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Beauty: All Day Wedding Guest Beauty Heroes

2015 May 25
by What Emma Did

It’s arrived… the wedding guest season is now in full swing! How many weddings do you have lined up this year? I have three, which is actually not too bad. As I’m a year off turning 30, I’m expecting the next twelve months to be jam packed with weddings, but the majority of them seem to fall in 2016. The one’s I have this year are held at stunning locations: Farington Lodge in Preston, The Mere Resort in Cheshire, and The Ryebeck in Bowness-on-Windermere, with the wedding at Farington Lodge taking place last weekend.

As I am lucky enough to attend these weddings as an all-day guest, it made me question which beauty products I needed to keep my skin looking flawless through the entire day. If you are an all-day guest, you are looking at applying your make up around 10.30am and being out until past midnight- that’s roughly 14 hours that your makeup has to stand the test of time! 14 hours is a long time… I start to look like a oil slick by then. Anyhow, as I regularly test out lots of make-up brands and products, I do have two heroes I swear by to keep your make-up on for long, and they are bareMinerals Prime Time Primer, and Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place High Cover Concealer.

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Primers are an essential product to apply to skin if you need your make-up to stay in place all day. Not only do they create a base which gives your foundation staying power, but they also hydrate the skin, eliminate any shine, and act as a plumper by filling in any lines and uneven skin textures. I have to admit I don’t use a primer everyday, as I apply a moisturiser and a spot fighting cream after cleansing, therefore feel it would be too much to pile onto my skin. But for occasions – in particularly long day and night events like weddings – I find using a good face primer is crucial.

As mentioned, my favourite one to date is Prime Time by bareMinerals. It glides on smoothly and absorbs into the skin quickly, so you can apply moisturiser or make-up straight on top of it if you are in a rush. It keeps away any oil or shine, and I notice that when I apply this as my first base, it really does give my foundation that all-day staying power. It’s a favourite of mine to use on brides when I do their bridal make-up. For £22, it will last you a very long time!

My other hero beauty product for creating a ‘face’ that will last all day is from the well-loved Estee Lauder Double Wear collection. I am a self confessed Double Wear Foundation lover, but that was the only product from the range that I ever tried. That was until I got my hands on the Double Wear Stay In Place High Cover Concealer. With this little mirrored concealer pot, the name really does say it all. In a nutshell, this product gives fantastic full coverage, and stays put… all day.

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The above photographs are of my wrists (ignore the veiny arms! Not the most photogenic part of me!) and as you can see from the top one, I have a couple of freckles on my arm. The below shot is after I have applied a little smudge of the concealer, and voila, freckles are hidden. It is literally just one application rubbed onto my arm, and without building up on the coverage, you can see how great it really is at concealing imperfections.

So for this wedding in particular, I applied the Double Wear Concealer in Light/Medium, £21.50 for the pot, to my under eyes, imperfections, and then just lightly blended it into any other areas on my face that were shadowed, slightly pink or just generally needed covering. You can see below a lovely photo of my face without any make-up, then the photo below shows how good the concealer covers by literally just dabbing the product onto problem areas.

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After I blended the concealer into my skin, I applied a layer of Arbonne’s CC Cream in Fair/Pale, a light dusting of bareMinerals Mineral Veil in Medium, and a touch of Make-up Revolution blusher from the Sugar and Spice Palette. The photo below shows the final coverage, minus any eye, brow and lip make-up. I can honestly tell you that my make-up stayed put all night, without an ounce of oil coming through or any fading.

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And what a lovely wedding it was. Farington Lodge was a beautiful venue, with a stunning interior and attentive staff. It was nice to see some of the photographs from the wedding crop up that were taken past 10pm in the evening, and my make-up was still going strong.

Well done hero products!

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Lifestyle: Reflecting on Life and Achievements

2015 May 24
by What Emma Did

In exactly 5 days, I turn 29. I know what your all thinking, of course I only look 21…

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On a serious note though, it’s nice to sit back and reflect on life, especially when it suddenly dawns on you: where did the years go? It is lovely to reflect on what we have achieved and what we have learnt. It’s also nice to not look back and pick out many things we would change, as everything happens for a reason, even if it was just to teach us a hard earned lesson. I’ve not had the best situations happen over the years, but I rarely discuss the negative on whatemmadid.com. Because even though I’ve dealt with some crappy situations life has thrown at me, none of them have really been brought on by my actions – sometimes you just get darn unlucky in this world.

