The Perfect Winter Boots | Brantano

These were sent for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

There’s nothing I love better in the winter than a decent pair of winter boots that will see me through the cold season and last for the whole year afterwards. I always look for good quality, knee high boots that fit well around my calves and zip up. Just before I went on holiday my boots from last year finally gave up the ghost and I tasked myself to look for a new pair once I got back from holiday. That’s when Brantano came to the rescue.

I took a look at their vast range of ankle boots as I love a good ankle boot for a night out but I knew exactly what I needed to see me through this winter so opted for these Emilio Luca X Trumpet knee high boots (RRP £48, currently £36).

I believe when it comes to boots, it is much better to pay a slightly higher price than grabbing from one of the cheap high street stores as it is often true that if you buy cheap, you buy twice. Winter boots are something I only buy once or twice a year so I allow a little more wiggle room in my budget and found these were down the lower end of my budget – how great is that?

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Let me just say it is very hard to get good photos of boots when they’re attached to your feet and your usual photographer is either at work or has the man flu – yep, that’s what I’ve been dealing with recently!

The boots are super comfy and as you can see fit snugly on my calves without being too tight or too loose. They haven’t caused any rubbing which some new shoes or boots do and are super easy to walk in, even with a slight heel. I’ve been really enjoying going for walks in them, through the fallen leaves and across my local common, and they’re showing no signs of wear and tear.

They’re super easy to clean if needed – often needed when walking across the common in this village – any mud or whatever simply wipes off.  I will definitely be picking up more footwear from Brantano in the future if the quality is as good as these boots. They’re my new favourite footwear and I am wearing them everywhere.

Do you always purchase a decent pair of winter boots for the cold season?

Getting The Ideal Prom Dress At An Ideal Price

Does choosing the perfect prom dress at the right price sound like a dream to you? Well, after reading this article you can realize just how easy it can be when you follow the right rules and look in the right places.

It’s important when shopping to find something you’ll love and feel comfortable in but at the same time doesn’t leave you broke. You’re probably going to wear the dress once and you want to be mindful of that.

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Many girls want to find one-of-a-kind gowns to show off their style and elegance at prom. Being one of the most important days of the year and possibly in a teen’s high school life, there’s no doubt they want to choose a winner. Searching on Peaches Boutique will open your eyes to a world of glamorous occasion wear so you can find something unique.

What’s even better is that Peaches Boutique don’t charge an arm and a leg for their gowns. Also known for being teenage girls most reliable dress shop, Peaches Boutique is one of the best places to shop online for the ultimate collection of gowns.

Finding something you love

Firstly, you need to discover the best style of prom dress for your body shape. With some brilliant sources online, you can find your body type and what dresses will suit you. This way you can get your hands on something you’ll love and that will suit you perfectly.

Making sure you use a wide range of sources to discover that dress that makes you look twice and fall in love once is important. Use magazines, YouTube, stores, Pinterest, Instagram, blogs and more to gather ideas. Start early so you have time to weigh up competing dresses and decide before season hits and things start selling out!

Finding something for the right price

Once you have your budget in mind, you can look at cheaper more cost-effective ways to purchase your gown. Here are some top tips to save you money along the way:

  • Go to a thrift/vintage store – These can present multiple options at great prices. Find your local vintage store and at the very least, you’ll pick up some great inspiration!
  • Consider renting a dress – Prom dress rental is actually not uncommon these days and gives girls a chance to rent designer for a great price.
  • Shop at sales time or look in the sales section online.
  • Check out online dress stores for authentic deals. There are a lot of prom dress stores online that sell perfectly stunning dresses in a reasonable price. Begin your search at https://www.peachesboutique.com/dresses/occasion/prom.
  • Go to a charity store – You can discover some beautiful finds for a fraction of the price they were bought. There’s lots of fashionable good hearted people out there and you just need to come across the right store at the right time. So get searching early and see if you can discover your perfect gown.

Following these tips will help you locate the best dress for you at the right price. It’s possible! Just make sure you leave yourself enough time to find something truly special and you’ll be just fine.

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Mirai Face Brush & Cleanser | Review

Skincare is something that is so important, especially as we get older. I’ve actually been quite lucky throughout this pregnancy as my skin isn’t as bad as it sometimes can be (thanks pregnancy hormones!) but taking good care of your skin daily is essential to fight signs of aging and impurities. I was recently asked if I would like to review something from the True Company beauty company and opted for this Mirai face brush and cleanser. I’ve tried a few face brushes in the past so was intrigued to see how this worked – especially as it came with a cleanser too.

The True company are a worldwide beauty company and this face brush is designed to give your skin a deep clean. Claiming to gently massage and stimulate the skin to give a more firmer, smoother, vibrant and youthful appearance, I had to see what all the fuss was about.

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First of all, let me say I love the packaging. Keeping to the hot pink theme throughout, I love the design of the brush and the colour too. The brush is easy to grip which is handy when in the midst of a skincare routine where you may have slightly damp or greasy hands.

Features of this product include:

  • Advanced Anti-Aging Duo
  • Mirai Cleanser Formulated for maximum results
  • Silicone bristles compatible for all skin types
  • Start Seeing Immediate results after just a couple of uses
  • One of the most innovative anti-aging tools out in on the market
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Unclogs pores, removes oil, and makeup
  • Makes skin feel more elastic and healthy
  • Uses the safest silicone that is compliant with all worldwide regulations
  • Rechargeable features. Just charge and go!
  • 5 Year Warranty

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So what were my thoughts?

At $248 for the set (£201.48 at today’s exchange rate), it isn’t the cheapest facial brush out there but it does have a few things going for it that those others don’t have.

  1. The design is great – makes it easy to handle.
  2. You can adjust the vibration intensity – there are 14 different settings.
  3. It is easy to clean and dry due to its design and material.
  4. It comes complete with a USB charger and charges extremely quickly unlike other brushes.
  5. There are different bristle beads for different areas of the skin.

The cleanser is also great too. It has quite a creamy texture but isn’t too thick nor too watery, even once mixed with water for application. It doesn’t dry the skin out (and I can have quite sensitive skin sometimes) and so far has left my skin looking much more revigorated. I am very impressed.

Have you ever tried a facial brush before? How did you get on?

Item sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Scrub Love | Mint Temptation Coffee Body Scrub

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For someone who doesn’t really like the smell of coffee, I had never really considered trying a coffee scrub. However, when I was approached by the team behind Scrub Love and they offered me the chance to try one of their scrubs, I had to give it a go just to see what all the fuss was about. I was sent a pouch of the Mint Temptation body scrub (RRP – £12.95) to see what I thought. A  pouch is 200ml which is quite a lot of product.

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First up, let’s talk about the packaging. It is incredibly simple but manages to also be oh so cute. The white background with black dots offset by the colourful label is a common theme among the Scrub Love body scrubs and I love it. The colour of the label really ties in with the product ingredients and that I really like.

The scrub itself is made from 100% natural ingredients. They claim to banish blemishes then target acne, stretch marks, cellulite and anything else you throw at them – giving you a gorgeous glow. But could this live up to the claim? Containing such organic ingredients as roast organic coffee, peppermint oil, dead sea salt, argan oil and aloe vera, I was interested to see if it could live up to my expectations. Packed full of these ingredients with tons of vitamins and goodness, I had high hopes.

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So what did I think? Well this doesn’t half wake you up! I’ve been really struggling with sleeping lately leading me to be pretty out of it when I finally do get up. This scrub really brings a zing to your morning routine, waking you up as the combined smell of mint and coffee hits your nostrils and the scrub gets to work.

I’ve been using this sporadically over the summer holidays when I’ve felt the need for a little pick me up, a little treat, as you can imagine the past six weeks have been very hectic and a little stressful. Now that Jack is going back to school, I want to take a little more time for myself and am definitely considering picking up the other scrubs in the range.

Overall, I am very impressed. For someone who doesn’t like the smell of coffee, the scent here is very, very light and doesn’t bother me at all – the mint overpowers it to leave you feeling refreshed and glowing. I am keen to try more in the range – especially knowing that Scrub Love themselves are not only an organic UK based skincare company but also fairtrade, Rainforest-Alliance Approved and ethically sourced. Things they should definitely be proud of and what make me more likely to choose a brand.

Have you ever tried a coffee scrub before? What one is your favourite?

Item sent for an honest and unbiased review

JoJo Maman Bébé Kids Range | Fox Zip Up Hoodie

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If I had a pound for everyone who had asked about this hoodie and where to get it from, I would be very, very rich. Jack was recently sent this gorgeous fox zip up hoodie from JoJo Maman Bébé to review and whilst the sun has been blaring, this has been a great addition to the cooler days – keeping him warm enough without being too warm.

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Priced at just £20, this JoJo Maman Bébé hoodie is the perfect addition to any kid’s wardrobe. Ranging from 0-6 years, these are great for keeping your little ones warm on colder days and also sparking up a ton of conversation. I actually know of a few people who headed to our nearest store to pick one up! The hoodie is part of the A/W kids range. I’ve taken a look at some of the other items in the range and they seem to be both amazing quality and super affordable – items that will go the distance but won’t cost the earth – something that you definitely need when you have children inclined to wreck their clothes quite quickly!

The hoodie also works well with some other items in the range – making up a Fantastic Fox collection – and I must admit I am in love with some of the other fox themed items. I’ve also been looking at the maternity ranges and baby clothes – I am a total JoJo Maman Bébé convert!

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When choosing a size, we opted for the largest size of 5-6 so that it can grow with him. He is growing at an alarming rate – I swear he seems 2ft taller since the holidays began – and I’m glad this is going to last him throughout the year especially as we are coming into Winter where we will all want to wrap up a little more. The hoodie is 100% cotton and super soft – something I really like in children’s clothes as I know that they won’t irritate Jack’s sometimes sensitive skin. The hoodie is machine washable at 40°C on a delicate setting. Dark colours should be washed separately and the hoodie should be washed inside out and reshaped whilst damp – it shouldn’t be wrung dry or bleached and if being put in the tumble dryer, needs to go on low. It isn’t suitable for dry cleaning. This is a lot more work than other clothes Jack has but so worth it as the quality of this hoodie is second to none.

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As you can see, the detail on the hoodie is absolutely amazing. I love that the hood with the fox’s face even comes with some little ears! All of Jack’s little friends love it and some of the mums were sneakily asking where it was from.

I’m a total JoJo Maman Bébé convert now. I will definitely be picking up some more items for Jack – and may even treat myself from the maternity range and something for baby girl too once she is here. Have you ever tried JoJo Maman Bébé?

Item was sent for an honest and unbiased review