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27 December 2016

My Christmas Day Makeup

December 27, 2016 0 Comments
Merry Christmas everyone!

I wanted to do my makeup very special for today, so I went with a lot of red and gold in my look. It's a little late for a tutorial, but I wanted to show you what I did in case you were searching for a bit of inspiration!

18 December 2016

Elizabeth Arden - Customer Service Done Right

December 18, 2016 0 Comments
Hello Everyone!

For years I've struggled with foundations. I'm extremely pale, and even the palest shades from the palest brands tend to come out orange on me. Eventually, a couple of years ago I gave up entirely, insisting that I just hate the feeling of it on my skin and it's not worth it anyway.

Recently, however, I thought that higher end brands might have more choice in shades (and less orange shades anyway), and better feeling formulas. I looked into BB creams from Estee Lauder and liked them a lot, but they were still slightly dark. So I walked up to the Elizabeth Arden counter to have a look.

11 December 2016

Last Minute Stocking Fillers/Secret Santa Ideas

December 11, 2016 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I love to have a stocking on Christmas day. There's something about the lucky dip feeling to finding lots of little goodies inside that I find really exciting. As well as that, I'm involved in a Secret Santa with my class at college, and I know some people have been struggling. If you're stuck for inspiration and getting worried now, don't panic - I have a handy little gift guide for you!

3 December 2016

November Favourites

December 03, 2016 0 Comments

Okay, it's been a while (again). I am a very busy girl. However, the Christmas holidays are approaching, and that means I'm going to have a lot more time for blogging, so will hopefully end up with plenty of drafts to post by the time I'm back at college. For now, though, I'm here with my November favourites!

14 November 2016

It's Been a While...

November 14, 2016 0 Comments
Hey there.

It's been a while since I last wrote a blog post. I have been genuinely, extremely, stressful, exhausting busy.

My college course was more full on than I thought. Add two hour-long bus journeys to 9:00-16:30 college days, chuck in volunteering, music lessons, dance lessons and a part time job, and you suddenly realise that Hannah has very little time. And now I have an ensemble part in my college production of 'Little Shop of Horrors', I have even less time. It feels like I'm juggling so much stuff that my blog and YouTube channels have been pushed to the side.

Honestly, I don't want that to happen. Last Thursday I turned 18 and that means I can start an adverse account. I would like to begin placing ads on my blog and YouTube, but there's not much point in that if I rarely write. However, I genuinely miss blogging. This blog has helped my creativity with makeup and beauty and allowed me into wonderful communities on Facebook and here on Blogger.

Because of this, I think I'm coming back. However, I won't have a schedule anymore (I used to upload every Sunday), because some weeks I just won't be able to do that, and I'll post if and when I can. Also, I can't always post lengthy tutorials and hauls anymore, so my posts may become slightly shorter so that I can keep it as active as possible.

I'm sorry to have left my readers hanging for months, but I hope that now you know that I am genuinely so overwhelmed since September that I have barely any time to write and to blog.

I hope you are all happy and well, lots of love Hannah xx

26 October 2016

My Experience Applying to Lush

October 26, 2016 0 Comments
I'd been trying to find a job for months when I was scrolling through Instagram and spotted a post from my local Lush store asking for applicants to work at Lush for a temporary Christmas position. I have always wanted to work there so I emailed my CV and cover letter immediately, and a few days after the deadline, I received an email asking me to attend a group interview later that week. I was honestly so surprised. I've been applying practically everywhere for months, and assumed that I would get rejected again this time!

If you're wanting a job at Lush, I'd recommend following your local Lush store on things like Instagram and Facebook, as well as just the company's main accounts. This is where you'll get the updates that are actually 100% relevant to you (and even more pictures of pretty bath bombs, which is something everyone's timeline needs). I'd also say, don't just not bother applying because you think you're going to get rejected. Go for it and see what happens. If it doesn't work, you can always apply again in the future.

11 September 2016

SCRAPBOOK: Eye Makeup for Hazel Eyes

September 11, 2016 0 Comments


This is the final part of my scrapbook series for different eyeshadow colours to suit different eye colours. The final eye colour we'll be looking at is hazel!

Colours that suit you may also depend on your skin's undertones. If you have cooler undertones, silver jewellery will suit you, as well as cooler colours such as blue and grey. For warm undertones, gold jewellery will suit you more, and red, bronze and orange tones will look better. Remember to take this into account if you aren't feeling your eyeshadow look - you may just be going to the wrong end of the spectrum!

Little disclaimer: obviously, wear whatever makeup you want. If your favourite eyeshadow colour isn't on here, I'm not in any way claiming you can no longer wear that colour. Be creative with your makeup - it's an art, not a science. You do you, boo. x

4 September 2016

REVIEW: The Body Shop 'Bouncy Sleeping Mask'

September 04, 2016 0 Comments
[This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own]


I'd been wanting to pick up the Body Shop's 'Bouncy Sleeping Mask' for ages. I'd heard fantastic things about it, and honestly the texture intrigues me far more than it should. However, I was put off by the price. £20 a tub? Ouch.

However, I decided to go for it, since I've heard it's really effective and lasts ages. I was very happy when I went to the counter and discovered it was on sale! My tub cost £14.40, which is pretty much a 25% saving. The Body Shop sales are worth checking out, apparently.

I've been using it for a couple of months and wanted to share my thoughts on it.

I find it very easy to use, thanks to the little spatula that comes in the box with it. I keep both the tub and spatula in the box though, so it does end up taking up a lot of space in my drawer! Without the spatula, I imagine this stuff would be impossible to pick up. Honestly. The texture's that weird. When you poke it, it just goes back into shape and your finger feels dry - as though you haven't put it in anything.

You only need a tiny amount to do your whole face - any more than a spatula full and it won't spread very easily. You always know when you've put too much on! Because of this, it lasts a very long time. Honestly my tub hasn't gone down much at all.

The packaging is great. You get a huge tub, made of glass (how luxurious) with a screw off lid. It's not fiddly, tricky or cheap, which you'd hope for when you spend £20. The tub and spatula come in a box printed with a pretty design. While some people wouldn't be fussed with the box, I keep my tub and spatula together in it so I see a lot of it!

The product itself I feel does work. As I put it on, I can feel it firming on my face, giving a sort of pleasant tuggy feeling that gives me a sense of it working. In the morning, my skin feels hydrated and smooth, and a little firmer. Obviously, the 'Drops of Youth' range is probably not intended for a seventeen year old. I suspect this is aimed more at someone wanting to mask wrinkles, which I don't have yet. However, I suppose it's good to make my youthful skin last as long as possible, although I can't comment on what it does for wrinkles. I can say that it certainly feels like it does some good for my skin.

14 August 2016

HAUL: Lush

August 14, 2016 0 Comments


The other night after a nice bath, I noticed that my Lush 'Fizz Pot' was completely empty. As was this little basket that I use for overspill when my Fizz Pot is full. Traumatising, I know. Not to worry though, because of course all that just gave me an excuse to pop into my local Lush store ASAP and pick myself up some goodies! As I got quite a lot I decided it would make quite a nice haul.

8 August 2016

SCRAPBOOK: Eye Makeup for Green Eyes

August 08, 2016 0 Comments


First off, I'd like to apologise for today's post being so late! Last weekend I was at an important (and very lovely) family event and yesterday I completely forgot to publish this! Today I'm continuing my collection of scrapbook posts to show you a collection of colours and tips that work well for green eyes.

24 July 2016

SCRAPBOOK: Eye Makeup for Blue Eyes

July 24, 2016 2 Comments


When I first got into makeup, I wondered for ages which eyeshadow colours would suit my eyes the most. I thought some of my readers might be wondering the same thing, so I'm kicking off a mini series of eye makeup tips for specific eye colours, starting with BLUE!

17 July 2016

Eyeshadow Palette Wishlist

July 17, 2016 2 Comments


I did a random summer wishlist a few weeks ago and really enjoyed writing about it and preparing the post, so I'm back today with one specifically for eyeshadow palettes! I love eyeshadow - it's my favourite part of my makeup routine, so all palettes I do end up getting end up very well loved!

The Naked palettes are a staple in any beauty blogger's makeup collection. The first one has several bronze shades, perfect for my blue eyes.

Naked 2 has more browns than bronze shades, which would still suit me. I wear a lot of brown eyeshadows usually, so I know I would get a lot of use out of this!

The Naked 3 palette is a lot paler when compared with the other two. It has several pink shades as well as a few paler browns, and would be perfect for spring and summer makeup looks.

I am a huge chocoholic, and so the fact that this palette smells of chocolate is very appealing to me! I think that the shades are beautiful and I would get a lot of use out of this palette!

To compliment my blue eyes, I wear a lot of brown and bronze shades, and this palette is full of them. I like that a few of the shades are practically red - none of the palettes I currently own have dared to do something so bold, and it's something I'd really love to incorporate into my looks.

A lot of the eyeshadows I choose tend to be shimmery or glittery. I love the glamorous feel that gives me! However, I'd quite like to branch out and try more matte looks, and this palette, filled with brown and bronze shades would be useful in helping me to do that!

Do you have any palettes on your wishlist? What do you think of my picks? Let me know in the comments!

10 July 2016

Bright Nail Art

July 10, 2016 4 Comments


I recently started doing nail art again - I had a phase where I had a different design every week but I stopped for some reason and couldn't get back into it. I thought I'd show you what I came up with though, for you to recreate if you wanted to. It was inspired by various designs on Pinterest and a couple of YouTube tutorials.

26 June 2016

Short Hair Care Routine

June 26, 2016 0 Comments
This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.


Last week I posted a list of the products I used to keep my long hair healthy. Today I thought I'd do a similar list, but with the products I'm using now my hair's shoulder length!

19 June 2016

My Long Hair Care Routine

June 19, 2016 0 Comments
This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.


My hair used to be very long (almost 75cm long, in fact), and I tried to take as good care of it as I could. Unfortunately, I ended up with a lot of split ends, but other than that my hair was pretty healthy, and I doubt anyone with long hair can say they've never had a split end in their life. I washed it twice a week, which some may shudder at but it never got too bad before I washed it - I promise!

I thought I'd do a two-parter and show you the products I used to take care of my long hair and the products I'm using on it now it's short. (I had my hair cut for charity, find out more HERE.)

Here are the products I used regularly and how I used them.

13 June 2016

How I Clean my Makeup Brushes and Sponges

June 13, 2016 2 Comments


I am 100% guilty of leaving it far too long between cleaning my brushes. I seem to wait until I've forgotten what colour the bristles are supposed to be (which leads to an exciting surprise when I do get round to it, but that's beside the point). However, when I finally clean my brushes, I have an effective routine, which I'd like to share with you!



Pour a few drops of the No 7 brush cleaner onto a flannel. Rub the brush in circular motions over the flannel.

Rinse out the brush cleaner under a warm tap, rubbing through the bristles with a finger to ensure all the product is removed.

Run some warm water onto the flannel, before rubbing soap onto it. Using circular motions again, continue removing any leftover makeup from the brush. I'd recommend a soap made from natural products, such as any you can get from Lush.

Rinse the soap from the flannel before running the brush over it a few more times to remove the soap from it.

Sandwich the brush between a towel and rub gently to get rid of the excess water.

Leave your brushes somewhere warm to dry. This can be near a radiator, in an airing cupboard, or on a sunny windowsill. Don't use a hairdryer on them, as this can damage the glue that holds the brush together.


Hold the sponge under a running tap, squeezing to allow the water inside it until it is soaked through.

Rub some soap into a wet flannel, before sandwiching the sponge between the flannel and rubbing to soak the soap into it. Again, use one made from natural ingredients.

On the dirtiest parts of the sponge, run the soap over it.

Return to holding it under the tap, squeezing until the water runs clear and no more makeup or soap is coming out of the sponge.

Sandwich the sponge between a towel and rub it until it is dry. Never wring them out, as this leads to ripping the sponge and having to replace it sooner.

Leave it somewhere warm to dry. I tend to wash my brushes and sponges in the morning, after I've done my makeup, and leave them in the warm place until it's time to get ready the next day. This means that they are able to dry completely before I use them again.


 And there you go! That is my routine for cleaning my brushes and sponges. It is the most effective method I've tried, but if you have any other routines or tricks, please leave them in the comments!

5 June 2016

Essie Nail Polishes Haul and Review

June 05, 2016 2 Comments

I've wanted some Essie polishes for years, and I finally decided to go for it and pick up a few nice looking colours from the Boots website. Here's a mini haul of the polishes I chose!

Birthday Suit
This is from the Retro Revival collection, hence the sparkles on the lid. This is probably my least favourite of the shades I picked up. It comes out quite streaky and looks odd on my nails to be honest, probably because it is so pale. It also needs several thousand coats to be able to see a hint of colour. There are sheer polishes, and then there are 'did I even apply anything or was that just a dream?' polishes. Not impressed to be honest!

I'd been looking for a shade like this for ages. Oh my goodness, it's beautiful. It has that neutral polish effect of making my fingers look longer which is great seeing as I have fat, stubby fingers! It's practically opaque after one coat, although I do tend to apply two just to be sure. I love this one; I think it's just lovely.

Mint Candy Apple
 (Honestly, I have no idea who chose the name for this. Surely 'Mint Candy Apple' should be green? Not according to Essie, I guess.)
This pretty turquoise/blue shade adds a really nice pop of colour. It's perfect for spring and summer. Like Ladylike, two coats give me complete opacity.

Virgin Snow
(Again with the name thing - THIS SOUNDS LIKE IT SHOULD BE WHITE)
I really like this pretty lilac colour. Like Mint Candy Apple, it's a really nice, refreshing pop of colour, suited to the season. One thing I've found with all of the polishes I bought, however, is that they chip quite quickly. This is a pretty big deal for me, seeing as I use both a base coat and a top coat. The colour should be sealed in there like a well-made sandwich, but nope. That's disappointing, considering the price tag for these things.

I probably won't be buying many more Essie polishes, unless I come across a shade that I really like. I've found them too easily chipped for my liking, especially considering that they're over eight pounds a bottle. I was also disappointed with the opacity for Birthday Suit, although the others seem to be okay on that front. Do you have a favourite Essie shade?

3 June 2016

Before and After: LPT Haircut

June 03, 2016 0 Comments


I made a post earlier this week about my plans to donate hair to the Little Princess Trust, and today I'm sharing my before and afters from the haircut!

As the Little Princess Trust specify on their website, my hair was put into a plait, secured at the top and bottom. It was cut off above the top band and my plait was placed in front of me! I want to dye it a really fun colour, but it has to be bleached to almost white before that can happen, so my hairdresser put a bit of bleach on there and washed it out before making it all neat and pretty! (Currently my hair is kind of green, but I've been promised that it's going to go blonde eventually haha)

Here is a before and after shot of my hair! As you can see, I've had a hefty amount cut off, and while it's a lot to adjust to, I am very happy with my new 'do. Now if only I could figure out how on earth to work a curling wand, I'd be all set for my life with a bob...

If you would like to donate to my JustGiving page set up to support the charity in buying wigs for poorly children, click HERE. To learn more about the Little Princess Trust, click HERE.