Hello everyone! As the days have been getting chiller, and the dark nights approaching at 5pm, it seems as though Autumn and Winter have crept up on us. So I thought a post packed full of my essentials for the cooler months would be more than relevant. Here is the breakdown of my top 3 must haves for Autumn/Winter.

1) A good pair of boots
Boots are a major weakness of mine, and as I am not the biggest fan of formal evening wear, they’re perfect to pair with an evening dress to give it an edgy, ‘this outfit took me 2 minutes to plan’ kind of look. Usually a sucker for a tan pair, recently I have found myself being drawn to the more edgy, black, biker chic boots, which is completely off my wavelength. I am loving these ones from ASOS (pictured below), practical for everyday wear at college, I knew they were exactly what I was after, ASOS never miss a trick do they! Regardless of the style, boots will always come in handy in the cooler seasons, and i’m sure these ASOS beauties will not be my last pair over the next few months.
2) A Deep Lipstick
One of my most loved Lipsticks during the seasons of Autumn and Winter has to be MAC ‘Rebel’. As much as every beauty blogger talks about it, I have repurchased this stick of goodness over and over again. You really cannot go wrong with a deep Berry lip in the colder months, wear this lightly during the day for a subtle effect, to do this I like to use a lipbrush, or really deeply at evening, for a dramatic kissable look. If you’re not a fan of you’re purple lippy, I understand not everybody is, a deep red is always a good alternative, and you cannot go wrong with MAC ‘Russian Red’, if you have medium skin colour with pink undertones.

3) A small, convenient handbag
Having recently fell in love with a handbag in Zara, unfortunately not for the first time, I felt it necessary to share with you why its so important, especially in Autumn and Winter, to have a small bag. Many of us, in the summer months, carry round our entire make-up contents in our handbag, in fear of a heatwave approaching and taking our face of make-up when it leaves. Personally, I do not suffer with this problem in Autumn and Winter, as the cooler months mean my face is a lot drier, which I appreciate very much, as my skin is incredibly oily. As much as I am a sucker for a large bag, outfits as a whole are so much better in A/W, and you don’t want to be taking the attention off the wonderful array of coats and scarves you could be wearing, but of course not all at once. A nice petite handbag just adds a bit of something, but certainly not too much. This one I recently bought from Zara ticks all the right boxes.


Thats all for now guys, I hope you enjoy the cooler months as much as me, as all around life gets better, weather that be fashion, make-up or Primarks selection of pyjamas. Everything is just better when its cold!
Elizabeth x


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Hat – Whistles

Top – Topshop

Jeans – Topshop

Sandals – Whistles

Bag – Zara

Like I said in my last post, I also got a bag for my birthday, and here it is! I had been eyeing up this beautiful Zara one for quite some time, and saw my birthday as the perfect opportunity to ask for it. I love the silver hardware featured at the top of the bag, and also how there are two different straps, one pair for wearing your bag over your shoulder, and another for carrying It in your hand. It is a perfect size for my foundation course next year, as I will be able to fit my sketchbooks in with ease, and also the two pencil cases I got for my birthday (That are featured in my previous post). The inside is a gorgeous orange colour, and so spacious, with two extra zip pockets, providing extra security for my phone and purse.

I am so grateful for this bag and can’t wait to use it on a day to day basis, Holly x 


bdayyyBelt – CosbdayyWaterstones giftcards and The Hobbit bookmark bdayyyyLush bath bomb, Lush toner tab,Lush soap bar, Coleen perfume and Red Raspberry Pomegranate hand lotionbdayyyyyEssie nail polish and Eye Candy nail polishbdayyyyyyyTwo pencil cases (Tolkien themed) for when I start my Foundation course next week

bdayyyyyy& Other Stories purse, & Other Stories ring, Cos earrings 

Yesterday I turned nineteen, and after waiting all day to open my presents due to my Mum, Dad and Sister being at work, I was given such lovely gifts off all three and really am so thankful for everything. My main present was a Zara bag, which will feature in it’s own blog post, and it really is so beautiful. My family know me so well, yet they never fail to surprise me on how great they are at buying gifts! I cannot wait to get organised for my foundation year in Art and Design, using my new Zara bag, and putting my Lord of The Rings and Hobbit pencil cases inside with my & Other Stories purse. I also can’t wait to step into Waterstones to spend up my vouchers on an abundance of books, and using my Galadriel bookmark!

