Monday, 26 January 2015


Shirt- eBay
Turtle neck- courtesy of my Mum's wardrobe but can be
bought pretty much everywhere right now.
Trousers- H&M
Shoes- Truffleshoes
Bag- Primark

I'm so sorry this one is out of focus!
This is part two of the Monday Morning series I have going on here on my blog!
 On Mondays, I am so tired that I tend to live by an entirely different set of rules to the rest of the weekdays. No fucks are given in any aspect of getting ready and this is why I tend to gravitate towards the boyfriend fit/menswear section of my wardrobe. I've always been a fan of androgynous outfits/silhouettes and steering away from stereotypically girly outfits and nowadays, thanks to my chronic laziness, comfort wins over all. I wore these straight fitted H&M trousers, turtle neck from my Mum's wardrobe and oversized shirt from eBay with some heeled boots and an oversized Primark bag to stop myself looking like I should officially change my name to Oliver. For something I literally threw on in 30 seconds, I'm pretty impressed with how it turned out. What do you think? 

Check out part one of my Monday Morning series here!

Olivia xo

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

MY FIRST SKINCARE REVIEW: Super Facialist by Una Brennan

Long time no see! 

I've not posted in a really long time and instead of listing 759 excuses I'm going to just jump right into the post.

If you read my New Year's to do list you would know that skin care is getting my full attention this year and it's a philosophy I first enforced at the end of 2014. I started low end and got the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Cleanser and Facial Scrub. As I am coming to the end of both of them now, I decided to do a quick review, reflecting on their performance.
Super Facialist by Una Brennan Cleansing Wash and Facial Scrub

Lé Cleanser

This looks like a highlighter swatch but it's photographed pretty bad.
Fear not, it will not turn you into Edward Cullen.

I read so many reviews raving about how great this is but honestly I don't feel like it made a noticeable difference to my skin. It done the job of making it feel clean and fresh but I personally don't like gel-like formulas and I think this is why I don't think it's spectacular. I feel like gel formulas in general sit on top my skin and don't do much so I prefer formulas of the cream/balmy variety. This one thins down when you lather it up and is rather refreshing as part of a morning routine but doesn't give a deep enough cleanse for it to even scratch the surface in the realms of Holy Grail status.
Overall: 6/10. I don't I hate it but I wouldn't shout my love for it from the rooftops.
Lé Scrub

The point of this photo was to show you the beads in the scrub, not to flip you off, I promise... ;)
Now this, I loved! I bought it thinking it was the cleanser due to the packaging for the two being identical and in the end it was way better. What I love most about it is that it's really gentle as the exfoliating "bits" are really fine. It's the perfect exfoliant for people with sensitive or irritable skin who want the step in their skin care routine without their face punishing them for doing so. I don't feel like I'm attacking my skin when using it unlike some of my more abrasive scrubs and so it's great to use every other day. I honestly feel like when my skin is problematic and I have hash-tag pizza-face it clarifies it.
Overall: 9/10. I'm no skin care connoisseur but this is the best scrub I've used yet!

And that's my review done, thanks for reading! If you liked this post, I'd love it if you followed me on bloglovin' to be updated whenever I post: link here.

What has reached Holy Grail status in the skin care department for you? 
Olivia xo

Thursday, 1 January 2015


am a girl of many lists.

They are my preferred method of running my life and I'm pretty sure I have a list for every thing in my life and/or brain. I watch so many TV shows and films that I lose track and forget what I have and haven't seen and so I decided to make an ongoing list of every film I watch this year as and when. For no particular reason I have decided to post it on my blog too (...I mean, why not?) The list I kept was written sporadically so I've decided to categorise them into the best (I don't believe in favourite films so expect a lot in this section), worst, ones I cannot remember watching and ones I neither loved or loathed. I've added some unsystematically placed side notes in there too for a tad more detail/background to my choice of category. Some of these I'd seen prior to this year but most (shock horror) I actually hadn't seen until this year a̶n̶d̶ ̶I̶ ̶a̶i̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶n̶ ̶m̶a̶d̶.̶ Enjoy!!!

The Best 

  • Saving Mr Banks
  • Zombieland
  • 10 Things I Hate About You 
  • Clueless- I was born in '97 but I miss 90's classics as bomb as this.
  • Breaking Dawn part 2
  • Frozen
  • Amazing Spider Man
  • White House Down
  • Law Abiding Citizen- 10/10 for plot.
  • The Next Three Days 
  • Knocked Up 
  • The Social Network- Andrew Garfield's American accent is flawless.
  • Bad neighbours
  • This is the End-Seth Rogan's laugh is one of the best things in the world.
  • Superbad
  • Now You See Me- I am impatiently waiting for the next installment. 2016 is way too far.
  • 21 Jump Street
  • 21 and Over
  • Now is Good- I s̶o̶b̶b̶e̶d̶ cried. 
  • The Butler- Also s̶o̶b̶b̶e̶d̶
  • Magic Mike 
  • Anna Karenina 
  • The Lovely Bones- I can't even remember the ending but the premise scared me so much that I legit think about this movie all the time.
  • Inception
  • A Revolutionary Road
  • The Descendants 
  • Stuck in Love 
  • The Last Song
  • Crazy, Stupid Love 
  • Wolf of Wall Street- excellent but unfortunately way too long to rewatch.
  • American Hustle
  • That Awkward Moment 
  • Romeo and Juliet (1997)
  • Divergent 
  • The Fault In Our Stars 
  • 12 Years a Slave-I thought there was too many dramatic pauses but it's a very important must-see film. 
  • Riot Club- I went in for the hot actors like a shallow hot mess, left surprised by the excellent performances and social commentary of the film.
  • Two Night Stand 
  • Gone Girl- made me feel like the most mentally stable female ever.
  • Love, Rosie- adorable.
The Worst

  • What if
  • Endless Love- I love me some Rom-Com but this was so cheesy, melodramatic and cliché that it actually made me feel ill.
  • Carrie
  • Grown ups 2- before this I had never seen a film with no plot in it and I hope to never see one again.
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013)
  • The Truth About Emmanuel- I love Kaya Scodelario so much but this made me question whether I was watching it on mute. It was so confusing!
The Forgotten Ones- you know when you sit down to watch a movie and spend the duration of it browsing the interweb and your phone? Yeah... 

  • Adventureland
  • Killers
  • The Heat
  • How I Live Now-all I remember is vaguely glorified incest..?
  • 50/50
  • The Spectacular Now
  • The Host
The Ones Neither Loved nor Loathed

  • Woman in Black
  • Palo Alto
  • The Inbetweeners 2 
  • An Education
  • Kick Ass
  • Kick Ass 2
  • Never Let Me Go
  • The Amazing Spiderman 2
  • The Other Woman 
  • 22 Jump Street
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • The Giver
  • Maze Runner
  • If I Stay 
  • The Purge 2
So that was a really long and I guess pointless blog post but I enjoyed putting my year-long list to better use than collecting dust on my phone. If you made it this far, I love you! Welcome to 2015 and I hope it treats you kindly :)

Olivia xo