Wednesday, 23 April 2014

RAMBLINGS #1

'iya loves,
 
Did you all have a lovely Easter?! I did. Apologies for the no video Sunday as well I've been battling with this cough and cold which I reckon has turned into an infection for a couple of weeks now. I have days where I think I'm getting better and days where it's bad again! Now most of the time when it comes to my nieces and Easter I get them clothes as they get so much chocolate it's cray.
 
 
Now Fia absolutely adores Monsters Inc! She has so many Sulley things, when I saw this little Mike costume in the sale after Christmas I had to get it and put it away for her! She's a little monster herself and I think she looks adorable!
 
I've been obsessing over the Too Faced pretty rebel palette! If you don't have it and you love colour and shimmer you need this palette in your life. It's stunning. Looks so gorgeous on the lids and just is a must. Can you tell I'm slightly obsessed?! I almost forgot I ordered this when I ordered the chocolate bar palette because I've been obsessing over that one too. That one smells like heaven minus the calories! I filmed a look yesterday featuring the palette which I wore in my latest video because I thought it was gorgeous!
 
 
 
I added a bit more drama to it however kept the bright pink lower lash line! I think that's a really fun way to wear colour for spring! It looks fun and just brightens everything up! I know I'm wearing two different lip colours in the pictures above. The first is NYX Round Lipstick in 'hot pink' and the second is Rimmel's Lasting Finish in 'Alarm' which is featuring on the blog this week ;) Nice little plug haha! I'm back into my reds again! I love a bold statement lip and I went very dramatic with the liner too! I wet the brush with ELF mist and set to create a more metallic look with the main colour which is called girly from the pretty rebel palette! It's a gorgeous duo chrome colour which I'm in love with! I can't wait to show you guys the finished look I'm in love!
 
Here's todays video for you as well! Slightly negative than normal I apologise! My videos are normally upbeat and positive! However if you see the title that is why! Today's main post as well accompanies the video! If you're new please subscribe for more! Love you all millions xoxo
 
 
Love,
 


APRIL GLOSSYBOX UK 2014: SWEET TREATS.

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This months theme for the box is supposed to be sweet treats. To me the products that are in this months box don't really correlate with what the theme is. I find this often with products though. For example last months was spring inspired so a highlighter would have been perfect for that to give dewy fresh skin. This is going to my last box. For me this is as bad as January's box. I am not impressed whatsoever. Should the quality return to what it used to be I may return but until then I'm not going to continue paying for something which I'm no longer enjoying and end up throwing the products away because I have absolutely no use for them. Reading reviews just on Glossybox's Facebook page has told me there are a lot of people out there that are highly disappointed by this months box. Not only that they've just received the same reply as everyone else. I'm not entirely happy with the service I received.
 
 
First up is TRESEMME INSTANT REFRESH DRY SHAMPOO. My thoughts?! I personally hate this dry shampoo. For me it does absolutely nothing to my hair and leaves a white cast which is impossible to get out of your hair. It doesn't refresh at all. I love Batiste that is my favourite brand for dry shampoo, it works, smells great and is a staple for me. This I thought I'd like due to loving their hairsprays and heat protectants. This just does nothing for me. This is the travel size which to me seems ridiculous. You can pick this up in Boots or Superdrug for £2.50 give or take. Another product that you could easily pick up yourself. I'd have not expected to have received this, or I'd have at least expected to see the full size. I won't be using this and no doubt will end up throwing it away unless my sister wants it! You can find it here.
 
 
MONU SPA WARMING GINGER MASSAGE & BODY OIL. Another disappointment for me personally. If I honestly counted up all the Monu samples I receive and the feedback that I've given saying I don't wish to receive anymore yet I still end up receiving them I'd be rich. I don't necessarily dislike Monu, however their products are not really something I'm all that interested in. This is heavily scented, now not really being a fan of ginger is already a problem. Because my skin is sensitive I wouldn't want to put this in my bath. I don't like the scent at all, and wouldn't want a bath smelling of this. To me this is a complete waste as I will not be using it. Body oils if I were going to use I'd get something aimed at sensitive skin which is not so heavily scented. Another let down for me. The full size is £25 and you can find it here.
 
 
HE-SHI PROFESSIONAL TANNING FACE & BODY GEL. I personally have no use for this product. I have nothing against fake tanners nor people who use them. I prefer a gradual tanner for myself if I am going to use it which is rare at the best of times. Simply because I think it looks more natural. I would never apply fake tan to my face as I have sensitive skin. My main issue with this is if you read the little card you get with all the products listed and info etc it says applied best with a tanning mitt. Now for first time users they more than likely aren't going to have a tanning mitt. It seems silly to me to add a product in without the mitt as you're not going to get a decent application, which could lead to streaky tan. Not a good look aye ladies! This is the travel size and is £7.95 for 50ml, find it here.
 
 
EMITE MAKE UP LIP BRUSH - L312. Having received two Emite products before and not being thrilled with them I didn't have much hope for this product. To me this looks like an eyeliner/eye shadow brush. Definitely not something you'd use to apply lip colour. To me this is too big to be working with colour and get a precise defined lip. I put this to the test before filming the video for this months box. I was not surprised at all. It was so difficult to get a smooth line from this brush where it's such an odd shape. I don't really understand the concept behind the brush. The only good thing is the wideness of this brush helps to apply colour quickly to the middle of your lips. I won't throw this brush out but I will probably only use it for eye shadow, lip colour just doesn't work at all for me. Now this retails for £17 and you can find it here.
 


 
MEMEME COSMETICS BEAT THE BLUES - PEARL PINK. I initially have no problem with the brand MEMEME they are a drugstore brand so are obviously affordable. This initially caught my eye as a dupe for Benefit's High Beam it is honestly so similar. It's cray. As you can see in the first swatch it looks pigmented. Blended out though it's not visible unless the sun is shining on your face. Literally, if you want a subtle highlight this is probably for you. I think it's a good highlight if I'm looking to tone things down a little bit and just have a natural glow. I'm wearing it in my monthly Glossybox video. This retails for £5.50 and you can find it here.
 
So overall I'm not impressed there's one product I will use, three that I definetly won't and one that I just don't know what to do with. To say this box was rubbish was an understatement. I am disappointed and will not be renewing my subscription unless something drastically changes. Reviews, and beauty profiles in my eyes don't come into consideration when deciding what products to send out. Nothing is personalised at all, and as for luxury products that doesn't seem to happen at all at the moment. It's little samples you can find in the drugstore for a couple of pounds or free. If you liked your box then I am happy for you! If you didn't then I feel ya ladies! If you have any suggestions as to what are good beauty boxes out there then let me know!
 
Love,
 


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

BENEFIT: HOOLA.

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Before January I used to think Benefit was an overrated brand with outrageous packaging. They are most known for their little boxed blushes/powders. Hoola is a cult beauty favourite amongst most beauty bloggers and youtubers. It is literally as good as everyone says it is. This has converted me into being a massive Benefit fan. This bronzer doesn't look like it's going to do anything in the box however I think this could work for a wide variety of skin tones. It's absolutely beautiful. I use it as a bronzer just to warm up the face and I also LOVE it for contouring. It gives you that depth without looking orange or muddy. It's a matte bronzer too so you don't end up looking like a disco ball which isn't cute. Now benefit isn't necessarily cheap, but their products are amazing. The brush I actually use for contouring and I find it to be alright. It's not amazing but it's not awful. I'd definitely recommend this bronzer for spring/summer. It's become a staple in my makeup bag. It's £23.50 and you can find it here.
 
do you love Hoola?
 
love,
 


Monday, 21 April 2014

MAYBELLINE: BETTER SKIN.

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 Up until now I don't think the new Maybelline Better Skin from their Super Stay range has been promoted all that much. I stumbled across this range when I was browsing on Boots back in January. I managed to pick this up over a month ago, I decided to pick the foundation and concealer up. As far as I'm aware these are the only two products in the better skin line. If you're familiar with the Super Stay line then you will know the foundation isn't exactly light coverage, it's lasting power is really good however they're shade selection is slightly yellow. The lightest they do is light beige which I will end up investing in because ivory is slightly too dark for me.
 
The foundation first of all is a thick consistency compared to some of my other foundations. It blends really nicely, has great coverage and great lasting power. I like the fact that it looks flawless on my skin, and it doesn't look cakey. I'd recommend just the one layer because as with any foundation you layer it on too much and it just becomes one hot cakey mess. The packaging I really like. It's similar to the super stay packaging only slightly different. I love the bottle and love the fact it comes with a pump it means you waste less product. I love the blue on this bottle too I think it makes it pop. Not only that blue is my favourite colour not that, that should define how much I like the product ;) I've had this on from the early hours of the morning and then come home late at night and it still looks just as good and hasn't budged. This foundation has got SPF20 in it so I'd recommend this mainly for daytime wear and it would be perfect for summer. I wouldn't recommend this for a night out if you're going to be using flash photography simply because of the slightly high SPF it's going to cause a white cast in your photo's. It will leave you looking like a milkman. I adore this foundation and if you're looking for a new foundation that's affordable then you can pick it up here for just £8.99.
 
Now the concealer looks like a little lip gloss tube. Can't say I'm a massive fan of the packaging but I love the concealer. It's great coverage, works well under the eyes and on blemishes. It doesn't look cakey even though it is quite a full coverage concealer. It doesn't budge throughout the day and it doesn't crease which is important for a concealer. As with the foundation I don't think the claim of 'giving you better skin in 3 weeks' is correct personally. I just don't feel like it's going to clear up your skin. What it does do is make your skin look more radiant, healthy and flawless. So if that's what you're looking for then these products may be for you. The concealer is £5.99 and you can find it here. Maybelline is currently on 3 for 2 at Superdrug so go grab yourself a bargain.

If you'd like to see my review/demo that I did over on my channel then find it below!

 
 
have you tried either one of these, if so what did you think?!
 
love,
 


Friday, 18 April 2014

NUDE DELIGHT.

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Bringing you a slightly more nude lip colour this week. If we go back to Wednesday's post of that super bright palette. You could pair that with this lip colour. This is a gorgeous nude colour. It comes from Rimmel's Moisture Renew collection of lipsticks. It's a creamy formula which glides onto the lips. My problem is with creamy formulas I normally get a bit carried away applying. Super pigmented and a good lasting power. They've updated the packaging when they re-released these last year. However I already had this one in my collection. I love a good nude when I have a lot going on, on the eyes. You can find this one at Boots, Superdrug etc. It retails at £6.49 and you can find it here.
 


Thursday, 17 April 2014

MAYBELLINE: SUPER STAY FOUNDATION.

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This is not a new foundation in my collection of many, again I seem to be a hoarder for foundations too. I think it's because I don't really buy high end ones because there are so many great ones at the drugstore. To me it seems silly to pay loads of money for one foundation to just 'test' out when it may be the case that you actually don't like it. Anyway, rant over about that. Maybelline are one of my favourite brands and I own quite a lot from them, mainly foundations and mascaras. This is from their Super Stay line and is their super stay 24 hr foundation in Ivory. I already have two of these in my collection, one in nude, and one in cameo. Both too dark for me at the moment. The one thing I will say about Maybelline is their colour range is completely off. They all seem to be on the yellow side, and don't cater for the incredibly pale skin tones. Although I think there is a lighter shade in this foundation yet can't think of the name to save my life! Anyway, I really enjoy using this foundation. It blends like a dream, covers any imperfections I may have unless they are like a crater on my face in that case I need a full coverage concealer. Sometimes that doesn't even work. SPF 19, which makes it perfect for the hotter months. It's also incredibly long lasting hence the name. Not too sure about the 24hr claim if I'm honest, because I never have a foundation on for that long. I can apply it in the morning, come the evening time it still looks flawless on my skin until I decide to take it off. It's a great offering from Maybelline if you can get your hands on it. What I would say though is don't just guess your shade actually try it out. We all know how much of a pain it is to try and find your shade in the drugstore that's the downside to a drugstore foundation!
 
Let me know if you've tried anything from this line. There's a newer foundation called 'better skin' which has been added and also a concealer. There's a powder in this line and also some lip products which is pretty awesome too. Coming in at £8.99 it's not bad for a drugstore foundation. Find it here.
 


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

SUNNY DAYS.

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how are y'all doing today? guess what I just got over laryngitis and I'm sick again... however I'm in the filming mood so I figure I'm going to be some sort of a trooper and film this months Glossybox video for you all and possibly a tutorial. I'm incredibly inspired today and want to do a pop of colour! The Too Faced pretty rebel palette is calling me to do something cray with it. Any of you guys end up having a massive beauty haul sesh and then kinda forget what you've put so a few things get pushed to the back? guilty. I love doing these chit chat posts I feel they're the most effortless posts to do as basically I just ramble my ass off until I'm totally out of steam. So what is happening in the hannmaree household..
 
It's been pretty busy, we've had Stacey to stay, then Beth, currently Keira and Friday will be Fia. It's the Easter holidays so it's a given that they're currently staying. Any time it's the holidays or half term they all book themselves into stay it's like we're a hotel. My upload schedule on here is working tons better for myself I don't know whether you prefer it but it just means you know exactly what time a new post will be up. It means even if I've got a busy week it allows me to still put content up! I'm getting pretty creative now with my videos as well I've got tons of ideas for spring and summer I'm in a really happy place with my blog and channel. As with anything you start like a blog or channel you hit moments where you just run out of steam and have a complete mind block, power on and you'll get some inspiration.
 
So with me being sick I've not really been wearing that much make up at all even for work, and days I've not had work I've been sporting a naked face. Yes ladies, it's scary. Joking aside it's allowing my skin to breathe. When I'm sick for some reason my skin just suffers drastically, it gets really dry and I normally don't suffer with dry skin it's a little cray. I plan to use a face mask tonight to try and bring some life back into my dull skin. The holiday is just over five weeks away which is exciting me greatly. I think I'm in need of a break I feel drained and run down. A bit of sun, family time perfect.
 
I'm also currently going through a phase with my hair. I'm loving wavy/curly hair.. now in my teenage years I used to hate it and I straightened it everyday without fail. Blow drying my hair now it goes straight every time and it's so annoying. I plaited my hair when I got out the shower yesterday and kept it in till today took it out brushed it through and I had a lions mane. I've got effortless beachy waves using no heat. Trust me it works wonders and you have no tangles either. We're finally getting some warmer weather which is fab because I'm dying to wear my shorts, skirts and dresses! I'm going to catch you up with my latest videos and then go charge my camera battery and film!
 
March Collective Haul!
 
 
Navy & Light Blue Tutorial!
 
 
March Favourites!
 
 
Online Beauty Haulin (Too Faced, Benefit, Nyx)
 
 
Maybelline Better Skin Review & Demo!
 
 
Love,