Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Keep Glowing into Autumn with Guerlain

I'm a glow fan through and through and one thing I love doing is switching up my makeup for the new season so with that in mind, I added the Guerlain Terracota Sheer bronzing powder to my collection. During the summer months, I like a matte bronzer to shape my face and add some colour to my skin but come Autumn I like a product that does both. Enter the prettiest bronzer everrrr...

Monday, 16 October 2017

The October Birchbox

Ooo I do love a Birchbox, I've been getting mine for what feels like years now and it's my little treat that falls into my hands each month. The October Birchbox is in collaboration with Coppafeel in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Coppafeel is a charity that is on a mission to stamp out late detection of breast cancer so inside every box this month is a sticker to show you exactly what you should be looking for and how to do it. It's so important to get those pups checked!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The New Aveda Texture Tonic

My hair cupboard has welcomed Aveda with open arms and with a new product launch, it was only right I shared all the details with you. With Aveda being used up and down the catwalks during recent fashion weeks, you know it's a brand you can trust and my locks are lapping up their products.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Merumaya is FIVE!

Can you believe it's been five years since Merumaya launched? I first started using Merumaya three years ago after having the brand attend a Southampton Bloggers event and I've used the products ever since. It's not often I find a skincare company that there isn't a product I don't like and I've reviewed a number of my faves over the years. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Three Classic Autumn Shades from MAC

I am thoroughly in the throws of Autumn, think chai tea lattes, crunchy leaves and berry lips so it was about time I knocked out the most cliche blog post ever and shared with you my top three shades from MAC Cosmetics for Autumn. Since discovering my love of makeup, I've branched away from MAC in recent years and found so many other brands I love but there are three shades that I'll always go back to as they scream Autumn to me.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Lush Cosmetics Halloween Haul

It's that time of year again! With Lush Cosmetics launching their Halloween collection a few days ago, I was unable to head into store to pick up my bounty for this year so for the first time ever, I made an online order of all things spooky. Delivery was quick and simple, the only difficult bit was not buying absolutely everything. I focused on bath treats so here is what I bought...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pregnancy Diary 38-40 Weeks

I'm writing this at 40+4 weeks and we're creeping ever closer to my original due date and the one that definitely felt more right. The last two weeks have whizzed by again and I am still waiting for the apparently inevitable 'slow down' of pregnancy. I've had so many people say the last four weeks are the equivalent of four years but that hasn't been the case at all, even now I'm overdue. We haven't quite managed that final date night yet or seen that film we both really wanted to see and now I'm not sure we're going to as the next stage gets ever closer. 

Friday, 6 October 2017

Homesense Candle Haul

I can't resist a trip to Homesense to stock up on all those essentials that aren't technically essentials. I have a homeware obsession and I'm not afraid to admit it, although while we're on the subject I am banned from buying lamps and lanterns sooooo maybe there's more to it than I realise. One thing I can never have enough of is candles, I am always burning something and with the new season upon us I stocked up on Autumnal scented everything...

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

10 Things you have to do this Autumn!

It's October, my favourite month of the year and of course my favourite season which means I get to do a whole host of things again such as pumpkin picking and drowning in seasonally appropriate Starbucks drinks. So here are some things you should totally do this season...

Monday, 2 October 2017

Mothercare Baby Clothes Haul

Aren't baby clothes just the cutest? I've been so, so good on the buying front so far as we've been given so many lovely pieces so other than boring old vests, I haven't bought much at all! So with a gift voucher in hand and the Mothercare sale starting, I made a big ol' order of baby clothes! 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

September in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update. I've done these for a number of years now. I love having a quick look back on the month and to kinda just say, hey I'm still here! Instagram is painful at the moment, an app I once loved is now incredibly difficult to grow and I'm fast falling out of love with it so, if you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right. Stupidly, it would mean more than you realise...

Friday, 29 September 2017

Why you need Havaianas

If there was one thing I was never quite prepared for when it came to pregnancy, it was how swollen my feet would be. I knew they would swell up a little thanks to water retention and the hot weather but I did not anticipate not being able to wear ANY of my shoes and I mean any. If I was going to have to wear flip flops, I was going to do so with style and so Havaianas came to the rescue. 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Inside Our Nursery

I'm so excited to finally share all the bits and pieces in our nursery, I say our nursery, it's actually our very large bedroom but with not moving until next year we made the most of the space we had. So here you have it, all the little pieces, toys, furniture and decorative bits we've included for Splodge.

