Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Year by Instagram

Hello! I thought I would share 2014 with you through my Instagram (@hansaddiction) as I post pictures with great memories throughout the year on Instagram.

Top to bottom (January): Swedish ginger snaps / in Trafalgar Square, London taken on my friends film camera / Lush face masks and bath bombs / the arrival of Naked 2 / Lush's Phenonix Rising / Kindle Fire / taking my new Hunter wellies for a test run / Dior Rosy Glow and Dior Addict / my new coat before a trip to Bluewater

Top to bottom (January): tickets for Dan Croll @ Scala, London / filming YouTube videos for Tom Harvey / a trip to Tate Modern / a late New Year's Eve photo / a picture before a late Christmas dinner with my best friend / filming again in the Church for Tom Harvey on YouTube / starting up my blog (again) with an eyes post / a 'girls with class don't need a glass' hipflask from the UO sale / my first friend to pass her driving test!

Top to bottom (February): the last day at my old house and moving / a post all about my purchases / being in my new house with my friends / bombay bicycle clubs new album / my croc slip-ons / a very chocolatety pistachio cake / finding old cameras when moving house and searching the attic / my first post on my blog / a picture from the art rooms at school among installations

Top to bottom (March): attempting to read Clockwork Orange with Lush's Easter goodies / a homemade pizza with an egg / an outfit for the day from when I met celebrity stylist Gemma Sheppard / a selfie with my new Rayban's from Gemma Shappard and VisionExpress / a Wishlist / seeing Bastille with my brother at Alexandra Palace / Tanya Burr's lips and nails / crepes while revising and the sun comes out / pre-curry

Top to bottom (March - April): making summer salads while revising / finding BN's in a French supermarket / passport and driving licence photos / falling in love with Nuxe Reve de Miel / filming one again for Tom Harvey / Wear What You Like Day at school (everyone dressing up) / Dan Croll @ Scala / having a bath to rid myself of a cold / Reve de Miel blog post

Top to bottom (April): a favourites post / a skincare routine / a very large prawn at dinner with my mum / finding a little snail while having the first BBQ of the year / my friend passes her driving test 4th time lucky / a birthday wishlist / a sunglasses post / finding the Filous Remix of High Hopes / having dinner at the best Thai restaurant in my town

Top to bottom (May): having hot chocolate at a cafe in town / Elizabeth & James White Nirvana / a Sephora bag from my dad on his return from New York / homemade pizzas with @catslifewithfood on Instagram the day that I got sunburnt in my garden! / my angry post about Urban Outfitters hiccups / making smoothes to get me through revision / my friends giant birthday card that I made her / my co-ord which I had been after for ages! / an outfit and make up post

Top to bottom (May): my friends cat in the moonlight / my very pretty orla kiely journal and I love white nails / my new kimono for summer time / a Polaroid from my birthday meal with ny dad and brother at Bill's / a girly night with my friends / NARS sheer glow / birthday Polaroids / my instax mini 8 / a birthday selfie

Top to bottom (June): my favourite summer outfit / a holiday or festival packing guide / eating the best beef stir fry by a quiet part of the river in London with my best friend while taking a break from a university talk / Nuxe rose cleanser / seeing the fault in our starts at a premier showing with my mum / my friend from Canterbury comes to visit / more Nuxe cleanser / a trip to Brighton to stay with my dad with my best friend / a smokey eyes post

Top to bottom (June - July): white and new Bershka shorts / making Salmon en Croute with my friends and blogging about it / the banana tree in my garden goes super green / a try and crack my dry skin problem with The Body Shop vitamin E serum-in-oil and tell you guys about it / having a lovely day at a talk at SOAS university and taking in the sun with a great deal of ice cream in Russel Sq. Gardens / taking the tube / telling you guys about NARS sheer glow / Polaroids from my 17th birthday party / trying to recreate the best beef stir fry (I failed)

Top to bottom (July): drinks at hickories with my cousins in Chester / in a fountain with my friend at Spanish festival Benicassim / in the sea at Benicassim / in the campsite at Benicassim / with the gang in the campsite at Benicassim / sea swimming in Spain / rounding up the week in Spain in my journal / pre-Spain drinks / fro-yo in Brighton

Top to bottom (August): a beginning of a strong love with Soap and Glory's Brow Archery / Brighton pier with my boyfriend, best friend and her boyfriend / a wishlist / film photos from my party / film photo of me in Russell Sq. Gardens eating the best pistachio ice cream / the beach on the first 'date' with Will / reunited with Archie after a long while and drinking Pimms at the pub / a summery favourites / hickories in the sun

Top to bottom (August): Seche Vite love / cacti from IKEA / Sissinghurst Gardens with Will before it turned too wintery / throwback to being on the Reading & Leeds festival homepage / a monochrome outfit / my favourite nail polishes / throwback to Paris with my best friend / Polaroids / glowy and bronzed

Top to bottom (September): peaches & cream by soap & glory (review) / a smiley Polaroid / a trip to Rye with my boyfriend and taking a look in the sweet shop (eggsellent) / a nail duo (review) / Hyde Park @ BBC Proms in the Park / with the girls at Hyde Park / a throwback to Benicassim - too posh to mosh / penis shaped pasta and meatballs... / penis shaped pasta

Top to bottom (September - October): Clean Bandit @ De la Warr Pavillion / a cute (but unsuccessful) tester / a seemingly annual day with one of my closest friends / a successful Brighton pier panorama / a make up look fit for an 18th birthday-come-poker night / a time lapse of the busy Brighton beach / an early morning in Brighton / visiting the jellies at Brighton aquarium / finding nemo and his family

Top to bottom (November-December): La Roche Posay's festive event & UK launch of Serozinc (available Jan 1st) / homemade chicken teriyaki donburi - my wagamama favourite / a Christmas dinner at school / a Christmas dinner photo with a childhood friend / a giggly taxi ride with my best friend / a Christmas wishlist / my favourite nude lip look / cocktails at my friends 18th complete with flamingo / a dog wanting his dinner

Top to bottom (December): my beautiful Christmas gift from my boyfriend / a La Roche Posay review / a very fun evening with Polaroid evidence / a Christmas trip to London to ice skate at the Natural History Museum / a butterbear Lush bath / a 5turtle neck selfie / inside Canterbury cathedral / stain-glass windows / a Hogwarts like corridor @ Canterbury cathedral
So that was my lovely year in photos via Instagram posts. Leave your instagrams below as I would love to see all of your pictures! I hope all of you have enjoyed this year and look forward to 2015! Happy New Year!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

La Roche Posay: Toleriane Ultra

Hello! As I've mentioned before, my skin at the time of a change in the weather (although it's becoming even the times in between) is a force to be reckoned with. It's dry and uncomfortable and requires a lot of TCL, particularly on my forehead. Enter Toleraine Ultra: a promising little bottle promising intense smoothing care.

Everything in this bottle is kept separate from anything outside with a twist top lock and the product inside is kept in a bag so nothing is getting in. It's secret is Neurosensine, 'an active ingredient which targets cutaneous irritation mechanisms' - whatever they are. With its soothing promise, it's ultra protective bottle, it's secret weapon and the fact it's for ultra-sensitive or allergic skin, I incorporated it into my routine very swiftly.

This product is not something which I now find essential or impossible to live without but it definitely helps. I find that my discomfort is taken away after a while, although it isn't a cure. I find application at night is the best thing as if you're out and about during the day it can be a little bit on the greasy side. If you do have dry skin all over and find your skin needs more than your daily moisturiser you could get away with mixing this in with your foundation but I don't need this hydration during the day and find it too heavy for my skin. At night this isn't a problem for me and it does help to soothe the irritation and make my skin smoother where it's become dry and scaly almost.
I can't say whether it's something I would repurchase after just under a month of use, but for the moment it seems to be working for me so I will see whether it becomes a skincare necessity. Perhaps in summer this will be too heavy and it's a winter product but I will have to get back to you all when it's warm again.

Have any of you ever tried this product? Or is there anything from La Roche Posay that you love?

* This product was given/sent to me or bought with vouchers provided by a company. All views are completely my own and honest.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

La Roche Posay Launch & Festive Event

Hello! I was extremely excited when I heard I would be going to the La Roche Posay Launch and Festive Event. I have spoken about their products before and I am a huge fan of what they can do for sensitive or allergic skin as I find that, particularly as the weather changes, my skin becomes really hard to work with. They were launching a new product into the UK market and I was really excited when I found out what that product was.

As La Roche Posay is a French brand, it can be extremely hard at times to get hold of although it has come increasingly easier during this year to pick up products like the Effaclar Duo + and the items which are incredibly popular all around the world. However, there is one product that beauty bloggers and 'YouTube-ers' alike have been crossing the channel to get their hands on for a very long time now and I have heard nothing but amazing things. Ladies, (and gentlemen!) Serozinc is here.

