Monday, 23 October 2017

Empties October '17

Hello HannyBee's,

I hope you're all well! Today I'm back with an "empties" post. I hardly ever do "empties" because I can't hack the pile of empty products piling up in my room when I've hardly got that much space in my room as it is. However, I thought I'd give it a whirl as I've tried so many great products lately and they all seem to have ran out at the same time so without further ado, here we go.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation - 100 Ivory

This foundation for me is an oldie but a goody.. when everyone was wearing Dream Matte Mousse in their teenage years, I was using this. It really was one of my favourites as a teen and I forgot how nice it was to wear. I do still think Rimmel should kind of revamp this foundation a little bit and bring out a new selection of shades as even though this is Ivory, it's still got a orange-y tone to it when applied - far too warm to be Ivory really.

ELEMIS Gentle Foaming Facial Wash

Even though I'm trained in ELEMIS skincare,  I don't actually use a lot of their products at home to be fair. This foaming facial wash was rather nice to use every morning, lightly scented with orange and definitely very gentle. The great thing about ELEMIS products is that they do actually last a very long time. I don't know if you remember but I wrote about this in a "pay day treats" post earlier in the year (April, I think) and it's lasted me 6 and a half months which I think is fantastic. As nice as this was to use, it didn't do anything for me apart from feel nice to use so I won't be repurchasing this I don't think.

Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Night Cream
I've had a skincare routine since I was 18 when I started my Level 2 Beauty Therapy course in college and I can not go a morning without completing my full skincare routine. Of an evening however, that's a bit of a different story. When coming home from work, all I want to do is go home and crash in bed so I bought this to encourage me to pick up an evening skincare routine and it's probably the most beautiful night cream I've ever used. It's a gel-like cream which kind of melts into a water consistency when you rub it into you skin. The formula is fabulous and the feeling of it melting onto you skin is very interesting too. I do feel like my skin has been hydrated a bit more since using this but other than that I don't feel it's done anything completely amazing to my skin so again, unsure as to whether I'll be repurchasing this also.

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation - Calico

When I buy No7 foundations, it's very rarely. I think I tend to buy No7 when I've tried quite a few different foundations and all the shades are wrong and I get a little frustrated that I can hardly ever find a foundation that perfectly matches my skin tone so I go back to this because I've been matched on this and I know Calico will match me perfectly. I'm not like most others who have holy grail foundations or concealers or whatever else but when I buy this, I just like it because I know it'll match. I know I probably won't repurchase it again for quite some time but until next time, it was quite nice to wear again.

P.S Workout Fix Up Makeup Setting Spray (primark)
I originally bought this setting spray because my friend Cole from ColeoftheBall had bought this and posted about it on her instagram page and I thought I'd give it a go because everybody seems to be really interested in trying out Primark's beauty range lately so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon too. I'm not sure whether this did anything in terms of longevity of my makeup because I never really have an issue with my makeup not lasting throughout the day anyway however I do always use a setting spray even if I am permanently swapping and changing them.

 I initially bought this as well for the price tag - £2 if I'm not mistaken - as I can't always afford to spend a lot of money on my makeup when I've run out so the cheapest option for me is always best. I think I will probably keep using it solely due to the price tag on it but again, it probably will never be a holy grail for me either.

Botanics 100% Organic Nourishing Facial Oil with Rosehip

I've never really used a facial oil within my skincare routine, only because having oily/combination skin, I've always stayed away from applying more oil to my skin however I've heard that applying oil to oily skin can sometimes counteract the skin's natural oil production and work wonders for the skin. Since hearing this, I thought I'd give it a go, including a facial oil into my skincare routine and chose this one from Boots (£11). I can honestly say after using this facial oil over the last couple of weeks, the difference in my skin has been amazing. To me, it's felt a lot plumper and more hydrated as well as the appearance in radiance being boosted significantly too.

I was only using this of a morning and it just felt better on my skin as part of my morning skincare routine and can honestly say I couldn't have been more devastated when this ran out, I absolutely loved it. As it cost £11, to me this was a pricier skincare product I've bought as I tend to not splurge a lot on my skincare so I am umming and ahhing about repurchasing it for the price tag but actually because I saw such a difference in buying it, I'm going to have to bite the bullet, stop complaining and repurchase this as it actually worked immensely well on my skin - I just wish the price tag was a bit lower.

That's all for my empties this month. I have to say I don't really go through that many products usually to be fair but for some reason this month, all have these seem to have ran out at around the exact same time as one another so it did prove useful for an extra post here on TheHannahLouise.

What products have you been loving this month and what empties do you have laying around your bedroom/makeup space?

Enjoy the rest of your Monday my little bees and we shall speak again soon xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Boots Haul

Hello all! Welcome back to my little internet space! I'm so glad you decided to join me! 

Today I'm back with a haul for you and if you're anything like me, you love seeing what people have been buying so come and have a nose at my latest Boots Haul! It's a pretty big one to be fair! I actually ended up spending a lot more than I originally planned but some of the bits I'd actually planned to buy and others just happened as I went along.

I tried my hardest to go cruelty-free and after an uphill battle and literally no funds to actually completely scrap my makeup collection and start fresh, I've decided that I will make more of an effort to buy MORE products which are cruelty free.

In a bid to do this, my initial haul started with trying a lot more NYX products and since I love the brand anyway, I wanted to branch out with them a bit more.

In terms of NYX, I'm a fan of their lip products and their liquid suede's especially but I've never tried any of their base products so thought it was about time I tried it. For me, Pore Filler is one of those primer's that everyone seems to rave about so naturally, I had to add that to my collection.

For foundation, I love full coverage and when scrolling through NYX on Boots, HD just caught my eye and for me HD is usually full coverage so that's why I opted for this foundation. It's always really hard to find your right foundation match online so I chose the soft beige. The shade is a little dark for me but I have a Primark foundation which is practically white so I think I'll just mix that in with it when I come to wear it. 

As for concealer, I'm still yet to find my holy grail so I thought I'd give this total coverage concealer a go too. This is in the shade Ivory. I've tried the consistency out on the back of my hand it's quite a thick creamy concealer which takes a little while to manipulate in order to apply I think. It needs to react with the warmth of your body temperature in order to melt a little and apply but I really love a stark white under eye so this is great for me.

The next cheeky little purchases were this NYX matte bronzer which I've heard plenty of people rave over so I gave in and bought it also. I've not used much of Max Factor but actually was really excited to try this foundation for some reason. I also got a free beauty blender with it if I bought it so that may have something to do with it but I forgot to photograph that. I bought this in the shade "Light Ivory" and after swatching on the back of my hand, I think it will match pretty well which is good.

(I also bought a NYX matte lip cream in Transylvania too but forgot to photograph that too).

Okay so it's probably safe to say that I went a bit mad buying foundations this time around as this is the 3rd foundation I bought and the second primer but I literally have seen this combination plastered all over the internet and people seem to have gone mad over this combination and about how amazing this is together so I HAD to try these out for myself too. I bought the shade 10 Porcelain as it was the lightest shade I think and after swatching, it seem so match well so again, another one I can't wait to try out.

The last little goodies I got where skin/body care bits. I used Pond's cold cream cleanser a long time ago and loved it but for some reason just didn't repurchase it so I thought it was about time I did. It's such a classic skincare product and I don't know why I don't use it more I love it.

Original Source is probably one of my favourite shower brands but I'm ashamed that I don't use them as much as I should. I tried one of their fruity shower gels a while ago and that was really beautiful. Mint is one of my favourite scents so I jumped at the chance to get this plus I really need to get into buying exfoliator's as I don't buy body exfoliators as much as a I should either plus it was on offer for £1.

As for the Vaseline Spray and Go moisturiser's, these are probably the best moisturiser's I've ever tried. They're not sticky or greasy, they dry and instantly and you can LITERALLY spray and go which is great for me when getting ready to go to work of a morning especially. My skin always feels drier in the morning after waking up so when I can apply this before getting dressed without the stickiness, I'm so happy. 

These were on offer too so I got the Aloe Vera scent and the Cocoa Butter one. I've used the Aloe Vera one before which I love but this time I'm using the Cocoa Butter one instead and gave the Aloe Vera one to my fiancee because he complained that I spent £100 and technically didn't buy him anything - oops!

That ends my Boots Haul! I really hope you liked seeing what I'd bought and if you have any reviews of these, please let me know, would love to read them! Do you have any recommendations too? Tell me them too!

Much Love!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Chit Chat | Blogging Breaks, Naked Heat Swatches and Review

Hello Hanny Bee's!

