Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Here in the UK Mother’s day is right around the corner so I have put together a few gift ideas to treat the great women in our lives.

 

 

  1. Diptyque Baies candle 
  2. ‘Thanks Mum’ Lush gift set
  3. Personalised Birthstone Locket
  4. Yankee Candle in Peony
  5. Mon Guerlain perfume
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Spa Day with Clarins

After possibly the worst start to 2017, I was beyond excited when two lovely ladies from Clarins at Intu Lakeside came into work to offer Lakeside employees a free treatment. We were able to choose between a facial and a massage so I opted for the massage as I have been feeling really tense lately and wanted some tlc.16651521_10154998011719244_1293940561_o.jpg

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Upon arrival, the lovely Sara greeted me and sat me down on one of the two leather treatment chairs. She asked me what areas of my back I felt the most tense and broke down each step of the massage to me and the benefits it would have. I was a bit sceptical because the Beauty Bar was right in the middle of Debenhams and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to completely zone out and get relaxed but I was wrong.

Sara started on the left side of my back as I explained this was where I carry bags and weight and felt the most tense. She then moved over to the right side and then upwards toward the bottom of my neck and head. I was expecting the massage to stop after my scalp but Sara finished off with massaging my hands which I thought was such a nice way to end the treatment.

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I was actually so sad when the treatment ended, it was just what I needed. I completely forgot that I was in the middle of Debenhams and I walked out feeling so relaxed and eager to book in for a full length 30 minute treatment. Sara was also nice enough to give me a little goody bag of some Clarins facial products to try which was such a nice gesture.

Have you ever had a treatment at a Clarins Beauty Bar?

-Hannah X

Perfect Winter Lip Colours

When Winter hits, I get so excited to start bringing out the dark red/berry lip colours; I feel like they complete any winter outfit. I was having a sort out of my lipsticks and had to share my ‘go to’ winter shades!

Rimmel London – Kate Moss 107

 

Rimmel London – Kate Moss 37

 

Rimmel London – Kate Moss 30

 

Avon – Red 2000

 

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What are your favourite Winter lipsticks?

-Hannah X

Freedom Pro Conceal and Correct Palette

I always play it safe when it comes to makeup, I know what products I like and work well for me and I usually stick to them. However, that being said, I have always wanted to try the correcting concealers to see if they could really cover my horrific under eye circles and red marks from past spots. Since I am a massive fan of Makeup Revloution and Freedom, it only seemed right to get Freedom’s Pro Conceal and Correct Palette.

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Initially, the whole thing kind of freaked me out, I mean what colour does what and where do you put it? Well after some help from Google, I finally figured it out and felt like I was ready to correct my face! I use the pick colour for under my eye and oh my goodness the difference! It really just brightens up my eyes and makes me look so much more awake.

I use the green colour over any blemishes or spots I have to reduce the redness so they aren’t as obvious and I do actually find that it does keep them quite hidden for the day. The only other colour that I really use is the white one for highlighting. I have so many different highlighters but this one if unreal; I mean, I would happily keep buying the palette just for the highlighter; it’s that beautiful.

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I find all the colour so creamy and easy to blend and work with and they are now a permanent part of my makeup routine.

-Hannah X

I Am A Girl’s Girl

The Girls’ Girl club is a great online place for women to empower women. Being part of the blogging community, I think it is so important that we listen to other people’s ideas and compliment our fellow bloggers on the work they have created. Honestly, there is no better feeling then someone telling you they liked your latest post.

The Girl’s Girl Club got in contact and asked me to share my major girls moment and what I believe is the best thing about being a girl; so I would definitely have to say that #IAmAGirlsGirl because I am all about complimenting other girls on their blog work. The best thing about being a girl for me (apart from the ability to create little humans) is being able to dress up and play around with makeup.

