Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Style Crush: Chrissy Teigen



If I could swap wardrobes with anyone for a day - without a doubt it would be Chrissy Teigen.

Whether she's dressed down and rocking off-duty chic or glammed up for red carpet event - she simply nails it every time.

On top of her amazing style, her down to earth, witty personality make her impossibly hard not to love. 

Chrissy is my ultimate girl crush!

Here are some of my favourite looks from the lady herself...












Which look do you like best? Who's your ultimate style crush?

Holly xx




Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Inecto Naturals Coconut range


I was recently contacted by Inecto to try out their newly-launched Naturals Coconut range.

Inecto are a British beauty brand who focus on 100% natural beauty using only sustainably sourced ingredients and organic oils. 

All of their products are vegetarian and vegan friendly, and are never tested on animals.

The Naturals Coconut range includes products for both the hair and body which aim to smooth, nourish, cleanse and add shine while indulging your senses in the delicious scent of natural coconut oil.





Being a lover of all things coconut I couldn't wait to try out the Very Smoothing body oil. 

The fact that Inecto products are made using all natural ingredients that are not tested on animals is an added bonus - I am always keen to use products made using good quality, ethically sourced ingredients when possible.

The Very Smoothing body oil did not disappoint. Its sweet, nutty scent is utterly delicious and left my skin smelling good enough to eat! Unlike some coconut flavoured products which can smell highly synthetic and more like an air freshener than the actual fruit - this oil is the opposite and smells rich and decadent just as a coconut should.

The oil absorbed instantly and wasn't at all greasy which meant I could get dressed more or less straight away. My skin felt soft and nourished after use and was left with a healthy glow which made me look and feel instantly better.





Hello Hydration Coconut Hair Treatment

I usually wash my hair 1-2 times a week and always use an intense conditioning treatment on the ends. It gets dry and knotty very easily so I find that products specifically for dry/damaged hair work best for me.

The Hello Hydration conditioner is the perfect consistency - not too thick but not too runny - the texture is nice and creamy and a small amount goes a long way so I can imagine one bottle will last a while. 

The scent is just as delicious as the oil and made my showering time all the more enjoyable. I left the treatment on for 4 minutes before rinsing, then applied the hair oil when my hair was 70% dry before finishing with a hairdryer.

My hair had fewer tangles after using the treatment which made styling quicker and much less of a chore.






I am always wary when using oil as my hair can get greasy easily. I started off using a small amount of the Divine Shine oil and applied it through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair when it was damp before blow drying and styling.

I tend to let my hair air dry around 70% then finish with a hair dryer and use a smoothing product to avoid it being too frizzy. This oil delivered a similar result to the OGX Keratin treatment I usually use and left my hair looking sleek and frizz free, and not weighed down or greasy.

The oil is dispersed using a small pump which makes applying very easy and prevents too much coming out at once, which can often be a problem. The scent is almost identical to the conditioning treatment and body oil, so again smells absolutely delicious -I could still smell it a few hours later.

Once dry my hair was beautifully soft and nourished, and both the oil and conditioning treatment delivered their promises and left my hair smoother, softer and more manageable after use.

I would definitely recommend both products to those with fine/normal hair like myself, who require products that nourish and de-frizz without weighing it down.


Have you tried any products from the Inecto range? Which are your favourites?

Holly xx



*PR Samples

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

June


As far as records for world's fastest month since records first began go, I think we have found a new contender.

Seriously, WTH did June go?!

The last month has been pretty awesome. To kick things off it was my birthday on June 4th. Another year older, another year wiser...

I had a fab weekend back home with my family which included a fun trip to an animal farm, a day out in the beautiful Cotswolds, a pamper day at the salon and being treated to lots of amazing presents, delicious food and birthday cookie!

Uni has now finished for the summer so I have been enjoying the free time and generally mooching about in the sun, indulging in some good chic lit and maybe a little bit of shopping - well who can resist all of those summer sales?!

I am excited to go back home for a couple of months in July. A change of scenery will be greatly welcomed as will the chance to spend more time with friends and family before the new term begins in October.

