Thursday, 20 February 2014

A Trip To The Hairdressers

Hey Guys!

If you follow me on Twitter, link here, you will have seen that I was going to the hairdressers today. My hair has grown a lot since my last haircut at the end of the summer, and I wanted a change. I have always longed for long (ha!) hair, but it was getting a bit worse for wear at the ends, and needed a tidy up.

I showed my hair stylist the photo below of Lily Collins but asked for it to be a little longer, considering  that we have different face shapes, and my last chop ended in disaster (my face looked like a moon, literally #roundfaceproblems). It was a bit shorter than I anticipated, but I've grown to love it. It's quite Suzie from HelloOctober I think, and it suits me (I hope).

What do you think? You'll be able to see it properly in my next video which I filmed today.

I might do a little styling video for mid length hair when I get to grips with what looks nice and what doesn't.

xoxo, Emma

Cactus Jacks, Dublin

Hey Guys!

I went out for lunch with my friends on Monday to celebrate the end of our mock exams. We picked Cactus Jacks, a Mexican restaurant near Jervis St. in Dublin. We went there last year for Valentine's Day and it was delicious, so we decided to try it out again!

They have amazing lunch deals, three tapas for €10 or a main course for €10. There are so many tapas to choose from, there really is something for everyone, so we all chose the three tapas option.

I love a good bowl of soup, and the homemade soup of the day was roasted red pepper which is one of my favorites. It came with two pieces of wholemeal french crusty bread with a fluffy, soft inside. I don't eat bread, but I just had to give it a try, and it was delicious dipped into the hot, slightly spicy soup.

I also ordered the guacamole which was infused with lime, chilli, tomato and garlic. It was served with a little pile of gorgeous, homemade tortilla chips that had such a satisfying crunch to them. They were a perfect pairing to the fresh, zesty guac.

Finally, I had the buffalo wings. I am such a sucker for buffalo wings, and boy were these good! They came dressed in a smoky barbecue sauce, and were accompanied with a little pot of blue cheese dip which I didn't touch, due to my hatred of cheese! The chicken wings were so yummy, I would go back, even if it was only to get the chicken wings again!

My friends all enjoyed their meal as well, and we all agreed to return to Cactus Jacks again, sometime soon. The staff were lovely and attentive, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was nice and relaxed.

Check out Cactus Jacks online here. The lunch offer runs from 12pm- 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

xoxo, Emma


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The New Handbag

Hey Guys!

I have been searching for a new handbag for a while now. I used to have an extortionate amount of handbags, but as my style has changed (a lot) I now find my old ones, well, awful. What was I thinking?? Have you ever had one of those fashion or beauty moments where you look back at yourself and think how could I ever have thought that would look good? Yeah, this is one of those moments. As a girl with a fairly tight budget, I knew it wouldn't be the time to invest properly in a designer bag that would last me years to come, so when I saw this beauty in Penneys (Primark to all the British out there!) I knew I had to buy it.

As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be the bag I would leave the shop with. Simplistic but still cute, I thought it might be one of those pieces in Penneys that are slightly more expensive (typical me, picking out the most expensive items!) but to my utter delight, it was a bargain. How much you ask? €11. Yep,  you read that right! It was then that I knew I had to get it!

A beige suede upper portion, with a band of faux leather running around the bottom and underneath of the bag, it is right up my street. I don't like all black bags as I think they are a bit too dark for me, so this hint of black leather is perfect. There is no lining to the bag, and it closes with a magnetic button up at the top. Inside the bag is a tablet sleeve made from black faux leather that is attached with a little clip. As there is no zip on the bag (and I don't own a tablet) I use the little pouch for my purse and phone.

I love this bag, and I think it is great value for money as it is quite sturdy.

xoxo, Emma


Sunday, 16 February 2014

My Thoughts// Tanya Burr Lips & Nails

Hey Guys!

As I'm sure you all know, Tanya Burr, beauty blogger extraordinaire, recently launched her debut makeup line featuring gorgeous lip glosses and nail polishes. Of course I had to check them out on the night of the launch. I may have made a purchase… or three! Whoops :o

The nail polish in 'Mischief Managed' and the lip glosses in 'Afternoon Tea' and 'Exotic Island' accidentally fell into my shopping basket! The nail polish and 'Afternoon Tea' haven't arrived yet, even though I ordered them first, but the 'Exotic Island' lipgloss came earlier this week, and I just had to tell you about it!

 'Exotic Island' is a creme finish gloss in a gorgeous purple hue. It has micro shimmer that isn't visible on the lips, which is great for me as I hate shimmery lip products. As it says on the packaging, this lipgloss is not sticky at all! It feels smooth on the lips, and the pigmentation is great. I was a bit scared to order the shade, as it looks very purple on the website, but Tanya posted a picture of herself wearing it, and I was sold!

The packaging is sleek and the little heart on the lid, and Tanya's signature make it really cute and girly.  The applicator is quite unusual. It isn't a doe foot, it is very rounded and picks up just the right amount of product to apply to the lips.

The lip glosses are available on FeelUnique's website, and Cloud10Beauty. They should be arriving in Superdrug stores in the next few months too. I would definitely recommend checking these out, as they truly are beautiful products.

xoxo, Emma


Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine's Day

Hey Guys!

I am finally finished my mocks. HALLELUJAH! I am actually so happy, three weeks of exams really takes it out of you! This week is mid-term and I am going to film a few videos and plan a few posts to make up for my little hiatus. Today I thought I would share with you all my relaxed Valentine's Day.

I love baking. Like a lot. Yesterday I made TripleChocoFudge Avocado Cookies courtesy of The Londoner, for my friends as a little treat for finishing the mocks and also for Valentine's Day. Needless to say, they went down a treat! Who can say no to a fudgy cookie, complete with whole squares of white and milk chocolate? Not even my sister, who has a crazy amount of will-power! She liked them so much, it was requested that I make them again today while she was at college. Of course, being both an amazing sister [;)] and a chocoholic, I obliged.

Here are a few pictures of the amazingness that is these cookies.


As I am off for the next week, I am open to suggestions/ requests for blog posts and Youtube videos. Comment below, or on my Youtube page (click the 'Youtube' tab above!) and let me know!

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Till next time, and I hope you enjoy the rest of Valentine's Day, no matter who you spend it with <3

xoxo, Emma

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Study Tips & Tricks

Hey Guys!

As it's exam time (woo), and I know a lot of you are doing the dreaded exams at the moment, I thought I would compile a little list of my top tips and tricks for revising. I hope they come in handy!

1// Before Revising

  • Either make a to-do list or a timetable. Personally, to-do lists suit me more, as I am the type who studies a topic until it's done, I can't say that I'll study a topic for half an hour, because who knows how long it will take to learn it properly?! To make a to-do list, decide which subjects take priority, such as your weakest subject or the earliest exams on your exam timetable. Try not to focus only on the subjects that you are good at and enjoy, spread the love around!

  • Get rid of distractions. Turn off the TV, your computer, and put your phone away. I do use my phone occasionally to look things up, but if you need a translator, use a dictionary as online translators are often not grammatically correct. Just ask your teacher, they can easily spot an essay that has been Google Translated to within an inch of it's life!
2// During Revision

  • Write notes. I find that this method of revision works the best for me. Get an A4 Refill Pad (like a Pukka Pad etc.) and use this for your notes. You can get a pad for each subject if you like to keep your notes in it, but I just have one pad and tear out my notes, which I then put into the corresponding folder. This method works well for subjects with a lot of theory, like Home Ec, Art History, Science subject and Business. The main objective is to condense the chapters as much as possible so you can just glance over notes before an exam. There isn't much point in having notes that are super long and detailed, you may as well just use the textbook!

  • Don't just read the book. A study session is not worthwhile if you just sit there reading. When I do this, I end up just getting bored and not learning anything! Write notes, or even draw mind-maps if the subject allows it. Doing past paper questions is also great, as it gives you an idea of what you will be expected to know, and the structure of the paper.

  • Use color. When writing notes, use color as this will highlight the important parts, and make looking over notes much easier before going into an exam. Get a pack of colored pens/ markers (like you need another excuse?!) and use a different color for titles of topics, definitions, and other important parts.

  • Lay it out carefully. Again, this will just make pre-exam revision much easier, if everything is laid out clearly and comprehensively. The use of color will also help this!

Maths Notes
  • Take breaks! This is so important in order to actually retain any of the information you have looked over! If you study for 3 hours straight, you may remember one thing from the beginning of the 3 hours, but not much else. After each topic, or every 40 mins if you prefer, go out of your room/ study space, and do something that isn't study! Read a blog post, watch a youtube video or if like me, you're weird, stretch! I love to stretch because I'm working on being able to do the splits, and it also helps stretch my back because I tend to slouch at my desk. Weird, I know!
3// After Revison/ Before Exam

  • Get a good night's sleep. This is so important, as you do not want to be tired the day of an exam. If it's getting late and you feel like you still aren't ready, go to sleep early and set your alarm a little earlier than usual so you can fit in a bit more study. Read over notes and say them aloud a few times, especially if they are things like science equations. It also helps to write them down a few times without looking at the book! Don't peek! ;)

So they are my top tips for studying and revising, before, during and after an exam. I hope they were helpful, and you are able to use them! These are the methods that work for me, and I know that everyone has their own way to revise, but I hope at least that these were motivation to start studying.

Happy Studying!
xoxo, Emma
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