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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