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The Most Indulgent Evening with Olverum

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Life with a child that is well and truly into the throes of the threenagers years can be hard work. That along with the unforgiving wind and rain getting indoors after a long day is something that I really look forward to. There is nothing quite like planning an indulgent evening once in a while, it is something that we all need to do more of, but as parents it's so hard right? I know that my three year old daughter keeps me on my toes most of the time and by the time she goes to bed I am too tired to want to have me time, but even so, I need to make time to rest and recuperate. The best way to begin an indulgent evening is with a long relaxing soak in the bath, to help ease your aching muscles with Olverum Bath Oil


Before we begin to talk about the Olverum Bath Oil itself, let's talk about the packaging. It’s a simple design in a glass embossed bottle. Inside the box is a small leaflet which gives a brief history of Olverum, instructions on how to use the bath oil and the ingredients list. Olverum also doesn’t test on animals, which makes this bath oil even more appealing. The essential oils used include Rosemary, Siberian Fir Needle, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemon Peel, Juniper, Lime, Lavandin, Exotic Verbena and Geranium Flower, which all come together to form a scent that is very relaxing. 


The Olverum Bath Oil is a unique and luxurious aromatic blend of essential oils. With just a few drops in your bath, these carefully chosen extracts combine to help ease stress and relax tension in both mind and body, bringing you back to your complete and natural self. This highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work together. It is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and to help you achieve a good nights’ sleep. The story of Olverum is as rich and rare as the oil itself, involving a family secret carried for decades, and several lifetimes of passion and specialist knowledge. The formulation has remained largely unchanged for 87 years, so they know they stuff when it comes to bath oils. As far as claims go, Olverum Bath Oil makes quite a few. According to its packaging, it’s pampering, therapeutic, comforting, soothing and relaxing. If it does all that, it’ll be at the top of our my list for the most indulgent evenings.


After a full on week with nursery runs in the rain, errands, deadlines and meetings. As a result I have not been getting much sleep either, with midnight wake up calls because the lady has found a spider on her pillow, (it was just a bad dream). I was beginning to feel as if it's catching up with me and I am full on grumpy at the moment, so an indulgent evening is definitely on the cards. A little goes a long way, only needing a cap full for a bath and my bathroom is immediately filled with a strong scent, making me feel more at ease and definitely relaxed. After an an hour in candle light bath and no noise as the threenager is sleeping it was time to get out of the tub and see if this bath oil actually helps with my sleep. Frankly, I did sleep better than I have ever done before. I didn't even hear my daughter during the night, my husband said she got up a couple of times. So my sleep must have been deep and by the time morning came around I didn't really want to get out. So the answer is pretty well by all accounts. 

In a nutshell, this Olverum Bath Oil is pretty amazing. And it is something that I would repurchase, however I think that will be some time before that happens. But if you do make one purchase this month or you are thinking about something a little more indulgent for your Mum for Mother's Day then look no further that this little bottle of oil. It's one purchase I can assure you, you won't regret. 

~ This post contains gifted items but all opinions are my own. ~

100 Truths Bloggers Tag

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I hope that you all are having a fantastic week and plan on exploring lots of adventures this weekend. Most of this week I have been busy feeling sorry for myself with the cold and sore throat, but as you will probably know, I don't really have time to be ill so today thanks to the lovely Hayley from Winging it with Two Boys has kindly tagged me in 100 Truths Blogger Tag. I don't know about you, but these my favourite types of posts as it gives us readers an opportunity to find out more about the blogger. I have taken part in a few myself, 10 Thing about me, Sunshine Blogger Quiz, and It's all About Me. So let's kick off the 100 Truths...




1 What’s your name?

Kelly-Anne

2 Any nicknames or aliases?

KA

3 Your gender?

Female

4 Your star sign?

Scorpio

5 How old are you?

A lady doesn't have to disclose...

6 Your relationship status?

Happily married

7 Any children?

Yes, one little girl.

8 Any pets?

Nope. 

9 Any tattoos or piercings?

I'm too much of a wimp to get a tattoos and I have my ears pierced. 

10 What do you like about yourself?

My lips. The are pretty big and naturally red.

11 What do you dislike about yourself?

Without a doubt my stomach, it's far too wobbly!

12 Righty or lefty?

Righty!

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:

Tea! I drink far too many cups a day!

14 The last thing you ate:

Cheerios. 

15 Your last phone call:

My dad, he's away a lot so it's always lovely to hear from him. 

16 Your last text message:

To my boo, asking about how his day was going. My husband was far to hard.

17 Your last email:

Brand work! Thanking me for a post and asking if they can use my photo.

18 The last song you listened to:

Nickelback: Burn it to the Ground. It was in my husband's car. 

19 The last book you read:

147 Things, by Jim Chapman. 

20 The last time you cried:

On Monday, I was upset by someone's flippant comment.

21 The last blog you read:

Winging it with Two Boys, 100 Truth Bloggers Tag. 

22 The last person you spoke to:

Charlotte, a mum school friend. 

23 The last place you visited:

Literally: My daughter's nursery. Fun: Farmer Fred's.

24 Your last holiday abroad:

My honeymoon to Cuba

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

Nope. They are an ex for a reason. 

26 Have you ever been cheated on?

Nope. 

27 Have you ever cheated on someone?

Nope. I'm a good girl. 

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?

Yes, far too many amazing people. 

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

Yep. Shamefully!

30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

Yes. 

31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?

Yes, for the better. My daughter. She has made me a better person. 

32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

Yes, ever since having my daughter I have realised the people who matter. 

33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

Nope. 

34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

Yes, it was one of my friends! I kicked her to the curb. 

35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

Yes, my first boyfriend. I didn't really like him but couldn't tell say no. I was 5 so it's ok!

36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?

Yes, alcohol was involved!

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

Yes, my first real boyfriend. 

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

Nope, never!

39 Have you ever been arrested?

No, I'm a good girl. 

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

No

41 Have you ever done something you regret?

Yes. 

42 Have you ever had a threesome?

Nope. 

43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

Yes, falling over whilst drunk and struggling to get up. 

44 Have you ever misjudged someone?

Yes, it's something that I would do. But since my daughter my perception of everything has changed.

Your Beliefs and Opinions

45 Do you believe in God?

Yes. 

46 Do you believe in yourself?

Yes. 

47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Yes, why wouldn't you!

48 Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, without a doubt. I am convinced I have seen one. 

49 Do you believe in aliens?

Nope. 

50 Do you believe in miracles?

Yes, I do. In my daughter. 

51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Yes, wholeheartedly. 

52 Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes. I did with my husband. 

53 Can money make you happy?

Not really. It helps tho. 

54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Yes. 

55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

I'm a YOUR CHOICE! 

56 Do you have strong political beliefs?

Yes. 

57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?

Not strong, but I am religious. 

58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Love, support and kindness. 

Right Now

59 Are you eating anything right now?

Nope I had my Cheerios this morning. 

60 Are you drinking anything right now?

Still that cup of tea, 

61 What are you listening to right now?

Nope watching Call The Midwife. 

62 What are you thinking about right now?

Brand work that I am behind with...

63 What are you waiting for right now?

A delivery. Stupid DPD!!!!

64 What are you most excited about right now?

The weekend and exploring the adventure. 

65 What’s your pet hate right now?

People not saying excuse me to my daughter who is trying to use her manners. 

66 What’s your favourite thing right now?

Suits on Netflix! 

67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

That brand piece. 

Firsts
 
68. Your first best friend:

Laura. She's a one in a million. 

69 Your first kiss:

Someone who shall remain nameless!

70 Your first celebrity crush:

Shane Finley from Westlife!

71 Your first holiday:

A holiday to Yorkshire with my Mum, Dad, Brother, Sister and Grandparents. 

72 Your first pet:

Our beloved labrador Ben!

73 Your first regret:

No meeting my husband sooner. 

74 Your first job:

Sales assistant in Select retail. 

75: Your first childhood memory:

Our many holidays camping in Yorkshire. 

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?

Love

77 Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter. It's all about the drams

78 Hook up or relationship?

Relationship. 

79 Dogs or cats?

Dogs. 

80 Coffee or tea?

TEAAAAAAA. 

81 Beer or wine?

Wine, especially Rose. 

82 Sweet or savoury?

Sweet. 

83 Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert. 

84 Vampires or werewolves?

Vamps

85 Seaside or countryside?

Oooooo both!

86 Summer or winter?

Winter, Summer can go suck it!

87 Books or movies

Books. 

88 Horror or comedy

Comedy. 

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?

Parts, such a my degree! I would use that to be a teacher. 

90 What’s your dream job?

Being a teacher. Never going to happen tho. 

91 What’s your guilty pleasure?

Being a Little Mix fan. 

92 What are you afraid of?

Spiders. 

93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

Be a police officer, did a criminology degree, so I had the intention. 

94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?

To be able to fly. 

95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

My career. I would have been more determined to be a teacher. 

96 Would you want immortality?

Nope. I wouldn't want to be left on my own. 

97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

Marilyn Monroe. 

98 Would you say you are happy?

Yes. My life as a perfect trio is pretty amazing. 

99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

Just do you!

100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

Ideally: Be at a school teaching, Realistically: In a job that makes me happy.

Wow, we got there in the end, now if you managed to reach the end go you, however if you scrolled by - go back you might find something juicy about me. Now I am going to tag some lovely blogging friends of my in this 100 Truths Bloggers Tag. Have fun ladies.

Caroline - Family Carter of 4



Carol - Family Makes

A Simply Beautiful Fragrance for Mother's Day

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Let's face it, Mums are the best aren’t they? On Mother’s Day, we get to tell our mums, grandmas and any other influential mother figures in our lives, just how much we love and appreciate them by showering them with beautiful gifts. One of the best gifts that I have received as a mother was some beautiful perfume and this is something that I like to get my own mother and mother-in-law. Fragrances are something that a lot of mothers love receiving. Choosing a scent can be difficult at times, but it can be fuss-free if you know what she likes. Fragrance Direct has made it even easier for you with their thoughtful gift section, and this year they are running a campaign around gifting fragrances rather than flowers this Mother's Day, and I'm totally down with this. Don't get me wrong, I love flowers especially if they are pretty pink peonies or tulips, but they don't last long in my house. So a new fragrance is always something I like to open up on Mother's Day. Are you on board with Fragrance Direct and their #BuyFragranceNotFlowers campaign for your mum?


For me, anything with a floral and fruity scent is up my street, and so with a little help from Fragrance Direct it was super easy to select a couple that would be perfect for me and the mums in our families. The one that stood out the most was one from Chloé in a 50ml bottle because it would last me a long time, certainly longer than flowers that's for sure. But I also like the fact that these are not too expensive as some indulgent perfumes can be super expensive.



Chloé Signature Eau De Parfum 50ml is a perfume that makes me feel classy. Can we just take a moment to appreciate its beautiful bottle? A unique bottle with a timeless design to make anyone feel classy and looks so beautiful on any dressing table, it also had a cute beige ribbon around the neck of the lid to make it more appealing. I must admit, I would probably have got some for myself, just for the pretty bottle. My first thought is that the perfume is incredibly romantic and sensual, but it also feels very carefree. There’s a magnolia note that adds a welcomed floral pop that provides a lovely compliment to the rose and peony, almost as if you turned the rose petals into a cake decoration. After a little while, a light woody accord seems to weave in and out of the perfume which helps to balance out the sweetness of the florals. As the perfume continues to develop, it begins to grow as does the sweetness and the powder. But in no way does overpower or overwhelm. Instead, it maintains this pretty peony spring like freshness. There’s no better way to treat your Mum this Mother’s Day than with a gorgeous, luxurious present in the form of this simply beautiful fragrance Chloé Signature Eau De Parfum. It is available in different sizes 20ml, 30ml, 50ml, and 75ml so whether you wanted to buy a bottle so she can pop it into her handbag or want to splurge there's a size for everyone. 



However, if a new fragrance is not for your mum, then you still need to go and have a little browse over at Fragrance Direct, as they have more than just perfume on their site. I must admit, I have a few products in a basket already because they have a beautiful range of beauty products and the prices are simply amazing, it would be silly not to. Have you picked out a Mother’s Day gift yet?

~ This post is sponsored by Fragrance Direct. ~

MEMI Makeup Collection: First Impressions

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At the moment I have not been wearing much makeup, but if I do, I always reach for my go to products that I can apply in less than five minutes. The nursery run can be bad enough without scaring half the children with my awful complexion and seriously dark circles, so make up in five minutes has become essential. Seeing as I haven't really had to the chance to play with any makeup looks lately with all the beautiful palettes I have, I thought today I would give you a first impressions of a new make up range that I have discovered, MEMI Make Up.


There is nothing like a beautiful premium product to make a girl feel special, and so MEMI have made it their mission to create an extensive range of luxury, affordable products for real girls who want to look naturally pulled together. With the mission in mind, MEMI bring an exclusive collection of beauty products and we were lucky enough to be able to try their millennial eye shadow palette and their radiance highlighter. Before we get into the first impressions, can we just take a minute to appreciate the gorgeous packaging, it's simple but pretty out there. Each and every product has been designed in a way that makes the the brand MEMI stand out, in a silver mirror casing with simple and minimalist font ensuring that you can recognise the MEMI brand. But what makes this brand even better is the fact that their collections are cruelty free and some of their products are even vegan friendly. 

MEMI MILLENIAL EYESHADOW PALETTE £22.00


Come on who doesn't love a new eye shadow palette? So many of us who love new makeup and creating different makeup looks just love brand new palettes. So why not unleash your inner millennial with this amazing collection of 12 pigment rich matte and shimmer finish shadows. This palette is by far my favourite as it offers a range of surprising different range of neutral hues that you can mix and match to create some beautiful looks. As you can see each shade is aptly named to know it’s core audiences interests, ranging from the bold ‘Boss Bitch’ and 'Iconic' to the more universally friendly '90’s Baby and 'Focus'. The shades are very pigmented and are not too thick in consistency. The powder leaves a decent amount on the lid upon application, with a little fall down but nothing too devastating to clean up, that something I actually hate. When you try adding a shade to the lid but more drops off the brush and onto clothing that the actual eyelid. I do have to say I really like the way that some of the shade leave a velvet matte finish, my favourite shade are '90s Baby', 'Iconic' and 'Focus' due to their neutral hues and they all leave a beautiful high shimmer finish. MEMI Makeup also have two other best selling palettes, 'Matte Muse' and 'Creative Control'. 




Another product that I was so excited to try was the MEMI Radiance Highlighter in Lemon Drops, seriously in love with this colour and what a cute name. This highlighter has iridescent pearl pigments and light reflecting particles leaving an instant luminous glow with a warm tone and comes in a good size too. Now a highlighter is not always something that I grab when I am looking for an everyday look, however if I do have time to play with makeup and have enough patience to add eyeliner too then I will use a highlighter. I really like this one, it offers more of a shine than a glisten which is perfect for a subtle glow appearance, no one want to look like Edward Cullen! But this highlighter is super pigmented and gives just the perfect illusion of a shine, that's not too much. The highlighter powder comes in six different shade which is perfect to suit different skin tones, the other colours that I would love to try would be 'Europhoria' and 'Dreamy'.


First Look: The Benefit BADgal BANG! Mascara

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Big news! Benefit have finally launched their brand new mascara BADgal BANG! This is Benefit's biggest launch for the last couple of years and well? It's been worth the wait. Let's face it, Benefit are known for the game changing mascaras, but does their brand new mascara live up to the hype? A mascara that’s all about gravity defying volume that lasts. So let's find out!


BADgal BANG! 36-HOUR FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. It's custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH! Yes please. You could say that over the years I have tried so many different mascaras and I know what I like. I always look for a great formula, a plastic brush and a mascara that gives me luscious eyelashes without clumps or panda eyes! Let's find out if this BADgal Bang! mascara can be that mascara?

It has wonderful matt-rubber feel, with a chunky lid that clicks tight shut. Now normally when it comes to packaging with a mascara I'm not overly fussed. I'm more interested in the impact of the mascara itself, however this mascara is very unique with a studded lid, how can I not talk about it? Personally I really like the jet black and the pink metallic writing, it works so well and my eyes were certainly drawn to the packaging. It something that I have never seen before and I think it makes the mascara even more appealing? What do you think?



The formula is super thick, silky and wet, ensuring that it glides through each and every lash without clogging or weighing them down. This also means that this formula helps gets lots of length and curl. There's nothing worse than clumpy mascara that does absolutely nothing for your eyelashes. The gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology making lashes feel lightweight even if more than one coat is applied. The colour is a deep velvety black and stays that way all day. I don't know about you, I have found with some black mascara after a couple of months the formula tends to go flaky and the colour fades. I know I can't guarantee whether this fade or flake, but the colour is without a doubt jet black!!!

When it comes to choosing a mascara I always choose a plastic wand rather than one with bristles. So my favourite thing about BADgal Bang! is actually the brush. It’s super flexible in a neat conical shape to get right into those tiny lashes at the inner and outer corners of eyes. It seems to pick up just the right amount of product without overloading my lashes, so I am only need one or two coats. Benefits BADgal Bang! wand contains over 300 plastic bristles both small and large in a slight cone shape the brush is able to coat all the lashes with ease. The flexible wand moves on contact with the lashes so no pressure is needed. It reminds me of my L'Oreal Telescopic wand, so in my book this Benefit one is a winner!


I was super excited to try this mascara but I followed the recommendations to get the best results. Benefit recommends wiggling the brush from base of lashes to the tip. Applying one coat to both eyes and repeating as desired to build bigger volume. While the results of wiggling the brush gave instant lengthening and a bit of volume it did transfer onto the base of my eyelashes. But a quick fix and I was ready to go. For me, I have to say that the difference this mascara made to my bottom lashes was amazing. I am always a little scared to apply any mascara on my lower lashes, for fear of becoming a panda in a couple of hours. This BADgal Bang mascara gave the impact that I have waited to so long to achieve without panda eyes! Yes!



This is definitely a mascara for me! I do think Benefit are onto something with the lightweight formula, which was totally refreshing to not feel like there was anything on my lashes, and it does offer amazing wear time! I am totally in love with this wand as it creates such a great look with my lashes, especially the bottom ones. I have yet to try this mascara on fake eyelashes, but I can't help but think that due to it's lightweight formula it's not going to be a problem. In a nutshell, you need to try this gravity defying volume mascara, for me it's an all round winner! Will you be trying this Benefit BADgal BANG! mascara? Don't forget you can purchase Benefit’s BADgal Bang mascara at Debenhams.


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