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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Turtle Power - Turtlemeter Bath Toy*

Evening Peaches...

Bathing a baby - a tricky concept! As soon as they get into the water they transform into a slippery eel; splashing and wriggling out of your grasp. It's a two man job to begin with, but as they get bigger and stronger it does get easier! One thing I was worried about was the temperature of the bath water so when I was sent the 'Turtlemeter - The Baby Bath Floating Turtle Toy'* I couldn't wait to give it a go. 

The strong, brightly coloured, plastic turtle is perfect for children and young babies alike and has a screen on its back which not only shows the temperature of the water, but also changes colour depending on its heat so you can see at a glance if the waters right for your little one. 

Blue - too cold
Green - just right
Red - too hot

For the last 13 months I've been testing the water using the good old elbow trick and was sure the water wasn't too hot. So you can imagine my horror when I popped the turtle into the bath to see it flash BLUE!!! My poor little lamb had practically been tubbing in an ice cold plunge pool!! I was always bothered it was too warm I'd never dreamed that the water would be too cold! Another good feature of the turtle is that the temperature constantly updates itself so you can see when the water is getting too cold for your baby and is time to get them out. 

My daughter loves playing in the bath so this is a great addition to her bedtime routine. The Turtlemeter is only £9.99 from Amazon which I think is a reasonable price for something that you'll use almost everyday for quite a few years. 

I honestly never thought this would be a product that I would need but since using it I'm glad I have it! I've let my friends with babies use this since I got it and it turns out we've all been giving out baltic baths! 

Have you found any other baby essentials you never thought you'd need?

Em xx

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Best Of Beauty - Pamper Products

Evening Peaches....

We are into Week 4 of Sam from All The Buzz challenge and it's the turn of the Best of Beauty - Pamper Products. 

Once a week (sometimes more if it's that kind of week) I treat myself to a pamper night. It involves a hot bubble bath, Netflix, chocolate and plenty of pampering goodies! During the week I need to adopt a swift and speedy beauty regime but when it comes to the weekend I can really indulge and take my time with my favourite products.

I have long been a fan of a hot cloth cleanser and love the deep clean it gives your skin. I've been using Naturally Radiant - Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser from Superdrug for a while now and this is my second tube of it, which I got on offer for £2.98 instead of the usual £5.99. It's really simple to use: just apply in a circular motion to wet skin and then using the muslin cloth (which should be damp with hot water - not boiling, as I learnt the hard way!) to polish off the cream. The cloth acts as an exfoliator buffing off dry skin to reveal a gorgeous glow! Then, just splash on some cool water and pat dry. I usually slap on a warming face mask at this point, close my eyes and drift off....

This cleanser has a lovely thick creamy texture and the plant extracts (kiwi fruit and mulberry) definitely pamper my pores in a very gentle yet effective way. If I was a lady of leisure I would probably use this more frequently, but for now I'll keep it as a part of my Friday night 'me time' routine!

Have you tried any of the other products in Superdrugs Naturally Radiant range? I'd love to know what you thought of them.

Em xx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Best Of Beauty - Make Up Musthaves

Hey  Peaches....

It's Week 3 of All The Buzz Best of Beauty Challenge and the topic of discussion is Make Up Musthaves. 

Since the tender age of 9 (when I experimented with my Mums collection - much to her horror) I have loved everything that make up has to offer. The chance to transform your look or simply boost confidence with everyday tricks, make up is a wondrous creation that I can't imagine life without! Choosing my all time favourite product was quite a task but I finally decided on this 'lovely' which I wear for a natural everyday look. 

Initially, I was never really wowed with BB creams when they came on the shelves a few years ago. I like a medium coverage and found that they didn't do enough for me. However, this All-In-One BB Cream by The Body Shop, which comes out of the tube white and adapts to the colour of your skin upon application, gives me a really great coverage and lasts for at least 8 hours! It blends in beautifully and although has a mid coverage it still remains very light and natural looking - ideal for daytime. It does just the right amount of moisturising so doesn't leave you with the dreaded shiny face. 

The Body Shop cover all bases by doing this BB cream in three shades: 01 for lighter skin tones, 02 for medium skin tones and 03 for darker skin tones. I got mine in 02 and its suit me down to the ground! 

I can't wait to read what other musthaves the rest of the bloggers involved in this challenge have got lined up and ready for me to HAVE to buy! 

Em xx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Best Of Beauty - Hair Heroes

Bonjour Peaches...

This weeks Best Of Beauty Challenge set up by All The Buzz is favourite haircare products and accessories. It took me all of 3 seconds to decide what my Haircare Hero was .....

Words cannot express my love for this hair beaut - but I'll try my best!

This Milkshake Conditioning Whipped Cream is a no rinse conditioner and has been a fixture to my hair care regime for a while now. After shampooing, rinsing and towel drying my locks, I comb through a small amount of this light weight mousse and let the smell take over my senses. It has a gorgeous, sweet, creamy scent which lingers around long after you dry and style your hair. However, you can't label something Hair Hero just based on its smell, no matter how amazing it is. So it's a good job this Whipped Cream does work wonders. It uses proteins found in milk (hence the name) which protect and restructure the hair shaft making your mane soft, shiny and manageable. Normally when I use 'leave in' products they make my hair feel weighed down and greasy but this one does anything but. My hair has gone from strength to strength since I started treating it with this and because its not splitting and it is in better condition it's grown loads - well maybe not loads, but definitely a couple of inches!

What has your hair been whipped up into a frenzy from?

Em xx

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Best Of Beauty - Skin Care Saviours

Good Evening Peaches....

When I saw the Best Of Beauty Challenge set up by Samantha at All The Buzz I thought it would be a good way to see what everyone else loves, as well as a way for me to share my faves! 

This weeks topic is Skin Care Saviours - what a perfect way to kick off! 

Skin. It's all over your body so to me it's one of the most important things that you need to look after! From downing a couple of pints of water every day to indulging in a face mask once a week, skincare is something I take really seriously! As some of you may already know I have quite dry skin and have the occasional patch of eczema so over the last few years have tried and tested many a product. 

This Micellar Solution from L'Oreal is a must have to remove final traces of my make up and freshen up first thing in the morning. It's so gentle on my sensitive skin and always leaves my face really clean and clear without any tightness or redness. I know that some people use just this alone to take off their make up but for me it just doesn't get every scrap off so I give my face a proper cleanse with a creamy wash beforehand. I think this is probably more to do with the amount of make up I have on than any fault of the product! My skin has really improved since using this as a final part of my everyday skincare routine and my dryness is a distant memory!

I picked this up originally from Boots but it's become so popular you can get it just about anywhere now. I bought my last bottle of it from Tesco on a 2 for £5 offer which is a brilliant price for my Skin Care Saviour!

I look forward to reading everyone elses Best Of Beauty Challenge posts and products over the next few weeks and hope that I find some little gems along the way!

Love Em xx

Monday, 27 January 2014

Get It Sorted!

Evening Peaches...

I love make up and beauty products. I love them so much that they have literally taken over my bedroom. This not so secret love affair is the bane of my boyfriend Matt's life. Last week, after dodging the pots and tubs I'd left on the floor, he finally reached the end of his tether and in a fit of rage threw (gasp) my babies onto the worktop. You can imagine the tears and tantrums that followed when I realised that my HD brow kit and eyeshadow palette had been smashed to smithereens.

Enough was enough, I needed to find a better way to store my treasured possessions and after seeing how Beth from Beauty In Beta had organised her make up into cute little boxes I decided the time had come! Off I skipped to Ikea to pick up some containers to sort my make up into when I stumbled across this little beauty! With 7 compartments it was perfect to house all my skin and make up products and only cost £8! In an ideal world where money was no object I'd love to have the beautiful, clear, sectioned drawers that the Kardashians have but I'm living on a tighter budget than Kim so this Ikea 'Skubb' box is great!

Buy here

Once I'd got home the fun really began, how best to organise all my lip, face and eyes goodies?! The great thing about having this sort out meant that I could really see what I had and what I don't need to buy....

This morning the time it took for me to get my slap on was almost halved because I wasn't scurrying around on the floor looking for my mascara or powder. Another bonus with this box of tricks is how handy it is to carry around. If the moment ever occurs when I need to make a quick getaway I can grab Lyla in one hand and this in the other and be off in a flash! 

Hope this might inspire some of you out there to get your make up collection sorted!

Em xx

Saturday, 18 January 2014

She Scrubs Up Well!

Morning Peaches...

I love a good scrub, it feels so satisfying to polish away dry, dead skin cells to reveal a healthy, glowing face. I've tried and tested many a facial exfoliator in my time and I prefer the sugar or salt scrubs that are out there - very gritty and powerful!

For those of you who know about my love of jars, you wont be surprised to learn that I often make homemade beauty/food gifts, shove them in a sparkly clean jar and present them to my nearest and dearest! They are always met with smiling faces and a compliments aplenty. Never one to hand out an untested potion, I used and fell in love with this scrub that I made for a friend a couple of years ago. It's really simple and quick to make and the results are amazing!

All you need :

* 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
* 2 tablespoons of honey
* 100g of sugar
* Bowl
* Spoon
* Jar

Step 1 - Put all the ingredients into the bowl and stir them up.

Easy so far!

Step 2 - Spoon it into your jar and attach an attractive label and ribbon to it.

Slightly more tricky!

Step 3 - Give it to your friend or use it yourself!


* This scrub will last for about 2 - 3 months as long as you keep the lid tightly closed.*

I recommend that you apply this skin treat to a make up free and clean face. Use a teaspoon amount and massage in circular motions all over your skin and neck. Do this for about 60 seconds - if you spend too long on it you might not have any skin left! Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. I apply my moisturiser now because I have quite dry skin, but if you feel as though the olive oil in this scrub has moisturised you enough then your done - now go to bed!

Hope that you liked this DIY beauty idea and will maybe give it a go!

Em xx

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Liebster Award!

Guten Tag Peaches!

When I got a late night tweet from the fab Alice from Alice In The Looking Glass saying she'd nominated me for The Liebster Award I was intrigued! Since being thrown out of my high school German language classes many years ago, my Deutsch isn't up to much so I had to google what it meant! One of the words it translated to was 'beloved' so I was really pleased that Alice thought my little blog was worthy of such love!

So, lets get down to business!

First up I have to answer the following 11 questions that Alice has set for me.

1. What are your 2014 beauty resolutions?

♥ Same as every year! Drink 8 glasses of water a day, cleanse, tone and moisturise every evening and don't mess with my dry skin. I'm pretty sure these will be my resolutions for ever more but I am very determined this year!

2. What's your favourite book and why?

♥ Tricky one. I read anything by Martina Cole but I think my all time favourite book has to be 'The Jolly Postman and Other Peoples Letters'! I know it's not meant for adults but I still love this decades after getting it for Christmas one year. All the cute little letters to open and the fairytale theme - what's not to love?

3. What's your favourite quote?

♥ The best quote that always makes me smile is taken from The Twits by Roald Dahl. Clearly I haven't matured past the age of 7 with all these references to childrens books but who wants to grow up?!

via pinterest

4. Cats or dogs?

♥ I'm afraid what I'm about to say may offend all you feline fans but I hate cats!?! Shock horror! Sorry but they are sneaky, scratchy and generally just defiant little creatures. Give me a loveable and cuddly dog any day!

5. What is the best thing to happen to you so far in 2014?

♥ Hmmm only 17 days into the year so not many things to choose from to write about here! However, it has to be when my lovely Mum and Dad rang me up to tell me that they are whisking me off to New York in March! I haven't been before and have always wanted to go on a massive spending spree there so I'm really excited for this.

6. Yes or no to wearing black lipstick (not on Halloween)?

♥ It has to be a no for me. I think that it looks great on models in magazines or on the catwalk but I don't think many people can really pull it off - I certainly can't!

7. What is your favourite mascara and why?

♥ In last months 'Glamour Beauty Box' was the Benefit They're Real mascara and out of all the ones I've tried I'm quite enjoying this the most. It has a good wand with bristles (are they called that?!) on the top as well which makes doing the corner eyelashes easier. Another reason its a keeper for me is that it doesn't flake off by lunchtime. Very annoying. 

8. What is your dream job and how do you think you could get there?

♥ This changes at least once a week. Before I went off to have Lyla I'd been a Reception class teacher for five years so I'd love to go work in a lovely infant school somewhere. But if we really are dreaming big then I'd probably say a top beauty and life columnist for a magazine. I have no idea how to get there - in my dreams I guess!

9. What beauty product are you currently lusting after?

♥ Every man and his dog seems to be raving about Baby Skin Pore Eraser by Maybelline but it's like gold dust at the moment and I can't get my hands on it anywhere which makes me want it even more! 

10. Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?

♥ Apologies again but....neither! I can't keep up with anything which falls under 'fantasy' so I haven't read any of the books or seen any of the films.....sorry!

11. Twitter or Facebook?

♥ Twitter for talking to fellow bloggers and Facebook for keeping in touch with friends that I can touch and see in the flesh (urgh flesh - how graffic). 

Next, I get to choose 11 other people who I think have great blogs and would like to do this tag post. 

My favourite up and coming blogs are....

Finally, I set 11 question for the above bloggers to answer.

1. Name three people (dead or alive) who you'd like to go out for dinner with and why?

2. What would you do with your money if you won the lottery?

3. What's your favourite beauty/make up product?

4. What's the strangest thing you've ever done in the name of beauty?

5. Have you ever broken a bone? If yes how?

6. What has been your biggest beauty/make up let down?

7. Do you have or would you get a tattoo? 

8. What is your favourite chocolate bar?

9. If you had to leave your house now, what would you take with you?

10. Which is your favourite time of the year?

11. What was your most treasured toy/game from when you were little?

Happy answering! 

Hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more about me and thanks again to Alice - go check out her blog it's a goodie!

Em xx

Friday, 10 January 2014

How Now Brown Cow...

Morning Peaches...

During my weekly food shop at Tesco I spotted this beauty hiding at the back of a shelf looking very lonely. You can imagine my delight when after trying to find its price tag, a friendly little sales assistant told me it was in the sale at the devilish sum of £6.66!!! Was this a sign for me to leave well alone?? The risk taker in me grabbed it and safely stuffed it in the trolley.

It took me and my pasty limbs a week or so to pluck up the courage to tan up. I don't have the best track record with self tans - streaks, smells, stains - you get the picture? But, the January blues and the fact that I haven't had the luxury of an abroad holiday tan for nearly two years made me think that a nice golden glow would be the perfect pick me up. 

The set came with the Body Tonic Sugar Scrub, Dry Face Mist and Dry Body Mist. 

Now I'm all for a good scrubbing but what I do find is that when I use exfoliators in the shower the water washes it away before I've had chance to give my skin a proper polish. So, instead I perform this little skit - get in the shower for 10 seconds to get wet, jump out and apply scrub all over (the fact that I am now FREEZING really helps to speed it up), hop back under the water and let the tiny rough grains rinse off. Perfectly smooth and soft skin every time! This Garnier scrub is great for me because it's so gritty and really feels to be doing its job. It smelt fruity but I couldn't put my finger on what fruit it was until I read the bottle and it said it had natural fruit extract of apple. The formula is supposed to eliminate dead cells whilst respecting the skin leaving it smoother and more toned. I felt very respected and so did my skin! Honestly I would repurchase the scrub again in a heartbeat it was that good! 

Moving on from the nitty gritty - the tanning mist. Over the past few months the skin on my face has been giving me some real grief so I put aside the dry face mist until we are on better terms. The Dry Body Mist claims to give you a streak free tan that requires NO rubbing in! The idea of this alone made me a happy girl as I hate everything about tanning mitts. The great thing about this spray is that you can use it from any angle which meant doing my back was sooo much easier than normal. Like the scrub, it has a fruit extract, this time apricot and although it didn't smell particularly fruity it didn't smell bad. Where Garnier have really come up trumps with this product is in the drying time. Literally as soon as I'd sprayed my ghostly looking arms and had moved on to my legs it had dried allowing me the relief not to have to dance around for 10 minutes with nothing on! The only slight winge I have is that because it's a mist you can't really see where you've applied it so you might under or overdo some areas. 

So, these are the results after a 3 hour wait. Very natural and subtle and I can definitely see a difference in my skin tone. I think this is a really good product for an everyday tan, however, if I wanted a deeper colour I think I'd need to build it up over a few days. All in all I think the fact that I am streak free with an even tan means that this was a success and gets a thumbs up from me! I will certainly be using this again and recommend it to all you tanning lovers out there!


3 hours later

Have you any tips on how to get the perfect tan without the sunshine? 

Em xx

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Fat Girl Slim

Hey Peaches...

My last post said that I wasn't going to 'lose weight' in the new year but, today my good friend Bridgey P told me about the 5:2 fasting diet that she was about to start and it sounded so easy and apart from pounds of fat, what did I have to lose!

The basic idea is that for 5 days of the week you eat a normal diet of about 2000 calories, then on the other 2 days you fast and just have 500 calories. The Fast Diet says that this kind of intermittent fasting is a good way for steady weight loss (about 1lb a week) and has been tried and tested with great results. They say that eating a limited amount of food on only 2 days a week wont put your body into starvation mode but will actually speed up your metabolism to help you shed the pounds and keep them off. What more could you ask for!

It's been 1 year since baby Lyla popped out and although the weight I gained from being pregnant went almost straight away I was shocked when I stepped on the scales to see how much I've put back on (must be muscle from pushing the pram...) 

We both want to be a bit more svelte in time for Summer so, the plan is that every week Bridget and I will take photos and weigh ourselves and give each other a big pat on the back!

Not the best quality photos but you get the gist! Taking these snaps of us at our worst was hard but the thought of having them online for the whole world to see is going to hopefully be the push we need to finally bid farewell to our love handles and say bye bye to the bulge. The appropriately positioned cupcakes will be the last time they'll be so close to our lips for a while!

Me 12 stone 1 pound
Me 12 stone 1 pound
Bridgey P 11 stone 2 pounds

Bridgey P 11 stone 2 pounds

Tomorrow is our first fast day so wish us both good luck! 

Em and Bridget xx

Friday, 3 January 2014

♥ Jar Of Hearts ♥

Hiya Peaches...

The new year is upon us and as I tucked into a chocolate bomb with ice cream, I realised that only 2 days into January I was already breaking my new years resolution to eat more healthy. Different year, same story. I knew full well I wouldn't stick to it so why did I bother making it? So, I've decided that my 'new' new years resolution is to write down one funny/happy/good thing that has happened each day. My twist on this diary style idea is that I'm going to store all these memories in a jar and next January open it up and read all the things that made me laugh in 2014. 

I bought this 'Korken' glass jar from Ikea for £2 and the ribbons were just 20p a piece from a local haberdashery shop. My first thought was to tie them in a fancy bow, however, it didn't take me long to work out my nimble fingers weren't that nimble and a simple yet effective knot would do! 

On the lid I stuck on these girly pearl hearts, again these were from the haberdashery shop but other places like Hobbycraft sell loads of things like this.

I found this book of post it notes from TKMaxx in the sale for £2.50 - perfect for jotting down things that happen and they'll look good through the glass.

So, there you have it, my new years resolution for 2014 in full swing! I can't wait to add to it throughout the year and I'm 99% certain i'll keep up to it! 

Hope you like this quick DIY post, I love using jars to display things in - have you done anything similar? 

Em xx

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Define Me...

Happy New Year Peaches...

Ever since I clapped eyes on Kim Kardashians contouring photo I have been so intrigued about how best to contour and highlight my face. I bought this Sleek Face Form Contour Kit from Superdrug for £9.99 and it has been worth every penny. Up until a few months ago I would do my foundation base then brush on a bit of blush and bronzer where I thought it looked best and leave it at that. How wrong could I be! So, after a bit of trial and error and a lot of watching YouTube tutorials I think I've finally found a way to highlight and contour that suits me.

In the kit you get two dark colours (a shimmering bronzer and a contouring powder) and a light powder for highlighting. It’s a great size to go in your bag and comes with a handy mirror for touch ups on the go.

 First, I put on my foundation, under eye concealer and eye make-up.

Next, the highlighting and contouring powder goes on – it looks scary but don’t worry!

To get more defined cheekbones I put the dark powder from just above my ear down toward the corner of my mouth making sure I stop in line with the middle of eye (or there abouts).

I use a thin brush to go down either side of my nose to slim it down and finish off with a bit on my temples and round my chin.

With the highlighting powder I go down the centre of my nose, just above the middle of my eyebrows and on my cheekbones.

After A LOT of blending this is how it looks! I can’t live without this product now I don't know how I managed without it before! 

Any tips on contouring? Send them my way!

Em xx