Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The Perfect Holdall for Travelling this Summer


When it comes to just using hand luggage on short haul flights or stay-cations, I'm a dab hand at packing with just a small holdall. I put it down to the fact I used to fly back and forth to the UK from Spain regularly in my teens so I've mastered packing down to a fine art which has earned me the title of chief packer in our family. 

I have gone through a number of cheap holdalls so having something that is durable, with wheels and a security lock are my basic needs when choosing a new case. Especially if I want it to last trip after trip and the potential knock on route. 

American Tourister sent me the oh so gorgeous Wavebreaker Spinner Velvet (£129.00) in Pink Blush for when I'm next off on my travels and oh boy is this a keeper. 
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Friday, 17 May 2019

Nessa Organics Skincare for New Mums


With an impending bundle of joy, Mum can very quickly be forgotten but that doesn't have to be the case especially when it comes to skincare. Nessa Organics are an all new skincare brand specifically designed for Mum in mind so even when you have your hands fall, you know you can fall back on Nessa for targeted, organic skincare to keep your skin looking tip top. 

From pregnancy to post partum relief and your first moments into motherhood, Nessa have the only two products you'll need. Skincare was one thing I kept up with religiously when I fell pregnant and had Joshua. I would spend a lot of time massaging and talking to my bump using all my lotions and potions and even after he was in my arms.
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Birchbox X Benefit Bold is Beautiful Limited Edition Pouch



Tomorrow sees the launch of Birchbox's latest limited edition collection in collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics in support of their Bold is Beautiful project. The charity campaign is celebrating its sixth anniversary and 100% of the profits from this kit will go to Bold is Beautiful which helps empower women and girls all over the world. 

In the UK the Bold is Beautiful project supports Refuge which supports women and children experiencing domestic abuse and Look Good Feel Better, a support network for people undergoing cancer treatment so it's a really worthwhile project to get behind. 
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Monday, 13 May 2019

Geranium Nefertum by Molton Brown



With a new season comes another release from Molton Brown, one of my favourite bath and body brands. I've been a lover of their products for many years and have tried a number of their collections but this is completely different to anything they've released before and what I've tried before. 

Geranium Nefertum is available to buy now and features four products within the collection and as it's a unisex scent, it's perfect for all. I honestly wasn't sure on first look but the fragrance has really grown on me the last couple of weeks and the other half must be a fan as he's already had the deodorant away. 
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Burger Heaven at Byron



It's not often I crave a burger but when I do, Byron Burgers always come up top trumps with their killer menu and succulent choices. When the burger cravings are high, I need the juiciest, dirtiest burger possible and you can guarantee that Byron will hit the spot for me. 

We spent Friday at Byron Southampton to taste a few dishes off the menu and possibly the best Oreo Cheesecake I have ever had the pleasure of eating. 

I hope you're not too hungry because you're going to be drooling by the end of this post...
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Friday, 10 May 2019

A Taste of Bella Italia


Bella Italia is somewhere I think we've all visited at one time or another, I've had some really enjoyable experiences there in the last six months especially when eating with Joshua and ordering from the vegan choices so I can share with him.

They've recently launched their all new menu which includes over thirty new dishes as well as a twist on some old favourites so I headed in this week to see what was available and fill up on some oh so tasty Italian eats. 

There are two Bella Italia restaurants to choose from in Southampton, one in Above Bar or Hanover Buildings which is where we spent Tuesday evening.
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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Kitchen at Jurys Inn Southampton


Dining at hotel restaurants wouldn't usually be my first thought when finding somewhere for dinner but after experiencing some unbelievable meals last year in some of the countries chain hotels, I think they're on to something none of us have realised.

Maybe hotel restaurants really are where the best food is and that is definitely the case when it comes to Jurys Inn. I visited The Kitchen at Jurys Inn Southampton recently and was blown away by the attentive service, brilliant menu and delicious food. 

