Tuesday, 15 December 2015

My Winter Essentials

I decided to do a blog post on my Winter Essentials as my whole blog theme through December is Winter and Christmas themed so I really hope you enjoy this post and be sure to let me know what your Winter Essentials are in the comments below! There are many things that spring to mind when I think of Winter and I have gathered together lots of products and a few lifestyle bits and pieces I tend to use on a daily basis through Winter. I love the cold dark and cosy nights under my blanket watching Christmas films especially Home Alone, I've lost count on how many times I have watched it this month hehe but I still can't quite believe Christmas is in 10 Days?! Where has this month gone!
How cute is my new hat?! I love knitted bobble hats in Winter they're so snug and keep my ears lovely and warm, this hat is from ASOS. Watches are an essential for me all year around but I thought I would include my latest watch that I have added to my collection, this watch is from the Marc Bale collection, it's a gorgeous black leather strap watch with rose gold detailing, I'm obsessed! I will be doing a full review on this watch so keep an eye out for that. The lack of sleep and late night's I have around Christmas is pretty bad so I love to use a luxurious eye cream, here we have the Oskia Eye Wonder which I love!! Oskia skincare is one of my all time favourite brands, I absolutely love all their products I have tried and I have recently been using the Oskia Eye Wonder which is an absolute eye wonder. The Oskia Eye Wonder helps reduce dark circles, puffiness and increase radiance while also firming and tightening the eye area. I love products that actually show a visible difference after a few uses and that's exactly what the Oskia Eye Wonder does, my eyes feel less puffy and I feel like it instantly soothes and refreshes my under eye area.
One makeup look I am obsessed with around Winter and the Festive Season is a gold toned eyes and a medium to full coverage foundation which of course has to be my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. I have recently been obsessed with my Chanel quad palette which contains three stunning gold toned eye shadows along with a black shadow which is perfect to add along my lash line. I love a strong highlight around this time of the year which really stands out on my cheek bones, I have recently been using the Jelly Pong Pong highlighter which is a super pretty gold sparkly illuminator. When it comes to nails around this time of the year I would usually go for dark toned colours but I was recently sent a Nails Inc nail varnish in the shade 'Colville Mews' which is a gorgeous nude colour so on top I love to add my Ciate gold glitter polish which makes it look super festive and really pretty.   
As much as I love Winter my skin really doesn't, I have to look after my hands a lot more and my face tends to get quite dry so face masks are one of my top essentials. I have recently been loving the Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay which is a two in one purifying mask and skin refiner that’s formulated with Canadian willowherb, Persian silk tree, and a potent blend of actives to smooth, refine pores, and boost skin’s overall quality. My skin feels super hydrated and refreshed after using the Origins mask. My skin looks more radiant and it is super soft and smooth to the touch. My Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is absolutely amazing for a night moisturiser it's super hydrating and leaves my skin feeling healthier and super soft. The EA Eight Hour Cream is an amazing product all year around but especially in the Winter as it helps to soother dry patches, Chapped lips, Smoothes rough spots on your knees, feet and elbows and also softens cuticles.
I have slightly become obsessed with body scrubs. I have recently been using the Flora Bodycare Coconut Body Scrub, it smells incredible and it leaves my skin super soft to touch, I feel that my skin really benefit's from these types of product around this time of the year and I absolutely love how soft my skin feels after. Cold weather always drys out my skin especially my legs so after I've had my bath or shower I will moisturise my whole body, I have recently been using and loving the Reiss Luxury Body Souffle and the Comfort Zone Aromasoul Mediterranean Body Cream both are super hydrating and moisturise my skin while leaving it silky soft to touch.

My hair tends to get quite frizzy and dry in the Winter time so I love using luxury shampoo and conditioner quite regularly. I have recently been using the Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Oil Crème Deep Shampoo and Conditioner which is ideal for dry to severely dry hair which is in need of removing dirt and oils without stripping moisture. I absolutely love the feel and look of my hair after I use the Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Oil Crème range it feels super soft and has a lovely smooth finish. To keep my hair super moisturised and in good condition until my next hair wash I like to use the Percy & Reed Dry Conditioner. I simply spray a light layer all over my hair it doesn't leave a horrible residue behind, my hair feels moisturised and has a lovely shine to it.
Scarfs are my all time essential, so I have a slight obsession with scarfs and I've built up quite a collection. I love wrapping up warm with a thick woolly scarf and going for long walks in the park. I love having bath's in the Winter more so than showers, it gives me a chance to relax and use different bath oils and bubble baths. I without a doubt will be burning a candle whilst taking a bath and throughout the rest of the night. I have recently been obsessed with the Cocolux Sweet Pomegranate & Acai candle it smells divine and the packaging is absolutely stunning. In the day time I have been burning the Whiskey Wicks Walk in Forest Park candle which smells incredible and my whole house smells very fresh. There's nothing quite like relaxing with a lovely scented candle flickering away while tucked up watching Christmas films in cosy blankets, especially when it's super gloomy and freezing cold outside.
 
