Thursday, 22 June 2017

Paperdolls Handmade Market

Hi Guys,

This week I went along to the Paperdolls Handmade Market which takes place at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham, twice a year and I just had to share with you what a fab time I had! I absolutely love all types of craft, so I knew I was going to fall in love with everything at the market. The Paperdolls Market was founded by the lovely Jo and Carolyn, who themselves are craft makers. They thought it would be a great idea to bring craft makers of Birmingham to one place. And they weren't wrong!

Not only were there rows of beautiful jewellery and home accessories that had all been hand made by independent artists and designers, but they also had workshops available so you too could take part in the craft making. As well as the market, they also had Circus Mash - a circus skills workshop running for the kids who wanted to escape the market - and some lovely food stalls. Myself, my husband Aaron and the girls all took part in a necklace making workshop with the lovely Kat from Bebop Boutique. With a little help, the girls made beautiful pom pom necklaces, which they were showing off all day. 

Another stall I was drawn to was Charles Candles. You can probably tell why by the name - my obsession with candles continues They had the most beautiful scented candles, which are hand poured. I particularly liked the fact that they contained a wooden wick, which has a lovely crackling sound! I opted for Lime & Basil! I think I may have found my newest candle retailer and the fact they are made in Brum makes it that more special to me. 

One workshop I would've loved to do was the Geometric Terrarium-making with Bloom Collective, but I just didn't have time! The beautiful miniature botanicals in a glass frame would look amazing in any house, so I need to be sure to book onto their next workshop!

One quick note - although most retailers accept card, make sure to take plenty of cash with you, as a few retailers didn't and then, like myself, you will be gutted when you miss out on the most beautiful ceramic plates by Janice Fellows Ceramics. A few other stalls I would like to mention are Tahira Jewellery, the most intricate, beautifully embellished jewellery you will ever see and KT Robbins Ceramics, their hanging planters were one of my favourite items in the whole market! I could go on about all my favourite stalls, however, it would be a very long post so please be sure to visit the Paperdolls Handmade website, where you can read more about all the makers.

 I have to say, just to see the beautiful handmade objects and the amount of hard work that is put into some of them, made spending money on them so worth while and easy (unfortunately for my bank balance). The market is usually held twice a year, so make sure to look out for the next one, as I know I will definitely be going!

Amina xx

Mummy in a Tutu

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide

Hi Guys,

With Father's Day fast approaching (Sunday 18th June), I thought I would do a Father's Day gift guide. These are both gifts that would be perfect for my dad or my husband as I will be purchasing a Father's Day gift from the girls to him. I had a look at some of the most popular websites and shops in the UK and have done all the hard work, so you don't have to!

Do men still do the good old clean shave? Well if you know a dad that does this would look great in any bathroom.

What a fantastic gift set with a Bracing Body Wash (300ml), Soothing Moisturiser (100ml) and a Refining Facial Scrub (100ml), it's the perfect gift for someone who is into their skincare.

A personal favourite of mine. I bought this for hubby's last Father's Day and there was an engraving service too which made it extra special.

This fun and quirky board would look cool in any home. Maybe you could leave a special message on it.

Such a cute photo frame which could hold a picture of you and your dad. If purchasing for the husband I thought it would be nice to put pictures of the kids in.

Stylish organisation. Yes please!

The perfect mens bracelet which can be personalised too. Perfect for a first time daddy. Could be engraved with a special date or name!

I love personalised cards and this is such a lovely way of reminding your dad of a special moment.

My dad loves his tea, so drinking it in this personalised cup would make it extra special.

For the Dad who loves his tablet, why not give him the stylish little pouch to store it in.

If you've got the budget then this would make any man happy!

Perfect for the dad who is into his high quality sounding music! 

And those are my top picks! I've tried to cover all bases from grooming to technology and I hope you find something you like!

Amina xx

Mummy in a Tutu

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Everyday Essentials

Hey Guys,

I thought I would do a post on what I use for my 'everyday' make-up. That's if I choose to wear make-up, as I love going make-up free as much as possible. So this post will include some staples in my make-up bag especially for the upcoming summer months.

If you read my blog regularly, you should know by now that I love a dewy and glowing look, and the products I use for my base reflect this. For my skincare routine click here but for everything else keep reading. Once moisturised, I have been applying The Body Shop Instaglow CC cream in Peachy Glow. This is the perfect corrector for my skin and also contains SPF20 which is a bonus. It seems to even out my skin tone and gives me that glow I love. I also apply the NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Medium under the eyes. If I feel my skin needs that extra coverage I tend to apply MAC Face and Body foundation. This foundation is very light weight and perfect for that 'no make-up' look. It's the perfect foundation if you don't have problematic skin. I don't usually set my foundation with powder as I like to emphasise the dewiness. I make sure I brush the foundation over the under-eye area too and then conceal using Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 20. You may have heard about this concealer before but I can't emphasise enough how fab this product is. It is the perfect creamy texture and gives very good coverage!

When it comes to eyebrows I'm a total 'Benebabe'! I love my Benefit brow products. I use the Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 5 and it's just so easy. The shape of the pencil is a diamond so you get one really sharp side for outlining and then a slightly wider side for filling the brows. It's self sharpening, you simply twist it up, and it also has a spoolie on the other end to keep those brows tamed. I set my brows with the Ready, Set, Brow Gel as they have a habit of falling downwards. This stuff is strong. They don't budge all day, which leaves me feeling great, as I am kind of lost without my brows!

Moving onto the eyes, at the very least I will curl my lashes and apply mascara. But the question is which mascara?? Long gone are the days where I literally had one mascara and would replace it when I was finished. I now have about five but I tend to go for L'oreal Miss Manga when I want a bit of drama as it adds a lot of volume, or Lancome Hypnose when I want a more natural fluttery look.

For blush, I can't stop using my L'oreal Infallible Blush Paint Palette in Ambers. It has every colour I need for whatever mood I'm in. It made an appearance in my Spring Favourites post (click here) and I haven't stopped using it since! It smells amazing too. My everyday highlight is always Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm Cosmetics. Actually this was just my everything highlighter until Huda Beauty's 3D highlight palette came out (click here for post). However now I tend to use it more for everyday! It's the perfect gold and suits my skin tone so much. I love that it's not too obvious.

Finally, we come to the lips. My favourite lip pencil that I use most regularly is Spice by MAC. I always apply Sebamed SPF 30 Lip Defence to the lips. It contains Vitamin E and Jojoba oil and just leaves your lips soft and ready for whatever you want to put on top. Most of the time I wear this on it's own and blend the liner into the lip for a super natural look. However, when I want a bit of colour on top, I love wearing L'oreal Infallible Lip Laquer in Gone. It gives a really natural looking finish on my naturally darker lip tone. Occasionally I will set my make-up depending on how long my working day is going to be. I really like the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray, as your make-up really does last all day. That and it smells beautiful! They have a whole range of scents too. It just finishes of the make-up routine perfectly.

I also just want to touch on brushes. For my everyday day make-up I always use Real Techniques. There's something about these brushes that oozes good quality and they're decently priced. I use the expert face brush to apply foundation, the contour brush for contour or highlight and their blush brush for blusher. These are a great set to start with and will last you a very long time!

It's actually quite surprising to see all these products together as I didn't realise quite how much I am applying to my face! These are all products I have used almost daily and would highly recommend. Feel free to comment or ask any questions below.

Amina xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Mask me up!

Hi Guys,

This post is all about my favourite types of mask and which ones I use in my skin care routine.  I really enjoy masks as I find them the perfect way to pamper yourself while still being able to get on with my daily chores! I have tried to include a range of different types, so let's get stuck in.

This is my holy grail mask. With a lot of masks, you need to continue to use them to see an effect, but not with this one. The effects are immediate. As the name suggests, this mask is actually a clay paste which can be applied to the face with a brush or fingers (I prefer a brush as it can get a bit messy). It contains charcoal, green tea leaves and tea tree oil and as it dries you can actually see it drawing out the impurities in your skin as they dry a darker colour. If you have oily skin this mask is perfect for you, as it absorbs all the excess oil and literally leaves your skin glowing. I love it so much I can't wait to try the other masks in this range. This mask is not for the light-hearted though, as it is very tingly!

I have professed my love for sheet masks before (click here for post), but as you can probably see  from the price tag, with one costing around the £10 mark, these are not your average sheet mask. I have also mentioned Jamela's 24K gold under eye masks before on my blog, as they left me super impressed (click here for post), however I was also sent a pack of their 24K Gold Crystal Facial Collagen and Mineral Collagen Facial Masks recently, which have left me wanting more! The consistency of them is like a jelly and the first thing that hits you when you open them up is the smell of rose from the rose oil they are infused in. These masks claim to allow the skin to absorb the nutrients ten times more than a traditional face mask. What I noticed from using the 24K gold mask, is that it leaves your skin feeling brighter. The mineral collagen mask, on the other hand, is perfect as an after sun treat - very soothing on the skin. One feature I love about the masks is that they can be fully dissolved in boiling water once used and can be rubbed onto the skin so not to waste the dissolved collagen. The only down side is the shape of the masks. Because of the texture, it is not a malleable to the face, so I would suggest applying it when you know you can lie down with it on. 

This mask is actually a peel off mask and one of the best parts is the peeling process! It's so satisfying. Like peeling PVA glue off my hand (tell me you used to do that at school too?!). You simply apply a thin layer over the face, leave to dry and then peel off. What I love about this mask is that it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. It is the type of mask that needs to be used consistently as it encourages cell turnover and therefore is anti-ageing. I absolutely love the smell of this mask, it is so refreshing. If you're into you anti-ageing then this one is definitely for you.

Now I hear you saying this isn't a mask. No, you're right it's a scrub. However as suggested on the bottle, if mixed with honey and yoghurt this can me made into a mask! I love the idea of home made masks and this makes it feel even more organic. The bottle contains a clay powder which can be mixed with water for a daily scrub too. It contains things like rose hip powder, geranium leaf oil, and probiotic yoghurt powder which are full of vitamin C and great for evening out your complexion. If you don't mind getting your fingers dirty then get stuck in and have go.

If there was one of these masks I couldn't live without it would have to be the Himalayan mask, however I enjoy all of them being part of my routine. I hope you find this post helpful and I hope it has opened your eyes up to the amount of different mask that are available!

Amina xx

*PR gift. All opinions are my own.