30 July 2017

Gym, Crafts, and Primark | The Weekly Update #3

July 30, 2017 2 Comments

This week has been pretty standard if I'm honest. I've been working extremely hard at the gym, which I'm proud of, and I hope that if I can keep it up then the health and fitness benefits will pay off. If you're wondering what I'm up to at the gym, here's a breakdown of some of the things I do!

40-50 minutes cardio
Treadmill - alternating between one and a half minutes walking and 30 seconds sprinting, usually on a fairly high incline. This is known as High Intensity Interval Training and is an effective way of burning fat.
Cross Trainer - I literally just go at a moderate pace for ten to fifteen minutes. I like the motion of the machine so I don't find it boring! (is that weird?)
Lateral Trainer - Same as the Cross Trainer, I just really enjoy the motion of it. I also like to do squats on this for better results.
Bike - I put it on a fairly high resistance and just go for it for a bit!
Stairmaster - I don't go fairly fast on this, but I tend to do anywhere between 300 and 500 steps.

20-30 minutes muscles
Sometimes I use the machines for toning my legs and arms, but mostly I like to use the dumb bells and kettle bells to work on toning up my arms. I think that most of the cardio I do is pretty leg-intensive, so I don't feel the need to work my leg muscles as much.

My designs are inspired by Remy from Ratatouille and Marie from The Aristocats
I've also been doing a lot of craft this week, decorating some storage boxes so I can keep things organised and displayed nicely, and also making some hair bows for a trip to Disneyland my mum and I are taking next month. We like to accessorise in a way that suits Disney!

Finally, this week I had my induction for a new job at Primark! Today I met the other people in my department, and I'm pleased to say they're all lovely (thank goodness). I work in Childrenswear and I love all the little clothes, particularly the ones that are inspired by Disney, and I find it very satisfying to organise my section of the department. I'm looking forward to starting for real next week!

What have you been up to this week?

27 July 2017

Anti Haul

July 27, 2017 2 Comments

There is a massive trend at the moment for 'Anti Hauls', which are basically a list of products that the content creator will not be buying for whatever reason. I think it is really interesting to read about the things other members of the online beauty community aren't interested in and their reasons for that, so I thought I would put together my own Anti Haul to share with you.

I will apologise in advance that this post is very blunt and direct in its delivery. I don't normally tend to be negative, but I do think that honest opinions are very valuable, so here are mine.

1. Anything from Jeffree Star
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Jeffree's products do intrigue me. They all look very good, with a wide range of shades, they're extremely pigmented, people have rave reviews about the quality of the formulas. However, I just can't get behind the brand, and that is due to Jeffree Star himself.

The first thing that really made me pay attention to Jeffree Star was when he 'called out' Too Faced Founder Jerrod Blandino earlier this year. Jerrod made a comment about Tarte copying Too Faced's unicorn inspired products, saying 'There are no unicorns in the Amazon' (this is a reference to Tarte's Amazonian Clay collection). While the comment struck me as rather clever and witty, for some reason Jeffree Star went off on a Snapchat rant, 'spilling tea' without actually revealing anything about Too Faced. The whole thing struck me as immature, unprofessional, and unnecessary. Jeffree, I think if Tarte were affected by the comment, they could stick up for themselves. At around the same time, he called out Too Faced for underpaying Nikkie Tutorials in their collaboration. A contract would have been made and agreed to well before the two collaborated. If Nikkie was unhappy with the amount she was paid, she could have spoken up herself. Jeffree Star has no right to comment on her earnings and her dealings with Too Faced. It's inappropriate to discuss someone else's private business in that way.

After this I started to look more into Jeffree Star, and I learned of several incidents that turn me away from him and his brand. When a YouTube reviewer RockyRoadKill received a broken highlighter, he asked Jeffree's customer service team to send a new one. They refused, saying it wasn't a fault with the product and he should have handled it more carefully. RockyRoadKill then made a video about it, under which Jeffree left a rude comment, sending his loyal followers after RockyRoadKill. Jeffree later admitted that he never watched the entire video to get the full scope of what was happening. The whole thing struck me as disgraceful. Jeffree clearly cannot handle criticism if he has to lash out at a fan who supported his business, sending hundreds of hateful fans in their direction. The issue could easily have been resolved privately.

