Wednesday, 15 April 2015

10 Facts about Me

1. I'm a chocoholic - I'm currently sat eating mini eggs whilst typing.
2. I'm in my second year at uni reading Psychology - I've actually enjoyed this year more than my first year which is surprising because this year has been a lot harder work wise and it actually counts *cries*. 
3. I have a very large collection of fluffy socks - I'm wearing some pink ones now that my grandma gave me, FYI Primark do the best fluffy socks.
4. I love Taylor Swift - I'm seeing her for the third time in June and I may possibly cry.
5. I have a MacBook Air and when I'm typing I have to have the lights on the keys turned up or else it feels wrong (but when I watch something on it I can't have them on, weird I know)
6. I really want to go to New York - like really badly, someone take me! Please!
7. I used to read all the time when I was younger and now I hardly ever do and I really miss it - when I'm coming home on the train I always make sure I have a book with me as train time is scheduled as reading time. 
8. My most played song on iTunes is Dancin' Away With My Heart by Lady Antebellum - I love this song, when I went to see them in concert I nearly cried.
9. I don't like Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and basically all the American shows on e4 - yes that is controversial, I just don't find them funny.
10. I'm an only child and I've never had a pet - I don't mind about the brothers or sisters but I think that I'm scared of pretty much every animal because I never had any contact with them when I was younger.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

March Favourites


Yes, I understand that I am over a week late with this type of post AND I haven't posted in a while so I've failed with this blogging business but I fancied writing a post because I've missed typing things that aren't essays. I'm home for Easter now so I had to choose a few select products to take home with me because I can't bring my whole makeup collection and I think that I did pretty well with my choices.

First of all is my foundation, I'm so close to finishing this bottle (I can't remember the last time I finished a foundation so it must be a pretty good one just off that basis). The Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation has become a firm favourite, the colour match is pretty good which is rare with me, foundations are never pale enough for my skin tone which is really annoying. I really like the finish of the Lasting Finish Nude as well, I find it quite hard to explain but it looks very natural on the skin with a medium coverage and has a slightly dewey finish that can be made matte with a dusting of powder.

My next favourite which has been a favourite for ages is the Urban Decay Naked palette, I got this around a year ago and I'm always going back to it. The colours are so wearable with the last three shades being perfect for a bolder smokey eye and the other shades are all great for a daytime look. The eyeshadows are a lovely buttery texture that, with a primer, last all day on me.

I've been loving the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer. It's perfect for me, it covers up those pesky spots really easily and is also great covering up my under eye baggage that is getting darker and darker by the day, I'm blaming my degree for that one.

I got a sample of Benefit's new mascara the Roller Lash in a copy of Elle a few months ago and I've been loving it. I'm not usually a fan of plastic wands, I tend to stick to ones that are thick with fibre bristles but after hearing so many good reviews on it I had to try it out. I've fallen in love with it which is really annoying because it's nearly £20 for a full-size one, which I'm not prepared to pay, but this mascara does wonders for my short stubby lashes, it gives them an amazing curl which surprisingly holds for me. Rollerlash gives my lashes length and volume and it also looks pretty good after a day of wearing it. I can't rely fault this mascara other than the price.

Another pretty new addition to my ever expanding stash has been the Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner which is the first liquid eyeliner I've used in a long time. This one is a bargain at only £2.99. I find it reasonably easy to use (although I always have a damp cotton bud to hand to wipe away any mistakes) and the best part about it is that it lasts all day.

My final favourite is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I used to use this to apply my foundation but it just wasn't doing the job as well as my Real Techniques Buffing Brush so I went back to using the brush for application and then used the sponge to really pat my skin and make sure everything was blended in, I also do this with my concealer and I find that I get a really nice, even base.

What were your favourites for March?


Thursday, 9 April 2015

My Current Playlist

I haven't done a post like this before so I thought I would do something a little different and let you have a read of the songs I've been loving at the moment.

First up is Sam Smith's Like I Can, I love Sam Smith's voice, it's so nice to listen to but few of his songs have really made an impact on me until I heard Like I Can, it's such a catchy song that I can't help but listen to it all the time. 

Lips Are Movin' by Meghan Trainor, this one is the song that we do our conditioning to at Gymnastics, really I should hate this song because conditioning is hard but it's so catchy that anytime I hear it and I'm not doing exercise I want to start moving around. 

Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding has been a firm favourite for a few months now, I don't know what it is about this song but I've always loved Ellie Goulding. 

Heroes (we could be) by Alesso, as soon as I heard Heroes I loved it, again I'm not sure why so I can't explain it but I do!

What have been your favourite songs these past few months? 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Battle of the Primers


 From left to right - Maybelline Baby Skin, Smashbox Photo Finish, Benefit Porefessional, Bare Mineral Prime Time, The Body Shop Instablur.

I've only got into primers over this past year and it wasn't love at first use for me. I started with Maybelline's Baby Skin which is a very silicone heavy formula and just makes my skin feel very waxy when it's been put on, it feels like it's clogging up my pores as soon as I put it on and I didn't use it for very long at all, the only reason I've kept this is to do a post on primers as I've been trying out quite a few different ones.

