Spring Nail Colours

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

I love my nail polishes- so much so that I have collected a very large collection of polishes over the past few years, and pride myself on having a lovely selection of colours for each occasion and season. Spring is a particular favourite season of mine when it comes to nail colours, as it's a great new period of time to dig out some bright new colours, and also some old favourites.

In this post, I will be sharing several of my favourite nail polishes shades for spring from three different colour types (blues, citrus shades and pinks) to hopefully give you all some nail colour inspiration for the coming weeks and months... 

Haircare Obsessions

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hello Again,

I don't think I have ever actually wrote a post about haircare products, let alone the haircare products that I love and use most often. Therefore, today I decided that it was the day to finally take that step, and let you all in on the haircare bits and bobs that I most recommend, and am most unable to tear myself apart from...

Recently Watched (And Loved) Movies

Friday, 22 April 2016

I have to say, I'm a pretty big movie fan, and lately I seem to have watched a lot of films that I have thoughly enjoyed. Therefore, I thought it wise to give you all a bit of an insight into said movies, as I know that when I am looking for a film to watch, I like to read a bit of a review/summary of it beforehand...

Worth the Money? Clinique High Impact Mascara

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

" I won't cry for you, my mascara is too expensive " - Adriana Lima

A very accurate quote on all accounts, is the one above, considering that when you buy expensive mascaras, you don't want to waste a single molecule of the stuff. I love a good mascara, and my makeup draws are filled with dozens of types and brands, of all different price ranges. I have Maybelline Drugstore mascaras that I have loved, and Benefit High End ones that I also adored- but now I have moved onto yet another rather expensive mascara from a rather high end makeup brand...that mascara being the Clinique High Impact....

All About...My Record Player

Sunday, 17 April 2016

I'm all for nostalgia, and quite often honestly think that I was born in the wrong era when it comes to musical taste. So what better way to bring about some nostalgic tunes to my life, than by owning my very own record player, and having my very own vinyl record collection?

I have talked about receiving my Record Player in a couple of my past posts, but have never gone all that much into detail on the matter. Obviously this post won't appeal to everyone, but it only takes for me to walk into HMV and see their record collection, to know that Vinyl and everything to do with it is coming back in a big way! Therefore, today I will be telling you all a little about my beloved player, and will discuss the pros and cons of having such an item and playing your music on it....

Firstly, I feel that a little bit of information on my Record Player is needed. There are a lot of turntable brands out there, but my player is a Crosley Cruiser with three speeds, in the most gorgeous shade of blue (to match my room of course) was bought from John Lewis and cost around £70.


I have to say that if I had the space in my bedroom, I would absolutely have this beautiful thing out on display all of the time as it is very aesthetically pleasing. Thankfully though, as I don't have the room for constant display, the portability of this player means that I can fold it up (it's a briefcase style, as you can see above) and pop it under my desk, or take it anywhere else in the house to play it it whenever I please. Another obvious plus about this Record Player is that you can play your vinyl records on it (yes obviously Olivia, that's why it's a vinyl record player). Turntables are perfect for anyone who just generally loves music, as you can find records for music made anywhere between this year and 70 years ago. The records themselves are also incredibly beautiful things (the album sleeves just look so cool and interesting), and the crackle of the sound when you pop them on the turntable sends you right back a few decades!


Record players are definitely investments of sorts though, and can be seen as quite expensive considering you can just play music within seconds (and for free) on YouTube and Spotify. The sound quality is also probably not to everyone's liking- the music doesn't boom out of the speakers, and if you want lots of noise and fantastic quality then a Record Player definitely isn't for you. Furthermore, the actual records could be seen as rather expensive too, as from HMV all records usually range in price from about £10-£30. 

However though, if you really do love music you can cancel out the above issues- listening to your player a lot kind of makes you forget the price tag and you can plug in an additional speaker to the player if you want a louder sound (although I personally adore the authenticity of the turntable's own sound). Furthermore, if you don't want to spend too much on maintaining a decent vinyl collection, you can always hunt around for cheap records at vintage fairs, car boots, and also in charity shops (also asking your parents and grandparents if they have any old records might work, as I got a hell of a lot of my collection from my parents)!

I hope you all enjoyed this post anyway, especially if you like the look of record players and are thinking of getting one on the near future.

P.S. You can find my record player, and others HERE

Olivia xo

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Friday, 15 April 2016

I think the title of this post, (and the above image for that matter) say it all in terms of what this post is about! Yes, it's recently been the Easter holidays, so yes, I have been shopping again and have a fair amount of bits and pieces to share in a haul with you all today....so all that's really left for me to say, is enjoy!

Firstly, I will mention the two skirts I that bought in recent times- the first being the one above that is a lovely, long flowing skirt from New Look. This particular skirt only cost about £16, but is going to look perfect over the next few months when worn with cute t-shirts and camisoles to give a really nice Spring/Summer look. The skirt itself is really stylish, with a sweet drawn in waist, a belt, and also buttons that go all the way down the front. Plus, the material is incredibly light and airy, so this skirt will be perfect to wear in warmer weather as well!

My other skirt purchase is this gorgeous pleated number from Primark, that cost only £10! This price, to me, seems incredible considering I have seen so many pleated skirts around the highstreet stores recently, on sale at much higher prices. Despite the low price, the quality and style is still at a really high level with this skirt- the material again is really flowing and cool, plus the pattern is pretty one of a kind, and different, as opposed to other plain skirts that I already own.

To go with the above skirt, I also got a cute little black camisole from Primark which again, was incredibly cheap at only £4!

You can't go wrong with a simple camisole like this though, as not only does it fit well (despite being a bit sheer), but it will go with all manner of different outfits- it looks lovely with the above skirt, as well as some other skirts and shorts that I own and want to wear on holiday! For £4 to be honest, I wouldn't even mind popping back over to Primark to buy a couple of other ones in different colours, as these camisoles are definitely a worthy essential in my wardrobe.

(Before I start to talk about these beautiful shoes, I just want to add that the red mark on my left foot is there because I was leaning on my foot, sat cross-legged, before I took this photo haha!)

Anyway, I got these lovely black lace-up ballet pumps from Debenhams while I was away in Weymouth, because I already own a pair of similar shoes in a tan colour and just love how pretty and Spring/Summery they look! Little tie up shoes like this are perfect for all occasions as well- they look lovely when worn with a more dressy outfit, as well as with a casual, everyday one also!

I also bought a couple of new tops recently- one of which being the lovely orange/tan (it's probably more tan in real life) shirt above. I bought this from H&M for about £12 a few weeks ago, and absolutely love it due to its flowing shape and blouse style. It also has a little cut out at the back where you do it up, which just adds that little something extra to the shirt as a whole.

In addition to this, I also bought just a plain black t-shirt (the one on the right here that you can't really see, sorry) from Zara for about £5. I bought such a top as I just wanted something plain and casual to pair with some of the skirts and trousers that I own, and for such a cheap price I couldn't resist this purchase. Plus, I know that items from Zara, in my personal experience, are always very good quality so I'm sure I will get a lot of wear out of this t-shirt too!

I also bought this bag over the past few weeks, although I won't go too much into the details of this purchase as I mentioned it in my March Favourites last week. It is from Accessorize, and cost about £22- but what really drew me into this bag was it's stand-out colour, as the mustard yellow of it is just (even if I do say so) rather beautiful, and seems to look lovely with every outfit! 

Finally to my last purchase of recent times, and let me just start by asking- How cool is this shirt? 

To some, yes, it may look a little crazy and a little 80's (very Club Tropicana-esque), but the moment I saw it I just knew that I had to have it. I bought this shirt from Harper & Lewis which is a clothing store that sells quite a lot of one of a kind bits and pieces, as well as quite a few cute vintage numbers. This rather extravagant shirt of mine was found along with a row of other different, patterned shirts at the back of the store and cost me £25 (a price I don't mind paying for something so unique and interesting as this)! I wear this shirt with black cigarette trousers, and due to its bagginess, tie it at the front and tuck it in a bit at the back so it looks more fitted and dressy!

After all this shopping recently, I really feel like I need to start saving up my money again so I can buy lots of pieces when it's gets to the holidays again in a couple of months! Anyway, I do hope you all enjoyed this post...

Thank you for Reading,

Olivia xo

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First Impressions- St Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Hello Again,

Talk about being a bit late to get on the hype! Yes, I know it's shameful, but after this product being out for nearly a year or so, I have finally got my hands on it- I did try to purchase the St Tropez In Shower Tan last year, but whenever I was actually ready to make the transition from my moisturising tans to this, it was always sold out. However, this year, I'm ready to try out this different type of tan (well, I already have tried it otherwise I wouldn't be giving you my first impressions on it) and for all of you who didn't get round to trying it last year, like me, I'm going to now tell you a bit about it...

Product Name: St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan.

Where to Purchase: You can find this tan, and many of the other St Tropez tans in most drugstores and supermarkets. But, you can only get this product online like me from Amazon.

Price: I got this tan for about £11 but in all honesty the price of it can range anywhere from £10 to £16 from what I have seen in the past in stores and online.

Application: I will give this tan it's due though, when it comes to ease of application. Originally, I did think that this tan would be sort of difficult to apply, but how wrong I was- all you have to do is rinse your body in the shower, turn the water off and apply the tan in circular motions, wait for 3 minutes and then throughly wash off. The consistency of this product makes it easy to pop on all areas of your quickly, and the only downside of this tans application is the fact that you have to stand freezing cold for 3 minutes while you wait for it to take action; although this time does pass quite quickly in my personal experience.

It's alright telling you all the ins and outs of how to apply this tan, and where to find it, but now it's time to get to the nitty gritty information on whether this product actually works....

Am I actually tanned? Sort of. This is a bad answer, I know, but whilst I do definitely see a glimmer of tan compared to my once milk-bottle skin, the tan is no where near as dark as I first imagined it would be. Of course though, this is a gradual tan (emphasis on the gradual), so I do suppose with a few more applications of this product my tan will start to build and build, and eventually get to a level that I would be happy with. Also, the light shade of tan could just be down to my shoddy application- it's definitely possible that I could have just not put enough tan on in my haste to get back under the warm water of my shower again. Either way though, I am more tanned than I was originally, so I do suppose that that is a good start!

Would I recommend this product? It depends. Another bad answer (I'm sorry), but it really does depend on what you personally want out of a tanning product. If you want a quick, streak and stain free light tan, then this is the perfect product for you. However, if you want to be sunkissed and beach ready in a matter of minutes, then this sadly isn't for you and you would probably be better off venturing further afield into the St Tropez range of tans. I would personally probably recommend this tan to people like myself, who just want to get a little bit of a tan on their very pale skin now that it's coming to that point in the year when we can start wearing clothes that show a little bit more skin, as it were, but probably not to many others.

Anyway, I do hope you enjoyed this little review/first impressions, especially if you are on the fence as to whether purchase this product or not. If you have got this product, do let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below. Also, if you have purchased any other tanning products that you love, please let me know about them below too!

Thank you for reading,

Olivia xo

P.S. You can purchase the tan mentioned in this post HERE

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Travel: Some More Places That I Want To Visit

Sunday, 10 April 2016

I have made it rather clear in some of my older posts, that I am keen to visit an awful lot of places around the world in the future! This particular destinations list, is about the fourth instalment (or something along those lines) in my travel bucket list posts, and aside from the destinations that I have already mentioned there are still a lot more places that I want to visit. This probably means that I need to get a really good job with a really good pay, to afford all of these trips. Or, on the other hand, it means that I won't actually get to all of these places...but hey, I can still dream, and can still share five more destinations with you today!

Yorkshire Soap Company Goodies!

Friday, 8 April 2016

Hello Again, 

Recently, I got sent a few bits and bobs from The Yorkshire Soap Companyand have been incredibly excited to tell you all about those things ever since! So I really do hope you all enjoy having a read of this post, and about The Yorkshire Soap Company- (if you love Lush or anything to do with bath and body care etc, this is the post for you)!

How to: Balance Blogging and Studying

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Universally Loathed Exam Season is upon us, and after scrolling through my Twitter feed and having a read of some blogs, I recently discovered that there are a whole lot of people facing the same predicament as me- that problem being the task of balancing both Blogging and Studying over the next few weeks.

Therefore, I thought I would summarise a few tips and pointers on how to balance both parts of your life throughout the next couple of stress-ridden months, which I hope prove helpful for at least a couple of you out there who are struggling to fit everything into your schedule...

(P.S. I do however stress that I am not in any way an expert on giving advice like this though, and have merely summarised the things that have helped me throughout this post)!

A Trip to the Seaside

Monday, 4 April 2016

Last week, I went for a little break away to the coast (as you can probably tell by the title of this post), and thought that it would be nice to share some photos and information with you all about the places I visited and the things I did...

P.S. I must warn you all though, that a lot of the below images are food related (sorry, I just love food and taking photos of it, so much)!

'Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!'

This was quite a literal feeling for me over the Easter Weekend, as I visited Weymouth over the Easter Weekend and on Good Friday actually had a sunny walk along the seafront. Me and my Parents actually went down South for 4 days, but our first stop after an incredibly long drive was Weymouth, however we later went onto the nearby town of Dorchester

March Favourites

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Hello Again,

My March Favourites come a little later than planned, as we are now a couple of days into April, but they also come bearing all sorts of different items, as I have been really loving a wide range of things over the last month. March was a bit of a weird month- I was back at school for around 3 weeks doing mock exams etc (so that part of the month passed me by in all but a blur), and now I have been off school again for just over a week, and can't quite get my head around what day of the week it is! I also think that I may have had a cold for the entirety of March too (it just won't seem to shift, and even as we speak I sit with a tissue in my hand to aid my blocked up nose), but I have still made time to enjoy certain things this past month: quite random things, mind you, but I hope you still all enjoy having a read...

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