Sunday, 28 June 2015

June Favourites

Hey guys, just thought I'd share what I've been loving this month, it's not much but I've really appreciated these three products!

Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer SPF 20  in Light 2 (£21 but currently £18.90)
I love this concealer! I finally bit the bullet and bought the full size (in the FeelUnique sale you should all check out) after sparingly using the one in this set for ages. It's a very high coverage but is so creamy and nice, it's pretty much the only thing that makes my eczema look better, plus, it doesn't sting! I finally found my 'saving face' concealer.

Palmer's Massage Lotions for Stretch Marks (£3.09)
I can't believe I've only been using this for four days! The stretch marks on my thighs have improved so much since using this, they're obviously still bad but have faded much more than I thought they would. Twice a day seems excessive but so worth it. I really wish I had taken before and after photos but I didn't expect it to work so well so quickly!  I'm so glad I bought this.

Boots Kids Sensitive SPF 50+ (£7) and Boots Baby SPF 50+ Sun cream (£6)
I bought new sun cream for my body as last years bottle had lost its power (I got very burnt at the end of May as I always forget sun cream stops being so great once it's been open for a year). These two types don't effect my eczema and they're not pricey (currently two for £8)! I don't use these on my face but they're a saviour for my body.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Mini Superdrug Haul

Hey guys,

I popped into Superdrug on my way home and thought I'd grab some potions for my ever expanding body! This is what I came out with:

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser (on sale for £2.45)
I've had my eye on this for ages, but at full price (£4.99 for 190ml) it doesn't seem worth it, especially not for a Vaseline product! The great thing about this though is that it's non-greasy so perfect for hot days, especially if you're anything like me and will sweat off body lotions within seconds of leaving the house! Gross.

Palmer's Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks (£3.09)
This is what I went in for, I have been getting really bad stretch marks on my thighs, hips and even on my back - not where I expected to get them at all! I have heard great things about this lotion for preventing and improving the appearance of stretch marks, so I'm hoping it will fade the dark purple into a more normal skin colour!

Palmer's Massage Cream for Stretch Marks (£6.99)
From what I can tell, this is just a more concentrated version of the lotion but I thought it would be good for night time, and as it's smaller it should be better for trips away this summer.

Superdrug Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream (on sale for £1.99)
I'm usually pretty fussy with face creams as I have super sensitive skin and eczema that flares up whenever it fancies. So I'm not sure at all about this face cream, I had heard great things about it and as it was so cheap I'm going to give it a go. Even full price it's way, way, cheaper than my current one, which is on it's last legs.

Shaving Foam Sensitive Skin  (on sale for .89p)
I always buy men's shaving stuff as it's not taxed as a luxury (which woman's razors and even tampons etc are!) so it's a tad cheaper but just as good, sometimes better. I'm starting to struggle to shave my legs in the shower and I thought using foams again rather than conditioner or shower gel might make it easier.

So that's all! Apart from some tissues, but they're not very interesting. Superdrug have some great bargains at the moment and they're not the only ones! I also stumbled upon Feel Unique's up to 50% off summer sale which is well worth a look, I grabbed a few BareMineral items so I should be talking about them soon, but I couldn't wait that long to share the sale news! Happy Shopping :)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Mani Monday - London Lane

Hey guys, I hope you had a great solstice! Here's this weeks Mani Monday :)

Nails Inc London Lane - as far as I can tell this was a limited edition winter shade

I thought this deep purple/blue glitter would be perfect for Midsummer's night so I nipped outside to paint annnd.... was thoroughly disappointed. There are a lot of black and blue chunks that cling weirdly, not the beautiful deep mysterious purple I was going for. It would be fine as a sparse top coat over a red in winter but the bottle (it looks much more purple in real life) and description were misleading. I don't have high hopes for it's lasting power either, as last weeks Nails Inc polish (Lexington Gardens) lasted a day and a half, boo! I'm going to stop buying Nails Inc, I get caught up in the hype but in reality, they're nowhere near as good as something like Barry M.

This picture is with two coats in an attempt to save my nails, I'm not sure it made a difference...

I hope your Monday is full of sparkle too! Bye for now

Sunday, 21 June 2015

For The Love of Lip Balm

Hey guys, Happy Solstice!

When I thought about writing this post I assumed it would just be a few balms, I didn't realise how many I have! I'm often losing them (and by that I mean chucking them in my handbag and forgetting all about it) and buying more so hopefully now I've found most of them I will stop!

SPF Lip Balms

Palmers Cocoa Butter and The Body Shop Vitamin E -
Both of these balms have SPF 15. They are my favourites and maybe that has something to do with it, they stay on the lips and protect for longer. I first bought the Body Shop one when I was 15, I had the most painful lips, dry, cracked, bleeding... I saw this in store and picked it up on a whim, within 48 hours my lips were pretty much perfect. It's the only balm I've ever repurchased!

Just Lip Balms

Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm - So disappointed with this, I heard great things but it doesn't seem to help my lips at all and it doesn't even smell like mojito!

Hurraw! Lemon Lip Balm -  I really like this one, it isn't a wonder product but it smells great and makes my lips feel nice too. Plus, it's vegan, which is always a good thing.

The Body Shop Lip Butters - I have Dragon Fruit and 'Chocomania' (no longer on the website), the dragon fruit stays near my makeup and I'll often put it on just after doing my base make up.  I use the cocoa more like vaseline, so I'll pop it on my eyebrows or lashes if I see it.They're nothing special and I wouldn't have them as my only balm but they're nice

Vaseline - I've had them all over the years but I would never buy them now. They don't work at actually nourishing your lips, they essentially burn off the top layer. If I have a lot of dry skin I will use it occasionally and pop a better balm on after but I'd rather use a scrub for that if I can find it.

Tinted Balms

Maybelline Baby Lips and Clinique Chubby Sticks
I barely touch these anymore, they're nice if my lips are dry and I want a touch of colour but they're nothing remarkable. I'm glad I got the mini chubby sticks in various magazines because I don't think they're good enough for the price tag unless you would wear it every day of course, so if they came out with my perfect everyday colour (I'm not sure what that is yet...) then I'd buy it in a heart beat.


Look at it glow like an angel!
This is The Body Shop Lipscuff and it's great, works well at exfoliating the lips and smells like mint, what could be better?! I love that it's in a stick rather than a pot as it's less messy and more precise.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Mani Monday - Lexington Gardens

Hey guys!
 I stopped painting my nails on a regular basis when I fell pregnant due to the nasty chemicals in some polishes. but now it's summer I can paint them outside, which is obviously well ventilated! I have quite a few colours that have fallen to the way side but I'm determined to get some use out of them! I thought a short weekly post would be a great way to make sure I didn't neglect my hands or my polish stash!

This week I've chosen Nails Inc Lexington Gardens, it's such a pretty colour for this time of year!
This is the old packaging but the polish is still fine, although I hope the new packaging comes with a wider brush! This brush was the traditional type that doesn't really fit well with the nail.

This polish would have looked better with a second coat of colour but it was hot outside so I snapped a photo, shoved on a top coat and ran for cover!

I can't remember how long this lasts so I'll let you know in next weeks post!

I hope you're having a great Monday!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Baby Haul!

Hey guys, as of yesterday I'm 16 weeks pregnant. I spent the first 14 weeks completely exhausted, to the point where I wasn't sure if I was about to be sick or cry :p but I got through it and here I am. Doing well, apart from a cold! Things are starting to get moving, I've got a little bump, we're house hunting, and I'm starting to gather bits and pieces for baby! We're not finding out the gender until the birth so I'm buying things that I don't think are gender specific. Which usually means looking in the boys section if there isn't a great unisex section. This annoys me as there should be much more unisex stuff available, and things like dinosaurs shouldn't be classed as 'boys'! Mini rant over...

Peter Rabbit Dungaree set Marks and Spencers

This set is adorable! It's the first thing I bought for baby, back when I was newly pregnant. It's so soft and I love the corduroy! This set is no longer on their website but they have other Peter Rabbit stuff!

Thick Socks MotherCare

Just basic socks but extra thick! Baby's due at the  end of November so I thought some nice thick socks for the car journey home would be perfect!

Elephant Hat JoJo Mamam Bebe

I bough this a few weeks ago as my hairdresser was running late, if I'd had more cash on me at the time I would have bought the whole set there and then, there's a sleeper suit and a soft jacket which are just so cute! I love elephants so poor baby's going to have them on everything!

Next from JoJo Mamam Bebe is this body pillow!

 It was actually bought for me by my other half as I was having trouble sleeping. My hips and lower back were in constant pain making walking difficult,  but even after just one nap with this pillow they felt better! I was so shocked. This one is also great as it'll double up as a breast feeding pillow when baby's born. I couldn't find the make on their website so I've linked you to a Argos one instead.

Scratch Mittens Babies R Us

Just basic white scratch mittens, not exciting but necessary!

The majority of stuff we've bought s far came from TK Maxx, but as I'm sure you know, their website does not reflect what's in their stores! So, sorry for the lack of links but I'll show you some pictures anyway!
My favourites from T K Maxx have to be the baby grow and the blanket! So cute

If you have any recommendations or tips for pregnancy or motherhood let me know in the comments!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Current Food Favourites

Hey guys,

I'm pregnant (obvious if you read last weeks post, but I'll say more about it in the future)! Very exciting, but it's wrecking havoc with my eating habits! I'm trying so hard to be healthy but do occasionally cave in and indulge. Here are a few of my current sweet treats!

Nakd Bars

I love these for a quick snack, I usually have one in my handbag to eat on the go. They're very sweet but all natural ingredients, raw fruit and nuts squashed together, so they're 1 of your 5 a day! I'm yet to find one I don't like. Perfect! Try a few, then when you love them get them here!

Raw Chocolate
I had this one last time

Any brand, they're all so tasty! These are just great as they're very creamy and indulgent so I don't eat the whole thing at once. My older sister has a great recipe that I'm going to try, I'll get back to you!

Cream Donuts

Especially the ones from Greggs, I know, gross right? But sometimes I just cave in and buy one!

Ice cream

It's so hot in Norwich right now! I always found the heat to be a pain, but it's even worse now. When I go for a walk, I usually end up getting an ice cream (always Ronaldo's  if they sell it). I only buy single serve tubs or cones as I have no portion control!


Especially this one (currently on offer at Sainsbury's)  but really, I'm happy with any type. I love fruit but having to make sure it's been washed again before eating it puts me off (yes, I'm that lazy). Smoothies are perfect, the great taste of fruit with out any hassle

I wish I could start baking again, I used to love my own healthier alternatives but I live in a shared house at the moment so it's not the easiest to spend a day in the kitchen! When that changes I'm looking forward to experimenting and posting recipes :)

Disclaimer: unfortunately this week the photos aren't my own