Sunday, 28 February 2016

TMI Tag

I feel we've not had a proper sit down chat in a while and I know that if you've read a few of my older posts you'll know a little bit about me but recently I took a huge leap and set up a YouTube channel. It took a lot as the nerves where high and the worry of being judged was looming, however the feedback and support I've received so far has been wonderful and for that I'm ever so grateful!

I get such an extraordinary feeling when I post on here to share my thoughts, journeys and experiences so my main priority will always be my blog, as my channel is just an added extra. So if you read Jess' blog or watch her video you'll see I was tagged to do the TMI tag video..... Therefore I moved from behind the camera to the front to film this short tag for you to get to know me better :)

It would mean a lot to me if you could continue your amazing support and head over to YouTube and subscribe to my channel.

Love, Hannah-Mae

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Drugstore Make Up Haul

I love coming across make up products that I fall in love with and pretty sure a lot of you do too. Recently whenever I've popped in to town I always end up extending my make up collection and I wanted to share with you what stuff I am loving and that I'll most definitely be repurchasing. Because not all of us (including myself) can get mega expensive make up from elite brands, I wanted to show that even drugstore make up can do as good of job.

I am not the best at choosing products so most of these have been recommended by friends or I've seen them on other people's blogs and YouTube's. All of the below have either been bought from Boots or Superdrug and I'll leave links and prices for them underneath the photos.

 
The Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation: Soft-Beige is one of those must of essentials in my make up bag. It gives you the perfect full face coverage and also gives you a dewy look and matte which is what you want considering it's spring time and you want to look fresh-faced and ready. I picked up soft-beige to give a warmer glow for spring and summer. £7.99.

The Rimmel London Fix & Protect Primer is again another essential as it instantly perfects skin by optically blurring imperfections and visibly improves the complexion & skin’s texture overtime.
It also helps protect the skin against daily stresses and has its own built in complexion beautifier and SPF 25 which means you're protected out in the sun. £6.99.

 
The Makeup-Revolution Sculpt & Contour Kit is such an easy kit to begin with especially if you're no pro at contouring and all that. When I use this is do it just to had more shape and tone to my face otherwise I literally look flat. This is a perfect beginners kit and is only £3.50!

 
The Makeup-Revolution Focus & Fix Concealer. It pretty much says what it is called, it does the job needed. Hide and conceal, from dark circles to blemishes. It fixes those imperfections, dark circles and blemishes. Also since it's a liquid concealer it is easily blendable, longwearing and provides a natural finish. £2.00.

 
I love experimenting with new eye shadows and blending different shades for different effects, whether it be bold and dark or light for everyday. I picked up MUA Pro Romantic Efflorescence pallet and the colours are really pigmented so you only need a little amount to blend it together.

 
The Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick is literally my favourite as I've always wanted a nude matte lipstick and this is one I use everyday as it gives the perfect look and is really moisturisng for your lips too. Also this lipstick is long lasting and reflects light like never before. If you're wanting a MAC lipstick but not wanting to pay the price then this is the one for you. £5.49.
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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Newcastle Quayside | Photography

Since getting new camera, which I am in love with, I just can't put it down! With me being a huge fan of photography, it's something I love to do in my spare time. I am still trying to experiment with my camera and styles of photography. A week ago I took a trip over to Newcastle and thought I'd seize the moment and capture the night time scene on Newcastle Quayside.

I realised I'd need to change my camera settings from just auto to manual and play around with the aperture, shutter speed, focus and ISO.  After setting my camera to the right settings I was ready to go out. I am amazed by long exposure photography so I was keen to see what I could create with street lights and car light trailers. As well as how it can make street lights blur together to create patterns that can't be seen by the eye.

Whilst walking around Newcastle I had my camera out at all times looking for the next opportunity to snap a photo. Here are a few to photos I took today which I want to show you. They are by no means perfect as I'm still learning and getting my head around it. But at the end of the day photography can never be perfect no matter how much experience you have as it just takes practice.
  
          

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Friday, 19 February 2016

My Everyday Hair Care


As you can all probably tell from the title of this post I am going to be talking about hair! About a year a go now a cut all my hair off and added a little of blonde. Since I changed my hair I had to find new ways to do it and I still don't really know what I am doing with it as I've never been that good with hair but I wanna show you guys what I do with my hair now and what products I use too.

To start I always struggled to find the right shampoo and conditioner which would work on my hair without leaving it oily or dry. I've been using the TRESemmé shampoo for dry hair and their conditioner for normal hair and I have to say I love it!
 
Sounds kinda stupid but I always dry my hair with the towel first otherwise it takes absolute ages to dry and it's the quickest way to get rid of excess water of the ends of your hair.

Argon oil helps restore the goodness and put it on the ends of the hair as it adds more moisture but not the roots as it makes it look oily and greasy.

Heat protect spray is really good to use as obviously it protects the hair from splitting and the ends snapping when you're curling or drying it. I use TRESemm√© Care and Protect Styling Spray.
 
Get a comb and find in your parting. After you've got it take the hair dryer and dry the roots of your hair around the parting and then dry your hair from upside down.

Once you've dried your hair I use straighteners on 180 degrees which is never full temperature as I don't want to totally destroy the ends of my hair.

To make it easier I tie the top section up in to a little bun or alternatively you can use a clip. I then take the underneath and do so by taking small sections of hair and straightening. So basically do this for the rest of your hair.
 

After I've straightened, this is going to sound weird but I tip my head upside down and give it a good shake and when i flip my head up my hair has volume and doesn't look stuck to my head.

And you're done, it's pretty simple and I think having healthy hair to me is important as lets be honest no one wants dead limp hair with split ends. Ever since cutting it shorter it's been so much easier to deal with and style. If anyone was interested I might do my favourite 4 everyday go-to hairstyles? Also I've set up a YouTube channel so if you'd want a video tutorial comment below.


 


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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Red Velvet Cupcakes


Red velvet cupcakes, cakes, cheesecake are always impossible to get right. Without cheating and buying ready mix red velvet mixture this recipe makes the most perfect red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (if you have patience)! They are simple to prepare, in just one bowl, and make perfect, fluffy, moist cupcakes with that deep red hue.

So since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought these would be just perfect for the occasion. 

Makes: 16 cupcakes 

Ingredients 

Cupcakes: 
150g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
100ml vegetable oil
150g granulated sugar
120ml buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons red food colouring

Cream Cheese Frosting:
125g cream cheese, room temperature
300g icing sugar, sifted
50g butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a cupcake pan with baking cups.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, beat together the oil, sugar and buttermilk on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, food colouring, vinegar, vanilla and water and mix well. Slowly add the flour mixture, on low speed. Mix until just combined; do not over mix or the cakes will come out tough.

Divide the batter between the paper baking cases and bake for 20 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:
Whip the butter and cream cheese together in a mixer until creamed. Gradually add the icing sugar to the mixture, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Pipe or spread on top of cooled cupcakes.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

DIY Photo Wall


I always want to hold on to memories. All these moments, all these wonderful people, I want to keep them forever. And not only in my heart: The camera is whipped out quickly and the photos that are taken are often not perfect or thought through. But that's what makes them special and even more real. I want to have as many of these pictures around as possible, everywhere in my room.

And this is what leads us to today's topic - photo walls, perhaps the best way to hang up your pictures. We all see images on social media of those bedrooms which are goals with hanging photos and fairy lights and candles, and think I should do  that to my place? Well this is a very easy one that you can nail without becoming it being a disaster and can make your bedroom feel more cosy!

Begin by picking an area in your room and work out how much space you have to put up photos. Then if you've not already order your photo prints online or from a photography store. I used Photobox as you can print any size photo from 16:9, 6:4 and even square which is perfect for Instagram photos.
   

Once I had my photos ready.I went to Paperchase and bought coloured string and mini wooden pegs. To start measure out the length of string you'll need and take those measurements to your wall and mark where the nails will go. Take a hammer and carefully put each nail in to the wall but not to far as you need a little to tie each end of the string on to.

After tying up the ends of the string on to the nails, now comes the more frustrating part especially if you're like me and are particular with layout, colours, people etc. It's time to peg up all your photos and wah-lah you have a photo wall to help your room feel a little more like home!
 

Too add those extremely homely touches add fairy lights and candles. My lights are from IKEA and the candle is the Salted Caramel Yankee Candle, I got as a Christmas gift from my friend (which smells delicious).

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