Sunglasses Collection...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

I do really really love sunglasses... so much so that I always find myself gravitating towards the sunglasses stand whenever I enter a shop, which has ultimately meant that I now have quite a few pairs of sunglasses in my collection!

What with it being pretty sunny and warm here in the UK recently, I have found myself delving into my sunglasses collection quite a lot - whilst recently writing up a post about some of my new fashion items, I got the idea that perhaps a little round up of some of my favourite pairs of sunglasses would also make for a rather cool post. So, here we are today, and I have pretty much just picked out a few of my most worn, and most loved sunnies to share with you all!

Firstly, it seems only right to talk about my most recently bought pair of sunglasses - from Topshop, this lovely pair were mentioned in another recent blog post, but due to my immense love for them, they do definitely need to be mentioned here again. 

As soon as I neared Topshop's sunglasses stand, this pair immediately caught my eye. I have really been struggling to find these on the Topshop website, but I do believe that they cost me something like £18, which I think is a pretty reasonable price for such a cool, retro-looking pair of glasses, that I have already got a lot of use out of!

New Benefit Goodies

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Recently,  I have been lucky enough (and I mean seriously lucky!) to receive some really lovely items from one of my favourite beauty brands... Benefit

I have literally felt so excited by all my new deliveries, that I just had to put together a post on them as soon as possible - I have tried some of the items before, but still thought it would be nice to write up a first impressions post today, so you can all get to know a bit more about the newest items in my makeup collection...

I was pretty shocked to receive an unexpected parcel from Benefit, and was even more shocked to see that inside my parcel was a box set full of Boi-ing concealers! Benefit have recently rebranded a lot of their best selling concealers to make a full Boi-ing collection, and as someone who has really loved the original Boi-ing concealer for quite some time, I was pretty excited to start trying out the rest of the collection too.

Within my box set (which came in the prettiest of tins) are four different concealers...

Industrial Strength Concealer - this is the original Boi-ing concealer that I have actually been loving and using for a few years now, and I must say that I felt pretty happy indeed to receive a new one of these considering that my old pot is running a little low! I do absolutely love this concealer though, as it is really versatile and can be used to cover everything from blemishes to dark circles - it's full coverage means that it always comes in handy for me with my problematic skin, and is certainly going to remain as one the most beloved items in my makeup collection for the foreseeable future.

Brightening Concealer - this is apparently the same formula as Benefit's Erase Paste, which is an item that I have never actually tried before. However, I can safely say that I have been loving using this concealer so far as it perfect to give my skin a bit of a boost, and also works really well at covering the dark circles below my eyes.

Hydrating Concealer - this is also the same formula as another Benefit concealer, Fake Up, which is yet again another product that I haven't actually tried out before. Just like with the Brightening Concealer though, I have really been enjoying using this item so far as it's sheer coverage does make it really useful to use on dry skin and also to hydrate under the eyes.

Airbrush Concealer - this is the new concealer that Benefit have very recently released, and when I found out that I was getting to try out a new product I did feel pretty excited! The idea that this concealer wouldn't crease or look to cakey on my skin definitely appealed to me, because as someone who frequently gets bad break outs, it can often be hard to do a good job of covering any blemishes - and so far, this product has really lived up to my expectations, as it does look pretty flawless upon appliance, and although it is quite full coverage it still manages to feel nice and light throughout the day (not at all bad for £17.50, and definitely something that I wouldn't hesitate to purchase myself in the future)!

As well as all these lovely concealers, Benefit also decided to throw in some super cute little Beauty Sponges by Real Techniques, which again made me feel pretty happy as not only do I love the Real Techniques Beauty Sponges, but having them in a mini size makes them perfect to take on holidays or on weekends away!


A little while after my wonderful Boi-ing box set arrived, I was lucky enough to recieve another lovely product from Benefit - this time it was a brow product instead, Gimme Brow, which is an item that I have actually previously owned and loved by Benefit, so was pretty happy to be able to add to my collection once again!

You can get all manner of brow shades for Gimme Brow, but I got number 5 which is a pretty dark brown colour that suits my brows really well indeed, and is usually the perfect thing for me to just put onto my brows to neaten them up after applying whatever normal pencil or wax I have used.


So, as you can see, I have been very lucky indeed recently with the Benefit products that I have received - I must say that I am immensely grateful for all my new bits and pieces, and hope that you all enjoyed finding a little out about each of them today!

Olivia xo

This post was sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics.

June - Favourite Albums

Sunday, 2 July 2017

I haven't exactly been going that mad with buying records over the past few weeks, as I have instead been pretty busy with buying holiday clothes - therefore, I can't exactly write up a vinyl haul post at the moment, so instead thought that today I would just mention a couple of my most loved, and most played albums from the month of June!

