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Monday, 30 July 2012

GLAMGLOW facial in a jar review, the best face mask for radiant skin.


Believe it or not, i've never actually had a facial and I don't really use facepacks.  But today, i'll be discussing my first proper facial (you can call it a facial, trust me- it's that good) on the surface it looks like a facepack, but this is actually a facial in a jar. If this is what a 'proper salon facical' feels like, I want to use it every night and I want to get facials on a weekly basis. In fact, i'm so impressed with GLAMGLOW that i'm considering emailing them and asking them to create a full body exfoliating mud mask. This mask, is something that I would happily cover my whole body in. Not only does it smell amazing, it's one of those masks that you can feel actually working. The tingle really does make your skin feel fresh and the packaging is just to die for.

Packaging has always been a big element of 'buyability' for me and you can't go wrong with Glamglow's packaging. They've kept it modern with the silver and black, but it is still really posh and 'glam!' (excuse the pun). I think this would make a gorgeous gift for someone special (boys, take note for valentines day) I think the case that it's in is so cute and pretty (how sad am I, finding a jar pretty!) No but seriously, the packaging is gorgeous and I will be buying this for people as a present as it's seriously glam! I love how when you open the box it says 'hello sexy', this product is not only glam, but personalised too which is always nice.


Here you can see the packaging a bit more. It is a ten minute mud mask facial, which is meant to leave you with super radiant skin. It is said to be a 'little sexy' facial, yes it is sexy but I wouldn't say it's just a 'little' sexy, this goes all the way, it makes you feel rejuvenated, well and truly.  You can see that it is a mud mask, i've never used a mud mask so got stuck in to it as i've heard that mud masks are the best type.


So what makes this mask different from other masks on the market?


It boasts giving 'immediate camera-ready glowing skin', with a mud base from Southern France and a moisturising collagen synthesis for both men and women! Ground breaking teaoxi technology and super-antioxidants (the amazing things that stop inflammation etc.) AND real pieces of tea leaf, all of this mouth full is contained in this little jar of wonders. Wow. No wonder it's good. It should be renamed the dream mask.


Apologies of horrible unmake up'd me, but this is a collage of photos of my face before the facial, as you can see, it is really quite red and puffy. Mm yummy! Considering i've never had a facial I think it was about time that I treated my poor skin to some glam loving! One day I just decided that my skin is majorly in need of this little jar and it's volcanic rocks, French sea clay and green tea leaf pieces... what more could you want.


The next photo shows the mask drying on my face, okay so it may not look sexy on, but it sure feels sexy. You can feel it tingling for the first few minutes but then it goes away as it hardens up, the mask literally hardens up so much that it goes completely dry and you literally can hardly move your face, i've obviously never had botox, but I suppose it gives you a botox sensation, without the expense or pain.
It feels so relaxing having this mask on, picture the scene; A glamorous tingling face pack, a glass of wine (or champagne if you're feeling posh), some strawberries dipped in chocolate whilst been laid in a hot bubble bath. You could even read 50 Shades of Grey and make it super girlie. Maybe national Facepack day would be a good cause for all of us girlies. What do you think aha?


The aftermath, once again, major apologies for a make up less moi. But of course, the only way to show you the softness of my skin is to upload a photo. I can promise you that my skin felt heavenly, luxurious and cared for after wearing this mask for ten minutes. When you wash it off,you can feel the exfoliators working, which is great for your face as it keeps you looking young. My redness had calmed down and my skin looked less puffy, but I find the real effect of face packs is the morning after, my skin literally felt perfect.

 You can buy this mask from the GlamGlow website, I would recommend it, if you feel like treating yourself BUY THIS FACEPACK. If Mother's day (or even Fathers day!) ,Valentines day, Christmas, any occasions are coming up, you have to put this at the top of your list. If you're feeling generous, this would make an amazing gift. It's £19.99, which isn't expensive when you consider the wide array of skin perfecting ingredients inside this glamorous jar. I didn't realise so much goodness could be crammed into such a cute package. Don't forget, if you use it sparingly, you could get around 10 facials from this jar, which works out at £1.99 a facial, when you break it down like that, it's more than worth the money. I'm so glad this is finally available in the UK, I need an endless supply, and I hope they make a full body mask! Might start a petition.
Lucky for you I have a discount code for you all, enter BBGLAM20 at discount for 20% off!

