Saturday, 14 October 2017

What Darcie Wore: The beginning of something new

Hi everyone,

So a little while back I thought I would start a new blog post series called Darcie's Wardrobe. However, I only managed to do the one post. I am forever buying Darcie clothes and the sixes get all mixed up, my boyfriend puts the clothes away, or there is just far too much to even think about photographing for a post. Not only that, in these posts you don't get to see Darcie wearing the clothes. This is when I had the thought of doing a new series called 'What Darcie Wore'.

I love taking photos of Darcie in her clothes and every now and then I will do a photoshoot with her. She absolutely loves the camera, so I thought it would be a shame not to share some of these photos with you. Obviously, these photos are not professional, it's just me with my iPhone 7 (until I get a proper camera) and Darcie having a bit of fun. I will probably end up putting a few of these posts up a month or whenever we take some new photos. I currently have 3 sets to upload. 

For my first post Darcie is wearing:

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Tasha x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Rimmel London #FREEYOURFACE*

Hi everyone,

You may have seen pictures on my Instagram that I was lucky enough to receive my first Influenster VoxBox! This VoxBox had complimentary Rimmel London products in for me to try out. I love Rimmel products, I have been using Rimmel products right from when I started wearing makeup. I love Rimmel as a brand as it's so affordable and you can pick their products up really easily. Rimmel have a stand in my local supermarket, so it is super handy if I have run out of one of my favourite products and all the shops are shut in town. A big thumbs up for availability and pricing!

I'll stop rambling and get to the products.

First off is the new Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation.

010 light porcelain, #FREEYOURSKIN, 25hr, SPF 20

I have tried a Rimmel foundation before and it didn't fit my skin tone, so when I received this I was a little worried it wouldn't match up. However, Rimmel have done so well with this! I was so happy that a Rimmel foundation fits my skin tone! I received the shade '010 Light Porcelain', which is the second lightest shade. I would like to try the lightest shade to see which one works best for me.

The Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation offers a buildable light to medium coverage. I was able to achieve both a light coverage and a medium coverage, so I am happy it lives up to what it says. The foundation claims to be moisturising for up to 25 hours. It also has SPF 20 in, even at this time of the year we still need to protect our skin.

The foundation comes with a doe foot applicator, which I have never seen with a foundation before. Obviously it isn't tiny like you get with a lip gloss or with some concealers, it is considerably bigger. This may not be to everyone's liking but I actually quite like that it is something different. I like the fact that it is flexible and rotates, making it easier to get into all the nooks and crannies of your face. I also found the foundation easy to blend. As a nice perk, unlike some foundations I have tried, this one has quite a pleasant smell to it. I love how lightweight the foundation is and yet you are still getting a decent amount of coverage. The 'Breathable skin technology' definitely works for me. You can find this shade and lots of others at superdrug.com for £8.99.

SPF 20, 010 Light Porcelain, #FREEYOURFACE

Next up the Lasting Finish Breathable concealer.

25 hr, 001 Light Ivory, #FREEYOURFACE

I received the shade '001 Light Ivory', this is the lightest shade in this particular concealer. This concealer comes with a little cushion applicator at the end. Again, this is something I haven't personally seen on the end of a concealer, so I was keen to try this out to.

001 Light Ivory, #FREEYOURFACE


I love how well matched the foundation and concealer are. The concealer works well with the foundation to conceal imperfections. The concealer gives a medium coverage, whilst again not feeling heavy at all. I was a little unsure of the sponge to start with, but after a couple of uses it is something I got the hang of. I love the fact I have found a foundation and concealer that are so lightweight it doesn't actually feel like I am wearing any, but I still have that bit of coverage I need to give me that bit of confidence. You can find the shade I received and others at superdrug.com for £6.49.

I also received:

The Kate Sculpting palette in 'Coral Bliss'.

