Sunday, 28 February 2016

Update

Hello Everybody,
I'm going to make a real quick apology for my slightly short post today. I have been very busy this past week and I did not want to try and throw what is supposed to be a good post together in minimal time. I hope you all understand this slightly rubbishy post, whereby I will literally be giving you a very short update of my life.
My exams are looming and the coursework load seems to have doubled in just a week. I am almost certain that I spent most of last week on the verge of bursting into tears, yet then making relieved sighs as I completed things. Sometimes it is okay to admit that everything is getting a little too much, and I most certainly think it is okay to admit that in your last leg of high school. I don't often moan about work load, but considering the amount I have and the struggle I am having to motivate myself I think I'm allowed to moan this once.
I have also just come back from the most awesome week of my life... I went skiing last week and I really cannot describe to you how brilliant it actually was. I'm so sad it is over and I wish I could do the whole trip again. Santa Caterina was beautiful, and I can actually ski! I will be making a proper travel type post on this next week.
Finally, I am am 18 year old girl, and sometimes I want to live a little and do normal 18 year old girl things. I've always been quite the busy sort, particularly considering I juggle school, a job, hockey and scouting commitments into my life. But I also want to go out and party and socialise, particularly now I am 18 and I can go out and have a drink or two with my friends. Before recently I didn't really enjoy this, but I will admit now that I want to have a bit of fun and let my hair down every now and again. Plus, I want to enjoy my final few months at home, before I head off to different depths of the country to make new friends.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Sunday, 21 February 2016

#Downforone

Hello Everybody,
I was recently scrolling through my Facebook, as you do, when I came across a new concept, campaign type thingy. It was called #downforone. This intrigued me, considering my life is taken over by technology, gadgets and social media... I mean, being a blogger myself must tell you something.
The concept of #downforone is that you should be able to put down you phone/tablet/laptop for one hour a day, and no, work time does not count... I mean in your leisure time. I personally feel as though this is something really good for myself to have a go at. Particularly considering I am refreshing my Instagram and Twitter feeds every 5 seconds at the moment, expecting something to have changed in that time.
I believe it is really important to switch off every now and again. Switching off make you become more aware of what is actually going on around you, and in some cases I believe that can make a more caring person as you have better recognition of what is going on around you.
There are a few things that I plan on doing, however I have decided that to make this #downforone idea work I am going to have to fit it into a routine. Therefore, between 16:30 and 17:30 everyday I am going to switch off my phone.
I am going to use this time either productively, for example, by getting on with any unfinished pieces of work. Or in a way in which I would've enjoyed before smartphones were a thing... whether that be by baking, reading a book/news article/magazine, or by trying my hand at learning how to play the piano again.
Not only do I want to make it a routine to be able to switch off for an hour a day I want to challenge myself further and enable myself to switch off at other times as well. I personally have always seen dinner time to be a time where phones should not be used anyway, it's just table manners at the end of the day. But other situations could also be appropriate times to turn off. For example, when visiting your friend for a coffee and chat, rather than asking for that friends wifi password (which you probably automatically connect to now anyway) and chatting to you other friends, whilst completely ignoring the being sitting in front of you, turn off your phone, and put it in your pocket. Have a proper conversation, look into your friends eyes and watch their lips whilst they are expressing their latest musings. It isn't hard, it is just manners.
Other times I feel as though I personally need to work on putting my phone away, are at parties... it's too easy to get your phone out to avoid any social contact sometimes. Family events, sometimes it is nice to get the board games out... articulate can be fun... and forget that Facebook and Twitter exist for a short while and just enjoy the company around you.
In this post what I am trying to articulate is that our lives do not revolve around our smartphones. We need to begin to see the world in a less parallel way. By having a go at the #downforone trend you may find yourself to be a much more grounded, socialised and aware individual. However, I want to express how important it is to put your phone down in the right situations also... the dinner table is most certainly not the place to be having another group conversation on Whatsapp.
Do you have any environments where you feel the smartphone SHOULD be put down for a short while?
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Liz Earle- Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser review

Hello Everybody,
It has been a long time since I have written a review, but as I promised last week I thought I would write a little review on the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. You may (or may not) have seen that this product has been quite hyped on the internet due to a lot of sponsorship's with beauty bloggers and vloggers in recent times, and I will be honest and say, their marketing technique has worked on me.
I first heard of Liz Earle on Eve Bennett's channel and have wanted to give it a go myself for a while now. As I was given a Boots voucher from my Nan at Christmas I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try this product out. I was particularly excited by this as I really like to look after my skin and I feel as though it really helps make me feel more confident in my own skin, without hiding behind makeup and filters as much.

Price

*Double checks the Boots website*. The Starter pack for Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Cleanser is £15.50, and yes this is a little more pricey than Simple for example. However, I believe that with any beauty product you get what you pay for. Recently, I have become a bit more of an advocate for saving up my pennies for nicer quality makeup and skincare products, rather than having my regular splurges on cheap makeup and skincare which tends to fall off of your face; not do it's job fully, or go off quickly.
I'm not sure how long this Cleanser will last me at the moment, however I would say that as long as I don't have to repurchase it monthly I would happily continue using it for it's price. Anyway, decent skincare brands such as Clearasil aren't much cheaper in terms of the amount of product you get for the price.

Packaging

I really like the packaging of this product. The product actually came in this cute waterproof, zip-up bag which is perfect for travelling, especially in case the lid falls off and the product leaks, which always makes me feel a little uneasy when travelling. In the zip-up bag came a 100ml bottle of the cleanser, which is in a sleek aqua blue (Liz Earle's standard packaging colour) tube. The tube has a pump on top, which is much easier for use and using the correct amount of product, and it also has a standard lid. The one downside of this packaging is I cannot see how much product I have used, thus I am yet to determine how long it will be before I have to repurchase the product. Inside the bag, also came 2 muslin cloths; seeing as the product is a Hot Cloth Cleanser, I think this is great because it enables me to put them in the wash and yet still have one to use.

Product

The product itself is quite a creamy consistency designed to put on dry skin *not the skin type, I mean not wet* (cleanse), you then rub off the cleanser with a muslin cloth that is damp with hot water (polish). This makes your skin feel very clean and radiant, but also makes my facial skin feel very tight... which is something I really like, because it makes my skin look smooth, and leaves absolutely no lines in it whatsoever. I have seen a noticeable difference in my skin, as it has been glowing more, and also been much more clearer, plus my pores are now much less visible and clogged up.
I would've shown a before and after picture thingy, however, I forgot to take a before picture and I am currently having a hormonal breakout so that plan quickly went down the drain.

I personally really love this skincare product, and hopefully, if it is a product that doesn't need repurchasing too often I am almost certain I will repurchase it. I may also consider purchasing some of Liz Earle's other skincare products.
Do you recommend any skincare products, or more specifically use Liz Earle products?
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

January Sales Haul

Hello Everybody,
I know it's February now, however I thought you guys would like to see what I actually picked up in the January Sales (most of what I purchased was in the sales anyway). I love a bit of shopping but I have found more recently that I have actually not been on a proper shopping spree for a little while, mostly because I was busy saving money for a ski trip which is now only 5 days away... EEK! However, I thought with the money and vouchers in which I received over my birthday and over Christmas it was only right that I treated myself a little.

River Island

The shop that I went to first was River Island... mainly because I had a voucher for River Island so was prepared for a little shopping spree in here. The first thing in which I picked up was a beautiful sparkly geometric cropped top, with a lace up cleavage area and long flared sleeves. I have really been into more bohemian looks recently, thus I was very excited by this top, particularly when I saw that it was in my size and only £12.
I also picked up a beige *for want of a better word* jumper that has frayed/distressed edges, and is quite a loose fit. It also has this most lovely v-neck, which I don't normally go for as I get quite self-conscious with my little boobs, however it is actually quite flattering. Plus, when I picked up this jumper I thought it had been reduced to £12 from £20, however when it was scanned through it was only £8. I also bought a knitted grey vest top which I think will look really nice in the spring with a pair of black jeans, again this was only £10 I believe, thus an absolute bargain for River Island.
The final item of clothing I bought actually wasn't in the sale, but I kind of fell in love and therefore couldn't help but buy it. It is a beautiful cream colour, and also a very heavy, loose, yet warm material. This jumper again has a lace up cleavage area, and is so up my street, thus I wouldn't be surprised if you guys have an OOTD featuring it sometime soon.

Boots

I also did a spot of shopping in Boots, as I again was given a voucher for Christmas and there were a few bits I had been desperate to purchase for quite some time. The first thing a picked up was the Clinique Chubby Stick in the colour Super Strawberry, I received a sample of this in a magazine ages ago and loved it and haven't been able to purchase the real thing until now. £17 well spent I'll say! I also picked up the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish, yep, falling over another recent skincare hype... however, for £15 for a 100ml cleanser and two muslin cloths I didn't see the price being too steep, particularly if I was certain it would work. I will post more details on this next week as I do feel as though this product is deserving of a post on it's own.

Tiger

I've never been to Tiger before but my Auntie recently recommended it too me, and it's like a mini IKEA. It has pretty much everything in it in a little mini compact shop. I love the Swedish, open, clean vibes of the shop and I am sure I will have a little spree in Tiger before I go off to Uni in September. I didn't actually buy much from Tiger, however I did get a little travel pillow as I am going skiing in 5 days, and I'm sure I will need something to rest my heavy head on during our long, long journey.

Hollister

I'm normally not a huge Hollister fan, but true, Hollister is very much my style... bohemian "and all that jazz", however I do often find Hollister to be quite over priced, and often I can find cheaper alternatives of their clothing items in the likes of New Look and H&M. However, I will often find myself treking through the rails of clothes in the dingy lights and clouds of perfumes and body mists into the sale section at the back of the stores. 
I often pride myself on finding little gems hidden into little corners of shops in sales, and this was no exception. This time I found the most wonderful sleeveless swing dress with this beautiful (tribalish?) print on it... I've worn it out once or twice with my favourite cream cardigan, black tights and patent t-bar shoes already, although I am so excited to wear it out and about when I go to spain this summer with my rather over sized black fedora. I can't remember how much I actually bought the dress for in the end, but I can tell you that it wasn't half as pricey as it would've been before the price was reduced. 

Topshop

The final shop I went into on my little shopping trip was Topshop. I wasn't planning on spending loads in Topshop as I do feel like I have plenty of clothes already however I LOVE LOVE LOVE Topshop jeans. I have been searching high and low for some non-ripped slim fit boyfriend jeans for ages *lets just say I want to embrace my inner Karlie Kloss, okay?* but I cannot find them anywhere.
Just when I was on the verge of giving up my mum found them hidden away in the corner... and after trying on the most unflattering MOM jeans in the world, I fell in love with some beautiful slim fit non ripped boyfriend jeans! Yes, it does mean that I am now £37 poorer... however, I would say I am richer in terms finally finding a pair of non-skinny jeans that don't make me look like I am wearing my Dad's old "mowing the lawn" pair from the 90s.

Did you buy anything in the January Sales?
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x