I don’t have everything I want in life, but I’m sure most people who read this blog think that I do. And that’s because at a glance, I do, and I am an extremely lucky and thankful person. I’ve been through things over the years that have left me with shattered confidence, a head full of doubts and feeling like God or whatever is up there must hate me. But the whole way through life I’ve always had dreams, and no matter what situations have crept up over the years, I never let anything scare me. I go for everything, and I shy away from nothing. I throw myself into situations I’m petrified of. I always make sure I’m the bigger person and solve any fall outs, uncomfortable situations and bad air. Even when I shouldn’t. I do all the above things because I live to the mantra that life is just too bloody short. And it really is. I went from going out with large groups of friends and huge single girl holidays to waking up one day and realising I spend more time in Mothercare buying presents for other peoples babies, having a  social calendar made up of other peoples weddings, my holidays are now others peoples hen dos, friendship groups get smaller and socialising becomes less, and everyone moves on to start new chapters of their lives. I am genuinley a nice person and am so happy that most of my friends have achieved all the goals they wanted to achieve, and are on the paths in life they dreamed of. So that just leaves me to focus a lot more on myself; I’ve just become entirely business focused, trying to let the dream I had since being a child of running a boutique as a business become my number one goal.

Sometimes it’s nice to sail through life enjoying every moment, but sometimes it’s also nice to step back and reflect. What would you tell yourself 5 years ago if you had the chance? If you could turn the clock back – what would you appreciate more and tell yourself to treasure more of? Your family, friends, time, money, love?

I spent nine months on the other side of the world, which taught me the true value of family and friends just being in the same country. Not a day goes by where I don’t try to see or speak to a close person, and those casual nights in just watching TV with my family that I once took for granted are now privileged moments that I feel so grateful I get the chance to have.

Why not see for yourself how you feel about your life so far? Legal and General have put together this survey to uncover the general feelings about your life, your thoughts, your dreams and regrets. The survey takes approximately 3 minutes and a lucky winner will win £200 just for entering.

Enter the survey here – and good luck!

Beauty: Experimenting With Nail Art

2015 May 23
by What Emma Did

As much as I love to discuss everything about beauty, cosmetics, hair and tanning, you’ll possibly notice I don’t touch on nails that much. No particular reason why; it just seems to be something I class as the least important. Maybe because I am lucky to naturally have strong and healthy looking nails, I don’t feel like my nails look too offensive without polish on a regular day, or have the need to cover them up.

However, this year I am starting to make a little bit more effort with polishing my nails as an attempt to ditch my a-little-bit-too-natural look I seem to be rocking these days. I’ve already stopped wearing eyeliner to work and switched from heavy foundation to CC cream – so I best make up for it with the hands! This week I’ve been putting my nail art skills and design head into use with this cute little Nail Art Set …

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What a handy little nail set this is for me! It contains 10 stylish double-ended nail varnishes, each with a standard brush applicator and a special micro-tip pen for creating intricate designs and patterns. So for people like me who want to start decorating their talons creatively and arty, then this set makes it super easy to do so. The colour palette of nail polishes contain the main base colours that match any outfit, so you can basically plan and create any design in any colourways depending on mood, outfit choice or occasion.

The set of 10 micro-tip pens and nail varnishes come in both plain and glitter, but I chose the plain version as I thought these would be nicer for Summer. The colours have a pearlescent and creamy finish to them which I love, and apply fairly thick so you don’t need to keep building the colour up. I do love a good intense colour application! The glitter version would make a lovely gift coming up to the party season, and for designing those sparkly nails for all the evening parties around the autumn/winter season. The Nail Art Kit costs just £19.99 from Presents For Men, who provide unusual gifts for men and women. So don’t judge by the name- it’s a retailer with quirky gifts with all!

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So as you can see, I’m not the most careful at applying nail polish and creating a pretty design. But I tired! These were my pink and silver love heart nails I designed with the Nail Art Kit last weekend for a friends wedding, to match my baby pink shift dress. Pretty cute nail colours aren’t they? The pen tips are so simple to use that you really don’t have to have the steadiest hand or the keenest eye for detail to create a sweet little design.

