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How I Keep a Toddler Entertained

Today I attempted to do a home video diary vlog. I failed. I just couldn’t work out what to film, and what I actually wanted to share with everyone. Instead I realised that I had about 4 activities that I had planned for the day, and realised that so many of us at the moment are struggling with how to keep our children entertained when they are at home all day, everyday. That is how today’s post was invented.

I thought that I would share with you how I keep a toddler entertained everyday. Now please do note before you think that this works all the time, that it doesn’t. Whilst I have tried and tested my method many many times, at the end of the day it all depends on our children and how they are feeling for the day.

We all have good days and bad days, and we as parents should recognise when our little ones just need a lazy day where they do not do much at all. Hey we all have days where we just need to chill. So sometimes our plans and ideas go out the window.

For example, the day I wrote this article my little one was having an off day. She was cuddly and tired and just needed to rest for the day. We did a few activities to keep the day interesting and fun, but really we just cuddled and had a film day. Sometimes we just need it.

Planning the day ahead

Every evening when Isabelle has gone to bed, I have a little look at the toys we have in the living room (lounge) and work out what toys we haven’t played with in a while. For example when I looked in the toy unit today I noticed that we hadn’t touched the train set in a few days. Once I find about 2 toys or items that we haven’t played with for a while I write these down as an activity we can do. Then I look at what toy was her favourite of the day, as no doubt she will want to play with that one again.

I don’t set a time out for us to stick to as with toddlers I have learnt there is no such thing as an allotted time for some activities, sometimes they can be entertained for hours, others they can be entertained for minutes.

What’s more I always have set activities to do to make sure that we are having some sort of learning happening in the house, and developing skills all the time. These activities are usually some sort of craft, a walk or garden time, and of course our favourite thing to do, cooking.

Our days tend to look a little like this:

Train Set (something we haven’t played with for a few days)

Puzzles (An activity we haven’t done for a while)

Play Mobil (her fave toy at the moment)

Dollies (another current favourite)

Arts and crafts

Daily Walk

Cooking Dinner or Baking

These simple steps help to make sure that we never have a “boring” or “dull” moment at home and that she constantly has something to do. HOWEVER we do not always do all the activities I have planned for the day. I let Isabelle decide which activity she wants to do when she is finished with each one. Sometimes we go back to an activity we have already done, and sometimes we will just have story time or a cuddle.

It really depends on Isabelle and of course the activities are for her so therefore I want her to be happy.

These are just some things that I do to help prevent boredom in my household and it really does work. Isabelle absolutely loves having the choice of different things to do each day. And whilst we are unable to go out and about like we used to do before lock down, having the options to do something fun at home is great fun for her.

I hope this helps some of you out a little at least, and if you want to hear me ramble about this please check out my video below.

Love you all!! xxx

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Chocolate Heaven Cake

Who doesn’t like a chocolate cake?

While we are stuck in another lock down, we need a pick me up, and this cake has definitely been that for us. It is very light, and moist, and the flavour is intense and just delicious. With a dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache to fill and top the cake, this cake really does hit the spot when you are in need of that sweet treat.

I have always loved a chocolate cake, and the best part was always that I would help my mum in the kitchen to make one. The recipe that I have used today is actually from Mary Berry, as I have lost my mums recipe and am in need of replacing it as soon as possible. (I haven’t got the heart to tell her I’ve lost it). What I think makes anything you cook and bake taste even better is when you make it with your mum, (or daughter/son), and I definitely think this cake tastes better for me and Isabelle compared to everyone else who has tried it.

So here is my take on the Mary Berry recipe that I have adapted for us, and made the only way I know how. (I only used the ingredients she gives, I didn’t follow her instructions).

Ingredients

  • 250g Self Raising Flour
  • 250g Butter / Margarine
  • 250g Caster Sugar (I used Brown Sugar)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder (Isabelle did 6, I didn’t really mind, and it tasted great so she must know something)

For the Ganache’s

  • dark chocolate (we used the sharing bag of Bournville chocolate buttons)
  • White Chocolate (We used the sharing bag of dairy milk white chocolate buttons)
  • Single Cream (we were supposed to use double but single cream was all we had)
  • Icing sugar (I have no idea how much I just did it by eye)

When you cook and bake all the time, or a lot, measurements tend to go out the window. Usually I try to take a note of how much ingredients I am using but sometimes it is nearly impossible.

