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.
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