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!