Wednesday, 26 July 2017

What's In My Suitcase?!

Hello everyone!

I have packed my suitcase for my holiday so I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you some tips for packing a suitcase and some essential items which are in my suitcase. If you want to see more holiday related posts then I have also done a 'What's in my holiday makeup bag' post as well as a 'What's in my carry on'.

I am not going to be sharing everything in my suitcase, as a lot of the things are very self explanatory, but I will be sharing my essentials. Enjoy!

My suitcase is the Tripp Magenta Medium Suitcase. I have used this suitcase a few times now and it's great because it has four wheels so it's a lot easier to push than your typical two wheel suitcase.

Obviously I have my clothes in my suitcase. I am thinking of doing a holiday look book when I come back from my holiday, so do let me know if that's something you would like to see. When packing my clothes I like to roll them rather than fold them as that reduces creasing and saves a lot of space too.
My suitcase open with everything in it

This side of my suitcase has my clothes, a pair of shoes and my hair curler

This section of my suitcase has my two pairs of flip flops (linked at the end!) 

Behind the section with my flip flops I have my makeup bag and wash bag with all of my toiletries in it

I am going to be taking two pairs of flip flops in my suitcase, a pair of sandals and a pair of little heels which I can wear on a night time. I wanted to take a pair of dressy shoes and the ones I chose from River Island go with any outfit and I can tell I am going to get a lot of use from them. I am going to be wearing a pair of trainers to travel in as I find it best to wear my heaviest pair of shoes and that way I can save some of my luggage allowance for other things (makeup!).

I have already done a blog post on what's inside my main makeup bag as I thought that it would make an interesting post, so I am not going to be going through that in this post. If you would like to see what's inside my makeup bag then click here.

I also have my toiletries in the ice cream wash bag which you can see at the beginning of this post. I would suggest putting a few pieces of tape on the lids of your toiletries to prevent them from leaking and ruining your clothes. Two essential skincare products are sun cream and after sun. I love the Hawaiian Tropic sun cream and after sun, so those are what I'm taking with me.

I hope that you enjoyed this blog post! My holiday is getting closer and closer now, and I am very excited. What are your suitcase essentials?

Shop this post: Tripp Magenta Medium Suitcase (£49.00) // New Look Flamingo Flip Flop Duo (£6.99) // Brown Sandals *SIMILAR* (£19.99) // River Island Black Suede Frill Mules (£20.00) // Hawaiian Tropic After Sun (£5.00) // Hawaiian Tropic Sun Cream (£7.50)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Monday, 24 July 2017

Holiday Reading Picks

Hello everyone!

There's nothing better than lounging around the pool reading; am I right?! I am going on holiday soon and I always take a good book (or three) with me to read.

In today's blog post I am going to be sharing with you my favourite books to take on holiday with me. The first three books are ones which I am taking on my holiday, and the last two are books which I have read before and highly recommend. I will also be including the blurbs of all of the books so that you can get an idea of what each book is about:)

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera:
My first book pick is called History Is All You Left me and it is from the Zoella & Friends 2017 Book Club. I have two books in this post which are from the 2017 book club as well as one from the 2016 book club. 
'Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo's new boyfriend. But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the past, or miss out on his future.'

The Start Of Me And You by Emery Lord:
The second book from the 2017 book club is The Start Of Me And You. I am very excited to read this book as it sounds very enticing;
'It's been a year since Paige's first boyfriend died in a swimming accident and it's time she rejoined the real world. So she makes a plan: 1. Date a boy (long-standing crush Ryan Chase seems like the perfect choice) 2. Attend parties (with best friends by your side: doable) 3. Join a club (simple enough, right?) 4. Travel (might as well dream big) 5. Swim (terrifying. Impossible)'

The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon:
This book by Paige Toon is from Zoella's 2016 book club, but I can't wait to read it nonetheless.
'PHOEBE is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion? ELIZA is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was... And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes. ROSE is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she's been forced to move back in with her mother... But these very different girls have one thing in common. ANGUS. The one they fell in love with...'

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes:
This book is beautifully written and has a heartbreaking story to it. I actually saw the movie before I read this book, as the movie is what prompted me to buy it, and I actually prefer the book as it goes into a lot more detail than the film did. 
'She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.' 