What are your Winter Essentials? I would love to know!
 
Emma x
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Friday, 11 December 2015

Gift Guide For Him

The L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic The Complete Expert Gift Set, a 3 step routine to male grooming. This set contains the L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Face Wash 150ml, the L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Shave Revolution Extreme Glide Gel 150ml and the L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Anti-Fatigue Moisturiser 50ml. 
The Gillette Flexball Spectre gift-set contains everything you need for an outstanding shave! The Spectre gift set includes 1 x FlexBall Manual Razor, 2 x ProGlide Razor Blades and 1 x ProGlide Shave Gel 75ml.
Davidoff Cool Water Eau De Toilette Spray £31.95
Aftershave is the perfect gift for any man. The Davidoff Cool Water is the ultimate masculine fragrance, a cool and sexy scent. A refreshing and interesting blend of Sea Water, Mint, Lavender, Coriander and Rosemary top notes, heart notes of Sandalwood, Jasmine, Neroli and Geranium and base notes of Musk, Oakmoss, Cedar, Amber and Tabaco. Davidoff Cool Water is an iconic aftershave, a sharp and distinctive scent that would make a great signature fragrance for any man.
Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy Men Eau De Toilette Spray £31.99

Carolina Herreras reputation for creating strong, masculine fragrances continues with 212 Sexy Men Eau de Toilette, a sexy, bold aftershave which is appealing and leaves a lasting impression. A blend of Bergamot, Mandarin Orange and green top notes, heart notes of Pepper, Flowers and Cardamom and base notes of Amber, Musk, Guaiac Wood, Sandalwood and Vanilla, Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy Men is a balanced and distinctive scent.
 Jack Wills Bayford Wills Popover Hoodie £59.50
Jack Wills jumpers are the softest jumpers ever and they're super cosy. The Bayford JW popover hoodie is made from a soft brushed back cotton with a subtle authentic wash. Featuring our signature JW logo on the chest, 'Wills' logo on the back and a jersey lined hood. A great gift for the man in your life this year.
£14.99 A lovely set from the Ted Baker range, a crisp refreshing hair and body wash followed by a eucalyptus infused antiperspirant deodorant and Ted's favourite body spray. This set includes the Ted Baker hair and body wash 200ml, the Ted Baker body spray 150ml and the Ted Baker antiperspirant deodorant 150ml.
For the man who loves music and smelling good, the Bench Headphones & Spray Gift Set is a winning Christmas present and also amazing value for the price.
The FCUK Trio contains three premium body sprays to choose from each of which comes in one of the FCUK's signature fragrances. This set includes the FCUK Vintage body spray 200ml, the FCUK Style body spray 200ml and the FCUK Urban body spray 200ml.
Watches are quite popular gifts during the Christmas season so if you're thinking of treating someone to a nice watch this year then be sure to check out the Daniel Wellington's Dapper Collection. The sleek Dapper Bristol is a 38mm watch from the Dapper range, it has deep blue hands, Roman numerals and a date display. The quality and look of the Daniel Wellington watches are outstanding, I absolutely love the contrast between the deep blue hands and the white watch face. The Daniel Wellington watch straps are made from genuine Italian leather. The Dapper Bristol is available in rose gold or silver detailing so there is truly something for everyone. The Daniel Wellington Dapper Collection are very sophisticated watches that look amazing with any outfit. If you're thinking of treating a loved one to a Daniel Wellington watch then you can save 15% on any watch. Simply use my promo code 'EmmaloumayDW' at the checkout! I actually have a full blog post all about this watch so be sure to check that out here. 
 
 I hope this gift guide has been helpful.. Be sure to check out my Gift Guide for Her.
Emma x




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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Gift Guide For Her

Christmas Gift Guide For Her  
 I'm currently obsessed with browsing my favourite websites and finding some lovely gifts to share with you all and also lusting over everything. I have put together a range of products that I've purchased for my family and also that I would include on my own Christmas list! There are so many amazing products in this gift guide that I know I would love this Christmas. Each individual item is listed below and there are links to where you can purchase them from. I hope you enjoy this guide and I hope it gives you some last minute shopping inspiration. I will be doing a gift guide for him so be sure to keep an eye out for that tomorrow!
 ZOEVA Rose Golden Vol. 2 Brush Set contains 8 luxurious face and eye brushes in a chic powder nude and rose gold design. Zoeva brushes are my all time favourite makeup brushes, I have the silver and black set but of course the rose gold set's are on my Christmas list this year.
 Daniel Wellington are one of my favourite watch brands. This is the DW Classic St Mawes Rose Gold Watch which is stunning. I absolutely love the design of the Classic St Mawes Watch, it is made with a brown leather strap and has rose gold detailing. The quality of the watch is exceptional and you can really see the time and thought that has been put into making the Daniel Wellington watches. The Classic St Mawes Watch is available in two colours, silver and my favourite one being rose gold. I love the fact you can choose between rose gold or silver detailing so there is truly something to suit everyone. The watch is displayed in a box which looks very chic and classy. Daniel Wellington watches are very minimalistic and super versatile, the rose gold detailing gives this watch an elegant and classy look. If you're thinking of treating yourself or a loved one to a Daniel Wellington watch this Christmas then be sure to use my code to save 15% on your order, simply use my promo code EMMALOUMAYDW at the checkout.
What's Christmas without a gift from Soap & Glory. I love all of the Soap & Glory set's and I recently picked up this set for my sister for Christmas. The Soaper Star set includes the full-sized Clean On Me Shower Gel, the Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer, the Righteous Butter Body Butter and also handbag-sized heroes: the Heel Genius Foot Cream and the Hand Food Hand Cream, Plus a pair of fluffy socks and a suds-boosting Body Polisher.
Cocolux are amazing candles, I have the scent Sweet Pomergranate & Acai Candle and it smells divine. The packaging is absolutely amazing and my room is left smelling divine after burning. The Cocolux candle would make an amazing present for any candle lovers out there. It is made from a natural and sustainable coconut wax blend.
Ted Baker Brilliance of Beauty Set  £45
The Ted Baker Brilliance of Beauty collection is absolutely stunning and it is on my Christmas wish list this year. It contains a selection of his finest gems, including lipstick, eye shadow, mascara and more.    
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is a miracle in a bottle that transforms skin for all ages, skin tones and skin types. It conceals imperfections and glides on like a dream. There are 15 beautiful demi-matte shades to match every skin tone.
Restore the youthful glow back to your complexion with the Ole Henriksen 3 little wonders mini kit, a triad that fights the signs of ageing. The professional strength products work in unison to combat all visible signs of ageing, revealing healthy and radiant looking skin. Nurturing textures and indulgent scents will allow you to experience the delight of treating your skin to the finest products and care.
I absolutely love the No7 Boots gift sets around Christmas time, here we have the No7 Skin and Bodycare Collection set. Keep your skin looking great on the move, these delightful products are designed to sooth and rejuvenate your skin, and they come in a fashionable toiletry bag that you’ll be able to use again and again. 
Work miracles with the John Frieda Me&John Frizz Ease Gift Set which is designed to give hair a second chance. Repair the look and feel of dry, damaged hair with these three wonder products for hair that is three times smoother.
This set includes the John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Repairing Shampoo 50ml, John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Repairing Conditioner 50ml and the    
                           John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6Effects Serum 25ml.                             
Designer Sunglasses are the perfect present for Christmas. I recently came across Smart Buy Glasses and they have hundreds of brands and sunglasses to pick from. I was super impressed with how quickly they arrived, so if you haven't completed your Christmas shopping as of yet then it's not too late to order online. Smart Buy Glassed have many authentic designer brands from Gucci, Ray-Ban, Linda Farrow and many more, so there is truly something for everyone. I recently received these gorgeous Linda Farrow Sunglasses, they are absolutely stunning. I love the packaging and the look of the Linda Farrow Sunglasses the dark smokey grey makes them look super classy and I'm sure I'll be wearing these all Summer long. I will be doing a full review on the Linda Farrow Sunglasses very soon so keep an eye out for that. You can shop the full range of sunglasses on the Smart Buy Glasses website at www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk
I hope you enjoyed my selection of gift's for her! Let me know in the comments what is on your Christmas Wish List this year? 
Emma x
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

A Cosy Winter's Evening

I have always loved those cosy Winter evenings, the ones where you snuggle up with a blanket and a hot chocolate with your favourite candle burning and watching some Christmas films or doing some online shopping. I love having a pamper evening then getting all cosy and snug and relaxing for the rest of the night, so I thought I would share with you what I usually get up to on a cosy Winter's evening and a few of my cosy night essentials. Also how could I not share my new Christmas bedding with you all it matches my room décor and theme perfectly, it has cute little penguins, polar bears and reindeers on it, I'm obsessed!!!

