"Where there is hope, there is life." - Anne Frank

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush | Review

Recently I've seen the Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush dotted about the beauty community with raved reviews, so I thought I better give them a try. For the past few weeks now I've been giving these blushes a go to see how I like their application etc and to see if they were anything special. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. These are also meant to be a good dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Blush. 

As a person with oily skin, I usually opt for a matte blush or one that isn't too shimmery, but as you can hopefully see from the pictures they are far from matte. Do not let this scare you! Though they may look very shimmery in the pan they simply give your cheeks a little highlight that doesn't look too much. 

I picked up the colours 'Gorgeous Berries' and 'Alluring Rose' because I thought that they were probably the best colours for my skin tone. So lets go into the individual colours in a bit more depth.

First lets start with 'Gorgeous Berries'. This is a colour that some people might be a bit afraid of because it is so deep and pigmented, but if a tiny amount is applied it means that you can blend it to your desired shade. This colour is a beautiful berry colour with a little bit of shimmer that adds a nice little pop of colour to the cheeks. 

Moving onto 'Alluring Rose'. This one has to be my favourite of the two by far. Though it looks a bit plain and boring it is actually far from in on the cheeks. It gives the perfect shimmery, highlighted, rosy cheek, which I just adore. This gives a really beautiful warmth to the face that is perfect for everyday wear. I just adore this shade. 

Overall I'd say that you'll be seeing these two in future favourites posts and I also may well have to pay another visit to boots to pick up another shade or two because I just love the formula of these blushes.

You can find the Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush here for £8.99.

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed! 


This post was not sponsored. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


In my opinion, Amsterdam is mainly known for the wrong reasons. What I've found is that the majority of people think of either the Red Light District, the sex industry or the legalisation of cannabis when they hear 'Amsterdam'. But that's not the Amsterdam I saw when I visited this week. I saw the beautiful architecture and culture of the Dutch, I saw the history embedded in the walls of the buildings and I absorbed the ambiance.
I now see Amsterdam as a city with beauty and character, unlike any other. Unlike many cities, you get a feeling of security as you walk through the empty streets at night that are lined with bicycles. The locals that I met on my travels were all very accommodating and helped me where they could, which I appreciated very much. 
The scenery as you walk the streets in Amsterdam is another one of its wonders. I don't think I saw a single part of Amsterdam that was not beautiful in one way or another, and that's one of the main things I loved about this place. From the canals to the bridges to even a simple bench, they all make for a picturesque view. And the leaning buildings are just something else altogether. 
There is an unlimited number of things to do in Amsterdam also, from canal boat tours to museums, to the Anne Frank house and The Fault in Our Stars bench. Even just walking the streets or along a canal can pass time. We never ran out of things to do here and I think we even could have stayed an extra few days. Amsterdam has provided me with one of my favourite, if not my favourite, place that I have visited so far in the world. I have been absorbed into their culture and diversity and I hope to visit again soon. 

Until we meet again, Amsterdam.


This post was not sponsored.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Let's Talk About Life

I know that this is a change from my usual beauty and fashion related posts but I felt like writing a bit more of a deep, thoughtful post for a little change. Recently there has been quite a lot going on around me that has encouraged me to re-evaluate what I want to do with my life. 

You may or may not have heard of Jak Trueman. Over the past few months he has rightfully become quite a big deal in my community, this is because 15 year old Jak is dying from cancer. He is a complete inspiration due to the way he is dealing with this tragic news and also because he is being so incredibly selfless. There are pages set up called 'Jak's Journey' on facebook and twitter that you can follow which will be linked at the end of this post. There is also a 'Just Giving' page which was set up by his mum where you can donate to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. This is such a good cause and it would be greatly appreciated if you could donate by clicking the link at the end of this post. 

Another thing that has led me to having this re-evaluation is Anne Frank's diary. In February, as part of my Christmas, I'll be visiting Amsterdam to visit the Anne Frank house, so naturally I had to reread her diary. It really just puts into perspective that the people that were killed were real people with real stories. And it really just makes you realise how much we take what we have for granted and how it could all end at the drop of a hat.

Sorry if this post was a bit depressing, but I just had to express how I was feeling and I thought that Jak's amazing story had to be shared. 

Just Giving page to donate to leukaemia and lymphoma research: https://www.justgiving.com

Emma x