Have you ever had a facial before?
What's your favourite face mask to use?
xxxxxxxxx Em
P.S it would mean the world to me if you could vote for my blog in the Cosmopolitan blog awards,
I've already been short-listed and it would be unreal if I was to win.

Friday, 27 July 2012

HAIR EXTENSIONS GUIDE, Which hair extensions should I buy? THE BEST HAIR EXTENSIONS TO BUY

Today i'm putting hair extensions to the test for you, over the years i've been asked by a number of 
people what extensions I wear, (Katie Price even told me three times that she loves my hair) so I decided that it's about time that I tell you the pro's and cons of the extensions I've tried. Above, you will see lots of photos of me with long hair, to the naked eye, it just looks like the same hair, however, each photo is me with a different set of hair extensions in. It's not even always about what looks best, of course that is 90% of the battle with hair extensions, whatever looks best we want to buy, but that other 10% is definitely about cost, how they feel and what underlying damage they do to your hair. I'll discuss that and hopefully help save your hair in the process, I wish there was a guide to extensions before I bought my first set!


Clip In extensions-  I'm starting with the worst (sorry clip in fanatics) Ever since I can remember, I wore these extensions, I was an actual addict. I'd sleep in them, wear them day in, day out even though they are so uncomfy and kill your scalp. However, it was only in May last year that my hair dresser banned me from them, and i'm so glad that she did. Okay, so clip in extensions may look nice and they did get a lot of compliments, but it's just not worth it, you don't realise how much damage they cause to your hair, but the long term effects are horrible. A lot of people are so shocked when I tell them the effects that clip in extensions had on my hair but I would never recommend buying them, as they ruined my hair completely. 


As you can see, clip in's look like normal hair, but I do find that sometimes they look rubbish as you can see the clips. I always used to buy the real hair ones as synthetic ones don't straighten and go matted. A good pair should last 4/5 monthsish but that's pushing it as the more often you wear them, the more the hair sheds and the shorter and more matted they get. What I found with clip ins is that they match the colour to the bottom of your hair, so for example , my hair is bleach blonde on the top, but the bottom is highlighted as my colour has grown out, so when I put clip in extensions in, they always made my hair look darker and dull. As soon as I took them out, my hair looked the colour that I wanted it to look, bleached. You just can't win with clip in extensions, they may be cheap and they may last a longish time but to be honest, 6 months really does drag them out. I find that you need to buy them really long, because otherwise the hair sheds and after about a month, they go a lot shorter which can be very annoying! So the damage, basically, I had to get most of my hair cut off because the right hand side had completely snapped off, you could see visibly where it had just snapped and it looked so so bad. My hair is extremely thick, but even the thickness of it had gone, it was thin, straw like and snapped. Of course, my hair is bleached but I do take good care of it and bleach has never caused problems for me. Furthermore, at both sides of my scalp just above my ears, I got bald patches because of my clip in extensions. What was naturally long hair. began to shed off because the clips on the extensions had been tugging at my natural hair causing it to shed. I've heard this from a lot of people after telling them my problems with clip ins. After a year of not wearing clip in extensions, the right hand side had grown back, my layers had grown out and the thickness of my hair had come back, you could see a noticeable difference, but this was painful for me, having to have all of my hair cut off, not colour it for a year AND just having to tie it up every day and leave it like an afro as the heat from straighteners was damaging it as well. Basically, if you can stray away from them, don't use clip in hair! Unless you're only gonna wear it on nights out etc, it got to the point where I could feel it hurting my head. I left it too long and was left with a complete and utter mess, if possible, just don't wear them all the time!

These are for you if: You want instant length, but want to take it out whenever you wish.
You have quite a lot of time to sew them in and to style your hair every morning.
You want to add another random colour to your hair.
You don't want long hair forever.
You're on a bit of a budget.


