Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Half-Way Through

I cannot believe that I'm now halfway through my time at university, I don't feel like I know enough to think that next year I'll be completing my dissertation, I had to use spell-checker to even find out how to spell the word, never mind write 10,000 words on an experiment I have to devise myself! I need to stop talking about it now, I'm having a panic just talking about it!

I've learnt so much whilst I've been at Uni, I've made the most amazing friends that I know I will keep in touch with, I've managed to do all my own washing *pats self on back for being a proper grown up* and I've found out that the best thing about living away from home is being able to do my own food shop! I thought I would be really unhealthy but I'm actually not, I buy lots of fruit and I'm even eating more fish at uni than I ever did at home!

By Thursday I'll be able to say that next year I'll be (hopefully) finishing my degree and I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with my life (ideas are welcome), I'm also turning 20 in 2015, I'll no longer be a teenager (and therefore can't pretend that because I'm under 20 I'm still a child) and I'll be half-way to forty; something I've happily annoyed my friends by saying but now I think about it I would like to stay 19, it's a nice age to be, no one expects too much of me but I can still drink and drive although definitely not at the same time.

This year has been pretty great for me, I started the year seeing Taylor Swift at the O2 in London with one of my best friends, started emhasrednails and kept up writing new posts reasonably well, I also got an amazing camera that has been well loved and even after having it for 6 months I'm still learning the basics of how to use it, I finished my first year of uni, got a new job that I enjoy and can go back to when I'm home, been to Greece and had the best holiday ever. I was lucky enough to be taken to London by my boyfriend and we went to the Harry Potter Studios. I started my second year at uni and I seem to be doing better than last year as well as enjoying it more (fingers crossed that I can keep this up), I joined the gymnastics society at uni and even though I'm not very good I'm learning something new and by joining I've made lots of new friends. 2014 has been a good year for me, I hope 2015 is the same.

Thank you so much for reading and I'll see you in 2015! Happy New Year!

P.S. I hope you like the picture, my Auntie got it for her secret Santa at work and I love it! It isn't relevant but I just had to share it with you!

Monday, 29 December 2014

A Beautiful Highlight

Isn't this just the most gorgeous highlighter? The Balm's Mary Lou Luminizer is a newbie to my collection but I can already see that it's going to become a regular in my ever growing makeup collection. It gives a beautiful glow to my non-existent cheekbones that with a bit of contouring makes me look like I have some shape to my chubby cheeks. A highlighter is the perfect addition at this time of the year, adding a bit of that extra something to my face.

This is my first product from The Balm and I don't intend it to be my last, the quality of this is amazing for the price at £16 from Asos so it's pretty readily available. I've seen many other reviews of this but I thought that I would never be able to get my hands on it having never seen it in Boots or Superdrug so I was so happy when I found plenty of products from The Balm on the Asos website. I think my next purchase will be one of the eyeshadow palettes, I just need to decide which one!

Have you tried any products from The Balm? Any recommendations?

The Mary Lou Luminizer is now on sale on for £14.40 so get it whilst it's on offer!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas and a Great Big Thank You

I know my posting has been very sporadic since September but the posts that I have put up have had some lovely comments and I would like to thank every person who has read my blog, commented or tweeted me. I've had a brilliant year writing emhasrednails and I would like to have many more years to come writing about anything that takes my fancy. Thank you for reading! 

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas, be merry and eat lots! There should be another post up before the start of 2015 so I'll see you then. 

Merry Christmas, I'm going to finish watching The Polar Express now. 

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)