Friday, 31 March 2017

OH MY GOSH..

Hey dolls, hope everyone is keeping well this Friday afternoon. It is officially the weekend already and we are basically now into APRIL? Say whatt?! I can't cope with the time going so fast these days!
But anyway this post is a long time coming, last month I received the most wonderful package of Gosh Cosmetics from a lady called Eloise who works for a company called Rymer who supply my local pharmacy with the brand- McMullans Pharmacy Ballycastle.

I had obviously heard of the brand before and I did use to use them a lot when I was younger actually, but like everyone growing up you tend to swap and change your products that much and I fell out of the loop with the brand and well to be honest, with the amount of brands about right now, I forgot about them! But I am so glad I have got the chance to test these products out again and fall in love all over again.

In my package I was sent- Lip Liners in shades Antique Rose and shade Cardinal Red, Lipsticks in shade 003 and shade 002, Foundation, Growth Serum, their velvet touch Primer, an eyeshadow palette and the one thing I was looking forward to trying the most- their Lumi Drops.


Obviously, as soon as I opened the lipsticks I swatched them and noticed straight away the colour pay off from them. The colours were nude based and had a matt effect to them (Eloise already knows the way to my heart!) but the pigment was so good from them, I have been wearing this shade to work almost every day for the past few weeks and even on the odd night out too and they really do last. I am constantly talking, rubbing my lips together and eating when I am at work and it really did last me around 4-5 hours before I had to top it up again- for the price of these I really think they are worth it and they come in so many different shades! Compared to the likes of MAC I think these faired up so well, considering they are half the price and lasted just as long.




Lip Liners- This is one thing I feel you really don't need to splash the cash with, there are so many lip liners about these days and some of the best ones I've ever got were £2! These ones are priced at £4.99 which I think is a reasonable price and most places have 3 for 2 or buy one get one half price etc.
The red colour just isn't for me personally, I rarely leave browns & nude shade, I'm just obsessed with them and no matter how much I try and be daring, I always go back to them! I did try it out never-the-less and it was a lovely shade of red, I actually used it on a client of mines and she loved it too becasue it's not post box bright red which I think is why a lot more people would choose this shade rather than an extreme red.
The other shade I was sent was Antique Rose and I LOVE IT! It is like a rose and nudey/brown mixed- so technical aren't it? (yous know shade I mean tho!) it reminds me of the shade whirl by MAC but for a third of the price! I have legit been wearing this since I was sent it and it does not budge, I would mainly wear it mixed with my ultimate fav lipstick (jubilee by MAC) but the past few days I have been wearing it solely on it's on, just filling in my whole lip with the liner and I love the effect it gives off on its own. For £4.99 and the colour of this, this is my second favourite item I was sent and I will 100% be repurchasing this when it eventually runs out!



Primer- now a good primer is the stable of anyone's make-up kit, I couldn't live without one so I am up for trying new ones all the time to see if I can find any that I love as much as the last. I had heard so many good reports about this already so I knew what to expect. The consitinsity of this is the type of primer I love the most- a velvet feel to it. It totally glides over the skin covering all your pores in and giving you the perfect matt base for your foundation. It reminds me of the Babyskin primer that I cannot live without, only I wouldnt use as much as the Babyskin, this one seems to last a lot longer, you don't need to use a lot of this to cover your whole face and the bottle is huge!


  


My favourite product had to be the Lumi drops, anyone who knows me knows how much I love highlighters, so anything that is going to give me more glow already gets a thumbs up from me. I wasn't a huge fan of cream-based highlighters before I'll admit, I just completely lived for my powder ones. But the fact this is little drops and not a cream base as such is why I loved it, I drop two or three (or five) depending on what glow I want into my foundation and mix them together and I feel this gives the best result rather than just layering it on top of your foundation after. It has a lovely natural glow to it and isn't too heavy to be mixing in with foundations either, I tried it with a good few foundations over the past few weeks and it seemed to work the same with every one of them- if your going to buy anything from this review I would 100% recommend this as my top buy. A little goes a long way too so it is so worth the money- LOVE IT!! They come in all different shades, but I have since tried a few of the other ones and I think this is the shade that works best for me personally.

