#Facemask Friday | 111skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask 

A Skincare range developed with the help of research from space scientists, you say? I’m not kidding! Recently I had the chance to try out the Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask from 111SKIN. It was one of the options available as part of the August You Beauty Box

111SKIN is the brain child of Harley Street plastic surgeon Dr.Y.Alendrides. It was developed in response to his patients needs for skincare products that would help heal sensitive skin post treatment. 

Through his research Dr.Y.Alendrides discovered that Skin ages more quickly in space due to the harsh environment astronauts skin is subjected to. This led to the collaboration and development of NaC Y2 formula. This formula was then offered to his Harley street patients as part of their post treatment. As its reputation and demand increased for the original NaC Y2 formula the 111SKIN range was born. 

The Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask retails for £20 so it’s definitely  worth nabbing it as part of this months you beauty box whislt you still can. 

The Mask itself has a unique gel like structure that claims to increase the absorbtion of its key ingredients better than a tissue mask. 

Helpfully I found that its gel texture helped to adhere them mask to my face better than a tradition tissue sheet mask would. It was also very cooling and soothing, particularly in this hot weather we have been having lately. 

The key ingredients include Arbutin, to brighten, Silk Amino Acids, to moisturise and nourish, lastly Centella Asiatica to stimulate the skins collagen production. 

Below are my before and after pictures I do feel my skin is looking much brighter in the after picture. My skin also felt much tighter. Oh and the small thing of looking like I’ve had a decent night sleep! The first picture really is horrendous ha ha! 

On the packaging It recommends that you use one of these masks three times a week if you want to see the best results. Ummmmm, nope not going to happen, that would be £60 a week! 

As a pre ‘special occasion’ treatment though this mask is lovely and one I would love to use again. It was so relaxing to lie back with it cooling and soothing my face whislt I had a nap. 

Hmmm when I’m feeling rich?

Dupe Alert! | Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil v No 7 Sculpting Pencil

It’s no secret that I love a brow product and I probably have more in my collection than is healthy for one girl to own. This still doesn’t stop me gravitating towards the brow product section when I first check out any makeup brands display stand. This will be how I stumbled across what I think is a really great dupe for the brilliant but slightly too pricey Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil £18.50

So what is this supposed dupe then? 

Meet No7’s Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil £8. At over ten pounds cheaper we are already onto a win here, and the products are so similar. Well, let’s forget about the difference in packaging, Benefits offering is very fancy pancey next to the No7 pencil. 

Both products though have a very similar wind up tip and a super handy sculpting brush. Please note my benefit pencil is missing the brush as it is a luxury sample size I received in a beauty box. 

Both products have a similar waxy feel and are equally easy to apply. When swatched the shades are very similar. Benefit has that extra edge in the creamy texture feel though. 

The top swatch is No7 and the bottom swatch Is Benefit shade 03 medium

The No7 pencil unfortunately only comes in three limited shades brown,black or grey. Not great then if you have fair hair. Fortunately as a medium toned brunette brown is just right for me.  

In comparison Benefit offers five shades ranging from a light to deep. 

So if you are a fan of Benefits Goof Proof Brow Pencil, but like me can’t justify parting with £18.50 every couple of months check out the No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil. At over £10 cheaper it performs equally well it’s just not as Insta-pretty.

Feel unique’s Pick ‘n Mix sample service

I was a having a little browse at the Feelunique website the other day and stumbled across a handy little Pick ‘n Mix sample service they are currently offering. Of course I had to try it out for myself, for review purposes of course!

How it works is simple. You choose five samples from their extensive sample list, there is just under 400 different samples to choose from at the moment, they then send them out to you at home. 

You will be charged £3.95 service fee but this is then returned to you in the form of a credit/gift voucher code to spend on the site at a later date. So essentially your samples will be free. 

The size of the samples vary depending on what is available at the time. As you can see from my choices there is the odd larger luxury sample available as well as smaller sachet sizes. 

I’m looking forward to trying out the Xen-Tan fresh tanning mouse. I recon I can get at the very least two uses out of this. Just look how pale I am at the moment, I am in need a little tanning TLC. 

It took just under a week for my samples to arrive, the £3.95 gift code was sent to me straight away in the confirmation email though. This is valid for a year so if you didn’t want to spend it straight away you could save it. As its a gift voucher code you can also use more than one in a single transaction. It’s worth bearing in mind though that you can only receive one batch of samples in a 30 day period.

I have already redeemed my voucher code without any problems. I loved the La Roche Posey rosaliac CC cream so wanted the full size product. 

I’ve found this a great way off trying before you buy, especially if it’s a pricier product that I’m not sure if I’ll like. No more buying mistakes for me? 

I definitely recommend giving this service a try. 

#MummyMonday | Pokemon Go the bane off my life??

Unless you’ve been under a rock somewhere remote you can’t fail to have noticed the latest craze that is Pokemon Go. My two boys are obsessed, and to be quite frank they are driving me up the wall.

Honestly If I had a pound for everytime I heard “Mum, Mum, MUM!! Can we go look for Pokemon?” I’d be rich. It’s fair to say that at times its doing my head in. 

Now as weird as it may sound after that little moan, I actually think that the Pokemon Go app is a good thing. Let me tell you why. 

Just before the school summer holidays I wrote a blog post talking about how difficult I found it to keep the boys Screen time down to an acceptable limit. Pokemon Go does require a smartphone, which I class as screen time, but here’s the difference, it is actually encouraging the boys to not want to sit on their bottoms and get out and about more. 

If the boys have a Pokemon egg they want to hatch then they are desperate to go out for a walk as walking a certain distance is the only way to hatch Pokemon eggs. This is great as it means they are much more active and getting some fresh air. See here’s one they hatched earlier. I couldn’t tell you what Pokemon it is though.

It’s not just the kids that are benefiting from this as we have made a habit of going for a family post dinner walk now. I’m getting out for regular walks as well. 

I make the time to go out with the kids as having heard a few horror stories about people being the victims of muggings or more bizarrely managing to walk off cliffs (how??)  whislt playing Pokemon go I am reassured that they are safe. 

Even when I’m with the boys I am constantly having to remind them about road safety. 

This may also sound like an over reaction but if I see a group of what I consider to be undesirables ahead of us I make the kids put the phone away till we have passed them. Okay I’m judging people by appearance and body language but it’s important for the kids to understand that there are people out there that would be more than happy to steal their phone given half the chance. So why advertise the fact you have one on you? 

One thing I’m not so keen on when it comes to Pokemon Go, well…that’s the cartoon itself. Yup it’s available for viewing on Netflix, and Oh My God it’s annoying! I’m definitely not up for cuddles on the sofa watching that. 

So yes the constant “Mum Mum MUM! Can I check Pokemon Go ?” is blooming annoying, but it has found a positive place in our lives. 

The August Libbie Club Deals 

Once again Libbie club have sent me a box of beauty products to sample and review. Each month the Libbie club has a selection of deals including some great money saving offers from an exciting range of Brands

The offers this month include;

Indeed Labs Nanoblur 30ml 15% off RRP – £16.99

This product claims to instantly correct and perfect the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

I have only tried this out once so far, so it’s to early to say whether this is a wonder product. 

I patted it into the resting line I have  on my forehead after I had applied my liquid makeup and before applying any powder products as per the instructions. It did reduce the depth of the line but it didn’t completely disappear. Promising then! 

The jury is still out on how effective this as a long term solution but I promise I will get back to you once I have used it some more. 

Nizz Cosmetics Lustre Lipstick – £16

This is a lovely creamy feeling lipstick that is vegetarian, hypoallergenic and free from parabens. I have the shade cashmere nude which I have swatched for you below. 

Can we also take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous packaging. Visually It reminds me of a Dior lipstick plus it feels very luxurious and weighty to hold. This is a new UK brand from ex nurse turned beauty buff Charlene, I’m impressed so far. 

Mizon Placenta Ampoules Cream 50ml 20% off RRP – £20.40

Libbie club claim that the placenta extract in this cream is plant derived. I’m not totally convinced by this if I’m honest with you. 

Why? Well I can’t find anywhere on the packaging claiming this. 

I spent a good couple of hours scouring the Internet trying to reasearch more about this product, but can’t actually find anywhere that says where the placenta extract is sourced from. 

Typically skincare brands originally used pig or sheep placenta though some Korean brands are now actually use plant placenta. This is a Korean brand so I could be plant derived, I can’t find the evidence to 100% back up that claim though. 

Having put snail slime on my face before I’m not that squeamish about ingredients so I have still tried this cream out. Placenta is also a bi product of natural birth so I would expect the animal not to be harmed in its extraction. 

