Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Years Eve Outfit

Wow it's been a while since I did an outfit post, and let's face it the last one was awful so let's just forget that ever happened right?!? So it's very very soon going to be the New Year and I'm writing this post on the train back up to Sheffield. I couldn't think of anywhere better to spend the turning of 2014 (how is it 2014 already!) then in my favourite place and home town. Yeah London's good an all but I'm a Yorkshire lass that needs to hear the odd 'ay up love' every once in a while.

Anyway, so tonight is the night and although I never really go out for New Year's Eve (I tried it once and was stuck at the bar with the bells struck!) I do like to dress up a little and spend it with the girls and the other half. This year I decided to brave the cold and wear a skirt. 

Keeping it a bit formal I went for a midi tube skirt. It's very figure hugging (or huger figing as I like to say) which is perfect when you want to feel a bit fancier than with your normal skater skirt. I went for the midi length as I have long legs so can look pretty exposed with shorter materials. I'm also still clinging on to summer trend of tartan. I was a little late to liking it so I'm not ready to let it go just yet. I think this little number from Topshop is the perfect subtle pattern with it's bigger tartan squares. (You can tell by the photos I'm not comfortable in front of a camera!)

Because I wanted to let the skirt do all the talking (and because I'm not one to mix patterns) I though a plane while top was a perfect parter for it. This top is made of a textured fabric so it's not completely plain but it's just a small amount of detailing to pair with the bold skirt. I love the collar and the sleeves of this top (also from Topshop) as they make it just that tad more formal. This top is a very flattering amount of baggy. It doesn't cling to you at all but is wider than the average top. Saying this it still managed to flatter the figure in ways I didn't expect when I saw it on the hanger.

For jewellery I wanted to keep it simple and let the skirt work it's magic, so this linked necklace I got for Christmas was perfect. Of course I bushed out the usual midi rings too cause I'm very rarely without them. 

For make up I kept it simple again with my 'day face' but with a little bit of a gold/brown eye and the usual cat flick and bold lip. Part of this was because don't like bold outfits and bold faces together, part was because I had to do my make up on the train...and it wasn't easy. For hair, I always think a rough pony compliments a high neck top. Finally the shoes, well I was just a numpty and forgot to pack any that would go with the outfit, so I'm not showing them haha.

And that's what I'm wearing tonight. What are all your outfits of choice? And what are you NYE plans? If you have any New Years outfit posts leave the link below, I'd love to see them all.

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year,

Hannah xxx

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Oqibo Moisturiser Review

After my spending ban I have started to notice I am lacking and running out of a few products. Most significantly moisturiser, and living in London doesn't make it easy to just pop to Boots not like in the good old North. So, as if perfectly timed, I was extremely lucky enough to be given a few samples of moisturiser from Oqibo.

Oqibo are a lovely skincare company based in Liverpool who have the best slogan I think I've ever heard 'Happy. Remarkable. You,' how lovely is that? By the sounds of it they are a company which have a little 'Net A Porter' styled history, they started from a small room and have managed to sell millions of products to date. Now that is my kind of company, I love companies that clearly have worked hard to make their products the best they can be, and from reading more about them, Oqibo has certainly done that. Go read about their story here, it really is an inspiring, amazing and friendly one.

I was very kindly given 4 samples of their lovely products but this post is going to focus on the two moisturisers I received (the rest will come in a post soon). The first is The Hydra Restore creawhich Oqibo describe as "A lightweight moisturiser to restore, hydrate and protect for visibly smoother, more radiant and healthy skin," and boy did they get that right. This moisturiser contains Glasswort Oil which can withstand extreme levels of salt without dehydrating the skin, so seems like the perfect product to be testing out in this harsh cold weather we are having.

I find this is the perfect moisturiser for those that aren't too dry skinned but need that extra moisture boost from time to time. I tend to choose lighter consistencied creams as (sorry to bore you) I have oily skin, but, I still get dry patches especially in winter. This product is amazing for such a combination.

