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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.

Handbag Sized Helping Hand 

6 Nov

Hi folks,

Over the last few weeks we’ve been trying some Baby Cream from one of our most favourite baby skincare ranges: FrezyDerm UK. 

This cream is great for keeping in your handbag or changing bag etc… a lot of creams either come with a screw cap or in a tub. When you’re in a Baby Changing Room with a tantruming toddler or a crying baby, the last thing you want is to be fumbling with a screw top cream. The same goes for tubs of cream with lids that can come loose in transit & then smear all over everything in your bag – Utter Nightmare! This cream comes with a flip lid that clicks shut. Perfect for on the go!

As you all know – Seth suffers with mild Baby Eczema. So finding a cream that doesn’t make his skin flare up is vital. This cream is so mild. It’s a great barrier cream for use after each nappy change. It’s also great for any little skin emergency – such a sore chapped skin. This cream has been nothing but gentle.

Not only is this cream dermatologically tested but it’s also a winner & a finalist of some fantastic awards: Finalist by the Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards 2016 in the category Best Nappy Cream. Also, it won the Gold Award in the Best Nappy Cream category and the Silver Award in the Best Children’s Remedy category in Loved by Parents Awards 2017. 

You can buy a 175ml tube for £10.99 from the FrezyDerm UK website. Or, you can buy in a bundle from their offers section where you will get a lovely bundle of FrezyDerm goodies at a bargain price. 

Thank you so much for reading & I hope you’ve enjoyed the review. 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Gorgeous Goodies… Thanks Crabtree and Evelyn 

8 Sep

Hi folks,

You all know I’m a HUGE fan of Crabtree & Evelyn & I’m delighted to say I’ve been trying & reviewing more of their beautiful products! 

Now… where to start… let’s start with…

I decided to start with this product as this was my ultimate favourite in the pack I was sent. It is hands down my most favourite product from Crabtree & Evelyn now. I literally adore this hand scrub. I’ve menetioned a lot in previous blog posts that I suffer with mild dermatitis on my hands – especially along the index finger on my right hand. So, a hand scrub is something I’d really not buy. I’d presume that it would aggravate & inflame my sore skin, but… How wrong I was… 

This scrub is super soft & gentle. It almost seems to buff the sore, dry, rough skin. When you wash it off your hands they feel so soft. They even look fresher & brighter too. Almost like they’ve been given a brand new lease of life! I’ve been using this once a day. The fragrance is gorgeous. I cannot recommend this product enough! 

Lavender & Espresso Calming Soap

I’m really old school in the sense that I still love a good old bar of soap. I’ve always got a bar of soap in a soap dish at the side of the sink. This soap did not disappoint. I love Lavender as a scent anyway, but with the mix of Espresso in there too – it gives a lovely kick. This mix is naturally purifying without stripping away at the skin. This soap would actually be perfect in your kitchen for after you’ve been chopping stinky onions & garlic. It’ll get rid of those strong foodie smells in an instant. Whenthis bat of soap is out of its wrappper it literally fills the room with its aroma.

Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Hand Recovery

This product smells utterly fantastical! I knew as soon as I used it that it had patchouli in there somewhere & after reading the ingredients – I was right! Patchouli is one of my most favourite scents. It always makes me think of Autumn days… I don’t know why… but it does. For me – it’s a very uplifting scent & it’s also long lasting. So you tend to take the fragrance with you. 

This hand recovery is lovely. It’s been lovely to use on an evening. It seems to give your hands that much needed burst of hydration after a long day of running round after a toddler… constantly washing, scrubbing etc… you know what I’m talking about lol. This handcream has been kept in my bedside drawer… it’s now part of my bedtime skincare regime. I mean… we moisturise our face before bed… so why not our hands too!?  

With Christmas fast approaching – you must visit your nearest Crabtree & Evelyn shop or visit them online. Imagine receiving some lovely luxury items in your Secret Santa? I mean you can buy some of their luxury foodie items for as little as £5. They have something to cater to all budgets. With Crabtree & Evelyn you always know you’re going to get top quality products. So go on… treat yourself & your nearest & dearest. With only 3 more pay days until Christmas… you’d best get your skates on! 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Skincare Solutions 

30 Aug

Hi folks,

Over the last month we’ve been trying some new skin care products from FrezyDerm UK. The products we received:

As you all know, Seth has been so poorly with 3 viruses over this last month, which made his eczema flare up so bad. But, I’m happy to say that his skin is perfect right now.

At the weekend we had a lovely day out to Clifton Park. Whilst there Seth had fun playing in the water fountains & jets… but the chlorine in the water began to really dry out his skin. Luckily I had the Atoprel Emolleint Cream with me to soothe his skin. 

I’ve actually been using this cream too. I suffer with bad dermatitis on my hands… this cream has really been soothing them to the point where it’s almost disappeared! I’ve pretty much been carrying this emollient cream around in my hand bag at all times. It’s not greasy at all – it absorbs pretty much instantly.


