Saturday, 28 January 2017

Three days at Disneyland Paris

They say it's a kids dream to go to Disney but now I'm back I would say it's everyone's dream to go to Disney.  So let's get started on our trip, I've never been before and my children haven't either so I was desperate to go and to take them, so I booked it and didn't tell the children and surprised them by telling them a week before, why I did it a week before I'm not entirely sure because they literally couldn't sleep as they were so excited.  On the morning we went we had to get up at 5pm I couldn't sleep myself as I was so excited but did get up on time and then a mad rush to meet the coach as we were travelling to Paris by coach gulp.  I made sure I took plenty of snacks and iPads to keep the children entertained as the journey was estimated for 12 hours double gulp.  Actually it went really quick and we arrived at Disney, we checked in and I was staying  at Santa Fe Hotel.  Quick drink and we were out, it was quite cold and rainy but who cared as we were in Disney.

A quick stop in one of the Disney shops for accessories and we were off on a quick look at everything.

Anywhere else you couldn't get away with this look but at Disney anything is acceptable.  No amount of tiredness would stop any of us from staying out and exploring but we did need to go back to the hotel and we had a busy day ahead of us.  The next day we bounced between both parks universal and disney, as we had done a few fast passes, we wanted to get most of the big rides out of the way so we opted for Tower of Terror first, right now I queued for the ride and got to the top ready to go on and my nerves got the better of me so is linked off down the stairs I felt so gutted I couldn't do it.  My children came off bouncing and loving it.  So in my head I thought I need to do this ride at least before we leave.  The rest of the day we walked round trying to do as many things as we could and we did.  What we couldn't do we fast passed and had times to go back later in the day. After a really long but fun day we stopped for good in one of the many eateries in the park I can't remember the name but I know it was really expensive to eat there.  We then went and done our fast past rides which were Peter Pan and Pirates of the Carribean and then it was time for the wishes fireworks display.

I literally had a huge lump in my throat watching this as it really was one of the most magical things I've ever seen,  the children literally didn't speak but they were fixed on watching the fireworks.  To savour these moments I will never ever forget and I hope they don't either.   The next day again was a culmination of doing the rides that we hadn't done before so we did Ratatouille and I think it was one of my favourites it was amazing, and I would say if you are going and haven't gone before try your best to do it, it's visually amazing.  We tried to get back on it but it was so busy so I think other people had the same thoughts.  This time after we had done loads of rides we wanted to have a really good look in the shops as I wanted to buy some things to take home like mugs and presents and the obligatory fridge magets I couldn't help think how really expensive the shops were, lots of my friends told me it was and it really is but I was prepared for it.  I think it was the eating out that really was so so expensive but again people had warned me so I was prepared for that to.  

The days literally flew I have never known days to go that quick before they certainly don't when your in work, but on the way home we were all really tired, but I just looked at my pictures on my phone and couldn't help but think what an amazing amazing time.  This picture was from one of the parades everything was fab to watch and there was no little detail that was missed everything was so perfect.  And back to the Tower of Terror ride did I go on it yes I did the next day after the one I was far too scared to go on, I literally thought if my children can then I need to not be a wuss, let's just say my heart was nearly in my mouth on it, and I thought I was going to fly our of the seat and out if the building but obviously you don't, it was such a thrill ride, but I am so glad that I did it, my children thought I was so brave and for ten minutes after I had been on it, I was like the coolest mum ever.  I am sure I aged 50 years on that though.

Would I go back yes I would go tonight I literally loved it, when people have told me before how good it was I thought ah can it really be that good, yes it literally can memories last forever,  the only thing I would say is eat savvy as it is very expensive to eat out.  Take snacks for the day for the park, I took a small Robinsons Squeezy which I could put orange squash in water so the children had plenty to drink.  Wear warm clothes layers are better, and take comfortable shoes as you walk non stop.

Hope you liked this post.

Laura x

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Algenist Anti Ageing Review

Hey guys bit of a skincare post which is one of my favourite things to talk about other than chocolate so as I'm heading into my 43rd year gulp I am really stepping up my skincare regime particularly when it comes to anti ageing.  I purchased a set from QVC called Algenist I had actually never heard of this brand before but figured after reading a lot of reviews this line would be right up my street.  So I bought the whole set on a easy pay option from QVC which basically means you get the whole lot and can pay it off in little bits each month.

So here is what I start with the Algenist Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser in the morning, to apply I wet my skin and lather gently into my skin.  The cleanser is gentle yet effective and leaves my skin feeling clean but not dry.  The anti ageing factor in here is Alguronic Acid which is extracted from algae.  Algenist products are said to promote tight wrinkle free skin over time.  I actually like the
cleanser as I feel it's creamy and gentle to my skin doesn't leave it feeling dry but you do get the
feeling of tightening not in the drying sense but In a hopefully good way steering toward keeping the skin looking fresh and healthy.

After I have washed my face I never ever not use moisturiser so I use my Regenerative Anti Ageing Moisturiser.  A few people have complained they don't like the smell of this, I can give or take it, it's not floral or particularly over powering and not off putting in  my opinion but I understand some people prefer things or sometimes be fragrance free.  I think I would prefer a pump with the moisturiser as once you open the bottle I feel like a lot of ingredients will become less effective, but that said I love the fact the moisturiser is lightweight and sinks into my skin well, plus I like the fact that if I use the products in conjunction with each other.  I wake up in the morning and my skin looks glowy in the morning.  I apply this on my face and neck I sometimes forget to put moisturiser on my neck but I'm really trying to remember as I don't want a neck like a crocodile.  I don't use this every night I use this every other as personally I feel this suits my oily skin best.

And last but not least I absolutely love eye creams especially if they work.  The Algenist eye cream is rich and enriched with Alguronic Acid Vitamin C and Caffeine which added together are to combat puffiness and dark circles.  With a blend of Aloe Cucumber and Green Tea Extracts provide nourishment to the fragile eye area. I actually can use this morning and evening it's great as a primer to my eye area before makeup as yet it hasn't made my eye makeup run or move, but then i always use a loose powder underneath just for added protection.  It really Is one of my favourite eye creams as it's light and yet nourishing.  I don't suffer from dark circles yet as my sleep pattern is rubbish it is helping me with my bags.

Hope you enjoyed this post 

Laura x 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Vicks Vapour Rub Things I Never Knew

So you may have noticed my little blog has had a few little changes and more obviously a new name, I will write a post telling you why and how I got the name soon.  I know this post is not makeup or hair related but another reason for the updated blog stuff I'm going to write about lots of different things but skincare hair and beauty are still my favourites,

Now you can see from my picture that my jar of Vicks is completely battered from regular use mainly for the children when they are full of cold I love it, rub it on there chests before bed so they can breathe more easily and also on the soles of their feet to also help with there breathing when they are blocked up through colds.  Now I had no idea on earth ever that you could use Vicks for anything other than that but I think I saw it in the Daily Mail that there was so many other uses.  Obviously  I'm not going to list and repeat like the paper but tell you a few uses that I am currently having a go with now.

First of all I use this on my feet, cringe you say and I hear you, but if you suffer from unsightly dry cracked heels which I do and I know it's vile, I blame my flip flops, but a few coats of this baby and shove your socks on off you go to bed and wake up in the morning and literally your feet really do soften and not only that but it does help the cracks.  Don't get me wrong they don't go away I am not actually sure of anything does make them go away but this certainly helps.  Yes it does smell but I like the smell I have had worse smelling treatments on my feet to help them and this is definitely nor one of them.  When you stick to it and use it regularly you absolutely do notice a significant improvement.

Now the next one I'm trialling is Acne, now I'm well away from my teenage years but my daughter isint she's 14 and really suffering from really bad acne at the moment I feel so sorry for her because it really knocks your confidence, I've been there and I know a lot of you will have to, other kids can be so cruel and she's been at the brunt of some vile comments, so after going to the doctors course of creams and anti biotics her poor face doesn't seem to be improving much, so at my wits end I did read that trying Vicks might alleviate the acne so I'm currently using this on my girl and I will report back to you as it's top early to let you know how it does.  I'm praying it actually does help.

Also I have read that Vicks is good for helping relieve migraines, and haven't tried this myself but if it works like it does on my feet I can imagine it may well be good.

So who knew a little bottle like this would have all these uses.

Laura x

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Oribe texturising spray review

Hey guys still no snow for us unfortunately how much of a little kid am I, but it is really freezing so after a little running round and picking kids up and dropping them off I having a herbal tea along with a chocolate biscuit so half healthy anyway.  Now onto the post my thoughts on the very popular Oribe   
Texturising Spray.  I know this product has a bit of a cult status and a huge following so I kind of stayed away from it mainly for two reasons one being it's not very purse friendly coming in at £40 for a full sized bottle which is hairspray size and you can pick up a travel size which comes in about £20.
The product is described as an invisable dry hair spray which builds in incredible volume and sexy texture.  Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just - styled hair for day and nights.

So you start off with instant high hopes as the reviews are primarily very good for this, cased in a sleek beautiful bottle with a classy design it's perfect for your dressing table, and looks extremely upper class to use.  So how to use shake and spray where you need lift and volume, I usually use mine on hair that is two or three days in between washes as that to me is the point of this, I spray at my roots where I need it, and rub into my scalp..  I don't get any white patches or flakes left after using this, I wear a lot of navy and black so trust me I would be going nuts if I was covered in that, so I'm thankful you don't get that.  The smell is lovely and unique which I like on my hair.  Also as I have fine limp hair I need a volumising boost and for me this does work, it really is as perfect as it looks.

It is very pricey and I know there are alternatives which work equally as good but if you can stretch to the price then why not we all like a bit of luxe in our life.

Laura x 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

How to get a beach wave not curls

Hello guys well we have been forecast snow so I'm so excited to go to sleep as il be waking up like a loon to run to the window to see if we have any and then so disappointed if we don't. So eating a bounty cookie and writing at the same time.
Now if you know me I won't need to explain but if you don't, I had my hair cut into a pixie crop a year ago and have been growing it out frantically with the help of hair extensions which to date I still have in.  So for work I tie my hair into a loose bun but if I go out I like it wavy but not always curly, my niece is an amazing hairdresser and recommended to me to try the GHD hair curve wave wand.  I did think ok so the straighteners are literally amazing and like the Mercedes of hair straighteners so with that and my nieces recommendation I bit the bullet and bought them.

So this is what it looks like, mine is quite a small barrel and slims down to a point at the end, if you are a novice then I would recommend getting the heat protecting glove so you don't burn your hand.  It is actually easy to use once you decide what sort of wave you want.  As usual with heat appliances a heat protective spray is recommended, before you use.  So there you go make your way through your hair as you would with any kind of curling/wave tools and voila.  I use a heat protector spray at

the moment I have a GHD one and then once I have done my hair I spritz with ORIBE Texturizer as I
love it, it smells lovely and I like the way my waves fall once I have worked it through my hair.

Ooh look at the smily face not ha ha, but that is an example of the waves you get with this beauty I love it, though I did burn my hand once but that was my fault, the heat up is quick indicated by a little bleep when you turn the button on and likewise when you turn it off, there is also a little raised ridge on the tool so that when your not using it you can put in on a heat protector mat and it won't burn your carpet or where you leave it.

I hope you can get a better view of the waves on this picture, if your lightly spritz your hair with a decent hairspray you can get a good few days out of these waves and non frizzy to.

Hope you like this post and find it helpful

Laura x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

What I've been loving so far this year.

Happy new year beauts, I cannot believe we are in 2017 it's freaking me out but hey, I've spent today at football with my littlest and running round the other two, to meet with their friends I think I am officially a taxi, I'm more worried about how quickly they are growing up and don't need me so much.

Anyway back to the post, after christmas I thought I would round up things that I've loved and stood out to me over Christmas time and beyond into January, easily distracted today I keep looking at my living room windows wondering why there are no flashing fairy lights and realise my decs are down I miss my decorations.  So what have I liked this month well to start I really love the Palmolive new shower creams, I've got the Vanilla Pleasure one and I literally love this in the shower, I love the smell if you like vanilla then you will be a fan of this, if your not a vanilla fan then maybe not for you as the smell does linger on your skin after.  For me I found that the shower cream left my skin nice and soft so this is a winner for me bought it in on offer in Boots and it's so reasonable priced I know it comes in a chocolate version to, I would worry about this as I love chocolate so much I would be tempted to eat it and not use it in the shower, I'm not sure how I would find showering with a chocolate scent but that being said I haven't tried it so I can't knock it, though I would have difficulty going to sleep after showering with this on as I would want to go and get a bar of chocolate.

Next on the list is a product from Revlon which I am loving so much used it loads in December and I'm raving about it,   As a big fan of false eyelashes you need a decent glue, I had read good reviews about the Revlon precision clear lash adhesive so I bought it to try myself, it reminds me of a watered down Tippex the application is the same but on your eyelashes not to blot out mistakes, I found it so easy to apply, and my eyelashes stay put all night, and you cannot beat that on a night out thank god.  You don't get the dreaded curl up on the end of your lashes either so I'm definitely repurchasing this.

Onto lip gloss this is not a new find to me it's something I love and cannot be without although shamed to say I had ran out of it.  It's the Nars Chelsea Girls lip gloss, which the colour I absolutely love it's amazing.  I used to have it in a pot which I used with a lip brush to apply, but I now have it in the lipgloss with the applicator version and it's much easier to use. The colour is such a nice natural nude plus I find the gloss doesn't dry your lips out or leave your lips with the dreaded gloppy feel.

Pureology is the next now I bought this shampoo and conditioner as it's free of sulphates and rubbish that your hair doesn't benefit from, I still have extensions in after having my initial set in last year although I've had them cut up to shoulder length.  I have found this set lovely and moisturising for my hair, I have read a lot of people have commented they don't like the smell, I actually don't mind it, it's not over powering at all, it is expensive but on the plus you only need to use such a small amount  so you do get value for money unless your daughter uses the conditioner to put on her legs before shaving them grrrrrr.

Lastly but not least a product I've never owned or tried before Oribe Dry Texturising Spray this has got a cult following but the price point has put me off before, for a full sized bottle you are looking at £41 which is expensive for a Texturizer however I picked it up in the tiny travel sized size and I love it.  I have a mid length tousled style so this spray is perfect for me as in between washes I spray a little and scrunch into my hair and I have a nice manageable unfrizzy  tousled wave, trust me to like something that's price point is out my range at the minute, but I can say it's a fab product.

Hope you liked my round up of things I like so far.

Laura x

Where have I been

Hello lovelies well first of all I don't know what to say, I've been absent for my blog for a couple of months which you may or may not have noticed, I have really missed it though.  I have been on twitter a bit and Instagram but I wasn't in a good place to commit to my blog and I didn't think it was fair to update it when my heart wasn't in it.  To cut a long story short I've been really unwell and in a terrible headspace and I couldn't get myself out of it.  However it's a new year and I've sought a lot of help to get myself in a good place not just for me but my little ones to.  I absolutely love blogging to and I generally really have missed it.  It literally is the only hobby I've stuck at well apart from this little couple of months.

My photography still need a lot of help and I'm trying to up my game on all this, as I read other blogs and think oh my god I absolutely love these pictures, I don't compare mine at all as I really can't (laughing) but I will get myself there.    So this year I'm determined to work harder with my little blog and try and get myself in a good place mentally to keep myself well, I know that a lot if you readers suffer from anxiety and depression and know how awful it can be.  But the good thing is you can and do come out the other end.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and happy new year

Laura xx