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'. 


Monday, 7 December 2015

10 Things I Do Everyday: No.2

Hey everyone! Today I thought I would keep it simple, and write a second instalment sharing ten of the things that I seem to be finding myself doing on a daily basis! Ah... what an interesting, exciting, unpredictable life I lead. Nevertheless, sometimes it's interesting to focus on and highlight those things that we usually overlook as a 'normality'.

1. Stay in bed a few minutes past my alarm (oops!)
2. Take the warmest (aka hottest) shower possible.
3. Spend extra long drying my hair to keep as warm as poss. during these chilly mornings!
4. Snuggle in a cosy (preferably fluffy) jumper. For example, right now? I am much comfy. 
5. Think about how much I love Autumn and Winter, and smile at the fact it's finally here.
6. Get through at least half a uni reading.
7. Plan Blog posts, because, yaas.
8. Snuggle up and think about life and where it's heading.
9. Write... anything. Whether it be a To-Do-List, a Blog entry or an essay, I'm always writing.
10. Watch my fish whilst I sit at my desk (it's surprisingly relaxing!).

What are some of the things you do everyday?
- Hannah x

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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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Friday, 4 December 2015

Origins 'Like a Dream' Christmas Gift Set

Woah woah woaaaaaaah! *does the Chandler dance*. Do you ever just end up 'treating' yourself a little too much whilst Christmas shopping for other people? Well, that happened to me this year - big time. I won't go too into it, because I'm still trying to deny to myself how much I spent but hey, when I see a good bargain that I think you guys will love, who am I to keep you from it?! The Origins 'Like a Dream' Christmas gift set (link) was at the top of my Christmas wish list this year, but when I saw it on sale in Debenhams (10% off here) I just thought, you know what? I need a moisturiser anyway, I may as well pick it up. In the end, I'm so happy that I did because I was so chuffed with the set that I ended up picking up a second! (oops?!).

Firstly, I thought it worth mentioning that the quality of the little cosmetic bag and the eye-mask included are far superior to other 'added perks' to any other gift sets that I've seen. Even though the skincare products inside are absolutely wonderful by themselves - I feel that the high quality of the added two really add to the luxury feel of this set. At the end of the day, whether you're buying for yourself or for someone else, you wan't that 'special' feeling to occur when it's opened. I'm not usually one to appreciate the added elements in a gift set, but I really love what's included in this set and it does make this gift feel more unique and 'special' in comparison to others I've seen.

Right... onto the actual skincare included Hannah! Firstly, you'll receive a full sized 'High Potency Night-A-Mins' renewal cream, which, if you've read my review here (< link), you will know that I seriously adore this moisturiser. I have never come across another night cream that is as soothing, plumping and hydrating as this one (as of yet anyhoo!). This alone is usually £35 - the set is currently on sale at Debenhams for £36 (< link)- uummmmm...yes please?! If you're looking for a new night time moisturiser, I'd definitely that you check this gift set out - even if it is just for the moisturiser. Although, I can't see that happening becausssse...

As well as my holy grail night-time moisturiser, you get a pretty decent 50ml sized sample of the hugely raved about Origins 'Drink Up Intensive Mask' (£10.35 value), and a 100ml tube of the gorgeous smelling 'Precipitation' body moisturiser (£10.40 value). I've never tried either of these products before, but both smell and look so lovely, so I'm extremely excited to give them a whirl!

All in all, not only is the quality of the bonuses to this Christmas gift set just beautiful, but the overall quality for money is absolutely incredible - saving you money, yet ensuring that either you, or whoever you're buying for is utterly treated and spoiled when they receieve this fabulous Christmas set. I have to say, this is definitely the best gift set I've seen this year. You get three really iconic Origins products in there, so I really do feel that any beauty lover, Origins fan, or someone who generally needs to take some 'me time' out would be delighted with this set. I'm actually shocked it's still in stock it's such good value for money - so make sure to grab it while you can!

What Origins products do you love/are on your wishlist?
- Hannah x

Thursday, 3 December 2015

10 Things I Love About Winter

Hey everyone! So if you follow me on Twitter (@HannahDelacour4), you will know I've had the ultimate stressful day and I'm definitely not in a good mood (to say the least, haha!). HOWEVER, I'm not going to let other people ruin my day so I decided to try and focus my thoughts on things I like about this time of year for today's Blogmas post, and I encourage you all to do the same in the comments! Lets surround ourselves with happy things, and talk about what it is that we love about this time of year. :)

1) Scarves
I love scarves. Scarves are my jam. Scarves are my life. In all honesty I wear scarves all year around, but there's nothing that beats wearing a big, overwhelmingly cosy scarf when you want to snuggle up in the cold! I recently ordered a few from Topshop too so it's all scarves galore in my room right now haha!

2) Freshly tumble dried clothes (preferably pyjama bottoms)
As a child, I remember my mum always throwing the freshly tumble dried washing over me and ever since; that instant feeling of warmth just feels so comforting - especially when it's bloody freezing out! Trust me: there is nothing better than putting on a pair of pyjama bottoms when they're fresh out the drier. If you haven't already tried this - DO IT. DO IT NOWWW! 

3) Custard, with everything
I'd say that custard is also my jam... but it's not jam, it's custard. That's a whole different league. I love love looooove custard! Once again it just ties in beautifully with that warming, cosy feeling that we all need during these Winter months, and I mean, come on...It's C.U.S.T.A.R.D! 

4) Spiced soup
To be honest, I'm not sure I really like spiced soup but I'm trying to like it more. Even if I don't eat it - just the thought of spiced soup feels so Autumnal and festive to me... anybody else get that?! I miss Autumn... I want Autumn back. Why can't it be Autumn all year round??

5) The smell of cinnamon and pine popping up everywhere
Yaaaaaaaas is all I can say! As I've gotten older I've become a lot more attracted to richer, spicier scents so I've been especially loving the increase in cinnamon and pine infested air recently. It's definitely getting me in the Christmas mood - that's for sure!

6) Fresh air
Bit of an odd one, but if you follow me on Snapchat you'll know that I walk a lot (a lot a lot), almost on a daily basis. I find the crisp, fresh air to be so refreshing and stimulating - particularly in the mornings - and I've been enjoying my walks a lot more as a result. I'm left with a face that looks like it's been slapped by a seal, but I'm also left feeling determined and invigorated, ready for the day ahead. If I can walk through that cold... I can do anything right?! aha

7) Crunchy leaves
I have yet to find a true crunchy leaf, but oh my goodness there's nothing more satisfying than stepping on a nice, crisp leaf during a morning walk. ahhhh crunchy leaves where are you??!

8) Darker evenings
I know that this one will prove a little controversial as I know a loooot of people don't like the darker evenings. Whilst I do appreciate the lighter evenings during summer, I've found that the darker noon has really helped me to get to sleep so much better, and I generally feel a lot more relaxed in the evenings as a result of it too which is just fabulous.

I'm one of those people that likes my baths near scolding hot, so I don't usually have many baths during the warmer weather. I am soooo excited now that the temperature has finally got to the point where I can break into my long loved, long-sniffed Lush stash! (Expect lots of reviews and photos coming your way!)

10) The build up to Christmas
Whenever people ask me what it is that I love about Christmas, the thing that falls at the top of my list is always that general feel of excitement and joy in the air. I'm happier because I have something to look forward to, and even strangers in the street are far more friendly and bubbly around this time of year which I always miss once mid January has gone by. The fairy lights too. The fairy lights are EVERYTHING.

Ah, see! Writing something so simple has already put me in a far better mood. Phew. What things do you love about Winter?
- Hannah x

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The December Reads

Booooooks, glorious boooooks! (I love you ten times more if you sang that to the Oliver tune like I did). Now, I absolutely love reading. If I'm being 100% honest, I actually prefer writing to reading - but that isn't to say that I don't love it. I think I've been a little deterred from reading as much as I'd like to during the past year as I've had sooooo much to read for my university courses, and if you attend/ have ever been to university, you know how time consuming those bad boys can be. As well as being seriously long (seriously, could they get any longer??!), academic literature can be pretty intense, usually leaving me far too exhausted to read anything of my own once I've battled my way through the 5 page list each week. Thus, I have decided to make sure I read at least the following four books during the winter break, to really enjoy some 'me' time, and to FINALLY read these beauties that have been staring at me from my shelf all year...

1) 'Paper Towns' by John Green (< link)
Whilst John Green is (arguably) most known for 'The Fault In Our Stars', my favourite book of his that I've read so far is actually 'Looking for Alaska' (< link) which many people seem to over look for some reason which is a shame. Either way, I really enjoyed reading the two of them, so I decided it only necessary to read the 'next big thing' by John Green: cue 'Paper Towns'. I've heard mixed reviews on this one - some people state its their favourite, whereas others who are die hard fans of TFIOS have gone as far as to label it a "waste of time", so I'm intrigued to see what I think about it! What was your experience?

Ok, I obviously just had to include 'Let It Snow' because eerrrrrrrrrm... Christmas!!? I actually purchased this to read last Christmas however dissertation stress and hectic social plans leading up to Christmas meant this (gorgeous looking) little gem got pushed to the side. Nevertheless, I've heard good reviews about this little guy so I'm excited to read a lil' something to help me get into the festive spirit!

3) 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by ‎Stephen Chbosky (< link)
In short: this is definitely one of my favourite books of all time. If you have read the book already, I encourage you to re-read it again this December with me! and if you haven't, pleaseeeeee please give it a go. I strongly believe that this book is written in such a way that it will appeal to anyone and everybody's interests. Also, if you've seen the film but not read the book (like many of my friends had before I lectured them and made them read it, haha!) I would definitely recommend picking up this book. Whilst the film is enjoyable, it missed out huuuuge segments of the book, and doesn't capture the innocence and sense of exploration of the self and mind as the book so well grasps. You will very rarely see me pushing a book on people, but if there's one book you're going to pick up and read, please let it be this one! I'm sure you won't regret it.

4) 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by J. K. Rowling (< link)
YES. I KNOW. I AM A SINNER..... I have never read the first Harry Potter book... or the second.........or the third. I have had this book for over a decade, haunting me. I absolutely love the latter books, but for some reason whenever I've sat down to try and get into reading from the start of the series, I just can't do it! I'm really not one for pages of description, and I do feel that J.K Rowling's writing dramatically improved in its standards towards the end of the series (not to say that it wasn't good to begin with!); however, I need to read this. I have to. It's an essential must. I need to tick it off the Bucket List. December 2015 will be the month I finally sit down and read this long-loved, yet long-neglected little gem.

& there you have it! I really hope that the book lovers (and others!) enjoyed today's Blogmas post, and I'd love to hear what you're planning on reading during the month of December too!
- Hannah x

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | Review

Hey everyone! I'm a bit late to hop on the bandwagon, I know, but I'm now writing this review after long-term use of this product and I actually seem to have quite a different opinion on it in comparison to the numerous other reviews I've seen so I thought, why not?! In all honesty, I've always been happy using a make-up wipe or my beloved Lush Ultrabland cleanser (Review here) in order to clean the make-up of my face. Even when I do wear stubborn, waterproof mascara, I've never had any problem removing almost all the residue using a make-up wipe (there's a technique to eye cleaning, believe it or not!), and if I'm wearing a slightly 'heavier' face where foundation needs to be removed, my Ultrabland has always just been so quick and easy to get the job done. Nevertheless, I wanted to check this micellar water to see if it was as amazing as people were claiming it to be, or if it was simply another trend item. I always do two cleanses: one to take off make-up, then one to clean my face, and so I thought that perhaps trying something new for the first step (as wipes aren't always my friend) would mean that my Ultrabland wouldn't run out so quickly: cue the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.

Firstly, I love the packaging, and the amount of product you get for the price. I think it goes without saying that 400ml of product for £4.99 (usually on sale for less) is a bargain, and would recommend selecting this micellar water over any other higher-end/more expensive versions due to it's incredible value. Even though this item isn't my favourite, that doesn't mean that it won't work for you so always give something a try if you're still a little unsure. If you find that you don't like it, at least you haven't wasted a lot of money on it.

Ok so lets get onto why this didn't really work for me. I have pretty normal skin, however I do find that I can get very dehydrated skin quite quickly (especially during this colder weather!) which can result in an oily t-zone and dry cheeks. Even on the oily parts of my skin, I found the Garnier micellar water far too stripping. Whilst my face was left feeling clean, it was left feeling too clean and thus tight and dry as a result. Also, considering this particular version is aimed for sensitive skin, and my skin isn't all that sensitive, I actually found the formula quite irritating - especially around the eyes. It felt and smelt as though I was wiping a chemical around my face which is never good nor desirable. 

Another thing which I didn't appreciate was the amount of cotton pads and product you need to use to get your make-up off. With a wipe I can do it all in one (including the eyes), however when using the Garnier micellar cleansing water, I needed to use several cotton pads and thus several squirts of the water to do the same job. I found this far too time consuming, and having to repurchase cotton pads all the time actually added to the price of using this cleansing water. Whilst it may be cheap on it's own, it needs money and time invested in other aspects in order to use it which I think should be taken into account. Sometimes we ain't got time to spend five+ minutes taking off our make-up!

In terms of actually getting make-up off, it was good. It could get slightly more make-up off my face than my usual wipe, however when I went in with my second cleanse, some make-up residue would still come off in the flannel which I was not at all impressed by considering how time consuming and fussy the process of using this is.

Overall, as you can probably tell: I am not a fan. Whilst I'm pleased I tried it, and I think it's great value if you're looking to try out a micellar water for the first time, I honestly don't get what the fuss is about. If you don't want to use a wipe, I would much more highly that you check out Lush's Ultrabland (link) as a make-up remover (and cleanser!) as it's so much quicker, 200% more nourishing and plumping and it's made of 100% natural ingredients as well which I think pushes it far above the quality of the Garnier micellar cleansing water.

What do you use to remove your make-up?
Hannah x

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Monday, 2 November 2015

High End Skincare Haul

Woooooah, eeeeeep! I think it's safe to say that I have a very exciting haul for you today! Basically, to cut a long story short: I wanted to get through all my skincare products before I bought anything new, and I'm proud to say that I absolutely smashed this target and thus thought it only fair to treat myself to some new, luxury goodies. I have never before tried anything from the brands included - so I am especially excited to not only try out some new products, but to also get a glimpse into what these unfamiliar brands have to offer. So let's jump right into it!

1) REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask | £32
I would say that my major skin complaint would have to be it's uneven surface texture. I've always had this problem, and acne doesn't make the issue any better so I decided to pick this bad boy up to see if it has more to offer in comparison to my standard face scrub. I've heard Fleur over at FleurDeForce talk about this product a lot over the years too so I'm so pleased so have finally picked it up to give it a try myself!

2) NUXE Reve de Miel Baume Levres Ultra-Nourrissant Lip Balm (yikes?!) | £9.50
I'm quite naughty in that I have a beautiful range of lipsticks proudly stood upon my dressing table, but I never have the lips to wear them. Whilst I absolutely love my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for soothing chapped lips, I don't find that my matte lipsticks sit very well on top. I'm hoping that the thicker texture of the NUXE balm, as well as it's lower concentrations of petroleum will help to counteract this problem so that I can get more use out of my fabulous lippies this winter!

3) Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil | £31.00
There isn't much to say about this one other than the fact that I needed a new face oil now that my Josie Maran argan oil (link) is sadly running low; and this facial oil from Hardie is absolutely jam packed with such a variety of nourishing, replenishing oils so I am very excited to give this a whirl.

4) Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | £38.00
Ok so this has to be one of the most raved out products in the beauty blogger world, right?? I thought I'd give it a try. I'm not really one to jump on a hype but after having researched the ingredients in this beauty I have to say I am very eager to give it a try and see how it compares to my beloved and trustworthy Ultrabland (Review can be accessed here).

5) Emma Hardie Age Support Eye Cream | £39.00
& last but not least, a new eye cream! Now. As I mentioned in my review of The Body Shop's Vitamin E eye cream here (<link), I said that I was on the hunt for something a lot more nourishing and soothing now that we're heading into the cooler months. Safe to say I think I've discovered my perfect eye cream in this little beauty - so much so that I ran out and bought my mum some as well (she loves it equally as much!). Once again, it truly has some amazing ingredients in there, and after just a few uses I've noticed such a considerable difference in the condition of my under eye area - hooray!!

& that's everything! Have you tried any of these products before? What did you think?
Also make sure to leave me any recommendations of other products you may have tried from these brands - I'd love to know!
Wishing you all a fabulous start to the week, as always,
- Hannah x

Saturday, 31 October 2015

October Favourites | 2015

Hey everyone! So during this month I have been so mega stressed, not well at all and it's been getting ten times colder all at the same time. Thus: my favourites for this month are some well loved favourites that I know will just get the job done with minimal fuss. There's quite a lot so I'm just going to jump straight into it!

Lush Ultrabland Cleanser (Review here) - I tried to survive without this cleanser for two weeks and I really truly struggled. I wish more people would give this pot of goodness and joy a try because it really is one of my favourite face products of all time. You can read my in-depth review to see why that is, but in short? IT'S MINT. (Side note: it definitely does not smell of mint)

Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub (Review here) - Now, I've only ever used this shower scrub as a body scrub in the past, and whilst it's absolutely amazing for buffing away dead skin: I've especially been loving this as a shampoo throughout October. I definitely plan on writing another review of Lush's Rub Rub Rub focusing on it as a shampoo rather than purely a body scrub, so make sure to look out for that! If you get oily hair fairly quickly, this may just be what you're looking for.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - I absolutely love this stuff. Quite frankly, there isn't much else to say apart from this stuff gets the job done, both deeply and efficiently. Whenever my lips are struggling I always turn to this and it leaves my lips just feeling beautiful and plump for the whole day! This is also one of those creams that can be used anywhere and everywhere that needs it, so I definitely think that this'll prove to be a key favourite for many months to come!

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil - I'm hoping to publish a post focusing on the huge range of benefits that argan oil has on the skin some point soon. Essentially, I've been using nothing else to moisturise my face in the evenings other than this stuff, and my face has been left feeling so nourished, but not at all greasy which is fabulous. Regular use has played a significantly positive influence on the overall condition of my skin too so I'm a little sad that this is starting to run low ahhhh!

Dermatique Recuperating Cream* (Review here) - This is a fairly new discovery for me but I really do love it! You can hear more about the cream in it's singular review, but I've really been enjoying using it now that the weather and winds are getting a bit colder. It provides a beautifully rich, comforting barrier between my sensitive skin and the cold and I've found this to be especially beneficial during my walks to and back from uni each day. (If you follow me on Snapchat (hannahdelacour), you'll know that I do a lot of walking. A LOT of walking).

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (Review here) - Last but not least is this gorgeous magic in a tube! I don't think you can have an Autumn favourites without a hand cream really! It's got to that time of year again where my hands are just screaming for moisture, and since I've started using the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream on a daily basis again, my hands have been in such great condition and it honestly is one of, if not the best hand cream  I have ever used.

& that's everything! October has been a bit of an odd, stress-filled month for me so I'm extremely excited that we're now heading into November and the countdown to Winter! Eeeeeep! 
What were some of your Autumn/Winter skincare go-tos? I'd love to know!
- Hannah x


Friday, 30 October 2015

Dermatique Recuperating Cream* | Review

 Hello everyone! Today I am very excited to be writing a review for the Dermatique 'Recuperating Cream'* which was kindly sent to me to try out. Priced at £29.00 for 100ml, this generous tub of magic provides a beautifully refreshing, nourishing treatment to dry, sensitive skin. Dermatique is in fact a British brand, and the owners developed the range of products after discovering that their nine-month old daughter had Eczema. All of the products are targeted for those who have particularly sensitive skin (or not), and contain absolutely no parabens, mineral oils, perfumes, steroids, peanut oils (I'd never thought about nut allergies and skincare before!) and colours - making sure that any aggravating ingredients are kept to an absolute minimum - something which I find quite honourable, as it really is just pure goodness in a pot that doesn't need any worrying about.

I myself don't actually suffer from Eczema or other particularly intense skin conditions, however I do suffer from Keratosis Pilaris (KP) on my arms which is what I intended to use this product for. KP is a very common skin condition which has been described as possessing the same look and texture as 'chicken skin' (delightful, I know); and often is accompanied by red bumps/blotches on the skin. If you would like to find out more information about the symptoms of Keratosis Pularis then you can access the UK's NHS condition guide here. After asking if this product will prove to be influential in helping relieve the symptoms of my KP, Dermatique actually informed be that the Recuperating Cream (<link) is not only extremely nourishing and soothing, but also contains a natural keratolytic named 'Urea', that aids in the sped up process of shedding the upper layers of skin. This, in turn, also dissolves excess skin build-up caused by Keratin overproduction - something especially perfect in the relief/treatment of Keratosis Pilaris, which is caused by a build up of too much keratin (a protein that is located in the touch outer layer of skin)in the skin's hair follicles - creating that rough, bumpy texture which over the years I've learned to accept, but also learnt to resent. 

