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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

HOT MUMMAS | Max Factor FaceFinity - does it live up to the hype?

The other day I saw the ad for Max Factor's FaceFinity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 foundation which made big claims about being this amazing wonder product that so many women are endorsing.  Now, I've been taken in by these sorts of ads before and been disappointed, but in the interests of beauty journalism I thought I should give it a go.

Luckily I had just run out of my favourite foundation L'Oreal Lumi Magique, so I went out and bought some to try.

The thing I've always found with long-wear foundation is that it's not nice to put on and it dries super quickly so that if you don't spread it out in time it can look patchy. That could be my technique admittedly, but I've always thought you shouldn't need to be a professional make-up artist to use foundation!

This one was slightly like that but not too bad and I managed to get even coverage. The range of tones is good and I found a pretty good match for my skin. And I did like the result, my skin looked great and quite fresh.

To test the 24hr thing, I took photos of myself wearing the foundation at 7am, 7pm, midnight and 7am again.

First, here's one of me without make-up. Blotchy skin - check!

And with the foundation ...

Freshly laid foundation at 7am
7pm After a day at the office
Midnight after some strenuous
tv watching

7am after a semi-good
night's sleep

These photos are all slightly different lighting but you can see that it did last pretty well, if not perfectly. Even after a night on the pillow I still noticed a significant difference when I removed it and no tell-tale stains on the pillowcase.
All in all I'd say that Max Factor have done a good job with this one - it more or less does what it says on the tin and is a good transition foundation for spring.
RL xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

SAVVY MUMMAS I Asda Baby and Toddler Event Starts Online 16th April 2014

The Asda Baby and Toddler Event starts online tomorrow Thursday 16th April at

It's a great time to stock up on heavily discounted items such as nappies (Pampers and Little Angels), clothing (George) and toys (currently 2 for £10 on selected items and great discounts including Little Tikes). 

If you haven't bought Easter Eggs for your kids yet then cheap toys could be a great alternative Easter gift.

Here are our picks of the Little Tikes toddler toys for both boys and girls, which are great for creativity and will keep your kids entertained for hours:
Great for teaching little ones how to balance things carefully, increasing dexterity and creative design.

All sorts of useful learning pages such as a tell the time page.

Every kid loves a fun track to whiz vehicles around, and change into different shape
formats testing puzzle skills.

A boat full of animals for endless floating fun, and teaching them the story of Noah too, if that's your bag!

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

HIP MUMMAS I Post-Natal Belly-Covering Clothes

It has been 3 months since my son was born, and I am actually gaining weight rather than losing it! As Mum to a baby and a 2 year old, and with a constant breastfeeding appetite, I can't resist reaching for the Green and Blacks of an afternoon (and evening) to see me through!

My main gripe is that my belly seems to have gone outwards rather than inwards. Since I won't have time to exercise it off any time soon, I decided to invest in a few key bargain priced pieces for Spring, to cover my tummy.

Boohoo has some brilliant cheap clothes that won't break the bank (especially if you are on the pittance that is maternity pay), and they look good too. Here are my picks:

Tanya Daisy Print Woven Tea Dress
Product code: azz31632

Sasha Oversized V Neck Jumper
Product code: azz38162

Roxy V Neck Oversized Tee
Product code: azz34629

Luisa Laguna Batwing Cardigan 
Product code: azz33127

Happy hiding!


Monday, 14 April 2014

HOT MUMMAS | Perfect nudes

A bit of history... In 1930 Max Factor created the first 'pomade' - well, what he hailed as 'lip pomade'.
It was simply, ├╝ber glossy lipgloss designed for models & actresses to literally shine on the silver screen.

Fast forward 85 yrs, 'noughties' nudes have been developed with the ultra talented and lovely Caroline Barnes, (I've  had the pleasure of shooting with). Max Factors 'Nude pomade' collection is here to boast all its juicy wearability and perfect in time for S/S 14. Consisting of four on-trend nudes, there's a neutral shade for everyone.

And these pastel beauty's will be hard pressed to NOT suit anyone.

A fair maiden myself, ive been sporting glowing peach in the day, followed by pristine nude a darker warm toffee hue.

Radiant rose would look best on dark and olive skins, as on fair, even with a few layers it's opacity is still very light, it's really pretty, almost iridescent and multi-tonal, with lots of lilac and baby pink specks.

Lustrous sand is a lovely latte shade and would look warm and glossy on dark skins but juicy with depth on lighter.

And top it off the scent of these delicious glosses are reminiscent of sweeties/toffee - de-lic-ious!

Left to right (clockwise)

Lustrous Sand
Radiant Rose
Glowing Peach
Pristine Nude

Bare-ing (sorry, couldn't help it) in mind all dependant on your base lip colour is how the hue will finally stand out. Mine is a very dark pink, with purple undertones so light hues tend to dissipate and unless a strong coverage, go unnoticed. Which is why lustrous sand & glowing peach (both on left) gave the best finish off me.

Go nude!

LN xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

SAVVY MUMMAS I Feed your Little Angels Organic Snacks for Less at Asda

If any of you follow my blogs you will know that as a Mum to baby and toddler I prefer natural eco and organic products for my kids. I am also vegan! This can be expensive. I was therefore pleased to find out that now you can feed your baby organic snacks for less at Asda!

The new cheap bargain range of Little Angels products, available exclusively at Asda, are fully organic, yay!!
Items include snack bars, dried fruit, crisps, rice cakes, all really well priced.

I tested a few essentials on my 2 year old toddler:

Oaty Organic Snack Bars- Stage 3+
£1.99 for 5 

I tried Apple and Strawberry, but these also come in yummy Apricot or Banana flavours.

My daughter scoffed these down, and when I asked for her opinion she said they were yummy. I tried a bit to be sure (she likes anything sweet to be fair), and they taste pretty good. A bit dense maybe but very oaty!

Bonus points for no added sugar - contains naturally occurring sugars. Made with natural ingredients. Also no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat.Gluten free and vegan too!


[Organic Sultanas (52%), Organic Gluten Free Wholegrain Oat Flakes (35%), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Strawberry Juice Concentrate (4.0%), Organic Rice Flour, Made with Natural ingredients] 
[Organic Sultanas (52%), Organic Gluten Free Wholegrain Oat Flakes (35%), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate (4.0%), Organic Rice Flour, Made with Natural Ingredients] 

Organic Raisins 20g
Lovely and juicy. My only complaint is that they have a dash of vegetable oil on them. so little though hardly a sticking point.

All products are available online and in-store now. View the full range here


HOT MUMMAS | Elemis exotic cream mask

There's often days I look at my sallow, palid skin and think: 'cripes, what's happened to me?'
Unable to finish or drink a cup of tea, and/or make one in the first place, and a distinct lack of water in my life - neither can help with the old complexion. 

So baby and I had a sleepover (I call it this when dad goes on night work) and I reached out for emergency help in the form of Elemis exotic cream moisturising  mask.

Part of the Elemis 'anti-ageing system', the formulas focus on targeting pollution with potent anti-oxidants and vitamins to attack toxins. Highly concentrated actives help increase hydration and release to a deeper level, and collagen-supporting and cell plumping ingredients strengthen the outer skin.
The exotic cream mask features mimosa and soothing honey while extracts of sea rocket, orange & bergamot leave the skin massively hydrated. 

These days my once flawless skin is now  a mottled mess. I'll openly admit I have time nor patience to contend with it. Which is why we started this blog, to find the holy grail of products and makeup to make us mums look and feel good - if only for one day.

On initial contact with my skin, the product had a slight tingle, nothing to panic about - I have skin with the sensitivity of a saint.
On cleansed skin, or even while luxuriating in the bath, pop the mask on for 8-10 mins, (my bath tends to last triple that), either way it's no problem. A fine layer can be used as an overnight treat, which I indulged in.

When I was pregnant with my little boy, I never felt that organic pregnancy 'glow', in fact, I annoyingly experienced adult acne.
The slight scarring is still visible, but after an overnight grapple with the product obviously it hadn't diminished, but didn't look so angry. Rejuvenated soft skin followed in its wake (and mine). And that was enough to satisfy me.

The natural skin cycle when skin renews itself is every 6 wks, so for a fair review of any of your new skincare buys, ensure you take a picture of your skin in the harsh light of day, every 6 wks.

I'll be keeping my eyes peeled but on top of the other hundreds of products I intend to try, who knows who will win the battle of skincare armoury - thank goodness there are three of us! 


HOT MUMMAS | A tough test for a hardwearing lipstick?

It's truly hard to find a lipstick or lip colour that lasts very long on my lips. I'm not sure why. Maybe they're too dry meaning I put on too much lip balm. Or I bite my lip too much. Or I have too many drinks.

So last week I was going to a two-day work conference and thought what better place to try out my new Max Factor Lipfinity 24hr lipstick? It's a tough test of constant talking, eating, drinking and dry air - if a lipstick can go the distance there it can make it anywhere!

And did it?

Well not exactly- though it definitely lasted longer than regular lippy.

I put it on in the toilet at about 9am just before kick off. Colour under coat then gloss top coat. During the coffee break at 10.30 I checked it and it was mostly still there. At midday I checked it and it was gone save for a line of pink around the edges.

I think this is the main issue with these products. They often work better with stronger colours that actually stain your lips and the colour really only lasts around the edges giving a weird look.

I also found that the undercoat colour was quite drying and even the moisturising top coat didn't really help that. 

However the moisturising gloss stick thing turned out to be a winner on its own. Maybe Max Factor should think about selling it separately!

RL x