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February Favourites

Hi everyone,

The end of February is here and I hope everyone has had a great month. If I'm honest, for me it has been quite a busy one and I can't say I'll be sorry to move on to a new month that will hopefully be a more enjoyable and quieter one! I am going to aim for March to be about relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends :)

Today I am here with a few of the products I have enjoyed using throughout February. Some are new things that I have come across but I have been trying to spend less this month so some are rediscoveries that I have dug out when other products have come to an end.

Firstly I think my favourite rediscovery is the Victoria's Secret Body Spray in Vanilla Lace. Every time I use this fragrance my boyfriend always comments on how nice it smells and says it makes him hungry as he thinks it's like white chocolate. It is actually a very sweet vanilla scent and I love it for when I have had a nice bubble bath to spritz when I get out as I find it quite calming. If you are not a fan of sweet fragrances then you might not like this one but having said that I'm not overly keen on anything too sweet and I still think it's lovely.

Secondly I have also been really enjoying these Soap & Glory products that my brother gave me for my birthday. Righteous Butter is one that I have used quite a lot but I had never tried Flake Away or the Sugar Crush body butter so it was good to get these taster sized ones to try them out. As always with Soap & Glory products the scent is amazing and they leave my skin feel so so soft, I just love them.

If you saw my birthday makeup look post (here) you will have seen that I used the Tanya Burr Enchanted Dream palette which contains some really pretty eyeshadows. The quality of the Tanya Burr eyeshadows isn't amazing but for just £6 I think they are really good, especially if you are just starting out with eye makeup and are looking to experiment.

As part of my cut back skincare routine (you can read more about it here if you missed it) I had been using the Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water but when this ran out I needed to find an alternative that was easier to get hold of. That's where the Garnier Micellar Water steps in and has been fab for removing my eye makeup especially. I have found it to be gentle on my skin but still do a good job at leaving it feeling clean and fresh.

This cute rabbit ring was a present that I got from my boyfriend for my birthday a few weeks ago. I have two pet bunnies that I love and on the inside he has had it inscribed with 'you are my sunshine'. I just thought this was such a sweet and thoughtful gift and it's something I can always keep :)

Last but not least I wanted to give a mention to the Do The Hoola gift set which I wrote about in last week's post. I have only mainly started using this over the last week or so but my first impressions have been great which is no surprise really as I already loved Hoola. If you haven't tried any of these products then this set is a great way to try them out before splashing out on the full sized versions.

I hope you have all had a wonderful February. I am hopefully going to have a quieter March and I am looking forward to a bit more relaxing!

Which products have you enjoyed using in February? Have you tried any of the ones I have mentioned here?

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx


Benefit Do The Hoola and They're Real Big Sexy Lip Kit

Hi everyone,

For my birthday my lovely friends from work grouped together and bought me the Do The Hoola and They're Real Big Sexy Lip Kit gift sets from Benefit. I was so surprised and wasn't expecting anything at all but they know me too well and knew anything beauty related was always going to be a hit with me.

Left to Right: Dew The Hoola, Hoola Lipgloss, BeneBalm and Hoola Bronzer
The Do The Hoola set contains a mini Hoola, Dew The Hoola liquid bronzer, BeneBalm lip balm, mini They're Real mascara and the Hoola lip gloss. The Hoola bronzer has long been a favourite of mine and I also love the They're Real mascara but I haven't tried any of the other products in the set. I am especially looking forward to using Dew The Hoola as I have had my eye on it for so long so I will let you guys know how I get on with it.

Left to Right: Flame Game, Pink Thrills, Revved-Up Red and Lusty Rose

The lipsticks in the They're Real Big Sexy Lip Kit intrigued me as they are designed to be both a lip liner and lipstick in one. As you can see in the photo, they have a teardrop shape with the top section being the darker lip liner and the bottom is the lipstick. This is meant to help create fuller looking lips with one product and hopefully save you time and effort! There are four shades in the kit: Flame Game, Pink Thrills, Revved Up Red and Lusty Rose and all of them are ones that I would use. If I had to pick one I think I'd say Lusty Rose is my favourite as it is the one I would get the most wear out of and is the most 'every day' shade.

I love the formula of the lipsticks as they are really creamy and feel lovely and soft on your lips. Having dry lips means that I am not a fan of anything that can dry them out even more so I was pleased with how hydrating they felt. I do have to say however that I think the lip liner / lipstick thing is a bit of a gimmick. You can see a slight difference between the lip liner shade and the lipstick but I think in some shades, such as Revved-Up Red, the difference could do to have been a bit more. I know you don't want it to be too over the top giving you a throwback 90's feel, but as the formula for both sections is the same, I felt like they just blended into each other. I also found that the shape of the lipstick works well for your top lip but it was more awkward turning it round so the lip liner is in the right place when you're applying it to your bottom lip.

Overall, I love the shades of the lipsticks and the formula, however, the lip liner and lipstick combo didn't really work for me so I wouldn't by them if that was the main thing I was looking for.

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to know what you thought of them if you have and also which Benefit products you would recommend.

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx


Favourite Products To Use For Valentine's Day

Hi everyone,

Valentine's Day is one that my boyfriend and I don't really celebrate due to it coming two weeks after my birthday and two weeks before his. Also with Christmas not that long ago it can become and expensive few months if we're not careful! Instead we usually make each other a card and do something nice that day, whether it's snuggling up at home for a cosy tea in or if we are pushing the boat out, we might head out for a meal somewhere. Whatever we get up to I still like to make a little effort with my makeup so I thought I would share a few of my favourite products that I will be using.

A red lip adds the perfect finish to any Valentine's Day makeup look and my favourites at the moment are the MaxFactor lipstick in Cherry Kiss and more recently I have loved using the Christmas Stocking Matte Lipgloss by Tanya Burr. I am telling you this lipgloss does not budge so it is perfect if you are eating out!

If red is not your thing, you might like Impassioned by MAC for an alternative lip look. This is not one for the faint hearted as it is a very bright pink shade but with a name like Impassioned I think it was made for this time of year!

Swatches left to right: MaxFactor Cherry Kiss, MAC Impassioned and Tanya Burr Christmas Stocking
To match a red lip I also love red nail polish. Devils Delight from Boots No.7 is just the perfect shade for me and is one that I reach for so often. I also love OPI in the shade Colour To Diner For if you fancy something darker and more of a deep red shade.

For me no makeup look is complete without a little shimmer or glow, especially when it's a special occasion. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone is one of my all time favourites and has successfully managed to send all other highlighters to the back of my makeup drawer. I'm sure most of you have read the hype around it but if you are wondering whether or not it is worth the hefty £32 price tag then I can well and truly confirm that it is.

Finally, I won't be leaving the house without a spritz of the Chloe perfume which I got for Christmas. I just love, love, love this fragrance and find that it makes me feel extra special and put together whenever I wear it :)

I hope you enjoyed this post and are having a lovely weekend. Will you be doing anything this Valentine's Day? 

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx