Friday, 27 June 2014

Kimberley Wilson Jewellery

By the time you read this I will be living it up in Nepal, eeeeek! I can't believe how quickly it came around!! I left on Wednesday 25th of June (feels weird writing 'left' since this is a scheduled post and I technically haven't left yet at this moment in time). I therefore won't be able to reply to any comments or emails for the next few weeks until I return on the 17th so bare with me!

A lovely lady by the name of Kim dropped me an email recently and asked if I would like to review some of her jewellery. Upon gazing lustfully at the gorgeous items in her Etsy shop, I couldn't help but say yes. Less than a week after receiving her first email, the postman gave my house a visit.

I received a pink That's A Wrap Heart Bracelet*, pink pearl earrings* and a set of 3 matching blue bracelets*. The pink wrap bracelet is exactly my style so I am so pleased with it. It costs a mere £3.50, yet it is such great quality. I get so many compliments on it every time I wear it, so I have directing people over to Kim's shop for them to have a look themselves. The leather cord wraps round your wrist twice and has a pretty silver love heart charm which is able to move freely along the bracelet. There is also an extension chain so you don't need to worry about this not fitting if you have big wrists. Similarly, on the other side of the scale, this fits people with very small wrists like me as the tightest ring on the chain makes the bracelet  a perfect fit. There are also other little charms to choose from such as one that says 'dream' or a peace sign.

The earrings are genuine pearl and are part of Kim's new pearl collection which have just landed in her shop. They are very classy and understated but that is what I love about them. They are quite a neutral pink which goes with pretty much everything and look especially jazzy when you wear your hair up. I have a mass of curly hair so earrings are often hidden (doesn't stop me from buying loads) so I always wear my hair in a ponytail or messy bun when I have on nice earrings so that people notice them! These are just £10 which is a really good price for genuine pearls.

The set of three blue bracelets are another new design which will be available to buy soon. Again, they are exceptional quality for the price. You wouldn't find quality as good as this on the high street for the same price. It is like Primark prices but not Primark quality! These bracelets are on elastic and aren't super stretchy so I would say this would fit more small to medium wrists, so if your wrists are on the larger side I would maybe stick with one of the ones with an extension chain just in case. That being said, you aren't missing out because the ones with a chain are equally as beautiful!

All of Kim's pieces would make great affordable presents for friends, sisters, mums, aunts, you name it. I have a few friends' birthdays coming up soon so I think I may be going back to Kim and ordering some other pretty things! Looking at the jewellery, you would never guess that it sells for such a low price so it is perfect for those of us on a tight budget - which, let's be honest, is many of us. Kim posted these to me on the Saturday and they arrived bright and early on Monday morning so it makes a great last minute gift if you left things to the last minute! If you haven't checked out her other designs already, I highly suggest you go do that now.

Here are some of my other favourites from her shop:

Kim's links:

Let me know if you order anything, I'd love to hear what you got!

- Holly xo
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*These items were sent to me for review purposes. For more information, please view my disclaimer here.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

I'm going to Nepal...TOMORROW!

Cast your mind back to the 27th of October 2012 when I first mentioned that I was going to Nepal for a charity/trekking expedition. I can't believe how quickly the time flew in and, believe it or not, I leave tomorrow afternoon! I am a mixture of nervous and excited at the moment - I just know I am going to struggle to sleep tonight! My bag is packed (and weighs a TON) and my passport and necessities have been checked and rechecked and I am pretty much good to go! 

Just so you aren't left completely deprived, I have scheduled a couple of blog posts for whilst I am away. There is only a few because I didn't have time to write any more but it's better than none at all! Keep an eye out for some product reviews, some information about a pretty Etsy jewellery shop and a book haul. You will be bombarded with photos from Nepal when I return because I am bringing my fancy blogging camera with me so that should give me a good few posts worth of stuff.

See you in three weeks - wish me luck! 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Guest Post: Chloe's Concept Campaign

Hi! My name is Chloe and I'm 21 from the UK!
I had the option to talk about whatever interested me for this guest blog post on Holly's blog and so I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about my campaign which is a project that is running on my blog!
I'm a Media and Communications undergrad student, about to go into my final year of uni in September! I study film, journalism, public relations (PR), radio etc., so I have no option but to have been thrown into the “media world” and I really do love it.
I've been wanting to start my campaign on my blog Chloe's Concept for awhile now and thought what better way to do it than to put it on my blog? My campaign is all about bullying, self-esteem, body confidence and anxiety related issues but really targets any problem that is making people feel negative about themselves or about life in general. My main reason for starting my blog was to provide a platform for people to come visit and feel safe and at home and know they are not alone.
I want to use the Internet for all the right reasons and reinforce positivity and motivation on my blog and campaign to help people who are going through any of the problems I have mentioned. My blog is a total safe zone. I provide beauty, hair, fashion, interior and lifestyle tips, tricks and reviews so you can have a little look at that if you prefer but you can also be a part of my campaign, whether it is to help yourself or to help others.
My motto for my campaign is “Take Back What's Yours” so whatever anyone else has taken away from you, whether it's your self-esteem, happiness, positivity, motivation and so on, NOW is the time to take back what belongs to you and never let anyone or anything take it away again!
It isn't as simple as just saying “let's stop bullying” or “let's stop people feeling anxious”, that's just silly. I get it, but what you can do is change the way people deal with their problems and help them to block the negativity and problems that is making people feel low about themselves. A point I will always remind people is “you control you” so just remember that!
I also run a little series on my blog where I pick random days of the week and write a post targeted to that, for example I've written a post called “Motivated Monday” where I talk about how you can boost your motivation on the day you're least likely to have any! I also created a post called “Wonder Wednesday” where I discuss your biggest dreams and how you can make them come true!
My motivation and determination is not stopping anytime soon so it would be amazing for everyone to know about it and get involved so we can put an end to letting negativity take away what belongs to us... whether that negativity comes in the form of a bully, a doubt in your mind, a past experience or anything that is taking away your right to be happy and motivated.
I provide my email, Twitter and Tumblr Ask links so you can email, tweet or ask me anything anytime you like and I will get back to you with my advice or even if you just want to chat about anything! I am always here to help and that is why I have created my blog campaign! My links are below!

Also, I am always looking for bloggers or anyone at all to interview or help out in my campaign so please do get in touch! I'd love to hear from you!

I hope you guys will come and visit my blog and let me know you've dropped by!

Thanks Holly for asking me to do this! x
My links:
Twitter: @ChloesConcept

Friday, 20 June 2014

Chloe's Concept Campaign Interview

Slightly different topic today, a little while ago Chloe from Chloe's Concept was looking for bloggers to participate in her campaign and I signed up as it was something a little bit different from my usual blogging direction. Chloe is a 21 year old blogger aiming to use the internet to tackle a whole range of issues, such as body confidence, self esteem, anxiety, bullying, the list goes on. If you are interested in participating, pop on over to her blog and check it out for yourself and then give her an email. I'm sure she would be glad to have you on board!

She interviewed me about body confidence as this is something which I have struggled with for a very long time. We all have our weaknesses and that is mine. I actually got pretty personal in the interview because it felt more beneficial to just be really open about exactly how it feels so that I can try and help someone, even if it is just one single person, feel better about themselves. Even just answering the questions helped me feel better about myself, strangely enough!! I gave some advice and now I just have to try and follow it myself. 

Here is a sneak peak of the interview to entice you over there.

So can you tell me about your experience with body confidence?

Body confidence is something which I really struggle with and have done for a good few years now. Obviously we don't all love everything about our bodies but some of us dislike it more than others. As much as I wish this wasn't the case, I'm not happy with how my body looks but I know I'm not the only one out there. There are a lot of styles of clothes that I would never dream of wearing because I would feel way too self-conscious and think that everyone was judging me, even though they probably barely even noticed that I was feeling uncomfortable.

It's true what you say, everyone feels self-conscious about something and you do feel like people are judging you but the majority of the time, they are probably feeling just as self-conscious about something themselves! How would you say it has changed your life?

Like I said, I tend to dress in 'safe clothes' that don't cling to my skin too much. I am only a UK size 8/10 which I know isn't exactly fat but that doesn't mean I am happy with it. My stomach is my least favourite bit and I feel like it is horrible and flabby looking so I refrain from wearing shorted tops or anything that emphasises my stomach. I love crop tops but I'm too nervous and to wear them.

You can read the full interview here.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

101 Things in 1001 Days

This type of post is common amongst us bloggers and so I have made up a list of 101 things that I would like to experience in the next 1001 days, starting today. I've also added it to my pages bar up above so that I can track my progress. That means you can come back to my list there and scroll through to see what has been scored out and what is yet to happen. It's basically a short-term bucket list. Some of them are obvious things, like learn to drive, whereas others are more obscure like sky dive and go on an elephant safari, but hopefully I will manage to do as many of them as possible!
Start date: 17 June 2014
End date: 14 March 2017

1. Pass my exams at the end of sixth year
2. Get in to university
3. Complete my charity/trekking expedition to Nepal and come back alive
4. Have 100 books stored on my Kindle
5. Do a sponsored run
6. Join a gym
7. Go to prom
8. Cook a meal from scratch
9. Go shopping in London
10. Go on  a 6th year holiday with my friends
11. Give blood
12. Get my legs waxed
13. Make my own smoothie
14. Kiss romantically in the rain
15. Go for a facial
16. Go to the cinema on my own
17. Complete my Platinum Youth Achievement Award (through attending my Peer Ed class)
18. Complete my Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award
19. Reach 500 GFC followers 
20. Reach 500 Bloglovin followers
21. Watch a sunrise
22. Treat a friend to a meal
23. Take fun pictures in a photo booth
24. Move away from home
25. Be in a serious relationship
26. Donate some of my unwanted books to a charity shop
27. Blog once everyday for a month
28. Write a list of twenty things I like about myself
30. Write a book
31. Take up a new hobby
32. Become an organ donor
33. Go abroad myself
34. Go back to Paris
35. Attend a midnight movie showing
36. Give up chocolate for a whole month
37. Go to a music festival
38. Have a candlelit dinner
39. Stargaze
40. Sky dive
41. Visit Germany (my grandpa was German)
42. Give money to a busker
43. Read a Jane Austen book
44. Learn to speak another language
45. Study abroad
46. Knit a scarf
47. Find out my blood type
48. Be a member in the audience of a TV show
49. Meet someone famous
50. Go out with absolutely no makeup on
51. Go on a plane without my parents
52. Be a vegetarian for a week
53. Wear a skirt or dress every day for a week
54. Work somewhere other than a restaurant
55. Make soup
56. Get a new hairstyle
57. Take an IQ test
58. Say yes to everything for a whole day
59. Go on a blind date
60. Go on a double date
61. Learn to juggle with three things
62. Go to a fashion show
63. Read all the Harry Potter books
64. Go on a road trip
65. See Taylor Swift in concert
66. See a Cirque de Soleil performance
67. Watch 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
68. Post an OOTD every day for a week
69. Learn how to do fishtail braids
70. Make a cocktail
71. Host a party
72. Intern for a newspaper/magazine
73. Pass my first year at university
74. Read 'Wuthering Heights'
75. Host a second giveaway
76. Meet someone new through blogging (in person)
77. Post a video on youtube
78. Win a giveaway
79. Be tweeted by a celebrity
80. Learn to drive
81. Buy my first car
82. Keep in touch with people from my high school after I leave
83. Go out for New Year
84. Meet an author
85. Make a piece of jewellery
86. Go on an elephant safari
87. Attend a university open day
88. Babysit for someone
89. Keep my room tidy for a whole month
90. Successfully learn the art of liquid eyeliner
91. Buy a MAC lipstick
92. Own a Lulu Guinness bag
93. Find a suitable makeup storage system that I'm actually happy with
94. Phone in sick for work even though I feel fine
95. Phone in sick to a place that I don't even work at
96. Pull an all-nighter
97. Speak in front of a large group of people
98. See the pandas at Edinburgh zoo
99. Buy a tripod for my camera
100. Remain blogging
101. Write a letter to myself to be opened after the 1001 days are over

Monday, 16 June 2014

The Girl Behind The Blog: Heather from Hevzibev

You may or may not remember my previous interview posts (here and here) where I asked beauty bloggers a few 'get to know me' type questionsI am here again today armed with the same questions (and an extra one which I never thought of last time) to introduce you to one of my favourite blogging gals, Heather (brownie points to her for saying nice things about me in this interview).
1. Sum up your blog in three words.
Cute, girly, umm.. pink? (clearly I am a woman of many words)

2. What/who inspired you to start blogging?
Of course I am going to be a typical young beauty blogger here and say Zoe (Zoella) and Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter) were the main reasons for the creation of my blog, when I found theirs a couple of years back. From that point onward I discovered there was a whole new network of people just like them and I adored the idea of making something I can look back on, I almost wanted it like an online diary to keep my thoughts on beauty.

