14 December 2017

MUA Luxe Set and Reflect Finishing Kit | Cruelty Free

I love a good setting powder it keeps my foundation in place and dulls down any shine on my face.

When I saw this MUA Luxe Set the white setting powder instantly reminded me of one from soap and glory that I love however that powder is part of a concealer kit that I no longer use.

The packaging is also really sleek and looks more expensive then what you pay for. Which is something I really like from the luxe line - it looks good but is very very purse friendly!

This powder is great for setting did your foundation. It doesn't leave a white cast and isn't too heavy. I do have dry under eyes and some days I have to give this powder a miss as it adds to the dryness and accentuates it. So if you have dry skin all over this is probably not a powder for you.

There is also a golden toned highlighter included in the set.

I don't like this highlighter on myself, it's a bit too golden for me. It us very subtle so if you are considering venturing into the world of highlighting powders but not sure about the bright highlighter that's used on a full heavy look this could be for you.
I do love it for my inner corner highlights. So this could be great for just adding a subtle glow to enhance features.

12 December 2017

Gift Idea For Male Family Members

So while I would love to share my partners Christmas present I can't as he reads this blog! So instead I will share a present idea for the male members of family like uncles, brother in laws ECT.

I always find this a difficult thing to buy and I tend to go for small gifts as usually I can't stretch my money to make a huge gift.

So my genius little idea this year is a mini hamper.

Typically I reserve hampers for the women in my family - I know my sister and mom love getting them they are filled with the usual smelly gifts and chocolates. So this year I figured why not make them for the guys too.

This one has two different types of chocolate and a little metal tin dove set. It's not much and all in all cost around £10 but it's a bit more thought and presentation thrown in! I usually go to florist shops and ask if they have any off cuts of cellophane that I can wrap the hamper in (this keeps the cost down as usually a florist would throw off cuts as they can't wrap flowers in it but I tend to get a lot of use out of then for very little some even give it me for free)

You can end up filling a hamper with anything from socks to film tickets to chocolates or small personalised gifts like mugs.

I'm so glad I've decided to do hampers this year as it takes a usually boring present and turns it into something you spend time and effort on.

9 December 2017

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls | The Perfect Gift For Any Girl

If you are struggling to find the perfect gift for any young girl, I suggest Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls.

The book is filled with 100 one page stories about inspiring strong women. The stories are short enough to get interest but not too long they become boring.

I got this as a gift for Aurora' s birth and I have to say it's one of my favourite gifts she received. We love the short stories and she smiles all the way through them.

Each story comes with an amazing artwork depicting the female that is talked about. There is everyone in here from Cleopatra to Amelia Earheart to Michelle Obama.

In a world where sometimes women are still not seen as strong or powerful as men (not by everyone) why not buy a book that can hopefully inspire young girls that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.

The best part about this book is there is a section at the back where their own story can be written. Hopefully when Aurora is older she can write her own journey and read that to her children.

7 December 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Christmas Light Trail 2017

Looking for Christmas friendly venues with a 5 month old is not always easy. A lot of things involve Santa grotto's and animals. Not the kind of things I am really interested in for my 5 month old sadly.

Birmingham Botanical Garden had the perfect answer to my need to go out and do something Christmassy (moving house and I still don't have a tree up) but balanced the need for it to be baby friendly. All of the lights gave the perfect setting for my very nosey five month old.

Aurora loved the lights, there is a lot to take in for all ages including light shows set to music and even a little Santa show.

While not everything was accessible to my pushchair (and there are some steps) there is more then enough to mesmerize little eyes.

There are also little bits filled with all.sorts of festive food. Along with a couple of traditional rides like a carousel and a big slide.

I really would recommend the Garden for an evening out however with small babies I would probably return wearing a sling instead of the pushchair. This way we could explore all the areas and not have worry about any steps or gravel being difficult to navigate. I have tried to keep pictures light in the post so you can go and see for yourself but there is a lot to see and I don't want to spoil it for anyone wishing to go!

15 November 2017

Eyeshadow Declutter | Video | Cruelty Free

So here’s my latest declutter video! 
This time it’s all about eyeshadows, eyeliners and mascaras! I had fun doing this one but I don’t think I was as ruthless as some of my other declutters! 

8 November 2017

Pointless Newborn Baby Items

So Aurora is just over four months old and she takes up a lot of my time! I decided to write about some of those newborn items that I just don't find necessary! A lot of these are personal to me and focus on our journey so may not be the same experience for everyone!

1. Baby Mittens / Scratch Mittens. 

This is a personal one as are many of the things on the list but I have put Aurora in mittens ONCE in four months! She fidgets too much with her fingers to keep a pair on and most sleep suits have built in scratch mittens so having the extra pairs just feels unnecessary! Get one good fluffy pair for winter months and you should be fine!

2.  A lot of clothes! 

Stick to about 7 sleep suits in suitable sizes seven vest tops and a couple of outfits you can rotate and mix and match! I have so many clothes for donation because everyone gets clothes as gifts! I have three bags full of stuff to donate (granted we have gone through premature baby, tiny baby, newborn and first sizes) but there is so many clothes that she did not get to wear! babies grow so fast so having a few key items that you will get the use out of is better then spending a fortune and using them once!

3. Baby Talc

I just don't know what this one is for....maybe I should be using it, but I'm not. Come to think about it I have not used any baby oil either!

4.  Baby Shoes 

Yeah they look cute but there is not a need for them! Socks are enough to keep their little feet warm - I don't feel like the shoes are necessary until they are starting to walk.

5. Cot Accessories.

Ever hear the phrase 'An empty cot is a safe cot' all you need is a mattress cover. The bumpers, pillows, blankets can all pose a risk to young babies especially if they accidentally cover their mouths. I don't want to preach here but a sleeping sac is much better for sleeping in!

6. Baby Bouncer or Swing. 

I had so much pressure to buy one of these - that aurora would sleep in it and I could get stuff done in the house - honestly she's been in it once or twice she doesn't like to stay in it. I baby wear if I need to get things done in the house and honestly she prefers to nap on the sofa or in her sleep nest providing I am next to her!

Other things I wish I had never been pressured into buying were - ready made formula, bottles and a bottle steriliser. I always planned to breast feed and I gave in to the whole 'just in case it doesn't work' now I have a lot of bottles un opened, un opened formula and an un used steriliser. I have however been expressing a bit of milk here and there but I feel the age she is now it will probably be best to try some sort of baby cup rather then try to add a bottle to the mix and confuse her! 
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