Cheap summer chic! MUA NEW summer 2014 nail polishes

MUA Nail Polish Summer 2014

Super-cute and only £1 for a glossy pop of on-trend colour!

How fab are these MUA Nail Polishes in summery shades including the NEW Apricot Candy (far right) – my fave, coming on 30 July?

It’s really soft and looks great both on fair or sunkissed skin. I’m sneak previewing it on my nails right now and LOVING it!

The cute mini size is ideal for trying a trend and for holiday suitcase squeezing-in, too!

Check them out exclusively at Superdrug!

Coming tomorrow: don’t miss the next in our #nonstopgorgeous summer interview series with Kate Shapland, beauty editor, expert, founder of Legology and co-founder of My Showcase (phew!).

Kate will be here sharing her top tips and secret sweet indulgence (yes, even beauty editors can’t resist a candy stash. All will be revealed on Tuesday! …).

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Happy 4th July !!! Celebrating with the Elf Baked Eyeshadow Palettes …

So, which would you choose?

I couldn’t pick, so I’m showing all four of these fabulous Elf oven-baked Eyeshadow Palettes (£10 a super-versatile pop!)

The golden shimmers in sunny CALIFORNIA are lovely …

Elf Baked Eyeshadow Palette

While NEW YORK has some great classics – a chic ballet slipper pink, basic monochromes and a fab, sparkly silver wash …

Elf Baked Eyeshadow Palette

If you like your cool pinks and purples, SEATTLE would be perfect …

Elf Baked Eyeshadow Palette

And THIS is what my Texan friend Lisa is going to be getting when we see her tonight (although she doesn’t know that yet!) for her 4th July celebration! …

Elf Baked Eyeshadow Palette

… perhaps it will make up for things if my Pinterest-inspired ‘Firecracker Popcorn’ (how AMAZING does this look?!) doesn’t work out as planned …

Watch out for the Instagram shots (I’ll be snapping away later!).

Have a great Friday, everyone!!

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Whirly-swirly sunscreen – and other new suncare loves!

Hawaiin Tropic Silk Hydration

They had me at sunscreen that closely resembles caramel swirl ice cream.

Which also smells delicious (coconut-y and beachy-fresh).

And the serious, high SPF? Hawaiin Tropic Silk Sensation (£15) = new suncare love.

I’ve been applying this like a body lotion every morning after showering, it smoothes on quickly and easily and leaves a lovely scent on the skin with no hint of greasiness.

I LOVE lotions that work like this – the ones which feel like regular body lotions but with sunscreen protection – especially for a British summer. It means you can sit at the sunny pavement café table when you’re surprised by the weather because, YAY!, you already put sunscreen on.

As happened to me today!

Suncare-wise, I’m also disproportionally excited to try the classic PIZ BUIN Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 30 (£12.50) this summer, if only because I’m really drawn to the nostalgic dark brown, slightly metallic bottle. It’s reminds me of the summers of my teens, along with Coppertone and Bergasol and my Dad getting mad at me for making the sun lounger greasy.

And with the high SPF, again, too. Great stuff (OK, the one in the photo is the 15 – I won’t go lower than the 30 and from all I’ve learned from the experts, it’s what I wholeheartedly suggest to anyone who’ll listen as I ramble on about safe sun. It’s just so important).

Piz Buin LotionFor children, one of my all-time favourites is the brilliant, totally reliable Clarins SPF 50 + Suncare Milk For Children (£19). Easy, non-messy pump, 100 % mineral screen and fabulous protection.

Clarins Sun Milk For Children SPF 50

As is the new Bioderma Photo Derm Kid SPF 50 + (£16.50), which I’ve name-Sharpie-d and is a firm fixture in the school bookbag – it’s really nice, lightweight and easy to spread, too.

Bioderma Photoderm Kid SPF 50

More suncare, self-tanning and bronzing awesomeness to come!

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Rebecca Hopkins’ #nonstopgorgeous summer beauty tips and WIN Balance Me Super Toning body treats!

