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

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Teeth Whitening

Pearly
Whites.

I count myself extremely lucky when it comes to the old 'tooshey pegs'. I have never had to endure months and even years of braces. (Alot of my friends had to and I sympathized with them 100% whenever they had to have them tightened it looked sooo painful!)
But for me the only problem I had was the fact my bottom two teeth were facing each other! Luckily when I reached about 8 years old, that all sorted it's self out! Luckily, I have no fillings *touch wood* and never seem to have a problem with my teeth, i'm sooo lucky they're really straight and in good nick.

Now, as an avid TEA DRINKER!!!! (probably about 11 cups a day eek!) My teeth are even more susceptible to staining, and that's exactly what over the years has happened, leaving my teeth with a gammy browny yellow tinge YUCK!!!!!

Sooooo I toyed with the idea of professional whitening. My mum had it done a couple of years ago and they looked great! But she did tell me that they won't do it on sensitive teeth and the sensation the procedure gives you feels like nettles stinging your gums! Eeek! I didn't fancy that at all, or the £250 each jaw price tag!!! No, there HAD to be another way.

Over the passed year I have tried the 'Crest white strips' on recommendation and absolutley loved how white they made my teeth in no time at all! However, I could only order them from the United States which was really annoying and the effect didn't last particularly long. I wanted something more permanent if that was possible, that removed the daily stains!

The answer I needed was to find a toothpaste or toothpolish that removed stains, was affordable and the effects lasted quite a long time. And that my fellow bloggies I found in this gem! ALL HAIL.... THERAMED 'express white' toothpaste


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At only a couple of pounds from a shop called 'Bodycare' this product is a steal! And it REALLY works. I picked it up thinking that it would be a waste of time completely as no other 'toothpolish' tended to work for me....But we'll get to that later! I replaced my normal Colgate with this product. It instructs you to use it for one week and the results will be noticeable by day 7.

It included this 'whitening shade guide'
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which I think isn't that practical as the non of the shades matched my teeth before or afterwards. The difference of colour before and after is however noticeable to yourself so use your own eyes as a guide! :)

I have been using this product for exactly a week and I certainly see the stains disappearing on my teeth and they are now gleaming a lovely pearl shade! I tried to take a photograph to show you, but the flash on my camera made it impossible to get a true representation. :( - You'll just have to take my word for it hehe!

Before I ventured to this wonder of a product I had been using this 'toothpolish' from 'Pearl Drops' (which I was worried was for false teeth only hahaha!)

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This product held similar promises but didn't work AS effectively. I also got a bit worried as i'd pushed aside my regular 'plaque fighting' toothpaste for this and I was worried I wouldn't have any cavity protection as I was only polishing my teeth not fighting the bacteria! Sooo I stopped using it until I found the 'Theramed'

HOWEVER, all is not lost. BECAUSE, using them together is blumming fabulous!!!!
The whitening is drastic, I no longer have stained gammy teeth, they are white and fantastic! All because I use double the white boosting products! I usually brush my teeth with these two products on a morning as I haven't eaten whilst i've been asleep, thereby less plaque problems! And then use my proper Colgate toothpaste on a night. I have found this really works effectivley, I wish I could show you the difference! It's fantastic.
I strongly recommend the 'Theramed' for a quick 7 day speedy whiten! And for the long run, using both of the products mentioned together!
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I'm really into finding new and exciting tooth whitening products, so if you know of any I should try feel free to leave me a comment letting me know! I hope you enjoyed this post and I strongly recommend you try this for some sparkling pearly whites!!! :-)

Love,
Hollie x
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Thursday, 24 March 2011

A huge hello from me!

Full Steam
Ahead.

Hello Everyone! And a big hello to my new followers! Thankyou so much for giving my blog a chance. After being recommended by Sara, I am extremely grateful that she did that for me and i'm sooo grateful to you all following my blog!

I shall be posting regular on here as before :-) With reviews, hauls, daily moans, and sometimes posting videos from my Youtube channel on here also.
If you'd like to see me on Youtube too, then the link is here: Or just search 'goodgollymisshollie' in the search bar!


As I'm sure you are aware i've just started out on Youtube and it's a nightmare having to use my colleges facilities to upload and edit the videos! I really need my own video camera and my own editing software! The amount of times i've been told off in my lessons for editing a video is crazy!
But it's a fun journey that i've embarked on. I've wanted to do this for soooo long but never had the guts to properly put myself out there!
But again, thankyou for following me, subscribing to me, and having faith in me! It means the world!
It's all go now, as I continue on my bloggy/vloggy/tweety quest! :-)
You can also follow me on twitter which is @GollyMsHollie
Hollie. x
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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Youtube!

What's In My
Bag?

