February wish list 

Hello lovely people, 

I thought I’d do a little post about some products I have on my “wish list” for when I get paid at the end of the month and see if any one has them and could tell me what the products are like! 

The first thing on my list is the Zoeva rose gold 102 silk finish brush (vol 2) which is £13 I really need a new foundation brush because I’ve broke my old one and I just fancy a change from make-up sponges/beauty blenders. 

The next product on my wish list is Gerard cosmetics hydra matte liquid lipstick in the shade Everything Nice. I absolutely love liquid lipsticks and I’m always finding different brands and shades that I want! 

My third wish list product is, another liquid lipsticks, this one is Milano amore matte lip cream in the shade Adorable. 

And the final product on my wish list is Artdeco fixing powder. I’m currently using the NYX photo finish translucence powder but it’s making my face very oily and greasy so I’m looking for a new setting/finishing powder. 

There we have it, my wish list for February! If anyone has tried any of these products and would like to share their opinions with me before I have a massive make-up splurge, please do! Also, I’m after a new face primer and was wondering if anyone could recommend one for me? Thank you for reading my post and any suggestions or recommendations would be massively appreciated! 


Emily x


Bourjois: rouge edition velvet “don’t pink of it!”

Hello lovely people, 

I hope you’re all having a lovely week and have lots of amazing plans for the weekend. This weekend is the weekend Callum and I finally go to London! We’re away for 4 nights/5 days and you’d think we were going for a 14 day meditation cruise judging by the amount I’ve packed! 

Anyway… whilst popping into Superdrug for the soul reason of picking up some hand sanitizer (a product that should cost about 80p and I came out with a total of £16.84… oops), I picked up the Bourjois: rouge velvet edition liquid lipstick in the shade “don’t pink of it!” And thoughts I’d do a first impressions post. 

The shade is pink – no surprises judging by the name! When I first applied it, I wasn’t sure as it’s a lot pinker than I’d usually go for, but after having it on for a while, I think I like it! Application was easy, but a lot of product was on the brush so there was no need to get more product from the bottle. It felt really soft and velvety and the feeling stayed whilst the lipstick dried. It doesn’t stain like a lot of other liquid lipsticks do – it does stay on but is easier to wipe of and transfers easily so this defiantly isn’t a staining liquid lipstick – but for the price of £8.99 (or two for £12 at the moment), I’m not complaining and it certainly is a good lipstick. 

And that’s it! A little first impressions blog post before my big London adventure! Have a lovely rest of the week and lovely weekend and thank you for reading!

Love, Emily x

Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick and general update

Hello lovely people, 

After a fabulous 6 weeks off, I went back to work on Monday and that’s why I haven’t updated my blog for a while! I haven’t had a chance to buy anything (much) new or had the chance to do a blog post until now! I hope you’re having a lovely week and this is just a little update on me and a little review on a new make-up product I bought (well, got a sample of!). 

After buying all new skin care products last week, can I just say my skin looks the best it’s ever looked in my life. It’s so soft and I have very few dark spots or imperfections and I’ve had no break outs – which is just amazing. One of the new products I bought was the Superdrug naturally radiant eye cream which I instantly fell in love with as it totally brightens up my whole eye area and I still love it for that buuuuuut unfortunately it’s not really shifting my dark circles or the fine lines I have under my eye so I’m on the hunt, still, for an eye cream that can do that job – any suggestions would be amazing, please and thank you. 

Last week I ordered some samples from feelunique which finally came yesterday and one of the samples was The Balm meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick in the shade “committed”. I was expecting to get some in a little packet but got a miniature lipstick which is so cute! I really like the colour as well and it’s super creamy and smells just like After Eights – it’s always a bonus when things smell of chocolate. After trying the sample and wearing it at work, I think I’ll defiantly be purchasing a full sized one in the near future. As I say, I love the colour and it stayed on for ages and smells amazing. 

So there we are – just a little updated and review as I haven’t done anything in ages. If anyone could recommend an eye cream that battles dark circles and fine lines, I’d be really grateful! Have an amazing rest of the week and weekend and thank you for reading. 

Love, Emily x

New make-up brushes, finally! 

Hello lovely people, 

I’ve been on the hunt for new make-up brushes for ages now. I’ve asked family and friends, looked online and rummaged around shops, feeling and testing different brands to find some I really like. I haven’t bought new make-up brushes for over a year and my current (old) ones are falling apart and just aren’t good quality anymore – so I was in good need of a whole new set of brushes. 

Most people had been recommending Real Techniques brushes but to buy a whole set was going to be quite pricey. I’m going to London next month with Callum and I’m trying to save like mad so came to the decision not to splurge on pricey brushes until I come back. That being said, I was on eBay and came across the Savisto 32 piece professional make-up brush set for £12.99 with free delivery. Now, I wasn’t expecting miracles for £12.99 for 32 brushes (that’s about 40p a brush!)but the idea is they’ll be a quick fix until I can afford “proper” brushes. 

I’ve just received the brushes today and I’m pleasantly suprised to say the least! They came in a black box with the brand logo on the front and the brushes themselves were in a black rollout faux leather bag, all individual wrapped in a plastic protector cover thing. When I opened the box and starter unwrapping the brushes, they didn’t smell nice at all. Like really cheap leather and chemicals – further investigation revealed it was the faux leather pouch (unsurprisingly with the smell) that was the culprit. I unwrapped each brush and had a bit of a play around with them – they appear to be solid with some weight to them and the brissles are really soft and haven’t fallen out when I’ve felt them with my hand. So far, I’m pretty impressed with my bargain brushes but only time will tell if they’re actually a bargain or if the price was just too good to be true. 

The only negatives so far have been the smell when unwrapping and there isn’t a leaflet or piece of paper of any kind telling me what each brush is! Some of the brushes are obviously easy to figure out, but others aren’t so I had to look on the Savisto website (they do kitchen appliances and everything!) to find out what each brush is and found a set of pictures explaining each brush. The brush set is £16.99 on the website.  (There’s a random picture of the rollup case the brushes came in because the collage didn’t work with only three pictures.)

And there we have it! My new budget make-up brushes which I will keep you updated on as I use them. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and thank you for reading. 

Love, Emily x

Mary-Lou Manizer update 

Hello lovely people,

Yesterday I posted about my first feelunique order and talked about The Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter by The Balm – which I tried out, on my face, this morning. 

This is just going to be a little update on the highlighter – what I think about it with some pictures of the end result. 

The highlighter is quite pigmented so it was no problem applying it to the brush and none of the product, that I could see, fell off the brush. It felt very soft when I applied it onto my face and the colour is beautiful. I really like the colour – as I said yesterday, it’s a peachy/golden colour with not too much sparkle/glitter. The highlighter gives a really nice glow that you could build up if you wanted to. I applied two little sweeps of highlighter to get my preferred look but just one sweep provided a nice, natural glow and I imagine you could add more and more, if you wanted to create a more noticeable glow. 

I’ll definitely continue using this highlighter because I’ve just fallen in love with it already! It’s definitely a 5 out of 5 for me. 

I took a standard selfie and then some close ups in different lighting to try and show case the glow. Thank you for reading my update, I hope you’ve enjoyed it! 

Love, Emily x 

My first feelunique.com order!

Hello lovely people,

On Monday I placed my first ever feelunique order and it was delivered this morning. I’ve never ordered from them before and I was impressed with how long it took to be delivered and my order was packaged really well.

I ordered three products and also receive 2 free samples. I ordered The Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter by TheBalm, NYX studio finishing powered in translucent and NYX sculpt and highlight face duo in taupe/Ivory. The two free samples I got with my order were Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower and Herborist silky all day moisturising facial toner.

Within a few hours of my order coming, I have already tried them all and thought I’d do a post about my first impressions of these products with some picture to match. 