Blondie - 'Parallel Lines'

This was actually the most recent record that I bought, and was a bit of an impulse purchase to be honest - I mean, this album was of course on my vinyl wishlist because it's fantastic and I have loved it for an incredibly long time, but at the time of it's purchase, I just sort of impulsively picked it up because I was in HMV and felt like I had to get something...

Anyway, that doesn't really matter now considering that ever since I bought 'Parallel Lines', it has sort of relentlessly been on my turntable! Blondie are definitely one of my favourite bands, and this is certainly my favourite album of theirs - beforehand, I already had 'Eat to the Beat' which is another great album, yet my new addition does seem to take the biscuit due to the fact that every song on the album is really really great (and I also really love the album cover too!).

Favourite Songs - 'Picture This', '11:59', 'Heart of Glass'

The Smiths - 'The Queen is Dead'

This album isn't such a new addition to my collection as I actually bought it back in January, but it is certainly one of my favourites - when people ask me what my favourite album is, this one is normally up there and rightly so, due to it being such an incredible album...

I own four Smiths albums on vinyl at the moment (although there are 3 more that I want), and would probably say that 'The Queen is Dead' is my favourite of the lot - whilst I love my two compilation albums, and also listen to 'Meat is Murder' a lot, this one is just the perfect LP to put on at any time, whatever mood I am in. June has seen this album on my turntable a heck of a lot again, and I'm sure that it will probably keep being played over and over again by me for the foreseeable future too!

Favourite Songs - 'There is a Light that Never Goes Out', 'Cemetery Gates', 'The Queen is Dead'

As you can probably tell, I am pretty passionate about my vinyl collection, and certainly love a lot of albums - hopefully today gave you all a little insight into two of my current favourites, and I do also hope to be back with some more music/vinyl related posts again soon as there are so many more records on my wishlist!

Olivia xo

Review - Pixi Vitamin Makeup Mist

Sunday, 25 June 2017

For seemingly ages, I have raved about how good the Pixi Glow Tonic is (it really is amazing though!), but until the other week I was yet to actually try another product from the Pixi skincare range...

A few weeks ago, my Mom kindly bought me a bottle of the Pixi Vitamin Makeup Mist to try, and as soon as I got my hands on said product, I felt really quite excited to have a try of it! Owing to my immense love of the Pixi Glow Tonic, I found myself putting a large amount of faith in this new item of mine before I had even sprayed the tiniest bit on my face...but was I right to be so excited by this Makeup Mist?

The answer is almost certainly yes! Just a few sprays of this lovely product does indeed leave my skin feeling refreshed and moist, and as the bottle explains, it is the perfect thing to rehydrate skin at any time of the day. As well as this, you can pop the product on before moisturising, as well as after applying your makeup - this immediately makes me think of the Urban Decay All-Nighter Spray (which is probably a more superior product to this Pixi version), as just a spritz of product will help in adding a protective layer to your makeup.

As most of the Pixi skincare products are, this Mist may seem a little pricey for some... for £16 though, you do get a fairly large bottle of product (product that does seem to go a long way considering that I have been applying a couple of sprays a day for a few weeks, and the bottle has only emptied a little bit)! In all the honesty, the only minor fault with this product is the fact that the spray normally tends to come out in clumps, and not as mist - I have actually heard other people mention this about Pixi products though, but to me this is literally only a small fault to an otherwise great product!

Overall though, I must say that so far this product has really lived up to my expectations! The Pixi Glow Tonic is a difficult one to live up to, and whilst the Vitamin Mist isn't exactly right up there alongside it, it still is a lovely product by a fantastic brand, and is great to have at hand during the warmer weather, to help refresh your skin when it begins to feel a little clammy!

Olivia xo

REN Clean Skincare...

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The other week, I was lucky enough to be asked by REN Skincare whether I wanted to try one of the products from their new 'Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium' body range - of course, I jumped at the opportunity, as I particularly had my eye on their Exfoliating Body Scrub, due to the fact that I have been on the lookout for a good exfoliator for some time!

I had previously tried a couple of REN products as a part of beauty advent calendars from years gone by, and was therefore very excited to be trying out another item from their skincare range... This new range by REN looked pretty intriguing too due to the inclusion of kelp being used to fight stress and fatigue, whilst the magnesium and other anti-oxidants used can help to re-energise the skin.

So, when I saw that there was in fact an Exfoliating product being released within the range, I really felt compelled to try it out - a good exfoliator does seem hard to come by, especially one that both exfoliates and moisturises, so I was very much looking forward to give my new product a go once I received it!
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