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The Importance of Self Care

10 Jun

Hi folks,

As a Mammy, it’s sometimes very easy to forget about yourself. I think the main thing I’m gonna take away from this whole pandemic experience is that self care is so important. You might not always have the time or the funds to run off to the closest spa or salon. But we need to find the time to paint our nails or do our hair… or anything that makes you feel good about yourself.

Over the last 9 month I’ve been working on the inside. I’ve been working on getting myself healthier, stronger, fitter & leaner. And I’ve started finding a little extra time for the beauty side of things too.

My hair is so super long & think, it actually doesn’t really get greasy at all. So I only wash my hair once a week. I love washing my hair, blow drying it & then straightening it. Nothing beats the feeling of silky smooth fresh hair. But there is nothing worse than having styling tools that either; take too long, ruin your hair or cost far too much.

I only ever use SHE Hair styling tools. They don’t damage my hair. They’re quick & efficient. They’re so affordable. I LOVE them!!!! I used to be a GHD girl, but after buying a third pair of them, they were vastly over priced, snagged & broke my hair off & they always felt like they were overheating. Never again would I purchase GHD.

So here’s a run down of my fave styling tools from SHE.

SHE Supersonic Dryer

I have the dryer in Fuchsia & I’ve also got the Cobalt Blue. Both amazing. They’re as good as each other & they come with any attachment you’d need. The flex is nice & long & it’s super lightweight. It really does reduce frizz when blow drying.

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My hair is very curly, but after blow drying – it really does reduce the bushiness of my hair making it easier & quicker to straighten.

SHE Evo Hot Brush

This is great for quick styling! I can get my hair smooth & straight in like 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re looking for a quick fix on a morning – this is definitely for you. I was very sceptical about this product I have to say. I really didn’t think it’d work on my hair with it being so thick & long. But it just glides through my hair. The bristles are like teeny ceramic plates. You also get to choose the heat setting, which means it’s perfect for any hair type.

It comes with a heat resistant travel pouch. It’s perfect for taking to work or on holiday.

Original Gold Wide Styler

Love this straightener. Like the Hot Brush, this comes with a temperature gauge. Being able to choose your temperature, means it’s fine to use on extensions & super fine hair. I tend to use it on 180 but it goes all the way up to 220. Perfect for quick styling & getting that super sleek finish that lasts.

This is my go to straightener right after washing my hair. Purely because the plates are big & takes less time when straightening.

Ice White Ceramic Straightener.

These straighteners look so pretty & look so fancy. These are my everyday straightener. I use them every morning to just run over my hair. They’re also great for creating waves & curls. Again like the gold & the hot brush, this styler comes with a temperature gauge.

So, right now, SHE Hair have £10 off across their range! Just use code: Summertime at checkout. You can also buy via Amazon too. Simply click the discount box at checkout. But be quick as this is a limited time offer.

They’re also running a competition too right now across their social media on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

I’ve added all of the links to the products if you’d like to find out more or go shop!

Thanks so much as always for reading.

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

Finding ‘me’ again.

24 May

Hi folks,

Wow I hadn’t realised just how long it had been since I last wrote a post. I really do not know where the time is going. This year seems to be flying by. I’m just so happy that restrictions are easing & that things seem to be getting back to some kind of normality.

Over the last 8 month I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a journey to finding ‘me’ again. I can officially say that I have now lost 4 stone 8lbs since September 2020. I can’t just blame the lockdowns or the pandemic for my weight gain… I’ve been steadily gaining since having Seth, my oldest. He’s now 5 years old. So for just over 4 year I have been gaining weight. It’s easy to lose yourself a bit I think, to parenthood. I love being a Mammy so much. My whole being is just focussed on my boys. And in doing that… I just forgot about me. Rather than looking after my self the way I should… I allowed myself to fall into bad habits with food.

I had a massive wake up call at the end of August 2020 when my hubster took some photo’s & I just hated what I saw… I just hated that I’d allowed myself to creep up to a size 20 at 17 stone 7lbs. Even at 5ft 7′ tall… I couldn’t carry it off. And I was starting to really experience pain in my lower back & my right leg that I’ve had rebuilt. In that moment – I knew I needed to change. But I also knew that I couldn’t go back to Slimming World. For personal reasons… Slimming World is not a healthy group for me to be around.

After some research I decided that Calorie Deficit was the way forward. I didn’t need to eliminate any food groups – I could literally eat what I wanted in moderation. After trying a few apps to help me along the way to track calories & activity, I found the PERFECT one! Nutracheck It’s so user friendly. It connects to my FitBit so it updates all of my activity levels. The catalogue of food on the app is amazing & its constantly being updated.

I have the app set to lose 1lb per week. I’m aiming for slow steady loses that I can maintain in the long term. I’m currently in a size 14… I feel so much healthier.

I feel so much fitter in general. I can do so much more activity with my boys. I’ve even found a new passion & love for hiking!!! As someone who has had their right leg rebuilt & had intense physio to walk again… I never ever thought I’d be wearing hiking boots. I’m working toward climbing Snowden & then the Three Peaks. I could cry just writing that! I feel like a whole new me!

It’s exciting to be able to say that I have less that 2 stone to go until I hit my goal now. I’m aiming for 11 stone. Ideally I want to be a size 10/12. 11 stone for my height is perfect. I’m currently having between 1500-1600 calories daily. I’m generally only drinking alcohol on a weekend, unless it’s a special occasion etc… Over this weight loss journey I’ve allowed myself daily treats such as chocolate. I’ve also had take out, cake etc… I’m just being mindful in my choices & trying to stick within my calorie allowances. I really do not feel restricted at all.

I’m enjoying cooking so much more these days… everything just looks so bright & colourful & pretty!

I feel like food is delicious & exciting again. It’s not just the same old beige food out of the freezer. Plus I feel like I’m finally being a good a healthy role model for my boys. The boys have so much energy & being able to go for walks every day with them is amazing. Enjoying exercise is something I never thought I’d be able to say.

I use a lot of the Spicentice meal kits. They’re utterly delicious, easy to use & they’re such a great price. If you use the code: IXXYP10 at checkout you can get 10% off. Also, there is no limit on how many times you use my code.

I’ll be blogging more frequently about my journey to a healthier me to keep you all updated on my progress. This isn’t a quick fix for me… this a total life make over.

Thanks so much as always for reading for always being super supportive!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Looking Good in Lockdown

1 Feb

Hi folks,

Wow… what a start to the year! I’m just so glad that January is over… It was a looooooong month! I’m on a huge health kick at the moment. But as well as wanting to feel good on the inside… I really want to look good on the outside too.

My hair seems to have grown loads in the last few month. Lots of people always ask me how its so shiny. I’ve not dyed my hair since 2015. It’s probably in the best condition its been in for years. I think a combination of a good healthy diet, drinking lots of water & good styling tools are key.

This last week I’ve been trying out the new Wide Ceramic Stylers from SHE Hair. They’re simply stunning. They come in Original Gold & Ice White.

The wide plates are perfect for long thick hair. They glide so effortlessly whilst covering a larger surface area. The dual huge is perfect too for a comfortable glide. I honestly can not stand a straightener that tugs & snags your hair. These stylers are perfect. I use straighteners everyday, so i need something that I can trust to not damage my hair with snagging, snapping or overheating.

So… how did they do?

I decided to take a pic half way through straightening my hair… so oneside is perfectly straight & one side isn’t.

Theres such a big difference between the before & after. They straightened so quickly.

These straighteners go up to 220, but I used them on 180. That heat was perfect for my hair type.

I love the variable temperature option on these stylers. All hair types are covered when you can choose the optimum temperature for your hair type. They’re also compatible with extensions.

Once my hair was fully straightened… my hair was so soft & super shiny! After washing my hair I always use my She Hair Supersonic Hair Dryer in Cobalt Blue & Gold. Its so amazing at reducing a lot of my natural frizz. The wide stylers really speeded up the straightening time… I’m in love! Together – they’re the ultimate combo.

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: why on earth anyone would spend double the amount for GHD or Cloud 9 is utterly beyond me! These styling tools really are the best.

The RRP on these new stylers is £139.99… but right now theres a massive £70 off!!!! And if you use code: valentines you’ll get an additional £5 off! And that includes FREE SHIPPING!!! Such an amazing deal. Perfect for a treat to yourself or to that special Valentine.

You really don’t want to its out on this fantastic deal.

I hope you’ve found this review useful. I’m in the process of updating my website at the moment… so once thats up & running – I’ll be doing a big reveal.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

“Beauty is Power; a Smile is it’s Sword”.

15 Jul

Hi folks,

“Beauty is Power; a Smile is it’s Sword’ – John Ray. What an amazing quote & so true. Smiles are universal… when you smile you feel good & it also has a positive affect on the person receiving the smile. Smiling is a great way to start when trying to make our world a kinder place.

Feeling like I’m making the best of myself always has such a positive effect on my whole personality & confidence. I love my beauty regime I go through each morning. But it’s not just about the skincare & the make up… it’s about have a great smile too.

Each morning before I do my hair & make up… I’ll start with my smile. Having a healthy, sparkling smile… doesn’t have to be expensive. I love Colgate products… they’re so accessible & inexpensive. I can literally pick up a new toothbrush while out doing my shopping at my local supermarket. I can have quite sensitive gums at times, so a harsh toothbrush just wouldn’t do. I love the softness of the Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro, no one wants to start the day with bleeding gums.

The brush itself is a great shape for getting all areas in your mouth with an ergonomic handle & features a soft tongue & cheek cleaner on the back of the head of the brush.

