Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas will be well and truly upon us next week, so it's time to finish - or get started - with your gift getting!

I always look forward to opening up my stocking on Christmas morning - it's perhaps my favourite thing. 

This year we haven't gone crazy on the present buying for little Ern (he's only 1), so I thought I'd have some fun putting together this gift guide - some of which we've bought, and other Santa-worthy ideas.

So if you’re stumped on what to get your young'uns this year, have a look below for some inspiration...

1. LEGO® Minifigures: The Simpsons™ Series 2. Toy Casdon dyson 3. Douglas Seaweed Sea Turtle
4. Wooster Pull Along Dog 5. Tiger who Came to Tea Plush 6. Pet Tails Soft Book  7. Disney Frozen 6" 5 Doll Set

8. Trunki Ride-on Suitcase - Gruffalo 9. Mr. Men Bowl Set 9. Green Toys Dump Truck
10. Bunnykins Nursery Set: Baby Plate and Feeding Spoon 11. In the Night Garden Glowing Bedtime Makka Pakka Soft Plush 12. Crystal Crayons

Friday, 12 December 2014

December Favourites

Technically this is more my June, July, August, September, October, November, and December favourites list - it's been that long since the last one - but for good reason I might add.

I'm always on the hunt for greatness when it comes to beauty products. I try them, and try them again, so that I only report back with the best of the best.

So here goes...

1. I recently got my hands on some products from Soap & Glory, a fun British beauty brand, known for its innovation and quirky packaging. I'm probably (no definitely) late to game here, but I've been using one of the line's best sellers - The Righteous Butter, loved by many for its super hydrating formula - people swear it makes them feel like velvet. After a two week trial I can stand in line with the rest of them and give this a massive thumbs up. To my shame - since having a baby - I've been out of the habit of moisturising my body - but I'm back in the game! This has a lovely fresh scent too, which isn't overpowering - which can be off putting for a breastfeeding baby. Give it a whirl and let me know if you love it too.

2. Next up are two hair care products, a shampoo and conditioning mask - both sulphate free. More often than not I bath or shower with my son so I like the products that I use to be as 'free-from' as possible, ones that we can ideally both use, and I've been pretty pleased with this Jason Natural Smoothing Sea Kelp Shampoo. My hair is most definitely softer, and I can go longer between washes since using this. I've been following it up with the L'Oreal EverRiche Nourishing Intense Mask which is also free-from sulphates - protecting hair without waxes. So for those of us curly girls who struggle with dryness, I have good news for you - this stuff really works! So long sulphates.

3. I was gifted a bag of Original Sprout products at my baby shower, and it's taken me a while to get round to using them, but now that I have, I'm hooked. I mean it when I say that they're SUPER plain - but in the best kind of way. I have a sensitive little boy - his skin is very reactive, so I do have to watch what I put on it, and this stuff works a treat. The product I want to highlight here though is the one that I've taken to using on my own face too - the Scrumptious Baby Cream. Like all their products it contains no phytoestrogens, lavender, tea tree, phthalates, nanoparticles or titanium dioxide etc. and is 100% Vegan. Although it doesn’t leave me jumping up and down with excitement, it does leave my skin feeling calm and moisturised - works well under makeup - and I can use it on Ernie too - I like a product that multitasks!

4. Lastly - but by NO means least - as this is now a sworn in holy grail product for me... Skinetica (formally know by the name Acnigon) I don't want to go into the science behind this product here as it's a bit long winded, but do read about it here. What I will say though is that this stuff is fantastic at ridding skin of acne bacteria. You use it as a toner - at night after removing make-up, and again in the morning before applying make-up or moisturisers. It doesn't contain any harsh chemicals, and is non-irritating - so it's particularly safe for women during pregnancy. So if you're suffering with spots - be sure to check this stuff out. I’ve swapped out my regular benzoyl peroxide cream and replaced it with this for the past couple of months and I'm really happy with the results.

My other favourite beauty buys of this year can be read about here...

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Ostentatious Breastfeeding

If you're going to be ostentatious, then stilts work every time for me...

Maybe Nigel should avert his eyes if he doesn't want to see, or perhaps he should go and sit in the corner.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Fall in Love with Lemon water

15 Reasons you should be drinking lemon water every morning - or at least trying too...

1. Improves digestion

2. Boosts immune system

3. Hydrates your body

4. Boosts energy

5. Promotes healthy and rejuvenated skin

6. Reduces inflammation

7. Weight loss aid

8. Alkalizes your body

9. Cleansing properties

10. Antibacterial and antiviral properties

11. Reduces mucus and phlegm

12. Freshens breath

13. Boosts brain power

14. Anti-cancer

15. Can help kick caffeine addiction

When life gives you lemons... say thank you :)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Winter Skin Woes

Jack Frost's most definitely nipping at my nose - and the rest of my face for that matter!

I can guarantee that the winter months will rob my skin of any dewy-goodness, and in its place leave behind dry patches, flaky skin, visible lines, enlarged pores and all manner of lumps and bumps.

So it got me thinking, and researching, into how to kick J Frost's arse and reclaim a calmer complexion this year.

Basically... you wouldn't wear just a t-shirt outside right now - and likewise, your skin needs some extra protection too.

We need to layer up with soothing serums, and extra luxurious moisturisers - to help safeguard our faces - couple that with a few other tweaks like these, to your routine, and we should be able to help prevent winter from doing it's worst!

Switch up your cleansers - avoid anything foaming, and try using a cleansing oil instead. Spend a little extra time each night to really massage it into your skin - and rinse with warm water. Milky cleansers, are also a good option.

Turn down the heat - I love nothing more than a super hot shower, but it strips the oil from your skin  - which can be extra drying. So try to turn it down a few notches - and be gentle when drying - always pat dry never rub.

Don't skip toner - The right toner shouldn't be drying, and is essential for removing the last traces of make-up, and will help your skin to absorb your serum and moisturiser.

Keep exfoliating - it removes the dead cells that build up on dehydrated skin.

Use a serum - under your moisturiser for extra protection. Look for one that contains ingredients that nourish - like those found in the Sanctuary Wonder Oil Serum, by Sanctuary Spa.

Use a richer moisturiser - look for one with hyaluronic acid, which is a moisture magnet. I like Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly.

Sooth dry patches - with a balm. You can spot treat with super concentrated healing products for targeted treatment.

Don't forget your lips - apply said balms to your lips too!

Lastly oils - a good oil can work wonders and bring back radiance to your skin (and hair). Try adding a few drops to your moisturiser - day or night. Or use a little, pressed into your skin before applying. Or if you're very dry, smooth it all over your face and neck at bedtime. Leave it for 10 minutes, then tissue off any excess before applying cream.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas pyjamas

Yay - it’s officially time to deck the halls, and myself - and little Ern too - in some festive and cozy Christmas pyjamas. 

These were a bargain, I got them for £9 from John Lewis.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Hello December

Goodbye November. Let's end this year on a high.

Beginning with this breakfast of champions...

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