Stripes and Splits – The Perfect Transitional Jumper

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(Images sourced from ASOS)

As it probably is with most people, Asos is the first place I browse upon when on the hunt for something in particular, or even if i’m just feeling spendy! So when I recently had a bit of a late night spontaneous moment, I placed an order. The main piece I picked up was this gorgeous stripe jumper. The main thing that drew me to the jumper at first was the bold red stripe across the front, something I think looks amazing contrasting against the black and white. But then I saw the huge side splits and instantly added it to my shopping basket. I think it’s so unusual for a split to be right up to the armpit area, but I think it looks great! Paired with a bandeu in warmer months, or just a plain black cami during the winter, I think this is the perfect all round jumper and defiantly a great transitional piece. Similarly to what’s seen from he photos, I liked to wear it paired with jeans and boots, or even trainers (like converse) on more casual days.

What do you think of this jumper?

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MAC Haul

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I may have had another splurge..this time it’s MAC (again). There’s been a couple of lipsticks that I’ve wanted to pick up and try for a while now, and I’m always wanting to buy more eyeshadows to add to my palette.

Starting with eyeshadows, and they’re all very Autumnal themed, though I’m guilty of wearing these tones all year round anyway! Sumptuous Olive is a gorgeous Khaki green colour, something I’ve wanted to try for a while as I wear so much of this shade in my clothing. Although it’s colour, it’s subtle so even washed all over the lid it’s not too in your face and gives a beautiful pop.

Antiqued is another that I’ve had my eyes on for a few months. It’s the perfect rusty shade for this time of year and looks great on it’s own with loads of mascara. I love this one for nights out, it’s so pretty and makes blue eyes (like mine) look so much more exaggerated!!

And last but not least for eyeshadows is Patina. This was a Lily Pebbles inspired purchase as i’ve seen her talk about this in the past. I wanted a colour that I could easily put all over the lid on fuss free days and for it to still look put together and gorgeous. I think i’ve found just that in this shadow.



(Left to Right – Sumptuous Olive, Antiqued, Patina)

The two lipsticks I picked up are two hugely popular ones on both youtube and in the blogging world. Brave is a stunning pinky mauve, the perfect “Kylie Jenner” lipstick which I think suits so many skin tones. I did buy this for a friend however, but I am defiantly going straight back to MAC and getting one for myself as it’s just too pretty!

Velvet Teddy was the lipstick I bought for myself on this MAC shopping trip. I’ve wanted this for SO LONG and am so glad I finally bit the bullet and picked it up. I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it and I love it. The formula is so comfortable on the lips and because it’s a matte, it lasts so long. I’m thinking of doing a post on this soon with the lip liner i’ve been loving wearing alongside, so stay tuned for that!


(Left to Right – Brave, Velvet Teddy)

NIP + FAB Dragon’s Blood Plumping Serum

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After hearing Kylie Jenner mention that this is the serum she uses in an interview recently, I’ve wanted to try it! It’s a “lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin and leaves skin looking plumper”. With my skin being more on the dry side, this sounded right up my street.

It has three main ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid is meant to hydrate the skin leaving it looking and feeling plumper, Velvet Flower adds extra moisturisation and Dragon’s Blood comforts and restores the skin through skin hydration. Now i’m not going to lie, i’m not entirely sure what Dragon’s Blood actually is..I mean dragons aren’t real..

I use this morning and night under my moisturiser and so far i’ve been loving it. I find that it’s a great base for foundation as it has an almost tacky/primer like feel once applied. I’ve defiantly noticed that my skin has been more hydrated, as i’ve seen less dry patches than I usually get. However, I wouldn’t say i’ve particularly noticed my skin looking plumper, perhaps I need to test it out for a while longer to see more results.

I love the packaging as far as the box is concerned, but I was expecting the actual bottle to be a bit better in terms of quality than what I received. For the price (£19.99) it looks pretty cheap.

All in all I would recommend this serum. It’s a great budget alternative compared to other serums being over the £20 mark. If you head to Superdrug at the moment it’s around £13 so defiantly go in now while you’ve got the chance!

My Current Everyday Makeup Routine

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As much as I love makeup and experimenting with it, my everyday makeup tends to be more on the simplistic side, sticking with neutrals and as few products possible. Let’s be honest, it’s all about the quickness. I mean who can be bothered with a full face of makeup on a daily basis? Certainty not me. I mean if that’s something you’re into, then girl I applaud you. But me being a lazy teen, it’s defiantly not something that goes through my head after waking up at 6:30am.

For base, I like to keep it pretty basic. A foundation that I’ve loved for a while is from No7, their Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation. It’s lightweight so looks natural, but at the same time gives me enough coverage to even out my skintone. As far as concealer goes, we all know it’s the Collection Lasting Perfection. I put a little under my eyes and on any blemishes that I may have. Recently i’ve been spraying my Real Techniques Miricle Complexion Sponge with a bit of Mac Fix +, and using that to blend out my concealer. I find that it looks a lot less cakey under the eyes and blends it out seamlessly. It also has seemed to stay a lot longer as well!

