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18.6.17

Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth Body Lotion Review

Hi everyone,

Recently I have been having trouble with dry, itchy skin which has forced me to be good and use my body lotions and butters more often. Normally, I am really bad at doing this, especially in winter when it is just so cold when you get out the shower and all you want to do is cosy up in your pyjamas! However, seeing the benefits of doing it more regularly has meant that I have stuck with it and now my skin feels in much better condition.

One of the body lotions that I have treated myself to recently is the Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth. The lotion contains ingredients such as sweet almond oil, rosehip seed, shea butter and mango peel extract and has the Mist You Madly scent. I ordered this online and hadn’t smelt it before but I wasn’t worried as I usually really like Soap & Glory scents. I have to say though that although this scent is pleasant enough, it wouldn’t have been my first choice for a body lotion had I smelt it beforehand. I tend to be drawn to more fruity fragrances for shower products and body lotions and the Mist You Madly scent is quite floral as it contains freesia, magnolia, vanilla and musk.


One major plus to the Soap & Glory body lotions for me is that they come with a pump. I really like this as it means less mess and I don’t get it all up my nails like I do when scooping out a body butter! The lotion itself is described as being ‘ultra rich’ and does have a fairly thick texture which takes a little longer to sink in than some of my others that have a lighter formula (as to be expected).  The results are worth it though as my skin always feels so soft when I wake up in the morning and regular use of this lotion has meant my skin has felt so much more hydrated and less tight and itchy.

I will definitely continue to use the Soap & Glory body lotions going forward but I do think I will choose one with a different scent next time as this one is just a little too floral for me. If you guys have any recommendations please let me know in the comments :)

Have you tried any of the Soap & Glory body lotions? What did you think of them?

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx

11.6.17

LA and San Francisco Haul

Hi everyone,

Whilst I was on holiday in LA and San Francisco, I of course had to make sure that I fitted in some shopping time. I actually was very restrained this year and kept my shopping to a minimum compared to when I was in New York as we had a lot to squeeze in and I didn’t have as much time. However, I still bought a few things, especially from shops like Sephora and Bath and Body Works which we don’t have in the UK, and I thought I would share these with your guys in a haul.


Sephora was my first stop on the first day but I decided to try to not go mad and spend loads on products that I was never going to use. I told myself that it was better to get a few choice items that I really wanted, even if they were a little more expensive, rather than a ton of cheaper things that would get lost at the back of my makeup drawer. With this in mind, I wandered over to the Hourglass counter as I had wanted to try some of their products for so long and ended up with the Strobe Lighting Blusher in Iridescent Flash in my basket. 

Kat Von D products are a little harder to get hold of in the UK and I had heard a lot about her Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks so I bought one of those in the shade Lovecraft and then ended up going back later in the holiday to pick up the shade Mother as well.

Whenever I get to visit Sephora I always pick up their glitter nail polish remover as this stuff is seriously amazing. I have been put off wearing glitter polish in the past as I just can’t stand trying to remove it but this product makes light work of it so I always stock up! The Bite Agave Lip Masks are some of my favourite products to help with my dry, cracked lips and I usually always pick up a tube when I can but as I still have a full one at the moment I decided to try the Agave Lip Balm instead. 


And that was it from Sephora! Can you believe how restrained I was??
 I could seriously spend an absolute fortune in that shop so I thought I did quite well not to go mad, even if it did require a lot of willpower!

I can’t say I was quite as good in Bath and Body Works as I always get sucked in by the offers that they have on! As we had just gotten engaged in a rose garden I decided I wanted some rose fragrances and luckily they had a really nice range of rose champagne options. I bought the shower gel, body lotion and body mist.

I also bought the La Fleur body mist which is just gorgeous and genuinely smells like a fresh bouquet! It might not be for everyone if you're not a fan of overly floral fragrances but for me I find it really refreshing and perfect for summer. 

Lavender is one of my favourite scents so I had to pick up the Lavender and Sandlewood body mist and body lotion and I also added the Wildberry and Camomile body lotion to my basket as well which I have already used up!

I usually buy the Vanilla scents at Bath and Body Works but this time I just stuck with a mini Warm Vanilla body mist which I thought would be really handy for chucking in my handbag for a quick freshen up throughout the day.

Finally, I couldn’t leave without these cute little hand creams and of course the hand sanitisers and I also picked up a few of these for friends back home.


 Crest 3D White Dental Whitening Kit is one I have used before and I was really pleased with the results. I know other people that have used them and not seen much of an improvement but for me they worked really well. I also wanted to get one of the EOS lip balms and went for this cute shimmery pink one.


Aside from makeup and beauty products, the only other things I bought was this cute rabbit bag from Forever 21 and a Hollywood keyring. Having two little bunnies at home myself, I couldn’t resist the bag although my fiancĂ©e thinks it is hilarious.


I hope you enjoyed this haul and please let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them :) I will also have reviews for you soon once I have given them all a proper try!

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xx

4.6.17

LA and San Francisco Adventures

Hi everyone,

Last weekend I arrived back in the UK after an amazing holiday to LA and San Francisco. My now fiancee and I had such a wonderful time and both places were fantastic to visit so I thought I would share a few memories from our travels on my blog. 

On our first day in LA we had booked on to a pony trek up Runyon Canyon to get a good view of the Hollywood sign. In the photo you can't really tell how close to it we were as it looks really far away but the views were amazing. I used to have horse riding lessons when I was younger but haven't ridden in years so it was really fun to do the pony trek and see how much I could remember! 


After the pony trek, we went to the Beverly Centre and The Grove for an afternoon of shopping and also to the farmers market next door where I had the best pasties! This one was filled with mushrooms and cheese - so yummy!


For day two in LA we had booked tickets for Universal Studios. I've never really been that into Harry Potter and have only read a couple of the books, but I was still so excited to see the Harry Potter world and try some of the famous Butterbeer. One of my favourite parts of the day though was going on the behind the scenes tour where we visited the set of Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives which is one of my all-time favourite TV shows. 

Ollivanders - The Harry Potter Wand Shop
This was a plane crash set at Universal Studios
We had booked onto a Hollywood tour for day three in LA which I was looking forward to but was a little skeptical about. I have to say though that it was actually really interesting and a great way to see some sights that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.  I was actually surprised at how close to some of the houses you can get and we saw houses belonging to celebrities such as P Diddy, Madonna, Cameron Diaz, Johnny Depp and the Playboy mansion. It was also great to see where the likes of Pretty Women had been filmed which is one of my favourite films.

This is where the scene was filmed in Pretty Women where Richard Gere climbs up to Vivian.
We went back to Beverly Hills after the tour and walked along Rodeo Drive. I also found the cupcake ATM at Sprinkles which was so exciting - we really need to get these in the UK!


In the evening we went up to the Griffith Observatory which had some lovely views over LA as a huge telescope which you can look out to see Jupiter through. Be warned if you go there though as it is difficult to get a signal to call an Uber!


We really wanted to visit Venice Beach and Santa Monica whilst we were in LA so towards the end of the week we hired a car and drove down. We made a bit of a mistake on this day and decided to walk from Santa Monica to Venice Beach and then look around the canals. However, it was a really hot day and by the time we got to the canals we were so exhausted we didn't have the energy to look round them too much, although it was still lovely to see them and take some photos.


Our final day in LA has to be the most special and memorable as my boyfriend proposed in the rose garden at Huntington Gardens :) It was such a surprise and I was absolutely over the moon, I couldn't have asked for it to be more perfect. Huntington Gardens is a stunning place and there is no where in the UK that I know of it that is anything like it at all. I loved how there was different gardens such as a Chinese garden, Japanese garden, Australian garden and of course the rose garden.


On the Sunday morning we got up early and flew to San Francisco. I was sad to be leaving LA as I had absolutely loved it there but was looking forward to seeing what San Francisco had to offer.

Goodbye Hollywood!
 The first day we just spent looking around Union Square and of course doing some shopping but the second day was a little more active as we hired bikes and cycled across the Golden Gate Bridge. There's a strange fog that comes in over San Francisco in the evening and then burns away again by early afternoon but unfortunately this meant I wasn't able to get a great shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco is famous for its hills but there were a few too many for me to cycle up them all!

Visiting Alcatraz on our third day in San Fran was really interesting and I was especially interested in the stories of the escape attempts that had taken place. As far as we know, no one managed to escape successfully, although there were five prisoners that made an attempt and neither them or their bodies were ever found.

This was were the prisoners used to go to work.
We also visited Pier 39 that afternoon and where all the sea lions are.


For our final full day in San Francisco my fiancee had booked us on to a segway tour of Golden Gate Park. I was a bit nervous of this as I thought it would be really difficult and I would end up falling off but I actually really enjoyed it and I think it was my favourite thing that we did whilst in San Fran. The park was beautiful and it turned out that it was just me and Tom booked on the tour which was really nice. We also visited the California Academy of Science during the afternoon which was so interesting and included an aquarium, rainforest, planetarium and penguins!


We flew back home on the Thursday of week two after a morning spent buying some final bits and bobs in Union Square. It was certainly a jam packed holiday and one that I will never forget.

I hope you enjoyed this post and a quick overview of our time in LA and San Francisco. I hope to go back one day, especially to visit Huntington Gardens where we got engaged!

Have you visited either LA or San Francisco? What did you enjoy doing whilst you were there?

Thanks for reading and I hope you are all having a lovely weekend :)

Hannah xx


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