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In-Home Gadgets to Help with Beauty & Wellbeing

Baby, it’s cold outside, but being stuck indoors needn’t be a chore! Whatever the weather and whatever the season, there are now gadgets galore to help you feel better. When it comes to looking after ourselves in the home, we Brits are a little behind some of our European counterparts, many of whom have long relied on additional home installations to keep them at their peak. With this in mind, today we’re taking a little look at products you can purchase to enhance your wellbeing, all within your own four walls.

Helpful Humidifiers

Humidifiers are gadgets that make the air in your house or apartment a bit more people-friendly. Just to avoid confusion; they are not those contraptions that stop damp taking hold when you’re drying clothes indoors! The purpose of a humidifier is to restore the moisture balance in the air. Making the air in your home ‘‘wetter’ may seem like an odd mission when it’s pouring with rain outdoors most of the time. However, modern building techniques mean that our airways and skin face a bit of an obstacle course whenever we transition from outside, in.  

Small flats and apartments in particular can suffer ventilation and humidity issues. Moving from cold and wet to warm and dry areas therefore contributes to many common winter beauty complaints. Dry cracked lips, flaky skin and even nosebleeds are exacerbated by movement between the cold outdoors to our warm, centrally-heated homes. During the colder months, we – and our beauty and health – are at the mercy of this barrage of changes.

Beauty experts have long recommend switching up your skincare routine when the dark nights descend. It’s not uncommon for us girls to have preferred winter cleansers and moisturisers that are more hydrating than our favourite summer products. They are the tools that see us through the deep dark winter until spring arrives to brighten up our complexions. A humidifier is another weapon you may consider adding to your beauty arsenal. As an added bonus, humidifiers can in some cases help with snoring too. This is of course excellent news if your other half sounds like a growling bear when they sleep! Want to know where to start, here’s a helpful round up of the best humidifier models around.

Lovely Lights

Not all light therapy products meet the standards required to treat seasonal affective disorder nor do you need to have SAD to consider introducing a little light therapy into your home. Using light boxes with UV lights has been found to help those suffering with SAD, which is associated with the reduced amount of sunshine we are exposed to in winter. Special SAD busting light products can prove effective for some sufferers, particularly when used in the morning.

Light therapy can enhance your home in so many other ways too. You could consider purchasing a dawn simulator alarm clock to ease you into the day more gently. Use of different coloured lighting can also have a positive impact on your mood, helping you to relax or to feel more refreshed. With this in mind, could you use lights a little more creatively to set the scene for relaxation? Using LEDs to create a night sky is a popular bedroom DIY hack that can also be used in your bathroom. The sensory impact of light is also combined with water in sensory showers, though investing in this kind of home improvement will be a little harder on your wallet.

Heavenly Hot Tubs

Who doesn’t love sitting back in a hot tub and sipping a glass of fizz? There’s a reason the best day spas usually have a hot tub and that’s because they’re great at helping us to wind down and relax, which is an essential part of looking after ourselves. Hot tubs for the home have come down in price in recent years and there are now many temporary models that can be put up and down when not in use. If a hot tub is your ultimate home pamper product, you should be aware that they are not cheap things to run. Taking a regular time out after work in your own personal tub could amount to some serious hydrotherapy hours though. Along with helping you de-stress, time spent in the bubbles is associated with better circulation, which can cause problems in winter months. If you hit the gym or have an on-going muscle complaint a hot tub could help ease your pain, with water jets supplying soothing massage. Just remember that hot tubs are not recommended for use by pregnant women because they raise your temperature.

Do you have a beauty or wellbeing gadget you can’t live without? And would you consider indulging in some at home humidifying or light or hydro therapy to make the winter months more bearable?

Shopkins Beauty Treats (review)

If you’ve got kids, especially girls between the age of about 3 and goodness knows what, you’ve probably been acquainted with the craze that is Shopkins. These little collectables come in hundreds of shapes, from cakes to shoes to fridge freezers to lipstick, and each has a cute little name like “Lammy Lamington” and “Rhonda Ring”. Sausage, being a fairly typical 8 year old girl, is absolutely bonkers about them and has been collecting them for a while, and because BB is never one to let herself be left out, she’s even started her own little collection too. So when H&A got in touch and asked if we’d like to review the new Shopkins Beauty Treats, I knew I couldn’t say no.