Flip In Hair (hair on a wire) - After clip ins I used flip in hair. Surprisingly, not many people have heard of these and im not sure why as it's revolutionary, especially because it doesn't damage your hair at all.As you can see on the photo on the left hand side, (with my rollers in!) it is a bit like a wig, you can't see the elastic wire but along the top is a wire, this wire sits on your head and then you use a tooth comb to pull the rest of your hair out. Whilst this is a great invention, it's extremely expensive when you buy it from flipinhair (mine was £220!), the hair is great quality and i've had mine for a year, I've heard that 'Halo hair' do a similar thing which is cheaper so I am dying to try that one out. However, with flip in, once again, the colour match was rubbish (probably because on the day I got colour matched I hadn't washed it properly or something) Another problem I got was when I first got it, the wire was super tight and did really hurt my head sometimes. I did get used to this though and actually managed to loosen the wire so once I'd done that they were fine. The one thing that disappointed me the most about these extensions is that you would look like a complete idiot if you wore them with a short fringe, I always had to put clip ins on the side of my head even when I did wear it, because the hair doesn't go round far enough and doesn't put any extensions on your fringe. This I feel is a really bad point about them, but it may just be me personally preferring to have my hair thicker on the fringe. The really excellent point about this, is that it literally takes 1 minute to put in, you literally do just 'flip' it in! But then it's the added annoyance of still having to put clip in extensions in the places where the hair doesn't reach, it would probably be okay depending on the length of your fringe though and how thick you like it, but I think it looks more real if it's thicker. I bought mine from Clothes Show Live from a place called Flip-in Hair. They are amazing and everyone commented on how good they are. I just think they are very pricey and would prefer to try Halo hair next time, as they're cheaper and apparently better. Watch this space!

These are for you if: you have a long fringe!
You're sick of clip ins!
You don't like to spend hours getting ready and want quickness.
You have quite a lot of money to spend.
You're wanting to move away from the damage that clip ins cause.
Cold Fusion Extensions - My last stop, after been sick and tired of clip ins damaging my hair, I resorted to permanent extensions.OOOH NO. You will probably scream, as we all know that permanent extensions are extremely damaging, HOWEVER, I did A LOT of research, I mean a lot. No chance was I having any glue or any heat put onto my already poorly (recovering) roots. After treating my hair like a piece of silk for over a year in order to restore it's condition, I do not want to go back to square one. I'd read up on 'micro bond/ micro ring' extensions, which sounded absolutely fantastic. Basically, the tip is keratin, which naturally occurs in hair anyway, and it kind of creates a loop around your hair... using no heat! I found it really hard to find a trustworthy salon in Leeds, where I live, who could do these extensions for me. Then I came across Robert Calvin, I actually discovered that he created his own extensions which are called Cold Fusion extensions. Whilst been permanent, unbelievably, they don't use any glue or any heat. I couldn't believe it when I spoke to the salon and found out that they are completely damage free. I went for a consultation as soon as I found them, as some people were quoting ridiculous amounts to get similar extensions fitted. I've read horror reviews about permanent extensions but knew that these sounded good. They checked my hair for damage and colour matched me. The thing I LOVE about these extensions is that there is no restriction with the colour choice, they perfectly mixed the colours and my hair doesn't look bland at all with them.

On this photo you can see the hair been put in and the hair afterwards.
As you can see, the colour is perfect, it still looks really bright and hasn't given me that extension dullness that I usually get. I knew I was in safe hands as Sam, who did my hair for me has been doing extensions since the age of 14, they used to do them for celebrity clients in Marbella, so you can't get better than their technicians.
The hair was cut and styled after wards so that it looks natural, and it really does look natural as you can see on the photograph.

Here you can see the process close up. Sam uses their cold fusion machine and grabs a tiny bit of the hair and then ultrasonic rays bond the hair without causing any damage. They do so many layers that it looks thick and natural. You can't see the bonds through your hair as they are put between layers of hair. It didn't hurt getting them in at all, it's quite relaxing as you can just chill whilst someone does your hair.

After wearing them for over a week now, I've come to the conclusion that they're the best things I've ever had. More than worth the money. I wake up every morning and my hair is done! I've even washed them and acted like they are completely normal hair and it is fine. On a night, I sleep with it in a plait, then in the morning I take it out and my hair is left really nice and curly. The hair is so soft and such good quality, a lot of people didn't realise that it was extensions. They cost around £350+ depending on what you get done etc, but I promise you it is more than worth it. With good care, these last for 6 months, which works out at around £60 a month. I've uploaded some more photos to show you what they look like.

I haven't used any heat on my hair still, this is just from sleeping with it in a plait. I love the fact that my hair is growing underneath these and can't wait for my roots to come through so I can see how much it's grown when I get them taken out, think about it, you leave your hair for 6 months, of course it's gonna grow!
After washing it, they feel instantly refreshed, as long as you don't put conditioner on the bonds and just stick it on the ends, the hair feels so nourished. I was worried that it would hurt me sleeping but I honestly can't even feel them, they don't feel heavy at all and to be honest I don't even realise that I have them in. These would be especially good for a holiday as you could sit by the beach and not even have to worry about putting extensions in. Some people say that they get matted but I bought a Tangle Teezer and it brushes over the bonds and therefore, stops any matting as it detangles the hair. My mum and me have decided that these are going to become an addiction as they're so easy to cope with! Because I don't know all the technicalities of these extensions i'm going to link you to their online booklet, if you click on it and have a read through it tells you a lot more about them than I could! Make sure you get GOOD hair when getting bonded extensions, I highly highly highly reccommend BeautyWorks for the most incredible hair. Click here to find out more info.

