Sunday, 28 April 2013

THE FASHION CHRONICLE: VIV!


VivienneWestwood




Last week I spent over three hours pouring over a book about Vivienne Westwood. 
Almost everything about the lady facinates me and although I am not a huge fan of all of her pieces, Vivienne inspires me as a fashion icon and renowned designer and I would love to get married in a pair of cream Melissa's with a bright red heart.
The cute infographic above was supplied to me to share with you by the online jewellery specialist
What do you think of Vivienne Westwood?
Love, Holl
xo
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Saturday, 27 April 2013

THE LIFESTYLE CHRONICLE: MY EXPERIENCE AS A 1ST YEAR STUDENT JOURNALIST



the journalist



Back when I published
THIS POST (My freshers experience)
and
THIS POST (My Semester 1 experience)

I promised you that I would write about how I felt this year generally after my final semester concluded.

This week I am writing a 3 part series of 'University Posts' as I feel they will be particularly helpful to anybody in a similar position to myself, anybody starting university in September and anybody wanting to do a journalism course.

Before I begin, I would just like to say that this is just my experience of the first year.
Everyone has a different take so please, read along with an open mind.

This is a tale of three pieces.
The series will cover:

1. How I Ended Up In Liverpool..
- How I chose a university to study at
- The problems that arose
and
-Why I never went to London

2. My Univerisity Experience..
-Living in halls of residence
- Freshers week
- How I adjusted to a new city
-Holding onto a long distance relationship
and
-The daily grind

3. My Experience As A 1st Year Journalism Undergrad.
- My highs and lows on the course
- My outlook on becoming a journalist
and
- What next…?

- Today's post is the final installment of my First Year Experience
It will focus on my year as a student journalist.
I hate to be repetitive but.. grab yourself another brew…it's another long one

For aslong as I can remember I have said that I want to be a journalist.
Everybody who knew me / knows me now could tell you that.
I have always wanted to be apart of a glossy magazine, (Grazia perhaps?) it is still my dream today.
Where I went wrong was when I said that I wanted to be a writer for a magazine.
Opinion writing and journalism are completely different things, a lesson that this year I have learnt.

Even though I did not know the difference properly when I applied, I figuired that for me personally a journalism degree would be the best way to get my skills and knowledge up to scratch to become the best magazine employee that I could be.
Something that I still tell myself now because after all, it is true and although my interests have swayed more towards public relations, a good PR gal needs to know her journalism.

I used to be under the illusion that blogging was journalism.
Infact, I don't think I really knew what journalism was.
This year as a 1st year undergrad at Liverpool John Moore's university has taught me exactly what it is.

Once I understood and remembered why I am taking a journalism course
I began to enjoy it more thoroughly.
I have always enjoyed the course but I found this year challenging as it was a year that
trained me to become a newspaper journalist.
Amongst over things, I learnt shorthand, reporting techniques and how to cover court and press conferences.
I was not allowed to have my opinion, because that is not journalism.

This annoyed me for a while, I wanted to know how to make it on a women's, glossy magazine not
how to become a reporter at the local weekly.
But then, I remembered what I have said all along.
"It is best for you Hollie to learn it all."

I have enjoyed the personal challenges that the course has given me.
At first I was timid about finding original news stories and ignorant to get stuck into hard news, local affairs and politics.
I wanted fashion, beauty, Ugly Betty, Carrie Bradshaw, The Devil Wears Prada...
To shed the misconception, a journalism course is news.
If you want to do magazines, do a magazine course.
I lost track of why I didn't do that for a while, but then I realised.
"It is best for you Hollie to learn it all."

Throughout the course my confidence, news writing ability and news sense has come on leaps and bounds.
I now feel confident in my journalism, but ofcourse I will have to wait until I
recieve my grades before I can say that for sure.

Despite my personal problems at uni my faith in the course remains untarnished
I had support from the majority of my tutors when they could see I was a little bit wobbly about my choice.
The 1st year has thus far it has prepared me as a student journalist within the newspaper industry.

I have realised that newspaper journalism may not be my area of interest but
I can say that I have learnt the ropes should a job in that sector ever come my way.

I am really glad that I am studying for a journalism degree, it has knocked down
alot of confidence issues, shown me the real way to report and write for an editorial job
and allowed me to meet some really ace people of whom I study with.
I am super excited to see what challenges next year throws at me as I enter into broadcast territory.
Do you study a journalism degree?
What do you think of it?
Love, Holl
xo

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Friday, 26 April 2013

THE LIFESTYLE CHRONICLE: MY 1ST YEAR UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE


The Experience



Back when I published
THIS POST (My freshers experience)
and
THIS POST (My Semester 1 experience)

I promised you that I would write about how I felt this year generally after my final semester concluded.

This week I am writing a 3 part series of 'University Posts' as I feel they will be particularly helpful to anybody in a similar position to myself, anybody starting university in September and anybody wanting to do a journalism course.

Before I begin, I would just like to say that this is just my experience of the first year.
Everyone has a different take so please, read along with an open mind.

This is a tale of three pieces.
The series will cover:

1. How I Ended Up In Liverpool..
- How I chose a university to study at
- The problems that arose
and
-Why I never went to London

2. My Univerisity Experience..
-Living in halls of residence
- Freshers week
- How I adjusted to a new city
-Holding onto a long distance relationship
and
-The daily grind

3. My Experience As A 1st Year Journalism Undergrad.
- My highs and lows on the course
- My outlook on becoming a journalist
and
- What next…?

Yesterday I shared with you my 'Choosing a Uni' saga in THIS post.
Today's post is all about my 1st year university experience in general… 
Grab yourself a cuppa…It's another long one


The first night of freshers..

In all honesty, despite the nervous fuss I kicked up, something inside of me already knew that I had bagged my place, I knew that somehow my AS and A2's grades would get me in.

In the few weeks leading up to me leaving for university I was a complete wreck.
I cried at the drop of a hat, I was irritable and most of all I was scared.
Unlike some of my friends, I was trying my best to slow time down, I loved my life the way it was going.
I had my friends around the corner, a job that I liked going to, my family and my boyfriend all around me and I was having a great time.

When Saturday 8th September 2012 rolled around, the car was packed with things that did not feel like mine and I was eating a cooked breakfast under the morning sunshine, outside in the garden with my mum and dad, I had never felt so scared.
I acted all tough but I wasn't, I didn't want to go.

The first few weeks I found so hard.
Looking back on pictures it looks as though I was having the time of my life in freshers and some aspects of it I found really fun but mostly I was worrying about living up to the
freshers expectation…

I like to have a good time, but I struggle to drink a hefty amount and I usually end up getting myself into a mess if I do.
It scared me drinking excessive amounts of god knows what with people I had only just met because
I felt that I had to.
 It was freshers after all!
I didn't know if they were going to make sure I got home okay, I had no idea if they
would help me find my way through Liverpool back to the flat safely.
I had no idea where I lived and I had no idea where on earth I was.
Thankfully, they did and after time they understood me and the way I am.

At that time, I also thought that I was blessed with such decent, normal and nice flat mates, one of which became my best friend at uni as the year went on, her name is Millie and she is someone who will have a chilled night, watching soaps with a can of Cidre with me.
She's chilled and a good listener…Exactly what I needed.

Luckily I had already been chatting with the majority of my flatmates on a 'find your flatmates' forum.
I totally recommend getting involved with that as you can get a feel for who you will be living with for the year ahead and it makes it less awkward when you first open the flat door and it's like:
"Errr which fridge shelf do you want?"

Because of the majority of nice people that lived there I wouldn't have minded living in halls of residence at all but somebody who also lived in the flat was really unclean and disgusting, leaving the place in a complete state, dirty plates everywhere, mouldy food left around for weeks and toilet matter all over the place.
We ended up giving up one of the two shared bathrooms for this person to use on their own and 5 of use crowded into another teeny, tiny shower room because it was so rank.
This got me really down and I began to resent being there more and more.

I also struggled to make friends at the start.
This sounds ridiculous because as an only child, shouldn't I have been the first to find some companionship?
I have to say, the friends I did eventually make are the loveliest bunch you could ever hope to meet and for them I am so thankful as they are simply the best.

I compared myself to my other friends at different uni's who had found a new huge group of friends who were all the same.
All the while I was still yearning for my old bunch of friends and I think that is what stopped me just getting stuck in there.
This year, I am making it my mission to be as open minded and as positive as I can, I really need to become a YES WOMAN!

I do believe that the people who join sports teams or socities at uni have a better time as they have regular meet ups, training, matches etc and you have to mix with different people.
Sports teams also have really cool socials.
From observing my boyfriend at uni him joining the hockey team made his year, he has done
all sorts of crazy stuff and met some really great people.

Me...
As someone who doesn't play sport…
Maybe I should just go and get stuck in?
…Maybe not haha.

I didn't feel like myself again until after semester one when I returned after Christmas
Between September and Decemeber I was a totally wobbly piece of jelly mess.
I was lonley, sad, I didn't want to be in Liverpool and I began doing 2 things.
I wrote to the head of journalism at Leeds Trinity asking about how I could transfer home, I was set in stone to do this, I couldn't deal with the homesickness any longer.
But, something stopped me from clicking send.
I wish that I could pinpoint what it was, but I just could not do it.
Similarily..
I also started applying through UCAS for London College of Fashion, I thought stuff it, I want to be there not here.
Again, something stopped me halfway through.

I needed to try harder in Liverpool.

I have briefly touched on Long Distance Relationships at university before.
As most of you know if you read Good Golly Miss Hollie regularly, for half of the year I am in an LDR between Liverpool and London.
I found being in an LDR really hard and as much as I try and deny it, I do think it altered my mindset about uni in general.
My boyfriend has a really awesome time at uni, he loves it and he loves the friends he has made.
Because I felt so rubbish in the beginning and hadn't settled well at all my head started to go crazy wondering if he had met sombody better and wondering when he was just going to forget me completely.
I just wanted to talk to him but he was busy having a fantastic time, he didn't have time for me crying down the phone because I had seen him have a great time without me.
The dreaded Facebook tagged photo's.
I turned into that girl, and ladies it is not good.
Dan and I saw one another once a month, every 3-4 weeks which for some is no time at all.
We took it in turns, he would come to Liverpool, I would travel to London.
I had no idea in the begining if we were going to make it through.
It has been so tough for me but we are still together despite me being a loony for a while.
You just have to COMMUNICATE and TRUST.
THAT is crucial! Once communication breaks down you might aswell give up.
The funny thing is, technology didn't help us at all, our phones stopped signalling messages to one another and we went through a really awkward patch of "are you ignorning me?" and Skype caused us to fall out because the connection was so bad.
Give it a go though guys, you might come out of the other side like we did and if you really want it to work, it will.

Upon returning in January of this year my university life really turned around.
I had found my friends and I was getting on well with the course.
I had battled with some personal demons.
It is now April and I have completed my first year.
For what felt like an eternity a mere 6 and a half months had passed.
I feel much, much, much more optimisic about returning in September.
I know what I will do right next year and that is important.
I know what I want who I want to be.
The grotty flatmate will turn into a story I tell at parties and I will move back
in a better mind set.
I am glad I was how I was think year because I know exactly how I can make
things better next year!
How did you find your first year of university?
Love, Holl
xo

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

THE LIFESTYLE CHRONCLE: MY UNIVERSITY DECISION STORY

The Choice



Back when I published
THIS POST (My freshers experience)
and
THIS POST (My Semester 1 experience)

I promised you that I would write about how I felt this year generally after my final semester concluded.

This week I am writing a 3 part series of 'University Posts' as I feel they will be particularly helpful to anybody in a similar position to myself, anybody starting university in September and anybody wanting to do a journalism course.

Before I begin, I would just like to say that this is just my experience of the first year.
Everyone has a different take so please, read along with an open mind.

This is a tale of three pieces.
The series will cover:

1. How I Ended Up In Liverpool..
- How I chose a university to study at
- The problems that arose
and
-Why I never went to London

2. My Univerisity Experience..
-Living in halls of residence
- Freshers week
- How I adjusted to a new city
-Holding onto a long distance relationship
and
-The daily grind

3. My Experience As A 1st Year Journalism Undergrad.
- My highs and lows on the course
- My outlook on becoming a journalist
and
- What next…?


***************


This post will focus on how I ended up in Liverpool….
.. grab yourself a cuppa…
This is a long one!

In the beginning…
Just over 1 year ago….
Applying for the best journalism course was always up there in my list of priorities…
Afterall I am throwing over £27,000 at it!
Back then, I was all set on one of the following universities to study journalism.

