This Mama Loves: Liz Earle

Remember I did the oatmeal face mask a while ago? Well it still works a treat but I have been on the lookout for a good skincare routine that would also help calm my sensitive skin. Towards the end of my pregnancy I tried out Dermalogica's Ultra Calming range. It is really lovely and soothing but I did get frustrated having to use both a serum and a moisturiser! Plus, the Dermalogica range is fantastic but not cheap!!

So, I did a little more research and came across Liz Earle's products. I carted the little ones ( Luckily they were both asleep!!) down to the Liz Earle store on Duke of York Square where the fantastic sales assistant recommended their Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser along side the Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive Skin and the Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I bought the smallest bottles to test out the products and have since been back to buy more!

The Hot Cloth Cleanser: I don't normally use cream cleansers because I find them too heavy for my skin but I find this one really effective in removing my makeup without feeling gunky. I love the ritual of using a hot muslin cloth to remove my make up, it's really soothing and gently. To begin with I just hold the hot cloth over my skin and breathe in the lovely lavender scented cream. I use the muslin (Which you can buy in store) two or three times and then throw it in the washing machine/ tumble dryer with all the Aden & Anais baby muslins.

The Instant Boost Skin Tonic: This is just a fantastic and gently toner, with no alcohol. It smells faintly of rose (but not in a granny's handbag kinda way).

Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive Skin: A really yummy moisturiser, my skin is quite oily but this doesn't feel at all greasy. One thing I'm not a fan of though is the smell, it reminds me of Veet hair removal cream. This is such a fantastic skin care range though that I can totally forgive the smell, which thankfully doesn't lurk around after the moisturiser has been applied.

I still use my Konjac sponge in the mornings and I find the whole combination works really really well. My skin looks really plumped up and smooth, I feel like I have less lines which just goes to show how many wrinkles are due to dehydration rather than ageing! One of my all-time favourite moisturisers is the incredible Creme de la Mer and I would go so far to say that this is just as good and of course infinitely more affordable.

Since my littlest was born, this summer, I have never felt so slummy in all my life. Apart from the fact that I still have a ton of baby weight to shed and my lovely long thick hair is falling out by the bucket load, I'm so busy with my gorgeous twosome that I barely get a minute to pile on the slap so I do really appreciate having lovely glowing skin that this skin care routine has given me.

I've been recommending this collection to anyone who will listen, have you tried this range?


Thomas & Friends Christmas Journey

Today, we stepped out of blogging hibernation to make a trip to Hamleys of Regent Street for a very worthy cause. Thomas the tank engine and friends are undertaking an epic journey this Christmas, to help the Fat Controller deliver gifts to children in hospitals all over the UK & Ireland and their journey began in London, this morning.

We hopped in a taxi, as you can see little E was super excited!!

When we arrived at Hamleys, we had exclusive access to the store for an hour before it opened to the general public. There was face painting, balloon modelling, story telling with the Fat Controller, and of course…. colouring in!!

We stuck around after the store opened to the public at Midday on a mission to get some Christmas gift inspiration. We needn't have worried, little E was very clear with what she 'Needed'. 'I need this' was her phrase du jour.
I've always loved Hamleys and as children my sister and I would beg my parents to take us there whenever we were on a shopping trip to London. My mother always allowed us to choose a small treat each and following in this tradition, little E chose something for herself and for her baby brother. She made a bee line straight for the Peppa Pig section and then chose a teething toy for Rufio.

To find out more about Thomas & Friends Christmas Journey, check out www.tracksforthomas.com

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