November Beauty Buys

Ok so it’s not 3rd December. I am sat on the sofa having picked up my middle daughter from school with hand, foot and mouth. We are watching Frozen Fever and feeling pretty sorry for ourselves. I think I have it too….sore throat, ulcers on tongue. Rank. Anyway, I am now on a massive mission to get everyone better for Christmas.

  • Guinot Dynamisant Anti-Fatigue Mask. From £19.99.

Winter has well and truly set in in the Andrews household. We have all been sick. Ozzie (poor bugger) has been struck down with salmonella and the girls and I have all had horrid chesty colds. To say I feel run down is an understatement. Our newest addition, Maisie is still waking up every 2 hrs in the night for a feed and although I love spending this time just me and her, I would LOVE a night of 3 straight hours sleep. I am doing the whole vitamin C and Zinc thing but my new fave product is Floradix. This iron supplement is AMAZING and I think it is the only thing that is keeping me properly awake. Yay Floradix.

Skin wise it’s going ok. Although the last few days my face feels a little tight in the morning. I am defo someone who is guilty of drinking too much tea and not enough water and the central heating isn’t helping. When my skin feels like this, I stay off the acids and just use gentle products. This face mask is a massive fave.

I get a @latestinbeauty box every month and if this is available I always put one in. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️So the things I require from a mask are…………………

1. It’s not a sheet mask. I cocking HATE sheet masks. I haven’t the time to lie down with a mask on so I need something that I can wear when ironing, playing with the kids etc. Also sheet masks seem so wasteful….there is always so much product left in the packet.

2. I require my masks to be invisible when worn….yes this is because I am utterly lazy and often wear a mask on the school run. 🤫🤦‍♀️. I also often put a mask on after I have taken my stage makeup off so it needs to be something I can wear on my journey home on the tube without looking crazy. 3. I like a mask that I can sleep in….yes lazy again.

4. I like a mask to be hydrating. This mask does it all. Smells a bit like aloe which is nice, slightly tacky when it’s on….so if you are lazy and wear it on the school run it’s not great with makeup, but it kinda defeats the point to put makeup over a mask. You can wear it for a little as 10 mins before you take it off. Anyway, it’s definitely the best mask I have used in ages.

  • L’Occitane Creme Precieuse Immortelle. £44.

It’s rare to see a company like L’Occitane featured on Instagram. Maybe it’s not particularly Instagrammable… not funky enough, not endorsed by enough celebrities. But when L’Occitane was founded in 1976 by 23-year-old Oliver Baussan it would’ve been a very Instagrammable small business. Baussan started his company by selling essential oils and vegetable based soaps in an open air market. Anyway mighty oaks from little acorns grow and now, today L’Occitane is known in over 100 countries.

Since having children, my skin has changed considerably. I no longer have breakouts which is great but I am definitely prone to dryness. Middle age has most definitely hit. This cream is perfect for me in winter. It’s thick and luxurious but sinks in surprisingly quickly. It smells totally lush and leaves my skin radiant, glowy and hydrated. It comes in a 50ml pot for around £44 and it has lasted absolutely ages. A little really goes along way. This is definitely one of those products that makes you feel pampered when wearing.

  • Cerave Hydrating Cleanser. £6.

Fragrance free, non foaming, non irritating, contains hyaluronic acid, non bank busting, non pretentious. This stuff just works and is without a doubt my favourite budget cleanser.

Thanks for reading.

Merry Christmas.

October Beauty

I had my first proper night out since Maisie was born last night. Ozzie came back from work at 6 to look after the kids and I went out on the razzle. My trip out was heading into work to watch the first night of a show. The getting ready process was LONG. Trying to get yourself presentable when you have to keep interrupting your beautifying time to breastfeed, restart The Greatest Showman for the oldest one and cook bolognese for the middle one meant the whole ‘getting ready’ process took about 4hrs. Anyway, come 6pm I sprinted for the front door with my newly straightened hair shiny and my lips a glossy red. I was even wearing a normal bra. BOOM.

After the show I decided to go to the first night party for a glass of Prosecco. All going swimmingly until this was pointed out to me……

Yes, my left breast had been leaking milk all night. MORTIFIED!!!!

  • Little Aurelia Sleep Time Pillow Mist. £22.

I am stealing my 12 week old’s posh products….I mean anything that arrives in a bag from Liberty’s is too good for a baby. So, it is now in my sleep time arsenal. 😊😊😊😊 To be honest I don’t need help sleeping but this does mean I fall asleep in a delicious haze of Rose Quartz Crystal Water(!😂) which is a lot better than my usual Febreze. Really lovely gift for anyone you know who has just had a baby!!

  • Kérastase Elixir Ultime Radiance Beautifying Oil. £29.99.

I bloody love an oil. Face, body, hair, I don’t care, I just slap it on. I invested in this stuff after moaning to my hairdresser that my hair colour was fading. When asked which products I used I guiltily admitted to using anything that was handy (I’m embarrassed to admit, I have even used my daughter’s cradle cap shampoo if it’s the only bottle in the shower 😱😱). So after being made to feel suitably guilty, I invested! This oil came in a pack with a shampoo and conditioner and I have been using it since Easter…that is a long time people…..so yes, the price may be a little punchy but it lasts. In conclusion, listen to the advice of your hairdresser: IF YOU HAVE COLOUR TREATED HAIR YOU NEED TO USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS!!! My hair laps up this oil. I use it to smooth and protect when I straighten and it smells lush!!

  • Avene Hydrance Aqua-Gel. £13.33. *
  • Avene Hydrance Hydrating Emulsion. £14.50. *

For a more ‘budget friendly’ brand, these two products are wicked! I have been using the Aqua-Gel for a few weeks now as a night cream. It is completely non irritating and I smear it all over my face, eyes and neck. It takes a while to sink in (which is why it’s best for night) but once absorbed my skin looks plump and feels brilliantly hydrated….so much so that I haven’t been using an oil afterwards. I also love the smell of it. I can imagine it would be completely lush out of the fridge on a hot summers day.

I must admit, that I usually avoid creams that are labelled ‘light.’ I wrongly assume they won’t be moisturising enough. This Hydrating Emulsion left my skin moisturised all day but non greasy. I have also worn it under makeup and my slap has stayed on all day.

As a fan of acids and retinol I like to use a moisturiser which doesn’t do anything fancy but is just gentle and moisturising. These fit the bill but the Aqua-Gel is my fave.

*Kindly gifted.

Thanks for reading people….and remember:

BREASTPADS ARE YOUR FRIENDS.

September Beauty

Since embarking on the roller coaster whirlwind that is parenting I have really started to get into skincare. Before kids, I used to just slap on whatever products I could scrounge from the dressing room at the end of a show – nowt pricy, usually baby wipes and Simple moisturiser. I also used to wear a LOT more makeup. Since becoming a mum, I am constantly in search or that amazing glow you get during pregnancy. My skin has always been good when I have been pregnant. Skin is the only thing that I can rock when I’m up the duff. The rest of me is falling apart…varicose veins in my legs and foof, stretch marks all over, crazy hair colour, but my skin…yup my skin looks good.

It has only been in the last year that I have started to use retinol, glycolic and vitamin C. They are complete game changers and I am so sad they weren’t about in my spotty teenage years. Vitamin C serum is a product that is now a beauty staple for me. It is a holy grail because IT REALLY WORKS , really. I could clean my house all day for 24 hours and I would see less results than I do after a morning with a bit of vit c serum on my face!

  • Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum. £32.00.

Not only is this product recommended by the great Sali Hughes but it just won the award for best new ‘Skintellectual’ at the 2019 CEW Beauty Awards. This bottle of fab seems to be marketed at ‘mature’ skin. I think Vitamin C is generally great for mature skin which often needs a helping hand to create a glow and reduce sun spots. However, the Balance Me serum contains hyaluronic acid and it is definitely the most moisturising of the three serums in this review. I usually use my vitamin C serum before putting on a hyaluronic acid serum but with the Balance Me I just didn’t need to. My skin felt moisturised and looked plump. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue and smells lovely.

  • Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Serum. 21.00.

This is my fave product of the three! I just read a review by someone who basically hated the fact that it was in such a small bottle. “Hello? Mcfly?” That the USP dummy. The whole point of this product is that the brains at Vichy have given you a ten day shot of vitamin c power. They recommend you use this little vial of wonder about 3 times a year, for 10 days which will result in brighter skin. The best bit???? Because the light resistant bottle contains only 10ml, the product stays fresh and you will use it all up.

So what’s in the bottle:

15 % Ascorbic acid which is the pure form of vit c. If you have sensitive skin this percentage could be a little too much for you.

Alcohol Denat. Used to help the efficacy of the other ingredients and as a preservative. However it can be slightly drying. It didn’t affect my skin but if you are on the dry side make sure you use a good moisturiser.

Hyaluronic Acid. This basically acts as a magnet to draw in moisture. In this product the acid is hydrolysed which means the acid is broken down into smaller chunks which makes it a bit less effective.

As I said, I really loved this serum and saw a dramatic improvement in the brightness of my skin….which defo needs a bit of help in that department. I also didn’t find it drying as I use a hyaluronic acid serum afterwards anyway.

  • Glow Recipe Pineapple C Bright Serum.£46.00.

My husband says that I am an advertisers dream. The bottle for this serum is like a pineapple….a 🍍!!!! It’s utterly tremendous! I didn’t just get seduced by a pretty face however as this serum just won the Best Serum in the Instyle Readers Choice Awards.

This serum contains not one but three forms of vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid, 22% pineapple juice and 3-O-Ethyl Asorbic Acid (don’t be threatened by the chemistry lesson-it is basically just a more stable version of Vitamin C. This little bottle also contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and extracts of camomile and aloe.

The consistency reminds me of calpol….sorry, I don’t mean this in a negative way….I mean calpol is the drug we can’t do without in our house – it truly is the drug of the gods. What I mean is that it’s slightly viscous. It feels slightly tacky on application but absorbs really quickly to leave what Glow Recipe calls ‘glass skin.’ By this, they mean luminous and pore less.

Ok, ok my skin defo isn’t pore less but after applying this baby it is pretty luminous even if I do say so myself!!!

Thanks for reading. X

August beauty

Hi all. Pamper wise this month has been a bit lacklustre. No lying in the bath with a face mask and a chilled glass of white. More like trowelling on concealer to hide my eye bags and more often than not realising I have forgotten to put deodorant on. I also stink of breastmilk which in all honesty is a smell that makes me heave. Anyway, the only way is up from here!!!

  • Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Kiehls. £38.00.

Oh sleep how I miss you!!! Last night Ozzie and I had high expectations for a stay at home date night. He was going to cook and we were going to watch a film. 💪💪 By 5 pm he had been puked on by Maisie and I had been pooed on. We were in pjs before the kids. 💪💪At 4:30 we sat down for a romantic meal with the children… nuggets and beans. #winningatlife. I did manage a bath thank god and a tankard of wine. 🍷🍷🍷🍷So my prerequisite for a pampering product is that it has to smell lush. If it’s an oil it’s a bonus. This midnight recovery ticks both boxes. Smells of lavender which instantly calms me down. If you are an oil virgin give it a whirl…it’s quite light so you don’t go to sleep feeling like a chip and you wake up to glowy, clear skin. Lush.

  • Fushi Really Good Hair Oil. £18.00.

I rant about my hair a lot on this blog. First world problems and all but it is a tough gig having dyed blonde hair. The reason it’s tough is mainly down to my laziness. The whole point of these beauty blogs is to highlight products that work for people who haven’t got time or money to waste on products that, well, don’t. Although being blonde isn’t a product, obvs, for me it just doesn’t work. This month I had a massive hair disaster. I decided that now was the time to go darker. Not mega dark but dark enough that when the roots come through children at the park don’t ask me why I dye the top of my hair darker than the middle and bottom.

