18 Things I Learnt In 18 Years

18 Things I Learnt In 18 Years


As you’re reading this, I’ve just turned 18, the last out of all my friends to become an official adult (although I don’t feel it). Although I’m still young, I’d like to think that in my mere 18 years on this little planet, I’ve learnt my fair share of life lessons. So grab yourself a cuppa, I have a feeling this is going to be a long one.

  • Make time for yourself and your mental health. It’s okay to feel down and anxious, once you realise this, dealing with your mental health issues becomes a lot easier. It also becomes a lot easier to talk to people and get the help that you need.
  • No one is ugly – stop scrutinizing yourself. Like many other teenagers, I’m guilty of picking out all my flaws and seeing the worst in myself. Once you begin to accept your flaws you’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, you’ll also begin to realise that they were never actually flaws.
  • Be kind always. It costs nothing to be kind, treat people how you would want to be treated and don’t go purposely out of your way to make people unhappy. Not everyone is as kind as you, but find these people and avoid them where possible.
  • Always take pictures. We live in a generation where capturing the moment that your in is so easily done, therefore I think we should take full advantage of this; capture memories at any given moment, cherish them, and look back on them in years to come.
  • Always be honest. I’ve never understood people that lie, it’s a foreign prospect to me as I was bought up to always tell the truth. The people that do lie will always get caught out, I can promise you that.
  • Don’t turn down opportunities because of your anxieties. I’ve turned down too many social opportunities due to my anxieties, and I wish I hadn’t, take very opportunity that comes your way and conquer your anxieties.
  • Patience is key, goals take time. Work hard and you’ll always achieve your goals. You won’t achieve your goals over night, but the harder you work of them; the quicker they will come to you. It’s okay to take longer than others to reach your goals, its not a race, take your time.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up and stand your ground. As much as I am a believer that you should avoid confrontation where possible, if its something you feel strongly about, make sure people know about it and speak up for what you believe in.
  • Someone will always be out to put you down. Unfortunately wherever you go in life, their will always be someone trying to dull your sparkle, don’t let their negativity affect you, rise above it.
  • Make time for the important people. Over time you’ll learn which people are worth making time for and the ones that aren’t. Life is short, you’ll regret not making time for the people that are worth it.
  • There is always light at the end of the tunnel. I know what it feels like to think that things are never going to get better, but they will. At the beginning of this year I thought I would never get over my depression and anxiety, yet here I am 9 months on, steadily making progress everyday.
  • Stop being so concerned about what other people think of you. Once you stop caring about what other people think of you, you will instantly become a lot happier, it’s a very freeing feeling.
  • Don’t cover up your insecurities. For me this was my freckles, I have a face full of freckles, its something that I always used to try and hide. I’ve learnt to accept them, and kind of love them now.
  • Stop living your life by a time schedule. I’m guilty of this. I like to stick to a strict timetable for my day, it eases my anxiety, but it’s not a healthy lifestyle. Live in the moment, so what if you don’t meet a deadline, or don’t do something at the same time of day you normally would, life goes on.
  • Jealousy is a horrible trait. Like I mentioned previously, no one is physically ugly, but this doesn’t stop people from having ugly personalities, jealousy contributes to an ugly personality. Let others know you’re proud of their achievements, don’t tear them down.
  • Some of your best memories will be made at concerts and festivals. Nothing beats dancing in field with your friends, sharing a bottle of your favorite drink, and enjoying some class music. Festivals also teach you to be accepting of anyone and every one.
  • Find your passion; make your dreams a reality. Finding where your passion lies may be hard, but once you’ve found it, work hard for your goals, run with your passion.
  • Go on adventures, and never lose your inner child. I hope to be in my late 20’s and still going on spontaneous adventures creating new memoires that I’ll cherish forever.

Here’s to the next 18 years,

All my love,

Han xx

5 Tips for Beginner Runners

I picked up running when I was going through a bit of a rough patch with my mental health, and boy am I glad I did, I’ve never looked back since. A year and a half ago I never imagined that I would be running 10k races in sub 50 minutes, yet here I am with times that keep getting better and better. Not only is running amazing for you physical health (my figure has never looked so good), but it has benefited me mentally also, had I not took up running, my mental health wouldn’t have improved nearly as much as it has done.

I think that I have been running long enough now, to share with you some of my tips if you were thinking of picking up a new sport.


Get Kitted Up

Running is one of the cheapest sports you will ever come across, no 12-month membership, or weekly class payments. So treat yourself to some funky running gear. Although, I would advise not to spend too much right away, as running isn’t for everyone, you may hate it, and then be left with fitness attire that you wont wear. Important advice for your health though, is to make sure that you have a good pair of running shoes. Running puts a lot of strain on your knees, so you want a good quality pair of shoes that are going to support this.

Set a Goal

When I first began running I set myself a realistic goal that I wanted to be able to run 10k in 8 weeks. I found that by setting myself a fitness goal, I was able to stay motivated, and continue to train on the days that I may not have felt so up for doing so. It is so important that you set yourself a realistic goal, which is different for everyone. I would advise to start with 5k, if you haven’t ever done much exercise, but if your fitness is slightly better, why not make that goal slightly higher.


Find Yourself a Good Playlist

On the mornings that you really think you can’t drag yourself out of bed to go for a run (because we all get days like that), this is when a good playlist comes in handy. I’m so much more motivated to go running when I have some upbeat music to listen to. I tend to just stick to the pre-made cardio playlists on Apple music, but by all means make a custom one, if you know that’s what’s going to get you going!

Eat Well

I won’t lie, I really struggle to eat properly (99% sure this stems from my anxiety), but it is so important that you fuel your body properly with the right nutrients to run better. On the days that I don’t eat a lot at all, I find running so much harder, and I tire a lot quicker. It’s also key to make sure that you are eating the right sorts of foods, getting all of the food groups incorporated into your diet, especially carbs and protein, runners swear by carbs. I don’t believe in cutting out particular food groups to lose weight/get fitter, it won’t work, I can guarantee.

Push Through the Uncomfortable Bits

The only way you’re going to improve, is if you continue to push through the stage where your breathing is all over the place and your legs feel like jelly. Once you get over the fact you’re going to be uncomfortable, you will run a lot harder, and be more inclined to push yourself more, as you’ll see results quicker.


Running is my little way of escaping from what’s going on for a while; I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. I would recommend anyone and everyone to give it a go; it doesn’t have to be competitively, just for the health benefits.

All my love,

Han xx

Going Gaga For Gingham


When the classic gingham print began to take the runways by storm last year, I was both confused and intrigued. I won’t lie, I’ve always associated gingham with picnic blankets, it’s the print that I spent countless outings sitting on, while munching on mini sausage rolls. Despite this, I’m a textile print student, so I didn’t want to knock it right away; it’s only fair I gave the print some time to warm to me. Surprisingly this didn’t take long, seeing the checkered print being used on the runway for sassy mini skirts and off the shoulder tops, made me incredibly excited to see the print arriving in stores throughout the spring.


I was absolutely living for all the ways that gingham was being incorporated into various different fashion garments, from Bardot tops to frilly skirts and shorts. I’m much more of a short skirt and shorts kind of girl, so when I came across these gorgeous gingham shorts from Miss Selfridge, I absolutely fell in love. They’re a slightly different take on the classic gingham print as they also have a floral print incorporated giving it a much more summery vibe. Being lose fitting they are perfect for the warmer days, which admittedly are few and far between in the UK, also such a versatile piece. They are very flattering as they have a tie waist allowing me to accentuate my small waist, which is another thing that really drew me to these shorts, because its not often anything fits me around the waist as it is so small.


I’ve chosen to go for quite a casual look, pairing my shorts with a plain slogan tee from BooHoo, and a denim shirt (you can never go wrong with a denim shirt), and some classic black converse. I love this look, as it is super casual and perfect if your spending the day out, but don’t want to make too much of an effort. These shorts are also so easy to dress up for an evening out, overall a print that you can’t go wrong with. Apologies for ever doubting the come back of gingham, it has taken the shops by storm this year, and I feel like a lot of people now own a little number with the print on. And I’m living for that.


All my love,

Han xx

Morning Skin Care Routine


I’ve always taken care of my skin from a very young age, I think I have my Mum to thank for this, as being an ex Body Shop employee she always had skincare products lying around the house, and I always used them. Skincare is so important, because at the end of the day, the more you look after it while you’re young, the better it will look as you age.

Like I have previously mentioned, I do have very sensitive skin, resulting in me having to be really careful when it comes to what products I use, I tend to go for very natural products that have as few ingredients as possible.

I always start of my morning skincare routine by washing my face with the Clean and Clear Advantage Clear and Soothe Daily Scrub. This never fails to wake me up, being a scrub it contains micro-beads that leave my skin-feeling super soft, which is exactly why I love it.

I then proceed to apply a serum; I tend to mix between a couple of serums, either the Body Shop Vitamin E serum, as this is very kind and gentle on my sensitive skin. Or recently I have really been enjoying the Skinkissed Hydrating Serum. Serums aren’t necessarily an essential, but I do find that it helps to work it conjunction with my moisturizer at keeping my skin feeling hydrated all day.


Moisturiser is the next step. My holy grail moisturizer has to be the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Moisturizer. Simple products are always a staple in my skincare routines, both morning and night, as they are made with out any artificial perfumes and colorings, these being the things that I tend to have to avoid with products, which is exactly why Simple skincare products work so well for me. This moisturizer also keeps my skin hydrated all day, which can sometimes be a struggle when you suffer with dry and sensitive skin, like myself.


Eye cream is next. Admittedly I don’t always use an eye cream, but when I do I tend to reach for the Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream. I find this really helps to wake me up, also helps to reduce puffiness around the eyes. If this is something that you suffer with, try to get your hands on this stuff, as I promise you wont regret it.

The last step in my skincare routine is to apply a facial primer before moving onto make up. A new purchase that I have recently been enjoying is the Wonderland Studio Finish Primer. I find that this is very gentle on my skin and also the perfect base to then apply make up on top of.


I tend to keep my morning skincare routine fairly quick and simple, as I am sure like may other people, have a very busy schedule, but know how important it is to take care of your skin. I do often spend more time on my skincare in the evening, so I am sure that an evening skin care routine will be up on my blog soon also.

All my love,

Han xx

Top 3 Best Self Tanners


I’ll hold my hands up to it; I am a bit of a fake tan addict, scrap that actually. I am a massive fake tan addict. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with the genetics that some people have where they just look at the sun and they pretty much look like they’ve spent the past 3 weeks in the Caribbean. No, I was blessed with the genetics that leave me pale all year round, no matter how much time I spend in the sun, envying those that naturally tan, but fear no more, that’s when my holy grail tanning products come in handy.

If you haven’t already gathered, I have the skin pigmentation of a ghost, I’m incredibly pale, so much so that people frequently question whether I am ill when I leave the house without a tan, embarrassing, I know. If you’re in the same boat as I am (or just looking for some new tanners to try), then I’ve got your back. I’ve compiled a list of my go to tanning products, tried and tested by yours truly.


We’ll start with my favorite tan of all time, the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam. There are 3 different shades that this tan comes in, the Light/Medium, Dark and Ultra Dark. I swear by the dark one, it creates a lovely natural looking tan, which is perfect for my light skin. I fear that I’m actually too pale to use the Ultra Dark one, as there is a thin like between a tan looking natural and it not; I think this line would be crossed, if ever I opted for the Ultra Dark. I always find that foam tanners are better to work with as it gives you a lot more guidance on areas that you may have missed, they also go on incredibly silky smooth, which is precisely why I love this one. It feels like a moisturizer on application, which quickly soaks into the skin, leaving you looking bronzed almost instantly, additionally it doesn’t smell of biscuits at all, it has a coconut scent to it, leaving you looking glowing and not smelling odd. Also at only £13.99 you can’t go wrong, the bottles last me for at least a months worth of tanning.


The next tanner is the one that fueled my love for fake tan, as it was the first one that I ever bought. Slightly more expensive, but definitely worth the money, Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan Liquid. This is a mist tanner, which can be risky as it doesn’t have as much of a guide colour as foams, and does unfortunately have that fake tan biscuit smell upon application. Aside from this the actual tan itself is amazing, I do find that when using this I like to apply 2 coats to my skin to achieve the natural looking tan that I am after. I also find that when I look after it properly, it does last me at least a week. There is similarly, a darker shade in this tan for those that are brave enough to go darker.


The third and final tan that I love is a gradual tanner, which I tend to use if I feel my tan needs a bit of a top up. But it is also great to use in winter when I don’t want to go for a full tan look, just a healthy looking glow. The Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula, Natural Bronze Body Lotion, it is probably the most hydrating tanning product that I have ever used. If you suffer with very dry skin then this is the tanning product for you as not only does it tan, but it also hydrates your skin, leaving you feeling silky smooth. I find that after around just 2 applications of this lotion my skin has a lovely glow to it, I tend to apply this for around 3-4 days, and then have a break when I have achieved the colour desired. I’ve tried quite a few gradual tanners and I haven’t always got along with them, hence why I always use actual self-tans, but this one is a definite game changer.

Over the past few years I have suffered my fair share of tanning mishaps, and thought it was only fair that I shared with you all my top tanning products so that you don’t have to go through the trial and error phase that I did.

All my love,

Han xx

City Break Essentials


You can’t beat a good old city break. Sometimes a quick whistle stop tour of a cute little city is exactly what you need to take some time out and relax. While I’m all for hot luxurious holidays, I find short city breaks to be just as fun, I love trying to cram in seeing as much of the city as possible in the time that you’re there for. One thing that I do struggle with though, is what to pack. It’s much easier when you’re going to an all inclusive poolside holiday, I mean you just throw a few bikinis into your suitcase and you’re done, right? But when it comes to city breaks, with unpredictable weather and an array of different planned activities, where do you start? I’ve complied a list of must have items for city breaks, which will hopefully help you out if you have the same struggle as me when the dreaded packing chore looms.

Comfy Shoes

Now these are an absolute must. I can’t think of anything worse than wondering around a city all day, desperately trying to enjoy yourself, but not being able to because of un-comfy shoes. I understand we all want to dress to impress, but this can be done in a comfortable way too. I personally swear by my Doc Martens (I have 3 pairs, and counting), and my Vans. I often find that taking both allows me to chop and change depending on my outfit, as they are both so versatile. They are also incredibly stylish, so I can walk the streets knowing that my outfit looks put together and trendy.

Lightweight Jacket

Or, something slightly heavier if you’re on a city break in the UK. A lightweight jacket is always essential, something that you can quickly pop on when it starts to get a bit chilly in the evening, but something small enough to fit into your bag during the day. I find a denim jacket, or satin bomber jacket are designed to fit this job perfectly.



I love my photography. Wherever I go I will always have a camera on me whether it be my DSLR, Cyber-Shot, or just my phone. I’m someone who loves to have pictures of all the places I’ve visited, and memories I’ve made. It’s such an amazing world that we live in. We’re part of a technological generation, meaning that taking and sharing these memories is done at such ease; which is precisely why a camera is a must have. I also love being able to share my experiences over social media with my friends and family, which is so effortlessly done now.



Although you want to be comfy and not too overdressed when it comes to city breaks, I always like to have a couple of accessories with me that I can put with an outfit to make it look that little bit more chic. Sunglasses are an obvious one; I have so many pairs I always struggle to pick just one pair to take with me. Also my trusty Daniel Wellington watch. I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t live your life by times and schedules, but having a watch comes in handy when you have various different activities planned for the day.

Small Backpack

The last thing you want to be doing when you have a busy day planned, is to be traipsing a heavy handbag around with you, full of a million and one things you probably won’t even use. Which is precisely why I suggest you invest in a small backpack, they’re perfect to chuck beauty essentials in, alongside your camera and any tour guides that you may accumulate, also with it being small, it limits the amount you take with you, so you really do take just the essentials. Plus they’re super trendy, I have a little black leather one from New Look, and I love it, it’s the perfect size, and it goes with every outfit.


Hope you have enjoyed reading through my must have city break essentials. On this post I have partnered up with Lola Rose, and here is their guide to  holiday accessories. If you also have the chance, make sure you check out their website for some lovely bits of jewellery.


All my love,

Han xx

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Skinkissed Serum Review


I’ve always suffered with quite sensitive skin, my childhood was spent applying different steroid creams in attempt to calm my eczema, so when it comes to branching out of my normal skincare routine, I’m always a bit skeptical.

I recently came across a serum which claimed to be a miracle in a bottle, used to treat an array of different things, but the point that drew me to it, was that it claimed to make your skin look healthy and glowing. I’m very lucky with my skin, as despite it being very sensitive, I’ve never really suffered with problematic skin (spots, acne, etc.). Despite this I do often get frustrated with how dull my skin sometimes looks, therefore when I heard about this serum, I thought I might as well give it a go and see if it works for me. I did my research into what was in the product itself, as I only really like to use natural products, which the serum was, containing lots of vitamin C.


So I thought given I have sensitive skin, I would let you all know how I got on with the product, and whether its worth the money. On arrival the bottle is packaged fairly average, it comes in a small glass container, with a pipette that is used to get the product out with. The consistency is thicker than any other serum that I have used before, and is also clear, which I was intrigued by, as most serums hold the same colours as facial creams.


I applied this after getting out of the shower in the morning, having previously washed my face. The application was just like any other serum, went on smoothly, and it instantly made my skin feel hydrated, and a lot softer. As it is a serum I did then proceed to apply my normal daily face moisturizer, the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating moisturizer, which I swear by. Often as I get on with my day, my skin begins to dry out slightly and I sometimes feel like it needs another moisturize, but when I wore this serum underneath my normal skincare products, I found that I could go the whole day without my skin starting to feel dry and tight.

Overall I am SO impressed with this product, it has really lived up to the expectations that I had. Like I say, the reason that I was drawn to it was because it claimed to brighten your skin, which I can truthfully say it has done. It also claims to help acne prone skin, also problematic skin, which unfortunately I can’t say it has done, as I never had troubled skin to begin with. If you’re looking for a good quality serum, that keeps your skin looking and feeling hydrated all day, I couldn’t recommend this product more. Thank you to the team at Skinkissed for sending me out this dreamy product to try out!


All my love,

Han xx