Thursday, 28 January 2016

MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION

I'm finally at a point where I'm happy with my MAC lipstick collection...and no, that doesn't mean that I'm not going to buy anymore because I can't resist doing that, but it does mean that I've finally got a good balance of different shades in my collection for different occasions and looks.



MAC are probably one of my favourite brands for lipsticks, because you can find almost any shade you're looking for, and they come in a range of different finishes to suit the look you're going for and the texture you prefer to wear.

Below I've linked the video where you can see me try on the lipsticks properly so that you can get more of an idea of what they look like on the lips. I've also listed which finish the lipstick is in as well e.g. matte, satin or lustre....etc. Hope you enjoy!

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Friday, 22 January 2016

BIRTHDAY MAKEUP

It's my birthday this weekend, and so obviously I wanted to try out a makeup look that was a bit more special and glam compared to normal! But instead of just going straight ahead with the makeup on the actual night of my birthday, I wanted to do a trial run first because there is no way I want to be stressing and faffing around on the night! I knew I wanted to try something that incorporated glitter on the eyes, because who doesn't want to sparkle on their birthday?! I've never really worn a smokey eye before either because I've always had a fear of looking like I've got a black eye...but I decided that seeing as I'm doing a trial run, I may as well try it out and see how it looks!

I decided to film the makeup look trial run, because I thought it would be much easier to show in video form rather than lots of different pictures..let me know what you think of this format! I'm quite happy with how it turned out and so I'm looking forward to re-creating this look at the weekend. All products used are listed in the description bar of the video and I hope you enjoy!


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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

BOTTOM LASH MASCARA

I know it's a little over the top to have a different mascara for your top and bottom lashes, and obviously if you're not as picky about your lashes as me then you don't have to take notice of this...but I might have just found the best mascara for your bottom lashes everrrrrrrr!

Personally, I love my top lashes to be really voluminous, thick and long and my favourite mascara for this is the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara because it just adds so much length and volume to your lashes at the same time, without them looking clumpy and overloaded with product. However, for my bottom lashes, I prefer them to be more light and separated because it makes them look more natural and less heavy on the face (I don't want to look like I've got spider legs on my eyes). But I've been finding that most mascara's I use for my top lashes are just too thick for my bottom lashes and I don't like the way that they feel or look, even if I try not to add as much product to them.

I recently took a trip to the MAC store to pick up some new concealer, and when I was getting colour matched by one of the makeup artists, I was telling her about this bottom lash dilemma that I was having with mascara's, and she recommended the MAC Extended Play mascara. She said that the wand is very long and thin which makes it very easy to spread out the lashes on the bottom and get right to the root of the lash as they are smaller and harder to get to. As the wand is much thinner than normal mascara wands too, it means that you don't apply as much product all at once, and you can build it up if you need to, rather than a thick wand which makes them look clumpy instantly. There are a few different colours of this mascara including a brown, black and this one which is the 'gigablack lash' which is the extra black.



MASCARA ON:
Top lashes: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Bottom lashes: MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash



I have to say, I've been using this for nearly 2 weeks now and I really do love it. My lashes overall look a lot more natural because I can build up the mascara on the top whilst keeping the bottom lashes really fanned out and defined. I never thought I would use two different mascara's on my eyes because that does sound ridiculous, but I love how it applies so much that I don't think I'll ever go back to using just one. 

You might be wondering...why don't I just use this new mascara on my top and bottom lashes? Well, as I said before, I like my top lashes to have lots of volume as well as length, and this bottom lash mascara from MAC adds a lot of length but not a lot of volume which is why I'll stick to my Maybelline mascara for that. However, for a natural 'no makeup, makeup day' I would definitely use this on my top lashes as well, as it gives a really subtle natural lift.

What's your favourite mascara? 

Love Emily
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Thursday, 14 January 2016

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS CONTOUR KIT

I've recently been getting into contouring a lot more than usual, even though it's something that has been popular among beauty for a while now. I thought I would invest in a contour kit because I only really have bronzers in my makeup collection that are too orange toned for defining your cheekbones etc. I read up a few reviews on different contour kits and decided that I would start off with a powder contour kit rather than a cream one, just because I feel like it would be lighter on the skin and easier to practice with whilst I'm quite new to it!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit was the one that I decided to go for because I'd heard great things about it and the contour colours seemed to be more cool toned which would be great for defining certain areas and create a sharp look. It also includes a subtle highlight, yellow banana powder for setting your makeup and a neutral powder too, and so I thought this would be a really versatile palette that has different product types in. I got the shade 'Light to Medium' even though I have an olive skin tone, just because I prefer to use more natural shades on my skin and I've found that this suits me really well.




The texture of the powders are really buttery and creamy and are really easy to blend. I was a bit hesitant about using the darkest contour shade at first because they are highly pigmented powders, however because they blend so well you can make it look very natural on the skin. To contour I use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush because I find that it fits perfectly underneath my cheekbone area in order to create a sharp contour and its great for blending.

I thought I'd show you before and after photos of the contour kit so that you can see how it looks, and I can really tell the difference from these photos! My cheekbones look a lot more defined and my over face shape looks sharper. I also used the yellow toned powder to set underneath my eyes and I feel like this really brightens the face.

BEFORE:



AFTER:



Let me know what you think and I'd love to hear your recommendations on contouring products too!

Shop this product >> here

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

FAVOURITE MAKEUP TOOLS

Recently I've been really happy with how my makeup brush collection has been building up and I finally feel like I've got the right brush for each different step of my makeup routine. I thought I would talk through my favourites and what I use them for, and also why I love using them in particular.

Most of my makeup brushes are from the same brand (Real Techniques), but thats because they work really well for me and I love the way that they apply makeup. They're also really affordable, easily accessible and high quality.

FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER:


On a daily basis I love to use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to apply foundation and concealer, which is a great dupe for the American Beauty Blender. This works best on the skin when it's damp and so I run it under cold water for a minute and then squeeze out the excess water. It blends out foundation and concealer so easily and makes the skin appear flawless and healthy. It also takes away any excess product for a more natural look and spreads the product evenly around the face. I didn't think I would get on with using a sponge to apply my base products, but since I've bought it I haven't looked back!

For a night out, or an occasion where I would like a heavier coverage on my skin, I like to use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush because it's a more densely packed brush which can be used to build up the layers of foundation. It blends really well because of the density and really works the product into your skin which doesn't leave you looking cakey. I like to use this in circular motions around the face with my foundation to make sure there are no harsh lines.

POWDER AND BRONZER:


For powder I like to use the Real Techniques Powder Brush because its a huge dome shaped brush which is really quick and easy to use. It helps to lightly dust the powder across the forehead, nose and chin which is where I like to use the product the most. It's also great for loose powder as well as pressed powder because the size of the brush distributes the product lightly and evenly instead of being concentrated in one area. 

For bronzer I've been using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush because I find that this is a great size for the cheek area and is very soft. Also, because the brush isn't so densely packed, it doesn't put too much product on your face at once and you can build the product up to how you like it. I like to use powder bronzers as I think they are lighter on the skin but I'm sure this would work just as well with cream bronzers as this brush is made for buffing!

BLUSHER, HIGHLIGHTER AND CONTOUR:


For blusher I use the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush because its quite a wide domed, soft brush which is a great size for dusting over the apples of your cheek. It gives off the right amount of product which is good for blush as some can be very pigmented and bright. The wide dome shape also gives a blended out finish which mean you won't have pink circles on your face and it blends in with the rest of your makeup.

For highlighter I use the Real Techniques Setting Brush because this is the perfect size for dusting highlight over the cheekbones and making sure the product doesn't go in the places you don't want to highlight and accentuate. This brush is also great for setting powder underneath the eyes or applying a sharper contour line.

Contour is something that I've only really gotten into recently and so I'm still practising this, but I use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush which is great for this. It's a narrow dense brush which is great for getting in the hollows of the cheek and blends product away very easily. It's hard to go wrong really when using this brush and I've heard it's also great for foundation too.

EYES AND BROWS:


Finally onto eye brushes and for applying shadow all over the lid I use the Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush because its a soft fluffy domed brush which is great for distributing product on a wider area.

For brows I use another Eco Tools brush which has an angled eye definer brush on it which is really firm and so great for applying product on the brows and getting a defined shape.

For defining the crease and applying a darker shadow to my lash line I use my double-ended eye brush from Eco Tools because at one end you've got a pointed brush which is great for getting into the crease and blending the colour out, and on the other end is a shorter narrow dense brush which is great for defining the top and bottom lash lines.

Then for blending out all of the eyeshadow colours I go in with my MAC 217 Brush which is a big fluffy blending brush and this is great for blending the hard lines and making sure the shadows are seamless on the eye.

I hope you found this post useful if you're looking for some new brushes, and I would love to hear your recommendations of any brushes you love to use which you think I should have in my collection!

