Beauty Bites

Last night I decided to do a little post on some “beauty” stuff I love and I feel is pretty affordable. I got my favs out to do a little photo shoot and tonight I was ready to roll. HAH!! There about five minutes ago, I confirmed to myself exactly why I’m not a beauty blogger…one of the items, I lovvvve to bits is discontinued and the other, well I seen it in the shop last week so either their website is very poor or I’m seriously slow on the beauty scene. Actually, I am….I am reeeeeally slow on the beauty scene. Up until Christmas, I had make up circa 2000 lurking in my bathroom. I know, I know…ugh! It’s gone now though, I never used it anyway. Anyway, shur listen, I’m still gonna tell ye about this stuff, ye might fancy it yerselves……………

Numero uno! Nivea Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream. Aggggh! Ooooh! As I write this and go to attach a link, it’s gone down in price!! Wooo! Bargain at the minute! Anywho…I don’t wear make up everyday, mascara if I remember it and sometimes if I’m going out and it’s not “Out, Out” I don’t want to use my MAC foundation, it makes me feel like my face is overdressed and so my bestie recommended this to me. It’s Nivea too, a brand I really like and it goes on so easy, just like you’d expect a moisturiser to BUT it gives a really nice light coverage to your face. For me, I feel like I’m still everyday me but with a nice light filter over me. So if you’re looking for something for light daily use with an economical price tag, I’d recommend giving this product a try…’s down to £1.79 in Superdrug at the min…go, go, go!!160421112842_wm

Next up St. Ives Apricot Body Scrub. I. LOVE. THIS! I love the smell of it, I love the consistency of it, it really is one of the best body scrubs I’ve used. My legs can go really dry during the winter and this is just the stuff to pep them up, it just works so well from the first go, my skin feels like new! It’s also really good to use in preparation for tanning. The tub is pretty big too and although I do quite like the tub, it’s a bit annoying trying to use it and keep water out of it whilst in the shower…but then where there’s a will there’s a way! I think the price is pretty reasonable too for what it does.

I stole this pic off the Boots website.

(Unfortunately for me, when I went shopping for it last, neither Superdrug or Boots had it so I’ve picked up Superdrugs own Sugar and Oil Body scrub to try but it has big shoes to fill for me on this….I’ll let ye know what I think.)160421112858_wm

I use this lad, pretty much every day; Superdrug Deep Action Exfoliating Daily Wash. I have pretty porous skin and I find around my nose area is really prone to blackheads, using this wash though really makes a difference. It feels a bit sticky but has just the right amount of grittiness to clean your delicate facial skin. I see results straight away and my face just feels so clean, like the grime of the day has been lifted off and I can breath again. I’ve tried the more expensive products too but I feel Superdrug have done really well here with their skincare products so I’ll stick with them…the also do a really good Blackhead Clearing Scrub as well.

Pic stolen from Superdrug website.

The odd time, when I’m feeling like a proper beauty queen, I actually take the time to slap on a face mask. At the minute I really like Superdrugs Purifying Witch Hazel Face Mask…this is also the item I can’t find on their website but obviously did in store. I picked it up for the witch hazel element as my face can be a right bitch at times and is prone to spots. Witch Hazel is a natural cleanser and soothes irritated areas. The mask doesn’t dry super hard, but does “tighten”, I don’t know if it’s the smell of this alone or what it is but my skin instantly feels “lighter” as soon as I put it on. I’ll post a link to another from the range here.160421112945_wm

I’m a bit sad as I write this piece…These little L’oreal Glam Shines have been discontinued. (You can still buy them off Amazon but still, if you were in a hurry like….) A friend of mine introduced me to these a few years ago and also gave me a few bottles supply (of which is coming to an end) and I just love them. They have great staying power and have a cute little heart shaped wand for application, which works well with your lip shape. The darker one is my absolute favourite, I wear it rather than lippy sometimes and it’s glittery…like why? Why would you discontinue this??160421113055_wm

I looked on the L’oreal site and it suggested these as an alternative so we shall see….

Now last but not least….hand cream! I have a bit of a thing for hand cream at the minute as me hands are in absolute bits for some reason lately. At the top end of the price scale is L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, (£8 for 30ml) I actually got this free with a magazine, granted it has lasted me ages as you only need to use a little but if I went into a shop and seen the price I’d be scared off a little. As a treat though, this is really nice and pretty good cream. It’s quite thick so as I said you only need a little but it is very moisturising and it smells nice too. Mid price band (£4 for 30ml) are the Body Shop hand creams which I treated myself to at Christmas. Again with these creams,  they are quite thick and a little goes a long way, they absorb really well too. They both smell amazing especially the strawberry one, I just want to lick my hands every time I apply that one. Last but not least, my bargain Nivea Soft hand cream (75ml) which I picked up in Poundland. I love Nivea creams anyway and this hand cream doesn’t disappoint me. It’s pretty light and compared to the others will seem watery in consistency but it does a good job and my hands feel much better after applying it.160421113150_wm

So there ya go…my little stab at helping to “beautify” the world, I hope you found it helpful and let me know if you’ve tried any of the products or what you think…any recommendations of your own?

Stay clean, stay soft,

Love Donna x

P.S You can also check out my reviews for Cocoa Brown Tan here and Dove Hair oil here.



I’m a Mammy & I can’t live without….

Given time I could probably list a lot more things I can’t live without, ya know now that I’m a Mammy….nights out…with straightened hair…wearing ridiculous shoes…drinking alcoholic drinks…sorry I digress. This post is about Mammy related things that I reeeally appreciate exist!

So here we go;

  1. The Premium Quality Bottle Brush from Poundland. Yep! Poundland! We gratefully received a Tommee Tippee steriliser set (turns out our son is not a boob guy!) as a gift, which was brilliant.HOWEVER, I dreaded the bottle brush supplied. The shape of it wouldn’t fit into the teeth to clean it and the weird, ridged, rubber bit that was supposed to be for teeth cleaning did nowt! I finally found this old school style one in Poundland…thank the Gods! The sponge really helps get around the bottom of the bottle and it’s got an extendable mini brush for teeth cleaning. Yay!!!151114123230_wm
  2. Ok so once I’d decided Small Monkey was hardened enough be able to cope with everyday germs, I packed up my steriliser and washed his bottles in the sink. Lord God, it would drive me nuts having the bottles standing on the 151114124259_wmdraining board drying (for aaaaages). All you had to do was look at them and they’d fall over, until I seen a friends Poundland bottle drying rack. Of course they had none when I went looking for one so I ended up buying the Munchkin Bottle Rack. THE BEST £7.50 I EVER SPENT!! HAH!! In yo’ face bottles!151114124341_wm
  3. L’oreal Kids Tangle Tamer….I lovvvvve yoooooou!! Small Monkey has gorgeous curly hair but at night a small bird, or maybe a fieldmouse comes in and creates a snuggley nest in the back of it. One or two squirts of my trusty tangle tamer and a little comb through and a ruffle and it’s curl city again. You can use the spray in damp or dry hair and it’s non greasy too. Be warned though, your child may not appreciate having to sit there an extra few minutes while you sniff their head…the spray is pear scented and smells amazing! You’re welcome!151114123909_wm
  4. Dry shampoo. I will admit, pre-baby I used to think people who used this were maybe a little bit lazy…just wash your hair like!! However, I’ll now apologise, these people surely have kids and time is of the essence. I am now the proud owner of a larrrrge can of Batiste Dry Shampoo. It’s just so handy for when I’ve gone to bed at night, saying I’ll get up early and wash me hair then I don’t and my hair looks like poop. Just spray it on the problem area, “ruffle” it in, brush ‘n’ go.151114123753_wm
  5. Mugshots! Pasta in a mug, pour boiling water on, wait a couple of minutes, eat! Quick, easy, handy food, great for busy Mammy’s or Daddy’s in a hurry. I know it’s not ideal but sometimes there is just no time for eating yourself.151114123720_wm
  6. Mini raisin packets. A good healthy, snack or bribe for when you’re out and about. I have packets of these in nearly every bag, Small Monkey is a big fan and at least I know he’s getting some of his 5 a day down him.151114123612_wm
  7. Mini Magnetic scribbler. OMG!!! Thank God for this little piece of plastic (although it is also the cause of many a row, even between older kids). It’s also a great bribe tool for luring Small Monkey into the buggy when we’re needing to get somewhere quick.
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    These cups are also available in Superdrug & Asda

    Munchkin Non-Spill Cup. I only discovered this a couple of months ago and it’s brilliant. I bought it mainly for when we’re out and about as it doesn’t leak all over my bag. I went through loads of “pop-up straw” type ones but they all ended up leaking, plus I was a bit concerned Small Monkey would get lazy when it came to using a regular cup. I’m not going to tell you how it works as it’s funny trying to figure it out (hubby threw out the packaging before I could read it), but I will say, I nearly lost the head half way down the Old Kent Rd one day when little man was looking for a drink and this fecking cup wouldn’t work!

  9. Lidl Wetsuit & Wellies. A friend of mine has twin boys, a similar age to Small 151114124810_wmMonkey, and staying in because of the rain (within reason) is sometimes not an option, so she has a supply of wetsuits and wellies for them. Inspired by this I went in search of one for my little sausage and lo, Lidl answered my call. The smallest sizes I could see available in the wetsuits was from one & a half upwards, the wellies a size 7, both came in various colours and the wellies light up. You can get a trouser bottom or a dungaree to match the jacket, I chose the dungaree, which have adjustable soldier straps, with two fasteners on the waist area to tighten it slightly. There’s also an elasticated strap to go under the foot to hold them in place. Both the coats and the bottoms have elasticated sleeves and ankles and are fleece lined. The boots are also fleece lined. The suit itself has a cute car print on it and reflective strips, I have to say I really am delighted with this purchase and I think Small Monkey is too. He knows I won’t give him grief if he jumps in puddles wearing this get-up annnnd his boots light up! When I bought mine the jackets and coats were £8 each or two items for £14. The wellies were £7. (They had some in my local store again today so go check your local out).
  10. Mattress protectors. By day I sell beds so I can tell you having a mattress protector on your bed should be as normal as having a sheet on it for various reasons. Last week though, my poor baba had a vomiting bug, and although I did have to change the beds (mine twice, his once) my waterproof mattress protectors saved the puke seeping into our mattresses. FYI…it’s always useful to have more than one mattress protector.

So there ya go now, I hope you found some usefulness in this post and please do feel free to share your “lifesaving” bits ‘n’ pieces with me too.

Love Donna xx