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Thursday, May 7

Bobbi Brown Everything- Everything Eyes & Eyewear


Two posts ago when I spoke about the Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil, I mentioned that I'd been swooning over a few new bits and couldn't wait to share them with you. Well, I was right- I couldn't wait to share them with you and so here we are.

Last week I was given the opportunity to have breakfast with the Bobbi Brown and I can't explain to you how incredible an opportunity it was. Hearing her story first hand was so inspiring and listening to her talk through her passion and her products was dreamy.

As well as excellent make up, Bobbi Brown is a best-selling author and the newest book in her collection is Bobbi Brown Everything Eyes. To compliment her eye makeup collection, she launched this book to teach you everything you need to know to create stand out eyes. The book covers everything you need to know and last weekend, I had a lovely time with a cup of tea in the bath, reading up on how to perfect the smoky eye. 

Of course being all about eyes and representing those that wear glasses beautifully, to compliment the lessons that are available at counters which teach you about makeup behind glasses, Bobbi's newest launch is spectacular (see what I did there?)- Bobbi Brown Eyewear. 

With both sunglasses and optical glasses in the range, there's absolutely something for everyone and since I've been researching further into the collection, I've absolutely fallen for The Taylor and The Anna and quite frankly need them in my life- swoon. These have been launched a while in the US but here in the UK, they're now available to buy in Liberty.

Bobbi's Hydrating Eye Cream is a product that I've been using for some time now, however I've never blogged about it. Not a day goes by where I don't apply this- mainly because it's a dream to use underneath concealer and I need concealer. It's so gentle and keeps my under eyes hydrated and smooth and keeps them from creasing when I apply my corrector and concealer duo. It's formulated with Avocado and Jojoba Oils, Squalane and Glycerin as well as Vitamins A, C and E and whilst I won't pretend to know the scientific stuff- together they do an excellent job.

The infamous Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges are a lovely product and the shade Powder Pink is everything I've needed recently. Inspired from a moment that Bobbi saw her grandma applying her lipstick to her cheeks, Pot Rouges have been designed to be a multipurpose product to add a flush to your cheeks and a stain to your lips and I personally can't get enough. They're the perfect product to see you through your day and great to just keep in your handbag incase you need a little touch up.

I'm a huge fan of the skincare range and Bobbi actually admitted that she sometimes thinks she loves it more than the make up, but surprisingly I'd never tried the Vitamin Enriched Face Base. Since getting my hands on it last week, I've reached for it on all of my make up days and it really is very lovely to use. It's a mixture of both a moisturiser and a primer and it feels incredible on the skin. It's oil-free so it doesn't feel greasy how I imagined it would when I saw that it included Shea Butter in the ingredients and it sits on the skin and underneath make up really well, whilst giving off a lovely fragrance.

I've mentioned Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadows a few times in the past and Golden Bronze is now up there with my favourites. That probably comes as no surprise- it's stunningly pigmented, compliments my Blue eyes and as described, like the other shades, it's super long wearing. I always reach for these went I want a pretty eye with no effort as they apply in a stroke and blend out beautifully, with a finger or a brush.

Two lip products that I'm really pleased to add to my collection are Bobbi's Art Stick in Harlow Red which again, can be used both on the lips and cheeks and another Creamy Matte Lip Colour in the shade Jenna- a perfectly pigmented Orange Red which is perfect for Summer. Bobbi does eyes and lips so well and I rarely use a product from the collections that I don't love.

Finally, in my little Bobbi Brown round up, is the Full Coverage Face Brush. Again, I've spoken about my love for Bobbi Brown brushes before- they really are incredible. They apply make up to perfection, wash beautifully and are such good quality that they stay perfect. This brush that has been designed for powder formulas and homes tightly packed bristles that pick up just the right amount of product for a soft application, ultra polished "HD" finish.

All of these products are available now and although the glasses aren't as readily available, you can quite easily get hold of Everything Eye's and pick up all of the make up and skincare online and at Bobbi stores and counters.


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Wednesday, May 6

Clarins Aquatic Treasures


This month Clarins are launching their Summer make up collection which is always a winner for me.
There's something about Clarins that just get it so right when it comes to Summertime and this year, once again, is certainly no exception.

They tend to follow along the same lines as previous years, but why not when they're always huge hits? Yes, we all love new launches, and that will never change, but the saying "if it ain't broken don't fix it" certainly comes to mind when it comes to Clarins Summer- in particular their Bronzing compacts.

Always perfectly embossed in the huge circular pan, Clarins bronzers are one of my favourites and always last so long. This year, inspired by marine life, the embossed Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact (£30.00) is home to four matte Bronzing shades ranging from the lightest Beige tone to a true Terracotta. Simply put, it's absolutely stunning- maybe too stunning to use in fact (although don't worry- I will!).

Part of the collection is made up of Clarins new limited edition Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Bases in two shades; 04 Apricot and 05 Golden Bronze (£26.00). These can be used alone, or how I personally prefer to use them, mixed with foundation to create a more glowy, radiant base. 

Finally, in two shades, 01 Aquatic Rose and 03 Aquatic Grey, are two limited edition Ombre Iriescentes (£19.00), which are incredibly pretty cream to powder eye shadows. These are made up of a long lasting and really easy to apply formula which I really enjoy using. As much as I love applying shadows with a brush, in the Summertime, there's something about keeping your make up natural and applying with fingers, and with these being so quick and easy, they're perfect applied like that, for my quick mummy make up looks.

Launching this month, the collection will as always be limited edition, but if you are after any of these delights, you can pick them up at Clarins counters in the likes of John Lewis and House of Fraser.
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Tuesday, May 5

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil


You all know how much I love Bobbi Brown, in fact I've spent this morning swooning over some new products which I can't wait to share with you, but before I pump my last bit of product out of the bottle this evening, I thought it was about time I share my love of Bobbi Brown's Soothing Cleansing Oil with you.

This product was something that I must admit, took a back seat in my skin care collection for some time. It never really appealed to me, but after having a Bobbi lesson at a counter, where the make up artist used this to remove my make up, I knew I had to move it to the front and give it the attention it needed.

Oil's often scare people, I know they did me in the past, but honestly, I don't think you can beat a good oil on your skin and the right ones are great are everyone. This Soothing Cleansing Oil, boasts ingredients such as Jasmine Flower Extract, Kukui Nut and Joboba Oil and works to break down makeup just beautifully.

It glides onto the skin so nicely and in no time at all, melts away everything to a clear base like magic. Although out of habit I use this as purely a make up remover and then often go in for a second cleanse, I do think that I could probably go without the second step as this oil really does leave my skin feeling and looking so good.

Melting away both eye make up and face make up so incredibly nicely and leaving the skin feeling dreamy, this is an absolute must have for me I highly recommend it. 

Available to buy online and at Bobbi stores and counters in the likes of Selfridges and John Lewis, costing £31.00 for 200ml of product, this is definitely something to consider if you're after a cleansing treat.

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Monday, April 20

Benefit Do The Hoola


I've been doing the Hoola pretty much since I started bronzing, which lets face it, was a long time ago. Of course, my style of bronzing has changed somewhat, and it's less "all over Tango applied in the school toilets" and more of a chisled contour now, but Hoola has seen me through my make up years and so it will forever have a fond place in my heart.

Last week, on QVC, Benefit launched the Do The Hoola kit which includes Benefits first ever liquid Hoola- Dew The Hoola, which is a lovely and sheer product and blends beautifully, but what I love most, is that it's still completely matte, which is what I love most about Hoola.

The kit includes an Ultra Plush gloss in the shade Hoola, a They're Real Mascara, a teeny tiny Hoola bronzer which I think is super adorable, Dew The Hoola and a Benebalm which are all very popular products, so if you haven't tried any of them or if you're quite simply a fan and want to get your hands on the cute miniatures, then this is well worth a buy.

Available exclusive to QVC, Do The Hoola costs £25.50.

Do you do the Hoola? What's your favourite Benefit products?

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Saturday, April 18

Neom Real Luxury Bath Foam



Since becoming a mum, when I have the opportunity to experience any kind of down time, I'm all about relaxation.

When it comes to candles, bath foams and the like, I honestly can't get enough of luxurious scents and can now fully appreciate the goodness of essential oils.

Although I must admit, any bath is a good bath nowadays, with the addition of this Neom Organics Real Luxury Bath Foam, words can't quite describe how incredible a bath time I have.

"Scent to make you feel good" is the perfect description of this product and I find it's an essential product to create a moment of zen and leaves me feeling incredibly calm, relaxed and stress-free.

Lavender, Jasmine and Brazillian Rosewood are the fragrance notes carried through the product, which together create a spa like soothing blend of luxury and if you're like me and look forward to a single moment of relaxation or if you're into luxurious products as a day to day thing, then I honestly can't recommend this enough.

Costing £22.00 for 200ml of product, this definitely costs more than the standard bubbles, but for the way it makes you feel, it's more than worth it in my opinion.

I'm off for a long soak, but I'd love to know whether you've tried this and what relaxing products you love.


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Friday, April 17

BOBBI BROWN NEW LIP COLOUR SHADES


As a huge fan of Bobbi Brown, you'll only ever catch me praising their launches and needless to say, with new shades launched into their lipstick line, I'm a happy girl.

In response to requests from make up artists around the world, Bobbi Brown have introduced more shades into their Creamy Lip Colour, Creamy Matte Lip Colours and Sheer Lip Colour lines.

With 29 new shades over the three different formulas, there's for sure a shade to suit every skin tone, style and occasion and with the four that I have tried being absolutely dreamy, I have a very good feeling about the other 25 and can't wait to try a few next time I visit a counter.

Pale Beach 25 (Creamy Matte Lip Colour), Shell 26 (Sheer Lip Colour), Mandarin 28 3(Creamy Lip Colour) and Pink Flush 31 (Sheer Lip Colour) are equally beautiful but I am particularly blown away by Shell, which is a Peachy tone and already in the few weeks that I've owned it, it's become a make up bag essential. 

Available now, the new shades will cost the normal price of £19.50 each and can be purchased at Bobbi Brown stores and counters in the likes of Selfridges and John Lewis.


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Thursday, April 9

Selfridges Agender Beauty Box



When a store like Selfridges puts together a beauty box, you can be pretty damn sure that what's going to be inside that box will be special. 

Today, Selfridges launched a limited edition beauty box to fall alongside their current Agender campaign, which challenges boundaries and celebrates genderless fashion. Pieces such as trench coats and skate shoes- two things that I love, fall within their fashion campaign and inside the beauty box is as follows.

NARS Mini Eye Liner
Illamasqua Black Mascara
Verso Face Cream
Lancaster Tan Maximiser
Kiehl's Ultra-Facial Cleanser
Konjac Sponge
Demologica Conditioning Body Wash
OPI- Tickle My Francy
OCC Lip Tar- Hollywood

Before the price even comes into the equation, what we have here is nine of Selfridges favourite beauty products and personally, seven products that I am particularly so happy to have opened the box to.

With a combined value of £108, the Agender Beauty Box costs just £30 and if you're interested in getting one for yourself, you can sign up on the Selfridges website to be the first to know when it lands.

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Thursday, March 26

MUMS AND DADS, IT'S OK.

It's ok to admit it's hard.
It's ok to ask for help.
It's ok to worry.
It's ok to make use of family and friends offers to babysit- go out and be you.
It's ok to want to be "you" again, even if it's just a little bit of the old with all of the new.
It's ok to take five minutes fresh air during a scream fest.
It's ok not be be ok.
It's ok if you want to breastfeed.
It's ok if you don't want to breastfeed.
It's ok if you can't breastfeed.
It's ok if you have to stop breastfeeding.
It's ok if you spend the day in your pyjamas.
It's ok if you're not into mummy baby dates.
It's ok if they're the only thing keeping you sane.
It's ok if you give your baby a dummy.
It's ok if you haven't showered all day.
It's ok to cry when you do get in the shower.
Dads, it's ok if you feel left out. Your partner still loves you, it's just, she's a mum now too.
It's ok to use formula milk.
Just like it's ok to use ready made pouches- Ella's Kitchen, I salute you.
It's ok to moan about how tired you are.
It's ok to sigh when someone tells you to "make the most of it". You are. You're just tired today.
It's ok if you haven't shifted your baby weight- who even has time for that?
It's ok if your baby isn't doing what another baby the same age is.
It's ok to not follow "the rules".  You know what's best for your baby.
It's ok to think your baby is the cutest thing ever. They are. Upload and share every bloody moment.
It's also ok to take hundreds of photos a day- going back to the annoying "make the most of it" thing, you won't get this time back.
It's ok if you forgot the nappies. Or the wipes. These things happen. You're tired.
It's ok if your baby isn't into that amazing routine that the other mums baby is in- your baby is probably cuter.
It's ok to consider nursery/childminding/other. You do what you have to do.
It's ok to invite yourself over to the other mums table at playgroup. I'm sure they'll be so happy to have another friend to moan to.
It's ok for dad's to go to playgroup too. We're all there for the same thing.
It's ok if your baby is the one throwing tantrums. Babies cry and I bet the other mums just got lucky that day.
It's ok to rely on CBeebies once in a while (or once a day)
and finally, it's ok. It's all gonna be ok.


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