The Baby Bath & the Baby Foam been so super mild on Seth’s skin. The Baby Foam is so super lightweight. We have had no flare ups with these products at all. Seth doesn’t have chronic eczema – but it is very sensitive. It really doesn’t take a lot to make his skin a little red – but these products have been nothing but gentle.

The Liquid Talc is great for whilst out & about. I’ve used this after Seth has played in the water etc… when you’re out & about trying to get your little one dried & then dressed, you really don’t want to have a box of talc flying all over the place. This product is perfect. It’s such a silky smooth lotion. It’s one of my new favourite products. I really do love this one! It’s great for in between tiny toes.

Seth absolutely adores the Sensiteeth Toothpaste. We all know how difficult it can be brushing a toddlers teeth… you sometimes feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. Well I have to say that teeth brushing has been a lot more pleasant with this toothpaste. I think we’re going to be buying some of this. If you’re struggling with brushing your toddlers teeth… this may well be the product to answer your prayers! It’s been smiles all round here.


Again, just like the teeth cleaning… hair washing can also be a tiresome task. Seth hates having his hair washed. Plus when they’re so little it’s hard to get them to keep their eyes closed. So obviously you want a super mild shampoo that won’t sting their eyes etc… The FrezyDerm Shampoo is just lovely. Not only is it dermatologically tested but it’s also ophthalmologically tested too! It’s so important to have skincare products for your little one that you 100% trust.

We’ve absolutely adored reviewing these beautiful products from FrezyDerm UK & we will most deffinitely be adding to our collection with more products. They have some fabulous offers on right now. So why not head on over to their website to check them out 🙂

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Thank you as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Baby Eczema Nightmares 

14 Aug

Hi folks

I’m sorry for the lack of blog posts over the last week or so… Seth has been super poorly with Hand, Foot & Mouth as well as Impetigo. What a nightmare. But I supppse this is what happens when your little one is a social butterfly. 

So… Baby Eczema… what a nightmare. Seth was only diagnosed with it back in April. It isn’t a really severe case. But certain products can really dry out his skin & make it pink. So things like Bubble Bath & Body Wash have been a massive no no. I mean a bath with no bubble is just no fun at all when you’re 16 month old (almost 17 month). But not to worry… Baby Sebamed to the rescue! 

For anyone who has never heard of Sebamed they were established in 1957 by German dermatologist Dr. Heinz Maurer. From their pioneer product – the Classic Cleansing bar – to the very popular baby range, all of Sebamed’s products have been developed with the same pH level as healthy skin (pH5.5) making them suitable for all the family.


I was excited & nervous to try these beautiful products… excited to be able to run a lovely bubble bath for Seth… but nervous in case it hurt his skin. So… I used the Baby Cleansing Bar on myself. I myself have sensitive skin & suffer with dermatitis. I used the cleansing bar on my face to remove my make up. I did this for a week… & guess what!? No reactions to it whatsoever!!! It was so super mild & moisturing. Happy that Baby Sebamed was mild & gentle… I used them with Seth. 


Just look at that eczema free, happy smiley boy enjoying his bubble bath. I cannot believe just how lovely these products are. The Bubble Bath is lovely. I only use a small amount, but that’s all you need. Also it’s: 

  • 100% soap and alkali free
  • Extra mild tenside complex for gentle cleansing action without dehydrating
  • Soft controlled foaming
  • Extracts of medicinal plants soothe, hydrate and protect the delicate skin against inflammation and irritation
  • Natural moisturising agents protect against dryness
  • No tears formula doesn’t irritate the eyes.

Along with the bubble bath we also use the Body Wash & the Shampoo. Again- both are lovely & have caused no redness. 


Just look at how bouncy those curls are with that beautiful Shampoo

The Body Lotion & Diaper Cream are also lovely. I’ve popped the diaper cream in my bag for when we’re out & about. 

If you’re worried about buying products that may irritate your little ones skin, you need worry no more. These products have lived up to their reputation. They’re fantastic. 

Right now they have lots of offers on their website… you can get free delivery on orders over £20. There’s also 10% off all Baby products excluding the bundle sets. And… when you head to their website for the first time you’ll be greeted with the option to enter your email address to receive 20% off your first order!!! Now, with all of those offers, how can you possibly say no!? There are also products for you too!!! 


I’ve been using the Lip Defense everyday. With this weird weather we’re having – Sunny then Rainy… Warm then Chilly… My lips have bee drying out. This Lip Defense is lovely & moisturising. I’ve applied each morning before putting on my lipstick.

I’ve been using the Anti – Stretch Mark Cream after each shower. It leaves your skin lovely & soft. 

So what are you waiting for? Go use those offers!!! 

Thank you as always for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Fragrant Florals

27 Jun


Hi folks,

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to test & try more gorgeous goodies from Crabtree & Evelyn. Right now we’re in the throws of Summer & all you can think of is beautiful beach days & gorgeous picnics in the countryside surrounded by stunning fragrant flowers. Well, both of these products will have you feeling like you’re surrounded by lots of luxurious, highly scented flowers. Imagine a sweet flowery field.

Ventian Violet Body Cream

I’ve been using this body cream each morning after my shower. It’s really thick & luxurious. I’d always choose a cream over a lotion as I have quite dry skin & I always feel that cream moisturises my skin so much more. The smell is so gorgeous & quite subtle as there are vanilla tones mixed in to give a lovely sweet scent. For me this is a perfect pampering, luxury product. The jar is glass & simply lovely. Everything about it screams class & sophistication. It’d look divine sat on any vanity unit.

The benefits to this cream are:

  • Dermatologist tested and approved
  • Leaves skin intensely re-hydrated
  • Contains exclusive Tri-Oil blend

Also, for a 200g glass jar you’d normally pay £30… but right now there is a HUGE sale on their website where you can grab this little beauty for just £18!!! You could treat yourself without feeling guilty that you’ve over splurged! Or you could stock up & save for Christmas as gifts. Perhaps the secret Santa at work? It’d be crazy to miss out on such a bargain.

Florentine Freesia Body Lotion

This body lotion is actually a limited edition product, making this a fab gift for someone… I mean who doesn’t love the exclusivity of having something ‘limited edition’? I used this lotion before bedtime to give my skin (especially on my arms) a little more hydration. I find that the summer weather tends to dry my skin out a lot – especially on my arms & the backs of my hands. There’s a lovely little hint of oranges & pears too – lovely to be wrapped in a light fresh scent for bedtime.

This lotion also has the added benefits of:

  • Trio Oil Blend
  • Rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins & antioxidants to nourish skin all over
  • Formulated without colour, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates or propylene glycol

Again… this little beauty is also on offer right now! So instead of paying £24, you’ll only pay £14.40!!! Again… treat yourself… your best friend… everyone!

Across the Crabtree & Evelyn website they have up to 40% off selected items, but, be quick as stock is shifting fast & this sale can’t last forever. There are some utterly gorgeous bargains to be had!!!

Have fun shopping!

Thanks so much for reading as always,

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

The Power of Coffee

22 Jun

Hi folks

As I mentioned in my last blog post – I’m working super hard at being healthy. Eating right… drinking plenty of water & trying to fit in daily body magic. But… along with all of these things, I’ve been sampling some coffee. A coffee that improves your mood… improves your energy levels… increases your focus & can even aid with regulating your appetite! So… what is this magical elixir I hear you ask!? Lean Java Bean

Now… you all know that I don’t go in for faddy diets. I don’t like anything that involves meal replacement or dropping to a scarily low calorie diet. I’m all about everything in moderation & losing weight the old fashioned way. I don’t like the idea of weight loss medication either. 

Whilst having a catch up with a good friend, she told me about a health drink. A health drink that was coffee! I mean normally we’re bombarded with literature claiming coffee is bad. Lean Java Bean has increased anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants seems to be some kind of buzz word we hear on health shows & in health magazines… but the top & bottom of it is that they’re fantastic for boosting your immune system, our mood, our memory, skin… etc… so many benefits.  


Now… this all sounds great… but does it actually work. I was quite excited at the thought of a magical cup of coffee that’d give me a massive energy boost. I mean, as a Mammy to a 15 month old who juggles work, Mammy-ing & running a house, I can always do with a bit extra energy. You can imagine I was super excited to start my 3 day trial. You literally drink one each morning. Stick to a healthy diet & drink plenty water. 


Honestly, I was not expecting to feel any different. But, after my first cup I seriously felt a little kick. I felt more awake & alert. I had more energy & I actually didn’t feel hungry between meals. And that was after day one!!! 

The coffee itself tastes nice. I often find with a health drink, they can taste flavourless & quite frankly a little disgusting. So what a pleasure it is to drink a nice cup of coffee. 


Now… let’s get to the weightloss aspect. I didn’t expect any weight loss with this coffee. And like I’ve already said I don’t do miracle weightloss aids. But… along with a healthy diet I lost 5lbs during my trial of this coffee. That’s right… 3 days… 3 cups of coffee… 5 whole lbs!!! I was speechless. 

I’m sure some folk will say it’s a placebo effect etc… but as someone who has gone through a lengthy weightloss journey, this deffinitely feels to me like an extra little boost. Well, put it this way – I’m so convinced that it works that I’ve bought myself a whole box.


I’m actually so impressed. If you’re intrigued & would like more info, then head on over to the Nulife Facebook Page. 

I can’t wait to see more results! 

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you’ve found my review useful. 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx