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 I 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-make up days, just to give my brows a little fullness. I think it would be perfect for daytime holiday make up so I'll definitely be taking it with me next time I travel. 
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.

*This post contains a PR sample


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Sunday, 1 October 2017

On Changing What I Care About

On Changing What I Care About
I’m currently writing this blog post sitting in bed. It’s 1.20am, I have to be up for work in 6 hours and my girlfriend is currently snoring away next to me. I don’t normally write ‘spur of the moment’ type posts but I just had a few thoughts that I can’t help but share.

It may not seem like the biggest revelation and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but I want to change what I choose to care about.

Here me out.

A bit like the fuck budget from way back in January, I’ve actually just come to a hard realisation about things I want to care more or less about so, naturally, I thought I’d share them with the internet at what is now 1.23am.

I want to start caring more about buying my girlfriend flowers because I know she likes them and it’s not something I do often enough.

I want to stop caring about whether the cats are lying on our ‘good blankets’. We bought a washing machine for a reason.


I want to stop caring about whether my house looks immaculate all the time. Nobody lives in a show home and I need to learn that leaving a piece of fluff on the carpet for a day is perfectly cool.


I want to stop caring about FOMO. When we were on holiday last week, I was sitting by the pool with an ice cold beer thinking ‘why the hell don’t we do this more often?’. Simple answer is because we blow so much money doing pointless shit because we don’t want to miss out.


I want to start caring about what I’m eating again. No fad diets or insane workouts, just eating well where I can.


On the same note, I want to care less about people that judge me for eating a sandwich one day out of five. It’s two pieces of bread, get the fuck over it.


I want to care more about building up my savings but in manageable amounts.


I want to care less about doing unnecessary work to our house. Yes I'd like to replace the carpet in the hall but it's going to be super expensive and there's actually nothing wrong with the carpet anyway.


I want to care more about how I handle situations. So what if the dishwasher isn't empty? 
I actually didn't realise there would be so many things on this list, it really all stemmed from me wanting to buy my other half some flowers for putting up with me being a moody pain in the ass 99.9% of the time. 

It's now 1.47am and I think I'm done so, goodnight X 

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7 Things To Check Out When You're Next In Las Vegas

This post was written before the awful events that took place on the Las Vegas strip on Sunday October 1st. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.
7 Things To Check Out When You're Next In Las Vegas
If you haven't guessed already I'm back from Vegas and I'm not ready to stop talking about it just yet - sorry not sorry. We arrived back on Friday afternoon after the best week and from the second we checked out of the hotel, I haven't been able to stop thinking about sharing these recommendations with you. 

Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub | I'm not much of a club lover these days but I was desperate to check out Voodoo while we were in town. It's located 51 stories up on top of the Rio and offers the most amazing panoramic views of the strip. We actually managed to gain free entry after a hostess was giving out tickets in the casino. Then we drank a little too much and danced the night away to some of the best music. It was so much fun and I'd go back in a heartbeat. 

Slotzilla Zipline | I finally plucked up the courage - with Bethans help - to do the zipline down Fremont Street. Thankfully the upper line was full for the night so we had to settle for the lower line instead (yay). Besides the abrupt stop at the end - which they do actually warn you about - it's so much fun and is a great way to see the old strip. 

Air Bar | I love Air Bar for two reasons, the views and the cocktails. It's on the floor below the Stratosphere observation deck and is such a great bar to enjoy a cocktail or two and actually offers a happy hour in the evening. If you want a relaxing drink in a surprisingly peaceful setting, you need to go here.

Chin Chin | Mother of god this Chinese food was to die for and was exactly what we needed after stepping off the roller-coaster at New York, New York. Our waiter was so helpful recommending different dishes to us according to what we liked and they had the most extensive sushi list I'd ever seen. The portions were absolutely huge so we definitely could have shared two dishes between the three of us but damn, it was beautiful. 

