Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Lush Butterbear Bath Bomb

I know, I knoooooow. Oh deary me. I think it's safe to say that I got a litttttttle (ok, a lot) behind on publishing my Blogmas posts but never fear! I aim to have fully caught up by the end of the week, so stay tuned for lots of new updates over the next few coming days! Life, health, uni deadlines and social life all got in the way - blimey, December is a bit of a busy one isn't it?! Either way, as I've shared numerous times before here on Hannah Delacour, I find there's nothing better to help you relax in the evenings than to have a nice, warm (aka burning hot) bath - especially now that we've moved into the winter months! I'd never tried many things from the Lush Christmas range before so I was super excited to pick up quite a few goodies this year, and the first I had to try just haaaad to be this cute lil' bath bomb named 'Butterbear'. 


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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Lush Mask of Magnaminty Review

I have been much angry today. I won't go into details here as I'd like to keep Blogmas a happy place, but if you want you can follow my Twitter account to see what's up. Whether you agree with my opinions or not: I always encourage discussion and openness to different points of view so please do let me know what you think of the two situations at hand being discussed. Right. YAY HAPPY BLOGMAS TIME. When I have days like this, it's so easy to keep getting myself wound up - so I always try to ensure to take some 'me time' out in the evening before bed, just to make sure I'm calm and as relaxed as I can possibly be before I go to sleep. I'm sure many a people do that too, but if you don't - please don't let other people completely demolish your day and the start of the next. Your mental health and emotional clarity is far more important than to be wasted on such ignorant people/things. One of the methods I find most helpful in relaxing my mood is to use a face mask and today, I will be talking about an all time favourite of mine - the Mask of Magnaminty by Lush. (link)



As I mentioned in my 'first experience' review of the Mask of Magnaminty by Lush here (< link), I was always deterred from buying one of the all-famous Fresh Face Masks by Lush due to their short life span. What's absolutely fabulous for me is that Lush responded to this wide deterrant, and produced a 'self-preserving' adaptation of the highly raved about mask, so that's shelf life is extended to approximately three months. Still not perfect, but it definitely provides a more realistic time span to get through it in my opinion!

Lush boldly label this mask as a 'multi-purpose' saviour: seeking to clean, calm and clear the skin. From past experience, I have usually found that a 'multi-purpose' mask is only truly good at one of the properties it so adopts. However, I really have found that regular use (once a week) of the Mask of Magnaminty has contributed greatly to the clearing and calming of my skin. Despite this, I'd recommend that anyone who suffers particularly sensitive skin to try out a sample first, as it's prominent ingredient of peppermint oil - intended to 'stimulate the skin' - may stimulate a little too much for your liking. I have found at times that if my skin is feeling especially sensitive, Mask of Magnaminty can spark a burning feeling (oop, excuse the pun aha!) which feels very harsh on the skin. Nevertheless, my overall experience whilst using this mask has proved to be quite an enjoyable, beneficial one!

Lush also highlights in the ingredients section that, alongside peppermint oil, this mask contains: marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; as well as evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate the skin as you remove it. All fabulous, natural ingredients which have been proven to offer beneficial treatment to the skin. For this reason, I'd only recommend using this mask on fresh, pre-cleansed skin as it is designed to provide a 'treatment' over a 'cleanse' for your skin.


(Ahhhhhh look how perfect and beautiful it looked!! It was so difficult to stick my fingers in this let me tell you!! haha)

Overall, despite some negatives (nothing can be perfect, can it?), I do think that this is one of those things that people should at least try. & the wonderful thing about Lush is that they're usually totally happy with sending/giving a sample if you make an order online or pop into store to ask. Whilst the thick consistency and strong, peppermint smell may not be to everybody's taste - I do feel that whilst they're simple features, they do contribute greatly to the effectiveness of this mask. You know that feeling when you start chewing on a fresh mint or piece of gum, and swallow some cold water, getting that 'icy, cool' feeling? That's exactly how I'd describe this as feeling when applied to the skin! As you can imagine, that means Mask of Magnainty is a superb way to invigorate not only the skin, but your mind and senses too - helping to wake you up, or refresh and calm you down - both beautifully, and efficiently. 