Jurys Inn Southampton is super central so it's the perfect place for a weekend getaway, a night away with the girls or somewhere to stay before you sail away on a cruise.
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Monday, 6 May 2019

Three Coffee Houses to try in Southampton


Two things I'm quite knowledgeable on are coffee and Southampton so it seemed only right to share my favourite independent coffee houses in my home city. We're quite lucky in Southampton in that we have an abundance of coffee houses, restaurants and bars so it would be quite difficult not to find something you love. There always seems to be something new opening too which makes hunting somewhere down for Saturday brunch has never been easier.
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Sunday, 5 May 2019

Dine at Mine with SHC & Lakaz Maman



Some of you may remember that last year I attended the first Dine at Mine event in collaboration with Southampton Hospital Charity which saw a group of us enjoy a meal cooked by Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo in a hotel room. The idea behind Dine at Mine is holding a dinner party with friends, family or co-workers and encourage everyone to play fun games and eat delicious food all while raising money for a ward or department of your choice with Southampton Hospital Charity. 

You can view that post here - Room2 & Southampton Hospital Charity and see what we got up to but in the mean time, I'm gonna give you a look into our night at Lakaz Maman where we were wined and dined and left with very satisfied bellies. 
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Friday, 3 May 2019

Dermalogica Prisma Protect



If there is one thing I've learned to love in my late twenties, it's skincare. My teens was spent using face wipes and forgetting to take my makeup off, my twenties have been spent trying to ease the damage I'd already done and learning to love my skin and I think I'm finally there. 

I've mentioned before that I've never suffered with acne or any skin complaints so keeping my skin clear and clean hasn't been too much of a hard task but that doesn't mean it has been without its problems. My early twenties were focused on banishing oil and my later years have been learning to tackle combination skin after spending my pregnancy feeling dryer than the Sahara. 
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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Three Fresh Fragrances to try this Spring



If you've followed me on Instagram for some time then you'll know I have quite a large fragrance collection. I adore the intricate scents, beautiful bottles and the way a fragrance can take you back to a memory so I wanted to share three of my favourite fragrances that I've been reaching for this Spring. 

Each one is fresh, light and airy but with an unmistakable scent that will have you spritzing time and time again.
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Monday, 29 April 2019

Celebrations Made Easy with Sainsbury's


*Paid partnership with Sainsburys*

Birthdays and celebrations can be expensive right? I remember looking into specially made and personalised cakes for Arran when he turned thirty but the wait times and money for what I wanted for him was the deposit of a small car so I started to look elsewhere.

Turns out Sainsbury's stock a huge range of fun and quirky cakes so that's who we've always gone to since and we've been so impressed. As a busy mum who runs a business from home, I don't have the time to whip up a chocolate covered extravaganza in the kitchen anymore so if Sainsbury's can give me a little helping hand, I'm gonna let them. 

So with the spirit of cake in mind, I want to show you three of my absolute favourites that you can pick up with your weekly shop and still have change from a £20 note.
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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Birchbox X Rock My Wedding Limited Edition Box



We are well and truly approaching wedding season so the Birchbox X Rock My Wedding couldn't have come at a better time. Launching tomorrow, the limited edition box features ten must have beauty samples for the season of love and it is one you are gonna want to get your hands on even if it's just for the Becca compact! 

The box is released tomorrow but you can join the waiting list now so you don't miss out. 
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Friday, 26 April 2019

It's Time to Ditch the car for Bluestar

*This is a paid partnership with Bluestar*

As someone who doesn't drive, I'm a frequent bus user in Southampton and now more than ever it is easier to get around by bus in our city. There's always been a stigma about getting the bus but with more than three million people nationwide choosing to leave their car at home and grab a bus, it's becoming a much more popular way to get around. 

Plus, all the time you're leaving your car at home, you're helping the environment! 

Bluestar have been operating in Southampton since 1987 and with a image overhaul a few years ago promising to shine across the city, the service just keeps getting better. I want to show you a different view of buses and convince you to ditch your car and catch Bluestar next time you head into the city as well as vowing to take the Bluestar Promise.
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Monday, 22 April 2019

Afternoon Tea at Gatehouse 1833



If there is one thing I love to do, it's book afternoon tea with friends or family. It's such a wonderful way to spend time with the people you value the most and the perfect way to enjoy a sweet treat. There's a handful of places in Southampton that serve an indulgent afternoon tea but only a couple of them do it well, one of which is Gatehouse 1833 situated on the Royal Pier with beautiful views over Southampton water and the coming and goings of some of the world's largest cruise ships. 

