Friday, 23 January 2015

L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream Review

L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream Review beauty blog review

L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream Review

They say:
“Concentrated with light reflectors, the micro-blur technology delivers an optical blurring effect for smooth, poreless looking skin. The translucent coverage is silky smooth and evens out the look of skin tone. C'est Magique! “
and
“Immediately blurs pores, refines skin texture for a perfect nude finish”


I say:

I swapped my regular primer for the Nude Magique Blur Cream in light to medium after promises of “a perfect nude finish” had me hoping I could ditch the foundation, powder, bronzer and blusher altogether.

Pah!

All lies.

This product is basically a tinted primer, almost mousse like in consistency, which once applied, makes no real difference to blemishes, dark circles, and wrinkles.

At 9.99 it’s not a great investment and only lasts a short while as I found myself using loads of the stuff in order to get decent coverage. Then I had to add my regular foundation.

The one thing that this blur cream has going for it - it does make my skin smoother, but no smoother than a bog standard cheap primer.


Disappointing.

Whats your favourite under-foundation product?

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Skinnydip London Iphone Case Giveaway

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I was chuffed to bits when I won this beautiful bejewelled case from Skinnydip London.

However, my delight quickly disintegrated when I realised it wouldn’t fit my iphone 5C.

So I’m giving it away to one of you lucky lot.

Case for iphone 5 or 5S

To enter you must be a follower of my blog via one of the following platforms:

GFC

Please leave a comment below telling me which platform you follow on and your username so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. Its one entry per each platform, so if you follow me and all 6, that’s  6 chances – just please leave a separate comment for each so I can check them.

Closes midnight 21st Jan 2015.


PS – its open internationally!


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Nappy Cake Baby Shower

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Baby shower nappy cake

A cake of nappies?

This fabulous creation was kindly given to me by my lovely friends at my baby shower when I was ready for popping!

The ‘cake’ is a 3 tier creation comprising nappies, blankets, and ribbons with a cute turtle toy sat pride of place.

I couldn’t bring myself to demolish the cake for a long time as it was just so beautiful, but imagine my delight when I did, for inside I discovered further goodies; bath products, socks, muslin cloths and baby spoons!


Pretty, practical and fun.



Saturday, 3 January 2015

Feed Me Mummy Breastfeeding Vest


Feed Me Mummy Breastfeeding Vest



I can’t breastfeed in public.

It’s hard.

When it’s just the two of us at home, Art usually feeds very calmly and it’s a lovely thing, but as soon as we have guests or venture out, he likes to thrash around on the breast ending up exposing me to all and sundry.

I always wear the wrong clothes too; a dress that only comes off over the head, or a skin-tight polo neck sweater. Doh.

The Feed Me Mummy Breastfeeding Vest is perfect for somebody without much feeding technique or confidence, like Moi. 

I first came across this fab idea at the Manchester Baby and Toddler show and I couldn’t quite believe that the women in the picture was actually breastfeeding – you can’t see any nipple or breast! In fact, it looks like she is simply cuddling her baby tightly.


The vests are available online in black or white for £15.99 and you can purchase a combo pack (one of each) for £27.99. I’d like to see the vest available in more colours though, especially nude. The design is really simple – a flap you can lift with one hand so only the very smallest amount of breast is exposed; just enough for Baby to latch on, whilst the rest of your body remains completely covered, above and below.

I chose a vest in black which arrived quickly. The straps are thin, like a normal vest, but I like to wear mine with my thick-strapped nursing crop top I previously vlogged about. This gives the vest the appearance of a tank top, which I like in the colder months. The quality of the material is good and feels nice against my skin.

feed me mummy breastfeeding vest review

The vest is nice and long, possibly a little bit too long for my petite height. It would be nice if the vest had adjustable straps because the ‘flap’ was slightly too low down from me, which you can see when I pull the top down too far it gapes:

feed me mummy breastfeeding vest review

As for feeding – the top is brilliant! I was able to feed Art without flashing and I felt much more confident and relaxed. It is easy though, to get distracted and slouch, and end up with the whole boob sticking out of the flap, but if you keep your eye on it, and keep a nice posture as you are supposed to, it really works a treat.


My next challenge is to feed Art whilst in a public place which is daunting, but I know with the Feed Me Mummy vest I should be absolutely fine.



feed me mummy breastfeeding vest review


What are your tips for feeding in public?

feed me mummy breastfeeding vest review



Review purposes only. No monetary compensation was received for this review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker review

I review the Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker newborn baby chair.

My Baby hates to be lying on his back; he hates his Moses basket and hence New Mummy almost lost her marbles during the very early days of No Sleep.

Even now he likes to be held, bolt upright, so he can have a good old nosy around the room. He looks like a little meercat.

Cute, yes.

Practicable, no.

Where to put Baby during the day when Mummy can make a brew and, on a good day, have a wash?

After some research I opted for the Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker Mothercare (£54.99). 

Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker review


Pricey, yes, but the great thing about this contraption is that it has 3 different chair options depending on the age of the child.

1.       A kickstool folds out so the rocker is stationary and suitable for a newborn

Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker review


2.       Rocker mode proper means Baby can be in a more sat-up position and play with the hanging monkeys.

Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker review


3.       A toddler chair – I’ve not tried this one out yet.


I love the bright colours on the chair, the cute monkeys, and the fact that I can rock Arturo in his chair with my foot whilst I eat my lunch! I haven't put batteries in the thing yet, so I can't comment on the vibration mode.

I am really proud to be able to tell you that I assembled this chair all by myself - baby brain and all! 


I've used this chair every day since Art was born. It’s not cheap, but well worth the money in my opinion if he can use it for a couple of years, it will be the only rocker / little chair we need to buy.

Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker review


What are your newborn baby essentials?


Fisher Price Rainforest Infant-to-Toddler Rocker review

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The First Few Weeks

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In reality it is hard.

 Very, very, hard.

Nothing and nobody can prepare you for the whirlwind of hormones, nappies and sheer and utter exhaustion that become your life the second that squirming pink bundle is plonked onto your chest.

I had filled my heavily-pregnant-and-housebound maternity leave days watching countless parenting vlogs featuring yummy mummies and glamourous mammas who made life with a new-born look like a piece of cake.

 My expectations of how life would change were beyond unrealistic.

When acquaintances find out that you are expecting, they will usually say something along the lines of:

“I hope you’re prepared for the sleepless nights”

You take this with a pinch of salt as they laugh and smile when they say this, but if you take a second to look, really look, into their eyes, you will see a deep-rooted mania, perhaps a slight twitch, that only the sleep deprived new parent will sport.

I’d thought to myself – of course Baby will be up a couple of times in the night. I will feed them, change them and put them down to sleep and then go straight back to sleep myself. I assumed I’d be a little bit tired at first, but nothing a few coffees wouldn’t fix.

Now I laugh out loud at my own naivety and vaguely notice it has a frenzied edge.

What really happens?

You arrive home from hospital, knackered, drugged up, battered and bruised, and oh, lets throw a little “traumatised from labour” into the mix. What you really need is a fortnights break in a luxury spa retreat, a juice cleanse detox and possibly some therapy. What you actually get is a tiny person, your tiny person, who is totally and utterly reliant on you to keep them alive.

The exhaustion is the hardest part. It makes everything else harder too. Being heavily pregnant and the associated poor sleep which comes part and parcel of that is only the tip of the sleep-deprivation iceberg. You are shattered before you have even begun parenthood and I find it extremely ironic that you have to go through the most physically challenging process of your whole entire life to birth a baby whilst being in the physically worst shape possible – over 3 stone heavier for me with pain in every joint and a blocked and swollen nose which made my breathing exercises that I was relying so much upon pretty damn useless.

I like to keep it real on this blog, so have filmed a 100%  truthful vlog of a typical day in the life of Me; a tired new mummy trying her best. I can’t quite believe I’m putting my dog-tired make-up free face out there on the tinterweb, but I hope to spread the message that life with a newborn isn’t glamourous, and its all about surviving one day, or even one hour, at a time. Head over to my You Tube channel to check out my latest videos.

Love gets you through

When a baby is born, a mother is also born, and with it comes an unconditional fierce love and a new reason for breathing.

This love gets you up at 2am to feed your child. Your eyes burn, your cheeks ache with tiredness, you sway and see ghosts out of the corner of your eyes in the shadowy bedroom. But you do it. This love makes your heart ache when you hear you Baby cry with the overwhelming desire to take all his pain and suffering away, now and forever.

How do you cope?

You just do.

However hard it gets, I know it will only be for a brief, fleeting moment in Art’s life and I will miss the days he would only fall asleep on his Mummy. It is so very true that the nights are long but the years are short. His complete and utter reliance on me is a beautiful thing, not a chore. 

I find it amazing that my baby has heard my heart beat his whole life.

I made his.

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