Thursday, 14 April 2016

My Current Skincare Essentials

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Spring has sprung and that has called for a change in my skincare routine. There's nothing I love more than trying out new skincare as I'm always on the lookout for my holy grail skin essentials, and these are what I've been loving this month.


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My first skin favourites are these Faces Masks by nügg BeautyMy skin is naturally quite dry so I love using face masks to replenish some moisture. These masks come in single serve pods, which is great because you don't waste any product and know exactly how much to use. Their products are cruelty-free and have 90% natural ingredients, so I know I'm not doing any harm to my skin. I especially loved the Soothing Mask, which I popped on for 10 minutes and washed off, leaving my skin feeling super smooth! They have a range of masks for different skin concerns so there's something for everyone.



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I also discovered a new brand this month called OZ Naturals which I was very intrigued to try as the name sounded pretty amazing and even the packaging looked so fresh! But I know not to judge a book by its cover so I tried it out to see if it would have any benefit on my skin and I can safely say it did. I got the Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser (again, how dreamy does this sound?!) as I'm trying to up my game a bit with my skin care and to be totally honest, I usually skip out a cleanser (I know, don't shout at me!) but I wanted something to freshen up my skin in the morning without being too harsh and I reach for this everyday now. It's great for dry/damaged skin and it's cleared my skin up pretty well, so I'm excited to try more from this brand!



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Technically this next one isn't a skincare item as it's for my teeth, but I've been obsessed with these teeth whitening strips by Billion Dollar Smile. I've tried a few other home teeth whitening kits to no avail and I'm so happy that I've finally found some that work! Apparently they use these on the X Factor, TOWIE and Made In Chelsea, so if it works for them then I hoped it'd work for me. They come with 14 packets which include a lower and upper strip and you pop them on for 15 minutes and your teeth are visibly whiter after the first try! I definitely started noticing a difference after the first go and I'm almost through my 14 strips and my teeth are looking pearly white as you can see below:

My teeth after using the Billion Dollar Smile Strips
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A favourite moisturiser, and also newly discovered brand this month, is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I had my eye on this for a while and finally took the plunge to try it out and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I use this morning and night and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturised. I don't know if I could use it in the colder months though as I do have very dry skin but for Spring and Summer it'll be a skin essential. 

The Hand Food Hand Cream by Soap and Glory is an all year round essential for me and something I think everyone should have in their collection. I always pop this on throughout the day when my hands feel like they need a bit of tlc and it smells heavenly too! I'm always so impressed with Soap and Glory's skincare. My final skincare favourite is the Garner Micellar Water, which again is a yearly staple for me. This is what I always use to take my makeup off and is so gentle and soothing on my skin, once you use this you'll never use makeup wipes again!

So they are all the skincare bits and bobs I'm loving at the minute. Like I said, my skincare routine is forever changing so I'm sure I'll change it up again in a few months but I'm pretty happy with it at the minute.

Products mentioned:
Nugg Beauty Face Masks: http://go.magik.ly/ml/8h6/
OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Cleanser: http://go.magik.ly/ml/8h1/
Billion Dollar Smile Strips: http://go.magik.ly/ml/8h7/
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: http://go.magik.ly/ml/8h9/
Soap and Glory Hand Food: http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hb/
Garnier Micellar Water: http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hc/

What skincare product can you not live without?

Thursday, 17 March 2016

St. Patrick's Day Baking!

St. Patrick's Day is the one day of the year where everyone and their granny is Irish, yes I'm talking about you reading this, I'm sure you've told people you have at least one 3rd cousin-twice removed's aunt's dog's baby sitter's cousin who was Irish, and therefor you're Irish! So what better way to celebrate your Irish heritage on St.Patrick's Day than to bake some amazingly delicious Irish themed treats!

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I've created these 3 recipes which are super quick and easy food ideas to make which will definitely go down a treat on St. Patrick's Day. 
The ingredients are:

1. Pot of Gold Under the Rainbow Cupcakes:
110g self raising flour
110g caster sugar
110g butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Icing: 175g icing sugar
75g butter
3-4 tsp Green food colouring
White icing tube (for clouds)
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Rolos
Gold sugar rocks

2. Pot of Gold Cake Pops:
350g milk chocolate & 350g white chocolate (optional)
50g white choclate (for topping)
1 tsp yellow food colouring (for topping)
Edible gold glitter dust
Vanilla buttercream
110g self raising flour
110g butter
2 eggs
110g caster sugar
1/2 tsp Baking powder

3. Shamrock Shakes:
700ml Vanilla ice cream
300ml milk
1 tsp peppermint extract
5 tsp green food colouring
Green sprinkles
Whipped cream

I take you through step by step in my video on how to make these here. I hope you have a lot of fun recreating these and post a picture to instagram and tag me @_emilyalison_ if you do, I'd love to see! Have an awesome St. Patrick's Day wherever you are in the world! Sláinte agus Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!

Which one was your favourite? :)

Saturday, 12 March 2016

USA Makeup Haul!

This month I was finally able to get my hands on a few makeup brands that I've been lusting over for quite some time. For years I've watched so many American youtubers and bloggers using all these amazing brands which haven't made their way over to our little corner of the world yet in Ireland, until now that is.

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I discovered a site called MyUS.com which ships hard-to-get American makeup to the UK and Ireland and eliminates a lot of the sky high shipping costs. So when I realised I could make several purchases from several different American stores and not be hit with crazy shipping each time, I jumped at the chance!

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I picked up a mixture of high end and drugstore makeup and two products I was really excited about were these eyeshadow palettes, one being the Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette and the other being the Lorac Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette. The shades in these look heavenly and they're pretty much me in a palette! My go-to eye look is a copper/brown smokey eye so these were right up my street.

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 A brand I was really excited to try after hearing so many great things about was Anastasia Beverly Hills. I got their Cream Contour Kit in Fair, the Dipbrow Pomade in soft brown and their #12 Large Synthetic Duo Brow Brush. They've made their rounds in the blogging/youtube world and rightfully so. From first glance I know I'm going to love everything about them. 

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The only thing I picked up which I'd never heard of before was the it Cosmetics bye bye under eye concealer, and it had such amazing reviews that I couldn't not add it to my basket! I'm completely new to this brand so hopefully it lives up to the high expectations. I also cheekily ordered a new MAC lipstick from Nordstrom.com as they're a bit cheaper to buy in America than at home. I got the shade Half' n 'Half as I don't have any brown nudes in my collection, but I do now!

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I also purchased some drugstore makeup including some more of my new obsessions, the Nyx Butter Glosses. I got the shades Apple Strudel, Vanilla Cream Pie and Creme Brûlée. Nyx is available to buy in the UK and Ireland but they are a bit more affordable in the US. The L.A. Girl pro conceal concealer in Toast was among my other purchases too as I've heard a lot of great things about them. My final find was the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and I picked this up because I've ran out of all my moisturisers and my skin is going to kill me if I don't give it some TLC!

So it's safe to say I'm over the moon with all my lovely new US goodies and that makeup shaped hole in my life has now been filled. If you want to check out myUS.com here is a link to a free premium membership which usually costs $20 to set up: https://account.myus.com/SignUp/SignUpG4.aspx?aid=1005194 and this is $7 per month or they have a basic membership which is completely free which is good if you're planning to make a one-off purchase. Happy shopping!

Products mentioned:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade: http://bit.ly/1LgRjfK
Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Brow Sculpting brush: http://bit.ly/1RE620N
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit Fair: http://bit.ly/1LgRDey
Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette: http://bit.ly/1RE6yvN
LORAC pro matte eyeshadow palette: http://bit.ly/1LgS3l9
MAC Half'n'Half lipstick: http://bit.ly/1RE6EDT
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Nyx Butter Gloss Lip glosses: http://bit.ly/1REankT
L.A girl pro conceal concealer in toast: http://bit.ly/1REatsG
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: http://bit.ly/1LgVAzX


What is your all time favourite makeup brand?

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