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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Facing My Fears & Learning The Art Of Not Giving A Sh*t

Today's post is more of a personal one, but a little life update once in a while is always a good thing...

Lately, I've really been thinking a lot about facing my fears. I feel like in the past couple of years, and in recent months as well, I've really pushed myself to try things I would have never done before. And of course, some of our fears in this world exist because we fear what other people will think of us. But lately, I've really learnt to embrace who I am and just push myself, as at the end of the day it's MY life and I want (and need) to do what makes me happy. 

I have always been quite a shy girl around people I don't necessarily know that well, however I feel like in the past year my confidence has really grown. I think that doing my placement year and getting to work with a variety of different people, whom I had never met before, has really made me a lot more comfortable speaking to someone brand new. 

Due to being shy, I've also never really been a public speaker. Presentations have always made me feel very nervous, but as the years have gone by at uni and throughout my placement, things have gotten easier. Recently, I was given the opportunity to do a speech at an event in front of local young people and business professionals about how work placements can be beneficial for not only the young individual, but also the business side of things. Automatically my mind was like "oh god no, I'll be too nervous. People will laugh at me if I mess up, etc etc". But then I was like, actually, no. I'm going to do this. Why would I turn down such an amazing opportunity? (Plus, you amazing lot on Instagram persuaded me to do it too, so thank you!)

The day of the speech came around and I was so nervous and didn't think I was going to be able to do it. But I kept telling myself that I could do it and how much this would improve my confidence, and boy it has. It was also so nice to hear amazing feedback from everyone afterwards, who all said I didn't sound nervous?! Like hello?! I think that's my new talent - sounding confident and chilled when in reality I'm like omggg help me. Hahaha. Honestly, I am so glad I did it and hopefully these sort of opportunities will continually be thrown at me so I can continue to face my fear. 

In relation to blogging, I've really pushed myself in the past few months to just post whatever I want to post. I've learnt that I do enjoy writing about so many different topics, and that's perfectly okay. I'm also facing my fear of showing more of myself on my blog and Instagram by taking more photos in public. I'm slowly becoming more confident in front of the camera; a year ago I probably wouldn't have even let Aaron take a photo of me but now I don't mind asking him to (even though he gets annoyed when I make him take about 50 photos just to get one nice one, haha!) I wouldn't go as far to say I'm confident taking photos in public; I do like the area I'm taking a pic in to be relatively quiet, however I'm just trying to think 'who cares?'. In reality I won't see the same people again, so I just try and tell myself that I'm doing this for my enjoyment and it doesn't matter what they think. It is very hard, but things are moving in the right direction.

Me three years ago wouldn't have done any of these things that I'm doing today. Even the more day to day things which I've had to face such as going on a 4 hour coach journey alone, going to the gym alone and asking for help in a shop. So, if you're afraid to do something, but you can hear a little voice in your head telling you to go for it, listen to it. I promise you once it's over, the feeling is just indescribable! (Of course not all fears are necessarily made to be fought, we all have things that we absolutely hate doing in life, including myself, and that's okay. Just like mine with huge rollercoasters, no thank YOU!). But you get the gist - overcoming any type of fear is just the most amazing feeling. 

PS: If you're wondering, here's my outfit details: Top (ASOS), Bralet (ASOS), Skirt (F&F), Shoes (New Look) & Bag (Topshop). 

Have you faced any of your fears lately? 


Friday, 20 July 2018

First Impressions: I Heart Revolution Chocolate Palettes

Makeup is always ten times better when it looks like a chocolate bar, right?

It's no secret that I absolutely love the Revolution brand as a whole. They deliver on quality and they deliver on price, which is the perfect combination really. There are still so many of their products that I want to try, but I'd seen a few reviews and videos of the I Heart Revolution mini chocolate palettes floating around and really wanted to give some of them a go. I've used these palettes for about a week now, so I wanted to give you all an in-depth first impressions of how I'm getting on with them.

Let's just put it out there, I couldn't resist the cute packaging (scroll down to see). I love the whole chocolate bar theme going on. Especially the rose gold one, how pretty is that?! The packaging isn't what I'd call luxury, however they're an amazing size and very sturdy. I'm also a huge fan of fun ideas like this and I think it will be one that people will comment on if they see me pull it out of my makeup drawer. So, onto the individual palettes...