I think this also makes it a great spot for children because they can watch the Red Funnel ferry to the Isle of Wight come and go while spotting the smaller boats that frequent the water. The large and open terrace makes it a great sun trap and you'll catch some of the best sunsets in Southampton from where you're sat. 

It's a pretty ideal location and that's before we've even got to the food. 
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Friday, 19 April 2019

Our Favourite Toddler Skincare Brands


Finding the right skincare for your baby is so important and 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. Most babies skincare is formulated for even the most sensitive skin and supermarkets brands have some great options but we personally wanted to stick with brands we knew we would love and trust the most. 

I spent a lot of time researching different lotions and potions while I was pregnant and had all the time in the world, now we're eighteen months down the road I feel we have a good enough opinion on each of our favourite brands to tell you why we love them. 

So in no particular order, here are our five favourite baby and toddler skincare brands.
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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Baby Spake is 18 Months Old


(All images by Nicole at thelittlestdarlings.com)

My very last update on Joshua was when he turned one and I always said I'd share one more once he turned eighteen months old even though that seemed like so far away. 

Well here we are, Joshua is eighteen months old today and I can't believe how quickly time has gone already. 

Joshua has changed so much over the last six months and I'm still loving every moment even if I don't get as much work done as I'd like at times. I'm so grateful that I get to call this blogging lark my job meaning I can spend every moment with Joshua, be there for every milestone and every new word he comes out with. 

I think our teething journey will be over soon or at least I'm hoping so. Joshua just has his upper and lower second molars to go now. Seeing as he's been teething since he was two months old, I can't wait to see the back of the tube of Dentinox. I always joked he'd have a full set by the time he was eighteen months and we're oh so close!
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Monday, 15 April 2019

How I motivate myself on off days


Working from home and looking after Joshua means I constantly have a juggling act in play so the last year has meant I've really had to find my groove to get my to do list done especially if I'm having a major off day. I'm a big fan of self care even though I forget to implement it myself sometimes so I've had to make sure I have some fail safe ways to motivate myself when I really am having an off day and need to crack on with what I need to do. 

I've found solace in similar posts like this when I was really struggling. It's hard to find that balance and know when you just need a little push or a complete break. Each of the things I share in this post are what helps me give myself a kick to get going. They're simple, easy to implement and really do help me.
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Friday, 12 April 2019

The L'Occitane Verbena Beauty Easter Egg


Easter is fast approaching and if there is someone in your life who isn't a chocolate lover then I have the perfect alternative. I first came across L'Occitane Beauty Eggs last year and loved the concept so this year I had to share my favourite one with you.

There are two variations to choose from as well as a cute egg pack featuring four Mini Easter Eggs which would be ideal for putting in an Easter hamper for friends or family!
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Monday, 8 April 2019

SMA Careline®: Your online Mum Tribe


*This is a paid partnership with SMA® Nutrition*

Discovering you're pregnant is such a wonderful time of your life, you're met with such an outpouring wave of congratulations, love and joy. The excitement of a small baby entering your life and what is next to come is something incredibly special. When Arran and I discovered I was pregnant, we were shocked but happy. After a few complications to begin with and some reassuring scans, being able to announce my pregnancy to our family and friends was something we were really looking forward to. The time dragged and came round so quickly at the same time and when we did announce my pregnancy the amount of love we received was incredibly warming. We also received quite a bit of advice, some of it helpful and some not, and the days following became quite overwhelming.
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Friday, 5 April 2019

Our Disappointing Baby Buys



Babies come with a lot of stuff don't they? I don't think we were prepared for how much stuff they actually need and how much they really don't. We were firm from the beginning that we wouldn't buy into every new fad and top ten baby wish list and we did stick to that but there were some things we thought we'd need after advice from others that we could've done without and are currently sat in our loft collecting dust. 

