Paradise In A Bottle | Hei Poa Pure Tahiti Monoï Oil

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We all know that when the heat turns up, so does our mood. A good old dose of vitamin D can bring upon a little more cheer and an elevated mood; which is why we look forward to the summer months all year round. Although I’m more of an autumn girl, there are certain aspects of the summer which I throughly enjoy. Fruity cocktails, open toes, family BBQs and the scent of something tropical. I, of course, can achieve that with a tall glass of pina colada (and preferably a handsome waiter to go with it), but I also like to incorporate a little paradise into my beauty routine.

Multi-purpose oils have been an inclusion in my beauty regime for many many years. From my hair to my nails – I use beauty oils on a daily basis no matter the weather. Scented oils are my particular favourite; which is why I squealed for joy when I discovered the Hei Poa range. Their core product, Pure Tahiti Monoï Oil in various scents, encompass everything you could ever imagine from a tropical scented oil.

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Derived from the French Polynesia, Monoï oil has been a hidden gem of the tropics for over 40 years. Naturally fallen coconuts are pressed to produce unrefined oil; which is then infused with the natural essence of Tiare Flowers (Tahitian Gardenias). This is then brewed for several months before bottling up and shipped to our shores. Sounds like something from a Sandals advert doesn’t it? Well not only does it smell INCREDIBLE, Monoï oil is also very moisturising, nourishing and holds many restorative properties for our skin, hair and nails.

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In natural ‘Reena-fashion’, I tried a sample of this beautiful oil from a friend and quickly proceeded with an online order for 6 bottles. However, the difficult part about that was choosing the fragrance. Hei Poa stock 11 variations of this magical elixir, each with their own individual appeal. Some are recognisable by name, but others, such as the Tamanu oil, require a bit of reading up. I settled on the Tamanu oil for its anti-ageing properties (preventative measures of course), Frangipani because I thought it had something to do with almonds (it doesn’t and yes I’m really that stupid) and the 1,000 Flowers  because…well…why wouldn’t you?! I, of course, bought two of each in case the world decides to end and I had no more access to the internet…

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With coconut oil being the core ingredient, it was no surprise to see that the oils solidify in colder temperatures. This is easily overcome by placing the bottles in a jug of warm water before use. The mixture then turns to a beautifully silky oil, with no sticky residue. This is particularly useful in the summer months, when feeling sticky is the least of your desires. What the oil does leave behind is a lingering smell which can only be described as heaven in a bottle.

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Apart from basting my chicken with it (no that’s not a euphemism), I use this oil for pretty much everything. I love how easily it absorbs into my skin and hair ; which is something I rarely find apart from with dry oils. My favourite use is right out of the shower, whilst my skin is still damp to lock in the moisture and retain that heavenly scent. My skin is left feeling supple with a beautiful ethereal glow and a scent that would make even the flowers turn their heads.

Now here comes the negatives – it’s not that easy to source in the UK and the glass bottle will annoy each and every bone in your body. It’s not a game changer as such, but the glass bottle is a real shit design element. I mean, why pick glass?! If I want to travel with this oil and use it in a tropical destination (as it should be used), I can’t. If I drop the bottle, I’m screwed. In fact, the bottle’s only use is to sit pretty on my vanity table with no true purpose to the product. Of course, sourcing this oil is a bigger point to cover. Amazon, naturally, have all scents in stock for the RRP. I bought mine from Sanareva.co.uk who stock pretty much all of the Hei Poa products. Most listings that I have found are priced between £8-£9; which I’m more than happy to pay for the amount of product that you get.

If you’re on the lookout for a new summer scent, why not put down the perfume bottle and invest £8 in a bottle of this tropical elixir – I promise you will never smell better!

My Nails Are Loving This…

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Erghhhh maintenance! If getting a bikini wax isn’t torturous enough, knowing that you’ll be back there in 6 weeks will certainly piss you off. I hate regular maintenance; which women does?! Waxing, plucking, pedicure-ing, root-ing. Ok fine – I made up a few of those words, but you catch my drift. If only I could channel my inner Beyonce and simply awake to a beautiful exterior, BUT, unfortunately, I have a multitude of grey hairs sprouting from my head and a mono brow that won’t quit.

