Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Beauty Decorations

Christmas Beauty Decorations


I cannot explain to you just how excited I am to put my Christmas tree up this year, albeit a little nervous with a toddler and a kitten, i'm sure it won't be up for long! If your one of those people who puts your tree up before December, I envy you, Dan would have me both put it up and take it down on Christmas day if he could get away with it, so our compromise is that it's allowed up from December 1st. My second favourite thing to Christmas is beauty products, I have far more than I am able to use but that that doesn't stop me lusting after more and what could be better than beauty filled festive treats, on your tree and your table?!

I have always loved the idea of Christmas beauty crackers and baubles as they usually contain miniature versions of cult beauty products, which allows you to try out some more expensive products for a fraction of the price, they also make the sweetest gifts and are usually within budget for secret santa gifts too!

By Terry is one of those luxury brands that I have always lusted after, so many bloggers seem to rave about this brand with some of their most popular products being their Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow Sticks and their Baume De Rose Multi-Protective Lip Balm but I could never justify the price of some of their products. However I would be seriously happy to find the Impearlious Baume De Rose hanging on my Christmas tree this year! This festive take on the original is what beauty dreams are made of!

The Oskia Merry & Bright Christmas cracker from Space NK has to be one of my favourite picks of this post, I have always wanted to try this cult cleanser but at £29.50 for 100ml its not a price I want to gamble with, especially as skincare isn't a one-size-fits-all kind of product, however this cracker miniature is just £18.50 for 40ml which seems far more reasonable so i'm hoping this one will make it's way into my stocking this year!

Do you have any beauty baubles ready to decorate your tree with? or beauty crackers to gift on Christmas day?

Love Abbie x

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Friday, 25 November 2016

D.I.Y Beauty Advent Calender

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I've lusted after so many beauty advent calenders for the past few years but I can never seem to justify the prices. However with Black Friday bringing us so many amazing deals, I have literally been hooked to my inbox over the past week so when I spotted that Latest in Beauty had 30% off, it gave me an idea to create my own beauty advent Calender!

Latest in Beauty have recently relaunched and now offer a subscription box with a choice of 3, 6 or 9 products that you choose yourself, this means that you can choose products that you know you'll use, check the sample sizes and choose the colours/scents to suit you, however you can also choose to have these boxes as a one-off and you can buy multiple boxes too. I decided to purchase two boxes, a box of 9 products (£18) and a box of 3 products (£9) to make a twelve days of Christmas Beauty advent Calender that I know I'll love.

If your quick enough and order this Cyber weekend there's 30% off EVERYTHING with the code 'CYBER' (ends Tuesday 29th November 16) which means that you can get 12 products for your D.I.Y Beauty Advent Calender for just £18.90 plus delivery (£3.95) instead of the usual price of £27 when following what I did.

Latest in Beauty have so many amazing brands to choose from right now and some very generous sample sizes too, here's what I chose:

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Rose (830) 30g

Elemental Herbology Facial Soufflé Overnight Repair Cream and Mask 30ml
Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser 90ml
Nails Inc Nail Polish in Uptown 14ml
Fleur de Figuier Body Lotion 50ml
Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion 50ml
Rosie for Autograph Nuit Parfum 15ml

Bee Good Youth Enhancing Hydrate, Smooth and Prime Serum 10ml
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black
Caudalie Divine Oil 15ml
Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water 28ml
Kitsch Hair Ties X 5

These are of course all subject to availability, I already missed out on the Alpha H Liquid Gold (sobs) so if theres something you really want, be sure to place your order sooneer rather than later top avoid missing out on a product like me.

I have a few ideas from Pinterest on how to create my Beauty Advent Calender, from simply placing them in paper bags (£3.50 Ebay) with pegs (£1.65 Ebay) maybe in a basket (£6 Ikea) and numbering them with gift tags (£2.35 Ebay) to hanging them from a wooden tree ladder (£10 John Lewis) which means that you can make it cheaper or a little more expensive depending on your budget. I already have the pegs and wicker basket so if I go for thar option I only need to buy the bags and tags which means my whole Calender comes to a total of £28.70 including delivery! Though I am tempted by the wooden ladder tree that's for sure! I am seriously so excited to put this together and will update this post with a picture when it arrives and is complete! Be sure to check my Instagram here for updates too! 

Will you be making your own Beauty Advent Calender this year?

Love Abbie X

Saturday, 19 November 2016

My Top 5 Tips on How to Encourage Your Toddler to Eat More

my top 5 tips to encourage your toddler to eat more

Having had a baby that didn't drink much milk, (she still wouldn't take more than 4oz at a time even at 5 Months old) I was told that she would most likely thrive on food and cut her bottles quicker than I expected. Of course Emme has always loved proving everybody wrong and although initially she loved the early stages of weaning, enjoying every new flavour we introduced, she would never eat much and disliked moving onto each new stage, instead favouring milk, which before one is perfectly fine, food before one is supposedly only for fun anyway. However it has still took us some encouraging to get Emme to eat more than a few spoonfuls before telling us 'no' because she's had enough. So encouraging Emme to eat seems to have become a new hobby of mine and I wanted to share my top 5 tips on how to encourage your toddler to eat more with those of you who have a fussy toddler too - 

1.Eat at the table with them - this probably sounds simple to some, I've been brought up to sit at the table when eating meals but Dan's family are the opposite and only eat at the table for Christmas dinner and we very quickly got into a habit of eating on the sofa and/or floor when moving into our own house. Since buying a new kitchen table, we have been eating every meal sat together and I find that watching us eat encourages Emme to eat more too.

2.Involve them in cooking - I've found that Emme seems to be encouraged by food when I involve her in the cooking, obviously shes too young to really be involved but simply doing things like letting her stir ingredients gets her more excited about her food.

3.Cook hearty home cooked meals - Emme gets much more excited about the home cooked flavoursome meals that I cook such as cottage pie, spaghetti bolognaise and chilli's, she will quite happily eat a bowl full of my homemade chilli and rice in the evenings but when I make her snacky bits for lunch such as ham, cucumber, cheese etc she merely picks at it and is very quickly done.

4.Mix it up - I often get stuck in a rut of giving Emme sandwiches for lunch but understandably she gets bored quickly so I have to remember to mix it up sometimes, even if its just doing something as simple as tuna pasta for lunch, it's still quick and easy but because I don't make it often, she seems to enjoy it more.

5.Cut down on the snacks - After a little research, I have found that two snacks a day is plenty for a toddler, we find that one in between each meal works well. Once Emme started walking, she just didn't have time for food, she was far too excited to explore that sitting in a highchair became a problem for a little while and she ended up snacking far too much! For me I was just trying to make sure she was actually eating something but it very quickly became a bad habit that we had to break. Since cutting her snacks down, I have found that she will eat more at meal times so it does seem to be working.

Do you have a fussy toddler? What are your top tips for encouraging your toddler to eat more?

Love Abbie x

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Marula UK Deep Moisture Hair Mask

Marula UK Deep Moisture Hair Mask

Having long, thick hair is well and truly overrated, at least for me! Don't get me wrong, it gives me so many options when it comes to styling and it looks amazing when my best friend and hairdresser Sophie has styled it after a trip to the salon. However hairdresser I am not and I cannot recreate those curls that she so perfectly creates, not to mention it's ridiculously hard to maintain, so I often find myself wishing my hair were a litte finer or somewhat shorter but then we always want what we don't have! I'm pretty sure that's built within us! You see, my long thick hair is naturally wavy at the roots, the kind of wavy that takes forever to straighten out, the kind of wavy that doesn't look good left undone, so in order for my hair to look even a little tame, I have to blow dry and straighten my hair pretty regularly, resulting in incredibly damaged and split ends! I have to admit I am guilty of mistreating my hair, not only do I use a lot of heat styling, I don't fret if I can't find my wet brush, I will quite literally pull my hair out with a hairbrush and I don't use hair protection or treatment products anywhere near as often as I should!

You may remember me raving about a genious little product called Marula Beauty Oil back in May last year (you can see that post here) which I still swear by and use during my skincare routine as well as to reduce the appearance of my stretch marks. Well this time I am back with another product from Marula UK, the Marula Deep Moisture Hair Mask*. When I was contacted by the lovely Iran from Marula UK and asked if I wanted to review the Deep Moisture Hair Mask, I was overjoyed at the hope of a product that could finally make my hair more manageable but what I didn't expect from this product was immediate results! Just like skincare, I like to test out hair care products on my hair for a good few weeks to see the true effects but even after the very first wash I noticed an amazing difference in the condition of my hair and how much easier it was to style, it finally felt  healthy and dare I say it, easy to manage, ok, I said it!

About the product...

The Deep Moisture Hair Mask* (£24) by Marula UK contains antioxidant-rich Pure Marula Oil which absorbs quickly and locks in moisture. The high levels, 70% to be exact, of Oleic Acid which can be found in fats such as olive oil and avocados, enables the Pure Marula Oil to penetrate the hair shaft along with Keratin Amino Acids and treat it from within, working deeply to repair and hydrate it, providing deep conditioning and improved strength, making hair healthier, shinier and more manageable. 

How I use it...

When applying the deep moisture hair mask, I like to wash my hair twice to ensure I rinse out any product build up, dry shampoo is a necessity with a toddler, I then apply this mask liberally to my ends, working the product up my hair and up to my scalp. I leave the mask on for the recommended 5 minutes while I cleanse my face or exfoliate and if I'm having a pamper evening I'll apply it for around half an hour whilst I have a soak in the the bath. I ensure that I use my wet brush whilst the mask is on and again when I've rinsed the product out with warm water to ensure there are no knots or tangles. The ColorDefend technology which locks in colour, also cuts down drying time which is amazing for me as being a mum means I just don't always have the time to dry my hair and my hair is so hard to manage if I leave it to dry naturally!

So is it worth a try?

This luxurious mask really is worth the splurge! I have noticed such a difference in the overall condition, appearance and manageability of my hair since using this mask. From the very first use, I noticed that when it came to styling my hair, my hair felt amazingly soft, my ends felt noticeably smoother, it was amazingly so much more manageable and it looks so much healthier and shinier! I was so impressed that I actually asked the OH to feel my hair, of course he nodded, smiled and agreed but I couldn't stop feeling my hair, it hasn't felt this healthy in years!

Have you tried the Marula UK Deep Moisture Hair Mask yet?

Love Abbie X

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Detox with Facetox

Becoming a mum means you really do learn to appreciate the simpler things in life, gone are the days when a shopping spree and a bottle of wine put a smile on my face, ok, the wine still puts a smile on my face but now after a long day, nothing makes me happier than a face mask and a bar of chocolate whilst binging on Netflix so when Facetox contacted me and asked me to review their 7 mask supply* I couldn't say no, with many celebs including Charlotte from Geordie Shore and Lydia Bright from Towie having shared their love for the face mask, I knew it had to be pretty amazing!

My skin has always been troublesome, I've always had spots and more recently adult acne which means that choosing the right face mask is really important for me. Although I've always loved skincare, I have to admit, I don't often stick to a routine and I don't always remember to take my makeup off before I go to sleep which wreaks havoc on my skin so I rely on face masks to give me a helping hand and Facetox has been my saviour! 

Available as a 7, 14 or 21 day treatment, Facetox is an organic, cruelty free, vegan face mask which extracts, pulls and detoxifies your skin. The face mask comes in two seperate sachets, one containing rose water, the other a unique blend of clay that causes a negative charge when mixed together and literally pulls the toxins out of your skin! It also helps to draw out blackheads, reduce the appearance of scars, even skin tone and shrink pores.

I love mixing the face mask together, its feels extremely satisfying and adds to the experience of your pamper night. It's very important for the face mask not to come in contact with metal so you are provided with a plastic bowl and spoon. As you mix the blend together, the face mask becomes very thick, you then simply apply the mask to a clean dry face avoiding your eyes and mouth, allow to dry for around 20-30 minutes, wipe off with warm water and a face cloth or a Facetox Konjac Sponge and apply your usual moisturiser. 

Rinsing the mask off gets extremely messy so I usually apply this and if i'm having a serious pamper night i'll apply a hair mask too before settling down with a hot chocolate whilst the mask does its magic. I love that you can literally feel the mask working, it causes a slight tingling sensation as the toxins are drawn to the surface, as I know that the product is doing its thing. I'll then rinse it off in the shower which makes clearing up far easier. I have never used a face mask that has shown immediate results before using Facetox, it's normal for redness to appear and I did experience this after each use (this should subside within 30-45 minutes) but I was amazed at how bright, soft and clear this made my skin from the very first application and these results only continued to improve, with my spots gradually improving with each use. I have now come to the end of my supply and my spots have completely cleared up, Facetox has not only treated my spots but it has prevented them from coming back too.

Facetox is suitable for all skin types but because it is such a strong treatment, it is recommended that you start off by using the mask 1-2 times per week for 15-20 minutes until your skin adjusts, you can then up this to 3-4 times per week for up to 30 minutes but I would not recommend using it any longer as it can start to become a little uncomfortable as it dries. 

What I love most about Facetox is that due to the product containing only natural ingredients, it can be used safely during pregnancy so pregnant mamas can still have a pamper evening without the unnecessary worry!

I would highly recommend Facetox to anyone in need of a skin detox! The 7 mask supply can be purchased here for £24.99 with worldwide shipping available.

Have you tried Facetox yet?

Love Abbie x

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