Monday, 21 March 2016

Charity Shop Purchases

Whenever I have time to kill, the first places I head to are nearby charity shops.

On breaks at uni, waiting for trains, on lunch at work placement - wherever I am, I love to go rummaging around in charity stores when I have time to spare.

I've always loved charity shops. Growing up, I'd point at the window displays of granny cardigans, old crockery and musty old books, and insist my parents stop so we could go inside, and it was something they could never quite get their heads around.

Nowadays most charity stores have changed. Long gone are the days of 20 pence boxes full of bric a brac, old fashioned window displays, and a wall of bad odour hitting you in the face as you step through the door.

Lots of charities have realised the best way to get customers is to have clean organised stores. They've also wised up to what their items are really worth, so items cost a little more than they used to, but you're still often getting a bargain.

When I finished early at uni last week, I had time to kill before meeting a friend in town so I headed over to my local Oxfam store in the town centre, and I am really glad I did.

As a student, I am definitely as the (SUPER) poor end of the term, but I'd recently cleared out my wardrobe of old, ill fitting items, and I figured as I was going to need to be replacing some bits anyway, where better than a cheap old charity store?

Besides, by putting my old items on Depop and eBay to earn back some of the pennies I'd spent on them, I could use that money to spend in charity stores and continue the cycle...

So here are some of my purchases:

 Brand new with tags, GAP logo t shirt - £3.50

Normally I have a strong dislike for clothing items with large brand names or logos splashed across the front but for some reason I was really drawn to this t shirt.

I picked it up and put it back, but by the time I had finished up and was going to pay for the items I had picked up, I hadn't stopped thinking about this t shirt, so I went back to the rack, and bought it!

I live for t shirts and jeans, so this is a welcome addition to my wardrobe, and it was brand new!
 Topshop Grey Shift Dress - £5.99

I had had my eye on this dress, whilst it was still in Topshop stores a few months back, but I couldn't justify spending the money on it. I can't remember the exact cost, but I remember thinking, no way was I spending that on it, but instead I would wait for it to go into the sale.

Turns out I completely missed it going into the sale, and so I was left dress-less!

So imagine my surprise and delight to find this in my size, for only £5.99.

I already have lots of ideas of how to accessorize it, so I can't wait to wear it!

Unicorn Fair Aisle Crew Neck - £3.50

As you are probably more than aware, especially given my last blog post, I absolutely love unicorns.

So when I found this unicorn fair aisle cropped crew neck jumper, I was over the moon!

It was brand new with tags from ASOS, and it was my size. I needed no more persuading to snap it up!

There's always room for more unicorn clothing in my closet...

Charity shops may be your absolute favourite place, or your worst nightmare, but hopefully you've enjoyed this post and learnt a few things either way!

No doubt there will be regular posts of some of my best charity store finds, so keep your eyes peeled if that's something that will interest you! I'll also be adding posts to show you how I style the different items.

-Holly xx

Sunday, 20 March 2016

I Love Unicorns!

I absolutely love unicorns, and it seems I am not alone! Every birthday and Christmas when my dad asks what I want, I tell him the same thing: a unicorn.

22 years later and I'm still unicorn-less but that hasn't stopped me racking up quite a stock of unicorn themed items in my home and in my wardrobe...

It seems the world has gone unicorn mad, and I am seeing unicorn themed clothes, shoes, accessories and home ware EVERYWHERE at the moment. So I have compiled a cute, fun wish list for you guys to look through and either adore along with me, or perhaps find you have some unicorn love ignited in yourselves...

Pink Glitter Unicorn Tee

I absolutely love this tee! Its clean cut and simple, but the pink glitter unicorns add just the right amount of sass! - £24.50

Skinnydip Unicorn Magic Box Bag 

What is there not to love about this statement bag?!

It can be used as a clutch, comes with a simple optional chain strap, and is available in pink or blue!

Skinnydip London - £34

Waist and Hip Belt With Unicorn Tipped Detail

Everyone needs a classic black leather buckle belt!
This piece is so simple and versatile, and will go with almost anything! It just happens to have the added bonus of a unicorn....

ASOS - £8

Grey Split I Ride A Unicorn Print Socks

I have about 10 pairs of unicorn socks in a range of colours and styles!

People are always buying me them as gifts and I am always on the look out to build my collection, because who doesn't love a good pair of socks?

