Friday 22 May 2015

Birthday wishlist

So it's my birthday in under 2 weeks (June 4th FYI) and I'm going to be turning 24 eek!

I know 24 is young but inside I feel like I am still 18.

Oh to be a care-free teenager again without the worries of grown up things like bills, healthcare, laundry and acting like a respectable member of society (ahem!).

None the less another year older is another year wiser, and when I look back at my life so far I feel blessed for the opportunities I have had, the moments I've been lucky enough to experience and all of the great memories I will cherish until the day I die.

Soppy bit aside, here's a few ideas for all of those struggling to think of what to get me ;-)

Lots of love

Holly xxx

Beautysets - Birthday Wishlist

Sunday 17 May 2015

Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion

Despite the never ending advice about the importance of wearing sun protection, it's only been recently that I've paid full attention and decided to invest in an SPF moisturiser in an attempt to protect my skin from the sun.

As I've gotten older, I've started to notice changes to my skin such as colour pigmentation and the formation of brown spots - both of which are caused by sun damage, so now I try to do all I can to prevent aging and keep my skin looking its best.

Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion claims to offer 24 hour hydration and SPF20 while also brightening and illuminating the skin. 

I found that it works as a fantastic base under foundation. The cream is fairly light and absorbs straight away, and has a delicious smell that reminds me of holiday - I can't quite place my finger on what it is but it smells goood

It lives up to its claims of 'brightening' and 'illuminating' and I notice an instant glow after using it, my skin definitely feels softer and looks more radiant.

I will definitely be stocking up on this for the summer months to give my skin that little extra protection and hopefully prevent the first signs of aging!

Do you use an SPF moisturiser? Which brands would you recommend?

Holly xx

Sunday 10 May 2015

Crushing on Coconut

I have developed a crazy new obsession with coconut.

Whether it's coconut milk with my breakfast, coconut oil to moisturise my hair and skin, coconut body spray to keep me smelling fresh or coconut water to re hydrate after a workout...

I am officially addicted.

Apart from being extremely good for you and carrying a variety of health benefits, coconut looks, smells and tastes delicious.

Here's some of my favourite coconut products...

Vita Coco Coconut Water - £3.49
KTC Coconut Oil - £2.25
Superdrug Coconut Oil - £2.29
I Love Coconut Bubble Bath and Shower Gel - £2.99

*Coconut fa
ct The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion, regulated metabolism, improved dental health and bone strength.

Original Source Coconut Shower Gel - £2.29
OGX Nourishing Coconut Oil Hydrating Mist - £6.99
Pukka Herbs Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - £8.10
Coconut Hand Cream - £3.50

*Coconut fact Coconut helps reduce sweet cravings by improving insulin secretion and utilisation of blood glucose. The healthy fat slows down blood sugar levels and reduces cravings meaning you’re less likely to snack on unhealthy, high-sugar food.

Coconut Collaborative Yoghurt - £1.69
Alpro original Coconut Rice Milk - £1.79
Coconut Body Butter - £13
TREK Coconut Bar - 90p

*Coconut fact 
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturiser for hair and skin. It delays the appearance of wrinkles and helps prevent premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.

Black Coconut Candle - £16.99
Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes - £4.00
Koko Dairy Free Coconut Milk - £1.39
Coconut Handwash - £1.66

*Coconut fact Coconut oil strengthens the immune system due to its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It helps to fight harmful bacteria and when used as a mouth wash prevents tooth decay and promotes dental hygiene.

Tuesday 5 May 2015

The Met Gala 2015: My favourite looks

The Met Gala is easily one of the most glamorous, exclusive and show-stopping events of the year, and is the perfect opportunity for the A-listers to get dressed up and show off their jaw-dropping beauty and amazing array of designer dresses.

At $25,000 a ticket those who are lucky (and rich!) enough to attend show the rest of us how glamour is really done, and leave us feeling extremely jealous when we pour over the beautiful pictures the following day!

Here are my favourite looks from the night...

Kerry Washington

Joan Smalls

Jennifer Lopez

Behati Prinsloo


Candice Swanepoel

Gigi Hadid

Karolina Kurkova

Kate Beckinsale

Kendall Jenner

Kim Kardashian

Miranda Kerr

Naomi Campbell

Reece Witherspoon

Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

Which look was your favourite? Do you think any one looked particularly amazing?

Holly xx

*Images sourced from Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle

Saturday 2 May 2015


Easter month has passed, flowers are in full bloom and we have enjoyed a nice couple of weeks of sunshine.

Summer is on the way and I have been working on my summer wardrobe in advance - which has included packing away all of the woolly jumpers and winter boots in favour of shorts, tees and dresses. Optimistic much?

April involved a long bank holiday weekend at home, eating too much Easter chocolate, spending time with friends and family and a whole lot of uni work.

In the next few weeks I am looking forward to more bank holidays (yay!), a visit from my mum and sister and am hoping to embrace the warmer weather - doesn't the sunshine just make everything better?

I also have a whole lot of revision to do before my two exams at the end of the month *sigh*

What did you get up to in April? Any exciting plans for May?

Holly xx

Here's a few pics from the last month...

New hair


Pretty flowers

Gym time

Dinner inspired by Deliciously Ella

L'Occitane goodies

Smile :-)

Currently loving

Tuna, mushroom and courgette pasta. Nicer than it sounds!

Ready to party

MAC Creme Cup

Mmm... pizza!


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