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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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Botox Diary – Beauty Works West

Well, after a lot of ‘should I/shouldn’t I’ I finally decided it was the right time to try Botox (or, Botulinum toxin to give it its full name!) I’m reaching the grand old age of 34 soon (1st of April for those of you who want to send flowers) and while I don’t think I look my age (there has to be a benefit to having oily skin somewhere along the line) I was starting to look a little bit, knackered. I also have the tendency to frown, no matter what I’m doing. Reading, watching TV, driving, even just staring into space, there is usually a frown on my face 98% of the time. That leads people to think I’m a miserable old cow, and I’m not. Not all the time anyway. All the frowning was giving me headaches, which, in turn, were making me frown. See the pattern?

Now, I know there are people out there in various camps. The ones who are anti anything that’s not ‘growing old gracefully’ – what is that phrase anyway?! Those who think I don’t need it (thanks Mum) and those who are as interested in it as me.

I didn’t want to go to any old place to get it done, I’m very aware that it’s not something you can just get on your lunch break from the hairdressers on the corner. I wanted an expert doing it, someone who would judge my face on a personal level and work out what I needed rather than taking a set amount and injecting it everywhere. I was also quite nervous about it going wrong and changing the shape of my face in some bizarre, star trek way. (My hairdresser was on alert for an emergency fringe should that happen!)

Beauty Works West is my top salon. It’s where I will go for treatments like this, and who I would turn to for advice. They know their stuff and I trust them completely. The area I wanted to focus on was the space between my eyebrows. I seemed to acquire a lopsided frown line, the righthand side was much deeper than the left for some reason. I have no issues with my actual forehead but the lines between my eyes were there even when I was smiling, which in my mind, means they’re getting too deep. I didn’t want to end up frozen, with someone being able to spot the treatment at 50 paces. It needed to work, but not be obvious. In fact, if you end up looking frozen it’s not the fault of the needle, but rather the person who’s injected it so I knew I was in safe hands. Dr Daniel Sister knows his needles. After a good chat, in which I learned all about the term ‘Poker Face’ – he set to work. Now, being a complete and utter Francophile I could listen to him all day long, but obviously he had other clients to see! Damn them.

He asked me to frown so he could mark the areas that needed a boost, I had five areas that would be injected, in a sort of V shape. Then, with the smallest needle I’ve ever seen, he went about erasing my miserable look! So many people have asked me if it hurt and I can honestly say, hand on heart, no. The size of the needle would struggle to hurt anyone, the only description I can give is a bit like a crunch of standing on fresh snow. It was quite pleasant to be honest, but then I am a bit strange when it comes to things like that. It literally took 5 minutes and I was done. I had two tiny dots of blood which wiped off and I was ready to go.

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Now, here’s where I probably sound a bit daft, but I was expecting it to work pretty much immediately, but it can take anywhere between 2 hours and 2 weeks. After 2 weeks you will see the full effect in the mirror, before then you’ll be seeing different results each time you check. And you will check. Several times a day! I did have a slight headache for the rest of the afternoon but it went after a quick dose of painkiller, and that was that! Those who knew I was having it done were desperate to see the results, and I could see the disappointment in their faces when I said it could take a few days! We are all too used to instant results! I was worried about frowning in the sun, a bit like “if the wind changes you’ll stay like that” so I did avoid active frowning for the rest of the day, but that’s all made up in my head – don’t worry about that!

My treatment was two weeks ago today, and I’ve been debating going back for a top up for a few days but I’ve actually decided against it for a few reasons.

1; I’m really happy with how it looks! I look more refreshed but not in any obvious way, I don’t think you can tell I’ve had botox which is exactly what I wanted.

2; I can still move my eyebrows and for me, as I’m quite sarcastic and deadpan, if my face had no expression I don’t think people would know how to take me!

3; I can’t frown as much now. If I really, really try then I’ll get a slight frown, but nowhere near as bad as I was, so my whole face feels more relaxed. I don’t think I realised how bad I was until now, it is like a weight has been lifted off my forehead. Less headaches, less neck pain because I’m not so scrunched up and tense around my shoulders, it’s all because I’ve removed the ability to spend my day frowning.

To me, that’s a success. I wasn’t aiming for anything obvious, I didn’t want to be known as the permanently blank face woman I just wanted to look like me, but a bit better. I will be going back once it’s started to wear off, probably in around 3-5 months time, and I’m going to be proud of it!

Of course, everyone wants to see the before and after, so, apologies for so many pictures of my forehead!

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Prices range from £230 for one area, £320 for two and £450 for the full face.

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