Facial at The Hampton Clinic

Monday, 27 March 2017

Sleep deprived, dehydrated and lazy.  Three things that can only mean one thing (new child aside), terrible dull skin in need of some TLC.

You can imagine how thrilled I was to visit the lovely ladies at The Hampton Clinic for a facial then can't ya!  I'd already heard good things about them as my friend has had a few treatments with them recently so off I hopped merrily in the TORRENTIAL rain (worth it) and was treated to a lovely facial.  

My aesthetician Kamilla, was lovely and obviously knew her stuff, during my consultation she asked me lots of questions about my skin concerns and gave me some advice about what might help to combat the problems I have.  I have always suffered from dehydrated skin that is very sensitive to my current lifestyle and diet so drinking more water and eating more healthy oils is a must (still figuring out how to wash my face everyday whilst keeping two small people alive, not quite got to the keeping oneself sufficiently hydrated and well fed stage yet) plus once I have stopped breastfeeding she suggested adding in some vitamin c supplements to my diet whilst also using it in my skincare too - I have not done this before so I am interested to try!

I also got to go in one of their UV Skin Scanners (always wanted to do that) and oh my do I need to be more on it with SPF, I saw the physical block it provides as I applied some to one cheek while in the uv scanner, fascinating and something I will be remembering next time my sun worshiping self bakes on a sun lounger for too long.  The whiter areas signal dryness, the freckles that you see in this picture are only visible in the scanner showing signs of sun damage under the surface of the skin and the purple areas are where I had concealer on.  Terrifying but interesting image!

The facial I had was the Ordemic Peel, which is a non-chemical peel that regenerates, rebalances and restores the skin with ingredients such as pumpkin, pineapple, papaya and mango fruit enzymes - as you can imagine it smelt delicious!  My skin felt amazing afterwards, really soft and hydrated.  Definitely a treat for my tired mum face.

They use Image Skincare products at the clinic which are a cruelty free, organic, paraben free brand.  The products Kamilla suggested I try were the Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser, Ormedic Balancing Bio-Peptide Creme, the Moisturising SPF and (for after I have finished breastfeeding) the MD Serum which is has a complex of stabilising vitamin c.  It sounds like a really minimal routine that would help to restore some hydration to my skin whilst balancing it out and protecting it at the same time.

I will be back to visit them and try out some more of their treatments soon!

*I received the facial on a complimentary basis for the purpose of review but all opinions are always my own and 100% honest.

Quick Fresh Makeup

Sunday, 26 February 2017

So what with all the children in my life at the moment, my face has been rather tired looking to say the least.  I get about 2 minutes flat to freshen it up (if I'm lucky) so here is how I managed to look a little brighter the other day.  Super speedy, minimal and easy.

My top tips to brightening up a tired, dull complexion are to; exfoliate, use a hydrating facial oil and go minimal on the face makeup (I use just concealer, skip the foundation and try not to use powder) as this only emphasises tiredness somehow.  Oh oh and use a highlighter!

Products used:
Too Faced Hangover Primer
Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Pen
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Bronze Palette
Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Cheek Palette
Tanya Burr Perfect Brows
Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 Eyeliner 
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes
Gosh Raspberry Dream Lipliner

Anthropologie Home Haul

Friday, 17 February 2017

Anybody who knows me well, knows I love a bit of Anthropologie.  I do think it's a tad over priced when it comes to the clothes as a lot of it doesn't wash well in my experience but a lot of the kitchen stuff is pretty reasonable and oh so pretty!  As soon as a birthday or christmas comes around I'm usually dragging Ben straight to Bath to go and browse the Anthropologie there, usually for longer than he is comfortable with!  Haha, sorry dear.  This time we were treated to a gift card from my sister and bro-in-law as a late wedding present!

I posted a little haul video of what we picked up on my youtube channel.  Links to everything below!

A Little Youtube update

Saturday, 28 January 2017

As always, I am better at updating my youtube channel than I am my blog!  Where parent bloggers find the time to update all their social channels and look after their children I will never know!  Don't even get me started on actually living in a socially acceptable state, appearance wise and house wise, haha, I'll get there ONE DAY (yeh right).

So anyway incase you aren't subscribed to my channel on YouTube, I thought I'd plop my most recent video in here for you, head over and subscribe if you'd like to see the rest!  Go on, you know you want to!

