Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Lush Haul...

Who can resist the scent of a Lush store?

Definitely, not me... particularly when its a new mahoosive store in Oxford Street. I walked straight in and here's what I walked out with...

I actually went in only to buy a cleanser and maybe 1 bath bomb...

'Angels on bare skin' is a lovely soothing cleanser made from ground almonds and lavender oil. I used to use this in the past quite regularly but somehow it slipped my routine. However, pregnancy skin is a lot more sensitive so I thought the introduction of this back into my life will be just the 'pick me up' my skin needs.

This cleanser is soothing and calming and great for dry skin and eczema too, as you can see it is a solid crumbly product and you pinch a bit off and put it in the middle of your palm, add water and lather onto your skin. It smells of lavender so it's very comforting and a great product to use right before bed.

I picked up 2 bubble bars, 1 bath bomb and I was given an extra bubble bar as a random act of kindness, the SA was so sweet and she even recognised me and told me she read my blog, shout out to you Zahra, thank you so much.

The Comforter (Bubble Bar) This is an all time favourite, I always buy one with every Lush purchase as you don't have to use it all in one go. I crumble bits off and make it last as long as possible (About 4 baths worth). It smells AMAZING with a fresh fruity scent with notes of blackcurrant and bergamot. Furthermore, it produces lots of lovely bubbles and pink bath water, what more does one want?

UltraViolet (Bubble Bar) This is from the new easter range and I purchased for the same reason as mentioned above, its a nice hefty large chunk and can be used for several baths when crumbled off. It looks amazing, like a dark rainbow and the scent is divine!! It contains Rosewood and jasmine so it's high in floral notes and produces lovely violet bath water and just sounds really relaxing. I think this one is for me! :)

Fizzbanger (Bath Bomb) This is bright yellow and blue on the inside so changes colour as it fizzes away. Esra's favourite colour is green at the moment, so the fact that her bath water would eventually turn green, sold me on this one. It smells like citrus lemons and cinnamon and I'm sure Esra will have a lot of fun tonight. :)

Down The Rabbit Hole (Bubble bar) This is part of their easter range, it looks like a candy swirl and smells really sweet with notes of orange, I am sure Esra will love this! (This was the one that was given to me as a random act of kindness.)

I wish you could smell everything... Mmmmmmmm

They had so many cool bath bombs and bubble bars, I basically want everything! I haven't been to Lush in AGES and really feel like I'm having withdrawal symptoms lol. I am planning to go back and get some shampoo and conditioner bars for my hair, I also want 'Big" shampoo and 'Curly Wurly' for Esra plus a whole lot more!

What are your favourites from Lush right now? There was so many cool Easter items, and I really wish I got the bunch of carrots, check them out if you haven't already.

On another note, I have all the ingredients to make my own bath bombs, so might try and make a few with Esra, that will be way more economic but probably won't look as good!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

15 Weeks Pregnant...

Good afternoon and Happy Thursday, I'm back as you can see however, not quick enough like I promised for January. As you can see from the title of the post, I got pregnant :) therefore I had the worst morning sickness literally as soon as I found out and EVERYTHING was on hold as survival mode kicked in.

We found out I was pregnant just before my birthday which is Christmas day, it was a lovely surprise even though it was still planned, it honestly feels crazy to be pregnant with baby no2 as it feels like yesterday I was pregnant with Esra. Baby's due date is 16th of August 2016. Esra is 4 but will be almost 5 when baby arrives, I think it's a nice age gap, I could no way have dealt with 2 toddlers and am glad we waited a little longer.

I had the worst nausea which lasted 24 hours of the day, I was vomiting and not eating much and to top it off I got a cold in Decemeber followed by the worst Flu in the beginning of February. My nausea is almost gone now that I'm in the 2nd trimester but it does make an appearance now and then particularly in the evenings. However, I am feeling SO much better and feel back to my normal self, i can eat and enjoy my food and I am not sleeping as much as I did in the 1st trimester as I feel like my energy is coming back as the placenta kicks in.

Here's baby bump at 15 weeks and 2 days, I'm smaller than I expected to be at this stage but I was quite tiny with Esra too and didn't start showing properly until much later. I did however expect to be massive at this stage as it's the 2nd pregnancy, but I'm sure I will eat my words and be huge towards the end lol.

I'm roughly the same size I was with Esra, I did stop working out whilst I was really sick but ready to get back into it now, I want a healthy fit pregnancy and hopefully I keep it up, I damn well will keep it up! :) I'm just praying for an easy smooth pregnancy inshallah...

Lets talk Lotions and Potions...

My hair has been quite dry and I have been enjoying using the Organix 'Argan oil of Morocco' range, I LOVE the serum on damp hair which definitely adds moisture to my locks. The shampoo and conditioner is great too however I want to try the 'Coconut Milk' range next.

With regards to my growing belly and breast area I have been using the Melvita 'Extraordinary oil' and a mixture of the Neals Yard 'Mothers Balm'. The Melvita oil absorbs instantly as it has a silky fine texture and is a "dry" oil which is great when you don't want to transfer oil to your clothes.

However my absolute favourite for my belly is the 'Mothers Balm'. I used 3 tubs of these for my pregnancy with Esra, I always apply this at night and sometimes in the morning. I got absolutely no stretch marks on my belly and I'm hoping that I don't get any this time round too. It's not a big deal if I do, but anything to prevent it.

The 'Mothers Balm' has a really thick balmy texture and is quite greasy when applied, it does absorb but it still leaves a film on the skin which I love as it's really soothing and feels moisturised at all times. 10/10 from me!!

The 13 week scan was truly amazing, as soon as I saw baby moving and heard the heart beating my heart melted. I was so anxious but everything seemed good at this stage thank god. I do panic when I don't have nausea and we didn't buy a doppler as I just feel like it will drive me mad. My next scan is on the 30th of March where we will find out the gender. I honestly don't mind what baby is as long as they are healthy inshallah. A girl would be lovely so that they can be sisters but a boy would be so lovely too, it will be nice to have one of each. I am happy with whatever god has planned for us, I just can't wait to find out so I can go shopping! :)

Any gender guesses?

Esra thinks baby is a boy and is really happy to be a big sister. We had to tell her right away as she kept jumping on me and asking me to pick her up and swing her around, so we had to tell her and she has handled it really well. She just wants to shop for baby too, she keeps picking up baby clothes and asking if we can buy them. She is SO excited and asks everyday if baby is coming out today.

I am kind of in nesting mode already, obviously baby will sleep in our room with a moses basket for a while and then move into Esra's room. I'm trying to think of how I can make space for the both of them as Esra's room is quite small, but I can do it especially with my decluttering approach. It will be a challenge and I can't wait to see what we end up with.

I haven't done any shopping for baby yet and don't really plan to until after the gender scan, but I'm sure I will be back to making some crochet goodies for baby in no time. I do however plan to be as minimalistic with this baby as much as possible. I feel much more ready and know what is really needed and what isn't. Wish me luck!

So if you have read all the way to the end, well done :) and speak soon! x X x

Friday, 25 December 2015

Why hello there....

Firstly, Merry Christmas to all those celebrating today. It's been exactly 1 whole year since I did the last blog post and this post is long overdue but here it is....

Yup, it's my birthday again, another year older and wiser. I must admit, it's been nice having a break from picking up my camera, checking emails and updating but it feels good to be typing away right now too.

As most of you know from Instagram, Esra unfortunately got Mastoiditis this time last year and required emergency surgery. I have deleted most of her photos and everything mentioning the hard times as I just can't bare to look at them. For those of you who don't know, 'mastoiditis' happens when a middle ear infection gets untreated, or in our case misdiagnosed several times. We went to A&E and the GP several times but kept getting assured it was a viral infection and that it would heal on it's own. Mastoiditis is very serious as the mastoid bone is the bone that supports the brain and if the infection had leaked through it could have caused major problems.  The surgery itself was stressful enough as the incision they made was right near the facial nerve. All my hairs are shivering and standing up thinking about it! Luckily, we got the surgery on time and my little pumpkin has made a very good recovery and is left unaffected thankfully. Anyway, I am so thankful that we overcame that stage in our life and have closed that chapter. I take everyday as a blessing and like to enjoy every moment. I just felt like I needed to update on here to let those know who didn't know.

This year I got Esra a little pink "winter" tree that we popped into our fireplace, initially the decor was minimal but she kept coming home with little pine cones in her pocket along with metallic string and clay ornaments from nursery so basically everything got shoved onto it all artistically organised by Esra herself lol, it's so nice to see them smile.

I want to start blogging again, but only once or twice a week about things that interest me and things I enjoy doing. I'm still liking the not checking emails every 2 seconds idea, and will keep that up for as long as I can. Blogging has changed SO much since I last started and it feels like everyone is a pro at it now, but my viewpoint has changed so much in that past year. I still love my makeup and beauty but I'm OK with not having an entire room full of products, I like to use natural products where possible instead of chemical based and like to take a more eco friendly option where I can too. My aim has always been to own decent sized makeup bag full of makeup and hopefully I will achieve that very soon as I have already downsized so much.
I'm on a journey to become a "minimalist" and I feel like I'm almost there, but I need a final declutter in some key zones and plan on sharing some of my journey with you.

Thank you all for your patience and hope you understand my lack of posts, hope you have all had a fab day and now enjoying some Christmas films in cosy pj's.

I'm already planning my next post, speak soon... x X x

Thursday, 25 December 2014

The big 3 0 & Merry Christmas

It's official... I am now 30 and so here's to the 30's being the best decade of my life ever!! I just want to express how truly grateful I am for everything I have in my life, I'm humbled by your comments on Instagram everyday and I pray I can do better and be a better person everyday. Thank you all for your amazing support, I truly appreciate it.

How amazing does this 'Flake' cake look, I feel huge just staring at it but feel even better when it's in my belly of course! How can one person love chocolate so much!? A massive thank you to my husband who knows me too well! :)

Merry Christmas to all of you who are celebrating today, I hope you are all having an amazing day with your loved ones.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette + Swatches

Time for some palette drooling!

Introducing 'Double Exposure' the new palette by Smashbox including 14 shades that transform slightly differently when wet enabling you to have 28 shades. The palette contains shimmer, satin & matte shades that either turn metallic, sparkly, get deeper or intensify when wet. It's housed in a sturdy cardboard palette that comes with a mirrored magnetic closure lid that is practical and hard to miss.

The palette is the ultimate neutral lovers dream, I definitely prefer it to the UD Naked palettes and that's quite a strong statement as the Naked palettes are beautiful too.

I love that the palette contains cool and warm tones to create any type of neutral look, it has light shades suitable for daytime use and deeper darker shades perfect to create dramatic looks for the evening. It has every single type of shade you need including highlight, crease and depth enhancing shades.

It also includes a double ended brush, personally this isn't enough for me to create an eye look t, but I like the short side for upper and lower lash line, and the angled fluffy side to deepen the outer V.  However, the quality of the brush is no doubt amazing as I have been using Smashbox brushes for years with no problems and they still look brand new. Plus, it's always a handy bonus when a palette contains a brush.

Here's what they look like swatched...

Some of the colours like 'Quartz' and 'Flushed' have a lovely duo chrome finish with hints of gold which look really pretty. The texture is smooth and pigmented, the matte shades are a little dusty but all you have to do is tap off the excess like with most matte shades. I really can not fault the palette.

You can see that the shade 'Copper' turns completely metallic and looks so beautiful and warm, 'Fig' & 'Espresso' get deeper perfect to intensify any look. The shade 'Midnight' really reminds me of 'Contrast' from Mac, you can see it adds a little sparkle and same with the shade 'Temper' too.

I love this palette and think it's truly beautiful. I can see me recreating lot of lovely looks with it and I think I will be using this for New years eve along with my birthday too.

Price £37 
See more info HERE.

What are your thoughts on the 'Double Exposure' palette?

(Disclaier - PR sample sent for consideration for review, I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my honest views as always - no affiliate links.)

Monday, 22 December 2014

Nail Care Must Haves

Happy Monday! *pass over the coffee please*

I love taking care of my nails but being a busy mama they get neglected more often than they should. However, recently my nails are looking in tip top shape and I couldn't be happier. My problem was that my nails would grow and then chip or break really easily and I would have to start all over again. I also couldn't decide on a nail shape and I have finally agreed that almond nails suit my nail bed much nicer than square. I have been doing this routine for a few months now and everything is working great. Here's what my nails can't live without;

OPI Nail Envy - This is an amazing nail strengthener that I apply it to my nails whenever I remember, it's recommended to apply a layer everyday for a few days and then remove, I do that sometimes too but I also use it as a top or base coat. This has definitely made a difference, my nails are no longer weak and instead a lot stronger with less bending as it contains protein and calcium to strengthen the nails. I sometimes also put a couple of coats on and use it like a clear polish which looks pretty too.

Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover - I apply this to the cuticles, let it sit for a bit and then wipe off and push my cuticles away, it seriously does the trick and I prefer this method to cutting them which I used to do. I do this about every 3 - 4 weeks.

Cuticle Pusher- I use this to push my cuticles back and away after I have used the cuticle remover. It's so cheap and no nail care routine is complete without it.

Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File - This is the mother of all nail files, I can not ever imagine using anything else, it's made a huge difference to the smoothness of the edges and strength of my nails. It's washable and reusable and you will never need another one unless you break it. If you are not using a glass nail file and your nails are breaking, that is probably a key factor as to the weakness and quality of the nail. This file is so smooth and a pleasure to use and I highly recommend it.

Burts Bee's Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - This smells amazing and is also so nourishing and beneficial at the same time, it's perfect for dry cracked cuticles and will have them back to normal in no time as it contains 100% natural sweet almond and lemon oils. (At the moment you can get little duo sets which contain the cuticle cream and lip balm which is worth checking out, see HERE)

Nails coated with Nail Envy.

What are your nail care favourites?