Sunday, 31 December 2017

What I Got For Christmas This Year

Reading and watching 'What I Got For Christmas' content is my favourite way to spend that limbo week between Christmas and New Year. I asked on Instagram whether you would like to see me do the same and I was so happy to see that everyone said yes because truthfully, I was so happy with my gifts and I couldn't wait to share them. 

As I'm getting older, I'm starting to hint at more jewellery items for Christmas. This year, I was given a gorgeous 'H' pendant from Tiffany from my other half to go onto the necklace I was given a few years ago. She also managed to track down an ever so dainty 'Hollie' necklace for the days when I'm channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw and also a Monica Vinader Siren ring that I've had my eye on for a while.

Since my other half has now caught on to the fact I have an unhealthy obsession with candles, she went ahead and ordered this set of 5 mini Diptyque candles since she couldn't decide which smelt the nicest in store. They each smell absolutely delightful and I can't wait to start burning them once our Baies candle has burnt down. 

I booked us a trip back to our favourite city next year as a surprise so going with the theme, she treated me to a Kate Spade luggage tag and also some black leather and rose gold Converse which I can't wait to wear!

My in-laws picked up this Guinness toucan decoration in Dublin earlier in the year and saved it as a Christmas eve gift to us which was so lovely of them - It's my favourite of all the old Guinness adverts. They also gifted me a stunning Anthropologie champagne flute and hilariously, an analogue tyre inflator since all of my tyres were flat when I asked if they could pump up just one not too long ago. They also gifted me my most used present so far - Prosecco Pong - which has come in so handy over the festive period. 

I was so grateful to receive a Bath and Body Works candle along with a NYX liquid lipstick collection and goodies from Lush from my GFs brother and girlfriend along with some delicious treats from Hotel Chocolat which I'm trying so hard not to rip open just yet.

Amongst all these amazing gifts, I was also lucky enough to receive some money towards our holiday from my parents and grandparents, endless supplies of chocolate and prosecco along with pajamas and slippers. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and of course, Christmas is about the time you spend with loved ones not just the gifts you give and receive. What was your favourite thing about this Christmas?

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas Day Cocktails

Christmas Day Cocktails
I'm cooking Christmas dinner for the first time this year. I'm certain that it will be a stressful  day but I also want it to be a great day for my parents and grandparents who are coming over. In order to spice things up on an otherwise routine day - Bucks Fizz, presents, eat then sleep - I thought I'd throw some cocktails into the mix. 

I scowled Pinterest a few days ahead of our Christmas supermarket shop in search of the perfect alcoholic beverage. Nestled between recipes for a Snowball and a Gin Fizz  I found the perfect drink. Sangria.

The idea behind the sangria wasn't just that it was pretty much fool proof but because when I was younger, my family and I would take annual summer holidays to Portugal. I thought it would be nostalgic for them and also, just a nice thing to do considering it's our first Christmas all together for such a long time. I can't wait to make these on Christmas afternoon for everyone to enjoy. They're both very similar recipies but the main difference is one calls for prosecco and the other, rosé wine. The fact they seem so simple to make is a bonus!

Prosecco Sangria

Ingredients

100ml apricot brandy
30g caster cugar
handful of ice
80g pomegranate seeds
thinly sliced pear
100g seedless grapes
75cl bottle of prosecco

Method

Tip the apricot brandy and the caster sugar into a large glass jug. Mix well to dissolve the sugar. Add the ice and fruit then pour over the Prosecco. Stir with a spoon and pour into glasses to serve immediately.

Pomegranate Sangria

Ingredients

1 bottle of rosé  wine
2 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup of brandy
80g pomegranate seeds
thinly sliced pear
thinly sliced orange
club soda to taste

Method


In a small saucepan, combine the spiced simple syrup ingredients and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain; set aside. In a large pitcher, combine rosé, pomegranate juice, brandy, pomegranate seeds, pear slices, and orange slices. Serve topped with club soda, to taste.

