Friday, 24 November 2017

Degustabox | November 2017*

Hello everyone!

Can you believe it's nearly December already? I definitely can't! As we are ending the month of November I thought that now would be a good time to share the contents of the November Degustabox:)

Everything in the November box:
Kallo Organic Stock Pots (RRP £1.80)
The English Provender Co.'s Caramelised Red Onion Chutney (RRP £1.99)
Taylors Of Harrogate Coffee (RRP £4.49)
ALO Water (RRP £1.99)
Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch (RRP £2.00)
The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sour's (RRP £1.79)
Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes (RRP £1.39)
Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn (RRP £0.89)
Dalston's Fizzy Apple (RRP £1.89)
Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin (RRP £2.99)
Cadbury Picnic Bites (RRP £1.99)
Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil (RRP £3.00)

As usual, I am going to be ending this post by letting you know what my favourite items in the box were. This month I am loving the sour jelly beans (especially the cola and berry flavours!) and I am also loving the popcorn and the refreshing fizzy apple juice. I am yet to try the Taylors Of Harrogate coffee but I can't wait to try it as I have heard great things about this coffee brand in particular.

Shop this post: Degustabox

Until next time,
Emily xo

*This post contains PR samples however all opinions remain my own!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

What's In My Bag | College Edition

Hello everyone!

I had been meaning to do a 'What's In My Bag' in September when it was back to school/college/uni season, but I somehow never got around to doing it. Today I thought that I would share all of the things I keep in my handbag for college- better late than never, right?!

The Bag:
I am obsessed with my bag as it is really pretty but practical at the same time. The bag is from a brand called Red Herring, which is sold in Debenhams. It cost me £35, so it really wasn't too expensive at all. I love the embroidered detailing, and it actually matches a pair of embroidered jeans which I own from Boohoo! The bag is also really spacious and I can fit tons of stuff in it, so it's definitely the perfect size for school/college/uni etc. 

I have a few different books in my bag and they all have different purposes. It is amazing how many different books I carry around with me, but I use them all pretty much on a daily basis! 

The first book I have in my bag is an academic planner. I was provided a planner by my college but it was really small and you couldn't fit a whole lot in it; so I bought my own. I got this one from Asda and it was very cheap, but it does the job! I use my planner for noting down any work I have to do, and I also note down any appointments or important things that I need to remember. 

I also carry with me a lined notebook for jotting down notes. I don't know where this notebook is from but they are really inexpensive if you purchase them from supermarkets. I also like refill pads because, although they're nothing particularly fancy, they contain lots of pages for writing notes and they usually cost around £3. 

The final books in my bag are textbooks which are specific to the subject I am studying at college, but this obviously varies for everyone. I am studying healthcare so all of my books are health related. I am loving the course so far and it can lead to many different career sectors. I already know, however, that I would like to study further and become a midwife. 

Pencil Case:
Of course I also have a pencil case in my bag. My pencil case is from Asda and, again, it was really cheap. Inside my pencil case I have some black biros, a few pencils and some highlighters. 

I carry a small Jack Wills makeup bag around with me and that includes most of my beauty essentials. I actually dedicated a whole blog post to showing you what's in the bag. If you would like to see what's in the bag then you can click here

Other Bits & Pieces:
Onto the random bits in my bag now; and there is a lot! First of all I have my portable charger and charging wire. My phone dies quite quickly so I like to keep these in my bag so that I can charge it throughout the college day. The charger is from Primark and cost around £10, but I have had it for a while and it works just as well as expensive portable chargers. 

To go along with my charger I also have my phone, but this is more than often in my hand rather than my bag! I also like to carry my headphones with me in case I want to listen to some music or watch a bit of YouTube in between classes.

I always carry my Michael Kors purse on me as well, just in case I want to buy anything. There are a few Costa's in and around my college building- so I bet you can imagine where I spend the majority of my money!

Finally, I always have a tub of chewing gum in my bag. I like to chew on this throughout the day as it's really handy for freshening up your breath! 

I hope that you all enjoyed finding out what's in my bag! What are your handbag essentials?

Shop this post: Red Herring Black Floral Emroidered Bag (£35.00) // Academic Planner *SIMILAR* (£5.95) // Red Notebook *SIMILAR* (£4.25) // Level 3 Health & Social Care Book (£25.08) // Jack Wills Makeup Bag *SIMILAR* (£14.95) // Portable Charger *SIMILAR* (£14.99) // Michael Kors Purse (£130.00) // Chewing Gum (£1.99)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Winter Themed Makeup Look | Dark Eyes & Lips

Hello everyone!

My favourite makeup looks are always ones that I create around the Autumn and Winter months. It's no secret that I love a good warm eye shadow, and this is especially relevant in the colder months. For today's blog post I thought that I would share a makeup look that I have been wearing continually for a few weeks now. This has been my go to palette over the past few months as the undertones the shades have are perfect for this time of year.

LA Girl Pro Prep HD Smoothing Face Primer:
I usually start by prepping my face with the Benefit Porefessional but I have been loving this LA Girl primer for a little while now. This is so comparable to Porefessional in both texture and in the way it performs. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Benefit primer then I would definitely say that this one is the way to go. I love to take this in my t-zone where I get the most oiliest throughout the day. 

Milani 2 in 1 Conceal & Perfect Foundation:
Another current favourite of mine is this Milani foundation. I have mentioned this a couple of times on my blog now as I have been getting quite a lot of use from it. The coverage is really nice and it stays in place all day which is great. I have been wearing this pretty much everyday and I just cannot fault the formula. The shade is a little dark for me as I bought this when I was tanned from my Summer holiday, but it's nothing that a bit of foundation lightener can't fix!

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer:
To brighten up my under eye, forehead, nose and chin I take this LA Girl concealer. This is another product that I only recently started to use. The formula is a lot thinner than I first expected it to be, but this just means that it blends out like a dream on the skin! I will definitely be repurchasing more shades of this concealer as I have been getting on with it very well. 

Kat Von D Lock It Loose Setting Powder:
I never thought that I would find a powder that I would use more than my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte, but then I discovered the Kat Von D Lock It powder! This has been such a staple in my everyday makeup routine as it sets my makeup in place ensuring that it doesn't budge all day long. I also like that this is translucent so it doesn't add any colour to the face whatsoever.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Shadow Palette:
Taking the Naked Heat palette I mix the shades Sauced and Low Blow together. These two shades create the perfect matte transition shade and adds a nice amount of definition to the eyes to begin with. I then take the shade Cayenne, which is also matte, and blend it halfway into the crease and outer corner. To deepen the outer corner up even further I take En Fuego on a pencil brush and focus it onto the outer corner. Then I take Lumbre, which is a shimmery copper shade with golden undertones, and pack it on the centre of the lid. To finish off the look I finally use Ounce to add a pop of highlight to my inner corner and make my eyes look really wide and awake.

ELF Volumising & Defining Mascara in Jet Black:
This mascara is very self explanatory as it states exactly what it does in the name; volumises and defines. I have a few different mascaras that I am trying out at the minute but I do keep going back to this one because it's reliable and does exactly what it says on the tin. If you're looking for a very affordable (£3!!) drugstore mascara then give this one a try, it won't let you down. 

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette:
I've used this contour palette so much over the past year that I definitely need to be getting a new one sometime soon. I use the same shades religiously as they all work amazingly for me. I'm not going to go on about this palette because I have mentioned it so much on my blog, but it is truly an everyday necessity for me. 

Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette:
For highlighter I take the Sleek Solstice palette which contains three powder highlight shades and one cream shade. I like to use a mixture of the two bottom shades, one of which is more golden and one is a peachy toned highlight, and dust it onto my cheekbones and any other areas that I want to highlight. The highlighters in this palette are very buttery and look stunning when applied. 

Benefit Gimme Brow:
As I've mentioned previously on my blog, I just comb my brows through with the Benefit Gimme Brow rather than filling them in. I like my brows to look natural and, to be honest, I know that I wouldn't be able to get both brows looking the same if I did more to them! 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics X Manny MUA Velour Liquid Lipstick in Daddy:
The penultimate step in my makeup look is lips! I applied The JSC X Manny MUA Daddy lipstick as it goes with any eye makeup look. This was limited edition so it's no longer available, but I love the shade so much. The tub is almost empty so I am going to be really sad when it is completely gone. 

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Setting Spray:
Finally I spritzed my face with this amazing setting spray by Makeup Revolution. Ever since I started using this setting spray I have noticed a difference in my makeup. It increases the longevity of my makeup but it also helps to control oil and keep my face looking semi matte throughout a particularly long day.

The finished makeup look:)

That was my Winter makeup look! Let me know in the comments what your go to Winter makeup look is:)

Shop this post: LA Girl Pro Prep HD Smoothing Face Primer (£6.00) // Milani 2 in 1 Conceal & Perfect Foundation (£13.00) // LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer (£5.00) // Kat Von D Lock It Loose Setting Powder ($30.00) // Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Shadow Palette (£39.50) // ELF Volumising & Defining Mascara in Jet Black (£3.00) // Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette (£37.00) // Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette (£9.99) // Benefit Gimme Brow (£20.00) // Jeffree Star Cosmetics X Manny MUA Velour Liquid Lipstick in Daddy (*LIMITED EDITION*) // Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Setting Spray (£5.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Benefit Cosmetics Christmas Range 2017

Hello everyone!

I am getting very excited from all of the recent Christmas ranges. I was only planning on doing blog posts on the Zoella products and LUSH products, but there are so many amazing products I want to share with you; so expect more of these posts in the coming weeks!

If you hadn't already guessed by the title of this post, today's blog post is dedicated to Benefit Cosmetics. I received one of the Benefit Christmas gifts last year and the packaging was really cute. Benefit have stepped it up a whole new level this year, and I am so excited about it:)

The Great BROWnanza! (£49.50):
The first set from Benefit is dedicated to brows, and comes in two different shade options. I am actually really excited about this set as I have been getting into a good brow routine recently. I love the Gimme Brow Gel, which is obviously included in this set, but I have never tried any of the other Benefit brow products. The value of the kit is over £105 too, and I think it is amazing that you can get it for under £50!

Beauty & The Bay (£34.50):
Next up we have Beauty & The Bay; and I must say that I love the name of this set! It contains High Beam, High Brow, They're Real Mascara and Hoola Bronzer. The They're Real Mascara and Hoola Bronzer are two of my favourite Benefit products of all time, so I would definitely recommend this set if you want to try some classic Benefit products out. 

Golden Gate Glam (£29.50):
This set comes in the form of a makeup palette and includes products that are perfect for everyday use. The palette consists of the They're Real Duo Shadow Blender in Brazen Bronze, Rockateur Mini and miniature versions of the Gimme Brow Gel, They're Real Mascara and They're Real Double The Lip in Lusty Rose. 

Eye Heart SF (£39.50):
All of the Benefit sets are really great because you get a whole host of products all for a discounted price. This set in particular is worth over £77, which I think is great considering it costs under £40 to purchase. In this set you get the They're Real Mascara, Goof Proof Brow Pencil in shade 3, Gimme Brow in shade 3, a miniature Porefessional and the They're Real Tinted Primer.

GALifornia Love (£24.50):
The GALifornia blusher launched this year and I am yet to try it. The shade looks perfect for Summer as it is a gorgeous peach shade which would give a lovely flush of colour to the cheeks. You also get a full sized Roller Lash Mascara and full sized Gimme Brow Gel alongside it too. 

Cable Car Cuties (£14.50):
If you are looking for an affordable stocking filler gift set then this would definitely be the way to go. This set comes in at under £15 and includes three miniature products; Porefessional, Rockateur and Gimme Brow. Miniature products can be really useful if you are wanting to try new products but you don't want to purchase the full sized versions in case you don't like them. They are also really good for taking travelling or throwing in your handbag if you don't have a lot of space to spare. 

Hello, San FrancisGLOW (£19.50):
If you like the highlighted look then this gift set would be perfect for you. I personally love a good highlight and I would love to try the Dandelion Twinkle highlighter which Benefit recently released. This is another palette-type product which includes Dandelion Shy Beam, Dandelion Twinkle, High Beam and Watt's up. 

City Lights, Party Nights (£24.50):
This is another little set which I have on my wish list. I love sets that include makeup bags as you can reuse them, and this one is particularly pretty too. The kit contains a Precisely My Brow Pencil in the shade 3, Dandelion Twinkle mini, They're Real Double The Lip in Nude Scandal and a They're Real Mascara miniature. I have wanted to try the Benefit lip products for a while now and Nude Scandal looks like my type of shade:)

Glam Francisco (£39.50):
Glam Francisco contains four best selling Benefit products. You can also reuse the tins that the gift sets come in, and store whatever you want in them. I'm actually gutted that I threw away the tins I got last year as I really could use them for storage at the minute. The four items in the set are: Hoola Bronzer, Gimme Brow in shade 3, Watt's Up! and They're Real Mascara.

Head Over Hills (£39.50):
I can't believe how many different products there are in the 2017 Christmas range, I don't think there were as many gift sets last year! I love when brands release lots of sets though because it means that there is a lot of variation depending on people's preferences. Head Over Hills includes a full sized They're Real Mascara, full sized Porefessional Primer, full sized Hoola Bronzer and miniature Gimme Brow.

BAY-balicious! (£29.50):
BAY-balicious is the third palette style item in the Christmas range. This time the palette includes the They're Real Shadow Blender in Beyond Nude, They're Real Mascara, They're Real Double The Lip in Lusty Rose, Gimme Brow in shade 3 and a High Beam mini. 

B.right! by the Bay (£39.50):
Finally, there is only one skincare themed set this year and it's called B.right! by the Bay. I have tried a few bits of the Benefit skincare before and I really enjoyed it, so I will definitely be adding this to my wish list too. In the set there is a full sized Browvo! conditioning eye brow primer, full sized Total Moisture face cream, miniature It's Potent! eye cream and miniature Instant Comeback facial serum. 

Will you be treating yourself to any of the Benefit Christmas sets this year? I know I will!

Shop this post: The Great BROWnanza! (£49.50) // Beauty & The Bay (£34.50) // Golden Gate Glam (£29.50) // Eye Heart SF (£39.50) // GALifornia Love (£24.50) // Cable Car Cuties (£14.50) // Hello, San FrancisGLOW (£19.50) // City Lights, Party Nights (£24.50) // Glam Francisco (£39.50) // Head Over Hills (£39.50) // BAY-balicious! (£29.50) // B.right! by the Bay (£39.50) 

Until next time,
Emily xo

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Zoella Beauty Christmas Range 2017

Hello everyone!

It is getting to that time of year when there are a lot of exciting new product releases for Christmas starting to appear in shops. Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing with you some of my favourite beauty releases specifically for Christmas.

Today I am going to be sharing all of the items in the new Zoella Beauty 2017 Christmas range. I am absolutely in love with the packaging of this range, and I am also obsessed with the creative names of everything too.

Winter Wonderhand (£6.00):
Winter Wonderhand, if you couldn't already tell, is a handcream! I love the Zoella hand cream that was released last year and it is an absolute life saver in the Winter, which is when my hands get very dry and dehydrated. 

Snow Balmy Lip Balm Duo (£7.00):
This is a lip balm duo which consists of two star shaped lip balms- enriched with peony and mint. 

All Four You Mini Body Mist Set (£16.00):
I was a big fan of the miniature body mist set that was released last year and Zoe has released a brand new set this year! This time round the set contains Blissful Mistful, Snowella, Bake My Day and Gelateau. 

I'm Dreaming Of A Bath Filled With Bubbles (£14.00):
This gift set is perfect for a cosy night in as it has everything you need to pamper yourself. The set is reasonably priced, and consists of the following: Snow Bubbly Bubble Bath, Snow Silky Body Lotion, exfoliating mitts and a really cute bow headband. 

Snowella Fragrance Set (£14.00):
The new body mist for Christmas 2017 is called Snowella, which was actually Zoe's name on Twitter last Christmas! You can purchase the fragrance separately or you can get it in a gift set with the corresponding Snow Silky body lotion. 

Brew Me A Bath (£14.00):
Brew Me A Bath is probably one of my favourite sets from the Christmas range. This set contains the Splash Of Milk bath milk powder as well as the Brew Me A Bath tea bags. I have never used tea bags in the bath but these seem really intriguing, so I will definitely have to try them out!

Snowella Body Mist (£12.00):
If you don't fancy the Snowella fragrance set which also contains a body lotion then you can also buy a 100ml bottle of the body mist separately. 

You're Cracking (£12.00):
I love little gift sets that are in cracker form. The You're Cracking set includes three miniature sized Zoella products which are described as 'bathing essentials'. 

Sprarry Night Set (£11.00):
First of all I absolutely love the name of this set; it is one of my personal favourites! Sparry Night includes a body polish and body butter. The products are infused with peony, mint and cranberry. I haven't smelt any of the products in this range yet but I can only imagine how amazing they smell:)

Merry & Bright Bath Soak (£10.00):
Merry & Bright is a gorgeous shimmering bubble bath which comes in a very Tumblr-looking glass jar. I am a sucker for packaging and I think that this would look great on the side of the bath tub!

We're On A Roll Roller ball Set (£9.00):
Roller ball fragrances are so handy because you can throw them in your handbag or take them travelling. I can't believe that you get three roller ball fragrances in this set, all for just £9. I will definitely be stocking up on these because I can see myself using these all year round.

Snow Relaxed Bath Fizzers (£8.00):
There was obviously going to be some sort of bath fizzer in the range as Zoella has released bath fizzers in every new collection of hers. Last year the bath fizzers were gingerbread man shaped, and this year they are in the shape of snowflakes. These have shea butter in them so they are really moisturising for the skin too. 

A Winter Soiree Set (£16.00):
I love the little bag that comes with this set as it looks perfect for popping in your handbag with all of your makeup essentials in. The bag contains the Snowella roller ball fragrance as well as a hand cream.

No Peeking Gift Set (£30.00):
The second most expensive item in the range is the No Peeking gift set; which consists of a stocking and three miniature products. The stocking is so cute and I love the faux fur trim that it has.  

Treasure Me Gift Set (£40.00):
Last but not least; there is the Treasure Me gift set. This set is packed full with 8 amazing products, all from the Snowella range. This would be an amazing gift for someone who is a big fan of Zoella Beauty; or just beauty in general. This is definitely going to be going on my Christmas wish list too! 

Are you excited about the Zoella Beauty Christmas range? Will you be purchasing any of the products?!

Shop this post: Winter Wonderhand (£6.00) // Snow Balmy (£7.00) // All Four You (£16.00) // I'm Dreaming Of A Bath Filled With Bubbles (£14.00) // Snowella Fragrance Set (£14.00) // Brew Me A Bath (£14.00) // Snowella Fragrance Mist 100ml (£12.00) // You're Cracking (£12.00) // Sparry Night Set (£11.00) // Merry & Bright Bath Soak (£10.00) // We're On A Roll (£9.00) // Snow Relaxed Bath Fizzers (£8.00) // A Winter Soiree Set (£16.00) // No Peeking (£30.00) // Treasure Me (£40.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

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