November wish list

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Rosa Copper Task Floor Lamp I currently have a floor lamp in my living room that was given to me, I'm the type of person that until something is broken I will not replace it.  However I'm hoping that my 2nd hand floor lamp somehow breaks haha. I have a few copper/rose gold pieces in my living room so a lamp like this would fit in perfectly. 

Casetify watch strapFor my birthday back in June I treated myself to a Samsung smartwatch which I adore, it came with a cream leather strap however as I wear it every day it's already getting that worn look. I seen this watch strap from Casetify and hoping I can find one in stock online.

ASOS sterling silver fine wrap ring. I seem to go through phases of wearing jewellery, apart from my engagement/wedding ring I mainly wear costume pieces.  I would like to start wearing fine silver or gold rings which can be worn whilst washing this dishes etc and there's no fear of the green tint being left.

Dogeared Rose Gold Plated Karma Sparkle RingAs you can tell I like delicate jewellery, I also don't mind mixing metals so I would wear these two rings together. 

Illuminating travel mirror I received the recent Lakeland magazine in the post and found this great little product in it.  I've always wanted a travel mirror and one that lights up is even better.

Joseph Joseph nest containersAny kitchen obsessed people out there?... yip that's me! I love kitchen gadgets and especially good storage boxes to put open items in, they are especially good for organising your fridge.  The idea of these Joseph Joseph ones just make me happy, they are nest containers which means less clutter in my cupboards (Wohoo emoji).


5 ways to help clear your mind

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Declutter/Organise. Do we really need a wardrobe that is packed full... one where you can't even move the hangers on the rail to look at the clothing, drawers that are overflowing and you have forgotten what is at the bottom of them? If so it's time to declutter which in turn will be very satisfying... knowing what's in your wardrobe will mean taking less time to get ready.  I need to declutter more beauty items and try and get a go to collection of products that work for me.   Ideally everything you own should have a place for it to be stored as then you don't spend time looking for things.  My task soon is to get a hook for behind the door where all keys go, my son now likes to play with the keys and they end up being hiden inside various toys.  I've also watched a few documentaries on minimalism which are intriguing, totally changes how I feel about material items.

Me time.  Take a breather and listen to your body.  This is sometimes hard to do, especially if you are a person like me who can't fully relax.  Have a night a week where you pamper yourself, watch all those videos on your YouTube watch later playlist or whatever helps you relax (mine is mostly eating a full bag of popcorn).   

Exercise.  Walks, going to the gym, playing with your children in the garden, doing squats whilst the kettle boils or any of your favourite forms of exercise.  I recently joined the gym and I can't believe the difference it makes, it gives me a little boost of energy and overall makes feel good about myself.

Mindfulness.  This is a new thing to me, I never heard of it before until we had a seminar in work on health.  It's all about paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings which can help improve your mental well being.  I've practised some of the meditation techniques and they really help me focus.  Having a person who you can open up to about any topic is also important, if not there are lots of amazing charities out there who have relevant expertise to get you through important/difficult times in your life. 

Think about others.  As Ellen DeGeneres says 'Be kind to one another'.  If I ever have low days I always end up realising that there are people going through worse things in their lives than me, I'm a see the glass half full type of person.  Today I was in a rush going around getting the weekly shop trying to get back in time so my son could go down for his nap, when an elderly gentleman was standing looking for help.  Of course I stopped and spent time with this man...who wanted to make sure there were no nuts in the buns he was about to buy as he had about three teeth left & nuts are out of bounds... what if I was that mans only conversation for the day/week/month? 


A Superdrug haul

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When it comes to buying beauty products I've now started to love browsing online rather than in store, probably as whilst I'm ever in a shop my toddler is constantly needing an eye kept on as he's in the phase of lifting things of the shelves.  Therefore when he's snuggled up in bed at night it gives me the perfect time to have an online shopping spree.  I recently changed my beauty items to cruelty free so for me the best universal shop to go to online is Superdrug, all Superdrug own brand products carry the leaping bunny symbol.  I ordered this to collect in store, it gave me the option to have next day collection however it ended up being  a day late even though I received an email to tell me it was ready for collection.

Nip+Fab Glycolic fix night pads. This is a new product for me, I've used the usual glycolic pads so will be interested to see how these compare.

Nip+Fab Dragons blood cleansing padsThese are a repurchase for me, I really do notice a difference in my complexion when I use these regularly.

Barry M Dewy finish setting spray. Another repurchase as it's only £4.99 and I think it does help to make my makeup last that little bit longer. For some reason Barry M  is a brand I never thought to look at before however when I switched to cruelty free this is now one of my most used 'drugstore/highstreet' brands.

Gosh foundation plus cover + conceal in 002. Gosh is another brand that I fell into when switching to cruelty free, this is a new product to me so excited to see if it really does give full coverage.

Gosh x-ceptional wear foundation in 11 porcelain. This is a repurchase as it's a great wearing foundation and if you are pale like me you should try this as not many 'drugstore/highstreet' brands have a shade light enough for me.