 


The foundation was probably the product I was most sceptical about using, mainly because I had never heard about it and it is not like it's something you can hide when it is on your face, it is the main product on your face after all!! The shade I was given was a little darker than my natural colour so I had to use it when I had tan on, and what's the best time to see if something really works? Of course you wear it on a night out! I was a little scared I'll not lie but I made sure I had my primer on and I knew it would be fine. From the swatch on my hand I knew it would blend really well with my concealer and that I could build it up to be as full coverage as I wanted it to be. When I head out I like hide EVERYTHING on my face, I hate my freckles so the full coverage foundation life is the one for me. It really did last me all night and it was one of those nights when I hate to admit it, it was still on the next day! I know I know, but hey these things happen us all- but I'll tell myself it was for the good of the blog post haha. So that is another product that gets the thumbs up from me, it says it is full coverage but I would say its medium coverage, but it does blend really well into the skin so you can build it as much as you want without that cakey looking feel to it and get your full coverage from it, there is SPF 15 in it which is always a bonus, and it does have good staying power (if a primer is used)



The eyeshadow palette itself was very good and the colours in it are so versatile to have all in one little palette for taking away for handiness, however I am so used to using shadows from the likes of Urban Decay, Make-up Geek and Inglot that the pigment just didn't make it a 'wow' enough product for me to use, that is coming from the inner Make-up Artist in me however. If I wasn't an MUA I think I would have loved this a lot more, as the pay off from the colours are still very good and are very blendable but it just wouldn't be the top product from what I was sent. I have been using the top middle colour for a power highlighter however and I am obsessed with it, especially in the inner corner of my eyes and under my brows!





One thing I pride Emma Jane and my reviews on is how honest I am with my opinions of a certain product or brand, they have been sent to be for review and testing purposes but the views on it are all 100% my own and how I honestly feel about them. I feel everyone who reads my blogs would be the same, they might not be for you but I really do recommend trying them if you think they will work for you too.


Everything above is tagged to buy online but anyone local then call into McMullans Pharmacy (bottom one) and check it out there, they have such a good selection of products to choose between and make sure to get them Lumi drops if you can, I want everyone in the town to be walking around with glowing skin haha

Thanks for reading as always
Love Emma Jane x




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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

BELFAST FASHION WEEK..

Happy hump day guys and girls! What a mad week I have had, from last Wednesday I have not stopped running about, between travelling up and down to Belfast for Fashion week antics or just my work in general because of this AMAZING weather we are currently having, I have not stopped- But I do love always being super busy all the same! Needless to say however, I face planted my bed last night at around 9.30pm?! Such a crazy cat these days aren't I?


This is one of my favourite times of the year when the Boss Lady behind it all- Cathy Martin and the fabulous CMPR team puts on the most amazing showcase of fashion filled evenings/days for us all as we began season 23 of the West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week. Between meeting other local and further-a-field bloggers, seeing the talent of fashion designers that Belfast has to offer, peaking at what is on the high street and what trends are currently in the shops, to how to change your wardrobe up a bit from what you are used too, to just getting down right glammed up and having a few good girly days/nights out with a glass of West Coast Cooler in hand- I LOVE it all!

Usually, I would attend the high street show on the Friday evening, but this year I got to see the Thursday show which was the Designer brands and then attend the Style Saturday brunch, I would have loved to have been at them all if I didn't already have work commitments but getting to see two of them was great all the same.

This year's show on the Thursday evening was a little different than it usually is for me, I usually show up at 7.30pm all glammed up, get a few photos, get handed a drink on arrival and have a little snoop about the pop up shops and then take my seat for the catwalk to begin! But this year I landed at WCCFW headquarters around 3.30pm to help them organise, now anyone who knows me will know fashion and organising are two of my favourite things in this world, put them together and you have the happiest Emma ever! So easily pleased me, give me a pen and paper and I'll have a million lists wrote out, I love it!
I knew there was a lot of work that went into these kinds of events as they always go off so seamlessly every single time I have attended, but I never thought about it in too much detail and until you are in the middle of it seeing everything that goes on, then you will never fully understand how much work actually goes into the smallest of details at these types of things just for our enjoyment- organising chairs and who sits where?- SO. MUCH. STRESS!!

Needless to say the show went off flawlessly with the boss lady Cathy Martin and Cool FMs stylish leading lady, Rebecca McKinney co-hosting the show as normal. The models and clothes all looked amazing! Some of my favourites were from Spoilt Belle Boutique, Elizabeth Anne Designs and online brand Narah & Co. Blush pinks and Florals are my favourite at this time of the year so it was great to see that on the catwalk and how differently you can style it up depending on your personal preference.

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Rebecca was wearing the most amazing dress by AQ/AQ and it fitted her like a glove, well again when you have a figure like hers most things do! And can we please talk about her shoes? These Sophia Webster beauties, when you seen her in real life they were the first thing you noticed, so beautiful and so much detail in a tiny pair of heels! Flawless as always girl!


Another person who I thought looked out of this world was Ashlee from OhSoFemme, her little style is so quirky but so cute at the same time, she rocks this outfit so so well. It was lovely to finally meet the person behind a blog you have been reading for ages and yes, she is even cuter in real life- I felt like a giant beside her though! Hopefully don't have to wait that long to meet again, we are only up the road from each other too! Check out her blog here and her run down on her outfits for BFW.



My outfit was something a little different for me I thought, I usually tend to team these types of skirts with more feminine tops and little court shoes, but this time I decided to change it up a bit and I wore it along with a Calvin Klein fitted print tee which I completely adore. I am never one for t-shirts on their own, but the fit of this one is so perfect for me and the fact it can be worn like this dressed up or alongside a pair of jeans and converse for a more dressed 'down' feel.
The boots were a complete bargain and I have already worn them about 6 times since I got them no joke, they are so comfy for them having no platform for support and again they go with almost everything in my wardrobe. The pointy toe on them makes them that little bit more dressier than your usual black ankle boot and the skinny sock like style of them gives them a more edgier look, which goes so well with this outfit.
The jacket was probably my favourite part of this outfit, I had popped this up on my snapchat (emmajanemooney) one day I had been in shopping and so many people had replied saying that they loved the colour, faux suede and mustard/yellow are two big trends are the moment so throw them together and boom, you have the most amazing jacket! I know it is a bit bright and bold for some people but I honestly think you would get so much wear from this one item- like outfits such as this to just add a splash of colour, or even teaming it up with a bright print dress for coming into spring! Shop everything below- and shout out to my amazing big sister for my curly blow-dry, I had been running around like a mad man for 5 hours before this so props to her for making it stay in the loose curls I wanted- what are sisters for ehh?!

Jacket
Skirt
Top
Shoes

 


On Saturday myself and my younger sister headed to the Lavazza Style Saturday brunch that was held in Robinson and Cleaver in Belfast city centre. Now everyone seen the weather on Saturday-how perfect was it not? The perfect location and the perfect weather to accompany. This was the first time a brunch event has took place over BFW and I personally loved it, the atmosphere was so chilled out throughout it and the crowd were so lovely! We were sat with two other local bloggers, Emily from the amazing Stylemewithlove blog and Rose McLaughlin from Reto R0se (who has just moved back from three years in NYC and yes- I am super jealous of her!) - again it is so lovely to meet the writers behind the blogs, especially from your area! So deffo check them all out I have tagged them all above.


Cathy and Rebecca co-hosted as usual and we started off with Rebecca's pick on this seasons big trends- she choose florals. Like she and The Devil Wears Prada said- florals for spring? groundbreaking! It may be a total no brainer and happens every single year, but they happen for a reason, they never go out of fashion. Time and time again designers are thinking up new ways to style and recreate florals for us! And every year, we love them more and more, there's nothing as nice as a floral blouse and white skinnies when the sun peaks through the clouds of Northern Ireland!
Most people's favourite look for the day and everyone on my snapchats favourite was deffo the last pick of Rebecca's which was the floral maxi print dress from the Walk In Wardrobe in Banbridge. It was amazing, a total show stopper and it stood out a mile between all the other dresses in my opinion. I do think you have to have a lot of confidence to pull this kind of look off because it really is such a show stopping piece, but it is amazing in every way possible, a total dream dress- but at £600 it really is a total dream for me- I'll stick to my high street buys for the mean time but when my numbers come up, this dress is mines!


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We had fashion showcases from local designers and stylist Lewis Robert Cameron and Jamie Russell, along side the amazing Dublin based stylist Courtney Smith. The boys showed us some of their own collections and some inspo they took from other brands, mainly H&M trend, ASOS and my favourite shop at the minute, Stradivarius. It was so cool to see something so different on the catwalk as this usually never happens. The looks were very out there and very different, yes some people might instantly look at them and think nope that's not for me, and that's ok if they aren't at all your style but I personally got so much inspo from these guys, they way that they look at clothes and fashion is on a totally different level and I take my hats off to them for how far they have came, and how far they are going to go in the future.



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My outfit for Saturday's show was again a monochrome look, I know how original but hey, you can't really beat black and white! I had spotted these trousers and knew I needed to have them, I had been looking for a pair of white trousers for ages and when I seen these cropped ones with the frill detail on the ankle I knew they were perfect. (tip- get a size smaller in the trousers than you usually would be, they are big fitting!) the top was totally picked up by accident one day, I was heading out to dinner and I had no time to try anything on so I lifted a few bits and bobs and completely forgot about it until I was choosing something to go with the trousers and again, when I realised I had it- knew they would go so perfect together, another two huge trends this season- gingham and big sleeves!
Now can we please appreciate my bag, I AM IN LOVE!!
Last season of BFW I mentioned a company who were just starting up called iBagzy, basically what they do is if you have a big event coming up or even just going for dinner and you want to add something extra special to your outfit but you can't afford the £500 price tag for the bag? Then this is where you need to go, honestly I think it's such a brilliant idea and how nobody has ever thought of it before these lovely ladies I just don't know! I think the Kooky Kat- LuLu Guinness bag added the perfect final touch to my outfit, if not made it the outfit entirely! Almost every single person I was talking to mentioned it to me, it is just too cute! They are so cheap to rent out and they have a brilliant selection to choose between, if it's good enough for the ladies in Sex & the City to rent bags out for an event, then hey, it's good enough for us!

Shop my outfit here :
Shoes
Trousers
Blouse

My younger sister really annoys me you know, she is one of those people who is just looks good in absolutely everything in life, really annoying isn't? I had to pick her up just before we left to head into the city and I brought up her outfit to her, so she hadn't even tried it on yet and she STILL rocked it! The jacket does all the work in this outfit, it is still one of my favourite purchases in the past while, as it has been worn so many times already, and anyone with sisters will know- once you buy one thing, it gets worn by everyone! We teamed this up with a basic white top and mom jeans, added the western style belt to match in with the studded detailing of the jacket, a pair of plain black courts and of course a bold red lip! The belt and shoes are Primarks finest by the way, totally rocking it this season!! The items are tagged in this blog post but here's the link to similar jeans, and if you are lazy the link to the jacket here too!!


Another person who looked incredible the ENTIRE weekend was the WCCFW official stylist Melissa Riddell. Everything she wore was from of course non other than Spoilt Belle and she looked insane! I think my favourite outfit was the green jumpsuit she wore to the Lavazza Style Saturday brunch, the colour with her hair just worked so so well, and again when you have a figure like hers you can pull absolutely anything off! Her outfit on Friday nights show was also a favourite of mines, well anything pink and I will love it full stop, but she really did look lovely and she has the personality to pull it off too- such a darling!

 



A massive well done to the team behind BFW at CMPR and the Boss Lady herself Cathy Martin for pulling off yet another amazing season at fashion week (all while she was looking a million dollars too-unfair!) They are all a complete dream team and it was a pleasure to be there working along side them and to be there watching it with them this season, roll on the next season of WCCFW, I am sure the planning has already begun and thank you for having me!


Thanks for reading as always my lovelies, my review of Gosh Cosmetics is coming on Friday so make sure you follow me for that one!

Love Emma Jane x





*Photo credit-Elizabeth Anne Instagram * Narah&Co Instagram *
**Photo credit- Lewis Robert Cameron Instagram **
***Phot credit- Walk in Wardrobe ***

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Friday, 3 March 2017

MY TOP TANS..

Evening you lovely lot, firstly cannot cope with the fact that it is March and secondly, that it's ALREADY Friday evening? How? Why is time literally flying past? ahh slow down please! I'm not complaining that it's the weekend however, and this post comes just in time for you guys to get tanned up for the weekend. I've actually been meaning to do this post for what seems like forever but trying to test out so many different self-tans and trying to find ones I actually love enough to post on the blog, takes a lot of time- a lot longer than I thought- yip, even with the amount of times I go out! This is the question I probably get asked the most as well, so I thought I would finally pop it up in a post for you all to read.



Ok so, I've narrowed it down to my top five that I continue to go back to time and time again and to be honest don't think you can go wrong with any of these lot!

