Little beauties for little beauties

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Martha’s lush lashes

My 2 year old daughter has the most amazing eyelashes. Sadly she doesn’t get them from me so I’m having to hold back my desire to play with hers and test out all the fabulous mascaras we sell. Not that I’m into children wearing makeup. Beauty pageants like this make me want to scream and already I can’t bear the thought of my little girl growing up and plastering her face to look like someone out of TOWIE.

Ridiculous makeup aside, there are lots of gorgeous products on the market that I would encourage parents to use on their children and here are my top ten recommendations for little ones (oh and the odd suggestion for all the amazing hot mammas out there too).

Love Boo Baby Splashy Bubbles

1)         Love Boo Baby Splashy Bubbles
Aside from the very pretty packaging, these bubbles smell divine and are packed with lots of goodies to keep baby skin nice and soft.

2)      Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment

Having a pot of ointment that can be used all over is really handy and this one contains shea butter which naturally nourishes the skin and prevents dryness everywhere.

3)      Jason Earth’s Best Mineral Sunscreen SPF30

Not all sunscreens are paraben free but this one is and I find SPF30 is high enough in the UK sunshine for my daughter’s skin.

Bloom & Blossom Mother & Baby Oil4)      Bloom and Blossom Mother and Baby Oil

Like most mothers, babies love massages and this chemical-free product is full of natural plant oils which soften and smooth the skin. The lavender also helps calm, making it the perfect thing to apply before bedtime.

5)      This Works Baby Sleep Pillow Spray

I’ve yet to meet a parent who won’t try anything to get their children to sleep soundly! This is my hero product and all the natural ingredients mean that it’s safe to use on little babies as well. Don’t miss out on the Christmas edition for adults too!

Ruby & Ed Lace Up Baby Booties with Seal Pup Toy6)      Ruby + Ed Lace Up Baby Booties

How cute are these? Sadly my daughter has out-grown her baby pair, and Ruby + Ed are yet to make sizes for children, however they are definitely on my Christmas shopping list for my 3 month old niece.

7)      Mama Mio Pregnancy Essentials Kit

My best friend is due to have triplets any day now. Yes triplets! When she found out I sent her this pack containing three (her new lucky number) essential potions to help her look after her own body. Mama Mio Pregnancy Essentials Kit

8)      MOP Pear Detangler

I’m a big fan of most MOP products and this one has become my favourite after having to deal with my daughter’s crazy blonde locks. This product, used with a tangle teaser, helps save a lot of tears when it comes to yanking knotty hair.

Jason Earth’s Best Strawberry & Banana Toothpaste9)      Jason Earth’s Best Strawberry & Banana Toothpaste

Tooth brushing has become a massive deal in my household. My husband and I take turns each night to convince our daughter it’s a good thing to do. We’ve tried everything – electric toothbrush, reward chart, singing songs and even bribes. But she remains unconvinced and the battle of wills continues. One thing that did give us a glimmer of hope was this yummy-tasting toothpaste which is fluoride free so perfect for children like mine who just like to suck and swallow the paste.

A happy little Martha

A happy little Martha

10)   Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Every morning I wake up to the sound of my daughter calling out ‘Mummmmmmmmyyyyy’. It’s usually around 7am – even on a Sunday. To help me wake up, I use this fabulous spray which refreshes my face and gives a balanced start to the day. It’s now become such a ritual that my daughter also likes to get involved and we take turns to spray each other, much to her delight. It definitely does the trick…although obviously I still have to have my morning grapefruit before I’m completely fully functioning!

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My favourite gifts… for myself!

Ok, ok, let’s just get it out in the open… for every gift I buy for others this Christmas, I will probably buy one for myself too.

I. Just. Can’t. Help. It.

Being a buyer here at Bath & Unwind HQ, I start ordering gifts from our suppliers for the website from February. While everyone else is sunning themselves in August, my head is stuck in Christmas sales forecasting and pondering how our deliveries will be affected if it snows. By this point, at the end of November, I’ve been listening to Now That’s What I Call Christmas for months, have most of my shopping done and can’t wait for everyone else to catch up!  So when all the fantastic offers, promotions and gift sets from my favourite brands appear at this time of year, it’s usually myself I buy them for.

Below are a few of my favourite gifts that I will be buying for myself this year. If you have the strength to part with them, I take my hat off to you and I’m sure your loved ones will be more than appreciative.

Bumble and bumble Stylist Editions Set

  • Bumble & bumble Stylist Editions Set – This is a fantastic collection of Bumble & bumbles‘ bestselling styling products, as used by hairdressers, models and celebrities world wide – great for those who like to experiment with their hair and for the perfect party style.

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Eye Lift Kit

Ruby & Ed Cerise Snuggle Ballerina


Lollia In Love & Relax Petite Perfumed Luminaries


Laqa & Co. Whip It Gift Box

  • Laqa & Co. Whip It Gift Box – There is always an excuse to increase my nail lacquer collection, and these Laqa & Co. nail polish pens not only come in the most eye-popping shades, but come beautifully packaged and make chic looking nails on the go easy peasy. I’ll definitely be keeping at least one of these in my office drawer for last minute manicures before I dash to all those festive parties!

Need gift suggestions? Why not call or email our customer services team who would be more than happy to help, or even just post a message below for my personal suggestions.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

As I write this, there are only 63 days 10 hours 58 minutes and 32 seconds until Christmas! (Yes. I am one of those people who gets excited in October.) I have a big family which seems to keep growing and this year I have 22 people to buy for! So for 2012 I am going to be one of those people who I always envy – the ones who have all their Christmas shopping sorted in advance, and therefore have lots of money to party with. With that in mind I thought I would share some of my present ideas with you to inspire you to do the same!

My Mum 

At Christmas mums are legends and they deserve fabby presents! I have been using the contents of this Dr Hauschka kit for a few months and I love them all! (I might have to get myself one too when I run out, this is great value!)

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 My 13 year old sister

My little sister has always received a book from me at Christmas but I think she is now at that age where she would appreciate something extra to make her feel grown up and special. I think that this Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Main Attraction set will do just that!

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My big sister (and her bump!)

My sister’s second baby is due just before Christmas so I think she deserves to be pampered this year! We stock a wide range of gifts for new mothers and this cute Boo Boo Mummy & Me Pamper Kit is perfect. And when I spotted these tiny Ruby + Ed slippers…I HAD to get some!

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My sister’s husband

I don’t usually spend much on my brother-in-law but I like to get him something so he doesn’t feel TOO left out when we are all squished into my Mum’s living room, frantically passing around a stupid amount of presents and covering the living room floor in wrapping paper! I think this Men-U Shave Facial Set is a perfect little present to replace the socks I usually get!

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My brother’s girlfriend

Again, I can’t leave my brother’s girlfriend out at Christmas and I think she will love this Cath Kidston Honeysuckle Luxury Shower Gift Set (I use the hand cream in Honeysuckle and it smells gorgeous!)

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I won’t go on, I know you must all be itching to have a browse on the site for your loved ones. And this Christmas at Bath & Unwind we are giving you the gift of time, by making it quicker and easier to shop according to your budget.

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Ruby & Ed Slippers

A problem with which other dog owners can sympathise – and certainly one that causes daily problems in our household – involves our 5-year-old working cocker spaniel, Indie. True to her retrieving breed, Indie loves nothing better than searching out the perfect object to carry around the house, and to her this means slippers.

Indie and slipperShe does not discriminate. Any slipper will do! In fact, since my wife and baby daughter Eva have recently come into possession of some luxurious Ruby & Ed slippers, we have had to be extra vigilant (particularly as I recently found one of my own slippers floating soggily in the pond. Presumably Indie felt the tadpoles needed a new home!)

Both the baby and adult slippers are beautifully soft and warm. Eva’s are a cute raspberry colour, easy to slip on and perfect for wearing when she is bouncing in her Jumperoo, one of her favourite activities. One word of caution for the adult slippers though, if, like my wife, you can’t always be bothered to change your shoes before putting rubbish in the wheelie bin or hanging out the washing, don’t do it in your Ruby & Ed slippers. Their soft                                                               soles are definitely for inside wear only.
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I’m super organised this Christmas (so you don’t have to be!)

Yes, you’re going to hate me but I have pretty much got all my Christmas shopping done already. Granted, I have a distinct advantage in that buying things is not just a hobby, it’s my job!  And yes, most of my family will be receiving presents from Bath & Unwind HQ, but the gifts we have on offer this year are (yet again) so gorgeous. I could shop around, but I’m unapologetically biased and to me Bath & Unwind is the only place to choose gifts for the special people in my life.  So here is a sneak peek, feel free to take inspiration from my ideas (family- look away now).

For my lovely Mum

This was so easy for me, as soon as I saw the Ruby & Ed slippers arrive here at Bath & Unwind, I knew my mum ( loving all things cosy) would really appreciate a pair of these sleek but snuggly ballet slippers. Ruby & Ed Velvet Bow Ballerina in Dusty Plum  £37.50

For my Dad

Tricky one. But this is kind of a present for my mum at the same time, because Miller Harris fragrances are unisex so they can share this distinct and iconic EDP, and mum will be happy that I am continuing to ‘spruce’ up Dad with grooming products! Miller Harris Feuilles De Tabac Parfume EDP 50ml £60

For my best friend – the beauty junkie

What I love about Christmas in the beauty world is that skincare brands put together such fantastic gift sets with obscene amounts of value in them. It’s almost worth stocking up on them for yourself,  for great savings on your skincare throughout the year. This year Gatineau have not disappointed with their Christmas Collections and you can save up to £124. Gatineau Radiance Discovery Collection £25 (Retail value £56.75)

For My Aunty

I know my Aunty will appreciate a gift created by a trusted brand she has been using on her hardworking hands forever. I love gifts that come in re-useable boxes or tins like this one. In fact I might just have to snap one up for myself! Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Care Tin £25

For my Niece

Love & Toast products just ooze that quirky coolness that all teenage girls go crazy for. Her friends will be so ‘jel’ when she whips this lip balm out of her bag. In fact I might buy an assortment so that she can give them to her friends as presents as well. What a thoughtful Aunty I am! Love & Toast Lip Balms in Cherry Lemonade, Prickly Pear and Vanilla Chai £9.50