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*This post is in collaboration with CAPAshop and contains an affiliate code.

Over the years, I've definitely become a jewellery lover. I love dainty, easy to wear and timeless pieces that can be mixed and matched. So, when CAPAshop asked if I'd like to become one of their ambassadors, I just couldn't say no!

CAPAshop are a new and upcoming jewellery brand, with their website recently launching with their first line of beautiful products. From rings, earrings, necklaces to bracelets, they've got it all, with a range of finishes to choose from: silver, rose gold and white gold. There's definitely something for everyone. 

As an ambassador, I was asked if I wanted to try one of their brand new products. I had a good look through their website and instantly fell in love with their rings. However, I was a little cautious because as you might be able to tell, my hands are SO small! Unfortunately, they currently do not stock rings in my size, which is understandable, as it is incredibly hard for me to find rings that fit me anyway. 

After toing and froing, the lovely team at CAPAshop kindly recommended their Rose Gold Clasp Bracelet, which retails for £12.00. I instantly fell in love. I adore anything rose gold and the dainty diamonds add such a beautiful touch, but also match my other jewellery perfectly - win win! Having a petite figure, I was still a little worried that the bracelet wasn't going to fit my small wrists. But, the team were so helpful and provided me with all the measurements. I did a quick measure and decided to go for it! 


My order was shipped on a Monday, and arrived very swiftly by Wednesday! I was so pleased. The bracelet came neatly packaged in a dainty black suedette pouch, with a small business card. I like that they included this, as I think that it adds a nice personal touch, plus it helps new customers find them on social media to keep up to date with upcoming launches.

Immediately, I noticed that the photos on their website do not do this bracelet justice. In the flesh, this bracelet is just so stunning. I found it hard to believe how good quality it is, especially considering the affordable price! The bracelet is slightly big on me, but definitely not big enough to slide off my wrist. I've personally decided to wear it a little further up my wrist next to my Olivia Burton watch, as it fits slightly better like this due to my small wrists. I think these two go great together and the bracelet really adds those extra girly details! 

The bracelet also goes perfectly with the diamonds in my rose gold Pandora ring, which I absolutely adore! CAPAshop actually do a very similar ring to this for a more affordable price, so I'd definitely recommend checking out their website and having a look. 

I just love how all these gold/rose gold pieces look paired together. I'm definitely going to get a lot of wear out of the Rose Gold Clasp Bracelet! I'm super impressed with the speedy delivery, amazing customer service and the all-round quality and affordability of their products. Fingers crossed for smaller rings in my size, as they're definitely the next thing on my wishlist!

CAPAshop kindly provided me with a discount code for you all to use on their website. Simply enter promo code ITSHANNAH10 at the checkout for 10% off your purchase at CAPAshop (expires 31/5/18).

This is in affiliate code, meaning I will benefit in a small way when you purchase with this code, however this is just to help me out :)

What jewellery do you enjoy pairing together? Have you ever purchased from CAPAshop?

Back in summer of 2016, I bought my first Makeup Geek eyeshadows - and I have been addicted ever since. Once you try Makeup Geek, you will never go back...

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are undoubtably the best eyeshadows I have ever tried. They are buttery, easy to blend and ridiculously pigmented. What more could a girl want?! Plus, the shade range is absolutely gorgeous. Above are the shades I have so far, but I definitely have my eye on a lot more. The concept of building an eyeshadow collection is so satisfying to me and I can't wait to do more posts like this once I have collected more. I store them in a large Z palette but also have a medium Z palette to use when I travel. So without further ado, here are the shades I have in my collection so far.

Row 1 (L to R)

Shimma Shimma is a gorgeous light beige shimmer and let me tell you it is SO pigmented. It is one of my most worn shades as it is so perfect for all over the lid, but also in the inner corner and on the brow bone to highlight.

Starry Eyed is one of Makeup Geek's foiled eyeshadows. The foiled shadows are even more pigmented than the regular line and are packed full of gorgeous finely milled shimmer. Anyway, this shade is a gorgeous champagne shimmer. It is absolutely perfect for day or night, but can be packed on a lot more during the evening to really make the eyes pop.

Beaches and Cream is a light creamy beige matte shade which is similar to my own skin tone, but a little warmer. This one makes a perfect transition shade and base for prepping for darker eyeshadows.

Creme Brûlée is similar to Beaches and Cream, but is slightly darker and warmer. This is another great matte transition shade for adding that first bit of warmth into the crease.

Frappe is a warm toned matte mid-brown which is perfect for warming up the crease.

Grandstand is another one of the foiled eyeshadows and it's one of my favourites. It is a warm brown with hint of rose gold to it. It's just absolutely stunning and is great for a more glam makeup look. 

Cosmopolitan is the most beautiful peachy pink rose gold shimmer. It has so many gorgeous tones in it which warm up the eyes instantly.

Row 2 (L to R)

Cocoa Bear is a warm matte brown with a red undertone. This shade is great when you want to really deepen up the crease to create a warm toned eyeshadow look. I personally think this shade looks gorgeous on people with blue and green eyes, as the red tones really makes these eye colours pop.

Barcelona Beach is a light matte brown with a cooler undertone than its counterparts Beaches and Cream and Creme Brûlée. This one is great for toning down vibrant warm colours or just for creating a soft and simple crease look. It also works well to warm up even more cooler toned browns, as Barcelona Beach is a nice middle of the road cool tone.

Cinderella is probably my least favourite shade within the palette, and a shade that I sadly do not really use. The pigmentation of this shade is just so off. I can never get enough product onto my brush and therefore onto my lid. The colour in the pan is stunning (a shimmery light pink) so it's a real shame that it just doesn't look the same on the eyes. I haven't had this problem with any other shade so I'm not really sure what went wrong when making Cinderella!

Petal Pusher is a gorgeous matte rosy pink shade that is perfect for creating a warm pink toned eyeshadow look. It goes great when layered with Barcelona Beach as you can create that perfect pink toned brown shade that just looks good on anyone.

Tuscan Sun is a stunning warm pink shade which I absolutely adore. I bought this shade on a whim but I am so glad I now have it in my collection. Perfect for creating that sunset effect on the eye.

Brownie Points is a dark cool-toned matte brown. I don't really use this shade that much, but it's great for adding depth to the crease within a more smokey eye look.

Prom Night is a cool-toned shimmery taupe with grey/purple undertones. Again, I don't tend to go for cool-toned looks as often so I don't reach for this one that much.


Row 3 (L to R)

Mesmerised is another foiled shadow, which is a deep purple shade with taupe undertones. This shade is so pretty for a night out. I definitely need to reach for it more! And because it's a foiled shadow, the pigmentation really packs a punch when creating a purple smokey eye.

Bitten is a deep purple/burgundy matte shade. This one is great for smoking up the crease and outer corner when creating a purple/pink eye look. I love this shade, especially for a night out. It goes amazingly with Mesmerised too!

NEW shades in my collection! (not pictured)

Yes, I'm that much of an addict that my collection has grown since taking the photo for this post. I was so happy with this photo that I couldn't bare trying to recreate it! 

Nostalgic is a foiled shadow. It's a light pearly pink shade, which is described as 'bubblegum pink' by Makeup Geek. I do like this shade, but I do have to work quite hard with it and layer it up. It's not quite as buttery and smooth as my other foiled shadows, however I still really enjoy using this.

Wild West is a gorgeous deep pink/rose toned brown shade. I wanted this shade for so long, so I'm so happy to have it in my collection! It warms up any look and goes with a lot of different shadows, which is great. It's also really easy to build up if you want a more intense colour pay off.

Mai Tai is a duochrome shade. It's a peachy pink shade with a vibrant pink/purple shimmer. I can't get over how stunning this shade is. When used with a good eyeshadow primer, it makes the eyes pop. I can't wait to use this shade more in the summer. The colours just remind me of holidays and cocktails!

Blacklight is another duochrome shade, which is a little different for me. It's a purple shade with a light blue shimmer. I'm actually yet to use this, but I really want to have a play around and try this out. I might have to watch a few YouTube videos to see how I can make this work.

Do you have a Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection? What are your favourite shades?