First up is the Choc Orange Mini Chocolate Palette. It's full of gorgeous pink, gold and orange tones, which are all my favourite eyeshadow shades. This little palette is the mini version of their larger Chocolate Orange palette. I don't personally own this so can't compare the two, but some of the shades are pretty similar. I got this because it seemed like a great travel friendly palette. Most of my palettes are fairly big, but this is such a cute size that takes up hardly any room in a makeup bag. 

The palette contains two shimmer shades, which are the two largest shades in the palette in each corner, and six matte shades.


  • Yellow-toned gold
  • Light nude pink


  • Deep red-toned pink
  • True orange
  • Cool-toned dark brown
  • Light peachy pink
  • Dusky rose
  • Bright coral pink

For a £6 palette, the pigmentation on these eyeshadows seems to be pretty impressive. The mattes seem to be very pigmented and created quite an intense crease look. They're not quite as pigmented as some of my high end eyeshadows, but that's to be expected, but they are by far some of the most pigmented eyeshadows I've tried from the high street and aren't far off from their high end counterparts.

The yellow-toned gold isn't as shimmery as I'd perhaps like, but with a bit of glitter primer and a couple of layers, I think it would build up to quite a nice intensity. As for the light nude pink shimmer, it's a really pretty neutral shade. Again, it's not a 'wet-look' intense shimmer like other shimmer shadows I own, but for £6, it's really good quality and so affordable. I also think both of these eyeshadow would work well over a darker and slightly more shimmery shadow as a top layer to really make the eyes pop and add a hint more colour and shimmer. 

In terms of longevity, the matte shades seemed to last longer than the shimmers, but I'll have to keep trying out the best way to use these shadows to make them last as long as possible. On the whole, this palette gets a thumbs up from me! I wish I had this with me when I was in Ibiza.

Next up is the Rose Gold Glow Mini Chocolate Palette. All the rose gold vibes sold it to me, just look at that packaging! Not to mention the shades are just to die for. They match my skin tone perfectly and I get the best of both worlds. A pink highlight AND a gold highlight, all for £6! There's a light pink highlighter on the left, which is a really nice shade and not too icy. Then on the right, there's a slightly larger pan which contains a light gold shade. 

I've used both of these shades and they have such an amazing colour pay-off. Revolution highlighters are definitely my favourite from the high street, so I just knew that these wouldn't disappoint me. They are very finely milled and to touch they feel really silky, meaning they blend seamlessly into the rest of my makeup and there's no chunky bits of glitter. 

The bit you've all been waiting for... the swatches!

I'm sure you can tell which palette is which here, lol. But is it just me or do these swatches seriously look like they're from expensive high end palettes?! FYI these swatches are completely unedited to show you a true representation as possible of what the shades look like. 

Choc Orange Palette: from my wrist to my elbow are the shades from L-R in the palette. (I hope that makes sense).

Rose Gold Glow Palette: left is the gold shade, right is the pink shade.

I would highly recommend both of these palettes and I'm desperate to try more of Revolution's many palettes! You can buy these from the Superdrug or Revolution Beauty websites.

Have you tried any of the I Heart Revolution Chocolate Palettes? Are there any other Revolution palettes that you think I should try?

xo, Hannah


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Are We More Likely To Visit A Restaurant If It Is 'Instagrammable'?

Over recent years, food blogging has grown massively and so many of us love snapping photos of our tasty eats. But, are you more likely to visit a restaurant if you consider it to be 'instagrammable'?

This is a really interesting subject and I kind of sit on the fence - let me explain. In general when looking for a new restaurant (or cafĂ©/bar/etc) to eat/drink at, I might be more enticed by one that has a particularly interesting or nice interior. I think this is pretty standard due to my experience in working in Marketing for a restaurant; I can fully appreciate the amount of work that goes into designing a unique vibe that reflects the brand to entice customers in. The blogger in me might think a cool interior would be a good photo opportunity, but that's because I do enjoy capturing photos of my day to day life to store as memories. No matter what the restaurant looked like, I would still choose whatever I wanted from the menu and not base my choice on its level of 'instagrammable-ness'. 

