Style in the Sunshine

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Lately, I have been feeling absolutely fed up of having to wear layers of clothes and my big winter coat to keep warm in the terrible British weather, so it was rather lovely to be able to wear some nice, Spring clothes whilst I was on holiday in Lanzarote a few weeks ago...

I rarely get round to taking outfit photos and writing up fashion-themed posts, but it seemed too good an opportunity to miss whilst I was finally in the sun, and I therefore now get to share some new outfits with you all!

Okay, I'll admit that this dress is very seventies, but in all honesty I do love clothes that carry a 1970's vibe and so when I saw this dress I just knew that I had to buy it. Surprisingly, it is actually from Sainsbury's, which is probably the last place that some people would think to look for clothes (annoyingly I couldn't find it on the website, but if you look HERE you can see that they do sell some other really lovely items), but considering that it only cost around £20, I am really rather impressed at how well fitting this dress is and how pretty it looks on - especially when I pair it with my lovely tan coloured Dr Martens brogues.

A Week In Lanzarote

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Whilst sitting and writing this post, the so-called 'Beast from the East' is raging across the UK, which means that I am sat in bed wearing as many layers as possible to keep warm...

Therefore, in some ways it seems quite sad for me to be reflecting on the sunny week that I recently experienced in Lanzarote - yet, at the same time, it is perhaps a bit of a nice escape to imagine myself back in the sunshine once again, and hopefully having a read of this post will transport you all to the warmer weather for a little while too.

Feeling Peachy With Too Faced

Sunday, 4 March 2018

So, the other weekend I decided to spend £40 on an eyeshadow palette, and in all honesty I don't regret it one little bit!

For seemingly forever I had wanted to treat myself to a Too Faced palette, and following my Birthday it seemed like I finally had the perfect excuse to go ahead and make the purchase. Of course, I did have a bit of a debate over which eyeshadow palette I should choose because all the Too Faced ones are just so pretty - but, I finally picked the Sweet Peach palette, which is a decision that I am incredibly happy with for a number of reasons...

1. Firstly, the packaging of this eyeshadow palette is really cute. All of the Too Faced palettes have very fitting designs, but it must be said that the Sweet Peach one stood out to me in particular due to it's lovely colour and the many peaches that line the front of the palette.

2. The palette itself actually does smell really lovely - I didn't really believe the claim on the front of the palette that it had the scent of peaches, but as soon as I opened up the box, there is was... a gorgeous smell that seems to have now flooded the entirety of my makeup drawers.

I thought I would swatch a few of my favourite shadows from the palette - from left to right, Nectar, Luscious, Summer Yum, Puree, Caramelized.
3. The range of eyeshadow shades was probably the factor that most sold this palette to me. Full of neutral colours, these eyeshadows are really very me as I am always inclined to oranges, browns and pinks due to how they suit the tone of my skin. What's more, I love how some of the eyeshadows are matte, and how some are also more shimmery (and when I say shimmery, I mean very shimmery indeed)!

4. Finally, I must add that the quality of these eyeshadows is of course, very high. They are incredibly pigmented, and blend together in such a lovely way to create the cutest of looks - explaining why I ultimately don't feel so bad about spending £40 on such a palette.

So, whilst this palette was bit of an investment, I have to admit that it was a very worthy one. When I bought my Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Modern Renaissance' palette last year, that was also pretty pricey but I have been using it almost every day since, and I'm pretty sure that's how things are going to go with my Too Faced one as well - especially when all the lovely shadows will be perfect for the Spring and Summer months!

Olivia xo

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My Month In Music

Sunday, 25 February 2018

It's been a couple of months since I wrote up a music-related post, but with it recently being my Birthday I have been lucky enough to receive some new records, and to also buy some myself...

T.Rex - 'Electric Warrior'

I had been wanting to get myself a T.Rex album for some time, but had been feeling pretty indecisive about which one to choose. In the end, I opted for 'Electric Warrior' because it is a rather incredible album, but also because I happened to find it in the sale in HMV at the start of January - plus, the chilled out vibes of this album mean that I have been constantly putting it on my turntable whilst doing work or studying.

