Ellefluence: Urban Decay Masterclass Ready

Sunday 6th November 2016

Last Thursday I was super excited to be invited to Ellefluence’s first event, which only happened to be an Urban Decay Masterclass. Eeekkk!

Missuswolf Urban Decay Newcastle Ellefluence Spectrum pallette and chalkboard

Image Courtesy of Laura Pearman Photography

Before we get started on the uber fun of playing with make-up, here’s a little bit more about Ellefluence:

Missuswolf Ellefluence logo

Ellefluence by Elle Blonde is a brand new platform for connecting influencers and brands.

The lovely Laura Dawson of Elleblond with some delish sliders courtesy of Rub Smokehouse (The Gate)

The lovely Laura Dawson of Elle Blonde with some delish sliders courtesy of Rub Smokehouse (The Gate) Image Laura Pearman

Laura Dawson blogs at Elle Blonde and she is the lovely lady behind this exciting new venture.

And the crazy part?

The Urban Decay Masterclass is Ellefluence’s first event – and they don’t even launch until January 2017.

Super slick or what? My kind of organised.

Urban Decay Masterclass Ready

Well, as I harp on a lot these days, I sprogged a child back in March and my life has changed somewhat.

 

So getting ready to go out to the Urban Decay Masterclass felt like I was getting ready for a night on the town.

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I had me eyebrows freshly HD’d that afternoon, my sister had Ella so I could get ready in my own time and not on a small humans.

It was all about

the eyes.

Using my Naked 2 palette, I swept Bootycall all over my lids, blended Tease in the sockets and coloured in my eyelid with Busted. I then dampened my brush and used Blackout on my lower lashline.

Make-up on fleek.

Unlike my nails.

Let’s just say I had a fight with my UV gel machine the night before.

And it won. I ended up peeling (naughty) my gel nails off then ran out of time to paint them. I think there’s one photo on here of a scabby nail. Apologies.

There was a change in the original venue the night before the event. It was originally being held at Gusto on Newcastle Quayside, however with there being so much interest from bloggers looking to make purchases, it was moved to the restaurant on the top floor in Debenhams.

With this in mind I decided to ditch the automobile in favour of the bus with it being closer to the Haymarket.

I left the house in plenty of time and was at the bus stop early.

Unfortunately, the bus decided to be nearly fifteen minutes late. And it takes an hour to get into town. Ouch. I was going to be late.

I tried not to panic. I’m used to being late now I have that age old excuse of a baby.

But I don’t want that to creep into adult activities.

I’ve always been a stickler for time. So arriving nearly twenty minutes late was not what I envisaged and I was feeling pretty anxious as I power stomped my way from the bus station to Debenhams.

I was mortified at how late I was and gutted to have missed the start. The Urban Decay Team were in full swing when I arrived.

Luckily, I was met by the lovely Laura Pearman, who was the photograpther for the evening. I apologised for my tardiness and she was super sweet about the whole thing. Told me not to worry, grab a drink of fizz and find a seat. Thankfully there was one on the back row which I slid into, hopefully un-noticed.

Missuswolf Urban Decay make-up class Laura Pearman

Laura Pearman Photography

I joined in as the UD Team were taking the make-up from a day look to a night look on the model Emma.

Missuswolf UD Masterclass make-up model

Laura Pearman Photography

 

They show cased the new Spectrum Palette too, which had unreal eye-popping colours. I’m not sure it’s something I’d wear as I’m not that daring when it comes to eye colour. They’re bold, statement pieces where as I’m more earth, taupe and smoke.

Missuswolf Spectrum Palette Ellefluence

 

A product that caught my attention was the eye-shadow primer. In the past I’ve found that my eye-shadow tends to slide off (I must have oily lids. How glam.) Although since I’ve started using the Naked 2 palette, the eye-shadow does seem to stay on for much longer.

