Friday, 26 December 2014

My December + A Thank You


Looking back at some of my Instagram posts this morning made me realise how great a month December has been. Christmas has of course been great and so has the build up, but my birthday was also on the 4th, I went out to Chatsworth for the day and I've been loving my current photography project. I'm going a bit soft on you all but in general I've just had a really lovely month. 

I also want to take the opportunity to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a great day with you're loved ones and ate plenty. I've been ill over the past few days which was so frustrating yesterday as I had no appetite at all, I barely made it through my Christmas dinner. But I am feeling much better today which means I'm starting on all the choccies! 

I'll be returning to blogging in the new year, I just want to say thanks so much for reading and supporting my efforts here over the past year. It means so much that there are people who read and comment on what I do here and I can't wait to create better content in the new year!

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Day Makeup

Christmas day is only a few days away now so I thought it would be nice to share what makeup products I will be wearing on Thursday. Now I know some people prefer to chill out on Christmas day and I do spend the morning in my pyjamas, however I do enjoy doing my makeup and putting on a nice dress for the Christmas day celebrations, so here is what I have in mind this year.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation | £34.00
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer | £5.49
Rimmer Stay Matte Powder | £3.99

For my base I'm just going to be using the products I've been using everyday at the moment, however the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation can be built up to be more full coverage without looking cakey, so admittedly I will probably be going for the slightly less natural approach as I usually only apply a pea sized amount of this product. 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | £37.00
Bourjois Eye Liner Effect Mascara | £9.99
Revlon Brow Fantasy | £6.99
Soap and Glory It's About Prime | £8.00

For eye makeup I'm still a bit torn as whether to go down the coppery or smokey eye route but I'll most likely be using my Naked 2 palette which is my personal favourite. And because I am useless at doing eyeliner I'll be using my eyeliner effect mascara which I love, and I'll be lining my eyes with black eyeshadow to create a more subtle eyeliner effect. 

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette | £22.00 

On the cheeks I'll most likely be using this cheek palette from Urban Decay which gives a lovely, more subtle looking glowy look, perfect to go with my more heavy eye makeup. 

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Mauve It Over | £7.49
Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Clear Lipgloss | £9.00

Last year I decided to wear red lipstick on Christmas day and I honestly completely regretted that decision. It was just so much effort to maintain with all the food and drink. So this year I have learnt my lesson and will be donning a nude glossy lip. I always go for this pair when I go out for meals so will definitely be wearing them both on Christmas day.

Do you know what makeup you'll be wearing Christmas day?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Red Pair

Today I am sharing a very seasonal red pair that I've been loving this month. As soon as December rolls around I get right in the festive mood and fully embrace the colour red. I'm usually more of a darker red person but for the past two weeks I've been loving these matching red shades. 

I always seem to rave about these lippies but Hot Pepper from the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick range might just be my favourite lipstick ever. I'm just obsessed with this matte bright lipstick and they stay put on the lips so well. If you'd like to read a more in depth review about this product click here

To match my lipstick of choice I've been wearing one of my favourite Essie Polishes which is their bright red Lacquered Up. To be honest this isn't the most long lasting of shades but it is super easy to apply and looks so nice on the nails. 

So that's my red pairing for the season! Do you have any products you like to match up?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Feeling Festive At Chatsworth

If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that I went to Chatsworth two weeks ago to visit the house and walk around the gardens. They always go crazy with the Christmas decorations in there and this year's theme is Alice in Wonderland, honestly they have really gone all out but I would have preferred them to go down the original Disney film route, as a lot of the specific characters displayed in the house were a bit creepy I'm not gonna lie. But anyway despite the freezing cold I did have a lovely day and the gardens are so beautiful. If you've never been it does make for a great day out and if you like films like Pride and Prejudice it may excite you to know that it was filmed there along with a few other films. So as per usual I thought I would share some of my favourite photos that I took on the day, They're not the best photos I've ever taken but I had a really nice day so I wanted to document it here. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Festive Look

Today I thought I would share with you all a festive look featuring my favourite red lip product at the moment. I'm so excited for christmas now that I am fully embracing red lips and my more glittery eyeshadows. Here is an everyday makeup look I'm loving to embrace the festive season. 

Base: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, Benefit Hello Flawless Powder

Eyes: Revlon Brow Fantasy, Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Half Baked on the lid and Snakebite in the crease and the outer half of the lower lash line), Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara, Topshop Kohl Pencil (on my tight line)

Cheeks: Sleek Blush in Flushed, Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polish

Lips: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Hot Pepper

What is your favourite red lipstick at the moment?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Red Polish Picks

It's officially red season folks, here the red polishes that will be gracing my nails till January...