But don't get me wrong, I'll definitely still spend time reading reviews from other people that have visited before. That's because I want to make sure I enjoy my food and spend my money wisely on a really tasty meal. For example, there's a little family run Italian pizza place in my hometown. From the photos and in real life, it might not be considered an 'instagrammable' location, but my reason for visiting was totally down to positive reviews and word of mouth. And was my visit worth it? 100% yes. The staff are so friendly and they treat you like your own family. And the pizza...well. It's honestly the most authentic Italian pizza I've ever had. The ingredients are so fresh and the dough is so rustic and cooked in a proper wood fired oven. The quality of my experience is so important too and it's definitely not all about the photo opportunities. 

Overall, I'd say that what might be considered as an 'instagrammable' restaurant might draw me in because it generally looks like a nice place to visit with good reviews, but taking a photo is just a fun bonus as a blogger. Sometimes you're having such a good time and the food is so yummy that you don't even think about it - and that is 100% okay. 

I say let's celebrate that food blogging is on the up so we can all help each other discover all the amazing restaurants out there. I'll definitely be continuing to share a selection of the food/drink I enjoy, just because I find it fun! But let's also remember not to put too much pressure on ourselves to capture the 'perfect' snap and make sure we still fully enjoy our dining experience too. 

Do you enjoy food blogging? Are you more likely to visit a restaurant if it is 'instagrammable' or are you somewhere in the middle like me?


Saturday, 14 July 2018

My Favourite Drugstore Mascara

The hype is seriously real!

Ah, the famous Maybelline Lash Sensational. You're my fave.

This post has been floating in my drafts for probably about two years now and I've just never got round to shining a light on it on my blog, until now.

I used my Benefit Roller Lash mascara (one of my fave high end mascaras) most days for a month or so, but then one day recently I randomly decided to use my Maybelline Lash Sensational instead. I've always loved it but omg, I seriously forgot quite how good it was.

The shade in the photo is Intense Black, but at the moment I'm using Black, which is still soooo black. It's seriously amazing at livening up those lashes! The wand is a really nice shape and size as well. I can wiggle through my lashes really easily and the curved shape allows me to coat each and every one. The packaging is also really nice, girly and sleek, which I love. The colour of the tube always makes it easy to spot in my makeup drawer, so I can find it and pop on my mascara really quickly if I'm in a rush.

The consistency is what makes this mascara so great. It's not too wet that it clumps all of your lashes together and is messy to apply, and it's not too dry that you don't get enough pigmentation and overall wow-factor. It's a nice, relatively thick consistency which just applies so nicely to the lashes and gives amazing (drumroll please...) length AND volume. You know when you put on your mascara and think damn where did those lashes come from?! I am quite lucky to say that I have naturally long eye lashes naturally, but when I have been wearing this mascara, some people have asked if I'm wearing fake eyelashes or have had eyelash extensions. So that's a big green tick for me!

Can it get any better? YES. YES IT CAN! This mascara lasts all day on my lashes. No joke, I go to work in the morning with it freshly applied and I come home and it looks exactly the same. If I'm heading out again, I might touch it up slightly but it's really not necessary at all. I don't know what they've put in this stuff, but my god it works. It stays put all day, it doesn't smudge or crumble under the eyes, it makes my lashes look insane and it's only £8.99.

Here's what the mascara looks like on my lashes (hey huge pic of me)...

I've repurchased this mascara many times and I will 100% continue to do so. Maybelline, I salute you!

Have you tried Maybelline's Lash Sensational mascara? Do you love it as much as I do?

xo, Hannah


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The Stigma Of Media Degrees & Why It Needs Breaking ASAP

If you study a media or media-related degree, like myself, you've probably experienced that famous stigma at least once in your life. Don't get me wrong, some people totally get media degrees and how it can open numerous doors. But others, not so much...

The main reason behind this stigma is that some people don't really get what a media degree entails. They think it will open zero doors, that your career is basically dead already, oh and that it's a complete doss subject that you chose just because you wanted to experience 'uni life'. Well let me tell you, it's complete BS. 

I found my love for media at school, which started as an interest in media production, but also learning about how the media impacts the way society views certain things and how it creates and delivers messages. And let me tell you, A Level Media Studies was no easy way out. I spent many hours writing essays, researching and analysing numerous theories, oh and lets not forget planning, filming, producing, directing, starring in and editing a short film alongside that - which also involved going out to re-film and re-edit multiple times. So to people that thought Media was an 'easy' subject at school... just no. U are wrong. K?

I liked A Level Media Studies no matter the stress and challenges it brought me because it was so interesting and current. And I like to say I was pretty good at it? This is why I wanted to continue this interest at university. I steered away from Media Production as I wanted to do a more theoretical degree as opposed to a practical one. Plus, I knew I didn't really want to go into TV or Film. So, I went for a Communication and Media degree, which puts together a wide variety of different aspects of the media industry, such as communications (obvs), journalism, marketing, PR, advertising, media within society, and so on. Perfect for the student like me who was really interested in the industry, but wasn't sure of my niche just yet. 

Let me tell you, I've had an array of digs or weird looks that have been sent my way when I tell them I'm studying 'Communication and Media'. My 80 something year old neighbour always digs at me by saying I will never get a job. Charming, eh? He automatically assumes I only want to work for big buck worldwide companies or want to be a TV presenter on ITV. Like no? I usually just sarcastically smile back at him but one time I did bite back and say how I had already secured my placement year and how there ARE opportunities out there to grab by the horns. Why you gotta be so ruuuuude?

A doctor (who wasn't a polite one on this particular encounter regardless of this) also sort of scoffed at me once when I told him what I was studying. "Oh, so what you gonna do with that then?". Um, well how about go into Marketing and help launch campaigns for the latest product releases, or go into PR and secure coverage in newspapers and magazines for a national business? 

The reality is, just because it's seen as a more 'creative' subject than perhaps Mathematics, History or Law, it deals with so many theories, both past and present, and helps us to unpick all the coding that huge companies and organisations create. And as I said, the transferable skills I have learnt throughout my degree and during my placement year as a Marketing Assistant are going to open so many doors in my chosen career. 

A 2014 article in The Guardian by Media student Enya-Quin Jarvis sums it up perfectly: 

Media studies isn't about watching films and reading newspapers, it's about actively engaging with media practice, theory and production. It's about working within the industry and requires skills like good project management and critical thinking.

If you know anyone who has a dig at Media degrees, do us a favour and link them this post. :) Rant over. 

Have you ever suffered the stigma of a Media (or related) degree? 

Monday, 9 July 2018

Ibiza 2018 Photo Diary

Woah, we're going to Ibiza! ...Well, I went, and I wanna go back. Please? Why do holidays have to go so quickly?

Last week, me and Aaron got back from a week away in Ibiza and it was absolutely amazing. It was our first summer holiday together on our own for two years, so it was really nice to get away. The trouble is it goes so quickly! I've posted most of these photos on my Instagram, but I thought it'd be nice to include them in a blog post and go into more detail about where we stayed and what we got up to.

We stayed at the Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa (5*), situated on Playa d'en Bossa. Honestly, the hotel was out of this world and we knew instantly that we'd done well with choosing the hotel as soon as we walked in. We were greeted with refreshing towels and mocktails! It really was that 5 star experience. We stayed all inclusive so I was already so excited about the unlimited food and drink to follow over the next seven days, haha!

On our first day, we ventured around the hotel to explore and also headed down to the beach (Playa d'en Bossa). We discovered that there were gates in our hotel that led straight to the beach, so it was about a 5 minute walk, which was amazing! The beach was so gorgeous and the sea was sooo nice. You could just walk straight in without feeling cold and it was so refreshing. 

What better way to start the holiday than with making the most of the unlimited cocktails by the pool?! Look how big it is! I couldn't get over the size of it when Aaron brought it over to me, I definitely wasn't complaining though. Tequila Sunrise (pictured above) is definitely one of my favourites, but then I discovered a cocktail called a Pomada. It was gin with a cloudy zesty lemonade mixture, with some fresh lime as well. I can't tell you how refreshing it was. I got through a fair few of those!

This was the lovely view we had from our sunbeds by the pool. We stayed in this spot for most of the holiday as it was nice and close to the pool and had a great view of the resort. That wooden decking got soooo hot in the sun so the closer to the pool, the better! There was always something fun to watch and get involved with by the pool, whether that be a dance performance, aqua fitness, water polo, water volleyball, etc etc. I'm not very sporty at all so I just stayed and chilled on my sunbed, but Aaron had a go at some of the activities a few times and he said it was great fun. 

As I mentioned, the beach was absolutely gorgeous and it was a really nice chilled vibe. There were a lot of bars right on the beach that served food and drinks throughout the day. You could actually pay to sit on one of their fancy sunbeds (you know those ones that look like a huge double bed) but we didn't go for that because it was a fair bit of money just for one day. So we just sat on our towels on the sand and listened to all the nice music. 

Our hotel did give out some head/back rests to take with us down to the beach, which made sitting on the beach much more comfortable. And it was included in the all inclusive price, so win win! One of the beach bars was called Coco Beach. I saw this nice little photo back drop so hey, why not take a snap? My bikini here was River Island from a couple of years ago.

A lot of the beach bars did actually close around 9pm, which we thought was quite odd as bars here in the UK would never shut that early. I guess we're not really used to the day bar culture that they have in Ibiza. However, one of the bars did stay open until 2am, so a couple of evenings we went down there for a few cocktails as a treat. These cocktails were from Nassau Beach Club, a bar just outside out hotel, which was full of really fancy chairs and tables and had a DJ too. It was really cool! The cocktail I had was called a Mediterranean Breeze, which was a vodka cocktail with lots of fruity flavours. Delish! Aaron's was a creamy cocktail made with rum, and it had a marshmallow on the top! Yum.

A lot of the evenings we just made the most of exploring our beautiful hotel, enjoying the hotel entertainment and sipping cocktails. We'd never been to a hotel before where there was so much to do and see, so we really made the most of it. There were so many pretty photo spots, but this was one of my favourites. The lighting was just perfect as well because it was golden hour (apparently the best time to take photos?) so I just had to take a snap. My top, shorts and shoes are all from New Look.

On one night, we went out for a really fancy meal at Montauk Steak House located in Ushuaia Beach Hotel, as a belated three year anniversary/end of long distance treat. The decor was stunning and really unique (check out those bum chairs, ha!) and the food, service and all round experience was just amazing. It was an expensive meal but for a one off treat, we didn't regret it one bit. The staff were so attentive and knew the menu like the back of their hand. To start, we chose cured Iberian ham, which was actually carved from the leg right in front of us. It was like nothing I've seen (and tasted) before! We were also given a selection of breads and salts from different parts of the world, one being Ibiza. The attention to detail was honestly phenomenal. Then for main, I had a fillet and Aaron had loin, and they were both cooked to perfection. All in all we couldn't fault it. I wish I could eat it all again!

As I said, the steakhouse was located in Ushuaia, which is one of Ibiza's biggest club hotels. It was very very fancy, but as you can see, it is truly beautiful. Just look at that view!

As I discussed in my previous post, there's a lot of pressure to feel totally body confident in a bikini and look your best. No matter what anyone thinks, I was absolutely going to whip my bikinis out on holiday and let me tell you, I actually felt better than I thought I would! This bikini is from Topshop and I just felt like it flattered me in all the right places. I'm not usually one to take bikini photos, however I wanted to push the boundaries and show people it is okay to wear a bikini and feel proud  of your body in it, which will hopefully make lots of other girls and women out there feel more body confident too. 

Here's one of the other pools in our hotel (I think there were about 4 in total?). It looked so beautiful in the golden sunlight, just before it started to set. Doesn't that water look so inviting?

I LOVE Ibiza! Now this was just screaming photo opportunity. This 'LOVE' sign was located just outside one of the hotel restaurants, against the beautiful river and greenery. Just picture perfect! So many people took photos in front of this sign every night, so I just had to join in. Again, it was at that perfect golden hour time. I have to say all the photos I took around this time just turned out so so much nicer.

There were so many pretty corners of our hotel. I'd never stayed in a hotel with so many gorgeous pink flowers scattered all over the buildings. I think it added such a beautiful touch to all the white. Plus, flowers are a blogger's best friend, so I had to snap a little pic. 

This is the same pool as above, but a little later on in the evening when the sun was setting. The sky was a bit more cloudy on this day. To stay real, I have edited this photo to make the sky look more pink than it actually was. But, I think the outcome of this edit is so cool and I wanted to share it with you! 

And lastly, a little selfie with my favourite person ever. I asked Aaron if we could take some photos together on our little terrace, because when I think about it, we hardly ever get photos together! So, I had to make the most of it. I actually love this photo, especially with all the palm trees in the background giving me all the holiday vibes! I couldn't have asked for a better holiday and was so lucky to be able to spend it with Aaron.

I want to be back in Ibiza already! I wonder where we will go next...

Have you ever been to Ibiza? If so, do you have any recommendations for places to visit there? 

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