New Look - £1.99

Real Unicorns Sleep Tee

This is such a fun piece, and I'm always on the hunt for comfy lounge/ sleep wear!

Perfect for wearing unicorns from the moment you go to bed to the minute you wake up!

Topshop - £20

Rad + Refined Unicorn Queen Round Sunglasses

These beauties are, unique, kitsch and super fun!

I have an ever growing collection of sunnies and something tells me it won't be long before these become the newest addition to the family...

Asos - £35

Pink Split Pug Unicorn Heart Print Socks

Confession.... I already have these in green! 

Two of my great loves together in collaboration,  these are too cute and I am 100% buying them along with some other unicorn pieces when I get paid....

New Look: £1.99

Skinnydip Unicorn Hip Flask

Perfect for a festival, party or night out, this hip flask is a must have for any sassy people!

The only thing better than unicorns are.....glitter unicorns!!

Skinnydip London - £15

Unicorns Are Real Jersey Crop Top

As I sit writing this post, my other half is sat across from me ordering this top for me as a thank you for doing him a really big favour. Lucky me! 

Can't wait for it to arrive!!!

H&M - £7.99

Multicoloured Unicorn  Fan Club Glass Jar

Sassy? Check!

Rainbows? Check!

Kitchenware Must Have? Check!

I already have 4 mason jars, including matching couples ones with my boyfriend, but there's always room for one more....

£6.99 New Look

Asos T Shirt with Unicorn Print

Last on my list but definitely not least!

This super cool t shirt is a must have staple for any unicorn lover's wardrobe!

Asos - £14

I hope you like this post as much as I enjoyed making it! If there's any unicorn must haves you think I've missed, feel free to let me know in the comments box below or via my contact details at the top of the page!

-Holly xx

My Skincare Routine

It's been little over a week since my trip to Stratford and my skincare overhaul, and I'm so happy with the difference in my skin since then!

I'd been finding recently that my skin condition had been deteriorating, which I'm sure is down to the fact I've been wearing more and more face make up. So last week whilst in London, I decided to head to some different skincare stores and see what I could find to restore my skin to its former glory.

In the end I purchased a range of affordable products from LUSH and The Body Shop, and created a new skincare routine for myself (which I've been quite good at sticking to so far!)

In just over a week, I've noticed an immediate change. My skin tone is more even, I have less redness, blemishes and spots have cleared up and my skin is generally a lot clearer and softer.

I have combination skin, I find that I get an oily T zone, but also a lot of dry patches (I suffer from eczema), which can be a bit of a nightmare because products that may be suited to dry skin aren't good for the oily parts of my face and vice versa!

My new routine takes a few more minutes than my old, wash-my-face-in-the-shower-and-slap-loads-of-moisturiser-on -when-I-get-out method, but I'm so pleased with the results already!

So I thought I'd share with you guys what my new skincare plan is. It's simple, affordable and has made the world of difference so I hope this knowledge can be of some use to others!

I follow this routine twice a day usually, in the morning when I wake up and at night before I go to bed, but if I take off my make up during the day or have a shower in the afternoon sometime (I'm a student, I'm allowed to be lazy!), then I will do it additionally on these occasions too.

I take a cotton pad and soak it with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, wiping it all over my face, removing any excess oil, make up etc. I make sure to particularly press firmly around my nose to clear out my pores, and I find that this product is good at hydrating any dryer patches of skin on my face.

Once this has dried I take a fresh cotton pad and cover it with The Body Shop Vitamin E Toner and repeat this process.

When that's dried, I take another clean pad, and apply a generous amount of The Body Shop Drops of Youth Essence Lotion and repeat the process, covering my entire face, making sure to really concentrate on the dryer areas of my skin. If my face is particularly dry on that day, and it soaks up the lotion almost immediately, I may apply a second layer of the lotion.

(What's so great about this product is that a little goes a really long way, and The Body Shop don't test their products on animals which is always a plus!)

When the lotion has been applied and is dry, my skin always feels soft, clean and fresh, without any tightness or dry areas. This is when I apply a generous layer of my favourite moisturiser.

I use Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser which I find is so good because a little goes a long way, it's super affordable and it's not made with any harsh chemicals or perfumes that may leave your face feeling irritated or aggravated. It's also a very build-able product, so if you apply a layer and your face soaks it up, you can apply another layer immediately because of how light and refreshing it is.

