Friday, 2 June 2017

May/June Favourites

Last month I did my first blog post on a month's favourite products and it was one of my most popular blog posts so I decided to write one every month. There are a range of products for myself and for my 3 year old son.

1. Black Sandals-Peococks (£16). 
The weather has been absolutely beautiful in London recently and I badly needed a new pair of sandals. We only have a few places in my local town centre that sells shoes and Peococks was one of these. I found these sandals and fell in love. They have beautiful detail on them and a little heel making them super comfy! I will be wearing them all summer.

2. The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell
I love having a good book to read in the sun while Michael plays and after reading some reviews I reserved The Third Wife from the library. It was a very interesting and believable story with compelling characters. I read it in a short while. It was the first of Lisa Jewell's books I have read so I will be picking up some of her other books to see what they are like.

3. Pretty Little Liars-Netflix
I have watched Pretty Little Liars from the start and love it. The show follows the lives of four girls who have been taunted by a mysterious A and later the ultimate AD. The show is on its last series(sob!) and I am still hooked with so many questions-who is AD?! The characters are compelling to watch and I am a massive fan of Hanna and Calab. You can watch the series from the start over on Netflix. 

4.Fibre One Chocolate Fudge Brownies
I have had my eye on these for a while and recently bought a pack while they were half price at Asda. They are baked naturally high in fibre and low in fat and are a 90 calorie snack. I am trying to diet so they are my little bit of a sweet without high calories. They taste pretty good, so much so I bought 3 packs while they were still on offer.

5. Simple Facial Scrub
If you read my blog post on the Decleor Spa, you would know that exfoliating is really important for the skin. This facial scrub with multi vitamins exfoliates the skin removing all the dead skin cells and leaves your skin looking brighter and more even. It is great for sensitive skin such as mine and is a must in my skin care routine.

6. Mint and Dead Sea Salt Face Mask
As part of my skin care routine I regularly like to apply a face treatment or mask. If you will follow me on Instagram-  You would have seen I was recently sent a big box of products from Essentials AA Skincare. One of the products was this cleansing face mask. Made with essentials oils, it works to draw out impurities, moisturise and tone the skin. It leaves your skin feeling really cleansed, soft and smelling great. I have been applying it once a week and would really recommend it. I have sensitive skin and am a little weary of some face masks but this one is great. It is especially great if you are prone to spots and acne.

7. Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream candle
Home Bargains sell a great range of candles for only 59p and they are just as good as more expensive ranges. The scents of candles are changed according to season and I love the more summer scents such as this one. They smell great, burn for ages and are great value.


8. Nivea Sun Lotion for Kids
With the warmer weather, comes the essential need of sun lotion. Michael is a very fair child and we are always outside so the need for good sun lotion is a must. This sun lotion is especially formulated for children's delicate skin and has both a high SPF factor and UVA number so is highly effective as sun protection. It is easy to apply and water resistant so great when you are spending time at the beach or splash parks. I know there are cheaper sun lotions but this one has always worked well for us and gives me peace of mind when out in the sun with Michael so I will be continuing to buy this sun lotion.

9. Orchards Shopping List Game
Since turning 3 Michael is a big fan of games. He loves Buckaroo, Pop up Pirate and the game ranges from Orchards. One of his favourite games in the Shopping List Game. Suitable from 3+, the aim of this game is to taking turns turning over one of the cards and find the items on your shopping list. The first one to find all their items wins. It develops matching and memory skills, taking turns and creating discussion. Michael also now likes to play a version in the supermarket where I will give him a list of items he is responsible for finding which is great at keeping him happy and entertained during the weekly shop. I have recently bought him Pig in Pants from Orchards range for his birthday and I am hoping he loves that as much as he has the Shopping List game.

10. Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection: Levels 1-3 - 33 Books
There is one thing Michael asks for that I always struggle to say no to and that is more books. As a reader myself I have always encouraged Michael to enjoy reading and a bedtime story has always been a part of his bedtime routine. I love to see a child develop their imagination and to enjoy a story. I read these books as a child and now Michael is getting older and starting to learn his phonics I thought it would be great to buy these for him. Each book is carefully levelled for a young reader and are great for starting to practising skills they will be learning at school, such as phonics, common words and everyday language. The Book People is a fantastic online book store which sells books incredibly cheaply. The collection of 33 books is currently selling at £17.99 which I think is a amazing deal! The Book People also regularly do discount codes and sales so you could buy the books at a even further discount.

What have your favourite products been this month? Let me know in the comments below.



Thursday, 18 May 2017

Visit to the Decleor Boutique and Day Spa and Skin Tips

If you read my last blog post then you would know I applied for a ticket at a event at the new Decleor Boutique and Day Spa opening at 187 Westbourne Grove, London. They offer a range of treatments from a full body treatment to a quick 15 minute face shot for beauty on the go. Their products are also sold there with specialists around to help you.

I was very excited when I received a email to say I had been invited and went along today to hear author Giovanna Fletcher and Decleor's skincare specialist Fiona Brackenbury host a Q&A all about skincare, specifically focusing on skin care for mums on the go.

Skincare Top Tips I picked up today:

  • If you are in a rush and find it difficult to find time to focus on your skincare, as many mums do! then focus the majority of your skin care for night. This is when your skin is most receptive and the skin cells are at their peak. Therefore this is when your skin care treatments are most effective. This was very reassuring because generally the mornings are when I find it difficult to concentrate and have time for a skincare routine.
  • You do not have to have a massive skin care routine and lots of different products. Learn to know your own skin and pick the right products to focus on areas you want to see improvement. There are so many different face products on the market that it is really important and cost effective to choose the right ones. 
  • Fiona Brackenbury was asked if there was one skin product she would take to a deserted island, which one would she take. The answer was a face serum. Now I have to be honest I used to be quite confused about serums and wondered what on earth they were. Basically serums are product you apply after cleansing but before moisturising with the purpose of delivering powerful ingredients on to the skin. They are made up of smaller molecules which penetrate deeper into the skin and are able to deliver a higher concentration of powerful ingredients. Serums take seconds to apply and have a popcorn effect on lines and wrinkles and make them plump up and also have a great effect on any dark circles you may have. There are also serums focusing on different skin types and conditions. I must pick one up targeting the skin of women over 50, my nan has always told us the importance of taking care of our skin and would love to try their serum.
  • Exfoliation is so important. This is something I really do need to remember to do more often. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells clogging up your skin and opens the way for serums and moisturises to penetrate the skin more deeply, therefore making them more effective and your skin feeling and looking healthier.
  • The number one cause of skin damage is the sun! so be sure to protect your skin and use sunscreen.
  • Lastly, something a lot of women are guilty of, do not sleep in your make up. Always be sure to properly cleanse your face from all those make up products at the end of the day and start your skin care routine.

I had a really great time this morning and will be using all those tips picked up. I was also very lucky to be given a goody bag with four Decleor products; a body exfoliator, a face serum, a gel-cream and some micellar water. I have already used the exfoliator and serum and both are great. Very easy to apply and have made a difference to my skin. The face serum I am obsessed with and would really recommend it. It has made my face feel so soft. Decleor offer a whole range of different products so have a look at their website or visit the new store.

On a side note after the talk we were able to browse, have a bite of brunch and have a chatter. Giovanna Fletcher was absolutely lovely and really down to earth as were all the women who worked at the Boutique and Day Spa. 

What is your best skincare tip? Answer in the comments below