26 March, 2015

Choosing the right foundation




When buying a foundation there are a few things you need to consider.


Formulation 

Picking a type of foundation that suits your skin's needs is important, not only will your foundation look more natural and have a better finish, it will also stay longer on your face. Pick the wrong formula and it can lead to highlighting those 'problem' areas.


What type of foundation should I be buying for my skin type? 


Oily skin - Look for oil free or a matt finish foundation.

Dry skin - you should look for those that hydrate or are extra rich in moisture.

Combination skin ( oily and dry) - If you have this type of skin then its better to decide on the season for your formula. For instance in the summer choose a light and oil free foundation in the summer and then in the winter go for a rich hydrating formula.

Normal -  If you fall under this category then your lucky as you can pretty much wear any type of foundation.  All you need to decide on the type of finish you want.





So know you've chosen the right formula lets look at the coverage. 


This is down to personal preferences, basically how much or how little coverage do you want from your foundation?
If you want a full coverage then foundations that are thicker and more cream like are your best bet.
whereas for a lighter coverage look for tinted moisturisers or BB creams.  You may also want to look for  SPF in foundations especially for the summer as this will protect the skin.



Choosing the right shade ..... 


Last but not least you need to determine what shade to go for, picking the right shade will help your foundation look more natural to your skin tone and not looking like an oompa loompa . So you will need to decide do you have a warm, cool or neutral undertone to your skin?
If your having trouble determining this then look at your veins, if your veins are blue then you have cool undertones, if they look green then you have warm undertones and if you can't really tell then you have neutral undertones.



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24 March, 2015

The Baby Bloggers: Bedtime Routine



Hey! Archie and Alfie here and today we are discussing our bedtime routine. Hopefully this may help any Mummies and Daddies suffering with their little ones and bedtime. Our mummy started this routine when Archie came home from hospital. I was co-sleeping with my mummy beforehand, but now I am a big brother I share a room with my baby brother and it's so much fun!

See our steps to bedtime below 


1. Start earlier - Bedtime starts way before actual bedtime!  - Our mummy starts after we have had our dinner which is about 4.45pm.
As soon as we have eaten we start the down time process, so no more running and jumping about!


2. Responsibilities - Mummy gives us each a responsibility, so after tea we will both put away our toys. Sometimes I have to do Archie's bit as he likes to put his toys in and take them all out again and which makes such a mess!

3. Five min break - Once all our toys have been tidied away mummy lets us watch a quick programme on our favourite channel, Disney Juniors whilst she gets our bath ready.

4. Be prepared - Mummy makes sure she has all our drinks / milk and teddies in our room for the rest of the night. ( This is where we can't catch her out she is too organised!)

5. Bath time and don't forget the bubbles! - This is my favourite bit mummy will make us a big bubble bath and fill it with some fun bath toys.  Mummy says she likes to use lavender bubble bath to help us relax and sleep well.



6. PJ's on! - Once we are all clean and mummy has applied our lavender baby lotion, mummy dresses us in our PJ's. I have Toy Story One and Archie has a blue and white stars one, we go to bed in style!

7. Milk and story - We love having a story read to us whilst drinking our milk, mummy makes sure the lights are down low and the blackout blind is up. Making it dark makes me feel really sleepy!



8. Brush those teeth! - We've had our milk now its time to clean our teeth. 

9. Teddies and Night lights - Mummy tucks us into our beds and makes sure we have our favourite teddies to join us.  We also have on Archie's slumber buddy that projects stars and planets on to the ceiling, It's so cool!!!

10. Leave the bathroom light on! -  Mummy turns all the upstairs lights off except our bathroom one. That way we have a little bit of light incase we get scared.



Extra helpful tips: 

Always be calm and patient during the bedtime routine, we can't react if you'r talking calmly, it also makes the whole process a lot more easier and enjoyable.

Be consistent, set your routine up and stick with it, the first couple of weeks are normally the hardest but we will get the hang of it very quickly if you keep to the schedule.

You can always use a reward chart if your little one needs that extra encouragement.

Speak to your child to see if there is anything that is worrying them or upsetting as this can effect them going to bed.



And that's our bedtime routine! Archie do you have anything to add??? 
...... Oh looks like he's fallen a sleep ! 


And last but not least, enjoy your peaceful evenings when us little ones are in all snuggled up in bed, you deserve it!




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19 March, 2015

Homemade Banoffee Pie Recipe




When I was growing up my dad would always make banoffee pies especially, for parties or special occasions.   It's one of my favourite desserts and so simple to make, you don't need to be a Mary Berry in the kitchen to be able to make this one. So if you fancy a super easy, no bake banoffee pie then carry on reading.


Ingredients 

Double cream
 Bananas
Digestives biscuits 
Flakes
Caramel 
Butter 


Method


Weigh out 8oz of digestive biscuits.


and blend them into fine crumbs.



Next weigh out 4oz of butter and heat till it's melted.



Add the melted butter to the biscuit and mix together.



 Once all mixed add the buttered biscuit base into your dish, you can either leave it overnight in the fridge or if you want it ready quicker pop it into the freezer for an hour.... 


 Once set it should look like this.


Taking a can of caramel spread the whole contents of the can over the biscuit base. 
You can either buy condensed milk but that will mean you will need to cook it for 3 hours, turning the cans over every 45 mins, or you can buy the pre-made caramel which is exactly what I am using as it taste the same. 


Now you will need to thinly cut some bananas and place them all over the caramel until its covered.



Whip the double cream up to a thicker consistency before applying it all over the top of the banana. 



Apply the cream and then break up a flake or two over the top and that's it!


Mmmmmmm all made and ready to enjoy!



What's your favourite dessert to make?


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02 March, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide



Mother's Day is only a couple weeks away, so if you haven't decided on what to get why not take a look at my ultimate gift guide. 
whether your looking for a gift for your mum or to the mother of your children there is something for everyone. 


You can never go wrong with bath products and Lush do some of the best. What mum doesn't like a good soak in the tub!

This personalised 'Mum' photo book from photo box is a great way to say I love you especially if it filled with pictures of you and your mum. 
Handbags are a girls best friend so check out Zara as they have some gorgeous ones, I absolutely love this blue city bag. 
 The contour palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills is a must have for any beauty addict. 


It's not Mother's Day without chocolate and Thorntons always do a nice selection, from pre made packs like above to personalising your own.  Mum's are always busy looking after everyone so why not return the favour with a spa package. You can find hundreds of deals and packages online or check out your local beauty salons and country clubs for special offers.  And for when mums had a long day why not get a cute mug to make that cup of tea or coffee even sweeter! This one is from Not on the High Street. 



Candles are always a lovely gift from Yankee Candle to Jo Malone there is a scent for everyone.
Every mum loves to receive flowers you can choose a ready made bunch or personalise it with her favourite flowers.
As well as looking good mums have to smell great so buy her, her favourite perfume to say Thank You. And last but not least is some jewellery, Not on the High Street have these beautiful star charm necklaces which can be engraved with initials. Perfect if you'r looking for something from the children.


What will you be getting your mum for Mother's Day?
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