Every 2 days I've been using LUSH's Angels on Bare Skin to clean my face, and that's it!

It's really important to me that my skin stays in great condition because I like to go make up free often, and without clear skin I don't feel confident enough to do that as often as I would like. Then by feeling insecure, I'll wear more face make up to cover my bad skin and then that causes more blemishes and I'm left in a vicious circle!

I would 100% recommend these products, but if in doubt or if you have any questions, it's best to go in and have a skin consultation somewhere so you can get good advice on how best to deal with your skin, because everyone's skin is different!

I'd love to hear what your thoughts, on these products or any other recommendations you may have! Feel free to contact me via the details at the top of my page, or to leave me a comment below!

-Holly xx

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Alberto Balsam Smooth and Sleek Review

This product is new in stores, and although I'm usually low maintenance with my hair, I was gifted this product so thought I'd give it a try.

My hair routine is literally just to wash it with shampoo, (occasionally I'll use leave in conditioner), and then I leave my hair to dry naturally.

This product is great for smoothing the appearance of split ends and frizz after washing and/or drying. It also adds shine, so if you want glossy, healthier looking hair, this product is an affordable way of achieving that look. You just pump a small amount of the product into the palm of your hands, rub them together and distribute evenly through the ends of your hair. It's best to avoid getting the product near your roots, as it will cause your hair to look greasy and lank.

Occasionally I find myself having fallen asleep with wet unbrushed hair, and by the morning I wake up to a dry knotted birds nest. Despite brushing it out, and it falling straight, it goes like a frizzy fair texture and I end up resembling Hagrid.

I've found that in these situations, a little of this product applied to the ends of the hair and then brushed through, improves the state of my hair drastically. I'm sure if I bothered to straighten it after, it would look completely normal, but I can never be bothered.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me in the comment box below or via my contact details at the top of the page.

-Holly xx

Westfield Stratford City

Today I was in London for work placement so I decided to commute into London earlier than usual and meet my boyfriend for breakfast at Westfield shopping centre, Stratford.

We ended up eating in Giraffe,  where I chose the Spicy Breakfast Hash which was absolutely delicious. I'm quite a fussy eater but as I get older I really want to like nicer foods, so I'm more open to trying new things. This dish included butternut squash, which I have tried only once before, so I had my reservations, but it was lovely. I also ordered half a pint of black coffee because I had been up at 5 AM,  so as you can imagine, as I am typing this I am pretty tired, but I'm sat in front of the television with a large glass of Prosecco so now is as good a time as any.

After breakfast we headed to the shops for a little while and I went into Primark there, as I had recently been seeing more and more people I know wearing lovely items which when I asked why they had gotten them they replied Primark. When I was in my early teenage years I absolutely loved Primark. I thought there was nothing better than going out on a weekend with my friends and £20 in my pocket, and coming home with loads of new things for my wardrobe. I was super intrigued to see what I would find in store today.

As I entered the store I kept seeing lots of fun, on trend key basic items for reasonable prices but nothing that really grabbed my attention. However I did spot a blue bandanna print summer dress. I had had a very similar one last year, but I ended up getting rid of because I just could not fit my boobs into it! So I had always only worn it with cropped jumper over the top.

When I looked at the price tag, I had to pick my jaw up off of the floor! It was only £5, I was thrilled, and although I know it won't last me any more than a couple of years, for £5 I couldn't really say no! Other Primark purchases include a multipack of black tights because they're always necessary, a pair of pyjamas and a couple of pairs of knickers.

Now, I have something to admit. I am absolutely obsessed with unicorns. Anything unicorn related and I will buy it. I've got phone cases, pyjamas, cushions, lipsticks, mugs, hot water bottles, socks, fairy lights – you name it and I have it. So when I approached the pyjama section I saw they had several different types of unicorn pyjamas, I knew I had to get some. As summer is fast approaching I decided to go for a shorts and vest set, and it was only £4!

I also ended up getting a pair of boys short style knickers with the unicorn prints all over them, and I have no regrets.

Next on my hit list was Kiko, where I had gone in search of a hydrating and affordable I primer but ended up buying a new liquid eyeliner, that was such a dark black, with subtle shimmers throughout. I can't wait to try it out and tell you guys what I think!

