Discovering Alex Steinherr beauty at primark

Back in 2018 we discovered @alexsteinherr new beauty range at @primark

The Pore Balance Cleanser, £5, worked wonders in only a couple of weeks and the Sleep Spa, £4 (50ml) was so good I had to elbow my better half out the way before he got his hands on it!

Fast forward to lockdown and we picked this up again to work it’s magic. To help refine my skin which has been a tad neglected since giving birth, and during the pandemic left to its own devices on occasion. Yet it still works it’s magic after just one use, minimising my (seemingly inherited large pores) around my nose and cheek area to smaller and more refined and much smoother! Now… we really need to check… is it still available?

Get yours now in-store worldwide inc Europe from £2.50!

Take me somewhere tropical with new vegan Palmolive shower gel

Dreaming of beaches, sun, sea and sand? Let @palmoliveuk take you there without leaving the house with their first & new #vegan shower gels in coconut and pomegranate! ⁣

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Made with 100% natural hydrating ingredients* and fully recyclable (bottle & cap) – this is perfect for those looking to take small steps for a more sustainable future. The formula is of 90% natural origin and 96% biodegradable***, offering a cleansing shower routine while being kinder to the planet.⁣

Get yours nationwide from Wilko Morrisons & Ocado for around £2.99 RRP

 

 

* Water and natural sourced ingredients with limited processing

*** All of the organic ingredients for Palmolive pass the strict criteria for readily biodegradable, meaning they have over 70% degradation at 28 days. 96% are considered readily biodegradable according to widely accepted testing criteria: https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/environment/test-no-301-ready-biodegradability_9789264070349-en

 

Stay home & stay safe with ten top tips for safety at home with Fairy Non Bio.

 

Our favourites for George, Fairy Non Bio have worked with ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), to create some top tips to help keep all of our children safe at home. With more of us spending more time at home, these tips are more important than ever, to prevent accidents and help relieve the pressures on the NHS.

Fairy Non Bio is also partnering and working alongside, presenter, model and mum Vogue Williams, who took to Instagram to share a sneak peek of how she cares for gorgeous baby Theo.

Vogue: “Spending more time at home means it’s more important than ever to make our homes safer for our little ones. I’m excited to continue working with Fairy Non Bio to raise awareness of the unexpected hazards in the home – including during the laundry, cooking and even just getting ready in the morning.

Taking little actions can make a real difference. For example, when doing laundry, it’s important to always close the pack with a ‘click clack’ sound and keep out of reach of children.”

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Top Tips Include:

THE LAUNDRY POD – Laundry pods are made to be used by adults. Treat them how you would all household items. Keep them out of reach of children and close the pack securely with a click clack after use.

THE HAIR STRAIGHTNER – Unplug and put them away and out of reach of children straight after use, to avoid burns.

THE HOT DRINK – Keep out of reach of children, so they don’t accidently spill hot liquid on themselves.

THE CURTAIN CORD – Keep curtain cords wrapped up high and tight so children cannot play with them.

THE POT AND PAN – When cooking, turn pot and pan handles inwards.

THE GRAPE – Cut grapes into small pieces so that children can easily eat them.

THE HANDBAG – Keep handbags up high to avoid toddlers putting small items in their mouth.

THE BUTTON & COIN BATTERY – Coin batteries are more common in household items, but are very dangerous if left loose. Dispose of straight away, as they are a common choking risk for children.

THE PENCIL – Pencils count as sharp items so it’s important to keep them out of reach of little hands, and supervise very young children when they are using them.

THE DISHWASHER POD – Keep dishwasher pods out of reach of children and use the child lock feature to keep the door closed whilst the cycle is on.

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Bring your fire with Becca Cosmetics

Bring your fire and burn bright for party season and all year round with the @beccacosmetics #volcanogoddess palette packed full of pigment rich shimmers and glitters… it’s the perfect gift for a #beauty babe! We absolutely love the Gold guilded shade, and day to day haze with a smoke of crater too!

Becca Cosmetics Volcano Goddess Palette, £35 — 46 now £21, available online at amazon.co.uk

Love yourself, love your body with Black Chicken

Australian made and owned Black Chicken Remedies was established in 2007 and launched onto the world stage at Selfridges in London in February 2011. It now has a cult following and is sold in select retailers around the world.

The products contain a unique blend of powerful therapeutic oils and plant extracts and are 100% natural, organic and toxin free. They are based on the principle that if you love your skin, it will love you right back.

We took the time to try out this fantastic range, and will let you know exactly what we think! ♥

First up, Black Chicken Remedies new Axilla Deodorant Paste™, £17 is a remedial and chemical free deodorant formulated to neutralise underarm odour instantly and keep you fresh without inhibiting your sweat glands ability to dispel toxins often found in unwanted fat. This seemed wierd at first, applying a deodorant in this way – i mean roll-on or spray is the most common these days, and you certainly don’t go wiping it on with your fingers 🙂 

However once past the unusual or should we say unfamiliar concept, this products works wonders. Both myself and my partner have worn this, and it lasts all day as promised even through its not a scent i like myself (as its packed full of essential oils and stronger scents but that’s my personal opinion) – I like it on a guy, and other people! But for all natural deodorant i’m all for that and all for this without doubt! 

Next up the Black Chicken Remedies Body Oil, £54 (100ml), Perfect for my ever so dry legs, all year round no matter what i do to them, DRY! So i thought what could I lose by trying this out?  This product has a combination of 12 oils providing a remedy for dry skin, a calming effect on the mind and an alluring aroma. Avocado Oil, Rosehip Oil, Geranium Bourbon essential oil, Patchouli essential oil, Ylang Ylang essential oil , Vitamin E oil, Lavender essential oil , Hazelnut oil, Nutmeg essential oil, Coconut oil, Sandalwood essential oil, carrot essential oil. Slathering it on (through the tiniest amount as it goes so far!) I rub it into my dry pins. I cover them up as the oil is so good it doesn’t just disappear like other products, or soak into your clothes, it sits with your skin. fragrant and slick. Hours later its still there, but to a moisture enhancing effect and leaves me with lovely softness, and no need to add more. Not for a couple of days anyway! 

You can also buy the following…  Black Chicken RemediesBalm of Ages organic body balm, £38.50 which has been formulated to deliver 19 deeply penetrating/restorative ingredients to the skin and hair that save and seal.

For centuries the medicine men and women of traditional communities have used nature as their pharmacy. Balm of Ages utilises this principle in bringing together this powerful all purpose remedy.

The Special Edition Balm of Ages organic body balm is perfect for:

• Soothing itchy, painful irritation immediately • Relieving the symptoms of eczema and extreme dry-skin • Soothing sunburn, minor scrapes and burns and rashes • Minimising scars, stretch marks and bruises • Scalp and hair restoration • Removing makeup and cleansing the skin • Dry cracked skin on your feet and elbows 

Believe us we’ve used it on EVERYTHING! just because we couldn’t believe it could do everything – but this also means it’s even more value for money because you can use it for everything!

Finally, Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face, £46.75

Black Chicken Remedies’ Cleanse My Face an Organic Purifying Cleansing Oil dissolves pore-clogging, oil-based make up, dirt and grime to help prevent breakouts and keep blackheads at bay. Completely free from dehydrating foaming agents, this is suitable for confused, stressed complexions susceptible to imperfections. – The only one we haven’t tried yet – but we can guess it’ll be as good as the rest!

You can buy it now online from Cult Beauty WE ♥ Black Chicken!

Welcome in wildlife with Wilko

Wilko is well known for home decor, cleaning, beauty and of course their pick ‘n’ mix… but did you know they also sell lots for the garden?

The Wilko Wild bird, easy-clean small bird table, £10

We spent the last few weeks doing bits and bob around the home, but due to the current situation and not the best of weather everything has now been put on hold. As soon as the sun started to shine we got our new Wild bird easy-clean bird table, £10 and put it up!

Super simple to put up, it took twenty minutes, that’s all. The instructions are clear and straightforward, and made it easy for a novice to put up! It has a little flap to undo and clean off any old bird seen and poop etc too.

We’ve now propped it up in the garden ready to invite all of the birds in… and maybe the odd squirrel! Have hung up the bird feeder too, ready for some seed, and will wait and put up our fat ball holder in the autumn, filled with juicy fat balls from Wilko to keep our feathered friends going through the end of the year!

Discover Wilko’s full pet and outdoor range online at Wilko.com

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Get a spring in your step with UGG SS’20

🌼 Step into spring with the new SS20 collection from @uggineurope – Here is the Oh Yeah Slide, with a moulded rubber outsole, available in black and five pastel shades these are perfect for outdoor spring wearing! 🌼

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OH YEAH SLIDE, £80., Ugg.com

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Want to fluff it up? Discover the rest of the range with the fuzzalicious slide, fuzette slide and abela slippers! From £70.