Ciate Bourdoir Nail Polish | £9.00
Barry M Nail Paint in Red Wine | £2.99
Essie Nail Polish in Lacquered Up | £7.99
Essie Nail Polish in Shearling Darling | £7.99

What is your favourite red nail polish?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

December Beauty Haul

It's been ages since I've done a little haul here on the blog, which is mainly because I've been using all my money for christmas presents at the moment. However it was my birthday last Thursday so I decided to get a few essentials, and of course I thought it would be nice to share what I bought with you all accompanied by my first impressions of each product, so let's get started!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | £4.99

First up I got a product that I have wanted to try for ages. I've been using the L'Oreal Micellar water for a while now, but my skin has terrible recently which has meant I've resorted to blaming every product I use for my breakouts. I've heard loads of good things about this Bioderma dupe from Garnier so I decided to finally get it. So far I do actually prefer this product to the L'Oreal version, there might not actually be a lot of difference between the two products but I'm sure this does a much better job of removing waterproof mascara and I love how there is so much product in this bottle as I hate having to buy makeup remover all the time.

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser | £23.00

Ah GinZing we meet again and I'm so glad. I tried a little sample pot of this stuff ages ago and really liked it, but the price had been putting me off until now. It was on offer in Boots so I grabbed a pot of this moisturiser which so far I'm loving. I've been using a Body Shop moisturiser that has just done nothing for my skin this winter but as soon as I put this on for the first time, my skin genuinely felt so nourished and hydrated. This might be the result of using such a horrible product for so long, but this stuff really is lovely and smells amazing it has to be said.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation | £30.60

My next purchase was really my birthday treat to myself. I've been looking for a really good foundation for ages now and after reading a lot of reviews I decided to try this product from Laura Mercier. The thing that really drew me to this product was the coverage which is medium to high which for my teen, blemish ridden skin is a must. I get on with quite a few drugstore foundations but one thing that always lacks for me is getting decent coverage that doesn't look caked on. I've only been using this foundation for a week but I have to say it's really ticked all the boxes for me. It gives me great coverage without looking like I have a tonne of product on and is so easy to blend. The finish is luminous but doesn't look super shiny on my more oily skin, it really gives more of a subtle radiance. I don't want to go on about this product too much until I've used it for a while, but so far I'm really pleased with it.

Aussie Miracle Dry Hair Shampoo Aussome Volume | £4.99

Another very simple but slightly adventurous purchase for me is this volumising dry hair shampoo from Aussie. I've become very much dependent on dry hair shampoo recently as I'd rather snuggle up of my couch then blow dry my hair, however the Bastiste product I've been using isn't really doing it for me anymore and it's just making my hair feel thin and matte more than anything else. I was looking at other dry hair shampoos to try in Boots the other day and this product caught my eye, this stuff apparently gives great volume which I'm really hoping is true. I've been powering through with coursework a lot at the moment so my hair has been in a high pony constantly, but if you want to know my thoughts on this product once I've had a had a really chance to use it and any others I've mentioned in this post do let me know below.

Rimmel Stay Matte Press Powder | £3.99

In need of a new powder I decided to go for an old favourite of mine in the form of Rimmel's Stay Matte powder. I bought the transparent version of this product which I'm hoping won't get knocked off anything and smash as I've done that to two of these powders already. However despite the packaging flaw this stuff is really great value for money and does a great job of keeping my skin oil free.

Lush Herbalism Face & Body Cleanser | £6.75

And finally I bought myself a face cleanser that I haven't used for years, which is mainly because the scent really put me off in my early teens when Neutrogena's Pink Grapefruit facewash was my go to product. But with my skin dilemma at the moment which is probably just stressed related I decided to reach for this stuff again and hopefully it will make some kind of a difference. And even if it doesn't I still have a fun green face product at my disposal.

Thanks for reading, have you tried any of these products?

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Red Lipstick Picks

I fully anticipate that this December I will permanently have red lipstick on. Here are some of my favourites that I own...

Dior Rouge Lipstick in Favouri Red | £22.50
Bourjois Rogue Edition Lipstick in Rouge Buzz | £7.99
Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Matte Lipstick in 107 | £5.49
Nyx Matte Lipstick in Alabama | £6.00
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Really Red | £7.49

What is your favourite red lipstick?