3. Have you met any friends through blogging?
I'm not the social sort haha ;) of course I do have discussions with other bloggers, but I am really lucky to have met Holly who is fab, just like her blog. We used to have discussions on twitter before I happily waved the social media site that was slowly destroying my life and grades goodbye. However, I do like to keep up with her instagram, and I really hope that one day we might be able to meet! :)

4. What is your favourite thing to blog about?
Oooh, had I been asked this a couple of months ago, I would definitely have said makeup reviews or something similar. Although, ever since I have worked out how to take full-body pictures of myself I would have to say OOTD posts are my new favourite way to channel my obsession with clothes.

5. Your all time favourite product?
Definitely my Master Precise eyeliner from Maybelline. I cannot sing it enough praise and have repurchased it over 10 times!

6. What is the one makeup item you could not live without?
Eyeliner. I really wish I felt comfortable without it, but having worn it every single day for three years makes it difficult to break the habit haha. I dislike the shape of my eyes and much prefer the way they look with my signature cat eye. 

7. Favourite fashion and beauty brands?
My favourite beauty brands would probably be Maybelline, Rimmel and MAC, because it is absolutely impossible to pick just one. Maybelline because they do some great mascaras and eyeliners, Rimmel because I love most of their foundations and lip products and MAC because their eyeshadows and lipsticks are wonderful :) As far as clothing goes, at the moment it is definitely Topshop. On more than one occasion in the past couple of weeks I have severely damaged my purse in that shop, it really is becoming a problem, I just love everything in there. 

8. What is your proudest moment throughout your blogging life?
Of course there are several, obviously every time somebody takes their time to give a little comment it leaves little fuzzies in my tummy and it really does make me so happy and I appreciate it so much! Another would be Louise (yes, Sprinkle of Glitter) following my blog, and on Christmas day the year before last I was featured as 'editors pick of the day' on a blogging website called 'Bloggers' which has since closed down.

9. Any hopes for your blog in the future?
I really do love to blog and have no intentions of stopping! I would love to keep writing about what I love, hopefully continue to help my blog blossom and maybe I might even start a youtube channel one of these days? Who knows! :)

Thank you so much to Heather for taking part in this. You can read my answers to these questions on Heather's blog here! Also keep an eye out for the guest posts we will be doing for each other in July when I come back from Nepal.

Heather's links:

Thanks for reading! I highly recommend you hop on over to Heather's blog and have a nosey. Her recent OOTD post is delightful :)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Father's Day Gift Guide 2014

Father's Day is fast approaching and many of us are still scrambling for ideas of what to get our beloved dads. What is about dads that makes them so difficult to buy for? Or is it just men in general? I know I struggle to think of something new each year and he usually ends up with the same old thing. This year I want to be a little more inventive and get him something other than a book and some of his favourite chocolate.

There are some great offers in Debenhams on mens aftershave, with many of them up to half price. These two both have great reviews and according to one woman, the Hugo Boss one is a "masculine sophisticated scent for the sexy man of any age m mm mmmmm." Uhhh, ok. I actually ordered the Calvin Klein one due to the really good reviews which all said it smelled amazing, although none got quite as excited as that particular reviewer.
You can never go wrong with a good ol' wallet. This one from Fossil is a really nice one and isn't too expensive considering it's a designer brand and real leather. The classic design means that it would suit a wide range of tastes.
If you are really stuck for ideas, a mug is always a good place to start. I love this Superman one, it would be perfect for geeky dads like mine! 'A mug for a mug' as my dad always says.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a trendy dad. It isn't a word I would use to describe my own father but there are some out there who are not completely incompetent at all things technology and own a mobile phone that isn't from the early 2000s. Sticking with the superhero theme, this phone case is a great, affordable gift that your dad will love.
If your dad loves to read, why not buy him his very own kindle? I own one of these and although it will never fully replace my love for a good old fashioned book, there are some benefits to it. Books for a kindle are generally cheaper than buying a physical copy and there is also a range of free books to choose from. It is also perfect for travelling, especially if he gets through books really quickly and doesn't want to carry a lot round with him. You can also buy one that is like a tablet but that is significantly more expensive, and this one does the trick just fine. You could also maybe buy an Amazon voucher for him so he can buy himself some ebooks. 
I can't say I am very experienced in mens shavers but this one seems like a good one. It has countless five star reviews with an average of 4.8/5 in 38 reviews. No one likes a scruffy dad, do they? The SmartPivot system apparently keeps the three shaving heads close to your skin for a fast and smooth shave. The easy grip handle has an anti-slip coating so no need to worry there, and just one hour of charging gives a full 60 minutes of shaving time. A quick 3 minute charge gives enough battery to last a single shave. Sounds pretty impressive eh?

What are you buying your dad this Father's Day?

-Holly xo
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Giveaway Winner

My giveaway ended last night and I have now (randomly) selected and emailed the winner. Congratulations Linda from I Am Linderella! I am so happy that a fellow blogger won rather than one of those fake accounts that people use only to enter giveaways. Linda's blog is actually a favourite of mine so it turned out pretty well! Linda, if you are reading this, if you could please email me back with your postal address I will send your prize out to you as soon as possible. 

Thank you so much to everyone who entered. There were a lot of entries so I am sorry to everyone else who missed out but I am hoping to do some more in the future. Better luck next time, eh? 

-Holly xo

P.S. For future reference so I know what to give away next time, was this a good prize?

Monday, 9 June 2014

30 Blog Post Ideas To Avoid Writer's Block

1. Review your favourite beauty products
2. Show us your morning and evening skincare routine
3. Blog about your monthly beauty and/or non-beauty favourites
4. Show how you look before and after applying a foundation you love or hate
5. Show how you look before and after applying a mascara you love or hate
6. Share your favourite blog posts you have read that week/month
7. Review the book you are currently reading
8. Do a clothing wishlist for the coming season
9. Showcase your embarrassing old Facebook photos
10. Run a giveaway
11. Show what is on your nails at the moment
12. Give the recipe for your favourite dessert
13. Tell us the blogs which you never miss a post on
14. Blog about your first impressions of a new product
15. Write about things you have recently purchased
16. Do an OOTD of your favourite outfits for the season
17. Show us how you store your makeup 
18. Explain how you wash your makeup brushes
19. Share your worst baby photos
20. Write some tips for new bloggers
21. Review the camera you use for your blog pictures
22. Share your best 'pick me up' songs
23. Tell us about your past makeup disasters
24. Show your makeup look for a night out
25. Do a room tour
26. Blog about what you do to pamper yourself
27. Review your favourite perfume
28. Share some studying tips to help out fellow students
29. Write a Christmas gift guide (obviously only if it is that time of year)
30. Most importantly, blog about anything you feel passionate about

-Holly xo

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Top 5 Reads of the Week #2

This was a really great post by Corrie, one of my favourite beauty bloggers. It was so helpful with all things brows and gave some really great advice on how to get your brows looking their best in her usual witty language. She also gave some mini reviews on some brow products and shared some horror stories from her youth. I especially loved the part where she said her eyebrows don't follow the 'sisters not twins' rule and are instead 'questionable third cousins.'

I am a massive fan of Hayley's blog, especially when she writes about book. I am well and truly a bookworm and whenever she mentions books I always want to go straight out and buy it. Oh her powers of persuasion. I really enjoyed this post that she did about the books she read in May, in fact I am now considering doing something like this on my own blog next month! I love the sound of Severed Heads, Broken Hearts. I am definitely reading that soon.

Are these mini Marc Jacobs perfume bottles adorable or what. I never knew that there was travel versions of my fave perfume line available so I was delighted when I spotted this post on my feed! I wear Daisy Eau So Fresh a lot at this time of the year because I think it is just perfect for spring/summer because it is so sweet and floral-scented (hence the name). I will definitely be buying one of these if I am going away somewhere nice! They would also be great for days out for topping up on your perfume because they also come with a small refillable bottle which would fit nicely into your bag.

With Father's Day fast approaching, I am in need of some good ideas of what to get him! Why are men so difficult to buy for, especially dads? Women are so simple - pick them some nice bath stuff and they are sure to be happy. Men are a whole other story. This gift guide from Fleur is very helpful and has some great ideas in there for you to take inspiration from, although many of the things are a little on the pricy side. I did really like the card though, it sums up my life perfectly.

How incredible would a two week internship at heat magazine be. I am so jealous of Nicole right now and it sounds as if she is having a great time. I really enjoyed this post, as well as the other daily updates from the rest of this week, as it lets you see how magazines work and what kind of things the employees get up to on a daily basis. It sounds like so much fun and confirmed that my dream is definitely to work in an area such as this one.

- Holly xo

*The photos in this post are not my own and in fact come from the blog posts in which I have linked to.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Bookworm #2: The City of Bones

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

I will be the first person to admit the blurb on Cassandra Clare's 'City of Bones' is not the most enticing. It sounds far from unique, just your regular vampire storyline with a love triangle flung in there somewhere for a bit of added flair. And I suppose that is what this book is about, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I'm not Clary's biggest fan as I thought she was a little boring and predictable but I did start to like her more and more as the series goes on (this is the first book of many), however Jace remains my favourite. He is a shadowhunter - cheesy, I know - and there is just something about him that is exciting and, for lack of a better word, sexy. It's a shame people like that don't exist in real life. Clary's mother has been kidnapped and so Clary must work with and against the shadowhunters, vampires, warlocks, werewolves and demons to get her back. If I had researched the book before I read it and saw what it was about I probably wouldn't have bothered with it but I'm glad I just went ahead with it because I would have missed out on a really great book.

One thing which I didn't really get about this book is Clary is meant to be fifteen years old, and I think the author made a mistake here. She definitely seems more like sixteen or seventeen, and I feel like the story and the way she acts would have been more believable that way. Her love life isn't really that of a fifteen year old girl.

My advice to you is to simply overlook the cheesy, cliched storyline and just dive right in without reading about it too much and you will probably find that you really like it. It's very long - 442 pages - so just stick it out. You'll be glad you did.

- Holly xo

I'm On Facebook

I just wanted to let you all know that, as of yesterday, I now have a Facebook page set up for my blog! On here I will be posting pictures, links to blog posts, updates from both my life and my blog etc. I will also use it as a giveaway entry in future as well so you may as well like it now so you are all set! Please make my day and like my page here.

- Holly xo

Friday, 6 June 2014

May Favourites

May has been a month of difficult exams, comfort eating and stress-relieving shopping trips. I actually went shopping the day after my last exam as a treat to myself for managing to get through them alive! I spent a lot of money that day to compensate for all the days I missed out on because of studying. Quite a few of the things in my favourites this month are newbies as a result of these pick-me-up shopping days as I finally had time to try out the things that people have been raving about in the blogosphere. Let me know if you have any of them and what you think of them! Without further ado, let's get cracking.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream
I have been using this pretty much every day in May after buying it at the start of the month when Boots had their 3 for 2 offer. It is slightly too dark for me (I think I am maybe between shades, we all know how rubbish Bourjois is with them) but I find that if I just apply it a little bit at a time then I can build it up to get the colour and the coverage that I need. It looks as natural as foundation can - obviously I still look like I am wearing makeup - but it doesn't look cakey in the slightest. I do get quite shiny with it after a couple of hours as my skin is so oily but it's nothing that a quick powder application can't fix! This is the epitome of summer foundations, in my eyes.

The much-raved about 'brow-volumising fiber gel' is a clear winner this month. I just think this is great. I prefer to have slightly more filled in eyebrows so I use this over a little bit of the powder from the Benefit Brow Zings palette (the light shade) and it really sets them in place so that they do. not. budge. What I love about it is it isn't a really reddy brown as many brow products often can be, and is instead ashy-toned which suits my colouring perfectly. My eyebrows have never looked better!

This arrived in my May birchbox and I instantly fell in love. It is the most gorgeous colour and is perfect for this time of year. It stayed glossy on my nails for days and was pretty chip-resistant which is a must for me with my very thin, flaky nails which break easily. I would have happily worn this for days on end with minimal touch ups but unfortunately I had to take it off for work. 

My love for Bioderma has subsided slightly after using this because it made me realise that I can get pretty much the same thing for more than half the price without having to order it off the internet. After the Bioderma craze that started pretty recently, UK budget beauty brands cottoned on to the trend and brought out their own version and this one is up there with the best. It removes a full face of makeup in less than a minute, including the infamous They're Real mascara which is known for its intense staying power, even when you don't want it to be there. It is so gentle on your skin and didn't cause havoc with my eyes - I can even use it with my contact lenses in so it must be good.

I've had this for a while but I took a break from using it for a little while and only just got back into it this month. It works even better than I remember, possibly because the weather is a little warmer and so a light moisturiser is all I need rather than a thicker one which I tend to reach for in the colder months. I use this morning and night, and I just can't get enough of it. The smell is simply incredible. Read my full review here.
I am in love with this camera. I bought it a couple of weeks ago with the intention of using it for blog posts and also for bringing with me on my trip to Nepal at the end of this month (oh my god I can't believe how soon it is till I go, squeeeee!) and it is really doing the trick so far. It produces amazing quality images if you get the settings right but it is taking a little bit of getting used to. I think I finally have the hang of it though and sort of know what I am doing. It was an investment that was worth every penny. Read a little bit more about it here.

- Holly xo
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Monday, 2 June 2014

What's In My Makeup Bag

This is my 200th post, hurrah! Who'd have guessed I'd still be here after all this time. I'm not usually so good at keeping interest in one thing. Just as a little change since I am at this milestone I thought I would grant you all a little peak into my makeup bag rather than my usual reviews and whatnot. Surprisingly, I haven't really been writing a lot about beauty in the past month and I miss it, I really do.

I keep my everyday makeup in a makeup bag, currently a Clarins one which came in a skincare set my mum bought, beside my mirror so it is quick and easy to grab in the mornings. Every so often I switch up what is in it but for the most part I keep it pretty much the same. I have all the things I wear everyday without fail and then a couple extra options for when I am feeling experimental (and for when I actually managed to get out of my bed when my alarm went off and don't need to just slap any old thing on and go).

So, in my makeup bag at the mo is:
Benefit POREfessional primer
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer
Bare Minerals Original SPF15 Foundation - Medium Beige
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream - 32 Light Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder - Transparent
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer - 2 Cool Medium
Maybelline Fit Me concealer - shade 15
Benefit Brow Zings - Light
Benefit Gimme Brow - Medium/Deep
Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush - Live Pink 
Maybelline The Falsies Flared mascara - Black
Rimmel Glam Eyes Eyeshadow Quad - Smokey Purple
Tanya Burr lip gloss - Aurora
Maybelline Baby Lips - Cherry Me
Collection Deluxe lipstick - Tallulah (win this in my giveaway)

This is quite a lot to keep in my makeup bag but obviously I'm not using it all at once. Most days I either wear my trusty Bare Minerals foundation or the Bourjois CC cream (only just started trying this out but so far so good). I then go in with Collection Lasting Perfection concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes that the foundation didn't cover. I picked up the Maybelline concealer yesterday so I will let you know how I get on with that! I then use the powder from the Benefit Brow Zings to fill in and shape my eyebrows. I use the light shade because even though my eyebrows are relatively dark, I find that the other shades are far too brown and look unnatural whereas this is more ashy toned and suits me really well (review here). I've also been using the Gimme Brow for the past couple of weeks to set everything in place and add a little more colour and definition and it's safe to say I love it! I will maybe do a before and after post like I did with the Brow Zings sometime soon to show you how great it is. If I can be bothered, I use a little bit of eyeshadow, often the neutral colour from this quad, but mostly I just skip this step. After a slick of mascara, blush and bronzer (I use the Solar Powder from Soap and Glory in the Powder Trip Palette but it's too big to fit in my makeup bag), I pick which colour I want to wear on my lips. If I am going for something a little more subtle and moisturising I use the Maybelline Baby Lips which is sooooo lovely, or if I am feeling a little more adventurous I will wear this beautiful barbie pink lipstick from Collection or the Tanya Burr lip gloss which is surprisingly pigmented for a gloss. And that's it! I know it does sound a lot but I find that just using a little bit of everything makes me look presentable and put together without going overboard.

Now for a little chat. Today I started back at school after roughly five weeks off for study leave and exams, which felt surprisingly good (although I wasn't feeling it at 7am when my alarm went off). I think it was the whole getting back into a routine which I have kind of missed. So I started my new class timetable which is the one I will follow for the next year since my exams are complete. I am doing Advanced Higher English, Advanced Higher Modern Studies, Higher Geography and Higher Business Studies (not sure about what levels this equates to in other parts of the UK) although I really hated Business so I have a feeling I might drop it! It was unbelievably dire. I can't believe I'm in my last year of school already, I don't feel old enough to be a 6th year! I am now in the oldest year group in high school, that is one scary thought. I will be applying for university at the end of this year, oh god. Trying not to think about it. Not really succeeding though.

Imminent school worries aside, what's in your makeup bag at the moment?

- Holly xo
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