I decided that I wanted to get some mineral foundation so I got a started pack from Bare Minerals and included in that was Prime Time. I'm pretty sure that this is designed for using with Mineral Foundation so that's what I tend to use it with. As you can see from the picture above this is the most liquid primer of them all. It feels quite light on the skin which I like and I wouldn't say that this is a silicone feeling primer. As I said that I only use this with Mineral Foundation I can't compare it to the other primers when discussing how long it keeps makeup on. I find that with Mineral Foundation when I use this primer it does keep the makeup on longer but because Mineral Foundation is a very light finish anyway I suppose it doesn't make a huge difference.

I got the Porefessional with a magazine sometime around Easter and at the time I fell in love with it, it didn't feel like silicone like Baby Skin and it seems to reduce the look of pores as well as ever so slightly evening out skintone. The Porefessional is the only one that has some colour to it unlike all the other ones which I do like, I'm not sure if it would work for very dark skintones as I'm quite pale, I could be wrong here. As for whether it keeps makeup on for longer I would say that it does but the main factor I like about this primer is that it reduces the size of my pores.

After seeing Gabby from Velvet Gh0st loving The Body Shop Instablur I thought it was worth a try as the price tag for my beloved Porefessional was a little too high for me to buy it full size and Instablur is half the price. I immediately feel in love with this when I used it, although when I first put some on my finger I was a little unsure, the texture does feel quite odd, you can see in the picture that unlike all the other primers this isn't smooth but when I smoothed this onto my skin it felt so natural like there wasn't anything on my skin. After trying a few different primers this had to be my favourite of them all, it feels lovely on the skin, slightly mattifies my oily skin, keeps my makeup on the extra few hours and combined with a good powder I can go several hours without getting that sheeny look - Go Instablur.

Smashbox Photo finish primer was one that I got in a starter kit from Smashbox which I got because I wanted to see what the brand had to offer. I still can't make my mind up about this one, it does make my skin smooth when I use it under my foundation but I haven't noticed great things. I don't think that I would buy this full price.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Prime those lashes


Last year I purchased the Urban Decay Perversion mascara on Corhorted which also came with a mini of their Subversion lash primer. I saved it till Christmas time as a little Christmas treat for myself and what a treat it was. Lash primers are the way to go. It feels a little weird putting something white on your lashes but the primer seems to give my lashes that extra umph, it makes them longer and thicker and when you add a few layers of the mascara over the top they look perfect (and I have tiny lashes so this is saying something). The white primer is hidden after just one coat of mascara but to get the best results I find two or three lashings of mascara gives the best effect.

I've tried the mascara on its own and although it is good it's not as brilliant on it's own. I haven't tried Subversion with a different mascara yet so I can't report that it does the job well with any mascara that you have.

I would recommend going on Cohorted to anyone and seeing if they have any of the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara with a mini of Subversion as you can get it quite a bit cheaper than buying it in the shops. I've already got a back up of this for when it runs out.

*this post is not sponsored and all views are my own.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A Cheapie but a Goodie




I'm not usually one to buy makeup that is to do with celebrities but this Little Mix one looked so cute and I've heard so many good reviews about it that I had to try it. The palette looks pretty grubby to say that this is relatively new to me but it's become my favourite palette to travel with, it's so light and compact and even though the packaging is only cardboard it's pretty sturdy so is the perfect thing to stick in my makeup bag if I'm going away for a few nights.

The colours in this palette are really pretty, there's a good colour payoff even though my camera hasn't picked up the colour in the swatches and they last well considering the palette only cost me £3.19, I had trouble washing the eyeshadow off my fingers after swatching them. I have the annoyance of oily eyelids, it's a pain but nothing that a good eyeshadow primer can't fix. I found that these tend to fade by mid afternoon without a primer but with one they last much longer.

There is a really good variety of colours in this palette, apart from the first shade which I tend to avoid as it's a bit light, I use them all at different times; the second to fourth shade are good daytime colours with the last two being really good for a darker smokey eye.

I've seen that Collection have some more palettes like this which I'm sure I'll end up trying soon.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

One Year of emhasrednails

I don't know how I've kept this up for so long, I'm the kind of person to quit things, I played the flute for a while and then quit, I went running for a while and then stopped, I went swimming for a few months and then stopped doing that. I just seem to be the person who can't manage to keep things up for very long but I appear to be doing reasonably well with emhasrednails. I'm not very good at blogging regularly when I'm at uni because I don't have my camera with me here for one, I did last term but took two lots of blog photos so it didn't seem worth it to bring it back after Christmas, when I go home I tend to take a lot of photos and upload sporadically when I have time to write a matching post. I find it hard to find the time to write blog posts and then do all the other things that follow a new blog post such as telling all my social media that I've written a new post (I'm sure this takes longer than writing the actual post!) 

This is a very short and blabby post that only has one meaning, to celebrate my blogs first birthday! Thank you to everyone who has ever read or commented on emhasrednails, I love reading new comments on my blog! As cheesy as it sounds I can't wait for many more years to come of blogging, I really enjoy taking the pictures, writing the posts and interacting with other bloggers. I would also love to go to a blogging meet up sometime as I've seen so many different posts on them about them and they look so much fun!

Thanks for reading emhasrednails, see you soon!