Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray

Hi Beauties!

So I purchased Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray for my beach holiday.  I was really excited to use it, as my hair is naturally really thick and big it tends to stay in any position I style it.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray claims to be salt water spray for your hair... you know, once you have had a dip in the sea and it dries naturally... beautiful right?  The spray smells almost salty but not, it has a 'summer fragrance' to it... fresh, cool and airy.  It comes in a handy spray nozzle.

This is a picture of my hair after washing it and spraying the Bumble & Bumble Surf spray on afterwards.

It was 80% wet here, I LOVED the look it gave my hair for about 2 hours....... then my hair started to dry naturally.  It really made my hair BIG but not in a pretty way or how my hair would naturally dry without the spray.  It was full on volume and thick and made my hair feel really really dry.

Sadly, I didn't take a picture of the end result.  I don't think I would repurchase Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray again for my really thick hair, but I imagine it would give beautiful results for those who have fine hair or for those who are looking for extra volume.  I will however try over products in their range as i have heard so much about them, they must be good!

You can purchase Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray from Boots here for £21.50.

Have you used Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray?


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Holiday Time

Hi Beauties!

I hope you are all well.  As some of you may know, I went away for a couple of days.  After umming and arrring, between going to Morocco or Isle of wight, the latter won.  It was lovely to get away from it all and the weather turned out fantastic!  My days were spent lazying around the pool, sunbathing, walks on the beach and eating!

I couldn't update my Twitter as promised as the reception was really poor.... to be honest it felt good to be a little bit disconnected from the world.

Here is a picture collage of my break away...

How did you spend your bank holiday?


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.

Hi Beauties!!

Hope you beauties are going to enjoy the lovely weather that is predicted for us this week, I will be going away for a few days so probably won't blog, BUT don't worry I will probably find time to tweet so stay tuned on my twitter @beautybyhanan

Now going back to the purpose of this post..... Clinique's Overnight Mask!!  Since the weather is predicted to be HOT no doubt we will all be lapping up the sun, with sunscreen on of course, so why not treat your skin to an extra bit of TLC at night?

Here's my count of using the Clinique Overnight mask.

So when we sleep our body is more relaxed, allowing our to skin to repair quicker so I thought, why not help my skin repair with a moisture mask.  As it is left on longer it would reach more layers of my skin (epidermis, dermis and hypodermis) meaning I would see more of a result??

The mask comes in a tube so the rest of the product stays clean in the tube.  It doesn't have much smell, if any at all.  The product has a rich creamy texture but goes on lightly.  After cleansing, toning and exfoliating I applied the mask before bed.  You don't need much as a little goes a long way.  I worked it into the drier areas of my face..... and off I went to sleep...

When I woke in the morning I was surprised to find a thin film of the mask still on my face, my initial thoughts were that it didn't work and that it just sat on the top layer of my skin all night (pretty pointless right?)..... but low and behold when I went to do my morning cleanse my skin felt like a baby's bottom!!  Yes that's right luscious, supple, smooth and dewy it remained like that for the rest of the day, perfect!!

So will I repurchase?  YES but since I've opened the door to this whole overnight mask ritual, I will probably be experimenting with a fair few others to see how they feel on my skin.  I can imagine this mask would work wonders if you have dry skin, those who live in hot dry climates where a lot of air conditioning is used and would be soothing in the winter months when we suffer from dry skin from all the cold weather.

Do you use an Over night mask?

Hanan xx


Monday, 19 August 2013

My skin care Do's and Don'ts

Hi Beauties,
Hope you are all well?  I thought I would do a post on my skin care Do's and Don'ts.  Its what I like to follow for my skin as a general rule of thumb.... no punn intended referring to my lovely picture of my thumbs :)

Do's :-

  • Always wash my face AM and PM,  removes any dirt and oils that may be sitting on my skin, that includes cleanse, tone and moisturise.

  • Wear SPF ALWAYS even when its cloudy, as the sun's rays are still pounding down on our skin.  The sun preamaturly ages our skin so make sure you protect it.  Make sure your sun screen protects both from UVB, which causes sunburn and UVA, which can penetrate more deeply causing wrinkles! 

  • Moisturise Am and Pm protects from the sun, ageing and keeps my skin supple.

  • I change my pillow case 3 times a week and I turn my pillow around once I've slept on one side.  I found that because of my hair, my skin is more likely to have a break out because of the oil and dirt on the pillow case.  If you have problem skin you should give it a try.

