Sunday, 25 October 2015

What I Got For My 16th Birthday | Pandora, River Island and.. Paris?!

Birthdays are always my second favourite time of the year (after Christmas that is), but not because of all of the presents, but because of the celebration. On the 8th of this month I turned 16, some people would say a birthday bigger than the previous, and I had such an enjoyable time with friends and family.

I am always a bit iffy with doing these sorts of posts, what if I receive negative comments complaining I am bragging about what I got. But on the other hand, I, myself, love reading through what other people have got for their birthdays, it's the easiest way for me to find gift inspo for myself and others.
 
The first gift was a very special ring which my grandad treated me to. I have always awed and ah'ed at the pieces in Pandora, everything looks so delicate but is always out of my budget. So, when I was thinking about what I could ask for, a Pandora ring shone in front of my eyes. I would be lying if I said that I chose quickly, and wasn't in the store for more than an hour, but then a girl can never rush into things like choosing a precious piece of jewellery, can she? I ended up purchasing the Alluring Brilliant Marquise Ring, as I fell in love with the simplicity but alternating detail of the ring. Furthermore, I felt this ring was suitable to stack, so for Christmas or at a later date I can purchase more rings to wear with this.




The two photos above show a collection of the items I, very kindly, received from other family and friends. This includes a selection of vouchers (two weeks later and they are pretty much all spent out.. whoops!), the cutest pair of Jack Wills undies, two MAC products, to much of my surprise from my brother, a couple of beauty bits and the most adorable Cath Kidston tissues- so beautiful I am torn whether to actually use them.



From my Auntie, Uncle and cousins, I was kindly treated to a new handbag. Unfortunately, it was a limited edition one, however if you are in need of a new bag then I would one hundred percent recommend you browse through the River Island collections, honestly this bag looks three times more expensive than it was!



The last present I received was a complete and utter surprise. I opened it and my jaw dropped.. I AM GOING TO PARIS! Bless my parents for organising a family trip to Paris without me knowing. We go next month, for two days, and I cannot wait to just lose myself in the city. Think a river trip up the Seine, staring out across Paris from the Eiffel Tower in the evening and browsing in the Golden Triangle Boutiques, I am honestly so grateful.

Once again, I am extremely thankful of everything I received, if any of you have been to Paris then please leave a comment with any sort of recommendations or opinions, thanks!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Naked 2 Palette Review

Ten months, over three hundred uses. Not once has this palette appeared on my blog. Why? That is a question I simply do not know how to answer, but yes, I am extremely ashamed.
 
I believe this palette is £36, and before any of you wince at the price, totally forget about it. I would have payed up to £100 for these shadows! (oh and before anyone thinks this is a sponsored post, forget about that as well because it's not). Anyway, the box included the palette, a double ended UD brush and 4 sample UD primers.
 
The palette itself is about a 20cm wide metal tin, with a large mirror, a double ended brush and 12 different shadows. The metal casing is very practical, closing with two clasps unlike a magnet (which the first Naked palette had). Although it isn't the smallest of palettes, it is surprising light meaning it's that one bit easier to travel with, however fitting this in your makeup bag will most probably prove a challenge.

The majority of the shadows in this are cool toned, taupe neutrals. 9 out of the 12 are shimmery, some more than others.   

 
FOXY

Whenever I decide to wear eye shadow, this is the first shade I will apply, considering it is the perfect matte colour to smother across the whole lid. This pigment has a distinctive yellow undertone, easily erasing any redness from my eyelids.

HALF BAKED

This is the only shade in the second palette which has been repeated from the first, but this makes no difference to me as I don't own the original Naked palette. All the same, I'm glad it's been carried over because it is the perfect shade to apply to create a subtle eye; think a light and airy summer or school-appropriate look.

BOOTYCALL

All hail one of my favourite shades from this palette: Bootycall. It's a gorgeous shimmery, light pink shadow which I make sure I apply to highlight my brow bone and the inner corner of my eye, but it can easily be used as a base as well.
 
CHOPPER

In ways, Chopper is quite similar to Half Baked, just a little more orange toned and definitely more of a metallic colour. I still apply this the same way though, running it through my crease and outer corner of my eye. The only thing I would say is that this shade probably has the most fall out out of all the shadows, but, then again, this only depends on how you apply it.
 
 
TEASE (scroll up to first photo)
 
Just like Booty Call, this shade is another one of my favourites. In the palette, it looks like a light purple/brown colour but as soon as this is applied is turns into a darker more defined shadow, the perfect crease shade. Also, this shadow is one of the 3 mattes, something I love to make a look less shimmery and 'in your face' so to say.
 
SNAKEBITE (scroll up to first photo)


In all honesty, this shade is probably the most underused by me as I tend to only use dark browns when creating an eye look suitable for a night out. All the same, it is a dark bronze, shimmery colour with a heavy metallic undertone, perfect for defining a smoky eye.

SUSPECT
 
This golden beige colour is the perfect everyday, any occasion shade. I apply this all over my lid and it looks great alone or layered with other shadows.

PISTOL
 
Unfortunately, I don't tend to use Pistol that much, I suppose a dark, shimmery grey is one of the harder colours to pull off in this palette. However, when used, it creates a dazzling, shimmery look, one for the evening I would have to say though.

VERVE
 
This is a shimmery oyster colour, a shade easily blended across the whole lid for a natural look.

YDK
 
YDK has been, in the past, one of UD's best selling individual shadows, and I can see why! I love this cool, metallic brown shade with a plum base as it's easily buildable on the outer third of the lid.

BUSTED
 
Busted is one of my most used shades, whenever I am going for a smoky look, this will be the shade I run through my crease and along my lower lash liner. Sometimes I also run it across my upper lash line, instead of using eyeliner or Blackout, as it creates a more subtle defined eye.

BLACKOUT
Last but not least, is a pure, matte jet-black colour, perfect for running around my upper lash line to create a very messy, smoky eyeliner effect. There isn't much more to say about this shade, oh, apart from I am very impressed with how little fall out it produces.

Overall, I am very impressed with this palette, Urban Decay have created something spectacular. The only thing preventing this product from further success is the price tag, at £38.00 I know there are many dupes out there, but nothing can simply beat the quality of this palette.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

What I Eat In A Day

Most of you will know (of) Niomi Smart, and a large majority of you will have probably seen her What I Eat In A Day videos. First things first, I am not vegan, and what I eat is no where near as healthy as she eats, but recently I've wanted to change up my diet, and what is more motivating than to blog my experiences, where I can look back on in the future.  p.s thanks for the inspiration niomi!
 
BREAKFAST
Breakfast and I have a love hate relationship. Most weekends I skip this meal (which I know if awful) and replace with a large, unhealthy brunch. However, my Nutri-Bullet has been a life saver, every morning I actually get excited thinking about what fruits and veg I am going to blend for my morning smoothie. This particular morning I chose to have a avocado, banana, spinach, nectarine and apple smoothie (or it could possibly be a juice because I blended it with water). Anyway, I deliberately made a large cup of this to keep me going for the next few hours, and I must add that it was surprisingly filling.
 





LUNCH
Lunch is a meal which also varies from day to day. At school, I will normally consume a sandwich or some sort, but at home I tend to stick with cooked lunches, and the majority of the them contain eggs.
I made this scrambled egg on toast from scratch *pro chef?* and piled it onto two slices of white bread. Something I do want to change in my diet is swapping white bread for brown bread, but this will have to be a gradual change.
 
 
 
 
DINNER
In celebration of my mums birthday, I accompanied my family to a dinner at Cote, which was lovely. In some ways this doesn't fit the post, of course I do not eat out every single night, nor do I have a starter at home, however the food quantities and types are similar. For starters I ordered the Pork Rillettes with Sourdough Bread, not realising that the meat came in a pâté form. I ended up swapping my starter with my dad, who had ordered calamari, and gosh that was a gorgeous dish! For mains, I ordered the Chargrilled Chicken Breast with Garlic Butter, and that was divine, I've never tasted chicken that good. Now, because I was following a set menu, a pudding was obviously obligatory. The 'Crumble Aux Pommes' took my fancy, and like the other dishes, it was very delicious.
 




Saturday, 3 October 2015

What's On My IPhone 6 + How I Edit My Instagram Photos

 
I was lucky enough to upgrade my previous IPhone 5C to a 6; my contract had run out and I saw an early birthday present opportunity! I had gone into EE expecting only to upgrade to the 5S, but with the 6 being only an upfront cost of £10 more and the same contract, I thought that everything really was in my favour. As you can see from the photos, I chose the white front with the gold back, but in my opinion it's more of a coppery, faded rose gold which I love. The storage is only 16GB, hence why I spend hours deleting pointless photos, but the next capacity was 62GB, which enormously bumped up the contract price, and quite frankly I wouldn't ever need that amount of storage. I finally wanted to add that Apple, I salute you for the Touch ID, do you know how satisfying it is not having to enter a passcode every time you want to unlock your phone?!?!

The first page of my IPhone is near enough the original set out, however I have added more bits to the Productivity and Extras folder as I like to have not the whole screen covered in apps. I don't intend on going through every single one of these apps, as quite simply you would be bored to death, but as a quick overview the apps which get the most use on this page are weather (I like to fantasise about all of the hot places I'm not currently at), maps (for whenever I'm lost, which happens quite a lot), photos and camera (photography is everything, as you should know!).

The docked apps are the bottom are also Apple's original set out, but as it stands they are my most used apps, hence why they stayed put. (Saying that I have 12 emails to see to..) I tend to stay away from buying music on Apple, considering I have Spotify (we'll come to this later), and if I payed 99p for every song I would be in a hella load of debt. As for the phone icon, it's handy being there as, let's be honest, I don't use it that much but it's a nice touch. On the other hand, I am constantly using Safari but you know how online shopping makes girls feel..

Moving onto where I spend the majority of my time on my phone, say hello to my social media apps. I started off arranging them in usage, but that didn't go to plan when I used Instagram more than Facebook yet I still wanted my editing folder to be next to the Instagram app *life struggles*. Anyway, that said, there now is no specific order to this page and all of the apps I use regularly, (whether that be a good or bad thing?!)

Oooh, an in-depth view of my editing folder. For my instagram pictures (you can follow me here @heyitshannaah) I first import them to Camera+. Here, I brighten them using the 'Night' effect, followed by re saving it. Sometimes, just that app creates the perfect photo, however when I am not entirely happy with it still, I upload it to Afterlight, where I make adjustments to the colours, highlights and exposure. The additional apps in this folder aren't used on every photo: PicsArt and Layout are used for photos on my personal account, and Touch Blur is used for blurring out any backgrounds from the hundreds of selfies I shamelessly take! Finally, I have an app for speeding up footage, and Followers+ is used so I can keep exact track of my insta followers.
 
Some of the apps which I still need to download are Blogger, Pacer and of course, the Dominos pizza app.
 
What are your favourite apps? Do you have any that I don't that you'd recommend?