Lush Hull Blogger Event

Last night was something that dreams were made of as I was kindly invited down to the Lush Hull store for their first ever blogger event!

We were welcomed inside by the happiest and quirky team of staff  I've ever seen and we had a little bit of time to greet everyone, have a nosy at new products and take photos of the store and have a little nibble on the healthy treats the Lush girls had laid out for us!

After a quick introduction to everybody,  we were taken over to the Gorilla Perfume section of the store and given these awesome illustrated comic books with stories about the newest range of perfumes Death, Decay and Renewal! We learned a little bit about the back story of each one (there's Death & Decay, All Good Things and Kerbside Violet) and then the relevant page of the comic book was sprayed with the scent and lemme tell ya it's been 12+ hours and my comic book still smells AMAAAAAAZING! 
My favourite of them all was probably Death & Decay as it was nothing like I'd ever smelled before and the idea of the scent changing from something confusing and unknown to something comforting - just like the feeling of losing a loved one but then remembering all of the lovely things about them - was just a brilliant concept! I'd highly recommend going instore and giving these a whiff yourself and the lovely Lush ladies can tell you the inspiration behind each scent which is worth hearing!


The Easter range had arrived instore and straight away I fell in love! The range hits stores TODAY (woo!) so we were given a little exclusive sneak peek to some returning products and some newbies as well, and Cat and Chelsea give us demos of each of the bath products which were so pretty! To top it off as well they generously gave each of us 2 products of our choice from the range to take home! Go instore and check out the range for yourself as it's a good'un and one not to be missed (or you can shop online here too!) My personal faves have to be the Carrot soap and the Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar, which both have the same yummy, fruity scent and the Golden Egg which is a sparkly mix between a luxurious bath melt and a bath bomb - plus it smells like toffee and fudge and looks like you're bathing in molten gold, YES!


The fun didn't stop there...After that we were divided into 2 groups (done by picking out coloured shampoo bars from a bag, how cute!) and half went to make the Cosmetic Catastrophe face mask and the other to make Angels On Bare Skin cleanser. I was on face mask duty, which is one of few Lush products I'm yet to try! Cosmetic Catastrophe is a yummy blueberry (with REAL blueberries!) mask that is also made with calamine, chamomile and rose, orange and almond oils for a mask that is full of antioxidants but also calms and soothes the skin . We got to mix all together ourselves and it was fab to see how they get their products from the Lush Kitchen to the stores! We were each given a generous pot of this to take home too as well as the Angels cleanser that the other group had made!



Next came shopping time and also a chance for a personal consultation with one of the lovely Lush girls. I couldn't resist a shop and I picked up a few bits on my wishlisy as well as some bits for my Mum's birthday (she's as addicted as me, it's a family thing). I was then taken aside to choose one of their solid perfumes to take home with me, and I went for the jasmine-scented Sikkim Girls. I love the concept of these as it looks like a little mini tub of lip balm but you rub it on your wrists and neck and the scent comes to life!

After spending a small fortune on goodies, it was time to say goodbye! I had such a lovely night and hopefully everyone involved did too and I'd love to be a part of similar things in the future. It was great to see a blogger event with an established brand happen so close to home and it was quite fitting and personal to me that Lush Hull was my first event as well as theirs!


You're mistaken if you think the fun stops there though! If any of you lovelies pop into Lush Hull in the near future and tell them that you read my blog and that I sent you to have a look at their new products, you'll get a little free gift to take home too! Give them a follow on Instagram too to keep up to date with all the new releases...

A massive thankyou to Lush Hull for the invitation and my fellow #Hullbloggers for such an amazing night..,and thanks for making my entire house smell absolutely divine! It was lovely to meet Lois, Scarlet, Cat and Chelsea from the Hull store and hopefully it is the start of many more fun-filled events of theirs to come!

Always, Alice x

Skincare Saviours

I don't know about you, but recently my skin has taken a real battering from the cold and I've found that I've had to work extra hard to keep it moisturised and looking clear. Mother bear blessed me with great skin genes so I rarely get spots or blemishes (although my eyes are fond of a horrific dark circle or two!) and I've always been able to get by in life by being very lazy with my skincare. Well not anymore folks, and it seems my skin has become a dry, scaly mess and now I no longer take a good skincare routine for granted...


It all starts with removing my makeup and I've been so incredibly impressed by the Garnier Micellar Water. I've had my first bottle for months and months and months now and I've only just had to repurchase for when I run out in the next week or so, but this little baby has been a godsend. I work late nights the majority of the time so can never be arsed to stand there too long and remove my makeup and this does it in just a couple of seconds! If I'm feeling really dedicated, I'll use my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish afterwards to give my skin a real treat and remove any makeup I might have missed, and it gives me a gentle moisturise at the same time too. 

 I'm loving my Garnier Fresh Refining Toner at the minute, which I use after I've removed makeup or after I've washed my face, I can really feel it getting to work and it gets rid of any of the gunk left on my face and smooths over the dry bits of skin that seem to have set up camp in my t-zone.
After that I'll go onto moisturise and sort those dark circles out with a bit of eye cream! I've been loving the Benefit skincare range which I wrote a post about here, but I've been reverting back to my old Origins GinZing faves whilst I sort my snakeskin out! 

 In a morning, I love to lather myself in a body butter of some sort after a shower and the one of choice recently has been the Soap & Glory Daily Smooth, which is by far one of their best body moisturisers and it gets to work straight away! I find it soaks deeper than a lot of other body butters I've used before, so this is a essential for me at the minute! I'll normally wash my face afterwards with a face wash of some sort and this past week I've been reaching for the Sanctuary Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash which I think has saved my skin! I feel so clean and cleansed every time I use this and it's helped combat those pesky dry patches.

Lastly, for on the go moisture I've been using the Along Came Betty Hands That Do Wishes hand cream which I carry in my handbag for everyday use. My all time favourite is the Lush one that I reviewed here, but for a handy little handbag treat, Hands That Do Wishes does the job and I've been using this constantly at the minute,

What are your current skincare saviours? Recommend me some products in the comments below, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too if you'd like to stay up to date with my posts :)

Always, Alice x

Who Rocked The Red Carpet...Oscars 2015


So Monday saw this years Academy Awards ceremony and as always the fashionistas brought to it a whole new level of glamour at the pinnacle of the red carpet season. I'm sharing with you my favourite looks of the night and I'll be having sweet dreams about them for months to come. If someone wants to introduce me to Sienna Miller so I can be her new BFF and plus one for next year though then that would be just marvellous...

Margot Robbie in YSL, Behati Prinsloo in Armani Privé

 Naomi Watts in Armani, Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta

Emma Stone in Elie Saab, Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

Sophie Hunter in Lanvin, Keira Knightley in Valentino

It was hard to narrow down my favourites, but I think each and everyone one of these lovely ladies (and Benedict, cos yano...) looks absolutely stunning. My ultimate faves though have to be Keira Knightley and Emma Stone. Keira is reknowned for being poised and elegant at all times, and even when pregnant she is still one of the most sophisticated women ever! I love her in this beautiful embellished Valentino number that makes me feel like she should be a part of A Midsummer Nights Dream!
As for Emma Stone, it's no secret she's probably my ultimate woman crush and she's wearing my all-time favourite designer Elie Saab which really is a match made in heaven! Is it just me or does the colour of her dress make her hair look INSANE?! Not many people could pull off a strange lemon yellow-lime green hybrid and make it look that good but she got it!

Who rocked your favourite looks at the Oscars 2015? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin if you'd like to stay up to date with my posts :)

Always, Alice x

All images sourced from Vogue.com and Getty Images

1884.

So if you read last night's blog post, I promised you a lovely little review of my recent visit to the fantastic 1884! It's based in Hull, and is a gorgeous fine dining restaurant that me and the other half have been dying to try out for some time. We're never that keen on Valentines Day, so thought we'd treat ourselves the week after and made a reservation for last Thursday!


Sadly I don't have any outfit posts as (SHOCK, HORROR!) I was an outfit repeater but you can see me in exactly the same outfit in my Pipe & Glass restaurant post here!

We were greeted by a lovely girl at the front desk who seated us at the bar and we ordered ourselves some drinks. I wasn't able to get many photos of the inside as I was getting some funny looks flashing my iPhone around the room, but lemme tell ya...it was swanky! We ordered our food whilst we waited at the bar, to ensure we were served quicker at our table, and after about 10 minutes we were escorted to a lovely little table in the center of the restaurant and our food came not long after!
I'm all for trying new and exciting things so for starters I went for scrambled duck egg (on toast!) with mushrooms and it was divine! My favourite thing about posh restaurants is the way they present the food and this was no exception...
For my main course, I decided to try the Roe Deer, which I was about dubious about at first, cos yano Bambi and all that but it was so yummy! It was served with kale and mushrooms and I've been having dreams about it since cos it was just that tasty!
I couldn't turn my pud or a coffee afterwards so I opted for the dark chocolate fondant that came with vanilla ice cream and a peanut butter and jelly macaroon! It was delish, but I couldn't help myself and had to wash it down with a fancy latte afterwards.

All in all it was a fantastic night out and I'd recommend 1884 to the high hills for anyone who is in the area and is after a special meal out with their loved ones! Obviously it was a bit pricey, but you're paying for quality and a real experience and it's somewhere I'd definitely go back to visit in a heartbeat.

I'll leave you with some of the photos I took of my food and the surroundings, but apologies in advance if they make your stomach growl...


Where's the best place you've visited recently? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to follow my blog on Bloglovin if you'd like to stay up to date with all of my posts :)

Always, Alice x

The Sunday Post: Things That Made Me Happy This Week


What made me happy this week...

- I started my driving lessons again! After 3 months off, I finally plucked up the courage to call my driving instructor and got back on the road again, woo! I completely lost my confidence and found myself having lots of heavy anxiety which was not the best thing ever so I gave myself a little break and now I'm back and raring to pass my test!

- I was treated to a fabulously swanky meal by my amazing better half! He took us to 1884 which is a beautiful fine dining restaurant in Hull that we've been wanting to try for ages! I'll be posting all my photos tomorrow so check back if you want to see how it went but it's definitely one of the best meals I've ever had! I wasn't feeling too great though, which wasn't fun but it was nice to get dressed up and try and hide my sore red nose...

- I have been lucky enough to be invited to my first ever blogger event! At Lush as well of all places, I can die happy now... no, but seriously I am so excited to go down to my local store this Thursday and meet lots of other bloggers and see how things work behind the scenes! Expect a full report back, and I'm sure I'll have a haul of some sort too!


A short but sweet one tonight, as my immune system has failed me yet again and I've spent the majority of the week sneezing my soul into a tissue, but I thought I'd share with you some little things that have brightened my week! 

What has made you happy this week? Share with me in the comments below and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin if you'd like to stay up to date with my posts :)

Always, Alice x

2015 Resolutions Progress...

New Years Resolutions...we all made them and I'm pretty sure most of us had the same ones - to get fit and healthy, be a brand new you yada yada yadaaaa - but do we actually stick to them?

January came and went in the blink of an eye and February's not far off, but I've still got my resolutions lingering in the back of my mind. Here's my post from back in January if you missed it! 



1. Get fit and healthy

I'm about halfway there with this one! I definitely feel much more healthier, and I've cut some things out of my diet (milk, white  bread and naughty free work fry-ups, I'm looking at you!)  and I'm substituted them with other things. I've been LOVING almond and soy milk, which sits a lot better on the tummy with me than cows milk and I've also been having granary bread which is so much more healthier as I struggled to cut bread out entirely! I also developed a slight, if not bordering on crazy, obsession with salmon. I think one week I actually had it pretty much every night for my dins which was not good for my salt intake! I'm definitely getting somewhere with my healthy eating but I've not quite managed to cut out my Saturday night chocolate binge just yet...

As for getting fit, I've taken up a little running since January and I've also started the gym! I'm feeling a lot more comfortable in my skin and my clothes seem to fit better which is great, and I've developed another new obsession...GYM CLOTHES! I've got a growing colletion and it really gets me motivated! I've even started 30 Days of Yoga with Adrienne at home, go me!

2. Eat breakfast EVERY DAY

Yeah, so this ain't really happening. I don't know about you but I literally cannot stomach a thing in a morning and I know it's the most important meal of the day and all that jazz but I really struggle to eat my breakfast first thing. I'm more of a brunch kinda gal! I've stocked up on porridge though, and am getting up earlier to go to the gym so it's definitey something I'm going to work on.

3. Get organised!

Now I definitely think I'm on the right track to being organised, especially blogging wise! I aim to post 6 days a week (generally my posts go live at 6pm, write it down y'all!) and I've been much more on top of my content and my social media. I'm loving taking part in blogger chats and I feel like I'm really settling into the blogging community. Onwards and upwards!

4. Read more

Again, I'm epically failing with my last resolution. I just don't have the time! If I'm not at work, I'm blogging and if I'm not blogging, well lets face it I'm probably asleep or stuffing my face so I haven't made much progress on this one (except for when I got about a quarter of the way through Gone Girl before I got impatient and watched the film instead). And that was the end of that...


I'm hoping to carry on with my resolutions and hopefully make more progress as the months go on. Have you stuck to yours? What would you start doing differently? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' if you want to keep up to date with my posts :)

Always, Alice x

8 Of The Best...Lipsticks

A self-confessed lipstick hoarder, my collection is quite generous, but we all have those lip shades that we cannot live without and go back to again and again! 
After a tough debate with myself, I managed to pick out 8 of my ultimate favourite lipsticks that I would highly recommend to anyone who will listen!


The Nudes...


I'm a bit of a newbie to a nude lip, but I'm slowly starting to jump on the bandwagon and the next stop will be the Kylie Jenner 90s pout! For now, my favourites are the Maybelline Colorsensational in 'Velvet Beige' which is a lovely creamy nude-brown (a creamy dupe for Velvet Teddy perhaps?!) I love wearing this on my barely there days, and even though it doesn't last for hours on end, the colour is still beautiful and it nourishes my lips like no other! My other pick is this peachy nude from Sleek in the shade 'Barely There'. It's from their sheen collection, so again, the staying power isn't ground-breaking but it's such a pretty shade and one I'm excited to wear more and more as Spring approaches!


 The Reds...


By far my favourite shade to wear, anyone who knows me knows how fond I am of my bold red lip! First up is MAC's 'M.A.C Red', which is a satin finish. The colour is incredibly and it lasts for hours but moisturises the lips as you wear it. I've always felt this shade deserves more credit alongside it's Ruby Woo counterpart, but nonetheless it's a firm favourite of mine! Next is L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Blake Red, which is one of if not the best red lipstick I have ever owned! I think the colour is slightly too bright for my pale skin but I love it anyway, and if you want a bold matte red lip then this one is a winner! 
I couldn't leave out the Rimmel Kate Moss 107, which is one I am never without at the minute! It's a gorgeous matte deep wine red which suits almost every skintone and it lasts for hours and hours!


The Plums...


This winter has definitely seen the beauty and blogger world go berry-lip mad, and I was definitely no exception to this - in fact I probably have enough berry lipsticks to last me for the next 10 years - but here are my top 3!
At my first ever visit to a NARS counter last year, I was on the hunt for the Audacious 'Ingrid' lipstick but it was nowhere to be found, so instead I settled for the deep purple 'Liv' instead and I'm glad I did! This is definitely the most vampy of my collection and it's great for a night out. It's a matte formula as well so it stays put (be sure to apply lip balm before hand though to avoid any nasty patches!) 
My Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in 'Glastonberry' is next and it is one that I definitely need to wear more! It it so easy to apply due to the square-shaped tip, and the colour is beautiful. It's incredibly long-wearing as well which is fab as it's a lot more pricey than the others!
Last up is one I'd forgotten I had in my collection, Revlon 'Black Cherry'. It's quite similar to the NARS one in colour, just without as much staying power. But for a high street alternative, I'd definitely recommend if you're on a budget!


Are you a nude, red or berry kinda gal? Let me know your lipstick recommendations in the comments as I'm always on the hunt for more! And as always don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin if you'd like to keep up to date with more blog posts :)

Always, Alice x

High Street Lustin'...Topshop

I've always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Topshop - halternecks and crop tops have never really been my scene - but I've recently noticed they're upped their game and I think a new little obsession might be on the cards...

After a little browse in their 'New In' section on Topshop.com, let's just say I've fallen just a little bit in love with a few pieces! I mean, come on people, how amazingly beautiful are those tan suede heels?! (insert numerous heart emojis here...)
I've been after a boyfriend/skinny jeans hybrid for ages now and these ones look absolutely on point! And who can resist falling for a pair of Disney pjs?!



I'm loving Topshop's return to sophistication, and their range of brands featured on their website, including the beautiful watch designer Olivia Burton, is definitely something to check out. How gorgeous is that floral and rose gold combo? (insert more heart emojis here...)

What high street stores are you lusting over at the minute? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' if you'd like to keep up to date with all my posts!

Always, Alice x

Lazy Girl's Valentines Look...

Every blogger and their dog is uploading a makeup tutorial, and every one is absolutely beautiful, but for those like me who cannot fathom how to apply a pair of fake eyelashes and wants to stay as far away from the pink glitzy glitter as possible, then you'll be after something that's quick and easy to do...



Starting with the base, I used my ultimate faaaaaave foundation, L'Oreal True Match in the shade N1 Nude Ivory which is perfect for my super pale skin! I paired this with the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in Ivory underneath my eyes and on any blemishes and I think the two combined are so pretty! I'm really impressed with True Match, as it always applies so flawlessly and makes my skin look so even and perfect each time! 


I wanted to go for a subtle and pretty pink blush, so it was the perfect time to crack open my Makeup Revolution Ultra Sugar & Spice blush palette for the first time and I love it! I used a really pretty girly pink (they don't have numbers or names, but I used the middle one on the bottom row!) I love the way it applies to the skin, and it stays for hours which is fab considering what a bargain this was! As this is a matte blush, I used the top highlight shade just along the top of my cheekbones to give my face a bit of a rosy glow.


Next up is the eyes and I dug out my Urbay Decay Naked 2 palette, and popped the lovely rose gold shade 'Chopper' all over my lid. I wanted to go for a muted golden look with the eyes, and this shade was perfect! I used a smaller brush to apply this to my lower lash line too to open the eyes up a bit more. To finish, I popped the shimmery mauve-y shade 'YDK' in the crease and the corners, which is such a pretty colour!


I couldn't help but reach for my old Soap & Glory favourites for liner and the brows. For my brows I used my Archery brow pencil and tint, and just filled them in a little, using the thin nib of the tint in any dense patches. My favourite beauty product EVER had to make an appearance and I used the Supercat eyeliner pen just along my lashline to give my eyes a bit more of a wow-factor and make my lashes look even better.
For mascara, I used the sample that EVERRRRRYYYYONE has tried...Benefit's Roller Lash mascara that I got from this month's Elle Magazine (which I forgot to photograph but we all know what it looks like by now people!) I hate to say it but I love the mascara! My lashes are pretty long anyway but it adds so much volume and really fans them out! Not sure if I'll buy the full size version on release but I'm loving the sample!


Last but not least it was on to the lips, and if you've read my blog before you'll have seen this in my January Favourites post...the Bourjois Rouge Velvet is back! I chose to use the shade Grand Cru which is the most gorgeous deep red shade (the perfect Valentines shade, am I wrong?!) I only lightly applied it this time though, instead of building up the colour like I normally would but I think the outcome is so pretty!


I think this look definitely works for day or an evening and whether you're spending it on a hot date with your other half of maybe off to see the new 50 Shades with you girlfriends, this look could work for you! From start to finish it took me 10 minutes to complete, which is great for those of you with busy-life syndrome or those who just really can't be arsed!

What are your plans for Valentines Day? I'd love to know if you try out this look, and I hope you all have a lovely day however you spend it! Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin as well if you'd like to keep up to date with my posts :)

Always, Alice x

Beat the blogging blues...

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We all have those days where we literally hit a brick wall trying to type up a blog post or even just thinking about what to possibly write about, and suddenly you find yourself in a state of panic thinking of all the irrational consequences that will come from missing one little post. 

TAKE A BREATH.

It's okay to have one of those days, and I often find that those days tend to be some of my most productive in the end! Take today for example...I'm not feeling particularly great (cruddy immune system strikes again!) and I've been panicking all day that I haven't prepared for tonight's blog post, when I thought to myself...does it really matter? At the end of the day, blogging for most of us is just a hobby and an expression of creative freedom where we are in complete and utter control of everything. 
So why get yourself in a tizzy about it all? It's okay to have your down days, and if you decide one night you'd rather sit and play The Sims or watch Netflix in bed all night instead of concentrating on your blog, then THAT'S OKAY! 

For some, the pressure of producing great consistent content becomes a constant dark cloud over your shoulder and it's hard to put things into motion for fear of it not being good enough. You are good enough, of course, but if you'd like a little extra motivation or need some inspiration, here are some little tips on how I beat the dreaded blogging blues...

1. Take some "me" time
Noone is going to condemn you for having a blog post up a half hour later than you said it would be, nor are they going to hate you forever if you decide not to post at all. It's your little space of internet, so if you'd rather take a long hot bath and spend some quality time pampering yourself then do it! Take as long as you need to rejuvenate yourself - people will still be there to read your blog when you get back!

2. Read other blogs
Nothing inspires me more than reading other peoples blogs, especially when you're having a particularly down day and you want to find your passion again. If you don't feel like writing a post yourself, spend the evening commenting on other peoples blogs and spread the love (and your name!). You never know what might come of it! 

3. Read your comments
If you ever feel like your blog isn't going anywhere and you need a little confidence boost, just read your comments! That always puts a smile on my face, and it's always nice to read lovely things about yourself and your blog if you need a pick-me-up.

