Wednesday, 30 September 2015

4 Essential Tips For Soon-To-Be Parents

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So, you’re expecting your first child. Congratulations!

However, amidst all that excitement of counting down the days, it’s only natural to have some fear. Being a parent is the hardest and most important job in the world. On a brighter note, though, it’s also the most rewarding.

As long as you’ve made the right preparations, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.

Here are four essential tips that every soon-to-be parent should listen to. Believe us, they’ll help you greatly over the next year or two.


5 things about giving birth I didn't expect

Having my first baby has been like stepping into a great void of the unknown. 

It's been both everything and nothing like I expected, especially as my limited impressions of what it would be like were based entirely on what films, TV and books have told me, which - as it turns out - don't happen to be very truthful. Surprise surprise! 

One of the most unsettling things about the whole pregnancy journey is how little it's possible to know in advance. 

Every pregnancy and every experience is completely different, so you can do as much research as you like and the chances are it's still going to be nothing like you expected. 

But there were a few things that struck me quite clearly about the whole experience - things I didn't expect, that set me wondering.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

10 Tips for Accessorising Your Outfits Perfectly

Accessorising your outfits is a must if you want to enhance them in just the right way.

Pairing accessories with your outfits adds an extra layer and so much more interest. You can also show off your personality with your accessories!

Here are some tips to accessorising your outfits perfectly:


Monday, 28 September 2015

Review: ORGANII Aloe Eucalyptus Mouthwash

Confession time. Before Theo came along, I really wasn't that bothered about organic products, especially when it came to personal care.

And yet, something about bringing this little person into the world has really changed my mind. Babies are so pure, and the idea of bringing them into contact with lots of chemicals doesn't sit right.

This idea has led to me being more interested in eco-friendly and organic products for myself as well.

That's why I was interested to try ORGANII - a new range of mouthwashes, made using organic alcohol extracted from fruit and vegetables.

This means they're free from any pesticides and chemical fertilisers. If you have very sensitive teeth and gums, it's also much less harsh.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Only Tips You Need for Gorgeous Skin

If you want gorgeous skin, you need to put in a little bit of work. Most of us aren’t blessed with naturally gorgeous skin, so you need to set some time aside each day/week to perform maintenance and keep it looking its very best.

Here are the only tips you need:

Friday, 25 September 2015

September Fashion & Beauty Haul

Hello my beauties

What a packed month September turned out to be! With a new baby, I wasn’t sure if there would be much hauling this month as chaos descended, but actually as I was waiting around for him to arrive, feeling whale-like and irritable, one of the only things that made me feel a bit better was some internet shopping!

Even though my last few hauls have been pretty beauty-centric, this month I actually ordered some clothes.

I’m so eager to get back into ‘normal’ clothes and out of the three outfits that fitted me at 9 months pregnant that I jumped the gun a bit and ordered some pieces for autumn, as well as a couple of beauty bits.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Spending Quality Time with your other Half: My Ideas

Spending quality time with your partner is so important.

If you don’t spend quality time together, you could risk the spark going out. I’ve just had a baby, but I know how important it is for me and my partner to keep our dates alive. 

Here are some of my ideas for spending quality time with your other half:

Guest Post: Equestrian Themes in Fashion Advertising & Marketing Campaigns


Hi All

I have a guest post for you today, something all lovers of equestrian pursuits will adore, or even those of us that just love equine style in our clothes and accessories.

Enjoy! xx


Monday, 21 September 2015

Welcome to the World Theo

It is with so much love in my heart that I'm really pleased to annouce (at last!) the birth of our little son, Theodore Athow-Frost - or Theo for short.

Documenting my pregnancy on this blog has really helped me to process and share the journey, from all my uncertainties and fears when that little blue line first showed up ona  test, to the frustration, joys and funny moments through the last 9 and a half months.


Saturday, 19 September 2015

Review: L'Oreal True Match Genius

Foundations are a bit like buses. None for ages, then loads seem to come out at once that you want to try. A couple of weeks after finding my new holy grail foundation (which you can read about here), there was a new launch at the other end of the market that caught my eye.

I haven't actually used a L'Oreal foundation for a while, despite religiously using them during my teenage years. They just don't seem to have launched anything that interesting for a while, but their new launch, True Match Genius, looked well worth a try.


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Stealing Beauty: NSPA Skin Glow Mud Mask & Oxygen Boosting Treatment

When it comes to great quality, low cost make-up, we've really been spoilt lately. Several brilliant brands have emerged offering quality formulas to rival luxury labels at very low prices.

But skincare? That still seems to be mainly a case of you get what you pay for. There aren't as many great budget brands making inroads into the skincare market, mainly because quality ingredients and cutting edge research are expensive.

There are a new brands flying the flag for accessible quality though, and NSpa is definitely on of them.

Nirvana Spa run an upmarket day spa that you can visit in Berkshire. They also produce a range of skincare and body products packed full of essential oils that you can pick up for under £8 an item at Asda alongside your weekly shop. 

Recently, I picked up a couple of their new skincare treatments to try.


