Thursday, 27 October 2016

5 Must Have Autumnal Lipsticks | Beauty

5 Must Have Autumnal Lipsticks - L-R: MAC Media, MAC Amorous, NYX 565, NYX Liquid Suede - Soft Spoken, Gerard Cosmetics - 1995
Burgundy is my favourite colour ever. I am so glad it's now Autumn because I feel like it is totally acceptable to wear burgundy almost every day and not get judged for it. I am a huge lover of pink lipsticks although at this time of the year I definitely prefer to wear some darker colours on my lips. I've rounded up my top 5 lipsticks for Autumn and the ones I'll probably be wearing the most!

L-R: MAC Media, MAC Amorous, NYX 565
I've been in this crazy hype of liquid lipsticks for so long that I almost forgot what it was like wearing a normal lipstick again! I was definitely pleasantly surprised and soon reminded about how nice on the lips these feel. I purchased MAC Media (£15.50) last year, I wrote a blog post about it here. It's a gorgeous dark plum (reddish/purple) colour although I felt it was almost too dark to wear a lot of the time so I pushed it aside, however, I'm determined to be brave and wear it a lot more this year! My second lipstick is MAC Amorous (£15.50) which was actually a present from my mum and I'd completely forgotten about it! The photo above does make it look slightly pinker than it is, it's more of a cranberry pink colour which I'm loving at the moment. My third lipstick is a recent purchase of mine, NYX 565 (£4.00) looking on the website I managed to pick up the only lipstick in the range without a name, just a number! It's possibly one of the most moisturising lipsticks that I've ever owned! It's unbelievably creamy which makes it a dream to apply. I would call this colour a muted berry with brown undertones. 

Front-Back: NYX Liquid Suede - Soft Spoken, Gerard Cosmetics - 1995
Of course! You didn't think I'd let you get to the end of this post without including 2 liquid lipsticks, did you?! These are two of my favourites which I've most definitely been reaching for the most. NYX Liquid Suedes are just amazing! I wrote another post about them here. So moisturising and comfortable to wear. It's described as a 'mauve nude' but I can definitely see some berry/burgundy tones in there! Next is basically a dupe! If you've read my Beauty Bay post here you'll know how much I have been loving the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks! They're by far my favourite liquid lipsticks to wear and now I have found 1995 its the perfect shade for this time of year.

I've included two swatch photos as I thought it shows the colours off to their best. Also because I swatched them on my hand when I was deciding on colours and took this shot which I was surprisingly pleased with! Maybe the colours don't look as similar as I expected them too when putting altogether although I feel they are perfect for this time of the year. All of these colours are so buildable allowing you to make them a lot darker or a lot lighter depending on how much you decide to apply. 

Have you got any lipstick shades you'll be wearing over and over again during Autumn?

- Love Hanney 


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Justin Bieber Purpose Tour Experience | Day In The Life

Photo credit to Amy Leighton (stood right next to me at the concert!)

Right now I would most definitely say I'm suffering from PCD (Post-concert depression). Monday night I got the chance to see Justin Bieber live for the first time on his Purpose world tour. I'd probably go as far as saying it was one of the best nights of my life. It feels like an absolute dream to have gone, I just wish I could go back to that night over and over again. It was truly amazing.

Thousands of phone screens! Photo credit to Amy Leighton
I have supported Justin for about 8 years (had to work that out with counting on my fingers and counting back the years!) and I am just so overwhelmed that I finally got to see him live and perform. It was everything that I had been hoping for and more. It was such a special time for me and I don't think I'll ever forget that night. It means so much to me, not sure how much my friends really think it does!

Proud that I managed to take this, even if it is zoomed slightly!
We queued for around 4 hours for standing, it was so worth it! The best part was watching the queue get bigger and bigger! Although not so great when some people queue jumped and broke down the barriers, so unfair on us and other people who had been waiting in line for so much longer! Once we got inside we had a perfectly good view of the stage. Unfortunately, I'm a little short so spent most of the night on my tiptoes and looking through phone screens!

