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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Putting Fashion With Phones! Designing Phone Cases With Case Station!

When Case Station got in touch and asked me to design five phone cases I jumped at the chance. The world of flay lays, Instagram and Pinterest has made me (and 95% of the world) adore and long for all things pretty and clean and I'm always in the mood to create things now. I've always been a really creative person but I'm really not good at art, drawing or keeping things tidy actually. I have the ideas and the visions in my head but I'm not the neatest person so I was excited to test drive Case Station and see my ideas come to life (you can too!). Let's see how I got on...

Friday, 30 October 2015

Top/Favourite Travel Destinations So Far & Travel Bucketlist!

I recently read an article called 'how to have more birthdays than the Queen' discussing travel routes that allow you to celebrate your birthday more than once by manipulating time zones and travelling. I got a little bit excited. It gave me a few ideas in terms of travelling, do I fly to Australia and celebrate my birthday and then have another one elsewhere?! Think of all the cake. This got me thinking about my love for travel (if you read EmTalks or follow me on Instagram you'll know that I am forever suffering from wanderlust) and this article has made me want to discuss my favourite travel destinations (so far). Over the past year I've been fortunate enough to travel a lot so I decided to write about my top 10 destinations (so far) out of the places I've visited...I've never really done a travel round up so here we go! 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Too Faced Brand Spotlight; Too Faced Beauty Review

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Too Faced is one of my favourite brands. As a child, I'd stand in Debenhams at their stall and wish I owned their Lip Injection lipgloss (and everything else). I used to ask for it every Christmas when I was younger. I knew from the age of about 15 that I had a fascination with make up. Now, my make up bag is brimming with Too Faced products and rightly so. They just keep bringing out amazing products. You may have seen lots of their items feature on my blog over the past few years actually but today I've decided to put them in the brand spotlight and give you a little overview of the brand as a whole. Let's talk about Too Faced...

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The White Blazer & Khaki Two-Piece

You may have seen me obsessing over this coat/jacket/blazer recently on Instagram (@emshelx - come say hello!) so it only seemed right that I feature it on my blog. I am so excited to finally be taking it for a proper spin today and showing it off to you! Not to mention another two-piece...

Friday, 23 October 2015

Honesty. I Need To Be Honest With You. New Chapter, Positivity!


Hey everyone! So today I wanted to write a personal post.  Today was one of those days where I just got home and cried and that hasn't happened in a long time. I've had to build up a resilience to things so tend to be quite numb sometimes but today all my emotions came out - thank gosh because sometimes you just need to cry. It's really hard to be strong all the time. I've been through things in my past and it's made me put up this kind of guard which isn't always a good thing. This post went live and I freaked out, got scared so reverted it to a draft but it's back now. Phew. I haven't written a personal post for quite some time but today I just wanted to be honest with you I guess. It's quite a quick post as I want to keep things as short as I can ahhh. So much has gone on in my life over the past few months and I haven't really discussed it on social media because even though I discuss a lot of my life on social media, there are parts of it I choose not to discuss. It's weird really, I put my life on the internet but I guess we choose which parts we share and which parts we don't share. I try my hardest to be positive on Twitter and social media but sometimes, it isn't all positive so I wanted to just be a little bit honest with you guys today and touch on what's been going on in my life recently and talk about how it's a new chapter now! I actually love this time of year, it feels like so many fresh starts are happening and I've made myself a few goals too! 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A Weekend In Barcelona, Part 2

We seemed to cram so much into one weekend that I had to break my Barcelona post into two. Barcelona seems like so long ago now when actually it was only last month. I'd do anything to head back but for now, I'll have to relive it with these photos...

Monday, 19 October 2015

Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System; Stress-Free Hair Removal At Home

When I was asked if I'd like to try the new Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System I jumped at the chance. Something which promises to make hairs not grow back/grow back slower/lighter? Count me in. So does this at home hair removal kit really work? Let's discuss...

Sunday, 18 October 2015

LVNDR Clothing & Accessories Relaunch! Exciting Announcement!

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As most of you will know if you follow me on social media or read my blog regularly, back in December 2013 I opened an online store called LVNDR. Inspired by my love for all things pretty, Pinteresty and pastelly, LVNDR (lavender) was born. Things have been so hectic recently with my blog (which is exciting and good!!!) so LVNDR took a little bit of a backseat but today, I'm really excited today to share what we've been working on with you. The most amazing, dedicated team have been working crazily so that we could re-launch LVNDR and today is finally the day! Eek. I couldn't be more excited to share this with you. We're back, with new lookbooks, a bigger, better (more-user friendly!) site (which I am so in love with) plus, lots more, new and exciting product ranges. I hope you'll fall in love with all our new items just as much as I have done. Come take a first look at the all new LVNDR store and a few images below eek!

Friday, 16 October 2015

A Weekend In Barcelona; Barcelona Hidden Gems - Part 1

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When Hotels.com asked me if I wanted to explore a European city I could hardly say no. My mind said 'go somewhere you've never been', Italy was naturally top of the list (I cannot believe I am yet to visit Italy), but my heart said Barcelona (again). I've visited Barcelona once, a few years agoand since then, it's still remained my favourite city in the world (so far). If you read my blog a lot you'll know that I've been fortunate enough to visit quite a lot of cities/states around the world in the past few years but most of them have been miles away from home and I always jump at the chance to go on a European adventure. Barcelona did something to me the first time I visited and I had this urge to go back. I grabbed as many Summer outfits as I could find, got my bikinis back out and packed a bag. It was time to go back to the place where my love for travel began... Hola Barcelona!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Vichy Dermablend Review; My Favourite Foundation

Vichy dermablend foundation
Hello! Ah a beauty post. Golly I needed to get my beauty head back on. Trust me, I have so much beauty stuff coming up. I promise... beauty things just seem to take me a long time to write about because I like to rigorously try them first. Today though I wanted to introduce you to a very old favourite (in new packaging though!). I've actually done a review of this before but I did it years ago  back when I first started blogging and I wanted to do a new one because this is well and truly my favourite foundation in the world. I was actually inspired to write a new review of Vichy's Dermablend when quite a lot of people on Twitter asked what my favourite foundation is. Let's discuss a foundation which doesn't make me break out, gives me amazing coverage, looks flawless all day, doesn't cost the Earth and is my holy grail item...

Monday, 12 October 2015

What I Wore In New York; New York Outfit Of The Day ft Kurt Geiger

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Last week I was lucky enough to spend some time in New York city (New York posts coming your way really soon eek). It was so good to be back in New York after my first big trip there, I've really missed the USA over the past few months whilst I've focused on spending some more time in Europe so it was nice to quickly pop back. You really cannot beat the big apple! Today though, I wanted to share this outfit with you from my trip as I cannot get enough of my new Kurt Geiger boots! Lets discuss...

Saturday, 10 October 2015

I Was Given 'Acne' For The Day; World Mental Health Day 2015

Last week I was invited to work on something for World Mental Health Day. I don't really know how to put it into words. I've never done anything like this before but I am always up for speaking out about things. I was asked by Pharmacy2U if I'd like to have acne for the day. Not to make fun of people with acne of course, but to kind of see what it's like/see how people make you feel (obviously it isn't 100% the same but I wanted to try do this to raise even a tiny bit of awareness after reading some upsetting statistics about acne sufferers). There are statistics which show depression levels are really high in people who have acne and this really struck a chord with me. I was basically asked if I'd like to walk around with acne for the day to see if people looked at me differently/see how I felt. Let's discuss further...

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

How To Grow Long, Strong Hair; The Best Products To Grow Hair.

Hello hello! So today I wanted to do a little hair update post. I am so so happy with my hair at the moment and the way it's heading - I'm finally rid of the damage and it's finally growing. I feel like I am finally on the road to long hair! The strength and condition has improved so much and I just couldn't be happier.  This time last year I thought my hair strength and condition had improved but another year on and it's just getting better. It's got stronger and longer than I could ever have hoped. I found a new hairdresser (Lee and Valencia at Sassoon salons), revamped my hair product collection and mainly, continued to take care of my hair. If you don't know anything about my hair journey, I was left with bald patches and extremely damaged/weak hair after hot bonded hair extensions. I was basically told that my hair would probably never grow again. The truth is, hair growth takes a long time but if you're patient, it's worth it. I promise. Let's talk about my favourite products for hair growth at the moment...

Monday, 5 October 2015

Room Tour; My Bedroom!

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Hello! I've wanted to do a bedroom tour for quite some time on my blog/YouTube but just never really got round to it. Well, today is the day. My bedroom is still a work in progress in terms of little bits here and there (more cushions, wall art and little things like that for example) but I felt like I wanted to share it with you today as my video tour uploaded yesterday so let's talk and then you can see it properly in my video at the end of this post if you haven't watched that already...

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Plump It! Lip Plumper Review - Get Bigger, Juicer Lips!

Plump It review
When Plump It! got in touch and asked me if I wanted to try their new volumizing lipgloss I couldn't say no. If you read my blog a lot you'll know that I really want bigger lips but obviously without surgery. I feel like I missed out on the juicy lips gene and for as long as I can remember I've been trying to find a way to fake bigger lips using only make up. Lip liner rescued me a little bit but I missed that glossiness and that juiciness. That's where Plump it comes in! Let's discuss...

Thursday, 1 October 2015

London Fashion SS16 Week Round Up

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Ah so you've seen the outfit I wore to London Fashion Week (if you missed that post you can read it here) and now it's time to quickly show you a few highlights of my time at Fashion Week...

My Monthly Loves:

AUTUMN OUTFIT IDEAS:
OCCASION DRESS IDEAS: