Last Monday was the last day of my maternity leave and the day I attended a wonderful panel discussion held by Boots beauty brand, No.7 and Mumsnet.
Our panel consisted of working mums from different walks of life; a model, a vlogger, and two career columnists all brought together by one lady. Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet led the panel discussions and spoke about many issues women face in the workplace such as gender equality, flexible working (what it really means), work-life balance, and how to feel more confident returning to the workplace. It was an eye-opener – women have to still fight for basic gender equality rights, flexible working, and even job security.
I haven’t gone back to my old workplace – as much as I love it, it no longer fits well with my family of four. As LO is only in nursery 3hrs a day, it would be pointless for me to put him and Baby Girl in childcare for the whole day when Daddy P is at home and available. Daddy P is a stay at home dad which works for us. He is amazing and I really can’t ask for anyone better. PS he’s a much better parent than I am but that’s between you, me and this blog! 🙂 Continue reading “Mumsnet & No7 on returning to work with confidence”→
If you adore beauty subscription boxes do not miss out on this fantastic super-duper limited offer. LookFantastic.com have just put together a special beauty box in honour of Black Friday and included not five but a minimum of TEN beauty products worth over £100 in this bumper box… for just £20!
For this month, beauty subscription box company Birchbox have teamed up with the beautiful style icon, Millie Mackintosh. Millie posted on her Instagram a sneaky peek of the campaign and got her readers to join in and vote on which box should be used for the final design. The public chose the lovely purple one; it kind of reminds me of the lovely summer sunsets we’ve been having. Well picked everyone! 🙂
I’ve been a strong fan of these beauty subscription boxes for a little while now. Before LookFantastic, I had only subscribed to Birchbox and a few times with Glossybox which I never got round to reviewing on my blog. Maybe I will one day soon.
Anyway this post is all about my LF beauty box and what I got in the July edition.
I’m a big Birchbox fan and have been for a little while. Unfortunately, I’ve just ended up hoarding all of my beauty products so therefore had to pause my subscription for a while. When April’s box was announced and they mentioned that we could choose our box design I had to re-subscribe just for that box and write a Birchbox review for you guys. Continue reading “Review: Birchbox + Rifle Paper Co is Blooming Marvellous!”→
When there is no time (or money) for a beach holiday to get a good tan, the one from the bottle is the next best thing. If anything, it’s probably better to fake it as you won’t be putting your skin at risk of excessive UV exposure.
Before a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of MoroccanTan. They are a professional self-tanning brand so that means that it’s not available for purchase you’re a qualified therapist. I got a free sample with an order I placed for my CND nail supplies and became really interested in undergoing a spray tan course. I think it’s a great service that a lot of people would like. Especially if, like me, you find it difficult to DIY.
MoroccanTan is formulated with argan oil to help restore moisture to the skin and the extra added vitamins and organic oils in the lotion ensures hydrated skin and an even coverage. It also doesn’t contain any alcohol, parabens or polyethylene glycol (PEG) which is a great added bonus – I really like conscious skincare brands. 🙂
Colour & Application
My free sample was for fair-medium skin tones which was perfect for me. As I am quite pale in winter I thought it may’ve been too dark but it was just right. The sample was really small (same size as the free samples in magazines) but it was just about enough for one application. It was quite easy to put on as it’s a dark brown colour. When you rub it properly into the skin, it starts to turn creamy and becomes white-ish. There’s still a bit of colour so you can make out where you’ve applied it already.
It took me about 15mins to apply as I am quite slow and didn’t use gloves so my hands got a bit stained but came off quite fine with a good scrub afterwards. I applied it on at night so went to sleep then washed it off first thing in the morning. It smelled like watermelon when I applied it but that distinctive ‘biscuit-fake-tan’ smell did kick in a little when it was developing overnight.
The Result It was definitely a subtle tan which is good if you want to be able to build up your colour. Also, a lighter tan in winter does look a lot more natural. MoroccanTan does offer an “Exotics” range which is aimed at olive-dark skin tones or those wanting a darker/deeper tan or have darker skintones.
Overall, I like the colour. I did wish it was a tad darker as my arms are quite tanned naturally from wearing short sleeves last summer so I would’ve liked the tan to make me more even. My hands are the same colour as the rest of my body so ideally if my body could match my arms that would’ve been perfect! Maybe one day I can try out the exotics range…