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Fashion: Avenue 32 Christmas Tag

2014 December 17
by What Emma Did

This time next week it will be officially the night before Christmas Eve! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. Last year, I spent Christmas over at Bondi Beach in Sydney, literally in a bikini and shorts everyday. This year, I’m embracing my hoodies and fur lined leggings and preparing for a week off work to relax and be a complete coach potato… not sure which one sounds the most appealing?

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But in true Emma style, I’m making my best attempts at embracing the Winter and Christmas party season, in particularly with fashion. So I have took part in a little ‘Christmas tag’ post that Avenue 32 have challenged me too, where I answer the below questions and then tag my favourite bloggers. So here goes!

Describe your perfect Christmas Day?

This year  has been so so hectic, that all I can think about it that Christmas and New Year week where I literally relax, sleep, eat, drink and over all take it easy. So my perfect Christmas Day would involve spending it with my mum, dad and twin sister at the house we grew up in (still my parents house now), eating celebration chocolates for breakfast and lounging around in fluffy PJ’s until midday. Then just having a really simply afternoon of over indulging with Christmas Dinner, and an evening of films and catching up with the family. Pretty much the simpliest but the best of days!

What is your favourite make-up look for the festive season?

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Because you can’t go always ‘go all out’ throughout the year, I like to incorporate a touch of glitter during the festive season and lots of cherry red lips. Nothing gives your look that sultry kick that a bold red lip, and with red being the colour of Christmas, it’s the best time to find your favourite red lippy. I’m a big fan of liquid eyeliner flicks to the upper eyelid too.

What is you’re A/W 14 clothing staple?

A bold, statement bag, but one that can look cool and effortless too. I particularly love this poppy red rucksack from Grafea that I’m showcasing below.

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What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

On the 23rd December, I get together with my twin sister and best friend and we have a pre-Christmas night in every single year, except for last year when I was in Australia. We always watch Love Actually and The Holiday – two ridiculously cheesy and soppy love stories – but hey it’s the season of love I guess! We fill our bellies up with mulled wine and copious amounts of mince pies. I literally look forward to it all year. This year, I’m hosting it at my apartment and I already have an assortment of hot chocolates, marshmallows, biscuit tins and bucks fizz at the ready!

What time of day do you open your Christmas presents?

I’d be lying if I said I woke up early… I mean I naturally awake early, but I don’t rush for the whole present opening anymore! I’d say around 11am… yes lazy I know!

What would your dream Christmas day outfit from Avenue 32 be?

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In an ideal world, I would glam up to the nines on Christmas day, donning on the fur in order to still keep snuggly and warm, yet be wearing a striking dress underneath. The outfit put together above from Avenue 32 from a party shoot is exactly what I have in mind! Check it out here. Aside from that, I’d settle for the range of amazing faux fur snoods and two tone shearling scarf’s like this pink version, to wrap around my Christmas Day outfit to add that cosy feel.

What’s the best present you have ever received?

It has to be this years present which I was gifted early by my family – it’s the Canon SX700 Powershot camera. I have needed a better camera for way too long, and the quality of my blog images have improved so much. A greatly appreciated gift.

If you could give anyone any gift, what would you give and why?

This sounds really cheesy, but it’s true… I would just wish everyone well in terms of wealth, health and happiness for Christmas and more importantly for the new year. But if I have to talk material things, I would love to gift my family an amazing holiday and jet them off to sunnier shores one Christmas, as I know they dislike being in the UK over Christmas. I would love more than anything to be able to whisk them away and enjoy a tropical Christmas somewhere…

So there we go… my Christmas tag interview with Avenue 32 – the women’s luxury designer fashion retailer. And here’s for the fun bit, I am tagging my favourite bloggers to have a go at this interview too and feature it on their blogs to get into the Christmas spirit. Over to you Amy Elizabeth Fashion, The Life of Ellie Grace and Magpie Jasmine! xx

Lifestyle: With Love From Appleyard

2014 December 16
by What Emma Did

There’s plenty of moments to tell people you love them; it doesn’t have to just be on someone’s birthday, or anniversary, or even just at Christmas. I was recently made aware of Appleyard London, a boutique flower delivery company offering the most beautiful bouquets and flower gifts when I was looking for a stunning floral arrangement. The website is special in itself, with it’s clean, ultra modern look and an extensive list of categories to browse.

