Friday, 20 October 2017

A New Beginning & Bidding Farewell to Away with the Fairies


First of all, I need to apologise for not posting at all on here over the past three months. I can't quite believe it's been so long! I think as blogging has grown, the pressure to post has risen but so has the ability to be present online in so many different ways: Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest being just a few of the different platforms bloggers can communicate with their audience on, without actually blogging. This is just one of the reasons I've gone AWOL on Away with the Fairies - the ease of uploading a quick update to InstaStories has definitely appealed more than sitting down and typing up a hearty blog post over the past few months.

Another reason for my disappearance is because I'd kind of fallen out of love with my blog. Whilst I love to write, over the past year or so I'd struggled to find the motivation to write my thoughts down in this space and my main reason was because I fell out of love with being 'Away with the Fairies'. Whilst I will always love fairytales, unicorns and all things magical, I felt like I'd outgrown the name and after much debating I decided a re-brand was in order. It's something I've been thinking about for years if I'm honest, so I finally bit the bullet and here we are... welcome to HannahVickers.co.uk!

Whilst the name and layout has changed, the content will still remain the same - a mix of beauty, lifestyle and fashion posts, with travel thrown in when I can. I felt like my blog was long overdue a layout overhaul (I think this is possibly my fourth layout in seven years - eep!) and I love how it's turned out. I still kept the 'traditional' blog layout with a few little tweaks, and I wanted to inject my signature pink on here as it's my favourite colour and kind of epitomises what I'm all about. I've also added some categories on here so that if you're all about beauty, you can head over and look at my beauty posts, and it's the same for fashion, lifestyle etc. Hopefully this means it'll be easier for you guys to find what you want around here!

So, here's to a new beginning for my blog - I'm so excited for what's to come!
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Monday, 31 July 2017

Put an (ear)ring on it!


I've been obsessed with jewellery for as long as I can remember. In particular, I've always had a penchant for earrings. I think I first got my ears pierced back when I was six or seven, and since then I've very rarely been seen without something sparkly, hooped or golden adorning my ears. Over the past two or three years, however, I've kind of just forgotten about earrings and my ears have been without anything remotely pretty hanging off them. This being the case, I decided recently that I needed to fall back in love with wearing earrings and so this little selection from JewelleryBox.co.uk has helped me do just that.

Whilst I do love a statement earring, as I explained in my last jewellery-related post, I am all about delicate jewellery at the moment. That being said, delicate doesn't mean no personality - you can still get some super cute and quirky delicate earrings, as you can see from my selection above. I picked up the cutest rose gold honeycomb earrings* which are honestly so stunning in real life and look amazing on - they're probably my favourite of the bunch. Next, I picked up these cactus earrings* because, like everyone else in the blogosphere, I am obsessed with all things cacti right now and I've never come across any cactus-inspired jewellery before so thought these were perfect. Finally, I couldn't resist these cat-shaped earrings* - I mean seriously, HOW cute are they?! Perfect if you're an animal lover like me!

Since I've reignited my love for earrings I can't stop thinking about getting some other areas on my ears pierced. I'm a little bit obsessed with looking at all the cute pictures on Pinterest of people with multiple ear piercings - it's all very boho chic and cool and I love it. I'm thinking a trip to Claire's might be in order!

Are you a fan of earrings too? Let me know what you think to my picks!

*This post is in collaboration with JewelleryBox.co.uk*
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Getting Your Glow On: Putting Shimmering Body Oils to the Test



As we're now mid-July (how did that even happen?!) I think it's safe to say summer is well and truly here. One of my favourite things about this time of year is going on nights out and getting glammed up - as fun as it is during the cooler months, there's just something about summer evenings sitting in beer gardens wearing pretty floral dresses - or, even better, getting dolled up every night on holiday - that makes me oh so happy.

My favourite way to finish off a summer 'going out' outfit has got to be adding a touch of bronzing, shimmering body oil to my skin. There's nothing better than complementing your incredible tan (whether fake or real) with a touch of sparkle. It makes your skin look healthier, and ultimately just ups the glam level x1000. So, I thought I'd run through the three shimmering bronzing oils, from varying price-points, that I've been putting to the test lately and let you know my thoughts on these glow-getters...

TempleSpa Goldentini Bronzing Body Treatment Oil* - £25
The most expensive of the three I tried was TempleSpa's offering, described as 'a cocktail party for the skin'. It comes in a sleek plastic tube with a pump for easy application, and has 'photo-reflecting' agents that it claims help bring 'life-giving radiance' to your skin. The first thing that hit me about this one is just how incredible it smells. I wasn't expecting much in the scent department for any of these oils as I see them as more of a cosmetic product than anything else, but I was totally blown away by this. An aromatic mix of mimosa, honey, bitter orange, green florals, sandalwood, oakmoss and sweet musks, it's such a treat to apply and could honestly be used in place of a perfume. The negatives? Well, this one is seriously lacking in the shimmer department. It's definitely more of a gel-oil than the other products, and whilst it does give a hint of glow it is just that - a very, very subtle hint. You really have to look to find the shimmer, which for me is really disappointing as I want ALL the shimmer when it comes to a product like this. Such a shame, as it definitely wins in terms of nourishment and scent!

NUXE Huile Prodigeuse Multi-Use Dry Oil* - £17
A slightly lower price-point than the TempleSpa product, NUXE's Huile Prodigeuse is great because it's not just for your skin. You can use this on your face, body and even your hair, something which I definitely think I would like to try of an evening on holiday! This one comes in a square glass bottle, which makes it slightly impractical for travelling, and you have to pour out the product onto your skin. Thankfully it comes out slowly otherwise it would definitely make for a very messy application! This oil contains six previous plant oils, claims to nourish, soften and illuminate and definitely ups the shimmer factor - making it much more what I was expecting from this kind of product. The shimmer is a really nice warm copper-gold which looks great on the skin without being too much - it's subtle yet shimmery enough to notice. Scent-wise it smells good, but nowhere near as beautiful as the TempleSpa product.

Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil* - £9.99
Finally, Cocoa Brown's Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil is the cheapest of the bunch and by far the one with the most shimmer pay-off. Like the NUXE oil, it comes in a glass bottle but thankfully has a pump for easy application. Its shimmer is very golden (hence the name) and looks so beautiful on tanned skin. It has a pleasant scent (again, nowhere near as nice as the TempleSpa oil) and contains coconut oil, but other than that I don't think it really has many nourishing skin benefits. This is definitely the best one aesthetically - if you want to go all-out on a night out with the shimmer, this one would be your best choice. Plus, it's a great price!

Overall I think all of these oils are great in their own way - the TempleSpa product would have been incredible if it weren't for the fact it contains little-to-no shimmer, and the Cocoa Brown oil would tick all the boxes if it had some more nourishing benefits. I think the NUXE offering is probably the one that ticks every box to an extent, as it smells good, has good nourishing qualities and a good amount of shimmer. That being said, I think the one I'm most likely to reach for would be the Cocoa Brown product - for me it's really about how the product looks on the skin and whilst I probably preferred the more copper tones of the NUXE oil, the pay-off of Cocoa Brown's product edged it for me. I think my perfect combo is going to be mixing a bit of Cocoa Brown in with the TempleSpa product so I get the scent, the nourishing benefits AND the shimmer pay-off. Phew!

Have you tried any shimmering body oils? Let me know!
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Friday, 30 June 2017

Little Things #16

Unicorn Powerbank*
Okay, so first up on the little things I've been loving lately has got to be my Unicorn Portable Charger from Prezzybox. Whilst I do have a few portable chargers already, none of them are anywhere near as gorgeous as this one. I mean, it looks like the unicorn emoji - it doesn't get much better than that, right?! It's really compact and in a rubberised material so it's really easy to just throw in your bag and go. Such a steal at £13.99 too - although it looks like it's sold out at the minute. Usually Prezzybox re-stock pretty regularly though, so keep an eye out for that one!

Peonies
Oh my gosh, I think 2017 was the year I well and truly fell in love with peonies. The ultimate blogger flower, peonies are in season right now and I just haven't been able to resist getting my hands on some. I'd been waiting for some to come into Aldi for weeks this week my prayers were answered - hooray! They're an incredible £3 a bunch from Aldi (two bunches are pictured) and they last so well. These babies have been in my possession for almost a week and they are still looking as beautiful as ever. I can't recommend enough getting some before they inevitably disappear! 

Mermaid Fruit Infuser*
So, we've all heard about how fantastic drinking water is - it makes your skin clearer, gives you more energy, helps you lose weight, blahblablah. But the thing is, it's so blimmin' boring! Whilst I'm more than happy to guzzle away on a bottle at the gym, day-to-day I find it really hard to reach for. So, this Mermaid Fruit Infuser (again, from my beloved Prezzybox) seemed like a really good way of making water a little more exciting, so I'm more likely to drink it. It has super cute shells all over the front and is emblazoned with the phrase 'I'm secretly a mermaid' (I wish) so it looks super pretty on my desk, but also it's obviously a fruit infuser so you can pop whatever fruit you want in the little infuser bit and it just gives your water a really nice, subtle flavour. I've been putting some frozen summer fruits in mine to keep it cool whilst making it a touch more exciting. 

Silver Tiara Ring*
Okay, so I know I go on about JewelleryBox.co.uk a lot, but it's honestly my favourite place right now to find jewellery. I recently picked up this Silver Tiara Ring (or princess ring, as I like to call it) and I am completely obsessed. It was a total steal at just £13 - I've seen a really similar one in Pandora for five(!!) times the price so it really is a total bargain. I've been wearing it constantly since I got it! 

'Caraval' by Stephanie Garber
Last but not least, a book I absolutely loved recently was 'Caraval' by Stephanie Garber. I must admit, what drew me to it at first was the pretty cover (I'd spied it on Sophie Makeup's Instagram - if you're not following her - go do it now!) but after reading up about it and seeing it being compared to 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern which I absolutely LOVED, I had to have it. It's a mix of fantasy and romance, and is all about the illusive Caraval - an interactive, once-a-year week-long performance that will make you wonder what is real and what is fantasy. I absolutely loved it and totally recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of magic and fantasy in their lives.

What little things have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments!

*This post is in collaboration with JewelleryBox.co.uk*
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