Wednesday, 18 April 2018

5 Study Tips

Hello everyone!

I mostly write about beauty on this blog but I also want to write about subjects that are useful for you, my readers. If you're in school/college/university then chances are you're going to be sitting exams at some point, and you want to be prepared as possible for them. Today I am going to share some study tips that work for me, and I hope they work for you too!

1. Leave enough time!
This first tip may be obvious but, unfortunately, a lot of people do not leave enough time to revise all of their course content before their exam. You don't want to be waiting until the week, day or hour before an exam! I find that starting with a small amount of revision about 5 months before an exam works for me, and then I revise a little bit more each week leading up to the exam, and that way I've covered everything I need to. 

2. Make a revision timetable
I always find it useful if I make a revision timetable before I start studying and then I know what I'm going to be studying each day without wasting precious revision time by searching for what topic I need to cover next. So, make a revision timetable and STICK TO IT!

3. Find a method that works for you
You definitely don't want to be sitting for hours on end copying paragraphs from a textbook, you need to find a good revision method that works best for you. It may be mind maps, flashcards or something else, but whatever it is make sure you are covering all information that could possibly show up on the exam.

4. Tidy up
There is absolutely nothing worse than sitting in a messy room trying to revise. You'll waste lots of time looking for paper, pens and whatever else you could possibly need. Tidy up whatever room you're going to be studying in and get out all of your equipment so you're not wandering around endlessly looking for things. 

5. Take breaks
This is probably one of the most important study tips, and you've probably heard it a million times but I am going to say it again! Take short breaks at regular intervals so that you don't become restless. If you sit for hours on end reading books and doing revision then you will definitely not be able to remember everything you have revised that day. What I find useful is revising for 20 minutes, taking a 5 minute break and then testing myself on what I just revised. 

So, they are 5 of my best study tips! I hope that these help you in some way. What are your study tips? 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Makeup Collection: Powders

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to be sharing all of the powders I own. I may not have that many, but the ones I do have are great and really worth sharing:)

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder:
I am always really well stocked up with this powder because it is amazing at mattifying the skin. I have been a fan of this for years and I cannot even begin to imagine how many pans of this I have went through. You really wouldn't think that this powder costs under £4 for the job it does; I would pay so much more for it! 

NYX HD Finishing Powder:
When I first discovered this powder I really liked it, and then I discovered the RCMA powder and I realised that this one just wasn't that great. This was the first loose powder I had tried and to be honest it is just too powdery and finely milled for me. More product ends up on the floor than what's actually on my face, so I find that a lot of product does get wasted which isn't great as you don't get a lot of product in this to start with. It's also a HD powder which is fine until you get your photo taken with the flash on- and then you look like a ghost!

RCMA No Colour Powder:
For about the last year and a half I have been setting my makeup in place with this loose powder. It locks my makeup in place and it doesn't budge all day, which is definitely what I need in a setting powder. It is translucent so it doesn't make my skin look super pale or super orange, and it really isn't badly priced considering one bottle has lasted me almost a year! 

Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder:
I have expressed my love for Kat Von D products, particularly base products, pretty regularly on my blog over the past year or so. The Lock It Setting Powder is the perfect addition to my makeup routine, setting my foundation in place flawlessly and making my skin appear brightened but blurred at the same time. 

Makeup Revolution Loose Banana Powder:
Banana powders have been very popular in the beauty industry and I obviously had to jump on the bandwagon, so I bought this loose banana powder from Makeup Revolution last year. I am not really sure how I feel about this product if I am completely honest. I love the pressed banana powders in the Kat Von D Shade & Light palette and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit as I can control the amount of product I pick up on my brush and the powder actually brightens my under eye area too. I don't feel like this brightens my under eye area as much as some other banana powders do, and I always end up with too much product on my skin as it is a loose powder and once it's on the skin it's really hard to brush off in time before it settles. I am going to give this one last try and if I can't make it work then sadly I will have to pass it on to someone else.

Those are all of the powders I own; some of which I absolutely love and some not so much! Do you prefer loose powder or pressed powder?

Shop this post: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99) // NYX HD Finishing Powder (£9.00) // RCMA No Colour Powder (£13.00) // Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder (£22.00) // Makeup Revolution Loose Banana Powder (£5.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Bathroom Beauty

Hello everyone!

Beauty products can be found in many places, and the bathroom is no exception to that. In today's post I am going to be sharing all of the beauty products you'll find in my bathroom.

Wilkinson Sword Extra 2 Beauty Razors:
I'm not really sure if a razor constitutes as a beauty product but it's in my bathroom so I'm including it! I love the Wilkinson Sword razors because they're gentle on the skin and removes hair right down to the skin. I definitely prefer disposable razors because they're so much easier and convenient than reusable ones too.

Johnson's Baby Softwash:
This is technically for babies but I have been loving this recently, and I even featured it in a 'Currently Loving' post. This is amazing for lathering on your legs before shaving them as it just gives a smoother shave and leaves the legs feeling extra silky soft. The scent is really gentle too and is perfect if you have sensitive skin. 

Zoella Beauty Snow Fresh Body Wash:
I know that this is a Christmas product but I am still using it in my bath/shower to get washed with. It is no longer available unfortunately but the scent is amazing and it leaves my skin feeling really clean and refreshed. 

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel:
I have been using Soap & Glory shower gels for such a long time because I always seem to receive lots of them at Christmas, not that I'm complaining! I love the miniature bottles for taking on holiday with me too. Clean On Me is such a classic Soap & Glory scent and the scent stays on you throughout the day which is always what I want from my shower gels, especially ones that smell as great as this. 

Johnson's Baby Shampoo:
My scalp has been really irritated lately and the only thing which hasn't irritated it is the Johnson's Baby Shampoo. My hair has actually never felt cleaner and I will continue to use this because it leaves my hair not only smelling amazing but feeling and looking amazing too. 

Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner:

Alberto Balsam is a really affordable brand for shampoo and conditioners, costing just £1 per bottle, but they do the job just as well as any other hair product would. The Coconut & Lychee conditioner is my favourite scent and I just cannot stop smelling my hair when I've conditioned it with this product. 

Radox Feel Recharged Bubble Bath:
I absolutely love a nice soak in a bubble bath and one of my favourite things to put in the bath, besides LUSH products, is Radox bubble bath. The Feel Recharged bubble bath is advertised for men but I like the musky scent and it makes me feel really relaxed. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel:
Moving onto skincare now, the first main skincare piece in my bathroom is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel which I absolutely swear by for removing my makeup. I definitely need to repurchase this ASAP because my bottle is very nearly empty and I don't know how I would cope without this. It removes my makeup so easily and my skin feels amazingly soft after using it too. 

Montagne Jennesse Green Tea Peel Off Mask:
The feeling of peeling off a face mask is so satisfying, it almost feels like you're revealing a fresh layer of skin. This Green Tea mask softens my skin and it feels so moisturised and replenished after using it. 

Which beauty products do you currently have in your bathroom?

Shop this post: Wilkinson Sword Extra 2 Beauty Razors (£3.99) // Johnson's Baby Softwash (£2.29) // Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel (£6.50) // Johnson's Baby Shampoo (£2.29) // Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner (£1.00) // Radox Feel Recharged Bubble Bath (£2.29) // Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel (£3.99) // Montagne Jennesse Green Tea Peel Off Mask (£6.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Spring Fashion Wish List

Hello everyone!

I haven't done a wish list post since before Christmas so I thought that I would share some Spring fashion pieces which are currently on my wish list. I am going to be doing a beauty wish list soon too, so keep an eye out for that:)

Forever New Floral Organza Sheer Blouse With Lace Trim & Flueted Sleeve:
I don't wear blouses all that often but when I saw this gorgeous lace blouse on ASOS I just wanted to buy it! I love the floral detailing to this and I think that this would look gorgeous with some black skinny jeans or even a black skirt if you really want to dress it up. 

The Jetset Diaries Floral Panel Maxi Dress:
I love a good maxi dress and I am in love with this gorgeous pink floral print design. I am going on holiday this year so this would be perfect for wearing on an evening out (it's far too nice for the beach!) with some sandals, or it could be paired with some biker boots and a biker jacket if you wanted to wear it in the Spring time when it's still chilly outside. 

ASOS Pearl Leather Look Biker Jacket:
Talking of biker jackets, I came across this lovely one from the ASOS own brand. I especially love the pearl detailing to this. This is giving me serious Grease-esque vibes right now!

Topshop Embroidered Lace Mini Dress:
Embroidery has been very popular over the past year, and I have definitely jumped on that bandwagon with a number of my purchases throughout the last year. This dress is just right up my street and I can really see myself getting a lot of wear from it too. 

Topshop 'Venice' T Shirt by Tee & Cake:
This pastel pink t shirt is very Spring appropriate and looks like it would be a great t shirt to throw on with some ripped jeans or a denim skirt when the weather gets a bit warmer. 

Topshop Rose Denim Shacket:
Another item which is in a very Spring appropriate colour is this shacket (mix between a shirt and a jacket). I have been seeing so many rose coloured fashion pieces lately and I think this shacket in particular looks lovely. 

River Island Navy Jacquard Ruched Sleeve Blazer:
I actually don't own any blazers but I have always wanted one as they are very versatile. They can be dressed up either casually or smartly, and that is what I really like about them. This blazer from River Island is a little bit different as it's patterned and has ruched sleeves, but I think it's a lovely statement piece of clothing. 

River Island Yellow Kettle Shoulder Bag:
I often stick with black handbags, and all of the bags I own are black, but I definitely want a coloured bag to add to my collection as they look great. This yellow bag from River Island is such a vibrant colour which would look amazing with jeans and a black coat to really make it stand out and take centre stage!

River Island Black Embellished Block Heel Shoe Boots:
When I saw these on the River Island website I just absolutely fell in love with them. I love block heels and I love embellishments, so these are obviously just made for me! I own a few pairs of River Island shoes and they have been really comfy and sturdy so I would love to get my hands on a pair of these. 

Pretty Little Thing Kerstin Multi Halterneck Sequin Bodycon Dress:
There are some lovely dresses on the Pretty Little Thing website, far too many to include in this post! One of my favourite dresses is this halterneck sequin bodycon dress. I absolutely love anything sparkly!

Those are some of the lovely fashion pieces I have on my wish list right now! What do you have on your fashion wish list?

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Makeup Collection: Concealers

Hello everyone!

I am back with the third installment of my 'makeup collection' series and today I will be sharing all of the concealers in my makeup collection, alongside mini reviews:)

NYX Concealer Jar:
As you can probably tell from the picture, this concealer is very well loved. I am such a fan of this concealer as it is affordable and works amazingly on my skin. This jar has lasted me ages as it has a great amount of pigmentation so you don't need to layer your skin with lots of product. The concealer is really creamy and it blends out seamlessly. I love this for concealing dark circles under the eyes and blemishes, and it doesn't crease which is a bonus too! 

MUA Pro Base Prime & Conceal Palette:
I used this palette for quite a while as it does a really great job at colour correcting and the shades are really creamy and easy to work with. A lot of colour correcting products can be on the pricier side so it's nice to have a budget option in my makeup collection. 

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer:
These concealers are quite new to my makeup collection, and I am loving them. They have been very popular within the beauty community recently as they're said to be dupes for the Tarte Shape Tape. Although I have never tried the Tarte concealer I absolutely love these concealers as they're full coverage and long lasting. I didn't think that these would be as good as they are, but oh was I wrong!

Kat Von D Lock It Concealer:
I have been a fan of the Kat Von D Lock It foundation for ages so I was very excited to receive the concealer for Christmas. The shade I have is a little light for all over my face but it's great for the under eye area as it really brightens that area up. If I had this in a slightly darker shade it would be amazing for concealing blemishes too as the coverage is just as good as the Lock It foundation. 

Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Concealer:
£2 for a concealer is such a bargain! It may not be the most amazing concealer in the world but if you're on a budget then it's a good option to go for. This isn't the most full coverage concealer but it looks really natural and also gives off a healthy glow too. The shade I have is perfect for my skin tone, I just wish it was a tiny bit more full coverage as that is what I tend to lean towards. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer:
Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer is such a staple in so many people's makeup bags, including mine. It's crazy to think that a concealer this affordable is so full coverage. This concealer literally covers EVERYTHING, including really dark under eye bags and the worst of the worst spots. I can't imagine what I would do if this concealer was ever discontinued, and I can imagine quite a few other people would be upset too!

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer:
LA Girl is quickly becoming one of my favourite makeup brands as they have so many great products that I am regularly using, this concealer being one of them. I love that this has a brush attached to the end of the tube so it makes it really easy to apply my concealer, especially on the under eye area. It is fairly creamy and blends out nicely, and brightens at the same time too. 

I hope that you all enjoyed finding out about the concealers I have in my makeup collection. What is your Holy Grail concealer? 

Until next time, 
Emily xo

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