Cara Delevingne, #FREEYOURFACE, contour, highlight, blush

I love how this is everything you need to help define your face. I loved trying this out as it is not something I would have necessarily have picked up for myself. I am so glad I have been able to try this. It is super handy that you can take it out in your bag for any on the go touch ups you wish to make.

Coral Glow, #FREEYOURFACE

I also love the fact it has a helpful guide on the back, so if your new to contouring and defining your face, you'll know exactly what to do. This also comes in another shade called 'Golden Bronze'. You can find 'Coral Glow' at boots.com for £6.99.

contour, highlight, bronze, blush, #FREEYOURSKIN

Last but not least is the Rimmel London Moisturing Lipstick in shade Vintage Pink.

#FREEYOURSKIN

I love this shade! It's perfect for autumn and it is super moisturising. This lipstick formula contains vitamins A, C and E. I love the smell of this to. There are so many different shade that you can choose from to. You can find 'Vintage Pink' and loads of other shades over at amazon.co.uk.

Vintage PInk, #FREEYOURSKIN

I thought I would finish with my finished look. (Excuse the selfie, I know, I look terrible!)

Lasting finsh, foundation, concealer, lipstick, finished look

Have you tried any of these products?

Tasha x

*These products were sent complimentary in return for a fair and honest review* 

Monday, 25 September 2017

xtava 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Wand Review*

Hi everyone,

How many curling wands do you own? Maybe the answer is 1 and it doesn't always give you the desired look you want. On the other hand, your answer could be 2 or more, ones that have different sized barrels so you can get the desired look you want. The only problem with that is, buying more than one can get expensive and all the leads you have to contend with. Don't you just wish you could have 1 curling wand that can give you all your desired looks without the expense and all the leads?

Well look no further! I have been sent something that helps with all of your curling needs. Let me introduce you to the xtava Satin Wave 5-in-1 curling wand!



5 different looks 1 tidy pack away set and only 1 lead to manage! Perfect!

The xtava 5-in-1 curling wand comes in a lovely box as outer packaging...


It also comes in a lovely box for you to keep everything in...


Let me tell you a little more about the barrels and handle which are shown in the first picture.

So, you can probably work out the wider the barrel the looser the curl, the smaller the barrel the tighter the curl. Simple. You can go from corkscrew curl to free flowing beach waves, the xtava 5-in-1 curler has you covered with 5 barrels to choose from. The larger barrels also have clamps to help hold hair in place.

Not only can you choose from 5 different looks you can also choose from 3 different heat settings. if you have:

Delicate, thin hair use low 130°-150°
Normal hair use medium 150°-190°
Thick, coarse hair use medium-high/max

Also, the handle has a good length lead (8') and has a 360° swivel cord. It also has a 60 minute auto sleep mode, rapid heat technology and universal duel voltage (100-240V).

What does the xtava satin wave 5-in-1 curling wand come with?



So in your sleek box you will find:
  • A heat resistant glove
  • A heat resistant travel bag. All your barrels and handle fit perfectly into there for tidy storage and easy travelling
  • Instructions
Overall, I really love these curlers. You can create 5 different styles super easy. I love that all you have to do is push the handle in and twist to lock, it's as simple as that. They heat up quickly to your desired temperature. I am so impressed with these and everything I would need is in one handy bag! No more battles with leads for me!

You can buy these on Amazon.

Tasha x



*This product was sent to me in return for a fair and honest review*

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Dainty Dolls Closet Haul

Hi everyone,

My beautiful little girl Darcie is a brand rep for an Instagram shop called 'Dainty Dolls Closet'. Dainty Dolls Closet is an Instagram shop which sells handmade clothes from 0-5 years. They have their own designs and you can pop in custom requests to. Dainty Dolls Closet also offers 'Mummy and Me' skirts.

Recently Dainty Dolls held a market night on their Instagram, this means you can pick up things slightly cheaper, for example Dainty Dolls had skirt slots for around £5 and you could pick the size you were after. I absolutely love joining in with market nights, especially when it means you can grab a good bargain and pick up something you love but for a fraction of the cost.

