Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Blogtober #6

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October brings round the time of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Something that I have always been aware of due to close family friends sadly being affected but it has recently become much more poignant in our own family and something which I personally now think about regularly. This is both a good and a bad thing, it is good that we are consciously more aware of breast cancer and looking for the signs as early as possible, but it is awful that it sometimes takes someone who is suffering to remind us of being more proactive in self checking and talking about it.

It appears that more and more people are being affected by cancer who we know, some are able to fight it and some are sadly taken away from us.

When we donate to charity it sometimes feels like we will never what our money go towards, will it benefit anyone? It is hard to know when we are not giving it directly to somebody in need. A couple of pounds is nothing for the majority of us, but those pounds go towards key research which is absolutely crucial. We wouldn’t have advanced to the point we are at today without your kind and generous donations to cancer research.

You may not feel like you can donate money on a monthly basis for many reasons and this is absolutely fine. However lost of brands now work together with Breast Cancer Research and bring out a selection of gifts or everyday products to which they generously give a portion of the money to charity. This is great as you can stock up on many basics which you normally would buy knowing that you are making a contribution to a good cause too.

There are so many out there from deli wraps and shampoo to more luxury items, which could be great gifts. I have put together a little guide below, to show you some of the beautiful things available this year.

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Hero Collection, Elemis| Smint| Oral B toothbrush available at Asda

Shopping Tote Bag, Dorothy Perkins | Crumpets | Pin Bag from Diamonique at QVC

Every penny and every conversation counts to building awareness and raising money to find a cure and treat people in the best way possible.

If there is one important thing you take from this post, please get to know your body and check yourself regularly. You too boys, breast cancer doesn’t just affect ladies!

Hannah  

Current Beauty Favourites | Blogtober #5

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I tend to wear little or light makeup in the summer so when autumn decides to come around, I enjoy dipping back into my collection and playing with my makeup more as my summer glow starts to disappear. I tend to stick to peachy and nudes tones, whilst I’m not totally pale, leaving berry tones till it gets more towards winter.

I thought I would share with you a few of the things I have been reaching for over the last couple of weeks. There are a few old classics here really, but nevertheless they are some of my faves.

Lancome, Tresor Midnight Rose – I received my first bottle of this as a gift and have loved it ever since, it is definitely a more sultry fragrance so is perfect to wear of an evening or in the crisp autumn when you want something a little less whispy and fresh. It also lasts for so long in the skin, you can still get a scent in the morning, which is something I look for in a perfume. It is definitely one to see you all through the night.

Real techniques accent & base shadow brushes – I always come back to these brushes from RT, they are affordable, easily available and work amazingly. I have been wearing a little bit more makeup especially on my eyes. So using the base shadow brush for a quick swipe of colour, has been perfect. It is a great one to pack your colour on aswell blend it all in. I also like to use the accent brush for a soft powder eye line for the days when you’re just not feeling a slick of liquid eyeliner but still need to look awake as you leave the house.

Maybelline 740 coffee craze – This lipstick is a beautiful pinky nude, it almost looks like your own lips but better. This range from Maybelline is gorgeous, they glide on really nicely and last fairly well for a budget lipstick. It is a great one to pick up and apply on the go which is why I have been loving it lately. Is anybody else always in a rush somewhere?

Urban Decay Naked basics – There is not much I really need to say about this little palette or the urban decay eye shadows. You will no doubt have seen, used or heard about them I’m sure. I love the bigger ones, however the ‘basics’ is my fave. It is so compact and has the perfect range of colours in there (for me anyway). This palette will see you through from a highlight shade, to the perfect day look right to an evening smokey eye. I even use this palette for my brows. It is definitely the one I reach for the most and is small enough to take with you and for travel too.

Milano baked brush 05 Luminoso – Although these are quite difficult to get hold of in the UK Milano blushes are worth the effort of tracking down. I particularly like this one as it is from the baked range so applies really gently and has a twist of different tones running through it so doesn’t look like a harsh blusher on the skin. The Luminoso is quite a peachy tone, compared to what you would normally see as we go into Autumn, but the soft peach has a slight shimmer so just creates a glow to the face really. Something I am taking advantage of before my skin becomes a wintery shade of pale again.

What is your favourite product at the moment?

Hannah  

Learning to Sew with ‘The Vintage Sewing Bunny’ | Blogtober #4

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I’ve always loved a bit of hand sewing and have had cross stitch as a hobby (when I have time, ha) since learning it in lunch club during primary school. So when the The Vintage Sewing Bunny in St Annes announced an extra Introduction to Sewing class and invited me along I couldn’t really say no. After having produced a dolphin themed cushion masterpiece (hahaha) in year 9 textiles I was excited to get back on a machine properly, switch of my brain for a while and get creative.

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We were welcomed into the store by the friendly face of Lucy and shown through to the workshop at the back to choose our sewing machine and get settled with a drink whilst everybody arrived. First on the list was to choose our fabric, we were going to be making a cushion. This was perhaps the hardest part of the afternoon, who knew picking from hundreds of pretty fabrics could be so tough. I eventually chose and hopped back to my seat ready to begin.

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There were six or seven people in the class, which felt like a size sized group. You could get to know some of the others but still feel like you could get help whenever and if you needed it. There were people in the room who had sewn before and just wanted to build up there confidence in a new design aswell as people who had never been on a machine, then there was me in the middle. Everyone was made to feel comfortable and at ease the whole time whatever stage they were at.

The class started with an Introduction to our new best friend. We soon knew how to power up and set out our machines; aswell as how to thread up a bobbin and the needle ready to begin sewing. Our first mission on a tester piece of fabric was to sew a straight line, it may seem simple but learning how to guide the fabric as the machine pulls it through is something to perfect. We then went on to learn how to go round corners and reverse stitch to lock your work in place, all basic but vital things. After a little practice we were allowed to begin working on our cushions.

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We began by cutting out the fabric and sewing a hem on our two smaller sections. We then learnt how to lay the fabric in place before pinning. Once everything was secure and learning a few handy tips along the way we were ready to sew up the outside of the cushion. With a little concentration it didn’t take us long and soon we were turning out the cushion covers feeling very proud of ourselves. We did it, we all made an envelope cushion.

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It was a great workshop, I really enjoyed myself and I know the other ladies did too. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro there will be a workshop for you, there’s so many to choose from each month. Check out their website for more details.

Thankyou Lucy for welcoming me in to Team Bunny so much, see you soon!

 Have you sewn before? Would you love to take up any childhood hobbies again?
Hannah  

Professional Beauty – The Press Bag | Blogtober #3

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When you get invited to an event whether you are press, a blogger or just an invited guest you are sometimes kindly given a gift bag. Gift receiving is always an awkward moment for me, I feel thoroughly grateful to receive any gift but feel uncomfortable at the same time. Nevertheless is was very kind of the team at Professional Beauty to arrange these bags for us. Usually they are filled with goodies and promotional pieces to enjoy, try out and review. This is more than just a bag of freebies though, as a blogger it allows us to get to know new brands and try out new releases from brands we already love.

Going to a press area however is definitely not just about the goodie bag, it is the perfect time to build up relationships between companies and PR’s who are showcasing at the event. A chance for you to talk with the team and get to know a little more about them and their ethos aswell as introduce ‘yourself’ too. Chatting with brands and other people in the media is my favourite part (a little scary sometimes), it definitely makes things a little more personal when thinking about, reviewing or buying a product from a brand.

I recently went to Professional Beauty in Manchester, if you aren’t aware it is a trade show held up and down the country for professionals and students in the beauty industry. To showcase new collections, the opportunity to compete and the chance to learn or buy tools of the trade. There is so much to do and see, I would definitely recommend applying for your free ticket if you are in the industry or you are a beauty blogger to stay on top of the game.

If you’ve been a reader for a long time, you will have more than likely seen my previous posts which show the exhibition in more detail. However today I thought I would share with you a peak inside the press bag I received and some of my favourite pieces. I will of course be trying these out over the next couple of weeks, so if there are any little gems expect to see some mini reviews coming up soon.

So do you see anything you fancy in there?

Hannah  

Heaven Skincare SOS Kit | Blogtober #2

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For many of us the change of seasons can be a time when our skin starts to suffer. Swift changes in temperature and humidity can confuse our skin, as well as our hair and ability to dress accordingly each morning. Autumn is definitely a time where it is different every single day, some days we have the most beautiful sunshine and the next it can rain so hard and almost be in single figures i.e. far to cold.

Everyone’s skin reacts differently and it is definitely not a one size fits all when we come to caring for our beautiful skin. However if you begin to recognise the signs that your skin isn’t feeling its best or you are noticing signs of redness or dryness; whatever it may be, there is a solution out there. If you get to know your own skin you will be able to think about changing what you are currently doing to fix the problem as soon as possible.

You maybe not always have a suitable product at home, so having something like the SOS Kit from Heaven Skincare which has some emergency essentials inside could be your saviour till you can get to the shop and top up your stash. Little kits like this are a perfect little pep for your skin and are great to snaffle out of your beauty stash just when you need them.

This particular one contains:

Hydro Cleansing Milk,   Age Defiance Cream,   Bee Polish

Silver Bee Venom Mask  and the Chamomile Desensitising Hydrogel

Whether you need a deep cleanse, an intense moisturiser or a purifying face mask you will be covered with the SOS Kit. I would definitely recommend this and similar kits to have on hand for the times when you really need them. They are also perfect if you have a last minute invite or a weekend away, slip them in your bag quickly and you are good to go.

What are you skincare saviours? We would love to share your favourite product with us all.

Hannah