Thursday, 17 August 2017

Finding the perfect summer fragrance*

L'Occitane Soft & Delicate Cherry Blossom Fragrance
Going on holiday is always exciting. There are several ways I like to document and remember my trips away. One of my favourite ways is having a specific scent for a holiday. It's always lovely to come home and spray that fragrance all over and remember what it was like on holiday. Unfortunately, it doesn't bring the amazing weather back with it but I find it's a lovely way to bring back some memories. 

In September I'm heading to Milan with my best friend and I've been on the hunt for a new summer fragrance to take on holiday with me, something quite light and floral. I'd thought I'd share this post with you today about some fragrances I've been testing, trying and loving recently! 

L'Occitane store in Bath
I was recently shopping in Bath and passed the L´Occitane store and decided to see what fragrances they have to offer. I wanted to quickly talk about my experience in store as I am overly impressed and left feeling a very happy customer. The staff were ever so friendly and helpful. I was immediately offered some Elderflower water which I must add was lovely! I explained that I was looking for something light, floral and fresh. I was instantly recommended, Cherry Blossom which was the perfect one for me! I explored a few other popular choices, however, was soon brought back to the beautiful Cherry Blossom scent with notes of freesia, cherry and lily of the valley. Something which I noticed and loved was the variety of formats; roll-on, travel minis as well as alcohol-free solid perfumes. The roll-on formulas are perfect for popping in your handbag and topping up whilst on the go. Not only are these fragrances pretty but practical too! 

Check out the full range of fragrances L´Occitane.

Dolce&Gabbana - L'Impératrice 3' eau de toilette
I've recently been loving this D&G Fragrance which I actually received as a birthday present last year from my best friend (Thanks, Ams!) It comes in a gorgeous glass bottle, however, is rather heavy to carry around in my handbag so I will definitely look at taking some in a small atomiser bottle. The scent of this perfume is described as exotic fruits and bright pink florals which I would say sums it up perfectly! 

Check out the fragrance here.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
I actually received this perfume, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream as a present too! It's a fragrance I've been loving for quite a while. It's a very light, dreamy scent. With fruity and floral notes creating an elegant fragrance. Perfect for on holiday or for special occasions! This comes in a gorgeous glass bottle which again is very heavy and would have to be taken in an atomiser. You can read my full review in more detail here.

Check out the fragrance here.

Top tip: When you spray the perfume onto your skin, don't rub your wrists together as it breaks up the top notes within the perfume. It will last much longer and smell as beautiful as it does when it comes out the bottle if you leave it to naturally soak into your skin. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on which fragrances you recommend I take on holiday with me. What fragrances have you been loving recently? 

- Hanney xo

*This post is sponsored by Three Pipe for their client L'Occitane. However, as always, all opinions are my own. 


Thursday, 10 August 2017


Hello, lovelies!

I'm super excited to be writing this post! I recently reached 1,000 followers on Bloglovin'. I wanted to celebrate by giving back to one of you. I have decided to host this giveaway as a way of saying thank you! It might seem like a little number to some people but to me, it's a huge milestone! It's so rewarding to have people who constantly read each blog post of mine and take the time to write a comment and/or share it on social media. It honestly means so much to me and I love it. The engagement with blogging and the general community continues to amaze me with how supportive everyone is and how many others there are! 

Without further a do, I'll get into the post by telling you what you can win. I recently asked on Twitter what prizes you would like to see in the giveaway. You asked I listened! 

  1. NYX Professional Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette (£16) 
  2. Model's Own Rock 'N' Rosy Blush Palette in Pyxie Pink (£14.99)
  3. Tanya Burr Birthday Suit Eye Shadow Palette (£5.99) 
  4. Garnier Moisture Bomb Soothing Face Mask (£2.99) 
  5. Garnier Moisture Bomb Re-Balancing Face Mask (£2.99) 
  6. Kiko Nail Varnish (£4) - £2
  7. I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts in Candy Queen of Hearts (£4.99)
  8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes (£6) 
  9. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken (£7)
  10. A range of Clinique samples (£3)
(That's over £60 worth of beauty products!)

