Thursday, 8 September 2016

Five Boomerang Products

Hey everyone! I am back, and I'm back for good. Lots has been going on... doctors/hospital appointments, ill family members, dissertations... you get the gist. Anyhoo, today I thought I'd take it simple as I work my way getting back into things again, and so I thought I'd share with you five of my 'boomerang products' - aka a fancy name for those products I always seem to turn back to and those that are surely missed each time I swap my skincare routine around.

1. Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream (link) < *AHHH it's only £5.99 at Boots right now!! *stocks up* - This is the first moisturiser I ever used back when my interest for skincare first sparked. Over half a decade later and I still always find myself turning to this bad boy. On those days where I want to know my skin will stay nourished but not turn greasy, or on days where I'm going for the best make-up possible - this is the product I always rely on. It's just so easy to smooth into the skin, contains SPF15 (which is an absolute must for me!), and sits under make-up perfectly. I've used this on acne-ridden, oily and then incredible dry skin over the years and it seemed to help a great deal with meeting the unique needs and demands of all those skin types. If you're first getting into beauty, or you're even a skincare pro, I'd 100% recommend picking up and trying out this moisturiser if you haven't already. Don't be put off by its low price! I've found this to be a lot more effective than a lot of high-end moisturisers! 

2. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser* (link) - I'm actually going to be uploading a review focused solely on this product soon so I won't go on too much beyond that I honestly love this moisturiser on days where I don't plan on leaving the house (it doesn't contain SPF). Back in the heights of summer, my skin turned so incredibly dry which left some stubborn patches on my cheeks. Using this daily morning and night proved wonders, so I can't wait to see how it holds up during the winter months too! 

3. Lush Ultrabland Cleanser - (review) / (link) - This is that make-up remover that I'm always telling people to get a sample of when they're next in town. Unlike what seems to be almost everyone (?!), I find micellar water far too stripping on my sensitive skin (review). Thus cue: Ultrabland. It's just the perfect balm to remove even the most stubborn of make-up in no time at all. You just rub, swirl until everything on your face has been covered (totally safe around my sensitive eyes too yipee!), and wipe off with a damp flannel! Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

4. Argan Oil - (link) / *(link) - Buy one get one half price* - Also another product I'm going to write a sole post on but whaaaaaaat why don't more people use argan oil as part of their daily routines?! It's incredible, and it's the one oil I've found to have the greatest benefits for my skin. No clogging, no greasiness, but all the hydration and nourishment needed. I can't see anyone not getting on with this stuff!

5. Caudalie Grape Water Spray - (link) / *(link) - Save 18% when you buy two* - As I mentioned in my last favourites post here, I never thought I'd be one of those people that uses a water spray. I just thought... what a waste of money! Oh how wrong was I. Since I started integrating this into my skincare routines, as well as for frequent refreshers during the day, my skin has turned from dehydrated-combination to pretty much normal (ps. Thank you to Balance Me for inviting me to have a consultation using a specialised fancy machine. It's so useful to know that my skincare routines are working and are having a positive effect even in the deep down layers of my skin!). I think this is one of those products that I'll just keep repurchasing from now on because after continuous use, you really get to appreciate it's longevity and the brilliant effects it can have. 

These are five moisturising/nourishing products that always seem to prop back up in my skincare routines no matter how far I stray. What are some of yours?
- Hannah. x

The above links are affiliate links. Fundamentally, all that means is that 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! 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

Any products marked with a '*' have been very kindly gifted to me as press samples. These were not however gifted in exchange for a review, and this post is not at all sponsored. The product has been included purely because I love it and I just wanted to talk about it with you! 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Beauty Expert Collection - The Rose Edition

Beauty Expert is one of my favourite places to online shop all things skincare and beauty. Not only do they stock an amazing range of brands and products, but they often host quite frequent discount offers which I've found to prove a lot more enticing than it's competitors. What is even more exciting however is that Beauty Expert have now launched their own collection series, 'The Beauty Expert Collection', whereby each collection that's released will contain selected products that tie in with a particular theme. For the collections launch, Beauty Expert decided to go with a rose theme, meaning all the products contained within will have some relation to rose, which personally I think is a perfect choice for these summer months as rose is one of those skincare saviours perfect for soothing irritated, perhaps sensitive skin that can sometimes arise at this time of year from sun exposure.

As you can see, the collection comes in a lovely little vanity case which feels of superb quality, making this particular collection a nice change from a usual cardboard box. I really feel that this simple touch makes the whole experience of uncovering the secrets within all that more exciting, and it really does help to add that luxury feel to the experience - which is perfect for gift giving or if you fancy treating yourself I say! After unzipping the case, untying the ribbon bow, and getting past that gorgeous baby pink tissue paper, you're greeted with a bunch of what I like to call 'squiggles' (do these have a name?!) made out of thick card. Once again, this may be something that people may not usually take much notice of, but sensually, the feeling of all the layers you encounter whilst working your way to the products are that of the highest quality which I really do feel makes a huge difference in the experience of receiving and opening this collection. 

 And we're in! Woohooooooo! I know what you're thinking, I couldn't possibly throw any more praise at this collection right? Well you're wrong because ALL of the specially selected products that are included in this rose edition - as well as all future editions - are full sized products which I think is just amazing. The contents of The Beauty Expert Collections Rose Edition amounts to a whopping £134 of products, which is incredible when considering the collection itself costs a mere £50. Yes, £50 is still a lot of money, let's not beat around the bush here, but seeing as each product selected are some of each brands top selling/customer favourite items, you're not getting dealt any random rubbish here. Just for some perspective: The Ark Body Beautiful Conditioning Oil and Balance Me Rose Otto Body Cream alone soon exceed that £50 mark, which I hope demonstrates the value you are getting by purchasing The Beauty Expert Collection! 

In this Rose Edition Collection, you will find the following products:

I have attached a direct link to each product via the list above if you wish to take a look at those specific ingredients and/or reviews, however if you were thinking about treating yourself, a friend, family member, or even looking to stock up then I'd recommend checking out The Beauty Expert Collection page which can be viewed here (< link).

Overall, (if you couldn't already tell!) I'm extremely impressed by this new launch from Beauty Expert, and I have to say it is probably one of the best collective items on the market that I've seen. A range of well known as well as perhaps some often overlooked brands will be included in coming editions, giving us that perfect opportunity to try out and learn more about brands and/or products that we perhaps may not have encountered before which I think just adds to the exciting feel of The Beauty Expert Collection. I'm so happy I've finally got these photos taken because I am alllll set for a pamper night this evening and I honestly can't wait to delve in and give these products a try! If you've tried any of the products above do let me know what you thought, and if you're planning on picking this up I'm sorry but really not sorry for enabling because honestly, you will not regret that purchase. The great thing is, if a rose theme isn't for you, then you may find that the following editions are more up your street! (I don't think I'm allowed to tell you the themes of the next two editions but lets just say that come November there will be a CHRISTMAS ONE AHHHHHHHHH! (I can't be the only one excited about Christmas in the middle of July can I?!) Anyhoo, I'm rambling on. Sorry! I haven't been as active as I would have otherwise preferred due to dissertation work and health issues, but I'm so happy to be back and I'm looking forward to getting back into regular uploads!

I hope you've all had the best week ever,
Hannah x

*I was very kindly invited to The Beauty Expert Collection pre-launch where I was fortunate enough to not only recieve this edition, but to also hear the thoughts and processes that went into producing the collection, the hows and whys of the brand and product selections, alongside very interesting and informative talks from a few of the involved brands about why their products are so highly recommended. I am not however being paid or sponsored to publish this content, and all opinions are my own. I'm just super excited to have found something that is of such luxury quality but for great value so how could I not share it with you all?!

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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

*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
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