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Sunday, 30 December 2018


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Wow. Is 2018 really over? Is that really it? I can't quite believe how quickly it's been and gone. It only feels like yesterday I was writing up my 2017 reflections blog post. As with all years, 2018 was filled with many ups and many downs but I truly believe I'm learning new things every month, let alone every year. I'm definitely getting more philosophical with age and seeing deeper meanings in everything in life. Today I wanted to write a post with 10 ways I personally think you can make 2019 the best. I don't really like this pressure of 'make it your best year yet' as in my opinion, the fact you're living and breathing means you're already winning at life. Equally though, I totally understand that people feel motivated with phrases like that, I personally do. So, whether you want to make 2019 your best year yet or, you just want to get the most out of it and spend it feeling positive, here are my ways to make 2019 your year.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Best Christmas Sales And Deals 2018 - Boxing Day Sales

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, first and foremost. I hope you have all had a wonderful day and spent it with those you love the most. Today, it's time (with a very full and happy tummy) for me to give you my ultimate list of all the best Christmas sales, deals and Boxing Day sales too. I've always been that person who goes to the shops on Boxing Day to get some bargains but now? I do most of it online (in my pyjamas). You don't even need to get out of your pyjamas and you can sit sipping your hot chocolate, mimosa or whatever drink of choice whilst browsing through the best sales and I hope, you'll have Love Actually on in the background too. I've done the groundwork so you don't have to. I've included some of my favourite picks in the sales this year as well as one list with ALL the best Christmas and Boxing Day sales to make things easier. I'll be updating throughout the week when sales drop too. Happy shopping! P.S, if you're heading out over the festive season, I've put lots of New Years Outfit Ideas here. If you prefer videos, there's a video here with the best Christmas/Boxing Day sales too.

Friday, 21 December 2018

24 Important Life Lessons

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It's my birthday tomorrow, hooray! Last year I wrote a blog post with 23 things I'd learnt last year and I thought I'd do another one this year. Another year older, another year wiser (or not so). I always get a little nostalgic and deep during the festive season and during my birthday so today is the perfect day to publish this post and look at some things life has taught me this year. Here are 24 important life lessons life has taught me this year. 

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Being Present In An Online World

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We talk about presents and gifts at Christmas time but what about the gift or present of actually being PRESENT during the festive period? It's something I've been thinking about a lot this week. Cliche, yes I know and you may think a little cringe but bear with me. 

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Christmas Gift Ideas 2018

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A very festive hello! Yup, can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? How did that happen. Yep, it’s that time of year again already! This year has been so hectic, I’m sure you’ve all found the same: it doesn’t seem like more than a few weeks ago that we were all enjoying an epic summer and planning our holidays. I don’t know about you guys but I think some years are more festive than others and this year it already feels as if it’s in full swing with everyone focussing on where to go, what to do, and most importantly what to buy for their loved ones! It's my birthday on 22nd December and to be honest, I LOVE getting my birthday out of the way first so maybe that's why I'm quite last minute with my gifts. I'm pleased to say, I'm fully organised this year as I gave my family experiences and they've already enjoyed them! I’m already overwhelmed by some of the beautiful gifts I’ve seen this year and I almost don’t know where to begin with this guide (hence it being so late, it's taken weeks to write haha) so, as last year, I’ve picked out somethings that I think you will like and put them in to easy read sections in my HUGE Christmas gift guide. Save this one to your favourites because as new things arrive with me I will top up this guide for you to see. Happy reading, I hope this helps you with lots of Christmas gift ideas.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Buying And Renting A House

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If you’re a regular EmTalks follower, you’ll be used to seeing me mention my Mum and how she’s taught my brother and I a very strong work ethic. Something else she’s also very good at is chanting out different sayings to fit different situations, I’m sure you too will experience this from your own parents and some of these sayings stick with you. When I was younger these sayings just used to roll off me but I’ve realised now that they all have their particular meaning and one for sure that I’ve become to relate to in the past year is the phrase ‘nothing is ever simple in this life’ followed by a familiar eye roll…  Uhuh, never a truer word spoken and that’s why I thought I would write this rather ‘adult’ post about the housing market – renting or buying - and my experience to date because believe me, it really isn’t simple.  I wanted to write a blog post with everything you need to know about buying and renting a house, particularly in London but this should help you in other places too. If it helps just one person stay a little calmer through what seems to be the most complicated, unwieldy and unfriendly process to date that will make me happy. I’d heard a lot of people say buying a house is the most stressful thing, you’ll ever do and I honestly didn’t believe them, until now… 

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Zoella Beauty Christmas Collection Review - Zoella Cosmos Range - Snow'Ella

