Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Years Eve Outfit

Wow it's been a while since I did an outfit post, and let's face it the last one was awful so let's just forget that ever happened right?!? So it's very very soon going to be the New Year and I'm writing this post on the train back up to Sheffield. I couldn't think of anywhere better to spend the turning of 2014 (how is it 2014 already!) then in my favourite place and home town. Yeah London's good an all but I'm a Yorkshire lass that needs to hear the odd 'ay up love' every once in a while.

Anyway, so tonight is the night and although I never really go out for New Year's Eve (I tried it once and was stuck at the bar with the bells struck!) I do like to dress up a little and spend it with the girls and the other half. This year I decided to brave the cold and wear a skirt. 

Keeping it a bit formal I went for a midi tube skirt. It's very figure hugging (or huger figing as I like to say) which is perfect when you want to feel a bit fancier than with your normal skater skirt. I went for the midi length as I have long legs so can look pretty exposed with shorter materials. I'm also still clinging on to summer trend of tartan. I was a little late to liking it so I'm not ready to let it go just yet. I think this little number from Topshop is the perfect subtle pattern with it's bigger tartan squares. (You can tell by the photos I'm not comfortable in front of a camera!)

Because I wanted to let the skirt do all the talking (and because I'm not one to mix patterns) I though a plane while top was a perfect parter for it. This top is made of a textured fabric so it's not completely plain but it's just a small amount of detailing to pair with the bold skirt. I love the collar and the sleeves of this top (also from Topshop) as they make it just that tad more formal. This top is a very flattering amount of baggy. It doesn't cling to you at all but is wider than the average top. Saying this it still managed to flatter the figure in ways I didn't expect when I saw it on the hanger.

For jewellery I wanted to keep it simple and let the skirt work it's magic, so this linked necklace I got for Christmas was perfect. Of course I bushed out the usual midi rings too cause I'm very rarely without them. 

For make up I kept it simple again with my 'day face' but with a little bit of a gold/brown eye and the usual cat flick and bold lip. Part of this was because don't like bold outfits and bold faces together, part was because I had to do my make up on the train...and it wasn't easy. For hair, I always think a rough pony compliments a high neck top. Finally the shoes, well I was just a numpty and forgot to pack any that would go with the outfit, so I'm not showing them haha.

And that's what I'm wearing tonight. What are all your outfits of choice? And what are you NYE plans? If you have any New Years outfit posts leave the link below, I'd love to see them all.

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year,

Hannah xxx

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Oqibo Moisturiser Review

After my spending ban I have started to notice I am lacking and running out of a few products. Most significantly moisturiser, and living in London doesn't make it easy to just pop to Boots not like in the good old North. So, as if perfectly timed, I was extremely lucky enough to be given a few samples of moisturiser from Oqibo.

Oqibo are a lovely skincare company based in Liverpool who have the best slogan I think I've ever heard 'Happy. Remarkable. You,' how lovely is that? By the sounds of it they are a company which have a little 'Net A Porter' styled history, they started from a small room and have managed to sell millions of products to date. Now that is my kind of company, I love companies that clearly have worked hard to make their products the best they can be, and from reading more about them, Oqibo has certainly done that. Go read about their story here, it really is an inspiring, amazing and friendly one.

I was very kindly given 4 samples of their lovely products but this post is going to focus on the two moisturisers I received (the rest will come in a post soon). The first is The Hydra Restore creawhich Oqibo describe as "A lightweight moisturiser to restore, hydrate and protect for visibly smoother, more radiant and healthy skin," and boy did they get that right. This moisturiser contains Glasswort Oil which can withstand extreme levels of salt without dehydrating the skin, so seems like the perfect product to be testing out in this harsh cold weather we are having.

I find this is the perfect moisturiser for those that aren't too dry skinned but need that extra moisture boost from time to time. I tend to choose lighter consistencied creams as (sorry to bore you) I have oily skin, but, I still get dry patches especially in winter. This product is amazing for such a combination.

The first time I tried The Hydra Restore Cream I was suffering from major flaky patches and normally I have to give a little scratch when applying my skin care. Not with this. It is strong enough to make a huge difference to those unsightly patches whilst still being light enough to not effect my oily skin at all. It is also extremely light in texture. You can barely feel it once on the skin and that is certainly a good thing as it sinks into the skin in a matter of seconds. No waiting 5 minutes till the foundation can go on here. While we're talking about foundation, I don't know if it's in my head but I'm sure my make up looks better when aplied on top of this. 

Because the texture is so light weight you'd think you would need a hefty amount to feel hydrated, this ain't the case at all. The tiniest amount goes a long way. I recieved these samples a few weeks ago now and have been using The Hydra Restore everyday and I'm no where near to running out. With all my samples, I decant them into a pot or bottle so I can really make the most of them and this has proved a very successful move in this case.

When it comes to scent, there isn't too strong of one which I always think is brilliant when it comes to applying things to the skin. For me, the less it smells the more natural it feels, strong smelling products can irritate the skin in most cases. Don't get me wrong, the smell is extremely pleasant of Shea Butter and Jojoba (two of my favourite scents) but it's just subtle enough to not worry me.

I was asked to write an honest post on these samples so I wanted to try and find something that I felt Oqibo could improve on, but I really can't! This moisturiser is perfect for anyone from oily skin to dry skin for everyday use, so really what's not to love?!?

I also tried out the stronger Intense Moisture Defence moisturiser which was a little less well suited for me as I've just not got the skin type that needs an extra level of deep hydration. However, after giving it a whirl, this product has proved perfect for a night time detox every once in a while. I found that applying this as my 'before bed' moisturiser is giving my skin the attention I didn't realise it needed. The Intense Moisture Defence is nourishing without leaving a heavy feel, however it might be too much for day use as it's not as subtle as The Hydra Restore cream. 

I feel this moisturiser would be perfect for combination to dry (and definitely extra dry) skin as it is so hydrating. I find with my skin however, it leaves my skin just that little bit too shinny if I uses it in the day (but I am an oily extreme). For those that need a good skin boost, this really is for you.

The smell is similar to The Hydra Restore Moisturiser, not over powering but definitely there and smelling lovely. To say it is a more intense moisturiser the same amazing qualities the Hydra Restores has applies to this too. Quick to soak in, lightweight and a little certainly goes a long way. 

The Hydra Restore Cream is £33.15 and The Intense Moisture Defence is £35.75 for 100ml's which is a fair amount of money yes, but I definitely think it will be worth every penny. For how long it will last you and the effects it will give, I know I will certainly be placing the Hydra Restore in my online basket soon. After just a few weeks of using these my skin feels loved and a smooth as a babies bum, you have one very happy Northern girl here.

I want to thank the whole team at Oqibo, especially Beth, for being so lovely and so generous with their samples. Go check out www.oqibo.co.uk for more details on their beautiful products.

Thanks for reading and hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Watch out for my post on their other samples.

Hannah xxx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Skincare wish list

A few weeks ago I did a post which was full of all the make up I would want for Christmas (or with any Christmas money I may get) and I decided that I just couldn't stop at make up!!! As some one who was originally a make up obsessive (like everyone reading this I imagine), since starting A Day In The Life of a Northern Girl, and reading so many other amazing blogs out there, I've become a little beauty product obsessed too. So here are just a few items that made it to the Christmas short list. 

Skincare wish list

Although I don't really have any blemishes on my skin, I do suffer from a fair amount of blackheads. I've heard some great things about Soap and Glory's The Fab Pore face mask. This 2 in 1 beauty works as a deep cleaning mask to help prevent the blackheads, but also works as a peel to help unclog the skin. 

Next we come to the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo which I think could potentially be my saviour. Described as a product that will wash away any product build up in the hair, my real interest in it is for its claim to help with hard water minerals. Since the move to London my hair has really suffered from the hard water. Up in't Sheffield, us northern folks have lovely soft water that causes no problems and tastes like gold compared to the musky, hair wrecking water down here. Since moving I have been malting like mad and anything that could help with this would be a dream. So Bumble and Bumble may just be the one for me.

If you read my post on Soap and Glory, you will know that I am a bit of a scub lover. The Scrub Your Nose In It is made for unclogging your skin and preventing oil build up. For an oily skin type like me I will try anything to help prevent that shine. Less oil build up means less shine...yes please.

