15 October 2014

Ravishing In Retro

Vivacious Prints, Neck ties and an array of bold colours are just some of the things you'll see this season as the seventies style is embraced. The likes of Prada and Louis Vuitton  have each showcased the retro trend on the catwalks. 

Today I have three seventies inspired essentials you'll need to embrace your inner Bianca Jagger.

The Fur Coat

Since it's cold and windy, take shelter under a fur coat that looks more expensive than your 3 months pay check. 

The Blouse

Tucked into a midi skirt makes everything look effortlessly chic and oh-so seventies.

The Midi Skirt

High waisted, pleated, plaid any skirt with movement fits this look perfectly.

The Boots

Over the knee, knee high and tube style boots channel the seventies style perfectly.

The Cross-Body Bag

Finally, to complete the entire look and cross body bag adds to eclectic mix of seventies style.

Love, Hollie xo

13 October 2014

5 Best Primers for Oily Skin

As an victim of oily skin, I face multiple problems when it comes to wearing foundation, eventually ending up with my makeup sliding off my face. Although I've not been wearing makeup for donkey's years, I have tried and tested what feels like hundreds of primers and compiled it into a list of the five best that have kept my makeup glued to my face and that hopefully will do the same for others.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

This is the primer I currently use and is the best I've found so far, the price and the actual product have been lifesavers, no more shiny nose and blotting! I usually apply after washing my face and moisturising before waiting for it too dry and then applying my makeup. it retails for around £5.99 depending where you go and lasts for ages as only a small amount is needed, 100% recommend!

Mac Prep + Primer Primer

Although not the cheapest primer it is definetley one of the best I've tried. No blotting needed and no oiliness occured however after using for around a month my skin was dryer than usual so a good moisturiser and this primer make a perfect combination!

L'oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer


I bought this as it was part if a 3for2 offer in my local drugstore and I don't regret. It worked well on my skin however did not dry very quickly on my skin taking around  10 minutes before I felt confident in applying my makeup. A few blotting/touch ups were needed on my most oily areas, but nothing major. Would be great for people who don't have extremely oily skin like myself.

Too Faced Primed and Poreless

If this hadn't been hard to get ahold of and cheaper in price this would be my go too primer. The creamy texture of the primer resembles a moisturiser and even improved my skin whilst keeping my makeup glued to my face all day, highly recommend to those who can get ahold of this.

Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Primer

This primer is definetley one of the best that can be found in a drugstore. The texture is light but moisturising and kept my makeup on all day with only a tiny amount of shinyness on my nose that could be fixed with some powder, overall a good primer that isn't too cheap but not extortionately priced either.

I really hope this helps people find the primer if there dreams!

Love, Hollie xo

Pretty In Plaid

The fabrics and textures gives same old plaid an revamp, reminiscent of a picnic blanket but sure too wow. From denim with tartan accents to oversized coats the possibilities are endless for the makeover of a fall classic.

Dress - Mango £35

Skirt - ChicWish £23

Shoes - Factory £50

Coat - Valentino £2500 

Playsuit - River Island £40

Top - Jigsaw £89

Sweater - Net-A-Porter £1145 

Jeans - Ralph Lauren £245

Love,Hollie xo 

If The Cape Fits...

Alexander McQueen and Valentink debuted an interesting take on the cape whilst Saint Laurent launched an entire finale of them, the cape is not an piece of attire just limited to superheroes, it is an essential to this seasons wardrobe. 

Sublime tailoring in taupe, navy and grey and attention to detail, the outer layer for this season is sure to make a statement.

Ted Baker - £199.00

Joseph Black - £625.00

Mango - £79.99

Michael Michael Kors - £330.00

Mango - £79.99

Betty Barclay - £60.00

Zara - £89.99

Love, Hollie xo

11 October 2014

8 Ways To Wear: Pastels

Warning: Pastel Overload. 

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10 October 2014

What Would Audrey Do?

When I think of style icons,  I imediattley think of Audrey. The iconic black Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's sold for £467,200 in 2006,  proving Audrey's iconic status in the fashion world.

Since I was a little girl, I've watched her 50's & 60's films obsessively, treasuring each capri pant and tea lenght dress that I saw.

On and off the screen her styles were copied worldwide. She favoured chic black, a look which kickstarted the LBD trend. Givenchy, her favourite designer was responsible for her looks in Sabrina, Funny Face, Charade and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

  Today, I have 3 classic Audrey Hepburn inspired outifits, each perfect for the rollercoaster weather of fall and 2 nouveau Audrey inspired looks.

 Tweet me a picture of an inspired outfit: @HOLLXEMARXE

Love, Hollie xo

9 October 2014

Trends '14// Fabulous and Freaky in Fur

A classic Fall/Winter look, is fur. Real or faux, it's a classic, worn by generations of women before us, sauntering around town a regal fashion must-have. For the last few decades, fur has lost it's appeal and designers have constantly been attempting to, this year by introducing it to us in the form of bold and creative designs.
The popular designs range from the bold coloured coats at Prada, Altuzarra and Libertine (which will certainly be adding a major colour injection into your Autumn/Winter wardrobe this year) to the more demure looks of Custo Barcelona and VFiles- Hyein Seo.

Altuzarra, Custo Barcelona, Libertine Autumn/Winter 2014/15.
Custo Barcelona, Prada, Altuzarra Autumn/Winter 2014/15.

Thought's on this fur trend? Tweet me @HOLLXEMARXE or leave a comment,

Love, Hollie xo

7 October 2014

Favourite Fall Lipsticks '14

The shades of fall give a chance to embrace our more colourful side when it comes to fall. From vampy shades to hollywood red, the spectrum is endless, I've compiled a list of my favourite classic, fall lipsticks aswell as other's inspired by this years.

The Nudes

Maybelline Coloursense Nude Lipstick - £6.99

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Canotier - £35.00

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Voloptous in Nude Beige - £34.00

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Sable Smoke - £48

NARS Satin Lipstick in Honolulu Honey - £24.00

The Reds

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Ruby Red - £6.99

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Stay Lipstick in Boho Chic - £9.99

Lipstick Quuen Lipstick in Have Paris - £49.99

Chanel ROuge Allure in 104 Passion £25.00

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice - £7.49

The Berries

MAC Lipstick in Yield To Love - £15.99

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Matte in Rose Perfecto - £35.00

MAC Mineralise Rich Lipstick in Lush Life - £20.00

   Love, Hollie xo