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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