To be read – on holiday!

To be read – on holiday!

I have just touched down today in Devon – as you can see from the super tumblr-y feature image. So expected some adventure related posts coming in the next week! Of course, a whole week of relaxing means a hell of a lot of reading for me so I’m about to catch up on all the reading that I haven’t had time to do the past couple of months. I thought I’d share with you guys what I plan to read, and if you like I could post an update at the end of my holiday to rate the books I read.

I’m aiming to read three books while I’m away, as I’ve also got a bunch of Netflix shows I want to binge on too. These are the three I plan to read, along with a little summary of what they’re about! (Side note – I totally didn’t plan the whole pink theme, but in hindsight it makes this post way more aesthetically pleasing.)

UnknownThe first book on my list, which I am absolutely dying to read, is A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. I read Beautiful Broken Things and completely well and truly loved it and so I’m desperate to read A Quiet Kind of Thunder and praying that it is just as good. The book follow Steffi, who doesn’t talk, and Rhys, who can’t hear. When Rhys starts at Steffi’s school, she is assigned to look after with her basic knowledge of sign language. As Steffi discovers her voice, she also discovers that she is falling in love with Rhys. Let’s hope the book is as good as Beautiful Broken Things, because if you haven’t already read that then you totally should – it’s a good ‘un. Plus, both of the front covers for these books are just gorgeous, they look amazing on my book shelf.

28482571Next up is Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel – courtesy of one of my best friends (thanks Em). I’ve really been wanting to read this one for a while, and I’m really excited now I’ve finally got the book. Faceless is about a girl called Maisie who’s face has been partially destroyed by freak lightening accident. Maisie’s life completely changes in the aftermath of the accident. Her whole life has been affected, not just her face. The book looks at how appearance affects relationships and day-to-day life and just how important looks are to the rest of the world. I’m actually so excited to read this, I really hope it lives up to my expectations because I feel like it’s going to be a really good story.

ANNA+UKLastly, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve been wanting to read Stephanie Perkins’ trilogy for ages. The reviews for Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After are all so so good and I’ve got no idea why it’s taken me this long to get round to reading them really! The book follows Anna’s move from her happy, comfortable life in Atlanta with her best friend, car, job and dream boyfriend, when her father decides it is time for Anna to experience culture and enrols her in an American school in Paris. Anna has no idea how she’s going to survive until she comes across Etienne St. Claire, the perfect boyfriend. However, Etienne has a girlfriend and Anna has an almost-boyfriend at home in Atlanta. So if you’re wondering what will come of Anna and Etienne, you better give the book a read!

So those are the three books I’m planning to read on my week away. Expect a couple of adventurous-photography type posts at some point within the next week as I explore this little village in Devon. In the meantime, check out my social media links to find me elsewhere on the internet, and have a lovely Easter weekend!

(P.S. if you want to hit me up on Goodreads then you can find me here, although I only recently made this account so I need to get it up to date a bit more.)

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Trying free from/vegan easter eggs

Trying free from/vegan easter eggs

You may or may not be aware that as of January I have been avoiding dairy and gluten. I was suffering from a lot of heartburn and stomach cramps and I realised that eating gluten and dairy wasn’t necessarily the cause, but was definitely contributing. Since cutting the two out of my diet (with the exception of an occasional mcdonald’s), I have been almost completely heartburn free and I barely get any stomach cramps.

However, if you’re a fellow difficult person with intolerances or allergies, or a vegan, you’ll know that it can be a pain in the ass to find alternatives. Fortunately, gluten and dairy free products are becoming more popular and it isn’t that difficult (although it can be expensive.) Yet, with easter coming up, I just kind of assumed that I wouldn’t be getting any easter eggs this year as I though Free From eggs probably just weren’t a thing. Bu thank God, I was wrong.

Turns out, your very own Tesco and Asda both sell amazing Free From eggs! I’ve done you guys a favour, and tested both eggs (it was really difficult for me, but I managed it) and I’m going to give you the low down on them. In case you’re wondering what the point of this post is… 1. it was a good excuse for me to eat some chocolate and 2. if there is anyone else out there that is absolutely devastated to be missing out on the egg action this easter, like I thought I was, I want you to know that you don’t have to!

