Friday, 28 February 2014

TMI Tag- Blog edition

Welcome back! For this post, I thought I would veer slightly away from beauty and let you get to know me better by doing the TMI Tag. Some questions are definitely TMI, but I guess it's the best way for us to interact if we know as much as a possible about each other haha! There are 50 questions, so lets get started...

1: What are you wearing? My cosy primark ‘I heart bed’ pyjamas. 
2: Ever been in love? No not yet but I've definitely still got time haha.
3: Ever had a terrible breakup? No…
4: How tall are you? Around 5ft 10
5: How much do you weigh? Definitely TMI..
6: Any tattoos? Nope, I hope to get a meaningful, hidden one later in life- but only if I’m 100% certain.
7: Any piercings? I have a piercing in each lobe and my cartilage in my right ear. I’m pretty happy with the amount I’ve got, a lot of people have their belly button done but the thought of it being pierced makes me feel sick inside- ew!! I also love the way nose piercings look but I doubt I’ll ever come round to getting one.
8: OTP? I can’t think of any- how boring!!
9: Favorite show? Hmm I’m a huge lover of Emmerdale and Coronation Street (sad I know), but lately I’ve been obsesseeeed over Dexter on Netflix. I also love all crime and police dramas
10: Favorite bands? I’m not a huge band lover, I don’t really obsess over anyone like One Direction haha, I just love Chart music!
11: Something you miss?  I really miss being able to do whatever I want without being restricted by my back. I’d love to have a week, or even a day, free from pain and do everything I want to! But I also miss chocolate...
12: Favorite song? I lovee Afterglow right now.
13: How old are you? 15, but I’m 16 next week!
14: Zodiac sign? Pisces.
15: Quality you look for in a partner? Funny, takes care of himself and thoughtful.
16: Favorite Quote? Love the life you live, live the life you love- Bob Marley.
17: Favorite actor? Leonardo Dicaprio!!
18: Favorite color? Green or blue??
19: Loud music or soft? I love listening to acoustic music softly, but dance music loud.
20: Where do you go when you’re sad? My bed with my dog, or the stables
21: How long does it take you to shower? Hmmmm 10 minutes but it varies
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? On a school day 20 minutes but maybe an hour on a weekend.
23: Ever been in a physical fight? No, I think I would be terrible! I can’t punch to save my life hahaaaa
24: Turn on? Smell nice.
25: Turn off? Smelling like B.O!
26: The reason I joined Youtube? I haven’t yet and I don’t really intend to. I love watching them but I don’t think I’m suited to making videos. I don’t really have the time that filming and editing requires at the moment, blogging is much more convenient for me. Never say never though!
27: Fears? Slugs and Snails- biggest fear everrr!
28: Last thing that made you cry?
Watching 24 hours in A & E the other night haha!
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
To my dog just (haha how sad)
30: Meaning behind your blog name?
It’s my first and middle name. Choosing my blog name was so hard because they were all taken!
31: Last book you read? The cruible does that count?
32: The book you’re currently reading? I am Malala- by Malala Yousafzai.
33: Last show you watched? Dexter!!
34: Last person you talked to? My dad before he went to work and my dog who’s asleep next to me haha.
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
My best friend.
36: Favorite food?
Chicken orrr bread- mmm!
37: Place you want to visit?
 Definitely Paris.
38: Last place you were?
School this morning.
39: Do you have a crush?
Haha not really.
40: Last time you kissed someone? My dog just…
41: Last time you were insulted?
Probably by my older brother.
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
Rasberry or watermelon. I  hate green or yellow.
43: What instruments do you play??
None :
44: Favorite piece of jewelery?
My Pandora bracelet because all the charms mean something different to me.
45: Last sport you played?
Swimming and horse riding.
46: Last song you sang?
47: Favorite chat up line? Did you just fart, because you blew me away.
48: Have you ever used it? Sadly not.
49: Last time you hung out with anyone? At the weekend or in half term.
50: Who should answer these questions next? 

Well that is all the questions, I hope you enjoyed getting to know me better! If any of you do this tag too, send me an email and I'd love to read it! 

See you soon, Hollie X

Monday, 24 February 2014

Bronze Eyes & Bold Lip Make-up Look + OOTD

Hellooo there! So today I'm trying something different here on Its-Hollie and show you my makeup look and outfit suitable for a night out or even shopping with the girls if you like bold looks! To make this look more wearable for day time you could switch up the lips for a nude, or keep the bold lip and neutralise the eyes! It's entirely up to you! So lets get started...

Firstly, I had already moisturised so I primed my skin with Maybelline Baby Skin Primer to ensure a flawless base ready for foundation. I then concealed my under eyes with Garnier Roll On Concealer; spots and blemishes with Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light (see post here) and around my nose with Mac Select Moisture Cover (see post here) because this stupid cold has made my nose area dry!! I then finished my base off with Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW15 and set that all in place with a light dusting of Collection Setting Powder in translucent and sprayed MAC Fix+ to avoid any dryness.

To warm up my pale complexion slightly, I used Bourjois Bronzing powder in shade 52. Then to contour I used Mac eye shadow in Coquette (see post here)  and a bit of Benefit Hoola Bronzer. To add a bit of colour back into my cheeks I applied the Natural Collection Blush in Pink Cloud.


Now my base is perfected and concealer, I moved onto eyebrows because the foundation that may have covered my eyebrows helps the eyebrow powder stick down better. I used my trusty Mac eye shadow in Croquette (see post here) and deepened up the tail with Mac eye shadow in Charcoal Brown. Then to set them in place and stop them budging throughout the night, I used Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown

As always, I primed with Mac Paintpot in Painterly to conceal all the nasty veins and discolouration and to help all the eye shadow stay all night. I then applied Mac eye shadow in Coquette (see post here). on a fluffy blending brush, to my crease to add dimension and a transition shade. I then deepened the crease up further with Mac eye shadow in Charcoal Brown. After it was all blended nicely and there were no harsh edges, I applied Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, blended it out with my warm finger and then applied Mac eye shadow in Woodwinked and carried on blending adding extra Coquette if needed. I highlighted my inner corner with Calvin Klein Sheer Cream Eye shadow in Snakeskin Silver, to brighten up my eye. Next I would usually deepen up the crease and outer V with a black shadow, but I wanted this to suit everyone and some people may find that too heavy, especially with the purple lips, so I just left that part out but feel free to if you want to. Instead I lined my eyes with No7 Stay Perfect Felt Tip Eyeliner with a slight wing but then smudged it out with Mac Charcoal Brown and Natural Collection eye shadow in Midnight. Finally, using a smudger brush, I applied Charcoal Brown and the black shadow to my lower lash line, curled my lashes, then added Maybelline The Falsies Mascara.

Finally, and my favourite part of the look, I used Seventeen Supreme Shine Lipstick in Deep Secret.
Seventeen Supreme Shine Lipstick in Deep Secret.

This is my favourite look at the moment, I think the bronze eyes and purple lip really compliment each other, and really bring out my greeny eyes, but will suit anyone!

Next is the Outfit:
I chose to go plain with a black play suit, a black clutch with gold hardware, tights and black cutout ankle boots. I kept it simple with jewellery and just wore my usual cross necklace that I alwayss wear, my River Island Watch and my beloved Pandora and Thomas Sabo bracelet.
Final look.

Hope you enjoyed reading, and I hope you liked this different style of post! I'm still experimenting with my blog so any opinions would be kindly appreciated! And I would love to see if any of you do a similar look :)
See you soon lovelys! Hollie X

Friday, 21 February 2014

MAC Coquette Eye Shadow Review

Hello there! So for today’s post, I thought I’d share a product with you all that I probably couldn't live without- MAC’s eye shadow in Coquette. I know you’re probably thinking “C’mon Hollie, it’s just an eye shadow” and I know that but I use Coquette in 3 or 4 different ways!

I initially brought it because I was in need of a cool toned, not too dark but not too light eye shadow to fill in my brows. I know many people usually opt for Omega or Charcoal Brown, and I do have Charcoal Brown but, in my opinion, it’s lightly too warm toned and no one wants orange eye brows!  I've never heard many people use Coquette before- it definitely doesn't get the attention it deserves.

Mac Coquette and Charcoal Brown + swatches

Secondly, I decided I could try using it as a crease colour, like a transition shade, and it works so well for that as well! It’s the perfect eye shadow as you get just enough colour pay off that it’s easy to control because it’s buildable. I also use it under my eyes on my lower lash line for a soft, slightly smokey look or on my upper lash line for slight extra dimension- perfect!

Thirdly, and my favourite use of Coquette, is for contouring. I've been on the extensive hunt for the perfect contour shade for us fair skin girls. Matte bronzers just seem too orange and harsh, I even tried the ever so famous Benefit Hoola and it’s pretty good but for an everyday contour, it’s slightly too harsh. I’d also heard that NYX blush in Taupe was good but it’s not very accessible in the UK. One day I was filling in my brows, I realised Coquette was a pretty similar match to Taupe. So I tried it and its perfect! Even though it’s great for fair skin, it would also be great for all skin tones because it’s so buildable!

Mac Coquette + Swatch

(If anyone could help me out by telling me what the bumpy bits are in this shadow it would be a great help please!!)

I definitely will be repurchasing MAC’s Coquette eye shadow whenever I run out, I have it in the pan form to go in my quad palette and it’s only £10. Sometimes £10 for one little eye shadow seems a bit overpriced, but when you can use it for so many different things, it’s certainly worth it! I've been using it for 2 months religiously and there’s barely a dent. Very impressed with this eye shadow and I recommend it to all of you!

Hope you enjoyed this post, next time you’re in MAC have a look at Coquette and maybe try it out for yourself- would love to hear your opinions too!

Thanks for reading, see you soon. Hollie X

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Mac's Select Moisture Cover or Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer?


For today's post, I've decided to explore whether higher end products are really worth the high price tag compared to some cheaper alternatives.
 I've chosen to compare two concealers for my first example- specifically Mac's Select Moisture Cover and the ever-so famous Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (formally known as Collection 2000)

[Ignore the Collections grubby packaging haha- it's been through the wars with me!]

 I've been using Collections Lasting Perfection concealer for over a year now after seeing the huge hype across the Youtube and Blogging world, and decided that I had no choice but to pick it up to see what the fuss was about. I've used both shade 2 Light and shade 3 Medium and I'm even tempted to pick up shade 1 Fair for an extra highlighted effect. Both the Mac and the Collection one come in tube with a doafer applicator, so are easy and not messy to apply.

                Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Mac Moisture Cover Concealer

 It definitely lived up to my expectations- high coverage, lasted pretty well, and matched my skin tone and colour. I was quite worried that it would be slightly too drying for my rather dry skin and under-eyes but I was pleasantly surprised and have had no trouble with my eyes looking dry when I've been wearing this. I use it on dark circles and any redness, hyper pigmentation and spots. It's especially good on blemishes as it covers well and lasts pretty much all day.

 After using that concealer for over a year, I was lucky enough to be gifted some Mac goodies for Christmas from my brother so I decided to try a concealer when I went for my hour appointment. I wasn't unhappy with my current Collection concealer, but I just wanted to widen my concealer experience and branch out.

 I'd heard so many outstanding reviews for the Pro-long wear concealer but some reviews said they found it slightly drying and I didn't want to run the risk of a flaky under eye. Instead I tried Select Moisture Cover, purely because the name sounded perfect for what my skin needed- moisture. I got the shade NW15, the same shade as my foundation but as usual Mac concealers tend to be lighter than the foundations. In the shop it looked great, matched my skin well, covered and didn't look drying so I brought it, along with a few other things. Obviously my brother wouldn't let me use it until Christmas day but when I did, I was still as pleased as I was in the shop. I was worried it would crease because it was so moisturising it but it didn't! After a few uses, I began to realise it was slightly to dark or orange, especially in comparison to my Collection one. Other than that I was still pleased with it and carried on using it. I decided to look up whether they did a lighter shade, but unfortunately they don't. The only problem I have found with Mac is that they're lightest shade is still not suitable for some light skins, does anyone else agree? Anyway I'm still using the Mac concealer, but mostly around my face opposed to my eyes, just because I like a lighter shade there. I like to swap between the Mac and Collection one.

Sooo.. What is the verdict?
 Well I don't dislike Mac Select Moisture Cover, in fact if they did a lighter shade I would probably repurchase but for the price (£15) I'd rather pay £4.19 for a concealer that's just as good but in the right shade for me. I do also feel like the Mac one has slightly less product as I can already see through the sides at some points in the tube, after just over a month but my Collection one has lasted me ages.
 Overall I'd say if you're on a budget go for the Collection was because it's just as good, but if you're slightly darker than me, then I'd also recommend the Mac one.
So are higher end products worth the higher price? This time no. I believe in this case you can get a good enough drugstore dupe.

Hope this was useful and I hope you liked it. I would love to know whether you like this style of blog or if you'd prefer single product reviews. It would also be great to know your views on either of these products in the comment section and your personal experiences. See you soon!

Lots of love, Hollie X

Friday, 7 February 2014

My want list: The Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

I have been lusting over the Lorac Pro Palette for so long that I can’t even explain. Everything about it just screams out my name- the row of matte shadows and then a second row of shimmers. Eurgh, just so beautiful! And even the price isn’t that bad, I just wish it was available in the UK. I’ve been waiting and waiting and searching and searching but it’s nowhere to be seen! I know that if I ever got my hands on it I would probably never put it down! (haha how sad)

Lorac Pro Palette and Eyeprimer
 I’ve read so many reviews and so many swatches that I basically feel like I own it, except I don’t… Anyway my point is that there are so many products out there that I want to try, and I know many UK bloggers will agree with me, but are only available in the US or Australia etc. I envy all the foreign bloggers and youtubers making favourite posts and reviews on so many products that I need in my life (I probably don’t need them) but just can’t get. Am I the only person who has never been to the USA and don’t plan to anytime soon, so I haven’t experienced all these amazing brands like Milani, Lorac, Tarte and so many more!

Oh dear, rant over. I know many foreign bloggers also feel the same about UK products but, in my opinion, they have a lot brands that we have also, so probably aren’t missing out just as much.

Ahhh, so that was just a quick post to let my anger out and display my love for the Lorac Palette haha, hope you found it interesting and maybe some of you share the same longing for it as me! Also if any of you have any similar palettes that are available in the UK or just any palettes that you love, then I’d love to hear from you!

See you soon, Hollie X

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Liebster Award!

I was very kindly nominated for the Liebster Award which is a sort of tag going around the blogging world which is helping new bloggers, with less than 200 followers, have the chance to get noticed! All you have to do is answer the 11 questions the person that nominated gave you, tag 11 more bloggers and give them 11 new questions to answer.

  Thank you so much for nominating me Amy from, I am so grateful- I never expected to have 5 followers within my first 3 days of starting my blog, let alone being nominated for an award and reaching 30 followers!
So these were the 11 questions that the lovely Amy gave me to answer:

1)    What’s your favourite beauty product at the moment?
Definitely my Maybelline the Falsies Mascara. I can’t live without it! It’s transformed the way my eyelashes look so it has to be my current favourite beauty product because I don’t go a day without wearing it!
2)      Which season do you prefer dressing for?
Definitely Winter. I love dressing up all snuggly in oversized woolly jumpers and big coats with a hat and scarf and chunky boots. I think it’s the best season for accessories, and definitely has to be my favourite season of the year for clothing.
3)      What was the last thing that you bought?
Make-up wise was the Maybelline Baby Skin after seeing the hype over YouTube and blogs (another ‘Blogging made me do it’ product haha!) I’m still trying it out and haven't made my final verdict it on it, but I will gladly do a review anytime soon!
4)      If you had to pick 5 make up products to wear for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
Hmmm, so difficult!! I have a wide variety of products that I switch between on a regular basis. But some products that I use most days and always come back to have to be Maybelline the Falsies Mascara (again); Mac's eye shadow in Croquette ( I use it to fill in my eyebrows, contour with and blend eye shadow in the crease!); Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation ( If I had foundation I could double it up and use it as a concealer ;-)); Natural Collection Blush and Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss. Wow that was so hard!!
5)      Whats your favourite magazine?
I have to say I don’t read magazines all of the time but when I do I love Elle and then when I’m feeling really granny I love Take A Break haha (how embarrassing)!- I just love learning about other people’s lives (I’m so nosey!) and love the cross words and Sudoku!
6)      If you could be anyone in the world, who would it be?
Hmmm, Beyonce! She is perfect in every way yet seems like such a down to earth person! Plus everyone loves her so I guess that wouldn’t be a bad bonus…;-)
7)      What is your dream job?
If I could be anything in the world, I would just love to be a Police Officer or a detective! I love watching all the crime dramas and I watch all the old series of The Bill religiously (is that weird?).
8)      Favourite film and why?
Ahhh this is hard! I don’t watch loads of films but I love Taken (and Taken 2) but I am literally obsessed with Harry Potter!! I watch one of the films near enough every day and neverrrr get bored! But then I couldn’t just pick one of the films, so I can I just say all the Harry Potters… or is that cheating?
9)      How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
It really depends! If you mean just make-up then on a school day 10 minutes, but on a weekend I like to spend a bit longer so maybe half an hour. But in total with hair, getting dressed, shower and breakfast etc. then it could be hours depending on the situation!
10)   Who's your favourite blogger?
I love Victoria from Inthefrow. Her blog is so versatile, she’s beautifullll and I love her videos as well! But I love so many!
11)   Describe yourself in 3 words
I always find this question so difficult! But I’d probably say bubbly, clumsy, sociable.

My 11 nominated bloggers:

My 11 questions for nominated bloggers:
1.       If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take one beauty product, what would it be?
2.       What is your favourite flavour of sweet?
3.       If you could marry one celebrity, who would it be?
4.      Would you rather wear the same clothes for 10 years, or the never be able to change your make-up for 10 years?
5.      Are you a dog or a cat person?
6.      Are you a nail biter?
7.      Are you a lip gloss or a lipstick person?
8.      Do you like ketchup?
9.      What did you last eat?
10.   What make up products are you wearing right now?
11.   Whats your least favourite make-up item that you own and why?

Hope you liked this post, See you soon!

Hollie X

Saturday, 1 February 2014

My January Favourites ❤

I thought that I would start off with what I have been loving for this year so far, or more commonly known as- My January Favourites.
 The month after Christmas or my birthday are definitely one of the best because of the amount of beauty goodies I receive, that any other time of the year, I really can't justify spending lots of my pennies on. Hence this month, I have been loving lots of new things- as well as my trusty holy-grails.

Anyway, one of my new loves (and my first favourite) is Mac's Studio Sculpt Foundation...

Mine is in NW15 and it's a pretty good match. It's a medium (probably buildable) coverage that's perfect for everyday wear- especially school. I love the healthy, natural glow it gives, particularly for my normal to dry skin as it's really moisturising- hence meaning the lasting power isn't exactly the best that I've tried but set it with a powder and a setting spray and it will last you most of the day. The only thing is that I wish it came in lighter shades because I know a few fellow pale friends that NW15 would be slightly too dark for.

Keeping with the base theme, product number 2 has to be my Garnier Roll-on Concealer.
 Mine in fair- it doesn't entirely match but blended in with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and my foundation and I'm good to go. Anyway, I've had this for a good few months and I can definitely say that I love this product!!
It all started a few months  back and I was beginning to get really paranoid about my puffy eyes and dark circles at 7 o'clock of a weekday before school so I went on the hunt for a saviour product- and that is what I found. I'd read pretty good reviews about the Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser but it seemed pretty overpriced for the amount of product and the sponge applicator really didn't appeal to me (unhygienic).
 So I was strolling the Asda beauty isle and was so close to buying the Maybeline concealer until I saw this one. It really appealed to me with the cool metal roller ball to wake up my puffy eyes and the caffeine that claimed to help treat dark circles. I'm not sure whether I just got more sleep but I love this product! It really made me feel better about waking up so early and despite the thin consistency, it covers pretty well.
Also it's always on offer somewhere so is usually only around £5 and you get 15ml!

Moving swiftly on to eyes; I jumped on the bandwagon and got the Mac Painterly Paint Pot.
It matches my pale, slightly pink complexion and completely blocks out all the ugly veins and discolouration on the lid. It truly acts as a great base for eye shadow as it clings to it and lasts literally morning until night without budging. I have also been known to use it as a concealer as it matches my skin so well- good coverage and definitely doesn't crease- cheeky tip!
I love it and have been using it constantly for a month but there's barely a dent. I've been that obsessed that I've abandoned my other primers- oops. 

Overall it's a great product that's worth the hype, and reasonably priced at £15.

Another hyped up product, that I also agree with is the Maybelline The Falsies Mascara.
 Mine is in waterproof because, personally, a waterproof formula works the best for me at holding a curl and not smudging.
This product has literally changed my life, I feel like I never want to repurchase a different mascara because Maybelline has really hit the nail on the head with this product. It gives so much volume and length without getting clumpy. I didn't realise just how good it made my lashes look until I tried my other mascaras. My lashes stay full and curled all day and don’t smudge. The brush seems daunting at first, especially for your lower lashes, but it works pretty well there too. I'm not sure what makes the mascara so good, whether it's the brush or the formula, but I know I definitely won't be buying another mascara any time soon.

 Last, but definitely not least, is a lipstick. I'm not usually one for dark or bright lipsticks, I usually stick with my natural pinky-nudes other than in the summer when I might branch out to a coral or a pink, but towards the end of last year I noticed the dark lip trend coming in and I loved it! I kept umming and ahhing whether to follow the crowd and by one, but I was just too scared! Such a bold lip was out of my comfort zone but then this month I decided to bite the bullet and get one.
 I kept looking but couldn't find the right shade- some were too reddy/pinky and some were too brown. I was considering getting Mac's Diva or Rebel but didn't want to spend that much in case I hated it. So I finally found the right purple for me in the Seventeen counter at Boots in the shade Deep Secret.

I like this one because it still looks purple when you apply to your lips. I found that some purple lipsticks completely changed from the swatch on your hand to when you applied it, but this one is still as purple as it is in the tube. I usually line my lips, apply one layer, blot it, apply another layer, blot it again then either put a clear gloss on if I don't want it to be too heavy, or a browny purple gloss on if I want a more harsh, deeper look. The lasting power isn't the longest, but lasts the same as your average lipstick and the thing that I like is that when it does wear off it wears off evenly not patchy and leave a nice 'stain'. I really love this lipstick and I’m so glad I found the one I wanted!

Well that's my current favourites for the past month, I hope you enjoyed it! Can't wait to discover lots of new goodies in February.
See you soon, Hollie x