12 August 2018

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Ever since Kat Von D launched in the UK, I've had my eye on the Shade + Light Contour Palette and it's been my most reached for face palette over the past few months, so I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on this hugely popular contour palette.

A review of Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
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8 August 2018

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Liquid Foundation

I've shared my thoughts on the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Liquid Foundation before, in my feature on high-end foundations worth splurging on, but having recently repurchased, I wanted to dedicate a full review to this incredible base, which really does tick all of my boxes when it comes to the perfect foundation.

A review of the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Liquid Foundation
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7 August 2018

Brand Spotlight: Antipodes

It's no secret I'm a skincare adorer and Antipodes has been one of my go-to brands for effective skincare for many years now. I'm a huge fan of their face masks, with the Aura Manuka Honey Mask being one of my most repurchased skincare items, with the newest face mask addition, the Halo Skin-Brightening Mud Mask, being a firm favourite too. The Divine Face Oil is another product holy grail skincare product I always make sure to have in my skincare stash and the Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum has played a huge part in improving my confidence.

Over the past 6 weeks, I've been testing some new Antipodes products to join my daily skincare routine, covering cleansers, toners, eye creams, a daily SPF and a lip conditioner. Have they impressed me as much as my long-time Antipodes favourites?

A review of Antipodes Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner
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6 August 2018

The Unmumsy Mum Book Review

Although with a toddler in tow it takes me a lot longer to get through books, long gone the days where I could read a book cover to cover in one night, reading is still a huge part of my daily routine and something I simply cannot give up. I've been a self-confessed bookworm my entire life, something I've thankfully passed on to my daughter (did you see my post on Willow's growing library?) and my day wouldn't be complete without reading at least a few pages of one of the many books adorning my bedside table.

A review of The Unmumsy Mum Book
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5 August 2018

Summer Days at Bradgate Park

Living in the East Midlands means we're surrounded by beautiful British countryside and one place we're lucky to live quite close to, is Bradgate Park. I've always been a country bumpkin at heart, even when I lived in London for University, I missed living in the countryside and I'm glad we're bringing our little girl up surrounded by such natural beauty.

A review of family friendly Bradgate Park
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4 August 2018

Wymeswold Fruit Farm Review

Something I always remember from my own childhood is spending hot summer days picking fresh just-ripened strawberries. I have fond memories of those carefree days plucking strawberries and popping them proudly into my fruit box and so it was something I really wanted to do with Willow, one of those 'I'm sharing one of my favourite childhood memories with you' moments, and so I took her to the very same fruit picking farm we used to go to all those years ago, Wymeswold Fruit Farm.

A review of family run Wymeswold Fruit Farm
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3 August 2018

Big Sister Announcement Sign Review

When I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted a special way to 'announce' the news that our family was growing and so I spent weeks and weeks looking for the perfect way to share our happy news. I browsed Pinterest for hours, thought up elaborate ideas of things we could do, themed photoshoots we could try and even big extravagant balloons and matching t-shirts. Then I came across a simple yet beautiful wooden sign and it was love at first sight, the perfect way to share our news.

A review of the Here's to Us I'm Going To Be A Big Sister wooden sign
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2 August 2018

Michael Kors Twilight Shimmer Review

Over the past couple of years, Michael Kors has become one of my most beloved brands when it comes to fragrances, with beautifully unique scents housed in bottles that bold and like the scents, ooze confidence. The latest limited edition scent is the perfect summer evening scent, straying away from the usual sickly-sweet fruity scents which overpower summer, with a really special fragrance that'll have everyone asking what you're wearing this summer!


A review of Michael Kors Twilight Shimmer
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1 August 2018

Plus Size, Pregnant & High Risk

This pregnancy is very similar to my pregnancy with Willow when it comes to symptoms, but how I'm coping with it is very, very different. My baby bump isn't as obvious, due to being several stones heavier in weight than I was when I was pregnant with Willow. I'm 3 dress sizes bigger than I was when pregnant with Willow and that is largely down to a much bigger stomach; I piled on 6.5stone when pregnant with Willow and didn't lose any of that weight for 2 years.

A post about being plus size and high-risk whilst pregnant

At the new year, I told myself enough was enough and decided to crack on with the weight loss, but I had only lost 1 stone before finding out we were expecting this little baby, so I was still extremely overweight and much larger than I would like to have been when we conceived. I knew even before I made it to my booking appointment at 8 weeks that I would be classed as 'high risk' for this pregnancy, not just because of my weight, but because I had an emergency caesarean with Willow. Since then it's been quite the emotional rollercoaster and being high risk and under consultant led care has been daunting and at times, difficult for me to process.
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