So here's what I brought:

Dainty Dolls Closet







I love clothes from Dainty Dolls they are very well made and are just all round beautiful pieces. I love buying handmade clothes as each piece is unique, they can be custom made and you know that they have been made with love and care. I you are interested in anything Dainty Dolls have to offer
(including the beautiful crushed velvet skirts and leggings they have at the moment) head over to Dainty Dolls Closet on Instagram.
What is your favourite piece I brought for Darcie?

Tasha x

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Baylis & Harding Pocket Hand Gel 50ml

Hi everyone,

I go through pocket hand gel like nothing else. It is unbelievably handy, if you'll excuse the pun. I've tried many different brands and most of which dry my hands out terribly. Until Baylis & Harding kindly sent me this one to try.


This is the Jasmine & apple blossom luxury hand gel with added moisturisers. So the product has said it itself, it has added moisturisers. So as you can probably tell I was elated when my hands felt lovely and soft instead of them feeling in complete need for moisture. All of this whilst killing 99.9% of bacteria.

So, why do I carry one with me everywhere?
  • I'm a Mum. Nappy changes and sticky fingers, I'm covered.
  • Money. One of the biggest germ carriers and we pretty much touch it daily!
  • Opening doors, another big germ carrier.
  • Toilets that have no soap left.
I could go on with things that harbour germs. So where can you leave this Baylis & Harding hand gel?
  • In the car
  • Handbag
  • Changing bag
  • Hand luggae
  • Your office
Any place that is out and about and you don't have access to hand soap, it's good to keep one near buy. This one is perfect, as it is a 50ml bottle it's completely travel friendly. Not to mention it smells lovely.

You can get this one off of Amazon for an amazing £3.95.

Where do you like to keep a pocket hand gel?

Tasha x

*This product was sent to me in return for a fair and honest review*

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Keep on giving

Hi everyone,

I was recently asked the question 'what causes are close to your heart?' and it got my thinking. I am happy to be writing this post as I feel giving back is important and ways we can do this is by going to local events set up to support charities close to us (or just ones we like to support).

causes, money, donate, donations


What causes are meaningful to me?

To start with anything to with children. As a childcare professional and a Mum myself, I always donate to children's charities.

Secondly, anything to do with the elderly. Alzheimer's, dementia, just anything to support the elderly really.

Another is anything to do with animals. I will always donate to animal charities. As an example I used to sponsor a dog with Dog's Trust. It happened to be a birthday present to me as its what I wanted for my birthday.

I will also always donate to Help for Hero's and similar charities.

To be honest, I always donate to any charity no matter what they are raising money or awareness for. Even if I donate a penny or fifty pence I know that I have put something towards helping someone out there. It makes me feel like I have done something good and makes me feel a whole lot better, especially if I am having a bit of a rubbish day. There are so many charities I haven't mentioned above.

What causes are meaningful to my family?

To be honest the same as me. We donate wherever and whenever we can. I don't want to go into to much detail as I haven't asked my family if it is okay to write about who they donate to. I feel its personal and they may not want to talk about it and for that reason, they wouldn't want it going online.

What fundraising events have I attended?

I know I have attended many, but I cant remember every single one. One big one that I know a lot of people will know are the Macmillan coffee mornings. I always try to attend one and we used to hold one where I used to work. I have been to firework nights where they have been donating money to particular charities. In school we would host events for Red Nose Day, Sport relief and Children in Need.

What would I like to get more involved with?

I would love to do the race for life! I have always wanted to get involved with that. I would also like to hold my own events, like the Macmillan coffee mornings. I would also love to do something for Children in Need, you know when you see the people on TV holding the check with a great some of money? I would love for that to be me one day.

