Lush Spa

To say I love Lush is the biggest understatement; as I’m sure you know from the amount of Lush themed posts I have. The other weekend me and mum went to the Oxford St. store to have a treatment called ‘The Good Hour’. I don’t want to give anything away but let me just say, it definitely lived up to it’s name.

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Our treatment was a themed, 70 minute full body massage and it was the most amazing experience of my life. We arrived at the Spa and was greeted by the lovely Frankie and Emma who sat us down and told us all about the treatment and the products that would be used. It was great because we were able to say if there were any specific areas that we wanted them to focus on; to which I said the top of my back because I’ve been quite tense/stressed lately. We were then led down a cosy, dimly lit hallway to the different treatment rooms.

Once inside we were given a moment to get undressed and ready under the towel before ringing a bell to allow the treatment to begin. Now, as I said, I’m not going to ruin it by going in to a lot of details (although I’m sure you all know how a full body massage works) but the next 70 minutes were pure heaven. I completely zoned out and forgot that I was in a store on Oxford Street. It was so peaceful and tranquil and I didn’t want it to end. From the minute me and mum got up, I’m pretty sure the only thing we managed to say was ‘Oh my god’ because we were so relaxed!

Once we got dressed, we made our way back out into the kitchen area where there was a giant wooden table full of flowers and products and a little lounge area where there was a table with two cups of tea waiting for us. We sat there for a while basking in the atmosphere while talking to a lady who had just come out of a facial (which I think is going to be my next treatment)

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IMG_8765Honestly, I couldn’t recommend the Lush spa enough, I came way feeling so happy and relaxed. I’m already planning my next trip. Also a huge thank you to Frankie and Emma for making me and mum feel so comfortable and welcome.

-Hannah X

Procrastinating with Monarch Airlines

After a busy day at work, the first thing I do when I get home is get my pyjamas on and open my laptop to binge watch Netflix for hours, while scrolling endlessly through social media. (I’ve actually got Netflix on in the back ground on while I’m writing this)

It’s so easy to waste time and procrastinate instead of seizing each minute and living life fully. To celebrate their new campaign ‘Flights Quicker Than‘; Monarch Arlines have challenged me to spend less time sitting in front of a screen and spend that time doing something I’ve always wanted to do but ‘never have time for’. For a week, I made a conscious effort to do the things I’ve always wanted.

Pamper Nights

I normally make Sundays my pamper night, where I have a Lush bath and do a face mask and just relax myself before the week starts but last week I think I had about 3 pamper nights, which is definitely something I’m going to do more often. Little things like that really make you feel better and out you in a much better mindset.

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Getting Lost in a Book

I don’t read, and it’s something that I always say I want to get in to. I love the idea of spending a few hours getting lost in a story and letting your imagination run wild. I recently purchased an illustrated version of my favourite story; Peter Pan and I finally started reading it. It was so nice to switch off in the evenings and let my mind wander.

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Taking Photographs

I have a Photography Degree but the amount of time that I spend taking pictures has seriously decreased. I flicked through my favourite photography book to get some inspo and one night after work, I went around with my polaroid camera to take some photographs. I love how happy it makes me and its something I need to spend more time doing.

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After working out how many hours a day I actually waste binge watching ‘How to Get Away with Murder’; Monarch calculated where I could have gone on holiday and it’s pretty amazing.

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I’m not reconsidering how I spend my time because I realise, I waste so much. I’m also now desperate to fly somewhere. If you want to see where you could fly to with all the time you procrastinate, you can here.

-Hannah X

Post Holiday Skin Care Routine

I’ve been home from holiday for about 2 weeks now (still so sad to be home) and I’d like to think I still have some form of a tan; especially seeing as I have been making a conscious effort to up my skin care routine.

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I’ve found a new love for body scrubs, a step that I used to miss out completely. It’s good to exfoliate to remove any dead skin to keep your body feeling nice and soft. My ‘go to’ scrubs at the minute have been Lush’s Cup o’ Coffee and Zoella’s Scrubbing Me Softly body scrub.

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Once I am out of the bath, I make sure to moisturise my skin to keep it hydrated. I used to be quite lazy with moisturising but since coming home from holiday, I have made much more of an effort to do it. I’ve been using a lot of body butters lately as I feel that they give my skin a lot more hydration and the one I have been loving the most is the coconut one from DermaV10; it literally smells like holiday.

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What is your post holiday skincare routine?

-Hannah X

Lanzarote Style Diary

I had the best holiday to Lanzarote with my two best friends and one of the highlights was spending the evenings getting ready to go out for the night. Obviously, we couldn’t get dressed up without taking a few pictures on the balcony so here is my Lanzarote style diary.

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What are your go to holiday styles?

– Hannah X

Hand Luggage Must Haves

Summer means one thing, holiday and as you’re reading this, I am on the way to Lanzarote with my best friends! I am the biggest over packer ever, (seriously, if you saw my case, you’d think I was going away for a month not a week) so I thought I’d share my hand luggage must haves.

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  1. Phone and Headphone

I get bored pretty quickly on flights so a good playlist and a few games to keep me entertained is a must – literally a child

2. Books

Holiday is pretty much the only time that I read so I always carry a book in my hand luggage

3. Money and Passport

The most important things!

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What are your hand luggage must haves?

-Hannah X

Doing Things Alone

Recently I went to see my favourite musician in concert; John Mayer. It was the 3rd time I had seen him live and I was beyond excited but this time was different to the last 2; this time I went alone. When the tickets went on sale, I didn’t even bat an eyelid about only getting one ticket because the only thing I cared about was seeing my favourite artist live.

Nearer the time, while I was blissfully telling the girls at work about how excited I was to be going to my first concert of 2017; I was greeted with the question of ‘who are you going with’ and when I told them, I could see the bewilderment in their eyes because “omg, you’re going alone?!” I naively responded with the classic and cliche “life’s too short and no one I know likes him enough to pay £60 for a ticket so why should I miss out?”; but it did get me thinking about the whole stigma surrounding doing things alone.

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The excitement I had leading up to the event was enough to mask any anticipation I had but the minute I stepped on the tube, I couldn’t help but feel a little nervous as the realisation of what I was doing hit me. I mean, you might be reading this and think I’m over reacting but apart from the odd shopping trip or appointment, I’ve never really done anything by myself before. I had the day off work so I decided to take myself off to the O2 a little earlier so I could grab some dinner and a few drinks before heading in to the arena.

From the moment I walked through the O2 doors, I felt like I was walking around with a flashing arrow that screamed the word ‘ALONE’ for everyone to see; but I walked my way through the groups of friends and loved up couples and headed to get food. I sat down and halfway through dinner, rang my sister to have some form of human communication; during which she informed me that the reason people were looking at me funny was probably because it looked like I was on a date and had been stood up.

Still with a couple of hours to go before even the support act, I headed to the Sky bar to get myself a much needed cocktail, which again I thought was a good idea before I actually did it. I orderd my drink and found a table in a quiet corner but it wasn’t long before I was surrounded by couples, families and groups of friends. Desperately trying not to look like a complete loner, I whipped out my phone and messaged my friends who I knew I could rely on to keep me company until it was time to go in.

Once I was inside and the lights went off, it was a completely different story; I wasn’t bothered about being on my own or what people were thinking. I was just so happy to be in that arena, singing along to my favourite songs; in fact I completely forgot that I was sitting next to a complete stranger.

I think my mind definitely went into overdrive and thought I stuck out being alone more than I actually did. To be honest, I would probably go to a concert alone again, just maybe eat before I go haha.

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Have you ever gone to a concert or done anything alone?

-Hannah X

The Perfect Foundation

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I have always struggled to find a foundation to suit me and my skin. They are either too matte and make my skin look super dry and cling to every dry patch I have or they are too dewy and make me look oily. It’s hard because my skin changes all the time and I never really know what to do for the best. After hearing that they rebranded and formulated an old favourite of mine I decided to give the new Bourjois Healthy Mix a go and thought it would be my saviour but I couldn’t get on with it; I just found that it oxidised around my nose and moved within a few hours, not ideal!

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I was really starting to give up, but my friend Zoe told me to go to Boots and get colour matched by No.7 as she had been loving their Stay Perfect foundation. I was a bit nervous because I had been colour matched in Boots before and they matched me so wrong I ended up with a foundation 3 shades darker than I needed but I went and got colour matched. The lovely lady at the No.7 counter removed some of my makeup and used this really cool machine which she held to my cheek and it instantly brought up my shade which was Callico; which surprise surprise is their lightest shade haha. I was so eager to try it the next morning and I haven’t looked back since. The shade is a perfect match for my skin and gives a dewy finish without it looking too oily and with a bit of powder it stays put all day which is amazing. I have actually had a few compliments since wearing this foundation too which is always nice. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to try a No.7 foundation but I will definitely be sticking with this one for a while.

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Have you ever tried a No.7 foundation?

-Hannah X