Sunday, 12 November 2017

Benefit Hello San FrancisGLOW!


For my birthday (which was over a month ago now I've just been very bad at blogging recently - sorry!), I received the Benefit Hello San FrancisGLOW! highlighter kit from a friend. If you're as obsessed with highlighter as I am then this is perfect for you! It contains a mini Dandelion Shy Beam, a mini Dandelion Twinkle, a mini High Beam, a full-size Watt's Up! and a mini Powder Brush.

Considering the amount of makeup I buy, I had actually never tried a Benefit highlighter before. My favourite is High Beam, which is a gorgeous pink liquid highlighter that's perfect for applying over makeup and gives a radiant glow. Dandelion Twinkle is a paler pink than High Beam and is a powder rather than a liquid. This is great for strobing or it can also be applied all over the face - but I haven't tried this yet. Watt's Up! is a subtle rose-gold cream highlighter which is perfect for everyday use because it's not 'too glowy' - if that's even possible! Dandelion Shy Beam is a pink matte-radiance liquid highlighter, something that I've never used before, and Benefit say that you can wear this alone or with makeup. This isn't as sparkly as the other highlighters in the kit so it probably won't get as much use from me because I'm all for sparkles! The kit also comes with a guide on how to apply each highlighter which is really helpful.

This would make a great Christmas present for someone or if you want to try a few of Benefit's highlighters before buying the full-size version. Do you use any of these highlighters?

Monday, 6 November 2017

VLOG: Visiting Venice


Here's my third and final video from my trip around Italy over Summer. Venice is one of my favourite places and I would highly recommend going if you get the chance. Hope you enjoy it and if you have a YouTube channel then let me know so I can check it out!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

VLOG: Visiting Bologna


It feels like ages ago since I was in Bologna but I still wanted to upload my vlog from my trip there - better late than never, right!? I hope you enjoy the (very short) video and let me know if you've got a YouTube channel so I can check it out.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Visiting Bovey Castle


I'M BACK! Sorry for such a long unintentional blogging break - I've been trying to prioritise uni work and grad job applications but I didn't mean to completely neglect my blog. Anyway, earlier in the week I visited Bovey Castle with my boyfriend and it was so amazing so I have to share it with you guys.

Bovey Castle is situated within the Dartmoor National Park and within it's grounds there's a golf course, fishing lake, driving range and tennis courts. Luckily, when we arrived the weather was sunny so we explored the grounds - which are kept beautifully. Later on in the day we used the swimming pool and steam room. There's also a spa which offers a variety of treatments, however, unfortunately we didn't get to try any of them out. Bovey Castle has two restaurants; The Great Western and Smith's Brasserie. We ate at Smith's Brasserie (the burger there is delicious!) and I would recommend booking in advance because it was quite busy. In the morning, we had breakfast included with our room so I made full use of this trying the Eggs Benedict and American pancakes - both were amazing!


We stayed in one of the Castle rooms which included a king-sized bed, TV, fridge, kettle and coffee machine, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, and complimentary sloe gin. The room was very spacious and any blogger would be jealous of the marble bathroom! Our room overlooked the courtyard, however, some of the Castle rooms have views of the woodland.

Bovey Castle is a place that I would love to visit again. The service was excellent and they had everything which I needed. If I had stayed for longer then it would have been great to explore more of the Dartmoor National Park but even from within the grounds of Bovey Castle you could see for miles across the countryside. Where do you like visiting for a short getaway?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

MyVitamins Collaboration


Over the last few weeks I have been sampling some of the products from MyVitamins, which are part of The Hut Group along with Look Fantastic and Beauty Expert. I didn't want to feature these products on my blog until I'd given them a long enough trial period since vitamins aren't something which I usually buy, however, I've been really impressed with the results so far.

Coconut + Collagen:
This is one of MyVitamins best sellers. It contains Coconut Oil, Collagen and Vitamin C which protects against oxidative stress. MyVitamins recommend that you take two tablets a day, however, I've only been taking one and I've still noticed an improvement in my skin.

Catwalk Queen:
These tablets contain a blend of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C and Zinc, which improve the health of hair, skin and nails. MyVitamins recommend that you take two of these tablets a day, however, again I've only been taking one and I've still noticed a difference in my skin - I always used to get a few blemishes on my face but I've pretty much been spot-free for the last two weeks now! My nails have also seemed a lot stronger recently. The only downside to these tablets is that I really don't like the smell of them but it's something that I can put up with long enough to take them.

Bean Body Coffee Bean Scrub:
This is probably my favourite product which I tried. The Coffee Beans stimulate blood flow to minimise the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, whilst the Cacao and Vitamin E help to repair and restore skin. The Himalayan Pink Rock Salt and Demerara Sugar remove dead skin cells, helping to eliminate blackheads and leaving skin feeling so smooth. I read that coffee bean scrubs are best to use after exercising so that's when I normally use this. It leaves your bathroom smelling of coffee for an hour or so after using it but it's worth it for the silky smooth skin!

3 More Inches Conditioner:
I'm trying to grow my hair longer so I was excited to try this product. The conditioner contains proteins and amino acids to make hair stronger and protect against the damaging effects of heat styling, which should in turn mean hair grows faster. This conditioner left my hair feeling soft and looking healthy but unfortunately I didn't notice much growth. I feel like you might need to use this over a longer period of time and also use the shampoo in this range to notice a significant difference.

There are plenty more products on MyVitamins that I think would be great to try. You can get 15% off your order with the code EMMABW15 (valid until the end of 2018). Have you tried anything from MyVitamins before?

*These products were kindly sent to me for free from MyVitamins, however, I have given my honest opinion in this review.
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Thursday, 24 August 2017

VLOG: Visiting Milan


SURPRISE! I decided to bite the bullet and upload my first YouTube video. It features clips from my recent trip to Milan. Let me know what you think of it and if you've got a YouTube channel then leave a comment below so I can check it out.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

5 Shows To Watch On Netflix


Thanks to the British Summer weather I have spent a lot of time recently binge watching lots of TV shows on Netflix. So I thought that I would share with you some of my favourites in case you get stuck with what to do on a rainy day.

Power
OMG this is getting so intense at the moment! It's set in New York and follows a drug dealer and his gang. Without giving too much away... in the first series the main drug dealer starts having an affair with his childhood sweetheart who then turns out to be an AUSA agent that's looking for him (but she doesn't realise that he's the guy she's looking for!). It's nearing the end of it's fourth season but it's just started to get really good as they've arrested one of the agents for being corrupt - definitely worth a watch if you like crime dramas.

Pretty Little Liars
I've been watching this since it started and, although it's finished now, you're missing out if you don't watch it! I'm sure most of you know what PLL is about but if you don't; PLL follows the lives of four girls who's best friend has gone missing, they then start receiving anonymous texts and try to work out who the texts are from believing that whoever it is knows what happened to their missing friend. Unfortunately I found the finale a bit disappointing because I was hoping that A would be someone else, however, the show keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout and will make you never want to go into a dark room alone!

Orange Is The New Black
I haven't caught up with the latest season yet, however, the ending to season four was so dramatic I'm excited to find out what happens. OITNB is Netflix's most-watched original series so I'm sure most of you have already seen some of the episodes. It follows a woman who's convicted of transporting drug money for her ex-girlfriend, which happened a few years prior to the start of the series, and she then ends up in the same prison as her ex-girlfriend. OITNB is a comedy but it also touches on some issues that prisons today are facing.

Gossip Girl
Every girl has to watch Gossip Girl at least once in their life! It revolves around a group of hyper-privileged students who seem to get whatever they want (trust me, it'll make you wish you could live like them!). However, there's an anonymous blogger who releases secret information about them. I'm really hoping they do a reunion show in a few years because I love this show so much.

The Vampire Diaries
I've been watching this show since the beginning and I'm so sad that it's over now. The Vampire Diaries follows the life of a girl who falls in love with a vampire and things become very complicated when a past lover from centuries ago who's also a doppleganger reappears. There's also werewolves, witches and loads more supernatural creatures. At times the storyline can get quite complicated but if you like supernatural dramas then you'll love this.

Hopefully I've given you some ideas about what you could watch on Netflix. What are your favourite TV shows?