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Ciate Pillow Fight Nail Polish | £9.00

So this is my first NOTD featuring a cat. I met this cutie yesterday at the Sheffield botanical gardens, I thought it was a dog at first because its fur was so thick and it came and sat with me and my dad for ages. Anyhow my cat obsession aside, today's NOTD is a wintery neutral nail polish that I'm already loving.

I got this miniature version of Ciate's Pillow Fight in their advent calendar last year and at the time I was never that fussed about it, but I've been on a neutral polish kick at the moment so this caught my eye straight away when choosing out a polish the other day. 

I do like the Ciate formulas from what I've tried. They last well and have a really shiny finish, but this shade does take three coats to become opaque which kinda sucks, but on the upside it has a thick brush that makes application so easy and it dries pretty quick too. The shade itself is a very delicate grey with a hint of lilac which I really like. I'm going to be wearing this a lot more this winter. 

What do you think to this shade? 

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Sometimes You Need To Step Outside

 'SometimesYou need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.'

Hello again, I know I've been distant with blogging this month, college has been exhausting recently and my teachers don't seem to realise that they are all giving me the same ridiculous amounts of work to do. Anyhow moaning aside, I thought I'd tell you about my day. I finally took a breather and asked my Dad to come out to the botanical gardens with me today. 

If you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know how much I love going there and taking photos, and despite the cold weather it was so nice to go somewhere like that where I felt I could breath a little and step back and think about things. As well as thinking about things like the future and discussing this year's Christmas celebrations at great length (so excited if you can't tell), I also thought about Emmihearts. I've definitely gotten myself into a rut with blogging and I'm finally ready to get out of it. I think the pressure of it being what I was calling a beauty blog just restricted me and honestly made me feel like I need to blog in copious amounts about every beauty product I own. So long rant short, I want Emmihearts to be my place to write down my thoughts and share things that are making me happy. Yes there will of course be beauty stuff because I'm never going to stop being a makeup addict, but I want to share more content relating to photography and what I'm up to. So yes, I'm definitely going to have more passion for blogging so expect more posts from me.

Anyway I thought I would share some photos I took at the botanical gardens in Sheffield today. Being winter time now there wasn't a load of flowers and things to photograph, but I made the most of being there anyway as there is still plenty to see and me and my Dad did make a cute little friend.

Tuna and sweetcorn. Always.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

What's In My College Bag

With blogging getting slightly ignored at the moment with all my college commitments, I thought I'd mesh the two together today and show you my college bag and everything I keep inside it. Most people would probably say I carry too much with me, but honestly my bag can handle it no problem and to me these are essential to carry with me. I got my rucksack two years ago as a birthday present that I'd requested specifically for college, because of this it's not sold anymore but there are a few slightly similar versions. Clearly style isn't a biggie for me like it was back in secondary school, but with all the books and stuff I need for college I just couldn't carry on lugging around a handbag all the time. 

In my college bag I keep...

1. My pencil case, which is essential for graphics and psychology. It sounds kind of childish but I really recommend buying some different coloured pens to make your notes more interesting and to help emphasise words. I've been buying these pens for years and they really help if you're more of a visual learner like me.

2. Beauty Bits. I thought I'd summarise these as we could clearly be here all day otherwise. I carry my makeup bag which I'm going to be updating you all on very soon but click here if you'd like to see what I was carrying around back in September time. I also carry hair bits like bobbles and hair pins, not to mention my mini hair brush which is such a lifesaver. And finally I carry some bits to help freshen up like my favourite miniature perfume which is Space NK's Laughter and also some wipes and hand sanitiser.

3. My Purse, for when I need money for supplies and lunch which usually consists of a trip up to Morrisons or Greggs which are about 5 minutes from my college.

4. Sketch Books, Planner, Paper + Psychology Folder. My graphics folder is A3 so I obviously cannot carry it in this bag but I thought I'd include it anyway seems I do still have to drag it into college with me 3 times a week. I'm thinking about showing you my sketchbooks soon so be sure to let me know if that is something that would interest you.

5. Phone + Earphones.  Because public places don't have the same 5 songs on repeat like my phone does.

6. Some Kind of Mints. Just cause I have a sweet tooth.

7. Water. And finally I carry a bottle of water in the side pocket of my bag at all times to keep me hydrated. I've been trying to lay off the coffee at the moment and honestly when I've made sure to drink enough water I'm just as alert and my skin is benefitting from it too I'm happy to say.

