good golly miss hollie

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

Friday, 26 May 2017


We've all got that 'etc' skincare drawer whereby all the products that aren't on everyday rotation but are still useful live. Or where back-ups or 'special occasion' products are housed. My 'etc' drawer lives in my bathroom and is one of my favourites places to dip into when I want my beauty fix. I have an affinity with packaging and love popping the lid off a bottle of moisturiser to have a sniff or a swatch. Weird right?

Here we have some of the contents in my 'etc' skincare drawer...

My favourite face wipes of all time are the Superdrug Micellar Oil Cleansing Facial Wipes for dry and sensitive skin. These are amazing and I've mentioned them in my monthly favourites a few times before. They're wet, non drying and hugely moisturising - they also shift the most stubborn make-up.

I use the Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera Gel for when my skin is playing up, especially around my forehead. This stuff is seriously soothing and calms any angry, red skin right down - including when I've had myself a little too much sun.

When it comes to serums, if you're on a budget but still want exceptional performance, you have to try the Superdrug 'Simply Pure' hydrating serum which has been coveted by many beauty editors for it's skin enriching, hydrating and plumping nature. Find out more about it in my January monthly favourites.

For targeted blemish control I have long since been a fan of the Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel* which is a gel formula that helps reduce the redness and swelling when an ugly spot appears. It typically shifts a blemish in around 2 days when used nightly.

Ah, what a satisfying shot eh? I have talked about the Glam Glow 'Youth Mud - Tingle Exfoliant'* in a full review so I won't babble on about it too much here. All I will say is ah-bloody-amazing for clearing up your skin and giving your face a bath-time treat.

Yep, I am 83 and I cleanse my face with Pond's Cold Cream. No, I'm not trying to be super casual about my routine - I genuinely love it and it works for me when massaged into my skin and removed with a warm flannel. I love the simplicity of it, not overly complicated and especially effective.

I love natural oil products and my favourite is the multifunctional Wild Argan Oil from The Body Shop I use this on my lips, on the lengths of my hair and on any dry patches on my elbows and knees. Gorgeous stuff!

Also worth mentioning, the Transformulas Hydration Gold* which is a fantastic anti-ageing product containing 23 carat gold powder and hyaluronic acid to moisturise the skin and give you an insanely fresh glowy radiance in an instant. It also works to blur out fine lines and wrinkles which I can't comment on...yet. I use this when my skin looks grey or sallow and needs an intense pick me up. The golden shimmer makes it look like you've had a week away in the sun, not sure how the gold makes it any better but it's fantastic product for days when you look like shit.

What's in your 'etc' skincare drawer?

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017


I had been struggling to find a drugstore SPF moisturiser that didn't break me out. I wear SPF under my foundation if I'm wearing make-up, or just on its own if I'm having a more casual day, for example on a Sunday. Having tried multiple SPF moisturisers from brands such as Superdrug's own line, to classic Nivea as well as everything in-between - I still hadn't found; the one.

That was until I started fixating on Olay Beauty Fluid having heard Caitlin Moran talking about never being without it and of course seeing it featured in Pretty Iconic. The original Beauty Fluid does not contain an SPF but I was still interested in Olay as a drugstore skincare brand. Does anybody remember when it was called Oil of Ulay? I remember seeing little bottles of sweetly scented pink cream on my Nan's dresser and being seriously interested...The bottle is so darn satisfying too!

The Olay 'Complete Moisturiser Fluid' for normal/oily skin is priced at £5.99 and can be found in the usual haunts Boots and Superdrug. I have to say, I bloody love this stuff. It does not break me out, it sinks into the skin beautifully before make-up application, it is non-greasy and is seriously hydrating. Sounds a dream right?

The complete moisturiser fluid includes UVA/UVB protection SPF15 and for day to day in the office or on typical grey and overcast British days, this is more than fine. Though I must point out when I'm in the direct sunlight, I will use a higher SPF moisturiser of 30 or even 50 due to the nature of my skin being sun sensitive and pale.

The moisturising fluid also contains vitamins B3, 3 and Pro-V B5 for extra nourishment and hydration. This is a big selling point to me as it is just so hydrating which Olay claims to be the case for up to 24 hours. I have found that this product does not break out my spot-prone skin and does not cause makeup to slip, or bobble when layered over the top. I think i've found a winner for now.

Have you ever tried Olay skincare? 

Friday, 19 May 2017


I don't know about you, but I am quite fickle when it comes to my jewellery. I have so many pieces of costume jewellery that it's hard to decide which pieces to wear, and I often have to store everything categorised by colour, to ensure each piece gets a chance to be worn.

I do however also have a few pieces that I wear more regularly at the moment and it has become apparent that I am also having a bit of a 'gold' moment.

N E C K L A C E S...

The chain necklace with multiple coin pendants is new season from Zara for around £15 if I remember rightly. Wearing it makes me feel a little Egyptian, especially when I wear it high up on my neck, almost like a choker. It's pretty heavy, and pretty statement but I love how detailed it is up close and is super unique in style.

My pendant locket is from an antiques market within Elsecar Heritage Centre, if anyone is in or around the Barnsley area, I highly recommend taking a look, especially if you love antiques, vintage goods and crafty things. The antiques hall is absolutely insane and features cabinet, after cabinet of treasures. I found the pendant for £4 and to my surprise, when I opened it, it contained two photographs of somebody's nearest and dearest. I wonder who they are? I don't have the heart to throw them away, so i'll be placing my own pictures over the top, keeping the original keep-sakes right where they belong.

B R A C E L E T S...
As the years have passed, I have become more and more in love with wearing bracelets, opting to wear as many bracelets as physically possible on both arms, most days. I'm currently wearing a selection of coloured beaded bracelets that I blogged about years and years ago back in 2013 from Rose Mae Jewellery - they're still amongst my favourites now and I like to mix and match the colours. The other bangles are either vintage, handed down from my Nana, or bought from the Hippy Market in Ibiza.

What are your favourite pieces of jewellery?
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