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First up, we’ve got the Asda egg and chocolate orange discs! I really really enjoyed the egg, to be honest there’s not a lot to say because it just tasted like a normal egg. The egg is free from gluten, wheat and dairy and comes with a bunch of chocolate orange discs in the bottom (which are probably the best part). With it, I also bought some of Asda’s little packets of chocolate orange discs (which are basically chocolate buttons) and again, they were lovely. The egg is just £4 and was voted joint winner of the Good Housekeeping Free From Easter egg test 2017! The chocolate orange discs were just 37p per bag, which is really a very decent price. If you want to check out the full ingredients list, here is a link to the egg on Asda’s site. As far as I can see there aren’t any signs that the egg includes actual chicken type eggs (not easter ones), so if you have an egg allergy, you might be cool with these.

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Then there’s the Tesco egg. Again, it tasted good, not really any different to the Asda egg! However, the Tesco egg came with gold coins, so they were a bit boring in comparison to the Asda chocolate orange discs – but maybe you prefer boring? Another difference was, the Asda egg is 200g, whereas the Tesco egg is 115g, so you get more chocolate in the Asda egg. However, the Tesco egg is cheaper at £2.50, and is also part of Tesco’s 2 for £3 egg deal – which is a bargain. Overall though, it’s a really nice egg. Again, it is gluten, wheat and dairy free and as far as I can see there isn’t any real chicken eggs involved. You can check out the full ingredients list on the Tesco site here. Along with the egg, I also got these cool easter bunny shaped marshmallows, which were also gluten and dairy free – however, they’re not vegetarian or vegan friendly, so.

Overall, I did prefer the Asda egg, but the Tesco egg was definitely still a pleasure to eat. In all honesty, I’m just thankful that either of them exist or else I’d be having a pretty boring easter!

So, if you know anyone that is vegan or gluten, dairy or wheat intolerant, link them to this post so they know that easter this year doesn’t have to be egg-less! Make sure to give this post a like if you’re a fellow intolerant or if you’re a vegan and this has helped you out! Thanks for reading!

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Spring clothes haul – ASOS, Boohoo & H&M

Spring clothes haul – ASOS, Boohoo & H&M

I recently treated myself to a bunch of new clothes and shoes and what not from ASOS, Boohoo and H&M and thought I’d share them with you guys. It is a slightly spring-like haul, I mean it is probably as colourful as I’m going to get..

IMG_6498The main thing I really needed was a pair of shoes. I’ve got a lot of trainers and I could do with some smarter more actual adulting shoes, so got myself these. Don’t get me wrong, I love Vans and Converse, they’re definitely way more comfortable, but sometimes you just need some smart shoes. Plus, I think these are a little bit more spring-like, although they’re still black. I got these from ASOS and they were £22. If you want to check them out you can find them here. I found that they were really true to size and they’re quite cushioned on the soles so they’re quite comfy. I love the lace up thing that they’ve got going on and I also love the little heel with the gold around it.

IMG_6503I decided to get myself a new pair of sunnies. I already have a nice pair that I got last
year, but I decided to get another pair so I could keep one in the car for when I’m driving and get blinded. I went for some big old cat eye ones by Mango from ASOS, and I’m obsessed with them. They were a little more than I’d usually pay for a pair of sunglasses at £16, but they feel really sturdy and I just like them so much that I couldn’t say no.

IMG_6499When I went looking for clothes I didn’t plan to buy pyjamas at all, but I saw these and just couldn’t resist. Again, they’re probably a bit pricey for a pair of pyjamas but just look at them. I’m always a sucker for some nice pyjamas, I like my comfy clothes. I also think that I could probably actually get away with wearing the shorts as actual clothes – they’d be nice to wear on the beach probably. They’re really nice and silky and just generally really comfy to wear in bed. Again, they’re from ASOS, you can find them here.

IMG_6501I also got this seriously pretty top from Boohoo. I absolutely love the mesh bit at the top and the flowers. The sleeves are so so cute too. I’m not usually a cute, flowery top kind of girl but this thing is gorgeous! The only thing I’d say is – make sure you’ve got a white vest top to go underneath as it is seriously quite see-through. Otherwise, the whole top is just so pretty and spring-like. The collar also makes it quite smart so it is ideal forwearing to work. I’m looking forward to wearing it with my new shoes on Monday! It was £20 but Boohoo had 20% off so I got it for £16! If you want to have a look for yourself, here you go.

IMG_6502I’m quite a skirt lover lately – I find them way more comfortable than skinny jeans. I’ve already got a blue denim skirt, but I decided to invest in a black one. It’s basically just your average blacked washed denim skirt, but I’m really pleased with it because ASOS did a tall version of the skirt, which is so so important for lanky old me. Skirts are always miles to short on me because of my mile-long-legs, but this is actually a socially acceptable length. It also has a little bit of fringing along the hem, which is quite nice. It was just £25 from ASOS, so check it out here if you fancy.

