Monday, 20 August 2018

The app that'll change the way you shop

What do you think of when you hear the word highstreet? It's dead? Behind the times? Everything is now online? It is definitely something that has rapidly changed over the years and with more and more stores heading towards administration you'd be right to think that something rapidly needs to change. I'm a highstreet shopper, yes I love Amazon for ease and use it regularly but I also love browsing the highstreet and with the excuse of getting out the house because of Joshua, I use it more now than I ever did before. Jisp, for me is something that I never knew I needed but it has quickly become something I check daily so why should you download Jisp too? I'll tell ya... 

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Baby Spake is ten months old

We're having a quick break from beauty today because my little squidge is ten months old! I've been an emotional wreck the last week because ten months for me is pretty much the entire time I carried him and we're edging even closer to his first birthday which I'm not emotionally prepared for either. People always say that the months fly by and they really do. I say this every month but Joshua has changed so much in just four weeks. Arran and I have spent more time saying "Omg did you just see that!" than anything else this month because he is just growing up so fast.

Friday, 17 August 2018

The £25 mascara worth every penny

It is not often I fall head over heels for a mascara on the first use but the Hourglass Caution mascara has well and truly wowed me. I have quite short lashes so I always need to use a bit of mascara to achieve any sort of wow factor to my look. I'm also quite particular about what I use and have some firm favourites I don't tend to move away from, until now. The Hourglass Caution Mascara (£25.00) landed in my hands by complete surprise and as my first ever piece of makeup from Hourglass, I was VERY excited to try it. 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Evercalm Skin from Ren Skincare

When it comes to skincare, Ren are one of my favourite brands to rely on because you know exactly what you're going to get. Their targeted ranges make finding what's right for you super easy and with over ten ranges to choose from, you're guaranteed to find something that will work perfectly for you. One of my all time favourite products is the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask but with my skin changing so much since I've had a baby and becoming more sensitive again, I thought I'd explore more of what is available and that is how I came to discover the multi award winning Evercalm range. 

The Evercalm range is full of wonder products to pamper sensitive skin. Focusing on soothing and calming, the products help reduce redness, calm irritants and help restore the skins barrier against environmental stress which does more damage than I think we sometimes realise. Choose from individual products or make the most of their saver bundles and allow your skin to become the best it's been. I need Evercalm to over haul my entire life, not just my skin. 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Be a Beach Bronzed Goddess

Ah bronzer. It can take some time to find your ideal bronze shade without looking muddy or as if you've used none at all. Highstreet wise, I stick to Maxfactor but some of my favourite bronzers are higher end such as Nars Laguna and Benefit Hoola. I much prefer a matte bronze over a shimmer so that I can use it to contour my face and add some definition when I've snuck a biscuit too many. Urban Decay is a brand I've loved for years and so it was inevitable that Beached Bronzer would eventually join my collection of matte bronzers. 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Matte Lip Heaven with Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet

Oh hey, it's me back with more lipsticks, more matte lipsticks to be precise and I don't want you to freak your bank account out but you're gonna want to nip to Clarins ASAP. I LOVE a matte lip, I've tried various brands, formulas and shades, I know my favourites and I know what doesn't work so when Clarins came along with a matte lipstick which gave the incredibly matte finish I desire while moisturising my lips better than shea butter, well I sat up and took notice.

Friday, 10 August 2018

MAC Cosmetics Look in a Box Be Sensational

MAC Cosmetics lipsticks have been my jam for years now, I bought my first lipstick when I was fourteen when they were only £10.50 and the love continues all these years later. I have quite the collection and some firm favourites so even I was surprised to discover that I didn't own a single one of the shades in the MAC Cosmetics Look in a Box Be Sensational, exclusively available from World Duty Free.

There's some killer shades inside...

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Five Travel Favourites

We're in the throws of summer and the weather has been beautiful for once so it seemed only right to share five travel favourites I've been relying on over the last month that all fit perfectly in my carry on. We have a few trips planned over the coming months so finding my favourites now has really saved some time. 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Glow Bright with Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo

If there's one thing I strive for daily, it's a fabulous glow thanks to one of my many trusty highlighters but recently I've been falling a little out of the love with then norm and a sudden urge to find something new. It was as if the Pixi fairy gods heard and before I knew it, the Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo landed and I was set to glow bright for ever more. There are two duo compacts available from Pixi and you're probably gonna need both because they're bloody beautiful! 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Bringing my skin back to life with Pai Skincare

A new season brings a new skincare routine for me as my skin begins to feel dry and lacking hydration in the summer months. Pai Skincare is a complete new brand for me, we use their baby skincare on Joshua so it was inevitable that I'd find some products to try for myself. I started with the basics for any skincare routine, a cleanser, facial oil, serum and moisturiser and as my skin takes a slight battering in the heat, despite my use of factor 50, the only thing giving it some life at the moment are four products from Pai. 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Feed My Lips with Aveda

When it comes to lipstick, you guys know I like a bold lip so when Aveda introduced their Feed My Lips collection my ears pricked up. I've used Aveda haircare for a few years but I didn't know they also sold makeup so a whole new world of products have been opened up to me and let's just say, the bank account groaned a little. 

Aveda's new long wear, nourishing lip collection is designed to compliment your hair colour and features 23 show stopping shades that you'll want to fall in love with. The naturally derived, cruelty free and plant infused lip treatments are housed in post consumer recycled packaging using materials sources from certified woodland. One of the many reasons I love Aveda. 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Urban Decay Born to Run

If there's one thing that gets me hot under the collar, it's a new palette from Urban Decay and when Born to Run fell into my mitts, I did a little squeal. The Born to Run collection is available nationwide and features everything you need when you're on the run from a 21 pan makeup palette to lipsticks and setting spray. It's a collection I never knew I needed and now I'm frantically trying to justify buying all three of the lipsticks, especially shade 66.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

July in Instagram

It seems 2018 is whizzing by and now we're on round up number seven 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 July2018...

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Afternoon Tea at The White Horse Romsey

If there is one thing I love doing with friends, it's going for afternoon tea and this was all started by my Nan a few years ago. My Nan took all her grand-daughters for afternoon tea and we had such a lovely time that it has become something I do quite regularly now, it's just a really great way to spend time with the ones I love. The White Horse in Romsey have recently been awarded highly commended in the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018 so with that in mind, I spent a rainy afternoon curled up in a huge armchair with friends sipping tea and eating warm scones. 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Why we upgraded to the Sleepyhead Grand

Sleep is a big topic when it comes to babies and it doesn't let up the older they get. I've been asked how Joshua sleeps by shop cashiers, waiters and strangers and it's something I always find a bit odd. We become obsessed with how babies sleep whether they're ours or not and it's something I really try not to discuss. If there is one way to bring out the sleep deprived green eyed monster in other parents, it's having a child who sleeps relatively well. 

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Our Weaning Favourites

Weaning is an absolute minefield and nothing can prepare you for the fear of your little one choking whenever they put the slightest crumb near their lips. It's partly why we went down the traditional weaning route of purees. That way we knew exactly what Joshua was eating and there was low risk of choking as it was smooth purees. Now Joshua is nine months old, we're much more adventurous and he has a variety of finger foods and fruit and vegetables alongside his puree meals. We make some bits of his food ourselves but we love the ease of what is available in the shops.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

He's Crawling! Home Safety with Fred

If there's one thing we've learnt this month it's that babies move really fast and our home is incredibly unsafe. It seems like only yesterday Joshua was a little cute lump not really doing much and now he's whizzing around, trying to eat chargers and push the tv off the stand so we've had to go full scale home safety to stop the little devil from hurting himself and us having a heart attack. 

Friday, 27 July 2018

The new illusion show on P&O Cruises

In June, Southampton Bloggers headed down to Ocean Terminal in Southampton for an astonishing day with P&O Cruises at the official premiere of their brand new magic and illusion show produced by Stephen Mulhern and Jonny Wilkes. The brand new show combines the talents of both to create an incredible and interactive show to get guests exclaiming wow from their seats on P&O Cruises. 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Step on-board Celebrity Silhouette

A few weeks ago, I was invited on to explore another cruise ship with Hays Travel and you guys know I like my ships so I obviously jumped at the chance. This time it was Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Silhouette which was docked in Southampton before a Baltic cruise which FYI I am dying to do! 

It was another gloriously sunny day and after meeting at Mayflower Terminal, grabbing our passes and heading through security, we made our way on to the ship and into Ocean View cafe for fresh pastries, coffee and juices before we went off in our own tour groups for the day. I took my mum on-board with me for the day so we mooched around, escaped out on to the deck for photos and had lots of fun. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Take a bite of Mexico at Wahaca

I've never been a huge fan of Mexican food, I don't mind an El Paso kit on a Friday night but that's usually my limits, Arran however loves it so over the years I've had to accept him and his love for nachos, enchiladas, tacos and more. We first visited Wahaca last year in the early stages of my pregnancy and I hated it, nausea and tacos aren't a match made in heaven so when Wahaca recently introduced a new menu and invited me back, I thought why not?! And do you know what? I loved it! You can imagine the smile on Arran's face when I told him. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The ultimate cider experience at The Stable

If there is one thing that get's me in the mood for summer, it's an ice cold cider but my knowledge of cider goes as far as Crabbie's. I've spoken of The Stable a few times on this blog because it's somewhere Arran and I love to eat and recently I headed back for a Southampton Bloggers event which involved cider tasting and of course plenty of pizza. We chose a very sunny Sunday to head into our local Stable so an refreshing cider went down a treat! 

Monday, 23 July 2018

Make the most of ParkLives this summer

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For the last few years, I've been making the most of Park Lives which is completely free and the ideal way to get out in the fresh air in the beautiful local parks we have in Southampton. Park Lives from Coca Cola is now in its third year and you'll find numerous activities to take part in across the city, you'll get to meet people from all walks of life and you get to feel good about yourself by getting outside.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Seaside in the Square Southampton

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea! We're all familiar with the song but what if I told you the seaside has come to the centre of Southampton? In the middle of various restaurants, bars, coffee houses and offices there is now a beach and and it's going to be the place to be this Summer in Southampton. From 20th July to 22nd August in Guildhall Square, Seaside in the Square will be playing host to over a hundred events for all ages from yoga to beach football and outdoor cinema nights to a Nandos takeover. You are guaranteed to find something perfect for you.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Simple Home Styling with Desenio

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Making a house a home can take love, care, attention and especially some time. I'm very much the interior queen in our home, I have a soft spot for candles, lanterns and storage baskets much to Arran's annoyance but one thing we haven't quite found our way with is wall art and prints. We have a couple we love, a canvas of us on the night of our engagement party and of course snaps of Joshua but we haven't quite found our style throughout the rest of our home until now thanks to discovering Desenio.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Baby Spake is Nine Months Old

Another month has passed and with that, Joshua is creeping even closer to turning the big O N E! I am definitely not ready but we have already put an order in for his cake with our favourite baker and I've started a secret Pinterest board to create the perfect first birthday for our little squidge. How Joshua has been here an entire nine months now, I don't know. This time last year I was waddling around with my big ol' bump and lazing around in front of fans. Time has gone oh so fast. 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas

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Cruising has changed massively the last few years, what was once the ideal holiday for older generations has fast become an option for all ages and to keep up with the demand ships are getting bigger, better and more magnificent. Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas has recently come back from an incredible refit so I grabbed my pass and hopped onboard to discover the 154 tonne cruise ship while she was docked in Southampton. We had glorious weather, clear blue skies and temperatures pushing the thirties it was as if we were already on holiday. It was just a shame we had to get off. 

Friday, 13 July 2018

The Pork Lovers Tour 2018

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Over the next coming weeks, up and down the United Kingdom you might spot something big, something pink and something to satisfy the foodie in you! The Pork Lovers Tour has arrived in the UK for the largest travelling promotion of Spanish pork, something I am a huge fan of after my many years of living in Spain.

You just can't beat Chorizo.

Monday, 9 July 2018

A South East Delight by Jane Devonshire

Last week, I spent an evening with a group of fabulous bloggers, Marks & Spencer and 2016 Masterchef winner, Jane Devonshire. Over a delicious spread of speciality cheeses, sweet chutney, summer delights and of course Percy Pigs we talked food, food and more food. Hampshire based chef, Jane Devonshire has come up with the M&S Best Ever South East Burger using ingredients from Marks & Spencer so I headed into store to pick up everything I'd need to recreate the burger at home in time for the football last weekend. 

Sunday, 8 July 2018

8 Reasons to visit The Mulberry Bush Nursery

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We're coming up to the time that nurseries are a main topic of conversation and after our visit to The Mulberry Nursery last month it felt like a good time to look back over all the information from the day and reasons as to why we really do love it so much. 

The Mulberry Bush Nursery recently held their latest open day at their Bitterne Park home and with the nursery now complete, it was the perfect time to head back and take a look around. The Mulberry Bush Nurseries first opened in 2013, located in Locks Heath between Southampton and Portsmouth, started by husband and wife team, Oliver and Rachael with their most recent nursery opening in Bitterne Park offering premium daycare for babies, toddlers and young children.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Come onboard Holland America Line Zuiderdam

Hi, my name is Alice and I love cruise ships! You know those weird and wonderful facts you discover about people? Well that is one of mine and in the last few months I've been getting to live my happy cruise ship obsessed life by hopping on to a number of cruise ships to explore. A few weeks ago, I was invited to experience Holland America Line and one of their ships, MS Zuiderdam which is a Vista Class cruise ship and like nothing I've ever seen before. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Celebrate the Summer

Summer is officially here and for once, we have the weather to go with it. This year is our first summer with Joshua so making sure we had everything we needed in the garden was pretty high on my priority list. A paddling pool was essential but I couldn't resist everything else to go with it to make the perfect baby play area for our little squidge. There were two lifestyle and homeware companies I headed to first, Hema and Amara. I've shopped with both for the last year or so and I adore their products.

Monday, 2 July 2018

HarBAR on 6th & The Dreamiest Roof Terrace

Ocean Village has had quite a bit of a make over in recent years with various apartments being built but not a lot else. You're really limited for choice for food and sometimes bar options so the Southampton Harbour Hotel was a fabulous new addition to the area when it opened in 2017. With summer officially here, HarBAR on 6th held a Summer Terrace launch to really see in the warmer months and for once, the weather played ball. 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

June 2018 in Instagram

It seems 2018 is whizzing by and now we're on round up number six 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 June 2018...

Friday, 29 June 2018

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights

Pixi have released some killer products recently from the MatteLustre Lipsticks to the newest Pixi Pretties collection so when the Glow kit arrived I opened it to find even more fabulous products from one of my favourite brands. The beautifully presented box featured two glow getting products in a range of shades including all five of the Liquid Fairy Lights. 

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Fabulous Treats for your Cheeks from Starskin

If there's one thing I love, it's a face mask. I've been using more and more sheet masks over the last year for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they do wonders for my skin and secondly, I like scaring Arran when I'm wearing one. I'm a huge fan of Starskin face masks and I don't use much else, they just do the job so well and if you find something that works, why change that?  

Monday, 25 June 2018

The new affordable collection from M&S

Since becoming a mum, I've really had to find my style again. The dream is to one day have the ultimate capsule wardrobe in a mixture of fabrics in white, grey and black but until then, I've taken the more affordable route with family favourites, Marks and Spencer. Marks & Spencer are having a real fashion moment right now with gorgeous embroided bags, floaty summer dress and a shoe section to die for. The best bit? They've recently introduced more affordable prices across a range of lines in womens, childrens, home and more without scrimping on the high quality products they are know for.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette

Towards the end of 2017, I made a make up vow that I would step out of the comfort zone of my favourite brands and start exploring what else was out there. Top of my list was Too Faced and since the beginning of this year, I've added three of their palettes to my ever growing collection. The very first one was the original Chocolate Bar Palette closely followed by Natural Eyes which has been a permanent fixture in my makeup bags for months.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Red Carpet Manicure Bloom Style Collection

I don't know about you but I'm not quite ready until I have my nails done and because I'm a woman of little time now, I've had to look at options to get the salon look at home. Red Carpet Manicure are a completely new nail brand to me and as you all know, I'm very funny about what I use to get the results I want so it must be good to end up on the blog. The Bloom Style Collection features six pretty pastel shades fit for SS18 and you're gonna love that periwinkle blue. 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Birchbox Holiday Shop

The Birchbox Holiday shop is officially open so that can only mean one thing, summer is here! Whether you follow the meteorological or astronomical calendar; we’ve been in the mist of hot and humid temperatures for a few weeks now so with many of us with a summer getaway on the horizon, shopping for all our beauty minis have never been easier. The shop is full of treat size travel faves, heat proof makeup and the perfect products to get that summer glow as well as making sure your faves will fit in your restricted carry on with 100ml or less. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Room2 & Southampton Hospital Charity

