Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from Emilyx0!

Hey lovelies

I just wanted to take the time out to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! I really appreciate all of you who take the time out to read my little ramblings on this little blog. 

I really do appreciate every single one of you!

I hope you all enjoy Christmas and all of the yummy food. 

Emily x

Tarte Fantastic Foursome Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Enthusiast Set Holiday 2012- Review + Swatches

Hey lovelies!

Apologies for my absence as of late. I have been super busy with last-minute Christmas shopping etc!

I thought I would do a little post of something I picked up (and am loving!) from the States last month. It is of course the set of 4 Tarte Fantastic Foursome Amazonian Clay blushes. These are perfect for someone looking to try the blushes before investing in the full size. This wonderful set contains 4 wearable shades:

Angelic (shimmering champagne)
Fantastic (soft fuchsia)
Magic (pink coral)
Stellar (shimmering nude)

These blushes are suitable for both dry and oily skins, as they contain Amazonian Clay, which penetrates to nourish the skin and retain moisture, for oily skin the clay helps to minimise pores and balance the skin to keep the product in place.

Angelic, Fantastic, Magic, Stellar

The quality of these blushes are fantastic, some of the best I have tried (kicking myself I didn't pick up more!). These are super pigmented so a little really goes a long way, also they are a dream to blend in and last absolutely ages.

I definitely find myself reaching for these a lot more now over any of my other blushes. If you come across these blushes I highly suggest checking them out.

Unfortunately Tarte Cosmetics are not yet available in Ireland *sob*, but try eBay (but watch out for the bogus sellers!). 

This set of 4 blushes retailed for $35 for 0.10 oz, which for is fantastic. 1 full size blush retails for just $25 for 0.20 oz. The only difference aside from the size is the smaller blushes don't have a mirror.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas! I will be back in the New Year.

Lots of love,

Emily x

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Blogger Meetup

Hi guys,

Apologies for being MIA the last couple of days, college has been absolutely hectic!

(My awkward deer caught in headlights pose, haha)

So on Saturday 8th December I headed to the Russel Court Hotel. The wonderful Sarah from Adoreabubbles did a fantastic job of organising this event, from the goodie bags we received to the beautiful venue.

I met some of my favourite bloggers on the day, and am already looking forward to the next meetup!

Sarah then had her makeup done by the lovely Niamh Martin from Nima brushes, which are fantastic and I am dying to get my hands on them! She also demonstrated her latest product, the Nima Mitt, which removes every trace of makeup with just water!

Niamh demonstrating the Nima Mitt

We were also given a talk from the wonderful Marissa Carter showcasing her new Cocoa Brown 1hour tan (review coming soon!). She is a total inspiration to young budding entrepreneurs. Both ladies were fantastic, I really enjoyed hearing about their latest creations.

Marissa Carter showcasing Cocoa Brown tan

Also sharing their tips on blogging were Emma from Fluff and Fripperies as well as Rachelle and Kat from Dolly Rouge and Elaine from Miss E Blog sharing her helpful tips about blog design.

To capture the festivities on the day we had professional photographer Shaun

After the meetup a few of us moseyed on down to Lush for a look around, it was absolutely jammed! 

A few of us also headed to The Hard Rock Café for food and cocktails (which were delish!) and a little catch up. 

Sarah really put together a fantastic event and really was the hostess with the mostess.

Emily x

*Images credited to  Shaun & Megan-Rose

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Gifts for €50+

Hi guys!

I have been super busy all week, with the Christmas Blogger Meetup on Saturday (more on that in another post) which was organised by the wonderful Sarah of Adoreabubbles. Along with a rake of assignments. So I'm glad to be back into the swing of things.

This gift guide will feature gifts that will be perfect for that special someone, be it brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife!

I hope you find these gift ideas helpful.


What are your top Christmas picks?

Check out my gifts under €10

Emily x

Friday, December 07, 2012

Christmas Gifts Under €10

Hi girlies

In this post I would love to show you some cheap and cheerful gift ideas for under €10. These gifts would make perfect stocking fillers orKris Kindle gifts. I always find it hard to find gifts for under €10 but I managed to hunt down some bargains.

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What Christmas bargains have you picked up?

Check out my gift guides for Women & Men

Emily x

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Christmas Gifts for HER

Hey guys,

Today I will be featuring great gifts that would be perfect for sisters, girlfriends, mothers and wives! Again I would recommend finding out the persons interests and hobbies; makeup, fashion, books, movies, television, technology, music, jewellery. It is essential to be aware of the other persons taste before going out and buying whatever tickles your fancy.

Here are a couple of items I think would be great gifts this Christmas.


What are your top gifts for Women?

Check out my Gift Guide for Men

Emily x

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Christmas Gifts for HIM

Hi guys,

So as a part of my Christmas gift series I thought I would include some handy gifts for that special man in your life, be it dad, husband, boyfriend.
I find it quite difficult buying gifts for men as sometimes it can be hard to determine their tastes. So a great way to help you with buying for them woud be to find out their hobbies/interests. 

It could be anything from music, television, sports, movies, art, technology or fashion. Once you have an idea shopping for that taste should be simple!

Here are a couple of ideas I came up with


What are your favourite gifts for men?

Emily x

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My Top 10 Christmas Picks!

Hi guys!

So since we're into December I am in full Christmas mode now! And what better time than to start a Christmas series, with tips for gifts, whether it be for friends, family, boyfriends, girlfriends or even a Kris Kindle!

Sometimes I find it quite hard to buy for others, especially at the last minute. So I will be featuring some handy tips if you're a last minute shopper like myself. 

Here are a couple of my favourite picks this Christmas, hope they help!

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What are your top Christmas Picks?

Emily x

Sunday, December 02, 2012

November Favourites

Hey lovelies!

I can't believe I'm doing another favourites post, where is the time going?! Earlier this month I went to America and of course what trip to America isn't complete without (or a couple!) a visit to Sephora? So a majority of the items I picked up while I was over there.

MAC Whisper of Gilt- I purchased this product from their latest Christmas collection, this is a re-promote from their Extra Dimension collection. This is a beautiful smooth highlighter, with an almost creamy texture to it. These can be used as highlighters as well as eyeshadows. If you can get your hands on these I highly suggest trying them out.

Clarins Odyssey palette- Since buying this last month I have been using it constantly. The colours in this are great for taking a look from day to night. I have a more in-depth review here.

Urban Decay De Slick (Travel size)- I picked up this travel size in America, because I wanted to try before I shelled out the money for the full size. I'm absolutely loving this. I have combination/oily skin and this really helps with the longevity of my makeup. I did purchase the full size after trying this.

Revlon Grow Luscious mascara- I've had this mascara for about a month and have only started using it again this month, it is a fantastic mascara for defining my lashes, although I don't think it makes my lashes grow.

Bath & Body Works Vanilla hand sanitizer- I love this hand sanitizer, as it doesn't have that nasty alcohol smell to it, but a gorgeous vanilla scent. It also contains some glitter, but the glitter doesn't sit on your skin it just dissolves. I love the handy holder I bought with it as well, I can just attach it to my bag and use it on-the-go. I wish they would bring Bath and Body Works to Ireland ha ha!

* Hask Macadamia Oil Deep conditioning hair treatment- I was kindly sent some gorgeous Hask products to try, and this is definitely one of my favourite products. I have coloured my hair and bleached it throughout the years, so this has really helped put back some moisture to it. I use this along with the Exotic Shine Treatment which works fantastic when used together. I like to use this once or twice a week, I wouldn't recommend using it every time you wash your hair as it is quite a heavy conditioner.

Seche Vite Topcoat- What can I say? This has to be one of my favourite topcoats I've tried....EVER! It  dries super fast on the nails and leaves them looking gorgeous and shiny and lasts ages! I even picked up another bottle of this because I'm afraid I'll run out! If you are looking for a glossy, fast drying topcoat- try this! 

Tarte Amazonian Clay 24 hr blush in Exposed- I have been wearing this blush almost everyday since buying it while in the States. It is a gorgeous dusty rose colour and is a great one for pale-skinned gals like myself. 


NARS Sheer Glow foundation- I have been dying to get my hands on this foundation for ages. I picked this one up in the States as it is a darn sight cheaper in the States than here in Ireland. This is a heavier coverage foundation so I have strictly reserved this one for special occasions. It really is a fantastic foundation, my only problem with it would be it doesn't come with a pump!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish- This cleanser is so hyped up in the beauty community, and rightly so! I've been using this over the last couple of weeks and it removes every scrap of makeup off of my face. I use this with the Muslin cloth provided. This is a fantastic deep-cleanser. Definitely going to be a re-purchase for me!

What have you been loving this month?

Emily x

* pr sample

Saturday, December 01, 2012

The Christmas Tag!

Hi guys! 

So since doing the I Love Fall Tag, I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas Tag, since it's my favourite time of the year! 

Haha This is how I feel coming up to Christmas! Haha!

1.   What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
I've always loved the couple of weeks building up to Christmas, all of the shops are nicely decorated, and of course the Christmas music!

2.   What’s your favourite makeup look for the festive season?
I love golds for eyes with a little bit of glitter here or there! I'm also loving deep burgundy lip colours this year (which I would have never went near before!) and reds. I like to focus more on my eyes and lips and keep the rest neutral.

3.   Real tree or fake tree?
I love the idea of a real tree but they tend to be a little messy, so we have a fake one. I always love to help in decorating it!

4.   Giving presents or receiving presents?
Definitely giving presents, I love the whole element of surprise and just the feeling in general, it makes you feel good when you give somebody a lovely gift. Receiving gifts is always nice too :)

5.   Do you open your presents Christmas morning or evening?
Morning! I'm still such a child at heart so I love opening them in the morning while watching some Christmas movies.

6.   Handmade Christmas cards or bought?
I love the idea of a handmade card but I am awful for making things so I just buy mine. I always get a funny card that always best describes my personality and my parents love it! haha :)

7. What's your favourite Christmas film?
That's tough but I love Elf, Will Ferrel is hilarious and I love to sit down and watch this every year. I also love the Grinch as well.

8.   What’s your favourite Christmas food?
Do you even need to ask?! It has to be a Christmas roast with all the trimmings! I love Christmas morning breakfast as well after going to a walk :)

I tag anyone who would like to do this tag, it has just added to my excitement for Christmas :)

What do you love most about Christmas?

Emily x

Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Wishlist

Hi guys!

So I thought with it almost December I thought I would show you some items I am hoping to receive for Christmas, or even pick up during the sales!

I was hoping to get the Clarisonic Mia 2 with some birthday money, but I decided to hold off and think about it for a little longer. I have oily/combination skin and I'm not sure whether my skin would benefit from using this?! If you've tried or own one yourself please let me know what you think!

What's on your Christmas list?

Emily x

Monday, November 26, 2012

Birthday Wishlist

Morning all!

As my birthday is looming (tomorrow!), I have had my eye on a couple of items I would love to get my hands on!


I'm actually quite looking forward to my birthday now, excited to be turning the big 21!

Emily x

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Get To Know Me Tag

So I'm doing another tag post (I'm getting a little addicted haha!). I thought since I haven't really introduced myself on this blog I thought I would do this post so you can get to know me a little better :) There are tonnes of these kind of tags floating about so I hope you enjoy mine..

(Me with my old pink hair! :P)

1. Are you named after anyone ?
Well my middle name, Margaret was taken from my nana :)

2. When was the last time you cried ?
Last week

3. Do you have kids ?
Nope, my dog is like my child!

4. If you were around person, would you be friends with yourself ?
Ah yeah! I can be really shy when I meet people at first- but sure why not!

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot ?
Not all the time but maybe the odd time :)

6. Will you ever bungee jump ?
GOD NO! I'm absolutely terrified of heights, especially open heights

7. Whats the first thing you notice about people ?
Definitely their personality and what they're wearing

8. Whats your favourite cereal ?
Sugar free Alpen! (I'm a diabetic) with some banana and sweetener 

9. What is your eye colour ?
Hazel- but they kind of look green in the Summer and darker in Winter time, weird eh?

10. Scary movies or happy endings ?
I'm terrified of most scary movies, but I'm not a fan of 'happily ever after' either

11. Favourite Smell ?
At the minute I'm loving my Jo Malone bluebell fragrance. I also love the smell of spice and cinnamon- really Christmassy 

12. Summer or Winter ?

13. Computer or TV ?
I watch a lot of things online, so I'll computer

14. Whats the furthest you've ever been away from home ?
It would have to have been San Francisco

15. Do you have any special talents ?
Unfortunately no :( I used to play the drums if that counts?!

16. Where were you born ?
Dublin, Ireland

17. What are your hobbies ?
I love walking, blogging, music- I'm a total music lover! and shopping (if that counts! hehe)

18. Do you have any pets ?
Yep 3! 2 cats and 1 dog 

19. Favourite Films ?
Loads- Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Quadrophenia, The Great Escape, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Escape from Alcatraz, Step Brothers, 21 Jump Street, Cruel Intentions, most Disney movies!, Mean Girls, Elf, The Grinch, The Dark Knight, The Hangover, Casino Royale, Shutter Island, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clerks, The Breakfast Club and tonnes more!

20. Do you have any siblings ?
Yep 2 sisters- one who is 22 & the other 26

I hope you enjoyed it and helped you learn a little about me :)

Emily x

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I Love Fall Tag

I love reading these kind of posts, so I thought I would do one before we finally head into Winter. I decided to do this tag after seeing it over on Sian's blog at Forever Fabulous in Bows, I love her blog, definitely check her out!

1. Its Autumn, what are you most looking forward to in this season? 
I really look forward to the crisp cold evenings, the crunchy leaves and of course Halloween! 

2. What Autumn item in your closet are you most excited to pull out?
I'm always excited to whip out my woolly scarves and jumpers and big cosy cardigans!

3. Since Halloween is the first holiday to celebrate, we all get treated with a horror film marathon all month long...What is your favourite scary film to watch?
I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of scary movies, but I love Hocus Pocus, thats kinda scary, right?!

4. What is your favourite Autumn treat?
My favourite treat in the evenings would have to be a giant mug of tea and a curly wurly or my homemade apple crumble- NOM!

5. Now that summer is finally (way) over, What will you miss about it?
Definitely the nice flowy dresses and bright colours!

6. What make-up/beauty products do you love for Autumn?
I love a good lip balm my lips get ridiculously dry and chapped with the cold weather! I'm also loving my dark red lip colours this year (I always shied away before!)

7. What have you recently bought in preparation for the up and coming season?
I stocked up on some nice scarves in New York so I'm prepared for the ice cold- come at me! (haha)

8. Have you ever been trick'or'treating?
Not this year, think I outgrew it years ago!

9. Name the first 5 things that come to your head when you think of Autumn. 
  • Leaves
  • Jumpers
  • Boots
  • Halloween
  • Cold

10. What is your favourite season and why?
I love Winter, not only is it the excitement of Christmas that I love but my birthday is in November so I'm always excited for that :)

                                                                                           What do you like most about Fall?

                                                                                           Emily x

Clarins Odyssey Eye Palette- Review+Swatches!

I have been really impressed with Clarins products lately, and with the release of their latest Limited Edition Odyssey Christmas Collection I have just fallen even more in love with this brand.

I adore the luxe packaging of these products, these would make a fabulous gift for anybody. I love the choice of colours in this palette, these colours can work for daytime and night time looks and is a great alternative to the Naked palette if you're looking for something more compact.

The colours in this palette are great for any Christmassy look as it features a beautiful golden brown colour, a gorgeous foil-like gold eyeshadow which is just absolutely stunning, a taupe-brown shade great for a subtle smokey eye and a lovely champagne highlight colour.


The eyeshadows are really pigmented and creamy, making them so easy to work with and are so easily blendable.

This palette retails for €40 and is available wherever Clarins products are sold.

Have you tried anything from this collection?

Emily x

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Maybelline Baby Lips- Review + Swatches!

It's so great to be finally back! I have finally overcome the jetlag to do a post here.

I had a great couple of days in New York and couldn't help but feel a little gutted returning last Thursday, but I am glad to be finally getting back into the swing of things!

When I arrived I headed straight to the local drugstore (or chemist!), I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed at the amount of products available, and at such affordable prices! There are also quite a few products available there that can be hard to get our hands on here, not to mention beauty brands that aren't available to us here in Ireland.

I headed straight for the Maybelline stand and picked up all six shades (a bit much, I know!) of the Baby Lips lip balms. These lip balms are so moisturising on the lips and not sticky at all, they also add a lovely tint to the lips. Unfortunately these aren't available here in Ireland (Why?! I don't know). I'm sure you could pick these up from eBay.

Grape Vine- This smells a-mazing! and leaves a gorgeous subtle berry shade. Love this one for daytime.

Peppermint- This has a yummy fresh minty taste to it, great if you just want your lips to be moisturised without colour. It also has SPF 20 which is also handy for everyday.

Pink Punch- I adore the smell of this one! Smells like cocktails or something haha (don't ask! :P) this has a lovely light pink tint to it which makes it really wearable.

Cherry Me- This has to be one my favourites of the bunch, I adore the 'fake' cherry smell, which reminds me of American sweets, the colour payoff on this one is fantastic!

Peach Kiss- I love the colour of this, it's a gorgeous nude-peach, great for daytime.

Quenched- I heard about this one ages ago! This one is similar to the Peppermint one as they both contain SPF 15, unlike the others which are just balms. This would definitely be my no.1 favourite out of the bunch, this smells just like lemonade and tastes so yummy! Would definitely recommend this one for Summer.

Grape Vine, Peppermint, Pink Punch, Cherry Me, Peach Kiss, Quenched

Another thing I love about these is the cute packaging, I would be lying if I said this isn't what attracted me to them. They're so bright and colourful and smell amazing! These definitely stand out to me in my makeup drawer. These retailed for about $7 each which isn't too bad considering you get a lot of product for the price (4.4g/0.15OZ).

Have you tried Baby Lips lip balms?

Emily x
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