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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

My Top 5 Fun Days Out In Nottingham

September 11, 2018 0
My Top 5 Fun Days Out In Nottingham
Are you looking for some fun activities to do in Nottingham? Well here are my personal top 5 fun days out along with a video for each one so you can get a sample of what each experience is like.
5.Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Just past the QMC about 4 miles out of Nottingham you can explore Wollaton Park and it's grounds.This beautiful building has stunning grounds and wildlife. There are cafe and toilet facilities which are on site near the hall. It is great for walks or picnics. Also, when it snows it's a fun place to go sledging.
4.Arboretum Park 
The Arboretum Park is an exquisite park full of wonderful trees, plants and water features. It's got a nice little friendly cafe with outdoor seating. The Arboretum holds events such as the Green Festival. Which I'd like to attend again this year. It's handy to get to because it's in central Nottingham on the tram route.
3.University Of Nottingham - Highfield's Park
This has a boating lake, crazy golf area and children's play park. The lake is calming and relaxing to walk around. There is limited free parking and also it is on the tram route. If it's raining then check out the gallery and exhibitions.
2.Lanes Garden Centre & Open Farm
On the outskirts of Nottingham in Breaston. Lanes Garden Centre & Open Farm is a lovely little farm with animals to visit and a shop to buy local produce.
1.White Post Farm
I liked feeding the animals and had fun on the pedal go karts. There are plenty of activities to do such as feeding the baby lambs, watching chicks being born, animal handling and more.
If you decide to visit any of these places then why not leave a comment or tweet at me @Bunnymoonstone on Twitter.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Trying On Autumn Clothes

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Trying On Autumn Clothes
Are you looking for some autumn style inspiration? Well, you've come to the right place. I recently browsed around the city centre to see and try on the plus size autumn fashion that's available at this time of year. Find out by watching my video below :)
On this trip I visited New Looks and Dorothy Perkins. Some garments I liked, others I didn't and I also got stuck in a few as I was trying them on as they didn't fit (haha). I wanted to make this video to show what clothes like on a real person rather than on a mannequin or model. I'm 5ft 9 and a size 16/18. I have curves, scars, wobbly parts and cellulite. I'm loving the body positive community at the moment on Instagram. Diet culture and the media seem to only think that one type of body shape is acceptable. It's not true because all bodies are wonderful and they should be celebrated.
I'd love to make more videos trying clothes on so if you would like more then let me know by hitting the thumbs up button on the video or comment below to let me know to make a part 2. There's a world of clothes out there waiting for me to try on. What shops do you think I should visit next? Let me know in the comments below. I've missed a few shops such as Yours Clothing (I thought it was shut but actually it's moved upstairs.. oopsies!), Debenhams and Marks & Spencer.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xx

Saturday, 1 September 2018

40 Beauty Questions Tag

September 01, 2018 0
40 Beauty Questions Tag
Hi everyone
I get asked many questions on Instagram about what beauty products I use. I wanted to answer the 40 beauty questions tag to share with you everything from what my favourite make up brands are to my top 3 beauty tips. If you want to complete this tag why not let me know your answers in the comment section or tag me in your blog or youtube video.
Let's do this!
1. What is your favourite make up brands?
Barry M, Gosh, NYX,Essence, Collection, Elf,  The Body Shop, Lush, Glitter Eyes, Make Up Revolution, MUA, Lottie London and Bare Minerals
2. What is your favourite cosmetic?
Mascara
3. Which brand's eyeliner do you love the most?
Barry M Eye Define Liquid Eyeliner as it's got a great applicator and the formula stays on well.
4. Name a brand that has ever caused you a skin allergy
Waitrose PURE. I used one of their facemarks and my face blew up like a balloon.
5. Which three cosmetics are always in your handbag?
Collection's powder in the shade "Ivory"
Eylure Eyelash Glue
Essence Vinyl Liquid Lipstick in the shade "Pink Interest"
6. Concealer or foundation. Which do you apply first?
Foundation then concealer
7. Eyeliner or mascara?
Mascara
8. Which blush colour is your favourite?
Elf blush/Highlighter duo in the shade "Rose Gold"
9. Which face wash is your favourite?
I don't use face wash. I just use water as my skin is sensitive,
10. Which coloured lipstick do you prefer in the summer?
Light shimmery pinks
11. Which coloured lipsticks do you prefer in the autumn?
Dark nude pinks
12. Name a make-up brand which you have always wanted to buy but your pocket does not allow?
Bare Minerals, Kat Von D, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced
13. Name your favourite beauty shop?
Superdrug/Boots
14. Name your favourite shampoo?
Tesco Coconut shampoo
15. Straightener or curler?
Straighteners
16. How much time do you often require to do your make up?
Daily make up is about 15 mins, party make up takes up to an hour depending on what music playlist I have on. I like to sing and dance about at the same time.
17. Good clothes or make up?
Make up. As long as I've got a nice face then I'm not too fussed about clothes.
18. Do you like multi-functional cosmetic products?
Yeah I think they are handy to take when travelling and they save space in your make up bag too. 
19. How many lipsticks do you own right now?
I only have 1. I recently had a clear out of my make up bag and got rid of a few lipglosses which were out of date. It's important to check the expiry dates as it can cause skin irritations and infections.
20. What is your favourite colour of lipstick?
At the moment it is Essence liquid lipstick in the shade "Pink interest"
21. Which moisturiser is your favourite?
SKYN facial moisturiser by Wilko. It's fragrance free and doesn't cause my skin to break out.
22. Do you wear contact lenses?
Yes
23. How often do you wear contact lenses?
For special occasions and nights out
24. At what age did you begin to wear make up?
16 but i didn't know what I was doing until I was about 27 lol
25. What was the first beauty product you tried?
Barry M Dazzle Dust in the shade gold 
26. Which brand's hair dye do you use?
I haven't dyed my hair for 4 years. I don't use hair dye because my skin is sensitive. I haven't found the right brand which is cruelty free and hypoallergenic. If you have any recommendations then let me know in the comments below.
27. What's your favourite nail brand?
Barry M because they have beautiful shades and they are long wearing. 
28. What kind of coverage do you like from foundation?
Medium/Full
29. Do you wear false eyelashes?
Yes for special occasions and nights out. I absolutely love them and I'd recommend anyone to give them a try.
30. Share the worst memory of wearing false eyelashes?
When i first started wearing lashes and I didn't know what style suited me. I brought 3 layered lashes which were very thick and wouldn't stay on properly. I wore them on a night out. The inner corner kept coming off and you could see it in photographs. It wasn't an attractive look.
31. Describe your perfect mascara in one sentence
Lengthening and volumising 
32. Matte or glittery lipgloss?
Glittery
33. What is your favourite hair product?
Lee Stafford CocoLoco Heat Protection Spray. I'd love to try more of the CocoLoco range.
34. Which make up remover do you use?
Boots Baby oil with cotton wool pads
35. What three beauty tips would you give your viewers?
1.Always take off your make up before bed
2.Apply your eyeshadow first so that if you get any fall out then you can wipe it away 
3.To cover your under eyes always draw your concealer on in a downwards triangle then blend.
36. Do you choose your foundation according to your undertone colour?
Yes I have cool undertones so I opt for pinks :)
37. What make up tools do you use while putting on make up?
Real techniques brushes, Latex free sponges by Sainsburys
38. What make up tool is always in your handbag?
Tweezers incase one of my false eyelashes start falling off
39. What's your favourite eyeshadow colour?
Glittery pink
40. What's your experience with pigment eyeshadows?
I love wearing pigmented eyeshadows but I would recommend using the Elf eyeshadow primer as it makes your eyeshadow last for hours. 
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley

Monday, 16 July 2018

What Happened In June

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What Happened In June
June was a busy month and I wanted to share with you what I got up too. First I filmed a 10 Random Facts About Me video to help you get to know me better. I love sharing quirky facts.
I wrote a How To Take Care Of Your Skin In Summer post which shares the way that I look after my skin in the summer months. I get asked quite often what cruelty free make up and skincare that I use so it was nice to share my favourite picks.
Rubs Smoke House Nottingham invited me to the opening of their new Brownie And Ice Cream Parlour and it was fun to try some of the flavours. I'd like to visit again in the near future.
I really enjoy making quiz videos and my friend recommended me the "16 personalities test" to try and film. Which personality type are you? let me know in the comments below.
I filmed a daily vlog of shopping trip into Nottingham (as voted for by my Instagram followers) and a few of the make up items featured in a June Favourites post.
And last but not least I visited Nottingham Castle before it shuts down for a 2 year transformation. I will be making a return visit to film and show you the changes. I wonder where I'll be in life when i'm 32.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley

Thursday, 28 June 2018

June Favourites

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June Favourites
Latest Deals
Latest Deals is a website which combines all of the latest freebies, deals, vouchers and competitions all together in one place. I have received free make up, perfume, shampoo and bath oil samples. I don't send away for every sample that's available because I prefer to receive only the cruelty free beauty options.I think that testing out a sample is a great way to find out if a product is suitable for you before purchasing a full sized one. Latest Deals is free to sign up to. I created an account by signing in through my Facebook which was easy and no fuss. I like to check the website daily to see what the latest deals and freebies are. If you send away for any samples then why not let me know in the comments below. I recently brought a Google Chromecast through Latest Deals to stream all of my favourite media content to my computer, TV and phone. Latest Deals tells you everything you need to know about chrome casts. Where to purchase one (and the cheapest offers avaliable in the UK), the pros and cons of owning one and how to set it up.  I'm looking forward to watching all my favourite TV shows on Netflix this weekend.
Barry M All Night Long Foundation Stick In The Shade "Milk"
The first favourite of the month is the Barry M All Night Long Foundation stick which is retailed at £6.99.As someone who has a porcelain skin tone I sometimes struggle with finding the right colour match. Barry M have released more shades of foundation and concealer this year which is great.
The lightest shade is "Milk" is a compatible match for me. The All Night Long Foundation applies smoothly to the skin. It has a light weight and creamy formulation which doesn't clog pores. I like to use Sainsbury's latex free sponges to blend it out after application. The foundation is medium coverage so if you have blemishes to hide then I would recommend the Barry M All Night Long Concealer (£4.99) which was featured in my May Favourites blog post. The foundation is 100% vegan. It's rich in vitamin E and paraben free. This stick can also be used to contour and highlight. I like the sleek packaging of black matte and rose gold. 
I brought the Barry M All Night Long Foundation when I went shopping recently watch the video above on my YouTube Channel.
 Collection Glam Crystals Eyeshadow Palette
Collection glam crystal eyeshadow palette is retailed for £4.99 which is a bargain for 6 beautiful shimmery pigmented eyeshadows. That equals to 83p per shade. If you use a wet eyeshadow brush rather than a dry brush it intensifies the colour. This is how I have swatched the colours on the back of my hand to show you. My favourite colours are the first 3 from the left. I love pinks and purples. I created a eyeshadow look combining them all together and this is how it turned out.
What do you think to my look? Have you tried any of these products?
Let me know in the comments below.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Brownie And Ice Cream Parlour Launch At Rub Smoke House Nottingham

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Brownie And Ice Cream Parlour Launch At Rub Smoke House Nottingham
On Tuesday 12th June I was invited to Rub Smoke House & Bar In Nottingham to the launch of their new brownie and ice cream bar.With over 25 different flavours of ice cream to try (and 3 flavours of gelato for those who require a dairy free option). I think there is something to suit everyone's taste however I would like to see more vegan options in the future.
Rub Smoke House & Bar host weekly bottomless evenings. Customers pay a set price to consume however much as they like within 2 hours. Before I indulged into the brownies and ice cream I sampled a main hot buffet which was a selection of buffalo cauliflower, mini pulled pork bbq burgers, fries, chicken tenders and fries. 
Then it was onto the brownie bar. The brownies are from Brownie Heaven and they are the best I've ever tasted.
On the first round I tried the blondie brownie with salted caramel ice cream and white chocolate sauce. Delicious. Recommended.
Then for the second round I tried a rum brownie with honey comb ice cream and white chocolate sauce. Yum!
Unfortunately I didn't manage to try all of the brownies and ice creams on offer as I got full quickly.
However I will be popping back for another visit in the near future. I think Rub Smoke House & Bar is a great hot spot in Nottingham. Let me know in the comments below if you have visit the ice cream bar. Tweet at me @Bunnymoonstone what flavours you try.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Monday, 11 June 2018

How To Take Care Of Your Skin In Summer

June 11, 2018 0
How To Take Care Of Your Skin In Summer
Having a simple skin care routine works wonders for your complexion. How do you find products which work best for you in the summer months?  Let me know in the comments below.
There’s so much to consider when it comes to what we put on our skin. Cleansers, moisturisers, toners, exfoliators, serums and products that target problem areas. It's important to apply Sun factor and SPF applications throughout the day during the summer. This stops skin damage and slows down the ageing process. Using a facial steamer can help with problem areas.  
I find that what works best for me in the summer months is facial steaming at least once a week because it’s a natural way to open up your pores and get rid of the pesky blackheads particularly on the t-zone. I find putting my face into a steamer instantly calming and relaxing. Choosing my aromatherapy scent which happens to be lavender helps me to sleep at night.

I’m going to be sharing with you my skincare routine and recommending cruelty free products which I am using this summer. First of all I’d recommend getting yourself a good facial SPF moisturiser. 
I’d recommend trying The Body Shop  Skin Defence SPF 50 moisturiser. It’s a light weight moisturiser which absorbs into the skin quickly.
The skin on your face is different to your body. Make sure you use a different sunscreen. For my body I use the Wilko suncream SPF 50 for £1.50. I like it because it’s budget friendly and travel size.
To take off my make up I use Boots Baby Oil and Sainsbury's cotton wool balls because they are gentle on the skin. The hot weather can make our skin dry so I like to use baby oil. If it’s good enough for newborn babies then it’s good enough for me. 
Recently in my latest video I brought a packet of West Lab Himalayan salts as I've been reading about how the minerals are beneficial to your skin. I've bathed with the salts and they have made my skin smooth and soft. Recommended.
In the summer months for my skincare routine it’s important what we put in our bodies too. Drinking enough water and having a healthy and balanced diet. I like to drink Ahmad green tea and iced tea.
Watch my latest video below.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Monday, 21 May 2018

May Favourites

May 21, 2018 0
May Favourites
Hi everyone.
In today's post I'm here to share with you my May Favourites. All beauty items are cruelty free.
Barry M All Night Long Concealer In The Shade "Milk"
Ever since I was a teenager Barry M have been one of my favourite cruelty free budget friendly beauty brands. I think that Barry M have released some wonderful products in the past. I am looking forward to trying new products from them in 2018. The Holographic Eyeshadow Toppers and the Under The Sea nail paints are my personal favourites so far. Click here to be directed to their website to take a look.
Barry M recently expanded their shades of concealers and foundations which I think is good because I struggle finding the right colour match for my porcelain skin tone. I recently brought the All Night Long Full Coverage Concealer in the shade "Milk" which is the lightest shade. The colour is a perfect match. For £4.50 I think it's a bargain. 
After I've finished using my GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation I would like to try and test the Barry M Foundation Stick. Let me know in the comments if you would like this review in the near future. 
Barry M Under The Sea Nail Paint In The Shade "Angel Fish"
Along with the All Night Concealer I brought Under The Sea Nail Paint in the shade Angel Fish" because currently in Boots there is a special offer on. If you buy 1 Barry M product then you got one for half price. I brought both items for a total of £6.50 rather than the full price of £8.50.
"Angel Fish" is a beautiful holographic baby pink shade. I love the packaging because of the blue metallic sea creatures on the lid. I'm a big fan of anything under the sea or mermaid related so this range of polishes are perfect for me. I think Barry M nail paints are the best nail polishes available on the high street as they have a wide range of colours, long lasting and don't chip.
I had an unexpected parcel from Ahmad Tea who kindly gifted me some teas to try (thank you). If you have been reading my blog for along time then you will know that I'm a huge tea lover.  In the past I have reviewed Adagio teas and also visited the opening of BlueBirdTea Co store in Nottingham last year. My favourite kinds of tea are english breakfast, green, matcha and fruit.
Ahmad Tea Peach & Passionfruit Cold Brew Iced Tea
The first Ahmad tea that I tried was the Peach & Passionfruit Cold Brew Iced Tea which tastes delicious. There is nothing better in the summer time than sitting outside in the garden watching my rabbit hop about in garden whilst drinking a fruity iced tea.
Ahmad Tea Dessert Green Tea Strawberry And Basil
The second tea which I love is Strawberry and Basil Coulis dessert green tea. I didn't know that green tea could taste like a dessert. It tastes fresh and sweet.
Those were my May favourites. Let me know in the comments below if you've tried any of these products before.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx