Yes’, and o God no’s!!

So I thought I would share with you what I have been loving this month, and also what I have not been loving.

The Good..

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Nip + Fab Repair Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe

Nip + Fab has always been one of those brands that stands out for me, reason being it their products always seem to actually work! I have been using this face cream for about 3 weeks now, religiously day and night after my skincare routine. Suffice to say my face looks better. I have a deep frown line on my forehead, and it claims to smooth out the appearance of lines and wrinkles, which this has done! The condition of my skin has also improved. This is worth its weight in gold!!

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MAC Fix +

 

MAC Fix + I think has to be said as one of the original and best ‘primer’ waters or even a refresh/ hydrating spray. Works well if you are wanting to spruce up your makeup for a nightout but not having enough time to completely re- do your makeup. Also ideal for spraying on your eyeshadow brushes before using shadows or pigments.

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Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo

 

Since having my 3rd child almost a year ago, the thickness and lack of volume in my hair has become so concerning for me that I started to look for something that would bring my hair back to life so to speak. A lot of treatments or shampoos cost around £30, which lets be honest, I wasn’t initially prepared to spend. I saw this in Boots and was a bit sceptical, but so glad I persevered with it.

It has lasted me one whole month, and in that 4 weeks my hair has become noticeably thicker, and lots of new ‘baby’ hair has started to show! So impressed. 10/10 Mr. Stafford!!

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Sanctuary Spa Charcoal Shower Burst

I saw this on a YouTuber’s account, and was intrigued. Sanctuary Spa have really come full circle with their range of bath and body items, and this is no exception. Its a charcoal foam in a can basically, which immediately turns into a white shower foam, it hardly has a scent, which lets be honest is a good thing. One thing I will say, for the price of £5, it doesn’t seem to last long… I’ve used this maybe 5 times at most, and the can is almost empty… But cannot fault it, a fantastic product!

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NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

 

Where do I start? Love love, love this! Honestly, if you are looking for a setting spray that doesn’t cost the earth then this is it. Spray at the end of making your face up, (albeit do your mascara after this) give it a few seconds and your makeup will last all day! Honest! Fab.

 

The Bad.

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Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go

 

I have to say out of all of these, the one item I have trialled this past month and HATED was the Rimmel 2- in -1 Primer and Setting Spray. It smells fresh and lovely, and would be a good refresh spray throughout the day, but as a setting spray, sadly not. It almost melted my makeup off! Avoid!

 

Have a good evening

C xx

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My favourite lip products (NYX)

I swear, that literally this last year or so NYX Professional Makeup have exploded immensely with their makeup, even more so with their lip products.

I have never really been a fan of lip products, as the shape of my mouth isn’t really what I call ‘attractive’, so have always steered clear of anything dramatic or bright.

Then I saw these…

 

 

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l-r NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine, Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome and Abu Dhabi

 

 

They both go on really well, the colour pigment of the lip cream is amazing, and honestly lasts a fair few hours wear.

 

 

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Rome, Madeleine and Abu Dhabi

 

 

I picked mine up from my local Boots stores, but they sell online too and do not cost a lot, these were £5.50 and £6.00 each.

Have a great evening

C xx

 

http://www.boots.com/nyx-professional-makeup-butter-gloss-10207772

http://www.boots.com/nyx-professional-makeup-soft-matte-lip-cream-14g-10207816

 

 

REVIEW: NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil

My first ever brow product was a very old Rimmel one, and I think it is still lurking around somewhere in one of my bags hanging in my wardrobe…

Moving on a fair few years, and I have tried many various different products to achieve that well groomed brow look.

I think I have finally found what I have been looking for…

This!

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso £8.00

 

I have to add that, prior to me finding this one, I was splurging on the Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Brow Wiz £15.50 which is identical to this one, and double the price!

Worth its weight, its simply amazing!

C xx

 

 

 

First Impressions / Baby ‘haul’

So I haven’t done a blog in a week, due to many reasons, of which I will not bore you about…

But there was infact time to do some spontaneous online shopping!

I will just dive straight in.. here goes!

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Since receiving them on Monday just gone, I have had the time to test the all out. Some more frequently than others.

L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover / Infallible 24hr Matte / Mattifying Base

I have long been an avid fan of L’Oréal makeup products ever since the ‘original’ True Match foundation came out many years ago.. and I have to say their foundations in general do not falter.

At the moment, since giving birth to my baby not long ago, my skin has become more shiner, so the need for a makeup that will stay put all day is ever needed.

I find that the 24hr Matte is true to my fair skin tone ( I am PALE), it does the trick, by not moving about, staying matte, and not looking at all ‘cakey’.

Turn to the NEW Total Cover and this is whole different ball game… O boy.

This claims to cover all kinds of skin issues, be it, blemishes, redness and tattoo’s without the heavy feeling.

If I am honest, it is okay, yes I am currently on day 3 of trying this foundation, and again using my blender or sponge to apply it. Good colour match too, so no tide lines around the jaw area.

It also certainly looks to stay put significantly longer than that of the 24hr Matte.

This is my 2nd attempt (I accidently threw the first one out) and trying the Mattifying Base out. You get a decent sized tube for your buck so a little goes a long way.

For years I have been faithful to the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, which I love, so again, giving this one for a spin has been interesting. It is easy and simple to apply, over the bridge of my nose and forehead, it seems to keep my pores hidden away as if by magic, so for me this wins hands down!

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Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer

For months and months now, this concealer has been stalking my Instagram, Blogger and YouTube feed, and it came to the point, where I knew I had to try this.

Like many others, the one thing that bothered me, and potentially put me off, was the sponge applicator of which the concealer comes through at the top.

I cannot be sure if I am so excited by this, as I find the colour is a bit ‘off’ for me. Considering this is in the shade Light, it is much darker than my current favourite ( Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer).