Serozinc is a toner with the main ingredient being zinc sulphate solution (there are only two more: water and sodium chloride). It aims to cleanse the skin and soothe irritation from razor burn to redness as well as reduce oil on the skin which goes on to prevent acne and skin imperfections. As it comes in an aerosol can it makes it so easy that it's difficult to miss out and although this is my preferred method, if you wanted to use a cotton pad for a bit of exfoliation or just because you prefer it then go for it. It's 'toner' title suggests use between cleanser and moisturizer but you can use this to freshen up in the day also if you're becoming a little oily in places or are in need of a cool down. I'll get back to you on how effective this is for me, which I'm hoping it will be because I have heard nothing but good things (except the idea that perhaps it isn't worth the journey across the channel but now that is eliminated!) It will be available to purchase from the 1st of January on but you can head over there now and sign up to the waiting list!


The event itself was lovely (despite it taking a while to find). There were festive drinks and little canap├ęs which were cicuating the room all night and now allowing anyone to go hungry. There was a great talk by those who worked at La Roche Posay and Dr. Leslie, a famous dermatologist which I found so helpful because sometimes I am kind of like 'so... what does it do, exactly?' There was a human-sized bottle of the Serozinc which perhaps was a little bit of a giveaway when you first walked in about what they were launching and a blue carpet which Katy (therawrdrobe), Emma and Emily (emandthem) and I all had a photo on with my polaroid camera. I have some products from La Roche Posay that I'm currently trying out but my thoughts on all of them will be with you shortly, including Serozinc!  

Have you been across the sea for a bottle of Serozinc before? Or have you tried much from La Roche Posay before?

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

CHRISTMAS | Friends + Money Saving Gifts

Hello! My friends and I always do Secret Santa between us as it means that we can get a larger gift for one person, rather than something small for everyone. We normally set a guideline budget (that none of us really stick to) but I have put together this list as some things you could get if you're on a smaller budget or want to get something special for a friend. The final phase of Christmas ideas.

CHRISTMAS | friends

1. Lush Products or smelly stuff. Lush has something to suit everyone. Shower gels, bath bombs, face masks and gift sets. Whatever it is you can probably find something that is a special little present and you could also make your own little hamper of products you know are their favourite or a selection of the Christmas Collection. Lush is your oyster.

2. A charm. If your friend has a Pandora bracelet you could get them a christmassy charm or a charm that reflects something they love. It's pretty simple but it builds up a bracelet beautifully. Likewise, you could buy them a bracelet from elsewhere that they will be able to wear all the time.

3. Slippers. After Christmas I always have a slippers phase. I'm not sure why because I generally hate wearing socks or having feet that are hot but they make me feel super Christmassy. Primark is a great place for really comfy slippers that won't break the bank so it's always worth a look!

4. P-jays. Again, Primark is a great place for really comfy pyjamas. I love matching sets of pyjamas and you can find loads in various different shops. You can get matching with your friend or just something similar, whatever floats your boat. It's just an idea.

5. Perfume. Zara perfumes, to be exact. All of Zara's perfumes smell really good and they're pretty cheap so they would put you out too much. Last year I got one with glitter in and I really loved it! I have a couple of others as well for a couple of seasons and they come in really pretty bottles. Just saying.

6. Knickers. Topshop do 3 for £10 I think which is a great thing to put with a couple of nail varnishes or a Lush bath bomb. You can never have too many pairs of cute Topshop knickers!

7. Frozen. Or any DVD but Frozen seems incredibly appropriate. Most people I know love Frozen and/or know all of the songs so I don't see where you could go wrong. The Fault in Our Stars just came out also if they already have Frozen. Whatever DVD you buy you can all sit down in a girl group and watch it after you've exchanged your presents.

8. Nail Varnishes. Very simple and they don't have to be Essie. I love Barry M and Rimmel for their nail polishes and chances are there is a deal on at Boots that allows you to pick up 3 for 2. If you're buying more than one friend a gift you could pick out 3 polishes and 3 pairs of knickers and give them one of each. Just a way to stretch your pounds!

9. A book. There is a book out there that will bring your friend a few hours of joy and something they can look back on. Add a personal festive message inside to make it super special and they will never forget it!

10. A photo frame or album of you and your friend. This is a good one for your best friend and you can leave space in the back so that they can add to it in years to come!

I hope this gives you a couple of purse-friendly ways to get cute and thoughtful gifts for your friends this Christmas. If none of you have a great deal of money then give the Secret Santa idea a go and then each of you will get something a little bigger. Stick to a £10/£15/£20 budget, depending on how much you are all able to spend.

I hope this series has been helpful. Happy spending!