Shooting for Lionheart Magazine

Monday, 25 September 2017

Painting beautiful faces, chatting to some of my favourite new friends, wearing some AMAZING clothes from Ace & Jig and having my photo taken by the super clever Nell Mallia while giggling away in the long grass at Stoke Park for Lionheart Magazine.  Sounds fun eh?  I might need to recreate that day again somehow haha, but honestly it was LUSH!  

Making up faces I know is actually one of my favourite things to do, more so than faces I don't know for some reason so it was an extra joy to try out some Jane Iredale products on their lovely faces.  Having my photo taken is something I used to be terrible at, actually not when I was a kid, I was a right poser then, but the harsh reality of adulthood knocked that self confidence right out of me!  Like it does to lots of people, I suppose!  But since doing this blogging, vlogging malarkey, I've let go of caring what people think and taking myself a little less seriously - quite liberating really.  I think age may have something to do with it as well because since hitting my thirties and spitting out two funny little boys I've finally learnt to do what makes me happy and not worry what people think.

The photos from this shoot are so beautiful, the location, the clothes, the colours are right up my street and I'm so pleased to have been part of something so lush!  The whole magazine is gorgeous, including a piece on pattern and colour by one of my absolute most favourite new people in my life, Fritha, if you ever need inspiration to get more colour in your life, she's your girl!  My other wonderful friend, Sasha, also has a column in there too -she is a wealth of knowledge on all things green beauty, I'm always pestering her when I need to know about... well basically anything beauty!    Not surprisingly she is an amazing holistic and beauty therapist here in Bristol.  There might even be a cheeky bit from me too; about my family field and my job as a makeup artist!  The whole magazine is amazing, defo check it out, its stocked in Anthropologie as well as loads of independent stores but you can get it online too if you don't find it in real life! 

Photos: Nell Mallia
Makeup: Me using Jane Iredale 
Clothes: Ace & Jig
Masks: Animalesque
Featuring: Sasha, Sally, Hels, Tash and Me!

Getting My Mojo Back

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Ahh it was all going so well, I was getting through the summer holidays, things were breezing along, I was daily vlogging and really enjoying capturing mine and the boys little moments together and then BAM. Tonsi-bloody-litis.  In bed for 6 days (it was so painful!) and regaining my energy for another 6!  I don't often get ill like that and core blimey I am appreciating my health now.  Isn't it terrible how we take good health for granted!

So now I'm feeling better it's been lovely to try and get the house organised again and get out and about with the boys more.  Today I even managed to start vlogging again!  We went on a lovely dog walk to Stoke Park this afternoon after a day working in the garden.  Lots of fresh air helping to give me life again! 

DIY Body Balm | The Wild Mix

Monday, 17 July 2017

This is something I was really looking forward to trying, a homemade natural body balm but with all the faff taken out.  All the ingredients in the right quantities delivered straight to your door by The Wild Mix.

The Wild Mix is all about natural, simple and effective skincare, which to me makes a lot of sense and I love the idea of making a ritual out of your skincare, both preparing it and using it.

The package included all the ingredients to make the Wild Gold Revitalising Body Balm; a big jar of coconut oil, some marigold oil, sweet almond oil, sea buckthorn co2 extract, pink grapefruit and some simple to follow instructions.  No fancy kit needed, just a bowl, some hot water and a spoon.  It was so easy to make, like SO EASY but I felt so proud of it haha.

I have been using the balm for a couple of weeks and first of all, THE SMELL , wow, I mean it just smells incredible. Which basically makes it a joy to use.  It sinks in really quickly which is great and I have been using it on dry areas of my body, my lips and even my face when I ran out of face oil AND moisturiser on the same bloody day.

I have been keeping it in my fridge while its warm and its been a lovely treat to open up the fridge and slap a bit on to a random deserving part of the body.

Other than a body balm it can be used on achey joints, dry lips and as a makeup remover.  I love the sound of the latter so will be giving this a go!

I made a video showing you how to make it and what it all looks like (it's so pretty to make!) below so check it out and let me know if you have tried any products from The Wild Mix.

Wake Up Makeup Using 6 Products | My Tips and Tricks

Saturday, 8 July 2017

What I'd love right now is for someone to tell my baby to SLEEP, that is honestly all I need out of life right now.  Failing that, at least I have my makeup artistry skills to fake the awake-ness!  I don't often wear makeup on a daily basis but recently its been nice to inject a bit of life in to my face.

I decided to make a video with all my favourite tips and tricks from skincare to little mascara tricks, using 6 products and keeping it speedy as usual!

Products used:
Too Faced Hangover Primer
INIKA Perfection Concealer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter 
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Waterproof
NYX Lip Pencil in Life's a Beach

YouTube Catch Up!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

I thought I'd get on here to keep you updated with my new videos over on my youtube channel if you don't follow me there!  Baby clothes, fashion, cruelty free summer makeup, favourites, my breastfeeding journey plus a lovely little colab with my pal Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn.

I have popped my latest one below but if you'd like to watch the rest they are all linked in my side bar, you can also subscribe to me here.

Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy

Monday, 15 May 2017

I think oils might be taking over my beauty regime (I say regime in the loosest possible sense), I can't live without one for my face and now its my go to type of product for styling or deep conditioning my hair.

Alchemy Oils are hair oil specialists creating completely natural, high quality hair oils and encourage following the age old Ayurvedic practice of hair oiling where you apply oils to the scalp to increase blood flow; stimulating hair growth and deep conditioning the scalp and hair to ultimately have stronger, shinier hair UUHHHH YES PLEASE.

I chose the Grapefruit Hair Remedy to help my extremely neglected hair, it has a blend of coconut, avocado, almond and castor oil which together promote growth, thicken hair and make it super shiny.  It also has grapefruit oil to fight dandruff (which I have had for the first time in my life after having Louis - BABIES!!) and keep the scalp healthy.  Go and have a read of how each product and individual oil works on their website, its actually so fascinating!

As somebody who has always had fine hair that goes greasy super quickly, applying oils to the scalp kind of scared me and went against everything I'd ever believed was right for my little greasy head.  After reading that apply oils to the scalp can actually reduce the amount of oil your scalp naturally produces it started to make complete sense (light bulb moment!), I've known for years not to strip my skin of its natural oils because that makes it over produce oil and therefore making my shiny face even shinier; if I use oil on my skin regularly if completely balances itself out and stops over producing.  So of course it would be the same for my scalp!

I have been using the oil as an over night treatment, all over my hair and scalp as well as on the ends after i have washed it, on both damp or dry hair and it works its DELIGHTFULLY SMELLING magic every time.  I couldn't recommend adding this type of product in to your hair care routine enough, as you get used to it, so many of your other products will fall by the way side and become completely unnecessary.

Another great thing about using oils is it goes hand in hand with a less wasteful, more simple, minimal lifestyle allowing you to use less layers of products and also less of the product itself.  I no longer bother with the anything else hair product wise and just reach for my trusty oil when I feel my hair needs it and as an added bonus they all come in beautiful glass bottles that could be used again or recycled!

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.