The first time I tried The Hydra Restore Cream I was suffering from major flaky patches and normally I have to give a little scratch when applying my skin care. Not with this. It is strong enough to make a huge difference to those unsightly patches whilst still being light enough to not effect my oily skin at all. It is also extremely light in texture. You can barely feel it once on the skin and that is certainly a good thing as it sinks into the skin in a matter of seconds. No waiting 5 minutes till the foundation can go on here. While we're talking about foundation, I don't know if it's in my head but I'm sure my make up looks better when aplied on top of this. 

Because the texture is so light weight you'd think you would need a hefty amount to feel hydrated, this ain't the case at all. The tiniest amount goes a long way. I recieved these samples a few weeks ago now and have been using The Hydra Restore everyday and I'm no where near to running out. With all my samples, I decant them into a pot or bottle so I can really make the most of them and this has proved a very successful move in this case.

When it comes to scent, there isn't too strong of one which I always think is brilliant when it comes to applying things to the skin. For me, the less it smells the more natural it feels, strong smelling products can irritate the skin in most cases. Don't get me wrong, the smell is extremely pleasant of Shea Butter and Jojoba (two of my favourite scents) but it's just subtle enough to not worry me.

I was asked to write an honest post on these samples so I wanted to try and find something that I felt Oqibo could improve on, but I really can't! This moisturiser is perfect for anyone from oily skin to dry skin for everyday use, so really what's not to love?!?

I also tried out the stronger Intense Moisture Defence moisturiser which was a little less well suited for me as I've just not got the skin type that needs an extra level of deep hydration. However, after giving it a whirl, this product has proved perfect for a night time detox every once in a while. I found that applying this as my 'before bed' moisturiser is giving my skin the attention I didn't realise it needed. The Intense Moisture Defence is nourishing without leaving a heavy feel, however it might be too much for day use as it's not as subtle as The Hydra Restore cream. 

I feel this moisturiser would be perfect for combination to dry (and definitely extra dry) skin as it is so hydrating. I find with my skin however, it leaves my skin just that little bit too shinny if I uses it in the day (but I am an oily extreme). For those that need a good skin boost, this really is for you.

The smell is similar to The Hydra Restore Moisturiser, not over powering but definitely there and smelling lovely. To say it is a more intense moisturiser the same amazing qualities the Hydra Restores has applies to this too. Quick to soak in, lightweight and a little certainly goes a long way. 

The Hydra Restore Cream is £33.15 and The Intense Moisture Defence is £35.75 for 100ml's which is a fair amount of money yes, but I definitely think it will be worth every penny. For how long it will last you and the effects it will give, I know I will certainly be placing the Hydra Restore in my online basket soon. After just a few weeks of using these my skin feels loved and a smooth as a babies bum, you have one very happy Northern girl here.

I want to thank the whole team at Oqibo, especially Beth, for being so lovely and so generous with their samples. Go check out www.oqibo.co.uk for more details on their beautiful products.

Thanks for reading and hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Watch out for my post on their other samples.

Hannah xxx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Skincare wish list

A few weeks ago I did a post which was full of all the make up I would want for Christmas (or with any Christmas money I may get) and I decided that I just couldn't stop at make up!!! As some one who was originally a make up obsessive (like everyone reading this I imagine), since starting A Day In The Life of a Northern Girl, and reading so many other amazing blogs out there, I've become a little beauty product obsessed too. So here are just a few items that made it to the Christmas short list. 

Skincare wish list

Although I don't really have any blemishes on my skin, I do suffer from a fair amount of blackheads. I've heard some great things about Soap and Glory's The Fab Pore face mask. This 2 in 1 beauty works as a deep cleaning mask to help prevent the blackheads, but also works as a peel to help unclog the skin. 

