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Another Beauty Haul

Friday, July 29, 2016
UK Beauty Haul, Beauty First Impressions
It's been a while since my last beauty haul and this is actually one of two beauty haul posts! I have quite a few new products yes my spending ban hasn't gone great but also my boyfriend did buy me some of these. This is a mixture of highend and drugstore and my second beauty haul which will be up soon is all drugstore. 

I was on the hunt for a setting spray to set my makeup and also stop me getting oily throughout the day. I do love the L'Oreal Infallible Setting Spray but I always like to have at least two sprays. I came across the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray on Beauty Bay and knew I had to have it. The name alone had me! They are designed to reduce oil which makes them perfect for oily skin. What makes this spray different is it comes in five different scents, I chose peach as I love anything peach scented. I will be doing a full review next week letting you know how I got on with it. 

I have been wanting a light/nude coloured pencil to go in my waterline, I saw this NYX one and picked it up. I chose the lightest shade and it works perfectly. White liner on my waterline doesn't suit me so this is the next best thing with it being more skin tone like.

My mum actually uses this foundation and I tried hers then had to buy it myself! I did get this £10 cheaper than RRP so it didn't break the bank. It is a fuller coverage foundation that is supposed to be amazing on oily skin. I have never tried a Smashbox foundation so I thought I would give it a go. Review and swatches coming soon.

Oh what a nightmare this was. I bought this shade and "Petal" but petal came with the old wand and this one came with the new wand. Petal applied streaky, didn't dry matte and looked dreadful. When I contacted Sleek saying why is the old wand still being sold if the product has been altered to be made better as I only went to purchase them knowing the wand had been changed. I was told they cannot guarantee when you go into stores and buy them you will get the new wand! I think this is shocking as why re design a product and still sell the old version?  This Shabby Chic had the new wand but when you buy in store you can't guarantee that is what you will get. It is a lovely dark mauve and dries very matte.

I actually picked this up on a whim, I remember seeing them when they were first released but never bothered to buy them. I picked Tutti Fruity which is a violet/purple shade and it is really pigmented. It keeps my lips feeling hydrated and smooth whilst adding that pop of colour.

Zoeva Blush "Gentle Touch" | £8.50 | Link (Can't find on Beauty Bay Anymore)
My new favourite blush! Light pink blushers are my thing, they always have been and always will be. It is such a pretty baby pink shade which will suit most skin tones. The packaging is lovely and very sleek. 

I have just filled my large Z Palette full of Makeup Geek Shadows but Dirty Martini is a shade I needed but it was out of stock for a while. It is a matte khaki colour which looks amazing paired with Desert Sands as the transition shade and Jester on the center of the lid. 

I have contemplated buying these for so long but never knew if they would work on my extremely stupid thick hair. My hair is a nightmare, it takes two hairdressers to dry it! Due to how thick it is I do put it up alot but I hate the kinks you get left it. I decided to bite the bullet and buy a pack of three. I was surprised at how well these wrap round my hair, I can wrap it round three times where most bobbles would snap at this point. One big difference I have noticed is my hair doesn't pull and cause headaches like it did before and I get no kinks! If I have it in one of these all day then I will get the smallest kink but nothing major.

Zoeva Gentle Touch Swatch, Makeup Geek Dirty Martini, Sleek Shabby Chic

What are you newest beauty buys?

Best and Worst Primers

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Best and Worst Primers For Oily Skin

Primer is an essential part of my daily makeup routine. With having oily skin I always need to use a primer without one I would be an oily mess. My skin is sometimes combination but more often that not it is oily. I have trialed many primers and some of which have been awful. Two not mentioned in this post which I absolutely hate are the Benefit Porefessional Primer as I found it did blur pores but it didn't stop me getting oily at all and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer broke me out badly. Im not usually prone to breakouts but the Smashbox primer didn't agree with my skin at all. 

Product's I've Changed My Mind On

Friday, July 22, 2016
Beauty Products Worth The Hype
When going through my makeup collection recently I decided to have a big clear out. I wanted to throw away products I don't use or don't like anymore. When I buy products sometimes I love or hate them, then a few months later my opinion changes. These are five products I have really changed my mind on, some are good and some are just awful.

 I am also having a big sale over on my Depop selling new or swatched makeup cheaper than RRP.. Search by user: EmmysBeautyCave

20 Random Facts You Didn't Know About Me

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
20 Random Facts You Didn't Know About Me

I have been blogging for nearly two years now and I recently realised I have never done a get to know me post or a random facts post so I thought it was about time I changed that. I can't believe I have been running EmmysBeautyCave for nearly two years, It has gone so fast. Most of you who read my blog will know I started my blog due to being off long term sick for the past two years after having major reconstruction surgery. If it wasn't for my blog I don't know how I would of coped. 

#1. I was born in Reading but moved to Lancaster (North West) when I was four with my parents. The rest of my family are all still in Reading.
#2. Im 24, yes 24 I feel so old but when I was at the hospital a few weeks ago with no makeup on someone thought I had only recently left school!!
#3. I have a sister 8 years older than me. 
#4. I have a nephew who is 9.
#5. I have 3 tattoo's, definitely want more!
#6. Im obsessed with Disney, Little Mermaid is my ultimate fave.
#7. I HATE vegetables, I never liked them when I was young and I still don't now. 
#8. I have been in a long term relationship for over 6 years. 
#9. Im scared of goldfish, I don't know why but I can't even look at them. Even on TV I can't look at them!
#10. Im the joker, I would rather make a joke and make people laugh than sit and cry it's just how I am. 