University of Sheffield
Nottingham Trent
Northumbria
and
Leeds Trinity

After making many lists of Pro's and Con's for each
I talked myself out of all of them…..
*Here is where my extremley odd decision making process began....

Nottingham Trent was always my favourite university.
I loved the city and I loved the feel of the university, I could have seen myself living there comfortably.
The only problem being was that when I was applying you could either pick
 Print Journalism
or
Broadcast Journalism as seperate degree's.
In my personal statement I had banged on about being a 'well rounded journalist' and decided
that it was better to do both aspects of journalism to get the most out of the degree in order to become a more employable journalist.
SURE THING…
BUT….
The thought of studying broadcast next year terrifies / doesn't currently interest me so that makes a mockery of that decision.

Leeds Trinity…Ahhh Leeds Trinity.
I said goodbye to you because you were a campus uni, too close to home.
HOLLIE YOU ARE KIDDING YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!
All I can say about this is… What a plonker I am.
 Something that I would find out 3 weeks after moving
into halls of residence in Liverpool...

I decided against Northumbria as I felt the course hadn't been running long enough to be as well equipped as some of the more long running courses.
Northumbria's journalism departments also failed  to wow me at the course open day.
Because of the kind of person I am…19 going on 90..I am glad that I didn't opt to live in Newcastle anyway.

I also applied to Sunderland…
But I was never going to go there….

And finally...

 I struck Sheffield off due to them putting their grades up and the course open day being a very negative experience.
This was due to a very 'charming' chap with an extremley adverse attitude to journalism.
He said: "Don't do journalism, do something else."

Due to the rise in tuition fee's last year, UCAS allowed applicants to decline a university and choose another one off a designated list once all of the uni's in the country had announced the amount they were setting their fee's at.
In the January of 2012 I vetoed Sheffield and chose Liverpool John Moore's to be a back up.
This was done on a complete whim….

All of the uni's I chose are essentially fabulous for journalism and I am proud to say that I recieved
5 out of 5 offers..
Hooray!!

However, this made the decision making process worse.
At this point..I had been talked out of applying to any London universities due to
the financial implications for somebody not very well of living and studying in the capital.
Plus at this point I had no idea what help was available to me regarding that.
This is why all of my choices were northern choices.
But.. more..on this later..

With Notts and Northumbria gone I had decided
it was Liverpool or Leeds.
Leeds or Liverpool, Liverpool, Leeds, Leeds, Liverpool, Leeds, Liverpool, Leeds,
Liverpool, Leeds, Liverpool, Leeds, Liverpool, Leeds, Liverpool.
Those words would go around in my head night after night.
I simply did not know what to do.

Move away.
"Yeah, move away Hollie, struggle to find a job at home in summer and at Christmas.. have no money ever.. miss your family like crazy.. have to travel backwards and forwards for 2 hours on a train.. Be the party animal you think you are (you're not) Live crazy uni life woooo"
or
Stay at home.
"Why would you do that Hollie? Stay at home???!!!! Stay in Leeds? Are you crazy, everyone is moving away you need to do the same, get as far away from home as possible, you are independent."

On February 16th 2012 I tootled off to look around Liverpool John Moore's University.
I was also having an interview for their journalism course.

I arrived there and told myself that I liked the city and the course was out of this world.
Without anymore thought I was going there and that was it.
My parents were a little shocked as I had never mentioned Liverpool JMU before.
Where had all of this come from?
I didn't know really either.

In reality I didn't think the above.
I just told everyone I thought that because it was the only uni that I had left that was far away from home and did a full journalism course
and a great one at that..I must add*

I can remember telling my dad something that made him shake his head...
"I am going to move away and live 'uni life' and never come home again"

I never clicked with Liverpool the day I went for my interview and to some extent I still haven't.
I hope that next year I do more so now it is less unfamiliar.
It is a great city and I have met the greatest people there, but there's something not quite right.
I chose Liverpool John Moore's university originally because I thought that the course looked great
and it was away from Wakefield.
Other factors hadn't come to play when I made that choice.

A few weeks after firming my choices I had learnt more about the university application system, why I was going to uni, what I wanted to become and my life interests had changed, parically because of this very blog and my eyes being opened up to a career I really liked the look of.

Everything about my career goals changed.

I had a definate direction (the one I follow avidly now)
and it certianly wasn't the one I had between year 11 and the February of year 13 when I was choosing universities and a 3 year life plan.
If I was going to get anywhere in beauty, fashion, journalism, magazines, PR, advertising, editorial etc
I needed to be in London.
Literally everyday right up until my A level results I would hop onto the London College of Fashion course page and sit and kick myself why I hadn't felt the way I do now a year ago when it mattered.
I would wish that I hadn't firmed Liverpool and that I hadn't listened to anybody saying I
couldn't afford to go.
I wished everynight that a miracle would happen and I could somehow get there.
My dream course. 
Fashion Journalism at LCF was there, and I hadn't taken it….
There was no going back…
But Liverpool was obviously my fate and calling..

My University Experience…
Will be the next post in this series to look out for.
The tale continues….
How did you find the application process? 
Do you wish that you had done things diffently?
Love, Holl
xo

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

THE FASHION CHRONICLE: AZTEC MESS

What I Wore to work#5



- Last weekend the sun was shining in West Yorkshire.
This in turn caused me to root through my 'saving for holiday' bag and pull out a brightly coloured midi dress.

As some of you may know, I am now on home turf for a good while having completed my first year of journalism in Liverpool.
 Friday night was therefore spent catching up with my boyfriends family, drinking lots to celebrate my final exam and eating a ridiculous amount of take away.
It was surprising that I managed to look half decent in an extremley clingy bodycon dress the following day.


I love the Aztec print on this dress, I think it is perfect for people like myself who
are a litle conscious of their tummy's poking out,  the print disguises any jelly belly so well.
I paired my midi with studded biker boots and a leather jacket
and wore my hair in a low maintence, low bun.


Dresss Primark
Jacket - Primark
Necklace - Primark

I enjoyed a colour splash last weekend.
For now though, the midi dress shall return to the 'saving for holiday' bag.
What do you think of midi dresses?
Love, Holl
xo
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Monday, 22 April 2013

THE BEAUTY CHRONICLE: THE FIXING MIST REVIEW

MUA 'Pro Base'Fixing Mist


- I recently noted that Superdrug offer 10% off all products, all year round for students with an NUS extra card.
With this in mind, I headed to Superdrug to pick up something I had noted
on the budget beauty market but hadn't seen many reviews about it doing the rounds.

MUA 'Pro Base'
Fixing mist




- I have long been a fan of setting sprays, I had a sample sized
Urban Decay 'All Nighter
and found that it worked well when I needed my makeup to stay put for a long period of time.

At just £5 I was interested to try the MUA fixing mist.

Fixes your makeup in place all day long.
Protects against heat, humidity cold and windy conditions, whatever your day throughs
at you - your makeup will hold its place.
- Up to 8 hours fixing power
- Moisturisers and hydrates the skin
- Micro fine mist for easy application

I have fairly oily skin, which means that my makeup tends to fade after a few hours.
I work in retail and a shift under the shop lights never does my face any favours.



The spray is light and doesn't make your face feel sticky after application.
As yet, it also has not led to breakouts.

-  I was suitably impressed with this product as it hydrates a tired face of makeup and
also keeps it looking reasonably applied.
For a budget beauty alternative to higher end setting sprays it is a winner.
What do you think of setting sprays, an alternative to the old fashioned primer?
Love, Holl
xo
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Saturday, 20 April 2013

THE SPONSOR'S CHRONICLE: APRIL'S LEOPARD ADVERTISER

Intoducing

MelKateBeauty


This month my Leopard print sponsor is the lovely Mel..
She wants to introduce herself to you all…

********

Hey guys, 

I am so excited to be writing this to go onto the lovely Hollie's blog! I'm Mel, a 21 yr old student, who spends more than an appropriate time on her blog, MelKateBeauty. 


Before I dive into all about my blog, I thought I would sum myself up briefly if anyone fancied getting to know me. I know, when I read a blog, I want to know the author too. My loves are, my friends, family, sunshine, adventures, dancing badly, singing even worse, rose, the countryside or great outdoors and daydreaming like a hopeless romantic. Things I don't love, rain, trolls and authority. I like to think I'm good at meeting people, but honestly I am just clumsy, talk to fast and become ridiculously inappropriate, so if we ever meet I apologise.


I'm quite a baby at this blogging game, I only started up in August 2012. I'd loved reading blogs and watching beauty gurus on YouTube for a long time prior to this though. I started going to events and  slowly posting here and there. It took me a while to get really into my stride of what I wanted all my posts to be, but as time has gone on I realise changing up posts is a lot of fun too, and as long as you are enjoying writing that's what it's all about.

So, what can you expect to see? I mainly focus on reviews and tutorials, on makeup and skincare, just because this is what I love the most, I would even maybe admit, my love for skincare is a little too much, but in beauty blogger land I think that's a common thing. I also love tags, hauls, hair tutorials and the occasional OOTD when I'm feeling brave, sometimes a lifestyle post may even creep in, who knows you'll have to wait and see. 

Thanks so much for your time in reading this and a huge thank you to Hollie for having me on her blog.

I know this is just an introduction about me rather than a post about a topic, but I rambled so much, I figured I'd end it here. 

Hopefully I'll meet some of you soon through the bloggersphere or even at a meet up and find some more fab blogs for me to read. 

Thanks again, 
Until next time, 
Love and Kisses, 
MelKateB xo 
@MelKateB

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

THE FASHION CHRONICLE: THE DAYTIME DRESS

What I Wore to work#4


- Last weekend I opted to dive out of my comfort zone and try something different.
On Saturday….

I wore my patterned tea dress from Umoja Collections
paired with patterned tights and a chunky knit.

You could describe this outfit as
Kooky Grandma


Green Ring - Vintage
Blue 'Arty' Ring - Gifted
Bracelets - Rose Mae Jewellery
Necklace - Primark

  

Knit Jumper - Zara
Boots - Next

The 'What I wore to work' feature will run for 5 weeks.
You can find:
and
by clicking the above links.
Love, Holl
xo
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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

THE GLOSSYBOX CHRONICLE: APRIL 2013

The Spring Fever with 

Peal Lowe


- Ah Glossybox, you have done it again!
 And by it I mean that you have done yourselves proud. 
 All hail another monthly banger…

April 2013, the *Spring Fever* box



This month Glossybox have teamed up with the ever glamourous Peal Lowe
who has designed the absolutely stunning box inspired by her love of all things vintage.

Immediate winner in my eyes non?

Peal Lowe:
"I hope you enjoy your limited edition Glossybox, inspried by my love of all
things vintage and floral.
I absolutely love the concept of deconstructing an established concept (like florals) and puting
a unique twist on it."



Inside the box this month….

Essie Nail Lacquer
£7.99 (diffusion line available at Boots)
*Nice is Nice*




- I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a full sized, Essie polish in my box.
Especially given that it is in one my favourite nail shades ever
lilac.
This gorgeous, pastal lilac is perfect for the spring season.
Essie polishes apply so nicely and resisted chipping for 4 days.
This neutral lilac is the perfect shade for this season.

Nip + Fab 'Dry Skin Fix'
£9.95
*Pistachio Sundae*



- I have never smelt anything as amazingly scented in my entire life!
It is one of the products you just want to eat.
Even my dad, who is the least beautycentric wanted a piece of this deliciously scented body butter.
With body moisture boosting Aquaxyl as an ingredient, the skin's water reserves which improves the appearance of your skin. 
This is an ultra hydrating product and the scent it leaves on your skin smells divine and lingers for hours.

Model Co 'Cheek + Lip Tint
£15
*Rosey Red*



-Apprently back in the day (according to my dad) this product would have been
called a rouge.
I am all for lip and cheek combo products.
Upon first application this blood red product is a little bit scary, but once
it is blended it results in a deep pink shade.
I find it a little too sticky to use on my cheeks but it perfect for adding a pop
of colour to your lips.

Yves Rocher Eau de Parfume
£44 for 50ml
*So Elixr Purple*



- I believe this little sample pot is forward thinking when it comes to a perfume tester.
It is a miniture version of the real thing.
Instead of being cast into the deep depths of our handbags, this little bottle is something
to add to our perfume shelf.
The scent is extremely floral, it is definately a summer scent.
I usually go for a more deeper scent but for an everyday spritz it is not bad at all.

Sunsense
£18.50 for 75g
*Daily Face SPF 50*




- This sun block would be perfect for anybody headed for the ski season as its high SPF
protects the skin from the winter sun.
I will be taking this on holiday with me to protect my face from sun damage and
premature aging.
As I am extremley fair, such a high factor is perfect for me.
It is oil free which is great for people like me who have oily/combination skin.


Overall..
I am suitably impressed with this months box, all of the products will be put to
good use, I am particularly excited about the Nip + Fab body butter.
I think a full size repurchase may be on the cards!
What do you think of this months box?
If you reviewed your box and recieved different products, link it below
Love, Holl
xo
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Sunday, 14 April 2013

THE BEAUTY CHRONICLE: SUNLESS TAN

Yonka Self Tanning Milk



- As you know, I am back on the fake tan hype. 
Something to do with Spring and Summer on its way.
I have recently dipping into continental fake tan.
Ooo Eeerrr..exotic

Yon-Ka is a french skincare brand which was founded in 1954.
I have recently been trying out the 
Yon-Ka
Lait Auto-Bronzant 
which is essentially a hydrating, nourishing, self tan milk.
"All throughout the year , the self-bronzer gives you a natural looking,
radiant and even glow without exposure to the sun.
It is also a true protective treatment with hydrating, smoothing and nourishing virutes.
With DHA and fruit extracts.
"
What I thought..
For a self tan that sits nearer the higher end of the price bracket I
was expecting a little bit of luxuary…
I was super impressed with the application of this tan.
It is a thick, moisturiser cream formula that is white.
White tanners are excellent for developing on the skin and leaving your sheets and p-jays
orange, stain free.
I also like that the tanner has no scent to it at all upon application.

The colour starts to develop after an hour and amazingly no
strange biscuity smell appears either!
After 4-5 hours it is noticeable that you have something on your skin
but it isn not overpowering or fake tan-esc.
I prefer to apply false tan before bed.

Upon rinsing the baseline tan in the shower the following morning
I was left with a lovely sunkissed glow.
Nothing over powering but also not un noticeable.
Upon showing my bath wasn't left with a 'tan tideline'
as the water rinses clear.

I was impressed with this tan due to the non messy nature of it.
It is what I would call
a mature false tan.
Perfect also for people such as myself with fair natural skin.
What do you think of false tans in the high end market?
Better, worse or just as good than our drugstore favourites?
Love, Holl

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Friday, 12 April 2013

THE FASHION CHRONICLE: HOW I STYLE...



Antiform Clothing

And Belles Bejewelled @ Made In Leeds

When I see clothes hanging on a rail, a fair few thoughts run through my mind..
What shoes would I wear with this?
What occasion would I wear this for?
What else do I own that could compliment this?
I spend forever pondering.

I personally don't think clothes rails do garments any favours.
As a shopper I like to be able to see what I am buying, styled up with accessories
and other complimentary items.

In the shop, we stock Antiform Clothing.
Antiform was established in 2007 by Lizzie Harrison, the brand is 
forward thinking and ethical, the material and workmanship sourced in the West Yorkshire region.
A true Yorkshire brand!

Fabric is recycled, revamped and turned into new, kooky garments.
Sometimes, people aren't sure how to style clothing items that are away from the 
Topshop-esc norm.

Last weekend I put together my favourite outfits made up of clothes by Antiform.
All of the clothes you see below are stocked in the Made In Leeds shop.

 

- I love this sky blue, crochet top, it complements the white skirt beautifully as a true spring time, cheery number,
I added an Antiform scarf that complemented the blue colour family, bringing out the colour in the top and completing the look.


- Steph is wearing a pretty blue shirt with embroided collars
with a striped jumper layered over the top.
I love the layered look and I think the bright, daffodile coloured sleeves work nicely against the blue of the blouse.




- The gorgeous, statement necklace that I am wearing with the Antiform pieces is by the gorgeous Rebecca of  Belle's Bejewelled
I had never seen such intricately designed accessorie pieces before since being introduced to Belles Bejewelled.
- I love this bodycon dress, the loose fit top half flaters any shape or size, with the skirt nicely fitted with an elasticated, beige middle panel.
I teamed this with a bespoke, statement necklace to transform this otherwise day dress into a night out number.


My favourite piece within the collection is this two-tone jumper, which can be worn with leggings, as you can
see in the picture above, I have teamed mine with wet look leggings.
It is floaty and a gorgeous fit, slightly longer at the back with loose fit sleeves.
What do you think of upcycled clothing?
Love, Holl
xo
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