Sunday, 29 December 2013

A week in Instagrams #1 • oliviamayharker

Hey guys,

I guess I'm some kind of stranger to you guys now, I've been pathetic at being a blogger recently, but it's Christmas so hey!

I've been super busy at work, I barely stop for breath these days. But I've put together a little post that shows my week via Instagram (oliviaharker) hopefully this'll be a regular thing and I'll try to do these quick little posts weekly (please don't hold me to this, I'm a busy girl)

Christmas Day ootd // Handbag indulging at work // Post work Starbucks // Fishnet Stockings- Essie // Pesto Salad in Delilah // Watch indulging at work // Marcy the Macbook // Caramel Latte 

What did you do this week? Let me know in the comments.

See you soon, 


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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Christmassy Shenanigans • oliviamayharker

Hey guys,

I'm so sorry it's been so long but I've been crazily busy these past few weeks and blogging (unfortunately) took a back seat.

Today I've got a 'day in the life' sort of post, because simply they're my favourite to read so I thought I'd have a go myself.
Tuesdays are my 'relaxing day', as I work weekends and have college throughout the week. But, on a Tuesday I have all morning free up until 2.05 precisely ( I still have to go to college boo) to do whatever I want. Me and my friend, Harris usually decide to go into town and browse the shops and we usually sit in Starbucks and watch the world go by. 
HOWEVER, it's that time of year again. The Christmas markets have arrived in Nottingham and me and Harris took our opportunity to go and have a look.

But before the markets opened we went for breakfast in Delilah, a cute deli near the centre of town.

I ordered a Roquefort grilled sandwich with red onion marmalade and pine nuts and a raspberry lemonade (yum) and Harris ordered Delilah brunch, which was toast, scrambled egg, and the tastiest looking sausage and a breakfast tea.

Then after browsing through some shops and realising I forgot my cameras memory card which resulted in me running to Jessops like a mad woman... we finally hit the Christmas markets. First, we admired the fudge, and promised the man we'd 'come back later' after nabbing a free sample, we never did go back...

You can't really see here but my outfit was casual, nobody can go wrong with a stripy t-shirt and black jeans... can they? I also rocked the sunglasses look because what better way to hide the bags under my eyes, although I did get a lot of 'what is that girl wearing sunglasses in December for?' looks.
 We then got waaaaaay to carried away with taking photos with the various snowman that were dotted around the market.
(On a side note, how cool does Harris look in the photo above?)

 And finally, I had to include this photo, because I just love it. I don't know why. I just do.

Let me know if there is any Christmas inspired things you like to do at this time of year in the comments.

Thanks for reading,


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Sunday, 17 November 2013

A trip to Costa OOTD • oliviamayharker

Hey guys,

I have another OOTD for you today. We decided to go cheer ourselves up with a cheeky Costa and heres what I wore...

 Salted Caramel and Cream Latte @ Costa

After our Costa, and Melissa falling over 5 times on the way home, we managed to take some snaps once Melissa figured out how to use my camera. Despite the 'DANGER DEEP WATER' sign, nothing stops me whilst on the quest for blog photos.

Dress- Miss Selfridge
Navy Jumper- Topshop
Boyfriend coat- New Look @ ASOS
Boots- Primark
Bag- Topshop 

What do you think of my outfit? and would you risk deep water for a blog post? (haha)
Let me know in the comments.

Also, quick side note, I recently singed up to blog lovin', there is a link at the side of this post where you can follow me or you can click here, stay caught up with all my posts, and you can even select the option to be sent an email each time your favourite bloggers upload!

See you again soon,

Olivia x

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Real Techniques collection • oliviamayharker


I know it's been a while (shoot me) but college suddenly decided it was okay to give me around 82486247246746 essays to write so they took priority. Damn college. But anyway, it's the weekend now and I'm trying to write as many posts as possible for you guys now.

Today I've got my Real Techniques brush collection post as it's been requested quite a lot on my Instagram after my recent picture of them, so here it goes...

If you didn't know already, Real Techniques are made by a fellow blogger, and Youtuber, named Sam Chapman, now if you haven't already heard of Sam, where have you been hiding? Sam and her sister, Nic, run the Youtube channel, Pixiwoo

Admittedly, I may have given the buffing brush to my mum, I had no use for it as I use the Expert Face Brush to apply my foundation (and she was also moaning about wanting a brush for her foundation). She LOVES the buffing brush, she honestly thinks its revolutionary. It is also good for applying cream bronzer.
I use the blush brush for powder blush, which if I'm honest, is a rare occurrence, I'm more of a cream blush girl myself.
Next is the powder brush, which is also very lovely. This applies the Rimmel Stay Matter Power excellently. Perfect combo.
Now, this is the cream of the crop. Right here, right now. The stippling brush is possibly, my favourite brush OF ALL TIME *dramatic music*. Stippling on my blush is the favourite part of my morning routine.
Now, I must say the say about the Expert Face, it applies my foundation flawlessly, and it's so fluffy I'M GONNA DIE

Back to front: Contour Brush (Core Collection), Pointed foundation brush (Core Collection), Deluxe Crease Brush, Base Shadow brush, Brow Brush, Pixel Point eyeliner Brush, Accent Brush (all Eye Starter Set)

Contour brush- even though I don't contour my face, I use this to apply my highlight, and I must say, it does it tremendously. 
The pointed foundation brush is the neglected one of the pack. However, it does well for applying concealer in all of the nooks and crannys.
I'll talk about the Starter Set as one big family, and if I had to sum it up in one word, it would be, WOW. I was sceptical about buying this at first, I thought, 'who needs five brushed when you only have 2 eyes?' and oh how I was wrong. I use all of these brushes (apart from the brow brush, as I don't fill in my brows yet, however when I do, this will be my pick). They're all lovely and a steal at £21.99

Let me know if you have any Real Techniques, and what are you favourites? Any recommendations?

If you have any requests for posts, I always love to hear them!

Olivia x

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sweater Weather OOTD • oliviamayharker

 Hey guys, 

I've been collecting things up for an Autumn outfit post for a while and I finally thought I was ready, so I set out for a Sunday morning stroll with my mum and my dog, Tilly, to take some snaps.

I love Autumn, and always have done, it brings back so many good memories, and there's just something about the smell of a crisp, Autumnal morning that makes me happy, call me crazy!

 I live in such a beautiful place, with reams of countryside, so I thought it would be the perfect place to capture the essence of Autumn.

Now with, darker afternoons and chillier weather, comes a whole new world of clothes and fashion. Layering becomes acceptable, and wearing tights is a big yes!

Dress- Topshop
Dark Green jumper- Topshop (old)
Boyfriend Coat- New Look @ asos
Tartan Scarf- Primark
Black ankle boots- Primark

 Midi Ring- Shop Dixi

 Ring- Pandora
Nail varnish- Essie; Bahama Mama
Lipstick- Rimmel Kate Moss (107)

We walked all around my local ponds, saw the men fishing, and Tilly met a lot of other dogs and we listened to the band going through our village for Armistice Sunday, we felt like we were in a film. 
Surprisingly, it was lovely to take a break from the internet and get some fresh air.

What do you like to do on your Sunday mornings? Let me know it the comments.

Thanks for reading!
 See you again soon.

Olivia x

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Interview 24/10/13 OOTD • oliviamayharker

Hi again guys,

I took a break from blogging everyday because I had a ridiculous amount of coursework and homework to do for college.

 However, recently I had an interview. (I need money to pay for all the things blogging forces me into) and this is what I wore...
The place I went for an interview is very modern, and quirky so I knew I didn't want to dress like I would for a normal interview but yet still look smart.

This is the photo I posted on Instagram of what I decided to wear.
 I knew I wanted to wear this Topshop dress, it's black with a white Peter Pan collar, when buying this I thought of 101 outfits I could wear it with so it was a must, if you ask me.
Collared dress- Topshop
Kimono- Ark (no longer on website: similar here)
Shoes: Primark

This is one of the simplest outfits ever, but looks so smart, but relaxed at the same time.

Let me know what you think of my outfit in the comments. Would you like to see more outfit posts like this? 

Olivia x

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Ps, I GOT THE JOB EVERYONE! I bet it was this outfit that just swung them into it! Can't wait to get started!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Everyday Autumnal make-up • oliviamayharker

Hey guys,

Who wants to see my go to make up look for Autumn? And are you feeling the Autumnal vibe on my blog yet?

Up until around July this year I didn't wear a shred of make up, I just never had the time. I was lazy, but suddenly I decided that I wanted to build up my make up collection and be one of those people with draws and draws full. Unfortunately, that didn't happen but it is still a 'working progress'.

In no way am I any 'make up guru' like some people claim to be. Yawn. But I do know I am rather interested beauty, who doesn't enjoy a gander around Boots? Now, let's crack on...

 The Overlook


First of all with my base, I try and keep it light, so I don't feel like my face is caked up. I use Rimmel Match Perfection in the shade 100 Ivory applied with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, do I need to say much about these brushes? Sam Chapman, you did good.
Also, Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer is something you will all have heard about if you are part of the blogging/Youtube world. So freaking good.

 Onto the cheek area. For this look, I used a Bourjois cream blush in the shade 01 Nude Velvet. These are my weakness, as soon as you apply them they turn to powder. (Now I've just gone to look for the link I've noticed they're £2 off in Boots, holy moly, blogging is bad for my bank). The Real techniques stippling brush is perfect for applying cream blush.

Also, on the tops of my cheek bones I use a MAC mineralise skin finish in Soft and Gentle as a highlighter. I love this because it's so good for everyday and evenings. I apply this with a Real Techniques Contour brush from the Core Collection.

  My holy grail is the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. I no doubt use it every single day.
Firstly, I'll use the shade 'Half Baked' (second one in from the left) as a wash all over my lid with the Base Shadow brush from the Real Techniques Starter set.

 Then I use the MAC eye shadow above, in the shade 'Sumptuous Olive' which is, you guessed it, an olivey green colour which is very 'sumptuous' indeed. I put this colour in the outer corner of my eye and build up the colour gradually. I'll then go back in with the Naked 2 palette and the shade 'Snake Bite' (6th one in from the left) and use the Real Techniques accent brush to lightly outline my outer V. The next step is crucial. BLEND, GIRLS, BLEND. I use the Deluxe crease brush from Real Techniques, and just blend until it goes lovely and smokey. Finally I'll use a shade in the Naked 2 called 'Bootycall' (3rd one in from the left' as an inner corner and brow bone highlight. I curl my lashes, and coat them in L'Oreals false lash flutter mascara (I forgot to photograph this) and Hey presto! We're done. 

         Confession: Admittedly, this is quite a glittery/shimmery eye look. But my motto is 'Go Glitter or Go Home'


To complete the look, I use Carmex (cherry flavoured, duh) because in Autumn, chapped lips are a complete no no! And MAC's Plumful (lustre), such a beautiful shade. 

The Completed Look

Hope you enjoyed this guys! What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

See you in my next post,

Olivia x

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