headerphoto Hi guys! Sorry i’ve been quiet over the past few weeks. Starting a week on Tuesday my new upload day will be Tuesday evenings, and sometimes twice a week when I feel there is something I just HAVE to share with you guys! Tonight’s post is a basic one, as I just thought I would share with you the contents of my ‘To Buy’ list that I have in the reminders of my phone. And since it’s nearly payday, a trip to Selfridges is on the agenda. First and foremost, I am dying to try the new NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation, I’ve heard some good reviews and some bad, so I’m dying to know how this will weigh up against my super oily skin and pickyness. Additionally, the Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer is one i’m dying to try as I am the worst Primer addict, and am yet to find the perfect one. I’ve actually never bought anything from Clarins, but this month I have to products of theirs on my list, the Instant Light Lip Perfector is one i’ve been lusting after for a while after seeing Vivianna Does Make Up use these day in day out. The Instant Concealer is another one on my list, which I’ve seen Nic from Pixiwoo use beautifully. I’m not going to lie, i’m getting a little sick of my MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural for my powder, so I’m going to try and branch out and purchase the NARS Pressed Powder, alongside the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, as I’m loving a natural glow to my make-up recently. I’m also dying to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit, some Zoeva Make-Up Brushes and the new Clinique Wear Everywhere Eyeshadow Palette. I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on with these products. Elizabeth. X

recIMG_2679IMG_2683IMG_2678Hi everyone, I wanted to do a quick post showing you what I bought in Manchester a few days ago, along with a dress from Cos (which was too hard to photograph). I picked up two jewellery bits from Cos, firstly the geometric earrings. I almost always buy my earrings from here because of the classic designs, and they last forever without discolouring, I was in need of some new rings because one of my favourite rings broke earlier this week, so I picked out this set, also in gold. Next, a new nail varnish by Essie in, ‘Aruba Blue’, which is a beautiful metallic blue shade. I’ve wanted a colour like this for a while to add to my collection. Finally, two Charles Dickens novels, ‘Great Expectations’ and, ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while so picked them up for two for £10 in Waterstones.

Holly x

FAVE EYEScollageIMG_2589IMG_2590Hi everyone, this week I wanted to show you what eye shadows I normally wear. I don’t have an extensive collection and rarely wear it in the first place, but now and again I like to add a bit of colour to my make up, and feel eye shadow is the way to do it. Firstly, my Clinique chubby stick in, ‘Lavish Lilac’ probably the most used out of my small collection. I love the packaging, and this particular colour is so beautiful to wear under the eyes, as it has a nice subtle shimmer. Next, the Topshop duo, ‘Long Weekend’, a combination of a bold orange shade with the tiniest hint of shimmer, and the bronze-y golden shade on the left. I like wearing this together but only apply a small amount of the orange as it is quite pigmented in it’s application. Next, a Soap and Glory palette including six eye shadows, a brush, mascara, eye-liner pencil and sharpener. Firstly, I swatched, ‘Black Gold’ a matte black that I sometimes like to use on my lash line to make my eyelashes appear thicker. Next to that, ‘Smokin” a lovely black with loads of shimmer. ‘Wild Blue’ a satin turquoise-y silver shade which again I like to wear underneath the eye. Finally, ‘Dandy Plum’ another satin shadow, this time a dark purple/plum shade, a little darker than my Clinique chubby stick, which I like to pair together.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog post, Holly x

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Hi everyone! So I thought with it being Valentines Day today I would do an extra post. This is my take on the Valentine’s Day look. I’m not really one to celebrate the day, so I love this look as it’s not only wearable for a date, but for going out with your friends for drinks/dinner etc. I hope you like the look and all products will be listed below. If you want further details of how I used the products etc leave a comment and I’ll happy to let you know :)

Base – Urban Decay de-slick setting spray used as a primer. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation. Rimmel Wake Me up Concealer applied on Blemishes and Spots. Maybelline Anti-Ageing Erasing Undereye Concealer followed by MAC mineralise Skinfinish natural to set the face and under eyes.

Skin – TooFaced Chocolate Bronzer, NARS Liquid Illuminator in Copacabana applied under foundation. Then a little pop of NARS Orgam blush! Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow in dark brown with MAC Brow Set for the brows.

Eyes & Lips – Urban Decay Primer Potion on the lids. MAC Charcoal Brown eyeshadow to contour the crease. Shades used from the Naked 3 Palette as follows… Limit all over the lid, buzz and dust patted onto the middle of the eye and nooner in the outer V. I then added a little bit of the shade trick all over the lid to add some shimmer. On the top lash line I applied factory and smudged it out, similar to the bottom where I used MAC Mulch. I then curled my lashes and did a small coat of TooFaced Better than sex mascara, adding some Andrea false lashes (similar to the Ardell Demi Wispies). Finally I used NARS Tonkin lipstick!

I hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day. Elizabeth x

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Hello everyone :) So this week I thought that, similarly to Holly, I’d give a quick overview of the things I’ve loved the past month. A lot of these are things I have collated whilst in New York, or have been buying with my Birthday money. First up are a few beauty favourites. Illmasqua Skin Base foundation has been a clear winner for me this month; applied with the Original Beauty Blender I think I am going to love this combo for a long time into the foreseeable future. This comes alongside the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and MAC Lipstick in Syrup, both products are so easy to wear and apply and last all day. All round winners.
I’ve also been loving the Tanya Burr Nail Varnish range, particularly the shade ‘Riding Hood’, I have to admit, her lip-glosses are something I personally, am not a fan of. But I love her polishes. They’re so easy to apply and dry incredibly fast. Chipproof and long wearing. I will certainly be picking up more! This month I have also found myself to be converted onto the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish hype. A few months back I found myself trying to get into this product, but just couldn’t, I found it left a greasy texture on my skin and I didn’t really see any visible improvements. But recently I’ve been reaching for it day and night! It feels lovely on the skin before I use my usual face wash and leaves me looking healthy and fresh, I’ve also noticed my skin is a lot less oiler too, and I am hoping it is as a result of this. I ought to get my mum a new bottle, seen as it’s hers I’ve been using.
Food wise it’s got to be mini eggs, I’ve been snacking on these more often than I should whilst watching Eastenders, who killed Lucy Beale? I can’t wait to find out! My moneys on Whitney. Aside from Eastenders, I’ve also been loving the Real Housewives of Cheshire, the extravagant lives they lead leaves me lost for words. I wish I didn’t love it, but I can’t get enough. Music wise, Years and Years have been a firm favourite, I’m excited to see them at Leeds Festival in August as I love their music style. January tends to be a month where I ‘fall out’ with my wardrobe, but I picked up a brown Zara fur gilet in the sale for £20 and can’t get enough. It’s so easy to style and actually warmer than you would imagine. If you get the chance, pick one up! You won’t regret it.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Elizabeth x

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Hi everyone, this week I thought I’d give a quick overview of my favourites from January. Firstly, The Body Shop passion fruit body butter which I’ve been using daily since purchasing! I love the fruity scent and how hydrating it is on my dry skin. The three nail varnishes from Topshop are colours I’ve recently been reaching for, ‘Carnival’ the orange/peach shade, ‘Silver spoon’ the metallic lilac shade, and, ‘Easy peasy’ the matte grey colour. All three of these were gifts, and having never used Topshop varnishes before, I was surprised at how long lasting the colours are. I would definitely recommend! Next, my Nars Laguna bronzer, which I’ve been wearing daily and couldn’t imagine my make up routine without!

I’ve been busy preparing my portfolio for university applications, so after long days of drawing, organising work and sewing, I’ve been reaching to a few of my poetry books to read at the end of the day to relax. Thomas Hardy is by far my favourite poet, and these selected poems include some of his best, especially ‘A Thunderstorm in Town.’ Sylvia Plath is another firm favourite, and this copy of Ariel is so beautiful with it’s black and silver cover. I’ve also been using my little black Moleskine recently, as I find it so handy for jotting down ideas. Finally, my Cambridge Satchel, which i’ve had for a year and used religiously. This bag is ideal for shopping trips, and is just the right size for an everyday shoulder bag to fit my phone and purse inside.

Holly x

header collageHello everybody. This weeks post is just going to be a quick review of the new Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette, which I picked up whilst I was in New York.

I am so impressed with this little palette! It’s so handy and the size is so convenient for travelling, it’s easy to pop in your makeup bag as it has a mirror so you don’t have to carry one. The 6 colours are so beautifully picked out, all very pigmented with the perfect amount of colour payoff. Mostly matte, some with a hint of shimmer – they have the perfect range for a dramatic smokey eye to everyday subtle shadow. The packaging is sleek and contemporary, it looks expensive and high end (which it is). I’ll do a little colour breakdown below (L-R)

Skimp – a beautiful, pearly, champagne shadow. One of the only shadows in the palette to be an obvious shimmer, but still not too much. Perfect for inner corner highlight.
Stark – probably my least used of the 6 shadows, a salmony pink colour. Very versatile. This is the best shade for a ‘barely there’ make-up look.
Frisk – a nude kind of a shade, the best shadow for blending two shadows together. Perfect for a little definition.
Cover & Primal – these two are the shadows I use through the crease. Primal is amazing for a dark smokey eye if you’re after a dramatic look. Warning: Primal comes out a lot darker than it looks (well it does on my MAC 217), but maybe that’s not a bad thing? A daytime smokey eye? Cover hits the nail on the head.
Undone – I’ve used this shadow only once when I was doing a deep smokey eye. I used it along the lash line and the outer corner of the eye, applies like a dream and is easy to blend into Primal.
Overall a fab palette, and in my opinion, better than the first. I always reach for this when I’m travelling over my Urban Decay Naked, Naked 2 or Naked 3. It is just so much easier!
Let me know what you think of this product in the comments below! Elizabeth. X

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Hi everyone. This week I thought I’d show you my earring collection, and the photographs display my selection of sets I wear on a day to day basis. I always wear silver jewellery, with the exception of a few pieces including the gold pair from Cos and the other from Next. & Other Stories earrings are a firm favourite of mine, as I find they last forever! They don’t tarnish and with an extensive selection in store and online I always find myself picking up a new pair every now and again. The pink dainty earrings and small silver bar set are beautiful to wear on a regular basis when I want to opt for a simpler pair. I also love earrings from Cos, my favourite shop, and I love their use of geometric shapes, especially the gold bar pair, with the pink enamel feature on the back of the earring. I like wearing these with my hair up. The Topshop hoop earrings are a pair I picked up a while back, and surprisingly they haven’t tarnished, like all of my Topshop rings do! And finally the long, gold bar set from Next which I picked up in the sale. I enjoy wearing these with a straight ponytail and although they’re gold I’ve been sporting them all the time!

Holly x

image1 (4) image2 (2)Hello everybody. Sorry it’s been such a long time since I last posted, but i’ve been so busy! It was my birthday on Saturday and I got back from New York on Friday so I thought it would be nice for me to share a few of the make-up bits I bought whilst I was there. Sadly, this isn’t everything I bought whilst over there, but if I did include everything, we would be here a long long time.

So the top left picture is all the base products I purchased, base products are my favorite, I just love them! So on the primer front I got my hands on the Too Faced (a brand i’m loving recently) ‘Primed and Poreless’ Oil-Free Primer and the Urban Decay de-slick setting spray in the 16oz form. I’m actually really loving using this spray as a primer before make-up application. From the foundation side of things, I finally got my hands on the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation and WOW. Its wonder in a bottle. And the $13 price tag gets me every time. SO CHEAP. In addition to this foundation, I also picked up the Illamasqua Skin Base, a cult classic, and the Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation from Sephora. From MAC on Times Square I made sure I got some of my favorite Prolongwear Concealers.

Moving swiftly along, I picked up a few products from NARS whilst browsing the counter. First are two favorites of mine which I just needed back-ups of, Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer. You can’t go wrong with these two. But to add to this I thought I would give the liquid illuminator a try, I got the shade ‘Copacabana’ and my gosh, its incredible. So silky and luminous and just liquid illumination perfection. Back to Too Faced, I picked up the mini version of the Chocolate Bronzer which i’ve heard so many people talk and hype about, I now believe the hype. It’s an amazing shade and it actually smells like chocolate? What is there not to like? Back to basics, I just had to pick up TheBalm Mary-Loumanizer Highlighter, something I cant live without.

Next up is eyeshadows, primers, mascaras, all that doo-da. First is a product I’ve been living from and it is the new Urban Decay Basics 2 Palette. A mixture of matte and shimmer perfection, warm and neutral in 6 shades. Watch this space for a review! Alongside this was the Urban Decay eyeshadow Primer, a mini Too Faced Better than Sex mascara (amazing), 2 MAC eyeshadow refill pans, Maybelline the Falsies Mascara and Color Tattoo. Lastly, everyone’s weakness, lip products. I got my hands on 3 MAC Lipsticks – Taupe and Twig, both matte shades, and Syrup which is a satin finish, and my favorite of the three. I bought these alongside a MAC Prolongwear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish and a Revlon Lipbutter in Berry Smoothie. Finally, a NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in the shade Tonkin, this is probably one of my favorite recent buys, similar to MAC Velvet Teddy, but better.

Next week I hope to do a make-up look including some of these products. Let me know what you think and if you have any of the items above, do you love them or hate them? I’d love to hear. Elizabeth x

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Hi everyone, this week I wanted to show you a few things I’ve bought recently. Firstly, some new foundation as I had run out. I’m not too knowledgeable when it comes to make up, and only normally wear a light coverage just to even out my skin tone. I asked at the No7 counter which product would provide a dewy finish and was advised that the ‘Instant radiance’ foundation was the best to brighten up the skin. Next, a Topshop lipstick in the shade, ‘Mink’, a lovely dark pink-ish nude that’s hydrating on the lips. The nail varnish from & Other Stories in, ‘Dewdrop leaf’ is a beautiful metallic green shade, which is long lasting after just two coats. I picked up a new copy of ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath, one of my favourite books, as my old copy was falling apart. I couldn’t resist the hardback cover with a black and gold colour scheme. When I saw The Body Shop’s passion fruit body butter in the sale I had to buy it, due to the fruity smell and hydration for dry skin. Next up, this cute black pompom bobble from Topshop, only £3 in the sale, which looks nice when wearing my hair in a low bun just to add something different to an everyday hairstyle. Finally, two jewellery bits from & Other Stories. The ring set initially had five pieces, but one of the rings slid off my finger whilst shopping! I love these rings for layering up and wearing on a day to day basis. The earrings were kindly bought for me from my sister when she visited the London store, and I love the colour and daintiness of the particular pair.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog post, Holly x

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