Saturday, 31 August 2013

THE YOUTUBE CHRONICLE: WHAT'S IN MY MAKE-UP BAG?

what's in my 

makeup bag?


- Having had a few hours to spare the filming bug bit me and I just really wanted to film a new video for my Youtube Channel I thought that a What's In My Make-up Bag? video would do the job just nicely!
I hope that you enjoy it!


hollie x
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Friday, 30 August 2013

THE BLOGGING CHRONICLE: AUGUST 2013

Hot from august


August has been quite a busy little ol' month for me having spent lots of time with my family and Dan's family, visiting places and just soaking up the last month of summer before I return back to university.
August also saw me return to my Youtube Channel!
It was a great feeling uploading a new video for you all!
This month I visited a firework championship competition at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire which was truly amazing.


(Taken from my Instagram @goodgollymisshollie)

I also went to a scarecrow festival in a little viliage in the Yorkshire Dales called Kettlewell.
The sun was shining and I loved wondering around the quaint villiage in the sunshine looking at all the sweet homemade scarecrows




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

1.
In the post I introduced you to my top products that help you achieve white, healthy teeth.
Complete with everything down to the toothbrush!

2.
After years of trialling and reviewing various red hair dye I have finally found one that
1) Brightens up your current red to an electric, passionate red
2) Lightens even the darkest hair up to a red hue.

3.
It's sophisticated and sassy, it's brick by Elizabeth Arden.

*****

In one weeks time I shall be headed back to university in Liverpool and I must say I am rather nervous.
Hopefully the horrors from my 1st year are behind me and I am ready to head back in a fresh frame of mind.
This year I shall be living with friends and I am alot wiser to the ins and outs of uni life.
BRING IT ON.
hollie x
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

THE BAKING CHRONICLE: TIN CAKES

QUEEN VICTORIA CROWNS


A few weekends ago myself and Dan's family went on a lovely picnic to Bolton Abbey which is a little village adjacent to a 12th century, Augustian monastery called Bolton Priory.
It is a really beautiful place in North Yorkshire.

A picnic would not be complete without cakes and sweet treats, therefore my Grandma and I got to baking a twist on the classic Victoria sponge cake to take as my contribution.

I like to call these miniature cakes
Queen Victoria Crowns as they looked like a royal crown when baked and decorated.


Shh don't tell anybody but I cheated a little and bought a Victoria sponge mix from Sainsbury's for a barginous £2.
It saves time and doesn't leave you with lots of baking ingredients that you aren't likely to use up.
If you're cheating like me you will need:
120ml of milk
2 eggs
 100g of Unsalted butter.
to get your sponge mix going!

You also need:
Small tin cans (preferably the ones you get sweetcorn in)
the number of cans you need depends on how many cakes you want to make in one batch.

Tinfoil to wrap around the bottom of the tin.





Using a tin opener take off the bottoms of your cans and wrap in tinfoil.



Spoon a little under half of the sponge mixture into your tin cans.


Pop into a preheaded oven at around 175-180c.
Once your tins are in do not open the door for 15 minutes as your sponge will drop.
After 15 minutes, open the door and pop a skewer through the middle of the cake.
If the skewer comes out clean and not sticky you are ready to let them cool, if not pop them back in the oven for another five minutes or so.

While your cakes are cooling

It's onto making the buttercream filling..
It is best to make buttercream if you are not going to be digging into your cakes on the day you baked them as buttercream lasts longer than fresh double cream.


Mix 100g of unsalted butter along with your icing mix.




Once your little cakes are cool, take off the tinfoil and use a knife to cut around the bottoms to get your little cake out.


They can be a little tall so trim a small amount from the bottoms and then cut the buns in half.


Now for the fun! 
Add your buttercream to one side and any jam of your choice to the other side and sandwhich them together!


Finally, dust with icing sugar!


Yummy!
hollie x
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Monday, 26 August 2013

THE HAIR CARE CHRONICLE: RED DYE #2

garnier Nutrisse 'ultra color'



- A month has passed since I last review a RED HAIR DYE.
Another four weeks of colour fade and root regrowth only calls for another dye.

This week I have used the 
Garnier Nutrisse - Ultra Color dye in the shade Intense Red Copper
having picked it up on offer in Sainsbury's for £4.99.

This is a permanent red dye that aims to be ultra visable even on darker hair, anti drying and long lasting.


I have been lusting after auburn hair for quite some time now.
(If anybody watches Hollyoaks and knows who Martha Caine is… that is the colour.)

Anyhow before I tell you more about this dye I would just like to point out that
if you have dark brown hair and you are wanting a radiant red colour
USE THIS COLOUR.
It will not turn your hair auburn it will turn it super, super red.
I have used many hair dyes aiming to lighten dark hair to a bright red and they have not worked but my oh my this one does!

So lets have a look at my hair colour pre dye.

Faded red with roots visable



The dye itself is a two step process and is applyed to dry, unwashed hair.


I was quite taken aback at how fruity the solution smells!
Make sure you pop down lots of towels and have cream cleaner on hand as it's pretty vivid in the bottle.


I left the mixture in for 25 minutes before rinising.
I was very impressed with the Nutrisse conditioner that is inculded in the dye pack.
 It contains shea butter, olive, blackcurrent and avocado to help nourish your hair after the colouring process.
I must say upon drying my hair I had no dry ends and my hair felt really clean and conditioned.

The Colour Payoff

*In artificial light*


*In natural daylight*


As you can see this dye has really my red to being super vibrant and punchy!
I love it.

As I said previously this dye is one to use if you are trying to lift darker hair but if you are a fellow redhead this is a must try as it colour boosts and leaves your hair feeling conditioned thoroughly.

I will definately be repurchasing!

What do you think?
Can you recommend me any dyes to try next time?
hollie x
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Saturday, 24 August 2013

THE LIFESTYLE CHRONICLE: WHAT'S IN MY BAG

My Everyday Luggage


For some girls, shoes are their thing.
For me, it's handbags!
I have a lot of handbags in my collection and nothing puts a smile on my face more than loading a new a new bag with my everyday essentials.

I haven't written a what's in my bag for such a long time.

Let me introduce you to my three everyday bags.
The contents inside never change, just the bags.

What's in my bag?



My purse is from Biba one of my favourite designer brands ever.
I bought it in the sale in House of Fraser sale for a highly discounted price.
It is a little bit wild and little bit sparkly but very much up my street.
It features several sneaky pockets, two card sections and two zip sections.
Perfect for all of my bits and bobs.

I carry my loose change in this cute little cat coin purse from Greece.

My leopard print umberella is from Boots, I bought it when the rain was lashing in Liverpool and I was in a rush to catch a train to London, I paid a ridiculous price for it!

My polka dot sunglasses were a barginous £1 from Primark

I have an Ipod touch and use pink and black Skull Candy ear buds.

I am currently carrying a Figs + Rouge Cherry Blossom lip balm to pop underneath my lipstick of choice which is MAC - New York Apple.
I carry my lipstick in this cute little mirror compact that my cousin kindly gave me.
My gold compact mirror is from Accessorise.

I always have a body spray in my bag, I am currently using
Impulse Into Glamour
And my mini perfume is Elizabeth Arden Red Door

Other bits and pieces I carry around are Paracetamols, Rescue Remedy, Tissues, a nail file and a hand sanitiser.

The Bags

Although I have loads of really nice handbags I am currently using these three:

Sienna De Luca
Mulberry Bayswater Dupe


This handbag is the one I go to when I am at work or it is raining outside.
It is super chic and spacious and the leather is so soft.


Handmade Turkish Bag



I bought this sweet little canvas bag whilst I was on holiday in Turkey (READ MORE HERE)
I bought it for summer days when I wanted a pop of colour and something a little bit funky.

River Island
Embellished Saddle Bag



I featured this bag in a recent HAUL it is the perfect daytime bag and it smells amazing
A bag that was very much made for me!

What's in my bag posts/video's are my favourite!
Leave a link to yours in the comments below!
hollie x
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Thursday, 22 August 2013

THE NAIL CHRONICLE: MY FAVOURITE NAIL COLOUR


Burnt orange

- Out of the million (large over exaggeration) nail polish shades that I own, some high end, most low end, there are only two that I religiously wear over and over because I simply cannot get over the colour.
Lets call it Autumn and Summer in a bottle!

And..

now that my nails are looking a little nicer
I have decided that my favourite polishes ever can be whipped out to prevent me nibbling.

1.
Collection - Hot Looks - 60 Seconds
65 Scorched




For a mere £1.99 in Superdrug, Boots or Wilko's you can bag yourself Scorched
a beautiful iredecent orange with flecks of gold.
To me, this is a true summer/autumnal shade and looks lovely against all skin tones.
What I love most about this shade is that it dries ridiculously quick and is opaque in just one, thin layer.

2.
London Girl  
Color 18




For Christmas last year my boyfriend bought me a set of 25 London Girl polishes so i'm not sure how much they are priced individually however, I have seen them sold in Camden Market.
This was my original burnt orange polish but alas, I found it to be not as accesibile as Scorched.
It is a redder toned orange polish again with gold flecks it reminds me of the hot burning sunshine.