I'm back again after another short break with a new post for you all! Before starting my post today I again want to take the time to apologise for another break in my blogging and to warn you that this will be a rather lengthy post. Knowing that this year has been SO off for me is unreal. Through taking time away from writing so much this year, I've come to realise that my mental health hasn't been great at all this year.

My anxiety seems to have been really bad this year and I can honestly say that depression has taken a hold of me this year too. I'm not one of those that has been diagnosed with anything but I read somewhere a while back that depression can also be wanting to do so much and literally having little or no motivation to do anything at all and finding "happiness" in staying in and hiding away and this is what I've been like a lot this year. I haven't felt truly happy in such a long time and the only time I feel an ounce of happiness is when Daryl and I escape to Holland and yes, I quite literally mean escape.

We've been to Amsterdam twice last year and twice this year and as much as we absolutely love going back because we love the city, we go to escape because we're not happy with where we are right now and I want to change that. I want to be happy and get back to doing the things that I love so I'm really going to try making a conscious effort to emerge myself back into the blogging world, hoping you will all continue to support me as if nothing has changed.

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I know today's post is very late with everyone else's posts and reviews of this palette in particular but I took the photographs for it when I first received it when I bought it on the Flash Sale that Urban Decay had a while back when the palette went live at 11am and the whole of the internet in the UK seemed to go in a frenzy over getting their paws on it before it was actually released.

Since that's the case and I've had this palette since July and I've actually already done swatches and photographs, it seems only fair to actually present them to you in this post.

First I have to start by saying how different this palette is to the other naked palettes. I own all the other naked palettes apart from Naked Smokey and this palette is a lot bulkier than the others. However, compared to the naked 2 and 3 which have metal packaging, this one is plastic. I don't know if I prefer the plastic or metal packaging to be fair but either way I think this packaging is particularly beautiful.

In Naked Heat, much like the other palettes, you get 12 shades and all are brand new shades in this palette too, varying from your neutral browns to toasted warm copper shades and even a few dark toned purple shades too.

The names of the shades from left to right are; Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes and Ember.

I have to be honest, when I first got this palette, I found it very hard to reach for in the sense that I'm not so much of a neutrals person. I prefer colour compared to warm tones, it just makes me more comfortable but I've found I'm starting to reach for it a lot more than I did when I first got it too but the swatches are beautiful too.

Here we have the swatches l-r; Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, Lumbre and He Devil. I had to take the swatches on the back of my arm like this because the inside of my forearm is tattoo'd and plus I'm right handed and tried (and failed) to swatch on my right forearm with my left hand and just couldn't do it.

Here we have l-r; Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes and Ember. Out of all of the shades, I think Ember is my favourite. It just looks so beautiful with that bronze shimmer to it and then of course Scorched is a close second.

Overall, this palette is truly beautiful and retails on  the Urban Decay UK website at £39.50 which you can purchase here.

I think it's absolutely beautiful and I love it because Urban Decay is one of my favourite brands but don't worry if you can't afford it because you can probably get more affordable dupes of this palette if necessary.

I really hope you liked this post and I'm so glad to be back and making more of a conscious effort to write more too.

Speak soon my loves!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Pay Day purchases

Hello my HannyBee's,

Long time no see hey! I know it's been a very long time since we last got together but I've been struggling massively this year with motivation to blog at all! It's been the worst feeling ever and I hate not being able to write regularly like I used to but I literally found it so hard to even think of new post ideas never mind anything else so I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am that I'm actually writing right now. 

With my job, I get paid every 4 weeks as opposed to at the end of every month so my pay day was last week and naturally, I wanted to treat myself with a few new goodies and I can't wait to share them with you all.

The first little goody that I treated myself to is the new Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash. As some of you may know, my job is a beauty therapist and as part of my job, I'm an Elemis trained therapist too and have been working with Elemis in this job for almost a year now. I've used a lot of Elemis products both on clients and through training courses but I'd never actually bought a product before only because I didn't know where to start but as soon as I heard this facial wash was coming out, I knew I had to have one.

Finally, on Saturday I bought one and I've been using it for the past 3 days and I absolutely love it. The little synopsis on the back says "This deeply purifying foaming cleanser gently removes pollutants and impurities whilst respecting the skin's natural oils. Skin softening Amazonian Pracaxi oil, high in Behenic acid tohelp replenish the lipid layer, combined with anti-oxidant rich Fig extract and Orange Peel wax, help support the skin's moisture barrier. The complexion is left feeling balanced, comfortable and refreshed". 