I’m guessing the majority of you have purchased your Christmas gifts, but the next big occasion for showing some love is the big soppy one – Valentines Day- and it’s actually not that far away now. In my opinion, Appleyard currently have the loveliest range of valentines flowers, such as this pretty bouquet below…

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appleyard
The True Romance bouquet is a lusious mix of captain romance calla lilies, luxury red grand prix roses and pink bouvardia with cerise alstroemeria and fresh green hypericum berries. I got this delivered to my Mum last week, and she was over the moon when she opened the door to see the postman carrying this gorgeous bunch. The colours are striking and they are just the right size to sit into a pretty little vase.

With February’s big ‘love’ event creeping up, there are a lot more bouquet styles to chose from too as well as my favourite True Romance bouquet. Appleyard also offer pretty arrangements of Pink and White Spray Roses, Sweet Avalanche & Grand Prix Roses With Eustoma and Delightful Kenyan Roses, all ranging from £39.99 – £54.99.

As a treat for all my fantastic readers, I am simply sharing the love by offering you all 40% off the luxury bouquet range at Appleyard. Just enter my exclusive code of BLOG40 at the checkout to receive this brilliant discount! Please not that this discount code is not redeemable on the Flowers By Post range.

I hope you enjoy telling someone you love them as much as I do…

Beauty: Yves Rocher Beauty Products and Giveaway!

2014 December 15
by What Emma Did

So I have a new favourite beauty brand, and in usual whatemmadid.com style, I of course share it with you all. Firstly, I am over the moon that Yves Rocher actually retails a lipstick in the exact shade of red that I love – that kind of cool orangey type of red that you don’t see very often. I used to use one from No.7 religiously, until in became discontinued, and I never found one that replicated the look I loved. However, I was made aware of Yves Rocher and have been wearing the beautiful Moisturising Cream lipstick in Orange Muscade and as soon as I put in on, all the old memories of my favourite trusty red lipstick came flooding back. I literally can’t express to you all how happy I am!

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For those not familiar with the brand, Yves Rocher is an international brand available in a range of countries from France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and of course the UK just to name a small few. Originating from France, Mr Yves Rocher set up the company in 1959, with the mantra of making beauty through plants accessible to all women. The company even has its own botanical garden in La Gacilly where they grow more than 1100 species of plant used in their products. The brand is actually sold in 88 countries worldwide, with more than 30 million customers and has just been voted the 4th favourite brand in the world. They have a real commitment to sustainable development and caring for the environment too, which is always a lovely element to a beauty brand in this day and age. Running successfully for 50 years, it is a brand built on trust by focusing on active molecules, effective formulas and textures that arouse the senses. Botanical Beauty is a profession, which therefore is the Yves Rocher profession.

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yves rocher
I currently own three incredible products from the brand, and can’t believe I wasn’t overly aware of them before. I suspect Yves Rocher is going to absolutley storm into the UK beauty market, so do try and remember this name now! So I obviously already raved about the Moisturising Cream lipstick, which as well as it’s perfect shade, also provides an easy glide on formula which adds a subtle shine and gloss to lips, as well as providing moisturising properties. It’s such a creamy lipstick and lasts for ages too! I find I can go a good few hours before feeling like I need to re-apply.

I have also been wearing the Flowerparty by Night Yves Rocher Eau de Parfum, which is a deliciously scented night time fragrance with bitter almond essential oil, star anise and bourbon vanilla absolute extracts.It has a really deep, sultry scent perfect for those weekend evenings. The bottle is also beautifully designed – classic dark navy glass with a pretty floral designed lid. It is also currently retailing for £19 which is really good value for a fragrance that not only looks luxury, but smells it too!

