Sunday Tittle Tattle: Brace Yourselves.

baby bump 38 weeks

1) Could this be the last Sunday Tittle Tattle for a while? Brace yourselves: it’s entirely possible! I’m 39 weeks pregnant tomorrow and so really, Baby AMR could emerge at any time. (I like the word “emerge” rather than “pop out” – it sounds gentler and far less painful. Like the head will just serenely appear and we will all smile and coo and I can play The Circle of Life from The Lion King through my iPod speakers. Brilliant.) Anyway; as always I will endeavour to provide you with regular, brilliant quality (ha!) content, and I have loads of interesting posts and videos scheduled in advance, it’s just the Sunday Tittle Tattles that may prove to be a pain. I like them to be current and so I write them only a day or two in advance – that may not be possible if I’m simultaneously trying to learn the art of breastfeeding and trying to press frozen sanitary pads onto my sore bits. If you miss me and you want to find out what’s going on (mostly with my breasts and sore bits, I’d imagine) then please do bookmark my other blog, The Uphill. You can subscribe to the email feed and it’ll notify you when I’ve written something worthy and original.

neom intensive skin treatment candle

2) Random beauty mention, just in case I don’t manage to test this out pre-baby-madness; NEOM’s new Intensive Skin Treatment Candles. Now these “beauty” candles aren’t a new concept – Oskia do a gorgeous Rose de Mai one and I’ve seen a couple of others about, but…HELLO! Look at the packaging on this beauty! Absolutely knock-out. Very luxe and impressive and I can imagine that the product itself won’t disappoint; the Scent to Sleep version has been formulated to soothe and nourish very dry skin and there’s the highest possible concentration of essential oils blended in to give the ultimate aromatherapy hit. A sleepy hit, I’m guessing from the name of this treatment – I can’t wait to try it. You can find more details on the NEOM website here.

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Real Techniques Make Up Palettes

Night Owl

Night Owl

Everyone’s favourite vlogging duo, Sam and Nic Chapman of Pixiwoos, has exciting news! Two limited edition make-up palettes are heading our way.

First up is Night Owl with everything you need for spectacular smoky eyes – smoky is a Pixiwoo speciality – with three long last shimmer shadows, a matte shadow, a dark gel liner, a perfect finish blush and a highlighter. Added to that, you’ll find two lip glosses. Almost a whole look in box, basically.

Modern Natural

Modern Natural

The second palette, Modern Natural, has the same number of contents, but different colour-ways – rich and sumptuous browns for velvety eyes and cheeks. It reminds me a little of Kim Kardashian’s smoky-milky-peachy daytime look.

The Real Techniques Make Up Palettes are both totally wearable and user-friendly palettes and a gorgeous entry into the colour category from Pixiwoos. Currently, these are only available in the US (but they will ship) so I’m hoping it’s part of a test-run for a fuller make-up range to come in the future. On the currency conversion, each palette is about £15 and you can find them HERE. Exciting times!

Shipping (from what I can tell on the site it looks like it’s only £1.04 to ship from US to UK in 4-10 working days – but do double check because that seems remarkable low).

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OTT Nails: Pink Latex and Powdery Blue Glitter!

Nails Inc Latex Nail Polish Review and Swatches

This week’s nail art challenge with @NailArtistMartha was to create a look using Nails Inc’s Queensgate Gardens Floral Polish. It’s not a polish that I would ever pick up – it looks headache-inducingly complicated with its matte glitter and its flower pieces – but I really like the finished effect. You wouldn’t probably catch me parading about with daisies stuck to my nails, but I’d definitely work that pale blue matte glitter if I could master the application technique! (Martha said that it’s actually relatively easy to create the “fade”; just keep adding product to the free edge of the nail and it will build up naturally into that sprayed-on effect.) I imagine that you have to go digging to get those flower pieces, as they’re all mixed up with the glitter and the clear polish inside the bottle, and you’d probably want a little pair of tweezers to position the daisies if you were the pedantic kind. It’s quite difficult to remove the polish, apparently, so you’ll need to really soak the cotton wool pads in acetone and be quite patient.

Martha applied Queensgate Gardens over Nails Inc’s Latex Polish in Portobello Road, below. I think that this more-than-matte finish is amazing and I love the pale pink shade. They look like plastic doll fingernails! Totally OTT, totally Vegas! Martha has applied it to falsies to show the full-on effect but I think that it would look great on shorter, natural nails. I shall give it a try and let you know. Martha said that it dries very quickly, so you have to be fast with your application to get the perfectly smooth finish that she’s achieved. And you definitely need two coats, so again, apply carefully because the polish is quite thick. (This all spells trouble for my untrained, clumsy hands.)

nail art latex nail look

I’m not sure whether the Latex finish will be permanent – I hope so. I think it’s a really unusual look, almost cartoon-like. For the moment, you can find Latex Effect here and Queensgate Gardens here. There are other shades available, but I think that these would be my pick of the bunch. Thank you once again to the lovely Martha – you can find her on Facebook here and on Instagram here if you’d like to ask any questions. And please, if you have any looks you’d like to see, fire away with your suggestions. We could do some more in-depth step-by-steps; I for one would love to know how to paint the perfect dark nail and also how to trim my cuticles!

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Relaxing Ingredients

Holidays are stressful.  Here are awesome ingredients to help you relax.

  1. Chamomile – good for mild to moderate anxiety.  It also has been used throughout history to make soothing infusions.
  2. Valerian – Valerian may attenuate anxiety when combined with other preparations.
  3. Lemon Balm – Lemon balm has been used as a mild sedative and sleep aid, although there are few studies on lemon balm alone.
  4. Passion Flower – has been used as an herbal sedative.  Scientists have speculated that passion flower works by increasing levels of GABA in the brain.
  5. Hops Flower – One of the best relaxer among the herbs, hops is a key ingredient in one of the most relaxing drinks of all – beer.  Has high content of Vitamin B-complex and minerals are beneficial for healthy body and skin.

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