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.
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