Friendships are so important in our lives.  A life without friends can make you feel lost, unwanted and alone.  It doesn’t matter what situation you’re in, if you have a true friend by your side somehow everything feels 100000X better.  As the saying goes, “You don’t need a certain number of friends, you just need friends that you can be certain of.”  I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends both in and out of school.  Even though you may not see each other all the time, the best friends are those where you just pick up where you left off – it’s like you only saw each other yesterday.   Some times things can go wrong and you can fall out, so I thought I’d put together some tips on how to become an even more beautiful friend, whether that’s making new friends if you’re starting a new school, or just improving the friendships you already have.  These top 10 tips have been inspired by the legendary writer, Dale Carnegie, who wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.  Thanks to all my lovely friends for letting me illustrate this post with our pictures – you know who you are!


1. SMILE – remember smiles are contagious.  I have written a whole post on why smiling is so important. Even if you don’t feel like it – just fake it for a few seconds and gradually you will start to properly smile.  Try it!  You’ll see everyone around you will start smiling too.  It’s weird!  People are drawn to smiley people, so it’s really a great thing to do if you are starting a new school or going to a party where you don’t know anyone.




2. TALK ABOUT THE OTHER PERSON’S INTERESTS – Truth be told, we can spend too much time thinking and talking about ourselves.  Ask questions and be truly interested in what your friend has been up to and how are they are feeing, rather than being in a hurry to tell them what’s going on in your world.










































4. BECOME GENUINELY INTERESTED IN THE OTHER PERSON – A true friend is someone who always listens and is genuinely interested in the good and bad, not just to know all the ‘latest gossip’ to spread around, but because they genuinely care.  Also be someone who calls or texts just to say ‘hey’ to let them know you’re thinking about them.

















5. BE WHO YOU REALLY ARE – always be true to yourself and provide the other person with the space, safety, confidence and choice to do the same.


























6. DON’T CRITICISE  CONDEMN, OR COMPLAIN – Criticising another person not only damages that person’s reputation and feelings, it puts a dent in your own.  Even if you’re joking.  If you have nothing positive or nice to say, don’t say anything.




7. SHOW RESPECT FOR THE OTHER PERSON’S OPINION. NEVER SAY, “YOU’RE WRONG” – Avoid making others defensive.  If you don’t agree with someone or see things differently, simply listen and ask why they feel the way they do and respond accordingly.  Always avoid an argument.




8. BE ONE FACED – always be loyal.  Don’t be all friendly to someone and then go talk about them behind their back!  Being two faced is a major no when it comes to any relationship.  I found this really amazing quote on tumblr that will really make you think…





9. BE SYMPATHETIC WITH YOUR FRIEND’S IDEAS AND DREAMS – Being understanding, sympathetic and supportive is a sure way of being a true friend.















10. ALWAYS BE THERE - Even in silence.




So it’s been a year since I last posted anything on here. I published my ‘You Are Beautiful’ post last August so it’s been an awfully long time since then. However I’ve been amazed over the past year that you all still even bother to look if I have updated anything! I’ve received many e-mails and comments saying that they love reading my blog and asked where I was and why I had stopped blogging.

To be brutally honest, I don’t even know why I stopped blogging for so long because I enjoy it so much and love reading all your lovely comments and e-mails but I suppose I was just overwhelmed with school work and growing up that I couldn’t really find the time to post anything. Over the past year I guess I fell into this bubble of self doubt, lack of motivation and major over thinking syndrome. This had left me feeling a bit stuck, like a rabbit in the headlights. At some point we have all felt this though, right? It’s only human. Although, after spending the past five weeks in France completely away from everything, literally in the middle of no where, has given me the time to reflect, completely re-engerise myself both mentally and physically and come back with a new splash of positive energy and ideas.

One of my many favourite quotes at the moment is; “You don’t need a new year to change yourself”. I wish I had come across this quote sooner as I was the kind of person to wait until a new year had started until I thought I could properly start a fresh which I think a lot of us do… But it’s true, you really don’t need a new year to be able to do this. So I’m starting a fresh now. Turning a new leaf. Opening a new door.

Lots of love Olivia x

P.S I have a new Instagram account so go follow me @oliviamcollins 




First of all, I am so sorry that I haven’t posted for a while.  I have been on holiday in France for the summer.  I have had such a lovely time in the sunshine with family and friends, but have  had a chance to catch up on other beauty blogs  and vlogs and get inspiration for post ideas that I think are relevant to young teens.

I have been trying to tweet more and have loved finding famous quotes about beauty by inspirational people to share.  I love words by Audrey Hepburn and have been fascinated by her consistent message that beauty comes from within.  You can’t just make yourself beautiful by slapping on make-up.  So, I started researching this a bit more and came across Monica Kade.  She has an interesting story and helps coach adults and teens understand their self worth and live their ‘truth’.  Monica has very kindly put together her top points for helping us to ‘rock our real beauty’.  See what you think ….

“Beauty is YOU. Make-up is just an expression of who you are.”  – Monica Kade  

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OMG – how hot is it!?!  The UK is experiencing a massive heat wave for the first time since 2006!   Temperatures are in the early 30s which is seriously hot.  It’s so nice to go out and enjoy the sunshine although it can be really uncomfortable and almost too hot to do anything when you’re not used to it.  So, here’s my guide to surviving the heat wave…

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So one day last Autumn, there I was sat with my Mum and sister in the foodcourt at West Quay in Southampton, munching on my lunch when I was approached by two pretty young women.  They explained that one of them, Charly was an aspiring fashion/beauty photographer and the other, Kirsten was an aspiring makeup artist.  They asked me if I would consider modeling for them so they could use the photos in their portfolios and I agreed.

Six months later, my Mum and I headed off to Charly Woodhouse’s studio in Southampton.  Kirsten sat me down and spent at least two hours transforming me into a kind of whimsical, fairy like character.

Here are some shots from the day:


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Me having my hair done by the lovely Kirsten!  After applying some ‘setting’ type products, she used loads of little velcro rollers to curl my hair.

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Cara Delevinge styled eyebrows! -

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Kirsten plaiting my hair after the rollers were taken out -



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Here are the finished results taken by Charly Woodhouse check out her website here -






























































I had such a fun day! I think I look completely different and this shoot just goes to show how hair and makeup can completely change your look.



I was so excited when the brilliant beauty blogger, Scarlett London nominated me to enter the Beauty and the Beach 2 blogging competition sponsored by TravelSupermarket.com.  The challenge is to write a blog post on summer hair, make-up and nails and explain how to achieve it.  This is my entry!  I hope you like it …..

At last, the sun has come out and the temperatures are rising!  It’s time to get your shorts out and your sandals on.   Just as we change our clothes for the season, it’s also a brilliant opportunity to review and update our make-up.  I have been experimenting and have raided my Mum’s make-up box to come up with this look, but the colours are pretty standard and on trend so you can easily copy if you like it.  I am going for a sun kissed gold theme with a pop of vibrant green to make my eyes stand out.  Let me know what you think …..












SKIN CARE: First of all, prepare your skin by cleansing, toning and moisturising.  Preparation is everything!  I am currently using Melvita which is a really lovely, completely natural skincare range designed for young skin.

EYEBROWS: Make sure you’ve plucked all those stray hairs – ungroomed brows are never a good look. Don’t go too thin and remember eyebrows aren’t twins, they’re sisters so don’t worry if they are not exactly the same!

FOUNDATION: Because it’s Summer, no one really likes to cake their face in make-up.  Only apply a thin layer of foundation to even your skin tone and cover up any blemishes using a little concealer.  I am using Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Ivory Believe in Me.  It also has an SPF25 to help protect from the sun’s harmful rays.  Remember to blend until you can’t blend any more – you don’t want any patches or tide marks around your face or hair line.   Finally finish with a light dusting of loose powder to set your foundation and absorb any oil, making your foundation last longer.  TIP – brush downwards so that the tiny hairs on your face lie flat.

COMPLEXION: After you’ve applied your foundation, apply your favorite highlighter to your temples.  I used Sun Beam by Benefit for this particular look as it is liquid in a bottle!  Next, apply some bronzer for that sun kissed look.  I used two of my favourites -Hoola by Benefit as a base and then I added a touch of sparkle using Guerlain Terracota for Blondes.  Apply the bronzer in a ‘3’ formation – start at your forehead and work your way down, brushing your temples, the apple of your cheeks (remember to smile to get the perfect ‘apple’)  and finally a light dust on  your chin.

EYES: Apply shimmery gold eye shadow all over your eyelid, starting from the inner corner and out.









Next use a darker shimmery brown in the crease of your eye lid and make a kind of ‘number 7’ pattern to join the crease to the top of your eye lid.  Remember to blend blend blend!

Then, instead of using an eye liner, use a lovely sparkly green eye shadow along the upper and lower lash line.  The effect is dramatic and not so heavy as eye liner so it’s perfect for summer.  For the eyes I used the nEstee Lauder Batik Sun palette but you can definitely find similar colours by Bourjois.

Finish with a few strokes of black mascara and you’re done!











LIPS: I used a coral coloured shimmery lip gloss by Liz Earle to complement the warm golden tones in my make-up.

HAIR:  I’ve decided to keep this simple, so I went for tousled beach  locks.

Start off by curling your hair using either a curling iron or straighteners to create the locks. Then all you have to do is grab two pieces of your hair from the front and pin them back so your hair is out of your face.  You might want to backcomb a little at the roots to give height and volume.

NAILS: I have chosen a spectacular nail varnish to match the hint of green in my eye shadow. It’s a shimmery, metallic, two toned bluey green polish by Chanel called Azure.  You can get similar colours by Barry M.  I always apply an OPI top coat to ensure long lasting shine and glamour!





















































Here’s wishing you a fabulous summer wherever you are! Love Olivia x



At my school, make-up is totally banned.  The thing is, I feel so much more confident with it.  This is not to say that I am not comfortable with who I am or what I look like – hey – I’m putting my picture up here for the whole world to see, but the truth is, I feel happier and more self assured with a little bit of make-up.  I wear it every single day and have mastered the art of applying it so that it is actually really difficult to tell if I am wearing it or not.

If I went to school ‘au natural’, everyone would see my teenage spots and the dark bags under my eyes.  I wouldn’t bother to style my hair or pluck my eyebrows and I’d have my gappy teeth and braces on show.  Oh and my glasses would be the finishing touch.  Nice!  That would leave me looking beaut – not!

Here’s me ‘au natural’












Instead, I choose to wear a little bit of make-up to make me look like a prettier version of myself.

Here are my top tips on wearing school make-up and how to get away with it!

1. Skin care – First of all, make sure you become almost obsessive about your daily skincare routine – cleanse, tone and moisturise! At the moment, I am loving the new Elemis FreshSkin range, but Liz Earle is also a firm favourite of mine.

2. Spot Control – In addition, you might need to help control spots using specialist products.  I have discovered Skinetica – it’s a totally natural, water-based product that really works at minimizing spots as soon as they appear – I have been amazed by the results of using this product.  I also use the new Clearasil Blemish & Marks Scrub to help prevent spots and keep my skin really smooth.

3. Eyebrows – Carefully pluck any stray eyebrow hairs.  The super model, Cara Delevigne has set a trend for thicker eyebrows so make sure you don’t over pluck as they will never grow back.  Eyebrows are sisters, not twins so don’t get hung up about making them look exactly the same. I like to fill in any bare patches using a matching brown eye shadow so my brows look more defined but still really natural.

4. Foundation – It is totally vital to get the right colour foundation to match your skin tone.  You have to get this checked by the experts at the beauty counters.  The skin on your face is not the same as the colour of your skin on the back of your hand!  There is a real difference between cheap and more expensive foundations – buy the best one you can afford.  Cheap foundations can cake and clog your pores and look flaky.  I love the Benefit Counter at John Lewis and use ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow’ in the shade ‘Ivory Believe in Me’.  I use a concealer to properly cover up any problem areas or spots – right now, I’m using Melvita which is a great new and natural range that helps treat spots while hiding them.

5. Blending your foundation is key.  I use a Beauty Blender to apply mine – you really don’t need much, but the blender helps to create an even toned complexion and leave you with flawless looking skin. You can also use a brush or a make-up sponge.  Fingers are fine, but you have to make sure you don’t miss any patches.  Badly applied foundation is a big giveaway to wearing make-up.

Here’s an example of badly applied foundation…check out the patchy orange and tide mark around the side of my face!  I look tango’d!  hey, we’ve all done it!  Also, look at the black eyeliner – another big school make-up giveaway.












6. Setting the foundation – I dust my face with an oil-absorbent loose powder such as Corn Silk which is really cheap and you can buy it in Boots.  It helps get rid of oily shine, which is useful especially around the T Zone.

7. Blush – I use a really pale pink blusher on the apple of my cheeks – just to give me a healthy, rosy glow.  My favourite colour for school make-up is  ‘Dandelion’ by Benefit.  It’s just totally natural looking. Remember to smile when you apply so you can see where the apple of your cheeks are otherwise you’ll end up with two blobs like the picture above.

8. Eyes – I don’t bother with eyeliner for school.  Thick black eyeliner is a major giveaway that you’re wearing make-up.  Instead, I curl my lashes and then apply a few strokes of mascara to give my eyes definition.  At the moment, I am using the ‘Rocket Volume Mascara’ by Maybeline – it’s much cheaper than ‘They’re Real’ by Benefit, but just as good.

9. Lips – Finally, I dab some ‘Rosy Lips Vaseline’ onto my lips.  It is completely natural looking and keeps my lips soft and conditioned.


See my earlier post on ‘How to do tousled hair’ and then simply scoop it up into a pony tail using a Molly Mabel hair band – I got mine in my Miss GlossyBox.

So what do you think?












I feel so much happier heading off to school looking like this, rather than ‘au natural’.  I feel confident, fresh and prepared for my day.  Surely that’s a good thing?  Most teenage girls don’t want to go around with their spots showing.  It makes them feel rubbish.  I do understand why schools get cross with girls who wear make-up really badly with orange faces and black mascara running down their cheeks.

I hope this post gives you an insight into how I wear make-up to school and get away with it …. Mostly!  Just don’t get too close to the teachers!














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