I first discovered Elemis Pro-Collagen Cream about ten years ago, way before I had kids, back when I had time to wander around the beauty halls. I’d spend hours on a Saturday afternoon going from one counter to the next, testing the creams and smelling the different fragrances and candles on offer. Ah those were the days!

On one of these days I came across the Elemis Marine Cream and it was love at first touch. I’d read so much about this ‘amazing cream’ but if I’m honest I thought it might be too rich for my skin due to the ‘anti-ageing’ properties – but it wasn’t at all. It was velvety light and melted instantly into my skin.

By now the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is a huge cult product, with a pot selling every nine seconds worldwide. It is the ultimate high performance day cream that combines active ingredients with cutting-edge science.

For me the only thing missing from this beauty powerhouse product was an SPF. We all know that the sun is the biggest ager, so I want my day cream to protect against any damaging rays. In the past it was said that adding an SPF was not possible without changing the main properties of the cream, compromising the quality the product. However, developments in technology means that this is now possible. And with this new technology comes the introduction of the New Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30.

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 has been developed using a new sunscreen with enwrapping technology, which is able to deliver a more evenly distributed layer of protection, providing a high SPF with a low concentration of sunscreen.

In non-technical terms, this means that Elemis were able to add a high SPF without compromising the quality of their hero product. The cream is as light and velvety as ever and melts into my skin just as quickly.

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 (£82.00/50ml) is available from all Elemis distributors as well as the Elemis website.

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Multi-Active Eye Cream

I’m a busy mum of three, most nights one of the girls wakes me up (at least once, if not more), and the early morning rushing around leaves me feeling (and looking) like a tired mess! The bags under my eyes are so big, they look like they’re ready for a long-haul holiday. So this new Multi-Active Eye is a product I was more than ready to add into my daily skincare routine. Inspired by the latest technological developments in plant power, this new eye treatment will help combat the effects of a stressful life.

Did you know that the eye contour area is up to five times thinner than the rest of your face? You can basically think of it like tracing paper and of course, it’s usually the first area to show signs of ageing. The Clarins Multi-Active Eye is said to help preserve radiant, youthful looking eyes, it also smoothes lines, minimise the signs of fatigue and brighten the eye area.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve really neglected my eye contour area over the years and am now, more than ever, realising that I need to increase my efforts. My lifestyle completely changed when I became a mum, that coupled with lack of sleep has severely effected my eye area.  This Multi-Active Eye cream contains teasel extract which helps to revitalise and protect tired skin by encouraging the production of an energising molecule which improves the condition of the eye contour area.

This little wonder product (or magic wand as I’ve been calling it) comes in a matte pink tube, with a silver applicator which is easy to use directly onto the eye area. The cooling effect of the metal applicator also helps to wake me up in the morning.

Multi-Active Eye Cream

The Results…

I’ve been using this for over a month now and my eyes do appear brighter, the skin is smoother – and after four weeks, I can see a difference in the overall appearance. Winner, winner!

Multi-Active Eye (£35.00, 15ml tube) and is available from all Clarins distributors.

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It’s Wednesday afternoon and I’ve just realised it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. How did that crop up so quickly? I hope Dom and the girls have been more organised and have something lovely planned for me! My mum is staying with us this week as it’s been Iris’ birthday, so I really have no excuse. I should have planned something weeks ago but alas motherhood and general busyness took hold and I’m now feeling a little caught out.

When I was young (maybe seven or eight), I remember going to the local flower shop and buying a bunch of daffodils with some coins I’d got from my money box. I knew mum liked daffodils and thought it would be the perfect gift. To be honest I’d be more than happy with a bunch of brightly coloured daffodils from my girls come Sunday morning. Thinking back, I also remember creeping downstairs with my brother and attempting to make mum breakfast in bed.  I don’t think it would have been much more than some jam on toast and a glass of orange juice but we thought we were the best kids in the world, as we carried a tray of ‘breakfast’ up to my parent’s room.

As the years went on the bunch of daffodils turned into a box of chocolates, then perfume and more recently photograph gifts of the kids. For me Mother’s Day (just like Valentine’s Day and Father’s Day) is a lovely excuse to celebrate and treat our loved ones. My mum lives in Wales, but she travels up to visit us in London as often as she can (usually once every six weeks) and we speak on FaceTime most days. She’s the one person in my life that I can always depend on and is the person I want to talk to when I’m excited about something or feeling down and need a ‘pick-me-up’ chat. I hope she knows how much she means to me and the girls.

This year, Tesco have to come to my rescue with their range of experience gifts. Most of the vouchers can be bought immediately online and be used anytime over the next ten months. Having looked through the different options, I’ve chosen the Chocolate Afternoon Tea for Two at The Hilton, Green Park. What I really love about this ‘last minute’ gift is that as well as it being a lovely treat, I’m also buying quality time for us together. I hope she’s as excited about it as I am… CHOCOLATE Afternoon Tea. It literally incorporates three of my favourite things; afternoon tea, chocolate and my lovely mummy!

If you’ve left it to the last minute and need a little help in finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift, don’t panic because Tesco can help you too. They’re setting up Inspiration Stations in over 300 stores nationwide this Saturday, 25th March (the day before Mother’s Day) to help all stressed sons and daughters find the perfect gift. Each station will be manned by shopping experts who can make recommendations for a truly thoughtful, personalised gift. So no excuses, there’s no need to stick to the same old predictable gift this year.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but all the words are my own and true. 

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Last weekend was a quiet one of us. We had no real plans but wanted to get out as a family and enjoy time together. Quality family time is so important, and one thing we all love is good food! So an easy choice was to hop over to East Croydon’s new Boxpark.

Boxpark is a construction entirely made out of refitted shipping containers. Each container houses an independent food outlet, creating a unique ‘street style’ food destination. The quality of all the food is fantastic – the bar has been set high by the passion and enthusiasm of these small business owners! You can literally have your pick from; Indian street food, to Thai, Brazilian, Vegiterien, Pizza, Gluten-Free, Vietnamese, Burgers, the list goes on and on.

The best thing is that there is something for everyone, even the fussiest of eaters. On Saturday the girls chose Pizza from Arancina, while Dom and I went for a tasty pulled chicken box of gluten-free goodness from Feed Me Primal. It was so delicious and flavourful! We then went to Dum Dum Donutterie for cronuts and Chillbox for frozen yogurt – for our pudding!

I’m so glad we now have this amazing place on our doorstep. The atmosphere is fun and cool, everyone is relaxed and enjoying their food. Music plays in the background but you can still chat and of course share your meals together on the table and benches in the middle of the construction.

I honestly can’t wait to go back again. I’m such a creature of habit. Once I find something (or somewhere) I like, I’m hooked and I can’t get enough.

Here are some shots from the day…

By the way, also loving my new top from Next. I’ve got it in blue (as seen in these pictures) and red – just couldn’t decided, so got both.

Linking up to The Ordinary Moments on MummyDaddyMe and My Family Adventures on Life As Our Little Family.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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If you read my blog regularly you’ll have noticed that I’m a big fan of French skincare brands and Decleor has to be one of my absolute favourites! The fragrances of the products are just gorgeous, but the results are what draw me back. If you’re new to the Decleor brand, here are my top picks and where I suggest you start.

Warning! Total product gorgeousness ahead…

Aroma Lisse Dark Circle & Eye Wrinkle Eraser 

This gem of an eye cream smoothes away fine lines and brightens dark circles. It combats the first signs of ageing with the help of Mandarin Essential Oil, which is clinically proven to protect and repair skin cells. This wonder wrinkle eraser also contains illuminating gold pigments which neutralise dark tones (under the eyes) to immediately enhance the radiance of your eye contour area. Perfect for when you’re over tired and need a little extra help!

Aroma Lisse Energising Smoothing Cream

This is a super light, all-in-one moisturiser with a deliciously refreshing citrusy scent. It also happens to be one of my favourite ever day creams. The potent powers of Mandarin Essential Oil again works to repair DNA damage and protects against free radicals. The other cocktail of plant extracts work to hydrate and plump the skin, leaving it looking illuminated, smooth and radiant. For me this is the perfect cream for the warmer summer months, when you want a lightweight cream that protects your skin, while enhancing your natural glow.

Aromessence Mandarin Smoothing Oil Serum

This serum is said to have been specifically created for busy women in their thirties. Well that’s definitely me! Mandarin Essential Oil once again works to protect and repair any skin cell damage. The addition of Lemon and Bergamot Essential Oils create a powerful fruity/ citrusy cocktail that’s refreshing and invigorating – which is perfect for a morning pick-me-up.

Other key ingredients include; Hazelnut, Camellia and Sunflower oils to nourish, hydrate and boost radiance. This powerful oil is said to slow the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leave your skin smoother, brighter and bursting with energy! And I’d have to completely agree, my skin really benefits from using this little thirst-quenching super-oil.

Aromessence Mandarin Smoothing Night Balm 

Night creams are so important and this is a nourishing one that helps rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. I tend to use it whenever my skin is extremely dry or dehydrated and needs an extra boost. It has the most gorgeous, calming scent, which helps me to feel relaxed and comforted before bed. The active ingredients include; essential oils of Basil to purify and heal, Neroli to soften and Camomile to calm and nourish. This balm is such a treat to use, it literally melts into the skin with almost no effort. Honestly, it’s a little pot of pampering heaven.

So there you have it, my top picks from the dreamy Decleor.

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