So that's everything I carry with me, would you pack any differently? Have a great day xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Body Confidence

Before I start this post I just want to say that this is me completely just sitting down and saying what's on my mind. This is something that is very sensitive to me and I just needed to get it off of my chest. However I genuinely had to do this in a positive way because that is my mindset, I'm sharing this with you to hopefully reassure you and help you be more accepting of yourself, because I think it is so important xx

Today I want to sit down and talk about something that is very personal to me and has really become a big issue for me over the past year or so. I feel like my blog encompasses and really reflects the kinds of topics most young female bloggers talk about, with the one exception being the quite huge category of fashion. I think there might be one photo from back when I started posting last year that actually shows my whole body. However since then I have gained a lot of weight and that and the fact I don't have the most amazing dress sense has meant I've never really felt confident enough to share pictures of my entire body for any reason, as weird as that sounds. 

That and a lot of things that have occurred over the past year has led me to wanting to chat to you all a little about body confidence and my thoughts on it. Since the age of around 15 my average weight of around 8ish stone for someone of my short size has grown rapidly. It really started around the time one of my best friends took her life and the leaving of my secondary school to what would be the worst year of my life, spent at a college I hated, really learning the true extent of my personal anxieties and stress disorder. I've always been a foodie but it got to the point where I would go out at lunch and buy food with whatever money I could to comfort eat, and then when I got home once my parents went to bed that is when the raiding of my kitchen cupboards began. It even got to the point where eating 4 chocolate bars and a load of sweets at 12 at night was normal for me. 

Since getting to nearly 11 stone around Christmas, I came back from my emotional low around February which you may remember was when I pledged to go on a diet and visit the gym most days, which I managed to do till around April, and lost a few pounds until like most crash diets I ended up going back to normal. However I haven't been eating anywhere near to the extent that I was around December time, I am pleased to say. 

Having these anxieties all the time combined with emotional eating is something that is really hard to be ok with. I have this constant worrying in my head that people don't like me and stress about what people think of me all the time, yet this causes me to emotionally eat which obviously makes me bigger, which is just really illogical and frustrating for me. I personally hate it when people say "oh if you want to lose weight just eat less and exercise", you know in that tone that makes it sound like it's so easy to just do it. I mean I appreciate being given advice and encouragement but we all know how to lose weight and it's really ignorant to assume it's that easy for someone to just flick a switch and suddenly lose weight. Especially if like me it feels completely out of your control.

As frustrating as it is and I'll always wish I looked like my super skinny sister and not want to cry when trying on clothes in shops, as we all know loving and excepting yourself is so important to just be happy and live your life to the fullest. Being happy with how I look has been really hard for me in the past few years, all of a sudden I noticed guys weren't really as interested in me and things like my prom proved way too stressful than they needed to be. Trying on clothes is where it hits me hardest and seeing myself in photos, it's a shame that we automatically see the negatives of our bodies rather than the smile on our faces and the good times we were having. 

Recently I've been really trying to be more positive and live my life properly if that makes sense. I've been cooking so much and it's really made me more conscious of what I'm eating in that I'm making sure to eat more fruit and drink more water, and not in a diet sort of way where it feels forced. I still get those moments when I don't feel normal, and just to put it bluntly gross because of my weight. It's something that will always be there but I would rather be accepting of it than pretend it doesn't exist. It's weird really because I've always strived to be an understanding person and never judge people so it's strange that I judge myself so harshly all the time instead of just focusing on who I am as a person.

At the end of the day in order to accept ourselves we have to be realistic, because looks aren't important. The whole idea of beauty is so superficial and shallow, and being healthy and happy is  just so much more important. Life is far too short to feel sorry for yourself all the time, because you'll regret it, remember carpe diem! And finally always remember that no one is perfect and no one is completely happy with their appearance, that's just the way it is, even someone you may think is perfect, could be so unhappy about certain aspects of themselves.

I don't really have a conclusion to this ramble of sorts because I think body confidence and acceptance is a working progress, there's always going to be setbacks and obstacles because we all have off days. Just remember you aren't the only person who feels this way and there's more to life than looks as difficult as that may be to see sometimes. You are beautiful. Whether you are skinny or chubby or something in between, and just because you don't fit societies's mould of perfection doesn't mean you aren't perfect just as you are. So start loving yourself because there are way more interesting things about you than your looks, and we all need to start believing that and start focusing on our personalities and talents. 

In the words of the ever fabulous Ru Paul "if you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here?" haha 

Thank you so much for reading, it means the world. Have a great day xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm | £9.50

Today I am reviewing a product that has been on my wishlist for so long, but for months I just could not justify spending so much on a lip balm. However once September came around I knew I needed to get something that was gonna work for my dry lips this winter, as last year they were horrendously dry and cracked to the point where I rarely bothered with lipstick. So yes once I realised M&S now stock Nuxe! I put this in my basket without a moments hesitation and I'm so glad I did.

