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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Mac studio fix fluid – first impressions

Mac studio fix fluid – first impressions

With pale skin, I’ve always found it difficult to find a foundation that is basically white, but not quite white. For the past couple of years I’ve settled for the Rimmel Light Porcelain shade foundations; at such a reasonable price and of decent quality I was happy just settling for that. Recently though, with the new job and all, I’ve ben splashing the cash, so I decided to look into finding a new foundation that was truly the right shade for my skin and longer lasting than the Rimmel foundation, and to stop settling.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Rimmel products and I’ve used that foundation and nothing but for about the last three years, but I wasn’t one hundred percent happy with it. I’ve always said that you don’t have to spend a lot for good quality products, but maybe when it comes to foundation you get what you pay for?

So, I did some research and shopped around a little and ended up at MAC. I’ve never bought a foundation from MAC before so was a bit nervous but I’ve only ever heard good things about the Studio Fix Fluid, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’d read a lot about their choice of foundation shades being great for pale skin, and turns out, they are.

I decided to go for NC10, which is absolutely spot on. As you can see from the picture where I’ve blended it out, you just can’t tell its there. I am honestly over the moon, I’ve never found a foundation before that doesn’t give me a lovely line around my jaw that no amount of blending can fix. So this is amazing.

As if that wasn’t enough, it’s so long lasting! And really matte. The Rimmel was a pain for sliding off my skin and going patchy as the day went on, especially as my skin is a little on the oily side. The Studio Fix, however, stays exactly where you put it, all day long. The last three days I have put it on at eight in the morning and at eight at night it has looked the exact same.

The coverage isn’t super high, but I was only really looking for a medium coverage anyway so for me, it’s fine. Besides, it’s definitely build able. It’s not cakey at all, which the Rimmel could be sometimes.

I have to admit though, I have been wearing the foundation over the MAC prep & prime, so whether it’s as cake-free without the primer – I’m not sure. One thing is for sure though, the primer is brilliant! Lastly, I like the packaging, it’s simple and black and matte, nothing special but I like it.

Overall, I definitely think I’m going to keep buying the Studio Fix, I’m sort of regretting not trying it sooner to be honest. I guess you do get what you pay for and it is worth spending that bit extra when it comes to foundation! Don’t get me wrong, I realise that the Studio Fix foundation is not new at all and as per usual I am totally the last person to the party, but I just thought if there were any fellow pale people out there or anyone who is looking to try a new foundation then this might help.

If you’ve got a favourite foundation, and especially if you’re very pale, then please feel free to recommend me some. I’m open to trying some new foundations, I plan to stick with the MAC Studio Fix, unless I can find something even better!

Thanks for reading, make sure you follow my blog to catch my post tomorrow on hair care and keeping healthy hair! In the meantime you can find me on Twitter and Instagram.

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Favourite four – products I can’t live without

Favourite four – products I can’t live without

Before I get into this post, I just thought I’d say that I’ve made a new Instagram that’s purely for my blog (I’ve noticed some of you have been following my personal, but I barely post over there, so it seemed like a good idea), so if you want to go check that out you can follow me here and I’ll be more than happy to follow other bloggers back! You can also find my Twitter for my blog here. Alternatively, my usernames for both are @emmachxrlotte_.

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Okay, so now I’ve got my shameless self-promo out of the way, lets talk make-up. I thought I’d write a post about the make-up products that I can’t live without. A couple of years ago I’d have probably said foundation and concealer, but these days i’m not too bothered about going out without foundation – in fact I think it’s important to let your skin breathe. Instead, my products I can’t live without are as follows…

Colour Pop Ultra Satin in Echo Park. This product is a really new addition to my favourites and comes courtesy of Kate (you can find her blog here – if you check her out please tell her I sent you!) after I won her giveaway and Colour Pop lip gloss was one of the prizes. It is definitely my new favourite. This thing survived a McDonald’s El Chicken Spicy burger, a chocolate muffin and a lasagne – I think it’s safe to say it’s pretty durable. Not to mention the gorgeous colour. I’ll definitely be buying some of these in the very near future.

The Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect mascara is also courtesy of Kate. Just look at the brush on this thing, it’s amazing. Normally I’ll go over my lashes a good few times and then work at separating them out and what not, but this brush does all your work for you in literally one swipe. I don’t know how or why I haven’t come across this before to be honest, but I think I’ll be sticking with it! So thank you Kate, you’ve got some seriously good taste in make-up!

Next up is my eyelash curler. As someone with very straight eyelashes, this thing is a life saver. I couldn’t go without my eyelash curler. I’ve had this thing for a good three or four years now and it’s lasted me so well. It still looks as good as new and works as well as ever. I believe I just got this from Boots (if not Boots, then Superdrug) but I haven’t got a clue what brand it is. It’s bloody good though.

Lastly, I mentioned the Freedom Eyebrow Pomade in my Drugstore Make-up Haul and Review and my February Favourites, and I’m talking about it again because I just cannot get enough of the stuff. I’ve used it every day now for a good couple of months and I still love it. My eyebrows aren’t bad in shape, but I’ve got a few chicken pox scars in them that have left me with little bald patches, so I really hate how they look when they’re not filled in. So therefore, the Freedom Pomade would have to make my top four.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite four products are that you can’t live without, and let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought! Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for a Netflix-related post going up tomorrow!

P.S. what do you think of the photos for this post? I decided to make myself a background for my pics and this is the result! I’m sort of loving it, tbh.

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Drugstore Make-up Haul and Review

Drugstore Make-up Haul and Review

This morning I had the most perfect start to the day when the post lady turned up with a box of make-up goodies from Superdrug. I got myself a few new products, which all came to less than £30, and are going to be absolute staples in my make-up bag.

I’m going to start off with my favourite product of them all because I just can’t even express how surprised and in love I am. When I purchased the Freedom eyebrow pomade for just £5, I really wasn’t expecting a lot. I’d read mixed reviews about the product and how some stated it was a rubbish substitute for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, and so I was intrigued to see what the little thing could do. I was honestly so pleasantly surprised, it arrived in a lovely little box (packagimg_5186ing is so important for me, it’s the first impression) that didn’t look like it could be holding a product so reasonably priced as £5. The product itself is fantastic, it’s long lasting (trust me, I gave it a test and tried to rub it off – it doesn’t), it’s really easy to blend and a little goes a very long way. I also really like the shade, I went for medium brown and for once in my life I’d got the shade right first time. I would one hundred percent say that this is a perfect dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow – just as durable, just as effective and a lot cheaper. I have definitely just found my new favourite eyebrow product!

The second thing I purchased was a colour corrector palette. I’ve always been dubious about these things and have never even tried one, to be honest – I just always figured they’d make my make-up look cakey or that they’d be too much for my super pale skin. However, again I was pleasantly surprised! Just like the pomade, the packaging was really beautiful, I didn’t expect it to come in a box, let alone such a lovely box. It comes with eight different colours to hide all of your blemishes, and it does a really good job too! As I said, I’m super pale, so I always seem to have very vein-y eyelids and super dark circles under my eyes, but the peach on the top right of the palette seemed to solve
img_5184 that problem with just the stroke of a brush. It actually sits really nice under my foundation and is super creamy and lovely. I also tested the green out on my cheeks – again, pale people problems, I tend to get a lot of redness on my cheeks and so far, this seems to have done the trick. A little seems to go along way and the creaminess made it really easy to blend out and work with. Overall I’d definitely rate the palette a strong ten out of ten, I was really impressed and at just £6, I’d call that a bargain. So shoutout to Revolution for winning me over on the colour correcting (and for such nice packaging)!

I finally decided it was time to test out some different primers and mascaras. Since the Lash Sensational mascara came out, that is literally the only mascara I would ever use. But I was starting to wonder whether I was getting a bit behind with the mascara times and so finally pulled myself together and decided to give the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express mascara a shot and I haven’t been disappointed. In all honesty, I don’t really feel like its a lot different to the Lash Sensational. The main reasoimg_5187n that I loved the Lash Sensational so much was because of the curved brush shape, which the Colossal Volum’ doesn’t have, but somehow seem to do just as good a job and for £1 less (it’s £6.99 at Superdrug, a pound cheaper than Lash Sensational). Sure that £1 won’t break the bank but every little helps when you’re 19 and and saving for your mansion and Audi R8. But anyway, onto the primer. So I decided to give the Collection Primed and Ready Pore Minimiser a go – for just £4.99 I couldn’t see how I could possibly go wrong really. The main reason I decided to give this particular primer a go was because it contains Witch Hazel, which I find always works wonders on my spot-prone skin. So to be able to wear a primer that doubles over as a spot zapper sounded great to me! Overall, I wouldn’t say that the primer is as good as my usual go to primer, the NYX High Definition Primer, however, it is half the price so what do you expect? For it’s price though, I’d say the primer is really good and I’m definitely going to stick with it purely for the Witch Hazel – I think it’s worth it. Overall, I was pretty pleased with both the mascara and the primer, I’ll definitely stick with the mascara and I’ll carry on using the primer and get back to you on the effectiveness of its spot zapiness.

Lastly, I decided to try these MUA Mono Eyeshadows. At just £1 per shadow I was half expecting them to be tiny but they’re actually a really decent size. I bought the shades Oyster (a pearly-white), Chamoisee (a champagne kind of colour), Onyx (a dark graphite sort of silver) and Bronze (which has an unexpected pink tint that’s reallimg_5188y nice). As well as being a lot bigger than expected, I also thought they were pretty pigmented. It’s a shame because the picture really doesn’t do them justice – they’re really lovely colours and they’re super sparkly too. I can’t really rate them on how long they last as I only go them today, but I have had Chamoisee on since nine this morning and it’s looking just as good at four, right now. I’d definitely recommend these, I’m loving the Onyx  as a highlighter to be honest and the fact that they’re just £1 each means you really just can’t go wrong. I’d definitely recommend them!

 

Overall, It’s been one really successful drugstore make-up haul and I’m really happy with all of the products and especially seeing as it hasn’t hurt my bank balance too much! If you’ve tried any of these products, why not let me know what you thought? Or if you have some better suggestions then please let me know! Thanks for reading, make sure you stick around for a Book Recommendations post coming tomorrow!

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