Yves Rocher also have a brilliant Lash Plumping Mascara which comes in the cutest bold pink packaging. It contains soothing cornflower water and comes as a waterproof mascara to plump and define eyelashes. The black colour that I own is great – it works fantastic for both day and night.

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These shots are due to not being able to contain my excitement at owning my favourite lipstick colour again! I am also wearing the mascara along with very little facial make up so you can see the effects. Truly in love with this brand!

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yves rocher
You can find out more about these stunning products through the brand’s informative and interactive social media pages, which showcase the collections, new products and offers. Take a look below:

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Yves Rocher Twitter

And to celebrate discovering Yves Rocher, I want my readers to experience the exceptional beauty products too, therefore I am giving away a set of the three products I have been regularly using. The three products together are little heroes- you’ll have pretty fluttery lashes along with your colour popping lips, and smelling delicious.

All you have to do to win is head over to the website here to answer the question below, and join in with their fab social channels. And you could be the lucky winner in time for Christmas! I am also offering a fantastic discount code for Whatemmadid.com readers – please use 5OFF20 for you discount to get £5 off every £20 you spend.

Enter below and the best of luck!

 

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Fashion: George at ASDA Party Wish List

2014 December 14
by What Emma Did

It’s fair to say that this December has been the busiest December of my life. 2014 has seen more press events, blogger parties, Christmas shin digs, Christmas meals, Christmas nights in with different groups of friends…etc etc… that come the 24th December, I’ll be doing nothing else but chilling out on the sofa for a full 7 days!

And it isn’t over- this week I have another 3 Christmas nights out that involve party dresses. One of my options for this week is an evening dress from George at ASDA, which made me realise that it’s a brand I haven’t featured much on the blog. They actually have a stunning range of affordable party outfits, therefore I wanted to showcase to you my top 5 wish list party dresses from the brand. Each one so pretty and glamorous in it’s own way, suitable for a range of Christmas themed events…

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Baroque Dress, £20
embellished shoulder jumpsuit 20

Embellished Shoulder Jumpsuit, £20
sequin dress 40

All Over Sequin Dress £25
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Sequin V Back Dress £25

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Voulez Vous Lace dress, £30.

I actually had a really difficult job of whittling my wish list down to my Top 5. As well as lusting after all of the above, I’m also in love with a midi length black lace dress over on the George website but if I start featuring them all, I’ll be here all night and never stop.

And although this post started out as a party dress wishlist post, I actually got a little carried away with George in general for Christmas shopping and gifts I wouldn’t mind receiving that are also extremely affordable. So I just wanted to round up the post by sharing some of these gorgeous gifts that may come in useful for you if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet….

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2 Part Point Court Shoe, £14
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Pollyanna Bra and Thong (£8 & £4)

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Entice Cami and Briefs £8 & £6
faux fur ear muffs 5
Faux Fur Earmuffs £5
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Faux Fur Jacket £40
fleece pj top 10
Fleece PJ top £10

gold bircage tea light holder 6
Gold Tea Light Bird Cage Candle Holder £6
snood 10
Super Soft Snood £10
yankee candle frosted cinnamon 13
Yankee Candles, £13

Worth popping in store or taking a mini shop online to get your last minute party bits or Christmas gifts!

Beauty: 5 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

2014 December 14
by What Emma Did

I am sure you don’t need reminding, but the Christmas countdown is now pretty much down to 10 days to go! Still need a couple of stocking fillers for the ladies? Take a look at this top 5 list I have rounded up, featuring budget skincare and cosmetic ideas, plus more luxury treats too.

1. Skin Therapy Beauty Products, Wilkos

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SKIN WISDOM
SKIN WISDOM

I have been using a range of products from the Wilko’s beauty range Skin Therapy and the packaging is just so sweet. Clean white products with pastel pinks, greens and aquas make these products look prestigious, and can you believe the facial wipes start from 50p! Very very affordable and come in a range of types such as moisturisers, facials washes, cleansers, scrubs and more specific spot-prone treatments including Tea Tree products. I have been using the Sensitive Skin facial scrub with calming Aloe Vera followed by the matching moisturiser and find it a lovely wash. Products from this range are perfect to pop into a friends stocking filler; you could get 3 full size products and spend £5! Take a look at the collection here.

2. Printed Wash Bag/ Toiletries Bag, Wilkos

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Present your facial and skincare products in a pretty printed toiletries bag. Wilko’s sell this cute one above, which was available in store, but they also have a fab selection online and they cost as little as £7. The perfect way to keep your skincare products organised, or great to pack up for when you go on a little trip. Why not fill it with a range of make-up and skincare treats and give the gift of value beauty? Take a look here.

3. Essence Make Up Products, Wilkos

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I have touched on Essence a number of times on the blog, but the products really are fab for the price! I can’t rave about the eyeliner pen enough, but recently have been trying out the mascara and eyeliners too and find they work just as well as some luxury brands. The great thing about purchasing Essence products this Christmas is that because they work so well, look attractive and are super cheap, you could get a bundle of nailpolishes, eyeshadows and BB creams mixed in with eyeliners and mascaras to provide a full make-up set, with the majority of products costing £2! I’m thinking… hello Secret Santa! Take a look here

4. Lancome Lovely Eyes Gift Set

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A more lavish gift, but still affordable and makes a luxury gift for the girlies in your life. Lancome are currently retailing these gorgeous gift sets at House of Fraser*, featuring a mascara, bi-facil oil and eyeliner – the ultimate set for show stopping eyes. I have been a Lancome mascara fan for a long time, and took the Hynose Classic mascara away with me to Australia last year and was devastated when it ran out, as cosmetic prices are double over there. I was so happy to purchase it again once back in the UK.

However, I have read a lot of reviews about the Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara too, and was intrigued to try this due to it’s glowing comments. The Lancome Hynose Doll Eyes set usually retails at £22.50, but is currently reduced to £19.12 (limited offer!) and contains the three main eye product essentials. The facil oil is one of the best eye make-up removers I have ever used, one swipe and even the most stubborn of eye make-up wipes straight off.

What I love the most about this mascara is that with just one application, eyelashes are opened, more dramatically darker, and have that wide-eyed look. The below photos are just from using one super-quick application.

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5. Phase Eight Gift Card

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This is one for the Mum’s! Have a little budget left to add to your Mum’s present? Or how about your stylish sisters, aunties or friends who love classic dresses with elegant styling and quality? Phase Eight delivers classic and timeless clothing and accessories, yet with a touch of trend. Leaning itself to more high end prices, it’s a fabulous clothing brand for occasions; weddings, parties, dinners, christenings… you name it! Why not pop £30 on a gift card so the ladies in your life can treat themselves to a statement necklace, silky pashmina or put it towards a stunning dress? Take a look over here.

Happy shopping! Don’t leave it too late girls…

Lifestyle: Unique Twitter Guide

2014 December 11
by What Emma Did

How many times have you planned a weekend in a different city, not had chance to plan the itinerary, then the day has crept up and you are suddenly like HELP! I need some recommendations!?

In this day and age, it’s all about the ‘here and now’ – the hottest pop-up places, the newest launches, the one day festivals and the rare exhibitions. So thanks to Hotel Direct, they have come up with an answer to this; A Unique Twitter Guide, just launched to provide fun and unique city recommendations from 20 leading Twitter accounts. And who better to be linked to the city of Manchester than yours truly? Check out my interview with Hotel Direct below…

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hotel direct
You can read my full interview here, where I share some of my Manchester favourites as well as discussing a bit more about whatemmadid.com of course!

I think this Ultimate Twitter Guide is a fab modern way of connecting the world with tips and ideas from the social media world – the guide features the leading Twitter accounts you have to follow in any given city, and compiles them all into one easy-to-follow Twitter list. From leading journalists to food enthusiasts and arts buffs, the 20 accounts Hotel Direct have included will give insight to even the most seasoned city-hopper.

The project first kicked off with London, but they have been adding to that with an awesome Edinburgh guide and soon-to-be completed Manchester list to boot.

Take a look for yourself here!

Lifestyle: Mello Drinks and Leopard Print Onesies

2014 December 10

Ah, that feeling when you get into December and realise that you have holidays to take off work before the year is over. I have just enjoyed two days off during the week – usually unheard of for me- although the amount of work I’ve had to do makes it feel less like holidays. Anyway, I did take a bit of ‘chill time’ to relax in my apartment and relax. I also wanted to try and kick my caffeine habit during the run up to Christmas, whilst I haven’t got the temptation of coffee shops. So I’ve been drinking Mello Drinks- fresh melon juice with no added sugar or preservatives, to try and kick in the Vitamin C!

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mello
Mello drinks come in two flavours – Watermelon and Cantaloupe juice which aim to rehydrate, repair and replenish. The watermelon juice contains 95% fresh watermelon juice and 5% Pomegranate juice, making this an excellent source of 1 of your 5 a day, and to fuel your body after a work out or exercise.

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mello
My favourite of the two is the Cantaloupe juice, although I did find both flavours really delicious! Cantaloupe melon is known as the beauty fruit because of it’s beauty boosting benefits- clearing up acne and helping to reduce dry skin, fine lines & wrinkles.  This drink is rehydrating, with very high levels of Vitamin A & C, which are key to promoting healthy glowing skin, a healthy immune system and a much needed energy boost to combat tiredness and fatigue. This sweet and tasty cantaloupe juice is ideal for those that want to maintain a natural healthy looking glow, on the go. I absolutely loved them both and felt really healthy knowing I was consuming all this fruity goodness.

So I enjoyed nothing more this week than wrapping myself up in my Abbey Leopard Print Onesie from South Beach Official, working away on my laptop, and making sure I drank enough of these Mello drinks to feel I had gave my body some much needed Vitamin A & C. Nice huh? I mean, look how happy I am. Make me an ambassador for this amazing brand!

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And lets not forget getting into the Christmas spirit… yep that’s right, I put up my mini fibre optic tree, lit the Christmassy candles and wrote out my cards! Too snug in this super cute onesie – I can’t get enough of the cosyness. South Beach have got some amazing onesies and loungewear sets, I’ve even just purchased a set of pink pj’s for my sister from the site too. All the better for having a cosy whatemmadid.com Christmas!

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Beauty: December Hair Care Loves

2014 December 10

I’ve recently been killing my hair – bleaching, brushing, curling, blow drying, straightening… you name it. I’m a firm believer that how you look after your hair and the products you use can really benefit the overall condition, look and feel; so I guess it’s important to invest in a good hair regime!

I have been using a thickening set from L’Oreal Elvive recently, which is great, but I wanted to ensure I was caring for my hair as well as giving the illusion of thicker, bouncier hair. So here we have it… introducing my December hair heroes that have been little saviours.

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1. Macadamia Natural Oil Flawless, 90ml £8.75
2. Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Spray 60ml £14.90
3. Lee Stafford Ubuntu Oils from Africa Moisturising Blow Dry Smothee £11.99
4. The Power Styler from Daroko £12
5. Made From Earth Tea Tree and Protein Shampoo $22.99
6. Made From Earth Peppermint Herbal Conditioner $14.99

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Firstly, if you are looking to invest in luxury hair care that gives professional results, divine scents and unique products, I can’t recommend Macadamia Natural Oil products enough. I have been using the ‘Flawless’ Cleansing Conditioner – but it actually doesn’t just condition- it is a next-generation product so unique that it cleanses, conditions, simplifies styling and cuts blow drying time in half. It comes as a classy mousse style product, where you pop two pumps of the mousse into your hands and smooth into wet hair. Leave for around 5 minutes to reveal cleansed and conditioned hair that has been restored to give the perfect balance to all hair types. No chemicals – just a velvety feel product which has 6-in-1 properties!

It smells delicious and makes my hair feel smooth, shiny, conditioned and less porous, which is great because it is ridiculously dry at the moment.

Before I blow dry, I have been spritzing on Macadamia’s Healing Oil Spray too. Approximately 5-6 pumps of the spray onto damp hair has been sealing in shine and infusing moisture. When I pump this onto my hair, it feels like a dry oil spray, which I personally love as it gives the feeling of a non-greasy product. I’ve been using these two products together for the past fortnight and feel like I am securing the moisture into my hair, resulting in shinier blonde hair. Lets face it – hair so regularly bleached rarely feels shiny!

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This next product is from Daroko and is The Power Styler- you may or may not have heard of this little creation. It is a fantastic revolutionary new piece of hair styling equipment that gives the effect of a hairdryer and straighter combined in one, saving you time, leaving your hair soft, shiny and keeping the style for much longer! I naturally have straight hair that doesn’t require much straightening, so I find when I attach this onto my hairdryer and blow dry straight, it provides me smoother hair than gives the impression I have gave my hair a once-over with the straighteners. However, if you have naturally wavy, curly or frizzy hair, you are really going to see results with this!

The Power Styler
consists of two ceramic-coated plates which come in a range of 7 vibrant colours. They are simple to attach and can be fitted onto almost all straight-edged hairdryer nozzles. One of the best things is that they are so compact, they can be taken on holiday or popped into your overnight bag, and it means you only need to use one styling device on your hair, therefore less damage! These are £12 from Daroko online.

 

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I am also loving a handful of products from organic brand Made by Earth. Made from Earth uses certified organic ingredients, no harmful chemicals and is 100% cruelty free. I have the Tea & Protein Herbal Shampoo, Peppermint Herbal Conditioner, and the Vitamin E Body Wash ($12.99).

I love using the shampoo as it is formulated with organic plant-based ingredients which aim to emulsify  the scalp and hair without dryness. Ingredients include organic tea, grasses, whole wheat proteins, and other plant extracts which aim to strengthen and smooth the hair. Tea tree is specifically formulated to rejuvenate and clarify the scalp by removing impurities. It also includes Pro-Vitamin B5 which has been scientifically-formulated to revitalize hair. So, with all these amazing facts about the range, I have high hopes that this product in particular is going to really improve my hair. These products are available at Made From Earth – they are a USA company so just allow a little time for delivery. Real quality products and great if you love to use organic products.

Last but not least – if you want a High Street beauty store product which delivers results, then I would also recommend Lee Stafford’s new range ‘Ubuntu Oils from Africa‘. I have been smoothing on the moisturising blow dry ‘smoothee’ product every other wash, onto damp hair, and my dry, frizz prone bleached hair seems to be behaving better. I feel that if you have parched, over processed hair, this is a lovely product to use before you blow dry.

So there you go – no excuses not to look after your hair now!

Fashion: Phase Eight New Manchester Store and Giveaway!

2014 December 9
by What Emma Did

As you all know I’m a total dress fanatic, so when I heard that Phase Eight is launching a brand new store in Manchester’s Trafford Center, it was great news to me- this means another dress shop for me to check out! And with this launch being during the run up to the festive season, I’m celebrating it in whatemmadid.com style too by offering a fantastic giveaway!

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The grand opening of the new sparkling store will be on the 11th of December at the Trafford Centre. On the day, there will be complimentary fizz and the chance to shop the Phase Eight great 50% off sale with new lines added especially for the opening day! Furthermore, for the opening weekend of the launch, there will be an in-store competition giving customers a chance to win their festive party outfit! This will include a dress and an accessory item (shoes, bag or jewellery), so if you head down the store for your last minute party outfits during this weekend, you could be walking away with some glittering extras!

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All the customer needs to do is fill in a form at the till to be entered into the competition and a winner will be chosen on Sunday 14th December.

I know that I still have lots of party shopping to do this weekend, so I’ll be heading down and taking a little look at the store – I always love a good visit to a brand new fashion store.

So to celebrate this exciting launch, I am teamed up with Phase Eight to giveaway this beautiful Dena Crystal Necklace – it’s just what your festive outfit is missing. This statement crystal necklace sits around the colour and will provide a subtle about of glitz and sparkle, perfect for those glamorous occasions throughout December and January – and even beyond!

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To enter, just head to Twitter and make sure you follow myself @what_emma_did_ and @Phase_Eight and retweet my competition tweet, using the hashtag #PhaseEightManchester

Winner shall be picked this weekend in celebration with the launch – good luck ladies!

Lifestyle: Health Voucher Codes For Discount Shopping

2014 December 7
by What Emma Did

I know you have heard it many times over, but yes it’s Christmas. It’s the month of December and we can’t avoid the fact that we need to Christmas shop before the big day of the 25th arrives. I’ve been making my Christmas shopping this year a little more ‘fun’ by trying to allow myself the odd little treat to spur me on with my shopping sprees – I mean, shopping for other people is lovely and all… but it’s not as fun taking it all home and having no little selfish gift too! It’s Christmas, so I guess my message here is don’t neglect yourself. Make it for you and treat yourself a little instead of letting the stress of everyone else’s Christmas get to you…

Take for example my very mini way of giving myself a touch of happiness. Here’s a clue!

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So whilst I was shopping in Boots for a mixture of aftershave for the Dad, make-up for the Sister etc etc, I’ve been collecting a few mini’s from cosmetic brand Benefit along my way. Ooops. But these are so great for the handbag, and as you all know I love reviewing new make-up finds and discovering new favourites. However, I realised that I had actually spent a good chunk of my money in Boots lately and had a little look online to see if I could find any voucher codes of discount sites that include Boots, before I spend another chunk of money in store!

It’s Winter and I need to start ‘treating myself’ to other well-being products such as vitamins and health products to look after myself, so after doing a spot of searching I came across a website I wish I had discovered earlier. Health Voucher Codes is a UK based online discount voucher code and promotional offers website, displaying codes related to health, beauty and fitness. It takes the searching process away from you, and finds all the deals itself. With the UK becoming more health conscious and shoppers becoming savvier, its a dedicated site making is cheaper to be healthier. If you are into beauty, health, fitness and well-being, it may be worth taking a look at this site before you start your shopping!

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As I’m looking mainly at present for vitamins and nutrition as my next little treats for myself whilst I Christmas shop, I found myself browsing the discounts from Boots and Holland & Barrett whilst on HealthVoucherCodes. But I did spot lots of brands that the site listed which would really appeal to a lot of people close to me; for instance Maxifuel, LA Fitness, Diet Chef, BodyBuilding Warehouse and MyProtein are all listed with offers and discounts. I know so many people with an interest in protein, fitness and diet, and who constantly shop online for deals in these retail areas, therefore they will definitely benefit visiting this site.

So when I spotted the offers at Boots, such as 3 for 2 on make-up (I haven’t finished my cosmetic binge shop yet of course!) or save 10% when you spend £100 (I have spent way over this in the last week at Boots…) I took advantage and used these offers to purchase some larger version products from the mini Benefit cosmetics I had previously treated myself too. This is one of my favourites…

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watts up
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The above is the lovely Watts Up product from Benefit – a subtle shimmer highlighter to help when contouring the face. After I use bronzer to contour my cheekbones, temples and jawline, this highlighting stick adds a delightful golden glow to the top of my cheeks, nose, forehead and upper lip to ‘bring forward’ the areas I want highlighting. It’s so easy to use and the colour and finish is exactly what I expect from a highlighter. It really adds that lightening-up touch, bringing my face to ‘life’ and helping with the whole contouring escapade.

I also tested on my hand the effects of Benefit’s Highbeam highter and Fake up concealer, which I am loving so much lately too – a review will follow shortly! The subtle golden shimmer of the Watts up is the product on the right of my hand picture above. It doesn’t make you look like you have an over-the-top shimmery, shiny face, so is great to use everyday on top of your foundation. Just make sure you set with a finishing powder to keep the look in place.

The shots below are of my ‘Benefit face’ – using the It’s Potent! Eye cream, Stay Flawless 15 hour primer, and the Watt’s up highlighter. Foundation and blusher from MAC (my usual’s) and finishing powder from bareMinerals (again, my new usual product since my last post about the brand here). Slightly off the record, but how fab is the Dorothy Perkins furry snood type scarf I’m wearing here too? Ready to go out and face the cold!

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