Plus the price for the amount your getting is much more dearer, compared to the Collection brand.

I will have to see how this one pans out for me over the next few weeks…

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Batiste Dry Shampoo (Limited Edition ‘Naughty’)

LOVE LOVE LOVE Batiste.

Since falling pregnant last year and then having my son, my hair has become ever more limp, and voluminous, which for me, isn’t a great look. Especially when you have  washed it within 2-3 hours, and then its looking gross again. Boo.

I do tend to find though, that it is incredibly chalky and does leave your hair with a grey tinge… So a little goes a long way… But never the less, it does what it says on the can. Cannot falter!

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Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo

So like I’ve mentioned above, my hair is limp, lifeless and not very voluminous. Plus whilst pregnant, I started to loose clumps of hair, which is petrifying.

This is quite pricey for the amount you get, but you do not need very much and the instructions recommend you pre wash your hair first, so its super wet, which makes this easier to lather.

Only time will tell if this is any good for me and my hair.

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NYX Flawless Finish Blending Sponge

I have a few of these infamous sponges, so when I saw that NYX had brought one out too, I had to try it out.

Quite a small sponge compared to the other ones out there, but still good.

Shaped like a tear- drop with a round bottom, and on one side its a flat edge.

So far it does what its meant to do.

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L’Oréal Le Blush in 120 Sandalwood Pink

Another blush to add to my collection. This one is also one of my favourites. I am not a fan of shimmery blushes, so these from L’Oréal always seem to tick the boxes.

Subtle shades of pink and muted browns complete the range, and comes complete with a compact mirror and mini brush- perfect if your on the go!

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February Wishlist

What I am longing for this month….

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Tarte PRO Amazonian Palette £53.00
  2. Aldo Emmanuela £69.98- down from £100
  3. Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette £41.00
  4. YSL Zip Around Wallet £465.00 (UK)
  5. Marks and Spencer PETITE Belted Trench £45.00

 

This is mine. What are your wishes?

mummy3sons xx

 

 

 

BUDGET/ BLOWOUT: Liz Earle vs. Nspa

I thought I would do one of these reviews, a comparison you could say.

Short, and to the point!

Here goes…

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

POSITIVES

  1. It is one of the most recognised products out there at the moment
  2. Decent sized product. Mine is 150ml
  3. Smells clean and fresh. No off putting smell
  4. Pump is easy to use, does not leak either
  5. Widely available
  6. High reviews
  7. Takes make up and grime off incredibly easily, and your skin does feel clean
  8. Does not leave my skin shiny afterwards nor red and and inflamed.

NEGATIVES

  1. Price. The 100ml starts at around £15.50 rising to £26 for a 200ml.
  2. The product states to use the pump twice over each time morning and night. You go through this quite quickly I have found. No biggie.

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Nspa Hot Cloth Polish

POSTIVES

  1. The price. Pretty amazing – this is £4.50!
  2. Decent amount as well, mine is 150ml
  3. Found the product takes off makeup and grime very well, could not fault

NEGATIVES

  1. Smell. Not a bad smell, just not really a pleasant smell, bit off.
  2. Pump, is pretty rubbish, takes a lot of effort to get the product out

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MY VERDICT

So after using both items over 2 months, ( I did have to purchase another bottle of each), I have to say that to find one that is ultimately better than the other hard.

Both claim to cleanse the skin, lightly exfoliate and purify your skin, which I do believe they do. They contain pretty much similar ingredients and both are supplied with a muslin cloth.

I give Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 9/10

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I give Nspa Hot Cloth Polish 7/10

I would defiantly recommend ladies that you go out and try the Nspa one for yourselves and see!

Cannot fault my holy grail Cleanse and Polish.

Where to find:

ASDA

https://groceries.asda.com/product/cleanser/nspa-deep-cleansing-face-wash-cleanse-step-1/910000544268

Liz Earle

http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-tone-moisturise/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html

What is your go to skincare products?

Have a great weekend!

mummy3sons xx

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January Favourites

 

So the first month of the year is almost out.. yippee!

 

 

Which brings me to this months favourites:

My K by Myleene Klass- if your not aware if the many new trends of SS17′, then your missing out. Along with Embroidery, Badges, and now ‘unisex’ clothing. Yes monochrome, for babies is IN.

http://www.mothercare.com/clothing/my-k-by-myleene-klass/?pmin=0

Solstice Highlighting Palette by Sleek- probably for me the most affordable and popular highlighting palette around, if you are unable to stretch to say Anastacia Beverley Hills.

http://www.sleekmakeup.com/uk/solstice-highlighting-palette

Fibre One Bars- Honestly, these are so tasty! If your on a diet, and just craving a chocolatey hit, then try one of these. They are 90 calories, and come in 3 flavours. Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Salted Caramel Squares and Lemon Drizzle Bars.

https://www.fibreone.co.uk/delicious-bars/

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Power by MAC- if you are like me and by lunchtime your a little bit shiny, or you find your makeup doesn’t look as great as it did when you first put it on that morning, then look no further to MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. I find this makes your makeup stay all day, and you can use is sparingly if needed. It doesn’t make your face go all cakey like a lot of powders do either. Use it with a damp sponge or beauty blender to “bake”, or with a fine brush.

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13849/4462/products/makeup/face/powder/prep-prime-transparent-finishing-powder

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation- my holy grail foundation! It has taken a long time to find a foundation that matches my skin perfectly, and stays on ALL DAY long, it does not wear away, slide or look patchy or cakey either.
http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/643/3894/product-catalog/makeup/face/foundations/double-wear/stay-in-place-makeup-spf-10

So that’s it till next month… What has been your favourite items for January?

mummy3sons xx