Pretty Hands at Crabtree & Evelyn

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a Bloggers’ event at the Crabtree & Evelyn shop in Kingston. I dragged along my mummy pal, Ella, to check out Crabtree & Evelyn’s Handy Tips Handed Down campaign. The aim of the campaign is to find out about the beauty tips that are handed down from our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends. If you hop onto their website and note your beauty tip (handed down or not), you will get a £5 off voucher for your next purchase.

My tip is to keep hand/body lotion by your bedside so you remember to moisturise your hands and feet before you go to sleep. But even with this tip, my hands have been super dry lately. Even my nails are dry and weak. When you have a baby/toddler, you are constantly changing nappies/diapers and therefore constantly washing your hands, so your hands inevitably get dry. And I never moisturise after I wash my hands as I need non-greasy hands for building blocks and fixing snacks. My other issue is that my 2-year old son, Dubz, likes to take things (like my lotion) from my nightstand and then he hides them in silly places.

After sampling some goodies and enjoying a drink, Ella and I had our hands exfoliated and then received hand massages. Ella chose pomegranate which smelled heavenly. I chose the La Source range. I had heard of it, but had never tried it. I was astounded at how much younger and smoother my hands looked. I also liked that the La Source had a clean smell. I don’t like wearing perfume or scented body lotion. Though I was not obligated to buy anything, I bought the La Source 60 Second Fix Kit for Hands, which is currently on special. On a side note, Crabtree & Evelyn have the cutest bags that they put your purchases in–a bit 1970s with fruit and flowers (photo below).

It has been five days since I used the exfoliator and lotion, and my hands are still soft. You only need to use it once a week. Even I have time to do that. I’m aiming to set aside Wednesday or Thursday evenings to exfoliate and moisturise my hands, then put on nail polish. A well-deserved bit of me-time!

Please note that although I was invited to attend this event, I was not paid to attend or to write about this event. I paid for the hand cream and exfoliator with my own money (okay, the money my Husband gives me). All opinions expressed are completely my own.


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Getting Beautiful at John Lewis

Normally, when I go to John Lewis, I go to the kids department or homewares. When my friend Ella and I went to the John Lewis in Kingston last night, we were unsure what to expect. We didn’t know what the big beauty event would entail, besides having our make-up done. Being SAHMs, neither Ella nor I spend much time getting pampered. It is so easy to forget about making yourself feel good when you are concentrating on taking care of your family.
After grabbing a glass of cava, we were introduced to Murad. I had heard of this brand before, as they are American like me. Murad was developed by a dermatologist and specialises in combatting ageing and blemished skin. They even have a men’s line. First off, Daisy took a special photo of my skin which showed my problem areas (don’t be too alarmed at what I look like with no make-up). The photos show that my main issues are the redness in my cheeks and t-zone blemishes. As I approach 40, *clears throat*, I feel like my skin is changing. I’ve always had combination skin but I feel like the dry skin is drier and the oily skin is oilier. Plus I’m breaking out like a teenager. Daisy recommended some products which would help and then gave me a mini-facial. Normally, after a facial, my face looks and feel smooth but I also look a bit unkept. After the Murad facial, my skin looked so glowy. Both Ella and I commented that we looked just as nice as if we had on make-up, if not better. Thank you Murad!
99 problems and my skin is number 1
John Lewis Kingston had a major refurb in October 2013, adding an extra £7,000 square feet which substantially increased their beauty department. They have all the big international brands, and a great selection of British brands too. Ella and I both got manicures at Leighton Denny. She got her make-up done at Benefit, while I had mine done at Bobbi Brown. Neither Ella nor I wear very much make-up during the day. Being American, I don’t leave the house without any lipstick. But it was lovely getting the whole shebang done. 
Sophie at Bobbi Brown introduced me to the miracle of a purple eye liner, which makes brown eyes look green. And their BB cream made my skin look flawless! Ella loved the natural look she got from Mary at Benefit. When Mary saw me, she had to add the Gimme Brow which sleeks eyebrows wonderfully. I especially liked this as my eyebrows are a bit on the skimpy side. I grew up expecting to have Brooke Shields’ eyebrows, but alas it was never meant to be.
Ella and I had such a giggle last night. We loved the pampering and the girly time, and I arrived home feeling lovely. I don’t think that you need make-up, necessarily, to feel pretty. But as mums, I think it is important to do things for yourself. And of course, it helps to have a girlfriend along for laughs.
John Lewis Kingston invited me and a friend to their Beauty Event for the purpose of a review. I was not paid for this endorsement. All opinions expressed are my own.