Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Clinique Chubby in the nude Foundation Sticks

As someone that seems to be running late constantly, I decided I needed to invest in some quick and easy to apply, portable make up for days when I have to apply my face on the go (which happens a little too often for my liking recently...)

When I saw Clinique were bringing out a foundation stick I decided to head to my nearest Clinique counter to try it out for myself. This was just over a month ago now, and when I went in they only had three shades for my colour skin to choose from, but more shades have been released in the range now as I write this.

As always I tend to be the palest shade on offer so they lady gave me the option of the two lightest shades side by side on my jawline to see which shade I preferred. I was colour matched as 02 Alabaster.

As the lady applied the product to the rest of my face for me to see the overall result, she explained the best way to apply it with a foundation buff brush that Clinique had especially developed for the product, but also it can be blended onto your skin with clean hands if you're in a hurry . She also explained that the product was buildable but was not suitable for those desiring a full coverage look.

It gave me an overall even skin tone but was not suitable for covering acne or the large skin blemishes I had that day. However this was still ideal for me because I just wanted to have an easy to apply on the go foundation for days when I am running late to work etc and don't have the time or means to fuss with a damp beauty blender and large glass bottle of foundation that requires a lot of blending and attention.

This product gives a nice natural and even toned finish to skin but is not ideal for completely masking acne or large blemishes. 

The product gave me a nice natural look, felt weightless and overall I was very pleased. Whilst I was there I did enquire about the contouring sticks that had recently been released but they only had them in one shade which was a dark brown, which was unsuitable for my skin tone.

I decided to purchase the foundation stick and was pleased to find there was an offer on in store which meant if I spent £40 or more I got a free make up bag full of Clinique cosmetics for free!
The foundation stick itself was £23, and I had been very interested in the foundation buff brush the lady had used to apply the product to my face so I purchased it (£28), only to find that on top of the free gift deal, I was also given 10% off my total bill as I had purchased more than 2 Clinique products in a single transaction!

The free gift bag included a full sized chubby blush stick, a travel sized mascara, a travel sized pop lip colour lipstick, a travel sized face wash, a travel sized bottle of take off the day eye make up remover and a travel size pep-start eye cream.

When I got round to trying the foundation out myself at home I decided to use a few of these products to complete my look, and a few other of my regular choices from my everyday make up bag. I went for a more natural look than usual as I was trying to mimic what sort of look I'd have time to create in a hurry, which was the whole point of me purchasing the foundation stick in the first place.

Some of the free cosmetics I was given with my Chubby Stick and Buff brush purchase.

The following photos show the before, during and after shots of the application process. I used MAC prep and prime translucent powder to lightly set the foundation stick as my skin can become quite oily otherwise, but this isn't necessary usually as the product gives a nice matte finish alone.

The end result of my natural, in-a-hurry-look using the new products.

The Process:



How the product is best applied before blending ('cats whiskers')


The end result.

I have used this product quite a few times and it has come in so handy I wonder how I ever lived without it. I will definitely be returning to buy another when it runs out. 10/10

I hope this post was useful to those of you considering purchasing this product for yourselves, but as always I would recommend you go along to your nearest counter and try out the product to make sure you get the best colour match for your skin and ultimately make your mind up for yourself.
Until next time,

-Holly xx 

Purchase Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick Online Here

Thursday, 22 September 2016

London Cocktails - Outfit of the Night 10/09/2016

A couple of weeks back I headed to London for dinner and cocktails, and when I posted photographs of my outfit on social media I was met with lots of compliments and people asking where I got various items of my outfit from.

The exact items I was wearing were things I have owned for a while so will no longer be available to buy anywhere, so I had a look around and have included some links below to help replicate my look from items currently in stores!

My dress and shoes were both Topshop and my necklace was from Accessorize. I managed to find some pretty close dupes of each of my items in high street stores: 

I hope this helped!

-Holly xx

Monday, 19 September 2016

How to Remove Scuffs from Patent Shoes

Last week I was getting ready for a night out and I knew I had the perfect heels to complete my outfit. I hadn't worn them in a couple of years, so by the time I dug them out from the back of my wardrobe I was dismayed to find them covered in scuffs and looking worse for wear.

Whilst considering if I had another pair of shoes to complete my outfit instead, I remembered a trick I had discovered a few years ago to get rid of marks on another pair of patent shoes I had owned.

Remove scuffs with nail varnish remover.

It's as simple as that! Soak a cotton pad in nail varnish remover and rub it gently over the scuff until it disappears!

I know this was a really short post but I just wanted to share this tip with you and help you spruce up any of your own scuffed up patent shoes! Best of luck!

-Holly xx 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Product Reviews 28/07/2016

I know I've been a bit quiet on the blog front lately. This is largely due to the fact I started a new job and haven't had as much time to myself to write, style and try new things.

This post is all about various make up and beauty products I have tried in the last month, and how I found the quality of them to be. There is a good mix of cosmetics and other hair/beauty products, so I hope you find this useful.

Lets begin!

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation - £5.99

This product applied smoothly, with a flawless finish, and I was very pleased with the result. However, within an hour, despite having first applied primer, my pores began to show through, the product became streaky, and by the end of the work day my face resembled an oil slick. Despite matching my skin shade perfectly, by the end of the day the product had given my face an unappealing orange glow. I purchased this in the hopes of finding an affordable foundation for every day wear, as I did not want to keep using my Clinique or Estee Lauder foundations so frequently, as they are far from cheap. However, this product left my skin looking and feeling awful, and after two days of use (I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt) it was discarded forever.


Maybelline New York 24 Hour Super Stay Make Up Locking Setting Spray - £6.99

I had high hopes for this product. My last setting spray was from MUA, and had served me well. I decided to try out this brand as it had been on offer when I was in my local Superdrug. I used it for a week and found the quality to be poor. The spray applicator on the bottle did not distribute the spray evenly, meaning by the time it had had dried on my face and I checked my appearance, I noticed I had white dry patches on several parts of my face! Despite this, the product did little to keep my make up in place, and by the end of the days I was looking worse for wear and my skin tone a bit uneven.


B. Blending Sponge - £4.99

I purchased this as I love applying my make up with beauty blenders. I usually purchase Real Techniques ones which I have always been happy with the quality of but I thought I would a new brand just to see how it went. I have never purchased a product from the B. range before so I did not know what to expect. However, I was ecstatic with the results of this blender. Despite being a little cheaper than my usual choice, the quality was as good as, if not, better than my usual choice.
I will definitely be purchasing this again when my current one needs replacing, and it has definitely made me consider what other good quality, and affordable products I am yet to discover from this brand.


Make Up Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Setting Spray - £5

After the last disastrous setting spray I tried, I spotted this as being newly released and decided to give it a go. Knowing how high the quality of Make Up Revolution products are usually, I was expecting great things. However, after trying this out for a week as part of my make up routine, I was left very disappointed. Not only did it completely fail to keep any of my face make up on, it left me looking as though I had been spraying oil straight onto my face. This product really missed the mark by a mile and I have stopped using it. I don't know if it has just reacted poorly with my skin but it has made my skin very oily and my make up has been sliding straight off. Very disappointed.


Toni & Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo - £7.49

I purchased this simply because I had run out of dry shampoo and it was on clearance in my local Boots store. I have mixed feelings about this product. It applies clear meaning I was not left with any dry, white patches that took forever to brush through. It was very good at absorbing excess oil and leaving hair looking and smelling clean. However, when it came to brushing through and styling my hair after application, my locks were left feeling, dry, brittle and straw like in texture. The ends were a nightmare, but after applying my Aussie leave in conditioner spray, I managed to tame the bird nest like state. If you want to wear your hair up, I would definitely recommend this product as it helps give texture to keep hairs in place, but if you want to wear your hair down in between washes, this probably isn't the product for you.


Natural Collection White Pencil Eyeliner - £1.99

I was thrilled with this product. It applied smoothly, was highly pigmented, and one application lasted for hours without need for a top up. Despite being less than £2, it stands taller than most of its drug store rivals. I would definitely recommend this product.

I have also recently purchased and been trying out some Make Up Revolution Palettes - Unicorns Unite, Mermaids Forever and the Blush Goddess. As you can imagine, these are taking a while to get through to give a well educated opinion of but I am certainly having a lot of fun whilst doing so. So far I am very pleased with the quality, but that is all I can tell you for now. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will have had a chance to try out the majority of the shades for various looks and occasions, and there will be an in depth post about them then.

Until next time,

Holly xx

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Sunglasses Edit

I have a confession: I have a bit of an obsession with sunglasses.

I wear them all year round, and like to adjust my styles accordingly. Due to my love of sunglasses, I decided to pick a few of my favourites that I've seen in stores this season. All of the styles listed below are easily available in high street stores or popular online retailers. Some are very affordable, and a few pairs are more of an investment, but if you love them enough and look after them, they'll last you for years and be worth every penny.

1. Sunglasses £7.99 @ H&M

Hardly the most original name, but that doesn't take away from the fact that these are simple, classic and suit most face shapes.

2. Sunglasses £6.99 @ H&M

I have a real thing for tortoiseshell and the simplicity of this pair is just adorable.

3. Sunglasses £9.99 @ H&M

The fun little intricate cut out design on these make them a stand out pair without being too in your face.

4. Kooky Oversized Round Sunglasses £22 @ Topshop

This pair are bright, bold and super fun! A must have for any festival goer!

5. Tortoiseshell Wayfarer Sunglasses by Ray-Ban £125 @ Topshop

Back at it again with the Tortoishell! This pair are a little more expensive than the others, but are amazing quality and well worth the money!

6. Steelcat Sunglasses by Quay @ Topshop £30

This fun take on the simple cat eye style is absolutely stunning.

7. Black Mirrored Round Skinny Frame Sunglasses £7.99 @ New Look

The bright coloured lens make this simple pair eye catching. Another festival favourite!

8. Gold Wood Print Sunglasses £5.99 @ New Look

This pair caught my eye for the simple reason that they're a little unusual. I haven't seen a pair in this style with this wood grain print before, but I think they're super fun.

9.White Floral Print Retro Sunglasses £10 @ River Island

The floral print on this pair from River Island are a cute, summery addition to this otherwise classic shape.

10. Brown Tortoiseshell Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses £14 @ River Island

I promise this is the last tortoiseshell pair on the list.... But if you're looking for something a little bit bold, out there and over the top, this extreme cat eye pair may be the ones for you!

11. Quay Australia My Girl Exclusive Mirror Cat Eye Sunglasses in Marble £30

Quay Australia are renowned for their beautiful and eye catching sunglasses designs and this pair are no exception!

12. Round Sunglasses £6.99 @ H&M

The final pair on my list, these are a little bit different to what I normally like but for some reason I found myself drawn to them. The simple muted colours and design mean this pair will go with every outfit.

That's it for this summer edit, I hope you found some inspiration for your perfect summer eye wear!

Until next time,

-Holly xx 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Sense Store Finds

Not that I ever need an excuse to go into charity stores, but I am severely lacking in summer clothes and I am off to Amsterdam next week so whilst I was waiting for a train last week, I popped into one of my local charity stores.

It was a Sense store which means the proceeds go to helping deafblind children and adults. As I'm sure you already know, I have a bit of a shopping addiction, especially in charity stores, so I always feel better knowing my money is going to help those in need.

I bought four items during my time there, all coming to a total of£12, and two of the items were brand new with their original store tags!

The first item I picked up was a long sleeve white cotton Ralph Lauren T shirt. It was in mint condition and was priced at £4. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it, and even though it's long sleeved which isn't ideal for the upcoming summer months, it is quite thin so I can just resign it to over cast days or chilly evenings. These T shirts usually retail at £50 in store so I was super happy with this purchase.

The next item I picked up was a simple black cotton camisole top with satin ribbon straps. The item caught my eye because of the beautiful clam lace detailing around the bust. I used to have a similar one which I wore all the time. Unfortunately due to it being one of my favourite tops, it meant that it got quite worn out and eventually I ripped a hole in it. The brand is Damart which I'm not really certain on but I think it's a catalogue for older women to order clothes from. When I got the top home and eventually managed to try it on I found that the fit was more of that of a modesty top for under low cut shirts, which meant it came a little higher up my chest. However, being a little heavier on top than the average girl my size, this cut suits me fine because it gives me that little extra coverage that most other vest tops lack. I think the reason I fell in love with this simple top so much is because of the clam lace was giving me some serious mermaid vibes ..... It cost me only £2 as well, so I was very pleased, and it was stated that the item was brand new.

The third item I picked up was a thick jersey stretch skirt by Zara, which was brand new with its original store tags. I was pleased to find this item because one of my housemates has one just like it and I had always been envious. This item is so versatile, it looks great with a plain t shirt or vest top and white converse for a more summery look, but it also suits a jumper and tights which will be perfect in the winter. This item will definitely be coming with me to Amsterdam. Best of all, it only cost £3, despite it being £10 brand new in stores, and it being a current season item in Zara right now!

The final item I picked up was an acid wash, distressed ripped pair of high waisted jeans. They are only originally from Primark, but still retail at approximately £15, and I got them for £3. I usually live in black jeans, and despite it being the summer I know I will still lean towards wearing jeans on days when I just want to keep it casual and lazy. The fact that these are so light in colour and have rips in make them more acceptable to be worn in the sunshine (in my opinion...) so I thought they would be a great addition to my wardrobe and grabbed them!

Overall I was very happy with my purchases, and I hope that my charity shop posts help those of you who are tempted by the idea of shopping in thrift stores, but are unsure if you're comfortable with the idea of looking through racks of second hand clothes.

For those of you who know me well you will know I am very anti germ and dirt, and I'm overly clean and tidy. This should fill you with a bit of confidence, because you should know if charity stores were unclean, or untidy, I would be the last person you'd find in there. Sometimes I know smaller independent charity shops can be a little unclean or unpleasant, but there are certain standards for large charities to hold their stores to now, so when you go inside they're like any other shop. All the clothes are cleaned, and hung by size, style and gender so it's really easy to find what you're after if you have something specific in mind. There aren't just racks of messy and dirty clothes to root through, it's all sorted before the best bits are put out for sale in the shop, and any damaged donations get recycled at big textile plants to maximise the usage of donated items. Nothing goes to waste, which I think is a lovely thing to think about. The best thing is, if you're a vintage lover, charity stores are always the best places to go to find cheap, and unique vintage pieces from house clearances and people cleaning out their old relatives attics! Even better, they're usually very cheaply priced because the charities think because they're clearly old or unbranded, people will feel less inclined to buy them! So charity stores are great for bargains.

My favourite part of a charity store trip is when I find brand new items that I missed in shops but had wished I had gotten! It happens more often than you'd think, because at the end of seasons, the leftover items that don't get sold in the stores sale often get boxed up and given to charities to sell in their shops and written off as a companies charity donation for that year. It's a win win for everyone involved!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post, as always I would love to hear your guys thoughts. Feel free to get in touch with the contact details at the top of the page.

-Holly xx

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Without a doubt, this is my favourite foundation on the market at the moment.

I have been shopping around recently, as I wasn't happy with my most recent foundation purchase, so I went along to my nearest Estee Lauder counter at my local Debenhams store and asked to be colour matched.

I came out as a 2C3 Fresco, and the lady applied the product to my face for me to see how it looked. I was pleased with the overall look, it didn't leave my skin looking too caked on. I did feel I looked a bit too tanned for my liking, but I think this was down to the amount of bronzer that the lady applied over the top of the product.

After applying the product myself at home as part of my usual make up routine, I found I was left with more of a natural, warm glow. However, I did decide that in future I would go for a shade lighter, as there was still an orange looking line where my neck met my chin, and that is NEVER a good look! This did disappear with some blending and pale powder applied over the top, but in all honesty, whenever I go to get colour matched at make up counters, the workers ALWAYS seem to recommend a colour that ends up being a shade or two too dark for my fair complexion.

This product is a full coverage foundation, with SPF 10, but it is very lightweight and doesn't feel like you're wearing make up at all! It applies smoothly, and very easily, and a little goes a long way which is great considering its a little less affordable than other foundations on the market.

The product comes in a square, frosted glass, 30ml bottle and each application can last up to 15 hours.

I use a beauty blender to apply my foundation usually but I decided to try and apply it with a stippling brush as well just to see how it would look. The product worked wonders both times, and left my skin looking fresh, healthy and very natural.

The price may be a little steep if you're looking for more of a budget beauty buy, but to be honest it is worth every penny of the £30 price tag. A little really does go a long way, but if you feel you can be swayed, or you want to treat yourself and you're still not certain, pop along to your local Estee Lauder counter so you can try it out for yourself and see what you think! One of the advisors will be able to help you with your colour match, and any questions you may have about Estee Lauder products, and if you ask they will be able to provide you with a small free sample of your colour for you to try out at home.

Let me know what you guys think!

-Holly xx 

Friday, 3 June 2016

Maybelline ColorSensation Vivid Matte Liquid & Make Up Revolution Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Today I decided to try out some of the new make up products I purchased this week. Both were super affordable, and purchased from easily reached stores such as Asda and Superdrug.

The first product was Maybelline ColorSensation Vivid Matte Liquid, in the shade 45 Possessed plum. This product is new out, and usually retails at £6.99, but was on offer for £4 in Asda as an introductory price. Matte liquid lipsticks are super popular at the moment, but the ones I use are the more expensive ones on the market such as those sold by Dose of Colors, Jeffree Star and Lime Crime. I did try a cheap one by MUA at Superdrug, but the quality of it was so poor that I threw it away and vowed to stick with more reputable (and more expensive!) brands.

I lined my lips before applying this product to reduce the likeliness of bleeding, but alas to no avail. The product lasted well, I applied it before a shopping trip with my mum and it stayed on the whole evening, but I did not eat or drink in that time. I must have been wearing the product for about 4 or 5 hours, which was quite a long while, but as I say, I didn't eat or drink in that time so there wasn't a whole lot for the product to withstand. When I got home I ate, but by the end of my meal, my lips were needing almost a full reapplication. All that remained of the product was around the edges of my mouth where I had lined with lip liner and an anti bleed stick.

Overall I thought the product was of an okay quality for £4, I would have been less impressed if I had paid £6.99. If you can't wait a few weeks for shipping from Lime Crime, Jeffree Star or Dose of Colors, then this product would be a good cheap and easily located alternative for an evening, but I would rather pay more and have a product of a higher quality that I know will last the distance.

All in all I would rate this product a 5/10.

Another product I purchased this week that I decided to try out today was Make Up Revolution Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I picked this up because I was looking to purchase a new waterproof liquid liner, as I recently discovered my Soap and Glory Supercat liner isn't waterproof, and with allergies as terrible as mine, it was becoming more than a little inconvenient. Despite the range being very affordable, I had only heard great things about Make Up Revolution Products so when I saw the stand in Superdrug, I picked up a few things to try. One of them was the liner, and overall I was very pleased with it.

When I picked it up in store it had no price label on the shelf, so you can imagine how overjoyed I was to find it was only £1.50 when I went to pay! When I opened it I was a little disappointed to find the applicator was a plastic pointed rod but most of my dismay was due to the fact I have very shaky hands and I personally find this type of applicator very difficult to use. Once I got going and my wings began to take shape, I did find it a little easier to use, but in the end I did reach for my Supercat liner just to neaten up the tips.

The quality of this product is absolutely amazing, and for such an affordable price, I will definitely be buying another! It stayed on without budging all day, but when I went to take the product off before bed, I just used my usual Garnier Micellar water on a cotton pad, and it came off without difficulty.
The pigmentation was amazing, and the product dried to a matte finish without looking dry or cracking. I would just prefer to have it in a double size container as I feel I would get through the product quickly in its current portion size. So simply for laziness reasons of not wanting to have to keep going back to Superdrug, I would prefer a larger version. Apart from the applicator, I could not fault this product at all.

All in all I would rate this product 8/10

I hope you found this short post useful, I just thought I'd share my own thoughts and ideas on these products. So hopefully if you were looking to try these yourself, you may find my thoughts to be of some use to you! Too many times in the past I've bought a new product from stores and bought into the amazing promises the brand makes, but then later been disappointed with the quality, only to find if I had looked online before purchasing, lots of people have reviewed the product more honestly.
As always, I would love to hear what you think, you can contact me with the details at the top of the page.

-Holly xx 

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

I was looking to try a new full coverage foundation recently as I was coming to the end of my infallible 24 hour. I was near a Clinique counter and saw their new beyond perfecting foundation and concealer product had just been released so I decided to give it a try.

I had the girl working there match up my skin colour to find the right shade for me, and then I purchased some.

I've been using this product for little over a month now and if I'm honest, I am very disappointed with it for a number of reasons. During the last couple of weeks I've been pretty busy, so I have worn a full face of make up most days during this time. Because of this I have had more time to really focus on the product.

My first issue is pretty major, and that is the fact that the colour is all wrong for me. At the time of purchasing it, I remember thinking the colour of the product looked pretty dark, but I thought nothing more of it because surely I should be able to trust the advice of the professional who matched me, right? WRONG.

I am very pale, and so usually I am the lightest or second lightest shade in most foundation brands. I was sold shade 02 Alabaster, and when I apply it to my skin, I go a pale shade of orange and there are very clear lines around my neck and jaw where the product ends and my skin begins despite lots of vigorous blending.
This in itself was very disappointing, especially considering the product cost £25, and there was no easy way for me to try and return it to a store, because there are no Clinique stores very local to me. Also, I had obviously had to open and use the product to find out it was all wrong for me, so that in itself would have likely caused more issues.

The product is very thick, as can be expected with a full coverage concealer, so a little goes a long way, but needs a lot of blending to keep it looking more natural and less caked on.

Due to the nature it is good at covering spots and other unwanted blemishes, but I personally found that once I applied any powder face products over the top such as bronzer and plain face powder, it did not give my skin a natural or flattering look at all. I use a powder highlighter as well, and that looked fine when used over this product.

In order to not waste this product, I recently started mixing it with a little of my other foundations, one that is a bit too pale for me, and this way I can match my shade perfectly. However, this isn't always convenient, especially if I am in a rush one day.

Once I have used up this product, I will not be purchasing it again. However, this is just personally how I found it to be, and I know I have liked other Clinique products in the past, so I will be a returning customer in the future I am sure.

I hope you found this helpful and if  you have any further questions, feel free to comment below or contact me via my contact details at the top of the page.

If you're still interested in trying this product for yourself, if you visit your local Clinique counter and speak to one of the assistants, they can apply the product to your face for you to see if you like it and if you're still unsure, you can request a small sample to take home. This would probably be my recommendation so that you can try the product in your normal routine in case you decide you don't like it, rather than be stuck with a full sized, unwanted product like me!

-Holly xx 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Grounded Face and Body Coffee Scrub

I recently discovered a new face and body scrub by a UK company called Grounded that I have absolutely fallen in love with!

It's made from crushed up coffee beans, and its absolutely fantastic at exfoliating your skin to perfection, leaving your face feeling smooth, soft and amazingly fresh.

The product is packed full of vitamins and minerals to help promote healthy skin, and the scrub itself boots circulation, leaving your skin with a healthy glow!

I tried the chocolate orange scented scrub, but they come in a variety of other scents such as sweet orange, tea tree & lemon, coconut and lime, coconut, and grapefruit (which is the one that is calling to me next!....)

The company currently have a quick and easy quiz on the website at the moment to tell you exactly which of their products is best suited for your skin, so if you're unsure or simply interested to find out, head over to their website and have a look!

Their products are available directly on their website, or alternatively, are stocked online and in some Boots stores.

The company also stock other wonderful products such as nourishing hair masks, and beautifully scented lip balms, all of which are perfect for keeping you looking and smelling your best this summer!

Prices range from £3 to £15, so are very affordable, and well worth the money!

I have tried many different skin care products over the years and was over joyed to find Grounded face scrubs. The quality of the products are unrivaled and are made from natural ingredients, none of which are tested on animals!

So if you're feeling like a change or are just always on the look out for great quality skincare products, Grounded is definitely the next place you should look!

Let me know what you think!

-Holly xx 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Mum's Birthday Meal Outfit

Just a super quick post to get things back on track.

Firstly... I've finished uni! I've already started job hunting and I'm looking to move into something fashion related. Fashion journalism of course would be the obvious place to start, but I'm keeping my options and ideas open to see what appeals to me!

My graduation is at the end of July, and I am going away to Amsterdam for a long weekend at the end of June for a friends birthday, so I have got a few things to look forward to in the near(ish!) future but for now I am just relieved that I don't have any looming deadlines hanging over me!

I'm quite eager to get home and start looking for jobs, so much so that I am moving out this weekend despite having a month left on my tenancy agreement at uni, but to be honest I am just really excited so get going and get myself on the career ladder.

Now that I have got more free time, my other main intention is to keep my blog filled with interesting, inspiring and insightful posts for you all to read and enjoy. I know I've been a bit slack on the regularity lately, but that is all set to change! As a coping mechanism for my stressful work load, I have been indulging myself in a little bit of retail therapy, albeit a bit too frequently recently. The upside of this is, I have some super cute and new clothes, shoes and accessories that I am very excited to style into fab outfits and show off to you guys!

As always, a large amount of them have been purchased on.... you guessed it, Depop! I have too much love for the app! It's just so easy to use, and now whenever I have a spare moment and social media is a bit bland, its the first place I go to waste some time! And despite being at the broke end of my final term, there seems to always be a beautiful pair of trainers or snazzy jacket calling to me...

Last weekend was my mums 60th birthday, where my siblings and I organised a surprised birthday meal out for her! We invited her closest family and friends, some of which came from all corners of the globe to be there to surprise her, and to our delight, she absolutely loved it! She was so shocked that she burst into tears in the middle of the restaurant and took a good ten minutes to pull herself together, but she was overjoyed with the effort everyone had gone to to be there and I was so happy she enjoyed it.

As I have been pretty snowed under with uni work recently, I have been living in black jeans and white tees, or my beloved Uniqlo joggers! So when we decided we were going to book a nice restaurant for a meal out, I was excited to be able to put together a nice outfit out of some of my recently acquired wardrobe additions.

After much debate between a few new dresses, I finally settled on a black white silver grey horizontal stripe body con jersey stretch midi dress from Next. I had originally seen this dress in Next whilst out shopping with some friends a few months back, but at the time I was broke! The dress also came in a green and copper stripe version, which was definitely the colour I preferred but by the time I got paid and went back to the store, they had all sold out! I even had one of the store assistants help me search through the Next catalogue and online store but could not find them anywhere! One of the girls I was shopping with had purchased the black and white version full price in store on the day we were out together, and £24 wasn't a bad price for it at all!

That night when I returned home from my unsuccessful return to Next for the dress, I tried my luck and simply searched Next midi stripe in the dress section on Depop and the dress came up! My luck continued because it was a size 10 and the seller only wanted £8 including postage so I purchased it immediately!

I paired the dress with my favourite pair of Topshop Rodeo block sandal heels and my Zara turquoise bison skull necklace for a pop of colour, and I was super happy with my outfit! The only issue I found was that I really could have done with a size 8 in the dress, but the 10 did fit me okay.

For my hair I kept it super simple and literally just let it dry when I got out of the shower and it fell  smooth and straight! I ran a brush through it and that was it! For make up, I used all of my usual products with the addition of Baked Cowboy, High and Dirtysweet Urban Decay shadows on my eyes from the Shadow Box and Naked Smokey Pallets, and  my Dose of Colors red matte liquid lipstick in shade Scarlet Lace on my lips.

All in all I had a lovely evening, I received lots of compliments on my outfit and make up, but most importantly my mum was over the moon with her birthday celebration. I had gotten her the Naked 3 Pallet as one of her gifts from me and she was super pleased with it and tried it out that night for the meal which was lovely to see.

I am already super excited for my next excuse to go out and get dressed up because I have a few more adorable outfits just dying to be shown off!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me with my details at the top of the page, of the comments box below! I always love to hear what you guys have to say!

Until next time,

Holly xx 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Best Nasal Decongestant Spray

If, like me, you suffer from bad allergies at this time of year such as the much dreaded hay fever, you'll know how difficult it is to sort through the wide variety of remedies that stores have on offer. Up until three years ago I never suffered from hay fever myself, but I have always been a bit of a sickly person. This meant that over the years I have tried a million and one products to fight a blocked nose.

Every cough, cold and bug that goes around - I catch it! So over the years I have tried and tested almost every syrup, lozenge, pastille, pill, tablet, throat, and nose spray there is available.
Having a blocked nose is something I cannot stand, so when nose sprays became widely available I was over the moon! However, I've found some can be really damaging, painful to use and cause nasty side effects.

I suffer from nose bleeds which are often triggered by using nasal sprays, but as I could not stand to have a blocked nose I had finally settled on using Sudofed Blocked Nose Spray (£3.99), as I found this to be the least harsh product for my nose.

But then I discovered Otrivine Sinusitis Spray (£4.19)! It is by far the best spray I've ever used and best of all it doesn't hurt, irritate my nose or cause nose bleeds! I've found it to last up to 10 hours without need to re spray, so this has been so convenient for long days at uni, work or nights out!

When my hay fever really started to affect me recently, I had continued using the product but when I went to buy more, I found they had released a version called Allergy Relief (4.19) especially for conditions such as hay fever! I bought some to try out and found it works just as well!

Whenever I get the chance I stock up on Otrivine sprays as they've proven to be pretty popular. I know that a friend of mine had her doctor recommend the sinusitis one, and from my personal experience, they can be difficult to get a hold of. When I started to get near the bottom of my last bottle I began looking in stores for more, but in the space of 6 weeks I checked every supermarket and pharmacy near where I live at uni and near my family home, and I could not get any! It was only until this week when I popped into a petrol station to get money out on my way home one day, when I spotted them on the shelf! This was when I made my Allergy Relief discovery, and there was an offer of buy 2 for £6 instead of the usual cost of £4.50 each.

I know this post isn't like my usual but I was so impressed with this product that I just had to share my discovery!

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog front I know, but I have been so snowed under with my final year deadlines! I've handed in my dissertation now and have a few more bits to finish, but in three weeks I should have completed my journalism degree!

Part of me is very excited but the other part is dreading it a little bit! I've been trying to keep my Instagram up to date with products and outfits that you guys may find interesting, but I will get back to full time posting as soon as my degree is done!

-Holly xx