Thursday, 25 September 2014

Elemis S.O.S Emergency Cream

I haven't spoken about skincare in a while and my goodness my skin has been terrible lately! I've mentioned a bunch of times on here how my skin just goes through a made phase when the weather changes, my skin gets so dry, so bumpy, sore and irritable.
I've tried to prevent this by drinking litres of water a day, having more 'pamper sundays' and just trying to really treat my skin so it doesn't go all gaga on me, however i've found nothing works!
I've been using this Elemis S.O.S Emergency Cream for the past 3-4 weeks and at first i must say i hated it, it really stung my skin and my face just felt really itchy after. I applied this before bed every night for about 3 days and eventually gave up when i saw no difference.. A week later i decided to give it another go and to my surprise it worked wonders! My skin was so much more hydrated and wasn't as dry and flakey it looked and felt much more bearable. 

After about 3 weeks of using this my lumps and bumps have almost vanished and my skin is almost restored to it's natural-self now. It's no longer dry, though at times it gets a tad dry on my cheeks but that's it!
The texture of this cream is much more like a serum, it's clear and has a really thin consistency which blends beautifully on the skin - at first i couldn't quite pick up the scent, it smelt similar then i finally picked on it, it has a scent of sudo-cream.. which i also apply to my face if my skin gets that bad.

Overall, really very impressed by this cream - it's definitely not cheap coming in at £51 for a 50ml bottle but if your skin really needs a good pick-me-up then i say it's well worth the money.
*PR SAMPLE
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

AW14 Hair & Make Up Predictions #FDLFW

 
With London Fashion Week coming up Fragrance Direct have challenged us bloggers to come up with our AW14 beauty predictions to be in with a chance of winning an all expenses paid trip to the London Fashion Weekend which includes two gold tickets, money towards your hotel accommodation and travel, a £70 restaurant voucher and of course an amazing beauty hamper!
It's always been my ultimate dream to attend London Fashion Week/Weekend so it would be amazing to win this prize!!
Don't forget you can always enter the competition, see the full terms and conditions here and tweet a link to your post with the #FDLFW - The competition ends tomorrow 15/09. 
SIDE HAIR
My first prediction is the side hair, i have no idea what this style is actually called but it's where one side of your hair is slick back or pushed to the other side, i really love this hair style though i doubt i'll ever be able to pull it off. I think that this may also feature in the London Fashion Week too it's such a popular hair style. I've already been sporting the side braid for the past few weeks and definitely think that the side hair is not done yet and you will be seeing more of these looks.
METALLIC EYES
I think the metallics are already back this season and i am loving it! So much so, i've already started with the silver and gold metallic eyeshadows. I am really loving the silver metallic eyeshadows lately i love how it really makes your eyes stand out and it's just different to the plain nude eyeshadows or matte shadows.
MILKMAID BRAID
Again, i've always loved the milkmaid braids - they look so effortless and fresh. They are also very easy to do and only takes a few minutes, yet they look like they could be complicated to do. The milkmaid braid have been around for the past couple of years now and i still think they look amazing and defiantly think they will be around for a long time.
ORANGE POP EYESHADOW
A trend that i have seen going round is the Orange Pop Eyeshadow, i've never worn orange eyeshadow before but the look of it really intrigues me. I actually think it looks stunning, again i doubt i'd ever be able to pull it off - however i may actually do a look of the day wearing orange and see how it pans out.
PERFECT RED
Lastly is one that is always going to be around and that is the Perfect Red Lipstick. I have so many different 'red' lipsticks but you can never have enough. Lately i've been loving the much darker lipsticks and the brighter pops of red. Also the Berry lips and the darker plum shades are just on spot.

What are your predictions for AW14?...
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-images from google
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August/September Empties #6

I thought it was about time i did another empties post, it seems like forever since i last posted one.. or last posted at all. I've been collecting all my empties through-out August and September and managed to fill a small box full of products.
I managed to use up 2 of the I love Bubble Bath in Raspberry & Blackberry and Mango & Papaya. I absolutely adore these bubble baths, i tend to pick these up more than other other bubble bath cremes as i find these last a lot longer and i love all the scents they have in the range.
I also used up the I Love Shower Smoothie Raspberry & Blackberry, again i love the scent and these body scrubs are pure amazing and work like a gem!
For other shower products i used up a whole 500ml bottle of the Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel. I do love me some Soap&Glory, this however took me way to long to use up! I had it for at least 6-8 months maybe before using it all up so i'm not looking into purchasing this again for a long while, however i do really love this shower gel!
For hair i only used up a shampoo, i always seem to do this! The Herbal Essences Colour Damage Shampoo smells amazing and works wonders on my hair i'll definitely pick up another one of these shampoos and there pretty cheap too and always on offer!
I don't think i've ever had a 'favourite' nail polish remover, until i found the Elegant Touch Nail Polish Remover, this is just amazing, removes nail polish effortlessly, the one down side is that it is really strong in scent and can really get up your nose! 
Lastly is a constant repurchase and it's the Collection Concealer, i don't even need to explain as to why i love this concealer so much as i'm pretty sure i've mentioned it plenty of times now - by far the' best concealer!

What products have you used up this month?..
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Bad Times

*taking a deep breath* 
hello everyone, gosh it's been such a long time since i sat down properly and just chatted with you all. In all honesty i've been so so busy with, well.. just life in general. I don't even know where to start but i just know that i had to write this post to get a few things off my chest and just talk about what's been going on but also to update you all that my blog is no longer www.miss-holly.com and instead i've switched to a .co.uk - www.missholly.co.uk
So if your reading this post, then hello! Please leave me a comment just to let me know you arrived here safely ;)

Okay, now onto some not so good news..

I had some terrible news a couple of months ago about my grandma, on the 24th July i received a phone call from my cousin and was told my nan has cancer, to be more specific she has bowel cancer. In a way i knew it was coming because she was in so much pain and she was expected to go into hospital for a check out soon anyway.. 
If you didn't know, i go to Newcastle normally once a year to visit my family up there, more importantly my nan. I visited in June this year for 5 nights and my first stop was to see my nan.. I knew she hid her pain away from me, but deep down i knew something wasn't right with her. I actually only saw her once that trip which filled me with so much guilt because i didn't even get to say goodbye properly.. However after finding out about her illness i've made sure to make a bigger effort with her so i visited in August to, this time bringing my mum. At this stage she had just had her operation and we were visiting her in hospital - honestly, having your mum and your nan cry to each other was the worst thing i've ever had to witness and of course when i saw her, i cried to. 
Normally my mum likes to hide things from me, i.e illness etc.. she's never really told me growing up when people were ill however when the nurses spoke to my mum about my nans operation i knew instantly something wasn't right and forced her to tell me the truth.. The nurses had told my mum that my nan still has cancer and they couldn't remove the cancer because of her age and where the cancer is located the operation would be to dangerous for her and she wouldn't make it out alive. Instead the operation was to relieve some of the pain in her stomach. So the hardest part was, to tell nan or not to tell.. My nan doesn't speak a word of English so she needed a family member or a translator around her to understand what was being said. My mum stayed with her most of the time and we visited everyday so we helped with the translations, however, my mum decided it was best not to tell my nan yet what was going on until she was well rested and started to eat properly. I think deep down my nan does know what's going on.. Plus she was a very popular person, even the nurses said.. She once had 10 family members visit her in one go, all surrounding her bedside, she loved it!
Anyway when visiting hours were over one day, we all gathered in the car park, all 10 of us and spoke about what was happening and what was going to happen. So the basic jist of the conversation was that unfortunately my nan only has a matter of time now. We're not sure how long but because the cancer is still there and spreading it's only a matter of time before she sadly leaves us..

I know i've been a bit absent on my blog for a while now, i've taken some time out to think and wasn't sure whether or not to post this but i'm hoping in a way by just talking about it, it will help.
I have been feeling so lost and hopeless lately that life has just been a massive whirlwind and i don't even know what's going on most of the time. it's been an emotional roller coster for me and my family and i've been praying everyday that she will be okay.

If you know someone who has had or has cancer i'd love to hear your story!
#letskickcancerupthebutt
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

5 Pretty Up-Dos For Medium/Long Hair

Who else is sick of the top knot by now? A few years ago a messy bun might have channelled the coveted ‘off duty model’ look, but now it just looks lazy (which it is – I know I’m not the only one to turn to the trusty top knot to cover up a bad hair day). Sorry girls, it’s time to start making an effort with your up dos again. Whether you are looking for a new everyday style staple, or a fresh new look for the evening, the up do has the duel benefit of looking good and keeping long hair out of your face. Luckily, I have a few suggestions which can be copied and requested in any Islington hair salon, or simply tried at home.

 1. The preppy ponytail
‘Back to school’ chic is certainly seasonal! This year, position your ponytail at the crown of your head, and add a bit of volume by backcombing a small section before securing the do with a soft band. Style out your ponytail by curling a few sections of it, and enjoy that bounce!