Although pregnancy has left me with 3 incredible daughters, it has also left me with hair that knows it’s own mind and will not be told how to behave (slightly like my daughters actually). A few months ago the wonderful Elthia (my hairdresser) noticed a black streak in my hair – just like I had slipped with the mascara wand. I hadn’t….it must have been those crazy pregnancy hormones. So, 3 weeks ago Elthia turned up ready to get my hair back to basics. We agreed on lightish brown with some honey streaks. All was going well until after the toner was applied. On removal of the towel my hair was grey!!! Proper granny grey. 👵🏻! Elthia and I both started to perspire. We decided to warm it up a bit and take out the ashy colour. The result….ginger. Proper Geri Halliwell ginger. We decided not to put my hair through anymore that day so I have invested in some of those massive hair bands to cover a lot of the damage. I have to say it has faded and I am now quite used to it. I couldn’t really tell you what colour it is now…a pinkish, reddish, blonde but I don’t have roots which is a bonus!

As a result of the hair carnage I have been deep conditioning like a loon. A loon I tell you! So I received this Really Good Hair Oil to review. Firstly I would like to say as soon as a company choose to name their product ‘Really Good’ I think you are onto a bit of a losing streak. For me, I would name this product Pretty Mediocre Hair Oil. I mean it was ok, but just ok. To be honest I couldn’t be arsed with the faff of putting it on and then getting a steaming towel to put on my head for 30 mins. I don’t have 30 mins to sit with towels on my head.

Nope, for me nowt has compared to this brilliant product which L’Oreal need to rename as Proper Mega Deep Conditioning Masque.

If you haven’t tried it….DO! NOW!

  • Olay Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. £18.00
  • I have to say that out of all beauty products, I struggle to get excited by eye cream. Wrongly, the lazy tart in me relies on my facial moisturiser to keep my eye bags hydrated. I also believe that dark circles are often genetic or caused by being utterly knackered so unless I change my genes or get rid of my 3 kids I have to embrace my exhausted eyes.
  • This eye gel has made me a convert. It contains hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, cucumber extract to soothe, and witch hazel to combat puffiness. It is gorgeous straight out of the fridge for an instant cooling effect and it is absorbed really quickly. You only need a little bit so the pot lasts ages. Brilliant.
  • Thanks for reading.

    July Beauty

    Ooooooh I am feeling the need for a good old pamper this month! Sleep deprivation thanks to a newborn is making me look a little like a zombie. I am also constantly covered in vom or puke….not my own. Sadly, I am too tired to care.

    • L’Oreal Absolut Repair Lipidum Masque. £16.05 for 500 Ml.

    Yes the hair saga continues. During pregnancy my hair was a bit nuts. Not so much the texture (it was a little drier than usual) but the colour went mental. Yes, yes the blonde moaner again!! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️. You know as a blonde when your mascara wand slips and you paint a bit of your hair by mistake???? Yes so I had a completely random black streak….black….in blonde hair. Also whenI got my hair coloured a few weeks ago, by the first hair wash I already had roots!!!!! WTF!?!? So my remedy, wash it less (yuk) and condition it really well. This deep conditioner is so gorgeous. I am a texture fanatic and it’s like smearing your hair with a Greek yogurt or custard! So thick, gloopy and yellow. It also only needs to be on for 5 minutes which is a bonus if you are pushed for time. As always there is a jargon word ‘lipidium.’ So ‘lipidium’ is a combo of lactic Acid, phyto-keratin and ceramides that when combined apparently ‘form a barrier film on hair to lock in actives and essential nutrients, which coats hair against new aggressors.’ 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️No one has time for aggressors!!!! Anyway all I know is…it feels lush, smells lush, lasts ages and works so buy it. Aggressors be gone! 😂

    • Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. £28.00.

    This is the brand that you will have seen all over Instagram. It is very easy to take a beautiful pic of Herbivore products because quite simply, they look lush.

    This facial spritz contains coconut water to hydrate 🥥 , hibiscus flower to even your skin tone, rose to reduce redness 🌹, witch hazel to tighten and aloe Vera to heal and soothe. It’s totally gorgeous when it’s straight out the fridge and applied liberally to a sweaty face and it works a treat after applying makeup to fix it in place and to give a slightly dewy look. It also smells beautiful. I have to say however, it’s pretty punchy price wise and as much as it’s a lovely product, I’m sure I could find something just as good but a little cheaper.

    • Herbivore Emerald Moisture Glow Oil. £42.00.

    Herbivore products really do get massive dressing table points. How lush do they look?!?!?!??

    Facial oil is something I cannot and won’t do without. I think it is my way of apologising to my skin for using Oxy10 as a moisturiser in my teenage years. 😱😱😱😱😱

    Let’s talk about cannabis. Recently it has become a bit of a buzz word in the beauty industry. I have to say that I was initially put off. It takes me right back to my student days of sitting in manky bedrooms eating dodgy takeaways while the stench of weed covered our hair, clothes and chicken with cashew nuts. Rank! Beauty manufacturers have extracted the non psychoactive (so not the bits that make you feel like a student again) elements of cannabis to provide a ton of good stuff to your skin. So what can it do????Right, got your clipboard ready????CBD is anti aging, helps to prevent acne, treats psoriasis and eczema, and is rich in omega 3,6,9 .

    I haven’t been bothering with make up much this month so have been wearing it am and pm and enjoying the glow it gives me. If I was going to put on make up, I wouldn’t use the oil as it does take a while to sink in. Apart from a MAHOOSIVE mozzie bite on my face (thanks to an evening walk in the woods) my skin is spot free and looking pretty good considering I am so cream crackered!

    Looking forward to August’s post. I am trialing a new face oil and a hair mask which I can already tell you isn’t a patch on the one above!!!

    Thank you for reading.

    June beauty

    Hi all. Welcome to the June Wrap-Up!!! Nearly July, the sun is shining and life is good.

    Just a few words about my beauty posts on the blog and insta:

    1. I don’t profess to be a beauty expert. I work in the theatre and spend my life putting make up on and taking it off. I know what I like and I know what works for me. I also do a lot of research.

    2. At the risk of sounding like ridiculous Nigella, I like my products to smell incredible and feel luxurious. I want a pamper to feel like a sensory experience….sounds really wanky!

    3. I will never review a product I haven’t used for at least 3 weeks.

    4. Skin care is my fave. After a show I can’t get my full face of slap off quick enough. I am more than happy to go without makeup for days but to achieve that I like my skin to look good!!! Open pores are my enemy also knackered mum skin.

    5. I am not one of those mums who put a full face on for the school run. CANNOT BE ARSED.

    Products in the pic above picture…..

    1. Exfolikate Cleanser. @katesomervilleskincare. New product.

    2. Rose Hibiscus hydrating facial mist and Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil. Both new products. @herbivorebotanicals

    3. Vitamin C 23% serum and ferulic acid. @gardenofwisdomskincare. Totally brilliant. Affordable, treats sun damage, evens skin tone.

    4. Esse ultra moisturiser. @esseskincareuk. Really luxurious.

    5. Botanics Hydrating eye cream. @bootsuk. Light and hydrating. #mumofgirls #instaglam #amroutine #skincare #products #productsthatwork

    • Milkshake Colour Care shampoo and conditioner £27.00 for both.

    I completely LOVE my hairdresser. Elthia has been cutting my hair now for about 7 years. Two years ago she moved to Leeds but she still jumps on a train every few weeks to maintain the barnets of a few lucky Londoners. On her trips to London, she does my whole family in the comfort of my kitchen so I get to wear my pjs- it feels very decadent.

    Elthia is a person I completely trust so when she gives my a bollocking for using cheap shampoo which isn’t formulated for coloured hair, I listen and do what she says….she has no reason to plug a specific brand as she is not affiliated with a salon. She was also right. Blonde hair is sodding hard to maintain and although there is nowt wrong with Tresemme, it wasn’t keeping my colour fresh or the condition of my hair in check.

    Elthia has undoubtedly been proved right. Since using Milkshake my hair is no longer frizzy and dry. This stuff smells AMAZING. It reminds me of American vanilla pudding and I am a complete sucker for a funky bottle. I purchased from Amazon and it came really quickly. So if you have coloured hair listen to Elthia…..don’t use cheap shampoo….it’s worth investing in something specifically for coloured hair!!!! Here endeth the lesson.

      Vitamin C Serum 23% and Ferulic Acid by Garden of Wisdom. £10.00.

    I have been using this for about 8 weeks now and it is a brilliant serum. GoW is based in Arizona but now sold at Victoria Health. It is massively popular with beauty experts not due to insta but well, just because their products work. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 Price wise it is comparable to The Ordinary but is less science-jargon based. I love The Ordinary but I feel a little like I am sat in chemistry class just to try to understand the label. 🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐 Is it just me or is skincare turning into a GCSE chemistry paper? I find all these percentages, BHAs and AHAs a little intimidating. I do think it’s important however to do your research and not let the scary words intimidate you!!! So for those of us who weren’t so hot at science and maths at school, here it all is in layman’s terms. Why use a vitamin C serum? Vit C makes sun damage and red spots less visible while brightening dull skin. 🍊It contains powerful antioxidants that help protect and heal skin from inflammation. 🍊. It also increases the efficacy of your SPF. 🍊👏🍊. Onto Ferulic Acid. This is an antioxidant found in the cell walls of rice and oats and in the seeds of 🍎and 🍊. In a serum like this it boosts the effectiveness of the vitamin C to help slow the ageing process. Basically, put together Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid are like Batman and Robin for your skin. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 I am no beauty expert and I haven’t tried enough other brands to compare but this stuff is affordable, works and is endorsed by people like Caroline Hirons whose opinions I totally respect. Give it a whirl, it won’t break the bank.

    • Kate Somerville. Exfolikate Daily Foaming Cleanser. £16 for 50 ml. £32 for 120ml.

    Oh Kate how I love you. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I have been using this for about a month now and it’s fab. Contains glycolic and lactic acid and also 🍍, papaya and 🎃 enzymes to exfoliate and help you find that elusive glow. The important thing is that it’s gentle enough to use everyday. Gets rid of all makeup and doesn’t leave skin tight and sensitive. It also has lasted bloody ages!! The lather feels really thick and luxurious…almost like a shaving foam. 🎃🍍🎃🍍🎃🍍🎃🍍🎃🍍🎃🍍🎃

    Thank you all so much for reading. See you next month!

    May Beauty

    Body confidence. Something I am not feeling at the moment. I would love to be one of those women who embrace their pregnant bodies and all the stretch marks but right now, with 6 weeks left I feel pretty rank. My bump looks like a sack of spuds that is just hanging off me. My tummy is covered in stretch marks – I was really good with bio-oiling in my first pregnancy, during my second I got a bit cocky and lazy and as a result I am a stretch marked nightmare. I also had an umbilical hernia which was repaired after my second daughter was born so although I don’t have an outy this time, my tummy button is a little like a fried egg. I also have varicose veins everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE. Really. I feel heavy, bloated and cumbersome. Now for a bit of positivity…..my skin looks good. I like my pregnancy freckles and I do look kinda glowy or that could be the sweat…..don’t get me started on the sweat. 🤦‍♀️🤰🤦‍♀️🤰🤦‍♀️🤰🤦‍♀️🤰🤦‍♀️🤰🤦‍♀️🤰🤦‍♀️🤰🤦‍♀️

    • Drunk Elephant. Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser. £29.

    My husband calls me an advertisers dream and unfortunately he is right. When Drunk Elephant first arrived in the UK I really wanted to try it mainly because of the packaging. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ The bold colours are just so eye catching. Then of course I read reviews and REALLY wanted to try it. I was a good girl and used up all my other cleansers, all the while looking at the pot of green loveliness that was waiting for me in the bathroom.

    💚🐘💚🐘Good points…..

    1. It has lasted ages so far….8 weeks and going strong.

    2. Honestly does melt the makeup. Gets rid of waterproof mascara with no scrubbing and no irritation.

    3. Leaves skin really soft.

    4. Comes with a little vial of Bamboo Booster Grains to exfoliate.

    5. The colour of the packaging. I 💚the green!!!

    6. It comes with a funky, magnetic spatula thing. To be honest, I think this is a little gimmicky….I mean do we really need a spatula? Can’t we just gouge??? For those who aren’t gougers I’m sure it’s a good thing and magnets are cool.

    Bad points…….

    1. The smell of ‘nothing.’ This is a pretty ridiculous bad point and hard to explain unless you have had an opportunity to smell the ‘nothing.’ The lack of perfume prevents irritation but the smell of ‘nothing’ is quite strong. 🧐🤨😊🧐🤨😊🧐🤨😊🧐🤨🤨⭐️🤨 In conclusion, I would definitely repurchase.

    • Clairol Root Touch Up. £4.99.

    Brilliant. School run, pouring rain, Edie tells me I look “just like a man.” She then softens the harsh brutality of her comment by saying that I look like “the horrid boy from the wizard film.” She means Draco. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ She isn’t talking about my youthful 11 year old skin, she means my slicked back blonde hair. 👱‍♀️ 👱🏽 👱‍♂️👱‍♂️👱🏽👱‍♀️👱‍♂️👱🏽👱‍♀️👱‍♀️This brings me on to my topic….Being Blonde is a Ball Ache! First World Problems I know. As a child it’s ok. You never get to play Mary in the Nativity but you are often the 🌟 or Gabriel. I only started dying my hair in 2011. I just wanted a few highlights for my wedding. Little did I know the high maintenance life that would ensue. The colour options are numerous…honey, ashy etc. It’s a hard colour to wear when you look a bit pale and knackered. And the roots!!!!!! I tried to embrace the roots until a child asked my why I dye the top part of my hair black. Also, I’m not cool enough to be ‘rooty.’ My hairdresser is totally brilliant but the reality is that blonde hair takes maintenance and I can’t be arsed. 😂😂😂 This Root Touch Up is my saviour. In between dye jobs I just chuck it on, wait 10 minutes and it looks better!!! It defo keeps the dye job going and blends really well with the colour my hairdresser uses.

    • Paula’s Choice Calm Exfoliant. £24.00.

    I really love this stuff. Having children does weird things to you skin and I have definitely noticed that now my chin is pretty red. I was looking for something calming, hydrating and exfoliating and this definitely did the job. My glowing chin has definitely calmed down. It contains 1% salicylic acid which removes skin build up. I tend to use it in the morning and Pixi Glow Tonic at night and the quality of my skin has definitely improved beyond measure. Sun spots, red patches and pores are reduces and skin feels moisturised. Brilliant.

    • O’Keeffes Skin Repair Body Lotion. £5.99.

    Thanks to my slack mumness, I am often guilty of shaving my legs with very old razors. Consequently, my legs are often red, itchy and sensitive. The sensitivity definitely gets exacerbated by warm, sweaty, summer nights. This body lotion is brill. Mega thick and if you put it on in the morning your skin still feels moisturised by the evening. Also the packaging is yellow…who doesn’t love yellow? Anyway for quality and value for money it’s top 🍌!

    Coming up next month will be reviews of Rose Hibiscus Facial Spritz and Emerald Facial Oil both by Herbivore. They arrived today but I am going to give it a month or so so they can work their magic. So far I can tell you they smell beautiful.

    Thanks for reading. See you in June. X