I'd love to know what your plans are for Christmas day and what you'll be cooking up, both food and drink wise. These recipies are from Tesco and Port and Fin.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

5 Things I'm Doing Over The Festive Period

5 Things I'm Doing Over The Festive Period
At the crack of dawn yesterday morning, I met an old friend for coffee. There was still some snow on the ground outside and as we sat drinking our mochas, watching the commuters drive by, we got to talking about how we would be spending our the precious time off over the holidays. We talked about how we planned to relax, sip endless glasses of prosecco and, like always, we vowed to spend more time together. 

We continued catching up, sharing a slice of lemon loaf and then as we walked back to our cars, we said goodbye. Before I closed my door I shouted 'Have a good Christmas' because, despite promising for approximately the last 7 years, I know that things get in the way and committing to spend more time together isn't something we're good at.  

This got me thinking about the many things I'd sworn to do each time the Christmas period comes along - Drink mulled wine, play board games and eat pub roasts to name a few. It made me think about how I'll actually be spending my time over the holidays and the things I plan to do instead of just relaxing and sipping endless glasses of prosecco.

Spending time with family | My family and I don't see each other very often because, quite frankly, we don't feel the need but, like most people, as Christmas draws near we start to make plans together. My parents and grandparents are spending Christmas Day at my house and this years Boxing Day festivities will take place at my aunties since it's the first year without my Granddad. My cousin is travelling down from Scotland for New Year and overall, I'm super excited to see everyone again.

Eating all the cheese | Despite being a huge cheese lover, we never buy a cheese board at Christmas. This year, as we're hosting Christmas dinner, the cheese board was the first item on my Christmas order. I absolutely cannot wait to sit at the table with a glass of prosecco, making my way through a tub of Jacobs crackers. Bring it on. 

Watching movies | Every year I say that I'm going to watch Christmas movies cuddled up on the sofa but I never do. In this years Christmas run-up I'm all about Elf, Home Alone, Deck The Halls and pretty much everything in the Sky Christmas category. 

Winter walks | I'm that girl that enjoys the cold weather but would rather observe it from indoors, wrapped in a blanket. It snowed last week and my partner and I went on a little winter walk around our estate and the surrounding countryside everyday. Even though it was super chilly (and incredibly slippery) it was nice to get out of the house, all layered up and enjoy chatting to all of our neighbours doing the same. 

Spend frosty mornings drinking coffee | Despite never keeping plans with one another, this year my friend and I are going to make more time for sipping coffee and catching up. 
I'm so excited to get cracking with these plans and I'm hopeful that for once, I'll actually see them through. It's easy to lie on the sofa all day just 'enjoying time off' but it's also nice to make the most of the days you have, especially with your loved ones. I'd love to know what you have planned for over the holidays! 

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Why This Is The Only Palette You'll Need This Christmas

Why This Is The Only Palette You'll Need This Christmas
Lets flash back to December 2016 when beauty lovers across the web were stunned by Morphe's then latest release - 35F Fall Into Frost. 

Like many others, I added this straight to my basket as soon as it was available and wore it almost every day during the festive season. I still go back to it from time to time but this year, there's a new palette in town. It's set to be a game changer - 35O2 Second Nature. 

Following the success of Morphe's 35O palette, two years on they've released the sequel. It's filled with gorgeous neutrals and firey reds. It's bang on trend and right up my street. 

I put off buying the Naked Heat palette with the hopes of this being launched in the UK before Christmas. After a nightmare with delivery (and my bestie giving me hers because it arrived first) I'm beyond happy to finally have it. 

There is a great variety of matte and shimmer shades and for me, this makes it immediately more wearable - Matte shades are my go to.  It has everything from champagnes to deep browns and bright reds to burnt oranges. 

Just as I thought, the shades blend like a dream and the combinations are endless. The pay off is AMAZING and my favourites to work with at the moment are Heat and Brave. When I used this for the first time on Saturday, I had a little trouble picking up Pure. It worked a little better after dampening my brush but worked best when I used my little finger. 

Overall, for me, this palette was a great purchase and I know I'm going to get so much wear out of it over the festive period. 
I'd love to know if you'll be purchasing the palette and what  your go to product for this season? 

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Tips For Travelling As A Couple + Our Travel Wish List

Tips For Travelling As A Couple + Our Travel Wish List
My other half and I have lived together for almost three out of the four years we've been a couple. We've pretty much nailed it and whilst we have our routines and the ways we like to do things, travelling can throw that off a little. When away, we used to have the tendency to get on each others nerves a little - Not on purpose, we just weren't used to being out of our comfort zone.

These days when we travel, we're the greatest of teams. We know exactly what to do and what not to do and how to use having two of us to an advantage. We’ve travelled to a number of great places over the course of our relationship so I wanted to share our top tips for travelling together along with some of the destinations we hope to travel to in future. 

TIPS

Know your budget | When choosing destinations or deciding on spending money it's important to understand how much you can realistically afford. Kudos if one of you can afford a weeks stay in the Maldives but if you're on more of  a weekend in Spain kind of budget, you're going to need to agree on something else. Tab and I set the same base budget each time and book our trip around that. If we want to spend anything more, we work out whether we can both afford it way ahead of time. 

Make lists | We're list gals. We list what we need to pack, landmarks we want to see right down to places we want to eat and where we want to take photos. This way, we don't forget anything and we're able to plan our days so much more efficiently. With regards to lists for when we've reached our destination, we make sure we've both made equal contributions so one of us isn't left running around after the other. 

Compromise | This follows on from the lists point perfectly and I find it's one of the key components to not only taking a trip together, but to a relationship in general. Tab and I have become very good at understanding what's important to one another so if we have 10 things we want to do but they're not doable in the time frame we have, we're able to compromise and recognise what is important to each other. Similarly when choosing a destination in the first place, it's become quite easy for us to compromise and come to an agreement.

Set aside relaxation time | I don't know about you but we sure get pretty tired after a day of walking or sightseeing. With tiredness comes irritation and that's usually followed by unnecessary bickering. We make sure that whenever we're away, no matter how amazing the destination, we set aside some downtime. Whether it's lazing on a sun-lounger, taking a nap or just grabbing a coffee, we find that it makes such a difference to our trip when we take a moment to relax.

Split the duties | You can apply this tip to your own travels in anyway necessary but what I really mean is, don't have one person doing everything. If one person is carrying the day bag, have the other navigate. If you picked dinner last night, have your partner pick it the next. We also apply this to money in terms of, if one of us picks up the bill, the other will get the taxi back. It's nothing that's set in stone, it's just something we've adopted over the years but it makes such a difference to our experience. 

Tips For Travelling As A Couple + Our Travel Wish List

DESTINATIONS ON OUR LIST

Nashville, USA | At the top of our destination list is the city of Nashville. We love the idea for a number of reasons such as music, culture and the fact that it's a place we feel really suits our personality. We love the idea of seeing a show at the Opry as much as eating some hot chicken watching an up and coming artist. 

Canada | Canada is stunning in every aspect. Our dream would be to travel to multiple places such as Toronto, Banff and Lake Louise. We'd love to climb some mountains, stay in a cabin and take in the amazing scenery. 

Santorini | Santorini is on our list mostly for the reason it looks breathtaking but also because we loved Kos so much. The Greek culture is lovely and the locals are the most welcoming people I've ever met. 

San Francisco, USA | San Fran has been on Tabs travel list forever and if we could have afforded a two-stop trip next year, I absolutely would have booked it. We're dying to see Alcatraz and walk the Golden Gate Bridge. The city also has such an amazing culture and I definitely think we'd leave our hearts in San Francisco. 

Havana, Cuba | I always knew part of me wanted to travel to Havana but Victoria's post really cemented it for me. It's such a beautiful place and is so rich in history. Now, I don't know the ins and outs of the political history surrounding Havana but it's definitely something I'll continue to read up on, especially with the hopes of travelling there one day.

Paris, France | I never really thought about Paris until earlier in the year but now, I can't get it out of my head. Not only is it the most romantic city in the world but also, I know it's somewhere we'd love to explore. Neither of us have been to France previously so it's definitely on our list for the future. 

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into our relationship when we travel. I'd love to hear your tips for travelling with friends or your other half and where are your dream destinations?

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

4 Amazing Bloggers That Inspire Me

Ever since I started writing It's Hollie Ann, the way I consume content has changed. I no longer mindlessly scroll and skim read - I've become more appreciative of the stunning shots I see on Instagram and get incredibly excited when I read posts that make me think and reflect on a topic. 

As a result of this new way of consuming content, I often feel very inspired and what I choose to create myself is often influenced by a mixture of what people are currently talking about and by photographs and videos I see. I also take inspiration from the places I go and from events that occur in my personal life but as you can imagine, the biggest inspirations and influences to my blog are other bloggers. Today, I really wanted to talk you through four that I absolutely adore and how they inspire me. 

Joseph Burrows | When I really started getting into blogging I tried quite hard to scout out blogs that I would really enjoy. Since discovering Joe's back when he was known as Northern Blood, his blog has become permanently placed on my Google Homepage. His isn't the kind of blog I only click on after seeing a 'new post' tweet, it's a blog I click on because I'm too eager to find out what he's posted - It's inspiring because that's the kind of blog I want to be. I love his content and photography and well, his taste in music is just a bonus. He's crafted a pretty neat male lifestyle blog and I bloody well love it. 

Pint Sized Beauty | I used to read Lilly's blog every now and then but recently, I just can't stop myself. As if the fact she daily blogs and makes it look like a breeze isn't inspiring enough, like Joe, she's made her blog one that I want to open as soon as I sit at my desk. Her photography has an enviable level of continuity and though her blog features primarily beauty, she always manages to change up the themes of her posts and writes so genuinely. I trust her every word and if ever my gal pals need a recommendation, you can guarantee I'll be sending them a link from Pint Sized Beauty.

In The Frow | If you don't look at Victoria's posts like you look at presents on Christmas day, then who even are you. Every aspect from the photography and writing, right down to the layout gives me serious goals. Like her, I love the editorial style and after reading Cosmopolitan religiously for years, her blog, to me, seems like an extension of the most exquisite fashion pages. Like Lilly, I always trust her recommendations and despite growing such a large following, I think she's remained so true to herself. 

Beth Sandland | I'm relatively new to reading Beth's blog after her Instagram made me look like a real heart eyes emoji. I can't believe that in the year she's been writing on bethsandland.co.uk, I haven't started reading earlier. I find her real response to topics so amazing and she's so incredibly relatable. I love that her blog isn't niche specific and I enjoy reading her tips on blogging just as much as her London food recommendations. She's doing her thing and I think it's bloody great. 
I'd love to hear who or what inspires your content, let me know.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Why The Maybelline Tattoo Brow Is A Lazy Girls Best Friend

Why The Maybelline Tattoo Brow Is A Lazy Girls Best Friend
I love eyebrows. They're probably my favourite aspect of makeup to do and having groomed or filled brows really does make such a difference to my face. The problem? I'm lazy.  Through the week, I hate wearing a lot of makeup or makeup at all to be quite honest. It's a combination of not wanting to get up early to do it and not wanting perfectly defined brows whilst wearing little to no other makeup. The solution? Maybelline Tattoo Brow. 


I first used this just over a month ago on a Sunday night. Honestly, I was quite terrified. After carefully painting the gel over my brows and leaving it for about 20 minutes I just had to peel it off out of sheer panic and absolute excitement. My brows looked amazing - Even up close, they looked natural. I struggled getting a precise application with the wand at first but I just switched to a finer brush and it worked a treat. 



