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On Sunday 21st September, Evalyn Marie Pope was born safely at 6:52pm weighing 7lb 15oz.

Eight days past my due date, I was certainly ready for the little one to make an appearance and yet she still arrived in a bit of a hurry and caught us by surprise! After a few hours at home with minimal pain, at 4:30pm the pain ramped up and we rushed to hospital. Evalyn arrived just over two hours later (and without any pain relief)!

We hadn’t found out if we were having a boy or girl, so were thrilled to find out that Grace was to have a little baby sister. We left the hospital by 11pm that same night and introduced Grace to her new sister the next morning; which was quite possibly the cutest thing ever!

Evalyn and Grace are the most precious, scrummy bundles of loveliness. We feel truly blessed and couldn’t help but share a few gorgeous photos of her.

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Lauren's Way Solution 60 Tanning Mousse

Recently becoming a mum for the second time means that I don’t have a lot of time to myself. Just washing my hair some mornings is a luxury! So when it comes to applying or maintaining a tan, it’s not really something I’ve expected I’d be able to do for a few months at least.

Week 5 in and thanks to Lauren’s Way 60 min Mousse*, I’ve actually found time to apply some tan! It’s amazing! This kind of product is pretty fool proof and fast, so it’s perfect for people with busy lives.

The Lauren’s Way Solution 60 Min Mousse is the second 1 hour tanning product I’ve tried and after the amazing results of the last one, I had high hopes for the one from Lauren Goodger’s range.

I’ve heard a lot about Lauren’s products of late and not just because she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother! The first product I heard about were her Dream Rollers, which I’ll chat about on here another time and I was equally excited to be able to try something from her tanning range. Especially as Lauren’s tan always looks amazing!

What Lauren’s Way Say

“Love having a tan but hate the developing time? Then our all new Solution 60 self-tan rapid range is the one for you.

This express self-tan bronzing mousse develops into a gorgeous golden glow from just 60 minutes, allowing you to choose your shade. Apply with a mitt then leave the tan on for 60 minutes before showering for a light tan, 2-3 hours for a medium/dark tan.

Solution 60 bronzing mousse is a velvety soft, self-tan formula which is easy to apply and can be used on both the face and body to provide a silky smooth glow.”

Directions for use:

  • For an even tan you need clean, smooth skin! Exfoliate 24 hours before tanning
  • Just before you apply your tan, moisturise dry areas (elbows, knees, ankles, feet) and around your hairline
  • Apply the mousse with a tanning mitt. Sweep onto skin from top to toe and ensure all skin is well covered. Apply in circular motions and buff in to skin to avoid any streaking; look in a mirror to help you see if you’ve missed any spots!
  • Wash palms and any applicators thoroughly with soap and water straight after use
  • Wait at least 60 seconds before getting dressed
  • To achieve a Medium bronzed glow leave the tan on to develop for 1-2 hours before rinsing. For a darker, sun kissed look leave the tan on for 3 hours before rinsing off. Just make sure you don’t get wet or sweaty during this time
  • To maintain your gorgeous glow, moisturise daily and exfoliate every 3 days to ensure your tan fades evenly
  • To increase the intensity of the colour apply tan daily.

Lauren's Way Solution 60 Tanning Mousse - before & after 1 hour

Application

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I applied the mousse using a mitt, in circular motions as advised and it went on really easily, with no fuss at all. The mousse comes out dark and applies as such, so you can see exactly where it is going. There really is very little room for mistake. Perfect!

I only had time to leave it on for 1 hour, due to the little one waking from her nap, so I jumped into the shower and rinsed after this time.

I have to say that the photos above don’t do the colour as much justice as they should. I think the light was particularly bad; tut tut, dreary autumn days. The tan itself is however really lovely! It is subtle, but I find that tanning products tend to be quite subtle on my skin which is quite olive. In future I think I’ll try a longer developing time.

The next morning the tan had seemed to develop further, or certainly looked quite different and I couldn’t help but tweet a picture of my pins! The colour is a beautiful brown and not really orangey like so many are.

Lauren’s Way say there is no smell to this tan, but I’m afraid there is. I could still smell biscuits after my skin got warm, but it certainly is less than most, which is a plus.

What Do I Think?

I really like this product. I will certainly be leaving the mousse to develop a little longer if I’m planning a night out but for day to day wear, the 1 hour developing time was just perfect.

The tan looks natural, has minimal smell and was pretty faultless for me! I really love quick tanning products like this. They allow busy people to ‘tan and run’ and feel gorgeous and glamorous too. Which is just the pick me up I needed!

I can’t wait to try the Dream Rollers now and let you know what I think of those! Seeing as my sleep is so precious right now with a newborn, I really hope they do allow me to have a good night sleep! I will let you know!

Have you tried any Lauren’s Way products? I’d love to hear!

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Apple Blossom | Library of Fragrance Review

It’s not something I’ve come across before. A fragrance range that includes scents such as Baby Powder, Sunshine, thunderstorm and Waffles, so when I first heard about The Library of Fragrance and its huge range of scents, I was really excited to know more!

A capsule collection of 28 of the fragrances are available to buy from over 400 Boots stores nationwide and a wider range of 101 fragrances are available on their website, including Apple Blossom*, which is the first scent that I’ve sampled.

What The Library of Fragrance Say

“In order to bear its delicious fruit, all apple trees must cross-pollinate by attracting bees and butterflies to their pretty, delicate flowers. And how best to do this? By scent, of course!

Our Apple Blossom fragrance captures the warm and delicate floral scent of the blossom, with just a hint of sweet apple to represent the promise of what’s to come.”

First Impressions

The bottle itself is really simple. Each of the scents are identical, with purely the name and fragrance description printed differently on each. I have to be honest and say that when I first saw the ranges design, that it does remind me of a room fragrance, as supposed to perfume.

Whilst the design really doesn’t scream perfume to me, the scent itself and the concept of the collection far out-ways its appearance. These scents are created to be layered, which is a completely new concept to me and super exciting!

The Library of Fragrance say that: “The simplicity of [the brand] enables wearers to ‘layer’ the scents and wear them together to create new and unique iterations.”

Have you heard of any other range like this before? Scents that can be worn on their own or together with others? It’s so unique. Right?

A great example that The Library of Fragrance choose to best explain their innovative idea is ‘Grass’ + ‘Sunshine’ + ‘Vanilla Ice Cream’, which when worn together will conjure up the feeling of a summer day’s stroll in the park. How amazing! This is certainly something I’ll be wanting to try come the cold, wet winter months!

So What Do I Think?

OOoooOoo, Apple Blossom is so yummy! The perfect scent to introduce me to the brand and wow, do I love it! It’s such a light, refreshing fragrance and perfect for day time wear.

Apple Blossom actually reminds me a little of DKNY’s Be Delicious, which is a pretty awesome comparison really because not only is that one of my old favourtie fragrances but also with Apple Blossom available for just £15, it’s a snip too! Far less damaging on the pocket!

I’ve been told that trying Apple Blossom with Peach or Mango might be a great combination, so I’m excited to try them when I’m next in Boots. I’m sure Boots won’t mind me spraying away to get the right combination for me!

So does Apple Blossom of some of the other scents in The Library of Fragrance’s range sound fun to you? Are you going to be hopping down to Boots to find your unique combination?

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It’s wonderful when you find a dress that you love and you can not only think of how amazing it will look styled with particular accessories for a particular occasion you have in mind, but it’s even better when you can also see how you could wear it for other occasions too.

As a mum of two, whenever I consider buying a new key piece for my wardrobe, I always like to consider how I could wear it elsewhere. For me, clothes have to ideally have dual purpose, wherever possible.

Take this pretty Lace Dress from George at Asda for example, where I have styled it for a dressy occasion and also for a daytime look and I think that they both look equally fantastic!

Considering how you can double up the use of items in this way will not only make the most of your money but will also ensure you get to wear your gorgeous key pieces more often. Brilliant!

All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go

So I first teamed this pretty burgundy lace dress, which is perfect for autumn, with a number of accessories to create a stylish outfit perfect for a date night or evening out with the girls.

