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Time for Mum tagged with 'beauty'

if you’re anything like me, you find it difficult to even find time to have a wash, there’s always something more pressing. Here I’m hoping to encourage myself and you to put yourself first a bit more!

Let me tell you my tale of laser hair removal…

24 Mar, 2016

Do you remember when you were a kid and you used to see the big girls at school and want to be them?

laser hair removal with Saks Beauty in Gosforth

They were always so cool, calm and collected, and gorgeous. So, you’d buy Just 17 and wear your hair just so and buy ridiculous clothing (just me? Kudos to my mum for letting me express myself, that must have taken restraint).

Well, I don’t think I’ve ever grown out of that. I remember at about 21 I saw some chic looking women (in New York) with deep pink nail varnish and as soon as I got back into that departure lounge I made a beeline for the beauty counter to find the exact shade. Chanel, of course. I thought it would make me look cool and NYC chic too.

Fast forward to 32 and I still have friends a few years older than me that I hope I’ll be like when I “grow up”.

I’ll have great hair and overall be much better presented.

One particular thing that has stuck with me over the years of knowing these friends was a particular conversation about bikini lines….

I was going for yet another excruciatingly painful bikini wax whilst pregnant, which is one of the most painful things (aside from labour) that I’ve ever been through, and my friend said, “You know, laser is the way forward.”

Well, it’s stuck with me, always something on the beauty to-do list that will transform me into one of my glamorous friends. I will exude confidence when I no longer have fuzz poking out the side of my swimming costume during an impromptu swim with the kids.

And, never has laser been more needed – since giving birth, waxing has become too much to bare (pun intended and I wrote about my waxing revolt here), so things have become a bit unkempt, shall we say?

As a slight aside, I do know really that I will never be “put together” in the way I’d like to be and I’m OK with that, it’s probably why my friends like me in the first place. Maybe a bit of goofy goes a long way?

Laser Hair Removal with Saks

But that didn’t stop me jumping at the chance to finally give it a go when Saks Beauty in Gosforth approached me to try out a course of laser hair removal in my nether regions!

I knew they had some of the best equipment in the area (it costs them a fortune to maintain but it has the best results in the quickest time, so it’s really worth the investment), so if anyone was going to ‘have at it’, it was going to be them.

After a quick phone call where I asked the owner, Nic, a million stupid questions (“can we do all 6 treatments in a week?” “No, hunny, you need 6 to 8 weeks between sessions”), we were ready to go.

All you have to do before your appointment is to shave the places where you don’t want hair to grow anymore (you may need the lawnmower to begin with).

I arrived to a really warm welcome and Nic immediately put me at ease. Which was good because shortly after she was face to face with my intimates. About 5 minutes and a few zaps later (a bit like being twanged by an elastic band), I was done. And I could walk out perfectly comfortably.

This was new.

I was used to leaving a salon John Wayne style, wincing in pain!

Since then (it’s been about 7 weeks), I’ve been diligently shaving the area. The only issue I’ve had was a bit of irritation to begin with from shaving. But with some post shaving cream (I’ve got some The Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion, which is awesome) it’s been sorted out a treat.

Already, after only 1 session, I can tell that the hairs have drastically changed! I’m telling you this is the way forward.

Perhaps, once I’m hair-free and confident of no further swimming costume capers, I’ll be able to turn my attention to more items on my beauty to-do list!

Laser Hair Removal Costs…

A single laser hair removal treatment on your nethers at Saks Beauty in Gosforth costs £45 and you will need between 3 to 6 treatments, and maybe the occational one or two after having another baby or any other hormonal changes.

To put this into context in contrast to Waxing…

The difference between a lifetime of waxing (£250/year for 20 years is £5000!) compared to a course of laser hair removal treatments (£270 for 6, plus the odd one here and there) – you’re looking at a saving of £4730.


Give Nic a call on 0191 340 0420 and she’ll see you right.

For super soft skin

29 Feb, 2016

My face has been having its moments recently. I’m either breaking out in spots or suffering from really dry skin, or most commonly, both! So this Coffee Face Scrub has been a saviour.

Scrub up with this homemade, organic coffee face scrub!

The coffee exfoliates and plumps up your skin, while the yoghurt and added coconut oil really rehydrates, making your skin feel amazing.

Homemade Coffee Face Scrub

I came across the recipe in The Honest Life by Jessica Alba, which is packed full of lovely and chemical-free ideas for your home and family. I first wrote about the book 3 years ago in Jessica Alba made me clean the house and I still refer to it regularly so I’d highly recommend it.

Anyway onto the recipe! You will need:


– 1/2 cup of greek yoghurt (I’ve used Yeo Valley Organic Greek Style Yoghurt)

– 1 tbsp ground coffee (I’ve used Cafédirect Organic Ground Coffee, which you can get from most supermarkets)

Added Extras

> For oily skin add: a squeeze of lemon juice

> For Dry skin add a tbsp of coconut oil

> You can also add some bicarbonate of soda for breakouts or use oats in place of the coffee for a more gentle scrub!


All you need to do is:

1. Mix the ingredients you want to use together

2. Rub into your skin in a gentle circular motion

3. Leave it to dry

4. Wash off for silky smooth skin!

Scrub up with this homemade, organic coffee face scrub!

The amounts above do make enough for a few applications, but the mix will last a few days in an airtight container or jar or give the rest to your mum. Hello Mother’s Day!

Have you got a favourite DIY face scrub?

I’d love to hear in the comments below or come and join the conversation on the Mums’ Days Facebook Wall!


Guest post from Betty and the Bumps

03 Oct, 2014

“What the eff is hair plan?” are the eloquent words I believe I uttered the first time Beth, from Betty and the Bumps, mentioned it. I think it’s pretty obvious that I don’t do a lot of thinking about my hair (the last time I blogged about it was almost a year ago with this Coconut Hair Mask tutorial!) and I thought hair was just hair and you did the best you could with it on a day to day basis. Apparently not and Beth was horrified! To rectify the situation I asked her to do me a guest post explaining a) what a hair plan is and b) how could I get one! And, here it is…

How to get a Hair Plan

Guest post from Betty and the Bumps

I’m a typical Libra: great at making decisions, terrible at sticking to them. For most of my teenage years and early twenties I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my hair. I changed the colour as often as I changed my socks (much to my mother’s dismay) and every time I visited the salon I just had to get something “new” done. But then, as I got older – and especially during the run up to my wedding – I decided that I wanted it long. Or at least long-er.  So I needed a hair plan.

A hair plan is pretty much what it says on the tin: it’s a plan that concerns one’s hair. I have long been of the opinion that the unplanned life isn’t worth living but, even if you’re more of a free spirit that I am, if you have a goal in mind, then it always helps to break your journey down into manageable steps.

So, without further ado, here are my five tips to help you formulate your very own hair plan …

1. What do you really want?

The best way to decide what you really want from your hair is to do a thought experiment: If you were walking along the street and you bumped into your partner’s ex, how would you want to look? Have a really good think about it? Good. What did your hair look like? Right, that is your hair goal.

2. What is your time frame?

I have short, medium and long-term plans. Short-term (within the next fortnight), I need my hair trimmed and a semi-permanent colour run through the ends. Mid-term (within six months), I need to grow out some of my shorter layers around the crown because they are frizzing up too easily. Ultimately these two will get me to my long-term plan (within two years) which is to be able to leave my hair to dry naturally without wanting to shoot myself.

3. How will heat-styling and chemicals affect your plan?

I am mega MEGA guilty of putting my hair through the ringer and only being on maternity leave allowed me to take a step back from the curling irons and foils, thus giving my hair a well-needed break. For a long time I had neither the time nor the inclination to so much as wash my hair, let alone blow dry it or go to an actual hairdresser, and my hair has grown so much that it’s the longest it’s been since I was in middle school.

4. Money, money, money

How much is your hair plan going to cost? Quite often hair plans are cheap because most people I know want their hair to be longer which, generally speaking, means fewer trips to the hairdresser. But if you have dyed red hair and want to be blonde, then that is going to be costly. Can you afford to see your plan through?

5. Does/will your hair suit your lifestyle?

The main reason I want to grow my hair is that curly hair usually needs a bit of length to weigh it down and make it manageable. For years and years it has been far too short to wear curly so I’ve had to straighten it, which takes loads of time, makes me fear the rain (or any form of moisture) and doesn’t fit in with having to look after a child, a home, maintain a blog and go to work three days a week. The last thing I want to do is spend 45 minutes faffing on with it just for it to go crazy in the mist! The longer it gets, the easier it is to wash it at night, leave it to do its own thing and go out the following morning without having to do much more than put in the odd strategically-placed plait to keep it under control.

How to get a hair plan - click here for 5 easy steps to reach your hair goals! http://mumsdays.com/hair/

Thanks Beth!

I love planning so this is right up my street (I’m not as great with the doing part though!). I’m in a bit of hair rut as I was enjoying having shorter hair but Mike has mentioned he’s quite like it longer… As a result I’ve done nothing with it, this should help me to get some focus back!

What is your hair plan?

I’d love to hear your approach to deciding what to do with your mane! Do leave your comments below.

Caudalie Divine Oil


26 Jun, 2014

Another Birchbox post for you! Sorry if this is getting annoying but these boxes are getting better each month. The June Birchbox is a very interesting mix, with a focus on fewer, more expensive products. There is one product that REALLY stands out as being amazing is the Caudalie* Divine Oil.

Caudalie Divine Oil - review and vlog, video blog about this amazing beauty product for you body, face, hair and nails! http://mumsdays.com/caudalie-divine-oil/

I absolutely love it and here’s why…

Caudalie Divine Oil Vlog

I’m new to the world of beauty and I basically signed up for Birchbox in the hope it would make me more of a woman – I would learn about beauty ‘stuff’ and actually wash my face from time to time. The reason I really love the Caudalie Divine Oil is because I suffer from particularly dry skin and this oil makes my skin feel like I imagine those really well turned out Mum’s feel. What I’m saying is I feel like a woman when I wear this! I smell nice (amazing actually) and my skin feels lovely.

Birch says…

“This dry oil hydrates parched skin and disappears in seconds without any residual stickiness or oiliness. And the scent is truly divine, with fresh notes of Moroccan and Bulgarian rose, grapefruit, vanilla, and the subtlest floral undertones.”

The smell lasts on your skin all day too. You can basically use it anywhere; your hair, face (sparingly), body and nails – and, as I said, it’s already got rid of a nasty case of damaged toenail (they were peeling, not attractive!) in just a week.

This is 100% unsponsored, I just wanted to share with you my new find in my journey to becoming more knowledgeable about beauty! You can get a 50ml bottle from as little as £18 or a 100ml bottle for £27 (I’m getting the latter when my little bottle runs out!).

Have you tried Caudalie Divine Oil? Do you think you would give it a try now? Tell me more!

*Thanks to this video, I was able to pronounce Caudalie properly!

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Birchbox UK – Vlog


It's Vlog Time

19 May, 2014

A little while ago I lauded Birchbox UK as, well, awesome and recommended it as a Mother’s Day Gift (or Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary, there’s always an excuse!). Anyway, last week I was seriously wracking my brain as to what I could Vlog about. As a reminder, my May Challenge was to do my first Vlog and for those of you who don’t know what that is, instead of typing merrily away, hiding behind a computer screen (very much my comfort zone!) it where you talk. On camera! Yep, terrifying.

The more I thought about it, the shitter the ideas I was coming up with were (although, thank you to Abi Jay who made a great suggestion over on the Mums’ Days Facebook Wall!…it will be the subject of my very next Vlog, Abi). But then, as if sent from above, my Birchbox landed on the doormat. I took it as a sign and while I have no affiliation with Birchbox UK (I wish!), I decided to use the grand opening of May’s Birchbox to ease me into my first Video Blog. The theory being that I could get used to being in front of the camera without too much pressure on what I’m actually saying.

Birchbox UK's May Box! See the unveiling here: http://www.mumsdays.com/birchbox-uk-vlog/ #Vlog #birchboxUK

Last Wednesday I filmed it, did a bit of playing around with iMovie, such as editing and adding a few bits of text. Far from pro but here is my first Vlog… Birchbox UK’s May Box from the comfort of the sofa in our bedroom (where the light is best!).

Weeeeell, you’ve got to start somewhere! I actually, dare I say it, quite enjoyed it. Just the simple act of chatting about some of my post was enough to get me thinking of lots of new ideas that would work as a Vlog. Fingers crossed it comes across OK though!

Let me know what you think of Birchbox UK and my first Vlog, and if you have any ideas or suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

I love hearing from you so do comment below or email me: mumsdays@gmail.com

This month’s Birchbox UK was curated in association with Harper’s Bazaar, hence the beautiful box, and you can find more details about each of the products here. Oh, and as I mentioned at the end of the Vlog this post was in no way sponsored. If you’d like to join Birchbox, though, send me an email (see above).

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