I love skincare products and I’m always on the look out for products that will make a positive impact on my lacklustre skin. I prefer to use natural products and ingredients on my skin where possible as sometimes I get a reaction to heavily perfumed products or those that contain quite harsh chemicals.

I was recently introduced to Babyblooms skincare range, a good selection of natural skincare products, delicately scented with natural and calming essential oils and handmade within the UK. I’m not unfamiliar with Babyblooms, having been in receipt of one of their beautifully made nappy cakes, way back when I was pregnant with the little man, but I was keen to try out some of their pampering products. BabybloomsI was kindly sent a selection of five of their best selling products to try out on my skin. They arrived wrapped in tissue paper and tucked inside a beautiful gift box, featuring very sweet illustrations from Amanda Bradley. The box design has a very vintage feel and it’s something I would love to receive as a gift (take note any friends or family members!). Babyblooms-outdoorsThe products themselves look fuss free and have a very simple and clean package design with basic product details and ingredient list.

I wasn’t really expecting much from the products, but if I’m honest, I was blown away.

The soothing body lotion is a non greasy formula, packed with natural ingredients such as Calendula for it’s skin calming properties, Evening Primrose Oil for it’s effectiveness on dry and itchy skin and Beeswax for it’s skin softening properties. It’s an absolute dream to use, and soaks quickly into your skin, leaving a light Lavender fragrance that relaxes and soothes the mind. Babyblooms-jarsMy favourite product from the ones I tried was the Rejuvenating Facial Moisturiser. So much so, my previous moisturiser (a £50 a jar job) has been relegated to the back of my dressing table drawer. At just £14.50 for a 60ml jar, I think it’s an absolute steal and has made a massive difference to my skin already.

The Calendula has reduced the redness I often have on my cheeks and the Carrot Seed Oil and Honey have made the dry skin near my mouth vanish completely. I’ve found it makes a great matt base for my foundation and works just as well as my usual primer.  It’s lightly scented with Ylang Ylang which instantly uplifts me and makes me feel like I’ve had an expensive facial every time I use it. Babyblooms-sideThe Replenishing Hand Cream has the most amazing scent. I can’t stop sniffing by hands after I’ve applied it. The lemon grass scent is instantly uplifting and makes me think of summer days and holidays. It’s another non greasy product and soaks into your hands instantly. It’s perfect for me at work as I use a computer and touch screen so I don’t have time for products that take an age to be absorbed.

The first thing you notice about the Lip Rescue cream is it’s warming cardamom scent. It makes me think of Christmas and being tucked up somewhere warm and cosy.

It contains Benzoin which creates a protective film on your lips, locking in moisture and protecting them from the weather and any other external factors. I really like how soft it makes my lips feel, I think this will become my go to product in the winter months. Babyblooms-jars-outsideThe Baby Care cream is more like a salve than a cream. It feels very luxurious and soothing. It’s perfect to use on little people and contains a whole host of natural goodies. The Calendula. oleic and linoleic acids from the Wheatgerm help to soothe sore bums and the honey helps it to heal and recondition itself.

I’ve been using the little mans face. He gets a little dry skin with redness on his cheeks and this has made it look less severe and has softened the skin. I think the Baby Care cream would make a great new baby gift, or addition to a pregnancy hamper. Babyblooms-handI really like Babyblooms skin care products that I tried. The quality is fab and they’ve made a huge difference to both the little mans skin and mine. I’ll definitely be more of of the Babyblooms products – especially the Baby Care cream and the Rejuvenating Facial Moisturiser – they’re both great value and have made a great improvement to both the little man and my skin.

As well as buying the products separately, Babyblooms sell some great skin care gift sets which are perfect gift ideas. I think the Essential Mum to Be set will be ideal for a couple of pregnant friends.

*I was sent the products mentioned above in return for an honest review*

 

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Gift ideas from the Old Street Barber Co.
You might have
noticed in some of my blog pictures that hubby is a beard wearer
and it can be a struggle finding gifts for him that don’t include shaving foam
or razors. Rather than getting rid of the beard, he prefers to embrace it, so
being recently introduced to the Old
Street Barber Co
 was a little bit exciting. They’re company selling a great range of products for
the distinguished gent and bearded folk, they’ve got some great gift
ideas and their products are really luxurious and unique.
Hubby
was sent the Peppermint
and Lemon Peel beard oil
 
to try out. Made in the UK using 100%
natural ingredients, such as Sweet Almond oil, Peppermint essential oil, Lemon
Peel essential oil and Vitamin E and is a divine smelling, beard treat/ It can
be used on it’s own, after shaving or as a post shave serum. The oil helps to
prevent and relieve itching, helps moisturise and smooths down all those random hairs that like
to poke out in different directions. It works in perfect conjunction with the
wooden beard comb and Hubby has become a little obsessed. I find him sitting
stroking his beard or running a comb through it, looking a little like a Bond villain!
I’ve
got to say, the smell is absolutely delicious. It has a rich citrus
scent but isn’t over powering, in fact, if just makes me want to lick
Hubby’s face! A
little goes a very long way so although the beard oil costs £20, it will last
for a long time. 

You can check out
some of their products in my gift suggestions below. I think the Cinnamon beard
oil sounds absolutely amazing. The Old Street Barber Co. offer free delivery on
orders over £30, so get in quick for a last minute Christmas gift. 

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant review
Autumn is my favourite season. There’s a chill in the area, the landscape looks beautiful and Halloween is quickly approaching. Sadly, my skin isn’t such a fan. The changing weather dries out my skin, leaving it tight, dull and sometimes sore. 
I usually use Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution to take off my make up, Eau Roma toner from Lush and Elizabeth Arden Ceramide capsules to moisturise. Although my skincare regime isn’t terrible, I’m still always on the look out for a wonder product that will help keep my skin smooth, moisturised and wrinkle free (aren’t we all!?).
I’ve dipped in and out of using Dermalogica products over the years after discovering the brand during my beauty therapy days at college. I’ve always thought the product quality was great but pretty expensive. It’s not always financially feasible to spend £45 on a face wash, so when I found Dermalogica products with savings of up to 15% on Pure Beauty, I was a little bit excited. 
Based just outside Lichfield, Pure Beauty is a well know beauty salon who have ventured into the world of online shopping and specialise in luxury skin care products, including Dermalogica and Decleor. 
They kindly sent me the Daily Microfoliant to try out, which is Dermalogica’s number one exfoliant. I think this is the most gentle exfoiliants I’ve ever used. It’s rice based so is gentle and suitable for even sensitive skin. It’s made without artificial fragrances and colours so there’s no nasty extras to irritate your skin. 
A lightweight powder which isn’t too dissimilar to baking soda, the exfoiliant is mixed with water to create a creamy, soft lather which you use to cleanse your face. I rub it in a circular motion, avoiding my eyes before rinsing with clean warm water. Surprisingly, you can’t feel any of the exfoilating particles at all, but it helps remove dead skin, leaving your face smooth and brighter.
I actually really like the exfoilant although I don’t really like the consistency. I’d prefer an ‘already made up product’ either a foam or gell and struggle a little with the amount of product to use and definitely think I’m using too much of the product each time. 
Since I started to include the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant in my daily skincare regime, I’ve had no further skin break outs. My skin is soft and smooth and has no dry patches at all. All I need now is something to help banish the dark circles under my eyes. I wonder if Pure Beauty can help?
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Baby massage with JOHNSON’S® Baby

When babies are young, contact alone from his parents can soothe and calm, offering reassurance and a sense of safety. We cuddle an upset baby, stroke their face or rub their back, we do this because touch creates sensations that stimulate our child’s brain. 

When the little man was much smaller we signed up for a baby massage class at our local
Sure Start centre. We visited weekly and learnt how to massage our babies. As well as massage technique, we were taught why massage is an important development aid and the many advantages it has.  

Baby massage is said to help strengthen the digestive system, reduce constipation and discomfort from Colic. It can help improve skin condition, strengthen the immune system and even help with teething pain. It can help with circulation and breathing, which if you’re lucky, may help establish a better sleeping pattern. 

Don’t be discouraged if your child doesn’t take to massage straight away. Some babies will wriggle, giggle or even cry, but it really does help create a greater understanding between parent and child, help aid communication without the need for words and help assist with creating a better bond with your child.

We’ve always enjoyed massage and it’s been included in the little mans bed time routine from an early age. After bath time he regularly has a short massage before he puts on his PJ’s and goes to bed. I think it helps him settle on a night, relaxes him and sometimes he even falls asleep. Skin to skin contact is encourage in the hospital from birth. I remember a midwife showing me how to carefully place the little man down the front of my PJ’s to help comfort him and it’s something that’s worked well for us. When he’s poorly he likes to lie on our bare chests, snuggled in with our scent comforting him. I think the skin to skin contact from his Daddy or I during massage offers reassurance and helps keep him calm and relaxed. 

During bath time we use JOHNSON’S® TOP-TO-TOE® Baby Bath (RRP £3.49) a gentle formula that can be used on the entire body, even from day one. It’s completely soap, dye and paraben free so there are no nasty extras added to the bath and with it’s NO MORE TEARS® formula it’s safe for even the wiggliest child. 

It creates a soft, smooth lather than easily cleans my little man without causing any irritation. It’s gentle on new skin and can be used on the entire body which is rather handy. Bath times with babies can be a challenging experience at the best of times so juggling a variety of product bottles is just an added hindrance. 

Bath time is the little mans favourite time of the day, once he’s had half an hour to drench the bathroom, laugh hysterically at the plug and attempt to eat the bubbles we snuggle him up in a towel, dry him off and then prepare our massage area. We usually use his bed covered in a warm towel as it’s comfortable and a familiar area. It’s important to ensure your little person is warm during massage as I imagine a cold massage isn’t very pleasant. 
After trying quite a few products to use during massage we’ve found one of the best is JOHNSON’S® BABY OIL (RRP £2.49). It’s hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested and locks in more than double the moisture of a body lotion. Although it’s an oil it doesn’t have that greasy feeling so it’s great to use as a massage oil. Using JOHNSON’S® BABY OIL combined with massage techniques, not only adds moisture to the little mans skin, it helps with his development and sensory skills. We use simple, flowing strokes, as anything too intricate usually results in our little man in fits of giggles. 
Johnson’s have been around for over 100 years, so they know their stuff. If you’d like to try baby massage yourself you can get some great advice and step by step instructions on the Johnsons baby massage page or from this YouTube video.

I truly believe the little man is a contented soul partly due to the early introduction of massage. He sleeps well, rarely cries and only suffered from constipation when he was a tiny baby. Either we’ve been very lucky, or done something right!
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Summer favourites from Yves Rocher

I remember seeing Yves Rocher brochures around the house when I was younger and beautiful products arriving for my Mam. 

Fast forward 20 years or so and the brand is still going strong. Yves Rocher is France’s no. 1 selling make-up and skincare brand and is sold in 88 countries across the world.

Yves Rocher have unveiled a great new summer range recently and I’ve been trying out some of the products. 

Low Shampoo – Delicate Cleansing Cream – £6.90 – currently on offer at £3.45

Described as a delicate cleansing cream for the hair, it’s sulfate and silicon free and is none foaming. It contains organically farmed hawthorn to protect your hair and contains no colourants or parabens. The packaging is simple and quite girly, though does look a little like moisturiser, and I’ll admit I did check the Yves Rocher website to make sure I was using it correctly.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect if I’m honest. I’ve never used a shampoo that doesn’t create any kind of lather. Prior to use I convinced myself I wouldn’t like it and that it’d make my hair greasy.

Like traditional shampoo, you wet your hair and apply it to the full head, starting at the roots. The consistency is more like a cream and I did find myself using quite a lot to coat my hair. It didn’t have much of an effect on my hair during washing, but rinsed out easily and left my hair feel smooth with no tangles. Surprisingly after my hair was dried it felt really clean and soft. It wasn’t greasy in the slightest and left my hair feeling softer than my usual shampoo does. There’s the added bonus of the delicate scent which reminds me of a country lane on a summer day.

Rinsing Vinegar – RRP £11.30 – currently on offer at £5.65

I had no idea what rinsing vinegar was, but after a little research I’ve found it’s used to eliminate limescale and mineral build up on the hair. Again, the product is silicone, paraben and sulphate free and is made with 98% natural products. 

The smell from the rinsing vinegar is absolutely delicious. A fresh and fruity, mildly addictive raspberry smell that leaves the hair smelling good enough to eat.

I really quite like the rinsing vinegar. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth, even without using conditioner. I’d found it a great addition to my hair care regime. 

My only issue is the packaging. I don’t think it’s very suitable for bathroom use. The little is quite fiddly and hard work when you’re in the shower with wet hands. I struggled to get the correct amount out without spilling it all over my shoulders and down my back. I’d be happy to pay £5.65 for the product while it’s on offer but I do think £11.30 is quite expensive, considering the bottle only contains 150ml and I’ve found I use quite a lot during each hair wash. 

Monoi de Tahiti Lagoon Hair and Body Wash – £3.20 – currently on offer at £1.95


A bright and breezy 2 in 1 body wash and shampoo which is the perfect size for your gym or swim bag. The scent is fab, it’s a cross between a beach holiday and bubblegum. It has a great tropical, summer vibe and I really like it. Even after the shower is over the smell lingers in the bathroom and smells amazing. I’d love a candle or wax melt with the same scent.

It contains organic aloe vera gel and Yves Rocher state it’s great for removing the last trace of sun cream and sand from your skin.

Monoi de Tahiti Precious dry oil – £14.90currently on offer at £8.50

This is my favourite product out of the four I tried. It’s a light weight, none greasy body oil with shimmering gold pigments. It can be used as a tan enhancer or to moisturise dry skin. The bottle is made of glass and has a luxurious feel to it. It looks high end and is an elegant addition to my dressing table.

I’ve been using this on my legs and decolletage to make me feel summery and add a hit of colour to my pasty white skin. It gives a subtle shimmer and makes my skin look and feel super smooth and soft. There’s no stickiness or greasiness and its paraben and mineral oil free.

The only negative thing about the oil is the bottle. I’d much prefer a spritz type dispenser, so I could spray it where required, rather than repeatedly tipping up the bottle, trying to get enough onto my hand.

Overall I’m impressed with the products from Yves Rocher. They’re all reasonably priced, work well and smell fantastic.

If you’re looking for some new summer favourites, check out Yves Rocher, where all of the products above are currently half price!

*I was sent the products for review purposes. Opinions are my own*

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