My first youtube upload! (Well, not strictly speaking the first, but it has been a while!) Eeek! I know the quality is horrendous! And that 'typing noise' is ridiculous! But never fear, I won't be filming on this camera again! Just a little 'What's In My Bag?' to start me off as a new neighbour to Youtube!



I'll be back with more posts very sooon!
x
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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

TAG

Jewelry
Collection


Ever since I was a toddler I've had a pure love for collecting and wearing jewelry . I'd visit my Nana on week days between the ages of 2 and 4 and i'd have a crazy fascination with her vast collection of jewelry.
She had a whole chest of draws full to the brim with magical, colored beads, sparkly rings, unique brooches and an array of obscure bracelets and earrings.
I was in heaven. I'd try them all on, layering them up, wrapping them around my neck, arms and legs. I LOVED my Nanas jewelry draw and I think it is those memories that are the stem of my love for jewelry now. I'm not one to fuss how crazy, how brightly colored, how fake, how expensive, how cheap or how random my pieces are. I just LOVE wearing them. I have quite a vast collection of both expensive and cheap (And when I say cheap I mean Primark £1.50 rings!) jewelry, but i'm going to show you my costume jewelry - the stuff I wear everyday because I looove it! My crazy sentimental things I hide away for special occasions, as they were a pretty penny. But this lot, is what I reach out for in the morning to add abit of extra to my outfit.
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First up, Rings! My favorite piece of jewelry.
Admittedly, non of these rings are real gold or contain a real smacker of a jewel but for costume use they are ace! ( Even if I do have to put up with a bit of green finger)

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1.Love heart shaped ring in the top left corner is from Primark and my friend Adam bought me it. I wear this one probably the most as it goes with almost any outfit. The joke of it is, is he can't remember ever buying me it!

2. Black and gold cluster ring on the top line is from Topshop and I got it for about £6. Being the idiot that I am, I didn't read the tag it was hanging from and ended up with an XL!...FOOOOOOL. So I can't really wear it without stacking a thin banded ring over te top of it to stop it slipping off.

3. Twit twoo! This owl ring I found hidden on a shelf in a shop called 'Internationale' it was reduced from £5 down to 20p....Now I couldn't say no to that could I? Again it's mahoosive on my skinny binny fingers but as before I use my trick. The staced effect of rings actually looks pretty cool too.

4. Both the 'Ruby' and the 'Garnet' cocktail rings used to be my absolute favorite rings ever, I NEVER took them off, shamefully I don't tend to wear them much anymore. :( They were from an antique store in Rhode Island in the US. I felt like a princess everytime I put them on. The pink one I used to say I wished was how my engagement ring would look like in the future haha!

5. This 'diamond' cluster ring I got the most recently from Manchester airport's duty free. I was flying out to Zakynthos and me and my mum spotted the stand and just HAD to pick one for out holidays. It sits so lovely on my finger, it's so cute. I wear this one quite frequently too.

6. The last trio of 'diamond' rings. Are an assortment from various places, the first is from Accessorize which came in a set, the second from Harrods, well the Harrods gift shop! I wanted it because it came in a harrods box and I wanted to trick my mum it cost a million, actually it was £15! And is a real culprit for turning my finger green!!!! Thirdly, the large single 'diamond' ring was a present from my Grandad, he said he wanted me to have some costume bling and bought me that for my birthday ages ago. It sparkles so beautifully.

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Onto bracelets I must have a million of those bracelets from primark that everybody has so i won't bore you with those that you'll have already seen (your probably wearing some of them ;) ) I'll just show you the ones I wear frequently or have sentimental value....
These are the three I wear stacked up EVERYDAY.
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The first one is so obsure I love it! My friend Charlotte brought me it back from Spain years ago. The second is a 'Links Of London' bracelet, the brass and lead colouring of this is right up my street! I actually paid a fiver for this from a boutique that was closing down next door to my work. It would have been sooo much more expensive but for a fiver on the closing down sale I couldn't resist! I love the little charms on it to (they came with it) Unfortunately the wellington boot snapped off and I think my ex boyfriend still has it :S the last time I saw it, it was in his wallet :| :( Pity it has a 'J' on it too! ouch!!!! MOVING ON....The third bracelet was a christmas present I got recently from my friend Adam, I think he remembers buying me this one. Haha, it's from Freedom at Topshop.

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These three I tend to wear on a nighttime rather than in the day. The first is soooo heavy with the cluster ball! It's from a boutique in Zakynthos town, I actually bought it to match the ring I bought from duty free. It annoys me though because it's sooo heavy and is only held together via some flimsy elastic! Blumming eck I'm always scared it'll snap!!!! The second one is a snake that clasps around your arm. I love snakes symbolised on jewelrey, my Grandparents brought me this back from Torquay and I wear it loads. Finally, the little black bracelet of hearts came with a necklace and earrings that'll youll probably see in the pictures to follow. It was a present from my Nana for passing my GCSE exams. It's gorgeous I have so many memories attached to it!

