July Favourites

Sunday, 30 July 2017

This year seems to be passing at lightning speed, and as it's nearly August, I thought that it was certainly about time that I wrote up my July Favourites! 

I know my 'Favourites' posts can be a bit few and far between, but now that I have broken up from Sixth Form for the summer holidays, I just knew that I had to make some time to write such a post once again - especially when I have been loving so many things throughout the month of July...


Now we are in the midst of summer, it is sunflower season once again! As many of you may already know, I just love to have flowers in my room, but it must be said that my favourite of all the flowers are probably sunflowers, so it's really lovely to be able to get beautiful bunches of them and see them sat on my drawers in all their yellow loveliness.


A few months back, I started to collect some badges to wear on my beloved denim jacket, and in the month of July decided that it was certainly time to find some more. On Etsy, there seems to be absolute masses of badges for everyone - after searching about for some music-related ones, I stumbled upon a cute little store (which you can find HERE), and ended up getting three new badges.

It was rather hard to whittle down my options as there was so many cute badges available, but I eventually opted for the three you can see above including designs themed around the Stone Roses, David Bowie and The Smiths.


Okay, so July was the month where I really really got a bit obsessed with culottes! Having seen quite a lot of people wearing culottes in photos on Instagram, I realised that I would finally like to try a pair out for myself - New Look really seems like a great place to get culottes from at the minute, considering that they sell also sorts of different colours and patterns for very reasonable prices, hence why it was my first port of call when looking to buy myself a pair.

Since then, I have pretty much been living in culottes and now own three lovely pairs (including the stripy ones that you can see above) Being a bit fed up of wearing jeans all the time, culottes are a welcome change, as they are really flattering and super comfy - plus, they look really cute when just paired with a t-shirt and trainers....

This is pretty much a makeup product that I have rediscovered over the past month, as upon clearing out my makeup drawers a few weeks ago, I found this once much loved palette buried below the rest of my contour products...

In previous months, I just couldn't get enough of this product with it's lovely contour power, and it's even more beautiful highlight - therefore, it has really been great to find this contour kit out, and use it as part of my every day makeup looks once again!

Stone Roses Vinyl

I won't really ramble on about this one all that much, as I think I have talked about this album in a previous post... However, it must be said that this record has been getting a heck of a lot of play on my turntable lately, as not only is it one of my favourite albums anyway, but it really just gives off great summery vibes, and is one of go-to LP's to play on a sunny day.

So, that's all for my July Favourites!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I look forward to hopefully uploading lots more good content over the next few weeks considering that I am free of homework and revision for a while!

Olivia xo 

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Palmer's Hair Care!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

I literally love all things haircare, so you can imagine my excited when a couple of weeks ago, I received the nicest gift bag from Palmer's...

The only real experience I have previously had with Palmer's, was with using their gorgeous Cocoa Butter (this stuff smells absolutely amazing by the way!), so I was pretty intrigued by the fact that said brand also sold all manner of other skincare and haircare products. 

Anyway, the products that I got send from Palmer's were from the Coconut Oil collection, which is a new range and is specifically for treating 'dry, damaged, or colour treated' hair - so, considering that I recently had my hair dyed, I thought it would be the perfect timing to try out some new hair care products!!

Opening up my bag of goodies was pretty exciting - considering that the items are from the Coconut Oil range, I just had to have a smell of them straight away, and oh my gosh... they smell amazing, and totally make me feel all summery! 

Sunglasses Collection...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

I do really really love sunglasses... so much so that I always find myself gravitating towards the sunglasses stand whenever I enter a shop, which has ultimately meant that I now have quite a few pairs of sunglasses in my collection!

What with it being pretty sunny and warm here in the UK recently, I have found myself delving into my sunglasses collection quite a lot - whilst recently writing up a post about some of my new fashion items, I got the idea that perhaps a little round up of some of my favourite pairs of sunglasses would also make for a rather cool post. So, here we are today, and I have pretty much just picked out a few of my most worn, and most loved sunnies to share with you all!

Firstly, it seems only right to talk about my most recently bought pair of sunglasses - from Topshop, this lovely pair were mentioned in another recent blog post, but due to my immense love for them, they do definitely need to be mentioned here again. 

As soon as I neared Topshop's sunglasses stand, this pair immediately caught my eye. I have really been struggling to find these on the Topshop website, but I do believe that they cost me something like £18, which I think is a pretty reasonable price for such a cool, retro-looking pair of glasses, that I have already got a lot of use out of!

New Benefit Goodies

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Recently,  I have been lucky enough (and I mean seriously lucky!) to receive some really lovely items from one of my favourite beauty brands... Benefit

I have literally felt so excited by all my new deliveries, that I just had to put together a post on them as soon as possible - I have tried some of the items before, but still thought it would be nice to write up a first impressions post today, so you can all get to know a bit more about the newest items in my makeup collection...

I was pretty shocked to receive an unexpected parcel from Benefit, and was even more shocked to see that inside my parcel was a box set full of Boi-ing concealers! Benefit have recently rebranded a lot of their best selling concealers to make a full Boi-ing collection, and as someone who has really loved the original Boi-ing concealer for quite some time, I was pretty excited to start trying out the rest of the collection too.

Within my box set (which came in the prettiest of tins) are four different concealers...

Industrial Strength Concealer - this is the original Boi-ing concealer that I have actually been loving and using for a few years now, and I must say that I felt pretty happy indeed to receive a new one of these considering that my old pot is running a little low! I do absolutely love this concealer though, as it is really versatile and can be used to cover everything from blemishes to dark circles - it's full coverage means that it always comes in handy for me with my problematic skin, and is certainly going to remain as one the most beloved items in my makeup collection for the foreseeable future.

Brightening Concealer - this is apparently the same formula as Benefit's Erase Paste, which is an item that I have never actually tried before. However, I can safely say that I have been loving using this concealer so far as it perfect to give my skin a bit of a boost, and also works really well at covering the dark circles below my eyes.

Hydrating Concealer - this is also the same formula as another Benefit concealer, Fake Up, which is yet again another product that I haven't actually tried out before. Just like with the Brightening Concealer though, I have really been enjoying using this item so far as it's sheer coverage does make it really useful to use on dry skin and also to hydrate under the eyes.

Airbrush Concealer - this is the new concealer that Benefit have very recently released, and when I found out that I was getting to try out a new product I did feel pretty excited! The idea that this concealer wouldn't crease or look to cakey on my skin definitely appealed to me, because as someone who frequently gets bad break outs, it can often be hard to do a good job of covering any blemishes - and so far, this product has really lived up to my expectations, as it does look pretty flawless upon appliance, and although it is quite full coverage it still manages to feel nice and light throughout the day (not at all bad for £17.50, and definitely something that I wouldn't hesitate to purchase myself in the future)!

As well as all these lovely concealers, Benefit also decided to throw in some super cute little Beauty Sponges by Real Techniques, which again made me feel pretty happy as not only do I love the Real Techniques Beauty Sponges, but having them in a mini size makes them perfect to take on holidays or on weekends away!


A little while after my wonderful Boi-ing box set arrived, I was lucky enough to recieve another lovely product from Benefit - this time it was a brow product instead, Gimme Brow, which is an item that I have actually previously owned and loved by Benefit, so was pretty happy to be able to add to my collection once again!

You can get all manner of brow shades for Gimme Brow, but I got number 5 which is a pretty dark brown colour that suits my brows really well indeed, and is usually the perfect thing for me to just put onto my brows to neaten them up after applying whatever normal pencil or wax I have used.


So, as you can see, I have been very lucky indeed recently with the Benefit products that I have received - I must say that I am immensely grateful for all my new bits and pieces, and hope that you all enjoyed finding a little out about each of them today!

Olivia xo

This post was sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics.

June - Favourite Albums

Sunday, 2 July 2017

I haven't exactly been going that mad with buying records over the past few weeks, as I have instead been pretty busy with buying holiday clothes - therefore, I can't exactly write up a vinyl haul post at the moment, so instead thought that today I would just mention a couple of my most loved, and most played albums from the month of June!

Blondie - 'Parallel Lines'

This was actually the most recent record that I bought, and was a bit of an impulse purchase to be honest - I mean, this album was of course on my vinyl wishlist because it's fantastic and I have loved it for an incredibly long time, but at the time of it's purchase, I just sort of impulsively picked it up because I was in HMV and felt like I had to get something...

Anyway, that doesn't really matter now considering that ever since I bought 'Parallel Lines', it has sort of relentlessly been on my turntable! Blondie are definitely one of my favourite bands, and this is certainly my favourite album of theirs - beforehand, I already had 'Eat to the Beat' which is another great album, yet my new addition does seem to take the biscuit due to the fact that every song on the album is really really great (and I also really love the album cover too!).

Favourite Songs - 'Picture This', '11:59', 'Heart of Glass'

The Smiths - 'The Queen is Dead'

This album isn't such a new addition to my collection as I actually bought it back in January, but it is certainly one of my favourites - when people ask me what my favourite album is, this one is normally up there and rightly so, due to it being such an incredible album...

I own four Smiths albums on vinyl at the moment (although there are 3 more that I want), and would probably say that 'The Queen is Dead' is my favourite of the lot - whilst I love my two compilation albums, and also listen to 'Meat is Murder' a lot, this one is just the perfect LP to put on at any time, whatever mood I am in. June has seen this album on my turntable a heck of a lot again, and I'm sure that it will probably keep being played over and over again by me for the foreseeable future too!

Favourite Songs - 'There is a Light that Never Goes Out', 'Cemetery Gates', 'The Queen is Dead'

As you can probably tell, I am pretty passionate about my vinyl collection, and certainly love a lot of albums - hopefully today gave you all a little insight into two of my current favourites, and I do also hope to be back with some more music/vinyl related posts again soon as there are so many more records on my wishlist!

Olivia xo

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