Shopkins Beauty Treats

We were sent a set of stick-on earrings, a nail set, some Shopkins false nails, a set of lip glosses and a set of lip balms, all of which featured the usual distinctive Shopkins characters and branding. Because Sausage is at that in-betweeny age (still occasionally wants to play with toys but is developing an interest in make-up and other girly things) all of these bits felt like a really natural progression of her interests.

In terms of quality, I was actually really impressed. The lip gloss was a little gloopy but the colours were very  subtle, which meant she could wear them without getting that “child in a beauty pageant” effect that I hate. The lip balms were also really nice, with fruity scents and a very faint shimmer. Sausage already has her ears pierced so she didn’t have space on her lobes for the stick on earrings but, TOP TIP, they also make really cool nail stickers if your little one wants a Shopkins manicure!

The nail files were really cute and Sausage felt very grown up being able to do her own nails (and I didn’t feel like I was letting her be TOO grown up). The only minor downside was that the false nails didn’t stick very well, so although they were fun to apply there was no real lasting power. I suppose if you were really determined to get them to stay on you could try different nail stickers or even nail glue, but I wasn’t keen on putting that stuff on Sausage’s young hands.

I know it seems like a cardinal sin to mention the “C” word at this time of year, but I actually think all of the Shopkins Beauty Treats would make really excellent stocking fillers at Christmas; everything is priced below the £10-ish mark and there are other items in the range too, like eye masks and perfumes, which I just know Sausage would love.

Most of the range is available at Claire’s Accessories as well as LOADS of other Shopkins related stuff and we’d definitely recommend them for any Shopkins fan.

8 Steps To Luscious Lips

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Attaining the perfect pout can be a challenge. However, with the right tools and products, you can learn how to get luscious lips. Once you have mastered the basics, you’ll feel more confident trying out different types of lipstick knowing it will last longer and look better.

  1. Exfoliate. You can make you own lip scrub at home by mixing sugar and olive oil. Gently massage it onto your lips for a few minutes and voila – super soft lips that are ready to go.
  1. Moisturise. Applying lipstick to dry lips can be disastrous. It can look flaky and will wear off quickly. However, this can be avoided by moisturizing them before applying lipstick. Use your favorite lip balm or some coconut oil and get you lips feeling sexy.
  1. Use concealer. If you are applying a matte lipstick and want to get the exact color, then applying concealer first will help you. It creates a blank canvas so the color will really pop. This works great with bold shades and helps your lips stand out. It can also be used after application if you make any mistakes or the color bleeds outside the line.
  1. Line up. You should always use a lip liner to get the best look for your lipstick or gloss. It creates a sharp outline and makes your lips look fuller and more luscious. Find a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick, and line your lips with it. After you have done this, fill in the rest of your lip with the same liner pencil. This helps the lipstick last longer and also adds to the intense look.

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  1. Don’t rub your lips together. As tempting as it can be to do this, it can have a terrible effect on matte lipstick. A lip brush can be a great way to spread the color more evenly and help to avoid the texture problems that can be caused by rubbing your lips. You can also use a piece of good quality tissue to help blot away any excess lipstick.
  1. Don’t be afraid of color. Now you know how to prepare your lips; you can play around with different colors and textures. You could buy lip gloss or try a sheer lipstick for a change. There are even products that come with a clear topcoat to lock your lipstick color in so it won’t fade during wear.
  1. Avoid heavy eyes with a bold lip. You want the focus to be on your mouth, so keep the rest of your makeup neutral and muted. A great look can be a simple slick of mascara and some barely-there blush which make your lips stand out even more.
  1. Finally, invest in some good quality products to make the whole process easier. Lip brushes and balms are worth splashing out on so you can let your lips do the talking.

Does Your Husband Have A Beauty Regime Of Their Own? Here’s How It Should Look

Women these days have such varied skincare and beauty regimes. They can vary from the specific morning and nighttime rituals. Right through to using different products at different times of the year. Men, on the other hand, are a little more basic when it comes to things like this. Which, in fairness, I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing. However, you will also find that some men don’t take as much care of their appearance as they should. Which is why I thought it would be a great idea to highlight how a basic beauty regime should look for a man.

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Do they use a facial wash?

I would be surprised to hear that a man doesn’t wash his face, even just with water. It’s a great way of waking yourself up in the morning and getting all the sleep out of your eyes. But just like a woman would, it’s a good idea to include a facial wash in this part of the routine. It can cleanse the skin leaving it feeling fresh for the day. Men can suffer from spots and skin problems to, and may find that they have varying skin types from oily sections to dryness patches. Just like we would, it’s essential to find the right product for them and then sticking to it.

Is there any hair maintenance that needs to take place

Hair maintenance is something that will be different for each and every man. Some will need to shave every day as they like a clean look. Others may have something more commonly known as “designer stubble” which needs more maintenance than it let’s on, and the right shaving tools – electricshaversuk.co.uk. Then you have the men that grow their beards. All of which require care and time to perfect the look that man is going for. It’s hard to find razors and beard trimmers that can cut the time down. But once a routine is established you will find your man will get this sorted in no time. Another thing to consider would be a shaving gel and an aftershave balm to cut down irritation after shaving.

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Moisturising is just as important for a man as it is for a woman

Skin is skin. But why is it that some women take more care of it than some men? It’s the same thing, requiring different levels of attention and needs. Which is why moisturising is just as important for a man as it is for a woman. While some men don’t need to go to the same lengths as some women do, a good light moisturiser will keep their skin hydrated. Again this is something to consider if you find that the skin in question has any oily tendencies or dry patches.

Don’t forget to finish off the look

Finally, once all that maintenance is taken care of, which isn’t drastic, then it’s time to finish off the look. This could be with a bit of restyling of the hair and apply some gel or spray. Or just making sure that all hair maintenance is taken care of, and they look ready for the day.

It’s not as complex, or as lengthy as some beauty regimes. But a basic foundation to taking care of your skin and overall look. I hope it helps you encourage the man in your life to consider how they start their days.

 

The Realities of Being Fat and Pregnant

A couple of weeks ago, I read a viral Facebook post about a pregnant woman who’d been fat shamed after posting a series of photos online that she’d had taken of her and her bump. The story was then picked up by the Huffington Post after the woman was asked to take part in “The Honest Body Project”, a photo series which gives an honest look at women’s bodies.

The whole story was something which really resonated with me. Brittany Dykstra, the woman in the photos said “I’m 35 weeks pregnant and just last week I had maternity pictures taken to celebrate this horrible, but beautiful pregnancy. For the first time in about 35 weeks I felt beautiful, and was so excited to share this moment with my friends and family.”

She goes on to say “Later that day we got the sneak peak pictures back and I posted them on Facebook thinking my friends and family would think I was beautiful and would love them, however that wasn’t the case. All I received were negative comments about how huge I am, about how unhealthy I am, and about how they think my baby is going to be a 10 to 12 pound baby by the looks of how much I weigh. I literally went in the bathroom and cried for hours. It’s so hard being plus size, pregnant, sick, and getting negative comments about the way I look. If I’m happy and accepting of my body, why can’t everyone else just be happy for me?!”

Before I fell pregnant with Sausage, I wasn’t huge, probably around 12st, so a little overweight for my 5’4″ height, but not horrendously so as I have a large frame and huge boobs which tends to mean even at a ‘healthy’ body shape, I’m a little over what BMI charts say I should be. I gained a lot of weight during that pregnancy; for the first 4 months, I could barely eat anything at all and actually lost weight because of hyperemesis gravidarum. Then I developed gestational diabetes and despite trying to eat a low GI diet, the weight piled on. Once I’d given birth, I was in a cycle of depression and PTSD which meant that I never lost the baby weight and by the time I fell pregnant with Burrito Baby 5 years later, I was pushing 14 and a half stone.

I’d had every intention of losing the weight BEFORE getting pregnant again, especially as I was already diabetic, but I fell pregnant a lot quicker than I thought I would after having my implant removed, which meant dealing with pregnancy with a much higher starting weight than I would have liked. Like Brittany, once I reached a certain point in my pregnancy, I also felt a little more body-confident; my shape was suddenly defined by the life growing inside of me, not the amount of biscuits I ate, and while I wasn’t about to post photos of myself in lingerie on Facebook, I totally understand whet she meant about feeling beautiful for the first time in a long time.

According to the story, Dykstra started receiving abuse from family and friends regarding her weight, although no examples are given and I can’t help but wonder how much of this “abuse” was unwanted but well-meaning concern for her obvious weight problem. Because, while I am against the idea of ‘fat-shaming’ (lets face it, us fatties do tend to KNOW we’re fat, we don’t need to be constantly reminded), I do think it’s deluded to think that being overweight doesn’t cause health problems, especially during pregnancy. Being “happy” with your body is one thing, but being aware of health ramifications is also hugely important.

On a medical level, obesity during pregnancy can increase the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, infection, problems during labour, increased birth weight, birth defects, babies with a high birth weight and even miscarriage. This isn’t about ‘fat shaming’ or ‘thin privilege’ – these are REAL risks, caused by being overweight.

On a personal level, I definitely found that being overweight during pregnancy adversely affected me. Hauling around a giant bump AND a giant body was genuinely exhausting and I honestly think my SPD and mobility would have been slightly better had I not been putting so much pressure on my pelvis with my excess weight (although and friend of mine, who is very slim, also had SPD, probably worse than my own, so I’m not saying obesity is a cause or necessarily means I suffered more, just that I don’t think it helped at all).

I’m not saying that Brittany Dykstra deserved to be abused for being overweight, nor am I saying that she deserved to feel any less beautiful than other pregnant women who enjoy the glow of carrying a child, but tip-toeing around the issue of obesity isn’t right either. Lots of women get pregnant at a less than ideal time of their lives and I’m sure that, given the choice, women would always choose to be in peak health when conceiving but it doesn’t always happen that way.

The thing is, weight is such a hot-button issue for most people. I know I’ve taken offense, even from medical professionals who’ve tried to talk to me about being overweight. It’s one of those things that people are hugely sensitive about because it’s so closely tied to their self-esteem, so choosing a moment where a mother-to-be is feeling good about herself to give her a lecture isn’t the best timing, not to mention the fact that she probably already KNOWS the issues AND has a team of health professionals telling her the same thing, but that doesn’t alter the fact that being fat and pregnant can be a problem, so it’s not simply a case of whether a person is happy with their weight.

What do you think? Are people overstepping the mark by expressing concern for her? Have you experienced pregnancy as an overweight person? I’d love to hear your opinions and experiences because this whole story has obviously struck a chord with me.

eNail Mail Order Nail Polish – Review and Giveaway

When one of my lovely friends asked if I would like to review Enail, the mail order service for personalised nail polish, I jumped at the chance! If you’ve ever watched this vlog, you’ll know I’m a bit of an addict and it just so happens that Sausage has taken after Mummy and developed a penchant for nail polish all of her own.

Enail is a website which allows you to choose from a range of colours, place them into a gift box of your choice and even put a personalised message on the bottle in your favourite font. You can choose to make the choices yourself or gift a voucher code to your giftee to create their own. Sausage and I set about making our choices and found the website super easy to use, with a really nice range of colours to choose from.

Screenshot from 2014-12-04 16:59:06enail online nail polish giftsSausage and I had no trouble finding three colours we liked – in fact we struggled to narrow it down to just three! We went for three glitters – with Christmas coming up, you just can’t beat a bit of sparkle – in fact Sausage and I agreed that for less than £20, eNail would make an amazing Christmas present, especially for someone who you might not get to see over the Festive period.

One the nail varnishes arrived, we were both really impressed with not only the quality of the polish but also the packaging. We went for the leopard print box with a turquoise bow, which Sausage immediately claimed for herself to re-purpose at a later date and being the super kind mother that I am, I let her have it *grumble grumble*.

The colours we chose were a very Frozen-inspired blue, a glittery pink (naturally…) and a dark maroon/purply colour, all glittery and glam. eNail also send a free clear nail polish to be used as a base coat or top coat, which can be super useful for using under strong colours which might stain your nails, or even over the top for an added layer of strength and longevity. Sausage insisted upon having her nails painted with ALL of the colours immediately and we were both pleased to see that the polishes went on nicely, giving even coverage and were of a high quality.

All in all, both Sausage and myself were really impressed with eNail, the ease of use of their site, the speed with which the products arrived, the packaging and the quality and selection of nail polishes available. It’s a service we’d highly recommend and will definitely be using it again in the future.

eNail have been kind enough to give Mum’s the Word a set of polishes to give to our readers, so to be in with a chance of winning, just leave us a comment below telling us what your favourite Christmas song is. You can also earn a bonus entry by subscribing to Mum’s the Word using the box in the sidebar. Good luck! 

Giveaway starts at 11am on Tuesday 9th December and ends at 11am on Monday 15th December. Winners will be sent a code to use on the eNail site to the value of £19.95 and can choose their own polishes and gift options. No cash equivalent will be offered. 

Why I’ve Stopped Using Deodorant

Apologies for the slightly Take a Break-style sensational title to this post, but you should know by now that I’m a pretty straight forward kind of lady. I, friends, have stopped using deodorant. Here’s why:

I’ve never had a great relationship with deodorant. It makes my armpits itch terribly and I tend to jump from brand to brand, using each one until the irritation begins. I’m similar with shampoos, if I’m honest, and I think it might just be an all-over sensitive skin issue which causes the problems. Also, because of my diabetes, I sometimes get ingrown hairs or boils under my arms, which make using chemicals under there a real problem.

Just recently, I discovered a lump in my armpit, just behind where my breast meets my underarm and initially it was quite tender, so I went to the doctors and got some antibiotics, which took the tenderness away. In the meantime, Husband suggested that I stop using deodorant on my underarms to avoid exacerbating anything if it was a cyst or something else causing the lump, and keen to try anything which might help, I stopped. Obviously, I still showered every day and wore clean clothes, but I started to notice that I wasn’t having any obviously offensive body odour issues.

This was all about 4 weeks ago now and I’ve worn deodorant just once in that time. Weirdly, the day that I wore deodorant, I ended up washing it off because I seemed to be producing bad body odour. Husband has a bit of a conspiracy theory about certain cosmetics, such as face washes; use them on clear skin and suddenly, BOOM!, you’ve got a bunch of spots – so, you’d better carry on using the facewash, hadn’t you? I’m not saying that cosmetic companies are giving us spots and BO, but the products we’re encouraged to use don’t always protect us as well as we think and are mostly intended to make us buy more products. I even put this theory to my GP, who said that she actually agreed to a certain extent, and that her friends daughter, who was at medical school, actually wrote a dissertation about something almost identical.

Interestingly enough, I read a little while ago that the concept of B.O. (body odour) was actually invented by advertisers who were trying to sell a new product to the masses. They effectively decided to convince us all that the smell of a normal human was offensive and needed to be covered up, and wouldn’t you know it, they had JUST the product to help! Up until this point, we’d all gone happily about our days, washing our pits when they needed it and understanding that humans sometimes sweat, which isn’t the end of the world.

While I’m not saying that we should all walk around stinking, I’m not sure that we all need antiperspirant as much as we think we do, and my armpits certainly feel a lot healthier without being caked in deodorant every day. I’ve noticed that certain fabrics, such as stretchy nylons, will sometimes make my armpits a bit whiffy but I think that’s because the air doesn’t circulate as well through these materials. Other than that, my pits have been fine – my Husband is very particular when it comes to personal hygiene and even he’s agreed that I don’t stink!

Do you have issues with deodorant and would you ever consider giving it up, or it the thought of laying off of the roll-on a massive no-no for you? Leave me a comment below!

Shaving Tips for the Man in Your Life

This post was written by my lovely husband!

mens electric shaverIn recent years the so-called art of shaving has made a comeback. More and more men are switching over to the time honoured ways; the hot towels, the luxurious lather, the hand-picked Japanese or Russian blades, and it has to be said, treating yourself to a good, old fashioned shave is a great experience and one which I enjoy on a regular basis.

Some followers of the arcane art are vociferous in their opposition to any other way. You’ll hear stories of people ripping their faces apart with sub-standard disposables and giving themselves a nasty shaving rash or even ingrown hairs, rushing the process with an electric shaver. You’ll be told that there isn’t a middle ground – but there is.

Using an electric shaver for convenience needn’t be a painful and destructive process. Of course, it requires a little attention from you, but with a few simple steps you can have your cake and eat it too; a quick, easy shave without any ill effects.

The first and most obvious thing is to ensure that you have a decent electric razor. Thankfully, they don’t cost an arm and a leg these days and you can easily order a decent model online (Tesco Direct has a wide range available). Do bear in mind though, while some affordable models are excellent, more often than not you get what you pay for. Do your research first. My personal favourite is the new Braun 7, which is bristling (pardon the pun) with tech and draws upon Braun’s years of experience to deliver a first-class electric shave.

Once you’ve got your shaver, you’ll need to prepare. Give your face a wash using glycerine soap and dry it thoroughly on a clean towel. Once you’re done, use a good alcohol-based (yes, alcohol based!) pre-shave to ensure your mug’s clean and free of oil. Use it twice if you’re prone to oily skin.

When you’re ready to get going, start with your neck and work your way up. Use light, deliberate strokes of the shaver – don’t press hard on your skin, that’s a sure-fire way of leaving yourself with red, raw skin.

Try and pay attention to where the whorls are in your facial hair. I have two on either side of my throat, and they’re a pain to get clean shaven. Work out what direction the hair’s growing in and go across the grain in either direction, then against it. You should find that delivers a good finish in difficult places.

Once you’re done with the neck and whorls, go over the rest of your face. You don’t have to drag your heels, modern shavers are made to be used quite briskly, but remember to go over each patch with the head of the shaver at the right angle (right angled to your face).

After you’re done, rinse your face with cold water and apply a liberal coating of alcohol-free aftershave balm or lotion. I swear by Geo F Trumper’s skin food myself, but you’ll find what’s right for you. You’ll want something which will rehydrate your skin, as this will help prevent irritation.

After that, you’ll want to clean your shaver and lubricate it. Yes, it takes a couple of moments, but a well maintained shaver is what you want coming into contact with the sensitive skin of your face, not some dirty, unlubed machine full of month-old bristles.

Don’t expect lightning fast times on your first couple of attempts. Take your time, dial-in your technique. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to get up in the morning and give yourself a fantastic shave in no more than 3 or 4 minutes!

8 Unusual Beauty Tips for the Woman of 2014

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Each woman has her own little tricks when it comes to beauty. Beauty products evolve and so should the beauty tricks you learned when you were just a teenager. To keep yourself updated, here are 8 unusual beauty tips starting from a bottle of perfume for women, to white eyeliners and more.

1. When wearing perfume, don’t spray all over your body. For sure, you know there are ladies who almost shower their trademark scent. The more you spray a particular scent on you, the more your olfactory senses get tired of the smell easily. Just spray on your wrist, neck and a couple of pulse points. Vary your perfume every two days.

2. Instead of applying a highlighting product under your eyes, just apply a white eyeliner under your lower lash line. Highlighters can make your skin oily while white eyeliners brighten up the eyes and make you look more awake.

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3. Do French manicure the modern way. A straight white line at the tip of your nail is so last season. What you need to do is take two shades of one color: one light and the other dark. Use the dark polish as your nail base. Apply the light color on a sponge and start sponging at the tip of your already colored nails. You can even revert the colors if you want the darker one to be at the tips. Do this back and forth and you’ll get French manicure 2014.

4. Before the last bit of summer ends, do a body scrub naturally. While you’re on the beach, get a handful of coarse sand, mix with a bit of salt water and start scrubbing. Make sure you’re only doing it gently.

5. Remember the years when you go to the salon to get super straight, shiny hair? And if you can get it in jet black color, you’d actually do it? Sad to say but that’s a thing of the past. Nowadays, matte hair textures are better. The only way to do that is to spray dry shampoo on your hair. This product works well with unwashed hair, too.

6. When using a heated eyelash curler, apply waterproof mascara first on your lashes. Make sure the mascara-coated lashes are dry. This will give you that baby doll look without the feeling of wearing heavy false lashes.

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7. Want to have thick, power brows like Lily Collins, Jennifer Connelly and Cara Delevingne? Instead of using an eyebrow pencil or a powder, use brown mascara instead. Some stores even now offer a specialized eyebrow mascara as the included applicator can color the brows more precisely than powder or liner. It stays longer, too.

8. Learn to take extra care of your nails, especially now that nail art is becoming a trend. Make sure your nails are treated with a special solution before and after polish. Regularly use a nail balm to keep your nails strong. In addition, save the trip to a nail salon if you have yellowish nails due to cheap polish. The cheapest and most effective way to do this is to slice a lemon and dip all your nails in the pulp.

Maybelline Super Stay 7 Day Nail Polish

Sausage is of an age now where she loves nothing more than a bit of pampering, so sometimes as a treat when we’re wandering around the supermarket, I’ll grab a new nail polish for us to use. A few weeks ago, we noticed that Waitrose had a bunch of new Maybelline polishes in some pretty colours, so we grabbed one to try later. Even better, the polish was ‘Super Stay 7 Day’, which really appealed to me; as much as I love painting my nails, I hate it when it starts to chip off after a couple of days, so the thought of flawless polish for a week seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, my instincts were exactly right. I applied the polish once the girls had gone to sleep (is there anything worse, beauty-wise, than painting your nails and having one of the kids needing their bottom wiped while they’re drying?!) and sat watching TV while they dried. In fact, two hours passed before I did anything else, and I decided to jump in the shower before bed. This is what my nails looked like, after getting out of the shower:

Now, I don’t know about you, but the fact that a bit of steam and hot water was able to completely decimate two whole nails worth of polish within a couple of minutes really does not fill me with confidence about its lasting ability over the next 6 days, 23 hours and 58 minutes.

The annoying thing is, this is a departure for me from the brand that I tend to stick to (I’m a huge lover of Barry M, the colours are always gorgeous and the lasting power is, well, a lot better than what you can see above) and the Maybelline polish makes hugely grand promises about lasting for 7 days, yet my regular brand which is half the price and makes NO such claims lasts significantly longer.

I’m completely unimpressed and feel like Maybelline are using totally false claims to sell their products. I’m a mum of two, I can tell you that on a day-to-day basis I’m pretty hard on my hands and if the polish had started to wear off after scrubbing the bath or doing gardening within the 7-day period, I could almost excuse it, but this sorry product couldn’t even deal with a shower. That’s pretty poor in my book.

From now on, I’ll be sticking to my trusty Barry M polish and steering away from over priced, under-performing nonsense from Maybelline – let’s hope Barry forgives me for ever deviating in the first place!


As a side-note, a couple of people mentioned to me via social media when I tweeted the picture that Maybelline test on animals. According to Maybellines site:

Thank you for your interest in Maybelline, a brand of L’Oréal USA, Inc.

L’Oréal no longer tests any of its products or any of its ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world nor does L’Oréal delegate this task to others. An exception could only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.

For complete information on this subject, please click here.

However, according to PETA, Maybelline does test on animals (see the page HERE)

For the record, I would never knowingly buy products from a company who employs cruel practices for the purposes of research and I’ll be avoiding all Maybelline and L’Oreal products in the future.