Monday, 2 January 2017

Over the past months where I was absent from blogging I was certainly not absent from the shops and over the course of a few months (and frequent trips to Bluewater and the occasional trip to London) I accumulated some new make-up bits which are too good to keep to myself.

MAC Whirl lipstick and liner- I am usually a nude lip kind of girl and am a bit scared of wearing anything too bold and noticeable, in need of a change I purchased whirl (a famous one of MAC's colour so you can imagine how hard it was to get my hands on one) which is a perfect colour as it is a bit out there but not too dramatic. Of course it is matte and it does mean the formula is rather drying and I find myself having to whip on the lip balm beforehand but it does leave a very clean look. Some days I just use the liner alone on my lips as I feel this is less harsh then the lipstick and does stay around a lot longer.

BECCA Champagne Pop- I know, I know, you must be sick to deaf of hearing about this highlighter. So I will keep it short  and sweet. Pigmented. Golden. Glow.

NARS Creamy concealer- I use this for under my eyes as it is a perfect colour to brighten under my eyes, a few dots goes a long way with this concealer as it is extremely pigmented and it blends well with my foundation. I usually work it onto my eyelids to use as an eyeshadow primer.

YSL Rouge Vulupt 01-  This is a lipstick I picked up after heavy recommendation from Victoria's (InTheFrow's) blog. I must admit with my tanned skin and blonde hair I don't think the bright pink colour matches my skin but the formula of the lipstick is certainly a winner!

Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro- I have never really used anything but drugstore products for my eyebrows but this p. I use this with the Bobbi brown eyebrow brush and after brushing through my brows I fill in the parts where I want more fuller brows with the gel. The colour matches (Opal) matches well and leaves a very natural finish.

CHANEL Le Vernis 18- I love a nude nail colour and I can always trust the Chanel nail polishes, it leaves a lovely shine however I think the colour was a bit too much of a light nude :(

Do you have any recommendations of items to pick up over the next few months?

Love Em x


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Best vegan cafe in London (aka the wild food cafe)

Wild food cafe raw vegan banoffe pie

Okay, so I cannot claim that this is the best vegan restaurant in London as I have only been to one but I haven't felt the need to venture beyond this café (as a heads up I am not vegan but I am trying to reduce the animal products in which I eat.) You wouldn't find this little gem though unless you already knew where it was as it is in a secluded area of Covent Garden in Neals Yard (keep on walking up from the urban outfitters and turn when you see Benefit and you will see the street Neals Yard flagged up.) Anyway onto the food...

The Wild Food Cafe

On visit numero one (which has become a bit hazy now due to how long I have prolonged this post!) I opted for a their 'open your mind burrito' from their winter menu. The burrito was completely stuffed with goodness and flavour and was even served with vegan sour cream, perfect for the spicy food lovers. Despite being extremely full I did choose a desert which was the young coconut banoffe pie. This was out of this world, honestly there wasn't a large amount of difference from a non vegan banoffe pie. The filling was creamy and sweet caramel flavourings shone through, the base reminded me of coconut ice and complimented the filling perfectly!
Wild food cafe vegan burrito
On my second visit I tried the 'wild spring burger' and was my first experience of trying a non-meat burger! The burger was made of a mixture of vegetables and the bun was made of a mixture of seeds, it was accompanied with some sweet potatoes (which is a current favourite of many)! I was rather upset when I realised that the Spring menu didn't include the banoffe pie however this allowed me to find a new love: The nut free chocolate tart. This one is a popular desert at the wild food café and I know why, it tastes extremely rich and has a luxurious consistency and is topped with a cacao crumble which adds a perfect crunch! I thought I would try a smoothie on this visit and the one which I went for was the White zen (which included almond milk, cold brewed coffee, dates Irish moss, fresh coconut, vanilla and cardamom)  and it had such a thick, creamy consistency  (obviously no dairy though)and it tasted like desert!

Wild food cafe vegan burger

Wild food cafe raw vegan chocolate tart

On my third visit I had learnt from my mistakes of leaving too full, I was unwilling to sacrifice a desert so I instead decided to pick a starter and then a desert and to share a smoothie. Their spring menu included the butternut squash soup (and you could choose to accompany it with raw crackers or supersede bread) which was great as it still left me a little room for desert (nut free chocolate tart again).
Wild Food Cafe smoothie
Besides the food (which is obviously the main thing in the eyes of a foodie like me) the ambiance and the staff were amazing. They were the happiest waiters and even managed to handle my dad (warning do not take dads who are not willing to try anything new and would rather go to a Mcdonalds!)

This café has enlightened my in the vegan world and has inspired me to have a healthier, more natural diet!

Em x

Friday, 15 July 2016

Radley Millbank Medium Zip Top Tote

Radley Millbank Medium Zip Top Tote

I have never been the largest bag addict and before had never owned a branded bag (unless the burgundy kipling bag counts!) so a Radley bag seemed to be the perfect starting point as at
£179 it isn't the most expensive, luxury bag but still a solid investment piece.

I have received a numerous amount of compliments for this bag, mainly because of the colour, in the colour 'granite' (basically grey) it compliments the majority of pieces in my wardrobe. It is an amazing colour if you don't want a stand-out bag but are bored of the common black bag. The grey is paired with a baby pink inside which adds a feminine touch. The only problem with this colour is that marks have started to show (after having the bag for three months) the back of the bag has a few scratches and the handle has a black mark which looks like where my jeans may have rubbed off. The inside pink colour has also started to look rather dirty, however this colour fade may be due to my lack of care.

Radley Millbank Medium Zip Top Tote

On first appearance I was worried that the bag would not fit all of my essentials in as the main reason for me purchasing a new bag was so that I could easily fit my blog camera (Canon 1200D) inside, however, even though the bag seems rather small on the outside it rather spacious inside and I could easily fit my camera inside amongst my purse, phone and other necessities.

There is only one main compartment inside the bag but a pocket for your phone and another pouch for other small items, which could be a negative for someone who likes a lot of compartments to separate things but as I only carry my phone, purse, camera and a few make- up pieces it is fine.

Radley Millbank Medium Zip Top Tote

This bag is a good starting piece for somebody who wants to start investing in bags and who wants a bag to compliment any outfit, furthermore, (annoyingly for me) the bag is now in the sale at a bargain price of £107. The style of bag is also available in coral (a more statement colour) and black (in which the colour would probably stay for longer.) If you are a fan of the colour but not they style it is also available in a range of smaller and larger bags.

Check out the range

Em x


Monday, 11 July 2016

Where have I been (again)??

171 days ago was the last time I posted, pretty shameful, I know. Well here comes the excuse, 17 exams. As I am a perfectionist I felt I could only place my energy into one thing and obviously my exams took my precedent. Late nights and early mornings (5 am!!!) went into revising and a whole forest must of been cut down for the amount of paper used for revision.

However, this now means I have a nine week summer in which I can place the majority of effort into my blog (of course my school couldn't leave me completely work free and have set me a tonne of summer work) and I have been so excited to do this.

I thought I would leave this post rather brief and as a 'hey, i'm back. I am still alive!' kind of post and to say to expect lots of exciting new content this summer!

Em x

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