V. I. BUYS: This is 40! The Birthday Wish List – 40 gifts from £1.50 to Priceless

“What do you want for your birthday?”  “Can you give me a list of what you want for your BIG birthday?” “Any ideas for your birthday?” “Shall we just give you money for your birthday this year?” These are just some of the questions I have been asked over the last few weeks as my big 40th approaches.  The thing is – and I don’t want this to sound ungrateful – there is actually nothing I need…or really, really want. …

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V. I. BUSY BEES: Hair, nails & a girly day out with Childs Farm… plus our fave toddler good hair day essentials!

A few Saturday’s back Miss Marnie and I took a girlie trip into town to attend a special kids summer hair event. Hosted by Child’s Farm we headed to swish salon Neville Hair and Beauty in Sloane Street. Where Miss M was treated to a whole host of beauty treats… From quick summer hairstyles including this ‘halo braid’ – which is so much easier than it looks.  I have since done it on her myself (and can I say, proudly to…

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V. I. BEAUTY: 27 Festival beauty essentials I *think* are needed for Camp Bestival…

(Corrine Day for VOGUE 2005) When you think of festival beauty you think dry shampoo, plaits, face paint and wet wipes. Oh, yes lots of wet wipes. But, when it actually came down to it – I realised I would actually need a whole lot more than that!  As just looking half-decent after a restless night with a toddler or endless late nights working means a whole host of anti-fatigue, flash balms and blusher tricks in the morning. That I figured…

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The best red lipsticks according to some stylish mamas – and how to apply it like a PRO | V. I. BEAUTY

If there is one item no mama should be without in her make-up bag – it’s a RED lipstick. Classic, iconic and chic. But, more importantly nothing wakes up your face no matter how sleep deprived you are, makes you look pulled together on the school/nursery run and adds some instant much-needed glamour. Who said a lipstick can’t change a women life?…As my all time favourite star Elizabeth Taylor once stated: “Put on some lipstick and pull yourself together!” Wise…

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Not your average baby beauty buys – 10 new finds | V. I. BEAUTY

If you’re a bit of a beauty obsessive like me than having a baby just opens up a whole new world of beauty goodies. I am a little obsessed with Miss Marnie’s beauty products – and love finding her natural bubble baths, delicate smelling shampoos and the best nappy rash wonder-creams. But, really besides the classic washing, moisturising and treatment products for the little ones bath time routine – there aren’t many other products to buy. Until I discovered these… Not your everyday essentials admittedly…

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