Monday, 28 January 2013

Room Tour in Pictures

For the past year I have been revamping my bedroom!
It has now gone from a fuschia teenage den, to a shabby-chic boudoir (however it does still look a bit childish).
I thought I'd share with you guys a few of my favourite parts of my room!

Curtains- Dunelm
Duvet Cover - Ikea
Friends Photo frame - Gift

Rose Print Canvas - Ebay
Jewellery Wall Box - TKmaxx
Perfume Metal Poster- Antique Shop

Star Lights - Poundworld
White Paper Roses - The Range
Cushion - Ebay
Wicker Heart (Below)- Dunelm

Jewellery Stand- Gift
Necklaces - Mainly Primark

Voile Curtains - Dunelm
Tye Backs - Ebay
Photo Frame - TKmaxx
'love' tea light holder - NEXT
White ramikin candle - Primark
Red Velvet Candle - Yankee Candle
Trinket Box - Sentimental Gift
Blind - Argos

Wardrobe and Draws - Ikea
Hanging Wardrobe storage -Ikea
(I don't collect bisto, my nan collects 2p's and 1p's in them and gives them to me)
Union Jack waterproof swimwear pouch - Primark

Picture Frames - TKmaxx
Strawberry Buttercream Candle - Yankee Candle
Small Photo frame and trinket box - gifts
Painted Shell - Street seller in Portugal
Desk Organiser - Wilkinsons

Strawberry Cakes Tin - TKmaxx
Red stripe make-up bag - Natio

                                                  Mirror - The Range
                                                  Heart - Gift
                                                  Cherub - Gift
Perfumes - Various
Large Picture Frame - Gift
Butterfly Photo frame - NEXT
Hatbox- Gift
Caravan ornament - Gift shop in Padstow
Me to You 18 bear - Gift

Hope you enjoyed this little snippet of my room!


Monday, 21 January 2013

Living with psoriasis

Hello! First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR. This is my first blog post of 2013, I can honestly say i've missed you all the last few months. Im not even going to make excuses this time. Yes, I have been busy, but truth be told, i've just been plain arse lazy! And i've fallen way out of love with my laptop (anyone else got a cranky dell insipiron?).  To ease myself back in I thought I'd write a post that didn't require me to take any photos or make a great effort. I wanted to write a personal post. Something that told you guys a bit more about me, and a post I could really connect with and enjoy writing.
Since I was about 7, I have suffered with a skin condition called 'psoriasis'. Half of you will have heard of it, half of you wont. It's extremely similar to exzema. Around 1% of the population have it in some form or other, and thats a lot of people. Through my childhood and teenage years psoriasis took over my life. It was the bain of everything I did. It is only now, as a stable 21 year old who's hormones are no longer racing about, that I have really accepted what it is and what I have.
Now you may be reading this thinking 'you have a skin condition how can that affect you?', well the effects are more than skin deep. I have small speckles of psoriasis that look a lot like chicken pox, that often cover me from head to toe. When I was at school, getting changed for PE was the most horrific experience and something I spent everyday dreading. Swimming? Well that was even worse. I had the lobourious task of finding high fronted and backed swimsuits that wouldnt show up my patches. I was often asked by kids what the spots were. I was sometimes called scaley and scabby by my friends. People sometimes pressumed I had chicken pox and so kept there difference from me. Don't get me wrong, this never amounted to serious bullying. But it was small remarks that really got to me. As a child with a strong insecurity, small comments could make you feel as low as possible.
I became a master at hiding my skin and body. I learnt how to get changed without fully removing my top, I bought reserved clothing, I kept my blazer on even in the summer.  I never told anyone apart from my best friends what I had. I never talked about it or explained it to anyone.
This leads me up to why i'm writing this post. I put myself through hell as a child because I was never honest or comfortable with my biggest insecurity, my biggest flaw. And I write this in hope that someone who has just developed psoriasis, or has had it for a while or knows someone with the condition will have typed it into google and this post will pop-up.
In recent years I have become confident enough with my psoriasis to explain to other people what it is and why it looks the way it does. Fair enough, it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be. But I wish I had developed this confidence earlier before I let it rule and ruin my life.
Psoriasis is only a skin condition, it is not contageous, it does not affect your health and it should not prevent you doing ANYTHING. I now think of myself lucky to have psoriasis, as there are many worse conditions out there. Psoriasis does not affect who you are or what you do with your life. It is something that should be overcome.
Psoriasis is bought on by many different things, e.g. Stress, smoking, alcohol, dehydration. Mine was bought about as a result of several cuts I had after a bike accident. Then the stress of puberty, boys, hormones and life in general made it get worse and worse. I never new how to look after my psoriasis as I never had the courage to explore the science behind it, or to go to the doctors.
So here is my advice to anyone suffering with psoriasis:
  1. Don't let it get you down: it's not worth the trouble. You are the same as everyone else inside and small skin imperfections should not stop you doing anything.
  2. Explain psoriasis to people: the best way to deal with this is being honest and confident about yourself. I know this is easier than it sounds. But people will only make remarks if they are uneducated and unfamiliar with what psoriasis is. Do not be afraid to tell people and explain to them so that they understand.
  3. Don't be afraid to be honest: go to the doctors and pester and pester them until they give you something  that works. There are many medications aimed at helping psoriasis. None will cure it but they will ease the problem. Each one is different, and for some people they will work wonders and for others they will make it worse. Keep trying different things until you find something that works because I guarantee you there is something.
  4. Live a healthy life: if psoriasis gets you down enough you will be prepared to make some life changes in order to limit the effects. I have ready studies that showed little evidence of psoriasis in previous centuries, before the effects of preservatives and pollution. A relative of mine controls her psoriasis through a strict diet where she eats only natural foods, this has totally cleared up her psoriasis. This, however is the extreme. I like to try and eat healthy for the most part, eating mainly natural foods. I also only drink on nights out, I don't smoke and I try to drink plenty of water to keep my skin hydrated. Moisturise your skin, and expose it to sunlight. I know it is a taboo to 'tan' and 'sunbathe', but this really does help psoriasis and it is up to you if you chose to or not.
  5. Keep on top of yourself: bath and shower regularly and put effort into moisturising yourself frequently, I know this is a bit of a chore. But keeping your skin clear and moisturised will ease any itching and irritation.
I really hope someone somewhere has read this post and gained something from it. If you are suffering with psoriasis, please know that you can help yourself and you shouldn't be ashamed of it. Don't ever let it take over your life like I did. If you need to talk to someone or contact me in general, please email
Thanks for reading and I will be back with a beauty post soon!!

Sunday, 7 October 2012


Hello guys!!

So sorry I haven't written a blog post in months! I have been so busy I haven't even had chance to think about blogging! Things are starting to calm down for the winter now though and I'm setting up shop again ready for some fresh posts.

Idealistically I should be doing a favourites post or a haul seems as its been so long, but this is an insomnia fuelled spur of the moment post, so I'm afraid it's not gonna be fancy AT ALL. But, I am 21 on the 9th October and this landmark birthday is leading me to do a lot of reflecting. So in honour of my coming of age I'm gonna divulge to you guys 21 declarations/reflections to do with my birthday! Please feel free to leave a few of your own in the comments! Here goes...
1. I'm at the happiest place I've been in along long time! A few years ago I made some bad choices and followed my head rather than my heart and had, what I'd consider, the worst year of my life. I've changed that around now and I can honestly say I have the best friends, family and my gorgeous boyfriend and they make my life complete.
2. I feel that I've come so far this past year. I've come to the realisation I've been a bit of a social phone since the start of college and I've been stuck in a comfort zone. This year I've done new things and made new friends which may not sound much of an achievement but its a big thing to me!
3. I want to push myself further. Starting a blog was a big thing for me. No one I know knows I run this because it scares me to put it out there! I really wanna follow my dreams and get more into the Internet beauty world. I want to pluck up the courage to start you tubing soon, but my balls just aren't big enough!
4. I want to be more independent! I live with my parents and they do so much for me. I'm also in an extremely lucky position where they help me out financially a bit. I figure I need to fend for myself a bit more and give myself a push towards independence
5. I need to be more feisty. I am a pushover and I've started sticking up for myself more. I'm not naturally a confrontational person and I feel that's something you can't force. However I think if I was a bit more bulshie I would get further.
6. My career needs to take centre stage. I've always been extremely aspirational, I want to do well in life and I want a decent career. However, I'm extremely impatient and channeling aspirations into long term projects is hard. I realise now that in these 2 years of uni I need to knuckle down and give myself a good standing in life.
7. I am quirky and I am weird and I couldn't give a shit if you don't like that. Over the years we all come across people that don't tickle our pickle or whose pickle isn't tickled by us. It used to get to me. But I now realise I have what I need in life, there will always be people that don't like me, and that's just life. I will smile and be civil but I Ain't gonna lose sleep over it.
8. Never be afraid to show passion and emotion. I lost out on something a year or so ago because I didnt express passion towards it, I didnt express my desire to do it. That has forced me to express emotions. You have to show you want something in order to get it. You won't get anywhere in life being hard faced.
9. Follow your heart! Following your head is sensible, but it doesn't make you happy. Take a risk, follow your heart. You know what is best for yourself!!
10. Take advice, ask for advice and look to others for inspiration. The world has been a turning for many years and wherever you are and whatever your doing someone else has tried it! I have found taking advice from people so useful lately, especially from peers! Wisdom is a great form of knowledge and its not a crime to share it!!
11. Family come first!! I never ever appreciated my family until I met my boyfriend! We were always a family that did our own thing, if family time happened it was a coincidence and not particularly entertaining. When shit happens my parents have guided me, no matter how mad or disappointed they are in me. Look after your parents because its takes a tonne of time, effort, money and love to bring you up and you wouldn't be who you are without them.

Okay my thumbs hurting now! I will be back tomorrow with my final ten!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Dupe of the Day - Primarks Tangle Teezer

 Hey Guys,
as previously suggested, my blog writing pace has slowed right down due to work commitments and the onslaught of the summer holidays (BOOHOO). But I am trying hard to keep blog posts coming as much as possible. So here I am writing my latest saga...

Whilst browsing the isles of Primark last week I spotted a dupe for the very well known Tangle Teezer

For those of you that don't know, the tangle teezer is a hair brush first seen on Dragons Den. To put it simplistically it has no handle, that is perhaps it's most distinguishing factor, that and the fact it is entirely plastic with flexible bristles. It looks a little something like this..

The tangle teezer is available in all shapes and sizes and is now stocked in boots for around £10. Since I bought mine around a year ago I have fallen in love with it and it has no signs of dying on me anytime soon. The idea of it is that it brushes knotty hair out without tugging at your hair and as the name suggests 'teezes' it out. It can be used on wet or dry hair.

£10 may be considered a lot to spend on a hairbrush by most people and when I saw this little mite in the shelves of primark for £1.50 I had to pick it up.

This is more similar to the smaller tangle teezer, rather than my large one but the idea is the same.

Once I got the brush out of the packaging I noticed the bristles are thicker and slightly more dense, they don't have the same flexible feel as the tangle teezer ones. Evidently this meant that when I used it on my knotty hair it didn't have the same effect. Because it is so dense and rigid it does tug at the hair a little bit and doesn't have the same magical effect as the tangle teezer.
Needless to say I was very disappointed because I thought I'd found an absoloute RINGER. But Oh Well, I think I may just leave this brush in my handbags for hairbrushhing and neatening up on the go.

Thanks for reading


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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Mario Badescu Silver Powder - Review & How to


I recently mentioned Mario Badescu's silver powder in a blog post, it's an item that i've heard little about in the blogging sphere and I thought it was time someone put it out there as a phenomenal product.

The product itself looks very mundane, the packaging is very very basic, it doesn't look anything special, it doesn't look high end or glamorous, it just looks like something you'd find in a pharmacists cupboard. It's not necessarily practical or easy to use, but it does give great results and it's the best product i've ever used for tackling blackheads.

Silver Powder (You can purchase it HERE!) is basically a face mask in powder form. It has alsorts of sciencey ingredients, but I couldn't tell you what they do or what they are to save my life. I browsed the internet a long time ago for blackhead clearing products and stumbled across this. I loved it from the first use and have used it weekly ever since.

How To..
1. Dampen a cotton pad with warm water and wring out any excess.
2. Dip the cotton pad into the tub of powder. You only need a tiny bit so using a corner works best for me.
3. This should create almost a paste as you sweep it across your face (that almost rhymed). Apply onto cleansed and dry skin covering all areas bar eyes and lips.
4. Checkout your ghostly/geisha like face in the mirror and wait ten minutes whilst the mask dries
5. Apply a cleanser or astringent to a cotton pad
6. Use the pad to wipe of the mask whilst admiring the horrific quality of this photo.
7. Admire brighter and clearer skin. I'd recommend using a moisturizer at this point because the mask can make your skin feel a little tight.

Thanks for Reading

Update - What have I been up to and where else to find me

Hey Guys,
I hope you're having a good week despite the weather:)

I've just sat down to write a few blogs and I thought i'd start with a small update about me and my blog just to keep you up to date. Nothing mind blowing has happened or anything like that I just want to keep you guys in the loop!!

Where to find me
Im really enjoying blogging these days, and part of that is keeping up-to-date with followers and your blogs. In all honesty my laptop is poopy and I struggle usin blogger on my phone. So I thought I'd let you know of other ways you can keep in touch with me and Vica Versa. These past few days I have really been enjoying Instagram. I don't have many followers and I don't have many people to follow. But my username is emilyroseburton if you wish to follow me - and please comment me your below so I can return the favour :)
I'm also an avid fan of twitter so if you wish to read my tweeties and for me to read yours my thingy is @_emilyrose91
I do have facebook but I just use it to keep in touch with friends and there's no beauty babble on their so it's really not that interesting.