Rebecca Hopkins of Balance Me


As promised yesterday (and in my mad end of day Instagram video yesterday afternoon!), here’s the super-gorgeous Rebecca Hopkins, co-founder of nonstopmama favourite, Balance Me, with her #nonstopgorgeous summer beauty secrets!

The latest in our #nonstopgorgeous series (look out for LOTS of great interviews, giveaways and other fun stuff over the summer!), following Rebecca’s summer health and beauty tips and tricks we have a FABULOUS giveaway for you all to enter to win the #nonstopgorgeus Balance Me Super Toning range – including an exciting new addition! – to get you holiday-ready (and we want to hear about YOUR summer must-haves, too!).

My #nonstopgorgeous summer secrets, with Rebecca Hopkins of Balance Me

What are your fave #nonstopgorgeous summer nail colours?

I love a shot of bright pink on my toes, so I like the Essie Fiesta!

Essie Fiesta

Summer make-up bag musts?

Our Balance Me Stellar Face Balm is my make-up bag essential for summer, it’s perfect to soothe any dry patches, to highlight the skin and also the calm any pesky insect bites!

Balance Me Stellar Face Balm


I also love the Nars Laguna Bronzer for a touch of colour.


And I’m never without a mascara. The Lancome Hynose Mascara is my favourite.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Your #nonstopgorgeous face and body favourites?

Our Balance Me Natural Perfection BB Cream is great for summer as it has a factor 25 and gives a beautiful sheer coverage when a foundation is too heavy for the hot weather. I also love our Rose Otto Body Balm to keep my legs moisturised and ready for dress weather.

Sunshine scent?

I tend to use our Super Toning Body Oil (part of our #nonstopgorgeous giveaway, below!) after my morning shower. That has such a heavenly  juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender scent that I don’t need another scent on top of it.


Healthy summer food?

I like to do light stir-fries during the summer, with steamed fish, or I’m a big Greek salad fan!

Sweet indulgence?

I love to do a bit of baking with my daughters, so at the moment we’re really into the Delia Smith carrot muffins or flapjacks. Perfect as an afternoon treat!

My HUGE thanks to Rebecca for sharing her #nonstopgorgeous tips for summer!

Balance Me Super Toning body range

WIN a set of Balance Me Super Toning body care treats!

To enter to WIN a set of detoxifying, toning and all together ultra-fabulous, Balance Me body care goodies – the gorgeous NEW Super Toning Body Wash (£9) , Super Toning Body Oil (£20) and Super Toning Body Cream (£18) (a nonstopmama favourite!) simply:

 1.  ‘Like’ the nonstopmama Facebook page and ‘Like’ the post on the Balance Me #nonstopgorgeous giveaway!

OR  follow on Twitter (@jbadenh) and tweet the message “#WIN #nonstopgorgeous @balancemebeauty treats with @jbadenh”

OR follow on Instagram (@jbadenh) and ‘Like’ the #nonstopgorgeous Balance Me giveaway photo!

(Or do as many of the above as you fancy! :) ).

2. ‘Like the Balance Me Facebook page!

3.  Last (but very important!) step, please leave a comment below, just let us know you’re in and maybe tell us one or two of your #nonstopgorgeous summer beauty favourites (the draw is done randomly by computer, but it’d be fab for everyone to share what they’re loving!).

(Please don’t forget to leave a comment, as it’s this data we used to randomly generate the winner!).

Thanks so much for taking part!

The winner will be chosen at random by computer (we’ll announce them here at the blog, and email them arrange for delivery of their prize!).

Please take a mo to check out the giveaway rules here, thanks so much for taking part!

This giveaway will close at midnight on Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE!  Please do not be concerned if your comment is not approved for a period over the next few weeks! As nonstopmama is taking a ‘bloggy break’ until we return to announce the winners in September, some comments will simply be awaiting moderation when we are back then and will be approving all valid entries. These will all be then approved and entered into the random draw (which is done by computer, in the usual way).

More info on the Balance Me range and to order online here!

