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In an attempt to stop my kids from using all my posh bath soaps and oils, including my Jo Malone oil in their bath, I decided to buy them some posh bath bubbles of their own. Both my kids love their bath but still have quite sensitive, baby soft skin so I wanted to get something that was tailored to babies and kids especially. Burt's bees is one of my favourite brands as its all natural and really works on my skin and knowing they did a kid and bath selection I decieed to look at their products and its here I found this baby bee shampoo and wash.
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash is described as, "an all-in-one, tear-free natural baby wash which combines a natural plant-based cleansing complex with sweet orange and lemon oils to create a nourishing formula that leaves baby's hair and skin silky soft.
I really like the fact that this is an all in one prodcut as my kids can use it to wash their whole body inclduing their hair. Whenever they are in their bath they always use their soap and bubbles to do both their bodies and their hair so with this product I don't need to worry that they are using the wrong product on their hair or body.
The smell of this product is amazing and another thing that my kinds love about it. Its wonderful and fruity but not in a sickly sweet way, its a more subtle, classic fragrance that makes their hair and body smell wonderful once they have dried off. That lovely fragrance stays on their hair all day long and I can't stop myself from smelling their heads all the time, beautiful. The wash lathers up really well and they hardly ever cry when it goes in their eyes so it's quite soft and non-irritable.
What I love about this wash is that it is just so soft and that's obviously due to the oils included in the ingredients. I can feel it in the bsth water whilst I am washing them, that soft and gentle feeling and this wash is really soft and csring on their skin. When they are dried from the bsth their skin is not dried out and any patches of eczema that my sons suffers with are kept to a minimum and not inflammed by this wash thankfully. Burt's bees say, "we use a natural, sulfate free cleansing complex made from coconut and sunflower oils that is both gentle and effective. We use decyl and lauryl glycoside because they naturally cleanse skin and hair by producing a luscious lather that gently washes away dirt and oil. This complex works so well that we use it in all our cleansing products for your hair, face and body and it allows us to develop new products that meet your specific needs. Unlike harsh chemicals and detergents, decyl and lauryl glycoside do not strip the skin of their natural oils."
I've got a really lovely little garden, it's not that big but it's big enough to have three different beds, some grass and some decking. I love spending time out there, especially in this lovely sunny weather and thankfully so do my kids too. My little girl is actually really into gardening and loves coming to the garden centre with us to pick out plants for "her" garden. As such, we have really encouraged this and encouraged her to look after her plants herself to instill a sense of caring and responsibility.
In order to help her grow, feed, water and take care of her plants we bought her this lovely little watering can from The Early Learning Centre. We have a really big watering can but found she couldn't lift it when it was really only half full of water so this one is the perfect size for her and one she can lift herself when it is full which is good.
This watering can really is very pretty and I actually wish they made them in adult sizes as I would love one too. It's made of a light metal so it's actually very authentic looking and just like an adult one which my daughter loves. Her one is blue and has lots if pictures of different creatures you might find in the garden such as a bee, a caterpillar and a snail.
The watering can is designed really well as my daughter finds it really easy to hold and then to pour the water out of too. There is a small handle at the side of the watering can and then one at the top so you can place a hand on each and tip it up easily to pour.
The watering can costs just £7 from The Early Learning Centre and is a wonderful addition to any garden with kids.
My kids recieved these Early Learning Centre bath crayons from their aunty and uncle for Christmas and I am still a bit divided over whether I really like them or not. On first thought they are a really good idea, especially for my kids as they love drawing and its a bit of a joke in my family that my son always draws over his belly with felt pen so they thought crayons that you can draw with in the bath and over your brother or sister would be a fun thing.
They were very excited to try them and the first bath they had after the Christmas presents were opened had these crayons in them. The crayons came 10 in a pack and are each encased in a length of plastic. The crayon probably only takes up half the plastic casing and I guess the idea is to wind it down when you are not using it but to be honest I don't really see the point of the plastic casing, after all, they are just crayons and don't need to be protected once they have been used.
The Early Learning Centre describe these as, "10 colourful bath crayons for doodling in and on the bath. Easy to wash off crayons for children to draw on the bath, tiles, themselves, or their brother or sister."
The colours of the crayons are really nice, as there are 10 in a pack you get the usual colours, blue, green, red, yellow, black white etc although some defi itely work better than others. Obviously, if you have a white bath like me, the white crayon will be pretty useless but the black and red write really quite well. However, herein lies the problem, some of the colours almost write too well. The red crayon especially takes a lot of scrubbing off the edge of the bath once you have used it and this can be quite annoying, having to clean the bath every time the kids have used it. I usually make my kids scrub if off just before they get out of the bath which they find fun anyway which then is not too much of a hassle.
The crayons are ok to use for drawing on bodies but I find they work a little bit better on dry skin which is not that condusive to bath crayons but if my kids get in and don't wet the top of their body to begin with they can draw it on then and then splash around in the bath.
The set of crayons cost £6 from The Early Learning Centre and I would say they are ok and fun while they last.
I have been using Olay products for well over 20 years now and have been really impressed with the way they work on my face. Whilst I don't really have any wrinkles yet I do think that the creams I use are helping to keep my skin youthful and well protected.
This serum comes from the Olay regenerist range which is described as, "advanced age-defying skincare products that help regenerate skin’s appearance and help provide a visible transformation of the look of the skin without drastic measures." As I get older I find I do need to use products such as these to look after my skin for the years ahead.
The serum comes in a bottle with a pump action at the top of it so its very easy to just squeeze out a little dollop onto your finger, ready to apply to your face.
Olay say this product is, "100% fragrance- and colour-free. It helps smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and hydrates to help create firmer, visibly lifted skin."
The serum has quite a smooth consistency to it and has an off white/clear colour to it. Like Olay says, it doesn't have any type of smell which is nice as you feel you are just adding something quite natural to your face. I find that you really only need the smallest little dollop of this serum as it smoothes onto my face incredibly well. A small bit will cover my whole face and immediately you can feel the difference. My skin is so soft and it almost feels like all the impurities are taken away and my fingers just glide across my face.
According to Olay, "Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating Serum uses our exclusive amino-peptide complex combined with Olay moisturiser. Our formulation visibly helps regenerate skin’s appearance and leaves skin feeling velvety smooth. perfect for normal skin, dry skin and combination skin."
The nice thing is that you can apply this serum under mske up so I will use it in the morning after my shower to really provide a nice base to my face and which to put my make up on. The serum is not cheap, a 50ml bottle costs £24.99 but I definitely recommend it, it works!
As we know, bees make honey so it goes without saying that Burt's bees should make a great honey based product and this honey lip balm is one of my favourites.
Honey is a wonderful natural product and something I enjoy eating as well as using in a beauty based way. According to Burt's Bees, "this elixir has been used since ancient times to promote everything from beautiful hair and skin to rapid healing of wounds."
Burt's bees products are great because they are all natural, with natural ingredients from nature, well packaged and more importantly work well on my skin/face etc. Honey itself contains many vitamins and essential minerals including vitamin C, calcium and iron so its really a great natural product and one I love to put on my lips in this handy lip balm.
This lip balm is one of my favoruites and I have been using it for quite a while now as its really soft and healing on my lips and has a really nice flavour to it too. The honey flavour is lovely and sweet and soothing and almost good enough to eat. It is so mositurising on my lips and makes them wonderfully soft and they really do feel cared for. I like to use this lip balm when my lips are a bit dry and cracked because it really heals them well and gets them back to their best. In fact, Burts bees say, " studies have shown honeys effectiveness in rapidly clearing infection from wounds and because it is a great humectant, it is great at retaining water making it a great skin and hair moisturiser.
The lip balm looks just like a chapstick with a lid at the top and then a twisty bit at the bottom to make the lip stick come up. The balm is a thick stick and quite waxy but it smoothes onto my lips really well and keeps them protected which I love. I do need to reapply quite a bit during the day but I actually quite like doing that as the flavour is so nice.
