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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Review: Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom


Now you have probably heard of Glossier, a company founded by beauty editors who say you have to think of skincare like makeup who categorize the products into two phases and you will be happy to know are cruelty free. Today I am reviewing the Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom.

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First things first, look at the packaging!! Now I don't know about you but I am a sucker for packaging, for pretty things that attract the eye and Glossier have got that perfecto! With simple yet pretty pastel shades adorning each product. They have six different balms in various fragrances, though I have to admit I don't smell the rose that much at all.

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When I first got this product and tested it I immediately thought of the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream which like this product you can use on your lips, elbows, dry skin patches anything that needs some love. Glossier label this product as a "universal skin salve" I have used this on my hands, lips, dry patches and found it to add a much needed boost of moisture, it isn't sticky and the thick consistency soon melts into the skin. It is definitely hydrating and being packed with antioxidants it is a bit of goodness for the skin which makes my skin sing Halleluiah! 

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I like the consistency and packaging, the product does what it says on the tin though I don't think I would pay £10 for this as you can get other products on the market that pretty much do the same thing for half the price. I really want to try other products in the Glossier range as hear such great things, here is the link to have a peek at all the pretty products.


Have you tried Glossier?

A x
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Skincare: My Current Wishlist

I have done so much research into the skincare products I am craving for my skin. I am 32, I will soon be 33 and this scares the life out of me, where has the time gone?! Not only that, but I have also noticed how my skin is suddenly ageing. I haven't been the kindest to my skin, I have never been amazing with skincare and since children well lets not even discuss how that has gone down for my skin. 

I have always religiously taken off my makeup before bed, that is something I have always stuck by so now I need to ensure I create and stick to a really good skincare routine

So I need to find the following....

Cleanser....





I really fancy the sound of the Elemis cleansing balm, firstly because its meant to smell of a spa and who doesn't appreciate a bit of a spa sensation at home? Secondly its meant to have really good anti-ageing properties which is something I NEED! Have you tried this product?

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Another cleanser I fancy is the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, a blogger must have product that has my favourite rose scent whilst being gentle and easy to use. I love a simple yet effective product that does what it says on the tin.


Exfoliator....

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A must have I getting rid of those dreaded dead skin cells and giving your skin a well deserved deep clean, so the Origins Ginzing scrub is right up my street. This brand has always been on my wishlist, such great reviews and a boost of caffeine to brighten the skin.

Serum....


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Kiehls Midnight Recovery is a product I am desperate to try, with beautiful oils to help with anti ageing and renewal as well as lavender oil to help you sleep. This oil works its magic whilst you sleep, perfect if you ask me!

Toning...


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The Ordinary Glycolic Acid, this brand is so affordable and again a no fuss does what it says on the tin with some amazing reviews. The ingredients help with anti ageing and keeping the skin rejuvenated.

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Another product I am desperate to try after reading so many great reviews is the Pixi Glow Tonic, which is an exfoliating toner so wasn't sure which bracket to put this in. This tonic tones, firms and tightens the skin as well as removing those pesky dead skin cells.

Face Oil....


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The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil, a product renowned for its anti ageing properties and again a brand that I have to try with amazing reviews for the fraction of the price of even highstreet brands!

Moisturiser..


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I am lusting over is the Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich, I have not heard a bad review on this product leaving the skin nourished, moisturised, plump and feeling quite frankly beautiful.

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Then for a night cream I would love to repurchase the Alpha H Liquid Gold which is actually classed as a facial oil but I would use this instead of a night cream. This is one product that I would repurchase over and over again, I honestly loved using this and felt my skin fell in love with Alpha H Liquid Gold. It left my skin looking so plump, refreshed, clear and happy.

Which products are you currently lusting over?

Shop some of my wish list below


A xx






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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Skincare: L'Oreal Fine Flowers Gel Cream Wash Review

If you haven't heard already I am on a skincare quest in 2018...its time to actually stick to and invest in my skin, my skin has officially breathed a sigh of relief!

I needed to use something aside from my micellar water to help remove all my makeup and to just make me feel like I was actually doing something for my skin, so when I popped into my local Superdrug I found this L'Oréal Fine Flowers Gel Cream Wash which is meant to be good for dry and sensitive skin.

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I don't have sensitive skin but after baby n.3 my skin has changed so much, I have dry patches on my nose, under my eyes where as the other areas of my face seem a little confused on what type it is. I opted for this wash as a quick addition to my micellar water as by the time I get to take off my makeup I am frazzled and my children take up all the extra minutes I have.

The wash contains no soap and alcohol so kind to the skin, its contains rose and jasmine. Rose helps to maintain the skins PH balance, it also helps irritated skin and to clear pores. Jasmine helps the skin by reducing the appearance of age spots and helps provide natural moisture to the skin.

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The packaging on this tube is so pretty with a rose petal and soft pink colour. The tube is pretty cheap, I found this for £4.00 and is lasting me a long time as you don't need much at all. Simply squeeze out the product and dab on damp skin then work the product in circular motions which lathers up then rinse off, as simple as that. The product is so gentle and lovely, it helps remove any makeup and dirt, it leaves my skin looking fresh and clean as well as feeling like it has added a boost of well needed moisture. I would recommend this little gem as a quick fix product for all us busy people.

I need to start researching into my skincare and looking into finding some really good products especially ones that help with anti ageing, something I am crying for as I creep further into my 30s.

What products would you recommend?

A xx
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Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year New Me?

What a year 2017 has been, I had my last little bundle of joy and have realised that you need to live your life the best you can, being kind and being happy within your skin and not to rely on others to do that for you, you are your own warrior and your own rainbow on the  journey we call life. I feel that I need to do a lot of "finding myself" in 2018, and yes I am 32 with three children and a good job but its only until this point that I feel I have lost me and need to find myself and find a path of acceptance, accepting who I am and that I am great just the way I am. I need to learn to not allow people to put me down, to shut those people off and to not allow negative energy consume me.

I have always tried to put others before me, ensuring I am always checking up on how they are and doing things to make them smile, but through hard times you realise that most of those people will not be that kind of person for you. Life is a journey where you are always learning, learning about friendships and how these change and that some may leave and some may grow. I need to learn that its okay to let go of people and not to keep trying to hang on, if they want to be my friend they will be and they will accept me for who I am. I find I go very quiet when things aren't great, I exclude myself from everything and pretend all is fine but in actual fact its awful, those people who notice that and take the time to check how I am, to ensure they are there for me are those I will treasure. 

I have found some things I will change, some things that I will start to do to ensure I bring myself to a point where I feel better within myself. I have found some books that I will read and keep to inspire and  motivate me, as well as help change my way of thinking. I will make sure I start to think its okay to do that, its okay to have a night with friends, its okay to have a bath instead of clean the kitchen! IT IS OKAY! I always feel guilty and that I shouldn't be doing certain things because I am unable to, I need to start changing that thinking to YES I will do that and that its acceptable to want to see friends or to choose a bath over cleaning. 

Here are the books I am going to use to help me on this journey.

Kindness- the little thing that matters the most
Jaime Thurston

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A book to discover kindness in myself and others

The little book of mindfulness- 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace
Dr Patrizia Collard


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A book to find peace within, filled with yoga and ways to feed the mind

The little book of Hygge
Meik Wiking


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How to explore the Danish way of life, by candlelight and changing your way of life. 

I can do a full review on each book so you can see which you would like to add to your collection.

I need to mend me and to make sure that I don't allow people to stop that journey, I hope you all have peace and happiness within, if not then join me and lets do this!!

What books would you recommend?

A xx
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Affordable Christmas Gift List

I don't know about you but Christmas can be so expensive and I swear each year the gifts are priced higher! I have quite a few presents to give with my 3 children, family, godchildren and friends as well as many birthdays that fall within the month of December so finding great gifts at reasonable prices is something I need to do and shop around for. So sit back and shop or click on the links below to get that Christmas shopping sorted!
A girl can never have enough nail varnish so here is a beautiful set featuring a gorgeous red burgundy shade called Passion and Supermodel, a mink pink shade, they are divine colours perfect for the festive season!

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I am really into books and especially adore books for self care, so when I came across this little gem I had to order some for gifts including myself! It has all you need to know to soothe and calm the mind including yoga and relaxation methods.


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Bath treats are such a lovely gift to receive, my favourite has to be a bath bomb not only do they smell divine they leave the skin feeling uber soft so when I came across this gem in Poundland I had to grab a few to add to some gifts.

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Pop to your local Poundland for this bath fizzer
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Stationary is always a winner with my friends from pretty pastels to gorgeous floral prints. I popped into Home Bargains and found some amazing stationary! I couldn't believe the prices and what a fab range they had! Be sure to pop down to your local Home Bargains.

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Mug
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Last but not least are a pair earrings. I was kindly gifted these and my goodness do I love them!! They are bang on trend and affordable making it a great gift for any fashionista!

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Earrings

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What gifts do you like giving?
A x
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Sunday, 17 December 2017

How to style dresses in winter

I am more a jeans and jumper kind of girl when it comes to winter, merely because its so much easier for me to throw on and not worry about with three children in tow. I love the jumper dresses I keep seeing with thigh high boots but to get these pasty bad boy legs out would shock the county so didn't even think about purchasing any dresses for this reason, yet the more outfits I saw the more I loved them so thought why not style some up and see how it looks so here it goes!

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I was recently gifted this gorgeous jumper dress from a site called Tobi. This dress is so comfy and teamed with tights, statement earrings and thigh high boots it is perfect from day to night. Click below for all items, if any are out of stock I have tried to find an alternative. 


I love the grunge look, the whole rock n roll where leather and leather ripped jeans meet, are my go to with shaggy hair and thick eyeliner so this jumper was right up my straight with the ripped details and worn grey colour. 

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I teamed this comfy dress with tights, my Primark boots and again some statement earrings. This dress is such a great dress that you could wear without tights and swap the boots for some strappy black heels. 


I am obsessed with the colour mustard be it a jumper, bag or dress so when I received this dress I squealed! It screams autumn winter to me, a gorgeous mustard colour teamed with deep burgundy flowers. This dress can also be worn in spring summer so a perfect dress for all year round.

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Which outfit is your favourite?

A xx

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Ebay Finds: Stocking Fillers

Here are some affordable eBay stocking filler ideas for you...
 
 
 
£2.99
 
 


EOS Lip Balm
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Bath and Body Works Candle

£6.00

Hope you got some inspiration for some affordable stocking fillers!

Which is your favourite?

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