2015 Favourites: Make Up, Skincare & Nail Colours

Hey Internet Friends,

New year new you?! Not for me. I like me and I like what I like so lets check out the make up, skincare and nail colours that have really stood out to me and become a firm favourite throughout the year….

New Years Eve Is Celebrated In London With A Huge Firework Display

Make Up

Urban Decay Naked Smoky – I am now the proud obsessive owner of not one but two of these beauties! There so versatile, I use it every single day and its brilliant.
You can read my full review HERE

My Mascara of choice throughout this year was the Benefit They’re Real! Its a brilliant mascara that makes your lashes look so incredibly and I’ve loved it for so long, the one featured in this image was a competition win from the wonderful Shanice or damascenesnf.com, you can read my full post about the Giveaway HERE

The Foundation I have been absolutely obsessed with this year is the Mac Studio Fix Fluid, its the perfect coverage for me with a matte finish and goes light enough for my very pale skin.

Hoola by Benefit will forever be my favourite bronzer, its a matte finish and thats really hard to find. It has a great buildable coverage and is so versatile.

The Lipsticks Ive been LOVING this year are nudes! Two of my favourites are the Kate Moss for Rimmel 101 and Mac’s Please Me in a Matte Finish.
Absolutely gorgeous, you can read more about that HERE


This was so hard for me! I love skincare, its just my thing!
Maybe I should do a skincare collection post for you guys?
Is that something you would like?

The first thing is Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish – this stuff is an absolute miracle product. I love it more than any other product I own, it cleanses your face incredibly well and you can actually FEEL the difference immediately.
If you don’t own it then change that.

Yes to Tomatoes moisturiser is perfect for my oily skin and really makes your face fully prepared for make up and all the tough things it goes through. Also, I haven’t had a single break out since I added this into my skincare routine.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius – This shouldn’t just be the Heel Genius, it should be every soap & glory product ever! I love this brand so much, I finally tried it rather late into the year and now I literally can not get enough of it!

Nail Colours

I love Barry M products, the colours are so vibrant and only need two coats at most. They dry evenly and quickly and I don’t see a need to ever try another Nail Paint brand.
The colours above are the ones I have used the most this year.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post,

I want to thank all of you for your constant support, the love you’ve shown me has been phenomenal and more than I ever imaged. I look forward to growing a bigger community next year and sharing more things with you.
From the bottom of my heart, Thank You! Happy New Year!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

What I got for Christmas 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

Ive seen so many bloggers and youtubers doing posts like this and I absolutely love looking at them so I thought it would be nice if I did one too! As I sit and write this on Christmas Day evening I am quickly reminded of how lucky I am for the wonderful family that I have surrounding me and although this post is about material things that certainly isn’t what Christmas is about for me, the gifts are just an extra bonus. Now, lets do this!

crackerIm going to cut out most of the silly little bits for you guys and just show you the main big daddy beast presents!

radleyOk, so technically I didn’t get the bag on the left as a ‘Christmas Present’ but my glamorous gran did give it to me on Christmas Day!
The one on the right is a smaller bag than I’d normally choose with softer leather and do you know what? I absolutely love it.
I love both of them so much that I think the next time I go out I’ll really struggle which one to take with me!

Soap & Glory
How great is my fiancé?
He managed to pick me the Soap & Glory whole She-Bang and I absolutely love it! 
Clean on me Moisture Shower Gel
Sugar Crush Body Buffer
The Righteous Butter
Hand Food Hand Cream
Heel Genius Foot Cream
Thick & Fast Mascara
Peaches & Clean Cleansing Milk
The Righteous Butter Sunkissed tint lotion
Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss
And a gorgeous Cosmetics case that I think I shall use to store the majority of my skincare as it really does need a proper home other than a box under my bed! 

Sony Alpha 5000 Lenses
How exciting! My mum & dad got me a super amazing set of lenses for my blogging camera the Sony Alpha 5000 and a really cool case to keep it all in!
They very kindly got me the E mount 3.5/30 Macro Lense
the E Mount 55-210mm Zoom Lense.
So not only will that allow me to create much more impressive blog photo’s but also really pursue my passion for photography!

