Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Wooden Baby Toys!

Hello girls, I wanted to check in and do a little baby related post today. I did originally start a baby blog but I have been terrible at updating that. So, I have decided that once in a while, I shall do a baby related post on here instead. After all, this is my main blog. :)

Moving on....

Once your baby is 6months+ you WILL become obsessed with buying toys particularly if you are a shopaholic like me! Esra is now 9 months and I personally prefer wooden toys as opposed to plastic. Don't get me wrong, we do have some plastic toys, like stacking cups and 'Hide & squeak eggs' but there's something extra special about wooden toys.

I just want to start off by saying that not all of these toys are suitable for 6m+, but as a mother you need to be able to judge for yourself, never leave your baby unsupervised if you have any doubts about a toy.

  • MULA Ikea Abacus (£10.99) Esra loves moving the beads around on this even though she is way too young to use it properly, she also talks to it too! She can use it for years to come and I can't wait to do maths with her! :)
  • Galt Classic Pop Up Toy (£7.99) This toy is fantastic, it's visually stimulating and the little finger men just pop out whilst also teaching colour sorting. Esra really finds it funny watching me show her how to use it, and absolutely LOVES chewing on them as they are perfect for little hands.
  • John Lewis Caged Shape Sorter (£14) I really researched shape sorters for a LONG time before I settled for this one, this one doesn't open up easily and has 8 different shapes in various colours. I also use these in conjunction with colourful stacking cups to try and teach her colour sorting. A very educational toy indeed - highly recommended!
  • Haba Sunni Clutching Toy (£7.99) I couldn't resist the sweet face of this sun toy. The rays are perfect for little fingers and it makes a great teether. Haba toys are of excellent quality and Esra loves it. I usually carry this in my change bag as it packs very nicely.
  • Haba Rosella Toy (£6) The arms of this toy make great teethers as they have beads attached to it. It's also a fantastic rattle that isn't too loud. I know that at first glance it looks dangerous with the beads but I assure you its very well constructed and I would never give Esra a toy without doing a tests on it myself. This toy is completely safe!
  • Manhattan Toy Colour burst Skwish (£12.50) This toy is so stimulating for a young baby, if your baby is around 3-4 months old then definitely get this for them. The colourful beads move when shaken to create a calming sound, it's also skwishable, so as baby develops they can pull and tug at it too. It's also great for rolling around to encourage crawling.

(Classic pop up toy)

Update on Esra at 9 and a half months: She is a professional crawler, she has been crawling for almost 2 months now, she stands unaided and is an amateur climber. She is able to get DVDs off shelves and is always up to something! :) I have ordered her THIS wooden walker with patterned blocks and I'm sure she will love it. She has THIS walk 'n' rock walker but it hasn't been of great use as I had anticipated. She only has one tooth but she has really sore gums which makes feeding her a challenge.

What type of toys are your favourite

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Laura Mercier TM and Mac 'Asian Flower' Lipstick...

2 new makeup purchases and instant love.

You all know how much I love the 'Mac Face & Body foundation' however it has no SPF and I wanted to try something new. I took a trip to Sapce NK and got swayed into purchasing the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser. I have tried the oil free version in the past but I had the wrong shade so it didn't get much love.
I purchased the 100ml for £40 instead of the 30ml for £33. Good deal.

I got the shade 'Sand' and it's a perfect match for my NC30-35 skin tone. However, please note that I am not the same shade in the oil free version.

The tinted moisturiser has a nice creamy texture that isn't matte or dewy, it just looks natural on the skin as you would expect a tinted moisturiser to be like. It actually covers a little bit more than the Mac F&B and it lasted the whole day on me today without powder!

I checked out the heavenly creatures collection and didn't see anything that I REALLY wanted, but purchased a sheen supreme lipstick in 'Asian Flower' instead, and wow it's such an amazing colour.

I wouldn't typically go for something that looks purple, but when swatched it has a slight pink hue to it which really translates when you apply it to the lips. It almost looks like it has a duochrome effect, it doesn't but it just has that extra dimension.

It has an amazing creamy texture with a glossy finish that makes lips look plumper. It brightens up my complexion and I LOVE it. It lasts a decent amount of time despite the sheen and it fades really nicely too.

Here's a random instagram pic of me wearing both items!! I will do a proper FOTD when I get a chance. (promise)

What are your thoughts on the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser and Mac Asian Flower lipstick?

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Create more hanging space...

I'm always buying new things and running out of space to store them. Sound familiar? Keep reading unless you store all of your clothes ironed!!

My newest thing that I have done to create more hanging space is fold my maxi dresses. Why? Well I hung them on clippy hangers as I folded them in quarters which meant that I couldn't store them ironed due to creasing. The dresses took up almost 50% of the hanging space on the rail, not a good idea.

Now, it takes up about 10% of the hanging space thanks to a shoe organiser. These organisers are fantastic as you can get creative as to what you store in them. I have stored some of my lounge wear and shorts in the bottom compartments as I even had empty slots. Now, that's what I call creating space.


The shoe organiser was under £4 from
The Range.

Can you think of any other ways top create more hanging space and what do you store in your shoe organisers?

Monday, 9 July 2012

Currently Loving...

  • Avene Gentle Toner
  • Avene Skin Recovery Cream
My skin went bananas a few weeks ago from trying new skin care brands, I immediately reverted back to my trusty Avene products and my skin is back to normal. Note to self: do not experiment with other brands!

  • Mac 'Angel' Lipstick
I got this when I did a 'back to Mac'. I can't believe I didn't try it before, it's beautiful and suits my complexion perfectly, no wonder Kim K loves it. It's very similar to 'Creme Cup' but slightly cooler in tone, so I clearly needed this lippy too.
  • Mac 'Studio Finish Concealer' NC30
I have been using this for pinpoint concealing on my blemishes, and NOTHING works better than this!!
  • Benefit 'Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow' Foundation
I got this mini foundation as a free sample when I purchased something else from Benefit, it's their new formula and it's pretty decent. The shade is 'Champagne' which is a teeny tiny bit light for me but when used on the centre of my face with bronzer evens me out perfectly. it's not matte and it's not dewy, it's natural and lasts a good amount on the skin even without powder. I may purchase this in full size if I continue to love it!
  • Urban Decay 'Lucky' 24/7 pencil eyeliner
I LOVE this eyeliner for everyday usage when I'm doing my makeup in a hurry, it's defining without being too overpowering and glides on easily with no irritation and the best bit, it lasts all day. The golden bronze shade brings out the green in my hazel eyes. Although, this colour would probably look even more amazing on blue or brown eyes.
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
I love the glossiness that this top coat adds to any nail varnish. Enough said.
  • BM Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow 'Dusty Road'
This was a free sample in one of the beauty subscription boxes, but I can't remember which one. I'm fantastic like that. Anyway, it's a lovely golden pigment that I have been using on a daily basis for the inner corners of my eyes. It's a couple of shades lighter than my skin tone so it gives a naturally illuminated look to my eyes that just make me look more awake. And, I NEED to look more awake! :) FYI: I just use my index finger to apply, I tap the excess off in the lid and voila.

Examination time for 'Dusty Road'....

It's very similar to Mac 'Woodwinked' and Urban Decay 'Chase' pressed eye shadows, but it's slightly paler and contains finely milled micro glitters which makes it a little bit more unique. Usually I would choose something paler for the inner corners of my eye like 'Rice Paper' from Mac but this just looks more natural and Summery. Oh don't get me started on Summer, we have NO Summer in London. Somebody send me to another country!!

What are you loving at the moment?

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sale purchases...

I do love a good sale.

As soon as I saw that 'All Saints' was on sale online, I literally flew into the shop the next morning. I got hubby a few amazing pieces for his birthday and couldn't resist this riveted dress for myself as it's so beautiful. Link!

I am also in love with this cardigan from 'All Saints', the uneven hem line, colour and fabric just screamed at me and I had to have it. When worn the longest side almost reaches the floor and just looks striking. I looked online for this but couldn't find it, however it was £59.50 from something like £80.

French Connection always have a good sale, I got this dress for £24.50 from £97. Link!
It's very Boho and totally my style, a nice dress when you want to be girly but still casual.

I also got this black dress (Instagram pic below) which I wore on our last date night a couple of weeks ago. It's not on the website, but I got it for £51.50 from about £90.

I love this small navy fringed suede bag from Zara. This was a steal for £15.99.

I picked up a few other bits too....

But my favourite purchase was these baby sandals for Esra from Zara for £17.99 from £27.99.

What sales have you been hitting? 

Also, the reason for my lack of updates is because I have been hitting the gym and now have even less time for blogging. *sigh*