The first thing I tried was the Herborist facial toner which felt absolutely wonderful on my skin. It felt so soft and my skin still feels soft now after applying my make-up. The consistently was a bit thicker than my usual toner, but it’s defiantly a product I’ll consider using in the future. I also had a little spritz of the Jimmy Choo illicit flower which has a floral and fruity scent. 

I first heard about the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter on a YouTube video by Mia Redworth, one of my favourite instagramers/youtubers/bloggers. She was doing a tutorial on her daily make-up look where she used and talked about this product which just looked absolutely beautiful on her skin and I thought instantly “I’ve got to try this!”. After looking around online, I found it and it was quite pricey for me (I don’t tend to spend too much on make-up) with it retailing at about £17.50-£19. However, I found it on feelunque for £14.85 (it was and still is 15% off) and decided to get it. The packaging is gorgeous and I absolutely love it. It’s a picture of a retro pin-up girl posing for a police line-up picture. When you open the case up there is a mirror inside. The colour is quite golden/peachy and it isn’t “glittery” like a lot of highlighters are. I’ve swatched it on my hand alone and also next to my usual highlighter(Golden Lights vivid highlighter by Make-up Revolution) to compare the two. I really like the colour and the highlighter feels soft to touch and I can’t wait to try it on my face!

The next product to test was the NYX studio photo finishing powder in translucent. The powder is very translucent – it’s practically white. There’s a sieve like lid on top of the powder so you can pour some out into the lid without making too much of a mess. I couldn’t swatch the powder as it was so pale and melted into my skin as soon as I tried to put some on my hand to test it. The powder is very fine and, as I say, melted into my skin. 

The final product to test was the NYX sculpt and highlight face duo in taupe/Ivory. I’ve wanted to buy this product for a while now but could never find it in the right shade for my skin. It’s very creamy and blended out nicely when I tried it on my hand. I’m not too keen on the applicator – it’s like a lipgloss brush on both sides and I just feel it’s a bit thin. What I like most about the product is the set of three pictures on the side with a basic idea of where to apply the highlighter and the contour. 

And there we go! My first impressions of my first feelunique order. I will defiantly be ordering from them again as they have so many different brands and products available and I love the little samples that come with your order. They have a sale on at the moment so I’d recommend having a look! They also have a samples section where you can try out samples in 3 different ways – you can choose 5 samples and pay £3.95 delivery/handling (but you can claim the £3.95 back on your next order), you can get a “try me” sample where you buy a product that comes with a smaller “try me” sample so you can try the sample version and if you don’t like it, you send back the full sized, unopened version for a full refund and the last option is you spend £30 or more and you can pick 2 free samples at the checkout (which is the option I chose). Thank you for reading my post, it’s a long one but I hope it’s been helpful! Any feedback would be fabulous and thank you again! 

Love, Emily x

Beauty favourite 

Hello lovely people,

I thought I’d do a little review/post about one of my favourite beauty products – one that I’ve been using for a few years now and one that I always go to! 

Lots of us use and love BB creams – I am one of those people! I don’t often wear a foundation because I have very sensitive skin and foundation just does not agree with my face at times – it clogs up my pores and can sometimes irritate my skin. I have tried tinted moisturisers in the past but could never find one that provided much in the way of coverage. 

In my quest to find a tinted mosturizer type product, all those years ago, I stumbled across this:

Rimmel London skin perfecting BB cream, and ever since I first tried it, I have absolutely loved it! It’s 9-in-1 benefits (primes, moisturises, minimises the appearance of pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and helps protect skin) help my skin feel light – like I’m not wearing a foundation/cream at all. It has a natural coverage and after a long day at work, after taking my make up off, my skin doesn’t feel oily or tired but feels soft and clean. 

Rimmel offer this BB cream in matte and skin radiance as well – but the original is my favourite! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and might give the BB cream a go! 

Love, Emily x

PS, just to try and show the BB cream in action compared to a foundation, here’s a picture of me wearing the rimmel BB cream on the left and Revlon colour stay foundation on the right.