Monday, 30 June 2014

My Summer Face

Summer time comes around and it's time to change up your face. Here's the rundown of my summer makeup...
Most people tend to ditch the foundation in the summer months, but I find that BB and CC creams are too much for my oily skin. My foundation of choice is Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, it's lightweight but gives a medium to full coverage, but somehow still looks natural. I set my foundation with the Ben Nye Cameo powder, it's super fine milled and doesn't give a powdery look, but keeps my oily t-zone matte. I also use MAC Studio Finish concealer and Benefit Erase Paste, both creamy. The first is used for blemishes and the Erase Paste is for my under eye. 

I flit between my Nars Laguna Bronzer and Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer for the obvious bronzing of the face. Sometimes I use both, just because it gives a really nice sun kissed finish. I use Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for my blush, and depending on the day I either use Pale Pink or Calypso Coral. Both set really nicely, looking natural on my pale skin. They can go on really lightly or really bright depending on the application. I use my fingers most of the time for application, but a stippling brush also does a nice job. 

Brows are my best friend at the moment and I love Soap and Glory Archery in combination with the Maybelline Brow Drama brow gel. Archery adds definition and colour to my brow, where the gel sets my brows with a tint of colour. They look natural as far as I'm aware and I love it. 

I've been doing my eyes more natural recently, I've been using the Smashbox Limitles 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Rose Gold and then I use the Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Blonde which I usually use as a crease colour. If I want to add a bit of drama then I use the Bare Minerals loose eyeshadow, but the colour has rubbed off. I received a sample of the YSL Babydoll Mascara and it's amazing… I get defined eyelashes, each lash is separated and they look really long.

Oh I forgot to mention the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal… my favourite highlighter at the moment, it's creamy and smooth and looks like I'm glowing. LOVE.

As far as lips are concerned, I change it up most days… look to my previous post to see some of my favourites!

Thank you for reading,

Emmy Lou x

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Lip Product Addict Tag

Hi I'm Emily and I'm an addict.

An addict to lip products that is! Well, and maybe a few tv shows such as Orange is the New Black which I junk watched fyi… (ooh maybe a post on my favourite shows of the moment would be good? or not, because I would just ramble.)
However, getting back to the serious matter at hand here, lip products!

So let's start…

1. Favourite Balm/Treatment
This is hands down the By Terry Baume de Rose, creamy and non-sticky it instantly smooths and moisturisers my lips, leaving a gorgeous light pink tint on my lips.

By Terry Baume de Rose

2. Best eye-catching Red
I'm not a big red lip wearer, and in all honesty I got rid of most of my red lipsticks. The only one that stuck was the MUFE #43 Moulin Rouge, Rouge Artist Intense lipstick. It's a bright, orange based lipstick that is extremely opaque.

Make up for ever #43 Moulin Rouge, Rouge Artist Intense

3. Best Luxury & Best Drugstore
I absolutely love the Giorgio Armani lipsticks, in all the formulas. My favourite being Rouge D'Armani Sheer in 505, it is a gorgeous baby pink colour.
I also love the Lipstick Queen lipsticks, especially the formulas of the Endless Summer lipsticks and the Jungle Queen lipstick- also gorgeous shades.

For drugstore lip products it has to be Revlon in general. I have multiple products by them, but the majority is the chubby stick style products. Matte, glossy, or the normal balm form- all brilliant!

Giorgio Armani - Rouge D'Armani - 505
Lipstick Queen - Endless Summer, shades "Perfect Wave" and "Stoked"
Lipstick Queen - Jungle Queen
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

4. Best MAC Lipstick
I tend to not wear mac lipsticks anymore, not because I hate them but because I've found alternatives that I love. However, if I had to pick one, and I do, it would have to be morange

MAC Amplified Cream - Morange

5. The Most Disappointing
Smashbox Heat Wave Summer 2013 lip enhancing gloss set. Now, the colours are absolutely fantastic… there's a soft pink, a hot fuchsia, a bright orange, and then coppery-bronze shade. The applicator is doe foot style, except it is a little larger than usual. I had high hopes, but as soon as I put them on my lips they were way too sticky! The stickiness overpowered the lovely colour. Also, the large applicator made it a little difficult to apply the product, making it messier than it should have been.

