Saturday, 31 January 2015

Me & Mine - Family Portrait - January

Me & Mine
The Family Portrait Project

January 2015

All snug in our home, out of the cold, snapping selfies with the selfie stick.

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Project 365 | 2015 | Week Five

So, I'm taking part in Project 365 this year.
A photo a day, every day, for a year.

I think it's a fab way to document my week and look back on my year at the end.

Are you joining me?

Week Five
January 25-31

Day twenty five - A little selfie never hurt anyone... ;)

Day twenty six - I went shopping into town with my Mum, I had a little drugstore haul and popped my Makeup Revolution cherry. Blog post coming soon.

Day twenty seven - Quickly fell in love with my Makeup Revolution purchases, how amazing is that brand?!

Day twenty eight - I LOVE getting parcels, the bigger the better!! :) I received my order from Chemist Direct today, blog post coming soon.

Day twenty nine - We went to Ikea, one of my favourite places ever, to buy Taylor's highchair and some weaning bits, ready for when we start weaning. In the restaurant Taylor loved exploring the interactive floor.

Day thirty - Taylor had his first taste of ice lolly, to help with his teething. This amazing mini ice lolly set by Annabel Karmel are fab for making homemade lollies. Blog post coming soon.

Day thirty one - How grown up is my big man getting?? Amazes me every day how he's grown!! Makes me feel so old!! Love both my boys with every fibre of my being!!

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Kids #OOTD - 31-1-2015

Kids #OOTD
Kids Outfit of the Day

Today, Taylor wears...

'Super Cool' Long Sleeved Top - River Island
Beige Striped Bib - Boots Miniclub
Navy Striped Socks - Next

Today, Bradley wears...

American Flag Long Sleeved Tshirt - Debenhams
Adidas Gazelles

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Friday, 30 January 2015

Premium VS Drugstore Beauty | Revlon Colorstay Foundation

I decided a while ago that I needed to sacrifice spending a small fortune on my favourite premium branded beauty products, and try some cheaper, drugstore brands. 
New baby, new house... I needed to save some pennies. But I'm just too addicted to my MAC. I'm too quick to go straight to MAC when I need something new. Although I've since found the drugstore aisles to be pretty exciting, and have found some fab little gems amongst them. 

So I'll be posting some comparisons or reviews when I find some fab little beauties among the drugstore brands as part of my Premium VS Drugstore Beauty series.

Did you read my previous post on Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation?

I love my premium foundation so it's going to take a lot for a drugstore product to live up to my favourites.

But I've been recommended the Revlon Colorstay Foundation(£12.49)by a few people so I snapped it up and gave it a try.

Firstly, I did a better job at finding the right shade for me than I did last time. I'm a Nude. Good start. 
It applies really well, the consistency is lovely. The only issue I have with application is it doesn't come with a pump or anything, and I can't seem to find mine [what are the chances that I left it on a foundation and took it 'back to MAC'?!] so I'm pouring it onto the back of my hand to apply with my brush, which can get a bit messy. Why it doesn't come with a pump I don't know... maybe its due to the thick consistency.

It claims to keep your moisture level balanced, which it does perfectly. Some foundations leave my t-zone quite shiny by the end of the day, but this hydrating formula kept my skin perfectly even all day long. 

It does say it will give a beautiful satin finish, which I love the sound of, but I didn't find this. It's more of a matte finish and gives a barely there look. 
I think that is my only negative about this foundation itself, I would prefer a slight satin sheer glowy finish yet you can't tell I'm wearing foundation at all. Which some people like in a foundation, I prefer more of a healthy glow from mine. 

The foundation is build able which is a great, and always leaves an even coverage.
I have read negative reviews, that the foundation went patchy or slid off, but I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and it's not going anywhere. Even at the end of the day, I'm finding it harder to remove with my makeup remover than I do my usual foundations, which shows just how long lasting it is.

I love using this for an everyday natural look, but when I'm going out I add a little bit of MAC Studio Sculpt with my stipple brush for a bit of a sheen. 

So, this is one drugstore product I'm loving!

Premium 1 - Drugstore 1.

Have you found any drugstore products as good as a premium brand?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!!

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Simple everyday #FOTD

Simple Everyday Face of the Day

It's been a while since I did a Face of the Day so I thought I'd snap a few selfies and show you which products I used.

It's Sunday, I have NO plans but to relax and spend time with my boys. So my look is a very simple, natural one. Please ignore the state of my brows, I'm in desperate need of a brow appointment and it's first thing on my list tomorrow morning!! So bear with me... ;)

These are the products I used:

My base was Revlon Colorstay in Nude (£12.49), look out for a full review of this as part of my Premium VS Drugstore Beauty series soon. I then swept my all time favourite Sephora Limited Edition Sun Disk all over and popped a little W7 Bronze Shimmer (£4.95) on the apples of my cheeks.
For my eyes, I attempted to shape my brows, as best as I could in there state, with my Barry M Shape & Define Brow Kit (£5.99), another one to look out for on my Premium VS Drugstore series soon. A quick brush of MAC Mineralise Eyeshadow Duo in Joy & Laughter (£17.00) over the lids and lined my lash line with Bourjois Intuitive Liner (£6.99). On my lashes I prepped and conditioned with MAC Prep & Prime Lash (£13.00) then coated my lashes with a few coats of MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash (£14.50).
I then gave my lips a glossy sheen with Dr Lipp's Nipple Balm for Lips (£11.50).

What are your go to products for a natural, every day look?

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Bathroom Wishlist

As you may, or may not know,  we're moving house soon. We're having a lot of work done on the house, then our job begins when we have to decorate the whole house. 

So, I've been having a little look at pieces for the bathroom and have come up with a bit of a wishlist I thought I'd share with you...

I love this white cabinet (£80.00) for storing all the cosmetics and products. I've always used steel storage in the bathroom and it just looks messy, bottles always fall over and the steel goes rusty over time, so something like this would be ideal.

I've always wanted a shower with one of those huge shower heads, I'm going for more of a luxury 5* hotel feel and this one (£131.26) is just perfect!

We're having the airing cupboard knocked out, so the towels are going to have to be stored in my dressing room. This chrome plated towel store (£35.00) is great for keeping a few towels in the bathroom that I can keep replacing as they're used.

The bathroom is already decorated with grey themed tiles so I have my eye on the fluffiest, snuffliest grey towels I can possibly find.

Do you have any bathroom beauties to share with me?

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Our Charity of the Year : Well Child

Rather than giving out donations to lots of different charities, we've decided that as a family we're going to pick a charity each year to support and raise money for.

This year we've chosen to support:

Throughout the year we're going to be supporting the charity, raising awareness and taking part in personal challenges to raise money. I hope that you'll support us and I'd love for you to join in with us if you can.

Who are WellChild?

There are 1000's of children and young people here in the UK living with a long-term or complex health condition. WellChild are a national charity working to ensure the best possible care and support for these children and their families, wherever they are and whenever they need it.

They do this by providing practical and emotional support to seriously ill children and their families so they can leave hospital and live comfortably at home, funding research and projects to ensure parents, carers and those working in the healthcare sector are better equipped to support those with complex needs, and influencing the future of health, education and social care policy to ensure it meets the needs of these families.

Look out for more blog posts about this amazing charity, the work they do, our fundraising and what YOU can do to help.

First, we need to think of our own personal fundraising challenges. 
We've decided that James is going to do a sponsored leg wax - I'm extremely excited for this!!!
Bradley and I are still deciding...
I'm wondering if I could arrange a sponsored buggy walk locally?
Maybe Bradley's school could get involved and we could arrange a games console competition one lunch time?

Do you have any ideas for what myself and my 10 year old could do?

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Project 365 | 2015 | Week Four

So, I'm taking part in Project 365 this year.
A photo a day, every day, for a year.

I think it's a fab way to document my week and look back on my year at the end.

Are you joining me?

Week Four
January 18-24

Day eighteen - We have a tooth!!! After weeks of teething, James found a tooth had cut through!

Day nineteen - Taylor reading books with Daddy before bed.

Day twenty - Rosy red cheeks this week, we're expecting more teeth soon!!

Day twenty one - I had all my hair chopped off!! 

Day twenty two - Play time with Taylor.

Day twenty three - My boys on a crisp, icy morning walk.

Day twenty four - Taylor turned 5 months old. Already. How fast has that gone??

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#BOOTD - 24/1/2015

Baby Outfit of the Day

Today, Taylor wears...

Buzz Lightyear Tshirt - Next
Grey striped joggers - Next
Blue striped bib - Boots

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel | Review

The Parent Agency
by David Baddiel

Bradley and I love reading. It's super important to me to spend time with him and read. I'm pretty busy during the day with Taylor, so I make a conscious effort to read with Bradley at the end of each day before bed, and it's OUR time. I work from home every evening when Taylor has gone to bed, so I take a break at 9pm and we read for 15 minutes before he goes to sleep. 

Reading is such an important skill, in my opinion, so it's also so important to keep building on this skill with Bradley. He's a great reader though, and loves it, which is great. I do wonder how long this will last for before he gets to an age where he no longer wants to read together before bed!

So, we were sent The Parent Agency to read, the fourth novel, yet first childrens novel, by TV comedian David Baddiel. 

About a 9 year old boy called Barry who hates his name, is fed up with his family, and wishes he has better parents.
Upon making this wish, Barry's bedroom begins to shake and he soon finds himself in a different world, a place aptly named 'Youngdon', where parents don't have children and children get to choose their parents, after giving them a test run of course!

Each day throughout the week, Barry gets to trial a different set of parents, with completely different personalities.

We really enjoyed the story, it was perfect for Bradley's age, and he found he was very much like Barry, being of similar age to him. Apart from hating his parents of course!!! ;) 
Each day bought a different adventure with different parents, the comedy flowed well throughout the book and we both had a few giggles at times.

Bradley really got into the story, asked lots of questions, predicted what he thought would happen, and explained with delight when he realised the characters in the new world were actually his friends and family from the real world. He worked this out by reading into the description of the way they looked and acted, which I thought was great and proved he was taking the story in.

I loved the hidden message behind the story, to respect and appreciate your parents! Bradley kept saying how lucky he was to have great parents, and how much he loved me, so it definitely worked on this little man!! ;)

Bradley's review...
When we first started the book I couldn't get into it, but when we read it every night I loved it! , I would recommend it to my friends. ;)

The Parent Agency is available to purchase now at all good book stores.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Project 365 | 2015 | Week Three

So, I'm taking part in Project 365 this year.
A photo a day, every day, for a year.

I think it's a fab way to document my week and look back on my year at the end.

Are you joining me?

Week Three
January 11-17

Day eleven - I've been trying to get some inspiration on how to plan my dressing room in the new house [Pinterest is my best friend] and using this photo I've managed to convince James to have open rails and shelves rather than a wardrobe. 

Day twelve - I bought Slimming World magazine for some healthy meal inspiration! I only lost 1lb this week though. Boo.

Day thirteen - Every now and then I find a Bradley selfie, or 6, in my photo album!! ;)

Day fourteen - My yummy panini and strawberry and banana smoothie I had whilst out for lunch with my Mum this week. 

Day fifteen - Taylor loves looking at himself in the mirror, so I let him see himself in the camera of my phone. :)

Day sixteen - Bradley took this picture of his little brother casually reading his bath book in the bath. :)

Day seventeen - Big smiles on his play mat today :)

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

#BOOTD - 17/1/2015

Baby Outfit of the Day

Today, Taylor wears...

Long sleeved stripes vest - F&F at Tesco
Grey Marl Joggers - Nutmeg at Morrisons
Bandana Bib - Blue Zoo at Debenhams
Chequered Socks - Mothercare

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Taylor's 4 Month Update

Taylor James' 4 month Update

Four months. Wow. It's flying by. 
Taylor turned 4 months old on Christmas Eve.
He's changing so much now. His new thing is screaming, for fun. He most definitely has some lungs on him!! He's still a right little grumpy bum and spends the majority of the day having a good whinge!! :)
Santa spoilt him lots for Christmas, luckily, as he's a nightmare to keep amused!! 

I still haven't been to get him weighed and measured. Maybe I should take him monthly, I'll make an appointment. He's thriving well though I can assure you!! :)

We're still in 3-6 months although I've been thinking about introducing some of his 6-9 bits into the laundry as it's not going to be long before he grows out of a lot of his 3-6. Already??? :)

He has a nice little routine with feeds now, he takes 7oz every 3 ish hours, usually around the same time everyday.
I have decided to do baby led weaning with him at 6 months, which I'm really excited about and doing lots of research. I traditionally spoon fed Bradley and he became super fussy once finger foods were introduced. And at 10, he still is the fussiest child ever!! So I've decided to go with BLW this time around. If you have any experience, I'd love you to share!!

He has a pretty good routine and falls straight to sleep in the evening and sleeps right through till about 4.30 ish for a feed, usually. And wakes about 7 am. He's still in our room until we move though, and he's often woke up as Daddy is just too noisy and unsettles him, which is a pain! We're only in a 2 bedroom at the moment though so we have no other choice until we move.
Good news though, he's finally sleeping on his own for daytime naps!! Yay!! He spent 4 months refusing to sleep anywhere except in my arms during the day, which although to begin with was lovely, I was getting nothing done and just having no time to myself! Even putting him in bed once fast asleep, he'd wake up straight away!! But we bought an elephant Summer Infant Slumber Buddy which shines coloured stars on the ceiling, and a Tomy Starlight Dreamshow Nightlight projector which helped amazingly with calming him in bed and helps him fall asleep, leaving my arms free to get some housework done!! :)

Bedtime Routine...
He still loves his bath time, we bath him at 6, then take him into the bedroom to get him dry, dressed and we have a big cuddle while he has his last feed, then he's straight in his cot and usually fast asleep by 6.30. The change from his Moses Basket to his cot went really well, I worried that he'd miss the cosiness of his Moses but there was no change.
Unfortunately, Johnson's Baby Bath products started to make his skin really dry, which is what they did to Bradley too, so we've switched to Humphrey's Corner Bath products.

Mummy's post partum body...
I put on all the weight I lost over Christmas, gutted! But I've started a Slimming Club for motivation and I lost 3 lbs last week so hopefully I can keep that up. I'm not on any plan, just eating better, sticking to my calorie allowance, squeezing in the 7 minute workout when I can, and doing the 30 Day Squat Challenge & 30 Day abs Challenge.

Mummy's Best Bits...
His first Christmas was just lovely, we helped him put the star on top of the tree, he helped Bradley open their Christmas Eve box and he wore such little Christmassy outfits. Such a special time!

Until next month...

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

December Empties & Mini Reviews

I'm a little late with this post, but better late than never...

Below are the products I finished during December and what I thought of them...


Vichy Idealia Life Serum (£22.12/Boots)
I think I recieved these samples in a beauty box a while back and gave them a go this month. Serum's are strange ones for me, as I can never really tell if they're doing anything, yet I like to use them. This product promises to help make your complexion look fresh and radiant, and my skin is looking pretty healthy right now, whether it is down to using this serum, who knows, but I very much doubt there was a drastic change after only a tiny amount from these tiny samples.
Would I recommend? It felt nice on my skin, not at all greasy, sunk into my skin well, it was a nice product so yes.
Would I repurchase? While I like using a serum, it's not something I buy, so probably not.

Aromawakenings Lift & Tone Facial Serum (£18.00*)
I really enjoyed using this serum, it felt lovely on my skin. I'm not sure if it lifted or toned my skin in any way, but I liked the way my skin felt after use which has to be a plus!
Would I recommend? Yes I would, and check out their other bits too, lovely site!!
Would I repurchase? As I mentioned before, serums are not something I usually buy.

Olay Essentials Complete Care Plus Multiradiance Moisturising Lotion (£9.99/Boots)
I bought this as an alternative to my usual CC cream by Olay, and although it didn't have the benefits the CC cream did, I enjoyed using it as an everyday moisturiser. It smoothed into my skin well, smelt lovely and fresh and my skin felt great. My skin has looked really fresh and healthy lately with no breakouts, so thumbs up!!
Would I recommend? Yes, its a great drugstore product at a great price!
Would I repurchase? Yes I would!

Soap & Glory Drama Clean 5in1 Micellar Cleansing Water (£4.80/Boots)
I LOVE my micellar waters and usually use Garnier's but the Soap & Glory one was on offer, cheaper than my usual so I had to give it a try. At first I wasn't a big fan, I couldn't quite get used to the fragrance. I'm used to my cleansing water being unfragranced so the cucumber and peach was quite overwhelming to begin with, but I soon got used to it. As a product, it did what it should. It removed my make up well, and my skin felt fresh and clean afterwards, with no dry patches, tightness or residue, so overall I really liked it.
Would I recommend? Definitely, it's a great cleansing water. If you're not too fussy about the fragrance of your skincare, give it a go. 
Would I repurchase? When it's on offer cheaper than my usual Garner, then yes!

Bath & Body

Ted Baker Sweet Treat 'Mia' Purse Spray (£15.00*/Boots)
I can't explain how amazing this stuff smells! If you have a bit of a sweet tooth like me, you'll love this!! It smells ah-mayzing! A cute little bottle that looks lovely on your dressing table, or fits perfectly in your clutch or bag for quick spritzes, it's absolutely gorgeous!! I just wish it lasted longer! :)
Would you recommend? Yes definitely!
Would you repurchase? Yes!

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion & Shower Gel (£4.00)
I got these in my advent calendar and loved using them over the Christmas period, they made me smell and feel super festive and the glittery finish of the lotion was a nice novelty!
Would you recommend? You'll only find them in the sale now, but if you want them, go snap them up quick and save it for next Christmas!
Would you repurchase? Maybe next Christmas.

Sure Women Compressed Bright Anti-perspirant (£2.10/Boots)
I usually use a roll on, I never liked the idea of spraying aerosol every morning, but when I ran out of deodorant I asked James to bring me some home from work and this is what he came home with. I actually really liked it, no white marks, no waiting for it to dry, and most of all, it works! I really liked using it!
Would you recommend? Yes.
Would you repurchase? Yes.

Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub (£11.50/Boots)
I love this stuff, it's super scrubby and moisturising at the same time! A great product! It contains dead sea salts, coconut, jojoba and sweet almond oil to exfoliate, refine and resurface the texture of the skin and my skin has felt really smooth afterwards. Great product! I got a few of these sachets in a gift set, you get quite a good amount in them which is fab. The full size product comes in a lovely glass kilner jar which would make a great gift!
Would I recommend? Yes, great body scrub!
Would I repurchase? It's quite expensive for a full size product but I may purchase a few sachets again.


Johnson's Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath (£3.95/Boots)
Johnson's Bath products really dried out Bradley's skin as a baby, but thinking it was a one off, I bought some to use with Taylor too, and let's face it, you get tons of Johnson's products as gifts too, but they've actually done the same to Taylor's skin too so I won't be using Johnson's Baby Bath products again unfortunately.
Would I recommend? On my experience alone, no I wouldn't. They've dried out both my boys skin so  it can't be as gentle as they make out.
Would I repurchase? No, I'll be using more gentle products from now on.

Johnson's Baby Nappy Cream (£3.29/Boots)
This however, is a Johnson's product that did work well. Taylor got a little sore in his creases and introducing this cream worked wonders and cleared the redness well. It also protected from any further redness in the nappy area.
Would I recommend? Yes I would.
Would I repurchase? If I'm ever out of nappy cream [which wont be for a while] I'd be happy to pick this one up.


Moroccanoil Repair Shampoo (£16.55/Feel Unique)
I wasn't as impressed with these as I should've been. I thought it was going to be pretty amazing on my hair, but I was disappointed. I couldn't use both the shampoo and conditioner together as the build up was just too much, my hair felt like it had too much product. So I had to use one or the other, with something else. James ended up using this in the end as I just couldn't get on with it.
Would I recommend? Give it a go, it might just be my hair, but I wasn't impressed.
Would I repurchase? Nope.

Have you used any of these products before? 
I'd love to know your thoughts?

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