Favourite Songs - 'Jeepster', 'Mambo Sun', 'Monolith'

The Kinks - 'The Best Of'

Just like with my T.Rex album, I had also wanted to get myself a Kinks album for some time but had been kind of unsure as to which one to actually choose. Therefore, I got very excited indeed upon finding out that they actually sold a 'The Best Of' album on Amazon, and so decided to ask for it for my Birthday. My favourite Kinks songs seem to be scattered across all of their different albums, meaning that it is now really nice to have them all in one place.

Favourite Songs - 'Victoria', 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Lola'

The Police - 'Outlandos d'Amour'

Over the past year or so, I have mentioned a few of the Police albums that I have picked up and I'm now pretty keen to try and complete my collection. 'Outlandos d'Amour' happened to be an album that I both wanted and needed, and so when I found it for just £2.99 in a record store the other week I was very happy indeed.

Favourite Songs - 'So Lonely', 'Roxanne', 'Can't Stand Losing You'

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - 'Who Built the Moon?'

Anyone who knows me will probably be aware of how much I love Oasis, but I also do really love the new stuff that Noel Gallagher has been doing, as it just sounds so different from the music he made with his previous band. Me and my parents have been listening to 'Who Built the Moon?' a lot since it was released, and so it was really nice to receive it on vinyl for my Birthday - especially considering that I'm actually going to see Noel Gallagher in concert in May!

Favourite Songs - 'Holy Mountain', 'It's a Beautiful World', 'She Taught Me How to Fly'

I am loving listening to all the albums that I have recently bought and, there are of course always more albums that I have my eye on so I'm pretty sure to be back with another music round up in a couple of months of so.

Olivia xo

Some New Skincare Products...

Sunday, 18 February 2018

I always love trying out new skincare products, because with having somewhat temperamental skin means that it's good to see which different brands and products work well for me.
Therefore, I again found myself super excited upon receiving some lovely items from both BRYT skincare & REN... although I will first tell you all a little about my products from BRYT, considering that I had previously never tried anything from said brand before! 

 I had never actually heard of BRYT beforehand, but a quick browse of their site and products definitely intrigued me, especially when I found out that all of the products are cruelty-free (and have a PETA seal of approval) and vegan...

Foaming Facial Cleanser - the 'foam' element of this cleanser makes it very different from the usual type of makeup remover that I use, as I do normally opt for a micellar water. Whilst I have discovered that this product is incredibly thorough at removing my makeup, it is still taking me a while to get used to it's consistency - although I'm sure I will grow to love it more and more as time passes.

Calm Serum - this product was quite possibly the one that intrigued me the most, owing to it's claims to help regulate oily to combination skin. My skin is most definitely combination due to both the oily and dry patches that appear, and therefore it is really nice to own an item that is helping to even this issue out.

Day & Night Moisturisers - my skin is really quite prone to getting dry, and so moisturisers are a key part of my skincare routine. Therefore, having both a day and night moisturiser to apply has definitely been helpful for my skin, especially considering how light and refreshing these two products feel.

(As well as loving trying out my new products from BRYT skincare, I must also add how much I love their packaging! The bright colours on all of the boxes and bottles definitely help the items to stand out, which only adds to their appeal ever more.)

On to my new product from REN skincare now though - I have actually typed up several posts REN in the past, and have simply loved trying out a vast array of their products, hence why I felt so happy to receive another of their new items recently...

The Ready Steady Glow Tonic immediately reminded me of my much loved Pixi Glow Tonic, which I had actually just about ran out of. Therefore, instead of going out and buying some more of the Pixi product, I thought that trying out a similar exfoliator by REN would definitely be a very good idea.

So far, I have been rather impressed with this product too - helping to brighten your skin through gently exfoliating, I must say that my skin has been feeling so much more refreshed after using this product and because of this, I really can't wait to see how it helps my skin in the long term.

As you can probably tell from the contents of this post, I am pretty passionate about my skincare, and feel very lucky to be able to try out lots of new products, and tell you all about them with the hope of you finding something might be useful too!

Olivia xo

This post was sponsored by BRYT Skincare & REN.
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