Wednesday, 31 July 2013

THE BLOGGING CHRONICLE: JULY 2013

hOT FROM July


- The month of July has been a bitter sweet affair.
At the beginning of the month I was enjoying a truly wonderful holiday with Dan.
We adventured whilst drinking up lots of sunshine and simply enjoyed one anothers company.
It was brilliant.
Sadly, when I returned home I had to deal with some pretty devastating news that hit me in a double whammy with a huge kick in the stomach.
I learned that my Nana, who had been battling with the aftermath of a stroke alongside dementia had passed away and my Grandad who was otherwise very healthy had suffered a dangerous stroke himself.
It was all too much to take in and for the remainder of July I have not felt like myself, struggling to understand why my life has turned upside down.

I am very lucky to say that I have had amazing support from both my family and Dan and his family and I am starting to accept what has happened.
I currently feel very sad a lot of the time but it is important for me to realise that these raw feelings won't last forever.

Sadness aside, things on Good Golly Miss Hollie have been continuing as normal and I have recieved some lovely, supportive comments from you guys that really put a smile on my face.
I also hit 1000 blog followers which is unbelieveable!
Thank-you so much for your continued support for my blog, it means the world to me.

Each month I look back over each post and pick our my favourites. 
I also throw in a cheeky post from the archives  for your amusement.

1.

- I took some time to really look at my perfume collection and as soon as I inhaled the familiar scents I was taken back to particular moments in my life.
I introduced you to my daytime scent, signature scent and my memory scent.

2.

- I shared some of my holiday memories with you and also did a little bit of holiday haulin', showing you some of the goodies that I brought home from my travels in Turkey.

3.

- In this post I created a step by step guide on the eye make-up look that I wear on a day to day basis!
Perfect for all occasions and takes you from the daytime in the evening fuss free.

From July 2012

I am hoping that August will be a more positive month and I am looking forward
to feeling a lot brighter.
As they say.. The only way is up.

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Monday, 29 July 2013

THE MAKE-UP CHRONICLE: FACE


Make-up For Flawless Skin


- Following on from my last post which talked about my Everday Eye Make-up, I recieved a few messages asking about the make-up that I wear on my face.

I tend to wear quite a bit of make-up on my face as I have a few bits and pieces that need sorting out.
Dark under eye circles, noticeable pores, redness and blemishes to note a few.

I have been loyal to a select few products for a long time now so you may see some familiar products on this post.

1.
- To begin I make sure that I moisturise my skin, I use the warmth of my hands to apply a generous layer of the Seaweed Mattifying Cream from The Bodyshop.
It is the perfect moisturiser for me as it works efficientely on combating my oily skin problems.

2.
- Secondly I will use a primer.
(I have written a budget/high end primer comparison post HERE.)
The primer that I am using currently is the
Murad Skin Perfecting Primer.
The primer helps to bind my make-up to my skin for longer and evens out the redness within my cheeks.

3.
- On with foundation and I am still loving the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation in the shade, Ivory 2.
(You can find a more indepth review of this foundation HERE.)

4.
- To conceal any dark pigmentation underneath my eyes and to cover up any blemishes, I use the highly coveted Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in the shade, Light 2.

5.
- To set my foundation and concealer I use the amazing
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in the shade, 003 Peach Glow.
This powder keeps my foundation looking flawless all day long with touch ups throughout the day.
As I don't tend to wear cream highlighter I go ahead and powder my face before applying anymore powder based products.

(For more information on the above 3 products head over to THIS POST)

6.
- I have currently been loving the Bourjois Delice De Poudre in the shade, 51 to contour my cheekbones and to add warmth to my face.
I take the product on my temples, underneath my cheekbones and down my nose where the sun would naturally catch my face.

7.
- I have never been much of a blush kind of girl and I have always stuck to my old favourite, the 
Krylon for Glossybox Blush in Glossy Rosewood.
I apply this with a dome brush to the apples of my cheeks.


And there we have it, my staple face make-up items!

Have you tried any of these products?

