Lifestyle, Home & Beauty, Lotties Loves

Elemental Beauty Mineral Make Up – A Busy Mum’s Best Friend….

I have a pretty strict rule about my make up….I won’t leave the house without it.  You may think that is sad and rather desperate but for me my make up is and always has been my personality.  You can tell instantly what mood I am in from my make up and I love to try out new colours and have built up a box of my make up loves over the last years and I am afraid I am a brand junkie loving MAC, Chanel, Lancome, Clinique, Guerlain, Illamasqua and many more.  I think my bank manager quakes when he sees a bank transaction for Selfridges as it’s never just a little purchase!

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Staying oh so cool with OkoBay

It’s scorchio out there at the moment and has been for most of the summer and I have to say I am loving it.  Having beautiful sunny mornings to do the school run rather than damp miserable ones is so much more fun and Addy and I have loved being able to bike to school or use her Micro Scooter home of an evening.  Sunny days also mean ice creams and Addy has a love of the traditional 99’s off the ice cream van that rather naughtily parks outside school and a weekly treat has been her usual 99 ice cream with a flake, sprinkles and red sauce.  To be fair it’s the only ice cream van I know where a 99 is £1 so it’s pretty good value for money.

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Barry M Summer Love Eye Shadow Palette

Addison and I had a trip to the dentist this week and afterwards indulged in a bit of retail therapy with some new make up and nail varnish.  Addison opted for one of the new Rita Ora for Rimmel nail varnishes in a fabulously bright orange which she’s got on her toes this weekend and loves and I fell in love with the new Barry M Summer Love eye shadow palette.

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I don’t own much Barry M make up – I like their gel nail varnish put haven’t invested in their make up for a while because I am so stuck on my favourite brand Illamasqua I find it hard to deviate and try a lot of the high street brands.  It’s easy to forget that many of the high street make up brands are great for staying up to date with the latest make up trends and updating your make up box at a fraction of the price of many of the expensive brands.

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Lotties Loves

Making a difference through fostering

Shockingly it is estimated that in the alone UK there are more than 62,000 children living with foster families. Furthermore it is estimated that 8,600 foster carers are needed this year alone to provide the supportive, stable and caring home for vulnerable and less fortunate children.

Be a foster carer

As someone who can’t have more children fostering is something that strikes a chord with me and I take my hat off to those families who open their hearts and their houses to children and provide them with a stable, loving, nurturing environment.  But what does it take to be a foster carer and how do you know that you can make a difference to a child’s life?  Well one of the Midland’s leading fostering agencies has put together some helpful information for anyone who is thinking about becoming a foster carer.

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My alternative garden chimenea

One of the lovely thing about our new house is the fact it has a little garden, that gets the sunshine nearly all day long, has just enough room for a trampoline and some outdoor toys and is slowly starting to take shape thanks to some plants from Plant Me Now.

It’s a little place to retreat to at the end of the day and Addison loves being outdoors on her trampoline and has helped me do the weeding some nights and find weird bugs in the soil.  We relax in there together, have fun together and it really makes a difference having outdoor space to enjoy with friends and family.

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