Saturday, 5 July 2014

Stash Raiders #5

Stash raiding is such a good way of using up those little samples that I seem to have a never-ending collection of.

Stash raiders Lush Dr Perricone Ciate Sisley

When I’m pregnant my skin seems to get really, really dry so I can’t get away with not moisturising from head to toe. Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite is one of my absolute favourite body lotions! ♥ I tried Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask a few weeks ago and my skin reacted really badly to it; call me crazy but I’m hoping my hormones have settled and will benefit from it this time ♥ Whilst I can still reach them, I am making sure my toenails are adorned with bright, pretty polishes and this week picked out Ciate Paint Pot in Pom Pom, a fabulous bright mandarin red ♥ This little sample tube of Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation has intrigued me since I got it in my advent calendar. It’s supposed to deliver all the benefits of foundation with none of the heavy matte finish ♥ Another advent calendar sample, I have heard amazing things about BIOEFFECT EGF Serum so I’m looking forward to giving this a whirl ♥ You all know I love oils and oil cleansers are no exception; I’ve got high hopes for olive oil-based DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ♥ I always need a good lipbalm or five on hand; this yummy raspberry lipbalm from Estelle & Thild is in my current rotation!

Have you tried any of these products before?






Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil

If you get a group of pregnant women together, one of the topics that inevitably comes up is stretchmarks and, more specifically, how to prevent them. Whilst a lot of people say there is nothing you can to stop them, I do feel that using good quality products can lessen the severity and, as in my last pregnancy, prevent them completely.

Clarins Body Tonic Treatment Oil

I have several different oils, balms and creams on the go at the moment but my absolute favourite is Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil. It was recommended to me by the fabulous Caroline Hirons when I was pregnant with Little N. I massaged my growing tummy every morning and night with this delicious oil and by the end of my pregnancy I had not one single stretchmark.

It contains 100% pure plant oils – no mineral oils here unlike some other popular brands - to prevent dehydration, tone and hydrate the skin, and eliminate toxins. It helps to strengthen and firm skin tissue and improve natural elasticity so it is perfect for using during and after pregnancy. It smells fantastic too; with essential oils of rosemary, geranium and mint it is such an uplifting and energising scent and really helps to perk me up when I’m feeling tired in the morning. Massaging it into my tummy feels absolutely lovely, it’s relieves the itchiness that comes as it gets bigger and the oil leaves my skin feeling soft without being greasy so I can pop my clothes on straight away.

The oil costs £39.00 for 100ml although if you shop around online you will find it a few pounds cheaper. Luckily for me my mother-in-law-to-be bought me a bottle for my birthday!




Monday, 23 June 2014

Birchbox – June Beauty Box

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This month’s beauty box from Birchbox has been inspired by the World Cup and samples from all around the world are included in the Brazilian themed bag.

Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick I received this full sized lipstick in shade 51 Rouge Groseille. I think groseille means redcurrant so as you can imagine is is a sheer red colour. The lipstick smells like sweets too, it’s fab!

Caudalie Divine Oil I have to say, I was quite excited to see this little bottle nestled inside my Birchbox. I love oils anyway, but am especially enjoying using them on my ever growing bump! It’s a generous 15ml bottle and smells beautiful. I am sure I will love using this.

OPI Nail Lacquer This 3.75ml miniature from The Brazil Collection is called Where Did Suzi’s Man-Go? and as you can see is a lovely pale orange shade, perfect for my toes this summer.

Coola Classic Face SPF30 Disappointingly, my sample has leaked during transit. I have emailed Birchbox though so hopefully they’ll be able to send me another.

BeautyBlender & BeautyCleanser Solid I think this egg-shaped make-up sponge will be the star of the box for many, especially as it comes with a bonus solid soap to cleanse it!

Birchbox Brazil-Inspired Keyring This lifestyle extra could not have been more perfectly timed as Little N snapped my keyring just the other day but now I have a new one and in lovely, bright colours too!

Once again I’m really pleased with my box this month, other than my leaky sample which I’m sure Birchbox will sort out for me. If you like the look of the Birchbox beauty box and want to sign up, please feel free to use my referral link: The box costs £10 per month plus p+p.

Let me know your thoughts!



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