IMG_6504Lastly, I got this black strappy top from H&M. It’s not very colourful or spring-like at all, but it’s got this sort-of velvet like texture that’s really shiny, and I love the straps. I’ve actually been wearing it backwards, to be honest, because I like it with the straps at the front (just because the straps are never seen on my back with my hair down). It was just £12, and it’s so easy to stick with anything. I quite like wearing it over the top of a long sleeve plain white top when it isn’t very warm, or with an open checked shirt. Click here to see for yourself! Nice view of my armpits right? Sorry about that!

 

Thanks for reading! Let me know which item is you favourite in the comments! Look out for a skincare-related blog post coming tomorrow. In the meantime, you can find all my social media links here and you can check out my last blog post, my March favourites, here!

P.S. who has been watching 13 Reasons Why then?! Let me know if you are LOVING it as much as I am!!

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March favourites

March favourites

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I seem to have one week where I’ll post every single day and then a week where I’ll only post like twice – not very consistent I know. However, I am here, and I’m doing another favourite because who doesn’t love a favourites? You can find my February favourites here if you like, to see what I was loving last month. I actually can’t believe it is already April. It was only December two seconds ago I swear. 2017 is flying by already! But rambling over, these are my March favourites…

spongesFirstly, I’ve been really loving these new make-up sponges I got sent. I was sent these from Basic Beauty Tools, and they’re anything but basic. They sell these little make-up sponges, which can be used wet or dry and come with this genius little stand to hold your sponge and keep it clean. It’s especially great if you use your sponges wet, because it is somewhere for it to dry hygienically. It’s a really great idea and the sponges are great quality – they literally double in size when you use them wet. Also, as you can see, the flat side and pointy tip makes them great for precision. You can really get into the corners of your eyes and around your nose. I love the way that they make my make-up look, it always looks smooth and flawless. You can check out their site here, and if you fancy grabbing yourself one you can use the discount code EMMA15 for 15% of until April 30th – how can you say no?

In other news, I’ve also been loving Tesco plants. Recently, Tesco have started succulents socks and succulentsand cacti (which we know I’m a big lover of) and not only that, but they come in gorgeous pots. I’ve already got a couple of cacti from there and a couple of rainforest-type plants in these amazing pots. They’re all such good prices and you just wouldn’t think to get plants from Tesco but I mean, aren’t they lovely? I might go check out some more supermarkets soon and see if they’re as good.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, oh my lord. Before you stop, don’t worry this will be spoiler free. I’m just going to say that if you’ve read I’ll Give You the Sun then you will absolutely love this too. It’s such a sad but beautiful story. If you’re a teenager or in your early 20s then you’re definitely a lot more likely to love this book. I got through the whole book in just over 24 hours, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a pretty unique plot and I really liked it. I realise this has been a terrible review, but I really don’t want to give the plot and the ending away as it’s just so bloody good!

tanya burr lippieI’ve also been seriously loving the Tanya Burr lipsticks. I recently mentioned in my Make-up Haul that I’d bought Pink Cocoa and since then I’ve bought Bigg Kiss and Birthday Cake, which are such gorgeous shades. I’m obsessed with how moisturising and soft they feel, they’re more like a lip balm. Not to mention the fact that they literally last all day.

Lastly, I’ve recently been coming home from work at half five and getting straight into some really comfy clothes. My favourite comfy item of clothing is currently my Victoria’s Secret yoga pants. They’re really thick and warm, but at the same time so stretchy. I love wearing them with an oversized top or jumper. They’re just my favourite at the moment. If it was socially acceptable to wear them 24/7 then I probably would because they are pure comfort. I bought mine back in January, so they no-longer have my exact pair, but you should definitely check the site out and if you haven’t already, get yourself some. I admit they’re a little on the pricey side for a pair of leggings, but they’re such good quality, they’re worth investing in.

Those are the five things that I’ve been really loving this month – I mean I’ve been loving a hell of a lot of things but these are the five things that I’ve narrowed it down to. What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments. Also let me know if you’ve been loving any of the same things as me, or have any recommendations for things I might like to include in my April favourites.

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Mega make-up haul!

Mega make-up haul!

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On Thursday after I was a proper big girl and went for a blood test without freaking out at all (no joke, I was so good about it and I’m still so proud of myself) I decided to treat myself to a load of new make-up bits from Superdrug.

