Pamper Night Essentials

I love a good pamper night and feel like I am doing them every week at the moment so I thought I would share a few of my essential products with you.

I don’t know about you but I haven’t really worn makeup at all the last few weeks but I still go in with a double cleanse. I start off with some micellar water which I feel like everyone uses but if you’re looking for a good one, I can’t recommend the Nivea one enough, it dries so quickly and doesn’t leave your face feeling sticky at all. Then I go in my long time love, the Lacura hot cloth cleanser and I work this in with my Foreo which is another staple that I can’t go without. Together, this combo gently exfoliates my skin and leaves if feeling cleaner and looking brighter.

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Now what pamper night is complete without a face mask? (the answer is none) My recent love is the famous pink clay mask from Alya Skincare*; there are actually no words to describe how good this is. You can either use it all over your face or in certain areas if you just need a little boost. It dries so quick and washes off like a dream and trust me when I say it leaves your skin glowingggg! I used to stray away from clay masks as I didn’t like the agg/mess of washing them off but this has encouraged me to give them another go.

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After I have done a mask, I like to make sure that I go in with a strong moisturiser and the one I have been recently using is the H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel from Antipodes*. It smells like roses which is actually one of my favourite smells and this leaves my skin feeling incredible! I suffer from dry skin so this has been a life saver lately and I can’t recommend it enough. It also makes my makeup look a lot nicer because there are no dry patches for my foundation to cling too. An all round winner!

What are your pamper night essentials?

Hannah X

*All products marked have been kindly gifted to me on a pr basis but all opinions and feedback are my own after own use.

Easter Baking

Happy Easter! This is a bit of a weird one isn’t it but I still wanted to celebrate so me and my sister, Holly, whipped up a batch of chocolate brownies. Okay they were a Betty Crocker pack but they were still so tasty.

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We placed out all of the ingredients and got all of the utensils; it was actually so easy as all we needed was an egg, some vegetable oil and water. As soon as we opened the mix I was drooling, it smelt so chocolatey and honestly, I was tempted to have a little taste. Is that weird? Oh well. We then added the wet ingredients and gave it a good mix; we did find that we had to add a bit more water than they stated as it was quite dry and clumpy. It still smelt amazing.

We lined a tin with some baking paper and poured the mix into a preheated over for 2o mins. They said the brownies take 20-25 mins to cook but we kept checking on them and found that they took a little bit longer. We did the good old knife test to make sure they they were still a little bit gooey in the middle. By this point, I had licked the bowl and the spoon – the perks of your sister being vegan; no need to share. 

In the spirit of Easter, we also got some Galaxy Enchanted eggs for decoration to go on top so we added these once the brownies had cooled down so that they didn’t melt and voila!

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I can confirm that they are as good as they look. Crispy on the outside and nice and gooey in the middle.

Happy Easter!

Hannah X

Tips for staying motivated while working from home

Tips for staying motivated while working from home

Wow, it has been a hot minute since I have posted on here. There has been so much going on in the world which has left me feeling a bit unsure as to what to post/share but I didn’t want to completely give up on my blog so here we are.

Like a good few of you, I have been working at home for the last few weeks and while it’s been great to roll out of bed, throw on some loungewear and be good to go, I do find it a lot easier to lose motivation then I would if I was working in the office. I do however have a few tips to stay motivated and make sure the days are productive as possible.

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Get up and dressed – while the temptation is so real to stay in your pjs in bed, the simplest thing to do is to get changed. I find that this completely changes my mind set and gets me ready for the day. Although has anyone noticed they don’t own nearly enough loungewear pieces. I also make sure that I make my bed and do a good skincare routine before setting up my laptop.

Take regular breaks – I find it so easy to just continuously work but to make sure that you don’t burn yourself out it is important to make sure that you take regular breaks and give your eyes a break from the screen. I usually use my lunch breaks to go for a walk or do a workout video. I have really been loving RWL and pure gym’s ones on Instagram as they are only 30 minutes but make me feel so good and keep my going for the afternoon.

Log off when you normally would – Okay, this one is difficult because there are times where I will work a bit longer to get something finished but it is vital to log off from work in the evenings so that your mind can focus on something else and it means that you have had a long enough break for the next day so you can give it 100%

Stay connected with colleagues – I work with the best bunch of people and we always make sure that as a company and within smaller teams we have regular video calls. It’s a great way to keep communication going throughout the business but also a good chance to check in with everyone and make sure they are okay. It also breaks up the day and brings back some kind of normality to see their faces.

What have you been doing to stay motivated and productive? I’d love to know!

Hannah X

Celebrating the relaunch of The King’s Head

A few weeks back I received a very exciting message on Instagram inviting me down to the relaunch of the King’s Head pub in Billericay.

The King’s Head is part of the Vintage Inn’s chain but they are one of the few select pubs to go through a makeover to give them a slighty different feel to the rest and a bit of a step up while still keeping the cosy, family vibe that they are known for.

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I’ve never been to the pub before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but me and my mum headed down to see what work had been done and we were excited.

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We were met with prosecco and informed that the night would showcase some of the updated menu, new cocktails and wines all while a DJ and sax man played – sounds like my kinda night. Sadly I was driving so the cocktails were off limits to me but the menu was very impressive and from what I saw, they looked amazing! There was also a Roku gin station so mum got a gin and ginger ale and it was so refreshing; definitely a drink for the summer.

The lovely waiters brought round canapes of a few options from the menu and I can honestly say there wasn’t anything that wasn’t delicious, I left so full and content! The whole atmosphere was so chilled and relaxed which I know is what they are aiming for and I felt so happy to be there celebrating with everyone. I’ve been to a few Vintage Inn’s before and I am so excited to go back to this one and experience it all again.

 

Thank you to SpottyDog Communications and The King’s Head for inviting me down to celebrate with you.

-Hannah X

Travel with Me: Lapland

To celebrate the new year, my family and I headed to Finland for a few days to make some memories in the snow. We went about 19 years ago when I was 7 but I don’t remember too much so I was so excited to get back.

After a bit of a rocky flight and having to land in a different airport due to the snow; we made it to Finland and we’re taken to get our snow suits and boots (quite ugly but quite comfy)

Our hotel was so small and cosy and was just full of people doing the same excursions as us which was so nice as everyone was so friendly including the reps and hotel employees.

The excursions we booked were a husky ride, a snowmobile ride to see the Northern Lights and a reindeer sanctuary and I can’t even tell you how incredible they all were. The huskies were definitely my favourite, especially the dog cuddles at the end!

 

 

In between trips we were able to stay in the hotel but there wasn’t too much to do so we tried to get out and explore as much as possible. Our hotel was actually in Sweden but was right on the border so we often walked through to Finland, especially to get some gloggi which was hands down the best mulled wine I have ever tasted. Also pretty cool to say that the day we flew home we went to 3 countries in 24 hours.

I had the best holiday with my family and completely fell in love with Lapland and am so happy I have some new memories that I will actually remember. I am so gutted to be home and back to work but looking forward to so many more adventures. Not to give anything away but I think I should start brushing up on my Italian!

– Hannah X

Blogmas Day 24| Merry Christmas

Wow! The end of blogmas; it’s always such a bittersweet time but I loved every minute of it! I am currently sitting in my new Christmas PJs watching Elf thinking about how grateful I am to every single person who has read my blog and interacted with me in some way. I think you are all great and want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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Lots of love,

Hannah xx

Blogmas Day 23| My Christmas Wishlist

I can’t believe there are 2 days left to go until Christmas Day, the whole of December has flown by! Today I’d thought I’d share my Wishlist which isn’t much of a list but here goes!

Foreo Luna 3 – I have seen these being promoted by a lot of influencers and bloggers and I am so intrigued to give it a go. I often feel like my make up never really removes and I do suffer from dry skin so this looks like it will do wonders for me

 

Kate Spade Pink Bag – I have been lusting over a Kate Spade bag for so long now and this is honestly the bag of dreams. I usually gravitate towards a black bag to go with everything but I want a few brighter colours to add a pop of colour. Look how dreamy it is

 

Pandora Ring – I love Pandora jewellery and have been eyeing up this ring for quite a while, I look it looks so dainty and girly

 

 

 

Blogmas Day 21| A Letter to 2019

Dear 2019,

Where to begin; I guess all I can really say is thank you. Thank you for allowing me to travel and explore the world with some of my favourite people. I have made so many new memories that I will look back on with so much happiness; even the time I got food poisoning in Lisbon.

Thank you for highlighting how important my own happiness is and that I am/should be the only person that has control over that. This one we are still learning but we’re getting there. Thank you for all of the opportunities to grow and develop both personally and professionally.

Thank you for allowing me to follow my love for blogging and digital content. I have met and continue to meet so many people and it’s a world that I am so grateful to be a part of

Of course, there has been a few lows which I’m still struggling to deal with, especially the loss of my best friend in the world, my Grandad but I’ve ended the year surrounded by people I love and I’m about to spend the end of the year with my family in Lapland; somewhere that is so special to us! I am so excited for 2020 and all that it has in store. I’m determined to make it my roaring 20’s so stay tuned!

Love,

Hannah xx

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Blogmas Day 19 | Christmas in London

I love living in London, especially this time of year because the city is full of pretty fairy light and it’s just a great atmosphere. I also think there is so much to do like Winter Wonderland, ice skating and Christmas Markets.

Every year I make it my mission to walk around Covent Garden and see the big tree because it always makes me feel the most festive

 

Have you ever visited London at Christmas time?

 

-Hannah X

Blogmas Day 18| Christmas Traditions

I love hearing other people’s Christmas traditions, so I thought I’d share mine with you

1. New pyjamas

I thought I’d start off with my favourite one and that is getting my pyjamas Evey year to wear of Christmas Eve. My parents try and tell me and my sister that we are too old for it now but honestly, that is what I look forward too the most (aside from the food)

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2. Beach walks on boxing day

This is something we used to do when we were kids and we recently bought it back last year. There is something so peaceful about a crisp walk along the sea front breathing in the salty air

3. Winter Wonderland

I can’t get through the festive period without going to winter wonderland at least once, it’s just such a good atmosphere and makes me feel so festive. Me and Jack have already planned a few visits

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