Ah, it's that time again, time to talk about the best products and brands this year. I seem to spend the whole year trying beauty products and learning about new brands so it only makes sense that I write a yearly round up post. I always write monthly round up posts, so why not do a yearly round up about the things that really smashed it this year too? The things/brands which aren't just monthly favourites, but the ones which have impressed me ALL year. I think it's important to reflect and think about which brands have really stood out this year (all year), which brands are worth the fuss, the money and which brands have just got it oh-so-right, continually, or, which products I simply haven't put down all year. I can't wait to talk to you today about these...
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Monday, 29 December 2014
Hello everyone and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I wasn't going to write this blog post, particularly because I just wrote my What I Got For My 21st Birthday post, but I have loved reading people's 'what I got for Christmas' posts and I decided I may as well write one too! I don't want the festivities to end just yet so if I can hold onto them for just a little longer that would be amazing. I am totally fine with people sharing their lovely presents, I think people can be so negative and it really upsets me to see so many people getting offended by people sharing their gifts on social media; seriously, find something meaningful to moan about. Let's change the world by moaning about things that truly matter. If people want to share their gifts, then don't be the Grinch, just let them. I am extremely grateful and for me, Christmas truly is about who's around the tree. I couldn't have asked for a better day with my lovely, small family. Enough of the negativity, let's talk about Christmas!!!
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Recently, I went to catch up with one of my beautiful friends, Ashley James. I also, finally got to meet her beautiful puppy, Snoop. She kindly took some photos of my outfit for me, it's quite a casual outfit but it's the coat which makes it come to life (and keeps me super cosy). I thought I'd share it with you...
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Hello hello hello! I am so excited to be writing this post after the most amazing two days. On the 22nd December, I turned 21 and whilst I didn't really want to turn 21 (can we rewind please or send me to Neverland with Peter Pan), I was overwhelmed with how amazing turning 21 actually was. I wanted to talk to you about the outfits, the make up and the past few days! Let's talk about turning 21...
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Oh gosh how I have missed talking about beauty but I am back! I promise I have loads of beauty posts coming so stay with me! Last night I decided to play around with lots of make up and film a Christmas Get Ready With Me, a kind of Christmas make up tutorial video, I hope you like it! It's time to get sparkly and festive!
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Hello, let me introduce you to my favourite outfit at the moment! You may remember me featuring this on my Christmas gift-guide and I am so happy to be the owner of this now! Missguided challenged me to shoot a 'go hard and a go home' post and this is my 'go home outfit' - it's so comfy, so cosy and just a genuine pleasure to wear. I can't wait to show you more...
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Hello! It feels weird to be posting an outfit post where I'm back in my home country; England! I feel like this is a bit of a special outfit post because it's my first one back on British turf - hooray! Recently I've been busy around London but I thought I'd stop and do some outfit posts for you all. I hope you like this one... it's good to be home!
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Hello! Wow, so we have like, 8 days left until Christmas... that's crazy but honestly, don't worry at all if you haven't even started your Christmas shopping yet, luckily, the online word is here to help you. As well as my two huge gift guides; my Christmas gift guide for him here and Christmas gift guide for her here, I thought I would put together a last minute gift guide too just incase you haven't started or you still have a few more presents to buy... You can do all your shopping from the comfort of your home as it's all online! Happy shopping!
Monday, 15 December 2014
Hello hello hello, it's me (who else would it be?!) and I am officially back home - hooray! It feels so so good to be back. I love travelling and that's not finished yet so don't worry! (Catch up on my travels here). I am actually writing this from London as I am currently here doing some exciting things. Today it's a quick one, but I promise it's a good one! I am working with Herbal Essences on another Twitter party (I loved it so much last time!) and I would love love love for you to join me...
Saturday, 13 December 2014
The past week has been incredible and whilst even Kodak can't capture some memories, I did want to take my camera out into the snow and share some of Canada's beauty with you... (currently back in England and wondering how I managed to leave). The past week was a stark contrast from my first Canada blog post when I was on a beach, in 30 degree heat and whilst I think I'm probably a beach babe at heart, I don't think you can beat crisp, white snow...
Thursday, 11 December 2014
What do you do on a rainy Sunday? You visit the nearest Ben & Jerry's factory of course (oh travel, I love you!) On the way back from Boston, we happened to drive through Vermont so naturally, that meant a stop off at the Ben & Jerry's factory. You should all know by now (mainly because of the amount of photos I put on my Instagram @emshelx) that I love ice cream, I'm forever putting photos of huge ice creams up on my account and it's really not okay, so naturally I squealed a little bit (okay a lot) when I heard I was going to the King of all ice creams to take a look around...