I'm thinking of reviewing this in a couple of weeks so if you'd like to see a review on it please let me know.

My next little haul is from Boots, a selection of a few bits and pieces that I needed really. I was after a silicone primer for a very long time as when I've been doing my makeup, my pores have been a massive issue lately and I needed something to fix it fast. I've used Maybelline baby skin before so wanted to repurchase it to see if it could help and after using it today, I've seen the difference already so I'm absolutely made up with this already.

I've been on the lookout for a new concealer too as the last liquid concealer I tried was the collection concealer that everyone has been raving about and I can honestly didn't do anything for me at all, didn't like it one bit. I've used the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer previously too and the first time I didn't like it too much but I knew I wanted to try it again just to see plus Maybelline were having a "Buy One Get One Half Price" offer going on Boots online so instead of paying £7.99 for it, I paid £4 for it instead.

A new mascara has been on the cards for a VERY long time as I've been using Max Factor False Lash effect mascara for a very long time and the Urban Decay Perversion mascara too and needed something a little different. I wasn't too sure what mascara I wanted exactly but I knew I wanted to try waterproof because the past couple of weeks, my mascara has been melting underneath my eyes and driving me mad. I spied the new L'Oreal Miss Baby Doll  mascara and instantly wanted to try it because the packaging is absolutely to die for and luckily it comes in waterproof as well so I killed two birds with stone. Plus on top of that, if I purchased the Miss Baby Doll mascara, I got a sleep mask with it as a free gift too so was made up.

I've been obsessed with foundations lately and am slowly starting to collect them a little. So far I have No7 Stay Perfect, Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid, Maybelline Dream Satin Velvet and I knew I wanted something else too, something I haven't tried before (kind of) yet.

I tried Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation a very long time ago, in my teenage years. When all teenage girls where on the band wagon of Dream Matte Mousse from Maybelline, I never used that but used Wake Me Up instead. I can't remember what shade I used to use but in this shade, I purchased Ivory which I think is supposed to be the lightest shade they do (I THINK). I used it for today's makeup and accidentally used too much in the sense that when I pumped 2 lots of it on the back of my hand, it didn't seem like enough so did 4 pump in total before applying it to my face. Only after applying this did I realise 2 things; 1 - 4 pumps was waaaaay too much and 2 - Be very careful with this foundation as it seemed to oxidise within a few minutes of being on my face but I can honestly say I love how it feels on my face, it's fantastic and can't wait to wear it again.

The last little goody I bought was Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail polish in Supersonic Blue. This is the most beautiful blue polish I've ever seen in my life, I haven't tried it yet but it's like an electric blue with almost a purple-pink reflective shimmer running through it. I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw this shade. Initially, Nail polish isn't something I'd usually buy however my nail polish collection is pretty poor so I'm slowly wanting to build up that collection bit by bit and Speedy Quick Dry is great for me as I'm so impatient when I paint my nails and want it to be dry instantly.

That's everything for my Pay Day purchases, I hope you really liked this post. I'd love to know if you've tried any of these products and your thoughts on them of if there is anything that you recommend. I always love hearing your recommendations so please let me know.

Thank you for reading with me and we'll see each other soon HannyBee's xx

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Red Glam Cat Eye Tutorial

Hey HannyBee's,

I'm back with another makeup tutorial/talk through for you today. I'm part of a lovely beauty blogger twitter group where we all love and support each other on a daily basis and I posted this look into the group and asked for everyone's opinions and was convinced 100% to share this with you first of all and I've been asked to start a You Tube channel too so that may be in the mix soon, we'll see how it goes.

This look actually took me about 4 hours to create and I think watching America's Next Top model at the same time might have had something to do with it too but I worked so hard on this look today so I'm going to go through this makeup look today and I really hope you like it so let's get started.

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So to start off with, I applied some masking tape to the outside of my eyes on an angle to give us that really sharp cat eye effect. To prime my eyes, I used NYX Colour Correcting concealer palette and used the bottom left shade all over my lid before blending with my finger and setting with some Johnson's baby powder.

For the majority of this look, I used the Violet Voss x Laura Lee palette so I started off with Priss Pot (a light matte peach) with a fluffy blending brush and buffed it into the crease as a base for the deeper shadows.

After Priss Pot, you want to go into Raga Muffin (deeper burnt orange) and buff that into the crease directly over Priss Pot and you basically just want to blend until you're happy with the colour pay off really.

