I like to think I’m pretty good at taking care of the skin on my face, but when it comes to the skin below the neck I hate to admit, I’m not that great. It’s not something that is part of my daily routine, I find it too time consuming if I’m honest.

I’ve been a bit better about using body moisturisers lately and have found some firm favourites, along with an old fave, which I’ve been really enjoying using and thought I’d share these with you.

L’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate £42

This has to be my all time favourite. I always have a pot of this in my cabinet, usually saved to use as part of my tanning routine (I use it to moisturise my dry areas before applying the tan) It has to be my favourite not only for the smell, if you love products with an almond smell then this will be perfect for you, but also I love the way it quickly absorbs into the skin. L’occitane describe it as their best selling miracle in a jar that absorbs lightening fast into the skin and I’d have to agree.

Rituals – The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream £19.50

The smell of this one completely won me over. I’ve used Rituals before but this has to be my favourite range so far. The rice milk and cherry blossom provide a very light and fragrant experience. The texture is rich but absorbs well into the skin, which again is important if you are impatient like me! The antioxidant ingredients together with Vitamin E help to strengthen the skin whilst moisturising. I’ll certainly be trying more from this range. Another great thing to add about Rituals is that you can purchase a refill tub which fits neatly inside your original tub when you run out, great if you are trying to be a little more conscious about the environment.

Skinny Tan Bum Booster Cream £19.99

I bought this cream because it reminded me of the famous Brazilian Bum Bum Cream but at a fraction of the price. I’d seen that this version by Skinny Tan had originally been quite popular and apparently sold out within days when it was first launched, so ever one to jump on the bandwagon i was keen to try it… and so far I like it! The idea is that the active ingredients guarana, Brazilian açai, capuacu and creatine help promote the circulation and keep your behind firm and smooth, what’s not to love? I can’t say that my behind looks totally uplifted since using it, probably down to my love of snacks.. and it maybe due to the fact that I’m actually applying a product regularly for once, but I can kind of notice a small difference. If anything its smoother, and who doesn’t want a smooth behind?

Have you tried any of these products? Which body moisturisers are your favourites?

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Skinny Tan Bum BoosterRitual of Sakura Body CreamL’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate

5 minute make up look

Before my love/obsession of skincare started, it would have been fair to describe me as an avid collector of make up. Whilst I’d love to have that natural flawless make up look everyday, we all know if there’s a school run to do in the morning or children to entertain, chances are you’ll have about 5 minutes to get ready and leave the house looking somewhat put together. (Gone are the days where I can rely on my 20-something year old glowy skin.) Recently I’ve found myself reaching for the same few things when it comes to make up in the morning, and it seems to work well so here’s what I’ve been doing.

I try and shower, cleanse, tone, moisturise etc as soon as I get up in the morning so thats one less thing to rush as time is ticking towards the school run. I’ve managed to reduce my make up routine to just a few products that enable me to look somewhat less tired afterwards. Let me walk you through the products I’ve been using lately.

Mums 5 minute make up

Conceal under the eyes

Nyx Bourjois Under Eye Concealer & Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer

Conceal the under eye area…. this is most definitely my problem area, dark circles, puffiness, you name it I’ve got it. As the dark circles have gotten worse over the last couple of years I’m finding that concealer isn’t enough on its own, so I’ve added in a correcter to cover up the darkness before concealing them.

NYX Professional Make Up Dark Circle Cream Concealer is a beautiful creamy texture, not too thick or obvious. It contains coconut oil which stops any caking. If I feel I need it, over the top I’ll apply Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-fatigue Concealer. This is a nice thin texture to apply to the under eye, and coverage is good. It contains vitamins C, E & B5 which help cover the imperfections and banish signs of fatigue.

All about that base

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

For base I tend to use the Intensive Skin Serum Foundation from Bobbi Brown. Don’t be put off by the fact it’s a foundation as I actually prefer wearing a tinted moisturiser during the week, however this is surprisingly thin and a little goes a very long way, especially when applying with a brush. I always use a Real Techniques base brush to apply any foundation. I’m impressed that this product has an SPF40 in, although it wouldn’t stop me from applying a separate SPF underneath, but I do like to know that I’m applying an extra layer of protection.


Ka-Brow by Benefit

The next step for me is always eyebrows. I have to pencil or powder mine back into shape due to years of over plucking. (What I would give if I could go back in time and tell 15 year old me to put the tweezers down!) Ka-Brow by Benefit is the only product I use on my brows, super quick and easy to apply. I find by applying this after my base, it kind of frames my face and I can see what I’ve got to work with & how tired my face is looking.

Eyes and Cheeks

Soap & Glory Eye Palette
Benefit Hoola Bronzer & Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

Next we’re onto eyes and bronzer/blush. With eyeshadow I find that sticking to the same shade most days means I can apply it quicker and not have any surprises with unusual colours first thing in the morning. Something from a neutral palette would suit, the Urban Decay Naked Palettes are great but recently I’ve been using a palette from Soap and Glory. The slight shimmery bronze tends to make my eyes pop a little and look more awake.

My go to bronzer has always been Hoola from Benefit. I can’t remember when I first started using this, every time I divert to something new I always come back to this one. A quick swish across the cheekbones and anywhere else you might naturally catch the sun is suffice. Follow this up with the Pot Rouge from Bobbi Brown. Ive got mine in the colour Fresh Melon but have my eye on the Pale Pink one too.


Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara

I’m blessed with fairly long lashes, but I always start with curling them. The Mascara I have used for years has always been the Chanel Volume in Black, I’ve mentioned it before and you’d be hard pushed to find one that lengthens and gives as much volume. However I purchased this one from Soap and Glory last year and I’m pretty impressed so far.

Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint

I don’t tend to wear anything too strong on the lips during the week apart from a lipbalm or tinted lip formula. Most of the time I apply Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant or a Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint, they’re both natural and quick to top up.

This make up routine takes me about 5 minutes from start to finish, if you have any questions about the products I use or have any suggestions I’d love to hear from you.

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick
Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint
hoola bronzing powder
Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Soap & Glory Kick into Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
ka-BROW! eyebrow cream-gel colour
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Cream Concealer

What’s better at this time of year than a Valentines Gift Guide. I’ll be honest, we’re not a household that go big for this celebration, we tend to have a meal together and maybe some flowers. However I do love a gift guide, it’s probably my favourite blog post to put together, so if you’re looking for a special gift for your loved one, then look no further than this gift guide for some inspiration…. or who says you can’t treat yourself?


Wanderlust Petite Nova Star Gold Hoop Earrings
Lush Peach and Love
Red Heart Umbrella
Everything I Know About Love
Veuve Clicquot Rose Magnet Message
HERBIVORE Coco Rose Body Polish
Jo Malone London Red Roses Bath Oil
DIPTYQUE Centifolia Candle
Love Potion Chocolates
Sterling Silver Midi Ring
Edinburgh Valentine’s Gin
Awesome People Club Mug
Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm

It has to be said that my absolute favourite time of year to visit Paris is in the winter. Granted I’ve never been to this part of France in the Summer but I’m pretty sure the lure of the Marche de Noel and the twinkling lights of the Champs Elysees would outweigh what the summer months could offer.

Back in December we had a short break in Paris with some friends, child free (thanks mum) so I thought I’d share a little photo diary of our time there. Most of our photos were quick snaps taken on my iPhone, as we really wanted to switch off and enjoy.

Our first stop was of course the ionic landmark that is the Eiffel Tower. We decided to go right to the top and the view was incredible, entirely worth it if you are thinking of visiting. We booked our tickets for late afternoon so we could witness the sparkling lights of the tower at night, it really is magnificent. Of course we took in the usual sights such as the Notre Dame, the Louvre and I certainly enjoyed the wonderful shopping. We enjoyed finding little cafes dotted around the streets to stop and enjoy a caffe latte and a macaroon or two, sitting outside under a little blanket and watching the busy people of Paris stroll by.

Passage de l’ancre – home of Pep’s umbrella repair shop

Throughout Paris there is an abundance of boutique hotels, however this time we booked an apartment through Air B&B, which was in a cute little street Passage de l’ancre hidden behind a private blue door. Once behind the door you are greeted with a charming cobbled street full of colourful potted plants and vines. After a bit of research we found out it is home to the oldest umbrella shop in Paris, apparently quite the find.

The Eiffel Tower at night is always a pleasure
The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame Cathedral
Marche De Noel

I always find it easier to buy for the females in my life, and to be honest I struggle a little when it comes to my husband or other men in the family. They’re just not as forthcoming with the Christmas lists as the ladies are, so if you find it as tricky as me I hope this little gift guide will help.

As with the men, kids can often be tricky to buy for. With two children 7 years apart in age I find myself spending a lot of time pondering over what I think they would like. So I’ve added in a few ideas for the kids too. If its the ladies your looking for, don’t forget to have a look at my Ultimate Gift Guide (Part 1) here.



  1. Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine by Magimix, Black £189.99
  2. GANT The Check Padded Overshirt £135
  3. L’homme Cologne Cédrat Gift Set £65
  4. UGG Scuff Mule Suede Slippers, Chestnut £80
  5. Mega Monopoly Board Game £23.99
  6. Aspinal Round Street Zip Wallet £150
  7. Gourmet Pizza Oven £56.99
  8. Mophie Wireless Charging Base £39.95
  9. Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker £99.95
  10. Smart Phone Stand £6.39 
  11. Jo Malone Cologne £47-£94
  12. Daniel Wellington Mens Classic Leather Strap Watch £159.00
  13. Happy Socks Big Dot Cracker £19.95




  1. Instax Mini 9 Camera £64
  2. Echo Dot Smart Speaker £49.99
  3. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack £80
  4. Classic Lava Lamp £15
  5. Sharpie Marker Pack £9.99
  6. American Candy Gift Box Hamper £10.99
  7. Sony Bluetooth Wireless Headphones £34.99
  8. Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Spinner Game £9
  9. Nintendo Switch Console £279.99
  10. Lush Christmas Candy Gift Box £19.95
  11. Elmers Slime Starter Kit £11.99
  12. Gravitrax Starter Set £39.99
  13. Lego Creator London Bus £109.99
  14. Instant Table Tennis Set £11.45




  1. Personalised Where Are You Book £19.99
  2. Wooden Number Bus £32.00
  3. Dinosaur Bingo £16.99
  4. VTech Kiddizoom Camera Smart Watch £35.99
  5. Fire 7 Kids Tablet £99.99
  6. Wooden Marble Run £21
  7. Elasti Plasti £12.98
  8. Wooden Stacking Toy Rainbow £13.69
  9. Kidizoom Camera £39.99
  10. Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise £49.99
  11. Fisher Price Music Box Record Player £35
  12. Junior Guitar £29.99
  13. Wooden Figure of Eight Train Set £29.99
  14. Mini Micro 3in1 Deluxe Scooter £109.95