Friday, 23 October 2015

Sometimes I Sing

I like to sing. A lot.

When I'm cooking, when I'm sewing, when I'm drawing, when I'm scrolling through Tumblr, when I'm writing... I'm basically always singing.

Which is why I decided last year to start posting covers on YouTube. I really enjoy singing along with my karaoke tracks to my laptop webcam (but I'm saving up to buy an actual camera soon ooh) and posting them for other people to watch and enjoy. The whole process is quite chilled out and it's a fun new hobby that I'm getting into.

However, I kind of want to see my channel grow more than it has, which is why I'm making this post. I'll embed a few of my videos here and if you like watching them perhaps you could subscribe for me? Blog and YouTube - double the Hannah! (That might be some people's personal hell but hey)

I hope you enjoy!

Panic! at the Disco - This is Gospel

Birdy - Wings


I'm Not Afraid of Anything (from
Songs for a New World)


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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Stupidly Happy

If anyone were to ask me how I'm feeling with my life right now, the answer would have to be stupidly happy.

The last two years of school were the hardest time of my life so far. I felt under pressure from all sides. School wanted me to get A*s across the board (I attended a grammar school and their reputation mattered more to them than the mental health of their students), 'friends' wanted me to just keep my mouth and ignore their constant bitching behind my back. I was exhausted, completely fed up and just absolutely miserable.

And now all that has changed.

In September, I started my first year at college studying Art and Design. As you're well aware if you're a regular reader of my blog, I love to sew, draw and craft. Now that I get to dedicate all of my time to being creative, I feel so much happier than last year when I was taking 11 subjects, the majority of which I was bored of.

Going to a new school has enabled me to get away from those 'friends' I mentioned earlier, and my new friends at college are far more mature. There hasn't been any stupid drama. At all.

Regularly, we meet with our tutors at college to talk about how we're doing and how we're finding the course. In the five years I was at secondary school, this was never offered to me, and it is so helpful. All of a sudden, someone with authority is asking me questions and caring about the answers. It's a nice change from "You didn't get full marks. You're a failure."

I still am able to keep in touch with my real friends from secondary school relatively easily.

So right now in my life I am overwhelmingly, ridiculously, stupidly happy, and I want to encourage you to do something: if you are unhappy with your life right now, find out what is making you unhappy and change it.

If you need a bit of positive inspiration in your life, my Tumblr (x) is full of positive quotes as well as funny and cute pictures.

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

NCS

Hello everyone! Sorry for a lack of posts recently, but it seems as though almost as soon as I got back from my holiday in Disneyworld, I was flung into the world of NCS residentials.

(x)

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Disneyworld Florida

I have been wanting to do this post since I got back from my holiday in Disneyworld Florida, but couldn't figure out how to save Instagram posts. However, I finally realised how to embed the images, so here we go! Here's my trip to Disneyworld Florida with my mum as seen through my Instagram*:

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Makeover Essentials

Today I was out with my friend when we were approached by a young woman at a small booth set up in the corner of a WHSmith store. She had me hooked straight away with the line, "Do you girls like makeup?" Why, yes. Yes I do. She showed us a bag full to the brim of makeup goodies, and I suspect that I started to drool a bit.

After a reasonably quick and impressive sales pitch, I was ready to part with some money. The products looked good and it seemed as though I was getting a bargain.

When I got home and showed my mum the products I'd managed to pick up, she suggested that I google the company to find out how much these products normally sell for, to see just how much of a bargain I had really bagged myself.

I was surprised to see reviews marking the company, and the deal I thought I'd got, as a scam.

They said the products had rubbish pigmentation and weren't at all comparable to the High End brand names that were thrown into the sales pitch. They said the products just looked and felt generally cheap. They said that they had wasted their money. They said the sales pitch was a lie.

Of course, I was upset. I don't like to be lied to and I don't like to be deceived.

However, I decided I'd try out my purchases anyway and was pleasantly surprised.

Firstly, as I had been shown in the sales pitch, the packaging is cool. I know, I know, don't judge a book by its cover (or in this case a makeup product on its snazzy packaging), but there are bits that pop out and bits that lift up and bits that hide and it's just all very exciting. So the products are fun to play with. Always a plus.

Second, I don't know what people are talking about with the rubbish pigmentation. As I will show you in pictures at the end of this review, just one layer of eyeshadow came out pretty nice in my opinion! And the lipstick I tried out was very bright and not sticky at all.

Finally, the eyeshadow, lipstick and mascara that I tried out all have very nice consistencies. The eyeshadow goes on smoothly and blends nicely, the lipstick feels creamy and not sticky at all, and the mascara leaves no clumps or 'spider lashes' in its wake.

Despite this, I would not pay the prices listed on their website for any of it. Maybe I'm just cheap, who knows? I own High Street products for less than a quarter of the price that do the exact same thing.

So while I don't feel that I wasted the £30 I spent, for the amount of products I received, I can't say I feel cheated. The products get the job done and that's what you need. I suspect that, for the same amount of money, you could probably buy High Street products that add up to the same amount as what I received.

I have taken some pictures to show you what I got, and also what the three products I quickly tried out look like on me. The only reason I tried so few is because I got mostly eyeshadows, and there's only so much room on my eyelids!

1) A palette containing six eyeshadows, two powders, a blusher, three lipsticks, three brushes, a lip liner, a mascara, an eyeliner and a little poofy thing I have no idea how to use. Snazzy packaging. Big mirror. Relatively compact so good for travelling.


2) A little booklet (which the young lady selling to me said I probably didn't need after she looked at the makeup I'd done for the day - I was pretty chuffed) containing tips and tricks for applying your makeup to enhance your natural beauty.

3) A little compact palette containing five eyeshadows and two brushes. Big mirror. Very small. Again, it's good for travelling.








4) This was sold to me as a highlighter, but I am incredibly pale and it's more like a glitter fest bronzer. It's not ideal for me, but I'm sure I'll find some use for it. I have never seen anything like this product before, since the product is deposited right into the brush. The brush itself is not particularly soft, although the one used in the sales pitch was - maybe it softens with use?








5) A palette containing: five eyeshadows, five lipglosses, a powder and blusher with two shades each and two brushes. Another big mirror. This is the biggest of the palettes I got, but it does have a lot in it. Everything in the palette (all the eyeshadows and stuff) can be popped out and swapped around, which I think is pretty cool. More fun packaging - yay! Also, the eyshadow bit can be pulled out and away from the lip glosses in case you just want an eyeshadow palette to carry around with you.











6) Here are three of the products on me. I used an eyeshadow, the mascara, and some lipstick. The picture doesn't do the pigmentation justice. The colours came out well and the products went on nicely.












So, while the products didn't blow me away, the sheer amount of product I received for £30 doesn't make me feel hard done by. I suspect that the products will certainly be put to good use!

[Also, I don't particularly recommend buying products off the street (unless you're at a market of course because that's the point). Go to a store or a website that you trust. The only reason I got this is because the booth was set up inside I store I did trust. There's some really rubbish stuff out there you don't need on your face.]

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Poppies and Polka Dots

[This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own]

In a few short weeks, my mum and I will be heading off on what will be my fourth ever trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. Both of us love the resort - the hotels and parks are all glorious - and both of us are just general Disney-lovers. My mum came across an Etsy shop called Mickey Waffles (x), where they sell adorable and beautiful bows for your hair inspired by the characters and the Disney parks. We fell in love.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Check Yo Self!

Earlier this week my friend let me know that her mum was to have surgery today because she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, she also made it clear that there was practically a 100% chance of everything going well, because her mum had caught the signs so early that she could have convinced anyone she was a doctor trained in the subject!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Time to Say Goodbye

To 11M,

On my first day of Year 7, I wandered into my new form room with my uniform looking perfect, specs on my face and only my fringe daring to stray from my pulled-back ponytail. I, and the rest of my new form, were assigned to our seats and we did various ice-breaking games to get to know each other a bit. I was nervous - I reckon we all were to be honest - but I was feeling pretty hopeful for my future at secondary school.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Instagram: Trip to London

Last weekend I went to London with my mum and my aunt, and while it wasn't my first time there, it was my first time there with a smartphone, and my Instagram was frequently updated with what we were up to!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Starting my Third Month of 5:2

I wrote about completing my first month of 5:2 with my mum at the beginning of February, and now that I'm in my third month of the diet I'd like to talk more about motivation as opposed to just how I was getting on with it.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

My New Polyvore!

I love interiors and interior design, and think I'd like a career in interior design when I'm done with school.

I made a Polyvore account tonight, and have spent the evening making little sets of inspiration for interior designs. Here's what I've done so far!

I'm enjoying the practice! If you want to see more of my designs, go ahead and follow me on Polyvore (here) or on the Interiors board I made on Pinterest (here). I'll see you there!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

How Much is My Face Worth?

I read a post over on Keep Dreaming entitled 'Updated How Much Is My Face Worth' and found it pretty interesting. Some of us do spend quite a bit on our daily makeup! I thought I'd do my own, writing little reviews about each of the products I use on a near-daily basis.



Saturday, 7 February 2015

#HeForShe 10x10x10 Response

I watched this video a few weeks ago:

There are a fair few questions aimed at getting people's personal stories out there, and though I have no shocking tales of gender equality, I'd like to answer the ones that I can.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

A Month into 5:2

My mum and I decided to make a change this year. Together, we're doing the 5:2 diet. This involves eating normally for five days out of the week but only consuming 500-600 calories on the other two.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

#CrazyCatLady

I have been tweeted by my friends using this hashtag more times than I'd care to remember. I don't think I have any right to protest:

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A Tour of my College Portfolio

I have applied to do an Art and Design course at college, and as part of the interview process, I'll need to present a portfolio of some of my work. The pieces I have chosen to put in the sketchbook for this are ones that I am especially proud of, and I thought if I was willing to show them off at interview then I might as well show them off here!

Friday, 9 January 2015

A Trip to Liverpool

To gather information and inspiration for the exam part of my Art GCSE, we went on a trip with our Art classes to visit the Williamson and Tate galleries. This offered us a broad idea of the work we could produce, as the Tate displays modern art and the Williamson is much more traditional. However, both were very interesting and we all had a good day! Here is a collection of photos I took while on the trip. I have not included many pictures of the work in either galleries just in case!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

My Art GCSE Exam Sketchbook Begins!

Today I was finally given the brief for the final sketchbook I will produce as part of my Art GCSE. There are seven main titles for us to choose from, however I went for 'The Human Condition' because I love getting out my thoughts on things that people think and feel out onto paper. I'll be looking at the option 'People and Places' as part of this title.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

'Love... is the Last Winter Bird'

When I was listening to the Passenger song 'Coins in a Fountain' (listen here), the line 'Love is the last winter bird' stood out to me. Immediately, I got the idea in my head for a piece that I just had to do!