What I got for my Birthday 2016

Hey Internet Friends,

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and I wanted to share with you lovely people some of the things what I was gifted from my family and fiancé.

Lets get started shall we?

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My parents lovingly gifted me with a new toy. If you know me then you know I LOVE new technology.
I was given the 38mm Apple Watch with the woven strap.
I absolutely love my apple watch, I cant remember how I ever lived before it.
If you have an iPhone and you love it then I 100% guarantee you will love this too.

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The new coloured version of the Real Techniques Core Collection.
You guys have seen my collection so you know that I already have them but I was desperate to get them in the new colour and for the slightly larger contour brush.
Absolutely DIVINE.

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Victoria’s Secret Joggers.
I already have a pair of these in grey with different leg details and there the most comfortable things on this entire planet so imagine how unbelievably happy I was to receive these. I love these in the white colour with the pink detail and the cuff at the legs mean that they don’t trail on the floor seen as I am unbelievably short.

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Now this right here is a little game changer, its a set containing the Estee Lauder double wear eyeliner, little black primer and the Sumptuous Extreme Mascara.
Ive never used an eyelash primer before but let me tell you, it makes one hell of a difference.
This stuff really packs a punch!

Hope you guys like looking at what I got for my birthday.

Whats your dream Birthday Gift?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

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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!

Radley
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
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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
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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
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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

National Pet Show 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

Bit of a different post then usual today but I had a fantastic day last week at the National Pet show in Birmingham and really wanted to share with you all the photos I took and a little bit about the people I met.

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Before getting to the show I was super excited for all the cute animals and to see the legendary Noel Fitzpatrick do a talk about One Medicine (more on that later).
It was all a bit overwhelming and I met some lovely people and beautiful animals.


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SuperVet Live!

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For those of you that don’t know about Noel Fitzpatrick and the amazing work he does for the veterinary profession you can find his website HERE

Noel is working towards an amazing future where Human and Animal medicine work as one, allowing doctors and vets to bridge the gap and learn from each other so both the animals and people can benefit. Its an amazing charity that really can make a massive impact to our future. If you would like to find out more about the charity you can HERE. I’m sure you’ll support it as much as I do.
Why shouldn’t we have access to the same prosthetics and revolutionary medicine available to animals already?
Why should animals be used to test medicine for humans and not benefit from the results?!
Its just common sense.


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Made friends with these absolutely gorgeous dogs!
I wanted them to come home and be my new animal soulmates.

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DSC03405Crufts Winner (2012?)

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And I got to do all this super fun stuff with my Mum & Grandad!

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If you ever get the chance to attend something like this, please do!
It filled my heart with so much joy and happiness, everyone was so lovely and sometimes you need a day like this to get things into perspective and realise whats truly important in life and what really makes you happy.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and don’t mind that its a little different then usual.

Sometimes you just have to do things that make you happy, you know?

Do you guys have any pets?!

Whats your favourite animal?!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxxx

My Grandmothers all time Favourites.

Hey Internet Friends,

If you come to my blog then you know about my glamorous gran! She’s one of my best friends, she’s given me my passion for beauty and skincare products and like all Grandmothers should she can always no matter what be who I turn to for anything and everything.
Since I started this blog I’ve wanted to share this with you, Ive wanted to write this post for so long that now its here I just want you guys to love it and I want you to love her.
So without any further rambling here are my grandmothers all time favourites….

Me and My Grandmother Sylvia

DSC02920Now before we start I need to say something, I know you should never say a ladies age but lets pretend Im whispering it? That way it doesn’t really count?
My Grandma is 71 and in this post she’s listed a lot of skincare options for you lovely lot so when your a bit more mature you can have  skin as nice as this.
My gran has a dry skin type but Im fairly sure these products will work for all skin types.

The Favourite Products
DSC02850Astral Cream, Nivea, Atrixo, Johnsons baby shampoo, Elizabeth Arden and Clinique.

Astral Cream
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The Original formula that my Grandma uses is specifically formulated for mature skin and for use as a multipurpose moisturiser, this basically means any dry skin anywhere this will solve your problem.
I feel like for younger skin this would work fantastically as a night cream, its super thick and with active ingredients like Lanolin and Glycerine it instantly locks moisture into your skin.

What my Grandma Says:
Its ideal for moisturising the skin! Its been around for over 60 years, my mother used it before me and it is so reasonably priced. If your on a budget and cant afford the posh stuff, give this a try!

And she’s incredibly right! At £3.89 from Boots you just cant go wrong.
Also, Astral have brought out a light and creamy formulation for a more oily skin type like me.

Nivea
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Now who doesn’t have a pot of Nivea kicking about the house somewhere?
I personally love this stuff and so does my grandma, nivea is a brand that you know is good because its been used for generations.
Nivea works as a great all round moisturiser applying twice a day – once in the morning before make up and once at night after removing your make up. It gives you perfectly that moisturised skin, that doesn’t feel all horrible and greasy. The cream soaks into skin, giving the perfect result of soft, smooth skin.

What my Grandma says:
Nivea is another tried and tested moisturiser. This has also been sold for a long time, It contains ingredients like glycerin so leaves the skin really soft

Nivea now has an improved formula with Jajoba Oil that contains even more moisturising care, while Vitamin E helps protect its natural structure.

Atrixo
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Now Id never heard of this stuff before, my Grandma does like to have her secrets, so I did a little research and this is what I found….

* Formulated with natural Camomile to keep your skin soft and smooth.
* Apply on clean hands whenever they feel taut and dry for
instant relief.
* Available in 50ml & 200ml tubs and 100ml tube.
* Product has been available for over 50 years
* Sinks into skin quickly for instant relief

And I must tell you on smelling this at my Grandmothers, I want it. It seems like its exactly what I need for my horrendous dermatitis hands and the next time I’m in boots I will certainly be making a purchase.

What my Grandma Says:
“This hand cream is ideal for dry hands and sensitive skin without causing any irritation”

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
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If this wasn’t in my grandmas favourites I would be incredibly upset and let me tell you why. Every single time I call her up with a skin complaint she recommends this stuff, now I know what your thinking, Holly thats shampoo. But wait, hear her out because she’s onto something here guys!

What my grandma says:
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo doubles as a face wash and opticians recommend this for sensitive eyes. If you thought this was for babies then think again! Wash your hair and face with this and ditch the chemicals

Elizabeth Arden Cream Foundation
Elizabeth ArdenThis luxurious product is a medium to full coverage cream foundation, with elizabeth arden promising that the product will hydrate and offer radiance-boosting coverage this is due to the micronised diamond powder and soft focus microspheres, the idea behind this is that it bounces the light away to minimise the appearance of fine lines and pores.

What my Grandma says:
“I love Ardens flawless finish, I have the toasty beige and although it looks dark once applied it blends nicely and doesn’t crease or become patchy like most cream foundations’

I will say guys, this is a pricey product retailing at £25 but it is a fantastic product with a long established credibility.

Clinique eyeshadow Trio
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When my Grandma first showed me this palette I was so jealous! It looks like the perfect everyday palette and I think the three steps really make it so easy to create a fantastic neutral look. I also imagine the base colour would work amazingly as a cheek highlighter.
I remember when I first started showing an interest in make up one of the first products I bought was from Clinique purely because it was the only brand I knew was good and that was because my grandma wore it.
I remember thinking it was so expensive and a real luxury, thats where it all began for me. That feeling of having something special and it making you feel special.

What my Grandma says:
“Clinique eyeshadows come in a lovely range. I have a trio set of chocolate chip, strawberry fudge and daybreak – they sound good enough to eat! This palette comes with a handy mirror and a brush”

With Special Thanks
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When I first asked my grandmother to collaborate with me on this blog post it was originally about delivering great content to you, my followers and my friends.
Its become a little more than that to me, its given me an opportunity to learn a little bit more about my grandmother. And that is a rare gift to be given.
Its no secret to anyone who knows me personally what a valued addition to my life she is, its also no secret that I value her opinions on  my life and she is who I turn to for advice.
And thats why most of you come here, for advice and opinions so its been amazing to involve her in this, Ive learnt a lot and I hope you have too.

Thank you Grandma for being a part of this, nothing I ever ask from you is too much and it means the world to me.
I love you.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

What beauty tips and tricks did you learn from your family?

Any comments left for my gran I will be sure to pass along. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx