Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wicked Wednesdays

"Mum help I'm going to fall!"
                    "Hold on love let me get my camera......" 


Monday, 18 August 2014

Benefit Instant Comeback Serum

A couple of weeks ago I got a package through the door with a sample size of Benefit's Instant Comeback Serum. I got it for signing up for emails with a magazine if I remember right.

It was a little 5ml bottle, you know the ones, just big enough to get you hooked but too small to last too long!

Now I have really sensitive skin and was a bit wary of using it as I haven't tried any Benefit products before ever, but at the same time I wanted to see what all the fuss was about Benefit. Was it that good? Would I even notice the difference?

Well, I am afraid to say it is quite possibly the most amazing product I have ever put on my face. Seriously! Ever!

My skin is super dry and I really struggle to find products that reduce the pores and dry skin issues I have on my nose and this stuff done it. From the very first use! I mean, what do you do when you find that product. You get straight on to the website to find out how you can get your hands on an eternal supply of this miracle liquid.

Then you cry because to afford just 1 bottle I would have to work a 6 hour shift! At £36 a bottle it is completely and utterly out of my price range but damn do I really want to buy me a bottle of this. Even if it means living off beans on toast all month I really need to invest in a bottle.

Makeup free selfie
As you can tell from my pic I am no beauty blogger just an ordinary mum. The pic is of my and my daughter on a day out taking selfies on the dodgems and I was pleased with how my skin looked without make up.

My skin felt smooth and soft after applying it before my daily moisturiser. There was no greasiness it absorbed straight away leaving my skin make up ready. There was no dry, flaky skin. My foundation went on so easily and I looked so healthy I couldn't believe it. You don't even really need too much of it either.

By the end of the day I could feel my skin start to get a little dry again so as good as it was it wasn't a full 24 hour miracle cure, I would need to re-apply it again if I was out for the day and night but as I don't do that it's not a major problem.

I also went out make up free with the serum and moisturiser on and my skin looked and felt great too minus the make up.

I would totally recommend this product and I really hope I can afford to buy a full size product before I run out or I might just cry!

Who would of thought the answer to my dodgy skin problem would literally fall through my door.

Have you tried this product? What are your thought's on Benefit products?

*Disclaimer: I received this sample as a sign up incentive. I wasn't asked or paid to write this review nor did I recieve the product as payment. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

Sunday, 17 August 2014

What We Have Been Up To This Week

It has been quite a busy old week for us this week. Despite being ever so skint (what's new!) we have actually managed to do quite a bit really.

Olivia started the week off at her dad's. Having been away with my mum to Pontin's, you can read about it on her blog he obviously wanted to see her so he had some time with her to give me yet another break! I was starting to get a bit bored by this point, but not bored enough to do the housework, yet!

They went to the Red Hot Buffet in Liverpool One and she absolutely loved it. I have only taken her a few times as she can be a pain when it comes to trying new foods, or new anything really but I am glad she liked it 'coz I love it in there.

It was also good timing as the strain of doing absolutely nothing all week had made me ill, I swear it was the thought of doing housework that made me ill god's honest truth. So I got to stay in bed pretty much all day until she came home on Wednesday.

That was also the day I got the phone call to say I had gotten the job promotion, so to celebrate we made a rather dodgy looking chocolate cake tasted amazing though trust me :)

Thursday was supposed to be picnic day but mother nature had other ideas and sent the rain to put a stop to that idea, so we decided to gate crash my sisters for an afternoon of baking/crafty fun. No actual crafts were done but we made enough cakes to supply a school fair and then ate them! The girls ended up outside playing whilst I was forced to dance with my 16 month old niece! Bossy lil madam she is.

Friday was Frozen day. We paid to go back to the cinema to watch the sing-a-long version. Bloody love that film and so do the girls. It was so cute listening to all the kids belting out the songs with actions. You try not doing the actions when you sing 'Let it Go' it's not that easy.

