Klorane, Bioderma and Avene.

When a request was put out asking for bloggers to review a shampoo for oily hair, I had to apply.

I’m not a beauty blogger but I felt that this product would be relevant to me as I’ve always suffered with greasy hair. I have medium length, thick, coloured hair (got to cover those greys), I tend to wear my hair tied up quite a lot because I have a little one and don’t have the time to wash it everyday. If I wanted to wear it down, I’d have to wash it everyday.

Klorane Nettle Shampoo for oily hair
The only experience of nettles I’ve ever had is stinging myself! It’s never occurred to me to try products that are made from nettles. I’ve seen some crazy people eating them in a contest, ouch!
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As I knew I would be trying this product, I let my hair get really dirty for a few days, yeah, yeah, gross I know, but I really wanted to put this shampoo through its paces.
It’s a boxed product that comes with a leaflet about their different shampoos and conditioners.

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I think that they could do away with the box and leaflet to be more environmentally friendly.

After wetting my hair and pouring some shampoo onto my hand, my first thought was that it’s really runny and not as thick as other shampoos. I had to get it onto my hair pretty quickly before it ran off my hand. The first application didn’t lather up at all because I’d let my hair get really dirty to test the shampoo. The second application lathered up beautifully and I finished off by conditioning the ends of my hair.
This nettle shampoo doesn’t have a strong scent at all, the only way I can describe the faint scent is by saying it smells ‘green’. After drying, my hair felt soft and the shampoo had done a wonderful job in cleaning it. At the end of the day, there was no grease in sight. The grease started the next morning but it’s an improvement on my usual shampoo.

Priced at £5.10, it’s slightly more expensive than what I’d normally pay for shampoo but if it keeps the grease at bay, it’s worth every penny.
Klorane claim that ‘after sustained use, oil secretion is regularised, enabling you to wash your hair less frequently’. I will continue to use this product and hope that the claims are true, if they are, I will most definitely purchase in the future.

I was also lucky enough to be sent two full sized cleansers to test.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution
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Priced at £14.50 for 500ml, this gentle, fragrance free cleanser is suitable for sensitive and normal to dry skin. It gently removed my make-up and cleansed my skin, was easy to use and doesn’t need to be rinsed off. It’s alcohol free, so it didn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dried out. It costs more than I would usually spend but it’s such a big bottle, it will last ages and probably works out to be rather cost-effective.

Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser.

At £3.40 per 100ml, this cleanser works our more expensive than the Bioderma (depending on what bottle size is bought).

My first impressions are that this looks like a liquid soap or handwash, its fragrance free with a no rinse formula and is suitable for sensitive to irritated skin and doesn’t contain any skin irritants such as paraben preservatives or colouring agents.

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It was very simple to use, I applied it with my fingertips, worked into my skin and wiped off any excess with a tissue. Just like the Bioderma, my skin felt lovely afterwards, without any tightening but I must be honest and say I didn’t like the way it felt, it feels almost soapy, like a liquid soap. I’m just being picky because I prefer to soak a cotton pad and wipe my skin. If I had to choose, I’d choose the Bioderma over the Avene, they are so alike in the benefits, skin types, cost and how my skin felt afterwards, that I have to be picky and I found the Bioderma slightly quicker and easier to use.

* I received these products to review, all opinions are honest and in my own words

14 things for 2014

After having a blogging break over the festive period, I’m back with a post about 14 things I would like to achieve for 2014. Call it what you will, resolutions, bucket list, wish list ect

1. Holiday

We haven’t been on holiday in over 2 years, nearly 3 years if we holiday in the second half of the year. We normally go on ‘city break’ type holidays (Las Vegas is a favourite destination) but I’m not sure if a city break will be suitable with a 1-year-old. We are still undecided as to whether or not stay in the UK or holiday abroad, but we will have a break away somewhere.

2. Cake smash

When Willow was 13 days old, we had a cute new-born photo shoot. A very sweet photo shoot with pictures of her in a teacup, a basket, with cute little probs. For her first birthday I want to do a cake smash shoot. It’s something that’s made its way over from America, and they look like so much messy fun! I’ve been in contact with some local photographers but unfortunately, none of them are doing cake smash shoots yet. So, I’m going to attempt my own! Yesterday I bought a brand new camera for better blog pictures (I will do a mini review in a few days). I will need to sort out a backdrop, baby outfit, props and most importantly…….CAKE!

Cute baby pictures may not be to everyone’s taste, but I love them.

3. Pay a lump off the mortgage

Pretty simple really, we’d love to pay a lump off the mortgage and chip away at the years. Who wants to be paying a mortgage at 60 years old? not us!

4. Make the conservatory a usable room

When we bought this house, one of the selling points was the conservatory. In the summer, it’s lovely but at the moment it’s freezing. I’d love to use it as a play room but it’s just too cold, especially for a little one. We are thinking of solar panels to help heat the conservatory. At the moment the space is being used as storage, I’d like to furnish this area, table and chairs, rug, soft furnishings ect

5. Solar Panels

We are going to have to put a lot of research into solar panels as they are so expensive and the feed in tariff isn’t as good as it used to be. We’d love to be able to heat our own home and minimise our bills if we could.

6. New job

I’ve wanted a new job for a few years now, but when you have bills to pay you can’t afford to be out of work. I’d love a new job, I think the time has come to move on. I’m not too fussy about what I do, I’m not career driven but as long as enjoy my work, I’m all good. Hopefully by the end of the year, fingers crossed!

7. Competitions

A few years ago I used to enter competitions and I did win a few things.

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Baby toy set

Theatre tickets

Concert tickets

perfume

Make-up, plus lots more!

I’ve set up a new email account in preparation and I’m on day 3 of comping. I can spend hours a day entering competitions but there are tools available to make entering competition easier. I’m going to try to keep it as a hobby, I don’t want to get bored and it becomes a chore. The prizes are a bonus, if I win that is! I have set myself a comping challenge, to win £2014 worth of prizes in 2014.

8. Lose weight

I bet millions of other people will have the same idea at this time of the year. Willow is now 10 months old and I now feel ready to lose the excess baby weight. I’ve got 2 stone to get back to my pre baby weight, plus I’d like to lose  little more. I just need to get rid of the Christmas chocolates first……

9. YouTube channel for vblogging

I’d like to expand my blog and have a YouTube channel to review products. Hopefully, I could gain more followers but I worry about how I would come across on camera. Anyone have any vblog tips? get in touch!

10. Get Willow into her own room

At 10 months old, Willow is still in with us. Not because I have attachment issues but because we live in a 3 storey house. Willow is normally such a good sleeper with the exception of teething – like now! I don’t want to be up and down stairs, several times in the early hours. At the moment I think we have the top 4 teeth coming through, I hope they hurry up! Once they have come through, she will be going into her own room.

11. New blog site

I wanted to see how I got along with blogging before forking out money on a new blog design. I am enjoying my blogging journey and I now want a more professional looking blog. I feel a more professional looking blog would bring more opportunities my way.

12. Learn a new craft or skill

I’m always on the look out to learn something new. I have a very wide range of interests and I’d like to try new things. It could be something crafty or some kind of skill that could benefit my blog.

13. More date nights with my Husband

I’m sure Gran and Grandad would babysit for us so we could go out for a meal. Even though we are a family, It’s still nice to spend time as a couple. I think we would aim to go out maybe once a month.

14. Sort out moving boxes

We moved into our house 15 months ago and we still have boxes that need sorting out. They are in our bedroom and they are taking up too much room. They are full of collectible toys. We don’t have any storage room for them, so, it looks like they will have to be sold.

 

There you go, that’s my list, my 14 things that I want to accomplish over the next 12 months. Hopefully I will be able to achieve it all, even if I managed half, it’s a start. I will update along the way with what I’ve managed.

I know there’s a few bloggers doing ’14 things for 2014′. I’m interested to see how everyone’s lists compare and how adventurous they are. I hope they all mange to achieve what they set out to do and look forward to reading about the updates!

Day 4

I’ve just completed day 4! I didn’t shred yesterday as I had a work meeting and the only time I can workout, is when Willow is napping.

Some parts of the workout are getting easier but the abs section just makes me feel sick. I can’t even imaging going onto level 2 any time soon. Well done to anyone who manages to complete all 30 days!

Some of my mummy friends are on day 5 and are doing awesome, one mummy has even lost 4lb! Well done Alyssa!

Nonabox

A few months ago, I signed up to Nonabox, it’s cost £25 a month but is discounted when you subscribe to 3 or more boxes.

Products are tailored to suit, depending on babies age, sex, breast or bottle fed and if they have a dummy or not.Yesterday I received our second Nonabox and I was really, really impressed with the contents and you are guaranteed to get more than £25 worth of products.

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Everything comes in a lovely box that’s sealed with a ribbon and wrapped with tissue paper.

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I was quite excited when I unwrapped the tissue paper, I think we will use everything thats included in this months box.

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Cloud B Sleep Sheep
A lovely soft sheep, that makes noises to help baby sleep. It has different sound setting, mothers heartbeat, whales, rain and the ocean and also time settings, 23 and 45 minutes. It has a Velcro strap, so it can be easily attached to babies cot. This product covers the cost of the box alone!

Cloud B sheep rattle and burp cloth set
A smaller sheep that’s a rattle and easy for baby to hold, lovely quality, just like the other Cloud B products and a set of three burp cloths. The burp cloths have a nice satin trim and feel quite thick compared to other burp clothes I’ve seen.

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MAM Bite and Relax Teether
Willow hasn’t had a chance to try this yet but I do expect it to be of good quality like their other products. It comes in a little box that can also be used to sterilise it in the microwave , fab idea!

Beaba 360 spoon
We haven’t had a chance to use this yet but I did take it out of the packaging to see how it works. It’s very clever design and great for little hands. When Willow will be feeding herself with cutlery, in a few months time, it will be great and really good for little ones co-ordination.

Halos N Horns moisturising lotion
From Halos N Horns, we have this baby moisturising lotion. With no nasties included, it’s suitable for little ones sensitive skin. We used it last night, after bath time. It absorbs easily with hardly any effort, non-greasy, has a light fragrance and comes in a decent sized bottle, which is value for money.

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Ella’s Kitchen Wakey Wakey Apple and Mango Porridge
After breakfast this morning, Willow definitely approves, she scoffed the lot! I think the Ella’s kitchen packaging is so funky and different compared to other baby food products, their packaging really stands out in the supermarket. Even better, it’s 100% organic, so I feel like I’m feeding my baby quality food. It’s easy to make up, 1 spoonful of porridge to 5 spoons of babies milk.

Pasito a Pasito natural wooden rattle
A very pretty natural wooden rattle, made from beech and maple. It comes with an information card that says the rattle is painted with dyes that are danger free and harmless to baby. Very reassuring, especially when you have a teething baby and everything goes in their mouth!

Tea Pigs lemon and ginger tea
I don’t usually drink flavoured teas but I gave this a go, the lemon is very refreshing and you can drink it hot or cold. Also a bonus, it’s caffeine free!

Water wipes
Made from 99.9% purified water, these wipes are amazing for sensitive skin and can do a good job cleaning up after a horrible poonami! They are more expensive than other brands but I guess it all comes down to what you want to use and what your budget it.

Pebble UK PODO PRO file
A double sided foot file, for smoothing rough skin, it can also be used on hands. Perfect if you have some hard skin on your feet. Use it during or after a shower or bath and you will have lovely soft skin in no time. I don’t think I will use this but I know my husband definitely will, he’s in big heavy work boots all day and suffered with hard skin on his feet.

I wish I had more time to post! ARGH!

Willow is now 19 weeks old, time is flying by! People say, you have no concept of time until you have a baby, it’s sooooo true. My little girl is growing up so fast and I want the time to slow down. The older she gets, the sooner I have to go back to work 😦 .

I have to go back to work in October and I’m dreading it.

I’m going to make more of an effort to post here, I promise.

Kate x