I try to do most of my maintenance at home. Actually, that’s a lie. I only do one of them at home; which is my nails. I’m an avid gel colour fan. I’m rarely seen without a lick of paint on my nails; which can result in a pretty expensive up-keep if I was going to the salon every two weeks. Luckily, by the power of YouTube, I’ve learnt to do my own gel nails at home and I’ve invested in some pretty snazzy tools to do so.

After experimenting with various brands, I’ve now uncovered a sick obsession with OPI’s GelColor range. It’s not that easy to source in the UK, so I often scour the page of eBay to get mine. However, despite using a reputable brand, I found that my gels weren’t lasting as long as I hoped (or at least the 14 day benchmark that most gel colours suggest). I couldn’t get why. My nails are pretty healthy and I performed each step of the application meticulously, but yet somehow, my nails would always result in a chip (or two) by the end of day 3!

I took to the internet and stumbled across the OPI Bond Aid; which, in fairness, I had heard of before, but  never knew what its purpose was. After reading through many forums and discovering that I wasn’t alone in my gel colour woes, I realised that many nail artists and other at-home enthusiasts, like myself, were incorporating the OPI Bond Aid in their application process to enhance the longevity of gel nails. In fact, it was used as a nail preper. Well what the hell is a nail preper, I thought?! Clearly I was out of the loop, until now…

Nail prepers, like OPI’s Bond Aid, enable the nail plate to adhere to whatever cosmetic enhancement goes on top. Whether it’s extensions, gel colour or regular polish – the nail plate needs to be in top form in order for the enhancement to work at its full potential. OPI’s Bond Aid is a dehydrator; which balances the pH levels of the natural nail plate for optimum adhesion of artificial nail products. Acrylics, tips, wraps, gel colour and regular nail varnish can last almost twice as long if using OPI’s Bond Aid to initially prep the nail.

I picked mine up from Nail Polish Direct, for the very reasonable priced of £14.95. There’s a variation of sizes available depending on how often you wish to use it, but for a home user like myself, the 30ml version lasts a very long time.

The container itself comes in a very snazzy glass bottle; which shouldn’t make a difference if you’re not as superficial as me. The brush applicator, all be it small, actually glides on the nail plate pretty well without the need for multiple dipping. The application is pretty simple – prep your nails as you normally would (file, shape, cuticles, etc) then apply a thin coating of this solution over your bare nails. It’s almost like applying white spirit to your nails (sorry I couldn’t think of a nicer analogy), whereby the solution almost dries to a powdery/dry/matte surface. Sounds like an awful thing to do to your nails, but I assure you that no damage is being done. In fact, it’s worked so well at keeping my gel nail on that I’m not having to re-do them as often as I was which is obviously a lot healthier for my nails.

Luckily there’s no drying time, so as soon as you see your nail turn semi-matte, you’re good to go in with your nail enhancement. So far, I’ve gone as long as 2 weeks without a chip in my gels or any of that dreaded ‘lifting’ around the cuticle that you normally get with gel varnishes; which, in my eyes, is a flipping miracle!

You can pick up the OPI’s Bond Aid from Nail Polish Direct.

The Body Shop’s Seasonal Body Butter Range 2016

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Christmas scents evoke a certain kind of feeling for crimbo lovers like me. A feeling; which is indescribable to those non-believers who don’t have egg nog running through their veins. Christmas is a magical time of year and there’s nothing better than literally smelling festivity in the air.

For me, cinnamon and roasting chestnuts are all I need to get my Christmas juices flowing, but for some (like my husband) the smell is hard to swallow. Whether it’s roasting nuts or tarte cranberries, Christmas scents have a direct affiliation to your memories; which is probably why many of us go gaga for Christmas smellies.

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Upon a recent shopping trip, I found myself stumbling into my local Body Shop store. I’m a huge smelly person (that didn’t come out right) and fighting the temptation of beautiful scents is something I find hard to resist. Sure enough, I was trying on every product available on every body part imaginable…only to walk out with three products.

I’ve been a big fan of TBS’s Body Butters for many years. Not only do they come in deliciously alluring scents, but they offer the kind of hydration that is surely welcomed during the colder months. The Christmas period sees the inclusion of their seasonal scents; which I naturally gravitated to first. Disappointingly, the only new scent this year was Vanilla Chai; which I’ve been waiting for with bated breath. Nevertheless, I wrapped my greedy fingers around the three scented body butters and prepared myself for a very honest review (is there any other way?).

Frosted Berries – £14.00

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If you’re into sickly sweet scents then Frosted Berries is your jam (so to speak). Infused with scents of juicy berries, white flowers, creamy praline and sweet vanilla – this is by far the most ‘girly’ scent of all those available.

Along with the scent, the packaging and the texture of the butter can almost be comparable to that of the Strawberry range which is available all year round. I’ve always been a fan of the Strawberry scent, but Frosted Berries has an air of musk to it; which makes it slightly more appealing to a mature palette.

If you’re sensitive to smells, this one is certainly not for you. The potency of the scent is overwhelming and although the fragrance mellows through out the day, it’s still very prominent. What does make this body butter so incredible, however, is its moisturising abilities. The Body Butters, in general, are fairly luxurious, however, the texture of the Frosted Berries is super thick, super creamy and super hydrating.

Spiced Apple – £14.00

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Strangely enough, I was slightly disappointed to see Spiced Apple on the shelves again. I’m not adversed to the fragrance, by any means. However, I had hoped that The Body Shop would have steered away from the usual and released a number of fragrances that have never been seen before. Regardless of my reservations, I lapped up the opportunity to pick up Spiced Apple, because…well…Christmas isn’t Christmas without this smell.

The scent is described as crisp apples, warm notes of cinnamon, fresh orange and white flowers. Now – if someone can explain to me what orange and white flowers are meant to smell like I would be much obliged as I was completely baffled when I read that. Nevertheless, the flowers do give this scent a delicate touch to an otherwise robust fragrance.

The smell isn’t a potent as Frosted Berries, in fact, the smell does tend to disappear within an hour. However, I find myself reaching for this butter in the mornings when I need a little mood enhancing ‘pick-me-up’. It’s certainly refreshing, to say the least and the moisturising benefits are definitely there, but in comparison, Frosted Berries is way more hydrating.

Vanilla Chai – £14.00

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This is TBS’s latest and most prominent addition to their seasonal range. I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of Vanilla Chai since the beginning of Autumn. I’ve had a long standing love affair with chai for quite some time now. Ever since my first magical sip of chai tea latte, I’ve never been let down by this wonderful elixir of spices.

TBS’s Vanilla Chai is, without a doubt, the worst smelling chai fragrance I have ever smelt. The scent is hard to describe – it’s an almost synthetic, plastic smelling odour. Much to my disappointment, this body butter replicated none of the aromatic and exotic perfume that chai normally exudes. The fragrance smells even worse once it’s applied to the skin and the inclusion of star anise really leaves a robust, man-like scent to your skin.

Fair to say I’m definitely disappointed by Vanilla Chai. From what I thought would be the ultimate Christmas body cream, turned out to be a complete dud. Granted, the moisturising qualities are great, but there are certainly other products available; which offer the same hydration with a much better scent. Sorry TBS, but Vanilla Chai has made it onto my naughty list this year.

The entire Body Butter range can be found here on The Body Shop’s website.

My Handbag Staple | Dr Paw Paw Multi Purpose Balm

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The contents of my bag reflect that of a typecast soccer mum. I have a solution for every problem that may arise – gum for obvious reasons, ‘holy grail’ lipsticks for impromptu post office events, hand sanitizer to rid myself of the filth that festers on the London Underground and feminine products; which I hope needs no explanation. I’m a firm believer in ’emergency’ handbag essentials; which may be the reason for my consistent shoulder pain! Call me overzealous if you will, but I like to be prepared for the unknown and carrying around my ‘things’ gives me comfort to say the least.

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It was in the midst of my search for a new ‘handbag’ lip balm, when I stumbled across the DR. PAWPAW Multi Purpose balm. I’m no stranger to multi purpose balms, Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream had been my ride or die for many years. However, the name along with the endless list of natural ingredients intrigued me.

Labelled as a one-stop-beauty shop by makeup artists and celebrities worldwide, it can be used for a number of ailments for skin, hair, nails and all that in between. The highly moisturising formula also contains antibacterial properties to protect you from harsh elements. Use as a lip balm, cuticle smoother, hair tamer or even makeup primer – this balm can really do it all.

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This UK-based invention coined its name from the primary ingredient; which is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Papaya (or Pawpaw as it’s commonly known in various countries) contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamins A/C and acetogenins; which helps in aiding skin repair. Olea Europaea, or rather, olive oil, is also included; which contains a compound called Hydroxytyrosol. This rare antioxidant prevents free radical damage on skin cells and is absorbed deeply into the skin. It has many anti-inflammatory properties and is great for dry skin and hair. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (aloe vera) is added for restoring moisture, promoting a healthy glow, minimising the appearance of pores and rejuvenates skin allowing for an even tone.

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The look and feel of the balm resembles that of Vaseline, however, it’s petroleum free; which studies have shown to be quite detrimental to the skin. The squeezey tube extracts the balm, much like a thick gel-like consistency, but it’s not to be confused with the greasy mess you normally get with multi purpose balms. The formula is completely scent free and perfect for those with sensitive or problematic skin like eczema; which can be aggravated by perfumed products. You get 25ml in their oh-so-cute little tubes (bigger sizes available on their website directly). This makes it perfect for travelling and popping in your handbag. I briefly mentioned this product in my Beach Essentials post; which explained my love for this product when I’m on holiday.

You need the tiniest amount; which we all know is a description that gets thrown around a lot. However in this instance, the tiniest amount really does go far! I use a half pea sized amount to moisturise my lips and that keeps me going for hours. Traditional lip balms, although can be highly addictive, leave your lips craving for the next swipe. The balm alleviates the need to multiple applications. The screw-top lid ensures that the product does not squirt and spill all over your handbag, however, the formula is so thick that it wouldn’t cause a mess even if the lid was to fall off.

So what can it be used for? Well as the name already suggests – everything! You can use it for:

• cracked/dry lips – this is my favourite and most common use for this balm. I love adding the tiniest amount to my lips for an overnight treatment after I exfoliate or as a relief in the colder months. The balm easily glides over the lips like butter and provides moisture like I’ve never seen before.
• cracked heels – smooth over your heels and apply socks immediately to lock in the moisture.
• smooth flyaway hair – a great alternative to serum.
• elbows and dry patches of skin – those with eczema and psoriasis have claimed to see a massive improved in skin appearance after two weeks of use.
• a cuticle balm – perfect for those who want to relieve dry, cracked cuticles, but don’t want to deal with greasy hands.
• soothing nappy rash – the ingredients list says it all and is perfectly safe to use on babies.
• shaping and taming unruly eyebrows – apply a tiny amount to the brows and run a spoolie (mascara wand) through them to save money on brow gel and achieve a natural finish.
• conditioning eyelashes and nails – additional moisture promotes growth in both areas and ensure they are kept strong.
• a highlighter for cheeks and brow bone – applying a small amount of this balm before going in with your highlighter will intensify the pigmentation.
• conditioning ends of the hair – parched and split hair ends are relieved instantly.
• perfume primer – much like a highlighter, the perfume will ‘stick’ to the balm and therefore prolonging its wear and intensify the scent.
• legs for a lasting shine – apply a swipe down the centre of your legs to elongate and slim down your pins without having to faff about with body contour.

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There are three colour options in the Dr. PAWPAW range. The original balm (yellow tube) contains no colour or scent, the peach pink tint (peach tube – go figure) leaves you with the slightest hint of coral and the red tint (red/dark pink tube) adds a hint of cherry red. The colours, in no way shape or form, change the formulation of the balm. Each provide the same amount of moisturisation as the last. I opted for the peach tint this time around as I love to add a hint of colour to the lips, but the original shade would be my option if I was looking to apply it else where. Nevertheless, the colour of the tinted balms are in no way offensive and add a transparent ‘your lips but better’ wash of colour.

The Dr. PAWPAW balm is fairly easy to locate in the UK as it is a UK based company, however, those abroad may be able to purchase from lookfantastic.com and Amazon. I purchased mine from feelunique.com where they’re currently offering 20% discount on all three shades, but it’s fairly easy to track them down at your local Superdrug. Priced at £6.95 (feelunique.com and Superdrug currently have them at discounted prices) this balm is a beauty bargain. A lot cheaper than my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and I’ve barely made a dent in the tube since purchasing it at the beginning of the year.

It’s fair to say that my love for the DR. PawPaw balm is here to stay and not only has it become my handbag staple, but I’m never without a tube of this miricle worker around the house.

Have you tried the DR. PAWPAW Multi Purpose Balm? Comment below with your thoughts on it!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil

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One of my favourite things about the summer is developing a healthy glow on my skin. Although I’m not a big tanner, I love the way my skin (especially my pasty legs) look with a bronzed glow. Rather than self tanners, however, I usually dabble in shimmery oils/lotions with tanning effects to give myself that perfect JLO-esque bronze.

