Monday, 15 September 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm Review

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Although I've known about the Clinique Chubby Stick range for quite a while, I've never actually added any to my collection - that was until Glamour magazine had them as free gifts with a copy of the magazine this summer. The blogging world went crazy when news of these samples hit twitter and everyone rushed out to grab some whilst they could.  The full size Chubby Stick retails at £17.00 each and compared to the magazine price of £2.00 it's easy to see why they all flew of the shelves.

I had the best intentions after buying these to test them, blog about them and wear them, but I have to admit... I totally forgot all about their existence until recently. I bought them, photographed them and threw them into the 'to blog about' drawer and It was only whilst I was looking for another product that I found them and gave them a shot.

Having never tried a chubby stick before, I had no idea what to expect from them in terms of colour and I have to admit, I didn't expect them to be so sheer. But when you apply them to the lips, the colour seems to apply more evenly and provides a hint of colour that is enough to give a light touch to the lips as a perfect 'grab and go' lipstick. 

As the chubby sticks are a balm like formula, they feel incredibly soft and moisturizing on the lips. The colour lasts a few hours and fades in an even way, meaning no colour splodges, and as they twist up in the tube, you don't need to sharpen them.

I'm so glad I 'shopped my stash' and found these chubby sticks. As 'free gifts' they were an absolute bargain. Would I pay full price for them? For Super Strawberry, I would. It's a beautiful rosy red that works as an everyday lipstick and balm wonderfully. However Woppin' Watermelon which is more of a light pink, hasn't quite won me over yet - I'm not sure if it's worth the full £17.00 price tag and I can't help but feel that a cheaper tinted balm would give the same colour and moisturized feeling.

I'd like to add a full size chubby stick to my collection, and would love to hear which shades you'd recommend! Let me know in the comments...
Em xxx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Sample that converted me... Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream.

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A couple of months ago, I received a few skincare samples from Eucerin and I tested many of them over the space of a few weeks to give them a fair chance on my skin. However, it was only when I finished the sample pot and moved on to another product that wasn't properly working for me, that I realised how much I missed the Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream.

On a recent trip to Westfields I popped into Boots and purchased the full size product. The Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream retails at £22.50 for 50ml.

What I like about this cream is that it reduces the appearance of pigmentation spots which can be caused by sun damage or even acne. Although I don't have sun spots, I do have some mild hyper pigmentation caused by mild acne, which can be more prominent on my pale skin, so this product will hopefully become a tool to combat those for me. It also contains 30 SPF and doesn't make my skin more oily which is also a bonus. I'm going to use the Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream over the next 4 weeks, and will give an in depth review on my thoughts.

Have you used any of the Eucerin Products before? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear some product recommendations for what to try next! 
Em xxx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

How Blogging Improved My Self-Esteem...


When I first started posting make up looks online, I did so on a forum where it was all about the make up. Nobody cared what your name was or where you were from, they just wanted to see what you'd created. After constant requests and tons of encouragement, I finally started a blog and to be honest, I had no idea what would come of it.

I didn't expect that in less than 9 months, tens of thousands of people would view my blog every month, I'd get the opportunities I have been given and I'd meet the people I have. My Pale Skin is my baby, and I love how much happiness and warmth it has brought into my life.

A few things My Pale Skin has changed for me is my confidence and along with that, it has brought me friendship. A lot of people struggle with loneliness, and you know what,  i'm not afraid to admit that for the past few years I didn't have friends, I suffered from low self esteem, as well as loneliness... All I did in life was go to work, go home, eat, sleep. That was my life - if you could call it one. I was a shell of myself, and to be honest, I barely recognized who I was anymore.

Blogging changed all that for me. It gave me an outlet to be creative, an opportunity to feel empowered, and a chance to connect with other people online who share the same interests, in a way I often struggle with in life. When you're a child, making friends is easy, you have so many options and places you can meet others, however what you don't learn until you're an adult, is how difficult it is to make actual friends. Everyone is busy, nobody has anything in common and if like me, you live in London - nobody talks to each other.

I've met so many new people, at some great events and I feel like i've made some amazing friends since I began blogging, and they've all helped me in different ways. It's funny how personal confidence and self esteem can affect making friends and it's only since I began putting myself out there more, letting myself be awkward, and knowing that sometimes you need to have the bad experiences to appreciate the good has my life changed.

I'm so thankful to everyone who takes the time to read my blog and for the opportunities and friends that I've made through blogging. I can't wait to see where i'm at mentally and creatively in a years time and I hope you stick around for the jourey.
Em xxx

Friday, 12 September 2014

'London Edge' Alternative Fashion Show - (In Pictures)

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On Sunday I headed to London Edge with the beautiful Monica from Moth Loves. As a former teenage punk, I was super excited when Monica invited me along with her as I hadn't been in the alt scene for so long, I was interested and intrigued to see the latest offerings from that world.

 First things first, we headed to the press area and got to hang out with tons of other bloggers and got gifted an amazing goody bag, (I felt so spoilt) then it was off to meet the brands and we walked around the entire show in  group of 15 bloggers, cameras equipped to take it all in.

There were some amazing masks on offer from The Original Atelier. I got to try on one of the black masquerade masks which I think this would look amazing with a jet black glittery eye. Monica and I fell in love with the style and grace of the ladies from The Pin Up Academy.  I absolutely adored these bottle necklaces from Coucou Heart and if i had space, I'd love to have them on display on a shelf or a dressing table constantly. I loved these alternative disney princess T shirts from Twisted Apparel and I think the grumpy Alice In Wonderland tank is genius. Iron Fist had some amazing shoes and I really loved the unicorn slip on shoes. Unfortunately i'm not sure which stand this amazing lipstick necklace is from, but oh my gosh is it cute. Whilst Vanity Project Dresses had some gorgeous prints.

Bebop Hairbands* had some beautiful hairbands on display and I managed to pick one up in my amazing gift bag and I can't wait to try a 50's make up look wearing it. Dead Lovers Clothing had a gorgeous street style printed dress and I loved the sugar skull inspired bag from Sullen Clothing. Monica literally threw her Prada bag across the floor to get to the fabulous unicorn hoodie from Cyberdog.  Finally, I totally fell in love with this beautiful crystal choker from Prong Jewellery and I can just imagine creating an edgy Queen Elsa look wearing it.

I had an amazing day out with Monica and met some other lovely bloggers and brands. It was so nice to spend the day At London Edge, and I look forward to the next show!

What is your favourite item? Let me know in the comments...
Em xxx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

MAC #35 Eyelashes Review





Oh what I'd give for natural long wispy lashes but unfortunately I was blessed with short stumps... if you're like me and suffer the same stumpy lash fate then that's okay, because MAC has your back.

I recently picked up the MAC #35 Lashes a few weeks ago whilst I was at Kings Cross Station in London. I love that there's a MAC store there and just being able to pop in and browse whilst waiting for a train is a nice touch.

I'd seen these lashes on a few people on Instagram and I loved how they added glamour but in an unusual way. You may have noticed these lashes in my Kylie Jenner Tutorial. The MAC #35 eyelashes are a strip lash which provides more length and body towards the centre of the eye, rather than at the outer corner and are made up of several individual strands clumped together.

The only downside with these lashes for me is the length and that they require a fair amount of curling as they're practically straight when you buy them. I wish they were just ever so slightly shorter, and when I spoke to some of the artists at MAC about them, they didn't recommend trimming them down, so with these eyelashes, it's a case of go hard or go home.

At £10.50 they're not the cheapest, but they are worth investing in if you don't wear lashes that often as they can be reused. I'm not sure these passed the boyfriend test, but they're growing on me, and I don't hate them just yet.

I'd love to hear your honest thoughts on these eyelashes! Let me know in the comments...
Em xxx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Get the look: My Kylie Jenner Inspired Make Up Tutorial

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Kylie Jenner's make up is so perfect and bang on trend currently and after a mild case of Instagram stalking, I was inspired to create a look and a Tutorial! I haven't created a tutorial for a while due to work and life being manic recently, but I'm hoping to post videos more frequently from now on.


Here's the full product list of everything I've used in the video:

Eyelashes: Mac #35 Eyelashes
Hair Rollers: Sleep In Rollers*

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this video and make up look! And of course, don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel! 
Em xxx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

My 5 Favourite Blogs - September Edition




If there's one thing I love more than blogging, it's reading other blogs. I've been wanting to share the love and showcase a few of my favourite bloggers for a while, so i've decided to introduce a monthly favourites to showcase the blogs I'm currently loving and can't get enough of.

In no particular order... let me introduce you to these 5 amazing writers, bloggers, and ladies and in less than 5 sentences, i'll tell you why you should be reading them...



Beautiface is written by the gorgeous and funny April Todd. On her blog you can expect to see anything from product reviews, tutorials and even funny posts such as "sh*t bloggers say". I love how honest and well written her blog posts are, her layout is clean and easy to navigate and her photos are beautiful. I love April's blog and it's so lovely when a bloggers personality comes across in their posts!


Beauty In Beta is a fabulous blog written by the awesome blogger & vlogger Beth. On her blog you can expect to see anything from lifestyle posts (did you know she created the #healthyselves chat) to beauty reviews and even a few tutorials. I also love how cute her layout is and she is an absolute inspiration with her recent charity swim. 



Moth Loves is written by the beautiful Monca Barbosa, who happens to be my favourite fashion blogger. I absolutely adore her style & Moth Loves is full of amazing #ootd posts. Her smile is infectious and her blog is amazing. I  have my fingers and toes crossed that she will win the Best Fasion Newcomer at the Cosmo Blog awards. 


Saida Cane is written by the fabulous Saida. What I love about Saida is how effortlessly cool her style is, and that comes across in her blog too. Every time I see Saida she looks impeccable and I love her blog mixes thought provoking posts alongside product reviews and wishlists.


And Beauty or Something is written by Sarah. An accountant by day, but oh my god the absolute haul queen by night. Sarah has wishing and hoping and dreaming of hauls more than any other blogger at the moment. I love how in depth and detailed her blog posts are. If you ever want to haul some high end beauty, Sarah is your go to girl for recommendations.


So that's it for my 5 Favourite Blogs - September Editon. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these blogs, and your suggestions for my october edition... Let me know in the comments...
Em xxx