NEW IN – AUGUST EDITION

NEW IN – AUGUST EDITION

I’ve been pretty quiet on here recently because life got in the way, but I am back now and ready to throw everything I have into making this blog better. ~So let’s begin~

Here’s what I was loving in August:

URBAN DECAY – ALL NIGHTER SETTING SPRAY
Until now I’ve never actually tried this setting spray because I’ve always been in the mind set of “OMG I can’t spend £24 on a setting spray” BUT I had a little #youdoyou moment and thought what the heck. I was really nervous to try this because I was so desperate for it to live up to the high standards everyone had set but after a trip to London and back, I noticed a huge difference in how my make up lasted. It didn’t look AS good as when I first did my make up because I was a hot sweaty mess but it lasted a lot longer than I was expecting.

MAC STUDIO FIX FOUNDATION – NW10
Once again this is a first time purchase for me. Just like with the setting spray, I was always put off buying MAC make up because of the pricing. I mean, £26 for a foundation is ridiculous.

We were lucky enough to have our make up done by a MAC make up artist for my Brother’s wedding at the start of August and this was the first time I had EVER used anything from MAC. I loved how the foundation looked and the colour matched my skin perfectly – which I was so nervous about because I’ve heard so many horror stories about MAC and their poor colour matching. After much persuasion from my fellow groomsmaid Jodie ~thanks hun~, I made the purchase and I’m so glad I did.

This foundation lasts a lot longer than any other I’ve tried before. Obviously no foundation lasts all day but I’ve found that I don’t have to top it up after a couple of hours like I do with my normal foundation.

L’OREAL PARIS UNLIMITED MASCARA
SHOCK HORROR another blogger has bought this mascara. This has been all over my Instagram feed for months and I finally found out what the fuss is all about.

In my personal opinion, this is the best mascara I’ve tried in a long time. It leaves my lashes looking extra long and I love the shape of the brush. I’ve read a million reviews about the packaging but I don’t see the problem with it – yes the wand is pretty gimmicky but it definitely comes in handy.

L’OREAL BROW ARTIST POMADE
I’ve never really used eye brow pomade before, I’m normally a pencil kinda girl but I thought I’d give this a go and I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. The colour is a perfect match for my brows and it just adds a little more definition. When it comes to eyebrows, I don’t go OTT with product, I just like a little extra colour to fill them out a bit so this is perfect as you can do as little or as much as you want.

L’OREAL LA VIA EN GLOW HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE – WARM GLOW
Can you tell that Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on L’Oreal products??

I was in desperate need a for a new highlighter palette as my EXTREMELY old Revolution one was falling apart – the lid had even fallen off so it was definitely time to try something new. I went for the warm glow because I just found that the colours in the Cool Glow palette were too bright for me. I prefer a more subtle highlight and not a bright white sweating highlight look.

ZOEVE SILK FINISH BRUSH (102) – ROSE GOLDEN
ZOVEA CONCEALER BUGGER BRUSH (142) – ROSE GOLDEN
I’ve wanted to try Zoeva brushes for a while now because I’ve heard so many great things about them and after weeks of umming and ahhing I finally added them to my basket.

I used the Silk Finish Brush when I first tried my MAC foundation at home and they work so well together. The brush just blends every last bit of the foundation into my skin and leaves it looking flawless without leaving streak marks or bristles on my skin. The same goes for the Concealer Buffer Brush, it blends my concealer so perfectly into the skin and you can’t even tell where you used it.

Love,
Emily xo

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Soap & Glory Haul

Soap & Glory Haul

Soap & Glory are my absolute go-to favourites for moisturisers and cleansers – the quality is great and it’s all so reasonably priced. Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on so I just HAD to grab a few new bits to test out.

Soap & Glory The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser (£10)
I actually came across this when I was watching one of Zoella’s Vlogmas videos and I went straight out to buy it. Even after the first time using it, I noticed how soft my skin was and it looked a lot clearer than normal. I still haven’t used the hot cloth that comes with it, I just use my normal flannel that I have in reach. If you go through stages of being really spotty and then having none at all, this will work an absolute treat for you. Even though I still have millions of spots on my chin, it has definitely reduced the redness and the size of them.

I’ve used it every day since I bought it and I can 100% say that I will be buying it again when this tube runs out.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches (£3.50)
December is the month for parties and it can eventually take its toll. I picked the patches up in the hope it’ll help my eyes look more awake and a lot more human after a late night.

I tried it the morning after a late night and I could definitely see a difference in the puffiness of my eyes. My eyes looked a lot brighter and more awake – you wouldn’t have been able to tell that I only had a couple of hours sleep.

I recently went back to Boots to pick up another pack but they were completely sold out so they must be good!

Soap & Glory Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask & Peel 30ml (£10)
I struggle SO MUCH with my pores – I can never find anything to really clean them out. As well as pores, I always have spots which take FOREVER to get rid of. I trust Soap & Glory products so I thought that I can’t go wrong with this product.

I always use this after I have used the Ultimelt and I think they work SO well together. This product is one that you can tell that it’s working – it instantly gives a cooling sensation on your skin which I personally love and it’s also got little gritty bits in which helps open the pores and clears the dirt that’s stuck in there. I always leave the mask on for 15 minutes for a really good cleanse and honestly, it does feel so much better afterwards. It takes a couple of uses to notice a real difference but it definitely does do what it says on the box.

What are your favourites from Soap & Glory?

Love,
Emily xo

ALL THINGS GBBO!

So who’s just as excited as me that The Great British Bake Off is back on our TV screens?? I mean, it’s not the same without Mary Berry but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I actually enjoyed it! I’m already rooting for Steven or Tom to win – who have you got your bets on??

Last weekend me and a group of friends travelled to Oxford to check out the Foodies Festival and it was such a good day – we ate a lot of food and drank a lot of alcohol, so there was nothing not to like!

Me and the girls were lucky enough to get tickets to watch last year’s GBBO winner, Candice Brown, bake something in front of our eyes. It was so good to see her in action and have the chance to get to know what she’s like away from the screens. I’m in complete and utter awe of everything that she’s completed since winning the Bake Off last year and the platform she has built for herself.

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I honestly couldn’t believe that we got the chance to meet her – poor Candice was waiting for food with her boyfriend and we had to grab her for another one with all the girls together. Sorry! (I don’t know why I’m apologising, it’s not like she’s going to read this!).

If you haven’t already, you NEED to go and buy Candice’s new cookbook – it’s full of amazing recipes. I’ve already tried out the Mint Chocolate Cake and it was DELICIOUS!

20232816_10211731843744856_3525986930977395845_oI’m not going to include the recipe on here like I normally do because I really think that you need to check her book out – it’s 100% worth every penny and all the calories.

Love,
Emily xo

Top 5 Favourites Right Now

Hi everyone!

I thought I’d do a quick round-up of what I have been loving recently. I’m not going to blabber on, just going to get straight into it!

L’OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX MASK

I’ve wanted to try this for so long after hearing so many people rave about it so when I saw it was on sale in Superdrug, I just had to buy it and see what all the fuss was about. My honker of a nose is my main problem area on my face, my pores are blocked and I seem to always have black heads (attractive, I know). I knew this mask wouldn’t get rid of my blackheads but my god, it’s definitely worked a treat on my pores. You can barely seem them the day after I’ve used this mask and that’s before I’ve covered them all up with foundation.

I don’t really use this mask all around my face, I just focus it on my T-Zone and my chin as that’s where I have the most problems with my skin. I absolutely love masks that you can feel working – as soon as you put this mask on, you can feel it getting rid of all the dirt. It tightens the skin so much you can barely talk, keeping in mind I only use it on my T-Zone, I dread to think what it feels like all over your face.

It leaves your skin feeling super soft and extremely clear. I’d definitely say that it’s one of the best masks I’ve ever used and you can really see a difference even after one use. I’d recommend this product to anyone with bad pores and run down skin, it really brightens it up and clears all the impurities.

NO7 ESSENTIALLY NATURAL FOUNDATION

I’ve been wearing No7 foundation for quite some time now and I’m still loving it. As my Beautifully Matte foundation is a bit too much for the hot weather we’ve been having, I’ve changed it up and gone for something that’s a little lighter and less coverage. I spent so long searching for a BB cream but they were all far too orange for me so when I noticed they did a less coverage foundation in No7, I had to give it a go. I had my skin colour matched months ago so I knew what colour I was and luckily they had it in stock.

Essentially Natural is a great foundation for this weather, it’s so light and you barely notice it’s there. It just evens out my blotchy skin and covers any blemishes I have. It’s extremely buildable too so if I’m having one of those blah days and need a little lift, I can build it up and make it a medium coverage instead of a light.

KIKO MILANO FLAWLESS FUSION BRONZER POWDER

I know I spoke about this in my last post but honestly, I can’t get enough of it. I always have so many problems with finding a bronzer that doesn’t make me look dirty and this is the first one I’ve ever found and fallen in love with straight away.

The pigmentation is insane and it’s still so easy to blend into the skin. I love more of a subtle look when it comes to an every day look so I love that I only need the smallest amount to give me a little extra colour but I also love that I can build on it when I want to.

THE BODY SHOP FRESH NUDE FOUNDATION BRUSH

I’ve never bought a make up brush from The Body Shop before as I always thought they were way overpriced for what they were but I had a voucher to use so I thought I’d give them a go and I’m so glad I did. It makes blending your foundation a piece of cake – once you’ve down a few circular motions, its disappeared and your skin is looking flawless.

This brush has two different lengths of bristles, the shorter ones are to put the foundation onto the skin and the longer ones are to buff the foundation into the skin and give it a more natural look. If like me, you’ve never tried a make up brush from The Body Shop, I’d definitely recommend this one as your first purchase.

And the biggest plus? It’s cruelty free!!

WATER

I know this is a bit of a weird one to put into my favourites but honestly, I can’t get enough of water at the moment. At the beginning of the year I promised myself that I would cut down on the amount of fizzy drinks I drank as it wasn’t healthy, I was continuously getting headaches from not drinking enough water and my skin was horrendous. Ever since starting to drink water all day every day, my skin has cleared up so much. I used to always have a couple of spots on my face at all times but now I rarely have one (what’s the betting I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning with a billion spots?)

I’m also loving adding slices of lemon and limes into my bottles of water – it makes it taste that little bit nicer and there are endless health benefits of drinking water with lemon in it so it’s a win win!

Love,
Emily xo

KIKO Milano Haul

KIKO Milano Haul

Hi everyone,

I know I’ve been quiet over on here recently but I’ve been focusing on my new job and getting my social media up to date.

I thought it was time for me to get back into the blogging world so here I am with a little haul for you. I’ve heard so many good reviews about KIKO Milano so of course when I walked past the shop I had to take a look.

Flawless Fusion Bronzer Powder – 01 Natural Tan
I have been using this bronzer since the day I got it and I can officially say, I am obsessed with it. Normally I can never find the right shade of bronzer for my skin tone, they either make me look dirty or orange. I went for the colour 01 Natural Tan and if you’re as pale as me in the face, this is the perfect shade for you. Instead of contouring every day, I just swipe the bronzer across where I would normally contour and it just gives me that little extra glow.

Dark Circle Tone Eraser – 01 Yellow
Colour correcting pencils are a huge staple in everyone’s make up bag at the moment but I’ve been using Max Factor’s set for quite a while now and it just doesn’t seem to be the best out there anymore so I thought I’d give myself a little upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, Max Factor’s Colour Correcting Pencils work great but I just wanted to change things up and see if this works better for me.

KIKO’s Tone Eraser is more of a creamy consistency which I think works a lot better as it’s easier to blend in with my foundation. It sinks into my skin once it’s all blended in which means you can still wear it even if you aren’t wearing foundation. I only use the tiniest amount on each eye and it works a treat. I also pair it with my Benefit Erase Paste and they work great together so my huge bags are gone in seconds.

