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Explore The Adventure: Undley Pumpkin Patch

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I have never been pumpkin picking and neither has my husband so this year we thought that we would start our own Halloween tradition and go pumpkin picking with the little lady. We absolutely adore Undley Pumpkin Patch. As well as loads of lovely pumpkins to choose from there is a giant pumpkin shaped bouncy castle, maize maze, face painting, crafts, donkey rides, as well as hay bales to climb and some lovely stalls to check out.
















Our Pumpkins


Have you been pumpkin picking?

My Everyday Make-Up Look

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I hope you're having a great day so far? We have been cooped up inside today because my little lady is not very well, she was absolutely fine this morning and then started to get cranky and super clingy, something she never does. So we both got our duvets and had a duvet day on the sofa. Being as she's asleep I thought I would sit down and finally share my daily make-up routine with you all. My makeup routine does change with the seasons but this is my current go to makeup look. 

1. Prepare your canvas

Start with a fresh clean canvas. Your make up will not last all day if your skin is greasy from your nights sleep. To begin my daily routine I will give my face a good cleanse and add a thick layer of moisturiser Aloe Vera Soothing Face Cream*(£12.00) which is great for my sensitive and dry skin. Don't forget to check out my review. 


2. Primers are a hidden gem 

Do you use a Primer? I have only recently started to use a primer. Before this, I thought that it was a waste of money - how wrong was I? A make-up primer is one little gem that I will no longer go without as there are so many benefits to using one. A primer can help make your pores smaller, soften your skin, helps your make-up look better lasts much longer. I have been using this fantastic L'Oréal Paris Primer* (£10.00) and I cannot tell you anything but good things about and it has become a product that I need repurchased. It's a fantastic product and does exactly what it's set out to do and if you can even wear this with or without make up, this primer gives you a real glow and feels lovely on your skin. 


3. Foundation

It is so important to get the perfect match when it comes to foundation, not only for your skin tone but when it comes to your skin type. My skin changes along with the seasons and currently my skin is dry and has become super sensitive. Sudocrem will be my new best friend for those dry patches. I will need to use a good coverage of foundation that will not cling to those dry patches that will hydrate my skin. With my chosen foundation (I have so many) I will dab the product onto the face with my foundation brush and blend. On my forehead brush back and forth, on the cheeks brush down and away from the centre of your face and on my chin and nose brush back and forth. I never wear the same foundation because some days I will feel like wearing light to no coverage and other days I will build up my coverage. 

4. Conceal those impurities

This differ between people. Some like to put on before foundation but for me, I think its best to add a concealer after you have applied your foundation. A concealer is something that I will always have ready to hand when needed. I have used so many different concealers and all depending on the thickness of my chosen concealer I can add a little moisturiser to help the concealer lasts longer. Rimmel Wake Me Up and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer* (£4.19) are really amazing concealers that suit all budgets. All depending on your type of concealer dab under the dark circles and any breakouts you may have and then blend. 


5. Powder it up

I will also add some powder to my face to create a flawless finish. I normally use a buffing brush or this Body Shop Face & Body Brush* (£16.00) and swirl my brush into the product and apply to my forehead, nose, chin and neck. I love this Bare Minerals* (22.50) powder in light/medium for my ghost like skin this product it so easy to apply and comes in a perfect compact-sized with mirror that can easily be popped into your handbag. 


6. Bronzer

After creating base its time for bronzing or contouring, go and check out my Friday Fave for a very good contouring palette for beginners. But for you ladies who prefer a bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer* (£23.50) is the one for you because it's so easy to apply and very subtle and natural looking - It even comes with a small brush that helps bronze you perfectly. To apply your bronzer put the brush into the product, tap off the excess, sweep up and down the outer cheek gradually making your way in, it leaves your skin with a natural glow. 


7. Blush

I know that not everyone likes to add a blusher but some days when I look ghost white even if I do contour and add bronzer I still add a blush to my cheeks. I have quite the stash of blushers but they are all of pink tones as I think that this colour suits my complexion better. For my everyday make-up look I use this this True Match Blush*(£6.99) from L'Oréal Paris, 105, Rose Pastel. This True Match Blush leave my cheeks feeling soft with a healthy looking glow about them, it's also compact-size with a brush and a mirror for easy on the go application.





8. Eyes

Normally for my everyday look I will start by adding a eyeshadow primer, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion*(£8.00) is perfect, just add a little bit before your eyeshadow for crease-free eyeshadow staying power. Then I will get my neutral eyeshadow on with the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette*(£38.50) what I love about this palette is that's it's just so versatile with the different mattes, pearls and glimmering metallic, from pale shimmery pinks to deep, warm black there are just so many make-up looks you can create and that's why so many people love this palette. Then I will then use my Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara*(£19.50) to give my eyes more definition and - that's it, unless I am feeling really fancy and add an eyeliner. But with a feisty two year old I don't have too much time to create the perfect cat eyes!


