Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Cosmetic Company Store High End Beauty Bargains

It really is amazing what a designer outlet centre can do to you when you're trying to save money! It was all going so well until heading to Bicester Village was suggested as one of our weekend activities. "Sure, it's all high end and designer brands," I thought to myself "I won't be able to afford anything anyway so I can just look at some pretty clothes...I'll be fine." Turns out I wasn't! 

Walking past Reiss, Armarni, Mulberry and Gucci, I was doing very well. Yes these amazing brands were heavily discounted but they were still well in the three figure price tags; not something my purse could justify. But then something bad happened, then I hit The Cosmetics Company Store!

I've not heard of this shop before, and maybe it is just specialised to Bicester Village but wow was it amazing. There were numerous high end make up brands with very heavy discounts and a great range of things to choose from. With brands such as Jo Malone, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and Bumble and Estée Lauder (just to name a few) I knew I'd be spending some of that money I'd transferred to my savings account in an instant. 

I have to quickly mention that although the brand range was incredible (I missed Clinique, Smashbox and Origins from my first list) the over all selection of products and colour range wasn't too overwhelming; however if you dug deep enough you could find some real gems. So what did I treat myself to? 

The Cosmetic Company Store High End Beauty Bargains

First and foremost I couldn't walk past the Mac stand without picking up a lipstick. There weren't many shade that stood out to me because the majority of them were satin finishes (I'm more of a matte girl to be honest) however when I saw the much talked about Morange I just couldn't leave without it. The Morange Mac Lipstick I picked up came from one the limited ranges so came in beautiful limited packaging (however it is a permanent shade) and although it is a bit of a bolder shade then what I usually go for, I had to pick one up as I'd heard great things about it. With the £5 off price tag it was a no brainer to take it home with me as an adventurous addition to my lipstick collection. 

Then came the Bobbi Brown stand. If you read my last post all about how amazing the Bobbi Brown blush in Pretty Coral is, you'll know exactly why I couldn't leave without another shade. I went for Pastel Pink which is, well, exactly what it says on the tin; a lovely pastel pink. Just like with Pretty Coral, the colour pay off is amazing and the longevity is incredible and with £5.50 off, it brought the cost down from high end (which it is totally worth by the way) to a very reasonable one. The Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink blush is definitely a very beautiful shade, that's for sure.

I also couldn't leave the Bobbi stand without putting one of her much loved face masks into my basket. I went for the Bobbi Brown Instant Detox mask as my skin is a bit all over the place at the moment. I've moved to a new office and new surroundings, heating systems and commutes always throw my skin into a tantrum; a detox is definitely in order - plus the packaging is oh so very Instagramable. This was also the biggest bargain out of my beauty purchases (yes I bought some homeware too...disappointed face emoji) with a lovely £8.25 saving!

Finally I couldn't go past the Origins stand without picking up the cult favourite Super Spot Remover now could I? I've heard great things about this but wasn't prepared to folk out nearly £15 for it, however with almost a £5 discount; how could I refuse? I've already had to use the Origins Super Spot Remover once since getting it and so far it's worked miracles; definitely worth the hype. 

I'm sure I will be doing reviews on all of these products soon but I just had to get a post up to tell you all about the amazing collections they have at The Cosmetic Company Store. Anyone living near or visiting Oxfordshire should definitely pop in and get themselves some bargains. I made an amazing saving of £23.50 on these four products!

Have any of you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? Or have any of you visited The Cosmetic Company Store before? If not, do you know where else we can get amazing beauty discounts?

Thanks for reading
Hannah xxx

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Coral Review and Swatches

If you are a regular follower of A Day In The Life of a Northern Girl you will be very aware from my posts and Instagram that I am a little obsessed with blusher. I went though a phase where I went totally blusher crazy and had to rein it in a little bit for a while...that was until I had my birthday!

Each year, as I get a little older, I like to make myself feel better by buying a new highend make up product. This product has to be something I couldn't justify buying on a regular basis (or more specifically without that extra birthday money) and I usually like to go for a brand that I haven't had many products from or I've never bought from before. This year that brand was Bobbi Brown.