After Raga Muffin, I took a cheap palette from Amazon which had a deep matte red shade in it and applied this right over Raga Muffin and I built this until it was at the right depth for me. The palette is pictured below and it's the red shadow right in the centre of the palette.

After we've laid the crease down, we want to go in and apply the beautiful glitzy shade to the lid. I took a flat shadow brush (just from a cheap amazon brush set) and dipped it in some water before taking Bitty and just patting it all over the lid just constantly building the colour until you're happy with the pigmentation.

From this point, we want to remove the tape and clear up all the fall out with a baby wipe or micellar water, whatever it is that you have before we move onto the face.

I don't always use a primer but when I do, I use Nivea Men's post shave balm to prime so I apply this all over my face. For foundation, I've got a new foundation I've been using lately- No7 Stay Perfect in Calico and applied this with the Real Techniques buffing brush. I find the Buffing brush makes my complexion look so smooth and flawless so it's definitely one of my favourite foundation brushes.

For concealer, I've been using Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and I apply this under my eyes, down the centre of my nose, forehead, cupids bow and chin before blending with a beauty blender and baking with Johnson's Baby Powder.

After we baked, we want to fill in the brows. I've been using Freedom eyebrow pomade in Ebony on a very small, thin angled eyeliner brush. To finish the eyes, we want to go back in to Raga Muffin on the lower lash line and apply the deep red shade on top and bring it right into the tear duct and connect it to the sharp wing to complete that beautiful cat eye.

For highlight, I used 2 different eye shadows from 2 different palettes. In the tear duct, we want to take Bubbly from the Stila In the Light palette on a wet brush and apply generously to again build the pigment and then for brow highlight, we want to take Venus from the Naked Basics palette and again build it up to the intensity that you want.

I really struggle with winged eyeliner at the best of times so I completely avoided that on this look to refrain from destroying the entire look altogether so I kept it simple and just lined the lid with a black gel eyeliner (again a cheap one from amazon) and then to intensify the entire eye look, line your tight line and waterline with a black eyeliner pencil. I used a black super shock gel eyeliner from Avon. This eyeliner pencil is probably the best one that I own because it literally doesn't budge all day, it's great.

Wear whatever mascara you want cos were gonna put lashes on anyway but today I used the Max Factor False Lash effect mascara to the top and bottom lashes before applying Millie Mackintosh lashes in Portobello (literally my fave lashes ever right now).

To contour, I switched it up a bit today and used my Naked Flushed palette in Strip and used the bronzer shade in this palette and applied it to the hollows of my cheeks, hairline and jawline to connect it altogether. I've been using a blush brush for my contour/bronzer lately because it gives me the full effect I want, it just works really well for me. For blush, I used the pink shade which is also in the Naked Flushed palette.

Finally, my favourite part of my makeup. The Highlght!! I used a mix of two Makeup Revolution highlighters today, the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights and the Strobe highlighter in Ever Glow Lights. Golden Lights is white with a bright-ish yellow shimmer to it and Ever Glow Lights is just a white highlight so I applied Ever Glow Lights to my cheekbones, centre of the forehead, nose, Cupid's bow and chin on a fan brush before applying Golden Lights on top with the Real Techniques Contour brush spritzed with some setting spray.

For lips, I wanted to keep it quite muted and used Makeup Revolution Rose Gold lipstick in Chauffeur. It's such a beautiful nude brown shade and it's definitely one of the most popular Rose Gold lipsticks by Makeup Revolution. Everyone seems to have it, it's just so so beautiful.

Set everything with setting spray. I use the Makeup Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray and douse myself in the entire thing to finish and here you have it, the finished look. What's a makeup look without some super glam shots (yes I'm wearing my fellas marvel super hero's t-shirt with the Hulk on it).

I really hope you liked this tutorial/talk through. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this makeup look today and I feel super super glam today. Let me know what you think in the comments below and make sure you follow me on all my social media to keep up with my makeup looks and antics.

I'm TheHannahLouise on twitter and the.Hannah.Louise on Instagram. Just click the handles mentioned and it'll take you straight to my pages. Thank you so much for everything, I love you all and I'll speak to you soon.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Liquid Lip Collection & Swatches

Image taken from Google Images

Hello HannyBee's,

After a recent poll on twitter, I asked you whether you would be interested in a series of posts about my different makeup collections that I own and the winning response was yes so I thought what better place to start than to start with my lippies. I have an extensive amount of lip products (I think somewhere in the region of 90) and I thought I'd start off with the smaller part of my collection - my liquid lippies.

