Friday, 28 September 2012

Nailed: Nails Inc Sprinkles 'Pudding Lane'

Haven't did a Nailed post in a few weeks now so I think it is about time I do one. I have been really loving sparkly nail polishes recently and although they are a total pain in the ass to take off (still haven't tried the tin foil method - google it if you don't know what I am talking about), they are just so darn gorgeous! Just now I am wearing a Nails Inc one on my nails that is fairly new, my newest to my Nails Inc collection but still had it for probably about 2 months, if that. It is one of their Special Effects polishes, which I have tried quite a few of and have loved them all.

 Apologies for the little chipped bits, painted my nails 2 days ago and my nails are so thin and bendy
that nail polish does not last long at all :(

Source of the two above images

Nails Inc Special Effects Sprinkles 'Pudding Lane'

This one is from the Sprinkles collection which has four shades in total - this blue, a pink, a whitey-lilac and a greyish-brown. This is the only one I own, but I quite fancy the whitey-lilac one, 'Sweets Way'. The fact that they are all named as if they are sweetie street names is so cute, especially as it looks like I have hundreds and thousands on my nails! 

Nails Inc say:
"These brand new polishes deliver a unique Sprinkles effect using just one product. The glitter particles are mattified to give you the perfect amount of sparkle."

They are an all-in-one polish - you don't need a base colour then a glitter topcoat as somehow the glitter stays at the top of the nail polish if you get what I mean, yet the colour still manages to be opaque. As you can see, the first layer of glitter is slightly hidden - still there but quite so in-your-face. 

I am IN LOVE with this nail polish. It retails for £11, same as all other Nails Inc colours, here on the Nails Inc website.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Mini (ish) Glasgow Haul

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I did it again. I went shopping in Glasgow the other day with my friend Emma (who has just started a blog, which you can find here) and I managed to spend more money than planned, AGAIN. I seem to be doing that more often than I would like lately, but what can you do when there are so many tempting things to splurge on? Damn damn damn my need to constantly buy new (and totally unnecessary) makeup.

Striped jumper -  £16.99 New Look (not online)
Black saddle bag - £4 Primark
Owl snood - £4 Primark
Lipstick 'Innocent' - £8 Topshop

Now I know that this is a very picture-heavy post so I shall try and keep this as short and sweet as possible, starting with the jumper. Now I have worn this jumper once since I bought it a couple of days ago and I did really like it but when I washed it, it shrunk so badly! The sleeves are far too short and it is too short in the body but I am so annoyed because the label has obviously been cut off as i've worn it. Anyone know if I can still take it back if I have the receipt, even if there is no tag on it anymore?
Really really really love this bag. It's quite unusual as the snapper button is on the bottom but I like it. Quite vintage looking, I think. A bargain too.
How cute is this snood?! It's for my friend's birthday, which will now be a very belated birthday present. Her birthday was the start of August. Oops...
Oh man I have wanted the Maybelline Colour Tattoos for so long and now I finally have one! Not going into too much detail as I will do a review fairly soon but see the swatch above for a sneak preview. 
My Natural Collection Lash Build Mascara has dried up so I replaced it with this one after seeing an advert on tv. So far so good. Review also coming soon.
And finally, I GOT A TOPSHOP LIPSTICK! Yippeeeeee! My local Topshop doesn't stock the makeup and last time I was in one with it I couldn't decide what one to get but I got one in Glasgow. I got 'Innocent', which I am sure most of you have tried as it seems to be quite popular with bloggers and youtubers. As with the last two things, there is an upcoming review.

Sorry for such a long post. Those pictures take up so much space! Remember to let me know what you think about trying to return that jumper. Ciao for now x

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Happy 1st Birthday, hollylikestoblog!


Happy birthday hollylikestoblog! I can't believe it has been one whole year since I started blogging. It feels like just yesterday that I wrote my very first blog post, rather than exactly one year today! True, I haven't been the most frequent blogger out there, sometimes my posts are just a day or two apart and sometimes I can go a whole week without blogging but keeping up a blog is quite a bit of work (which I am sure a lot of you with blogs will agree). They take a lot of time and effort, what with designing them and writing posts and taking pictures of products.

It is costing me so much too! I have spent so much more money since I started writing my blog and reading others. There are just too many tempting things out there and when I am have a little innocent browse in Boots, I see something on the shelf and think, "Oooh I saw this on so and so's blog, I better try it out too!" Blogging makes you so much more interested in all the new products and part of the job is trying out the newest releases to see if they are worth the hype.

