Sunday, 30 September 2018

A Step into Evolve Organic Beauty

It didn't take long for me to fall for Evolve Beauty, to be honest it took just reading the About Us page on their website as the passion behind the brand came through in just a few sentences. Laura, Evolve Beauty's founder is behind the range of natural and organic skincare brand which is inspiring a better and more natural world for beauty. The products are created by a small team in a studio in Hertfordshire, lovingly made with uplifting scents, incredible ingredients and interesting textures. I had a few products arrive for me to try and after seeing the packing I realised I've already been using the Nourishing Hair Elixir for the last year after receiving it in a baby gift box. 

Friday, 28 September 2018

Saint Berry, Sheer Colour for Autumn

If there is one thing I love about Autumn, it's being able to get out alllllll my berry lip products to wear through until I switch everything to red for Christmas. I've always matched my colours to seasons and so when I was nosing around my local TK Maxx in search of candles, cute baby clothes and the odd beauty product or two, I stumbled across a few shades from Lipstick Queen. I've never used Lipstick Queen before and as they were being sold for £4.99, I snapped one up. 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The answer to Long & Healthy Hair with Kérastase

When it comes to keeping my hair in excellent condition, I will always reach for Kérastase. It's a brand I know my hair loves and I can trust to give me unbeatable results and as I'm currently sporting much longer hair than usual the new Kérastase Résistance Extentioniste range, designed specifically for helping keep long and healthy hair, it's a blessing I never knew I needed. 

The range is said to be a daily hair training programme to help strengthen hair from root to tip and with an exclusive new complex, you're going to want to hear more.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Molton Brown's New Fragrance Jasmine & Sun Rose

When it comes to luxury fragrance and bath, Molton Brown is my guilty pleasure. There's something so luxurious about Molton Brown, something that has always stuck with me from childhood. Whenever my aunt use to travel and stay in hotels where Molton Brown was found in the rooms, she always brought back the miniatures for me and it's something that I have always remembered. I find their products so quintessentially British and my love for them has never faltered. So I give you the brand new fragrance from Molton Brown that I've fallen head over heels for...

Friday, 21 September 2018

Two Beauty Bits from Aveda You'll Love

I recently shared a post on the gorgeous lip line, Feed My Lips by Aveda when I added Morello, a deep cherry shade to my lip drawer. I loved it so much that I now have my signature shade from the range and a treat for my lashes too. Aveda are a brand I've really invested my time in over the last couple of years, I adore their hair products so it was inevitable that I'd venture into their makeup too.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Manuka Doctor 24K Gold & Manuka Honey Facial Peel

If there is one thing I always make time for, it's a face mask whether it's during a hot bubble bath or at 11am and I'm trying not to terrify Joshua while I'm wearing a sheet mask. I just love a good mask and so does my skin. In recent weeks, I've been giving my skin the once over with the Manuka Doctor 24K Gold & Manuka Honey Facial Peel  (£29.99) and my skin is eternally grateful for my good deed. Aimed to help revitalise tired and dull looking complexions, this stuff should be handed to new mums along with their baby.

Monday, 17 September 2018

The NEW Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

I'm a self confessed lipstick lover but if there was ever a product to replace my first love it would have to be foundation. I feel like I've always been on a mission to find something that perfectly applies to my skin to leave a beautiful blank canvas to work my magic on. I have a love hate relationship with Clarins Foundations so when the Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation (£30.00) was launched with a new formula I wondered whether this would finally be the one for me and my makeup sense were right, I love the stuff.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Baby Spake is Eleven Months Old

We have one month, just one month until my main guy is one and I am not ready. I keep crying because it's getting so close so I've been channeling all my feelings into throwing Joshua a pretty extra birthday party. I have a few party planning buddies that have all wanted to help so it's been so lovely to be able turn my idea into a reality. If I was in Hey Dougie I'd be getting my Pinterest badge. We've had a big month of changes, we've had more teeth, steps and a really disappointing dietitian appointment but it's all gone so, so quickly once again. 

We have nine teeth! The pesky tooth that I've been on about for ages has cut and come through so we have four bottom teeth and then when he threw his head back laughing one day I discovered a top molar. The poor little lamb must've been in so much pain and we didn't realise as we thought it was just the one coming through. 

He'll be eating steak before we know it. 

We FINALLY had the dietitian appointment for Joshua's allergy this week although it was a complete waste of time and we're no nearer to finding out if it's lactose or cows milk protein that's the issue. The woman we saw was nice enough but had we seen a specially programmed NHS robot, I wouldn't have known the difference. It was a sales pitch, nothing more, nothing less. We were told to start Joshua on the milk ladder which went a bit like this - biscuit, muffin, scones, pancakes and so on. Hardly the most healthy way of doing things and a complete waste of paper. I accidentally gave him something with dairy in just six weeks ago and he was so poorly but she didn't take this bit of information on-board at all and again pushed the milk ladder.

