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For the past three years, Aaron and I have been in a long distance relationship. He's been at uni 4 and a half hours away on a coach/train whilst I've been at uni here in our hometown. Can it work? Yes it bloody well can, you just have to want to make it work. 

On the day this blog post goes live, 17th June 2018, is also our three year anniversary. So not only are we celebrating three years together in general, we are celebrating the end of three years of long distance. This also means that the majority of our relationship has been spent travelling backwards and forwards to visit each other (apart from the summer/xmas holidays). I honestly cannot tell you how good it feels to finally get what we want, to both be living at home and able to see each other when we please. 

Long distance relationships work for a lot of couples, but for others they just don't work out. It definitely requires a lot of positivity, strength and love from both sides in order to want to make it work. But even when they do work, it can be mentally draining and quite upsetting when you just long to spend time with your partner. 

I have done a blog post about this before, but since people will be going to university soon (and potentially about to start a long distance relationship) and I now have two more years experience and knowledge, I thought I'd do an updated version with my top tips on how to make it work.

Try to visit each other as much as possible 

Aaron and I visited each other every two weeks, which I know might sound like quite a lot for some people, depending how far away you live from one another. Having a visiting schedule does take the edge off slightly, as you can count down to when you next see each other instead of not having a clue how long it's going to be until the next time. It takes a lot of commitment, because we had to make sure we had enough money to visit each other. With me living at home, I was lucky enough to be able to help Aaron out a bit when it came to train fares and coach fares. We would also often split the cost so it was fair.

Plan fun things to do when you see each other

This really is key as it allows you both to have something to look forward to whilst you're apart. I'd also say this is one of few perks to a long distance relationship because it allows you to appreciate each other's time a lot more. Take the time to explore new places in your area to go for a walk or grab something to eat. One of mine and Aaron's favourite hobbies is to find new lunch spots. You'd be surprised how many cool places you'll visit when you're putting more effort into your days out.

FaceTime when you can

A lot of the time, texts just won't cut it. Schedule in FaceTime dates where you can really talk about your day and have a proper face to face conversation with your loved one. In my opinion, this is so important in maintaining effective communication with your partner and makes it a lot more bearable (what would we do without modern technology, eh!). Me and Aaron usually FaceTime late in the evening just before bed. It gives me something to look forward to and definitely means my day ends on a high. 

Spend time with friends and family when you're sad

I often feel really sad and deflated on the day Aaron has left. From being so excited and happy on Friday turns into the complete opposite on Monday when I drop him to the train station. Saying goodbye gets easier over time but is never pain-free, and honestly, you just want nothing more than for them to stay. The best way to combat this sadness is to try and keep yourself busy whilst you adjust to life apart again. Arrange to see your friends and try to spend time with your family instead of sitting alone in your bedroom.

Maintain a good level of trust with your partner

This is usually the reason why a lot of long distance relationships end, because, for example, one is worried about all the new people the other might meet and that they might be forgotten back at home. If you have a strong enough bond and level of trust with your partner, this is easy enough to push past as you know they love you and want to be with you. In the long run, this makes your relationship so much stronger and will definitely set you up for the future. 

Be open with your partner

Because you live further apart and don't see each other face to face, you might realise that certain feelings get bottled up from time to time. It's so important to speak to your partner and let them know when you're down about something. Let them know when you're missing them or when you wish they were there with you. It really makes a difference by helping them to feel loved and realise that you're thinking of them. 

I am SO happy that this era in mine and Aaron's lives is over but I am also so grateful for the memories we made along the way and how strong we are now as a couple. Here's to the future!

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? 

I can't believe I only have one year left in education. After all the great (and not so great) memories from my school days, making new friends and saying goodbye to old ones, getting used to university life and growing up a heck of a lot, it's fair to say I've nearly made it. 

NB: it's gonna be a long one - sorry! 

It sounds SO cliché, but my life has almost been boiling down to this very moment. Education is every young persons norm, through childhood, teenage years and right through to early adulthood. There's always something next. But this time next year, I would have finished this huge chapter in my life and the world will await - hopefully I'll have secured or be actively searching for a job. 

I've had a whole year off uni (I've been on a placement year - a post to come) so the fact that I've gone without coursework, revision and general 'uni life' for an entire year means I've kind of forgotten what it feels like. I'm a bit frightened of going back and not being able to fully adjust to doing assignments. Let me tell you, a year of coming home in the evening and having my weekends free of work has been BLISS. But hopefully once I've done an assignment or two, I'll be back into the swing of things.

Because I've been on a placement year, some of my uni friends are a year ahead of me because they went straight into final year. It's been great to get a little insight into what to expect and advice on how to 'survive final year' as it were. One of my friends gave me some great advice; he told me to simply make the most of your last 'care-free' (minus the coursework ofc) year and make most of the student life. Work hard, but bloody play hard too. I know it's probably going to be one of the hardest years of my life, but I'm hoping to make it enjoyable as I possibly can be. 

Something that I'm finding it hard to accept is that my blog will probably become more neglected in my final year of university. This is my last year of studying, so I want to give it my all by putting my degree first. I absolutely love blogging and it's the best creative outlet, plus it's an amazing asset to show to future employers. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get some content up, maybe a bit more over on my Instagram compared to here, but we'll just have to wait and see.

A huge bonus is that my boyfriend Aaron is graduating this year, so he'll be living at home and can support me throughout my final year. Knowing that I won't have the stress and upset of a long distance relationship is going to make university a lot more of an enjoyable experience for me. Simply knowing he only lives down the road just feels oh so good. (Aaron I apologise in advance for any coursework and diss related breakdowns that you will probably witness).

I've worked in the real working world this year, but to think that I'll soon be in it for good is so exciting yet a little bit frightening. There's a lot of pressure to find a job, because there's so much competitiveness. And in my opinion, I think there's a lot of pressure to make a life for yourself in the big city, specifically London. I get it, there's a huge range of amazing companies based in London with a vast amount of opportunities, but to be frank, London just is not for me. When I tell people I want to stay at home, some people are just like 'Oh, right.' Like, they don't really know what to say. 

Due to my anxiety (and just general personality/loving where I live), I've always been a home girl and I know that lifestyle would just absolutely ruin me. I know people probably think I'm just turning down great opportunities, but heck there's more to life than London. There's some amazing companies and jobs out there closer to home, and just because I don't live in London does not mean I won't have a successful career. Throughout my placement year at home I've met so many successful and talented people who I feel very privileged to have worked with, which goes to show you can make it anywhere. I just wish some people (definitely not all) would understand that there are opportunities everywhere and certain lifestyles do not suit everyone. Who knows, maybe one day I will work there if Aaron and I both found our dream jobs there, but in reality and for now, we both love it where we are and will go with the flow throughout our careers.

If you've made it to this point, give yourself a pat on the back and thank you so much for staying!

Have you recently graduated or will be graduating soon and if so, how do you feel about it? Do you think there is pressure on young people to work in the big city?

As you're probably aware, I'm a sucker for nude lipsticks, so my favourites seem to switch up all the time. It was very hard to narrow it down, however here's some I am loving right now...

MAC Blankety | Word of warning: most of my favourite lipsticks are MAC; I just love their shade range and formulas! Anyway, Blankety is one of MAC's Amplified Creme lipsticks, so the formula is really creamy and moisturising, however still with a good amount of colour payoff. I absolutely love this shade, it's the perfect nude/beige pink. I love wearing this alone when I just want a more natural look to my lips, but it also looks amazing on top of a lipliner or darker nude to lighten it up and add some more pink tones. It doesn't last as long as a matte would because of it's creamy formula, however when worn on top of a matte lipstick, the colour pay off definitely hangs around for a little longer. All in all, this one is a perfect every day staple!

MAC Mud Wrestler | I'm not sure if this lipstick was limited edition? But I can't seem to find it on the MAC website, which makes me SO sad! Mud Wrestler is a light, beige toned nude with a hint of pink. For me, this shade looks a lot lighter on my lips than it does in the swatch. On it's own, it does wash me out a little. However, this shade is perfect for putting over the top of a darker nude to lighten it up and give the centre of my lips more definition. For example, this lipstick on top of MAC's Stripdown creates the most gorgeous light brown toned nude on my lips, which is a huge win! It has a Matte finish, so lasts a long time and I don't find myself needing to top up regularly. I never want this to run out - someone please let me know if it's limited edition or not?! 

MAC Viva Glam II | This is one of my all time favourite lipsticks. It's just the perfect pinky/mauve nude that suits my skin tone so well. It was one of those lipsticks that I first tried on and thought OMG I'm going to get so much wear out of this. It's a Satin finish, so it lasts a long time but has a little more creaminess than a matte. This goes amazingly with NYX's Mauve lipliner, but I also think this would look great with MAC's Whirl lipliner (which I still haven't tried!). I also love the packaging of the Viva Glam lipsticks, the pop of red just makes it feel more luxurious when I use it. And, the money received when buying this lipstick goes straight to MAC's HIV and AIDs fund, so it's great to know that my money goes towards such a worthwhile cause.

Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in Child Star | I was drawn to Child Star because of its beautiful colour; it's a soft dusky pink nude. It applies so smoothly to the lips and dries down to a matte finish within a few minutes, giving a very lightweight and smooth effect without settling into fine lines. I do find applying liquid lipstick slightly difficult, so I make sure to line my lips first so I can achieve a neat and tidy outline. The colour is really opaque within one or two swipes, and once it's on, it stays on for hours and fades away nicely without getting that strange line on your lips where it's started to come off. Even through eating, I find that this shade lasts really well. Also, you actually get a good amount of product with this (7ml) so I feel like this is going to last me a while, considering I don't tend to wear liquid lipsticks every day (just because I do find most of them quite drying). Overall, I'm so glad I picked this up and can't wait to keep wearing it!

Swatches:

(Completely unedited photo) From L-R: MAC Blankety; MAC Mud Wrestler; MAC Viva Glam II; Too Faced Melted Matte in Child Star
I have so many more nude lipsticks which I love, so do let me know if you'd like to see any more of my collection!

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? What's your current favourite nude lipstick?

xo, Hannah

Gone are the days of buying a different foundation shade for both summer and winter. Now, I've got one easy and quick fix that won't break the bank!

I've been meaning to do this blog post for some time now. I actually bought both of these last summer, but never got round to talking about them! I always struggled with finding an appropriate foundation shade for my skin; from wanting to lighten up a foundation shade that was slightly too dark (due to a lack of fair skin appropriate shades that some brands offer), or wanting to darken a foundation even more because I was wearing fake tan. When I discovered that The Body Shop had some products that would let me do just that, I just had to give them a whirl. And let me tell you, I am so impressed!

First up, it's the Honey Bronze Drops of Sun. The Body Shop do actually sell 'Darkening Drops' which are the complete opposite to the Lightening Drops, however I was definitely more drawn towards the Honey Bronze Drops of Sun. The kind lady in the shop advised that these were a lot better for giving you a more natural 'sunkissed' glow that's perfect for the summer time, which ticked all of my boxes! 

This product can be mixed into foundation or moisturiser, as well as alone on the face, however I don't really tend to do the latter. You can use as many drops as you like depending on how dark you want your skin/makeup to be, using the pipette applicator. The shade of the drops is a beautiful tan with red undertones which makes it a lot more natural and  like a real tan. Products with orange undertones often give that 'fake' orangey toned look, which I try to steer clear of! It's also matte so it doesn't add any unwanted shimmer to your skin or foundation shade, making it very easy to use with a variety of other products. 

It has a thin wet consistency, similar to water, and blends beautifully into foundation to make my foundation a suitable shade to match a real or fake tan. In general, it is very pigmented so I don't need to use much of this at all to alter my foundation shade, which is fab as it will last me a long time. And a big thing to note: these drops do not last like a fake tan would, you can simply wash it all off at the end of the day! The Honey Bronze Drops of Sun are available for £12 for 15ml, and considering how little I need to use on each application, I think it's well worth the money.

Next up, it's the Lightening Drops. These do exactly what they say on the tin, which is so useful for lightening up those pesky foundations that don't match my fair skin (despite being the lightest shade in the range!). These drops are of a slightly thicker texture and are definitely more opaque than the Drops of Sun. With the pipette applicator, I usually add a drop to the foundation on my hand, then add one more if I need to apply any more foundation. 

According to The Body Shop website, 1 drop = 1/2 a foundation shade lighter. I think this is pretty exact if you look at the swatches, which we will get onto below. I love these drops as they definitely help to combat those orangey undertones that some foundations have and helps to create more neutral tones. 

The Lightening Drops are available for £11 for 15ml, and again, are going to last a very long time. So, in my opinion, this is a very worthwhile spend for such an amazing makeup hack!

Onto the swatches...


Top to Bottom, L to R: One drop each unblended; one drop each blended slightly into skin; one drop of foundation vs one drop of foundation with one drop of Honey Bronze; one drop of foundation vs one drop of foundation with Lightening drops.
Purely for the purpose of the photos, I went for a one drop of foundation: one drop of Honey Bronze/Lightening drops ratio. This ratio will of course depend on what shade I want to create on my face and the amount of foundation I use. For example I might use three drops of foundation, but still  use one drop of the Honey Bronze drops (so the foundation shade won't darken as much as in the photo above). The images above are just to show you how quickly the products can change a foundation shade, i.e. they definitely do what they say on the tin.

My only slight dig at these products is sometimes the pipettes can be a bit temperamental and get blocked up, so sometimes I have to squeeze the pipette a few times to unblock it.

But overall, I am so SO impressed with how amazing both of these products work. They make matching my skin tone all year round a very easy task, and I am so pleased that I discovered them! 

Side note: I am so keen to try The Body Shop Body Yogurts... does anyone recommend?

Have you tried the Honey Bronze Drops of Sun or the Lightening Drops? What do you think of this cool makeup hack?

When I really want to frame my face with some killer brows, this is always the product I reach for...

I had tried a fair few brow pomades from other brands. But, most of the time they were way too warm-toned and didn't really suit my skin or match my hair colour. However, one day I finally bit the bullet and bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade; I haven't looked back since!

Choosing my shade was a bit difficult and slightly risky due to ordering online. I made sure I watched a lot of YouTube videos and compared lots of swatch photos before purchasing. I finally decided on Taupe, since it looked the most cool-toned out of them all and that's what I was looking for.

I was tempted to purchase the ABH Duo Brow Brush, however went for a cheaper alternative, which is the A17 brush from Spectrum Brushes. The verdict: I was so impressed! This brush makes it so easy to create fine lines and carve out the shape of my brows neatly. I would definitely recommend it.


I'd describe Taupe as a very cool-toned medium brown. Beauty Bay describe Taupe as suited for platinum and light blonde hair, but I have dark blonde/light brown hair and even Taupe is ever so sliiiightly too dark for me. I try to use a light hand and often powder over my brows slightly to make them look less harsh and bring some hairs back to life (a really great tip if you accidentally overdo it with the brows!). 

I can't emphasise how amazing my brows look when I use this product. It allows me to create a whole new shape to my brow that I can't do with any other product. It is so creamy, pigmented and glides on very easily. It doesn't feel oily like some other brow products do, meaning it does not budge. And I kid you not, this stuff does NOT budge! The rest of my makeup can be looking worn by the end of the day, but oh no, these brows are looking EXACTLY the same as they did first thing in the morning. 

Another thing I love about this product is that you can easily build it up. For a night out, I can use slightly more product and create a more defined, structured brow. But, it's also very easy to create very light strokes for a natural brow throughout the day. 


Above is a comparison of my brows with just clear brow gel (left) and with the ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe (right). As you can see it makes a huge difference to the definition of the brows. I can create a higher arch, which in turn creates an illusion of a thicker brow. Plus, I can extend the tail of my brow really easily. 

I've had this product for over a year now and I'm no where near close to running out. It hasn't dried out a single bit, which is so impressive. It's still as creamy and soft as it was when I first opened it. Overall, this product is a win, win!

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade? What are your thoughts?

xo, Hannah

I'm a little late to jump on the bandwagon with this one, but BOY am I glad I  finally did...

To be fair, it took me so long to get on the bloomin' bandwagon because every time I went into my local Superdrug, it was ALWAYS sold out! I had one of those 'angels singing and a light shining down on me' moments when I was shopping in Superdrug in Bath last week. I was just browsing and I thought, ooo, I wonder if they've got the concealer, kind of laughing to myself because who was I kidding - this baby just loves to be sold out. And OH MY GOD they actually had it in stock. ONE left in my shade. It was obviously fate, so I picked it up and pretty much ran to the till. 

That's right everyone, it's the Revolution Beauty Conceal & Define Concealer. Move over Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, which I now think breaks me out after a bit of trial and error, this concealer is moving in. I'd read so much online about this concealer, so I had a pretty good feeling that I was going to like it. But I have to tell you, this concealer just blows everything out of the water. It just seems to tick every single box for me. 

To get the ball rolling, let's talk about the shade range. I bought shade C1, which is the lightest shade, and it matches my pale skin (with pink pigmentation) perfectly. It's a neutral shade, which I really like. It's not too yellow and it's not too pink; it's a great mix of both (swatch image below, please excuse my dry, pale hands!) I think there around 18+ shades, which I think is amazing for a highstreet concealer. It's great to see a brand catering for a diverse range of skin tones.

For the most part, I've been applying this concealer on top of one of my favourite foundations, L'Oreal's True Match. It is incredibly easy to apply. The doe foot applicator is pretty large, making it very easy to cover all areas of my face, with minimal dips back into the tube. I've never had a concealer with an applicator this big, but I have to say, I'm living for it. 



The consistency of this product is absolutely phenomenal. I've been blending it in with both a buffing brush and a Real Techniques sponge, and both give amazing and quick results. It doesn't go patchy, cling to dry patches and most importantly it actually covers blemishes and redness; I'd say it's definitely a matte high coverage concealer, however it doesn't look drying at all. The blending process is so seamless and creates that 'melting into the skin' kind of look. I get a lot of pesky redness on the lower parts of my cheeks near my jaw and it does a superb job at covering it, which is great because I often find it hard to cover these areas. Win, win!

In terms of longevity, it does pretty well. It doesn't go really patchy and my under eye area still looks good at the end of the day. I always find my makeup wears off when I'm at work, because I often lean on my face with my hands, plus I eat and drink on and off all day. The first places are usually around my nose and on my chin. I have to admit, the coverage does wear off a bit, but this happens with most concealers I use because I'm wearing them without touch ups for 9 hours at a time. When I did touch it up after work the other evening, it applied over amazingly well and didn't go ridiculously cakey, so I'd say that was a success, as with other concealers I can just end up a huge cakey mess. However, when I wore this concealer to a party one night last week, I used my UD All Nighter setting spray, and my base stayed flawless all night. So for me, it really depends on what I'm doing and how I've applied it!

All in all though, I have to say this concealer is an absolute steal and definitely a new favourite of mine. It does what it says on the tin, the packaging is super pretty (I'm loving the rose gold) and most importantly... it's £4?!?! My mind is blown. So many people are saying that it's a great dupe for Tarte's Shape Tape, but for the price of it, I think I will stick to the Revolution one for now!

Have you tried the Revolution Beauty Conceal & Define Concealer? Do you think it's worth the hype?
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