My Current Bath, Body & Beauty Favourites | Spring 2020

There’s nothing I enjoy more than having a relaxing bath at the end of a long day and using all my favourite products to really take care of myself and unwind. Remember that self care isn’t just for your down days, it’s for everyday too! You can’t pour from an empty cup so make sure you keep yourself well looked after.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food – Banana and Shea (£3.89)

This was recommended to me by a friend of mine and I’ve been obsessed ever since I first smelled it, never mind using it! It honestly smells amazing! The results have been fantastic too. My hair can be very fine and so it tangles so easily. This has really helped me keep things smooth! I brush this through with my fingers and leave it on for about five minutes and it’s as if it’s had a salon wash!

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Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tan Milk (£11.89)

I’ve never been a fan of false tan, I know most people my age love it! I love the results of it but hate the smell of it and the orange hands and the way it goes all scaly when it starts to wash off!

Now I’ve always been super pale and a little bit insecure about it. This moisturiser really has changed that. It’s easy to put on (without getting orange hands), if doesnt go patchy and it’s not ORANGE! It gives you a lovely natural looking glow to the skin keeping you looking fresh and healthy!

It’s also so hydrating, keeping my skin silky smooth!

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Lush Bubble Bar – Rose Jam (£4.95)

Everyone who knows me knows how much of an avid bubble bath fan I am! Every single night I have to have one to help me unwind and relax before I go to sleep. (For about an hour) I received the Rose Jam Bubble Bar from Lush as a birthday gift and I really loved using it! It lasted me about four days (and I have a lot of bubbles) and also made the bath pink and sparkly, whilst making the whole room smell like a Lush store!

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Make Up Revolution False Lashes

If you’re looking for some lashes that are natural enough to wear everyday that don’t break the bank, these from revolution are great. I purchased the Wispy Lashes in no. 4 and I really loved them! I wasn’t a big fan of the glue that they came with so ended up using my own (duo, ofcourse) and they worked great!

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Radox Stress Relief Bubble Bath (£1.20)

Speaking of bubble baths, this is also one of my favourite products as it smells absolutely amazing due to the ingredients of eucalyptus. It’s super relaxing and really helps you wash away any feelings of stress and negativity that may have been building up throughout the day.

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Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (£12.00)

I could have easily included every single Liz Earle product I own within this blog post but had to pick my absolute favourite. I can’t see my skin living without this product now as the results have just been amazing! If you’d like to read more about my experience with Liz Earle skincare products, read this post – here.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘The Gloss’ Lipgloss Her Glossiness (£16.00)

This was another birthday gift and I’ve been loving using it so far! It looks a little dark and intimidating in the bottle but once applied it gives a lovely gold finish that I think will be just gorgeous during the summer. You can wear it on its own or on top of another lipstick and it looks fabulous either way. It’s definitely made me want to go out and get some more JSC lipglosses!

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid (£6.00)

This has been a part of my skincare routine for a few months now and so I’m really seeing the benefits on my skin. It’s so much more hydrated and silky soft! I have a whole post about the benefits of hyaluronic acid which you can read – here.

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Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Bling Boss (£16.00)

This palette has been my everyday go to for a while now and I think it will be for months to come! You can read a full review of this palette – here.

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38 Happy Things To Say To Your Child

Positive words of encouragement can have a long lasting affect on your child, even years after you have said them.

Trying to choose words that will make them feel amazing from the inside out. As parents, we try hard to shape our children’s lives to ensure that they live their best lives possible. I’ve always believed that this starts with creating positive foundations in childhood that will develop their minds to be positive and thoughtful.

My son is my world and I never want him to forget how much I love and value him. It’s very important to me that he knows how deeply I care for him and so I try to give him positive affirmations everyday from a young age to secure our bond, learn right from wrong, understand how much I love him and also teach him to be kind to others.

Here are 38 positive things you can incorporate into your day and say to your child to make them feel happy, valued and loved.

1. I love you

2. Well done!

3. What was the best part of your day? (And the worst)

4. I’m lucky to be your mummy.

5. I’m grateful for you.

6. You are so good at …

7. You’re really kind / that was a really kind thing to do.

8. Thank you for being you.

9. We will tackle this problem together.

10. Your opinions matter.

11. I believe in you.

12. You did your best.

13. You make me so happy.

14. Don’t be afraid to be you.

15. I admire you.

16. That’s a lovely question.

17. I trust you.

18. I believe you.

19. You are beautiful, inside and out.

20. I’m grateful for you.

21. I love spending time with you.

22. I appreciate it when you …

23. I hope you have an amazing day.

24. I hope you have a lovely sleep.

25. I’m sure you can do it.

26. You make me smile.

27. I’m excited to do this with you!

28. You’re so creative.

29. Lets do this your way.

30. I knew you could do it!

31. I care about you.

32. I care about your feelings.

33. I’m proud of you.

34. Your words are meaningful.

35. You should be so proud of yourself!

36. You’re very helpful / that was a really helpful thing to do.

37. Thanks for being such a good boy / girl today.

38. The world is a much better place with you in it.

A Summer Day Out: Strawberry Picking At Brocksbushes Farm

I’m always on the look out for fun and exciting places to go with my 18 month old, rather than the standard soft plays and parks as I feel we exhaust those quickly. Leo is a very outdoorsy boy and so that’s always a priority when looking for the perfect spot for a day out, especially when the weather has been as glorious as it has.

I came across Brocksbushes Farm and Tea Shop on Facebook and I noticed that they were advertising pick your own fruit sessions and so Leo and I went along with my friend Megan.

Based in the heart of Northumberland, Brocksbushes boast 35 acres of soft fruit to pick throughout the Summer months. They have strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. On site there is a beautiful farm shop which sells lovely home products, vegetables, drinks, home baked cakes, jams, wines and more! Beside the shop the Tea Room sells coffee, afternoon tea, sandwiches and home cooked lunches.

Pricing

We paid £1 each for entry into the fruit fields and then after the strawberries were weighed at the end, we paid for those too which cane to £7. So all in all, the experience was £10 which I think is actually great value for a fun day out and lots of lovely strawberries. We made a glorious strawberry cheese cake with ours!

This was our first time strawberry picking and I’ve always wanted to go! I think it makes a perfect day out with young children. Leo really enjoyed getting involved and picking strawberries and getting…

very muddy.

Going to the countryside to pick your own fruit is one of those experiences that is the epitome of summer and I think it’s something we should all experience just once. It’s so beautiful to switch off for a while and just enjoy the British country side with your nearest and dearest, whilst teaching your child to appreciate the outdoors and where their food comes from.

for more information about the site we went to for our strawberry picking, click here – brocksbushes.

What Is Imposter Syndrome And How Can We Overcome It?

You’ve just achieved one of your major goals and you should be happy, but the voice in your head says, are you really qualified for that? Who gave you the permission?

This fear can be utterly paralysing… but maybe it doesn’t have to be that way?

I was walking to my seat at graduation, a day of feeling proud of your achievements and celebrating your success. I sat in my seat and thought what if they don’t call my name? What if they finally realise that I’m not clever enough for my degree? I believed that whenever I got my results they must have been wrong. I genuinely believed it was just me that felt this way and I never knew there was a term for it until recently.

It can hit at any time but it’s mainly due to successes such as new careers. I had my first interview since graduating and was convincing myself in my head that I’d lied on my CV and that my qualifications aren’t correct or they’re not legit when actually, they definitely are.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome is a type of psychological pattern that makes you feel as though your accomplishments aren’t as they seem. It creates a sense of self doubt through a persistent internalised fear that you’re a fraud. Such as, putting your successes down to luck. Despite external validation from others, those with imposter syndrome lack internal acknowledgements of their own accomplishments and achievements. This can be caused by the drive to succeed, fear of failure and feeling guilt for your success.

Imposter syndrome was first described by Dr Pauline Clance in 1985 as she described the phenomenon as experiencing intense feelings of guilt that their achievements are undeserved and that they will be eventually exposed as a fraud.

Personally, I believe that doubt is healthy in small amounts as it helps us find room for improvement and self development. Imposter syndrome comes from a natural desire to succeed which starts of as healthy, but sometimes can be taken over the line to self destructive. This can be caused by your (false) belief in your own intellectual inadequacy which in turn leads you to anticipate your own failures which can spiral into a load of confidence problems.

The truth is that anyone from all walks of life can suffer from imposter syndrome. Billionaire Mike Cannon Brookes told ABC News in an interview that most days he still feels as though he doesn’t know what he’s doing, despite being CEO of Altassian.

I started researching the topic of imposter syndrome because I didn’t even know there was a term for it. It’s something I’ve experienced often that I’ve always put down to my anxiety disorder but it turns out it has a complete separate classification. I started my research and thought maybe there’s a lot of people that haven’t heard of it? Which inspired this post.

Amy Cuddy and the notion of presence.

I recently read a book by social psychologist, Amy Cuddy called ‘Presence: Bringing your Boldest Self to Your Boldest Challenges‘.

“Fake it until you become it” The essence of this idea is that sometimes we have to trick ourselves into seeing what we are and what we’re capable of. We’re not tricking others, because they have no reason to believe we’re not capable. We’re standing in our own way, which is why we have to fake ourselves from time to time” – Presence, Amy Cuddy.

Amy says that both men and women can suffer from imposter syndrome, even though it is typically described as a problem felt by females only. This often happens by stereotype backlash as she states that, “men who deviate from the strong assertive stereotype” punish themselves for failing to conform to societies expectations. Women can also suffer from stereotype backlash if they appear to masculine in the workplace.

Self Affirmations

Amy Cuddy’s research into body language and body chemistry revealed that we can change perceptions of others by simply changing the position of our bodies. Cuddy calls this ‘Power Posing’ and in 2012 she spoke at a TEDx talk – ‘Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are.’ Watch it: here

FYI, if you’re into self improvement books I definitely recommend this one!

You can purchase it: here.

What can we do about it?

I spoke to certified professional ghost writer, published novelist and TEDx speaker, Joshua Lisec about his advice on overcoming imposter syndrome and he told me that “The struggle you’ve had with trying to land clients, getting that promotion, or saying yes to yourself…it’s not because you aren’t any good at what you do or because you’re “bad” or “not enough …

“it’s not because you’re thinking too highly of yourself. Imposter Syndrome is what you’re dealing with. Remember the oh-so-nerdy theory of cognitive psychology called the Dunning-Krueger Effect tells you that, if you’re doubting your own abilities, you’re most likely pretty damn good at what you do.”

I asked Joshua about his personal advice on overcoming said Imposter Syndrome and he told me that, “For me, overcoming imposter syndrome involved third-party feedback that yes, I did in fact know what I was talking about and that my story is worth seeing and hearing…that what I have accomplished is indeed as impressive as I personally believe it is.

“Giving a TEDx Talk did all of that for me at once. If you are battling imposter syndrome, the best thing you can do is share your story on stage or in print and see what people say. Oh, sure, there are haters, but the effect of overwhelming positive feedback means they don’t matter. You stop noticing the negativity after a while.”

Watch Joshua’s TED talk – here

Quick Tips on Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

– Don’t focus on negatives – one failure does not mean that we lack in our skils. Failure is a necessity to our growth.

– Tell yourself everyday: “I deserve my success” If your best friend said she didn’t deserve her success, you’d be furious! Of course she does? She’s the most talented and deserving girl ever!! …. so why can’t you see that in yourself? Be proud of who you are and what you have achieved.

– TALK: Amy Cuddy states in her book that most of us are walking round feeling like imposters but that we feel too ashamed to admit it. The more that we talk about it, the less we can carry the burden of feeling this way.

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A Family Weekend Break To Center Parcs | Is It Toddler Friendly?

Is Center Parks a toddler friendly break? 🌲 find out in my latest blog post.

For this years stay-cation, we opted for another trip to Whinfell Forest at Center Parcs for a long weekend. In this post I’ll be sharing my experience and finding out whether it’s a toddler friendly stay!

We did come here in 2017 when I was pregnant and then in 2018 when Leo was only eight months so there wasn’t too much for him to get up to that time, here’s to hoping there will be now that he’s an 18 month old now!

Arrival

We didn’t check in until a bit later (in a bid to beat the rush) and quickly unpacked and went to put the car back to the car park. This is by far the most annoying part of the whole experience and the only negative, mainly for when you need to leave because the car park is quite a way from where we are staying.

Bikes

We then hired two bikes and a trailer for Leo to sit in. You know how everyone says you never forget how to ride a bike? Well, I’d like to challenge that theory because I COULDN’T DO IT. Honestly, I was constantly almost falling off and driving myself into traffic, not a good look.

Anyways, it was £29 for each bike and then an extra £31 for the trailer at the back, which is expensive, however it is so much quicker to get around this way and cycling is a really good way to get some exercise. You’re also spoiled for choice on the cycle parking front so you can wizz round anywhere you like!

Our Apartment

We stayed in the Lakeside Apartments which is an open plan complex that’s oh so cosy. It was perfect for the three of us with a travel cot and high chair provided.

God can we talk about this bath please!!! It’s a spa bath which means it turns into a mini whirlpool and it was the best bath I’ve ever had (and I have a lot)! Can’t even describe how relaxing it was! It did take us a while to figure out how to turn it on but after some excessive googling I figured it out. Incase you’re here to find the same information out – there’s a switch above the bathroom door on the outside which needs to be turned on (didn’t even know it was there until I googled) and then the bath needs to be over 70% full and then the light should start to flash green. Then, you just hold your finger on it for a few seconds and there you go! Amazing.

Activities

There is so much to do here – it’s impossible to do it all so it’s important to plan your days as much as you can. We booked all our activities prior to arrival to ensure spaces. On Saturday we went to musical movers – a baby group of singing and dancing. Then we went to toddler active play and football pool.

On the Sunday, my partner, Ben, went to the driving range before we headed to messy play and then to bowling on the evening!

Of course, we also fit swim sessions around all our activities, which leads me onto my next point …

Swimming Pool

There is free and unlimited use of the swimming pool from 10am-9pm everyday. There are so many different parts of the pool with slides, sprinklers, bubble pools, hot tubs and even outdoor pools. Honestly, laying in the outdoor pool in the sun made me feel like I was abroad! The swimming is a great way to burn your child’s energy so they sleep well, so would definitely recommend that for a good nights sleep!!

Playgrounds

One of the best parts about Center Parcs is the amount of playgrounds there are for children!

Village Centre

This is the area where the swimming pool is along with restaurants, a supermarket, bowling, shops and a bar. Leo especially loved the supermarket because he got to push a mini trolley around!

Is Center Parcs Toddler Friendly?

Absolutely without a doubt! Everywhere you go caters for children and young families. The pubs/restaurants even have soft plays and free baby food facilities for you. I think it makes a great holiday for a weekend stay with a young family and even if you have older or younger children, there’s plenty for the whole family to get up to during your stay. I couldn’t recommend enough!

Have you ever been to Center Parcs? What did you think of it? Let me know. All the best,

Becca.

Book your break to Center Parcs at centreparcs website.

Beauty Hacks: That Summer Glow | Summer Make Up Look *

Want to know how to fake that summer glow? I have all the secrets for the perfect summer time make up look. ☀️

*this post contains products that were gifted to me in PR for modelling purposes. All opinions are my own as always.

In this post, I’m going to be sharing the top products and top tips to create the perfect summer glowing make up look.

Skincare

I always think that great make up starts with good skin care and my favourite products for creating glowing skin are definitely:

  • Pixi Glow Tonic
  • Mario Badescu Rose Spray
  • The Ordinary Peeling Solution

Liquid Highlighter

This works as a great base to apply before your foundation to create a glowing and healthy looking complexion. Sometimes I use it like a primer and sometimes I use it by mixing it in with my foundation. I used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost for this look underneath my foundation to create a glowing base. I then put on some revolution full coverage foundation on the areas that needed concealing and then I used the stick foundation everywhere else.

Gold Hues

Gold is the epitome of summer so it seemed only fitting to add some into this look. On my eyes, I patted on some gold eyeshadow from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty Palette in shade filthy rich.

Filthy Rich from the Thirsty Palette – swatched.

Bronzer

For summer looks, I always go mad on the bronzer! I love to look tanned in summer so for this look I actually used two different bronzers. Firstly, I used the Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour out my cheeks and forehead and jaw line. Then, I went over the top with a large fan brush with the Rimmel London Bronzer for a more natural appeal.

Highlighter

Anyone that knows me, will know that I LOVE Highlighter. I can’t go a day without it and I really think that less is more is a lie when it comes to Highlighter. More more more! I used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Summer Snowcone and also the Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights.

Faux Freckles

I have always been envious of those with freckles! I just think they’re so so beautiful! I added some faux ones to my face for this look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I pressed the pencil into my skin and spinned the end a little to create a more natural look and not perfect circles – to ensure they appear more natural.

A Killer Lip

The lipstick I have worn for this is from Antipodes in the shade ‘ South Pacific Coral.’ This shade is perfect for summer due to its coral hues and glossy finish. Antipodes is an organic, unique brand that uses sustainable ingredients to create their products.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let me know what you think of the look in the comments section.

What are your favourite products to use on a summer make up look? Let me know!

All my love,

Becca. X