For the next few days my brows held up well and didn't appear patchy. I used the medium shade for my light brown hair and though it did start appearing slightly red, it still matched really well. I started using a brow pencil on the third day just to tidy them up as they began to fade but I believe that if you keep this on for over an hour, they last a lot longer. I've continued to use it almost every week to give my brows a base and it's exactly the look I was hoping to achieve for those no makeup days.  Win

Having easy to use products in my lazy makeup routine is so important to me. What are your go-to products for lazy make-up?

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

What I Ordered When Missguided Had 50% Off

Missguided 50% Off
Public service announcement, Missguided have 50% off today! You'd be absolutely crazy to not have a browse and since I really want to get this post up before everything is out of stock, I thought I'd quickly share what I've ordered. Note, you do need to order 'Babe50' at checkout and all delivery is standard.

The first things I picked up were two t-shirts from the Barbie collection. I've had my eye on them for absolutely ages and since they worked out to £9 each, I couldn't leave them there. They'll look adorable over leggings, jeans or tucked into shorts.

Next, I picked up a iridescent black sequin dress. I've been dying to find one for the upcoming party season but they either seem too pricey or just not the right style. I'm so hoping it fits well because it will be perfect for my Christmas party.

I picked up this Nashville, Tennessee sweatshirt after spotting it months ago! I tried to get my hands on the grey version but it was already out of stock and I figured this forest green would actually be perfect for this season and into the spring.

Lastly, I opted for two basic white t-shirts. One has a mesh panel which I think would be great for dressing up or down. The second has 'Honey' written across it and quite frankly, I couldn't resist. I actually think these pieces will be my most worn because they're so versatile.

I hope you enjoyed this spur of the moment type of post. Let me know if you picked anything up!

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Why I Fell Out Of Love With My Playlist Posts

I love music content. Whether it's reading, writing, watching, listening or looking, you name it I love it. Just over a year ago I started writing a monthly 'favourites playlist' which basically consisted of me taking everything I'd added to my Favourites on Deezer that month and giving you a round up of why I liked it. 

To begin with, I loved writing it and I loved writing it because I was discovering so much music. It wasn't just new releases, it was old music that I'd never heard or bands that were up and coming, it was the music you find on small festival stages and also some headliners I'd never thought to listen to. I started writing it in a year I where live music was such a big part of my life, I crammed three festivals into 2016 and who knows how many gigs in between. 

For the last few months of 2016 and the start of 2017 I was enjoying putting the posts together but as time went on I started to dread them. When the end of the month came around, I hated not having anything 'new' to add to the list. I felt like I was forcing myself to listen to music I didn't always have an interest in. I think the fact there was very little engagement contributed to me falling out of love with them - I know it's not all about the views and comments but when you work to put together a post, you hope people will enjoy it. 

I appreciate it's difficult to make those kinds of posts engaging because at the end of the day it's still just little old me, churning out a list of songs I've been listening to that month. I think going forward when there's an occasion, event or a song or album I'm damn right passionate about, I'll share it in the same 'favourite playlist' format but I really want to focus on other types of music content like live music and who to watch at festivals and hopefully, inject a bit more of me into the posts. 

Let me know what kinds of music content you like - I'd love some inspiration from you guys!

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Latest Beauty Additions & Why I Can't Stop Using Them

Latest Beauty Additions & Why I Can't Stop Using Them
I love playing with makeup. Whether it's a brand new release or a cult favourite, nothing gives me more joy than taking a new product out of it's box and trying it for the first time. Now, I only tend to keep products that I really love so I manage to rotate my collection a lot because it's not so big but every now and then, some things stick. In this case, six things have stuck and here's why.

Radiance Reveal Concealer, Bourjois | I've definitely over mentioned this product but I just can't live without it and everyone needs to know it exists. It's creamy formula sits so well over almost all of my foundations and looks so natural when blended with a damp sponge. It does tend to crease but it's nothing that a soft sweep of powder doesn't solve. It has such a beautiful dewy finish and I reach for it more than any other concealer in my drawer. 

Hangover Primer, Too Faced | No joke, my skin has never looked as good after a primer as it does when I use this. I mentioned in my summer glow post that I use it with and without makeup because it just brightens up my face so much and adds a lovely glow to my complexion. It's not your usual slippery, silicone primer. It's a thicker consistency and almost feels like a sheer cream - My foundation glides over it like a dream and doesn't separate. 

Killawatt Highlighting Duo, Fenty Beauty | I picked up the duo in Lightening Dust and Fire Crystal and at first, I wasn't sure how I felt about them. Fast forward a month and now that my tan has faded, I absolutely love them. Lightening Dust is surprisingly natural looking and I actually like wearing it with just a tinted moisturiser as well as a full face of makeup. Fire Crystal is just stunning. I didn't think I'd get the wear out of it but it's perfect for a night out and I'm so excited to wear it over Christmas and shine like a bauble. 

De-Slick, Urban Decay | From the first time I tried this, I was absolutely in love. I'd already tried All Nighter which didn't really work out for me but my first night out using this, I couldn't believe how much my makeup didn't budge. It's worked wonders with every product I've used, even the most slippery foundations, and it also works well for foiling eyeshadow and making a powdered face look less cakey. I. Love. It. I actually cheated with this one - I've been using De-Slick for years but this just happens to be a new bottle.

Ka-Brow, Benefit* | As I mentioned in my brow post, this has to be the creamiest, most easy to work with and best colour matched pomade I've tried so far. I didn't know how I'd get on with this at first but it glides on like a dream. I've used it with the brush included and some other ones from my collection and it works wonders with every single one. I highly recommend trying this if you haven't already!

Cloud Paint, Glossier | I have to be honest, I wasn't entirely sure how I'd feel about this product to begin with but since trying it over the past few weeks, it's found it's way into my every day makeup stash. I touched on it briefly in my Glossier haul but to mention again, I've been using this on my cheeks for a subtle rosy glow and also as a stain on my lips. I'm planning on picking up some more shades in the future because they really are so versatile.
 I hope you've enjoyed hearing about the makeup I've been loving recently. What have you recently added to your beauty stash?

*This post contains a PR sample

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Current Skincare Staples

Current Staple Skincare Products
Over the past year, I've really been trying to take care of my skin and listen to what it needs. Just roll with me. My skin is normal/combination and I know that when first delving into the world of skincare, it's easy to take all the products that sound life-changing and slather them over your face which is not always good.

With blogging and just generally being inquisitive, I tend to trial a lot of different products. Some new discoveries I've come to absolutely love but in some cases, products haven't agreed with my skin and I've really paid the price for it. So, even though I'm having fun trying out new things, I've been thinking about the products I go back to time and time again because they're such staples for my skin and I know my skin loves them.

L'Oreal Fine Flowers Toner | I've been using this toner at night since I mentioned it back in my Boots haul last spring. I picked it up the Dry and Sensitive formula because after cleansing, my skin can get a little dry. I love the consistency of this and a little bit goes a long way. It effortlessly removes traces of make-up and glides across the skin so nicely. It also doesn't irritate my skin at all, something that tends to happen with other toners. This one will be a repurchase for a long time. 

Cleanse and Polish | I go back to Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish time and time again and recommend it to anyone that hasn't tried it before. I use it if I've got a full face of make up on or even first thing in the morning. It leaves my skin feeling squeeky clean without stripping it of it's natural oils and making it feel irritated. My skin feels completely refreshed after using this and I'd never be without a bottle of it in my bathroom cupboard.

Balm Dot Com | If you've seen my Glossier haul you'll know that this is a recent addition to my beauty collection but one that I know I'll repurchase as soon as I'm out. This balm is ridiculously smooth and melts as soon as you put it on your lips. It seems to keep them hydrated for just as long as my Eight Hour Cream and is a great size to throw in any purse or bag. It's definitely a new staple for me. 

Triple Active Night Cream | Just like the Fine Flowers toner, I've been using this night cream since last spring and I love it. It hydrates my skin without making it greasy and is the only night cream I've tried that doesn't make my skin tingle after using cleanser and toner beforehand. It's such a nice, thick consistency and the pots last me for what seems like forever - I've even got my other half hooked on it. Along side this, I also use the day cream formula every morning. 

