2 Years of Blogging + Some Photos of Food...

Saturday, 20 May 2017

So, my blog is now two years old... Yes, it's been a whole two years since I first plucked up the courage to write up a blog post, and in all honesty I can't really believe how far I have come since then! 

I don't really like being soppy and sentimental though, so all I really want to say is a big THANK YOU to all of you out there who have read and supported my blog over the past 24 months, I'm so grateful that you take the time to read my work, follow me on social media, and leave me such kind comments...

Anyway, now onto today's post - which just so happens to be about one of my favourite things, food!

I love food. Whenever I go out, I am that annoying person who has to take a photo of their plate before they start eating, and sometimes I'm even that person who stops another person from starting to eat, just to take a photo of their plate of food too - therefore, I thought it necessary to compile some of the nicest dishes that I have ate whilst out and about in restaurants etc recently, in a little post today!

Breakfast at Bill's - it seems only right to talk about the first meal of the day before all other foods, and what's more I just have to tell you all how gorgeous the scrambled egg on toast is at Bill's! Me and my Mom have visited Bill's in Birmingham a couple of times at breakfast time now, and on both occasions have both had the scrambled egg on toast - it really is rather lovely, and considering I'm awful at making scrambled egg myself (I burnt it last time I tried), it's really nice to go out and eat a nice plate of it elsewhere.

The Cutest Essie Nail Polish...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that it was finally time to have a clear out of some of my old makeup, and an area that definitely required particular attention had to be my vast collection of nail polishes! In all honesty, I can't remember for the life of me the last time that I properly went through my box of nail polishes and had a clear out - therefore, I was pretty disgusted by the state of some of the bottles and the liquid inside of them, by the time I finally got round to having a clear out.

With the collection reduced considerably, I then thought it only right to go out and buy myself a new nail polish, and upon entering Boots, I of course found myself immediately gravitating towards the Essie stand. Most of my remaining collection is probably made up of Essie polishes - after trying out a number of different brands over the years, I have to say that Essie has slowly crept it's way up to the top of the rankings for me (don't get me wrong, I do also love OPI), and if it was up to me, I would probably just own the whole shade range that they offer!

Vinyl Shopping

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Music is clearly a big passion of mine, and collecting vinyl has literally developed into a hobby for me over the past few months - therefore, I am always buying new albums and finding new vinyl purchases, and as I have been doing every so often, I thought I would again compile a little post about some of my recently bought records today...

New Order - Power, Corruption and Lies

Not only does this album have the coolest cover ever ( I really do love it), but the music featured is also pretty fantastic. My love of New Order pretty much started with an adoration of their famous song 'Blue Monday', and it was when I delved deeper into their musical catalogue that I discovered that I liked a lot of their other songs too.

'Power, Corruption and Lies' stood out particularly to me as an album that I really wanted to get on vinyl due to the fact that it features so many great songs - particular favourites include 'Age of Consent', 'The Village', and also '5-8-6', and it must be said that since I got this album around a month or so ago, I have really been loving listening to it, as it serves as great music whilst revising or getting ready.

The Stones Roses - The Stones Roses

I honestly think that this album by The Stone Roses is probably something that everyone with a record player should probably try and buy, as it is quite simply a classic album by a really great band! All too many times I simply passed this album in HMV and didn't think to buy it, but after numerous listens to all of the songs on Spotify, I finally got round to making the purchase a few weeks ago - since then, I have been pretty obsessed with this album and all that it has to offer, as with classic songs such as 'I Wanna Be Adored' and 'She Bangs the Drums' featured, I do find that listening to this album can pretty much always put me in a good mood.

A Visit To Edinburgh

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Quite some time ago, on one of my many previous 'Travel Bucket Lists', I mentioned that I would really like to visit Edinburgh - for some reason, I had never been to Scotland before, despite the fact that it isn't really very far from where I live in comparison to the 11 hour flight I took to get to Los Angeles last year... however, a couple of weeks ago, I finally made the visit to Edinburgh and after really enjoying my time there, thought it only fair to share some photos from my trip!

But... before we got to Edinburgh, we did make a stop off in Newcastle for a couple of days. The drive to Edinburgh would have been something like 5 and a half hours if we had driven directly there, so it definitely made sense to visit another city (another city that I had never visited before actually) en route. 

Review - Smashbox Mascara

Sunday, 23 April 2017

I must admit that it was a good couple of years ago that I first tried any makeup by Smashbox, and it was on that occasion that I first got my hands on the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara. It was only a miniature, travel-sized mascara that I tried back then, as a part of a box set of bestsellers by the brand, but from my first use of the product I just knew that I loved it, and was ultimately quite sad when it dried out and became unusable some months later...

Despite my love of the Smashbox mascara, I didn't exactly make an effort to go out and repurchase it afterwards, and instead just slipped back in with my usual pattern of merely buying my mascaras from Benefit. It wasn't until my Mom bought me one of the Smashbox mascaras for my Birthday, that my love of this product was rediscovered, and I therefore thought it would be nice to tell you all today, a little about why I love this particular mascara so much!

Spring Time

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

I must say that usually I'm that person who is all about the winter months, and just adores the big jumpers, warm drinks and dark nights... However, this year, I have felt rather different and in all honesty the sunny days of spring have felt like a bit of a welcome change for me after months of cold weather.

I don't really know where this change of heart has come from, but although that I do still like the autumn and winter months, waking up to the sun shining in through my blinds has really made me feel rather happy! Therefore, today I thought I would just talk a little about some of the Spring-related things that I am loving (and what better to way to write such a post, but on a super sunny day with the birds chirping just outside my window)...

I do feel like I say this all the time (and I mean all the time), but I do really really love flowers. I literally hate to see my room void of a vase full of lovely flowers, and so over the past few weeks have been getting through a fair few bunches. If you follow me on Instagram, you will probably have realised that I have a particular love for yellow flowers - I can't get over just how cute and spring- like yellow flowers look, and apart from the bunches of daffodils and roses that are so often sat in my room, I have also really loved seeing all the trees and plants outside in full bloom again, as they do all look so pretty (especially on a sunny day!).

I have also been really loving all the sunny weather that we have been experiencing recently too - for some reason, this past winter I found myself getting really sick of all the doom and gloom of cloudy, rainy weather, so to see the sun shining once again is the nicest thing. When the sun is out, everything really does seem to look that bit prettier, and in all honesty my mood does instantly lift on a sunny day...

What's more, it's also been pretty nice to start wearing all my more colourful clothing items again, and despite my usual love of wearing all things black and grey, I have been loving seeing all the bright colours return to the shops (particularly, there seems to be a fair bit of yellow floating around which is completely fine with me if the below shirt, and also my Instagram feed is anything to go by!)

Well, you may well have guessed that I am really revelling in all things spring at the moment, and just can't get enough of the sunny days and cute flowers - as well as being able to dig out all my brightly coloured nail polishes and lipsticks once again!

I am sorry that this has only be a short post though, but I have just had so much revision to wade through recently - however, I do have a fair few more interesting posts lined up for the next few weeks, detailing my recent travels and purchases.

Olivia xo

A New Lipstick

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sometime last year, my local Boots store finally got itself a NYX stand, and to celebrate such a momentous occasion I of course had to buy myself a lipstick! The lipstick in question was from the Matte Range, and was a cute shade that goes by the name of 'Strawberry Daiquiri' - it is in fact a lovely coral/red lip shade that I do still wear to this day (you can take a peek at my original review of this lipstick HERE), and due to how much I have found myself loving this lipstick over the past months, a couple of weeks ago I decided that it was about time that I ventured back to the NYX stand in Boots to buy myself another Matte Lipstick...

This time around, I kind of wanted to opt for a bit more of a nude shade (especially considering that my favourite nude lipstick 'Velvet Teddy' by MAC, is rapidly running out), and so after watching literally all of the nude-looking lip products available, I eventually opted for the shade 'Euro Trash'. For £6.50, I really don't think you can go wrong with these lovely Matte Lipsticks, as with 'Strawberry Daiquiri' I have so far got nearly a year of use out of a really beautiful, good quality lipstick... hence why, I had no problems with parting with my money this time around either!