I have 2 little boys & teaching them about good oral hygiene is so important. Seth is 4 yrs old & likes to brush his teeth with us each morning & night. Ted is a year old, so doesn’t have all of his teeth yet, but he’s already a keen teeth cleaner. I have to say that the Hey Duggee Tooth brushing badge Song is a firm favourite in our house while we’re brushing. It’s also a good way of ensuring we brush for 2mins too which is the recommended time… 2mins on a morning & 2 mins on an evening. My dentist always likes to give us that reminder at our regular check ups.

A healthy, minty fresh smile goes a long way… I mean… it’s the universal sign of happiness. And it’ll set off your favourite lipstick too.

So… in a world where you can be anything you want to be… lets be kind & SMILE! Make your smile so dazzling & infectious that folk cannot help but pass it on!

I hope you’ve found this review useful, I’ve embedded the product link in the bold text if you’d like to read further.

Thank you so much as always for reading!

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

“This product was gifted by Colgate, but all views are my own”

 

Staycation Isolation

1 Apr

Hi folks,

I hope you’re all doing okay. So much has changed & happened since my last blog post!!! How crazy is everything at the moment?

We’re very lucky, as both me & the hubster & the kids are all home safely together. Oh & we can’t forget Coco too. The hubs is now working from, so we’ve been self isolating for quite a while now. Seth has no idea about the virus really, I mean, he’s only 4 yr old, so we decided it was better to keep it from him. We didn’t want him feeling scared or worried. Our families don’t live close by, so it isn’t like he see’s family everyday. So in that respect… he’s not noticed any difference. He did ask about nursery… but we just said we are having extended holidays from school for Easter. He hasn’t even questioned it. And Ted, well, he’s only 17 month old… so he’s none the wiser too.

I’ve been focussing on keeping the boys entertained. It was easier last week, as the weather was so lovely! So we could get out in to the garden.

 

We’ve chalked our walk, we’ve played in the mud kitchen, picnicked in the garden etc… while the weather has been nice… we’ve been out breathing as much fresh air as possible.

To make this time as fun as possible, we’ve decorated the house for Easter, early. I just wanted to inject some fun & some colour around he place. We’ve also added rainbow colours to our windows too.

We’ve had so much fun crafting & making decorations. With Seth only being in preschool for half a day each day, I’ve decided not to make a home schooling timetable. I’m still encouraging learning & I’m constantly asking little maths questions etc… while we play, but I wanted to focus this time on fun & making memories rather than it more about school. It’s such a scary & uncertain time, so our focus is being fun, carefree & present. I’m making a photobook for the boys of this time… so in years to come they can revisit this time & see that even though things were scary… we tried our best to make it fun. Like a colourful, cheerful, Staycation.

We’ve had PizzaParty picnics, we’ve camped in the front room, we’ve excavated dinosaur eggs, we’ve had wildlife in our front room, we’ve painted etc… Seth keeps telling me this is the most fun holiday he’s ever had. I think he loves that his Daddy is home all the time & working in our office at home & isn’t going out to work. I think he’s loving the novelty of it all. The weirdest part is that he hasn’t asked to go out at all. He’ll ask to go in the garden, but he’s not asked for days out. I really thought he would have. But it’s like he’s so happy & content at home. This whole thing has made me realise though, just how much I actually go out. I’ve always gone out a lot & joined groups etc… with the boys. But since passing my test in December & buying a 2nd car, I’m out even more.

I’ve been trying each day to find a positive in this whole saga. So far… I’ve come up with so many. It’s also opened up my eyes to how much stuff I take for granted too. I have a new found respect for food. I mean, I waste very little food anyway, but now, I’m literally making sure that each thing is used & nothing is wasted.  Today I got an amazing Fruit & Veg delivery from a local market stall… everything is so colourful & looks & smells amazing. I’ve never been so excited to eat a salad for tea!

I’ve had some amazing video calls with family  friends too. The amount of giggles I’ve had is fab – considering the circumstances. I do feel that it’s brought people together.

I’m planning each week on Sunday & making a menu for things to make for tea.

Keeping organised is really helping me to get through this bizarre saga. I love meal planning & prepping… I find it really therapeutic. I’m in the process of making some strawberry yogurt… I can’t wait. The boys love fruit yogurt – so I’m on to a winner!

I do hope you’re all keeping safe, well & positive. I cannot wait for the massive celebrations to be had once this is all over!

Love, huggles, & much love,

Hayley xxx

Love is in the Hair

21 Oct

Hi folks,

I do love this time of the year… autumn is firmly upon us… Halloween, Guy Fawkes & Christmas are just around the corner… eeeeeck!

However… with the cooler weather… comes the damp, rainy atmosphere. As a curly haired girl who tends to wear her hair straight… this can be an utter nightmare.

I dread washing my hair. I really do. It’s like a full on commitment. My hair is super thick, washing it, conditioning it… followed by half an hour of holding the hair dryer in place while I blow dry it. I always get so hot & bothered & I feel like the dryer just fry’s my hair. I actually read something really interesting about when you can tell your hairdryer is on its way out & all of the damage it can do to your luscious locks & the warning signs to watch out for. You can read the article from Which?, here. After reading this… it was so unbelievably clear… I needed a new dryer!

I am so completely in love with my new Shehair® Professional Hair Dryer 

Why… I hear you ask… It has a powerful 1800-2000W professional-strength motor with Homogeneous heat to minimalise damage, delivering a high pressure air flow for super-fast drying, while reducing frizz and flyaways to give a smooth salon-style finish. It’s actually true!!! Because my hair is naturally curly, when I blow dry, my hair seems to go so frizzy. But after only 9minutes with this fantastic dryer… my hair was fully dry & it was so much smoother!!! Yes… it wasn’t straight, however, it was so much more manageable & took time off the hair straightening side of things.

Variable power and temperature controls, allow you to tailor your blow-dry to your hair type, while a cool shot button helps lock your finished style in place with a blast of cold air… keeping your hair in Tip Top condition. This is the first time I’ve ever blow dried my hair & not been sweltering. Normally I’m bright red & so hot. But even though I used my new dryer on the hottest setting… it still feels cool. And… I couldn’t smell burning hair… now that’s always a plus!

Ergonomical balance and design makes it a breeze to use & comfortable to hold for both left & right-handed users. It’s so lightweight. It makes blow drying your own hair so much easier! You also get 3 attachments as standard too!

I simply cannot convey to you just how amazing this hair dryer is & how much time it’s saved me. I also feel like my hair feels nicerI don’t feel like it’s so scorched anymore. Since having Ted, my hair hasn’t been great… I feel like it’s not looking as glossy. But with the help of some thick, nourishing shampoo & conditioner, drinking plenty water & now my amazing new hair dryer & gold styler from SHE Hair... I really feel like it’s getting back to its glossy former glory. I haven’t dyed my hair in over 5yrs & try my best to keep it in tip top condition.

This week, SHE Hair are launching their new Platinum Range… I simply cannot wait to try those. They look utterly stunning. Perfect for gifts under the Christmas tree!!!

If you head over to the SHE Hair social media pagesyou’ll see that they’re currently running a competition to win yourself a new Hair Dryer!!!

Thank you so much as always for reading & I do hope that you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

I May Not Be Perfect… But At Least My Eyebrows Are!

1 Oct

Hi folks,

I’m so happy that it’s finally Autumn… October is one of my most favourite months. I love crunchy golden leaves under foot, a chill in the air & the excitement of the party season fast approaching. I simply cannot believe that this month I will have a 1 year old & a 3 year old. How on earth is Ted almost a year old!? He started walking last month!!! Walking at 10 month… he’s so clever.

So, I’ve been wanting to write this blog post since January… but I’ve just been so busy & not gotten round to it. But… here it is. My eyebrow journey!!! As most of you know – I’ve had my eyebrows micro bladed. I can honestly say that this it is the BEST thing I’ve ever done cosmetically.

From years of over plucking… my eyebrows were just a state. I used to paint them in each day.

Eyebrow journey

Eyebrow journey

With all of the over plucking, my eyebrows had just simply stopped growing. It wasn’t too bad when I had a full face of make up on, as I’d draw them in. But, if I was having a no make up day (which is so rare for me) I’d just feel so self conscious. It’d be even worse while on holiday & in the pool with the kids… I’d just want to hide & cry about my face & the lack of eyebrows. It seems to trivial doesn’t it? But your eyebrows frame your face. It was such a big thing for me.

I started getting my nails done at Ruby Red in January 2018. While having my nails done, I just happened to mention that I’d toyed with the idea of having my eyebrows micro bladed. That’s when Jo, told me that she actually did micro blading. She gave me all the facts, broke down the process & how it all works. She also told me, not to rush into it, to really think about it all etc… well… that very same month… I got pregnant with Ted. So, microblading was off the cards for a wee while. Over the year I got to know Jo so well & she has become one of my most favourite people. Becoming such good friends with Jo, really helped me to make the decision to have my eyebrows done.

So… my first piece of advice… really research your beautician. Ask to see photo’s of their work. Have a consultation. Have your eyebrows mapped. Discuss any concerns. Discuss the shape & thickness. And DO NOT rush into anything. This is a semi permanent procedure that will be on your face. You need to be happy, at ease & 100% confident. 

Eyebrow journey

At my consultation I had my eyebrows properly mapped & measured & I also had a dye test to make sure I had no allergies & to also colour match the dye. I opted for a much thicker & fuller brow. I have big eyes… cow eyes as my lovely hubster calls them lol. He assures me this a complement lol. I wanted quite big, full, natural looking brows with a nice arch. After going away for a week or so, I went back for my first sitting. With microblading, you’ll have your first sitting & then a few weeks later you have your top up. Its totally normal to lose a few strokes in your brows after your first sitting.

Eyebrow journey

Eyebrow journey

Eyebrow journey

Eyebrow journey

First of all… the first thing I’m asked:

Does it hurt? Yes… but not like a tattoo. I found it to feel more like a graze. It’s fine in the beginning… but toward the end of the brow, it’ll sting. My eyes watered a lot. You will have some numbing cream though… so really do not worry about the pain.

Can you wear make up straight away? Yes… as long as you don’t go on the eyebrow area.

How long does the scabbing last? Everyone is different… my scabbing lasted around 10 days. My scabbing looked more like dry skin. Most of it was gone after 7 days. But I had a few areas that were still there. So I opted to keep my eye brows dry until all of the scabbing was gone. The advice is to keep eyebrows dry for a week. But I didn’t want to force any scabbing away. My saviour was my Liz Earle Cleansing Cloth.

Eyebrow journey

It allowed me to give my face a good scrub & cleanse… while avoiding my eyebrows. Yes, during this period your eyebrows can look a little unkempt if you really look. But just make sure you get them done when you’ve nothing major planned… like a wedding etc… It does not last forever & the results are worth it.

Once the scabbing has gone… you can wear your make up & wash your face like you normally would.

Now… I have to admit that after a few days… I initially freaked out one evening. I started to panic as the ink will become quite dark due to the scabbing. When you’ve gone from no eyebrows – to full on brows, it can take a while to get used to them. Also, as I’m so dark, I had the darkest dye. After my slight wobble… I loved them. Life is so much easier when you have brows.

Eyebrow journey

After my top up… I was even more in love with them!!! They were full, dark & just perfect. They suited my face so much.

Getting ready on a morning is much quicker. When I have a full of face of make up, I do lightly shade them in. But that is just my personal choice. I cut them in with my concealer & foundation & then I use a Make Up Revolution Eyebrow Pencil. But because I already have the brow there… it’s so quick & easy. Literally takes minutes.

Eyebrow journey

Eyebrow journey

So… what do my brows look like now? Have they lasted?

Eyebrow journey

YES!!! They’re still amazing. And… do you know what else is utterly amazing??? My own eyebrows have actually started to grow! They’ve not grown for years. I’m wondering if maybe somehow, the trauma of the micro blading has stimulated the roots?

I am due a top up in January, & I simply cannot wait. In some ways I wish I’d had them done years ago. But then I’m also glad I didn’t, as I may not have found Jo. I’m so glad that she was the one to do them.

If you are in the Yorkshire area & you’re considering microblading… contact Jo at Ruby Red. She’s AMAZING!!! A true artist. I have linked their Facebook page, where you will find all of their contact details.

Before I go… I just want to leave you this:

Eyebrow journey

Literally all of the brow emotions you will go through lol.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post & you’ve found it interesting. If you’re considering micro blading – book that consultation!!!

Thank you as always for reading!

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

 

Feeling Comfortable in My Own Skin

23 Sep

Hi folks,

More than ever, we seem to be bombarded with images of picture perfect people… flawless skin… perfect figure… nothing seems to be out of place. I’ve always been a bit of a self conscious person when it comes to how I look. I’m so confident in who I am as a person… but when it comes to how I look… I’m so critical & self conscious.

After having the boys… I have noticed a massive change in my skin. The problem with a change in your skin also effects your make up! So, not only does your skin look & feel different with a naked face, but it also looks & feels different when you’re wearing your make up. Such a nightmare. Especially when you’re already feeling a little self conscious from just having a baby. And… you also have the added pressure of not having oodles of time either to start a brand new in-depth skincare regime!

So… what changed with my skin after pregnancy.

Under my left eye, I developed a little prominent blood vessel. I know it looks small… but to me it looked like a beacon! I think it happened during pregnancy while throwing up so much. I’ve always had a rosy pink complexion & that’s fine as it’s always something I’ve had so I’ve always bought & wore make up that hid it a little. However, after pregnancy I always felt it looked more patchy. And, my cheek area became super dry in areas & under my eyes which meant that my foundation & powder started to clump, which is not a good look. But, my T Zone area became massively oily. This meant that my foundation was clumping in the dry areas & then smearing off in the oily areas. My pores were becoming visible under my makeup in the oily areas, if that makes sense… almost like the inside of an aero bar.

I just do not have the time to spend hours on my skin & make up with a 3yr old & a 10month old to run around after. But… I still want to feel & look good.

Starting on 22nd August… I began using my new products from ESKI decided to document the results & I’m so glad that I did.

I’ve added dates to the photo’s so you can see how skin has improved.

The areas that I feel have improved; my skin isn’t as greasy, fine lines seem to have improved, no dry patches & I feel like the small blood vessel isn’t as prominent.

So… what is my new skincare regime I hear you ask? Well, firstly I can promise you that my new regime is super simple & hardly takes up any time! I am completely in love with the ESK Hydroxy Cleanser. I use the Hydroxy Cleanser morning & night. I wear make up everyday & I do tend to go for a smokey eye look complete with black liquid eyeliner & black mascara. So I need a cleanser that will be gentle, but will also remove every bit of make up. This cleanser does all of that! You use it just like a face wash. The 100ml bottle should last you around 3 months. I’ve never been a fan of cleansers & toners… I always found cleansers to be too greasy & toners to be too harsh, which would end up making me too pink. The hydroxy cleanser, cleanses while being nice & gentle, & it’s also soap free. It doesn’t make me red & I never feel any skin tightness after using, which I’ve always found that I get when using other face washes.

After cleansing on a morning I then use B Quenched. This product can be used at night or morning. I’ve been using each morning & I can honestly say that this moisturiser is my most favourite skin care product EVER! It is absolutely gorgeous! It’s everything I’ve always wanted in a moisturiser. With having an oily T Zone, I always thought other moisturisers used to sit on top of the greasiness. So I’d avoid putting anything on my T Zone. So I’d only end up moisturising my dry cheek area. This products helps to improve the skins barrier function, reducing hyperpigmentation and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. I think my redness has massively improved. Also, I never knew that when the skin is super oily, it can be a direct result of the skin being too dehydrated. This product helps the skin to retain moisture, but my oilyness has greatly improved. My skin overall just feels less greasy, less dry & looks less red. My make up has been going on so well. I’ve stopped using a primer under my make up as this moisturiser gives such a lovely even base.

My make up isn’t clumping or sitting in lines. It’s also staying put all day… so that alone tells me that my oily skin has improved.

I’ve been using Ultimate A everynight before bed after using my Hydroxy Cleanser. I just want to say first off – that this product is not recommended while pregnant or breastfeeding due to the content of Vitamin A. This product is an amazing anti-aging product. I absolutely love this. I feel like my fine lines around my eyes have reduced. I’m now 37 & fine lines are my main concern. I think we’re all looking for that wonder cream that will make us look a little younger. I have no problem being almost 40… but I also want to look good too. This product promotes collagen growth, increases skin elasticity and reduces hyperpigmentation effectively and without irritation. It’s a lovely light cream, not too heavy or thick. It makes your skin feel so super soft. Again, like the B Quenched – I feel like this product has helped to reduce the redness. Normally after cleansing & moisturising on an evening, my skin would be so red. But I can honestly say, my skin looks calmer.

My 3 stand out products are: Hydroxy Cleanser, B Quenched, & Ultimate A. I honestly feel like I have new & improved skin, with no extra effort. When we feel good about ourselves, I think we can deal with the pressures & stresses of a busy lifestyle so much easier. Another great feature to these products, is that they give you a full run down on how to use them & when to use them. They really feel like a tailor made skincare regime just for you.

I will be continuing to document my skin progress & will be writing a progress post about it 🙂

I hope you’ve found this post useful & interesting. I’ve added the links to the products that I’ve been using so you can read further & even treat yourself.

Thank you so much for reading!

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Shiny And New

5 Jun

Hi folks,

Can I just start by saying… how odd is the weather at the moment!? One minute its hot & sunny… then the next… it’s humid, dark & raining! Utter nightmare! Especially for those of us with hair prone to frizz!

Just the other week I was sent the gorgeous new Gold Styler from She Hair… & wow… it definitely came at the most perfect time to save me from this humid frizzy nightmare!

Honestly… I’m so fussy when it comes to what I’ll use on my hair. I have super thick hair & it’s so curly when I wash it. I know I recently cut my hair to donate 15″ to The Little Princess Trust, but it’s still a mission to get my new shorter hair straight. You all know that I’m a huge She Hair straightener fan. I literally use my irons everyday. I was very skeptical that the new gold styler could be as good as the original She Iron… but OMG… how wrong I was. The gold styler isn’t as good… it’s BETTER!!! It’s absolutely amaze balls! I mean… where do I start!?

So… The packaging.. it’s simply BEAUtiful. The Gorgeous gold styler comes in a lovely box perfectly packaged. You also get a free silicone heat guard for when you’re travelling or for storage. Because the silicone is soft & flexible, there’s no worry of it scratching or marking your styler. I think the packaging is really fancy & looks super expensive. If you gave them as a gift… the recipient would be over the moon.

What makes the styler different to the original 3.1b straightener? Well the new styler has a variable temperature gage. This is amazing news for people with finer hair or extensions. By being able to choose your temperature – there’s no worry of burning your precious locks. I tend to use on the hottest setting as my hair is very thick & very curly. After straightening – my hair it is super shiny! The super smooth titanium plates are loaded with more negative Ions, this repairs over charged positive Ion damaged hair, reducing frizz and providing better, longer lasting results. The polished & floating titanium plates means there’s no risk of dragging or snagging either. And… It takes the styler hardly no time at all to reach your chosen temperature. A few year ago I actually purchased The GHD Gold Styler & I ended up selling it on eBay… It really dragged & pulled my hair. I paid well over £100… I wasn’t happy at all.

The She Styler has lovely curved edges making it easier to get right to the root when straightening. Thats essential for me as my hair is curly right from the root. It also makes it easier to get that slight curve at the edges of your hair when you want to turn it under.

Going on holiday? Don’t panic… The styler comes with a built in European plug!!! How handy is that!? And with a voltage range of 100v-240v,  your styler will work world wide too.

How much???? Well… can you believe that this amazing styler can be yours for only £69.99 with FREE DELIVERY!!! Crazy when you think about how much other big named brands are charging!!! So, for £69.99 you get either a regular plate or a wide plate gold styler… silicone heat protector… beautiful box… VAT is included… FREE DELIVERY… warranty card & instructions for use. You simply cannot go wrong!!!

Oh… did I also mention that if you leave them turned on they’ll automatically turn themselves off!? We’ve all been there… Did I turn my straighteners off??? Well now there’s no need to ponder or worry!

Check out their sparkly new website. There’s more new products being added soon too!!! I just can’t wait to try those.

I’ve had lots of compliments on my hair… my hair is feeling really soft & looking super shiny. And… the time it takes to straighten my hair has reduced too!!! So… Shiny hair & time saving! It’s a total winner!!!

And there you have it… The Gold Styler from She Hair is amazing… go buy it! You won’t be disappointed!!!

If you’re professional stylist or own your own salon, you can contact the She Hair Team via their social media pages or email. They offer great trade prices – so why not get in touch with them!

To keep up to date with new products, promotions & competitions follow She Hair on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Thank you as always for reading & I hope you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Toilet Training is a Developmental Process… Not a Race

21 Jan

Hi folks,

Wowzers… what a week! So, last week marked the start of ‘potty training’. Obviously this whole chapter is new to me. Seth is 2yr & 10month old. We decided to begin potty training since Seth has been dry on a night now since before Ted was born. Plus we know he’s more than capable & his speech is really good. He’s great at communicating etc… So, last Monday I went full throttle & took him out of pull-ups. Monday was great… only a few accidents with some success on the potty. Not the big toilet as he decided he didn’t like it… even though we have a child seat & a step etc… Tuesday was even better! We had a wee & poop on the potty – great! I’ve never been so excited to see poo in all my life!!! Wednesday though however… what an utter nightmare. Seth was anxious & just had accident after accident. I need to add that during this time, not once has he asked for the potty. It’s all relied on me asking him like every half hour. Thursday was a little better. We had a successful wee on the potty. But then… midmorning Seth decided to pull his pants down, shout big poo & what followed can only be described as the start to the Eastenders theme tune… you know the one… well that’s how it sounded as Seth proceeded to squat over the carpet. Looking for the positive in this scenario… it was firm so easily lifted from said carpet with no mess left behind. How I’m not sat rocking in a corner clutching a bottle of gin I’ll never know! lol. Sorry for the description… but if you’re a parent… you know what it’s like.

After that… it’s just kinda gone downhill really. Over the weekend Seth had some nightmares about the potty. I just cannot stand to see my little boy upset. So, against peoples advice, I’ve popped him back into training pants. Being so active on social media, people love to give you their opinion. But when it comes to potty training (I’m no guru) I really do think… Mother knows best… Just call me ‘Mother Gothel’ lol. The change in Seth today has been amazing! Seth has never actually told me when he needs the loo… yet today he has told me when he needs a wee & a poo! Now if that’s not progress then I don’t what is. So rather than being full on & constantly asking him… I’m letting him tell me. He’s totally controlling his bladder & telling me each time he needs it. I think it’s also having a positive effect on him as he feels more in control. No terrible tantrums & no crying… that’s got to be healthier & nicer. No one wants this process to be a battle ground. I’m going with the mantra of… slow & steady wins the race.

Some things I’ve found that have helped; Seth adores the Kandoo Wipes in the little dispenser. He loves pressing the button for when you need the wipes to wipe his bum. I’ve never seen anyone do a yoga pose quite like Seth during bum wiping, whilst he’s shouting “wipe me I’m a mess’… it’s a good job I love him lol. He cracks me up. I got the dispenser from Ocado for around £4. Seth has also loved the magnetic reward chart that I bought from Home Bargains for £2.99. Green Stars for a wee & pink for a poop. He also needs his quillow next to him too each time he sits on the potty. I think he just needs to feel safe & secure. It’s a whole world to him.

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I’ve made sure he gets plenty praise, even if he doesn’t do anything on the potty… just sitting on it I’m telling he’s clever. When he has an accident, it’s a case of “oh well, next we’ll try to get it in the potty”. There’s no point being too negative or shouting. It’ll only enforce fear. So overall… it’s been a tough week in some ways… yet I’ve personally learnt a lot. I think it’s made me take a step back & view things more from Seth’s point of view. Again though, I’m no guru, far from it. These are just things that have worked for us.

It feels like such a busy time here at the moment. The invitations arrived for Ted’s Christening.

They’re absolutely gorgeous, I paid extra for the gold lined envelopes. I can’t show you all a pic, as I’ve only just posted them today. Almost £19 to send. So with what they cost to make & then the postage to send them out… it’s come to almost £100. But, he’s worth it. And we did the same for Seth, so it’s only fair we do the same for Ted.

He’s such a gorgeous little pudding. I can’t believe he’s almost 13week old. I’ve bought him a gorgeous outfit from the Heritage Collection at Mothercare for the big day. I’ve seen a few things in Next that I’ll get for Seth. Then it’s just us parents who need an outfit. But, as a parent you always come last. The way it should be.

And, when you’re a parent there’s always less time to get ready on a morning as you’re running round after everyone else. That’s why I love my 3 weekly visit to get my nails done.

I get a gel polish. I keep my nails super short, but since Ted has been born, my nails have been very weak. I’ve started taking Seven Seas Hair, Skin & Nails vitamins. They’re already making a difference I feel. My nails are feeling stronger. Last week I also had a consultation for microblading!!!! I’m far too excited!

I always wear make up. I love doing my make up, but it also gives me more confidence. But, I am very self conscious of my eyebrows. I painstakingly paint them on every day with wax & powder… I use BrowZing from Benefit. But because my eyebrows are so ‘made up’ I then have to do a full face of make up really to fit with them if that makes sense. Some days it’d just be nice to be able to wear less make up & be a little more natural. So for me… microblading is the answer. I’m lucky enough to know an amazing lady who does some amazing beauty treatments. She also does my nails. So of course she’s the one doing my eyebrows too. I have my first sitting this week. Then I’ll have a top up in 6 week time.

So, I’ve had the shape & size mapped, I’ve had the dye/colour match done & all of the health & safety allergy tests. I can’t wait to have full, natural looking eyebrows with hair strokes!!! I’m a victim of the over plucked 90s brow… but not for much longer. Eeeeck… so stay tuned for the results. I’ll be blogging about my full brow journey… Glad brows to Beautiful Brows… or something along those lines lol.

Along with new brows… I’ve gotten myself a new shiny iPhone XR in red. I LOVE it!!!

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Love love love it! Even better when you get a good contract deal that is cheaper than you were paying for your old iPhone! But, as it’s a bit bigger than my old iPhone 6s… I’ve had to sell my beloved Vivienne Westwood pouch. I don’t get on well with phone cases really,  I much prefer a pouch I can put my phone in to stop it getting scratched in my bag etc… I decided to treat myself to a customised Lucrin leather iPhone pouch. I do love a monogram.

Of course I went with the red to match my phone.

Ooooh, something I’ve tried this week is non-sulphate shampoo. Being a natural curly haired girl, my hair can be so high maintenance. It’s very long & super thick. Even thicker since having the boys. I don’t always want to fully straighten my hair, but when it’s left to dry naturally I fall victim to the dreaded frizz. I’ve been reading up on the Curly Girl Method (CGM) online. That’s when I first really took notice of non-sulphate shampoo’s. Palmers make a shampoo & conditioner in Coconut Oil & Olive Oil.

Apparently, the more you use it, the better it makes your hair each time. I’ve only used the coconut one so far & that’s only been once. And I have to say that my hair isn’t frizzy at all. It’s way more manageable already. So I’m really excited to see the results 6 month down the line. I’m really just looking for all of those little beauty hacks to make my life easier & getting ready on a morning quicker. It won’t be long until I’m doing a school run… eeeeck. So getting ready really needs to be as simplified as possible.

Since we’ve all not been well & then with beginning the dreaded toilet training… We’ve literally spent a whole week at home which is different for us. But, it’s actually been nice. We’ve played, decorated cardboard boxes (I mean who doesn’t love a box lol) & had lots of cuddles.

All in all… it’s been a positive week really, even though toilet training is pretty stressful. I mean… on day 2 I booked another holiday lol. Nothing extravagant… a week at Haven in Blackpool. I’m so excited… it’s been years since I’ve been to Blackpool. Seth loves a Haven holiday & I’m sure Ted will too. Hopefully the weather will be nice & we can get down on the beach. If not, then we have the facilities on site as well everything else Blackpool has to offer.

I’m very much looking forward to a nice chilled out weekend.

Seth has football practice, then a birthday party. Apart from that… it’ll be a cosy family time for us. Ted has his 12week jabs this coming Friday… so that’s another very good reason to make sure it’s a quiet one for us.

Well, I think that’s about it really for this little update. Thanks for reading!!!

Oh & for any potty training parents out there… hang in there… we got this!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx