Saturday, 5 October 2013
Sunday, 22 September 2013
Whilst visiting Manchester to meet up with a friend, I had some time to kill and found myself stumbling into the Debenhams make up section filled with counter after counter of beautiful products that for the majority of the time I like to stand and cry at because I can't afford much. I was feeling ever so slightly giddy yesterday however and I convinced myself to buy Urban Decay's NAKED Basics palette which came to £20 which for six beautiful shadows I suppose isn't too bad. I've been wanting to try out the UD products for such a long time as beauty blogger after beauty blogger rave about them and the temptation got too much!
The palette itself is beautifully packaged and I adore that there are both matte colours for your base and crease, and shimmery shadows for the corners of your eyes to brighten and dust across your brow bone and over the top of you shadow to give it a little more glamour. One of the things I love most about these shadows is that they don't seem to drop like a lot of others do meaning that I don't feel the constant need to touch up or check that I don't look like the complete wreck I once did!
haha, she jokes...or does she? And I'm now tempted to break out and buy one of the larger palettes at a later date.
To create the look above, I used 'Naked 2' as a base and using a blending brush I slowly applied 'Faint' to the outer corner of my lid and through my crease. Once satisfied with the same blending brush I used 'Crave' to slightly darken that outer corner, making sure I was blending thoroughly all the time. To the inner corners of my eye to brighten the look I used 'Venus' to add a subtle sparkle, and 'Foxy' to my brow bone. Using a clean blending brush I checked over to make sure I had no harsh edges.
To finish the look I applied my Collection liquid eyeliner in black to my waterline and top lid, Maybelline's 'Falsies Volum'Express' in brown and the Rimmel professional brow pencil in hazel, MAC's finishing powder in 'Soft and Gentle' and last but not least my Coloursensational lipstick in '150, Stellar Pink'.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
1. Chester Zoo
Theres nothing quite like turning 18 and wanting to return back to your younger years with a good friend just because the new found responsibilities of being an adult are too much to handle. At the begining of August myself and my best pal decided to take a carefree (for the most part) trip to Chester Zoo in the hope of a fun-filled day containing animals, lots of sunshine and even more laughing. All of the animals that we saw were in beautiful condition and, aside from the wasps and my friend getting her ticket stuck in her bag leading to us having to cut through layers of pocket with the bluntest scissors you have ever seen, it was such a stress free, laugh out loud, infinitaly memorable day.
I find buying swimwear one of the most daunting things because, lets be honest ladies, none of us are really too fond of our body and it's difficult when you look down and say "oh come on, actually give me something to work with here" when it comes to the cleavage department. I had put off buying new swimwear for the entire summer, knowing that my holiday was getting closer by the day and if I didn't buy anything soon I was getting to be stuck buying something horrific that no one else wanted and I'd feel even worse about the situation than I would have done if I'd have gone for it when stocks were high. Saying this, the first week of August I took a hopeful tripn to Debenhams and luckily enough I managed to find this floral 2 piece from Mantaray. Though a little more than I would have usually payed for swimwear, this bikini is so well made and pretty plus, I didn't feel 100% horrific-want-to-cry-and-never-be-seen-outdoors-again which was an absolute bonus! I know summer is more or less over, but if any of you lucky few are still going on holiday sometime soon you should definitely check out the Mantaray collection on the Debenhams website, even though they may not stock this particular bikini anymore.
The Isles of Scilly are a quaint collection of islands situated just 28 miles of the Cornish coast and I like tot hink of it as my second home. The first time I visited the islands I was a mere 6 weeks old so I have always had a great fondness of them and fortunately, my parents love it there so much that we visit most summers. I've never been to a place with prettier views and nicer people. If you ever have a chance to explore there, you're in for an absolute treat.
To see more pictures from around the islands, visit my instagram!
I'm a sucker for jewellery and when it is as beautiful as these two piece, you just try and stop me buying some. Scilly Gems make all of their own jewellery whether it be from debry found of the beach, stones and shells, or even paper and old drinks cans. I think the thing I love about things like this is that no two pieces are the same so you're always going to have your own individual design and so far, both of these pairs have had a lot of compliments so far for only £3.50 each they were an absolute bargain!
Though I have read this series countless times, they will never stop being brilliantly captivating to me. I managed to read the majority of the series whilst on holiday again and I think the thing I love most about them is that though you know the end result, they always still manage to lure you in and break your heart, make you smile and become best friends with the characters time and time again.
To listen to 'Frankenstein' and check out Jamie's other material, click here!
(taken from @hannahwaddelow)
Crust 1 1/2 cups digestive biscuits 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Filling 1 cup whipping cream 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 200 gram dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly 10 fresh strawberries, halved 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Desserts like this are my absolute weakness. I'm a sucker for cheesecake, I adore chocolate and stawberrys are healthy...so that cancels out all the sugar and carbs..right?! This is just a really homely thing to make, and it's been proven to make you feel better on the worst of days, so whether you make it for family and friends or even just as a treat for yourself, you won't be disappointed!
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
I think there sometimes
What you will need:
2 Tbsp salted butter
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 pinch baking powder
1 pinch salt
3 Tbsp chocolate chips (it's best to use either full milk chocolate or you can combine milk with either white or dark!)
Add bitter and brown sugar to a 12oz (or larger) mug. Heat in a microwave on high for around 45 seconds, then remove from the microwave and stir mixture with a form. Mix in the egg and the vanilla extract. Stir in the coca powder. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until well combined. Take your selected chocolate chips and make sure they have been mixed in thoroughly to the mixture (as you don't want them all at the top of your brownie!). Set your microwave on 50% power and cook your brownie for around 1 minute 50 seconds - 2 minutes 30 seconds (time will vary depending on your microwave wattage, so just keep checking on it to make sure it doesn't go too tough). Serve warm topped with your favourite ice cream, sauce and/or icing sugar (with maybe even a few more chocolate chips if you still don't feel as though all your chocolately needs are fulfilled!)
These brownies are so fun, quick and easy to make - you can't ask for much more than that!
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
I've decided that at the end of every month I would like to do a monthly favourites not unlike DailyGrace's 'sexist' (her sexy list of everything she's loved that month) and FleurDeForce's beauty favourites!
1: Nina Ricci by Nina Ricci
It has been a good long while since I have bought myself some new perfume as I'm sure you girls are aware we always seem to be getting some form of fragrance whether it is for Christmas or for birthdays or if someone just fancied buying you a treat (lucky thing!), so when I was browsing my way through every cosmetics and drugstore that Liverpool City Centre had to offer me, I couldn't help but subconsciously follow the sweet smells of the perfume counter in superdrug. I'm very wary about spending money a lot of the time and it is AWFUL because I think everybody needs a little therapeutic shopping every now and then, but it's no good when you feel super guilty after it! Anyway, on to the perfume! I paid £27 for the smallest bottle they had (30ml) as I like perfume, but I like to save perfumes like this for more special occasions so I know I wouldn't use it that often. I think that this perfume is ideal for summer with it's light, fruity smell (which, incidentally, matches its bottle). I wouldn't say that it was hands down the nicest perfume I have ever smelt, and I know that not everyone would enjoy it as much as I do, but I feel it is ideal to wear on perhaps a date or out for a meal with friends, though it could still be accepted as an everyday perfume.
2: QVS Eyeshadow Angle Brush
Again, this is another purchase from Superdrug, costing around £8 (I think), and this is something I've been wanting to purchase for quite a while now. I'm a girl who loves her eyeliner whether it be kohl, liquid, gel- I don't care! But I have pretty oily skin which can become a problem for me, especially in these summer months when I want to apply liner to my waterline as it either smudges or runs and by the end of the day I like some tiny human species of panda. As recommended by many a beauty vlogger on YouTube, I thought I'd try using eyeshadow as a supplement liner by wetting the angle brush before applying it to make it last a little longer and it works like magic! I know there are a lot of brands of makeup brushes out there, some of them a lot more expensive and others cheaper but, for someone with no job and no money 90% of the time, it's best not to buy brushes that will fall apart after 2 uses, but nothing too expensive because you can find cheaper brushes, such as this, which will do the job just as well and last for a good amount of time before the bristles begin to fall out.
3: Pandora Rose Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings
I am 100% in love with these beautifully delicate earrings. These were part of my 18th birthday present this year from my parents and I wore them for my leavers prom the day after. I wanted simple jewellery to match my dress and the moment I saw these I fell in love. Over the counter they cost £40 but if you buy online you may have to pay an additional £5 to cover delivery costs but they are well worth it and complete so many outfits.
4: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
As I mentioned I had my prom earlier this month and as a treat I decided to go and get my makeup done for the day so I didn't look like a train wreck. This powder costs £22 and is one of the most beautiful finishes you could ask for when topping off a look and I personally love this as I've found that it also looks pretty even without wearing foundation underneath it as I don't tend to enjoy wearing foundations in the summer as it feels too heavy sometimes. It is a beautiful combination of champagne-y colours with a slightly darker brown hidden in amongst it all and it gives you a stunning shimmery glow. Youtube's Sprinkleofglitter raves about this product in her latest video claiming that "if I had a bazillion pounds I would actually buy every single one of you this because it is just amazing!".
5 & 6: The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkein & Homemade Owl Bookmarks
Reading is a great passion of mine as like many others out there I enjoy not being in the real world but in my own little bubble of infinite fiction which probably explains a great deal about my personality and the way I act if you know me. As I have now finished school my summer reads have already begun and I am on my third book of the summer, The Hobbit. Now I know a lot of people have already read this and I'm a little late, but I loved all of the LOTR films and the first Hobbit film so I finally decided that this is the year that I'd sit down and read them. So far, it is brilliant. I'm coming up to where the first films ended so the plot will be a little less spoilt for me from now on, but I am really enjoying it. Item number 6 in my favourites was one of those things where I made it in about 5 minutes last night and now I love it and want to make better quality ones to give to people. After sorting out my entire bookshelf yesterday and re-organising everything I suddenly realised that I had lost all of my bookmarks, which isn't a problem if I'm reading off my kindle but I really don't like folding the corners of pages in books anymore so I decided I would make myself a little owl bookmark to jazz my reading up a little bit. Cool, I know.
7: Gabrielle Aplin's English Rain Deluxe Edition CD
Gabrielle Aplin has been on of my inspirations for many, many years now and it is so lovely for me as a fan to be able to see how far she has come since she started making her cover videos on youtube with the occasional original song. Even in this past year with the release of 'Home' and the two music videos that have ran alongside it you can see the level of maturity grow and her voice become even more powerful and emotional. Her songs on this album make me feel a variety of things, relief, acceptance, sadness and joy. It is a truly wonderful combination and I look forward to seeing her in Liverpool in November and to see what she does in the future.
8: Despicable Me 2
Last but certainly not least is my film favourite of the month, Despicable Me 2. Now I know what you're all saying, "Hannah, come on now, you're 18. Now is not the time for children's films" but the truth is, I CAN'T HELP IT. I'm actually not 18, I'm 5 years old trapped in this body and I just want to watch Disney and Universal films constantly. I absolutely adored the first, not only because it was hilarious but because the main character, Gru, is played by none other than Mr Steve Carell who is one of my all time favourite comedians. In won't give anything away because I know a lot of people still haven't seen it but it is well worth a watch no matter what age you are, it is sure to have you keeling over laughing with the tears rolling down your face whilst you and your friend hold on to each other to stay in your seat. Truly wonderful.