Monday, 14 September 2015

September 'Birchday' Birchbox Review

I haven't been in the beauty subscription box game for quite a few months now. After signing up with Birchbox, and then Glossybox for a couple of years, I'd begun to feel a bit disillusioned.

It seemed like I kept seeing the same few products come round, and nothing was really wowing me. 

The love had gone out of it. My drawers were filling up with unused samples. I didn't really discover anything life changing that became a must-have. So I cancelled all my subs a while back.

However, I was tempted back for this Birchbox birthday edition after receiving a code to get a half price box. Would the contents change my opinion on sub boxes?


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review - A New Holy Grail for Skin?

Sometimes, just sometimes, a product comes along that is oh-so-perfect, and special, and GENIUS that it makes the sun seem to shine brighter, the birds sing louder and reminds me just why I'm so obsessed with make-up in the first place.

So I think you can already tell that my review of Too Faced Born This Way foundation is going to be pretty positive! But honestly? This stuff is holy grail on a whole new level.

If airbrushed, miraculously natural-looking coverage is your thing, you are going to want to buy this. Right now. If not, then I think you might be in the wrong place here to start with.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Life, Lately August/September 2015

Well hello there!

I skipped my usual 'Life, Lately' post for August - the month seemed to run out before I was ready for it - and although we're not far into September, I'm going to post now about the month so far.

It's been a very strange few weeks. As you might have noticed from me mentioning it IN EVERY POST, I'm now 9 months pregnant and due literally any minute, and time has become a very strange concept. Its both dragging and rushing by, and individual days feel a bit meaningless at the moment.

Despite my current condition, we have actually been quite active lately, so here's a look at what we've been up to.....


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

FOTD: Wedding Guest Makeup with Neutral Smoky Eye

Well, its been a while since I shared a Face of the Day on here, mainly because my daily make-up tends to be pretty much the same most days, and I haven't had a night out since I got pregnant, so there hasn't been much incentive to mix it up.

This weekend was my sister in law's wedding -  you can see my post about my outfit here. It was a beautiful day, really full of love and joy. I'll admit I was a little worried about going at over 9 months pregnant (my baby was five days overdue at this point), so I had to take it quite easy.

Feeling like a beached whale, I wanted to compensate by getting my glamour on, and it was the chance I'd been waiting for to go all out with my make-up look!

I created a look based around glowing skin, a brown smokey eye and a neutral lip that was designed to work for the church ceremony and the evening reception. Here's what I did...


Monday, 7 September 2015

OOTD: Pregnant Wedding Guest ft ASOS Maternity

Outfit of the day posts have been pretty much non-existent since I became pregnant - mainly because I've been basically living out of the same few pairs of maternity leggings, loose vest tops and stretchy dresses for the past few months!

I've also been staying home much more, so there hasn't really been much occasion to dress up.

This weekend was my sister in law's wedding though, so I had to up my game! I'm currently 9 months pregnant and overdue to have my baby. It is extremely difficult to feel glamorous at this point.

I'm the size of a house, massively uncomfortable and more than a bit fed up. But I felt I needed to share this, just in case there is anyone else out there who's going to be a pregnant wedding guest and hasn't got a clue what to wear!


Saturday, 5 September 2015

Review: Eylure Cheryl 'First Date' Eyelashes

As you might know by now, I have a *slight* addiction to false lashes. I just love the wide-eyed appearance and amped up flutter they give, and I'm permanently on a quest to get dense, flirty Disney Princess style lashes.

Although I have tried permanent lash extensions before, I never get on with them. They seem to irritate my eyes and I hate not being able to get my face wet. As much as I love my make-up, I also love that clean feeling at the end of the day when its all off.

So my preference is to use strip lashes, and thankfully these have come a looooonnngg way since the bad old days when they were all plasticky and nylon looking.

My favourites are always Eylure because they're great quality, affordable and have a huge selection of styles, so whenever they launch anything new I'm always interested. 

Friday, 4 September 2015

Drugstore Dupe: Too Faced Better Than Sex Vs L'Oreal Miss Manga Review

Hello beauties

Isn't it great when you find a dupe for an expensive product? There are plenty of sites out there dedicated to finding and testing cheaper alternatives for big-name products, which shows we all have a fascination with value.

Personally, I absolutely love a bargain as long as it performs. Equally, I don't mind spending more on a product that I know delivers, either. What I'm looking for is a great performance for the price point.

My holy grail mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex. It's £19.00, which I think its worth, but there are times when you don't want or need to spend that amount. I love the fullness, volume and feathery soft finish it gives to my lashes, but could there be a drugstore dupe that would deliver identical results?

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Glo & Ray Cosmetics Review: Get Your Glo On

Have you heard about Glo & Ray? They're a hot new British cosmetic brand focused on bright colour, individual looks and professional beauty that will set hearts a-flutter for lovers of brands such as Illamasqua and Nars.

I'd seen a lot of buzz about them online, so I was delighted to get my hands on some of their most sought-after products to review - the Nebulae foundation, La Amo Creamy Matte lipstick and Wonderland gloss.

First impressions are great. All the products come in sleek black packaging that will look at home in any serious collection. But did they perform?

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