Bath time

Hello! How are all of you?

So every once in a while I like to pamper myself and have a nice long bath, maybe read a book or just relax and try to clear my head. If I want to really treat myself then I will use some lush products but on a more usual basis this is something similar to what I will have.

So here are all the products I used on this particular evening. For the actual bath I used the Body shop vanilla jelly bath which smells gorgeous and creates amazing bubbles! I also used the Zoella gingerbread bath fizzer.

For skin care, I used the simple face mask, I really love this face mask because it’s really cheap but it also really refreshes your face. After I take off the face mask I will apply Boots tea tree oil stick, it really helps if I have any blackheads, so I apply this around my nose. For my legs and arms I like to use The Body Shops coconut body scrub, it is quite gentle but if you don’t want something too abrasive then this is perfect for you.

And lastly to was myself I used Zoella’s gingerbread scented shower glaze and Lushs Christmas exclusive soap called igloo.

This isn’t my luxury bath time, more just like if I want to have a bath but don’t want to really treat myself, would you like me to do a luxury bath routine?

Hmella 😊

January Favourites

Hello! I am going to talk in this post about what I’ve been loving in January! Please tell me in the comments what you’ve been loving last month.

Side note: Go and follow my twitter: @HmellaBlog

So the first thing I have been loving in January is quite a classic thing but it is a weekly planner. I find it really useful and looks really nice on my desk. The only thing I would change about it is that I would add a Sunday and a Saturday because it is quite annoying when you want to write something down for the weekend and there isn’t a space for it. But I find the little notes and the tick it off quite useful and it was only £5 in the sale from boots.

The next thing I used a lot throughout January is the Burt’s Bees Deep pore scrub and the lemon cuticle cream. The scrub I like to use about every other day and my skin feels really refreshed after using it. The lemon cuticle cream is great because I have rough nil beds and this really helps smooth them out.

I started to read And then there were none near the end of January and I think it is fantastic! I really like reading Murder Mysteries and I am about 1/3 through it and I already love it. I was going to watch it after I read it but one f my friends said NO! Don’t I could barely watch it, it was so gruesome and scary. So I might not. Have any of you watched it? But the book is really good.

MURRAY MINTS! They are so delicious and this M and S ones are so good. They were only like 1 or 2 pounds. Amazing. That’s all I have to say.

Onto more beauty related things. I got this MUA Highlighter for Christmas and I LOVE IT. The pattern is really pretty but the colour and shimmer are really mice, not to overpowering but a nice little shimmer.

The US office is so good! I watched some of it a few years ago when I lived in the US, but I bought this of amazon and it is hilarious. Steve Carrell is sooooo funny. If you haven’t watched it I would Highly recommend it!


Well that’s the end to my January favourites, what did you guys love last month?


Tanya Burr’s Christmas Range

Hi! I have a little announcement: I now have a twitter account for my blog, if you want to follow it my user name is @HmellaBlog.

So let’s get on to the post, so I am sorry that it is a little late but I think you can buy some of Tanya Burr’s Christmas range (not a lot but some is still left on Feelunique and Superdrug). I quite like Tanya Burr’s Cosmetic range, but I thought I would wait until the sales are on to buy stuff from her Christmas range.

So the first thing I got I actually bought about half way through December ad it was her twelve days of Christmas. I was hoping to use it from the 12th to the 24th but unfortunately The package (I bought online) arrived a little late. So I used it for the twelve days of Christmas (25-5) which I actually preferred because it gave me something to look forward to after Christmas.

So the calendar used to cost £30 but I got it for only £10 which means that each door costs only just over 83p which I think is fantastic value for money. There were three nail polishes (a beautiful red, a clear with silver sequins and a gorgeous gold) , three lip glosses ( a red, pretty nude pink and a clear glittery one), 2 eye liners (a gold one and a silver one), 2 glitter pots ( a white one and a dark navy one called midnight magic) , a mirror and a nail file.

I really enjoyed this advent calendar and will probably buy another one next year if she brings one out. Here is the link to it on feel unique :

The next thing I got was the Glow du cocoa (I love the name!). This gift set is designed like a chocolate bar on the outside which I thought was very cute, inside is a lip gloss (Caramel Glaze), A bronzer (toffee crunch) and a highlighter (Frosted). I really like the lip gloss and the highlighter they both have a very nice shimmer to them, the lip gloss is quite shimmery so wouldn’t be a very everyday lip gloss. I like the bronzer, it blends well but honestly the colour is quite dark, I am quite pale but I think you would have to be quite tanned for it to be the right shade. But it was only £3 from Superdrug when I got it so I am glad I got it but you can get it from Feelunique :

The last thing I got was the Tip Top treats which is a 2 in 1 nail polish and a nail file. The nail polish looked very posh and expensive but the actually product wasn’t that good. The pink colour was alright but the white spotty one would peel off so easily and felt a bit like glue. The nail file was alright but overall I wasn’t very impressed. I bought it for I think £7 at the beginning of December. You can buy it on Feelunique here:

So overall I was very impressed with Tanya burr’s Christmas range and would recommend getting some of the things as they will sell out soon.


NOTE: This post is NOT sponsored, I just put in the links so it is easier for you to buy the products.

Winter is almost over

Hi! It’s finally February!

