Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Halloween Inspired Clothing Edit | Lifestyle

Photo by Nicolas Picard on Unsplash
I have to be honest, I'm not the biggest of fan of Halloween, however, I certainly appreciate the great selection of clothing available and love watching Halloween makeup tutorials on YouTube! I've recently come across quite a few great Halloween themed clothes and accessories! I thought it would be great to share for any of those last minute shoppers!

Although having said that, I've just made an order of these super cute pyjamas below because I don't see why I can't wear these all year round! That's the beauty with black clothing with bats or cats on, you can pretty much wear them all year round and get away with it! Without further ado, here's what I've been loving:

I've been trying to avoid Asos recently and not spend any un-necessary money but it's been so difficult! I couldn't help but want to share these cute pieces when I saw them! Let me know if you buy anything!

Do you have any Halloween plans? 

- Hanney 

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

How To Keep That Gorgeous Summer Glow in Winter With Tropic Skincare | Beauty

The beginning of September suddenly feels like it was a lifetime ago but during this time I was currently on holiday with my best friend in Milan. Before I went on holiday I decided to reach out on Twitter for recommendations of tinted moisturisers or light make-up to take with me. There's nothing worse than being in a hot country sweating in the heat and having thick heavy make-up on. 

The lovely team at Tropic Skincare decided to get in touch and send over some products for me to try out whilst on holiday. As you can imagine, I was quite nervous to try out new products on my skin for the first time especially whilst on holiday. I was concerned my skin might react to it. However, I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt and challenge myself to do something that seemed a little scary however could give great results! I’m definitely the type of person who doesn’t change or alter statement pieces within my skincare routine unless I’m really invested in it. 

I was sent a lovely press release book explaining about all the products and how best to use them. I found this very useful because I wasn’t too sure what exactly to do with a gradual tanning face serum. I was kindly sent the nourishing cream to mix together and then apply after cleansing. I found this surprisingly easy to use, simply apply it all over your face, blend it in with your fingers and make sure it's an even coverage. It adds a lovely subtle and buildable bronze colour to your face which is really easy to work with. It's a natural warmth to the face which I was really pleased with as I was a little concerned it was going to be like applying fake tan to your face! Might have been a little worried that I was going to appear like an umpa-lumpa! Definitely, don't be put off at how dark the sun drops are even though they can be daunting! It creates a soft base which helps to naturally enhance that summer glow. I was pleasantly surprised at how great this product was. Sun Drops is what I was the most nervous to try just because it was something so new and unknown to me. This is a product I feel can be used all year round, especially if you have quite pale skin like me. It's a natural-looking warmth. 

Whilst trying and testing Skin Revive I was glad to see that it didn't leave my skin feeling dry. It applied the right about of hydration to my skin that was needed which was whilst in 30-degree heat. I have only used this moisturiser combined with the sun drops so I can't say what it's like on its own however I can imagine it is very similar, leaving a smooth feeling on your face ready for primer. 

The tinted skin shade was exactly the product that I was hoping for! I was amazed at the fact it is SPF 50! This was something that was really important to me. This was in the shade Light/Medium and it was the perfect match for my skin. I applied this with a normal foundation and it gave a great light matte coverage. It wasn't shiny or heavy on my skin, it felt as if I didn't have any make-up on however it gave a warm healthy glow to my skin. I then applied the rest of my make-up to complete my look. I often now use this on days where I don't want to apply a full face of make-up however I still want something to give me some warm and colour, giving my skin a healthy glow. 

Have you ever used any Tropic Skincare products? 

- Hanney xo 

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

DIY Cork Board | Room Decor | DIY

Today's post is something a little different. It's not obvious but I am the biggest DIY fan! I love it. My favourite videos to watch on YouTube has got to be DIY Room Decor. I thought, why not actually make something that is going to be useful and share it with you in case you feel inspired to re-create one yourself!

You will need:
  • Corks
  • Frame (old photo)
  • Glue gun 
  • Heat resistant mat
  • Small hand saw
  • Cutting Mat

Step one: Gathering all the corks
Now, you're most likely wondering how I ended up with such a large collection of corks. There's a really interesting collectable store back at home which sells almost anything. Every time I go in there is always something different and I happened to notice a box full of corks, all for 1p each! Of course, I thought this was a great opportunity to get creative and make something out of my collection of DIYs! You might have a jumble, scrap store near you that sells corks, if you do then you're lucky! If not, maybe ask around family and friends and begin your own cork collection. 

Step Two: Choose your frame
Choose a frame or an old photo that you want to use. This can be any size, small or large. If you haven't got as many corks you might want to create a small corkboard that could sit on your desk. I happened to find my frame with a deep picture in the sale for £3 in TKMaxx. I wasn't bothered what the photo looked like as I was covering it with corks anyway!

Step Three: Begin cutting the corks
This step isn't compulsory but it depends on how deep your frame is. I decided to cut all of my corks in half (also a way of cutting down on how many you need!). I had a hand saw lying around from a previous DIY project so I decided to use this to cut my corks. I've got to warn you that it's definitely not as easy as it looks! 

Step Four: Stick down the corks
Position your corks onto your picture frame as you want and begin to glue them down. I found it was easier to glue the end of the cork and then stick it onto the photo rather than to apply the glue straight to the picture. As an alternative instead of a glue gun, you could use wood glue. Keep glueing the corks onto the board until it's completely full. 

Step Five: Begin customising
I've kept mine very basic however you could paint some of the corks to give it some more colour and brighten it up a little. Once I was happy with it I decided to go ahead and attach it to the wall using command hooks (excellent invention) and then started to add some photos and notes. 

And you're all done! A fun DIY that doesn't take too long and looks great once it's finished!

This is the final outcome of my corkboard. Let me know your thoughts, might you give this DIY a try?

- Love Hanney xo

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

8 Ways To Encourage and Motivate Yourself To Exercise | Lifestyle

1. Set goals 

Setting goals is an essential way of tracking progress and a way of deciding where you want to be. This doesn't necessarily have to be weight-loss or muscle gain goals it could just be general fitness and a slight improvement of what you already do. The most important part of setting goals is to make them realistic and achievable. Start small and then increase them as you begin exercising more. 

2. Find a fitness partner

This was really essential for me as I don't have the confidence to walk into the gym on my own, totally feels like all eyes are on me. I found that I wasn't as focused when I was on my own which is quite strange I know! I've found it really motivational going to the gym with my boyfriend as we encourage and keep each other in check! 

3. Buy workout clothes

I found this the most encouraging thing! I love buying new clothes and having a new excuse and reason to buy clothes, of course, is exciting! You don't have to spend an awful amount of money on workout clothes, there are some really affordable clothes out there. I've invested in a decent pair of trainers and I really recommend it! (I didn't spend a fortune as I got them in the sale!) 
4. Make a playlist

I find listening to music almost twice as enjoyable when working out. Taking time to work out what music you want to listen to whilst exercising will help to keep you motivated. There are lots of pre-made playlists on iTunes, Youtube, and Spotify. Not to mention the countless workout albums available! 

5. Have a balanced diet

Another important part of keeping to the routine is clean eating and ensuring you have a balanced diet. This helps to keep me motivated. The healthier foods I eat, the more encouraged I feel to do some exercise. I've been able to discover new recipes from books, apps and online. I've found it really useful to make a food plan for the week ahead, this way I am able to see exactly what I was going to eat and what foods were going to make me feel motivated!
6. Reward yourself 

This is something which I feel is often overlooked when it comes to exercising or starting at the gym. It's always good to reward yourself when you work hard. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean McDonald's when you come out the gym, however, a treat or cheat day is deserved every once in a while!

7. Make exercise your stress relief 

Lots of people often find that going to the gym becomes a form of stress relief. It's a way to get rid of all that negative energy and just focus on something else for a while. It's a way to distract yourself from everything that is happening. You often feel much better about yourself when you've gotten rid of some of that frustration. Make stress relief the reason to go to the gym rather than the reason you avoid it.

8.  Make time for exercise

I find this one really important as well as interesting. It's something which I have a love/hate relationship for. Over the past few years, more so since I started university I've found myself 'not having enough time' for exercise when really, is that just an excuse? I've learned the importance of making time for exercise and it doesn't take a miracle believe it or not. It's something which if you start small and increase it over time you'll suddenly realise that it's become part of your routine and wonder what you ever did with that time before. 

What are your motivational exercise tips?

- Hanney xo 

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