Thursday, 31 March 2016

MARCH FAVOURITES

Once again it's the end of another month! I've already posted my March Favourites video on YouTube which I've linked below for you to watch if you'd like a more chatty overview of my current favourites but if not then everything is also listed in this post! I haven't done much shopping over the past month which means there are only a few new products, but there are some old favourites which have crept back in from a while back.



Origins GinZing Moisturiser:
An oldie but a goodie! I've been using this moisturiser for a couple of years now as my Spring/Summer moisturiser and have recently been loving it again. It's really light in consistency, awakens the skin and really helps to brighten any dullness. It's all natural ingredients which is great for the skin and the smell is amazing which always a bonus! 
(Shop >> here)

Sanctuary Spa Reverse Beauty Sleep Mask:
I've been using this night mask once or twice a week after I've finished my night-time cleanse. It feels quite thick when you first apply it but don't let this put you off. I apply a thin layer all over my face and it sinks in really well leaving your skin feeling so so soft in the morning. It's also infused with lavender which is a lovely relaxing ingredient to add onto your skin before bedtime.
(Shop >> here)

Maybelline 24 Hour Tattoo Eyeshadow (Pink Gold):
I've got quite a few of these eyeshadows now and really love the formulas, but have recently been reaching for this shade in particular. It's a gorgeous dusky pink with a hint of gold running through it which leaves a lovely sheen on the lid. I will either use this as an eyeshadow base before applying other similar colours on top, or just use this all over the lid as a wash of colour on it's own. It's really natural and perfect for Spring time to give a fresh, bright look.
(Shop >> here)

L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper:
I'm not someone that is overly into their brows and I don't usually spend that much time on them when doing my makeup. But recently I've been using this brow gel to try and tame them down a bit and hold them in place and it's honestly like super glue! It keeps my brows in place all day without feeling sticky or crispy like some brow products feel, and it's also got a slight colour tint to it. On the days when I'm feeling really lazy I will just use this product and it gives a natural look.
(Shop >> here)

L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara:
I wasn't sure if I'd like this mascara at first because I'm usually quite picky when it comes to eyelashes, but I am really liking it so far! The wand is a bit strange and takes some getting used to, because the bristles are only on one side. However, the brush is really fine and allows you to get really close to the lash line which gives a lovely lift to the lashes. It adds a lot of length and fans out the lashes giving a fluttery look. This does have quite a thick formula though and so I usually wipe some of the product off the brush before applying so that it doesn't look clumpy.
(Shop >> here)

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick (Penelope Pink):
This is a gorgeous everyday nude lipstick which is really wearable and comfortable on the lips. It is very long lasting throughout the day and perfect for the Spring time. Also, can we just appreciate the packaging on her products..so pretty! 
(Shop >> here)

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder:
I know I'm a bit late on the bandwagon with this product but I've only recently picked it up. The powder is really fine which gives a natural finish to the skin and really sets my makeup well for the day. Usually with powders I find that I have to touch up quite a bit throughout the day on my t-zone especially, but this one keeps my makeup in place a lot longer. It's also a great powder for baking on those days where you want a really defined contour.
(Shop >> here)

Topshop flats:
I'm loving all flat shoes at the moment really and its nice to finally get out of the heavier shoes and Winter boots. I love pointed toes on flat shoes because I feel as though it adds more style and sophistication to the outfit. My favourite ones this month are a black and white patterned pair from Topshop which are a 'slip on' style flat shoe. They really dress up an outfit and add a bit more texture with the pattern.
(Shop similar >> here or here)

Twinnings Moroccan Mint Tea:
I am a big fan of tea and probably drink about 10 cups a day! But instead of going for my normal English Breakfast tea lately, I've been venturing out and having this one instead. It's not like a normal green tea because it has a hint of spearmint in it which gives more of a fresh flavour. It's also infused with cardamon which gives more of a spicy kick to it as well and I think this would also taste great as as iced tea!
(Shop >> here)

I hope you've all had a lovely Easter weekend and consumed loads of chocolate like I did, and let me know what things you've been loving in March!

Love Emily
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Thursday, 24 March 2016

SPRING IS EMERGING






One of my favourite things to do in London on a sunny day is to just stroll around, explore and take everything in. The city is always full of atmosphere whatever time of day it is, and it's great to walk between the different boroughs if you have a bit more spare time, instead of getting the tubes everywhere. There are so many hidden side streets with beautiful photogenic housing, especially in areas such as Kensington and Mayfair, that its hard not to take advantage of this and stop for some outfit shots!

This coat is from Zara a couple of years ago and I always love wearing it during Spring time because the colour is very fresh but not too bold. The cut is also very flattering and it's tailored perfectly to give you a more sophisticated and 'well put together' look. You don't really need to put much effort into whats underneath the coat which I love about it, because its definitely the statement and pulls everything together nicely.

I also decided to wear this floral blouse, paired with some plain black tailored trousers, because I felt like it was time to bring some more colour and pattern into my wardrobe. Throughout Winter I tend to stick to the plain colours because thats more my comfort zone, but when the sun starts shining and the weather warms up, it gives me the confidence and inspiration to add a bit more life into my style.

Coat - Zara (similar / similar) // Blouse - Zara (similar) // Trousers - Zara // Boots - Office // Bag - Modalu (similar)

Emily
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

THE BEST KEPT SECRET

Okay so maybe this isn't much of a secret anymore seeing as the world has gone a bit coconut crazy over the past year or so, but I wanted to share with you some of the ways I use the best multi-use product which is coconut oil!

Coconut oil is something that I have used for a long time when cooking, but never in my beauty or hair care routine until now. Coconut not only smells amazing, but the oil contains lot of good fatty acids which are proven to have positive health effects and it's actually classed as a superfood. It's also natural which means it won't have any harsh chemicals in to damage your skin or hair. You can buy coconut oil from most supermarkets and health shops.


COOKING:
I use coconut oil in my cooking as a replacement for normal oils most days as it's a much healthier substitute. It also gives a gorgeous but subtle coconut flavour which is lovely when you're cooking things like stir-frys or curries. It's also great for roasting vegetables as it gives off a sweeter flavour. I don't use it for every single dish that I make but it's definitely something that gets used at least four times a week and is a great healthy extra in your diet. It's also said that it can improve your energy levels and enables your body to burn more fat which is always a bonus.

HAIR:
I've recently been using coconut oil on my hair as a natural leave-in conditioner/hair mask type thing. I usually use this once a week and leave it in overnight before washing it out the next morning. It honestly leaves your hair feeling super soft and silky and it's made my hair feel a lot stronger and healthier over time. Yes it does look very greasy in your hair  when you apply it which is why I use it as an overnight hair mask, but it doesn't leave any sticky residue on your pillow. I usually coat the ends of my hair in a generous amount and then braid my hair so that it soaks in properly and stays in. The results are amazing and you won't be reaching for your expensive hair masks any more!

SKIN:
I've got oily/combination skin as you will know from my previous beauty posts and so the thought of putting an oil on my skin didn't appeal to me at first. I thought it would make my skin feel a lot more greasy and probably break me out. But after seeing lots of people using coconut oil as a face mask and loving the results, I decided to give it a go. I put a small layer onto my face before my night-time skincare routine, and left it on for about 10-15 minutes. I then washed it off with a face cloth and then cleansed my face as usual with my normal products. OMGGG, my skin has never felt so baby soft in a long time. I felt like the oil hydrated my skin so much and left it looking healthy and fresh. I wouldn't personally use this as a face mask more than once a week because it might be too much oiliness on my skin, but if you have dryer skin then you definitely could use it more often. However, I love the effect it has and it's all natural which is a bonus for people with more sensitive skin.

NAILS:
Throw away your fancy cuticle oils because coconut oil will do the trick. My cuticles and hands get very dry and cracked from time to time and to re-hydrate them and soften them I use this. I warm up the coconut oil in my hands and then massage the oil around my finger tips making sure that everything is covered. Do this when you've got some spare time on your hands (literally) because obviously you wont be able to touch anything for a couple of minutes whilst this is soaking in. But once you wash the oil off your hands they will feel really soft and nourished. 

I hope this has given you a few tips on how to use coconut oil, let me know if there are any other ways that you use this as I would love to know!

Love Emily
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Thursday, 10 March 2016

THE TRUE COST

This is a bit of a different post for me about a more serious topic, but it's something that I really wanted to voice and talk about to you all. This wasn't a planned blog post, but after watching a documentary called 'The True Cost' on Netflix this morning, it sparked a need in me to talk about what I feel is an important issue to raise. I love shopping, which is no secret to anyone and I'm sure millions of other people like me are guilty of impulse buying when it comes to clothes and make-up etc. But I never really think about where the items are coming from, who is making them and what the back story is behind each of my belongings. 


There are items in my wardrobe which are staples and investments, and pieces which I value a lot and will have for a very long time, however there are many items that I do not feel that way about. Fashion changes so frequently and in order to keep up with the changing styles, I do often buy cheaper pieces which I can add into my wardrobe to fit a certain current trend, which I know will only last me a season before I just 'get bored' of it. But to the people that make these clothes which I don't value as being very important to me, they are several hours of hard work and labour. The effort that goes into stitching each thread, adding every button and piecing together each item is something that none of us can imagine unless we ever had to do it for ourselves. In places like Bangladesh where there are huge clothing production warehouses, the staff work in poor conditions and are payed next to nothing for their work, but do it to provide for their families. When we pick up items in store, we don't think about what that person's life is like who made the item for us, the hard work they go through daily and how important each thread they're stitching is to them in terms of maintaining a stable job to support their loved ones. 



The more clothes we are buying without a second thought to the actual item, the more these women and men will have to make in order to serve our impulse shopping habits. If we actually think about whether we NEED the item, or whether we just WANT it to serve a small purpose, then maybe we can try and make a change to help improve the working conditions of these workers. As the consumer, if we start asking more ethical questions about where our clothes are coming from, then maybe the companies will start listening to us and realise that the working conditions of these people producing our clothes needs to be improved dramatically. Why is it fair that these people have to risk their health and lives just to provide the latest fashion which we are only excited about for one season? There has been a few occasions now in other countries such as Bangladesh where the workhouses have actually collapsed due to being so run-down, and this has caused many deaths. Why is this still happening? Surely if we want to continue shopping so much and keep up with the latest trends, we should start by making sure the working conditions of the workers providing the clothes are safe?

If you want to really know what goes into making the clothes that you buy and the items that you pick up to 'only wear for one occasion' or 'to last one holiday', think about the value of that item to the people that make it, and think about whether you actually value that item or not. I'm not saying that I'm only going to invest in pieces that will last me years from now on, of course I'm going to buy basics that might only serve me a couple of months because I haven't got endless amounts of money...but I'm now aware of the effort and implications of making the items and it's changed the way I value my clothes. Obviously I cannot make a difference on my own but my advice would be to watch the documentary if you can. It will really open your eyes to the problems behind creating clothes, and if more people understand the back story to the production of fashion, then more people can try and change the conditions of the workplaces for these people in other countries.

Sorry for the wordiness of this post and the ranting vibe, but I felt something needs to be said and I hope that other people can watch the documentary too because it's made me appreciate my items so much more.

Love Emily
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING PALETTE

This palette has been on my wish-list for an extremely long time and now I've finally got it! Hourglass are such a beautiful brand and all of their products are tailored to enhance your natural look which I love. The powders in this palette are so finely milled that they just add a really natural glow onto the skin, rather than being very heavy and noticeable. 



The palette comes with three different powders which are 'Dim Light', 'Incandescent Light' and 'Radiant Light'. I believe you can buy these powders separately too which is great if you prefer one of them in particular. I use 'Dim Light' on top of my bronzer as it has a slight shimmer running through it (as they all do) and so it just enhances the bronzer and gives it an extra glow which looks very sun-kissed. I also use this shade as a transition shade on the eyelids as it's the perfect warm shade. 'Incandescent Light' is a gorgeous natural highlight shade which I use on the top of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and brow bone for a day-to-day highlight as it's very subtle and then 'Radiant Light' can be used all over the face and I usually dust this all over to give an overall glowy look.



This product is quite pricey but I definitely think its worth the money as the powders are of such high quality and can be used for different parts of the face, or layered on top of each other. They also double up as eyeshadows too and so this would be a great product for travelling.

(Shop >> HERE)

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