Hi everyone, I wanted to make a trip to H&m because of the recent re branding of their beauty range. I went in intending on picking up three new nail varnishes, so I selected the colours wisely. At only £3.99 each, the packaging is lovely and the formula is great, you can get away with one coat but I opt for two for longevity. The colour range was extensive and there were so many great shades to pick from. I chose, from left to right, ‘All about Aloe’,’Clean slate’ and,’Golden Tumeric.’ Overall I think these are great nail varnishes and I’m sure I’ll be going back to pick up some more.
Hi everyone, since moving to London I’ve been picking up some things here and there, including stationary and accessories. Firstly, the cutest notebook I’ve ever seen from We Built This City on Carnaby street. It has a David Hockney bookmark on the front so I couldn’t resist. Next, this beautiful coin purse from Cos, which I’m using as a card holder as it’s the perfect size. It’s so handy just to keep in your pocket. From & Other Stories, I picked up a nail varnish in the shade, ‘Orchid Mauve’ which is one of my favourite colours. Two rings from there too in silver hardware because I know they’ll last me a long time as they take ages to discolour, which is good! Finally a body spray in, ‘Steel Garden’, and after smelling each and every scent on offer I concluded with this as my favourite, that’s apart from my all time favourite, ‘Morrocan Tea’, which I’ll always repurchase. From Lush on Oxford Street I came away with, ‘The Comforter’, in shower cream form, as I’ve always used bubble bar which has such a lovely scent. Also, ‘BIG’, which is a sea salt shampoo, I hope this works as I love curly hair. Finally, Tiger which is such good value for money, the two coasters were only £2 each and fit two cups/mugs on at a time, and the two ceramic dishes only £3! I’ve also bought several books but will do a separate post for them.
Thank you, Holly x
Hi everybody, here’s an overview of what I got for my birthday, as I mentioned in my last post. I haven’t photographed everything but have included a lot of the presents I was lucky enough to receive and am so grateful for.
I received so many books first of all, including ‘The Wes Anderson Collection’,’The Jungle book’,’A Clockwork Orange’,’The Wind in the Willows’,’Little Women’ and finally ‘Anne of Green Gables’. As you can probably tell, reading is my favourite hobby and therefore I was so happy and surprised when I opened all of these. I got quite a few bits from Lush, including two bath bombs (which I had to leave at home due to my en suite only having a shower!) and two soaps, the ‘Bohemian’ and ‘Sea Vegetable’ which both smell so lovely! Also ‘It’s raining men’ shower gel, which I cannot wait to use and Soap and Glory’s ‘Sugar Crush’ body scrub, made up of smashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia grains. I received the make up bag from Next, which is a lovely pink colour and holds my make up perfectly, and the Essie Nail Varnish in the colour ‘Go ginza’ which has already become my favourite shade. From Dixi, I was lucky enough to be given the beautiful rose gold circle detail earrings, which I’ve not stopped wearing since, and the equally as beautiful silver ring that fits perfectly as a knuckle ring, however with an adjustable back it can be worn on any finger! Also, the teal coloured Whistles medium clutch, another one to add to my collection, I really love the bright, bold colour. Finally, A burgundy Herschel backpack with striped detailing inside that is PERFECT for university.
Hello everyone, It’s been a busy three weeks so sorry for the absence. I went on holiday to Corfu for two weeks with my Mum and Dad which was so lovely, then as soon as I returned home it was my birthday on Wednesday and I plan on doing a blog post on the things I was lucky enough to receive. Then on Saturday I moved down to London into my student halls! I already miss my family so much but hope to get used to the massive change. I’ll be updating more frequently now but just thought I’d notify you on where I’ve been!!
As I’m going on holiday on Sunday, I’ve been organising what things I’ll be taking with me for the two weeks. The most important thing to me whilst on holiday is books, I’ll be reading about ten altogether but thought I’d show you two I’m really looking forward to starting, the first being American Psycho and the second Heidi by Johanna Spyri, which has the most beautiful cover. I always paint my nails different colours on holiday, and this year will be switching between Essie’s, ‘Tart Deco’ and Maybelline’s, ‘Canal Street Coral’ as I think they are the perfect summer shades. I don’t wear make up much on holiday, but do like to wear a nice lipstick at the nightime, my first choice this year being Nars’ Audacious lipstick in, ‘Kelly’ which lasts all night. I also picked up a new mascara yesterday, Maybelline’s lash sensational, and having already tested it I’m impressed with the length and volume it provides. I always take more than one pair of sunglasses on my travels, and these two pairs from Warehouse and New Look are at the top of my packing list, both were a bargain at £3 each too! I love wearing my hair in different plaits and styles at nighttime on holiday, and I can’t wait to style this silver leaf headband from Warehouse, which was in the sale for only £3! Finally, these beautiful lace up coral sandals from Urban Outfitters, although they prove hard to walk in, will look nice at night time and compliment my tan perfectly!
Thank you, Holly x
Hi everyone, today I thought I’d show you what I use daily on my skin. I start by spritzing my face with Lush’s toner water, but all of the packaging has worn away so I didn’t think it was worthy of a photograph! But I couldn’t go without this now as it’s so refreshing and makes the skin feel so clean. I try to use Lush’s ‘Mask of Magnaminty’ a few times a week to keep spots away, and I’ve seen improvements since I’ve started using this. I leave it on for 15 minutes and the skin feels cleansed and fresh on removal. I recently purchased Lush’s ‘Celestial’ moisturiser and could tell the difference It had made the day after! I have dry skin, especially on my forehead, but now my skin feels moisturised all the time, even when I wake up the morning after applying it the night before. I also the love the smell of this, it reminds me of white chocolate. For my body I switch between The Body Shop’s passion fruit moisturiser and the raspberry one. The passion fruit is my firm favourite, it smells so good and fruity!
Hi everyone, I just wanted to update you with a little haul from when I went shopping last week in Manchester. I picked up these beautiful geometric earrings from Cos for only £15. Cos is my go to for nice, unusual earrings and these caught my eye immediately, and I know they’ll be good quality. Next, this neon yellow nail varnish from Urban Outfitters for only £3 in the sale. I’m not sure I’ll be brave enough to wear this on my fingers but figured it would look nice on my toes with a tan whilst on holiday! I bought a lip liner from Topshop in a beautiful nude shade that I’ve already worn several times. With a creamy application I love this product and like wearing it all over the lips. Finally, two books by one of my favourite authors Stefan Zweig. Whenever I visit Waterstones there’s hardly any books by him so when I found these, that I hadn’t seen before, I had to buy them.
My favourite thing to do in my spare time is read, and I’ve been enjoying it even more than normal because of the nice weather recently! So here are a few books I’ll be reading this summer-
*The Lord of the Rings – This trilogy is my favourite book of all time, and I read it annually. I have so many copies but this one of The Fellowship of The Ring, from Waterstones, is my favourite.
*The Hobbit – My second favourite book of all time, I always take this on holiday to read. I love the story and John Tolkien is such a wonderful story teller I’ll never get bored of re-reading his tales.
*The Duchamp Dictionary – I must admit I bought this book because of the beautiful design and illustrations inside, as Marcel Duchamp isn’t one of my favourite artists. However, he was interesting to say the least and this A-Z book is one I’ll be reading over the coming weeks.
*Monet or the Triumph of Impressionism – As predictable as it is, I love Monet, and couldn’t resist this book as it was only £15! As well as including a wealth of examples of his work, this book also provides interesting facts about his story and youth.
*The Jungle Book – I love this book and picked it up for £1 from a charity shop, with less than 200 pages I can read this quickly and I know I will enjoy it.
*The Wind in The Willows – I read this book so long ago I can hardly remember what happens, so I’m looking forward to starting it again, and even though it’s a children’s story it’s a classic tale that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Hi Guys! As promised, I’ve got a prom make-up tutorial for you. This is on my good friend Kate, whose prom it was yesterday and she looked beautiful! She wanted something nice and natural as she’s not a massive make-up lover and she loved the look I did for her. Her dress was a nude/pink strapless number so we needed a long wearing make-up look to complement her skin tone. I went for the classic golden smoky eye and pink lip which looks beautiful on her. Products are listed down below – any questions I’m happy to answer.
– Eyes: 1) Urban Decay Primer Potion to Prime the eyes then 2) MAC MSF Natural to make sure the make-up stays in place all day 3) Maybelline Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’ all over the lid 4) Blended out with MAC Charcoal Brown lightly through the crease 5) Added MAC Amber Lights along the lash line and blended out for a soft pop of colour to compliment her blue eyes 6) Then used Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and swept the colour half-baked on the inner corner of the eye and then added snakebite to the outer v to deepen up the look (as she wanted a natural look, I didn’t go for too many matte shades). I then took my 7) Urban Decay Basics 2 palette and put the colour undone on the lash line and blended out, this is a dark brown which worked perfectly as we felt black would have been too much. Finally, 8) I curled Kate’s amazing lashes and added the two faced better than Sex mascara!
– Base: 1) Primed the skin with the Benefit Porefessional Primer and Smashbox primer water 2) for a natural look I added a thin layer of MAC Face and Body, as Kate already has amazing skin a heavy base wasn’t needed 3) To conceal a few blemishes I used MAC Prolongwear Concealer under the eyes and on the problem areas 4) To highlight and make the skin glow I then used the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen in ‘Light Boost’ on the cheek bones, around the mouth on the nose and the forehead 5) I set all of this with MAC MSF in Medium 6) Finally for a nice light brow I used a little bit of the MAC Charcoal Brown shadow I used in her crease, just this time with a Angled Brow brush and some Bourjois clear brow mascara.
– Skin: 1) I bronzed the face with the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, as she is quite pale this added a nice glow to the face without looking too harsh or orange 2) To add a little structure to the face I took a tiny bit of the Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer to contour the cheekbones and forehead 3) I then highlighted the brow bone with MAC Vanilla Pigment 4) I used a different highlight for the face as the pigment was a little too harsh – so opted for MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle, which you can’t really go wrong with 5) To counteract all the shimmer on the face I used a matte blush from MAC called Melba which added a soft pop of colour
– Lips: 1) Hers lips perfectly matched the look, I used 1) MAC Liner in Pink Treat to emphasise her beautiful lip shape and then added 2) the classic MAC Angel lipstick I then set the male-up in place with Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray and she was ready to go. Elizabeth x
Hi guys, seen as I’ve been away for so long I thought I would keep you up to date with what I’ve been loving this month. Again this post is heavily beauty related as that is my thing, but I’ve tried to mix it up with some fashion and jewellery favourites. I’ve just got back from London and of course, whilst I was there I couldn’t not go in & Other Stories, so I picked up one of their famous body sprays and a gorgeous bracelet and rose gold ring. All of their jewellery is so beautiful and I’ve found myself wearing at least one of these pieces a day, alongside a spritz of the body mist which smells so good!
Skincare wise I’m still loving my holy grail toner, Clean & Clear deep cleansing lotion as it makes my skin feel insanely fresh and clean. I think I’ll always love this! A combo I feel like I literally wouldn’t be able to live without recently has been the Benefit Porefessional Primer and the Smashbox Primer Water. The two just work so well together, I have ridiculously oily skin and large pores and this really does the trick – I spray the Primer Water before and after make-up application and I actually think it would keep my make-up in place for days (not that I am recommending that). Another thing I picked up in London was the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter pen in Light Boost, my best friend has this and I use it all the time when I’m at hers so I thought it would be rude not to pick one up whilst I was in the Pro Store @ Covent Garden, and I’ve not looked back. It’s so good. SO good. A few lip favourites this month have been MAC Soar Liner which I FINALLY got my hands on and its amazing! I feel like it can be worn casually to add something to a simple make-up look, or it can be worn with MAC Twig or Taupe for a full on Kylie Jenner look. Additionally I’ve been loving NARS Tonkin which stays on all day and is my perfect nude! And yes, I finally gave into the craze and picked up a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-Ish and its fab! Hydrating yet matte. Woo!
One fashion favourite this month has been my Birkenstocks, so easy to dress up, or in my case wear to college. Perfect for the summertime and you wouldn’t believe how comfy they are! I got the classic black ones from Office :-)
Hope you enjoyed this post! Elizabeth x
p.s I’ll be uploading a prom make-up look sometime next week as I’m doing my friends make-up for her prom and am keen to show you all what I get up to!