Saturday, 25 June 2016

What's On My Wish List?

I never really write wish lists, but I have to say, they are quite a good way to budget, compare, and see what it is that you reaaaally would like to purchase. My birthday is coming up soon so I have been having a cheeky look around lately and so thought it would be a fun idea to show you what's caught my eye!

1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 'Shade 2' - When I popped into Selfridges last I asked for a sample of this highly raved, widely loved foundation and I'm so happy that I've finally given it a go! It just leaves the most beautiful, healthy looking finish, and I've never tried a foundation quite like it.
2. Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser - I was very kindly gifted a 50ml sample of this which I gave a first impression on here, and boy oh boyyyy I honestly don't think I've ever enjoyed using a cleanser so much! I've decided to continue working my way through that 50ml, as well as other cleansers I currently have in the waiting line so that when I buy this it'll be my primary cleanser of choice alongside my beloved Lush Ultrabland (reviewed here).
3. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette / Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette / Tarte's Tartelette 2 In Bloom Palette - Now. I don't need any more eyeshadow, and I most certainly wouldn't buy all three of these but they are ALL absolutely gorgeous. So much so that I simply cannot choose between them. At the moment I think the Tarte is in the lead, but I've never tried anything from Too Faced before soooo.... who knows. 

4. Jurlique Clarity Hand Wash and Hand Lotion - These are two things that are definitely not necessary, and would be a totally luxury purchase, but I can't seem to kick them off my wish list. I went to a swanky event in London where they had these in the bathroom and oh my goodness what is even in these bottles because it must be 50% magic. Not only does the Clarity scent smell divine, but my hands felt to lush afterwards I can't help but miss them when I'm using my regular £1.50 antibacterial from Sainsburys. *weeps* Perhaps the hand washing Gods will put these under the Christmas tree in six months time! 
5. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child / Harry Potter Illustrated - Why I haven't ordered the new book, and why I still don't have my hands on the illustrated copy of magic sparking (tehe) The Philosopher's Stone I really don't know. I am slowly getting there though. I mean, goodness me I only just got round to picking up The Tales of Beedle the Bard (link)... I KNOW FELLOW WITCHES AND WIZARDS, I KNOW. 
6. Fujifilm Instax 300 / Instax Wide Film // Fujifilm Instax 300 - To cut a long story short, I dropped my Instax Wide 210 and I'm heartbroken to say the least. I absolutely loved that thing... it somehow managed to survive family and friend events, but no, stupid me decided to put it under my hoodie and go and forget about it. I dropped it, pieces went everywhere, where it was consequentially run over so I think it's past saving, don't you?! Even though I'm still in love with my Instax mini 90, I always recommend the wide to anybody and everybody because it's so nice to have those larger snaps at times!
7. 'What If?' DVD - Apparently this is a good film. Apparently it's funny. It's got Daniel Radcliffe in it. That is all.
8. Royal Albert 1940 English Chintz Teapot, Sugar and Cream Set - So pretty pretty prettyyyyyyyy! I already have the 100 Years of Royal Albert tea set (link) and there is no doubt in my mind that the English Chintz pattern is one that would always go with anything and everything as I (hopefully) expand my collection over the years. As previously mentioned, my birthday is near approaching so I thought this would be a nice piece to pick up as something special from my birthday, to cherish and keep for a life time.

& that's everything! Phew. Quite a lot I know, but just because it's on my wish list it doesn't mean I HAVE to buy it... *angel halo emoji* haha.
I'd really love to hear what's on your wish lists so do make sure to comment them down below!
Wishing you a lovely weekend,
- Hannah x

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Current Favourites

How are we already half way through the yeaaaaaar? Where does all the time gooooooooo? Before we know it it'll be Christmasssss (Not that I'm complaining all too much about that one, let's be honest). In all seriousness though I really can't believe how quickly time has flown. Nevertheless, whilst the Summer isn't usually my favourite thing in the world (no thanks heat), I have to say that the longer days and sunnier weather really has had a beneficial effect on my mental and physical health this past month. I feel somewhat revitalised, motivated and excited for the months ahead. It has also got me very excited about rediscovering or testing out some more summer-friendly skincare and make-up items also, so I thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at what I've been reaching for and loving lately!

Caudalie 100% Organic Grape Water Spray (link) This is one of those things where I used to believe it would prove totally pointless in my skincare routine and just for use in general. I mean... a water spray? come on. If you currently think the same, well listen to me now because I can honestly say, hand on heart, that this is one of the best things I've added into my skincare routine and I really wish I had given it a chance sooner. Due to the fine nature of it's spray, the Caudalie grape water disperses enough moisture across your face so that it can be quickly absorbed into the skin, adding that extra 'oomph' effect to your moisturiser and/or serum, or by simply helping to replenish your skin when you're feeling a little tired or spending a long day under the summer sun for example. I really didn't think such a simple product would make such a difference to the quality of my skin, but after having used this little beauty for a few month now I really have noticed that not only has my skins hydration dramatically improved, but as a result it also looks and feels so much more plump, fresh and energised - even in the drying summer heat. Caudalie also have a deal running right now where if you sign up to their newsletter, you get 10% off your purchase so I suppose now would be the time to give it a go! Strongly recommend. 

'Emotional Agility' by Susan David (link) This is just one of those books where I have, and will continue to recommend it to anybody and everybody I meet. I was very kindly sent this by Penguin Random House as they saw that I am a sufferer of anxiety. Before delving in I thought that this would be one of those 'Mindfulness' books directed at offering tips to help relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety, but this is so much more than that. I'd state that anybody who wants to understand themselves better, understand how they place themselves within the world around them, and those whom want to improve upon that and even feel happier within themselves - this is the book to read. I will be sure to write a full review on this when I eventually get through it, however it is taking me quite a while as I keep having to stop to bookmark and write note of some of the beautiful language Susan David uses, and I must highlight here her unique talent in being able to awaken those thought processes in my mind that I wasn't even sure I knew I could unravel. 

Fleur de Force by Eylure 'Simply Fleur' lashes (link) In short - I never used to wear lashes before this past month but you know what? My eyelashes suck, and I love the way a little bit of lash assistance can just totally open up my eyes and transform how awake I look and even feel. What I love most about the 'Simply Fleur' lashes by Fleur de Force is that you really can not tell that you're wearing lashes - and I think that says a lot coming from a lash newbie. They look 100% natural too and I haven't had any problems with them coming loose or mishapen after a few uses using the Eylure glue that's included in the box. All in all - a pair of fabulous lashes that I'll definitely be stocking up on for long term use!

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre (link) Since my parents bought me this for my 21st birthday last year, it has been a must-have scent for me. Whilst I grab this throughout the year and love using it no matter what the season, I've just been reaching for this so much more now that Sping and Summer are here and I still can't get over what a wonderfully mature, get humble scent this is. Usually I find the Chanel fragrance range a little too over empowering for my taste, but Chance Eau Tendre is one that I feel everyone should at least try a sample of at least. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydratior (link) Just as I was coming to the end of my first pot of this little beauty, I was very kindly gifted a replacement pot when I attended the Debenhams Beauty #DestinationGlow event and I have to say, if I wasn't I would have been buying my second before being left with the torment of running out that's for sure. The reason why I mention that here is that, even though I've been absolutely in love with using the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser as a simple day time moisturiser, I was actually surpised to learn of the other ways through which this product can be used from the fabulous Lee who is the lead consultant of the Covent Garden branch. I will be writing a post focusing solely on this moisturiser near future to help express how well it's been working for my skin, so make sure to stay tuned if you're looking for a light, yet deeply hydrating moisturiser for the summer months ahead! Get up to 20% off when you buy at Look Fantastic (as linked) and also receive a free gift worth £40 with any two Clinique purchases.

I really hope that you're all having a good week, and please do make sure to let me know if you've ever tried out any of these products before and your thoughts on them in the comments below!
- Hannah x

*Some of the above links are affiliate links. Fundamentally, all that means is if you click on and buy through that link, I may receive a small commission for referring you to the product. This comes at absolutely no extra cost to you so don't worry, and I have ensured to link to the cheapest prices I could find at time of publish! If you don't want to buy through the links, that's absolutely fine. If you do decide to however, then thank you for helping to support the Hannah Delacour blog! <3

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sample Sunday: Elemis BIOTEC Skin Energising Cleanser

So a few weeks ago I was very lucky as to be invited to the Debenham's Beauty event #DestinationGlow, in collaboration with Marie Claire and Woman and Home. The skincare brands whom attended included Murad, Clinique and Elemis - all of which had very knowledgeable representatives from their London flagship stores giving skincare advice, suggestions and even the cheeky facial and hand massage here and there. Whilst I enjoyed pretty much all of the products I stumbled upon, I have to say there was one that really stood out to me in particular and that was the Elemis 'BIOTEC' skin energising cleanser. Not only does it smell absolutely divine, but when demonstrated on my hand it almost instantly gave this gorgeous glow to my usual dull, dehydrated skin. My skin felt refreshed, nourished, and most importantly clean - so I was very exited as to have received a 50ml deluxe sample to try out! As I say, I attended the event nearly two weeks ago now, and have used this cleanser every day, morning and night since, so I thought it would be fun to share my first impressions with you and let you know how I'm getting on with it!

Firstly, the smell. Oh the scent of this cleanser is something dreams are made of. Honestly, I have no idea what exactly this baby smells like but I would definitely go as far as to say that it's probably the best smelling skincare item I've ever come across. Nevertheless, I wouldn't say that it's all that overpowering, so if you're not usually one for scented products, I wouldn't totally dismiss this. It possesses a spa-like, calming fragrance which hasn't at all aggravated my usual sensitive, reactive skin, so I'm extremely pleased about that element!

Second falls how good I think the product is at doing what it's designed to do: cleansing the skin. Now, I'm just going to throw it out there that this cleanser is not one to be used to remove make-up. It could do, but I certainly haven't tried it and don't plan on it either. I'm still 100% reliant on my long-loved Lush cleanser (full review can be found here) for that 'first cleanse', after which I follow in with the Elemis skin energising cleanser and wow. After a mere few uses this cleanser has managed to totally transform my skin into something that looks happy and perky under the Spring sun. My skin feels a lot more plump and hydrated, and whilst this is a foaming cleanser, it is substantial enough to feel as though you're getting a deep down wash that's also helping to inject some moisture back into your skin too. I am suffering a break out right now which I have to say doesn't happen all too often with me, so I'm not 100% sure if that's the cleanser causing it or something else. Either way, I plan on continuing to work my way through this sample to see how far I can make the quarter sized sample last, and the more long term effect it'll have on my skin.

Right now? I would definitely go out and buy the full size version of the Elemis BIOTEC skin energising cleanser. The experience of using the product alone has proved absolutely delightful, and you really do only need half a pea-sized amount to cover your face and neck (and I have a big face too) which to me would make the £39.50 RRP for 200ml of product totally worth it. As I say though, I'm not too sure what's happening with the breakout situation so I think I'll continue to work my way through my sample first before I do decide to pick up the full size.

Sample Sunday's are something that I have featured on my Blog a loooong time ago to help motivate me to bite the bullet and start tackling that huge sample stash I have in my drawer. Safe to say, that stash is now somewhat overflowing so if you like hearing brief first impressions of products that you perhaps haven't tried before, make sure to come back each Sunday!

Wishing you all a lovely start to the week,
Hannah x
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