Beauty and Skincare bits & bobs
DSC04920Naked Smoky palette because my original version of this is nearly empty in a few places.
Burt’s Bees lips to tips set containing Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear and Coconut Foot Cream.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Christmas Edition
Barry M Sunset set
Portable Nail Dryer
A selection of Barry M Nail Paints.

Not a bad year at all!

I hope all of you had a fantastic Christmas and if you would like to link me to a similar post of yours that would be amazing?!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Winter Nails

Hey Internet Friends,

Winter is such a beautiful time, from the things going on in nature to the happiness and festivity thats everywhere. So what better way to enjoy this time of year than with a little sparkle and in your Nails! This can especially help get you into the festive spirit if your workplace doesn’t allow crazy jumpers and Christmas Songs…

Nail Inspiration
Sometimes, if I’ve got a post idea in my head but I’m not sure how to execute it or how best to make it a great post I take to pinterest, instagram and google and create these cute little folders packed full of images that inspire me about the subject. I don’t normally share them with you but this selection of images were too gorgeous NOT to share with you guys.

My Winter Nails
nailsIve gone for a light blue with heavy glitter on the tips with a lighter glitter from the cuticles.
I feel like for this time of year it will go with everything you wear it should also make you feel extra special and festive.

Products I used for this
Barry M is my absolute favourite Nail Paint brand as its unbelievably well formulated and holds such a reasonable cost across all its products.
The gorgeous light blue colour is from the Gelly range called Sky Blue.
The Glitter varnish is very stylishly called Diamond Glitter.
The gorgeous top coat with an added plumping effect is simply called ‘Plumpy’

If you guys recreate this look please share it with me.

Have you guys got any winter nail ideas?

How do you get inspiration for trying out new beauty type things?

I’ll see you guys on boxing day with a ‘what I got for Christmas’ Post.
Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Lets Wrap this up! Paperchase Christmas Wrapping

Hey Internet Friends,

One of the things that gets me all festive and excited for the big day is wrapping everyones presents and making them look SUPER beautiful!
My wrapping shop of choice is always 100% Paperchase, Im that much of a fan that my local store know me well and my friends and family always look forward to how my presents will look.
So lets look at what there offering this year and how I’m using it!


Kids Penguin Style
I always like to get Jay a special wrapping style from everyone else and when I saw this I knew that it was meant to be, Jay absolutely loves penguins so this wrap was just perfect for his presents.
I decided to team the wrap with the Paperchase red sparkly gift tags and ribbon and bows set to go with the little red detail in the paper.
I feel its worked really well and looks super Christmassy.


Kraft Paper Style
I think the Kraft paper style is so on trend at the minute and looks timelessly beautiful. It comes back to the old paper packages tied up with string and it makes a gift look really fabulous.
I’ve chosen this style for all my friends and family and really hope they love it as much as I do. The simplicity and beauty of the packages really shines through and its especially nice under tree’s with a set theme of decorations so it won’t clash and look awkward.

kraftmeIm so happy with these and hope all my gift recipients love them too!

Hope you guys enjoyed this little post about my wrapping choices this year,

Id love to hear about your festive bits and bobs, so link me in the comments?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for HIM 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

As promised todays post will be Christmas Gift Sets for him that you can get your hands on last minute, all available for click and connect or next day delivery.


Aftershaves are sort of a no brainer when it comes to gift giving but thats for a very good reason! Aftershaves are something that most men just would buy for themselves but its something they need and something thats a real luxury.
Here are my Aftershave top picks for Christmas.

Paco Rabanne Black XS 

I am yet to find a man who doesn’t love this scent.
Its my dads signature scent and my fiancé loves the smell of it too.
This gift set is selling for £38.50 and contains the 50ml Aftershave and 100ml Shower Gel.
Top Notes of Lemon & Lavender
Heart Notes of Ozonic Accord
Base Notes of Amber Wood & Patchouli

Ted Baker Miniature Selection
If your not sure what kind of scent they will like then you could go for something like this where you get four gorgeous miniatures to try out.
The set contains the four following scents for £22

Valentine Uomo
So this fragrance is a little more pricey that the others retailing at £47 for a 50ml gift set but this scent is incredibly special, it comes with a 50ml scent and a 100ml shower gel.
I recently got a tester of this for Jay and loved it so much I used it myself!

Top notes Bergamot & Myrtle
Heart Notes Crema Di Gianduia & Coffee
Base notes White Leather & Cedar Wood

You can find all of these gift sets HERE

The Body Shop
You all know what an amazing fan of the body shop I am and my fiancé loves the brand just as much as I do.
The Body Shop has a fantastic selection of gifts for men this year.

Modern Gent’s Shaving Kit
My fiancé absolutely LOVES the Maca Root shaving products from the body shop so this gift set that comes in a lovely metal tin is just perfect at £25.
The set contains:
Maca Root Shaving Cream 200ml
Razor Relief 100ml
Shaving Brush

Any man would absolutely love this little luxury.

Modern Gent’s Post Party Rescue Kit
modern-gents-post-party-rescue-kit_lIf the man in your life is in need of some extra care TLC this time of year then this is the gift set for you.
This set also contains the amazing active ingredient Maca Root and retails at just £16 and when you consider how nicely this set is presented it would make a great present.
The set contains
Energetic Face Protector
Eye Rescue Serum.

White Musk Gift Set
This is a way of getting your man to smell fantastic and it still feel manly.
The set comes in another great tin from the same range but features products from The Body Shop signature scent White Musk.
Retailing at £30 this is a great present thats fantastically presented.
The set includes
Eau De Toilette 100ml
Hair & Body Wash 200ml
After Shave Balm 75ml

You can get all of these gifts HERE

Who doesn’t love new jewellery? Men are no different and my dad gets ridiculously happy over new jewellery especially if its a watch!

Citizen Eco-Drive

I used to have a Citizen Eco Drive and I absolutely loved it, it was super hard wearing and the battery lasted for so long because the battery is powered by light, this innovative Eco-Drive timepiece by Citizen will never need a change of battery! Brilliant!
This is a costly gift retailing at around £149.99 but its totally worth it.

Superdry Men’s Urban Black and White Silicone Watch
This is so fashionable and would go with any outfit, perfect for a younger recipient and retailing at just £24.99 its a really great stylish present.

G-Shock Men’s Black Resin
I actually bought this watch for Jay a few years ago and he absolutely loves it, wears it everyday and it survives his very tough job.
Its an absolute bargain at £55.99 especially when you consider its everything proof!
It features, dual time, stopwatch, daily alarm, 200m water resistance and shock resistance!

You can find all the watches mentioned HERE

Lets be honest, when it comes to men’s high street clothing where else would you go? Top Man also have a wonderful selection of gift ideas with the same quality you expect from the clothes.

Black Leather Wallet
The wallet is a bifold style with a handy change pouch, 100% real leather and comes in a cute little box so would make a great gift especially seen as its priced at £18. They come in a variety of colours so you can choose the most appropriate for you.

Three Pack Holly Trunks
These aren’t they only variations that top man have available for the three pack trunks but I think there the most fun!
These are 100% cotton so he’ll really thank you for how comfortable they are. These sets retail at £15.

Christmas Socks!
85F50KNAV_largeWould it be christmas without new socks?!
Topman have some adorable christmas socks in a 3 for £7 offer and you can guarantee these will be comfiest Christmas socks he’s ever received.

You can find all these things HERE

Hope you guys found this Men’s Christmas Gift Guide useful.

What will you be getting the men in your life for Christmas this year?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for HER 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

Look! A post outside of my normal schedule, oh how I spoil you! Just kidding of course, but I wanted to give you a little festive treat and thats why this weekend you’ll be getting a post Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Now, Its always difficult knowing what to buy for people last minute. Maybe you get paid later in the month and haven’t had time for Christmas Shopping yet well don’t worry because I’ve got you covered! All of the things in this post are available for next day delivery or next day collection AND make excellent presents!

Soap & Glory
I love Soap & Glory products because the fragrance and quality of the products feels like High End with a High Street price tag.
There Christmas Gift Sets is no different, fantastic quality and range of products without breaking the bank!

It’s the whole She-Bang
Retailing at £30 you really get a lot of bang for your buck here, this selection includes:
Clean on me Moisture Shower Gel
Sugar Crush Body Buffer
The Righteous Butter
Hand Food Hand Cream
Heel Genius Foot Cream
Thick & Fast Mascara
Peaches & Clean Cleansing Milk
The Righteous Butter Sunkissed tint lotion
Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss
And a gorgeous Cosmetics case.

Thats Make up & Skincare all in one gift set, a very fair find

Belle of the Ball

This is the CUTEST gift set I have seen this year and it contains some amazing miniature products for just £12.
The set includes:

Smoothie Star Body Wash
Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub
Smoothie Star Hand Food
And a Cute little body polisher.

This gift set is absolutely define, I love the fact its practically a full face in a set, it makes it an amazing product retailing at £20
The set includes:
Super Cat Eyeliner Pen
Thick & Fast Mascara
Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer
Two applicator brushes
Glow all out Face Powder
Three eyeshadows in the shades Cream Soda, Copper and Choccy

All of these products are available HERE

Benefit Cosmetics
If you come here often then you know what a massive fan of Benefit Cosmetics I am, this brand provides excellent quality products and even more amazing gift sets.

Benefit B.Right! Radiant Skincare Set

This set is practically a miniature night time routine in a box. Its perfect for both skincare newbies or full on pro’s! It retails at around £15.50 and contains:
Flamingly Clean facial wash
Refined finish facial polish
Moisture Prep Toning Lotion
Facial Emulsion
Facial Cream
It’s potent! Eye cream

I can promise you 100% that any lady that you buy this for will absolutely LOVE it.

Party Like A Rockstar
WOW! I might buy this for myself. Look how amazing this is, even the packaging is to die for and the products inside are some of my absolute staples!
The gift set is selling for around £29.50 and contains:
Pore fessional Mini
They’re Real Mascara Mini
Hoola Bronzer & Brush
Roller Lash Mascara Mini
Four neutral eyeshadow shades

How to look the Best at Everything complexion Kit
These really are a genius idea as they come in three different variations light, medium and dark so you can actually pick the right one for almost any complexion.
The set also includes a cute little leaflet that tells you how to get the most out of the products and really enhance your natural beauty.
The sets retail for around £25.5o and contain:
Pore fessional Primer
Boi-ing concealer in two shades
Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation
And a powder cover up.

This is really a fantastic gift and the fact you have a choice of skin tones really does show you have thought about the gift and genuinely care about what your giving.

All of these products are available HERE

I don’t know a single one of my girlfriends that doesn’t love Lush products, all of them would be more that happy to wake up to some lush products on Christmas morning. If you think a gift set isnt personal enough why not grab a box and fill it with a mix of products yourself?
Here are some of the Gift sets that I think are great…

Sweet Christmas Gift Set
Perfect for Bath Junkies this set retailing at £35.5o contains 7 luxury products that will REALLY make her feel special.
The set contains:
Magic Wand Bubble Bar
Rose Jam Bubbleroon
Yog Nog Bath Bomb
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb
Tooth Fairy Tooth Powder
The Comforter Shower Cream
Snow Fairy Shower Gel

All super sweet scents that will set your recipient up for a few really relaxing evenings.

Winter Garden
This set is perfect for people that love lush but don’t always have time for baths. Three luxurious products all packaged gorgeously for £16.95, the set contains:
Love and Light Hand Cream
Rose Jam Shower Gel
Respect Your Elders Soap

This scent contains gorgeous floral scents that feel super natural and a real treat for your skin.

Little Snow Fairy
Super cute little set based around Lush’s incredibly popular Christmas Scent Snow Fairy. This set is a brilliant little stocking filler selling at £8.50 containing the Shower Gel and The Lush Fun!
A fantastic little set.

