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12 February 2019

- Simple Gold Eye -

After getting many questions about makeup looks I create over on my Instagram and people asking me what products I use, I thought it was about time to start sharing some looks in more detail! 

One thing I find when telling people about products I love is that it's often not in their budget. So I thought we'd start by tackling the high street/high end makeup stigma.

People often ask if high end is better when it comes to make up and in my opinion, no. Some products work for some people and not for others. It all depends on skin types, how you apply products and personal preference. Personally when it comes to buying makeup, I pay out a little more for eyeshadows and stick to high street for my base. I do this for no reason other than preferring the pigment and texture of higher end eyeshadows, whilst preferring the quality and smell of drugstore foundations I have tried. Often high street makeup brands offer great products that you'll find can be just the same/very similar to high end, without the snazzy packaging.

I love the brand Too Faced Cosmetics for their eye palettes. Their eyeshadows blend seamlessly and have amazing pigment. Their collections, 'Sweet Peach' and 'Chocolate Makeup' smell great. But as amazing as they are, and no matter how much I love opening the palette and smelling peaches, let's face it- our eyelids don't really need to be smelling of chocolate and fruit. So a great high street alternative is Makeup Revolution palettes: they may not smell of peaches, but are so well pigmented and only a fraction of the price. 

For this reason- with every high end product I use, I'll also list a cheaper alternative. 

So, to the makeup look...

I thought I'd start by sharing this simple gold smokey eye. A gold shimmer not only opens the eyes up but makes a great day-to-night look!

I used the Too Faced - Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette for this look. A great high street alternative is this: I Heart Revolution - 24K Gold Eye Shadow Palette. I Heart Revolution have a lot of Too Faced dupes that are often less than £10 to buy. I chose this palette as it has all the great bronze and gold shades for this look. If you want to go all out Sweet Peach, then go for this: I Heart Revolution Eye Shadow Palette

Crease - I blended the shades 'Puree' and 'Summer Yum' from the palette into my crease. You can also do this using your normal everyday bronzer- just make sure it's matte, as we want as much definition as possible.

Cut Crease - using a flat top brush and concealer. You can do this using any concealer, I often find myself reaching for the Collection Cosmetics concealer. Just take your concealer to the crease of your eye and follow your eye socket shape. It can look crazy at first, but bear with it!

Eyelid - I swept the gold glitter eyeshadow from the Sweet Peach Palette over the concealer. This is a great trick as it makes the eyeshadow pigment stand out much more than normal and the glitter ten times more visible. Just make sure to not set the concealer beforehand! 

For this look, I did a very soft cut crease, bringing the gold eyeshadow right up to my crease. I then used the Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Gel Eyeliner in the shade 'Funk 3' to add a thin glitter line through my crease, again following my eye socket shape.

Eyeliner - I then just lined my eye with a Rimmel London eyeliner. I find a pen style liquid eyeliner always achieves a really effortless and easy wing.

That's it, four steps and you're done!

This is also a similar makeup look, using the same products but in slightly different ways. I went for the matte colours all over my eyelid, with a very light dusting of gold eyeshadow, along with a simple winged eyeliner and a line of gold eyeshadow predominately above.

I hope that was helpful, be sure to let me know if you try either of these looks. If there is anything else to do with makeup that you'd like me to talk about, or any questions you may have then just let me know.
                                                      
   See you soon with another makeup post!

28 July 2018

- The Tall Series -


After having this idea with me for a good while now, I'm so happy to introduce to you... The Tall Series!


I'm going to be sharing my favourite tall clothing finds with you all. Whether that be a clothing find from shops specific tall ranges or simply a clothing item from a normal range, which is also the perfect length for taller people.

I'm starting this series because I am 5'10" and always tend to have a problem with jeans not being ankle length, full length dresses not being full length and sometimes the total opposite where a 'tall section' dress is too long, to the point that I'm falling over it. So, I'm here to share my favourite finds with you and hope it helps some of my fellow tall ladies!


Starting this series with this mono stripe swimsuit from ASOS. Swimsuits are often never made long enough, so I'm loving ASOS for their tall and comfy swimwear range at the moment: so much so that I could easily buy them all! Just need to book a holiday and then I think that counts as a good enough excuse to do so, right?!

I love any clothes that have a waistband to show off curves and this swimsuit does just that, which means that it's flattering for all body types. At twenty two pounds, this swimsuit is a little bargain and a great addition to your holiday suitcase!

Mono Stripe Swimsuit - Here

Photo - ASOS



See you next time with another clothing find!

18 July 2018

- Dear Chronic Illness -




















Last year I wrote a letter and it has now been published in the book 'Dear Chronic Illness' along with fifteen other women's letters who sufferer with chronic illnesses.

I'm proud to have my name within the same book as these ladies because not only have we shared a big side of our lives with the world, but also because our illnesses are something we fight every day and every one of us can still openly talk about it in a light-hearted manner. 

It proves that rather than dwell on the rather unfortunate situation you've been handed in life, people with illnesses instead never take themselves too seriously, feel sorry for themselves or anything remotely along those lines. They are often some of the most positive people I have ever met, who want to do nothing more than try and live their own life and simply love and appreciate every moment of it!

The book 'Dear Chronic Illness' is by my dear friend Pippa of Spoonie Survival Kits. Spoonie Survival Kits make and sell bags full of surprises that help to put a smile on chronic illness sufferers faces, the kits/items on the website are also made by chronic illness sufferers too. So it really is a great community! All money from the books sales go back in to Spoonie Survival Kits to help with running and also bringing new ideas to the enterprise. 

The book was also published by Wallace Publishing and after reading our stories from the book they are now offering volunteering roles/work experience opportunities for chronically ill/disabled people, which makes my heart so happy!! This means that people who wish to join the publishing world are being given the first step to achieving their dream, how amazing is that?! It really feels like another great little step for the chronically ill world.




















I won't give away any of my letter, but I summed up what life has been like over the past nine years in as little words as possible. I wanted to keep it to the point, whilst also giving a good insight into how chronically ill life has treated me. So be sure to grab yourself a copy of the book and let me know what you think!

After nine years, I feel lucky enough to say that I feel as though life is starting to pick up for me now. I remember lying in bed and just daydreaming about simply being outside in the world, being at the beach, within the countryside, seeing friends and just being able to enjoy normal everyday things that I wasn't once able to do. 

I used to have to tell myself that I could see the light at the end of the tunnel- to not only feel better about the situation I had found myself in and give myself hope, but also because I truly knew in the back of my mind that one day I would be there and I wasn't destined to spend forever in my bed. 

A few years later and here I am... 




















I can honestly say that I feel as though I am now living within that light at the end of the tunnel. I still have a way to go, but past very unwell Olivia's dreams are coming true and it's honestly the most wonderful feeling! 

It's crazy how dreams can be things as little as being able to enjoy the outdoors, but that's what being unwell does, it makes you appreciate the near insignificant things in life and that's something I'll be forever grateful for. 

There really is a life after illness. If you're reading this and are in the situation I once found myself in, then always hold on to the hope and never, ever let it go! Just know that you'll reach that light at the end of the tunnel too. When that is your dream, you really will make it!

You can purchase a copy of 'Dear Chronic Illness' at the links below and read our light-hearted insights into living life with chronic illness. It's now available at Barnes And Nobel, as well as Amazon!
                                                 
Amazon eBook: Here - Amazon Paperback: Here - Barnes And Nobel: Here

Thank you having me be a part of such an exciting opportunity Spoonie Survival Kits and to all the women in this book... here's to girl power! 
                                              

5 June 2018

- Breakfast At Tiffany's? -


I've been obsessed with Audrey Hepburn for years now, but who isn't! From her simplistic style to classic makeup looks, she has always been my style icon and for this reason I thought I would try recreating one of her iconic looks. 

The thing that always struck me about Audrey Hepburn was her eyebrows, they were always made to be very sharp and I've been desperate to try and sculpt my own brows to match hers. 

I simply muted my usually curved brows with concealer, set them with loose powder and then went ahead and extended the tail of my brow with a brown eyeshadow until they were bold enough to even slightly achieve Audrey's amazing brows.
 
The second thing that I always notice when studying Audrey's makeup is the winged eyeliner she would wear. It was always so simple and was never not too much, which was lovely. So, I used a black eyeliner and drew as thin a line as possible that ended at the socket of my eye.

Lastly her lipstick! I could tell by the darkness of her lips in this black and white image that she must've been wearing a red lipstick. So, I used Mac - Sin to draw myself a new smaller lip shape that matched hers and then went ahead and used the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Colour Balm - 03 Mightiest Maraschino to add some shine.

I hope that you like the recreated look, I had so much fun doing it!

26 February 2018

Faux Fur & Polka Dots - Boohoo

For my first post of 2018 I thought I would share this cute polka dot dress. I feel like I should be off flamenco dancing in this outfit (majorly channeling the emoji). This whole look is from Boohoo, so is not only very affordable but perfect for any occasion from a holiday, to a girls get together or a date night.

I paired this dress with a cute little faux fur clutch bag. Keeping it colourful by sticking to the red theme but also adding some contrast with the metal handles. Double ring handles on bags are so in at the moment and will always add to your look, I love them! 

 Polka Dot Dress - Here
 Red Faux Fur Clutch - Here
 
Thank you for visiting! 

21 December 2017

- Clive Christian Seasonal Wishlist -

With Christmas being a few days away and most of us likely hoping to awake to one of our favourite bottles of perfume in our stockings, I thought I would share my perfume wishlist from Clive Christian- you can view Clive Christians products here: Luxury Fragrance Gift Sets

Throughout the seasons I find that my taste in perfumes change. For example, I always feel that you should match the smell of your perfume to the vision that you have of each season in your mind. For me, I think of spring being slightly fresh with lots of flowers, so I feel it is lovely to wear a lighter, more floral scent and then in the winter it's all about the cosy log fire, so I then prefer a heavier musky scent. 

So rather than a normal Wishlist I am going to share with you my seasonal favourites. I hope this also gives you some ideas of what scents you think go best with the seasons. Here we have my 'Clive Christian Seasonal Wishlist'...


Spring.

I feel that spring is just the time to wear light girly scents. Like I said, to me, spring means fields upon fields of flowers and green grass and I think this is just the most perfect and happy thought to match your fragrance up to. So I have picked the The Private Collection - C Green Floral. This perfume contains notes of fruit, floral and grass- I personally don't think you could get any closer to my vision of spring in a bottle. 







Summer 

In my mind summer just screams citrus. Citrus scents have such a refreshing feel to them and are always uplifting clean smells, so in the summer this just needs to be reflected in your perfume. For this reason, I have chosen the Original Collection, Feminine Edition in Citrus. Not only does this perfume keep the light floral feel from spring, but with its top note being bergamot oranges it really gives you that citrus zing. One think I love is that this scent also has a woody base note which means it's a great scent to take you into autumn.


Autumn

Autumn is that time of year where the streets are sprinkled with leaves of all shades of orange and your jumpers start to make an appearance, so why not also keep that heart-warming feel with you in your perfume. For autumn I like going for slightly heavier, cosy scents but not too cosy, as we still need to feel refreshed because there is work to be done! For this I have chosen The Private Collection - C Woody Leather, this perfume has a smokiness to it with its notes of saffron and tobacco but also keeps you feeling refreshed with mandarin. You can probably tell by now I love to have citrus throughout most perfumes I wear, as for me citrus is a productive smell- I think this perfume sounds absolutely amazing!


Winter

The final perfume on my Wishlist is for my favourite time of the year, winter! This is the time of year that I feel you can go as musky and heavy with your perfume as you wish, it's the time of year for cosying up and getting ready for Christmas. 

Winter makes me think of log fires, candles and of course sitting under the most luxurious blanket whilst watching your favourite films and all of these things mean that I have to choose the most woody scent that I could find. So here it is my ultimate pick for this Wishlist, The Absolute Collection Sandalwood Crystal

Perfume really is so magical. It can mentally transport you back to some really special times, remind you of people you've crossed paths with, completely change your mood and add to your confidence. 

The scent of a person is always my first and lasting impression of someone. It is such a personal thing and our choices of scents are what make each and every one of us so individual.

If you fancy the chance of winning some goodies from Clive Christian, they are running an advent calendar competition everyday up until Christmas over on their Instagram. 

How to enter: Everyday Clive Christian is hiding Advent Baubles on his website, along with a clue on Instagram. Once you have found the bauble you must screenshot it, post your screenshot onto your Instagram profile and make sure to tag @clivechristianperfume and that is it, it's that simple! 

                                                 Clive Christian Instagram - Here
                                                 Clive Christian website - Here

Best of luck and the happiest Christmas to you all!