Monday, 28 April 2014

OOTD: Kimono

The only spot without shadows, of course there's a chair in the way!

So here we are, I've finally mustered up the courage to post an OOTD! Nothing too exciting, just a new item of clothing I'm a little bit obsessed with.

I wanted a kimono to wear at Leeds Festival this year, but really struggled to find one without tassels, which just aren't my thing. I found this at BANK fashion as an online exclusive and fell in love, the dragon is just so cute! I'm a bit sad that the one the model wore had the dragon directly in the middle of the back, but my diving dragon is good enough for me! I ended up buying a 10 as there were no 8's left in stock, but the label has it as a S instead of 10, so it fits pretty well! It has a clip half way down which is great for a windy day, unless you want to risk becoming a human sugar glider! I love swooshing it about with the big sleeves, it makes me feel like I'm in a perfume advert. Hey, I never claimed to be normal ;)

I swear photos add an extra inch to my forehead!

In summer I plan to wear this with frayed shorts and a crop top, but since it's still cold outside I've been opting to wear it with a blouse and my standard leather legging and boot combo. I got the blouse from New Look a couple of months ago and it came with an attached neck piece, but I swapped it out for a cute gold and pearl necklace, also from New Look. 

My boots are off of Ebay, but I've seen similar cut out pairs in both River Island and Deichmann. My leggings are from either Primark or New Look, I can't really remember. They are a bit thin so I always wear another plain black pair underneath, too many times I've seen girls stand in sunlight and been able to tell the colour of their underwear!

Have you starting buying summer clothing yet? If so, what have you gone for? Next on my list is a jumpsuit and bikini's!


Monday, 21 April 2014

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

Sorry for the bad quality, this was so hard to take a photo of!

It seems to take me forever to use up one mascara, but I am finally on to my next tube. I received Cliniques High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara for my birthday from my work colleague Alison back in October and I've been dying to use it ever since!

What the website says: "High Impact Extreme Mascara, a does-it-all mascara. Creates ultra-thick and extreme volumised lashes through a new formula and unique brush, allowing precise application. "

The mascara is an intense black colour and really does give lots of volume without clumping. The end of the wand is curved with little spikes all over, meaning you can use it to get to the smaller inner lashes and separate any stubborn lashes. The wand is made of plastic, which is definitely my preference; bristles do nothing for me!

You can see from my before and after that my lashes are extremely darkened and volumised, without looking overly clumpy. I really wanted to love this mascara as it makes my eyes stand out, but unfortunately when worn alone I end up with smudges on my eyelids and underneath my eyes after a few hours. I find this problem a lot with mascaras and no amount of primer or powder seems to remedy it.

I chose black writing as the yellow was hard to read- don't hate me!


Volume 4/5

This mascara does make my lashes extremely thick and intense without any clumping, but I do feel they're a little bit spidery. I get a lot of complements on how much my eyes stand out with this mascara, so I can let a little bit of spidering slide!

Length 5/5

My lashes do look lovely and long and the wand makes it easy to coat them from root to tip, which is never a bad thing!

Packaging 4/5

The tube is quite fat, which makes me feel that I am getting good value for money. As with most Clinique packaging, it's very simple and clean, with a reflective surface. Although I do find this attractive, it does put me off a little as my make up gets grubby enough without fingerprints being added to it!

Price 3/5

At £17, this is a pretty good price between drugstore and most "high end" mascaras. I would say that there are better alternatives for cheaper, scoring it a 3.

Application 4/5

I do like the wand for this mascara, although the spikes could be either a bit closer together or longer. The wand is a good size for my small eyes, so I don't feel as at risk of poking myself in the eye.

Longevity 2/5

As I mentioned, this is where I am let down by this particular mascara. As I have oily skin I find it hard to get a mascara to stay on my eyes without flaking off or leaving smudges on my skin. As this mascara is thickening it means that the smudges are more obvious and almost create a line of black under my eyebrow.

Overall I do like this mascara and would love to repurchase it, but smudging is a massive no-no in my eyes - excuse the pun. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't have this problem and is looking for an intense, thickening effect.

What do you look for in a mascara, or mascara wand?

Monday, 14 April 2014

What's In My Bag?

Everyone has a nosey side to them, so it's no wonder there are tags like this one! I'm sorry to say my bag is full of some pretty mundane items!

I obviously always have my purse in my handbag. It's so old and grubby now that I should really get a new one! In fact, I think I got my purse for my 18th, oh my! As well as my purse I usually have my Nexus with me so I can blog and browse the internet on lunch break or on long bus journeys. I recently bought a cute case that has a keyboard that can be plugged into my Nexus, it even has real "tappy" keys! Another thing I always have are my keys, how cute is little Tim?! (is that the right minion name?) I also always have my glasses and contacts with eye drops on me, as I often switch between the two, depending how lazy I feel.

I keep some hair accessories in my bag to help tame my wild locks. I have a banana clip I usually wear for work, kerbie grips, bobbles and a pack of butterfly clips, which are fabulous for pinning back my fringe when I can't be bothered styling it.

I like to have have Lipscuff, lip balm and usually a colour or two of lipstick/lacquer in the front section of my bag. I use the Lipscuff in the morning and the lip balm throughout the day to keep my lips soft, plus you never know when you'll need a lick of colour!

Then we have a few random items;  breath mints, tweezers and a lighter. I don't smoke, but I've got a few friends who do and someone is ALWAYS looking for a lighter, so it's handy to have. Plus I've made plenty of friends in smoking areas from having a lighter! 

So there we have it, my mundane bag! What are your essentials that never leave your bag? Do you change your bag often, or use them for as long as they last like me?


Monday, 7 April 2014

What Would You Say To Your Younger Self?

The other week I saw the lovely Bethany Worrall had this post and I knew I was going to love it as soon as I saw the title. It's something I often think about, I could definitely have saved a lot of time and effort if my future self could have lended some advice! I'd love to do another post like this if I'm still blogging in 5+ years, as I feel I've still got a long way to go to discover myself.

(A very ill) baby Hannah, my hair still goes into ringlets!
Don't Waste Your Time On Certain People

Obviously I'm not going to name anyone, but there are quite a few people I wasted my time on who just weren't worth it. Be it boys, "besties", or just people I was far too polite to, I definitely could have channelled that energy into better things!

Don't Let Teachers Ruin Subjects For You

Unfortunately, I have to say I didn't have the greatest teachers in school, which demotivated me in some of my subjects, especially in 3rd and 4th year. (Sorry, I know the Scottish school system is probably confusing to a lot of you, that's age 15 & 16.) I loved English and Art especially, but I just lost interest. I'm happy that I've gotten back in to reading and started blogging, so I think I'll make an effort to try and start sketching and painting again!

Stick In At Highers

I originally didn't want to stay for Highers, but my mum told me to, saying I would regret it if I didn't. I'm so grateful that she did, but I really wish I'd made an effort. I wasted the whole year not caring and not studying, which ended in awful grades. I took both Philosophy and Psychology which are amazingly interesting, so I wish I had paid more attention! STICK IN SCHOOL KIDS.

You Have Absolutely No Reason To Have So Little Confidence

When I was younger, I was really harsh on myself and thought I wasn't good at anything. I didn't like going outside of my comfort zone and hardly stood up for myself. Now I'm a much stronger person and I'm working my butt off to get myself where I need to be. If younger me could see me now, she'd be so proud and probably a little bit shocked. I'm still a cry baby so we'd have a wee cuddle and cry together.

Some Other Things I'd Tell Myself...

I kept my hair like this for about 5 months. Really Han?!

1. Bleaching your hair from bright red is a ridiculous idea. Leaving it for months before dying it again is an even worse idea. How you didn't get sacked from your hairdressing job I don't know!
2. Don't draw on your eyebrows. Seriously, just bite the bullet and tint them, it will look SO much better.
3. Who cares about foundation, your skin is fine, enjoy having no spots whilst you can! 
4. You look pretty damn ridiculous when you wear Rimmel Fake Tan. Just no.

There are so many more things I'd tell myself, but these are the main ones I wanted to share. I'd say messing about with my Highers is my biggest regret and I feel like such an idiot for letting it happen.

If any of you decide to do this post, please leave me a comment/tweet and let me know, I'm nosey and would love to read them! Learn more about the Legal & General initiative that sparked this here.

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