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Gifted items - Ahh, the time is here, Snow'Ella has landed! I was SO excited when the Zoella Beauty Christmas/Winter collection came through the door, it's fun, festive and affordable so makes the perfect pamper treats for stockings or as a treat for yourself. This is going to make my bathroom look so beautiful for Winter. Today, it's time for a review of the Zoella Beauty Christmas and Winter collection. I've said it over and over but Zoe Sugg is an inspiration to so many, what started as a hobby in her bedroom and now she has a whole team working alongside her to create beautiful ranges like the one I'm about to review. I'm such a fan of the content Zoe creates. I first tried Zoella Jelly Gelato range and it certainly didn't disappoint. Most recently, I fell in love with Zoella Splash Botanics and now, it's time to get cosy and festive. I love a Winter pamper. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Best Black Friday Sales And Deals 2018

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Hello guys, the time is here, it's cyber week! We all know that Black Friday is now a week long thing to *annoying haha* so I thought I would compile a list of all the top Black Friday and cyber week sales in one easy place. Open up and let's save some money, this is perfect to help you save money on Christmas shopping or, if you want to buy something designer for less. I will be updating this daily as sales are changing and being added daily so make sure you bookmark it!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Glossier Products Review

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- Getting spendy in Glossier always means it's time for a new beauty brand spotlight update post. If you remember rightly, I wrote about Glossier finally being available in the U.K back in October last year, how was that one whole year ago?! I reviewed a few cult products from Glossier and since then, my love has only got stronger. Today I wanted to write a little updated post featuring some new bits I've tried from Glossier recently, p.s, if you're in New York, make sure you head to the Glossier showroom - it's beautiful!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Must Have Jumper + Knit Dresses

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I fell head over heels in love with jumper dresses a few years ago and I truly have never looked back; comfort, style, easy to throw on and you can dress them up or down. What's not to love? I think my most worn outfit during the colder months is a knit dress and they need shouting about more. I love throwing something on, feeling fabulous but feeling comfortable all day too. I realised I haven't written a fashion blog post in quite some time so today, we're talking must have jumper dresses.

Friday, 9 November 2018

The Best Pizza Slice In New York

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New York is famous for its pizza but one of the main questions I’m asked? Where do you get the best pizza slice from in NYC? I’m very lucky to have visited New York many times and it truly feels like a bit of a second home now. Rumour has it, there are so many restaurants popping up in New York all the time that you could eat out every night for 10 years and STILL not try them all. If you've ever read my huge New York city travel guide you'll know that I absolutely love visiting New York and have tried many of their restaurants but I still have thousands to tick off. Here are so many different opinions on where to get the best pizza slice from in New York but I thought I’d share some wisdom on my top places for the best pizza in New York. P.s, don't miss my New York best brunch and breakfast guide. 

Monday, 5 November 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Doing A Year Abroad / Studying Abroad

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I know I’ve written quite a few University themed blog posts recently but these posts seem to have been highly requested (thank you so much for your topic ideas on Instagram: @emshelx). It hit me recently that I never actually spoke about my year abroad experience or talked about the logistics of moving my life to another country. I guess back then, it felt so crazy and I did keep some of it private. I mean, there are some seriously old (really rubbish) travel vlogs on my YouTube from my time there but I rarely spoke about how to apply for a year abroad, the logistics of doing a year abroad and what it’s like to move your life to the other side of the world. I get quite a lot of messages about this so whether you’re thinking about doing a year abroad or thinking about starting a new life abroad or even just going away for a prolonged period of time, I hope you will find this blog post useful. You might also find my top travel tips and hacks blog post useful too. (Get ready for some old photos)

Thursday, 1 November 2018

The University Experience

Ad affiliate links throughout -  Hello hello! I’ve written a fair few blog posts about my time at university, including the motivation for deadlines/essays at University, how to get the most out of University and even a video called the things they don’t tell you about University. I haven’t however really ever just sat down and talked about my experience at University as a whole. On Instagram (@emshelx) I asked if anyone had any specific topics they’d like me to cover and one that came up many times? My University experience. Get cosy and let’s talk through my honest university experience. Whether you’re thinking about going to University, already at University or have graduated, hopefully this may help/resonate with you. 

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Healthy Eating + Exercise Addiction

Hello hello hello! Today I wanted to talk/ramble about a pretty important topic. I really wanted to talk about exercise/healthy food addiction. Before I begin, I'm not an expert on this topic but these are just my personal thoughts on something I'm seeing increasingly on social media at the moment, I also listened to a podcast recently about orthorexia, which is defined as an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy. I've most definitely seen some obsessive behaviour with fitness and food in people and whilst I think this new health and fitness movement we've seen over the last few years on social media is incredible (it's COOL to nourish your body and move more), I also think many people feel shame and guilt if they don't work out, or if they - god forbid, eat pizza or fries (for the record, I have fries at least twice per week). I've always been very open with what I eat and have discussed the facts: you can most definitely have abs and eat pizza too. Obviously, abs are not the be all and end all and are certainly not a signifier of health, but we shouldn't be feeling guilty for enjoying food. Over the last week, I've had numerous messages from people saying they feel bad if they haven't worked out 6x per week and I've also seen influencers saying they feel guilty for posting photos of junk food. Whilst it's SO important that we nourish our bodies and move more (there's so much evidence that working out and eating well is so so good for us), it's important not to let this turn into an obsession. I'm gonna talk about this today.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

How To Motivate Yourself To Do University Work, Assignments and Work Deadlines

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One of the things I'm asked about the most is motivation. I think 'motivation' can be a universal struggle, whether it's finding the motivation to work out, the motivation to finish your essay or motivation to hit a new goal in life, we've all been there, struggling to feel the motivation.  Often, you want to be motivated but you just can't get yourself there. It's one thing feeling motivated, but actually having that get up and go to do it, is another story. I've written lots of blog posts related to this, including how to be your most productivetop tips to inspire and motivate you, as well as my top tips for freelancers. I talk about gym motivation a lot, one of my most read blog posts is the ways I motivate myself to workout. However, today I wanted to give you some of my tips when it comes to smashing through your work, your assignments, your essay, deadlines or maybe that final year dissertation because I know University/exams can be tough. So whether you're a student, a freelancer or you've just got lots of deadlines to get through, I hope these tips will help motivate you to work. You might be sat here asking, how do I motivate myself to get through my uni work? Well, I am here to help you with that push! 

Read: University Regrets, How To Get The Most Out Of University
- An Honest Look At my University Experience 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Easy Ways You Can Make Someones Day

This feels like the such a cliche blog post (and wow, I have written many in my time) but I do think this is one that may benefit many of us. I find that whilst the internet can be such a wonderful place, it can also be such a nasty place. Today, I thought I'd do something a little positive. It’s cliche yes but it’s so easy to make someone's day, so today, a lighthearted reminder and some easy ways you can make someone's day, which in turn, will make your day great too. You know what they say, if you have ugly thoughts, it can make you an ugly person, so why not spread some positive vibes instead and let that positivity and kindness glow from your face. This was actually inspired by speaking to my Grandparents recently and hearing about how lonely some of their friends are and actually, even my Grandma has admitted feeling lonely. I've always had a soft spot for the elderly, maybe because I'm so close to my Grandparents in the UK there are six million older people who feel lonely and that breaks my heart. Let's make some positive changes! This is a collaboration with McCarthy & Son.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Shiseido Waso Range Review

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If you've read any of my beauty blog posts you'll probably know I'm a bit of a sucker for good skincare. I recently wrote about my current top facial cleansers and the best facial serums and moisturisers. There's so much amazing skincare around and I love trying new brands and new skincare ranges (STILL hooked to my Neutrogena Hydro-Boost). I recently got my hands on the new Shiseido WASO skincare range and just had to write a review as it's one of the most beautiful skincare ranges I've seen in a long time, with such good ingredients. I also love the story behind it. I know my blog covers a lot of topics, whether it's fitness, a personal post, fashion or travel but I promised I'd go back to blogging roots a little bit more this year and include more beauty posts, old school reviews of new things I'm loving. If you love skincare, you're gonna love this Shiseido range. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Best Products For Growing Hair

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As a follow up from my recent blog post with my top hair growth tips, I thought it would be good to write a blog post featuring all the best products for growing the hair. Over the years, I have used a lot of hair products and I have also had incredibly weak damaged hair. You can read my hair growth tips post with my tips on how to fix damaged hair and also find out about my hair journey. I hope this blog post will help anyone trying to get their hair strong, long and healthy. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

Healthier Chocolate Truffles Recipe

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I've had so much good feedback about my healthy recipe posts so today I thought I'd write up a new one, one I've been enjoying so much. We all know how much I love sweet treats but also, how much I like 'healthier' sweet treats, this is a really easy, healthier chocolate truffle recipe and I hope you'll enjoy it!

Don't miss:

Healthy, easy banana bread recipe
Healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe
Healthy 3 ingredient pancakes

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

How To Grow And Strengthen Damaged Hair

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I have received an influx of messages about hair care recently, asking how I grew my damaged hair, how I fixed my hair after bad hair extensions, which hair extensions are the best and how I made my hair thick again. Today I felt like it was finally time to bring all of my hair care and hair growth tips together into one place with an updated how to grow and strengthen your hair post. I also thought it was the perfect time to update you on the best hair extensions to use (spoiler: or in my case, not to use) and how to get your hair back to being long, strong and healthy after damage. So whether you're here because you're trying to grow your hair, here because you damaged your hair and want to fix it or here because hair extensions ruined your hair (like they did with mine) hopefully this guide will help you.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018


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I call these my on-the-go-anytime bars and they've saved my life more times than I can remember (I am ALWAYS hungry). It's incredibly hard to find healthy and filling food when you're on the go so I usually end up stuffing my face with crisps, the healthier kind but I'm not really getting any nutritional benefits. A few years ago my Mum found a delicious recipe for some healthy bars and has since taken inspiration from this to make her own batches of fruity, delicious and healthy bars. This is a really yummy and healthy recipe, one you can make on a Sunday night and pop in a tin for the next 5 days (if they don't all get eaten by then) and grab them when you're on the go, whether it's a quick breakfast, before the gym or tuck them in your handbag for on-the-go, you can have these healthy bars and my healthy banana bread on the go all week. Enjoy! 

Don't miss:

Healthy, easy banana bread recipe 
Healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe
Healthy 3 ingredient pancakes 

Healthier chocolate truffles 

Sunday, 23 September 2018

How To Be Productive - Easy Ways To Boost Your Productivity Levels

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Today I thought I'd write a blog post about productivity. I know many of you will be going back to University, starting school or even just heading back to work and if you're anything like me, you're probably very good at procastination! That means, doing anything apart from the work you're meant to be doing. When I need to be, I can be ridiclously productive but usually, it takes me a while to find my stride. I've written a number of blog posts with similar topics, including top tips to inspire and motivate you, as well as my top tips for freelancers. Some of these tips definitely overlap but I hope they'll help you whether it's an assignment you need to finish, a job you're trying to get off your to do list or you're just generally trying to be more productive in your day to day life, here are my top productivity tips and I'm hoping these tips will make you your most productive! 

Monday, 17 September 2018

How To Lower Stress And Pressure Levels - Stress Busting Tips

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I definitely used to be the queen of stressing out, letting the pressure get to me and just getting myself into a tizz. I feel like it's quite a common thing to do, to overthink everything, make stress where stress shouldn't exist and get ourselves worked up, and worried over well, things that don't actually need to be stressed over. Equally though, I get myself stressed about things that are worth stressing over but that's another story. I guess what I'm trying to say is (and this is easier said than done) we only live once and we shouldn't sweat the small stuff. As humans though, it's definitely in our nature to sweat the small stuff and luckily, I've come up with some ways to lower stress levels. Stress can have really serious impacts on your health and it isn't good to be stressed and worried, I promised myself I'd really try and do the things I can within my control to lower my stress/pressure at the start of this year and thought I'd share my best ways for lowering stress and pressure on today's post with some easy stress busting tips. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Jo Malone Honeysuckle And Davana Review

Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana Review As we head into the final weeks of Summer (ah Summer, we loved you this year), I felt it was only right to write about and review the new Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana range. I'm trying to make more of a conscious effort to go back to old school blogging and alongside my personal, travel, fitness and life blog posts (which I love writing and wont be changing!), bring back some new in beauty reviews so I can coninue to rave about brilliant beauty products, starting last week with Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Blush and Eye Shadow Review. Today, it's Jo Malone's time to shine. Jo Malone Honeysuckle and Davana is described as a happy new floral and I thought it would be perfect to chat about this before it gets too chilly as I feel like it’s the perfect late summer, autumn transitional fragrance. Yep, I really just described a fragrance as transitional. I’ve been the biggest Jo Malone fan for as long as you can imagine (Earl Grey and Cucumber, Mimosa and Cardamom, Tuberose Angelica are just a few of my favourites) so it feels right to introduce you to their beautiful new range. Read on for a review of Jo Malone’s brand new Honeysuckle and Davana range.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

6 Rules I Try To Live By - How To Be More Balanced In Life

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Balance, it’s one of those overused, cliche words but it’s a word I love. If you’ve followed me for quite some time, you’ll probably know that I am a strong believer in balance. I use the idea of balance in work, play, fitness and my diet. Granted, I’m not the best at balancing everything (that’s the catch, balance isn’t always easy to achieve) but, I give it a good shot and recognise the importance of it. As I preach the idea of balance so much, I thought it would be nice to talk to you today about my top tips for living a balanced life and the ways I try to incorporate balance into my life to ensure I’m happy, fit and healthy (whilst living life and eating pizza too because happiness for me is not eating lettuce leaves). I hope this will help you with a few tips when it comes to balancing your life too, 6 easy little rules I try to live by for a more balanced, happy life!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Blush & Luxury Eye Palette Review

