IF YOU CAN’T LOVE YOURSELF, HOW’N HELL YOU GONNA LOVE SOMEONE ELSE?

Hannah stood by a brick wall looking pensive

Hannah sat on pavement

Photo credit: Alexander Ward 

Variety is the spice of life; the world would be so dull if everything was the same. Differences are beautiful and make us unique, so why don’t we celebrate our differences when it comes to our appearance?

I’m a firm believer of inner beauty and the fact that people’s goodness will shine through. I’ve met many a ‘beautiful’ person whose beauty quickly diminished after I’d realised they had a rotten personality. I don’t think there are any ugly people in this world, just ugly souls and actions.

You don’t need to change anything about yourself. We need to stop trying to mould ourselves into someone else or fit an unrealistic ideal. You might look at yourself and spot imperfections, but for every ‘flaw’ you chose to celebrate, you make someone who is insecure about the same thing feel better about themselves. If we all embraced our ‘flaws’ then there would be no such thing as a flaw, just lots of variety.

Companies insist on making us loathe ourselves and invent new flaws every day so we spend more money trying to ‘fix’ ourselves (lots of sarcastic speech marks in this post). It’s 2017 and people are getting designer vaginas for God’s sake! I know that people can do what they like, but it worries me that cosmetic surgery has almost become normalised. I fear for my younger sister growing up in such an image focused world.

Weird analogy: imagine if having one huge foot was the new ideal for women and every single woman got a foot job and eventually it was more uncommon to NOT have one large foot?  We’d all look the same and people would expect every woman to have one giant foot. Girls would grow up thinking it was just a normal part of growing up and they’d have a surgical ‘rite of passage’ to get the giant foot of their dreams. I know this is a silly example but it illustrates my point. We shouldn’t be uniform, we should all be different. Children aren’t born hating their bodies, they only start to believe this once they’ve been exposed to social pressures and the media.

I’m trying to reclaim my ‘flaws’. Every time I look in the mirror, instead of telling myself that I hate certain parts of my body, I focus on the things I love and think about how lucky I am to have a body that allows me to experience life. This extends to mental health too, I am trying to silence my inner critic, the one that tells me I am not good enough or I will fail at everything I try.

Sure, this is all easier said than done. Everyone has days where they want to change themselves, I have days where I see a horrible photo of myself and think ‘Fuck it! I’m getting a loan to pay for veneers.” but that’s all part of being human and it’s ok.

As my saviour and all time hero, Ru Paul said,
‘HONEY, IF YOU CAN’T LOVE YOURSELF, HOW’N HELL YOU GONNA LOVE SOMEONE ELSE?’

 

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My tricks to get a natural looking fake tan

pineapples on beach

I feel like it’s been very serious on the blog recently, so today I wanted to talk about something light hearted – fake tan! You might be thinking, ‘Hannah fake tan is not related to fitness! What are you on about?!’ but have you ever seen a bodybuilding competition? Touché!

Fake tanning isn’t for everyone I know. My bed sheets are permanently orange and there are brown lots of innocent splodges on my towels. I love the pale and interesting look on other people, it’s just not for me. I absolutely love having a tan because it boosts my confidence and makes me feel like a new woman. However, I hate the idea of using sunbeds so I always opt for a bottle to get my glow.

I swear by St Moriz, it’s cheap and it does the job better than any of the other ones I’ve tried. St Tropez is amazing, but it’s just too pricey for me. I find the St Moriz lotion easier to work with, but the mousse still gives good results. (Ps I haven’t been paid to write this, I just love the product!) There are a few rules to get your tan to look nice and last longer. In the past I haven’t done the prep and I’ve ended up with a patchy tan that looks like tiger bread and only lasts a couple of days. Since following the steps I will tell you about below I have managed to get a really natural looking tan that hasn’t gone patchy at all.

ross from friends fake tan

Sorry Ross, but you didn’t follow my instructions.

Exfoliation: The first step is exfoliation. It’s pretty obvious, but you need to have a smooth canvas to get a rich colour. I recommend using an exfoliating dry body brush before you jump in the shower or body scrub while you’re in the shower to remove dead skin. Make sure you do this for at least a week before you want to apply your tan to get the best results. Then gently exfoliate a couple of days after your tan is on and continue to do so to keep it from going patchy.

Time: I generally apply my tan at night time, before I go to bed. In theory, the longer you leave it to develop the deeper the colour will be but sometimes I just don’t have time to do it. If you can leave it on for a full evening and sleep on it then by all means do. There is also an express version that develops in a couple of hours. To help it dry quicker I always use a hair dryer to go over it and make sure it’s all sunk in before I get into bed.

Moisturise: This is probably the most important prep tip. I don’t know why it makes such a difference but if your skin is moisturised properly your tan will apply more easily, stay on for longer and look 100% better. Like the exfoliation, I suggest moistening the area you want to tan every day for at least a week. Follow this by moisturising the area the day after you put your tan on and do this every time you have a shower to lock the moisture in.

Shaving, tight clothes and sweating: Sounds like weird tips right? Wrong! All these things will rub your tan off so its important to bear them in mind. Shaving your legs will take most of the tan off, but shaving before you tan isn’t great either because the tan will go into the follicles and you’ll look dotty. Personally, I just apply more layers of tan on my legs but even that doesn’t help it stay on completely. Wearing tight jeans all day will also take off your tan, even if it’s developed and washed off so opt for loose fitting clothing or tights as it isn’t as tight around your legs. Finally, sweat makes St Moriz tan rub off. The most annoying thing is if you go to the gym and it rubs off around your sports bra so you get weird outlines that won’t go away no matter how much you exfoliate.

Wash your mit: If you don’t wear a mit, then go and get one! It saves your hands from going orange and streaky. You can use gloves but I find these to give a streaky look. Anyway, the mit absorbs quite a lot of product when applying and usually I would just leave it and let it dry but I’ve started washing the mit in lukewarm water straight after applying. This helps the mit to stay in good condition which will help you achieve a smoother fake tan on next application.

Oh wow, I have genuinely written 800 words about fake tan….I will stop now, but if you have any tips you’d like to share with me that I’ve missed then feel free to leave them in the comments or give me a shout on twitter.

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Microdermabrasion facial for clearer skin

rejuvenate skin clinic manchester

rejuvenate skin clinic manchester

rejuvenate skin clinic manchester

If you’ve been reading my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I’ve been trying out some non-invasive treatments at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic in Manchester.

One of the most popular treatments they offer is a microdermabrasion facial, and after being so impressed with their other treatments, I wanted to give it a whirl.

Full disclosure; I’m pretty bad with my skincare routine.

I cleanse my face in the morning and follow with a moisturiser and my makeup. In the evening I take my makeup off and cleanse my face and apply a facial oil. That’s it.

There’s a reason why my skincare routine is so safe and boring…

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NYX Autumn makeup look

NYX makeup collage

NYX make over
Today I want to write about something a bit different; let’s talk about makeup!

On my about section, it says I’m a bit of a beauty geek and this interest is definitely growing but it isn’t something I’ve written about yet.

I’m the kind of girl who is too intimidated to venture into a high-end makeup shop unless I have a full face of slap on (I’m looking at you Selfridges…) so browsing professional make-up from the comfort of Boots is more my style.

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Smoothing cellulite at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic

Rejuvenate skin clinic

Who doesn’t love a good pampering session? There’s nothing better than treating yourself to something that makes you feel amazing after a stressful day at work.

I’ve recently had the opportunity to try out some of the non-invasive treatments at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic in Manchester, which you can read more about here. The clinic specialises in treatments that help people feel fabulous in their own skin.

Side note, the clinic smells so nice! The scent of lavender oils creates such a relaxing sanctuary to unwind in.

One of the services I was curious about was the cellulite treatment…

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Enhancing natural beauty at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic

rejuvenate-skin-clinic-collage

rejuvenate-skin-clinic-collage

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Rejuvenate Skin Clinic in Manchester. The clinic specialises in non-invasive non-surgical treatments that aim to enhance natural beauty and help you feel more confident in your own skin.

Non-surgical treatments have soared in popularity over the last few years because there is no downtime and they are pain-free. When I visited the London Health show last year (read my post here) I was captivated by Dr Leah Totten’s discussion about non-invasive treatments to keep your skin looking healthy, youthful and glowing.

I turned 25 a couple of months ago, so my interest in anti-ageing products has naturally growth and I’ve started making more of an effort to look after my skin (I now use an eye cream AND a separate night cream.)

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