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I started off with the Make-up Revolution 3 strobe highlighting palette, after running out of my previous highlighter. I was really impressed with Revolution’s Colour Corrector palette (you can find my full review on the palette here) and I’ve seen some great reviews on this palette so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve literally only just tried it out, so can’t comment on the longevity or anything, but so far I love it! This has got to be the best highlighter I’ve tried yet. It comes in a rose-y pink colour, a gold shade and silver shade. I used a bit of the pink on the apples of my cheeks and then the silver on my cheekbones and oh my word I looked like a glitter ball. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so glowy and shiny and wow. As if that isn’t enough, it comes in this beautiful rose gold box and the lid is rose gold too. I’m a sucker for rose gold, let me tell you. I love everything about the product. Not to mention the fact that it was just £8!

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I also got the MUA burning embers eyeshadow palette. With Spring here, I fancied some brighter colours, and the pinks and golds in this palette are just perfect. I’ve got a few of the single MUA eyeshadows and I’ve always found them really long-lasting and really pigmented, so I thought I’d try one of their palettes too! I’m really looking forward to spending all day Saturday playing around with the colours and trying some new shades. Again, this palette was just £8 – a great price for so many shades!

After running out of the green shade in my Revolution colour correction palette I needed a substitute, and as I’m loving Freedom’s eyebrow pomade, I thought I’d try out their Pro HD longwear green colour corrector. The corrector worked a lot like a primer beneath my foundation and seemed to even out my skin whilst minimising the redness on my blotchy cheeks. At just £3 I’d say this is a pretty good buy. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that there is a brush attached to the end of the tube, so you can paint it straight onto your face – something I really liked. I’m forever scrubbing make-up swatches and marks off my hands, so it’s nice to be able to apply it straight to my skin.

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Of course, being the lipstick lover I am, I couldn’t order make-up and not buy and lip products. I was only planning to buy one, but accidentally ended up with three products, but I have no regrets. I’m sure most of you aren’t strangers to the Barry M Matte Me Up lip kits, as they seem to be everywhere right now. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers expressing their love for the kits and describing them as dupes for the Kylie lip kits. I have to be honest, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I’m a big fan of the NYX Lingerie line, but these lip kits even beat the Lingeries. Although it is matte, it somehow doesn’t feel dry at all. It feels nice on, it seems to be lasting me well as I’ve been wearing it for six hours now and it’s survived two bacon sandwiches so… I got shade ‘Go To’, which is a gorgeous colour. The kits are just £6.99 at Superdrug, which is a seriously decent price to say you’re getting a lip liner here too. So far, I can’t really fault the kit! I’m not going to lie, Barry M aren’t ever near the top of my list when I think of make-up products, it’s the kind of brand I used to use when I was twelve and knew nothing about make-up (not that I do now, really). However, after my experience with the lip kit, I think I’ll make an effort to explore more of Barry M’s products!

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I also decided to get myself a Tanya Burr lipstick. I’ve tried some of Tanya’s products before, but for some reason never any of her lipsticks. I was mainly drawn to the lipstick because of the packaging tbh. I just love the gold and the ‘Tanya Burr Cosmetics’ on the lid. But the lipstick itself was equally as gorgeous actually! I got the shade Pink Cocoa, with most of the others being very red or very pink – neither of which I’m a big fan of – this was probably the only shade I really liked. It definitely is a lovely shade though, it’s a nice nude-y pink, exactly the kind shade I already own ten of. It also felt really moisturising and creamy, something I love in a lipstick. The product was just £6.99, another really reasonable price. I’ll definitely buy more of these.

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Lastly, I got the Revolution Rose Gold lipstick in the shade Chauffeur, which is a darker pink than the Tanya Burr lipstick. I was really surprised that the lipstick smells quite strongly of vanilla, which is actually really really nice. Again, the packaging was really nice – as I said, a sucker for rose gold. Like Tanya’s lipstick, it was quite creamy, but I did find that it wasn’t that pigmented. I don’t know, maybe it’s just the shade I’ve got, and this is how it’s meant to look, but once on, it wasn’t very defined and looked quite like more of a shimmery pink. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like how it looks on, it’s really nice and subtle actually, but it how it looks on is definitely quite different to what it looks like. Still a really lovely product though, and looks great on!

So that’s all I bought! Look out for some make-up looks featuring these products – I’ll probably post some this weekend. I hope you enjoyed, you can find all of the products over on Superdrug. But for now, i’m off to watch Coronation Street, Broadchurch and then I’m going straight to sleep because this one hour difference has well and truly scrambled my brains. While I’m off catching up on my sleep, feel free to find me on my social media accounts, my links are all here.

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