Hayley's Blog

Friday, 5 February 2021

Celebrating My Birthday In Lockdown

February 05, 2021 0
Celebrating My Birthday In Lockdown
Hi everyone.
I recently celebrated turning 33.
We are all in the same boat with having a lockdown birthday and it sucks. I miss physically seeing people and having the freedom and options to do things if I want too.
It’s funny how much things can change within a year. This time last year I was getting all dressed up, celebrating with friends, drinking in a pub and hitting the dance floor. A time when we were all blissfully unaware about what was to happen in the world and I made so many plans in my mind of things I wanted to do which have now all been put on pause. But the pandemic has made me embrace the little things in life more such as filling my body with good food, taking daily walks and learning new crafts.
Watch my birthday vlog below:-
I hope everyone is staying safe.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xx

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Hello 2021

February 04, 2021 0
Hello 2021
Hi everyone
I'm back on my blog!
How is my little corner of the internet doing?
We've got some catching up to do from last year.
2020 well, what can I say?
No one expected a worldwide pandemic that's for sure.
Life has been turned upside down and there has been so much struggle and difficulty. Being in a national lockdown and not being able to see loved ones, hug each other or go out. It really makes you appreciate the little things in life and face to face communication.
On a personal level I've found it so overwhelming and draining at times. I've barely posted anything on here due to focusing on my well being. My creative projects and ideas started out well at the beginning of the year but have now completely faded. I hope to get some inspiration back because I'm not ready to quit just yet. I've made a start with returning to YouTube.
Check out my video below.
Losing Magic back in October was hard as she has been there for me over the past 7 years especially this year when I've found being in lockdown tough. Having animals has always been apart of my identity so it's been interesting to see who I am now and now my focus has been on my health. The mantra "health is wealth" comes to mind during the pandemic.
But amongst the darkness there has been moments of light. My favourite highlights of this year have been celebrating my 32nd birthday pre-covid times. I'm extremely lucky to of celebrated my birthday as I did because everyone from March onwards didn't get that. It must be difficult celebrating the milestone birthdays such as 16,18,21 or 30 because when I look back at my life so far I realise how lucky I am to of shared those birthdays with the people that I love and doing what I want.
In 2020 I also joined Tik Tok and found joy in learning dances and playing different characters (I felt like I'm back in drama class when I was at school and I love it)
Another favourite moment is when Tiger King came out on Netflix when we all got put into national lockdown number 1 and all the memes that came along with it were hilarious (I'll never financially recover from this😂)
Zoom and Netflix parties have been a blessing. I don't know how I would cope without the internet.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xx

Saturday, 19 September 2020

A Trip To East Bridgford Garden Centre

September 19, 2020 0
A Trip To East Bridgford Garden Centre

Hi everyone!
I think it's fair to say that 2020 has been a strange year and because of UK lockdown I won't be going on holiday. I've struggled with being stuck at home and limiting my journeys to the outside world. I feel as though recently I've been climbing the walls so it's time to get out.
Me and my boyfriend decided to wear our face coverings and take a trip to Blue Diamond East Bridgford Garden Centre in Bingham, Nottingham. It's a beautiful Garden Centre and it's one of the best ones I've visited. Have you visited? Let me know in the comments below.
We both had a nice browse around and looked at fancy 3 wicker candles, cruelty free beauty products, garden supplies and a sickening supply of plants and vegetables. We stopped for lunch in the cafe and it was bliss to have a change of scenery.
Watch my video blog below of when I visited the Garden Centre.
Here are a few extra snaps that I took. 
I hope that you're keeping well safe during lockdown. I can't believe we are already in September. Who is excited for Autumn?
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Monday, 17 August 2020

Life In A Day 2020

August 17, 2020 0
Life In A Day 2020

 

Hi everyone
On 25th July 2020 I took part in Life In A Day. Legendary producer Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald invited all YouTube creators to participate in filming their daily life for a chance to it to be picked out and put into a documentary style film to then be uploaded to YouTube for all the world to see. The last documentary they created was filmed 10 years ago on the 25th July 2010. It's amazing how time has flown by and how much has changed since then.
Living through a global pandemic and in lock down has been such a difficult experience for everyone. I hope that we can come out of this  soon and learn from this time. I think life will never be the same again.
Below is my daily vlog which I submitted. Wearing a face mask whilst shopping, hand sanitising, scrolling through social media and looking my rabbit. I hope you enjoy it.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Aldi Lacura Too Legit Waterproof Mascara