This giveaway has been promoted at Loquax and ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions.

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6 summer beauty favourites

Of course, I’ll be adding to these over the coming weeks! But right now I’m loving …

1.  Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel (£19)

Clarins Self Tanning Gel

Oh how I love a great self-tanner and what I love about this is that it gives the most natural-looking, medium sunkissed glow a few hours after the very first application. The gel is quick and easy to apply, doesn’t leave a smell on the skin (one of the reasons I converted a girlfriend to it, who LOVES it on her face – you can use it for both face and body).

The most foolproof deeper option to the slower-to-build-up gradual tans that I’ve come across and no hint of orange. Or Dorito, as my daughter puts it. Talk about telling it like it is.

Look out, too, for my pick of the latest self-tanners which ‘tan’ using alternatives to the traditional DHA in most formulas.

2.  The Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Body Gel (£94.96)

The Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Body Gel

Another body treat which I’m just loving, which is saying a lot as I’m NOT the most disciplined about applying firming and shaping creams. I tend to be good about it for the first day or three, then give up as I’m always in such a rush after a shower (usually because I’m already running late!).

But this is just lovely, it’s SO uplifting and refreshing to use and I have thigh hopes (ha ha!) about it helping to alleviate the hot weather puffiness I seem to get every summer when massaged in daily. I know I’m not the only one who experiences the feeling of ‘heavy legs’ at this time of year!

With green coffee, chilli and horsetail extract, this just feels so light and gorgeous to use and the gel formula spreads super-fast and it’s non-greasy so there’s no waiting around. Love it! If this is over your budget, check out the hugely popular Detox Cellulite Body Oil, £34.96, which gets rave reviews from beauty insiders and I’ve yet to try!

(Psst! Look out for a #nonstopgorgeous summer beauty insider interview with the inspirational Margo Marrone, founder of The Organic Pharmacy, coming to nonstopmama soon!).

3.  Sarah Chapman Bodylift (£28)

Sarah Chapman Bodylift

This one totally links in with the body gel, above. And it’s one of my ‘surprise’ favourites of the summer.

Designed to mimic the effect of an expert lymphatic drainage massage, it’s incredibly clever design makes it super-easy to roll over the body, boosting circulation as it goes. I’ve been using it with The Organic Pharmacy gel (above), to help beat the summer fluid retention and ‘puffies’ (I focus on the legs, but it’s supposed to be good for the upper arms, too).

I’ve just various massaging/firming/brushing gadgets over the years and I can truly say I think this one tops them all (and I’m rubbish about trying to follow complicated, multi-step massage techniques myself). This sort of does it for you. It really does feel like it’s making a difference.

4.  Caudelie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion (£26)

Caudelie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion

I LOVE this new wash-off, tinted bronzing veil for the body. It smells lovely, gives a lovely but subtle golden glow – just enough to take the edge off pasty pins.

And as it’s not an aerosol but a pump, you don’t risk ‘tanning’ the entire bathroom along with your legs. Highly recommended! (I’ve even used it on my arms at a pinch. Not sure if you’re meant to, but it worked fine!).

5.  Bobbi Brown CC Cream SPF 35 (£29)

obbi Brown CC Cream SPF 35

Love, love, love this as a summer make-up base. Great, natural-looking glow (I use Golden Nude, far right) and with a great SPF (although I’m going to wear it over a high SPF facial sun cream too in high summer, for full protection). So easy to apply and blend, not at all greasy feeling and totally perfect for when temperatures rise.

6.  Green & Spring Exfoliating Body Wash (£22)

Green & Spring Exfoliating Body Wash

This is a lovely, naturally-based wash which not only smells deliciously minty – great for wake-me-up showers! – it gives just enough of a scrub effect to leave skin feeling silky-smooth (great pre-self-tanner) and soft. I love this.

More coming soon! Including, TOMORROW!, a #nonstopgorgeous interview and giveaway with another of my absolute favourites, Balance Me - and some beauty secrets from co-founder, the lovely Rebecca Hopkins. Don’t miss it!

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