Friday, 29 May 2015

My Favourite Handbag Hand Creams

As a teen, I never used to pay much attention to hand creams and I barely ever used them. Yeah, on the odd occasion before bed I would apply a dollop of any random cream onto the palm of my hand and rub my palms together vigorously without a care. But as I progressed through my 20's, my hands were badly calling out for hydration and before I knew it, I was obsessed with finding handbag friendly hand creams. Here are some of my favourites...

 The Body Shop Mango Hand Cream (30ml, £3.50) / Link

What could be better than your hands smelling of juicy mangos? Not much! This is probably the perfect hand cream scent for Spring and Summer which is one of the reasons why it had to make an appearance in this blog post! I imagine this scent could be a little overwhelming for some (you do really need to love mangos) but I personally love it as the warmer weather (hopefully) approaches. It is creamy, yet light, and doesn't leave my hands greasy or sticky so it is perfect when you're on the go. I also find it to be long lasting and I don't find myself reaching for it all day so this really does go a long way! I can fit this into the smallest of my clutch bags and I think the design on the packaging is so cute - I love the little mango picture! OK, I'm easily pleased but this really is a worthwhile investment for your hands at a very low price. 

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (30ml, £8.00) / Link

The best thing about writing this blog post is the fact that it gave me an excuse to apply this hand cream again. I will openly admit that this is my favourite hand cream. What really makes this hand cream special is the fact it contains shea butter and cherry extract from Luberon, Provence. This gives the cream such an amazingly beautiful, yet delicate scent whilst softening my hands throughout the day. There is definitely no greasiness whatsoever and this cream sinks into my skin quicker than anything other hand cream I have ever tried. And again, this is the perfect size for any handbag. (Note: The photo is the size of the 10ml)

They are both lovely hand creams which I will be using all summer long but if I had to pick one, it would be the L'Occitane Cherry Blossom. It just feels and looks more luxurious and that makes it worth that little bit extra.

Let me know if there is any handbag friendly hand creams you have been loving that I have to try! Don't forget that as well as leaving a comment here you can also tweet me @thingsarahloves

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sanctuary Spa Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Wash

I may have only started my blog but I have been reading blogs for a long time. I love finding out what other bloggers are loving and I'm a sucker for a good high street/drugstore dupe. But on my personal blog reading, Youtube watching journey, I think there is one amazing brand that is most definitely underrated. I want to change that because it is a brand I have loved for the past couple of years - Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden.

Today I want to talk about one particular product: Sanctuary Spa Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Wash (£5.50 for a 250ml bottle at Boots). Sanctuary have created this to 'awaken, upiift & invigorate' and this really does what it says on the tin! (or bottle, to be more precise)

If you are a citrus lover like me, you will fall madly in love. How can I best describe the scent? Hmm...imagine you are visiting a spa surrounded by lemon and orange groves in Italy. That is honestly the only way I can begin to emphasise how unbelievable this body wash smells. Whether you are having an extra long shower, or a two minute running-mega-late-in-the-morning-shower, this will awaken your senses! It is zesty, yet warm and comforting.

The orange moisture beads burst as you use this and  leaves your skin feeling soft and cleansed. I personally always have to apply a body butter or lotion (that's what having extremely dry skin does to you!) but what I do love about this product is that the scent lingers on your skin in a quiet, subtle way if that makes sense. I personally can't stand body wash scents that are overpowering and hang around all day! 

The packaging is simple, yet well designed. I love the lid (a statement I never thought I would say) but it really adds to the finish and makes the bottle look even more attractive in my opinion. This would not look out of place at any spa and I imagine that is exactly what Sanctuary Spa was aiming to achieve. 

Does this product bring the look and feel of being at a spa into your bathroom? Absolutely. (and at a fraction of the price!)

You can find out more information and  purchase this product at Boots: Sanctuary Spa Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Wash

Will you be giving this a go? What's your current favourite body wash?

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Biotherm Aquasource Hydrating Gel

There are two things you will learn about me very quickly: 1. I love to enter beauty competitions and 2. I have very dry, dehydrated skin. My facial skincare regime is focused on hydration more than anything else.  So when I was lucky enough to win a 125ml Biotherm Aquasource Hydrating Gel from their Facebook competition at the end of last year, I couldn't wait to lather it all over my face.

Biotherm states that this gel has been made with Life Plankton Cellular Water and this allows the gel to act as a barrier on your skin, keeping in all that hydrating goodness. They claim it will keep your skin hydrated for a record breaking 48 hours.

First of all, let’s talk packaging. I love the little glass jar and lid, it looks so elegant and right at home on my bathroom shelf. It may not be ideal for travel but I can forgive this. The design on mine is limited edition and it is lovely, but it does not make me love the packaging any more or less.

Now onto the good stuff – the gel itself! I use this product morning and night. On opening the tub, the first thing that hits me is the smell. It is not a strong scent (and I can’t even tell you what it smells like!) but it is so thirst quenching. A pea sized amount is enough for my face & neck and it sinks into my skin so effortlessly. I don’t keep my jar in the fridge but every single time I use it, it has the cold, cooling sensation which my sensitive skin adores. It calms, hydrates and nourishes my skin. Tick, tick, tick!! 

As for their claim that it hydrates the skin for 48 hours, I have no idea! I could never go 24, never mind 48, hours without hydrating my skin as it badly needs it. I'm personally not a fan of brands making these crazy long lasting claims even if they do work.

It does come with a hefty price tag (being sold from £38.00 through to £51.00) and some might say it is not worth it when using a moisturiser as well. And to be honest, if I hadn't won this I probably would have had this on My Wish List for months to come. But I have been using my jar twice a day since January and by the end of May it will be done. For me, that’s pretty good value for money! . Thanks Biotherm!

What are your favourite skin hydrating boosters?

Link: Biotherm Aquasource Gel

Monday, 25 May 2015

Crafty Little Hedgehog!

I utterly love hedgehogs. I think it all started when I first came across Mrs Tiddlywinks from The Tales of Peter Rabbit. She always seemed so lovely and was at every single one of my tea parties. So when my friend invited me to a craft afternoon to enjoy tea, cake and make a paper hedgehog(??!!!), I literally jumped at the chance. The event was being held to raise money for the Red Cross which is a cause I was only too happy to support.

I couldn't believe how little was needed to make this cute little guy! (Yep, he is a boy and I named him Hugo). You need: 130 pages of an old book (with the spine intact), a piece of card for the base, scissors, glue, eyes and some extra book pages/paper for the leaves.

It all simply comes down to the folding! It was a little tricky at first but as you are repeating the same folds 130 times, it becomes so much easier. I was never good at art (and my artistic abilities are somewhat questionable) but I have fallen in love with Hugo.

What do you think? Have you made anything creative recently?