Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Long Time No See....

Well Hello There...

Its been a very long time (slaps wrist) and I am so sorry! I have been totally wrapped up in my new job and new man and just didn't have a spare moment to blog. I would sit down get the blog up and just had no inspiration, fellow bloggers will understand that when the inspiration is lost its very hard to be creative.

Well, I am pleased to say that my creative juices have been flowing and that's mainly thanks to the lovely Sue from Love Makeup allowing me help her at this years UMAexpo. Low and behold seeing lots of creative people and of course the makeup I started to miss being so creative and all things that comes along with being a Makeup artist.

So, whats been happening I hear you cry well....

The New Job 

I have been at the new job for 9 months now and its amazing but, extremely intense. It has been great being back in the big wide world of work but, it has come with its struggles the main one being my stupid back. Taking my back out of the equation I no longer have to look at 4 walls and fight the government to acknowledge I have a disability which is such a huge weight off of my mind.

The New Man

Funny story after years of being on dating sites and going on failed dates I met him at Jury Service! Noooo he was not the one on trial haha. We have been together about 4 months now and had a few ups and downs mostly involving crazy ex's and people interfering but, things are getting back on track and its nice to finally be happy.
The Hair

Over the months it has gone from Red to Pink, Mink, Lavender, Purple, Blonde, Mint/Light Blue/Lavender (Think Unicorn), Platinum and finally back to Red. Lots and lots of hair dye, money and smelling of bleach but, I got to test the new Bleach of London range which is awesome! A more in depth review of the Bleach of London range will be posted soon.
Pic Monkey did something funky to my lips on the first image!
Tattoos

I got two new ones a sugar skull on my thigh and a pinup girl on my arm and I L.O.V.E them both. 

That's a snippet of whats been going on in Emma Land all very, very exciting :)

Ohhhhh and how could I forget I met You Me At Six!!!!!!!!
Over the next few weeks posts may be a bit all over the place whilst I try to get some sort of schedule in place so, please be patient I haven't vanished again.

 


Sunday, 21 July 2013

New Job

So for those of you that follow me on Twitter you will know that I got a new job which I start today :) 

I wanted to make you aware as there may be a slight hiatus whilst I get myself into a routine of work and blogging. I have some posts on their way Tuesday as I need to finish the Moxie Lips review, plus my IMATS post is long over due and I also have some other items to write up reviews on.

Please Please bare with me at the moment I promise I will find a happy medium :)

Love you all


Sunday, 14 July 2013

FOTD: Summer Glow/No Makeup Makeup Look

I realised today that I have not done an FOTD for months and months I am not even sure if I have done one at all this year!! I am a bad beauty blogger, I have sat down and done a few they just never saw the light of day because I wasn't happy with the final product. Anyway enough waffle here is my current Summer daily look, I have been wearing this makeup since it started getting warm here just changing up the eyes. I will give you an example of another eye i have warn but be warned its instagramed as it wasn't for FOTD purposes.

I hope you enjoy it :) oh and do excuse my beautiful hair and brows i am long overdue a beauty day!


Products used:

Face:
Bare Minerals Fair Foundation
HD Brows Blusher Number 2
HD Brows Bronzer Number 2
MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

Eyes:
Sugarpill Kitten Parade
NARS Charade
NARS Himalayas 
Smashbox Lash DNA in Jet Black

Lips:
Seascape Island Apothecary Peppermint Lip Balm



Alternative Eyes:
Sugarpill Dollypop
Sugarpill Kitten Parade
Smashbox Lash DNA in Jet Black
Inglot AMC Gel Liner in 77


Let me know if you like it and if you'd like to see a video tutorial for it as I am trying to get a list together of tutorials to go on youtube as I am stuck and don't want to do the same as everyone else.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Review: Move From Brows To Face With HD Brows Blusher and Bronzer!


A little while ago HD Brows released a small line of makeup that don't focus on the brows at all, yes that's right they have launched Foundation, Blusher and Bronzer to go with their already cult Eyebrow products.

I received the Bronzer Number 2* and Blusher Number 2* about a month ago now and have been playing with them both pretty much on a daily basis and on one photoshoot and now I am ready to tell you what I think.
 Both products are highly pigmented with a slight shimmer, a little of both of these really goes a long way. The Bronzer is especially pigmented so, if you are fair like me be very light handed. Unlike a lot of Bronzers this one doesn't have an orange payoff which I love especially due to the fairness of my skin, as I mentioned before, although, I don't think anyone wants to look like they have been rolling around in a bag of wotsits these days or am I wrong?
As for the Blusher i would say its a very deep berry pink, it reminds me of raspberry smoothies, which is shot through with some gold. I would say with this Blush stay away from Highlighter because it will be too much you just don't need to add that into the mix. I use this very lightly on my skin and it gives me that healthy flushed cheek and makes my pale skin look alive. I really cant wait to use this Blush on a woman of colour because I think it would look spectacular! 

The Packaging, as you can see from the pictures, is rather nifty they have a plastic protective cover that you open to get to the product and whilst closed its the home for the latex sponge applicator that comes with both products, you also have a good sized mirror. I have to admit that for me my only gripe was the latex sponge, I would never apply either product with a sponge nor with a little blush brush but, I do think that would have been more fitting for both of these products.

At the moment there are only one shade of each product but HD Brows are correct when they say that these two products will suit any skin tone and are completely buildable. The swatches are one full swipe they can be sheered down and built up.

Both products feature in tomorrows FOTD so, you can see just how they look on :)

Would I replace both items when they hit pan? 100% Yes

Would I purchase other colours? Yes if they added to the collection I would most certainly buy them for my kit and for my own personal use.
Would I use them on a model for a shoot? I have already and they worked fantastically on camera, provided there are some decent headshots I will share these when I get them back.

Overall I am completely in love with both products, I would love to see a matte Bronzer as I personally feel matte works much better for contouring but, as an out and out Bronzer its amazing. As for the Blushers I do agree like i said earlier that this will suit all skin tones but I would love to see what other shades they could create.

You can purchase both products here The Bronzer Number 2 is £19.95 and The Blusher Number 2 is £17.95. The brand have also added a Foundation and a Brush collection which also look pretty amazing.

Have you tried the new items from HD Brows? what did you think?



Friday, 5 July 2013

Festival Fashion by The Mallzee Team

Hey My Beauties,

Earlier in the week I introduced you to Mallzee and the team behind the new virtual mall, when I had my Q & A with them I asked them to each pick an item that they feel would be perfect for the festival season and here's what they had to say:

The ultimate festival look- although it’s completely nonsensical to wear white leather boots to a festival, we cant help but think this pair will only look better once scruffed up a bit. Following Selfridge’s #denimlovers party, we’re loving anything jean based at the moment- this dungarees dress is perfect for combining both festival comfort and style. The loose Breton top is a multi-tasking lifesaver and can easily be thrown on with jeans for day two. We’ve put a gorgeous cuff in there, too- minimal but perfect, it will add an extra element to your look. Shrug the leather jacket over your shoulders to keep the rain off and you’re good to go!



Leather Jacket £165 from Urban Outfitters
Striped T-shirt £17.50 from French Connection (usually £35 but it's currently on sale)
Denim Dungaree Dress £40 from ASOS
Jeffrey Campbell Lindi Boots £198 from Free People
Bear Head Cuff Bracelet £198 from Free People

I think they picked some great pieces although I am not sure I would be walking around with those beautiful boots and cuff on at a festival.

What do you think of their picks? would you like any of the items above let me know and don't forget you can get a VIP account with Mallzee when you sign up via this link which is only available to my readers at the moment.

Until next time lots of love


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Introducing Mallzee: All Of Your Favourite Shops In One Virtual Mall!


Mallzee are a brand new online mall which bring all of your favourite brands together under the one roof, so to speak, You will find the likes of ASOS, Burtons, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and many more top brand fashion stores. You can build up your own personal wardrobe from all of the shops saving the items in one place until you are ready to place your order.

This UK based company give you the oportunity to earn mallzee money each time you spend through them, this money can be used as store credits, against exclusive offers and other stuff.

Enough of my introduction I had the chance to chat with the Mallzee team and ask them a few questions so, to learn more about the company and those behind it carry on reading

1. Who are the people behind Mallzee and tell us a little about yourselves?

Cally: CEO
Cally is the mastermind behind Mallzee. A keen entrepreneur at only 25 years old, Cally has a background in PR and has worked for one of the worlds biggest PR companies. He claims he's not yet a full fashionista but we're always catching him reading fashion blogs on his lunch break!

Callum: COO
Callum provides the bridge between the business and technical aspects of Mallzee, having previously ran an award winning business. He's a bit of a daredevil, riding motocross in his spare time, and is forever coming into the office with bumps and bruises! Callum always packs a punch and knows how to get his head down and work but we all know he's a big softie at heart! 

Jamie: Head of Product
Jamie is a genius of all things code. He's been known to whip up amazing apps in a matter of hours and while the rest of the team stare in amazement at the creation, Jamie humbly tells us it's 'no big deal'. On top of this he's also the office sweetheart/tea addict and is loved by all. 

Laura: International Engagement Officer
Laura is a fashion business graduate and has interned at magazines and PR companies in London before joining Mallzee at the very start as an intern. Laura has been known to be attached to her laptop 24/7 and is forever hunting for the best blogs out there. She's obsessed with all things fashion and has an unhealthy fascination with handbags, and dogs!

