My Going Away Makeup Bag.

So I am pretty much one of the most unorganised people you’ll ever meet. Not intentionally, I genuinely hate when things aren’t payed out colour coded and nicely coloured but unfortunately I suffer with an awful ailment which is called procrastination. I will spend the entire day thinking about how I can do something and then when I get round to doing it I shrug my shoulders and say I’ll do it tomorrow. Which is why my going away makeup bag is so unorganised, it should have been everything I need but like usual it’s just ‘kind of’ everything I need. Which is fine. But I just needed to get that out of the way.

ricardo’s actually got a week off work this week and we’re spending time with his family which is actually so nice. Ricardo and myself usually spend maybe an hour and a half in the evening together which is filled with down time, making dinner and putting the baby to bed and on average the amount of days of that coinside are about 3 a month so it’s refreshing to be able to spend a week just chilling and spending time with his family.

unfortunately the day before we decided to leave also consisted of down time, dinner making and putting to bed so everything I put in my makeup bag was done in about 3 seconds at 6:45 in the morning so it’s kind of all there but not quite. You’all get the gist so I’ll go through everything I have. I used this cute little Estée Lauder travel makeup bag to take my makeup in.

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Face

The only face products that I brought were foundation and concealer. I don’t see the point of bringing primer along as I only really use it when I’m doing a precise makeup look which is either going to go on here or I just want to look snatched. I also very rarely wear foundation so I only brought a full coverage foundation so that I could really do the natural or full coverage. the foundation I bought was the NYX stay matte but not flat liquid foundation in the colour ivory which is actually my go to foundation currently and even almost covers my nose and forehead freckles. I bought too concealers. One lighter colour for under eye which was the seventeen up to 18 hour coverage concealer in the colour extra fair which works wonders and a darker concealer for general blemishes which was the Elf concealer fair which I don’t really use overly amounts.

Contour, highlight and Blush 

Now none of these products are ones that I would typically use on a day to day basis but I wanted small and compact products to fit in my bag. I prefer using palettes for all of these part so of my makeup so that I have a much wider variety. I still brought a cute little blush palette which I have never actually used. It was one of those products which I bought because there was a discount and never even touched. It’s the sleek blush by 3 palette. IT consists of three blushes, two glittery powders and one cream blush which is a nice little concept and perfect for travelling. Again I bought a tiny palette for my contour and this one was one of my favourites when I first got into makeup. It’s the collection highlight and sculpt contour kit which I believe is literally £1.99 and pretty good quality and the highlight I used is on the opposite end of affordable but makes me look snatched to the gods. It’s the Laura mercier face illuminator in devotion. Again super duper expensive but my god it’s a great product.

Eyes and Eyebrows

Now this one was a prime example of literally shove everything into my bag and hope for the best and I can confidently say that I messed up. The only eyeliner I brought was a bright purple and definitely did not look it when I was packing it bleary eyed the other morning but I’ve just had to work with what I’ve got and that’s the nyx vivid brights eyeliner in the colour vivid violet. Not your every day go to look but I’ve made it work (I hope). I went a little bit safer with my mascara and just chucked in my go to ysl mascara volume effet faux cils and even safer with my eyebrow wax and powder just chucking in my benefit brow zings in 4 which I use on the daily for a natural look. Now eyeshadow is another which I really did not think too much about as I packed 0 base colours or transition colours or anything to blend so we have just dealt with block colours blended for days. I picked up a palette and a single shadow. The palette is one of my go to shadows morphe 12z. If anybody doesn’t have this palette then they deffo need to purchase it. If you don’t believe anyhing I say then believe this. The single shadow is just as cute. It’s the urban decay single shadow in chopper which adds a little glitter and sass to anybodies life.

Let me know what you guys take away with you.

speak soon,

Hannah x

 

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Some days I thank the world for nap times.

