Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Hey Internet Friends,

Bit of a different post today, I hope you guys don’t mind! Just wanted to share some of the photos I took of the amazing animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday. You may or may not know that I am a massive animal lover and YWP is my happy place, its probably the only place I don’t care about what I look like and it sorts out any funk I may be in.

So here is my day in photos…


Hope you guys enjoyed a bit of a different post,

As always, leave me links in the comments of posts you think I’ll like?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Spring Nude Nails

Hey Internet Friends,

I think a lot of people go through stages of searching for some kind of Holy Grail product whatever that may be and mine in the run up to spring seems to be the perfect nude nail polish. Don’t ask me why but I think this is going to be a real trend throughout spring as its sophisticated, goes with every outfit and is light enough for the spring weather.

I have picked out four of my favourite shades for you and will talk about them all a little bit. The perfect nude nail shade obviously differs based on your skin tone and my complexion is fair to medium so if yours is too maybe these will work for you.

All BottlesFrom Left to Right.
Essie Spin the bottle, Essie Ballet Slippers. Barry M Pink Lemonade and
Seventeen Pick Me Up.

Spin the bottleEssie – Spin The Bottle

This is probably my favourite of the lot as its the perfect balance of a peachy nude but not too pink to feel childish, the finish is everything you’d expect from essie and the coverage is beautiful.
The image shows two coats with no base coat or top coat and as you can see its clearly covered.
This product can be purchased individually or as part of the Essie Nude duo kit.

Ballet SlippersEssie – Ballet Slippers

This could be a little bit too light for some people and more of a white than a nude but if you want a perfectly pure nail colour than this could be for you. I think the coverage and delicacy of this colour is beautiful.
This can also be bought individually or as part of the Nudes Duo from Essie.

DSC05968Barry M Gelly – Pink Lemonade

Barry M is my favourite Nail Polish brand, my collection is extensive and I can promise you that this is the best nude they offer.
It is more of a pinky toned nude but the shine and coverage is insane, its so good.
It will set off any skin tone amazingly and you won’t be disappointed with the longevity.

DSC05975Seventeen – Pick Me Up

This is the lowest price nail polish I have included, retailing at just £1.99 it is absolutely incredible value for money and the colour is possibly perfect.
The only tiny bug bear of the product is the long drying time (half my life, I swear) and the coverage. This is two coats and personally I think it could be better. It wasn’t as rich in colour as the other brands.

BUT for the price its amazing and the colour is divine!

Hope you guys enjoyed this Nude Nail post,

Whats your favourite Nude polish at the moment?

Leave me a link to any posts you think I’ll like in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

A week in photos | Instagram

Hey Internet Friends,

This is something I am thinking of doing fairly regularly so let me know if your into it?
A week of photos from Instagram. Instagram is something I’m really getting into at the moment and if you like what you see maybe you could give my insta a cheeky follow. You can find my account HERE

Let me know what you think?

If you comment on a photo on instagram telling me you’ve come from this blog I will happily follow you back! 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

Hey Internet Friends,

As you’ll know if you saw my last post I was ridiculously excited to try out my new Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette. As an avid fan of the Pixiwoo sisters Sam & Nic and the products they create with Real Techniques so my expectations were incredibly high for this brush cleansing palette.

Real Techniques make some bold claims about the brush cleansing palette on the website stating that:
Cleans brushes 55% better.
Great makeup application starts with a clean brush. The brush cleansing palette helps sweep away makeup, oil, and impurities from bristles to give you truer, more consistent color application.
 performance-grade silicone: lightweight and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably over your hand
exclusive multi-textured surfaces: designed to gently work between the bristles for enhanced deep cleansing

What Did I Think?
The first thing I will say is the mixed textured surface works incredibly well for your different brush needs, the smaller bumps work perfectly for getting rid of tough eyeshadows and liner from smaller brushes, the middle raised texture is amazing for stubborn matte foundations and the larger rounded bumps clean powder brushes in seconds!
This actually made my brush cleaning experience pleasurable, as someone who religiously cleans my brushes every single week this can be a difficult thing to enjoy but with this it took me about 15 minutes to clean 22 brushes!
Now thats impressive!

The pliable silicone material makes it comfortable to hold and it doesn’t slip off your hand at all, it also doesn’t have that horrendous plastic smell you’d expect. When you combine this with the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel it really did make my brushes feel good as new!

How do you use it?

