Rock On Ruby Shoot Day


Ahhh my gosh, what a year! 

I'm not gonna lie, I hate it when people start blog posts with 'so sorry I haven't posted in a while' but, this is one of those posts!! :-S My main excuse? Well, I did get married earlier this year so all that planning kind of took up a lot of brain power... But mainly, BIG things have been happening at work and we predict even more mega awesome stuff coming up over the next 12 months.

From launching our new website, to developing some new product ranges and working on some seriously cool collabs, Rock On Ruby has taken on a life of it's own and we're gearing up for another crazy-busy Christmas period (fingers crossed!)

So! I wanted to check in and show you what I've been up to this weekend, mainly working on some awesome street style pics with Gypsy Shrine make up artist and Rainbow Tribe owner, Hina. We spent the morning searching out some cool locations in Manchester with photographer, Jack Gracie - keep an eye put for the pics on our Rock On Ruby site and social channels VERY soon...!!

Outfit of the Day: As I knew we'd be 'pounding the pavements' and possibly getting rained on, I knew that my new Superga trainers would be the perfect footwear for the day. It was the first time that I had worn them, but they were SO comfy and the nude colour made a nice change from my usual white trainers. Red is going to be HUGE this A/W and to be honest, I just love this new design from our Fashion week collection (coming online this week!!)

We finished the day with some well deserved coffee and cake in Takk. And on the way home I past through the Makers Market in the Northern Quarter and bagged these delish cupcakes from Weenie Bakes - just LOOK AT THOSE TOPPINGS!!? WOW.

Outfit: Sweatshirt - Rock On Ruby, Mom Jeans - Topshop, Shirt (just seen) Zara, Trainers - Superga* at Cloggs






Hope you like this look - and a sneak peek into the our shoot day!

H x

Beauty: NEW Kiehls Breakout Treatment

Kiehl's Breakout Treatment on the Rock On Holly blog

There are many skincare ranges out there - I should know, I've probably tried most of them over the years... I know everyone's skin is different so it can feel like a real triumph when you find the skincare brand that suits your skin. I feel quite lucky that my blog has introduced me to a skincare range that I truly believe in and can see the benefits from.

I first discovered Kiehl's last year and their Midnight Recovery concentrate is now a firm fixture in m night time routine. My next addition was their Ultra Facial Cream, a lovely lightweight moisturiser which I use daily.

However, last month was super hectic... My sister and one of my close friends got married, there were Hen do's and family meals to attend, plus work was busy-busy as usual... Unfortunately, by the end of October this had taken it's toll on my skin and I was feeling slightly run down! Every pore on my oily-combination skin was crying out for help and my usual skin care routine just wasn't cutting it.

Luckily, Kiehl's were on hand to help! Just by chance, the brand have just launched their new range of targeted spot treatments...

Kiehl's Breakout Treatment on the Rock On Holly blog

Details: Breakout Control Blemish Treatment Lotion, Blemish Control Targeted Treatment, Epidermal Re-texturising Micro-dermabrasion, Multi-corrective Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Rosa Arctica Eye Cream

Kiehl's Breakout Treatment on the Rock On Holly blog

So let me talk you through my current skin care routine!

Day Time: The breakout control Facial Lotion has replaced my usual light moisturiser. This lotion is hydrating, but non-greasy. It helps to fight spots without drying out your skin. This is fine for day to day use.

For targeted treament, there is the Kiehl's spot cream (handily called the Targeted Spot Treatment!)

Both of these creams are lovely and lightweight. I wouldn't say that they are super strong - you would need to allow 2-3 days to see visible results. That said, I they do definitely work without drying out your skin.

Kiehl's Breakout Treatment on the Rock On Holly blog

To work alongside these, I recently treated myself to the Kiehl's microdermabrasion treatment. I find that the cause of my spots is often dead skin, make up clogging my pores and generally large pores. The microdermabrasion treatment can be used 2-3 times a week and helps to refine your skins surface - even claiming to get reduce fine lines and wrinkles! Win win. I find that this really helps freshen up my skin!

Just be warned, it can leave you looking fairly pink after use so maybe warn your other half before you use this one!

Kiehl's Breakout Treatment on the Rock On Holly blog

Once the Breakout facial lotion starts to do its job, you may find that you need a heavier moisturiser to hydrate and plump your skin. I am currently trying the multi-corrective cream which aims to smooth and retexturise skin. As I'm nearing my next birthday, I'm interested to see who this one works out...!! So far, it goes on really nicely. It is much richer than the Ultra Facial Cream (which is my all time fave) so I often use it in the evening after I've applied my Midnight Recovery concentrate.

If there's one product I would highly recommend, it would be this serum! You can literally wake up and see the results! I'm on my second bottle and have just ordered the matching eye cream!

Kiehl's Multi-Corrective Cream on the Rock On Holly blog

If you're interested in trying any of these products then head over to Kiehl's now to save 20% off in the Black Friday sale!


*The acne breakout treamtment products were PR samples. All views are my own.

In The Diary: Cupcakes with The Hut

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class

So, a Baker, I am not... However, after being HOOKED on the latest season of #GBBO (weren't we all) I was really pleased to be invited to a cupcake decorating session at Hey Little Cupcake by The Hut group!