For bronzer, it, again, is no real surprise to any long term readers of my blog. Hoola by Benefit. I use this to chisel out and define my features, as well as adding a little colour to my face. I don’t like to go over board with the blush, but something like the Nars Sex Appeal is one that I love. It gives the right amount of flush and colour to the cheeks.

I have to say, I am a huge highlighter girl. I just don’t feel complete with a gorgeous glow on the high points of my face. For this I’ve been using the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter. Because it’s a cream, I find it lasts longer, and the stick form makes it super easy to apply.

If i’m feeling a little oily, I’ll sweep a bit of the Maybelline Fit Me power over my T-zone. I always keep this in my bag throughout the day. It’s a great compact for touch ups!

For brows, I’ve actually been using the Naked Basics 2. I mix together the shades Priminal and Frisk to create the perfect shade before finishing of with a bit of the Maybelline Brow Drama. I’ve been loving a more defined brow recently, and I find that this combo has been perfect!

Now for my favourite part, the eyes! I put a little of the Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base on, just to prime my eyes. I’ve been reaching towards my Naked 2 a lot recently, especially the darker shades. I don’t know why, but i’ve been loving a darker eye look than I would usually go for. Snakebite is one of my favourite shades. I lightly dust it all over the lid and buff it out in the crease. I then take a bit of Half Baked on my ring finger and lightly pat over the top. I then take a bit of snakebite again and sweep under my eye. I find that this is the perfect everyday golden bronze smokey eye. I then go in with a brown kohl pencil. The one I’ve been using is by Rimmel. I line my upper lash line with this then smudge it out with a pencil brush, to intensify the smokiness even more. I finish the eyes off with a couple of coats of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and voila!

For lips, I like to keep them fairly neutral. Mac’s Patisserie is my favourite everyday nudey/pink. A staple in everyone’s Mac lipstick collection!

And there you have it, my current makeup routine.

Emilia xx

The Nightstand Essentials

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When it comes to my nightstand, I like to keep it fairly minimal. With that I mean having only my essential products, that I use morning and night.

For my hand cream, I’ve been loving the Neil’s Yard Geranium and Orange hand cream. Like all Neil’s Yard products, this smells amazing, and really relaxes you before you drift off. When I wake up the next morning, my hands are always left feeling super soft!

I love Korres Lip Butters, and although the shade Qunice is pretty tinted, I love applying this before I go to bed and when I wake up. It’s makes your lips feel so conditioned and smells good too. Especially when I have no makeup on, this is a nice products to add a little something something and make you look a little more awake.

I’ve recently been trying out a product from Caudalie. Their ‘Premier Cru The Cream’ is a moisturiser that can be applied morning and night. I personally love this for mornings, as it’s lightweight but adds an instant shot of hydration. The smell again is to dye for.

As far as night creams are concerned, I’ve been using the Olay Instant Hydration Night Cream. I have dry/combination skin so I like to add the moisture back into my skin after cleansing. I like this light formula as it sinks in quickly, meaning your not having to wait around. The water-like consistency also means that it’s super cooling on the face!

MAC Prep and Prime Fix +

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I’ve had my eye on this product for a while before I finally decided to give it a go. I haven’t tried out many makeup setting sprays before, so I was curious to say the least. It retails for £15.50, which I honestly don’t think is too bad compared with Urban Decay’s sprays costing more in the region of £20. The website describes this product as “A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup.”.

How I personally like to use this product is by spritzing my face before and after applying my makeup. I find that spraying on top of your makeup gives it a more dewy finish. I also spray a little onto my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and use that to blend out my concealer under my eyes. I’ve also heard of people using it to make eyeshadows more sheeny – a great tip if you’re after that wet eye look.

I love the packaging. The spray makes it super easy to apply and it delivers the right amount of mist onto your skin. It has no real scent – great if you have sensitive skin. It feels just like water on your skin, so perfect for days when you want a instant boost of hydration and at the same time refreshing your makeup.

Overall I would say that is isn’t something you ‘need’ in your collection, but for makeup lovers like me, it’s a great all round product that defiantly is more of a treat to use than anything. I would however recommend, I’m a little obsessed with this now!

The Best of the Summer Scents

summer scents

It makes me sad that summer is nearly to an end, but before we dust off the wooly jumpers and booties once again, I wanted to share with you my favourite scents this summer.

So there have been 3 stand out scents that I have been alternating between this year. One of my all time favourites has to be Daisy by Marc Jacobs. This to me is summer in a bottle. The packaging first of all is to die for. But the scent itself is sweet, yet still has hints of floralness running through.

Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy reminds me a lot of Daisy. As the name would suggest, this is my more evening summer perfume. Again, I love the packaging, and whats even better about this scent, it’s so affordable and lasts a really long time!

And last but not least is one that i’m pretty sure not many of you would be familiar with. Zara has an amazing range of fragrances, and one that I have been loving is Femme. This scent is coconutty and very sweet (not one for those who aren’t into sweeter scents). Again, it’s so affordable – £9.99 for 100ml.
Hope you enjoyed this quick little post, if you have any post recommendations then leave me a comment!x