9. It's all about the eyebrows

Everyone knows that's it's all about the brows at the moment and there are so many ways people do their eyebrows, some prefer a subtle natural looking eyebrows while some prefer the dramatic thick clearly drawn on eyebrows. My favourite way to apply my eyebrows are with powders as I am able to fill in my sparse eyebrows and build them up gradually so that they appear natural. I use L'Oréal Paris Brow Artiste Genius Kit*(9.99) in Medium to Dark. Inside this kit you get a tinted wax, setting powder, a mini pair of tweezers and a double ended brush which comes with a firm angled brush on one end and a spoolies on the other. The kit is so neat and compact and comes with a mirror in the lid so it is perfect to pop into your handbag. 


10. Lip Service

At the moment everyone seems to have gone absolutely bonkers for the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit and as much as I would love one I never seem to be able to get my hands on one, maybe subconsciously some reviews have put me off, I am not sure. But nonetheless I do love plump lips, thankfully I was blessed with big smackers and by adding a little gloss to my lips does wonders. So that's exactly what I do. I know matte finishes are in but I can't help thinking that I just want to lick my lips all the time. Anyone else think that? Have you heard of Nuskin Conturing Lip Gloss*(£20.80), I am more than sure a consultant have appeared on social media somewhere and no wonder why as there are some amazing products. Luckily one of my friends is a consultant so there are always deals or promotions with her products. 



So there you have it everyone. 

My everyday make-up look. I am not going to lie there are some days where I think I will go natural but I have lots of visitors and I don't want to scare the postman too much first thing in the morning. But everyone likes a selfie so here is my everyday make-up look!!! Are there any products that you use everyday? 


OUR WEEKLY ROUND-UP #3

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Hello everyone,


This week has been a bit of a manic one for us. As you know we have been busy trying to get all the last minute preparations finished before we get new carpets. Amelia and I are away next week so we won't be able to help at the last hurdle, to be honest I'm kind of glad we are because I'm sure we would hinder the work anyway. It was such a nice feeling to see the old carpets and the awful lino on the top of the landing getting ripped up. Seriously though, who thought that this was a good idea! In other house news our darling daughter thought that she would 'play' doctor and some how managed to make a 'incision' on our new sofa. I cannot understand how she mastered than one if I'm honest. But after making about 100 calls to different upholsterers no one wanted to touch it because of the type of cut she had made. Thanks Amelia! Anyway we finally managed to get someone to come and take a look and she manage to glue it, it's not great but it's better than it was. Toddlers!!!


I have also been really busy with the blog this week. I've had to make some very tight deadlines but I'm so proud of myself as I managed to get them all ticked off. One product that I want to tell you all about is this cool Bing playset - Sula's House - review coming soon. This playset comes with a Bing and Sula to help and encourage a play pattern around the Bing Episode 'Hide and Seek' where Bing forgets to take the toilet train and has an accident in the crèche. As Amelia is potty training we have been using the idea of the toilet train and it's working so well with her and she adores this set and take Bing and Sula with her everywhere. I have to be very careful we don't leave them behind though.


Towards the end of this week I have been trying to figure out what I need to take with me for our short break. Sadly, my husband is unable to come along with us this time but I have asked my mum to come along instead. This is going to be such a great opportunity for both of us and for the blog, so you will have to come back soon to find out what I mean.
 
This weekend was also my Dad's birthday and he never ever likes to celebrate. My mum and sister were trying to organise an evening out for him but he didn't want any fuss and was more than happy for my mum to cook him a roast, bless him. So instead I thought that I would make him a Salted Caramel Drip Cake with Caramac, these drip cakes are all the rage apparently so I thought that I would have a go. What do you think? It tasted amazing if I do say so myself. For all of you who want to make this cake I'm going to share this recipe later on in the week so don't forget to come back, it's so easy to make.  


So that's it from us for this week. I best get my arse moving and finish packing because I will never be ready!!! Until the next time loves!

The Best Lip Balms For Autumn

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Hello everyone,

Luckily, lip balm has come a long way from good ol' Vaseline. There is certainly no shortage when it comes to the variety of lip balms available, there are lip balms that have the most luscious scents, ones that have high SPFs and even ones that leave tints and shimmers - the choice is endless. During Autumn and Winter my lips are awful, they become dry and so I have to make sure that I have a number of lip balms around my home to make sure I keep them hydrated. So I have complied a list of my favourite lips balms that are sure to soothe dry lips that you will need in your life.


Carmex Vanilla Lip Balm* (£3.25) - This medicated lip balm goes on smooth to soothe and protect dry, chapped lips with SPF 15 and with the amazing scent of vanilla flavour. This Carmex Lip Balm provide long lasting protective barrier to help with healing which is great as a little goes a long way. It also glides on smoothly to help soften and hydrate lips with moisturising cocoa butter, that also cools whilst soothing lips with camphor ad menthol.


