Monday, 29 February 2016

Beauty February Favourites

I've never done a monthly favourites before but there was a LOT of products I was loving this month so I thought I would share them with you. I'll have a non beauty favourites up on Wednesday along with blogs I've been enjoying recently. 

Charlotte Tilbury 3rd Edition Make Up Bag | £32: I purchased this over Christmas and I've only just started using it. I've been using the EssieButton make up bag for absolute ages but because it's so big I end up having more than I need in it so I've switched to this one. I absolutely adore burgundy and anyone who knows me well will not be surprised by this at all. On the back it says 'Give a women the right make up and she conquer the world' and the front has lipstick prints from different celebrities. If you want a deluxe make up bag snap this up! You won't stop staring at it haha.

Make Up Geek Eyeshadows | £4.95: The most beautiful buttery eyeshadows I have ever used. I'm so glad it's easy to get hold of them in the UK now - I will do a full post about the shades I have and a review soon. But honestly they top any other eyeshadow I've tried so far and trust me I've tried a lot!

LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub | £8.95: I have done a full review on this product which I've linked so I will not go on about it too much. But this is a gorgeous gentle scrub which smells amazing - also doubles up as an amazing cleansing shampoo! Go read the review if you want to know more! 

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil | £9.99: Again I have done a full review on this product so I will try not to go on too much but I absolutely love this oil! I have ran out of my Estee Lauder one so I am using this at night time too and my skin absolutely loves it. It always feels soft and moisturised and it's definitely down to this little beauty! 

Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask | £23: I got a set of Origins masks just before Christmas to try and I've got the most use out of this one so far. I love it - it's definitely made a huge difference in bringing pesky spots to a head or reducing them completely. My skin looks a lot clearly too! I usually use the Sanctuary Spa Detox mask but this is a nice alternative when I don't want my skin heated up at the same time! 

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume | £54 for 50ml: I love scents like Paco Rabanne Lady Million and YSL Black Opium but as the sun is starting to show and Spring is slowly appearing I feel like I should be wearing a much lighter scent. So I've been using this gorgeous scent. It instantly makes me feel like Spring when I wear it and it's different to scents I usually like! It's just very fresh without being too overwhelming. It has top scents of blackberry, grapefruit and pear. Definitely give it a smell in store to see if you like it! 

Re-Gen Cream | £6.99: My skin has been an absolute nightmare since December and I've been mixing up different parts of my skin care routine to adjust to the breakouts I've been having. I used this product a long time ago and it done nothing but I thought I should try it again so I did. It has helped the texture of my skin so much and the redness has definitely reduced. I will try get a full review up soon. I believe it has similar ingredients to Bio Oil so it is suppose to be amazing for scarring etc. 

Benefit Hoola Bronzer | £23:50: Another product I've fallen in love with again. It just adds a nice natural contour to the face, it's matte so no weird shimmer! It's just a really good natural bronzer that lasts absolute ages. I've gone off a lot of Benefit products but this remains one of my favourites! If you want a full review just let me know and I'll do one but I swear it's everywhere in the blogsphere if you want to find out more!

NARS Creamy Concealer | £22: I find it so hard to find a drug store concealer that matches my skin tone so have to go towards high end. It's cheaper than buying two drug store and blending. Caramel matches me perfectly though - it's perfect for covering up those annoying blemishes and sits nicely under and over foundation. If you have any concealer recommendations please throw them at me!

Remmington Pearl Hair Straighteners | £44.99: I don't think these are available anymore but Remmington is an amazing brand for straighteners. I don't like GHDs as I have very fine hair and it just frazzles it whereas these ones are amazing and last absolute ages. Heat up in no time and work a dream. I also use them to curl my hair - if you're looking at new straighteners definitely look into Remmington. 

What are your favourites this month? Look out for my post on Wednesday for non beauty favourites! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Hana ♥

Monday, 22 February 2016

LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

LUSH is that brand that everyone seems to love... Or hate. I'm one of those who loves it! I love using their bath bombs and haven't really tried much else! I mean I've tried a few other products in the past but nothing I loved so much to repurchase or that hasn't been replaced now! One of my lovely friends got me the Hello Gorgeous gift set for my birthday and in that set was this little beauty! The Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub. 
My skin can be very sensitive so I'm often put of by trying scrubs but I when I opened this pot I was surprised to see the that it is a wet scrub. I've used it both in the shower and bath and it's very easy to use. A little goes a very long way! I just get it in my hands and then rub it into my skin and then rinse off. Simple I know! It leaves my skin smelling so good, exfoliated and very soft even without moisturising. I think one of the reasons I love the scrub so much is the scent. It's floral but also smells of the sea. Like holiday if you like! Honestly if you go into LUSH give it a smell. 
As well as the scrub working amazingly and the gorgeous scent, it also doubles up as an amazing shampoo. I've only used it twice on my hair but I wish I had sooner. My hair just felt so clean and the scent lingered. Also for someone who has flat fine hair - it actually added volume that remained until I next washed my hair. It just gives the hair a good deep clean which is needed once in a while! Don't get me wrong my shampoo cleans my hair but with this one you can visibly see the difference. The smell also lingered on my hair which I loved. 
It is a really good multitasker and just a good scrub. It's replaced my Zoella one which I also love. I will be running to LUSH to repurchase as soon as I run out. If you do suffer from dry and sensitive skin definitely give this a go - it will be a lot kinder than a dry scrub.
You can get it for £8.95 for 350g but like I said a little really does go a long way! 
Have you tried this? What is your favourite scrub?

Hana ♥

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Most Used Make Up Brushes including some favourites

I don't wear make up all the time but when I do I tend to use the same brushes all the time and some of these are my absolute favourites. I went through a phase a while ago of buying so many brushes and I only seem to use a few now. Silly I know. Zoeva is probably my favourite brush brand (hence most of them being Zoeva!) I do also love Real Techniques. I am a creature of habit so I rarely mix it up but for those looking for some new brushes hopefully you might the look of some of these. There are brushes like blush brushes that are not in here but that's because I am yet to find one I absolutely adore. I just know the ones I have here I don't think I could do my make up without! (Also, I know they're not clean brushes. Sorry not sorry - I live in England which means sunshine is a rarity at the moment so I had to jump at the opportunity to take these photos! I don't have lights but I prefer natural lighting anyway!)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99: I only got into make up sponges late last year, before that I either used my hands or a brush. I finally caved into purchasing a beauty blender and used it for ages without damping it first. What was I doing?! After finally testing it damp I was amazed how much more natural my make up was. I actually picked up this RT one when I was away and forgot to pack my beauty blender and I have to admit I love this much more than the beauty blender. Because there is a flat piece and it's a different shape it's so easy to use. I use it for foundation and concealer and honestly do not know what I would do without it! Also, do use it damp! It changes everything - trust me. But do save your money and get this one instead of the actual beauty blender, it's much better. 

Real Techniques Detailer Brush £21:99 as part of Core Collection Set: Now I believe this brush is suppose to be for awkward to get areas for concealer. However, I do not use it for that at all! I actually really dislike all lip brushes I've tried. None of them seem to have precision or they go funny after using them a few times. So by accident I used this to apply lipstick and I love it. It's so easy to wash and it doesn't create any awkward lines. If you were not using it for lipstick though you could use it for the inner corners of your eyes to add highlight - I've used it for that too! So a good multitasker, obviously wash the brushes in between or it could look very weird! 

Zoeva 234 Luxe Smoky Shader Brush £6.95: This specific one is from the Rose Golden Volume 2. Luxury Brush Set however you can get it in black individually. I use this one to apply shadow directly onto the lids - it works so well. I just coat the brush in what shadow I want to use and sort of pat it onto the eyes gently. Then use a different brush to blend. This brush is so soft and the perfect size to apply shadow but not have it go everywhere. It's a great starter brush and I wish I found it sooner as I don't know what I would do without it now. 

Sephora Classic Crease Shadow Brush #73 £11.67: Quite possibly one of my favourite brushes ever. Bold statement I know. But I can apply any shadow to my eyes and this little beauty will blend it out well. It's incredibly soft and washes so well! I just wish it was easier to get hold of in the UK. If you want a crease brush or need something to just blend your shadows get this in your life! You will not regret it!

Zoeva 227 Soft Luxe Definer Brush £6.05: As my sephora crease brush is either being used or out of reach I have this one as back up. It did come as part of the Rose Golden set but you can get it individually from the website directly. This brush blends really well and is so soft to use. I do prefer the Sephora one but this one is a really good back up to have! If you can't get hold of the Sephora one do purchase this one! 

Real Techniques Contour Brush £21:99 from the core collection: This is from the same set that was mentioned earlier (another reason to purchase it!) I adore this brush! I've tried other contour brushes but none beat this one. It just is the perfect shape to contour or to apply bronzer. I use it with Benefits Hoola and it works a dream! Just buy the set - do it! 

Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush £11.50: I was using this brush before I discovered the sponges for foundation. I still use this a lot, especially when I need heavier coverage foundation. I build it up and blend with this and then go over with the beauty blender. If you really are not a fan of sponges or can't get them to work for you or just prefer a make up brush you will probably love this. It blends a dream and leaves a very natural finish. Only thing I will say is wash this often as one of mine died due to too much product on the brush. Lesson learnt! 

Zoeva 106 Powder Brush £11:50: This again is probably one of my all time favourite brushes. I find so many powder brushes harsh or they wash badly which is such a shame. Whereas this one has maintained it's softness even though I've washed it numerous times. It's a really good size - it's not too big or wide but big enough to easily powder. If I don't have any other brushes apart from this, the RT sponge and sephora crease brush I will be a very happy girl. If you haven't found a powder brush you love yet do try this! Also if you have a petite/small face you may like it as it isn't as big as most other powder brushes. 

So there we go these are the most used brushes in my collection. Like I said if I had to pick my favourites it would be the real techniques complexion sponge, sephora crease brush and zoeva powder brush. What are your favourite or most used brushes?

Hana ♥

Monday, 15 February 2016

Bed Of Nails Acupressure Mat

I mentioned the Bed of Nails Mat in my Don't Forget to Relax post. I had a few people to explain in more description what this mat is and how it helps me. I did do a post on my previous blog but it seemed a bit wishy washy to copy and paste so thought I would do a new post altogether. 
I purchased the Bed of Nails mat a while ago after hearing Vivanna Does Make Up mention it and knew I had to give it a try. I've had back and neck pain for as long as I can remember so anything that can help reduce the pain I am happy to consider or give it a try. I purchased this off Amazon for £25 which is half the price of the retail price. A lot of other websites have it at a higher price - so if you want to purchase this I definitely recommend you do via Amazon. After it turned up I was really hesitant to use it as it really does look frightening when you first look at it. 
The mat itself is covered with 230 acupressure points. It has around 6440 nails per mat. Can you see why I was scared now? The way it works is suppose to be in a similar way that acupuncture would work. It helps focus in on pressure points on the body to get energy stimulating around the body.  It claims to do a whole load of things but I'm guessing the results vary from person to person. Some of these is that it claims to get rid of toxins in the body so I would really recommend you have a glass of water after using it. The pressure points are suppose to help release endorphins and oxytocin to assist in feeling relaxed and to help reduce pain. If you want to find out more of the benefits it claims to do please go check out the website as it contains the full list there
When I first used this product I had my tshirt on and done about 10 minutes then increased each time I used it. Now I spend around 30-40 minutes on it and can lay directly upon it. It doesn't hurt, it's a weird sensation when you first lay on it but I think that's more getting used to it. Once you do get used to it you will wonder why you didn't try it before trust me. It leaves my skin feeling as if it's heated up but in a really nice way and I have a really good nights sleep almost every time I use this. I don't know what it does but I usually have issues sleeping and for this to help is a big deal. I feel very relaxed after and the pain does reduce especially on my back. It sometimes doesn't help my neck - but the pain is so much worse in my neck so I'm not too surprised. I have honestly noticed a huge difference in using this. I think it's best to use it in the evening before you plan to go to bed. If you do suffer from neck or back pain or generally have issues relaxing or switching off I definitely recommend this to you. It's made such a huge difference to me. 

Will you be trying this? What do you think of acupressure mats?

Hana ♥

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Face Oil

Face oils is something I've really got into in the last eight months. Especially as the weather has been much colder, my skin has been needing more hydration to combat the dryness. All the ones I've tried previous to this one have all been fairly pricy and high end so when I saw Palmer's released a facial oil I was keep to try it!
Palmer's is a brand that I've used for a long time and do love. They do some amazing products including their lip balm and conditioner for itchy scalps to name a few! I've only tried a few products from their skincare previously and I wasn't the biggest fan, however the facial oil just drew me in completely. It contains 10 pure oils to help moisturise and smooth fine lines. It also includes retinol and vit c to improve and brighten tone and texture of the skin. It comes in this 30ml bottle which makes it travel friendly. It's very easy to dispense and two to three drops is usually enough for my whole face. It sinks in very quickly on the skin however, it takes a while for the shine to disappear. So maybe not put this on if you're in a rush to leave the house or you might look like an oily mess! The Rosehip fragrance is lovely too - I'm kind of glad it's not the cocoa butter fragrance as I'm really not a fan of that scent. After you've applied it the scent doesn't linger for long anyway so if you're not a fan of the scent it doesn't last too long anyway. Since using this product my skin has been so much softer and the general texture of my skin has changed. It's so much smoother and make up applies so much better when I use this in the morning - and as you probably have guessed it's absolutely fine under make up. I really do love this product, possibly a little more than my trusty Estee Lauder night oil. 
If you want to add a facial oil to your collection but don't want to break the bank definitely give this a try. You can get it from Feel Unique for £9.99 so it's completely affordable. What facial oils do you use? Do you recommend any?

Hana ♥

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Depression: the horrible fog of darkness

So I was very unsure about doing this post but I realised it may help one person, and if it does one then it is definitely worth writing. Mental health has been on the rise for years now. Whether that's because the stigma isn't as bad or people are just more aware or the result of all this technology it has it's good and bad points right? So I thought I would share with you how I've been dealing with Depression and how I cope with the bad days with the good. I'm thinking about doing an anxiety post as well depending on how this post is received. All I ask before you comment is please remember this is my experience and that might not be the same as everyone else. If you have a friend or family member going through something similar I'll write a little at the end on my advice on how to approach them but bottom line is - get support. I'll explain what I mean by that later on.
If you want an in depth explanation of depression and symptoms click here so it takes you to the MIND website. But everyone's experiences are different, one size does not fit all. Here is the definition from MIND:
'In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life, but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, major depression (clinical depression) can be life-threatening, because it can make you feel suicidal or simply give up the will to live.'
For me personally there wasn't something specific that happened that made me start developing symptoms. I did have a lot going on but no more than what the usual person has to deal with, I just wasn't coping well with it. I remember the first symptom that was really evident to me was I really didn't want to go out. Any social events I really wasn't interested in going on. Or I'd go and regret going after I got home. Had no idea why, I just wasn't happy. I would finish college and just want to get home to bed as soon as possible, I felt that way for a long time before I realised how much it was effecting me. Another major change for me personally was I was getting very irritated at the tiniest things. I was also getting really teary - which I can say is not like me at all. Again I was just not happy. I think the point where it got unbearable for me is when I couldn't sleep. I was like a walking zombie, I wouldn't sleep at night.  I'd be awake all day avoiding social contact with everyone. I just felt incredibly isolated but yet when friends asked how I was I replied with 'I'm fine.' The way I can describe it is feeling the absolute lowest of the low. Like I was in this sinking puddle which I couldn't get out of. Like a black thick fog of darkness that I couldn't escape from. It's not something I would ever wish upon anyone. There was a point I was suicidal as well. I think it took me absolute months before I got help.
For me particularly it was when the doctors gave me tablets to help me sleep. It was a random day that I just decided I couldn't do it anymore. I couldn't keep feeling like this. Since then I forced myself out - I spoke to some really close friends. Just talking about how I was feeling was such a big relief. I took it day by day and I started feeling a bit better. I was and I am stubborn so I didn't seek help about it from a doctor. At the time Connexions was still around and I saw a counselor for about 7/8 sessions and that really helped. (I've had bad experiences with counselors from when I was younger so I was hesitant, but I've learnt it just takes time to find who you're comfortable with and that's fine too). I still have very bad days but I just remember back to that point I was at my lowest and how I never want to be back there. I don't think I've kicked depression as I don't believe it's something that can ever completely go away. I feel a lot more in control though. That's a brief overview anyway, I can go more into depth but it would take a long time to explain.

So if you know someone who is going through depression or you think you have here's the advice I would give.

For those with depression: 
Remember you're not alone - There are so many people battling with depression and the great thing about the internet is that you're now exposed to people who you can talk to. If you're uncomfortable talking face to face then it really does help to talk to someone.
Things will get better, it takes time though - There is no quick fix. Everything does take time, it's okay to have days where you can't physically deal with the world. Just remember that feeling will not stay there forever. You will find happiness in moments again, and when you do hopefully you will try to maintain it.
It's okay to ask for help - I know I was very stubborn and haven't had medical advice on tablets itself or taken any antidepressants, however, I have friends who have and it has made a huge difference. I do believe you have to be ready to accept help for it to work. I was lucky to see an amazing counselor from Connexions but I do wish cognitive behavioral therapy was more common when I was struggling. I know it's very British to not accept help and think you can do it all yourself. And you probably can but it is okay to ask for help and to accept it.
You can be happy again - Everyone is different and with mental health nothing is a quick fix. You can get back to feeling happy and content. That's not to say you won't have bad days where you just want to pack it in but that's fine.
Talk - This is the most important. I think if I didn't reach out to friends I wouldn't have made it through. People care.
You're a survivor - You're here today. You're still fighting, and you're amazing. It may not feel that way  but you are. There are people who care, and you are valuable to this world.

For those who have a friend/family who are suffering:
They may try push you away - This was my default setting when I feel terrible. I push people away, but it only makes me more isolated. Try to be there as much as you can, even if they are pushing you away.
Give them a hug - Or let them cry or get angry or frustrated. Whatever they need, give them a chance to release the bad energy. It could make a huge difference.
It will take time - Again it's more just be there for someone. It can be exhausting on you but they will appreciate it.

The way I personally cope is locking myself away for the evening, crying it out. Letting myself get worked up but it never feels as bad the next day.
I'm no expert in depression, only know what I have faced and seen others face. Sorry this wasn't the most cheerful of topics but it does need to be spoken about more in my opinion. Thank you so much for reading, and if you do want to reach out please do talk to me! I hope this has helped someone at least, everyone faces different obstacles but it is possible to feel better. You're all amazing!

p.s I haven't proof read this in the fear I won't post it so if there's any mistakes I apologize!

Hana ♥

Monday, 1 February 2016

Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel

Spots... We're all blessed with them right? I seem to get them more than most, I still don't know why I think my skin is secretly plotting against me. I've finally found a skin care routine that works for me however, I still have spots. I'm human okay?! There have been some creepers over the last week especially due to stress and university deadlines. To be expected. A month ago I was looking for something new to try as my tea tree oil was completely finished. So I came across this. After trying Origins masks over Christmas and falling in love I thought what's the worst that can happen right?
This gel comes in a teeny tiny pot of 10ml but it's amazing for on the go. You can stick it in your bag and not have to worry as you'll always have it on you. When I first tried it I was amazed how quickly it worked. It's a cooling gel like texture which you only need a tiny amount of! I applied it directly onto a spot that was forming at night time and in the morning it had completely reduced in size and almost disappeared. So I kept using it and in a few days - gone! Very pleasantly surprised. 
However, we all get those spots that form way too quickly and just need to (sorry to be gross) come to a head. I had one last week and I applied this and the next day even though it was angrier it definitely started going down. I applied it three-four times that day and by the evening it felt a lot less painful and calmed down. I'm not going to lie when I applied it it stung like no tomorrow but that lasted a few seconds. So bearable! After four or five days the spot went down completely and there was minimal scarring from the spot. Unfortunately my skin scars so easily but no product has worked like this one with the minimal scarring. It's hardly noticeable now! The actual gel drys very quickly and looks fine under make up - so another plus!
Origins claims it helps eliminate excess oils and pore-clogging debris which is a plus too! It has ingredients like Salicylic Acid which helps to minimise the appearance of post blemish marks. As well as Caffeine and red algae to reduce redness and calm the skin. I've definitely noticed a difference in my skin now and honestly don't know what I would do without it! It is a little on the pricey side of £15.00 which you can get from Boots. However, like I said a little goes a long way and it really does work!

What is your go to for spots?! 

Hana ♥
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