The packaging itself is very luxurious in it's glass bottle which makes it very nice to hold being a bit weighty. I do think glass packaging gives off this more mature vibe but I love it, I wish way more products were in frosted glass to be honest and I feel a lot less anxious about throwing this into my bag. 

The formula itself is very thick and has a gritty texture which does go away after you've put it on your lips. The name is on point with this product as it really does feel super nourishing and really stays put on your lips. Since I started using this in September I haven't had dry or chapped lips once which honestly seems like a miracle looking back at last year. It also has a matte finish which I really like and the thick texture of this product means applying products over the top is easy and it still stays on my lips. 

You get 15g of product in this little pot of heaven, but trust me when I say a little goes a long way. I've had this for just over 2 months and apply it about three times a day and I've barely dug into it. The scent of this to me is orange and lemony with honey, it really reminds me of Anna's lemon drizzle cake that I made ages ago which was so good! 

So yes I love this stuff! Have you tried it?

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Some Fireworks

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Emerald Excess

Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour In Emerald Excess | £4.49 

Today's NOTD features a polish that I was honestly so excited to try. I've wanted to try this formula for so long, because so many beauty bloggers seem to love it and say it's lasts ages, which with my 'chip a lot' nails sounds like something sent from above. So with Boot's having their legendary 3 for 2 deal on the other week I decided to pick up this super dark green shade, from what I believe is one of their new shades known as The Inks. 

I already love the shade of this and can't wait to wear it more around winter as it reminds me of holly leaves and wreaths as it is such a dark green. In terms of lasting power this stuff is darn good, 7 days may sound a bit kray but with a decent top coat it's surprisingly a pretty accurate estimate, which I couldn't be happier about. The application of this stuff is also great, it is so pigmented and has a wide brush which is such a priority for me with my unsteady hands when painting my nails. 

So yes I'm loving this polish at the moment!

What do you think to this shade?

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Double Nyx Review

I'm back with a double review for you all today and honestly it seems like way too long since I've sat down and acted like a beauty blogger. But hey ho, at least it's given me the chance to try lots of new products that are just itching for a mention here on this little corner of the internet. Today's reviews are of two products that I bought at the end of summer in sheer excitement of finally finding a Next with a Nyx counter and what can I say, A/W products are my fave. So now I've had a chance to really have a wear of these two, here are my thoughts! 

Nyx Matte Lipstick In Alabama | £6.00

First up is this super autumnal lipstick which is my current favourite at the moment. I may have given Rimmel's 107 a very nice mention last month but honestly once I remembered I had this it's just been gathering dust in one of my drawers. In comparison to 107 this really does win in my opinion, it's more red than a berry shade which I think is more flattering on my complexion. It also doesn't have that horribly strong scent that the Kate Moss one has which is the only thing that really puts me off wearing it. 107 does last that bit longer though because it is more matte and chalky, but Alabama is a winner for me because it is just much more comfortable to wear on the lips, being a lot more buttery in comparison and the shade is a bit less scary. Ok so that turned into a bit of a battle of the autumn lipsticks but I just wanted to put the two together, as the 107 lippy is a staple product to a lot of people at this time of year, so I thought it might be interesting to compare the two.

Nyx Powder Blush In Taupe | £6.00

My second product is a blush that I have wanted for so long. Contouring is something I'll always be slightly afraid of with my face shape, but I'd seen loads of contouring posts that said Taupe was the product to get if you're pale. So yeah I went and got it and honestly, I'm a bit underwhelmed. I really like the colour as you can use it as a blush or contour and it works pretty nicely, but the lasting power is disappointing as is the pigmentation. It's a shame when this happens because so many people seem to like it, but I can't lie to you, it's just not doing anything for me.

Do you own any Nyx products? 

Monday, 3 November 2014

October Through Instagram

Being Ill | Late Night Photography | Lush Fun | Autumn Walk | How I Blog | To Paint | Playing In The Leaves | Food Shopping | Full Marks On My First Psychology Essay | NOTD | A Quick | Stop In Lancashire | Late Night Drive | Leaf Love | Walk On The Canal | Anna's Lemon Drizzle | Pumpkin!

Hey folks, long time no speak I know. I hope you all had a Happy Halloween and a great October. Mine has had it's ups and downs and college work is definitely getting on top of me, so apologies for the lack of posting. Honestly it's like not only do I not have the free time to blog at the moment, but I'm having blogger's block too :( It sucks but I'm trying my best to keep my corner of the interwebs alive as I love having it.