Finally......My BABY!!! My 'Chamilla Bracelet'. My pride possession.
PhotobucketThis was a present from my Nana & Grandpa for my seventeenth birthday and given how poorly they both are i'm sooo grateful for this STUNNING charm bracelet. I intend this to be my family heirloom hahaah! It cost a small fortune and I rarely wear it but I can never stop looking at it. It's made up of charms that are all my favourite colours and it's my absolutely favorite piece of jewelry EVER!

PhotobucketOnto necklace Pendants. I store all my beads on my little dress jewelry holder that you can see in the first picture but i'm always losing chains so I store all my pendants together. These are just a few of them that I like to wear, again each has a sentimental value to me.

PhotobucketThe infamous sideways cross Yes, I conformed! As seen on big Youtube Guru's such as Laura from 'Lollipop26' and Sara 'Swalkermakeup' everyone wanted to know where the sideways cross was from! It's funny actually because I bought it when i first saw Lollipop26's and then I never dared wear it when I went to Sara's house to see my (was then boyfriend) because I thought she'd think i was copying her hahhaa Eeek! I love Sara though and her youtube channel everyone should go and subscribe to her even though you already will have done! I love it, my friend Elle has one too! We're both Lollipop26 fans!!! It's gorgeous, mine is a teeny tiny one and it's great for wearing as a delicate necklace layered with long beads and other necklaces!


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Rather than dingly dangley earrings which I do like for going out, most days I wear studs, most of these are cheapys from primark and most don't have a partner! Grrrs!! I have my ears pierced six times and sometimes I like to wear them odd anyway! My favorites are the owls and the crosses. :)

PhotobucketFor the Christmas just gone, my parents bought me these D and G hoops that are GORGEOUS, I love these but they are soooo heavy! I don't understand why they don't actually match either. Even though i'd never pick these out for myself i'm soooo glad I have them, they glam up a little black dress up no problem!!!!!


As one for being late ALWAYS! I have two watches. One is made by Guess that I wear more for going out and of-course it's leopard print! I love it so much It has gold links to fasten it and a beautiful gold dial, my mum and dad bought me this for my sixteenth birthday!
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The second is a complete TEN POUNDS bargain from Argos. It's my 'manly watch' I had a similar one from Sekonda that's strap broke and I had no pennies to replace it and seeing as though 'Toy watches' are sooo popular these days!! I thought ahhh it's a tenner why not! I wear this pretty much every day it's cheap, manly and tells me the time! ;)

And that just about covers it for my costume 'daily' jewelry, if your already fed up of reading i'll sign off with some pictures of my collection :) x

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Monday, 14 March 2011

Retail Therapy

Bag
LADY



So, Exactly one month on after my (would it be fair to say?) "Valentines Bereavement" I have sadly, still found it extremely difficult to get the hell over it and it's getting me into a right old pickle with myself! EEK! I figured the best way to get a quick fix for a couple of hours was to go shopping....again. (How many times one girl needs to go shopping to stop crying over her ex) is ridiculous.
I always love a price slashdown, so what better place to go than TK MAXX for exactly that. TK MAXX, must be having some kind of huge 'Marc B' bags sale at the moment because I know so many people getting them from there. Originally i'd only seen them sold in Topshop, but never the less. The one I found. I LOVE!!

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They all tend to range at about £20-£30 pounds in TK MAXX and mine should have originally been £48, So I was dead chuffed.

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I like the way it is a 'satchel style' bag that can be worn both over the shoulder
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And under the arm.
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It's really spacious too, which is fab for carting all my junk around!
Now, I was really unsure about the colour of it at first, on the pictures it doesn't show up so well and it looks to be about 17 different shades on the pictures on this blog!, but in real terms, it's a really pale yellowy cream, PERFECT FOR THE SUMMER wahooo. No seriously, i've been looking for a satchel style bag for AGES and even better it's the sought after 'marc b' yay! I want to keep this as my 'nice' handbag and not allow it get trashed at college (like my other ruined, scuffed, beauties :( ). R.I.P. I love the little brass lock on the front, sooo cute and the starry lining! GORRRRGEOUSSS!!!
So yeah, Buying this bag pre occupied me for about an afternoon tops. :-) I'm hoping one day i'll be writing at not thinking about him! I'll think about my new bag instead hahahaha! Luuuurvleeeeeeeeeeey.

x
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Friday, 4 March 2011

Personalised Makeup Tutorial

Personalised Makeup
TORI


So this weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to practice some of the tips & tricks i'd learnt about makeup over time on my lovely friend Tori who was more than happy to let me show her some of the tricks of the trade I had picked up. She wanted to go for a 'brown smokey look' (which is my favorite look anyway) so that's what we decided to do. Tori has a very pale complexion, light eyes and red hair. So her brown smokey look wasn't applied how I'd do it on myself but more tailored to what's suitable for her skin-tone and colouring. I would also like to add, that I am in no way a trained make up artist but I always tend to be the one roped into doing my friends' make up when we go out on a night out or when they are going out on a special occasion, they say I do a good job so hey ho!

It was lovely evening, Tori and I had a bottle of 'Blossom Hill' wine, whacked some Girls Aloud on the ipod and just chatted make up! :-)....I've decided to write this Blogpost primarily to show Tori how to recreate the look I applied to her face beginning to end, so that if she ever wants to give it a go herself then she can look at this and have a crack at it! Soooo.. Here we go Tori

Firstly
You told me you suffer from an extremely dry forehead and I could see that your skin was fairly dry in places anyway, So before staring on your foundation I applied 'Simple' - 'Kind to skin, hydrating light moisturiser'


To hydrate and refresh your skin, and to also work as a base prior to the foundation, I applied this with a flat brush (similar to the one you have!) I also added some Vaseline to your lips to smooth any cracks you had in your lips due to the cold weather!
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Once your skin was hydrated with the moisturiser. I applied your own foundation that you liked to wear on a daily basis, with a MAC 130 Stippling brush, perfect for giving an 'airbrush finish' One recommendation I have is If ever you run out of your current foundation or your looking for another drugstore brand to try I recommend 'Revlon Colourstay' which specialises in normal to dry skin. I used this foundation for years and I still stock up on it every now and again now because it's a good one to rely on. :)

After the foundation was applied, I set it with your own 'natural collection face powder' using a large, fluffy kabuki brush. Not powdering too much as your skin still looked abit dry on the forehead and I didn't want to extenuate the flakiness. So I dabbed some all over the face, but sparsely on the forehead.


Next, onto the face
I brushed out your eyebrows using an eyebrow brush and lightly filled them in with a medium brown colour using an angled brush like this one,
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although at first you thought it was abit dark and dramatic so I lightened them up using a dab of concealer on the end of a small brush and dabbing it over the brows to lighten them up. You did say you preferred them after and liked the 'neatness of them' . I achieved this by taking an angled brush like the one showed below and just followed your natural shape, squaring them off at the start of the brow.

I then used a bronzer on your cheeks, to express the sun kissed cheek we wanted.
To do this I used a fluffy blush brush again and 'Max Factor' Bronzing powder in 'Golden'.
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This was followed by some blusher, applied using a Kabuki brush. We used MAC's 'Fleur Power' powder blush on the apples of your cheeks.
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Finally, I used the bottom right cream highlight from my 'Chilli Pepper' eyes and cheeks palette to add abit of glow to the tops of your cheeks.
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Onto the eyes....
If you know me, you'll know I absolutely LOVE doing eye makeup, I love layering and blending all kinds of colours and as I said before I love a smokey look, so heres how we created yours! I'm going to recreate it on my eye so you can follow it visually for future reference.
Firstly we applied a cream white base to the eye and then a medium golden brown all over the lid using a flat eye shadow brush. This colour was just out of a large cheapy palette I picked up from Bodycare, that's still in shops.
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Then, using a darker more chestnut brown from my 'Too faced palette' using a flatter, more tapered eye shadow blender brush, I applied this to the outer corner of your eye and blended it upwards.
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Then, I took 'Bracken' - a dark brown eye shadow from my 'Front cover palette' and blended that through your crease and socket line.
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Because we lost some of the warmer more coppery browns I added a stripe of a golden, coppery, sparkley brown from the same Bodycare palette across the centre of the eyelid, where the pupil would be :) This brought the brown warmth back through.
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I also applied a nude, white/very pale pink, to the corners of your eyes to give you a wide awake look. :)

I then lined the top of your lashline and half of your lower lash line with NYR 37% organic black. eyeliner. Finally, I curled your lashes and added 'MAC'S zoom lash black mascara, for a dramatic effect!

Lips
You said the first lipgloss I used you felt was a bit too brown, so we quickly swapped it to a more ravishing pink ;)
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The colour we used was Rimmels rich moisture lipstick in the colour '284, latino' and it you were right, it defiantly was the better choice!

Overall, the look was cute, girly and dramatic, (if thats possible haha) I loved working on your Tori, and I hope you enjoyed the look, after a few tweaks here and there.
:)

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