Big screens are the best thing ever!
I was so unbelievably happy when I managed to get tickets last year, even then I don't think it ever really sunk in that I was going to see him perform! He really does put on an amazing show, as for singing live, truly out of this world. Of course acoustics of him and his guitar are always my favourite as that's where it all began. I have to say I was really upset to see how tired and exhausted he looked. It really took me back to the days of the Believe tour when we were all tweeting him to take some time out and have some rest. I can't imagine how hard and stressful it must be to be touring and performing all the time being so far from home and missing family like that. You've got to give him so much credit for that.

The dancers were absolutely amazing, they performance was out of this world! Photo credit to Amy Leighton
An ultimate favourite of mine has got to be when he did a good old throwback of "Who wants to be my baby?" with the classic Justin smirk! I can safely say I felt myself die inside with excitement. Being the happiest I've been in quite a while! I'm out of words really to explain it other than repeating myself with amazing and unbelievable!

The Bieber Squad 
Overall it was one the best experiences of my life and I would do anything to be there again. I can't wait for the next tour! Thank you, Justin, for all that you've done.

Have you been to any concerts recently, what's been your favourite?

- Hanney xo


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Range | Review

As you can see from my photos, these products have been very well loved. For the past few months in fact. It all started as I was walking past the aisle in Boots looking for a new face wash when I spotted the Charcoal Facial Mask and thought I'd give it ago. Boots had an offer of buy one get one free on this range so I bought the Blemish stick too! Soon finding myself back there again buying the Spot Wand and the Night Treatment Gel. I've been loving these products so much, I was so pleasantly surprised that I just had to share them and especially at such an affordable price for each product. 

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Night Treatment Gel £2.99
I am probably most pleasantly surprised at this product. I picked it up super quickly as I was running back to the till because I hadn't noticed the BOGOF promotion! It's now one of my favourite products that are built into my night time skincare routine. It claims to 'work intensively while you sleep, fight spot-causing bacteria as well as lightly moisturising your skin without blocking pores'. I can promise you that it simply and amazingly does all of that! I smooth it all over my face before bed and it gently soaks into your skin. It can often leave a very wet feeling which I thought I was going to hate but I haven't found that it actually bothers me so that's a success so far! I am unbelievably happy with the results.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Intense Deep Cleanse Facial Mask (with active Charcoal) £3.59
I had great results straight away from the charcoal mask, unbelievably smooth skin. I previously mentioned this in a favourites post here. I have been using it about once a week on an evening usually on one of the days that I feel my skin just isn't looking or feeling its best. The application is very simple, all you have to do is smooth it over your face, leave it for 15 minutes and then wash off! From this, I always find that the following morning my skin is much softer and reduces the appearance of any blemishes so definitely a winner here!

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick £2.59
I'm unsure whether this product is really great or just great. I say that because the first few times I used it I thought it did amazing things for my skin when applied a few times in the day leading me to think it was a new holy grail product but since then I'm unsure whether it's really been that successful. I feel like it's one of those now and again products to use rather than a daily basis. It definitely does mattify the area of the blemish as well as calming and clearing your skin. 

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand £3.59
This is my little saviour! Using it to my full advantage most days. I love the fact it has different sections for day and night. Simply apply it to the blemish and there you go! Nothing more to it than that! Great results every time, definitely going to have to buy a new one soon.

I was initially unsure about trying Boots' own range of products however I have definitely been taking a back, definitely, don't knock it until you've tried it! Boots currently have their Tea Tree & Witch Hazel on a 3 for 2 promotion which is definitely worth checking out, I'm most definitely going to be making a re-purchase of all these products very soon. I also hope to be picking up more new products to add to my collection!

Have you ever tried any products from this range and recommended it? 

- Hanney xo


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Beauty Bay Haul | Beauty

Here we are again with another haul! Looking at my blog it looks like I've been on a huge spending spree but would you believe I've been collecting and saving for many months and finally only just uploading and putting together these blog posts so I apologise if these seem a little late or repetitive.  In my Beauty Bay haul I picked up 8/9 Makeup Geek Eyeshadows, 2 Gerard Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks, Anastasia Beverly Hills sharpener (just because I had to spend £2 more for super speedy delivery so why not!) & Eyeko Liquid Liner (Free).

