Thursday, 18 January 2018

Everyday Go-To Makeup | Re-creation

Hey HannyBee's!

Hope you're all well! I know it's been a little while but since moving house into our first flat in November, it just feels like I literally haven't had a minute. I also started a new job in November too (the same week I moved house, I might add) and as much of a lovely experience both of those have been, I just haven't been in the right head space to do anything for a very long time. It's safe to say that my mental health quickly and quite furiously took a grip of me.

These days, I'm A LOT more active on my Instagram and try to post as regularly as I can on there. I just love Instagram, it's so addictive.

Anyway, I tried a new makeup look yesterday after watching a new video from Dani Mansutti on YouTube and thought I would give it a try with similar products I had at home since I didn't have any of the products Dani used. I posted the look on my Instagram @the.hannah.louise yesterday and I can honestly say I was overwhelmed by the response and support I got from posting.

I'm by no means a huge influencer on instagram but for me got around 50 likes or so which for me, is a big deal. With that being said, I thought it'd be lovely to show you all how to create this look yourselves as I really enjoyed this makeup more than I thought I would.

This is my recreation of Dani's makeup and I have to say I'm actually in love with it so let's get into the step by step tutorial.

So, for foundation, I used NYX HD Studio Photogenic foundation in Soft Beige and I actually mixed it with a £1 primark foundation in ivory to lighten the foundation a little to suit my skin tone a little more - I bought soft beige thinking it would suit me for some strange reason and obviously it doesn't BUT I really love the formula of this NYX foundation so I'm definitely gonna have to buy it in my actual shade as soon as I can.

For eyebrows, I'm currently using the Freedom brow pomade in Auburn. I tend to flit between this one and the NYX one but the pomade's last me months so I absolutely love using them. They are definitely long wearing and waterproof which is a bonus too (I think they're waterproof cos my brows have never washed off in the rain). I struggle to do the faded brow so I just fill mine in like above and block brows actually seem to suit me I think only because I get SO many compliments on my eyebrows on a daily basis.

After eyebrows, I set my face with the Rimmel London translucent powder. I have to mattify my face all the time because I have oily/combination skin and without setting my entire face, I'm afraid my makeup would just melt so setting for me is a must. 

Once I had set the face, I moved onto eyes. Dani used a brown eyeliner pencil to line her eyelid before smoking/blending it out with her finger. I wanted a very subtle, matte brown eyeliner pencil to do this so used my Marc Jacobs matte gel highliner pencil in (Earth) Quake and used a pencil brush to blend/smoke it out.

Next thing that Dani did was used a peach eye shadow to add more definition to her eyes. I didn't have a warm peach shadow which was similar to the one Dani used in her video so I used Cayenne from the naked heat palette with the brush in the palette to apply and blend up and outward.

For lashes, I used my Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. Dani didn't apply false lashes in her video but I personally can't do my makeup without applying lashes so I wanted them to be quite fluttery so applied my Eye Candy lashes in the style 005.

After eyes, I moved onto the face. I find that I haven't actually found a bronzer that suits my super pale skin so at the moment, I'm actually using a Max Factor Creme Puff pressed powder in the shade "Medium Beige" to contour with, it's just light enough to add a little bit of warmth to my skin before bronzing up the skin a bit more with the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked bronzer in the shade "Ready to Go". I actually quite like shimmery bronzers/blush's a lot more than matte ones as I find it adds a little something extra to the skin.

To highlight, I wanted something a tad extra. Dani used a almost white/pearl highlighter from Ciaté but since I don't own anything by Ciaté or have a white pearlised highlighter, I used the next best thing I had which was pink/pearl highlighters from Freedom. I have 2 of them so I mixed the shades "Diffused" and "Brighten" to create my own blinding highlight. I have to say, the Ciaté highlighter that Dani used was absolutely stunning so I will have to be purchasing that when I can.

Finally for lips, I don't have a single liquid lipstick shade which is remotely close to what Dani used to the most neutral/subtle nude lip that I had was the NYX liquid suede in the shade "Soft Spoken". It's such a beautiful nude lip and one of my favourite nude brown's that I owned so that was my dupe.

Once completed, I used the Rimmel London #Insta Fix + Go primer and setting spray to keep everything in place and lasting all day.

I really hope that you like this step by step tutorial and would love to see your recreation's too if you give this makeup look a try! A full product break down will be posted below. Until next time, mwaahh! x

NYX HD studio photogenic foundation - Soft Beige
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Translucent
Max Factor Creme Puff pressed powder (for contour) - Medium Beige
Makeup Revolution vivid Baked Bronzer - Ready to Go
Freedom Pro Highlight - Diffused and Brighten (layered)
EYEBROWS - freedom brow pomade - auburn
Urban decay naked heat - cayenne
Marc Jacobs matte gel highliner - (Earth)quake
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Eye Candy lengthening lashes - 005
NYX Liquid Suede - Soft Spoken

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