Motherhood, Product Review

Essential Vie Skincare Review

I was kindly gifted some skincare products from Essential Vie, and have been trying them out from the start of January to see what I thought about them. I was sent three products, the Multie Purpose Anti Stretch Mark Oil, the Hydrating Moisturiser and Nipple Cream. Each and every product from the Essential Vie range is plant based and cruelty free, which is great. I made a change last year to only use beauty products that are cruelty free, so this review opportunity was a great fit for me.

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One of my New Year Resolutions for 2019 was to take better care of my skin, taking the time at the end of most days (every day would be a bit of a wishful thought!) to remove any makeup if needed, or to moisturise my face and body.

This was one of my resolutions this year as after having a baby, the last thing on my mind was ‘me time’. Now that Florence is 6 months old (I know- where has the time gone?!) I’m gradually getting into a routine, and am now able to make time for the things I enjoyed doing before the whirlwind of a new baby took over.

As I suffer with sensitive, combination skin it can be tricky to find the right skincare routine that works, keeping me moisturised but without making me too oily. I jumped at the chance to try out a cruelty free new moisturiser, and have been using it since the beginning of January.

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The moisturiser is rich and thick, which has been great for this type of weather as my skin really needs a strong mosituriser to keep it from getting too dry and flaky. In the summer, I tend to opt for a lighter skin care routine as my skin doesn’t need anything heavy.

I used stretch mark cream and oils from the moment I found out I was pregnant, and right through my pregnancy. Yet, oddly enough, it is something we completely forget about once the baby is actually here. I have stretch marks from both of my pregnancies that I have tried and tested a variety of products for. I started using the Essential Vie Multi Purpose Anti Stretch Mark Oil at the beginning of January, and have been using it since as I wanted to be able to provide a round view of the products I was sent.

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The Essential Vie Multi Purpose Anti Stretch Mark Oil is easy to apply, and whilst it is still an oil, it dries on the skin a lot quicker than other oils I have used and disliked as they felt too greasy for hours afterwards. There is no strong smell either, which is good for an every day (twice a day) product.

As I am still exclusively breastfeeding Florence, a good, trustworthy nipple cream is essential. I have used lots of different brands of nipple creams over these six months, but have used the Essential Vie Nipple Cream exclusively for the whole of January to get a real feel for the product. The Essential Vie Nipple Cream successfully receives any soreness I had been feeling from feeding Florence. With no strong smell or harmful ingredients, it is also completely safe to leave on and not have to wipe off before feeding.

Thank you for reading. 

Christmas Gift Guide, Lifestyle, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Mums

As we’re now in November and Christmas will very quickly be upon us, it is only apt that I share some of my finds with you all. I have come across some amazing small UK businesses that I would love to share with my readers, and so each of the guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. I have created a series of Christmas Gift Guides on my blog, and this is the second of the series, a Christmas Gift Guide for Mums.

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1. “Be A Nice Muggle” Print 

I’m really getting into having prints in the house along with photos this year, and love this one from Cloud2print. Mitch will be happy to know that he can finally have something to do with Harry Potter up in the house lol!

Cloud2print currently have an offer on- any 2 unframed A4 prints for £16, or 3 A4 prints for £21!

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This print, along with others can be found by searching @Cloud2print on either Facebook or Instagram.

2. Glitter “Mummy” Jumper 

This jumper is a lovely gift for any mummy you know! It is so easy to pair with any outfit, I love the glitter letters and how they are each a different colour. This jumper is super comfy to wear and is always a go to in my daily life!

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This product can be found by searching @Diddles&Squidge on either Facebook or Instagram.

3. “Stay Positive” Print 

As mentioned, I’ve been loving finding small businesses that do prints, and this is another. There’s lots of different prints available, as well as the option to personalise. These make the perfect gifts as they’re incredibly versatile and can be made to suit individual homes and styles.

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This print, along with others, can found by searching @the_art_of_words_dorset on either Facebook or Instagram.

4. Blush Pink “#MumLife” T-Shirt 

Anyone who knows me, knows that my wardrobe is primarily comfy t-shirts and jumpers to pair with jeans or leggings. This is the perfect addition to my wardrobe, it’s super comfy and has a baggier style which I love.

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

5. “Shh Mum Time, No Kids Allowed” Vanilla Candle 

Who doesn’t love a candle? I know that I could never have enough candles! What’s so lovely about this candle is its amazing smell, a lovely, comforting ‘very vanilla’, I’m thoroughly enjoying burning this candle. The pot itself is well made and looks luxurious, with its detailing across the wooden lid. The designs on the front of the candle vary, a selection are shown in the image below. The candle arrived packaged brilliantly, there was no chance it would be damaged on route. Couldn’t recommend this product more!

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This candle, along with others, can be found at Thecandlebrand.

6. Pink Personalised Mum and Children’s Name T-Shirt 

What’s so lovely about this t-shirt is that it can be personalised with not only the names of you child or children, but also with the year you became a mummy, which I think is just such a great touch! You can choose the colour of the t-shirt as well as the writing, which means you can create a really lovely t-shirt of your choice. I love wearing mine and often get questions as to where I got it from!

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This product, along with others can be found on Darcieelledesigns.

Thank you for reading. 

Product Review

Zimpli Kids Review

We were very kindly sent some Simple Kids products to have fun with and review.

The products are suitable for children over the age of three, so unfortunately it was just Kaden testing them out this time! What’s great about these products is that they are made from no harmful chemicals, kind on skin and environmentally safe.

The first was the Gelli Baff in Lava Blast Red.

The instructions are easy to follow, with just three simple steps. The first being to fill the bath up with warm water to the specified amount (not exceeding 8cm/3inch). Then we had to gently sprinkle the Gelli Baff Step 1 sachet slowly and evenly over the water, and then stir in with your hands. After 5 – 10 minutes the Gelli Baff will form and it is ready to enjoy!

Once Kaden had finished playing, it was time to dissolve the Gelli. To do so, all we had to do was evenly sprinkle the Step 2 satchet over the Gelli, whilst Kaden was still in the bath, then stir it all in to create a more drainable liquid. I was a little worried that the Gelli would clog the drain, however it is completely safe to go down the drain, which makes cleaning up so much easier.

The second product was the Slime Baff, also known as Ooze Baff.

Again, this product has super easy instructions to follow to set up the Slime Baff. The only difference is that the longer you stir in this product, the thicker the slime will be after letting it set for 10 – 15 minutes.

The Slime Baff is slightly different to the Gelli Baff when it comes to draining. What Zimpli Kids recommend is to dilute the slime by adding some more water into the bath. Again, this product will not clog drains, so there is no worry when draining the slime.

Kaden loved trying out these products from Zimpli Kids! He thought the different colours and textures were both gross and fun!

Both Gelli Baff and Ooze Baff can be found at Zimpli Kids, as well as other fun products for children.

Thanks for reading.  

Lifestyle, Product Review

Bakerdays Product Review

We very kindly were sent a bakerdays letterbox cake to celebrate my Graduation.

As with any parcel delivery, there are worries about it arriving safely and completely in tact. I can say that when ordering a bakerdays cake there would be no reason to worry as it was packaged very well. The cake itself was in a tin, then placed in the box with protective packaging ensuring the tin didn’t move inside the cardboard box.

The website was easy to navigate myself around and I enjoyed looking at all the cakes available for different events or special days. The letterbox cake is 5″ and serves 3-4 people, however there are other sizes and products available.

In terms of flavour, we chose lovely lemon drizzle, but other options available were;

  • Traditional sponge
  • Rich chocolate chip
  • Gluten wheat free sponge
  • Dairy free sponge
  • Fabulous fruit

I’d like to thank bakerdays for sending me one of their personalised letterbox cakes and allowing me and my family to review their product. We all enjoyed having a slice and think it is a wonderful business idea to be able to send an edible gift straight to loved ones right from the comfort of your own home! With next day delivery and cakes that stay fresh for 14 days, what’s not to love?!

Bakerdays can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,  as well as through their website- bakerdays

Thank you for reading.