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Giveaway! WIN £250 October Fashion and Beauty Bundle

2014 October 24
by What Emma Did

Exciting news today – I’m off to the fashion capital that is PARIS! For the next 3 days I’ll be acting like a typical a tourist in the beautiful French city, possibly consuming more than my body weight in pastries and coffee, spending money I don’t have on chic Parisian fashion, and trekking around the city camera in tow!

So as the blog will be quiet for the next three days, I wanted to thank you all for your support lately as the site has been growing again, and offer an exclusive October fashion and beauty themed giveaway. There is an eclectic mix of products and brands all bundled into this fantastic competition for a lucky reader to win…

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Products include:

x2 pairs of crystal drop earrings, false eyelashes, x2 Collection bright eye shadows, Collection silver and grey eye palette, x2 eyelash and eye jewel sets, BYS Candy and lilacs eyeshadows, Lee Stafford frizz control spray, Rimmel eyeshadows, Rimmel mascara, x2 metallic Rimmel nail polishes, Aromotherapy Shampoo and Conditioner, x2 Colour Extreme colour hair sprays, BB Cream, Skin Primer, Models Own eyeshadows, moisturiser, Grey Goose silver bird cocktail stirrers and lots of sweet treats!

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How to enter:

Just RT & Follow @what_emma_did_ on Twitter! Winner announced in a week!

Good luck

Beauty: Breast Cancer and Balance Me Beauty

2014 October 23
by What Emma Did

balance meAs most of you may know, October is a month where lots of support goes into Breast Cancer prevention and raising awareness. It’s not just people like you and me that get together and try to encourage support- it’s also a fantastic range of well known brands, companies and organisations who also put effort in to support. So today’s post is a little one to let you know that natural beauty brand Balance Me are supporting by providing 10% of every Rose Otto product sold to go towards Brest Cancer Care. These funds will go towards raising money for those living with breast cancer.

So if you are looking for a way of contributing to the good cause, and chose to do this through a more fashion and beauty themed way, then take a look at the luscious Rose Otto range, with products such as hand cream, body wash, body cream, body oil and body balms starting from £9.

Balance me is proud to be taking part in the Breast Cancer Care Moving Forward campaign – so take a look here for more details. For everyone who has been supporting so far -great news!

Fashion: Your Dreamcatcher Clothing

2014 October 22
by What Emma Did

The other week, I was introduced to new clothing brand – Your Dreamcatcher. I’m a big lover of loungewear and love to wear comfy vest tops or slouchy jumpers, so the product range from this brand is a lovely addition for my wardrobe. More so, because of its logo and graphic prints focus – I love to wear loungewear that features edgy logos or printed graphics that appear bold and neat (I despise novelty prints as you all know.)

The collection has a colour palette mostly made up of white, black and grey, which is again a very typical ‘Emma’ colour scheme. I find it makes the collection look fresh, modern and clean, and I also love the fact that this is a good quality clothing brand that’s really affordable!

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The vest top I’m wearing in my photos costs £12.99, with jogging bottoms priced around £27.99 and off the shoulder sweaters at £19.99. More than reasonably priced for stylish and comfy loungewear!

If you’re into the whole whimsical, dreamy themed lifestyle, you’ll probably also be a fan of this brand too. You should check out the range of Stirling Silver jewellery as well, which again is all dreamcatcher inspired for pretty, feminine styling inspiration.

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emma campbell

Fashion: Designer Love at Avenue 32

2014 October 22
by What Emma Did

So on Friday, I’m off to Paris! Another popular fashion capital on this planet. I haven’t been to Paris since I was 19, which is almost 10 years ago, so I’m really looking forward to visiting again. When I last roamed the city, I was a second year Fashion Marketing and Journalism student, working part time in retail with this huge appetite and drive to work in the fashion world. I will feel quite nostalgic returning almost a decade later, being able to say I have achieved all of my dreams (well not all… there’s never enough dreams you can have!)

I recently did a bit of a jumper shop as I’m aware how cold it will be there towards the end of October, and I’m also aware how fashionable the city is so I need a number of designer pieces to prepare me! I’m a big fan of luxury designer fashion site Avenue 32, don’t get me wrong I don’t earn designer wages, but if there’s a designer hero piece I need to save up for or pop on a wish list for a present, it’s a reliable place for me to visit. Take a look at this stylish yet snugly jumper from J W Anderson.

J W Anderson Logo Sweater £215

J W Anderson Logo Sweater £215

 

J W Anderson Green Long Wool skirt £495

J W Anderson Green Long Wool skirt £495

I love the simplicity and chic styling of J W Anderson, and I think the sweater us going to be my splash out, staple winter wear item! I’m also hunting down a fabulous faux fur coat for my trip – how amazing are these styles below from Shrimps?