Dr Botanicals

Sunday, 2 April 2017

To coincide with Earth Day which is happening later this month, Dr Botanicals have kindly sent me one of their lovely products to try and review for you all. The product in question is in fact the 'Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil', which to fit in with the whole Earth Day theme is Dr Botanical's greenest product yet, featuring just 15 ingredients that are contain no preservatives whatsoever!

I must say that I was pretty intrigued by the Dr Botanicals brand, as I had heard of them before but had never actually tried any of their products - a quick look at their website and massive range of items convinced me that giving the Superfood Facial Oil a go would be a great thing to do though, and the fact that such a product has also won Silver at the 'Free-From Skin Care Awards' in the Face and Body Oils category, definitely interested me even more.

More Music

Sunday, 26 March 2017

I love music, and can scarcely walk past somewhere like HMV without sneaking in to have a look through the vinyl, and probably buy an album! Therefore, recently I shared a post detailing a couple of my favourite albums, and after really enjoying being able to write a bit about the music I love, I thought that I would again type up another short post today on some of my recent vinyl purchases...

Blur - Parklike

I'm not a massive fan of a wide range of 90's music, but I do love the whole Britpop sort of genre featuring bands such as Oasis, Pulp and of course, Blur. I have loved Blur for quite some time, but only recently ticked 'Parklike' (probably their most famous album) off my Vinyl Wishlist - I have zero clue why it has took me so long to get round to actually buying any Blur album on vinyl, hence why since I finally made my purchase just a month or so ago, I have had Parkilfe on my turntable quite a lot!

This album has quickly become one of my favourites in my collection due to how much I love the vast majority of songs on there; particular favourites include 'Girls and Boys', 'End of a Century', 'London Loves', and 'Trouble in the Message Centre'. Therefore, I definitely want to purchase another Blur album on vinyl at some point in the near future, and I do in fact already have my eye on 'The Great Escape' which also has lots of cool songs on.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

I will say from the off that I'm not all too sure where this post is actually going to go, other than down the route of some things that I have bought or received recently. You see, when looking through the bits and bobs that I have recently bought, it turned out to be a bit of a random mix - mostly, I have just bought a heck of a lot of shirts and blouses, so I thought it only right to mention those in this post. But then, I have also purchased such things as earrings, as well as also receiving some more adorable socks from my favourite sock brand (their socks are just the comfiest thing ever!), Happy Socks...

Hence why I thought I would just compile everything together in a bit of a random way, as you will probably see...

New Loreal Purchases

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Only the other day I was sat thinking about how it had been quite some time since I actually went out and bought myself some new makeup - for me, this is of course very strange, because as a 'self-confessed lover of makeup',  I'm normally always in Boots scouring through the many beauty stands they have. Therefore, I thought I would quickly right this wrong, and purchase some new makeup goodies as soon as I next went shopping... hence why, I found myself at the Loreal stand only days later purchasing two new products for myself!

The two new products that I got myself were, as you may have guessed from the above photo, the Infallible Concealer Palette, and also one of the Blush Sculpt Trios.

February Favourites

Sunday, 5 March 2017

I honestly have no idea where February went, and that may well be because I was actually quite busy for a fair amount of the month - my Birthday was at the end of January and so in early February I was still busy shopping and spending my money from that, then for the rest of the month I spent a fair bit of time revising for my mock exams at Sixth Form, as well as having a week off and also going on my first driving lesson... 

So, with quite a bit packed into one month, I thought it was finally about time that I got round to writing out a monthly favourites post once again. It has literally been so long since I last sat down and wrote up a post of this kind, but now that February has come to an end, I have found it pretty easy to come up with several things that I have been loving over the past four weeks!


I have mentioned on a few occasions now just how much I love flowers, and how I really love to keep the vase in my room stocked up with a bunch - this month really hasn't been any different for me in terms of my love of flowers, as throughout the month I have had lots of lovely bunches of tulips on show in my room, as well as some rather beautiful daffodils at one point too. Although I do like the winter months, I must say that now we are into March, I love the thought of all the gorgeous spring flowers appearing once again, and making everything look so pretty!

After my birthday, and with sufficient money to finally make the purchase, I decided that it was definitely the right time to go out and buy myself a new denim jacket. Before I made my new purchase, I did already have a denim jacket, but it was old and didn't really have the sort of style that I was after - therefore, when I spotted the lovely looking MOTO Denim Jacket in Topshop a few weeks ago, I just knew that I had to get it for myself!

This new jacket of mine is really nice and oversized, which is exactly what I was looking for, and because of this I have been constantly wearing this new wardrobe addition of mine ever since I bought it back in mid-February...which makes the price tag of £45 not seem so bad after all.

Vinyl - What's the Story (Morning Glory)? - Oasis

My vinyl collection has been growing considerably over the past couple of months, but for quite some time now one particular album title has been missing from my hoard - that record being What's the Story (Morning Glory)/ by Oasis. 

I have loved Oasis for years, after listening to all their CD's that my parents have since I was young. Therefore, I certainly regard What's the Story to be one of my favourite albums of all time, due to the fact that I just love each and every song on there so so much! After a few failed attempts to find this particular album in HMV though, I finally managed to buy it for myself just a couple of weeks ago, and of course have been absolutely making the most of owning it ever since, by playing it almost every day!

Afternoon Tea

I had never actually been to have afternoon tea before, so really didn't know what to expect when I was invited along to have some for my Mom's friend's birthday earlier in February. I must say though, that it was a rather fun experience - whilst a few of the cakes weren't really to my liking, I did enjoy trying out each one, as well as a few of the sandwiches that they offered too. I must say though, that my favourite piece of the whole afternoon tea selection had to be the scone, which I piled high with jam (not a big fan of clotted cream), and thoroughly enjoyed along with my cup of tea!

After going so long without posting my monthly favourites, it actually felt rather good to create a summary of my most-loved things from the past month once again! 

I hope you all enjoyed this post though, and I also hope you all have a fantastic March!!

Olivia xo

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A Weekend In Oxford

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Just last weekend, I was lucky enough to pay a visit to a city that I have never in fact visited before...that city being Oxford (but of course, you probably already guessed that from the title of this post).

Whilst I was there, I did in fact get to have a good wander around the city, and snap a few photos as I went, to share with you all today - as you will know if you have been to Oxford before, or as you may notice when you take a look at the next few images in this post, the buildings in the aforementioned city are indeed very pretty... for example, I just couldn't resist savouring the memory of the colourful shops in the picture below!

Review - MAC Strobe Cream

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Ever since I saw the emergence of the new MAC Strobe Creams on their website a couple of months back, I just knew that I had to add one to my collection sooner or later. Therefore, when I recently found myself near a MAC stand, I immediately went on the hunt for the strobe cream selection, and in fact managed to get my hands on one of the last bottles in store! 

I wasn't originally all that sure which shade of Strobe Cream would suit my skin the best, but thankfully the MAC assistants steered me towards Silverlite, which I of course now know suits my skin rather perfectly indeed. This wonderful item did however cost me £24.50, which some may think is a tad expensive (especially when I did splash out £41 on my Modern Renaissance palette little under a month ago as well), but from my past MAC purchasing experiences, I know just how fantastic their quality almost always is, and I had seen more than enough positive reviews on these particular Strobe Creams to convince me that my purchase was worthwhile!

Vinyl Vibes...

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Due to my immense love of all things music (mostly old, retro music), I thought it might be nice to write up a little post every so often of the albums and songs that I am most in love with. Over the past few months, you may have noticed the occasional musically-themed post emerge as I talk about the vinyl records that I have recently bought or am currently loving... now though, I would really like to make such posts a more permanent theme on my blog, along with my other displayed passions of fashion and makeup!

So today, to start this new feature off, I thought I would just talk a little about two of my vinyl albums that I am currently playing a heck of a lot of, those albums being 'Hatful of Hollow' by The Smiths and also 'Songs from the Big Chair' by Tears for Fears.

I had wanted to buy myself a record by The Smiths for quite some time, so when I was in Sainsburys the a few weeks back (yes, Sainsburys do now stock vinyl, and a pretty good selection of it for that matter) I decided that it was finally about time that I made a purchase! 'Hatful of Hollow' was certainly at the top of my Smiths Record Wishlist, and so I was really really happy to finally be able to add it to my ever-growing vinyl collection. 

Rituals Gift Set!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

For some time now, I have found my self feeling rather intrigued by Rituals and their range of skincare products - after trying a couple of their lovely items in the past, I had marvelled at how nice they left my skin feeling, and so when given the chance to try out a few more products from the incredibly large Rituals range, I of course, couldn't refuse such an opportunity!

I really should talk a little about the brand itself first though before I go off on a tangent about my new products though...Well, Rituals was formed over 15 years ago in Amsterdam and since then has become a major company that sells all sorts of gorgeous products in the body care, skincare, fragrance and even homeware categories. They also have stores dotted around the UK, and are even planning to open more this year!

The gift set that I received goes by the name of 'The Ritual of Hammam', and contains 4 Purifying bestsellers - a body scrub, a shower paste, a shower foam, and a body mud. Before I even got onto looking at the products themselves though, I have to say that I was actually pretty impressed with the lovely box that my goodies came in. For one thing it is blue, which happens to be my favourite colour, so will most likely be used as some sort of storage box in my room once I have removed the items inside, and secondly it came with a really cute little bow around it which makes the 'Purifying Gift Set' really perfect for presents of any kind.

In terms of the products that I received within my gift set though, I must say that I am also really really quite in love, and therefore though I would provide a little summary of each one below...

(Firstly, I must explain that within my set I found a little booklet that explained to me what Hammam is (it is actually 'one of the oldest cleansing traditions in the world', and 'this steam bath experience from the East purifies both body and soul'), which left me feeling quite intrigued to see the purifying effects that the products in my gift set would have on me!)

Hammam Delight Foaming Shower Gel - this item has quickly become a firm favourite of mine, because after having tried one of the foaming shower gels by Rituals before, I was really quite pleased to have another in my possession. The scent of this product is lovely, and after using it I have definitely found myself feeling refreshed, which has left me reaching out for it shower after shower!

Hammam Olive Secret Shower Paste - I must say though, that I have also really loved using this product recently, because due to the fact that it contains Olive Oil it really has been leaving my skin feeling soft and hydrated, which is especially good for someone who suffers from dry skin like myself.

Hammam Body Mud - this item is quite different from anything that I have tried before, and I must say that I really do like how you can use it as a deep cleansing mask for the skin, by applying to dry skin and then washing off in warm water in the shower afterwards.

Hammam Hot Scrub - this product is actually a sea salt body scrub, and from the couple of occasions I have used this item, I must say that I have been rather impressed. As I previously mentioned, I do suffer from bouts of dry skin, and so to have such an exfoliating product now in my possession that helps get rid of my dry skin, whilst still leaving my skin nice and soft, is definitely a bonus.

So far, I am really enjoying using my lovely Rituals products, and am sure that I will continue to do so as time passes as well! Such a gift set as 'The Ritual of Hammam' really has helped me to get a really good look at some of the items that Rituals offer, and has certainly left me wanting to browse their range of products ever more in the future!

Olivia xo

This post was sponsored by Rituals.

Birthday Shopping!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Last weekend, it was my Birthday and because of that I thought what better way to spend my time than to go and have a good old spend! In all honesty, I probably didn't buy as much as I originally thought I would, but despite that I still thought it would be nice to share a bit about some of my purchases here with you today...

One of my first ports of call (as per usual), was HMV where (as per usual) I headed straight towards the Vinyl section. My Vinyl purchasing has got a little crazy lately, after I perhaps took my New Year's Resolution to expand my collection a little too far - over the past month alone I have increased my record collection by a serious amount, yet this certainly didn't stop me from buying two more records when I went into HMV during my birthday spend! With some money left over on a voucher, I decided to go all out and buy myself two more Smiths records, 'The Queen is Dead' and 'Meat is Murder', and have been seriously loving listening to them ever since... although, I have now vowed to cease my vinyl spending for at least a couple of months!

