Friday, 19 September 2014

Barbara Daly Lip Product Haul




Barbara Daly is a new brand to me, and one that I'd never actually heard of until recently. During a quick trip to Tesco to pick up some groceries, I somehow found my way into the beauty aisle and came across the Barbara Daly stand. As a beauty blogger, finding a new brand and being able to test out products is one of my favourite things and I always love to dive straight in. I started with picking up a few lip products.

I have to say that I chose these shades mainly for their price, as these particular lipsticks were ticketed at £1.48 each, and the lip liner came in at £4.00 which I thought was an absolute bargain.

I picked up Begonia lipstick which is a deep raspberry red. Bouquet, which is a satin plum, In The Pink which is a warm coral and finally the Fig Lipliner which is a caramel colour.

On first swatch i'm probably the least convinced by The Fig Lipliner, followed by the Bouquet lipstick, but I was particularly impressed by how easy Begonia was to apply and how even the color looked, whilst In The Pink could be my last ditch attempt to hang on to summer 'lipstick'.

Barbara Daly is a confusing brand, there's no .com, and no .co.uk that I can see, plus they only seem to be sold at larger Tesco stores... but I now own a few lip products and I look forward to testing them out over the next few weeks.

Have you tried anything by Barbara Daly before?? I'd love to hear your thoughts,.. Let me know in the comments.
Em xxx


Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Primark Blogging Masterclass with 'InTheFrow'

















Last night I was lucky enough to accompany the beautiful Joanne from Blog De Sherrell to the Primark Blogging Masterclass with Victoria from In The Frow.

I met up with Joanne at The Brunswick Centre, and after a quick pit stop at Starbucks, we headed over to the event which took place at Primark's Press Office in Russell Square, Central London. We were greeted by some cute canapes, cookies and drinks along with an exclusive look at their upcoming AW14 Collection. 

There were so many amazing pieces on show and I was impressed not only by the quantity, but the quality of the pieces on offer and how truly on trend the new collection is. I fell in love with the beautiful baby pink biker jacket, as well as some of the gorgeous statement necklaces, jaw dropping knitwear and there are some beautiful coats coming out soon!

Joanne and I took out seats in the front row and really enjoyed listening to Victoria talk about her biggest 'pinch me' moment - wining the Company Blog Awards for the first time (followed by the second), her blogging process, favourite image editing app, blog schedule and even her hopes for the future.

It's always so lovely to hear bloggers talk fondly of their blogs, success, and even hopes and dreams. I've watched Victoria's blog grow massively the past year and I think everything she has achieved is amazing. 

I had an amazing time and feel like I've been thoroughly spoilt by Primark with a goody bag and gift card to pick up some new clothes! A massive thanks to Joanne for letting me come along as her +1 and to Victoria for speaking so eloquently, openly and honestly.

Needless to say, i'm sure there will be a primark haul coming soon... if you have any great AW suggestions on what to pick up, let me know in the comments.
Em xxx


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Ugly Side of Beauty


Beauty is a word that can conjure up an image of bliss for some, and pain for others. It can be a set of ideals, or a path of inspiration or even aspiration. As a small town girl, growing up in the middle of nowhere I idolized the type of beauty that I saw in magazines and movies.

As an 11 year old girl just starting high school I didn't fit into that image of beauty, which seemed to be in everyone's minds. I had a physical facial scar which turned into a mental scar after a few classroom bullies thought it would be fun to call me 'scar face'. After a family member bought me my first concealer to 'cover it up' - my obsession with make up was born. I learnt at a young age, how different make up can make you feel. Granted looking back I can tell you that the concealer didn't cover up my scar, was likely 3 shades too dark for my pale skin and applied incorrectly - but it made me feel better.

Which is where my ugly obsession with beauty began. It seemed like growing up, nothing was ever right for me and there was always something which could be improved, concealed and analyzed. I wanted to look like the girls in the magazines, the women on tv and the glamorous women who slinked down the red carpet at The Oscars. Being seen without make up was frowned upon, there were magazines dedicated to pointing out people's flaws. Being pale was, and in many ways still is seen as a negative and unattractive, and magazines were always quick to point out if someone was looking 'pasty' or without make up.

However, growing up in 2014, is almost an entirely different world to growing up in the nineties or noughties as Blogs and vloggers are everywhere and It seems to me that the ugly side of beauty is starting to be broken down - with online campaigns such as the '#nomakeupselfie' making the rounds, girls are almost feeling more confident in their skin than ever.

Youtubers are becoming more popular than celebrities and the beauty world is struggling to keep up sometimes. I'm hoping that these exciting beauty avenues will be a positive influence on the new generation of beauty lovers out there as I for one, would much rather live in a world where girls are idolizing Zoella than Katie Price, and where demure fashion is more popular than glamour model chic - and as a former playboy bunny loving girl, that is an easy choice to make.

For this blogger, the ugly side of beauty is the thought or motion that in order to be beautiful you have to look a certain way... and as shameful as it sounds, it took me over twenty years to realize that isn't true. I'm proud to finally feel confident in my own skin and for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm finally finding true beauty.

Em xxx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

An Evening of High End Beauty with World Duty Free.

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On Wednesday I headed to the fabulous MW Nails in Shoreditch for an evening of High End Beauty with World Duty Free at their #JetSetBeauty event . I think I may have squealed a little when the invite landed in my inbox as one of my favourite parts of the holiday experience or travelling abroad is the chance to pop into world duty free to swatch and try new make up - of course to buy too. 

There's something about a duty free shop that makes us fall a little bit more in love with High End Beauty, maybe it's the amazing edited selection of products, or maybe it's the fact that things are that little bit cheaper than on the high street.  The team at World Duty Free did such an amazing job organizing the evening and the attention to detail was outstanding. I had such an amazing time with April and Monica and the selection of brands on display to play with and swatch was perfection. 

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The Event was a high end beauty lovers dream and there were so many products on offer but I wanted to share my favourites with you. There were a selection of fragrances from the  Marc Jacobs Daisy Collection, Mascara from YSL, I fell in love with the Burberry Body Perfume and actually squealed from excitement when I realised I'd been given a sample in a goody bag. I thought the YSL travel make up kit was incredible and such a perfect space saver in a travel make up bag.

I felt incredibly spoilt throughout the whole evening with the beautiful cookies, cupcakes, Prosecco (or elderflower cordial if you're a non drinker like me) and a fantastic manicure. Monica and I both opted for the same gorgeous dark o.p.i shade, whilst April went for a daring burgundy.  

I loved the Clinique Chubby Stick Trio set, but the absolute stand out brand this evening has to be Givenchy. I Loved their travel exclusive pieces such as the Givency Glamour on the Go Palette which is a travel exclusive. I loved that it has a separate layer for each part of the face and an amazing clasp. The Givency Les Mini Prismes which looks just like a mini jewellery box with pull out drawers was divine and The Givency mini travel exclusive lip gloss set was just perfection, so much so that Monica and I wasted no time in swatching and applying it. 

We had a fantastic evening thanks to World Duty Free and I think April had her day/week/year made when she met Ashley James' Puppy Snoop! The evening left me wondering one thing... when am I going on holiday next so I can buy new make up? 

I'd love to hear what your favourite high end product is! Let me know in the comments!
Em xxx

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