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



Beyonce



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



Friday, 1 May 2015

April



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


Breakfast



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!



Inspiration


For more pics follow me on Instagram @misshollyamber


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Nutri Advanced Probiotics



I started 2015 with a list of new years resolutions and health goals, one of which was to take better care of my body on the inside and out. While I've always been relatively healthy and like to think I eat a balanced diet and get enough exercise, like most people I often fall off the wagon and find myself feeling sluggish and unmotivated, and it can be hard to get back on track. 

I was contacted by Nutri Advanced, one of Europe’s largest suppliers of health food supplements, who advised me about the benefits of nutritional supplements and how they can improve health and wellbeing.





I opted for the GiSol Probiotic Capsules which claim to promote healthy digestion by balancing flora in the gut and supporting the digestive process. Studies have shown that including probiotics in your daily diet can significantly improve gut health by increasing the levels of 'good' bacteria in your body.

I have been taking the supplements for two weeks and while there have been no major changes, I have noticed a slight improvement such as a flatter stomach and improved digestion. I plan to take them for at least one month before expecting to see a noticeable difference, however with the scientific evidence backing the benefits of probiotics they are definitely something I am keen to continue.


Nutri's nutritionists advise: “Most people should notice an improvement in gut symptoms after taking GiSol for 2 weeks, although the time it takes to rebalance gut flora varies from person to person. Most feel a difference in 2 weeks but we’d suggest staying on the product for at least 4 weeks in total.”

Have you tried probiotics before? What were your experiences?


Holly xx


*PR sample




Monday, 20 April 2015

Girls night out




What girl doesn't love a fun night out with her best friends? 

Music, makeup, drinks and dancing are all essential ingredients for a great night out, but every girl knows the best part of the evening is getting ready.

Sometimes finding that perfect outfit that makes you look and feel gorgeous can be a challenge - and what should seemingly be an enjoyable task becomes so stressful. 

Ever feel like you have a wardrobe full of clothes and still have nothing to wear? Me too!

That's when you know it's time to grab your girlfriends and hit the shops...



Beautysets - Girls night out


Dress - Clutch - Lipstick - Lashes - Bracelet - Shoes


My favourite look for a night out is a chic LBD teamed with some killer heels and lots of hot accessories.

This DailyLook Scuba dress is perfect for those summer nights out and evening cocktails in the city.  

The best thing about a little black dress is it goes with anything - so the colours for the rest of your outfit are completely up to you!

I love to team black with nude pink as for me they make the perfect pair and are great for summer. Pretty accessories give the outfit a touch of sparkle and a hot pink lip adds that extra bit of evening glamour.


How do you like to dress up an LBD? Do you have a favourite outfit for a girls night out?



Holly xx