Benefit Lollibalm Lip Hydrator* (£14.50) Benefit can do no wrong in my eyes and this lip hydrator doesn't disappoint. These new tinted balms are the perfect partner to their beloved tint sisters. This lip balm conditions and hydrates lips thanks to mango butter and jojoba, while leaving behind a sheer pink hue. It glides on very well, has such a lovely floral scent, and is a soft and shimmery light pink colour. You need one of these in life!

Nivea Fruity Shine Watermelon* (£1.99 - ON OFFER FOR 99p) I'm loving anything that contains watermelon at the moment so when my husband came home with this lip balm the other day I was more than happy, he earned a few husband points and he came with chocolate too. Anyway, delight your lips with a delicious fruity fresh Watermelon aroma and fabulous shine that also leaves a tint of colour on your lips. This is great if you want soft and smooth lips as it's super hydrating and moisturising. You can't really complain as you can pick it up for less than a £1!

EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere - Sweet Mint (£2.49) I absolutely love the unconventional shape of the EOS' spherical lip balms because they are so much easier to locate in the bottomless handbag full of the truck load of toddler things I need to carry around with me. I first fell in love with  EOS lip balms whilst I was pregnant and had awful chapped lips up until the point of having my daughter and these lip balms were my saviour. When I saw this Organic Lip Balm in sweet mint I had to say yes, really. This balm is packed with antioxidant-rich vitamins , soothing Shea butter and jojoba oil. EOS balms are know for keeping your lips moist, soft and super smooth.
Burt's Bees Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm* (£4.00) Your lips are in for a sweet surprise with this not-so-basic balm from Burt's Bees. Infused with pink grapefruit seed oil, the flavourful formula works in condition with skin with a citrus twist. I can't get over the smell it's that good I want to eat, but I won't obvs - that would be a waste.





Body Shop Coconut Lip Butter* (£4.00) This coconut lip butter is perfect for your lips during the colder months and a luscious treat for your lips as it nourishes and keep those smackers moisturised leaving a lovely sheen on them. This butter is so soft and has a very thick consistency so a little goes a long way.  I have been using this one for a few weeks now and I can already tell you that my lips are super soft and subtle.



There you have it everyone the best lip balms that you need in your life for Autumn. Do you have any favourite lip balms, if so what are they?

5 Beauty Essentials For Autumn

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Autumn is here

If you read my blog I'm pretty sure you know that Autumn is my favourite season of the year. There just seems to be something about Autumn that many people love - the chunky knits, tan boots and berry coloured lipsticks. I also find that my desire for minimal make-up goes out of the window, I can't get away with just a tinted moisturiser, a peach blush and a coral lipstick. For one the cold won't allow it because it makes my skin dry, sensitive and flaky. My face requires more make-up to hide these dry patches and so I need to take extra care of my skin during the Autumn. So without further ado I would like to share my 5 beauty essentials for Autumn.

My skin does not like the cold and I feel as if the ageing process exacerbates and makes me feel as if I need a thicker base, a matte foundation, which I know quite a lot of people choose to do in the Autumn. I love to go for natural looking bases that make me skin feel moisturised. The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse* (£7.69) has been my go to foundation for a few months. The mousse itself is very easy to apply and feels so light on my skin that doesn't leave my skin looking oily - a perfect essential for Autumn. By having a great concealer can be the holy grail of a makeup look on cold Autumn mornings. There are so many great concealers that I could recommend but for you I will narrow it down to my two favourites: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. During the days where I look super tired and have big bags under my eyes the one that conceals to the max is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer* (£5.49) as it's packed full with vitamins and peptides that help brighten and illuminate the under eye with an instant anti-fatigue effect. Winner!!!
There's nothing worse than chapped lips with the arrival of Autumn. So it's always a good idea to keep your lips moisturised and protected with a lip balm. I love the Body Shop and their lip butters, my favourite has to be the Shea Lip Butter* (4.00) because it's so soft and has a thick consistency so a little goes a long way. I have been using this one for a few weeks now and I can already tell you that my lips are super soft and subtle so I have invested in some more lip butters, the strawberry one smells amazing.
Hand cream is a must-have all year round but more so when the cold starts to set in. A favourite of mine is the Soap & Glory Hand Food* (£5.50) as it keeps my hands moisturised and leaves them feeling softer with a subtle scent on my hands. I cannot tell you enough as to why its so important to keep those hands moisturised during the Autumn, if not you'll end up with Nanna hands by the time Christmas comes around, so always pop some in your handbag.

One product that we shouldn't forget in our essential list for Autumn is perfume, just because it's colder doesn't mean we shouldn't wear fruity fragrant scents. I have been using Hollister Wave For Her* (£30.00) A floral fruity fragrance with star fruit, cassis, and quince that makes way for wild orchid, sunset hibiscus and poppy - the perfect balance that creates a fruity scent that is subtle and not overpowering.


Do you like our essential beauty list? Spot any of your essentials?

What are your beauty essentials for Autumn?

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