Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Hello Everybody,
Firstly, I would like to apologise for having no post on Sunday even though I am trying to stick to a schedule. I was tired and in a bit of a pooey mood and didn't want to put that vibe onto my blog. Secondly, sorry my post isn't up at 5pm, I've decided to post at 6pm now, because even numbers are nicer (and it gives me a little longer to write).
Anyway, today I thought I would do a quick review of the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, because I featured it in my July favourites, thus thought it would only be fair for me to feature it in it's own review post too.

Firstly, I apologise for the rubbish eye photos, I'm not very good at taking them, but if you have any tips please share.
I love the Urban Decay mascara, it leaves my eyes looking naturally bigger, and you can definitely tell that you are using a quality mascara whilst using it. It lengthens, and curls my lashes all at the same time and certainly makes me look more awake once applied.
The packaging is gorgeous, and not to mention... HUGE! When I opened the box for the first time and pulled the mascara out I was wowed by the size of the mascara. At first I was unsure as to whether that was because I was used to using sample sizes of mascaras recently, but when compared to a few of my drugstore mascaras I knew why I was impressed by the sheer size of the tube. Not only that, but the sleek metallic packaging looks very slick and elegant, as well as the lilac wording on the bottle.
To be honest, before I probably wouldn't have bought this mascara (I got it when subscribing to be an Elle Insider), mostly because I hadn't heard it hyped at all. But now I know that it is such a beautiful mascara I probably would repurchase it at it's full price of £17.50. Even better news, is that feelunique have a sale on and are selling the product at £15.75 although I'm not sure how long the sale is on for so I would get there quickly if I were you.
Although this product isn't waterproof (the theory has been tested and I looked like a panda once getting out of the shower). The lasting power on this mascara is brilliant. It isn't clumpy, and doesn't clump up as the day goes on, as I would hope with a high end mascara.
Highly recommended.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

A Day Out in Great Yarmouth!

Hello Everybody,
If you follow me on Instagram you may be aware that I went on a little beach trip, to Great Yarmouth with 7 of my close friends. The weather was perfect, and although I managed to forget to take my camera, my phone battery held out, and my friends also toke some rather nifty photos to capture the moment. 
I thought it would be a nice idea to show you an insight into my day in case you are planning a trip to Great Yarmouth, or any seaside town for that matter.

The Journey There...

Okay, so the journey to Great Yarmouth was a bit of a bore. It was supposed to take 2 hours, however there was an accident on the road that took us directly there and the police had cordoned off the road. We ended up being on a bit of a rubbish, very hot and sweaty coach for a good 3 hours and 45 minutes. This wasn't ideal for me as I do suffer with travel sickness, and although I was fine I did feel a bit delicate when we finally arrived.

Our first adventure

When we first got to Great Yarmouth we headed straight to the pier and bought some tokens to have a go on the rides, we each bought 15 tokens, which was plenty for the whole day for us really. We went on the big slide, the dodgems and the ghost train, all which were great fun, and actually made me forget I was on a pier because normally piers make me incredibly nervous. Tari was absolutely hilarious on the ghost train, screaming her head off even though, I'll be honest the ghost train really wasn't scary. This is quite likely because the ghost train was probably designed for young children.

The Beach

After our little fun and frolicks on the pier the girls and I headed down onto the beach, after removing our shoes. We walked barefoot down towards the sea, carefully, as to not hurt our feet on the pebbles. The sea wasn't as cold as I had initially thought considering it was the English Channel. But, then again the weather was beautiful on Saturday at Great Yarmouth. We posed for some artistic photos, and ran from the cold swashes the waves were creating.

Lunch

We then headed back up to the promenade, and then headed up the sea front to find ourselves some lunch. None of us really fancied the classic fish and chips because it was just far too hot for this. So, half of us grabbed our obligatory Subway (you can't beat a 6 inch Italian sub with tuna, toasted, with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise) and the other half grabbed a KFC.

Mini golf

After lunch, we headed to the mini golf course, to say I was rubbish would be a little bit of an understatement. However, it was a great way to have a laugh with friends, and it's always fun to have a little bit of friendly competition.

Break on the promenade

When we headed back towards the pier we decided to all stop for a drink and ice-cream break. I decided to have a strawberry milkshake, whereas some of the others went for the seaside classic of an Mr Whippy. We sat at the seafront and just enjoyed people watching for a short while.