The thought of spending time in accident and emergency with my son terrifies me, being away from home and sitting on cold plastic chairs in an anxiety filled environment is one of my worst nightmares. Pair that with the increasing levels of drink, drug and mental health cases in accident and emergency, it can be a very stressful and scary time. The Southampton Hospital Charity are currently raising £2 million to transform the children's emergency and trauma department alongside The Murray Parish Trust at Southampton General hospital and as it's something that is close to my heart, I couldn't not get involved and help raise awareness. You never know when you may need it.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Baby Spake is Eight Months Old

Baby Spake is eight months old! Can you believe it? We can't but it's been the most wonderful month watching Joshua change. I think the last four weeks have been my favourite, we've settled into a nice routine, he's become my shopping and coffee buddy, his laugh is infectious and we've finally been given a little break with his teeth although we think they're about to start up again.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Finger Licking Pizza at The Stable

I'm having a bit of a love in with pizza at the moment, I've always been a fan but I just can't get enough at the moment so for our anniversary date night location we ended up at The Stable in Southampton to try out their new menu and fill up on cider. The perfect pairing if you ask me. 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

My top tips for festivals abroad

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Destination festivals are a lot of fun, I've been to a few festivals abroad and had a totally different experience than to those at home. A field in Essex isn't quite the same as a beach in Spain especially when you can dip your toes in the Mediterranean Sea to cool down after a hard day and night of dancing. With flights being cheap as chips, a festival abroad has never been more of an option than it is nowadays. Benicassim is on the Costa del Azahar in Spain between Valencia and Barcelona and flights through Holiday Gems to Valencia are from as little as £100 per person. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Room2 A Home away from Home

Hotel life. Sometimes it's a bit rubbish isn't it? Hard beds, rubbish WiFi you have to pay for and terrible food that you can only eat in the restaurant because you have zero amenities in your room; But what if I told you that something new and exciting has arrived? Something that will change the way you spend time away from home which gives you the freedom of an Airbnb plus the security and service of a hotel? 

Monday, 11 June 2018

Three reasons to go natural with your haircare

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When it comes to looking after my hair, I haven't always treated it with the most care. From box dye jobs to bleached highlights, my hair has gone through quite a bit over the years. Most recently I've been suffering with post partum hair loss so I've really had to pay attention to what I'm using and take much better care of my locks. I started looking into more natural products to use within my routine last year and I've been slowly switching them over which is where Natural World come in.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Mulberry Bush Nurseries Southampton

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Childcare brings up so many questions, sometimes before you've even had a child. I remember during my pregnancy we were asked numerous times what we would be doing once our little bundle had arrived and my maternity finished and it wasn't something we gave much thought to. We always said we wanted Joshua to have quite an interactive upbringing, we wanted him around as many people as possible and nursery would always be an option for us once he turned one but as I work from home, he would ultimately be home with me. I suppose we were always quite relaxed with our choices and still are.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Discovering Lush Cosmetics Skincare

I hold my hands up and admit that I never fussed too much with skincare in my teens, I'd slap some moisturiser on every now and then but it wasn't until I hit my twenties that I really paid attention to what I was doing with my skin. Thankfully my skin is in pretty good condition and what I've been doing over the last eight or so years has helped immensely. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

May 2018 in Instagram

It seems 2018 is whizzing by because I'm already on my fifth 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 May 2018...

Monday, 4 June 2018

Live Boldly with Revlon

Bright, bold lip shades are my jam. You'll often see me in an orange red lip so the recent Revlon, Live Boldly campaign is pretty perfect for me. The Revlon Live Boldly campaign sees four new global ambassadors join the Revlon family in the shape of Ashley Graham, Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam and Raquel Zimmermann. Live Boldly embodies women everywhere, women of all races, shapes and ages. Women we can all relate to. In the words of Adwoa Aboah, "Living Boldly means being unapologetic, knowing no boundaries, being vulnerable, strong, authentic and yourself. It's something I, myself can relate to and support. 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

The Five Minute Mum Face

Being a mum makes life a little time poor so I've had to find a way to get things done and quickly. I've always loved makeup, I will always have my hair and makeup done before I step out the house, baby or no baby. I just needed to find some fail safe products to help me get the perfect five minute mum look and I can confirm, seven months later; I have found my perfect group of products to take me from 2am night feed to go getting mum of one.
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