Next on the agenda will be dark red and cream I think!

Fashion: Behind the Scenes at the What Emma Did Boutique Shoot

2015 May 21
by What Emma Did

It’s been going on in the background for the last two months, but finally I am super happy  to say that the What Emma Did Boutique has officially gone live and launched – hooray! I’m not sure how much you all know about my working life, but I currently juggle running the website and the boutique along with a full time job in digital PR, so trying to fit my boutique photoshoot into my busy schedule has been rather impossible over the past few weeks. But I finally got there – and I’m so excited to share with you all my behind the scenes photos!

Firstly, let’s get this clear.. I am definitely no model. I’m a tiny 5ft3 at the most, and the most unnatural at pulling a serious face that is meant to look quite hot. But, I guess ‘I am the brand’ so to speak. Ir’s a capsule collection of dresses which reflect the theme of this blog, all handpicked by myself, so why not wear them myself and show you all how the dresses can be worn…

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I will of course be following up from this post with the finished images, although you can currently see them at present over at the boutique page (see my menu bar at the top? Just hit ‘The Boutique’ to browse), but I personally love a good sneaky peak at brand’s behind-the-scenes photoshoots, so I wanted to share this with you all. A huge thank you to my brilliant photographer, Amy Best at Postbox Studio, who has the nicest little photography studio in Littleborough. She is super professional and worked with me really well and patiently, to say that I have zero photoshoot experience and usually tend to hide behind my blog and not really photograph myself all that much. She also didn’t laugh at me when I made the odd wobble, trying to stand still in heels ‘striking a pose’ so to speak!

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How beautiful is the back detail of this dress? This is one of my favourites – the Forbidden Rose Lace Midi Dress with it’s stunning low back and pretty lacey finish. This is a dress that will never date, it’s always going to look amazing for evening occasions year after year (and it’s a steal for £22!)…

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I had the loveliest time on set with Amy, shooting away with my Spring/Summer ’15 collection. The boutique is only a baby at present, with a total of 25 items, but watch this space- it will be growing month by month! I’m pretty proud of how far I’ve come along in the past few weeks, so I really hope you all like it too and feedback is more than welcome.

Enjoy!

Lifestyle: Thai Cuisine at Vivid Lounge, Manchester

2015 May 21
by What Emma Did

I genuinely feel a rush of excitement as I am typing this post- mainly because I have not been this happy over food for a long long time. As many of you know, I regularly review Manchester bars and restaurants, and I do tend to only feature them on whatemmadid.com if I am happy all round with the place. I’m fairly lucky; I have had a really good run with the eateries I have visited as of late. However, the most recent place I dined at has topped them all, and the poor people who got to spend time with me over the recent weekend heard nothing else from me except my constant ramblings about how I have had the best Duck of my life. Well… it is kind of a big deal, and if your rating it, why not shout about it? Introducing Manchester’s Vivid Lounge

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Vivid Lounge
Vivid Lounge
Vivid Lounge is situated in Ancoats, which is the area of the city centre heading slightly North, behind Piccadilly train station. It actually sits at the foot of the Islington Wharf apartments, in the Higher Islington area of Manchester, and at first glance you may not expect it to be a Thai fusion themed eatery. That could also possibly be because it isn’t just a Thai place – Vivid Lounge caters breakfasts and snacks to suit traditional tastes, and also have the scrummiest selection of home baked cakes and biscuits, coffees and teas, wines, beers and soft drinks. So a little bit about the interior first, as lets face it, we do always judge a place by it’s appearance first hand, which is terrible but we are all guilty of it.

