Emma Louise

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How I Organise my MakeUp and Skincare

Acrylic Makeup Organiser

Evenin' everyone!

This is a post that I've been wanting to do for a quite a while but I couldn't seem to get the time to clean everything before I got the camera out!

Now there are no guesses as to how I organise my makeup, and by the looks of Instagram and Pinterest, it seems like every other makeup obsessed girl can't be without her acrylic organisers...

I used to buy big vanity cases out of Primark for all my makeup (at £4/£5 a piece they were good value), but there were two things wrong with these...

1. I found that they got dirty quickly as powders and eyeshadows either leaked or smashed due to the way they were 'thrown' in on top of each other. 

2. I could never see what I owned so makeup at the bottom of the bag never saw daylight and therefore went a bit off and yucky. What a way to throw away money right?

Acrylic Lipstick Organiser

After scrolling through every makeup related hashtag on social media I quickly realised that these bags were no longer 'the way to go' and people were starting to buy plastic organisers so you could have all (or your most used) makeup in one place where it can easily be seen.

Acrylic Makeup Organiser

After searching high and low for organisers with the right layout I wanted, I found that eBay, Amazon and TK Maxx had the best selection. Personally my favourite is TK Maxx as you can actually see it for size and quality and they have a great selection if you hit it on the right day.

When picking acrylic organisers I would recommend that you have a look through your makeup drawer and pick out your everyday makeup pieces as well as those products that have been buried and forgot about but you want to start using them again (everyone has them!). That way you can see what you have the most of so you can pick the right shape and size accordingly. For example, if you have a bigger selection of foundations you may need larger compartments, if you are a lipstick horder you might need to look for an organiser with smaller, equal sized compartments that holds all your lipsticks. I actually use 4 organisers and in total I have 30 lipstick slots which is more than enough for me!

So what about your brushes? Again, Instagram and Pinterest have influenced me here and I'm sure you have seen these before... IKEA flower pots are the answer! For less than £5 these are so pretty with their decorative tops. I bought myself a light green one but it has been thrown aside at the moment. I wandered into TK Maxx a few months ago and wandered out with the organiser below. What do you think? I love it as it holds ALL my brushes at a squeeze so none are forgotten at the bottom of a drawer.

Makeup Brush Acrylic Organiser

For my pencils, whether that would be eyeliners, lip liners or brow pencils I simply use a tin tray. I got this little 'Paris' one when I was in France for a couple of euro - storage really doesn't have to be expensive!

Makeup Organisation

And below is what all this looks like in the 'makeup' drawer! I know a lot of people like their organisers to sit out on display in their room but I have a bit of an obsession with clean and tidy worktops and tables so I only have one that sits out on my sink! I got units specially made for my makeup and skincare so I could have it all in the once place which really helps to keep everything tidy...

Makeup Drawer Organisation

Bathroom Storage Ideas

Makeup Drawer Organisation

Skincare Drawer Organisation

The only problem with these organisers is that they get dirty with powders and eyeshadows very quickly and you can definitely see the dirt on them! In that regard they are quite high maintenance and difficult to clean. If you can't be bothered with the bother then you can get beautiful wicker baskets in different shapes and sizes (again, you'll find heaps of these in TK Maxx) which you can place in your drawers to separate everything into compartments. 

Apologies for the super photo-heavy post but I hope this gives you some ideas of how you can organise your makeup and skincare so you can maximise your space. Tweet me @EmmaLouRose_ox with your thoughts - I'd love to hear from you!

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NEXT Stone Grey Lace Up Sandals | Caged Heel Wishlist!

Next stone grey lace up sandals

Caged sandals are still doing the rounds right into Autumn so it's only right to dedicate a blog post to them! I have very narrow feet so I find it hard to get simple court heel shoes that don't slip off me when I walk (I'm sure others can relate!) Silicone heel grips don't always do the job and scrunching your toes up to keep the shoes on just isn't an option. The solution? Pretty caged sandals that are a little bit more interesting than plain courts and they stay on your feet!

I got these stone grey suede cages heels (or ghillie shoes!) in Next a good few years ago and they were the best buy. They are surprisingly comfy and they match all outfits. I've wore them casually and even to a wedding.

Next stone grey lace up sandals

After swooning online for a good while I have come to the conclusion that ASOS have the best selection! I have to say my favourites are number 6, that pointed toe is fierce! 
lace up heels

lace up heels

1. ASOS Hurricane Lace Up Heeled Sandals (£45)
2. ASOS Protecter Stud detail Caged Heels (£45)
3. PrettyLitteThing Lornah Black Caged Heels (£35)
4. Next Snake Print Premium Leather Knotted Shoe Boots (£62)
5. ASOS TACT Lace Up Tassel Heeled Sandals (£35)
6. ASOS PATROL Lace Up Pointed Heels (£42)
7. New Look Suedette Lace Up Heels (£27.99)

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5 Steps To Finding and Securing A Graduate Job

You've worn the gown and the mortarboard and received the evidence of your 4 years of hard work on a piece of rolled up card- now what?

This was exactly my thought the day after my graduation in July 2015. I was lucky in that I had secured a job in the April but that didn't stop me from feeling worried in that I no longer had a teacher or lecturer directing me through every step and decision.

In truth, I believed that after university I would be absolutely sure about what I wanted to do and know the exact steps I needed to take to get there. Fast forward 1 year and a bit and I'm sitting in my living room writing this on a cold, wet Sunday. Do we really ever understand what we want out of life? After all, we spend so much of our lives in employment we absolutely MUST enjoy it, for the most part!

I've thought about this often, so I have put together a few tips on how to find a job that you enjoy and WANT to do! 

1. What are you PASSIONATE about?

This is a question I always ask myself and it's one that I often thought too much into. It doesn't even involve too much thinking. When you are doing something, wether it's writing, doing sport, acting or designing, do you just get that feeling in your gut that this is what makes you truly happy? If you are an active person that is onto sport, you will not flourish in an office environment. If you are a natural 'outside of the box' thinker and you like to design things, a job that is limiting to you will kill your creativity. 

Make a list of the things that you are PASSIONATE about and a list of things that if you had to do them everyday, you'd run for the hills. 

It sounds simple, but I am 24 years old and have only thoroughly thought about this recently. It helps to de-mistify your thinking and it gives you something to work with at the very least. Honestly!

2. Take your PASSION and work on SELF-LEARNING

Now this isn't so easy. We, as new graduates, are used to being told what to do and when to do it. Throughout school and university or college you had homework set, deadlines to meet and exams to sit. Suddenly you have to stand on your own two feet and you feel somewhat Bambi-fied. A bit shaky, with a wobble here and there that results in a fall. The important thing is that you get up, brush yourself down, and start again.

The key here is self-motivation and self-discipline. If you can discipline yourself you will be unstoppable. 

For example - I did straight up business studies at University. Although I liked my course, I felt like I wasn't actually 'knowledgeable' in anything specific. A 'Jack of all trades' came to mind as I started to doubt myself and thought that I should have chosen a more specialised subject such as Digital Marketing, E-Commerce or Advertising. One year on I say this... after graduation, never ever let the thought that you did the wrong course cross your mind as you will just become deflated. FULL STOP.

Think of it this way, undertaking a course at University or College shows that you can listen attentively, learn new things quickly, work in teams, work independently and manage your time effectively. 

These skills alone are valuable to any employer. 

Allow your course to give you the steps you need to get where you need to be. I am interested in digital marketing - social media, content creation, blogging, online advertising etc etc etc... If I was to read one, just one article a week on one of these subjects it wouldn't take long until I knew a thing or two. I think the best place to find these articles is on LinkedIn although I do like a few other websites that I have 'pinned' to my browser. 

Remember, learn independently and do something to stand out from the crowd...


There is only one thing to be said here and that is LinkedIn.

If you aren't familiar, LinkedIn is a professional network where you can have your own profile of your job and employment history, skills set, awards, achievements and everything in between. It is more or less an online CV.

How do you feel about being headhunted? That is a possibility on LinkedIn. Ensure your profile reaches 'All-Star' status and make a point of spending 10/15 minutes each day writing your own updates, sharing others' updates, commenting in discussions and joining groups. Being active is highly important as some of your activities will be viewed on other's feed. Like I said previously, connect with those who you aspire to be like (I simply searched for 'Digital Marketing' or 'Social Media' Executives/Managers in my area and went on a 'friending' spree), connect with industry leaders and local business people. This is a networking site after all - use it to network!

If you do this you will start receiving messages. Now some of these will be from people in your network using LinkedIn as a promotional tool (and that's ok right? It's what LinkedIn is for after all) but you may gain the odd message from someone who is recruiting for a specific position and thinks you will be a good fit. You might agree or you might not, but sure you never know until you try!

(P.s. Again, how are you standing out on LinkedIn? My blog isn't my job but I have it listed as a job because then it can't be missed when someone visits my page. What is your USP?) 

4. Do another COURSE

Like I said previously, I don't regret doing my degree but I may (in the future!) do another more specialised course in something like digital marketing or SEO. This doesn't have to be extortionate in price, I might look to see what my local college has to offer. Even a one night a week part-time type of thing will be good...

If you look hard enough you might find some learning resources online for free. If you are into online marketing, the Google Digital Garage is a free training course offering tutorials for everything a marketer needs to know. The best part is this - you choose which topics are applicable to you and at the end of the course you will receive certification from Google. Who says you can get nothing fo' free these days?

5. Smash the INTERVIEW

Now if you aspire to to become an actor this will suit you down to the ground, get your script ready because you have a role to play! Be confident, know that you're capable and act like you have already secured the job. Take note of these tips...

A. Research the company AND the interviewer.

I once had an interview for a hotel and one of the questions was 'how many rooms do we have?' Well, talk about a curveball. I was ready to list my strengths and why I so suited to the job and I forgot one simple thing, I forgot to do my research! Do you know the interviewer's name? Search them on LinkedIn (aha!) and find out one piece of information about them. Mention an achievement or a skill. Impressive.

B. Don't rush

Trying to get your answer all out in one breath won't work. Take your time and think before speaking. This sounds easy but it's really not, especially when you are in 'fight or flight' mode.

C.  'Have you any questions?'

This is always asked at the end. Asking questions helps you determine not only if you are right for the job, but if the job is right for you. It also shows initiative an that you have actually took the time to think about finding out more information.

That's it! 5 steps to finding and securing a graduate job. Like this post? Tweet me @EmmaLouRose_ox

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