Okay, so to begin with I’m going to straight away back up the point which I’m about to make. I spent about 40 minutes on my first draft of a blog post and suddenly the entire website crashed. Someone is not looking out for me today. So here is take two of my post today. I love reading blogs to the point where I actually have 6 or 7 ladies who I read their blogs pretty much every single day and dozens more where I check up on a few times a week. I just love seeing everybody lies styles and connecting with individuals through their perspectives on their lives and creativity. It’s wonderful. But there’s one thing that has always got my goat a little bit when it comes to bloggers, especially the more arty parenting bloggers and that’s just how effortless and positive everything is. Now for the majority of the time I love that, but sometimes it’s just makes me feel ever so slightly useless and that’s what I’ve tried to portray since beginning blogging over a year ago. (I know that I have only been blogging for about 10 months but I did actually have a cringy first blog which was scrapped but somewhere on the World Wide Web is still existing).

Every single person has days where they feel overwhelmed or wonder how people cope with certain things and I believe that we should celebrate these things and let everyone know that we’re on all on the same boat. I could’ve written a blog post today on something fabricated or just ignored the baby part and written about a beauty Which I’m not going to lie I’ve actually previously done on the odd occasion but I’ve decided to bite the bullet today.

To be honest today isn’t as bad as yesterday, possibly because it’d be quite difficult to make today as bad or worse than yesterday. Yesterday I had to graciously say goodbye to my laptop (thanks to a shove on the screen from a overzealous baby) and also to my landline phone (thanks to a still overzealous baby who tried to help me clean the toilet). I also had moaning pretty much none stop and for some reason Leo felt the need to climb on possibly everything accessible to him. It was a hard hard day.

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today I still have a wingy poorly baby but he seems pretty content to cuddle up and watch cartoons with me which is nice because I feel super duper poorly too.

On another positive note I haven’t worn any makeup in a few days and my skins cleared up nicely and I feel fresh. Always look on the bright side.

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Pampering Myself With a Baby.

Hello my lovelies,

When you have children the two hour baths and booked in massages aren’t really on the table anymore (shock horror) so any time to make yourself feel nice is a wonderful wonderful treat. Personally, I love to be able to wind down and feel calm and wonderful after a hectic day of chasing after debatably the worlds most excitable and independent baby and when I do it makes me feel like a new woman. Sometimes even showering makes me feel like a new woman, so when I was challenged by eSalon to let all of you guys know how I pamper myself after a long day I completely jumped at the challenge. If you want to check out more about them and their custom hair colours then make sure that you click https://www.esalon.com/products/v/1/made-for-you-custom-hair-color
and also let me know how you like to pamper yourself.

Hot Showers.

There is literally nothing better in the world than a nice hot shower after a busy day, I do love a bath but unfortunately I don’t get much time to look after myself without the wonderful caws and giggles of a miniature human. Fortunately he finds showers really funny and even funnier when I splash him occasionally so I can usually stretch that out to about ten minute which I appreciate wholeheartedly. I have spent so much money on fancy expensive hair treatments and products but it’s like my body rejects luxury. I just end up horrible hair so it’s poundland shower gel and my hair looks like as good as it’s going to. 

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Here’s a super tired baby waiting for me to finish my shower to sleep.

Taking all of my makeup off

This is a pretty standard thing to be honest but I’m not going to lie. Usually when I take my makeup off it’s a quick scrub of my face before putting a baby to bed. Even though I probably take the same amount of makeup off both times, the more time you take in removing it the nicer you feel. When I get the time to scrub my face for more than 30 seconds I feel like a new born baby. Excuse my face, I’ve substituted not being comfortable and disliking taking photos with no makeup to just trying to be ridiculous.

Early Dinner

Usually I like to wait until Ricardo is home to start making dinner at about half past 8 but on days where I want to feel like a princess I have to put a little bit more effort in in the hours beforehand. I detest cooking dinner when Leo’s in the kitchen with me because I always end up burning or dinner or having to listen to Moana 40,000 times so that Leo doesn’t get overly bored. It’s worth it so that I can get Leo’s dinner and into his pj’s as early as possible. (Usually when I’m trying to get him to sleep he can sense it like spiderman and he’s awake until stupid O’clock. I swear it’s a super power).

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Here is a sleepy squidgy baby for you.

Changing the bed Sheets. 

It sounds like a trivial thing but changing the bed sheets for me is like the most incredible thing in the world. In my head I feel like I’m royalty. I don’t get the best sleep on the best of day anyway so being comfortable and awake at 4am is the best that I am going to get.

Face masks.

I have only recently realised how much that I love face masks but I can promise you I have probably done the equivalent of someone who has been doing them for years. My favourite face masks are actually the Super Drug own brand peel of masks but tonight I’m using my close favourite which is the Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Super Self Heating Deep Pore Detox Face Mask. Usually I prefer peel off face masks, mainly because peeling it off is the most satisfying thing ever but I can tell you categorically that I’ve been a day one PVA Glue peeler. Genuinely I remember when I was 8 or 9 and I’d ‘accidently’ spill PVA glue on my hands so I could peel it off. I really hope that I’m not the only one who did that. The Soap and Glory face mask is also super satisfying because after applying it genuinely makes your face feel super warm. Once I had convinced Rico to let me give him a DIY spa experience and gave him this face mask and the look of sheer panic that crossed his face was priceless. Unfortunately I hadn’t told him that it would heat up because it was the third or fourth product that I had used on them and I was just splooshing through them at that point and he told me he thought that he was having a bad reaction to the face mask. 

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My Pampering routine isn’t the most extravagant but it is for me. When I get the time to look after and love myself I feel refreshed and super happy and to be perfectly honest every mum and non-mum needs to make time to wind down and feel wonderful about themselves. I’d love to know how you guys pamper yourself. 

Trips out With a Toddling Baby.


I don’t think I did an actual blog post on Leo learning to walk but it’s here, he’s been toddling about unsteadily for the last week and genuinely is so proud of himself. I’m pretty proud of him too in all honesty. He’s so happy and proud of himself and wants to walk literally everywhere and seeing him doing something which he really wants to do is lovely, usually he get’s quite frustrated because he’s so close to so many milestones but just needs that little bit of extra help so seeing the joy and pride on his face if either my friends, Ricardo or myself praise him is everything that I enjoy about being a mumma.

The day after he officially started toddling ,I went out and bought him some lovely little trainers and Desert shoes instead of the slipper canvas shoe he had before so he can toddle outside and it was so worth it. I pushed him in the buggy to his dads bus stop yesterday whih is probably a 5 minute walk, slightly less and let him walk home holding my hand. I was kind of worried that he’d want to walk off without me but he held my hand so nicely and walked in the direction which I pointed to. Granted, it did take 40 entire minutes to walk him home but we did have to stop to wave at every single car which passed, watched the bin man empty the bins by our local shop and attempt to pick up every single leaf which had fallen off one tree so all in all he did quite well I had to pick him up for the final 50 meters and when we got home he climbed on my lap, curled up and fell asleep watching trolls. I genuinely loved every single second of it and seeing him reaching all of his milestones makes my heart burst with pride.

In the evening we decided to go for our monthly trip to Wagamamas and I took my friends Courtney and Danielle for their first experiences with Rico meeting us there after work. Leo toddled all of the way from the car park and seeing the encouragement from my friends (who he literally adores) was even more sweet. Unfortunately now he’s walking he doesn’t want to sit still, so our usually quite easy trip to wagas was  quite difficult until the food came out because Leo just wanted to show off.

 

Here’s a before and after shot of Leo’s dinner in Wagamamas. I had to apologise whole heartedly for the amount of mess hes made and the thought of all of that rice on the floor made my mumma heart break.

We’re going to go to the Dinosaur Park on Thursday which Leo has been to once before. If you want to read that blog then you can click HERE and see but it’ll be the first time that he’s been able to walk and hasn’t been confined to a pram or a hip for the majority of the journey so that’ll be fun. I’ll deffo be blogging about it so look out for that.

speak soon,

Hannah x

Morphe Liquid Lipstick in JUJU Review and Swatches.

Hello guys,

It is officially my favourite blog post time. It’s liquid lipstick review time. Today I’m bringing a liquid lipstick which I haven’t actually tried before and have put off purchasing for a long time. It’s the Morphe Liquid in the colour JUJU (love the name).

Okay so right off the bat, I do have to apologise for the photography quality being pretty rubbish as my Macbook charger has broken so I am sharing my fiance’s chromebook which unfortunately doesn’t have a USB port so I’m having to take all of my photos on a poopy IPhone until I can bring myself to spend another 80 pounds on a charger (Apple you are devil spwn). So there is my apology, now onto the review.

I purchased this product where I purchase the majority of my makeup and that is Beauty Bay for only 9 pounds.Now 9 pounds is an Okay price for a liquid lipstick I’d say especially as Morphe are known for being good quality just slightly cheaper. I’ve bought a number of products from Morphe previously but they have only been Eyeshadow Palettes and brushes so this was exciting to try something that wasn’t eye related. All of these products have  been wonderful and I have never had a problem with anything I have ever bought and I’ve heard a bunch of good feedback online about the liquid lipsticks. I’m always sceptical about Morphe code pushers but you can’t take everything with a pinch of salt and my previous experiences have been super positive.

The actual product is pretty cute. It comes in a cardboard box which is usually done by the higher end products as opposed to drugstore which usually is just the product. In regards to the actual tube, it is pretty basic but Morphe are known for basic packaging with their simple mirrorless eyeshadow palettes so you can’t say anything about that. It’s just a clear tube with a black screw lid and A bright red M on the top of the lid which is a really nice touch. The dofer applicator is pretty similar to the Jeffree Star and Kylie lip kits with the slanted applicator. Personally I prefer flat dofer applicators but I think the Morphe one is a overall preferred one so I’m not going to complain about that.

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The first bad thing that I did actually notice about this Lipstick is the difference of colour online and in person. This is the colour that Beauty Bay promoted JUJU as this.

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It’s a slightly purple toned Blue but in person it looked like this.

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It’s literally just a purple so I was slightly disappointing because I love the deep blue that it was promoted as.

It didn’t really get any better when I put it on, I was actually rather disappointed with the formula too. When all ofthe big beauty YouTubers were promoting this product a lot of them focused on how long lasting it was and how non-moving it was and there was definitely a reason. It kinda felt like paint on my lips. It did have a very drying feeling and wasn’t really my cup of tea. I understand that cheaper products aren’t going to be as high quality as say a 15, 20 pound lipstick but there are plenty of drugstore products with much nicer formulas. The nyx liquid lipsticks are much cheaper and the formula is one of my favourites.

Overall, I was disappointed with this lipstick because of the Reputation and what people had been saying but not because of the price. Also the versatility of the colours is super cool, I love quirky colours and usually will buy one of two colours form each brand that I think stand out. I love Blue’s and Green’s and will probably purchase another if there is a colour that I really want.

I hope you enjoyed this Review,

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit Swatches and Review.

Hello my lovelies,

ABH has been on of my top makeup brands ever since I purchased my first Dip Brow and I’m sure many, many people will agree with me. Each product I seem to purchase feels luxury and weighty and even though I always buy my products off of Beauty Bay (which is always next day delivery) I find myself anxious and on edge until my package arrives.

I’ve actually been sitting on this product for a while and have tested it vigorously in a number of different ways. It is the Aurora Glow kit which was priced at 39 English Pounds which is a hell of a lot of money for anything let alone highlights. Unfortunately I’ve never been able to spend this amount of money on myself but fortunately I have an extremely considerate fiancee who also listens to me when I drivel on about makeup brands so I was actually surprised with this for our two year anniversary a couple of months ago.