After Kiko, I headed to The Body Shop, as I use quite a lot of their skin care products and wanted to talk to them, as I've been having a bit of trouble with my skin lately and needed some advice. Whilst there I had my face cleansed, toned and moisturised and I purchased a few products I was impressed with:

Drops of Youth Essence Lotion

Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

And I grabbed some samples to try out at home too:

Drops of Youth Concentrate

Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

I had been shown how well the latter two products work whilst in store, but had opted for samples of them for two reasons. Firstly, I already have a stockpile of the original Vitamin E Moisturiser at home, so even if I decided I wanted to invest in a full size version of the Vitamin E Aqua Sorbet, I'd want to use up my other pots from home first. Secondly, I found the Youth Concentrate to be very similar to the Youth Essence Lotion, but a lot more expensive, and for a far smaller amount. I was assured a little would go a long way, and I would be happy to invest in some if I knew it would work its magic on my skin, but I would be happier knowing how well it would be for my skin over a longer period of time than just whilst I was sat in store first.

So I am excited to see if these products help some of my newly emerging problems, which are increasing blackheads on my nose and lots of under the skin / white heads on my forehead.

After my great experience in The Body Shop, I was feeling happy with the products I'd bought but at the same time, I knew I was excited to get to LUSH and explore some more options. I spoke to one of the members of staff about my newly emerging skin problems and she was so helpful. She demonstrated to me the different products that were recommended for my skin issues and I ended up purchasing my favourites:

Angels on Bare Skin

Mint Julips

I was also interested in the Eau Roma Water, but as I had just bought a toner and lotion from The Body Shop, I didn't want to double up on similar products before I had the chance to give them a real chance, so I just went for the Angels on Bare Skin, which really impressed me and the Mint Julips which I had been dying to get my hands on for a while now.

I also picked up some samples whilst in store that I was eager to try:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Soap

Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly

Dream Cream Body Moisturiser

My sample choices were based on what I wanted to try and what was new in store. I've been wanting to try Dream Cream for a while now, but as with all things Lush, I haven't had a chance as there are no stores near the places I live, and I don't want to order full sizes products online, just to find they're not for me and to not be able to return them.

I have heard nothing but good things about Dream Cream, and I suffer with large patches of dry skin on my arms, so I thought this product would be great to try on them.

I spoke to the cashier when making my purchases and she suggested the Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly, and the Somewhere Over the Rainbow soap to me as they were both new in stores and I said I was eager to try any new products they had available .

To finish off my shopping spree I headed towards John Lewis as I knew that's where all the high end brand cosmetics counters would be. Apart from knowing that I needed a new eye primer, I just wanted to have a look around and see if there was anything that really caught my attention.

Some products on the Laura Mercier stand were quite tempting but I knew if I started purchasing things from there, I would never leave the shop. I did, however, shortly find myself at the Clinique counter having my foundation colour checked. I then made my first ever Clinique purchase in the form of their Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. I really liked how smoothly it went on and how it gave me a warm natural glow without making me look orange, or have my face a different colour to my neck, unlike the last foundation I tried.

When I made my purchase with Clinique I was also given a free sample of their Universal Super Primer which I can't wait to try as I love primer, and I am always keen to see what different brands do for my face.

I can't wait to start using all of the products I picked up, and I will be sure to let you guys know what I think, and how good they are. I have particularly high hopes for the Lush Angels on Bare Skin, so keep an eye out if you want to hear about it!

-Holly xx

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

What's in my Bag!

I absolutely CANNOT stand clutter. However, I like to be prepared for everything and anything day to day life may throw at me. So, I've compiled a list for you of the basic, staple contents of my handbag, that get me through any mini crsis' the day throws at me:

1. Hand Sanitiser.

I must admit, I am a bit of a germaphobe. This is no doubt due to the fact that I am always ill. I catch every little cough, cold and bug that goes around, so I like to keep anti-bacterial sanitiser on me at all times for when I use public areas such as keyboards, lifts, shopping trolleys, door handles, and everything else inbetween. I love fruity scented ones, The Bodyshop do a fantastic selection, all very reasonably priced.

2. Lipbalm.

I never leave the house without it. Even if I just pop out of the house without a bag, I keep one handy in most jacket pockets. I get incredibly dry skin and lips, especially in the colder months of the year, so I use them often so fight the elements. I particularly  love the tinted ones by Nivea, as they add a bit of colour to your face like a lipstick but hydrate at the same time.

3. A Card Holder.

These are particularly handy if you don't like to carry a large purse around with you all the time as you can just use one to hold important things such as ID and bank cards. Or, like me, you could use one to hold all of your store loyalty cards so they don't fill up your main purse. Very handy to have, mine is a snakeskin affair from Alexander McQueen, and I love it so much that I recently bought my mum and boyfriend one too!

4. Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray

This product is absolutely AMAZING. It's an anaesthetic spray that you spray at the back of your throat to stop yourself coughing and prevent painful, sore throats. I had tried so many similar products over the years but this one is the BEST. It took me a while to get used to it, but its easy to use and a little goes a long way. It does exactly as it says on the box, and even better, when I was out and about one day with terrible wisdom tooth pain, in desperation I sprayed a couple of spritzes on the gum around the bad tooth and it numbed the pain until I got home and found some painkillers! It also works on mouth ulcers or sores from accidentally biting your cheeks! (I am so clumsy I know!) I love this so much, I have a small stash at home, and I have made my family members all invest in some. And if my previous points weren't enough to convince you how great it is, it comes in three different flavours: mint, blackcurrant and cherry!

5. Painkillers

Such an obvious one, but a simple pack of paracetamol can help out with so many problems, I never leave the house without some. (Occasionally I run out and forget to replace them, as shown in my previous point, but 99.9% of the time, I have them on my person!)

6. A Portable Phone Charger

My phone is like my pulse - I am never without it. Although this may not be the best thing in the world, it's how I am and so I make sure I always have some way to power it. I carry a normal wall plug in charger with me at all times, but I travel around a lot for work placement and between home and university, so when I am on trains for long periods of time, there aren't always plug sockets at my disposal. Portable phone chargers can be bought reasonably cheaply, and they come in so handy for long days when you can't just whip out your charger and plug it into a wall somewhere. I bought my boyfriend one for Christmas and he finds it especially handy on long days out, such as day trips to London.

7. Chewing Gum / Polos

Perfect if you've eaten something pungent or even if you want to freshen up a little. Not all public places allow chewing gum, such as work offices, so Polos are a close second. Particularly great to have if you've got an important meeting later on in the day and you haven't brushed your teeth since before you left for work that morning. Nothing worse than second hand coffee breath!

8. A Memory Stick

Now many of you may read that and think I am a little crazy, but I cannot even begin to remember the number of times I have been out and about and wished I had kept a memory stick in my bag! Whether its at a friends house and you want to share a file, or at university and someone has some work that would help you massively, but it's a day you've forgotten your external hardrive, a memory stick would be very convenient. So now I carry one in my handbag always.

9. Deodorant / Body Spray

Pretty self explanatory. Super convenient, quite often necessary, especially after long and /or hot days, where you've been super busy. So many main brands sell miniature travel size versions of their most popular products, so they won't take up much room, and can really help you out when you're in a bit of a sweaty situation.

10. Tampons and Sanitary Pads.

Self Explanatory. No matter how well you know your body, emergencies can happen. Not only is it good to be prepared for yourself, but you could save a friend who's had a stroke of bad luck or a forgetful day, and they don't take up much room at all.

11. Hair Bands

I am forever breaking hairbands as I have quite thick hair, so it's always great to keep emergency ones nearby. Also, I tend to go out with my hair down in the morning, if it's drying or if I want it to look nice, but then by the end of the day I get fed up with it around my neck so always want to tie it up out of the way.

12. Hair Pins.

See previous point.

13. A Pen

I am always needing a pen for some reason or another and never seem to have one, so I have taken to carrying one around in whatever bag I take out for the day. They don't take up any room at all really and a lot of handbags have designated pen sections (although depending on where I am going, I'll occasionally store a lipstick or eyeliner in there....)

14. Soup

This is definitely one of the weirder ones. I always carry a little sachet of just-ass-water soup with me. I find this is handy for myself particularly as I often find myself needing to take pills or medicine, but I don't always have the time to eat at regular meal times during the day, so having an emergency cup-a-soup on standby is perfect to whip up and line my stomach with before I take any medication.

15. Optional Extras

In the winter months, I always carry a spare set of gloves and a set of miniature hand warmers around with me to fight the cold. This winter saw the introduction of an emergency furry head warmer as it matched my gloves and I didn't want to separate the set....

I know some of these are certainly seen as unnecessary or plain weird, but this is what works for me! I'd love to hear what you guys think, and if there's any little life savers you always carry around with you.

-Holly xx

The Pink Bomber Jacket

Just a super quick post I'm writing for you between large amounts of uni work, but I am seeing pale pastel pink bomber jackets EVERYWHERE right now.

They're going to be one of this seasons hottest trends, having been spotted on the likes of Rihanna, Roxie Nafousi and Kim K. Celebs were seen stepping out in them in a range of colours during London Fashion Week, and I have been dying to get my hands on one, as I am a real sucker for jackets and coats!

Stores have started stocking them in a range of colours and styles, and a clear favourite at the moment are the pale pinks and nude coloured jackets, of a satin or silk nature.

Personally I am preferring the more matte look ones, as satin really isn't my thing, but I seen a few exceptions to my rule which I am loving right now.

I fell in love with a pale pink satin take on the bomber jacket by Missguided, but unfortunately it had sold out in every size except a 4, which there is no way in a million years I would be able to squeeze into! However, they have still got my size in the khaki version which is beautiful and when I get paid, I think I am going to have to get one! And with 20% student discount at the moment, I have no excuse not to really!!

Kate Moss was recently spotted stepping out in London wearing a classic khaki utility style bomber jacket, and the following day she was seen wearing.. the exact same jacket but fuchsia pink! The jacket was reversible, so you could wear it either way, and with the classic khaki on one side, and the fun fuchsia on the other, it's like two jackets for the price of one!

High street, and online stores have started stocking a lot of stunning variations on the classic jacket, so I've included a selection of my favourite affordable ones for you to browse below:

Alexus Pink Bomber Jacket - £25 @ Pretty Little Thing
Alisha Bonded MA1 Bomber Jacket - £25 @ Boohoo

Bailey Grey Padded Longline bomber Jacket - £40 @ Pretty Little Thing

Eva Stone Satin Panel Scuba Bomber - £30 @ Pretty Little Thing
Contrast Rib Satin Bomber Jacket Khaki - £35 @ Missguided

Lillie MA1 Bomber Jacket - £20 @ Boohoo
Stone Sateen Bomber Jacket - £29.99 @ New Look

Poppie Blush Suede Bomber Jacket - £30 @ Pretty Little Thing

I am particularly loving the Stone Sateen from New Look and the Poppie Blush from Pretty Little Thing, I will definitely be investing  in either one, or the both!!

I hope you've enjoyed this post, and as always, I look forward to any feedback you guys may have, so feel free to get in touch in comment box below or via my contact details at the top of the page!

-Holly xx 

Friday, 4 March 2016

Whats in my Make Up Bag!

As I've been doing beauty product reviews I decided now may be a good time to tell you all what regular products I love, that are always in my basic make up routines.

There's a mix of high street, chemist and high end brands, so here are my favourite make up products at the moment:

L'oreal Paris Infallible 24H Foundation - £9.99

This is my absolute favourite brand of foundation. It lasts all day without need for reapplication, and stays matte without looking too cakey. 10/10, adore this product!

Face Primer:
L'oreal Paris Infallible £7.99

Sister product to the Infallible foundation, this primer is amazing. It helps to cover visible pores and mattifies the skin, leaving it ready to apply your foundation over smoothly, and last all day.A little goes a long way, so for £7.99, this product is an absolute bargain, and selected L'oreal make up is 3 for 2 at Boots at the moment so now's the perfect time to try it!

Urban Decay Brow Box - £19.50

I've used a range of products on my eyebrows in the past, and was using a Seventeen brow palette until I received this for Christmas. I am very impressed with this product. It's small and compact but a little goes a long way, and the box includes two shades of powders, a wax, a mini set of tweezers, a mirror, a miniature slanted application brush and miniature flat angled application brush. This set is perfect for on the go and definitely worth the price!

No 7 80th Anniversary Radiant Shimmer - £12.50

I received this compact as a gift from my boyfriends mum and I am in love. I find myself wearing more and more highlight every day and this is a beautiful gold shimmer colour, that sparkles a multitude of colours when it catches the light. The fact this is a pressed powder makes it so easier to build until you're happy with the degree of glow you have. Such a beautiful, high quality product.

Kiko Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter - £8.50

What I love about this product is that it's easy and mess free to apply, and looks beautiful above your cupids bow as well as your cheeks. This product is very pigmented with a lot of shimmer, so if like me you love a lotta highlight, this product may be the one for you!

