Xmas wish list

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  1. Liz Earle cleanse and polish - I haven't used this in probably 3 years and I just remember how great my skin felt after using it so I'm eager to get it again.
  2. Lush snow fairy - this is a must at Christmas, I actually only recently used up my last years snow fairy as I got the huge bottle of it and the scent doesn't fade in the bottle.
  3. Liz Earle soothing eye lotion - I've never tried this before but as I'm going to be a first time mum in 2016 I think this will be great as I'm expecting a lot of sleepless nights.
  4. The body shop aloe protective restoring mask - I had a sample of this and it left my skin feeling amazing and plump the next morning so I would love the full size of this.
  5. The body shop camomile cleansing butter - I still haven't tried this so would love to receive it at Xmas.
  6. Tolkien colouring book - I'm obsessed with all things Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit so of course I would want this colouring book!
  7. Chromecast - we have a smart tv in our living room and would love one for our bedroom but we already have a good flat screen tv in it so we want this to covert it to a 'smart tv'.
What's on your Xmas wish list?

~Laura~



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Mascara focus

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I love having thicker fuller lashes and these two products combined together give me a look that lasts all day.

It does look quite clumpy but when you get used to using it, it really doesn't clump your eyelashes and it gives a great curl that lasts all day.


As the clarins mascara isn't waterproof I use it first then use this over the top to make it waterproof.

I love mascara wands that have are bristles instead of the plastic wands.  What type of mascara wand do you prefer?

~Laura~

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Winter reds

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Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in 045 romantic (I think this has been discontinued)
Bourjois rouge edition velvet in 04 peach club (names peach but I think it's more on the red side)
Burts Bees lip balm in pomegranate (didn't show well on my skin but it does give a tint of colour to the lips)

Have you a favourite red lip colour?

~Laura~

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Recent Superdrug haul

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~Biore charcoal nose strips x 2 - I usually buy the superdrug own nose strips but they were out of stock, however these were on offer (buy one get one free).
~Superdrug Pro Care Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste x 2 - I've switched to using this superdrug own brand toothpaste as so far I'm really liking it.
~Wilkinson Sword Quatro disposal razors - I said in a previous post that I used to buy the expensive gillette razors but I found they weren't lasting that long so I've started to buy these disposable ones and they are pretty good.
~Superdrug manuka honey antibacterial hand wash x 2 - I go through so much hand wash so I picked these up when they are on sale for 68p!
~Superdrug micellar wipes x 3 - I've said many times before that Iove buying Superdrug own brand products as they don't test on animals, so I picked up these wipes as they were on 3 for 2.
~Simple refreshing shower gel - I get irritated skin every now and then so like to always have a unperfumed shower gel and this is currently on sale for £1.45 and it's a 500ml bottle. 
~Palmers cocoa butter stretch mark cream - I'm currently 25 weeks pregnant and I've went through two bottles of this already, I use it every morning and night.
~Superdrug my little star baby cotton pads x 2 - these cotton pads are lovely and soft as they are meant for babies but I like cutting them in half (as they are quite big) which means they last longer.

Do you like any of the Superdrug own brand products?

~Laura~





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Current face of the day

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These are the makeup items I've been using for the past 2 weeks:)

Jessup slanted face brush
No7 lip liner (colour has worn off)
Benefit eyebright - I use this on my inner eyes & bridge of my nose
Rimmel match perfection concealer - I use this under my eyes
Rimmel lasting finish concealer - this is great for conealing any spots
Maybelline dream bouncy blush in coffee cake - I love this colour as it's a pink/bronzed colour so I don't feel the need to use bronzer.

~Laura~



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Collated empties #7

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  • Tresemme heat protector - this was probably one of the first ever brands of heat protectors I bought as a teenager, so I've went through a lot of these over the years. However I don't think I will repurchase as my hair is much dryer now and needs a more moisture locking heat protector.  
  • Simple age regeneration age resisting night cream - when this is on offer I usually stock up on it as it gives my skin the right amount of moisture it needs.
  • Superdrug brunette dry shampoo - as I am pregnant I've stopped colouring my hair, luckily I've found that this superdrug own brand dry shampoo for brunette hair is the exact colour of my hair and covers my roots perfect! 
  • Loreal volume texturising spray - I love using this on freshly curled hair to loosen the curls give it a bit of volume.
  • Method foaming hand wash - this is my favourite brand of hand wash, any of their hand washes are great and don't dry your skin. 
  • Nivea eye makeup remover- this does a great job at removing waterproof mascara but my favourite is now the body shops camomile remover as I feel it's more natural.
  • Lush snow fairy - believe it or not this big bottle of snow fairy is from last Christmas, it lasted nearly all year.
  • The Body Shop Camomile waterproof eye and lip makeup remover - this stuff is great and it doesn't irritate my eyes at all.
  • Palmers cocoa butter stretch marks - this is really moisturising even if you're not pregnant and layering it all over your belly!lol! I also use it on my legs and arm and it leaves my skin lovely and smooth.
  • Waitrose pure hair conditioner - I got this when I was in London at the start of the year, I really did enjoy using it but obviously can't repurchase as we have no waitrose in Ireland.
  • Nip + fab glycolic fix exfoliating pads - I bought these when they were on offer along with the dragons blood ones and I do really like them but would probably only purchase if they are on offer.
  • Max factor false lash effect waterproof mascara - I think I got this in a max factor free gift set, it does do a great job but I'm currently on the hunt for a cruelty free mascara that gives great volume (still need to research if max factor is cruelty free or not)
  • Max factor face finity 3 in 1 foundation - I use this on a daily basis for work as it lasts pretty much all day, I did a blog post comparing it to the Estee Lauder double wear light and I think for the price it is a great dupe.
  • Trilogy botanical shower gel - this is probably the most luxurious shower gel I've ever used, it feels like a spa treatment. You can purchase it in a large pump bottle which I'm trying to resist from buying as I still have so many products to use up.
I'm currently trying to use up most of my products before I buy new things as I want to try and convert to cruelty free products. I need to research my favourite products/brands and see if they are cruelty free or not.

~Laura~




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Baby products bought so far

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I like products that are universally suitable for both genders, so as you can see I've mainly picked neutral colours with a few multicoloured items mixed in:)

  1. Mamas & Papas 3 piece furniture set 
  2. Mamas & Papas changing mat
  3. JJ Cole changing bag (I can't find a UK shop that sells this)
  4. Chicco next to me crib 
  5. Chicco polly magic high chair - this is amazing, suitable from birth until 3, turns from bouncer to highchair & then to a chair which can sit at the table.
  6. Chicco rainbow cube (you can get this in blue or pink, I liked the blue one better)
  7. Chicco hoopla bouncer (colour sage)
  8. Chicco boppy tree of life nursing pillow
  9. Chicco play mat (as I've bought all the chicco products in a package deal I'm not sure which play mat I'll receive)
  10. Chicco urban stroller travel system - I was previously going to buy either the Joie travel system or the mamas and papas black travel system but when I seen this I was just blown away. Firstly the bassinet section turns into the stroller which is ingenious as it saves so much space! All the other prams I seen had the bassinet & stroller as two seperate parts but this is all in one! The car seat also attaches to the base for days where I might want to travel on the bus so it'll be more space saving. Finally this pram folds very compact and has a carry handle making it easier to move. This deal came with the autofix base but we ordered the extra isofix base as it seems to be the safest option and is super easy to use.
I'm 21 weeks now and getting super excited!

~Laura~






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The Body Shop sale buys

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If you've read my blog for a while you will probably know that The Body Shop is my all time favourite place to buy skincare, bodycare & beauty. When I got an email to say 40% off,of course I had to go straight online and order!:)
  • Camomile waterproof eye and lip makeup remover - retails at £9 each, sale price £10.80 for two. As I only use waterproof mascara I have found that is the only makeup remover that actually removes all traces of my eye makeup, plus it doesn't irritate my eyes.
  • Aloe vera antiperspirant roll on deodorants - retails at £4 each, sale price £4.80 for two. I have really sensitive under arms especially after shaving, I've used this for a week and it's probably the most moisturising deodorant I've ever used.
  • Vitamin E facial spray - retails at £9.50, sale price was £5.70. I ran out of MAC fix plus so I thought I would try this as a finishing spray over makeup.  So far it's working great and adding extra moisture to my skin which is a bonus for autumn/winter.

~Laura~

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Maternity clothes haul...

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ASOS maternity double layer floral maternity dress - this is for a wedding I'm going to next month and it is such a stunning dress!



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~Laura~


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Baby wish list

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1 Mama's & Papas bouncer - this looks so cosy for a little baby and it has stars on it so how could I resist.
2 Digital duck thermometer for the bath - as this is our first baby I want to be extra careful with bath water temperature until I become more confident.
3 Mama's & Papas blanket - colour depending on the sex of our baby, they have so many gorgeous ones:)
4 Hauck sit n relax highchair - this looks amazing, it goes from a lower bouncer to a high bouncer which can sit level to your kitchen table then it turns into a high chair and a chair for the child to sit at the table when they are old enough.
5 Gro gro-egg room thermometer - this changes colour to show you if the room is too hot/cold and when it is just right.
6 Mamas & Papas black travel system pram - I want a plain black pram to keep things simple and it has to be quite compact as we have a small car so I'm thinking of this or a Joie travel system.
7 Jackson Reece Kinder by nature natural biodegradable wipes - not only are these unfragranced and natural they have the bonus of being biodegradable which is great!
8 Tommee tippee closer to nature set - it seems to be cheaper to buy this set rather than buying individually.
9 Hanging nappy change organiser - this looks like a super handy thing to have in a baby room, everything in the one place.

I have many more things on my baby wish list, are there any products you would recommend?

~Laura~

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Superdrug haul...

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Hand creams to the rescue!

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A bronzed Autumn/Winter

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In Autumn/Winter I love wearing a more matt foundation and pair it with a bronzer to give warmth to your face. From left to right:


What's your favourite bronzer?

~Laura~



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Eco friendly household haul...

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Have you tried any eco friendly cleaning products?

~Laura~



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Autumn lips...

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From left to right:

Max Factor 615 Star Dust Pink (I think this was a limited editon)

~Laura~



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Shopping my makeup stash...

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We are currently redecorating our bedrooms so that means a major clear out. This has not only been thereputic but I've found lots of products I had forgotten about. Below are some of the makeup items I found in my stash:

Mac in the groove eyeshadow trio in togetherness 

~Laura~

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Current skincare products...

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Have you tried any of these products?

~Laura~

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Collated empties #6

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Giveaway - Maple Holistics Argan Shampoo and Argan Conditioner!

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I have a very exciting giveaway for all you lovely readers.  Maple Holistics is offering one of you the chance to win the above argan shampoo & argan conditioner.

Below is an extract from their website to give you a little bit more info about their products:
''Maple Holistics has one goal in mind: to provide a natural, holistic range of premium products which can enhance hygiene, health and daily living.''

                                                 How to enter

  • This giveaway is open to people based in Ireland, UK & the US
  • Leave a comment below stating why you would like to win this giveaway and I will choose my top favourites and pick a name at random from a 'hat' (or an empty container.lol
  • Giveaway will last for one week (closes 12pm Sunday the 16th of August 15) 
  • The company will be posting the prize directly to you so once I have a winner I will email you and ask for your address so I can pass it onto the company.


Good luck!

~Laura~


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My favourite ceaser salad recipe

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Grilled chicken covered in Nando's peri-peri salt - grilled in a George Foreman
Smoked bacon
Mature cheese
Vine tomatoes
little gem lettuce (or whatever you prefer)
Ripe avocado
Pizza express ceaser dressing (this is now available in supermarkets)

Delicious!

~Laura~



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Simple dark chocolate treats

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Ingredients/utensils

74% dark chocolate from Lidl
Roasted hazelnuts & flaked almonds (or whichever nuts you prefer)
You could also add dried fruit if you like
Silicone moulds 

At the end of last year I attended a chocolate making class as part of a hen party (very fun), on this I learnt that the darker the chocolate the better the quality of cocoa is.  They actually recommended Lidl chocolate as they have a varied range of great quality dark chocolate.
  • Break the chocolate into a glass bowl
  • Melt the chocolate in the glass bowl over warm water in a saucepan on the hob (I’ve tried the quick method of microwaving and have ended up burning my chocolate)
  • While the chocolate melts place some nuts into the moulds
  • Once the chocolate is fully melted pour it into the moulds on top of the nuts
  • Then place in the fridge to set
  • Once set turn out onto a plate or tray
  • Voilà the finished chocolates ready to eat.

You could also wrap them in cellophane and finish with ribbon to make a great little present.

~Laura~

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