Friday, 29 April 2016

Pregnancy Body Care.

I can't quite believe I'm saying this but I'm over 6 months pregnant and my bump is well and truly growing. Despite getting a little frustrated at the lack of nice maternity wear, I'm absolutely loving having a little person growing inside of me. 

I've always been a size 8 with very small shoulders and a tiny 5"2", so having a bit extra weight around my tummy is very strange. I've been a little worried about not having enough skin to stretch right around without getting tonnes of stretch marks. Picking up a good stretch mark reducing oil was something I was happy to invest in. 

I luckily stumbled across the Mama Mio range in my local TKMaxx. I'd heard of the brand in the past and was really excited to give the Tummy Rub Oil a go. This a gorgeous luxurious oil that has a very delicate, organic scent. My previous stretch mark cream was from Palmers and the smell was just a little too sweet and strong for my very sensitive pregnant nose! I've been using this day and night and just massaging into my tummy. This soaks in perfectly and leaves me feeling relaxed and refreshed. 

After heading back to TKmaxx to pick up another bottle of the oil, I spotted the Mama Mio Lucky Legs cream. My biggest pregnancy symptom has been problems with my hips and anything that promises to relieve the tension and help my legs, is a winner in my eyes. The Lucky Legs cream is incredible, especially when I've just finished a 12 hour shift at work. The cream melts into your legs so easily and a little goes a long way. It then gives an amazing tingling feeling that immediately cools and calms my tired legs. The only thing to note with this cream is that it does have a shimmer running through so if you're not a big shimmer fan just use at night before bed! 

Both of the products were at a bargain price and I assume they are just in TKMaxx due to the old packaging. The RRP for the oil is £27 and I paid £7.99 and the Lucky Legs RRP is £19.50 and is in store for £5.99. If your looking for a bargain I would certainly recommend picking up some of the Mama Mio products while they are in stock. 

Katie xx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Hair Re-Fresh.

Yesterday I was invited down to Esmie Style hair salon in Manchester for a quick pamper and revitalise of my hair. My hair kinda gets neglected from time to time and it was ready for a much needed revamp. 

I've been to Esmie Style once before so I knew how chilled and modern the salon was. It's smack bang in the middle of Manchester city centre and couldn't be in a more perfect location. The salon is really intimate and only has two chairs for clients, giving it a super relaxed and quiet vibe. It feels really personal too as you get to spend more time with the stylist discussing what you are looking for. 

Yesterday I went for a super subtle balayage and a trim of my dead ends. It's amazing what a trim can do to the condition of your hair! The finish was just what I needed to break up my dark hair ready for the summer months. And the chilled atmosphere was just what I had needed after a pretty hectic beginning to the week. 

I will certainly be heading back to Esmie Style when my hair is ready for another freshen up. If you're looking for a city centre salon I would definitely recommend heading to Esmie Style. 

Katie xx

*I was kindly given a complimentary cut and reduced colour. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Freedom Make Up Faves.

After seeing many bloggers raving about Freedom make up, I thought it was about time I made a cheeky order to see what all the fuss was about. I picked up a selection of items but I thought I would share two of my favourites. 

I picked up the Pro Highlighter in  Ambient, which was actually the reason I placed the order in the first place. The highlighter looked a gorgeous champagne colour without too much shimmer. I love highlighters and this is no exception. It's incredibly flattering and is subtle enough to be used as an all over brightening powder. It's also builable for a more intense highlight on my cheek bones. The actual pan is huge and the amount of product you get is pretty amazing. This beautiful highlighter is a tiny £3 and absolutely worth the money. 

My second fab find was the Pro Contour Kit in Fair. This comes with two matte shares of bronzer and a lighter shade to highlight the area. The bronzer is a great shade for my skin tone and much more red toned than the usual orange. It's really easy to work with and super blendable. I am rubbish at contouring but this makes me look a little more, like I know what I'm doing. 

The pigmentation of both shades is amazing, but it does mean you have to be careful when applying so you don't go over the top. We've all made that mistake before and left the house looking like a Wotsit. The contour palette is priced at £3.50 for a huge amount of product - it's definitely one of my must haves. 

Have you picked anything up from Freedom Make Up? 

Katie xx

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Real Techniques Sponge Vs Beauty Blender.

When I headed off to New York I had a few things on my shopping list. One of them being the Beauty Blender. Although it wasn't much cheaper than over here in the UK, I had some holiday spends so I really wanted to pick one up. I spotted that Sephora had exclusive colours in the range and I ended up picking the nude shade

I've heard so much about the Beauty Blender and I'm a HUGE fan of the Real Techniques sponge, that I really wanted to see what the differences were. And I must say, I think these two sponges are very different. 

First off the shape of both sponges is completely different, the RT sponge has a pointed end and a flat edge, where as the BB is egg shaped and has a nice round base to work with. 

The texture of both sponges is different too. The RT is quite firm for a sponge and doesn't expand too much when wet. It's a great sponge for patting in concealer under your eyes and working in a higher coverage foundation. The BB expands to several times its size when wet, giving it a really lovely, bouncy feel. The BB is the ideal texture for blending in foundation to give you an amazingly flawless base. I haven't struggled at all with this sponge for blending and I think it gives a more "air brushed" look than any other make up tool I own. 

I've always been dedicated to my RT sponge but since investing in the BB, I don't think I will ever go back. The RT sponge is great for those on a budget and anyone wanting to try out a make up sponge. But for me, the Beauty Blender steals the show, every time. The finish is just flawless and the sponge is so easy to work with. I'm completely obsessed with the Beauty Blender, I can't see me picking up anything else to apply my make up. 

Katie xx 

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