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Loving Love Boo

Hi everyone! It’s been ages since I’ve blogged but my energy has been focused elsewhere; two kids under two will do that! I’ve also been doing a lot of work with my social media consulting clients, which has been so interesting. I’m really enjoying working with companies and businesses of all sizes, and I can’t wait for all the exciting projects to come on that side of things.

That being said, I’ve so missed blogging! Writing is fun, cathartic – it’s a natural way for me to express my thoughts and share what goes on in my life. On that note, I’m currently packing for our upcoming vacation, and I just had to share the first things I put aside to pack.

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Love Boo, a natural skincare range for babies and moms, started coming up on my Instagram feed through some other U.K. bloggers that I follow. As I mentioned in the last few posts, I have been trying to use more natural and organic products. What we put on our skin and on our children’s skin is important; our skin is our largest organ. Love Boo products are all nasty-free (see photo below) – YAY! You can read more about founders Jennifer Gledhill and Corinna Labrosse’s story here, and if you love a good how-they-did-it interview like I do, head on over here.

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George has a few patches of eczema, so I’m careful with the products we use for him, and as a rule, I’m very reluctant to put anything on Ralph’s skin since he’s still so little. We bathe the kids every other night (sometimes just with water) to keep their skin from going too dry, but definitely make sure to give them a good wash when they need it!

Thankfully, both of them have reacted really well to the Love Boo body wash (i.e. no irritation whatsoever), so the Love Boo Very Gentle Top to Toe Wash has replaced the previous body wash we were using. Tip: if you’re tight on space and want an all-in-one body wash and shampoo for the entire family, this is the one to pack!

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I also need to include that it’s generally not recommended to use most skincare products on babies under four weeks old, unless otherwise instructed by a doctor or a medical professional. Just a little something to keep in mind!

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My favorite product is a toss-up between the body smoother and the magic balm. I lovelovelove both of them. The body smoother is the creamiest, most hydrating cream I’ve ever used, and I use it every day without fail. I love the way my skin feels with it. A little bit goes a long way with all of their products; they last forever! If you have any parts of your body that tend to be dry or if you have any stretch marks, the body smoother is definitely one to put in the cart.

The magic balm has kept my hands from completely cracking. I wash my hands so many times a day now that I have two kids. They were cracking and bleeding, and nothing could keep them hydrated enough. Cue the magic balm! I went from alarming, bloody hands back to normal again.

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If you’re looking to gift an expectant mom or new mom something for her, look no further than these Love Boo products!

I’d love to hear your thoughts if and when you try them. Happy pampering,

PatriciaParisienne xx

These products were gifted but this post was written because of how much I love the products! 

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David Peters | Cosmetic Acupuncture

“Need to look your best but better? Try David Peters.” – The Mail

With a recommendation like that, who wouldn’t want to have a treatment done by David Peters, the award-winning cosmetic acupuncturist at the stunning Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge?

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NEW VIDEO: Daniel Sandler in Action!

Happy Friday!

Thank you all so much for your support, shares, and comments on the first video of the new YouTube channel! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it and hope you loved meeting Daniel Sandler as much as I did. I had several questions come through about how he did my makeup, so I’m pleased to reveal the second video of the channel, which documents every step and product Daniel used to create the look from start to finish.

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Meet Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao, Founder of Malée

Beauty lovers, this one is for you.

I first met with Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao, founder of Malée, at LouLou’s, a gorgeous London club in Mayfair. Push PR’s Senior Beauty PR Manager Christina Moore joined us, and the three of us spent the afternoon chatting, laughing, and hearing the story of how Zeze created Malée, a “healthy luxury fragrance and body care range created in South Africa in 2010 inspired by the beauty and wealth of breath taking landscapes, wildlife, culture and history of Africa.”  (more…)

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Beauty Favorites | French Riviera Edition

The weather in the UK is absolutely amazing this week! It makes me feel like I’m on vacation in my own adopted country. On that note, I wanted to share some of my travel beauty essentials. We went to the South of France earlier this month, where it was still hot and gorgeous. This weekend getaway was planned last-minute, so I didn’t have long to pack. Luckily, my favorite products are never too far away! Here’s what I packed:

 

1.) A travel kit

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This Sophie la Girafe Cosmetics starter kit is perfect for a weekend trip. Since each bottle is 20 ml, you can take them in your carry-on, and it’s just the right amount of product for a few nights away.

The brand expanded from teething toys to cosmetics when Finnish co-founder, ex-Elle beauty editor, and mother-of-two, Jonna Jalkanen, bought the rights to the name and founded this incredible line of baby products. They’re certified natural and organice skincare products, which do not include any harmful ingredients or scent allergens. They’re safe for every skin type, even those with sensitive skin and/or eczema.

The best part – they’re not just for babies! Mothers began to use the products on their skin and would buy the products for baby and themselves. After trying it out, I can see why! The products are incredibly gentle on your skin. I love the line and am so happy they have a travel-size kit that I can take with me.

2.) A pair of sunglasses

A true California girl, I love wearing a pair of sunnies. These are a summer staple and basically live in my bag. This pair is colorful and has a fun vintage shape. I feel like a glam lady from the 1950s when I wear them!

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Get your stunner shades on!

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3.) Beachside makeup

Daniel Sandler is my favorite makeup brand discovery of 2015. The products are high-end in terms of quality and very affordably priced. You can’t beat that!

Pictured below are:

Sculpt and Slim Effect Contour Face Powder: This dynamic duo creates the perfect contour and summery glow. I love the sun-kissed effect! I’m not a fan of tanning, so my face doesn’t change color much throughout the year. But thanks to this powder, I can add a little extra warmth.

Base brush: My favorite thing about this brush is its small size. I have it in my every day makeup bag, and it fits perfectly into the lovely plastic bags needed at the airport, making it the best day-or-travel brush I have.

Luxury matte lipstick in Micro Red: I’ve been wearing this bright shade of red all summer! I also love Red Carpet, which is a deeper matte red, perfect for transitioning into fall and winter.

Contour brush: The award-winning brush is made from natural hair and fits perfectly into your makeup bag. It perfectly complements the contour face powder with its curved design. I never knew much about the differences between brushes, but now I’m faithful to my brushes and their respective purposes.

Watercolor blush in Cherub: I used to use only powder blushes before, but now I have converted to liquid blush. A few drops of the watercolor blush adds just the right amount of color.  Combine it with the Waterbrush (right), and you have the ideal applicator.

My favorite product (not pictured): the Daniel Sandler waterproof eyeliner in Black Velvet. I used to stick to liquid liners because I found pencils finnicky, smudging all over the place. This not only goes on smoothly and easily, but it also stays in place, leaving a gorgeous black line. At £9.25, it’s a steal!

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What beauty products do you take on your travels? Do you find products that come in travel sizes? Let me know!

Have a wonderful day!

PatriciaParisienne xx

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Medium leather shopper tote: Shinola

Dresses: Lilac Rose Leamington Spa

Sunglasses: Jimmy Choo

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