Shrimps Dulcie Faux Fur Coat £595

Shrimps Dulcie Faux Fur Coat £595

 

Shrimps Ducie Faux Fur Coat £595

Shrimps Ducie Faux Fur Coat £595

A little more in my price range, I’m seeking a new stylish bag to take with me for my Parisian adventure so of course I would check out the beautiful collections of Lulu Guinness. I’m not usually a fan of anything slightly ‘novelty’ but this designer collection is my exception to all rules. The cute 3 D lips and quirky lipsticks that make the main features on Lulu Guinness bags are utterly cute – the sweetest addition to an evening outfit.

Lulu Guinness Bags

Lulu Guinness Bags

 

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Lulu Guinness

Anyone got any Paris tips for me, or recommendations of super stylish places to visit? Paris – I’m on my way!

Beauty: Eye Candy Lashes and MAC Eyebrows

2014 October 21
by What Emma Did

A quick flash post today to highlight two of my favourite eye products which give your really amazing, pop-out eyes! I won’t bore you for long about the first one, as it’s a product I have used for ages and have featured on the blog twice before. Yes… time to big it up again… MAC eyebrow pencil in ‘lingering’ really is the best. Like, seriously gives you so much precision when penciling in your eyebrows. As I often point out on here, my eyebrows are naturally black which has been the bain of my life being a natural fair-blonde girl. So I don’t really need to darken my brows, but just to shape them slightly.

If you want a fail safe, easy to use, fantastic eyebrow pencil, then look no further. MAC in lingering- I won’t mention it again for a while I promise!


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And in terms of lashes, I have found a new favorite! Available at Boots and online at FalseLashes.co.uk, these Eye Candy lashes in 005 are perfect. They cost around £4.50 and are the most impressive lashes I have used for a while at that value. Don’t get me wrong – I love Eyelure and MAC lashes too, but I don’t always have the money to spend on them as I’m very careless with my false eyelashes (yeah, I’m the girl that parties in them, falls asleep with them on, and wake up with scraggy, messy lashes that I pull off and throw in the bin).

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These stuck on my natural lash line really well and gave added volume and length, without looking too drastic. Natural, but with a touch of party glam. Love love love them. I just happened to spot them in Boots and picked them up as a last minute purchase. Ignore the signs of glue on the below photos, I took these snaps as soon as I applied the lashes therefore the glue wasn’t 100% dry.

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There you go – a quick post about creating beautiful eyes with two hero products. Let me know if you have tried these products too!

Fashion: Little Black Dress Event and Debut Collection

2014 October 21
by What Emma Did

If your a lover of all things classy, ladylike and pretty, then you would have loved the event that was held at Manchester’s swanky Manchester House the other week. Hosted by Little Black Dress, it was a celebration of the new Little Black Dress collection – the brands first debut collection. The event brought together bloggers, press, models and celebrities to sip champagne and nibble on canapes all under one uber-modern roof in Spinningfields. I have had worst week nights…

Celebrating iconic style, the collection is beautiful and entirely tailored to something I would shop – I love classic and timeless pieces, and even in the Summer months I’m strutting around in black dresses when I should be embracing colours.

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The collection is designed for the modern fashionista, fusing together the classic heritage of the LBD with contemporary features, sumptuous fabrics and unexpected detailing. The addition I loved the most though with this breath taking collection is that the range is all inspired by icons – and we all have them – you know when you lust after a stylish woman’s fashion sense and the way she steps out in a dress that takes her into fashion history?

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With inspiration from some of today’s most stylish women, and some of histories never forgotten fashionista’s such as Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana, the 20 piece collections features a dress to suit everyone’s tastes. Whether it;s short and sassy or sleek and sophisticated, the dresses scream beauty. There were so many I loved, but I did have a top 5 of course. If you take a look at the collection online at the Little Black Dress website, I personally love The Rita Dress, The Jessica Dress, The Gemma Dress, The Jennifer Dress and The Kate Dress.

It was also such a fantastic evening to mingle with some of Manchester’s finest fashion and beauty blogging ladies, like the girls below… (As you can tell I wasn’t equipped with my highest pair of heels..)
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Following up from the event, I ordered the beautiful Gemma dress, which has also been worn by MIC star Lucy Watson. With its fitted bodycon shape, low back and long sleeves, I feel like it’s been designed especially for me!

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The amazing team at LBD also selected me as a winner and popped in a bottle of Taittinger with my order – so pretty much the perfect party package wouldn’t we all agree!

 

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If your looking for some LBD inspiration, or simply seeking a dress for this season’s Christmas parties that won’t date quickly in this fast fashion world, then take a look at the collection here!

Fashion: Banana Republic Launch Petites Range

2014 October 20
by What Emma Did

Are you a little bit of a short girl like me? As in, around the 5 ft 3 mark? Always hunting out the petites range everytime you go into a store? If so, you may be pleased to hear that stylish retailer Banana Republic have now launched a petites range, which is an extensive collection of fashion featuring a full wardrobe selection. Nothing more annoying that seeing a retailer stock a very small range of garments in petites, so I was very happy to see Banana Republic’s collection consist of lots and lots of styles!

I visited the Trafford Centre store in Manchester the other week and had a tour around the shop, along with a talk about the new collections for A/W14 and the launch of the Petites range from their Store manager and PR & Social Media Manager. And of course, it would have been rude not to have a shop!

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With Winter creeping in, I got myself a striped grey and white jumper which also looks cute with a pair of black ‘skorts’ and tights, or black skinny jeans more a more casual look. As the jumper is from the petites range, it’s designed to fit girls of 5 ft 3 and under, so the arms were a correct fit (I usually have to roll up the sleeves!) and it sits perfectly on my waist with no ‘baggy-ness’. I do wish all brands would launch a Petites collection…

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I also purchased two very standard long sleeve tops that I felt would be essentials for wearing to work. They both have a quilted texture on the shoulder pads with a little bit of embroidery – great everyday basics with a stylish twist.


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If it’s more fashion forward petites clothes your looking for this A/W, check out the range of smart classic dresses, skirts and trousers from this range. The thing I love about Banana Republic is that I find all the garments have that classic, timeless touch to them. No bold prints or fast-fashion feel. Everything is based on quality, with clothes produced to reflect the seasons trends but with a tailored feel that takes you from season to season and doesn’t date quickly. Very happy to see another leading brand taking the leap into Petites!


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Giveaway: WIN x1 night in a Travelodge of choice for a Blogger!

2014 October 19
by What Emma Did

travelodgeWhilst I’m busy at the moment putting together some gorgeous  beauty and skincare products for a giveaway to celebrate my new followers, subscribers and tweeters, I wanted to do something nice for all the amazing bloggers out there too. We are such a strong community these days, so what could be nicer than hosting a giveaway especially for a blogger to win!

As I jet off to Paris next weekend, it made me think about travelling to more cities regularly. When I lived in Australia, everywhere is so spread out and far away that it makes you realise how lucky we are in the UK to be so close to all the great cities around us via public transport. It also made me think how close the sleepless and sophisticated cities of Europe are – I can’t believe I have never been to Amsterdam, Prague, Italy… all these places practically on your doorstep in comparison to living in Australia,

So to celebrate UK living and embracing the fab cities we live so close to, I have teamed up with Travelodge to offer a blogger the chance to stay in a Travelodge of their choice, in a city of their choice, for one night. This could be a lovely Friday night venture, or a Saturday day trip followed by an overnight stay, allowing the winning blogger to explore a new city!

Just enter below via Rafflecopter but please note you must be following @what_emma_did_ on Twitter for your entry to count.

Terms and conditions: One night stay in a Travelodge of the bloggers choice,  city of their choice that has a Travelodge. The dates will depend upon availability. No bookings can be made between 18th December and 6th January.

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Lifestyle: Stoptober Motivation

2014 October 18
by What Emma Did

I am guessing that many of you have already seen my previous post on ‘Stoptober’ and all the encouragment about quitting smoking throughout the month of October (and hopefully beyond). As you all know from the post, I have never been a smoker, and I am strongly behind the campaigns and brands pushing for the nation to try and stop just purely because I am quite health and beauty conscious, and think that everyone should benefit from really trying to improve their bodies.

This is just a little post today to follow up from my previous support by throwing another angle at you – think about all the money you could save! I feel like if people really thought about it – like, realistically- then it’s such a huge spur of motivation in itself. My Voucher Codes surveyed 1000 people, and for many of these, the driving factor for giving up was to save money – did you know an average smoker could buy 5 XBox Ones or a Prada bag with the money they save if they give up?

The results have even been picked up by TNT magazine here, so take a look at some of the statistics.

