Being a working mum …

This is something that I struggle with, I feel guilty alot for working full time instead of being there to do everything with my daughter.  I wanted to do a post on this and talk about what it is like being a working mum and how I cope with the work/life balance!

When my daughter was born, I was a full time University student. I went back to complete the final year of my course when my daughter was just 3 months old, I managed to get my degree and then start work straight away! I think this is why it has never been a struggle to work and be a mum for me because essentially I have done it from the very start.

That said, there’s something niggling that just gets me lately though, when I see just how much other mothers do wit2012-07-17-15-00-27h their children, I feel like somehow I’m missing out and so is my daughter.

You see, I don’t get up everyday and take my daughter to school, I get up and I leave about 6 am for work and my other half takes her to childcare at 7.30 in the morning and then she is taken to school from there. Likewise, I’m not there to pick her up when school finishes at 15.15, again she goes to childcare and is picked up around 6pm when we are both home from work.

Sometimes, I feel like this means I’m not good enough, like I’m failing my daughter in someway because on the odd occasion where I can take her to school, she gets emotional. I feel like it’s because she doesn’t want the moment to end because it hardly ever happens.

Then I feel I don’t know many of the other mums, which sometimes makes birthday parties extremely difficult for me. I suffer with anxiety anyway and find it really stressful in that type of scenario, where I feel like everyone already knows each other and then there is me!

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MUA Luxe Enchanted eyeshadow palette!

So last week I really wanted to create a rose gold eye look. I posted for advice in a group i’m in on Facebook and the lovely Hannah recommended the MUA Luxe Enchanted eyeshadow palette to me. I went to Superdrug that day to buy it and instantly fell in love with with it and I really wanted to review it for you as soon as I could!



Firstly, how pretty is this palette? I love the unique design and how all the shades are fused together. The MUA Luxe Enchanted eyeshadow palette contains 5 silk shadows all shimmery shades which are gold in tone. It’s quite small, but good things come in small packages right?

The packaging makes the product feel really high end, it’s super sleek and I love the contrast of the black and white. I love how the shadows are laid into the palette, the different shapes and gradients contained within are so unique. It looks like a shimmer block except it’s for your eyes!

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Boohoo Plus Lily lace detail swing dress!

Hi everyone! It’s the start of yet another week! Im optimistic though as half term looms, it means that work is fairly quiet for me. I’m back today bringing you a review of this lovely Boohoo Plus Lily lace detail swing dress.

What I love about the Boohoo Plus range is that it’s stylish and affordable. It caters for every occasion and there is always something on the site that I’m lusting after. What I find hard to accept with the Boohoo plus range though is the sizing, sometimes it can be so off and has been for me on many occasions!


I recently made an order and chose to buy this swing dress. It’s not something I would normally choose, but I purchaseda similar cami  a few months ago and loved that so thought I would give this a go.

After some drama with the delivery, my items arrived and I fell in love with this dress as soon as I put it on. The sizing was spot on for this I’m happy to report though. I’m wearing a UK 18.

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Picks – plus size coats and jackets!

Hey everyone, I don’t know about you but I am definitely feeling the chill, it’s got so cold recently and winter is coming! I thought I would do this post featuring my favourite plus size coats and jackets!


This bomber jacket is everything! I’m loving velvet this season and this jacket is the perfect addition to your night out look, it can be worn time and time again to keep the chill off but still provides that party look!

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Maybelline fit me matte and poreless foundation review!

Ok, so my ongoing obsession to find a great drugstore foundation at a great price for oily skin continues. I recently bought the Maybelline fit me matte and poreless foundation after hearing some great things on YouTube about it.


This foundation makes some pretty big claims! It’s a liquid foundation for normal to oily skin that:

  • Mattifies and refines pores with blurring micro-powders for poreless looking skin
  • matches skin tone and texture
  • gives a natural, seamless finish

I chose to buy the foundation that comes in a tube, but you can also buy it in bottle form which has a different range of colours from the tube to suit different skin shades. Why this is I don’t know, but I went for the shade 110, Porcelain which turned out to be quite a good match for me. I love the packaging, it looks really professional and I love the colours!

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Yours Clothing Skater Skirt!

Hi everyone, welcome to the start of another week! Today I wanted to share with you this gorgeous outfit, featuring a Yours Clothing skater skirt!

Yours Clothing for me does not always cater for my personal style when I try to shop in store. I see something I love online and then have NEVER found it in store. I spoke to the lady in my local store and asked how they choose what to stock and she told me that the stock changes week by week depending on what sells well. This makes it hard to know whether I will actually like something as I cannot try it on before I buy it, but I took a chance and ordered this skater skirt anyway and I’m glad I did!


I love anything skater style and I adore this skirt! To me it’s a fifties style with a modern twist, the double layer style has pleats the whole way round which make it so full and glamorous!

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My daily make up routine!

Doing my make up is definitely my most favourite part of the day! So as I love sharing all my favourite things, I thought it was about time that I shared my daily make up routine with you all!

Daily Make Up Routine, emma ellis, the plus size of life, plus size blogger



I always moisturise with an oil free moisturiser and then a mattifying primer. For everyday, I’ve been using the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer, which I’m loving. I then use a small amount of concealer to cover any obvious blemishes before foundation.

Foundation and Concealer

I like to make sure that I use an oil free foundation, mostly because my skin is an oily mess! I’m using the Maybelline Matte and Poreless foundation at the moment, its not too thick but provides excellent coverage. I then go in under my eyes, in between my brows and on my chin with Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer, which is a shade lighter than my foundation, I use a micro blender to blend this out and then this is my highlight!

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Plus Size October Wishlist!

Happy midweek to y’all!! I know I’m looking forward to a nice relaxed weekend! I’ve got no outfit posts planned for this week, so today I’m sharing what my heart desires with my plus size October wishlist!

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1. New Look Curves Blue Ripped Skinny Jeans £24.99

I’ve seen other amazing bloggers rocking ripped jeans and always wanted to give them a try. I love these from New Look, they look like they would sit on the ankles (although maybe not on me as I’m so short!!) I feel like they would look cute with frilly socks and cute black shoes! You could team with a gorgeous bodysuit or an oversized shirt for the ultimate autumn look.

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How to wear metallic matte lipstick featuring Metal Matte from Primark!

Ever since Kylie Jenner released her metallic kits, I have wanted to try this look! Sometimes though it’s hard when your make up shopping to find exactly what you’re looking for. MUA do a nice range of metallic liquid lipsticks, but nothing that I felt would compliment my complexion. I wanted a shade similar to Lord by Kylie so bad and I finally found one in Primark! So here is my best advice on metallic matte lipstick and how to rock it!

Metallic Matte Lipstick, Emma Ellis, The Plus Size of Life, Plus Size Blogger

I get it, it’s  a bold move to step out with this on, but for me I believe if you’re confident you can do it! 

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Seventeen Mega Matte Lipstick Review!

I touched on these lipsticks in my Mac Dupes post earlier on this month, so today I’m back with a full review of the Seventeen Mega Matte Lipstick!


I have always loved the Seventeen range at Boots. I normally use the Stay Pout Lipsticks and believe me when I say I have them in alot of shades! So when I heard about these launching at the beginning of August, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

I’m quite new to matte lips, I find that the liquid ones work best for me. Other matte lipsticks I have tried which were like this left me a bit dissapointed mainly because they weren’t matte enough!

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