What's one of your favourite ways to unwind and relax?
- Hannah x

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Lush 'Santa's Belly' Shower Jelly | Review

If you follow me on either Instagram (< link) and/or Twitter (<link), you will know that I have developed somewhat of an 'aggressive' obsession with Lush shall we say. I haven't spent my money on anything else apart from food, transport, and Lush stuff recently which I think says a lot in itself, haha! I had actually managed to finish almost all of my skincare supplies at the same time a few weeks ago, and whilst picking up another batch of my long loved gems, I decided it only fair to step outside my comfort zone a little and really explore the extent of Lush's vast product range. Safe to say - I'm so happy that I did! So make sure you're either following on GFC of Bloglovin' to keep up to date with all the Lush reviews coming your way (and more!). Today I thought I would review the item that was most outside of my comfort zone; that being 'Santa's Belly Shower Jelly'.



I had never been drawn to using a shower jelly before as, In all honesty, I wasn't quite sure how to actually use them, and perceived them as far more fuss than my regular shower gel option. However Santa's Belly grabbed my eye with its gorgeous, deep red attire, hosting cute little fun stars inside. The smell of this in the pot is exactly like freshly cut apples. More precisely: freshly cut pink lady apples. Yum! If you're a little disappointed that the 'So White' shower gel didn't make a return in this year's Christmas collection, I'd definitely give this jelly a second look as it could just be the thing to calm the pain in your shower product-loving void. Once I actually started using this in the shower under a line of warm water, I noticed that the scent of this item began to dramatically change. The intensity of the apples was gorgeous, although it was accompanied by the smell of freshly poured, potent red wine. If you like the smell of wine, then this is perfect for you - but if you don't? Don't be silly like me and pick this up without reading the label first, ahh! I really cannot stand the smell of wine (if you are a Fresher/have ever been a Fresher I'm sure there's at least one alcoholic beverage that you've been put off for life). So I decided to give this item to my mum who absolutely loves its smell.



Nevertheless, the reason why I'm still recommending that you check this product out is that it really was absolutely wonderful for cleansing the skin, and the scent lasts on your skin all. day. long. I stood away from the shower, rubbed it all over me (surprisingly, it was far easier to keep a grip of than I had previously anticipated), then stepped back under the flow of the shower to really let it's goodness lather up. It has a really satisfying, rich lather too which is just great in my opinion. Never before have I had a shower product that's scent has lingered on my skin for the whole day - absolutely incredible! It's just unfortunate that the smell just wasn't for me... typical! Either way, I'd highly recommend this product if you're looking for something practical, but a little quirky, and of course - like the smell of wine and freshly cut apples!

Price: £7.95/250g (as pictured above)

Noteworthy Ingredients: Fresh apple juice, vegan red wine, bergamot oil, neroli oil.

Would I repurchase?: No - purely due to the fact that I can't stand the smell of wine. I was so pleased with how long lasting its scent was though, and that it actually did do a good job of cleansing my skin that I will definitely be purchasing another Lush shower jelly. Any recommendation? (I love Lemongrass and Cassis!)

Have you tried any of Lush's shower jellies? What were your thoughts?
- Hannah x


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Monday, 27 July 2015

'On My Face' | 21st Birthday


Hello everyone! Today I thought it would be a fun idea to make a list of what I wore for my 21st birthday. I have an absolutely terrible memory, so it'll be interesting to look back on, and it's just something that I think would be nice to remember! On birthdays, I always want to feel comfortable, yet still a little bit special - so I decided to opt for some of my long term favourites, as well as some new found loves. I hope you enjoy seeing what I wore, and I'll see you tomorrow! 

1. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 'Ivory' | £6.99
2. Clarins Instant Concealer in 'shade 01' | £21.50 (Review here)
3. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 'Transparent' | £3.99
4. Benefit Blusher in 'Bella Bamba' | Discontinued?? 
5. Milani Baked Blush in '03 Berry Amore' (as a highlight) | $8.49 (Review here)
6. Benefit Bronzing Powder in 'Hoola' | Part of set - full size: £23.50
7. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 'shade 02' | £13.00
8. Lancôme  Hypnôse Stay Eyes Palette in 'Gris Fume' | £37.00
9. Tarte Eyeliner | ???
10. DIOR Diorshow Mascara in 'Black' | (sample) - full size: £24.50
11. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (on lips) | £26.00

- Hannah x




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Friday, 24 April 2015

Gemporia: Ratanakiri Zircon 9K Gold Ring* Review | Jewellery


Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely week! Today I'm very excited to be reviewing this beautiful 0.29ct Ratanakiri Zircon 9k Gold Ring* that was very kindly sent to be by the lovely team at Gemporia. Until recently, I had never heard of Gemporia, however I was soon sold by their wide array of styles, gemstones, metals and designs, as well as the encouraging brand ethics behind the sourcing of those materials. Not only does the brand work closely with the communities where the gemstones are sourced, (the stone of this ring being from Cambodia - how cool is that?!), getting actively involved in localized charities that support the health and education of those sourcing the materials, the brands ethos stresses that "beautiful jewellery shouldn't cost the earth", which I think is a wonderful attitude to have (and is quite a clever slogan!). The prices are absolutely amazing for the carat weighting and precious metals used, yet the quality doesn't at all suffer which I think is absolutely admirable as it makes the luxury of fine jewellery a lot more accessible to those of us who would like to treat ourselves to something special, but can't afford to fork out serious dollar. Unfortunately, I'm not able to wear high-street jewellery as the high acidity in my skin means that I'm prone to getting green fingers (eww!), so I'm always on the hunt for good quality precious metals that are budget friendly, which is why I'm so excited that I've now discovered Gemporia and their fabulous range!

What I love most about this ring is that it's small, delicate, and discrete, but it shines so brightly making it appear a lot more expensive than it is - some of my friends even thought they were diamonds! As soon as I unveiled it from it's little velvet pouch I just squealed with joy as it's exactly what I've been looking for and I think it'll make a lovely addition to anyone's ring collection. 



Whilst some might not like the thinness of the metal band, I personally love this, and I think it ties in perfectly with the ring stacking trend that everyone seems to be loving right now! I've worn this on it's own, and stacked with the other gold rings that I own; which is great because most of the time I don't have the patience or minutes in the morning to fiddle around trying to see what jewellery pieces will go together and with what I'm wearing. I just love how universal it's design has proved, and it just goes with everything which is fabulous! Again, I think that it's universal nature would make it a great gift for someone as I can't see anyone not liking or at least not finding use out of this ring!

What I also love about Gemporia is that they have a very generous 30 day money back guarantee, alongside frequent sales and live auctions where you can watch the prices of some seriously fine quality rings plummet during those temporary periods. What I love about this is, not only do the live auctions teach you a little info behind the value of gemstones in general, but you can treat yourself, without feeling at all guilty, with the reassurance that you can return if you decide you don't like it (Although, I somehow can't see that happening!).

Despite being an avid ring and general jewellery lover (more so than make-up - EEK, I know), I've never featured or talked about any of my pieces before and I'm not really sure why. Nonetheless, I was especially thrilled to work with Gemporia because, as stated above, I totally admire their positive nature towards providing good quality materials, and their inspiring attitude towards aiding the communities where they source their materials which I feel is especially important when working in developing nations, and something that I wish all companies would do. Also, I think that it's great that after all that, they still manage to keep their pricing affordable so I think it will appeal to many of you guys who are perhaps on a tighter budget or might be looking to treat yourself but don't want to splash out a serious sum of money!




Overall, I really love this ring and am so happy that it is now part of my collection, and I hope you enjoyed this entry too! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the ring I chose, or any others that you are eyeing up for yourself (I think it's safe to say that I'll definitely be making quite a few purchases from Gemporia in the future!) I really hope you all have a great weekend 
[ where there is currently 20% off everything at: www.gemporia.com (yaaaaay!!!) ].
Hannah x





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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Cougar Beauty Products: Perfect Pout Lip Plumper* | Review


Hello everyone! I hope you've had a lovely week thus far! Today I have another product review for you, this time focusing on the 'Perfect Pout Volume and Shape Definition Lip Plumper'* by Cougar Beauty Products. Since Kylie Jenner came on the scene I feel as though it's become almost 'trendy' to plump up your lips at least a little. I have to admit, I am definitely not one for lip plumping as it's all too much fuss for me, and I haven't had much success in the past. I always used to hate liquid/gloss methods of lip plumping as I could never deal with the way that type of product would make my lips feel - y'know, all tingly and like they're on fire? Nevertheless, when Cougar Beauty Products contacted me to see how I'd like their lip plumper, I thought I'd give it a try - and oh am I so glad that I did! 

The 'Perfect Pout Volume and Shape Definition Lip Plumper' comes in a small tube packaging which means it's brilliant for carrying around when you're on the go. What I also like about the packaging is the applicator isn't the typical 'smear your lips all over this' type which usually makes this type of product disgusting after only a few of uses. Rather, this lip plumper possesses quite a precise applicator. I put a few dots of the clear liquid formula along my lips and just rubbed my lips together to disperse it evenly - no sticky packaging or fingers necessary thank you! 

Firstly, the best thing about this product for me is that the blood vessels in my lips don't feel as though they're exploding like a million suns as other products of a similar type have done in the past. It's soothing, and tastes a little like peppermint which is just lovely and actually feels quite refreshing when applied to the lips. I find that my lips did enlarge slightly, only slightly though, but to be honest I like that. My lips are already big enough for my liking, and I only really wanted a bit of omphh to the sides of my top lip which I feel this lip plumper achieved beautifully. I was left with plumper, fuller lips - but the effects were subtle. I like a natural look, which is why this worked for me so well. However, if you're wanting something that makes your lips ten times bigger then this isn't the one for you. 


Not only did it add subtle volume to my lips, my lips were left feeling soft and 'plump', as in the healthy kind of hydrated 'plump' which made it a pleasure to use. I felt as though I was wearing a gloss that just made my lips look simply better. On the product description, Cougar Beauty Products states that the Volume and Shape Definition Lip Plumper contains: "Vitamin E for antioxidant and moisturising properties, Corum and Pepper mint for heating and cooling sensation – creates a tingling effect." Whilst my lips did indeed feel moisturised, and I did experience a unique, soothing sensation, I didn't experience much tingling - which, as stated above is why I liked this product so much.

After a few minutes, it's glossy texture sinks into your lips ridding the lips of any shine, however, what I don't like about this product is the residue it leaves is a little too sticky for my matte lipsticks. I could still apply creamier lipsticks perfectly, but the mattes were just a big no no. That's my only tiff, and the price. I wouldn't pay £25.00 for this product. As mentioned earlier, it isn't really in my direct interests to try and plump up my lips because I do have prominent-enough lips for my liking anyway. In saying that though, this is the only lip plumper I've ever tried and liked, and it comes in efficient packaging which means that it will last a long time. You only need the tiniest blob and there's 10ml of product there so if you're in the market to try a new lip plumper that's both volumising and moisturising, I would say that this is worth the money when considering the amount you get. However, if lip plumpers are something that you're new to, and/or something you're just wanting to experiment with, I'd opt for a cheaper one! 

Overall, I really enjoyed using this product. I love that it didn't make my lips go all crazy and feel weird, and I love that the results were very natural looking, yet, there was a noticeable difference to the shape of my lips.
What do you use to achieve that 'plumper' shaped lip?
Hannah x
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Friday, 3 April 2015

Lush 'Ultrabland' Cleanser | Review


As promised, today I'll be reviewing the all famous, yet vastly overlooked 'Ultrabland' (< link) from Lush - described as an 'Ultra-simple and ultra-effective' cleanser, which I have to say, is totally spot on. As stated on Lush's website, 'Ultrabland' is based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, which doesn't really sound all that enticing, but I really do feel that the simplicity of this cleanser is what I love most about it. Ultrabland is an emulsifying cleanser, giving it a thick, butter-like consistency. It includes a variety of natural oils such as rosewater, alongside beeswax and honey which grip onto any dirt and make-up on your face, breaking down even the most stubborn of mascaras (Benefit 'They're Real' I'm looking at you!) giving you an intense, satisfying cleanse. However, what's special about Ultrabland is that unlike a lot of other powerful make-up removers, it doesn't leave your skin feeling at all tight or stripped. Instead, you're left with smoother, plumper and healthier looking skin. 

This cleanser only has ten ingredients in it, which I have to admit made me doubt it a little at first. I think the main three ingredients that I feel have had the greatest effect on improving the condition of my skin are: almond oil - which hydrates the skin; honey - which acts as a natural antiseptic and exfoliator; and rose water - which I found helped calm any irritation and smooth any rough areas on my face. Not only does this cleanser deep clean, as well as lightly moisturise and exfoliate, it also claims to rebalance problematic skin within just four weeks of use and I'd definitely agree with that statement.



My skin has never looked this good (or at least, since I was a little girl). Whilst some redness still lingers around my nose, chin and cheeks, the level or redness has gone down considerably, and the general condition of my skin has moved from what used to be very oily, highly contrasting combination skin, to what I'd now consider normal most of the time. I do still suffer the odd dry cheeks and shiny nose, but they are no where NEAR as bad as it used to get. I really do feel that the moisture in my skin has become a lot more balanced over the past few months and there is no doubt in my mind that Ultrabland has played the greatest part in this transformation. I've had so many compliments on my complexion since I've integrated this cleanser as part of my daily morning and evening routine, and people have noted that I now have much brighter, 'glowing' skin which is just lovely as a dull complexion is always something that I've struggled with.

When using this cleanser, you only need to apply a small dollop to dry skin, then massaging it in in circular motions. Soon, the warmth of your fingers builds and it's butter-like texture turns into a clear oil that starts to break down and grip onto your make-up and any other dirt on/in your skin. When I feel that all of my make-up has been broken down, I simply grab a warm soaked flannel to wipe off the product and voila! All gone. I tend to go in with a second massage of Ultrabland after having removed my make-up, and leave it on for ten minutes whilst I brush my teeth and get read for bed to enable my skin to really benefit from the goodness of the natural ingredients inside. Since I've started doing this, the positive effects of this cleanser have vastly increased. I think just using something that requires you to massage it into the skin alone has had a beneficial effect on my skin because it really ensures that you're using a cleanser that is penetrating into the surface of, and clearing out your pores. Once again, I'll then lightly rub off the cleanser using a warm flannel, and most often or not I won't use another product on my face before bed apart from moisturiser and/or a serum. Even then, because this cleanser is so hydrating, I often find that if I leave it on a little longer than ten minutes that I don't even need to use a moisturiser afterwards as it's just so hydrating.



I just thought I'd mention here - the reason why I'll only use a flannel when removing this particular cleanser is because I've found that the rough surface of a flannel is far superior at picking up Ultrabland's thick consistency. A lot of people have in the past complained that this cleanser leaves a thick 'grease' like residue on their face but I honestly just think that's where they're using something much less abrasive to remove the cleanser such as a cotton pad or muslin cloth. Even though Lush themselves recommend that you remove Ultrabland with a cotton pad, I really wouldn't because it just doesn't take the product off your face (or I found that it didn't at least). 

Even though the smell can be off putting at first, I'd whole heartedly recommend that you at least try a sample of this cleanser. It really is 'ultra-simple and ultra-effective'. My skin is clearer, more balanced, brighter, and more hydrated. Whilst is hasn't fully got rid of any acne, blackheads or redness, it has vastly helped in controlling those impurities on my face and even though something so thick can appear nothing but daunting to fellow sufferers of clogged pored, do NOT be afraid of this. It really doesn't clog the skin at all and that is coming from someone who usually finds that as a real problem. I have been using this cleanser once-a-day at the very least since mid December, and it is by far the most effective cleanser I have ever used, despite its soft, gentle nature. I can confidently rub this into my eye area without worrying about potential irritation, and the simplicity of it's base, consisting of mostly natural ingredients is just amazing considering it has had far greater effects over other cleansers I've tried that rely a lot on chemical ingredients. Overall, I'd say this is an extremely underrated cleanser and one that deserves a LOT more attention - especially seeing as it's extremely affordable at £11.50 per 100g, which lasted me three months despite using it averagely two, sometimes three times a day during that period.

I'm sorry this was such a long review, but I honestly can't stress enough how much I'd recommend that you try out this cleanser. Even though I only picked it up during mid-December last year, I'd go as far as to say that this was definitely one of, if not my best skincare discovery of 2014.
PLEASE go and pick up a sample to try - I promise you won't regret it! (Access product here)

Hannah x



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