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: Hannahtapscott.com


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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