It's been a long while since I've tried out any new makeup products. So when I got some brand new goodies for Christmas that I'd been lusting over for quite some time, I was pretty excited to say the least...

I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher in Iced Hearts

This is described as a blusher, but I use it as a highlighter because it is so glowy and pigmented! I love a good pinky toned highlight. I just find it looks so flattering on my skin and adds a nice pop of colour. This one is particularly gorge because it has the hint of rose gold, which adds such a nice warm glow to the cheekbones. I usually swirl my brush around all three shades, but this product is also great because you can use each shade individually with great ease. For £4.99, this product is a STEAL!

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Angelic

I can't get over how beautiful this product is. If you love all things rose gold, metallic, glowy and BEAUT then you will loooove this. It adds the most gorgeous pinky/rose gold sheen to the lips and is the perfect way to jazz up a matte lipstick, especially for a night out. The only dig I have about this product is that it doesn't last a very long time on the lips, so you have to top it up a fair bit. Good news is, it's really pigmented so you only need a small amount!

Iconic London Pigment Foundation Stick in Icon 2

Before this product, I'd never tried a foundation stick before, so I was really curious as to what I was going to think of it. I heard that a lot of foundation sticks aren't that great for dry skin and were really hard to blend, so I tended to avoid them. After reading some positive reviews of this little gem, I had to put it on my Christmas wishlist! The verdict: I LOVE IT. The colour match is neaaaarly spot on (I'm very pale at the moment) but the coverage is amazing - goodbye redness! The formula is super creamy and easy to blend, however I do apply a glowy and hydrating moisturiser beforehand to make sure it blends seamlessly on my normal/dry skin. I have to say, I will definitely be purchasing another when it runs out.

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter

One of the most famous makeup products to date, this has been talked about so much already in the beauty community. BUT, I just had to include it. I picked this up in Florida in a Sephora, which was very lucky because it was the last one on the shelf (even more reason for me to snap it up!). As I said, I'm very pale at the moment (winter struggles) so I haven't been wearing this too often because it comes up a little dark on my skin. But with a bit of a tan and/or a lot of bronzer, this looks so gorgeous. It's what highlighter dreams are made of, shimmery, finely milled, golden and glowy (how many times can I say glowy in this post?!). I can't wait to wear this more in the summer, especially on holiday!

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Topper in Rose Gold

You might be able to tell I was very keen to try the whole glossy/shimmery lip topper trend out. I've seen so much online about Jouer's Skinny Dip lip topper, but something about Rose Gold was just screaming my name! It's a stunning darker gold/slightly pink shade with lots of glittery reflects in it. Again, the colour doesn't stay on for too long but the glitter definitely hangs about for a lot longer! So, in my opinion this product isn't worthy of its 'long-wearing' title. One thing about this product that I can't fault is the smell...oh my god. It smells of toffees/caramels/cakes and all things sweet; I can't get enough! I do really want to try Skinny Dip too, so perhaps in the future I'll try it out and compare the two.

What makeup products have you bought/received recently? Is there anything from this haul you'd like to try? 

Ah, Florida...my favourite place in the world.

This September, my family, my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to visit Florida. Yes, this post is a bit overdue. With a new job keeping me busy, this post kept getting forgotten about. But, I wanted to make sure I documented some of the best bits of our trip. Anyway...

Everything about Florida is just so surreal. The food, the atmosphere, the people and the crazy amount of fun to be had at all of the amazing parks. People who have never been to Florida never quite get how bloody brilliant it really is when you try to explain it to them. Despite having the worry of Hurricane Irma during our stay, we managed to stay safe and enjoy the rest of our trip (minus having no power for three days and having to move out of our lovely villa to a motel - no air con in 95% humidity is NOT cute). But anyway, here's a few of my favourite photos from our holiday. I miss it so much already!


On our first day, we went to Magic Kingdom. Everything is so pretty and well, magical! I do love it here but (unpopular opinion) it's definitely not my favourite park in Florida. I just find a lot of the rides are based at really small children. And let's not even talk about my experience on Space Mountain...I swear this ride has gotten faster?! I loved it when I went to Florida four years ago, but this time I pretty much went into a panic attack mid ride. It was just so fast and bumpy. Bleugh, never again. Despite this, it was such a lovely day and I bought a gorgeous Minnie Mouse Pandora charm from the Disney Pandora shop. I wanted to buy so much more in there but I would have spent all of my money!


Onto my favourite parks...Universal and Islands of Adventure. I don't love huge rollercoaster rides, so Universal is perfect for me. There are so many simulator rides and 4D cinemas which are my favourite kind of ride. I can't honestly pick a favourite. I love the Despicable Me ride and the Transformers ride. Had to get the obligatory photo in front of the globe, too...


Aaron and I watch the Harry Potter films together quite a lot so getting a photo in front of Hogwarts was a MUST. I have to say, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride did make me feel a bit motion sick after a few goes. And the spiders get so close to your face it is horrible, hahaha! The new Gringotts ride was soooo good though. Definitely recommend it!


It still amazes me how realistic Hogwarts is. And the fact you can go inside it before the ride is so cool. It honestly feels like you're inside the film! I miss it there so much. Looking at these photos makes me want to watch all the Harry Potter films again!


Is it just me who always gets so nervous when getting photos with the characters? Haha. I don't even know why! But the Knight Bus guy was really funny and glad we got a photo with him in the end.


I've been to Florida twice now and still haven't eaten in Hard Rock Café! *gasp*. However I cannot even begin to tell you how many amazing food places there is to choose from out there. We just never got round to it! Some of my restaurant recommendations would be Outback Steakhouse, Applebees and IHOP. The list could go on and on...


The Simpsons Land is probably one of the coolest areas of the park. Everything is just so similar to how it looks on TV and it's just so fun. We ate in Krusty Burger too which was so cool. It was HUGE though - safe to say I didn't want to go on any rides for a little while after eating it hahaha.


I honestly can't tell you how amazing these donuts were. This photo makes me crave them SO BADLY! If you go to Universal, definitely get some Lard Lad donuts from The Simpsons Land. They even do a huge strawberry sprinkles donut the size of my face! Definitely should have got that in hindsight. Maybe next time, eh?


Here's a little snap from our visit to Animal Kingdom. The safari trip was so interesting and the tour guide just made it so much more enjoyable! My favourite part of Animal Kingdom was the brand new Avatar Flight Of Passage ride - the best ride we went on the entire trip, hands down. We may have queued for 3 HOURS (jeez) to ride, but it sure was worth it. It honestly felt like we were transformed to a completely different world. I hear that the queue is still this big even a few months on, but if you get the chance to go, I would definitely recommend waiting to ride.


And finally, here's a funny little snap of Aaron and I next to our hire car. We got a free upgrade to this absolute beast because our car wasn't available on the day, haha! It was such a nice car but look how tiny we look next to it! Oh, and I am wearing jeans because this was the day we flew there. There was no chance I was wearing jeans for the rest of the holiday in 95% humidity...yuck.

Have you ever been to Florida? Where would you like to travel to in the future?

Over the past few months I have accumulated quite a few new beauty products - both high end and high street. Here's what I think of them...

Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights & Contour Pro Palette
I love a good contour and highlight, but I've never actually owned a proper contour palette before. Crazy right? I didn't want to spend lots of money on the first one I tried, so I went for this one by Makeup Revolution - a steal at only £8! You get a pearly white highlight shade, three setting powders and four contour shades. The powders are so smooth and easy to work with, not to mention the fact that they are incredibly pigmented. I only need one or two small dabs into the palette with my brush and I get a really good amount of powder to work with. The highlight shade is probably my least favourite just because of the shade. It's a little bit too pearly white for my liking - personally I prefer something with a more champagne or rosy tone, but that's just me! 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer
I picked this up on a whim when Superdrug were doing a 3 for 2 offer. I have to say, I really love this primer so far. Its consistency is so lovely; it is similar to the feel of a moisturiser but a little more tacky, giving my makeup something to stick to. It also gives my skin a little bit of a glowy finish as well, which I really like. There's not really much to say about primers but it feels lovely on the skin, and definitely makes my makeup go on nicely and last a bit longer than usual too!

Rimmel Nail Polishes in Caramel Cupcake, Too Cool and Rain Rain Go Away
A girl can never have too many nail polishes! I was really drawn to all three of these shades. I love muted and natural tones on the nails all year round so I will definitely get a lot of use out of these three shades. I haven't actually tried these out yet, but couldn't resist including them in this haul because of how pretty they all are! The colours are stunning though (and they have such cute names too) so hopefully they won't disappoint!

RCMA No Color Powder
The hype about this powder in the blogging and YouTube world is pretty huge, so I knew I had to try it out for myself. I have to say, I am pretty impressed already. It sets my makeup beautifully, it doesn't alter the colour of my foundation and it feels so light and silky on the skin. It also doesn't make my makeup look cakey at all, it simply mattifies and smooths any areas that need a little bit more oil control. The only thing that I don't love as much is the packaging. Trying to get the powder out can be a little messy. If there is a specific way I should be using this product to minimise mess then pleaaaase someone let me know! Apart from that though, I love it.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights
I'm not entirely sure why this shade is called Peach Lights because it definitely has a light pink/lilac undertone. I'm not complaining as I absolutely bloody love it! It's been taking over the role of my ABH Sun Dipped palette quite a bit, and that's saying something. This highlighter was only £3 and it is absolutely stunning and the quality is amazing for the very small price tag. Under the light this highlighter just has amazing pink and purple reflects which is just so unique to anything else I own. The texture of the highlighter isn't as buttery and smooth as high end highlighters but the pigmentation is crazy good. Trust me, this is £3 you definitely won't regret spending! 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
I prefer the Wake Me Up concealer a lot more than the foundation (I'll get to why later on in this post). When I first tried this out, I thought that the shade (I own the lightest shade) looked slightly too dark for my skin. However, when blended out it actually looks seamless and doesn't ever leave a yellow tinge to my skin. As I said, this concealer is incredibly easy to blend and is not drying at all. It leaves my under eye area feeling refreshed, bright and not cakey in the slightest. It's not the most high coverage concealer on problem areas but for under the eyes it's a good one. The packaging is a little weird though; I find myself dipping back into the product quite a lot as I find the applicator doesn't pick up too much product all in one go. I don't know whether it's just me being weird or not but yeah, haha.

Rimmel Brow This Way Clear Brow Gel
My brow hairs are long and crazy, so a brow gel is always required to keep them in place. This one from Rimmel is so good at making my hairs stay in place but also for making my eyebrows appear thicker. I use a brow powder to fill in any sparse areas, brush the gel through my brows and I am good to go all day. Not a lot more I can say about a brow gel but hey this one does the job and I love it.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory
As I mentioned, I'm not as much of a fan of the foundation as I am of the concealer. I'm not big on the consistency of this foundation - it is so thick! I'm much more used to a more liquid based formula such as L'Oreal True Match. This foundation doesn't run at all and it has the consistency of a thick moisturiser. I also find the shade has a really orange undertone which I don't really like. It looks great when I've got a tan, but I can only really wear this foundation if I've got one, which is annoying. The way it sits on the skin is nice nonetheless; it leaves my skin looking glowy and refreshed. It didn't blow me away though so I don't think I will repurchase this.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe
Probably the most famous eyebrow product ever. It definitely lives up to the hype. This stuff is so pigmented and creates such gorgeous looking brows. It takes a bit of getting used to, as it is so pigmented, so if you mess up it can be hard to correct it. It's great for doing brows for an evening or night out because it creates such amazingly sculpted brows that can sometimes be inappropriate for just going to work or something like that. I was expecting this product to be sticky, I don't know why, but it's really not. It's smooth and feels silky and velvety when applied to the brows. It stays put and keeps your brows looking perfect all day, so I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is debating about buying it like I was.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt
I've been wanting to try these for so long and I recently saw them in my local Boots so thought I would try one out. This shade definitely stood out to me because it's just so up my street; it's a gorgeous shimmery pink champagne shade which is so wearable for day or night. This product is particularly great for a really quick and easy makeup look, as you can swipe a bit on and go without having to worry about using loads of other eye products. The pigmentation is good and it looks stunning on the lid. I have to say it did crease a bit on me by the end of the day, which is expected, as it is quite creamy and tacky. Putting an eyeshadow over the top will help to prevent the creasing from happening so early on. 

Have you tried or want to try any products from this haul? What makeup products have you bought recently?

Hannah
xo

At the time of my last fitness update, I would have never contemplated posting a photo with my tummy on show. The answer was a straight up no. But now, I'm feeling a lot more confident...

Over the past few months, I've come a long way fitness wise, both physically and mentally. In my last fitness update, I had made some progress, but at the time I felt like my body still looked the same as it always did. I wasn't really keeping an eye on the scales or taking many progress photos, so I got a bit worried that I wasn't getting anywhere - despite my personal trainer and my family telling me otherwise. However, now, I have hit a point where I can say holy sh*t, yeah, I have lost weight, some of my clothes are way too big now and my body looks so much different. Most importantly, I feel so much happier mentally and my body confidence is oozing. And I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to finally say that.

I'd say the 'oh my god the work is paying off' feeling truly kicked in around April, on two separate occasions. The first being when I was scrolling through my camera roll (as you do) and came across a photo of myself around Christmas time in some new underwear that I had received as a present (a totally normal photo, was just asking for the boyfriend's opinion lol). I was intrigued by the photo, so I took a new photo of myself in a similar set of underwear and compared the two side by side. When I compared them both, I couldn't believe how much my body had changed. In the 'before' photo, my now more defined shape wasn't there and I just looked so different. It made me realise how much weight I had put on simply through lack of exercise and too many Meateor pizzas from Domino's.

Another occasion where this happened was when I had a massive sort through my wardrobe. I tried on loads of clothes and I couldn't believe how big some of my skirts were from the summer before. I was sad to see a few lovely (and fairly new!) items go but it was a very satisfying feeling at the same time. Due to a lack of skirts and shorts in my wardrobe, I've been thoroughly enjoying purchasing some more, and fitting back into some old pieces as well!

Now that I've lost a substantial chunk of weight (around one and a half stone) I am now focusing on strength and muscle toning. I have converted from personal training to online coaching (with my same fab trainer) which provides me with four planned workouts a week as well as the ability to track my macros (carbs, protein and fat). So many people think that 'healthy' is skipping meals or having very small meals, or depriving yourself of everything you love, when in fact healthy is the complete opposite.

Through macro tracking, I have learnt that eating well (and more) is so beneficial and makes me so much more motivated and full of energy. I am also eating way more protein than I used to, which is great. Protein shakes are great for an extra boost of protein and I'm slowly learning that snacking on some chicken or ham is perfectly normal to hit those macros, haha! I'm still getting used to it and it can be hard to hit my macros just right, but it's all a learning curve. I'm definitely not deprived either. There are foods out there that taste just as good as the equivalent foods packed in sugar and fat, which are already ready made or easily made at home but with fresh and healthier ingredients.

Over the past first four weeks of online coaching and focusing on strength, I cannot tell you the differences I have seen in the gym! Going to the gym 3-4 times a week and building a healthier relationship with weight training has been such a great experience and I am truly loving it. Back in December I only ever really touched the cardio machines and dabbled in maybe the leg press or ab crunch machine, but now I am using free weights, the cable machine and the rest of it like nobody's business! I've always struggled with strength in my upper body and even in just four weeks my muscles in my arms and back have become so much stronger and a lot more toned. I am also starting to develop stronger quads (in both appearance and ability) which I am sooo happy about.


It's been so lovely to get amazing feedback throughout this process as well. I made a little progress photo montage (above) and the feedback I got from friends and family was amazing. It really boosted my confidence and just made me want to carry on with what I'm doing. I'm not going to lie, I have had my ups and downs throughout starting online coaching because it was an even more intense lifestyle change, but I am truly loving it and am so proud of where I have come and where I am still yet to go. Let's hope for some more and even better progress photos in the future. This gal isn't done yet and she's going to get stronger!

If you enjoyed this post and want to know anything in particular about my fitness journey in future posts, please leave me a comment below as I am loving writing fitness related posts on my blog and would love to share more with you!

What are your fitness goals? Have you ever tried personal training or coaching? 
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