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Bioskin Junior Range

Bioskin Junior is a range of natural skincare products for babies and kids by Salcura, designed to be used by those with dry skin and eczema. Neither of mine suffer with eczema but they do occasionally get patches of dry skin that irritate them and take a while to go, so we always use moisturising, unscented products in the bath for them.

The products contain at least 92& natural ingredients which means they’re not harsh on the skin and they’ve got to be kinder than any steroid based stuff that most people have to use when they suffer with eczema. (I have it on my hands and the cream for that is bad enough)

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We were sent the Face and Body Wash and Bathtime Shampoo (which is my favourite of the two!) The face and body wash smells gorgeous! As the name suggests it’s suitable for face and body but I didn’t use it on The Boy’s face, we stuck to using it as his shower gel/soap. It didn’t leave his skin feeling squeaky, which I hate, but it also didn’t leave him as slippery as a baby eel, which is probably worse! I also loved the bottle, once I figured out how to open it! No fiddling around with screw tops, you just push down and the lid pops up. Which would be a huge help if you’re holding onto a tiny baby!

The Junior Shampoo cleanses and nourishes hair and scalp areas whilst being kind to dry, flaky and eczema-prone skin. Had this been around when both mine were teeny babies I would have used it while we were going through the cradle cap phase, GG suffered for ages with it, I remember covering her head with olive oil! It’s recommended for babies from 3 months up, and they suggest using the Shampoo as a maintenance product alongside the Daily Nourishing Spray to cleanse, soften and soothe the skin at bath time. Again, it smells delicious! Lavender is the main scent, which I always hope will help send The Boy to sleep that little bit quicker…! And, alway a winner, it doesn’t sting the eyes. Even though TB is 6 in March we still battle with hair washing, I’m the only one allowed to do it because he can’t stand water going in his eyes (even though he will happily spend the whole time under water in the swimming pool….!) We didn’t use it on GG because she has long, thick hair like me so she has to use the same products as me, but it works fab on TB’s hair.

Both products cost around £7 for 200ml and are available here.

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Sweatshirt Love ~ New Look

I am turning into a sweatshirt obsessive, if I could wear one every single day of the week, I would. And by that I mean, if I had enough in my wardrobe not because I have to dress in any specific way.

New Look have got five that I am in love with, I want every single one. You might notice a slight theme to them, they all have a slogan (I love a slogan top, it’s like my breton stripe) and they’re all grey, black or burgundy. In fact, I had picked the grey version of one of the burgundy but I thought it was a bit too much. I’m good like that.

Sweatshirt, skinny jeans, ankle boots. That is pretty much my A/W staple look. It’s warm, it’s comfy (I’m so high fashion aren’t I?) and it looks good. Plus, when it’s pitch black outside and I need to get the kids to school and myself to work I can’t be faffing around with what to wear. Grab and go, grab and go.

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I want them all!

In no particular order,

1: Burgundy Creme De La Creme £14.99 (bargain no?)

2: Black Nothing To Wear £14.99

3: Grey Je Suis Un Beauty Queen £17.99

4: Grey Gryffindor £22.99 (never been a Harry Potter fan, but I can pretend)

5 Burgundy A Unicorn Made Me Do It! £14.99 (this was the one I want in grey)

So that’s Monday to Friday covered…….

 

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Dukes Boots

Ah winter. Sorry to say it, but my favourite time of year. Yes, I love throwing on a pair of flip flops but nothing beats snuggling up in huge boyfriend coats and buying that perfect pair of boots. Not to mention candles, blankets, hot chocolate, red cups and CHRISTMAS!

On my wish list, you know, that virtual list you have, where, if money were no object you’d be spending up like a crazy spend-y person are Dukes Boots. They are gorgeous. And, and! You can have them monogrammed! I am *all* over this right now so these babies are right up there!

It all started back in 2005 while Daisy (Dukes lady obviously) fell in love with a pair of boots. It turned out, of course, that it was impossible to get the boots in Britain, so Dukes Boots was born!
Daisy’s love affair with boots has a longer history than a love of our particular boots discovered on her travels. Boots run in the family for decades with her family designing the infamous Cowboy Boots – R.Soles.
Designed by Daisy in the UK, the boots are all handmade by traditional Artisans in the mountains of Spain using the highest quality natural materials. Every component is hand crafted using traditional methods ensuring the boots are designed not only to look beautiful but are made to last.

I present to you the boots I have been stalking….

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We have, Emmie (with the orange) £155.00, Grace (dark brown leather) £160.00, Ruby (blue and pink) and Lily (brown and yellow) £150.00. The personalisation is £14 for two letters, £18 for three.

My issue would be which pair to pick, I love them all!

Side note, this isn’t a sponsored post in the slightest, I just love these boots!

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Beach, please.

I AM GOING ON HOLIDAY IN LESS THAN A WEEK!!!

Yeah baby! We’re getting on a plane, we’re leaving the UK and we are chasing the sun! It’s been a long time coming this holiday, The Boy has never been on a plane and GG has only got as far as Ireland on one, so to say we’re excited is a slight understatement!

The packing will commence next week, and I’ve already been stockpiling some goodies to take with me, top of that list are the proper beach things, I’m talking Designer Swimwear baby, all in one place – beach cafe –  Ta Dah!!

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I want every.single.thing here! It’s not often I get to daydream about laying on a beach, sunglasses on, book in hand, cocktail to the side (can you picture that scene?!) but it’s in touching distance now, so to go along with my daydreams, I thought I’d do my dream beach look.

1: Seafolly Halterneck Bikini £88

2: Kabuki Bloom Triangle Bikini £83

3: Hipanemas Madness Bracelet £95

4: Taylor Morris RJ Mitchell Sunglasses £145

I’m not that brave sadly, so this really is my wish list, my “wish I was bikini brave” list! Accessories though, all over those! I’ve even got some temporary tattoos by Flash Tattoos, in gorgeous metallics that last 4-6 days, they’re not your usual temporary tats either, think geometric shapes, jewellery, stars, I will probably cover myself in them! And, no doubt the kids will be having their fair share of them too. I bet I even get one on the bloke. Did I mention we got new tattoos the other week, and now he is addicted as me and is already planning his next two or three tattoos! *HOT*

I have the MOST amazing beach bag by Lemlem that is going to be earning it’s keep and going everywhere with us. Handwoven, pink, white and blue stripes with a bright, clashing print interior. It’s got pockets on the outside for easy grabbing of the purse, suncream, glasses, whatever and it’s HUGE so the whole day can get thrown in there ready to go.

I’ve got a stack of magazines that haven’t been read, a book that I want to grab at the airport – Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer – and no other plans whatsoever! We just want to sit on the beach, play in the sea, do a bit of sightseeing and just relax the hell out for the whole 7 days. I expect there will be a lot of alcohol, some really good food and plenty of freckles!

I’m counting down the days……!

 

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October 2014 Birchbox with Coppafeel

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I love a good beauty box, ever since they first came out and I started subscribing I have been hooked. There have been, of course, a couple of not so good ones, which did put me off for a while, but the competition between them all is quite strong, so the good ones seem to up their games!

October is breast cancer awareness month, so it was really good to see a pink Birchbox land on my doorstep this weekend. There are 7 products included in the box, as well as a great leaflet on how you should check your breasts for early signs, and how often you should do it. The more it’s discussed openly and freely, the quicker it will become normal for women to check their breasts and notice anything out of the ordinary. There is also a little guide to each product and quick instructions on how to use them.

The first difference this month is the all the products are inside a cute little pink make up bag instead of Birchbox’s usual drawstring bag. I love this little pouch, it is perfect handbag size.

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Inside the bag there are some really good products, I have to admit, last months box didn’t grab my attention, but this month is so much better. The first thing I noticed was the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm. I love Pixi products so I knew this would be good! The colour is perfect, not too bright. It’s full size and worth £8. This one is going to be kept in my bag at all times.

Next up is the KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Creme (£15.50 for full size) it smooths curls and waves (perfect for me in this ever so slightly damp weather!) You just apply to towel dried hair and comb through before blowdrying. It smells delish!

One product I’d not heard of before is the Shaveworks The Cool Fix (£11 FS) it’s a cooling gel lotion that treats ingrown hairs, razor bumps and redness after hair removal. You apply it generously to dry, clean skin after waxing or shaving morning and evening until the irritation goes away. If this works, I am stocking up on this baby!

The Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm will probably go straight to GG. She loves Balance Me products, and I like the fact that they’re 100% natural on her skin. This is a cleanser with exfoliating oatmeal powder, for normal to dry skins. (£20 FS)

Last on the skincare list is a sample of Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum (£30.95 FS) I’ve been lucky enough to try this range in the past, but it disappeared off my radar for a while, so it’s good to see it again. It’s described as a sumptuous, radiance enhancing anti ageing serum from Dr Sebagh and Cindy. You’re meant to use it in the morning before moisturiser or anytime of day for an instant pick me up. Looking at pics of Cindy at George Clooney’s wedding, you can’t argue that whatever she uses on her face is working!

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And by no means least, a funky little pink pen in the shape of a lipstick. I am hiding this baby because I know it will get ‘borrowed’ by my daughter and never be seen again! It’s going straight into my bag for me alone!

I really think the October box has been a huge success, and with the contents coming to almost £40 for a £10 subscription, you can’t really argue with the value. Even the sizes of the samples are good, the serum can fit in my make up bag alongside the lip balm and the pen.

You can subscribe to Birchbox here and find out more about Coppafeel here.

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Kahina Giving Beauty – Fez Hand & Body Balm

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I am balm obsessed. Cleansing balms obviously started the love affair off, there is something about scooping out a dollop of solid balm and massaging it in until it’s almost liquid. Maybe it’s because it feels like you’re really applying it well, who knows! I’ve been smothering the husband in coconut oil, which is almost balm like and now there is Kahina Hand & Body Balm. Inspired by the mysterious and exotic city of Fez, Morocco, it’s a nourishing and soothing balm that will instantly restore and soften severely dry, chapped skin. A rich blend of argan oil, carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil and mango nut butter creates a velvety base that deeply moisturises and naturally soothes irritated skin. Infused with calendula, known for its anti-inflammatory and powerful healing properties, the Fez Hand & Body Balm can be used on hands, feet, elbows and any other areas in need of softening and deep hydration. Scented with Kahina’s signature Fez fragrance, the balm leaves behind a subtle earthy, warm scent to calm the senses and ground the spirit while leaving the skin soft and radiant.

I’m really suffering with my hands (well hand) at the moment, I’ve been allergic to my wedding rings on and off for a while, but it’s gone a bit mad for some reason and I can’t even wear them for a day. It looks like I’m allergic to gold, and that’s all gold, including my gorgeous white gold engagement ring (sad, sad face) My ring finger is red raw, with horrible little pin prick blisters that are drying up (attractive no?) so I have been trying to keep it moisturised without irritating it more. The Fez hand balm has been a *lifesaver* I have it next to my mac, take a tiny blob and rub it into my finger whenever it starts to feel sore. Because I’m not smothering my whole hand in cream I’m not getting that horrible sticky feeling which I hate.

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Fez Hand & Body Balm is available from beingcontent.com for £35.00

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