I had a great day yesterday and just need to express how thankful I am for my presents, so thankyou Mum, Dad and Jess!

Holly x



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Hi guys, me again, seeing as most of you will be returning to school/college/work any time soon, I thought it would be a good idea to show you my take on a back to school make-up look. Simple but effective,ho I have tried to include only a few products, most of which were featured in my Top Ten Beauty Buys, which I will link down below. Not only can this look be worn for school/college, it can be worn for the office or even just for day to day adventures. I will list all the products below in the order they have been used;

- Body Shop Instablur Primer
- MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation 
- Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
- MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer
- MAC Warm Soul Blusher
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
- MAC Brow Set
- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
- Maybelline Baby Lips ‘Cherry’

Overall this took me about 15 minutes and then you should be all set for the day, I really hope you enjoy school a whole lot more than I did. I’ll be back soon with another post, Elizabeth. X Top ten beauty buys







     Nail polishes are one of my biggest weaknesses, there really is nothing better than getting a fresh, glossy colour on your nails, and nothing more satisfying than someone saying, ‘Oh your nails look nice, who’s done those for you?’ – just myself, the beautician, in about fifteen minutes. Since recently purchasing three H&M nail polishes, the, ‘who’s done those for you?’ line has been serenaded into my eardrums. H&M have a thing for beauty products, a lot of which are a miss for me, just another high street store trying to copy Topshop with a wannabe beauty range, I think to myself. 

     Sneakily enough, H&M left the collection of polishes right beside the till, and since I don’t take much convincing, and I had a good feeling about them, I picked a handful of colours up, and let’s just say you would be a fool not to. I bought (left to right) ‘Chocolate fudge’, my personal favourite, ‘Desert’ and ‘Lindalicious’ (an atrocious name but let’s forget about that). All completely different shades but so universal, they all match any outfit, and weather and any occasion. My biggest love is not only the £2.99 price tag, but the thick brush and wide bristles that accompany the beautifully thick, but not too thick, creamy formula, averaging about ten-fifteen minutes to dry after two coats. 

     I have nothing but praise for these polishes. Credit where credit is due, H&M have pulled out a belter with these, and I feel it is my vocation in life to share them with you. I promise you will love them.

      I shall certainly be stocking up on some more shades for Autumn/Winter. Speak soon. Elizabeth x