Burts bees say, "reward yourself with a sweet treat. Made with sweet honey, this natural lip balm moisturises and nourishes lips. Plus it's packed with beeswax, shea butter, almod oil, cocoa butter and lanolin to keep lips soft and healthy. Your lips will look as sweet as they taste.
A tube costs just £3.69 and is definitely one I recommend.
I much prefer to apply my foundation with a brush rather than my fingers as I think I can achieve a much better coverage and better look with a brush and this brush from the Boots No 7 range is perfect for that.
Boots say, "No7 foundation brush is a must-have beauty tool for any make-up collection.
Use the No7 foundation brush to blend foundation evenly for a smooth and seamless finish."
The brush has a fairly long handle so its easy to get a good grip and to be able to reach all the angles of your face that you may need to use the brush on. The top of the brush, actual bristle section is really nice. The bristles are quite long and thick so when I need to sweep my foundation across my face it works well. I use a bottle of foundation so I can dip this brush into the top and then paint it on so to say.
I find the bristles really nice and soft and it doesn't irritate my face at all to have these brushed across my face. When it comes to cleaning this brush I like to do it quite frequently asthe foundation can obviously clog up the brush quite a bit and you don't want anything that dirty touching your face all the time. I simply wash this brush out after I have used it in a bit of soapy water, then I rinse it and leave it to dry and its nice and clean and dry when I come to use it next.
At £14 I initially found this brush quite expensive but then once I had used a Boots no 7 voucher and got some money off it was priced well and is a good quality brush I definitely recommend.
I cannot speak highly enough of this foundation and the results I can achieve my using it. Its one of the best I have tried at that price point and the nice thing is that you can use it with other brands of make ip afterwards in terms of powder, blusher etc and they all work really well gether to give me a flawless look.t
Rimmel say that, " this is the first transfer-resistant foundation that lasts up to 25 hours, Rimmel Lasting Finish. It gives a smooth lightweight coverage and the Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation leaves skin feeling hydrated all day.The transfer proof and fade proof formula means your foundation now lasts up to 25 hours, for a day that never stops." I'm not yoing engh any more to be able to stay up and party for 25 hours so I haven't exactly tested the 25 hoir claim but I have to say that when I wear it for the whole day, 8 hoirs plis, it definitely stands the test if time and still looks in place and not rubbed off or tired in any way.
The foundation comes in a bottle and is easy to apply. I don't actually use very much at all so have never had a problem with it coming off or transfering onto my clothes anyway but its nice to know that this is part if the formula. I chose the natural beige colour as this is probably closest to my skin tone but there are 6 other shades to choose from in various shades of beige.
The foundation goes on really smoothly and covers quite a fww of my imperfections inclduing some red lines on the base of my nose and really gives my skin a nice even look. The foundation seems to sort of soak in and gives the illusion of there being nothing there which is nice. It is not chalky or thixk, its fairly light and lets my skin breathe too which is very important. Thankfully it does not clog my pores either so when I take it off at the end of the day I am still left with really nice, clean skin.
A bottle costs just £7.99 which I think is a great price for a hard working, good quality foundation and one I definitely recommend.
I love Bobbi Brown cosmetics but I can't always afford their products as they are quite pricey. However, their shimmer lip glosses are something I can make an exception for as they are so flattering on my lips and make me look great so I will always purchase and use these.
Bobbi Brown say, "
Bobbi's Shimmer Lip Gloss offers beautiful, non-sticky shine with a touch of iridescence and is perfect on its own or over your favourite Lipstick. Formulated with Aloe Extract to soothe and soften lips; Vitamins C and E for anti-oxidant protection; and Jojoba and Avocado Oils to moisturise lips."
I just prefer to use this lip gloss on its own as they have different colours that are nice and subtle and in my opinion do not need to be layered over another colour of lipstick. There are five different colours that Bobbi brown offer, Kir sugar, lilac sugar, rose sugar, ruby sugar and spun gold, all very different colours but beautiful in their own way. My favourite is spun gold which is a goldish pink colour and when applied gives my lips a subtle lightish pink hue with a hint of gold and some sparkle and keeps them looking sexy and stylish but not too over the top.
The lip gloss comes in a see through tube with Bobbi browns signature writing on the side. I like the fact that the tube is see through so you can see what colour lip gloss you have inside. The top unscrews and becomes a wand with which you apply the lip gloss. At the end of the wand is a little sponge applicator which holds a nice amount of the gloss in it so when you apply it to your lips you get a really nice transfer of colour. The sponge applicator makes the gloss go on really softly and evenly and doesn't leave any lines or patches on your lips. The gloss is a tiny bit sticky but I quite like that as it holds onto my lips well and makes them look shiny and pretty. A tube costs £18.50 so yes, a bit pricey but well worth it in my opinion.
Boots do a wonderful range of cucumber beauty products which are cheap but effective and refreshing and more importantly, work for my skin.
One of my favourite products from the range is this moisturising cream. Boots say, "this Boots Essential moisturiser contains extract of cucumber to help gently soften and soothe. It is enriched with soothing cucumber and vitamins, is suitable for day or night use and contains antioxidants to help protect the skin from environmental damage."
This is what I like to call a basic cream, its got no fancy packaging, no fancy ingredients or fancy science behind it really, (although I'm sure there's some kind of professional science behind it) and it probably won't cure my wrinles in 30 days or give me brighter, lighter skin but what it does do is moisturise my skin and keep it nice and soft and supple on a daily basis.
The cream comes in a simple pot with a screw top lid so its easy to get into the cream and get a nice dollop of it on your hands to smooth all over your face. Like I've said above the packaging is very simple, it comes in a light and dark green colour with just "Boots essentials moisturising cream" written on it.
The cucumber smell is absolutely delicious and refreshing and when I apply it to my face its instantly cooling and light. I really like the lightness on my face as it soaks in well and does not make my skin feel heavy in any way.
A 100 ml pot costs just £1.50 so this is one beauty essential you can really afford to loose.
I'm a bit of a beauty junkie and am a sucker for their marketing and so have a big selection of different lotions and potions although I belive each has its certain time and use and can achieve different things for me. For example, I like to use oil on my face and hair at night time but will use a thicker cream also for overnight and then a lighter cream during the day.
One of my favourite light face creams is this hydrating light moisturiser from Simple. I love Simple beauty products because, as the name suggests, they are simple, with no colours or no fragrances so they are very kind to your skin, especially the delicate skin on your face which is why I like this moisturiser so much.
Simple say, "When your skin's happy and fresh faced, you feel healthier and happier too!
Our Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a perfect blend of ingredients to help keep your skin replenished and hydrated. Perfect for even sensitive skin."
I love this lotion because it really is nice and light and not heavy and thick like a night cream. Although thick creams definitely have their place in my beauty routine, I like using this moisturiser in the morning because it leaves my face feeling moisturised but light enough to be able to apply my make up without my face feeling heavy, weighed down or clogged.
The cream is clean and white and I only need a couple of dabs to cover my whole face and leave it feeling nice and even. Almost as soon as I've applied it I can't feel it on my face which is lovely. Simple day that this cream contains vitamin goodness for naturally healthy skin. There are 2 vital vitamins and 2 skin loving ingredients and by looking at the list of ingredients I can see things like Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Glycerin and Borage Seed Oil, helps to moisturise and soften the skin.
All in all a great light moisturiser.
For a lovely nourishing day cream look no further than this fantastic cream from Burt's bees.
I love Burt's bees products as they are all natural and developed to be caring and kind to your skin. They definitely work really well on my skin and so when I was looking for a new day cream to try I thought I would try Burt's bees. This cream is advertised as being 99% natural so it's a great healthy product to use.
I shower in the morning rather than at night like some people and so I really benefit from a day cream because I apply it straight after my shower to hydrate my skin for the day ahead and before I put on my make up.
Burt's bees say, "Love your skin like never before with our unique day lotion. Infused with Clary Sage, this fast-absorbing lotion is scientifically proven to provide intense hydration and also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So your skin is left feeling soft, supple and intensely moisturised. "
This cream is definitely a very expensively packed cream and I love the way it is dispensed as I think I keeps the cream inside much more fresh and protected than it does when the tub is just open to the elements. The cream comes in a tub with a pump action at the top so you just squeeze the amount out that you need and then rub it in with no mess or no wasted cream.
The cream is lovely and creamy without being greasy or thick and heavy in any way. In fact, it's quite light and that is what I want from a day cream, something that is light and absorbs quickly. This cream really does soak into my skin quickly and effectively and allows me to put my make up on quite quickly afterwards.
I had never heard of clary sage before I used this cream and was interested to know what it was. According to the Burt's bees website, "Clary Sage — survives in the windswept hills of the Mediterranean, and thrives because of its fierce will and exceptional ability to trap and retain moisture. This remarkable botanical is the inspiration behind Intense Hydration, our natural ode to soft, supple skin."
The sage adds an interesting smell to this cream, it's got a bit of a herby smell to it whilst being fresh and clean and is quite pleasant and nice.
As for my wrinkles and fine lines I think I will have to give this cream a few more years of use before I can comment on that but I do think my cream looks a bit tighter and fresher and more awake.
A 50g tub of this cream costs £19.99 so it is expensive but well worth it in my opinion.
I love lip gloss, if I had to choose between lipstick or lip gloss forever, I would definitely go for lip gloss every time. Lipgloss to me is a bit more glamorous, a bit more fashionable and can be subtle or eyecatching depending on how you wear it.
This lip gloss from Rimmel is great and one of my favourites. It is called Stay Glossy 3D lip gloss and Rimmel say it gives you, "Multi-dimensional Luscious Lips. Up to 6 hours of Hi-Def Colour and Shine. Bring your lips into a new dimension with a multi-coloured shine coming from every angle! Thanks to its new colour changing sparkles, your lips will look fuller, shinier and with a stunning colour change depending on the light. Your lips in a 3D dimension!"
I think its an interesting theme for a lip gloss but one that really does give my lips a lot of sparkle and colour and its one I use for evenings out as it has that aspect of being a bit special.
What I like about this gloss is that it comes in a tube with stick, or wand, inside it which has a spongey tip on the end. This is the portion you use to apply the lip gloss to your lips. Now, the nice thing about it is that whilst the spongey applicator sits inside the tube it soaks up all the lip gloss but does not get too runny or sticky so when you apply it to your lips you get a really nice transfer and covergae of colour with too much coming off and making it over the top. The sponge applicator also glides over the lips really nicely and the colour transfer is excellent. The colour really does last a long time. Yes, of course the initisl high shine of the lip gloss does fade with eating, drinking etc but its not such a big pain to reapply and as the colour stays you still have a really nice look.
The lip gloss is not too sticky or gloopy which is nice and just gives a lovely sparkly shine. It comes in two different colours. My favourite is "lights camera action" which is a sort of peach colour, quite subtle but striking and perfect for a day time look. Then there is "red carpet glam" which is more of a dark berry colour and perfect for bold evening looks.
Each tube costs £6.29 and its a lip gloss I definitely recommend.
The main reason why I asked for a bottle of this perfume for my birthday is because I love love love the bottle! Its a work of art in itself and looks absolutely fabulous on my bathroom shelf.
I have been a fan of Marc Jacobs perfumes for a while now, ever since he brought out the beautiful Daisy perfume and bottle and this Dot perfume is a variation on that first Daisy bottle. Dot came out in 2012 so its a fairly new perfume and a very popular one as I know quite a lot of people who wear it.
The bottle is red and black and looks just like a ladybird. In fact, my little girl actually calls this my ladybird perfume and loves to look at the bottle and hold it and play with it. The main part of the perfume bottle which is circular in shape is red and has black spots on it. Then, its really the bottle stopper that gets creatice with black plastic wings and a little smaller round ball on the top. The stopper has a gold cap to it and it fits on the bottle well. There are also some wings on the bottle itself with a little pearl in the middle of it.
As nice looking as it is though, this is definitely not a bottle tou can take away with you. Its so awkward to put in a make up bag and use when you are away so this is definitely a perfume that stays on my bathroom shelf.
So, what about the fragrance as after all, this is really the real reason why we should buy a perfume. Dot is described as, "a lush juicy floral - happy and vivacious!
The top captivates with a delectable blend of red berries, succulent dragonfruit, and sweet honeysuckle. The lush floral heart of the fragrance blooms with addictive jasmine mingled with energising notes of coconut water and orange blossom. The scent rounds out with a feminine drydown of creamy vanilla, driftwood, and sensual musks."
The smell is wonderful and fruity and really different than any other fragrance I have tried. I do have one problem with it, I can't smell it on myself, I don't think its particularly strong or long lasting but the last time I wore it a friend asked me if I was wearing Dot, so obviously it does last.
The perfume is fairly expensive, a 50ml bottle costs £50 but I do definitely recommend it.
Ok, so its not pink like the Superdrug little pink tin but it is just as good as the pink version except this one is green and hence called the Superdrug little soothing green tin and its my constant companion in my handbag as its so good and so handy and really works well on my lips.
Inside the tin you will find a Lip Therapy Lip Balm which Superdrug say, "softens and soothes dry and cracked lips." It's basically a solid small tin of petroleum jelly. I love it when you get a new tin because the formula is perfect and smooth and I love getting my finger and being the first to use this balm. The substance is much like a wax substance although it is not as sticky as wax. As soon as you rub your finger across the mixture it comes away on your finger and you can then apply it to your lips. I find that you really only need a bit of the lip balm and it smoothes onto my lips really well. It does keep them nice and smooth and I like how it keeps them that way throughout the day. What I like about this lip balm is that its just very simple and plain but works well. There is also added aloe vera in the formula too which always works well on my skin and I'm glad of the inclusipn in this lip balm as I feel it adds that extra touch of softness that other lip balms don't have.
The great thing about this lip balm is that it has an apple flavour to it. It smells really delicious and when you apply it to your lips its quite subtle and not overpowering and fruity like some apple flavours can be.
The tin measures about 5cm in diameter and 1.5cm deep. The tin has a circular lid that is sometimes hard to get on but good because it stays on and if the jelly does get hot and melts a little the nice thing is none escapes because the lid is on so tightly. The size makes it the perfect lip balm to put in a bag and I have a few of these dotted around in various bags when I need to reapply during the day. The tin is well made and I have never had a problem with the lid coming off and making a mess in my bag as its a nice tight fit.
The balm gives my lips a bit of a shine but nothing too over the top which is nice. I like to use this balm right before I go to bed as well because it works perfectly over night and I always think my lips feel a bit dry at night without it. I can apply it and not worry that the balm will stain my pillowcase or anything like that because it is so plain.
Call me vain but I always like to carry around a travel mirror with me in my handbag for those last minute touch ups before you go somewhere. Often, if I am travelling somewhere by car or teain I will have a snack on board and then when I am finished I want to check my teeth to make sure I have no food in them or quickly apply another coat of lipstixk/gloss before I meet friends etc and so look my best. Having a travel mirror in my handbag is the best way to achieve that as there is not always a big mirror around to check yourself in and if you do you end up looking a bit vain, with a travel mirror you can do it quickly and discreetly!
This travel mirror from the make up company ELF, eyes lips, face, is perfect and just the little accessory I like in my handbag. Its quite a simple product, its not the most good looking mirror, its just plain white plastic and in a circle shape but what I like about it is that it snaps shut and stays shut tight so the mirror inside is in no danger of cracking. The case can be a little hard to open at times but if you use both hands it does snap open fairly efficiently.
Inside, you will find two mirrors, one on each side of the compact. One is just a regular mirror but the other is a magnified mirror so you get a super up close view when you use this side. I find this side is great for plucking any rogue eyebrows as you can really see up close when you look into the mirror.
Obviously, as it fits in your bag, this mirror is fairly small and there is no way you can see your whole face in this but then thats the point of the compact, to just get a quick view of an area of your face and this mirror does just that. At only a few pounds in price this is one compact travel mirror I recommend.