International Women’s Day

If someone were to ask me who my role model was, it would be to all the women who go through tough times, but find the strength to carry on regardless. Equally, I admire ones who admit to struggling and don’t know if they can carry on, because they are the most brave for admitting that and don’t always know how strong they really are. We all find ourselves in hard stages at some point in our lives, but I find that as long as you have true family and friends around, you can get through anything life throws at you. I am stating the obvious, but it is true. I ended up at rock bottom, raising two daughters, and am slowly building my life back up bit by bit and there is nothing more empowering than being an independent women. It’s Isabelle and Alina (Isalina) who have given me the strength to do this and at least I can say I did it all by myself. I am now at a place in my life where I know what I want and to always trust my gut instincts when something doesn’t feel right, because it usually follows through with what I know already. Standing up for myself can be a challenge at times, but I am getting better at that. There are still bad days but I focus on the good days and that is the same for everyone. I’m not perfect, but I like to think I learn from mistakes and it makes me wiser. I know there is a craze out there on self love and self care, but I am believer in that, because if you can’t look after yourself properly then you can’t look after anyone else either.

Be the woman that fixes another woman’s crown, without telling the world it was crooked 👑👸🏼

Remember, there is a difference between being lonely and being alone. You could be in a crowded room and feel totally isolated and lonely, or sat in your house alone and not feeling lonely at all. Change only occurs when you make it happen. Take one day at a time, but every small step leads to a better, happier, healthier you. It doesn’t happen over night but small changes lead to big changes eventually and when you’re at your happiest, that is when you attract positivity. Negative energy attracts negativity. Therefore, if negative happenings start rearing its ugly head in my life, I either address the situation as diplomatic and as minimal as possible, or simply ignore and carry on with my day. In fact, I came across a post last night that I found quite funny. “I’m at that stage of my life where I keep myself out of arguments even if you tell me 1+1=5 you’re absolutely correct, enjoy!”

I’m at that stage of my life where I keep myself out of arguments even if you tell me 1+1=5 you’re absolutely correct, enjoy!

My mum, daughters and friends inspire me to do what I am doing and I intend on being a good role model for my girls to look up to. There are times when Isabelle leaves me notes of kind words out of the blue and she says some very encouraging and nice things to me, that I think for a seven year old to say is very grown up. Alina said to me the other night “mummy… you’re my treasure!” I sometimes read a book on treasure not being gold or silver, but someone or something you love that is your treasure. We didn’t even read that book that night, nor is little treasure something we say to each other. It shows she has understood the meaning behind what the book is trying to imply. These are the girls I am raising, who I am very proud of, because of the way they are turning out to be.

Here’s to good women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

I am dedicating this post to my mum, daughters and friends who inspire me each and every day. Thank you! #internationalwomensday xxxx

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Cuckoo’s Beauty – White Witch Facial Review

It is recommended you should treat your skin to a professional facial every three to four weeks, since it takes 21 days for the skin cells to renew itself. Exfoliating and deep cleansing the skin aids the renewal process faster for younger looking, radiant skin. That said, it all depends on skin type, skin care goals and budget. Whatever your budget, or goal and if you find time to treat yourself, Cuckoo’s Beauty offers a relaxing White Witch facial, costing £30.00 with products tailored to suit different skin types using the most natural ingredients. The products used for my skin are Wild Flower Cleanser, Rock Rose refining toner, Starflower conditioner to massage, Moroccan red clay Rose face mask and Barbary Fig moisturiser. I have purchased the Wild Flower Cleanser and Barbary Fig moisturiser that I have used for two months now, and the cleanser exfoliates your skin, leaving it smooth on a daily basis. The moisturiser leaves a nice even tone on the skin and you don’t have to apply too much for it to go a long way. The purchased products are beautifully packaged and come in little glass jars and wooden spatulas, encased in White Witch pouches, which are really cute. 

Whatever your budget, or goal and if you find time to treat yourself, Cuckoo’s Beauty offers a relaxing White Witch facial, costing £30.00 with products tailored to suit different skin types using the most natural ingredients.

I have been going to Cuckoo’s Beauty once a month for a facial, therefore I have had enough to report that after every visit, my skin always feels revived and glowing. Last time I had a back massage too which was lovely, using natural coconut oil. There are many different benefits to coconut oil, which I will point out on another blog. My next beauty review, will be on the facial masks offered at this little retreat. I have already sampled the Moroccan red clay Rose mask after some angry looking spots appeared on my chin out of the blue, and it really left a calming effect on my skin afterwards and the spots reduced in size. I felt it really made a difference to my skin afterwards and it is Claire the Beauty Therapist’s favourite mask. Until I have tested them all, I will let you know my preferred choice, but roses are my favourite flowers. 

There are some special offers coming up at Cuckoo’s Beauty in January, so keep a look out on Cuckoo’s Beauty Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/cuckoosbeauty/  Oh and the vegan chocolates Claire has to offer at her salon are tasty too.

** Update** Cuckoo’s Beauty January offer that is advertised on the Facebook page.

** New Year… New vegan skincare routine? 
All the lovely clients who book a White Witch Facial for January will receive a 15% discount. A beautiful facial made from vegan and cruelty free ingredients. Roses, lemon balm, rosehip and green tea to name a few.**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to Nature Beauty

Ever felt at one with nature and how the simple things in life come with just admiring beautiful flowers and watching the rolling waves come crashing in at the coast. Walking amongst the wildlife and looking out to sea can make one feel grounded, inspired or both. Imagine if the smell of that beautiful rose can just be placed on your skin in the form of a cleanser or moisturiser and nothing else was added in. This is when it all comes back to nature with some very special and exciting beauty products and treatments, I would love to share that are offered at Cuckoo’s Beauty in Cleethorpes.

All White Witch products are made using wild flowers, plants, oats and seaweed from the unspoiled coast and meadows, in front of the Atlantic Ocean. White Witch is a product consisting of all-natural vegan materials. Other products that are offered are Madam Glam and Jax Wax.  Cuckoo’s Beauty was the first salon in the U.K to offer treatments using White Witch skincare and I am sure other salons will soon follow.

I have sensitive skin (which I have previously stated on another post) and can sometimes get allergic reactions to different brands. Since using natural beauty products in a salon myself, I realised how beneficial they really are. It only seems like common sense to use raw materials on your skin and I think the nation has slowly become accustomed to this. You don’t have to be vegan to visit, but some have travelled far and wide to the enchanted little hideaway, filled with flowers and candles for a warm, cosy welcome.

I was given some beauty testers to try before my facial. The wild flowers cleanser left my skin feeling amazingly smooth with the little granules that carefully exfoliate the skin. The Burbury Fig moisturiser starts off with little granules, that slowly dissolve leaving a radiating glow. My skin had an even tone, like I was wearing foundation.

On arrival for my facial yesterday morning… the room was lit by candlelight and was so warm and welcoming. The earthy feel to the place with raw wood shelves, flowers and particularly the twinkling heart made from twigs added to the ambience of the place. This gave just the right touch, especially with all beauty products made from raw, earthy materials. The facial was so nice and relaxing. The products smelt amazing and I could have laid there being pampered all day. It literally feels like a nice hidden gem to escape to.

The facial was so nice and relaxing. The products smelt amazing and I could have laid there being pampered all day.

I can’t highly recommend Claire the Beauty Therapist enough. Not only is she very experienced and professional, who has given me many treatments before, but she is lovely person and kindness goes a long way.

Keep posted for new product and treatment reviews at Cuckoo’s Beauty.

See below for more information and to book…

Contact Claire at Cuckoo’s Beauty on 07523 111898 or info@cuckoosbeauty.co.uk

Location: Cleethorpes Business Centre, Wilton Road, Humberston, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.

The end of an era…

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The summer holidays have come to an end already! It doesn’t seem two minutes ago when I was planning all the things I can do with Isabelle and Alina. We have done a lot and when I say a lot, we have made the most out of this gorgeous weather. You really don’t have to always spend a lot to just appreciate days out at the beach, the woods and the local park. Having said that, since today is literally the last day, I have come to the point where I have ran out of ideas and looking forward to getting back into a routine again.

I love the black and white picture above of me and my two girls walking down a steep hill towards the woods. For me it symbolises where I am in life, the beginning of a path, heading for the unknown. It’s not quite unknown now, as I am certain I am on the path heading in the right direction, although for a year, it really has been an uncertainty in what direction to take for the best. Now it’s a relief as I go on to start a new chapter in my life. This past year, I have had time to reflect on things and it’s not been easy. Now, I am moving forward onto pastures new. and have a mixture of apprehension and excitement, but I am doing it for the two little people in my life. I want to be a good role model for them and someone who they can look up to. Everything I have and continually do in my life is for them. I am actually shedding a tear now, as I write this. All I’ll say is that it’s going to be challenging, but I’ve got this. If certain events hadn’t have happened in my life, it wouldn’t have lead me to this path that I am on today. I am glad it has worked out this way in the end.

Talking of which, my daughters have grown even closer during the summer. It’s so nice they have each other to lean on. Yes, they do have their bickering moments, what sibling doesn’t? I just love how they look out for each other. There is four years between them, but now Alina is approaching three, she’s stringing her sentences along brilliantly and they play together so nicely. I love how Isabelle tries to reason with Alina and how Alina will look up to Isabelle as well as looking after her too. She’s always giving her a hug. It’s just the little things that make you go all warm and fuzzy inside. They definitely have a strong bond… a bond that is getting ever more stronger, and I hope it stays.

I have made a collage of pictures below of the things we got up to over the summer. The six weeks that contains a lot of birthdays too. There are four generations of Leos on my side of the family, all in August and all of us are lady lionesses. That’s my nana, her daughter (my mum), me and my daughter. I wouldn’t know the odds on that one!

 

Self-Tanner Winner!

People who know me, know I have fair skin with freckles, so when I suddenly appear to have a slight tan I get asked what I use. I’d love to say ‘oh, I’ve caught the sun.’ There will be days I actually have, but I burn first anyway if I haven’t got factor 50 on!

I don’t bother using fake tans anymore, as I prefer to look like I’ve got a natural tan on a daily basis and not just make the effort for a special occasion. I opt for a self tanning moisturiser called Dove instead. You’ve got two in one for starters. After trying a few on the market, I find Dove is the best and doesn’t leave any streaks or patches. I apply it every morning (or most mornings if not running late for the school run) after my shower and use a body scrub once a week. It’s a myth when people think that scrubbing your skin takes away the tan. Actually, it enhances it once you apply it again after the scrub. I notice it straight away! There is an obvious glow to my skin. Another tip is if you find you get orange patches on your elbows and knees, just apply Vaseline. That does the trick.

It’s a myth when people think that scrubbing your skin takes away the tan. Actually, it enhances it once you apply it again after the scrub.

When I worked in beauty salons, I worked with a natural product range called Susan Molyneaux. With that body scrub, you don’t apply any water to your skin at all and just buff it away dry. My skin was noticeably soft afterwards. Since then, I hardly dampen my skin at all. The one I like at the moment, is from Superdrug called Vitamin E skin care, sugar and oil body scrub. It has natural ingredients, which I really like and even heats up on your skin too.
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Hit The Road

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I laugh when I look at the picture above, because there are many days where I would love a scenario like this to happen. Maybe a bit far fetched with a unicorn, but then life is full of surprises! I wouldn’t hesitate to hop in all the same. My girls would love it.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We all have days were we just want to disappear and go on an adventure. I’d go as far as turning off my phone and going ghost for weeks, months or years in fact! Okay, that would be too extreme and I would need my phone to take a lot of photos. I am picture fanatic! The days I often feel like this, is when I want to escape from reality. Not necessarily running away from problems, but more of forgetting the things that drag you down. I would love the opportunity to just get in a van, hit the open road, see where it takes me and end up in different locations. The film Mamma Mia springs to mind as I am writing this. I think in general most people like to escape. However, up until now, I have not been one for camping. I have never been in fact. Then, an opportunity came for me to go away with my friend in her motorhome. Not exactly camping, but in campervan style. In fact, I shared the same picture above on Facebook quoting ‘I need this!’ For a friend to comment about going away in her motorhome sometime. That is exactly what we did with our children. It was an all girls trip. Six of us hit the road and headed to Wales. I have never been before and although we only went for a couple of days it was just nice to get away. The weather was a bit of a let down. We arrived when it was all stuffy and sweaty. You can see by my hair in the picture below, how humid it was. We’ve had 9 weeks of glorious, hot sunshine, then we hit the weekend that was forecast thunderstorms. That is good old British weather for you! Luckily, the rain wasn’t as bad. We only got a shower on one morning and not all day like in some places. I loved hearing the sound of heavy rain fall onto the camper van. It makes you feel all cosy and warm. The temperature had dropped a lot considering the day before was the hottest day of the year, reaching temperatures of 30 degrees. I’ve never felt it that hot in Britain in all my life. 20 degrees is cool for me now! I’ve read that we haven’t had a summer like this since 1976! We didn’t let the weather dampen our spirits… both sets of daughters got on so well. Isabelle, and my friend’s two daughters made friends with other campers and it felt such a nice and relaxed way of life. To see my girls smiling away for the whole duration of the trip, just made me want to bottle it up and cherish it forever.

To see my girls smiling away for the whole duration of the trip, just made me want to bottle it up and cherish it forever.

I see a lot of hashtags #makingmemories and it is true! You can’t put a price on the feeling you get watching how happy your children are. Times like these, make you want to embrace every second. We noticed when travelling down in the camper van, that other people in their vans wave at you. We thought it was bit funny but now we get it. I was trying to think of the word that is used to describe it and it hit me a day later, after a few pink gins and lemonade (that is my new drink) that how nice the other fellow campers are. I said it’s a cult and we both agreed why people in other camper vans are so friendly and wave at you. It’s like one big camper van family. I’d definitely go away in a camper van again. We went to a Haven campsite resort. It’s brilliant for children, since there is lots to do, even on rainy days. I could only do a few days though. Anymore would be too much, especially with it being so busy now it’s the six weeks holidays.