The team discussed a range of eye-shadow primers from Original to Eden – a nude matte and Minor Sin – a champagne shimmer. There’s also an Anti-ageing one too. Brill as I’m heading down that slope a bit quicker than I anticipated.

Missuswolf Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer

While the UD team were talking through their make-up, they passed products and make-up brushes around the audience so we could have a look at the packaging, test the products and get some super snazzy pics too.

Missuswolf Urban Decay All night foundation

All Nighter foundation Excuse the scabby nail

Another produce of note was the All Nighter foundation. Not only is this waterproof (may be ideal as if I’m not crying at some-point I’ve got the parental sweats) it gives full matte coverage and is beneficial to oily skin. Which mine has oily tendencies.

Plus it comes in an airtight container that pushes the foundation to the top. Brucey bonus! You can see how much you’ve used and don’t have to tip it upside down at the end.

Missuswolf Urban Decay lipsticks

The Urban Decay Team talked us through the lipsticks and how they’re enriched with an oil that nourishes the lip and therefore doesn’t dry them out. A product I need to try out as lipsticks usually dry and crumble on my lips. I do exfoliate and all the bumf but it really is an area I need to practice on.

Plus I’m still in search of 1993. I asked at the event if there was any in stock. Sadly there was not but my name is down on a list now woohoo! I’ve been looking for 1993 since – well – what feels like 1993.

Also new to the Urban Decay stock are the colour correcting fluids. The team talked about how the different colours can be used to correct different blemishes. For example, the green fluid is used to cover red patches and pimples. Ideal for me at this time of year. My skin is seasonal – as soon as I hit September I break out in spots until March. Excellent.

Missuswolf Urban Decay make-up brushes

And finally, another product of note was the All Nighter spray. This ‘sets’ your make-up and prevents it from basically sliding off your face. A testament to this is one of my really good friends used this when she got married in the blazing heat in Mexico.

A tip that they demonstrated was to spray in a t motion across your t-zone and then in an x form. This is much more effective that just a general spritz over the face.

As the team were talking to the audience, food appeared from Rub Smokehouse and was passed around the audience. There were chicken wings, sliders and nachos to name a few. I tried the wings, nachos and I think it was something called Texas Toast, which was like a garlic bread. All lovely and def somewhere I’d go with my hubby (anyone want to babysit?) as we both love that kind of food.

Once the demonstrations were over, there was general mingling, nibbling and photo-taking. I ended up having a delightful coughing fit while I was talking to Geordie Kisses (sorry!) and had to keep reaching for the orange juice. Apologies Laura it was me who drank all the orange as I had a serious frog in my throat!

Then off we trooped down to the Urban Decay shop floor to play some more and receive our goody bags. It was here I had a mooch with Geordie Kisses and Tales From A Geordie Goth

Missuswolf Urban Decay girls shopping

Mooching with Tales From A Geordie Goth. Image Laura Pearman

The goody bag had some samples in and – woohoo – there was the eye-shadow primer and the All Nighter spray. Hurrah! Can’t wait to test these bad boys out.

Missuswolf Urban Decay Goody Bag

A very successful evening, well done Ellefluence and thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Maternity Leave Essential: September’s Birchbox

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Missuswolf Maternity Leave Essentials Birchbox

 

Every month I receive a lovely little present in the post from myself to myself – a BirchBox.

I love getting post

– who doesn’t?

This month’s Birchbox theme is Heroes – celebrating heroic women who inspire us.

My heroic woman and ultimate girl crush is Beyoncé.

She oozes woman power .

Not only do I love her music (espesh after a fizz or four where I’m on that dance floor bootyshaking. Argh criiiiinge) I admire her work ethic too. She works super hard and is very humble. A good example to her little lady.

And that’s what I want to be. (You can read more about my obsession for the word Empowerment in my Guest Blog over on the Pocketnannies.)

For now, back to the beauts.

