31 August 2014

August at Hanclarky

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I can't believe how quickly August has gone. I feel like we've skipped a month because it's been so busy. I was hoping for a slightly quieter month but that didn't happen. I worked slightly less this month than I did in July but I've been pretty busy out of work catching up with family and friends. 

The next few months are going to be pretty busy. I'm hoping to continue blogging every 2-3 days however this might reduce slightly. Find out more tomorrow on where I'm off to!

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


29 August 2014

Quote of the Day #9

This quote sums up my life at the moment! Every time I get into bed I always remember what I was meant to do with my evening. Like last night, I was going to edit some photos for a blog post, did I do it? No. I ended up falling asleep on the sofa as soon as I got home from work, eating dinner and having a very lazy evening … oops! 

As of next week I have a very exciting few months ahead of me so I will have to be a lot more organised … more to come in the next few days about this!

For now though, I'm going to plan to be more productive tonight, providing my nephew and niece don't wear me out too much at the farm! 

What do you think of this quote? Does this ever happen to you?


26 August 2014

August Birchbox

Apologies for being a little quiet the last few days. I've been getting really awful headaches so have been avoiding my laptop for a while. I'm feeling much better so can finally get back on track with blogging! First up is my August Birchbox post...

The theme for this months Birchbox was Away We Go so the box was full of holiday essentials. 

It was nice to see the products packaged in something other than a drawstring bag. I think this little plastic case is so cute and perfect for those day trips to the beach when you have items you really don't want getting sandy!

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry

This is such a cute idea and perfect if you're not sure whether you will like a book! I've heard good things about this book so I may well end up purchasing the actual book for £7.99. 

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

I've not heard of this brand before but I'm always up for trying out new hair products. This is a leave in conditioning spray which aims to detangle and protect hair against heat and sun damage. A full size bottle will cost you £20.

Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow

I received the shade 05 Fern which is beautiful and have found that if you blend it out well then you could use this as a highlighter too! These eyeshadows cost £13.

Liaison De Parfum EDP

Again I've never heard of this fragrance but I'm always up for finding a new signature scent! A bottle of this perfume will cost you £105 so I'm hoping I wont like it too much! 

Sarah McNamara Beauty New York Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Microderm

Well isn't this a mouthful of a title for just one diddy product! In simple language this is an exfoliator to smooth, refine and polish skin for summer! A full size tube will cost you £25.

Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel

I love the packaging of this. I think it looks so fresh and I love that you can double it up as a shower gel and a bubble bath. Think I'm going to like this one! This is a little more affordable than the other products at £7.15 for a full size.

I wasn't as impressed with this month's box as I have been with others but I think that may be because I don't really recognise any of the brands in this months box.

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


21 August 2014

Review: Graftobian HD Glamour Cream Super Palette

This cream foundation palette has been on my wish list for quite a while now and I've been debating on whether to splash out and buy it! As it comes from America, the postage on most sites is crazy or the palette price is ridiculous. However, I recently found it on eBay for a mere £38.00 which compared to nearer £100 on other sites was a steal! The postage cost around £8 so in total I paid around £46 which is pretty good if you ask me.

I love the sleek and simple packaging of the palette and it's the perfect size for carting around in a makeup kit. I mainly decided to invest in this as in a couple of weeks I start my training to become a professional makeup artist. This will hopefully save me carrying around every single shade of foundation and also means if I don't have a suitable colour then I can use this to try and create one. It's also perfect for contouring as there are so many shades to choose from.

I chose the Warm palette as I think it has the best choice of shades, however it also comes in Neutral and Cool. The cream is a lovely consistency and really easy to work with. It glides on and blends perfectly. I'm looking forward to trying out all of the colours when I have the chance to work on a larger variety of skin tones. I think this may well be a long term palette in my kit! 

And ta-da, the beautiful swatches which show off the range and depth of shades. I cannot wait to get started on my course and there will be more coming on the blog about my journey soon!

Have you tried this palette? Or do you have any recommendations of any others to try?


19 August 2014

The Perfect Skincare Pairing

Welcome to week (insert number here) of the 2014 Blogger Challenge. As you can probably tell I've lost count as to what number we are now on! I think it's something like 15 or 16 but I may well be wrong! The theme set by Gaby for this post was pairs. This could be anything but because there were so many different things I could post about, it's taken me a couple of days to make a decision!

I've decided to share with you a skincare pairing that I've been loving recently. I've been a fan of The Body Shop's Vitamin E range for quite a while now and absolutely love their Illuminating Moisture Cream. A couple of months ago I decided to try their Eye Cream to see if it lived up to my expectations. It certainly did and I've been trying to remember to use it at least every other day. 

I find it works best when used with the Illuminating Moisture Cream over other products from other brands and it also means the scent is the same so I don't end up mixing really wacky scents together which sometimes happens when crossing over from brand to brand. 

These are both available from They Body Shop stores and online. Both the Illuminating Moisture Cream and Eye Cream cost £11 and I've found both to last quite a while before having to repurchase. 

I would definitely recommend this skincare duo as well as the night cream and moisture mask. 

Have you tried either of these products? What is your perfect pairing?


16 August 2014

Review: NEW Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in Pink Shock

I'm a sucker for a lip product at the best of times but having never tried any of the Baby Lips range, I thought it was about time I jumped on the bandwagon! I'm a big fan of any lip balm type product that has a good colour payoff because they are perfect for days you don't want to wear lipstick but you want a bit of something. 

I picked up the shade Pink Shock as I thought this was the most wearable of the colours on offer and most likely to go with the majority of my wardrobe. I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the colour payoff and they're amazingly moisturising. I also love the packaging of these as they're so simple yet the pink gives a nice bright pop against the black.

As you can see from the swatches, the balm has a lovely shine to it and good colour payoff. Sometimes with coloured lip balms I find the colour quickly disappears but this lasted me a good couple of hours. 

 I think this is definitely going to be a handbag essential! Plus for £2.99 this is a steal and a very affordable price when it comes to repurchasing!

Have you tried these new baby lips? If so, what do you think of them?


13 August 2014

Indoor Skydiving

For Ben's birthday/Christmas (I can't remember which!) last year I bought him an indoor skydive for 2. Obviously with the intention of going with him to do it. We had 10 months to use the voucher so of course decided to use it just before it runs out! I've always said I would skydive … certainly over bungee jumping any day! However I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to these adrenaline junkie activities so thought an indoor skydive was a good compromise before fully committing to the real thing! Plus it makes for a fun day out!

It was absolutely amazing and I would definitely recommend it! We did ours with Airkix in Basingstoke and there are also centres in Milton Keynes and Manchester. We had two 1 minute flights which sounds really short but it's plenty of time! Ben will probably hate me for saying this (sorry Ben if you're reading) but I was definitely better than him!

Here are some pics that were taken on the day…

As we flew at about half 12, we were starving when we came out as we didn't want to eat before and feel really sick! We decided to head into Basingstoke town centre to find somewhere to eat. Neither of us had ever been so it was nice going for a wander. We ended up having lunch at a restaurant called Coal. Neither of us had heard of it but it was very yummy! When we arrived home we both really fancied some cake so we went to one of the local cake shops/cafes and picked up 4 scummy cupcakes!

Top Left: Starter of Calamari, Breaded Brie and Cheesy Jalapeños. 
Top Right: Ben's Cheese, Ham, Tomato & Pesto Ciabatta.
Bottom Left: My Chicken, Brie & Cranberry Panini.
Bottom Right: Our scrum my cupcakes - carrot cake, oreo cookie, double chocolate and red velvet.

I really enjoyed our day out as it's not often we get to spend time together! And it certainly wasn't your average day out either! I would definitely recommend going and I really want to go back again, or even do the real thing now!

I hope you enjoyed a slightly different post for me. I really enjoyed doing more of a lifestyle post!

Have you ever done a skydive? Was it an indoor or outdoor one? Or would you ever consider it?


10 August 2014

Current Beauty Wish List

There are a lot of bits and pieces that have slowly but surely been adding themselves to my wish list. Some of these bits I've wanted for quite a long time but I would then forget about them for a while before being reintroduced to them. Such as Bobbi Brown's shimmer brick and Tanya Burr's lip glosses. 

So my current wish list items include:
★ MAC Fix + 

You'll see that some of the items I've listed haven't included shades. This is because I'm so torn between which ones I like best so if you have any suggestions for me then let me know in the comments!

What do you think of my latest wish list? Have you tried any of these products? What do you recommend?


8 August 2014

Review: Clarins Cleansing Milk

Admittedly I'm going to review this product but just before we start I'm going to warn you that you NEED to buy this cleanser!

I picked this up a good few months ago now when I did a hugeeee shop at Boots - see haul post here. At the time Clarins were on points so I decided to give this a try as I wanted a couple of other bits too. Usually I use Simple cleanser so to step up and spend about £16 extra on this, I was going to make it last. I didn't use it straight away and still use my Simple cleanser some days.

I love the packaging of Clarins products because they're simple, yet effective with the red writing. I like the top/lid of this as I find it lets the product out at the right pace rather than it flying everywhere if you squeeze too hard. 

I tend to double cleanse so I use a cleansing water to take the majority of my makeup off and then I like to use a cleansing milk to remove any excess and make sure my face is clean. I also like using this after a cleansing water because the smell is amazing! It's packed full of alpine herbs and other plant extracts so leaves my face smelling and feeling fab!

For £19 this isn't something that I would buy on a regular basis however it does last quite a while! I'm definitely going to continue to treat myself to it as it's just so damn good!

Have you tried this Clarins cleansing milk? Do you like it? What are your other favourite products from Clarins?


6 August 2014

July Favourites

Dior Addict Eau De Toilette

At the beginning of July, Dior released a new fragrance within their Addict range. When I first tried this I wasn't a fan but once it's had time to settle on the skin I absolutely love it. It's perfect for this time of year too because it's much lighter than a perfume. 

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer

One of my friends recently used this on me whilst she was practicing makeup and I absolutely loved it. I decided to buy myself some and as you can see I've used this pretty much everyday since I bought it!

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

This was another product that my friend used on me and I loved it so much I actually went and bought one the same day when we went into town. I've never used Bobbi Brown foundations but I really love the creamy consistency of these and they're so easy to use. Instead of using this as a foundation, I opted for a darker shade to use it for contouring. This is absolutely perfect and gives lovely natural definition. 

MAC Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown

I've never really been a fan of using powder product on my brows until earlier this year when I bought an ELF eyebrow palette. I loved it but the powder shade was slightly too light and only worked if I used the gel shade that came with it. I decided I wanted to go for a more natural brow for the summer so went to MAC and picked this up. I definitely think this is going to be a permanent addition to my makeup routine.

MAC Powder Blush in Lovecloud

I bought this MAC blush from duty-free when I went on holiday in June. Ever since I bought it I've used it pretty much everyday and absolutely love the colour. It's one of those shades that looks lovely for a natural daytime look but can equally be layered for a brighter evening look.

Above 3 products swatched

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Nourishing Lotion

I bought this a while back after reading several rave reviews. I was also sold on the fact that it smells of mango which is a favourite scent of mine. I used this for a while when I bought it and then stopped using it when I found the Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser. However recently I've gone back to using this and am loving it again. 

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


4 August 2014

Top 5 Childhood Films

Having had a couple of weeks off from the 2014 Blogger Challenge, we're back and this time the theme was Films. I decided to share with you my top 5 childhood films...

101 Dalmatians - this was by far my favourite film for a long time when I was younger. Everything I owned was dalmatian related and I still have plenty of dalmatian related items!

Mary Poppins - I don't think I'll ever get bored of re-watching this film. I haven't watched it in a long time so I might have to dig this out again. I was so obsessed with the songs that I made my mum write down the words for me when I was younger so I could sing along!

Grease - This became a favourite of mine when I was about 8. I loved all the music and when I was 11 my end of school disco was Grease themed. For a laugh, here's a picture of me dressed for the event! I even had my own pink ladies jacket! In fact, I still have that jacket and have used it many a time since for dress up.

The Sound of Music - this has been a firm favourite for as long as I can remember. I always wanted to be one of the Von Trapp children growing up. 

Toy Story - I don't think I will ever tire of watching Toy Story. When it came out I was the same age as Andy so as he has grown up in the films, I've always been the same age. I could definitely sit and watch toy story over and over.

So there you have my top 5 childhood films and quite possibly some of my current top favourites! There are plenty of other films that I loved and still do but we would be here all day if I went through them all!

What do you think of my favourite childhood films? Are any of these in your favourites too?


2 August 2014

Cake Club #7

It's that time again, time to make you all drool over your screens as I bring you the latest from cake club. Hopefully by now you all know about cake club but if not then catch up on all my other cake club posts here: Cake Club #1Cake Club #2Cake Club #3Cake Club #4Cake Club #5 & Cake Club #6

The theme this month was a cake within a cake. This seemed like an exciting yet challenging theme to start with but it soon became tiresome after trawling the internet to find something interesting to make! In the end I decided what I was going to make on the morning of cake club! Talk about leaving it last minute! I decided to make a cupcake with in a cupcake…

I have a giant cupcake silicone mould so decided to use this to make the main cake and then made a cupcake to go inside. The giant cupcake is flavoured chocolate orange and the smaller one is plain vanilla sponge. Last minute I decided to take the centre of the vanilla cupcake out and fill it with a small amount of the chocolate orange cake so when it was cut into it looked like a cake in a cake in a cake. 

I then decorated my giant cupcake with orange buttercream icing and bronze crunch. You can see from the picture on the right what my cake looked like inside. I think I went a tad overboard with the icing as by the time I had transported the cake to cake club, a lot of it had slid off and collected around the bottom. 

My mum decided to make a chocolate loaf cake with red hearts running through. She baked a red loaf, sliced it and then used a heart cookie cutter to cut the sponge. She filled the loaf tin with some of the chocolate mix before positioning the hearts and then filling with the rest of the mixture. I told her she had put the hearts in the wrong way but she was adamant they were right. But guess what? They ended up upside down! Anyway the end result looked amazing and it was so yummy. She decorated it with dried strawberry pieces. 

And here are some of the other cakes and what they looked like inside…

This is such an amazing idea having a chocolate cake with a carrot shape in to represent a carrot growing in the ground. 

This was an amazing cake and the heart in the middle is so perfectly formed. The centre was a chocolate and amaretto sponge surrounded by strawberry sponge and covered with a salted caramel icing.

This was a lemon and lime drizzle cake with a heart in a heart inside. The green heart was an amazing colour and it was very yummy!

This cake was meant to be in 3 distinct layers with apple and cinnamon cake at the top and bottom and a lemon sponge in-between. However because the lemon cake was so light, it rose to the top so the cake ended up with wobbly stripes throughout!

Finally, this cake was a cheesecake within a swiss roll. It was amazing and I don't think I would ever be able to make something as tricky as this sounded! I think mine would end up splitting and I can tell I would get so frustrated with it!

Once again, all of our cakes were so different and the only vague similarity was that 3 people used hearts within their cakes. As much as this theme turned out ok, I don't think I'll be making another cake within a cake for a very long time! The next theme is Autumn which I think is a fairly easy theme as it's very broad. I've got a few ideas, but if you have any ideas please leave me a comment!

What do you think of my cake within a cake? What about the other cakes?