What Have I Been Up To?
1. Blogging/ Working - I have been enjoying blogging so much recently and your comments and feedback are probably my favourite part so please keep them coming in and feel free to request blogs you'd like to read. I really want to do a giveaway soon just to thank the people that have discovered my ickle blog. It really crabs me off (original phrase) when people do giveaways and you have to tweet about them and do 5 million other things to win stuff. My giveaways will be a thankyou to the loyal people who subscribe to me NOT for the people who have read my blog once in an attempt to win shit. So you guys can look forward to those!
We are entering the summer holidays and I get extremely busy at work during this period... meh :(. Blogs might be less frequent but they will be coming slowly but surely - I am not leaving you again!!

2. Bristol - On Saturday I visited Bristol (unfortunately this coincided with EDL marches and Gay pride. Not that I have anything against gay pride btw. But this meant the city was full of riot police, police helicopters and a lot of streets were baracaded of). I fell in love with the city! It is a really cosmopolitan but has a great eclektic mix in the centre. The shopping there is also fab. Im gonna input a few photos of the day below :)

3. Ebay- I sell a lot of stuff on Ebay and I thought I would involve you all in it. My ebay username is emi.diddle. Tonight I will be listing a few items including a pair of ladies Havaianas, Juicy Couture Sunglasses, Lipsy dress and a Bank dress. These will all go up about 7:00pm if you care to take a look!

4. Shopping - I have become a shopaholic recently and I literally have not stopped spending money - my bank account is worn out!! I would love to do hauls of what I've bought but I am one of those annoying people who wants to wear and use everything as soon as i've bought it. But I am trying to strengthen my will power so I can show you :).

Thats all for now guys, expect a few posts following this now :)

Monday, 16 July 2012

Battle of the Face Mists - Caudalie Vs Simple

Hi Guys,

Happy monday morning to you all!! I hope you all had great weekends and enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine!

Today I wanted to compare two products for you. There has been so much hype recently about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir all over blogger and youtube, and after hearing the great effects other people had I decided to try it myself. Whilst trialling the product I noticed that there weren't many products like this on the market and that face mists were actually quite rare. This baffled me because I enjoyed using the Caudalie so much and a simple spritz seemed to refresh and Brighten my skin so much. So I did my research and found that 'Simple' had also launched a 'Moisture boost hydro mist'. Once I uncovered this I simply had to try one as they're a tad more affordable than the Caudalie and for us in the UK are more readily available in our local high streets.

So after weeks of trailling the two I thought I'd compile the results into an 'ickle blog and compare my experience with either spray.
Caudalie - Smoothing, Gowing complexion
Simple - Hydrates, Nourishes, Moisturizes, restores and 'it wont upset your skin'
The simple packaging is very bog standard it's plastic and the detailing isn't over the top. It's practical for your hand bag as it's small and not smashable, un-like the caudalie. The caudalie is prettier and a lot more aesthetically pleasing. But it is a heavy glass bottle and I was reluctant to lug it around it my bag. Caudalie comes in a 30ml bottle or a 100ml bottle, so the 30ml bottle is fine for travelling. Simple comes in a 50ml Bottle.
Caudalie 30ml - £10 100ml - £30
Simple 50ml - £5.99
Caudalie has an extremely unique smell and theres not a lot I can compare it too, it is strong and an acquired taste but I have definitely grown to like it. It has very refreshing citrussy tones which is great when your skin needs a pick-me-up and adds a natural and nourishing feel.Simple on the other hand smells a bit muggy, theres no overwhelming scent but I think that subtracts from any effect it has on the skin. For some reason it stops it having a really refreshing effect
I found the Caudalie very refining. Whilst using it my pores appeared smaller, make-up glided on easier and my skin generally felt more nourished and awake.My skin was definitely more dewy and had a subtle glow to it. The spray also prevented spots developing and I had no breakouts during the period I used it for. It definitely lived up to it's claims
The simple spray was also refining, though not on the same scale. It refreshed my skin a bit but it didn't seem to add any moisture or really do anything for my skin. It didn't prevent spots or improve my skin. I think the formulation of the simple spray was, ironically, a little to 'simple'. There is nothing offensive about it, I think spritzing water on your face would probably have the same effect as this - perhaps thats what they mean by 'it wont upset your skin'. My skin did feel more hydrated but that is the only claim it really fulfilled.
Overall Consensus
Im sure you can predict whats coming. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir, to me, totally lived up to the hype and I was really impressed by the results. The simple spray was disappointing and I wouldn't use it on a daily basis. I do, however, think it would be an okay product for holidays when you want to hydrate skin that has been dried out by the sun, the fragrance of the Caudalie would be too overpowering for these days.
I will continue to use the Caudalie on a daily basis and I would really recommend spending the extra few pounds on it as it has such a terrific effect on your skin!!

Thanks for Reading
Please let me know if you have tried any other face sprays and what results you had.