Review- Story Telling Cards by Sunflower Seedling

Parenting, Product Reviews

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Hello again! It’s been a little while (I know  I say that a lot) but I’m hoping that with this new section of the blog, I’ll find myself writing regularly again- Bubba permitting.

As a first time Mama I feel like there are a hundred and one things I’m meant to be buying for me and my baby, but in the minefield that is millennial parenting it can be hard to work out what will add genuine value to family life or what will be a waste of precious time and money.

So I figured that the more we share the more we can discover the must haves as well as the don’t even bother, and so I’d love it if you could add your comments, suggestions and recommendations below each post!

FYI I don’t get gifted products or paid to advertise so read on for real reviews.

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Did you know that newborn babies can’t see in colour? Research suggests that they can only see in black, white and shades of grey up until they are around five months old, when their eyes have become more developed. (This was part of the reason why we incorporated black and white into our safari themed nursery)  Yet despite this, there is a startling lack of monochrome books and toys available, but luckily I came across these sensory cards by Sunflower Seedling.

Ored reads to Little Ored daily whilst I take him to weekly sensory classes, so these cards felt like a great way to bridge the gap between the two whilst providing something else to do at home which is both fun and encourages baby development.

The ‘In the Garden’ set comes with six double-sided cards and on each card there is both a picture and- what I would call- a story ‘starter’ (essentially a few sentences designed to start you off on your own, original, storytelling experience). The cards are a great size and weight for little hands to grab whilst the box makes it easy to take the cards out and about. As for Little Ored he seems bewitched by them, wide open eyes studying each card. Compared to your average story book, he does tire quicker when looking at the cards, but my feeling is that this the heightened contrast in shades and tones is somewhat overwhelming!

The only downside I would say is that whilst the cards are great for helping Mamas and Papas to be more imaginative, that in itself can sometimes be quite hard if storytelling doesn’t come naturally to you or if you’re worn out from a long day. I would love it if Sunflower Seedling created a traditional story book for those moments when you don’t even know your own name anymore, let alone what shop Mrs. Ladybird set off to to buy her shoes from!

 

Rating: 7/10- Great addition to play/story time, which is made even better knowing that the black and white images are providing more stimulation for your baby.

Story telling visual sensory cards from Sunflower Seedling – £12.99 for a set of 6

 

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Strobing

Parenting

 

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(When you’ve got good lighting and a good highlighter, you don’t need a filter)

 

Last year I read a game-changing article in a copy of Stylist, about the art of ‘strobing’ (if you’ve got the app, download issue 12.08.15 with Amy Schumer on the cover and get reading).

Touted as the new and improved contouring, strobing utilises light, instead of shadows, to add definition and shape to the face. The result? Positively glowy, dewy looking skin that gives a natural, youthful appearance.

With my holiday to Cascais a mere week away, I packed a make up bag full of highlighters and set about playing and was both surprised and delighted, as it proved to be the ultimate beauty tool . Finally, here was a trend I could get on board with!

I’m adamant that contouring isn’t for everyone, but at the very least it isn’t for me. I’ve coveted the sculpted cheeks of the Kardashian sisters and watched countless YouTube tutorials, but all in vain. As hard as I tried I just couldn’t recreate the look. Why? Because my face isn’t a perfect blank canvas. I have scarring, a reminder not just of teenage acne but of my inability to leave well alone, and my face isn’t even in tone.

Every time I applied my contour kit, it immediately undid the past 10 minutes of carefully applied concealer and foundation. My scars began peeking through again and that contoured canvas wasn’t quite the masterpiece I envisaged.

I have to be fair and say that my scarring means I have to even be careful as to where I apply blusher, as if I apply it too low down, on the hollows of my cheeks, I get the same problem. But as contouring relies on emphasising those areas of the face that for me are the most problematic, I quickly abandoned my kit.

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(Hello!Fashion helps you achieve four ‘strobing’ looks in their latest issue)

Strobing however, was a different story. An instant love-at-first-sight that not only reflected light (and the eye) away from my problem areas but added some much needed dewiness to my skin after using powder and mattifying foundation (I have oily skin).

It’s safe to say I haven’t looked back since and neither has the beauty world. Pick up a copy of this month’s double issue of Hello!Fashion and you’ll find another fantastic feature on strobing.

Whilst Stylist ran theirs in the height of summer, Hello!Fashion have put theirs out in the middle of our very late English Winter- but that’s the beauty of strobing. Super versatile, it gives dry, dull winter complexions a much needed boost, whereas naturally bronzed and glowing faces are only emphasised in the summer. Whether it’s a revitalised look for the office to hide that late night or a first date glow, strobing does it all.

I swear by Skin Wow Primer by Seventeen (£5.99) as this liquid highlighter is iridescent, without being too pink or shimmery, and it can be used in 3 ways; to prime skin, add to foundation or used alone as a highlighter.

After I’ve finished my base, I apply a small amount to the bridge of my nose, the inners and outers of my eyes, the tops of my cheeks, my cupids bow and my forehead and chin, and blend lightly. I finish with a creamy blusher in order to maintain that soft glow. 

Are you a fan of strobing or do you prefer the classic countour look? Comment below and let me know what products you use!

 

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