Friday, 26 April 2013

Haul | What I Got For My Birthday!

So I've finally got round to doing my what I got for my birthday haul post! I got lots of lovely things brought for me for my birthday, including my trip to Brighton, and I also got quite a bit of money, vouchers and those kind of things but I thought I would just do a little haul of some of the things I got that I thought you may all be interested to see..

Topshop Nail Polish in Peaches & Cream | Topshop Nail Polish in Green Room | Real Techniques Blush Brush | Benefit They're Real Mascara | Nars Laguna Bronzer | Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara | Avon Nail Art Tool| 18 Memorabilia  
Soap & Glory Calm One Calm All Bubble Bath | Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash | Benefit How To Look The Best At Everything Kit in Light | Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream
Next Watch | 18 Pandora Charm | Dorothy Perkins Necklace
Clinique Bold Eyes To Go Kit | Barry M Topaz Glitter | Benefit Lipstick in La La Land | Cath Kidston Make Up Bag | Soap & Glory Travel Size Clean Girls Body Wash and Daily Smooth Body Butter | Cross Earrings

I'm sorry this was such a brief post, I just wanted to make sure I got round to at least showing you some of the things I got! I will most probably be doing some more in depth posts about some of these items in the future, so please be sure to let me know if there you have seen anything here that you would like to hear more about!

Emily x

Monday, 22 April 2013

My 18th Birthday!

Hello everyone! First of all, I'm so sorry I've been absent from my blog for so long.. I've been so busy and was seriously lacking in motivation. On a lighter note, I have just spent the weekend celebrating my 18th birthday!

I had such a great weekend. I went out for a meal with my family on Friday, then spent the weekend in Brighton with my best friend Rosie. I did a lot of shopping so keep an eye out for hauls and what I got for my birthday posts too! For now though, here are some photos of my weekend in Brighton..
Credit to my friend Rosie for the majority of the photography above. She also has a youtube channel where she does beauty and fashion videos. I know she is planning to upload some hauls of what she brought in Brighton and will also be uploading a vlog of the weekend so make sure to subscribe to her here if you'd like to see more of that! 

Apologies again for being missing in action for a while, I hope you will all still enjoy to read along and I promise I have lots of more exciting posts coming up. 

Emily x

Saturday, 13 April 2013

My Top Picks | Topshop Spring 2013

Although looking at the weather you would think it's the middle of winter, it actually is Spring! I've been spending a lot of time browsing online recently and thought I would show you a couple of my favourite items that I've seen Topshop have in stock this season.
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1. I really love this Hawaiian print dress. The pattern is so different to many things you would usually see and I love the cut out section at the front of the dress too. This would make for a perfect holiday outfit!

2. This top by Motel certainly caught my eye. I love how it's cropped but has the long sleeves so could be worn with shorts and not look too much. The geometric pattern is lovely too and everything about this top looks perfect for this year.

3. I will always love my floral prints so of course this top stood out to me. The colours and print of this little sun top are great for spring and summer and again this would be great for holidays too.

4. I'm a big fan of statement jewellery at the moment and this necklace is a perfect example. I really like the use of mixed metals and think this would look really great with a basic top.

5. I actually have a similar pair of sandals to these that I got a few years ago from H&M and I really love but they have probably had their day soon, so these would be a perfect replacement. I think these are the perfect pair of sandals to go with any summer daytime outfit and I love how they have the closed toe and ankle strap.

So there are just a few of my Topshop Spring 2013 top picks.. what are your thoughts on Topshop this season?

Emily x 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

NOTD | Barry M Combo

I have realised that despite constantly painting my nails and purchasing nail polishes, I never seem to blog about them. I thought that another idea for my blog would be to occasionally do these nails of the day/week posts where I just show you what I'm sporting on my nails that particular week.. so here is the first!

For this look I have gone for a Barry M combo as they are one of my favourite nail polish brands and make up about a third of my collection. The base shade is Barry M's Gelly hi-shine paint in Lychee which is a recent addition to my nail polish collection and is the perfect nude shade! I love this colour but thought it looked a little plain on the nails, so I decided to spice up the look by adding a top coat of glitter. For this I used another nail polish by Barry M in Amethyst Glitter and painted a fairly thin layer of the glitter onto the base colour to create this look. 

I think this is quite a classic nail look. I have found it goes well with almost any outfit and would look great for any occasion too! This is definitely a combo I will be wearing again.

What colour are you sporting on your nails this week?

Emily x

Sunday, 7 April 2013

MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick

I have finally made my first MAC lipstick purchase! I'm so excited about this, it's definitely been a long time coming. I hear so much about these lipsticks on blogs and youtube but I never got round to getting one because there isn't a MAC store or counter anywhere within miles of where I live for some reason.  

The only option I really had in this case, would be to order online but I worried it would be much more difficult that way, as you can't really see the colours properly, however the other week I decided to finally take the plunge!

Then came the very difficult decision of which shade to go for, and considering that I had recently been after a new coral shade of lipstick and after a lot of googling to see swatches of the different shades, I went for Vegas Volt. 

This shade is in the Amplified Creme finish. I'm not entirely sure about the differences between all the finishes of the MAC lipsticks so do let me know in the comments if you do, but I believe this one of the more creamy and moisturising formulas, which I really like as it doesn't feel too drying on the lips and has pretty good lasting power.

I absolutely love this shade. It is the perfect coral that can be worn in several ways to suit any spring or summer look. I have quite a light coverage of the lipstick on in the photo but it could also be built up to be very vibrant colour too depending on your mood.

I am very happy with this purchase and choice of shade overall and I can definitely see myself buying a couple more shades in the not too distant future! 

What is your favourite MAC lipstick? Any recommendations? 

Emily x

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Monthly Favourites | March

I can't believe it's April already.. although you wouldn't think it considering the weather at the moment! Of course, the start of a new month means another monthly favourites post is in order, so here are some of the things I have been loving throughout March!
The first product I am featuring is from a range I have mentioned a lot recently and have been a favourite of mine for a while now. It is of course the Barry M Gelly nail paints! These nail polishes have such an amazing formula and come in so many lovely shades. This month I have particularly been loving the shade Papaya, which I just think is a perfect Spring colour. 

The next products I have featured are from the range of Aussie hair products. I have used these for long time now but have found myself particularly loving them this month. I use the 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor which is a deep conditioner and the Miracle Hair Insurance leave in conditioner. These just leave my hair feeling so soft and smell lovely too!

I have also been really loving using the Real Techniques brushes. My particular favourites that I have been using everyday this month are the Buffing Brush, which I use for foundation, the Contour Brush which i use for blush or contouring, and the Brow Brush which obviously I use for my brows. These are such affordable and amazing quality brushes and I really want to get my hands on some more!

The Dermalogica Sheer Tint Redness Relief product has been a saviour for me throughout this past month. This product is great for relieving redness which I get particularly on my cheeks. It is green in colour which helps to cancel out the redness and correct your skin tone. This is also a great product to own for the summer and holidays if you're anything like me and burn very easily, as I have also found it really great in the past for concealing the redness of sunburn on my face.

The final product to feature in this months favourites is a recent purchase. It is The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter. I have really enjoyed using this. The product itself is quite thick, rather than runny, which feels very luxurious on the skin and feels like a much more expensive product. Of course the amazing peach scent is a bonus too!

What have you been loving recently?

Emily x

Monday, 1 April 2013

LOOKBOOK | Office/Work Wear

In my last outfit post I asked if anyone would be interested in seeing a post like this, showing typical outfits I would wear to work, and a few of you said that is something you would like to see. With this thought in mind, and the fact it feels like absolutely ages since I have done a fashion post, I have put together this lookbook style post for you!
Outfit 1
Blouse: Topshop 
Trousers: Next
Shoes: Office

Outfit 2
Blouse: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Next

Outfit 3
Dress: Republic 
Blazer: Topshop
Boots: Dorothy Perkins

Outfit 4
Blouse: Topshop
Skirt: Primark
Shoes: Next

Outfit 5
Top: Zara
Blazer: Topshop
Trousers: Next
Shoes: Next   

I'm aware you can't see the shoes very well in some of the outfits against the black tights so if you'd like to see a better photo of them, you can see the shoes I'm wearing in outfits 2 and 4 in this post here and the boots I'm wearing in outfit 3 can also be seen in this post here
This is my first lookbook style post so I hope you have enjoyed it and I'd love to hear your thoughts! Do you like these kind of posts?

 What do you wear to work?

Emily x