Vivid Lounge is fairly impressive by appearance. It isn’t anything flash or over trendy, but it does have a modern touch and it’s usage of floor to ceiling windows make the place intriguing to look into, and just as intriguing to look out from when sat inside. It actually over looks the 200 year old Ashton Canal, and I did feel for a moment as if I was situated away from the city centre when I had a little glance around at the surroundings (which is a good thing, as I currently live here!). The vibe is fairly laid back- I attended on a Friday evening at 6pm and there were a number of gatherings for early diner along with after-work drinks, so the bar had a nice buzz to it, but nothing overly rowdy or over noisy. Myself and my guest were greeted by very happy looking staff, who lead us to a table and left us to browse the menu at our own leisure. Vivid Lounge has what I like to call the relaxed bar ordering system, where you can catch up with friends and talk for 15 minutes before actually deciding what to eat and making an order. I do sometimes hate it when I’m still chatting away and I am blatantly annoying the waiter when they ask me why I haven;t chosen a dish yet…

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Vivid Lounge
Anyhow, onto the exciting bit which is of course the food and drink. The first thumbs up was when I requested a bottle of red wine and the first choice offered was a Malbec. My very favourite red wine and you really can’t go wrong with a decent bottle of this stuff on a Fridat evening. Plus, a rich red wine usually compliments Thai and Asian cuisines fairly well I seem to think. That may just be me, but I was more than happy with the choice. And the red wine was truly delicious, I’m pleased to add. So going back to the food, as it was 6pm on a Friday, we could order from the diner menu that focuses on home cooked Thai dishes. The starters consisted of Shiitake Spring Rolls, Spicy Tomato Dip (with free-range mince pork, pork crackling and vegetables) Pork Skewers, Edameme Beans, Thai Fish Cakes and Veg Tempura. I opted for the Shiitake Spring Rolls, which came as handmade spring rolls stuffed full of shiitake and oyster mushrooms and served with homemade chilli dip. If you love mushrooms, then you will love these, they were ridiculously tasty. And the nicest thing about this starter was that for a Thai eatery, they weren’t dripping with grease. Just crispy and tasty spring rolls. My guest had the Thai cakes and they too were full of flavour, coming as a generous portion size. The starters are all priced at £4.95 which is definitely worth the value.

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Vivid Lounge
Vivid Lounge
Now for the most amazing part – the Duck and Taramind Sauce with Jasmine Rice. A concoction of slow roasted crispy duck topped with homemade tamarind sauce on a bed of mixed leaf, and a sprinkling of fried red shallot. Perfection. I love duck, and thought I had experienced the nicest tasting duck during a meal at Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch, London, but now I know I was wrong! This is by far the nicest Thai fusion duck I have ever tasted. It was a mixture of sweet yet sour, with a real Asian kick to it, but not too spicy in the slightest. The duck was so soft to eat – it had the nicest of textures. My guest had the Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish served with stir-fried eggs, homemade tamarind pulp, garlic, king prawns, red chilli, peppers and seasonal vegetable with lime wedges and chopped roast peanuts. I was too busy enjoying my duck to try some of hers, but she did say it was delicious! I may also add that the presentation of food was 10 out of 10 – completely spot on. For a cafe style eatery, you don’t always expect food [presentation to be a priority, but Vivid Lounge have really nailed the art of serving up pretty looking food. Hats off to the chef serving up rustic Thai food in the kitchen – he was definitely proved that his Thai cooking skills are second to none.

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As well as incredible Thai food that I have been blessed to try (that’s how much I enjoyed it!) I want to head back to Vivid Lounge and indulge in their breakfast and lunch menu’s too. For those early mornings, they serve up a Full English Breakfast along with a Mini English Breakfast, depending on how hungry you may be. But if it’s healthy options you want, then there is Steel Cut Oats too (As described on the menu- Organic steel cut porridge Oats slowly cooked in coconut milk and almond butter and served with chopped banana, walnuts, brown sugar, and seeds-that’s a personal breakfast favourite of mine!).

The lunch menu takes on the Thai twist again, with favourites such as Chicken Fried Rice, Pork Satay Skewers and Green Thai Chicken Curry. If you love Thai food – I really recommend coming down to Vivid Lounge and trying it out for yourself. The best thing is that Vivid Lounge is possibly most enjoyed in the Summer, with it’s external terrace and views of the canal. And seeing as we are in Mid May, then your in for an ever better experience!

I genuinely am overjoyed to have discovered this little Ancoats gem, and will be recommending it to everyone coming to Manchester who is looking for breakfasts, coffee and cakes, and of course, Thai food. Ten out of ten!

Lifestyle: Ideal Home Show Plus Win x2 Tickets!

2015 May 20
by What Emma Did

It’s possibly because I’m in the process of doing up and decorating my new house, but lately I have become slightly home-obsessed. And by that, I mean constantly losing hours of my day to Pinterest, pinning interior inspirations all over the place. And as for internet shopping… well put it this way…IKEA, Next and Laura Ashley will definitely have seen a sudden surge with their website hits over the past month!

With this in mind, there couldn’t be a better time for the Ideal Home Show to return back to Manchester this year. Following a hugely successful launch in 2014, the Ideal Home Show is back for 2015, taking over Event City for 4 whole days filled with top brands, industry experts and hundreds of ideas for the home.

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Obviously, it’s completely up my street as I’m decorating and renovating my new home, but even if your not in the same situation and just have a general love for home inspirations, interiors and decor, it’s one of the loveliest days out. From home projects, adding those finishing touches to your house, getting some unique inspirations or just to explore a large scale lifestyle shopping experience, the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Express Bi-folding Doors is an ideal day out for the whole family from Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th June 2015.

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With over 300 exhibitors across seven dedicated show areas, catering to every need and taste, this is the place to go to get all those home ideas. From Interiors to Home Improvements, Food & Housewares to Technology, Gardens, Fashion & Beauty and Shopping, each section gives you the chance to explore thousands of products, exclusive show offers and items you won’t find on the high street.

A few highlights from the show areas; there will be the ‘Ideal Fashion & Beauty’ section, where you can browse the latest products and pick up hints and tips on this season’s fashion trends. There will be a very nice Champagne Bar sponsored by Hydropool, allowing you to Kick back, relax and treat yourself to a glass of bubbly after all of the shopping. And last but not least, The Ideal Super Theatre, hosting talks and workshops from a range of experts to advice on how to make the most of what you’ve got to work with and how to make a house a home. The show will welcome a whole host of celebrities, chefs and experts, including George Clarke, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Diarmuid Gavin, Gregg Wallace, Amanda Lamb and Martin Lewis.

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I’ll be there on Sunday 7th, but the best news is that I have x2 tickets to giveaway for a lucky reader! Just enter the competition below which requires you to follow both myself and the Ideal Home Show on Twitter (@whatemmadid_ @IHS_Manchester) Competition runs for 7 days, closing on 27th May at midnight.

Good Luck!

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Fashion: Jess Wright for Ann Summers Swimwear

2015 May 19
by What Emma Did

Last weekend, I was given the chance to head to the Liverpool Ann Summers store to meet TOWIE beauty and fashion guru Jess Wright, to view her new collection and chat about all things swimwear. The TV personality has paired up with lingerie retailer Ann Summers to be the brands first ever face and body of their swimwear collection. The Jess Wright for Ann Summers collection includes 15 swimwear pieces, with a line up of bikinis and monokinis from 32A to 38G, sizes 8-18 with prices range from £12 to £36.

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Jess turned up to the Liverpool One store looking fantastic! She worn a fitted stripe detail bodycon dress and killer heels, and looked even more beautiful in real life. Jess has an incredible figure- she has curves in all the right places and doesn’t promote being over skinny. She has a womanly figure which is kept in impeccable shape, which I think is really important for a brand like Ann Summers to be working with.

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The collection is stunning- bikinis in bold brights, florals, shimmering golds, creams, girly pinks and metallics lined up in a dedicated section showcased in-store. As well as bikinis, there is a range of kimono style cover ups and the cutest little playsuits. Women these days can be fairly body conscious when it comes to bearing your body in a bikini once Summer kicks in, so it was a delight to see this collection has taken into consideration the need to stylish beach cover-ups. As a naturally petite girl I wouldn’t say that I am personally body conscious, but I have never been one to like prancing around in just a bikini. I always like to have some form of little shorts on, or a kaftan style to throw over me when I get out from the pool.

I fell in love with the whole collection, but in particularly the Cassia Gold and Cream Bikini and the Black Lace Jumpsuit. So ridiculously pretty and perfect for me and my Summer needs. Think I definitely need to get a tan sorted though before I put myself into this cream and gold piece though….

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jess wright ann summers
When I asked Jess a couple of questions about her collection, she gave me a few pointers for SS15 swimwear trends too “Don’t over accessorise, just keep it simple with a statement swimwear piece so you don’t over too dressy. It should be kept simple and stylish. My favourite looks for this years swimwear have a touch of the boho trend going on, with lots of golds to bring out a tan” – looks like I’m in look with my cream and gold Cassia style then! She also told me how she has been fasincated with fashion since an early age, and has taken a real interest in putting this collection together. When I asked her what her personal fashion style is that she feels more comfortable, she smiled and express she loves anything bright and ‘out there’. That’s a pretty good view to have for Summer!

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So I feel a little more Summer holiday ready now that I have my first bikini and swimwear piece for this year – how about you? Have you been eyeing up any new and exciting swimwear collections?

Beauty: Bronzing with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

2015 May 18
by What Emma Did

As a beauty blogger, I’m really lucky to be introduced to new beauty brands and make-up lines on a weekly basis. I can easily get swept away discussing all the new, exciting products and could possibly dedicate a blog to just that topic alone! So today’s post is going back to basics, and sharing with you the fantastic hero product which has made a name for being a cult, staple favourite – the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.

I first learnt about the hype around this bronzing product 7 years ago when I met a girl who swore by it. In a nutshell, it’s a bronzing compact with layers of shimmery shades which fuse together to give a combination of warm hues, rosy colourings and illuminating particles. The one I have (and love) in particular is in the shade ‘Bronze’, but it also comes in Pink Quartz, Nectar and Beige.

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bobbi brown shimmer brick
It depends what look you are going for when it comes to choosing your shade. I love to create a sculpted look on my cheeks, sweeping a deep bronze to create a more hollow look, and also to shape my face with basic contouring techniques. I brush this on my cheeks by mixing the shades together then focusing on the illuminating creamy glow shade and focus that to highlight the tops of my cheeks, down my nose, above my cupids bow and a little in the center of my forehead and chin.

But listen up – this isn’t just a bronzing powder, blusher, all over glow powder and contouring palette – it is so much more. It actually doubles up as 5 single eyeshadows too! Not officially, but take a look at the above photo again and you’ll see that the Shimmer Brick actually provides 5 individual luminous colours that can also be applied to eyes. I find I use a Q Tip (cotton bud) and sweep the colour onto the tip and go over my eyeshadow to create extra colour, shimmer and shadowing. So technically, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is a multi taking palette of brilliance.

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bobbi brown cheeks
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The nice thing about the bronze shade is that is really light to apply and very easy to build up. The above photos are of myself before going to work at 7.30am, therefore a full face of shimmer and sculpting isn’t needed. So i have swept the Shimmer Brick on with two layers, and used the lightest creamy colour lightly brushed onto the tops of my cheeks to give me more of a glow.

It retails at £32.50 and let me tell you that it will honestly last you forever. It will come with you everywhere and it will soon me your cult favourite too. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is available at so many retailers, including John Lewis, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols Nichols, but the one I have is purchased from House of Fraser.

Any other Shimmer Brick lovers out there?

Fashion: What To Pack For Luxury Holidays

2015 May 17
by What Emma Did

So I have just booked Barcelona with a lovely group of girlfriends for my friends hen weekend in June, and it cannot come round quick enough! If there is one Eureopeon city I have wanted to experience for a long while, it is Barcalona, so I’m really excited I have finally had an excuse to book it. The nicest thing about it is that it’s a great bunch of people going, staying in a lovely apartment, with an agenda of classy things to do, including exploring the best of Barcelona’s cocktail bars, dining out at the nicest restaurants, having some chill out time at the beach, and of course- hitting the shops!

It may be a whole 2 months away, but I’m already thinking about what stylish Summer city-inspired holiday clothes I’ll be bringing with me. There will be none of the trashy and cheap dress up games for this hen weekend, so I’m thinking more along the lines of the types of clothing I’d pack for a little fashionable break to Marbella, Ibiza or Madrid… (now here’s some holiday photos from last year to start getting me in the mood!)

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These little holiday snaps were taken in Bali, Indonesia, last July (the full post can be read here) and although a million miles away from Europe, the whole vibe, class and style is the frame of mind I am getting into for my Barcelona city and beach trip!

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When I think of glittering golden tans, jewelled sandals, fashionable swimwear and luxury flowing holiday dresses, I think of Forever Unique. So I checked out their newest collections to get some lavish holiday style inspirations for this upcoming trip, but here’s a warning, you may fall head over heels in love with the brand and their collections after seeing the stunning items below! I want to pack them all up in my suitcase for my 3 day trip…

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First up on my list is the Brianna Navy Bandaged Bikini with High Waisted Shorts, £165. It has a stunning metal clasp to add detail, and I love how sleek the multi strap design looks. This bikini set screams premium; its one to keep you looking amazing whilst sipping cocktails at the poolside, yet also with a kaftan thrown oven when touring around the city and beach front.

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The next item on my holiday lust list is this fabulous Vivienne Neon Coral Embellished Full Length Kaftan, £220. This is one of those amazing, show stopping kaftan’s that doubles up as a dress for those smart and uber-cool restaurantes if paired with a stacking pair of pretty wedge shoes or heels.

And that’s where the next part comes in – Forever Unique now retail footwear!

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How beautiful are these Totem Coral Leather Peep Toe Shoes? The gold chain detailing adds that luxury touch, and to me, these shoes looks just as premium as the to designer brands. In a scrumptious shade of coral, these will look striking with a pair of tanned legs and a dress. They say your most special shoes should be saved only for special occasions, and if I owned a pair like this, I’d class a chic evening out in Barcelona as one of those occasions…

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And last but not least of my fabulous four round up, you all know by now I’m a sucker for a short little number if the sun is shining! Got to flash those pins as a priority when on holiday… lusting after this Ettie Coloured Snake Print Playsuit, £165, which comes with a delicate golden metal neckline to give that touch of glamour. This would be my Barcelona bar crawl outfit, teamed with a statement colour clutch bag and a pop of bright lippy. There are some breathtakingly beautiful items over at Forever Unique that I feel are designed perfectly for stylish city and beach breaks. It’s a fail safe online retailer if you have one of those all important ‘dress-code-is-important’ holidays coming up…

If you have any style tips for a stylish city break, please feel free to share!

Beauty: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Tinted Gel

2015 May 16
by What Emma Did

So in an attempt at being more ‘frugal’ whilst I’ve just done the grown-up thing of buying a house, I’ve been making a change to my beauty regime. Instead of wearing my full coverage, higher priced priced foundations everyday (such as my MAC Studio Fix – which I love dearly) I’ve been trying to save them and only wear them for weekend evenings or those special occasions. So the question is – what have I been putting on my face during the weekdays for everyday wear? For work, I have been switching my foundations for CC creams, and more recently, I’ve been wearing a the new bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.

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So what is the beauty-world-loving hype around this product? Basically, it’s a hydrating gel cream that’s the middle ground between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation. Instead of piling on my usual full coverage foundation once my moisturiser has settled in, I can apply the hydrating gel when I’m in a rush during my get-ready-for-work routine and be assured I have applied a moisturising base as well as a form of coverage. I find this product provides a similar type of coverage to that of BB and CC creams, which I have been switching to anyway in aid of saving my foundations. The shade I am currently using is Vanilla 02 – which is a nice creamy fair shade which is a really nice match for my skin tone.

When I apply this gel, I start with just one coat and use a brush to ‘buff’ it into my skin if I want a more groomed ‘flawless’ look. Although if I’m in a mega rush – which I usually am- I just glide and rub it in with my fingers. It does blend in really well and feels so light to apply. If I need a little extra coverage under my eyes or on a blemish, then I layer this up with my fingers as the final application. The nice thing about this product is it’s totally up to you how much you need to use and you can adapt how much you layer on depending on the occasion.

Below is a before photo (eeek – me with no make up, how lovely), followed by my face wearing just the Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel, followed by bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder being applied onto as long with a touch of eye make-up and MAC Powder Blusher shade ‘Gingerly’.

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bareminerals complexion
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bareminerals

And drumroll please . . .  just a small application of this hydrating gel finished with the Mineral Veil setting powder and topped up with the ‘usual’s’ (blusher et al… you know, our beauty saviours!) allows me to walk out of the house and head to work without looking dead. You’d possibly never guess I only rack up around 5 hours sleep a night thanks to this! Also, priced at £26.00, it’s also oil, silicone, and paraben free and comes in 10 shades, so every skin tone has one to two shades to play around with. It will also be coming on holiday with me this year as it’s an SPF 30. Take a bow, Complexion Rescue. You certainly save my days…

What Emma Did