GHD Heat Protect Spray

Thursday, 28 May 2015

GHD Heat Protect Spray


My mane is a nightmare when it comes to hair products, genuine actual nightmare. I have thin hair but a lot of it so it’s slightly thicker than normal thin hair and I find using hair products in it really weighs it down easily. 


I wanted a heat protection spray that I could use on my hair dry, most days, but something that wouldn’t make me look like a grease bomb, so when I saw that the GHD Heat Protect Spray had 5 star reviews everywhere I knew I had to try it and put it to the test.


This spray is actually not what I expected; it works. I use it on both damp and dry hair either before I blow-dry or straighten/curl my hair. It’s super lightweight and contains the GHD Heat Protect system. Using it on damp hair I found that I don’t get nowhere near as much frizz  as I normally would, even after I’ve slept on my hair in the night my hair the next day looks great! 


On dry hair I would suggest to use this sparingly as I found too much does make the hair go greasy and strange but a light sprinkling from mid-lengths to ends is more than enough. I found that using it on dry hair, it felt protected against the heat, my hair turned out smoother and oddly less tangled (which was a nice surprise). I would definitely recommend this spray to anyone, especially those of you who are like me and struggle with finding products that don’t weigh down or make your hair look and feel greasy. 


I’m sure that there are fantastic cheaper alternatives that I myself haven’t even tried yet but after years of trial and error with different heat protect sprays, this is by the far the best one I have tried and I look forward to trying more products from GHD in the future.
 

Emma x
 

I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.

That £1.99 Find

That £1.99 Find
 
I love a bargain and when you’re buying a birthday present for your Mum in New Look and notice that it’s ‘Buy One Get One Free’ you can convince yourself that you’re not spending any money on yourself because the rings you like will be a ‘get one free purchase’ and that’s what I ended up doing.
  
This little Gold Wish Bone 2 pack from New Look is a steal at £1.99 anyway but when you factor in that you’re technically getting them for free it makes them even better. I got mine in a large so I was able to wear them on most of my fingers, if desired, but I’m usually a medium when it comes to fashion jewellery.  
The rings are in almost a zig-zag design having two points joining upwards and two points joining downwards with a small gem on the top joining point on each. They available in a gold tone (I couldn’t find them in Silver at the time but am sure they are available) in S, M or L.
I find these rings great for what they are, easy fashion jewellery. They add a bit more to an outfit and are surprisingly comfy to wear, as I was expecting them to be a bit uneasy on the fingers due to the design and curves.


Emma x
I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.

Lip Liner Dupe

Monday, 25 May 2015

Lip Liner Dupe

I love lip liners, like actually have a full on love for them. I find lip liners make your lipstick last ten times longer or even if you’re not into actual lipstick, lip liners with some lip balm on top can give the illusion of the most amazing lips in the world (especially when there close to the colour of your actual lips).


I absolutely love Bare Minerals I think there brand and there ethos is just perfect. I use the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lip liner in Liberated, this thing applies so beautifully and doesn’t try out your lips once applied. You also have the benefit of a rubber grip to help give more control. It gives gorgeous even coverage and is a ‘your lips but better’ colour. Now, £13 for a lip liner isn’t that pricey for a higher end brand but isn’t as cheap as some of the drug store alternatives.

Until you meet the Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in Eastend Snob this is basically a dupe for the Bare Minerals lip liner but a lot cheaper, this liner comes in at £3.99 (yeah, just a slight difference). This lip liner has such a creamy buttery texture like the Bare Minerals lip liner and applies so effortlessly. It’s also already edged at tip so that you can apply this straight away and go without having to faff around with evening the tip out.



I’ve found that the Rimmel lip liner doesn’t wear for as long as the Bare Minerals lip liner but for a drugstore dupe or an everyday lip liner it’s the closest I’ve found. Apart from the price difference, both of these lip liners apply so smoothly and give real full coverage to the lips (plus you can over line your lips slightly without it looking silly). 
I have the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lip liner on my top lip and the Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner on my bottom lip, and as you can see these are basically identical. These colours are my favourite everyday colours because they go with anything and really do give you natural but fuller lips
Emma x

 I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.

Accessorize

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Accessorize


Now when I want a new bag, I want something a bit more timeless so I get the wear out of it, something neutrally toned to go with everything, a decent size to accommodate all my junk, and always something with some form of zip, press stud or drawstring closure to ensure security and then I found this. This is the SnakeFlat PU Clutch Bag from Accessorize, now something with a snake print is not something I usually go for with bags but the design of this bag makes the print so subtle that you only really pick up that the print is snake when you look closely.

                                                                           


The bag features a gold zip length ways across the bag, with gold detailing alongside the snake print is in a dusty light pink colour. You have a few options with the way this bag can be worn; you can either use it as a clutch bag with no wrist strap, or as a clutch bag with the wrist strap and also across the body thanks to the additional longer strap.

Both the wrist strap and additional longer strap have gold detailing to tie in with the zip. The wrist strap attaches to a small gold loop on the side of the bag with a gold clip on fastener, so you can hold the bag but with extra security of having the strap around your wrist.





The additional longer strap gives you the option to wear the bag on the shoulder or, as I prefer, across the body. The strap also has the same gold clip on fastener feature as the wrist strap but has additional detail just above the gold loops on the bag of the bag with gold links going up from the fastener to the strap to add extra detailing.


I love this bag for it’s simplistic design but also can make an outfit like you that bit more effort into it simply by turning it into a clutch bag. The only downside to this bag is that due to the width of the bag it can look quite bulky if too much is inside it but if you’re willing too overlook that tiny issue then this is the perfect light Spring/Summer bag, which will be accompanying me on many Summer evenings.




Emma x


 I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.

My Top 5 Inspirations

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My Top 5 Inspirations

Ever since I discovered the world of Blogging and YouTube I have found some real inspirations, these are the Bloggers and/or YouTubers that have inspired me to create a blog and share my experiences. These are the people I aspire to be, whether it be to have the same writing style as Lydia Elise Millen, or to be able to portray myself like Claire Marshall, or even to have the same positivity as Tanya Burr. These are my top 5 most inspirational Bloggers and/or YouTubers.




Lydia EliseMillen (Fitness / Fashion / Lifestyle)

My fitness inspiration! Lydia Elise Millen has an incredibly successful blog, and now has a You Tube channel! Lydia’s blog is based around Health, Fitness and Beauty, which is what attracted me to it. Lydia’s posts are generally based around outfits/beauty but more heavily based on health and fitness. Her posts are great for motivation for fitness (I mean just look at her, she’s amazing!) but also have some fantastic recipes for healthy alternatives for your favourites food or drinks. One of my favourite posts on Lydia’s blog so far is one of her latest one’s on Body Confidence.

  



Hey Claire (MakeUp / Beauty / Hair)

Claire Marshall was my first YouTube obsessions; she was the first YouTuber I subscribed too because of how down to earth she was about everything but also because of her video editing. Claire’s videos are very clean and witty but fantastically moulded together (even her vlogs). Claire is a qualified make-up artist so focuses more so around Make Up, Beauty and Hair, but when giving reviews into products she can give the most in-depth review in the shortest amount of time. Claire’s videos are like nothing else I have seen on YouTube and this is why she is one of my all-time favourites. She also has a continuing collaboration with Shop Market and designs her own jewellery.





Amelia Liana (Beauty / Hair / Skincare)

Amelia Liana is a YouTuber/Blogger with the most querky and funny videos I have seen. She can make a huge mistake in her wording in a video and just make something funny out of it, she gives an amazing talk through when doing make up or skincare routines/get ready with me whilst giving really in-depth detail into the products. Amelia is always putting up videos or vlogs about her experiences in London, so you get a real insight into the world of beauty and what happens in a launch party, or behind the scenes of photo shoot.

 
                                  

Alexandrea Garza (Make Up / Skincare / Clothing)

Alexandrea is one of my favourite YouTubers based in America, she is a qualified Beauty in the beauty industry and has the most amazing wardrobe (I mean if I could have her whole wardrobe I would). She bases her videos more so on makeup, skincare and clothing, showcasing some of the most beautiful clothing and teaching the makeup tips and tricks they don’t tell you in store. 





Tanya Burr (Lifestyle / Make Up / Skincare / Hair)

My inspiration to positivity, Tanya Burr is one of my inspirational YouTubers for positivity. In every video/vlog Tanya uploads she is always full of positivity and just has such an upbeat way about her. Her videos are more so based around make up, skincare and hair but her vlogs are more so based on her lifestyle. In both she always gives a detailed review of a product she’s used or if she’s going to use what she hopes or expects it work like. When reviewing a product that she doesn’t like or didn’t work for her Tanya always says why it didn’t work for her and what could be adjusted to make it work for her, but even when doing so she is never negative. Tanya’s positivity is what inspires me to live a more positive life.
 
 
 
Emma x



I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above Bloggers/YouTubers, all opinions on theseBloggers/YouTubers are based on my own personal experiences.

Top FitnessTips

Monday, 18 May 2015






When I first started the gym I wish I knew more about it. I mean, I knew the basics what equipment did what, how to get results from each piece of equipment, how to get in and out of the gym etc. but I didn’t know anything about the essentials (or what I believe to be the essential knowledge).

STAY HYDRATED
I really do not believe this emphasized enough in the gym or in day to day life. Fluids are what keep you alive and healthy!! Our brains are 80% water and if we don’t hydrate our bodies properly we are basically starving our brain of the proper hydration. There has been too many times when I have been at the gym or at work or in town and actually felt my body overheating because I wasn’t drinking enough fluids.

Ideally you should be drinking water as it’s the best form of hydration and does no harm to your body, but if you really don’t like water try adding a bit less squash than normal to your water and eventually you’ll be able to add less and less until you won’t need any at all.

I use the Bobble Bottle (Larger size during the week) to stay hydrated as it has a replaceable filter, which filters the water as you drink it so you have clean water on the go - They are available in many different colours and two different sizes.



RESTORE YOUR ENERGY BANK
Having enough energy is vital when working out at the gym or at home, it ensures that you can not only give it your best shot but you won’t be damaging your body in the process. You should always try to make sure you eat 90 minutes before working out to ensure that you have provided your body with enough nutrients and energy to keep you going. As a general rule you should always try to eat a meal high in protein within 2 hours after a workout – So Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner meal high in protein or a protein shake as this will help aid muscle recovery after your workout.


START SLOWLY AND BUILD
Weights are always associated with body builders or people who want to get super muscles…not the case. I use weights in 80% of my workouts now, with the other 20% being cardio, they are great at helping to create muscle definition, without looking like the incredible hulk, and helping to build up your strength. My personal advice would be always start at the lowest weight as you can build up, if you walk in and try to do bicep curls with 10KG you will not only be putting yourself at risk by not being able to handle the weight, but others around you if you drop it. Starting off at around 1 / 2.5KG is always a nice weight that you can feel but won’t strain your muscles, once you can do this weight easily start to gently increase it as this will also help you to tone up any areas that you have lost weight from.
Remember muscle weighs more than fat!
 

STRETCHING IS CARING
One thing I think should be a compulsory rule when working out is to always stretch before AND after a workout, stretching before a workout ensures that you are preparing and warming your muscles ready to be used and stretching after a workout helps aid muscle recovery as you are helping them relax and cool down.



TRAINERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
One thing I have found and wish I was told when I started was that the right shoes make a difference. If you’re going for a run but are wearing flat gym shoes this will affect your running and your feet as you are not giving your feet enough support. Any sports shop will be able to advise you on the best shoes for your activities so they are fit for purpose. I am currently wearing the Nike Roshe One in Light Bone (UK Size 6) as they are perfect for walking and have enough lower foot support and cushioning for me to feel the difference.



Emma x
 

I am not a qualified fitness instructor nor do I have any training in the fitness industry. These are my own personal opinions/experiences based on research and knowledge; the essentials stated above are what I have found to work for me.

Hair Care Favourites

Thursday, 14 May 2015

 Hair Care Favourites



My hair has a bad hair day nearly every day, it just doesn’t like to do what it’s told no matter how much I pull it, tease it, spray it, pin it, tie it, straighten or curl it, it will not budge and because I do all these tortures things to it I like to make sure I can try to restore it as much as possible.




I switch up my shampoo/conditioners all the time, but my trusted brands will always be Tresemme, because it works, pure and simple (I currently love the Tresemme Perfectly UnDone Shampooand Conditioner) or TIGI Bed Head products which are the most amazing smelling products you will ever find, plus they actually work (I’m currently using the TIGI BedHead Elasticate Conditioner). 



 Alternatively, if I want my hair to do it’s own natural thing I like to give it a helping hand with the John Fredia Dream Curls Shampoo/Conditioner, this amplifies curls/waves without making you frizzy. Although it can be a little drying on the ends so my top tip would be to add in a bit of extra conditioner from a different brand when using these two. 




I like to switch up what leave in conditioners I use but at the moment my top 3 are the Aussie Leave In Conditioner in Miracle Moist or Awesome Volume or alternatively the Ojon Dry Recovery Revitalising Mist Original, these leave in conditioners are really nourishing on the hair and aren’t heavy or sticky.


As a heat protectant I use the L’Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray Volume on damp hair just before blow drying as the first bit of heat prep on my hair. I feel this then helps protect my hair against heat damage from the hair dryer but also helps to prevent split ends or breakage as I have colour treated hair.
For shine and split end recovery I really like to use an oil. I'm currently loving the OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Instant Repair Weightless Healing Oil on damp/dry hair (sort of half way through blow drying stage) on the mid lengths to the ends to help give my hair that just stepped out of the salon shine but also to help prevent split ends or breakage. A bonus about this product this that it isn't weighty and won't make your hair look greasy. It's epescially useful on day 2 hair as it helps give it a bit of life.


Emma x

 I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.

A Hidden Gem

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A Hidden Gem

 

My partner recently treated me to the Annalese Necklace from Avon, which is a gold coloured chain  with 3 clear perpex panels set with clear and coloured gems in an almost flower design. This necklace is a real look at me statement piece and does have a bit of weight to it but I feel that the weight helps balance the design size.


The perpex panels give the necklace a more up to date fashion feel whilst the classic coloured gems make it feel like a more luxurious design. The gold coloured chain has a good thickness as it balances out the designs sizing and also has an extender at the back of the necklace giving you the option to wear the necklace higher up the neck almost starting from the collar bones or lower down if you were wearing a lower cut top/dress or a high neck top/dress but wanted a more prominent feature.



The gems themselves are on the larger side than your standard sized necklace but I feel that the size of the gems against the perpex panels help to level them out and not look oddly sized against your décolletage. They are fairly good quality for a fashion necklace and in the sunlight, or artificial inside lighting, when caught at the right moment can cast off some of the most beautiful colours.


Emma x

I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.

Stepping into Spring/Summer

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Stepping into Spring/Summer



As I live in England the weather likes to torment us by giving a couple of days of glorious sunshine and then throwing us into a 3 day torrential down pour when we feel like we are actually getting into Summer.
Now, I always struggle to find comfy, transitional shoes that are light/airy enough to wear when it’s warm but aren’t going to soak my feet and disintegrate if it suddenly starts to rain (I have experienced this once too many times with dolly shoes)



So my transitional alternative is the Lilley Womens White CrocodilePrint Canvas Pump for £9.99 (Also available in black crocodile) which can be purchased from your local ShoeZone or online. Which, personally, I think is an absoloute bargain.
They are a very easy slip on/slip off style and are incredibly comfy when worn for long periods of time, like shopping the high street for example. They have a white crocodile print outer and a canvas inner.  For me these are the easiest shoe to wear and style – I sometimes wear them with a t-shirt and jeans/leggings for a more relaxed look or a shirt/blouse with tight jeans for a dressier vibe.








Emma x



I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.

Favourite Make Up Remover Products

Friday, 8 May 2015

Favourite Make Up Remover Products



I have always struggled with finding products to suit my skin type as I have oily/combination skin, which is also incredibly sensitive to products that it doesn't like. So getting a good skincare routine down has taken a couple of years of testing brands, and seeing what my skin can cope with.



The products mentioned below are what I have found to suit my specific skin needs.





I like to remove my make up before I cleanse my skin and I’ve found the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Wipes to be harsh enough to get the dirt and make up off with but gentle enough to not cause any irritation, at all, to my skin. These wipes are perfume and colour free, contain no alcohol or oil and all contain Pro-Vitamin B5 which actively restores, softens and soothes your skin as you use them.
(I also use these wipes before I work out at the gym and when I first wake up – Going straight from work I usually have a full face of makeup and these wipes are always my go too!).

 



One of my favourite, most luxurious cleansers is the Emma HardieAmazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm.This balm is quite literally the most moisturising, balancing and gentle facial cleaners I have ever found!! Using the smallest amount ever, you simply warm the balm up in your fingers and massage onto the face for around 30-40 seconds, and then remove with warm water (and optionally a muslin cloth, I prefer to use a muslin cloth as it really makes you feel like you have a deep clean). This balm will take even the most stubborn of waterproof mascara off too.

Alternatively, I use the L’Occitane Immoretlle Milk Make Up Remover which is a cheaper alternative to Emma Hardie but is just as effective and gentle. This make up remover comes out in almost a cream consistency and is so easy to massage onto the skin, I find that one pump will do all my whole face and décolletage plus eye makeup.








To attempt to keep spots and blemishes away I like to use a gentle but effective exfoliating facial wash and depending on how I’m feeling my skin needs I alternate between the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser or the St Ives Invigoratin Apricot Facial Scrub. Both of these products give your pores a real deep clean and make your skin feel so awake and ready to take on the moisturisers or serums or balms you’re going to rehydrate it with.
The Biore is more targeted at helping to get rid/prevent spots where as the Peach Facial Scrub is more aimed at getting rid of dead skin cells and reawakening your skin.





Emma x



I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.