If You Try One Thing: Umberto Giannini Grow Scalp Scrub

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If you’ve ever wanted soft, cleaner-than-clean hair, this may be the answer to your prayers. I tried this scalp scrub on a whim, after seeing it pop up on online whilst searching for haircare, and then finally deciding to purchase it after a trip into Boots. I am so glad that I bought it, and I think that you probably should too!

This is the Umberto Giannini ‘Grow Scrub’ Scalp Scrub, both vegan and cruelty-free, it claims to help hair grow longer and stronger. Now I can’t comment on the growing part, as naturally my hair grows quite quickly, and to be honest I’m not too fussed about it being longer anyway. What I was really hoping for from this scrub was a nice scalp and hair that actually looked clean – I can definitely say I love this scrub and it does exactly what I need it to do.

It may claim to be a scrub, but it is so much more than that, and not even that much of a scrub to begin with! As you can see there are small pieces of seal salt encompassed within the product, but these are so gentle and you can barely even notice them, which I think is great for those with sensitive skin, and for those who just want to give their scalp a quick scrub every now and again. Within the scrub there claims to be:

  • Caffeine to stimulate circulation
  • Pea Sprout Extract to accelerate hair growth
  • Wheat Protein to sooth the scalp
  • Seaweed to add marine nutrients for hair health
  • Algae to heal and moisturise
  • Irish Moss to smooth and soften hair
  • Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to nourish and moisturise
  • Sea Salt Granules to gently exfoliate and detox the scalp

So it’s definitely packed full of good stuff, and again whilst I can’t necessarily attest to each individual ingredient, I do know that it leaves my hair feeling softer and my scalp exfoliated. Considering that it’s a scalp scrub, it lathers up extremely well, and is basically a shampoo at the same time, meaning you only need to follow with conditioner each time you use this. Recommend use is once a week, which I think is appropriate if you only wash every other day or similar, since it really does give a deep clean.

It retails on the Boots website for £9, which seems like a lot, but currently they have a 3for2 offer on that occurs quite frequently. For the amount that you need to use you are actually getting a lot of product too, so the cost is definitely worth it. If you’ve tried this before let me know, alternatively if you try it after this post also let me know!

As always,

Love, Emily x

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Christmas Gift Guide // Cruelty-Free Beauty

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It’s that time of the year again! Soon enough it’ll be Christmas, and what better gift is there to give to a beauty lover than… well, beauty. All of the gifts I’ve suggested are from cruelty-free brands, and range in price, so hopefully there will be something for everyone here. The great thing about writing this post is that I get to share with you some of the things that I already love, and get to try some new things for myself too! Let’s get on to the guide then shall we…

 

I’ll start off with a more luxurious gift first, this being the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk collection, specifically the eyeshadow quad, lipstick, and lipliner. I think that this would be the perfect gift for someone who wants something luxurious, yet simple, and easy to wear everyday. The next pick I have is this bareMinerals duo, featuring a full size blush and full size mascara worth £44 for only £18! Whilst I haven’t tried either of these yet, I’ve heard great things about the Gen Nude blushes, and am always happy to try out new mascara’s. A brand I have been interested in is Milk Makeup, and I thought that this trio is the perfect way to try out some of their best items that a lot of people seem to really love. It contains a Kush Brow Gel, Kush Mascara, and Kush Lip Balm – just what everyone needs to complete a makeup look. My final makeup pick is the Pixi Glow Mist, a must have setting spray for those with dry skin, or those who love that summer glow. This is the perfect size to be a stocking filler too!

Next let’s move on to skincare and body care! First up is this sweet little pamper kit from UpCircle, which includes 3 sachets of body scrubs, 3 sachets of face scrubs, and a sachets of facial oil – perfect to test out the products before buying the full size. All of the items are vegan, as well as being cruelty-free and natural! Next we have the ‘Shower Together Kit‘ from Frank Body, containing two body scrubs to really life your spirits. This is also the perfect gift to introduce the brand to a loved one – who doesn’t love a good body scrub right? A brand that I once again have not tried before but have heard great things about is Briogeo, so I thought that this duo of their ‘Don’t Despair, Repair!’ kit would be a great little stocking filler. Finally I thought that the ThisWorks pillow mist and stress balm would also be a great stocking filler, and is just something that could make those nights spent in bed even better!

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I hope that you found this at least somewhat useful, and has given you a few ideas for gifts this Christmas! I can’t wait to see what everyone gets this year, and if you’re thinking about buying any of these let me know, or share it with me on Instagram/ Twitter, I’m always there.

As always,

Love, Emily x

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My New Favourite Foundation Brush + A Foundation Discussion

Foundation is something that I want to love, but for some reason just don’t. I’ve tried a few, and I’ve just found that my skin looks just as good when I’ve only used concealer and then gone in with other products. Of course that won’t stop me from lusting after them and desperately hoping that they’ll be everything I’ve ever wanted – and more. However I am not allowed to buy anymore until I actually use the ones that I already own, as they are neglected, and I don’t want to waste them anymore, as I am trying to be more environmentally conscious, and simply loathe the idea of chucking something that has hardly been used.

But I have hope – that one day I will manage to use an entire bottle of foundation, and begin to enjoy the process of makeup application again, as this year it has taken a very hard hit, and I’m just not happy with the amount I own that is not being used. I have set myself a project pan, but sometimes I just don’t want to wear makeup – and that is usually every day, so I am not making progress like other people do. Don’t get me wrong, I have made some progress that I am happy with, but not enough for me to be comfortable adding to my collection yet, despite the ever growing wish lists…

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ANYWAY! Enough of me moaning and making excuses, here’s the more exciting part of this post – I’ve found a brush for foundation that I actually don’t mind using! I picked up the e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Airbrush Stipple Brush / £10 / in my latest order, and I was so happy that I did, as it isn’t so dense that it makes my skin look even drier when I buff it onto my skin, but has enough firmness to give a nice sheer blend – which is my preferred look. I don’t think this is the brush for those who prefer higher coverage foundations, as it doesn’t have enough ‘strength’ to provide a full blend that they may require.

It features extremely soft, white fibre hairs that are of course cruelty-free, to help provide a ‘buildable, airbrushed coverage’. These fibres are also vegan, as they are synthetic, as is most of their brush line, which is a great feat to have for such an affordable makeup line. As you can see in the photo, there are some longer fibres that stick out past the main bulk of the brush – it is supposed to come like this, and is not simply falling apart from the start. I have seen people complain about this when leaving reviews, and it is clearly this way before you take it out of the packaging, and since I have used it a fair few times too I can say that these are not shedding, and that the brush is actually very good quality. Also the product photos on their website show these longer bristles, so that helps to prove that it is meant to be like that!

Thanks for reading this post if you made it this far, and I’ll hopefully see you again on my next post! Tell me how you feel about foundation, and what your favourite brush is?

As always,

Love, Emily x

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Things I Am Hoping For

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A more chilled post, but also somewhat important personally. Currently I have a couple weeks left until I go back to university, and it just had me thinking about the things I hope will happen, and generally hope will be okay for the rest of the year. Naturally I am starting to worry, and I know that as term draws nearer I will worry even more, as I don’t particularly find uni to be enjoyable, but I know that it isn’t hell like I imagine it to be. So I thought I would note all of the things that I am hoping for going forward, in order to help comfort myself and to maybe put them into the universe too.

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  • That University Is Okay, and I Survive It

I’m about to enter my final year, which means dissertation time and probably more stress that I’ve ever felt before – I am scared, somewhat that I’m going to do horribly and have wasted three years, and somewhat that I’m going to break out of my comfort zone, which isn’t a bad thing, but it naturally makes me feel uncomfortable. My only glimmer of hope currently is that I was lucky, and have already done the majority of testing (I study Psychology), meaning that I can start writing the results much faster than others who have to gather data during the year. The other bit of hope I have is that over the summer I managed to secure an internship with a local company, and have the option to continue that part-time once I start back at uni, which means I no longer need to worry about finding a job for now, and get to make a little bit of money too.

  • That I Actually Manage to Use Up Some of my Makeup

Okay, this may not seem like it’s that important, but recently I’ve started becoming annoyed with myself because I just neglect all of the makeup I own. I know that in order to use up products I actually have to use them, but the physical application is just not as enjoyable as the idea of wearing it anymore, despite the fact that I enjoy some of the new releases and would very much like to purchase them at some point. So, I am being very strict from now on, and I will not be buying any new makeup until I am happier with my consumption. Me and my family would like to go to New York next year, and so if it comes to it I will halt any new purchases until then, and instead will focus on the brands that I cannot currently buy here in the UK, such as Bite Beauty, although a lot of them are making their way here which is great.

  • That I Can Find a Love for Exercise

I am the worst at going to gym, and I don’t think I’ve been in about five months, which is really bad since I am paying money for it and essentially wasting it. I don’t hate exercise, it’s just finding the motivation to keep going, and be consistent with it too. Aside from taking my dog on walks, I don’t do other exercise at home, as it simply feels weird, and as I said I have no motivation for it unless I’m physically at the gym. So if my university timetable seems okay, I will try to go to the gym either before or after, and maybe try out some classes since they are included within the membership. I also need to build up the courage to go again after so many months, but I know what exercises I can do, and will slowly work my way back into it, and take my time if I feel a bit too overwhelmed.

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So these are the things that I am hoping for in the next few months! I really hope that things will turn out okay, because I will be very unhappy if they don’t. Are you hoping for anything before the year is up?

As always,

Love, Emily x

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Let’s Talk About… Lipliners!

Over the last year I’ve tried out a few brands of lipliners, and it didn’t take long for me to realise which ones I loved more than the other. Makeup is obviously very personal, and so my opinion is most likely different to a lot of other people’s, but I’m sure I won’t get hate for my preference on lipliners! So I thought I would just talk about how I feel about the different kinds and what I like/ dislike about them, and hopefully you can tell me what you prefer too.

I think it’s fair to say that there are only really two types of lipliners: cream, and pencil. Of course there are different variations within these categories, but I think that we can agree these are the main types. So, I’ve come to realise that I much prefer pencil lipliners over cream, purely because I find that with the cream ones, I struggle to keep a sharp line without it feathering, or smudging where it shouldn’t. With pencil ones, it is much easier for me to line where I want, and wipe it away when I’ve messed up, without getting it all over my chin as well.

Now, this is where it gets trickier though. My preference for creams differs between the packaging that it comes in! Stupid, I know right? But I’ve found that retractable cream liners are all good, whereas cream liners that come in a pencil format, are a big no-no – despite the fact that I have a few which I need to use up really…

So, what actually comes of all this? Well, nothing really, I just wanted to talk about them, and see what others think too. I won’t name brands because there’s no need, but I will say that cheaper lip liners basically do the exact same as more expensive brands, so don’t think you need to spend a lot on lipliners, as they all do the same thing in the end!

Do you have a lipliner preference, or am I just rambling on?

Anyway! As always,

Love, Emily x

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Personal Goals Update: What Have I Achieved So Far?

Welcome back! That’s both for me and you since I’ve been non-existent for the last couple months. Life just catches up doesn’t it? I have a lot of free time though so I need to get my arse in gear and keep working on my blog. I have a somewhat late mid-year update on my personal goals that I set for myself at the start of the year, which can be read here. Without further ado, let’s see how well I’ve done so far!

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First up let’s get the bad stuff out of the way: exercise. Currently on my little notepad it reads that i’ve exercised three times since the start of the year… whoops! Okay it’s not actually as bad as that, as for the last few months I have been walking the dog at least once a day, sometimes twice, along with walking into town etc. so I have exercised, just not like actual dedicated gym going or strength workouts. I do still want to get back to the gym before summer is over, and this is something I will try to work on.

Second item is: reading books. I mean, i’ve read three in total this year, part way through another, so it’s not great but it could be worse! I have also spent time reading comic books too, but haven’t included them in the count because they don’t take up the same amount of time as other books do. I think maybe i’ll try to have read six before the end of the year, and will see if I can improve upon that for next year.

Thirdly, makeup is hard to get through, sometimes hard to wear, and so I am falling behind on my target, but am sure I can make it up before the end of the year. Currently as I am writing this I have worn a full face of makeup (e.g. brows and mascara along with face products) 33 times this year. To some of you that is probably extremely poor, but I just don’t wear it when I go out as much as I did a few years ago. Technically I should have worn it 50 times by now if I was trying to do it half and half, but I do still have five and a half months left to reach my target of 100. Pray for me, and my makeup, which is most certainly in need of some loving!

Finally, the best goal in terms of progress; use up 30 products. I can proudly say that I am currently on 24 products used up completely, and am working my way through many others! I haven’t included mundane things such as toothpaste or soap as it is specifically about my beauty products. Some things I had wanted to actually finish, others were just through using them consistently. I definitely get great satisfaction when I can finally finish an item and add it to the list!

So there we have it, six months into the year. I will do a final update at the end of the year too, and we shall see whether I have been able to improve these statistics!

As always,

Love, Emily x

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Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Palette – Worth the Hype?

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First of all, can we appreciate how beautiful this packaging is? It’s like a pinky-purple heaven with gold vibes! Anyway, I wasn’t planning on doing a review of this, since it’s been out for a while now and the time has most likely passed, but I had these pictures and didn’t want to waste them since they are STUNNING.

First impressions are that the colours look beautiful, it will definitely suit my skin tone, and I do expect my face to glow when using this palette. I’m gonna say it – I’m a teeny bit disappointed in this, mostly because of how hard it is to pick up the product, mostly the bronzer and blush topper. I can overlook this though, because I somewhat bought this for the novelty of it along with actually wanting to use it, and so if I want to use it I don’t mind spending a bit more time using it.

The highlighters do seem to work a bit better though, which is a good thing! When using my normal brush I can clearly see the colour deposit on my cheeks, but especially my nose for some reason – although I’m not complaining! My only disappointment is that the first highlighter, the champagne colour, is slightly darker than I would have anticipated. Now it doesn’t leave any dark cast on my face, but it’s also not as vibrant as I thought it would be, and I was excited because I don’t have a colour like that in my collection.

This is purely my own problem though! The highlighters work just as they should and swatch beautifully as well as apply really well, whereas the blush topper swatches well but takes a bit of building up to actually see the pink and not just gold flecks. Overall it is still the bronzer that let’s this palette down the most, as it seems dryer than the other powders, which is what I think makes it harder to pick up without digging your brush into it for a while!

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If you’re interested in buying this palette, I would only do so if you don’t mind working with it a bit more than other products, as you most likely will have to find a way to use it that works for you. Once you’re holding it in yours hand though… you feel like luxury!

I hope you found this post useful, and thank you for reading.

As always,

Love, Emily x

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