Alya Skin – The pink clay mask that everyone is talking about

Alya Skin is a brand that you will have heard about recently as they have become Insta-famous! Their pink clay mask has a cult following, and become a real beauty favourite. They very kindly sent this to me to try so I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

About the brand..

Alya Skin are an Australian company that specialise in skincare. The first thing that caught my attention about them was their pretty pink packaging. All of their products are completely vegan and made with natural ingredients which is also a big tick in the book for me. They produce a range of skincare from moisturisers, to exfoliators and of course this pink clay mask that has everyone talking at the moment.

The Benefits..

I haven’t used a mask for a few years so it was time to get them back into my skincare routine. This mask can be used weekly to create a smoother, softer and healthier looking complexion. I have had a few break outs recently and have found that this product has really helped to reduce this and rebalance my skin. It is a great way to detoxify and brighten up the skin too. To summarise, here are the main benefit check points of this product:

  • Detoxifies & Brightens your skin
  • Safe for sensitive skin types
  • Tightens your skin’s pores
  • Extracts pollutants and nasties from your skin
  • Assists in the removal of acne and pimples
  • Vegan & cruelty free

Application..

Applying this mask literally couldn’t be any easier. I used a soft bristle brush and painted the formula directly onto my face, avoiding the eye area and lips. The mask is a lovely creamy texture and I like the cooling sensation as you apply it onto the skin. It is tricky to determine the scent of this and its not my favourite. I would have loved it to have been a as a sweet or fruity smell but that’s not really an important factor as I would much rather get results from a product than it looking/smelling like perfection but it doesn’t do the job it’s supposed to.

Sit back and wait..

Once the mask has been applied onto the skin all you need to do is sit back and let the magic happen! I left this on for around 10 minutes and in that time it dries right down and turns a white colour. You face will feel slightly stiff once it is completely dried but it doesn’t crumble which I like, as there’s nothing worse than a mask that starts crumbling off your face. To remove the mask, I used a warm face cloth gently wiping it away in circular movements.

I have been adding a moisturiser onto my skin after I have used this clay mask and instantly I can feel the difference. The breakouts I had dried up and reduced and my face felt gloriously smooth and clear. I will definitely continue to use this in my weekly skin care routine and I can say that it lived up to the hype also.

You can purchase the Alya skin care range HERE. Check out their website for their other products to. I think I am going to try the exfoliator next.

Have you used this product yet? Leave me a comment below with your thoughts!

Myza – the go to store for getting a fabulous night sleep

We spend around one third of our lives sleeping and it’s one of the most important things for maintaining our health and wellbeing. I’m one of those people that needs a full 8 hours a night to be able to function properly. As soon as I come home from work, I am straight into my pyjamas. I feel that it’s important to relax as much as possible in the evening ready for a good nights sleep. There is literally nothing nicer than treating yourself to a brand new luxury set of nightwear or loungewear. And isn’t it just the best feeling when you stay in a boutique hotel and there is a fluffy dressing gown waiting for you! This is really easy to recreate that little bit of luxury in your own home for every day.

I recently came across the website Myza and they specialise in gorgeous products that are all designed for creating a lovely relaxing sleep. Just looking through the website makes me feel chilled out! There is something for everyone on here, whether its a treat for yourself or a beautiful gift for someone else. If you know someone who has been stressed out lately or perhaps a pregnant friend or someone who has been having trouble sleeping, what a thoughtful gift that would be to make a little package of items to help them relax better!

Nightwear

There are some really pretty Pyjama sets and gorgeous cosy dressing gowns to choose from by various designers. I particularly like the Nightire collection as the bold prints and designs are just my kind of style. There are classic pyjama outfits as well as cute little short versions and so you have an option for if it is warmer or for a colder time of the year. If you want something really luxurious though, there is also a beautiful silk range by the brand Ronja which is really chic.

Body Products

What better way to relax before going to sleep than having a relaxing pampering session? You guys know me and I love skincare and body products and I’m impressed by the varied selection on Myza. There are a variety of brands with products ranging from face masks, soothing body oils, lotions and creams.  Again, there is a great section to choose beautiful gifts in this section. I particularly like the 1001 remedies set which you can find HERE. 

The majority of the beauty products contain natural ingredients that help to aid a relaxing experience which sounds heavenly.

Cosy Homewear

Of course the other best way to relax is with beautiful bedding and cosy comforting linens or pillows. Especially now we are moving into the colder seasons, you cannot beat lovely warm blankets to curl up in and watch a good Netflix series or two! I love buying things for my home so this is a really nice way to get something functional that also looks good and accessorises your bedroom or lounge.

Accessories

If you just want to try out a little item as a treat then there are a lot of really lovely accessories to choose from. I absolutely love the eye masks I am going to have to get one of these for myself. They are made from 100% silk which will feel beautiful and cool against the delicate eye area. Also it’s well known that silk helps to reduce the pulling of the skin, which in turn helps to reduce the creation of wrinkles. This particular accessory would also be fabulous for a flight or long train journey somewhere.

I am also really intrigued by the selection of relaxing teas. I can just imagine having one of these in the evening with a nice book before settling down for a gorgeous relaxing sleep. Divine.

What are your favourite products to use when you want to relax or have a good pampering session? Leave a comment below as I would love to hear about them!

Treat yourself with my discount code!

So if you fancy treating yourself to a little something to help give you a fabulous nights sleep I have a discount code that you can use. Head over to the Myza website HERE and use my unique discount code HANNAHLULOVES10 to receive 10% off your order! Let me know what you what you purchase as I would love to see what you choose.

 

 

The new AW18 handbags I’m loving by Smith & Canova

There’s something so nice about a brand new handbag. That fresh leather smell, that perfectly smooth material and that beautiful clean interior waiting to be used. The way I feel about handbags is a bit like how some people feel about buying a new car. A quality bag is an investment, something you will get a lot of use out of and something you will enjoy using all the time. I recently came across the brand Smith and Canova and I’m so pleased that I did! They are a UK based company that specialise in leather handbags and accessories for both men and women. So as you can imagine, they instantly caught my attention.

Style and quality

The Smith and Canova family have been in the leather handbag industry for over 100 years so they know a thing or two when it comes to quality. Whenever I look for a new bag I always look for a few key features and these are my top tips of things to look out for:

  • Hardware – try to avoid plastic coated buckles or rivets as these will not be very long lasting and will start to cheapen the look of your handbag. Instead, look for styles that have solid metal hardware. If these are engraved with the brand name this is even better.
  • Zips similar to hardware, I always like to ensure my handbag has a good quality zip. A sturdy zip will lengthen the lifespan of your handbag.
  • Logos choose bags that have an embossed foil logo as these will not scratch off easily.
  • Stitching pay attention to the stitching. Avoid bags with loose threads or messy, unfinished stitches. One of the reasons that Hermes Birkin bags in particular are so expensive is because they are handcrafted using a single thread. The slightest snag in the thread and they re-start the production of the whole bag.
  • Material – this is probably the most important factor when buying a new bag. You will always be able to tell real leather by the smell and the feel of it. I just love buttery soft leathers that get better with age.
  • Dust bag finally, it is important to protect your handbag when it’s not being used and a dust bag is for this very purpose. If your handbag comes with one of these, then you know you have a quality item.

Josephine Satchel

Smith and Canova very kindly sent me the Josephine satchel from their AW18 collection to try and as soon as I saw this handbag I fell in love! You can instantly feel the craftsmanship and quality of this piece. The handbag arrived in a stunning box with an embossed rose gold logo which was lined with tissue paper. Such a sophisticated little detail that makes you instantly feel special! The bag itself was stored inside its own little dust bag which will be a great way to keep it safe and in the best possible condition.

Features

This style has a long handle so you can wear this across your body as well as on the shoulder. The strap is adjustable too which I love as it means you can have it the perfect length just for you. The front is a flap over style which makes it so much easier to get inside quickly. This is perfect for someone like me that is always on the go and travelling around a lot. The flap over is secured by magnetic poppers and inside there are two main compartments. I have been using these for larger items such as my purse and a mini make up bag. 

There are also 2 slip pockets and an inner zip compartment. I have been using these for smaller items such as my travel card and keys which I want to keep safely secured. 

For a satchel this is a really nice size. It is not too large that it overshadows your outfit but it is roomy enough to hold all of your bits and bobs. This particular style is available in a pretty baby pink colour also. However, this grey version goes with so many outfits and is a lot easier to style with all of the Autumn trends that are out there at the moment.  You can read about the key trends for the season in my recent blog post HERE.

Smith and Canova have some really gorgeous designs so check out their website HERE 

Overall I was so impressed with the AW18 collection and the variety of styles available. I have my eye on a pretty pink backpack and a bright yellow purse to add to my collection next!

What is your favourite Smith & Canova style? Leave me a comment below!

CaseApp – The phone accessories that you will fall in love with!

I absolutely love accessories and so when I recently came across CaseApp I was so excited. If you haven’t heard of them yet, then guys you are in for such a treat! CaseApp specialise in phone cases and laptop skins and they give you the freedom to create the exact design that you like. They also offer their own pre-made designs if creating isn’t really your thing and they literally have hundreds of styles to choose from. Trust me, you will be spoilt for choice.

Phone case heaven!

The first thing that really drew me in to this website was that they have cases for Samsung phones. Finally a company that cater for us Android users! Honestly, for years I have looked for decent cases for my phone and have always felt disappointed as they are always for I-phones and never for my phone. This has always really bugged me. CaseApp have got it covered with the phone ranges that they cater for though. If you gave a Nokia, I-phone or Samsung you will find something for your model. You can even design a skin for your laptop or Ipad for various brands which is great.

The design process

The whole design process couldn’t be any simpler. You don’t need to have an art degree or have to deal with any tricky software to do this.

Firstly, you select the model of your phone. Then you get the option of either a matt or glossy finish that you would like your case to have. I personally like a matt finish and this is what I decided on when creating my designs. You will be taken to a blank canvas silhouette of your chosen phone case and then the fun can really begin!

You can upload an image that you would like to be on your case, or you can choose pre-set clip art designs or phrases to play around with. I designed my cases directly from my mobile and uploaded my images in seconds. You are able to scale these uploaded images to fit the shape of the phone case really easily.

Once I got going I became hooked on trying out new ideas. But finally, after a whole evening of playing, I settled on 2 designs. The first design was a classy snake print which is THE animal print of this Autumn/Winter season which you will have already read about on my recent fashion post hereThe second design was a really cute graphic image of a little hand symbol on a pink fluffy background.

The final product

I placed my order and literally within the next couple of days and received them through the post! I love a fast delivery and I wasn’t expecting to receive them so quickly which was fabulous. Overall I am really impressed with the quality of these cases and at £19 these are a really good price point. They are made of a sturdy, quality hard case material and I can see that the printing on these is not going to scratch or peel off like I have experienced in the past with other cases.

You can really go to town with the designing of these. If you’re a business owner, why not upload your logo onto your phone? It would definitely catch people’s attention. If you like personalised items like I do, you could create a really pretty background with just your initials on the case.

Treat yourself with my discount code!

So if you fancy getting yourself a new phone case or laptop skin, I have a discount code that you can use throughout the month of October. Head over to the CaseApp website HERE and use my unique discount code HANNAHLULOVES20 receive 20% off your order. Don’t forget to send me pictures of your designs as I would love to see what you created!

This post features products that were gifted, however all reviews are my own and as always my honest opinion.

 

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