Or new sneaker ranges with valentine and new lightweight designs!

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Treat your teeth to a gift

Treat your teeth with the new @colgateuk ConnectE1brush which is perfect for the tech-savvy and time deprived parents! It uses #artificialintelligence to track your brushing and tells you via the Bluetooth connected app just how well you’re brushing and even teaches you how to do it better too!

Brushing your teeth is a twice daily occurrence for most yet we still may be missing parts and not getting that perfect brush completed… Throughout your brushing journey you get smile points for each brush plus a percentage of how well you’ve done with an image displaying yellow areas for any missed areas or where you haven’t spent long enough brushing! The coach even shows you the correct angle for brushing too!

Perfect for adults you can equally get the kids involved with two games to play whilst brushing! – They both encourage you to brush certain areas to do better in each game meaning you get fab brushing coverage whilst making it fun!

The toothbrush, which has been designed with the help of dentists, provides real-time feedback on your brushing habits in 16 zones of the mouth, even tracking regularity, your speed and the angle of your brushing. The Colgate Connect E1 Smart Electronic Toothbrush connects to your smartphone via the Bluetooth app. This helps you or your loved one (including the kids) to prevent dental problems before they start.

For a super smile this Christmas shop now exclusively at @apple for £89.95!

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Scrumptious skinny red velvet treats

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Skinny red velvet pearl treats from @skinnybakery are some of the best things we have in our freezer right now! At just 34 calories per pearl, made with beetroot and low fat yoghurt – they are a great way to treat yourself without feeling guilty! You can keep them in the fridge five days from delivery or simply pop them in the freezer for up to two months, taking them out to defrost and refrigerate as and when you need them.

Try yours now with
10% off Skinny Bakery when you spend £20. Use coupon: REF2HJH5DF86W

Visit SkinnyBakery.co.uk to shop now!

 

Have Salmon-else this festive season

This festive feast is Salmon-else… tuck into @lafamigliarana New Salmon & Ricotta fresh tortelloni. Tasting of freshly smoked salmon thanks to the chopped not blitzed centres this is fabulous served with just a drizzle of olive oil; it’s our absolute favourite filled tortelloni because it’s full of flavour, ready in two minutes and simply served with a drizzle of oil that’s all it needs!

Available exclusively in Sainsburys stores nationwide

If you’re feeling extra special and you’re feeling the pressure to impress this Christmas try this creamy lemon and prosecco recipe…

RECIPE

SALMON TORTELLONI WITH PROSECCO & CREAMY LEMON SAUCE 

 

Difficulty level: Easy 

Cooking and preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves 2 

INGREDIENTS

1 pack of La Famiglia Rana Smoked Salmon & Ricotta Tortelloni1 shallot peeled and chopped1 tbsp butter 125 ml Proseccopeel of 1 organic lemon cut into strips2 tbsp lemon juice125 ml crème fraiche chives choppedsalt and pepper 

METHOD

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat and sauté the shallot for about two minutes until soft and fragrant. Add lemon peel and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add Prosecco and lemon juice, bring to boil and lower heat to medium. Simmer for a couple of minutes, add crème fraiche, stir well and cook for a few more minutes until slightly thickened.

In the meantime, cook the tortelloni for two minutes in a large pot of salted boiling water. Strain delicately with a skimmer and tip them into the pan along with two tbsp of pasta cooking water. Mix delicately,

Divide between two plates, garnish with chives and serve. 

Super tasty… don’t you agree?

Your feet are in for a treat with HoMedics

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Put your feet up and watch the biggest series’ of the year; whilst treating your feet with HoMedics UK Bubblemate foot spa! Available from £29.99 nationwide it’s perfect and easy to fill with water, maybe some essential oils for relaxation and slip your feet into, for a great start to your evening. It’s perfect for pregnant mamas with tired hot feet too – we initially tried this whilst heavily pregnant and it was the best way to wind day after a long commute waddling around London!

Currently you can find the Homedics BubbleMate Foot Spa at Argos for £24.99

Follow up the relaxation with a whizz of the fab Soft as silk 3-in-1 #pedi tool, rrp £39.99. This has its own charging storage stand, plus a cleaning brush and three different grades of roller, ranging from an extra coarse to fine. With up to 90 minutes cordless run time, this has the capability to look after even the hardest working feet and bring them back to tip-top condition and ready for sandal season!

Buy your HoMedics Soft as Silk 3-in-1 pedi tool, £39.99 online from LookFantastic

Look after babies’ skin whilst supporting conservation with Petit Jovial

Introducing the new capsule collection for bumps babies and beyond from @petitjovial … Handmade in England this set is 100% vegan, and has been a gorgeous gift for little George!

Our fave from the set at the moment is the nourishing balm, made with Shea, rosehip oil, lavender and chamomile… it works wonders on sore teething bums (George had this so badly during a few days of teething, his poor bum went dry and patchy red – so I thought we’d give the balm a go and overnight the thinnest little slither cleated up his soreness and made for a super happy baby!), and is the perfect moisturiser for baby and mum!

The Petit Jovial Collection:

Body & Scalp Massage Oil, £22

This gentle blend of 100% natural oils is formulated with Safflower, Sesame, Jojoba and Wheatgerm Oils. The pure blend helps to soothe your baby when massaged gently unto their skin, which can benefit their digestion, ease wind, and strengthen the bonding process between you. 

It is equally as effective as a scalp oil to help ease cradle cap, and as a moisturising body oil for all ages. It also works wonders on stretchmarks, to keep the skin elastic during pregnancy.

Nourishing Bath Oil, £23

This lightly moisturising 100% natural bath oil is made with skin-loving Sunflower oil, relaxing lavender, Geranium and Clary Sage to help soothe and relax your baby, as well as the rest of the family. The Bath Oil nourishes delicate skin as it gently cleanses, leaving skin feeling soft and loved. You can also apply the oil post-soak directly onto the skin, to lock in moisture.

Nourishing Multi-Purpose Balm for Face & Body, £25

A luxurious multi-purpose, rich balm made with 100% natural butters – Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil, soothing Lavender and Calming Chamomile. The balm is the perfect barrier for sensitive bottoms, to soothe nappy rash and to moisturise and dry areas. 

It also works wonders for breastfeeding Mothers, as a nipple balm to soothe cracked and painful nipples, and to nourish dry cuticles and lips. It can also be used as a cleaning balm. This nappy, and beauty bag essential is a true versatile essential for any new, or experienced parent.

Expertly created by Certified Skincare Formulator Tania Veignat, using only the finest natural ingredients and no nasties, Petit Jovial skincare is gentle enough for babies, yet so effective their parents love to use it. They use organic ingredients wherever possible, with minimal impact on the environment. Each small batch of Petit Jovial is produced by hand, to guarantee purity and freshness and is registered by the Vegan Society. 

Discover the signature products now at www.petitjovial.com, priced from £22.

More about Petit Jovial…

After the birth of her son, Petit Jovial’s founder, Tania Veignat was inspired to create a pure and natural skincare line for babies. She couldn’t find anything gentle enough for his sensitive skin where she lives in Paris, and decided to make her own, and so Petit Jovial was born. 

Founder Tania Veignat says: “When my son was born, I scrutinised every label to check the ingredients, a habit I have since I am a chemist. I found that some products had secret ingredients that I wouldn’t want to put on my own skin, let alone my son’s precious skin. So, I founded Petit Jovial, with a focus on natural ingredients. As a certified natural skincare formulator, and with a degree in Chemistry, I want Petit Jovial to become the trusted natural skincare destination for your family. Our products care for you baby, children and yourself in a kind, gently way.”

Committed to environmental issues, Petit Jovial have chosen to bottle their skincare in MIRON violet glass jars and bottles. This specially designed dark purple glass helps to keep products fresher for longer, by shielding the contents from UV light. It’s the perfect packaging for natural skincare, as it preserves the freshness, without needing to use chemical additives. They are recyclable too, and to help minimise the impact on the planet.

As part of their commitment to people and planet, Petit Jovial donate to charities working on orang-utan conservation projects in Indonesia. Deforestation is devastating Indonesia, removing the orangutans’ natural habitat, putting them on the ‘Critically Endangered’ list, with only around 14,000 Sumatran orang-utans, and 104,000 Bornean orang-utans left in the wild*. This is a cause close to founder Tania’s heart, as her late dad was Indonesian, and she spent much of her childhood there. 

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