A Very Potter Primark & Book Haul!

Hello!

Today I went shopping with my wonderful family as my brother is going to college, and what are two things I cannot resist? Ah, yes. Harry Potter, and books. And what am I confronted with? Results in a big oops I did it again… kind of situation.

I actually had a fantastic day, and I am so happy with the clothes, home-ware, and the books that I got! Here’s the books quickly below ;P

  1. Editing Emma by Chloe Seager
  2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  3. Autumn by Ali Smith

Just watch this YouTube video to see what I got from Primark!

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I’m so excited to read Editing Emma because I’ve seen it around on Twitter so much, and I just had to join the hype! And I haven’t actually even read Lady Midnight, and I still have to read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and The Bane Chronicles before I can do that anyway! However, I wanted the special edition of Lord of Shadows, and it was £2 off, so y’know, why not. Also it has blue sprayed edges. Yaas. And finally I picked up Autumn because it was recommended to me, and it’s the Waterstone’s Book of the Month!

I’m going to be starting Editing Emma and Autumn in the next week, and hopefully I’ll get to Lord of Shadows by the end of the year! (Here’s hoping, anyway…)

Until the next time,

Hannah x

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YALC 2017!

Hello dear readers. So for the past weekend (from July 28th – July 30th 2017) I have been in good old London, at the Kensington Olympia show grounds, to be exact, for the Young Adult Literature Convention, or YALC for short. (And if you were wondering, YALC is not pronounced Y-A-L-C but YAL-C, with a hard-C sound.)

What an incredible weekend it was! I went with my wonderful friend Natalie, and we had a weekend full of books and other nerdiness.

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YALC is such an exceptional event. Disappearing into LFCC, which was downstairs, simply showed how special YALC was. LFCC was overwhelming, busy and pushy, and although when the Tweets came out about ARC releases, this was definitely the case, YALC was so much quieter and more relaxed, and definitely friendlier. I really felt like I’d found a place I want to keep returning to, year after year!

Natalie and I were at YALC for all three days of the event. For the first night, we stayed in a tiny little AirBNB, which was actually super well-stocked and really great. And for the second night, we stayed in the swanky K West Hotel and Spa, courtesy of MyKindaBook and Macmillan!

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MyKindaBook had run a Heartless cosplay competition, for the character of Catherine, the future Queen of Hearts. The above picture is what Natalie and I sent in, and it’s what was on the MyKindaBook stand! It was awesome. Thank you so so much to MyKindaBook and Macmillan! Sunday I attended an awesome baking class too, and the brownies that came out of it were delicious.

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L-R: Me, Ellie and Alia, the overall winner!

I met so many great authors, like Non Pratt, Laure Eve, Moira Fowley-Doyle and Patrick Ness, many of whom I became tongue-tied and talked far too much to (sorry about that). I also saw Benedict Cumberbatch!! (Seriously, if you’re in the UK bookish world and haven’t heard about that yet, get onto Twitter! It was epic. Poor Benedict.) AND I saw James and Oliver Phelps which has just made my year.

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We also saw Sanne @ booksandquills, who is one of our favourite booktubers!

Overall, YALC was SUCH an incredible event, and I really, really would love to go back next year. If you can, I really urge you to attend, because it’s an experience quite like no other!

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(I really like this selfie, okay?)

And thank you so much to Natalie for making my weekend a wonderful one! ❤

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I’m not going to post my haul because it’s a biggun’, but if you skip to 5:20 in the YouTube video below, I show them all pretty quickly!

Thank you guys so much for reading my blog post! Let me know if you went to YALC in the comments below, and if you didn’t, if it’s something you would like to attend! ❤ Until the next time,

Hannah x

Summer Biannual Bibliothon and Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR! 

Two Readathons are soon upon us – the Biannual Bibliothon and the Booktube-A-Thon! Here’s my TBR.

Challenges in bold are for the Biannual Bibliothon, and challenges in italics are for the Booktube-A-Thon. 

  1. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (host’s favourite genre, Caz’s, historical fiction; read a book completely outside)
  2. Charlotte’s Web by EB White (banned book; a book about a character who is very different from you!)
  3. Front Lines by Michael Grant (throwback – a book set in a foreign country; a book you bought bc of the cover)
  4. The Vegetarian by Han Kang (a book you saw somewhere other than booktube; finish a book in one day)
  5. Solitaire by Alice Oseman (LGBTQIA+; read 7 books)
  6. Flame in the Mist by Reneé -Ahdieh (read the group book)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (book-movie adaptation)
  8. The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass (a book with a face on the cover)
  9. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (a hyped book)

I’ll be participating in the blogging challenges. Some will go up on here, and some will go up on Sprinkled With Words. 

Are you participating? What’s your TBR?

Make sure to follow my YouTube to watch the upcoming videos! ❤️

Current TBR & Chat

Hiya all. I’ve been in a massive reading slump lately & I’m super sorry that I haven’t been posting. I posted a YouTube video today, so I’m just going to cross-share it here and also list the books I talked about! ❤

TBR:

  1. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
  2. First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan
  3. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. Animal Farm by George Orwell

And here is a link to my Wattpad if you want to check it out!

I really am hoping to do more blog posts in the future so this blog won’t be quiet forever, don’t worry. Have a lovely week! x

 

Experimenting in New Makeup and Hair Styles

I am an experimenter. I would imagine (okay, perhaps if pressed for every adjective) that people might describe me with that, basically because it’s true. This time around: an experiment in makeup and hair styles! Why? Because I have a lot of capability with what I can do with my hair, and I have makeup that I’ve never used! So, basically: why not? 🙂

From Wednesday – Wednesday, I am going to be experimenting in different makeups and hairstyles and blogging (and vlogging!) about them. My video will be posted at the end of the post. There’s a master list of products at the bottom too. Changes of what I did compared to normal are emboldened.

I should probably say that normally, my hair is either loose, or in a half pony tail. My face wears concealer, powder, eyeliner/eye-shadow, and mascara, often with a lip balm. 🙂

The Experiment

Day 1 – Wednesday

Today I wore all my usual makeup – eyeliner, mascara, concealer and powder. However, today I added in a Highlighter and Pink Matte Lipstick!

I’ve worn highlighter (not the florescent ones you use on paper, although I have also had those on my face…) before, but I’ve always rubbed it off because it seemed too glimmery and shiny. Today, though, I took the plunge and wore it all day! The lipstick has similarly been worn before, but never out because the matteness, I won’t lie to you, scares me a little. It kind of stung my lips because my lips are a mess, but it was actually really nice to wear!

I also straightened my hair, which was an adventure! It didn’t actually take as long as I expected, and I really liked the finished product. It really highlighted how much my hair has grown (and how uneven it is…) but I don’t know, I just really liked it!

Overall? Day 1 = success!

Day 2 – Thursday

Today I thought I’d try something very different – I put my hair into a faux ballerina bun! I used the tutorial Dodie Clark put on YouTube. I’ve never (maybe ever?) had my hair in a ballerina bun before, so it was completely new to me! However, I really liked it, and so did other people – I got so many compliments and apparently I look very different with my hair up!

My makeup was also really rather different. I wore a fairly light purple eye shadow, as well as a dark pink lip crayon from No7. I got a lot of compliments on my lipstick as well! The eyeshadow, I thought, came out really well, and because I was wearing a purpley-grey jumper, the whole outfit came together too!

I really enjoyed wearing this. Thursday was actually a really ‘bad day’ mental health wise, but I although I felt like nothing all day, I think that making myself up actually helped to take the edge off. I wasn’t feeling self conscious, but more confident with my hair and kept my head up because I knew I looked good. I’m really happy with Thursday’s look.

Day 3 – Friday

I decided to give my lips a rest today, so I’m not wearing any lipstick. The new thing? Purple eye liner! I feel like this is quite a bold thing to wear, as it’s really not usual, but when I put it on it’s actually quite subtle; you can only really tell it’s purple if you look closely. I really, really like it, and will definitely wear it again!

However, my hair is a ruddy nightmare. I don’t know how to describe today’s style except as an elven half pony tail. I took two strands from the front of my hair, and wound them in curls before pinning them at the back. Whilst the right side of my face looked really good, my hair was so poofy on the left that half way through the day I ended up wrapping another strand up behind. I felt much more confident.

Overall? Hair = not a failure, but not a success. Makeup = love! ❤

Day 4 – Saturday

Today! I curled my hair. 😀 It took a while and didn’t actually come out very curly so I think I need a lot more practice in the whole curling thing but I was really happy with it! For some reason, even though it’s in my face as much as when it’s just down and poofy, when I’ve curled my hair I accept it getting in my eyes a lot more.

Anyway – for make up, I filled in my eyebrows. Ha! What a joke. It didn’t really work at all and I didn’t like the feeling of it anyway. Speaking of, I also wore liquid eyeliner! This actually went on really well and didn’t look half bad (if I say so myself) but it felt horrible and itchy and blagh I didn’t like it. (‘Though, I will probably wear it again.)

Day 5 – Sunday

Today… I was makeup less and I also didn’t do anything to my hair (except for tie it in a half pony tail when it got a little unruly). Not part of the experiment? Yes, perhaps. But the fact is, I know that you are meant to give your face a break and all, but aside from that, I remember telling a friend I was wearing more makeup and she said, “Just remember to still love your face even when it’s makeup less!” In spirit of that – no makeup.

And to be honest, I’m just running out of hairstyle ideas.

Day 6 – Monday

Today I wore my hair in a high ponytail which I haven’t done in ages! I really liked it, especially because it’s so much longer now!

I wore eye shadow again, with eyeliner! I haven’t done this combo before so that was something really new! I also a No7 Lipstick in Cameo which was quite a pink-y colour, but I really liked it. This look was really casual but I felt really pretty in it, so that was a positive.

Day 7 – Tuesday

Okay! Today, I, once again, put my hair up in a ballerina bun because I loved it so much when I did it on Thursday! I really liked this one again. It’s definitely one of my new favourite hairstyles!

And my makeup… I went a bit different and went minimalist. I guess. I just wore my regular makeup, sans eye shadow and/or eyeliner! Just mascara. 🙂 I also wore the No7 Lip Crayon I wore a few days ago.

This look felt really relaxed but I did kind of want an eye shadow, because I think it works really well with the bun. Ah, well.

Day 8 – Wednesday

The last day of my experiment! Today I didn’t wear any unusual makeup; just (a lot more) concealer, powder, and mascara, because I was going climbing and didn’t want anything to run. I also discovered today that I need a new mascara because I’ve had mine for over 3 months now and my eyes are starting to sting… ugh.

I wore my hair in a French plait which actually tied itself up rather nicely!

So there we have it: experiment? Done.

What I Learnt

  • That eyeliner gets better with practice. No, really. So don’t worry if you looked like a panda that one time.
  • That hair is really rather versatile, but if it poofs, it poofs.
  • Also: don’t be afraid to try something new! Something I wanted to try in this experiment but didn’t was purple lipstick, because I had a VERY bad experience with it once and wanted to try again. I didn’t try it… but I will in the future! (Maybe tomorrow??) Anyway. I wore my hair differently, and people loved it!
  • Sometimes putting on your makeup and doing your hair can make the day a lot better. ❤
  • I really want to experiment more in the future!

Video Evidence

So not only have I blogged this experience, but I also vlogged it. Hope you enjoy the video! ❤

Thank you guys for reading my post! Let me know if you want to/have experimented in your own look yourself! (And let me know if you enjoyed this post because I really loved making it!) 


 

Master List of Products Used

Makeup (* = worn every day)

  • *Lasting Perfection Collection Concealer – 1 (Fair)
  • *Collection Pressed Powder
  • *Generic face / powder brush I stole from my mum (seriously it’s the softest ever)
  • *Extra Super Lash Rimmel Mascara
  • Blackest Black Glimmerstick by Avon
  • *Highlighter Stick by Seventeen
  • PS… Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon (Ballerina)
  • Emphasise eye palette by Seventeen
  • No7 Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Wine (?)
  • MK Signature Eyeliner in Violet
  • BYS Eyeshadow
  • No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Eyeliner
  • No7 Lipstick in Cameo

Hair

  • BaByliss Pro NaNo Straighter 200
  • *Remington Power (Hair) Dry[er] 2000
  • BaByliss Curling Wand Pro
  • Silvikrin Classic Hairspray (#2)
  • Hairbands
  • Hair slides

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017!

photoI have had a great week, book-wise at least! (Okay, and life-wise, but this is for book-wise.) This week was the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and took place from the 8th – 14th January.

The Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon which takes place – you get it – biannually, once in the summer and once in the winter. It’s primarily based on YouTube and there’s a week’s worth of video challenges and there’s also 7 book challenges for you to do. Here’s what was on my TBR (and you can watch my TBR video here):

  1. Group book – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – book that’s been on my TBR for over a year – The History Boys by Alan Bennett
  3. 2016 release – Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  4. Booktuber recommends – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  5. A book I was excited for but never picked up – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  6. A retelling – Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  7. A diverse book – The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

I read 5 and a half books over this week, which is great as I’d been in a reading slump for the first week of 2017! I didn’t read Nutshell by Ian McEwan – okay, so I started it but didn’t finish it. It’s going to be a read I think I’ll need to concentrate on a lot so I don’t think a week of frantic reading, videoing and living was a good idea. However, because Heartless was published in 2016 I still covered the challenge! I also got just about half way through Stalking Jack the Ripper, which I’ll be able to finish soon and then watch the live show. 🙂

The video challenges were great fun! I managed to do all of them, so the hyperlinks below go straight to the video (although here’s the playlist if you want to see all of them and the last BIBIB I did, Summer 2016).

  1. Sh*t Angry Book Lovers Say – I really loved this challenge! The recording wasn’t exactly what I wanted but it was still so much fun.
  2. Throwback challenge – bookish makeup challenge. I’m not a makeup guru, so this makeup wasn’t the best thing in the world, but I really enjoyed doing it, and making the runes too!
  3. In the Life Of… – I chose to do ‘a day in the life of modern day Elizabeth Bennett’, but to be honest I didn’t do much. I wanted to go out but it was chucking it down with rain so that idea was written off! I enjoyed doing the video anyway.
  4. DIY as a fictional character – again, this wasn’t what I had hoped for, but I had a laugh making it anyway. Hermione Granger shows you how to make Gryffindor themed popcorn (thanks, Pinterest) and Butterbeer flavoured hot chocolate (which was actually really great).
  5. Character Lookbook – I think I misunderstood the purpose of this video after seeing the hosts’, but I had so much fun making it. I chose to do three characters – Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin, and Cecelia Bowen.
  6. Poem in book titles – I called this one The Secret and had great fun making it, and overlaying it afterwards! Unfortunately, my mic on my laptop isn’t the best in the world, though.
  7. New Year, New Me – NYRs as a fictional character. Again, this didn’t go how I want to, but again I had fun making it! I chose to do Eleanor, from Eleanor & Park.

Overall, I’ve had a really great week. My week was actually surprisingly busy, so I am super happy with the amount of reading I got done!

Oh – and you can watch my YouTube wrap up by clicking here.

So yes the Winter Biannual Bibliothon was a great, and fun, experience. I definitely recommend it if you want to go and join in for yourself! Roll on summer, and for the next BIBIB.

Biannual Bibliothon Summer 2016!

Okay so technically the Biannual Bibliothon started on the 3rd July but I’m posting now because I was tired that day (yes, really).

The Biannual Bibliothon is a read-a-thon and booktube-a-thon hosted by seven gorgeous ladies over on their YouTube channel and Twitter. There are booktube challenges every day (booktube, if you’re curious, is the YouTube community… for BOOKS. So it’s obviously epic) as well as 7 reading challenges.  Continue reading “Biannual Bibliothon Summer 2016!”

#TBRTakedown 2.0

Earlier today I read on Instagram about the #TBRTakedown 2.0 and thought I’d get in on the action!

The readathon takes place from July 25th – July 31st, and the aim is to read 5 books which fit into the following categories:

  1. The first in a series
  2. A sequel
  3. A book outside of your comfort zone
  4. A book that’s been on your shelf for more than a year (unread)
  5. Most recently acquired
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#TBRReadthon books + TY cat who’s my new book buddy (aside from the real thing currently sat on my lap, of course)

Respectively, I am reading: The One Dollar Horse and Race the Wind, both by Lauren St John; Room by Emma Donoghue; Tempest by Julie Cross; and The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle.

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Currently Reading: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (170 pages to go)

I’m really looking forward to participating (and I even made a video for the YouTube! I put my face in video on the interweb, people!!) even if I still have 170 pages of my other book to read…

Are you guys going to participate?

I’ll try to blog as much as possible, but forgive me if I lax for a couple of days!

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My kitty cat, Hunny, decided to join me for the vlog