beauty buys





Hello everybody! Above I have managed to narrow down my favourite beauty bits and bobs to just ten. Although I do love a luxury splurge on make-up now and again, I’ve tried to select a range of items that differ in price from low, to high :)
1 – Maybelline Great Lash Mascara £4.99 // having recently picked this up at the airport, it has quickly become one of my favourite mascaras. Bringing to the table jet black, voluminous and fanned out lashes, giving the appearance of falsies! It works wonders my non existent mascara-less lashes.
2 – MAC Face & Body Foundation £21.50 // this foundation is one of the best out there, in my opinion, not too pricey and worth every penny. Water-resistant and long wearing it really is worth the hype surrounding it. Every time i wear it i receive nothing but compliments, you girls with oily skin like myself shouldn’t shy away from it, pair it with (3) underneath and (7) around the t-zone and you’re good to go!
3 – The Body Body InstaBlur £14 // until about 3 months ago, I had been searching for years to find that one perfect primer, but I have certainly found it in this. Having open pores, this works wonders to fill them in, but to also control my oil for at least 8 hours, which is a small miracle for my oily skin.
4 – MAC Blusher in Melba £18 // having stared deeply at the MAC blush shelf when I made my first trip there with my Christmas money of 2011, this was the first blusher I have ever bought, and unfortunately not the last. Not being the biggest blush fan, a lot are hit or miss for myself, but this is most certainly a hit, living in fear of the rosy clown cheeks, Melba simply adds a stunning subtle pop and a healthy flushed look to the cheeks. Perfect.
5 – Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade £15 // my eyebrows are not exactly my best feature, i struggle with their shape and thin-ness, and the fact their completely different. My mum always says their ‘sisters not twins’, even though she is right, mine were barely even related until I discovered this little pot of joy. Applied with a MAC 266 angled brush you cannot go wrong, lightly outlining my desired shape, filling in, combing through with a Zoeva 321 Brow Brush.
6 – NARS Bronzer in Laguna £27 // it had to come at some point didn’t it? Every beauty blogger has something to say about this, mostly positive, and I am no different. The formula is so beautiful and finely milled, perfect for medium skin tones. Even though it may be a little pricey it applies like a dream, with a hint of shimmer NARS really have hit the nail on the head with this one.
7 – MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural £22 // I have repurchased this time and time again, after hunting for a powder to control my oilyness for what feels like since I was born, I was besotted from first application. I struggle with powders, as I am a fan of the natural glowing skin, and despise the matte look, which is why I love MSF so much. Living in fear of looking matte this is exactly what i need, it does not leave a cakey look and looks extremely natural when applied in problem areas like the nose and forehead. When wearing this, I can go 5-6 hours without a touch up, which makes this product worthy of a medal in my opinion.
8 – Maybelline Colour Tattoo £4.99 // usually in a rush to get ready due to always wanting to sleep longer, this is the first thing I pick up when i want a bit of something on my eyes. I layer it heavier up to the crease to give the appearance of more than one product on the eyes, and the impression that I have actually made an effort. This product is so versatile and anyone can use it no matter how unskilled you are in the make department! The color ‘On and On Bronze’ really makes my blue eyes stand out. But at £4.99 a pop with up to 8 colors to choose from they’re absolutely fab.
9 – MAC Mineralize Skinfish in ‘Soft & Gentle’ £23 // the holygrail of the highlighters! I live in fear of this being discontinued so recently bought 3 just to be on the safe side, myself and MAC would have a serious fall out if this ever went off the shelves though. As I mentioned earlier, I really am a fan of the glowing ‘lit from within’ look on the skin, apply to the cheekbones, brow bones and cupids bow and you cannot go wrong. Not too much shimmer just a perfect balance. I have nothing more to say. Fantastic.
10 – Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer £5.49 // I dont tend to use concealer on my blemishes, but I do, it tends to be this. It brings to the table a medium coverage with a creamy formula, my worst nightmare is concealer that clings on for dear life to spots and blemishes, but this blends and glides over so beautifully. I also apply this to my under eye circles to make myself look human again. Perfect!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my top ten make-up buys and that it may help or guide you in some way shape or form. I’d love to hear some of your favourite make-up bits and bobs.
Elizabeth x

book faves



Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita


The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien


The Lord of The Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien


Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell


Beware Of Pity – Stefan Zweig


The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath


The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald

These are just seven of my favourite books, and if I were to choose my favourite author it would be a close one between J.R.R. Tolkien and Vladimir Nabokov. Reading is what I really love, and my bookshelves in my room display all of my favourite reads. Modern Classics are known to be my particular favourite, yet my taste is varied, and my bookshelves contain ten copies of The Hobbit, and 25 copies of all of The Lord of The Rings trilogy. As well as fiction books, I also love reading poetry, and the works of Sylvia Plath and Thomas Hardy are my most beloved. ‘A Thunderstorm in Town’ by Thomas Hardy should be known by everyone!



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