Beauty favourites Spring 2018


Long time no beauty round up! Here are my favourite products for the past few months that I have been loving.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light sun cream fluid SPF 50+ – Now I’m almost 30 and have some crows feet around my eyes I’ve been getting slightly paranoid I should be using SPF every day. The tinted moisturiser (NARS) I use has it in, but I’ve read it’s not exactly the same as using SPF alone (before you put on your make-up). I’ve tried Bioderma’s SPF for the face but it’s very thick so not ideal when you want to wear make-up. SPF’s seem to be very pricey to get a decent one that won’t break you out. I found this one in Boots and it had some good reviews so I gave it a go, and so far so good. It’s very thin and a little goes a long way. It does not feel oily or greasy and make-up goes on top very easily. When I use this I don’t bother to use a moisturiser too as it’s moisturising enough on it’s own and I like to avoid as many layers on my face as I can.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream I’ve tried so many different moisturisers over the years and this one I come back to again and again. I must be on my 10th pot at this point! For me (with combination skin) it’s the perfect consistency – not too thick that it breaks you out but moisturising enough that it is good when your skin is a little dry. This winter for the first time in years using it I did find it wasn’t enough for me in the cold (my skin is not super young anymore I guess) but I think next winter I will try their thicker moisturiser Ultra Facial Balm. But for now for me it’s still the best for a spring/summer/autumn moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye treatment with Avocado – In winter I was using an Estee Lauder eye cream (this one) and it was very good – however at £43, it was not something to make a habit of. I have tried the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery eye cream in the past and was a little disappointed (I saw no difference whatsoever with it) but I thought I’d give this one a go because I am a big fan of Ultra Facial Cream and this particular eye cream does have such good reviews. The small pot is £26 but you only need a tiny amount. It is very moisturising and you really can notice a difference in the morning. I also like to use this one under make up in the morning too as it feels really nice underneath concealer. Am a big fan of the light green colour too.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser – Believe the hype people. Glossier is worth it! It’s not just pretty packaging. I’ve tried quite a few of their products now and this cleanser is one I’ve re-purchased. Despite initially thinking the smell was kinda weird (anyone else?) – I’m quite into even that now. It’s great for the morning, very mild and gentle. I do prefer to use Bioderma micellar water at night with a REN cleanser to take my make-up off, but this is a great alternative for me too as a second cleanser at night and a product I now will not be without. At £15 it’s a great mid range face wash.

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Glossier Balm Dotcom –  A simple effective lip balm that smells great (especially the Birthday Cake flavour!). I have about 4 of them lying around different bags/locations. The original is unscented/uncoloured so you can use it on bits of dry skin/to keep stray eyebrows in place etc so it’s worth having one of those too. I also do love the packaging, not gonna lie.

NYX Professional Makeup concealer wand – I tried this out in Boots as I wanted a cheaper ‘dupe’ version of the NARS creamy concealer (which I love) and I think this is actually a pretty similar consistency and colour. It’s only £6 so a lot cheaper. I wouldn’t say it lasts as long on the face as NARS but for the price it’s pretty good going and does cover your dark circles pretty well.

Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder BalmI was gifted this (personally it’s not something I would have ever thought to buy) and I am so glad I was because it’s actually the best hair product I’ve ever used (quite the statement I know). You use the tiniest amount on your hair when it’s damp and it really helps my not very thick hair to have more texture and volume. I don’t think they market it as a hair thickening product (hence why it wouldn’t have been on my radar) but it really does work for that purpose! Reading the reviews people love it for so many different reasons, with different hair types finding it useful for different things. Quite the miracle product!
The bottle has lasted me for so long too so I’ll definitely repurchase it. I think it is well worth the £18.

So there’s my top products right now! Are you a fan of any of them? x

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Japan – A trip to Tokyo. Tips & itinerary


It has been a dream of mine to go to Japan since I was a 13 year old attempting to draw manga characters and trying to (badly) replicate outfits from Fruits magazine. Since then I have been obsessed with all things Japanese. Characters, design, fashion, films, food.

In February I was lucky to have the opportunity to go there for work (for the past two+ years I have been working at Sanrio, a Japanese company that are most notably known for Hello Kitty). Two times a year, Sanrio has a big ‘expo’ where people from all around the world go to see the latest Sanrio characters and products. I also stayed in Japan for an extra week after the work part so managed to cram in lots of fun things in Tokyo & Kyoto.

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Cadaqués – Salvador Dalí House

Way back when, the summer before last, I visited Cadaqués in Spain. Even though it was a while ago now, I can remember so vividly how blue & white everything looked – it felt like such a fresh place to be and very relaxing. As well as the beauty of the place it’s also the location of Salvador Dali’s home which is open for anyone to visit.

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It was truly amazing, left just as it was. Some of my favourite parts were the giant bear upon entrance, the art studio with old paints in the original packaging and the bedroom was very elaborately decorated too. The outside space was also incredible, including the big eggs everywhere and the giant phallic water feature… I would never have said I was a huge fan of Dali’s work but after visiting his home my interest was definitely piqued!

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Hannah x HAZZYS


Hello! Long time no see – the past year has flown by. And I’ve been doing lots of fun things, including this amazing project I got to work on just before Christmas. I collaborated on my own range of clothing with the South Korean brand HAZZYS. We created a range of tees, jumpers and shirts for SS17. Mainly dog themed, obv. The range sold out pretty quickly, I think you can still buy some online if you are in Korea. (I have no idea how to navigate that site, sorry!). The photoshoot and styling of the project is my favourite part of the project as I am known to be a huge fan of bananas and dogs.
Now I’m thinking, how was Christmas almost 6 months ago!? I hope you like these as much as I do..


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A Winter Wishlist

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Surprise! I’ve been spending a lot of time browsing the delights of winter shopping the last few weeks, so what better way to get it off my chest and share a few of my favourite things on here. I’m holding out until ‘Black Friday’ next week to see if any of my wish list picks go into the sales. A reduced Gucci bag is slightly acceptable.. right? Probably not.

1. ASOS Coat in chunky orange faux fur – This coat is literally the dream. Whenever I’m illustrating, I love to use orange as it is such a good colour to pull things together. I have a feeling this coat may be the same situation. Sometimes these sort of items do make one look slightly obese, hoping this won’t be the case with this bad boy. I’ve had this in my basket for a week on and off, but trying to be a semi responsible adult and wait till the potential sales. Friday you will be mine!

2. Andy Warhol Limited Edition Barbie – I want to be this doll, she’s just the best. I was super obsessed with Barbie as a girl and had everything, pretty much. This Barbie is making me want to start a collection again. Mattel you are winning at life.

3. Topshop Straight Leg Spiral Hem Jeans – Sometimes it’s good to not just wear black. These look like they would be quite a nice fit, yet to try on IRL. I think I need to branch out from wearing the same Jamie jeans a million times a month. Can anyone recommend ASOS jeans?

4. Lush The Magic of Christmas bubble bar – Admittedly I stock up on these AFTER Christmas on Boxing day when they’re hella reduced, but I do love to use them before too. This particular bubble bar is one of my faves, it’s so warm and cinnamon-y with added orange freshness. Fave combo. Almost as good as the Sparkly Pumpkin..

5. Gucci Disco Soho Bag in black – At £715 I’ve never spent that much money on any item of clothing, ever. I’ve been mulling this over for a few months and am going to see if the sales can take a cheeky few hundy off this bad boy and I may consider the options (my boyfriend or mum might kill me). I might be a bit sick to drop £700+ on a tiny bag. But jeez it’s a beauty :( (I think it’s the giant tassle that gets me..)

6. Olympia Le- Tan – The Story of O.L.T – Olympia Le-Tan is my ultimate girl crush, I wish we were friends. Her bags and fashion line are SO fun, colourful and full of personality and I’m obsessed with her Instagram. By day I work at Sanrio (Mr. Men Little Miss/Hello Kitty) and we’ve collaborated with her twice, we have a few in the office and they are the most beautifully hand created pieces you’ll ever see. This is her new actual real life book (not a bag book!) and I need to get a copy so I can love her even more ASAP!

7. Urbancode Leopard print faux fur scarf – I mean essentially I want this because it’s fucking freezing in London right now and it looks very fluffy and warm. And it’s pretty. Am totally digging that bottle green colour right now too.

8. Baia Mini in spot hair on hyde – When I stumbled on these bags on Instagram it was love at first sight. I had never heard of the brand Baia but the whole collection they have is gorgeous. At around £150-250 they are slightly more affordable than the above. Handmade in Yorkshire, I may be slightly biased but that makes these bags 100% cooler.

9. DIPTYQUE – Le roi sapin scented candle – This candle smells like Christmas sooooo much. It’s painful it’s as glorious as an actual Christmas tree. It reminds me of when you get your tree out the attic and all your decorations are a bit dusty, it encapsulates that smell PERFECTLY. Smelt in Liberty, not in my flat… yet.

BRB need to sell my kidneys to buy nice things.