What do you have to do to enter you might ask? 
I've kept it super simple by using Rafflecopter as the host. Simply fill out the form below, follow me on some of my social medias (I'll follow back, yay!) and that's it! Pretty simple really!

*This giveaway is open to UK Residents only* 
(I'm really sorry but shipping costs are really expensive!) 

*This giveaway is open and accepting entries from Thursday 10th August until Wednesday 13th September*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to everyone who enters, thank you so much! 

- Love Hanney


Thursday, 3 August 2017

My Birthday Wishlist | Lifestyle

Hello lovelies,

I can't quite believe that we're in August already! Exciting because it's almost autumn but at the same time super scary that we're so far through the year! However, in 9 days time, it's going to be my 21st birthday. I can't quite believe it, I don't wanna grow up! I feel like this is the year that means it's time to be an adult and do proper adult things, not sure I'm ready for that much responsibility just yet! 

As always, just before your birthday you always get asked what presents you would like and speak for myself my mind goes blank and I can never remember all the things I've been saying 'I would love that, I'm going to put that on my birthday list'. However this year I decided to make a list and gradually add to it, (oops, sorry mum!). I thought I would share that list with you today to maybe give you some ideas of what to put on your own list as well as ideas for presents to give friends and family! 

*Slight disclaimer* 
No way in a million years do I expect to receive all of these amazing gifts, it's simply just ideas!

Thank you for reading this short but sweet post I hope it's given you some ideas! Are any of these things on your wishlist?

- Hanney xo


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Zoella Beauty Jelly and Gelato Range | Haul & Review

I am so excited to write this post, I could possibly explode with excitement. I can just about express how proud I feel right now of Zoe. Having followed and been part of Zoe's journey since her blogging days I've seen her grow and I'm in awe at how far she has come! Enough soppy appreciation for the moment while I take you on to explore and introduce you to the new exciting summer range, Jelly and Gelato.

Zoe chose an elderflower and double cream scent for this Summer collection and I think it's fair to say that it's going to be my Summer 2017 scent. I wasn't sure how the combination was going to smell but I can assure you that it is dreamy and makes you feel like you want to bathe in it (luckily you now can). I thought initially it smelt like a very light Turkish delight, fruity scent which I love! It's so clean and refreshing which is perfect for that Summery feeling, even if you're from the UK and it's raining outside (something has to remind you that it's actually Summer doesn't it!)

As soon as I saw the photos of the ice cream van parked up in Brighton Pavilion I already knew I was in love! I must hugely congratulate the Zoella Beauty creative team, they've worked so unbelievably hard and it definitely shows through the products. The retro pastel colour scheme and design of the packaging are incredible. Such a classy, eye-catching style, not to mention how aesthetically pleasing they're going to look in the bathroom. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't lucky enough to be on the PR list (a girl can dream) so I didn't receive an adorable mini Zoella Beauty deck chair, however, I decided to improvise and use a little cardboard ice cream van instead! 

What's in the collection?

There are 8 products in the collection, some have been featured in other collections such as Sweet Inspirations and some are new additions:
  1. Zoella Gelato Shower Sauce - £5.00
  2. Zoella Gelato Bath Wafers - £5.00
  3. Zoella Gelato Shower Shake - £6.00
  4. Zoella Gelato Bath Frosting - £7.00
  5. Zoella Gelato Cream Body Scrub - £8.00
  6. Zoella Gelat’Eau Body Mist - £8.00
  7. Zoella Gelato Body Pudding -  £8.00
  8. Zoella Gelato Beauty Clutch - £14.00

Where can I buy the collection?

One of my favourite things about this collection is that it was launched globally. The products are available to buy from:
  • Superdrug and Feel Unique in the UK
  • Rossman in Germany
  • London Drugs in Canada
  • Ultra Beauty in USA
  • Vita in Norway
  • Target in Australia
  • Independent Pharmacies in Ireland 

I placed an order as soon as I could! (I was too excited to wait for them to hit stores, oops!) I chose to initially buy 4 products as I felt I would make the most use out of these ones! The others have made their way onto my birthday wishlist *hint hint*

First up, Shower Shake. Look at this packaging, it looks like a fricken milkshake, it's even got the straw. Every little detail has been thought about! Even if I didn't intend to use this, I would have totally just bought it for the packaging and that's 100% okay! Shower Shake promises to not only cleanse skin but to moisturise it as well. Leaving your skin feeling smoother and appearing brighter.

Secondly, Shower Sauce. It looks and smells like a delicious sauce for your ice cream of dreams (please don't eat it although it smells that good). This is a body wash that lathers up and leaves your skin feeling super soft. If you love yummy shower gels then this is definitely for you.

Thirdly, Bath Frosting Milk Powder. This is a completely new product for me, in fact, I'd never heard of this before however, I am now so glad I have discovered this! This is what you call a luxury bath. I can just tell this will be the perfect partner for a luxury pamper night. Within this gorgeous tin you receive 3 sachets, simply empty the contents into your bath under warm water, swirl around and relax! Thank you, Zoe, for bringing something out that we can fully bathe it!

Lastly, but by no means least, Pink Bath Wafers. Once again, these look like actual ice cream wafers. These make such a quick and simple yummy bath with all the same relaxing qualities leaving your skin super soft and feeling moisturised.

Thank you for reading, I hope you've enjoyed it. I'd love to know your thoughts on this collection. Have you bought any of the products? What's your favourite?

- Hanney xo



Thursday, 20 July 2017

Beauty and The Beast Beauty Box | Review

I am unbelievably excited to share this beauty box with you. Not only is it Beauty and The Beast themed but it contains some incredible products! To celebrate the release of Disney's Beauty and The Beast film. Latest In Beauty created this wonderful limited edition beauty box. I'm a huge Beauty and the Beast fan and knew as soon as it was released that I needed this in my life! I went to see the film in cinemas for one of my best friends birthday and I loved it. It's up there with one of my all time favourite Disney films. Oh yeah, I said it! 

This box is incredible, it's essentially a giant vintage Beauty and The Beast book with a wood effect on the outside. I mean it would look amazing on a bookshelf. I would be lying if I said I bought this just for the products, I definitely wanted this box because of the packaging! It's amazing! This is an essential for any Disney fan!

What do you get in the box?

This limited edition box is a selection of makeup, skincare and haircare products suitable for any Disney princess inspired by the fairy tale itself. The products range from travel size to full size and the contents are worth around £80 which is a bargain considering you can pick up this box for £15!

  1. Burt's Bees Lipstick (Shade may vary; Blush Basin or Sunset Cruise
  2. L'occitane Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream 10ml
  3. Soigne Betteraves Rouge Nail Polish 10ml
  4. Latest In Beauty Gold Compact Mirror
  5. Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage 75ml
  6. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo 43ml 
  7. Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet 10ml 

I've decided to share some close-up photos of the products in-case you need any more persuading on whether to buy it or not! It's a no-brainer really!

This box is still available and on sale for £15, you can get your hands on your own box here

First up, Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. I have been LOVING using this product, not only is the packaging a gorgeous pale pink colour but it works like a dream, leaving your skin super soft and comfortable, no sticky feeling after being applied. Simply apply morning and evening to a clean face. I've currently paused using this little beauty for the moment as it's a perfect travel size to take with me on holiday! 

Secondly, Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage and Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo which I had to photograph in the inside of the box just because of the gorgeous detail of the illustrations of the characters! I haven't yet tried the radiance enhancing gommage simply because I wasn't sure exactly what it was until I read up about it! It promises to 'clear pores, refine skin texture and immediately reveal a radiant fresh, glowing complexion' which I am now super excited to try! The Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo even sounds magical and something out of a fairytale. This is again a perfect little travel size which I will definitely be taking with me on holiday! It will be perfect for sprucing up my hair on the go leaving it touchably soft and smooth! 

