Review: ASOS Travel Essentials Box

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I know I’ve already been on holiday and I absolutely did not need to buy the ASOS Travel Essentials Box but I have a Birchbox shaped hole in my life that I  felt the need to fill and then in came ASOS. I love that you can see what you’re getting before you get it and it gives you a chance to try out new products. I was really impressed with the box as it contained a lot of brands I’ve been wanting to try for a while but never got around to!

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I have always wanted to try this – it was very hyped in the beauty world but as always I never got around to it. Something new launched or In fell back in love with an old mascara but I was definitely excited to try it and I was not disappointed! This left my lashes looking full and fluffy exactly what I want! In always find my lashes clump and end up looking a bit like spiders legs but this is perfect almost like when my other mascaras begin to dry out but without being dry – I’m so glad I tried this!

Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil

I have been interested in trying OUAI for awhile but I didn’t know where to start! This is a lovely lightweight oil for the mid-lengths of your hair and it’s great! I’ve been smoothing it through t add extra moisture – I bleach my hair so it is always in need of hydration! I actually think I may purchase the full size of this and I never do that with hair oils!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Brilliance Facial Oil

I wish I could give this a review but I can’t get it out of the bottle! It has a drip top and I have tried everything to get a used able amount out but it doesn’t work! I get a mini amount which does hydrate my hand but that’s not really the point! I am so disappointed as I’ve been on the verge of buying Emma Hardie products for a while so I thought this would be a great way to see if I liked them! Oh well – I’ll keep trying!

Glam Glow ThirstyMUd Hydrating Treatment

I’ve actually tried this a few times before but I was happy to have another mini to save me forking out on the full size anytime soon!

Radial Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

I originally thought this would be a toner but it is definitely a tonic. I’m not even sure I fully know the difference but the directions say to spray this on your face before and after makeup so I’ve been applying it before my primer and then again as a setting spray. It’s not a setting spray but it definitely hydrates skin which is perfect after powdering. The spray is quite harsh though so I’d advise spraying it at arm’s length or ruining a full face of makeup!

Touch in SOL No Poreblem Primer

You only get a tiny amount of this so I couldn’t give it a full test but when I have used it it did smooth over my pores and keep my make up on in the summer heat so that’s a winner! It’s also super lightweight and melts into the skin with ‘no poreblem’ (wow. sorry about the pun). It is similar to The Ordinary silicone primer but lately, that’s been breaking me out I think it must be to silicone and blocking my pores? I’m not entirely sure but I’m on the lookout for a new pore filler, however, I’m not sure this will be my new love!

I know this is no longer available but I thought I’d do this review anyway as there are some great products included that you might be wanting to try – I know I did! I hope you’ve enjoyed this I stopped doing posts like this for a while as I’d grown bored of them but maybe every once in a while would be a nice change!

Thank you so much for reading!
xoxo

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A Minibreak in Edinburgh​

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Last weekend I took a mini break to Edinburgh and it was amazing! It was everything I imagined and more. The purpose of the trip was to watch as much theatre as we could fit into four days and I think it was very successful fitting in 13 shows – some amazing, some good some not so good. Personally, I loved Trainspotting Live which was a theatrical version of the film set in a tunnel under Edinburgh. I also saw a political piece ‘Trojan Horse’ which was amazing! A few of my friends were up there with their own shows so it was lovely to catch up and support them!

Edinburgh the city was so beautiful! I really wanted to explore more of the city but there were so many people it was impossible to get about in the time between shows! I will definitely be taking a trip back to see the sights.

One thing I obviously made time for was a mini-tour of sights to do with Harry Potter. I am a massive fan and In was not going to miss out on seeing different sights including a cafe where JK Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter – which is now a Chines restaurant The Elephant House and a street that inspired Diagon Alley.

The food there was also a highlight – plenty of street food and too much haggis which I am not a fan of! I tried the best Mac and Cheese with pesto and sun blushed tomatoes – it doesn’t sound as nice as it tasted! I ate so much bad stuff that I was actually happy to be home to start eating healthy again! I brought home typical Scottish treats – Irn Bru, Scottish Shortbread and Edinburgh Gin. Whilst we were there we found a pub that sold £2 Gin and Tonics so I’m actually ready for a little Gin detox!

So somehow I managed to upload an old version of this! But I hope you’ve enjoyed it let me know if you’ve been to Fringe and what you thought!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

Glossier Empties: Worth The Hype?

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I am a massive Glossier fan – everything I’ve tried I love but there are so many products to choose from that a repurchase is the gold standard of amazing. I very rarely repurchase products – I’m always on the lookout for new stuff. Don’t get me wrong I have a few tried and tested staples; most of which are skincare. I thought I’d talk through my recent Glossier empties and why I would or wouldn’t repurchase!

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Milky Jelly Cleanser

I think this is really good. The pump makes it so handy to use and it looks super cute on my bathroom shelf. However, at the minute I can’t see myself repurchasing. Never say never but I think this is definitely more of a summer cleanser. It’s so lightweight and it doesn’t make my skin feel dry or tight after using it but coming into winter  I prefer a more heavy duty cleanser to get everything off. The jury is still out though, I’m in two minds about using it as my second cleanse but to be honest I think there are better cleansers out there and I don’t think this done all that much for my skin.

Solution

I really like this and I 10/10 would recommend. It does exactly what it’s supposed to and it looks cute while doing it. I love pink can you tell? But I am really excited by Pixi’s new launch of tonics to add to their Glow Tonic (which is my all time fave!) so I’m definitely going to try their retinol toner first before I repurchase this although as I’m typing it I’m thinking Solution in the AM and Pixi in the PM. I’m my bank accounts worst enemy!

Priming Moisturiser

This is perfect and I will definitely repurchase. Even if I find another moisturiser I will definitely use this again and again. It’s so lightweight yet hydrating I love it! I also want to try the Priming Mo0isturiser Rich when the cold drys my skin out.

Boy Brow

I actually ran out of this a while back and haven’t repurchased it I’ve just been holding onto the dregs that are left but I am planning on buying it again! I’ve already purchased it for a few friends as gifts and to me that it the sign of a really good product! I’d never gift something not worth it!

I’ve read this back and I’ve mentioned winter twice and it’s only the beginning of August. I am full of cold at the minute so I’m going to blame it on that! I’m actually in Edinburgh as you read this enjoying the fringe festival and I can’t wait to tell you all about it when I’m back – and what makeup/skincare bit I’ve brought with me obviously!

Thank you so much for reading!
xoxo

Dressing Room Decor: Botanics

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All my life all I’ve ever wanted is a dressing room/walk-in wardrobe. I don’t know why I obviously watched too many teen movies growing up! When I moved in with my boyfriend I quickly began turning the loft conversion into my own dressing room admittedly it is also a spare room but beggars can’t be choosers! At the moment we have a lodger who is living in the spare room and I’ve been relegated to the study downstairs but this has had me thinking about what I want to do with it when I’ve got it back!

I am obsessed with botanical themed rooms! I didn’t want it in the bedroom because I hate the thought of real plants where I sleep – god knows why. But I thought it would be perfect to do it upstairs in the dressing room! I’ve been getting so many images for a mood board that I thought I’d put them in a post – I hope you like them!

My colour palette is going to be green and white with black and gold accents. I think it’ll also make it a really nice space for when guests come and stay  – who’d have thought a year ago I’d be choosing room colours for guests haha! I’m thinking one dark green wall and then maybe painting some shelves to bring the room together.

I also really want to make a gallery wall and I love these prints I found on desenio.com, they really capture the theme I’m going for – the room is quite big so I have a lot of wall space to play around with! There is absolutely no pink in the house at the moment as my boyfriend hates it (god knows why!) so I’m definitely going to add splashes of pink in!


I love this Eames chair I found on eBay I originally wanted a white one but if this was the right green it would be perfect! You never really know what you’ll get on eBay which is a pain!

I’ve also been looking at palm print bedding but I’m not sure if it’d be too much? Is there such a thing as too much? I might just go with white and add palm print pillows and a throw!

I really love this theme – I don’t know what it is but I think it’s beautiful and I cannot wait to start decorating hopefully it won’t be too long away!

Thank you so much for reading!
xoxo

100th Post | A Year in Blogging

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This post is so exciting to me! This time last year I started my blog, this post was supposed to go up yesterday but life happens so I’m posting it today! This has actually worked out for the best as I hit 1000 followers on Instagram overnight which in the grand scheme of things is not a lot but to me it’s amazing! For today I thought I’d share some of my favourite moments of the last year and my plans for this year!

This past year so much has changed – I quit my full-time job to go to uni, moved in with my boyfriend, began decorating a house and obviously started my blog!  I have loved blogging and I’m so glad I finally started after saying I would for literally years! Over this year I’ve had about ten changes of opinion on what I want my blog to be but over the past few months I think I’ve started to find my own so hopefully, that comes across!

A Look To The Future

Believe it or not, Emiline is not my name! My name is actually Emily and I came up with Emiline as a way to stay anonymous but as the year has gone by I’ve started to upload pictures of myself and now I want my blog to contain my actual name but apparently Emily is the most common name and I cannot find a decent blog name where the URL, Instagram and Twitter are all available!

I also want to go self-hosted this year, WordPress is amazing but who doesn’t want a .com?

I’d love to do more fashion and home posts. I love clothes and decorating my house just as much as beauty. When I started this blog I knew I wanted to do a little of everything but over this year I’ve definitely stuck mainly to beauty – maybe I’ll change my blogging schedule to different themes on certain days?

One of my main hangups about my blog and Instagram is picture quality. I really want to get better at taking pictures and have them be a higher quality. Hopefully, over the next year, I’ll invest in a decent camera since I’ve already stuck at this for a whole year!

Thank you so so much for supporting this tiny space of the internet for a whole year! I cannot wait to see what this next year brings!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

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July Favourites

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Another month down! I say it every month but time is flying by; it’s now less than five months until Christmas day which is exciting if not a bit scary! The heat this month has been unreal makeup has been melting off my face so I’m still sticking with a minimal look – as per! I don’t quite understand if ‘Favourites’ posts are supposed to be new favourites or a general ‘what I love this month’ but it’s my blog so there is definitely a mix in here!

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Starting with the new release by Becca their BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Endless Bronze & Glow. This doesn’t give Chrissy Teigan like cheekbones which I had hoped for but it does make my skin look bronzed and glowing which is the whole point and I’ve been loving it! so much so I have a full post about it here!

I’ve actually just realised that these products have basically been my go-to face for the past week – how I didn’t realise that before I don’t know but the YSL All Hours Concealer has been a lifesaver of late. It blends like a dream and it has such a good coverage – I’ve been throwing a bit of this under my eyes and leaving my base at that.

To add to my make up I’ve been filling in my brows adding some mascara and I’m done! I won’t bore you too much as I have a whole post on what I’ve been using for my brows here but the stand out product has been this rediscovery from Rimmel. They don’t have many shades at all online so this is definitely better if you like a darker brow but it’s so easy to use and it doesn’t drag on brow hairs!

The mascara I’ve been loving lately is the Gigi Hadid for Maybelline Lash Sensational black mascara. I don’t think this is still widely available but I have a good feeling it’s just the Maybelline Lash Sensational repackaged! This does exactly as it says – it lengthens, separates and volumises. It’s not a dramatic look and definitely more of a daytime mascara but it doesn’t transfer or flake throughout the day and looks really pretty – perfect for summer!

Thank you so so much for reading my blog! I’ve been blogging a year now and I love it especially since people read it I mean isn’t that kinda the point?! Either way, I’m so grateful!

Thanks again!
xoxo

Staying Productive!

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I always thought I was quite a productive person – yeah I’m top of the class for procrastination but when it came down to it I thought I’d always get shit done. That was until about a month ago when I realised I’m only good at being productive when I have a million and one things going on. At the end of first year I had exams, assignments, a new job, an old job, I produced two plays, moved house, kept up with my blog and still managed to spend time with friends and family. So naturally I assumed during summer I’d be able to get even more stuff done but in reality, I’ve rewatched the entire Gilmore Girls and got a bit of a tan.

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I mean this hasn’t been helped by the heatwave which has been making it near impossible to wear clothes never mind run errands but I have been so unproductive! I haven’t even found time to write my blog posts and have been scrambling every Thursday/Sunday to make sure I have something to go up! I couldn’t figure out why until I realised it’s because I have so much time – when you have time to spare it’s so easy to get into a routine of doing nothing and spend the first half of the day catching up on love island and having a nice breakfast! This week I’ve made more of an effort to be productive so I thought I’d share some of the tips I’ve come up with!

Get up earlier.

Yes it’s summer and you have nothing to do all day but as soon as I have a lie in half of my day has gone and before you know it its tea time and nothing has been done.

Go to the gym.

Or take a walk – anything that makes you get up, dressed and out. Last week I took my first ever spin class and even though I thought I might die I felt amazing afterwards!

Write lists.

The old cliche but it’s a cliche for a reason. When you can clearly see everything that you have to do that day or week it’s so much easier to tick them off without forgetting the important ones! When I write lists I include every single thing I have to do even if it’s the dishes that way I feel more productive when I see how much I’ve actually achieved!

Make sure everywhere is tidy.

This is more of a personal one as some people work better in ‘organised chaos’. You do you but that is not me! I like everywhere to be clutter free and clean so I can get my best work done!

I hope you like this kind of post – I had no idea what to write about this week so I thought I’d just write what I was thinking! As always thank you so much for reading – I’ve been blogging a year on Tuesday and I can’t believe it, it’s gone so fast! I’ve got a blog post celebrating the milestone and hitting 100 posts next week so check back for that!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

My Brow Routine

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I love doing my brows – I don’t necessarily love my brows but I love doing them. Actually, I hate doing them but I definitely love the end result! Lately, I’ve been really enjoying a minimal makeup look which includes not much more than brows and mascara! Obviously, this means that my brows need to be looking good as they’re the main feature!

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As you may know, I constantly go on about the Fleur De Force brow products but shock horror this post is actually not about them! I recently found a Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in shade 002 Hazel and I’ve been really enjoying using it. My main problem with brow pencils is that they’re quite stiff to use and end up pulling my brow hairs out or looking too unnatural but this pencil glides onto the brows so easily and takes next to no time. The shade itself is quite warm but as its summer this works perfectly although come winter I’ll need to swap it out for something a bit ashier. (When I’ve checked online there only seems to be darker shades than this which is a bit odd).

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I’ve been setting my brows into place with my trusty old fave Glossier Boy Brow and highlighting my brow bone with Becca Champagne Pop or no highlighter at all – this is a lazy day after all! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post I’m always looking for new brow products so leave any links to your brow related blog posts below for me to check out!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

Review: Becca x Chrissy Teigan

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Who doesn’t love Chrissy Teigen? She is the ultimate girl crush, hilarious, witty and so beautiful. If anything is going to attempt to give me her glow I am all in! As soon as I saw this on Instagram I knew I had to have it. Now we’re talking refreshing Cult Beauty numerous times a day even though I’d joined the waitlist – maybe I was a bit over the top but I also love Becca as a brand so I knew I had to have it.

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It’s been a while since I bought any new makeup, I’ve been really loving no makeup days lately so it seems a little pointless but this was definitely worth it! Look at it! It is the most beautiful powder I think I’ve ever seen and I have nothing like it in my collection all of my bronzers are matte and as you can tell this is not. Well technically the bronzer itself is and it looks beautiful alone but when the three shades are swirled together they are unreal.

I’ve found the best application is to apply all three to the cheeks separately and then blend them together by using all three shades on the one brush. When I’m having a no makeup day but still want a bit of a glow I’ve been going in with all three blended together but using each on separately first gives much more impact. They’re both equally nice but completely different looks. Unlike some powders, each shade is big enough to get your brush in and use individually. I cant see myself doing that too much as I wouldn’t want to hit pan on one shade!

I really love this collection Becca has brought out and the body glow looks to die for but this was easily the stand out for me – I think this is my fifth Becca powder so I am a little obsessed but who can blame me?

Have you tried this collection, let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

Five Key Holiday Pieces

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I really should rename this ‘UK Heatwave Key Pieces’ this recent weather has had me reaching for my holiday clothes that usually get worn a week or two a year! This weather has been amazing – I haven’t gotten much/anything done the past few weeks as its been to hot! Any old excuse! I thought today I’d talk you through my five key pieces to make it through a holiday if you’re packing light!

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Summer Dress

Who doesn’t love a summer dress?! They’re so easy to throw on especially on a holiday where let’s be honest sometimes you just want an easy throw on and go outfit! This stripped version is from ASOS and although I love this dress it had a little accident in the washing machine and is now red (never leave your boyfriend to wash all the holiday washing however good it sounds!)

Denim Shorts

These are a staple in any summer wardrobe! I have a casual pair of old Levi shorts and a smarter pair for nighttimes or when I want to feel a little dressed up but still cool! I love the cool ‘I just threw these on’ feel of an old pair of denim shorts!

Sliders

Sliders have really made a comeback over recent years! Now they come in all shapes and colours and are no longer just for dads taking out the bins!

Sunglasses

These don’t really need mention but they are key so I thought I’d include them! They are also perfect for taking pictures on holiday and not squinting in every single picture!

Swimwear/Cover-up

I’m actually the worst at packing light and take one bikini/cover-up per day when realistically for a week you need two or three providing you take travel wash with you! I love this matching set from Primark – palm tree prints are perfect for summer!

Lilo

Okay, I said five key pieces and this is a sixth but like I said I’m no good at packing light! If you are packing light you won’t want to take a lilo but Primark have so many cute ones I had to include it!

Writing this post has really made me want to go on holiday again! This weather is great and all but real life takes over and I don’t have a pool to lie by in sunny Manchester!

I hope you’ve liked this post!

Thank you for reading
xoxo