26 August 2014

A TOUR INSIDE MY LONDON STUDIO APARTMENT


Although I will be moving into my new, more permanent flat in a few days time, there will always be something special about my little London studio that I called home for 8 weeks.

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18 August 2014

THE NOTES: TOPSHOP LIPSTICK - BRIGHTON ROCK



A few weekends a go I paid a visit to the super southern, seaside town of Brighton.
I have to say that I fell head over heels in love with the place, from the bunting clad streets to the sound of seagulls.


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11 August 2014

THE HAIR: REDKEN EXTREME- ANTISNAP TREAMENT


"This product will change your life" - those were the words of Ayesha from the Blow Bar at French Connection.   
A few weeks ago I had noticed that I had little hairs no longer than an inch near my parting, I soon realised that bleach on bleach on bleach on bleach had caused some breakage and I knew that I had to stop it before it got worse.

Firstly, no bleach - obviously.
Secondly, I invested in the Redken - Extreme - Anti Snap treatment.
I have always been a fan of the Extreme range and so this protein treatment seemed like the perfect product to try.

You use it by distributing a small amount of the product through washed, damp hair.
Not only does it smell amazing and detangle but it is also a heat protectant so perfect for pre blow drying.

After two weeks of use my hair is already feeling stronger and I have noticed no new breakage and my hair is lightweight, frizz free and super soft.

It is worth noting that this product is a protein treatment so over use can cause more damage than you started with, I use my anti-snap once or twice a week and the results appeared within a week of use.

Have you ever used Anti-Snap, what did you think?


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7 August 2014

THE NOTES: GETTING A TATTOO


Today's post is one that I never thought that I would actually write.
But alas! Here I am about to tell you about my experience of getting tattooed for the first time.

D i s c l a i m e r

Before I begin I would just like to say that I know you're a friendly bunch here on GGMH but it's just worth noting that I am very happy with my choice of tattoo and the placing of it, I know that there can sometimes be a lot of negativity on the internet when it comes to tattoos and if it's not your thing then maybe the following post isn't one for you, and that's fine however, i'm not down for any serious negativity and if you don't like my tattoo or you don't like tattoos in general then please refrain from leaving a negative comment as it's rude and unnecessary. On the other hand, if you have any positive thoughts or questions feel free to ask away.

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As much as some people have a blase outlook when it comes to a tattoo, I am simply not one of those people.
I put a lot of thought, research and planning into my piece because my mind simply wouldn't rest until I knew 100% that it was what I wanted.
I spoke to my friends and family who already had maginificent pieces and I got a real sense of what the experience was going to be like, how to find a good artist and how to look after my piece once i'd had it done.

I originally was going to get a tattoo on my foot when I turned 18 however, I didn't really know what I wanted so my Dad told me to wait until I was 20/21, when my body had stopped developing as quickly and I knew my adult self a little better. 
After putting my ink desires to bed for three years the right time recently came around.

As you guys know I am currently living in London and I am truly having a blast.
 It occurred to me one day whilst strolling down the King's Road in Chelsea that I wanted to mark such a great time in my 20's and a time where I felt completely free and happy.
I thought what better way to remember this time than to get a life long souvenir of when I felt like I really knew who Hollie was.
This is how the Holly Leaf came about, it is a symbol of me finding who I am and who I want to be.
Some may say cheesy,but I can't find an alternative 'cooler' sounding reason.

I also liked the celtic meanings behind a Holly tree, here are just a few:
Holly trees are the ruler of the winter (I'm a November born baby)
Holly trees are vibrant and colourful even in the stark winter months.
They repel lightening and were often put around homes for protection from storms.

Once I had decided what I wanted and where (I've only ever wanted a piece on my foot) it was time for me to find a studio and an artist. 
Being in London I had my pick of some fantastic places but after lots of research, reading lots of reviews and a personal recommendation I chose to be tattooed at Cloak and Dagger just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch.
I kicked things off with an initial email to which they were very helpful and answered all of my questions (even the ridiculous ones.)
The next stage was choosing an artist to design and complete my piece, I looked at all the Cloak and Dagger artists work on Instagram and decided upon Jack Goks because I loved his neo traditional style and use of colour - it turned out that he was actually a friend of a friend from Leeds, which helped also.

The next stage was to put down a deposit and book in!
Due to the placing of my tattoo I needed time to rest it and not to be on my feet all day so I chose a weekend to have mine done, it is certainly something to think about as you want your piece to heal properly and safely.

One day after the inking, my foot was swollen.

Four days after the inking, the tattoo is in the healing phase, some little scabs have appeared and a protective 'film' has appeared over the top of the piece dulling it down the colours little. Once it has healed properly, the colours will be vibrant again.

I was very nervous when I went into the shop, it was the feeling of not knowing how my body was going to react to the pain, everyone in there seemed so cool, calm and collected and there I was sweating cobs.

I was advised by my friend to make sure I ate something before I went in and  I also took some jelly babies and Coke to keep my sugars up just incase I felt light headed.

Jack quickly drew my leaf and applied the stencil, I sat on the bed with my foot up thinking oh my god i'm going to die.
Dramatic I know.
I was told that I had chosen a pretty hard place to be tattooed in terms of pain and it wasn't the easiest to sit through which made me feel even worse!
As the equiptment began to buzz I turned away and bit down onto my fist, my god it hurt.
I know you're all going to ask me what it feels like and it is one of those pains that as soon as you walk out of the shop you completely forget.

The only way I can describe it is like a shard of glass piercing your skin in an intense stinging sensation. It makes you shake, it makes you grit your teeth and say: "Bloody Hell" but it is bearable and I am a massive wuss and I didn't cry or pass out.
The artist stops every few seconds anyway to clean the area so everytime it starts to become super intense the pain stops and of course if you needed to you can ask to have a break.