L-R: (Top Row) Taupe Notch, Twilight, Prom Night, Shimma Shimma, Sensuous. (Bottom Row) Unexpected, Petal Pusher, Confection & Confection
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows £5.50
After awhile of looking and longing for makeup geek eye shadows I've joined the hype! However, I can't totally be converted across to a z-palette. I love how organised and presentable the Mac palettes look. The prices of makeup geek eye shadows are at least half the price of Mac eye shadows with such good quality as well. 

I spent so long reading several blog posts and looking at so many swatch photos to decide which ones I should buy. I originally thought about only buying a few although I wanted to start building a collection and having colours which I could use in several different ways to create multiple looks. I finally decided on ordering 8 shades, hard decision though and could've ordered plenty more! I chose; Prom Night, Sensuous, Confection, Petal Pusher, Twilight, Taupe Notch, Unexpected & Shimma Shimma. However when my order arrived I had two Confection pans and no petal pusher however I got in touch with Beauty Bay on Twitter and they were extremely helpful and sent it out to me the next day as well as letting me keep the 2nd Confection pan because of the inconvenience caused which was very kind of them!

L-R: Cher & 1995
Gerard Cosmetics £10.50
I am in love with these liquid lipsticks! I would almost go as far as saying they are my favourite! I picked up the shades; Cher 'muted purple' & 1995 'mocha toned nude'. I'd definitely say that Cher had undertones of purple but looks more of a pinky colour and 1995 is more of a burnt red (perfect for autumn!)  I now want to buy every colour. The staying power is amazing, I honestly can't fault it what so ever. It is so soft on the lips and often feels like you aren't wearing anything on them, you almost have to keep checking in the mirror, although it seems to always be perfectly on as if you've just applied it, even after you've had a pizza feast. It lasted on a night out and to me that's perfect and everything you could want in a liquid lipstick. It dries matte super quick but is still quite easy to make small adjustments without it being too stubborn! 

Overall I am super happy with what I ordered! I was a little sceptical about the Liquid Lipsticks as I seem to be building up quite a collection but I'm super glad I bought some to try! I'm now looking forward to building up my palette of Makeup Geek eyeshadows!

Have you tried any Makeup Geek Eyeshadows or Gerard Cosmetic Liquid Lipsticks?

- Love Hanney xo


Thursday, 29 September 2016

How I edit my Instagram Photos | Social Media

Having an 'aesthetically pleasing' Instagram theme is something which I've definitely floated in and out of throughout the years. I'm still undecided whether I prefer perfectly square photos or a mix match. One thing which I have mostly kept the same is how I edit my photos. I thought today I would share what apps I use and the process.

For an example, I'm going to show the before and after photos and screenshot the process:
I use the VSCO Cam App, I absolutely swear by it. I've used it for such a long time, it does everything that I need it too. Definitely one of my holy grail apps! My aim isn't to change the image, just simply improve it slightly. I have chosen not to make too many changes as I like to keep my photos looking as natural as possible with a few alterations and enhancements.

The first thing I start with is choosing a filter, I usually choose F2/Mellow, just because I love the green undertones with a slightly faded effect. I bring it down a little, though just so I can add some of my own changes too. Next, I slightly up the contrast on the photo, some others often need a little more. I play around with it a little and see what looks best.

Next, I alter the exposure, again I only slightly do this and play around with it. I don't want my photos to look overexposed or washed out. I then up the saturation levels a little, this is because I really want to bring the colours out and make it a little more vibrant. It's important not to overdo the saturation otherwise the colours can look really unrealistic and ruin the photo.

I alter the level of sharpness of the photo, in a photo such as above where there is quite a bit of detail I like to bring that out and make it the focal point. The sharpen tool helps to do this very well. However, if this is overdone and brought up to much the photo can start to appear quite grainy. Finally, I add a slight vignette to the photo. This adds a little darkness to the corners of the photo, making the focal point draw you to the middle. This effect doesn't work for every photo so is again one to definitely play around with.