Smashbox Heave Wave Summer 2013 Lip Enhancing Gloss Set
Shades: Electric Orange, VIP Pink, Fuchsia Flash, Copper Remix

6. Liner - yes or no?
I'd love to say yes, but it's a no. I own 3 in total - a nude, a pink, and a dark plum. I tend to not wear them because I prefer a more relaxed look however there are times when I just want a more defined lip. Especially when it comes to the dark lipsticks I love in winter. 

Boots No7 Precision Lip Pencil - Nude
Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner - Eastend Snob
MAC Lip Pencil - Nightmoth

7. Best Gloss
Buxom Full-On Lip Cream.. hands down. It's as suggested, it's creamy and smooth to apply, it is a plumping product though so it has a cold tingly effect. It smells of peppermint- which I love.

If you're adverse to plumping glosses then my second in command is definitely Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer lip glosses. They come in creamy formulas or shimmery, or even glittery is you're a fan of that.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream - "Lavender Cosmo" and "Berry Blast"
Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer - "161 Bagatelle" and "179 Murmure"

8. Something Extra
I'll call this my notable mention(s)…

The Lanolips brand as a whole!

Lanolips 101 Ointment is another Holy Grail product for me. The website says "*Multi-Award Winning* Rediscover the magic of lanolin in this heavy-duty, 100% natural ointment like no other. Lanolips 101 Ointment is the purest of pure wonder ointment, made with Lanolips’ exclusive 100% Ultra Pure Grade Lanolin. This magical multi-purpose product has multiple uses such as extremely chapped lips, dry cuticles, dry, itchy skin, dry nasal passages and more."
It's also animal cruelty free- which is an added bonus! It really does do what it says, I use it for lips and elbows and pretty much any other dry patch I find… go out and treat yourself to some, it's a miracle worker!
(However my tube did break, so it is now houses in a travel pot, which in my opinion works just as well)

They also do the coloured glosses, which work just as well as lip treatments, except you can choose from muted pinks to a red or even a coral. Oh and let's not forget Lemonaid Lip Aid and Lanolips Banana Balm 3-in-1… both amazing!

Lanolips: 101 Ointment

                   Banana Balm 3-in-1
                   Lemonaid Lip Aid
                   Lip Ointment With Colour SPF

Thank you Essiebutton (Estée) and Amelia Liana for creating this tag for all us addicts out there!
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Thursday, 26 June 2014


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Time flies when you're having... fun?

So it's been over a year since I last blogged, and in all honesty I haven't missed it.
As harsh as that sounds, I've been at University in England and I have been settling into the British way of living- it's been a big shock moving from not only a hotter climate but being able to dress the way I like etc! I've also been busy writing assignments and performing and doing lots and lots of revision.. plus I've had to make a whole new group of friends! Partying and work has been my way of life, so time really had flown by because of the fun times!

All in all, this year has been a roller coaster, and without sounding dramatic I'll leave it at that!

However, I want to get back into the swing of things...

So here's a couple of pictures to show my last couple of days in London, which was a business trip...

The lovely lady to my left is Kira, a friend from University who is a London native… and I couldn't go to Covent Garden without stopping at my favourite French goody shop Ladurée - the one I am holding was a strawberry marshmallow creation… yummy!
(Glasses - Chanel, Top - H&M, Bag - Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, Necklace from Abu Dhabi- my name in Arabic, Nails - Essie Fiji)

 Here are some rather cheesy pictures from our adventures on Boris bikes. Snapchat seemed to be my app of choice. Although Kira is a native Londoner, she had never been on a Boris bike because she "wasn't a tourist"… I soon got her bum on one of those bikes! ;)

(Lipstick in these pictures is The Lipstick Queen Endless Summer in Perfect Wave, available at SpaceNK)

It's also been a year since I went to Sri Lanka with my two most favourite females in the World for a girls holiday and for work in an orphanage, so I thought I'd input a picture collage!
Excuse the messy top right picture, but what's a girls holiday for!

I acknowlegdge that this post isn't the greatest but I've got to start somewhere right?
If anyone has any suggestions of what I should write next then give me a shout! 

I do have some products that I can review, including some amazing lip products! I'm also thinking about doing a book review once a month to change things up a bit, but I'll see how that plans out.

As always- much love,

Emily Louise 

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