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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