2. The fishtail
It’s the loom band theory applied to hair. Taking four or more sections of hair, braid yourself a funky fishtail plait – extra points for a side parting. This do looks even better when it’s a bit ‘undone’ (think Blake Lively), so work a tight braid during office hours, then shake it out for the evening.

3. Heidi braids
Braids are a lifesaver for anyone with longer hair. If you can do a French braid or a fishtail, you’re all set for the season ahead. The catwalks were full of intricate braided dos recently, with French braids starting at the root of the side parting before being wound around the circumference of the head, like fashionista Heidi.

 4. Jewel effect
Granted, this is not an everyday kind of up do, but for special occasions, give your boring old bun a shot of glamour by attaching a bit of costume jewellery. Go for maximum bling with costume jewellery in diamante and coloured jewels which will catch the light and make your hair literally shine.

5. The sweep
It’s the trend that is ‘sweeping’ Hollywood – just look at the red carpet for last week’s Emmys. LA’s finest can’t get enough of the sexy side sweep, where long hair is bunched up dramatically to one side of the head, allowing a glitzy earring to shimmer away on the other side. Don’t be afraid to go big with this do – curl those tendrils and do not scrimp on the hairspray. Glamorous earrings are non-negotiable.
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Sponsored Video: La Redoute #languageoflove


The word's 'I love you' are often used too much or hardly used at all, sometimes they can only be used for special occasions.. Anniversaries, Birthdays, Valentines Day.. Or even to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
Did you know that only 22% of the UK haven't said 'I love you' in over a year and only 30% of us say it daily! I am one that says it daily, whether that's to my wonderful Mother who has had to put up with me for 23 nearly 24 years. To my sister who is always there for me no matter what mistakes i make, however many times i have played up in the past - every time she has been there for me.. And of course, my amazing boyfriend who is just my everything!
However it seems as though the people in the UK need a little helping hand in the language of love and who better to ask for help than the romantic people over at the Channel in France.
La Redoute was founded in 1922 and is the number 1 website for fashion and home ware in France - Meet Mr La Redoute and let him inspire you with the 'language of love'.
The video above shows very heartfelt messages from partners, significant others, daughters and sons to write down messages in which they were then spoken out in French to them and recorded their reactions upon hearing these sweet messages. I must admit i did shed a few tears and then instantly grabbed my phone and called my mum just to let her know i love her {she did ask me what i had done, cheeky!}
These three little words can mean so much to a special someone so show your appreciation to the closest around you by giving them a call, surprising them with a visit or even just post on their social networks and send them a heartfelt message.

Share the love with the #languageoflove on Twitter and Facebook - for more info go check out the La Redoute website.
*post sponsored by La Redoute
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Not Another Beauty Haul #1

I am a complete sucker when it comes to deals, especially ones for Soap&Glory and newly released products. For example, when Soap&Glory have their 3 for 2 offers, which is always! I tend to pick up 3 of their products even though i don't need them! I have slowly been using up the S&G Clean on Me Shower Gel which will be in my next empties post, i've had the same bottle for about 6 months maybe more because it was so large i took the time to use it all up! Plus who could say no to S&G right?..
The first bits i picked up from Soap & Glory were the Pulp Friction Body Scrub and the Whipped Clean Shower Butter, both of which i'd never tried before but i can now confirm that both of these are lovely and smell delish! The other Soap&Glory product i picked up was the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub which is a repurchase, this is by far my favourite body scrub - smells so amazing and works wonderfully.
The other non-makeup item i picked up was the VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray, I've heard a few bloggers talk about this in the past, can't remember who it was for the life of me but they said it's pretty good so i ended up picking this up and i actually much prefer this over the Batiste sprays which i do also love! However i prefer this one ever so slightly just before it doesn't leave my hair with that horrid gritty feeling that most other dry shampoos do.
For make up, of course i picked up another Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, my one and only concealer love! I ALWAYS go back to this concealer, it's an absolute god send for blemishes, dark under eye circles and discolouration. 
I also picked up a couple few lip products i've been wanting to try out, the first are the Revlon Colour Stay Moisture Stain in the shades - Rio Rush and Barcelona Nights. {full review of these coming soon...} I picked these up 2 for £10.
I also picked up the L'Oreal LExtraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in the shades - Rose Symphony and Molto Mauve. These were £8.99 each, buy 1 get 2nd half price so i just couldn't resist and grabbed myself 2 of these {Full review of these also coming soon...}

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