Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: April 2012

25 April 2012

Biscuiteers Cupcake Mini Collection Tin

Aren't these biscuits just the loveliest creations? Not only is the tin exquisite with the pastel pink design and hand draw illustrations, the dainty little biscuits tucked away inside are delectable and almost look too pretty to eat! These sweet treats are from Biscuiteers, a site which offers a range of baked goods - ranging from biscuits to sweets and chocolates. The Cupcake Mini Collection caught my eye as I can't resist anything which is pretty and pink! Containing 9 perfectly baked and decorated handmade biscuits, these tins are the perfect gift, either for a loved one or as a treat for yourself. And they taste just as lovely as they look!

The Biscuiteers Cupcake Mini Tin is available to buy from

24 April 2012

Neom Inspiration Organic Reed Diffuser

I've recently been enjoying experimenting with the world of home fragrance, finally utilising all the scented candles I'd collected over the years but for some reason had never used (truth be told I think I bought them simply because they looked pretty). Although scented candles are lovely, they only release their fabulous fragrance when lit, which means they're something of an evening only indulgence. But wanting our home to smell fresh and fragrant all day long, I was looking for alternatives, and Reed Diffusers were the perfect solution. Once popped into the oil, the natural reed sticks absorb and gradually diffuse the scent into your home. Neom Inspiration Organic Reed Diffuser combines Violet, Chamomile and Cedarwood in a beautiful glass bottle to create a luxurious and indulgent home fragrance. There's nothing like getting home after a long day and being greeted with a soft scent to help you relax! Which are your favourite home fragrances?

Neom Inspiration Organic Reed Diffuser has an RRP of £32 and is available to buy from John Lewis and Selfridges


23 April 2012

Life in Instagram - Shabby Chic Interiors Edition

1) Shabby chic shed door 2) Shabby chic loveliness 3) Spring blooms 4) A sweet little bird box 5) Shabby chic coffee table book 6) Laura Ashley clock 7) Lily Flame Blush Scented Candle 8) Shabby chic gardening set 9) Fresh flowers 10) Shabby Chic Kitchen 11) Vintage Love EDT 12) Orly Prelude to a Kiss Nail Polish

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18 April 2012

La Maison de Senteurs Orange Hand Wash & Lotion

Having pretty soaps, hand washes and lotions is one of life's little pleasures, so as soon as I spotted this lovely glass bottle hand wash and lotion set from Marks & Spencer, I knew it would be perfect for our shabby chic style bathroom. From the La Maison De Senteurs range which offers a range of soft scents, I chose Fleur d'Orangia - a delectable combination of sweet orange and petitgrain which leaves hands smelling fresh and feeling super soft. The packaging gives the products a luxurious touch, and the yet the price is a very reasonable £5.00 per bottle. I also couldn't resist treating myself to some other lovely products from the range which I shall be reviewing soon! Which are your favourite hand washes?

La Maison De Senteurs Orange Hand Wash and Lotion are priced at £5.00 each and are available to buy from Marks & Spencer

16 April 2012

Zara Leopard Shirt with Studded Collar

This Zara Leopard Shirt caught my eye as soon as I stepped into the store recently. I've got quite a collection of shirts - they're the ultimate piece of clothing for a smart/casual look and they're so versatile I believe you can never have too many! I love how this one is simple in design, with the leopard print and gold studded collar and cuffs making it a little different. I'm planning on wearing it with my American Apparel Disco Pants or a black tube skirt, although it would also look great paired with shorts and jeans. What do you think?

15 April 2012

Hair Decisions

(My various hair colours & lengths over the last few years)

I'm in a bit of a hair predicament. I'm stuck in a hair rut and I'm wondering whether to dare to try something a bit different or stick with my trusted style. I'm tempted to try something a little shorter as I've always had long locks (the shortest I've gone for years was for our wedding when I had a good 5 inches lopped off!) I love Mollie King's hair - loose curls and a chic length. Yet just when I think I've decided I'll go for the chop, I find myself looking longingly at the Kardashian's luscious long hair.

I'm also wondering where to go in terms of colour. I've been brunette for the most part of my life, dabbling in mahogany tones as a teenager and most recently ombre hair which has nudged me into blonde for the first time since I was a child. I'm either going to experiment with an all over blondette look, or resort back to being brunette. What to do you think?

(My current hair inspiration)

12 April 2012

Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick - Pink Coral

Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick in Pink Coral is the perfect colour for spring. The Sheer Shine formula combines the gentle colour and shine of a lip gloss with the creamy texture of a lipstick to create a highly moisturising yet long wearing lip product. Pink Coral is such a lovely delicate colour - peachy coral with subtle gold reflects which adds to the lustrous finish. The mango butter in the formula really plumps and hydrates the lips, leaving them soft and supple. My current favourite everyday lipstick!

 Clarins Joli Rouge Sheer Lipstick is priced at £17.00 and available to buy from BootsDebenhams and

10 April 2012

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate Shimmering Powder

I've already fallen in love with L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate Lipstick and now here is another beautiful limited edition product from L'Occitane's new collection - L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate Shimmering Powder. The packaging is gorgeous; ultra feminine and perfect for displaying on the dressing table! The powder is easily dispensed from the glass bottle via the retro puff, delivering a finely milled mist of illuminating powder, which is gently scented with a delicate combination of rose petals, peony and Lily of the Floral. A soft, feminine scent which is ever so subtle. The powder gives a delicate pink and silver shimmer to the skin, ideal for catching the light and giving skin radiance. A lovely product to use on the decolletage and legs for luminosity.

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate Shimmering Powder is priced at £22 and is available to buy from  L'OccitaneDebenhams and John Lewis from April

8 April 2012

Whooga Ugg Boots

For a moment I thought we had left the nine months of bitterly cold weather behind us and I was celebrating the fact I could wear open toed shoes again. But we were merely teased with a couple of days of sunshine and with icy temperatures here once again, it's back to the practicality of snug boots. I was sent a pair of Whooga Ugg Boots at the beginning of the year and they've seen me through the worst of the weather. They were also my saviour when an intense day at LFW left my poor feet thoroughly blistered, and they were the only shoes which nursed my feet and didn't cause more pain. Although I'm not a fan of these boots as a fashion statement, they can't be beaten when it comes to keeping toes cosy on a cold day, and as someone prone to chilblains, these babies have kept my feet well protected. Plus they're perfect for those lazy days when comfort is key. 

I read a few reviews advising to go a size smaller when ordering, and as I vary between a size 5 and 6 as it is, I thought it safer to follow the recommendations so I ordered the smaller size. They fit perfectly - snugly encasing my foot in the springy merino inner fleece. With a suede reinforced heel and a high grip sole, these boots have been designed to last, so they won't be any of that annoying squashed heel syndrome I often see girls sliding about in! 

The Tall Chestnut Whooga Ugg Boots have an 
RRP of £155 (although currently on offer for £89!) and are available in a variety of colours from

4 April 2012

Pixi Fairy Face Palette & Catching Shadows Crayon

Designed by Disney Character Artist, John Quinn, the new PixiGlow collection is a collaboration between Disney and Pixi, using the lively and luminescent famous fairy - Tinkerbell - as inspiration. As I was unable to attend the event which took place in the flagship Pixi store, I was sent a couple of items from the collection which offers products that create a natural and glowing complexion. This has to be the most beautifully packaged collection I've ever some across. The illustrations are exquisite and ultra feminine, so I was smitten before I even opened the products, which I'm pleased to say are high quality and a pleasure to use.

PixiGlow Fairy Face Palette - £32
I'm a big fan of palettes - when time isn't on your side and you're faced with a barrage of products, it's always easier to pick up a palette, and this one has  eyes, lips and cheeks covered. Containing 5 neutral eye and lip colours with a multi toned blush concealed inside, this is a palette which is perfect for travelling and can be used to create a natural, pretty daytime look, or a more glamorous look for the evening. I love it!

Pixi Catching Shadows Crayon in Beaming Reflection - £12
Beaming Reflection is a beautiful champagne gold crayon which gives eyes a luminous finish. Containing light reflecting pigments, this is ideal for using as a highlight on the inner corner or the brow bone for a beautiful glow. As these crayons are waterproof, they're seriously long lasting so whether used alone for a gentle glow, or as a base for other eyeshadows, it sticks around all day and prevents creasing. The formula is soft and creamy and blends easily so there's no tugging on the delicate eye area. My current go-to eye product for bright eyes!

The PixiGlow Collection is available to buy from Boots stores, with prices starting from £9.50