image1image2Hello everyone. As a frequent reader of blogs, post’s regarding foundation are my favourites to read, so I thought I’d do one for all of you. In this post I’ve given you my three favourite high end foundations and their drug store equivalents. Here goes…

1) The Matte ‘I Will Stay On Your Face All Day (!!!)’ Foundation –
HIGH END: Estee Lauder Doublewear @ £29.50 – my go to for a base that I want to stay in place all day. Nothing more to say, my full coverage ‘make you look like a different person’ foundation, I use this in conjunction with the Estee Lauder Matte Primer and then a little MAC Fix+ to give my face some dewyness.
DRUGSTORE: Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation @ £8.00 (I think, I got this in the US) – the dream. Probably my favourite foundation, and that’s a claim. For a drugstore foundation, the colour is perfect for me (825), more or less the same as Doublewear but better for me, even though I am oily, I don’t favour an uber matte look. The Outlast foundation is more along the lines of a satin finish but with the same coverage and ‘stay put’ factor as Doublewear.

2) The Glowy ‘I have the skin of a Victoria Secret Model’ Foundation –
HIGH END: Illamasqua Skin Base @ £32 – one thin layer of this does the job when I’m having a good skin day. Whenever I do wear skin base, the compliments roll in, an all rounder and suitable for all skin types in my opinion. My go to college foundation alongside Wake me Up (below), as it makes me look alive but not to the point where I can’t move my face because I have so much make-up on. Belting.
DRUGSTORE: Rimmel Wake Me Up @ £8.99 –  for a drugstore Foundation, Rimmel always pull it out of the bag. Like Skin Base, this imminently wakes me up (pardon the pun) and makes me look human. It has slight bits of shimmer in, but who doesn’t want to look like an Avatar? Consistency is a lot thicker than expected so don’t be shy with the blending ladies.

3) The ‘Just popping to the shops but don’t want to scare anyone with my face so i’ll slap something on’ Foundation –
HIGH END: MAC Face & Body @ £21.50 – a brilliant foundation, (I’m not sure if it can be called that title, it’s literally water and colour) one which I’m not sure WHY I love, but I do. If you have naturally fantastic skin, wear this 24/7! For me, it lasts a max. of 4 hours so its perfect for errands as it’s quick and easy to apply (Face & Body should always be applied with hands). But is the fact I then have to use a full tube of concealer after defeating the object? Ooops.
DRUGSTORE: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation @ £9.99 – gives skin that healthy glow and covers slight imperfections, which is all it claims to do. One of the most natural foundations in my collection (and theres alot). For beginners in the make-up world, Healthy Mix is a good place to start.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I loved writing it as it’s different from the normal rubbish I type.
Elizabeth ♥

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Hello everyone, here is just a selection of things I’ve been purchasing recently. Firstly, the beautiful silver bar earrings from & Other Stories, that I picked up on my latest trip down to London. I love the simplicity of the pair and as I regularly purchase accessories from this particular store I knew they’d last me. At only £5 I couldn’t say no! Next, a tinted moisturiser, also from Stories, that had 70% off in the sale!! I picked up two of these, and think they work really well at hydrating the skin whilst adding a subtle tint of colour. This Essie nail polish in, ‘all tied up’ is the perfect shade for me. I love neutral pinks/browns and I know the Essie formula is long lasting and easy to apply. Finally, two Nars make up items, firstly the lipstick in the shade, ‘Falbala’ which is such an easy neutral shade to wear on a day to day basis, with a really hydrating formula. The satin lip pencil in the shade, ‘Bansar’ is a darker neutral shade to the lipstick. Again, the hydrating application is long lasting and I would recommend both of these products, I also love the smell of them!

Holly x

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Hi guys! So in the time since my last post, I’ve been collating a few things from Boots. Above I’ve shown you these things, a lot of them being my essentials and things I use everyday, and a few new things I’m just discovering/trying out.

So from the skincare category, Simple is my go-to ‘no mimics or fancy names’ brand and my cult favourites from their collection are the hydrating moisturiser, soothing facial toner and the kind to eyes revitalising eye roll on. However, I thought I would push the boat out and try a few more things, so I picked up the oil balancing facial scrub and the deep cleansing mask. And so far so good.