We headed into Burger King for dinner, and visited Build a Bear to get Olivia's Treasure Palace Pet fixed. The lovely staff explained that as it had been stitched the warranty was voided but they were kind enough to replace her with Rapunzel's Summer Palace Pet as they weren't stocking Treasure any more, she belongs to Ariel if you didn't know! They also repaired Treasure and gave us her back! How amazing was that, thank you Build a Bear we really appreciated it, excellent customer service.

On Saturday we headed over to Knowsley for my works family fun day. A whole day of free food, free drinks, free activities, free rides, free everything! As much as you want (except alcohol obvs!) for the duration of the day, we had an excellent time we really did. The weather was a bit windy and cool but it didn't rain so that was a plus.

I loved the Top Gear Simulator. Going round the track with The Stig in a Bugatti Veyron bring it on! Twice we went on the kids loved it, like being in Granddads car they said, ha they weren't wrong!

Today we had a 'Mummy and Livy' day. We had crafts out and Disney on but she got bored of me and ended up in her room. She even broke her 'no laptop' rule with us playing on Disney's Superbia before I headed out to the garden to mow the grass and sort the weeds out!

All in all it has been quite a fun and busy week, what have you been up to we would love to know.

Siblings or no Siblings

I have just been putting Olivia to bed and she asked me this question,
"Mum when I have babies will Elsa* still be their auntie?"

Elsa* is her cousin. All our girls are really close like sisters. But that is the problem. She doesn't have her own sisters and brothers. I have decided to stop at the one child.

Regardless of the fact that I am terminally single, I chose a long time ago not to have more than one child and Olivia would quite possibly be an only child. You may think this is selfish of me or sensible, but tonight it made me feel quite sad.

That one simple innocent question. Olivia may never have siblings, she may never be an 'auntie liv', have nieces and nephews. Her children will never have cousins or aunties and uncles and why? Because I selfishly chose to deny her this. Yes her dad could still go on to have children so she may be someone's half sister but it won't quite be the same as if I have another baby I don't think.

I know she is lonely and this makes me sad at times too, but putting it into that perspective,forgetting childhood, passing over that to being at the age I am now, she wouldn't have what I have, 3 sisters, nieces, nephews she would never have that whole family there and she may be all alone. Her only only chance to be these things resting on the person she chooses to be her partner.

That is something I will have to live with. A choice I am making for seemingly selfish reasons makes me think, should I be allowed to make this choice and take all this away from her and is it the right choice ultimately? Is it worth going though it all again to be able to give her the family that I have?

I just don't know what to do? Do I go against everything I have ever wanted and been against? Or do I stick to my guns and say no, I said one and I'm sticking at one? There's no denying that there will be an age gap, a really big age gap but is any age gap better than having no siblings at all?

I absolutely at this moment in time, and since I have had Olivia, do not want another child. I never have done but does that make me a bad mum? A selfish one or am I helping to give her a better quality of life by knowing and stopping at a point which is good for me and not having any more kids. Could having more make things better or worse? Only time will, but then we may be out of time if it appears I was indeed wrong.......

*name has been changed

Super Busy Mum

Saturday, 16 August 2014

My Mini Superdrug Haul

I am not a big beauty fanatic, if you read the Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag I done you will be well aware of exactly how lazy I am with regards to my beauty (or lack of) regime.

I do suffer a lot with bad skin on and around my nose and I am forever changing my moisturiser/face wash/foundation to try to eliminate that nasty dry skin look ewww....

Also to top that off, yes I was dealt a dodgy blow, I have oily hair! Really oily hair as in it looks like it hasn't been washed for days less than 24 hours after washing!

But for a while now I have been using and loving Superdrugs own brand skincare and haircare ranges. They really seem to be agreeing with me especially my hair. And even better they have been on offer! Whoop, I lurve a good bargain who doesn't!

I managed to get all this for under £9! I love this shop for a good offer and seeing as it's mainly their own products I use it's even better for me.

  • Green Apple and Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner £1.33 each
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo Cherry £1.49
  • Vitamin E Ex-foliating Facial Scrub
  • Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisturising Day Cream Both 2 for £4
This was a cheap visit for me I usually come out at least £20 worse off!

What do you think of Superdrugs own brand ranges? Which ones have you/do you use would love some recommendations?