The cream is very rich and has a plesent scent to it and do feel my skin feels much more hydrated since using this. However  I have had a few more spots appear than usual since using this so if you have oily/combination skin like myself you may find this does the same for you. 

There are loads of other offers available right now from Libbie club including a fab weekend special for fans of French skincare brand  Caudalie. 

This is 30% of cult skincare favourite Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, making it it the lowest price currently available at just £15.20 plus p&p. You have to act first to benefit from that offer as it ends at midnight Sunday 21st August. 

Me I’ve already made a cheeky purchase of that for myself as I didn’t want to miss out. 

Daytripping | The aMAZing Maize Maze 

Last week we took a trip to Blake End in Essex to have a go at finding our way through the aMAZing Maize maze at Blake House Craft centre. A family entry ticket costs just £13 which I thought was good value for money. 

It was a hot and sunny afternoon, yes I know it looks overcast but believe me it was HOT!  We spent a good hour finding our way through the maze. You can pick up a sealed SOS escape map if you are worried about getting lost but we decided to live dangerously and do it without a back up map. 

There is the opportunity to take a part in treasure hunt type competition. My youngest had a great time looking for the hidden animals and finding out their names. 

You can also try your hand at a spot of crazy golf. Though not a massive course it is clean and In good condition which is not often the case with some small courses. A game costs just £1.50 per child, you do have to pay a £5 refundable deposit for your putters though. 

It’s also worth bearing in mind that this part of the centre only accepts cash payment so don’t do what we did and arrive expecting to pay by card. We had to send Hubby off on a cash machine hunt. 

The craft centre itself has some lovely shops including vintage clothing, guitar specialists, a well stocked dolls house shop and vintage gaming.

This was a plesent way to spend an afternoon, I recommend it if you are looking for something inexpensive to do with the kids. The Maize itself is only open until the 12th September so if you fancy a visit don’t leave it too long.

Book review | Bridget Jones, Mad about the Boy

Apologies, I am way behind schedule with my summer book challenge. I have finished my second book though, Helen Fieldings Bridget Jones, Mad about the Boy. It’s time then to share my thoughts about the book. 

I’m not going to lie I had pre-misconceptions about this book. I wasn’t quite sure where Helen was going to take Bridget’s story next. She was no longer in that thirtysomething singleton position that the two previous books were famous for, and she had had her happy ever after and settle down with Mark. Well, let’s just say I was very very wrong. 

The book picks up with Bridget who is now 51 and unexpectedly a single mum of two. I’m not going to lie I was devastated with how we had come to this point. What had happened to Mark? I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read the book and intends to do so I’m not going give any more details away about those particular details. 

With an absent Mark, Bridget finds herself back in the minefield of dating. This time though she has online dating websites, Twitter, nit infestations and militant mummies on the school run to contend with.

This is a Bridget I could relate to far more than in Helen’s previous books. I’ve often found myself in crazy kid related situations wondering what the hell i’m doing. 

My own kids have now decided I’m slightly nuts as I spent a lot of time laughing out loud to myself.

If you were a fan of the original Bridget Jones Diaries then you won’t be disappointed by this latest instalment. 

Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments below. 

Living proof no frizz humidity shield | My hairs new best friend

Having recently had my hair cut into a little boxed bob I have had to adapt my hairstyling routine to suit my hairs new needs. 

It’s actually is a lot easier to look after my hair now but does require putting the effort in to blow dry my hair properly into its style. I can’t just throw the mess up into a top knot. It Stands to reason then I want my style to stay looking it’s best for as long as possible. 

That is why I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to try some haircare products from luxury brand Living Proof. 

The no frizz humidity shield finishing hairspray by Living Proof has fast become a firm favourite in haircare arsonal. 

My hair has a natural wave, add humidity and it likes to grow. Think a slightly less extreme version of Monica Gellers hair when the Friends clan visited Barbados. 

Fortunately with some careful styling my hair will behave itself to a degree. I say that because once Ive slept on it usually requires me repeating the whole styling process again. Not going to lie, I really can’t be bothered with that! 

Since using the no frizz humidity finishing spray I can actually get away without having to wash and style my hair everyday. I experience zero frizz, big claim I know. Yes it might look a bit flat but a quick spray of dry shampoo (also curtesy of living proof) to my roots adds the bounce back. 

The effectiveness of the products I put down to the brand focusing on a science led development team of expert stylists and biotech scientists. The outcome being high performance products using unique patented molecules that will change the way hair behaves. It does this without the use of sulfates, silicones and oils. 

My only bug bare has to be that having looked to find places to repurchase online it’s sold out. Whahhh! Nooooo! 

I suppose that must show how good it is but I need to have this in my life. Sure Space NK is one of the few that have it in stock, that’s the larger £20 can though , me I can honestly only afford the £11 60ml can at a stretch, and that is out of stock. Perhaps if I give my coffee habit up for a month? 

Anyways regardless of my own personal monetary dilemma this is a product I would splurge on it because most importantly it works. Not only that it smells lovely, think a light and refreshing perfume rather than hairspray. I shall keep stalking stockists for the smaller can. 

In the mean time though does anyone have any suggestions for a similar product that is a little more purse friendly? 

Life Lately | New Job, Triathlons and House guests

It’s been a while since I’ve done a life update post on schoolrunbeauty.com. Good job I’m here I am with one now then. 

So being the school holidays you would be forgiven for thinking life would have slowed down a little bit. Ha no such chance, it’s been busier than ever. Im still waiting for one of those days that I can doss about in some trackies doing nothing. Maybe when the kids go back to school in September…? 

Anyway, rambling winge over, I’ll tell you what’s been happening. 

I have a new job, yes finally! I actually have two more interviews this week so I feel like I have options. It’s been tough trying to get back to work after a two year break. Recently though I tweaked my CV which seems go have done the trick. Note to self….don’t mention any ill health, nope, you were raising your family. 

Hubby completed his triathlon on Sunday. He did so well and I’m super proud of him. It was crazy hot in London that afternoon and he was running through a cramped leg as well. 

Secondly he has done a great job of raising money for MacMillan cancer support, a charity that is close to my heart. Here is a cheeky plug for his fundraising page it’s not too late to sponsors him. 

My little Irish cousin Sophie is staying with us this week. I say little because she is just over a year older than my daughter. They actually have more in common and will be off doing mysterious teenage things together. We are going to do some fun things together as a family though which I’m looking forward to. 

Anyone that is reading this and maybe thinking what happened to your book review this Sunday? I’m still reading Bridget Jones, Mad about the boy.  In other words I’m already behind schedule on my summer reading challenge. I’m enjoying the book though, and my kids think I’m nuts as I keep bursting into spontaneous laughter as I’m reading it. It really is funny and I can relate to this Bridget far more than in Helen Fieldings earlier books. 


So that’s a little bit of what’s been going on in my life, besides running the kids to various holiday clubs. That’s just standard mummy life! 

#MummyMonday | How well are the kids brushing their teeth? 

Have you ever wondered how well your kids are brushing their teeth? Especially if they are no longer of an age that it’s appropriate to be standing over them and supervise whilst they brush. 

Well I recently discovered a handy little bit of kit that can help check the cleanliness of your kids teeth at home, thanks to some advice from our dentist. 

The Plaque bacteria that causes tooth decay can often be colourless, so is hard to spot. Boots Advanced plaque disclosing tablets cost just £2 for a box of 10. After brushing, get your child to chew on one of the tablets (without swallowing) and then rinse with water. 

The disclosing agent shows areas of plaque bacteria that have been missed when brushing by staining the bacteria red for newer plaque and blue for older plaque. 
With all my kids they were brushing most of their mouth well, even those hard to reach back ones, but for some reason would miss the gum line of top two front teeth. 

Actually being able to show them the bacteria has been a bit of a light bulb moment. I’m able to say to them “you’ve missed that bit, go back and brush again till the stain is gone”. This is a great way to visually teach your kids how to brush their teeth thoroughly. 

I wish I’d known about disclosing tablets years ago. You see, it also leaves no room for getting away with that teeth brushing dodging phase they all seem to go through. Yes!!! The kids are very aware now that mummy has a tool for random checking of teeth cleanliness. These tablets will catch them out. Mwahhhhahah! 

Now be prepared, these pictures aren’t pretty but this is the difference in the quality of teeth brushing when they can see the bacteria. 

I highly recommend you trying this out at home with your kids. Mine have actually found the whole process really funny and almost like a game. The prize being they have improved their brushing skills. Yes they still aren’t perfect but the proof of their improvement is in the pictures.

Just because you are a busy mum it doesn't mean you can't have any me time!

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