Next up, Burt's Bees Lipstick in the shade Blush Basin. I was secretly hoping for this shade! It's a gorgeous pinky nude shade. I can already tell it's going to be one of my favourite everyday lipsticks. With a super moisturising and comfortable formula, it gives the illusion of a lip balm but with colour creating a lipstick! Not to mention the gorgeous packaging.

Lastly, Latest In Beauty Gold Compact Mirror and L'occitane Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream. To continue the inspired theme throughout the box is a gorgeous rose on the top of the compact mirror, very elegant and classy. Perfect for carrying around in your handbag. I haven't yet had a chance to try the L'occitane Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream although I'm looking forward to it as it is enriched with shea butter and vitamin E. It smells beautiful and not too overpowering which is always important. 

If you've got this far then I want to thank you for reading this lengthy post. I wanted to include as much information about the products as I could but feedback would be appreciated on whether you would like these posts to be short and sweet. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Are you going to buy one of these boxes? 

- Hanney xo

This box is still available and on sale for £15, you can get your hands on your own box here

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Garnier: A Month Without Make-Up Wipes Challenge | Beauty

I'm very late to the game with the transition from makeup wipes to a cleanser to remove my makeup. I've tried a range of micellar waters but I've never been majorly impressed with them. About a year ago I came to the realisation of how bad it is for your skin to remove your makeup with a makeup wipe and leave it at that. Since then I've been on the hunt for a fast and effective way to remove my makeup. I have to admit it, after a long day I just want to remove my makeup as fast as possible and go straight to bed so using a make-up wipe seemed like the easiest and best option. However I soon realised how bad this was for my skin and knew that I needed to improve my skincare reigme. 

That's when I decided to set myself a goal of a month without make-up wipes. A way that I could access the difference in my skin by using different products to remove my make-up. I used to use Garnier Cleansing wipes which I thought did a pretty good job at removing make-up!

A couple of months ago I was kindly gifted the new Garnier Cleansing Milk with Aloe Extract to test and review. I was really excited to test this as I'd never tried a cleasing milk before. I wanted to give it a proper run for its money and really put it to the test. So I decided to use it every day for the past month on the days I've been wearing make-up. I instantly started to notice a difference and improvement in my skin in just two weeks. My skin is so much softer and feels healthier once I've removed my makeup, this is compared to using normal facial wipes to remove make-up. Also comparing it to micellar water I felt there was a huge difference. This cleansing milk is smoother and so much more hydrating. I loved the feeling of how it left my skin after. It felt soft, clean and refreshed. I was worried whether it was going to leave an oily finish to the face however that wasn't a problem at all. It's gentle around the eyes to remove any mascara, eyeshadow or eyeliner. I really liked that you didn't have to work at it to get it to come off, it was natural and completely pain-free! It didn't make the chore of taking off makeup​ feel like a chore! Which is something which was really important to me. It didn't take up a huge amount of time either, possibly even quicker than using a make-up wipe! 

How do you use the cleansing milk you might be wondering? 
Well, in fact it's actually very simple! Simply, pour some of the cleansing milk onto a cotton pad I like to use the large cotton pads from the baby section in Superdrug! Start with a small amount because you can always add more! Next, just swipe the cotton pad over your face and you'll begin to see your make-up melting away onto the cotton pad, as if by magic! I like to go over my face a few times to make sure I've got all the make-up and dirt off of my face. It's as easy as that! I much prefer using the cleansing milk to anything else as it's so soft and moisturing. 

Garnier have recently brought out some other cleansing milks in the Skin Active Range. I'm looking forward to trying the honey flower one! (They depend on the type of skin you have whether its normal to combination or dry to very dry skin)

I'm officially converted to using cleansing milk as part of my routine and don't want to return back to the dreaded make-up wipes! 

Have you tried a cleansing milk before? 

- Hanney xo

*This product was kindly gifted to me by Garnier however all opinions as always, are my own!


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Marks and Spencer Summer In A Box | Beauty

M&S Summer In A Box
Is this the best summer beauty box there is? 

If you follow me on any social media then you'll know how obsessed I am with beauty boxes, limited edition or themed, I love and want them all! When I spotted this beauty box worth over £105 in products I knew I had to have it, and for only £10 I knew it was a bargain! Spending £40 across clothing, homeware and beauty allows you to pick up the box for just £10. Unfortunately, this deal  was short and sweet and was only available from the 22nd - 26th June. It was an excellent deal for me as I already had £40 worth of goods in my basket so was able to check out immediately as soon as I had heard about it.

One of the reasons I love collecting beauty boxes is for the gorgeous packaging. Marks and Spencer have done well with this simple yet glamorous luxury approach to a beauty box with a black base and white lid with the logo in the centre as well as a removable coral sleeve on top. I will definitely be keeping and displaying this box in my room!

These are the products inside the summer box. Containing 3 FULL-SIZE products which I think is incredible! Here's what you get: (L-R)

Philip Kingsley Instant Beach Texturising Spray – 25ml
Studio 10 Glow 2 Go Youth Lift Glow-plexion – 15ml
Leighton Denny Nail Polish In Coral Reef – 12ml
M&S SunSmart SPF 30 Sun Lotion – 200ml
Filorga Time-Filler Wrinkes Correction Cream – 15ml
James Reed Gradual Tan Sleep Tan Mask Body – 100ml
Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara – 4ml (I actually got sent 8ml (full size) instead!)
Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50 – 12ml

You can check out all the details about these products in more detail over on the Marks and Spencer website linked here.

I haven't yet tried any of these products but I'm super excited too! Coral Reef looks like such a gorgeous summery colour to wear on your nails, perfect for this time of year and going on holiday! I'm definitely looking forward to a pamper evening where I can treat myself by painting my nails followed by a top up of gradual tan! I'll be sure to post a review on these products once I've tried them fully! You might even see them in a recent favourites post if they're a hit! 

Did you manage to pick up this fabulous beauty box or have you tried any of these products yourself? 

- Hanney xo


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Marble and Pink Homeware Wishlist | Lifestyle

Hello, lovelies!

I have been loving the marble and baby pink trend right now. Maybe I should use the word obsessed rather than 'loving'! In September I'm having a new room in my uni house and I'm super excited! I'm mostly excited because it means, new room decor! This year my room has been about storage and getting everything into place whereas next year I would love to have a consistent theme throughout. I've put together some of my favourite homeware pieces that I've been swooning over and might decide to invest in before the end of Summer! 

From my wishlist, you'll notice I've gathered a collection of vases. I love having flowers in my room as I feel they instantly lift the mood of any room so having a nice vase to display them in would be a bonus! 

Having you been loving the marble and pink trend lately? Will you be investing in any of these items?

- Hanney xo

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Collective Body Shop Haul and Product Reviews | Reviews

I possibly could've written this post a month or so ago, however, I really wanted to put these products to the test and give them a run for their money so not only would it be a haul but a good old review of the products as well. I find that they are often much more useful, after all, you want to know whether they're any good or not! 

First up, these are the products I bought:

  • Tea Tree Oil 10ml
  • Vitamin C Daily Glow Cleansing Polish 125ml
  • Tea Tree Rescue Kit containing; 3in1 Face Wash Scrub 125ml & Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution 50ml
  • All In One InstaBlur 25ml

Tea Tree Rescue Kit containing; 3in1 Face Wash Scrub 125ml & Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution 50ml
In the January sale, I decided to purchase the Tea Tree Rescue Kit as it worked out cheaper than buying the products individually! After using them for a few months I can see such an improvement in my skin. Using both the products together works like a dream. My skin is so much healthier and much better at fighting off any blemishes. I recommend using the 3 in 1 Wash, Scrub, Mask in the morning as a face wash and occasionally leaving it on my face for 2-3 minutes to really clean out my pores. It's such a fresh cooling sensation because of the tea tree ingredients which I love. Once I've come out the shower I often put a few drops of the anti-imperfection solution on a cotton pad and smear across my face, once it has soaked into my skin I proceed with moisturiser and my makeup for the day.

I then decided to re-purchase All-in-one InstaBlur as I've previously used it for about 6 months and fell in love! I don't really know how to describe the consistency of it, it's a strange one other than so incredibly soft and blends like a dream to give your face a smooth finish ready to apply foundation. I've found that my foundation sits really well on top and lasts a lot longer, always a bonus! 

I was intrigued to find out about the Vitamin C Daily Glow cleansing polish. It's just like a normal face wash which smells gorgeous however I can't say whether I've really noticed a difference in my skin. I'm not sure that it gives my skin a 'daily glow' however consistent everyday use might be necessary. 

Lastly, the small little bottle of tea tree oil is a life saver! This is the essential for targeting spots. Any blemish which appears red or makes you feel like it's taking over your face, pop some oil on a cotton bud or cotton pad and apply to the area and it reduces in size a lot quicker than usual, I was really impressed! Definitely, repurchase!

I hope to make another Body Shop order soon, what products do you recommend me adding to my basket? 

- Hanney xo

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

7 Essential Ways To Save Money When Buying Makeup! | Lifestyle

Welcome back! Today I'm here with a slightly exciting blog post with some advice when it comes to saving yourself some money! You may have noticed a slight few changes around here, such as a new URL and the lack of comments on my posts, unfortunately, when I updated my blog name all the comments were deleted :( However I know you that you lovelies can show them some love! Thank you and enjoy!

7 Essential ways to save money when buying makeup!

1. Loyalty Cards
2. Read reviews before you buy
3. Samples
4. Asking yourself 'Do you really want it?'
5. Coupons, Vouchers & Discount Codes
6. Don't buy it just because it's on offer!
7. Shop around first

1. Loyalty cards are so great. In fact, I have another purse full of them! Not so fun when you're at the till and hunting your way through them. They all work on the scheme of the more you shop the more rewards you get. I personally couldn't recommend them enough! I think some of my friends must think I'm crazy for always trying to collect points in whatever shop we go in but it really does all add up! One of my favourite loyalty cards is the Boots Advantage Card, 4 points for every £1 spent. Often they send you exclusive vouchers such as double points, and an extra 200 points when you spend £20 (very easily done!) Christmas shopping is so much nicer when you can use your points to buy presents, certainly, makes it a lot cheaper as well!

2. Read reviews before you buy! I can't stress this one enough. If you're on a budget but really want to buy more beauty products and makeup I feel ya, being a student I really have to cut back on what I buy! There's nothing worse that buying a few products and being really disappointed with them and feeling like it was a waste of money. My rule to go by is: 'Don't just buy it because lots of people have bought it and you've seen it in many recent hauls, wait for the reviews! Reviews are so important and valuable! As a beauty blogger I'm sure a lot of people already do this but gather up what a few people say before making the splurge, you could definitely be saving yourself some money! If you're thinking of buying something but not seen anything about it, pop it into the search box of Google or Bloglovin' and see what appears.

3. Samples! I love a good sample, try before you buy. Although I hugely dislike the samples that come with a piece of card or in a small little sachet. Some companies happily give out fair sized samples, so it's definitely worth asking! Feel Unique do a great Pick 'n' mix sample service which I hugely recommend, you can read the full review here. I'm also going to class a swatch as a sample, definitely always swatch makeup in shops before you buy! If you're not 100% certain on it, leave it and if it sticks in your mind and you grow to love the colour on your swatched hand then you can definitely justify buying it. Just remember the brand and shade when you swatch!

4. Asking yourself 'do you really want it?' Could it just be the fascination of the packaging or because it's a new release? This is something which is really important to me when it comes to buying new make-up. I love to get my money's worth and make sure it's going to be beneficial rather than buying for the sake of it. For example, I like to think back to when Urban Decay released the Alice In Wonderland Palette, something which was unbelievable, so pretty and everyone wanted it! I myself at first wanted it! However the more I looked into it and the more I thought about it realistically I realised that actually, it wasn't going to be much use to me because I wouldn't wear many of the colours, I looked at it and thought about being brave and trying some new colour combinations however I knew that just wasn't me and I like to stick to colours that I know suit me and that I'm comfortable with so I didn't buy it. In the long run, I'm really glad I made that decision because I really wouldn't have had that much use from it apart from opening it several times to look at the pretty packaging! I can now take the time to admire and appreciate others that do have the palette and have put it to good use! So maybe before you splurge on the latest release it's a good idea to ask yourself why you're buying it, it might make you stop yourself from spending when you could save up for something else in the near future that you're going to get more use from!

5. Coupons, Vouchers & Discount Codes. I barely ever shop without using a voucher or some sort of discount. It's out there you just have to sometimes go on a little search! Boots & Superdrug magazines are free if you have a loyalty card and they always have money off coupons at the back, worth using if you're already buying that product. If you're a student then most places do 10% student discount which I take full advantage of! NUS cards are available to give you those discounts as well as UNIdays & StudentBeans, worth signing up and subscribing to their emails so that you can make the most of your discount. Other websites such as Vouchercloud always have other discount codes, before you buy online always do a quick search on google for codes and you'll usually find discounts every time.

6. Don't buy it just because it's on offer! Now it's safe to say I fall for this one almost every time! I'll walk past and see some Barry M nail varnishes on the deal of 'buy one get one free' and I instantly think what a saving and then proceed to buy. Although I didn't actually need them! At the time it feels like you're saving money because you get one free however in reality if you didn't need it in the first place then you're spending more. Watch out for those deals and think whether you would really benefit from the offer or whether the money is better off in your account!

7. Shop around first. How many times have you bought something only to go into another shop and see it cheaper somewhere else? All it takes is a quick search online for your favourite shops to see where is cheapest, you never know they might have it on offer! Shops such as Savers, Home Bargains & Poundland sell many brands at discounted prices which you'll be very thankful for when it comes to buying your favourite regular beauty products. Make sure you don't get caught in the rut of buying it because "It's only a pound" when it could be cheaper somewhere else!

I hope this post has given you some hints and tips on ways to save money and how I manage my money when it comes to spending it all on makeup and beauty products! Of course, I can't guarantee it'll help you save lots but it's always worth a try!

Have you got any useful tips or ways which help you save money when shopping?

- Love Hanney xo

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Onwards and upwards | Welcome to 2017

Welcome back! 

Usually, I'd be writing this post in January saying welcome to the new year or I would've picked up from where I left off on 27th October. Unfortunately, I really haven't been too well over the last few months. So much so all my Christmas blog posts are still steadily in my drafts waiting until next year. Sometimes things happen and you get completely swept off of your feet and there's nothing you can do about it apart from slowly picking yourself up and getting back into a slight routine. I'd like to stay I'm much better now, however, I know there's a long journey ahead and this is just the beginning. This is something which I'm so unsure of talking about just yet and I'm not sure when I'll be able to open up about it on my blog. This isn't something which is unfamiliar to me, it's been a dark cloud hovering over me for quite some time. (Something important to remember is not all illnesses are physical and can be seen). 

Moving forward with 2017 I would like to say that I feel more prepared and ready to organise myself, my work and my blog. I'm so excited to get back on track with it and upload regularly. Posting once a week. I am yet to decide on an upload day and fully decide on the content I want to post however I'm working on it and have been since January. I wanted to assure myself that almost everything is in place and ready to get my blog up and running again as it's the worst feeling and I feel like I've let so much down when I don't upload and my blog just stops.

I've been crazy busy with uni work recently but boy am I proud of it. I finally have my website up and running and I'm super happy and pleased with it! I'm constantly adding new work and looking for ways to improve. I'd be overly grateful if you had a little look and gave me some feedback, good or bad! Everything is useful! Link to my website here:

Here's to a great 2017 and looking upwards. I'm extremely excited to see my career and blog grow over the coming months! 

Thank you for being supportive and understanding as well! 

- Love Hanney xo
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