Monday, 23 October 2017

Get Halloween Ready With Rimmel | Shades Of Black Collection*

Hello everyone!

Rimmel are one of my favourite drugstore brands, and I was very excited when they sent me their new Shades Of Black Range. The Shades Of Black range was designed by singer Rita Ora; and the shades are absolutely perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. In today's blog post I thought that I would share some of my favourite items from the collection:)

Oh My Gloss! Lip Glosses:
The first three items from the range are the Oh My Gloss! lip glosses. The three shades that I have are Desire, Moonlight and Rita's Black. Desire is a lovely dark red shade, and I can definitely see myself wearing it in the Winter months. The other two shades are perfect for Halloween as they are very daring; one is a dark blue shade and the other is a deep black. I have never worn a blue or black lip product before so I was very intrigued to try them out. I definitely wouldn't wear these on a daily basis but they are very bold and certainly make a statement! As far as application goes; the formula is on the thicker side but they do glide on the lips really evenly. The glosses do also have a strong perfume scent to them, which I personally like, but I know that the scent won't be to everyones taste. 

60 Seconds Nail Polishes:
I also have three of the 60 Seconds nail polishes. These nail polishes are really nice as they have an amazing quick drying formula which means that you don't have to sit around for ages and wait for your nails to dry. There are seven different shades in the collection and I have three of them; Midnight Ting, Darkest Desires and Matte Black. I love Midnight Ting as it is a gorgeous plum shade with hints of sparkle to it. I also love Darkest Desires and have been wearing this the most often out of the three shades. Darkest Desires is a very deep blood red shade. The final shade is Matte Black, and it is pretty self explanatory. I don't really wear black nail polishes but I think that this would look lovely alongside a glittery accent nail. 

Wonder'fully Real Mascara:
The Wonder'fully Real Mascara has been repackaged in light of the Shades Of Black Collection. I had never tried the mascara in the previous packaging, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I have to be honest; I am not the hugest fan of this mascara and I don't think that I will be using it again. The mascara does make my lashes very dark and long, but it also makes them look clumpy. I am not the biggest fan of the clumpy lash look, but if that's what you like then you might just enjoy this mascara.

I am absolutely loving the lip glosses and nail polishes at the moment. Definitely let me know what you think if you decide to try them out:)

Shop this post: Oh My Gloss! in Desire // Oh My Gloss! in Moonlight // Oh My Gloss! in Rita's Black // 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Midnight Ting (£2.99) // 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Darkest Desires (£2.99) // 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Matte Black (£2.99) // Wonder'fully Real Mascara (£7.99)

Until next time,
Emily xo

*The products featured in this blog post were sent to me for review but all opinions are my own!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

My Netflix Picks

Hello everyone!

I have been wanting to change up the content on my blog for a while, so I will be doing a few lifestyle related posts in between beauty posts. I am a huge Netflix watcher so I thought that today I would share my favourite things to watch on Netflix. I hope that this gives you some ideas of new shows and movies you can watch:)

P.S. I won't be giving away too many spoilers in this post!

Atypical is quite a new TV series to Netflix and I enjoyed the first season so much that I watched all 8 episodes in one day. The whole show is about a boy called Sam, who has autism, and he wants to start dating. If you are looking for a comedy programme which is also serious in some places too; then definitely check this one out. 

Making A Murderer:
I watched the whole first season of Making A Murderer in just a few days when it was first released. I am sure you have all heard about this show because it was very popular when it first came out, but I will give you a brief backstory on it. Making A Murderer was filmed over 10 years and is based on a man called Steven Avery who was wrongly convicted of rape and murder, and has spent over 20 years in prison. I don't think there is an official date for season 2 yet, but I still can't wait to watch it.

The Keepers:
One of the most recent TV series' I have been watching is The Keepers. I love true crime related series' so I knew before I started watching that I would really enjoy this one. The Keepers is a true story about a nun, called Cathy Cesnik, who was murdered around November 1969 and January 1970. To this day, the murder has not been solved but there are a number of theories on who committed the murder. 

What Happened To Monday:
This is the only film I am going to recommend in this post- and boy was it a good one! I was completely hooked on this film as the story line is really gripping. The film is very recent to Netlix and is about septuplets who were born in the midst of a one child policy. The sisters are all named after days of the week, and they are only allowed to leave their home when the day of the week corresponds with their name. It is quite a tricky storyline to explain but I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I would definitely recommend it. 

Pretty Little Liars:
Pretty Little Liars is such a classic TV series and I was so sad when it came to an end. I have watched all 7 seasons at least three times through, and I am not ashamed to admit it! The whole concept is really interesting and once you've started watching it you just can't stop- or I couldn't anyway!

The TV series which I am currently watching is 3%. I am only a few episodes in but I am enjoying it so far. The show is based on a world which has two very different sides to it. 97% of the world's population are living in awful conditions, and 3% are given the chance to make it onto the 'better side' of the world.

Stranger Things:
The final thing I am going to recommend watching on Netflix is Stranger Things. Season 1 of Stranger Things was really good and season 2 is being released very very soon. All of the actors are amazing and I can't wait to see what season 2 brings:)

Those are all of my recommendations for what to watch on Netflix! What are your favourite shows to watch?

Until next time,
Emily xo

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A/W 2017 Fashion Wish List

Hello everyone!

Hands down, my favourite seasons for fashion have got to be Autumn/Winter! In today's blog post I thought that I would share with you some of the lovely fashion bits I have had my eyes on recently:)

River Island Faux Fur Trim Fallaway Coat in Grey (£95.00):
I purchase the majority of my clothing from River Island. Their items may be a little more on the pricier side for a high street retailer; but everything I have ever bought from them has been really good quality. I have a few items from RI on my wish list and the first is this faux fur coat. I love the faux fur trim on the coat and it just looks really cosy and warm. I can tell that I would get a lot of use from this coat too because it is grey; and grey goes with most, if not all, colours!

River Island White Necklace Detail Sweatshirt (£35.00):
I love a good cosy jumper for the Winter time. I love this jumper in particular as it is very simple with just a little bit of detailing to it. I love the beads and gems which are placed to look like a necklace. I think that this would look lovely with some ripped jeans and a pair of black ankle boots. 

Topshop New York Embroidered Slogan Shirt (£29.00):
This shirt is very different to what I would usually go for, but I love it all the same. This shirt has some gorgeous embroidered detailing to it; including the very famous New York sky line. I also really like this because it is very versatile and you could wear this shirt casually or you could dress it up. 

Topshop Maison Faux Fur Sandals (£32.00):
I am already getting a sense that faux fur is very much 'in' this season, as I have seen so many different items with fur detailing to them. These sandals being one of them! I'm not sure when I would get the opportunity to wear these but they look really pretty. Again, like the shirt I mentioned previously, I can imagine these being worn with either a casual outfit or a more formal/dressy outfit. 

New Look Burgundy Satchel Shoulder Bag (£19.99):
Burgundy is one of my favourite colours to wear, and accessorise with, in the A/W time. This burgundy bag is lovely and I think that it would look really nice with a camel coloured coat. The bag looks really spacious inside so I think that it would make the perfect work/school bag too.

M&S Block Heel Embroidered Ankle Boots (£49.50):
Pretty much all I live in nowadays are heeled ankle boots, which is why I just had to share this pair in this post. They are from M&S and they are black boots with some lovely embroidered detailing. I have bought a number of embroidered items recently including an embroidered handbag and jacket. 

What do you have on your A/W fashion wish list?!

Shop this post: River Island Faux Fur Trim Fallaway Coat in Grey (£95.00) // River Island White Necklace Detail Sweatshirt (£35.00) // Topshop New York Embroidered Slogan Shirt (£29.00) // Topshop Maison Faux Fur Sandals (£32.00) // New Look Burgundy Satchel Shoulder Bag (£19.99) // M&S Block Heel Embroidered Ankle Boots (£49.50)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

About Me: A To Z

Hello everyone!

Today's post is going to be a little different as it is not beauty related (absolutely shocking, I know!). I recently realised that when I first starting blogging, around 3 years ago now, I never really introduced myself or shared any information about me. It might be three years late, but today I have put together an A to Z dictionary all about me!

P.S. I am so annoyed because the only letter I couldn't think of a fact for was q! I spent ages trying to think of one but I just couldn't:(

In case you didn't know, this is moi! 

A: A Sprinkle Of Emily
A Sprinkle Of Emily is obviously the name of my blog. I'm not really happy with the name and have tried to change it a few times, but it just doesn't feel right every time I change it. 

B: Balloons
I absolutely HATE balloons. Whenever I am around balloon, particularly when children have them, I get really anxious in case they pop. I think that this is quite a common phobia and if you didn't know then the official term for a balloon phobia is globophobia.

C: Capricorn
My Birthday is January 11th so that makes me a Capricorn. I love reading my horoscope online and in magazines. I would like to think that horoscopes are real but 99% of the time it's absolute nonsense! 

D: Dressing Table
My pride and joy of my bedroom is my dressing table. I clean it everyday and I am always re organising my makeup which is inside the drawers. I will be doing an updated makeup collection but I am trying to hold it off until the New Year as I have already done one earlier this year. 

E: Emily
If you couldn't tell by my blog name; my name is Emily! I don't have a middle name, although I often wish that I did. 

F: France
The first place I ever went abroad to was France. I actually went on a school trip about 3 years ago and I had a really good time. On the same trip we also visited Belgium which was only a short drive away. I visited some interesting places in both including the In Flanders Field Museum, Bellewaerde Theme Park, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Nausicaa Sea Life Centre. I will include some images in this post so you can see what I got up to whilst I was there. 

G: Glitter
I am a typical girl- AKA I love anything glittery! My glitter obsession is real. I have a pair of glittery gold boots from River Island which I pretty much wore everyday for a year straight, and I still continue to wear them today just not as often. I did feature the boots in my 2016 favourites but I will show a picture of them in this post too. 

H: Home Alone
My favourite film of all time is Home Alone. I absolutely love the first and second film and watch them all year round, which is probably why I'm always in the Christmas spirit! I haven't seen the third film but I have heard that it isn't half as good as the first two. 

I: Imagination
I have a really vivid imagination and I used to always write stories and novels. One of my short stories was actually featured in a short story book a few years ago. I would include a picture in this post but I have no idea where the book is, but it is somewhere in my house! I do want to continue with my story writing as it really brings out my imaginative side. If I ever write something good enough then I may post it on my blog; we'll just have to see:) 

J: Justin Bieber
I used to be the BIGGEST Justin Bieber fan. I still am a big fan but not as much as 6 years ago; when my bedroom walls were covered in JB posters. Also, in November 2011 I actually met the man himself! I won a competition to meet him at the Westfield Centre in London when he was switching on the Christmas lights. I did get a photo with him but it's really embarrassing. I will include it in this post but I am going to hide the faces haha! 

K: Kiwi
My favourite fruit is Kiwi. There isn't really much to say about this, apart from I think it tastes really yummy.

L: Liquid Lipsticks
For a long time now I have only worn matte liquid lipsticks. I prefer liquid lipsticks over regular bullet lipsticks as I find they generally last far longer on the lips and they are also easier to apply in my opinion. I have done a whole blog post on my favourite liquid lipsticks, so do check that out if you're interested:) 

M: Midwife
I have wanted to be a midwife for the longest time ever now. It is such a rewarding, and challenging at times, job. In the next few years I am going to be going to University and when that arises I will be studying midwifery. Hopefully in five years time I am a fully qualified midwife!

N: Newcastle
I'm not sure if you many of you know this, but I am from Newcastle. And it's the one in England not Australia btw!

O: One Hundred And Thirty Nine
One hundred and thirty nine. How many lipsticks I owned when I last counted. I love my lip products and I love to have options, even if I only ever wear the nude liquid lipsticks in my collection!

P: Pets
I don't have any pets but my grandparents have two cats, Toby and Bubbles, which I absolutely love and have featured on my blog a few times now. Although I love cats I think that I will probably end up getting a pet dog as I would love to take it out on walks. 

R: Reading
I love to read on a night time before I go to bed. I recently finished reading The Start Of Me And You as well as History Is All You Left Me, both of which were great reads. I often have two or three books on the go at one time; and once I've started reading I find it really difficult to stop. 

S: Shopping
Aside from blogging, shopping is definitely my favourite hobby. I love going to the shops and browsing through makeup and clothes, but I also love online shopping too. I have been cutting back on my spending and saving up as we're approaching Christmas but I still love treating myself every now and again. 

I have a condition called TMD, which is short for Temporomandibular Disorder. I have had the problem for a few years now and it is basically where my jaw, both sides, click and pop. It can be very painful and causes a host of other medical problems such as ear infections too, but it definitely doesn't stop me from talking too much! 

U: Unicorn Trend
First of all I would just like to thank Charlotte for this idea. I was having a really hard time trying to think of something to write under the letter u, but I think this suffices. The unicorn trend has been a very big part of 2017 and I have only recently picked up on the trend. I may be a little late to the party but I have been loving the I Heart Makeup Unicorn Heart Highlighter. The product is just absolutely stunning and deserves a lot more recognition. 

V: Vision
You've probably noticed by my Instagram photos; I wear glasses! My glasses are for viewing things that are far away (so I am short sighted) and I actually have really bad eye sight. If I take my glasses off I literally cannot see anything past a metre away! I did try contact lenses a few weeks ago as I wanted a change from glasses, but I just couldn't get the hang of them so I'm sticking to glasses for now at least. 

W: Winter
My favourite season is Winter. I love the dark nights and cosying up in front of the TV with fluffy pyjamas on. One of the other reasons why I love Winter is because of Christmas. Who doesn't love Christmas?!

X: X Ray
Another medical fact about me is that I have only ever had one x ray in my life. I broke my right little finger a few years ago and that was the very first, and last, time I had an x ray. This is all I could think about writing for this section as there really aren't that many words beginning with x!

Y: YouTube
I watch a significant amount of YouTube; especially makeup related videos. Some of my favourite YouTubers include Jeffree Star, the SacconeJolys, Manny MUA and Shaaanxo. I have actually always wanted to start my own channel but I don't have the confidence to do it. In the near future I might consider starting a channel but I am quite happy just blogging at the moment. 

Z: Zoo
I have only been to the zoo a handful of times but it's one of my favourite places to go on a day out. I have been to Edinburgh Zoo this year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also went to Blackpool Zoo a few years ago and that was really good too. I have a few photos that I took in Edinburgh Zoo, but I don't think I have any from Blackpool unfortunately.

I would like to thank Alexandra for this really great idea (read her post here). I would love to know more about my readers too, so leave an interesting fact in the comments about yourself!

Until next time,
Emily xo

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

If I Had £5K... | Designer Wish List

Hello everyone!

Have you ever fantasised about what you would buy if you miraculously won £5,000; because I certainly have! I often spend hours browsing designer websites lusting over the latest fashion and beauty pieces, but I very rarely splash out and give in to temptation. In today's blog post I thought that it would be really fun if I shared what luxury items I would buy if I had £5,000 to spare!

Michael Kors Margaret Leather Ankle Boot in Black (£195.00):
I only own two Michael Kors products but I am definitely looking to expand my collection. I have a MK handbag and purse, so I think the next item I would buy is some shoes. I love these boots in particular as they have a nice sized heel and they are black; and black goes with everything! They also look like they would last a very long time as MK products in general are really good quality pieces.

Ted Baker Gem Garden 8 Wheel Medium Suitcase (£265.00):
If you had £5K you probably wouldn't think of buying a suitcase, but I have wanted a Ted Baker one for years! I have seen countless images on Instagram of Ted Baker suitcases and they just look so aesthetically pleasing, but sturdy and practical at the same time. I saw this particular one on the House of Fraser website and I just fell in love with it; however I probably don't do enough travelling to justify investing in this suitcase at the moment. 

Burberry The Kensington Extra Long Heritage Trench Coat (£1,495):
I don't think I could ever justify buying this trench coat, even if I do really like the design. Burberry is such a luxury brand and I would love to have some of their fashion pieces in my wardrobe, but they are SUCH an investment. I love trench coats in general and you can get some really nice ones from high street stores. To be honest, I actually think that I would be scared to wear this coat in case it got damaged! 

La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation (£85.00):
The most I have ever spent on a foundation is around the £30 mark, so buying a foundation that is almost £100 would definitely be a step up from that. I hate using high end foundations as it is because I know that when I run out I will have to repurchase, but I can't imagine how much I would be spending if I repurchased this every other month or so. Apart from that, I have only heard great things about this foundation so I would definitely love to try it out if I was ever lucky enough to do so. 

Sophia Webster Chiara Black Iridescent Heels (£450.00):
I recall seeing these gorgeous heels on Instagram a while ago, and they truly are breathtaking. I absolutely love these shoes as the butterfly design is very original. I don't think I have ever seen a pair of shoes as gorgeous as these ones are, and they come in a whole range of colours and designs if you aren't a fan of the black suede and iridescent wings.

YSL Small Lou Lou Chain Bag in Pale Blush (£1,250):
I am usually only a fan of black handbags but when I saw this pale pink YSL handbag on their website I instantly wanted it. I love the colour and the design in general of the bag, even though I am not usually a fan of long chained bags either. These bags also come in a number of other colours so there is definitely something for everyone. The one thing I don't like about the bag is that there is no zip fastening but that is just me being picky:) 

Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour (£70.00 each):
Christian Louboutin is famously known for their red soled shoes, but they have also released a beauty range. I have my eyes on their range of matte lipsticks because, as we all know by now, I love a good matte lipstick. These lipsticks are going to set you back £70 per lipstick which I would usually think is ridiculous for one lipstick, but the packaging is just too luxurious. This is definitely more of a collectors item and I am not sure whether I would even use the lipstick because it just looks too nice to spoil!

GUCCI Embroidered Sneakers (£395.00):
As much as it is nice to have lots of expensive heels, it is always nice to have a nice comfy pair of flats to wear. I have saw lots of hype online about these trainers but I don't know how I would feel about spending so much on a pair of trainers, even though they are really nice. I also love the little bee design on the side of them, it's so cute.

Prada Sunglasses (around £180.00):
The final thing I would buy is a pair of Prada sunglasses. The most expensive sunglasses I own at the minute are from Ted Baker and they were about £150, so these aren't too much more expensive. I don't really get that much opportunity to wear sunglasses as I live in England and we don't even get much sunshine even in Summer, but I would take them on holiday with me. There isn't a specific style that I have on my wish list, as I would love any of them, though! 

Total wish list cost: £4,385

Let me know in the comments what your dream designer purchases are!

Shop this post: Michael Kors Margaret Leather Ankle Boot in Black (£195.00) // Ted Baker Gem Garden 8 Wheel Medium Suitcase (£265.00) // Burberry The Kensington Extra Long Heritage Trench Coat (£1,495) // La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation (£85.00) // Sophia Webster Chiara Black Iridescent Heels (£450.00) // YSL Small Lou Lou Chain Bag in Pale Blush (£1,250) // Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour (£70.00 each) // GUCCI Embroidered Sneakers (£395.00) // Prada Sunglasses (around £180.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

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