Method

  1. Line 2 cake tins with greased proof paper, and preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Cream the sugar and butter together
  3. Add in flour and mix
  4. Next add the rest of the ingredients, leaving out the cocoa powder, and mix well. I use an electric whisk to do this to get as much air into the mixture as possible.
  5. Add in the cocoa powder and continue to mix until the batter is smooth and airy.
  6. split mixture into 2 and pour into lined cake tins.
  7. put into oven for 20-25 mins until cooked all the way through.

Tip: Don’t open the oven door until the cake is cooked as it will spoil the rise.

To Make the GANACHE

  1. Melt the chocolate (you are making 2 ganaches, one white chocolate and one dark chocolate so melt the chocolates separately)
  2. Mix in 2 tbsp of single cream. You are looking for a thick cream consistency, continue to add cream by tbsp until it reaches this consistency.
  3. Add in 2 tbsp of icing sugar.
  4. Mix well – this will cause the creamy texture to toughen a little.
  5. Decorate on cake. White chocolate in the centre of the sandwich and dark chocolate on the top.
  6. ENJOY!!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe, if you have any questions feel free to contact me and ask me anything. I am always happy to help.

Much Love

If you wish to see my car crash of a tutorial please see my video below.

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I’m Quitting My Job

The time has come that I can no longer take the abuse I get working as a retailer. Yesterday when I was at work something happened, and I am at the end of my tether. In fact! My tether is hanging on by a tiny singular thread which is so frayed it’s amazing it’s still even attached at the moment. Customers are mean, rude and basically bullies. They think they are always right, despite the fact that they are trying to break the law (underage and trying to buy cigarettes/alcohol). Then because I am doing my job and requesting valid ID before serving the customer they think it is okay to swear at me and call me names.

I don’t get paid enough for this. I don’t come to work to be abused and called names. I don’t come to work to be bullied by people I don’t even know. I don’t come to work to get stressed out, and feel unsafe. NO-ONE should feel unsafe when they are at work. NO-ONE should be dreading going to work because they are anxious about what is going to happen when they get there.

The drama that we have to deal with is ridiculous. But what’s even worse is when colleagues don’t keep up the same practises as one another. Confusing customers, and therefore creating more issues for us all to deal with.

We shouldn’t have to deal with this. Just because we work in retail doesn’t mean we are obligated to put up with abuse from other people, who, let’s face it, are strangers. If I walked around and treated others the way they treat me in my workplace I would probably be arrested. If I was allowed to retaliate the way that is natural to me when people treat me like I am scum, I would definitely be arrested. I am a feisty redhead, and if you upset me I can,and probably will over react and flip out. I protect myself and my friends, colleagues and most importantly my family. And if I feel like they are in danger I will help them out and stop them from being in the firing line. But I shouldn’t have to ever feel the need to when we are at work.

One customer (who is banned from the shop, and has been for well over a year), is a particular nuisance to our store. At one point he was becoming so cocky that he would walk into the shop, pick up the stuff he wanted get told to leave, and square up to the staff member in charge. Unfortunately my house mate is also a colleague, he moved in with me in the first lockdown as he had to travel from another county to go to work, so moving in with me (who had just split with my ex) seemed like the most logical thing to do. It was a win, win situation as it meant that I was not stuck in lockdown alone, and he got a roof over his head. This however has had it’s fair share of problems with this particular nuisance. He has threatened to attack my home, because 2 of us live there, and has actually attempted to follow my house mate home as well. I have never felt so threatened and worried for my life before. NO! Not my life, ISABELLE’S.

Thankfully for me my uncle is a member of the police force, so I informed him of the situation which has given me some comfort. However it hasn’t solved the problem at work.

Dealing with the “situation”

The area manager came to visit the store the other month for a security and safety check. There is already so much wrong with the building that we work in, but that is a story for another day.

The area manager was in the store doing his visit, and happened to still be there as my shift began. So I vented to him. I told him how I don’t feel safe at work, how I want to leave, how we aren’t paid enough for this and I can’t cope with the stress, anxiety and panic attacks that comes with working in this place.

Thankfully he is also in charge of safety and security of the staff members at our company, so he listened and saw how distraught I was about the way we are treated and the things we have to be put up with. Physical and Verbal abuse is never accepted by anyone and he wasn’t about to let his staff members leave because of the customers.

He managed to get some security things in place for us. A security tag we wear around our necks, with a camera and another person listening and talking to us at the push of a button. He has promised that if the thieves should appear in the shop again he will not reprimand us for the loss of stock, and walked us through how to bug both head office and the police to ensure that security is upped in the store.

This was working really well, and we were starting to feel much better at work, and within ourselves. Until a new family full of unruly and rude people came to town having been driven out of their previous town. And the problems have started again.

I can’t do this anymore, I feel threatened and unsafe when I am at work, and I am constantly curtain twitching anytime I hear anyone outside my house. I am going to quit my job, the stress, anxiety and paranoia that comes with serving particular members of society just isn’t worth it.

That’s all for now.

Rant over.

Much love xx

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5 THINGS I LEARNT FROM ONLINE MAKEUP CLASSES

It’s the beginning of Lock down 2020 and boredom is setting in. We can’t go out, we can’t see friends and family. Our social life is failing, so we look for a new hobby to start, or just something to do. This is where I found online makeup classes. Everything you need to know about becoming a Makeup Artist.

Finally I was able to relax a little. Engage my brain in something other than pandemic and toddler life, and be able to do something for me. I got myself my notebook and pen, and got to work every evening making notes, and attempting the skills they show on myself.

Yeah! I didn’t really think it through. You really need some kind of model to be able to practise everything on, that way you can concentrate on perfecting the skill before going in on yourself. So that was fun. Attempting new looks on myself while trying to also watch the tutorials that the classes were giving.

Whilst doing this course however, most of the information given were things that I already knew. I had learnt these things from makeup artists over the years, and just by following basic fashion, and reading the fashion magazines in their hundreds. (I really like fashion lol).

Whilst there was so much that I hadn’t learnt from the makeup course, and that quite frankly was just a waste of time, there were around 5 INTERESTING things that I did learn from this course.

1. Skincare is REALLY important.

The basis of a good look, and good makeup is good skin. And you can’t have that without a good skincare routine. We should be washing our face once in the morning to remove any skin cells and dirt from our faces that may have built up over night. And again once before we go to bed, to remove all makeup and dirt which has built up over the day.

We should be taking care of our skin, so moisturising both day and night is just as important, along with using a good face mask at least once a week.

Having made an effort to look after my skin better, I have actually noticed a huge improvement in my skin. It seems brighter and clearer that it used to. Breakouts are very few and far (whereas before I would have a breakout at least every other week) and my skin has never felt better.

2. Makeup is a form of ART

This was something I hadn’t ever really thought about. We are called a makeup “artist” for a reason. Makeup is a form of art. Essentially your face is your blank canvas and your makeup is your paint. Thinking of makeup as art makes it more acceptable to be experimental and think outside the box. Since changing my mindset on makeup I have been able to do things with my makeup that I wouldn’t usually do, such as using bright colours and attempting to make different shapes around the eyes. Rather than sticking to my norm.

3. Practise Makes Perfect

This goes without saying. The more you practise the better you will become. The more you practise the more you become used to various techniques, and what they do. You will grasp a better understanding of the products and how they work, go on, look etc. And most importantly you will understand and know the tools of the trade 100% better, you will understand what the difference is from one brush to the next. You will be able to look at someone and instinctively know what they need to achieve that flawless look.

4. Products have Expiry Dates

This is something I NEVER KNEW!!!!

On the back of each cosmetic and beauty product there is a little picture with a number in it. This number is how many months that product will last once it has been opened. It is as simple as that.

Once beauty and cosmetic products have been opened like food they begin to deteriorate and host all kinds of bacteria, which is why we should dispose of them once they have expired.

When I found this tip out I looked at all my beauty products and had a really good clear out. What was even better was I GOT TO GO SHOPPING!!!

5. Our Tools MUST be Cleaned regularly.

This follows on from the last on in regards to bacteria. Cleaning our brushes regularly not only helps to maintain their performance levels, but also rids of any nasty bacteria lurking in the bristles that may cause harm to our faces. Harm can be in the form of rashes, or even worse, especially with the eye brushes. So a regular clean is needed.

It is really simple to clean a brush, all you have to do is use some baby shampoo and a little bit of water. This will keep the brushes soft and remove the product from them. It is a really simple and quick step to cleaning your brushes, and whats more, they are dry within half an hour (give or take) so you can reuse them almost straight away!

There you have it, my 5 important things that I learnt from online makeup classes.

Have any of you taken a makeup class? Did you learn something else that you think is as important (or more so)? If so please don’t hesitate to comment your findings below.

Much love xx

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My Grocery Haul

30th Jan 2021

Today was shopping day. I usually hate going shopping on a weekend but it was needed, as I literally ran out of money last month so hadn’t been able to do a proper food shop.

I had my list with me, and I made sure to follow it to the letter. My budget of £45 (including some cleaning products) was well within my sights with my list, meal plan and the fact that I was shopping at Aldi. I literally was on a roll. I hate shopping at the moment due to the pandemic. You can’t go with someone else, to keep you company, and if you go with your child you get people looking at you like you are doing something terrible.

Yes! I could do an online shop, but having done this before, you end up waiting around for your delivery, and they always turn up at the last minute. And you also have no guarantee on whether the produce you receive are the freshest they could be. Instead I travel to the shops, get in and out as quick as I can, and pray that I haven’t forgotten anything. Or that my eye isn’t turned by something I do not need, no matter how much I tell myself I need it.

This is what I got

There you have it, my grocery haul for a Saturday afternoon. If I wasn’t working in the morning it would have been a morning haul, but this is the things I got to last us a week for food.

This is a typical weekly haul, and the only things that change really are the evening meal ingredients, which depends on what I have planned for the week.

I hope that you enjoyed this article, and the video.

Let me know if there was anything that you also get weekly, or that you forget. We’re all human, and we all tend to experience the same things, it makes us all feel better when we realise that we are all so similar to each other.

Much Love xx

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Weekly Meal Planning

The most important part of feeding a family on a budget is that you plan you food for the week. Going to the shops with no plan on what you actually need is a big no! no!

With no list how do you know what’s in your cupboard or fridge, or the ingredients needed for a meal you are making? Going out without a list is like going to the hairdressers with no style in mind. You just dont do it.

A list prevents you from getting too much of a product – leading to waste – and is an attempt to stop impulse buying which can be very costly. Trust me I know. I once spent £25 on party food because I was hungry and what’s worse I went shopping without a list resulting in a nearly £80 shop!

A list helps you to ensure you stick to your budget and dont over spend.

Meal plan

Planning your meals for a week is a sure way to ensure you keep costs low and more importantly have some sort of organisation in the house. Which is vital when you have children.

I always sit down with my little one and look through the cookbooks together. If there is something she wishes to have it goes on my 6 meals list. I do 6 meals which are planned and 1 unplanned meal a week. This means that we get to have anything we like on the day, which is usually a saturday.

Where to start

It can be quite daunting to meal prep if you dont really know how to do it, or if you have never done it before.

Here are my tips on making it a little easier to start…

  1. What meals did you have last week?
    • You don’t really want to be eating the same foods every week so making sure you don’t duplicate a meal from the week before is a good way to stop food boredom.
  2. Is there anything new you want to try?
    • I always try to have at least 1 new item in my meal plan for the week. Whether this is a breakfast idea, a lunch thing, or an evening meal. Trying something new means that we are constantly expanding our food palettes, and what’s more we are always having fun with our food.
  3. Look at the food you have in your fridge and cupboards
    • See what there is in the cupboards before making up your meal plans, is there anything that you have that could make up a meal?
    • This is the best thing that I have ever done it helps me to use up all the things I have in the cupboards. I have been so inventive with some of my recipes just from going through my cupboards and fridge before sorting out my meal plan.
  4. Allow someone else to choose one meal, each week.
    • Take the pressure off of you and let someone else choose a meal they would like to have.
  5. Make a list, or find an inventive way to document all of your recipes that you use on a weekly basis.
    • So you can easily and quickly get the ingredients you need, and so you can see how varied your diet is. Is there something missing from your recipes? Do you have a good mix of potato dishes, pasta, rice etc. Or have you got more of one ingredient in your repertoire?

These are the few tips that will help you to plan your meals for the week, allowing you to make sure that you have made the most out of everything that you have in your cupboards. But most importantly making sure that your food doesn’t become boring.

I tend to write down about 10-14 meals that I am happy to cook for the week and ask Isabelle to pick the ones she would like (I do this like a lucky dip in a hat and she loves it.) By selecting 10-14 meals means that I have some control over the meals we will be eating for the week, and therefore we can attempt to reduce the amount of repeated meals week to week.

My Weekly Meal Plan

I have spoken so much about how to do a meal plan, but I thought I would show you what my meal plans generally look like. So just for you all, today, I will show you my meal plan for this week coming.

As you can see on this meal plan, my meals for the week are mainly ONE POT dishes. This is for ease and speed for our meals as we tend to be rather busy and forget about the time. In having the one pot dishes I can prep in the morning and finish the dish in the evening. This means that I am not using up too much time cooking in the evening. I also try to make sure that I am giving my daughter and myself a variety of different foods throughout the week, rather than a week of just pasta, or potato dishes.

This is how I meal prep every week, I hope that I have inspired and helped you out with how to meal plan. I find it a really useful way to help with my weekly budget and knowing exactly what I am cooking for the week.

Let me know what you do to meal plan, or if you are going to use my tips to help you out.

See you all soon

xxx

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We Forgot to Put the Bins Out!

Hello everyone, this post marks the beginning of my daily blogging of my everyday life, and as usual we are never short of a laugh or a little bit of drama. Hey! That’s families for you.

Well yesterday was bin day, and we are still trying to get rid of the rubbish we have accumulated over Christmas. It would appear that when you have Christmas at home you end up with a lot more rubbish than usual. We had finally got down to 1 more bag to be put in the bin and then we would be officially caught up. We have been using the bins as normal and then throwing in the Christmas rubbish as we put the bin out to be collected.

Well this week! This week has been a bit different, and our normal routine has been all over the place. Two staff members have been on holiday, which has meant we have been working on different days of the week, and with different staff members too. (Shouldn’t really happen due to the pandemic but it can’t be helped in this situation.) So we ended up not remembering what day it is, or what happens on those particular days due to the fact that our routines are completely wrong. Has anyone else had this before, or is it just me?

It’s Thursday morning 9am, and I wake up to the sound of a bin being emptied outside my house. (Isabelle was at her dads as I was working Wednesday Evening), I sit bolt upright, look out the window, and sure enough there is the bin truck collecting the bins. By the time I get downstairs and open my door to send my bin to the end of my drive in the hopes that it is collected, the truck has gone.

Turned out we had the wrong bin out at the end of our drive.

The Black bin. Why did we have the black bin at the end of the drive?

I literally just sat there and laughed.

“Oh well that’s another 2 weeks now before we can get rid of the recycling.” I say to myself (out loud) as I close the front door and creep back upstairs to get dressed and ready for the day ahead of me.

When I tell my house mate what has happened he laughs and takes me into the garden…… there down the side of the house is another 3 bags of recycling that need to be rid, plus the 2 large cardboard boxes we have been using as a recycling bin inside, and then everything we will accumulate over the next fortnight! Yup, we’re going to have recycling rubbish sat in our house for at least 2 months.

So now we have a garden we can’t really sort out because of the recycling, and a bin we cant fill up because it is already over full. Something tells me this year is going to be a year full of silly things like this. I THINK I’M LOSING MY MIND!!!

I honestly can’t wait for lock down to be over. I need to see my family, and I need to be able to get out of this house. I am going stir crazy. The only places I go at the moment (much like everyone else in the country) is work, the school gates and my house, and the occasional food shop in Aldi. I think it’s time for a long break, away from the house.

I hope you enjoyed my story.

Please let me know if you experience anything like this with your day to day jobs.

Much love

Emma xx

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Mummy’s Sausage Hot Pot

I love a one pot dish. They are so simple to make, and yet can have many complexities to them. My sausage hot pot is a kind of casserole. This is a recipe that my mum used to make for me on a cold winters night, she would put it on first thing in the morning, we would all go to work and school, and when we get back we have a wonderful dish to eat for dinner.

Sausage casserole was one of my favourite meals that my mum would cook. It’s super tasty and really easy to make. You can add or take away any of the veg that you throw into this dish, and the more you play with the sauce the better the dish becomes.

I always love to cook with Isabelle and this is one dish she absolutely loves to make with me. As soon as she sees the slow cooker come out she is right there by my side ready to throw all the veg into the pot for me and stir. This recipe is so simple that even a three year old can make it. Getting children to cook from an early age is a brilliant way to set them up with the skills they need for life, they learn where their food comes from, that it takes time to make a good meal, and that they should be eating at least ONE hot meal a day. Ever since Isabelle could walk she has been assisting me in the kitchen, and I will be making sure that she continues to do so until she is old enough to cook dinner herself.

My Sausage Casserole Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 6 sausages
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped, or crushed)
  • 1 Veg stock cube (Or chicken as an alternative – I used chicken in the video)
  • 3 carrots (chopped small)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin of baked beans
  • 2 handfuls of mushrooms (chopped)

I don’t really measure the ingredients as I like to cook by eye. It means that there is no right or wrong with the amount of ingredient you put into the dish, but you can put in as little or lot as you like.