Monday, 25 September 2017

10 Thoughts I've Had About Breastfeeding

I've always said I would try breastfeeding, even before I fell pregnant but as the time comes closer I'm getting more and more nervous. The plan is to breastfeed but if it doesn't work, I'm not going to be forcing myself to do it so please no breast is best comments! There is such a debate around what people do with their own bodies and I think that, that more than anything is what makes me nervous. Over time I've had a number of thoughts about it so naturally they all went into a post...

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Pregnancy Diary 36-38 Weeks

I've had a pretty eventful two weeks with my big old bump filled with lunch dates, coffee dates, shopping dates and a horrible incident with a bus driver. Splodge is now the size of a Pomeranian and kicking away making me a little uncomfortable with the odd rib jab. Nothing that a quick push back doesn't fix though. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Clarins & FEED Projects

Since 2011, Clarins and FEED Projects have been collaborating to bring a gift with purchase as well as being a social purpose by providing millions of nutritious meals to children in developing countries around the world.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Introducing Formula 10.0.6 Skincare

I love discovering new skincare brands and the latest bundle to fall in my lap is from Formula 10.0.6, designed for troublesome skin. The range was founded by a chemist in 1933 using natural ingredients to help formulate a skincare routine especially for your skin and any concerns you may have. Now available in Boots and on Asos the range is even easier to get a hold of.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Haircare to buy with your next food shop!

When it comes to my beauty products, packaging and the way it looks plays a massive part in what I buy which is why I've never tried Mane 'N Tail before, despite its cult following. The packaging just didn't entice me in so it's a good thing that with their latest launch within Sainsbury's stores that a box full of hair care treats arrived for me to try. Having now used the collection for a few weeks, I'm kicking myself that I haven't tried it sooner...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

What's in My Hospital Bag

A few weeks ago I shared What's in Baby's Hospital Bag as when looking for posts like this myself, I would've preferred them separately so that's exactly what I've done. Today, I have What's in My Hospital Bag, think snacks, toiletries and lots of breast pads. While looking for advice myself, I found a lot of help on the We Made A Baby blog which quickly became my life saver so here is exactly what we've packed inside my bag ready for that hospital visit!

Friday, 15 September 2017

22 Things not to say to new parents

We've mere weeks to go until our little one arrives and I've been thinking a lot about the last nine months. I've had a relatively easy pregnancy but the one thing that always kept coming up was the way people would constantly try and install fear inside you just before you're having a baby because they've been there, done that. They try and pass it off as advice but really, it's unsolicited advice no one wants to hear, the same advice they moaned about when they were pregnant. So here is a list of twenty things not to say to parents to be, all of which have been said during my pregnancy...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Mega Multiple your Lashes with Revlon

I'm very particular about what I use on my lashes, I know what works for me and there isn't very many new releases that can sway me away from my norm. Revlon dropped a parcel into my lap recently full of products to create a go getting eye look with one of the products being the Mega Multiplier Mascara. Turns out I can be swayed...

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Easiest Way to Thicker Hair

Summer can play havoc on your locks, after all that sun, sea and sand it can be left feeling pretty dry and flat so when the temperature drops it's time to give some tender, loving care before the freezing cold winter takes hold and does its damage too. I've been turning to Aveda recently when it comes to my hair and there's one styling product I think you'll love when it comes to caring for your post summer hair...

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Pregnancy Diary 34-36 Weeks

Argh I'm 36 weeks pregnant, that's just four weeks or 28 days to go more or less. Where has my pregnancy gone? Everyone says that the final month drags and I kinda hope it does because I feel like my pregnancy is whizzing away in front of my eyes. I'll blink and he'll be two at this rate. 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Skincare Workout with Mama Mio

One thing I was very aware of when falling pregnant was how much my body was going to be changing, it somehow had to stretch to accommodate a little human and I thought it needed a little help. I've been using a number of oils and creams throughout my pregnancy and have collected quite an impressive empties pile but one brand that just stuck in my heart was Mama Mio, with five products in particular being centre show.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Fragrance Direct Beauty Haul

Oh it's been a long time since I've done a good old fashioned haul post and I was due a treat before the baby made his arrival. I've used Fragrance Direct for the longest time so it's always my go to when it comes to a beauty treat or three especially as they're not just all about fragrance, think makeup, skincare, hair products and so much more! Grab your purses...

