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

Friday, 20 January 2017

BEAUTY: MUA SWEET-SHEEN BALM


If I were to choose one beauty product that I could only wear for the rest of my life, it would be some kind of lip formulation. Lipstick perhaps? Though I recently discovered a formulation that is really taking my fancy at the moment. Step forward the 'Sweet Sheen - Lip Balm' formula by MUA.

There's no wishy washy colour here, these balms are seriously punchy and super pigmented which pleasantly surprised me. I have the shade 'Coral Reef' which is the perfect pop of pink. I wear this lip balm most days to work when I don't want a heavy lip and can freely drink numerous cups of tea without the issues of feathering or smudging!

The formula is super comfortable to wear and for £2.00 you can literally buy them all as the colour palette is just so wearable, everything from pink to purple to red.

Which is your favourite pigmented lip balm?


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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

BEAUTY: COLLECTION SPEEDY HIGHLIGHTER + BLUSH


I've found myself recently drawn towards beauty in a bullet - for some reason the thought of carrying my make-up in convenient stick format, to roll on and go if you will seems pleasing. Whilst in Superdrug looking for a weekday pick-me-up one lunchtime, I discovered the Collection 'Speedy Blush' and 'Speedy Highlighter' which come in a variety of different shades. For £3.99 you get 5g of product in a push up stick format meaning there's plenty of product beneath the surface. 


I chose the blush shade '02 Cheeky' which is a slightly terrifying bold red colour, as someone who is naturally very pale the red, when blended acts as a sort of Benetint glow. Pinched cheeks with a rosey hue. I blend my blush out with a Beauty Blender but if you're on the go, fingers work just as well. 

The highlighter stick in the shade '01 Pearl Sheen' has quickly become a hero product for me as the creamy glow is just so lovely. I apply this in an arc shape from my cheekbones through to my brow bone and I have to admit the glow is even better in cream format as opposed to a powder highlighter in my opinion. I find myself re applying the formula throughout the day as it isn't too glitzy and wears on the skin well. 


Have you ever tried anything from the Collection 'Speedy' range?


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Friday, 13 January 2017

BEAUTY: HAIR + BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT BEST DEFINE ME


This blog post was inspired when my boyfriend said that he could 'instantly recognise me' from the perfume I was wearing. It got me thinking about other beauty bits and pieces that best define me, you'd see them on the shelves and immediately think they belong to Hollie. 

When it comes to practical beauty i'm pretty old school and very very rarely sway from the classics. Looking upon this collection I am about to introduce you to, today it remind me heavily of the skincare, haircare and make-up featured in 'The Icon's' and 'The Nostalgic's' chapters in Pretty Iconic by the glorious Sali Hughes.
Skincare...


My skincare routine is so simple, it would most likely make many people recoil - I dread to think what Caroline Hirons would think, but it works for me, keeping my skin clear and supple and at the end of the day that is all that matters right? These two products look like they belong in my Grandma's bathroom cabinet but they work for me. My skincare routine begins by cleansing my face with a traditional cold cream from Boots, sometimes I use the infamous Pond's variety. 

Cold cream is a rich, thick, moisturising cream that for £2.95 is a serious bargain. I apply the lanolin-free formula to my face and then remove with a warm flannel. I will then go in with a serum, perhaps 'Advanced Night Repair' by Estee Lauder before moisturising my face with Oil of evening primrose, a rich moisturising cream that my skin just drinks up. 

Make-up...


My usual nail colour of choice is some shade of red, sure I love gold and aqua blue in the summertime, but mostly I opt for a deep burgundy shade. I feel like it looks the least offensive when my nails are bitten and makes me look more 'put together' for a dressy occasion. I often covet 'Ruby Night Sky' from the Nails Inc 'Alice and Olivia' collection, the shade is a pearl finish dark red that goes with pretty much everything. 

My make-up bag is also rarely without a Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush which smells divine when applied to the apples of your cheeks. The legendary blush has been on the market for almost 150 years and has become synonymous with Bourjois'  place in iconic make-up history. The little pot is pretty sweet too and has a very satisfying magnetic snap closure.

Fragrance...


I talked about the fragrances that best define me in my perfume collection post but it is fair to say that I am never without 'Cinema' by YSL and 'L'Aimant' by Coty - both sexy scents, suited to the evening with woody, floral, amber and powdery notes. They're both fragrances that make me feel like myself.

Haircare...


I really made a pact with myself to look after my hair in 2017. So far so good, I haven't chopped, dyed or radically restyled my tresses in well over 6 weeks. I am quite loyal when it comes to the products I use which include Pantene Pro-V shampoo, particularly the repair and protect range which smells iconic of my childhood when Sunday night was 'hair wash' night. I love the fresh, clean scent and the ugly commercial packaging. For me, Pantene reminds me of freshly washed hair.

I also use a lot of hair oil, especially before bed when I brush my hair using a Denman bristle brush and apply a palm full of the Garnier 'Ultimate Blends' - Sleek perfector oil. Not only does this leave my hair more supple and shiny but also smelling divine. 

Finishing Touches...


I bet you're not surprised to see the classic L'Oreal Elnette hairspray here, it's a staple and has been donning women's bathrooms and dressing tables for over 50 years - It's the perfect finishing touch. I also couldn't write a post featuring products that best define me without giving an honourable mention to 'Ruby Woo' matte lipstick from MAC. I'm rarely without a bold lip colour and this one is usually found in my handbag for emergency pick-me-ups and retouching.

Which beauty products best define you?

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