MAC Lipstick | Frost "O"



Yesterday I found myself unexpectedly on a trip to the Netherlands. Granted this was not an awfully exciting trip, I only really saw the insides of train stations and airports. It's so ironic considering Holland is one of those places where I have been desperate to explore more.

Anyhoo, in honour of my tiring and sweltering day (it was 30 degrees in Amsterdam and I was wearing jeans!!!) I decided to treat myself to a new lipstick at the MAC counter whilst waiting in Birmingham for my flight home. Thank you duty free!

I also re-purchased the Matt Mehr shade as my darling sister has taken it upon herself to "borrow" my original purchase. I also took advantage of the cheaper prices to buy a couple of their foundation pumps. My sister and I have been using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and I had heard this pump was the perfect fit for the bottles. No more wastage for us!

The great thing about MAC counters in airports is that, 1 it's significantly cheaper and 2 there is hardly anyone crowding around the lipstick display. That's one thing I hate about going into their own stores, having to battle with the loads of girls struggling to see the different shades. Not the most relaxing and fun experience.
I was able to browse to my hearts content, and came across a metallicy-broze colour that immediately grabbed my attention.
I expect you've seen the snapchat filters that makes your make-up look flawless, well whilst perusing one day I tried on the filter that included a browny shade of lipstick and thought - hey....that quite suits me.

So after spotting the Frost lipstick in the shade "O" I knew I wanted to try it out and see if it would be a suitable choice for me.
The lovely MAC assistant had explained that it hadn't been selling well but in the last couple of weeks it's popularity has grown. I can imagine this is due to the metallic lipstick trend.




I recently purchased the Canon EOS 750D so I'm still trying to get used to it. That's why i'm unable to capture the metallicy sheen that is so beautiful in this shade. Practice makes perfect as they say.

Have you tried any of the Frost range? I am interested to see what people make of them! Cannot wait to wear this out today.

xoxo

Emma 




Current Favourites: TV Shows

 



I am in the midst of a TV show watching bug. I can't get enough of them! Perhaps that explains my lack of blog posts recently...great excuse eh!?

To commemorate my obsession du jour I thought I would share with you the top 5 TV shows that I can't get enough of. They are in no particular order though as, to be honest, I just can't choose between them!

As you can see from the list I am more of a 20-30min episode kind of gal. I have to be totally engrossed in a show if I am to stick around for 50mins or so. I don't think I have a short attention span, but it's so easy to be distracted by Twitter/Facebook now-a-days that I often find myself rewatching episodes because I missed something the first time around. Concentrate Emma!

I haven't included Game of Thrones in my choices. That show is in a world of its own, so I don't think the others deserve to be in the same list as it. haha. It is definitely one of my favourites though.

1. New Girl

There are only a couple of TV shows that I would watch over and over again, and New Girl is one of them. Along with Friends it is one of those rare sitcoms in which all the characters are lovable in their own way and they all make my laugh out loud. There have been a couple of episodes in Season 5 in particular where I have been literally doubled over in a fit of giggles. My favourite character changes episode to episode but Schmidt has been giving me the constant #lolz from day one. Cannot wait for Season 6, which I presume will be released early 2017.

2. The Affair

A little bit different from my other choices, but that doesn't mean I love it any less. A drama based around the relationship between Noah, his family and his new bit on the side Alison. There is murder, intrigue, sex (not one to watch with children or your parents FYI) and beautiful scenery. What more would you want? Although the character or Noah is utterly repulsive, I am also utterly attracted to the actor who plays him, Dominic West. I am finding it hard to hate the character because of this. He is just too darn handsome! I think I need help...

3. Stranger Things

They say don't believe the hype but Stranger Things is one of those "must see" shows that actually is worth watching. Scary, suspenseful and comedic there is something in it for everyone. I am a bit of a scaredy-cat so I'm amazed I got through all the episodes but I adore the retro look and the soundtrack is to die for. There are only 8 episodes in the 1st season so it's very easy to get through quickly.

4. Don't Trust The B***h In Apartment 23

I don't know about you but I love it when a show has a celebrity character who is playing themselves. If you love Dawson Creek then you will love DTTBIA23. James Van Der Beek plays a recurring role in this quirky and modern comedy. Think Kimmy Schmidt meets New Girl.

-side note - I LOVE Kimmy Schmidt too. I haven't included it in this list as I wanted to include the more recent shows I've been watching. Go watch it though. It's the BEST. - end of side note-


5. Friends.

A classic. Every time I watch it it's like I'm getting a big hug. Even though I've watched the seasons multiple times I still find things to laugh at. The fact that it is also aired constantly on Comedy Central means I know I have something to watch if all else fails. Again, my favourite characters change a lot but I must say that I relate to Monica a little bit too much and I adore Ross and Rachel's relationship.
I am in two minds about whether I want them to have a reunion or not. On one hand it would be great to see them all together as their popular characters, but on the other there is the worry that it just might not be the same and that the spark may have gone. Who knows.


What are your favourite shows at the moment? Any must watch TV I just have to see? Would love some recommendations to fill the void when I finish these ones!

xoxo


Emma

Summer Weekends | Travel



When it comes to the Scottish Summer there are not many occasions where you can whip out your bikini/swimsuit and head for the nearest beach. The summer of 2016 has been no exception to the rule.

Is it just me or is it always semi sunny/warm during the week, you know, when you are at work indoors for 8hrs a day, and when the weekend finally comes in so do the clouds!
It's like the weather doesn't want us Scots to get any vitamin D. They are actually considering giving the nation supplements to counteract the lack or natural sunlight we don't get. No word of a lie! That's how dull and sunless it can be here.

Granted it hasn't been a total wash out this year, we are relatively quite dry in the North-East compared to the West Coast thankfully. So when the weather people give us the slightest glimpse of warmth and sun during the coming weekend we try to make the most of it.

Last weekend my friend and I took advantage of the luke-warm temperature and headed on a wee adventure to Stonehaven. Situated about 15 miles south of Aberdeen it is hugely popular with tourists and families during the holidays. There's an outdoor pool right next to the caravan site and the beachfront hosts an extremely popular (and yummy) ice cream and sweetie shop. Perfect for a sunny day!

As you could probably tell the name the beach at Stonehaven is pebbled. Although it isn't the easiest to walk on and certainly not the best for lounging around on, it certainly is picturesque.










We ended up waiting an hour (totally worth it by the way!) for fish and chips, well battered sausage in my case, at the award winning chipper The Bay. Our food came packaged in a lovely box and it wasn't soggy or dried out at all even after we drove home with it. We ended our day watching 10 Things I Hate About You, because Heath Ledger. Perfect.

Now onto this weekend. A plan for a crafty day on a Sunday turned into a trip to Macduff on a Saturday. My friend who has a couple of adorable kids thought it would be a fun idea to go and visit the Macduff Aquarium. I hadn't been since I was a child myself, so was eager to see what it would be like as an adult. Must admit, it was much smaller than I had previously thought. Especially when you are trying to keep up with a two year old who wants to see everything at 100 mph.
The weather was originally meant to be dull and rainy but what a surprise we got when we arrived in Macduff and the sun was shining. In fact, I had to take my jacket off! Shock horror.








I was finding it hard to capture the moving fish. Guess my 5 year old Sony is just not up for it! I'm in the market for a new camera so watch this space.

Overall I've had a couple of lovely weekends with friends. Long may they continue.

What have you been doing during these last weekends of Summer?
I hope the weather has been kinder to you.

xoxo

Emma 

Road To Clear Skin - The Beginning...



For the last few years I have been dealing with varying degrees of acne on my face. I am sometimes reluctant to call it that, i'm really more inclined to describe my skin as spot prone. Recently however my face, which was relatively clear and smooth as a teenager, has decided to become all blotchy and out of control. At the ripe old age of 26 I am suffering from the worst spots I have ever experienced! 

It started off as a few plooks (the Scottish word for spots/pimples) on my right cheek but it has now spread over to the left hand side too! Nightmare.

I have been to the doctors on a number of occasions and have been given different remedies, from antibiotics to topical creams. None of which were very successful.

Even the pill, which had previously cleared up my spots a few years ago (people commented on how flawless my skin was!) is now having no effect on my skin.

A few weeks ago I said enough was enough. I was fed up of plastering thick make up on every morning just to make the horrendous red marks seem less angry. I phoned up the docs and managed to get an appointment the same day with a nurse.

Once there I showed a picture I had taken the previous day to the nurse. Not a pretty sight I can assure you. I won't be posting it on here as it's too horrific to subject anyone to it. Seriously. Maybe if I see an improvement I could post an update to show progress...maybe. See how confident I feel that day!

Anywho. I did mention the pill Accutane. I was interested to see if they thought it would be a good choice for me, but they decided, with my agreement, that I should try some topical creams/gels one last time. To be honest, after reading the horror stories and side effects associated with Accutane I am glad I am giving their prescription a go before I think about going down that route. I've heard it's not for the faint of heart!




I was prescribed two different creams. Skinoren (a thick-ish cream) to be applied in the morning and Treclin (a very watery gel) which is applied in the evening. I was warned that I should use the Treclin sparingly as it could cause some dryness/itchiness. I must say it has caused slight dryness in my chin area, but it's not un-manageable. I have noticed that once I apply the Skinoren in the morning my skin becomes a bit tingly for about 10/15 mins. It's not uncomfortable but it's definitely noticeable. Hopefully it means something is working!  

In order to cleanse my skin in the least irritable way I got my hands on the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. On countless blogs/vlogs that focus on acne this product constantly kept coming up as a must have for a harsh free way of cleaning your face. It can also be used on the body too, so great for those with sensitive skin elsewhere! 




Bit of a confession to make - I was a big fan of make-up removing wipes! I know...sacrilege! Might as well have scrubbed my face with a scouring pad! I am not a beauty expert in the slightest but what I have learnt is that make up removing wipes are probably the worst thing you could be using on your skin. So I am so glad I have fallen in love with this product. Yes, it does take a bit more effort than the handy wipe, but I am finding myself getting into a nighttime routine, so it will just take a bit of time to get used to it. Treat yo self!....as they say. Relax before bed...  

The reviews on the Cetaphil Cleanser were great, though they weren't so good regarding removing make up. Particularly mascara etc. I've had a mostly positive experience so far. I just use a couple of pumps in the morning and evening and use my muslin cloth to softly buff away the grime. There have been a few occasions where I have woken up with panda eyes, or a bit of foundation still on my face. Nothing to write home about though. It's soft and calming and definitely does it's job well. 

 I also bought the Cetaphil Moisturising Cream which accompanies the cleanser. With a lot of medicinal creams the ingredients can make the skin where it is applied very dry and flaky so I thought this would be a great way of keeping my face moisturised without ruining the acne treatment. I was a bit worried at first as it is described as a rich cream. My skin has become super oily all of a sudden, goodness knows why, so I am very weary about putting any excess liquid on my face. As both Cetaphil items are non-comedogenic I don't have to worry about my pores being all blocked up! Woo! The moisturiser is thick, but not tacky or cloggy and it effortlessly blends into the skin.




I adore both products, and only wish I had bought them sooner. Perhaps my skin would not have become so bad? I'll never know.

I am on week 3 of my new skin routine. I have another month or so of trying out the medicinal creams and I am aware that they are not expected to give me an over-night success. It's a wait and see type of treatment.

For someone who is not that patient it is testing my limits. How I wish I had a magic wand that zapped my skin clear...a girl can dream!

Would love to know if anyone has used these products? Am I wasting my time or did you have any success with them?

xoxo

Emma 

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