Here are some of the results when VoucherCodes asked: “What is the driving factor now for giving up smoking?” and some other facts…

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  • Over half of the respondents (52%) feel that improving health is a driving factor for giving up smoking
  • Thirty-two percent of respondents think that the high price of cigarettes which is pushed even higher up in the UK because of taxes is one of the main issues for people choosing to stop smoking
  • Whilst 19% of those asked thought that a factor would be the negative effects smoking has on your family
  • The smoking ban in the UK also has an effect with 12% of respondents stating that social implications of smoking is a reason in quitting
  • How smoking effects your looks over time also resonated with respondents, 9% thought this could influence people to give up the habit
  • The average smoker will smoke 13 cigarettes a day which equates to 4,745 each year
  • Mayfair King Size cigarettes (one of the popular brands in the UK) cost £7.25 for a 19 pack, totalling an average spend of £1,810.40 a year
  • The average UK wage is £26,500 (Net Pay after tax £20,974.72). A 13 cigarette a day habit equates to 8.63% of total income

And here is my favorite bit – look what you could buy if you quit!

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•        202 trips to the cinema (average Vue peak time price £8.95)

•        2 Season tickets at Old Trafford (West stand upper £703 each)

•        5x Xbox Ones (£349 each)

•        Prada Shoulder bag (£1,650)

•        3 pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes (Mendez suede ankle boots £550 each)

As a non-smoker, I might even try putting away the money I would spend if I was a smoker and treat myself in the new year to some designer shoes! Much more worthwhile.

So as well as the health and beauty benefits, the money side of the situation is also quite a biggy. I’m in no position to ever tell any one what to do, and I am just posting these blog posts to support all the brands and campaigns who are putting a lot of effort in to encourage and motivate people to quit for Stoptober. It’s a personal choice, but if you have been thinking of quitting, I hope these findings have gave you some positive motivation.

Do share your tips and advice too…

Beauty: Mario Badescu Product Review

2014 October 18
by What Emma Did

Today’s beauty review is featuring a brand I discovered in Australia, and I am delighted to see it has finally launched in Harvey Nichols stores in the UK! It depends how into your skincare brands you are as to whether or not you have heard of Mario Badescu before – it is a global famous brand however it’s more popular over in Australia and New Zealand. I discovered it when living in Sydney and was looking for an effective spot cream to pop on those annoying large spots that creep up one day and you just want them to vanish overnight.

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This is where Mario Badescu Drying Lotion came in – it was recommended all over the beauty review websites in Australia. It’s a unique spot cream, as it comes in a small glass pot filled with pale pink sediment, and liquid filling it to the top, The application method is to dip a Q-tip into the pink sediment, and cover over your spot. You must not shake up the contents of the bottle – keep it upright so that the Q-tip has thick, sloppy-ish portion of the pink powder-liquid combination on the end.

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Ingredients include Zinc Oxide, Salicylic Acid and Calamine which aim to dry up and soothe any sudden spots overnight. Reviews online rave about this product to the extreme, but everyone has different healing times and whereas no product ever clears me up overnight, this one does calm and soothe effectivley. I am really impressed with how spots do shrink in size overnight with the application of this along with the redness being taken out slightly – I would say a normal size spot takes about 3 days to fade when I use this. That might sound long for some people, but if I was to leave it to fade naturally, we’re talking more like 8-9 days for me! I was using Dermalogica overnight spot clearing gel before this, and I do find this one a quicker and stronger alternative.

When I went to re-purchase this last fortnight now I’m back in the UK, I was tempted by the sale assistant to try out the Enzyme Cleansing Gel too. I am usually very on the ball when it comes to beauty product shopping – I know what I need and don’t get sweet talked into new products- but to be honest I was ready for a change and if this wash is as good as the Drying Lotion, then it’s worth a try.

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I have only been using this face wash for just over two weeks, which is a little early to start giving glowing reviews, however so far so good. The fact is it ‘enzyme cleansing’ means it is supposed to encourage cell renewal, therefore fading red marks, dull skin and sun damage (I have all three problems I would like tackling). It sounds like it works very similar to the Elemis Tri Enzyme Wash, which I always liked (not sure why I stopped using it to be honest…) and I have noticed some stubborn, new-ish bits of redness from blemishes have cleared quite fast. So far, my skin is looking a little more glowing and fresher… so I will update again in a week weeks!

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If you suffer from stubborn spots and red marks, and are looking for a new alternative skincare brand, I do recommend Mario Badescu. I use this product purely from my own research, and have never been endorsed by the brand, therefore this is a completely personal review (I do always mention in my posts if I have been sent the product from the brand).

Oh one last note to add – be careful that you only apply the Drying Lotion directly to the spot – it is quite strong so surrounding skin can peel the first few weeks of using this product.

Any other Mario Badescu fans out there?