Sunday, 14 December 2014

Why Christmas really is the best time of the year





These are a few of my favourite decorations on our family tree, I tried and failed to get a good one of the whole tree but the lighting just wasn't right and the photos wouldn't do the tree any justice.

Ever since I was a child I've loved Christmas, at first I loved receiving presents and then it was because I could eat loads of chocolate and other goodies but now it's because I get to go home and see my family, have some time off from doing lots of work and give everyone gifts I know they'll love.

My first love of Christmas is food, I love food all year around but Christmas is just the best because it's acceptable to eat lots of chocolate, cheese, puddings and basically anything else. I've never been the biggest fan of a roast dinner, I know I'm being a bit controversial saying that! We always go to my grandparents for Christmas dinner so when I was younger my Grandma used to make me a spag bol and I loved it, I felt so special seeing as I was always the only child there too. She stopped this quite a few years ago which I was disappointed in and now I have turkey, which is my least favourite meat but it's also my Grandad's least favourite too so I might have managed to persuade him this year (Psychology degree coming in handy there Emma!) to do some other meat as well which I'm pretty happy about! But after turkey comes cheese and biscuits which I've grown to love after spending two years working on a cheese counter in a supermarket.

Nowadays the best thing about Christmas is coming home from Uni and seeing all my family and friends that I don't get to see very often in term time. This year I'm going home quite early to take half of my things back on the train and then coming back to uni to do a few exams and then back home I go with the rest of the clothes and presents. The first time I'll go home I'm planning on putting up the Christmas tree (I've claimed this job every year) which is one of my favourite things to do, my next two favourites are linked to food, making mince pies and decorating the Christmas cake. These two are my favourite because I know that soon enough I'll be eating them (why do I always end up talking about food?!)

As I said earlier, I used to love receiving presents when I was a child but I think as people get older it's more about giving than receiving, it's a cliche but I love seeing people's faces when they open their present and see what they have. This year money has been a bit tight so I'm doing the homemade Christmas for family, I'm thinking of doing a small hamper for people, making something sweet like truffles but after seeing Lily Pebbles' vlogs I'm very tempted to make her brookies because they look delicious and I really want to try them (somehow got back onto food here). I'm also thinking of including some kind of cheese and posh crackers because if you can't be posh at Christmas when can you be? As well as a bottle of wine and a few other goodies.

The lead up to Christmas is personally, what I believe makes Christmas, everyone gets all wrapped up and braves the chilly weather to go and buy presents and shops have decorations out and Christmas music playing. I get to open the advent calendar every morning getting more and more excited everyday that Father Christmas will be coming soon, and as much as people say they hate doing the Christmas food shop, I can't wait to go with my mum and help her choose what food to get for the Christmas period (seriously I've gone back to food again, I'm making myself hungry!)  I also adore going to the Christmas markets, this year I went to the Christmas Markets here in Lincoln and if you have never been, they're massive! It never seems to end. I love going to the Manchester Markets too and getting all festive. But my favourite Christmas Market that I've ever been to is the ones in York. Every year my parents and I, auntie, uncle and cousin used to go to York to go Christmas shopping but since I've been at uni I haven't been able to go for one reason or another and this makes me quite sad. The rest of them are still going but I can't this year but I've promised them and myself that the year after next when I've finished uni I will be making a return and I'm already excited to go!

What are your favourite things about Christmas? Have you been to any Christmas Markets this year? If you're going to York then think of me when you're eating a delicious chocolate crepe (a tradition my cousin and I have)

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Woes of a Psychology Student

I'm doing a Psychology degree which seems to make people think I can do extra-ordinary things with my mind, in reality I'm struggling to keep my life together so next time you meet someone who does psychology please, for me, don't ask them any of these questions

"So you can read my mind then?" or "What am I thinking now?" Probably the most common of misconceptions, just because I study psychology does not and never will mean that I can read minds, I don't think anyone (apart from Edward Cullen) can read minds, no degree on earth will ever be able to teach someone that!

"Can I have a friends/family discount on therapy?" no, seeing as I don't want to go into therapy, only a small percentage of people will go into it. Even if I did go into therapy I wouldn't want to

"Are you psychoanalysing me now?" No! I don't tend to psychoanalyse people, I do like to have time off from thinking about psychology so if I'm talking to you, it will probably mean I'm thinking about anything but what degree I'm studying.

"Is that not a girl's subject?" Now I know that I'm a girl but I can imagine that many of the guys that are reading psychology get annoyed with this question. It is predominately a female course but there are more and more guys doing psychology and in this day and age no subject should be a girls or boys subject!

"Is that what people do when they don't know what they want to do with their life?" This one is true for me, I don't have a clue what I want to do with my life and by doing a psychology degree it means that I can go into a range of jobs therefore keeping my options open. However, I do think that asking this question is quite rude, everyone chose a degree subject for a reason and that reason is fine by me, no matter what it is!

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?