MAC Pigment (Shade - Vanilla) - £16

This is such a versatile product, I received it as part of a gift set last year, and a little really does go far! The product is recommended as an eye shadow pigment but I find this also makes a fantastic highlighter for the cheeks or the brow bone!

L'oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder - £6.99

This face powder was a stocking filler I received at Christmas, and my mum definitely chose well! This powder is so light, it doesn't cling to dry skin, and it leaves your face feeling soft and free of make up! This product lasts all day, keeping your face matte without any need for re-application. The packaging has now changed to be a circle compact rather than a square like mine, but the product is just the same!

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Precision Micro Eye Liner £5.49

This eyeliner is ideal if you're not well practiced at liquid liner, but you love to wear it anyway. This comes out a nice matte black, and lasts all day and night. Brilliant value for money!

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - £14.50

I bought this product on a whim when I was out Christmas shopping, as my old liquid liner had come to the end of its (very short!) life. I love wearing liquid liner, its a product I couldn't live without, and although this product cost a little more than I may normally pay, it has lasted so well, and is still as easy to apply as the day I bought it. This is a highly pigmented black and is my joint favourite liquid eyeliner product (ever!), alongside Eyeko's skinny liquid liner.

Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner - £6.99

Full disclosure here, I actually picked up this product thinking it would be a liquid liner! However, once I discovered my mistake, I was determined to give it a chance and try it out anyway, which turned out to be a great decision! This is self sharpening wind up pencil, with a waterproof and smudge proof formula that lasts all day. It's such a dark black, I love wearing it all around my eye on the waterlines to make my eyes smoulder.

Bourjois Paris Volume Clubbing Ultra Black Mascara - £7.99

I used this mascara for a number of years until suddenly people kept gifting me brand new mascaras for some reason or another over a long period of time. Finally, last month my last mascara ran out, and I had no more back up gifts, so I went into boots and picked up my old favourite. This mascara is ultra black, which I love, it builds volume and length easily without looking cakey and horrible, and it was on offer of buy one get one half price, so I had no reason not to get two! This is a great mascara if you have sparse lashes or if you have any other type of lash, but love a lot of volume and definition.


No 7 Mineral Perfection - DISCONTINUED

When I went to send you the link of where to purchase my favourite blusher, I found it has been discontinued and is unavailable everywhere! However, I can recommend No 7 blushes in general to you as I have tried a few of them and what makes them great to use is how subtle and natural the colours they produce are!

No 7 Golden Glow for Cheeks - DISCONTINUED

I have had this product for a while and have been using it all up, as I find it difficult to find a bronzer that looks natural with my very pale skin. This is no longer available to purchase, but a great alternative I have found is the No 7 Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer.

Eye Primer:
MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot -  £16

This product is technically an eye shadow colour, but I purchase it in the neutral shade soft ochre, and it works wonders as an eye lid primer. It applies like a creamy base, that is easy to build your eyeshadow colours over, and it lasts all day and night. A little goes a long way, so this product is very good value for money.
Setting Spray:
Make Up Academy Pro-Base Fixing Mist - £5

This is only a very recent addition to my make up routine, I wrote a review about it last week in my latest haul post. Long story short, MAC Fix Plus was sold out everywhere and had been for a while, and I was wanting to try a setting spray, so I purchased this. I absolutely love it, it works wonders for keeping your make up looking fresh all day and is brilliant for helping to build eye shadow colours. Such a great product for such an affordable price, an absolute steal!
Eyeshadow Palettes:
Urban Decay Shadow Box - £23

I received this palette for Christmas, and I use it nearly everyday. It's full of brightly coloured, highly pigmented shadows that are easy to blend and of a high quality. A great product if you love experimenting with brightly coloured eye shadows.
Urban Decay Smokey Palette - £38.50

This palette was another Christmas gift. I put it on my list from Santa as I had been using the Naked 2 palette everyday and knew what great quality products Urban Decay sell. I wanted to get better at smokey eye looks so knew this product was going to be the one for me, and I have used it loads since I received it!


Precision Beauty Stippling Brush - £??

MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush - £16.50

Sigma E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush - £10.95

I hope this post has been helpful, and as always I'd love to hear that you think about this post and the products in it! Feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via my details at the top of the page.

-Holly xx