I think the worst part for me was the colouring as the scratches are quick and multiple, I certainly found that the berries near my toes hurt a lot more than the top of the leaf.

The whole thing took around 30-35 minutes and Jack was fantastic, very efficient and kept the whole thing friendly and casual.
I would definitely do it again especially after he told me I chose a bad place and took it very well.

I won't go into the aftercare too deeply as you must listen to your specific artists instructions, I had to keep mine wrapped for three days, cleaning it and applying Bepanthan four times a day.
On the day after my tattoo there was a little bit of swelling and the piece felt a bit tight and sore, a sensation like sunburn but nothing too major, I was hobbling a bit but otherwise all good in the hood. By five days after my inking, my foot was a little itchy as the skin healed but my walking was normal and there was no pain other than a little tenderness when I applied my cream.

 I am very pleased with the result and I can't stop looking at my foot!

I hope that you found this helpful if you are waiting to be tattooed or thinking about it and if you want to ask my anything then feel free to leave a comment or email me, i'm not an expert but I was a first timer and I am now a convert!





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6 August 2014

THE MAKE-UP: PHYSICIANS FORMULA LASH BOOSTING MASCARA


The final instalment of my USA Drugstore Haul comes in the form of a mascara and this isn't just any mascara it is one coveted by Tati from GlamLifeGuru who is my favourite Youtuber.

Admitedly Tati talks about the Jumbo Lash mascara but I have heard her give the Lash Boosting formula praise too.

I love everything about this mascara from the packaging to the formula to the wand.
The brush is plastic and these are my favourite kind of wands as they really layer the product up from the root of the lash to the tip.
The formula itself is one of the best that i've tried as it is non clumpy, non sticky, fast drying and build-able.

Just like the original organic wear mascara the Lash Boosting mascara is free of every nasty you could imagine and you are supposed to see extended, fuller lashes after four weeks.
The staying power is great, no fall out or dry flakes falling from the lashes and all day long you are left with seperated, clump free, dramatic lashes.

Have you ever tried a Physcians Formula mascara do you prefer this or the Jumbo Lash?


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5 August 2014

THE MAKE-UP: WET 'N' WILD 'COMFORT ZONE' PALETTE





Before I begin, you have probably notice that there are a couple of shades missing from my Wet 'n' Wild 'Comfort Zone' palette.
It should resemble something like this:


However, unfortunately somewhere in transit,  two of the shades shattered.
Now, I wouldn't normally be too bothered but it was the olive green and the ivory cream colours that I was most looking forward to using which is just typical but there are so many other lovely colours to work with that I guess I can get over it!

For such an inexpensive palette you are offered a set of neutrals consisting of shades neutral shades
 and a set of green shades which are all soft and easy to work with, there is a little fall out but nothing compared to the Urban Decay shadows.

The colour pay-off is fantastic and all of the shadows are highly pigmented, I wouldn't say that there is a duff shade amongst them.

The shadows also wore well on my eyes throughout another hot and sticky day in London with minimal fall out at the end of the day and most of the shadow still intact.

Have you ever tried eye colour from Wet 'n' Wild?



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4 August 2014

THE MAKE-UP: PHYSICIANS FORMULA 'DELUXE BRONZE'


I have been on the look out for a new bronzer for some time now, having used the Bourjois - Delice De Poudre for years I decided that I would like to try the only bronzer that has even taken my fancy.

With my family from America visiting last week, they kindly treated me to some official drugstore beauty products, particularly things that aren't available in the UK.

The Physicians Formula 'Bronze Booster' is a bronzer that I have seen popping up here, there and everywhere on Youtube and on blogs, the beautiful embossed sun on the golden brown powder pulled me in straight away.

The bronzer itself is lightweight and combines the best properties of cream, baked and powder bronzers to create a skin perfecting, air brushed finish to this skin.
I have the light to medium variation which provides more than enough colour to my face, I also sometimes like to dust a little over my collarbones and decolletage to highlight and add warmth.

The staying power of this bronzer is pretty excellent, providing all day coverage without streaking or slipping and the coverage is build-able, I flip between a heavier coverage and subtle glow.

The bronzer itself is sprayed with a shiny,gold over spray, the actual bronzer itself has a tiny amount of shimmer but nothing too over powering

Have you ever tried the Deluxe Bronze?

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2 August 2014

Steve Whatley Zhuzh Tan Accelerator Review

Steve Whatley Zhuzh Tan Accelerator
Above (right): my arm starts with fake tan, down to natural tan with help of Zhuzh in the middle to no tan at all.)

Last week, on my day off I took a good book, some fruit juice, a bottle of suncream and my tan accelerator to Hyde Park. The sun was super hot and the grass was comfortable, my intention to become a bronze goddess and I would say that's what I became after a few hours in the sun.

As a natural pale lady, it takes me weeks to get any colour, I remember heading back from Zante one summer and somebody at work actually asking me if I had been away yet!

The Zhuzh Tanning Accelerator* is fused with shea butter and works by boosting the natural pigment in your skin to deliver a natural, long-lasting tan.  By speeding up the process you don't have to be in the sun as long. Of course, this product isn't a sunscreen so don't use it alone before hitting the rays but I was amazed at the way my skin tanned up after only three hours outside.
The scent of this product is gorgeous too and it blends really easily into the skin.

I am really impressed with how moisturised this leaves my skin and if like me you struggle to tan, it is definitely one for you to try this summer.

Have you ever tried a tan accelerator?





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