Thursday, March 26


It's ok to admit it's hard.
It's ok to ask for help.
It's ok to worry.
It's ok to make use of family and friends offers to babysit- go out and be you.
It's ok to want to be "you" again, even if it's just a little bit of the old with all of the new.
It's ok to take five minutes fresh air during a scream fest.
It's ok not be be ok.
It's ok if you want to breastfeed.
It's ok if you don't want to breastfeed.
It's ok if you can't breastfeed.
It's ok if you have to stop breastfeeding.
It's ok if you spend the day in your pyjamas.
It's ok if you're not into mummy baby dates.
It's ok if they're the only thing keeping you sane.
It's ok if you give your baby a dummy.
It's ok if you haven't showered all day.
It's ok to cry when you do get in the shower.
Dads, it's ok if you feel left out. Your partner still loves you, it's just, she's a mum now too.
It's ok to use formula milk.
Just like it's ok to use ready made pouches- Ella's Kitchen, I salute you.
It's ok to moan about how tired you are.
It's ok to sigh when someone tells you to "make the most of it". You are. You're just tired today.
It's ok if you haven't shifted your baby weight- who even has time for that?
It's ok if your baby isn't doing what another baby the same age is.
It's ok to not follow "the rules".  You know what's best for your baby.
It's ok to think your baby is the cutest thing ever. They are. Upload and share every bloody moment.
It's also ok to take hundreds of photos a day- going back to the annoying "make the most of it" thing, you won't get this time back.
It's ok if you forgot the nappies. Or the wipes. These things happen. You're tired.
It's ok if your baby isn't into that amazing routine that the other mums baby is in- your baby is probably cuter.
It's ok to consider nursery/childminding/other. You do what you have to do.
It's ok to invite yourself over to the other mums table at playgroup. I'm sure they'll be so happy to have another friend to moan to.
It's ok for dad's to go to playgroup too. We're all there for the same thing.
It's ok if your baby is the one throwing tantrums. Babies cry and I bet the other mums just got lucky that day.
It's ok to rely on CBeebies once in a while (or once a day)
and finally, it's ok. It's all gonna be ok.

Read more

Monday, March 23

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet- 10, 11, 12


This time last year, I blogged about my love for the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipsticks and still using them now and loving them just as much as I did on launch, it would come as no surprise that I was absolutely thrilled when I heard Bourjois were launching some new shades, ready for Spring.

In three new shades, 10 Don't Pink Of It, 11 So Hap'Pink and 12 Beau Brun are all an absolute pleasure to add to my collection and I can't get enough of the lipstick meets lacquer formula.

With the same lightweight formula that the Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks carried in the previous shades, for products with a matte finish, these sit on the lips really comfortably and don't feel too drying in the slightest. 

There's something that I have noticed is slightly different to the three new additions and that's that there seems to be a slight product'y scent/taste to them. I'm not completely sure what it is and I'm not too keen on it, but scent aside, these are still beautiful products and I'm sure I will use them just as much as I have used 01 Personne ne Rouge, 04 Peach Club and 05 OlĂ© Flamingo in the past year. 

My favourite of the three new shades is most definitely 10 Don't Pink Of It, which again, is probably no surprise, but I do really like the other two as well and think that Beau Brun is a great transitional shade to see me through the end of these chilly months and into the beginning of Spring. 

Available this month, Bourjois' latest shades will be found alongside the rest of the range costing £8.99 each.

Read more

Sunday, March 22

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primers- 04, 05, 06

With an influx of lipsticks launching at the moment, it seems that SS15 is going to be all about the lips and Clinique's latest offering is the one that I must admit, so far, has wowed me the most.

Clinique's Pop Lips offer a 2 in 1 type formula that works as both a high pigmented lip colour and a smoothing primer. I've had the opportunity to try three extremely pretty shades; 04 Beige Pop, 05 Melon Pop and 06 Poppy Pop and honestly on first, second and third impressions, these are pretty incredible and I can't get enough.

Easily applied with the softest, balm like of formulas, these give a high pigmentation of long lasting colour as well as sitting on the lips incredibly comfortably and with a bonus blend of Shea and Murumuru Butters, provide the ultimate moisture and nourishment for your lips.