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
It was a very exciting day when I found out that Urban Decay had kindly sent me some of the amazing Pulp Fiction range to have a play around with. I have been eyeing up this in every single beauty shop. I know this review is late (so many people have reviewed the range already), but hey, better late than never and I am so excited to talk to you about this beautiful range which actually, shocked me a little bit... click read more to find out why.
Sunday, 7 December 2014
I've been writing this post since September, dipping in and out of it, changing my mind about posting it, continually adding to it and deleting things, but today, I've decided to bite the bullet and just post it. In September, I was feeling really stressed, blogging makes me feel 100% happy though, I love writing, I love taking photographs and I love socialising. I have met some of the most incredible people through blogging, people I call friends and I guess taking myself out of my happy blogging community back home (and going abroad for a little while), kind of knocked me a bit unsteady. I needed to go travelling (read about why here) - I really just didn't feel happy about my first two years of university - in some respects, they were amazing but when I look back, I was far from fulfilled and guessed that taking a break from my degree and starting fresh was the best option for me. Sometimes, you've just got to take yourself away and start fresh I guess. I've always been a person who believes in tackling the problem in front of me, rather than running away from it, but the thing is, there was no direct problem to tackle, I just wanted to explore, see the world and meet amazing new people. I had a burning desire to go somewhere new, jump on a plane alone and face my fears - rather than following the standard university path. Today, I just wanted to have a little chat to you. I want to discuss life pressures, stresses and how to just kick stress/worry up the bum.
Friday, 5 December 2014
I've always wanted to visit Boston and finally, that dream came true. Boston is a quaint, beautiful city and I honestly would move there if I ever got the chance. I've been lucky enough to travel to some beautiful places this Autumn/Winter, I only just got back from New York and Cuba and thought nothing could top them, but, Boston was unexpectedly perfect. Let's take a look at this perfect city...
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Hello! Another beauty post from me hooray - I felt the need to spam you all with beauty posts because I just haven't written about beauty properly for a few weeks and that makes me really sad! This is called 'what's in my December make up bag' but it's actually 'what's in my November make up bag' too because I've been using these products throughout the whole of November and I'm continuing to use them throughout December too...
Monday, 1 December 2014
Hello! So this post is really over-due but better late than never ey! It took me so long to write my huge female Christmas gift guide and I just couldn't face writing another one straight away - writing guides became quite tedious because I put so much time and effort into that one (I wanted to make sure I gave you the best gift guide ever this year!) but I'm back with a fresh gift guide and this time, it's for the man in your life. Whether you're buying for your brother, your boyfriend, your Dad, your Grandad or your friend - I've got you covered. Let's get started... you've only got 24 days left until the big day!
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Hooray! It feels so so good to be writing this post for two reasons, number 1 - it's not a wishlist or a gift guide (Christmas is seriously taking over at the moment). Number 2, a November favourites post means it's the end November which means it's almost Christmas, hooray! I just absolutely love Christmas - it's so embarrassing. But also, I have really missed writing about beauty this week so I am super duper excited to share my November favourites post with you! Let's do this...
Saturday, 29 November 2014
Hello! So I thought I'd share a haul with you today, it's long over-due but the day has finally come. I've been in Canada since August so I've obviously picked up lots of exciting bits and pieces, not to mention the bits I got on my New York trip so I thought it was time to put it all together and talk to you about what I've been buying! Nothing beats a stateside beauty and fashion haul... it's time to talk shopping!
Friday, 28 November 2014
Today is an exciting one! It's a totally different post from me today but I am SO excited to help out fashion and beauty lovers worldwide! It's a Black Friday round up post! I'm currently between Canada and the USA blogging here (14 days until I'm home!) meaning I've heard all about how crazy Black Friday is here - it's basically like our boxing day sales in the UK, but much crazier. Lucky for us European folk, most sites have cottoned on and are giving us discount too (hooray!) I've put together a list of ALL the best sales which are happening today, right now (and this weekend too) so that you don't even have to leave your bed - you can sit on your laptop and click away and get all your presents and treats for yourself at discounted prices (who wants to go into a crowded shop anyway? not me!) International people, don't worry, I'll put the best international offers on too. I'm all for saving money and this is gonna save you A LOT, it's time to buy your Christmas presents and Christmas outfits... ready, set, GO!
