Sunday, 30 July 2017

Festival Make Up Ideas

With Reading Festival just around the corner I decided I should probably get my act together and start thinking about some of the ways I wanted to wear my make up whilst I was there. I am very much a planner when it comes to the way I look so I wanted to get a few ideas under my belt and practice a few potential looks with super affordable products (as the last thing I wanted to do was take my most expensive make up with me camping for four days in case they got lost, stolen or damaged and then I would have had £400 of make up to replace when I came home!) 

For me a big part of any festival look is lots of glitter, sequins and sparkles. I have a massive box full of them that I've somehow gained over the years from various places so I definitely didn't need to purchase any more. I use eyelash glue to stick sequins to my face because I find it amazing at keeping the sequins in place but more importantly because it doesn't cause my skin to react badly after wearing them!

So far I've practised four or five looks, three of which I have included in this post. I will also be including the very affordable products I have used to create these looks below and I will also include the links so you can purchase them too. 

My absolute number one cosmetic item for festivals is the Mermaids Forever palette by Make Up Revolution. It has 32 super pigmented eyeshadows all in one pallet with a massive mirror, and I've used it to create all of the looks I have tried so far. It is definitely coming with me to Reading and as you can see from the photos below it's been used a lot already. There is such a variety of colours in one place I know it will easily see me through the four days I'm away and help me come up with a completely different look each day that I'm there. Another highlight about it is that it has quite a few dark brown shades which I will use to do my eyebrows whilst I am away so I don't have to take a separate eyebrow pallette. It also has some amazing shimmery whites and silvers which will be perfect to use as highlighter as I really don't think I'll be risking taking my Mac or Urban Decay ones! 

As you can probably tell already I am intending to pack very light on the make up but that doesn't mean I'm willing to compromise on my make up looks. Luckily for me my favourite liquid eyeliner pen is only £1.50 from Primark anyway so if that was to get lost or damaged it wouldn't break the bank to replace. With regards to foundation I'm not sure what I'm going be taking yet or if I'm actually even going to bother because I'm not going to want to spend two hours in a tent applying make up with a trowel like I tend to do when I'm at home getting ready for a night out. 

Each of the looks documented below took 30 minutes or less, for me this was vital that I knew I could manage it because as I say I didn't wanna waste half of my festival experience focusing on my face when there's going to be loads of amazing fun to be had whilst I'm there. 

The blue green look is giving me serious mermaid vibes, and I think the space buns are super cute so I think I will definitely be recreating this look whilst I'm there. I am seriously concerned about the shower situation so I will definitely be taking a lot of dry shampoo so space buns are ideal for second or third day of not being able to wash your hair. 

The pink peach look is probably my favourite but as you can see on the outer corners of the eyes I used quite a dark shadow for a smokey look which was an absolute nightmare to blend in a hurry, so I might just keep it a little bit lighter to avoid having to spend ages blending dark colours out again! Once again the hairstyle of the half up half down bun is very good the second or third day of not being able to wash your hair as the messy style would work well with dry shampoo and prevent your hair from looking unwashed. 

The red orange look is super fierce but I'm not sure if I shall be repeating it as the bold rep lip really ties it together but I'm really not willing to risk taking any of my red lipsticks which are all designer brands. I do however absolutely love the amber sequins from this look so I'll definitely be incorporating them into another look. 

In the blue and peach looks I used Make Up Academy highlighters from Superdrug which are just £3 each. I'll definitely take the blue one with me but the pink one was a complete let down to be honest. It completely lacked pigment and was quite chalky in texture. The blue one was far more pigmented which I was happy about so I'll definitely take that one with me and use it again. 

I used a glitter palette on my cheeks in the blue look and on my lips in the peach look. This only cost me £3.99 so I'll definitely take it because I know I will use it a lot. It is pre-mixed with glitter glue so is perfect to apply quickly and easily to body parts like shoulders and collarbones for that extra sparkly glow. 

I really can't stress enough how pleased I am with the Make Up Revolution Mermaids Forever palette. I've always been a huge fan of Make Up Revolution as the products are high quality with a lot of pigment but at very affordable prices. 

With just over three weeks to go until my first festival of the season, I will no doubt be showcasing more make up looks and outfits on my Instagram page so keep your eyes peeled. 

Make Up Revolution Palettes: Faver and Superdrug 

Make Up Academy Highlighters: Superdrug

NYX Glitter: Boots and NYX 

-Holly xx 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

My Festival Wishlist

With festival season fully upon us I decided it was definitely time to start getting myself organised. I have a few booked this year, but my main one is Reading which I am super excited for!

My first port of call was of course my favourite social shopping site Faver. It literally took me 10 seconds to sign in using my Facebook account and then I made a new list ready to fill with all of my festival must haves.

Now personally I am not a huge fan of camping, this is definitely due to there usually being a lack of shower facilities and phone charging ports, but I was determined to cover all bases so I could ensure I enjoy my time at Reading.

Below are a few of my favourite picks from my festival wishlist on Faver which I thought you guys may be interested in.

1: Gelert Quickpitch Compact 2 Tent 

The last thing you want to be doing when you get to a festival is spend hours trying to get your tent put up, so this quick pitch tent is ideal for when you'd rather be enjoying the sun and music with your friends instead of faffing around with ground sheets and tent pegs.

2: Silver Sequin Bum Bag

I've always had a love hate relationship with bum bags. I love them because you can put all of your valuables on your waist, so you know they're safe but you don't have to worry about having a  bag being thrown about whilst you dance. I hate them because they're not particularly attractive. However this cute silver sequin number is in keeping with my festival season love of all things shiny so it had made it to the list.

3: Innoo Solar Power Rechargeable Portable Phone Charger

A portable charger is a must have for any festival goer. If you want to take pictures and videos of your trip, you're going to need a lot of battery life so a solar charger is perfect. You can recharge your phone and then leave the battery in the sun to recharge, and the you can recharge your phone again.

4: Glitter Pigment Make Up

....Because you can never have too much glitter! These are super affordable so if they got lost or broken or spilt, it won't be the end of the world, and there are so many colours!

5: Hunter Wellies

I'm not much of a welly wearer but if the heavens open I'd rather be wearing these than sinking knee deep in mud and ruining my trainers!

The beauty of Faver is that you can create and share lists with your friends so if you're planning a trip, event or party and you need to all chip in for supplies, you can make a list together and then each divide up who s buying what!

Once you login on the Faver website you can find your friends and link accounts so you can view the items they've favourited and the lists they have made so it's ideal if you want to be sneaky near Christmas or their birthdays, as you can have a peek at whats on their list and then you know you're getting them something they want and it will still be a surprise! You'll be able to view this list and any others i decide to make public on my account once you've signed up.

If you're interested in signing up here's a quick link to the Faver website using my personal ambassador code:

Once you follow this link you'll be on my account page, and you can create your own account using the sign up button in the top right hand corner of the page.

Happy Shopping!

-Holly xx

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

22 Things I Have Learned In My 22 Years

1. You can't please everyone. - Nor do you need to. It's your life, live it as you want to. As long as your actions aren't hurting anyone else, then do what makes you happy. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Workwear on a Budget

I recently started a new job where the dress code is smart casual office wear. For those of you who know me, you will know I'm more of a trainers and ripped jeans kind of girl so this did pose a slight issue because my wardrobe was sparse of work appropriate clothing.

I had only 4 days notice before I started my new position and I was yet to be paid so I didn't want to be spending  a fortune on a whole new work wardrobe so early on. 

On the weekend before I was due to start my new position I headed to a local town where I made use of the local New Look, Primark and various charity stores to pad out the work appropriate part of my wardrobe on a budget. 

Below I have included a few of my outfits I wore for my first week at the job just to show you how looking cute at work doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg.

Outfit 1:

  • This shirt was originally from Zara. I picked this up for £3 in my local Sense charity store and after a quick wash and an iron it was looking as good as new.
  • The plain black tube skirt was a find at my local Marie Curie store for £2. It was originally from H&M.
  • My black tights were from a  multi-pack at Primark for £2.50 for 3 pairs.
  • The black shoes I am wearing were just £4 from New Look. I am blessed with size 3/4 feet meaning I can get away with children's sizes. I found these in the New Look children's sale for £9 reduced from £20. When I went to pay they scanned through at the register for just £4!
  • To accessorise this outfit I wore a gold Michael Kors watch, Pandora rings and a gold Vivienne Westwood signature chunky gold orb necklace.

Outfit 2:

  • The blazer I am wearing here I have had for a couple of years but not really worn. Up until now it had served as my sole smart jacket for interviews, but it will now have its time to shine. I paid £3.30 for it in a H&M sale back when I was at university.
  • The semi sheer white shirt was picked up at my local Debra charity shop for £1.99. I paired it with a plain white camisole underneath that I picked up from Primark for £1.50 to make it more work appropriate.
  • I found this skirt brand new with tags from Zara originally in a local charity store about 6 months ago for £4, it's perfect for bringing a bit of life to what would be an otherwise boring ensemble.
  • Tights and shoes as above.
  • To accessorise this outfit I wore a gold, silver and rose gold Michael Kors necklace and Pandora rings.

Outfit 3:

  • This skirt is my absolute favourite, simply because of how snazzy and bright it is. I found this for £3 in my local Marie Curie store, it was originally from H&M.
  • Plain black long sleeve t shirt £4 from New Look.
  • Tights and shoes as above.
  • Accessorised with a gold Michael Kors watch and a gold and blue Michael Kors gemstone necklace. 

Grand Total: £29.29

I was super happy with my finds. I picked up a few more shirts and skirts that I am yet to wear, but all for equally low prices. Most of the items are black and white so will easily mix and match which is great, and the money I used to purchase the items I bought from charity stores will go to help those in need.

I have included some links to information below about the various charities I mentioned above. Perhaps you will find you have some of the stores local to yourself where you too can find some great pieces to update your wardrobe - whatever the occasion! 

- Holly xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

Star Buy of the Week

This weeks star buy of the week is from.... The Bodyshop!

I purchased the Drops of Youth Peel from my local store as I was looking for something new to try out, and this was the product suggested to me by a staff member in store after I told her I was interested in something for exfoliating my face.

My go to product for smooth, clear skin is St Ives apricot scrub, but I was interested in finding something a little more gentle for my skin for weeks when it was already clear and not in need of too much help.

The Drops of Youth peel is new in stores, and is £18 for a 145ml pump bottle. Although this is a little pricey, a little goes a long way and you can collect points on your purchases on your Bodyshop Love Your Body Club card. A plus side of having one of these cards even if you don't really use it much is that on your birthday month every year you get £5 to redeem in store against anything you like! This year I used mine for a beautiful liquid lipstick, which I ended up paying just £1 for after I redeemed my birthday voucher. I also received a free lip butter (worth £4.50) in store because it was one of the weeks O2 priority moments, so it was a great trip all round for me!

For more information about the Love Your Body Club and how it could benefit you, CLICK HERE.

I've used the Youth Peel a few times now and am very pleased with the results. The product is very gentle but you can instantly see the amazing results! It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, with an even skin tone and gently removes any excess oil that seems to haunt me these days!

Gross but satisfying...

It gently exfoliates and removes dead skin and built up oil from your face, leaving you with a lovely, natural glow. For best results, it is suggested you use 2 pumps of the product, 2-3 times a week. You dispense 2 pumps of the product onto clean, dry hands and gently massage onto your face in small circular motions for approximately 20 seconds. You will know when to stop because the dead skin cells that are removed from your face will build up in little clumps - that is the sign to rinse your face thoroughly and pat dry.

If you're looking for a gentle way to remove dry, dead skin or even your skin tone, this product is definitely one you need to try for yourself! It is ideal for sensitive skin, but if you're still not sure you can go in store and have a demo, and ask to take a sample home for yourself to try before you commit to spending £18 on a bottle.

Let me know how you get on!

-Holly xx