These are for you if; You can save a lot of money up for an investment.
You want long hair all the time.
You want to wake up and go to sleep with long hair.
You want something easy to style which is a good colour match.


So when I've put all of my extensions to the test and looked at the amazing before and after photo from my new extensions, I hate to say it, but it's true, you get what you pay for.
-Cheap clip in extensions make you bald (literally) and ruin your colour, not to mention how uncomfortable they are.
-Flip in hair is a bit of a nuisance but natural, permanent extensions are the closest thing to real hair, look the best, feel the best and last the longest. I know which i'll be buying in the future. I see these extensions as more of an investment, you wear them because you want your hair to grow, so you should stick to the healthiest option for your hair. There are so many girls out there who want their hair to grow and so many people ask me for tips on how to grow your hair, if you are wanting naturally long hair, the best way to achieve it is to use flip in hair or cold fusion so that your natural hair grows underneath it at the same time and is left undamaged. I wrote a guide on how to quickly and easily grow your hair which I'd recommend reading if you want healthy long hair.

I wrote this post in 2012, in 2013, I have recently had BeautyWorks extensions (very good hair... you can read about my experience and bonded hair extensions review here, to me, the best hair to buy for extensions but not a very safe method which I have outlined in my brand new hair growth tips blog post.

***Update April 2015 *** These hair extensions are VERY nice -> FoxyLocks (read my review here). These are the most updated extensions I have used.



UPDATE 2016: More on this topic:

Which extensions do you wear?
Em xxxxx

P.S, i've been short-listed for the Cosmopolitan newcomer award, PLEASE vote for me here:
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Monday, 23 July 2012

How to save money on fashion, student friendly money saving tips


Yep. It's hard been a girl, so many lovely clothes out there, but what percent of the population has a disposable income, or an income which can be spent on clothes? Which of us can actually fill our Gucci (or fake Gucci bought from a market stall in Turkey) purse with real money? It never is just clothes though is it, one item leads to another, a new dress requires a new bag or maybe a necklace oh and what about those earings that match your new heels so well. On top of that is the new hair do and the make up top ups. It's a never ending, vicious cycle. Your wardrobe is already crammed, but we're girls.. what's wrong with just one more item?
I often have dreams about having super market sweeps in Topshop, yep Topshop. A gorgeous high street retailer which has urm.. clearly been hit by the credit crunch and felt the need to raise it's prices. Let alone Harvey Nichols, i'd have to win the euromillions to do regular shops in there. I'm aiming to help you out, girls and boys, in this economic crisis that we are facing but also, why not save money when it's easy to? I know some people are funny about using money off vouchers etc as they feel cheeky, but they're there for a reason! Use them! Today i'm going to give you my money saving tips as I do think i'm quite good when it comes to saving money. At face value, these may not look like your ordinary 'money off vouchers' but I promise you, use these tips and you will save a fortune.



Step 1; Student? Use all that studying to your advantage;
-MR N.U.S (NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS) If you haven't got an NUS CARD, I urge you to get one, now! It cost's merely £10 and you save that in almost one transaction - not to mention the free mcdonalds you get with it. See it as your reward for being a hard working student. So, what will NUS save you? ASOS and Topshop both regularly do 20% off for NUS card holders, this can be used in store and online. Whopping saving if you spend even £40, thats £8.00 off. Thank you, that will pay for my cocktail next Saturday. 'you can't even use it in that many places' - WRONG. 
Simply present your card and pow, money off. The list includes the likes of Accessorise, Topshop,Asos, La Senza, House Of Frazer, Lipsy, Miss Selfridge, Miss Guided, Mulberry, Office, Oasis.. and more. No catch, if you're a student, pay once a small fee and this magical card is yours.

I'm not a student though!???;
-It's a good job that I have lots of other tips for those who are no longer students or never were. If you don't have a friend whos a student, and can't borrow their NUS number, keep reading.