Its the easiest process you could imagine and I bet it isn’t that different to what you already do.
Add a drop of brush cleansing gel onto the palette then some warm water.
Mix the tip of the brush into the gel and water into the palette surface until the brush is fully clean then rinse your brush under warm water.
Gently squeeze an excess water and leave your brush to dry overnight.

Don’t take my word for it that its so easy to use, watch Nic from pixiwoo demonstrate it in the video below.

There you have it!
I am so glad I added this product to my Real Techniques collection, now I’ve actually got a reason to be excited to clean my brushes. 

Hope you guys enjoyed finding out a bit more about this product,

Have you guys tried the RT brush cleansing palette?

What did you think?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

February Haul : High Street & Drugstore.

Hey Internet Friends,

Guess who went shopping for a bunch of stuff they don’t really need but really wanted? ME! I was reasonably well behaved though and only stuck to drug store and high street shops. Points for trying right?


Ohhh look at the goodies!
Lets break this down into manageable chunks shall we?

The Palettes
Who doesn’t love a good palette?
On the left is the new Soap & Glory Perfect Ten eyeshadow palette.
Soap & Glory have brought out a few of these perfect ten palettes over the years all with different undertones (a bit like another popular palette range wouldn’t you say?)
This one is super wearable, super affordable and down right beautiful.
It will make a strong edition to my collection.

On the right is the Make Up Revolution Cover & Conceal Palette.
Make Up Revolution are really making waves in the beauty community at the moment as there super affordable and truly great products.
This palette cost me £6, contains 8 different concealer shades and is in the shade Light.

The Tricks of the trade
On the left is the Bleach London Reincarnation Mask, this is a deep treatment mask for dyed and damaged hair. Its got some amazing reviews so I thought I give it a go.

The middle is a new eyelash curler, I refuse to spend a lot of money on these because like most girls loose bobby pins and hair ties I loose eyelash curlers like you wouldn’t believe.
Really cant explain why? Maybe theres an eyelash monster under my bed.

On the Right is the Real Techniques Brush cleansing palette, this is the purchase I am most excited about because I absolutely love all the RT products I own and I’m sure this won’t be an exception! I cant wait to try it and let you know how I get on.

Make Up bits and bobs
Top Left is my favourite pressed powder by Rimmel. Perfectly Translucent and brilliant staying power. Really inexpensive too.

Middle Right is a clear brow gel that if I’m being completely honest, I’m a little nervous about trying. I don’t know why put the idea of a gel for your eyebrows just seems a little bit odd.

Bottom Left is one of the Rimmel Magnif’eyes, this is a new product to me but seems to be everything I’ve been looking for. A cream eyeshadow base with a complimentary liner on the other side. Almost like an eye make up look in a stick.
The shade is Queens of the Bronzed Age.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little Haul,

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products and what you think?

Also, would you like to hear more about any of these in detail?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Whats on my iPhone?

Hey Internet Friends,

Ive only gone and got myself a new iPhone! So I thought seen as its all Ive been obsessed with all week we could have a little whats on my iPhone post.


The iPhone Itself

I went for the iPhone 6 in space grey in the 16GB model, this has a 4.7 Retina Display with a stunning 8MP camera and fingerprint identity technology.

The case that Im currently using is designed by Skinny Dip for urban outfitters.
I think the cute pink flamingos work well on the Space Grey.

The Home Screens


For my lock screen I used a photo collage featuring most of my favourite people, this really does cheer me up overtime I see it and its nice to have them there all the time.
The actual home screen is clean and simple with all the apps I need right on the first screen, I keep a selection of apps organised in different folders that Im going to talk you through.

Some of my favourite apps on the home screen are social media apps, obviously wordpress so I can keep up with you lovely lot and my Virgin TV anywhere so I can never miss a TV show.

Two of the features I love about the iPhone 6 is the unique screen control that allows you to move the screen down by double tapping the home button (because my hands are too tiny for the larger display) and the brilliant apple pay feature.
If you don’t get an iPhone for any other reason, get it for the apple pay. Its honestly changed my life!

Photography Folder
This where I keep everything for editing and uploading photos.
I have my trusty instagram app, the remote control for my Sony Alpha 500 and a few favourite editing apps.

My favourite app from the bunch is Over, it allows you to edit photographs to an outstanding quality and comes with loads of typographic options and cool pieces or artwork as you can see.

Finance & Shopping

I dont do a lot of shopping on my phone so this folder is probably labelled wrong, maybe I should change it to something more appropriate like lifestyle or something?

This is where I keep things like my online banking app, a few shopping apps and my trusty trusty Uber App.
I feel like everybody uses uber but if you don’t heres the lowdown.
Uber is the smartest way to get around. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go. And payment is completely cashless.
Its basically a cheap and convenient way to get your taxi’s, you simply tell the app where you want to go, your driver shows up and you can track your ride on the app and then you pay cashless either via paypal or apple pay.
If your new to uber and want a free ride on me use the code hollym684


Im not much of a gamer, I pretty much can only manage Guitar Hero and thats my lot.
But cute little iPhone puzzle games really do get me.
The game I am currently absolutely obsessed with is called Two Dots and the idea is to get rid of as many dots as possible by connecting them horizontally or vertically. Like a modern day game of squares.
The thing I like most about this little game aside from its addictive nature is the simple and clean design. I think it really works well and doesn’t confuse and overwhelm your brain.

Its no secret that the new iPhones have some brilliant health features featuring an in built pedometer and lots of other gadgets to get you thinking about your health.
My favourite app at the moment is the Calm app, I struggle a lot with sleeping and always have done. The app includes a bunch of different scenes and meditation techniques to help you chill out.
The company also sell a supporting book that goes along with App that I plan to buy as soon as possible.

Hope you guys enjoyed this Whats on my iPhone post,

Whats your favourite apps that I should know about?

As always, leave me links to any posts you think I’ll like in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Fabulous Red Glitter Nails

Hey Internet Friends,

Ive got a week off work and that means one very exciting thing! It means I can do my nails however I want, no neutral colours and trimmed short, its time to be long, glittery and fabulous!


This look is really easy to create if Im being honest once you do the initial false nail prep its simply a few licks of paint.
Here is everything I used to create the ultimate red glittery nail.


In order to prep the false nails I simply take a generic false nail brand and apply it using quick dry nail glue working from the base of the false nail and applying it to my natural nail bed.
When painting false nails your going to want to rough up the surface of the nail using a file, this just allows the polish to sit better and dry faster.


I then get started on the paint, I used three different nail paints for this look.
A Seventeen clear varnish for a base and top coat, a dark purple colour by Barry M and the ultimate glittery polish also by Seventeen.

I started with the clear base coat and then the dark purple. I wanted an intense colour underneath the red glitter so I applied two coats of the dark purple. This colour is a beautiful and rich vampy colour and would work wonderfully on its own.

After this had fully dried I then went over it with this amazing Seventeen Red Glittery polish. The results for this are fantastic! Such a bold effect and exactly what I wanted! I then protected the red glitter with another coat of the clear topcoat. I like to apply two coats of clear top coat to really make it shine beautifully.




Exactly what you need to make you feel a little more special and glamarous on your week off!

Hope you guys enjoyed this little nail post.

What nail colours really make you feel fabulous?!

Don’t forget to leave me links to posts you think I’ll like. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Follow me on Instagram! 

Hey internet friends,

I’ve noticed I’ve never told you guys I have Instagram! 

Please feel free to follow me at @hollypopmatthews 

I usually follow back 🙂 
Leave your insta’s in the comments or follow me and comment on Instagram and I’ll follow back. 

Speak soon,

HollyPop xx

Sunkissed Valentines Day Make Up Look

Hey Internet Friends,

Im here with something a little different today, I’ve decided to bring you a sunkissed make up look that I think will be perfect for Valentines Day and I’ve decided to do a little video to go along with it so you can really see the techniques I use to create the look.


Now if your spending Valentines day with a loved one, with your friends or feeling brilliant on your own its always nice to feel your absolute best, Right?

I think this look is the perfect mix of natural but allows you to feel fully done!
Gentle rose gold eyes with a pinky nude lip and cute light catching highlight.

You can watch exactly how I created this look and please comment and share your thoughts, this is the first video I’ve ever edited so please be kind.

The key products used to create this look are the KIKO eyeshadows, Urban Decay Smokey Pallete, Mac Coffee Eyeliner, Please Me Matte Lipstick from Mac, RollerLash Mascara, Hoola Bronzer and Avon Liquid Highlighter.


Hope you guys have an amazing Valentines Day,

What plans do you guys have for Valentines?

Please leave links below to any posts you think I may enjoy!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx