Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Colourful Stationery Haul

Ok. So lets just say... I couldn't quite help myself! I know a lot of you love stationery as much as I do - especially fancy brand new untouched stationery - so I thought I'd share some orgasmic pictures of what I picked up! I haven't announced it as of yet on here, but as some of you may already know, I've been offered an unconditional offer to study on my top choice Master's programme come September. So I figured, you know what? I NEED ALL THE PENS. I'd always eyed up the Staedtler fine tip pens for as long as I can remember, probably since GCSE actually, so my mum bought me those alongside these awesome, colourful Sharpies as a sort of 'go you' treat. What a woman aye? She does know how much I love my stationery haha! I decided to purchase the all-famous WHSmith watercolour pencils as well, as both of us have bought ourselves copies of stress-busting colouring books, and my decrepit pencils I had stored since childhood just weren't cutting it. 

Overall, I'm extremely happy to be the proud owner of these new goodies. I haven't used the watercolour pencils with water as of yet, but their quality is still far superior to any average colouring pencil I have used. I have to admit, I was a little worried at first that I had all of a sudden gained too many coloured pens, however I soon found that the Staedtler fine tip pens have proved especially useful when organising my To-Dos and Blog schedule. Also, I am so impressed with how quickly the Sharpies dry - even on the most glossy of paper, which has proved extremely useful when writing in my diary as in the past I would always get the cheeky biro smudge here and there which is soooo aggravating! 

& that's it! I really hoped you enjoyed reading this post, and if you do love a bit of stationery make sure to check out the notebook haul that I did here. Ahhhhhh, I'm just looking at them now... I just, they're beautiful. They're my new babies, I love them, and that is all I have to say about that. (PRAISE to Forrest Gump references!) Hoping you all are well,

- Hannah x


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


Saturday, 25 July 2015

L'OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream

Never in my life did I ever suffered from dry hands until the beginning of this year. I have to admit, I definitely took my silky smooth skin for granted while I had it, because oh how I wish I could have it back. Nevertheless, it's given me the opportunity to try out a range of hand creams, something which I had never ventured into before, and I think I've found 'the one'. The one guys. I had been wanting the L'OCCITANE Shea Butter hand cream for the longest time now (we're talking years here). It would always be that cream I would nab a cheeky squeeze of whenever I was in Debenhams, and absolutely loved, but couldn't justify buying it at it's hefty price tag of £19.00. 'For a hand cream?!' I'd say, as I'd walk away with the most gorgeous, silky smooth hands I'd ever felt...

Little did I know how often I must have preached about this hand cream, enough so that my mum very naughtily bought be a tube whilst we were out shopping as a treat, a pick me up so to speak, after what was a very stressful week (back and to from hospitals, won't go into details, but you get ma drift). Safe to say, it definitely cheered me up, and I have been absolutely in love with this thing ever since.

Firstly, I know packaging is pretty irrelevant when we're talking about beauty and body care, but come on, who doesn't love a good crinkly, metal packaging for their hand cream? Personally, I think it gives the product a very luxurious, superior feel, something which I'd expect for such a high end hand cream. I also find that it's a lot easier to handle once you've applied the cream, as it doesn't slip around everywhere in your hands like a regular plastic container would. Now, onto the actual cream...

The L'OCCITANE Shea Butter hand cream contains 20% pure shea butter, which makes this product an absolute dream to apply. As pictured above, the white cream has quite a thick, butter-like consistency - one that I was a little afraid of at first, but to my amazement, despite being the thickest hand cream I've ever used, it probably sinks into the sink the quickest. I really can't stand greasy hands that take forever to dry - I'm a busy girl ya'know! so I find that this is especially useful and practical when on the go or just before bed, when you need something that will quite simply get the job done without you having to sit around for five minutes waiting. Not only does the L'OCCITANE Shea Butter hand cream contain a high concentrate of Shea Butter (something which can be difficult to find in most body care items), it also contains other lovely, natural ingredients including: honey, almond, and coconut oil - all of which are absolutely divine for the skin, and I really have noticed a big difference in the condition of my hands since I started using this product. What's more is that the shea butter is sourced and harvested in a sustainable and fair trade friendly manner, which is excellent to hear, and makes me feel much less squeamish at the price, as I know that the women producing it are being paid and treated fairly for their time and efforts - yaaas L'OCCITANE! Hopefully more will follow in your footsteps.

Now for the big question: Would I repurchase this product once it's ran out? ...The answer is yes. Totally and completely, one hundred percent: yes! Whilst it is still expensive for a hand cream; I'm certain the item will last a very long time as you only need a broad bean sized amount each use. Additionally, I simply can't ignore the packaging, as I just think that it is b-e-a-utiful! It's fair trade and contains some great, natural ingredients which is just fantastic and most importantly? it does a brilliant job at leaving your hands feeling luxuriously smooth, and I just wouldn't be without it now! My mum has also tried this too, and it cared her very dry, very sensitive hands perfectly, so I would definitely recommend that you give this a try even if you struggle with the driest/most sensitive of hands. 

What's your favourite hand cream to use?
- Hannah x

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