Latest Beauty Buys

Over the bank holiday weekend I decided to go shopping as I was on my own the whole time and feeling a bit down in the dumps. I’d only intended to buy a few essentials, some tops, and maybe a little treat for myself. I came away with a few essentials, two tops, and lots of little treats for myself. Oops. Here are the treats!

Sleek Blush in Rose Gold
This. I bloomin’ love this! I dropped my blusher on the floor and it broke – I do this all the time, when will I learn? – and as I’d never tried anything from Sleek before, I decided to give this one a go. I swatched it in store and, gosh, mermaid vibes. This is actually a bit like a highlighter and a blush all in one, super pigmented and has a really lovely shimmer about it. L o v e.

Sleek ‘Matte Me’ Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream in Vino Tinto
I wanted to try one of these for a while and as I’m already in Autumn mode, I couldn’t resist this colour. It’s such a beautiful burgundy – I’m a sucker for burgundy – and the swatch stayed on my hand for so long. This seems like a good indicator of the lipstick’s staying power, but I’ll let you know for definite once I’ve tried it.

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel
Ok in fairness I did actually need this. I’m the worst for cleaning my makeup brushes and I don’t do it anywhere near as often as I should.

Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist in Aqua Kiss
I’m really glad I found this. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume is one of my favourite fragrances of all time but of course, being VS it’s a bit on the pricey side. This fragrance mist smells pretty much exactly the same as the Bombshell perfume for a fraction of the price. Happy days!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Lunch Date
After hearing good things about Tanya Burr’s makeup range I decided to give her lip gloss a try. I was actually looking for Martha Moo but annoyingly it was out of stock, so I picked up this one instead. To me it’s a pretty normal nude colour, and it’s not particularly long lasting but I guess most glosses aren’t. I kind of wish I’d chosen a brighter, more pigmented colour.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
After seeing lots of people use these in tutorials I wanted to give one a try. Last week I was sent a fab contour kit from Covershoot Cosmetics but I haven’t got a decent contour brush to use with it. This sponge works well.

In my defence, a huge Charlotte Tilbury counter has opened in my local Fenwicks and I didn’t buy anything. I’d already spent a small fortune so I decided to walk away – where’s my medal? – I’ll save that for next payday.

Hannah x

Little Thoughts Meets YouTube – Or Not

This is one of those crappy blogging moments that we all get at some point and think why the bloody hell am I doing this?

After contemplating YouTube for months I finally decided to bite the bullet and do it, so today I created a channel and uploaded my first vlog. It’s safe to say I probably won’t be doing that again. Not anytime soon, anyway.

I spent the day filming, deleting, filming, deleting, and then finally got some bits and bobs that I felt ok with. I spent hours editing and trying to make it look better – adding music, trying out filters, cutting, trimming. In the end I thought it was ok and started to upload it. God, I’ve never been so nervous in my life. It was awful. But only because I knew deep down that I wasn’t happy with what I was posting. The video stayed up for thirty five minutes before I took it down and deleted the whole channel and now I am left feeling embarrassed, silly and generally rubbish.

There weren’t even any nasty comments or anything, in fact there was nothing but support. But the moral of the story is, when it comes to blogging, vlogging, whatever,  post only the content that you’re proud of. Same goes for when working with brands and other bloggers. If you’re not happy with it, don’t post it. Don’t fill time by talking about crap just because you haven’t posted for a while, and writing posts for brands irrelevant to your blog. Stick to your guns.

Hannah x

 

Words Fail Me | Maison De Choup

I think it’s fairly safe to say that you’re aware of my passion for mental health awareness by now. So when I was approached by Maison de Choup I instantly fell in love with the whole concept of their being. Maison de Choup isn’t your usual fashion label. Instead, it is a collective project full of young artists and designers to raise money and awareness for mental illness.

Conceived in the Spring of 2014, Maison de Choup is the brainchild of George Hodgson – a young artist driven by the restless necessity to create – born out of a crippling anxiety period that ruined his young life.

As well as offering a wide range of shirts, t-shirts and accessories, Maison de Choup have one particular garment that particularly stuck with me: the Words Fail Me t-shirt. The t-shirt reminds me of what my own mind can be like sometimes – the letters are jumbled, illogical – and sometimes, words really do fail me. How can you describe what mental illness is like? Sure, I blog about it, but can you really give people an insight into what it’s really like? I just felt like this t-shirt was a really good representation of that because, sometimes, you really can’t put the way you’re feeling into words.

 25% of all proceeds go to Young Minds charity.

Hannah x

RealHer Moisturising Lipstick

So I have been totally spoilt by RealHer who have sent me their entire Moisturising Lipstick range. Anyone who knows me will know how much I love lipsticks – they are by far my favourite makeup products and I have a pretty vast collection. This range consists of five shades which I have to say are all colours that I would choose myself, so I’m absolutely delighted to say the least!

Anyway enough of the chit chat and boring you all to death with my waffle, this is what they are.

I Love Myself
The elegance of a classic nude with a bit of a shimmer.

I Define Beauty Myself
I love this pink for an every day shade.

Women Rule the World
A gorgeous bright pink shade for when I’m feeling ballsy. This shade is so sassy.

Be Yourself Be RealHer
The classic red lip.

I Am Powerful
My favourite of all: a dark monsoony red which is so my cup of tea.

I absolutely love the appearance of these lipsticks as I’m loving monochrome right now. I even debated changing my whole blog to black and white. This is RealHer’s debut line of lipsticks and they’re all packed with Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Oil and Vitamin E.

I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by this range. They are long-lasting – I now can’t get the darker swatches off my arm – moisturising and I love all of the shades. They’re very wearable and I think there is something for everyone in this range, especially if you’re a lipstick addict like me and wear all of them! (Not at once, obviously).

Has anyone else tried this range? What did you think?

Hannah x

*This post contains sponsored products

Depression | Two Years On

It suddenly dawned on me a couple of days ago that it was about this time two years ago (two whole years!?!) that I was diagnosed with depression. I can remember it being August – September time, and I was standing in my garden in tears. Of course I’d been ‘sad’ for a while, but having a label plastered on me whilst I sobbed to the doctor still wasn’t easy to swallow.

So what’s happened in the last two years? Where am I now?

Well actually, I’m doing ok. In fact, quite a lot has happened in the past two years that I’m pretty darn proud of. Here are some of my victories – I hope this post gives somebody hope.


1- I had therapy sessions for six weeks and spoke about things that I needed to deal with.
2- Slowly, I dealt with said things.
3- I took antidepressants – I didn’t get on with them, but I am still grateful for that time purely because of the support that I received – I will never forget that and my relationship with my boyfriend is stronger as a result.
4- I’m learning to be ok with my body again.
5- I started my blog.
6- I wrote for Student Minds.
7- I became an external writer for Pretty52.
8- Time To Change shared one of my blog posts.
9- I managed to establish a partnership with West Kent Mind.
10- I battled horrendous anxiety in a concert venue and still stayed until the end.
11- I fought serious travel anxiety twice in this year alone and beat it both times.
12- I have just become a blogger for Huffington Post.
13- I started #TalkMH.
14- I haven’t had a serious depressive low for about six months or so.
15- I have made some of the most incredible friends.

Please, don’t give up. Soon you will have your own victories. And if you already do, please share them with me! I would love to hear about how you are beating your mental illness. If you’re not there yet, don’t give up – it’s worth it in the end and you absolutely can get there. I’m still dealing with anxiety, but hey, there’s next year’s victories.

Hannah x