I have a well rounded collection of shimmering body oils, all promising to add a glamorous golden effect to the skin. Although most do the job well, I’m constantly adding to my collection. Not just to feed my greed, but each product has its own scent and feel, invoking its own individual emotion. Tropical scented light oils are for beachy holidays, whereas glittery, strong perfumed formulas are for nights out. Whatever the occasion, however, I have a bronzing product to match; which ensures that my skin looks healthy and beautiful whenever it’s on display.

On a recent shopping trip, I popped into my local Body Shop to top up my collection of scented body butters. En route to the till I decided to make a detour for the makeup section (naturally) to check out what’s new. Although not new additions, the Honey Bronze collection caught my eye instantly.

The Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil is a light weight body shop; which gives your skin a subtle hint of bronze and shimmer. The bottle instantly grabbed my attention as it looked very similar to the cult classic NUXE Multi-Usage Dry Oil. Consisting of two colour choices, Golden Honey and Honey Kiss, I decided to go for the latter; which is slightly darker and more bronzed than the first.

Rather than offensively scented body tanners, this oil adds a light veil of fragrance to your body without masking your perfume. A lot of shimmering body oils contain monoi oil; which is great and all, but when you’re not looking to smell like a pina colada, the Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil’s muted honey scent is a welcomed change.

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The consistency of the oil is quite thin and runny; which is to be expected from a dry oil. Rather than leaving your skin with deep moisture levels, a dry oil adds a ‘sheen’ to the top layer of the skin giving the illusion of an inner glow. The bottle does need a good shake before application as the glitter particles does separate slightly from the oil component. However, once applied, you don’t get a sticky, uncomfortable feeling that you get with most other oils as it absorbs instantly into the skin.

You get 100ml of product in the chic glass bottle; which is a considerable amount seeing as you only need the tiniest amount per limb. However, despite its beautiful packaging, it’s not very travel friendly. Rather than a block-y glass bottle, I would have preferred a strong plastic container as this has become a firm fixture in my holiday makeup bag. I would have also appreciated a pump on the bottle as the oil is simply dispersed using a stopper on the neck of the bottle. I appreciate that this eliminates the possibility of spillages, but it’s quite frustrating when trying to shake the product out.

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If you have a fair skin tone, I would suggest going for Golden Honey rather than Honey Kiss for a more natural look. However, Honey Kiss, on my skin, leaves behind a very subtle bronzed glow. The glitter is hardly noticeable on the skin; which is a slight bummer as the bottle itself looks very glittery, but the particles in the oil does catch the light beautifully giving the illusion of sparkling skin. I love smearing this oil down my legs to give the optical illusion of longer, leaner pins.

You can purchase the Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil here.

Have you tried any of the Honey Bronze collection? Comment below with your suggestions on the products.

Oh Baby!

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Don’t you just love that baby smell? Whenever I’m faced with a little bundle of joy I can’t help but get a good whiff in. Not that I’m broody or anything (husband avert your eyes), I just appreciate the smell of a chubby little human!

The baby skincare market has certainly imploded over the years. There are now an array of luxurious oils, creams, balms and even hair care available for your little treasures. These products are specially formulated for your baby’s skin; which is thinner, more delicate and more susceptible to dryness than adult skin. Baby beauty products have lower levels of fragrance and contain virtually no soap or alcohol; which tend to dry out and irritate the skin.

So with all these wonderfully natural products available on the market, who’s to say that they should be reserved for just babies? Move over new-age, hippie mummies. I’m here to show you that baby beauty products can be used for adults too! After all, we all want to benefit from products which are gentle on the skin as well as your bank balance. Coming from a household of 4 bouncing beauties myself, I can honestly say that I’ve indulged in a Johnson’s product or two. So next time you’re in Boots, venture down the baby aisle and you never know what fabulous beauty finds you may come across. Here are a few of my favourites…

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

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For years it’s been a firm favourite for treating nappy rash, but this little tub of white stuff has a multitude of hidden talents. If you read the fine print on the label of the jar, it actually states that the cream can also be used to treat sunburn, minor burns and acne. It’s a fabulous all purpose treatment; which rivals many of the higher end products on the market and at a mere £2.75 per tub, this really is worth the money.

The water-repellent base has antibacterial and anti fungal properties; which works perfectly with skin requiring soothing and healing. I love using Sudocream as a spot treatment for the days when I have an odd breakout. The formula gently draws out the junk, dries up the blemish and soothes any redness. Simply pop a small amount over the blemish and go to bed. The next morning your spot will have completely vanished. This little beauty also works wonderfully as a primer prior to foundation as it forms a protective barrier on the skin, locking in the moisture.

Johnsons Baby Powder

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I remember the days when my mother, without fail, would have a bottle of talcum powder proudly displayed on her dressing table in every fragrance possible. Not that I knew what the purpose was, I assumed it was for my brothers and I until I realised that we were all in our teens and waaaaaay passed the nappy stage! Perhaps my mother was onto something? I mean, after all, Avon didn’t have a list of 100 differently fragranced talcs for nothing. Of course nowadays, when you think of talcum powder, Johnsons Baby Powder on perfectly tubby bums is what springs to mind. However, talc isn’t just for keeping baby’s bum fresh and clean, it can be used for a number of beauty shortcuts.

Use baby powder as a dry shampoo for the days when your hair looks a little on the greasy side and your trusty Batiste is far from reach. Sprinkle a small amount onto a comb and run through your hair to instantly absorb excess oil and refresh your style. Not to mention, it will make your hair smell great.

You can also use baby powder as a makeup setter if you’re not into spending a mini fortune on loose setting powders. Dust a light coating of powder with a large fluffy brush onto the areas of the face where you need oil to be absorbed (t-zone) and also on top of any lipstick to mattify it. Don’t go too crazy though, you don’t want to be looking like you’ve seen a ghost…literally!

My favourite way of using baby powder is to apply a light dusting of it onto my lashes prior to mascara. The particles in the powder help ‘bulk’ up the lashes, making them appear thicker and longer once you have applied mascara. However, I plead with you to be more vigilant than I am. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve had talc in my eyes!

Johnsons Bedtime Baby Cream

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I’m not about to sit here and claim that this cream will put you into a deep slumber, but it certainly works well at relaxing your mind, soul and body after a warm bath. The thick consistency reminds me of the Body Shop Body Butters and works well with dry skin like mine. I love the fact that it doesn’t leave an oily residue, but simply a gentle aroma of what I suspect to be Lavender. I love slathering this cream on after a long soak in the tub to get me ready for some serious shut eye.

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment

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This multi purpose product contains Shea Butter; which is a natural fat derived from the fruit of a Karite tree. It’s petroleum, Phthalate, petrochemical and paraben-free; which means it’s completely natural and safe to use on both baby and adult skin. Burt’s Bees is a brand much loved by mummies to gently treat their baby’s skin in a natural way. However, their products are just as effective on adult skin. Much like Elizabeth Arden’s iconic 8 hour cream, this oitment can be used in a multitude of ways. Slather onto your feet before slipping on some fluffy socks to soften and soothe tired feet. Rub a small amount into dry patches of your body such as your elbows or even rub a small amount onto your lips as a highly mositurising lip blam. Having this product around the house ensures that whenever my skin needs a treat, I don’t need to delve into a mass of beauty products. This is a one stop shop for all skin ailments.

Johnsons Baby No More Tangles Conditioner Spray

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I discovered this product in a random panic one day after discovering that my trusty Moroccan Oil had come to an end. I had gone a week straight without washing my hair (don’t judge me, you know you’ve done the same) and I had no choice but to throw my hair up into a messy bun before work. Of course, in my head, I thought it was a messy bun, but after a few days it began to resemble an ill fated bird’s nest. Enough was enough and although I dowsed my hair in shampoo and hair masks, I needed a coating of Moroccan Oil as a leave in conditioner before I went ahead and attempted to blow dry my hair. Just my luck that it ran out at that very minute, but I looked to my left and there was a bottle of Johnsons Baby No More Tangles Conditioner Spray that was used on my niece’s hair. I thought…that’ll do! THe conditioning spray detangles and softens the hair, much like a leave in conditioner and makes the hair easier to comb through before and after drying. I didn’t expect this spray to work as well as it did considering that I have long, thick hair, but I was plesantly surprised. It made my hair super soft without any sticky feeling and allowed for my comb to easily glide through. I wouldn’t forgo the serum or hair oil after styling my hair, but it certainly makes for a wonderful, not to mention cheap, alternative to leave in conditioners.

Have you tried any non-traditional beauty products? Perhaps you’re a mummy who’s tested out some of the products above. Comment below and let me know your thoughts.