Summer Cheek-Wave

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IMG_0130It’s hot out there, guys! Did you notice? Do you know the WORST way to spend one of the hottest days of the year is? (not the hottest, I think that’s tomorrow) – ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT! Milo and I went on an adventure to that there Manchester today travelling first by bus (longest, most round-the-houses bus I ever took.. saw totally new places in the town I’ve lived all my life) then by train (approximately 90s minutes) and then a new experience for both of us.. a TRAM! Finally we arrived at the park to have to walk what felt like an eternity to sit on a bench and melt. It was all worth it in the end however as I got to meet a long time internet friend and Milo met a potential (can’t rush these things) new little friend too. The journey home at rush hour was NOT so fun but tomorrow we shall be going absolutely nowhere to compensate.

IMG_0125RMK EX12 HOT RED / TARTE FEARLESS / NARS SEX APPEAL / FREEDOM TRUE LOVED

I thought I would share some of my favourite blushes of the moment as when the weather is super warm my makeup really comes down to the very basics but colour is always king. Brows, mascara, blush and BOLD lips are the order of the sunny day.. hopefully on top of a tinted moisturiser (Origins Vitazing is my current favourite) and a bit of concealer to hide the ‘haven’t-slept-at-all-cause-it’s-so-freaking-hot’ circles under my eyes. Depending on where I’m going, how tanned I am and how daring I feel will depend on which of the above I choose but lately these are the only ones in running.

RMK Hot Red looks crazy, I know but it’s more sheer when applied and gives a really beautiful flush if you’re in a rush and want to look less dead. Tarte Fearless is a rediscovered old favourite, the perfect accompaniment to any of the coral lipsticks I shared earlier in the month and probably my favourite of the moment. If you’re still a little shy of colour and looking for something incredibly flattering on even the palest of complexions, Sex Appeal is your man (or woman maybe, it is blush after all). I chose this after reading that Blake Lively’s makeup artist uses it on her.. I basically look just like her when I wear it. Lastly Freedom True Loved is more rosey and one I wear for a deeper neutral colour with a tan or for a more ‘english rose’ flush when I’m my natural born colour. Considerably cheaper than the Nars and still beautifully blendable.

Brows By Benefit

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IMG_0237I think I posted about one of these (gimme brow, maybe?) when I first received the box of new products from the Benefit Brow launch and I intended to show each item and what it did one by one but honestly? 1. Aint nobody got time for that, 2. I took a lot of pictures and couldn’t figure out which was which and 3. there really is only so much I can say about eyebrows. I KNOW.. shocking but it’s true. Instead I put together what I think is a fairly comprehensive video of every product in action with my first impressions and application.

My favourite has surprisingly been the cream product, KaBrow in shade 2, I absolutely love the colour and the formula is so easy to work with. Second would be Gimme Brow to either add dimension to the Kabrow or alone in a deeper shade for an ‘off duty’ look. Is that too cliché? Ok.. a ‘let’s pretend these are my real brows/can’t be arsed to fill them in properly’ look. There are some other products I enjoyed using but they’re the highlights and the ones I have consistently used since the video.

Have you tried anything from the new range?

The Boys Are Back In Town

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IMG_0264I know it’s been officially Summer for a little while now but Summer for me really starts when the kids break up from school. I have a long 7 weeks ahead of me to fill with activities so any suggestions are more than welcome but I think I’ll put together a post of my personal favourites soon for those of you in the same boat. We moved house right at the end of last Summer and I think this year we’ll really make the most of out nearby lake, excellent dog walking territory but also great for tiring out the smallest one on his bike!

IMG_0711IMG_0274IMG_0246Another thing Summer signals for me is my most productive season, I think it’s the long stretches of daylight, I just tend to be my most motivated to get on and do stuff in the Summer. It’s mad really because it’s probably the period when I have the least time but I seem to manage it better around now. This being the first weekend of the holidays I decided to start as I meant to go on and began my work schedule for the next 6 weeks. I am hoping to get out 5 videos and 7 blog posts a week between now and September, I used to do this on the regular but took some time away to enjoy Milo’s last year at home with me. I’m keeping everything crossed that if I work hard at the weekend we can enjoy our Summer and come September when he starts ‘proper’ school I wont know what to do with all my extra time.. that’s the PLAN anyway. I’m really looking forward to being able to organise my work days a little better but I’m so going to miss our mornings together before nursery. We went to watch a little video of his class and what they’ve been up to this past year and it was a bit emotional.. really don’t blame his teacher for having a little cry.. I could have.

IMG_0261I don’t actually read/watch very many other mums blogs/videos who have school-age kids so often find it tricky to find people I can 100% relate to.. if you can recommend any I’d love to hear about them.The only one that comes to mind is Brummy Mummy Of 2 who if you haven’t watched already you absolutely MUST.. she’s HILARIOUS!

People are having kids older and older these days (or of course not at all) and I often feel totally out of the loop with people my own age let alone all my 20 something blogger peers but I wouldn’t swap what I have for all the freedom in the world.. well, except at 5am when I’d REALLY love the freedom of uninterrupted sleep!

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