  • Use an eye cream, the skin around our eyes is thin so better keep it supply and show it some TLC.  My nan swears by vaseline around her eyes, she's in her 80's and looks fabulous.

  • Give myself a facial at home.  I love doing this once a week, I pamper myself with a cleanse, tone, steam, extraction, mask, facial massage and moisturise.  Love this, its an instant pick me up and makes my skin feel really clean.  I'd recommend doing a steam once a week as over steaming can dry out your skin and exfoliate once a week works for most, thats enough to slough away all the dead skin cells and refresh your complexion.


  • Sleep with make-up on.  The thought really scares me!  Don't get me wrong I used to when I was younger (early teens).  I could never do it now.  It ages you so early, causes, spots, and a number of other (SCARY)  things.

  • Pick your skin.  I know we are all guilty of this but we can make spots worse by spreading bacteria and scarring our skin.  Its mind over matter I try to put tea tree oil on it and leave it.  

  • Always include your neck and chest.  This is one of the areas that shows ageing too, so when you moisturise and cleanse always include that area too and always in an upward motion.

Hope you enjoyed this quick read, what are your skin Do's and Don'ts?

Hanan xx


Friday, 16 August 2013

How I got this Nail look using L'OREAL nail polish.

Hi Beauties,

Hope you are doing well, I passed by boots today and couldn't resist this nail polish combo I saw from L'OREAL, I had to get it!

Here it is the look

What I like about this, is that its two nail polishes, the top coat is a confetti style polish with black and white circles which you can build up as much as you like,  the picture above is literally one coat of the Top coat confettis (pretty full on coverage right?)

Top Coat Confettis

Now that I have the main Top coat Confettis, I can dress up any of my nail polishes.


I saw the nail polish Chinchilla which is a beige, grey like tone  also by L'OREAL.  The two colours definitely compliment each other.

Here is a demonstration of how I applied my nail polish and here is a list of what you will need:-

  • Nail File
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Cotton wool/pads
  • Base/top coat
  • L'OREAL Chinchilla nail polish
  • L'OREAL Top Coat Confettis

Step 1:-

File and shape your nails.  I was taught never to 'saw' (back and forth motion) my nails as this can weaken the nail bed, instead file from corner to centre on the left side and repeat on the right side as shown in the picture below. 

Step 2:-

Using any nail polish and cotton wool, wipe over your nail to remove any dust from the nail filing and any natural oils on your nails, as this will dry the nail and allow the nail polish to adhere properly.

Step 3:-

Now normally I would use a base coat, but the base coat I currently have is making my nail polish peel,  so I haven't demonstrated it.  After applying your base coat apply the Chinchilla nail polish.  The brush allowed easy application as it seemed like a wider flat brush and went on really well.  I used two coats.

Step 4:-

Lastly apply one coat (or as many as you like)  of the Top coat confettis, and you're done!

I think I'm definitely going to enjoy playing with other colours and the Confetti Top Coat.

Do you have Top Coat Cofettis?  How do you use yours?

Hanan x


Thursday, 15 August 2013


Hi Beauties! 

Just so that you are all aware you can now follow my blog on bloglovin' here is the link <a href="">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

Stay tuned! 

Hanan xx

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My skincare routine

Hi Beauties,

How many of you have a facial regime?  Not Sure?  Don't know what order to put them in?.... read on and I will take you through how I use mine...

To start off I use the Sanctuary Deep cleaning facial.  Its a facial cleanser, I was attracted to the packaging and its clean writing.  Its pureness looked back at me from the shelf.

I have found this to be a great cleanser,  it removes all traces of my make-up and my face feels squeaky clean!  I've had this product for 3 weeks now and there is still lots of product in the bottle,  I squeeze a small 2 pence amount into the palm of my hands and I lather it up with water then wash my face.

I use it everyday AM and PM,  PM as I wear make-up everyday and AM to wash off any sweat or dirt I may have picked up from my pillow in my sleep.

I follow it with the Pore refining toner, again from the same line (Deep cleanse facial)  I tend to spritz it over my face (with my eyes closed or it stings) and neck, then I sweep a cotton pad over my face, this helps remove any cleansing product left over and the witch hazel in the toner helps avoid blemishes.

Lastly I use a moisturiser by Estee Lauder Day wear Plus,  to me it is just an all round good egg with Multi protection anti oxidants.  It only has an SPF 15 but I tend to top my sun screen up during the day with a higher factor.

It feels rich and creamy and feels as though it is actually doing something for my skin.  I apply this avoiding my eye area in a sweeping upward motion.

My eye creams vary (much like my skin care to be honest), however I am currently using Vitamin E eye cream by The Body Shop.  I apply it with my ring finger as it has the least pressure so won't damage my delicate eye area.

I dab it all around the eye socket in a gentle (but firm) motion (but no dragging) helping drain the lymph nodes around my eyes.

There you have it cleanse, tone and moisturise is your priority anything in between is an added benefit such as steaming, exfoliating and masks which I'd recommend once a week.

As an added treat I use the The Body Shop facial massager

Massage is great for blood circulation it softens expression-induced lines around mouth and forehead.
In conjunction with this I use the Clinique night mask as it makes the massager move smoothly over the face.  It is a hydrating face mask that you sleep in and wash off in the morning.  My skin feels really supple and fresh in the morning.

There you have it thats my facial routine and what I am currently using.

What is your Facial routine?  What do you use I would love to hear...

Hanan x

Disclaimer:- This is my own opinion and my own routine that works for me it is another routine for you to consider.  What works for me may not work for you.  I tend to change the products I use but my routine tends to be based around the above.  :)

Saturday, 10 August 2013

NYX Red Lips Budget Buy

Hi Beauties!!

This will be my last post for today I hope (Blogging is sooo addictive... nobody warned me).  I just quickly wanted to share with you this lipstick that i got from NYX Cosmetics.  I love this brand at the momemt their make-up is really pigmented and for the money its truly a steal!!

Allow me to introduce you to that fabulous Matte red lippy you have been searching for... you know the one that lasts and doesnt dry your lips as most matte lippys tend to do... Tada!! Here it is at £6.00 you cant go wrong, I have a few more in the range that I will blog next week. Its called Pure Red, shade 08 You can purchase it from here  its got this really lovely tone to it I cant put my finger on it its almost an orangey tone, but its not.  Lovely in the evening with lots of lashings of mascara. :)

Whats your favourite matte red lippy?

I hope you all have a restful weekend,  stay tuned!

Hanan x

Grey Smokey Eye Party look

Hi Beauties!

Today I wanted to post a make-up I have done on my friend before.  Usually when I do Make-up on someone I see them as a blank canvas and for me to 'paint' a beautiful portrait......sooooo we discussed colours and what she wanted.. she was wearing a stunning grey dress (she hasnt got the dress on in the pic :)), so it was only natural we chose a heavy Grey Smokey eye seeing as she was going out partying!!

Any way as I mentioned because of all this blank canvas talk I tend to let the makeup lead me and I tend to mix, blend, swirl, you name it I do it and the results are usually amazing....

..... pretty little thang right? so now ill show you which eyeshadow palettes I used on her.  For the inner corner I used Mac pigment Vanilla....

Then using the famous V method (which I will do a demo for you guys if you wish??) I used the Urban Decay Naked palette Creep for the V I then blended Gunmetal into the Creep (in a circular swooshy motion fab for blending) then I did lots of blending and somethings not quite right.....

......So I reached for my trusty little Benefit 'Smokin eyes' palette and used Pewter Base in the centre of the eye lid and blended that nicely with the Urban Decay Naked palette Gumental and Mac vanilla pigment..... lots of blending.... finally to finish the look so the the V didnt look so harsh, above the V I blended Darkhorse and Smog from the Urban Decay Naked palette so it looked softer along the edges....

Under the lower lash line I ran a line of Urban Decay Naked palette Gunmetal using a brush then stuck some fale lashes on top and TaDa all done!

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.  If there are any particular looks you might like to see... please get in touch.  Stay Tuned!

Hanan x

Friday, 9 August 2013

My nails using Gelish 3 week manicure

Hi Beauties!

This is my first blog post Yippee!!  So excited that I can share all these amazing beauty shenanigans with like minded people!

This post will be very simple and straight forward.  I do Gelish nails I love the stuff and Gelish on my nails  personally lasts 4 weeks but everyone is different.  It is similar to the Shellac system but is more of a gel like formula, it claims to last 3 weeks and you cure it with an LED lamp.   Here I used Tiger Blossum with a gold glittery accent finger.
I used Martha Stewart loose glitter.  I found her massive selection in WHsmith!! They are amaaaaaazing and I incorporate them in most my nail arts as they are so pretty and you can have so much fun with them.

I hope you enjoyed reading my quick post on my nails.  Stay tuned!

Hanan x
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