Jeffree also made awful comments and allegations against an Instagram makeup artist, Makeup By Shayla. He claimed that she called another woman's face 'disproportionate', and when she denied this, he called her a 'c*nt' and a 'h*e' on Snapchat, implied she was an alcoholic on Twitter, and threatened to 'beat [her] to the f*cking ground'. Once again, something that should have been discussed and solved in private was dragged all over social media by Jeffree Star. His tweets have been deleted, but screenshots are a thing, Jeffree.

After YouTuber Jackie Aina spoke about her views towards Jeffree's attitude to people of colour, he referred to her as 'an irrelevant rat'. He also made a comment saying 'speak to me when our bank accounts match', implying that she was broke and her opinions didn't matter because she doesn't make as much money as him.

The final thing I'm going to mention about his character (although I could go on all day) is video footage of him using racial slurs such as 'n****r', referring to a person of colour as an 'ape', calling someone a 'poor Mexican', and joking about throwing battery acid in a black woman's face to lighten her skin tone so her foundation matched.

From a businessman and influencer, I would expect much better than ignorant, hurtful comments towards people of colour.

Finally, I've heard one or two things about his lipsticks being flammable, and his highlighters being very breakable due to being spread thin in the pan to look bigger. As if his inability to keep his mouth shut wasn't enough to put me off, that did it.

2. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
The Naked Heat palette was released earlier this month, and is a continuation of the Naked palettes, this time with many warm-toned, reddish shades. To begin with, many people complained that the swatches looked terrible. They weren't wrong; they weren't pigmented and looked incredibly ashy and just not nice at all.

However, I saw a video where Tommy Halbert's opinion was completely changed when he actually used the product on he eyes to discover that shadows were actually pigmented, blendable, and overall beautiful.

I have no doubts now that the palette is good, and I think it has some beautiful shades. I just think I really don't need yet another warm toned palette. I have my Morphe 35F Fall Into Frost, as well as the 35OS Nature Glow palette, and it would just be completely unnecessary for me to buy Naked Heat on top of those two. My Morphe ones have more shades that look incredibly similar to Naked Heat's, and overall it just seems unnecessary to me.

3. Too Faced Natural Love Palette
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At first I was very taken with this palette; I thought that it had a beautiful shade range and would be perfect for spring and summer.

Now though, after reading and watching reviews, I've put this on my DO NOT BUY list.

It doesn't look very pigmented at all, and it seems difficult to blend. And I've noticed that several of the shades look exactly the same. Cutie Patootie and Honeymoon look like dupes for each other. As do Pink Cheeks and Poodle. Oh, and Dear Diary and Coffee Date. Fingers Crossed and Undercover. Satin Sheets and Lace Teddy.

This palette is £52, and doesn't appear to be very good quality, and what's more, half of the shades are identical to each other! Some of the identical ones are right next to each other in the palette as well - THEY'RE NOT EVEN TRYING TO DISGUISE IT!

Overall, I'm just unimpressed, and absolutely do not think it's worth its price.

4. MAC Lipsticks
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When I was first looking into high end makeup products, MAC lipsticks looked gorgeous. They have an enormous shade range, and a range of finishes. I also loved that all of their packaging is identical, so they'd look beautiful displayed on a vanity. Truly, there is a MAC lipstick to suit everyone and every occasion, and that's really impressive.

However, after researching animal testing, I'm glad I never bit the (lipstick) bullet.

MAC sell their products in China, and China have a law that insists that imported products must be tested on animals before they can be sold there. Many companies do not sell their products in China for this reason. They see it for what it is: unnecessary and cruel, and even though the thought of the added profit is compelling, the company would rather stick to their conscience and keep their cruelty free status.

Not MAC.

No, they have decided to sell their products in China. That was their choice. However, in making that choice, they chose profits over compassion, and lost many potential customers like me who prefer their mascaras and lipsticks not to have been anywhere a bunny's eyes.

Unless MAC decide to pull their products from the Chinese market, therefore refusing to bow to such cruel laws, I will not be purchasing from them.

5. KKW Contour Kit
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I must admit I don't follow the Kardashians particularly closely, but as a beauty blogger I am well aware every time they do something. Kim Kardashian-West has produced a Contour Kit for Kardashian fans to get the contoured look she's famous for.

While the product does look very good, with excellent pigmentation, a creamy consistency, and a nice blend for a beautiful contoured look, there's one huge issue that I just can't get over:

You get 3.6g of product for $48. Come on now.

Stephanie Nicole did a review of this where her damn fingernail was longer than the contour and highlight sticks when they were rolled all the way up. Add to that the reports of the highlight being incredibly hard to blend, and the brush that comes with it being impossible to use, and we have yet another product that I will not be wasting my money on.

Either double the amount of product you include or halve the price. Then we'll talk, KKW Cosmetics.

6. Lancome Rose Highlighter
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I'm not going to lie to you: I think this product is beautiful.

If you haven't seen this, it's essentially a fake rose in a box with highlighter dust sprinkled over it. When I first saw it, I thought the rose itself was made out of highlighter, but that isn't the case. It's dusted with 1.94g of highlighter powder. That's it.

The shade is beautiful, and I love the natural dewy look it gives skin, but £35 for that little product is a joke. If they produced the powder in a more reasonable weight, I'd be all over it, as I do think the highlighter itself is beautiful, but in its current packaging it is a gimmick, and after ten applications, you'd just have some pretty packaging for your vanity.

7. Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Palette
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I get what Too Faced are going for with this, I do. And I think that the bases of black and white for different results are a clever idea. Unfortunately, I don't feel Too Faced took as much time into the development to make this product really special.

Swatches don't impress me. They don't look very pigmented, and they don't look very glittery. They have a slight shimmer to them, but if that was what Too Faced were going for they'd have called it 'Shimmer Bomb'. I would have loved to see some ultra pigmented, ultra sparkly glitters, applied over the white base for a bright look and over the black base for a dramatic look. It just doesn't work for me.

I'm also not impressed with the colours. It would have been wonderful if they'd taken the colours from the packaging and had those in the palette. The deep amethyst colour of the 'I' would make a gorgeous shade, as would the sapphire of the first 'T'. The emerald and topaz of the 'E' and the 'R' would also make for some really unique eyeshadow shades that you don't really see from many brands. All of the jewel tones on the lid could translate beautifully to glittery shadows, and yet we got four shimmery pink/purple shades in an 8-shade palette.

Overall, I think this palette is a great idea in theory, but needs some work in practice. Another six months of development and thought, and it could have been brilliant. The whole thing seems a bit rushed and like it wasn't thought about thoroughly.

8. Anything from Kylie Cosmetics
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Everyone and their gran raves about the Kardashians/Jenners, but I honestly just don't need to know what they're up to every day of their lives. I just don't car. That said, I have huge respect for Kylie Jenner for building her business and her brand.

I really do not see the big fuss about Kylie's Lip Kits. The quality looks no better than any other matte lipstick out there, and yet everyone is willing to spend almost $30 a pop. I'm seriously unimpressed with the shade range as well. I had a look on the website and there are 7 in shades of red or purple. There are 17 nude or pink shades. Why is everyone excited about new launches from this brand? I predict the next launch will have three new variations on the seventeen existing nudes! WHOOO! Please Kylie, show a little bit of versatility.

From what I've seen, Kylie's cosmetics are overpriced for what they are. You don't get much product, it frequently arrives broken or incorrect, and it's drugstore quality. Many of her fans are teenagers, and it just seems like such a huge ask to charge nearly $100 for three lipsticks.

I also think that by now she should have looked into having a UK depot somewhere. The delivery prices, customs charges, wait times, and likelihood of broken products for UK customers is ridiculous.


9. Natasha Denona Sunset Palette
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Hey everyone, do you want to spend $129 on a 15-pan palette?

Me neither.

Unless the pigment for these shadows is made from ground up gold and diamonds.

That is all.

So there are nine things that will not be receiving my money for a whole host of reasons. Of course my opinions may not be the same as everyone else's, but I hope I've offered enough justification to avoid upsetting people who disagree with me!

Are there any products that you don't think you'll be purchasing any time soon?

23 July 2017

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!! | The Weekly Update #3

July 23, 2017 2 Comments

This week I have been hard at work updating my blog. I wanted something fresh and bright, and fully unique to me. Previously, I'd downloaded a simple black and white theme, but recently I'd come to think that was pretty similar to many blogs out there, and while there's nothing wrong with that, I felt something a bit different would be more personal.

So I changed pretty much everything about my blog - I updated all of my pages, changed the background to this gorgeous floral print, updated the colour scheme, added new titles to the first page of posts so everything looks harmonious.

My blog design is now much more my cup of tea. It reflects my love of nature in the use of flower images, and with being more bright and colourful it feels like more of a pleasant little place to be on the internet. My friend, Beth Wright, also made me the subject of a photoshoot earlier this week, and I thought I'd make good use of those photos by updating all of my profile images. You'll see more of her beautiful photos in an upcoming post.



To match my blog, I updated all of my social media as well. I made new banners for my Facebook page, Twitter, and Tumblr, and everything uses my new profile images as well!

I'm chuffed to bits with my newly beautiful blog and brand, and to celebrate, I took the leap to go self-hosted here on Whoops It's Hannah! That means that instead of 'whoopsitshannah.blogspot.co.uk', by blog domain is 'whoopsitshannah.co.uk'. It's like having a fully fledged website, and it just feels a bit more professional and permanent.

You may notice that ads now appear on my blog. This is because I've tried again with Google Adsense. When I first turned 18, I signed up for Adsense but could not get it working for the life of me. I reapplied a few months ago after deleting my account, but was rejected. After my hefty redesign, I thought I'd try again, and was accepted in literally less than a day. This time, I took more care with installing the code and implementing my ads, and it finally works! I hope you don't mind the ads appearing here, I just would love to be able to use my blog for a little bit of extra income.



Speaking of extra income, I GOT A JOB! An actual, fully official job. Some of you may know that I am a Body Shop at Home consultant, and I will still be doing that, however, I'm now a proud retail assistant in my local Primark. I applied last week, was invited for an interview on Wednesday, and on Friday morning I had an email to say that I was successful! I'm honestly so happy. I've applied to many places over the years and have become more than accustomed to rejection, but I was beginning to think there must be something wrong with me if I'm seriously that unappealing to employers. It looks like I was just waiting for the right opportunity to come along!

I hope you've all had a lovely week, let me know what you've been up to in the comments!

22 July 2017

I'm Ginger Now!

July 22, 2017 0 Comments

I've been blonde for the best part of a year now, and while I love it and think it suits me, I've always wanted to be ginger.

When I was in primary school, my best friend from the age of five had long, curly, ginger hair, and it was magnificent. She hated her hair, but I loved it, and still do to this day. Every natural ginger I've met in my life (and they're a rare breed) has seemed to have something special about them, a sort of spark, and while it's probably not linked to their hair, I like to think it is! 😜

So, 13 years after I originally decided I wouldn't mind having ginger hair, I made up my mind just to do it! I've lost over two and a half stone recently, and felt a new hair colour to go with my new figure wouldn't go amiss!

I headed to Pinterest before I went to my hairdresser's, and curated a board of the colour I wanted. I pinned the pictures I was most drawn to, and found that the ginger I love is deep reddish orange, with highlights of bright copper shades. Following this, I knew exactly what colour I was going for!

I spent about three hours at the hairdressers, but that time included a consultation about the colour and style I wanted. Here is my new look!




I am extremely happy. I think it's a beautiful colour, and just what I wanted. It suits me more than blonde, in my opinion, because I think it warms my face up more, and with my skin being so pale I don't particularly suit the light colours I'd gone for!

Let's see if the ginger magic rubs off on me!

17 July 2017

Jobs, Driving, and Great Grades | The Weekly Update #2

July 17, 2017 0 Comments

I'm looking for a job, so this week was full of sending off job applications and editing my CV. I have submitted an application for The Body Shop in my town, and I'd absolutely love it if that went somewhere. I adore their products and would really enjoy the opportunity to continue making it my job to share my knowledge on them!

Another thing I've done this week is start driving lessons. While to begin with I was very nervous, now that I know the basic controls and have had the chance to drive around an empty car park, I feel a lot more confident and am excited to learn more. My instructor is very kind and patient, which I appreciate, especially considering horror stories of people's nasty driving instructors! There's a lot to remember and it takes a lot of concentration, but I'm sure with more lessons I'll be driving in no time!


I got some exciting news this week. At the end of my first year at college, I was given my  grades, and I was told I'd got a Distinction Distinction, which is not the highest grade possible, but is still a very good grade to earn. However, my certificate arrived on Saturday, and I learnt that I officially have a Distinction* Distinction* for my first year! Now that is the highest grade you can get, and I am incredibly proud!

Let me know what you've been up to this week in the comments!

16 July 2017

What's Your Skin Type? + Skin Care and Makeup to Suit You

July 16, 2017 6 Comments

There's a lot of information on all our products as to which skin type they're right for. This is undoubtedly useful if you know what your skin type is, however sometimes it's hard to know this and the information can get quite confusing. I decided to detail the different skin types here to help you find out what your skin type is! This post aims to detail the tell tale signs of each skin type (Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination, Sensitive), recommend cruelty free skincare products for each skin type, and recommend cruelty free makeup products for each skin type.

Normal
If you have normal skin, it means your skin doesn't produce excess oil, and isn't dry and dehydrated. Your skin will feel soft and smooth to the touch, and have an even skin tone (i.e. there aren't patches of red blemishes or sallow areas with less colour than others).

For normal skin, I would recommend products to keep it that way! Keep your skin clean and moisturised to prevent oil build up and dehydration. Remove makeup with The Body Shop's Chomomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. This is suitable for all skin types. Follow this with The Body Shop's Aloe Calming Toner. This removes impurities. Finally, a light moisturiser like this one from Simple will prevent your skin getting dehydrated.

As far as makeup is concerned, people with normal skin are pretty much free to use whatever they like!

Oily
Your skin is oily if it produces too much oil. This can be due to hormone levels, as well as diet, or stress, or even just unsuitable cosmetic products (for example, a foundation containing lots of oil). The excess oil is produced all over the face, not just on what's known as the 'T zone' (the nose and across the forehead). The results of oily skin are enlarged pores and acne. You'll know you have oily skin if your skin feels greasy to the touch and you are prone to acne and spots.

Oil reducing products as well as spot treating ones are perfect for oily skin. Tea tree is perfect for reducing spots and oil production. Remove makeup using The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash. This will take of your makeup while simultaneously combating the excess oil and spots associated with oily skin. Remove impurities using The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner. This will get rid of the nasties on your face from the day while reducing shine on your face. A face mask like Lush's Cosmetic Warrior once or twice a week can help to calm excess oil and spots.

Before applying makeup, I'd recommend using either that toner or some blotting powder like this one from Soap and Glory to remove the excess oil that can prevent makeup lasting as well as it could. Avoid foundations or concealer that contain a lot of oil, instead go for a matte finish. Urban Decay's All Nighter is good for oily skin. Remember to apply a lot of powder to absorb the oil and reduce shine. You may need to keep applying powder throughout the day.

Dry
Dry skin does not produce enough oil, and doesn't retain the oil it does produce well. Dry skin tends to often feel tight, especially after being wiped. Dry skin can be caused by dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water. It can also be caused by environmental things such as cold weather, or unsuitable cosmetics (such as a drying, matte foundation). You'll know if you have dry skin because parts or all of your face will be visibly flaky, and as I mentioned before, it may feel tight.

Moisturising is very important for people with dry skin. Remove makeup using The Body Shop's Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. I find this to be fairly hydrating while doing a brilliant job of removing makeup. Next, use the Lush Eau Roma Water to remove impurities while moisturising the skin. Apply a generous amount of the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive Skin to gently moisturise overnight and throughout the day. A mask such as Lush's Oatifix two or three times a week can give a much needed boost to hydration.

Avoid makeup that aims to mattify. This will be drying. Instead, try something like Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea Foundation to avoid dehydrating the skin. Don't go too heavy on the powder. It can also be a good idea to apply a moisturiser or skin oil to the face before applying your makeup, to keep something hydrating underneath.

Combination
If you produce excess oil only on the T zone (the nose and across the forehead), and not on the rest of the face such as the cheeks, you have combination skin. This is the most common skin type, and either area needs to be treated differently. You'll know you have combination skin if some parts of your face feel more oily or dry than others.

Remove makeup using The Body Shop's Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. In the T zone, use a toner to reduce oil, such as this one, and on the rest of the face, use something for hydration. A light moisturiser such as this one from Simple will gently hydrate your skin without making it oily in the T zone. It could be useful once or twice a week to apply a mask for oil control on the T zone and a mask for hydration on the rest of your face. Alternatively, Lush's Love Lettuce Face Mask could balance out the differences in skin type in the different areas on your face.

For makeup, you may need two different foundations, one mattifying, and one more hydrating. Alternatively, you could just use the same foundation all over and use more powder on the T zone than anywhere else. Something to mattify your T zone such as this product from The Body Shop may be useful.

Sensitive
Many people have sensitive skin. It can be caused by skin conditions such as rosacea and eczma, or allergies. It may also just mean that certain products/ingredients cause your skin to feel irritated and inflamed. You'll know you have sensitive skin if you know certain products irritate your skin, making it red, or feel warm or sore. Sensitive skin can be complicated, because you need to be careful about the products you're choosing so as not to cause a bad reaction.

The Body Shop's Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is good for sensitive skin, because the ingredients are calming. Alternatively, another good makeup remover is one from Simple. Personally, I find The Body Shop one more effective. Follow this with this toner from Simple. This will remove impurities that can irritate your skin. Finally, use a light moisturiser from Simple to hydrate without irritating the skin.

You need to be careful with makeup, because it's easy for it to feel uncomfortable on sensitive skin. Lush's makeup range uses only natural ingredients, so it is less likely to irritate your skin. Other brands that use natural ingredients are Natural Collection and Bare Minerals.

It's perfectly normal for your skin type to change over time. For example, many teenagers have oily or combination skin, but as they grow up their skin may dry out to a normal or dry skin type, and vice versa. It also may not change at all.

I hope you've found this post helpful! Let me know in the comments if you now know your skin type after reading this post! Also recommend other products for people who share your skin type below!

9 July 2017

Rock 'n' Roll, and Kinky Knickers | The Weekly Update #1

July 09, 2017 0 Comments

Okay so this weekly update is actually for a random week in June, but hey ho, nothing else exciting has happened recently!

Some of you may know that I am studying Musical Theatre in college. Because of that course, I get the opportunity to take part in several shows. Our end of year show was 'Rock of Ages' and it was an amazing production to be a part of. I was playing the role of Sherrie's Mother, and while I thoroughly appreciated having a solo song, I was slightly disappointed to not land one of the larger roles I had my eye on. However, the girls who got the parts I really wanted absolutely slayed it - they were fantastic and I was proud to work alongside them!


There's something about performing that I really love, and until I perform it's quite easy to forget that feeling. Rehearsals can get very tiring and repetitive, and when you've got written college work on top of it it's a bit overwhelming. Add to that mix somewhat intimidating and bitchy (at times) co students, and it's easy to think 'why the hell am I putting myself through this?' But the giddy sensation I feel getting myself ready before a show, and stepping into stage lights so bright you can't see two feet in front of you, I know exactly why I put myself through this. Performing is a truly wonderful experience for me.

 The post-show blues hit me hard after Rock of Ages, and I decided I needed to update my underwear collection. I've recently lost weight to the point of my underwear not fitting me right, and I randomly remembered a Mary Portas show from a few years ago, where she was trying to set up an underwear factory in England, with English workers using English lace. I decided to search it to see if it was still up and running, and lo and behold, it was! And they had a pretty decent sale on too!


The company was Kinky Knickers, who use English lace and other fabrics in their factory. It has provided jobs for people who were struggling to find one, and it was definitely something I wanted to support.

When they arrived, it felt very luxurious. Every pair is in their own individual box, presented to perfection. I won't go as far as giving you a haul of knickers (as much as I'm trying to open up on this blog, that seems a step too far!), but I will tell you that the lace is wonderfully soft and the fit is extremely comfortable.


The designs are beautiful, and I am so happy to be buying a smaller size for myself. If you're on the look for some new underwear, I'd definitely check out Kinky Knickers. They're slightly expensive, but it's well worth it when you think of supporting a truly British business, and the quality is very high.

I was slightly disappointed with how long the delivery took - over two weeks! I was panicking a bit to be honest, but they might have been overwhelmed with sale orders or sewing them from scratch. Just bear in mind when you place an order that it might take a while.

So that was this update from a random week in June. Hope you enjoyed it! What have you been up to this week (or any week of your choosing)?

8 July 2017

Little Life Update

July 08, 2017 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

As I said a few weeks ago, I wanted to delve into a more personal side of things here on Whoops It's Hannah, so here's a little life update to let you know how I am and what I'm up to. I'm interspersing this post with some pictures I took of some flowers; I absolutely love photographing flowers (follow my Instagram if you like these - wink!) and I don't normally share those photos here but I hope you like them in this post!


New Job
I used to work in a chippy, but it wasn't really working for me so I chose to sign up to The Body Shop at Home to become a consultant with them, and I was accepted. So now my job is to go to people's houses, show off Body Shop products, and get people ordering them! I also work on social media as well. If you would like to receive some exclusive offers on The Body Shop products (last month things were 40% off!) then join my Facebook group. I look forward to seeing you there! So now I have a new job which I am very excited about!


Finished my First Year
I am currently studying for an Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre, and I have just officially finished my first year of it! In my first year I earned a Double Distinction, the equivalent to As at AS level! So I am extremely happy with my grades so far and look forward to my second year of this course. If you're unsure about what my course involves, I'm basically assessed in my ability in acting, singing, and dancing, applying techniques and the skills that make you a good performer. There's also a heck of a lot of written coursework, which really wears you out after a long day of rehearsals! My assessments are usually practical, based on my performances in shows.


Weight Loss
Some of you may know that I joined Slimming World back in March to control my bad eating habits and help me lose five stone. Well, I've just passed the halfway mark, and I'm delighted! I have dropped a dress size, and am on the verge of dropping another, and it feels wonderful to finally have a body I feel confident in and proud of. For too long I let my weight and size make me feel embarassed and insecure, and now that I have taken control over it I am never going to let myself feel that way again. I think that everyone is beautiful no matter what size they are, and other people's health is no concern of mine (if you wouldn't slap a ciggie out of a smoker's hand, you don't get to judge people you decide are too fat or too thin for your liking), but I am so so proud of myself for what I have done for me and my health.


Mental Health
So far I've shared some pretty happy things, but not everything going on right now is all great. I have been struggling with my moods a lot for a few years on and off, but now things seem to feel much bigger and much worse. I am constantly swapping from feeling elated and hopeful to miserable and hopeless. I've been on medication now for just over a month, and while it does seem to be helping my moods, it's causing a few physical side effects that are making things a bit tricky. This is the sort of thing I would like to post about openly on here, so expect some more mental health updates in the future.

What big things are happening in your life? Feel free to leave a comment of your own little life update below!

1 July 2017

June | A Few of My Favourite Things

July 01, 2017 2 Comments


Another month has flown by, and once again it's time to share with you the products I have loved using this month!

Morphe 35OS Nature Glow Shimmer Palette
I love this palette for its warm tones of red, orange, and brown. It's very similar to the 35F Fall Into Frost Palette, so I would say you probably don't need both, but at the moment I am reaching for this one almost daily. I got the shimmer one because I love shimmery eyeshadows more than I love life itself, but if you prefer a matte look, they have a matte version of the same palette, as well as a version that has half of the colours shimmery and the other half matte if you'd like the option of choosing. The shadows have the incredible pigmentation I've grown to expect from Morphe's eyeshadows, and are easy to blend (they don't lose that shimmer when you blend either - something I really appreciate). I find it very versatile and have come up with all sorts of looks that I love with this palette.



The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in 'Nairobi Camellia'
This is a beautiful nude lip colour that I find suits my pale skin tone and newly-ginger hair colour beautifully. It has peachy pink tones and goes perfectly with most of the eye looks I've come up with using my Nature Glow palette! Despite being a matte lipstick, it doesn't feel drying, but it still has the longevity matte lipsticks are praised for.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brush #12
I love using this brush for my brows. I comb through them with the spoolie on the end, than use the brush to outline my brow and fill it in, before combing through the hairs again. I find this brush makes it so much easier to fill in my brows. It is so thin that it creates a precise line exactly where I want it, so I can get my brow to taper to a sharp point as I like it. I also find that the brush is the perfect length to get that squared off end that's quite fashionable at the moment. It's made filling in my brows less of a chore, and I'd really recommend it.




Honestly, this month has been such a whirlwind that I've pretty much stuck to the exact same products and routine that I always do, so very few things have really struck me as a favourite. I'll explain in another post why June was so damn overwhelming, so until then, thank you for reading! What have you enjoyed using this month?