The palette has a gorgeous lilac and light pink dip dye on the sleeve and the actual packaging of the glow kit and the detail is gorgeous with indented surfaced where the text on the front is and reflective text. It looks extremely expensive (which it certainly is. The cover is even magnetic so has that satisfying click when it closes, its attention to detail like this which makes ABH an extremely sought after product.

Moving onto the actual product you have 6 different shades of highlight which is displayed identically to the MoonChild Glow highlight Kit which was one of their first I believe. The top three consists Eclipse, Luna and Spectra which in order are a pastelly tangeriney type colour in the pan, a bright white with an ever so slight pink undertone and a deep purple which I really wasn’t too sure of to start off with. (please don’t judge my vagueness of colour description, it’s never been my forte).

The bottom row of shadows are named Helia, Orion and Lyra and are in order again, a champagne highlight with possibly a blue or green undertone, I can’t tell but I really like it, A bright blue highlight and a Deeper darker orange. Each colour is completely different to the others and I really really love the colour selection.

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Moving onto the formula it’s gorgeous and creamy and each one swatches like a complete dream. I love them all but when applied to the skin they are so so pigmented. I have never experienced anything like it. I prefer a more subtle highlight but they do easily blend out with some work. I always use the Morphe M509 to highlight so maybe fan brush could be easier, Ill need to try it. Also another point about the formula is that they are extremely easy to blend together and especially blending the blue and purples you can create a gorgeous looking duo chrome effect similar to the Kat Von D’s highlight palette.

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All in all I love this palette and it is my go to for night’s out and when I’m feeling super boujee but on particular days when its natural makeup then I’ll usually opt for a More natural looking highlight (mostly the mary-loumanizer.

If you want to read any more highlight reviews then here’s a list below of one’s that I’ve reviewed with links.

Makeup Revolution Strobe and Light Palette review.

Laura Mercier Illuminator Review 

Nyx Illuminator Review.

Makeup Revolution Baked highlight Review.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

Teething with a Vengeance.

You know those times when you wait and hope for something to happen so much and when it does it’s nothing like you expected and you almost scald your past self. Well that’s the predicament that I’m in right now.  When Leo was maybe 4 or 5 months we had the hint of one tooth and I was so excited, it didn’t seem to bother him in the slightest and I thought that it would be the start of our teething journey but unfortunately he didn’t want anymore teeth at that point.

Almost 6 months later and at 10 months, I wonder why I used to pray for his teeth to come in and I was getting so worried he was going to be a gummy cutie for his entire life I’d done the dreaded google on a couple of occasions. It just turned out that he was waiting until he was just 10 months for them all to raise their adorable shattering faces?

It’s almost been two weeks and we have two teeth half way through and two which are just beginning to cut through his gums and it’s even more horrendous that I thought. I haven’t had the stereotypical temperature but my god have I had a grumpy baby, It’s so difficult to watch because lilo rarely ever grumbles at all apart from when he’s tired or hungry but he has been super cuddly for the past couple of weeks so it’s not all bad. It’s just a pity that they haven’t come through more in stages because I think it’s even more uncomfortable than usual as there are so many coming through at once.

The only thing that I am enjoying about this teething journey is the adorable faces that he now pulls, he looks even cuter with his top and bottom tooth and he’s learned to scrunch his face up which he does frequently. Here’s a photo set of the many faces of Lilo.

Are there any mumma’s out there with any good teething advice?

Speak soon,

Hannah x

How I Make Time For Myself Being a Full Time Mum.

Half the time I feel like I have 0 time and everything is crowded on top of me and the other half I’ve got an abundance of time but no matter which of these stages my life is at, I always make time for myself and to do the things which I enjoy.

Being a mum, it is quite hard to sit down and to read a book or even eat a hot plate of food sometimes and there are a number of tricks which I have learned to make the days a nice balance. One of the main things that I have worked out works best for me, is strict scheduling. Ever since Leo has been a young baby he has always fallen into a routine pretty quickly but even so we work hard to make sure that it is kept.

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I am a person who would prefer to get up early as opposed to go to bed later (if you told me this two years ago that I would be saying that I would probably laugh in your face) so making sure that Leo’s bedtimes are earlier is essential. On a normal night he will fall asleep at between 8:30 and 9pm and this works nicely for everyone. To be honest If I had it my way it would be earlier but Rico gets home from work between 7:30pm and 8pm so it gives them a nice little bit of time together in the evenings before bedtime.

This means that he wakes up at around 6am. Leo likes to watch cartoons for the first half hour to 45 minutes when he wakes up and play with his toys on the floor until he fancies breakfast so that is usually the time where I make him his morning bottle in preparation of when he wants it and update my blog if I need to. Then while Leo is drinking his morning bottle and having his morning porridge I will usually put the washing in the washing machine.

His naps are also pretty consistent on a day to day basis, his first being at around 11am and second being a couple of hours later and this is usually the point in the day when I am able to catch up on my tv programmes or read a book. I’m really thinking about getting an ebook so I can read when Leo is awake as he is drawn in by book pages and finds great amounts of entertainment in ripping my pages and sometimes even eating them.

I’ve found recently that I really enjoy reading fantasy books (which I’ve enjoyed since I was a little girl), I am also teaching myself sign language and attempting to teach leo baby sign language (he knows the sign for food and laughs whenever I do it before a meal), me and Rico also like to make time to watch films because cinema going has always been one of out favourite activities since we first starting dating and even though we can’t go to the cinema for the time being we still thoroughly enjoy finding good new films.

Work has also been one of the biggest factors in my free time as I have a beautiful lengthy bus journey which gives me the opportunity to read sometimes whole books. Unfortunately I haven’t mastered is sleeping on any kind of transport and is something to be thoroughly desired. Hopefully one I can one day achieve.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

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‘Gone’ By Michael Grant Book Review.

Hello my lovelies,

I’m back finally after a month break and feeling as positive and happy about myself as ever. Ever since I started blogging over a year ago, I’ve always said I would only blog as a way to make myself feel happy, give myself an interest and also to relieve myself of any stress I may have and I got to a point where I wasn’t feeling particularly happy about myself or the way my life was going and needed a break to get myself back on a positive track. Now I finally feel in a happy and content place and am possibly a step closer to being where I wanted to be. I’ve just been very frustrated recently because I know that I want to do something with my life and I want to be self employed or successful and am aware that I have the passion and drive to achieve anything that I want but I just haven’t known what. So I just took a month off so I could juggle a couple of bits and bobs and I’ve realised that it doesn’t matter as long as I’m happy and my babies are too.

Anyway back to the blog post I have decided that I want to incorporate book reviews into my blog as reading has been a passion of mine since I was a very little girl and whats the best way to start it than my favourite book in the entire world. I was going to incorporate an artsy photograph of the copy that I own but to be brutally honest it’s so ‘well loved’ and battered I couldn’t justify it.

Gone is a 570 page book about an alternative universe when day to day life pools into mayhem when a spherical invisible barrier contains an american town and all of the citizens over the age of 15 disappear. It is one of the best written books I have ever read and the rawness and no barriers approach just makes it even more enjoyable to read. I am a big sucker for books written in third person because I just feel like you can bring so much more detail and emotion into a novel with this approach so obviously I love this book which confidently and without confusing (which is an extremely important point in writing a good book) gives the ability to give multiple people backstories and legitimate parts in the adventure even though the main characters and plot is easy to follow and well defined.

The characters are all extremely likeable and just as dis-likeable which brings you even closer to the defining characters and the plot line. Sam is the main character in this book and has the ability to create light orbs and beams of light which can cut through things, a number of other characters in the Fayz also have numerous different powers which manifest after the walls come up and the adults disappear.

This book is a wonderful beginning into an incredible series of books which I have read and re-read multiple time. Michael Grant has also written a number of other brilliant young people’s science fiction and is an extremely talented person.

Speak soon,

Hannah x