On the hair side of things, I’ve decided to branch out a little, after much hype about the BLEACH London brand, I thought I’d try it out. I got the Rose Shampoo and Conditioner (and now I have pink hair, and I love it) and the Silver Shampoo and Conditioner. I’m loving these so far! Especially the rose collection, it really works and not only colours your hair but makes it feel so clean and moisturised, as I feared the colouring side of the shampoo would strip it of it natural oils. Impressively, it didn’t. Another hair brand I thought I’d try out was Vo5, I’m not really a fan of their shampoo’s and conditioners, but I didn’t want that to stop me trying their other products. I once had a sample size of the smoothly does it spray and had nothing but compliments all day, a quick spray all over and a brush through and you have shiny, nourished hair. The give me texture spray I’ve only used once, and don’t get me wrong, it looks good, but the feel of it isn’t one I love. It left me with hair feeling like straw, dry and almost crispy. Although, it did give me the Khloe Kardashian beach waves I wanted, I just couldn’t face the texture of it. As a lazy person, washing my hair everyday isn’t something I do, the Batiste Blonde Dry Shampoo is a go-to product for me, one I always need lying around.

Whilst I was wandering around boots it was 3 for 2, so I thought I’d try a brand I never have, Max Factor. I picked up their bronzer in 01 Golden and their blusher in Seductive Pink, so far so good. Reviews will follow this post! Alongside this I got my favourite concealer, Rimmel Wake me Up, favourite lipstick, L’Oreal Liquid Lipstick in 500. Also, I got my favourite nail varnish for everyday wear, Barry M Ballerina and the best moisturiser in the world, Vaseline Spray and Go Coconut.

I know this was a long one guys but I hope you enjoyed reading it!

P.S. You all have to download James Bay’s album if you liked ‘Hold Back The River’, its amazing! Elizabeth x

cuzzawmwmwThis week I thought I’d update you with a current wishlist. First, the colour block top from Cos that I actually purchased today. I loved the colour combination of the top and it’s not like anything I currently own in my wardrobe, so I couldn’t resist. Next, the colour block jumper from H&M, which is sold out everywhere!! I’ll be checking regularly to see if this jumper is restocked any time soon! I absolutely love the grey wrap dress from Whistles, and think it would look so nice with a navy turtle neck top underneath with the black Cos boots, also on my wishlist. Finally, a pair of Stan Smiths. These trainers would provide comfort yet also look really nice with my grey baggy trousers from Zara.

Holly x

IMG_7175FullSizeRenderHi guys, so from now I’ll be back again with my regular posts, so this weeks is just a quick one. Recently I’ve been reaching for lipstick and liner over eyeshadow in my daily routine, which really isn’t something I thought I would ever ben doing, as lipstick is just too much maintenance for my lazy self. But I’ve been absolutely loving the combo shown in the picture above, I find the shade really easy to wear and matches everything, especially my skin tone. I use MAC Staunchly Stylish Pro longwear Lipliner with a little of MAC’s Twig in the middle (my ultimate favourite MAC lipstick). For me, shades like this are much more appealing than nudes and brights, I love shades which are similar to my lip colour naturally, but just a little more enhancing.

I really hope you enjoyed this post guys – Let me know in the comments below your go to lip look, I’d love to hear. Elizabeth x

headerIMG_2881[1]Hi everyone, today I wanted to share with you my top five nail colours to wear this spring. First off, the newest addition to my collection, ‘Tracery Kindle’, from & Other Stories. I picked this up whilst in the London store a few weeks ago, as I loved the metallic pinkish/lilac shade, a colour I don’t have in my nail varnish collection. Next, ‘Bikini so teeny’, by Essie, a lovely light blue shade that’s such a nice, fresh colour for the upcoming months. ‘Minted’, by Eye Candy is another blue based varnish, however with a green-ish tint the colour is a nice addition to any outfit. ‘Orange Creation’, by Bourjois is a colour I always love wearing coming up to spring. The bright, bold varnish is really easy to apply and extremely long lasting. Finally, ‘Pastel pink’ by Models Own isn’t a shade I’d usually go for, but pastel is great for spring and the Models Own formula is really impressive, a brand I’d definitely recommend.

Holly x

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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