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

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