Thursday, 31 March 2016

MONTHLY BEAUTY FAVOURITES: MARCH 2016


Products i've been loving in the month of March...

S K I N C A R E: I've been treating my skin once a week to a revitalising and clearing masque, my choice for March was the Origins 'Clear Improvement' active charcoal mask. It draws deep into the skin, acting like a magnet to draw out pesky pore cloggers and absorbs environmental toxins. I love how refreshing it is on the skin and for folk like me with oily/combo skin it is the perfect, non drying masque to use, especially when different areas of the skin need treating differently.

L I P S: I discovered this Jelly Pong Pong lip crayon in a GlossyBox some time ago, since then it has been my go to pop of colour for my lips and usually lives in my handbag. The colour is build-able and is ultra moisturising on the lips. If you've seen me rocking a fluorescent pink lips, chances are it's this beaut.

B A S E: Again, the Lacura Beauty CC cream has made it into yet another monthly favourites. Why? Because it's just so darn good. The coverage is light and build-able, the lasting power is pretty darn awesome and the fact it has an SPF is just a bonus really.

S C E N T: As Spring has supposedly set in now, I have been switching up my usually, heavier scents to fresher, lighter scents. This month I have been loving the Michael Kors 'Coral' fragrance which is made up of juicy orange, and sandalwood, a really tantalising blend that very nicely gains me a few compliments whenever somebody gets a whiff of the alluring scent.

N A I L S: March saw me having a a bit of a fling with nude nails, now that my nails have so amazingly grown longer, I am experimenting more with nail polish. I have been wearing the Nails Inc & InStyle magazine collab from a few years ago, the shade is similar to the infamous 'Porchester Square.' The slightly deeper tan shade is also from the older Nails Inc range and is called 'Oxford Street.' Since the branding changed, this is no longer this shades name but I am sure you can find something similar, 'Mushroom' from Barry M is my recommendation.

E Y E S: Since my dabble with eyeliner has continued to evolve into something beautiful. I have been switching up liquid liner for gel, my favourite is 'Blitz + Glitz' by Mac, it's a beautiful jet black gel with teeny, tiny gold flex! I apply it to the upper lash-line with an angled brush before smudging for a rock n roll vibe.

B O D Y: I have reignited my love for self tan and my old school love for the infamous Dove 'Summerbody' gradual tanning moisturiser. Quite often I can't be bothered to apply generic fake tan and have the hassle of washing it off the following day. One application of the Summer body self tanner and I am looking slightly less Casper-esc and more sunkissed. I used to be addicted to this stuff back in the day, does anybody remember that blog post? 

Which beauty products have you been loving in the month of March?


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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

IN THE NOTES: MY FAVOURITE PINTEREST BOARDS




Ah Pinterest, what ever did I do with my time before you came along and turned 2 minutes into 2 hours, scrolling, pinning and exploring? If you follow me on Twitter: @HollieBradbury you'll know that I am constantly pinning and sharing my favourite pins of the week every Sunday on Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie.

There is just something so darn therapeutic about loosing yourself into your imagination, discovering new countries, new ways to style a piece of clothing or wear your hair. Today i'm sharing with you my favourite Pinterest boards from my collection.


[ F O R   STYLE   I N S P I R A T I O N]


[ F O R   INTERIOR  I N S P I R A T I O N]


[ F O R   WANDERLUST  I N S P I R A T I O N]


[ F O R   HAIR  I N S P I R A T I O N]


[ F O R   SUNSHINE  I N S P I R A T I O N]
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Thursday, 24 March 2016

IN BEAUTY: MY EVERYDAY WORK MAKE-UP (DRUGSTORE)


In the past i've been known to over complicate my daily make-up routine, by daily I usually mean my work make-up routine as most of my week is spent in the office. With sleep more precious to me than looking good, I usually spend around 15 minutes on my face in the morning including a cleanse. With this in mind, I have simplified my routine completely to only include staple products.

[ F A C E ] For work I usually leave my base light, opting for the Lacura Beauty CC cream which gives for a very dewy and light base to work with, cakey foundation face? Not this morning! My current concealer of choice is the Rimmel 'Lasting Finish' concealer that I apply with a brush to any blemishes or general redness. As I want to apply my make-up quickly, but also know it will last all day, I use an all in one face product, the Maybelline 'Master Hi-Lite' highlighter + blush combo. I apply this all over my cheeks working a contour and also through the apples of my cheeks for a truly radiant, healthy glow. Sometimes i'll work in a little extra glow in the form of 'Soft + Gentle' highlight from MAC. I set my base with the George @ ASDA 'Silk finish pressed powder' on a fluffy brush and take it in my handbags for touch ups throughout the day.

[ E Y E S] My brows are normally filled in with another gem from George @ ASDA and it is their 'Brow Tamer' which has cropped up in many a monthly favourites. I set them with a little gel that came with the Collection Brow palette. My eyeliner of choice is a a plain black kohl and I use that to line the tightline and waterline of my eyes. I am LOVING winged liner look currently and I am using the Maybelline ' Lash Stiletto' liquid liner to create a cat eye effect. Meow. In-keeping with the 'Lash Stiletto' theme, I am also rocking the mascara as it is wonderful at giving volume and length to my lashes. Over my lids I just have a general wash of the nude colours from the ah-mazing value w7 'Angel Eyes' palette.

Do you love any of these products?

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

IN STYLE: JUSTCAVALLI CLUTCH BAG




Having hit a big milestone at work this month, I decided that a treat was in order and as much as I love make-up,  and food, this treat had to tickle my ultimate pickle (lol) and just had to be in the form of a handbag, my one true guilty pleasure. (Sorry Mum if you're reading.)

I like TK Maxx best for handbags and recently, the Liverpool store has had in some absolute designer handbag bangers in stock...Think Alexander Wang 'Rocky' Mui Mui, Stella McCartney, you name it, the bag of your dreams is in there. Just a shame, even at their discounted price they're still well out of my range. 

I spotted this JustCavalli number lurking with the clutch bags. I knew I didn't want a huge bag as i've been consciously trying to alleviate the strain on my poor, right shoulder. This super vibrant and kind of crazy, studded number was perfect, a statement bag, large enough to be a daytime or night time bag that can fit in all the essentials without killing my shoulder. 

Have you ever tried TK Maxx for handbags?



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Saturday, 19 March 2016

THE WINDOW OF A WEEK #5

The window of a week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie | Enjoying Mother's Day | Homemade paella | Tea and Glamour magazine | My new locks | Cute blue point cat | Coffee by the riverside | My new treat | Bad car times | Mastering winged eyeliner

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Going up

* Hitting another major milestone at work and feeling super proud of all of my achievements in under a year in a professional career. I'm always putting myself down so it was nice to give myself a pat on the back for once. As a treat I splurged in my favourite store for handbags, TK Maxx on a JustCavalli number (see above) look out on the blog soon for more details about it because it's a beauty. 

* Finding out i'm definitely spending a week of the summer in America visiting family. The moment holidays are approved, flights are confirmed and visas are sorted is a good feeling. Now to save, save, save to hit up those drugstores.

* Sipping a latte in the cool early spring sunshine next to the river. With a big faux fur coat on, a pair of oversized sunnies, it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.

* Discovering chai and gin cocktails at Love Die Late on Great Portland Street, London. Combining my favourite alcoholic drink and my favourite hot drink = ah-mazing!

* Spending more time with family, now that my motorway driving confidence has been gained, i'm so happy that i'm finally able to confidently zip up and down the m62 to spend more time with my Mum, Dad and Grandparents.

* The kind nature of people was something that I experienced recently, I never realised how truly kind people could be. I had an unfortunate situation with my car recently (see below) and my friend Jon put himself out for me to make sure I was okay, as well as the recovery guys who did extra overtime until midnight to ensure that I was back on the road the next day. I owe them all the world and it really restored my faith in people. 

* Having a Twitter mention from my heroine, Sali Hughes, yes that's right THE Sali Hughes read this piece talking about my job and replied to my tweet. 



* Feeling super inspired by BodyBalance classes at the gym, the mix of pilates, tai-chi and yoga is not only relaxing but it also really canes your core strength. I'm still not very flexible and a lot of the moves I am unable to do, but i'm hopeful that I get there.

Going down

* Having no heating, laundry and minimal hot water for two weeks. As luck would have it this boiler malfunction came when the early March cold snap occurred. Standing in the cold shower was particularly unpleasant and waking up each morning being able to see my breath wasn't great either. Thankfully it's all sorted now though and i'm grateful to be able to have a warm flat and a hot shower.

* A double blowout resulting in 2 hours stood out in the dark and cold, missing a dinner party I was really looking forward to, a very late night, a panic attack and an empty pocket! It was genuinely the worst night of my life, i've never felt so scared and helpless but the goodness of people kept me positive and thankfully I was back on the road the next day.

Tracks of the week

* The ENTIRE album ,'I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it' from the 1975. Stand out tracks 'Somebody else' + 'Love Me.'

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

IN STYLE: FOUR DAYS, FOUR OUTFITS #17


A few pieces i've been wearing recently...

[Outfit One]
I really enjoyed wearing this outfit as it had a super relaxed, bo-ho feel about it. My top is from Swimwear 365 and I usually wear it as a beach kaftan! My waistcoat is from Zara and has been a trusty favourite for years. My jeggings are a plain, navy pair from Primark and there are my trusty 'ohm' pendant necklace and Topshop charm bracelet  making an appearance again.

[Outfit Two]
Ah this love heart print dress is one of my favourites, though sadly I stuggle to get into it these days as I am no long a sizer 8...Was I ever though? It's from Topshop and I paired it with my coral, flower necklace from The Happiness Boutique. My red, statement ring is from Primark and my bracelet is an elephant, charm necklace from Topshop. 

[Outfit Three]
I love layering, especially when the weather is in-between temperatures. My chevron print dress is from Topshop and my faux fur gilet is from TK Maxx. They were both paired with the infamous 'cosy' tights from Primark and again, my 'ohm' pendant necklace.

[Outfit Four]
 I found this cute long sleeve tee with feather print, in the amazing Primark in Oxford. Not only do they carry the best clothes but also clothes i've not seen in my local Primark in Liverpool. I paired it with leopard print leggings from Topshop and my 'ohm' pendant necklace + snake charm ear-cuff which you can read more about hereA super simple outfit for a Monday.


Which outfit is your favourite?

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

IN BEAUTY: BEAUTY BITS I TRAVEL WITH


A few weekends ago I was headed down the m62 in my little car to visit my parents and my old stomping ground. I was only there for two nights but of course I had to haul with me my entire beauty regime as blonde hair needed taming and hormonal skin needed tending. 

General #beauty bag: In my general beauty bag I packed my trusty Dove 'Summer body' self tanning moisturiser. This is an oldie but a goodie and whenever I smell it, i'm immediately transported back to starting this very blog in 2010. Not a particularly glamorous beauty item but an absolute essential, my current deodorant of choice is the Soft + Gentle 'Jasmine and cocoa milk' variant which smells oh so sweet and lovely. In other essential beauty my current shower gel of choice is Royal Jelly by Boots and leaves my skin feeling thoroughly moisturised and lovely. My perfume of choice was the ever beautiful Michael Korrs 'Luminous White Gold' fragrance which is seriously sensual and sexy. My nail colour of choice is 'Fashion Fawn' by Nails Inc as neutral tones are currently having a little moment.

[S K I N C A R E]

In terms of skincare I am still using (and very much loving) my KORE skincare 'Foaming Cleanser,' 'Repairing Eye Cream' and my hero product the 'Optimal Repair Cream' which have featured in many editions of my monthly beauty favourites. As a brightening toner I have been using the ESPA 'Balancing Herbal Spa Fresh Toner' to refresh and brighten my skin. The Bodyshop 'Tea Tree Oil' was also packed to keep those pesky hormonal break outs at bay as well as a Saturday night mask in the form of the GlamGlow exfoliating mud mask. 

[ H A I R  C A R E]

I won't delve too much into my haircare routine as I talked all about that in this post and the products i've been diggin' on haven't changed. I am still using the Lee Stafford 'Bleach Blonde' violet toning shampoo, alongside the Bleach London 'Silver Conditioner' to help keep my ombre hair looking fresh and free from brassy tones. In terms of heat protectant and styling serum I am using the Redken 'Colour Extend' with the Alberto Balsam oil through the ends of my hair.

Make-up bag: I only packed the essentials in terms of make-up as not only was my skin playing up a little bit but time at home means time to chill, yano the way - messy bun on head and make-up free.

[ B A S E ]

As a primer I packed the Dr Murad 'Skin perfecting primer' to be worn underneath the Lacura beauty 'CC cream.' and the Rimmel 'Lasting Perfection Concealer.' My brows are filled in with the George @ ASDA 'Brow Tamer' and my translucent, setting is also a George @ ASDA special, which I couldn't recommend more. For bronzer I add a little dash of the St Moriz bronzing brick and pair it with the oh-so-beautiful Maybelline 'Master Hi-Light' blush / highlighter combo. On my lips I wore 'Russian Red' from MAC - total classic.

[ E Y E S ]

I fallen back in love with the Wet 'n' Wild 'Comfort Zone palette' using the lightest grey shade as a base all over my lid. This is before creating a light outline of my winged eyeliner using MAC 'Blitz and Glitz' gel liner. I then go over my lightly applied line with the Maybelline 'Stiletto' liquid eyeliner to create a more define cat eye look. A cheapy kohl pencil is all I use in my tightline/waterline which I picked up from Xtra's. My mascara of choice on this particular weekend was the ah-mazing Clinique 'High Impact' mascara. I gave my lashes an uplift with one of beauty's best kept secrets 'Jica lash extensions'.

Which beauty products do you travel with?

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Thursday, 10 March 2016

IN THE NOTES: HAULIN' BAGS 'N' BOOTS




If there's one thing I love to do, it's shop! Of course it is...Especially when things are needed, okay maybe not needed but I always make sure that before any multiple purchases take place, I take a few old but good quality items to the charity shop. This is a routine i've been doing since September and not only does it keep my wardrobe fresh, but the whole thing seems more justifiable.

I have been on the hunt for some ankle boots in the style of those sexy Ash 'Jalouse' boots for some time now and though paying the £155 for them is certainly NOT something I can justify, the  same style of boot was attainable for the bargainous price of £5. Yes, £5. I found these Dolci's beauts in TJ Hughes, a discount store in Liverpool that stocks all the best stuff...cheap. Particularly make-up, hair and beauty items. Whilst they are ridiculously difficult to get on your foot, they look pretty snazzy with jeans rolled up over the ankle. The heel height is awesome too...Perfect for driving in and maintaining a sassy strut when walking.  I love the studs too...Now, if only I could find them in black!

Mustard is having a bit of a moment in my life at the moment and when I saw a tote bag sporting my favourite shade, I just had to have it. I needed a new bag for work and this large, slouchy, almost bucket-esc number was perfect. It has a longer detachable shoulder strap and a large removable pocket inside. It's pretty huge but then again I haul around a whole load of rubbish. The pleather is buttery soft and looks particularly great with all black errythaang.

What do you think? 
Do you know anywhere I can find Jalouse style boots?



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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

IN BEAUTY: MY UPDATED HAIR CARE ROUTINE



With more frequent trips to the salon and less dabbling with home hair dye (yes you heard that here) I have been investing more and more in my hair. Afterall, if you can't beat 'em join em and all that. I am currently rocking a dark brown to light blonde ombre, which I absolutely love especially as I am so undecided on whether or not I want to be a full time brunette, or a full time blondie. 

Shampoo: I am currently using the Lee Stafford 'Bleach blondes' purple shampoo which is pretty darn awesome at keeping any brassiness in my lightest blonde ends, at bay, Of course, the majority of my hair is a more sandy, warm tone of blonde but this shampoo just keeps the dreaded orange away whilst maintaining a clean blonde on the very lightest pieces. 

Conditioner: In keeping with my purple tones products, I am using the Bleach London silver conditioner which I mentioned in my February beauty favourites. This conditioner is not only insanely nourishing and smells gorgeous, but it also helps, to again keep those prominent brassy tones at bay.

Deep conditioning: Once a week I like to treat my hair to something a little more nourishing and conditioning. I use coconut oil which is absolutely incredible at sucking the life back into over processed, dry and highly damaged hair. I leave the oil on for as long as possible, usually 3-4 hours before rinsing, once dry my hair is transformed, into shiny, sleek and soft strands of goodness. I alternate this style of conditioning treatment with the infamous Bleach London 'Reincarnation Mask' which really helps to zap the life back into bleached hair. As the formula is quite thick, I tend to leave this on my ends for an hour or so before rinsing.

Misc products: I don't use straighteners on my hair and go easy on the heat. I use the Nicky Clarke 'Diamond Shine' hair dryer for drying my hair, powering it on the medium heat. This thing is genuinely a shot of energy and my short, bob length hair is dry in seconds. I use the Redken Extreme 'Anti Snap' formula as a heat protectant and to pack the protein back into my locks. In terms of hair oils, I am still using the Alberto Balsam 'Sleek and shine' oil on the ends of my hair and keeping everything at bay with my leopard print Tangle Teezer.

Can you recommend any must-try hair products?



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Thursday, 3 March 2016

IN STYLE: JEWELLERY FROM OXFORD FLEA MARKET


A few weekends ago I headed to Oxford and was amazing by the quaint markets that were set up despite the lashing rain and howling wind. The inner magpie in me saw jewellery twinkling out of the corner of my eye and I rushed to take cover from the rain under the tarpaulin that housed trinkets galore. I must say my heart was racing because when I see jewellery I strange reaction occurs.

I found some really unusual pieces on the stall  named 'Gecko Spiritus' which is actually also stocked on Etsy. I am super glad about this because I could have bought absolutely everything. I tried to restrain myself by choosing pieces that were truly unique, I didn't want to be kicking myself wishing i'd bought them.

 The snake ear cuffs were the most unusual and i've had so many compliments when wearing them as they are just so different. They even make my oddly shaped ears look flattering which is a first. They are fully adjustable and super comfortable to wear, my only issue is that if you get hair trapped around your ear and the cuff, they tend to slip off so make sure your hair is pinned away from your ears.

The stall held all kinds of pendants for necklaces that you could choose the kind of chain and length that you preferred. I choose an 'Ohm' sign which is pretty big and went for a longer chain that I wear doubled up short or long depending on what i'm wearing. I love how the necklace looks when layered with other pieces and a little old lady hanging round the stall said it would bring me good luck...which i'll happily take!

Have you ever visited Oxford flea market?

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

IN BEAUTY: MICHAEL KORS 'SEXY SUNSET' + 'CORAL' FRAGRANCES


Two new additions to my perfume collection come from Michael Kors, a brand whose bags and watches I have long since lusted after. Having fallen head over heels over their fragrance when I was first introduced to it last September via 'The Gold Collection' and the truly gorgeous 'White Gold' scent, I was really interested in Michael Kors' newest limited edition fragrances.

'Sexy Sunset' Eau de Parfum Housed in similar packaging to the gold collection, 'Sexy Sunset' is inspired by the glow of sunset. Dusk is my favourite time of the day and anything that encapsulates that is a winner in my eyes. 'Sexy Sunset' is a light scent made up of pear, lotus flower, blackcurrant and freesia, as well as peony, gardenia, rose, magnolia, jasmine and a blend of woods. I like to wear this scent in the daytime on a weekend and the travel sized bottle is easy to keep in my handbag to top up throughout the day.

'Coral' Eau de Parfum: Firstly, how gorgeous is the colour of this fragrance, a gorgeous juicy orange. The scent is inspired by the sun-drenched colour of the tropics and is made up of grapefruit, mandarin, blackcurrant, pink pepper and spice leaves, as well as sandalwood, ambrox, ceadarwood and musks. I have to say, out of the two scents, this is my favourite and smells delicious on the skin, it really reminds me of summer and is the perfect sent for applying after a day on the beach.

Have you tried the new limited edition scents from Michael Kors?

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