This collection post is consisting off all my matte liquid lipsticks, wet/glossy liquid lipsticks, matte lip cremes, glossy lip cremes, butter glosses and lip glosses.

The first part of my collection will begin with my NYX lippies, all my matte liquid lips from them (the intense butter glosses will be included later on in the collection). I have 4 liquid suede's, 2 lingerie's and 2 soft matte lip creme's.

Next I have my OTHER liquid lipsticks. Again, I'll start Left to Right then Top and Bottom. Left - Right I have; Liquid Suede - Soft Spoken, Liquid Suede - Orange County, Liquid Suede - Tea & Cookies, Liquid Suede - Sway, Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm, Soft Matte Lip Cream - London, Top - Lingerie - Corset, Bottom - Lingerie - Baby Doll.

Tea & Cookies was my first Liquid Suede. Stockholm was my first Soft Matte Lip Creme and I bought the Lingerie's together but Baby Doll was the first one I wanted.

Top - Bottom: MUA Luxe Velvet Lips - Halycon, Dose of Colours - Chocolate Wasted and MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer - Splash.

Halycon was first purchase out of these but Chocolate Wasted is my absolute fave.

Next are my Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer's. These were my first bunch of liquid lippies I ever bought about 3 years ago now. T-B we have; Stellar, Celsetial, Nova and Luna.

Celestial was my first lip lacquer that I bought out of these and it's also my favourite shade but I think I'm nearing the end of it now and I'm actually pretty gutted that it'll be gone soon, such a lovely shade.

Next, we have my "wet" liquid lippies i.e. my glossy liquid lippies. On the left side, T-B is MUA Luxe Metallic Liquid Lips - Blaze, MUA Luxe Metallic Liquid Lips - Glitz (Limited Edition), MUA Luxe Lightweight Matte Inked Lip Stain - Watermelon.

On the right side, T-B is Gerard Cosmetics Supreme Lip Cream - Destiny, Gerard Cosmetics Supreme Lip Cream - Envy, NYX Intense Butter Gloss - Chocolate Crepe and NYX Intense Butter Gloss - Napoleon.

The last bunch in my collection - my basic lip glosses. Column 1, T-B; Maybelline Rouge Edition Aqua Laque - Rosé on the Rocks, Maybelline Colour Elixir Lip Lacquer - Mandarine Rapture, MUA Intense Kisses Lip Gloss - Lips Are Sealed.

Column 2, T-B: MUA Intense Kisses Lip Gloss - Sweet Nothings, MUA Intense Kisses Lip Gloss - Quick Kiss, MUA Out There Plumping Lip Gloss - Pink Sugar.

Column 3 - T-B: ModelCo Lipgloss - Striptease, Freedom Pro Melts Lip Gloss - Just Do It, Max Factor Lip Gloss - Glowing Peach.

That's the last of them!! 

I know this may have been quite a long post but hopefully it was just as fun for you as it was for me. I absolutely love my lip product collection and it's always fun to whip them all out and just go happy swatching.

I'll be doing a LIPSTICK collection next, I have SO many lipsticks so I think I'm gonna break them down and possibly colour code them to make it easier but I'm not 100% sure when that'll be up because I'll be working the next 4 days so it may possibly be Saturday afternoon or Sunday.

Thank you for reading this post. Comment, share, like, whatever it is you want to do. Thank you again and we'll speak soon my HannyBee's. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Violet Voss x Laura Lee palette | Swatches & Review

Hello all!

I'm back today with a post that I've been wanting to do for a long while, definitely something a little different today. I don't actually think I've done a palette swatch and review before but this palette is as good as any to start off with.

If you don't know, a while back Violet Voss did a collaboration with YouTube beauty vlogger, Laura Lee and together they made an eyeshadow palette. Laura is so beautiful and her videos are truly brilliant, with such a wonderful personality and a wide range of fantastic videos, she really is one of my favourite vloggers.

I knew instantly when she brought out the palette that I wanted it however with her being in the states, I have to be honest I wasn't prepared at all to order it from the U.S and pay these ridiculous shipping/customs charges. To my surprise, a while back Beauty Bay were stocking the palette and without hesitation, I instantly bought the palette along with a few other bits from Gerard Cosmetics and Dose of Colours.

Once I received the palette, as I do with all new palettes, I sat and stared at it for a while before searching videos about the palette. Laura had done a video about the palette, explaining the names behind the palette and swatches herself and then I THINK she did a tutorial at the end of the video using e palette too.

You've probably seen the palette by now already and know what it looks like but if you haven't, here it is.

The palette is pretty much everything you'd kind of want in a warm based palette. There's a significant amount of shadows ranging from golds to reds to greens and even browns. Most of the shares are shimmery/metallic but they're accompanied by enough matte shades to create the perfect looks flawlessly.

Below are swatches of each row of shadows and as you can see, the pigmentation is unreal.

I use this palette pretty much every day and most of the time it's the matte shades to help me create the perfect crease. I only ever used to use one or two shades in my crease before this palette but it's helped me understand and create more depth and definition with my looks encouraging me to use at least 3 or 4 for a more defined overall eye look.

Overall I give this palette a 9/10. The pigementation is phenomenal, it includes a great range or eyeshades, everything you need for a palette that you can travel with and I use it every day which is even better. The only issue I have with it is that, I always wet my brushes before I apply a metallic shadow to my lids and sometimes when I do this, these shadows turn a little mushy so you have to be really careful.

I really hope you liked this mini review and swatches. Will you be purchasing this palette or do you already own it? What are your thoughts? X

Monday, 9 January 2017

Going Cruelty Free

Hello all my lovely HannyBee's!

How are you all? I hope you're all doing wonderfully. When 2017 was coming up, I had a few ideas in my head that I wanted to do come the new year, blog more regularly, get involved in the blogging community a bit more with weekly twitter talks and becoming Cruelty Free with my beauty side of things.

Out of all of these little ideas for the new year, only 1 of those has started to become a reality shall we say. Or I've only put one of those ideas into practice which for me I think is great.

I've toyed with the idea of going Cruelty Free for a long time, a good couple of months last year I was doing research for because I wanted to make sure I was doing it for the right reasons but also because I wanted to make sure there were enough drug store brands which are C.F. in order for me to fully convert to C.F. in the first place.

I have to admit I was really really struggling for a long while only because most of the brands I was finding were mainly high end, which is great as I'm happy to see more and more high end brands supporting C.F and Vegan options but I found it quite disappointing for a long while that there wasn't more evidence or information available when googling "Cruelty Free Drugstore Brands".

 There'd be plenty of American drugstore brands which is fantastic because of America being such a huge nation but for the U.K, I almost felt rather disheartened that the same information wasn't readily available as it was for brands like Milani and Makeup Geek and Wet n Wild etc. 

A couple of weeks ago,I finally found this picture on Twitter as I searched the hashtag Cruelty Free and I cannot tell you how happy I was to find it because it has now helped me out massively when shopping in Superdrug. 

I've currently made 2 shopping trips/orders this year based off all Cruelty-Free and I'm actually really proud of myself but it's also allowing me to try out new brands that I've never tried before or never would pay much attention to before.

The first shopping trip I did was last week and I needed a few new bits and pieces for my makeup anyway i.e. I was in dire need of concealer and the 2 foundations I use on a regular basis are slowly coming to the end of their time so it was time for me to restock on that too. 

Also, after destroying my Mary Lou Manizer and successfully piecing it back together using surgical spirit, as nice as it is, the smell of surge is driving me mad so the sooner that's all used up the better so I was on the look out for some new highligters too and so ventured out and bought some Vivid Baked Highlighters and Bronzers from Makeup Revolution, a brand I've never used before.

Today I've made my second Superdrug order - all cruelty free products and I'm rather excited to get that too. I've chosen Next Day Click & Collect so I should be picking up that delivery tomorrow after about 1pm so I'll hopefully be blogging about that tomorrow but I'm getting my hair done tomorrow morning which usually takes about 3 to 4 hours and then have another appointment to go to and that's usually a 2 hour wait at the most so it's going to be a very long day tomorrow I can guarantee.

I'm quite enjoying going Cruelty Free so far. It's broadening my horizon and I definitely feel better about my money being spent on C.F products too. I spend a lot of money yearly on beauty and skincare, just like tons of other bloggers too and as much as I loved L'Oreal and Garnier and Revlon, to spend money on their products and supporting them testing on animals disturbs me a lot more than it used too.

 I'm a big believer in knowledge is power and the more you know about a particular opinion or stance that you have, the better off you are. Okay you may have to work harder to uncover new hidden gems in the C.F. community but the feeling afterwards is immense.

I don't really know what my intention was behind this post, maybe it was to just tell the world how proud of myself that I am or maybe it was to educate others about C.F. too even now after writing the post, I still don't really know the point of it but I feel like sometimes when you need to write,  you need to write. 

I hope you liked this post and I hope it helped you out some how but just know I really enjoyed actually writing this post for you all too. 

I'll be writing to you all again soon so take care of yourselves and keep smiling. 

Monday, 19 December 2016

New Skincare buys

Hello HannyBee's,

I hope you're all well! I'm back with a lovely new post for you today. I've recently bought some new skincare bits from Garnier recently and I had to share them with you all because I've literally fell in love and the way they make my skin feel after using them is amazing!

Now I've used A LOT of different skincare brands but always find myself coming back to Garnier. I absolutely adore their products and my skin definitely wouldn't be the way it is now without using Garnier. It's definitely been a game changer for me and I'll actually be sad to see it come to an end very soon (keep your eyes peeled for my next post to explain this).

It's safe to say I've used a fair few of Garnier's skincare range but these 3 products I've recently purchased, I've bee after them for a while and dying to try them.

First product I purchased was the Garnier Skin Active Pure Active 3in1 Wash Scrub and Mask. Step 1 purifies the skin, step 2 unclogs pores and step 3 mattifies. Containing Eucalyptus extract, zinc and salicylic acid. It's for oily skin prone to imperfections and has been dermatologically tested. 

I've had my eye on this 3in1 for quite a while and about 2 months ago (maybe) I received a 14 day free trial of this through MagicFreebiesUK. I've got about 5 sachets of the mask left so I haven't actually opened the full size product yet but I've been using the sachets roughly about once a week, as a mask for a deep treatment and then once I've left it on for roughly about 30 minutes, I then wash it off and wash my face with it as well as exfoliating hell out of my skin until I completely wash the whole thing off my face.

This product is fantastic, literally the best product I've tried in a very long time. I don't want to go on about it too much only because this post isn't actually a review post but please please please go and try it out if you have oily/combination skin.

The next 2 products I bought are from the new Moisture Bomb range which I've also been dying to try too. I wouldn't say my skin shows signs of dehydration up close but to be quite honest with you, I don't drink any water at all and drink a lot of tea and Coca Cola so my skin is probably severely dehydrated to say the least so because of this I picked up the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Day and Night creams

The Day cream says:
" Super-hydrating anti-oxidant moisturiser SPF 10 - 3in1.

  • Rehydrates intensely 24hr
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Anti-oxidant & UVA/UVB protection

Antioxidant Pomegranate & Amla extracts 7% plant serum - dehydrated skin - dermatologically tested - suitable for sensitive skin."

The day cream is really beautiful. I love using this just because it's not too thick however it's the right amount of thickness for a day cream if that makes sense. It's pretty lightweight and gives me enough coverage without being greasy at all. It definitely does keep my skin beautifully hydrated and I can definitely see a difference in using the day cream.

The Night Cream says:
"Super-recharging antioxidant gel-cream. Hydrates up to 10 layers of skin. Recharge, replumps skin.
Antioxidant Pomegranate and Amla extracts -15% plant serum - dehydrated skin - dermatologically tested - suitable for sensitive skin".

OH MY GOD! This has to be THE BEST night cream I have ever tried in my life, it feels absolutely beautiful on the skin. It's like a light-weight gel when you pick it up in your hands but when you massage it into you skin, it literally like disintergrates into water but like silky, smooth water. It feels so cooling and so refreshing and once I've woken up in the morning, my skin feels amazingly beautiful. This is hands down the best night cream ever. I cannot stop raving about this product, it's perfect.

For those of you who haven't tried these products, I highly recommend them 1000%. I love Garnier so so so much and these are literally game changers for me and my skin. I'm so happy with how my skin is lately with them, I can't rave to you enough.

Have you tried any of these products before? What are your new skincare finds? Please let me know in the comments below or tweet me at @TheHannahLouise - I love speaking to you all.

If I don't manage to get another post up before Christmas (hopefully I will) I hope you all have a wonderfully Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too and I wish you all the best for 2017!

Lots of Love xx