Saturday, 8 November 2014

Coping with a Heavy Workload

In the next five weeks I have to write three essays and revise for two exams as well as sort out Christmas presents and have half a social life. It sounds a lot but I know that I will manage it because for one I have to, but two, I've been having a busy few weeks and still managed without a breakdown by doing a few simple things.

1. Get up early and start getting that work done, you can look forward to the lie in you can get at the end of it and you'll probably enjoy it more. I find that I work best in the morning anyway, I can't work as well at night so I try to get it done in the morning and have an early night to start the next day feeling awake.

2. Make the most of any time you have. Got a spare hour, don't spend it watching TV, get some work done in that time. I recently came home from uni so I did some work on the train, it made the journey quicker and it meant I had a bit of extra time to catch up with work.

3. Take breaks, I know that everyone says this but it's important, I know that my brain won't work all day without little breaks, just get away from what you're doing for a little bit and you will be more productive.

4. Have something to look forward to at the end when it's all done, for me this is Christmas, when I've handed that last essay in and done the exams, I'll be going home for Christmas and only have a little bit of work to do when I'm home, I'm imagining making mince pies now! If it's not an event you have to look forward to maybe buy yourself something nice that you've been wanting for a while.

5. Make a list, I have countless lists of things I have to do, on my wall, on a whiteboard, on my laptop, they all have similar things on but it means I don't forget anything I have to do.

6. Keep a diary, I've been doing this for the past few months and it helps to keep me organised and know when everything is happening from deadlines to nights out.

I better get back to my work now, this was my break and I'm also looking forward to getting back into blogging at Christmas when I have finished all the work I have to do.

Friday, 17 October 2014

6 Reasons Why No Make-up Days Are The Best

I have a few days a week off from uni this year and combined with the weekend that adds up to many days of me going barefaced. I love makeup and experimenting with different looks but it's always a good day when I can go without makeup so here are six reasons why I love no makeup days.

1. My favourite, you can rub your eyes and not have the worry of looking like a panda for the rest of the day

2.You don't have to spend ages in the morning perfecting that winged eyeliner or getting annoyed that you can't get them to match, instead you can spend that extra 10 minutes or more in bed which makes all the difference.

3. Linked to number two, you don't have to take any time out of your night to take your makeup off, instead you can just jump into bed straight away (obviously after you've done your very detailed skincare routine)

4. Wearing no make-up is one of the best feelings, nearly as good as taking your bra off at the end of a long day.

5. It's good to let your skin breathe and not be covered in makeup

6. If it rains there's no worry about your makeup falling off your face and becoming a panda, you just have to worry that your hair still looks great (although if you're going for the whole no makeup look your hair will be in a bun on top of your head resembling a pineapple)

Are you a lover of wearing no makeup? What's your favourite reason not to wear it?

I have two essays to be handed in in the next few weeks so I'm busy writing those so bare with me if it all goes a bit quiet, I'll be back soon.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

September Favourites




Remember me? Yeah I used to post four times a week and I can't remember the last time I posted on here.Sorry about that, my work load has doubled since last year and I'm having difficulty keeping up with that! Anyway, here is a post to keep myself from feeling too bad about neglecting Emhasrednails.

September has been a month of very few new purchases which tends to mean that I only have a few favourites. I obviously have a lot of products that I love and use all the time but it would get a bit repetitive on emhasrednails if I did that for every favourites. However this month these four items have been used over and over again.

First is my only new product - Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Nude Foundation in Ivory. This is one of the first (and probably last) drugstore foundation that matches my skin tone really well, they're usually really orange or just too pale and then next tone up gets into the orange category. You might know that I get really oily skin so I'm always on the lookout for a matte foundation that will keep the shiny nose at bay and after wearing this for long days I can confirm that it does just that, I'll need to repowder sometime in the afternoon if I've had a busy day and want to look my best but for a lot of the time I can get away with doing my makeup in the morning and my foundation will stay put for the rest of the day (not sure about 25 hours, who can really stay awake for 25 hours, not me!)

Soap and Glory's Lid Stuff in What's Nude? has been mentioned on the blog before, I will sometimes use this little palette as it's intended use - for eyeshadow, but I find the shade Mudhoney works really well on my eyebrows. I love the look of eyeshadow on my brows because it looks a lot more natural and I find that with the right brush - I use Real Techniques Brow Brush, it's so quick and simple to do. The shade is slightly too warm for me but with some brow gel I can get away with it.

The Naked One palette is old news to most people and I've had mine for quite a while but I'm constantly going back to it. I've created countless looks with this palette from very natural day looks to a smokier night look. If you've been reading blogs for a while and know the basics of makeup you'll probably know that Urban Decay eyeshadows have the most amazing texture that it so pigmented and really easy to blend too. A few of my favourites are Sidecar, Smog, DarkHorse and Hustle. The brush that comes with this palette is my current favourite for really packing on the colour, I don't know if it has a certain name and if you can get it on it's own but the whole package is worth a buy.

What are your September Favourites?

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

My Virtual Baby

I'm going back to University today, I'll be going into my second year so I've got a feeling it will get pretty hectic pretty fast. In an ideal world I would love to keep blogging as regularly as I have been doing this Summer, I've loved my blogging days when I've spent hours watching This Morning and other daytime TV whilst writing posts but soon I'll be writing essays instead of posts and this makes me a bit sad. However I'm going to try my hardest to keep writing at least one but hopefully two posts a week. This will be pretty difficult to make the time to do so but my blog has become my little baby and I couldn't just leave it building virtual dust till the Christmas Holidays.

I have a few draft posts that I've written for the busy weeks when I only have a few minutes to go on blogger and click publish so I'm sorry that they won't always be newly written posts. I'll get back to you as to what my new days where I will be posting as I don't know what my timetable will be like, I'll change that in my About page as soon as I know.

If you want you can read my posts about My Fresher's Week last year here and here. Good luck to anyone starting Uni this year and to anyone going back like me. I'll see you sometime in the unknown future...

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Best Brushes in my Collection


As you can see I love Real Techniques brushes, these are my all time favourite brushes that I use on a regular basis and there wasn't a single brush that wasn't RT that came close to all these. I love RT brushes because they're pretty cheap when compared to other brushes, the quality is out of this world seeing as I don't think I've ever seen a single hair ever shed from any of them. They're also a dream to wash and dry overnight.

My first favourite is the Contour Brush (front orange), it's the perfect size for contouring and giving myself the look that I do actually have some cheekbones. My next base favourite is the Buffing Brush (right orange), I use this with all my liquid foundations and it gives a beautiful flawless finish when I take the time to really buff my foundation in. My last favourite base brush is a newbie in my collection but it's brilliant. The Powder brush (right orange) is a really big brush that gives the perfect amount of powder everytime, not cakey but means that I don't get the oily look.

My other favourites are all eye brushes (the purple ones), however one is actually used for my base, that's the Deluxe Crease Brush (left) which is amazing for concealer, it's very dense so really buffs it in. My next favourite is the Fine Liner Brush (right) which I use with gel eyeliner, it's the perfect thickness and I can create quite a thin line with it although it would be easy to build it up if you prefer the thicker liner look. My final favourite is the Base Shadow Brush (middle) which I use for blending eyeshadow together, it's quite flexible and not too dense so is perfect for making sure the eyeshadow is flawlessly blended.

Have you got any brush recommendations that I should try out?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tanning Mousse


I've always had pale skin but love looking tanned so I'm permanently on the search for a great fake tan. However, so many fake tans are out of my budget so that's a no to the likes of St Tropez and Xen-Tan. I wasn't sure what would happen in my search for a budget fake tan as I don't want to look patchy and orange or smell like a biscuit. For the past few years I'd been using No7 Tanning Lotion, you can read my review here and at the time I thought it was great but now I see there are other options out there.

Cocoa Brown says that it's a one hour tan mouse although after leaving it for juts one hour it wasn't dark enough for me so I left it for three and it gives a lovely sunkissed glow which I really liked. Another time I did leave it for around six hours and it was a bit too dark for me so I gave myself a bit of a scrub in the shower and my tan looked much more natural.

The Cocoa Brown Mousse is so easy to apply, I would never use this without a tanning mitt because it helps to get a very flawless coverage and means you don't get orange hands. I tend to use a big squirt (we all know this is a very technical blog) for each limb and an extra squirt for my legs if I need it. I tend to be quite quick when working with the mousse because it dries quickly and give yourself a quick check that everywhere is all rubbed in before washing your mitt (speaking from experience here) as you realise you can't do much about it then! Also be careful around water, if any tan gets water on it it will come clean off and you'll get a patchy tan so wait till you get in the shower before you get wet.

This tan lasts for a good week depending on how deep your tan originally was and keeping your skin moisturised makes sure it doesn't get patchy, especially on elbows and knees. The tan does have a smell to it, when you're waiting for it to develop it's quite a strong smell and then once you've washed it off I can often smell it if I get too close.

I would recommend this mousse to anyone looking for a good budget tan, I think this was around £8 and is a really easy tan to use especially if you were going out in the evening you could put this on in the morning, wash it off later and have a lovely tan that isn't orange.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Makeup for Beginners


I'm kind of writing this post to my teenage self, if when I had been first getting into makeup and all these products had been around these are the ones that I would recommend to myself. I didn't have a big budget so I couldn't afford the expensive stuff (although I don't think I even knew Mac existed and at the time thought it was stupid for people to spend lots of money on makeup, how wrong was I?) so all these products are pretty affordable and by the time you have all of them it's a pretty good collection to start off your collection with.

As I would be wearing this makeup to school I would have wanted a very light base, The Body Shop's All in One BB cream would have been perfect, it provides a very light base that evens out the colour of skin and is really easy to blend in with fingers so no brush is needed, I actually find that this works better without a brush. Another base product that is a cult product in the beauty world is Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. It's not only a great concealer for those pesky spots that I got as a younger teenager but it's also surprisingly cheap. This is a dream to work with, it's very thick so gives a very high coverage on those areas that you aren't happy with but it blends in well too.

I've always had oily skin so a powder is essential, Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder in Transparent is probably in many beauty lovers collections, it's a great product that again boasts a very cheap price tag, only a couple of pounds. This is great to dust over the t-zone or all over depending how matte you like your base to be. To add a bit of colour to my cheeks I would have recommended Sleek's Blush in Pomegranate which gives a lovely flush of colour but is very natural like the rest of this makeup so hopefully there won't be any problems with getting into trouble at school for wearing makeup.

For eyes I would recommend Maybelline The Falsies mascara, just one or two coats of this for a natural look that you can get away with at school or lashings when you want those long fluttery lashes. Another eye product that is great and so cheap is Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal. I managed to get away with wearing eyeliner in my last two years of high school (I wasn't one known for wearing too much makeup in the first few years so I was never a target for the beady eyed teachers who knew the 'rebels' and I was a goody-two-shoes so I think the teachers let me off, it's not as if wearing makeup actually affects your education anyway!) I wore it very subtly but it gave my eyes that extra definition. This eyeliner is great because it sticks around and can be smudged for a smokey look.

My final recommendation to my younger self would be Rimmel lipstick in Asia, it's a colour that any age could wear because it's very subtle but just adds that little bit extra something. Rimmel lipsticks are some of the best drugstore lipsticks around, the quality of them is amazing and they're pretty cheap too, if there's some beauty addict around that doesn't have a Rimmel lipstick in their collection I would be very surprised.

Are there any beauty recommendations you would give to your younger self?