What have you been upto this month? Anyone else feeling envious of the endless holiday pics on social media? *sobs*


Holly xx


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


 With my twin on my birthday


 Birthday cookie mmm


Pizza and cappuccinos in the sun

Now to burn it all off haha #Gym

Currently reading... I do love a bit of chic lit


Delicious healthy summer food


Love my #AdidasOriginals and #NikeFreeRuns


Home-made sweet potato and butternut squash curry... call me Nigella ;-)

Ready for an early morning workout

#ELLEinspire

Feeling Mediterranean with lunch

Summer essentials

No Sunday is complete without eggs and avo on toast!

Holding baby rabbits at the farm, SO cute!

A pink sparkly mani makes everything better



My Birthday...











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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Summer Sales: My top picks



The summer sales have begun - and what better time to pick up some bargains and treat yourself to a new summer wardrobe?!

 Whether you're shopping for an up-coming holiday or need some new clothes for the heatwave we're expecting here in the UK (one must be optimistic)...

Here's a few of my top picks for your summer shopping inspiration.



Daytime

Beautysets - Daytime




Evening

Beautysets - Evening



What do you think to my picks? Have you spotted any great bargains in the sales?

Holly xx


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

How to master natural makeup



Sometimes it’s nice to keep makeup minimal and opt for a more natural look.

Not only does it save you time in the morning, wearing less makeup also benefits your skin by allowing it to breathe and giving it a much needed rest from heavy layers of product which clog pores and cause breakouts.

Here’s how you can master a beautifully natural look in a matter of minutes.





Base
Opt for a tinted moisturiser over foundation which moisturises while still providing coverage.
BB and CC creams are also excellent for creating a natural look and provide antioxidants and SPF protection while still covering redness and blemishes.



Try…
Nivea Visage Tinted Moisturising Crème - £3.65
The Body Shop Vitamin E Cool BB Cream - £11
L'Oréal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream SPF 12 - £9.99


Eyes
Hide under-eye bags and dark circles by applying concealer from the inner corners working outwards. Follow with a nude eye pencil applied to the inner rim which will create brightness. Finish the look by curling lashes to enhance your eye shape and give a wide-eyed look.



Try...
Seventeen Phwoarr Paint - £5.49
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Nude Kohl Liner - £3.99
Models Own Eyelash Curler - £7.00


Cheeks
Create a soft flush with a swipe of blush on the apples of your cheeks. Peachy pinks enhance a pale complexion while darker shades work better on tanned skin.

Try...
Bourjois Blush Exclusif - £8
Rimmel Long Lasting Finish - £3.99
NARS Gaiety - £22.50


Lips
Avoid chapped lips by exfoliating regularly. Most lipsticks can be drying so use a balm to keep lips smooth while also adding a hint of colour. Some lip balms also have the added bonus of SPF protection which is essential for summer time.



Try…
Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub - £5.50
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Cherry Me - £2.99
Carmex Lip Balm SPF 15 in Pomegranate - £3.50
Benefit Lolli Balm - £14.50



What are your favourite products for a natural look? Any good tips?

Holly xx




Sunday, 31 May 2015

May


June
Officially the best month of the year 
(excluding December).

Not only are we exactly halfway through the year (wtf)... 
- it's summer time
- six months until Christmas (yay!) 
and most importantly... 
- it's the birthday month of yours truly!! :-D

May has flown by and has mostly been spent revising and studying for exams - one down, one to go, then my first year of uni will be complete! 

Seriously, where has the time gone?!

I'm looking forward to spending my birthday at home with family and friends and hopefully being spoiled to some lovely presents, some pampering and a delicious birthday cake :-) hehe.

What do you have planned for June? Any exciting summer holidays?


Holly xx


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




Yours truly x



Pretty purple nails



Working for that summer bod!



Yummy mackerel, rice and lots of greens



Loving the popup fashion exhibition at #TrentUni




My (amazing) Sweet potato, butternut squash, mushroom and spinach risotto 



L'Occitane lipbalm = love



Coconut blueberry chia pudding



Wardrobe inspo



#TrentFashion



#TreatTime



Feeling Mediterranean 



Bath and shower goodies that smell god enough to eat!




Loving these stylish bags



Eggs and Avo = perfection




All white everything



Strawberry frozen yoghurt... yummy


Enough said



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