I have to say, this month’s BirchBox is rather late. There was some cufuffle with the payment at the beginning of the month (probs my fault for not having any pennies in the bank ooops). And although it was resolved swiftly with the  lovely people at Birchbox, my box went AWOL.

Another email to Birchbox. Who I can’t fault their customer service. They are quick to respond and advised another box would be on its merry way.

So I just picked mine up from the sorting office yesterday in Blyth. I do love a delivery but it helps if you’re bastard in to get in.

Which I never seem to be. I’m either running around like a loon at a buggy bootcamp or out singing and sensorying at a baba group.

And because of all this mix-up, I didn’t get my chosen ModelCo Highlighting Trio. Boo. Sob.

I got the ModelCo Creme Rouge instead. Never mind. #FirstWorldProblems

Missuswolf Maternity Leave Essentials Birchbox

Why it’s a Mat Leave Essential

Aside from it being affordable (despite my earlier mishap at the beginning of the month) the products are the right size to take in your changing bags.

Yes fellow Mammy Tribe – you are allowed to put products in that bag for you.

Mine is normally these little samples, an aloe lip balm (aaaalways got dry lips), a bottle of water and (was) an emergency KitKat. From the days where I felt faint from lack of sleep, food, water  –  just the general things you need to function as a human being and, you know, keep you alive.

The KitKat was replaced with an apple once the fainty stage passed (get me being all good and healthy).

Now the apple’s been tossed aside for Rice Cakes, Rusks and Wafers.That aren’t for me.

But I still snack on them. I mean, what better way will Ella learn than to watch me put her food in my gob?

Missuswolf Maternity Leave Essential Birchbox

September’s Samples

 

ModelCo – Creme Rouge –  despite being disappointed I didn’t get the highlighting trio, this is prob better for a crazy lady like me on the go. It’s a 2-in-1 formula to ‘add a flush of colour to lips and cheeks’. I can dab it on my lips and cheeks in a swift swoop and woohoo, I’m winning at life.

Amika – Bombshell Blowout Spray – This is a lightweight spritz that is volumising, smoothing and texturising. This won’t be going in the changing bag as you spray it on damp hair. It’ll go on my dressing table for when I remember (and get the chance) to wash my hair – give it a little bit of TLC. Which reminds me I MUST buy some more Dry Shampoo. I’ve ran out of Batiste Tropical and the last Birchbox sample of Philip Kingsley. I’m currently using Schwarzkopf Got2be volumising powder, which is god knows how many years old. It’s my emergency supply and it’s a sorry attempt at pretending I have clean hair.

This Works – In Transit Camera Close-up – A mask, moisturisier and primer. In the same bottle. Wow. Def a pick-me-up in a bottle if there ever was one. You see I’m torn – this one will prob stay on my dresser to put on before my make-up. However, it may be a nice pick-me-up to have in your bag. If you have time to rub lotion on your skin that is. Which I don’t and even if I did I’d forget. Plus the season’s changed and so has my skin. It really, really needs make-up now.

NUXE – Prodigieux Shower Oil –  This smells delightful and is described as a skin-softening oil. Hmmm – this one will stay on my shower rack. I’m not likely to take a shower elsewhere at the mo. Or I can save it for going away. That’s if I went away anywhere (hint hint Mr W).

Puriskin – Nurse Aid Cream for Hands & Nail – This one is def for the changing bag! All that wiping of both ends of a small human takes its toll on your once beloved hands. This is described as ‘show your hands some love with a rich barrier cream when times are tough’ and ‘sinks in quickly‘. Sums up Mat Leave – we’re all for efficiency and a snatch of a pamper where we can. ‘Nuff said.

Plus the box is cute (love the colours and design) and it can be used as a make-up drawer on top of my dresser.

I’ll leave you with one thought …

Who is your Heroic Woman?

Love Missuswolf xxx

I’m a full on BirchBox subscriber – this post is all my own wafflings and ramblings.

Photo credit – Unsplash and Pixaby

Naked Orgasm at House of Fraser: Beauty Confidential

Last Thursday I attended a Beauty Confidential night at the House of Fraser at the Metro Centre.

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It was the first time I’d ever been to this type of event and I was über nervous.

Leaving the hubster to baba bath ‘n’ bed duties, I skipped out the door.

It felt so good to get out. Just me, no baba-in-a-car-seat-contraption that now breaks my back and without half the house in tow.

Me and my Cambridge Satchel.

I deliberately drove slow (the event was on 6-9 so plenty of time). Who knew being in a car by one self was so utterly delightful?

It felt so good to get out.

Selfish Mother alert …

And even better to go and look at beauty products – hurrah! Something for me. (Please note me time is very important for members of the parenthood sorority. See the importance of this in my post supporting PND week).

To be honest I’m an awkward person in Beauty Hall’s. I’m always overwhelmed by all the products on offer. I’m rubbish at making on the spot decisions.

I’m a planner by nature and I’ve realised that this has seeped into my shopping game. I’m more of an online shopper where I can sit in my pj’s, drink wine and peruse.

But alas, I can shop online at House of Fraser if I wanted to. I can also collect points there with the Recognition Card I signed up for. (That’s the second card  I’ve signed up for in two weeks. The last one was an organ donor at the Tall Ships. Who knew I’d go visit such an event and end up giving my organs away?)

Anywho back to Thursday and it was good to go out and peruse over all the beauty delights. I teamed up with The Sparkle Spy herself  who was my partner in crime for the evening. Having not met each other in real life before, it was Little Lost Blonde Girl meets Girl at Tom Ford Counter in Red. Had we been a couple in a movie it would have been our meet-cute.

Both being bloggers and Beauty Confidential virgins, we chatted about our common ground before heading straight over to the Urban Decay counter. The Sparkle Spy is a connoisseur in the Naked eye palettes and, having friends who champion these, I found the majority of Naked 2 tested all over the backs of my hands.

I’ve also been after Urban Decay’s Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in 1993 since – well –  what feels like 1993. It was sold out! I came across it on an Instagram account I randomly ended up following about a year ago. It’s a bloke who is a hairdresser but also does awesome make-up. He regularly dresses up his twelve year-old sister. It’s unreal what he does as she looks about twenty-one when he’s done. She ‘rocks’ (credit to the The Sparkle Spy for that word) the 1993 lipstick . And-I-want-it.

Bliddy sold out online everywhere and on the Urban Decay website too.

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Never mind, I got myself the Naked 2 palette. I’ve been playing around with it all week. My main combo at the mo is Bootycall, Tease and Snakebite (shamelessly sums up my teen years. FYI mam and other family members I’m JOKING).

I wear a lot of brown and neutral eyeshadow and this has been a dream to me. The darker two on the far-right (Busted and Blackout) I used on my lower lash-line when I went out at the weekend (to give me what my hubby calls ‘bitch eyes’. I like to think smoulderingly sexy. Don’t think smoulderingly is a word but for the purpose of this blog post let’s run with it). They did a lovely job of replacing an eye pencil and lasted longer.

The next counter we invaded was the NARS one. I follow them on Insta and I tested a few of their lippies. The Sparkle Spy recommended their blush called ‘Orgasm’. I tell you what I did blush when I asked for one of those off the shop assistant! She was fab and hooted away with us both about the names of all their products. I’ve been after a new day blush and this one is a dream. It adapts to your skin tone and gives a nice subtle glow. It’s now replaced my MAC Melba.

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We were slightly confused by the leaflet that we were given. It listed certain products at their RRP and then showed a reduced price. We thought that if we bought items at the shown reduced price on the list that added up to £50, you’d get a tenner off. So I was about to throw some Benefit mascara in the mix to make it up to the £50 when the lovely assistant (who hooted about the naughty-named-NARs products) explained that wasn’t the case. The leaflet was actually showing what you would pay on the particular product if you spent over £50 and got the £10 off.

So RRP minus 10.

Never mind.

Confusion over.

We got the products we wanted (bar 1993 – boo). Waah. Hiss. Sob.

Recognition points collected, we said our goodbyes and off we both went into the sunset.

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Love Missuswolf xxx

 

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Pink Hair Don’t Care

I get bored with my hair.

It tends to change with the seasons; I embrace the blonde bombshell and beach waves in summer and the toned down caramel colours with a fuller fringe in the winter.

Just before I fell pregnant, I experimented with balayage.  It just happened. A tinkering of

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Pregnant hair don’t care.

dark at the roots migrating to softer caramels at the bottom. It quickly turned into my signature pregnancy hair as the longer ‘roots’ pasted on made my hair feel in better condition and gave it a break from the blonde.

 

Although my hair is naturally a boring mousey colour, I usually don’t think the darker colour suits my skin tone. I find that I have to overcompensate on the eye makeup too. But balayage was the perfect combo as the blonde ends balanced it out.

So where does the pink hair come into this equation?

With my hair being super blonde at the moment, my roots are uber dark. Despite getting my hair done every six weeks, there’s a couple of weeks where I need to do some route disguising tricks; a bit of dry shampoo/a messy parting/ back comb the roots.

Well this summer, I’ve added a hint of pink to the mix.

imageMy sister went through a phase of having a tint of pink in her hair earlier this year. When I asked her about it, she referred me to the fab range called Bleach London.

Now these are perfect for blonde hair.

With the standard silver shampoo to even out brassy tones (a must-have shampoo for us blondies) they’ve added a range where you can get a hint of colour to your blonde hair too. I’ve also spied their hair colour crayons now.

I’ve opted for the Rose Shampoo. It’s a wash in, wash out shampoo so it’s ideal for those couple of weeks. My thinking is the pink distracts more from the dark root. Plus I’m on maternity leave and have no work to be professional for so now’s the time to experiment.

Yup – pink hair don’t care.

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A rare straight hair day too. It was a Sunday and I had time to blow dry it straight.

I mean, it’s not outrageously adventurous – it is just a hint of pink after all – as this pic will show you. But in the right light (I was struggling to get a picture of this), it gives me ‘candyfloss hair’.

 

You can get other colours in their range (check out the Washed Up Mermaid colour – argh!). They do semi permanent one’s too which I think I might experiment with towards the end of my next hair cycle (may have to run this one by my hairdresser first!)

As for beach waves (basically can’t-be-arsed-hair you can get away with) – I tend to plait my hair for bed, take it out in the morning, back comb a few roots and spritz some L’Oreal Studio Matt and Messy – Shine Free Salt Spray Tousled  and ta-da – the lazy girls guide to beach hair.

Although there’s a product I’m dying to try now that I’ve found while googling an image for this blog post (I’ve ran out of Matt and Messy and don’t have a bottle to take a pic of oops) – Wild Stylers Beach Waves.

 

Anyway  I’ve been doing the lazy girls beach hair for years –  I’m super lazy when it comes to dealing with my thick-takes-years-to-dry mane.

When my hair’s this blonde, it needs a lot of moisture so I use Aussie imageMiracle Moist Shampoo when I’m not using Bleach London (I cheated on Aussie temporarily with Herbal Essences when I was early pregnant. I couldn’t stand the smell. Now I’m wary of Herbal Essences as it reminds me of those funny days. Bah).

Again, this is just my hair care routine that I’m boring you with I’m not an ambassador to Bleach London or Aussie.

I get my hair done this Thursday woohoo (Hi Paula! –  Northburn Hair. Check her out – she’s awesome).

As the saying goes – blondes have more fun. So have more fun with your blonde hair and play with the Bleach London colours.

 

Love Missuswolf xxx

Maternity Makeup Must-haves

FRIDAY 12th AUGUST 2016

For the record this blog isn’t always going to be about maternity and baby stuff – I get bored so I’m writing about what’s going on in my life. Which other than keeping a small human alive and successfully getting us both up and out of the house every day, doesn’t really consist of much.

So here’s my ramblings about my Maternity Makeup Must-haves.

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Forgot to take the label off the mascara and wipe the smear off the lip gloss lid ooops. I’m not taking the picture again (it’s dark now – so the lighting’s not right haha).

Obviously the ultimate factor drummed into you from the moment that embryo attaches itself to your uterus is that you will never have time for yourself again. Ever.

I jest – if you’re pregnant with your first please don’t panic.

You will.

It’s hard and it takes time to get a balancing act going but you will nail it. Those first few new-born days are a whirlwind.

I know it may be the last thing on your mind but to me it was psychological.

If I could manage a shower and to put a bit of slap on everyday, I was ready to take on anything – including a nocturnal baby who had just found her vocal chords.

Tip – buy yourself a few key items when you’re pregnant.

Here’s my Motherhood War paint:

Bare MineralsComplexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel cream – Obviously my complexion needs rescuing, especially in those first week weeks where I hadn’t slept and consumed a tonne of sugar.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand – A concealer that has an under eye lift cream – score! I was sold by the word Miracle.  Need I say more. This has been a godsend.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara with oil blend – Makes you instantly feel human as it frames but disguises your hideously tired eyes. Oh – and it also withstands any happy/hysterical tears. It’s just a bit of a buggar to take off (might want to leave this one until you’ve got a bit more energy to scrub your face on a night time). I was scraping the last of my Mac Extended Play lash at the beginning of Mat leave and once that died I used my good old Boots points to try this one. It’s actually my fave mascara yet!

Mac Powder Blush in Melba – Instant injection of humanity in my face. Nothing screams healthy and glowing like a good Mac blush – especially handy on those days where you feel like death.

Forever Living Sonya Perfect Pink Lipgloss – a slick of this gives instant moisture on your lips and distracts from those tired eyesimage

LOC Millie Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil –  great for a quick sweep across the lips – as above

Benefit Browzings – even if you just do your brows you’ll feel like you’re winning at life. Kit includes mini tweezers, pigmented wax and a natural powder

I know the above may seem a lot of effort when you’ve got a wee one and I don’t always wear all of it. But this is my basic kit and I mix and match it up depending on the day/weather/activity. Honestly,  a bit of mascara and lippy can make you feel like you can conquer the world.

If you’re feeling super adventurous:

Smashbox contour powder palette –  a really successful day (by this I mean the weekend when the hubby is on baby duty) is throwing on a contour.

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I would show you the insides of Smashbox and Browzings but there’s not much left of these bad boys. I wore them out back in my old life when I had hours to get ready.

This is by no means a blog post telling you to get your ass up and wear make-up – god no.

I have days where I don’t wear any at all and it’s pretty liberating. It’s just that some days you feel like you’re going into battle and what best mental prep is there than a slick of war paint.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

 

 

Finding Sanctuary in a Tub and a Saviour in a Bottle – Stretchmarks

Wednesday August 10th 2016

Please note this post contains affiliate links – thanks.

My teen years were a bit unkind and left me with a few lovely silvery stripes in various places. From the moment that pregnancy test was positive I was straight to Boots racking up the points (they come in handy when your SMP kicks in!) on Stretchmark potions.

Again these are my own purchases and personal recommendations.

A friend recommended the Bounce Back Body Butter by Sanctuary Spa Mum To Be.

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Oh. My. Word.

Delightful.

It smells great, absorbs well and leaves your skin silky smooth. I still use it now in hope the ‘Bounce Back’ will blitz my uh-hum baby (easter egg) fat. Psst it’s also on offer for £6.99 at the mo instead of £10.49 so if you’re pregnant I highly recommend stocking up. I used to order online and go and pick up in bulk at the Boots Pharmacy in Blyth.

Another product I invested in (it’s a bit steep in price at £69.95 but I was obsessed and sucked in by these things) is Secret Saviours.

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You get a day cream to lather on and then wear a fancy bump band that has suction pads on to hold your skin in place. This band was a god send to me as it provides under bump and lower back support. I’ve got a bit of a shitty back with me being so lanky. Plus a physio once told me I have weak back muscles. I clearly didn’t take heed to this advice and do enough exercises to support my own body, let alone grow a small human.

#1 Top Rated Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy – The Secret Saviours Patented and Clinically Tested Maternity Belly Bump Support Band, Gel and Night Cream. 9 out of 10 Women Had No or Significantly Reduced Stretch Marks

 

Team that with the sexy Maternity Belt  from Jojo Maman Bebe and big Primarni knickers I was a treat for anyone with a warped Pregnancy S&M fetish.

Maternity Belt

Image from Jojo Maman Bebe website

 

Hot stuff. I’m so pleased I was pregnant over the autumn and winter months so I could hide all that crap.

Secret Saviours also comes with a night time lotion that smells of lavender, which you can lovingly massage onto your bump (or quickly rub in after you’ve rolled into bed).

I bought this at the beginning of December  when I was about twenty five weeks pregnant and the bottles lasted me for about ten weeks. I didn’t bother buying any more as I got towards the end (you can buy the bottles separately) and just relied on Bounce Back Body Butter.

I also went through the odd bottle of Bio Oil as well as Mummy and Me cream from Boots too.

I’m not saying these are miracle workers but all of them combined seemed to be my weapons in the stretchmark battle – touch wood I’ve escaped thus far.

Either that or it was just massaging Aldi’s Lacura Dry Body lotion (about a quid a bottle) into my stomach  for the past five years.

Seriously – that was my stretchmark prevention warm up. Clearly bonkers.

 

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Maternity Leave Essential – Birchbox

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Tuesday 9th August 2016

Before I begin I’d like to state that I’m a full on subscriber to Birchbox and I’m not receiving anything for this blogpost. For all you ladies out there, especially those of you on Mat Leave – this one’s for you.

Birchbox Maternity Leave Essential Missuswolf

 

I’m hitting the brassic time of Mat Leave where every penny counts. Yawn. I shouldn’t complain as I’m lucky to be allowed nine months off. I saw an Instagram post yesterday of a friend in America who was going back to work after twelve weeks.

So, other than sporadically now spending my Boots points on makeup (which I accumulated buying all the baby crap) I’ve subscribed to Birchbox.

Once a month, I receive a little box through the post (exciting! I love receiving post).

Inside are five beauty product samples – ranging from make-up, perfume, skincare to hair care.

This month they came in a fabulous dove grey neoprene Scuba Birchbag with a range of four cool neon accents. The bag is super handy as either an everyday essential make-up bag or a travel bag for your jolly hols beauty products.

For those in the mammy tribe who carry a changing bag – this Scuba Birchbag is an ideal size to fit inside and slip your own essentials in.

August’s products are definitely one for the mammy tribe too – check this lot out:

Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo – need I say more

Merci Handy antibacterial hand cleansing gel – a given

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum – skin sos is a necessity

Anatomicals Body Scrub – ‘brimming with energising grapefruit’ ‘sloughs away dead cells’ – we need all the help we can get

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner – just because.

Oh and I nearly forgot – a delightful little sample of a perfume called English Laundry. To mask the smell of baby sick and the likes.

If you subscribe monthly it’s £10 plus £2.95 P&P. Keep an eye out for money off codes on the internet as well as I managed to get my July box for about £6.

You can accumulate points and receive offers for inviting friends to join.

A canny little treat to look forward to in the post every month.

Love Missuswolf xxx