Monday, 4 September 2017

Get the Glow for Less with Lola Makeup

I don't know about you but I feel like I'm not quite ready until I've dusted my favourite highlighter across my cheek bones. There are so many on the market now, that it can sometimes get a bit overwhelming at where to start. Marks & Spencer have transformed their beauty halls in recent years and Lola Makeup, a British cruelty free makeup brand created by beauty experts, have been a purse friendly addition which I have very much welcomed...

Sunday, 3 September 2017

What's in Baby's Hospital Bag?

I cannot believe the time has come to pack the hospital bags, it's a little terrifying if I'm quite honest as it means we're getting closer and closer to the next chapter. I watched numerous youtube videos and read various blog posts before finally being able to make our trusty hospital bag list. I also found so much advice on the We Made A Baby blog which quickly became my life saver so here is exactly what we've packed inside Baby Spake's bag ready for him to enter the world.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Your Beauty Club is Here

Your Beauty Club is the ultimate subscription free, no P&P beauty club in the UK, bringing you the best deals, samples, competitions and offers from the brands you love! Launching officially TODAY with deals from the likes of MAC, Estee Lauder, RedKen, Benefits and Boots to name but a few, all you need to do sign up and start claiming.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update. I've done these for a number of years now. I love having a quick look back on the month and to kinda just say, hey I'm still here! Instagram is painful at the moment, an app I once loved is now incredibly difficult to grow and I'm fast falling out of love with it so, if you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right. Stupidly, it would mean more than you realise...

Monday, 28 August 2017

Clarins Graphik Collection for Autumn 2017

If there is one makeup brand that always delivers their seasonal collections, it's Clarins and the Graphik collection for Autumn 2017 is no different. Available from the end of August, the collection comprises of six different products in a range of shades so you're bound to find something you'll love, the eyeshadow quad is what has my heart beating. 

Get ready...

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Pregnancy Diary Weeks 32-34

My second pregnancy diary installment has come around a lot quicker than expected! I am now 34 weeks and Splodge is the size of a Quokka, seriously Google it as you won't be disappointed. I wouldn't mind a baby and a Quokka to be completely honest. We have six weeks to go now and we've had a busy few weeks so buckle in guys, I'll try not to make it too long. 

Friday, 25 August 2017

A Helping Hand with Aveda

With Breast Cancer Awareness month fast approaching, Aveda have released a limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness Hand Relief cream to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Money from each tube purchased will go towards supporting cruelty free research into the most common form of cancer in woman. 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Exotic Escapes with Mandara Spa

Going to a spa every week isn't practical for many of us so the at home spa experience has become increasingly popular in recent years. I'm a huge fan of having the ultimate at home spa experience with some trustworthy products and I swear by Mandara Spa for those extra special days. The new Mandara Spa Exotic Escape Collection takes inspiration from the pampering spa rituals of Indonesia, featuring four products you're going to want to add to your bathroom shelf.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

What's on Our Cosatto Easi Peasi Changing Table

Well this is exciting, our first piece of baby furniture! It feels like recent months have been building up to the moment we actually get the bigger stuff in and ready for Splodge and it feels so surreal. We ummed and ahhed for ages about a changing table, every book we read told us not to bother and people were quick to label it as an unnecessary purchase but I'm so glad we didn't listen. I'm so in love with our Cosatto Easi Peasi changing table.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Step into Scandinavia at Kupp

Kupp Southampton opened in July much to everyone's delight bringing a taste of Scandinavia to Southampton and we couldn't wait to see what all the hype was about. We are truly spoilt in Southampton when it comes to food, there is such a wide range available now in the new West Quay development that your only problem is choosing where to go! I'll help you out by putting Kupp at the top of your list...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Illamasqua Aftermath Collection

When Illamasqua do makeup collections, boy do they get it right. The Aftermath Collection launches tomorrow featuring a mix of metallic shadows, glitter and the most beautiful lipsticks I think I've ever seen and you're not going to want to miss it. The collection features earthy tones, seductive reds and molten glitter, it makes me very excited for the colder months.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Beers, Burgers & Cocktails at Vospers

We are so spoilt for choice when it comes to food in Southampton and now we have some new eats opening up over the water! Vospers opened in Centenary Quay, Woolston last month serving up delicious burgers, tantalising cocktails and a range of beer so a group of us went down to see what it was all about. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pregnancy Diary - Weeks 30-32

Throughout my pregnancy, I've shared a few of updates on how I've been feeling and what has been going on in my Hello Little OneMy First Trimester and My Second Trimester posts. I'm firmly in my third trimester now and as I want to document the next few weeks in the lead up to Splodge's birth, I thought I'd up the posts a little and just have a chat.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Decleor QVC bargain you don't want to miss!

Being a big fan of Decleor, I couldn't not share QVC's latest beauty deal with you all. I first discovered Decleor just over three years ago when a really good friend of mine started working for the company as a beauty therapist and they've stayed within my skincare routine ever since. For one day only, you can get your hands on an exclusive five piece collection from Decleor.

Friday, 11 August 2017

In My Mailbox

I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube so seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more of a quick and nosy post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I like to pick out what I think you might like to see so I hope you enjoy...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Three Face Masks I Love

If there is one thing I love, it's a pamper evening with a face mask, bubble bath and good book. I have tried a number of masks over the years, some I've loved, some I've chucked out and some that keep finding their way back in my shopping basket so I thought I'd share three face masks that keep doing the rounds on my bathroom shelf at the moment.

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Exclusive Eve Babybox at Mothercare

A baby mattress is something we didn't really think about but when mattress specialists, Eve released the Eve Babybox, exclusive to Mothercare, our ears pricked up. We swapped our own mattress to an Eve mattress earlier this year and it was the best decision we made, so of course Splodge needed his very own for those milk drunk slumbers. The Eve Babybox is the ultimate gift for new parents so when the Fauna babybox arrived we were over the moon. Here is what is inside...

Friday, 4 August 2017

Win a Trip to Buenos Aires with CAU

Arran and I spent a date night at Cau Restaurant for an evening of delicious food, yummy desserts and the chance to win a trip to Buenos Aires just by ordering some food! We first visited the new Cau Southampton branch back in January and couldn't wait to head back and try some new delights from the summer menu including some Heroes dishes.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

My Baby Shower

We celebrated my baby shower at the end of July with my nearest and dearest and I had such an incredible day. My mum and sister did Pinterest proud with fun decorations, plenty of gypsophila and a sweetie table so I thought I'd share some photos from the day.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

July in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update. I've done these for a number of years now. I love having a quick look back on the month and to kinda just say, hey I'm still here! Instagram is painful at the moment, an app I once loved is now incredibly difficult to grow and I'm fast falling out of love with it so, if you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right. Stupidly, it would mean more than you realise...

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Introducing Botanics Natural Skincare Heroes

I've never been hugely into skincare, it definitely came in my later years. My mum would shake her head at how long it took me to get a proper skincare routine going and I regularly went to bed with makeup on just to wipe it off with a makeup wipe the following morning before a quick splash of water...

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The One We've All Been Waiting For... Naked HEAT

Sound the alarm because there's a new Urban Decay Naked palette and it is on fire! Naked Heat launches today after sitting sold out on the Urban Decay website since the pre-sale which is how I bought mine early. Ignore the haters that say it's just another palette, it isn't; Especially if you don't already have something like this in your collection, like me! I fell hard and boy are my eyelids thankful. Let me introduce you to Naked Heat...

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

My Favourite MAC Summer Brights

Being the lipstick fan that I am, I have quite the collection of shades suitable for whatever mood takes my fancy but when it comes to summer there are three I swear by. I'm a brights fan and when the sun is shining, I want my lips to be bold! You can't fault the formula by MAC Cosmetics especially when it comes to staying power in the heat, so I know these are shades I can count on not to slide...

Monday, 24 July 2017

LUSH Cosmetics Haul

It's not a visit to Lush without buying lots of bits for over the top bath times so with the excuse of the new store launch for Lush Southampton, I grabbed a basket and shopped to my hearts content. The store launch was the perfect way to see the new products that were being released so after making my very own Cheer Up, Buttercup bath bomb, I started to shop!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

18 Things I miss about the OLD Blogging World

The blogging world has become a bit crap hasn't it? There is always someone slagging off someone else, a bit of photography faking going on or an influencer trying to fool us into thinking he really did gain all those followers in one week. This got me thinking about simpler times when all we had to worry about was finishing our Sunday roast in time for the first blogger chat of the evening. So here are some things I miss about blogging when it was still fun...
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