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

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Cosy Home Essentials for Autumn

Hello everyone! 
As I mentioned in my '10 Things I Love About Autumn' post here (< link), one of my favourite things to do during the colder weather is to snuggle up, cosy myself up and spend the night in either reading a book or enjoying a good ol' hot chocolate. Quite a lot of you related to this, so I thought it would be fun to list some of the bits and bobs that I've started to put around my house to start making the place more Autumnal and cosy... like a lil' nest hehe!

1) Candles, candles, and more candles. I wrote a post here (< link) which shows you what my favourite Autumn-feeling candles are! They're still my absolute favourites, and I just find that they help warm up the place beautifully, as well as emitting a lovely, comforting scent throughout the house. My favourite candle to burn right now has to be the Christmas Eve candle by Yankee Candle. It possesses just the perfect level of spice - nothing too overpowering, but enough to help you relax and embrace the changing of season. 

2) The Winter Duvet. So nothing makes me feel cosier than a beautfully fluffy, dense duvet during a chilly Autumn evening, or crisp winter morning. Albeit, having such a comfy duvet does make it a lot more difficult to get out of bed in the mornings, but it's SO worth it for those days when you do get to have a cheeky lie in! My cat has been especially enjoying this one too - so cute! 

3) Big mugs. I don't drink much else apart from water and smoothies. I may have a coke about once a month but that's about it. However, as I'm sure anyone would agree - Autumn and Winter = Endless excuses to snuggle up with a great big hot chocolate! I'll be honest, I have been a bit cheeky and have indulged in quite a few this year already, but oh well! they're just so warming and lovely! 

4) Animal friends. This is such a weird one, and I'm not sure when this obsession started, but I absolutely love having animal-themed ornaments around the house! Most recently I purchased this little hedgehog from Next and I absolutely love it! Look at it all curled up in a lil' ball being all cute naaaw oweuifh <3

5) Fluffy socks. Now, I do realise that socks aren't necesarily classed as 'homeware', but for me they are an essential for when I'm around the house during the colder weather. My feet just get soooooo cold so quickly, and even if they didn't, I still think that putting on a pair of fluffy socks can totally transform your experience of your home. As well as changing the surrounding aesthetics to feel more cosy, it's important to feel physically comfortable as well!  

6) Ok, I had intended to make this a round five but eeeeeeeeeeee how could I possibly leave out fairy lights?! I use fairy lights all the way through the year, but I just think they're especially gorgeous during Autumn and Winter. It's getting darker earlier, and we're about to spend a lot more time inside - so why not make the place look all gorgeous and lit up like a fairy's palace?!

I really hope that you enjoyed hearing some of my cosy-essentials for around the home, now that we're soon approaching Autumn (eep!). I'd absolutely love to hear what you like to do to make your house/room feel a lot more comforting, so do make sure to leave a comment below!
- Hannah x

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

10 Things I Love About Autumn

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!! I absolutely love Autumn, and am SO excited just looking at the beautifully vibrant orange and red leaves in this photo alone! There are so many things I absolutely love about it... from waking up in the mornings to the beautifully crisp air; to having as many hot chocolates as I like and enjoying those greatly missed evenings where you want to do nothing more than snuggle under the duvet and watch a film. Because there is so much more that I absolutely adore about this up and coming season, and I know a lot of you love it too, I decided it would be a fun idea to share some of those little loves with you today!

1. Hot chocolate
I am definitely one of those people to drink hot chocolate all year round, but there's nothing better than sipping on a double hot choco whilst you're waiting for the train in the cold!

2. Pumpkins
Now, I know a lot of people see pumpkins as the face of Halloween, but personally I'm looking forward to experimenting more in the kitchen this year and perhaps whipping up some spicy pumpkin soup. Mmmmmm.. yummy!

3. Falling fire-y leaves
Just look at the photo above. I don't think I need to explain to you why it is that I love the colours of Autumnal leaves so much.

4. Fluffy socks
It's actually pretty cold as I write this now and eeeeee my lil' toes feel oh so comfy in my thick fluffy socks! These are a daily essential come Autumn for sure. 

5. Warm, hearty meals
I'm just going to come right out and say it: I love carbs. Nothing is more comforting to me during the colder weather than a delicious hot pot or jacket potato. Bring it on I say! Goodbyyye salads! :P

6. Cosy jumpers
I'm someone who really does feel the heat, so I can struggle quite a bit during the summer. I could go out naked on a 'cool summers evening' and still be sweltering hot so I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to dress in something a lot more comfy, and a lot more 'me'! 

7. Seeing fairy lights prop up everywhere
I just don't know what it is about fairy lights, but I'm pretty sure they can manage to make just about anything look pretty. I just put some new batteries into mine and they are soooo bright! I love it when people start getting in the festive mood approaching December, and you slowly see more and more trees magically lit up at night. Bliss. 

8. Seeing cheeky Christmas displays pop up, that everyone seems to moan about (but we all secretly love)
I know I just touched on this with the fairy lights, but what I mean is the increasing levels of gold, reds and greens propping up everywhere. Personally, I absolutely love Christmas, so the sooner people start to embrace that it's coming, the sooner I can start barking on about how much I love it!

9. Warm evening baths
As I said before, I just get sooo hot during the hotter summer months, which means I don't get in as many baths as I would like to! I'm starting university next week and I'm so looking forward to coming in from a long, tiring day and warming up in a LUSH-infused bath. Weeeee!

10. Reading books whilst snuggled under the duvet
I only really like reading books whilst in bed. I can't really concentrate anywhere else and definitely can't make myself as comfortable. We've had a pretty hot few months in London as it goes so I haven't been able to read as much as I'd like - so I'm suuuper looking forward to those colder evenings where a book reading session in bed sounds nothing less than perfect.

& there you have it! There is so sooooo much more I could have covered, so I definitely think there will be a 'Part Two' coming your way soon! Do you love Autumn as much as I do? Let me know what some of your favourite things are in the comments below! 
- Hannah x


Monday, 14 September 2015

Highstreet Skincare Haul

I haven't bought any skincare in the longest while as, as it says in my '2015 Resolutions' post here (<link), I've been attempting to battle through my stash before I cave in and even consider purchasing anything new. Seeing as I've been pretty good and have managed to finish quite a lot of products, I decided to give myself a little treat and try out some new skincare items, as well as pick up an old favourite of mine to reminisce! Here are the items I picked:

1) L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water | £4.99 (200ml)
Amongst all the micellar water hype, this particular version seems to be that dark horse the majority tend to ignore, but the one where those who have it seem to absolutely adore it. Quite a few times too I've seen people state that they prefer this in comparison to the highly coveted Garnier Micellar Water: so I'm excited to try them both out to compare and contrast!

2) Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | £4.99 (400ml)
Ok, ok. Shock horror! I've never used this before - so I'm excited to see what all the fuss is about! I have used Bioderma in the past and liked it, so I hope that this lives up to expectations and gets the job done just as well.

3) First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay | £18.00 (134g)
Yikes! I do apologise for this one. I suppose an £18 cleanser doesn't really fit into the Drugstore/Highstreet skincare category but I took these pictures before I planned the post - sorry! I've tried this out a couple of times already and first impressions? It's good, but not amazing. That being said, I've not had the opportunity to really test it out yet so I will be writing a fair review on this one at some point in the future!

4) St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Facial Scrub | £4.19 (150ml)
I used to be absolutely obsessed with this stuff. Not only did I enjoy using it on my face and neck, but I also actually enjoyed using it as a body exfoliator too! I'm looking forward to trying this out once again, to see if it is as good as I remember!

5) Garnier Fresh Eye Make-up Remover | £3.29 (125ml)
I picked this up when I was having a browse through the Micellar waters and figured it would be a good idea to pick it up. I usually take off all my make-up (eyes included) using the Lush Ultrabland cleanser (review here), however I am planning on wearing fake eyelashes on a much more regular basis and so need something to help melt away the glue. Not only will this prolong their life (usually I don't take lashes off properly and thus can't use them again), but it will also help keep them clean and keep repeated use as hygienic as possible!

& that's everything! I really hope you enjoyed this little haul from me. Eeeeeep I'm so excited! It may not seem like a lot to many, but I haven't had the chance to buy any skincare in so so long now so I'm excited to be exploring some new products! Do you have any of these skincare items? What were your thoughts? I'd love to know!
- Hannah x

Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream | Review

Hey everyone! Firstly, let me apologise for the photo on this one. Sometimes it doesn't matter how good your camera is, or what editing software you use, you just can't get some things to look pretty. Especially when they look kinda like little pointy fingers, haha! The Body Shop Vitamin E eye cream was my go-to eye cream for quite a long while (years), and today I'm going to share with you why that was, and why it no longer is. 

Just like the majority of eye creams, The Body Shop Vitamin E eye cream claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, calm puffiness, and to help combat dark circles - all whilst leaving the eye area nourished and smooth. When I first started using this eye cream, I saw a lot of benefits straight away. My under-eye area did look smoother and plumper, and it gradually helped slightly reduce the appearance of my dark circles - hurrah! This was the first time I had ever used an eye cream though, so I never really had anything else to compare it to. Either way, it did what I wanted it to do, and it's light formula was absolutely perfect for my oily skin.

What I love most about the Vitamin E eye cream is that it's a very light, fragrance-free basic moisturiser that's perfect if you are perhaps a little younger and/or if you don't really need anything too heavy duty. It's not too heavy - but still gets some moisture in there. I also love the packaging too, as it's a lot more hygienic and easier to manage application than a pot for example. Plus, it's great for travelling! I'd say you need a pea sized amount of this cream for both eyes, especially if you're planning on wearing an under eye concealer; and I've found that the little 15ml tubes last a very very long time which is just fantastic! One thing I would say though is that the Vitamin E eye cream can separate in the tube if you neglect it for a while, but if you make sure to give it a shake before use it's absolutely fine and despite separation, I have never noticed a reduction in it's quality. 

Overall, I'd say this is an ok eye cream. It isn't jaw dropping fabulous, nor is it terrible. It gets the job done, it did have a noticeable effect on my under eye circles after a few weeks of regular use which is just fabulous. In conclusion I'd say that The Body Shop Vitamin E eye cream possesses a beautifully light texture which I'm sure anyone who is new to eye creams, or who suffers from oily skin would greatly appreciate and see the benefits of. The only reason why I won't be repurchasing this eye cream any time soon is that since my days of loving this cream, my skin has turned extremely dry, and so I have bought something a lot more hydrating and intensive (haul coming up soon) to replace it. Therefore, I would not recommend this eye cream if you do suffer from drier skin, as I think you'll be needing something a lot more nourishing.

Have you tried The Body Shop Vitamin E eye cream before? If so, what did you think? I'd love to know.
- Hannah x


Thursday, 10 September 2015

How I Calm Myself Down After a Panic Attack

Panic attacks are terrible things... they really are. In the past month or so I seem to have suffered so many as to have lost count, and during this last week especially I've really been suffering. Four in a week, two of those within the same day?? No thank you! I like to think of myself as the type of person who can always draw the good out of any rubbish situation in my life, and so I decided to use these insufferable little, what I like to refer to as 'demon hugs', as a reminder to put more effort into 'me time' and trying to help myself to relax more. 

I've really been enjoying exploring and discovering what it is that helps me to unwind, and that what helps to calm me down, both mentally and physically after a panic attack. As always, I would like to highlight that everyone suffers panic attacks for different reasons, at different intensities and the effects can alter greatly from person to person. I'm not at all stating that these tips are a must, or that they will definitely help everyone; but I do hope that they offer at least some inspiration to you if you do find it difficult to calm down after a panic attack, or if you quite simply are looking for some tips on how to unwind after a stressful day!

1. Spend some time with and by yourself. I don't know about anyone else, but I can get quite aggressive if people are near me when I'm having a panic attack or seriously stressed. Just get AWAY from me! Although, even if I were stood at the centre of a field, I think it would probably still prove too isolating; so I always like to go to my room/the loo if I'm out and about, close the door, and take some deep breaths to be in a secure place, with and by myself. No, a public loo isn't the most glamorous place to seek some sanctuary, but at least you can get yourself some much-needed privacy!

2. Figure out the cause. I really hate it when people tell me to leave what just happened behind me, and try to make the rest of the day the best it can be. I'm physically drained, usually in quite a bit of discomfort too seeing as all my muscles just tensed up like a drug dealer's at an airport, and most importantly I'm now more often than not feeling mentally exhausted and pretty upset. I personally find that it helps me a great deal to think back to before it happened, to try and figure out what it was that possibly could have set me off. Usually the cause can be quite obvious, but going back and thinking and visualising it can sometimes prove empowering, and make you feel as though you're in a lot more control now. It did affect you quite severely, but not any more. Recognise that.

3. Congratulate yourself. Yes, odd, I know. But hey! 10 minutes ago you thought you were going to die and get swallowed up by the pavement beneath you, and now you're on the other side. You got through it - and that takes strength and determination. Recognise that, and use it to remind yourself that actually? you don't need to be mega scared that one may happen again, because if you got through it this time, you most definitely will get through it next time. 

4. Have a shower, and change into something more comfortable. One of the first productive things I like to do after having a panic attack is to have a shower, and change into something more comfortable (usually something more lose fitting and soft). You're probably feeling sweaty, gross, and still a little trapped beneath the layers of material society forces you to wrap yourself in on a daily basis - so strip that sh** off! Obviously, I wouldn't advice that you do this in public, but if there is anyway you could get home then I'd really recommend it. Having a luke-warm shower can help you feel refreshed, cleaner, and help your muscles to relax a little. Most people can only access a shower in their home too, which will help reaffirm that you're now back in a safe, familiar environment, even if you're still feeling a little on-edge. Change into something you feel comfortable in, and something that you can easily move your body around in and not feel at all trapped or confined wearing.

5. Eat something, drink some water, sit down and read a book or watch some tv. Panic attacks can draw a hell of a lot of energy out of me, usually leaving me feeling so drained and not up for the rest of the day. I like to eat something refreshing like an orange or some watermelon, and drink lots of cold water to help revitalise my senses, my mood and my energy levels. I also like to take this opportunity to distract myself a little by picking up that book I've been meaning to read, or watching a film I haven't seen in a while. I do this to help to remind myself that this is 'me time' now, and I need to start putting my needs and wants at this current moment first, over anything else that I have to do that day. Clearly, a fun and happy film/book is a top choice, as you're probably needing something, anything to lift your mood and remind you that the world is in fact an all right place. I know if I don't, and rather go to bed, I just end up feeling a whole lot worse about the situation because it's almost as though I've let my panic attack win and get the better of me. No. I'm the one in control now, not you. 

6. Light a candle, dim the lights, and have a bath. The reason why I don't jump into the bath straight after a panic attack, favouring a shower instead is that it can take me quite a while to wind down to normal speed, and be able to lay still for a prolonged amount of time. Panic attacks give you a huge adrenalin rush, and even though you can feel utterly drained directly after, you're still on edge, and still feeling tense and uncomfortable so I'd never recommend doing something which forcibly makes you lay still in a confined space directly afterwards. I prefer to rather get some food in my belly, do something else to distract my mind, yet keep doing something productive before I even think about getting in the bath. I find that waiting till before I go to bed gives me enough time to work at my own pace, so that when I do get in the bath, I'm ready to chill and hopefully unwind so that I can get a good nights sleep ahead.

7. Make your sleeping environment as comfortable as it can be. Yes, our bed tends to be the most comfy place we all know and love, and can always rely on after we've had a poopy day, but there are ways you can help yourself further relax and most importantly - feel comfortable - as you try to get to sleep. Put some fresh sheets on, plump up your cushions and/or pillows, shake your duvet, and perhaps throw in a fluffy blanket to snuggle up next to. This will all help you feel more safe and confident that you're not going to have another panic attack today, (or, at least, nothing should occur in order to cause one), and prepares you for the deep sleep your body is now begging for after the ordeal it went through earlier on in the day.

& there you have it! As I say, these are just some of the things I find almost fundamental to do after I've have a panic attack in order to unwind and start feeling a little more like myself again. I'm not claiming that everyone who has panic attacks should or ought to follow the above tips, as everyone's different, and what might work for me may not for you. That's ok! I just wanted to share a few of my ideas in case perhaps someone reading this is looking for some inspiration, and hadn't perhaps thought about it in such depth before.

- Hannah x


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Lush Oxford Street Bath Bomb Haul

As any fellow Lush lover (or not) probably now knows, the Oxford Street store sells a huge range of brand new, exciting products that haven't yet hit the shelves nation or worldwide. Intrigued, I popped along to the store to check out what they had in store, and picked out quiteeeee a few items (oops!) so I have decided it best to split those into separate posts. Today, I thought I'd show you some of the new and exclusive bath bombs that I picked up, as I know they tend to be peoples' favourites when it comes to Lush items - so lets hop right into it! (left-right, top-bottom).

First we have the 'Guardian of The Forest' bath bomb. I have to say straight away that my favourite thing about this bath bomb is it's name. It just makes me think of a magical forest filled with woodland creatures roaming around an enchanted forest at dusk... eww. now I'm just thinking of Voldemort sucking out a unicorns blood - nasty!!!! aha. The design of this one too is pretty unusual for Lush's products. The detailing is very intricate, showcasing a foliage/vine effect which I think is just amazing and suits the bath bombs nature-orientated theme perfectly. Lush have described this bath bomb as transforming your bath into a 'mystical oakmoss and forest lagoon', and from the scent I really do think that that description will prove to be spot on. It smells like the fresh morning scent of damp moss - ok, that doesn't sound all that glamorous I'm sure! But I absolutely love anything natural so I'm really looking forward to using this. It is definitely unlike any other scent that I've ever experienced at Lush before, which is simply exciting in itself and I hope that it's a sign that Lush are planning to expand their current scent range at some point in the near future.

Secondly, I picked up the 'Intergalactic' bath bomb. Firstly, the look of this one is absolutely gorgeous, and you can just tell it's going to turn into something absolutely magical once it hits the water. What I found most interesting about this one other than it's unique design was it's scent. To me (I have quite a weird sense of smell, so bare with if I'm completely off) the immediate smell of this bath bomb is a typical soapy, clean smell that you'd expect from a new bar of pears soap. However, there are some unusual peppermint undertones also which is exciting as I don't think I've ever used a mint-infused bath product before, and I imagine that it'll prove quite invigorating. I'll be trying this one first I think!

Third is the 'Yoga Bomb' bath bomb. Ok, I'll be honest - I picked this one up because I absolutely love orange, and wanted something bright and zingy to add to my bath! Whilst I wouldn't say that the scent is all that orange-y (to me anyway, I have a very weak sense of smell), I imagine that it's one to really spark a real mood-changing scent once it hits the warm water. The name implies too that it'll be somewhat relaxing - which is always something I'm looking for when having a bath - so I'm especially looking forward to using this on an evening after a long, stressful, chilly Autumn day.

I really hope you enjoyed this little haul and do not fear; I will be Blogging a review and upclose pictures of each individual product (after I've had chance to use them of course)!

What bath bombs have you been eyeing up from the Oxford Street. store?
- Hannah x

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Vaseline Spray & Go | Review

Hello everyone! Sorry I've been away for a while, but I've just been manic stressed, super busy, and have had a lot of medical tests done recently which has meant bed days have proved a whole lot more enticing than Blog days. Even though I'm not still feeling 100%, I just couldn't bare looking at my lonely, unloved page any longer - So here I am with a long over-due product review for your today! Plus, LOOK AT MY ALOE PLANT THAT I BOUGHT. Ahhhh, I love it!! Good ol' Ikea aye?

Now, I don't know what it is, but my skin has never been as dry as it has been this summer. I'm so lazy when it comes to moisturising my body, because I've never had to before, but, well, something has changed for me this year and I think it's safe to say that something needed to be done - and fast! Cue Vaseline's 'Spray & Go'. I've actually used this product for a while now, but never solely reviewed it on my blog before, so I thought it was about time to share with you all my thoughts concerning this little spray of magicalness! 

There are a variety of different scents available in the Vaseline Spray & Go range, varying from a fresh aloe scent, to a deeper, more indulgent cocoa scent. I decided to pick up 'Aloe Fresh' because my intentions when buying were to use this product in the mornings after I get out the shower, when I'm in a rush and don't have time to use another, more intensive body moisturiser/butter. Whilst I do class myself as a morning person (for the most part...oops!), I'm usually extremely sensitive, so I really cannot bare anything too strong smelling - making this is absolutely perfect. Its subtle, refreshing scent calmly revitalises my mood and perks me up for the day ahead just beautifully!

I instantly fell in love with this amazing product after the first use. The moisturiser dispences itself across the skin via a fine mist, appearing on the skin as a very cool, milky lotion. Think sun-cream, but something that's a lot lighter in consistency. What I love about this is its very easy to control where the product goes, and you can apply it all over the body at the speed of lightning. All that's left to do after is to quickly rub in the lovely, soothing lotion and boom! you're ready to go! Incredible. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of body butters, but sometimes they just take so long to apply, spread and rub in that I end up neglecting applying it most days because I usually need to be somewhere in a hurry and nobody got time fo' all that! Since I started using the Vaseline Spray & Go however, the condition of my skin has improved dramatically, as it's now getting that much needed moisture injected (eww) back in on a daily basis. No, it doesn't moisturise as well as say, a body butter would, but I was actually quite shocked at how replenished my skin actually feels just after a few uses of using such a light, fine lotion. 

Overall, I'd recommend this bad boy to anyone. Even if you're absolutely chill with applying a more conditioning body moisturiser/butter on a daily basis, I reckon this could still come in handy as a mid-day freshen up or something. Although, if you're anything like me, and have almost zero patience for that type of thing, go. and. buy. this. I very rarely push people to try something, but even now that we're moving into the winter months - I still think that this will prove a staple for me. It really is a 'Spray & Go' treatment. You spray, rub in, and the solution sinks in within seconds. You're left with no greasy residue which is just fantastic, and there's none of that hanging around for five minutes whilst waiting for it to sink in. Which, actually, sounds like an amazing thought now that we are approaching winter. There's little worse than having to step about the luxuriously warm shower into the cold, crisp winter morning air, let alone having to stand around for minutes in it! Umm, no thank you! I would 110% recommend trying out this product. Plus, it's super affordable too, woohoo!

Have you tried out the Vaeline Spray & Go before? What were your thoughts?

- Hannah
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