Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Mascaras You Need In Your Life And Why

When you pick up your mascara in the morning, do you ask yourself the same questions I did? Are my lashes going to stay curled all day? If there's wind, is it going to run? If you do, this post is for you.

I spent what feels like years looking for the right product for me and there were a lot of things I wanted out of it; I wanted something waterproof, I didn't want clumps, I wanted a wand that wasn't going to scratch my eye and I wanted something that was natural. 

Now, that's a lot to ask out of one mascara and that was fine so I settled for four and in this post I'm going to tell you why they are the ones I always reach for and the ones I go back to time and time again.

First up is Maybelline's Lash Sensational and boy, what a brilliant mascara it is. I've been using this for well over a year now and I love it just as much as the first time I used it. It makes my lashes appear so long and separates them really well. The wand is comfortable to use and I find it easy to get to every lash. I use the waterproof version for that extra security and truthfully this is always my summer holiday mascara so I know first hand that the waterproof claims are true.

Next up is another Maybelline number. This time it's the Falsies Push Up Angel - As soon as I saw the adverts for this, I knew I had to pick it up. I was a fan of the Falsies Push Up Drama so, as all of us beauty junkies do, I wanted to see how it compared. I have to say I much prefer this one. It's easier to use, allows for optimum separation and just makes my lashes appear so fluttery. The wand was a little hard to get use to but nothing a few days of wearing didn't solve.

If you've been following me for a while or if you've seen my Christmas make-up post, you'll know that I'm a huge fan girl of Benefit's They're Real mascara. As I mentioned in that post, this mascara nails two crucial things for me. It's waterproof and it's lengthening. In the same way as the Lash Sensational, the wand makes it super easy to reach every lash but much like the Falsies, it can be a bit painful without some practice.  

Last but definitely not least is the newest mascara out of the four. It's L'Oreal's Miss Baby Roll. I have to say, I love this. I was a big lover of the Roller Lash from Benefit in it's heyday but I just felt like it was lacking something. - this mascara goes way beyond it and more. It's a more 'roller' style wand but it really allows me to roll the product from the base to the tip so that my lashes always appear lifted and well coated. Like the Lash Sensational, I use the waterproof version.

I would, in future, like to branch out towards more higher end mascaras but I think, while I can get everything I want in drugstores there's no point. Also, you may have noticed that I always pick up the waterproof versions of mascaras but that's because, why wouldn't I?  


I'd love to know what mascaras you love and why. Let me know in the comments! 

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

7 Las Vegas Photo Spots

7 Las Vegas Photo Spots
It's no secret that I love Las Vegas. I love the buildings, the lights, the people and just the experience in general. On my last trip, I vowed to enjoy Las Vegas for itself and not see it through my camera lens and to be honest, I'm so glad I did. In my opinion, Vegas is a place that doesn't translate well on photos. You really have to see it to believe it and believe me, it's fantastic. 

So, with heading back for our second trip this September, I've started to think about what I want to capture. It's really getting me excited so I thought I'd put together a list of 7 places you need to take photos in Vegas if you're heading there in future.

What: Fremont Street
Where: Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

Fremont Street was probably one of my favourite places to visit in Las Vegas without even thinking about the photo opportunities. It houses the age-old casinos like Golden Nugget and Four Queens which look amazing lit up and if you're looking for classic Vegas, this is where you'll find it. 

What: Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay
Where: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

You'll know this view when you see it. It's the one 63 stories high that looks North up the strip and is usually one of the first photos to come up when you're searching away for #LasVegas. 

What: Eiffel Tower, Paris Hotel
Where: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

The Eiffel Tower Experience not only offers 360 degree views of Las Vegas as a whole, it also offers an incredible view of the Bellagio fountains. What better place to shed a tear as the water dances to My Heart Will Go on.

What: Stratosphere
Where: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA

The observation deck and Air Bar at the Stratosphere offer views for DAYS. No seriously, you can see right down the strip from the opposite end to the Foundation Room, all over the suburbs and out towards Red Rock Canyon. Amazing.

What: Holiday House Motel
Where: 2211 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA
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So. Cool.

What: Welcome To Las Vegas Sign
Where: 5200 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

If you don't have your photo taken by the sign then did you really go to Las Vegas? Of course you did but still, it's a great photo op no matter how cheesy.

What: Neon Museum
Where: 770 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

I absolutely cannot wait to see the Neon Museum. It houses a huge collection of old signs from in and around Las Vegas and it looks insane. Plus, think of the 'gram.



I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed thinking about these places. I'd love to know where your absolute favourite photo spot is. Let me know in the comments!

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

5 Questions I Ask Myself Every Wednesday

 
I dislike Wednesdays.

You know how it is, you're right at the middle of the week and you never quite know whether to be happy that it's a downward slope to the weekend or sad because you still have half of the week to go until you're home-free for two days.

Every Wednesday, the same 5 questions run through my mind, so I thought I'd share them with you today.

1. Is it Friday yet?

Pretty much the same question I ask myself every day that isn't Friday. I love Fridays. Best. Day. Of. The. Week.

2. Do I need to wash my hair or will it last until the end of the week?

Nobody in the right mind wants to wash their hair midweek to keep it for one day and then need to wash it again for Friday antics. Absolutely not. Where's the dry shampoo at?

3. Is it acceptable to re-wear Monday's outfit?

Surely it is? Two days have gone by and there's a small chance I could have washed the t-shirt.. who am I kidding, of course I haven't washed it but I'll re-wear it anyway.

4. Can I start planning the weekend without getting sad that it is still two days away?

Well I'm sure going to try. Cue me texting my regular pals like 'Hey. How is it not Friday yet? Any plans for the weekend? XO' Every week. On Wednesday. Like clockwork. 

5. Will this weekend be the weekend that I'm super productive?

Every Wednesday I write a list of all errands that need running, the blog posts I'm thinking about, the photos I want to take and a brief schedule and how it's all going to fit together. Fast forward to Saturday morning after too many glasses of prosecco and it's a no from me. Every time.

Sometimes it seems like I'm constantly wishing the weeks away but lets face it, weekends are fab!

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

3 Bars You Need To Visit In Leeds

Best Bars In Leeds

I have to say, hand on heart, Leeds is one of my favourite cities to visit. We've been fortunate enough to rack up a number of trips there over the past few years and with those we've found a great selection of places to stay, places to eat and of course, establishments in which to drink. Today, I thought I'd touch on the drink aspect and share with you three bars you need to visit when you're next in Leeds.


Best Bars In Leeds

What: Roxy Ball Room
Where: 58 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW

What a place! As you can probably gather, Roxy is a ball room and I can't believe I'd never stepped foot in there before. You can literally play anything from table tennis to beer pong. THAT'S RIGHT YOU HEARD ME. Drinks are reasonably priced, the atmosphere is great and in my opinion, it's a brilliant place to start a night out. 


Best Bars In Leeds

What: Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
Where: Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP

I absolutely love this place. Not only does it have a great selection of beers and the nicest slices of pizza but it has a fantastic rooftop terrace! I bloody love relaxing up there in the sun but boy does it get crowded - get there early for a good spot. Also, be sure to grab a slice of pizza on the way out, it's delicious!


Best Bars In Leeds

What: The Liquorist
Where: Greek Street, Leeds, LS1 5RW

Looking for great cocktails in a classic lounge setting? Look no further than The Liquorist. There's a good selection of drinks which means there's something for everyone and the classic yet modern decor makes for the perfect place to sit and unwind.  It's not a trip to Leeds unless you stop by there on your way out.


Best Bars In Leeds

Have you been to any of these places? What are your recommendations for your favourite city?

3 Bars You Need To Visit In Leeds

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review
Flicking through last months Cosmopolitan I came across a shiny turquoise sample. Now I would normally toss it to one side for a rainy day but I knew that this would be different. This wasn't just any sample, it was the brand new L'Oreal Hydra Genius.

Over the next few days, I put it to the test at every opportunity and as my sample soon ran low I dashed right out to pick up a full bottle. This was a moisturiser that I was committed to trying and that I was excited to use more of.
L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review
The Hydra Genius moisturiser claims to have a water-like texture and be instantly absorbed. It also says that it penetrates skin deep for a healthy glow. I couldn't wait to share my thoughts because, let's face it, who wouldn't be excited to try this for themselves?
L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review
I have to start by saying, it really is like nothing I've ever felt before. It's so smooth in consistency but it's not like a cream or a serum. The only way I can describe it is like a water that you can just work into your skin. It's bizarre yet innovative and I'm hooked.

For me, this product doesn't leave any residue what-so-ever on my skin but it some how manages to moisturise beautifully. It smooths my skin over almost like a primer which makes it a fantastic base for make up and also, I don't feel like my skin gets dry throughout the day when using this.

In case you were wondering, my skin is combination but I've tested both the Normal to Combination and the Normal to Dry formulas. The Normal to Dry works best for me and I apply it twice to feel like I'm fully moisturised. I could skip this if I wanted to, I just like the extra moisture surge. Overtime, I probably won't need to but at the moment it's such a different way of moisturising - I don't think I'm used to it yet.

Overall I've been using this product for almost a month and I'm still just as impressed as when I first used it.
L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review
If you haven't tried it yet, you can pick it up from Boots for £6.65. If you have, I'd love to know your thoughts!

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Journeys With My Dad

If you could pick a couple of albums to listen to on a long car journey, what would they be? Would they be classical or heavy metal, compilation or your favourite singer? Could you not possibly choose? I'd like to think I could.

See, when I was younger, my Dad and I would have this exact conversation before every long drive. The way we saw it, the 4 hour trip to see family in Scotland was pretty much a golden opportunity to listen to best albums from some of the biggest names in rock. But it wasn't always so simple. 

The first time we made this journey, I was probably about seven years old. Seven years old and very dedicated to Steps, Spice Girls and all things Britney Spears. As you could imagine, I wasn't going to be allowed to listen to those. So on this one particular journey, we got into the car and before we'd even hit Chester we were three songs into Guns N Roses' Appetite for Destruction. With 3 hours 50 minutes to go I knew I was going to have to get used to this - See Dad regularly put on 'his music' on drives, even if it was just across town, but most of the time I could either flick on MFM Radio or turn it off and we'd have reached our destination before he'd even noticed - I knew that wouldn't fly so I sulked and got on with it. 

Before I knew it, the CD changed and we were onto The Who's My Generation. As the three minute songs went by, I realised that I knew a few of these songs and that actually, they weren't half bad. 
We drove on to Lancaster and as always, we stopped at the services - It was the first place we were allowed to stop for a toilet break otherwise we "Wouldn't make good time" as Dad said. Then he put on an album that changed my life. It was Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell. I fell in love. The songs were so loud and so powerful. I couldn't get enough. I clutched the lyric book and read every line as the songs played on. I begged so much for him to put it on again and he did. 

We arrived in Scotland in the early evening, finishing off Number Of The Beast as we pulled into Troon. As an excited seven year old, I couldn't wait to tell my family the journey we'd had and the songs we'd listened to. It was brilliant. These days I'm twenty-two and I still love Meat Loaf just as much as that first day I listened to him. 

It's not often I think about that journey but thanks to The Car People's campaign, all the memories of listening to some of the most amazing music for the first time came flooding back to me. That trip shaped how I saw music, what I listened to and what I did later on in my life and I do sometimes wonder what my life would be like without it - Thank you Dad.

So, if I had to choose some great albums for a car journey, you could guarantee that the four I've mentioned in this post would be top of the list. What would yours be?

This post was supported by The Car People. 

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Favourites Playlist - May

ItsHollieAnn Monthly Playlist
Well here we are music lovers, it's my Favourites Playlist from May. I didn't manage to cram a playlist into April because it seemed like it flew by but here we are in a spanking new month. 

April saw the release of Paramore's comeback song Hard Times and in May we were treated to Miley Cyrus' fresh sound which I absolutely love. Kasabian released a track which I haven't been able to get out of my head and I'm still listening to Steps' album just as much as when it was released. I caught Don Broco and Deaf Havana at Slam Dunk, I'm so excited for what both of these bands have planned in the future. Also just to note, We Are The Ocean played their last ever shows this month and boy, they were brilliant.



TRACKS

Hard Times - Paramore
Believer - Imagine Dragons
You're In Love With A Psycho - Kasabian
Something Just Like This - Chainsmokers
You Make Me Whole - Steps
Over You - Daughtry
On My Mind - Disciples
Malibu - Miley Cyrus
Here's To The Past - A Day To Remember
22 - Deaf Havana
They're Young, They're In Love - The Cape Race
Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon
Hysteria - Def Leppard
Stay - ZEDD


What music have you been listening to this month? Let me know in the comments!

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