Monday, 28 July 2014

sale wishlist!

There is nothing like the feeling of getting paid. This month I worked extra hard so have a bit of spare money, well until the exhaust broke on my car, so lets just brush over that. I found that there are some really good things left in the sales too! Heres my top picks..

Kimono / New Look - was £24.99 now £15
Dress / Miss Selfridge - was £30 now £8
Skirt / New Look - was £17.99 now £9
Top / Topshop - was £28 now £12
Dress / Topshop - was £59 now £25
Dress / Miss Selfridge - was £35 now £20
I've decided that I need everything on this list, who needs a new exhaust anyway?! (I joke of course!) Have you found any sale bargains?
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

five things I have loved this week.. #2

I was hoping to post way more that I did last week. I don't really know what happened the week kind of just flew and i'm not too sure where! I really need to learn to manage my time more efficiently! Here are a few things that have brought me happiness though!
hoptimus prime
I went to a Pub Quiz this week. It was music themed and we were rubbish! When I say rubbish we either knew every question in the round or none at all, it was very hit or miss! One thing that did make me and Lewis smile though was this Ale plaque that was on the wall. I think Hoptimus Prime is the best play on words ever! It still makes me laugh, even now!

duolingo
I said in my goal post, that I wanted to learn Spanish. Well for once I am actually doing something and trying to stick to it! If you don't know, Duolingo is a free site where you can learn a different language, all you have to do is sign up and work your way through the lessons. It is really simple and fun too and I do feel like I am actually learning something, I hope!

My mum was watching a program on The Temptations this week and when this song started it instantly took me back to being a child and dancing around the room with her. I always used to say this song was about me, I still secretly think it is, ignoring the fact that I wasn't even born when it was out of course!

teenage mutant ninja turtle pyjamas
I done a sneaky Primark trip this week. As my local store is open until 9, it is so nice to pop out there at night just for a mooch around without the crazy Primarni shoppers. I had to pick up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pyjamas whilst I was there, I have quite the obsession with pyjamas these days!

sugar skull nail art
You may have seen these decals on the blog before (here)! I haven't used them in a while but they are just so cute, I knew as soon as the pastel varnishes came out these needed to be layered on top!

I hope you have all had a lovely week, adiós!
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

MAC amplified lipstick - girl about town

mac girl about town lipstick
mac girl about town lipstick review

This lipstick has been living in my stash for a good few months now. I don't even know why it has taken me so long to use it! Every time I look at it, I end up putting it away and using a red or purple shade instead..naughty Emmy.

Now I have actually gotten round to wearing it I must say I am in love and it is definitely my go to lipstick whenever I am off out! I am slightly annoyed at myself for not picking it up before, that will teach me for not using things straightaway.
mac girl about town lipstick swatch
uk beauty blog
MAC 'Girl About Town' lipstick - £15.50

Girl About Town is a bright fuchsia pink that really brightens up any makeup look. If you was to search for an 'in your face pink' then this is exactly the colour that would appear. It is so vibrant and makes me smile every time I wear it. I find that it is more of a going out colour, although it is quite a nice statement paired with neutral makeup in the daytime too.

This is an amplified finish which explains the boldness in colour, even after the first swipe it is nice and bold. It glides on like a dream without pulling at all and doesn't bleed or smudge, which is a bonus especially after a few Malibu and Coke's. 

I prefer this on me with a tan a lot more than when my skin was paler, as it looked completely off colour. I have to apologise for my hair in this photo too, this weather has made it go all sorts of crazy! MAC amazes me again, as always! 
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

five things I have loved this week.. #1

I have decided that each week I am going to share 5 of my favourite things that have made me happy from the previous week. Hopefully I can share some happiness around with this weeks choices...


I went to see Begin Again this week and when I heard this song, I knew it needed to be downloaded as soon as I got home. The lyrics are beautiful and as many of you probably know I am completely in love with Adam anyway so this was always going to be a fav!

I am so proud of this photo, usually when a butterfly lands or something photograph worthy happens, it takes me so long to actually grab my camera I miss out. Well not this time! This pretty little thing landed on my fence and I managed to grab my phone and capture it in all of its glory before it fluttered away!


I mentioned before that I went to see Begin Again this week. If you haven't seen it, then you really must. It's a true feel good film and the songs get stuck in your head. (We all downloaded the soundtrack to sing along too) not to mention you get to look at the beautiful Adam Levine too!


I love this time of year as all of my mums flowers start to bloom in the garden. My favourite at the moment has to be this lily!

I spent Saturday evening with my best friends, which was lovely. I was on popcorn duty, but managed to burn it to a crisp which just shows I have a long way to go with my culinary skills.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, what would be your top 5 favourite things from last week?
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

pastel perfection

I thought I would bounce back with a bit of an outfit post today as I haven't done one in absolutely ages! It's just typical that the day I decide to put on a nice summer dress, the sun disappears and we get left with a horrible black cloud. It is still warm though, so hopefully that makes me look a little less silly.

Dress - Red Herring at Debenhams
Necklace - Swarovski
Sandals - River Island

I brought this dress last year from Debenhams sale, I never really look at the clothes in Debenhams except for when i'm trying to hunt down something by Henry Holland. I find that once I'm in there it's really hard for me to get past the MAC counter, so it made a nice change to look at their clothes. Once I spotted this dress, it was instant love. The colours are perfect for a summers day and the style is so me, although I do feel slightly overdressed in it sometimes but hey, who cares!
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

goals.

I mentioned before in my holiday recap post that I really enjoyed the opportunity to just sit and think about different things. I think sometimes you need that chance to just step away from 'life' and take a bit of a break, whether its physically going away or just not doing something for a while, it enables you to take a fresher look at things. This is exactly what I did whilst being away and I came up with a few goals for myself. The first one being..
One of the things that I definitely thought about on holiday was this blog. Before I went away, I started to feel like I was blogging without a purpose, like different posts were written for the sake of writing a post. Even after all this time, the thought of people reading this little blog still flatters and scares me and sometimes I feel pressured in a way that I tend to lose my writing style and write how I think people want to read, not in a way that flows for me. Don't get me wrong I love sharing new finds and parts of my life with you all, but I got so caught up in a serious side of blogging which made me lose sense in any fun and lets face it, most of us blog for fun anyway! Reviews became robotic and my heart didn't feel in it. Being away from the blog made me analyse what I wanted to do and where I want the blog to go. I have decided I am going back to old blogging Emmy, where I found everything about a post fun, because if I am not having fun I'm pretty sure no-one else will be! So from now on, I am going to just have fun! I also promise to post more often as I seem to have lost any sense of organisation too, sorry about that! ♥ 

A few other goals I set myself whilst being away were...
I say this every time I go to Spain, then forget when I come home. Not this time, I want to speak Spanish and have fluent conversations. I started to learn it at GCSE but gave up as I found it too stressful with all of my other subjects, I do wish I had kept it up though and now is my opportunity to learn it.
I really do need to save a few pennies otherwise I have no chance of affording the little farm of animals I have planned for when me and Lewis eventually move out.
This links to the other goal really. I have the design that I want ready, I just need to save and not talk myself out of it. I tend to do this with everything, if it doesn't happen instantly I talk myself out of things by the time they happen.
This one is self explanatory, I just want to be happy in everything I do! Life isn't worth worrying about!

I have just realised how random all of those goals look, but hey hopefully I get them done! Thank you all for sticking by me! Sorry about the essay of a post, I just hope you all enjoyed reading and I will be back to normal from now! 
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Monday, 7 July 2014

l'oreal color riche collection privée lipstick - freida's nude

l'oreal color riche freida's nude
l'oreal color riche collection privée
l'oreal freida's nude swatch

I have been eyeing up the L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Privée for a good while now, but my excessive collection of lipsticks has stopped me from buying any. I eventually caved in and chose 'Freida's nude' just before I went on holiday after buying lots of other non essential stuff, I figured I may as well throw this in my basket too. 

I don't usually tend to wear nude lipsticks, but there was something about this that stuck out to me, it doesn't look like your typical nude shade so could be that. I do seem to get swayed by anything celebrity inspired though, so that could have also played a part! The whole collection is based on the spokeswomen of L'Oreal including Cheryl Cole, Freida Pinto and Eva Longoria to name a few. The theory is if their named lipstick suits them and you have a similar skintone then it should suit you too. I didn't really go for that theory and just picked the nicest swatch on my hand..like the old fashioned way!
l'oreal freida's nide swatch

I am a bit behind on posts, so this photo was taken before my holiday hence the sudden disappearance of my tan, even though it is starting to fade fast now anyway! *sad face*

The packaging on this is really nice, the shape is the same as the other lipsticks in the color riche collection but this has matte black casing with gold finishing. It just makes the lipstick look a lot more expensive than it is and I think I prefer it to this colour combo.

Freida's Nude is a shimmery mauve based shade with a slight brown tone. It has a lovely sheen to it without being glittery at all giving my lips a nice healthy dose of colour. I found that it didn't last very long on me though, I would say about 2-3 hours but it just means that I have to top it up a little bit more often which I don't mind too much. I just have to remember not to wear it on days where I can't touch up my makeup. The lipstick swatches quite sheer to begin with but can be built to give it a bit more of an opaque finish. I would say that it feels similar on the lip to MAC's cremesheen finish as it has the same moisturising feel to it.

Overall I do like this shade but it just needs a bit more staying power as I can be really lazy at reapplying and like a lipstick that lasts a bit longer. 
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Thursday, 3 July 2014

my first proper haul - primark and littlewoods

I have been wanting to do a haul style post in ages, but I never seem to buy enough in one go. Usually I am one of these 1 or 2 items at a time shoppers as I end up feeling guilty for spending money when my car still needs petrol ha! I did go to Primark earlier today though and managed to pick up a few bits, I didn't actually go mad and spend a fortune which is good for me. Today was what I call a good Primark day when there is lots of nice things and you could spend lots more than you do. I've also added a few bits that I brought from Littlewoods recently too!

Here is a few things I brought...

aztec cardi primark
Aztec Print Short Sleeved Cardigan - Primark
Our weather is so unpredictable, so I got this for those cold but not freezing kind of days or when it gets a little bit nippy at night. I really love the colours too, I think its perfect to throw on over a vest and jeggings.

paul frank tee primark

Paul Frank Tee - Primark
When i was younger I used to be obsessed with Paul Frank. Anything with that monkey on I used to have and don't even get me started on the skull version, I definitely had some little obsessive collection going on. This was hanging in the pyjama section, but I didn't pick up any bottoms like an idiot so am going to go for a bit of an oversized tee/nightie combo.

paul frank socks primark

Paul Frank Socks - Primark
Back on the Paul Frank theme, I actually love these little socks especially as I have been wearing trainers a lot more lately.

primark flower crown
Flower Crown - Primark
I love a flower crown, although I prefer them nice and simple as the big floral styles seem to look really silly on me. At £3 you can't really go wrong either!

supra polkadot vaider hi tops

Supra Vaider Hi Tops - Littlewoods
I go through stages, where I wear nothing but trainers then flit to just shoes and then back to trainers again. I have wanted these for ages, so as soon as they went into sale I snapped them right up! They are the girliest trainers ever and I absolutely love them!

fearne cotton blue purple lace dress

Fearne Cotton Dress - Littlewoods
I have loved this dress since it was on the Very advert a while back with Fearne wearing it, but have never had any excuse to buy it. I am going to a wedding next month, so thought this was the perfect time to wear it! I saw it was in the sale too and managed to order it before it sold out, which never usually happens to me!

ted baker bag

Ted Baker Bag - Littlewoods
I was in desperate need of a new smaller bag. My other bags tend to be really big and I always fill them with bits that I don't even need with me, this bag is the perfect size and goes with everything too. Littlewoods makes me so happy as I would never have been able to afford it in one go ha!

Well I hope you enjoyed my first haul style post! Let me know what you think in the comments section, do you think I should make it a more regular thing? 
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