Available in sixteen Nude, Tawnie, Pink and Violet shades, Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer's cost £16.00 each and are currently exclusive to Boots until 17th April when they will be rolled out at Clinique counters nationwide.

Read more

Wednesday, March 4

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer

It's been a while since I tried anything new from Smashbox, I think the last thing was probably the Full Exposure Palette which I'm still absolutely obsessed with, but when I saw of these new Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquers launching, I had a feeling they would be my sort of thing and I couldn't wait to give them a go.

Available in 18 shades (20 in the US), which in itself is pretty incredible, the idea of these Long-Wear Lip Lacquers is that they have been formulated to deliver a high amount of pigmentation along with comfort and longevity. I would say they're more of a gloss in terms of formula, finish and shine, but with the fancy high pigmentation that a lipstick would give. 

With ingredients such as Vitamin E, the product feels comfortable on the lips and is in no way shape or form drying. The high pigment sticks around for a fair while, but once it does break down, it leaves a natural stain on the lips which you would expect from something with so much pigment in it.

I've been using the shades Calypso and Pink Social and I'm sure you can guess, Calypso is probably my favourite of the two. They're not the sort of shades that I'm constantly reaching for at the moment, but once Spring springs, I'm sure they'll be on rotation.

Available to buy now at Smashbox counters, they cost £19 each.

Read more

Tuesday, March 3

Bourjois Colourband Eyeshadow & Liner

Bourjois is by far my favourite "drugstore" brand and there's not many launches from them that don't wow me.

One of Bourjois' most recent launches is their Colourband Eyeshadow & Liner sticks, which are so up my street.

For as long as I can remember, I've opted for quick and easy eye products. It's not just a mum thing- it makes sense and the quicker and easier they apply, the better. 

2 in 1 products are usually pretty hit and miss for me as I always end up using the product for one thing as opposed to the two. I guess that isn't a completely bad thing and doesn't make much difference, but I find the whole concept normally a bit of a gimmick. In saying that, I am obsessed with these Colourbands and cannot get enough.

Six shades launched with a 2 in 1 concept, these act as both a Shadow and a Liner and super easy to apply, you can't really go wrong.

01 Noir Absrait, 02 Brun Dadaiate, 03 Beige Minimaliste, 04 Rose Fauviste, 05 Mauve Baroque and 06 Gris Graffiti each offer fantastic pigmentation for an eye crayon and teamed up together, used on their own or even alongside powders, they look great.

They apply with ease and blend out really easily making them perfect if you want an unperfected smudged out smoky eye look. As a liner, they are a little bit more difficult to use how I like to wear liner, as they're a little chunkier than a normal pencil liner would be, however, if you're into a thicker, messier line or maybe want something to run and smudge out underneath your bottom lash line, then these would be perfect.

In the images above, I've used Brun Dadaite- the most gorgeous Bronze and Rose Fauviste- a soft Pink and I really love the results. Messily applied to the eyes with no precision what so ever, these blend like a dream and give you the look of quite a thought out look with no effort or time at all. Win!

They're long lasting, full of great pigmentation and whether you want to achieve something ever so subtle or something built up and somewhat dramatic, then these are definitely worth a try.

Available now, Bourjois Colourbands cost £5.99 each.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these and whether you'll be picking up any of the shades.

Read more

Friday, February 20

Bobbi Brown Hot Collection- Lips

For me, Spring Summer is all about the lips and in my opinion, the brighter the better. This month sees the launch of Bobbi Brown's Hot Collection, which amongst some pretty incredible cheek palettes and a rather divine eye palette, falls some of the most amazing lip products, perfect for Summer days and hot nights.

Inspired by Kate Upton's hometown in Florida, the tones in the collection are fun and playful and with three limited edition Sheer Lip Colours (£19.50) is the shades Berry, Pink and Orange and three limited edition Art Sticks (£19.50) in the shades Hot Berry, Hot Pink and Hot Orange, keeping the eyes simple with a flick of the Blackest Black Ink Liner and a coating of Bobbi's Smokey Eye Mascara, these lip products will be all you need to create an effortlessly hot look.

In my opinion, Pink works all year round and these perfect Pink and Berries are just a fun extension to carry on through to the Summer, however, I find Orange works best when the suns out and I'm a huge fan of these types of shades. Orange and Hot Orange are completely dreamy tones and I personally can't wait to wear them with an understated bronzed make up, be it at home or on holiday.

Currently only available exclusive in Bobbi Brown stores and Selfridges, the Hot Collection will go on further sale nationwide on February 27th.


Read more

Thursday, February 19

Benefit Puff Off

As you can probably imagine, as a mum of a seven month old teething baby, rest is something I very much lack nowadays and my lack of downtime has definitely taken its toll on my eye area.

Days that I wake up without puffy eyes are few and far between and so the launch of Benefits Puff Off very much appealed to me.

Designed to "iron out" and smooth the look of puffy eyes and fine lines, this had my name all over it and I couldn't wait to give it a whirl.

Beforehand, I went down the route of more skincare based eye products, so I was interested to see Benefits take of a de-puffing, smoothing gel.

Puff Off works to cool, hydrate and smooth the under eye area both underneath and on top of make up, with a combination of the cool iron and the soft Pink gel with light defusing particles.

The first thing I noticed was that that iron designed tip was actually cool to the touch even before any product was released, which actually, I find very addictive and have found myself tapping on my eyes whilst writing this blog post. 

Applied directly from the cool tip and tapped in with my ring finger, I find the results are great with a brightened, fresher under eye area that is satin smooth to the touch. 

In terms of puffiness, which lets face is, beyond the cute packaging is what we're actually interested in, Puff Off definitely helps to reduce the look of puffiness and makes my eyes feel fresher, but I'm not too sure if there's much science behind it. The gel include a "peptide blend" which works with collagen to promote anti ageing, but I'm no expert and sadly I can't find too much information in regards to its use in the product.

Science or not, I really do like this product and applied on make up free days and on top of make up, it works equally well at smoothing and refreshing my under eyes which currently, is top of my cosmetic wish list.

  Available to buy now from Benefit stores and counters in the likes of House of Fraser, Puff Off costs £22.50 for 10ml.


Read more

Tuesday, February 17

DKNY Delicious Delights

I've always been a fan of the sweeter things in life and fragrance is certainly no exception. In my opinion, the sweeter and fruitier the better and that's why I'm currently in love with the new DKNY Delicious Delights Eau de Toilettes.

I've been a fan of many of the previous Be Delicious scents and I know first hand from selling so many on board my flights, that so many girls are with me on this. There's something delightfully addictive about them and as if they couldn't get better, DKNY introduce Sorbet inspired scents- dreamy!

Fruity Rooty, Cool Swirl and Dreamsicle are the three new launches and they're each beautiful in their own right. Sweet and soft yet incredibly refreshing, they all offer different notes that offer a twist on the original scent.

Fruity Rooty opens with a blend of Blackberry, Blueberry and Mandarin and follows with a heart of Rose, Violet and Candied Apple Sorbet. With a base of Lily and Vanilla, this adds ever such a subtle floral tone which surprisingly compliments the scent extremely well.

Cool Swirl opens with top notes of Blackcurrant, Violet Leaves and Coconut Water and is followed by a heart of Magnolia, Jasmine and Pistachio Sorbet. With a base of Heliotrope, Musk and Patchouli, this is the the one that as a sorbet inspired fragrance, I didn't think I would like as much, but actually, it's really soft and very lovely.

Last but certainly not least, Dreamsicle has top notes of Mandarin, Raspberry and Blackcurrant and follows with a heart of Green Apple, Peach Nectar and Apricot Sorbet. Those notes totally steal my heart and with base notes of Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Vanilla, what's not to love? It's sweet but not too sickly and I can see myself wearing this a lot, particularly throughout the Summer months.

Launching in March, these 50ml bottles will cost £37.00 each.

I'd love to know whether you're a fan of DKNY Delicious fragrances, are you looking forward to the launch of Delicious Delights?

Read more
© BELLES BOUTIQUE | UK BEAUTY & MUMMY BLOG. All rights reserved.
Blogger Template created by pipdig