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Hello hello hello! So I have a giveaway for you today...whilst this photo screams sunshine (my Ray-Bans were more than necessary on my recent trip to Cuba), I still wear my sunglasses in the Winter sunshine, or, you could keep your pair for your next holiday! Who wouldn't want a free pair of Ray-Bans? The best sunglasses. So let's get down to it... I'm giving away one pair of Ray-Bans (of your choice!) in collaboration with The Sunglasses Shop as a little Christmas present from me to you! Click read-more to find out how to enter. As most of you will know, Ray-Bans are my favourite glasses ever so go and win yourself a pair and we can love Ray-Bans together!
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
So I'm a little late to the party here but it was a very good day indeed when an airmail parcel arrived for me in Canada brimming with Bourjois goodies. I totally fell head over heels in love with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks and the minute I saw this collection, I knew I was going to fall in love all over again. Let's talk about Bourjois' delicious new 12 hour lipstick range...
Sunday, 23 November 2014
A few days ago I decided to head to Cuba. It wasn't really somewhere I had on my travel bucket list but I am so glad I booked a last minute trip. I jumped on a plane and within a few hours I was in 30 degree paradise. I can also now see why people (particularly Canadians) adore Cuba. Naturally, I had to share some of my trip with you...
Friday, 21 November 2014
Hello! A slightly different one from me today but I thought I'd post a little recipe that I've been making and loving over the past few weeks. Quite a few people on my Instagram (@emshelx) have asked for this recipe so I thought I'd write it down for you. This is a little adaptation of my 3 ingredient healthy cookies recipe and they got such lovely feedback so thank you! I figured because Christmas is coming (scary) we're all going to want to hopefully get fit and healthy before we indulge in lots of yummy chocolate and wine. I found this recipe on Pinterest and have adapted it so I hope you like it!
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Okay, Christmas is basically nearly here...seriously... we're talking like 5ish weeks! But do not panic, I've got you covered. I've picked a few Christmas bits and bobs up here and there on my travels, but apart from that, I honestly haven't really looked, until now! I've decided to put together a huge Christmas gift guide for you this year, including stocking fillers, special beauty bits, a general gift guide and then a luxury gift guide - I've made sure I've covered all price ranges too and chosen websites which ship internationally. I've got you all covered! Whether you're using this as a way to find something for your girlfriend, best friend, Mum, sister, Grandma or just so you can find something to add to your own Christmas list (I know I've added half of this stuff to mine) then hopefully this should help you out. Just call me Santa's little helper, here we go...
If you're looking for a guide for him, click here!
Monday, 17 November 2014
The prospect of my Washington D.C trip ending wasn't a good thought. If you missed my first Washington D.C post, make sure you go and read that here so you can update yourself on part 1 of my time in D.C. The next morning, we headed to The Fairmont Hotel which is closer to the Georgetown area of Washington D.C. I have always wanted to stay in a Fairmont hotel, everyone talks about how incredible they are and honestly, my experience at the Fairmont is something I will never forget, it was an experience in itself. Let's talk about amazing food and an amazing shopping trip in my second and final Washington D.C post... (sobs - I miss you already Washington D.C!)
Saturday, 15 November 2014
I've always loved the colour grey and I've always loved skater skirts. I've always wanted to own a pretty, structured skirt and this little beauty fell into my wardrobe at the right time. I thought it was time I introduced you to some new pieces in my wardrobe... let's do this! It is the best season for fashion after all...
Friday, 14 November 2014
Today is a bit of a different post from me but I am actually really excited to share this with you. Basically, I was introduced to a pretty addictive site the other week (could this be the new Pinterest?!) and, there's a way you can use it to basically change your online shopping experience and win a prize worth $1200, so that's around £600! Keep reading to find out more... PS, you're not going to thank me for this when you're addicted to this site...
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Hello, so today as I am actually going to talk to you about one tiny item which has revolutionised my life. I've always wanted bigger lips, I've tried lots of lip glosses and lipsticks but I've never really liked the effect as much as this. Plus, I've missed writing beauty posts so much and it makes me so happy to write about beauty products. I've never been a lip liner wearer as such, this is a recent thing (and now I can't get enough, I'm hooked). After seeing everyone talk about Kylie Jenner's lips, I decided to try this lip liner trick and see if it does make my lips look bigger. My problem is that all of my lip pencils are quite 'out there colours' and more suited to night out make up, so I went into Nars the other day and asked for an every day lip liner and this ladies, is what I need to talk to you about...if you want yummy, bigger lips which look natural, then this is for you.
