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Last week I was thrilled to have been invited along to the Space NK store opening in Winchester. If you follow my YouTube channel I am sure you will know I am a total beauty & skincare addict so this was my idea of heaven!

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The closest Space NK store to us is about an hour away so I am so pleased they have opened their stunning new store in Winchester, Hampshire. The building, once used for tea dances (cute), has been renovated to a beautiful standard and it lends itself perfectly to the luxury brands it houses. The original beams, low ceilings and period features really give it an authentic apothecary feel.

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The store was full to the brim with my absolute favourite skincare and beauty brands. From NARS to Becca and Rodial through to Zelens. All brands which aren’t readily available on the high street.

As you may know, I love Sephora and have filmed a few hauls over on my channel. However being an overseas store, it’s not exactly easy to get my hands on things. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I now have these amazing brands on my doorstep, and what’s more I can go in, talk through my needs, wants & wishes with expertly trained staff who will be able to personally help me find the right products. The staff don’t get sales based commission which really makes me feel like the advice and service they are giving me is what’s right for me and not because they have to push particular products out the door!

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What’s more, if you want to try that super expensive serum, but you have really sensitive skin (like me) then you can take away a generous sized sample and test it out for a couple of weeks to make sure you’re not going to waste your money on something you skin doesn’t like or isn’t suitable for your needs.

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I didn’t quite count how many ladies there were, but there were expert make up artists on hand to do full make overs if you so wish, or touch ups, test colours/specific looks out on you which would be amazing if you had no idea what you were doing when it came to make up, wanted to try out a new look, or even if you had a night out to get ready for!

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I spent over an hour just browsing everything, I was oohing and ahhing at each shelf, one after the other. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. The store was so hotly anticipated that they had a queue of almost 100 people waiting patiently before they even managed to open the doors first thing! I’m glad I’m not the only totally obsessed skincare addict!

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At the back of the store, beyond the skincare and make up, was a treasure trove of beautiful smelling goodies like luxury candles and Himalayan bath salts. Plus hair styling products and organic hand and body treatments from many brands I am yet to try. My wish list was already far too long and I have definitely increased my Christmas list 5 fold since my visit.

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Have you visited the newly opened Space NK in Winchester? What did you think? What’s on your beauty wish list? I’d love to know!

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Take a look at my latest video featuring some of the bits I picked up at Space NK!

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Beauty advent calendars are taking over the show! Forget that lame piece of suspicious tasting chocolate, buy yourself a selection tub and wake up to a surprise mini beauty product each day instead! Yes, it is only October and we’re still yet to scare ourselves silly with Halloween movies, but these beauty advent calendars are limited edition and sell out super fast so don’t miss out.

I’m so excited about the range of options available these days which have grown in popularity and choice each year, now just to drop some majorly unsubtle hints to the hubby.

Here are the best beauty advent calendars on offer across all budgets.

– BEST BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDARS – 

You Beauty £60

You’ll be hard pushed to find a more varied selection of luxury beauty products crammed into one calendar. With a total value of a whopping £330 including brands like Molton Brown, REN & Nuxe, this calendar is available for an unreal £60!

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Boots £38

With a huge saving of over a £100 this offering from one of our favourite drugstores features 25 days of beauty treats and 6 full sized products across the whole No.7 range such as festive nail polishes, eye shadows and even eye lash curlers!

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Benefit £60

Now I’m personally not a fan of this packaging AT ALL, but I can’t deny the miniature beauty delights hiding behind each door are all winners, so here is the Benefit offering for 2015; including the much lusted after POREfessional, They’re Real and Watt’s Up minis and a total value of almost £80.

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Ok, so if you’re looking for a beauty calendar for a young teen, no doubt you’re not looking to fork out 60 quid or more! Enter Superdrug’s Flutter advent calendar…cute packaging and mini treats behind each door will make any little lady happy each morning in the lead up to Christmas.

Superdrug £8

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I love strolling around the Body Shop smelling their delicious, good enough to eat scents, there’s so much to choose from and their 2015 advent calendars do not disappoint – that’s right there are 2 magical advent calendars to choose from this year! Starting at £60 each individual box includes an inspirational message making sure you every day of December is indulgent and special!

Body Shop £60

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Just when you think you’ve seen the most extravagant offering from Selfridges or Liberty, Jo Malone brings us this beauty (literally) I can only dream of opening these trademark cream and black doors each day, but if you’re lucky enough to go big on your beauty advent calendar this year then this has to be the pinnacle, filled with sumptuous fragrances and iconic candles it’ll make you feel like every day is Christmas day. Available online from November 1st.

Jo Malone £260

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The list could go on and on to include even more options from Clarins, and Charlotte Tilbury but I don’t think I could cope with the temptation!

What Beauty advent calendar have you got your eye on this year?

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Hey guys,

Hope you’re all well. I just wanted to share with you my latest vlog from Brentwood, Essex. I went up over the weekend with a couple of girlfriends, all of us pregnant, and embraced the cheese!

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We had pedicures and manicures at Chloe’s Beauty Bar followed by a quick snack at Charlie’s Deli. Then some shopping at Minnie’s Boutique before heading to the Sugar Hut restaurant for lunch.

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We had a really fun day celebrating our friend LJ’s Birthday, albeit very cheesy!!

Click here to watch this week’s vlog!

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I’d love it if you subscribed to my YouTube channel to see more adventures. xx

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Well, there is definitely something in the water! At the moment, of my close friends alone, 6 lovely ladies are currently pregnant, yay! That’s a lot of skin to stretch. I wanted to dig into my archives of when I was pregnant to share some info on some of the best options to help limit stretch marks if you too are expecting (congratulations!). I’d love to hear of any super products you’d recommend of anything which worked for you. Enjoy!

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Way before my first scan, I was showing…It seemed to pop out of nowhere and just kept getting bigger each day! (Making it particularly difficult around the office, let me tell you!) My thoughts turned immediately to preventing the dreaded stretch marks. They say these are hereditary so unfortunately destiny may have already decided whether or not you or I will get them, but I thought I would give as much chance to my poor skin as possible as I knew it was about to get a lot more stretched as the weeks went on.

Baby J at 25 weeks.

 

So what are stretch marks and why do we get them?? They are caused by the dramatic changes your body goes through when the skin is stretched suddenly and the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) breaks in places;  making room for the new life growing inside of you. They start red, pink, dark brown & can even be purple, and as time goes on after pregnancy they will fade to lighter red or silvery, but unfortunately they won’t ever go away without laser surgery (and that isn’t always guaranteed to work). At least half of pregnant women will get them and they won’t just be on your tummy, they can be on your thighs, bum, boobs & hips too – lucky us!

I know I always go on about it, but water really is such a super help to so many functions of our bodies – Make sure you keep hydrated and try to drink 2 or more litres of water a day as this will really help your skin. (I know those loo trips every 20 minutes are annoying but it’s a small price to pay when it can help with water retention, swelling, stretch marks, nausea, constipation, bladder infections and even to help prevent preterm labour caused by dehydration) I already feel my bump is massive at 33 weeks, and I have no idea how it is going to keep growing – especially as the baby will put on half its birth weight from now until it is born!

Here are a selection of some of the best oils and creams I have come across over my time being pregnant, are there any you have tried which you can recommend to me?

  •          Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks 125g

A moisturising cream which I found helped with general dryness. It helped make my skin feel more supple although I felt I needed something a bit more heavy duty to feel like I was combatting the threat of stretch marks. It is only around £3 which made it a great budget buy.

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  •          Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter 125ml.

A pricier option at around £23, which I found was incredibly thick and nourishing. It has a great fresh citrus scent to it and doesn’t leave a greasy residue like some creams.

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  •          Clarins Stretch Mark Control 200ml

This lighter consistency cream rubs into the skin really easily. It is around £30, but you get a lot more for your money and it seems to go quite far. I would say this cream is more useful for the fading of stretch marks, rather than the prevention so I will definitely be stocking up on some more for after if I get any!

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On to some oils…

  •          Cowshed Udderly Gorgeous Stretch Mark Oil.

Before I write anything, it’s important to mention this should only be used after the first trimester due to some of the botanical formulations which are in it. I found the oil felt really lovely and moisturising, all the while feeling like I was having a pamper morning and night. Cowshed also do a fab Balm which is gorgeous and smells divine!

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  •          Bio-Oil 200ml.

I have added this in because it was the first thing I used, and I know it is very popular – However…I didn’t find it suited me at all. The greasy formula sat on my skin and sank into my clothes once I got dressed, making it difficult to apply in the mornings. I also found I was always really itchy after a couple of hours where it felt like it hadn’t moisturised; it just felt like it was coating my skin rather than sinking in. That said, many find they get on really well with it & it’s also on the lower end of the budget scale at £8-£9. Maybe one for after to help heal stretch marks.

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  •          Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil – My every day potion!

I had this recommended to me by a friend who has 2 children and I have to say I have not looked back. It is around £13 and admittedly I do go through a bottle every 6 weeks, but it is so lovely to use. It has a lemony scent which doesn’t disturb even the most sensitive nauseous noses! It soaks in quickly and leaves my skin so soft and supple. They also do a lovely Belly Butter which feels lovely all over my body.

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  • Neals Yard ‘Mothers Balm’ £19.75

I am yet to try this one, but I wanted to add it to the list as I love the brand and know that this will be as luxurious and gorgeous as their other products. Definitely one to try next!

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Whatever you do, try not to get down about them, there are lots of websites out there where people share stories and photos of themselves which can help if you are feeling down about them – you’re not alone, it is normal after all! And remember, they are testament to that miracle your body went through to give you that beautiful baby at the end of it.

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HAUL!!! Including MAC, La Roche-Posay, H&M, Zara…

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I’ve been busy shopping this week so I thought I would share a few bits with you.
Products mentioned all below;

MAC highlighter in Soft and Gentle (Mineralize Skinfinish)
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme in Extreme Black
MAC 208 brush
Flats from H&M
Necklace H&M
Tassel bag and small cross body bag both H&M
Super Hero baby boy’s leggings and t-shirt both Zara Kids
La Roche-Posay Effaclar foaming cleansing gel
Baptise XXL dry shampoo
Shirts both New Look

What I am wearing;
Matalan blouse
Topshop cropped trousers
New Look necklace

La Roche Posay Effaclar foaming face cleanser review can be found here; http://www.adventuresofamum.com/la-roche-posay-effaclar-effaclar-duo-review/

Where I can normally be found;
email; lara@adventuresofamum.com
Twitter; @mumadventures
Instagram; mumadventures

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