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins:
Probably my favourite book (and film!) to date is The Girl On The Train. I absolutely love this book as I love a good thriller. I know that you have probably all read the book by now, or at least seen the film, but I wanted to include it anyway. 
'Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Their life- as she sees it- is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking, and in one moment everything changes. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see: she's much more than the girl on the train...'

I hope that you like my holiday reading picks! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Shop this post: History Is All You Left Me (£7.99) // The Start Of Me And You (£7.99) // The One We Fell In Love With (£7.99) // Me Before You (£7.99) // The Girl On The Train (£7.99)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Kylie Lip Kit VS Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit

Hello everyone!

As you all know I am a big fan of the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits and have been for a long time now. When I came across a matte lip kit from Makeup Revolution I instantly knew that I had to buy one and compare them in a blog post.

As far as price goes, the Makeup Revolution lip kit is a lot cheaper than the Kylie lip kits. The Makeup Revolution kit comes in at £6.00 whereas the Kylie lip kits are $29.00 (£22.75). However when you add on the shipping costs and custom costs from Kylie Cosmetics one lip kit can come in at over £40, so just keep that in mind when ordering from the website!

As you can see from the images, the boxes for the Kylie lip kits and Makeup Revolution lip kits aren't identical but they have the same concept. The Makeup Revolution box is slightly smaller and is a matte black, whereas the Kylie Cosmetics box is a shiny white. 

The shade I purchased from Makeup Revolution is called Noble and it is a really nice warm toned brown with a red undertone to it. This isn't the shade I normally go for as I do like more cool toned brown shades, but I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it to my lips. 

I couldn't find an exact dupe for Noble from Kylie Cosmetics but the closest shade I own is Ginger. I got Ginger in miniature form in one of the Holiday gift sets, but it is now available to buy in full size.
Ginger is slightly darker than Noble but if you're looking for a similar shade to Ginger for a cheaper price then Noble is definitely the way to go! 
 No flash

Both liquid lipsticks are very runny and dry down to matte after a few seconds of being applied on the lips, and they are both extremely pigmented which means you only need to apply one layer of product to get an opaque finish. The Makeup Revolution lip liner is surprisingly very creamy and pigmented. I don't have the Ginger lip liner but I have a number of other Kylie lip liners and they apply a little more smoothly than the Makeup Revolution lip liner did, but for the price you can't really complain. 

I feel like you get what you pay for when it comes to makeup. The Kylie liquid lip and lip liner combo last all day on my lips without going patchy or wearing off, but I found that the Makeup Revolution liquid lip and lip liner didn't last amazingly well. However, I really wouldn't mind re applying once or twice throughout the day if it means I get to spend a LOT less money! 

Overall rating: 
Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Noble: 4/5
Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lip in Ginger: 5/5

I hope that you enjoyed this comparison post! Will you be buying a Makeup Revolution Lip Kit? 

Until next time,
Emily xo

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Beauty Wish List #8

Hello everyone!

My last wish list was at the end of June, so it hasn't actually been that long! However, I thought that it would be the perfect time to do another one as there have been a few makeup releases recently.

Dose Of Colours Supreme Glow Highlighter in Milk N Honey (£24.50):
I was browsing the Beauty Bay 'what's new' section when I came across a range of highlighters from Dose Of Colours. The shade Milk N Honey really caught my attention as it's a gorgeous gold shade, which I tend to go for on an everyday basis. From the name it is obvious that this highlighter is very blinding, and I love a stand out highlighter, so I definitely want to try one out for myself. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Summer Chrome Range (£12.00 to £25.50):
I couldn't choose just one Jeffree Star Cosmetics Summer Chrome product to talk about in this post, so I am going to be talking about a few of them. The new Summer range looks absolutely amazing and I love the chrome packaging. The Skin Frosts in Snowcone and Crystal Ball are both very pretty shades, but I don't know whether I would get a great deal of use from them. However, the Velour Liquid Lipsticks in Hunty and Family Jewels are definitely shades that I would wear everyday. Family Jewels looks very similar to the JSC X Manny MUA Daddy lipstick, which I own, and I love Daddy so I can already tell that I will love Family Jewels. I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks and don't really wear regular lipsticks that often anymore, but Birthday Suit is a lovely shade if you are looking for a very wearable lipstick. The final product from the Summer Chrome range that I really want to try is the Watermelon Gum Lip Scrub. I have seen so many people raving about these lip scrubs as they prep the lips perfectly for a matte lipstick. 

Laura Geller Iconic New York Collection Uptown Chic Eye Shadow Palette (£34.00):
In my last beauty wish list post I mentioned a gorgeous Laura Geller highlighter, and in this post it's all about their new eye shadow palette! This palette has some beautiful shades in it; and they are definitely ones which I would use on a day to day basis. There are a mixture of matte, shimmer and metallic shades in this palette; all of which are neutral. You do get 12 shadows in this palette, so it works out as just under £3 per shadow. Obviously it is on the pricier side but I have heard great things about these high quality shadows. Let me know if you have tried this palette as I am really interested in hearing how it performs:) 

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Chasing The Sun Collection (£4.99) to (£7.49):
Tanya Burr has an exciting new release which consists of 8 new products. I have only ever tried one or two products from Tanya Burr Cosmetics before, but I have loved everything that I have tried. This range contains two contour sticks; the light shade looks perfect for my skin tone. There are also three illuminating powders in the collection as well as three lip balms. The Champagne Illuminating Powder looks gorgeous and the Blackberry Coulis Lip Balm seems to be a lovely berry shade. I think that it is great that this range is so affordable but everything looks really nice and the packaging is lovely too. 

Zoella Beauty Jelly & Gelato Collection (£3.75 to £10.50):
When I saw Zoella release a new beauty range I was immediately so excited. I love Zoella's beauty products so I am no doubt going to love her new range too. The packaging on all of these products is so cute and very photogenic. I am not going to go on about this range any longer though because it is very clear that I want everything from the range!

As always, leave a comment telling me what's on your beauty wish list!

Shop this post: Dose Of Colours Supreme Glow Highlighter in Milk N Honey (£24.50) // Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Skin Frosts (£25.50 each) // Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Velour Liquid Lipsticks (£16.00 each) // Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Lip Ammunition (£16.00 each) // Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Velour Lip Scrub (£12.00 each) // Laura Geller Iconic New York Collection Uptown Chic Eye Shadow Palette (£34.00) // Tanya Burr Cosmetics Chasing The Sun Contour Stick (£6.99) // Tanya Burr Cosmetics Chasing The Sun Champagne Illuminating Powder (£7.49) // Tanya Burr Cosmetics Chasing The Sun Blackberry Coulis Lip Balm (£4.99) // Zoella Beauty Jelly & Gelato Collection (£3.75 to £10.50)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

What's In My Carry On?!

Hello everyone!

With my holiday fast approaching I have been gathering together everything that I am going to be taking with me. I have packed my carry on, which is the handbag I am going to be taking with me on the plane, and I am now going to share with you everything inside it.

My carry on is from River Island and the inside is divided into two separate compartments. The two compartments are great because it means I will be able to pick out specific things without having to search through the whole contents of my bag.

On one side of my bag I have my Michael Kors purse, phone, passport and sunglasses which are from River Island.

On the other side of the bag I have a Jack Wills bag with some basic essentials inside. I also have my makeup bag inside (see what's in it here) because I could not bear to lose it! The first thing I have inside the Jack Wills bag is a hand sanitiser as planes are full of germs and it's always nice to clean your hands now and again. I also have a lip balm in the bag because my lips are generally dry so I always have a lip balm on hand. Finally I have a Garnier Micellar Water, some cotton pads to use the micellar water with and a mini spray on sun lotion. When I get off the plane I might want to apply some SPF so I thought that this mini spray on bottle would be perfect for in my carry on as I will be bringing a larger bottle in my suitcase.

Those are all of the things I am going to be taking in my carry on! Let me know what your in flight essentials are:)

Shop this post: River Island White Snake Print Handbag (SOLD OUT) // Michael Kors Saffiano Leather Black Wallet (£135.00) // River Island Rose Gold Cat Eye Mirror Sunglasses (£14.00) // Jack Wills Black Makeup Bag (SOLD OUT) // Cuticura Hand Sanitiser (£1.55) // Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm (£1.65) // Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water 400ml (£4.99) // Boots Oval Pads (£1.89) // Soltan Spray Lotion 75ml (£4.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo

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