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution | I discovered this product when I first decided to try out The Ordinary range and I finally understood why it's forever sold out. This works wonders on my red, blemish prone skin by exfoliating the walls of pores (so I read) for visible skin clarity. In a nut shell, it reduces redness, banishes existing blemishes and helps them to stay at bay. A winner in my eyes. 

There you have it, my current skincare staples. What are yours?
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

What I Picked Up From Glossier And My Thoughts So Far

Thoughts On Glossier
It's hard to believe that it was only two weeks yesterday that beauty fanatics across the country lost their shit after Glossier ~finally~ started shipping to little ol' Great Britain. Not going to lie, I was one of them. I sat down at my desk and by 9.04 my order was placed - All that was left to do was wait. 

After seeing what felt like 32457 reviews, hauls and unboxings, my order was finally available to collect last Sunday. I really wanted to get to know these products before sharing my thoughts with you so I left this post on my to-do list for about a week but now I've gathered my findings and I'm ready, so here we go.

Milky Jelly Cleanser | This cleanser is so lovely that I actually get really excited every time I get to use it. Exactly as it's name suggests, it's a milky colour with a jelly consistency and it feels so damn good on your cheeks. It has a really subtle rose scent and left my skin feeling super soft. I do think that this cleanser is best used on a face with no-to-minimal makeup only because I didn't feel my skin was 100% clean when I used it to take off my foundation. Bare in mind, I'm quite fussy when it comes to cleansers - I love trying new ones but it takes a lot for me to convert. 

Priming Moisturiser | After using this initially, I thought this was going to be my new holy grail moisturiser - I'm a big lover of the Too Faced Hangover primer so I thought this might allow me to skip a step in my routine, doubling up as both. I found the formula to be non-greasy and it doesn't make my skin oily throughout the day. For me, the only drawback to this product is that it isn't hydrating enough for my skin during these cold months when it tends to be dryer than usual. Great news is Glossier offer a richer option so I think I might sample that until the spring.

Balm Dot Com | As a serial lover of all things balm and beautiful, this is a nice little addition to my collection. For the past week, I've been using it in place of my Eight Hour Cream which, if you've read my blog before, you'll know I absolutely swear by, and it's been a nice little change. It's a smooth texture and isn't greasy or sticky and is definitely something I'll be keeping in my handbag. I'd be very interested to try one of the flavours next time, I've heard they're to die for. 

Cloud Paint | I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I love this and like the cleanser, I get really excited to use it. It's a beautiful pink berry shade and I've been using it mostly for a flush on my cheeks on a minimal makeup day or as a lip tint. It's so easy to blend which surprised me after having bad experiences with cream blushes in the past. I can't wait to put some other shades on my next order and if you're looking for a run down of pretty much every shade, Lily from Pint Sized Beauty has you covered. 
I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Glossier after using some of their much loved products this past week. Did you pick anything up? If not, what's on your wishlist?

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Monday, 16 October 2017

How I'm Keeping My Summer Glow This Season

How I'm Keeping My Summer Glow This Season
There's nothing I love more than holiday skin. It's the kind of skin that glowing, slightly sun-kissed and requires the most minimal make-up. Despite the obvious sun exposure, there's no doubt that my skin feels healthier when I'm exploring somewhere nice and sunny - I think it's a mixture of constant hydration from mists and sun-creams and frequent cleansing due to make-up changes and soaring temperatures. 

I've been back from holiday for two weeks now but I'm desperately clinging on to that summer glow skin so today I thought I'd show you what make-up bits I'm using to keep it up.

Dew The Hoola Bronzer This product is underrated, seriously. I actually got a sample of this at the beginning of the summer and knew it was a product I had to purchase for during and after my holiday. It's the most user friendly liquid bronzer I've come across and honestly, I can't stop using it. I would say however the colour is a little too warm for the winter months but whilst I'm skill the tiniest bit tanned, I'm going to continue using it. 