Love Emily
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Friday, 8 January 2016

VISIT HAWAII

I've got a major case of January blues right now...anyone else? It's getting colder outside, the rain won't stop and it's back to work time, so I thought what better way to cheer myself up and get some colour injected into my blog than to write a holiday guide for Hawaii!


I must admit, I went to Hawaii two years ago now, so the pictures aren't exactly up-to-date, but Hawaii is the kind of place that will remain naturally beautiful and somewhere that won't have changed since I visited. I've put together a few ideas of things to do, places to visit and where to stay if you're thinking of planning a tropical getaway.

I went to the island of Oahu in Hawaii which is the most popular island and stayed there for 10 days. It is by far the most beautiful place I've been and somewhere that was truly paradise. There are different climates on the island too, even though it's small, which means you get a mixture of tropical, humid weather and hot, dry heat which makes it really interesting for travelling around. There's also the huge, dormant volcano 'Diamond Head' which is situated right in the middle of the island and so the landscape and terrain very rich and healthy, which is why there are so many beautiful colours around in the way of plants, and the water is crystal clear blue.


WHERE TO STAY:
We decided that in order to make the most out of our 10 days in Oahu, it was best to travel around the island and stay in different accommodation so that we were able to see the different parts of the island properly, so we stayed at three different hotels in total.

DAY 1-3: PARADISE BAY RESORT - Kaneohe Bay:
This resort is located in one of the most beautiful locations that I've ever seen and overlooks the Koolau Mountain range. It's situated on the East coast of the island and on the rural peninuslar of Wailau Point. We decided to stay here because it gave us the chance to experience the more tropical climate of the island, and was in a good proximity to the North Shore of the island too. This resort has a pool, breakfast service, wifi and activities such as boat trips which take you snorkelling!
(Visit the website >> here)





DAY 3-6: HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE RESORT - Waikiki Beach (West), Honolulu:
This resort is huge! It is basically a whole complex and a lot of people book 'all-inclusive' holidays at this resort because there is everything you need in one place! It's located right on Waikiki Beach in the heart of Honolulu which is the capital of the island. We stayed here in order to experience the famous surfing beaches and soak up the proper holiday atmosphere. It's also a great location for shopping and visiting the main town area which has lots of restaurants too. You can walk right along the beach from outside the hotel and get amazing views of the volcano.
(Visit the website >> here)





DAY 6-9: QUEEN KAPIOLANI HOTEL - Waikiki Beach (East), Honolulu:
This is the last hotel we stayed at which was situated at the quieter end of Waikiki Beach (which is very long) so that we could spend the last few days relaxing and take in the amazing scenery. There are still shops and restaurants along this part but it isn't as busy as the main town. However, it's close to Honolulu Zoo and an easy journey to the Pearl Harbour Museum. It also has a rooftop pool!
(Visit the website >> here)



THINGS TO DO:

  • Trek up to the peak of Diamond Head  - you can't come to a volcanic island and not visit the volcano, plus the views from the top are amazing!



  • Snorkelling - there are many different places that offer boat trips out to the sand bars and reefs where you can go snorkelling and maybe be lucky enough to swim with the green turtles.


  • Honolulu Zoo - a lovely open plan zoo which is a great place to visit for a morning or afternoon.

  • Turtle Bay Resort - a famous hotel resort which is used for a lot of film sets such as 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' and is a lovely place to go for lunch on the North Shore.



  • Kualoa Beach Park - a lovely park area along the beach which is a great picnic spot.




  • Pearl Harbour Museum - a great place to visit to get an insight into the island's culture and history.


  • International Market Place - think Camden Market but Hawaiian style...a great place to find unique and traditional trinkets and presents such as authentic Hawaiian shirts and neck garlands.

  • Visit Sunset beach, Waikiki beach, North Shore and Kuala Beach for some of the most amazing white, sandy beaches!




  • Go and watch some traditional Hawaiian dancing, there's usually shows along the beach in the evening.





TIPS/EXTRA INFO:
  • Hire a car if you can, it makes getting around the island so much easier.
  • Hawaii is one of the safest places that I've been to and people are so so friendly, so don't be afraid to ask people for directions because they will be happy to help.
  • The currency is US Dollars as it's part of the USA, but things are slightly more expensive than mainland USA because a lot of produce has to be shipped over.
  • June-October are the warmest months and January is the coldest although it's sunny mostly all year round with only little rainfall.
I hope you found this mini guide useful, and even if you're not planning a holiday just yet, I hope you enjoyed the photos and it cured your January blues!

Love Emily
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