July 19, 2020 2
Aldi Lacura Too Legit Waterproof Mascara
Hi everyone
During my weekly essential food supplies shop I picked up a Lacura Cheeky Cheeks Palette. But also I brought with my own money a Lacura Too Legit Water Proof Mascara to test and review.
This cruelty free mascara is a bargain at £5.99. The packaging looks modern and rather a similar dupe to Benefit's "they're real" mascara which unfortunately tests on animals. Primark also do a cruelty free version which is called P.S Wonderlash.
I'm really enjoying trying Aldi's make up products so far on my blog and YouTube channel. 
So first of all let's talk about the packaging. I love how it has customers feedback about how it lengths, volumizes and lifts lashes It doesn't look like it's a supermarket beauty product and it looks professional. Also the mascara itself is a gorgeous metallic blue. It's a great size to pop in your make up bag or on the go.
But how does the formula feel like and what does it look like applied onto your lashes? 
Well the formula feels very light weight on my lashes, it lifts, darkens and volumises. What the packaging says is what it does. I really like the mascara wand and how small bristles come out of the end of the wand so that when you apply your mascara holding the wand vertically then you can capture every single bottom lash.

I think that it makes my lashes look pretty. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
But the main feature of this mascara is that it's waterproof. Does it really work? Can a £5.99 with stand the water splash test?
Watch my video below to find out below.
Bunny Hugs
Hayley
xxx

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Aldi's Lacura Cheeky Cheeks Palette Review

July 15, 2020 0
Aldi's Lacura Cheeky Cheeks Palette Review
Hi everyone.
During UK lock down I haven't ventured out into the city centre to do any shopping despite the restrictions lifting. It makes me feel anxious being surrounded by so many people even socially distanced. What do you think? let me know in the comments below.
At the moment I feel much more comfortable sticking to local supermarkets and shops.
A couple of my make up supplies such as blusher, highlighter and mascara have unfortunately expired over the past few months. I think it's important to check your make up expiry dates as out of date make up can harbour bacteria causing irritation and acne. Also the older a product gets then the less they can work.
On my YouTube channel I mentioned awhile back that I wanted to test and review more Aldi Lacura make up as it's affordable and cruelty free. I noticed whilst I was shopping at Aldi for my weekly essential food supplies the Lacura Cheeky Cheeks Palette. This is a bronzer, highlighter and blush trio palette which is £4.99. I brought this with my own money to test out and review.
In the image below here is a swatch on the back of my hand so you can see the shades and pigment. (from left to right bronzer, high lighter and blush)
This is palette has subtle pigmentation which I like as you can build up the colour to your desired effect. I also liked the patterns of the pressed pigments in the palette. The palette doesn't look like it is sold at a supermarket. I like the pastel packaging. It reminds me of the Barry M Hide and Chic palette which contains 5 shades of bronzer, highlighter and blusher
It's very natural looking and pretty. I'd recommend it. If you've tried this palette before then why not let me know in the comments below.
If you would like to watch my review video then you can watch it below.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Monday, 6 July 2020

5 Inexpensive Ways To Look After Your Teeth

July 06, 2020 0
5 Inexpensive Ways To Look After Your Teeth
Hi everyone! 
During the corona virus pandemic the UK lock down has meant unfortunately that dentists have been closed for the past couple of months and now they are easing restrictions will be opening up for emergency treatments only (click here to be directed to the NHS website for information). On my YouTube channel I've shared my favourite beauty bits which I've brought during lock down that are easy to buy and affordable. One of the items included is a pack of 3 bamboo toothbrushes and it got me thinking that I should share inexpensive ways of looking after your teeth. So here are my top 5 inexpensive ways to look after your teeth. 
1. Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste 
*This product was gifted by Colgate, but all views are my own* If you have sensitive teeth like I do then I would recommend trying Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste. 
In the Summer time I can't resist a delicious fruity mock tail or sugary fizzy drink but too many can cause my teeth to ache. I struggle to drink anything. The dentist recommended that I should limit my acidic drink intake as they can dissolve minerals in tooth enamel causing cavities and enamel erosion. They recommended that I should use Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief which has provided me with instant pain relief.
 You can either brush your teeth normally twice a day or you can apply the paste directly onto the sensitive area and massage gently for 1 minute. The Pro-Relief works by plugging the channels that lead to the sensitive tooth nerve. The toothpaste builds up a protective barrier on your teeth which acts like a seal so it doesn't cause you any discomfort. I have been using this toothpaste twice a day for 2 weeks and I have noticed a huge difference in how my teeth look and feel. My teeth feel stronger, less sensitive and my gums look more healthy too. Sensitive teeth may be caused by an under lying problem so please go and see your dentist if the pain is persistent. I find that with sensitive teeth there isn't a alternative toothpaste that has worked as well as Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief. I like the holographic box that it comes in. It's clear, modern and bold. The toothpaste contains 75ml which is a great size to pop into your hand bag if you struggle with sensitive teeth and need relief during the day. 
2. Brush and Floss 
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing can keep your mouth clean and sparkling. 
3. Cut Down On Sugar 
We all love a sugary treat but sugar unfortunately causes tooth decay and cavities. Cutting down on sugar can decrease your risk of gum disease. 
4. Hydrate
Drinking plenty of water helps your teeth as it washes away cavity causing bacteria from left over food. Water also helps to prevent a dry mouth. 
5. Coconut Oil Mouth Wash
You can use it as a hair mask, conditioner, make up remover, moisturiser, highlighter and also as a mouth wash. Coconut oil can reduce plaque, tooth decay and fight gum disease. Take a table spoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around your teeth for 10 minutes, then brush and floss as normal.
Bunny Hugs, 
Hayley xxx

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

My Cervical Screening Story: High Abnormalities, LLETZ Treatment And Recovery

May 12, 2020 0
My Cervical Screening Story: High Abnormalities, LLETZ Treatment And Recovery

Why am I smearing my lipstick? It's because I want raise awareness for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and getting your smear test done.
I know that we are smack bang in the middle of a corona virus pandemic. But if and when it's safe to do so, I encourage you to get tested. Smear tests take less than 5 minutes and it could potentially save your life.
I've decided to share my cervical screening story and what has happened to me recently because it might help someone and if makes one person go for their smear test because of my story then that will make me feel so fulfilled. I don't believe that their should be any taboo with talking about smear tests seeing as though half of the population has a cervix.
I mentioned on my Instagram story a few weeks ago that I had to go into hospital for treatment and this is the reason why.
I went for my routine smear test early in March. My result arrived in the post few weeks later and it showed that I had high to severe abnormalities cells on my cervix. After my result arrived in the post the hospital saw me 3 days later for Colposcopy (click here for more information about the procedure and what happens)
I'm glad that they saw me quickly because my anxiety was through the roof when I received my results. I had no idea what it all meant. But when I went into hospital for my appointment the doctor answered all my questions and reassured me. The doctor took a closer look at my cervix under the colposcopy and decided that I needelarge loop excision of the transformation zone treatment (otherwise known as LLETZ). It's a surgical procedure which is done under local anaesthetic to remove to all of the abnormal cells before they could turn into something potentially dangerous in the future. The procedure was straight forward and with no complications. I didn't feel anything during treatment but when the local anaesthetic wore off it felt like a bad period cramp for about a week or 2. I'm now in week 4 of recovery and i'm doing really well. I'm looking forward to having a bath as I haven't been allowed to have one while I heal from the treatment. I'm a huge water baby and I love baths.

I have to return for another smear test in 6 months to see if the treatment has been successful. But I feel glad that I was able to take control of the situation and do something about it now.

The NHS and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust were amazing and looked after me. Since my treatment I've joined a wonderful forum on Facebook and chatted to some amazing people who have all been through the same procedure as me. It's quite surprising with how many people go through this and how common it is. It's important to know that when you are going through something like this that you are not alone. 
♥ Don't fear the smear  
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

My Crystal Collection

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My Crystal Collection
Crystals are thought to improve the flow of positive energy and to help you get rid of any negative energy which builds up in the body and mind. I personally use them for emotional benefit and interior decoration. What I love about crystals is that they are rather similar to human beings because each piece is unique and beautiful in their own way. Nobody and no crystal is exactly same.
Ever since I was a teenager I've always had a keen interest in the spiritual and metaphysical side of life. I believe that everyone has a life purpose to achieve while they are here in their lifetime. I think the planet earth is rather similar to a school. We are here to learn life lessons for our soul to grow. 
I started collecting crystals back in 2005 when I was the age of 17.  I remember my first visit to a alternative shop in Nottingham called Ice Nine. I instantly fell in love with the smell of incense upon entering the store and I purchased my very first crystal which was a purple amethyst. 
After years of soul searching in my early to mid 20's I knew that I was an empath and that I needed some help with balancing my energy levels. I get drained quite quickly depending on the places I go and the people that I surround myself with. The solution that I found is to hold crystals or place them on your body during meditation. I think that gives you a tremendous amount of healing and positive interaction with the body. I believe that crystals help to cleanse away any negative energy cleansing my aura which alleviates stress.
One of my favourite hobbies is to go into a crystal shops or visit mind, body and spirit events and see what crystal I am drawn too. Each of my crystals has been a certain energy which I have needed at the time to help me with certain situations.
I look after my crystals by keeping them in a angel wing bowl and I charge them with positive energy by either placing them in direct sunlight or moonlight for 12 hours.
My collection includes purple agate, red jasper, yellow aventurine, green aventurine, amethyst, moonstone, rose quartz and many more.

To watch my full collection then watch my video below.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xx

Thursday, 26 March 2020

5 Ways To Uplift Your Mood

March 26, 2020 0
5 Ways To Uplift Your Mood
Hi Everyone,

The UK is currently on lock down due to the corona virus pandemic.. The entire situation feels surreal, to me, but i'm glad that people are staying home and safe. I wanted to write a blog post to give you some ideas of what you can do if you are stuck at home and feeling sad. I struggle with anxiety so focusing on the things that I can do rather than on what I can't do helps me to cope.

1.Watch Videos
Why not watch your favourite films or videos and find out some new recommendations from friends, family or social media. I'm currently loving the release of Disney plus, I have added so many films to my watch list which will keep me entertained for many months. This is also a good time to catch up with my favourite influencers or discover new ones. I've made over 140 free videos to watch on my YouTube channel (click here to be redirected)
2.Meditation
Meditation is excellent for calming the body and mind. Meditation is an excellent way of de-stressing, promotes emotional well being and improves concentration. I enjoy listening to guided meditations on YouTube by The Honest Guys and Lisa Beachy. I especially like the chakra balancing ones as they help me to ground my mind and body.
3.Music
I love listening variety of music and finding new artists to listen to. If you download Spotify and go to the browse section they have every genre and mood playlist available for free. I've discovered some of my favourite bands from doing this. My personal current favourite playlist is #ThrowbackThursday. There are new themes every week. The theme today is ladies of the 2000's. if you are working from home or sat outside in the sunshine it's a excellent playlist to listen to. Click here to tune in.

4.Get in touch with your inner child
What did you used to do for fun as a kid? Why not get in touch with your inner child and do some fun activities. I used to spend hours creating chalk drawing masterpieces on the concrete patio in the garden, so I decided to give it ago again. I love playing around with colours and it makes the garden
so much more interesting. You could play hopscotch with the family.
5. Download Apps
Since my time in isolation I am discovering so many brilliant apps to use on your own and to connect with others. Next Neighbour allows you to create a private network for your neighbourhood and find out  the latest news and updates. HouseParty is a video chat app where you can have up to 8 people in a conversation call. Skype can have up to 50 people in a video call although it can be overwhelming when people are trying to talk all at once.

Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xx

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Collection Eyes Uncovered Eyeshadow Palette Bare Rose Review

February 06, 2020 0
Collection Eyes Uncovered Eyeshadow Palette Bare Rose Review
Hi everyone!
I recently brought the Collection Eyes Uncovered "Bare Rose" eye shadow palette. It's cruelty free, retailed at £4.99 and contains 8 shimmering shades inspired by love. It's perfect for Valentines day (which is around the corner) if you want to wear it on a date with your partner or just to treat yourself.
I think you could create some stunning looks with this palette. On my YouTube channel I gave a 100% honest review and also created 3 looks if you are looking for some eye shadow inspiration.
Watch below :)
Enjoy!
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Friday, 17 January 2020

NYX Cosmetics Vegan Make Up Master Class

January 17, 2020 0
NYX Cosmetics Vegan Make Up Master Class
On the evening of 16th January I was invited by Sarah from the NYX team at Boots in Intu Derby to a NYX Cosmetics vegan make up master class. This is not a sponsored post, I went for fun. Sarah created one look on each eye. The left eye was a natural smokey look and the right was glittery. I learnt some handy make up tips and learning about vegan beauty. I'm looking forward to adding some vegan make up to my collection. 
 Click on the video to watch the footage I filmefor my Instagram page.
Here is a list of all the products used in the make up looks and services available.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx 

Spectrum Zodiac 6 Piece Set Review

January 17, 2020 0
Spectrum Zodiac 6 Piece Set Review
Hi everyone!
During Christmas and New Years I decided to hibernate for the entire duration of the holiday period. It was great to be in my own little cocoon at home in the warmth with Netflix on, drinking endless amounts of cups of tea. I was enjoying myself too much to go out sale shopping so I decided to do it online instead. I'm not a fan of large crowds and busy buses as it triggers my anxiety so internet shopping is the way to go.
I've decided this year that I am watching my spending habits and only purchasing items that I really need. I've been needing a new cruelty free make up brush set for along time and I didn't find the right set until now. 
In the Superdrug sale I brought Spectrum Zodiac 6 piece set for only £4.99 and it's worth £40. What a bargain. In the set it contains a powder brush, precision brush, eyeshadow brush, blush brush, angled brush and a cute iridescent bag to keep them in. 
The brush design is purple with iridescent stars. Purple is my favourite colour. I love how the brush bristles go from light to dark. I'm obsessed!
The brushes work very well and I'm impressed with the results. To watch a unboxing and my first impressions of the brushes applying a full face of make up then why not watch my video below :)
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx