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I haven’t really done a Mini Reviews post for a while now and as I’ve got a few products lined up that I’ve been trying, I thought it was about time! I realise my blog is a little bit of everything at the moment, specifically beauty and baby and both won’t suit everyone. However, beauty is where I started but I also of course want to incorporate our new addition so hopefully people still read the posts they’re interested in. Anyway, I’ve got a few new beauty products to talk about and share my opinion on in this post.

Mini Reviews

Mini Reviews

Mini Reviews

Ogario Styling Mist*
I’ve been using this mist after towel drying my hair before styling. Just a few spritz’s are needed all over the head to boost volume. This is a great product and my hair is so much shinier once I’ve used it but I’m really not keen on the scent. The lemon zest increases the hair shine, the oats provide hydration and strength and the honey helps prevent the static charging of the hair. The results luckily outweigh the scent of the product! 7/10 

Vichy Ideal Body Serum Milk*
As the cold weather begins, so does the dry skin! I always find Vichy products smell amazing and this body serum is no different. You only need a tiny amount of this as it is quite runny so a little goes a long way. As soon as I apply this milk, I can feel it slowly sinking in and really hydrating my skin. I’ve been using this all over my body including over my big bump! The body balm from the same collection also looks amazing if you have really intense dry skin. 8/10

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara and False Lash Wings Combo
Don’t quote me on this but I’m sure I saw Lydia tweet about this combo so I decided to pick up both mascaras and give the combo a go. The Volume Millions Lashes mascara is nowhere near as good as my fave mascaras such as Bourjois volumizer or Benefit They’re Real. You don’t get that dramatic lash look that I would with those and on it’s own isn’t up there with the best. Similarly, the sculpt on it’s own isn’t great. I want to say they’re better together and they are, a little. However, I’m not going to lie, I was expecting miracles and for the same price I could have tried a more high end mascara (Charlotte Tilbury’s is on my list) Definitely not worth the price if wearing either alone and at a push maybe a little more worth it together. 5/10

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
My foundation seems to be either drying up at the moment or just generally looking uneven on the skin. I completely forgot I had a sample of this so thought I’d give it a whirl a few weeks ago. I can’t believe the difference this makes to my makeup. It applies so much better and stays on my skin until I’m home from work. I’m hoping this sample never runs out as it is pretty pricey but I don’t think I could go without this now I’ve tried it. 8/10

Have you tried any new products recently?

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A few weeks back I had a bit of a naughty splurge on the Space NK website. I’ve been trying to save as much money as possible before baby arrives but I’ve literally felt ill since week 6 of this pregnancy so I decided it was time I treated myself! The final decider was that they had an offer on when you spend so much, you received their advent calendar for free which included a £50 gift card plus lots of goodies I can’t wait to try! After much deliberation, I decided to buy a lot of Delilah Cosmetics products, a brand I never really hear much about! All their products had amazing reviews on the Space NK site so I thought it was time to try something new. I also bought a few other bits from separate brands but I’m going to talk about those products in a different post.

Delilah Cosmetics

Delilah Cosmetics

Delilah Cosmetics

First up is the Delilah Time Frame Future Resist foundation which has an SPF 20. This had excellent reviews on the site so I really wanted to give it a go. This foundation is a lot lighter than I thought it would be but I do use extra to build up the coverage. I use around 4 pumps on the back of my hand and then apply with a kabuki brush. My skin looks flawless but I do need to use extra concealer if I have any spots. I went for shade pebble and it’s more or less a perfect match. This aims to protect your skin against sun and environmental damage thanks to the SPF and vitamin A and E.

I also bought the Delilah Cosmetics Under Wear Future Resist base as I read this was amazing under the foundation and I did need a new primer. This has the same benefits as the foundation hence the same name but it also softens the appearance of imperfections. The primer sinks well into the skin and the foundation glides over it perfectly. However the foundation is still amazing without this and a cheaper primer alternative would be just as good.

The packaging of all these products are beautiful specifically the bronzer case. It comes in a little pouch to help prevent any scratching and I love the rose gold detail along the side. I’ve bought a few bronzers since my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil ran out but nothings ever compared! However, this is right up there with the best as again it’s really natural looking but it can be applied with a heavy hand for a contour if that’s what you’re looking for. It doesn’t look cakey but actually blends in so well and feels luxurious on the skin.

I’m not a massive eyebrow girl but I fancied trying the Delilah Cosmetics brow line to add a bit more definition to my face. Again, this got amazing reviews so for £20 I thought it was worth a try. I haven’t used the eye brow product much yet but so far so good. The colour is perfect for me and really fills in any gaps without looking too much. It’s also really handy to have the brush on it too. The formula isn’t chalky or oily but glides over any gaps in my brows perfectly.

Finally, I’ve been after a new mascara so I bought the Delilah defintive volumising mascara. When I first opened it the brush looked ideal, big with thick bristles! I’m loving this mascara, after a few coats my lashes look so long yet still really natural! It doesn’t dry my eyes out at all but does need a good eye remover to get it off which I don’t mind as it doesn’t budge through the day. From what I can see this brand is more focused on working with celebrities than bloggers which is why I probably haven’t read or seen much about Delilah Cosmetics. I don’t have a bad word to say about the products and they’re fully accessible in Space NK so the mind ponders at why they aren’t more raved about! Maybe I’ve just been living under a rock!

Have you tried anything from Delilah Cosmetics?

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I’m so excited to announce Baby Heapy and I are Nuby UK brand reps! I’ll speak for us both when I say we’re really excited to try their products once baby appears but for now, I just wanted to show off this amazing package they very kindly sent to us. As a first time mum, I’m a bit clueless at what exactly we need/Baby will like but Nuby sent us a selection of products to try so we can really get to know what Baby takes to.

Nuby UK

Nuby UK

Nuby UK

Nuby UK

First up, I’ve heard about many babies being colic so these Nuby 360 anti-reflux and colic bottles* are going to be very useful if Baby Heapy is also colic. I know Kirsty recently wrote a post about how amazing they’ve been for her little boy so I have really high hopes for them. They also come with a years supply of teats.

We also received 6 cute Natural Touch bottles* with ‘I Love You to the Moon & Back’ and stars on them which even though they look pretty big, they’re for 0+ months so will last a good while. The teats are inspired by the shape and texture of mum’s breast in order to encourage babies to latch on easily. The 6 bottle set also includes a tiny soother i.e. dummy and a cute monkey that attaches to it. I actually called our baby monkey from the start, when they were a tiny poppy seed so this cute teddy is perfect. Nuby say 9/10 babies accepted the easy latch softflex teat so are perfect for us as we’re planing to combine breastfeeding and bottle feeding so Ryan can help with feeds too. The bottles are slow feed and hold up to 9oz.

I’ve mentioned before that we have emergency dummies including these Nuby night dummies*. They are one size so these will last from 0-18m although I’m hoping we won’t use them for that long. They glow in the dark so are easy to find should they lose it and come with a orthodontic cherry shape with texture that comforts.

These cute Snug and Dry bibs* match the Natural Touch bottles which is perfect. These again are great for breast fed and bottle bed babies plus are gender neutral which is perfect for us team yellow Mummy and Daddies. Although we can’t use the BugaLoop teether toy* for a while, until they start teething, I’m interested to see if this helps relieve any pain! It’s a hard and soft teether for cutting and strengthening Baby’s teeth.

A massive thanks to Nuby for allowing us to be a #NubyUKBrandRep. I can’t wait to test all the products once Baby arrives and let you know how we get along with them.

Do you use anything from Nuby for your baby?

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As promised, todays post is what’s in my hospital bag – baby version. Last week, I wrote the same post but what’s in the mummys bag and I really hope someone found it useful! As I said then, I’ve read lots of lists and watched lots of Youtube videos on what to pack so I’m hoping I’ve remembered everything! If not, I can always send Ryan out to the nearest supermarket.

Whats in my Hospital Bag

Whats in my Hospital Bag

Whats in my Hospital Bag

It took actual weeks for me to decide on which changing bag to go for and I finally decided on the Tiba and Marl padded rucksack. I thought a rucksack would be more convenient as I’ll be going on walks with the pram and dog so it’s not likely to get in my way. I love the design of this bag, it has a fold up changing mat inside, insulated pockets for bottles and is pretty roomy.

I’m panicking that I’ve not packed enough clothes but if I do need to stay longer then Ryan can always bring more to the hospital as long as I leave a pile of ‘just incase’ baby clothes at home. As I haven’t had a scan since 23 weeks, I don’t really have any idea what the baby is going to weigh. The midwife gave me an estimation of 7lbs 10 based on my bump size now but I’ve heard this can be massively out! Therefore I’m going to take a mixture of sizes from various shops. I’m taking 2 Sainsburys vests which are up to 9lbs and 2 Primark vests which are up to 10lbs. Just in case baby is quite small or I give birth early, I’m also taking this cute The White Company safari vest which I regret buying in such a small size as it’s only up to 7lbs.

Sleepsuit wise, I’m taking this reindeer piece from Mothercare which I’m not sure is a bit Christmassy if they come after Christmas but I love it anyway. I’m also going to take 2 M&S sleepsuits with built in scratch mits. For their going home outfit, I think I’ve decided on this gorgeous Boots knit that I bought. I’ll then team it with socks, scratch mits and either a plain white hat or grey bear hat. With 6 and a half weeks to go, I’m probably going to change my mind on these outfits! I’ve got the same M&S cardigan in grey and cream so I’ve not decided which one to take yet, I’ll probably end up taking both if they can fit in the bag. You can see more of the baby clothes I’ve bought here and here.

I’m also undecided which blanket to take. I’ve heard the cellular blankets are the best for newborns so I may use this grey White Company blanket in hospital and leave the White Company animal blanket in the car to use on the car seat. I really love all he blankets we’ve bought, so it’s a touch decision! I’m also going to take 3 of the Primark muslins too. I’m not sure whether to take this Aden & Anais swaddle blanket to help them feel relaxed in case we’re in there for some time. The first teddy I bought was The White Company grey bunny so I’m going to take that too in the hope they love it just as much as I do.

Nappy wise, I’m just going to take a pack of size 1’s from Asda and also a few of the Boots nappy samples I’ve had in various goody bags just incase. I’ve also decided not to faff about with cotton wool and just use WaterWipes* instead. WaterWipes are 99.9% water with 0.1% fruit extract so these are perfect for newborns when their skin is so sensitive. I’ve also got a tiny pot of Metanium for any sore bums (the baby’s, not mine!) Although I am hoping to breastfeed, if for any reason baby doesn’t agree with it or I feel uncomfortable, I will stop. I’m not going to take any pressure to breastfeed and if either of us are unhappy with it, I’ll be changing to formula. Therefore I’m going to take this Cow and Gate starter pack just incase as I’m not sure if my hospital give free formula. I’m also taking a Nuby dummy for emergencies.

The most important items are the car seat and base. We went for the Joolz Besafe car seat in the end as we also bought a Joolz pram. After buying the car seat, I realised only one base fit and of course it was the most expensive one out there. It does fit the bigger car seats for the future so we will save money in the long run but unfortunately Ryan didn’t see it like that and I heard about it for the next 12 weeks! We’re going to have the car valeted as it’s not very clean at the moment so once we’ve done that we’ll probably fit the base and car seat in around week 35 just to be on the safe side.

Have I forgotten anything?

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