A Visit To Spain

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Hi again! You may or may not have noticed that I have been a little bit absent from my blog and social media over the past week or so... the reason for that break of sorts, being that I have recently been on holiday to Spain! I actually went to Benidorm for a week, and although this may not be the most sort after travel destination for most of you reading (said holiday resort does have rather strong connotations of being more suited to the older generation, particularly at Christmas time), I must say that despite all my original apprehensions I really did find my holiday to be the perfect escape from normal life to a bit of winter sun. 

It was really quite lovely to have a bit of a detox from everyday life, and instead enjoy many an hour lounging around on the beach - it was particularly helpful that the weather was glorious for the entire week (staying in the early 20's every day), and despite the difficulties that I usually face when trying to get a tan, I must say that my very pale skin does seem a little more sun kissed now that I'm back home! Due to the gloriously sunny weather that we were lucky enough to have (I managed to wear shorts/skirts/dresses everyday which really was an incredible feat considering I had been expecting jeans and shirts weather), I snapped a number of rather pretty beach and seaside photos during my trip that you can see throughout this post, and also managed to rack up a heck of a lot of miles in terms of walking about the resort and surrounding areas everyday. 

Instagram Round Up 2016

Friday, 23 December 2016

It only really occurred to me the other day that it is now so very nearly the end of yet another year - 2016 seems to have literally flown by, and although I do find myself saying this every single year, it has to be said that this past year has definitely passed particularly quickly! 

In fairness, we do have another week or so left of 2016, yet I thought I would do a bit of a photo-related round up of my year now, because by the time I next post, I would really like to be doing a little write up on some of the things that I have received for Christmas (if that's something you would all be interested in seeing/reading)! Therefore, over the past couple of weeks I have been scouring through my Instagram account (@_oliviabeth or https://www.instagram.com/_oliviabeth/) looking for some of my favourite photos of the past 12 months to share with you all today...

California - in the summer, I was lucky enough to visit California for a few weeks (although quite a lot of you probably already know this, because I did mention it a hell of a lot), and whilst I was on my little road trip of sorts, I definitely managed to snap a fair few photos! Visiting Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, I really did have the most amazing time - exploring in the sun
was literally a dream, and even though it did become a tad colder once we had headed north to San Francisco, I still managed to tick an awful lot off my bucket list along the way...

Advent Calendar Favourites So Far...

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Last year I was lucky enough to have the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar in my possession, to open up every day in December leading up to Christmas. Inside said calendar were all manner of lovely items, some of which I have since used up or am still using to this day - a particularly loved item that last year's calendar opened my eyes up to being the Pixi Glow Tonic, which I seemed to use almost every day upon receiving, and have since repurchased due to my immense love!

Therefore this year, I just knew that I had to get myself another Advent Calendar, as upon looking at the wide range of items in this year's addition, it became clear that M&S had again stepped up their advent calendar game and had featured another large selection of fantastic brands in their countdown to the big day! So now that we are well over half way through the month of December, and now that I am well over half way through my lovely advent calendar, I though it would be nice to share a few of my favourite items so far with you all...

Neal's Yard Hand Cream - To be perfectly honest, I have been a bit of a fan of Neal's Yard and their gorgeous collection of products for a rather long time anyway, so to receive a hand cream by the brand itself in my first advent calendar box of December certainly was very pleasing indeed. My hands seem to become very chapped very quickly in the colder months, but I am rather picky over hand creams and am not really a bit fan of all the more floral scented ones that you can get - therefore, to have this particular hand cream smell of honey in such a gorgeous way really is pretty good for me, and to have it also smooth my dry and sore skin at the same time is definitely a bonus!

Autograph Nail Polish in Cranberry - As soon as I opened one of the boxes in my M&S Advent Calendar and saw this cute little nail polish, I was pretty besotted with it! I don't think I have ever tried one of the Autograph collection nail colours before, hence why I was so excited to try this one out - just as I had imagined, once the shade was on my nails (and dried), it looked really quite lovely, with it's dark pink colour shimmering nicely in a rather festive way. Despite how prone I am to chipping my nails, this polish also actually stayed on rather well last weekend when I tried it out, and when rather scruffy areas did start to develop after a couple of days, they were pretty easy to go over anyway.

Eyeko Eyeliner - For a while now, I have been contemplating trying out a new eyeliner from somewhere other than Soap&Glory (I'm sorry but the Supercat liner is just so good that I can't seem to stop repurchasing it for myself!), and it would seem that receiving an Eyeko Eyeliner in my Advent Calendar a few days ago, is the answer to my contemplation. I am actually yet to give this new eyeliner a go, but I thought I would include it in this round up anyway due to my happiness at receiving it, and also because it's perfect little size makes it the ideal item to pop into my travel bag whenever I go off on holiday, or away for a few days.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold - This is yet another item that I was seriously excited to have received in my M&S Advent Calendar, as although I wasn't too familiar with this particular product at first, after a quick browse through some rather excellent reviews on sites such as LookFantastic, I found myself really quite enthusiastic to try this 'Liquid Gold' treatment. Reportedly meant to help even out skin tone, as well as firm the skin, reduce to presence of pores and help deal with acne related issues, this skin care item really does seem to rake in the positive reviews - so far I have only used it a couple of times (according to the bottle, you are supposed to use it every other day), but in that short time I have noticed that my t-zone spots have actually reduced a fair bit and am therefore pretty excited to keep on using this bottle to see if these sorts of results continue (although, maybe not too quickly, because to repurchase it would cost somewhere in the region of £30).

Pixi Brow Gel - I must say that I have become a rather big fan of Pixi over the past year or so, after owning and loving both the Glow Tonic (which is simply incredible!), as well as a rather beautiful Eyeshadow Palette by the aforementioned brand. Therefore, when I opened up a box in my Advent Calendar and found a Pixi Brow Gel inside, I was certainly very happy indeed - I have only tried this item the once so far, but I can already tell that I will find it very useful to have in my possession whenever my brows need a bit of taming (as the so regularly do)!

I really am very happy with the items that I have received so far in my M&S calendar, and in all honesty can't wait to proceed with the rest of the month, and open up the rest of the boxes! Hopefully you all enjoyed this post - if so, I really would love to write up a similar post, perhaps after Christmas, featuring some of the other much-loved items that I receive a little further along the month.

P.S. You can find the full M&S Beauty Collection, and all the products mentioned in this post HERE!

Olivia xo

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Christmas Time...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

It's so very nearly Christmas (just over a week to be more precise), and I must admit that I am rather excited. My favourite part about Christmas probably has to be the couple of months beforehand that form the whole festive build up to the day itself - I really do enjoy making the most of these weeks, and like to indulge in all the Christmassy things about... hence why today, I thought I would just talk a little about some of my favourite festive things, including Advent Calendars and Decorations!

As well, of course, as Christmas socks... because what's more festive than a pair of socks with Christmas presents and glitter on!!

Advent Calendars.... these are really the coolest things aren't they? I mean, chocolate every single day up till Christmas, what more could I ask for? What's more, in recent years all sorts of different advent calendars have also started to appear in the shops, and after having (and loving) the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar last year, the 2016 one is also now in my possession and although half of it has now been opened up (don't worry, there's a post coming very soon about what I have received inside said calendar), the rest of it's little boxes of goodies are still waiting to be opened up!

Whilst some may think that these sorts of calendars are a little pricey (especially when the chocolate ones are so cheap nowadays), I must say that from personal experience they are totally worth the money, as not only do you get the excitement of opening up a beauty gift in each day of December, you also get really quite fantastic items inside - last year in my M&S calendar,  I recollect getting several lovely nail polishes, a couple of lip products by brands such as Stila, and also a travel sized bottle of the Pixi Glow Tonic, which has since gone on to become one of the essential skincare items in my collection. Therefore, I have been finding myself really rather excited to open up the 2016 addition everyday... as well as opening up my Cadbury's one as well, because.... I just love chocolate!

Christmas Drinks.... there's also really nothing better than going into coffee shops such as Costa and discovering that their Christmassy drinks are back (as well as their other Christmas-themed cakes and sandwiches of course). I started off the colder months with a fair few Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and Frappuccinos from Starbucks to get me in the autumnal spirit, and now that we are fast approaching Christmas itself I have been trying out a few of the Costa drinks as well - I particularly love the new Toasted Marshmallows Hot Chocolate, as well as my old favourite the Black Forest Hot Chocolate too... and to be honest will feel quite disheartened when they have left stores again!

Decorations... we also managed to put our Christmas decorations up a couple of weeks ago too, and to get further into the festive spirit I thought I would also add a few bits and bobs to my bedroom considering how much time I spend in there working etc, on a daily basis. Just like last year, I bought myself a couple of Christmas postcards from Paperchase that I have popped on my pinboards (these only cost about 70p each, and I have pretty much been collecting many from the collection throughout the year, but the Christmas ones are by far the cutest!), and I also have my M&S Beauty and Cadbury's Advent Calendars in full view from my bedside drawers, to try and add to the festive look!

Lights... I seem to mention all the time how much I love the dark nights, and how cosy they make me feel - however, a big part of what makes me love them so much at this time of year, is all the christmas lights and how pretty they look when driving alongside them, or when catching a glimpse of them out of the windows of my house. This love of mine was particularly emphasised whilst I was in London a few weekends ago, and when walking past Harrods at sunset, I saw the whole building lit up in the most beautiful way... as well as outside the Natural History Museum, where lights were hung all over the trees to create a really lovely wintry feel by the ice rink that is there for the colder months!

As you can probably tell from my festive round up, I am a reasonably big fan of Christmas and the festive season... everywhere definitely looks that bit more pretty when decorated for Christmas (and of course, that bit more crowded when it comes to shopping), and to be honest I will be quite sad when Christmas is over once again... yet, in all honesty, Christmas comes around that quickly, that by next year it will probably feel like hardly any time has passed since I last proclaimed my love of the colder months!

I hope you are all looking forward to Christmas, and enjoying the season as much as me!

Olivia xo

NYX Lingerie Lipstick

Sunday, 11 December 2016

I'm certainly a massive fan of NYX Cosmetics, and therefore it may come as a bit of a shock to you all that I didn't actually possess any of their Lingerie Lipsticks in my rather large collection up until very recently (and by very recently, I mean a couple of weeks ago). Of course, I had wanted to purchase one of the Lingerie Lipsticks for a very long time, after seeing several people swatch, review and post about them - however, whenever I visited my local Boots store, I sadly discovered that they seemingly had every other lipstick in the entire NYX lip collection, apart from the Lingerie ones for some unknown reason...

Then, just a couple of weeks ago, to both my shock and excitement, on a spur of the moment journey into Boots, I saw the whole Lingerie Lip collection before my very eyes. To say the least, I was very happy indeed, and thus proceeded to swatch just about every single shade of lip product onto my hand in order to find out just which one I should purchase and take home with me. As a big lover of nude lipsticks, the decision was a very difficult one to make (especially when you're as poor at making decisions as I am anyway), but in the end I settled upon the lovely, yet rather light nude shade of Corset which, like every other lipstick in the collection, cost just £6.50.

And, after trying out and loving this product, I thought I would create a little round up about the details my Lingerie Lipstick, and provide a sort of review on it...

Happy Socks Christmas

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

You may well remember a recent post of mine detailing some rather amazing socks that I received from the pretty fabulous Happy Socks brand... well, since writing up that post a few weeks ago, I have been enjoying sporting my socks on a regular basis, whether it be to keep my feet nice and cosy whilst in the house, or warm against the cold weather outside. Then, the other day, I received yet another parcel from Happy Socks (who are quickly becoming my favourite brand like, ever!) that caught me completely by surprise and was, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, filled with Christmas Socks!

So thank you very much to Happy Socks for this rather amazing delivery, and here again today is another round up of the socks that I received in said package!

Before I start on the socks themselves, I must say that I just adore the little box that my items came in - as you can see in the below photo, the packaging of this gift really is rather lovely, and totally Christmassy with it's cute present pattern, so would definitely make the perfect gift for anyone really...as to be honest just who doesn't love cute, patterned socks? I do think that opening up such a box on Christmas morning would be really quite nice though, as this Happy Socks gift is quite different from the usual, simple sock packaging that you get - I may just be rather easily impressed when it comes to presents, but this box is certainly something that I would be very happy to receive!!

MAC Whirl - First Impressions

Sunday, 4 December 2016

My love of nude lipsticks really is something else, as is my love of MAC lipsticks... so when you combine my two loves together in a lipstick like Whirl, then you can probably guess how excited and happy I was with purchasing such an item as the new addition to my ever growing collection!

Just over a year ago, I felt a similar thrill when finally purchasing Velvet Teddy for myself after what felt like months upon months of practically drooling over the many images of it that I regularly saw on my feeds. However, now a year has passed swiftly by, and I must say that my beloved Velvet Teddy certainly is nearing the end of it's life - I have of course worn it pretty much every single day since I bought it (maybe a  slight exaggeration, but I have worn it an awful lot), so all things considered, this lipstick has lasted very well indeed... especially when I did actually drop it on my desk not long after first purchasing it, and lost a bit of the top part in the process (whoops)!

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