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To celebrate getting involved with the the club, they also sent me the coolest t-shirt from https://expressiontees.com so of course I had to go with the pug one! I love it! You can get involved with the girls’ girl club by using #IAmAGirlsGirl across all social media.

-Hannah X

The Bloggers Hangout Summer Hangout Event

I love going to events that are organised and hosted by The Bloggers Hangout and when I received the email to say there was a Summer Hangout event, I knew that I needed to go.

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The event was hosted at The Strand Gallery near Charing Cross station and featured a whole host of amazing brands that I couldn’t wait to learn about. Every single brand that was there were so eager to tell us bloggers about their products and what they do and they kindly gave us some goodies that we could try out. I really enjoy events like this, where you can directly speak and network with the brand because some of the brands an d companies are ones that I have never heard of before and I love trying out new products. Some of the brands that featured at the event were;

BLOGOSPHERE MAGAZINE

MAKERS & FRIENDS

PERFECT 10

ALFRED & WILDE

 BEEFit

 BHAVNA

 FAUSTS POTIONS

 PERK

 PINK PARCEL

 REGENERATE

 SASS & BELLE

 T-TOX

 THE PRIMAL PANTRY

The event was so much fun and it was great to network with brands and bloggers alike and I honestly can’t wait for the next Bloggers Hangout Event.

-Hannah X

Pre Tea Slim Teatox

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I’ve been wanting to try a teatox for a really long time but I was always conscious of how it would make me feel because I’ve heard that while it ‘detoxes’ you, it can leave you feeling quite sick. My lovely friend Hayley, who works for the company, got in touch to ask if I wanted to sample a teatox called Pre Tea Slim so I decided it was finally time to try one out so of course, I said yes please!

The idea is pretty much the same as every other teatox, you have one cup of the morning blend when you wake up and one cup of the evening blend before you go to bed. The morning blend was absolutely amazing, it has rose in it, which you could really taste but it was so refreshing. The morning blend claims to burn fat, give you energy and reduce your appetite which I definitely think it did. Usually I would still be hungry after breakfast but this tea stopped me wanting to snack immediately. I started this teatox the same day I started slimming world so I can’t really give a honest answer as to whether it burnt fat or not but according to my slimming world results I would say it worked! It also definitely made me feel more awake, I actually really looked forward to getting up and having the morning tea because it made me feel ready for the day, which is a big deal, seriously, I’m like a sloth; always tired.

Now, the night time brew; I’m not going to lie, I was not a massive fan. It has a mild laxative, which is where the ‘detoxing’ comes in but it wasn’t that bad; it was the taste I couldn’t get on with. The evening blend had a really strong liquorice taste which was not my favourite and the longer you let it brew, the stronger it got; if you like liquorice then you would probably really like this. It claims to relax the body, detoxify and improve digestion which again, I would definitely agree with.

As my first teatox experience, I was pleasantly surprised and would definitely do it again. I felt more awake and really enjoyed having a cup as soon as I woke up and right before I went to bed. There are a few different length courses of pre slim tea which can be found here and I would 100% recommend giving it a go.

Have you ever tried a teatox, what are your thoughts on them?

-Hannah X

In-Flight Essentials

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As you’re reading this, I will be in New York; I just got so excited typing that. Seeing as the flight to NY is about 8 hours long, I wanted to make sure that I packed everything I needed into my hand luggage to take on the plane with me.

Face Wipes – Now, before you all start shouting at me for using them; its purely for the flight haha. I don’t want to be sitting there with my make up on for that long so they’re just an easy way to take it all off. I promise I’ll give my face a proper cleanse the minute I get to my hotel.

Money – of course I need to buy lots of goodies while I’m there

Polaroid – Any trip wouldn’t be complete without a polaroid camera. I’m taking my canon too but this is just the perfect size for putting in my bag every day and let’s be honest who doesn’t love polaroids?

Sweets – My parents always taught me to bring sweets on a plane so that when you’re taking off and landing your ears don’t pop. Tic Tacs are always my favourite!

