Good Golly Miss hollie

A UK based beauty, lifestyle and beauty blog of 5 years.

Friday, 22 July 2016

BEAUTY: MY EVERYDAY MAKE-UP ESSENTIALS FROM MAC



Believe it or not for a long time and up until very recently I wore nothing but a smokey eye (think 'Green Smoke' from MAC) and liquid eyeliner was something I never dabbled with. 

These days my daily look is all about a winged cat eye (albeit wobbly) and wearing complementary eyeshadow to make my blue/grey/green eyes pop. I am also dabbling with nude lipstick, I know I don't recognise myself either! 

The latest additions to my make-up bag are from MAC and were well and truly enabled by the gorgeous blogger Megan Ellaby. The day I bought these treasures was a huge and I mean huge turning point in my life and I now associate them with a new chapter, a new look and new me. 

I decided it was going to be more cost effective to create a little duo palette rather than buy two separate eyeshadows. I knew that I wanted a 'look' that could be reached for in one place so I opted for the beautiful shades 'Mythology' and 'Texture.' The former is a gorgeous pinky toned nude shadow that belongs in the 'Lustre' family and I dust it all over my lids, it looks great when worn on it's own but you really want to amp up the drama, work a little 'Texture' through the crease and blend. Texture is a matte orange/terracotta shade that compliments the pinky orange tones of Mythology, together you have dynamite for light coloured eyed.

I am a bold lip girl through and through with 'Russian Red' and 'Girl About Town' (Also from MAC) up there on my list of all time favourite shades to adorn my lips with. However, since my universe shifted and I am dabbling with a more natural look, I have been rocking a more nude, 90s inspired lip. Step forward 'Velvet Teddy' an infamous lippy, I know but it is just a gorgeous matte beige lippy that make you look good to go in an instant. 

Which are your favourite MAC products?

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

LIFESTYLE: MY FAVOURITE SUMMER BEDDING FROM PRIMARK



Living in a studio flat I like to bring as much colour into the space as possible, don't get me wrong I absolutely love bold colours and prints, but I think it's especially important. I usually buy my bedding from Primark as they have a lovely array of trend led homewares and accessories, and a good 90% of what they have in store at the moment is very much up my street think exotic prints, tribal and far eastern colour palettes. 

Now, I love a good colour clash as i'm sure you can tell! You may also know that I absolutely love palm print too, so when I saw this gorgeous palm print bedding I had to have it. The reverse side is striped so it's nice to mix and match up the vibe of my room depending how i'm feeling.

My cushions are a recent purchase and I think they are just adorable and super cheery. They were between £5 and £7 each and I mix and match them with other bedding (some of which is plain!) but as I said, I love a clash and if pink and green can't go together then the rules need breaking!

Have you ever shopped at Primark's home section?

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Friday, 15 July 2016

LIFESTYLE: A CUP OF TEA FOR EVERY MOOD WITH BEGUTEA




If you're a long time reader of my blog you'll know how much of a fiend I am for a good cup of tea, whether that's a builder's tea with a Yorkshire tea bag (Obvs) and milk or a herbal or fruity tea. When I lived at home and was feeling overwhelmed, my Dad would always make me a cup of tea to help me feel calmer. It always worked! These days I work in a bustling creative agency whereby the kettle is never not boiling and somebody is always swinging by to make a tea round.

I was recently introduced to Begutea, creators of specialist lifestyle teas aiming to promote a healthier inner self through 6 speciality teas. They're all naturally and ethically blended for all situations from a pang of anxiety to those moments when you're craving a sweet treat but don't want to indulge in a chocolate bar. 

The main purpose of Begutea is to aid weight loss through a healthy lifestyle however, targeted weight loss isn't a priority for me for me at the moment therefore, the Beguteas are perfect for enjoying whenever I feel like cleansing my system or i'm winding down before bed. I am quite satisfied by the fact that there is a tea for every mood or occasion. It's worth noting that all of the teas come with free access to Beguteabutrion and Begufitness, online services that are designed to work perfectly with your new selection of lifestyle tea, I haven't tried them myself but I think it's a great idea to help support you on your journey to a healthy mind and body through tea.

Each Begutea comes in a biodegradable pyramid and is enjoyed with boiled water, my favourite is the 'Calm' variant which is specially blended with Rooibos, Peppermint, Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Lemon Balm, Lime Flowers, Passion flowers and Calendula Petals. I enjoyed a nicely brewed cup whilst sitting in the garden seeking some inspiration from my favourite coffee table books. Bliss.

Have you ever tried a lifestyle tea, what did you think?


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