Friday, 30 June 2017

SimplyCook Review! 🍳

I love cooking but I also love keeping and making my life simple. Especially when I'm cooking for one or quite simply, in my university flat where the kitchen is pretty small.

I tried Simply Cook and while it wasn't quite what I expected I was quietly pleased with how my meals turned out.

I really liked how I could complete my personal profile online with dietary preferences and then select specific meals that I liked. Delivery was fast and ordering was simple. The box came with the perfect quantities of seasonings and the size fit through post box meaning I didn't need to be waiting for it and it was delivered while I was out.

I defintely think it takes me out of my comfort zone with little extra and unique flavours to escape my comfort zone and actually explore more variety.

Not only that but the recipe cards that came with it are simple for follow. Plus, they are perfect to keep and reuse as they come in a very stylish format to keep forever.

I’ve been loving my SimplyCook boxes and thought you might like to try them too. If you use my link below you can get your first introductory box for just £1 and I’ll get a reward too!

Here's a link to get your first box for £1!

Your first SimplyCook box will contain 4 really tasty recipe kits with easy to follow recipes and all the key ‘chef’s ingredients’- anything that’s tricky to prepare, hard to find or expensive to buy on a one off basis. All you have to do is add a few basic fresh items (which you probably have already) and you’ll be able to cook an exciting new, restaurant quality meal in around 20 minutes. Worth a try!
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Top 6 Baby Luxury Must Haves!

My flatmate, Sophie, and I have been feeling really down with university and the struggle that is life at the moment. I am nowhere near ready for children but I can't help but dream and plan for the little babies that will one day be a part of my life. 

If I was to have a baby right now, these would be my non-necessary, luxury must have items!

Baby wrap carrier - £22.97. I also really like the Solly Wrap! This one is the Clay - £51.61 but it's a little pricey of an option. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Capital's Summertime Ball 2017!

I was so excited when I got tickets to Capital's Summertime Ball this year! In 2015, I headed to Capital's Jingle Bell Ball in December and absolutely loved it so I was really excited.

Click here to watch the video or see below!

Going into it, I was surprised and overwhelmed at how long the concert was for, almost 10 hours! The line up isn't necessarily my personal pick but there are about half of the artists I know well and a few of the others have a song or two which I knew.

Bruno Mars: Honestly I was quite disappointed. Straight up, he was pretty boring, repeated the same dance moves and never really moved from the main stage to make his performance more interactive with the audience. It wasn't helped that the fireworks that started the show, left a haze of smoke for almost 15 minutes and I was struggling to breathe.

Niall Horan: Oh I loved it. His performance was utterly flawless and just stunning. His 2 short songs were over too quickly and after waiting almost 5 hours, I was desperate for his set to go on longer. It was actually a really emotional piece of work and I loved that he played the guitar too.

Little Mix: The world's biggest girl band are always clean and crisp. I love how the girls take turns to introduce songs and speak to the audience. They were last on the night and the set was filled with so many fireworks and streamers. If you like their songs, you'll love them live!

Liam Payne: I was pleasantly surprised! I have to say, when the 'Strip Me Down' song was released, I wasn't all that in love with it. But seeing it live has completely changed my mind. Unfortunately, the microphone setting was a little too quiet so it was quite hard to hear however, the whole performance blew my mind! The choreographed dance was incredible paired with the vocals.

Zara Larsson: MIND BLOWN! I have never heard of her before but Zara was incredible. She is literally a superstar in the making and I really do see her as the next Beyonce. Coming on after Bruno Mars, she had a lot of work to do to get the crowd going and boy did she deliver. Interestingly, I knew almost all the lyrics in her songs and I even surprised myself as how much I loved it. She was so engaging and the choreography was so powerful. Best performance of the night for me.

Shawn Mendes: Where to start... He was the performance I was looking forward to the most and what I didn't realise was how young he was! At just 18 years old, he completely owned the stage and what was even more wonderful to see was how much joy he had while being up there. He seemed to really enjoy himself and love what he did. That passion is just beautiful to witness. I fell even more in love as I saw how incredibly talented he was with so many different instruments. He owned it.

Dua Lipa: Again, I thought I'd never heard of her but in fact, I did know her songs. Similar to Zara, Dua was very much, a dance filled set but I felt like I was watching a forced performance. Looking back, I think it's actually just a natural resting bitch face but I personally found her to look very bored and I didn't think she was always giving it 100%. Despite the lackluster performance, even at a mediocre energy level, she was incredible. Her songs and powerful moves were flawless.
Charlie Puth: I was really excited to see Charlie Puth. I love his music and was expecting great things but looking back, I don't remember it being terrible but I also don't remember it being great which it could have easily been. I think it was wonderful to see him so excited and honoured to have the audience screaming back his words and it was interesting to hear some of his little stories about songs but in a night full of massive performances, more needed to be done to! Perhaps my expectations were too high! Having said that, the microphone issue to start and the volume of the bass did maybe mask a little of the talent.

Louisa Johnson: I used to be a massive fan of The X-Factor but I haven't watched a single episode since starting university. I'd heard of Louisa Johnson but I hadn't heard anything that made me think wow. Seeing her live has completely changed my mind. Without a doubt, she had the best vocals of the night. The sheer range of her voice is incredible! Every time she kept hitting the high notes I thought wow and the length of some of the notes were just mind blowing. While her individual set was short and sweet, her dancers and her made the audiences go wild. Furthermore, she came out not once, not twice but 3 more times to do song collaborations with other artists! I can't see that being easy but she made it look it for sure.

Stormzy: I'm sure he is great but Stormzy is just not my sort of music and I found myself quite bored watching him. It's hard for a single person with no dancers to keep my focus and unfortunately, he remarkably failed.

Clean Bandit: Again, I didn't know their name going in but I knew their songs. THey have so many great songs and so many collaborations on the go. I have to say, it is such a diverse band and a very talented one. So many different types of people and instruments come together to create absolutely unstoppable music.

Anne-Marie: Seemingly, I didn't get any of my own pictures of her but what a star. Similarly, to Louisa, she came out multiple times and she has a very unique, deep voice. I loved her.

James Arthur: I love his songs and his voice is just enthralling. His depressive tones always gives me chills in a beautiful way but I did think the performance set as a whole was quite dull and it as a shame. To start, it was magical how the audience went quite to listen but after 10 minutes of very same-y music with no change up, people ruined the moment and the magic was lost. Perhaps, not the correct audience, stage set up or sheer venue size.

Olly Murs: I love Olly and having seen him multiple times, I was expecting him to be a little boring but without a doubt he is a born entertainer. He just knows how to captivate and keep people with him. His set was so interactive and he had the biggest crowd involvement of the night. Personally, I loved his duet with Louisa the most, having not seen it before!

This is by no means all the artists that sang which is incredible when you think about it. There were so many people under one roof - or lack of, thank you sun! All incredible stars in their own right. These are just a few of the names that were released ahead of tickets selling. 

Others included multiple DJs (I'm not particularly a fan), JP Cooper and the likes of, surprise appearances from Hailee Steinfeld (say what!?), new boy band 5 after midnight, a sick Julia Michaels (stunning) and I'm sure I'm missed so many more! 

I'm always in awe of how these massive shows come together and despite the microphone volume problems throughout the night, I had an incredible afternoon and evening. 8 hours of music defintely takes it's toll though and I was exhausted! 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

How to Apply LipSense?

It's another LipSense Saturday post!

LipSense is my new business over at Hannah's Lips UK. I am a UK Independent Distributor for SheerSense (the equivalent of the US company Senegence). For all my details and links click here

If you haven't seen my last LipSense Saturday post, click here

Today I am sharing a written format of how to apply LipSense.
LipSense is an incredible product but it isn't like other lipsticks so it's important to follow these steps to guarantee perfect, long-lasting lipstick every time!

  1. Shake the lip colour well, for at least 30 seconds to evenly spread the pigment throughout. 
  2. Apply to clean, dry lips. Make sure to dry the waterline. 
  3. For a more defined look, line lips with LinerSense (available separately) first. I personally don't think it's needed as the lip colour doesn't bleed. 
  4. With lips parted, place LipSense applicator on lip beginning at the outside corner and spread in a fluid, sweeping motion to the opposite corner of the lip without lifting the applicator. Do not
  5. move applicator back and forth.
  6. Use three layers for long-lasting results.
  7. Let each layer dry about thirty seconds before applying the next layer.
  8. Finish your customized look (any three shades) with LipSense moisturizing glosses – to keep your shade lasting and your lips moist and plump.
You can also watch my YouTube video here to see a video version of this information. 

As always, if you want to order any LipSense or any of my other products, join my team or learn more, don't hesitate to reach out on any of my platforms. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Madame Tussauds (Review)

Recently, I headed to Madame Tussaud's with my mother. I thought I would put together a quick review for anyone thinking of going themselves. Please note, this is for the London location. 

Interestingly, the most popular wax figures were the royal family and it's actually the only one who you can't take your own pictures with. Mum happened to like the photograph so much that she wanted to buy it. Admittedly, I also loved the picture and it looks totally real to me! Everything was very elegantly dealt with and the background was stunning! I think the flags only added to the patriotism. 
I knew going into it that I would be disappointed that I couldn't have pictures with people. My mum is a terrible photographer and usually they're either blurry, a finger is over the lens or the photo is completely off centred with no one actually in it. Anyway, as expected, there were only 2 she even remotely took decent pictures of me, despite me giving her repeated 'lessons'. In the end, I got quite angry at her and we took our separate paths around the tour.
I really liked how the rooms were split up and thought it flowed quite nicely together although it's nothing like I imagined. The venue is actually quite small and compact so there aren't actually that many wax figures there. The split the celebrities almost according to their reason for fame with the first room being A-Listers along with some of the mega popstars.

Without a doubt the most popular figure was Kim followed by George Clooney, my mother's personal favourite celebrity, but I think the later was probably because it was an easy photo opportunity and the likelihood of being inadvertently photobombed was dramatically reduced. Kim had her own separate area with a waiting line and a bollard to stop people getting in the way.
Next up was the more magical elements. There was a big set from King Kong which presumably they interchain depending on the current big film, although that must be extremely expensive. Personally, I was shocked at how quiet the area around Katniss Everdeen was. I know the end of The Hunger Games meant the end of an era but still, it's not been that long.
 This linked to all the action movie figures.
 And more magical ones.

My personal favourite and the one I was looking forward to the most was the YouTube space with Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes. The only real information I had into coming into Madame Tussauds was really through their vlogs on their experience but I was really disappointed with them. They were truly the worst models in the location. Even looking at them in picture form you can see they're pretty terrible which makes me think that they were perhaps rushed as it was such a big event when they were first released. The most surprising thing though, was how BIG their set was. Unlike EVERYONE else who had to share their space and were surrounded, these two had their own sets and it was huge!
After them, came all the Olympics stars and other professional sport athletes, which I actually loved. I thought they really captured the essence of some of them especially Jessica Ennis, Mo Farrah ect. Interestingly, they put Tom Daley and a gymnast far higher up and most people walked past them not realising. It defintely wasn't clearly apparent.

Onto a bit of a mixed bag with scientists, land mark people and a little history lesson of the royal family. With the current ones mentioned previously. This was quickly followed by singers and bands before getting onto the political members of the population. Unusually, the UK Prime Minister wasn't there...perhaps waiting for the news from the 2017 General Election. Donald Trump was without a doubt the biggest set but uncomfortably, very few took photographs with him.
I really liked that they had a more of an interactive element half way through where they explained where the idea of Madame Tussauds came from and then explained the process of how the models come to be. I personally found the speed quite slow and information quite dry but my mum soaked it all up. I thought it was interesting that they chose to use Beyonce as the case study but I did like that she went out of her way to put together a video as well. I think that would really appeal to the younger audience, or those like me who couldn't be bothered to read 20+ mini signs. 
 The next set was completely unexpected but totally worth it. Instead of just having the Marvel and Superheroes as lone figures they crowded us into a room, almost spaceship like.

 After about 10 minutes, we headed into a theatre and I thought a 4 movie with the heroes in added a lot to the experience. In all honesty, I was quite bored seeing figure after figure but this broke it up and was a perfect add on. The seats moved, they kicked you in the pack, wind blew on you, water was a remarkably action packed viewing experience.
I loved the huge Star Wars collection. I don't actually know any of the old films but I have watched the two latest releases and I still felt very connected to the sets.
I was pleasantly surprised that you could actually take pictures of the models without people getting in the way. Despite it being quite crowded, people were particularly pleasant and understanding. You can take the whole tour at your own pace which was lovely considering a start time was given. 

Overall, I think you have to be a specific type of person to want to go to something like this multiple times, but for a once in a lifetime experience, it was worth it. Especially as we got Buy 1, Get 1 free on tickets!