Aug 152015
 

Orly

As the birth of our new baby boy or girl is coming closer I am starting to think about the delivery and all the things I still need to organise. My pretty Designer Mamas birthing gown (so much nicer than those faded hospital gowns!) is washed and ready and I’ve booked in a last appointment at the hairdresser, all that’s left is to freshen up my toenails with a touch of colour while I can still reach and see them!

Orly Colour Palette

Classic or modern, light or dark, matte, shiny or sparkly, plain and simple or bold and bright… with over 150 different shades to choose from the Orly nail lacquer palette contains a perfect colour for every woman.

Orly Haute RedPersonally I love wearing sandals as soon as the weather allows so during the spring and summer months my toe nails are permanently painted, usually with a pop of vibrant red. Obviously it won’t make the birth any easier but at least I know my toes will be all smooth and shiny in the Orly best-seller Haute Red (RRP $18.95, 18ml), hopefully the doctor and midwives delivering our baby will love it too.

Orly NailtritionAfter a long winter of covering those piggies up with socks and boots my nails will need a bit of extra attention before I can splash on the paint. Containing collagen, wheat protein, keratin and bamboo extract Orly Nailtrition (RRP $19.95, 18ml) is specifically created to help strengthen peeling nails and stimulate healthier, faster growth over the course of 14 days. With my big baby bump in the way applying 1-2 coats a day will be quite the exercise so I may have to ask hubby for help, but at least those nails will be good to go in time for the spring season.

To find out more about Orly, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.orlybeauty.com.au.

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Apr 142015
 

Revitanail

Now that those nails are in top shape thanks to the Flawless Nails kit you want to make sure they stay that way. Revitanail has got all you need to get those nails looking strong, healthy and glossy and the best part is, you can pick up these great Mother’s Day gift ideas at your local supermarket:

Revitanail Base CoatWhen it comes to adding a pop of colour to your newly manicured nails you may be tempted to get out the nail polish straight away, however the key to making that colour last long and beautifully is to start with a preparation layer. Revitanail Base Coat (RRP $14.95) not only helps secure your nail polish and prevents peeling and chipping, it also stops your nails discolouring in reaction to your nail polish. Enriched with Avocado Oil and Vitamin E it’s a lovely little treat for your nails.

Revitanail Triple Strength range

Expect superior gloss and perfect coverage with Revitanail Triple Strength (RRP $14.95). This easy-to-apply nail polish is the ultimate power supply for nails thanks to the strengthening properties of Keratin, Bamboo and Calcium. With five on-trend colours to choose from there is a Triple Strength Nail Polish to suit everyone: Marshmallow, Cashmere, Pomegranate, Black Plum and Graphite.

Revitanail Top CoatOnce you are happy with your colour, seal in the goodness with a simple layer of Revitanail Top Coat (RRP $14.95). This transparent, quick dry coat adds a beautiful high gloss and is the perfect bodyguard for your new nail colour. It protects against fading, yellowing and changing of colour so you can enjoy your beautiful nails for longer. Prevention is better than cure, after all most mums don’t have the time to re-do their colour every few days.

Revitanail Nourishing OilLast but not least, don’t let dry and flaky cuticles take away from your smashing new nail colour. It’s as easy as massaging in some Revitanail Nourishing Oil (RRP $14.95) around each cuticle and nail bed and watch the nourishing oils (sweet almond, apricot and tea tree oil), herbal extracts and multivitamins work their magic. Even if you are not using nail polish you can still use this luxurious oil to keep your hands healthy and hydrated.

You can find the Revitanail range at Priceline, Coles, Woolworths and selected pharmacies across Australia.

To find out more about Revitanail visit www.revitanail.com.au or get social on www.facebook.com/Revitanail.

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Snails – Safe Nails

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Feb 042014
 

Snails - Safe Nails

As a mum of three little girls I know it is inevitable, sooner or later they will start asking me for ‘paint’ on their nails just like mummy. In all honesty I am not a big fan of make up or nail polish on little girls, from putting their fingers in their mouths to having to use nail polish remover to take the polish off the thought of nasty chemicals being sucked at or eaten is really making me feel sick. The solution to this problem has just arrived in Australia, check out Snails – Safe Nails:

Snails - Safe Nails range

Snails – Safe Nails is the world’s first 100% European made water soluble nail polish that is easily washable and safe from harmful chemicals or toxic substances. There is no need to worry about parabens, BPA and other nasties, just simple safe nail painting fun perfect for that special party or a game of dressing up. Snails – Safe Nails nail polish can be removed with plain water and soap, how easy is that?

Snails Tooth FairyThe range is designed and made in France and meets the strictest safety requirement so parents can have peace of mind when they add a splash of colour to their little girl’s day. You can order your favourite Snails – Safe Nails nail polish ($14.95) at Petit Australia, choose from a range of 19 fashionable colours or score extra brownie points with a gorgeous gift pack with 2 or 3 different shades. Creative little girls are sure to also love the extra accessories like a top coat, art pens and nail stickers.

