July, 2013

Jul 13

Gifts Good Enough For Your Own Little Prince or Princess

Everywhere I look I seem to see pregnant women and new-borns; there must have been something in the water last August/September.

With Kim Kardashian dropping early and Kate Middleton due any day now, not to mention more than a few friends in the same trimester, I’ve been whiling away too much time looking at gifts for babies. I’ve found more than I can afford but these are my favourites. So far. And I reserve the right to do another one of these posts!

Me&I – £26
How have I had two children and not come across Swedish brand me&i? Their stuff is SO cute! Its’ like Polarn o Pyret before everyone started wearing it. Think of it as hipster clothes for babies and children. A lot of their range comes in adult sized clothes so perfect for full grown hipsters too. While I doubt Kate will be dressing the future king/queen in it, me&I is made for babies whose parents wear Hasbeens, drink coffee from Monmouth and holiday in Cambodia. I love it all!


Aubrey Satchel from Storksak – £140 
My husband hated carrying around my bright red baby bag and things have certainly evolved from seven years ago. This Aubrey satchel from Storksak is unisex, holds everything bar the kitchen sink and is made from durable, wipe clean canvas and luxurious leather and is big enough to hold most laptops. The bag has a large top flap which closes with two strong magnetic snap poppers, making the main compartment easily accessed with one hand – perfect for juggling baby and everything else. It comes with a padded changing mat and a thermo-insulated bottle holder. Perfect for stylish new Dads, it would make a great baby shower gift for him for a change! Either way, Mum and Dad will be happy to carry this one.


aden + anais muslins – from £40 for a 3 pack 
aden + anais was started by a mum who was looking for the kind of cotton swaddling muslins she grew up with. She couldn’t find them so decided to produce her own. Fast forward a few years and her swaddling cloths have been used by Gwen Stefani, Ashley Simpson, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie. Traditionally used for swaddling, the cloths can also be used as burp cloths, nursing and pram covers, portable cot sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets or change table covers. They come in a variety of prints and designs for both boys and girls. My favourite is the Mod About Baby set – who can resist animal print?


Inch Blue Print Stardom Babygro, Hat & Shoe set – £44 
This little outfit is so sweet I almost (almost!) want a baby to dress it in. While I wouldn’t put a baby in it all at once, the print certainly beats a pack of white babygros. Inch Blue is a family run business in the south of Wales that make gifts for the more discerning parents. They are best known for their soft leather shoes; hand stitched in Inch Blue’s own workshop in Wales and made using Chrome 6-free leather. The shoes are from 0 – 6 years and retail from £18 – £20.


Baa Baby Kaiser Sheepskin Liner in Natural- £54 
With its gorgeous soft pile, babies love to snuggle in this Kaiser Sheepskin Liner. Due to the natural insulation properties of sheepskin these liners will keep your baby cool in the summer and warm in winter in the car seat, carry cot or pram. Like all Kaiser lambskins they are extra soft and have been tanned under strict environmental regulations. They are suitable for most 5 point harnesses and come in natural, anthracite and white. I think my 20 day old nephew has done a great job modelling here!

Baa Baby Kaiser Sheepskin Liner

Imagodei Organic Cotton Sleeping Bag – £29.99 
Sleeping Bags are perfect for babies who move around a lot as it gives them plenty of room to move around while the padded sleeping bag keeps them warm and snug. The Imago Dei bag is made from 100% organic pima cotton and is super soft against baby’s skin. The zippered bottom makes nappy changes easier when they’re asleep and the easy-to-use shoulder poppers keep the 2.5 tog bag in place as baby gets a good night’s sleep. The bag is machine-washable, anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic and soft on skin. The packaging is adorable, no?


Jul 13

Buy Any 60ml Jimmy Choo Fragrance and Get A Free Clutch Bag!

Well here’s an offer you don’t see every day; buy any Jimmy Choo 60ml fragrance and receive this free Limited edition Jimmy Choo luxury snakeskin clutch bag!

Their latest scent is the Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum ‘Exotic’ – a fresh, sweet, fruity fragrance. The bottle was inspired by the latest Jimmy Choo python collection and comes with fuchsia pink lacquering.


The Fragrance blends sparkling notes of blackcurrant sorbet and pink grapefruit with tiger orchid, passion flower, patchouli and raspberry.

It’s a very sweet and fruity Eau de Toilette, perfect for ladies who like fresh, feminine scents. The free clutch offer has been on for a while so act quickly to get your hands on one!

Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette Exotic – £44.00/60ml

Jul 13

Lancome in Love

Lancôme have recently expanded their ‘In Love’ range with some new colours in the nail varnish, lip gloss and lip stick collections.

I tried out the Vernis in Love in ‘Very in Love’; Rouge in Love in ‘Midnight Crush’ and Gloss in Love in ‘Flash N Fuchsia’.


Gloss in Love comes in 12 shades and can be worn on its own or under lipstick. Flash N Fuchsia is a bright pink gloss that smells of vanilla and, according to Youcef S. Nabi, Lancôme President “defines lips without ever changing their natural shape. Its ultra-simple design creates results worthy of a make-up artist. Lancôme offers new gloss technology to every woman, whether she’s a make-up expert or a colour novice.”


It’s not too gloopy, doesn’t leave you with lip lash and comes with a double sided applicator. The curved side lets you apply the gloss very precisely to amplify shape and shine while the upper lip side enhances the upper lip contour.

Lancôme - Gloss in Love - 162 Scarlett Starlette

Vernis in Love in ‘Very in Love’ is a thick and shiny bright red with pink undertones. Two coats is plenty and it has good lasting power; three days in and no chipping.


Rouge in Love has been expanded with nine new shades. New vibrant reds, oranges and pinks mean Rouge In Love now has an incredible range of 33 colours with a shade to suit everyone. Midnight Crush is another bright pink (I’m sensing a theme here). It’s very moisturising; no need for lip balm under this baby.


Gloss in Love – £20
Rouge in Love – £21
Vernis in Love -£12.50


Jul 13

Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

As the Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment is particularly good at addressing men’s skin concerns, I let Mr 32 Boroughs loose on this one. His review as follows:

I love a bit of celebrity living and, with pictures of a muddied Michael ‘honey voice’ Buble circulating the social media world, I was keen to follow suit. Problem skin, razor bumps, in grown hairs, black heads – beware!

My GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment arrived in a hexagonal box with metallic silver and white packaging. The actual pot is somewhat small, but I was wooed with the promise of ‘super sexy super radiant skin’.


Its secret is scientifically advanced six acid blend mud, perfectly ph balanced to aid the detoxification process and embrace the most sensitive of skins.

I washed and cleansed my face beforehand to make it fresh for the mud application. First impressions were good. The liquorice smell was surprising which I assume is the eucalyptus leaf used to aid the skins glow. I used sparingly but was surprised at the coverage it gave. It felt cooling and pleasant to apply.

It took a good 5 minutes to dry completely but when it did I could see the pores appearing on my skin where the mud had vacuumed them out. This is down to what Glamglow’s trademarked Pore-Matrix, Activated-X Charcoal and K17-Clay which removes any pore congestion and encapsulates it on the surface of the skin to give visually a virtually pore free finish.

The verdict? A big thumbs up. The treatment delivers a healthy glow and has become part of my weekly Sunday ritual. Used as part of a wider routine I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin; not one spot or ingrown hair after shaving and a reduction in the severity of my frown lines. Even after several big nights! What’s not to love? Go on, get a little dirty.

Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment – £45

Jul 13

The Beauty Edit: July

The last few weeks have brought so many lovely new releases it’s been hard to narrow it down to these six:


Bumble & Bumble Crème de Coco range – from £18.50
These products smell so good! In fact I was in the lift (elevator) and the lady behind stopped me to ask what I had used on my hair as the smell was so lovely. It’s not just the smell though; the range makes my hair look and feel nourished and moisturised and the masque left my hair smooth, silky and glossy. It’s very moisturising so it’s not suitable for those with very fine hair but everyone else (relaxed, natural, coloured, dry etc) it’s perfect.

Boots Eye Drops – from £9.49
If you wear contact lenses and work in an office, around 3pm your eyes probably start to feel dry and uncomfortable. My optometrist recently told me my eyes don’t produce enough tears (common with lens wearers) so I’m using these Contact Lens drops from Boots which have been specially formulated for use when wearing lenses. The Brightening Eye Mist helps reduce redness and puffiness so perfect before a night out while the Irritated Eye Mist is good if you suffer with hayfever.

Electric Hair P-4 Preparation Spray – £15.50
This leave in conditioner is perfect for protecting, detangling, softening, enhancing and priming your hair before styling. If you have curly/afro hair and you like to blow dry it straight, chances are parts of it dry out before you get round to them so use this spray to re-hydrate and condition. The range was formulated by hairdresser Mark Wooley who has worked on Sienna Miller’s hair. He said: “Great hair starts with good foundations so it is vital to focus on preparation. For hair that looks and feels luxurious from the inside out, you need a miracle product that de-frizzes effectively yet doesn’t leave behind any residue.”


Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter – £12.50
Online natural supermarket Big Green Smile has recently started stocking Greek range Korres. Using the finest quality organic herb extracts and natural ingredients and avoiding mineral oils, silicones, parabens and propylene glycol, each product details its natural formulation. I tried the Japanese Rose Body Butter which has a slightly whipped finish and leaves a very subtle shimmer on the skin. It is 93.6% natural so is good for use on even young skins.

Nanogen Hair Growth Factor Treatment Serum – £29.95
This light moisturising serum contains a powerful clinically tested formula that maintains natural hair growth, restores hair condition and protects the scalp from damage, creating the perfect environment for hair growth. It’s part of the new patent protected Nanogen Thickening collection (serum, shampoo and conditioner) which, in trials, gave noticeably thicker hair in 88% of 200 women who followed the regimen over 1 month. I’ve been using the serum for just over a week and my hair does feel slightly thicker already.

Origins Gin-Zing Energising Moisturiser – £23
This day cream/gel hybrid is perfect for waking up tired, dull skin. Ingredients include:
• Panax Ginseng: Known to help strengthen and eliminate visible signs of fatigue.
• Caffeine: A powerful anti-irritant derived from coffee beans
• Chestnut Seed: Desquamates dull surface cells.
• Olive: Provides oil-free hydration and creates a translucent “glow” to skin.
• Grapefruit Oil: Uplifting aroma that imparts clinically proven anti-irritancy benefits.
• Spearmint Oil: Known to encourage energy.
• Lemon Oil: Helps dispel mental fatigue and increase concentration and awareness.

It left my skin feeling smooth and smelling great.

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