Monday, 26 June 2017

E.l.f Lip Exfoliator Sweet Cherry Review

In 2016 E.l.f cosmetics was only available in the US and to order online from their website. But as of May this year they are available in the UK as they are sold online at Superdrug. Hooray! 

So let's take a look at the Elf Sweet Cherry Lip Exfoliator. This was gifted to me by Preen.Me in exchange for my honest opinion, product use and for their #luxuryforall competition. I will explain later in the blog what the competition is all about.
My first impression is that the packaging is sleek. I like the simple instructions on the back of how to use the product. I love that it's labelled as recycable and against animal testing.

When I opened the packaging and held the exfoliator in my hand. It feels ideal for travel size and to pop in your hand bag on the go. The bullet swivels up and down exactly like a lipstick. I love how it's mess free.

I love the light baby pink colour of Sweet Cherry. If you have been following me for a long time then you will know that I am obsessed with light pink lip colours. 

The exfoliator smells like candy but it doesn't taste of anything when applied. When exfoliating your lips it applies clear.

You can find the E.l.f. Lip Exfoliators here on E.l.f.’s website.The Lip Exfoliators are £4.50 each, which is a great price.Have you tried any of the E.l.f. Lip Exfoliators before? Let me know in the comments below.

The lip exfoliator removes dry and chapped skin. It is filled with sweet sugar and makes your lips feel smooth. It's infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish the lips.
The directions on the packaging are to apply to clean damp lips, massage in a circular motion to exfoliate. Then use a damp cool cotton wool pad to gently wipe away the scrub. Then follow with your regular lip gloss, oil or balm.
My lips feel lovely and smooth. I would definetely recommend this product.

The competition is #luxuryforallchallenge which is makeup look competition  partnered with Superdrug. This is a amazing chance to win a £250 superdrug voucher. I would love to win and if i did then I would write so many reviews on Elf cosmetics and cruelty-free beauty products for you all.

I had to apply to take part in the competition. I succeeded and Preen.Me had sent E.l.f products to 600 applications. I was lucky enough to picked to be able to enter the competition. To support my make up look then why not head over to my Instagram page or click below.
Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Monday, 12 June 2017

Destructive Thoughts As A Plus-Size Woman And Self Love

Hi everyone.

I think that it's important to love yourself no matter what shape or size you are.
My journey of self love is still ongoing and some days it's really difficult for me to accept myself and how body is. I'm trying to break out of social media and societys conditioning of looking "perfect" (whatever that is)

Recently I read a article on http://www.revelist.com/body-positive/most-destructive-fat-girl-thoughts/6207 about 11 most destructive thoughts every plus-size girl has.

I found myself nodding and agreeing to 3 particular thoughts in the article which I wanted to share my thoughts on.
5. "I hope no one is grossed out by me in this tank top"

Summer is here and I don't particularly like wearing tank tops in public because I do not like my upper arms because I have Keratosis pilaris. I find it difficult to not wear a cardigan or a shrug to cover them. I have been taking it slowly by wearing off the shoulder dresses which only cover the very tops of my arms. My goal is not to wear any cardigans when the weather is nice. If you are following me on Twitter then you will know that recently I wore a tank top without a cardigan when it was 28 degrees outside at the weekend. Progress :)
9. "I will wait until i go home and eat. I don't want anyone to think that I eat alot"

I don't enjoy eating infront of people and if I chose to do so it's because I feel comfortable with the people who I am with. When I started going to bloggers events the end of last year I didn't eat because I was scared of being judged for it. But when I went to the Lush Bloggers Event Nottingham  last month. I had made so much progress as I ate a doughnut infront of everybody and it tasted delicious. Food offered at parties or events are meant to be enjoyed. I don't want to miss out just because of the insecurites in my mind. 

10. "I Feel Fat"
Fat isn't a feeling but it's a thought in your mind. A negative voice which tries to disrupt my happiness and make me feel unworthy. What helps is finding the trigger of when I feel fat and  use positive affirmations to drown out the negative voice.

How I Overcome My Body Issues
What really helps me personally to overcome my body issues is......
  •  Knowing that my body loves me no matter what. My body is always loving me and keeping me alive. It protects and heals me 24/7. 
  • Throwing out scales. I haven't got on a pair of scales in about 4 years. It's the best thing I've ever done. Numbers do not define my value as a person
  • Picking one thing which you like about yourself everyday
  • Forget the diet. Diets do not work for me so why should I keep trying at something which makes me feel miserable and results in me eating more.
  • Using positive affirmations such as "I am worthy" "I am beautiful" "I love my body and it loves me"
  • Accepting my body no matter what weight it is. Numbers on the scales do not define me.
Let me know in the comments below if you have had any self destructive thoughts with your body and how you overcome them. 

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Superdrug's Mango & Coconut Shower and Bath Soak

Yesterday afternoon I visited my local Superdrug as I wanted to purchase a shower gel which is going to be my summer scent for this year. If I can't be on a tropical island right now for my summer holidays then I will smell like one instead.

What caught my eye was Superdrug's new range of shower & bath soaks currently on offer at £1.47 (usually £2.99) for 500ml of product. It's fantastic value for money. I love products which are good value and will last a long time.

6 scents are available in the range which is Rhubarb and Custard, Salted Caramel, Raspberry and Vanilla, Ginger and Honey, Avocado and Strawberry and Mango & Coconut. To look at the range on Superdrug's website click here.

I brought the Mango & Coconut Shower and Bath soaks as it was my favourite scent avaliable.

All of Superdrug own brand of products are cruelty-free as they have a leaping bunny logo on the back of the packaging. These products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The simple and colourful packaging reminds me of the brand I love...'s bath range which is also sold at Superdrug.

The shower and bath soak are kind to skin and it smells really nice. I would recommend for you to try it.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried these shower and bath soaks. What is your favourite scent out of the range?:)

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Monday, 5 June 2017

The Importance Of Rest

In today's society, we are expected to be constantly on the go. Have you felt guilty of taking a minute out of your day just to do nothing? I have.
Resting is in total opposition to society’s obsession with achieving. Rest can really be hard for many of us to do. 

I'm currently taking a break from YouTube and apart of me feels guilty for it because I think that it will slow my process towards the goals that I want to achieve.

I've realised that this is not true. I shouldn't feel guilty for taking a break if I feel that I need one. It's not going to hinder my process. I will still reach my goals however I will not burn my body out in the process. I'm currently thinking about my next move and where I want to go next.

The importance of rest is to recharge your physical body even if your mind goes at a million miles per hour like mine does.

So please give yourself permission to rest for a moment and do not feel guilty for it.

Let me know in the comments below how you like to rest.

I love watching Netflix, watering my plants (I've got basil, parsley and rocket growing in the garden) drawing, naps are fantastic too. 

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Sainsburys 4 Round Foundation Sponges Review

Hi everyone.
I was diagnosed with a latex allergy back in the year of 2014 and ever since I have had to purchase latex free alternatives.

I find it difficult to find and buy make up sponges which are latex free. However recently I have found Sainsburys 4 Round Foundation Sponges which are £1.50 for a pack. They are latex free and great value for money. 

The sponges can be used to blend foundation, concealer and dry powder to give a flawless finish.
Directions of use is to dampen the sponge before use. Either apply foundation to the sponge and then onto the face or foundation onto your face and blend outwards.

First I apply NYX Photo-Loving Primer all over my face. I then soak one sponge in cool water and gently squeeze off any excess. I apply Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation directly to my face and then with the sponge I blend the foundation outwards. 
I'm impressed with the result with using the sponges as my foundation looks smoother.  I would recommend them. 

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any supermarket cosmetic essentials.

The Sainsburys sponges are a new addition to my make up collection. I made a video below of my entire make up collection at the beginning of May as apart of VEDM

Watch it below :-
Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Friday, 19 May 2017

Supplies For My Pet Rabbit

Hi everyone.
In today's VEDM video I decided to share with you the supplies which I have brought for my pet rabbit Magic.

Watch the video below :-
I wanted to write a supply list in my blog of all the brand names and links to help rabbit owners or people who are thinking about purchasing a pet rabbit. I personally love watching videos and reading blogs like this because it has really helped me giving my rabbit what it needs. All animals deserve to have the best life as possible.

Here is a list of the supplies which I have brought for Magic:-

And the most important is a unlimited amount of LOVE.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Lush Bloggers Event Nottingham

When I recieved a invitation through my email inbox from Lush PR asking if I would like to attend Nottingham’s bloggers event on the 12th May. I graciously and excitedly accepted as I have always been a big fan of Lush products.

Lush on Clumber Street is on one of the most busiest streets in Nottingham. I completely avoid weekend visits to the store because it’s so busy. My inner introvert hates it when shops are so full of people that you can’t physically move around. I like to be able to shop at my own leisure and with space. 
Nottingham's local bloggers and vloggers were greeted by the friendly and welcoming Lush staff. Sparkling summer fruit pitchers and doughnuts from Doughnotts were on offer as refreshments throughout the evening. Yum :)
It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to fully browse around the Lush store. I enjoyed having one to one consultations with the staff as I could pick their knowledge about products which I’ve always been curious to know more about. 
I learnt about Lush's lifelong aim to create products without preservatives because these chemicals have potential to harm us and also our planet. Lush’s three products which were reformulated to be self-preserving which are Dream Cream hand and body lotion, Ocean Salt face and body cleanser and Mask Of Magnaminty face and body mask. It can be found in two formulas: preserved and self preserving to suit the customers needs.
I also learnt about the Lush's spa and the treatments avaliable. I had a complimentary arm and hand massage from the lovely Ellie (LushPrincessUk on Instagram) which was very relaxing. She used the Soft Coeur heart massage bar (which is my favourite as it smells of toffee, chocolate and everything sweet). I didn't realise how tense my hands were until after they had been pampered. After my hand massage Ellie used Silky Underwear which is Lush's version of talcon powder to dry any excess oil. This contains jasmine, cocoa butter and vetivert oil. I think this would be great to use as a natural deodorant or as a dry shampoo. 
At the end of the evening we all recieved goodie bags which were tailored to whether we were a bath or shower person.
Out of the options I chose a Superdad bathbomb (which is a combination of guaiacwood and sandalwood) these are sold exclusively for Father's Day which is on the 18th June. I used it in the bath as soon as I got home because sandalwood is one of my favourite scents. My Dad isn't keen on beauty products as much as I am and he would much prefer a beer for Father's day.
I also recieved The Comforter shower gel (100g) and Ocean Salt self-preserving face and body scrub (120g).
I've never tried any of these products before so I will let you know my thoughts in future blog posts.
I never thought that when I started my blog or YouTube channel back in 2014 that I would be invited to a Lush event. Thank you for inviting me. It was lovely to be recognised for my hard work which I put into BunnyMoonstone. I absolutely love what I do but it takes hardwork, patience and persistence. 

What I loved most of all was seeing my blogger friends and networking with new people too. 
Here is a picture of us on Jay Allsopp's Instagram page.
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You can find Lush Nottingham on

Why not join me over on my YouTube channel as I am doing VEDM (a video everyday in May) this month. Videos are uploaded everyday at 7pm (GMT).

Watch the video below :-

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Focus Gallery Jewellery School Launch

Hi everyone.
On the 2nd May I attended the preview of the Focus Gallery Jewellery School which is opening to the public on Saturday 6th May.
It's a newly refurbished spacious studio which contains all of the equipment and tools you will need for jewellery making.
A small group of us had a taster workshop from 2pm-4pm and in this 2 hour session we made a ring with Alys Power who is a jewerellery maker and a wonderful teacher.
We learnt how to cut, saw, solder, file, hammer and polish our rings. I especially enjoyed the tea and baked goodies supplied by Tough Mary's to get us through the afternoon (the blondie brownies were amazing. I'll be coming back for more of those). 

Watch the video below.



I'd like to thank the owner of the Focus Gallery Antonia Disney for inviting me.

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Bunny Hugs

Hayley

xxx

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Thrift Generation T-Shirt Launch And Networking

Hi everyone :)
Photo Credit to Susan Moss
In early April Thrift Generation invited you to the Girl Power Networking Pop-Up & T-Shirt Launch on the 22nd April 2017.

I attended the event over the weekend and I wanted to share with you with what happened. It was a exicting afternoon of networking with some very inspiring and talented women who run their own local businesses. 


Thrift Generation
Madi Wallner the founder of Thrift Generation has worked very hard to make this event possible. The T-shirts come with a beautiful fushsia rosette which say "KNOW THYSELF" which can be used either on the shirt or accessory to spread the message of girl power.
Thank you to Rebecca Muress for taking this photo :)
Available in all sizes and as diverse as the girls and women who will wear them. Thrift generation pride themselves on being an ethical and eco-friendly brand, using sustainable sourcing methods.  Thrift Generation sell on Depop and Etsy. Go treat yourself to a GRLPWR t-shirt.
Congratulations Madi on your wonderful and inspiring T-shirt collection and for hosting a brilliant event. Go get em girl 💪✌
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Photo Credit to Susan Moss
Platypus
Platypus is an Independent clothing brand specialising in hand-made, unisex streetwear. 
Collections consist of limited edition hand-printed t-shirts, sweatshirts and headwear.

I met Sarah and Maxine back in May 2014 on the Princes Trust Enterpise course to learn about how to create a business. I feel honoured to have been there to witness their business starting from an idea and turning it into a fully working and functional successful business. I am very proud of my friends for what they have achieved so far. Keep going ladies and well done :)
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Oozee Boozee Bakes
I enjoyed many tasty sample bites from Oozee Boozee BakesI tried chocolate and cherry brownies with red wine, strawberry daiquri short breads, bourbon flapjacks. It was my favourite food stand and I kept lurking around to see if anymore samples were going spare. ;)
Fran is a very talented baker and I wish her all the best in the future with her business. You go girl :)
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Tridosha 
Sunita Passi is the founder of Tri-Dosha Limited and specialises in ayurvedic training, holistic facials and natural products.
She practises mindful techniques and massage sessions to reduce stress, blood pressure and to boost the immune system, stress hormones and mood elevating brain chemicals to relax the body

You can find Sunita on
www.sunitapssimeditation.com


Toni Jarvis from Tiger Projects, Debbie Clarke from Debbie Doodah, Sunita Passi from Tridosha , Madi Wallner and Dee Miller (Founder of Minor Oak) came onto the stage to give a speech about  their passion for business and support of networking. It was very inspiring to listen to and I'm determind to push forward with my blog and YouTube channel.

Watch the vlog below :-
Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx

Monday, 17 April 2017

5 Problems With Social Media

Hi everyone.
I'm currently having a break from uploading YouTube videos while I wait for a creative wave of inspiration to hit me. I only like to put out content on my YouTube channel and blog which I feel good about posting.
I've been thinking and reflecting about social media. I wanted to share 5 problems which I currently have with social media.

Let's begin with....

1. Life Isn't What It Appears To Be
People might look like they are having a better life than you on their social media channels. But this is not true.
We are all human and we all have problems which we struggle with. No matter how someone's life looks on social media behind the computer screen it could be a different story. Never judge a book by it's cover. I never want to be dishonest and tell you that my life is perfect. It's not true. I have good and bad days like everyone else.

2. Lack Of Patience
Social media doesn't teach us patience because it shows us instant news and results. The truth is that it takes time to focus on your goals in life and to work towards them.

When I first joined YouTube back in 2014 I was naive in thinking that it was so easy to make this hobby into a part of my career because it looked like it would bring instant results. I was wrong.

I've learnt that you have to have patience and persistence to make your dreams a reality. I work at my goals a bit each day and it's important to appreciate the small steps and milestones. When I look at successful people I see how hard they have worked for that success and it inspires me to keep going and not to give up just yet.

3. Oversharing
It's getting more common to share our life on the internet. But how much is too much? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

I think it’s great to share experiences because it creates a connection between people.
I've personally found it really helpful when people make videos talking about life experiences they have been through especially If I'm going through the same thing because I feel comforted and less alone.

Be responsible about who you share with and what you share. The internet as a giant space where people of all sorts roam. If this space was a real place, would you trust everyone with all your secrets and personal information? I wouldn't. 

Don't feel pressured to say what everyone else is sharing. It's important that you are aware of what you put out there. Do what feels right for you. That's what i do :)

4. Social Isolation
Social media sites help us to feel connected worldwide. But actually, it makes me feel very disconnected sometimes. Take a look around you when you are in a public place. Most likely, the majority of people you see are bent forwards towards the glow of their phones. I think it's important to learn how to deal with free time without staring at a screen. With less screen time, you will have more opportunity to learn how to relax, enjoy leisure time and communicate with people.

When I have been stuck to a phone, tablet or computer screen for too long. I've experienced feelings of loneliness when i've turned a device off. It's important to have breaks and to phone a friend or hang out with someone.

I joined a social group in January to make new friends. Social groups are great as noone hardly has their phone out and everyone wants to chat and get to know eachother. It's very refreshing and I plan to to go to more meets up this year.

I've also been really enjoying talking to and spending time with the blogging community and attending events. I've been to quite a few this year. Snizl4Notts, Chino Latino, Bloggers Brunch, Nottingham Fashion Week and Intu Victoria Spring/Summer style event.

5. Bullying
Bullying is one of the most serious problems with social media. When someone uses social blogs or virtually any space for hurtful speech or hate it causes a damaging effect. Bullys do not seem to realise that there is a person behind a screen. Anything which you say or put out on the internet has a effect.

What do you think the problems are with social media? Let me know in the comments below.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Girl Power Networking Pop-Up & T-Shirt Launch

Hi everyone:)
Thrift Generation would like to invite you to their Girl Power Networking Pop-Up & T-Shirt Launch  on the 22nd April 3pm-6pm in Nottingham. This a FREE event and the point of this is to support women and girls too, whether in business or in general. It's a great opportunity to network. I shall be attending the event and filming for my YouTube channel. Please come and say Hello!
More information can be found on the events Facebook page below.
https://www.facebook.com/events/670644826454311/?active_tab=discussion
Madi Wallner is the founder of the label Thrift Generation is currently preparing a launch to promote the first line of T-shirts with a Girl Power theme. I am excited as I am a plus size woman who thinks that it's important to celebrate all different shapes and sizes.
Madi's collection is inspired by the world wide famous Playboy bunny icon. She is reclaiming this icon and using it in a different way which is not to judge on image or the body alone.
We are more than just a body and a pretty face. It’s our minds and how we use them and it’s the actions and words we use and what we speak out for
Thrift Generation currently selling here:


Thrift Generation's social media 


I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

When Life Doesn't Turn Out How You Expect

Hi, everyone.

This afternoon I had a little browse around my local town and had a look inside some charity shops. I enjoy shopping at charity shops because who knows what bargains you might find and the money is going towards a great cause.

A hanging wall plaque caught my eye on one of the shelves which said
This sign made me deeply reflect on my life and where i am now at 29 years old and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
Me aged 16 at prom 2004
When I was 16 and leaving school I thought that I would have everything figured out by my late 20s.

Well here i am and I don't have any figured out. Haha. I'm laughing because it feels amazing to admit it.

Every goal is still achieveable which I have in my mind but I do get very frustrated about where I want to be. I have to remind myself that achieving goals and reaching mile stones takes hardwork and time.

I think it's fascinating how much expectation society puts on us and also the pressure that we put on ourselves.

It's OK not to have your life figured out. I think that a lot of people feel that way but they don't admit it on social media. Perhaps they are scared of looking weak or vulnerable. I'm strong and proud to say it.

Perhaps everything in my life which has happened to me is to help someone who is reading this blog post to know that they aren't alone.

It's important that you aren't hard on yourself and that we all should enjoy the flow of life for what it is. We can't control of what happens to us but we can control only how we react and respond to it.

Social media can make us question what we are doing with our life as we are provided with instant access to what's going on with everyone elses life and it may seem everyone is having a better time than you are. This is not always the case.

I think that social media is similar to a showreel because it highlights all of the best parts of yourself and life (depending on what you decide to share of course).

I used to wonder if I had gone wrong in my life somewhere and ask questions like "Should I of stayed in that relationship with that ex boyfriend?" "Should I tried harder at University?" "Would my life of been any better?"

Well I don't honestly know but all i do know is that I have always done my best and listened to my heart in whatever situation i've found myself in. No point worrying and wondering about "what if". I'm excited about the future and what's ahead.

So perhaps my life hasn't turned out the way that i expected but perhaps it's because something fantastic is on the way.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xxx