Stressed Out.. | RAMBLINGS

When I started this blog, it was mostly about life with a baby. Over time, it became more about reviews and opinions, but that’s okay. Sometimes, I just want to vent though. My daughter is 20 months old now. I keep thinking 21 for some reason, but her birthday is in October, so 20 months is correct! She has always been very independent and normally a really fuss-free, happy child. Every one always said I was lucky, as she ate EVERY thing I gave her, slept through the night, didn’t cause me any issues and was just generally a lovable baby. If anything, she was a bit cold – she didn’t like hugging or anything like that.

Now that she is nearly 2, I am going through a nightmare. I know that this is meant to happen, but I am just shocked at how different she is. I am having so many issues with eating. I make all the same meals and she picks at it. She used to love vegetables and now she won’t even glance at them. Some days she is fine, but most days, I have a daily battle with food. Her sleeping pattern has also changed. She does still sleep through the night, but she doesn’t always nap. That might sound okay to you, but nap time is my RELAXING time! It’s the only time in the day that I get a few hours to myself to just do nothing. Well, let’s be honest, I use the time to do housework and other chores, but still. I’m just me again.

If that wasn’t enough, the biggest change has been her personality. She is a bright little funny girl and I love her, but she has become super clingy. If I am not in her line of vision, she starts whimpering. She moans all the time and whines. For no reason. I love the hugs and the kisses but sometimes I just want to sit on my own. I don’t understand why she only does this to me though and not her dad, or the rest of the family? I also know this sounds like I am complaining, but I am just trying to get my head around it.

I know the days will go by fast and soon she won’t want a hug, or she will start to choose what she wants to do. I just am overwhelmed by it all and she isn’t even 2 yet. For all those with young children, how long do I have to wait before I can have a long shower again? Or have my meal to myself? Go the toilet in peace without an audience? Lie in?

 

My Little Summer Vibes Box | BEAUTY

I completely forgot to review this months My Little Box! I think I was a little overwhelmed with how many different beauty boxes I received this month and just forgot about this one! Never mind. This month, the theme was summer.I actually really liked the design of the box as it’s a little different to what they normally do.

Anyway, onto the contents of the box:

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I think that I have actually received tea from My Little Box before. Yes I think it was Kusmi Tea, but loose instead. I have never drank iced tea if I am honest so this is something new to try. I absolutely love tea so it isn’t a bad thing to get. I guess Iced Tea is a big thing to drink in the summer but somehow the thought of tea being cold just sounds really weird to me! Anyway, it looks good and smells very nice. I will have to report back once I have tried it.

2016-06-09 17.53.012016-06-09 17.53.45 When I first saw this rolled up in the box, I tried to guess what it was. Keeping in mind the theme of the box, I assumed it might be a towel, but it was too light. I then was adamant that it must be some kind of cover up at the beach. I didn’t expect a top! It is more of a vest top and it’s also actually REALLY big for me. On the back it says one size, so I guess they have to cover everyone. Regardless, it is a nice little thing to include. The material is lovely and I like the phrase! Since it is so big, I am not entirely sure if I will actually be wearing it. I will try it out though – maybe with a skirt underneath, so it’s tucked in?

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2016-06-09 17.55.23 Next up is the beauty pouch. Oh, but wait a minute. That’s not a pouch. I LOVE how they have changed this months pouch to a little bag, which actually counts as a product as well. At first I thought it was a little bag to keep products in when you travel but then I noticed the bikini on the front of it – yes, I’m very vigilant – and it’s actually a bag for your swim wear! This will really come in handy for me as I will be going on holiday in a few months. It looks like it’s a water proof material and it just really looks nice as well! Really happy with this.

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Now, onto the actual products inside the bag. First up is the beach hair spray. I am sure I will try it out when I am on holiday, but I wasn’t too fussed about it. I don’t really like things like this as they almost always don’t suit me. This is My Little Beauty’s own brand product and it does look like it’s a full size one as well. I also really like the design. It does look very summery! I think you are supposed to just spray it on, to keep your hair healthy and fresh! Come to think of it, my hair is REALLY bad on holiday. When it get’s hot and humid, my hair just wont sit right, so this actually might be a really good product!

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Next up, a nail polish from Ciate. Now, this is a great brand and the formula is always amazing. I was disappointed to get a mini though and I am not really a fan of the colour. I have darker skin, so I prefer having slightly darker colours on my nails. Light colours really make my skin colour stand out more, for the wrong reasons! Still, I can’t complain about nail polish. Even though we do get a few of these in My Little Box, I don’t mind. I would much rather get a full size though!

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Finally, the last product. Now, when I spotted the brand I was immediately excited. I love Too Faced. I LOVED the Melted lipstick in one of the earlier boxes and I thought this was an eyeliner at first. Sadly, it’s primer for glitter. I do not wear glitter on my eyes, simply because I do not have the time. With a 21 month old, it’s just impossible to spend that much time on make up when we all go out! This will be going to some one else in my family so they can make good use out of it!


OVERALL

I think the box was quite good this month. There are one or two products that I won’t use, but it was a good mixture!

Until next time!

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Glossy Box June Review | BEAUTY

Clearly this month will include summer items. I feel like I have only just posted my last review on this box, but it’s that time again! I loved the collectors edition box last month and was a little disappointed with the standard box. Although it separates them from other beauty boxes, I feel like Glossy Box should make featured boxes. It would just make the use of the box easier. Although, I know a lot of people who use the empty boxes in their dressing tables, for make up. That is quite a good idea, to be fair.

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Anyway, the new Glossy Card is pretty cool. I think it was the same last month, but before that, the card was presented in a different way. I like how they photograph the items and how they list the items on the card. I also like reading what the Editor has to say about this month’s box. This month I had enough Glossy Dot’s to get the box for free. If you didn’t know, Glossy Dots are basically points that you earn for reviewing each product. I think you get 20 points for each survey completed and you need 1000 Glossy Dot’s to get a free box.

 

So this is what I received inside:

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LADIVAL SUN PROTECTION SPRAY

FULL SIZE £19.99

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This is going to come in handy when I go on holiday, later in the year. My husband suffers more from sunburn. I also will need protection, but for some reason I don’t tan or burn. Is it because I’m brown skinned? I don’t know. Regardless, I know that I still need protection from the sun’s rays. This is a spray sun screen which is a good idea. I hate the idea of applying a cream onto my face and skin. I will definitely be using this when I am away.


ORIGINS GINZING REFRESHING EYE CREAM

SAMPLE SIZE (FULL SIZE RRP £20)

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Another tiny sample size. That is what I thought when I picked this out of the box. Origins is a well known brand, so I was happy to receive a product from them, but why such a small sample. This is an eye cream for reducing bags and dark circles. I suffer with both, so this product is welcomed! I tried a little bit and my under eye section does feel a bit better. It doesn’t feel puffy but at the same time, I think I prefer those roller ball eye creams that instantly refresh the under eye area. Also, this sample size turned out to be really good because you genuinely only need a teeny tiny bit.


EMITE MAKE UP LIP & CHEEK TINT

FULL SIZE RRP £12.50

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Now I wasn’t too happy when I read the sneak peek last month, as it showed this product. I really do not like lip/cheek tints and feel like they are a waste of money. When I spotted this product, I had forgotten that it was a tint and could not believe how runny the product was! After reading the product card, I was satisfied with the fact that it was actually a tint and tried it out. I applied it in small dots on my lips and blended it in with my fingertips. I have to say, that it isn’t a bad look. On those moments where you just need a quick refresh, or days that you don’t want to wear make up, but don’t want to look dead, this is suitable to use. It just refreshes your lips and makes them look a bit alive. I like that it isn’t sticky as well.


DE BRUYERE AFTER SUN LOTION

FULL SIZE £9.48

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If I wasn’t going on holiday, I would have been quite annoyed at receiving this, but I am happy! After Sun is important and even though I don’t tan or burn, my skin is still exposed to the sun. You use this cream after you are out of the sun and it just soothes it. This particular product also helps maintain a tan (if you want one) and smells nice! I like the packaging of the bottle as well.


SPA TO YOU KONJAC SPONGE

TRAVEL SIZE (FULL SIZE £6.99)

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I am far too lazy to exfoliate but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to. I was intrigued with this product and look forward to using it. It’s a sponge that you can use in the shower and it is made in Japan. Apparantly Konjac sponges are made from the natural fibres of konjac, which is a root vegetable, native to Asia. It is known for it’s ability to hold water. I guess that’s good when it comes to traits of a sponge! You are meant to soak it in water water, squeeze and then massage over the skin using circular motions. The card also states that you can use a foam cleanser with it, which I will be doing! This was a good product to add to the box.


AUSSIE HAIR CARE 3 MINUTE DEEP CONDITIONER

SAMPLE SIZE (FULL SIZE £1.09)

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This was a bonus product in the box, as we have already received 5 products. I think it is quite a good sample size to give. I would normally be annoyed with a hair product but since I’ve tried to Naobay hair masks from previous Glossy Boxes, I don’t mind treatments for the hair! I also think that this does not have coconut in it, so I am able to use it. I don’t have damaged hair, but it would be good to give it a good condition, so I am quite happy with this product! The card does state that a full size bottle would cost £1.09. Somehow I think that was a misprint or the sample size cost. I have had a look on Boots and it’s £4.99 at the moment, for a 250ml bottle.


OVERALL

After 3 awful boxes, I am quite happy with the June box. If I wasn’t going on holiday, I would have been disappointed, but it has worked out for me this month. The sun protection products will be used on holiday, the hair conditioner and eye cream will be used. I loved the sponge and will try it out and even liked the lip tint!

Until next time!

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Birchbox June Review | BEAUTY

I only received an email this morning to advise that the Birchbox had been despatched and to expect it this week. I did not think I would get it later this afternoon! I do love that about Birchbox as delivery is quite fast. This month was all about the summer. I think the box is pretty cute! It has palm trees on the front and after reading up in the leaflet, there was a pineapple design as well.

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I was VERY surprised to see that rather than the usual box, this month, the box is a keepsake drawer! I LOVE it. These types of things just always come in handy and I know this is going on my dressing table for sure. We received an email last month to ask whether we wanted to upgrade the June box to include a pair of sunglasses. I am serious when I tell you that I contemplated it for DAYS. I really needed sunglasses and the price that Birchbox was offering, was quite reasonable. Still, I decided not to upgrade. With sunglasses, you need to try them on, to see how they look.

Anyway, this is what I received in the June box:

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Percy & Reed Firm Session Hold Hairspray

RRP £12 (sample size)

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I was actually looking to purchase a hairspray that would hold in different hairstyles. This might have to be placed on hold before I can use it, as I have recently cut my hair short! Most of the hairstyles that I would like to use a hairspray on would be a bun, a top knot or a plait. Unfortunately my hair is too short to do any of those on! Still, I don’t mind getting this as it is a useful product!

*UPDATE* I have now used this hairspray. Even though my hair is short, I have a section at the front which was accidentally cut too short, about 6 months ago. I always have to either pin it back or hairspray it, if I have my hair up. I tried this hairspray out the other day and was quite happy with the results. It sticks the hair into place in a firm hold. There are no white bits left in your hair and it doesn’t feel sticky. I especially love the smell!


Amika Nourishing Mask

RRP £19.99  (sample size)

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I don’t mind hair masks that don’t need to be in for a long time. This one does look good and only needs to be in the hair for around 5 minutes. It is meant to be good for dry hair and split ends. I think I will save this for another time, as I recently got my hair cut and it is in a good condition. I am happy with this as there are no ingredients I need to stay away from, so I can use it. Also, it is a sample size, but I feel like I could get a few uses out of it.


Paula’s Choice Daily Mattifying Fluid

RRP £29 (sample size)

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Subscription boxes always have to include creams. This one is perfect for the summer because it protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays as well. Also, you don’t need to wear primer as this is a good make-up base. I am intrigued by this product, but as it is a sunscreen, I think I will wait until I go on holiday to use it. As far as creams go, this isn’t a bad one to include.


Yes To Cucumber Facial Wipes

RRP £4.99 (sample size)

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I used to use the Simple facial wipes to remove make-up and cleanse, but suffered with dry skin as a result. After that, I don’t use wipes on my face unless I feel incredibly lazy. There is no harm in trying this out though, as it is meant to be for sensitive skin. The claim of instantly removing make up is pretty big so I will have to try this out and see if that is true.

*UPDATE* I have now tried out these wipes and unfortunately they are not for me. Firstly, the back of the packet tells you to avoid your eyes. If you can’t use them near your eyes, they can’t be for removing make up? Even for the rest of my face, it didn’t really work. I liked the smell and I liked the way my skin felt but an hour or so later, my skin started to feel a bit hot, as if it had been scrubbed too much? Maybe it just didn’t suit my skin. I will probably keep the packet though, as I can use to wipe down the handles of my make up brushes and my hands once I have done my make up!


Jelly Pong Pong Lighten Up Brightener + Waterliner

RRP £14.95 (full size)

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I was genuinely looking to purchase a waterliner – literally this morning. I am VERY HAPPY to get this, even though I don’t know if it will work or not. In all honestly, I have not had a good experience with Jelly Pong Pong. I received a mascara from them, in my first Glossy Box and hated it. Still, you can’t knock a product until you try it! I will say though, no matter how good it is, I would not pay £14.95 for an eye pencil! Seriously, it had better be amazing.

*UPDATE* So I tried out the eyeliner and it does work. The staying power is not amazing but it does open up the eyes and makes me look more awake. The formula is not that great. I expected it to be a bit more creamy? It was a little… flaky. Still, it’s better than the mascara and I will use it.


OVERALL

At first I was disappointed BUT upon review, this box is actually quite good. I will be able to use every single product this time and 2 of them were things I was already looking to buy.

Aside from this, I was reading the leaflet and on the back, there was a sneak peek of July’s box. Firstly, it’s a collaboration with Millie Mackintosh (Made in Chelsea, OMG!) Secondly, there will be a full size LOC lip pencil included. I am quite excited for next month already. Also, next month I will have enough Birchbox points to purchase something from the shop as well.

Until next time!

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May Favourites! | FAVOURITES

BABY

Table and Chairs

This particular purchase was made a few months ago, but it was not really used as much as it is now, so I had to mention it. I purchased this table and chairs set from Argos for around £40. At the time, I thought it was crazy money to spend on something that might not be used, but I should not have worried. E uses this every single day. She prefers to eat breakfast and have a snack on her own little chair. She likes to play with her toys, flick through a book or watch TV here, so it was so worth the money. It came flat packed and I built it myself (proud mummy moment) but it was very easy to assemble. The design of the chairs are so cute and the main reason I purchased this particular set!

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MAKEUP

Spectrum Wonder Sponge

I feel like I have actually mentioned this in a favourites before, but even so, I will again. I have had a few beauty blending sponges in the last few months and I have to say that this one is the best. The colour is amazing – not that  it makes a difference in the use of the product! I just love how bright it is and Spectrum are known for that. This sponge is so easy to use. When it’s wet, it puffs up pretty big and you can also use it dry. Even though it’s a big sponge, it’s quite flexible, so I can use it in every angle on my face. The best thing about it, is that it is so easy to clean. I use the same technique that I use with my make-up brushes and find that it doesn’t take as long as the other sponges do. I love it and I am sure it will be a favourite for a while!

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L’Oreal Infallible Matte Max Lipstick

I spotted these on an innocent trip to Boots early on in the month. The design of the lipstick looked quite interesting and different so I had to purchase it. Also, they were on 3 for 2, so that is always a bargain right? I purchased a nude, pink and red but out of all 3, my favourite HAD to be the nude. On its own, it is far too dull for my skin colour. It makes my lips disappear as my skin is more on the brown side. However, if I apply a dark lipstick and then use this on top, the result is beautiful. I have tried with deep purples and bright pinks. Both colours normally don’t suit me, but with this lipstick on top, I love the result. Another thing I really like is the applicator and the fact that the product is actually in the lid!

theBalm cosmetics Meet Matte Liquid Lipstick

I have never purchased anything from theBalm cosmetics before, but obviously I know who they are. My sister was clearing out her lipsticks and gave this one to me. I only ever really wear red when I am going out to a dinner or something fancy, so I only wore it this month for the first time. I am in LOVE. The application is the easiest I have ever had, with a red lipstick. It smooths on the lips, doesn’t budge, does not crack, does not bleed. I was so impressed that I purchased all the other colours in the range as well. AMAZING product that you can barely feel on your lips.

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Revlon Colour Burst

I know these have been around for a while, but I have only become interested recently. Both Louise and Meg on YouTube showed these in a favourites video a while ago, so I thought I should purchase one and see how it goes. I fell in love immediately. The colour applies beautifully. It stays on and best of all, it leaves your lips feeling really hydrated. As you can see, I have every colour now.

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SKINCARE

Polaar Night Cream

I have been using this cream for the whole month and at first, I didn’t really know what it was doing. The only thing I did notice was that my skin actually smelt really nice and felt a lot smoother. Recently though, I have had dry patches under my eyes, so I have stopped using this cream to see if it is causing the reaction.

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Benefit Hello Flawless

I don’t ever wear foundation, but recently I have felt that at events such as parties and nights out, foundation just makes your make up look so much more put together! I searched high and low for the right one, but nothing stood out. Then I visited the Benefit counter and a lovely lady tried out this particular one. I loved the effect straight away and purchased it on the spot. When wearing it, it does not feel like I am wearing foundation and it stays put for the day. Although it is not something I will use every day, for the days that I am going to a special event, I will definitely be wearing this!

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Benefit The Pore fessional

This month I have really been taking more care with my skin and have started using a primer to help smooth out my make up. I think Benefit is quite expensive but I tried a sample of the pore fessional and my skin was ridiculously smooth. I now use it every day underneath my make up.

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Bioderma Make Up Remover

My make-up removing routine has changed constantly, since I have been wearing make-up. I have tried everything and ended up changing and trying something new again. When I subscribed to Birchbox a few months ago, they sent a full size Bioderma Micellar Water make up remover. I was stupid enough to think it was water, but it isn’t! Whatever it is, it removes my make up in the most gentle way. My face always feels clean and doesn’t feel like I’ve scrubbed it bare. The only thing I would say is a negative, is that it doesn’t always fully remove my mascara. Regardless, I have been using it every night so it is a huge favourite this month!

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Homeware

Hangsun LED Cosmetic Mirror

I have a mirror on my dressing table, but it’s far too big for me to really do my make-up in. I then started using a table mirror, but it was too tall. I was watching a YouTube video by Kaushal and she had purchased an LED Travel mirror. It looked pretty cool so I shopped around and found a cheaper, similar looking mirror. I absolutely love it. It is the same size as an iPad mini and actually looks like it too! The best thing about the mirror is that it rotates, so I can apply my make up perfectly.

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Birchbox Rifle Paper Co Edition

This is a bit of an odd favourite, but I absolutely loved this Birchbox design. Normally, I try and use my boxes for storage but I had to keep this one on display because of the design. It has a floral illustration and the company that made the box is called Rifle Paper Co. I use it to store my Tanya Burr Brow Palette and the setting powders as well. I just love how it looks sitting on my dressing table.

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Primark Summer Rain and Forest Berries Candle

I’ve recently become very interested in candles and had to purchase some in Primark. I wasn’t too sure when I first saw it and the smell was also quite strong. I am a fan of more subtle candles. However I shouldn’t have worried as I have almost finished it. The smell is amazing. It smells like berries – fresh, sweet and clean – all at the same time! I think the colour of the candle is quite cute and I am very excited for the candle to finish, so that I can use the jar for something!

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TV

 

Peaky Blinders

EVERYONE is watching Peaky Blinders at the moment. It is such an intriguing show, on Netflix. It is about a gang called Peaky Blinders, who are based in Birmingham and is set after the first world war. It sounds really old fashioned and obviously it is, but you barely notice it after a while. The acting is amazing, the story lines are so captivating and I am completely hooked onto it. I will be honest – my husband and I started watching it together but after the first episode I couldn’t sit through another. He watched it by himself, but then I would catch up on episodes here in there. I eventually started watching it again with him and it really is worth the time!

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