Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Real Techniques || A Real Bargain!

I couldn't not blog about this because I'm so impressed and pleased with this purchase!
I saw a post by Charissa ( saying that she had found some absolute bargains on an American website called so I thought I would check it out.
I've been dying for some Real Techniques brushes and intended to buy some when I got paid this month (tomorrow), but then I saw them on iHerb and they were so much cheaper than they are in Boots! The core collection (set of 4 brushes) is £21.99 in Boots and only $17.99 on iHerb which works out as £11.87! The powder brush was a lot cheaper too, and with shipping all the way from America, the whole thing only cost me £22.62. I am so chuffed with this, can you tell?
They even sent me a little lollipop, how cute.

Real Techniques core collection: $17.99 at iHerb (£11.82)

Real Techniques powder brush: $9.99 at iHerb (£6.59)
I was a bit wary at first because I don't like buying from websites that I've never heard of, and I've never ordered beauty products from all the way in the US but I am so pleased with this order. I was expecting the shipping to take up to a few weeks but I ordered on Friday and the package arrived today (Wednesday)! You can also track your order online if you use DHL for shipping like I did.
For anyone who wants to order from iHerb, I also received a discount code that can be used by first-time buyers on their first purchase - you get $10 off if you spend over $40 or $5 off if you spend under $40. Here is the code: QCG185 
Welcome to my dressing table..

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Leather and Monochrome

Tee: H&M
Leather skirt: H&M
Heels: New Look
Clutch bag: River Island
Necklace: New Look
I went for a night out in Newcastle last night for my best friend's 21st birthday and I was so excited to wear my new skirt for the first time. I loved the leather skater skirts that have been big recently but after some unlucky ebay bidding wars I gave up on owning one. Then I saw this leather mini skirt in H&M and loved it, and it's a bit different. I also bought this monochrome striped clutch bag this week and then found a gorgeous matching necklace when I was at work (in New Look) yesterday.
Oops sorry for the bobble on my wrist, that's not very trendy is it. But it is handy.

Anyway, here's a lovely picture of me getting ready with my Remington heated rollers in.
Sexy and I know it.. HA

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review || YSL False Lash Effect Mascara

YSL Mascara for a False Lash Effect: £23.00
One of my friends works for YSL and she convinced me to try my first ever high-end mascara in September 2011 when I met her, and I can honestly say I have never loved a mascara more than this one. It really does what it says in the title, keeping my lashes looking long and full all day. As a girl who CANNOT apply false lashes and often ends up with them stuck on her forehead, this product is a lifesaver. Also, the one time I did wear false lashes (applied for me by the friend I mentioned above), I could feel/see them all night and felt like I had really hairy eyebrows! Anyone else have that experience? Just me? Moving on.

I've now used 3 tubes of this mascara so I am trying to save it for nights out or days when I am wearing less/no other eye make-up and want to make my eyes stand out more (for day-to-day use I am using Rimmel's Lash Accelerator mascara). I've also tried the 'High Density Black' version of this mascara, which claims to give lashes a more 'intense and glamorous' look but I personally found that to make my lashes a little too clumpy and wet.
I've tried a lot of YSL products but this is definitely my favourite and I can't see a time in the future when I won't re-purchase this mascara.
What's your go-to mascara?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Uni Days

Tee: New Look
Jeans: New Look
Boots: Topshop
Necklace: Topshop 
I was really naughty on Monday and skipped my first two lectures in favour of a lie-in.
Not a very exciting outfit today but I'm still practicing this blogging thing ha.
A large amount of the clothes I own are from New Look because I work there and get a very generous 50% staff discount - who could resist that? Although New Look isn't my favourite shop on the high street, I do think it is underrated and sometimes has some really nice and reasonably priced clothes/shoes. Since I'm there 3/4 times a week I suppose I get to see a lot more of what they have to offer so can pick out the items that I like.
I'm really loving these boots at the minute, they are so comfortable. They actually belong to my sister but I am slowly stealing them since she rarely wears them ha.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Friday Afternoon Drinks

Leather Jacket: Miss Selfridge
Midi Dress: Miss Selfridge
Boots: New Look
Bag: River Island 

Terrible quality photos I know, but this was my outfit for heading to the local bar for some lunch and cocktails. I love midi dresses at the minute, I've bought so many recently, but this Miss Selfridge midi was the first I ever purchased (some time last year) xo

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


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Orange Lips

Until last year, I was never that bothered about lipstick. Shock. When I did start wearing it, I tended to stick to nudes and pale pinks (pretty safe match for my pale skintone and blonde hair, I thought). This year I've decided to be braver with makeup/fashion, in line with the start of this blog, and I'm having a lot of fun so far.
I invested in this orange lipstick from Topshop (shade: infrared), and I LOVE it.

 Topshop Lipstick: £8.00
I really like the packaging of these lipsticks too (I should point out that I get really excited over pretty new things, including the packaging). It's very simple but stylish, like a lot of Topshop's products.


At first I thought that orange lipstick was only wearable with tanned skin, but I actually think it pops quite nicely against a paler skintone too.
Now I want to buy allll the Topshop lipsticks, and I've even invested in a lipstick holder to display them on my dressing table (ebay £2.18 including delivery).
Can anyone recommend any other shades from the Topshop collection?

Here we go..

Hi, I'm Holly.
Completely new at this so sorry for any mistakes! Hope you enjoy my blog.