Gordon Ramsay Burger | I have hands down never eaten a burger that tasted as good as the Farm House Burger from here and despite our service being a little rushed, it was a great setting for our last evening in Vegas. It's just inside Planet Hollywood and tables are on a first come first served basis so there can be a bit of a queue. For tables of 3 or more, be sure to see the hostess first instead of waiting in line for 20 minutes like us - she offered us a table for 30 minutes later with no queue. 

Double Barrel Roadhouse | This was our second visit to Double Barrel and just as before, the food and service was amazing. It's outside the Monte Carlo hotel and offers a southern inspired menu with a great atmosphere and even better music. Go there, you'll love it. 

Frozen Cocktails | You can pick up frozen cocktails from pretty much anywhere on the strip and most places offer reusable cups where refills are a discounted price, usually about $10 - They're absolutely worth it! Not only are they perfectly refreshing on a hot day but they also save the awkward wait for drinks in a casino or the high price of liquor from a shop. Pink lemonade and tequila was the BEST flavour. 
There are a million and one things I could recommend to check out in Vegas but you really need to see it for yourself! What's your favourite thing to do in the city or what would you most look forward to?

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Monday, 18 September 2017

5 Things I'll Be Watching This Autumn

5 Things I'll Be Watching This Autumn
Autumn is hands down one of my favourite seasons. For me, apart from the autumn norms of leafy walks and pumpkin picking,  it's also a time when I spend a lot of time cuddled up on the sofa with my other half, our two cats and some great TV. I sometimes feel guilty in the summer staying indoors but from September onwards it's perfectly acceptable so, as soon as I'm back from holiday, that's all I'll be doing. See you in the spring.

In our house, we like to sit downstairs and watch things on the big screen. Ain't nobody got time for a laptop in bed when there's technical bakes on GBBO - I want to be up close. That's where our trusty 5 year old Panasonic comes in and in line with the launch of the new Panasonic 4K TV Range, I thought I'd let you know what I'll be watching on TV this autumn. 

Desperate Housewives | Rainy autumn days were made for watching Desperate Housewives back to back. I'm making my way through the box set for the second time and it's happening far too quickly! Truth be told tough, it's so damn good and if you haven't watched it, I'd highly recommend it. 

The X Factor |  Nothing gets me more excited for the colder seasons than watching X Factor at the weekend. Gone are the nights spent sitting in a garden bar - now it's blankets, plenty of tea and hopefully the odd takeaway. 

The Holiday | Watching this in September and October may seem a little early but in my opinion this is the one film that will set you up for all the festivities. It's the perfect balance of romance, cheese and Christmas goodness without being too much.

Great British Bake Off | I don't have any desire to bake at any time of year but as soon as GBBO starts, I want to make sponge cakes, gingerbread and every Halloween bake possible. Also, I mean, who doesn't love seeing Paul Hollywood on the big screen once a week?

Love Actually | Just like The Holiday, watching this in autumn may seem a little premature but damn, this is the cutest film. Something about the Prime Minster falling in love with common-gal Natalie makes my heart MELT everytime. 
I hope you enjoyed reading about what I'll be watching this autumn, I'd love to know what you're loving for the season ahead!


* This post was written in collaboration with Panasonic. 
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

4 Reasons I'm Proud Of Myself Right Now

4 Reasons I'm Proud Of Myself Right Now
I've never really been overly proud of myself. I won a few swimming badges as a child, got around 13 GCSEs and even moved into my own home just over a year ago but they didn't feel like things I needed to be proud of, they just felt normal. Recently though, there have been a few things in life that I'm actually incredibly proud of so I thought I'd toot my own horn and share them with you. 

Driving | I managed to pass my driving test first time last month and much as I'm pretty damn happy with that, I'm proud because I managed to pay for it all myself. I moved out of my parents when I was 18 so I figured there was absolutely no way I could afford to do it and even if I could, then I wouldn't be able to run a car but here I am. Whoop.

Promotion | 9 months after initially being rejected for the role, I've continued to work ~semi~ hard and been given the role as Team Leader. I'm so happy with the job and I'm surrounded by a great bunch of girls. 

Blog | I'm so proud of how ItsHollieAnn.com is coming along. I feel like my content and photography is improving post by post and I'm really enjoying writing at the moment. 

Growing Up | Last but not least, I'm proud because I finally feel like I'm doing this adult thing well. I have a beautiful house which I actually keep tidy, a good job and I'm choosing to surround myself with people on my wave length. I'm educating myself on new topics and exploring the world one bit at a time. 

There you have it, basically four reasons I'm blowing my own trumpet at the moment x
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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Best Holiday Beauty Bits

Best Beauty Bits For Travelling
Travel make-up is something I like to get absolutely right. I don't like taking products I'm not going to use or forgetting to pack products I can't do without.  With my trip to Las Vegas fast approaching, I decided to start thinking about the best beauty bits to take with me. 

When I first thought about the products I wanted to wear whilst I was away I knew I wanted to keep things minimal and sheer. I picked up this No7 City Light Tinted Moisturiser around a month ago and I've been absolutely loving it. It evens out my skintone and gives a lovely glow while being barely noticeable. 

To make sure my skin is glowing, I decided to try out the Becca Backlit Priming Filter and I can't believe I've never tried it before now. It's an absolutely beautiful champagne primer that can be worn under make up for a subtle glow or on top as a liquid highlight. It's gorgeous and provides such a great base. 

With only choosing to wear tinted moisturiser for the majority of the time, I don't want a concealer that is going to be too heavy over top. I almost forgot how much I love this Bourjous Radiance Reveal concealer but I can't believe I've not worn it in so long. It provides great coverage while remaining dewy and healthy looking. Also, for the high points on my face I'll be packing my trusty YSL Touche Eclat

I'm totally new to the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder bandwagon but boy, I don't know how I lived without it. I can use it as a light dusting just to keep things in place or bake with it when I wear heavier make up. It's absolutely fab and a must have in any beauty collection.

I still like to have a little flush of colour, even when wearing minimal make up and I think Galifornia by Benefit will be perfect. It's a beautiful golden pink blusher and when the sun hits, it looks gorgeous. 

To keep my skin hydrated during the day, I'm packing my Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mist. At first I thought this was a princess product but as my skin gets so dry, it's so handy to pop in my bag for on the go. I'm sure it'll also be a skin-saver on the plane. 

I've been wearing this L'Oreal Lip Paint almost every day since I picked it up about a month ago. The shade Nude-In is the perfect 'your lips but better' and goes with every look. It's matte and comfortable and I think I might pick up a few more shades before I go.

Last but certainly not least is my number 1 favourite mascara to travel with, Maybelline Lash Sensational. I've been taking this away with me for a few years and it's the one mascara I know I can absolutely depend on. It's waterproof, beautifully black and makes my lashes look amazing. 
I'd love to know what beauty bits you love to travel with, let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

How Do You Remember Your Life?

How Do You Remember Your Life - My Ultimate Playlist
Music is an amazing thing. It opens up our mind, brings people together and makes us feel things we didn't know we could. My music taste has been influenced by the likes of my parents, past loves and of course my own discoveries. All of those combined has resulted in a variety of music that I love.

I started thinking about this post after hearing Cherry Pie by Warrant a few days ago. It got me thinking back to when I was about 15, a time when I started listening to Kiss and Motley Crue. I thought back to the people I was friends with and how we used to spend our time and it made me smile a heck of a lot.

After that, I thought about other songs that I could relate to a certain moments in time. Some were happy memories like holidays and birthdays, some were sad like songs my Grandad had introduced me to and some I would have never listened to without the influence of love. So, for this post I thought back on my life and created a playlist full of songs that hold memories whether they're good or bad. I hope you enjoy!

TRACKS

Ace of Spades - Motorhead
It's All Coming Back - Meat Loaf
Friends Like These - Deaf Havana
Falling In Love - Mallory Knox
Just One Last Time - David Guetta
The Zepyr Song - Red Hot Chili Peppers
St Patrick - PVRIS
Hysteria - Def Leppard
Just Like Jesse James - Cher
Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
You're Still The One - Shania Twain
End Of Me - A Day To Remember
Over You - Daughtry
Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
Crazy Crazy Nights - Kiss
All Four Walls - Gorgon City
Love For The Night - We Are Harlot
All American Nightmare - Hinder
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Cherry Pie - Warrant
First Time - Sunblock
Take Back The City - Snow Patrol
Ready To Go - Republica
Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Clarity - Zedd
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Kingston Town - UB40



I really hope you enjoyed this post, I'm aware it's a long one but it was so much fun to look back on these songs. I'd love to know what songs are sentimental to you, let me know!


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Monday, 28 August 2017

Why I Fell In Love With Kos

Why I Fell In Love With Kos
If you've been reading my blog for a little while, you'll know that last year my partner and I travelled to Kos for a relaxing summer getaway. It was the first time either of us had been to a Greek island and as much as we'd heard amazing things about them, nothing could have prepared us for how much we fell in love with the place and I'm so happy to be telling you why. 

Location | When scouting breaks to Kos, we thought hard about where we wanted to stay. Obviously, as it's a small island, it's fairly easy to get around but we wanted somewhere close to the main town and somewhere quiet enough that we wouldn't be disturbed. We found those things in Psalidi. It's on the North East of the island and about 15 minutes and a 10€ taxi ride into Kos town. Psalidi also had a beautiful long beach with views out to Turkey and the most amazing family run restaurant, Taverna Romeo. 

Food | I knew I'd enjoy Greek food but I never imagined I'd love it quite so much. Yogurt and fruit for breakfast, delicious salads for lunch and Gyros' to die for, for dinner. In every restaurant we visited, the food was cooked to absolute perfection and the staff and owners were insistent on going above and beyond for every customer that sat down. We actually stayed at an all inclusive hotel and only ate there twice because we wanted to try so much more local food.

People | Not that I ever thought any different but I have to mention, everyone in Kos was so incredibly lovely. The staff at our hotel were incredibly helpful and it was so lovely to actually be able to have a conversation with them. Locals we got talking to in town were so pleasant, spoke so highly of their country and didn't seem pestered by tourists. 

Scenery | We frequented the old town a lot on our trip and it seemed everywhere we looked, it was beautiful. There were stunning churches, old ruins and wonderfully aged buildings. Walking around the town was like stepping back in time and it was lovely to sit, with a Mythos of course, and just take it all in. 
I hope this gave you a little insight into why I loved Kos so much. I can't wait to visit more Greek islands and hopefully the mainland itself. Have you ever been?

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Three Outfits With Three Band T-Shirts

How To Style Band T-Shirts
I've been a lover of band t-shirts since way back in my early teens. Back then they were colourful and cartoon-like, paired with pink skinny jeans and converse. My friends and I thought we were the epitome of cool arriving at the local teen rock night armed with Paramore's latest release. 

At sixteen, I was still a huge lover though my style and music taste had evolved. I was socialising with a different crowd and listening to Motley Crue and Kiss. I bought an Iron Maiden t-shirt from HMV and cut the round next so I could wear it off the shoulder. I thought it was my greatest fashion purchase to date and truthfully, I still wear it from time to time.

I'm now twenty two and band t-shirts are still very much a staple in my wardrobe. I purchase them from a variety of places including the likes of ASOS and Topshop, the bands website or second hand from Ebay. They reflect my music taste and are some of my favourite go to's for a dress down day so I thought I'd show you the basics on how I style them.
How To Style Band T-Shirts
The first outfit is my absolute go to on a warm summers day because the white t-shirt and Converse keep the outfit nice and light without making it too feminine. The shorts are high-waited so the t-shirt can be tucked in with ease adding an extra touch of detail. I'd team this with a backpack or small cross-body depending on what I'm doing.

I couldn't wait to share this second outfit mostly because of this amazing t-shirt. It's so vibrant so I'd tuck it into some black shorts and slip on a classic pair of Vans to mute it a little. It's comfy and casual and will definitely be an outfit I'll sport on holiday. 

The third and final outfit is one I wear a lot - It's so easy to dress up or down for a day to night look. I team my trusty Def Leppard cropped vest with some high-waisted skinny jeans and statement Topshop western boots. This outfit can be styled so many different ways which is why I go back to it again and again. At the moment, I'm loving it for dinner and casual cocktails.
I'd love to know how you style band t-shirts if they're your thing! 


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Ordinary: The Skincare Brand That Works

The Ordinary: The Skincare Brand That Works
The Ordinary. The child brand of Deciem that everyone is talking about and it's easy to see why. It's not just the minimal and aesthetically pleasing packaging or the amazing price point that is drawing everyone in. The big draw is that these products actually work. 

After seeing nothing but rave reviews, I made it my mission to track the products down and make sure they were on my desk the next day. I managed to snap four cult favourites from ASOS and I'm here to tell you how I got on.

The first product I knew I had to pick up was the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution after I'd seen it praised as 'absolutely incredible' and 'the best spot treatment ever'. Those claims were absolutely true. This is an exfoliating treatment designed to unclog your pores and reduce redness of existing spots and blemishes. I've been getting on so well with this treatment and noticed my skin was clearer after just a couple of days. I even bought two bottles just to be safe.

Next, to give my skin the moisture surge it often needs, I picked up the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I was sceptical about this at first after trying a string of products claiming to do the same but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a lovely smooth texture and as soon as I've smoothed it across my face, I can feel it sink in to my skin. It also seems to make my face feel plumper and more youthful. 

The Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG was actually the first product I pulled out of the box after being intrigued by it's brown bottle - it looks very old school pharmaceutical. I massaged it under my eyes and felt it instantly tighten the skin. From then on it's been a staple in my morning skincare routine because it instantly makes me feel and look more awake. I can't comment on whether or not it reduces the appearance of dark circles because thankfully I don't have any just yet.

The Natural Moisturising Factors + HA moisturiser was something I picked up just as an extra. When it comes to moisturisers, I like to stick to what I know because my skin can be temperamental so I wasn't sure how this one would pan out. I have to admit it's probably my least used product but only because I'm so stubborn. It actually has a really nice texture, isn't at all greasy and from the times I have used it, sits well under make up. 

Next on my wishlist is the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution  after reading such a great review on Pint Sized Beauty.
Have you tried any products from The Ordinary? I'd love to know your thoughts and recommendations.        


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Thursday, 10 August 2017

The L'Oreal Paradise Collection That I Couldn't Wait To Share

The L'Oreal Paradise Collection That I Couldn't Wait To Share
It's rare that I love new beauty launches straight away. It's rare because no matter how many great opinions, photos or content there is surrounding said product, there's always the question of whether the '#Ad' or invitation to the launch party has presented a genuine view. 

To cut a long story short, this is how I felt about the new L'Oreal Paradise collection. I'd seen it plastered over social media before it's launch and simply refused to believe it was as good as everyone said. For me, that was the problem. Everyone loved it. 

Anyway, I caved, I bought it and guess what? I couldn't wait to share it. Know why? Because it's absolutely fantastic. 
The L'Oreal Paradise Collection That I Couldn't Wait To Share
Starting with the mascara, aside from the beautiful rose gold packaging, it's easy to see why the US has been raving about this product for weeks. The formula is jet black, not too wet and nice and light on the eyes. The wand has a dent in the middle which makes it easy to create volume where it's hard to reach and where it's needed - on the inner corners and outer lashes. I've been using this for around two weeks now and I can hands down say it's one of the best mascaras I've tried. It holds it's volume all day long and doesn't budge but is surprisingly easy to remove. It's a game changer. 

Next up from this genius collection is the brow pomade. It comes with it's own little brush which picks up just enough product for a natural finish though I use it with an angled Real Techniques brush and really, it only gets better. Not to mention that the formula doesn't flake and it applies to the hairs like a dream, it also comes in five shades so finding yours couldn't be easier. I've not experienced any problems with longevity and yet, like the mascara, it's very easy to clean up and remove if necessary. I'm going to pick up the liner when I find it in stock but for now, I couldn't wait to share these.

This collection certainly doesn't disappoint and I'd highly recommend picking it up if you can get your hands on it. I'm still in shock at how, for the first time in a while, the rumours are all true.
I'd love to know if you've tried this collection and what you think? I'd also love to know if, like me, you tend to doubt products that have gained so much hype.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Why Travelling Really Is Good For You

Why Travelling Really Is Good For You
A few days ago, I had a conversation with a good friend of mine about what to do when you feel stuck. Now, I don't mean stuck in sense of choosing between two things, I mean the kind of stuck where you just don't feel like you're moving anywhere whether it's in a job, in a relationship or just life in general. 

So as this conversation went on, we got onto the subject of taking time out to travel and why it might give him the motivation to find something he's passionate about. We're all aware that surrounding us twenty-somethings at the moment is a lot of influence to travel, a lot of content and a lot of people that suggest travelling helps 'find yourself'. Whilst I think that is complete bullshit - excuse my language - I do think it helps you find something. Something like a new hobby, a new safe haven and even a new love. 

No matter how many reasons I gave him to book a one way ticket somewhere new, he still wasn't quite convinced so today I wanted to share my reasons why travelling really is good for you and trust me, one of those isn't to 'find yourself'. 


Become inspired | I always feel most inspired when I'm in new surroundings. The different buildings, weather, sights and culture can just trigger something inside you that you may have never thought about before. It prompts questions that you would have never asked and answers to things you've never thought of. It inspires you to think differently.

Realisation | On the same line as travelling making you think differently, it also helps you realise things. For me, when I'm away, I realise just how insignificant some of my at-home 'worries' are. While that won't be true for everyone, for me I find being exposed to different surroundings and cultures makes you realise there's so much more to the world than your corner.

See how others live | This sounds so obvious but you have no idea how many people I come across that literally think life doesn't exist out of the UK. Every country is different, whether it's religious beliefs or cuisine, the traditions or even just the weather. Sorry to offend but travelling to a country and not leaving the westernised complex just isn't for me.

Meet new people | Again, sounds like something you'd do naturally but what I love most about travelling is the people you meet. I'll never forget Romeo, a lovely gentleman who owned a small taverna in Kos. He had worked almost every day of his life to keep the taverna running not only to support his family, but because he just liked seeing people happy. We visited quite a few times and he'd always treat us to a coffee liqueur after our meals and sit down for a chat. He was delightful and inspiring.

See amazing things | 'Take it all in' are words I tell myself over and over when I visit anywhere, even if it's a UK stay-cation. We are so occupied these days with what we can see on social media which is fine - hey you wouldn't be reading this blog otherwise - but it's important to know when to put the phones down. After my trip to Las Vegas last year I was initially a little upset that I didn't take a lot of photos but when I think back, I can remember it all so vividly and that kicks the ass of any Instagram grid.
Travelling doesn't have to mean working in a banana field in Australia for six months or going to a full moon party in Thailand. Travel the way you want to, to places you want to go and find something that sparks joy inside of you. 

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Favourites Playlist - July

ItsHollieAnn Monthly Playlist
Another few months have been and gone and I think it's time that I brought you my latest favourites playlist.

June and July were funny old months, for starters I started listening back to old You Me At Six tracks between songs from their latest album. Then we came one month closer to PVRIS' official album launch date - August 25th - and I'm so bloody excited to hear the rest when it's released. I listened to We Are Harlot's self-titled album a heck of a lot and Don Broco released a new track 'Technology' which is absolutely great. If you don't remember the band There For Tomorrow then seriously, what did you listen to in 2009? Speaking of which, I can't believe I haven't listened to Lower Than Atlantis since the 'Far Q' days but their latest stuff is on point. Last to mention but definitely not least, Jonas Blue's Mama has been on repeat. What a song!

TRACKS

Someday - We Are Harlot
Technology - Don Broco
Had Enough - Lower Than Atlantis
Staring At The Rude Bois - Gallows & Lethal Bizzle
Mama - Jonas Blue
A Little Faster - There For Tomorrow
Heroes Tonight - Janji
Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
Rescue Me - You Me At Six
Half - PVRIS



What have you been listening to this month?

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