My 2015 Beauty favourites



I love reading yearly round up lists so I thought I’d do my favourite beauty products that I tried and loved in 2015. I probably spent more money on beauty than clothes last year, and I’m telling myself it’s because I’m almost 27 I feel like I have to start making more effort with my skin and hair than ever before.
Basically I discovered loads of new products that I loved last year so here we go… (Sorry in advance if this makes you want to buy anything…! January, I know.)

Skincare

1. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand balm – I feel like this hand cream gets a lot of ‘hype’, and a lot of instagram time. However, it is actually as good as it looks. My hands are really dry as I’m a bit obsessive about washing them… so I use a lot of hand cream. Out of all the ones I’ve ever tried, this one is by far the best (as well as L’occitane). The smell of this is just not like anything else, it’s really strong – very orange-y. You probably either love it or hate it but it’s a firm favourite for me. You also don’t need to keep reapplying it for your hands to feel better, once or twice a day is enough.

2. Bioderma Sensibio micellaire cleansing water – Loved by make-up artists (apparently), it’s a make-up removing cleansing water and it’s super good at it. It’s for sensitive skin and doesn’t feel ‘chemically’ or harsh on the skin like a lot of make-up removers do. I use this every single day and it has 100% improved my skin, probably because it totally removes all traces of any make up. You can get it in a giant bottle from chemists. Boots sell it now but it’s a bit of a rip off there (£10 for the small bottle!) so I’d recommend buying it online or finding a local pharmacy that stocks Bioderma.

3. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate – This literally makes you feel like you’ve just been born out the womb. Your face feels so nice and fresh the next morning. The smell is also really calming. It can feel a bit wet when you apply it, but you only need the tiniest amount possible. This also makes the price (£36) seem a little better value for money if you consider how long it will last. My boyfriend tried using this and put way too much on his face practically slid off his body… so, yeah, a couple of drops needed max! Oils can seem a bit weird, like they’ll break you out, but this one hasn’t given me any problems and I do have combination skin. It’s been good in the winter especially when my skin is drier.

4. The Body Shop Satsuma shower gel – Oh god this smells SO good. I actually used to hate this scent so much but this year I began to love it. It feels nice on your skin and feels really refreshing! I’ve repurchased it at least 4 times.. so I think it deffo deserves a spot here.

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Oops! My Dog x Hannah Evelyn Rowlands




Here is the first product that I illustrated for Oops! My Dog in South Korea! They are a lovely online pet store for all things canine. What better collaboration?! The first item up is this pet toy hanger/clothes peg hanger if you’re British. You can buy it here if you’re in Korea. In the UK Pet London stocks Oops! My Dog items too. There are going to be more pet related items illustrated by me coming soon I believe so that’s exciting. They wanted to feature photos of my working in my flat for their site too – if anyone can read Korean please tell me what it says. Hopefully it’s nice :)



Vietnamese chicken noodle salad recipe


Vietnamese food is probably my favourite regional cuisine. I find it so fresh, green, healthy and also (a lot of the time) gluten free. Therefore the region’s salads or soups are a staple go-to in my kitchen.

I made this Vietnamese-style chicken noodle salad for everyone at work, it’s fairly quick to make in a big batch and also super filling and healthy. Sarah, a friend from uni (and super talented illustrator!) requested I share the recipe after I instagrammed this bad boy, so I thought i’d put it up here incase anyone else is interested.

I whipped this up for about 8-10 people, but I’ll give the recipe for 2 because I doubt anyone reading this wants to do it for 10! If you want to make it for more, just double everything per two people.

WHAT YOU NEED

For the chicken & marinade

2 x chicken breasts
A pinch of grated fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons of Sriracha hot sauce
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
1 x fresh lime squeezed
1 tablespoon of olive oil
A pinch of salt and pepper (to your taste)

For the salad

Green salad:
2 x Romaine lettuce
1 x cucumber
A bunch of spring onions
1 x fresh red chilli
1 x freshly squeezed lime
Colourful salad:
3 x carrots – grated with a julienne peeler
A handful of radishes, sliced

To serve

Rice noodles (you can buy these fresh from most supermarkets, or dried if you can’t find fresh ones – both are fine)
A bunch of fresh mint leaves – finely chopped
Fresh lime slices
Soy sauce – (Kikkoman is my favourite – they also do a gluten free one)
Sriracha hot sauce (for me there is no better chilli sauce than Sriracha!)

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