Monday, 21 May 2018

Palm Leaves & Warm Breeze May Birchbox



May seems to be the start of all things summer and the May Birchbox is no different. Palm Leaves & Warm Breeze has me wishing I was sat beside a pool and the contents of this months Birchbox would make that very easy. This month, Birchbox have teamed up with Elizabeth Scarlett, luxury homeware specialist and palm tree lover. The box is adorned in a beautiful palm print and I also had a gorgeous sleep mask sent through to use too which is perfect for those twenty minute cat naps while bubba sleeps. You can purchase the Jungle Leaf mask on the Elizabeth Scarlett website where you can also choose from four different designs. 
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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Baby Spake is Seven Months Old


I won't start with the usual, where has the time gone but do know that I'm sat hyperventilating because omg Joshua is seven months old. It's been a funny old month, a lot has happened, a lot has changed and my maternity has finished which is crazy. I took maternity very early because I hated where I worked and like a stroke of luck I was made redundant four weeks before it was meant to start so I just handed my notice in and left once my maternity pay was set and authorised. I've had the full 39 weeks paid maternity and now I'm out in the big wide world. It's all very daunting. Anyway, I'm not here to talk about me, I'm updating you guys on Baby Spake.
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Saturday, 19 May 2018

War Horse at Mayflower Theatre




Theatre is quickly becoming one of my favourite hobbies and I'm really enjoying stepping out of my comfort zone and seeing something completely different. War Horse is one of those shows and from 16th May - 9th June, it is showing at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. I headed to the theatre a couple of days ago to see the production of War Horse and was completely blown away.

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, the powerful and moving drama has been adapted for the stage, filled with incredible music and song. The main show is of course the life size horses by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company who bring to life the breathing, galloping majestic animals to life. They're unbelievable and need to be seen to really appreciate the art, I would love a closer look.
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Friday, 18 May 2018

The products helping my post partum hair loss


As Joshua turned five months old so my post partum hair loss started to show. My hair is very thick so when all those extra locks came in while I was pregnant, I wasn't too thrilled so I've been waiting for the hair loss. I collected a few products while I was pregnant to use once the time came and they've been exactly what I needed. I've found that people talk about post partum hair loss in a jokey manner but no one shares what products they're using or if they're helping so I've done just that. I've been relying on four products to keep my hair in tip top condition while it's falling out and clogging my plughole. 
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

To Have & To Hold with Birchbox



Grab your hats ladies because wedding season is upon us and as we have a certain Royal Wedding taking place this weekend, it seems the perfect time to celebrate. In true Birchbox style, they have released a limited edition box available to purchase from today. The specially curated wedding box, To Have & To Hold Birchbox will retail at £32.00 and features some much loved brands such as Paul & Joe, Sarah Chapman and Origins so whether you are the bride, the bridesmaid or guest, it is the perfect way to get wedding ready. 
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Monday, 14 May 2018

Pixi MatteLustre Lipsticks



Matte lipstick and I go together like camembert and crusty bread or pepperoni and pizza so it was inevitable that the Pixi Mattelustre lipsticks found their way into my beauty stash. The lipsticks come in eleven shades and feature a gorgeous orange red and a hot, hot pink that I need to get my hands on. I have three of the shades, one of which has become a firm favourite so I thought I'd show you what you should be buying next. 
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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sail Away on Ventura with P&O Cruises



Living in Southampton, you see cruise ships almost daily. They're a big part of life in Southampton and something I find fascinating, I've always been a cruise ship nerd. My family have sailed on various ships over the years and some of my earliest memories are from playing in the children's soft play on ships while family are docked in the city so spending the day on-board Ventura with P&O Cruises was my idea of fun. 
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Friday, 11 May 2018

Festival Eye Looks for less



Festival season is right around the corner and with that, so are the hottest makeup trends of the year. Festival makeup is my favourite, it's glitter, it's over the top colours and it's things that you can't always get away with day to day. One product that I think is going to be big this festival season is from Lottie London and it costs just £5.50, introducing the Stamp Liners.
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

An Old Favourite with a fresh twist



I'm a short boat trip away from the Isle of Wight, home of Liz Earle so the British brand has always been on my radar and in my bathroom. I succumbed to the charms of Cleanse & Polish almost five years ago now and it hasn't left my beauty stash since. I do use other cleansers and love trying out new releases but there is always a bottle of ol' faithful hiding somewhere. Cleanse & Polish has won countless awards, is loved by many and is a fab all rounder. There's not many I've met who have tried it and not fallen in love. 
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Monday, 7 May 2018

Facial Oils to add to your Beauty Routine


As someone who always suffered with oily skin, you'd probably be surprised to learn that oils are something I've used in my skincare routine for quite a number of years. I use them on my lips, my hair, my body and most importantly, my face. I find facial oils help counteract my oily skin keeping the shine at bay and leaving my skin looking the best it has looked in years.

Facial oils are something I spent a lot of time dipping in and out of, I've used a fair few over the years and have discovered some real favourites. Stepping into facial oils for the first time can be quite overwhelming, there are so many available so I've whittled down three of my favourites, a cult classic, a serious moisture boost and the suits all one.
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Sunday, 6 May 2018

The Touch of Angel Fruity Fair



A new season brings plenty of new spring fragrance and Mugler have created a new take on their iconic fragrance, Angel. Angel Fruity Fair (£48.00) was released in April and symbolises the beginning of a new and colourful chapter in the Angel fairy tale. It couldn't have been released at a more perfect time for me as I've not long finished Angel Eau Sucrée and this is a perfectly, sweet replacement. 
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Friday, 4 May 2018

Pretty Pastel Nails by Morgan Taylor



I've always loved painting my nails, I went through a phase of having acrylics during my late teens but I didn't like the wait to change the colour again so I stopped getting my nails done. Probably a good thing because they wrecked my nails. I now do all my nail care myself so I have quite the nail polish collection. I recently shared my love of CND Vinylux Nail Polish and mentioned in that post that the only other polishes I use are by Morgan Taylor so here are five pretty as a peach shades to rock this spring. 
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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

April 2018 in Instagram



It seems 2018 is whizzing by because I'm already on my fourth Instagram round up of the year! As I've said before my Instagram round ups are my least popular posts and they don't get many views at all but I love them and having a record of what I shared each month. So with that in mind, I'm going to continue sharing them, mostly for me. If you ever want to have a nose at some more then I've added an Instagram Round Up tab to the categories above. Now for April 2018...
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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

West Quay presents The Art of Style Roadshow


*This is a sponsored post*

The bank holiday weekend is fast approaching and West Quay, the south's premier shopping centre has a whole host of fun activities taking place across the weekend. In the last year, West Quay have welcomed so many new shops and brands to the centre from Joules to Hugo Boss, Russell & Bromley to Lush and so what better way to discover something new than with a brand, spanking new fashion and beauty roadshow. 
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