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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

HOT MUMMAS | Banish that blemish

As you may have guessed, I love to try out new beauty products, however I do have a few loyal items that I couldn't be without. One of which is very crucial to me now that winter is fast approaching and my skin is no longer protected by the sun's spot clearing magic :( 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body. I've been using this miracle bar for about 7 years; it used to be called "Acne Solutions.." and it still is in the U.S. but obviously Clinique deemed this scary word 'Acne' too much for the U.K. Well let me tell you, it's not blemishes I have, it's full on pimples/spots/acne and even sometimes to my horror, cysts. Big horrible acne cysts. When I get a breakout, nine times out of ten it's because I realise that I haven't been using my soap properly. It sounds crazy, but for me, it really works and I'm afraid to stop using it. Now I am in my thirties, my skin isn't so bad that makeup can't cover most problems, and I really sympathise for those people out there who suffer with acne, I was one of them when I was younger so I know how it feels. 



One of the reasons I love this little bar of soap is that you can use it all over your body, so if you're spot prone on your chest or back, lather it up there as well. Surprisingly for a 'blemish' soap it lathers up nice and foamy and also gives you a love/hate squeaky sound when you rinse off; you literally feel squeaky clean. 

It retails for approx £16.00 so not cheap, but as it's in a traditional bar format rather than liquid, it lasts for ages so you certainly get your money's worth. It comes in a fairly decent soap box so can be easily transported on weekends away, or as in my case, from bath tub to sink windowsill.

You can also use this soap as part of Clinique's 3-step skincare routine but you can equally just use the soap along with your normal products so don't let the white coated sales assistants tempt you if you're already happy with your moisturiser etc. Do let us know if you use this and if you love it like I do...

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body, £16.00 
www.clinique.co.uk

CQ x



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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

CONSCIOUS MUMMAS | UNICEF CAMPAIGN

As parents, there's nothing in the world more rewarding and heartwarming than experiencing your baby's first milestones.  

Some of the most endearing and magical moments, belong to those first ones you share together. That first little gurgle, the first precarious steps, even the first bear hug - they're moments you can't possibly beat, and ones you'll never want to miss.

Which is why, here at Babyurbeautiful we are proud to be supporting this incredibly worthwhile Pampers campaign to help more babies around the world experience their firsts.

For the 9th year, Pampers have joined with UNICEF to support the '1 pack = 1 vaccine' annual campaign and  really need our support. Since 2006, the campaign has funded an incredible 300 million vaccines for fatal newborn tetanus, eliminating the disease in 15 countries. But there are still babies in 24 of the world's poorest countries at risk and we want YOU to help us out here.

All you need to do is simply watch this video, then pampers will donate the cost of 3 vaccines to UNICEF.

It will take less than a minute of your day to make such a difference to such precious young lives. So please click on the video here:

Monday, 20 October 2014

HOT MUMMAS | Good Enough to Eat

We've already told you about Treacle Moon Dusted 'Cocoa Dreams' bath and shower gel, so i'll keep this short but sweet... I couldn't not tell you about Treacle Moon 'Warm Apple Pie Hugs' and 'Sweet Sugared Almond' bath and shower gel (available exclusively at Tesco). 

I love all things sweet so this lovely range of bath products suit me perfectly. To be honest I lathered it on thinking it was apple, then as the sweet aroma filled my bathroom, I thought to myself mmmm this smells like cake? Pastry? What is it? Then I realised - Apple Pie! It was exactly warm apple pie! Perfect for a cosy autumn evening of indulgence. 

Sweet Sugared Almond is part of the Candy Jar collection and is equally scrumptious, in fact either of these would be great Christmas gifts or even a wedding favour, the packaging is gorgeous and includes a cute little poem.

Treacle Moon, currently on offer at Tesco, until 3rd November, just £1.99 (normally £2.99) for 500ml so stock up the stockings now







Tuesday, 14 October 2014

HOT MUMMAS | Feeling hot, hot, hot

I love using my ghd's but I do worry about the damage that I'm causing to my hair; of course I use all kinds of heat protecting sprays, shampoos and strengthening conditioners but the real damage is obviously done from applying burning hot plates at over 200 degrees to my (already brittle, coloured and dry) locks. That's where the Braun Sensocare ST780 Straightener is different — it claims to give damage free styling. The built-in sensors detect moisture levels of each strand of hair and automatically adjust the temperature as it glides from root to tip. 




It looks just like any other straightener, the plates are only a tiny bit wider than my ghds, its got a nice feel to it (not clunky and cumbersome like some) so creating curls and waves with its curved edge is pretty easy. Sounds good so far? Just wait. The thing I love that I've not come across before on this kind of device, is the intuative LCD screen. It actually gives you feedback! Isn't it bad enough that we get feedback at work, annual appraisals etc without having a styling test every time we do our hair? At first I was wondering how to turn it off, but when it told me I was going too slow I realised that this is the brilliance of the product. I was going too fast, and therefore had to keep going over each section, potentially damaging my hair further. It also warns you if your hair is damp – my bed head hair didn't have this problem but good to know.

If that wasn't enough to rave about, there's still one more fantastic feature. As with most new technology, it's all about the 'profiles'. In this case, you can programme in three of them; enough for your mum/sister/flatmate, or as in my house, my huband! You have to tell it your hair thickness, length and if it's coloured so then along with the moisture level detection, it can adjust the temperature as it sweeps down your hair...of course it's hard to say if it actually changes as you go from root to tip, I guess we just have to trust Braun on that. 

If this all sounds a bit too much, there is the option to turn it onto manual, so you can adjust the temperature yourself from 160-200 degrees. This would be a great gift for a styling novice, but equally good for straightening addicts who have hair in need TLC. 

RRP 89.99 but available currently on amazon for just £59.99.

CQx