31 July 2014

July at Hanclarky

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So I finally managed to get organised and sort out my 1 year blog birthday giveaway which ended a few days ago. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to my 2 lucky winners! My giveaway has certainly made July an amazing month for Hanclarky so thank you to all who popped over for a visit and especially to those who fancied following me!

Off the blog July has been a little crazy as I've stepped up my hours at work while we are in between managers so it's just been me running the place on my own, which has been manic at times! It's also been fairly busy out of work too but hopefully August will calm down a little. 

What did you think of July at Hanclarky? Which was your favourite post?


29 July 2014

Top Tips: Lips

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my Foundation Top Tips so continuing with the Makeup Top Tips, today's post is going to be all about lips. 

My tips for lips (love a good rhyme!) cover liner, gloss and lipstick. As I mentioned before I am no expert, these are just my tried and tested tips.

1. Always apply lipliner from the centre of the lips outwards and then from the corners in. This will give you the best stable line.

2. Instead of testing lipstick on the back of your hand, test it on your fingertip as this is a closer colour and texture to your lips. 

3. If you want longer lasting wear or a bolder colour with lipstick or gloss then apply a lipliner all over the lips rather than just outlining them.

4. In order to make your lipstick last longer, apply then blot and set with powder before applying another coat of lipstick.

5. Coordinate your lip colour to the rest of your makeup and then your outfit.

6. Short of space for packing? Or run out of blusher? Double up your lipstick as a cream blush by applying a small amount and patting it in. 

7. If you're having trouble finding the right colour lipliner then used a nude lip pencil. These are a white colour which come out clear and can be used with any shade of lipstick or gloss.

8. To keep your lipstick off your teeth apply lipstick and then put a finger in your mouth, close your lips and pull your finger out. Any excess lipstick that would have rubbed off onto your teeth will be on your finger.

So there you have some of my top tips for lips. I hope some of these have been useful and you've learnt some new tips from reading this. Give them a go and let me know how you get on.

What are your top tips for lips? Are any of them the same as mine?


26 July 2014

Quote of the Day #8

So this wasn't my scheduled post for today, however my dog has been taken ill and I didn't really fancy blogging. He is 10 and has always had health problems, however in the last couple of years has been taken ill twice with pancreatitis. We know the signs now - panting, funny breathing and howling to name a few. It's horrible. So this week when he started howling at 2am one morning, we knew that was the beginning of a downward spiral. 

He is ok. As I type he is dosed up on anti-sickness drugs, painkillers and antibiotics and is going back to the vet in the morning to potentially be kept in. I hate seeing him in pain, knowing there is nothing I can do to help him other than keep him as comfortable as possible. But I can't help thinking about terrible things. I happened to find this quote this evening and it made me smile.

I apologise for a random rambling post but I had to share it somehow.


24 July 2014

Battle of the Micellar Waters

Apologies for being a bit quiet these past few days. I had Ben's graduation for his masters on Tuesday so spent a couple of days in Portsmouth before heading to my grans for a couple of days. I arrived at my grans to find I couldn't get any internet, had a massive hissy fit to then find a day later that actually the internet did work but on my laptop and not my phone!

Anyway, I can finally bring you all another blog post! Also don't forget to enter my giveaway as it finishes in 2 hours! You can enter it here or just over there ---->.

Micellar water is something which has taken off in the world of beauty within the last year or so and now the majority of skincare brands produce their own equivalent version. I first bought the L'Oreal one just after it was launched and used that for quite a while before buying the Garnier one when it was later released. 

When I first used the L'Oreal one I loved it. It was a new way of cleansing that I had never tried as I've always used a cream cleanser. This was much kinder on removing makeup from my eyes and was so refreshing. However, when the Garnier one was released, this took centre stage and has continued to ever since. I'm not sure why I prefer the Garnier one as they're more than likely very similar but it's definitely a lot kinder on my skin. I find that after a while of using the L'Oreal one, my eyes can sometimes itch for a couple of days unless I take a break from using it. Whereas I've never had a problem with the Garnier one AND it's great at removing waterproof eye makeup.

A big bonus of the Garnier one is that you get double the amount of product for exactly the same price. So in my eyes, why would you buy the L'Oreal one when you get twice as much in the Garnier one? Unless of course you prefer the L'Oreal one! My other dislike for the L'Oreal one is that the cap is awful. The solution is very hard to control when trying to apply some to a cotton pad and it usually ends up squirting everywhere! Something I'm really not a fan of, especially when I have to clear it up late at night! 

I think it's safe to say that the Garnier Micellar water is definitely a winner in my eyes and will certainly be repurchased for the foreseeable future! I'd love to try some other brands but for the moment, I feel you can't beat the Garnier one for both amount of product and the very reasonable price!

Have you tried either of these products? If so which one and what do you think of it? Or are there any other Micellar waters you would suggest?


21 July 2014

July Birchbox

Welcome to July's Birchbox. The theme this month is sun, sea and sand. The perfect theme for a summer box! 

Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water in Lemonade

I've never actually tried coconut water but I know so many people that rave about it. I'm looking forward to trying this and I must say, the Lemonade looks like a yummy flavour! A carton will cost you £2.29. 

Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath

As I type this on a very hot, sticky July day, this looks so refreshing! I used to love having bubble baths but haven't had one in ages because I kept forgetting to buy some! And a plain bath is just too boring! I'm looking forward to trying this! A full size retails at £11.25.

Balance Me Eye Cream

I don't think I've ever seen this range before but I love trying new skincare products that I wouldn't usually buy. I've never been a great one for using eye cream until recently so it's nice to try a few different ones before committing to buy a full size. A full size of this would cost you £20. 

Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo

I have never bought anything from Weleda but have tried a few samples and love their stuff. I'm always on the lookout for new shampoo and conditioner to keep my hair in good condition and I've not tried this one yet! A full size bottle costs £8.95.

Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour

Oh my, this is a brilliant name for a lip product. As soon as I saw this I fell in love with it. It wouldn't usually be a shade I would go for but it's gorgeous on and isn't quite as in your face as it looks! These cost £14 and I definitely think I'm going to invest in a few more! Not quite sure what's going on with my skin in the swatch photo, it looks like dodgy fake tan but I don't use fake tan so I'm guessing a shadow? I promise I'm not grubby!

Whish Three Wishes Lavender Body Butter

I love sample size body butters as these are great for taking away with you! I've never heard of Whish but I absolutely love the packaging! A full size tube of this will cost you £14.50. 

I love all the bits in this box and it's definitely a good one for me! I'm pleased after not being overly impressed with last months box. 

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you get in your box? Or have you tried any of these products? 


18 July 2014

Holiday Goodies

My giveaway is over half way through now so don't forget to enter if you haven't already! You can enter it herehere and here. Oh and also here just incase you missed the other 4 links! 

I went on holiday a month ago. That seems crazy because I feel like I've been back for months! I just wish I could go again because it was such an amazing holiday! Anyway, I picked up a couple of bits whilst I was away and wanted to share these with you. 

At the airport before we went, I had a mooch around the MAC stand and when I realised how good the prices were, I had to invest! I picked up the Pro Longwear Concealer in the shade NC15 and a Powder Blush in the shade Lovecloud, which is a bright mid-tone pink. I believe the concealer cost £9 instead of £17 and the blush cost £12 instead of £18. 

Then whilst we were over there we found a fragrance shop that had amazing discounts. They also had a small section of makeup and skincare which also had really good deals. I had been after one of the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush stain/tint thingys (great explanation!) for a while so when these were on offer for the equivalent of £20 (usually £27) how could I resist? I opted for the shade 01 which is a gorgeous fuchsia pink. 

I think there was a slight pink theme going on with my colour choices but can we please appreciate how beautiful these shades are! The concealer looks really light here but this is the shade that I wear most of the year, apart from when I have a very slight tan after being on holiday! 

I wish I could go away again and even writing this post makes me sad that I won't be going back and if I do then not for a long time! But I've got some great memories and just because I'm not on holiday, doesn't mean I can't treat myself to some more makeup!

What do you think of the bits I picked up? Do you own any of these? Do you like my choice of shades?


16 July 2014

Top Tips: Foundation

Right before we start, I just want to say that I am no expert when it comes to makeup. Yes, I work for Dior, and yes, I do love all things makeup but these are my personal tried and tested tips, not expert advice! 

I find foundation is generally one of the things in the makeup world that people get very wrong on a very regular basis. It's generally down to shade and I've found a lot of pale people love a darker foundation and a lot of people also choose a foundation too light. Now girls, neither of these are a good look! You don't find foundations named ghost or tangerine so why make yourself look like these?

Rant over … on with my top tips!

1. Always use the right shade! I personally recommend to match your foundation to the colour of your neck. You can then add colour into your face with blusher and bronzer.

2. Use sparingly! Less is more! It's always easier to add more on that to take it off and nobody likes the caked on look! Plus your foundation will last you much longer!

3. Find a suitable foundation for your skin type - not all foundations will suit everyone! E.g. if you have dry skin, avoid matte foundations as they tend to cling to dry patches.

4. If you want a more tanned complexion without buying a darker foundation, mix tinted moisturiser in with your foundation.

5. Always use a primer! It will provide a much better base for your foundation to sit on and will last a lot longer!

6. I find the finish of my foundation is always better if I use a brush or sponge. If you like using your fingers then finish off with a brush or sponge once applied to buff into the skin. 

7. High end foundations tend to be much better for your skin and there is always a better colour choice! With high street brands you're presented with ghost, light tangerine, medium tangerine, dark tangerine, and nothing in between!

8. To remove any excess foundation, don't wipe it off! Instead, pat/blot with a tissue or clean sponge. 

9. Apply to the centre of the face outwards - generally most of us only really need foundation in the centre so this will prevent you from using too much. 

10. Finally, when applying a powder foundation, I like to start of with a large powder brush and then go over specific areas (under eyes, around nose and on blemishes) and pat powder on with a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush. 

So there you have my top 10 foundation tips. I hope these have helped you out and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!

What are your top tips for foundation? Are any of them the same as mine?


14 July 2014

Review: GHD Eclipse

Hello lovely readers. I'm sorry I've been absent from the blog for a few days but I hope you've all been entering my giveaway! I'm back and bringing you a review of the latest GHDs to be released, the Eclipse styler. 

I took the plunge and bought these after my GHDs suddenly stopped working for no reason! I sent them off to be looked at and they offered to repair them for £60 but they were so old I thought it wasn't worth it and so invested in these instead! These retail at £190, however have been on offer for £145 since they were released. They sell them where I work so I managed to get mine for about £125-£130 as I used my staff discount!

I have been loving these since I bought them a couple of months ago and find I can straighten my hair so much quicker! The heat up time is much less than with the classic styler which is perfect for when you're in a rush (usually me when I'm on the early at work). GHD do state that these are faster and use less heat - who could say no to that?!? The styler itself is a little chunkier than the classic GHDs so it does take some getting used to, but given all the amazing technology involved in the Eclipse styler its a small price to pay! To find out more about the fancy technology, head over the the GHD website where they explain it much better than I will. 

The outside of these stay a lot cooler than the classic GHDs which is perfect for applying a bit of extra pressure when straightening. This is definitely a plus for me because the styler itself doesn't clamp as tight as the classic one so I find sometimes I need that extra pressure to help straighten my hair quicker. I'm undecided whether the styler not clamping together as tight is a good or bad thing! To start with it was an odd sensation because you don't feel like your hair is straightening but actually it means your hair doesn't snag as much. I also really like these straighteners for curling hair too. I've never been able to grasp the concept of curling with straighteners and whenever I've tried its never worked, however with these I've finally been able to just about do it!

The Eclipse styler also comes with this black rubber cap that is perfect for holding your straighteners together when storing them and travelling with them. I don't tend to keep this on my straighteners as I use them on a daily basis, however when packing these to go away for the weekend and on holiday, it's been perfect for saving space! 

Personally I cannot fault these at all. I love GHDs and think they're all really good, however would recommend these on the basis that they're much faster and hopefully don't damage your hair quite as much! I'm pleased I spent a little extra and bought these as they're definitely more robust and more efficient!

Have you tried the GHD Eclipse? What do you think of them? Or what hair stylers do you use?


10 July 2014

Belated 1st Birthday Giveaway! - CLOSED

I've finally managed to organise a giveaway for my blog's 1st birthday! A little late, but better late than never! I will be giving away 1 MAC lipstick and 1 MAC eyeshadow to separate winners! This means there are 2 chances to win! 

 This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL 
  You MUST follow via Bloglovin' 
 All other entries are optional  
 Colour choice of lipstick and eyeshadow is to be from the permanent (UK) range only - if your selected shade is not available, I will contact you to choose another 
 Winners will be contacted within 3 days and must email back within a further 3 days or another winner will be picked 
★ Giveaway ends 11am on Thursday 24th July 



9 July 2014

The Allergy & Free From Show Haul

At the weekend, I went to The Allergy & Free From Show at Olympia. Both my mum and I have a milk intolerance and neither of us can eat wheat/gluten, unless we want to spend the day in pain and rocking the puffed up pregnant look. We went to the show with my sister-in-law as my 5 year old nephew has severe dairy, egg and nut allergies so she wanted to find some goodies for him as it's tough being that young and not being able to eat what everyone else can! I thought I would share with you some of the goodies we picked up - no drooling please!

The show was amazing because all the stands that were selling food had free samples for you to try so we spend the entire show munching our way round from stand to stand! Some of the bits we picked up, we've tried before but it was nice to try other things before we bought them!

These dough balls were possibly one of the most exciting finds of the day for me. It is impossible to get gluten free dough balls anywhere and I'm certainly not clever enough to make them from scratch! These dough balls are amazing and the flavours are so good! I definitely think I'm going to have to order more of these once we've eaten this little lot.

We picked up these goodies from the Nairn's stand. We already eat the biscuit breaks (orange and green packs) and have tried the cheese oatcakes but decided to try some other new bits too! Plus these were on an amazing deal of 5 for £5 (usually £1.50-£2 each). 

Finding gluten free cheese crackers that don't taste powdery and fake is an absolute mission. These are by far the best gluten free cheese crackers I've tasted so of course these were a must have. On the same stand they had these sweet potato crisps. I'm not usually a fan of veggie crisps but these are so good. So yummy, that we've already eaten one pack!

I doubt many of you will have heard of Optibac. I have been taking these probiotics for about 2 years now and feel so much better for taking them. In short, they are like the probiotic milky drinks you get but in capsule form and a million times better for you (maybe a slight over-exaggeration)! I take the ones in the orange box as when I started taking these my immune system was in pieces and my mum takes the ones in the blue box. We've both stopped taking these and definitely notice a difference so started up again. The ones in the pink box are for those days when you have a really dodgy tummy and just need that extra security when out and about. Yes, I'm talking poo here. They're basically a natural form of imodium. 

I can't express to you how excited I was to find gluten free bagels at the show. I LOVE bagels but they don't love me so much and instead of walking around with a bagel baby bump, I thought I would try these. They are so yummy and we've already eaten one pack of the plain and the sun dried tomato ones! 

Ok, so this isn't dairy free but who could say no to some majorly scrummy flavours of fudge? These are all absolutely amazing and I cannot begin to tell you how good mango fudge is! If you ever get the chance to try it, have some! You can also freeze these and eat straight from frozen! It's like freezing cold fudge but so so good. 

These were the freebies they were handing out at the show. We ended up with 6 gluten free chocolate muffins as my sister-in-law gave us hers and some pasta which looks strange but I'm intrigued to try it!

And the remaining random purchases. We bought this whisk which froths up any sort of milk (dairy, lacto free, soya, rice, etc) in less than a minute. All you do is pump the handle up and down and the whisk spins round super fast. The demonstration sold them to us! The other thing we bought was this amazingly yummy chocolate orange spread, which is dairy free, gluten free and vegan. It's sooooo good especially on the gluten free bagels!

Finally our non-food related purchase were these beaded hair clips which are amazing. I will be doing a separate blog post on these and how to use them so am not going to go into any detail here! 

So there you have our scrummy purchases from the show! It's so nice to be able to go to the cupboards and find some different things now rather than eating the same old gluten free bits and pieces. I definitely think the supermarkets need to cater more for people with allergies/intolerances as there are more and more people these days that can't eat wheat and dairy. 

What do you think of the bits we picked up at the show? Do you have any food allergies/intolerances? 


7 July 2014

June Favourites

MAC Playland Collection Lipsticks in Toying Around & Happy Go Lucky

I saw the Playland Colleciton online several months ago before it even released in America and knew straight away I had to get my hands on Toying Around. I waited what felt like forever for them to launch in the UK and the day they did I went to my local counter to buy it! I also looked at the other colours and went back a few days later to pick up Happy Go Lucky. I am absolutely loving these shades at the moment and they are perfect for summer!

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in 51

The infamous chocolate bronzing powder. It took me long enough to decide to try this and since I picked it up a couple of months ago I'm loving it. It's the perfect shade for my fair skin and leaves me with a nice bronze colour rather than looking orange or mucky. 

Dior Addict IT-Lash

A sneaky Dior favourite this month. This is the latest mascara that Dior released (see blog post here) and it's definitely one of the best mascaras that I have tried. As well as wearing this to work, it's become my daily mascara too. 

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme 

I recently reviewed this here and have been loving it recently to cover any redness. It's perfect for the summer too for those who don't like wearing foundation as you can use a tiny bit and focus on the areas where you want coverage rather than applying all over. 

Clarins Cleansing Milk

I treated myself to this cleansing milk quite a while ago now when I had a big spending session in Boots - see haul here. I didn't open this straight away but have been using it for the last month or so and am loving it. It smells amazing and is so cooling on the skin, perfect after a long day of wearing a full face of makeup!

What were your June favourites? Were any of them the same as mine?


5 July 2014

Summer 2014 Bucket List

I can't believe we're already halfway through the year! Time is going so quickly and before we know it, it's going to be Christmas again! On that note, the theme for the 2014 Blogger Challenge post is to create a summer bucket list. I already have a bucket list typed up on my computer but most of the things on there are visiting places that I know I won't get to this summer. So, I've come up with some others and here they are...

Image: Google Images - edited with PicMonkey

★ Master winged liner - this has been something I have been trying for a while! I can use liquid/gel liner along my lash line but as soon as I come to creating a flick it all goes horribly wrong! 

★ Finish NYC scrapbook - You may remember back at the beginning of December (or not) that I posted about making a scrapbook to document my time in NYC for my 21st and that I was going to do it after Christmas! Well … 6 months on and I am no further! Considering I went nearly 2 years ago that's pretty poor effort on my part!

★ Go to London more - if you saw my latest Quote of the Day post you'll know this can be a challenge for me, but I don't live too far away so I feel like I should make the most of it! 

★ Get fit and tone up - I'm not too fussed about losing weight but I certainly need to get fit as I find I'm getting out of breath so quickly! I also feel like I need to tone up a bit too! 

★ Reorganise Makeup - Back in February I posted about My Beauty Storage and how I had reorganised it all. Well, it's now a complete mess again as I've bought so much stuff recently so it's in need of a good sort out again!

★ Do indoor skydive - I bought Ben an indoor skydive for 2 for his birthday at the end of last year and we haven't used it yet. It runs out in September/October so we definitely need to make sure we do it in the next couple of months.  

★ Go on holiday - this is one I can tick off already! As you probably all know by now I went to Lanzarote a few weeks ago and it was amazing! 

★ Cycle more - Now I've finally ridden a bike again after so many years, I'm determined to not leave it so long again! I want to try and do at least one cycle ride every couple of weeks. 

★ Catch up with uni friends - this is so hard to do as everyone is doing different things and we all have jobs that are different hours. It's also made harder by the fact that none of us live very close to each other so I definitely want to make the effort to see them this summer!

So there you have my summer 2014 bucket list with 9 very achievable goals on there. I have to say I will certainly be disappointed in myself if I don't manage most if not all of them!

 Do you have a bucket list? What's on your bucket list this summer? Or what is on your bucket list in general?


3 July 2014

Quote of the Day #7

Yesterday I went up to London with my dad for his birthday. We didn't really have a plan but just intended to wander from Waterloo and maybe have a mooch in the Tate Modern.  With my anxiety, I find I have a mental block on going to London and getting the train. I'm not sure why but if I can avoid it I will and just say 'oh I can't do that'. But this quote is so true. I can do it. I can get on a train and go to London without dying from anxiety and I know that even if I do panic, it will only be short-lived. However, it's definitely more a case of I won't do it because 'what if?'. 

I survived and once I was in London I was absolutely fine and we had a lovely day. This proves I shouldn't put a limit on what I will do, because realistically I can do these things and I just need to have more faith in myself. 

Are there any times you won't do something out of fear when actually you could do it and you would be alright?


1 July 2014

June at Hanclarky

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June has been a pretty good month both on and off the blog. I feel like this months posts have been nicely varied and of course it had to be a good month off the blog as I went on holiday! I can't believe how quick the holiday went and I'm so desperate to go back because it was amazing! 

However, I do have an apology to make as I'm yet to set up my giveaway for my blogs 1 year birthday, however keep your eyes peeled in July as this will be making an appearance!

What did you think of June at Hanclarky? Which was your favourite post?