What happened when I didn’t wear makeup for 2 weeks??

As mentioned before in blog posts I do suffer with acne as well as dry skin. The other day I was thinking and I realised that I do wear quite a lot of make up on a daily basis.  I tend to wear a BB cream when I’m going to work which is mostly every day and that my skin was feeling really clogged up and even when I cleansed my skin in the evenings it still didn’t feel as fresh as I’d like it too. Also, this really wasn’t helping my acne, redness was getting worse and skin didn’t seem so bright.  So, I decided that I would try to not wear any make up at all for two weeks (apart from my eyebrows and curling my eyelashes!)

I tried this for the two weeks and I increased the amount I do for my cleansing routine. I used La Roche Posay Effeclar and then used my Botanic’s hydrating cream every day as well as cleansing and toning using my Botanic’s All Brights toner and toning spritz . I did this every day for two weeks and also started exfoliating using my Botanic‘s exfoliating scrub the results were actually really surprising.  I didn’t think it would make so much difference! My skin felt so much brighter and felt so much clearer.

From trying this out I realised that to help my acne and to reduce redness as well as brighten my skin I need to reduce the amount of makeup I wear on a daily basis and limit it to full on make up for nights out and  special events and stuff like that. Then when I do use make up I’m going to start adding a drop of oil to my foundation which I use the picture perfect foundation from Lola make up.

I made the mistake of not cleansing my brushes and sponges as much as I should and definitely bacteria from this did not help my acne. Also, after wearing heavy makeup I now deeply cleanse my face using Formulas cleansing brush and it’s really lovely on my skin its like getting a facial but a home! I just use it with my normal cleanser on a low speed and it just really gets into your pores and definitely again my skin feels brighter and clearer and I think definitely if you have acne I have found that this is really helped me.

From not wearing so much make up every day and cleansing better and when I do my make up making sure I cleanse properly and thoroughly and then obviously hydrating my skin properly after doing that I’ve definitely found my skin is so much better and I’m hoping that by doing all of this as well as using face masks to really hydrate my skin I really hope that my skin finally one day will not be as red and I will have clear glowing skin!

Remember if you want to try out any of the Botanics products I use or check out their range use my code “BOTANICS25” for 25% off at Boots checkout! As well as my code for Lola Makeup “HANNALOLA10” !!

I’m really excited because next week it’s my BIRTHDAY and I’ll be doing some exciting stuff on my blog and on my Instagram and all my social media thanks guys! Have a good week xxx

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Top 3 collections update!

Hello! Hope everyone is having a good month… I am sooo excited as this is my favourite time of year. Firstly, it’s my birthday in November, secondly Halloween is in October and then Christmassssasss!

But before I get on to all of that, there are so many amazing collections dropping and I thought I’d do a quick round up of ones that have dropped and coming.

Sarah Ashcroft’s latest collection from In The Style drooped on Tuesday and it was full of mint green and pink hues with classics white, nude and black thrown in. This season is definitely all about textures; I have seen a real injection of different materials into new season products. With courdory, suede, velvet, satin and fur (faux fur) being key pieces for AW17. I particularly like from Sarah’s collection the teddy jacket that’s furry. It is an investment piece but worth while because it is getting colder now and this jacket would look so chic with jeans in the day and then over a lil 90s slip dress in the evening. I bought a jumper dress from the collection that had a sports luxe vibe to it in pink (I can’t help it, it’s my fave colour!).

Click here to check out Sarah’s collection

Next up is Pretty Little Thing’s collection with Kourtney Kardashian. I repeat KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN. Okay so you can tell I’m excited… nothing has really been given away about this collection dropping on 26th October but it is highly anticipated and I’m sure will have a few pieces great for the Christmas season.

Then on November 2nd, Fashion house Erdem are doing a collection with high street chain H&M. H&M are famous for their designer collabs from Karl Lagerfeld to Alexander Wang. This year the pieces look very Victorian, the skirt lengths are long and the whole collection is very elegant and graceful. With beautiful dark floral patterns (another trend this season) it is fitting for this time of year and a statement high collar blouse or a statement ankle length floral dress would be a classy addition to your AW17 wardrobe. Vogue have released some pictures of the collection which are definitely worth a look ahead of the launch.

These are my top 3 collections to look out for in the coming weeks (I’m sure they’ll be more!) I’m really excited to see and share with you on my Instagram and Twitter and see what you think of the collections.

Enjoy your week guys and also thanks for all the love and support from my glossy video means the world! I love hearing your thoughts , if you haven’t checked it out already link to video is in previous blog post. Thanks my loves xxx

Glossy Look

I’ve seen this look on lots of celebrities including Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and also on the catwalk. I wanted to try and recreate this look at home without buying expensive products and be able to wear it everyday as well as for a night out!

Still getting use to my camera so some sections may seem slightly blurry. Also, I wasn’t having the best skin day the day I filmed this. I have retential acne ( I will do a blog post on this another time …) and it did mean that my skin looks like its got lots of little bumps on it. But its okay I am working on this !!

There are many variations to the look; if you wanted something that would look more dramatic and stand out using a bright colour i think a purple eye shadow would look super cute with a gloss on top. You can also had gloss to your highlighter and lips to make them pop too. I chose not to simply because I wanted my look to be wearable as an everyday look and glossing my cheeks would have been to heavy on my skin.

The best part about this look is what I used to create the gloss effect. Do not worry it is not a really expensive product that you’ll only use once or twice to create a gloss look but something you use everyday that costs ONLY £1.95!!!!

The products I used were:

Botanics organic hydrating cream; my discount is “BOTANICS25” for 25% off at Boots website which is in the link right here – – > http://bit.ly/2hNH32w

Base: Rimmel BB cream – http://amzn.to/2xPtZV8

Contour and brown eyes – Rosie for Autograph for M&S contour stick –http://bit.ly/2hN3K72

Concealer – Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – http://amzn.to/2ikNC0y

Maybelline dream brightening concealer stick – http://amzn.to/2yqKZ3J

La Roche Posay Thermal Water used to help blend the make up in – http://amzn.to/2ijpLOy

Gloss – Vaseline – http://amzn.to/2xPlz00

Highlighter: Lola Satin eyeshadow; use my code “HANNALOLA10” for 10% off at checkout, link is  – – >  http://bit.ly/2zjnKoO

Rosie for Autograph highlighter stick – http://bit.ly/2ywkes1

Maybelline Master Strobing liquid – http://amzn.to/2xQfWyM

Mascara: Rimmel London Supercurler – http://amzn.to/2ysaEZO

Lips – Huda Beauty Venus lip contour – http://amzn.to/2gjM967

Kim from Kylie & Kims collection at Kylie Cosmetics – unavailable rn sorry!

Song featured in the video is Tropical Love by Del from Soundcloud and Audio Library at Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-4zY7Ri2Po

 

Below is the video for my glossy look I hope you like it, speak soon xxx

For some of the links above I have used affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage; however all products used were my choice to use them 🙂

 

Lola Makeup Update

Hello! Happy Thursday !

This week I received two new nail shades from Lola Makeup.

They have been launched for the new series of Britains Next Top Model; who Lola Makeup are sponsoring. The two new nail shades feature in the latest in Beauty’s BNTM box including a load of other goodies worth up to £120 but only costs £30!

To check out the box click here , the two new nail shades are Neptune and Gothica. I cannot wait to try them; they”re perfect colours for Autumn too.

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Hope you like it… and remember if you order any products from Lola Makeup use my code “hannalola10” for 10% off at checkout.

Happy shopping x

London Fashion Week SS18 highlights

Hello!!

I’ve put together some images from LFW SS18 for some inspiration and guide to the trends for next season. There were some beautiful collections; for me one of the highlights was Ashish with the models walking past as disco ball. It made the sequins on the pieces really sparkle and I thought it looked so dark and elegant.

Another highlight was Julian Macdonald’s collection its always so glamorous but very womanly too. Then the finale to London Fashion Week was Tommy Hilfiger with model Gigi Hadid. It was so amazing to see Gigi walking with her brother and sister (models Bella and Anwar Hadid); the looks were so powerful and strong but yet very wearable too.

Altogether, I loved LFW and here is, you could say, my SS18 LFW mood board… Hope your having a good week my loves xx

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…But I made Lemonade

Hi my loves!

I haven’t posted regularly for a while, had the summer off and took a little break. Then it came to September and reality hit back to work etc. I kind of lost the rhythm of posting regularly and my inspiration was lacking. So the last couple of weeks I’ve really been trying to get back into things.

Then last week I was really trying to think of inspiration for posts etc and Fashion Week started in London so I cannot wait to post about that. I had a retail therapy shopping trip and just really got back into the swing of things!

To top off the beginning of back to blogging I was contacted by Botanics. They are a skincare range in the UK using high quality plant extracts and launched in 1995. They have a range of products from facial skincare to hair to aromatherapy and for different types of people too; their ranges are perfect for everyone from hydration boost to triple age renewal. I have now become an ambassador for the company and will be posting a lot more about their products including some product reviews and general inspo on my Instagram using their plant philosophy. Whenever you see the hasthtag #thePlantOne its Botanics!

Best of all… Botanics have been so generous in offering me a special discount code for my friends, family and followers to use on the Boots website! Just use the code “BOTANICS25” and click here to join me in trying this natural skincare company!

To conclude… and the reason for my random blog post title; In Beyonce’s Freedom song from her Lemonade album at the end of the song it says: “I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” It is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude. So when your feeling down just keep a positive mind and all will fall in to place! I am so excited for my upcoming projects and blog posts coming and especially to be working with Botanics!

Have a good week my loves xx

bott

 

 

 

Lola Makeup Hypnotic Collection: Video

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So this month saw the release of Lola Makeup’s new Hypnotic Collection. The look I was sent this month was Dark Angel.

I don’t normally go for a smokey eye look as I like to keep my makeup quite natural; however I definitely will be sporting a smokey eye this AW17.

The products I used in this video are all Lola Makeup apart from a concealer which was Rimmel (just because I got too much eye shadow on!)

Just to say I am in no way an MUA, I just love trying new looks and have my own way learnt from family, friends and bloggers that I do my makeup.

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The products I used were:

Foundation – Picture Perfect in B003

Powder (used as bronzer) – Pressed Powder B017

Eye shadows – Satin 012, Black eye shadow 12 and Satin 019

Highlighter – Illuminating Powder 01

Lipstick – Ultrashine 034 Spiced Wine

To complete the look nail varnish in 012 Pebbles

If you want to have a go at the look yourself or fancy one of the products mentioned; use my code “HANNALOLA10” for 10% off !

Please check out the video below, (apologies I kept singing along to the songs in the background so had to edit it quite a bit ahah!) hope you like it xxx

Sock Boots

I know it’s August and probably some people are still on holiday BUT I cannot help get so excited for the new season pieces coming in! I’m going to do a full blog post on the new trends for Autumn Winter but I thought a good starting place for the new trends is with the sock boot.

The sock boot to me looks a little bit like if you crossed a sock with a kitten heel or a court shoe heel and blended it all into one beautiful colour; so it looked just like a sock and a boot! At the catwalk I saw Balenciaga do them with effortless style and bold prints and colours making this trend such a statement and I think a real investment piece for the upcoming season. The Balenciaga sock boot below is velvet pink and will cost you £685 on Net-a-Porter! 

 

British Vogue did a great article recently on their top 10 sock boots rn so I thought I’d do my own too…

Pictures on my Instagram are of the purple sock boots from Missguided i bought below: IMG_1069.JPG

They sold out instantly (probably because they featured in their promo video for new season) and also come in a bright pink which is so beautiful! The pink version is still available at the link here. They have quite a few other sock boots at the £40 price point definitely worth checking out; some glittery almost velvet looking ones, which is definitely worth a look considering velvet is a big trend for autumn winter too.

Topshop also feature quite a few bright sock boots and I saw one in store again in sale in a dark sparkly black colour (not in my size 😭) .  Below are HUBBA pointed sock boots from Topshop for £52; check them out at the link here

Zara’s selection are very classy and I think if your a real fashionista the sock boots with kitten heels are a real buy.  The sock boot below is from Zara and comes in yellow too i love the boldness of the colour and red is one of the big colours for AW17. Check these out at the link here. 

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With this trend I think the brighter and bolder you go the better. It’s a statement piece and I think an investment piece for this upcoming season and the best part (well with the pair I have at least) they are sooo COMFY!! 🎉

More blog posts up soon, much love as always, Hannah x

Statement tees

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Here is a selection of my favourite statement tees right now …

From top left going across:

1. Zara

2. H&M

2nd row:

3. Zara

4. Missguided

3rd row:

5. Missguided

6. Missguided

7. River Island

4th row:

8. Missguided

9. Topshop

10. Boohoo (All Girls campaign feat. the beaut Frankie Gaff)

I love a statement tee; there perfect to wear with jeans and a nice tailored jacket and heels for a more dressed up look or even dressed down with trainers and a denim jacket. At the moment I really like a statement tee with something really dressy on top like a slip dress or a pleated skirt. A t shirt tones down the girlyness and I really like that. I think I wear them a lot cause there so versatile and so easy to grab and put on when your just popping out.

More coming soon xx

 

Lola MakeUp Products

First of all apologies I’ve been away from my blog for a while but I am back now and with a new video ! I am so excited to share this all with you…

So a few weeks ago I became an official Lola Makeup Blogger. They are a British company and are cruelty free and I love their new products !

So in this video I tried out:
Picture perfect foundation in BOO3
Compact powder in B017

In the video I also used an Autograph twist colour lip stick in Pink Parfait and a creamy concealer by Maybelline in Fair.

The foundation was super creamy and was like putting on an instagram filter. Then the powder was a slightly darker shade so was perfect to use as a bronzer and gave me an overall tanned holiday look.

Check out the full video below:

It’s my first video so I’m still trailing out how to edit and film effectively but I’m looking forward to doing so many more!

If you wanna try out Lola Make Up use my code “HannaLola10” for 10% off any purchase !

Next blog posts coming up:
Review of Nip and Fab and that L’Oréal moisturiser everyone is trying!
Statement tees and how to wear them
Sales pieces and AW17 trends