The final hour

To use up some of our left over tokens we went back onto the dodgems and the big slide, however decided that we weren't going to have time to use all of our tokens, thus put them together and gave them away. A random act of kindness always makes you feel good, and it was lovely to see how grateful people were for this.
We then went to Joyland and went on a few of the little rollercoasters which is always great fun. When we went to the spinning coaster the man running it told us that we could fit 4 people in, I think he underestimated our size, because we got ourselves a little bit stuck. Of course we went on the classic Snails as well. Oh, and I jammed some money into a minion crane pick up game, but we don't talk about that,

Saying goodbye

It was then time to go home. Quite luckily the journey home took a lot less time and was much more entertaining, but it was a shame such a lovely day had ended.

Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Sunday, 9 August 2015

July Favourites!

Hello Everybody,
It has been a rather long time since I have written about my favourites, I think my last favourite post was in January or February time, so I am a pretty bad blogger in that respect. However, today I thought I would actually write about my favourites from last month.
I will try not to make this post seem to rushed but I am determined to stick to my new schedule which is for me to upload a new post every Sunday and Wednesday at 5pm, and it is currently Sunday and I am about to go out and still haven't written anything, thus I better get started.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde

Recently I picked up a shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda's Sheer Blonde collection as I am trying to get my hair a little bit lighter without having to use peroxide as I do not want to damage my hair, particularly because I am trying to grow it. I am using the Go Blonder shampoo and the highlight activating conditioner. Not only have I noticed my hair start to get a bit lighter, which I am absolutely loving this summer. My hair feels so healthy, and every time I wash it, my hair feels as though I have had it washed at  a salon.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Big, voluminous lashes is what I want, and the Perversion mascara gives me exactly this. To be honest, I wouldn't have thought about buying it before but I saw that if I subscribed to become an Elle Insider I would receive this for free just for subscribing, and I do love a good bargain. Plus, the mascara is better then I expected thus it didn't disappoint.

Real Techniques Brow Brush

I've this brow brush from the Real Techniques Starter Kit for a while now, and since I ran out of my Brow Archery I converted back to this and forgot how natural and precise it makes my brows look. I use it along with Faint eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette to achieve the brow I desire. 

Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser

I only really bought this cleanser because I ran out of my old one and saw that it was foaming and got a little bit over excited, but I just love using this product. It makes my skin feel so super squeaky clean, although is a tiny bit drying, but paired with a good moisturiser this cleanser is magic.

Wrigley's Extra White Bubblemint Gum

I'm not a massive gum fan because often it makes me feel quite hungry, however I do quite like to use it freshen up. I had used extra white before and quite liked how it made my teeth appear whiter so I thought I would give the bubble mint flavour a whirl and love it.

On a side not, at the end of July I passed my driving test first time, and it was literally the most exciting thing that has ever happened to you. I now understand why people say passing your driving test is not a feeling you will forget.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x 

Monday, 27 July 2015

How to deal with... FOMO!!

FOMO, otherwise known as the fear of missing out has become very commonplace in my generation. Probably, because at my age you know that you are soon to be an adult and do not want to miss any opportunity whereby you can be youthful for a few hours. I believe a lot of it has to do with the fact that we now have technology, whereby we can receive Snapchats or look at peoples' instagram posts whereby our friends may be together having a great time, whilst we lay on our bed, staring at our ceiling and wondering what we should do with ourselves.
Recently, there have been times when I have felt a slight disconnectedness from my friends in which I only really blame myself for in the form of regret. Friends go on trips to London and go to concerts, and obviously have gotten so fed up with me saying that I didn't want to go that I no longer get invited. The thing is, I have grown up now, and even if going on a train to a big city, with lots of people, and an underground system that too me seems like a labyrinth of colourful lines, gives me a nervous uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach. I'm fine, I've grown up; I can deal with it.
But, this regret, this disconnectedness, is nothing more then me feeling like I am missing out, missing out on a great memory and experience. However, there are ways that you can suppress those feelings of FOMO, to make you become a better and more approachable person, because the worst thing about FOMO is that it is unattractive, makes you seem jealous and uninterested in what your friends or family may have been up to. So... here are my tips:
  1. Be nice to your friends and interested in what they are up to, if you show your interest maybe you will get invited next time, and if that is too hard for you to seem happy for your friends because you are not with them, switch off. Turn any social media off that may be making you feel jealous and find something else to do with your time other then thinking about it.
  2. Have me time, it is possible to have fun in your own company. Go for a hike along a local footpath, or sit in a coffee shop with a magazine and ingest the peace. Sometimes that is all you need to learn that every so often, spending time alone is okay, and rather tranquil.
  3. Indulge in your favourite hobby, everyone has a hobby that they sometimes find little time to indulge in, but if you have time to worry about what someone else is doing, you certainly have time to be doing something for yourself. Whether it is pottery painting, baking or just reading, spend a few hours nourishing that interest. You will feel so much better after, I promise.
  4. If you are struggling to find a hobby that interests you, find something new to do. There are plenty of things to do and places to see that you haven't done or seen before. Whether it is just watching a new TV series or learning latte art, you may find a something that you love to do, don't give up.
  5. If all else fails, talk to someone; tell your friends that you feel a certain disconnection to them, and that you feel as though you are missing out. Someone will understand, and more then likely have felt this way also. Just talking about that topic may give you some closure on why you have been missed out of group events, or may even just let your friends know that you would like to be involved next time, because even the bestest of friends may have not realised that you wanted some involvement.
I hope this helps you.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Words

Words, there are many of them, in fact there are about one million words in the English vocabulary, around 829,000 of which are in the Oxford Dictionary. I don't know all of them. Much like you will not know all of them either. However, there also words cropping up that aren't in the English dictionary, made up words, slang, lingo.
We are all made up of words, non-scientifically of course, because really we are made up of chemicals and particles. But it's strange how just one word can either really mean something to somebody, or sometimes really hurt somebody.
We as humans get labelled, labelled a lot. British schools aren't renowned for having cliques, and words like jocks and geeks floating around, describing other groups of people. However, cliques exist everywhere, some of which do not even make sense.
The other day whilst scrolling through my instagram I noticed a post that made me confused. It was a selfie (which is another trendy word) of a young girl, whom I assumed was the owner of said instagram account. It was captioned "I have decided not to be a pastel anymore". From my knowledge, pastel is a form of colour, such as light pink, sky blue and lilac. However, people are starting to use the word "pastel" as an adjective to describe themselves. How can a person be "A colour having a soft, subdued shade"? It doesn't make sense, but it seems to me adjectives used on the internet to describe oneself or another do not even have to make sense anymore.
As I said, everyone is labelled. Everyone is labelled both positively and negatively. Everyone is judged. Nobody can be who they want without being judged anymore. I used to find myself stuck as to knowing who I am. Was I girly? Was I sporty? Was I adventurous? But that's when I realised that I simply didn't care. If I am happy why does it matter who I am?
Sometimes, I feel as though these people who are "pastels" simply can't be enjoying life or being who they want to be. Sure, I could be judging. But, no one is the same. We don't all need to buy the cutest bath bomb from Lush or body scrub from Soap&Glory to fit in. We should buy things and even do things that make us happy, forgetting the fact that maybe there is a specific word that could label us, and that we might not be conforming to that by buying or doing something different to that expectation.
What gets me even more thoughtful by the prospect of words being who we are, is that we use such words to describe ourselves. We call ourselves "lazy", "perfectionists" or even "pastels". But why?
I am Emily, there is no one person with the same interests or life that I live to my knowledge, but I am happy. That is how everyone should be. We shouldn't be influenced by the media to be someone we are not.
Just be you. Be the person you want to be, not what anyone else says you have to be.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Friday, 17 July 2015

Summer Holidays!

Hello Everybody!
Finally, after a very long and challenging school year it is the summer holidays. I don't like making promises, as I seem to be terrible at keeping them. But, I sincerely hope that I can get this blog up and running again over the summer.
This year has been a very busy and slightly overwhelming one, and I think by the end of 2014 I stretched myself a little too far with this blog, which, if I'm honest, made me fall out of love with it. But, with a fresh, clean design, and a slightly more relaxed mind I am hoping that my blog can go back to how it was this time last year. I also hope that you can all forgive me for my shambles of a 2015.
I don't really have many plans for this summer, but I think that my content will be much more lifestyle based than it used to be. I may also throw in a few outfit posts here and there as I have really got into fashion recently, however beauty is something that I have a lot less interest in then I did before. Probably because makeup tends to make my face feel gross in the summer.
I should probably talk about my school year, I think most would say they hated their time in year 12, but if I said that I would be lying. Sure, it has been tiring, hard and sometimes a little lonely because there is little time to socialize, but some of the things I have done have been the best moments of my life.
In September I was voted Managing Director for a Young Enterprise company, this week we disbanded. I was sad to say goodbye to a group of people who are self-motivated and incredible. Don't get me wrong some of the group were very challenging to work with, but we were not only a company but a team, and had a very successful and brilliant year.
In January I was elected Head Student, this experience again has bought me many amazing opportunities, and working with the other head student team has been the best, and I look forward to working with them again next year.
The work of course has also been difficult, but with a lot of perseverance I have made it through the year. I hope that I have put enough work in to achieve good grades, because I know A2 will also be tough, but to get into a good uni will be incredible and totally worth the hard work that has been and will be put in.
Speak soon!
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Choccywoccydoodah Secret Rooms

Hello Everybody,
Today I thought I would do a post about something a little different, and that is about Choccywoccydoodah's Secret Room. I specifically went to the one down Carnaby Street (it was a little tricky to find, but none the less we still made it) however, I am aware that more recently a secret room has been opened near there original store in Brighton.
Anyway, I thought I would share my experience on the place with you, as it could give you a slightly more unique idea of what to do when you plan your next trip into London.
When I walked into the secret room, which from the outside, I kid you not,  looked like a cupboard or a stock room, I was in awe. How could anybody be so clever as to be able to turn what was most probably a manky old space into something so beautiful?
There were climbers running up the wall and intertwining on the ceiling. Flowers blooming from every corner of the stunning space. A water feature- with no water- that seemed to fill the room with quirkiness. Chairs in different shapes and sizes, that before I would have never thought would work together, and swings hanging from twines of leaves.
Best of all, was the grand table, which was filled with sweet goodies, and the most delicate looking mis-matched cups and saucers my eyes ever did see. The teapot was enormous, and covered with a pretty Cath Kidson-esque, design, it was so beautiful that if it was little bit smaller I probably would have tried to snoop it home in my handbag.
I sat down and started tasting the samples of the cakes and chocolate and the sweets and biscuits, when the host asked us what would like to drink -followed by the statement of "You can have as much as you like". I ordered a fresh strawberry milkshake, and it was heavenly. However, never had I thought in my life that it was possible to become full within 15 minutes of a 2 hour sitting; I blame my small stomach for that.

It was overwhelming, just smelling the chocolate. So whilst I let my nose get used to the smell that may well have been putting me into some slightly delirious trance, I snooped around the room. Admiring the flowers and trinkets that were that were ever so cleverly placed. I very quickly fell in love with a life size ornament of an flamingo, which I am sure I will be finding a replica of to place in my room at some point in the future.
There was also a secret door behind where I was sitting which revealed a grass covered wall, with a large key hole shape sitting in the middle. When I looked "Through ta key'ole" I saw the most fascinating adornment staring up at me; it was a rabbit with antlers. The host of the secret room later explained to me that it was the mascot of Choocywoccydoodah, but I was just so astonished by the creativity of the idea. As well as that, there were grand old mirrors, stylishly placed as to make the room seem bigger then it already was, and cute little garden tables, placed around the room.


Later, after cleansing my palette on a number of different flavoured lemonades, more ice-cream and cake came out. And the winner of the day, the banana split. Even if you do not want to spend £250 with 10 of your friends (between you) to spend 2 hours over-indulging on the sweet deliciousness of Choccywoccydoodah, at least book a table at the cafĂ© and try one of their banana splits, because it tastes absolutely divine. I wish I could eat a Choccywoccydoodah banana split everyday, and I am sure when I go for my trip in the summer to Brighton I will be having it again, and if I decide to go to the University of Sussex next year (albeit I make the grades) my pocket my be feeling a little bit light.
However, if you are planning on having a girly day out with your friends sometime in the future I highly recommend booking a secret room, it is £250 for a maximum of 10 people and an extra £25 for anyone extra, thus I believe it is definitely worth the £25 each in which it costs. Just be sure to go with an empty stomach, and don't over do it if you have to travel far back home.
Also, you will get given little boxes to cram any leftovers into and take home with you. I didn't do this because after the amount of food I had consumed I didn't think it would be possible for me to ever be hungry again -big mistake- do not turn down the box!
I hope this helped you decide whether you want to use Choccywoccydoodah's secret room, whether it is for a special occasion or just a fun day out, and do let me know whether you have used this service before.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x