Method:

  1. Start of by browning the sausages, this will only take a few minutes, and you just want a little bit of colour on each side of the sausages.
  2. Add in the onions, garlic and leek and cook a little until soft.
  3. Once the veg is softened slightly add in the remaining ingredients and leave to cook for 1 hr on the slow cooker. (Alternatively you can cook in the oven on the lowest setting, cooking times may vary in the oven so keep an eye on your hotpot!)
  4. At about 1 hr add in any herbs and seasoning you wish to have in your casserole, and anything else you think it may need (we sometimes add in a drizzle of wine, or Worcestershire sauce, and once we tried mango chutney which was quite nice!) Leave for another 30 mins to 1 hr
  5. Make sure the sausages are cooked through, and serve with mashed potato

There you have it, the simple tasty sausage casserole that I make nearly every fortnight. It is great for those busy days where you haven’t really got a lot of time to cook dinner, as you can make it first thing in the morning and keep it on a low heat until you are ready to eat.

Enjoy!

Much love xx

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Beauty Tips

Since being a mum I have had to adapt my beauty regime massively due to the lack of time that I get. I now find that I have much more time to look after myself during the evenings when my daughter is asleep, rather than being able to focus on my original morning routine.

Over the first 6 months of my daughters life, I had to find alternative ways to still be able to look great, feel great and look after my body. I found that with just these 5 tips I was able to look after myself much easier than with the original long-processed skincare routine that I was following daily.

  1. Get your complexion spot on
    • Try out several shades and colours
    • Use a concealer with a yellow undertone to mask red tones and even the skin out
  2. Add volume to your hair
    • Turn your hairdryer to the cool setting and turn your head upside down to add in a natural volume
  3. Use gloss as a highlighter
    • Pearly white lip gloss will add that extra bit of shine on your lips, but can also be used as a highlighter on your cheekbones and brows
  4. Perfect legs
    • Put baby oil over your legs before you shave, this results in no irritation and your legs will feel like satin once it is over
    • This will make your shave last longer making you feel better about your legs and making them look perfect
  5. Manicure Fresh
    • Use clear nail polish and give your nails a single coat, this will give them a shine and strength, this is only a quick repair method rather than anything else

These simple steps will help to ensure that we have great looking skin, with very minimal effort, and best of all, minimal time taken. As a mum anything that takes little time, effort and cost to help out with my daily routines is an absolute bonus, and so I do these things every week/ day to make sure that I always look “made up” especially when we end up in a rush.

Please let me know anything you would add to my list.

Much Love

Emma xx

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Skin care products recommended by makeup artists

Things that we should all have in our makeup bag, and questioning whether I have everything which beauticians and makeup artists recommend, have often been questions I have asked myself. During my online beauty and makeup course I learnt so many things, but I finally got my answer that I was asking and I felt I needed to share this with you.

There are really around 15 items which beauticians and makeup artists recommend that you should have for your daily beauty regime. However I have gone through the list, and made it more focused on the makeup side rather than the beauty, as being a mum I don’t always have time to stick to a good beauty regime, meaning that some of the products recommended were not really applicable to me.

The 7 Things I believe are important

  1. Pore hiding primer – large pores can make it look like you have bad quality skin, a good primer will smooth other the pores and hide them. Large pores does mean that it is harder to keep bacteria away, and the primer will help to hide them while you are treating your skin.
  2. Translucent smoothing powder- there is no need to add a huge quantity of foundation to your skin, a good translucent smoothing powder will help give you an even skin tone instead. The mix of a foundation and powder covers up the small irregularities resulting in a perfect even skin tone. Your skin will also have a radiant glow to die for.
  3. Concealer– nothing worse than dark circles around your eyes, making you look tired and old. Virtually every single person gets them at some time, and you will want to cover them up as soon as possible. Products that contain mica particles lift the darkness and hydrates the skin.
  4. Foundation – The base of anyone’s makeup. This is a great product to have in any form to help you look made up even if it is the only product that you are wearing at the time.
  5. Mascara – This will help to widen and open up your eyes, a mascara will enable your face to seem like it is lit up and give you a fresh look for the day.
  6. Makeup remover – We shouldn’t be wearing makeup unless we have the correct products to remove our makeup. Try out a Miscellar water or a cleansing cream for best result.
  7. Face Moisturiser – Again skincare is the most important part of our daily routine, and a face moisturiser should not be overlooked. This will help to keep your skin looking young and supple.

These are the products that I believe we should all have in our makeup bags, mainly for beginners. Is there anything you think I have missed? Would you swap anything I have put in there for something else?

Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to check out my video where I talk more about the products and why we need them.

Much love!

Emma