Rachel: Head of Content
Rachel is also a fashion graduate and has had experience interning at top fashion magazines in London. She joined Mallzee as an intern then came on board as Head of Content thanks to her fab ways with words. Rachel is a self confessed drama queen, gets very excited about reduced cakes in Tesco and is a keen skateboarder who has been known to tweet Tony Hawk on occasion!

Alex: Designer
Alex graduated from a top art school and specialises in product design and branding. She's had experience designing for fashion brands and has designed some incredible concepts and products that would blow your mind! She claims not to be a fashionista but she's always strolling into the office looking super stylish and freaks out at thought of a moth eating her clothes!

David: CTO
Mallzee's technical wizard- David has over 25 years experience in the industry and is a total expert at what he does. David is responsible for Mallzee's technical side, the side that makes Mallzee smart and shows you things that suit your tastes. Somewhat of a dark horse, our roving techy is known his love of salted liquorish (we know- it sounds awful!)

Our Amazing Interns: Johnny, Mhairi, Mandy, Caroline, Amanda. 
We may be biased but we think we've got the best interns around. The Mallzee interns are a huge part of what we do and they're such an important part of our team and do WAY more than make the tea, in fact, we actually make tea for them!

2. What was the inspiration behind Mallzee?
Mallzee was created out of the realisation that online shopping was getting boring. People want more than just clicking and buying. We don't think shopping online should be a chore, we want people to have fun when they shop online and be able to chat to their friends and see things that suit their tastes rather than scrolling through pages and pages. 

3. What makes Mallzee unique from other shopping sites?
Mallzee is unique as it is designed just for you. With Mallzee, you can shop all your favourites in one place, your very own online mall, and see things that are specially selected for your taste. We think shopping should be social and that's why we let you chat to and shop with friends in real time. We also reward you for shopping with us by paying you Mallzee Dollars, getting paid to shop- amazing right?

4. If you could each pick one brand that you deal with as a favourite which brand would that be and why?
Cally- ASOS because they do some really cool menswear
Callum- Burton because they've got a good range 
Jamie- Topman because they've always got good deals on shirts!
Laura- Urban Outfitters because they sell some really cool brands that you can't get many other places
Rachel- Free People is a new favourite of Rachel's that she discovered through Mallzee. She loves the grungy, battered look their pieces have and that you can buy them with that cool look without needing to scruff it up yourself.
Alex- Karen Millen because the quality of their fabric is amazing! She really likes their edgier pieces. 
David- Burton because it's not too fussy
Johnny- Urban Outfitters too because they offer a wide selection for men which is quite rare and they use lots of colour

5. What is your staple fashion piece?

Cally- A crisp white shirt because I never know when I'm going to have to run out to a meeting!
Callum- A graphic tee- simple yet stylish
Jamie- A checked shirt and occasionally a baseball cap!
Laura-  A statement necklace because it can totally change up any outfit
Rachel- Jeans & a T-shirt because you can dress them up or dress them down!
Alex- Scarfs- you can wear them with everything!
David- You can't go wrong with a good pair of jeans!
Johnny- Double denim!

Mallzee are giving all of my readers the chance to have VIP accounts for free by signing up following this link:  http://mallzee.com/Account/Register its free so, what is there to lose? 
On Thursday the Mallzee Team will be showing you what their top fashion picks are for the Festival season so, come and have a read when that goes live :)

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Review Part 1: It's All About Moxie!


If you haven't already heard Bare Minerals have brought out a new Lip collection called Marvelous Moxie Lips. Moxie is a collection of Lipsticks, Lip Liners and Glosses. Over the next few days I will be bringing you pictures, swatches and my views of this collection

First of all lets talk about the Lipsticks!


I have a two of the Lipsticks in shades Never Say Never* which is a bright Fuchsia Pink and Be Free* which is a creamy pink nude. These lipsticks are beautiful they are creamy, opaque and don't feel heavy on the lips at all.

What is so great about these lipsticks is that they are extremely long lasting I managed to get away with 4 hours without needing to have a touch up. The other plus for me is that they don't dry out the lips because of the conditioning ingredients which are as follows: The formula includes Abyssinian Oil, Omega Fatty Acids and Vitamins A, C and E.

The packaging is very luxurious and with its unique design there is no chance of the lid coming off in your handbag which I think is great.


Would I purchase other colours? Yes I would, I would actually like to get some of the reds and some more of the nudes from this collection.

Would I use them on a model for a shoot? Yes I would due to the Opacity of the product and the longevity they would be amazing.

The Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Collection is in stores nationwide and on their website and comes in 18 different shades including some amazing Red shades and a super amazing Tangerine shade for all you darker skin tones, plus Tangerine is bang on trend. The Lipsticks from this collection are retailing at £16.00.

Have you tried this collection? Let me know what you thought in the comments.