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Modern Renaissance Palette

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Before I start today's post, I must apologise for having not posted for a week now - it was actually my Birthday on the weekend so I decided to give myself a bit of time off! However, I am now back, and to start February off, I thought I would write up a little something on one of my recent beauty purchases...

After what feels like forever and ever and ever, I am finally the proud owner of the Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Modern Renaissance' Palette! Yes, after months upon months of deliberating over whether to actually buy this palette for myself or not (and then once I had finally decided to get it, looking around to find someplace where it was in stock), I can actually, finally say that this beautiful palette is a part of my makeup collection!

After a rather long search, I eventually opted to purchase my palette from Beauty Bay (a great choice as well, considering that it actually arrived the next day) for £41 (I think as of the time that this post goes live, the palette is still in stock on Beauty Bay too!) , which I think is pretty much the staple price of this product. Due to it's high-endness, I definitely don't regard a product like the 'Modern Renaissance' Palette as something that I could simply go out and buy any day - but considering that it has recently been Christmas, I thought that I might as well treat myself to this lovely palette, that I have seemed to yearn for for such a long time.

Haircare By OGX

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

I'm always on the lookout for new shampoos and conditioners to try out, and when I first found out about OGX and their range of haircare products a year or so ago, I immediately got very excited! Since then, I have found myself fall rather in love with several of their products - particularly the 'Argan Oil' shampoo and conditioner which have proved vital to keeping my hair nice and silky in recent times...

Therefore, as you can probably imagine, I was very happy indeed to receive a few samples of haircare products from OGX a couple of weeks ago, and after trying them out and loving them, I thought it was only right to tell you all about them here today.

I had taken a look at the 'Coconut Milk' and 'Coconut Water' selection of products that OGX sell, a few times previously and had in fact contemplated purchasing them on many an occasion due to how good I could imagine them to be, and also because they smelt pretty amazing too! So, to receive samples of both from OGX made me very happy indeed - as soon as I got them, I pretty much got washing my hair straight away so as to give them a try, and was (as I had previously imagined) very happy with the results of using them!

My New Favourite Fragrance...

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Last year, after never having tried a fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent before (although I always say YSL due to a pronunciation difficulty with the actual name), I decided that I would really quite like to try the Black Opium perfume - after spritzing some on myself instore, and instantaneously falling in love with the scent, I did proceed to drop several hints about this particular perfume until I received it  as a present for my birthday a few weeks later.

Anyway, since then I have been wearing my Black Opium perfume pretty much everyday due to it's lovely scent (it also has the cutest, glittery little bottle)... so of course, when I saw an advert depicting the new YSL fragrance a few months ago, I again felt inclined to go ahead and investigate. 

This new fragrance, which goes by the name of Mon Paris, also happens to smell rather fabulous - it has the same sort of strong scent as the Black Opium, but is still beautiful in it's own individual way! With it nearly being Christmas at the time that I first smelt this fragrance, I thought it wise to wait a while and maybe make it my Duty Free purchase at the airport before my Christmas visit to Spain. In all honesty, I don't really know if by getting this perfume at the airport I saved any money, but the more I think about it, it really doesn't matter - this perfume is literally just so lovely, that the rather high price tag (around £47 for 30ml) seems pretty worthwhile.

New Year, New Watch!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

For some time now, the thought of getting myself a new watch has been on my mind. I do adore my watches, and love wearing and pairing those in my collection with all my different outfits and accessories - but, considering a new year is now here, I thought it vital to add another gorgeous watch to my collection and hence start 2017 with a brand new accessory!

My new watch by JORD has certainly helped me with getting the new year off to a good start fashion-wise, as this lovely wooden watch certainly adds a unique edge to every outfit. JORD themselves offer a large range of luxury wooden watches, for both men and women, and for all different styles and tastes - I personally picked out a Dark Sandalwood and Slate design, as I love the look of the darker wood themes, but of course if you take a look at the JORD website (http://www.woodwatches.com/#redfern1) then there certainly is something for everyone!

New Foundation - Smashbox Studio Skin

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hi Again!

For quite some time now, I have been on the lookout for a new high-end foundation, yet for quite some time my search for such a product had been rather unsuccessful. When it comes to going out and purchasing something a little bit more pricey and high-end, I normally do find myself becoming a tad more indecisive... because, when spending more money, it's only right to want to make the right choice product-wise!

I had scoured all the normal beauty sites (Feel Unique, Beauty Bay etc), but had struggled to put my finger on one particular foundation that I thought I would be happy to spend my cash on. Before heading into Boots a couple of weeks ago though, I did kind of have my mind centred towards perhaps purchasing a Clinique foundation after reading a whole host of positive reviews on their range of base products. However, it was whilst I was in Boots that another stand caught my eye...that stand being by none other than Smashbox, who I proceeded to purchase my new foundation from!

Another Vinyl Haul!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

I love all things music, and do spend the vast majority of my time listening to music either on my laptop or on my record player. When I am doing work or studying, I really find that music is the best thing to keep me nice and de-stressed, but I do of course love listening to it in my free time too - so much a hobby has my love of music become, that I am regularly out buying myself new records, and lately it seems that I have managed to amass a fair few more vinyls to add to my collection... some of which I thought I would share with you all here today!

Recently Bought...

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Seeing as it has recently been Christmas, I figured what better to do with my holidays than go out and have a good old spend! It feels like I haven't gone out and had a proper spending spree for an incredibly long time, so to do so on a few occasions over the past couple of weeks certainly felt very nice indeed!

And, as per usual, a lot of new purchases means a brand new haul - after a very large time lapse since my last haul of any kind, it really does feel strange to sit and write this one up... but with clothes, accessories and new vinyl records involved, I do hope you all enjoy reading this post!

A New Bag 

For quite some time now I have known that a new bag was certainly on the cards for me as soon as I got some money to treat myself at Christmas, because after a cull in the bag department a few months back, I literally only had two usable bags at my disposal... and for me, this wasn't at all good!

So, when I visited Stradivarius (for the first time ever) on my recent trip to Spain, one look at their rather fabulous bag department was enough to convince me where my new bag was going to come from! After a brief period of decision making (mostly over which colour bag to buy), I ended up purchasing the pretty lovely red bag that you can see in the above and below photos. 

In all honesty, I really am rather chuffed with this bag - not only was it pretty inexpensive (about 20 Euros I think), but the colour of it is perfect and the roomy, medium size of it also makes it perfect to use on a daily basis and fit all of my bits and pieces in. 

 A New Hoodie 

I must admit that I'm not the biggest hoodie wearer out there (more of a jumper fan to be honest), but when I saw the below hoodie sat in Bershka whilst I was shopping in Spain I just knew that I had to get it...

First, let me backtrack a little and tell you about the first time that I actually saw this item - I was in London a couple of months ago, and amidst a crowded Oxford Street Bershka Store, saw this lovely hoodie. It really did seem perfect; soft, cosy, rather baggy and also with a cute little slogan on the front ('Sweater Weather'), yet I didn't buy it and pretty much regretted that decision the moment that I got home.

So, when I saw this hoodie again a couple of weeks or so ago, I knew that I had to purchase it this time around... and just like I expected, I have already fallen in love with everything about this item (that also wasn't really all the expensive at about 22 Euros), from it's cosiness to the way it can effortlessly keep me warm in the winter chill.

A New T-shirt

You can't really go wrong with purchasing a new tee at any point in the year, especially when said t-shirt is actually from Pull&Bear, and is really super cute with a little dragonfly motif on it!

In Pull&Bear they seem to stock tonnes of really cute slogan and patterned t-shirts, which made the decision of which one to get really quite difficult. After a bit of deliberation though, I eventually settled on the cute little tee that you can see below, which I personally think is a really lovely colour (you have just got to love a bit of burgundy!) and also only cost about 10 Euros, which I would have to say is a bit of a bargain, all things considered.

A New Pair of Shoes

It's true that I only received a new pair of shoes at Christmas time (those shoes being a pair of Converse), but due to most of my other shoes being in a bit of dire state after months of constant wear, another thing that I really wanted to treat myself to after Christmas was a pair of black shoes.

My first port of call for nice, new shoes is usually Schuh and this time was no different - as soon as I walked into the store, I spotted the pair of sleek black trainers that you can see below, and fell in love with them pretty much straight away. After trying them on for size and style, I had made up my mind... these lovely shoes were definitely going to become my next purchase, and so far I am really loving wearing them, and pairing them with all my different outfits!

A Couple of New Records

By the time we reached Christmas, it has been a good few months since I had gone out and purchased a new vinyl record for myself, so you can imagine the happiness that I felt upon receiving some money for Christmas to buy myself some new records with, as well as a HMV voucher too!

I did have a bit of a struggle at first trying to find some of the records that I wanted though, as following the Christmas period many on my wishlist were seemingly out of stock. After a good look around Amazon though, I eventually found Maroon 5's 'Songs About Jane', which is an album that I have wanted to buy myself for quite some time, after having listened to a lot of the songs on there since I was younger.

What's more, for quite some time now, I have known that I need to buy myself some David Bowie records considering that before the Christmas period, my collection (if you can even call it that) consisted of only one single! So, after finding out that a new compilation album called 'Legacy' was soon to be released, I quickly ordered that for myself, before going in to HMV later and pursing yet another album called 'ChangesOne' - this again is a bit of a 'the best of album' which although has a few song overlaps with my other new album, is a really cool lp and one I have found myself listening to a heck of a lot since I bought it!

*** I do have a Vinyl Haul post coming up very soon though, containing more of my recently bought records, so stay tuned for that too!

As you can probably tell, I have certainly made the most of my free time recently, and packed in a lot of much needed retail therapy following the Christmas period! I'm really happy with the purchases I have mentioned in this post today though, as well as some of the others that I have made over the past couple of weeks... I also really hope you all enjoyed this haul post, especially as it is also my Birthday soon so there will probably be a few more similar upcoming posts!

Olivia xo

Benefit Besties Box Set

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Recently, I wrote up a post about some of the bits and bobs that I received for Christmas. Surprisingly for me, that post was actually lacking in beauty items - this is because I didn't really receive all that much makeup for Christmas, as for me, it's probably pretty difficult to know what to buy when I already have amassed quite a large collection of beauty items!

However, I was lucky enough to receive a big box of goodies from one of my favourite brands... Benefit! When walking around Boots a good few weeks before Christmas, I happened to notice that the gift of the week (I think that it's called something like that) was a big old box full of Benefit Mini's. Clearly, my Mom picked up on the fact that I really loved the look of this particular gift, and when I opened it up at Christmas time, I felt pretty happy indeed to have received it and own all the little Benefit items inside... because, although I previously said that I own quite a lot of makeup, it must be said that you just can't own enough items from Benefit

In the post though, I thought I would just mention a little about the products that I received as a part of this rather fabulous box set - as the name of it mentions, inside you get a whole host of miniature versions of Benefit 'Best Sellers', which for me included some items that I have tried and loved before, and also some that are a bit new to me... including ;

A Few of My Christmas Presents!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

And so Christmas is done and dusted again! I really hope you all had the most amazing Christmas time, enjoyed the festive season, and also got all that you wanted for the big day - I know that I personally received some lovely presents, and just as I did in a similar post last year, therefore thought I would share a few of my favourites with you all today!

Books - Of course, me being me, I had to ask for a couple of books for Christmas! The first being a really cool movie book that I had spotted in Urban Outfitters a few months back - being a real movie nerd, I just knew that this book would be perfect for me as soon as I saw it, as what with it's listing of 100 of the best films of the 20th Century (it's actual name is '100 All-Time Favourite Movies of the Twentieth Century' if any of you are interested), I could, and will, certainly get hours of reading out of it.

Another book that I also received for Christmas was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which again is a book that I have wanted to read for an incredibly long time after seeing nothing but excellent reviews on it. I am now almost finished reading this novel after taking it on my recent holiday to Spain with me, and must say that I have enjoyed it greatly and now can't wait to get round to watching the movie adaptation of it too! In terms of books though, you may also be able to see another couple of ones in the backgrounds of the above photos - these are a couple of really cool Beatles books that I also received for Christmas, one being a sort of fact book and the other being a 'Where's the Beatles' themed one (and both of which I also really love, considering I am a pretty big Beatles fan).
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