Let's start with number 5- Tantastic
This is probably what I can remember being my first ever tan that I used when I was heading off to my first teen disco! (..a long time ago at that!!)
Sometimes you aren't heading anywhere in particular or heading out at all you just like to have a nice even colour to you, just simply to make you feel better.. it has been proven than tan makes you feel 100% better about yourself, ok well, it may not be a legit fact, but to me it 100% does!
Want a tan that takes two seconds to pop on, sprays out an even coverage and isn't too dark for you? This is your go to one, the spray bottle is what I find so handy about it, especially in those hard to reach places! I can use this in the morning if I am in a hurry (as always) or I can pop it on before bed at night if I want it to develop into a deeper colour!

The Bellamianta range, this is my number 4.
This tan only recently became noticeable to me about a year ago through Instagram, then when I had the chance to sample it out I was so excited to finally see what the fuss was all about. The best part about this tan for me is the mitt- it is hands down the best mitt I have ever used! The glove shape and velvet texture make for the most perfect seamless application every time.
The lotion itself is quite hard to rub in I find, but, I just use smaller amounts at a time to help this and find it works really well. I personally find the mousse much easier to put on and the colour is a lot deeper as I love a dark tan. Like most of the tans I would use unless they are instant, I would pop this on after the shower and before bed so it has as long as possible to develop, then wash the 'top coat' off in the morning and you're left with a beautiful natural colour to the skin.
  


Number 3 on the countdown is the cheapest on the list at just £1.19 for the bottle, the Anovia self tan moisturiser. This one I find so soft on your skin and feels just like you are putting on moisturiser, as it is full of Cocoa Butter, therefore the smell is amazing and doesn't leave you with a horrible 'tan' smell afterwards. It does say it's a 'wear off' formula but I find it washes off really easily the next day and doesn't leave any dark marks around your knees or elbows. I recently could only find this in my local pharmacy and that is the price it was there, literally a bargain! But they have actually stopped stocking it, so I've had to get it on Amazon now and it works out at roughly £5 per bottle including postage. Dearer than before but still the cheapest one by far and still a bargain for the amount of full body tans you will get out of this tiny bottle! I can use this one in the morning or at night, I use it mostly in the morning if I'm in a rush to pop some colour onto me.


My second choice is, the Sally Hansen spray on airbrush legs. I think just about everyone either uses this or has used it at some point in their life,  it does exactly what it says on the tin- gives you flawless airbrushed looking legs. It is just far too handy for last minute nights out and even everyday wear, if you don't have time to put tan on they night before. It comes in three different shades, light glow, medium glow and deep glow.
If I am using it for during the day I would try and use the light coloured one as it has more of a natural look about it compared to the medium or deep coloured ones, but if I am heading out I tend to use the darker shades. It is super handy for holidays too for when you are going for dinner etc as it washes off so easy if you are like me, and do not take to the sun at all! This one lasts a life time for the size of the bottle, and it fits in your hand luggage as it is only 75ml if you are heading away anywhere.


And lastly, if you guys caught it on my Snapchat recently, it is the Insanity Tan. I seen this tan being used with the Miss Northern Ireland campaign and wondered what all the hype was about, when I got the chance to review it for them I was so pleased and I really wasn't disappointed either. It's another mousse formula and I have had this one for around 7 months and I just finished it during the week.
They do a mitt just like the Bellamianta one in a velvet effect, and this helps the tan go on so flawlessly. It develops over a 4-8 hour period so I always pop this on before bed, so it is on for as long as possible before having to wash it off. The best bit about it- there is no smell from it, as it is fragrance-free, alcohol-free and paraben free! Even when you wash it off there is still a beautiful dark colour to the skin, so it isn't just one or two days. I usually get around 5-6 days of looking like I have just stepped off a plane from the day I applied this -even in-between showering sometimes twice a day! This is currently only available to buy on their website, shop it here

This is my little 'trick' I like to do before I go out, no matter what tan I have on I always spray a 'top coat' as I like to call it over my body. This is the Sally Hansen in medium glow, as it just fills in any patches I may have and gives that airbrush effect to my body. I always then pop on the Technic Highlighter on my collar bones, shins and shoulders, this is what gives the glow effect you lovely lot always say I have on a night out! 


Here is a link to my dress also as a couple of you girlies asked about it too, again typical me-
bargain! Shop it here


Thanks for reading girlies, have a good weekend and happy tanning! 
Emma Jane x


*This post was not sponsored but the products were kindly sent to me by the manufacturers for sampling, thoughts on the tans are all my own*
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