Organic Beauty Week || The Green People Challenge

Organic beauty week

Organic Beauty Week

Organic Beauty Week Challenge

September is Organic Month which is an initiative of The Soil Association and supported by one of my favourite organic brands, Green People. During Organic Beauty Week (8 – 12 September) Green People is challenging everyone with “What change will you make today?”.

For some people, accepting this challenge may be as big as discovering the benefits of an organic beauty product for the first time. For others, like myself, it is as simple as exploring opportunities within my beauty regime to incorporate a new organic product. As you may know, I have tried and frequently use the Organic Babies/Children range by Green People. The products are natural, pure and gentle on sensitive skin and they also have fragrance free options. (Read my Organic Children Sun Lotion | Organic Babies Soothing Oil | Organic Babies Rescue Balm | Organic Babies Shampoo posts)

For Organic Beauty Week, I took on Green People’s challenge and have made a change. As a mother, its perfectly normal to put the needs of your family ahead of yours but this time I am looking at what changes I can make in my own beauty routine. Each trimester of my pregnancy has affected my skin in different ways and in the third trimester I am finding my skin feeling itchy, tight and dry. I tend to spend a great deal of time in the bath each night vigorously rubbing my arms, legs and belly with a soft cloth as my skin is too sensitive for the usual exfoliants. Also, my usual body cream doesn’t seem to have the soothing effect I am after and resorted to reapplying body cream a few times a day.

So the change I am making is to an awesome duo by Green People – the Sugar Scrub and Body Butter. They smell amazing and make me feel like I’ve had a treatment at the spa!

Organic Beauty Week

 

Organic beauty week

Green People Sugar Scrub

Organic beauty week

Green People Body Butter

Although purchased separately and are great products on their own, I would recommend using them together. The Green People Sugar Scrub is moisturising in itself and not too abrasive therefore making it a perfect exfoliant for itchy/dry pregnancy skin. I managed to convince my two-year old to rub it on my back in the bath which is a massive win! I only use the Sugar Scrub once a week and find that does the job.

The Green People Body Butter is the moisturiser to use when all other moisturisers fail. It is a solid mass in the pot but once it is warmed in your hands it becomes oil-like and is absorbed into the skin. I use this after a bath/shower but also for cuticles, dry feet and on the odd occasion convince my husband to give me a shoulder and neck massage.

Both products go quite a long way and I would urge you to give them a go if your skin is dry and needs a bit of a buff and blitz.

So that’s the change I have made for Organic Beauty Week – what change will you make?

 

xxx TGM xxx

 

*Products were gifted, opinions are my own.
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Jurlique Herbal Recovery | Age Prevention

 Jurlique Herbal Recovery

Jurlique Herbal Recovery

Jurlique Herbal Recovery products target age prevention and is one of many successful beauty lines produced by the Australian brand Jurlique. I first became familiar with the brand whilst browsing my local Space NK store which is up there with browsing books shops and stationery shops for me.

Jurlique is an industry leader when is comes to combining nature with science in the beauty world, they are known for “optimising the potency of the plants grown for the most effective results on skin”. They employ biodynamic farming techniques on their own organic farm and have been experts in natural beauty products for over 20 years.

For the past few weeks I have been trying out the Jurlique Herbal Recovery range which help prevent the signs of aging and revitalise the skin.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery

Herbal Recovery Eye Cream

Award winning Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream is a high performance eye cream. Arnica, cucumber and native Australian flower extracts all help brighten and firm the eye area. I incorporated this cream into my daily routine and found it rich yet light and the skin around my eyes less tight/dry (another pregnancy problem!).

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream

Herbal Recovery Night Cream

Another award-winning product is the Herbal Recovery Night Cream which revitalises and restores the skin. It is a rich cream which contains exotic-sounding extracts from plants such as the African Birch and Kakadu Plum. I found my skin felt much more hydrated after a night with this cream slathered all over (I even put it on the top of my hands).

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum

Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum

The product that gets most of the rave reviews is the Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum which comes in a 30ml and 100ml bottle (the larger being more cost-effective). It contains a potent, active complex called Naturadiance PB18+ which helps to “protect, revitalize and enhance your skin’s recovery cycle”. This light serum is easy to incorporate into your daily beauty routine as it is light and won’t make your skin feel overloaded with products. Also, the results speak for themselves.

Overall I really like this range and priced in line with other luxury beauty products. They have a pleasant floral fragrance and aren’t too heavy which I find some anti-aging products tend to be. You can purchase the products from the Jurlique online store and from retailers such as Space NK, Marks & Spencer and look fantastic.com.

This is a beauty brand with a conscience and doesn’t test on animals. You can discover more about Jurlique online here.

xxx TGM xxx

P.S. The Jurlique Rose Love Balm is a must-have and great for keeping lips smoochable.

* Products we gifted, opinions are my own.
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Top 5 breastfeeding essentials || World Breastfeeding Week

We are slap bang in the middle of World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August 2014) and I thought I’d share my top 5 breastfeeding essentials.

Breastfeeding essentials

Nipple Cream: Nipple cream is a waste of time – said no breastfeeding mother EVER! This is an absolute must and you should get a few, for the handbag, bathroom, nursing chair, coffee table, bedside table, and pretty much anywhere you sit an breastfeed. Lansinoh is a popular, award-winning brand often recommended to breastfeeding mums and can be found in most leading supermarkets and drug stores.

Aden and Anais Musy squares: These are a bit smaller than their popular swaddles and are the perfect size burping baby on the move or at home. Use them over your shoulder to protect clothing, to wipe up baby and mop up any mess. Wash them over and over and they get softer and softer. Get them from Aden and Anais online. Find out more about these Limited Edition (RED) Collection ones which are for a good cause.

Medela Hydrogel Pads: A pack of sterile, wrapped pads to provide relief to sore boobs and cracked nipples. To be honest I didn’t know about these with my first child and I ended up with ice packs and cool cabbage leaves down my top. I found that the first week or so of breastfeeding was the toughest on my boobs and any relief I could find was welcome. This time round I am definitely investing in a few packs of these.  Get them from John Lewis or Boots.

Snoob Breastfeeding Scarf: Created by mums for mums, this stylish scarf doubles up as a breastfeeding cover. Gone are the days when you scratch around for a cardigan or napkin to provide a bit of last minute cover. It comes in Grey, Pink, Olive, Cream and Orchid colours and it can be used way past your breastfeeding days. I can’t wait to use mine! Get yours at the Snoob Store online.

Seraphine Nursing Bra: I can’t stress the importance of good support and easy access when it comes to bras and breastfeeding. Basically, you pay for what you get when it comes to underware and a few good quality nursing bras are a must. Seraphine, a favourite amongst celebrities, has a great range of nursing bras available online and in stores.

Those are my top 5 breastfeeding essentials – do you have any that you would add to the list?

xxx TGM xxx

 

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Organic Children sun lotion by Green People

Organic Children sun lotion

Two summer holiday must-haves!

Two summer holiday must-haves!

Organic Children is a fantastic range of natural skin products for kids. This award winning range by Green People is free from chemical nasties and perfect for delicate skin. I know from experience how sensitive kid’s skin can be, especially my little Bug, and that is why I would recommend this range to mums.

The London summer is in full swing and one thing to always have at hand on a sunny day out is sunblock. Organic Children sun lotion is SPF25 and is available in lavendar and scent free. It is water resistant but not pore clogging which is great for hot, humid days or holidays by the pool/beach (but be sure to reapply regularly and wear a hat!). We keep ours in the nappy bag so that there is no way to forget it, unless of course you forget your nappy bag and then you need to make a plan!

Another product that I am super keen on in summer is Organic Babies Soothing Baby Oil. This is a great massage oil for every day but in summer it is a must if kids have spent the day at the beach, in the pool or in the sun in general. It is soothing and totally natural and I use it all over Bug after her bath. I have also mixed a palm full of Organic Children Soothing Baby Oil with a drop of citronella oil to use as a bug repellant in the Bahamas and Mauritius – great for the whole family.

 xxx TGM xxx

Fine print:
Organic Children Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF25 is made without parabens, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest children’s sun lotion that nature can offer.
Organic Babies Scent Free Soothing Baby Oil is made without parabens, lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest baby oil that nature can offer.
May also be suitable for those prone to eczema and psoriasis
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Aden and Anais RED collection – Special Edition

Aden and Anais red collection

Aden + Anais (RED) Collection

Aden + Anais (RED) Collection

The Aden and Anais (RED) collection is a recently launched range of special edition products, joining the likes of Beats by Dr Dre and Apple. Aden and Anais, the much loved swaddle brand, has teamed up with (RED).org to help fight for an AIDS FREE generation. Aden + Anais (RED) collectionThe Aden and Anais (RED) collection comprises swaddles (2 & 4 packs), dream blanket, burpy bib, snap bib and musys. 10 % of the retail price of Aden and Anais Special Edition products will go to the Global Fund to fight Aids. Each day, over 700 babies are born HIV positive! I am a few weeks away from having my second child and this statistic just breaks my heart. Even more so because I am South African and have seen first hand the devastating effects that HIV and AIDS has on children, families and communities. It only costs 40 cents a day (approx. 24 pence) to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child. To put this into perspective, if you purchase the Aden and Anais (RED) collection swaddle 4 pack or dream blanket – this can provide 12 days of life-saving medicine to prevent an HIV positive mother passing the virus on to her child. You can purchase the Aden and Anais (Red) collection online.

xxx TGM xxx

 

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Holster Australia Jelly Footwear

 Holster Australia Jelly Footwear

A lot of sand in my toes before I got this shot!

A lot of sand in my toes before I got this shot!

Holster Australia is the luxury jelly foot ware brand from Noosa Beach, Australia that is making waves in London. They have a range of colourful jelly wedges, flats and ballet pumps that are stylish and comfortable.

Dannii Minogue is a fan of Holster and has teamed up with the brand to create her own line. Holster’s Dannii Minogue ‘Rockstar Jelly’ comes in either a jewel or stud option and in her words is “a mix of glam and a little bit of rock”. Clearly, they had my name written all over them and I chose a gold pair to accompany me to the Bahamas.

Gold and Glam

Gold and Glam

What I really like about my Rockstar Jelly sandals:

  • T bar design: This is totally a personal preference but I love how a T bar sandal looks on my feet. Also, there is less chance of a slip or a trip when running around after a toddler as they are secured with an ankle strap
  • Smooth, comfortable jelly: You have to try them to believe it but they are really comfortable – more so than leather sandals. There are no bits sticking out or rubbing and you could walk for miles from the first day without worrying about a blister or discomfort.
  • The colour options: I chose gold (how glam!) but there are a variety of bold and bright options to select. If I got a second pair I would definitely choose the Monaco Blue (cobalt colour).
  • Water and odour resistant: Perfect for puddles and the beach but also dressy enough to wear in the city. They are also non-sweating and odour resistant.

Holster girls jelly

They also have very sweet jelly sandals for little girls in pinks, white and silver. They too have jewel options and some styles starting at a size 9 (size 27). Bug will need to wait a couple of years until she can fit into a pair but it will be worth the wait.

Take a look at the Holster UK online store for their full range (and there is a sale on at the moment). Holster are also available in Selfridges, Harvey Nicols, Harrods and Fenwicks.

xxx TGM xxx

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Joolz Day Tailor | 6 reasons to love this stylish pram

 Joolz Day Tailor review

Joolz Day TailorOver the past few weeks I have been trying out the Joolz Day Tailor and am really impressed. I first tested out this stylish pram when I visited the Joolz HQ in Amsterdam and could not wait to get my hands on one. The one I chose arrived just in time for the new addition to our family (due in 8 weeks!).

Here are 6 reasons I love the Joolz Day Tailor:

1. Joolz Day Tailor is completely customisable

Joolz Day TailorYou can choose from 3 fabrics, 2 wheels and 20 accents! I chose the grey fabric, black wheels and brown quilted accent (colour: liver). I wanted something understated and elegant although I was tempted to choose a pop of colour. I did not know what sex my baby was at the time of ordering my Joolz Day Tailor and decided to play it a bit safe but I am completely satisfied with my choice and have watched heads turn as we strut along the street.

2. Joolz Day is all about the details

Joolz Day Tailor

Fine details such as the stitching on this pram makes it stand out

The secret pocket at the back

The secret pocket at the back

From the quilted accents on the handle bars which reminds me of a fine italian leather handbag to the stitching throughout the product, this pram has been really well made. There is also clever pocket at the back of the seat which you can slip some cash, your phone and keys into  - good luck pickpockets!

3. Joolz Day has a very clever shopping basket

Shopping basket beneath to hold the necessities

Shopping basket beneath to hold the necessities

You will find a little compartment below the seat which can hold some of your shopping or essentials. The shopping basket fastens itself and is out of the way of the foot break. Should you need more space, the basket can be kept open as the flap is reinforced and sturdy enough to hold extra shopping.

4. Joolz has a cup holder swivels and some other neat accessories

Joolz Day Tailor

I can’t tell you how many times in the past I have ended up with more coffee dripping down the side of the pram. Well, the Joolz cup holder swivels so it moves with the pram and coffee stays in the cup.

Joolz also has a shopping bag attachment that fits behind the seat and enables you to do a decent food shop. I ordered the footboard so that Bug can travel to school on that once the new baby arrives and we swap the seat to the bassinet.

5. Joolz Day doubles as a high chair

Joolz Day Tailor

Joolz Day Tailor

Gone are the days when I would attempt to shove my pram between tables in a restaurant whilst Bug sat in a high chair. The Joolz is the height and design allows the pram can be pushed right up to the table and double up as a high chair. What’s more, the bumper bar can be easily opened (with one hand!) so that the child can reach the table.

6. Joolz is good for the earth

Joolz birth forest

All of the packaging is reusable which means every box can be turned into a toy for kids. Genius! Also, once you have purchased your Joolz Day pushchair you can register the birth of your child. Joolz will plant a tree in the Joolz Birth Forest for each child to help fight deforestation and climate change.

There you have it from a mum’s perspective. Stay tuned to see what dads think of Joolz Day Tailor.

Check out the Joolz website to find out more about the Joolz Day Tailor and stockists closest to you.

xxx TGM xxx

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Monica Vinader | AW14 Jewellery Collection

Monica Vinader recently showcased their AW14 collection to the press and we were not disappointed. They have have kept true to their friendship bracelets with a few new looks and have also blinged it up with a whole range of new diamond pave looks which are to die for.

The  Monica Vinader diamond pave pieces are pieces are just so versatile. Dress them up or dress them down to suit the occasion. These pieces are easily affordable and make great gifts for new mums, a best friend’s birthday or just because.

BAJA chain bracelet with diamonds

BAJA chain bracelet with diamonds

AVA Collections of pendants and rings

AVA Collections of pendants and rings

FIJI diamond chain friendship bracelet

FIJI diamond chain friendship bracelet

My sister and I both have matching Monica Vinader Fiji diamond chain friendship bracelets which we have had engraved with the same quote. It is so special to have some matching bling.

Monica Vinader jewellery is beautifully made and each item is a statement. For the simple girl at heart, choose a single piece to show off or if you sit at the other side of the accessory spectrum, you can mad stacking them.

Beautiful BAJA collection

Beautiful BAJA collection

"Love you" - engrave your favourite pieces for a lasting memory

“Love you” – engrave your favourite pieces for a lasting memory

Monica Vinader also does engraving on many of their pieces which is a special touch. If you visit one of their stores they have a list of fantastic quotes for those of you (ahem, husbands/fathers) who get a bit stuck when it comes to inspirational stuff.

I look forward to the next Monica Vinader range!

xxx TGM xxx

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NEW: Clinique Smart Custom Serum

Clinique has launched a new serum to topple all other serums off their perch. This clever little beauty product is called the Clinique Smart Custom Serum and is now available from Selfridges.

clinique smart custom serum

Perfect for new mums, old mums, new mums who feel like old mums… And here is why.

It is smart: Clinique says the Smart Custom Serum is smart enough to “understand your skin’s past and change its appearance in the future”. Basically it will combat whatever skin sins you have done in the past and work to improve the appearance of you skin going forward. I am guilty of a multitude of skin sins since becoming a mum, mostly due to sheer exhaustion and crumpling into a heap at the end of the day.

A customised approach: Clinique’s Smart Custom Serum is “created for one skin in the world. Yours.” Should you have uneven skintone, or fine lines and wrinkles, or dull skin that needs some firming (or all of the above in my case) – this little bottle of wonder will tackle each of those problems based on your skin’s needs.

clinique smart custom serum

Five years of research have gone into this bottle of serum and this patented beauty product is suitable for all skin types and ages.

You can get the Clinique Smart Custom Serum from Selfridges in a 30ml for £48 and 50ml £68.

xxx TGM xxx

 

 

 

 

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Stylust: Maternity style

Great maternity style finds from Topshop, H&M and Dune as we head into summer! And check out this style on The Glam Mummy – 23 weeks pregnant.

Pregnancy style

 

Casual White Shirt: Topshop Maternity | Skinny Ankle Jeans: H&M Maternity | Nude Saffiano Tote: Topshop | Groovey Sunglasses: Dune | Flat Jayla Sandals: Dune

Maternity style

xxx TGM xxx

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