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Blush & Luxury Eye Palette Review
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It’s always a good day when Charlotte Tilbury brings out a new product, you just know it’s going to be epic. The first Charlotte Tilbury product I ever bought was Pillow Talk, Charlotte’s famous nude lip liner. We all know Meghan Markle swears by and uses Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks too! This month, Charlotte has launched the next chapter of Pillow Talk, an extension to her universally loved and AWARD-WINNING (of course) Pillow Talk lip duo with her new, ‘Most Beautiful You’ blush and eye palettes, yup, she's only gone and launched a Pillow Talk blush and eye palette. Get comfortable as I review and have a look at these brand new products from Charlotte Tilbury.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Lessons I've Learned From Past Relationships

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Hello hello, so today, a personal post. I received so many emails after writing my how getting cheated on affected me blog post so I guess I wanted to write something else about relationships. I’m still young, but I’ve kissed a fair few 'frogs' and have had my heart broken/damaged a fair few times, read my blog post about how to deal with heartbreak if you missed that. I was sat in the car recently thinking about things past boyfriends have said to me that have stuck with me or damaged me in some way or, even made me a better person. I thought it would be nice to write down what these relationships have taught me, in the hopes that it helps someone else. Remember, things do get better and looking back, I see now that all of these things have shaped me as a person. Warning: this is quite in depth and I don’t want to upset anyone but by sharing my experiences so hope it may help you.

Friday, 31 August 2018


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Today another fitness post, hooray. I have written quite a few fitness motivation blog posts but today, as the weather gets a little gloomier outside, I want to give you an update on how I've been keeping myself motivated and inspired to work out. I always say the hardest part is actually getting to the gym, so see this blog post as my guide to staying on track and motivated with your workouts, these little tips should help you to move more and feel motivated. This is in collaboration with Reebok.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Top Travel Tips And Hacks

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To travel is to live, that's how the saying goes right? If we were meant to be in one place for the rest of our lives, we'd have roots instead of feet, apparently. I think that's a pretty good way to look at life. We live in a huge world, an extraordinary world and we can learn SO much from travelling and the people we meet along the way. To travel doesn't mean you have to hop on a plane to Thailand and 'find yourself' for a year, it could mean a weekend trip, a week somewhere or even a month. Travel is what you make of it and remember, we all have different preferences when it comes to travel; you might like hostels, another person may prefer luxury hotels and yachts. To tell you the truth, I hadn't travelled outside of Europe until I was 18. This travel bug is a pretty new thing and I put it down to meeting people at University who'd spent their lives travelling as if it was normal to hop on a plane to Hong Kong one day and then Thailand the next. I'm fortunate enough to have flown abroad every year since I was about 2, to beautiful European destintions (don't knock Europe, it's an incredible place) but I'd never gone further afield until I hit 18. I'll never forget my first time outside of Europe though. We visited Jamaica and after that, I didn't stop. I quickly ticked off a large number of American states, lots of Asia, the majority of the Carribean islands and then, took the plunge and moved to Canada. Now? 5 years later, I've visited well over 20 countries, some multiple times. Today, in collaboration with Expedia I am going to give you my top tips when it comes to travelling, I've learnt so much on these trips, with 24 hour whirlwind trips, booking things the day before, pre-planned trips to the other side of the world, moving abroad and more so sit back with a cup of something nice and let's discuss my top travel tips and hacks I've picked up along the way, I'm hoping this will help you for any up and coming trips! 

Friday, 24 August 2018

What To Do In Pembrokeshire, Tenby + Saundersfoot + Win A Luxury Trip

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When I think of Wales it brings back so many happy memories. As a child, I'd visit with my family every Summer and Mum and I would scope out the best Victoria sponge cake (always eating, even back then) whilst my brother and Dad would fly their power kites on the long, beautiful and pretty empty beaches. My favourite trip and one I remember so vividly is a trip we took to Abersoch, I remember sitting on the little sand dunes with my brother and feeling so happy, feeling as if we were in a totally different part of the world. I'm desperate to hire a house there and take my family back one day in the near future. We've always travelled far and wide as a family on planes and boats but what about hopping in the car or on a simple train journey to Wales? I always say just how beautiful Great Britain is and how much there is to explore here, right on our doorstep. Last week, I did just that. I hopped on a few trains and before I knew it, I was in a part of Wales I've never been to before, Pembrokeshire. Today I'm gonna show you a visual diary from my trip as well as talking about some of the top things to do when visiting Tenby and Saundersfoot. The epic news? One of you can win the exact luxurious, relaxing trip I had so keep reading to enter too. This is in collaboration with Visit Wales. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The Best Skin Cleansers

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Hello hello! On my recent vlogs and Instagram posts, I’ve had a lot of questions asking about my skincare routine. Skincare is one of my many passions and I love trying new products so my routine is very much mixed and matched, I really don't think you have to stick with just the one brand. Last week I wrote a post on the top skin serums so make sure you read that if you’re interested in the powerful little products after cleansing. Today, I thought it made sense to talk about the cleansers I’ve been using and loving over the last few months so I went into my bathroom and grabbed my most used cleansers so far this year. You can’t go wrong with any of these if you’re looking for a new cleanser.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

13 Ways I've Been Living A Happier Life

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I know it's easier said than done, telling someone how to lead a happier life. You can't really. Let's face it, we all have our own problems going on and we are all fighting battles people know nothing about. I have a love-hate relationship with the internet, on one hand, it's the best thing ever, but on the other hand, people wrongly judge people every single day. Remember, the girl on Instagram will be fighting battles too, she may just choose not to share them and that's okay. It's a tough one because it can obviously be damaging to pretend things are okay and only show things through a filtered lens online but, I personally enjoy Instagram for what it is and take it with a pinch of salt, knowing that the people behind the photos have stories too, I quite like going there to escape but for example I find Twitter scrolling can make me feel really negative if I read the wrong thing. Recently, I've found my moods have been massively lifted and there are a few things I've been doing which have been helping with that. This isn't me telling you how to be happy because only you know what will make you truly happy but, these are a few little things that are brightening my days and lifting my mood at the moment and I hope they'll help you too. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Best Skin Serums + Moisturisers

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I'm sure you all know just how much I adore skincare, it's most definitely my guilty pleasure and I know I buy way more than one girl should. I do mix my skincare up a lot, so today I wanted to give you an update on the serums and lotions/potions I've been using recently on my skin. The products in this post are products I'm grabbing at the moment and mix and matching for my skincare routine, you don't have to stick to just one brand or one product, you can take the benefits from a few. There are SO many epic skincare products out there and so many insane products in my bathroom at the moment so I just wanted to grab all of them and talk about why I adore them and show you what I'm actually using right now. I often talk about my favourite skincare in my vlogs, you'll see what I'm using on a daily basis but I've neglected talking about my favourite skin care products on the blog so get cosy with a cup of something nice and let's talk about my favourite top moisturisers and serums at the moment. 

Friday, 10 August 2018

Adventures At Thorpe Park Theme Park

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I'm never gonna turn down a fun day out, particularly after a week of feeling unwell. I'm definitely trying to be a bit more adventurous in life, I'm a real workaholic and feel as if somewhere along the line, I got 'too busy' to feed the adventurous kick in me so I'm trying to be more spontaneous and fun, rather than be glued to my laptop for the rest of my life. Life is for living! Last week we'd planned to visit Chessington World Of Adventures and I was SO excited because they have Go Ape (which is basically my favourite day out at the moment) and lots of fun forest walks with a few rides along the way. Due to SO much traffic the day before, it wasn't meant to be and we changed our plans and drove 40 mins down the road to Thorpe Park instead. Whilst Chessington wasn't meant to be (we will be back) it gave us a great excuse to visit Thorpe Park. I've never actually been to Thorpe Park before but we headed off for a day of adventure. In fact, I hadn't ever even researched Thorpe Park so the whole day was a total surprise, spontaneity at it's finest haha. Come join us. This is a partnership with Coca-Cola. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

How to deal with heartbreak

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I’ve wanted to write this blog post for quite sometime now. Recently I have received a number of emails and Instagram DM’s from people dealing with heartbreak. Having a broken heart is well, state the obvious Em… heartbreaking but I do believe these things are sent to test us. I strongly believe, looking back, that heartbreak has shaped part of who I am today. In some ways, negatively as it’s destroyed my trust in some situations but, in other ways, positively. I’ve been in relationships since I was young so I feel as if I’ve had my fair share of heartbreak. The majority of my major heartaches happened between the age of 15-19 so now I’m a little bit older, I’ve learnt a lot from them and they shape my relationships going forward. Heartbreak hurts at any age and I remember every single time I've felt broken because of a relationship. Let’s discuss heartbreak and how to deal with it.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Workout Tips

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Hello hello! Yay it’s time for a fitness blog post. I’m hoping you read my updated gym routine blog post, if not, make sure you check that out. Today I wanted to do a summer fitness post and talk about some top tips for workouts and health from yours truly. I don’t believe in the whole ‘work hard for your bikini body’ mentality as in my mind, if you want a bikini body, you’ve already got one, just put a bikini on. But, on the flip side, I do understand people use goals such as summer or a holiday as motivation and goals for working out or eating better and you know what, that’s totally fine. It’s all about what works for you. If you are in need of some motivation this summer, I’m also gonna be telling you about an exciting 21 day challenge and you can start it as soon as you wish. Let’s talk fitness! This post is in collaboration with Herbalife Nutrition. 

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Healthy Chocolate Spread Recipe

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Are you ready for the tastiest, yummiest but HEALTHY chocolate sauce recipe? We all know how much I love the taste of chocolate spread so I decided to do some research and find my own, healthy chocolate sauce. I found lots of recipes online and refined them to make my own delicious, healthy, chocolate sauce. This sauce is perfect for dunking in biscuits, having on toast or dipping your banana in! The world is your oyster. I hope you will love this as much as I love eating it.

Don't miss:

Healthy, easy banana bread recipe
Healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe
Healthy 3 ingredient pancakes

Healthier chocolate truffles 

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Best Products For Flawless Skin

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Truth be told? This blog post was meant to go live a long time ago but for some reason ended up in my drafts, the good news? I have even more to say about these products now. I’m all about using anything that’s gonna give me a flawless look. When I get my make up done, that’s what I ask for: golden, dewy and well, flawless. Today I thought I’d talk to you about 9 of my favourite products for the most flawless make up base. If you ever read my top base products for flawless make up blog post, you’ll know that I am always hunting for dewy, skin perfecting products. I am a massive skincare lover and do think a flawless base starts with good skincare (you can read about some of my favourite skincare products here) however, I'm a sucker for good make up. Let’s see which products I’ve added to my make up bag for a flawless make up look.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Create Your Own Cadbury Bar

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If you’re a long time follower of EmTalks you’ll know I’ve got a serious sweet tooth. Could I ever give up chocolate? No way. As a chocolate lover, for me, you can’t get better than a humble bar of Cadbury. This Easter all I wanted from my family was a Cadbury egg (unbeatable) and my main favourite is bag of giant Cadbury chocolate buttons. I’ve even dreamt of going into the Cadbury factory so you can imagine my face when they got in touch with me about this campaign. I find their chocolate so smooth and particularly good melted on my strawberries. It’s fair to say then, that I am a big Cadbury fan. Yes I am all about balance and moderation, this means eating a little bit of what you fancy, rather than ever depriving yourself. The good news my fellow chocolate lovers? Cadbury are opening their doors and giving you the chance to invent the next Cadbury Dairy Milk (yep, seriously!) It is a total honour to collaborate with Cadbury on this campaign. Open up for more details. 

Monday, 23 July 2018

Mid-Year Reflections + Thoughts

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How is it July already? 2018 is flying by and you might not wanna hear this right now but umm it's basically Christmas. Okay, I may be telling a little white lie but we are already past half way through the year and that is pretty crazy. If you read my 23 things I’ve learnt blog post, you’ll probably know I enjoy reflecting, making goals and planning for the future. With it being 2018 already, I thought I’d write a blog post with a little look at what 2018 has taught me so far in the hopes that this inspires you. 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Miami Beach Travel Diary + Nobu Hotel Miami Review

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I've been fortunate enough to visit Miami a few times now and I feel so happy every time I get to go back, not only because Miami is an amazing place, but also because one of my friends lives there and it's a pleasure to catch up with him too. I am fortunate enough to have friends dotted around in different places in the world meaning they can always give me the best tours of new places. If you're a long time EmTalks reader, you'll know I've already written up a Miami travel guide so if you are looking for a what to do in Miami style post, you need to read that first! Once again, I had such an epic time in Miami and thought it would only be right to do a little photo diary and talk to you about this trip and in my opinion the best hotel in Miami, Nobu Miami

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Top Summer Beauty Favourites

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With every different season comes new beauty products, and I’m the girl who’s a sucker for seasonal products. I throw myself into Winter, Spring and Summer and I think, as a beauty lover, I get excited to see which new trends are coming through. Today I wanted to talk to you about a few of my current favourite skincare and beauty products for summer. Get cosy and let’s see which products have won me over this month.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Top Golden Beauty Products

When I see the sunshine creeping in, I instantly get excited for my make up bag. Anyone who knows me knows I adore glowing, bronzed beauty. If you’ve read any of my recent blog posts about the top highlighters and top glowing beauty products, you’ll know I’m invested in anything that’s gonna make my skin glow like a goddess. Think what you wish about Kim Kardashian, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: her make up look is perfect. I love how dewy, flawless and glowing her make up is and I’m always trying to achieve a similar look to Kim. On todays blog post, let’s look at the top golden beauty products (oh and if like me, you want to recreate a Kim Kardashian make up look) these might just be the products for you. Whether it’s Kim Kardashian or just a glowing, bronzed goodness, this blog post is for you.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Top Pillars For Wellbeing

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Today I thought I'd write a blog post about my top kind of 'pillars for health' and why I'm trying to do them more to benefit my wellbeing. Funnily enough, I sit writing this post at 1am. Not a good start for your wellbeing Em. See that's the thing, like so many of us, I understand the importance of good sleep and exercise but do I take my own advice? Not all the time. Let's discuss.  This is a collaboration with Leesa sleep. 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Easy Ways I've Made My Life More Adventurous

If you read my 8 ways to bring adventure into every day blog post, you’ll know that I’ve been working in partnership with Say Aloe this summer on an exciting campaign. The challenge? to bring adventure into every day. As much as I’m quite sensible and believe in saving up etc, I’m also a big believer in living for the moment, enjoying whats in front of us and finding the positives in life. We all have bad days, it’s totally normal and we wouldn’t be human without them but, I’m really trying to get better at seeing the positives in life and embracing every single day, after all, every day is a gift (as cliche as that sounds). Today I want to look back at the 8 ways to add adventure to your every day and look at what I’ve done to add some adventure into my day, hopefully, this post will inspire you. This post is in collaboration with Say Aloe. 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Zoella Splash Botanics Beauty Review

Zoella Splash Botanics Beauty Range
Oh hey hey, hope you are well today! If you follow me over on Instagram @emshelx (come say hello!) you may or may not know that I kindly received the new Zoella Splash Botanics range. As soon as Zoella's Jelly + Gelato range came out I just had to review it. I thought today was a good day to write up a little review of Zoe's newest launch, her Splash Botanics range. For me, Zoe's beauty range is so much more than just a beauty range, it's a female-owned business and it started from a young girls bedroom. It's incredibly inspiring.  If you follow me on any form of social media, hopefully, you'll know that I'm all about female power and lifting others up. I think Zoella is a great example of this, she has inspired so many young women to build businesses and she herself supports so many of us in the same industry. Why on earth wouldn't we support each other? I'm SO excited to see people smashing it in life. This week, Zoella Beauty Splash Botanics has launched let's see my thoughts. *SPOILER: LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

How To Bring Your Travels Home - Desenio Prints

Desenio prints

I'm the girl who falls in love with anywhere I visit. It's become a bit of a problem over the last few years because I'm constantly wanting to go back to my second home(s). I feel like when travelling, so many places become my 'happy place' and I want to remember them. Lucky for me, I've found a way to keep the memories alive in the comfort of my own home. Don't get me wrong, as much as I love to travel, home is my happy place and there truly is no place like it, I just enjoy seeing the world too. Let's talk about bringing your travels home. This is in collaboration with Desenio. 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

5 Top Money Saving Tips - How I Saved Money To Buy A House

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Paid ad post - Money can be quite a taboo subject but it’s definitely a topic that can cause us a great deal of stress and anxiety. As a freelancer, I don’t have a guaranteed income every single month so I often find myself running myself into the ground workload wise. I also find I’ve had to be really strict with my savings, just in case *touch wood* I don’t bring in an income one month. I totally understand why so many people worry about where their next pay cheque is coming from - 2018 has been the year of people working for themselves, going freelance, job hunting and I’m seeing so many redundancies happening to people too. I watch my boyfriend, a graduate with a Masters and 2:1 in civil engineering from a red brick University struggle to get a job and now, I totally understand how hard it is for people fighting to get their foot in the door. Let's talk money saving tips and more. This is a collaboration with HSBC. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

L’Oreal Glow Range Review: L’oreal Bonjour Nude, Life’s A Peach, Back To Bronze + La Vie En Glow Review

L’Oreal Glow Range Review

It’s been a while since I did a proper brand round-up and today couldn’t resist rounding up some new bits from L’Oreal. I’m absolutely in love with makeup and skincare and it’s not often I see a WHOLE range that I just need in my life. I first noticed someone using this range on their Instagram stories (yup, influencer marketing definitely does work) and have been patiently wanting to get my hands on it since. Let’s take a look at a few of my new favourite products for Summer from L’Oreal, they’re taking the beauty world by storm at the moment with their beautiful  new releases.


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