Monday, 10 February 2014

Day to Night Lip Therapy

I love a good lip product- stains, lipsticks, glosses, you name it but as much as I do like wearing these there's nothing more satisfying than making sure that my lips are in great condition without it all. I call it lip therapy, the repairing and prepping of my lips. For that, I've got two balms that do just that, leaving my lips moisturised from day to night.

In the morning, I'm all for something light yet hydrating like this Caudalie Lip Conditioner which I find myself using everyday. Beeswax, shea butter and grapeseed oil are just some of the ingredients in this little French wonder which aims to nourish, protect and soothe. I also have the NUXE stick version and Burt's Bees but I think that this definitely takes the top spot. Consider this a staple as I never have to worry about dry lips, even with the freezing weather we've been having. So now I'm ready to take on the day, well, partly.

At night, it's all about intense nourishment and only one product will do- the much hyped NUXE Reve de Miel Nourishing Lip Balm, which honestly does live up to the claims. It has a thick texture that moisturises the lips, instead of just coating them like some products do. I love this pot and I've never had a lip balm that is as nourishing as this. Of course, it's like £9 for a pot, but for me, at least, it's worth it. No dryness left in sight and it's off to bed.

These two products have got me covered (with added exfoliation) for soft lips day and night!

Hannah x

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Current Favourites #1

With a monthly favourites being too much commitment, I thought that I'd run through my current favourites every so often. Today, I'll be going through what I've been listening to, watching and using on my face...

As for TV, I love a good series and personally I think that they've got it going on across the pond. Americans rule at creating great dramas, but that's just my opinion. I'm getting caught up with Gossip Girl (Season 2, to be exact), and I see why so many people love this show. My only wish is that I would have watched it sooner (but I was always more of a 90210 girl). I'll be one show down as The Carrie Diaries, the prequel to SATC that follows a mini-Bradshaw, has just wrapped for Season 2 but hopefully it'll be back for Season 3. I'm not a follower of SATC so I can't comment on its accuracy, but one thing I will say is that I'm loving the 80s vibe, and Kyddshaw anyone? Obviously, I can't talk about television and not mention, Pretty Little Liars. It's a typical girl choice, but I really do like the show. It's getting quite tense and I'm still shocked at "A" certain discovery. Lastly, I'm bringing things back to UK with one of the most popular shows, Mr Selfridge. I'm glad it came back for a second series as I'd happily watch this every Sunday. What else can I say? I love the characters, costumes and storylines. All this makes for very happy viewing!

Onto my current music favourites and I'll start by saying that my music tastes are not "cool" by any means, I just listen to whatever takes my fancy. I've never really listened to any of their music before but I've really been liking the new album by Paramore. They've gone through a change but I enjoy the majority of songs. My favourites are Part II, Last Hope, Anklebiters and Ain't It Fun. I need to get the album and I look forward to seeing more from Paramore. Next is Imagine Dragons who seem to be churning out the hits, I love every song of theirs (that I've heard) and I probably would consider them my favourite band. Onto a single that I've been constantly replaying from Clean Bandit, Rather Be is something I'd recommend you give a quick listen to if you haven't heard it already.

My cleanser of choice has been this cleansing balm from Balance Me, which is perfect for the cold weather we've been having. At first, I was worried about shea and coconut butter included as ingredients but it hasn't disturbed my skin. So, happy and soft skin all-round! Hopefully, it will stay that way...

Have a great Sunday!
Hannah x

Friday, 7 February 2014

The Wishlist #1

Beauty Wishlist
I've been eyeing up a few products recently, so it was only a matter of time that I compile a wishlist of what I'm almost ready to checkout on...
Una Brennan Rose Pre-Cleanse- I'm in need of a new makeup remover and since I've heard so many good things about this one, I figured that it was time that I try it as I've never used a cleansing oil before (bi-phase, micellar, yes but never an oil), so this will be interesting. I am torn between this and The Body Shop's Camomile offering. Any suggestions?
REN Clarifying Toner- I can almost see myself running out of my Clarins Exfoliating Toner and this one has been dubbed as cheaper and just as effective. I'm intrigued. Plus, it's REN and the majority of products that I've tried from them have not let me down so far.
Laura Mercier Radiance Bronze Primer- For once, I'm mentioning something that I didn't find out about on a blog. Sort of. As SpaceNK informed me (and those who receive their emails) this is one of the new releases. The well-loved glow enhancing primer now comes in a bronze shade that I was really excited about. Those with a deeper complexion like myself (or anyone with a warm tone) may find this much more suitable than the original. I'm sure that we'll be seeing this on many blogs soon.
Revlon Lacquer Balm- Last but not least the new balms from Revlon which I'm sure you've seen floating around every corner of the Internet. I recently purchased this is in the shade Enticing (more on that later) and I really like the shade and formulation. Now I'm thinking that Coy will be the perfect nude shade for me. We'll see but I think that Revlon are great when it comes to lip products.
So that's it, my small beauty wishlist! What's on yours?
Hannah x

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Library: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

When I first got this book, I didn't think much, it would be a fairly good read, at best. Now I can honestly say it's one of my favourite books, one that I would recommend to everyone, you'll soon realise that I recommend things a lot here on this blog.
Written in first person, it follows the story of Ponyboy (yes, that is his real name), his brothers and their group of friends who are characterised by their long, greasy hair (Greasers) and the rival group, the Socs. At first, it seems to be in the similar vein as a typical 'rebel without cause' story yet it becomes more than that. Expect fights, slang, girls but most importantly family.
The story is written in a honest and authentic viewpoint. These characters are not supposed to be perfect, by any means but I found myself liking them and the novel for that reason alone- it does get tedious reading about perfect teenagers, coming from one who is anything but! As a reader, I found that the narrative simple and therefore easy to read but the multi-dimensional characters made the text come alive. Some would say that there is too much focus on violence but I think that's its this that makes it interesting as we see what damage it can do to those involved, from a personal level and without being patronising. Hinton, who was 17 when she this by the way, did a great job of turning stereotypes on their heads, because after all we are people just trying to figure it out. 'Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore.'
One that I'd read again and again. 5/5
Have you read The Outsiders? Let's talk books!
Hannah x
If anything, just read the book for the names, Ponyboy, Two-Bit, Sodapop- I say!

Monday, 3 February 2014

The (Un)Necessary

There are just certain products that you honestly do not need but once used, become a necessary(ish) part of your routine. This is one of them, the Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Oil from NUXE, more known for their lip balm (that I love). Firstly, I'll address the packaging. The glass bottle and gold cap is the perfect amount of luxe that you'd expect from a French brand. Love. As for the product, it slightly moisturises without being overly greasy. I say 'slightly' because it's a dry oil, so don't expect intense nourishment. I find it works best on damp skin, leaving it soft and ready to be prepped for whatever moisturiser you want to use. Although it's labelled as "multi-use" I probably won't use it on my face or hair as it's quite fragrant. Speaking of scent though, it smells amazing, think summer and French elegance in a bottle, which makes for a scent that I would happily spritz all over myself.

Overall, I really like this product, which is a shame considering it's not cheap (I did get it in a gift set though). It's not the most moisturising oil ever but it's good for a treat. Not necessary but in some ways it kind of is. Here's to more necessary unnecessary products, oh dear...

Let me know if you've tried this or any others.

Hannah x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Makeup on the Upper East Side

Put on your best tartan coat because I'm taking you on a tour around the Upper East Side, kind of...
After watching Season 1, I finally get the immense love for this show. Interesting story lines, characters you'd want to be friends with and best of all, the makeup (well, you didn't think I was going to mention anything else, did you?) After becoming slighted addicted to the well-known TV show, I thought it would be fitting to gather my beauty things for a GG-inspired makeup look that Blair and Serena would be proud of.
Firstly, I'll tackle the base. On the show, the girls sport extremely natural yet flawless skin that I'm always left wondering if they're even wearing any (I need me a makeup artist). For the majority of us, that means evening out the skin that will get you looking fresh-faced and "16 again" in no time. My picks are all from Bobbi Brown- the concealer, corrector and BB cream, allowing me to collectively brighten, conceal and cover. Of course, any natural-finish foundation would do.
Next onto the eyes, and I'm taking inspiration from Serena (aka. Blake, the queen of hooded eyes). Day-to day, her character usually wears a simple wash of shimmer shadow which calls for the Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Biege all over the lid and in the inner corner. No brushes required as it literally takes a few seconds to blend out, making it the easiest eye ever. To finish it off, I'll use a coat (or two) of a volumising mascara to plump the lashes without entering spider territory.   
For lips, it's all about Blair's glossy pout. As I don't own a red lipgloss, I'll make do with Rimmel Kate lipstick in 1, gently patted on to the lips that looks natural-ish (well, as natural as red can be) topped off with this clear gloss from Collection.    
Then that's it done. Now all you need is a headband and cape to rival B's and you're ready for the city. The only question left to ask is Nate, Dan or Chuck? I'll leave you pondering this, while I watch Season 2...
Hannah x (ever resisting the urge to sign out with a xoxo)

Monday, 27 January 2014

New In: Two Butters and A Balm

A spot of shopping from Balance Me and The Body Shop...

Balance Me Cleansing Balm- My current cleansing balm had finished which left me pondering whether to stock up again or change directions. Change it was and I decided upon this one from Balance Me- I love their Radiance Facial Oil and I trust the brand. A few pounds more expensive but with 25ml extra I figure that it's a good deal. Housed in a tube, something I think all brands should take note of, this leaves my skin feeling nourished and soft. I've only used it twice but so far, so good (fingers crossed). Plus, when I wake up my skin still feels great.

Coconut and Shea Body Butters- The best body moisturisers in my opinion, I've mentioned how much I like the Coconut version so I figured I'd tried get the Shea scent too. Not much more to say about these except they're great. I've tried the likes of Palmer's, Dove, Burt's Bees and Jergens but this is definitely a #1 choice that I'd recommend everyone to try at least once.

What have you been buying?

Hannah x