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Holiday Haulin’

Hey! Look at me!! I’m starting to get on board with this blog thingy! Aren’t you all lucky?!

So I am off on my holidays and have, of corse, been doing a spot of shopping in preparation.
Nothing too major – but I hit the sales and have found a few things to take away with me. I wanted to share!!
So firstly, to my holiday shop hot spot, Primark!

I grabbed a few things for myself, and for Luke. I know my boy has more clothes than I do. But just like me, I wanted him to have some new things to take on his holiday.

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I really liked these T-shirts. I decided to get them in 18-24 months so he can grow into then and they will last him well into the summer. It always becomes difficult to know which size to get for babies as they grow so fast.
So to be on the safe side, I always go a size bigger!

Steve also found this Batman rain suit in Tesco! We are very excited about little man exploring the beach and not getting too wet and cold. With the added amazing bonus that is Batman!!! I love to explore rock pools and caves, looking for crabs and fish. I can’t wait for Luke to join me! He’s got his wellies…can we go now please??

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Now my son is a HUGE fan of Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which you can catch on Disney Junior….

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So as this is his holiday too, I had to get him a suitcase!! This came from Amazon for £21, and also comes with a back pack, swimming bag and wallet! He is set!
We also found this awesome Jake sun hat! He will easily look like he is sponsored by Jake, but he loves him!!

Last thing for Luke is this gorgeous jacket my mum spotted in a charity shop this week. It still has the original JoJo Maman Bebe label on it, suggesting it has never been work. And the original price tag of £32. My mum got this jacket for £1.99! Charity shops are absolute treasure troves – I never leave one empty handed!

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Now my stuff – which has an added game of ‘Spot the Theme’…

Firstly, this amazing Minneapolis Baseball inspired shirt – I have wanted one of these for ages! And I finally decided to give in and treat myself. It’s gorgeous! And a bargain at £8!!

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Next, this Brooklyn long vest top – now if you are familiar with my YouTube videos, you’ll know I always wear 2 shirts – it’s a personal preference, but I love layering. Always have done. So this shirt will look perfect with a white, cream or black shirt underneath.

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Can you see a theme yet? Maybe my next purchase will help…

USA inspired socks! I you know me, I muddle all of my socks together – and when they are of a similar theme like these, they don’t look too odd! Haha…

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For some reason, I had a big America theme shop – and I didn’t actually realise until I got home and looked at my new things.

Also, check out my amazing Dalmatian pjs! I got them in a ridiculously large size – but I find Primark sizes to be smaller than other places anyway, plus some have a tendency to shrink slightly in the wash.

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Also, the bigger they are, the longer they are in the leg – which is one feature I struggle with! I have a 35′ inside leg – I find it very hard to find trousers long enough!

We did some shopping in some charity shops too – I love reading on holiday – I’m not sure why I read when I’m away, but not when I’m at home. Odd.
So these books were £1 each! It’s unlikely I’ll finish one, although I’ll take the 2 thrillers just in case.

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Lastly, a trip to Superdrug to stock up on shampoo and conditioner and some face packs. We’re going away with Steve’s family, so the possibility of a girly night with my beautiful sister in law made me get some trusty packets of my favourite mud packs. These were on 4 for 3 at 99p each!

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So hopefully I’ll bring you another blog before I go away on my holiday. Maybe a review – I have so many products!
Any you’d like to see? Leave me a comment!!

Talk soon,
Harriet xxx

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20 Beauty Questions tag

20 Beauty Questions Tag.

Ages and ages ago, before the dawn of time it would seem….I was tagged by the truly wonderful Andrea to do the ’20 Beauty Questions Tag’.
As you can probably work out, these are 20 questions, all based on beauty….stuff.

So I have finally got round to doing it…I hope you enjoy!!

Ok, Question 1. What is the one product you would grab if your house was on fire?
Wowzers…this is a difficult one. I would probably say concealer. I am a complete zombie in the mornings, and suffer every morning with dark circles under my eyes. The early morning feeds have inevitably caught up with me, and so I have to wear concealer every day. I’m not sure which brand though…they are all amazing!

Question 2. Which beauty vlogger would you want to do your make up?
I have a few – I’m such a rookie when it comes to make up. I’m terrible. But Chyaz (PunkChyaz), Abby (AbbysMakeUpHeaven), Sara (swalkermakeup) and Shelley (shellx85x) always look flawless and gorgeous.
So if any of those beauts want to come round and put my face on, I wouldn’t say no!

Question 3. Which celebrity do people think you look like?
The Wicked Witch of the West?
No, I have to say none. Although my maths teacher when I was in senior school used to call me Katie as I apparently looked like Katie Holmes. Sorry…I just don’t see it. (neither can you? That’s fine…there’s not even a slight resemblance!)

Question 4. Which beauty product do you save for your date night?
Date night? What’s that? Haha….
Steve and I, on the rare occasion we go out Luke Free, don’t really dress up or glamourise. We are perfectly happy just going to a Beefeater. But if the occasion arose that we were off somewhere a little more special, my date night product would be lipstick. I have SO many of the things, but I don’t wear them on a day to day basis. I’m more happy in nude lips with a gloss. But lipsticks? Means something special!!

Question 5. Which of your guy friends takes longest to get ready?
We only have a small, close network of friends. And since having Luke, we don’t see each other as much as I would like!
But it’s without a doubt my Steve – who takes longest to get ready.

Question 6. If you could create your own beauty product, what would it be?
I have be dreaming of a wonder product for years….I want to divulge – but I fear someone will see my idea and design it for themselves. That’s my job!
So, I shan’t tell you. Fingers crossed, one day, my dream will come true, and I’ll design and create this…idea – and make it a reality.
But on a slight tangent, I would like a nail polish that never chips. Is that too much to ask? I know I’m not alone with that.

Question 7. What’s your best beauty tip?
Definitely invest in a decent Day and Night cream. I have the Simple range and they are amazing!
First thing in the morning to wake my skin up and rehydrate, and night cream before bed to soften and lock in any moisture that would be lost over night. My skin has honestly never felt so good or looked so healthy.

Question 8. Which products do you like to splurge on?
I go through stages. Sometimes (like recently) I’ll buy every BB Cream on the market. Then it might be eyeshadows, or liners, or lip gloss. But I only buy from brands I’ve used and trust – so a lot of my make up collection is 17, Collection, ELF or MUA.

Question 9. Which beauty vloggers would you take on a shopping spree?
Sam – Piinksparkles. Have you seen her hauls? They are epic! She hauls every week it would seem and I am obsessed with watching them. I love how she isn’t afraid to wear bold and bright colours, or to go with wacky accessories. She is amazing. I encourage you all to watch her videos!!

Question 10. What is your signature scent?
Cacharel – Amor Amor. Wouldn’t leave the house without it. Beautiful scent for any season, especially spring and summer, but also helps to bring the floral hints into the colder months.

Question 11. I am on an endless quest for the perfect….
Eyeliner. I am getting more and more irritated with spending ages applying my eye liner, then half an hour later, it’s shifted below my eyes and I resemble a panda. Even waterproof ones do this to me.

Question 12. How many beauty products does it take to get ready?
On an average day, 10 – Primer, BB Cream, concealer, powder, blush, eye primer, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss.
If I’m just chilling out at home though, I don’t bother with blush, lipgloss or mascara. So I can get it down to 7.

Question 13. What lipsticks/lip glosses are in your bag right now?
I have Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss, the Revlon Colorstay Lipstick in Creamy Coral, the NYC Applelicious Gloss Lip Balm in Caramel Apple and an Aloe Vera Vaseline tin.

Question 14. Who is your celebrity beauty icon?
I can’t say I have one. I’ve never followed beauty and fashion that closely…weak answer. Bad Harriet.

Question 15. Name the beauty brand you would love to be a spokesperson for?
Easy – ELF. I have most of their collection in my make up stash and can quite easily praise their quality, pricing and products all day. I would love to work for their team! I have always had amazing customer service – love!

Question 16. What is your current nail polish?
Ah….now I was really bad and bit my nails again. So nothing. My finger stubs are au natural! But my toes…it’s the NYC Foil Explosion polish in Enchanting Fire. Gorgeous!

Question 17. Favourite mascara right now?
As I only wear mascara when I go out, I don’t just wear one – because I’m not reaching for it everyday. So depending on what I’m doing, depends on which mascara I wear. If I’m just popping to the shop, just a brown mascara. But if I’m out all day or going out for a family event – then I get a black waterproof. But no favourites at the moment. Sorry!

Question 18. The last thing you purchased from Sephora?
Sadly, nothing. I have never purchased anything from them. But now they ship to the UK – this could change!

Question 19. I never try to be seen without wearing….concealer.
The bags under my eyes are worthy of the living dead. Concealer is a must for me.

And finally…
Question 20. The one beauty product you would always recommend?
One that needs no introduction, or any help being recognised in the beauty community – the Collection Lasting Perfection 16 Hour Concealer. It’s amazing! All the big beauty gurus use it, my friends use it, I use it. It’s just fab!

So thank you for reading this essay!! And than you also to the wonderful Andrea for tagging me!! I love tags!

Let me know if there are about other tags you would like me to do!

Love H xxxxx

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5 Current Loves : Lip Products.

Evening all!

It’s very rare for me to write reviews and rave about lip products. I am not really a lipstick wearer, although I have so many…and will more often than not just go out with a lip balm on, rather than something with colour.

But, these last few weeks, I have been braving it and stepping out of my comfort zone to wear lip products that actually have pigmentation!!

So firstly, Rimmel London Lipstick in ‘Drop of Sherry’

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This lipstick was a complete impulse buy for a wedding I went to a few weeks ago – I thought it would compliment the similar colour of the flower print. As it turns out, I didn’t wear it at all –
Instead, it was a bolder choice of lipstick for an interview I went to last week.
It is such a moisturising lipstick – as I mentioned before, I have so many but haven’t really worn them. Are all lipsticks like this?? It’s lovely.
The colour is a deep pink/red, which some people may argue would suit colder months. But I found it to be perfect for the dark suit I was wearing.
I believe it retailed for around the £4 mark, so not a complete bank breaker. I would certainly wear this again!!

The next lip product I have been enjoying lately is the Avon lipstick in Cappuccino.

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This lipstick is my perfect shade. For someone who doesn’t wear lipsticks often…I feel that certain shades don’t suit me, or I look too girly…I’m a complete tomboy at heart…so a nude, natural shade is just what I like! The feeling of wearing a lipstick, without looking like I am!
Again, I think this was around the £4 mark, but if you can get your hand on this product, do. It’s shiny, glossy, glides on easily, doesn’t dry my lips out like other ones I’ve tried…and for you nude lip fans….ta da!!!

Next on my list is the Collection Deluxe lipstick in Charleston.

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This is a slightly darker nude lipstick, which I tend to wear more for evenings. When I go out in the day, I tend to keep my make up looking natural, as I don’t have the time to blend lots of eyeshadows together, contour or most days even apply mascara! Getting ready with my little tornado is difficult, so I keep my face to a minimum!
However, on the odd occasion that Steve and I go out, I like to go a teeny bit darker in the lip department, as I do with my eye make up. Just to look different!
So this lipstick isn’t too dissimilar to the others…very moisturising and doesn’t dry my lips out or make them look cakey. The ‘deluxe’ part makes it sound very high end, although I paid £2.99 for it! A great product with I would recommend to anyone who wants a colour on their lips, but nothing too vibrant!

Now onto a lip liner. Sometimes I like to just wear the liner as a lip colour – filling in the whole lip rather than the outline.
Here is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Crush.

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I fell into the trap of these after seeing a fellow YouTuber talk about them in a haul. I forget which gorgeous girly it was! However, it wasn’t long before every YouTuber I watched was talking about them, so I grabbed a couple to see what the fuss was about.
This particular one is incredibly dark for me – I am surprised (even now) that is is even in my collection, as it is nothing like anything I feel comfortable wearing!
That said, it is a lovely product! And I certainly see the hype! The colour is long lasting, highly pigmented and smooth – a little certainly goes a long way! I have been enjoying wearing this product , lightly applying it as an all over colour and then blending it out to create a subtle, yet warm look. Again, I am sure people would vote this colour for more Autumn or Winter, but I guess it’s down to personal preference. I think it is gorgeous.

At the complete opposite end of the scale, and the last one I will be talking about, the ELF Matte Lip Colour in Nearly Nude.

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This product has been on my grab list for months. It’s gorgeous!!
I am a complete ELF junkie, and I love all of the products I own from them. This lip colour is amazing – its staying power out does all of the other products I have mentioned and is my perfect shade. If you are after a nude lip, this is incredible, and ELF’s amazing pricing makes it the perfect product to try if you are new to make up or don’t want to spend a fortune finding a shade that is just right for you.
I love how natural it looks – it doesn’t look like I am wearing any lip colour at all. But I can feel how nourishing it is, and it can help to cancel out any blemishes I get…I am a cold sore magnet!

What are your go to lip products?? Are there any you would recommend I try??

Thanks for reading,
Harriet xx

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Whats in my Bag?

OK, so for those of you who watch YouTube, you will know that pretty much every beauty guru has done the ‘Whats in my Bag’ tag. Me being no exception.
However, I find making videos for my channel (unless Im vlogging…) really quite difficult. So, now that Luke is asleep, I thought I would do the tag….in the form of a blog!
2 birds, 1 stone springs to mind right now!!

SO….

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Firstly, lets take a second to appreciate the bag – I think she is beautiful!!
My bag is a medium, black Fiorelli bag, with white piped side detailing. Unfortunately, I think this particular one has been discontinued, but you may be able to pick one up in an outlet store or on Ebay.
I also can’t tell you how much it was, as it was a Christmas present from Steve in 2012. Since having Luke, I haven’t really used handbags because I put everything into the changing bag. But, I can now go back to my bags, as I carry a Jake and the Neverland Pirates backpack for Luke, and now my stuff wont fit in it!

What is in this bad boy I hear you ask? Lets have a look…

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So, firstly, all the things I cannot leave the house without ; diary, phone, purse and keys.
~ The diary is from Calendar Club (RRP £7.99)
~ Phone is the iPhone 4S,
~ Purse is from United Colours of Benetton from TKMaxx (RRP £8.99)
and…..my key.

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Then I have some smellies –
~ Simple deodorant,
~ Vaseline anti-perperant,
~ Impulse ‘Sweet Smile’ body spray and my signature scent,
~ Amor Amor by Cacharel.
Obviously, it is important to carry around these things, as I don’t like to smell!

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This little collection of stuff is pretty random – (spot the fruit theme….which is in no way intentional!)
~ Hair brush,
~ Citrus scented antibacterial gel (RRP 99p from Wilkinson),
~ Lemony Flutter cuticle butter from Lush (although I use it as a hand cream and it smells delicious!!) RRP £…can’t remember!
~ Strawberry scented tissues, (RRP £1 for 10 packets…Poundland)
~ Sticky Fingers wipes (these are essential, being a mummy to a grub magnet!) These are from Tesco and retail at 89p
~ Chewing gum,
~ 2 pens, and
~ Bottle of water. (Although I have to be honest, I hate water…)

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I am feeling quite proud of myself for only having 4 lip products in my bag at this particular time. I have to admit, its usually in double digits!! I am currently carrying;
~ Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss
~ Maybelline Baby Lips – Intense Care
~ Revlon Colour Stay Lipstick in Creamy Coral
~ NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Caramel Apple
I suffer with dry, cracked lips, so I never leave home without a lip product…or 4 it would seem!

and finally….some randoms odds and sods.

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I have
~ Plasters…obvious reasons…
~ Heartburn tablets – I only occasionally suffer with the dreaded burn, but I carry them with me as a precaution,
~ Passport – I had an interview yesterday, and thought it might be useful…
~ Rubbish – because no handbag is complete without a little crap!!

So that is everything that is in my bag! Whats in your bag?

Thanks for reading!!
Love H xxxx