Saturday, 24 September 2016

Mama bears Avon haul

I love that knock on the door that means it's here, my Avon order. That's why I was so upset when I moved house and no longer had an Avon rep. Well now I've found one and my first order for a while came. I forgot how good some of this stuff was, I'm addicted all over again. So I'm going to share my most recent haul.

Vanilla Bubble bath

This is genuinely the best bubble bath I have ever used. I poured in a capful while the bath was running. The amount of bubbles I got from one cap was enough to start my very own foam party. The smell, oh wow, it was so strong, without being overpowering, the whole bathroom smelt like a spa. When the inevitable happened and my little man hopped in my bath with me I was a tad worried, with the smell being so perfumed I thought it would irritate his sensitive toddler skin. I need not of worried he was absolutely fine with it. The bubbles lasted right to the end of the bath despite his splashing episode. Hubby had to run himself a bath when he smelt it. 

Price - normally £4.00 but on offer at the minute for £1.99………. BARGIN!!
Would I recommend - obviously
Score - 10/10

Gel polish in ‘barely there’

I don't paint my nails too often, usually just special occasions. Even then I stick with natural shades. So when I found this colour I had to order. It goes on really well and is a lovely shade. It took quite a while to dry but it was worth it as it didn't chip for 2 days. That for me is a record.  Looking after 2 little boys my hands get put in all sorts that I won’t go into.  

Price – normally £7, currently half price at £3.50.
Would I recommend - yes
Score 8/10 only losing two points because it took so long to dry.

 Glimmer stick eyeliner in ‘black’

When it comes to eyeliner I have always been a Rimmel girl, since my very first make up bag in fact. However, I may just have changed my mind. This goes on really smooth and lasts. I love that is really dark black from going on to coming off. No one wants smudged greyish liner now do they. I like that it is retractable, with a normal pencil you can always guarantee it will snap, with no sharpener, when you’re in a rush.  Will defiantly be buying again, especially with the huge range of colours to try.

Price – normally £6, current offer £3.50
Would I recommend – I defiantly would, especially for those who like the winged eyeliner look without using liquid liner.
Score 10/10

Avon true colour single eyeshadow in ‘satin taupe’

Lovely rich colour which goes on really well. I tried satin taupe which was a lovely medium shade for my smokey eye look. I used it on my inner lid and to shade around my eye socket. The packaging could have been a little smaller as with it being compact size I would have expected a mirror. You get a good quantity of shadow for the price though so I suppose I can forgive the mirror.

Price – My apologies but I can’t find the price, I know a duo is £4.00 though which is great value for 2 good quality eyeshadows.
Would I recommend – once again I would, anyone noticing a pattern.
score - 9/10 loses a point because it's designed as a compact but no mirror.

Avon’s new dry shampoo

I have always used Batiste since dry shampoo became the new must have beauty product. I thought I'd give Avon’s new product a chance. Am I converted? I am most certainly…. not. I'm sorry but on this Avon haven't got it right. It has a funny hairspray type smell, leaves residue and I used loads but my hair looked no different.  Maybe for some people this will work but I was unimpressed.
Price - £3.50, on offer for £2.99
Would I recommend – unfortunately I would not.
Score – 1/10

Nail wraps in ‘snake print’

I tried these on my mum as I didn't think I would be able to put them on myself. I was wrong. I did some and my mama bear put some on herself. She seemed to find it as easy as I did. Took about 15 minutes to do both hands which isn't much longer than it takes to paint nails. They stayed all night with no tears, which is a winner in my book. Perfect for a night out. The down sides. They do feel quite heavy and noticeable on your fingers which isn’t a problem on a night out but I couldn’t wear them day to day. Also on a couple of nails the wraps were slightly the wrong size, with nails there is no such thing as one size fits all. Up close it was quite noticeable, but 1. How many people are going to be getting up close to your hands and 2. Can you paint your nails perfectly anyway, because I know I can’t.

Price – normally £4.00 currently £3.00
Would I recommend – I would for a night out. Great because no chips.
Score - 8/10 loses a couple of points as some of the shapes were slightly too big/small for her nails. I know everyone has different shape nails, but the gaps at the side make them look a bit shabby up close.

Bronzing pearls

I'd never used Bronzing pearls before so was really excited to use my new product. I thought I'd give them a go as I doubt I'm going to get a sun-kissed glow in British Summer! They gave a lovely shimmer while adding some colour without being umpa lumpaish. I liked the different colours that came through from the different beads. Make sure you use a big fluffy brush and blow the excess off first though to get a nice even colour. I made the mistake of using a small brush first time around and had an orangey circle on my cheek.

Price – normally £10.00, stock up now there on offer for £6.00
Would I recommend – I would, but like I said, make sure you use a good make up brush
Score - 8/10 great product and well-priced, but if you haven’t already got the right brush for pearls you’re going to have add that cost on.

Planet spa Bali facemask

This smelt amazing. I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't edible. I smothered it on and as per the instructions left it on for 5 minutes. It was semi dry in this time, dry enough that I cracked if I smiled. I washed it off and my skin felt smooth and fresh. My blemishes had faded too. I think this will be featuring on every pamper session I have from now, especially as it gives instant results.
Price - £6.00 but on offer for £3.00 at the minute. Trust me you need this product.
Would I recommend – I already have; Hubby has even had a go.
Score – an easy 10/10

Anew cleansing water

I was impressed with how quickly this melted my makeup away and how fresh my skin felt after each use. I used this with cotton wool pads and simply wiped over my skin. I did however find that after a week’s use my breakouts seemed worse and my skin felt very dry so I stopped using it and gave it to a friend. She loved it and found her skin looked great after 7 days’ use. This tells me that the suitable for all skin types stated on the pack isn’t quite right. I suffer with dry skin and found it unsuitable, Mrs C has quite oily skin and really liked this product.
Price – currently £4.00 for 200ml, normally £6.00.
Would I recommend – If you have the right skin type then yes and it worked really well at removing make up and my friend with oily skin looked great. Really fresh and clear skinned.
Score – for me 5/10, for her 9/10.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The 'gross day'

 Some people won't do anything gross in a day, some people don't do anything gross in a month. I am not 'some people'.

I am a mother of 2 boys under the age of 3 and an 8-year-old stepson. I have a husband who can't, (or wont) clean up after himself and I am also a doggy mama, doggy auntie and doggy sister. All 3 dogs are here this week as I'm dog sitting. Oh the joys. All of this information basically boils down to the fact that gross is a daily occurrence for me. However today has been renamed 'gross day', not very catchy but gets my point across.

It is now 1.40pm and I have already been forced into doing 9 gross things. That is, I believe a personal record, maybe even a world record, (I can't prove this I'm just guessing).

1. I took Mr S’s nappy off this morning and before I could get a fresh one on he bolted. He then proceeded to pee on the bathroom floor, cue me wiping up pee at 6.45am. Great start to 'gross day' I'm sure you'll agree.

2. Mr B had pooped, I say pooped it was more melted chocolate consistency, up his back and into his hair in his sleep. My second job of the day was cleaning him up and stripping his soiled bedding. I'm starting to think my hands will never be clean by this point.

3. I came downstairs singing "things can only get better". How wrong I was. As I said earlier we have 3 dogs in the house this week, who I'm sure are trying to out shit each other! I sorted the kid’s cereal then went out to clear up all this poo. That's when number 3 happened.  I stood in

4. I proceeded to pick up the doggy presents with poop bags. My finger went threw one. I now know my hands will never be clean. I washed my hands with practically boiling water and as much soap as we had left, it wasn’t enough.

5. The next few hours went really well until I decided to restock the nappy bags, which hubby was last to use. I found one of Mr B's bottles, it had been used and still had remaining milk in. I'm sure I don't need to tell you it’s been warm.  I swear the milk inside was starting to grow and smelt like an unshowered armpit. I enjoyed cleaning that bottle.

6. Someone, I'm guessing Mr S, threw my toothbrush in the toilet. With the day I'm having fishing a toothbrush out of the toilet seemed not so bad to be honest.

7. Mr B woke up from his nap. Basically repeat step 2.

8. Our front door is self-locking, therefore when I take rubbish to the bins I take my key, just in case. Due to the heat and damp we have had recently our bin is like the new cool hangout for every fly in the Manchester area. Put this information together and what do you get. Me taking the rubbish out and dropping my key in the bin. Rummaging through that hot, fly ridden, stinky rubbish was the point I decided today would be known as 'gross day'

9. Last but not least Mr B sneezed in my mouth.

Ladies and gentlemen I give you 'gross day'. Enjoy I'm going for an extremely hot bath and a gin. Not necessarily in that order.
Good day to you x


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