Wednesday, 29 August 2012

3 Hot Picks From Primark...

Hot picks from Primark...
xo



- I will always be very willing to shout from the rooftops that 99.9% of my clothes, jackets, shoes and accessories are bought from good old Primark
or…
 Primarni to most of us these days.
I absolutley love Primark.
I wince away from buying clothes from the likes of River Island and Topshop when I know for a fact that I can pick up something similar for a much more attractive price in Primark.

This week I have three hot pics.
Although I am always making a mad dash to Primark to pick up a new budget outfit I recently 
limited my habits to only choosing three items that I needed rather than wanted.

My favourites this week….

1.  
Faux leather Studded Jacket
(Between £10 and £20 pounds?)

- I have seen this faux leather jacket doing the rounds in the Youtube and Blogging community for some time now and in all honesty I was rather excited when I saw the jackets sat on their hangers in the doorway of my local Primark.
I have always gotten it wrong with faux leather jackets.
I always get them too small or too large.
I can't say I have ever owned one I actually liked.
I picked this jacket up in a size 10 and found that it was quite laggy around the chest area and only looked reasonable with the zip pulled upwards so that the two side pannels crossed.
I always tend to wear my jackets open to display whatever top or jumper it is I am wearing so I opted to try the size 8.
 I am in no way a size 8 in any other clothing garment so I was quite shocked to discover that the size 8 looked much more fitted on my body and generally looked much nicer.

2.
The Bag,
'Structured shopper'
£12.00
- Yes, that old chestnut!
I really, really,really need to STOP buying bags.
 I just get a kick from doing so.
For some girls it is shoes, for myself it is handbags.
There is something about sporting a new piece of arm candy that just makes me feel fizzy inside!
Anyway, it is the start of a new 'school' season so ofcourse I need a new bag!
This is quite possibly the largest bag ever.
Please welcome to my shoulder the Zara 'bucket bag' dupe.
Ofcourse it isn't exactly the same as the one we all lust for but it is rather lovely.
For starters it very spacious and comes complete with both long and short shoulder straps.
I am a little dissapointed in the lack of a zip and having merely a press stud hold the sides together, but disputes aside I like the sturdy structure of this bag and for the price you can't go wrong!
As my red Zara 'messenger' was my summer bag, this is my autumnal side kick!
I chose to purchase the tan version from that and the black shade as I felt it looked a little more Zara-esc and a little more happening than the standard black - again, very autumnal and also matches with my new tan winter boots!

3.
Leopard print owl Pjarmas
Top: £3 Bottoms: £5


- As you are all probably really tired of me saying.
I AM MOVING TO UNIVERSITY A WEEK TODAY!!
ARGH!!!!
Anyway, I wanted to some new 'wintery' p-jays.
Now, you are well aware that I am a leopard print fiend so when I spotted this pair of jarmas
I figuired they were the ones.
I can't get over how cute the little owl is with the leopard print ear muffs.
I also love that you can mix and match the tops and bottoms as they are sold seperatley.
I have to be honest it was indeed the bottoms that attracted me mostly!
I reckon they will be nice and cosy for lolling around the flat in and warm for the wintery months ahead!

What have you picked up from Primark recently?
Oh, and as a little extra I picked up this amazing leopard print and rose gold wrapping paper for my boyfriends birthday presents hehe ;) 


He will definatley know they are from me!

Love, Holl
xo

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The 2012 Leeds Blogger meet up.

 #leedsbloggermeetup
2012

- Saturday the 18th of August saw beauty, lifestyle and fashion bloggers alike colaborate as one big northern team for the 2012 Leeds blogger meet.

Following on from the success of the 2011 Blogger meet
The afternoon was once more arranged by the lovely Ray of (Ohwhoisshe.com) and Tor of (thatspeachy.com)
Two absolutley lovely girls with fantastic blogs who I am sure you have come across in the bloggersphere.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thankyou to both Ray and Tor for taking the time out to arrange such a wonderful afternoon for us all.
It is not often us northern bloggers get a chance to have companies showcase their products to us or have an opportunity to meet other bloggers in an event like Saturdays.

The event was held at Mook bar in the city centre.
 I arrived there with my friend and fellow blogger Jo.
I wore a plain black tank top with a bright red maxi skirt and layered gold, vintage chains.
On my lips, I wore 'Girl about Town' and no fake tan!
SHOCK HORROR!
I took along my Ebay studded 'focco' and my Primark studded, leather jacket.
It was great to see both some familiar faces and some new faces also.
It was particulaly nice to catch up with Sinead (daintydollymix.com) who I had met the previous year and who has also been nominated for a Cosmo blogger award!



Cocktails  were 2-4-1 at the bar so myself and Jo were straight in on the Cosmos and French Martinis!
Next up it was goody bag time! 
We were all lined up as the goody bags were passed down the line
 and I have to say I was particually touched as I was called to the front by Tor and Ray for my special bag that contained something leopard print…but more on that later ;).

More mingling and drinks later we were introduced to Valerie from (mywild.co.uk)
she spoke to us all about her new company and gave us intresting information about the different kinds of African oils and how they are beneficial to our skin.

Next up we had a rather informative talk from the  Xen Tan lady, Amy who I have to say was sporting the most amazing, even fake tan I have ever seen!
As you know I rather like fake tan…okay, I rather love fake tan so this was an ideal showcase for myself. We were even treated to little sample sizes of Xen tans best selling products.
As a bargain beauty girl I have never tried Xen tan before as the price has made me back away a little but I am excited to try the product to see if it really is as good as it is hyped up to be.
And, if it good enough for Kate Middleton then…..
Amy also introduced us to Glamglow, a deep, nourishing face mask.
I tried a little swatch on my hand and it left my hand feeling deeply moisturised, I can't wait to try it on my face, it has tea leaves inside the product to exfoliate the skin which I think is rather snazzy.

We were also very lucky to be given an item of clothing from (glamorousuk.com) which was amazing!
If you know me, you will know that I am obsessed with a few things in life, two of which are vintage teacups, teapots and antiques and leopard print.
So when I saw this blouse I was in LOVE, It was as though it was made for me!

It was a huge success and I know that everybody enjoyed themselves!
I cannot believe how generous the event sponsors were with these goody bags!
I can't quite believe that I got some leopard print Tweezermans also!
A big fat HA to you, unruly brows!

I am sure there are lots more pictures of the event flying around, so I might pop some more on this post when I find them. 
I had a really great time and it was the perfect end to a fantastic week!
Love, Holl
xo
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Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Fake Tan Diaries. Make Believe REVIEW.

Make believe 
Self tan lotion


- For the past three months or so, I have worn not an ounce of fake tan on my skin. 
Big statement for me right??
There came a point where seeing my patchy, orange, nasty, discoloured neck, arms and shoulders in my boyfriends bathroom mirror made me feel a little bit gross.

  (May I add that the mirror in question makes you look horrendous at the best of times, it is 100% the worst mirror to look in when you have just woken up from your slumber)
I'd had enough and I quit the bottle.
The bottle of St Moriz dark lotion found is way to the very back of my beauty trunk.

Now, three months has passed and I am fed up of looking positivily ghostly.
I have really tried to embrace the pale but I just can't do it.
I don't look right on nights out, I don't feel as confident in myself and in my dresses and I generally just feel stark white and transparent.
I look like I have had a fortnight in the north pole nevermind the med.

The Leeds blogger meet up didn't help matters either when off I tottered all casper-esc and the Xen tan lady was wearing the most wonderfully applied, golden fake tan.
Basically, I have been yearning for the tan.

I know me, and I just feel so much more confident sporting a tan!

Lately I have been trying out some new tanning products.

The product I would like to share with you today is the
Make Believe
Self Tan lotion in Zone 3 - Medium tan.



"We believe that it requires more than colour alone to achieve the perfect tan, good preparation and healthy moisturised skin are an essential part of your flawless look.
Our formulations not only deliver lasting streak free colour, but also help with your skins conditioning needs and are packed with an extensive compliment of ingredients to ensure you look and feel your best"

Moisturising - The rain forest blend is an infusion of naturally derived exotic rainforest oils that imparts intense moisturisation. Cohune oil, Brazil Nut oil and all spice extract.

Caffiene -  helps to stimulate cellulite breakdown.

CO-Enzyme - helps reduce fatty acids.

Buplerum Falcatum Root extract - helps tighten the skin with firming and toning benefits.

Fruit extracts - provide anto oxidants and melanin stimulants.

The shade medium 3 is designed to give you the classic holiday tan. There are 5 shades to choose from
The colour develops in 2-4 hours.

Before



One day after application





What do I think of Make Believe tan?
Firstly the smell of this product is amazing, I really cannot put my finger on what exactly it is but it smells of sweets and fruit and well, Christmas time!
It is just lovely.
I also like the creamy consistency of this product.
Some people may hate this but I actually enjoy the fact that you can't exactly see where the tan is being applied as instead it feels like you are literally applying a moisturiser.
This tends to make me apply the product more liberally.
I really like the colour pay off of this product it stays true to it's word and gives you a beautiful sunkissed glow.
Nothing orange, nothing Essex-esc.
The colour of my skin is very similar to a shade I would gain from a holiday abroad.
Being naturally pale I only tend to pick up a sunkissed glow in a fortnight so I like that this product stays true to me.

 Have you ever tried this tan?
Which is your favourite fake tan on the market?
Love, Holl
xo

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Friday, 24 August 2012

REVIEW: John Freida 'FULL REPAIR' Deep conditioner.

 "I'd love to kiss you but 
i've just washed my hair…."
Bette Davies


- As a self confessed hair dye addict, I am always really conscious that my ruby red locks tend to not only look crispy but also feel ridiculously dry.

 This is ofcourse not how I want my hair to feel and look so I have been conducting a few measures to  somewhat revitalise my hair.

At the very worst moments of my hair dye obsession, I would colour my hair every three weeks, sometimes less and slap on a colour toner every week.
When you have red hair, all you want to do is prevent your colour from fading so quickly. 
In turn the colour fade turned me into a crazy woman, always on a mission to keep my red looking vibrant instead of flat.

I have realised that in order for my hair to grow longer it needs to be in much better condition.
This is why I have started introducing regular trims and hair damage rescue products and oils to my haircare routine.

One paricular product that I have noted that has made a considerable difference to the quality of my hair is the. John Frieda, 'Full Repair', Deep conditioner
I bought this from Superdrug and it retails there for £5.99.
Ofcourse, this is a one of purchase I don't like to spend a ridiculous amount on hair products but I really needed something to restore some shine and silk back into my hair.


I have always been an avid fan of John Frieda products, the 'Radiant red' line has always impressed me. And ofcourse, when I was a brunette, the 'Brilliant Brunette' range I liked also.

So what exactly is the product intended to do for our hair?
"Revives overstyled hair, restores and stregthens. Intense repairing formula, with lightweight inca, inchi oil, penetrates deep and repairs the look and feel of over styled hair, reducing the risk of breakage. Damaged hair becomes silky and full. Safe for colour treated and chemically treated hair."



I firstly shampooed and conditoned my hair using Clynol's 'Colour and Care' shampoo and conditioner.
Then after rinsing my hair clear I applied a generous amount of this product and left it to nourish my hair whilst wrapped in a hair towel.
I left the deep conditioner on for around an hour.

I noticed a large difference in the condition of my hair after repeating this process around three times.
My boyfriend commented that my hair no longer feels dry and now feels nice and soft and I have noticed it myself when it comes to running a brush through my mop.
It is now swishy and soft again.
My hair feels full of life and the colour vibrancy has also improved.
Instead of looking dull and matte, my hair now has colour dimensions.

Have you ever tried a hair mask?
Have you noticed results?
Love, Holl
xo

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

REVIEW: Clean and Clear 'Deep action wash'.

 "The look, the lips, the hair, the eyes,  
the skin."
Princess Superstar..


- I have noticed that my local Co-op is now stocking a much wider range of hair and beauty products which, when a complete beauty junkie such as myself lives literally a five minute walk away is dangerous.

You are all probably well aware of the skin issues that I have been having latley.
It has provoked me to read more skincare product reviews in a bid to find one that works for me.
Having had the intention to pick up the Soap and Glory 'Peaches and Clean' and completley forgot after a busy day at work, I opted to pick up the Clean and Clear 'Deep action, cream wash' on one of my visits to the Co-op.

Retailing at £2.99 it is a reasonably priced cleanser from a well known highstreet, skincare brand.
For me, one of the main selling points of this product was the fact it contains Salicylic acid.
Salicylic acid is used to treat many skin complaints including acne, proriasis and dermititus. 
It also used in some shampoos to help prevent dandruff due to it's positive effect on skin cells.
It causes the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) to shed more frequently, opening up clogged pores and preventing them from becoming blocked again by reducing the pore diameter.
It is all very clever.

"Clean and Clear 'Deep action, cream wash' cleans deep down to effectively remove dirt, oil and impurities without clogging pores, and contains a special ingredient to help prevent spots and breakouts. The tingling sensation tells you your skin has been throughly cleaned, leaving it cool, refreshed and really clear."

After discovering that I was indeed sending my skin into a meltdown by cleansing it too much. (Morning and night is way too excesive for me) I only use this product on an evening. 
I take the majority of my makeup off with an anti bacteria facewipe from 'Skin Deep'  and then cleanse my face with the cream wash using warm water and one of my 'Washi' hot clothes and 'Skin Polishing' towel.

I have noticed a considerable difference in my skin since using this product.
Although I have been conducting other changes such as drinking much more water, using a Clearasil toner and using an oil free facial moisturiser alongside this product, but I genuinley feel it has made a difference.
I have much less break out and blemishes on my face, the little collections of blemishes around my hairline and chin are dissapearing and I have a generally even complexion again.
My make up also applies really nicely and leaves a dewy and natural finish, no flaky skin and no excessive oil!
Have you ever tried this product?
Love, Holl
xo

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

GRAZIA, ME AND LEEDS! Grazia 'regional special' issue.


 Girl about Town.

Grazia magazine and me.


- I am so very excited to introduce all of my lovely Good Golly Miss Hollie readers to my
'Girl About Town' column for Grazia magazine!
Never in my life did I think that I would be chosen to represent Leeds as their regional ambassador. Me? Really? Me?!
 It is a dream come true.
Working for my favourite weekly glossy?
 Am I really awake?
It has all been very, very exciting.

I have been working with Grazia magazine for the past few weeks on their regional special issue which covers the north east of the UK and specifically the cosmopolitan cities of Newcastle, Sheffield and
 of course Leeds!
It is not often us northern girlies get a gig so I am so proud to be a Grazia local ambassador and see my city featured in the magazine.
The idea is for each girl from each to city to share all of her city secrets with you all so that should you ever come and visit, you can head straight to the hot spots!

This special issue of Grazia is only £1 and it is out today!!!


So, if you would like to read my column and of course Tor from (thatspeachy.com)'s column on the city of Newcastle, then make sure you grab yourself a Grazia this week!

 The regional special issue also includes special discounts from places I recommend to eat, drink and visit in Leeds, so if you would like to grab yourself a Grazia cocktail or a 2-4-1 meal at on of the cities dining hot spots then you can do so with the voucher printed in youtmagazine.



I hope you all enjoy the magazine, and be sure to let me know what you think if you buy it.
You can also pop over to  The Grazia daily website. 
to find out more about what I have been up to in Leeds.
Love, Holl xo

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

I DID IT!!!! I ACTUALLY DID IT!!!

 The most relief that
 I have 
ever felt in my
 life.
x



- Waking up this morning and nervously going into college to collect my A level results at 7am was probably the most horrendous thing I have ever done in terms of anxiety and sweaty palms.
I had a sleepless night last night and opening the paper with super shaky hands to see that I had indeed met the requirements of my course was the scariest thing ever.
 I really had my doubts as to whether or not I would do it.
and I did it!
I really did it, this is my chance to become a proper journalist!!
I needed 280 points to get in and I did it bang on with A C C.
I can't believe I was only 1 mark off a B!!!
That really made me annoyed but nevertheless LIVERPOOL is on.
Gone are my worries and doubts about going!



It's happening and I have to say I have never been as excited about anything in my entire life!!!!
A huge thankyou to everybody who wished me good luck and the people who have congratulated me this morning on Twitter and Facebook it means so,so,so much to me!!
Thankyou so much!!!!!
Also, congratulations to everybody who has recieved their results today and has secured their places!
WE DID IT!!!
I just wanted to quickly say amongst the madness that I have uploaded a new video on my channel.
It is a Primark haul wooo!!!
ENJOY.
LOVE, HOLL
xo

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

GLOSSYBOX: August 2012

 The international 
Superstar
 box.
August 2012 edition



- This months edition of 'Glossybox' includes products from around the world. 
The month of August sees the iconic pretty pink box filled with 'international superstars'.

This summer, Glossybox really is going global…

Alessandro
Pro White
"Optically brigtening effect nail polish with anti-yellowing formulafor radiant white and gleaming nails."
Full size product: £7.85/10ml
Germany

- I find this a very useful and practical product to be included in the box.
As an avid nail polish wearer I always find that my nails are stained a funny shade of yellowy/orange whenever I remove my polish to apply a new shade.
I have found it rather difficult to remove the staining (especially on my toes) 
I must admit, I am rather lazy when it comes to applying basecoats to my nails and if I did, perhaps the staining would not occur as strongly.
I am hoping this product works a little miracle!

Valentino
Valentina Assoluto Eau de Parfum.
"Valentina assoluto eau de parfum, is an intentionally seductive, intense, beautiful feminine fragrance by Valentino."
Full size product: £61/50ml
Italy


- I think this is very pretty floral fragrance, it is strong and lingering on the skin. I doubt it would replace my old time favourites YSL 'Cinema' and Vivienne Westwood 'Naughty Alice' but it is a pretty fragrance and I will certainly make use of the sample bottle.
The scent smells expensive and although it carries lots of floral and musky notes it also contains the deep undertones of cedarwood giving the scent more depth and pizaz.

DHC
Deep cleansing oil
"This revolutionary water based-soluble cleanser is better than any other make-up remover you've ever tried."
Full size product: £18.50/200ml
Japan

- With my face not in the best state at the moment I have yet to try this product. I am always a little worried about applying oil based products to my oily skin.
 Surely the logistics of that don't work?
Once I get my face back into it's normal state I will be interested in trying this just for my interest to see whether oil and oil work harmoniously together?
Have you had experiences with oil based makeup removers?

Vera Valenti
L'ombre a' paupiere margarita
"An eyeshadow palette offering a selection of ten different colours with an applicator included."
Full size product: £3.85/7ml
Spain




- This product reminds me of something you would get free in Claires lucky bag.
I would not regard this pallet  as a 'luxury' sample.
The colours albeit ones that I would wear and suit me remind me of an old eyeshadow quad my Nana gave me that she used to use in the 1980's. There is something very 1980's about these eyeshadow pigments. Never the less it shall get used as I do like wearing greens and neutrals.
The pigmentation of the shades is fairly good so I will be interested to test their wearability.

Lipcote
"The original lipstick sealer and the secret of long lasting feather fade and water resistant lipstick."
Full size product: £3.99/7ml
United Kingdom


- I LOVE lipcoat, it is the perfect sealent for my favourite lipstick MAC 'Girl About Town'.
I have been buying Lipcoat for years and it really does work.
Again, I wouldn't deem this a luxury sample but very handy for lippy lover such as myself. Especially those who like to go bold with a statement lip of hot pink or kissable red.

GLOSSBOX
Lipstick in 'Glossy pink'
"Professional beauty lipstick for soft and glamorous lips with a luminous , long lasting colour."
Full size product: £9.50/4g


-I have been really enjoying the little 'Glossybox' extras that we have been recieving in the recent monthly boxes.
Although the lipstick bullet feels so cheaply packaged, the colour of this lippy is very wearble for all skin tones and is great for a daytime lip. I like the versatitily of this lipstick and I shall certainly have it in my everyday makeup bag!


Overall, I feel it was another average box, some cute products included but again nothing that wows me completely.
I would say my favourite product is the Lipcoat (which I could pick up from Bodycare!) and my least favourite product is the Vera Valenti eyeshadow pallette.
What do you think of this months Glossybox?
Love Holl.
xo


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