#11. I have been hit by a car, it wasn't pleasant and is the reason I have needed surgeries. 
#12. I am clumsy, I literally end up in A&E on a yearly basis. From falling downstairs, burning myself, Appendix and plenty more!
#13. Im only just starting to feel confident in my own body, im a size 14 have a small waist but wide hips... Jeans hate me! 
#14. I was once on holiday, went to a waterpark at then end of a slide my boyfriend noticed my boob had come out... yes, yes there were plenty of people around *mortified* 
#15. On my 18th birthday I went to a cash point, walked back to the car got in to find I had sat in someone else's car! My mum and sister watched me the whole time and didn't stop me!!
#16. I don't know what im going to do next career wise when im mobile and fit to work again. 
#17. Im going to NY in November and haven't been more excited!
#18. I love concerts, I have seen Usher, Rihanna, Jason Derulo, Enrique and will be seeing Justin Bieber in October.
#19. I have been to Cuba, Malta, Cyprus, Ibiza, Mallorca and Jamaica. 
#20. Cheese is my life, I can't get enough especially Halloumi! 

Hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better!

Lee Stafford My Big Fat Root Boost Review

Monday, July 18, 2016
Lee Stafford My Big Fat Root Boost Review

A boost to the roots is something 90% of us need whether your hair is thick or fine. I have extremely thick long hair and find due to the weight of my hair it pulls my roots so they become flat whilst the rest of my hair still has this extreme volume and thickness. People who have thin hair need a boost on the roots to help add volume to their hair and make it appear thicker. When I saw the Lee Stafford My Big Fat Root Boost in Boots I knew I had to try it and I was quite excited. 

10 Under £10 | Drugstore Top Picks

Friday, July 15, 2016
Top Ten Drugstore Beauty Products

Don't get me wrong I am a girl that owns alot of high end products but nothing beats when you find a product that works better than high end products and save yourself a fortune! Most of my foundations are high end as I find they work better and are better quality but there are alot of drugstore gems out there!

How To Correct and Brighten Under Eyes

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
How To Correct and Brighten Under Eyes, Products to brighten under eye circles, dark under eye circle corrector

I am one who suffers with extremely dark under eyes and find it a nightmare to create a bright flawless awake look. Everyone looks a bright under eye as it makes your makeup look so much better. I have recently found my perfect products which do just that! Say goodbye to those tired dull black bags!

The Brush That's Worth It | Tangle Angel Review For Thick Hair*

Tangle Angel Wow White Review, Tangle Angel on Thick Hair

Tangle Angel is a brand I have seen alot of on Instagram and also heard people talk about them on Twitter. I have extremely thick hair and finding products and tools that work with it can be a nightmare! I have to admit I did always think can a hair brush really be all that? What's so special about the Tangle Angel? I decided to put it to the test...

Budget Eye Shadow Brushes with Crown Brush*

Monday, July 11, 2016
Crown Brush Eye Shadow Brushes Review, Budget Eye Brushes,

I do love a good bargain brush with the high end quality. I own far too many foundation brushes and not enough eye shadow brushes so these beauties from Crown Brush came at the right time. I picked four brushes which I new I needed and I knew I would get use out of. I would never pay £30 for one eye brush, not when there are much cheaper ones out there with just as good quality.  The only eye brushes I own are from Zoeva and Real Techniques. 

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation UK vs US

Wednesday, July 06, 2016
L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Review

The L'Oreal Infallible Foundation has become a well raved about foundation. Last year when the UK released the L'Oreal Infallible foundation I jumped at the chance to try it but I was very disappointed. I have really oily skin so I thought it would work for me. I also tried the US version which you can get from Ebay or Amazon, it does cost a few pounds more than the UK one. I thought I would compare the two as I can tell a huge difference and I have spoken to some other bloggers who agree there is a difference. 

Sensitive Skin with Sebamed | Sebamed Anti-Dry Skincare Range Review*

Sebamed Anti-Dry Skincare Range Review, PH Level in Skin

Lately my skin is driving me insane. I am lucky as I barely break out anymore and it is clear. I do suffer with extremely oily skin in my t zone and have slight scarring on my chin from very old breakouts. Recently I have noticed my skin become more sensitive and I have to be careful what skincare products I use, also I keep getting a small dry patch on each cheek. The dry patch lasts a little while then completely disappears. I have really been trying to take notice of what products I use and find products for more sensitive skin. The Sebamed skincare range has different products to suit different skin types but they all have a ph value of 5.5 which is perfect. 

I didn't really know much about ph levels for your skin but basically most people's skin has a ph level of around 5.5 but the ph scale runs from 1 - 14, 1 being very acidic and 14 being alkaline. Sebamed keep their products at a ph level of 5.5 to ensure it keeps your skin healthy and doesn't damage it in any way. 

Crown Brush Makeup Review & Swatches*

Monday, July 04, 2016
Crown Brush Makeup Review & Swatches

I think I have found a new brand to fall in love with. Crown Brush is a brand that is well known for it's amazing makeup brushes but they also sell many makeup items. I already owned two Crown Brush makeup brushes which I love and I also have a post going up next week featuring some of the Crown Brush Eye Brushes. This week it is all about the makeup. I was recently sent some items to try and I am over the moon.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

Friday, July 01, 2016
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! This baby is finally mine. The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint was on my list as soon as it was released. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is one of my holy grail foundations so I thought why not try the new release. I have extremely oily skin especially in the hot Summer weather so I needed something matte. I usually go for full coverage bases but lately now my skin is clear I am loving a lighter base but with medium coverage.