Next we come to the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo which I think could potentially be my saviour. Described as a product that will wash away any product build up in the hair, my real interest in it is for its claim to help with hard water minerals. Since the move to London my hair has really suffered from the hard water. Up in't Sheffield, us northern folks have lovely soft water that causes no problems and tastes like gold compared to the musky, hair wrecking water down here. Since moving I have been malting like mad and anything that could help with this would be a dream. So Bumble and Bumble may just be the one for me.

If you read my post on Soap and Glory, you will know that I am a bit of a scub lover. The Scrub Your Nose In It is made for unclogging your skin and preventing oil build up. For an oily skin type like me I will try anything to help prevent that shine. Less oil build up means less shine...yes please.

The Origins Active Charcoal Mask has been getting some real attention on the bloggasphere right now and I want to join in on the madness! Charcoal is said to be really good for clearing the skin and making your skin soft and smooth. Again this product is a great pour unblocker which will hopefully work wonders for de-oiling my skin.

Another one from Origins is the cult favourite GenZing Moisturiser that is said to fully hydrate your skin. The fact it has caffeine in from the coffee beans it's made up of helps revive and energise your skin too. I've also heard from the odd post that it has helped with the odd eye circle or two.

The final product is the Smashbox photo finish primer. I am a big lover of primers, they help stop shine, they balance out your flaws and pours and they help your make up stay on longer. I've heard great things about Smashbox primers, such as they make your make up look better and they are great for a photo ready finish. So, what's not to love.

And that's my list, the wonder products that I would love to be trying in the new year. Fingers crossed I will be able to add some to my collection after the Christmas period. What would you add to your skincare wish list? Do you already have some of these? And would you recommend them?

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Origins skin care
$38 - johnlewis.com

Origins skin care


Friday, 13 December 2013

Box Swap with Rebecca from Dizzee Darling

If you haven't read my post here and you don't follow me on twitter to hear me raving about how amazing Rebecca from Dizzie Darling is, then you won't know I have done a box swap with her. If you did know, then you'll also know how absolutely ecstatic I was when I opened it to see all the amazing things she got me. 

First lets start with the packaging. Oh my gosh it was beautiful so to be greeted by it, I already knew I was going to love what was inside. Then I opened it and the cutest box was waiting for me. She put me to shame, all my gifts were in a reused box I got from my MUA order a while back. She'd gone all out and bought a lovely box that I can now store some make up in. Thank you Rebecca.

Along with being filled with shredded tissue paper (this girl has the best attention to detail ever) goodies AND CHOCOlATE, a lovely card and note were waiting for me inside. It was so nice to read what Rebecca had said, the note only confirmed that we were a perfect match and very similar and I can't wait to hopefully meet her in person soon.

Anyway, on to the amazing products she chose. The first thing I opened was an obvious choice to go first as it was making the whole box smell absolutely Devine. The smell even got my boyfriends approval and he's major sensitive to strong smells. This product was the Space Girl bath bomb from lush. I have never had a bath bomb before because I don't normally get time for a bath, but this beauty has got me extremely excited about finding some time to unwind in the tub. I feel like this will start a lush obsession too (cause I need MORE beauty obsessions in my life!)

The next thing I opened I knew what it was purely from the shape. That's how you know your obsessed with make up, when you can tell a Sleek Blush from inside wrapping paper. I have one Sleek blush in my collection and to be honest it put me off, the colour is just not strong enough and doesn't show up on my skin so I haven't bought another one since. Oh, but how my opinion has changed thanks to Rebecca. This blush in Pomegranate is so unbelievabley pigmented, its the complete opposite to the one I have and now I can see what all the hype is about. I know I will only need a tiny amount to go a long way (Rebecca said she learnt the hard way with this colour) and oh that colour, well it's just beautiful. I don't have a shade like this in my collection so it really is a welcome gift.

Next I popped open a Rimmel eyeshadow in Midnight Ruby. I have heard nothing but good things about these Rimmel shadows and they came up a lot in the SO Project shadow week. Opening this is where I starting to think that Rebecca is literally a mind reader. How she read my mind number 1, she got me it in a deep purple shade. Since the SO Project so many people have been suggesting purple is a shade for someone under confident with shadow and now I own the perfect shade.

Next she read my mind because she clearly knew that I was desperate to try Rimmel's Scandal Eyes eyeliner. I have been eyeing this up for a while, I am a HUGE fan of collections liquid liner (see why here) but have been wanting to try something new and this was definitely in my radar. Now it's in my make up collection and I couldn't be happier.

The next product I've seen in a few post's recently and I even said to myself 'I will get that soon.' Thankfully Rebecca had already got that covered. I do have a lip scrub but it's not the most powerful so I was looking to invest in a Lush one. This Santa scrub just got me excited about Christmas so I really REALLY wanted it. So thank you Rebecca.

Then came a lovely Palmers Cocoa Butter lip balm. I have been a huge fan of palmers since I tried their dark spot corrector (I did a guest post on it for Steph from Steph's voice here) so was very happy to see this pop out as I unwrapped. I feel like my boyfriend will also be making good use of this as he is always asking me for my 'lip stuff'!'

Another reason Rebecca is a mind reader is she clearly knew I was running out of my hair oil! I was down to my last few pumps of my Lee Stafford Argan Oil and wham bam I now have a nice shinny new full bottle of TRESemme Liquid Gold hair oil. I was wanting to try a new one, not because the Lee Stafford one is bad, purely because it's the only one I've tried and I was curious. I love TRESemme as a brand and now I have this beauty to test out.

Finally came the nail varnishes. As I love all things matte I had been eyeing the Barry M Matte range for a while. I actually got this burgundy shade for Rebecca (great minds n'all) so I was extremely happy when I opened it. I ended up whacking it straight onto my nails after opening. She also got my a lovely dark blue shade from Rimmel. Again I've heard so many great things about Rimmel Salon Pro varnishes and navy blue is definitely the shade of the season so Barmy Blue was a great choice.

All in all, Rebecca has managed to get me some amazing things that I couldn't be happier with. The best thing though is that I have got to know Rebecca more. She is a lovely girl and I really hope we get to meet soon. Go check here out at Dizzee Darling

Does anyone have any of these products? Has anyone done a box swap before? If not I really recommend you do one, it's been brilliant.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The One Brand: Collection

I don't have many things from Collection 2000 (I still call it that cause I'm old) but what I do have, I bloody love. Quite obviously, by its old name, Collection was created in 2000...who would have thought.

My first buy was the Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner. I have tried enough eye liners in my time to have decided that this is the single best eye liner...EVER! I've tried Maybeline, I've tried Rimmel, I've tried Clinique. I've tried pencils, I've tried pens and I've tried gel's and nothing beats this.

I've spoken about it on A Day In the Life of a Northern Girl before but basically this does not budge! Once this eyeliner is on your lid it doesn't fade, doesn't smudge and doesn't flake in the slightest. The nib that it comes with also makes it extremely easy to create the perfect flick from subtle to major extreme. A thick or thin line can be created with equal amounts of ease with this eyeliner. It's so perfect I have it in both black and brown. Oh and it's only £2.99 as well. I don't know what else to say about it apart from you need to try it to believe it.

Next we come to the obvious choice, the cult classic that is the collection concealer. Now don't get me wrong I like this concealer but I don't think it's quite worth the hype it's been given. I've heard people compare it to YSL's touch√© √©clat and that is just crazy. For one, nothing will match up to the wonder product, but secondly it's just not got the lasting power or the coverage to match. Saying all this, the Collection concealer is perfect for those that don't have too much to cover up. It doesn't tackle my dark under eyes enough for everyday use but certainly works great as a handbag keeper for any little top ups during the day (or for extra tired occasions). I'm not saying that this isn't a great product, it is and has to be to have so much attention. It does great for a £4.99 Concealer and certainly acts more high end then high street.

So now we come to the products I would most certainly like to try (if I had more room in my dressing table). The first thing that stirred my beauty curiosity is the Gothic Glam Lipstick in Revenge. It looks like the perfect, vampie purple/red for autumn/winter. Also the packaging reminds me of MAC...bonus.

Another lip product that got my attention is the Colour Pout Lip Stain. These remind me of Rimmel's 1000 Kisses and I loved those. They are the perfect amount of subtle colour but lasted all day. The Collection version looks like it would do a similar job, but for a cheaper price and that's got to be a good thing right?!?

As I'm very much a setting powder fanatic, and because the hype around the Lasting Perfection Concealer, I thought the powder from this range would be worth giving a whirl. I'm also running low on the amazing product that is Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, so maybe I should take the opportunity to try something new to tame the shine.

So there are my Collection favourites and what's on my wishlist. What are you favourite Collection products, what would you recommend I try? 

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The One Brand: Soap and Glory

In my head the first thing Mrs Soap and Glory thought when she created this brand was..."all my products need to have 'oh my god, best smell ever!' As people's first reaction." I haven't tried, tested or sniffed a single product that was not absolutely delicious to the nostrils. Any road, a little background for you...

Like all the brands so far in this series, Soap and Glory is a good old British brand. It was created by Marcia Kilgore and is definitely more well know for their bath range rather than their make up. They have an absolutely amazing slogan on their website that only makes me love them more and that is "while beauty absolutely matters, it doesn't matter absolutely." You go S&G. I have to admit, I am a bigger fan of their body range rather than their make up, but that is only because their toiletries are AMAZING not because their make up is disappointing in any way! 

I can't possibly decide which I prefer out of my S&G products, so in true reality tv show nomination style, I have to say "in no particular order..."

I have two scrubs from Soap and Glory. I'm a bit of a scrub lover (or a scrubber haha) as I have dry skin on my body and oily on the face. A good multitalented scrub can certainly help tackle both these problems. The scrub I use the most has to be The Breakfast Scrub and I'm surprise I haven't eaten it all by now because it smells like golden syrup and porridge!!!! Aww it's mouth watering (I did once get some in my mouth by mistake and it taste like sin so please don't try haha). This is more of a harsh scrub that will really help deeply exfoliate your skin. I use it mostly on my face to give it a bit of a revive, stop build up and help prevent the shine. It also works great on those lovely scaly legs I tend to get in winter! 

My second scrub is much more gentle. This scrub is made up of beads rather than salts and, if it's even possible, smells more amazing than The Breakfast Scrub. It smells like jojoba and heaven and sweets all mixed together. Even now while I'm typing, I have my nose stuck in the tub! The Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em (god I love S&G's names) body scrub is more of a moisturising scrub and is perfect for getting silky smooth legs after a shave. 

Next we come to the Endless Glove hand cream. This little wonder popped up in my October Favourites and although I have found a hand cream I like better since, I am still a huge fan of this product. It sinks into the skin perfectly and is really helping sooth my sore hands throughout these dry, cold months. You don't normally have to reapply throughout the day unless you are really suffering, and a little really does go along way. Of course, it smells pretty damn great too and doubles up as a moisture mask...yay.

We then move on to their award winning...yes award winning...The Righteous Butter. This is a body butter that not only absorbs into the skin in record time so you don't have to sit in your undies for hours before you can put your clothes on, but also keeps dry skin at bay all day. This is getting a little repetitive now but oh the smell. It smells of shea butter and vanilla and loveliness and it's I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E (but no surprise there)!

Finally we come to my only make up product I have from S&G and that is their Glow All Night highlight. I have done a full review on this here but basically this is perfect for those that want a hint of shine without looking too dewy. It takes a bit of doing to get it on the skin but once on, it creates a lovely natural glow.

So that's my top Soap and Glory list. Which products made it on to yours and what products am I missing out on. Let me know below.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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