Gosh mineral powder in 002.  I have just tested this as I'm sitting here in my pj's, candle lit and YouTube playing in the background (I have over 50 watch later videos to catch up on)...and it has surprisingly good coverage, I used a tiny tap of this which gave great cover.

Superdrug refreshing eye patches.  I love eye patches so I'm hoping these help with my dark circles, having an underactive thyroid along with a toddler is definitely fatiguing. 

Tanya Burr Selfie Sculpt eyebrow pencil in medium. Currently watching a Tanya Burr Vlog where she seen Will Smith at a private venue while she was in Paris, how amazing would that have been!  This is my first ever Tanya Burr cosmetics purchase and I am loving the packaging and so far the product seems to be pretty good as I'm testing it half in the dark, it's giving a very natural looking brow.

Carmex lip balm duo set. Bonus products as this was free as I purchased three skincare items.

Childs Farm hair & body wash in organic sweet orange. My son has eczema on his ankles, inner elbows and a few other places. I can't use any Johnston's skincare as it makes his skin break out really badly as I found out when he was a baby.  Who would of thought a baby skincare brand would do that to your child.  Anyhow Child's Farm is a brand that I truly love, this smells so fresh and doesn't dry out the skin.  I own nearly all the products in their range so when there was a sale I had to get a couple more to add to the stock pile.

Fitness journey

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Back in August I had an actual lightbulb moment where I realised I hadn't been looking after myself, almost a year and a half later and I still hadn't lost post baby weight.  Yes I could fit into pre baby jeans but not comfortably at all!

Since having my son I've also been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid so that doesn't help with weight loss along with a few more health issues.  Not that there's a time frame to lose baby weight etc but I just needed to make time for me and my health.  

I got my act together and joined the gym to try get my health back into line♡  I currently try and go every other day.

Sports direct and H&M are my current places to go for gym wear, the  ClimaLite technology gym wear items definitely make a difference when you are sweating.  

I have a smart watch which also keeps me motivated, I have the Samsung Classic 2 which is not only a beautiful looking watch but it keeps tracks of all my gym workouts, heart rate and steps.


July empties

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Everything marked with an X I will not be purchasing again as it's not cruelty free. 

The body Shop nutriganics foam face wash
Aussie take the heat shampoo - X
Aussie moisturising shampoo - X
Lush snow fairy shower gel
The body shop vanilla body mist
La Roche effaclar duo - X
Boots botanics night cream - X
Boots nail remover pads - X
Superdrug day cream
Lancome sample - X
Vichy sample - X
Clinque sample  - X
Benefit eye cream sample - X
The body shop aloe deodarant
Dove summer glow gradual tan - X
Superdrug vitamin e body spray lotion
Liz Earle lavendar cleanse & polish 
Sanex deodarant - X
Nip + Fab face mask
The body shop antibacterial hand gel
Superdrug honey hand wash
Rimmel foundation - X
Bourjois CC cream - X
Rimmel nail polish - X 


My July wishlist is... Zaful

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July wishlist including the perfect white pineapple dress...

Zaful is a site that has taken over instagram fashion recently. I've watched a few YouTube videos about this brand and some of it has turned out to be a success. So I went online and found a few things that caught my eye.

 Summer has been all about the pineapple prints, I especially like how it's a shirt style dress.

Belted Pineapple Embroidered Shirt Dress 

Maxi Holiday Sundress With Stripes  - I love the design of this dress and think it would be flattering as the stripes are vertical.

Plant Embroidered T-Shirt - Pea Green

Hollow Out Star Hairpin - Golden

Cotton Loose Floral Embroidery T-Shirt 

Slimming Striped Strappy One Piece Swimsuit - White And Black - as a mum this looks like a great swimsuit option as it would flatter that mum tum!


Matalan haul

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Matalan is a shop I've started to love, I recently purchased some new clothes for myself online from their site and I was really impressed by the quality/style of them. I wore one of the tops to work and got compliments. I'll hopefully get a blog post of that haul up soon, but for now I went to Matalan for new clothes for my son. As you can see I spotted a few other items on my way around.

All clothes purchased for my son are in age 2-3 years, he's 14 months but is quite tall for his age.

Boys Camo Print Zip Through Hoodie & Boys zip trough baseball sweatshirt

These little trainers are so light and my son finds it easier to walk in these than the Clarks shoes I bought him. These were tagged £12 but when I went through my receipt they were only £6, bargain compared to £30+ for Clarks, however my son has broad feet so it's very hard finding any shoes to fit him that's why we usually have to buy Clarks and get his feet measured every time.

As Fathers Day is coming up in June I thought I would get this - can't find it online.

The last pair of slippers I bought myself was the pair I bought to put into my hospital bag for having my son. They were the same as these except in cream and they lasted so well that I thought I would buy them again but in grey. They are very comfortable and cosy! All I can remember from having them in the delivery room was the midwife saying 'I'll just move these lovely slippers as something might go on them'... makes me laugh every time.

Other items bought:
Boys 2 pack print tops - the paint splatter top & chameleon
Ladies footsie socks (can't find online)
2 pack hand towels (can't find online)
2 pack bath towels (bought two pack, can't find online)

This all came to that total of £83! The towels were on offer and then the little trainers were half price, such a bargain for the amount of products purchased.


May Wishlist

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Barry M lash primer - As I've recently went cruelty free with beauty products I'm on the look out for a new eyelash primer and I've been so surprised at the quality of Barry M products, they are 100% cruelty free and so affordable.

Lily Lolo cheek duo - Since going cruelty free I've been researching new brands and there's so many organic/natural companies. Lily Lolo is definitely on my wishlist, about the company:

Our products are made using only ingredients that are proven to nourish and protect the skin. That means you'll never, ever find harmful chemicals such as parabens and phthalates, synthetic perfumes, dyes and anything else that isn't kind to you and your skin. Plus we're proud to be certified cruelty free, too.'

Dunelm Gobi 4 Seat Cube Set - this looks like the perfect sized outdoor furniture.

Dining set - I've been lusting after a new dining set for years now and still can't make up my mind.

New bedding - I'm all about white bedding at the minute and this set from Dunelm looks beautiful.

Ercol Daybed - I already own an Ercol Daybed but need to get it refurbished, thinking of a grey shade.


Cruelty free makeup purchases

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Barry M that's how I roll waterproof mascara - I am loving this mascara, the packaging is really good quality, super cute design and actually gives my eyelashes volume and length. 

Barry M Glowmance primer - today I never applied any makeup but just used a bit of this and it states it 'Smoothing fine lines and imperfections, Glowmance creates a soft focus effect for a beautifully even complexion' and I actually think it has smoothed my skin and given it a lovely glowy finish.

GOSH x-ceptional wear foundation in porcelain - I am pleasantly surprised by this foundation, usually I am really picky when it comes to foundations but going cruelty free has given me the opportunity to explore. I love the coverage and finish this gives so I think I will be repurchasing this.

GOSH cream eyeshadows  - silver rose 1, beige 2 & light copper 3 - I needed to replace my maybelline colour tattoo obsession (as not cruelty free) and these are my perfect substitution, really easy to blend and beautiful colour range.

The Balm 'timebalm' concealer in light - I've always been looking for that perfect concealer to hide my dark circles and I think I might have found it. This is nice and creamy and doesn't crease on me. However I bought shade light but will repurchase it in the light light shade next time.

Barry M brow wow eyebrow pencil med/dark - this is now my favourite eyebrow product, the brush at the end is actually better than a specific eyebrow brush I bought.

Barry M on point liquid eyeliner - I've always loved a felt tip eyeliner and is by far the best one I've used, super fine tip to give a precise finish. 

Barry M matte me up liquid lip - minimalist - this has such a great colour pay off and true to colour.


Recent Superdrug buys

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I've always loved Superdrug own branded products as they are cruelty free and so affordable.

All the below I ordered online:

The 5 items I purchased in store

I received this bag with my online delivery as I spent a certain amount on beauty.


Decluttering my makeup

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I've recently had a light bulb moment... firstly why have I been so careless with my money and secondly I've been buying products from brands that still test on animals. Therefore I've went through all my makeup and have once and for all decluttered properly!

Most of these were probably at the end of their expiry date so I just decided to get rid of them.  In this pile of makeup I think only 1 little wet'n'wild liquid eyeliner is actually cruelty free, isn't it crazy that all these brands aren't cruelty free (please correct me if I'm wrong as it's actually hard to find if a brand is cruelty free)? 

(I decanted all the products so I can put them into recycling)

  • Loreal - true match highlighter, brow artist plumper, double extension mascara, Eva's nude lipstick.
  • Rimmel -lasting finish concealer, wake me up concealer x 2, match perfection concealer,30 kate/180 vintage pink lipsticks, 2 black cherries/berries & cream nail varnishes & clean finish foundation.
  • Maybelline - dream flawless foundation, age rewind concealer, permanent taupe/ metallic pomegranate/pink gold/fantasy/creamy beige colour tattoos, tantalising taupe/rose redefined/nudeflush lip products, couture grey & gel top coat nail varnishes, 3 dream bouncy blushers.
  • Max Factor - coffee cream eyeshadow, star dust pink lipstick, pink'ed & snow white nail varnishes.
  • Bourjois - cc cream, happy light concealer, rice illuminating face powder, nude-ist/peach club/red my lips lipstains
  • Collection - 2 concealers, 7 liquid pen eyeliners (blue, black, purple & brown)
  • Wet'n'wild - brown liquid eyeliner
  • Estee Lauder - double stay black eyeliner
  • Clarins - candy lipgloss
  • Ciate - wait until dark nail varnish
  • Revlon - colour stay lip balms romantic/cherish/flirtatious, pink pout lipstick, photoready concealer & slipper nail varnish
  • No7 - sultry eye shadow palette
  • Seventeen - beehive lipstick
  • Nails Inc - colville mews nail varnish
  • Benefit - benetint lip balm, lemon aid & porefessional
  • Jemma Kid - rose travel set
  • Urban Decay - shine on nail varnish
  • Leighton Denny - purple nail varnish 20

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