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Saturday, 27 July 2013

THE MAKE-UP CHRONICLE: EYES


Updated: EVERYDAY EYES



- Eye make-up is my favourite make-up to apply.
 I enjoy being creative with different products and colours and I like to try something new on my eyes daily.
I barely have spare time on a morning to be creative therefore I have go to products that help me create a simple yet glamourous everyday eye.

In today's post I will be showing you the products and techniques that I use to create a
very wearable eye make-up that will take you from the daytime through to the night.

- I begin by priming my eye lids with the coverted
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
This helps to give my eye lids a tacky surface to work on.
If you have oily skin like me you may find that your eye shadows slip during the day due to excess oil.
I find that by using this primer my shadows last a lot longer.


-  Using a flat shader brush I take a little pop of my
MAC 'Paint Pot' Rubenesque
(REVIEW HERE)
I take the creamy forumla all over my eye lids in thin layers, building the colour as I go.





- I then take the bottom left shade from my Bodyshop Smokey Moonstone palette
(REVIEW HERE) and using a fluffy blending brush I sweep it through my socket line.


- After this I go back to Rubenesque and take some of the colour onto the inner portion of my eyelid and underneath my bottom lash line.


- I have recently found myself loving tightline and waterline eyeliner after a phase of not bothering with this step.
I am currently using the
Sleek Eau La La liner in Noir

I secondly use my Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Eyeliner to line the mid to outer sections of my eye on both the top and bottom lash line.


- Finally, I curl my eye lashes and using the
GOSH Growth Mascara for lengthening my lashes
(REVIEW HERE)
and the Models Own Lashed up Volumizer for thickening up my lashes.



The finished look, perfect for summer!




If you enjoyed this post and you want to take a peek at some of the other eye make-up
step by steps you can find them below.

My Previous 'Everyday Eye'

Glamorous eyes, perfect for a night out.

Emerald Smokey Eyes

Purple Smokey Eyes

What do you think?


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Thursday, 25 July 2013

THE BEAUTY CHRONICLE: SPEEDY NAIL DRYING


Nail Drying Spray




- It is not secret that Bodycare is one of my favourite stores to visit when I am in need of a barginous beauty loot.
I popped in recently and found myself in the nail care section.

I came across the Pretty: Perfect Nail Drying Spray for a mere 99p

The bottle says that it is effective when used on most types of nail polish.
In my opinion if it didn't work on my nail polishes then hey, ho - I hadn't lost much.

"The ideal solution for nail varnish that takes forever to dry. Fast acting, this spray speeds up the natural drying process, leaving you with almost touch dry, glossy nails in 60 seconds."

I trialled the Pretty: Perfect spray on one of my favourite nameless shades from LandB
which is this beautiful shimmery teal shade.






The spray is very cold and quick fire and carries an extremley powdery, floral scent which is somewhat over powering.
The results proved that this product does help your nails to dry quicker, I would say that my nails were completely dry after around a minute and a half and were not left tacky.

The packaging is quite bulky and not easy to transport around whilst on the go but if you are wanting this product to sit in your beauty drawer then there isn't really an issue and overall I am happy that I spent 99p on an effective product!

Would you give this a go?


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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

THE HAIRCARE CHRONICLE:THE RED SAGA CONTINUES


Mellor and Russell

Simply Bright dye




- Whenever I find myself in one of those moods, I reach for the bottle.
With all of the turmoil going on in my life at the moment I seem to want to take it all out on my hair.

I last dyed my hair red a few weeks ago whilst on holiday.
My colour had faded significantly and my roots were appearing in full force.
I used a Turkish L'Oreal Excellence Creme dye in a redish brown shade to take the ginger-tinge off my barnet.
It was a lovely, nourishing dye to apply but the colour just wasn't vibrant enough for me.

Last week, my Grandma and I popped into town and headed to the £1 shop for a root around.
I came across a £1 hair dye.
Now, I know what you are thinking
Stay Clear!
But with madness on my mind I threw it into my basket rather intrigued. 

After doing a bit of research I discovered that the
Mellor and Russell brand is quite a coveted skincare and haircare brand with recognition from Grazia,
Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.

I picked up the Mellor and Russell
Simply Bright - High Colour dye in the shade Red Alert.


The dye is permanent (well as permanent as red dyes can be) and promises 100% grey coverage and rich, long -lasting colour.

The models hair on the box is a beautiful colour and exactly how I want my very own hair to look.
In dark light my hair looks seemigly brunette however, in the bright sunlight I would say my hair resembles the packaging colour fairly well.

It is a very simple kit containing a pair of gloves and two solutions to mix together.
Make sure you have a nourishing conditioner to hand as the product contains hydrogen peroxide.
With this in mind I wouldn't recommend the product for every red dye application but cetainly give it a whirl if you want your colour revitalising and lifting.

I slapped the product onto my head and left it for 25 minutes.

Before the Mellor and Russell dye


- The colourant itself was a deep blood red shade, super scary looking so make sure you have plenty of old towels to hand and keep your head away from the walls.
I popped a plastic bag over my scalp, secured with a bobble, not only does this save any mess but it also keeps your scalp warm which is good when you are wanting dyes to take to your hair,



After using the Mellor and Russell dye

Natural Light


Artifical Light


This dye definately freshened my red hair up to a deep cherry colour.
I am very impressed with this dye which retails at such a barginous price.
I would recommend using it if you are wanting to lift your red colour up a few tones.
I found that most likely due to the hydrogen peroxide that it contains, the dye leaves your hair feeling pretty thirsty so I left a conditioning mask on my hair for around 30 mins.

You can read all about how I maintain red hair
in this maintainance post HERE

Would you try a £1 dye?

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

THE FASHION CHRONICLE: SUMMER DRESS


Summer by 
French Connection


- It truly was lovely to come home to beautiful sunshine.
In the difficult circumstances sitting in our flower filled garden really cheers me up.
I got a little floral crazy and went all out for a BBQ at my boyfriends house.


Sandals - Primark
Bag - A Turkish Market
Daisy Chain Headpiece - Primark


Earrings - A jewellery store in Rhodes
Necklace Chain - Vintage
Necklace Pendant - Tiffany and Co.
Lipstick - MAC - 'New York Apple'


Nail Polish - Revlon - Lily
Watch - From Turkey
Charm Bracelet  - Vintage
Rings - All Vintage
Toe Nail Polish - Ciate 'The Glossip'

I absolutely love this pretty dress from French Connection which is actually called
It comes in one other colour variation also,
It is a super flattering shift dress with beautiful floaty sleeves and beautiful sequin embellishment, I have mine in a size 10 to give a more over-sized effect.
I paired it with embelished sandals and miss match jewellery for a more bohemian look.

What do you think?

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Friday, 19 July 2013

THE BEAUTY CHRONICLE: DUTY FREE MAKE-UP

a MAC Haul



- Call me an oddball but being in the airport before going abroad is a holiday highlight for me.
 Not only do I enjoy having a beer whilst watching the planes on the runway but I do also enjoy a good root in the duty free store!

I was very restrained on my lap around Manchester airport's duty free a few weeks ago
but I did however head over to the MAC counter for a little root around and came back with some goodies.

It was a funny old counter, no make-up artists to be seen, products thrown all over the place and samples splattered all over the work tops.

I didn't really have the intention of buying anything but two products took my fancy and you know that feeling girls, I just had to have them.

After what seemed like an eternity stood waiting for a make-up artist, a guy with nasty breath finally appeared and guided me over to a stool to apply my products.
I won't lie, he made a right mess of what he did.
Even my boyfriend who doesn't know a thing about make-up laughed at how badly the 'make-up' artist applied the products, but this didn't deter me, I knew I could make them work myself.

The 'make-up artist' then went to find them in the stock and upon return he told me he didn't have them, so I picked up two more products, he didn't have them either.
Finally I picked up two more products and you guessed it, they didn't have them either
so I walked away with stupidly applied make-up and seething because I really wanted the products. 

I headed to the toilets to sort out my bodge job make-up but found myself being chased by the make-up artist through the terminal with the original two products that I wanted.
Without a seconds thought I grabbed them plucked out my boarding card and headed to the counter.
And here's what I got:

1.
MAC 'Paint Pot'
Rubenesque





- Paint Pots are not something that have really interested me before but after having a little swatch and a play around with them I realised that I had to have one.
I do like to pile the products on my peepers and I had heard that paint pots paired with eyeshadow can make a fabulous combination.
I was sold.
My next dilemma was deciding which shade I liked best and there was no competion
Rubenesque sold the show.
It is a beautiful peachy, gold toned shade that I must admit looks rather lovely against the blue/green tones in my eyes.
I apply the creamy product with a synthetic, flat brush
(That good old favourite from Urban Decay) and then I blend one of my favourite complementary eyeshadows for Rubenesque which is
Toasted from the Urban Decay Naked Palette through my socket crease using a fluffy blending brush.
I have learnt that the best way to apply the paint pot is to apply a thin layer, let that set and then apply another layer on top to give an opaque effect.
I have a little oil on my lids so I do tend to use the Urban Decay Primer Potion to stop the colour from slipping away. I have however had a good 6/8 hour run with the product still firmly on my lids.
I also like to use Rubenesque as a cheek and brow highlight.



2.
MAC 'Frost' Lipstick
New York Apple




- I had headed over to the counter because I originally wanted to purchase Cockney, a lovely lustre finish, orange - red lipstick with gold shimmer.
Alas they hadn't got that in stock either so I had another scan through the shades.
I knew that I was after a balmy red lippy, one that complemented my hair colour and was the perfect transition from day to night.
New York Apple was the one.
The lipstick is a deep raspberry red with lighter toned shimmer, think 
of the Krispy Kreme Glamour Glaze doughnut.
I love it, it makes me feel glamourous and oddly a little bohemian, I must say also that I am also not afraid to go a little matchy matchy either with my hair and lips!



I am super pleased that I managed to bag these products in the end!

Have you tried Rubenesque or New York Apple?

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

THE BEAUTY CHRONICLE: GLOSSYBOX, JULY 2013


The Seaside Splash Box


- Nothing brightened up my day more than when I opened up the familiar grey and pink Glossybox 
packaging to reveal a beautiful turquoise box with coral star fish and reefs imprinted on the front and sides.
A real splash of summer that helped me cast aside my post holiday blues.

July 2013's Glossybox contains products that are intended to turn us into perfect beach babes.

Inside the box..

Ciate Paint Pot Nail Polish
'The Glossip'
£9.00


- I am so pleased with the shade that I recieved as in the past I have always had poor luck of the draw when it came to the nail polish shade I recieved in previous boxes.
This gorgeous coral shade is summer hit and looks great on both the finger nails and toe nails.
The Glossip is opaque in two coats and is super shiny and chip free for around three days.

Inecto Pure Coconut
Refreshing Dry Shampoo
£2.49


- Having found the perfect dry shampoo in the Batiste 'Vibrant and Red', I was a little dubious about going back to the classic 'white powder' dry shampoo that showed up heavily against my dark red roots.
I was however pleasantly surprised as product is not at all white or powdery and leaved barely no residue amongst your hair, not the mention that it smells absolutely divine!
I wish I had discovered this product before my holiday as it is perfect for throwing in your beach bag for the transition from beach to the bar.

Alterna Hair Care
Bamboo Style Boho Waves - Tousled Texture Mist
£23.00


- I love rocking a bed head look.
My grown out hair needs a little oomph most of the time and this mist has helped me achieve both texture and shine on my post holiday, frazzled barnet.
I spritz a little product into my hair then tease my roots with a bristle brush to create some sexy beachy waves and volume (minus the nasty salt and sand feeling post beach.)

Anatomicals
Spray Misty For Me Facial Spritz
£6.00


- I am a fan of most Anatomicals products, this included and whilst I often think that facial sprays are a little bit silly, I have to admit this lavender scented spray is truly refreshing!
I wish I had it with me on the flight to and from Turkey.
I have this handy little refresher in my handbag to apply throughout the day or even after make-up application to set my look.

Coola Organic Suncare
SPF 20 Face Cream
£29.99


- Thankfully the weather in England is currently beautiful and sunny which has helped me keep a firm grasp on my tan.
I have been applying this handy little cream with UVA/UVB protection to my face daily satisfied in the knowledge that it also tones the skin and minimizes pores.


Overall, I was very impressed with this months Glossybox offering as I have been using almost all of the products on a daily basis.
July's box also includes for full sized products than ever before which is a plus.
A big thumbs up from me.

What do you think of this months offering?

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

THE BEAUTY CHRONICLE: CONCEALER 101 - A GUEST POST


Concealer
 your best friend this summer


In the height of the summer wearing a full face of make-up is the last thing we here at Luxe Models want to do. A layer of foundation just makes us hotter than we already are, as well as the extra aggro of constantly having to re-apply it after it sweats off. So hallelujah, praise the lord that concealer was invented!
Most make-up wearers couldn’t imagine (or want to imagine) a day without their usual make-up attire, which for most people consists of foundation. However, with concealer you can find the perfect match for your skin colour and then go over any scars, spots or blemishes, without having to cover your whole face. 
We love Max Factor’s Pan-Stick Concealer that provides maximum coverage at a very affordable price, less than seven quid! However, concealer can soon leave your skin looking patchy and different tones if not applied properly so follow these 3 tips on how to correctly apply concealer:
When applying concealer to spots or blemishes use a brush, which you wash regularly. This not only stops bacteria building up on the end of the concealer but also stops you making spots worse by transferring bacteria from your finger on to your face. This also allows you to blend the concealer in more effectively, ensuring you don’t rub most of it off.
Don’t forget to do under your eyes. Concealer is for ‘concealing’ things, meaning use it for everything you want to hide. We all suffer from tiredness from time to time which can lead to dark circles under our eyes, concealer can hide this and make your eyes appear fresher and more awake. Concealer can also be used in this area to make eyes appear bigger by applying a lighter tone to the corner of your eyes.
Always remember to remove it properly. Although concealer stops you having to apply make-up all over your face it is still a lot thicker than foundation and can therefore clog up pores even more than usual. Although the concealer free parts of your face may love you for ditching the foundation, the concealer’d  parts wont. So, make sure you wash your face properly and moisturise before going to bed, then you can wake up to glowing skin, as well as glowing sunshine ;).

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Monday, 15 July 2013

THE LIFESTYLE CHRONICLE: THE HOLIDAY


Sun, Sea and Shopping


- Since last Thursday I have been harbouring the holiday blues.
In a bid to bring back some that ol' holiday magic I thought you might fancy reliving my holiday memories with me.

As you probably know already, I went on my jolly holidays to Turkey a few weeks ago.
(You can read all about my holiday packing post HERE)
Turkey really was a beautiful place, packed with culture and amazing excursions.
Dan and I had a blast.

I love a good market, I love ethnic style accessories and I love finding a gem.
Turkey was the perfect place for all of the above.

We enjoyed mud baths, cruises, jeep adventures, sulphur pools, super hot sunshine and lots of history.
We also headed to the Greek island of Rhodes which is a mere 90 minutes away.
 Rhodes was so beautiful and I would love to go back to discover more from the island.











I love this dress, paired with embellished Primark sandals and simple accessories, you can find more about the dress in this post right HERE.






I bought a few bits and bobs for my bedroom too.
Here's to some haulin' baby!

Years of fake tan and experimenting with make-up my bedroom carpet is ruined so I decided upon this beautiful handcrafted Turkish rug would be the perfect cover up.


I fell in love with this lanten and it looks so beautiful with a bright tea light inside of it.



These bags are so adorable, I wanted to buy a back pack in a similar pattern and shade but this shoulder bag is perfect for going out for a meal or even for shopping in the daytime.


I had the best holiday ever and I have made some amazing memories.

Unfortunately when I returned home I was greeted with some heartbreaking news regarding two members of my closest and dearest family who I love so very much.
I would just like to dedicate this post to a very special lady and hero of mine.
Nana Eva
(1932-2013)
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