I questioned why we would we give Joshua something that we know makes him ill when if we were raising him vegan, they wouldn't question us and she had no answers. I'm so glad I took my Dad with me because he was able to say about the family history as my mum, sister and I are all the same when it comes to dairy but she didn't really see the relevance. Once I confirmed with her that I was okay to switch Joshua to soya, almond, coconut or oat milk that was it. Our decision was made and he would continue to be dairy free while I continue to have zero faith in the NHS. Calm restored.

Sleep is a bit rubbish at the moment but those teeth aren't giving any of us a break so we'll snuggle as a three and get through it together. The new mattress is still a hit so at least that's something. Now just to do something with the practically brand new one that is in our hallway at the moment. 

Joshua's hair is starting to come through thick and fast, at last. He has the fairest blonde hair and he's definitely not my dark haired baby I thought I would have. He is just so, so fair with beautiful blue eyes. 

September has seen a flurry of new sounds, words, hand gestures and WALKING!! The last one was a big shock as we didn't expect him to walk so soon but his drunk man waddle is the cutest thing I have ever seen and he looks so proud of himself when he gets up, sets himself straight and walks towards us all by himself. 

He's started to hold things to his ear saying hello or he waves at us saying hello and he also said bye bye to my Nan last week at the right time. Who knew baby babble could be so adorable. It's just been an entire month of firsts and it's been so lovely to watch him grow as much as I want to cry every time something new and big happens.

Joshua starts a new baby class next week called Adventure Babies which is a song and sensory class. Arran is taking him to the first session as I'm on a press trip and then I'll do the rest of the term, I can't wait as it's a little different to what we've done previously. I'm still in two minds whether to find something else too but I need to do some research, we have a great group of mum and baby friends we now meet up with weekly so that definitely helps as does the coffee. 

I can't believe the next post will be Joshua is one!

Joshua is wearing 
Navy blue top from F&F Clothing 


Friday, 14 September 2018

Why We Love Jurlique Baby Skincare

Caring for your babies skin is so important, with Arran and I suffering with sensitive skin as children I was very aware of what we would use on Joshua's skin from the get go. We love brands such as Aveeno, Sebamed and Mustela but when it comes to massaging his little tum and keeping his cheeks super soft we always turn to the Jurlique baby range.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush

I have loved and used Lee Stafford hair products since I was a teen which was a pretty long time ago, and whenever I see the hot pink bottles and cool packaging I can't help but feel a little nostalgic. I had the Lee Stafford Cactus Crush collection arrive in August for me to try and it was love at first smell, boy does this collection smell good. I put the shampoo and conditioner straight in my bathroom so I don't think I even showed those two products in my unboxing because I was already using them. 

You just can't beat a bit of Lee Stafford hair care. 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

8 Reasons to eat at Gusto Lounge

Eating in Southampton is one of my favourite things to do, hell eating is one of my favourite things to do so when Gusto Lounge in Southampton got in touch with an offering of delicious food, a cocktail menu and the promise of a fabulous evening, I said yes. Obviously. 

Gusto Lounge is an Italian restaurant situated in the city centre and serves warming Italian food, yummy seafood and the best warm bread and oil you'll find in Southampton. Seriously, it was something else. I've walked past Gusto many times and have never been in and now I'm kicking myself because WHAT a surprise, I can tell ya. 

If that's not reason enough to try Gusto then here are eight more...

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Your Menstrual Cup Questions Answered

I really recently shared My Experience on using a Menstrual Cup and I was asked so many questions on Instagram that I thought I'd share them within a post. I made the decision to start using a menstrual cup after I found tampons really uncomfortable after having a baby and so I started looking at other options and with the impact of tampons on the environment and wanting to start leading a greener life, a cup was the obvious choice. So grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read over my answers to some of your questions. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

My First Time using a Menstrual Cup

What do you think of when you hear the words menstrual cup? 

Gross? Messy? Disgusting? I thought all of those when I first heard about them, I'm slightly squeamish and at the time, they just weren't for me. I liked the convenience of grabbing a tampon and getting on with my day but as I've got older and taught myself more about my period, my cycle and my body I kept going back to the idea of using a cup especially since having a baby. 

If you're not into blood, mess or TMI details then this post isn't for you...

Sunday, 2 September 2018

August in Instagram

Another month has been and gone and now we're on the fast track to Autumn, my favourite season ever! 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 August 2018...
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