Halloween/ Christmas Haul!

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Bonjour!

I think I may have peaked too soon, guys… I have basically nearly finished my Christmas shopping. And now I’ve started on decorations. The only thing I haven’t got is presents for my parents and a tree…

I feel like when it comes to December I’m going to be sick of the entire Christmas season, but for now, it’s great! Also, Halloween is UPON US. My friend and I took to Poundland, Hobby Craft and B&M to feed our excitement for the autumn and approaching winter, and here is the result:

Let’s start with Poundland. I can’t believe how much I got in here for £6! (6 things believe it or not…)


I mean… pumpkin lights. Can you even go wrong? They’re battery powered which kinda sucks, but they’ll only be one for one evening so hopefully should last. HOW CUTE???


These are my fave things I bought. They’re skeleton and a pumpkin tea light holders, A POUND EACH. They’re ceramic and everything and I just love them lots. 


The last Halloween thing I got from Poundland are the sweets for the trick or treaters. I love having themed sweets and not just your bog-standard drum sticks. These are eye-ball lollipop and Casper marshmallows- yaaaas!!

Okay, onto B&M and Christmas! If you don’t have a B&M near you, I can only sympathise. It’s a beautiful place. Especially for cheap little seasonal things that’ll spend most of the year in the loft. 


I am soooo happy with this purchase. I got 100 multicoloured Christmas lights for £5.99! And they’re plug-in ones which just makes me super happy. I just tried them out and believe me when I say they’re beautiful. 


And lastly, can you really go wrong with a box of candy canes for £1? I think not. 

Hope you enjoyed this post and that you’re just as excited about Christmas as I am!!

Happy holidays! (Too soon?)

Emily

Xoxo

What’s In My Travel Make Up Bag?

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Bonjour!

A few weeks ago, my family and I went away for a few days to Startford-Upon-Avon. I realised that, although I don’t go on many holidays abroad, a travel the UK quite a lot and stay away for just a few nights at a time. Going away from home for one or two nights can be a challenge when deciding what size bag to use, what to take with you, and what make-up to pack! 

I’m going to share with you the things I decide to put into my make up bag when travelling for a few days/nights at a time. You don’t want to haul around your entire make up collection with you, but you still need the essentials, BUT WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIALS I hear you cry! Well, these are mine…

Firstly, I take a different make up bag with me, as my usual one is much too big. I’ve got this cute little Beauty & the Beast one which came from Primark. It’s the medium size one. 


Foundation. I take my daily-use drugstore Rommel foundation with me, as I don’t want to take more than one bottle with me, and I don’t usually need my ‘going-out’ foundation. This Rimmel one covered all basis when you’re packing light. 🙂


Concealer. Obviously I need to take a concealer! I sometimes put this little Collection one in my handbag when I’m away, because I may be out for a long time and might not have a ‘base’ to get back to to reapply a full face of make up. 


Highlight and Contour. I have this duo highlight and contour palette by Collection. But I think if I didn’t have this compact little palette then I probably wouldn’t take any highlight or contour as it’s not really an essential (shhhh!)


Blusher. Gotta add some definition to your face, wherever you are! This is just a tiny little ‘natural collection’ blusher- my go-to!


Mascara. I tend to pack my Natural Collection waterproof mascara when I’m going away just because it’s not as full-on as my usual Rimmel false lash one. Also, if you’re caught in the rain, it’s not going to be running down your face! 


Eye liner. Sometimes I will pack my Soap and Glory liquid eyeliner because it’s a good substitute for eye shadow! I’ll also pack a simple pencil eye liner that I use on my lower lash-line. Simple and every-day but gives a good effect and a smokey eye look. 


Brow powder. Instead of taking my brow gel or pencil, a brow powder is a much more simple way to go. This is a Collection pressed one in a tiny little pot. 


Brushes. I will usually only pack a little wedge sponge for foundation and concealer application, a big brush for highlight and contour and a small angled brush for brow powder. Simple! 


I will sometimes pack a little eye shadow palette, but only if I know I will be going out or if it’s an essential, but usually it’s not and the liquid eye liner is enough. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, I’d love to know what you pack in your travel make up bag!

Emily xoxox

Debenhams Make-Up Haul and Favourites!

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Bonjour!

So although I haven’t been posting much, I really wanted to do this one…

Recently, I was gifted a Debenhams voucher and, I’ll admit, had absolutely no idea what I was going to spend it on. I never ever ever shopped in Debenhams. HOWEVER, the make-up counters on the other hand….. (*smug emoji face*).

Here are a few things I picked up whilst there. I haven’t included everything I bought because, I’ll be honest, not all of what I bought was actually that good. So I’m only going to include the stuff I absolutely LOVE.

HERE GOES!!

1) First of all, the most beautiful item anyone can ever buy with £39THE TOO FACED SWEET PEACH PALETTE. There is absolutely no denying the pure aesthetically pleasing beauty of this palette- AND THE SMELL. It is beyond belief. The colours are all gorgeous and, honestly, I would wear them all (obv not all at the same time), which is a bold statement for me! Whether you are going for a pinky look (which I generally do go for a nude eye shadow), or smokey, this palette has it all. Well worth the money in my (SHIMMERY AND PEACHY) eyes.

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2) Next, I’m barely moving away from 1)… ANOTHER TOO FACED PALETTE!! This one is the TOO FACED NATURAL LOVE EYE SHADOW PALETTE. And I will apologise in advance. This product is SO BEAUTIFUL, but unfortunately, a lil bit pricey at a whopping £52… Though actually not bad on the scale of things. And totally worth it, let me tell you. I am a massive sucker for champagne, pinky and neutral shimmery tones, so this palette is just perfection. Personal faves are the ‘Bunny Nose’ and ‘Love Bug‘ shades. And ‘Fairytale‘ is a beaut too for more of a ‘going out’ shimmery gold shade! 🙂 GUYS I THINK I’M IN LOVE.

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3) Foundation! And I needed just a new foundation that I was familiar with- I’d just run out but I didn’t want to just have my ‘every day’ Rimmel 25 hour. I wanted to have a back-up for a fuller coverage for nights out and evenings etc. So I decided not to go for a super pricey one and stay sensible. I went for an oldie, but a goodie- the BENEFIT ‘HELLO FLAWLESS OXYGEN WOW’ LIQUID FOUNDATION. This is a great full-coverage long-lasting foundation, and I personally love it because of it’s dewyness (although does require powder in flash-photography-WOW EW). I find it’s not heavy on my skin and doesn’t make me feel all cloggy (nice word…) You know what I mean though. And only £29. An ol’ reliable!

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4) Brows! I desperately needed an eye brow product/tool/SOMETHING other than the eye shadow I was using to fill in my brows. Tbh I’m not even angry about doing that- I find that some of my fave eye brow products to fill-in have actually been eye shadows applied with an angled brush. Anyway, I thought I’d treat myself to a proper pencil. This one is the URBAN DECAY ‘BROW BEATER’ PENCIL AND BRUSH. It comes in at £16 and does the job. It’s great at filling in the gaps and making your brows look darker, which is what I’m all about…

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5) Concealer is always a tricky one for me. I am still, and forever will be, obsessed with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, which is great because its PERF and only like £5 in Boots. But I thought I’d try out a new brand. The BOBBI BROWN INSTANT FULL COVER CONCEALER caught my eye and, I’ll be honest, does the job. It was £23, however! It’s nice and smooth and dewy, which means I don’t have to powder under my eyes because this concealer already brightens in itself. But I may find it hard to be dragged away from my trusty Collection! D:

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6) Lips, and I pushed the boat out with this one. I honestly had no idea what to go for so took a bit of a leap. I’d seen a few people raving about ‘lipglass’ by MAC. This one is the VERSICOLOUR STAIN, and I went for the shade ‘Long Live the Night’, just because I love a nude. It cost £18.90 and, I’ll be honest, was not a disappointment. Have to admit, it doesn’t stay on for as long as a few others I’ve tried by NYX or Kylie Cosmetics, but it’s a lovely shade and shimmer and it really feels like I have nothing at all on my lips! In fact, sometimes I forget I’m wearing it and smudge it all off by accident… Just me? Whoops.

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7) AND FINALLY, TOOLS! So, I’ll be honest, this one did not come from Debenhams… their brush sets in Debenhams were HUNDREDS OF POUNDS! (Well, maybe not hundreds, but they were a lot of money and, tbh, a lot of the brushes I didn’t need, so didn’t really need to be spending that kind of money.) I found this set online from ColorPop, which I believe is an American Company (or Australian, I’m not sure… their pricing is in dollars). This set cost me $78, approx. £60. The set includes a Large Powder brush, a Blush brush, an Angled Face brush, a Stippling brush, a Fan brush, a Small Fluff brush, Small Eye Shadow Shader brush, Medium Eye Shadow Shader brush, Blending brush, Tapered Blending brush, Pencil brush, and Angled Eye brush. This set really is value for money and I find that there is a brush in this set for anything, and I mean ANY THING. Even though this set isn’t available on the high street, it’s easy to find on their website: https://colourpop.com/products/brush-bundle

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Really hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to do a post about! Also, let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you think, or if you’ve found any other products you think I should try!

Lots of love,

ElectricEmily

xoxox

Massive Holiday Primark Haul (and other places…)

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Bonjour!

So, holiday season is approaching (woohoo!) and I’m literally so excited I basically splashed all my cash on holiday clothes. I convinced myself, like we all do, that “I SIMPLY HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR FOR SUMMER!” When, in reality, my clothes take up two wardrobes, one being exclusively dedicated to summer. 

Anywho! I took a little trip to the ENORMOUS Primark in Bristol and spent the entire day in there with a GIGANTIC shopping bag. So, here’s what I got:


This really cute blue and white play suit was soooo not my thang. I actually saw this on the way out of the shop, after I’d been to the fitting rooms, so I couldn’t be bothered to try it on. My mum thought it was cute, but I wasn’t so sure. Things like this never fit me and always hang off me in the wrong places. But I thought ‘screw it, I can always bring it back’, with every intention to re-visit Primark with arm-fulls of stuff to return. Anyway, it turned out to fit really well and I absolutely love it! Thought this would be ideal for evenings on holiday, when we go out to eat 🙂 Super-cute! And £13. 

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Staying on the theme of evening wear, this pink lacey net midi-skirt was love at first sight. It has a chiffon mini under skirt and looks GREAT with a plain white crop top and lots of gold bling for an evening meal. I actually thought this skirt would be ideal for a wedding that I’m going to in May as well. They also sold a gray one, but pink is more summery, right? £10 🙂

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Onto beach-wear now, the only stuff you should need for summer holidays. I was so in love with this cute lil flamingo-pattern beach dress/pool cover-up that I actually bought it in a medium, because they didn’t have a small, with every intention of altering it. (Whacking out my sewing skills, obvs). Anyway, when I went to the Plymouth store a week later, they had a small I could exchange it for. It has barely any back, so you can just shrug it on and off easily and comfortably while chilling by the pool. £5!

The bikini was a major dilemma (and his friend Colonel Catastrophe, sorry…). Being a smaller size, I have issues with bikini tops, especially non-padded ones (do people acc buy those???) Well, for some reason, the selection of padded Bimini tops is minimal. I actually bought two other bikinis before settling for this one. I think it’s sooo cute, but my major concern was that it doesn’t match the flamingo cover-up, but the people of Kos will have to forgive me. Also, I loooove how Primark sell bikini tops and bottoms separately, because who is the same size for both? No one! The top was £8, and the bottoms £5. 

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I got these shorts, high-waisted denim, ripped stylie. I love the high-waisted fit, but wasn’t too sure about the rips which were open and so high up. So, the mad sewing skills came into practice (well, my mum’s, ngl). She sewed pieces of floral fabric behind the rips, good idea, eh? And really cute. I’ll probably be wearing these shorts for most of the week. £10. 

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Onto accessories! How. Cute. Are. These. Frickin. Sandals? I can’t give you words for how much I love these sandals, all I can say is they’re The One. So colourful. So bobbly. So incredibly comfortable. I will also be wearing these all week. £14, and worth every penny. 

The second pair are a really nice goldy, brassy colour that I think will pretty much go with everything I’ve bought, even evening clothes. I don’t do heels, so these will be perfect for going out to eat and glamming up. £8. 

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Everyone needs a beach bag for holiday, and this one cost me £1.50, so what can I say? Other than its frickin awesome because it has seahorses on it. 

The sunglasses were £2 and I look like John Lennon in them, what more can I say?

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These flowery handbags are really in at the moment, and there are beautiful ones in Accessorize, but Primark have done their own version, and it’s adorable. It kind of looks like a kids handbag, but hey, that’s what I like about it… And small enough to be able to carry on day trips and around towns. A mere £7. 
Okay, I bought way more stuff in Primark but I don’t want to bore you to death. Here are some things I got from other shops, because I love them and wanted to show you!

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I a-b-solutely freaking love this co-ord. It’s from Miss Selfridge but I actually purchased this second-hand on Depop (which if you haven’t check out, you MUST). The really cute lemon pattern is perfect for summer and holidays, and the little tassels bits are sooo cute. It’s a crop top, but I like it because it’s not super-cropped and only shows a bit of tummy. I love it so much I actually bought another one with a different pattern: tropical leaves!

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Speaking of tripical leaves, this dress is basically one of those cringey Hawaiian shirts, but in dress form, and I love it. I thought this would also make a cute evening dress, nice and cool and holiday-y! This came from BooHoo and, no joke, cost £4. Bargain! 

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Again, evening dresses. This one’s a stunner, from River Island. A really nice mid-length body con, off the shoulder. Hence why the sleeves look so weird in this pic. Trust me, it looks better on! Excited to wear this one tbh! 

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ANNNNND finally (you’ll be glad to hear). I’m a lil bit paranoid about showing a bit too much flesh when I’m not too sure about the country’s, or hotel’s, etiquette. Given that some of my outfits are short shorts and cropped tops, I decided to invest in this cute lil kimono just as a cover-up for when I’m out and about. A good idea if you’re not too keen on exposing all the flesh 🙂 This one’s from Topshop, but also bought second-hand on Depop for £6, lol. 
I really hope you enjoyed reading my (mainly) Primark holiday haul, and hopefully it’s given you some inspiration today!

Happy holiday,

ElectricEmily xoxo

P.s. I’ll leave you with a picture of me trying to carry the enormous Primark bag around Bristol. Enjoy!