Tried. Tested . Approved.

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Hello Everybody and welcome back!

Today I am going to share with you my top five affordable beauty products.


 

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Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml £18.00 available here

I first found this toner back in 2015 when it was mentioned by Zoella in one of her favourites videos. At first I was sceptical because there was so much hype built up around this product. In the end I decided to give it a go and see if it lived up to the hype. I’m pleased to say that it exceeded my expectations. This product is a cruelty free, chemical toner (which I promise, isn’t as scary as it sounds).  To use this product,  you simply wipe it over the face both day and night with a cotton pad to gently exfoliate and tone your skin and within days you will notice a difference in your skin. My skin feels a lot smoother and looks a lot brighter since I have been using it, It is without a doubt one of Pixi’s best selling products as the results speak for themselves.


 

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Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream 300ml £10.00 available here

This has been my go to products for two years when it comes to body butter.

I find this product is perfect for the winter months combating cold weather dryness. It absorbs quickly and easily into the skin easily and doesn’t leave a greasy residue afterwards not to mention it leaves skin smelling amazing for 3-4 hours afterwards!  

 


 

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water 116ml £20 available here

This primer water changed my life! I use this product every single day as a finishing spray to set my make up and also to freshen up my make up throughout the day. The results are truly amazing and it keeps my make up from looking cakey throughout the day. I find it helps with my dry skin through the winter months and keeps my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Without a doubt, worth the money.


 

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Acti-Labs 3d Corrector Cream 20ml £18.50 available here

This is a must have product if like me, you are a busy mum who only has five minutes to get herself ready before the school run.

This product helps to eliminate dullness from deep within skins surface and helps minimise the appearance of dark spots and their recurrence. It instantly perfects my skin tone and leave my skin with a flawless healthy glow. It is also handy as it has SPF 20.

I slap a small amount of this cream on my face, quickly fill in my brows, add a bit of blush and mascara and I am ready to go.

It has made my life a whole lot easier in the morning.


 

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Acti-Labs High Definition Liquid Foundation 15ml £11.50 available here

Again, this product is another life changer as I suffer with a very uneven skin-tone and have quite large pores on my cheeks. Since discovering this foundation I have never gone back to high-street brands. This foundation covers uneven skin tone, blemishes and redness. Full coverage with and acne taming formula to perfect and protect skin. This mineral foundation contains Green Tea, Calendula, Chamomile, Cornflower, Linden, Vitamin E and St. John’s Wort. It is also water based so it is super hydrating and perfect for all skin types.


Let me know in the comments your absolute favourite products that you simply cannot live without… I’d love to hear from you.

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Advice for new mums?

 

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About a week ago, I was asked for advice on how to be a good mum by my friend who is expecting her first baby.

It got me thinking, is anybody really a ‘good mum’?

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I know from personal experience that we can all be guilty of having those selfish moments when we hide out to eat that chocolate biscuit that we don’t want to share or in that moment of despair, lock our children in their rooms with a selection of toys and a DVD while we steal five minutes for a shower to wash away the snot, poo and other bodily fluids that we have been covered in that day.

With my little boy being three years old now, I feel like I finally have enough knowledge to bestow some on any new mums out there.

Without further ado, here are a few.


 

Asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of

It does not make you weak. In my opinion, it makes you stronger for realising that you cannot do this alone and it proves that you are willing to do whatever you can to look after your baby.

There is absolutely  no shame in putting your own needs first if only for a short period of time. If you need to call somebody to sit with your child while you take a nap after three nights of cluster feeding and days full of catching up on chores while your baby sleeps, do it. You are not wonder woman and people will understand. If you ask for help, you will more than likely receive it without judgement.


 

It is completely acceptable to cry

My partner was in the army when our son was born, so for 5 out of 7 days, I was alone with this tiny little stranger who cried, pooped, slept and threw up majority of the day.

I remember feeling exhausted and alone. Sometimes were hard, sometimes were boring and sometimes things were very difficult, especially when he developed re-flux at around 7 weeks old and wouldn’t keep milk of any sort down.

I remember sitting and just crying.

You have just been on this humongous roller-coaster of carrying a baby, then giving birth. Nobody is going to judge you for crying.


 

There are no awards

You know that one parent who’s child had pretty much won a Nobel prize before the age of two?… Ignore that bitch.

Your child develops at their own rate. Do not feel like you or your child is a failure just because they’re not doing as much as Susan Jones’ little girl down the road.

Celebrate when your child reaches their milestones, small and big. Their minds are constantly working to figure things out.

It is not a race.


Celebrate your small victories

Whether its a warm shower or a hot cup of tea that hasn’t been microwaved and forgotten about seven times, celebrate it.

I remember in the first few months, I could go days, forgetting to eat breakfast or lunch. Those days that I did remember, I gave myself a pat on the back.


 

As I’ve said before, my son is three now so those first few months are a little foggy now.

I remember feeling alone, confused and bewildered a lot of the time, but overall we had more good days than bad days.

Motherhood is an adventure for you and your child to conquer together. You are going to hit some bumps along the way but don’t forget that there are so many people that are around to help you.

So for new mums out there who are having a terrible time and feel like they are doing the worst job ever, remember these words.

You are not a bad mum, you are a good mum having a bad day.

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Doing things for Charity

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Hello Everybody and welcome back!

Two years ago, my new years resolution was to overcome my fear of giving blood, so on the 29th April 2015, I signed up to become a donor.

My first appointment was booked in for 29th May and I was terrified.

I took along one of my best friends to my appointment to talk to me and take my mind off things.

On arrival, I handed in my questionnaire, poured myself a pint of water and sat down to read the information guide I was given.

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Next I was called into a cubicle where a nurse asked several more questions and took a sample of my blood to check that my iron levels were alright.

From there I was sent to a different waiting area and waited to be called.

After a short wait, my name was called and I got seated.

The first attempt to draw blood was a complete failure as the vein in my left arm collapsed so we gave the right arm a try.

 

The donation itself only takes about 15-20 minutes and apart from the needle being put in and taken out, it it completely pain free.

After you’ve donated, you are provided with a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits!

 

To sign up to donate blood go to this link and find out where you local donation centre is.

https://www.blood.co.uk/


In 2015 as well as giving blood, a few of my friends and family signed up to our local hospices colour run.

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We completed the 5k course in just under an hour, we walked a lot of the way and just had a laugh and a giggle.

This was a fun afternoon and a great way of getting out of the house and raising money for an important cause.


In April 2016 I took part in a DECHOX for the British Heart Foundation. No chocolate for a whole month!!

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I am pleased to say that throughout the month of April, I didn’t touch a single piece of chocolate.

The first few weeks were a nightmare, but after a while, the craving went away.

In the months after I found myself not wanting to eat chocolate as much. I guess the Dechox helped me to realise that I don’t need it as much as I thought I did.

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Sticking with British Heart Foundation, I have also taken part in two My Marathon events this year. One in May and one in September.

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My marathon is 26.2 miles designed to be completed at your own pace over a four week period.

I ran one mile per night and completed it in 26 days, the last day I ran the extra point 2 miles to complete.

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To this day, I am still trying my best to make a difference and doing things for charity.

Me and my son have put together two shoe-boxes this year, one for a children’s charity and one for the soldiers charity.

My next appointment to give blood is on 7th December.

I will still continue to sign up and raise money for as many charities as I can along with the general donations of old clothes and toys that my family no longer use or need.

Thank you for reading.

Speak soon

 

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