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26.3.17

Empties!

Hi everyone, 

It has been absolutely ages since I have done an empties post, mainly because I always forget to keep the empty packaging to photograph! I have now collected a fair few bits and bobs to share with you though and think it's about time I get this post up so I can throw all this rubbish away.


Soap & Glory products have firmly made their way into my skincare routine recently and I have gone through quite a few of their skincare products in particular. Hand Food is one of the only hand creams that I have come across that actually works at hydrating my dry and chapped hands and has more of a long term effect. Most others help for a little while but as soon as they have soaked in my hands are back to being sore again. As you can see I have gone through a full sized one and a small one and I need to repurchase this ASAP!


I have been trying out a few different mascaras recently but They're Real from Benefit and Lanc├┤me's Hypnose Drama are still all time favourites of mine. I was disappointed with the Maybelline The Falsies mascara and won't be buying this one again as I just didn't think it gave enough volume.



I was so sad when my Burberry perfume ran out as I absolutely love it. I wrote a review of it a while ago (here) if you would like to have a read. I don't usually repurchase perfumes as there are so many different ones out there to try but I am hoping this one will make it's way back into my collection one day as it's just too nice not to!


Gimme Brow is a product that I have bought over and over again but now this one has run out I think I am going to try something different. Don't get me wrong, I still love it as it is so quick and easy to use but they do dry up fairly quickly and  I go through a lot of them. At £18.50 each they aren't cheap so I think it would be cheaper to go back to something like Brow Zings which lasts so much longer. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is another product that I have repurchased many times but I don't think I will get it again any time soon. It has been replaced by Bourjois Radiance Reveal which is now my favourite for under the eyes and has knocked Wake Me Up off the top spot.


Finally, this is the second bottle of Aveda Scalp Remedy that I have finished and I have already bought another. I get really dry patches on my scalp which can look flaky and sore at times and this is an amazing product that I have found really helps. You can check out a full review here but if you struggle with dryness on your scalp I would seriously consider giving this treatment a try. 

 And that's everything! I hope you have enjoyed this post and please let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them. Also if you have any recommendations for similar products that you think I might like then please let me know too :)

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx

19.3.17

GHD Curve Creative Wand Review

Hi everyone,

I have always been really terrible at curling my hair, especially if I try to do it with my straighteners! I don't know how people do it as mine always ends up a frizzy, zig-zag style which just looks a mess. I then end up having to start from scratch and wash it again in order to get it back to normal. I have an old curling wand that I have tried to use as well but it takes forever to heat up and then you have to leave each section of hair on the curler for about 5 minutes before it does anything which is less than ideal. At Christmas, I was at my whit's end with trying to make my hair look decent for parties and nights out so with my Christmas money I decided to splash out on the GHD Curve Creative Wand.


 

I have to say I was so impressed with the delivery service as I ordered the curler late one evening and it was here by lunch time the next day, and there was no charge for delivery either. I was also able to get the Copper Luxe Gift Set (normally £120) with £20 off and then an extra 10% off with an offer code - bargain! Included in the set is the GHD Curve Creative Wand itself, a heat resistant travel bag and a Nails Inc copper nail polish which is just so pretty.

The wand itself has a 28mm barrel which tapers down to 23mm at the tip which is meant to allow you to create a variety of different looks with the one wand. It also heats up in a matter of seconds and has a sound indicator as well as a light to let you know that it is ready. One of the features which I really like is that it will automatically turn itself off after 30 minutes of not being used so that you can rest assured that your house isn't going to burn down from accidentally leaving it on! I can't tell you how many times I have had to rush back and check that I have turned my straighteners off so this is a God send for me.

As someone who is really not good at curling their hair, I have found this wand surprising easy to use and I have gotten better with practice. The first time I did it I washed my hair and then just blasted it with the hairdryer before going in with the curling wand. I found that my hair ended up a bit bigger than I would have liked when doing this though so now I either blow dry or actually straighten my hair before using the curler. This helps to tame it down a little so that I can get the look I want. Most people probably won't need to do this but I can't explain how much my hair has a life of it's own and needs a lot of work to keep it in shape!

You only need to hold the wand on the hair for about ten seconds which has meant that I am able to curl my hair so much quicker now. I have found that it is easier to achieve more of a wavy look than tight curls but for me this is more the style that I am after. I don't know if it is just because I am new to this but if I wanted to achieve a tighter curl I would probably look to use a different wand.

Overall, I am really happy that I decided to treat myself to this curler and it makes doing my hair so much easier. Have you tried the GHD Curve Creative Wand? Which other curling wands would you recommend?

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx









12.3.17

Acrylic Nails - All You Need To Know

Hi everyone,

I have been having my nails done with acrylics, on and off, for about 7 years now and if you have read my blog for a while you may have noticed I like to write a fair few Nails Of The Day (NOTD) posts and I have also recently started a nail polish collection series (here). I think it was always inevitable that I would develop a love for a good manicure after going to the salon with my mum from a young age and sitting with her while she got her nails done. I loved everything about it and found it mesmerising to watch her nails being transformed.

The lovely Shireen from Reflection of Sanity (check her blog out here, it's amazing and she is so funny and gives really great, honest reviews) suggested I write a post all about my experience with acrylic nails and hopefully try to answer any questions you guys might have, so that's what I am going to do today.


There are many options when it comes to choosing the type of nail you want to go for but I have always had acrylic and then usually a gel polish in between when I want to give my nails a rest. I'd say finding a great nail technician is really important when it comes to having  acrylic nails as someone that doesn't know what they are doing can really make a mess of your natural nail and I have certainly had my fair share of bad experiences! I have been going to the same Nail Technician more or less from the beginning and have followed her round when she has moved salons as I know she will go a good job and her prices are reasonable.


When it comes to style and shape, I like to mix it up and that's one great thing about acrylic nails, if you don't like them you can just change them! I have had square, oval, ballerina and most recently pointy shapes and I vary the length depending on how I'm feeling and what I have got coming up. Longer nails can make every day tasks such as fastening your buttons or putting on earrings a real challenge so if you have a very hands on job for example, it might be best to have them a little shorter!

I used to have my infills done every two weeks but these days I get them done every three and I think that is about right for me. In terms of getting a new set I tend to just play it by ear. If they are starting to look a bit rough round the edges or they are breaking more often because they are getting weak then I know it's time to start a fresh. With acrylics, it is important to get them soaked off properly if you want a new set or you want to give your nails a break. I have tried to pick mine off in the past and let me tell you, it is both painful and really bad for your naturals nails! Go to a salon and get them soaked off properly with acetone! If I am leaving them off I get a manicure as well to help with the condition of my own nails and make them look and feel better.

One question that everyone always asks me is do acrylics damage your natural nails? and the answer is yes. When I take my acrylic nails off I absolutely hate the feel of my natural ones. They are weak and bendy and sometimes have ridges in them where the acrylic has been. I have been having acrylic nails for a long time and I am bad at giving them a break so mine are in worse condition than they would be if I just had them done once or twice a year for example. If you want them done for a special occasion or a holiday and you have them soaked off properly then the damage will be minimal and you will able to get them back into shape. However, if you are like me and get them done constantly then be prepared for the damage to your natural nails to be more significant.


When I do give my natural nails a break I try to look after them by keeping them hydrated with a nail creams and cuticle oils. I also tend to keep them short and apply a nail treatment like OPI Nail Envy to help build their strength up again. If you can leave nail polish off for a while and let them breathe then I think that's good too but I am terrible at doing this and always end up applying gel which is not the best idea as you are essentially just covering them up again and not letting the air to them.

If you are thinking about getting acrylic nails then there are pros and cons to weigh up. On the plus side, they look great and I think a good manicure makes you look polished and can elongate your fingers which I think looks really elegant. You can also play around with design, shape and nail art much more easily and switch things up when you get bored and fancy a change. I also really enjoy going to get my nails done and having a little pamper time every few weeks.

For me, I would say the main negative is the damage to your natural nails. I wish I had given my nails a breather more often and if I could go back in time I probably wouldn't have had them done as much as I have. There is also the cost to think about. The Nail Technician that I go to is really reasonable and I pay £15 for my infills and £25 for a soak off and new set but you can pay way more than that at some salons. 


I love having acrlyic nails but if you have nice natural nails I would say to only have them for special occasions and to make sure you look after your natural nails when you have had them removed. It is really easy to keep thinking 'oh I'll just have them done once more' and then before you know it 7 years have passed!!

I hope you have found this useful if you have been thinking of having acrylic nails but if I have missed anything or you have any questions please let me know in the comments and I will try my best to answer :)

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx


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