Thursday, 23 October 2014

Makeup Routine Staples

Revlon Colourstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin | £12.49

Revlon Colourstay Concealer | £6.99

Real Techniques Stippling Brush | £11.99

Revlon Brow Fantasy | £6.99

Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm | £9.50

It's fair to say that I've not had the most relaxed month or so. With college commitments, I feel like I'm making less effort with beauty and makeup as the time passes. However I do still have my skin concerns and for me personally, leaving the house and putting my makeup on branch together and I do need coverage for my blemish ridden skin. Of course this means I have some essentials that make my makeup routine quicker and definitely more effective from my point of view. So today I thought I would share some makeup routine staples that really save my bacon when rushing out the door. 

First off I have my perfect pair that handle the coverage side of things. The Revlon Colourstay line is a firm favourite of mine, in particular the combination/oily foundation which with a number of repurchases has got me through my very lengthy college career so far, and remains my personal favourite drugstore foundation. The coverage is decent, but not cakey, it also lasts well and keeps shine at bay. The concealer is also lovely and the formula is great. It's actually replaced my obsession with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, which I didn't think was possible at one time.

Next up is my trusty stippling brush from Real Techniques which is just a really affordable, but good quality brush. I would probably like the blending brush too if I owned it and would love to add it to my collection, but this brush is amazing for getting rid of excess foundation and blending everything out to create a smooth canvas, all I do is apply my foundation with my Expert Face Brush and use this baby to sort out the mess.

Next is a new favourite of mine but basically any eyebrow gel is amazing is my book. I am terrible at shaping my brows, eyeliner and anything else in beauty that requires precision so having a product I can brush on is a real lifesaver. I never used to get why people bother doing their brows, but since getting my first brow gel last year I legit cannot leave the house without one on, it makes that much of a difference in my opinion.

Finally I have a cult product that I finally caved and purchased about a month ago. Yes I finally laid my paws on the Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm over a month ago, and may I just say, *stands up to podium*, that it is amazing and completely worth the hype in my opinion. Do you remember back in the day where I used to constantly moan about my Sahara-esk lips at any opportunity? Well no more, my lips have not been chapped once since I started using this, and I'm now wearing lippies whenever the hell I feel like it.

What are your makeup routine staple products?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Quintessential Autumn Red

Today I am talking about a product that I'm certain needs no introduction at this time of year. It has to be said that when I think of autumn and beauty this product quickly comes to mind, yes the Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 107 is an autumnal makeup staple in its own right and I've been wearing it non stop at the moment. It's pretty obvious what I think of this product but I thought why not dedicate a post to this lippy as I'm wearing it so much at the moment.

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 107 | £5.49

107 is a matte, dark berry red shade that lasts so well on the lips and doesn't feel drying or uncomfortable, especially if you wear a lip balm underneath. It is the perfect shade for this time of year and such good quality for the price. This is definitely a bold shade, and sometimes I just don't feel like wearing something so daring, so I've also been dabbing a little of this on top of lip balm to create a nice tint. In my opinion this is such a classic shade and a lovely investment for this time of year.

Because of the flash the lipstick does look a little lighter than it actually is

Do you have this lipstick in your collection? What other lipsticks are you loving this autumn?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

A Quick Stop + Coping With Loss | A Little Chat

It's been a strange few days for me, on Thursday my family drove up to Lancashire for my Grandad's funeral the day after. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I go to my grandparent's a lot, I was close to my Grandad and it didn't seem real being told he'd passed away, and it didn't hit me properly until the morning of the funeral. Unfortunately this wasn't the first time I've coped with loss, as my friend Robyn died over two years ago. We all deal with it differently and it can be hard to talk to people about it because they're being affected by it too. With my Grandad passing I didn't really talk about it properly until the day of the funeral, because I don't live that close to them it wasn't like it was confronted with me, but at the same time I felt awful and couldn't really concentrate at college. But at the funeral when you actually hear people say their name, and remind you of all the good times, that's when it really hit me and I was crying so much because I really loved my Grandad and it seems just so wrong that he''s not around anymore. 

Obviously I am not qualified to talk about coping with loss, but I do have experience like most people and I just wanted to share some things that I think about the subject:

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Autumn Nail Lookbook

You may have noticed that since the beginning of Autumn I have been resisting sharing NOTD posts with you all. As you can probably tell it is because I've been planning this little look book for ages to share all the polishes I'm wearing this autumn with you. I know it may seem a little late for some autumnal nail inspiration, but I wanted to take my photos as I actually wear the products, and I do think these polishes are perfectly suitable for the winter season too so hopefully you can forgive me. So let's get into what nail polishes I'm loving this autumn...

Monday, 13 October 2014

The One With The Black Lipstick

So the other week I bought a product I never thought I'd go near, however I've been invited to a Halloween party at the end of the month so I decided to try out a black lipstick just to see how it would look on me. The thing about black lipstick is that it's such a scary shade, and it can look so unflattering. But owning even a super cheap black lippy can be really useful, especially at this time of year and this is why.

I thought about putting the lipstick on and photographing myself, but I thought just this once I'll spare you of that image cos' it ain't a nice one x
Barry M Lip Paint in Black | £4.49

One of my favourite things about autumn is getting out all my dark lippies, I don't own loads but I love a dark lip and having a black lipstick is so useful because it will make any lipstick darker! Yes that means your favourite pink lippy can be made more vampy for the halloween season, and it's as simple as using your hand as a palette. I've only had this Barry M lipstick for a few weeks and I'm already loving experimenting with it!

So that is my piece of wisdom for the day, do you have any cool makeup tricks?

Friday, 10 October 2014

How I Blog | Your FAQs Answered!

I have a packed post for you lucky lot today. So grab a cuppa and get comfy cause this is most certainly going to be a lengthy read as I go into every detail regarding how I blog, including organisation, photography and how I keep motivated. Yes we are diving into every little detail today as I answer some of your FAQ's and show you everything I use to blog here on Emmihearts.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Adding Some Purple

When it comes to experimenting with makeup autumn is my favourite time of year. There are just so many shades you can experiment with, all of which are some of my favourites. Anything red, copper and purple is just right up my street. So for my first autumnal makeup post I wanted to share with you how I'm incorporating some purple into my everyday makeup. Purple is definitely a more intimidating shade to work with, but I've been wearing this look to college over the past few days and I've been loving it.

To add purple into my everyday makeup I've been using these two inexpensive products. The first adds a subtle bit of dark purple to my lids and comes in the form of one of my favourite eyeshadow formulas. The Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate is a buildable dark purple shade which does contain a few specks of shimmer but trust me when I say it's everyday appropriate. As a one wash shade it is just so easy to swish on with your finger and isn't too pigmented that it's daunting to wear, and it lasts all day long and doesn't crease!

For lips I picked an old favourite of mine which is this Revlon Colourburst Balm Stain in Crush. I love the formula of these as they are slightly balmy and last really well on the lips. I love this purple shade in particular again because it is buildable which I think is good for shades like this. If I don't want too dramatic a look I put lip balm on and dab a little of this into it for a more sheer colour. But for the look I've done here I've just put it straight onto the lips and not built it up too much. 

Do you have any favourite purple products?