4. Get out of the house
You never know where inspiration for a blog post could come from if you step out of your constant surroundings and get a bit of fresh air. Even just a quiet browse round the shops or a little coffee date with a friend could set your brain ticking over with ideas - just make sure you keep somewhere to write it all down!

5. Draft, draft, draft
Some days I will have massive bursts of enthusiasm and excitement over my blog and I literally have about 308068538241 ideas running through my head. So what I'll do is I'll draft up lots of posts, some with only a few words on describing the post idea, and I'll come back to it later. They don't all make the cut, but it's nice to have little backups on the days where you cannot think up a thing!


I hope you find my tips useful, and I'd love to know what you find most helpful when you're feeling a little down in the dumps! Let me know in the comments, and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin if you'd like to stay up to date with my posts :)

Always, Alice x

The British Tag

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1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
I'm more of a coffee kinda gal but I'll normally have a cup of tea in an evening. I've tried to be good and give up sugar, and I've succeeded in doing it with coffee, but in my tea I need to have at least 2 - I'm not sweet enough!
2. Favourite part of your roast?
Roast potatoes and mash, definitely! I'm a horrible excuse for a Yorkshire-woman and I hate Yorkshire puds, but everything else...come at me!
3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
Digestives. Boring but a favourite. And ginger nuts. And bourbons. I like biscuits, okay? Nothing with chocolate on though, I hate it when the chocolate melts and the biscuit goes all soggy!
4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
I'm not really sure about this one, maybe going to the seaside and walking on pebbly beaches with your fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. It would never be seaside weather, of course, normally it'd be freezing cold, but for pudding a Mr Whippy ice cream with a flake was a must!
5. Favourite word?
Scone. I don't think anything else springs to mind when I think of British words!
6. Cockney rhyme slang?
It's never something I use being from Yorkshire (we tend to just have our own language altogether), but in the pub I work at there are so many cockney customers and they cannot help themselves but say everything in cockney rhyming slang!
7. Favourite sweet?
Cola cubes! Or just anything that you can get in the old-fashioned sweet shops with the shelves piled high full of sweet treats! Also does cake count? I feel like there needs to be cake.
8. What would your pub be called?
If my other half had any say, it would be 'The Forgotten Elephant'. Remind me never to open a pub with him...
9. No.1 British person?
Kate Middleton. Or Colin Firth. They're both just so prim and proper and ooze sophistication and elegance and that is something I love the most about Brits!
10. Favourite shop / Restaurant?
Harrods, definitely! I've never been anywhere like it and it is so luxurious and magical and everything I love about London and Britain all in one place. My favourite restaurant has to be Manchester House, as it holds fond memories for me and my OH, and the food is to die for!
11. What British song pops into your head?
Wannabe by The Spice Girls haha! I don't think you can get any more British than that.
12. Marmite?
I've never tried it, but I don't think I want to!

I tag anyone to do this who hasn't already...
What are you favourite things about being British (or Britain if you're from overseas!) Let me know in the comments, and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin to keep up to date with more posts! 
Always, Alice x

All you need is a Helping Hands...

I know, I know... ANOTHER Lush post but I just couldn't wait to rave to the high hills to you all about my latest Lush love.

The unfortunate fire at work meant a week of scrubbing and scraping and washing, and needless to say, my hands too a beating. Working behind a bar, my hands are never at their best anyway, but after all of the hard graft that followed the fire, my hands were a scaly dry mess.


I'd been using my Body Shop coconut hand cream at the time, and while it works well enough, it was doing nothing for my reptile hands. I then turned to Lush, and ventured into the little haven of black pots and picked up the Helping Hands hand cream (£7.75 for 100g). I was instantly sold by the little description "A cream that quickly sinks in, for hands that spend too much time in sinks" - quite apt considering the amount of pots I'd washed in the week previous!

I took no time at all in trying this and within the hour my hands felt softer than they had for a long while and after only a day of using this (albeit a few times that day), the horrific dry patches on my hands were a thing of the past and my skin felt brand new. Your hands are left feeling soft and supple for hours after using this, especially if you use after a shower! The almond oil and the cocoa butter really get to work and make the skin feel divine, and don't even get me started on the yummy smell (it smells like bread and butter pudding, YUM!!) You get so much product for your money too, and I know this little pot will be  lasting me a long time indeed!



Overall, I challenge anyone to buy this product and not love it instantly! It's my ultimate must-have for winter, and I've never known a hand cream to be so nourishing and work as fast! 

Have you ever tried Lush hand creams? Let me know if this worked for you, and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin if you want to keep up to date with my posts.

Always, Alice x