

On my lips, I have been mixing it up this month but there are a couple of things I have been using the most. The first is a combination of Urban Decay 24/7 lip liner and lipstick in 'Streak'. This creates quite a bright lip, which isn't always something I go for. However, I've had some time off work this month so have felt that I can be a bit more adventurous with my makeup. I have found that with the liner used as a base, my lippy lasts and lasts. I'm actually thinking of picking up a couple more shades of the Urban Decay liners and lipsticks at some point for this reason. Revlon lip butter in 'strawberry shortcake' has been my more natural lip option this month and I've been wearing it with the more pink blush.

I tried a new foundation in March, L'oreal Infallible 24 hr Matte, which I did a review of here. I said in my review that the shade I picked up was a little too dark and the lightest shade wasn't quite right for me either. However, I liked it so much that I picked up the lightest shade and have been mixing the two to get a better shade match. It has definitely been...dare I say it...competing with my trusty Revlon Colorstay. I feel like it smooths over my skin more than the colorstay and makes pores and things a bit less noticeable. It has good coverage and lasting power and does keep my combination-oily skin quite matte.

I also went back to my Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer for concealing under my eyes this month after a few late nights. A little goes a long way with this stuff, it gives really good coverage. I like to dot it on using the plastic applicator on the tube then blend it out using the Real Techniques Miracle complexion sponge.

A skincare favourite of mine this month has been the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean, which is a cleanser with fruit acids that chemically exfoliate the skin and really smooth it. I hadn't used it for a while and had sort of forgotten about it but while rummaging through my skincare stash discovered I had about a third of a bottle left. Rather than using it like a normal face wash, however, I like to pop it onto my face in a thick layer, almost like a mask, leave it for 5 minutes then wash it off, meaning that my skin gets more benefit from its exfoliating properties and feels super smooth afterwards. I would be careful about doing this if you have super sensitive skin because I do feel a bit of a tingle.

What were your favourite beauty products in April?

Em x

Monday, 27 April 2015

How to Protect Your Skin: Facial SPF Without the Grease

We all know how important it is to protect our skin with SPF but it can be difficult when you have oily or sensitive skin and you don't want oily products that cause you problems. Since the weather's beginning to get warmer and sunnier here, it's even more important if you're going to be spending a lot of time outside. I thought I'd share the SPF products I like to use on my face.

1) Max Factor All Day Flawless primer is a great makeup primer that helps my makeup last and smooths my skin out to make foundation apply more nicely. It also contains SPF 20. If I was going to be spending much time outside I would definitely not rely on SPF in my makeup, BUT when I'm just going to work etc and am going to be indoors most of the day, I feel like this is enough to give my skin a little bit of protection.You can find it here for £10.99 and it's currently on 3 for 2.

2) If you are looking for more of a moisturiser type product and you have oily skin, Murad Oil Control Mattifier is amazing at keeping skin matte and also contains SPF 15. This is not by any means the nicest stuff to apply because it sort of feels like applying glue to your face. It has a very thick texture and takes a bit of time to spread, BUT if you have super oily skin this stuff is a God send! I tend to use this in place of my morning moisturiser if I need my makeup to last through a super long day or I know I won't really be able to touch up because it really does stop the oil breaking through my foundation. I wouldn't use it for everyday purposes but I know I can rely on it when I need it. It is another one of those products that provides me with some sun protection if I'm not going to be spending much time outside. It is a little pricey at £37 normally, but it is currently on sale at FeelUnique for £29.60 here. For oily skinned girls, it is worth it.

3) Now onto the 'proper' sunscreens for when I'm spending time outside...I currently have the Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50. I really like this as a facial sunscreen because it is very liquidy. It comes in one of those bottles with a ball inside to help shake it up. After applying, I give it a couple of minutes to sink in before moving onto my makeup and it doesn't have that dreaded greasy feeling. It feels reasonably light on my combination-oily skin considering the protection I'm getting from it and doesn't break me out. A 30ml tube is £15 here, but Soap and Glory is one of those brand that Boots often has on 3 for 2 so look out for offers!

4) Although I haven't got a tube at the moment, La Roche Posay also make some excellent lightweight sunscreens. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Anti Shine Fluid SPF30 is £16 for a 50ml bottle here and the La Roche-Posay Anthelois Face Ultra-Light Fluid SPF50+ is £16.50 for 50ml here. I have used these sunscreens before and again they are quite runny in texture and don't leave my skin feeling overloaded or greasy.

What are your favourite non-greasy facial SPF products?

Em x

Friday, 24 April 2015

Current Beauty Deals

There are a lot of beauty deals online at the moment so I thought I'd point out my top picks...

Feelunique have a few offers running, the first of which is a Groupon offer. You can buy a £25 FeelUnique voucher for £15 here. It is valid until the end of May. I have taken advantage of this one as I have my eye on a couple of Urban Decay items and £10 off £25 is a good discount! also currently have up to 20% of lots of skincare.

Thirdly FeelUnique have 15% off orders with the code 15FEEL (you can't use this in combination with the groupon) have 10% off across beauty.

For fans of La Roche Posay Serozinc (you can see my review of it here) you can currently buy 2 cans for £10 instead (normally £8.50 each) on here. also have 20% off makeup here.

On, you can currently get 15% off premium beauty brands when you spend £30.

Superdrug have 3 for 2 across all makeup, plus you get a free little makeup bag when you buy 3 items. This is an in store and online offer, find it here.

Will you be taking advantage of any of these offers?

Em x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Percy and Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish

It occurred to me this morning while trying to sort out my mop that the Percy and Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing polish is something I use a LOT. It's also something that I originally got as a sample with Glamour magazine and am still buying years clearly their marketing strategies worked!

The Finishing Polish is a thick white cream with a bit of hold that I love to use on my wavy/ curly hair. I have naturally wavy hair that I usually twist up into a bun before going to bed. This enhances the waves/ makes it slightly more curly. I occasionally like to use hot rollers to add in some extra volume.

Either way, I finish off by putting a little into the palm of behind and rubbing my hands together to spread it out. I then scrunch it into the lengths of my hair to give it a little bit of hold and an extra bit of 'oomph' (yes that is a technical term lol). It gives me more hold than I would get from a softer hold, non-crunchy sort of hairspray (which is the only sort of hairspray I'm really willing to use). It also helps to define waves and curls and takes away frizz. It doesn't weigh down my hair or make it feel greasy or crunchy. Percy and Reed say that its 'moisturising oils work to smooth the hair and combat flyaways' and it's 'ideal for hair that needs to be smoothed, controlled and defined'. I'd say that's pretty accurate!

It's such an essential for me that I've honestly lost count of the number of tubes I've got through! You can find it on Feel Unique and it costs £10 for a 125ml tube (link) that lasts me a few months.

What do you think? Have you ever tried Percy and Reed hair products?

Em x

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Beauty Empties #8

Yet again I had a bag full of empty products so here are my thoughts on each...

1. The Body Shop sweet lemon shower gel. I generally love bath and body products from the Body Shop. This actually used to be my favourite scent before they discontinued it. I of course stocked up but have used so much of the stuff that I got a bit bored of the smell towards the end (this is one of the supersize pump bottles). I actually have a smaller bottle of it left so I'm either going to just not use it for a while or give it away. Do you find you get bored of scents?

2. Treacle Moon Warm Cinnamon Nights bath and shower gel. I LOVE the smell of this and would definitely repurchase it if I was in need of a bubble bath in the future (although I'm not at the moment). It has an amazing spiced orange sort of smell that I loved around Christmas time and made me feel all cosy. I thought I'd use the last bit up because it's not really the sort of scent I'd enjoy in the Summer. I can find treacle moon products in Tesco and they all smell delicious!

3. Champneys Distant Shores Bubble Heaven. This not only makes bubbles but also turns the water slightly milky and moisturising. It smells amazing too, just like a tropical island. I would happily buy this again if I was in need of a bubble bath.

4. Max Factor All Day Primer. I won't say too much because I've mentioned this before but I will say that it really does help makeup last longer, doesn't feel greasy like some primers do and as a bonus contains SPF 20. I am already using another.

5. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Again this does what it says on the tin-keeps my face looking quite matte without getting cakey. It's also a bargain at £3.99 from Boots or Superdrug and I'm already using another.

6. Makeup Revolution eye shadow in the shade 'Touch Me'. I did a post on this here because it's a very useful matte ivory shade that's super creamy and pigmented and is a perfect dupe of MAC blanc it costs £1! I'm well underway using another.

7. Clarins Lotus Oil. This oil is amazing for oily skin, It actually makes my skin less oily while moisturising it, which might seem strange but it really works! You can read more about it in my post here. I've just repurchased it because although it's around the £30 mark, it lasts forever as you only need a few drops to cover your face.

8. La Roche Posay Serozinc. I use this after an acidic, exfoliating toner as a hydrating toner and also as a soothing anti-spot product since it cotains zinc. I bought it after reading about it on the amazing Caroline Hirons' blog and have since repurchased. It feels so soothing on the skin and helps calm down any irritation.

9. Garnier Simply Essentials 2 in 1 makeup remover. This is a budget friendly waterproof makeup remover that makes short work of eye makeup and doesn't leave too much of an oily residue. HG product that I have and will continue to repurchase over and over.

10. Garnier Micellar water. This is great for removing face makeup and again is another HG product that I will continue to repurchase.

11. ASDA's own brand shave gel. I normally buy just a supermarket's own one because I don't think there's much you can do to a shave gel to make it much different from the rest. This one costs £1, does the job and has a yummy berry smell so you can't go wrong.

12. Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (pot version). Again this is something I've mentioned several times but all you need to know is that it's the most moisturising lip balm I've found and I use it everyday, morning and night. You can see my review and comparison of this and the stick version here.

13. Beyonce heat rush perfume 100ml. I liked the smell of this, it's a really fruity, juicy fragrance that's obviously quite affordable being a celebrity perfume. Sometimes I like wearing a cheaper one for work etc because I feel like I'm wasting my more expensive ones using them for work. It's not my favourite ever perfume but it was nice. I'm not looking to repurchase any perfumes at the moment as I have a few I want to use up but I'd consider buying it again.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Which beauty products have you finished lately?

Em x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Garnier Micellar a wipe?

I came across these in Superdrug recently and considering that the Garnier micellar water is one of my skincare essentials for removing makeup, that they were on a half price offer and I needed some wipes, I thought they'd be a good thing to try. Now before all the face wipe haters who think it's going to make my face fall off complain....I like having wipes to a) occasionally use them as an emergency measure and b) to remove the bulk of my makeup before cleansing properly with something else when I want to be quick. I don't ordinarily use them as my only cleansing method, which a lot of people make the mistake of doing.

I was slightly doubtful of whether these would actually be soaked in Garnier's micellar water so I checked and compared the ingredients and it turns out that they're actually pretty similar. The micellar water itself has a few more ingredients than the wipes low down the list but the major ones are the same. They are fragrance, alcohol and colourant free, which all seems good.

As for how they perform...they claim to remove waterproof eye makeup, which for me they don't but neither do any other wipes. I am not one to remove my eye makeup with wipes anyway, preferring to use a separate eye makeup remover to avoid tugging on the delicate skin in my eye area. They did, however, remove my face makeup like any other wipe but the major difference was that they felt MUCH less drying than a lot of other wipes I've tried (and I've tried quite a lot). So for that reason alone I would be happy to buy them again.

What do you think? Do you ever use face wipes or avoid them all together?

Em x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

15 signs you might be a beauty junkie

As someone who is more than a little obsessed with beauty products, I've recently realised that I need to take the time to enjoy what I have instead of constantly yearning for something there is a bit of humour/ exaggeration in this post but there is also some truth somewhere...

1. You own 10 different neutral eye shadow palettes. You know your 'normal' friends would ask exactly how many shades of brown eye shadow you need...but to you they are like your many would be impossible and so unfair to choose between them.

2. You could wear a different lipstick every day for a fortnight and still have some over. I overheard someone talking at work about how they had a really nice red lippie but needed a new pink and a new nude....the thought of only owning 3 lipsticks seemed quite this what normal people do?! haha

3. You can't wait for that new product to launch...and 'normal' people wonder how you even know these things are going to be available ahead of them being in the actually spend your time reading about these things online?!

4. You find yourself starring at people doing their makeup on public transport. You try to figure out what they're using and either approve of their technique or grit your teeth as they pile on EVEN MORE bronzer.

5. You have bought a beauty product because it had such beautiful packaging.

6. You buy ANOTHER red lipstick that everyone else would think was the same as the 10 you already have, but to you it is SO different.

7. Instead of buying less makeup because your storage is getting full, you just buy more drawers/ a bigger dressing table...and you're constantly searching pinterest for new storage solutions.

8. Beauty blogs and youtube beauty gurus are your morning news.

9. Every country you go on holiday to, you can't resist having a look at the brands available there...I mean there might be a life changing product that's impossible to get at home!

10. You bring 20 eyeshadows and 7 lipsticks for a weekend never know what you're going to need after all!

11. You have bought a makeup product because of the shade name.

12. When tidying up you find beauty products that you'd forgotten you owned.

13. You carry a handbag the size of a suitcase to fit in your kit...a girl needs to be prepared for all beauty emergencies at all times!

14. For special occasions/ nights out, you plan your makeup first and build your outfit around it.

15. You CANNOT just buy 1 makeup item when there's an offer....when there's 3 for 2, what person in their right mind wouldn't buy a second item to get the third one free?! Buy one get on half price? Obviously it would be criminal to not buy a second item.

Can you think of any others?

Em x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Highlighter: Breathe

I have been meaning to pick up Makeup Revolution's 'Radiant Lights' highlighter in the shade 'breathe' for a while but couldn't find it in my local Superdrug. Although they have a revolution stand, they don't carry this particular product. I ordered some skincare essentials I needed to replace from the Superdrug website and added this to my basket, although it was the only makeup item I bought. You know you've got a problem when you internally give yourself a pat on the back for managing to only buy 1 makeup item! haha.

Anyway, onto the product...

I have been preferring to use blushes with a slight glow to them recently. When I say slight glow, I mean slight because as an oily skinned girl, I can't deal with shimmer all over my face, it just makes me look more oily. I own a lot of matte blushes because I went through a phase of liking everything completely matte so I was looking for a subtle powder highlighter to pair with them. I had a few highlighters but none of them subtle enough. I only use stronger highlighters for evening wear. I saw someone mention this on youtube (I'm not sure who) and say it was quite a subtle highlight that wasn't too strong for every day.

It comes in a nice mirrored compact and yes I would completely agree that it gives a subtle highlight. It's sort of a dark champagne type shade which means it doesn't stand out too much against my skin tone. It's also not overly shimmery and blends out to a subtle glow on my cheekbones. If you like dewy skin, you could probably dust this lightly all over your face for a bit of an all over glow I would imagine, as it wouldn't be too much.

So all in all, it was exactly what I was after and I think it was a bit of a bargain for £6 (get it here)! 

Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights highlighters? What do you think?

Em x

Friday, 10 April 2015

DIY New Baby/ Christening Gift

I was looking for some more unusual gift ideas for a Christening we're going to soon and I ended up hunting pinterest (p.s. you can follow me here). I found a variety of personalised pictures made from buttons in box frames. I decided to turn it into a little project and this is how...

I looked for a printable letter R (the little boy's initial) that I liked on pinterest and found this one. I printed it out, trimmed it down and intended to start sticking things on but found the outline a little too bold so I actually ended up tracing it onto another piece of paper just to get a finer outline that was easier to cover, as you can see below.

I then started sticking on my buttons and other crafty bits. I bought some packets of blue buttons from one of my favourite places to buy craft materials, The Works. I bought thesethese, these and these (the 4th pack are mixed colours but contain some blue) as well as these scrapbooking papers so I could back the white paper. I also threw in some things that were already in my craft stash. It took a while to stick everything down do this as I spent time experimenting with placement to see what looked best before gluing it down. I used UHU which is a multi-purpose glue but you can use whichever crafting glue you have to hand.

Once it was complete, I cut a piece of patterned paper down to fit the frame and layered my letter on top, using double sided tape to stick it down.

Finally, I placed this into a box frame that I got from Amazon here. You need a deeper, box style frame because with the buttons being 3D they will not fit into a normal, flat picture frame. They can be really expensive but the one I found was actually pretty reasonable compared to what they can cost. If you're near to an Ikea they actually have them for £3.50 (called 'Ribba') but it wasn't worth me driving all the way there just for that.

I did spend a few pounds on materials so it wasn't amazingly cheap. However, something home made and one of a kind is always really appreciated in my experience. I've also got lots of the materials left over, which I will use for other craft projects.

I was very happy with how it turned out, what do you think?

Em x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Spring Tag

I've seen this tag going around in the blogging world and after reading Zoe's version here and thinking about how much I'm enjoying our current Spring weather, I thought I'd do it too so here we go...

1 . What three colours remind you of Spring?

Mint Green as far as clothes go (I'm sat here wearing a mint green top as I type this post). Where makeup is concerned, I love to start wearing pink and coral on my lips and cheeks, it just brightens up the face so much (see my 'Pretty in Pink' post here).

2. What is the first thing you add to your Spring wardrobe?

Pastel coloured tops, my favourite kimono and a pair of white plimsolls. I recently did a post about some of my recent Spring fashion favourites here.

3. What is the first item that you ditch from your wardrobe to make it more Spring-like?

My fleecy lined Next parka coat that I have been wearing through Autumn and Winter. I've been opting for something lighter in the last week as it's got quite a bit warmer here. I've just ordered this lightweight jacket (also available in pale pink here) that was in the sale on the Debenhams website, reduced from £49 to £14.70, bargain!

4. What are your ultimate nude and bright lipsticks?

I'm going to cheat and give some lip products rather than strictly lipsticks because my favourite ever more nude type shades are the soap and glory gloss sticks in the shades nudist (slightly more browny/peachy nude) and bashful (more on the pink side). They are so moisturising! I also really like Boots 17 'Belle' and Estee Lauder 'Crystal Baby', which are both more of your 'my lips but better' type shades rather than a pale concealer type nude. I can't really wear those, they just make me look ill. 

As for brights, it's not that often that I wear a bold lip because I generally prefer for the focus to be on my eyes. When I do, though, I do like a nice coral like Rimmel Kate's lipstick in shade 16 or a brighter pink like 02 from the same range (see my post about my Rimmel Kate lipsticks here). I also really like the coral from Maybelline's colour drama pencils range, which you can see my review of here.

5. What is your signature Spring fragrance?

I love Marc Jacobs Oh Lola for Spring and Summer-a floral-fruity perfume that I actually wore on our wedding day :-)

6. What do you add or drop from your skin care routine?

I don't change much because my skin is combo-oily all year but I do change to using the Murad oil control mattifier as my moisturiser underneath my makeup during the warmer months. It really does help to control oil.

7. Do you change your hair up in Spring?

Not as a rule because my hair is its natural colour, but I have been experimenting with different types of braids lately and I have been enjoying changing things up a bit.

8. Are there any exciting beauty releases that you can’t wait for?

I can't wait for the new shades of the Clinique cheek pop blushes to be released. I have 3 out of the 4 they released last year and boy have they been used. The formula is almost matte but with a slight sheen-hard to explain but it just makes my cheeks look slightly glowy withoout being shimmery, which is great for oily skinned girls. I also love the flower design on the top, perfect for Spring! I'm hoping the new shades for this year will be just as nice.

9. What are your three favourite nail colours for Spring?

I love a brighter pink on my nails, mint green or lilac. I'm really into pastel nails with a bit of glitter at the moment. In fact I might do a post on my favourite Spring nail polishes soon :-).

10. Who do I tag?

I've seen a few people do this tag now but I can't remember exactly I'm just going to say that I tag everyone reading who has a blog. Please leave a link below if you do it so I can have a read :-)

Em x

Monday, 6 April 2015

5 Spring Fashion Favourites

1. Pastel coloured statement necklaces. I particularly love the floral one above that I picked up from Forever21 around this time last year. Personally I think costume jewellery is what Forever21 do best.

2. Lightweight snoods. Honestly I have forgotten where I even got the floral one above from because it's years old but it's great for Spring weather when it's still a little chilly but you don't want a knitted scarf. I prefer snoods over scarves because I find them so much easier to deal with. I'm sure you could find something similar in lots of places. Primark had some pretty ones the last time I was in there.

3.White plimsolls. I love a pair of these in the Spring. I used to have the white converse (and I actually still own a blue sparkly pair), but is it just me who finds them a bit uncomfortable? I've tried a few pairs and I always find they rub my little toes as the womens ones are relatively narrow. I wouldn't say I have wide feet as I buy standard width in every other brand. Anyway....I picked these up from Next a little while ago and  they are just slightly wider and also more padded under foot than Converse so are much more comfortable in my opinion, but look very similar.

4. White kimono. I picked this up from George at Asda a few months ago and I love wearing it over pastel coloured tops with a pair of my favourite 'Eden' jeggings from Dorothy Perkins. It has fringed sleeves and a sort of velvety pattern (is there a proper name for it? I don't know) which adds a bit of interest to an outfit.

5. Floral Cutout Satchel Bag. I posted about this here and it was a mere £8 from Primark, but I love it! I feel like the floral cutout design and tan colour is perfect for Spring and I've been using it a lot.

What do you think? Do you have any Spring fashion favourites?

Em x

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Happy Easter! and Easter cupcakes

Just a quick post to say that I hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend whether or not you celebrate it...and leave you with a picture of the Easter cupcakes I made...yum yum! Nothing super complicated, just something I quickly whipped up this morning to share with family.

Em x

Friday, 3 April 2015

Revlon Pink sparkly nails

Hi, I'm Em and I have a glitter nail addiction.....

haha. Seriously, though, there's nothing I love more than a bit of glitter on my nails. I wear it to work just as I wear it for evenings out. Some may think that's a bit overboard but the funny thing is that I get nothing but compliments on them. It brightens up my day sometimes if I'm having a rubbish day at work then I look down at my sparkly nails :-) hehe.

I thought I'd share the latest combination I've been using, which is Revlon Colorstay long wear nail enamel in 250 Rich Raspberry (£7.99 here) topped with Revlon Ruby Ribbon. Rich Raspberry is a gorgeous cream pink shade with a touch of purple and Ruby Ribbon is quite a complex glitter. It contains pink and red sparkles as well as silver and fuchsia 'bar' glitter.

 Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that Ruby Ribbon was a limited edition shade. I think it was part of a gift with purchase offer at either Boots or Superdrug and I can't find it on their websites. It is, however, available here on ebay for a mere £2.99 with free postage!

What do you think?

Em x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm Review and Comparison: Pot vs Stick

Nuxe Reve de Miel is my favourite ever lip balm. I've been using the pot version for maybe about a year now and I've got through about 3 of them I reckon. As you can see, I'm not far from finished with my current one. I apply it morning and night and it is soooooo moisturising. It has a very thick creamy consistency but also a strange semi-matte finish on the lips, which might make you think it's not as moisturising as it really is. However, it makes it great for using underneath more drying lipsticks as it doesn't make the lippy slide about like a more slippery feeling balm would. When I put it on before bed, I can still feel the remnants of it on my lips when I wake up. Holy grail product right there.

I recently realised when out and about that that I didn't have a plain old lip balm in my handbag. I don't like putting a glass pot in my bag, firstly because it's breakable and secondly because it's not very hygenic to keep shoving my fingers in there. It's far easier to use it with clean hands at home, where I have easy access to a tap.After coming to this realisation, I added the stick version of Reve de Miel to my basket on when I was stocking up on skincare essentials. I thought I'd tell you how it compares to the pot.

Firstly you are getting a LOT more product in the pot version, which contains 15g as opposed to the 4g you get in the stick. Having said that, there is a bit of a price difference, with the pot's full price being £9.50 (here) and the stick's being £5.50 (here). That said, I never pay full price for it because I stock up on the pot when there's a discount code floating around the internet for

Having used the pot version, the first time I tried out the stick it seemed pretty waxy and didn't apply too well. I think it has improved with use-it was like there was a top layer I had to break through to get a better consistency. However, it is nowhere near as moisturising as the pot. Of course it has to be a different consistency to be able to be produced in stick form. However, considering the price of it, I would rather stick to an ordinary cheap lip balm like Nivea or something from Boots/ Superdrug as far as a stick to throw in my handbag goes. I'll use this one up, it's ok, but there are actually cheaper 'drugstore' ones I've had in the past that I far prefer.

In conclusion...despite having to stick my finger in it, which is not my preferred method of application, I prefer the pot by a mile!

Have you tried the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balms? What do you think of them?

Em x