Coffee Body Scrub!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Blimey, it has been aaaaages since I have even contemplated posting on my blog.  But while I have been neglecting it in true, new-mum-of-two style, I have been desperate to get on here and write about some of my latest favourite things!  Obviously there has been a large amount of barely managing to shower and living in my PJ's going on in this house, what with the arrival of little Louis (who is now nearly 10 weeks old, what thaaa?!  (You can 'meet' him in my latest video)) so my routine, if any, has been very minimal.  There are though, a few products that have been SO BLOODY LOVELY to use when I manage to get a moment to myself, that I just had to come on here and tell you about them.

Ages ago I received one of the Coffee Body Scrubs by Em & Nick's, so when I had a rare half an hour to myself the other day I jumped straight in the shower to try it out.  Cor, did my my bathroom smell delicious.  I was expecting to make a massive mess, although didn't really care as I'm a super messy person anyway and hey, this was my half an hour and I could cover the bathroom in coffee granules if I wanted.  As it happens, it was much less messy than I thought and after a shower down of the bath, all was sparkling clean again (yeh right, like my bathroom is ever sparkling clean these days).

Anyway, enough of my tired mother babbling-on-and-forgetting-where-I-am, lets talk about the body scrub.  The granules are, in brilliant 'zero waste' style, upcycled from their coffee business The Coffee Camper (the coffee is delicious by the way) and along with sea salt, rappadura sugar, coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and grape oil these 100% natural and organic ingredients naturally scrub and moisturise the skin beautifully.   Honest, I wish I had the time to do this every morning, my skin felt LUSH.  Coffee is also rich in natural antioxidants so while leaving it wonderfully soft it is also doing it some good as well, yey for multitasking!

I can't wait to have another go on it quite frankly. Deliciousness.

The Natural Spa Factory Pregnancy Skincare | Vegan & Cruelty Free

Sunday, 9 October 2016

I remember searching high and low for the perfect pregnancy skincare when I was pregnant with Charlie, being a long time obsessive of lotions and potions, pregnancy just gave me a brand new excuse to indulge in something else.  Being well aware that stretch marks will happen if they want to whether you slather yourself in oils or not, this time around my main focus was to find something vegan and cruelty free that would keep my skin feeling nourished and ease the soreness and itching that can come with growing tummy skin!

The Bumps A Daisy set by The Natural Spa Factory feels totally luxury while being completely natural, paraben free and all of that good stuff.  One of my favourite things about the products is the subtle sent of neroli and sweet mandarin, I have the fussiest nose during pregnancy and this is one of the few smells that keeps me wanting to sniff and sniff!

The moisturiser is super nourishing but sinks in really quickly so it's perfect for every day use while the oil feels that bit more moisturising on the skin taking a little longer to sink in but not thick or greasy at all - still perfectly acceptable for everyday use as well!

I managed to convince Ben to give me a foot rub using the hand and foot scrub recently and the little bits of olive stone felt amazing being massaged in to my tired feet and the scent made it all the way to my nose while I basically lay there in heaven!  My feet felt the softest they have in a very long time and after a good coat of the body oil on top I may as well have had a full on luxury pedi!

I have been a fan of The natural Spa Factory ever since I reviewed some of their skincare last year in this post so have a read of you are in need of any other new skincare, particular favourites of mine have been the Illuminate Gel Cleanser and moisturiser.

If you want to try some pregnancy skincare out or want to treat a pregnant friend then the Bumps A Daisy gift set is perfect.

Watch my pregnancy essentials video including this set!

*I was sent this set to review but all opinions are always my own and 100% honest.

Easy peasy waves and a mum cut!

Monday, 3 October 2016

I'm here again to update you on my recent videos in case you aren't subscribed to my youtube channel!  I've been loving alternating between beauty videos and mum/pregnancy themed videos each week, my last being a tutorial of how I style my new 'mum cut'.  I decided to do the practical thing and chop off a big chunk of my hair, mainly because it was DRY as hell but also because I like the idea of having a little less to style (or chuck up) when the new babs is here.

I've been seeing loads of people wearing loose waves with shoulder length hair recently and I LOVE it, so it's my new favourite style to wear, plus it takes ten minutes to do, uses minimal product and lasts a couple of days with the help of some dry shampoo!