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I hope you found this interesting and perhaps helpful! I'm always interested in how people get certain effects and filters on their Instagram photos. What is your go-to app for editing photos for Instagram?

- Love Hanney xo


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Zoella Lifestyle, On My Travels Backpack | Haul & Review

Eeeeekkk! I'm not sure I've been this excited about a launch of new products since Zoella Beauty was created! I am unbelievably proud of Zoe and of how far she has come. Putting so much hard work, time and effort into all of her products. Most recently, #ZoellaLifestyle. If you're a little unaware and a little confused on what exactly that is then you've come to the right place! Zoe recently launched a line called #ZoellaLifestyle and yep you guessed it, a whole load of lifestyle products that you NEED and will automatically want in your life, from candles to books to socks, Zoe's pretty much covered it all. The products were launched in an apartment and it all looked so magical serious goals!

I'm hugely obsessed with stationery so couldn't wait to get my hands on the gorgeous marble & pastel themed products. The main overall colour scheme being Copper, Marble & Grey. I can already tell these products are going to be a huge success! All the products are packaged so beautifully, perfect for gifts or definitely keeping for yourself! The whole lifestyle collection launched online and in Boots & Superdrug stores on the 19th September. A selection of the products will also then be available from Debenhams and Waterstones early October. I personally couldn't wait to get my hands on almost everything! Can we also appreciate that this is the quickest turn around on a blog post that I've ever done! 

Zoe then released an exclusive to Boots 'On My Travels Backpack' and I knew from that moment that I just had to have it! It's £50 which seems quite a lot at the first glance but it also comes with the Travel Mug, Keyring & Pencils. I happened to be passing Boots on Monday and thought I'd go in to see if any of the products were there and there it was, on the bottom shelf looking AMAZING. There was no going back, it was in my hand and no way was I letting it go. The softest backpack I have ever felt! It was a lot larger than I expected and ever so practical. The inside is a gorgeous pastel orange colour, I was a little sceptical when I first saw the inside on Zoe's snapchat because it looked very neon orange however I'm happy to say it's a gorgeous pastel! It has adjustable straps which can be altered to fit you and a drawstring close on the bag. I'm ever so pleasantly surprised by the quality.

Update: I was just testing out what I could fit into the backpack and my 15" Macbook Pro fits perfectly with lots of room! Just to give you an idea of size!  

I was so excited about the travel mug. It's marble so, of course, that's a winner to start! It has a super cute quote on the side 'Topped with cream and sprinkles' and the cutest little 'Z' at the bottom. The pastel orange screw on lid matches the bag and the rest of the collection. The lid is very sturdy and not a squishy rubber material, its a screw on lid as well which will be so useful because it won't spill and you'll know that the lid is definitely on. I think it's so great how Zoe's really thought about every last thing when it comes down to the making of the product. 

I was one of the many people who has never noticed Zoe's 'Inspire' keyring on her keys for the past few months in her vlogs! But I'm super excited to use mine, I've recently moved house and am currently looking for a new keyring as I chose a very large impractical pompom! It's a pastel orange with a rose gold outline of the word 'Inspire'.

Last but definitely not least, the beautiful pack of ombre pastel orange pencils. Ever so cute and an addition that everyone needs to their stationary collection. They all have a 'Z' on them with cute little captions like 'Hugs & Kisses', 'Best Wishes' & 'Love From'. 

I LOVE this collection and definitely think 'On My Travels Backpack is 100% worth the money. The quality and the products truly are amazing. I'm so excited to use it all. I would love to buy so much more however I need to calm down a little, student life and all that! Definitely thinking of putting some of it on my Christmas list. If you're thinking of buying a few things it's worth knowing that Boots currently have it on 3 for 2 for their Christmas gifts. 

You can watch Zoe's vlog of the 'Zoella Apartment' which shows all the products and also her Christmas range here.

Are you planning on buying anything from the range, what are your favourite products?

- Love Hanney xo


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Spectrum Make Up Brushes | Beauty

My weakness is anything white, grey, rose gold and marble so these brushes fitted the criteria ever so well! I am so in love with the look of them, simply irresistible! I had been planning to buy some new brushes for a while, preferably a collection that all matched rather than my fairly odd mix and match brushes at the moment! After looking through countless blog reviews to see what brushes are the most useful and worth the money I came across lots of posts about Spectrum Collection Brushes, a brand that if honestly, I'd slightly forgotten about since I first discovered them. They're mostly known for 'the most instagramable brushes' and their high-quality affordable brushes. I soon fell in love with the Marbleous collection and soon decided to bite the bullet and order them. You receive 10% off your first order when you sign up to their email newsletters which I definitely recommend doing if you're thinking of making a purchase. 

I ordered the 'Marbleous 12 piece set' which comes with 4 face brushes and 8 best-selling eye, brow & lip brushes. I've listed the names of brushes below and what (I think) they do:

A00 - Luxe Powder
A05 - Precision Blush
C02 - Flat Top Contour
C07 - Luxe Tapered Sculptor

Eyes, Brows & Lips
A07 - Stubby Shader
A08 - Medium Fluffy Shader
A12 - Fluffy Pencil
A13 - Short Smudge
A14 - Brow Definer
A15 - Lip Definer
B04 - Small Angled Shader
B06 - Tall Tapered Blender

I won't necessarily use them for the same purpose, I'll see what brushes work best for although it's nice to have as a reference! This set is such a good deal and does everything I wanted. Not to mention they are the softest brushes I have ever felt, everyone I've shown them to has had to have a feel! So far the overall quality of them feels super sturdy, very durable and I feel these will last a lifetime. Not only are they affordable and of such high quality, they're also vegan and cruelty-free. I'm super excited to start using these however I am scared of losing that gorgeous clean white look! 

These brushes are available from both Spectrum Collections and Beauty Bay however not all sets are available on the Beauty Bay website.

What do you think of these brushes, have you ever bought anything from Spectrum Collection?

- Love Hanney xo

[Disclaimer* I cheated a little with these photos because they're actually supposed to be used for my photography summer work portfolio however I was so pleased with them I thought why not use them for my blog as well!]



Thursday, 8 September 2016

Looking back on Summer 2016 | Day In The Life

With my 2nd year of uni approaching soon I'm feeling content looking back over Summer '16 as it comes to an end and we look forward to the Autumn/Winter months. I thought what a nice way to finish my summer with a reflection and overview. I've managed to narrow it down to 10 of my favourite and most memorable events. I hope you also find it interesting to read!
1. Saying goodbye to halls
At the end of June, it was time to move out of my halls room and move back home for the summer. It was super sad to say goodbye to such a lovely room which was my home for a year! But moving forward its so exciting to be moving into my new house on Saturday eeeekk!

2. Pizza nights in Bristol with Amy
Pizza nights are something which me and my best friend Amy are ever so familiar with! With usually being Domino's #1 customer we switched it up a little and took a trip to Pizza Hut and ordered one of the nicest pizzas I've ever tasted!
3. Great food with even better company
Back at it again with the food! I can now officially say that I've been to Five Guys and I loved every mouthful. Best. Burger. Ever. Hands down wins that award. So instagramable as well, how could you not with the beautiful white and red check interior and design!
4. Family caravan holiday to Weymouth
Myself and Karl (my boyfriend) took a lovely caravan trip to Weymouth with my family for the week and it was full of beach walks and late nights in the amusements. I loved every moment of it and can't wait for next year! 10 points to Karl for choosing our beach towels!

5. Uni work with Amy
Despite it being summer, uni work still happens to be very much at the top of my to-do list. With Amy specialising in interior photography I get to be the helpful assistant and go to loads of showrooms. There I am picking out my dream house and already deciding what I would put where definitely the fun side of being an assistant! Not to mention taking as much advantage of the great lighting for selfies!

6. Costa dates with Amy
Costa is another one of those weekly things which I've hugely been missing! With Amy coming down to visit me in Bristol it wouldn't be right without a trip to Costa to enjoy our favourite summery drinks. It's always great to have a good old catch up.

7. Hot weather days
When the weather has been hot and summery it has definitely been boiling sweating weather hasn't it! Luckily enough I got to spend one of these days enjoying the sun with Amy with a walk along the harbour-side, picnic and sunbathe in the park and walk down a zig-zag path which we had no idea where it was going! Fun to walk down definitely not so great to have to walk all the way back up on the hottest day of the year! 

8. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
The balloon fiesta is one of my all-time favourite things to do in the summer every year. This year I was lucky enough to go with two of my favourite people, my best friend and my boyfriend. We went for the night glow on Thursday, I love the atmosphere and the wow factor looking at all the balloons light up in time to the music. Roller coaster rides really aren't my thing so I compromised and went on a spinny spinning thing (only way to describe it accurately of course) and by the end of it, we were cry/laughing, so much fun!
9. My Birthday!
I don't really want to believe it that I'm 20 already. Totally not ready to be considered an actual adult yet! I spent it with my two favourite people again and they made sure I had such a lovely day filled with heaps of laughter and smiles. We had a great day doing some adventure golf, something I'm not too familiar with but such great fun, hugely recommend!

10. Family holiday at the caravan in Paignton
This time with Karl's family. It was so much fun! I went out on a fishing boat for the first time and between us, we caught 87 mackerel and oh my I'm so proud! Beautiful views and great to take some time away and spend it by the water.

And that brings my blog post to an end. Not really wanting summer to end although I'm super excited for 2nd year at uni and seeing what the future brings. What's been one of your favourite memories this summer?

- Love always, Hanney xo



Thursday, 1 September 2016

KIKO HAUL | My new favourite brand | Beauty

Back again with another haul! This has also been a slight build up as I seem to keep finding myself wandering into the glorious KIKO stores! With now having 3 KIKO stores between Bristol & Bath its almost impossible to not walk in especially with 70% off sale! I decided to bring everything together for a haul because who doesn't love a good old beauty haul! 

Lipsticks, lipsticks, lipsticks. Possibly my favourite beauty product ever. So of course I was bound to buy at least one, maybe 4! Oops! Surprisingly I have gone for shades which vary which is unusual as I seem to be picking up colours which are very similar! 

Firstly, I picked up the Limited Edition Mirage Lipstick in the shade 13. The packaging is just ever so gorgeous (probably persuaded me to buy it) and looking back at the lipstick I'm almost surprised at myself for picking up such a bright pink shade however all I can say is the swatch must have looked slightly less pigmented or I was feeling confident! 

I then picked up the most gorgeous lipstick I have ever laid eyes on, the packaging once again is magical with a magnetic top so its not going to come off in my bag, always a bonus! This lipstick claims to be a matte finish although I can't vouch for that yet as I haven't used it (I waited to take a photo first!) The quality definitely looks amazing. I picked up the shade 315 and its part of the 'Velvet Passion' collection which I highly recommend you try and explore.

A round of applause please for accidentally knocking over the lipstick before I took my first photo :( I was gutted! However, I picked up the shades (left to right); 803 Pink Flamingo which has a slight hint of coral & 813 Apple Blossoms which is more of a darker pink which I can definitely see myself getting some use from in Autumn.

I definitely couldn't leave the store without lipliners! I've recently been looking for a dark pink shade to match my ABH & Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and I have a feeling I might have just found them! I picked up 711 & 712. Although they're close in name there is a clear difference in colour once swatched. I'm looking forward to seeing what the quality of these lip liners are like.

Next I picked up two shadow sticks, I've heard a lot about these so I was super excited to try them! I picked up a 25 which is a light brown/taupe colour and 34 which is a light shimmery pink rose which would probably be amazing as an highlighter as well! These claim to be 8 hour long-lasting so I'm looking forward to trying these out to see if they live up to it.

Finally I picked up this white and pick KIKO make-up bag/pouch. I've been on the hunt for something to keep my new make-up brushes in and this looks like the perfect size. On the right side there is a popper which means you can fold the bag in half which makes it a lot more compact. Ideal for what I want it for.

That brings me to the end of this post and feeling pleased with my purchases! KIKO is definitely my new found love, being so affordable and so gorgeous! Have you ever bought anything from KIKO?

- Love Hanney xo


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