Dress Up Asda Lace Dress

I especially love these killer Also heels from ASOS and gorgeous leather look jacket from Asda. These two pieces, along with this beautiful Finger & Thumb Ring from Millie Mackintosh at Dorothy Perkins, give this look an edgy feel that I love.

  • Burgundy Lace Dress, George at Asda, £12
  • Gold Tone Filigree Collar Necklace, River Island, £15
  • Leather Look Jacket, George at Asda, £30
  • Good as Gold Nail Polish, Essie
  • Aldo Unalellan Platform Heeled Sandals, ASOS, £83
  • Black Leather Pocket Front Flat Clutch, Warehouse, £60
  • Millie Finger & Thumb Ring, Dorothy Perkins, £14

To complete this look, I thought that a simple, striking eye liner flick would really set off my makeup. Teamed with a bold lip and natural waves in my hair, I’d be sure to feel a million dollars!

Coffee & Cake With The Girls

For a more chilled daytime look, I’ve styled the same dress with a cute oversize cardigan, chunky scarf and ankle boots. The hair is more relaxed and the overall look is pretty cute!

Dress Down Asda Lace Dress

With thick tights, a cute head scarf tied around a high bun and this gorgeous Sofia bag from Accessorize, I would be ready to hit the shops or sit in a coffee shop with friends and watch the world go by!

  • Burgundy Lace Dress, George at Asda, £12
  • Diamond Stitch Snood, Topshop, £22
  • Navy Twisted Yarn Longline Cardigan, New Look, £28
  • Carry On Nail Polis, Essie
  • Sofia Handheld Bag, Accessorize, £37
  • Grey Buckle Side Block Heel Chelsea Boots, New Look, £25
  • Plain Black Headscarf, ASOS, £6

To finish this look, a simple high bun tied with a plain scarf would look really cute and girlie. I’m also loving really simple metallic smoky eyes for daytime at the moment; perfect for autumn. If a smoky eye seems like hard work for a daytime look, then a covering of metallic across the lids on it’s own is just as perfect.

So are you like me and like to buy clothes for dual purpose? What do you think of my selection?

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Chill Ed Shine

Chill Ed Shine

I’ve talked before about how I’m pretty lucky that my hair has a natural shine of it’s own, but I know that a lot of us don’t and trust me, there are days when I want some extra shone too, so when I had the chance to Chill Ed Shine*, I was quite excited.

What Chill Say

“Our lighter than air shine spray Illuminates your gorgeous locks with vampy, mind-blowing shine as it protects your treasured hair from the elements. Fab on medium to course hair, yet perfect for all hair types, use sparingly as it’s truly special.”

First Impressions

This is the second product I’ve tried in the Chill range and yet again, I’ve not been disappointed. The product comes in a lovely white can, which is 200ml and has a handy open and close shutter on the top, so that it doesn’t accidentally go off in your drawers or bag. I love this feature as I recently had an accident with some hairspray in a suitcase and it wasn’t pretty!

I’ve tried Chill Ed Shine, £11.99, a few times now on both freshly clean hair and second day hair, when my natural shine isn’t so prominent. I sprayed lightly around my entire head and the smell of the product is delicious. Not sure what the smell is but it’s certainly not a hairspray or chemical smell, which is fantastic.

When applied it leaves the hair feeling exactly as it was to begin with, so doesn’t leave any residue that would make the hair sticky or unmanageable. The shine, I think, is also a little more apparent. I’m going to be totally honest here and say that whilst it looks a little shinier, it is hard to tell with my hair type. As Chill say, I think this product would probably benefit people with coarse or thick hair more than mine, but certainly worth everyone trying as the smell alone is gorgeous!

So What Do I Think?

I think that maybe my hair type is the wrong one to really provide a true review on what seems like a gorgeous shine finishing spray. I really loved applying it and the smell is wonderful, so it will definitely be something I continue to use, even to spruce up my hair on it’s second day and for the smell alone.

I think this is really worth trying and I’m lucky enough to be able to give away three Chill Ed Shines to lucky winners of my little giveaway below.

This is a UK only giveaway and closes on 27th October.

Good luck!

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