I finally settled on getting myself a new blush (as I suppose it had been a while since I banned myself from getting more) and with the help of one of the lovely assistants in the Covent Garden store; I chose Pretty Coral. Now, I wouldn't say that this blush is a true coral tone so I'm not sure just how accurate that name is, in fact it's actually verging on a deep pink shade. However, that aside, this is one of the best blushes I have ever had.

Pretty Coral is a new shade that has been added to Bobbi's matte range (shimmer's and cream's are available) however don't let that put you off if you like a glow to the cheeks as this Bobbi Brown blush does leave the skin with a little highlight. There are no flakes of glitter or shimmer in this blush (which is perfect for me) but it certainly doesn't leave the skin looking dull or flat like some matte products can.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Coral Review

So why exactly am I so in love with this blush? For starters the consistency of the Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Coral is amazing. It's a finely pressed power that has the consistency of a cream blush once rubbed into the skin. It's not the most buttery of consistencies, noting beats Mac when it comes to cream like powder blushes, but the texture of this blush is lovely and silky.

The colour pay off is also amazing. Sadly it didn't quite pick up as strong on the skin as it does in real life when I tried to take pictures, but it really does pack a punch. You only need a couple of taps to your cheeks when applying to get a natural pop of colour. It is very easy to go too heavy with this blush so I recommend starting off with a small amount and building up the product until your happy with the colour.  I've had a lot of lovely comments from people since I started wearing this blush, with the lads at work even noticing "you have some of that stuff on your looks nice" - men have such a way with words!

The point I am trying to make with this is just how nice and noticeable the Bobbi Brown Pretty Coral blush is. I wear blusher everyday for work but it was only when I started wearing Pretty Coral that people started to notice. I also really love how this shade looks on my face and I think it would work for any skin tone too. I'm not pale but I'm not olive toned either; I'm sort of smack bang in between and this colour gives a really nice natural flush to my face. 

Bobbi Brown Blush Pretty Coral Swatch

Finally, my absolute favourite thing about this blusher is its longevity. Ok it's not as prominent at the end of the day as it is when I first apply it, but it is still there when I get home after work; which can't be said for any of the other blushes in my collection (including Mac, Topshop or Sephora). When Bobbi says it is long-lasting she's really not lying!

All in all this is definitely the best blusher I have ever had for 1) colour pay off 2) a natural looking shade and 3) staying put on my face. I couldn't recommend the Bobbi Brown Pretty Coral blush enough. No, seriously, for only £19.50 you need to go out and buy it now!

Have you tried Bobbi Brown blushes? What's your favourite shade? Are there any other blusher brands I should be adding to my collection? Let me know below.

Thanks for reading

Monday, 30 May 2016

Why I'm So Over London

It seems like everyone and their dog have moved to London over the last few years and yes, I may be one of those people, but my time with this city is finally come to an end and although I'm sad about it;   part of me just can't bloody wait to get out. 

Rewind 6 years and you'll hear me uttering the words "I absolutely hate London, I'll never live there in a million years!" 3 years later and there I was, driving down to East London with a van full of my worldly possessions, eating humble pie. It was a trip to visit a friend in Balham which finally changed my mind and little did I know I'd later spend two and a half years living in that exact area of South West London. Although the fact that most of my friends, along with the majority of my cousins, had all started flogging to the big smoke; it was the challenge of seeing if I could actually cope with the crazy busy lifestyle of the capital that finally drew me too it. Coming from Sheffield I always have, and always will, be a city girl. However London was a whole new level of city life that I wasn't sure I could cope with; but I sure as hell was up for the challenge. 

Now this post isn't set out to slag off London in the slightest as I have, in the majority, loved every moment. Sure it's had its ups and downs (some extremely down I must tell you) but all in all London has been amazing and there is no other place quite like it. I think everyone should live here at some point in their lives however, here are just 3 reasons as to why I'm totally over London.

Why I'm So Over London

First and foremost, and probably the main reason I'm moving back up North is because of how much it bloody costs to live here. It's no shock that living in London is stupidly expensive, in fact it seems to be all over the news right now, and I don't as much have a problem with the amount of money I've had to part with to live here as a whole; rather it's stuff we have to put up with for that cost that I have a problem with. 

Recently I read about the #rantyourrent that was spreading across the Internet. This hashtag summed up the utter crap people had to put up with whilst spending hundreds for the privilege. No surprise, the majority of people posting to this hashtag were people living in London. 

People were commenting about the poor conditions of their living arrangements along with how much they were spending. These things included, living with damp infested rooms, evil landlords and little tiny housemates that weren't on the tenancy agreement. Whilst reading the article and seeing these photos I was sad to be able to say I could relate to every outrageous point being made; and all for the cost of £1200 a month. 

Before moving to London I'd never heard of anyone just accepting the fact that their house/flat/studio came with rodents, or even worse; cockroaches. It turns out in London this is just a given. I think I know more people that have had nice then those that haven't. And before you think the quality of these flat must be awful; they're not! Although our flat in Balham wasn't the most modern, it also wasn't a horrible flat either. Sadly people in London are now just accepting that they have to pay lots for very average conditions...and mice. My flat in Sheffield was in three times better conditions, two times the size and half the price. 

3 reason's why London drives me mad

Secondly I miss being nice to strangers. When I tell work colleges who have lived in London all their lives that you are practically best friends with the stranger you sat next to in the bus by the time you're home, they just can't grasp the concept. In not asking for much just to be able to make small talk with someone on the tube without being considered a crazy person. Now, not everyone in London is rude/grumpy/miserable or all the above! In fact 99% of the people here are lovely however it is becoming increasingly common that once a person is thrown into an environment where they're on their own, surrounded by strangers, it's like all manners go out the window. On my daily commute I see so many grown adults act like stroppy huffy teenagers; it gets a little embarrassing. And what's even more embarrassing? I find myself sinking to their level!

If someone takes more than one second to get out of my way; their the idiot. If someone stops on the tube stairs to figure out which direction they need to go in; their a 'bloody tourist'. If someone doesn't move down the carriage on the train to fill all the gaps; their the most selfish person ever. What have I become?! I can't figure out which is worse, the fact that London is full of rude people or the fact I've turned into one of them.

And finally, this is more of a simple thing, and that's the food shop. Not wanting to sound like an old woman here, I miss being able to do a weekly shop and just put it in the car and take it home. In London such a easy task is made 10 times harder when a) having a car in London is almost as expensive as living here so the car remains up north b) you're forced to carry more than your weight in food, almost cutting off the blood circulation to your arm on the journey home and c) you have to dodge the whole of South London on the way back. The whole shopping task is so harder just because I live in the big city! I also just want to add that you can't even walk in a straight line in London anymore due to the amount of people you have to maneuver around...but that's a whole new rant.

Annnnd I think that is where I'll leave it, purely because I could go on forever listing off why I'm so very ready to move back up north and I don't want to bore you all. However I can't help but note, as I'm sat here in my Christmas onsie in the hotel I've been living in for the past five weeks (turns out my tenancy agreement and work notice did not run out at the same time), how I actually really have loved living in London along with the experiences and fun I've had here and how much I've grown since I made the big leap in relocating.

But, for now London, we're done.

Thanks for reading,

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Jo Malone's Fragrance Combining Experience Review

As I've got older I've found it harder and harder to think of gifts to get my Mum. Over my 27 years I have bought her everything under the sun that you could possibly get a mother; from candles to perfume and a couple of pairs of slippers thrown in between. When both my parents reached a milestone birthday last year, I wanted to get them something a little extra special. For my Dad it was simple, something sentimental and something guitar related; which both went down a storm. For my Mum it was a little more difficult.

As my Mum is a HUGE lover of Jo Malone (I can't remember a Birthday/Christmas/Mother's Day gone by where she hasn't received something Jo Malone related) I wanted to get her something she hadn't had from the brand before. Through doing a little bit of research I soon learnt I could not only physically get her something she hadn't had before (a nice new shinny perfume, among other things), I could also get her something she hadn't done before. I could treat her to a whole Jo Malone experience that she'd never had...and all for no cost!

Jo Malone's Fragrance Combining Review

Jo Malone offer a number of experiences that you can do in store (or at any department counter) and they're all completely free. These experiences help customers try out a number of products allowing us to figure out which scents are best for us. For my Mum (who has been stuck on the same scent since she first fell in love with Jo Malone) I chose the Hand and Arm Massage with a Fragrance Combining consultation in order to help her pick a new fragrance that would not only smell amazing on it's own, but would also work well when mixed with her favorite sent, letting her to create a whole new scent of her own. Not only do you get to discuss and test your preferred notes with one of the lovely and extremely knowledgeable Jo Malone ladies, they also throw in a free hand and arm massage in for good measure.

The experience starts with discussing which notes and scents you prefer, along with getting help figuring out which scents would work well with the perfume you already have waiting for you at home (my Mum went for the fruity Grapefruit to complement the citrusy Lime, Basil and Mandarin). You then get to sample a number of Jo Malone fragrances that the consultant matches to your suggestions. Once you've picked your favourite, then comes the most relaxing and calming hand and arm massage you'll every have, using all the products from your chosen range.

The massage starts with the Jo Malone consultant using the Body and Hand Wash to cleanse your hands and arms, this is then gently wiped off using a Lime, Basil and Mandarin infused warm towel. Next comes a lovely hand and arm massage using the Body Cremes; which was truly needed in my case, I didn't realise how much a hand and arm massage can really help to relax you and relieve stress! Finally, you are left with a generous spritz of perfume to leave you smelling divine for the rest of the day.

I really can't recommend the Fragrance Combining experience enough. Not only was the experience as a whole a lovely, relaxing and luxurious event, the Fragrance consultant was so friendly, tentative and knowledgeable. Sadly I forgot to take note of the lovely girl's name who helped me and my Mum but she worked at the Jo Malone counter in House of Fraser at Meadowhall and I'd go back to her every time either of us want a new fragrance, that's for sure.

You can book this experience, along with a 'Scent your Wedding,' 'Scent your Home' or 'The Scent for you' experience by calling up your local Jo Malone counter, or by booking online at one of the four Jo Malone Boutiques. And don't worry guys, Jo Malone isn't leaving you out, there is also an 'Essentials for Men' experience to help you find your signature scent too. And don't forget, they are all completely complimentary.

Have any of you had any of these experiences? Is it something you would love to do as a Jo Malone fan? I think it's a great way to choose the best scent for you and, as Jo Malone has so many fragrances to choose from, it's great for customers old and new to help them find their favourite scent.

I'd like to give a huge thank you to Jo Malone at Meadowhall for making mine and my mum's day and for helping me give her the birthday treat she deserves.

As always, thanks for reading.

Hannah xxx

Monday, 16 May 2016

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation Review

It's not very common that I make it to the end of a foundation without wanting to go out and try something new, or that my skin has completely started to reject the product it once knew and loved. Saying that, it's not very common that I actually reach the end of a foundation at all, let alone go out and repurchase it. But I think this is all because I had never used the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation before.

Gone are the days of constantly researching a better foundation for oily skin. Gone are the days where I'm reaching for one of my many half empty bottles that I have in my collection and gone are the days where I'm looking for the next foundation that will hopefully be THE foundation. And I have Vichy to thank for that!

Now, casting my mind way back to almost 2 years ago, I went to Vichy's launch of several new products to their Dermablend range (see that post here because there really are some amazing products in this range) and this is when the Fluid Corrective Foundation caught my eye. If you don't know much about Vichy's Dermablend range then here's the most important thing; Vichy takes pride in making this make up for even the most sensitive of skin types to use and love, and thus the healthy make up was born.

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation Review

 So, now on to why I just love this stuff and why I haven't touched another foundation for a least a year. First of all the coverage is amazing. Now I'm not someone that has particularly bad skin but I do have a very uneven skin tone and when I do get a pesky little blemish, my God does that little thing scar my face up. It takes months for the remnants of each blemish to disappear from my face, but the Dermanblend Fluid Correction Foundation really does cover my skin flawlessly. To top it off, and help support my amazing coverage claim, it's well known that make up artists use this foundation to cover tattoos and you can't argue with that.

Next comes the formula. For a medium to thick liquid foundation the Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation feels so ridiculously light on the skin. Ok, yes if you are trying to blend a 5p sized amount onto your face you are going to feel it, but the point with this foundation is that you really don't need much to go a long way. I only use a pea's size amount on my brush then dot that round my face and this covers and blends perfectly and feels like I have nothing on my skin. One little negative about this foundation is that it can transfer if you're wearing too much, so if you're wanting a really thick layer and heavy foundation look than I definitely recommend setting it with some powder or using a setting spray.

Then we come to the 16 hours this foundation claims to stay on the skin for. Well I have to say that I don't think there has been a time where I have needed to wear this foundation for 16 hours but I know for a fact that my skin still looks great when I'm washing it off at 10pm after it's been applied at 8am. It never needs topping up throughout the day and certainly lasts a full day after suffering the morning London commute and awful office air con without being affected. Not only does it last a long time on the face, it also last's a long time in your make up collection. Due to only needing a small amount to cover my whole face, a little really does go a really long way with this foundation, it has lasted me months without even a hint of running out or needing to repurchase. 

And finally, the finish of this foundation is definitly matte so it works perfectly for oily skin types. However, if you add a little bit of highlight to the skin, or mix the foundation with a brightening moisturiser, you can certainly get a glowy look. It is hard to say anything bad about this product but sadly here comes another small negative. Unfortunately, like most foundations found in the drugstore or on the high street, the colour range isn't the best. I use Opal (number 15) which is the second lightest shade they have and I'd consider myself to have a medium skin tone. Saying that, it looks like they have added a few more shades since I first purchased it so I wouldn't let this stop you for checking to see if you can find a shade to match.

In summary:
Coverage = Flawless
Longevity = Over 14 hours
Formula = Medium but buildable
Finish = Matte
Price = £18 for 30ml

All in all I really can't say a bad thing against this foundation. For something that covers so well, lasts so long on the skin and blends so well when applying, the few minor negatives that come with it are easily forgotten. This foundation is a must for anyone with bad skin or for those that just like a decent coverage with minimal effort. It's also a great one for us shiny faced gal's.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Ray-Ban Brown Classic Round Fleck Sunglasses Review

Imagine my joy when I get a sneaky little text from my mum when she is off on her jollies in South Africa saying "Ray-Ban's are really cheap out here, would you like me to pick you up a pair?" Well there was only one answer to that question and that was "erm..hell bloody yes!" So skip forward a few weeks and I am now the proud owner of my forth and favourite pair of Ray-Ban's; the Round Fleck Sunglasses in Classic Brown.

I love the Ray-Ban Brown Classic Round Fleck glasses not only for the tortoiseshell styled rims (I am a sucker for a bit of tortoiseshell) but also for the feminine touch they give to the whole 'round sunnies' trend that's happening at the moment. I do have a similar pair to these (the Ray-Ban 2180's) but they have plastic around the whole frame; including the bridge and arm. As you can see with the Round Fleck Sunglasses, these two sections are made of gold metal; which again really adds that feminine touch

Ray-Ban Classic Round Fleck Sunglasses styled with hair down

When it comes to buying sunglasses I always like to see what they look like with both my hair up and down as I think my hair style can change the shape of my face and therefore my whole look that day. As you can see the glasses suit both styles but I think they suit me better when my hair is up. I'm not sure if it is just in my head, or if it is an actual fact, but I think these glasses look softer on me when my hair is in a pony compared to loose.

Ray-Ban Classic Round Fleck Sunglasses styled with hair up

So whilst everyone is going crazy for the Dior 'So Real' frames, I just can't seem to stray away from my beloved Ray-Ban's. I'm really not one to buy expensive branded handbags or clothes as I feel they can be a waste of money (that I just can't justify) however when it comes to sunglasses; Ray-Ban is a brand that I will always love and will always stick with. They're like Pokemon...I've just got to catch them all!!!

Let me know what your favourite brand of sunglasses is, and if your's is Ray-Ban, then which style is your favourite? Also let me know if you prefer them with my hair up or down cause I'd love your thoughts.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Sunday, 3 April 2016

March Favourites ft Bumble & Bumble, Body Shop, Kat Von D

So Spring has finally (pretty much) sprung and we are welcoming April with open arms, well at least I am as it is my birthday at the end of the month, and although I'm not looking forward to reaching one year closer to 30, I am looking forward to having something to celebrate. March has been a busy month with my workload increasing and a lot of travelling to parents and parent in-law's over the weekends (hence the lack of blogging this month) however that hasn't stopped me from falling in love with a handful of beauty products. So here we go, my March favourites.

My first favourite has to go to the product that has, no joke, changed my life. I never thought that a product could change my skin so much in such a short period of time but the Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate has done just that. As a girl with oily skin I had come to terms with the fact that, although I could keep it at bay or reduce the level of shine, I would always have a "natural glow" to the put it nicely. The Drops of Youth Concentrate has literally changed my skin type so much that my oily skin is actually now a thing of the past. I plan on doing a full review on this concentrate to really sing its praises, but in summary this product has a serum consistency that sinks into the skin rediculously quickly and feels like silk as it does so. I never thought I'd ever stray away from my faithful moisturiser but this concentrate has completely changed my knowledge of the type of skincare I should be using.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate Review

Something else that has helped improve my skin this month is this silicone facial cleanser brush. Now, as I got this from TK Maxx and threw the box away I can't remember which brand it came from, however I have found one pretty much identical for the same price here. This is definitely a dupe of the Foreo Luna cleanser, which I haven't tried out (as it's 8 times the price) but I no longer feel the need to as this one is just incredible. With two different vibration settings the silicone cleanser brush makes my skin feel sooo smooth after every use and my skin has really cleared up since using it. I've been complimented so many times on my complexion since this came into my life.

Alternative to Foreo Luna Silicone Facial Cleanser

My next favourite has to be the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour palette. I featured the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye palette in my January favourites and felt it'd be rude not to rave on about how much I've been loving the contour palette too. With three contour shades and three highlighters there is no need for any others in your collection! The powders are really creamy and easy to apply as well as blend; and the pigmentation is incredible. Just a little amount goes a very long way with these. Ok, so the darker shade is too dark for me but it is will be great if I ever, god forbid, want to create that Kim K extreme contoured look. The highlighters are not only great for emphasising those check bones but also brilliant for setting under eye concealer.

Kat Von D Sade and Light Contour Palette Review

Next we have a product that I had totally forgotten about until I shopped my stash. The Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer gives the best coverage out of all the concealers in my collection, and there's a hell of a lot of concealers in there let me tell you! The consistency is very thick; so it's not one to pack on as it has the tendency to crease, however this concealer is perfect for those really dark eye bag days and those times where you're running on little sleep. As I am someone who has the worse dark circles you'll ever see, this concealer is an absolute godsend to me.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Review

Next we have a new love of mine; which I just happened to discover by chance (and you can read that story here). The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is well and truly the best high street/drug store mascara I have ever tried. In my full review I compare it to the YSL Babydoll mascara and I am in no way being over the top when I say that. It gives great length, amazing volume and holds the best curl I've ever's a must for all.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Review

Finally I have something that, like the Amazing Concealer, has come to my attention again after loving it a few years ago. The Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray is bringing much needed volume to my hair along with a big dose of texture that is always needed for someone that has straight but boring locks like mine. Ok, it's not cheap, but it really is worth the money for the amazing things it does to your hair.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray Review

So that's the lot for you; all the things I have been loving over March and they will all no doubt be staying in my daily routine for the next few months. What's made it to your March Favourites? Leave any links below.

Thanks for reading
Hannah xxx

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Maybelline Lash Sensational Review | Best Drugstore Mascara

There are two types of mascara lovers out there; the 'find one and stick to it for the rest of your life' kinda people and the 'buy a new kind whenever you run out,' and I have to admit I go through phases of being one or the other (OK, maybe there are three types of mascara people!) It's been a while since I found a mascara that I felt I just had to rave about (FYI that's the Arbonne It's A Long Story Mascara, which I would love to have back in my life but it's difficult to get your hands on) but I've finally found another mascara that has caught my attention for all the right reasons.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I have to admit the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara was an impulse buy as I was heading out after work and had stupidly left my handbag make up at home. Not wanting to hit Soho looking like I'd not slept for a week, I popped to boots to pick up some cheap essentials to make my face more presentable for central London. It just so happened that this little gem was one of those essentials.  

I really wasn't expecting much from the Lash Sensational (even though I had read some good reviews on it) and I only really picked it up because it was on offer, but I'm really glad I did. For starters it gives AMAZING length, I can only compare it to the length of the YSL Babydoll...which means super duper long lashes in case you were in any doubt! I've never seen any mascara come close to the YSL length, let alone a drugstore option.  

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Review

Next, let's discuss lash separation! This mascara makes my lashes fan out so wide it almost looks like I'm wearing false ones. I think the curved brush with its tapered wand really helps to give that full effect. Speaking of the brush, the variety of different lengthed bristles allows you to use the shorter bristles to easily reach right into the corners of your lashes, helping them fan out and create a wider opened eye. 

Another amazing thing about this mascara is how well it lasts. I find most drugstore options either leave flakes of mascara down my face half way through the day or, if I accidentally rub my eye for some reason, I'm kissing goodbye to any mascara being left on the lash and saying hello to major panda eyes! But not with this. I wouldn't describe this mascara as waterproof but I wouldn't say it's easy to wash off or quick to run either. It's just a very happy medium I guess. The formula isn't chalky like a lot of drugstore mascaras but thankfully it's not really wet and difficult to work with either. For example it doesn't leave smears of black across my lids if God forbid I sneeze or blink whilst's a mascara miracle. 

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara on lashes

Finally, the Lash Sensational gives a great curl; even without using curlers beforehand. Not only does that curl pack a punch but it doesn't drop throughout the day at all...and I mean at all!! I can still feel my lashes tickling the bottom of my brow at the end of the day, which means the Lash Sensational really is a winner. 

Have you tried the Lash Sensational? Do you think it knocks all the other drugstore mascaras out the park or do you have any other recommendations of ones I should try? Leave your favourite mascaras in the comments you lovely lot. 

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx


Sunday, 14 February 2016

My Favourite Jewellery ft Black Tied, Topshop & Brand Melville

I've been getting so much more into my jewellery recently and I thought that it'd be nice to do a little post about the pieces I've really being loving at the moment. I'm one of those girls that goes through phases when it comes to my jewellery. For a few weeks at a time I'll load myself with rings, bracelets and necklaces galore and then suddenly I'll just go cold turkey; nothing but my watch.

I'm also very picky when it comes to what I wear; I don't like anything too boring but then I also don't want to be wearing anything too garish or over the top. And don't even get me started on anything too girly, I don't want any glitter or sparkles anywhere near my accessories thank you very much! I think you can definitely describe my taste in jewellery as androgynous and here are some of my favourite pieces at the moment.

Androgynous Jewellery - Black Tied

Firstly we have the love of my (jewellery) life and that's my Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch. I fell in love with this years ago but was lucky to get it for my 25th birthday and I haven't taken it off since. You won't see me out the house without this on my wrist as the simple black leather strap, large white face and rose gold trimmings makes this watch a classic timeless piece that goes with every outfit and will never age. The fact that I am from Sheffield was just an added bonus that confirmed I needed it in my life!!

Next we have my newest piece of jewellery, and it's one I just can't take my eyes off. The Black Tied Silver Bull Skull Southwestern Necklace just sums up my favourite style of jewellery in one piece. I love the detail, I love the roughness of it and I love the style of it. I think it's masculine but with a feminine twist. This necklace has a 36inch chain which means it rests nicely smack bang in the middle of your top when wearing it. I like to wear this with just a plain jumper or t-shirt to add a bit of style and a focus point to a plain outfit. I've had so many compliments on this piece and have introduced Black Tied into many people's lives since I got it. I'm totally in love and feel it won't be long before I'm making another Black Tied order. 

Speaking of Black Tied, these two little Sterling Silver Above Knuckle Midi Ring bands are perfect for any midi ring lovers out there. The style is very simple but that's what I want from a midi ring. The two come together as a set which is great because it means I can wear one on each hand. These look great on their own but also work well when I'm wearing my other chunky rings to help create more of a statement look. I find midi rings either sit just above the knuckle or fit nicely in between both joins on a finger and these rings do the latter. 

Then we come to my two antique styled rings. I've always been a lover of this style so when I saw the Milky Jade Oval Stone Ring (top of the picture) on a recent trip to Brandy Melville, I knew straight away it would be coming home with me. And it was also love at first sight with the Topshop Tequiose Gemstone Ring (sadly no longer in stock). I don't tend to wear these rings at the same time but if I do I make sure they are placed on different hands. I'm also not really a big fan of rings on my index finger so they live on either my middle or ring fingers. I can't decide which I love more out of these two. 

On a side note, a quick tip for high street jewellery is to coat it with clear nail varnish to stop it from going bronze or turning you finger green once it's exposed to moisture. Anyway back to the post...

Next we have this thin rectangle necklace from topshop. I love the simplicity in this piece as when I'm wearing shorter necklaces I don't like them to be too chunky or in your face. Unfortunately this is the third one of these I have had to buy as they keep breaking, but I love it so much I have just kept swapping them rather than giving up on it. Again this goes with ever outfit and makes a subtle   statement when you're wearing a busier outfit. 

Last but not least we have this Gilded Arrow Bangle from Stella & Dot. I've had this bracelet for years now and if I was to buy it again I think would get it in silver but I still love wearing this piece from time to time. I love arrow jewellery and I'm looking to get something similar in ring form (so if you know of where I can get one please let me know in the comments). 

And that's it, the pieces I've been loving recently. I'm hoping to add to my collection but for now I'll have to make do with loving these 8 pieces. What are you favourite jewellery brands and what style of jewellery do you normally go for? Let me know below. 

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Favourites | ft Co Lab and Kat Von D

This is not only my first favourites post for the year but it is also my first favourites post since March...oops! I won't give the usual long-winded introduction to this post and will just head straight into what I have been loving this month.

First things first my favourite thing in January has been organisation! I know, I know I sound like a grandma, but I have loved trying to get my life in order and get more organised in my day to day life. With absolutely no connection to this (but I promise it will make sense in a minute) I have also loved all things leather this month and (here's the connection) my new leather 2016 diary from Paperchase has definitely been making a big impact on my life. Along with this I have totally fallen in love with this beautiful tanned leather purse from Kin by John Lewis (sadly this purse is no longer in stock but the smaller coin purse is still available here). Both are such amazing quality and made from the softest leather (or fake leather, I'm not sure if they're real or not) and I'm just obsessed with them.

My next favourite is the product that was so good it convinced me to start blogging again after my 9 month hiatus. The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain's are completely amazing and to read my full review, click here. In short, if you want a lip product that literally last's all day without the need of topping up and feels so natural on your lip then you need one of these lip stains in your life. I picked up both Marvellous Mauve and Watermelon Slice on a recent trip to New York and haven't stopped wearing them since. My personal favourite is Marvellous Mauve (the purple/brown shade). The best thing about these stains is that they aren't drying at all. I can get really chapped lips and these stains don't irritate them at all. A huge thumbs up from me.

Next up is an absolute savior in my life and that's dry shampoo. Actually, it's not just any old dry shampoo but the Ruth Crilly Co Lab dry shampoo. Ok, I admit I have been obsessed with these for months but recently I've been trying to train my hair to last an extra day without washing and these dry shampoos have been a lifesaver. The best thing about these is that they really do soak up all the oils and grease (I am aware of how gross that sounds) without even a hint of white once rubbed in. There are many different scents in the Co Lab range and they are all equally lovely. Not only can you get the normal version of this dry shampoo but you can also get an extreme volume option, which really does give you hair that extra lift. I even spray the extreme volume version to clean hair as it gives my hair that little extra something. These can's do cost a little more than your average Batiste (£4.49 for the extreme volume and £3.49 for the regular can) but it's always on offer in Superdrug, I don't think I've ever paid full price for a bottle. You also get 200ml in your average can, and it really does last ages.

Last but not least, the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette; which really has reinstated my love for eye shadows. I am not the sort of person that spends large amounts of money on eye shadows which is why I have stayed away from buying the hyped Urban Decay Naked Palette. However, after watching and reading hundreds of Sephora Haul's before heading to New York, this palette came up in nearly every single one of I just had to get it didn't I!! Not only are the shades all matte (which is a must when it comes to me and eye shadows) but the pigment of these shades is incredible. They last all day without fading and all the colours go together so well. The shades all blend out so easily too, it's actually a joy to use these shadows, and coming from someone who 9 times out of 10 can't be arsed to put on eye liner let alone a shadow, that's saying something. 

So that's it, my short but sweet January favourites. What have you been loving this month? Have any of these made your list? Leave your January favourites links below so I can take a look, and once again; thanks for reading. 

Hannah xxx
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