I have well and truly been obsessing with burnt orange recently

Are you a fan, what is your favourite nail colour?
hollie x
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

THE JEWELLERY CHRONICLE: AN INDEPENDANT DESIGNER


Rose Mae Jewellery: Part 2


Back in February of this year I introduced you all to Rose Mae Jewellery in 
It has to be said that the bracelet pieces designed by Lisa Hetherington are some of my favourite ever jewellery pieces and I wear them everyday.
The beautiful craftsmanship and intricate designs that adorn my wrists quite often recieve compliments.

After being so impressed with the bracelets that Lisa kindly sent me last time, Lisa asked me if I would like to try some of her new pieces.


Ofcourse, as my favourite bracelets I was super excited to see what else Lisa had up her sleeve.




I am in love with the turqoise bracelet collection, all of the bracelets unique and stylish.
I love to layer up my Rose Mae bracelets, mixing and matching the different beads and trinkets.

They are so easy and light to wear and obviously they add a gorgeous pop of colour to your wrists.

You can find more gorgeous jewellery on the brand new Rose Mae website by clicking HERE
The website also includes a blog which features fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts.

And if you want anymore information from Lisa about her jewellery:
You can also follow on Twitter at: Rosemaejewel1
and on Facebook by clicking HERE



Lisa is very kindly offering all of my lovely readers £5 off any purchase you make of Rose Mae Jewellery by using the discount code RMFIVER

What do you think of Rose Mae Jewellery?
hollie x
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Sunday, 18 August 2013

THE BEAUTY CHRONICLE: LIPSTICK


Elizabeth Arden - Brick


Incase you didn't already know my favourite colour is red.

Red makes me feel confident and sassy, it screams fire and passion.
Wherever I can add a little red into my life I will and aside from my hair, it appears mostly on my lips.

Today I would like to introduce you to my most sophisticated red lippy.

Elizabeth Arden
02 Brick

Brick is a beautiful, brown toned, ruby red that truly matches its name.
It is deep, full of moisture and perfect for occasions whereby you need the red lip.

The lipstick itself is a a little technical, a Ceramide Ultra Lipstick that contains a blend of skin identical Ceramides 1, 3 and 6 enhanced with phytosphingosin (a conditioning agent) that helps retexture the skins surface.

This lipstick is long lasting when applied simply to your lips, but I do like to add a touch of Lipcoate to help strengthen it's staying power.

Brick reminds me of the lippy I would choose if I was a high flying business lady.

It's sassy, it's sexy and it's sophisticated.


Have you ever tried an Elizabeth Arden Lipstick?
hollie x
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Saturday, 17 August 2013

THE LIFESTYLE CHRONICLE: HAUL: PRIMARK AND TK MAXX


Small Haul


On a short trip into town a few days ago the usual suspects TK Maxx and Primark lured me in.
I only came away with a few items but I thought that I would share them with you anyway.

The first stop was Primark.
Inside there was a discount section whereby most items ranged from 50p to £2.
I was on the hunt for make-up bag that could double up as a pencil case for when I go back to university in a few weeks. 

There were loads of cute ones that were all discounted but I came across this
beach toiletry bag that I just couldn't walk away from.

Union Jack - Waterproof Zip Bag
£2 down to £1


- I bought this as it will double up nicely as a place to keep my pens but also as a place to store my touch up make-up products.
It will fit easily in my bag and can be easily found.
I also love the black and gold union jack too, very chic.

Secondly from Primark I picked up this:

Opia - Backcombing Brush
£1


- I have recently been back into backcombing my hair (something that I haven't done for years).
I picked up this hot pink brush for teasing my mane throughout the day.
It will be perfect for when I am perfecting my vintage style quiff.

I then headed up to TK Maxx which is possibly my favourite store of all time.
I have been on the hunt for some kind of hat for ages now whether it be a bowler or a trilby.
Tk Maxx never lets me down so I headed in and found this little hat:

Adora - Trilby
£7.99


- I think that this little hat is so cute with the multi coloured feathers pinned to the side.
I also love the colour which is a deep, plummy brown colour - a real compliment to my hair colour!
I can't wait to pair this with my doc Martens and vintage topshop coat!

Frames by Muno
£2.99


- This year I am taking the minimal amount of things to university, after my first year I realised that I simply did not need all of what I took.
I bought this sweet little frame to pop a lovely picture in to have in my new bedroom in the flat.
It is compact and is easily transportable.
Now to choose which picture will go inside….

And there we have it, a small haul!
Hollie x
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