How you can get involved:

There are so many ways for you to get involved. At the supermarket entrances, at the end of a checkout, in the middle of your town centre you'll see people holding little pots. You can put your loose change in them. Or if your not out and about and would like to do something now, you can go online and donate on their official websites. You can host your own event or pop along to someone else's. You can even go along to the big events like Race for Life. This is where Eventbrite makes it easy. Search your town under charities and causes, all of the events you can attend are all in one place and you can buy your ticket there and then (some are even free!). Here are a few I have found that sound good to me in any area in the UK:

Bubble 5k- Northampton 2017

Wigan and Leigh 5k Colour Run

We're Going on a bear Hunt- Walberton

The Colour Fun Run 2017- Bristol

Open to All 5k Midnight Walk 2017- Glasgow


Tasha x

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Cosmetics Comapny Store- MAC Haul

Hi everyone,

I had recently popped down to Gunwharf Quays. I had seen they had an outlet store called The Cosmetics Company Store. They sell brand such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, MAC, Elizabeth Ardan, Stila and many more. Of course on my visit down there I had to pick up a couple of things. This time I picked up all MAC items.

trolls, mariah carey, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow


The first thing I picked up was a lipstick and this is in the shade 'Pink, you think?'

lipstick, MAC lipstick

I was really hoping to pick up a lipstick in there and when I found this one I was so drawn to the vibrant colour. On the label on the box this has an RRP of £16.50 and I picked this up for £11.75.

MAC lipstick

The next thing I picked up was a Trolls eyeshadow in 'Black Tied'.

black tied, MAC


eyeshadow, makeup, MAC

I don't really have a reason behind buying this other than the fact I wanted something from the Trolls collection and I love how sparkly it is. This had an RRP of £14 and I picked it up for £10.

MAC Trolls eyeshadow


The last thing I picked up from The Cosmetics Company Store was a MAC Mariah Carey blush in 'You've got me feeling'.

MAC

Again no I have no particular reason for buying this, I didn't really need another blusher. However, I did need the sparkly packaging! Come to think of it now though, I will probably end up wearing this to Darcie's christening. This had an RRP of £20 and I got it for £14.

MAC blush, Mariah Carey

I can't wait to go back to into The Cosmetic Company Store and see what other goodies I can pick up.


Tasha x

Friday, 11 August 2017

Best Hair Store hair extensions review*

Hi everyone,

I was sent some hair extensions from 'Best Hair Store'.


One thing I will say about these extensions is that they came very well packaged. The came in a box and the hair extensions themselves were in a lovely protective bag. The extensions themselves clipped at the top to keep them in place. The extensions I choose were 20 inch straight hair clip in extensions in piano #10/613 extensions. They looked lovely on the model on the website. These extensions are made with 100% human hair. I like the fact that they are made with human hair so you can style them in anyway you want by either curling them or straightening them. Also, the hair is virgin hair which means the hair has not been chemically treated in anyway.

I also like the fact that they provide combs to help care for the extensions. I also love the addition of the false lashes too.


I love the colour of these extensions. The sad thing about them however is, they don't suit my hair. They just didn't blend with my hair at all. I am really sad about this. I am actually late with putting this review up because I tried so hard to do everything I could to make them work, but nothing I could did. I have always said I would be honest with telling you what I think. This doesn't mean to say I don't think they are good quality extensions, because I do think they are. It is just a shame that I can't wear them.

I also love the clips on the extensions, they are really easy to pop in your hair. I also love the fact that there is a rubber grip at the bottom of the clip, which will help to prevent them from slipping.



I would love to try another set from Best Hair Store as I would love to show you photos of me wearing a set of them. Not only that, I am desperately trying to find a pair of extensions. I would have loved to have worn these to my daughters Christening next weekend. I don't just want them for the length but to make my hair look a bit thicker and to give me a bit more confidence. My extensions came from the 130g clip in extensions section of their store, where there are loads of other colours to choose from. They also do 100g and 120g clip in extensions. They also sell tape in extensions and micro ring extensions. Their website is easy to navigate around and it is easy to find what you are looking for. You can even chat live to someone, which is maybe what I should have done.

Do you wear extensions? If so where are yours from?

Tasha x


*This product was sent to me in return for an honest review*

Sunday, 30 July 2017

SENSSEGo! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush Review*

Hi everyone,


So for a while now I have spent a while trying to perfect a skincare routine. I've been searching high and low for the prefect products and the perfect tools to help out. I think one of the helpful tools comes in the form of this...


The SENSSEGo! Mini Facial Cleansing Brush.

I have seen a few products by SENSSE on Instagram recently and I have really wanted to try their products out for myself. I feel very lucky to have been sent one to try for myself.


The first thing I will mention about this is I love the packaging! How chic is the packaging look? I love that it is all white with SENSSE in rose gold! I am a huge lover of all things rose gold so I am pleased to say that the statement rose gold colour carries to the pearlescent white device, where it is found around the power button. Also, there was a plastic insert keeping everything in place inside the box.


The SENSSEGo! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush comes with two different heads. on is for daily cleansing use and the other (pictured below) is for a deep exfoliation and can be used a couple of times a week. The brush comes with one cap to keep the brush head on the device safe. The other has its own compartment for storage. The SENSSEGo! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush also has two intensity settings so you can find what works best for you. The recommended time for using the brush is 1 minute but no longer than 3 if you choose to use it for longer. Pressure is not required when using the brush, just place it on the skin and move it round you face. The SENSSEGo! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush is easy to grip hold of. I found it was a nice fit in the palm of my hand.


The SENSSEGo! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush is cordless and can be charged with the USB cable provided in the box. One thing to note is that this handy travel device is good for up to 180 uses!


The SENSSEGo! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush is obviously perfect for travelling. My only wish about this (something my Mum pointed out to) is that it would be nice if it came with a travel bag so you don't have to keep it safe in the box. However, this is just me being pernickety as I am sure we all have a spare travel bag in amongst our many.

Overall, in a week of using the SENSSEGo! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush I have noticed a change in my skin. My skin seems a little clearer not to mention softer.

If you fancy getting your hands on one you can find them on Amazon.

Tasha x


*This product was sent to me in return for an honest review*

Monday, 17 July 2017

Tropika Skincare Review*

Hi everyone,

I was very kindly sent a couple of products by Tropika.

box, packaging, Virgin coconut oil, coconut herbal cream with tropical herbs, coconut massage oil with rose

These two products are from their 'Little Spa' range. These products are prefect to use for my little Darcie (and for Mummy to pinch a little of too).

Coconut herbal cream with tropical herbs, coconut massage oil with rose, virgin coconut oil

The two products I received were 'Little Spa Herbal Cream With Tropical Herbs' and 'Little Spa Massage Oil With Rose'.

Virgin coconut oil, vapour rub, colds, teething, mum, dad, baby

The first product I will talk about is the Little Spa Coconut Herbal Cream with Tropical Herbs. This is inspired by homemade remedies that have been used by Mum's throughout Malaysia. It is made using virgin coconut oil and tropical herbs.. I have to say I love this! It is a lovely all-natural alternative to vapour rubs. Massage a little onto your little one's (or your) back and chest, this will help to give them a better nights sleep and ease their cold. I can help to ease the snuffles from teething too. You can buy this from the Tropika website and has an RRP of £13.99.

dry skin, cradle cap, baby, mums, dads, virgin coconut oil

The product above is the Little Spa Coconut Massage Oil with Rose. Another product I love! This is also made from virgin coconut (Tropika only use virgin coconut oil). To give the rose scent they use essential rose oil. You know when you go into a health shop and you find their toiletry section and you can just smell that smell where you know the products there are going to be good for you. Well this has that smell and it is SO good! To use this warm a little of the oil in your hands and then gently massage into the body. This can also be used to help with cradle cap, so you can do the same as above and massage it into the scalp too. This is great to help with dry skin for little ones and their parents. You can find this on the Tropika website and has an RRP of £15.99.

Overall I am really impressed with these. I will be replacing these as I love them! I also have my eye on the Mums spa range.

Tasha x



*This product was sent to me in return for an honest review*