Right - so onto the actual review! Firstly, I was honestly astonished by how rich this cream was. It possesses a beautifully thick texture, where you can just tell that each little swipe of the finger gathers a huge amount of goodness for your skin. As a result, I find that I honestly don't need much at all to cover the somewhat large surface area of my arms, and a little bit also goes a long way in terms of nourishment. When I first started using the Recuperating Cream, I felt that the main benefits I was seeing were concentrated on the outer layers of skin on my arms. However, soon enough, after daily use during a period of approximately a week, I found that with each new day that passed with another layer of cream applied, the deeper it would seep into the skin. 

After having used this cream for several weeks now my arms feel so much softer than I ever can remember, and whilst all the redness and bumps haven't totally gone, there has been a relief in those symptoms as well as the sensitivity I sometimes feel in the cold weather. Actually, because this cream is jam packed with so much goodness, it does mean that it can take a while to fully soak into the skin: and not at all in a greasy way. Rather, it provides an incredibly refreshing, soothing barrier between the outer layer of your skin and the outside environment, which I have found to be extremely beneficial now that the harsh winter weather has descended upon us in England. I know that some people don't really like the feeling of a thick cream sitting on the skin, but personally I really do enjoy that aspect, as I feel the cream is a lot more long lasting and I'm gaining more benefits from using it. If you have a skin condition that leads to sensitive skin, I think that that feeling would prove especially comforting to you too.

Overall, whilst the Recuperating Cream by Dermatique hasn't magically ridden my arms of my Keratosis Pilaris, it has made the physical feel of the surface of my skin much smoother and nourished, as well as deep down into the skin. Additionally, it has helped to calm down any redness which is just brilliant as I usually suffer from worsened redness (almost purply) when the colder weather comes. So not only do I feel that the Recuperating Cream is helping to rid some of the symptoms, but I also I feel as though it's preventing the condition in getting any worse, which is just fabulous. Not only are the physical benefits just flawless, but having used this cream and seen such benefits within the space of just a few weeks (for a condition I've had for years and years now), has made me a lot more hopeful that perhaps it can totally go one day, and I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin now which is just a priceless feeling in my eyes. Thus: would I purchase/repurchase? Absolutely. Even if you don't have a skin condition that needs treating or calming, I'd still recommend the Recuperating Cream by Dermatique as it's so long lasting, you get a loooot of product for the money, and it's honestly filled to the brim with absolutely fantastic, natural, beneficial ingredients! The perfect new winter essential.

- Hannah x

*This is not a paid for advertisement, although this post does contain items that were very kindly gifted to me to review by Dermatique. Nevertheless, all opinions speak from my own experiences of using this product, and I would only ever recommend or praise a product if I genuinely felt it deserved such recognition.

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


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Birthday Goodies 2015

Woweeeeee this post is so long over-due! I do apologise. Even though a lot of people said that they wanted to see a birthday haul from me this year, I still was umm-ing and ahh-ing about it. I personally love reading 'Birthday Hauls' myself, but I do realise they're not everyone's thing and can be taken quite badly. In the end, I decided that it's only right for me to Blog what I myself enjoy reading, so I hope that that's understood and this isn't seen as some sort of 'showing off party'. I had a really lovely birthday this year for my 21st, and received some gorgeous, gorgeous gifts - most of which I had been lusting after for the looooongest time now, so I'm thrilled (to say the least!!) to now have them in my possession. Everything is just so pretty, and I practically treat them like my babies, haha! 

Candles - Oooeeee! I really do love candles, but I have to say I'm definitely not one of those people that has one lit 24/7 and buys a load every few weeks. I think they're actually pretty expensive, so let's just say I've trained myself to make a candle last, aha! I'm so pleased to have another 'Black Cherry' Yankee Candle as it has to be my favourite scent of theirs; as well as 'Freshly Cut Roses' which has a beautiful, floral scent that brightens up any room.

Beauty & Fragrance - You're reading my Blog. You don't need me to tell you how utterly excited I was to unwrap these!! I had never tried anything from L'Occitane before apart from the Shea Butter hand cream (reviewed here), so I was super happy to have been given the Nuile De Dolce Shower Oil, and Milk Concentrate body butter (which I have been in LOVE with for years but never had the guts to splurge for it!). So far: I absolutely love both and you will most definitely be seeing a review for each individual item coming your way some point soon! Now onto fragrance: ahhhhhhh! I actually own a Chanel perfume?! That's insane. My mum has a pretty expensive perfume taste, and whenever I see a Chanel perfume I think of her. This scent is far more suited to my taste over her coveted No.5, and I've been wearing it everyday since. Sooo yummy!

One Day More - Onto the big huge wowza for the day - my parents took me to see Les Miserables! It's sort of turned into a bit of a tradition for us to go to the theatre for someone's birthday, and clearly my love for the Les Mis soundtrack projected onto my parents aha! I'd never seen the show on the West End before so I was so excited and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also picked up this groovy mug too because, well, mugs. (Currently not being use as a mug: currently being used to hold sharpies).

Jewellery - I didn't picture them here as I thought it would be a fun idea to write a separate post covering my new jewellery pieces. But I received a gorgeous gorgeous ruby and diamond ring off my parents, and an utterly beautiful opal ring off my grandparents. Everyone in my family likes to gift jewellery - especially on important birthdays - as it means that that person will always have something to keep from the day. I'm wearing them both now and every time I look at them I'm filled with happy thoughts from the day!

Overall I'm so so grateful for everything I received and I still squeal with excitement every time I see each item because honestly? if I was to have written my 'perfect' wish list, every single one of these would have been on that list. We ended up finishing the day with me blowing out candles on a fabulous Patisserie Valerie chocolate gateau cake, and that was it! The perfect day. Ah, now I've written this I want to do it all again! :') I really hope you all are well, and I'll see you tomorrow!

- Hannah x


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Current Film Favourites

Hey everyone! So leading on from my 'Movie Night Essentials' post that I Blogged a few days ago (link), I thought it would be a fun idea to share with you some of my favourite films to watch right now! I never used to be a big movie watcher at all. I used to get bored so easily, and I'm definitely the type of person that needs to be doing at least three things at once otherwise I just can't sit still! This year though, I made a point of buying more DVD's and exploring some new genres, as well as revisiting some ol' favourites; and I have to say I really enjoy now just snuggling up and enjoying a good film on a chilly afternoon. So lets hop right into it... (*Edit: In advance, I apologise for getting a little too philosophical aha)

1) Legally Blonde (< link) - Oh my goodness I forgot just how much I love this film! Whilst it's filled with lots of fun and light-hearted humour, I do think it also projects an important message. People may judge you in life, feel that you shouldn't be doing something or ought not to belong somewhere, but you know what? With hard work and perseverance, you can be whoever you want to be and do whatever you want to do. Don't let other people try and push you down, and always stay true to yourself!

2) Miss Congeniality (< link) - This is definitely one of my all time favourites. It ties in with the message projected by Legally Blonde, but from the opposite perspective I feel. I myself have witnessed it before, where people look down on others who show more interest in handbags and clothes than they do perhaps books or video games or something (I know, I don't get it either). Once again, it just reaffirms: don't judge a book by its covers. It's only once you move past your initial presumptions that you can really start to see the person within. I wonder how many people a person would have made friends with if they had just shoo'd those judgemental thoughts away and rather gotten to know them instead!

3) E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (< link) - YES. I FINALLY HAVE THIS IN MY POSSESSION AGAIN! I lent this DVD to a friend years back and she never gave it back, lent it to another and they never gave it back either! So I have purchased it yet again and it is sure as hell not going to anyone else that's for sure! I just think that E.T. is one of those classics that will forever remain one of the most ultimate films of all time. I really hope it never gets remade either. Once again, it ties in with that theme that we can find friendship and love in the most unexpected of places, we just have to be open to it and embrace the opportunity when it comes.

& that's it for today! I think that this is definitely going to beome a little series on my Blog as I think it's a fun thing to talk about and I hope you guys enjoy it too! Please do let me know what films you've been loving recently in the comments too! <3
- Hannah x

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Blog Post Ideas For When You're Fighting Bloggers Block

As you'll be able to tell from my archives (over there >), I didn't really Blog much at all this Summer. It wasn't because I didn't want to, because ooh I wanted to. I was just initially far too busy, here, there and everywhere each day with a billion and one forms and applications to fill out and send off; but after that? I got a good ol' case of 'Bloggers Block'. I'm not sure if there's an actual definition for this, but the way I've interpreted it is to describe those moments when you'd like to blog... you're sat at your computer, camera battery fully loaded and memory cards emptied, ready to go, yet the final clog in your brain is about a centimetre away from it all becoming one functioning grand clock. I have to admit, I really did struggle to get back into things. But now I'm back with full force and actually Blogging everyday which at the time, I never thought I'd be able to do! So today I thought it would be a fun, and hopefully helpful idea to share with you some blog post ideas that are perfect for when you're trying to get back into the gist of things and/or are fighting that torturous 'Bloggers Block'. 

1. Share a list
I often find writing lists extremely motivational. Whether it's covering your To Do's for the week ahead, your current wish list or what you're currently aspiring towards - not only will writing it help to motivate you write more, but perhaps it'll motivate others too! Write a list telling us about what has made you smile lately, your top five films, what you'd like to achieve before the end of the year - anything really! For example, I recently listed 10 things I'm looking forward to in Autumn (LINK). Not only are they easy to do, easy to type up, and will go with absolutely any picture (I usually opt for a groovy flower picture when in doubt), but It'll inject a little more 'you' in there. Which leads me onto...

2. Tell us something about you
Now this may be a given, but telling us stories/facts etc. about you is probably one of the simplest, most efficient Blog posts to produce; and I don't think that neaaaarly enough people take advantage of this. If people are reading your blog, or you're trying to entice people to keep on reading - tell them a little about you. It'll add character to your blog and put a personality to the name! A simple example would be my '20 Facts About Me' post (LINK) which went down extremely well with both me and my readers.

3. Answer some Tag questions
Some people are big on tags, others, not so much. Either way, tying in with the last point - Tags sometimes inspire us to talk about things, and share things about ourselves that perhaps we wouldn't have thought of sharing before. They're a fun little post to do, and they can help you to reconnect with other Bloggers and your readers too if you've been feeling a little 'out of things'. I was extremely excited to be tagged in the 'Starlight Blogger Award' Tag (LINK) just as I was starting to get back into things again; and I found it really helped me re-engage with my Blog and it's readers.

4. What has been inspiring you lately? Tell us!
Whether it be other Blogs, Bloggers, an artist, a book, the news, current fashion trends - tell us what's been inspiring your mood and your thoughts. Not only is that a fun thing to share, but it also lets your readers know a little bit more about the mood you've been in lately, and shares the love even further, bringing more attention to those little gems you've been really digging recently. Even though I have suffered from Anxiety and panic attacks for a long while now, I found the more frequent panic attacks I was suffering over the past month or two inspired me to focus on what it is that helps me relax and calm down after having an attack (LINK). It's probably now one of my favourite posts I've ever written, and I think it'll be great to look back on!

5. Haul that sh**!
It's undeniable that we live in a consumer orientated society nowadays. Whether you're a beauty, fashion, lifestyle, book or food blogger, I'm sure there is something you've bought recently/within the past few months that you could show us! Why did you buy it? How are you liking it thus far? - Tell us! I have no idea why people find hauls and seeing what other people have purchased so interesting (I included), but they really are to a lot of people. Plus, drawing on a range of items and talking about them will prove especially helpful if your Blog usually covers more individual, in-depth product reviews. Most recently I blogged a Oxford St. Lush haul (LINK) - which I felt worked as a great stepping stone from posting almost nothing, to attempting to write any in-depth, sole product reviews.

& there you have it! Personally, I feel that these types of Blog entries aren't all that intimidating to approach, which is perfect if you have been suffering from a lil' case of Bloggers Block and are struggling to work your way back into things. I know it's difficult, (trust me), but you will get there. Just give it time and I'm sure your blogging mojo will be back to it's good ol' self in no time!

I really hope you found this post helpful (I certainly did!), and I'll see you tomorrow!
- Hannah x
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