Thursday, 9 July 2015

My new love: Bumble & bumble

I've kind of fallen in love with Bumble and bumble... I know, I know, have I been hiding under a rock?! I had a spur of the moment decision to just go all out and buy a few things I have been eyeing up for a while and just got over the price tag! Here are the select items I went for!

I've wanted a hair mask for a while and scoured the internet looking for all sorts... that's when I stumbled across this, the BB Creme de Coco Tropical Riche Masque. I've only used it once but my God, this stuff is amazing, it also smells incredible! It left my hair so shiny and soft and you only need to have it on for 7 minutes, which is a lot less than some other hair masks out there!

 I read about this shampoo on another blog - Nouvelle Daily - and thought, 'that is exactly what I need'. I make a thing of always washing my hair on a Sunday, making sure the end of the week leaves me feeling good about starting a new one! This ultra purifying shampoo is a cleansing concoction to leave hair super duper shiny and full of life, helping to remove all the crap build up from the week before. This shampoo manages to cleanse the hair, without stripping it, though it should really only be used once a week to avoid it making your hair dry and parched. I've only used this twice but so far so good! The most recent time I used the masque after, and that was when I think my hair has felt its best, ever.

This final product wasn't something I was planning on purchasing, but the sales woman at Boots did a good job and it somehow ended up in my basket, and thank God it did! This is the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer, a pre-spritz  to ensure your hair is protected and stays soft and supple between washes. It also comes with a whole host of benefits, it detangles, softens, acts as a heat and UV protector and de-frizzes. A little also goes a long way, which is how I justified buying it as at £19 this is pretty pricey, but i figure it will last a long time!

Have you tried any Bumble & bumble? What's you're favourite range?

Emma xx

Cornwall Photo Diary

Hello everyone, it's been a while hasn't it?! 

I've been away again spending some time with my family down in Cornwall. Cornwall is one of my favourite places to visit, not only because it means I get to see my family, but also because it's just so lovely! Full of culture, food, drink and some of the most amazing beaches the UK has to offer! It was a much needed break, even though it doesn't feel that long ago since I was in Mexico! I definitely came back down to Earth with a bump today, back to work for my final few weeks of placement (7 and counting!). I hope you enjoy flicking through these photos and hopefully it inspires you to go down and enjoy it too!

Emma xx


Saturday, 20 June 2015

June Wishlist

I haven't done one of these for a while and it's about time I give you my wishlist which has been mounting ever since March! With the addition of birthday money this is a dangerous position to be in - I may well purchase the majority of this list!

Emma xx

Saturday, 30 May 2015

May Favourites

It's the end of another month and that can only mean one thing... time for another favourites post! I haven't done one of these since March but I think that's because I was just so busy in April. I feel like in the past few weeks I have found some real gems that will 100% hang around as permanent fixtures in my stash!

First up is a new perfume purchase, I've wanted this for ages, since it came out really, and when I found it on offer I couldn't resist! Dolce is a feminine, fresh fragrance and embodies the "delicate balance between timeless craftsmanship and innovation...". The heart notes feature White Amaryllis and Water Lily, and base notes include Cashmeran and Sandalwood. If you like fresh floral scents I would definitely recommend this one!

Next up is a foundation I mentioned in a previous post, the Dior Skin Forever Fluid Foundation. The more I use this the more I love it, the packaging, formulation, shade and wearability are all amazing. If you want to read more about it just click on the link above to hear about the product. I've also mentioned Roller Lash in the same post, and as per, this stuff is great, I always have fantastic things to say about this product, and nothings changed.

I know I'm a bit behind with this next product but.... Eight Hour Cream, where have you been all my life?! I have suffered from dry hands for a while, especially over winter. This stuff isn't just for hands though,  you can shape brows, revitalize shine, and smooth cuticles and nails. This award winning hand cream has also been praised by make-up artists and beauty editors for many years now and no self respecting model would be without this cult product in their make-up bag. 

Finally, a new nail colour from Mavala in Orchid Mauve. This is now my new perfect nude... I've been wearing it for weeks, back to back. It's long lasting, has a nice shine and works with any outfit. 

What are your favourite items this month?!

Emma xx

Sunday, 24 May 2015

No7 Early Defence Range

Now you may or may not be aware that No7 recently launched a new collection into their already very popular current skincare range: Early Defence. This new range is aimed at younger women and is a preventative type of skincare, to keep skin looking younger for longer. The product claims to have Double Defence technology and a super light formulation - the latter I totally agree with, it's not heavy and is perfect before your foundation. The product is particularly aimed at 20-35 year olds with 'younger' complexions. Now, I know I'm only 20 (21 in a month!) so starting rather early with the anti aging-esque products but I guess you have to begin somewhere!

This product does feel heavy when you first apply, but as I mentioned earlier, once applied it absorbs into your skin and leaves a perfect base for your make up. It also doesn't affect the longevity of my makeup which is a great positive of the product - meaning I can have all the benefits from a moisturiser and know that my make up won't slide off my face mid-way through the day.

The ingredients include Lipopeptides and Vitamin A which are your anti aging properties, to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It also claims to help against everyday environmental pollution and UV rays and as always with No7 Day Creams, it has SPF15, so you know even if your foundation doesn't have an SPF in, your skin will still be protected. It's also hyperallergenic, perfect for my sensitive skin!

I would 100% recommend this, and you have a selection of products to choose from as there's a Day, Night and Eye Cream available. Grab your own either in store or online.

Emma xx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hauling #3

This post has been a long time coming, since I've been back in England (in other words duty free) I've had a thing for premium beauty, and when there's money off I can't find an excuse not to buy it! So the mixture of Boots discount and duty free both sides of the Atlantic have resulted in some serious harm to my bank account. Some of these items are relatively new, and some literally brought this week so a review may be coming your way soon!

This haul consists of twos... two mascaras, two foundations and two lip products... Lets start with the foundations. I love a good bargain and these two were picked up at the staff shop where I work. First up is the Lancome Photogenic Lumessence in the shade 01. I've been using this this week and I can already say I'm a fan. The shade, texture and durability are all great positives, though I wouldn't quite agree with 14 hour wear, however it does come close! It also has SPF 15 so means your skin is covered against the harmful rays from the sun. The next foundation is one from Dior, Dior Skin Forever Fluid Foundation in the shade 010. I haven't used this yet but I'm very excited to, it claims to last all day, have great blendability and creates a smoother, more even complexion day after day. I also loveeee the packaging on this - I know, not something which should determine whether I buy a product or not but don't worry it wasn't the only factor which persuaded me to buy!

Next up are the mascaras, I've been waiting agessss to buy Benefit's Rollerlash in full size ever since I got my free sample in Elle, so the wait is finally over! I love the formula of this mascara, its not too dry and the curl you get with this wand is probably one of the best I've seen. The other mascara in the pipeline is Lancome's Hypnose Mascara, again, I haven't tried this yet but very excited to test it out.

Finally the lip products, I've wanted both of these for ages and I was able to get them while on holiday. First, the Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in the shade curvy candy. This is quite a sheer pink, perfect for day to day wear and the texture and wear is really good. Then there's the Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Rose Surprise, haven't had a chance to wear this yet but I love the corally-pink shade.

So that's my premium beauty haul! Are there any premium products you have your eyes on?

Emma xx

Saturday, 9 May 2015

My Beach Essentials!

Whether your in the UK heading off to a day trip to the beach or living the dream spending time on some white sands, a properly stocked beach bag is essential. Below are my top 5 must haves...

Suncream: Pretty obvious, no? I brought a few different options with me but this was the one I took with me to the beach... no particular reason why I chose this out of the two I brought really, it's a high factor and I didn't find it to be too sticky, which I hate when you're on the beach - sand and stickiness are an absolutely awful combination if you ask me!

Music: I loveeee listening to music while on the beach, it sets my mood and I also use it as a timer for when to turn over... anyone else do that, or is it just me? Three songs then switch?!

Kindle: I also found I brought this with me, we had wifi on the beach so it was handy to have to watch a quick film on Netflix or play some games - gotta have entertainment while on the beach!

Reading material: I brought two magazines with me and a book this year. The book of choice was Paper Towns which I really enjoyed so would recommend if you haven't already read it! However I must say I find articles much easier to read on the beach, they're smaller and much easier the conquer while sunning yourself!

Avene Eau Thermale: This little can of water was so handy while on the beach, whether it's to help cool down or even to just rinse your hands, it was just nice to have it with me, and it's dinky little size meant it was easy to carry round.

Of course there were other things with me on the beach - let's not forget my trusty pair of sunglasses which literally never left my head and also my leave in hair sun protection spray which I used every morning before I left for the beach - we mustn't forget to protect our hair!

What are your beach essentials?

Emma xx


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