Okay so after saying in my last post that January was going quicker than usual, the last couple weeks really dragged on and I am so happy we have got to February!

I thought I would do a post today because the weather outside is GORGEOUS, I am looking outside my living room window and there are few clouds and a lovely blue sky! I just got back from a walk with my dog, and although it is still quite cold it is getting nearer to Spring. I think that here in the UK we have had more snow than we have ever had since the winter of 2011 and 2012.

I am extremely excited for Spring, I think is it a beautiful time of year, it has some really nice dates, although there isn’t a big Holiday like Christmas there are still some very nice dates such as: Mother’s Day, Easter and my Birthday! I also think that the weather is really nice because it’s not scorching (I hate hot weather and yes I live in the UK but I just don’t like hot weather) but it’s getting slightly warmer.

Well this was a nice post, thought I’d just write a  little post.


Red velvet cupcakes


So it’s almost the end of January already! Usually January drags on for me but this year it has gone relatively quickly.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon I thought I would bake something for that. So since I have never made red velvet cakes before so I thought I would try it.

So, I for some reason used to think that red velvet cakes were chocolate and vanilla cakes coloured red with cream cheese icing. They are not, and I don’t even know how I didn’t know because I have had them before!! Well for those of you that like me didn’t know the cake is a chocolate and vanilla cake coloured red but also has buttermilk in it as well as Bicarbonate of soda. * I actually didn’t have any buttermilk so I used milk mixed with lemon and it worked fine.

So I used Cupcake Jemma’s recipe, I don’t know if any of you know her but she has a youtube channel and posts some recipes and this one was really simple and was really delicious. * I used 1/2 quantities for the cakes and 1/3 quantities for the icing (and I still had spare icing!) Here is the link to the video: 


So here are the pictures!!

Have a nice day! Please tell me in the comments if any of you are interested in baking too!

Hmella 🙂

Aims for 2018

Hi all!! I hope you had a really nice new year and Christmas period, I apologise for not posting since Christmas Eve but I needed a bit of a break since Blogmas. I hope your New Year has been going well, mine has so far!!

So as some people do this year I have made some aims for the following year and I thought I would chat through them.

My first one is to drink more water. Especially as the warmer months are coming it is so important to keep hydrated, I have a really cool water bottle which has a filter in the middle which you put fruit in and it will flavour the water, so I will definitely be using that this year.

My second aim is to lose a bit of weight, I know this is something that lots of people do and is such a classic new year’s resolution, but I do think new year is the best time to get fit. I want to lose about 5 or 10 pounds from what I was at Christmas ( I don’t want a set target as I don’t want to think to much about the number but more about being healthy and building muscle and getting rid of fat) and I have already lost 1.8, so I am happy I have made start. I also don’t want to focus too much on the number on the scale and try to think about body fat percentage, because of course muscle weighs a lot and you don’t want to focus too much on losing weight. When I was younger I would always think I want to lose weight but now I think more like I want to get fit, the weight is more like a guideline to me.

This sort of goes hand in hand with the last one but eating healthier and not buying too much refined sugar products in packages but going to the fruit and veg and making delicious meals (especially Breakfast and lunches)  because I love baking so much, I really want to grow a love of cooking, I think it is such an amazing thing that you can make a delicious meal from scratch. I personally love healthy foods as well, and things like avocados and tomatoes are truly yummy and although buying a ready meal is alright sometimes, don’t you feel so much better about yourself if you’ve had a good healthy meal, even if it was a really big one. So I will be posting about some of my favourite healthier recipes. I have Niomi Smart’s Eat Smart book, which I think is fantastic. I also think baking is great, and definitely treat yourself but sometimes I want to try low sugar or sugar free recipes to be a tiny bit healthier.

My final aim is to be a nicer person. Although aims and resolutions like losing weight and eating healthier are important I think being a nice generous person even more important. So every day I want to go to bed thinking I have done something nice or kind to help someone else. One of my favourite quotes is ” It is nice to be Important but more important to be nice” and I think this is so true.

So take it day by day and I hope you all have a really great 2018!!

Hmella 🙂


Hotel Chocolat – Blogmas day 22


So today I went to hotel chocolat which I love especially this time of year!

I went to the cafe! I hade the winter spice hot chocolate and a salted caramel brownie!

They were absolutely delicious!! I love costa but this is so rich and special! Make sure the calories are worth it!

Again PLEASE leave some festive questions in the comments!! This is the last day I am asking as I want to do it tomorrow! If you don’t there won’t be a Q and A! ( but there will be something else!) you can leave multiple questions!

Hmella 🙂

What Christmas means to me – Blogmas day 21


Christmas is very nearly here. I think Christmas is such a magical time and I’m so excited for Christmas Eve and Day. I love the fun Christmas shops, presents, decorations etc but I think as Christmas Day nears I would like to talk more about the meaning of Christmas and What it means to me.

I love Christmas Eve as me and my family have so many traditions. It makes me feel so happy and feel the true meaning of Christmas. I love going to bed and thinking about all the things I am thankful for.

Christmas Day is such a loving day! Everyone is in a fantastic mood and every one hugs and kisses as they receive presents, play games and eat dinner.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Hmella 🙂

PS If you have any Christmas Questions please leave them in the comments! I want to do a Christmas Q and A either tomorrow or the next day.