These are all things that just didn't work for us no matter how many times we tried. I won't tell you how many baby bouncers we actually tried before settling with the one we did and still realising it was a waste of money. 
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Monday, 1 April 2019

Meat Alternatives just became even easier at Sainsbury's



*This is a paid partnership with Sainsbury's*

Meat Alternatives and veganism has become quite mainstream in recent years which is fantastic to see as it makes it so much more accessible. I class myself as a meat eater but we do eat a lot of meat free products and vegan food especially when we're out due to Joshua's allergy to dairy. I find myself much more reassured ordering vegan food than trying to whittle down something that's dairy free so I order a vegan main meal and share with my little guy. It's opened me up to a whole different world of food over the last year and has given me the push to try those alternatives at home too. 

Gone are the days of minimal choice with not a lot of flavour, admittedly some places do still need some work when catering for everyone but Sainsbury's have really nailed their meat alternative range this year and we're big fans.
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Friday, 29 March 2019

Beautifully Indulgent Skincare from Lumity


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Taking care of your skin as you're getting older is something I've really made the effort with in recent years. My mother always installed the importance of it within me as I was growing up so I have quite a collection of magic lotions and potions to keep my skin smooth and plump.  

One thing I rely on the most are facial oils and it's something I have spoken about a lot on my blog and social media and I owe getting my oily skin under control to them too. 
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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The Last Four Books I Read



My reading pile has come to a complete standstill while we pack and get ready to move. I haven't picked up a book in two weeks which feels so weird even though I've kept two out to read. I'm feeling really overwhelmed at the moment so I can't seem to throw myself into another book which I am hoping changes once we've moved and we're settled again. Although say that, I am only eight books off my reading challenge for 2019 which is pretty good going. 
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Monday, 25 March 2019

Suede Orris, The All New Fragrance from Molton Brown



I'm a big ol' fan of Molton Brown as many of you know so I had to share a little something on their latest fragrance launch because you are going to love it! A few weeks ago Molton Brown launched Suede Orris in a suave wave of pink perfect for Spring and it is beautiful. 

I haven't stopped spritzing myself with it since it landed in my beauty loving hands. 
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Sunday, 24 March 2019

YSL Masterclass with Frederic Letailleur



Yves Saint Laurent is a brand I haven't really explored when it comes to beauty, I've heard such great things about certain products and loved samples I've tried in the past but I never went back. One thing I have attended over the years have been makeup masterclasses in department stores to get to know products more so that's what I did last week when Frederic Letailleur, YSL Beauty's European makeup artist came to John Lewis Southampton. 

Most beauty brands hold masterclasses like this regularly so if there is a brand you're unsure of and want to know more about always check at the counter for when they're holding their next one. I was invited in by Lauren Scriven, a makeup artist on the Yves Saint Laurent counter and I'm so glad she reached out because I've fallen a little in love with YSL.
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Friday, 22 March 2019

Build Your Own Beauty Box with Latest in Beauty



Latest in Beauty is a totally new way to discover your favourite beauty brands; I say new but they've actually been around since 2008 but this is the first time I've ever tried one. The Latest in Beauty team have worked with hundreds of well known brands such as Elemis, Charlotte Tilbury and La Roche-Posay and there are a couple of ways to discover some of the world's best beauty treats. You can choose from either their one-off collection boxes or you can build your own like I have done here and choose exactly what you want inside.

I think we've all fallen victim to rubbish beauty boxes where we wouldn't use half the stuff in them over the years so being able to build your own cuts that out completely! 
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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

The LookFantastic Mother's Day Collection


Beauty boxes for Mother's Day have been hugely popular this year and I've loved exploring what's in them. The gift of beauty will always be a sure fire hit for many and what better way to spoil Mum or someone special in your life than with something as perfectly curated as the lookfantastic Limited Edition Mother's Day Collection

Lookfantastic are renowned for stocking some of the best and luxury beauty brands on the market so they're the perfect people to create a beauty box with luxury brands worth £208 inside. The Mother's Day box is cream in colour, with a pretty bow making it a beautiful keepsake you can use again and again. The box can be yours for £55.00 and if you're a subscriber you can get a special £5 discount code to use too. 