Longeyes Plus Active Mascara
I’m normally a bit more hesitant with buying expensive mascara just because in the past my eyelashes just clump together and I look like I’ve got spiders legs as eyelashes. I don’t use this one every day just because I love my Maybelline Great Lash far too much but honestly, this mascara is a treat. The first time I wore it, I had someone ask if I had lash extensions on so it’s definitely doing the trick.

Stippling Foundation Brush – Face 04
Anyone that knows me, knows I have far too many foundation brushes and not enough faces to use them on but I can never stop myself from buying a new one when I see it. I’ve heard so many things about Stippling Brushes and when I saw this one I thought to myself “why not?”.

Now it’s getting a bit hotter, I don’t like to wear a full face of foundation so I just put some light coverage BB cream on and this brush works amazing with it. It gives such a nice, flawless finish which is just what I want when I’m not wearing a full face. I’d definitely recommend KIKO Brushes because they are such great quality and at such an affordable price compared to other brands out there at the moment.

What have you been buying recently?

Don’t forget to give me a follow over on Instagram and Twitter: @estaylorblog

Love,
Emily xo

Question Time

Hi everyone,

Me and the lovely Jo have been talking recently and we decided it would be great for us to do something together for each of our blogs. We decided on doing a little question time for each other so we could both get to know each other that little bit more.

Here are the questions Jo asked:

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging back in October last year but I kept it to myself for quite a while, it was only at the beginning of this year that I actually had to guts to share it with everyone that I knew.

2. Do you think your blog has changed/evolved since then?

The only thing that’s changed about it is the way it looks. I started off with such a different idea of how I wanted to look but I changed my mind after a few months and I definitely think it was for the better. It has come a long way since I started – purely because I now know what I want my blog to look like and what I want to post.

3. Describe your perfect idea of a Friday night

Any normal 22 year old would say that their perfect Friday night is going out, having a few cocktails and going to the clubs – but give me a duvet and a cup of tea any day. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE going out for cocktails with my friends and having a good catch up but after a week at work, I just want to get into bed and watch trashy tv.

4. Tell us about your best friend

Now this is the hard question. I don’t think I can name one best friend because I have so many people I consider to be close friends of mine. Here are photos of the people who really are some of the most amazing people in my life that I love and adore!

5. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

It would have to be getting to meet some amazing people – I never thought I’d be working with another blogger so it’s great that I have the opportunity to do so.

6. What would be your ideal job when you’re older?

Anyone that knows me knows how much I aspire to be an Editorial Assistant in a major magazine but at the moment, that’s just a dream!

7. What would you consider to be one of your biggest achievements to date?

It would have to be passing my driving test last year. I started learning to drive as soon as I turned 17 but because I was still in college and wasn’t earning enough, I couldn’t afford to carry on with lessons. I eventually got back into lessons as soon as I got a full time job back in 2015 but annoyingly, I still had to do my theory and that was a mission on its own. As soon as I passed my theory, I booked my driving test to get it out the way. Unfortunately I failed the first time for THE most ridiculous reason but thankfully I was able to book another one for a couple of months down the line and finally passed.

8. What would be your advice to a new blogger?

Don’t give up and don’t be afraid of doing something you love. For so long I was scared of showing people because I thought they would just laugh in my face and think I was stupid but everyone has been so supportive and it’s made me realise that I had nothing to be scared of in the first place.

9. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

It’s got to be not caring about what other people think. You spend so much time worrying about what others think of you but you get to the point where you just think “why on earth does it matter what everyone else thinks – just do what makes you happy”.

10. Describe a day that you remember being really happy

It would have to be the day that we picked up our little puppy 12 years ago. You do not understand the love a dog can bring until you have one in your life. I am literally obsessed with her and she’s the cutest little fluff ball you’ll ever meet. IMG_0736.JPG

Go over to Jo‘s blog and see what questions I asked her!

Love,
Emily xo

Social Media

Hi everyone!

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been quiet on here recently but I’ve been busy with work and I’ve also been focusing on getting my social media sites up and running.

If you want to see what I get up to when I’m not posting on here, give me a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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I’ve got a lot of exciting posts planned for the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Love,
Emily xo