Thursday, 29 March 2012

THIS WEEK


I have just realised I haven't posted at all this week :(  I have also been slacking on the twitter updates - all in the name of half term.  Never get a minute!!

Last Saturday Paul and I took Madison to see JLS at the Manchester Arena- it was a spare of  the moment decision and we managed to get tickets on the day.

We did a little shopping and had dinner in Manchester before heading to the arena at about 8pm. The show was really good and Madison did enjoy it but became a little tired towards the end and kept asking when does it finish haha :)




















As I am heavily pregnant we have decided not to take Madison away this half term, so we took her for a night at Alton Towers Splash Landings Hotel and Waterpark.
 She absolutely loved it and had a great time. The hotel is carribean themed and has entertainment on at evenings for the kids- albeit soul destroying for the adults, but the kids love it.























I also had a routine scan this week to check the growth of the twins, as at the previous scan 2 weeks ago the little girl was slightly smaller than the average.
 The consultant advised me that she is still slightly small but there is nothing to worry about as they measure on a graph for a singleton baby and twins are usually smaller than the average baby.

However they will continue to monitor me and I have another scan booked in for 2 weeks time.

Hope everyone has a great Easter weekend, we will be spending it in Leicester :)
xxxxxx
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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

SUNSHINE AND HALF TERM


Well spring has arrived, hurray! The weather over the last few days has been just gorgeous, although it's suppose to change for the weekend and the start of half term - typical!

I am a total sun worshipper, it's just wonderful. I love how a little sunshine totally lifts my mood and makes everything seem much better and rosy.
I've also noticed this week that even the grumpiest of people also become much more friendlier and welcoming when the sun is shining, flashing smiles when they normally sport a face that could stop a clock.

It has been a busy week for me and apologies that I have only blogged 3 times :( due to appointments, writing for the magazine, and visiting the Harrogate Baby Fair. - I must blog more and I will!

I am attending a few fashion shows in the next 3 weeks so I will be writing and reviewing those as well as regularly updating the blog as normal.

Madison breaks up from school for half term today, so we are off to Alton Towers at some point over the next few days.
Madison loves theme parks and like most children is totally fearless and just adores all the rides, the faster the better. I am however, the total opposite and will be mostly sitting spectating as usual but this year have an excuse as I am carrying precious cargo :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Hayley xx
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WHAT'S IN MY BAG?


A few people have suggested that I do a 'What's in my make up bag' post.
 One of the reasons I have not yet done this, is due to being a make up artist and the size of my make up collection is quite ridiculous.

I have however decided to put a few of my favourite products together, more or less the ones I would choose to wear daily, but not all at once obviously.

 A favourite of mine being the Urban Decay 'NAKED' eyeshadow palette. This palette is one of the worlds best selling palettes. It has a range of glitter, shimmer and matte finishes.

The palette has a mixture of 12 different colours a selection of neutrals for everyday and smokey shades perfect for creating a more sultry or night time look.

 It comes complete with a brush and primer potion for £36.
Urban decay now also do a follow up palette called 'NAKED2'
MAKE UP BAG

Clinique makeup brush
£14 - clinique.com
Mac cosmetic
£12 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£12 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£12 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£12 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£12 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£12 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£12 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£16 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£19 - maccosmetics.com
Mac cosmetic
£16 - maccosmetics.com
St Tropez sun care
£20.99 Boots
Essie nail polish
Mint Candy Apple  essie.com
Mac Cosmetics
£18 - maccosmetics.com
Mac Cosmetics
£12 - maccosmetics.com

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Monday, 19 March 2012

PRITI NYC


Earlier this week I tried a gorgeous nail polish from Priti NCY in the colour King Spider Orchid - a dark plum shade available from CutECOsmetics

Priti NYC is a organic skincare line and all polishes are completely non toxic and made without toulene dibutyl phthalate (DBH) and formaldehyde, making these products ideal for children and pregnant women.

I found this polish slightly thicker than other polishes but in a positive  non gloopy way. It was also very fast drying and chip resistant with a smooth glossy finish.

Nails painted in King Spider Orchid

I am definitely going to stock up on some of the new spring/summer shades for 2012.





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Saturday, 17 March 2012

FAMOUS DAVE'S TAN


A few weeks ago a friend of mine was looking particularly bronzed. I knew she hadn't been on holiday so I asked her what tanning product she had used. She told me it was a brand called Famous Dave's.

 I remembered I had seen this brand in Boots earlier in the week as the name stuck in my head as I found it quite amusing- childish I know. 
The colour looked fab on her so I decided to buy it the next time I went shopping and try it out.

The tanning mousse is full of anti-ageing ingredients, natural anti-oxidants and moisturisers and claims to be fragrance free.
The mousse glided on easily with a mitt and the colour guide helped achieve a streak free application, it was almost touch dry instantly and I didn't find it to have an odour.
 However, around 30 minutes after application a slight 'fake tan' odour did develop, but nothing too strong. I left the tanning mousse to develop for 7 hours over night.

The following morning I showered and I was left with a really nice natural coloured  streak free tan. I was very impressed with the colour.
The same could not be said for the days following... 

I was really disappointed with how dry this left my skin. I have used lots of self tanning products on the market such as St TropezFake BakeXen Tan but nothing has ever made my skin appear this dry before.
 I also found that as the tan fades it does not fade naturally, it tends to fade patchy. It also proves tricky to fully remove. I practically have to thoroughly scrub my arms with a very strong exfoliant and even then it is still slightly visable :(

I have tried this product around 4 or 5 times now, each with the same result.
 Such a shame as the tan does look fantastic the first day immediately  after application.

I will be sticking back with good old trusty St. Tropez or Xen tan from now on.
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Friday, 16 March 2012

DINNER


Last week Paul and I went out for dinner with friends to celebrate one of my friends birthday. It was a last minute decision so I didn't have much time to perfect and plan my outfit as I would have liked.

I am getting quite a bump now so my usual dresses are not fitting as the bump makes the dresses ride up and appear a lot shorter- not a good look for a pregnant woman showing too much flesh! So a new dress was required.

I bought a dress from Zara - It's a pale green lace dress. It is not part of any maternity range so doesn't really look that good with a bump- but it was last minute so had to do!

In fact I only bought it as I thought it would be great for next year and holidays when I am not pregnant, when it will fit better and hang properly.
 I also think it is a pretty dress suitable for weddings, christenings and the races.

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Dress £49.99 at Zara,
Shoes Miu Miu, Clutch Mulberry, lipstick Hue Mac
Similar dresses I have since found online
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ASOS Midi Dress £45 reduced to £36
ASOS Cut out dress £45 reduced to £24
BOOHOO.COM Lace shift dress £20
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Monday, 12 March 2012

ZARA S/S12


Yesterday I went for lunch and a little shopping at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
 I needed to pick up a few maternity items as my usual clothes are no longer fitting. I bought a few casual vests and maternity jeans from Topshop then decided to have a quick look in Zara- BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!

Zara had the most fantastic selection of the new Spring / Summer collection. It was just gorgeous - just a pity hardly anything would look good with a bump :(

If you are looking to update your wardrobe with some key spring/summer pieces then Zara is definitely the shop for you. 
The collection seems to be focusing on the pretty and feminine lace look and nude tones this season- like these ......
Zara - Nude, Lace and Pleats
All was not a distaster for me though, I did pick up this gorgeous Chanel inspired jacket- I can't fasten it mind - but it looks ok! :)
Zara blazer
All of the above can be purchased from www.zara.com  prices ranging from £29.99- £79.99
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Thursday, 8 March 2012

MY TOP 5 NUDE LIP COLOURS


Quite recently I have found myself often sporting a nude lip look. I am an avid fan of this look and I feel it compliments most skin tones.

 I think it is easy enough for most people to wear and especially good for those who shy away from colour or are indeed like me a little frightened of too much colour.

I have compiled a list of my top 5:
Lipstick   Estee Lauder Vanilla Truffle £18.50
MAC Cosmetics lipstick

Lipsticks by NARS Cosmetics - NARS
Lipsticks NARS Cosmetics - NARS Honalulu Honey £17.50
Lipstick
Lipstick  Nevada  £8.00 Topshop
I sometimes wear alone or with a similar nude toned gloss on top. My current favourites are:
YSL Gloss Pur 1 Pure Nude
YSL Gloss Pur 2 Pure Rose
Nars Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight
Mac Lip Gloss Underage
Mac Lipgloss Florabundance
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www.maccosmetics.co.uk
www.esteelauder.co.uk
www.narscosmetics.co.uk
www.topshop.co.uk
www.yslbeauty.co.uk
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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

I'M BACK!


Many of you may have noticed that I have been slacking on the blogging recently.
 This is due to me taking a holiday with my family before the new arrivals make their appearance.
I am now back home, fully recovered from jet lag and will be back blogging more regularly.  :)
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