We are surrounded today by so many anti aging and beauty products, most of us dont know where to start! For me, personally, a simple skincare routine works best. I very rarely get 8 hours sleep a night and drinking 8 glasses of water a day is near impossible without me wearing one of those beer can holder helmets replaced with the evian kind. I am not worried about looking 30, I AM 30. I have a child, i am tired quite a lot.
It doesnt mean to say im not a little bit vain, as we all are, but putting things in my face, at present are not top priority. I know plenty of people that have regular botox, and good on them, if you can afford it and you want it then why not!
I dont know about anyone else but i would be too paranoid i would end up on ‘botched up bodies’ and be forced wear a balaclava for the rest of my days. I know that sounds dramatic with it being so much safer nowadays and being available at most hair and beauty salons here in Liverpool but its just not for me.
It seems whenever Boots bring out a new ‘anti aging miracle’ women everywhere make it a sell out in a bid to look and feel better about themselves and why not! So When i read about Boots new Liquid Supplement, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.
Hyaluronic Acid is found in all our bodies, it keeps our skin supple, hydrated and helps to retain moisture and elasticity in your skin. As we get older our stores of this acid decline and if it is not replaced our skin finds it harder to retain moisture and make new cells. Hyaluronic Acid is supposed to be able to hold 1000 times its weight in water, thus making it a lot easier for your skin to retain its youthful look!
Hyaluronic Acid is also known to ease joint pain, keep eyes healthy and hydrated and reduce bleeding gums.
Beauty reviews are calling it a drinkable mosituriser and skin specialists are claiming this is more important than collagen, when it comes to skincare. Boots 240ml bottle costs £27.99 and people are going mad over it! You take 10ml a day mixed into a drink and hopefully wait for it to work from the inside out! Beauty editors are reviewing this left right and centre so if you fancy a bottle, grab one while you still can!
I first discovered Rob Ryan last year when i was searching for a papercut for a present. For those of you who dont already know, Mr Ryan is an artist, designer and papercutter extraordinare! His work is beautiful, full of lovely words and is refreshingly unique! You can check out his facebook page…here
I have been inspired a lot by looking at his work wondering how they manage to cut out all those minute details involved in his papercuts. You can buy an actual papercut, a lasercut deisgn or an art print all depending on your budget and preference. I like this one….Can we, Shall We?
My budget is too tight at present to own a rob ryan but i did get this lovely mug for christmas thanks to my sister in law. Its perfect for a bucket of coffee (usually lukewarm with a 3 year old) in the mornings!
You can discover all of his work and range of art and products right here
Last Spring, me and my husband were thrilled to be asked to become godparents to our little niece. Me being of creative sort, i wanted to make her something lovely. She had already fell victim to wearing one of auntie Hollies sewing machine creations and i had already made her bunting for her bedroom.
I racked my brains for a few days, did some digging on NOTHS and Etsy to try and find something unique for her. I stumbled upon some ‘papercuts’ that were hand or lasercut designs in anything you wanted really… song lyrics, birth annoucements. I though back to before she was born and remembered that her mum and dad used to sing the Beatles song…here comes the sun…to her while all snug in her belly while they eagerly awaited her arrival!
I contacted a few designers and professional papercutters before deciding that a small pony maybe cheaper for her. Not one to be put off i dragged my husband straight to a craft shop to buy some supplies. A cutting mat, a craft knife and a LOT of different shades of paper.
I had a little practise with a few simple designs and then braved the real thing, i was so nervous i dont think i took a breath inbetween cutting bits of tiny thin paper, just in case i tore it.
I also bought her a little music box that played the same tune. Every time i played it before the christening i would just well up as she was so longed for and well….its just her song. When we gave our gifts to her mum and dad i think it had the same effect. I think the song is special to all three of them as they all are to us.
Here comes the Sun – The Beatles
So…here it is, all framed…Jackies Papercut (Auntie Hollies First) xxxx
She is the ‘one to watch’ the ‘critics choice’ of 2014 and If you havn’t already heard of this very talented singer and songwriter, i suggest you have a little look. She may seem small in stature but boy does this girls voice pack a punch. When Rudimental realeased ‘Waiting all night’ featuring Ella last year, i loved her voice instantly.
Now i am not professing to be an expert but i think she is going to be big. In my house anyway!! I bought tickets a few weeks ago to see her in Manchester in March this year and i just got an e.mail saying that the venue is changing, presumably to a much larger one after greater demand. Ella appeared of Jools Hollands pre recorded new years eve hootenany and the day after tickets were sold out!
Her voice reminds me of some other singers but her soulful tones are all her own. And…she 19!!!
Deeper – Ella Eyre
I am not one of those people that wakes up with amazing volumous hair and a fresh natural face! I usually resemble an 80’s soft rock singer when it comes to my locks! Inspired by some posts on Pinterest, i am now on a mission to find a way to wake up with nice hair. Mission accepted, i tried some bendy rollers i found lurking in my drawer, that hadnt seen daylight since the 90’s. I had freshly washed and blow dried hair, i followed the tutorial with my bendy rollers and had a sound nights sleep. I awoke to find two had fallen out of my hair but the remaining ones had created an ok curl.
Inspired by my semi triumph i decided to have a look for some new sleep in curlers. As usual ebay satified my curiousity and i found these…. Curlers
I purchased a pack for 6p with free postage and packing. I was a little wary whether for the price i paid if they would be any good or even turn up at all! But for 6p, it was worth a shot.
The instructions are really simple on the packaging so after freshly washing and drying my hair i rolled it up…..
I woke up from a good nights sleep and after my compulsory coffee unwound my curlers…..
They had certainly done their job! I separated some curls with my fingers and ran my fingers through to soften the curls and make it drop a little. At first i looked like i belonged in the W.I circa 1940 but decided to wait a while before panicking and re washing my hair.
As you can see they did drop out a little but the curl remained quite tight, call me picky, but I was dreaming more of a tousled large wave but given the length of my hair and the width of the curlers i think they did a good job! The curl was very southern belle and bouncy!
I am going to keep these curlers as they did create a good curl it just wasn’t the right one for me!
My sister in law turned 30 late last year and decided to go on a break without my 2 year old niece in tow. I, of course jumped at the chance of ribbons and fairy princesses for two days! We had lots of fun as my son and her get along really well. As an unexpected thank you for looking after my niece she bought me this bracelet which I absolutely love! Its really dainty without being flimsy and they come in an array of designs! (I purchased one as a christmas gift for someone else!) My husband got some real ales as a thank you and he was thrilled but i would rather have the shiny, girlie pressie thanks very much! Have a little peek, if you are struggling for a gift, there is probably one design that will fit the bill!
Take a Peek here……
Welcome to HollieWould? I am Hollie, I dont live in the rolling hills of LA but I am 30 and live in Liverpool with my Soon to be 3 Year old Son and my Husband Andrew.
I have been at home since my son was born and have found various different ways to keep busy! I have decided to start a blog because i very often dont find space in my head for all the little ideas that come into it! Here you will find….anything that inspires me! I hope to add some of my projects, a bit of cooking and i will be trying and testing some products and methods to see if they really do work! I would also like to share some of the amazing ideas that inspire me from other people x
I hope you enjoy!!