Anthelios XL: The Default Sunscreen

The recent prolonged spate of hot weather has given me a good chance to do some proper sunscreen testing. I’ve tested matte ones, mineral ones, budget ones and ones that require a second mortgage; moisturising sunscreens, apply-once sunscreens and mists that are perfect for a top-up. Read Sunscreen Reviews… And how can I possibly tell…

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Heatwave Dresses and the Georgian Fridge

I interrupt what was going to be a stream of beauty and skincare posts (I’ve been testing affordable sunscreens, watch this space) to talk about the current heatwave. Also the scarcity of heatwave-appropriate dresses and – perhaps most importantly – the fact that my house is basically a Georgian refrigerator. I feel as though I…

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What’s In My Makeup Bag: Summer 2018

The title of this video should really be What’s In My Makeup Bags, plural, not Bag, singular, because – at last count – I have four different versions on the go. The first one (my special edition Swag Bag with Scamp & Dude – all profits go to my chosen charity, the Genesis Research Trust) is in…

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Sunday Tittle Tattle: You Had One Job…

I have something to add to the other week’s rant about bathroom fittings that aren’t fit for purpose – something that winds me up no end. And that is (drum roll please): hot and cold taps that have been put on the wrong way around. So the cold tap, marked “C”, runs hot and the hot…

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Sex Burns and Sanitary Towels: Exercise with Crilly

I did some exercise yesterday and thus ended the fitness dry spell I’ve been enjoying for well over half a decade. I can account for around three years of that dry spell (pregnancy, new baby, pregnancy, new baby) but I’m not quite sure what I was doing for the years at either end. I think…

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Life Update: Magnums, Metaphysics and Possible Death by HIIT

It’s the 3rd of the month, which means life update day. It has been published on the 3rd of every month for well over a year – I changed it to the 3rd when Ted was born (on – you’ve guessed it – the 3rd!) and before that it was on the 17th, which was…

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One Nil to the Seaside Staycation

I’m still very much undecided as to whether holidays abroad with babies and toddlers are a good idea. There are so many considerations, so many logistical problems and non-relaxing hurdles to jump over. Trying to get through airport security with two cartons of milk and an unmarked medicine bottle (it was antibiotics, the label had…

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Favourites: June 2018

In a Monthly Favourites first, I have included something that only appeared on the scene a few minutes before I started filming. In fact, when I think about it properly, it shouldn’t even be in the June Favourites because I got it in July! Oh well, let’s not split hairs: this find was so amazing it had to…

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