Online shopper? If you're not already one, you will be after this;
You're bound to get more bargains if you shop around online, it's a fact, the highstreet is more expensive, usually sold at RRP (reccommended retail price) which isn't cheap, as we're all aware.


-USE AND ABUSE ASOS. ASOS are clearly a super savvy site when it comes to saving their customers money. A quick and easy peasy way of saving so much money in the long run is to sign up to ASOS premier. What's ASOS premier? You pay a one off fee of £14.95, which gets you free unlimited next day delivery, all year. Free return collection service all year, no minimum order value, first glimpse of new arrivals and sale items. Erm, what's not to love?

-ASOS OUTLET. See this site as THE KING OF ALL OUTLETS View it here; http://bit.ly/2paM7Dd Ted Baker shoes half price? All year round? Don't mind if I do. Big brands with up to 70% off, ALL DAY EVERY DAY.

-FOR QUICK ORGANISED SAVINGS.
It tells you WHERE has a sale, HOW much money you get off, as well as giving you online DISCOUNT codes. Lazy girl? Can't be bothered to search? View their top ten discounts. I'm sure at least one of them will entice you. 70% off Motel? Oh go on then... P.S I love the layout of this website, it's classy compared to the usual 'outlet' site.



Designer girl?
-RENT THAT DRESS.
Can't afford that Christian Dior dress because £10,000 just stretches your bank a bit too far?
Rent the dress. Who would ever know? 
(sign up today and get a £10.00 welcome voucher, or use your Student discount for 10% off!) Marc Jacobs dress buy price: £345, Hire price: £39, Who on earth said designer had to be expensive? One things for sure, you wont get bored of it as you can just hire another instead!



-THE OUTNET,
http://www.theoutnet.com/
See it as Net a porter's younger, still as elegant but less expensive younger sister. 200+ designers at 70% off, woweee, a designer girls heaven but dreamy for your purse as well. Even their logo says they're designer, feisty and ready to go.


-WHY CAN'T I FIND ANYTHING IN PRIMARK?
http://www.tkmaxx.com/ 
Hate shops like Primark and TKMaxx because they're always SOO busy, but your friends always find such bargains in there? Which look exactly like that top you saw in Topshop last week? But cost a fraction of it... Look no further, surf for your designer goodies at 75% online; finally have a website, score!

-KNOW HOW TO KEEP A SECRET?
https://secretsales.com/register2/?ggkw=outlet%20designer%20clothes&gclid=CNXCnbC0n7ECFYUKfAodzATLZQ 
up to 70% on fashion, it's our secret, you'll see the likes of Chloe, Hugo Boss, Armani, Calvin Klein and more. Id you couldn't find what you were looking for on the secret site, try this beauty; http://www.dress-for-less.co.uk/tmpl/home.tmpl with up to 60% off the likes of Guess, Diesel, Pepe Jeans

-OLD SEASON FAVES AT SALE PRICES? ALL SAINTS, WE SALUTE YOU. http://www.allsaints.com/archive/women/archive_shop/
 Far too many people don't know about this, but All Saint's sells old season favourites at sale like prices on the archive section of their website. It's amazing, be quick if you see something you like, it goes fast.

-LOOK FOR CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES; 
www.missguided.co.uk
Before you shop at the more expensive high street retailers such as Topshop, be sure to look at sites that do similar items; www.missguided.com www.boohoo.com tend to do the exact same items at a fraction of the price. Remember those studded loafers in Topshop? They sell them on Miss Guided for half the price and they look the same. See this site as a site for replicas of the more expensive high street stores.

-MY TOP MONEY SAVERS (the cream de la mer of fashion savings): 
www.ebay.co.uk
-EBAY. Not everything on Ebay is second hand. They now have their own outlet brands on there,
shops such as Office, offering huge discounts. ALSO, type in ANYTHING that you want;
eg- sequin maxi dress (and I promise) you will find exact replicas of those in high street stores, on a buy it now price from a sellers shop.

-GOOGLE. www.google.co.uk It's that simple, for example if you are shopping on Missguided and about to check out, simply type in Missguided money off coupon into the Google search bar and I promise you, SO many vouchers will come up. Try it... I dare you. Or, search for your item cheaper. Simply put a description of your item in, eg- shiny black leggings and Google will put the best prices at the top for you. Use Google to your advantage.

-SIMPLE SAVERS WHICH ARE FORGOTTEN;
-Sign up for newsletters; Motel give you 10% off if you sign up for their newsletter. American Apparel give you a whopping 15% off! Also, you get up to date on when the sale starts.
- Save magazine coupons
- Look out for codes on television adverts
- Sign up for sample sales online, this is a great online diary which will tell you when the sample sales are:
   http://www.chiconomise.com/diary/
- Never ever buy anything online without googling it first to see if you can find the same item cheaper, some sites stock the exact same brand for a lot cheaper, i've often found the same item on EBAY from a seller at a buy it now price that is available on Miss Guided.
- Check the top bar of a website, it usually says spend £35.00 and get free next day delivery.
- READ BLOGS - without knowing it, theres adverts everywhere for money off.
- Subscribe to brands facebook pages and twitter profiles to keep up to date with their current vouchers, they sometimes even send you samples.
- On sites like ASOS, put the money bar down to a very low price, that way you only see bargains
- GET READY AT MIDNIGHT, TO FIND THE SALES, eg - on boxing day go online at 12am to get the best buys and sizes in the sale online, skip the queues in store.


-MAKE YOURSELF COST NEUTRAL;
-SELL YOUR CLOTHES. There's no excuses not to, there's Etsy, Ebay or even ASOS Market place.
Okay, so this isn't techinically a money off voucher, but by 'recycling' your old clothes, you make cash which (if you love fashion) will more than likely go towards funding a whole new wardrobe. It's quick and easy. I reccommend using the Ebay phone app, you literally, take a photo and write a setence and pow, your item is listed. 
Top money making tips on online market places: 
-Put your items up for 10 days on Ebay, this maximises exposure.
-Try to take clear photographs, I always use a white wall as my canvas. If you have a mannequin, this looks super professional. Would you look twice at an item on Ebay if there was clutter around it? 
-Build up a good track record, get into a good routine, post your parcels quickly and the money will keep flowing in.
-If you post internationally, write it in your description, if it comes from a pet or smoke free home, write this too! It helps people.
-Always try to end your listing on a positive note, I put 'happy bidding xxx' as I think it makes it more friendly.

Hope this saves you some money! I want to get all Bloggers involved in this, leave a comment with your best fashion saving money tip if you have one and let's make this post full of money savers for the blogging community!

PS. dont forget to vote for me in the Cosmo awards for the newcomer award!
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Friday, 20 July 2012

6TH MONTH ANNIVERSARY, HUNTER WELLY GIVE AWAY AND XEN-TAN DISCOUNT CODES!


This Sunday (22nd July) marks the 6th month anniversary of my blog. I would like to start with a huge and soppy thank you! Thank you to the people who supported me but also to those who mocked me and constantly brought me down about having a blog. The people at my 6th form who shouted abuse at me for having a blog, particularly ripped into me about the name, whoever knew the name 'adayinthelifeofems' could cause so much anger/bitchiness for people? I'd like to thank these people, because trying to pull me down just made me want to suceed and prove you all wrong. 'Keep your head up high, people would kill to see you fall'. Of course, I am a long long way from being where I want to be, I have so many plans for my blog and can only thank you guys, my lovely and supportive readers for helping me to get this far! I initially started this blog as a diary about my life, but then I realised, I want to inspire and help people so why not make an online dictionary about everything that is fashionable? Then, it can be linked to anything and everything and not just focused on one topic. Mainly, I'd like to thank you guys, yes you, reading it right now! Thank you, your continued support has made my blog what it is today. If I didn't have anyone to write for, I would probably lose some of my passion. A huge thank you to all of you who have sent me tweets, facebook messages and emails, telling me that you like my blog or telling me that it's inspired you, these messages literally mean the world to me. When people drag me down it's these lovely comments that make me realise why I love having a blog, I still can't believe that people actually like to read what I write!? I'm sorry if I sound like i'm boasting, I promise im not, I just never expected this and im so happy that people like to read about what I have to say and the fact that i've inspired at least one person really makes this worthwhile. This 6 months has been a whirlwind of excitement and once again, couldn't have done it without you. I'm nearly at 1000 followers and I've hit my target and got over 100,000 page views in such a short length of time, literally cannot get over it. Not to mention that I am a winner of the Samsung Global Blogger competition and found out the other day that I've been shortlisted for the Cosmpolitan new comer award , like I keep saying, I could not have done any of this without you all. You can vote for me here to win the award: http://www.next.co.uk/cosmo-blog-awards/

Honestly, I can't thank you all enough. TO THANK YOU ALL, I HAVE A PAIR OF HUNTER WELLIES which will come from the lovely www.simplyhike.co.uk! As you know, these wellies are super stylish amongst celebrities and will arrive just in time for the festival season of August!

 Simply Hike is the sister site of Simplybeach, if you didn't enter my give away for a £50.00 voucher on their site, click here as there is still a few days left to enter.  Please enter below via rafflecopter, it's the least I can do to thank you all for your continued support :) You must like my facebook page and follow my blog via google friend connect (left hand side) to be entered into the competition. It's that simple!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Last but certainley not least, I'd like to dedicate this post to the lovely Xen-tan. If you read my blog, you'll know that I adore this brand. I have so much time for them, just like they have so much time for us, the consumers of their products. I was lucky enough to be invited to their amazing bash in Manchester recently, i've deliberately saved this post until today because I wanted this to be dedicated to them.


As you can see, the champagne was flowing, the spray tans were looking golden and the canapes were amazing, absolutely delicious. The team who led it were all absolutely fabulous, all stunning ladies but they all had somethingelse in common,  a love and a genuine passion for the brand. Much like me, if you read my blog regularly you'll know that Xen-tan is my ultimate tan. I could never say a bad word about it, Xen-tan is a holiday in a bottle. I cannot thank these lovely ladies enough for the invite, let alone for creating such a revolutionary and life changing brand to begin with. Cheers to Xen-tan and Wizard PR for the invite, not much could top their party. If you haven't tried it yet, you really must. I've just done a new video on one of their best sellers including some fake tan tips, make sure you give it a watch. 

Xen-tan have been nice enough to give my loyal followers a discount code, simply enter: BBTAN20 to get some discount on their website. http://www.xen-tan.co.uk/
Many thanks and lots of love, once again thank you for the support.
P.S don't forget to vote for me in the cosmo awards, it'd mean the world to me;
Em 
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Sunday, 15 July 2012

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Touch Of Light Highlighting Pen Review and Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer Review

Hello lovelies! So, if you read my previous haul post you'll understand that I bought these items on a 3 for 2 deal at my local supermarket. I bought them after discovering Loreal's highlighting pen from CoutureGirl's blog (my no.1 blog). I couldn't believe that I'd never seen this product before and just had to buy it. I've wanted YSL's touch éclat for quite some time now, but the price does put me off. I hate to break it to YSL, but this product looks the same and claims to do the same. Okay, I've never used YSL's highlighting stick before but then again, I've done so much research on it that I might as well have used it!


Product number 1. Loreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer.
Okay, so this cost me £14.00 and I am not happy. It's a rare occurance that I moan about a beauty product but I feel that I should warn you all before you waste your money. It may just be on my skin, so by all means try this product, but I can't help but feel that this 'primer' actually makes my pores more visible, instead of smoothing them like it claims to. I should have realised this when I tested it on my hand, it's like a moose formula and it's really dry even when a tiny bit is put on your hand. It seems to dry my skin out. When I put it on my face, it just doesn't sink into my skin. No matter how long I leave it, then when It comes to putting my foundation on, all I can feel is dry,tough skin. It stops my foundation from rubbing in properly and shows all of my flaws instead of smoothing them out. I'm going to keep trying with this product. But I think i'll be sticking to my Mac Primer, which only costs a few more pounds. Read my review of this here.


Product number 2, I promise you this is better. Phew. I bought two of these as they were in the 3 for 2 offer and I knew that they'd be worth it(excuse the pun). Loreal's Lumi Magique Touch Of Light Highlighting pen does not dissapoint. Firstly, I really like the packaging, it's shiny and erm highlighting? It's like a golden accessory that you must have in your handbag. It's a perfect size as well, you could have one in your pencil case, one in your purse, one in your handbag...all for those quick touch ups. I just think it is an item that will look really special in your make up bag as it's hard to believe that it's from a high street make up brand. However I'm not sure how they've got away with pretty much copying off YSL's famous touch éclat. They even both apparently do the same thing, I can't compare them as I have never used YSL's but I really would recommend this for anyone not wanting to go the whole way and spend that much money, maybe buy this one first to see if you like it and then when it runs out go for the more expensive YSL option.


I like the fact that it doesn't all dribble out, it comes out very easily and can literally be painted on the face. I put it underneath my eyes and I promise you that it does eliminate under eye bags and tired eyes. It reflects the light off your skin giving that illuminating and 'awake' effect whilst also acting as a light concealer for dark circles. I also put it on either side of my nose and just underneath my eye brows. You could put it on the top of your cheek bones too. I'd recommend Benefit's high beam for this though as it's a lot more highlighting. I think this product has the right amount of highlighting elements in it for under the eyes, but not enough to be an all over face highlighter. The brush is what I really love, it makes it so easy to apply. I do think that it could be better if it was a bit of a thicker solution, you do have to put quite a bit on for those dark dark circles, it seems a bit weak with just one layer, so smudging a few layers does the trick. All in all, I am very pleased with this product and all week I have put it on top of my primer (mac not the loreal one) and then put my foundation over the top of it. I really do love it and I'm so glad that I bought two! I'll definitely continue to use this on a daily basis, however, I'll not stop using my trusty Mac concealer. I'd rather use the two together. It ranges from £8.00-£10.00 depending on where you buy it from.


It comes in three colours; the obvious; light,medium and dark. I tried light and it was REALLY light. I tried medium and it wasn't much better, I didn't try dark because I just thought I'd go for the one in-between. As you can see it is really light, but I think highlighters are meant to be a lot lighter than your foundation, otherwise they wouldn't lighten anything!

I wonder if this is what's the future for Loreal, more expensive and 'studio' products, ooo I do hope so, can't wait to see.
Have you tried any of these products?
Have you tried any sort of highlighters?
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Lots of love, Em

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Rainy day haul - July


The weather has been disgusting for quite some time now, so what does a British girl do when she's bored and the rain is bringing her down? GO TO THE LOCAL SUPERMARKET! Surely, only me? The rain was so bad that I had to stop my poor car at one point, the things I do for a beauty haul ey! My 'local' supermarket isn't that erm, local at all. It's quite a trek, well about 15 minutes but it's HUGE and sells everything. This supermarket (Tesco) is in a kind of centre, including a Superdrug next door to it. If you haven't heard of Superdrug, it's just a British version of a drug store, it sells make up, hair stuff and blah de blah!

Anyway, So first I went into Tesco. I've been looking into buying YSL's touch éclat for years now, but can't bring myself to buy it. I read on couture girl's blog that Loreal have done their own version, and gosh was I happy when I found out. All weekend I've been trying to find this product but nope, sold out. Everywhere. AND when I did find it, it was £10.00, which is extremely steep for Loreal, a high street make up brand!? It was no longer on Boot's 3 for 2 offer and Superdrug had 0 in stock. 

To my surprise, TESCO, my local supermarket (home of all things food and water) had hundreds of it in stock. AND, to make it even better, it was on a three for two offer! I was soo happy. So happy in fact that, I fell for their trick and like a good consumer bought two items when ordinarily, I just wanted the one. Tesco win, I lose, out of pocket BUT my make up bag is growing. So, the three items I chose; I decided to opt for an over priced primer, because it looked good. Absolutely tiny but surely at £14.00 (gasp, for Loreal - Outrageous, I know) it must be good? Hah, how wrong could I be.Can't wait to review this for you and warn any of you from buying it!
As well as this I got two luminating sticks, because I was hoping that they'd be amazing and why get the one when I'd get one free anyway? I was alll smiles!

Next I went into Superdrug and stocked up on some MUA, the brand which I have never purchased before. I thought, why not. I needed a new thick concealer, well okay, I didn't need one at all as I only bought a MAC one a week ago but hey, why have one concealer when I can have two. I got two eye liners, nail varnish and a cute lip balm. Also got some face masks, moisturiser and a delivery of St Tropez before I went out that afternoon. I won two bottles of St Tropez in a competition, I haven't used the stuff for yeaaaars as I am a complete xen-tan princess (lol) now, No i really am, deeeeeeef the BIGGEST fan. But the new packaging looks swanky so I will use it but I have extremely high expectations now that I am an avid Xen-tan user.

Last but certainly not least, I found a new brand called VIVO in my supermarket, who knew that supermarkets were so up to date with make up? At only £5.00 I got super excited and put this straight in my basket. They do so many cool little sets like this and I just haddd to buy this after wanting Benefit's brow palette which is triple the price for ever now. I cannot wait to tell you all about it later on in the week.

Well, I think I had a great haul. I hope you'll all agree!
P.S, if you read my blog please do me a big favour and like my new facebook page, i've only just made it and it's feeling very lonely, https://www.facebook.com/Adayinthelifeofems

Once again, thanks for all your support and comments. I couldn't do it without you all.
Love yaalll.
Em xxx

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