Fancy a look inside?
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Monday, 18 March 2019

MAC Travel Exclusive Set at World Duty Free



I've been a fan of MAC Cosmetics for as long as I can remember. The moment I bought my first product is forever etched in my memory because for me, it was the first high-end piece of makeup I ever bought with my own money. I was living in Spain at the time, I was 16 and I had gone to the main department store there, El Corte Inglés with friends. I bought the Studio Fix Powder, Lipglass Clear tube and my first lipstick, So Chaud which is still one of my favourite shades now. 
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Sunday, 17 March 2019

A Mother's Day Gift Guide



Shopping for Mother's Day doesn't need to just be flowers and chocolate so in the spirit of sharing my love of beauty and skincare, I've put together a carefully selected Mother's Day gift guide featuring a range of products from some of my favourite brands. From gorgeous lipsticks to suit all to beautifully packaged bath products to give your mum the ultimate pamper, there really is something for everyone at a range of prices.
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Friday, 15 March 2019

Birchbox I Got It From My Mama Limited Edition Box



The now sold out Birchbox Mother's Day box was released by the original beauty box creators last week. I managed to get my hands on one of the limited edition boxes as this was kindly sent to me, I shared a quick run down on stories but really wanted to show you want was inside a little more closely. 

I can't unfortunately direct you to a link to buy because as I said it is now sold out but the box does showcase some great brands that you can find and buy at Birchbox. You can also subscribe to their monthly beauty box subscription service if you wanted a little treat.

I've been receiving my boxes for almost five years now and I adore them. 
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Monday, 11 March 2019

Glossybox Limited Edition Mother's Day Box



Our most loved beauty boxes have been pulling out all the stops for this Mother's Day which includes this little beauty from Glossybox which is available to purchase from today! I have never had a Glossybox before so I was really looking forward to receiving this after they dropped me an email.

You can sign up for the launch if you're really quick here, the box goes on sale 7pm this evening (12pm for subscribers).

Glossybox will also be hosting a live unboxing of their Mother’s Day edition on Facebook. So be sure to tune in this evening at 7pm as the Glossy team unveils all the fabulous products in the box as well as some tips and tricks to help you make the most of the products!

Inside you'll find some of my all time favourite brands making it the perfect treat for any beauty loving Mum out there. The box is white all over and adorned with black flowers with the Glossybox logo in gold, as you lift the lid you'll find the beauty treats wrapped in a white ribbon with the quote I Got It From My Mama under the lid which seems to be the quote of the season.
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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Lush Cosmetics Mother's Day Collection



I love the start of a new year because you're fresh from Christmas, you have your new year positive pants on and we get new collection after new collection from Lush Cosmetics, any excuse for an extravagant bath!

With the scent of Peachy still in the air, this years Mother's Day collection landed in stores and it's a good'un. I haven't been overly wowed the last two seasons but this year's collection has more than made up for it and I already have some faves to pick up before they disappear!

From bath bombs and bubble bars to shower scrubs and shower bombs, you are bound to fall for something. I mean it's Lush, why wouldn't you?!
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Friday, 8 March 2019

Three Delicious Spring Drinks to make at Home


*This is a paid partnership with Sainsbury's* 

With the temperature hitting 20 degrees in some areas of the UK late February, it seems we've already had a taste of what's to come for Spring this year. Spring is one of my favourite times of year, it's just the right temperature, parks are blossoming with beautiful flowers and making plans with friends involves beer gardens and make your own cocktail parties on sun soaked terraces. 

In keeping with the spirit of Spring, I've discovered three tantalizing drinks to get your taste buds going and the best bit? They're super simple to make and all the ingredients are available at Sainsbury's!
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Sunday, 3 March 2019

The Last Five Books I Read


I have been whizzing through my reading challenge this year and it is making such a difference to the way I feel. Reading has always been my go to when I need to switch off but as life became busier, my love of reading fell further and further down my list of things to make time for. When the start of 2019 rolled around, it seemed like the perfect time to take back my love of reading and make some time so that's exactly what I did. I'm now nineteen books down and reading more really has made a difference. 

I shared a post on What I've Been Reading in January so I thought why not make this into a little mini series where I update you on the books I've read throughout the year in a variety of different posts. I get a number of messages on Instagram about what I'm reading so having a place to direct people to seemed logical.

Today's post is on the last five books I've read, one or two I've been sent, some are charity book finds and another is one I've been meaning to read for ages. 

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Friday, 1 March 2019

Shop Fragrance Direct for Mother's Day


*Paid partnership with Fragrance Direct - see disclaimer*

Mother's Day has always been a special occasion for my sister and I, being given the chance to spoil our mum that little bit more than we already do and on a dedicated day is something we cherish and we always try and make a big thing of it every year. It's become even more important now I'm a mum myself so the celebrations have become even more special. 

I love traditional gifts such as flowers and my favourite chocolates but you can't beat something extra special like a new fragrance or the ideal skincare gift set for a pamper. I've shopped with Fragrance Direct for years and so that is exactly where I turn to whenever I want to treat someone I love to an extra special something. 
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Sunday, 24 February 2019

Joshua's Dairy Allergy One Year On


It's been just over a year since we discovered Joshua's allergy and I thought it would be the perfect time to share how things are now and what we've learnt so far. The first only and post I have shared on his allergy is Why Our Three Month Old has Soya Milk because we had quite a number of messages and unwanted advice when we switched Joshua to SMA Wysoy. I won't go into it too much here because it's all in that first post but the guidelines are not to give soya formula for babies under six months BUT if you do your research, read enough medical studies and make an informed decision for yourself and your child, there really isn't that much of a concern to be had. You can buy it from supermarkets, it's suitable from birth and I believe if there really was severe health implications, you wouldn't be able to shop it so easily.

Also, if we were raising Joshua vegan, no one would've said shit to us.
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Friday, 15 February 2019

Three Gorgeous Revlon Ultra HD Matte Shades



I've raved about Revlon lip products on my blog for yonks! I really do think they stock the best range of lip products on the high street at an amazing price so they are always my first port of call. The matte lip balms are my fave but I also have a strong love for the Revlon Ultra HD Matte lip shades. 

Matte formula? Me? Of course I'm a fan! 

There are two formulas available, metallic matte and matte. I have tried the metallic ones in the past and although I like them, I like a really matte finish more so I've added some more of those to the ol' lip drawer.
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

A Perfectly Sweet Mr Kiplings Valentine's


*Paid Partnership with Mr.Kipling - see disclaimer

It's the season of love and Mr Kipling has something super special to help you celebrate that special someone in your life. Say I love you with their much loved Angel Slices or profess your love to the apple of your eye with a classic Bramley Apple Pie. 

There are so many ways to incorporate something sweet into your plans this Valentine's Day so I thought I'd share some ways to celebrate.
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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Full Monty Mayflower Theatre



I've been a firm fan of The Full Monty for years, it's one of my favourite films and is always guaranteed to make me laugh so when I discovered there was going to be a theatre production, I was ready and waiting in the wings! The Full Monty stage play swings into Southampton this week and I headed to Mayflower Theatre for an evening full of laughs and um... other things with my bestest for a Galentine's date. 
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Sunday, 10 February 2019

The Indie Brands to Watch at Birchbox



I've been an avid Birchbox fan for years, five years now to be exact. I've had a monthly subscription box for that entire time and as I've worked with Birchbox for a number of years I also get to see what else the brand has to offer. This has opened my eyes to so many products I may not have come across otherwise which is why I hope you love this post because if there's one thing to pay attention to when it comes to beauty brands, it's the independents and being able to buy them all at Birchbox makes shopping them even easier for you. 
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Friday, 8 February 2019

The Mavala Legend Collection



Lipsticks are my jam and have been for as long as I can remember. Watching my mum apply her hot pink Christian Dior lipstick when I was a young girl is up there with some of my fondest memories growing up and it's definitely had an influence on the way I view and buy my own makeup and lipsticks now. I'm a matte finish gal through and through but I do occasionally go over to the creamier side of things if the formula is right. 

Mavala is a brand I've used on my nails for years, their top coat is hands down the best one I've ever tried but I only recently discovered a whole world of other products, including the Mavala Legend Collection featuring six gorgeous shades. 
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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Stronger Communities with Aviva Community Fund

*Paid partnership with Aviva Community Fund*

Supporting schemes that help enrich our local community is something that's close to my heart and it is a real privilege to be able to support this year’s Aviva Community Fund. The Aviva Community Fund is a brilliant initiative which helps build stronger and more resilient communities across the United Kingdom. It helps fund a variety of groups offering funding from up to £1,000 to £25,000; this can make such a huge difference to those in desperate need of some help.
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Monday, 4 February 2019

Introducing Mugler Alien Fusion



If there is one thing I love about Valentine's Day other than the flowers and chocolates, it's the limited edition fragrances that make their way out just in time for the day of love which makes them the ideal gift for someone special. Whether you're celebrating Valentines or Galentines this year, Mugler have released a sexy twist on their much loved Alien fragrance. 

The Mugler Alien Fusion (60ml £70.00) is shaped just like the original but in a seductive ruby red glass bottle with touches of gold. It's beautiful and the Eau de Parfum is an Oriental Floral Spicy creation by Fanny Bal and Dominique Ropion. It makes a wonderful edition to the Mugler family 
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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

That Wondrous First Year

*This is a paid partnership with SMA® Nutrition - please see disclaimer*

Babies are fascinating aren't they?

Before falling pregnant, I hadn't given it much thought, sure babies are cute and all but that was as much thought I'd given to it until I was growing my own.

From the minute I fell pregnant I was researching what was happening each week, comparing his size to various fruits and animals and keeping a close eye at what would be happening next. Waiting for my weekly update was one of my favourite things especially as my bump grew more and more.
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Monday, 28 January 2019

The Naked Cherry Palette


As a long term Urban Decay fan, I love when they come around with new releases especially when I get to add a new eyeshadow palette to my ever growing collection. There are never enough colours in my eyes or for my eyes in this case.

Last year saw the discontinuation of the original Naked palette as well as the Smoky but with that saw plenty of rumours about some newbies, including Naked Honey which I hope is true and the Urban Decay Naked Cherry which I've been getting to grips with since Christmas.
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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Using a Menstrual Cup Six Months On



Last September, I made the decision to start using a menstrual cup. I had Joshua via caesarean so I'm not that different down there but having a baby weighing down on my insides for nine months has changed things or at least I feel like they have when trying to use a tampon. I needed another option and so with environmental impact being such a big focus at the moment, it seemed logical to try a menstrual cup and and because I really didn't want to use sanitary pads.

I've shared My First Time using a Menstrual Cup & Your Menstrual Cup questions answered so far so I thought a post on using my Mooncup six months on would be a nice final post to share. 
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Friday, 25 January 2019

Tropic Skincare & My Newest Discoveries


Tropic Skincare is a brand I only really discovered towards the end of last year, I shared my post Three Faves from Tropic Skincare in October and had a really great response so I started to explore the brand more and found even more products that I loved, especially the Lip Fudge which I use daily. Just before Christmas I was sent the 12 Days of Tropic advent calendar, full of treats from the brand along with some hero products of theirs as well as everything I'm showing you here so I had to share my latest thoughts with you and why I think you should give Tropic Skincare a go. 
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Monday, 21 January 2019

Björk & Berries Swedish Skincare


For someone who didn't have a full skincare routine until five years ago, skincare has quickly become a passion of mine especially as the years tick on by. I had quite a basic skincare routine prior to my blog and discovering more about different brands and products over the years has really ignited my passion. I have some very firm favourites but I'm like magpie so when a new brand catches my eye, I can't help myself. 

Björk & Berries are the latest brand to grace my beauty cupboard and it's one I've really enjoyed learning more about. The brand started in northern Sweden and its story is one of nature. Björk is the Swedish word for Birch also known as the life giving tree which is exactly what I want to hear when it comes to skincare. The basis of the skincare is clean, natural and organic with fragrances inspired by the uniqueness of Swedish nature. 
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Friday, 18 January 2019

What I've Been Reading


I've written about my love of reading a number of times, it's what I do to relax and take some time out so making one of my goals for this year to read more was really important to me. I have a to read pile which has been gradually increasing in numbers for the last year but now is the time to finally start making a dent in it. I set up a Good Reads account when I first bought my Kindle in 2016 but I never gave it much attention until this year.
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