Headphones – Seeing as I get bored quite easily, I need headphones so I can watch all the films they have on the plane.

HOW TO: Cosy Night In

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There is nothing I prefer more than having a cosy night in, especially when it is cold and miserable outside; like it has been recently, so here are my top 5 ‘must dos’ for any night in. This blog post is also a collaboration with yas-elle.blogspot.co.uk and desire4beauty.wordpress.com so go and make sure you read their posts after to see what they do for a perfect night in.

 

Run a Bath

This is a pretty standard part of my nightly routine but if I was to have a pamper night, I usually add some lush bath bombs, put on a face mask and, if I really want to relax myself, I light a scented candle and turn the light off…bliss!

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Clean Pyjamas 

Honestly, is there a better feeling than getting out of the bath or shower and putting on a clean pair of pjs? It’s honestly one of my favourite things to do.

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Cup of Tea of Hot Chocolate

Once you’ve gotten into your clean pjs, the next step is to get a hot drink. Depending on the time, I usually go for either a cup of tea or a hot chocolate; I’m currently obsessed with the Cadbury Wispa Gold one, its incredible!

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Food

The essential for any night in; snacks! Popcorn or something savoury like crisps, but if you’re like me and have a sweet tooth, a bit of chocolate always goes down a treat too.

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Movies/TV

Once you’ve got your drinks and snacks, then its the last step. Get into bed or curl up on the sofa and watch countless films or binge watch a series on Netflix.

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And there you go; 5 steps to achieve the perfect cosy night in! What do you do when you’re having a night in? Also make sure you go and check out the lovely yas-elle.blogspot.co.uk and desire4beauty.wordpress.com!

** All pictures are from Tumblr, except for the header, which Yasmin made https://uk.pinterest.com/yasbanksx/blog-collabs/**

-Hannah X

Lush Cosmetics Tag

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I was tagged by my two favourite blogging sisters; Lauren and Rachel from TheFlowerThatBlooms to do the Lush Cosmetics Tag. With Lush being one of my favourite companies, I had to do it; so here goes!

 

What was your first…

1) Lush Bath Bomb?

Oh gosh, I can’t remember. I think it was Honey Bee

2) Lush Bubble Bar?

Creamy Candy Bar;  it’s my mums favourite so when I was younger, I always used to beg her to let me use a bit

3) Lush Massage Bar?

 

Strawberry Feels, I love it!

4) Lush Kitchen Item?

 

Queue the most shocking statement ever- I’ve never ordered from the Lush Kitchen. I much prefer going into the store and picking the items I want. I love talking to the people that work there about what each product does

5) Lush Shower Gel/Cream?

 

Snow Fairy. Why do they only bring that out at Christmas time, it smells incredible

6) Lush Shower Jelly?

 

I’ve never tried one, definitely putting it on my next Lush shopping list!

7) Lush Fresh Facemask?

Cup O’ Coffee, it makes me skin feel amazing and the smell is to die for

8) Lush Bar of Soap:

Layer cake, the colours are so pretty

What is your favourite…

1) Lush Store?

Oxford Street! 3 floors of pure heaven

2) Lush Bath Bomb?

Frozen and Intergalactic, I think its the glitter in them.

3) Lush Bubble Bar?

 

Pop in the Bath is always a classic for me. I also love Holly GoLightly but they only bring that out once a year 😦

4) Lush Massage Bar?

 

Strawberry Feels is the only one I’ve tried

5) Lush Kitchen Item?

*Placing first order soon*

6) Lush Shower Gel?

Easy, Snow Fairy!

7) Lush Shower Jelly?

 

Top of my list to buy next as I’ve never used one

8) Lush Facemask?

Cup O’ Coffee, ah I can’t fault it, I love love it

9) What Lush products would you like to see come back/haven’t tried yet?

 

Space Girl needs to come back, the smell of that was so nice!