Hey Little Cupcake are based in Spinning fields in Manchester and organise super cute, cupcake decorating classes. The cakes are all baked in-house and include gluten free & vegan options. Not only can you buy their amazing goodies to take away, but you can also get involved in the icing and decorating too (the fun bit!)

As a complete novice, suddenly being handed a big bag of icing can be a bit daunting, but luckily Sean the Head Baker talked us through each step of the process and had some great tips on how to make our cakes look (and taste) great! Despite one minor incident with a a bag of custard and an unfortunately placed iPhone... The class went extremely well! :-S

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class

Our first task was to roll up fondant icing to create the flowers for our cupcakes. It was amazing to see how some clever rolling and folding could easily create these floral decorations!

We then hand piped green icing onto the top of our cakes to create a grassy base. the flowers were then placed on top to complete our cupcake garden.

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class with The Hut

On display in the store were some of the beautiful pieces that you can buy from some of the brands available under The Hut group name. Gorgeous homeware, accessories and lighting... I came away with a funky Bucket Mug from IWOOT.

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class with The Hut

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class with The Hut

The second cake that we decorated was a salted caramel cake filled with custard and topped with chocolate icing. (Are you drooling yet?!)

Ta Daa! Here you can see the finished cakes! Worthy of a Star Baker right? Well.... funnily enough! We ran a mini competition to see who's cakes were the prettiest and mine won! Woohoo! I won the biggest, most tastiest piece of Rainbow cake (which of course I ate as soon as I got home!)

Hey Little Cupcake Cake decorating class with The Hut

Hey Little Cupcake are currently organising Christmas themed decorating classes. So if you're planning on heading into town to visit the newly opened Christmas Markets, why not tie it into Afternoon Tea at Hey Little Cupcake too for the a fun, festive afternoon!


Beauty: Perfect Me with Stila

Stila Perfect Me Palette on the Rock On Holly blog

So, earlier on in the year, I was introduced to the new Stila SS16 collection which included the foundation of dreams - the Aqua Glow Foundation. This was exactly the kind of lightweight foundation that I needed for day to day use. It's not too heavy, but gives great coverage. Perfect for work!

The only thing that could improve my love for Stila even more, is the addition of their new Perfect Me beauty palettes... These pretty, shimmering kits include 5 eye shadows and 2 blushers, specifically chosen to complement your skin tone.

The palette that I have to show you here today is the Light shade. I chose this as I loved the pretty pink cheek colours that were included. However, you could easily use a lighter palette for daytime and a darker shade for a stronger, evening look.


Stila Perfect Me Palette on the Rock On Holly blog
Review of the Stila Perfect Me Palette on the Rock On Holly blog

Details: Light Beauty Palette by Stila, Aqua glow Foundation by Stila, Selfie Preparation Kit Make Up bag by Rock On Ruby, Sunglasses - ASOS.

Cream Selfie Preparation Kit Make Up bag from Rock On Ruby

Despite the palette being named "Light" the powders are really pigmented so you can really create a natural, glowy look without looking washed out. The eye shadows are just gorgeous. I love the shimmer shade as it really catches the light, whilst you can create shadow and depth with the darker colours.

Another benefit of these beauts is that as they are quite rich, you don't need a primer before applying.

Still Perfect Me Palette

Cream Selfie Preparation Kit Make Up bag from Rock On Ruby

Of course the perfect make up bag to store my glowing make up products is the Rock On Ruby Selfie kit! We've recently updated this design for A/W to include the gold Selfie text - the perfect gift for any glamazon!


Cream Selfie Preparation Kit Make Up bag from Rock On Ruby

Have you tried any Stila products yet? What's your go to Beauty palette at the moment?


OOTD: Let's Get Lost

Let's Get Lost Tshirt from Rock On Ruby

So...yeah, I kinda took an unplanned, blogging hiatus! This year has been so, so busy (totally in a good way) but sadly, it has meant that I've not had as much time to spend on "Rock On Holly". In the meanwhile however, I've been pretty lucky this year to be able to have some amazing trips! I've been to Ibiza, Canada, Ireland and Copenhagen. This outfit post was a little look taken from Bank Holiday weekend, when I took my boyfriend away to the Danish capital. The trip was a pressie for his 30th birthday. Graham whisked me away to Iceland for my 30th, so I had to try and do something equally spectacular! I don't think I matched his effort, but we still had an awesome time!!

We've both always wanted to go to Copenhagen and when I read Lauren from Fashion Panics blog, I knew we'd found the perfect Scandinavian place to stay. The weather in Copenhagen was beautiful whilst we were there, so I had to pack some of the new designs from our Dom and Ink collection on rockonrubyclothing.com. This 'Let's Get Lost' tee is one of my absolute faves. I teamed it with these fab embroidered shorts from ASOS, and my trusty Primark faves :-)

Let's Get Lost Tshirt from Rock On Ruby
Let's Get Lost Tshirt from Rock On Ruby
Let's Get Lost Tshirt from Rock On Ruby
Let's Get Lost Tshirt from Rock On Ruby
Let's Get Lost Tshirt from Rock On Ruby

This beautiful landscape was part of the park that joins onto Copenhagen's famous Zoo. From here, we got a sneaky peek at the elephants, flamingos and cute little monkeys that were running around!

Let's Get Lost Tshirt from Rock On Ruby

Hope you like the slogan tee! What adventures have you been on this year!?