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, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Baby Girl

As we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, it is only apt that I share some gift ideas with you all. I have come across some amazing small businesses that handmake and design children’s clothes and accessories. Therefore each of the gift guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. This is the fourth and final blog post in the Christmas Gift Guide Series, and is a Gift Guide for Baby Girls. I hope to provide some gift inspiration for anyone with little girls themselves, or know someone with a little girl!

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1. Personalised Flower Initial Embroidered Sleepsuit 

I’ve chosen to include this as a parent can never have too many sleepsuits for their baby! So by purchasing this as a gift for a child, you’re buying a practical yet personalised gift that will be treasured and appreciated! I just love how delicate the embroidered personalisation is on this sleepsuit, the added flowers are so pretty.

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This product can be found at Betty&SydneyCo.

2. Personalised D.O.B Vest 

This vest is also another practical yet treasured gift as it is something to keep in a memory box once your little one has grown out of it. Embroidered with your little one’s name, date of birth, weight and time makes this a really lovely gift!

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This product can be found by searching @abigailstitches on Instagram.

3. Gingham Pinny & Mustard Prairie Blouse

This is such a lovely gift as you can choose the colour options and details, then it gets hand made by the lovely Georgia, meaning every item is sewn just for you and each order is unique! Florence currently reps for Pearls Threads, and we have a discount code to share for you. Simply enter FLORENCE10 at the checkout for money off your order!

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These products can be found at PearlsThreads. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

4. Peach Rabbit Sleepsuit with Felt Tail

Again, this is a product that parents will love and appreciate! It is a super soft and comfy peach sleepsuit with a bunny rabbit design and soft, felt tail for added detail.

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This product can be found by searching @diddlesandsquidge on Instagram.

5. Leggings and Headband Set

This organic cotton leggings and headband set is stunning! It is made from the most amazing quality material, with detailed birds of paradise print and would make such a lovely gift for the little girl in your life! You simply pick a material from the website and can have it made into any of the following; organic cotton leggings, shorts, bloomers, skirts, tunic dress, long/short/bloomer rompers, dribble bibs, headbands and muslins!

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This product can be found at Zack&IvyCo.

6. Personalised Glitter Name Trio Tee

This personalised glitter name tee is such a nice gift for someone who has shared their babies name prior to delivery, or a baby who’s coming up to their first birthday or first Christmas! It’s always going to be unique, which is great!

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This product can be found at DarcielleDesigns.

I definitely couldn’t do a blog post on anything baby girl and not include any hair accessories! So here is a (rather large) selection of Florence’s hair accessories. I will split these into different brands with more photos and where to find them below.

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  1. Molly Bows Glitter Bow Clips

These glitter bow clips are perfect for the festive season! Molly Bows are kindly offering my readers a free bow! Simply use Freebowylm at the checkout to receive your free bow with your order.

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These clips, with many others can be found on Facebook (@Molly Bows) or Instagram (@Molly-bows). Don’t forget the discount code for the free bow!

2. HairBloomsBoutiqueLondon Bow Headbands 

I just love how simple yet lovely these small bow headbands are. They’re really versatile in that they match a lot of outfits and styles, and with the soft, nylon headband they are comfortable for the babies to wear.

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These bows can be found at HairBloomsBoutique.

3. BellesBows17 Christmas Bows

These bows are giving me all the Christmassy feels! I’m a huge fan of tartan, and love glitter, so having both of these incorporated into one bow is absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to add these to little Florence’s Christmassy outfits in the run up to Christmas!

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These bows can be found by searching @Bellesbows17 on Instagram.

4. OurOlivia Matching Velvet Turbans 

You either love it or hate it- but I love velvet! These velvet head turbans are super soft and comfortable to wear, which is definitely a must have. I love this soft pink colour!

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These turbans can be found either at OurOlivia or @OurOlivia on Instagram.

5. LittleBearsBows Suede Baby Headbands

LittleBearsBows have the loveliest baby suede headbands. As Florence is currently a brand rep for LittleBearsBows, we have a discount code to offer you. Simply use FLORENCE10 at the checkout to receive money off of your order!

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These baby headbands can be found at LittleBearsBows. Don’t forget to use the discount code mentioned above!

6. IzzieBowsandRoses Trio Bows 

We love these bows as they’re super comfy for Florence to wear, with a simple finish but with the added extra of the gold sparkly centre of each of the bows. As Florence is also a brand rep for this business, we have another discount code to share! If you use FLORENCE10 at the checkout you will receive a discount off of your order!

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These headbands, along with others can be found at IzzieBowsandRoses. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

7. Olivia Grace and Co Fabric Bow Clips 

These knotted bow clips are the perfect gift as they’re fairly neutral and can be easily added to many outfits, allowing for more wear. I love that they are soft and simple, yet still add a delicate touch with their patterns.

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These clips can be found on OliviaGrace&Co or @OliviaGrace&Co on Instagram.

8. Mia Moo Bows Christmas Bows 

These bows are great for the run up to Christmas, getting that festive feel into everyday outfits! Loving all the glitter for this season!

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These bows can be found by searching @Mia_moo_bows_ on Instagram.

9. Arya’s Bunny Boutique Headbands 

I think everyone has a soft spot for all things Peter Rabbit for babies, so this is the perfect way to subtly have Peter Rabbit in all outfits! I just love how different these bows are.

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These bows can be found at Arya’sBunnyBowtique.

10. La Romi Matching Head Wraps

I absolutely love matching with Florence, and if I could get away with matching everything I definitely would! These black and white head wraps are such an easy way to match with your little one.

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These matching head wraps can be found at LaRomi.

11. Eden’s Handmade Florals PomPom Headband 

I love Florence in this pompom headband as it is something a little different! It’s super soft and is really easy to style with Florence’s outfits.

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This headband can be found by searching @edenshandmadeflorals on Instagram.

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.