You can buy all these products HERE

Liz Earle Gifts
Liz Earle is the absolute top of my Christmas List this year, super luxurious products that deliver fantastic results for a reasonable cost.
I have chosen three of my favourites for you to consider.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit

The infamously popular hot cloth cleanser by Liz Earle is a fantastic product fully complimented and hyped up by the beauty community. My gosh is it worth the hype. This set comes with the cleanser and two muslin  cloths for the standard price of £15.50

Liz Earle Sparkling Skin Duo Skincare Gift Set

This set includes the everything in the previous set plus the instant boost skin tonic and for £28 really is incredible value when you consider how much more of an amazing gift set it looks like.
Sometimes when giving gifts Im often faced with feeling like ‘this doesn’t look like a lot’ but not only does this look like a whole lot but to the beauty lover in your life it will be everything to them.

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask™ Starter Kit
This is a really nice relaxing gift for any skincare lover in your life, with active ingredients like green clay to draw out impurities, soothing manuka honey and propolis and rose-scented geranium to help tone and balance you really cant go wrong.
The set itself contains the Deep Cleansing Mask and two sponges for the price of £15.75

All of these products can be found HERE

Hope you guys enjoyed these Christmas Gift ideas for Her.

Make sure you check out the Gifts for Him post coming on sunday!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx




A Lush Christmas!

Hey Internet Friends,

I love an excuse to be festive and my local Lush shop really gives me that excuse, even the most grinch like people in the world couldn’t walk in there and not feel a little Christmas Spirit. So whilst I was there filling up on Christmas Cheer I might have picked up a few little Christmas bits…


I couldn’t buy everything I saw in Lush but I did manage to take you some lovely photographs,
Products seen above:
Snow Fairy Range, Snowman Shower Jelly, Snow Angel, Father Christmas, Yog Nog Soap, Holly Golightly, All the pretty Gift Sets.

Now for what I bought…

Joy to the world gift set, Snow Fairy Shower Gel & Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly.

Joy to the world Gift Set


This is such a gorgeous gift set and would make an amazing stocking filler for anyone who loves Lush! Its under £10 and comes with the Love and Light Hand Cream and The Yog Nog Soap.

Love and Light Hand Cream is incredibly luxurious smelling like orange blossom and is really great for this time of year when your skin needs a little more help that usual to be moisturised.

The Yog Nop soap is probably one of my favourite Lush Festive scents, its so strong and warming with heavy fudge scents and a touch of nutmeg. As soon as I got this home I took all the other soaps out of my bathroom so everyone will have to use this one because it smells absolutely amazing!

The packaging for this gift set is so special with thick luxury paper and gold ribbon it really does make it look like a real treat! And its perfect for things like secret santa as it was a low budget with great products and you don’t need to know whether the person prefers baths or showers.

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly
Shower Jellys get sort of a mixed review in the beauty world but I’m rather fond of them, especially as a novelty or gift, its far more interesting and creates a real talking point.
The Shower Jelly products are so versatile, you can use them straight from the pot in the shower, freeze them and cut them into manageable chunks and use the to create bubbles for baths. Brilliant!

This Christmas red product is packed with little golden stars, apparently made from seaweed and is based on the popular previous Christmas Scent So White so fresh apple and vegan red wine. Very Christmassy indeed!

Snow Fairy Shower Gel
This scent is iconic to Lush Christmas products, people look forward to this all year round, I know of some that stock pile it for the rest of the year. For me?! Its ok but any longer than december and the sickliness starts to get to me.
I couldn’t really imagine Christmas without it though!

This has a super sweet smell that leaves your skin feeling unbelievably nourished and soft. Its a real Sweet Treat!
There are tiny sparkles in this that will remain on your skin to an extent but its Christmas so a little sparkle won’t hurt.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little Lush Christmas Post,

Whats your favourite Lush Christmas Product?!

Any new releases your desperate to try?!

Link me to your Lush Christmas Posts in the comments!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

New Christmas Jumpers & Cake!

Hey Internet Friends,

Christmas is very quickly approaching and one that thing really helps my festive spirit is new Christmas Jumpers! The last few years me, my glamorous gran and grandad have all gone Christmas Jumper shopping together and I love it so much, its become something that makes me so happy. And these are the jumpers I picked up…

titleAll jumpers that I bought today were from Asda Walmart and were between £12 – £14 and frankly I think that is amazing for a good Christmas Jumper.


The minute I saw this I knew it had to come home with me, its so unbelievably soft and of course covered in Holly so it couldn’t be more appropriate for me.
This is a more traditional bright and colourful jumper and I absolutely LOVE it.


This looks absolutely amazing on and really shines beautifully under the light with all the little sequin details, I feel like this jumper is appropriate to wear all through the colder months and not just in December so thats a lovely bonus!


This is probably my favourite of the lot because its so festive and sparkly!
Its so girly and cute and it really feels special and thats important at Christmas, right?!
I love how soft it feels and the print is the perfect size to not be too over powering.

Gorgeous little sequin Robin perfect for the winter months, I feel like this is a classic Christmas design and the quality of this is outstanding especially considering it was £12! So soft and lovely.

Ahhh Christmas Jumpers do make me happy!

Ever since I was little my Grandma has made these amazing Christmas Cakes, my dad is possibly her biggest fan but now I’m a little older and can appreciate just how tasty there are and not just pick of the icing I get one too!

How unbelievably pretty is this?! Tastes pretty good too!
Thanks Grandma!

Hope you guys enjoyed this incredibly festive post!

What do you guys class as the ultimate festive treat?!

Do you have any awesome Christmas Jumpers?!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Deck the Halls…

Hey Internet Friends,

This post isn’t about a new product or anything remotely beauty related but its about my life and I feel we’ve been friends long enough that I can share these things with you. If you don’t like posts like this and prefer the more make up type things thats totally fine and I’ll see you on Saturday but for those that care about my everyday life and some cute Christmas Decorations, lets do this.

Christmas is my favourite most exciting time of year, I love it like I did when I was a child and still wake up early on Christmas Morning ridiculously giddy and happy.
It only ever truly starts to feel like Christmas when the Tree’s up so I start sort of early!

The Tree
The Tree is a fake unfortunately but with little paws around it just wouldn’t be practical to get a real tree. Its still a 6 foot beast and takes up the majority of my bay window!
Ive gone for a Silver and light blue theme this year with simple white lights, I think it looks so beautiful and let me tell you a little secret.
I got the Tree, decorations and lights for £30! Can’t beat that really.
Personalised Decorations
This cute little paper tree is probably one of my favourite decorations with customisable baubles it really adds that personal touch to Christmas.
I can get the majority of people I love in one space and really, what more is Christmas about?

This cute little fireplace is light by a tea light at the back that shines through the glass.
The fireplace itself is about 15cm high and made of ceramic, the stockings are plastic and interchangeable.
They even do one for the Guinea Pig! The one without a name on is supposed to be for our scary pet catfish called Raymond.
Its a bit mental in my house….

Little Bits and Bobs. 
Cute little feathery birds, no idea what these are for or have to do with Christmas but they look pretty!

This little snow globe is supposed to be a Christmas Tree decoration but it doesn’t go with the theme so it just lives on a little shelf now being adorable!
I don’t have a fireplace so my stocking have to be hung on my DVD shelf! If thats my only problem this year I think were going to be ok!

Hope you guys liked my Christmas Decorations,

If you guys have done a post about yours leave me a link in the comments. I’d absolutely LOVE to see them. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

It’s your turn…

Hey internet friends, 

Since I’ve started this blog I’m constantly overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I’ve been given. I love that I have this platform and that I’m making some amazing friends but I want this to be your space too. I care massively about what content you like, what parts of my life you want to see and how this blog can improve. 

So that’s why I ask you for your help, so we can grow together. 

What do you want to see? 

What post ideas do you have that you’d love me to do? 

Would you like to see some collaborative posts? 

For the next few weeks I want to keep it Christmassy, so what would you like from that?

Give me your thoughts and suggestions, I care massively about what you think. 

Speak soon, 

HollyPop xx