The Makeup Artists Choice

A beauty/lifestyle blog By Kate Emma

Beauty basics

Basic is not a word that I would use to describe my beauty routine. I like to play around with makeup, mix foundations together, and layer products up to create my own perfect base. It may be over the top for some, but for me, it’s fun and I love nothing more than trying new and exciting stuff.
But as exciting as new is, sometimes it’s good to go back to basics. We all have our essential everyday beauty products that sometimes get overlooked because they are no longer ‘new’ but it's these products that need to be raved about a little more, because nine times out of ten, they are anything but basic.


laura mercier primer

The start of the story. Priming your skin is where the beginning of the story is for beautiful skin. We wouldn’t just go in and start painting a naked wall before priming it, so why should we apply our foundation straight to naked skin before priming?
 Priming will not only prepare your skin so you can apply your foundation more flawlessly, but it helps to even out the skin tone and give your foundation something to hold onto all day, instead of your skincare.
Laura Mercier's Foundation Primers for me will always be at the top of their game. Coming in seven different formulas she caters for all.
 Radiance, Oil-Free, Hydrating, Blemish-Less, SPF 30, Radiance Bronze and my personal favorite and the original, Foundation Primer.

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ysl lipstick

Nude lipsticks definitely had their moment last year, with every beauty brand releasing their huge ranges of nude lip colors it all felt a bit over saturated and a bit done.
 But one color I cannot help myself from going back to each time is the YSL Beige Tribute.
The formulation has a beautiful satin finish to it and is gorgeously creamy to apply and it also has the added benefit of SPF 15 added to it. 
This color instantly freshens up even the most sallow of complexions, whilst also being one of the easiest to wear.
Mine has been well worn and loved, but even now (with its slightly tarnished packaging) I get a thrill from pulling it out of my handbag.  

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Rimmel London 005 Nude

rimmel London nude eyeliner

Staring at a computer screen for an obscene amount of hours a day causes strain on our eyes, then we leave the computer screen to stare at out phone screens creating more stress for our eyes. 
All this eyeball stress causes the not so attractive ‘Red Eye’. 
Apart from making sure that I take regular breaks from my computer screen, I’ve been popping in Rimmel Nude eye pencil to my waterline to create a brighter wide-eyed look.
Less stark than a white eyeliner, a nude creates the illusion of a brighter eye without the harshness of white. 
Any nude eyeliner will do the job but this Rimmel one has been in my collection for years and is super affordable and creamy.


Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar And Glow

charlotte tilbury filmstar and glow

Two in ones don’t usually rock my world, but this sculpt and highlight duo certainly has.
 On one side is a bronzer, that when dusted around the high tops of your face, gives you the most glowy sun-kissed look and when paired with the subtle yet buildable highlight from the right side of the palette you create a glow that not even Kim K could rival.
Everything about this product, from the formulation to the packaging is utterly divine.
 This has become a staple part of my makeup routine, and I cannot see that changing in the fore coming future.


Eve Lom Kiss Mix

eve lom kiss mix

Our lips often get overlooked. 
Whilst we have a ten-care step routine for your face and eyes, the delicate skin of the lips is often forgotten.Yet if someone has dried cracked lips we notice, it's hard not to. Just adding that extra little step into your routine can help us avoid from ever being caught out in that situation.

The Eve Lom lip mix, maybe a little on the pricey side for a lip balm, but by spending that much it has forced me to use it, which in turn works out great for my lips. 
Kiss Mix has a lovely minty taste to it and leaves the lips hydrated and not over glossy like certain other brands. 

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I'm so late to the party with this one (living under them rocks again) but let's talk Fitbit.
 If you haven't been living under a rock with said self, then you should know these flashy bands upon people’s wrists are a great aid into keeping/getting fit.

But, if you have been sharing the same rock as me then here's a quick bullet point list to give you the overall purpose of the Fitbit:

  • By day it records and tracks the steps you take, the distance you travel and the number of calories burned.
  • By night it records and monitors your sleeping pattern as well as the quality of sleep you experience and all records and reports are stored on your laptop or as I do, using the nifty little App.

 I have the Fitbit Blaze which does all the same great stuff as the original Fitbit but more, such as:

  • Reminders to move, Blaze prompts you to walk 250 steps every hour with its nifty reminders.
  • Blaze uses SmartTrack to automatically recognize and record exercises for you, so you’ll get credit for a workout even if you forget to log it (like me!)
  • Linking your Android/iPhone up to Blaze

Working nine to five often means that I'm sitting on my behind for a lot longer than I would like to admit, but with my Blaze on my case reminding me to get my 250 steps in every hour, I have found that I'm making much more of a conscious effort to move around. 
Yay for me! 
After all, my step count that I'm aiming for is 10,000+ a day.

The Blaze also gives you not only the ability to control your music directly from your wrist, but you can also push your notifications straight to it too. This is a handy function for when you’re out and about, and have your phone tucked deep down inside of your bag. This option can be turned off though if you don't want to be disturbed whilst you go about your day.

On top of all of this, it also gives you the option to record a food diary (you can link it up with My Fitness Pal), keeps track of your hydration levels AND (one of my favorite parts) act as your alarm. You can set your Fitbit Blaze to wake you each day by quietly vibrating on your wrist.
 If you're like me and hate being woken up by the sound of noise, then this is an absolute godsend. It is also a great little function for if you need to awaken earlier than your partner, your definitely get yourself some plus points.

The Fitbit Blaze is a great little bit of kit if you're new to the fitness industry or have been working out for years.
 Having the app on my phone and checking it regularly has really helped to keep me motivated, and all the little extras it comes with are a great bonus.
It’s also super stylish, and I never say no to a bit of style.

Do you own a Fitbit?

botanics hair care

Hair. I’m certain mine hates me. 
It’s often tonged, blow-dried, straightened and back brushed (RIP) to within an inch of its life. I was never blessed with lushes’ locks, it has always somewhat sat pathetically on top of my head, with the sole purpose of getting knotty, so if I don’t do one of the above tortures to my hair then I end up resembling Worzel Gummidge.
So what with this being a daily occurrence I’ve had to set myself some strict rules on hair care and maintenance.

1)      Try not to wash it every day.

For the longest time, I was one of those people that had to due to the fact my hair would never play ball the next day. But if you can try just for one week, washing your hair every other day, it does become more manageable. Constantly washing all the much-needed scalp oils out of our hair, is doing the opposite of what you want. The more you wash them out, the more they over produce. It’s a vicious greasy hair cycle. Dry shampoo is my saving grace these days, and sometimes I can even push not washing it to the third day, but it generally tends to mean that I must wear it up, perched upon my head.

2)      Invest in shampoo.

There was a time I had the driest scalp, now dry scalp is not to be confused with dandruff, neither of which is to be ashamed of, but getting mixed up with what condition you have on your head can often lead to more of a problem. I’m not going to go too much into how I sorted out my dry scalp (that’s a whole different post entirely) but if you’re looking for some suggestions to help cure a dry scalp then you can check out the best shampoos for a dry scalpwhich is a nice place to start if you’re looking for gentle, effective shampoos to help sort out the dryness.

Investing in good hair care is a step in the right direction and I’m currently loving Loreals Botanicals Coriander range which contains no silicones, no colorants or parabens and is an absolute treat for the hair and nose (the smell, I don’t recommend shampooing your nose hairs).

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3)      Condition like you never conditioned before.

Due to all the trauma (gulp!), I cause my hair, I always make a conscious effort to deep-condition it a couple of days a week. I know when I normally wash my hair, my everyday conditioner stays on my hair strands for approx. 30 seconds before I’m rinsing it off, so treating my locks to an intensive moisture session is an absolute must.
 I either like to use a pre-shampoo treatment like the wonderful Phillip Kinsley’s Elasticizer (A must for all hair types in my humble opinion!) or my Loreal Botanicals Saffron Intensive mask. I leave either on for as long as possible on the days that I treat my hair.

4)      Don’t do it yourself.

Step away from the box dye. I have been you and believe me, it isn’t worth the hassle. Most box hair dyes are aimed at virgin hair (hair that hasn’t seen colorant yet) even though they don’t like to tell you this. If you have already colored hair, then 9 times out 10 your hair will not come out the same shade as that beautiful woman on the boxes.
 Unfortunately, with hair coloring you get what you pay for, colorists go through years of training to be able to transform your locks into what it is your heart so desires. 
The box didn’t.

5)      Over styling.

I hold my hands up to this one myself. But I am getting better.
 My natural hair has a slight wave to it underneath, so instead of blow-drying it on the days I’m only going out the house to Sainsbury's, I instead scrunch dry it with a sea salt spray to play up to the waves and give it a bit of omft. 

If you have you got any hair tips or product recommendations make sure to leave them in the comments below!
Autumn Style Staples

Autumn has arrived here in the UK, bringing with it the transition seasons rustic colors and those bright fresh mornings that fill me with excitement every time I wake.

For me Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year and with those crisp mornings coming so does the inevitable warmer layers. Light cotton T shirts make way for heavier knits, layering becomes a staple go to and the color palette of everyday outfits begin to change to suit the moodier weather.
As the leaves fall, dressing for Autumn (especially here in the UK) can become a day to day challenge with the ever-erratic weather. One minute it's pleasantly mild out and your rethinking wearing your five layers, the next minute the heavens will open leaving you wondering why you even bothered.

 Autumn/Winter staples are now what’s solely on my wish list, so ive teamed up with Love The Sales, to bring you my top fashion picks for fool proof dressing this 
“Pre Fall”.

UGG boots reduce reduced from £80 to £40

ugg boots

Ralph Lauren Jumper reduced from £119.99 to £59.99

ralph lauren jumper

Converse Sweat reduced from £60 to £42

Ted Baker Jumper reduced from £99 to £55

ted baker jumper

Ted Baker Jumper reduced from £119 to £70

ted baker jumper

TopShop Joni Jeans reduced from £41.99 to £35.69

topshop joni jeans

Jack Wills jeans reduced from £64.95 to £20

jack wills jeans

Superdry Leather Bomber reduced from £149.99 to £75 

superdry leather bomber

Dealing With Exhaustion
“Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing.” 
― Izey Victoria Odiase

How many of us are guilty of over exerting ourselves?
 I know I am. I take on more then I can handle, because I hate saying no.
 Slowing down isn't an option, as I get the overwhelming urge that things may get on top of me, and I rarely ask for help, because the perfectionist in me won't allow it.
At times I am my own worst enemy.

But since when has slowing down, and taking a step back mean defeat?

In this twenty four hour digital world that we live in, my brain is constantly ticking over, and just recently I've had to admit to myself that I am exhausted and it's nothing to be ashamed of.
I made a vow with myself right there and then that before this became a major problem I would take some me time.
So as more of a reminder to myself than anything else here are my tips for preventing, and dealing with exhaustion, with the hopes that it may help someone else.

Eat yourself well

Its so easy to forget to eat well when you are to busy with everything else. Snacking on sweets and eating junk food is the equivalent of putting petrol in a diesel car. You wouldnt do this to your vehicle, but yet we happily do it to our bodies. Try to make sure you eat well balanced foods, and I promise you now, your energy levels will soar. Its amazing what a bit of healthy eating can do.

Switch Off 

Whether it’s to simply take a breather from the computer screen or get outside into the fresh air. Wherever you can, step back and switch off. I use to be terrible for immediately reaching for my phone as soon as I woke up, but now I try to just lay there and think about the day ahead of me.
 Taking this time to get my day in order has made me feel so much more productive in the mornings, instead of preoccupying my brain with the newest blogger twitter beef!

 Know When To Stop 

Its so easy to be sat working till ungodly hours, or tweeting at unsociable hours. But knowing when to stop, and actually stopping has made the biggest impact on my energy levels. Instead of completely burning myself out, having a complete recharge has made such a refresh on my brain.

 Relax & Pamper 

I use to feel so guilty about simply reading a afternoon away. Sitting down with my favorite mug and comfiest PJ's with a good book, always left me feeling like I was doing something wrong. In my mind, there was always something else I could be getting on with. The reality is, none of these so called things that needed doing were going anywhere. 
They can wait.
Indulging in you, is one of the best things you can do for yourself, you just have to let that guilt go.

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