Thursday, 31 December 2015

#Project2016 | How to set goals that stick

A few days ago, I launched Project 2016, a series of posts about self improvement. 

I explained why New Years Resolutions are a bad thing for most people and explained how I'd never managed to get mine to stick, long term.

Instead, I'm looking at incremental lifestyle change and how to make lasting changes. 

In this post, we’ll look out how to set goals that actually stick.

Five Favourites | December 2015

Phew - wasn't December a hectic month?

I feel like the whole of this year has gone by in a blur and especially the last month. Prepping for our first family Christmas has taken up a lot of time, and goodness know where the days go when there's a three month old to look after!

I'm starting a Five Favourite series to quickly share some of the stuff that's caught my eye each month. It can be cultural, beauty or home related, new stuff or rediscovered.

Here are the items I've been loving this month…


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

#Project2016 | Why New Years Resolutions Don't Work

Are you one of life's goal makers? Do you value and strive for constant self-improvement?

Do you see the beauty in fresh starts and achieving what you thought you never could?

Does the thought of 365 fresh new days where you can dream anything, accomplish anything, become anything, inspire you?

If so, then these posts will be for you.


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Theo's First Christmas

Did you all have a nice Christmas? It was a very special one indeed in our house, as it was the very first one for our little boy, so of course we were determined to go all out and make it extra special.

It was also the first year that we stayed at home. Normally,  we spend the holidays touring round different sides of the family, but this year we decided that would be too stressful and we’d have a sort of ‘open house’. 

Somehow - and I'm not even sure how - that turned into us making Christmas dinner for eight, which was never the idea! It did put a bit of stress onto the day, but it was lovely to see how much everyone wanted to be with Theo on his day.


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Individual Mink Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions | Review

So it's pretty obvious by now that I'm totally obsessed with lashes. And recently I decided to try out individual mink lash extensions.

Time for me to get ready is extremely limited at the moment with a three month old, so more often than not all I manage is a slick of BB cream before I have to leave the house. I was hoping that lash extensions would make me look more polished and save me time in the mornings.

I have dabbled in lash extensions before, but they were the small beaded ones, with two or three lashes on each bead and made of synthetic fibre.

I found that, although I liked the effect, after a while they began to really irritate my eyes. On top of that, when one or two inevitably fell off, they left quite a noticeable gap on the lashline. So they weren't for me.

These lashes promised something different, would they deliver?

Friday, 18 December 2015

Top 5 Luxury Nude Lipsticks

When did you last go nude? No, I'm not being over familiar - I'm talking lipstick of course! 

Nude lips are the classic that never dates. At this time of year, with smokey eyes and glitter galore, they're a must to complete a look. 

They're also perfect for busy mummies, so I've found myself reaching for the nude shades in my collection much more frequently lately. 

Im choosing nude lips over brights and seasonal berries because you can swipe them on one-handed while running out the front door without too much precision and I won't look a complete mess.

Every girl needs a nude lip wardrobe. It may seem simple but there's a whole world of different textures, finishes and shades to choose from.

I have more nude lip products than I care to mention but hey, it's a look that never goes out of style. Here are my top five. Dive in…

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

New mummy gift idea | letters to my baby | joy the store

Have you ever wanted to create a time capsule? 

I remember when I was a kid, every so often Blue Peter would do an episode where they would either make a time capsule or dig up one that had been buried in the Blue Peter garden. 

I would be fascinated by the snapshot of another time, what they chose to include, and the memories it brought up.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Party Survival with George Clothing

Are you looking forward to Christmas parties? It's an absolutely magical time of year, but undoubtedly one that some find very stressful with so many parties, drinks and ‘do’s to go to. 

As a new mother, this is the first time I've been out since having my son, so although a part of me is looking forward to taking some time out from mummy duties, I'm also feeling a little anxious.

That's why I've teamed up with George at Asda. As well as inviting me to show off some of their festive fashion, they also asked me to share some party survival tips. We’ll get through this together!

They have everything from perfect party dresses to cool separates and beautiful shoes. Texture, embellishment, sparkle… It's all there, looking great and easy to shop! 

So here are my top tips for Christmas party survival...

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

A Guide to The Best Homeware Gift Ideas

If you’re trying to think of gifts to buy for a homeowner, homeware can be a pretty safe bet. Buying them something thoughtful for their home is always a good idea.

This post will give you some inspiration so you can go shopping with confidence:


Friday, 4 December 2015 | Nioxin Starter Kit | Review

Most of us want thicker hair and go through all sorts of rituals with hairspray, mousse and back combing to achieve what we want. 

But what if there was a way you could get thicker hair every time you washed it?

That's the thinking behind Nioxin, a three step thickening kit featuring a shampoo, a conditioner and a scalp treatment.  

For £18.95, you can get a starter kit tailored to your specific hair type. Lots of new mums experience hair loss due to those crazy hormones so I wanted to see if this treatment could help.

It was really easy to get hold of the kit from the wide selection of hair products at Just My Look. They carry so many different brands of hair and beauty products, it's heaven for a beauty junkie like me!


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

On The Lash | Millie Mackintosh Lashes Review

For some, it's a flawless skin finish. For others, a bright pop of colour on the lips. Yet others can't leave the house without their hair done a certain way.

But for me, it's all about lashes. It always has been, and always will be. I'm a complete flutter junkie.

Having long, feathery lashes makes me feel happy, joyful and a hundred times more appealing. Give me Disney princess lashes and I can conquer the world, even with unwashed hair and no lipstick!

So it's no surprise really that I've become something of a connoisseur of falsies over the years. From deluxe mink lashes to tips on how to wear lashes for daytime, I love it. 

Recently I placed an order on  a website dedicated to all things flutter, so I thought I'd share my findings.

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