Thursday, 9 October 2014

Feel Unique Wishlist & Discount

Hello lovelies,

Feel Unique Wishlist

Feel Unique are celebrating their 9th birthday and as such, are celebrating with some pretty good discounts depending on how quick you get your order it there! Today (Thursday), they're offering a generous 15% off with the code BIRTHDAY15, you can get 9% off on Friday with the code BIRTHDAY9 and 6% off for those Saturday latecomers with the code BIRTHDAY6.

Above I've picked out a few bits and pieces I love from Feel Unique - a couple of them may have already fallen into my basket in a sneaky pre-payday order!

I constantly seem to be having a bad hair day at the moment, every time I step outside it's either bucketing it down or the air is so damp that my hair ends up looking like a frizzy flat mess. This should give me that oomph factor I'm looking for, whilst keeping my hair in place all day. What's even better is that the whole TIGI range is on 3 for 2 alongside the discount, perfect time to stock up if you're a TIGI regular. 

The amount of times I've picked this mask up in good old Marks & Sparks and put it back is ridiculous. I think £30.00 for a face mask is a lot to pay but all I've heard is praise for this little gem. Coming up to party season, I want something that's going to fight any blemishes but doesn't dry out my skin and gives it a bit of a boost.

The Benefit skincare set is just a mere £14.50 minus discount and contains an entire skincare regime - cleanser, toner, eye cream, two facial crams and an exfoliator - it's perfect to just throw in my overnight bag. I've never tried Benefit skincare before but again I've only heard good things, and I adore their packaging, it has such a unique retro look.

I'm actually thinking of getting these to add to my friends Christmas present. The Kermit duo includes the most beautiful pearlescent chromey-foil looking varnish I've ever witnessed, as well as a chunky glitter shade, these would get tonnes of use in the party season!

It's not often you get a discount on YSL, so I'm going to indulge myself. I've landed my dream job and I feel like it's time to treat myself, the only problem is using which shade I want. Le Rouge is such a classic red and teamed with a LBD, I'll feel a million dollars.

This fragrance isn't exactly seasonal but it reminds me of warm summer days, and was my fragrance of choice throughout early summer in France. I adore the fresh fruity undercurrents running through and whilst it may not get much use this season, it's one of those perfumes that I can't help but come back to. 

Will you being taking advantage of the Feel Unique discount?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Monthly Favourites / September

Hello lovelies,

Another month has passed which calls for one thing only - rounding up my monthly favourites. September has been so warm and I haven't really broken out my Autumn skincare and makeup goodies yet, I can't wait to start investing in some berry-toned lipsticks.

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Body Spray - £6.50
I adore this, I think body mists are such a great alternative for those days when you want something slightly lighter than perfume. I'm not great at describing scents but this comes across as a feminine musky floral fragrance with notes of blackcurrant, freesia and vanilla. It lasts for a couple of hours but I tend to sling it in my bag and spritz throughout the day to top it up.

The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter - £13.00
I have a Body Shop Body Butter obsession. I just can't get enough of them. The Moringa Body Butter is an intensive creamy butter, perfect for dry skin with a delicate floral fragrance. Whilst not being the quickest to absorb, I pop it on in the evening before bed and when I wake up, my skin feels soft and moisturised, whilst the scent lingers on.

No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm - £12.00
Too many late nights and a freshers week too many left me with pesky dark circles and my normal eye cream just wasn't up to scratch. I apply this of an evening, let it sink in and then follow on with my normal skincare regime. I tend to apply a pea sized amount and besides being cooling, my eye bags are much brighter and less obvious. I don't think it's the miracle product that I'm searching for but it's a good'un.

What have you been loving in September?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Back to Uni / Study Tips

Hello lovelies,

Image Credit: weheartit

Having been back at uni for precisely a week, I'm trying to get myself into work mode whereby I spend the odd hour in the library working rather than in Coffee Revolution chatting. 

I don't have the best attention span, I get very easily distracted, it's so easy to start off researching what judge so and so said for me and then end up on Facebook or browsing the latest additions to Asos. It's a constant struggle sticking to study and whilst I start off with a timetabled plan, it all goes to pot and I end up having several more tea breaks than I originally intended. 

Despite all that, I'm in my final year at uni where it all counts, so I'm really having to get my head down and tackle those textbooks. Juggling work, my blog, having a social life and studying is somewhat a balancing act. Here are some of my tips that I plan on sticking to:

Make studying a habit
Try and stick to a routine every week, once you're in that routine you won't notice any difference. Whether you decide you study better in the evening than in the morning, make a plan and stick to it. With a busy schedule this can be hard but by making time now, when you come up to your exams, it will be fresh in your head and you'll be refreshing yourself, rather than learning from scratch. 

Make yourself a study plan
I don't know about you but I like to carve out what I'm doing and when. I love making a colour-coded study plan that meticulously details what I'm studying when. As part of my degree is French, I like to take bite-sized topics and I might say "okay, I'm learning immigration on Monday night and during my Tuesday morning study session, I'll have a look at forming the past historic tense" This makes learning so much more manageable and at the end of the week, I'll have a Sunday afternoon recap, you'll probably surprise yourself with how much you've retained as you haven't tried to cram it all in.

Take a break
There's no point studying all the time, you need to take breaks. There'll become a point where you can no longer absorb any more information and you end up getting everything mixed up. The way forward is to take regular breaks to refresh yourself and take a breather. For every hour, I schedule in 15 minutes to have a snack, a wander and a chat. I come back to my desk ready to work.

What are your top study tips?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Review: L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner

Hello lovelies,

I'm currently going through a hair care phase where I want to try everything and one of those on the list to try was the Fibrology range from L'Oreal. I'm not one of those people whose truly loyal to one brand and I tend to pick up whatever takes my fancy. I feel that if I stick with the same shampoo and conditioner for too long, my hair becomes accustomed to it, and the conditioner weighs it down. New in my shower are the L'Oreal Fibrology Shampoo and Conditioner duo which I fully recommend if your hair is in need of a bit of a boost.

The L'Oreal Fibrology Thickening range has been created with fine flat hair in mind - my hair used to be quite thick but after years of heat treatment, it's quite fine but there's a lot of it, and it gets weighed down making my hair forever flat as a pancake. The L'Oreal Fibrology range aims to penetrate individual hair strands increasing the width of every strand. The general idea is that they use the same technology to repair cracked windscreens to repair hair from the inside out. Yes, it sounds weird but if it works, I'll take it.

Both products work magically - the shampoo lathers up beautifully leaving your hair feeling squeaky clean from root to tip without ripping the moisture out. The conditioner leaves your hair suprisingly hydrated and more then conditions my dip-dyed frazzled locks. My hair is left feeling soft and frizz-free, and strangely enough, feeling and looking fresher for longer. The volume and thickening aspect I can most definitely vouch for - it's said to have a cumulative affect so I can't wait to see the effects in a few weeks time.

L'Oreal Fibrology Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner 250ml are available from Superdrug for £1.47 (normally £2.99)

Have you tried anything from the Fibrology range?

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Style Edit / Dorothy Perkins

Hello lovelies,

The Style Edit / Dorothy Perkins

I couldn't resist doing my picks from Dorothy Perkins as they've extended their fashion event just until tonight, there's up to 30% off everything and free delivery, the perfect time to stock up on those A/W essentials! I ordered a few items yesterday and having arrived today, I'm so impressed! It's one of those rare times that I'm keeping everything I ordered as it all fits perfectly and is great quality. 

Have you got your eye on anything?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Review: Stila Convertible Colour in Poppy

Hello lovelies,

I won't bore you with excuses to where I've been, I had a couple of tough months and blogging seemed more of a chore rather than something that I actually wanted to do. I decided to take a break as my heart really wasn't in it and now I'm back.

You know those products that you spot and have always wanted to try, well the Stila Convertible Colour For Lips and Cheeks was on my list. Last year, I spotted them popping up on everyone's blog and I wasn't sure whether they were just all hype, I had my heart set on Gerbera but I spotted a bargain when I popped into work as Poppy had been reduced to a mere £4 and at that price I couldn't resist!

Poppy is a deep shocking red and at first glance, scary. I normally tend to lean toward a coral or pink toned blush, but the red seemed perfect for Winter to add some warmth back into my face. I always thought that red as a cheek colour is too much but in moderation, this really adds a fresh glow without ending up looking like a clown. As a lip colour, it works perfectly.

The formula of the Convertible Colours is quite creamy, and they're very pigmented. A little really does go a long way. I like to apply a little bit of Poppy to the apples of my cheeks using my fingers and then I blend it out using the Real Techniques Stippling Brush - I find this picks up any excessive product and helps to tone down the brightness. It buffs the formula out a little more, so there are no obvious harsh lines, so it's a bit more subtle.

I have to add that I'm really impressed by this little multipurpose product from Stila, usually you get a dual usage product that either works on the cheeks but does nothing for the lips or vice-versa. I've heard a few oily skinned girls say they don't get on with the Convertible Colour but I do. It lasts about 6-8 hours on my skin using a primer, it's just such a lovely multi-use product that I can throw on in the morning. I've now got my eye on Peony, which may be a pay day treat to myself. 

Stila Convertible Colours are available from Feelunique from £16.00

Have you tried any Convertible Colours?

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Review: Nails Inc The Icons Collection

Hello lovelies,

Long time, no see! I'm not going to bore you all with the details but the last couple of weeks have been some of the worst but I'm back on the blogging bus. I picked up the Nails Inc The Icons Collection over in Sephora in France during their big summer sale. It had 70% off and all the shades are ones that I would wear, I couldn't resist!

I believe the The Icons Collection was a special collection released for Christmas last year containing three mini varnishes in Old Bond Street; an electric purple, Tate; a classic pillar box red and George Street; a pink toned nude, all of which are still available to buy from Nails Inc.

The Icons Collection was created specially for Sephora and was inspired by the catwalks of London Fashion Week A/W 2013-2014. I find Nails Inc varnishes can be a bit hit and miss, and I never get to the bottom of any nail varnish so these are the perfect size to add to my ever expanding collection. I'm a fan of this set, the colours will never date and will suit old and young alike.

As this collection was created for Sephora, it's only available online for 15 euros or if you pop over to France, I'd definitely recommend picking it up.

Do you own any Nails Inc Collections?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

GIVEAWAY: Benefit They're Real Mascara

Hello lovelies,

Now I've been blogging on and off for the past year, and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to each one of you who has followed me, commented on a post or chatted to me on Twitter. I never thought I would have one follower so to have over one hundred is a huge amount for me!

I wanted to give a little something back and if I could buy each and every one of you a little gift then believe me I would, but unfortunately I am just a poor student who has spent the last six weeks living the high life and now only has a few beans left.

I picked the They're Real Mascara to giveaway as it's one of my favourite products from Benefit and for anyone who hasn't tried it, it deservedly receives its rave reviews.

A few rules
The Giveaway is UK only (sorry!)
It will be open for 14 days
You MUST follow me on Bloglovin' to enter
For extra entries see below

Good luck!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Magazine Freebies #5

Hello lovelies,

I know it's drawing an end to another month but there's just enough time left to pick up a few magazines and our favorite type of product, a free one!

Harper's Bazaar: £4.20 - Choice from 4 L'Occitaine fragrances (7.5ml worth around £5.00)
Marie Claire: £2.50 - Choice between a Balance Me Luxury Face Cream (15ml worth £15.00) or Cleansing Balm (40ml woth £10.00)
Instyle: £3.90 - Neal's Yard Remedies Geranium and Orange Hand Cream (50ml worth £10.00)
Red: £4.00 - Rodial Superfood Lip Balm (10ml worth £19.00)
Elle: £4.00 - Malin & Goetz travel set including Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (10ml), Vitamin E Moisturiser (10ml) and a Lip Moisturiser (5ml) worth approximately £9.00
Cosmopolitan: £3.70 - Choice between a CID Lip & Cheek Tint (Plum Cordial, Strawberry Souffle or Rose Tint) or Mascara worth £15.00 each
Glamour: £2.00 - Choice between 4 Clinique products, Chubby Stick in either Strawberry or Woppin' Watermelon (3g), High Impact Mascara (3.5ml) or Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + (15ml)

I really need to pick up Marie Claire next time I'm out and about, I've read such great reviews of the cleansing balm and at £2.50 for the magazine and the balm, I've not lost anything if it doesn't suit me.

Which magazines have you picked up this month?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Travel / Tips for Packing Light

Hello lovelies,

So as you read this, I'm currently in the midst of a washing/packing nightmare, I just got back from Nice, Cannes and Monaco, and I'm off to Porto on Friday. Porto is a little treat to myself and a friend, I've been living in french student accommodation for the last 9 months which isn't exactly the Ritz, so we've booked ourselves into two five star hotels and will be living the high life on a student budget. I made the complete and utter error of overpacking for Nice, and it was a bit of a nightmare as I had to plead in broken french to get my bag onto the plane. Today I thought I would share with you a few tips that I've picked up on my quest to travelling light!

Outfit Plan
Take into account what type of holiday you're going on and what you usually like to do on holiday. For example, when I went to Rome, I knew I'd be going to the Vatican and that I needed something long to wear to cover up, so I took a maxi dress and a cardigan. I also like to briefly research the area and have a look at what the weather may be like a week or so before I go away, so I can plan what to wear. If I know I'm going to be doing a lot of walking I prefer to wear converses over flip flops! 

About a week before I go away, I start to plan outfits and make sure everything is washed . A good idea is to plan clothes and accessories that work with different outfits, I go with pieces that can be layered, I always throw in a light striped jumper that goes with short, jeans and over a maxi dress in the evening if it gets chilly. I also find it useful to lay out the outfits that I'm going to wear, this is a great way to make sure you're not just throwing clothes into your case that you might not wear. 

With all the rules and regulations surrounding the size of products that you're allowed to take in hand luggage, no one wants to be lugging around bottles that are big enough for 3 months, let alone 3 days. If you go out and buy travel sized products, they add up to a tidy sum, so I tend to always depot products into travel containers. Lots of places sell these containers, Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons to name a few. Primark do a great selection, they do a set of different sized pots and bottles for just £1!

I picked up a little set from Hema (a mini french Ikea that sells everything) and is perfect for depotting creams and lotions into to save taking lots of bottles. I like to take different bases, if it's sunny I tend to go for something light and then choose a foundation for the evening. It means you can take more options without losing valuable packing space.

You know all those little sachets that you get out of magazines or are handed every time you visit a beauty counter and then end up at the bottom of a draw somewhere... well keep hold of them! They might not give you a true picture of what a product is really like but come in handy when trying to fit all your toiletries in a small zip lock bag. I tend to get a couple of applications out of one shampoo sachet which is perfect for a weekend away. 

If you have any other tips for holiday packing I would love to hear them!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Clarins Sale!

Hello lovelies,

Clarins, Clarins Sale Preview

Just a quick post to let you all know about the Clarins sale preview. I've never heard of a beauty sale preview before and think it's a fab idea, get in before everyone else grabs what you're after! Clarins is one of those brands that you hear so many great things about and everything I have tried from them has been consistently good. I'm in love with their limited edition Summer Bronzing Compact and hope that goes into the sale. I've just signed up so it looks like I will get an email ahead to see what's on sale, so I can plan what my pennies are going on. You can click on the photo to register or this link to see for yourselves.

Have you signed up?

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Review: The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

Hello lovelies, 

I'm not one for cleansing balms normally, I find them too rich for my skin and all too often they leave a greasy film that then needs removing. During a 50% off sale, I decided to snap up the Camomile Cleansing Butter, despite Caroline Hirons warnings of it being a no-go for oily/combination skin. Removing my makeup at the end of the day is one of my favourite things to do... slight exaggeration but I do love getting home and getting it all off. Although my skin is predominately combination, I've been finding of late that my skin has been really dehydrated, probably due to too many holidays basking in the sunshine.

I've been using this on and off for the last few months, and as you can see from the pictures a little really goes a long way. It dissolves everything from heavy duty foundation to waterproof mascara with ease minus irritation. I use a pea size amount massaged into my face and then I wash it off with a clean hot flannel. As previously mentioned I used to avoid balm cleansers like the plague as they broke me out, but I find as long as I remove all the residue and tone afterwards, my skin loves it. I honestly don't really notice the camomile fragrance which I'm not a great fan of so it suits me. 

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter has been compared to the Emma Hardie equivalent, which I haven't tried but I believe they all work in the same manner, it's just a difference in ingredients and the Body Shop's works out at a fraction of the price. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Rambles Update #2

Hello lovelies,

A huge thanks to those of you who have stuck with me, I can't believe it's been a month since I last wrote a post! I completely fell off the radar and everytime I sat down to write a post, something else would pop up. Following on from my last Ramble, I've branched out a bit and have now started to eat cereal as well as pasta, my mum would be proud of my healthy diet.

So where have I been? Excellent question... here, there and everywhere. At the beginning of May, I hopped on an avion and popped over to Edinburgh for a weekend, like you do. It was less of a sight-seeing touristy trip and more of a catch up with my not-so-little anymore goddaughter! She has just turned 10 which makes me feel ancient, I can't believe how much she has grown since the last time I saw her and now for the smooshy part, I'm so proud of her and her brother and sister. It's such a shame that I only get to see them a couple of times a year so I try to make the most of every trip. For those of you who are from Edinburgh or visiting, I can definitely recommend Dynamic Earth, it's fab for all ages!

I then came back to France and fell into panic exam mode, I've had 3 exams in the last 5 days and they may have well asked me questions in Spanish, the amount I understood. It's just so difficult to retain information anyway for me, let alone in another language. But we'll see. I'm trying not to dwell on them too much, three down, one to go and then I'm free to bask in the sunshine.

I went a bit crazy whilst revising/ learning everything for the first time and ended up booking 10 million flights. So as of Sunday, I'm off to Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Porto, Bologna, Milan, San Sebastian then back to Bordeaux, just in time for the wine festival. Such a jetset lifestyle I lead. I've just got that travelling bug and I figured this may be one of the only oppurtunites that I get to just up and leave, I can't wait to go off and be Holly the Explorer, expect to see thousands of pictures. If anyone has any recommendations what to see or do, they would be more than welcome.

What are your Summer plans?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Review: Bioderma Solution Micellaire

Hello lovelies,

Living in France, it would be a sin not to do a post on the infamous Bioderma Micellar Water. If you're not familiar with micellar waters, I see them as a one step makeup remover/cleanser that doesn't need washing off/removing. Bioderma is adored and labelled by many as their "holy grail" product for removing makeup.

The Bioderma Micellar Water is available in the UK in three variants - Hydrabio H20 for skin sensitivity and dehydration, Sebium H20 for combination/oily skin and Sensibo H20 for sensitive normal/dry skin. All are alcohol and fragrance free. I currently use the Sensibio version, which is available in three sizes - 100ml, 250ml and 500ml. 

Many have raved about how easily it removes eye makeup in one swipe, and a general agreement being that it is extremely gentle on the eyes as well as leaving minimal residue, which is great as Bioderma claims there is no need to rinse after cleansing. Having said that, I did come across a couple of reviews before I purchased it where people were disappointed with how well the micellar water removed waterproof eye makeup but Bioderma states it only removes "water-resistant" makeup... not that anyone knows what that is! I kept this in mind when I removed my eye makeup, and yes it does remove it but not in one swipe and I find that I'm still left with residue, I prefer to use a specific eye makeup remover. One thing I can say is that the solution is gentle and cooling on the skin which I found excellent to use on my eyes - just what they need after a long day!

However, not all is lost and I did buy this specifically to use as a pre-cleanser/ I can't be bothered to take off my makeup and I know face wipes are really bad, so I'll use this instead.  My skin hasn't been great recently and my cheek never ever breaksout but I found after using this, my skin was improved greatly, I feel that this just helps to clean my face properly and gets rid of all the dirt and grime. Despite not being able to remove waterproof makeup, which I only wear on the beach so not actually a huge deal for me, Bioderma Micellar Solution works wonderfully at removing light to moderate makeup. 

This is definitely a staple in my skincare routine whilst I'm in France but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it when I'm back home, I've tried the L'Oreal Micellar Water and it works similarly at a fraction of the price. 

Bioderma Micellar Solution is available from Escentual, 100ml for £4.50, 250ml for £9.99 and 500ml for £14.50

What do you think of the Bioderma H20?

Holly x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Ebay Wishlist #1

Hello lovelies,

I've recently become addicted to scrawling through Ebay again, I'm on the search for an illusive Topshop dress from many seasons go, I bought it in black but I'm still after the coral version. I seem to always have items in my wishlist so I thought I'd share a few with you incase you were after some inspiration! So these are a few of my favourite items that have found their way onto my wishlist and will no doubt be purchased sometime soon.

Have you got anything on your wishlist right now?

Holly x

Friday, 4 April 2014

Monthly Favourites / March

Hello lovelies,

It's time for another round of beauty favourites and coming to you today are my pick of the best products from the month of March.. I absolutely adore writing these posts and reflecting upon what I've been loving for the past few weeks.

Nuxe Aroma-Imperfection Anti-Imperfection Care 40ml - £18.50
My skin hates me at the moment! I popped into the pharmacy and had a consultation with one of their skin experts and she recommended that I try this moisturiser, it has been a lifesaver. I would say it has the consistency more of a lotion than your traditional moisturiser which makes it light and perfect for applying to problematic skin.

The Body Shop Skin Primer Matte It 25ml - £12.00
My beloved No7 Makeup Base is coming to an end and as I can't pick it up here in France, I'm trying to eek it out by only using it on special occassions, I was on the lookout for a new primer and this one caught my eye. Anything that promises to mattify has me written all over it, I like to have a natural healthy glow without looking like a shiney mess. This leaves a silky shine free finish and my makeup definitely lasts longer within my t-zone.

Ciate Antique Brooch 13.5ml - £9.00
I feel like this has already featured in my favourites at some point but it's such a beautiful shade that I couldn't not feature it again. It's a lovely chunky glitter with a champagne undertone, I love the fact that I can use it on it's own or layer it over a nude nail polish. 

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum - £11.33 (normally £16.99)
When this was realeased, everyone was raving about it. I was in two minds whether or not to try it and as my first venture into the serum world, I'm glad I did. I picked this up last December in duty free on my way to Rome and it only worked out at about £10 so I thought if I don't like it then it's not a huge loss. It’s absorbed easily, light yet hydrating and  makes my skin feel instantly smoother making it a perfect base for my choice of foundation - currently Rimmel Match Perfection if you're wondering

Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving lately?

Holly x

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Review: M&S Autograph Pure Colour Powder Blush in Pale Blush

Hello lovelies,

As you can see this has been well loved and as soon as I hit pan, I thought why haven't I done a review about this blush. I picked this up on a whim as I had a voucher to spend, and wanted a blush that would add a little glow to my cheeks.

Despite being labelled as a Pale Blush, it adds as natural flush and looks lovely matched up with my pale pinkish skin tone or when I'm tanned. The formula is a smooth, finely milled powder and using my Eco-tools blush brush, the product picks up easily and you only only need to lightly sweep it across the apples of your cheeks.

I love the packaging too, it's very reminiscent of Chanel, it's smart and comes with a small mirror which is always handy to have! It lasts all day and easily rivals some of the more expensive blushs of Nars. 

M&S Autograph Pure Colour Powder Blush is available for £7.00 instore and online.

Have you tried any of the M&S Autograph range?

Holly x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Liason

Hello lovelies,

I recieved this little beauty as a present for my birthday from a friend. Everytime we'd go into Sephora, I'd be lusting over the Chanel lipsticks but just couldn't bring myself to part with the 30 euros so on my birthday when she said pick one, I was like a little giddy child! We must have spent at least an hour swatching the different Chanel lipsticks and finally I settled on a Rouge Coco in shade 49 Liason. 

Liason was released as part of the Spring 2013 collection and is a soft satiny pink shade, perfect for Spring. Liason offers a warm light-medium pink tone with a soft sheen, I find the colour is warmer than a natural pink but not enough to be classed as a coral, it falls midway somewhere between the two. 

Consistency wise, I would say it's quite creamy, after a bit of trial and error, I prefer to add a slick of clear lipgloss over the top as it smooths out any unevenness against my lip tone. It lasted about four - five hours which I would say is fairly average for a lipstick. The thing that really drew me to the Rouge Coco is their hydrating consistency, I find sometimes lip colour drys out my lips and the colour can cling to dry patches, this was lightly hydrating whilst I wore it and consequently the colour wore off evenly. 

I've definitely got a few more shades on my wishlist and I feel like I may have to treat myself sometime soon. 

Do you think Chanel lipsticks are worth the money?

Holly x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Grand National: Ladies Day

Hello lovelies,

Ladies Day at Aintree

If you're a keen follower of my blog then you'll know I'm no stranger to putting together outfit posts, so when I was contacted about a competition that Ladbrokes are running to win tickets for Ladies Day for the Grand National held at Aintree, Liverpool, I knew I had to get involved. I stayed next door to the race course last month and would love to have the chance to actually be there enjoying the buzz!

The outfit I've put together is very girly and something I would love to wear. The dress is from Ted Baker and I adore the cut of it, fitted on top and then skimming the body. I decided to pair it with a gorgeous clutch bag from Dune which brings out the embellished neckline of the dress and in my ideal World, I would match it with the earrings from Biba. I paired the dress with a comfy pair of nude heels that I'd hopefully be able to keep on my feet all day!

If you're would like to find out more about the competition or if you're a fan of my outfit, you can vote for me. It would be greatly appreciated, I would take my Mum to the Grand National as she's a Liverpudlian and has never been. I know she'd love it!

Holly x

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Ramble Updates #1

Hello lovelies,

I don't know how well read chatty posts are on here because I rarely do them here. Mostly because my life is boring and you don't want to hear that I spent all my money and had to eat pasta for the last five days and will do for the forseeable future...true story.

First of all I want to say a huge thanks to those of you who have emailed me asking me where am I?! I've been a busy buzzy bee for the last ten days or so, with crazy university classes that see me starting at 8.30am and finishing at 7.30pm. The French really need to sort that out. I've had little time to do anything but work, eat, sleep and celebrate St Paddy's.

If you're a regular reader of mine then you'll know that I'm on my year abroad at uni in the South of France, I chose my university on where would be the hottest and closest to the beach, so far it's worked like a dream. We've had some crazy hot weather and I've been acting all continental sat outside cafes that aren't big enough to swing a cat in, soaking up the sun. When I go home, I intend on being olive-toned, highly unlikely considering my English rose colouring. 

This last weekend was like no weekend I've ever experienced before, many of my friends here are irish and with them winning the 6 Nations (I'm not bitter) and it being St Paddys, I had several late nights. I really did have a fantastic time but my body is paying for it now and the lack of sleep has hit me. I've known these girls for 6 months but when we all leave and head off home, I'm going to miss them so much, they always make me laugh and even if my french hasn't improved, my irish has!

Those of you with an eagle eye may have noticed my blog makeover, I'm absolutely over the moon with it, so a huge thank you to Hayley at Tea Party Beauty for her hard work! I'm at a crossroads at the moment, I'm trying to decide whether to continue my little space on the interweb as solely beauty/fashion posts or include more lifestyle posts too.

What would you like to see on What Holly Hearts?

Holly x

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Monthly Favourites / February

Hello lovelies,

Time for yet another monthly favourites, I know February is the shortest month of the year but this month really has flown by! I'm so glad that we are in March now because it is my Birthday month and I'm just so ready for Spring. Today has been absolutely glorious, the sun has definitely got his hat on, I can't wait to be putting on my shorts! On with the favourites...

I picked up this sample size in a try me box and when I flew home for a couple of weeks I took this with me, and I am so glad that I did! If you're a regular reader then you'll know that my t-zone can get very oily throughout the day if I don't powder. I didn't have high hopes but this actually works, it keeps the shine at bay. Now this certainly isn't a hydrating fluid, so I'd say if you're skin really is combination and you have some dry patches to moisturise and then apply this as a primer product. It doesn't completely combat my oily zone but neither does it promise too, it's done a great job at balancing my combination skin and I find I can go hours without rushing to look in the mirror to powder. 

Ignore the packaging being in German/French, it didn't take me long to work out exactly what this was. My eye area isn't particularly sensitive but this never stings or burns, it really is a gentle product. I'm quite fussy when it comes to eye makeup removers, I'm not a huge fan of the oil based removers as they leave a slimy residue but this leaves nothing and gets rid of all traces of makeup, it even budges my waterproof mascara. 

I feel like pretty much everyone has tried this out as an alternative to the hard to get Bioderma. Whilst Bioderma will always be the hands down winner in my book, if you're within the UK this pretty much does the same job at a fraction of the cost of importing Bioderma. I tend to use it as a precleanser and it literally disolves the makeup from my face without me having to rub and tug at my skin. It brings everything off without any irritation and really leaves your skin feeling soothed without any tightness unlike some cleansers.

So ladies, what products have you been loving this month?

Monday, 3 March 2014

March Beauty Haul

Hello lovelies,

If this post isn't coherent, then there's a reason behind it. I made a very long journey that started off at 1am in Yorkshire and I finally reached my place at 11.30am in Bordeaux which involved screaming children on coaches... I feel sleep deprived. Despite my very sleepyhead, I want to show you what I picked up yesterday afternoon in a mad dash around Boots and Superdrug.

Models Own HyperGel Nail Polish in Coral Glaze - £5.00
I've seen mixed reviews on the latest offering from Models Own and as I was in Boots and needed one more item for 3 for 2, I popped one in my basket. I thought I'd picked up Cerise Shine after seeing swatches over on Mammaful Zo's blog but Coral Glaze is more of a bright fiery coral shade. I don't own anything quite like this but I'm sceptical to how long lasting and chip resistant this will be.

Superdrug Natually Radiant Brightening Eye Cream - £2.98 (normally £5.99)
This was more of an impulse purchase, my Simple eye cream is on its last legs and I'm in dire need of a new undereye cream. I don't usually spend a lot on undereye creams, as of yet! I feel like my own issue at the tender age of 21 is more dark circles than fine lines, and anything that promises to brighten and delivers is a winner in my book.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent - £3.99
This is my go to powder, I get quite an oily T-zone throughout the day depending on which foundation I've used, I like to just blot this powder onto my face with a large kabuki brush and it controls the oil without making my face look cakey.

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Warm Medium - £4.19
I have a feeling that the packaging had been rebranded but this will always be a repurchase for me. Every blogger and their dog has tried this and raved about it, it's affordable and offers great coverage. I used to choose the second shade in, being light, so this is a shade darker than what I'd normally go for. At the moment it's slightly too dark for me but it's just a backup and come the summer it will be a perfect colour match for me... hopefully!

Seventeen Intense High Drama Liquid Eyeliner - £3.99
This is the first liquid eyeliner that I've really managed to get to grips with, I love the shape of the brush and the handle is just long enough to get precise application. This is another repurchase for me as the fabric on the nib has started to come away so I always end up smudging my eyeliner, I wouldn't say this has holy grail status as of yet, I would like to try a few other eyeliners from the Seventeen range.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara - £11.99
I'd be lying to you if I said I repurchased this, it's something I picked out of my stash. I bought a couple of these on a really good offer in Tesco and not until October/November time did I crack one open. Normally I like to switch up my mascaras but to say I've gone back to this one, really shows how much I like it. It gives me long voluminous eyelashes without clumping and is definitely one that I'd add onto my would buy again list.

What have you bought recently?

Monday, 24 February 2014

Nuxe Spring Wishlist "Pamper Hamper"

Hello lovelies,

Nuxe Pamper Hamper

Now it's no secret how much I love my Nuxe Lip Balm and how much of a fan I am of the Nuxe brand, so when I saw this blogger competition over on raspberrycheeks blog, I knew I had to enter. As Spring is on its way, my skin is looking less than its best and desperately needs a boost, and the best way to go around this is to have a big pamper session.

All you need to do is to pick a few of your favourite pamper products from the Nuxe Paris website and post about them on your blog to be in with a chance of winning a Nuxe Pamper Hamper worth £250! I picked out some products from their website which will be perfect for getting my skin back to its best.

Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Mask 50ml - £19.50
Spring in England is still rather chilly and an added moisture boost is just what my skin needs after coming in out of the cold. This mask promises to keep your skin hydrated and soothed for 24 hours which is fairly fantastic!

Nuxe Prodigieux Eye Contour 15ml - £18.50
I've had my eye on this, my current eye cream is just coming to an end and with all the late nights I've been having, I need any help I can get. I tend to wear less makeup in the warmer months meaning that dark circles and puffiness are more prevalent. I think this would do a great job at sorting out those dark bags and rejuvenating my undereyes.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil 100ml - £28.00

I've heard so much about this oil and whenever I'm in the pharmacy I've always resisted the temptation. This oil is a fantastic multitasker, perfect for popping in the bath, as a mosturising oil or even through the ends of your hair to add a bit of shine back in.

Dry chapped lips are a nightmare and this little pot is an absolute saviour. I've raved about it several times before and this balm is perfect for getting your lips prepped for all those pretty Spring coral lipsticks. I apply a thick layer before bed and in the morning my lips are soft and smooth.

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Night - £24.00
My skin changes as the weather changes, it seems to be progressively moving towards a mixture of combination and dry. This cream is suitable for all skin types making it perfect for all us girls with combination skin and wouls sort out my dry flaky patches. Delightful.

If you fancy opening this competition, here's the link to all the information you need to enter. It's open till the 10th March, so plenty of time to get those entries in. Good luck!

Leave your links if you've entered.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Review: Boots No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls

Hello lovelies,

I seem to have a spate of posts and then go AWOL. I'm at home for 10 days so just making the most of the time I've got, I had a couple of days in Liverpool and been catching up with family and friends. I left my trusty Seventeen bronzer in France and needed something to just give my face a glow so popped the No7 Bronzing Pearls into my basket in Boots without a seconds thought.

This pot of pearls is fairly small and perfect for travelling with, I find a lot of my powders break up when I'm travelling, they get smashed around and fall to pieces, with the pearls this happens much less. I wasn't able to use my normal powder brush with the pot as it's far too big, so had to use a little kabuki brush that I had on hand.

I find you're better off if you don't go around appication in a heavy-handed manner. The brush picks up a good amount of colour from the pearls as you roll them around and there's no need to use much as a little goes a long way. I always think you can always apply more but you can't undo looking like you've been rolling around in mud.

The powder glides onto the skin producing a really subtle glow, it just adds a touch of colour and really brightens up the face. There is a slight hint of shimmer but not enough so that I wouldn't use the bronzing pearls in the day. I'm natually quite fair skinned and find that this still suits me without tanning as it has soft peachy tones that give a natural bronzed finish. 

No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls are available from Boots for £9.95

Have you tried any of the bronzing products from No7?

Friday, 14 February 2014

Guide to Valentines Day: For Singles

Guide to Valentines Day: For Singles
Hello lovelies,

So the day has arrived - over the top displays of affection - don't you just love it? But for all those single pringles like moi, it's just another day. There's no need to feel down when you can curl up in bed with my two favourite men Ben & Jerry.

Love Actually DVD - £3.49
Ditsy Floral Throw - £120.00
Letter Mug H - £6.00
Yankee Candle Summer Scoop Medium Jar - £14.00
Ben & Jerry's Dough-ble Whammy - £4.00
ASOS Dreaming Sheep Print Jersey Night Tee - £15.00

I just find Valentines Day really overrated, it is totally blown out of proportion and over commercialised, whatever happened to a card, a home-cooked meal and some choccys? I wouldn't be complaining though if I recieved a Tiffany necklace! So whack your jammies on, and curl up in bed with a cup of tea and everyones favourite men.

What are your plans for tonight?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Liebster Award

Hello lovelies,

Todays post is a little bit different to my usual posts as it's the Liebster Award! I'd seen the Liebster Award given to a few bloggers that I follow, the Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. I was nominated by the lovely Lucy at Lucy Loves. Blogger awards are such a good way to learn about fellow bloggers so I knew that I had to participate.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Each person must answer the questions set for them
2. Create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.

1. Heels or flats on a night out?
I used to always wear heels, it didn't feel right without them but living in France, they look at you as if you're crazy if you wear heels on a night out. It's fine to wear them to Uni or out shopping but wear them to a club and you're the crazy English girl. 

2. If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably some form of smock dress, with a blazer. It's my go to outfit that can be dressed up or down.

3. City break exploring the sights or relaxing holiday on a beach?
Can I say both? I went to Barcelona a few years ago and it's the perfect mix of city culture but you've also got the beach.

4. The best foundation you've ever used?
I've never tried a high end foundation, so would have to go with my trusty Rimmel Wake Me Up.

5. One item you'll always find in your bag?
Polos, obsessed.

6. The return of the plastic jelly sandals, yay or nay?
Nay, they remind me of when I was 6 years old on the beach.

7. You get to spend the day with absolutely anyone in the world, who would it be?
My Grandma, she passed away when I was 10 and I still miss her terribly.

8. Minstrels or Malteasers?
Malteasere every time.

9. One song that will always get you on the dance floor?
Mr Brightside by The Killers

10. The best thing about blogging for you?
The community, it's so lovely getting to make friends with people who want to chat about the latest mascara release.

11.  What's you're most prized fashion possession?
I have a Gucci watch, does that count?

Nominations (sorry there's only 7, really struggling to find bloggers who haven't already been nominated):
My Questions:
1. If there was a singular wish you could have granted (standard rules: no wish for wishes, etc.) what would you wish for and why?
2. What is your most cherished memory?
3. Favourite song at the moment?
4. How long have you been blogging?
5. If you could make one dream purchase, what would it be?
6. What do you like about yourself the most?
7. What is your favourite brand for clothing?
8. What was the last book you read?
9. What was your favourite post that you've written?
10. Name one blog that you don't think gets enough recognition?
11. What can you not leave home without?

What do you think about tags like this one?


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