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Tuesday, 30 October 2018
This year I wanted to do another duo, but it was hard finding stencils I liked. I still did two pumpkins and I again went with a Disney theme. I chose to do Mickey Mouse again because of his 90th Birthday, you can see him here in his sorcerers’ outfit. I then went with Tinkerbell as the pumpkin that I got was quite small and I wanted to try a new technique with the fairy dust following her. I ended up using a BBQ skewer to do it.
I really love seeing everyone's carvings, tag me in them or use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on TwitterInstagram of Facebook.

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 28 October 2018

The products and tools I used

- The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer 
- Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick In F1
- L'Oreal True Match Foundation In Rose Ivory
- Revlon Colourstay Concealer In Fair
- Studio London Powder In Translucent 
- Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner In Black
- Essence Liquid In Eyeliner In Black
- Eylure False Eyelashes In Volume 100
- Makeup Revolution Blusher From Palette
- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara In Black
- NYX Retractable Lip Liner In Dark Red
- Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick In Dahlia  
- Real Techniques Sponges (Orange & Purple)
- Makeup Revolution Powder Brush
- Real Techniques Blush Brush
- Real Techniques Lip Brush

How I put the look together

- The purple top was the same style as the red one I used for Sarah Sanderson from eBay and I used the same red curly Merida wig I had and just tied and pinned it at the back. 
- Starting with the Makeup Revolution stick foundation and swiped it all over my face before dampening my sponge and buffering it in with the Revlon foundation. Again, I found this technique on Nikkitutorials YouTube channel, it's a full coverage application that works well for me. Touching up any redness and giving my brows a cover of concealer, I finished with the translucent setting powder.
- I left my brows as they are, I did try multiple times to glue them down. I used the glue stick technique and the spirit gum technique but they are just so dark that they showed through no matter what. I could have used liquid latex and a cover but I didn't want any awkward shaped bumps. 
- I went really simple with the eyes. As Winifred has barley there brows she uses a shadow to define her eye area but because you can see my brows I just went in with my eyeliner pencil on my water line and a thick liner of liquid liner on the top lid. Curling my lashes and using a few coats of mascara, I used the same lashes as I did with Sarah Sanderson to give more definition. 
- Winifred has striking blusher like Mary, so I used two colours from my Makeup Revolution Blusher palette (Sorry it has no name) and really went harsh on the apples of my cheeks. 
- To finish, I used a picture as guidance and created the same oval lip shape she has for her lipstick with a lip liner before going over the top with my Revlon lipstick.

This is the last Hocus Pocus look this Halloween. I did try my best at Billy but I wasn't happy with how it turned out and the pictures I took from my test run weren't great. If you wanted to do a Billy look I've linked a few artists who have shared theirs in my Instagram. I'd love to see if you too will be doing a makeup look from The Hocus Pocus movie, you can find me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter or comment below!


Can you believe Hocus Pocus is 25 Years Old? Will you be watching it this year?

As always, thanks for reading...
Friday, 26 October 2018
It's been just over four weeks since I started my Invisalign treatment and I thought I'd update you with pictures after each tray I've had and my experience with them so far. As a disclaimer I have whitened the teeth in the photos just because I wanted them to be clear and consistent. Although my teeth hygiene is good no one’s teeth are perfectly white without some help from a whitening toothpaste or treatment. As part of my Invisalign package I will receive a whitening at the end so I'm really looking forward to having that finish everything off.

How the first four weeks have been

- From the images you'll see coming up, I have these little bumps stuck to my teeth and they are called aligners. This is what the tray clips onto when you put it in. I was told they would wear down or fall off and just to call and let them know to order more for my next appointment. At first I was so careful with taking my trays in and out and then one aligner came off whilst brushing my teeth and I honestly thought bugger it. It's just part and parcel of the process so my worry around that wore off after a week.
- I did have trouble griping the trays to take them out, there are these hook style tools to help but honestly using a latex glove helps grip them better than anything else I've used. 
- Amazon became my best friend. The first few weeks after not wearing retainers or braces for so long has given me chapped lips and my done tongue some damage. I ordered a host of lip balms, scrubs/exfoliates and dental wax. For me I'll line the bottom tray along the back edge for the first day or two, the edge wouldn't have worn in yet and I ended up with scraps on my tongue which were uncomfortable.
- For me, there is no pain but there is sensitivity. As I change each tray, they obviously get tighter as they start to move the teeth so I feel the pressure on the sides of some teeth rather than any striking or tooth root pain. You shouldn't feel any substantial pain during this process so if you are experiencing some I'd go to the dentist straight away.

The Pictures

After Tray One

After Tray Two

After Tray Three

After Tray Four

What I've noticed

Since starting the treatment I knew I wouldn't see a massive difference over the first 4 weeks but surprisingly I feel a massive difference. As I said in my last post, the goal for me is to straighten up a few teeth and tuck in my overbite. Between Tray One & Four I can see a slight tuck on the overbite, but I can really feel it starting to work. A lot of the time when you want to transform a physical part of yourself, whether that me teeth, weight, muscle gain...etc you'll feel it before you see it. 
I am ecstatic with how the progress is going, I recently picked up my next 4 sets of trays which I will again change over every week. So I will see you again in about a month with another update.

If you are in or from Coventry and are thinking or having Invisalign treatment yourself, drop into The Holyhead Dental Practice and see Dr Chadha. From the 12th-16th November Holyhead Dental Practice are having an Invisalign Digital Smile week, you can book an appointment for a complimentary consultation. 
As aways all opinions are my own and I am not being paid or sponsored to mention them in my posts.  

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 25 October 2018
Every year I put together treat bags for some of the children in my family, I've done Halloween hands and cellophane bags but this year I had a haul of different bits and pieces, this is how I put everything together.
I found these adorable Halloween character bags on Baker Ross, they're not huge but great to put in little bits and pieces. They come in a pack of 8 which is perfect for what I needed this year. I decided to fill them with a lollipop, a small bag of haribo, a small box of smarties, a removable tattoo and a balloon. If your child can't eat chocolate or sweets then you could always use slime, blind bags or small toys. 
The only one I did differently was for the Baby, I found this My First Halloween onesie on Asda and packaged it in a Halloween print cellophane bag with white chocolate buttons. Items like this are great keepsakes and Asda do my first onesie's and outfits for Christmas too if you are looking. 
I also decided to package the treat bags in the cellophane bags, along with a bottle of slime and a bag of white chocolate buttons. It looked a lot better having them packaged together and although it was a shame it wouldn't of all fit in the character bag, if they were too heavy, I'd be worried they'd break easily. 
I'm so happy with how they turned out and I cannot wait for the kids to see them. If you wanted to see the previous years treat bags; Click Here & Here or to see the treat bags I've done for Trick Or Treaters; Click Here.


Do you do Treat Bags for Halloween? What would you included in yours?

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 18 October 2018
Every year I post about the treat bags I do for children in my family and there will be a post on this years next week. 
Today I wanted to show the treat bags I have done for trick or treaters. As a disclaimer this is something I was inspired to do after seeing so many ideas on YouTube and Pinterest. I'm not saying you should do this I just thought this may give you another idea for treat bags if you do them. I decided to do these because last year I went through 8 bags of mini chocolates and they were over £2 a bag. I managed to put 100 of these treat bags together for just over £12.

Contents

Bag & non-food items:
Food items:
All together, each bag holds a balloon, plastic glow in the dark spider, a tattoo, a small box of smarties and some mini marshmallows. I got a lot of these bits and pieces from supermarkets, online fancy dress stores and Baker Ross. I picked the cookie bags up from a website last year that I now cannot find, but a few stores sell similar designs on Amazon. 
I was so happy with how these turned out, I think they're something different and offer variety. My area gets a lot of trick or treaters, last year around 60-70 children, so I did 100 with the notion that I'll probably pack away the non perishables, eat the marshmallows Halloween night and eat the smarties over Christmas! 


What do you do for Trick Or Treaters? Do you go all out for Halloween?

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 14 October 2018

The products and tools I used

- ELF Mineral Face Primer
- Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick In F1
- L'Oreal True Match Foundation In Rose Ivory 
- Revlon Colourstay Concealer In Fair
- Studio London Powder In Translucent 
- Tony Moly Lovely Eyebrow Pencil In Grey Brown
- Makeup Revolution Black & Brown Eyeshadow
- Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner In Black
- Eylure False Eyelashes In Lengthening 155
- A Mix Of Two Blushes From A Makeup Revolution Blush Palette (Unnamed)
- Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara In Black
- L'Oreal Lip Paint In Red Fiction 105 
- Real Techniques Sponges (Orange & Purple)
- Makeup Revolution Powder Brush
- Real Techniques Blush Brush
- Real Techniques Eyeliner Brush
- Make Up Revolution Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush
- Real Techniques Lip Brush
- Eyeshadow Sponge Applicator

How I put the look together

- For this look I decided to forgo having a wig as my hair is dark brown and just brought a long sleeved orange t-shirt for £3.99 off eBay. 
- I started the same as last time, with a little primer and concealer on my eyes as a base. In a similar fashion to the other Sanderson sisters, Mary has a smoky eye but instead of using only black eyeshadow, she has a dark brown swept across her lids. I applied the black eye shadow like eyeliner and smoked it out. Again this doesn't have to be perfect. Taking my black eyeliner and applying it to my top and bottom waterline I again finished with some lengthening false lashes and mascara. 
- This time I didn't use powder under my eyes as I found the concealer creased quite a bit so I took a makeup wipe and cleaned up any fall out from my eye makeup. I applied primer to my face and started with the foundation. I used the same full coverage application I found on Nikkitutorials. I used the Makeup Revolution stick foundation all over my face and took my L'Oreal foundation on a damp beauty sponge and used it to buffer in my foundation. I went with the Revlon foundation this time as I wanted quite a pale matte finish. Using concealer and touching up where needed, I finished with my Studio London translucent powder on a big fluffy brush.
- Brows are not my forte, I filled them in as best I could using a brow pencil by Tony Moly.
- Taking a mix of two bright pink blushes from a Makeup Revolution Palette, I went to town with the colour, using photos as reference.
- Mary has quite bright red lips and I knew the L'Oreal Lip Paint I had would be perfect, after application I went ahead with my black eyeliner and created the mole she had to the side of the lips. 
- As I didn't use a wig, I backcombed my hair and put it in a loose high bun. Using a comb to change the shape and try to get it as pointed as possible by twisting and pining I tried my best but ultimately went with this messy updo. I decided not to wear a cape either as a signature part to Mary's look is the hair.

Do you prefer inspired looks or to go all out with costumes?

I had so much fun putting this look together and I'm looking forward to posting the others I have planned. I'd love to see if you too will be doing a makeup look from The Hocus Pocus movie, you can find me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter or comment below!


As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Halloween can be expensive when you have children or when you have parties, nights out or trick or treating to sort. I find that shopping for it can be quite difficult, you either have lots of items to choose from where the prices and delivery charges are high or you find cheaper items that sell out quickly and/or have strange sizing.
I find that supermarkets are always going to be your best first choice. The prices are not extortionate in comparison to fancy dress retailers. They offer everything from costumes, to party decorations and themed food, but the biggest bonus is that there are many of them to choose from.
I've compiled three categories, best for costumes, best for Halloween inspired clothing and best for party decor and treats. I've assigned each category to a different supermarket and when choosing each supermarket, I considered, prices, locations and stock levels.

For Halloween Costumes - Sainsburys

Sainsburys was surprisingly the best option for costumes. With Tesco not having an online store and Asda having online exclusives more than store stock, Sainsburys came out with that even balance between being online and in store. The overall selection may not be as big as other supermarkets but I find those supermarkets will bulk out by, say for example, producing the same witches costume in 5 different colours.
As you can see from the image above, they offer a variety of traditional Halloween costumes for all ages that are simple yet effective and for £20 or under you are not breaking the bank.
Just to note that if you are after character based Halloween costumes then unfortunately the best option will be a fancy dress retailer or the characters brand shop.

For Halloween Inspired Clothing - Asda

I was surprised that many retailers didn't offer as much Halloween inspired clothing as last year or the year before. As always Asda is the go to for this. For parties, nights out or if you just don't fancy wearing a full costume you can still wear pieces to represent the festivities. 
A lot of outfits do go down the skeleton route but I find that Asda's are better priced, the quality is long lasting and the sizing isn't overly complex. You usually find a lot of apparel comes in the american small, medium...etc sizes but with Asda you have UK sizing. 

Hosting A Halloween Party - Morrisons

There was a huge selection at Morrisons, with different designs and with different material routes to go I found the throw away paper pieces to be the best priced, best designed and easiest to deal with. The plastic reusable pieces are great but it would depend if you had the storage for them or made a regular thing of hosting a Halloween party.
Also offering well priced Halloween treats, I found everything I would need to host a Halloween party and I'm known for going over the top! Halloween parties are not a big thing here in the UK but I feel for larger families, kids that don't got trick or treating or students looking to do something for the occasion, Morrisons is the best place to go.


What do you think of the products being sold for Halloween this year? Do you feel the UK are starting to celebrate like America? or Do we still have a long way to go?

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 7 October 2018
As it's the 25th Anniversary of Hocus Pocus I wanted all the looks I feature on my blog this year to be from the movie. As you can see first up is Sarah Sanderson.

The products and tools I used

- ELF Mineral Face Primer
- Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick In F1
- Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation In Light Porcelain 
- Revlon Colourstay Concealer In Fair
- Studio London Powder In Translucent 
- Tony Moly Lovely Eyebrow Pencil In Grey Brown
- Makeup Revolution Black Eyeshadow
- Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner In Black
- Eylure False Eyelashes In Volume 100
- Colourpop Supershock Blush In Birthday Suit
- Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara In Black
- NYX Suede Liquid Lip In Cherry Skies 
- Real Techniques Sponges (Orange & Purple)
- Makeup Revolution Powder Brush
- Real Techniques Blush Brush
- Real Techniques Eyeliner Brush
- Real Techniques Lip Brush
- Eyeshadow Sponge Applicator

How I put the look together

- I purchased the wig, top and cape from Ebay and cost me just under £18 for all 3.
- I started with the eyes first. Using my primer and putting a little on my eyelids I let that set whilst taking my real techniques sponge and patting some powder under my eyes to catch fallout. I used a little concealer as an eyelid base before packing on black eyeshadow. This doesn't have to be perfect, she's been dead for 300 years so she will have streaks. Taking some of the same shadow on an eyeliner brush I put it under my eyes and smoked it our a little. Finally I used a black eyeliner on the top and bottom water line, applied a coat of mascara and put on my false lashes.
- When happy with my eyes I wiped the powder away and applied primer to my face. I took the Makeup Revolution stick foundation and swiped it all over my face before dampening my sponge and buffering it in with the Rimmel foundation. I found this technique on Nikkitutorials YouTube channel, it's a full coverage application that works well for me. Taking my concealer and touching up any redness showing through I finished my base by applying powder with a big fluffy brush.
- Moving onto brows I tried to make them a little fuller like Sarah Sanderson's but being honest brows are not my forte so I just filled them as best I could.
- Now all I needed to do was apply a little blush to the apples of my cheeks and apply my lip colour. The Cherry Skies Liquid Suede by NYX was a brilliant in between red and burgundy which was the best match I could find without have too much of a bright red.
- To finish off the look I used the black eyeliner to give myself a mole on under the lip just like hers. 

I had so much fun putting this look together and I'm looking forward to posting the others I have planned. I'd love to see if you too will be doing a makeup look from The Hocus Pocus movie, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or comment below!


Have you seen Hocus Pocus? Who is your favoruite Sanderson Sister? 

As always, thanks for reading...

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