I used to be such a tom-boy when I was younger and don’t think I wore make up until I was around 17! I remember I was working in a pub and my sister put some bronzer on me before I went to work that evening and I had a few compliments saying how nice I looked and what have I done differently, so from that day on I started to wear make up, ah the wonders of a compliment haha! I am certainly not an expert in no way but I do love make up and like to take care of my skin, try to anyway!

I think the most important thing is removing your make up properly to make sure your skin is clean to avoid blemishes. I used to just use a face wash and then moisturize but my skin was getting so bad and I couldn’t understand why. My sister, who is much more of an expert on these things than me, suggested I use a toner after washing my face as well, so I tried this and I was amazed how much make up was still left on my face! I now incorporate this into my daily routine and have noticed a massive difference, it also leaves your face feeling much softer as well. I tend to use mostly No.7 products because my skin is so sensitive and I have tried so many different products, and theirs’ seem to suit my skin the best. I used to use Liz Earle which I loved but it just broke the bank every time I ran out. No.7 is just much more affordable.

I use No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Foaming Cleanser and No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Toning Water 200ml

It has also come to my attention I am getting older, so I suddenly thought, I need anti wrinkle cream immediately!! So I use No.7 again, as I don’t really know what else is good, I use the early defence eye cream  I don’t really know how these things work, but I like to think its helping. For moisturiser I use No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal / Dry Skin  I like this because it has spf 15 in and that’s the first thing to protect your skin on a daily basis. For night time moisturiser I use Rosehip oil, which is meant to be amazing for your skin, and you only need a tiny bit! I couldn’t find the one I use but I think any 100% Rosehip oil works the same whichever one you buy, apparently its great for anti aging! I also sometimes use the No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream Normal/Dry if I want a break from the oil.

Make up wise, I tend to use whatever I like the look of. When I used to live in the Cayman Islands there were so many great options and I used to love buying myself some good make up, but now its a case of what’s the most affordable I can get, but still good quality. I only tend to use a Rimmel concealer number 200 (to hide the mum bags and spots) a Mac Studio Fix powder (which is my absolute favourite) a Mac blusher or No.7 bronzer, sometimes both depending on how I feel/look haha and then some mascara, although lately my eye lids have been swelling which Is weird as they haven’t done that for ages so don’t know what’s going on there!? Also does anyone else’s eyelashes snap off? Mine grow and then just snap off so I am left with massive gaps all over my eyes which is so annoying! I never know whether to get lash extensions or use a lash moisturiser/conditioner. I always get worried the lash extensions will damage my eyelashes further. I did use this conditioner called RapidLash enhancing serum which was amazing! My eye lashes grew really long and healthy and the minute I ran out they all snapped off!! Maybe I am just destined not to have long lashes…

Like I said I really don’t have much idea what I am talking about, but I do like to take care of my skin and I love Make up, so hopefully it was informative or just fun to read!

Amy xxx

 

 

 

 

When I say thank goodness for dry shampoo I mean thank goodness for all the mummy life savers I have discovered along the way that have saved me from sticky situations, quite literally!

If I hear a friend is pregnant I can’t wait to share all the helpful tips I learnt when Emma was little, does anyone else feel this? I think back to what I did when Emma had colic or what white noise app I used to get her off to sleep etc, and I just love sharing this with new mamas to be, and you do genuinely feel you can solve their problems or worries with this advice! Not always true but nice to think it, haha! I bought a sleepyhead when Emma was little and although it was expensive it really was amazing, I would definitely recommend that to any new mums. It reduces the space in the cot so babies don’t feel overwhelmed by such a large area, and I found this really helped Emma to sleep as well. It was also great just for lounging around the house, I would just pop her in that whilst I got on with other boring things, like cleaning! I also love all NUK products, they are meant to be the best teats to replicate mamas boobie, so if you do combined feeding like I did they were great, the dummies are also amazing too.

Now Emma is 2 the things that save me are more like hairdryers, wipes and dry shampoo – the dry shampoo is for me! What would we do when you’re on the 3rd outfit change of the morning as they have basically tipped the entire contents of your kitchen over their outfits, or you almost lose the plot as you are about to leave the house and you hear, “mummy, uh oh!” Or you look down at your jeans to see a wipe or flannel has been squeezed onto your newly washed jeans… out comes the hairdryer! I don’t think there is anything I haven’t hair dried actually!? Why is it that toddlers find the only wet patch in the house and sit in it, just as you’re leaving the house?!

Dry Shampoo is the ultimate saviour, and I am sure most mums will agree! I remember I used to wash my hair every other day, hairdry it, and style it nicely, but since the world revolves around our babies there is little, to no time for self maintenance, and so dry shampoo comes in really handy. I use Batiste and I don’t think it is too bad for your hair either, which is a bonus.

I am always looking for tips and new mummy hacks that will help everyday living with a toddler, so any helpful tips other mamas have please send them my way!

Thanks for reading,

Amy xxx

 

This is a phrase I have struggled with since becoming a mum, “at least you don’t work”, or “Yea but you don’t work”, or “you’re so lucky to have all this time to yourself”. I get it, the pictures and the videos look like we are having the best time and to be honest we are, but it’s also extremely hard work. The days out and the mummy meets are great fun and are always beneficial to Emma, we always go to a ‘baby-friendly’ place, with a kids menu, a playground or soft play are and better yet, animals! So you can imagine the grown up talking is very much limited by interruptions from our little ones. I am so grateful for my mummy friends, to have someone you can talk too and who are going through everything at the same time as you is so comforting and lets you know you are not alone in this incredible journey. Being a mum is definitely a full time job, I generally start my day early and don’t sit down until 9:30 at night, on a good day, and we also have to take into the account the amount of time Emma wakes up in the night, so when someone says to me “at least you don’t work”, it’s confusing because, actually I do work! Motherhood is the hardest but best job of all.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my ‘job’ and count my lucky stars that I get to wake up with this little beauty everyday, however, there is no instruction manual or training guide before your baby comes into this world, there is no one to tell you just how hard it is or how lonely it can be at times, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Emma is 2 now and I do two days a week of work to cover the cost of her nursery, but I am getting to that time now when I am thinking should I be working more now? What do other mums do at this point? I know circumstances are different for everyone and some mothers have no choice but to work to support their family and they, for sure, have the toughest job of all! I have all the respect for the single mums out there who are doing it all on their own, girl power!! A few single mamas I am following right now are Mama_unexpectedThesinglemumsdiary, and Everthedaring such a bunch of inspirational mamas 🙂 They have shown that even facing adversities they blossomed and have become the best mums to there little babes.

Raising Emma has literally been the best thing ever, it has definitely had it’s ups and downs but I wouldn’t change a single thing, as long as she is happy I am happy.

Thanks for reading,

Amy

xxx

 

We have all been there, when the baby won’t stop screaming, the 3rd cup of tea has gone cold and everything you touch somehow lands on the floor! Well yesterday was one of those days for me. Emma did not have had enough sleep and she woke up in such a mood, moaning at me for Peppa Pig but when I put it on she’s screaming saying nooo, so I change it to Ben and Holly, that’s a no too, so I give up and the telly goes off….that’s also a noooo! So as you can imagine I’m thinking what a great start to the day, i’ll try and distract her with breakfast and colouring while I try to do the washing up. As I’m running the water into the sink she comes stomping in screaming and pulling at my legs, “mummy, mummy, ahhhh!” I give up, this is not going to happen today, I can’t possibly do any housework with Emma screaming around me, so I decide to get us both ready and head out, sounds easy doesn’t it… not today!

I still haven’t decided whether it’s best to get myself ready first or to get Emma ready first, it’s still an ongoing battle. I got Emma washed and changed with not much fussing, but now she’s ready, and as the whole world revolves around her, we must leave immediately! She doesn’t care that I still look like I have been pulled through a hedge backwards! “Let mummy get ready, 2 minutes, hang on, no, don’t do that, its all wet there, don’t pull that,” you see where I’m going with this, then I hear, “uh oh!” The two dreaded words, what has she done now. Of course she’s managed to open her drink and tip it down herself, and now she’s screaming because her top is soaking wet. All I can say is thank God for hairdryers, what would us mummies do without them?! Shortly after Emma is changed again, having dried her top, and I go back to attempting to make myself look presentable.

We are finally ready to get out of the door, Emma has got her favourite teddy, and I have the Nappy bag, then I hear, “oh mummy, its poo poo!” Great, we are just walking out the door and she needs her nappy changed! (Face plant the wall).

I am sure this resonates with many, if not all, mums out there. When did getting ready in the morning become so difficult? And what did I do before I had a baby? Did it really used to take me an hour to get ready!? I think I have got it down to 10-15 minutes now!

My advice to mums out there is sit down and make a cuppa when you get a chance, because our job is the toughest of all!

Amy

xxx