This month I have been obsessed with Yankee Candles Christmas Eve Candle which smells like Christmas morning in a jar, my room smells amazing when I burn this candle and I'm already on my second jar. I will then run myself a lovely bubble bath and unwind flicking through a magazine. I recently picked up the Reiss gift set from Boots and I'm obsessed with all of the products especially the Reiss Body Cleanser, my skin is left feeling super soft to touch and it really moisturises my skin at the same time which I love. Another all time favourite product of mine is the &Other Stories Floral Memento Body Scrub which smells incredible. It's a lovely smoothing sugar scrub that polishes the skin and once I've used this my skin feels so soft and silky.
 I love using a luxurious Shampoo and Conditioner on my Pamper night/Cosy evenings in just to give my hair that extra bit of tlc. I have recently been using the Oribe Beautiful Colour Shampoo and Conditioner which is designed to bring out the shimmering brilliance of your colour while nourishing and protecting the life of colour treated hair. Oribe is a luxury brand to me and I am obsessed with their Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner so I knew I was going to love this range also, my hair feel's amazing once I've used these two products together. The Oribe Beautiful Color Shampoo and Conditioner leaves me with hair that feels as good as it does after having a hair mask on it for several hours, it feels unbelievably silky soft and looks and feels a lot healthier.


So after my little pamper in the bath it's time to moisturise my body, as I mentioned I am obsessed with the Reiss Body Cleanser well I have also been loving their Body Souffle. I use the Reiss Body Souffle all over my arms and legs and it moisturises my skin really well while leaving it super smooth and soft to touch, it's a lovely light body soufflé so it sinks into the skin instantly which I love. Cosy night's in for me are all about applying a face mask and giving my skin that extra bit of tlc it may need in the Winter, I am currently obsessed with the Origins Original Skin Retexturing Mask with Rose Clay which gently cleans the skin, refines the skin's texture and reduces the appearance of pores while leaving your skin with a lovely glow. I love the look and feel of my skin after I use this mask, I will be doing a full blog post on the Origins Rose Clay face mask so keep an eye out for that.
 I will then cleanse my skin to insure all that extra dirt is removed. I am currently loving the Super Facialist Micellar Cleasning Water and also the Eve Lom Cleansing Balm. The Superfacialist Micellar Cleansing Water is amazing at removing that extra dirt left on your face. The Eve Lom Cleasning balm is a luxurious product not only does it provide a deep clean and plenty of moisture, it also evens skin tone and leaves my skin feeling luxuriously looked after. Next up is a new brand I recently discovered called Sesha I have recently been using and loving the Sesha Advanced Eye Restore which is amazing for dark circles, it minimizes the appearance of lines around the eyes, reduces the look of wrinkles while decreasing dark circles under the eyes. Finally the amazing Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, this stuff is hand's down my favourite product ever I've lost count on how many of these I have gone through I love it that much. The Elizabeth Ardern Eight Hour Cream helps to soothe, restore, soften and protect chapped, dry or mildly irritated skin. My lips tend to chap in the colder months and this stuff is an absolute life saver and is a bed side essential of mine.
I love those evenings where I have fresh clean bed sheets, I recently got some new Christmas bedding and it is so cute and matches my room theme perfectly. I also love a cosy blanket to snuggle up in with my hot chocolate. Hot drinks are a must have on these cold evenings and I'm currently obsessed with adding candy canes to my hot chocolates, they look super festive but more importantly it tastes amazing! So once I've had my little pamper session I will then snuggle up in bed put on a Christmas film which will no doubt be Home Alone and do a bit of online browsing which mostly turns into purchasing a basket full of things I really don't need but will buy regardless hehe. I of course will be joined by my beautiful fury baby, this is Angel and he's basically my shadow he follows me everywhere, he may look grumpy but he is the nicest kitty you will ever meet and I just love him hehe, he is also loving my new Christmas bedding and blanket as much as me. So that's it for my cosy Winter's evening, I hope you enjoyed this style post and be sure to let me know what you get up to on these cold Winter evenings.
What are your essentials for a cosy Winter's night in?
Emma x


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