Hangover Primer I can't believe I'd never used this product before and ever since I popped it in my Sephora basket, I haven't been able to stop using it. It leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and smooth and I've been using it with and without make up. Honestly, I don't find it helps my make up last any longer but the way it makes my skin feel outweighs that. Also, it smells delightful.

Radiance Reveal Concealer I've been using this concealer for a while now and I made sure to include it in my 'Best Holiday Beauty Bits' post for the simple fact that it's brilliant. I use it under my eyes, on my chin and my forehead for a dewy coverage and it really does work wonders when it comes to brightening my complexion. 

Backlight Priming Filter This is a very new addition to my make-up collection and I didn't believe the hype until I used it for myself. This primer, like the Hangover Primer, works great with or without make up and adds the most dreamy glow even when my face looks a little dull. Sometimes I use this all over the face, sometimes just on the high points of my face - It's so versatile and it's definitely worth trying out if you haven't already. 

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighting Duo I couldn't wait to get my hands on a little Fenty Beauty when I headed to Sephora and with so much to choose from, I felt that if I was going to purchase anything, it needed to be this. I've been using Lightening Dust on my cheekbones, brow bone and down the nose and Fire Crystal just a tiny bit to finish it off. I like the overall look it gives and I definitely think I'll use Fire Crystal into the winter months.

Dandelion Blush  Dandelion is a bit of a forgotten favourite of mine. I used it a lot a couple of years ago but it's been stashed at the back of my make-up drawer ever since. I rekindled my love with it recently though and had to pick up this mini box in the airport. It gives the most subtle yet healthy flush of colour and is so brightening on the face. It's hard to go wrong with this shade and definitely one to try if you're just starting out with Benefit blushes. 
I hope you enjoyed reading about the products I've been using to keep my holiday glow and I'd love to know if there are any you'd recommend or love using!

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Perfecting Your Brows This Autumn

Perfecting Your Brows This Autumn
Perfecting Your Brows This Autumn
Brows can be hard to master and ever since Cara Delevingne and co showed skinny brows the door, we've put down our tweezers and started aiming for those full and natural beauties. Those who know me will know that I'm a huge lover of all things eyebrows - they're practically my pride and joy - so when Debenhams sent me some Benefit products to try out, I couldn't wait to share my tips and tricks to help you perfect your brows this season. One eyebrow lover to the next. 

Ka-Brow*| It was only recently that I started using pomade style products on my eyebrows and so far I'm absolutely loving this one. The formula is more creamy than others I've tried and it's so easy to achieve a natural look with either the brush included or one of your own. I like to use it to create hair like strokes to thicken out my brows. With this product you can go messy or more defined and it's super simple to achieve either. 

3D Brow Tones*| I have to admit, when this product was first released I chose the Gimme Brow instead because at the time, it seemed more of what I needed. Fast forward to now and I actually really like it. It basically adds highlights to your eyebrows but super subtly - so you're not adding bright blond to dark hairs. I'm a huge fan of the wand that comes with this product. It's spiky and silicone which makes it so much easier to distribute the product as oppose to dense spoolie-type wands. 

Precisely My Brow*| Out of all of the products, this is definitely my most used which I didn't think would be the case. I usually find pencils, especially twist-ups, to be incredibly dry and crumbly but this one glides on like a dream. Also, because it's so fine, it tends to stay sharp so I can always get a clean line. It's perfect if, like me, you like a clean and polished look. 

FoolProof Brow Powder*| I think this brow powder is definitely a love hate product. On one hand, it makes it really easy to create a gradient and natural looking eyebrow but if, like me, you like a clean and polished look, I don't think this would be for you. I did however really like this product for no makeup days, just to give my brows a little fullness. I think it would be perfect for daytime holiday makeup so I'll definitely be taking it with me next time I travel. 
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What do you think of the Benefit eyebrow range? Do you have a favourite product or one you're dying to try? If you're interested in picking up any of these products, here you can shop the full Benefit Brow collection.


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