Monday, 10 November 2014
I've always wanted to visit Washington D.C, I've dreamt of this day for quite some time now. We arrived on a rainy Friday night but trust me, a rainy night in Washington D.C is probably better than a sunny night anywhere else. Washington D.C was quaint, peaceful and simply stunning. I am far too excited to share the latest part of my adventure with you...
Saturday, 8 November 2014
So as most of you will know, Nicole Scherzinger launched her second collection with Missguided recently and every single fashion blogger has gone wild for it. I'm not strictly a fashion blogger, I dip in and out of everything but I absolutely love fashion and I do lots of fashion posts so I thought it was about time I did my own post about the collection. You may have seen me tweet about how much I loved certain items from it so here we go, I took two of my favourite pieces for a test drive...
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Ah I'm sad to say this is my final New York blog post (for now anyway! - NYC, I'll be back) I think this is the one I am most excited about sharing with you though and I really hope you've been enjoying this crazy adventure with me. Everyone knows that New York is famous for it's shopping so naturally, the beauty and fashion blogger inside me had to do a post about shopping in New York city! If you read my blog often or follow me on Instagram (@emshelx), you'll know I am a huge food lover so I also needed to share a pretty exciting food tour I went on whilst in New York with you. Let's talk shopping and food - what more could you want?!
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Ah a beauty review, how I have missed writing about beauty products in the past few weeks! This is the first BareMinerals product I've ever used and I am excited to be sharing it with you today. I've wanted to use BareMinerals for ages because I've heard how good it is for your skin, so let's see how I got on with the new Pure Brightening Serum Foundation...
Sunday, 2 November 2014
I wanted to talk to you about my favourite new eating place. I know that most of you reading this are dotted all around the world so might not get the chance to visit, but I still wanted to share this magical foodie haven with you because I feel like you can probably re-create these dishes at home with your friends but also, it's part of my Canadian adventure and I promised you could come along for the ride with me. I'd like to introduce you to Lola Rosa, my first experience of this kind and certainly not my last.
Friday, 31 October 2014
Whilst in New York we decided to check out the New York High Line. The High Line is 1.45-mile-long and it's a city park built on a section of a disused New York railroad/tracks. It's such a cool, creative concept and spending my morning walking along it was the loveliest start to my day. Come join me for another action packed day in New York city...
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Hello! So I don't know why I've only just got round to reviewing this primer now - it's long been one of my favourite primers and I've been meaning to review it for more than a year, but better late than never ey? I feel like so many people talk about this product but I've never read any full-blown reviews so I thought I'd do one today. It actually took me quite some time to fall in love with this primer, it was a product that I had to persevere with but when I had to go without it for a few weeks, I realised just how flawless it made my make up look and I really missed using it. Let's talk about Benefit's best selling primer (it's a best seller for a reason!)...
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
I can see why people talk about 'fall' (Autumn) so much in America/Canada, it's absolutely stunning. The leaves, the houses, the decor, fall is so much more than just a season here, they really embrace everything about it. Whilst in New York, I obviously had to spend some time in Central Park, it's something I've dreamt of doing for as long as I can remember. I feel like we chose the perfect day, the sun was shining, there was a slight chill in the air, the park wasn't too busy and the leaves looked truly stunning. Come and cycle through Central Park with me and I'll show you around...
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Recently I decided to fly to New York. It's one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. I've always wanted to visit New York and I'm really not sure why I haven't been before. I certainly know I'll be going back, more than once. I'm ready to book another trip already. This is the first of my New York posts and I cannot wait to share this crazy adventure with you. I can't wait to show you how I spent my weekend in New York. Let's just say, it's so much more than a 'concrete jungle' and you could honestly spend years there and still not do even half of what New York has to offer...
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Ah Winter, how quickly you approach. I'm in Canada at the moment (still here) and it's getting really cold. I never really change my skincare too much in Winter but this year I am going to do just that because everyone knows that cold weather isn't too kind to the skin and I can already feel my face drying up (nice). The weather here is very up and down, one minute it's sunny and the next minute it's chilly - my skin isn't enjoying this at all. I often stop and think about just how much Winter dehydrates the skin, not to mention the fact that the sun is lower which means more harmful UV rays. So here are a few skin saviours to keep you looking plump, hydrated and bright this Winter! I will not let the weather defeat my skin and I'll be back in chilly England very soon which should feel warm in comparison to Canada!
Thursday, 23 October 2014
October is here! Hooray! I haven’t done a wishlist post for ages and we all know how much I love writing wish/lust lists! I have this bad habit of always publishing them towards the end of the month though so I do apologise for that. I think this is probably my favourite lust-list yet because I’ve had quite some time to compile it and really look around… dun dun dun… bank cards at the ready…
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Sunday, 19 October 2014
It's time for another travel post! Recently I was invited to the launch of a new restaurant in Montreal, the foodie in me could hardly say no so I put on my favourite new playsuit and trotted off to Crescent street. It really doesn't matter where in the world you're based because I feel like you're going to like this one... who doesn't enjoy photos of food and champagne, oh and I need to show you my favourite new playsuit. I invite you to join me on a girls night filled with fabulous treats...
Friday, 17 October 2014
When I met up with two of my friends recently (Ashley James & Scarlett London) we were discussing how amazing Grandparents are - they're so wise and we can learn so much from them. There and then I decided that I would ask my Grandma what her fool-proof beauty tips are, after all, if anyone knows anything about beauty it would be our Grandmas, they've been around for a long enough time to try and test everything. I know my Grandma is a huge Clinique fan so I was interested to learn more...
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
I don't care what anyone says, cold weather does not mean we have to stop wearing two-pieces. I love co-ords, my wardrobe is full of them and I don't plan on stopping my collection anytime soon. This beautiful fluffy co-ord (which you've probably seen everyone wearing on Instagram) is no exception and truly is the perfect Winter two-piece because it's so warm. Let's talk fluffy co-ords!
Monday, 13 October 2014
The time finally came for me to visit Toronto recently. One 4 hour train later and boom, I felt like I was in a larger, Canadian version of London. I was so excited to finally arrive in a big city but also, an English speaking big city - I absolutely adore other cultures and languages but it can be quite difficult sometimes in Montreal because absolutely everything is in French. I like Montreal, but I think I prefer Toronto. Montreal is small, happy and pretty but Toronto feels as if it's the land of opportunity and anything is possible. I'm excited to share my weekend in Toronto with you... (and don't worry, this certainly isn't my last weekend in this amazing city).
Saturday, 11 October 2014
If you follow me on Twitter or read my blog regularly you'll know that The Body Shop is one of my favourite brands. I love The Body Shop because everything is natural, they have amazing morals and ethics, they help out so many charities and communities but also, the obvious, their products are amazing. It's you don't often see multi-taking brands who make good make up, skincare, body care and hair care products but The Body Shop manage to do that. I was recently sent a box brimming with their best selling products and I wanted to share them with you as some of them are my favourites too!
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Hello! So today it's time for my second back to school outfit. I think my blog has been pretty low on fashion posts recently and I do like to mix and match so I'm excited to share this one with you. As mentioned earlier, ASOS recently challenged me to put together some back to school outfits, you can view my first one here and now it's time for my second...
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Hello! So today I wanted to talk about my favourite nail colour. Ever since Kendall Jenner posted a photograph of her fabulously nude nails on Instagram I knew that I had to get myself some nude nails. The only problem is, there are so many different shades of nude, it's impossible to find the right one first time. I now have a collection of 9 nude nail varnishes (that's nothing compared to my other nail varnishes but that's another story for another day!) and I wanted to show you them so that you can find your dream nude too. I think nude is such a perfect, easy to wear colour for all seasons, it goes with any outfit and it doesn't look too bad when it chips either. The other issue with nude is whether you're wanting a yellowy nude, a grey nude, a dark nude or a pink nude. Let's see if you fall in love with any of these nudes...
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Hello! So this week marks one month in Canada - how crazy?! It feels like only yesterday I was crying my eyes out in Manchester airport, teddy in one hand, multiple suitcases by my side and me breaking down as I had to say 'see you soon' to my Mum. The best part? I did it and I'm so glad I took the plunge. I faced one of my biggest fears; the fear of the un-known and entered this new culture and country. I wanted to share my first month with you...
Friday, 3 October 2014
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
We've all heard of Five Guys right? If not, where have you been? Don't worry though, I'm here to help and I only had my first ever Five Guys a week or so ago. Naturally I had to share the experience with you. I've been excited to tell you about it ever since. A mere 500m from my apartment in Canada, there are two Five Guys. Two. Help me. In England? People barely talk about it. People in Canada actually laugh when they see how excited I get over Five Guys but I wanted to talk to you about the best burger I've ever eaten...