good golly miss hollie

A UK based beauty, lifestyle and beauty blog of 6 years.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


I have a slight obsession with beauty products, I love the packaging of them, I love the smell of them, I love the way they work, I love they way they are (mostly) marketed and in short I just LOVE everything that makes a beauty product what it is.

I think this is why Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes really tickles my pickles, it is wholly a retrospective of cult beauty products from a bygone era, focusing on how they shaped pop culture and reading it instantly makes me happy. A little while ago I touched upon 'The beauty products that best define me'

And today i'm talking about the beauty products that make me feel confident and happy....


It's no surprise that perfume is up there when it comes to products that make me feel happy, this is something i've spoken about very often over here on GGMH, and if you're interested, my current collection has been documented hereI love a strong, punchy scent - my favourite notes being white floral and amber and I am currently sporting the iconic 'Blue Grass' by Elizabeth Arden which features heady notes that are aromatic, warm spicy and yep, you guessed it white floral. A spritz of perfume before I walk out of the door is a ritual for me, and I love the instant lift a gorgeous scent gives me. I especially love nostalgic scents that take me back to a time in my life, think Burberry Body for my time working in London or Coty L'Aimant which makes me think of my Nana.

Bright lipstick...

When it comes to lippy, i'm team bright 'n' bold all the way, I don't believe that nudes suit me and so I always opt for a red, pink or coral lipstick. Lipstick is a serious statement and bold colour especially gives me confidence as I feel ready for anything. My current squeeze is the Color Riche line from L'Oreal which gives a gorgeous creamy finish and a burst of intense colour payoff.


At 23 years young, I have finally begun to understand my skin better, using products tailored to the needs of my skin and partaking in a slightly better lifestyle than my student days when it comes to the fundamentals such as diet and exercise. Every now and again a big spot that deserves it's own postcode will appear, or I notice my skin pigment is more uneven than normal, thanks to the time of the month and so my trusty 'Lasting Perfection Concealer' by Collection is a handy product to have in the old make-up bag for any skin complaint that needs a lil' attention.

Nail polish...

I have to admit, nail polish hasn't been all that high up on my agenda recently as my nails are so bitten and shit that its' not worth preening them. When my nails are indeed a little more than a stub, I again love a bold pop of colour such as Revlon 'Cherries in the snow'  it's cheery and helps make any outfit look a little more put together.


For me, blusher is a recent dalliance and something I have never bothered with when it comes to my daily make-up routine. I am now forever loyal to the iconic Bourjois Little Round Pot blushes - I have the shade 'Rose Coupe De Foudre' which gives the most beautiful, subtle glow and really bring some interest to my cheeks, effortlessly pulling together my eye make-up and lipstick.


Of course, no blog post talking about beauty products that makes me happy/confident could be written without and ode to eyeliner! Having seriously small, hooded eyes you wouldn't think i'd be in to a rock 'n' kohl look, but it is my favourite and the smudgier the better! I have recently been loving the Laura Mercier 'Kajal D'Orient' liner which is seriously buttery and packed full of pigmented. My eyes are one of the (few) things I celebrate about myself so I like to enhance them with colour and definition.

Which beauty products make you feel happy and confident?


Friday, 17 March 2017


Swatches of the Rimmel - Brow this way brow shake filling powders in the shades '002Medium Brown' and '003 Dark Brown'

Brows are pretty important when it comes to how you're perceived and how your face looks generally. Plucked too thin and you can look aged, filled in far too heavy, and you could be mistaken for Wakey lass Chloe Mafia, pre Khan surname and million dollar bank account.

I myself have been through many, shall we call them 'developmental' stages of my brow evolution, from seriously non existent, to caterpillar and everything in-between. These days, my brows have thankfully grown back and are looking pretty sassy on a daily basis all thanks to Antonia at Woodlands Beauty Clinic, Liverpool. I love having my brows tinted, and I always feel a million dollars when they've been done however, between appointments, I have some filling in to do.

Naturally brunette, my brows are a muddy, dull shade of brown and benefit from a little work every morning.

And here's what I use...

I start by filling my brows in with an angled brush and the Rimmel 'Brow this way' duo which features a powder and a setting gel, as well as a useful spooley for combing unruly hairs, and an angled brush for filling in brows on the go. For everyday in the office, using this duo is usually enough however, I sometimes like to spend a little longer working on a more maintained brow.

Step forward the Rimmel 'Brow this way' Shake Filling Powder* which is a new launch from Rimmel for SS17. The line offers 4 different shades; '001 light brown', '002 medium brown', ' 003 dark brown' and '004 soft black'. I don't actually think the shade offering is completely bob on - fairer haired girls would have a problem as the lightest taupe shade is still pretty dark and the dark brown variant is far too warm / chocolatey to mimic a natural brow shade. Background info aside, I use '002 medium brown' for filling in the tail ends of my brows to keep them sharp and opaque in pigment.

The rounded applicator (shaped similarly to a Q-tip) is surprisingly effective at creating a precise brow and they stay in place pretty much all day long, give or take a little smudging, but nothing too horrendous. I do have one issue though, the dreaded fallout... the fallout is pretty terrible, and due to the nature of the highly pigmented powder, if any drops onto your cheeks it can spoil a beautiful base, as it stains. These guys are £5.99 and available in all the usual haunts, Boots + Superdrug if you're interested in giving them a whirl.

On other occasions, I like to use the Essence 'Make me brow' tinted gel for setting my brows in place and the HD Brows 'Brow Define' pencil* for a much more lightly filled look. I also love this for creating the illusion of little freckles around my nose on more sunkissed days.

So there you have it, what I like to use on my brows to keep them sassy.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Where I can be mostly found on a Saturday morning...

I've found myself to be seriously immersive recently, making time for reading, listening and watching stuff, more so than ever before. It's all too easy (for myself at least) to get caught up in a daily cycle of going to work, eating, working out in the gym, or more accurately... binge watch soaps and going to bed. However, recently I have been trying to be a little more active and a little less passive when it comes to what i'm consuming online.

I'm very guilty of mindlessly scrolling Instagram and Facebook, but it's never really a healthy thing to do, all thanks to the joy-kill that is self-comparison.

... and quite frankly, I've been desperate to stimulate my mind with things that packed a little more punch and are a little more creative.

documentaries: It's taken a while, but thanks to my boyfriend I have access to  Netflix and yep, I feel like i'm 3 thousand years late on the bandwagon. Anyhow, with the attention span of a gnat when it comes to films, yet I can quite easily plow through a three hour episode of Midsomer Murders without blinking, I have been dabbling with documentaries. Abstract: The art of design is absolutely brilliant, the series is compiled of 8 individual stories and focuses on influentials within areas of the design space, there is Ilse Crawford on interior design, Paula Scher of Pentagram oust on graphic design and Christoph Niemann on illustration, with other profiles included on architecture, footwear designing, stage design, automotive design and photography.

Not only are the stories excellently put together, but the stories shared are really, really interesting - especially for me, and my fella whose bread and butter comes from digital design. My favourites include Ilse Crawford's insight on how she helped form the Cathay Pacific first class lounge using juxtaposing materials, and Paula Scher's opinion on typography.

music: So it's no secret that the Oasis documentary, Supersonic was one of my favourite cinematic releases of 2016 and then along came  BBC 6 music's 'What's the story' feature lead by Mark Radcliffe and including interviews with everyone who is everyone...Gallagher bros included, obvs.

Sure, it tells the same tale as Supersonic, but there's something about hearing the interviews and songs through earphones that makes the whole experience a little ASMR, not to mention when that stolen riff of Cigarettes and alcohol kicks in.

In fact, the whole thing has turned me a little Britpop nostalgic, I particularly like how Noel Gallagher states he was about a month away from writing Suede's iconic, 'Animal Nitrate' - how can you know you'd have created a song like that? It's also unleashed regular daily plays of Definitely Maybe, in the car, at work, at home - you name it. After all, it is an album written about being young and working it all out and having fun, which is a place I am currently very much at.

podcasts: I've always enjoyed Pandora Sykes' ability to combine fashion with relevant pop culture and genuinely clever journalism, and I have really enjoyed her past articles: 'we need to stop our obsession with lifestyle buzzwords' and 'the murky world of SPON'  and now, freshly freelance Pandora is back with Dolly Alderton for 'The High Low' a new pop culture podcast that follows the same rigour as their original 'Pandolly' podcast for The Times.

The new show is a complete mix of trivia and political chat, and the balance is right and if you like the whole CTRL ALT delete vibe, you'll probably like this too.

I have to give a late shout out to Marian Keyes' desert island discs for BBC Radio 4. It's a real tonic, Marian talks openly about her episodes of depression and how writing only authenticates her true self.

reading: It's no secret that I bloody love The Pool, I feel like it is a news, lifestyle and opinion outlet that gets the kind of woman that I am and what I stand for. Yeah, it was founded by journalist Sam Baker and DJ, Lauren Laverne who are kewl AF and Sali Hughes writes for it, which make it clearly a winner in my eyes but it's also bang on the money in all areas that women care about. One of their recent articles 'What happens when a man switches work emails with a female colleague' was both terrifying and insightful in the way it is shedding light on what we already know to be true about gender equality in the workplace, but is often swept under the carpet.

I also found the Thordis Elvia, Tom Stranger's story 'Can I forgive the man who raped me' piece on The Guardian absolutely harrowing, especially watching them tell their story so accurately and vividly for a TED Talk. Some real takeaways from the video and well worth a watch, but requiring of a sensitive content warning.

If you're looking for a great new space to feel inspired and digest interviews from 'girls in real life' check out the: "space for talented women to talk about what they do and how they do it." "Where all interviews published are real conversations and feature original commissioned photography."I particularly like Gynelle Leon's interviewthe owner of PRICK - London’s first cacti and succulent shop, she has some gorgeous things to say and the imagery is pretty Pinterest-able also.
I hope you found something interesting? I'm always tweeting stuff I like, follow me there @holliebradbury 
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