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Birchbox with Tatler Review

Before I start this post, I have to say how late it is. I’ve been literally (and yes, I’m using the word literally and I *mean* it) snowed under with insane amounts of college work, real work and general life stuff. So everything you read in the next few days or weeks is probably going to be slightly out of date.

But you’ll forgive me. I’m sure….

Anyway! Beauty box lover over here, as much as I love them, it does take something a bit special to grab my attention, so this months BirchBox UK did good! They have partnered up with Tatler magazine to created a limited edition box with brands direct from the UK.

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In the gorgeous box we have:

Travel size Liz Earle Beauty Co Cleanse & Polish + Muslin Cloth £14 – Always a firm favourite. I’ve given this one to my daughter to get her started with it. I love that it even comes with a cloth, you can never have too many of these!

Aromatherapy Associates – Renewing Rose Body Cream £36 – Such a lovely cream, I didn’t think I’d like the rose smell, but I do. Love aromatherapy associates products and this is a good sample size.

Dr Jackson’s Natural Products – Face Oil 03 £30 – LOVE a face oil, who doesn’t! And this smells divine! The packaging is amazing, think apothecary bottles and printed labels – it looks as good as it smells. It works even better!

Bamford – Geranium Hand and Body Wash £22 – Again, smells LUSH.

Ciaté London – Paint Pot £9 – Mine is Maybe Baby, I’ve seen a few other images and it looks like they’re all the same colour but don’t quote me on it. Gorgeous, mushroom-y chocolate brown colour.

Percy & Reed London – Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray £14 – This is full size and doesn’t fit in the box but I’m assuming everyone gets one.

There isn’t one single product I don’t love in this box. The colour of the nail varnish down to the body cream, every single one of them is fab, and it pretty much covers you head to toe for a weekend away!

This box is the best yet, of all the boxes I’ve had through my door. Major success!

If you want to order your own Tatler BirchBox you can do so here for £25.00 – bloody bargain when you consider the contents is worth over £73!

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AirMotion Pro

I have very, very thick, wavy, almost waist length hair so washing and brushing it can be an almighty battle. I’ve always struggled to find a brush that can get through the hair, not give me static and doesn’t feel like it’s ripping my head to bits.

Recently I’ve been using Tangle Teezers as they have the sort of rubberised bristles that I like but because they are lacking in the handle department, I always end up flinging them across the room, because they caught in my mane and I lose my grip on them. And, FYI they’re bloody dangerous at high speed!

I was sent the AirMotion Pro to try out and I was a little bit skeptical at first, such a flashy name for a hairbrush, but I thought why not! It’s been designed by experts that understand the factors that contribute to daily stress and strain on your hair. It is designed to redefine brushing, gliding along the contours of your head like no other brush. The patent pending in built Air-Shock unit reduces the strain on your hair by providing an air cushioned revolutionary hair brushing experience. Sounds good no? It claims to leave hair smooth, detangled and stress free. That is what I need from a brush!

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I have been using it instead of my normal TT, even in the shower because it is rubberised so it doesn’t slip around and it’s fab. There are three different lengthen bristles so it really gets to the scalp, it doesn’t pull on knots and it doesn’t give my hair the big, pouffy static look – love!

It’s actually become my every day brush now, because of the handle and the way it gently brushes, and I’ve kept my Tangle Teezer in my bag for when I’m out and about as it’s so compact.

Costing £11.95 and available from here – it’s definitely a brush to consider if you’ve got hair. Cos, you know. You need one.

 

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LD Teen Style

It’s quite hard having an almost teenager. Especially one who has always looked older than her years. For a while now it’s been a case of having to dress in clothes that are adult styles and adult sizes because she’s so tall. Which is great for her, but just because it’s in her (adult) size, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for a 12 year old to wear.

We do the usual mother daughter argument over what she should wear, at the moment she’s into trackies and t-shirts which suits me just fine, on most occasions, but sometimes it would be nice to see her in something girlie, but not childish. See the dilemma?

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When she’s not in tracks, she’s in skinny jeans and cropped tops, so finding some decent tops to go with them is always a bonus!

Tommy Hilfiger double layered top, £33.24, Monnalisa Pineapple vest £67.00 and Lee Two Tone Top, £21.91 all from Melijoe are on the list. I know for a fact the pineapple one will be a massive hit, as she’s currently coveting a pineapple duvet cover and lamp. I might add I am also after a pineapple lamp stand but that’s neither here nor there!

These tops, skinny jeans and her Nike Air Max. Then we just need to disagree on the amount of make up she tries to sneak past me……!

Post written in collaboration with Melijoe.com

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Mothers Day Gifts with AnnaLou of London & LD Discount!

It’s Mothers Day on Sunday, a chance to spoil your mum and let her know how much you love her, and want her to have a lovely lie in, beautiful flowers and breakfast in bed….. (don’t even try and tell me that’s just me!)

If you’re on the hunt for something special for the mum (or wife if your kiddies are too small to be picking up on mummy’s hints!) then AnnaLou of London is a good place to look. Full of fab jewellery and collections, they have gorgeous personalised pieces, offer engraving and even have a section for last minute gifts. Not that you should be forgetting of course, just in case.

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I am absolutely in love with initialed jewellery at the moment, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect necklace with H&C on it, so I adore the initial disc necklace from AnnaLou, available in three colours, silver, rose gold and gold (the golds are both plated) it’s on my wish list…! I also love the name discs in the picture above, great if you have shorter names in your family! I think, if I get the necklace, I’ll be adding the sideways initial one to my collection as well, perhaps a T for the bloke, or even a K for me! It looks great layered with other styles. The names necklace costs £67.50 and the sideways one £54.00.

Both rings are available in the three colours, and cost between £30 and £40.

And….! AnnaLou have given all my readers a fab 20% off all orders if you use the code MUM20 at the checkout!

Please remember though, anything personalised won’t arrive in time for Mothers Day now, as it can take up to 14 days to come through.

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LD Mini – Spring Fancies

It’s still cold. Wet. Grey. So miserable. In other words we’re still in the middle of what seems to be the longest winter ever. I mean, I love winter, but this is getting silly now. So, in the interest of trying to feel a little more springlike, I thought I’d do a little daydream shopping, this time for the boy.

At the weekend, if he’s not staying in his pjs {just like his mother!} my son knows exactly what he wants to wear, and heaven forbid anyone who tries to tell him otherwise. I love that he knows what fashion he likes, thankfully we’ve always managed to avoid the god awful cartoon character stuff, I had to put my foot down, when I found out he was a boy I could just see Postman Pat tees coming at me in all directions. Anyway, we like to go for the classic, but slightly off beat look. Always classic skinny trousers because he’s tall and skinny so anything else just looks like he’s wearing his big sisters jeans, or sweatpants. Good quality tees and a jumper or sweatshirt of some kind. Then of course we have to add another 5 layers to be warm enough to leave the house, but we’ll forget that for now.

I had a browse of Melijoe and managed to find a fair few outfits for them both {I’ll be doing GG’s post next month then!}

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Faded black tee from Japan Rags, Levi Skinnies, Adidas Originals {what else!} and a Kate Moss sweatshirt from Little Eleven Paris – I want this in my size! This would be, pretty much, his ‘uniform’ at weekend and during school hols, comfortable enough for him to throw himself around in, stylish enough for me to be happy. Sorted!

Post written in collaboration with Melijoe.com.

 

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REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

REN are one of my favourite skincare brands, I’ve never once had a product that has irritated or made my skin sore, every single product has worked and worked well for me since I’ve started using it. The Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is another one to add to the list.

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It’s a mask that is quick to use, and leaves your face looking awake and refreshed, so it’s maybe more suited to a morning boost (if you have the time) but it’s certainly not a bad product to use in the evening either.

It’s designed to renew the complexion and reduce the appearance of fine lines (as we know I’m all about that at the moment!) and improve skin tone by removing dead skin cells, helping to clear congestion, blackheads and spots.

It’s quite a sticky texture with a strange smell, not unpleasant but not one of the nicest products I own. After applying a generous amount to clean, dry skin, you leave it for 10 minutes to do it’s thing, then wipe away with a damp flannel or cloth (there is a muslin cloth included the box) You might experience a slight tingle (it’s an exfoliating mask containing acids) but nothing too extreme, if you do find that it’s doing more than tingle then remove it and rinse your face with fresh water, but don’t be alarmed by the tingle! My skin is quite sensitive and I haven’t had any reaction from it, but we’re all different.

It’s recommended to use it weekly, so the 50ml pump should last a good while.

Available from REN for £32.00. You can also get 2 free samples with every order at the moment, as well as 10% off your first order! Bargain!

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