The Origins Active Charcoal Mask has been getting some real attention on the bloggasphere right now and I want to join in on the madness! Charcoal is said to be really good for clearing the skin and making your skin soft and smooth. Again this product is a great pour unblocker which will hopefully work wonders for de-oiling my skin.

Another one from Origins is the cult favourite GenZing Moisturiser that is said to fully hydrate your skin. The fact it has caffeine in from the coffee beans it's made up of helps revive and energise your skin too. I've also heard from the odd post that it has helped with the odd eye circle or two.

The final product is the Smashbox photo finish primer. I am a big lover of primers, they help stop shine, they balance out your flaws and pours and they help your make up stay on longer. I've heard great things about Smashbox primers, such as they make your make up look better and they are great for a photo ready finish. So, what's not to love.

And that's my list, the wonder products that I would love to be trying in the new year. Fingers crossed I will be able to add some to my collection after the Christmas period. What would you add to your skincare wish list? Do you already have some of these? And would you recommend them?

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Origins skin care
$38 - johnlewis.com

Origins skin care


Friday, 13 December 2013

Box Swap with Rebecca from Dizzee Darling

If you haven't read my post here and you don't follow me on twitter to hear me raving about how amazing Rebecca from Dizzie Darling is, then you won't know I have done a box swap with her. If you did know, then you'll also know how absolutely ecstatic I was when I opened it to see all the amazing things she got me. 

First lets start with the packaging. Oh my gosh it was beautiful so to be greeted by it, I already knew I was going to love what was inside. Then I opened it and the cutest box was waiting for me. She put me to shame, all my gifts were in a reused box I got from my MUA order a while back. She'd gone all out and bought a lovely box that I can now store some make up in. Thank you Rebecca.

Along with being filled with shredded tissue paper (this girl has the best attention to detail ever) goodies AND CHOCOlATE, a lovely card and note were waiting for me inside. It was so nice to read what Rebecca had said, the note only confirmed that we were a perfect match and very similar and I can't wait to hopefully meet her in person soon.

Anyway, on to the amazing products she chose. The first thing I opened was an obvious choice to go first as it was making the whole box smell absolutely Devine. The smell even got my boyfriends approval and he's major sensitive to strong smells. This product was the Space Girl bath bomb from lush. I have never had a bath bomb before because I don't normally get time for a bath, but this beauty has got me extremely excited about finding some time to unwind in the tub. I feel like this will start a lush obsession too (cause I need MORE beauty obsessions in my life!)

The next thing I opened I knew what it was purely from the shape. That's how you know your obsessed with make up, when you can tell a Sleek Blush from inside wrapping paper. I have one Sleek blush in my collection and to be honest it put me off, the colour is just not strong enough and doesn't show up on my skin so I haven't bought another one since. Oh, but how my opinion has changed thanks to Rebecca. This blush in Pomegranate is so unbelievabley pigmented, its the complete opposite to the one I have and now I can see what all the hype is about. I know I will only need a tiny amount to go a long way (Rebecca said she learnt the hard way with this colour) and oh that colour, well it's just beautiful. I don't have a shade like this in my collection so it really is a welcome gift.

Next I popped open a Rimmel eyeshadow in Midnight Ruby. I have heard nothing but good things about these Rimmel shadows and they came up a lot in the SO Project shadow week. Opening this is where I starting to think that Rebecca is literally a mind reader. How she read my mind number 1, she got me it in a deep purple shade. Since the SO Project so many people have been suggesting purple is a shade for someone under confident with shadow and now I own the perfect shade.

Next she read my mind because she clearly knew that I was desperate to try Rimmel's Scandal Eyes eyeliner. I have been eyeing this up for a while, I am a HUGE fan of collections liquid liner (see why here) but have been wanting to try something new and this was definitely in my radar. Now it's in my make up collection and I couldn't be happier.

The next product I've seen in a few post's recently and I even said to myself 'I will get that soon.' Thankfully Rebecca had already got that covered. I do have a lip scrub but it's not the most powerful so I was looking to invest in a Lush one. This Santa scrub just got me excited about Christmas so I really REALLY wanted it. So thank you Rebecca.

Then came a lovely Palmers Cocoa Butter lip balm. I have been a huge fan of palmers since I tried their dark spot corrector (I did a guest post on it for Steph from Steph's voice here) so was very happy to see this pop out as I unwrapped. I feel like my boyfriend will also be making good use of this as he is always asking me for my 'lip stuff'!'

Another reason Rebecca is a mind reader is she clearly knew I was running out of my hair oil! I was down to my last few pumps of my Lee Stafford Argan Oil and wham bam I now have a nice shinny new full bottle of TRESemme Liquid Gold hair oil. I was wanting to try a new one, not because the Lee Stafford one is bad, purely because it's the only one I've tried and I was curious. I love TRESemme as a brand and now I have this beauty to test out.

Finally came the nail varnishes. As I love all things matte I had been eyeing the Barry M Matte range for a while. I actually got this burgundy shade for Rebecca (great minds n'all) so I was extremely happy when I opened it. I ended up whacking it straight onto my nails after opening. She also got my a lovely dark blue shade from Rimmel. Again I've heard so many great things about Rimmel Salon Pro varnishes and navy blue is definitely the shade of the season so Barmy Blue was a great choice.

All in all, Rebecca has managed to get me some amazing things that I couldn't be happier with. The best thing though is that I have got to know Rebecca more. She is a lovely girl and I really hope we get to meet soon. Go check here out at Dizzee Darling

Does anyone have any of these products? Has anyone done a box swap before? If not I really recommend you do one, it's been brilliant.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The One Brand: Collection

I don't have many things from Collection 2000 (I still call it that cause I'm old) but what I do have, I bloody love. Quite obviously, by its old name, Collection was created in 2000...who would have thought.

My first buy was the Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner. I have tried enough eye liners in my time to have decided that this is the single best eye liner...EVER! I've tried Maybeline, I've tried Rimmel, I've tried Clinique. I've tried pencils, I've tried pens and I've tried gel's and nothing beats this.

I've spoken about it on A Day In the Life of a Northern Girl before but basically this does not budge! Once this eyeliner is on your lid it doesn't fade, doesn't smudge and doesn't flake in the slightest. The nib that it comes with also makes it extremely easy to create the perfect flick from subtle to major extreme. A thick or thin line can be created with equal amounts of ease with this eyeliner. It's so perfect I have it in both black and brown. Oh and it's only £2.99 as well. I don't know what else to say about it apart from you need to try it to believe it.

Next we come to the obvious choice, the cult classic that is the collection concealer. Now don't get me wrong I like this concealer but I don't think it's quite worth the hype it's been given. I've heard people compare it to YSL's touché éclat and that is just crazy. For one, nothing will match up to the wonder product, but secondly it's just not got the lasting power or the coverage to match. Saying all this, the Collection concealer is perfect for those that don't have too much to cover up. It doesn't tackle my dark under eyes enough for everyday use but certainly works great as a handbag keeper for any little top ups during the day (or for extra tired occasions). I'm not saying that this isn't a great product, it is and has to be to have so much attention. It does great for a £4.99 Concealer and certainly acts more high end then high street.

So now we come to the products I would most certainly like to try (if I had more room in my dressing table). The first thing that stirred my beauty curiosity is the Gothic Glam Lipstick in Revenge. It looks like the perfect, vampie purple/red for autumn/winter. Also the packaging reminds me of MAC...bonus.

Another lip product that got my attention is the Colour Pout Lip Stain. These remind me of Rimmel's 1000 Kisses and I loved those. They are the perfect amount of subtle colour but lasted all day. The Collection version looks like it would do a similar job, but for a cheaper price and that's got to be a good thing right?!?

As I'm very much a setting powder fanatic, and because the hype around the Lasting Perfection Concealer, I thought the powder from this range would be worth giving a whirl. I'm also running low on the amazing product that is Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, so maybe I should take the opportunity to try something new to tame the shine.

So there are my Collection favourites and what's on my wishlist. What are you favourite Collection products, what would you recommend I try? 

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The One Brand: Soap and Glory

In my head the first thing Mrs Soap and Glory thought when she created this brand was..."all my products need to have 'oh my god, best smell ever!' As people's first reaction." I haven't tried, tested or sniffed a single product that was not absolutely delicious to the nostrils. Any road, a little background for you...

Like all the brands so far in this series, Soap and Glory is a good old British brand. It was created by Marcia Kilgore and is definitely more well know for their bath range rather than their make up. They have an absolutely amazing slogan on their website that only makes me love them more and that is "while beauty absolutely matters, it doesn't matter absolutely." You go S&G. I have to admit, I am a bigger fan of their body range rather than their make up, but that is only because their toiletries are AMAZING not because their make up is disappointing in any way! 

I can't possibly decide which I prefer out of my S&G products, so in true reality tv show nomination style, I have to say "in no particular order..."

I have two scrubs from Soap and Glory. I'm a bit of a scrub lover (or a scrubber haha) as I have dry skin on my body and oily on the face. A good multitalented scrub can certainly help tackle both these problems. The scrub I use the most has to be The Breakfast Scrub and I'm surprise I haven't eaten it all by now because it smells like golden syrup and porridge!!!! Aww it's mouth watering (I did once get some in my mouth by mistake and it taste like sin so please don't try haha). This is more of a harsh scrub that will really help deeply exfoliate your skin. I use it mostly on my face to give it a bit of a revive, stop build up and help prevent the shine. It also works great on those lovely scaly legs I tend to get in winter! 

My second scrub is much more gentle. This scrub is made up of beads rather than salts and, if it's even possible, smells more amazing than The Breakfast Scrub. It smells like jojoba and heaven and sweets all mixed together. Even now while I'm typing, I have my nose stuck in the tub! The Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em (god I love S&G's names) body scrub is more of a moisturising scrub and is perfect for getting silky smooth legs after a shave. 

Next we come to the Endless Glove hand cream. This little wonder popped up in my October Favourites and although I have found a hand cream I like better since, I am still a huge fan of this product. It sinks into the skin perfectly and is really helping sooth my sore hands throughout these dry, cold months. You don't normally have to reapply throughout the day unless you are really suffering, and a little really does go along way. Of course, it smells pretty damn great too and doubles up as a moisture mask...yay.

We then move on to their award winning...yes award winning...The Righteous Butter. This is a body butter that not only absorbs into the skin in record time so you don't have to sit in your undies for hours before you can put your clothes on, but also keeps dry skin at bay all day. This is getting a little repetitive now but oh the smell. It smells of shea butter and vanilla and loveliness and it's I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E (but no surprise there)!

Finally we come to my only make up product I have from S&G and that is their Glow All Night highlight. I have done a full review on this here but basically this is perfect for those that want a hint of shine without looking too dewy. It takes a bit of doing to get it on the skin but once on, it creates a lovely natural glow.

So that's my top Soap and Glory list. Which products made it on to yours and what products am I missing out on. Let me know below.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The One Brand: MUA

So here it is, the third week of The One Brand. Now I know I am also part of The Winter Project but have struggled to get posts up for the past two weeks for those so I do apologise. The One Brand posts seem to come a bit more naturally to write so that is my excuse.

Anyway lets get onto the topic of this week...MUA. I am a newbie to MUA if I’m honest. I only had one product until recently. Before becoming a beauty blogger I have to shamefully admit I was a bit of a make up snob. If make up brands were amazingly cheap, I thought that it would be too good to be true, oh how I was wrong! Yes some cheap brands out there are in fact rubbish, but there are some beauties, and MUA is one of them, that I just really can’t believe scan be so good and so cheap.

In my opinion, the most amazing products MUA sell are their lipsticks. I don't know why I was so surprised about how amazing these would be. I'd read so many rave reviews about these before I actually got them, but I guess I though for £1 there had to be some sort of catch. Well there certainly wasn't. As I am a lover of matte, I did expect their new (ish) matte range to be extremely drying but I think they are the most moisturising lipsticks I've ever tried.

As I'm going through a blush love phase at the moment, I have chosen two from MUA's collection. The first is a cream blush that, like their above lipsticks, is fairly new to the MUA scene and are only £1. This specific shade needs a bit of building to create a decent pigment but once on, it gives such a lovely 'natural flush' look to the skin.

The other blush I love from MUA is the complete opposite in every single way. It's a powder that is extremely pigmented. So pigmented in fact it is pretty easy to look a bit clown like with it. Once you get the technique right and you learn than less is definitely more, the colour of this is almost identical to my MAC 'Stay Pretty' so you could save yourself £15! Both of these blushes have great staying power too. They might not last you all day (as we have to remember they are extremely cheap) but they will give a bloody good attempt at doing so.

My first MUA product, and something I couldn't live with out, is the Pro-Base Eye Lid Primer. I have mentioned this so many times, and will probably mention it many more. This product is supposed to be used as an eyeshadow primer, and yes I do use it for that, but I think it is best suited under the eyes. I use it as a primer for my concealer and it makes a huge difference as to when I do and when I don't use this. My concealer doesn't move through out the whole day when it's applied on top of this. There is also no creasing issues either, and when I have to use 4 concealers to cover my bags that can usually be an big issue. Yes it works brilliant as suggested on the lid, but this is definitely a multi talented product. 

Finally we come to my final MUA love. I was a little cynical about this when I popped it in the online basket, and if I'm honest I only got it to take me over £30 to get free shipping. I'm definitely glad I decided to add it to my collection though. I view it as a pretty good substitute to my bare minerals foundation powder. Ok it doesn't give as much coverage but it advertises itself as translucent and I wouldn't say that was the case at all. It's great for those like me who like to set their liquid foundation with something a little bit heavier but won't cake.

So that's my MUA favourite. Have you tried any of these? What MUA products are in your top list? Again, any links to others participating the The One Brand, link them below.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Monday, 25 November 2013

L'Oreal Nail A Porter Review

I have never been a false nails kinda gal, I've never had them professionally done and I've only bought stick on ones on odd occasions in the past. However, my opinion changed when I got some Impressed nails for a friends wedding the other month. Now, I fully intended on doing a review for them but never got round to it. Then yesterday, for some reason (and by that I mean I'd seen them all over the bloggisphere and had to get them) I picked up a few pairs of the L'Oreal A Porter false nails.

There was a 3 for 2 offer going on so of course I took advantage of this! I wanted the red ones for a my christmas day nails and the black and gold ones for any fancier nights out I might have leading up to the festive season. So, when it came to choosing the pack I would get free I had to go for the ones that had my favourite nail colour on, grey. The nails go on extremely easily as you simply peel the adhesive stickers off the sheet and place it on your natural nail, then you add the false one on top of that and squeeze to the high heavens.

Now, I am completely undecided on these. I sometimes look at these nails and think the look lovely. I then look at them again and think 'jeez these look so fake.' I have also found that, like most fake nails they do make things harder to do and feel like they have a good chance of falling off, however, these feel like they're even flimsier than normal. I also found these nails were all pretty unusual sizes, some fit like a dream and others are too long and too wide for the suggested nail (see the little pinky nail above).

Saying this, it was only when I went to take pictures of these nails, that I realised there was in fact 24 nails and not the 12 I originally thought were given, so I could have potentially found ones to fit better, but I'd have been limited to one use from the packet.

I have to say though, I love the style of these. Although I could potentially regret getting 3 pairs, I will be testing them out again. I will also, most certainly, be copying the style with real nail varnish on my own nails. All in all, I'm not completely sold on these, but I'm not completely disappointed by them either. I guess it all comes down to how long they last on the nails which will be the deciding vote.

Have you tried these nails? What do you think of the quality and the style? Are there any other good fake nail alternatives out there? 

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The One Brand: Rimmel

I think this is the week I have been looking forward to the most. I'd go, not quite as far in saying Rimmel is my top highstreet brand, but it's definitely in the top 3. As we all know, Rimmel is a London brand...you know 'Get the London Look' n'all, or 'Get THAT London look' as us Yorkshire lasses say!!!

This brand was founded my Mr Rimmel himself (Eugiene) in the early 1800's, 1834 to be more exact. It's not just popular in the UK but it sells amazingly across the whole flipping world, go Rimmel!! Obviously when we think of Rimmel good old Kate Moss springs to mind, but the brand has been supported and endoreced by many amazing and beautiful models and celebs across the board. Clearly it's a very popular brand...or there's just a genius running their marketing department.

Now, Rimmel haven't been without the odd bit of controversy. They've had adverts taken off the TV and banned from magazines for being "deceptive and misleading" as they used false lashes in their mascara adverts. Naught Rimmel, thank god I don't use any of their mascaras!! However, I have no doubt other companies play similar tricks. I am under no pretence that others, and I even know of a brand in this series, use other and better products in their advertising. For me, as long as the product they are directly promoting isn't enhanced, replaced or altered, I think I'm ok with this. It's a dog eat dog world out there and there's just too much beauty competition!

Any road on to my top products. I've mentioned Rimmel a few times in various posts so a lot of this will be repeats, but I think it's worth the read!

My favourite Rimmel product has to be their new Stay Matte Foundation. I did a review on it last week so check that out here. Basically this is great for those with the dreaded shine. Yes it's a thick mouse and yes it's a little difficult to work with but it's feather weight on the skin and if you thin it out with a moisturiser it's a bloody faultless foundation.

The absolute saviour in my life comes in the shape of Rimmel's stay matte powder. I nearly forgot to add this to this weeks post (hence why it's not in the first picture). Because I use it so much, it's almost become second nature. It's also so amazing I forgot it came from a high street brand! I have two of these, one for my dressing table and one in my bag. It's under £4 and perfect for 'powdering your nose' throughout the day. I have wrote about this little bad boy hundreds of times on my blog as it's perfect for setting make up and, more importantly, hiding the shine. I think every girl should have one of these on them at all times.

Next we hand over to my first ever Rimmel purchases, the Kate Moss matte lipsticks. I got these because I really wanted some bold colours and these too really do tick those requirements. Because they're matte they can be a little drying, but with a good lip routine and a good lip scrub (see here for my routine) these beauties glide onto the lip perfectly. The pigmentation is brilliant but the lasting power could be better. However, the price of these lipsticks is so good, I can let any issues slide.

I have recently received 2 new Rimmel products from the box swap I did with Rebecca (full post on the box coming soon). The first one was the Scandal eyes eyeliner and oh my god I love it. I had heard wonders about this but never actually tried it before, or any other pen like eyeliner for that matter. I was always one for a liquid, but lets just say this present from Rebecca has won me over. It lasts all night, is easy to apply and you can create different thicknesses of liner with one quick sweep. 

The other Rimmel product I was introduced too was the Rimmel eye shadows. The one I received was in Midnight Ruby, a deep purple colour. I haven't actually had chance to use this yet but when I swatched the colour, it looks amazing and so flattering, so I can't wait to try it. Again, I've heard great things about this range and have no doubt it will live up to all my expectations. 

So that's it, my top Rimmel products (of the moment, I'm sure I will add to my collection and love everything that I do). Have you tried any of these? What are you favourite Rimmel products? Any good recommendations will not fall of deaf ears I can assure you hehe.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

So I was nominated by the lovely Sheen from Golden and Sheen for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I want to send her a big thanks for that. I have had the pleasure of meeting Sheen and she really is a lovely gal so go and check her out.

I have previously done a post with facts about myself here so go check that out here if you like, but I will be creating some more facts for this one.

The following are the rules for the award:
· Display the award logo on your blog and link back to the person who nominated you
· Share 7 facts about yourself
· Nominate 10 other bloggers and notify them that they have been nominated

So lets get onto the 7 facts, as it's coming up to Christmas I thought I'd sprinkle my own Christmas fairy dust twist on it and make my answers festive themed. Here we go. 

1. I haven't grown up yet and have a Disney Christmas tree. When we were younger we had one at home (well, we still do now). We were lucky enough to head to Disney Land Florida and Paris a fair few times as kids and my mum would buy a Disney decoration every time we went. When I moved out I cheekily asked if I could have the decorations to take with me and was met with a firm, and understandable, no. So I started collecting my own. Now I have more than my mum. I buy out the whole Disney Christmas range each year. This pretty little thing sits at the top of my tree.

2. Talking of Christmas trees, the smell of a real fresh Christmas tree is my favourite smell in the whole wide world. 

3. One of my favourite things about Christmas is my Christmas Eve tradition. Me and my dad watch 'It's A Wonderful Life' every year without fail. I love this tradition because not only do I get to watch my favourite film of all time, I get to spend some sentimental time with my dad. As we are the most sentimental ones in our family I really love having this tradition with him. If you haven't seen the film you really should. It's the most heart warming story you'll ever see. I have seen in the news today they are planning on making a sequel, I'm not sure how I feel about that!

4. Christmas Day is the only day I don't mind not seeing my boyfriend. I know it sounds harsh and obviously I'd love to spend all my time with him but, to me, Christmas is about being with your family. He has his family Christmas and I have mine so I'm just about OK with the fact we can't mix the two. It also gives us an excuse to have a fake Christmas together a few days before so we get two...yay. 

5. In my opinion, no matter how old you are (24 in mine and 27 in my brothers case) you are never too old to unwrap Christmas presents in your PJ's. It's what I love doing and for me, Christmas is just not the same if I don't spend the first few hours in my pyjamas.

6. I wish this wasn't the case but I hate the "Christmas Flavour." You know what I mean, all the different spices, especially cinnamon. I really wish I did because I love the idea of mince pies and mulled wine. For the amount I love Christmas I feel I'm missing out on the whole excitement around Christmas food. These foods should make me happy not screw my nose up.


7. I don't know if it's just me, and I'm probably going to sound strange here, but I find that Christmas just has a whole different feel to it. It looks different to every other normal day, it spells different to any other normal day and it has a different atmosphere. It's hard to describe without sounding crazy, but everything about the day feels different and special. 

So on to the nominations. Now I know a few of the people I will nominate have already been nominated by Sheen herself so don't feel like you have to do it twice (or at all for that matter. I know it can be difficult scheduling normal posts let alone these little extras). So here they are.  

Rebecca from Dizzee Darling
Danielle from Polkadella
Rebecca from Cloud Nine Indulgence
Hayfa from London Loafers 
Hannah from hbbeauty 
Hayley from Tea Party Beauty
Ashley and Julie from 20/30 Glam
Charlotte from Looks 2b Loved


Sunday, 17 November 2013

My Make Up Christmas Wishlist

My Make Up Christmas Wishlist
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

As everyone is aware, Christmas is coming and I really couldn't be more excited. I love Christmas, I always have an always will. I love the build up, I love the day and I love the aftermath. Normally I get the same little make up presents from my mum. This consists of my Bare Minerals Mineral Power, My YSL Mascara and YSL Touché Éclat. If it was up to me, when she ask's 'what would you like for Christmas?' I would happy only give her a list of make up. But, unfortunately she refuses to do that so, I have created a wish list of stuff I would love to get, or would buy myself if I got the chance (had the money!!)

1. The most talked about product of the moment, the Nars One Night Stand palette, is every beauty lovers top product. I keep seeing posts about it everywhere and I just really want this in my life. I'm running out of my Laguna bronzer and thought I might as well get a highlighter and four blushes for an extra twenty quid.

2. When I was thinking of prizes for my give away (which is still going by the way so enter here) I said that I was a rubbish beauty blogger. This is because I have never tried a Mac lipstick. So if I could use my Christmas wish list for anything, it would be to rectify this. I'm not sure on the exact shade I'd go for but I'm looking for a nice deep purple shade. Something like Rebel or Cyber. 

3. I have already tried the YSL Touché Éclat foundation and I love it, but I have run out hence why it is in this wish list at number 6. I've heard so much about the new YSL foundation. The Forever Youth Liberator Foundation has a tiny percentage of their wonder serum in it. When I tried to get a sample of this from the MUA at the counter, she informed me that even though I'm only 24, I have to start thinking about preventing my skin from ageing already. This product should hopefully help whilst covering any blemishes at the same time. Plus, I've heard it has really good coverage and people have had nothing but compliments when they wear this. 

4. OK, so we all know about my issues with my under eye circles and I have finally got a pretty good ragieme going on. However, when I saw this in a recent post from Ruth from A Model Recommends I just knew I HAD to test it out. It's meant to give really good coverage and hide even the darkest of circles. If it's anything like the double wear foundation, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place High Coverage Concealer will definitely be brilliant. 

5. Another product that has been popping up in posts and videos everywhere is the Bourjois Java Rise Powder. As someone with oily skin I'm always looking for powders and setting products. It also helps that this powder has the cutest vintage packaging I've seen. It is unfortunately the only high street product on my wish list...oops!!

6. See post 3...basically, I need a top up of this as I love this foundation but I'm all out.

So what make up has made it on your christmas wish list? Have you tried any of these products? I'd love more products to add to my shopping list hehe.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

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