I truly enjoy keeping up my little baby so it doesn't bother me too much how many people read it. Whether it is 1000 or 1, to just know that at least someone is interested in what you have to say means so much! I love reading all the comments, I literally jump in the air when an email comes through on my phone to say someone has left a comment!

I am really proud of how much I have managed to achieve in the last year, and I hope that my blog continues to grow and progress throughout the next year. Hopefully on September 18, 2013, I will be sitting here writing a post about hollylikestoblog's 2nd birthday!

This year I have achieved:
- 6681 page views
- 112 publishes posts (including this one)
- Set up a twitter account specifically for my blog (@hollylikes2blog)
- Met one new person who I can happily call my good friend! (Rachel from

Thank you to absolutely everybody who follows/reads my blog. It really does mean the world!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Why Do You Wear Makeup?

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Seen quite a few bloggers and youtubers doing this tag recently so I thought I might as well jump on the bandwagon (god, I hate that expression so much but is there really a better way to put it?) and do it to. 

Every time I look at this picture (not that that is all too often, I only took it this morning) I assume I have airbrushed it but noooo, that is the wonders of Revlon Colourstay.

I started to experiment with makeup around the end of primary 6/start of primary 7, so I was probably about about 11 (ish). Now that is pretty young but I had mild acne even back then and I have always been really self conscious about it. It used to be concentrated on my forehead but my fringe covered it so I wasn't too bothered.

I do remember one particular makeup disaster from primary 7. I must have been about age 10/11 and I had not long bought my very first face powder. It was by Miss Sporty and was in the shade Medium (is it sad that I remember that?). If I remember correctly, it was winter time so my face was pale and as you can imagine, a medium-shade powder was a little bit too dark for me. Winter mornings in Scotland are very dark and dull so the lighting for me to applying this powder was anything but perfect. I used the little sponge applicator that came with it and literally packed it on to my face. I thought I looked pretty good and off I trotted to school with my gorgeous (uhhhh) made-up face. No one said anything to me but I did get the odd strange look from the passing teacher. I remember going to the bathroom during the day and looking in the mirror and thinking, "Ohhhhhh dear." I tried my very best to scrub the colour off with a tissue but I am pretty sure I still spent the rest of the day looking like an oompa loompa. 

I also used an ice blue eyeliner every day on my waterline for a couple of months in primary 7 but because I wasn't always using mascara, it turned my eyelashes pale blue as well. NOT a good look. 

By the end of primary 7 (I would have been 11 and a half) I had started to wear a little bit of mascara every day. During the summer holidays of that year, I bought my very first foundation at a makeup party. My friend up in Glasgow had the party for her birthday and a beauty rep from Mary Kay or something like that came to her house and did all of her makeup and gave us some tips. By that time, I had started to venture out in to some eyeshadow as well so I wasn't totally new to makeup but I was still an amateur. From that beauty rep, I bought my very first foundation and she did a demo on how to apply it evenly. That was the start of my obsession in to beauty. (So it's her fault I am like this!)

So, as I turned 12 and then 13, I was beginning to wear foundation and mascara and occasionally some eyeliner and eyeshadow. Now, at almost 15, I wear just about a full face of makeup every day.

I wouldn't dream about going out without any makeup on. Even if I am not going to be leaving the house, I put my 'face' on because I am just too self-conscious without it. I have really bad self esteem and I think I look hideous without any makeup on. I have acne scarring on my cheeks and some mild acne at the sides of my forehead and the odd spot elsewhere. I have really bad dark circles no matter how much sleep I get and my skin just looks dull and lifeless and has some hyper-pigmentation on the sides of my nose and a tad on my chin. 

Putting on makeup just seems to give me the confidence to get out of bed in the morning and I honestly don't know what I would do without it. I know that a lot of people think it is ridiculous that I can't go out without a scrap on but I feel more like 'me' with it on! 

Maybe as I get older I will feel more confident in my own skin and the acne will probably clear up but for now, I rely on my makeup to get me through the day.

Monday, 10 September 2012

New Twitter Account... especially for you!

Sorry for the second post in one day (I never do that! Well, there's a first for everything...) but I really just wanted to say that I just made a new Twitter. I do have my own personal one, which is @HollyMckie, but I really wanted one that was just for my blog. I never ever ever tweet about my blog on my regular twitter. I would be kind of awkward because obviously there are people who I know that don't know that this little baby exists so I don't tweet anything about it. But now I can!

So please please please follow me on it! I have tried to go through my dashboard and follow some of your blogs but I didn't go that far back so I only have a few. So follow me and I will follow you back, 100% guaranteed! 

Blog twitter: @hollylikes2blog

My Week as a Journalist!

As I think I might have mentioned before, possibly in my first ever blog post where I just introduced myself and whatnot, I said that I maybe wanted to be a journalist when I was older. Then, just before the summer holidays began, we got to pick where we wanted to do a week's placement through our school.

What that really means is for one week, you go to 'work' rather than attending school and you get to see what it is really like to work for a living. You don't wear school uniform or anything, and you have to go in to wherever your placement is at a specific time in the day and it is almost like you work there. Now my school is really good when it comes to work experience. There was a good range to choose from, such as primary school teaching, lifeguard, chef, shop assistant, hairdresser, vet, scientist, and the one that suited me - a journalist. There is limited places for each placement, only two spaces; One person goes one week, one the week after.

I was really lucky and was allowed the one I wanted - a reporter for the local newspaper. So on Monday morning of this week, off I trotted to the paper's office in my town ready for my first day of work. My hours were 10am till 4pm, which is not bad actually - extra hour in bed! I was so incredibly nervous going in through the door on the first day. I had no idea what the people were like, if they were nice or not. I didn't even know what the office looked like on the inside. I didn't know what I was going to be doing for the week. I didn't know if I was wearing the right thing or if I was too underdressed or not (outfit post to come!). All in all, it was extremely nerve-wracking!

Once I got inside, I was shown around the place, not that it was very big (I could see everything from my seat!) and then sat down at a computer and given some mighty tasks. Yep, I had been there all of two minutes and already I was given two articles to write. Did they know if I was any good at writing articles? No they did not. Despite this, off they went back to their seat while I sat quivering by my desk thinking, "Oh god, oh god."

I did eventually get over the initial shock of how much free reign they were giving me and got on with my tasks. I found that I did actually enjoy doing it. I got to write a good few articles, a lot more than I was expecting! I thought I would be taking more of a backseat and just observing how the place works but it was almost like I truly did work there!

My town is small, so as expected, the office is small with minimal staff. But there was one girl there who was absolutely lovely. Her name was Harriet, and she had recently graduated from university after doing a degree in English and a post-grad in Multimedia Journalism. So she was in her early 20s I would say, and the youngest person there. Therefore, she was the person I could relate to most and I just sort of stuck by her. She took me out when she was interviewing people and I interogated her about everything there is to know about journalism and uni courses. She gave me some really good advice at starting out as a reporter and the different choices of things to do at uni and what would be the best and what you learn and all that jazz. She was amazing. It would have been much less enjoyable without her there to show me the ropes and give me a hand when I needed it.

By the end of the week, I knew I was going to miss being there. I don't want to go back to school tomorrow! I am going to go to Asda later on and buy a thank-you card and post it through the letter box. They were really great and I learnt so much. The editor even said that I could maybe do a little article for them every couple of weeks - like a 'teen talk' sort of thing - which was really nice of him! I will most certainly be grabbing that opportunity. When it comes to applying for universities (if I do decide to go for journalism), being able to put down on my application form that I write for the '....... Gazette' (don't want to put the name, that would be basically like giving away where I stay) it will really get me that foot in the door.

Overall, my week's placement at my local newspaper has been really beneficial to me. The amount of information that I learnt is unbelievable. I had to write it all down because there was so much that I knew I was going to lose track of some of it! I really feel like I have come out of it a much better writer, and it has just about convinced me that journalism is what I want to do!

Here are my tips for if you are doing work experience, or maybe even starting a new job:

  • Act confident. First impressions count!
  • Contact the organisation first before you arrive, just to introduce yourself and confirm any details.
  • Never hesitate to ask any questions. That's what they expect you to do!
  • It's fine to make a few mistakes at first. No one is expecting you to be perfect!
  • Be polite but don't be afraid to open your mouth! Talk to the other employees and get to know them.
  • If you finish your task, ask for another! Don't waste time doing nothing.
  • If you are thinking you would maybe like to do this job at some point, ask where the best place is to study and what courses are best.
  • Most of all, don't look bored! If you look like you are enjoying yourself, they might even ask you back!
If your school does not do work experience, then go out and find some! Contact different employers and try to find somewhere that will allow you to do some work for them. I am sure companies would be happy to have someone work for them for free! Work experience looks great on CVs and application forms so the more you do, the more benefit it will have! 

P.S I am thinking of making a Twitter account specifically for my blog. Good idea, or not so good? I already have a personal one (@HollyMckie) but I don't tweet anything about my blog because not everyone knows about my little baby. So let me know if I should do it, and if you would follow! In the meantime, follow my personal twitter (pretty pretty please with a cherry on top?)

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Nailed: Nails Inc Nail Jewellery 'Royal Arcade'

Nails Inc Nail Jewellery 'Royal Arcade'

There is no doubt about it, this nail polish is absolutely gorgeous! It is the most incredible, sparkliest nail polish I own, by far. This is it teamed with a Miss Sport cobalt blue colour (damn those nameless colours) but it really does go with any blue. You don't really see the blue very much at all, the glitter is just about completely opaque, but maybe for the odd bit where you might have missed or there isn't as much glitter, it is very useful to have a base colour under it. It would probably look great with black underneath too but I haven't tried that (yet). Shown in the pictures is two coats. I like it better with two, it makes the glitter much more even. With one coat you get some nails that are glittery enough but sometimes you don't get as much on the brush, as with any glitter polish. However there is one downfall to it - it is an absolute pain in the backside to take off! I stood for 15 minutes scrubbing at my nails. I used one piece of cotton wool per nail, each totally soaked in nail varnish remover. My fingers were even stiff and sore afterwards from gripping the cotton wool pad so tightly to try and get it off! I've heard that you can put a bit of cotton wool on your nails and then wrap it in tin foil for 5-10 minutes and that removes glitter perfectly but we had just used the last of the tin foil the day before so I couldn't see for myself if that worked. Does it? If you have tried that method, let me know. 

Comes in four shades. Each shade is meant to look like a gem, in this case Saphire. There is also Emerald, Diamond and Pink Diamond. 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Bargain of the century! Essie nail polishes for £1.99

I honestly can't believe. It just seems to good to be true! I have just found a selection of Essie nail polishes for £1.99. So you would be saving a good few bob, considering they are usually £7.99. Ok, there is not that many to choose from but there is a couple of cult favourites like Mademoiselle and Tour de France. There is also a gorgeous colour called Mod Squad which I am definitely buying. There are 23 to choose from, as of posting this, but I am betting they will be snapped up pretty quickly. Also available is the Ridge Filler base coat and some other base coats and treatment for £2.50. Click here to see this amazing offer over on Fragrance Direct. Postage is just £1.99 for UK Second Class shipping. To see the whole Essie discounted stuff they have, click here.
Let me know if you order any! I think I am ordering Madamoiselle and Mod Squad.

Essie Mademoiselle (which I have heard this is great for french manicures)
Image source via Google Images

Essie Mod Squad (how pretty is this?)
Image source via Google Images

Saturday, 1 September 2012

August Favourites

I don't know what's wrong with me but this is my first favourites posts for a good while. The last one I did was May which I know is really bad but for some reason there was not anything that stuck out to me as being AMAZING for those months that I absolutely had to blog about. This month though I am getting back into the swing of things and gone back to my usual self. A couple of new buys and few rediscoveries this month, just a nice mixture.

Simple light moisturiser

No7 Blend and Contour brush

No7 Creme Touch face powder

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain 'Honey'

Argan Magic Intensive hair oil

Company magazine

I've been meaning to get the Simple moisturiser for so long that this month I finally just knuckled down and bought it. It is really really good and my skin feels so soft afterwards! I've had the No7 eyeshadow brush for a little while but I never really properly tried it out but now I have and love it! It's good for all different things - applying base colour, contouring the crease and even blending concealer. Also by No7, I have loved this pressed powder. I only got it about a week ago so even though I haven't been loving it for that long, I had to include it. My skin doesn't look cakey AT ALL with it, you can't even tell I am wearing powder. It mattifies my super oily t-zone brilliantly and lasts for ages on the skin. Really really impressed! And the Revlon Just Bitten balm stain has also only been mine for 1 week, but I adore it too. The colour is simple gorgeous, the formulation is great, it has amazing staying power and I just really like the packaging. I much prefer it to the regular lipstick bullet form. This argan oil has been a life saver for me this month. It only cost £7.99 from TK Maxx, you get loads of product and it totally tames down my frizzy mane (which, trust me, is pretty damn hard to do). And finally, Company magazine has been a firm favourite for August, and June and July actually. I just feel like you get a really good quality, well written, jam-packed magazine all for a measly £2. It's great! Plus, how gorgeous does Whitney Port look on the cover?!

Another favourite has been Pretty Little Liars. Before August, I never watched it at all, and now I am totally caught up with the American showings. So that's season 3 episode 12 as of this week!

I think I will have reviews coming soon on quite a few of these products - everything but the magazine - so keep your eyes and your oranges peeled! (hahaha, I saw that on the internet once. I love it.)

If anybody has written a post on the Revlon Just Bitten balm stain thing (I never know what to call it, such a long name) then link it below because I am trying to decide what other colour to get. I need to see swatches!