To find out more about Petit, to browse the Snails – Safe Nails range and to order online visit www.petit.com.au.

9fashion giveaway (+15% off storewide)

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Sep 282013
 

9Fashion

When I think back one year ago I was around 20 weeks pregnant and admiring my fast growing baby bump. Of course I love having our baby here to cuddle and play with but I also miss that lovely bump, it is such a privilege to be able to carry a baby and I will treasure those memories forever. When I discovered European label 9fashion at La Mami I was a little sad I can’t wear these beautiful dresses, I think they look amazing:

9fashion Maternity Dresses

9fashion Maternity Dresses

The 9fashion maternity and nursing range is designed and made in Poland and now Australian mums can sport this stylish European look too. It used to be quite tricky for expecting mamas to find a flattering outfit for a special occasion but with 9fashion every pregnant woman can step out in the spotlight. The stunning maternity dresses are specifically designed to embrace those wonderful curves and make you feel confident and proud. You only have a few months to enjoy this amazing stage so ravel in it while you can!

9fashion Calandra Dress

9fashion Calandra Dress

My personal favourite would have to be the 9fashion Calandra Dress ($109, size S – XXL) in classic navy. The feminine lace cap sleeves and eye catching ribbon around the waist are sure to have heads turning wherever you go. A waist tie is a simple but very effective way to accentuate your bump and to add beautiful definition to bust and belly, I did this a lot in my last pregnancy and it looked lovely.

9fashion Maternity Tops

9fashion Maternity Tops

But 9fashion doesn’t just cater for pregnant ladies, some of the maternity styles are suitable for breastfeeding mamas too. With easy nursing access and plenty of room to hide those extra lumps and bumps 9fashion Maternity/Nursing Tops are a perfect choice for both expecting and nursing mothers. There are lots of different styles and colours to choose from with both long and short sleeve options.

Just in case you missed it: During the month of September Hip little one readers can enjoy an exclusive 15% off storewide at La Mami, as well as FREE shipping Australia wide and FREE gift wrapping, it doesn’t get much better than that! Simply enter the code ‘HIPLITTLEONE’ at checkout but be quick, offer ends September 30, 2013.

To find out more about La Mami, to browse the 9fashion range and to order online visit www.lamami-store.com.

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Sep 052013
 

BabyOno

Now that baby Sybil is 6 months old it is time to say goodbye to those (now baggy) maternity clothes that have been hogging my wardrobe. I may still have a few kilos to lose but they say slow and steady wins the race so I am trying to give it time. Because I am breastfeeding I have been wearing my maternity/nursing bras and singlets but without that beautiful baby belly they have become a little too roomy and that doesn’t do much for your confidence. I recently discovered a perfect solution at La Mami: the BabyOno Nursing Singlet.

BabyOno Nursing SingletI am sure you have all seen nursing singlets before but this clever piece of underwear really offers the best of both worlds. On the one hand this seamless Nursing Singlet ($79) by Polish brand BabyOno is comfortable, hypoallergenic, flexible and super soft and the simple drop cups allow for easy feeding access. On the other hand it offers great shapewear functionality, pulls everything together, supports your breasts and tummy muscles and keeps all those lumps and bumps tightly in place. Double win!

BabyOno Nursing Singlet WhiteI’ll be honest, when I took the BabyOno Nursing Singlet out of the box my first thought was that it was way too small. Thinking there was no way I would ever fit in that neat black top I put it aside, but later I decided to try my luck anyway and I was pleasantly surprised. Once I wrestled my way in I immediately fell in love with this singlet, it fits like a glove and smoothes everything out beautifully. I will definitely be buying the other colours too.

BabyOno Maternity Nursing BraThe current BabyOno range consists of a Maternity/Nursing Bra, Maternity Brief, Nursing Singlet and Post Natal Belly Band. Styles are available in three classic colours: black, neutral and white, for sizing please refer to individual products. BabyOno products are proudly made in Poland using high quality materials. You can find BabyOno and many other great European brands in store at Australian boutique La Mami.

During the month of September Hip little one readers can enjoy an exclusive 15% off storewide at La Mami, as well as FREE shipping Australia wide and FREE gift wrapping, it doesn’t get much better than that! Simply enter the code ‘HIPLITTLEONE’ at checkout, offer ends September 30, 2013.

Knitted BlanketIf you love what you see at La Mami, make sure you give the La Mami Facebook page the big thumbs up and you may just win a beautiful knitted blanket (valued at $99) for your little one. These classic knitted blankets are the perfect size for in the pram or car and as they are made from 100% cotton they are breathable and soft, ideal for the summer ahead. Be quick though, the competition is nearly over!

To find out more about La Mami, to browse the BabyOno range and to order online visit www.lamami-store.com.

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Apr 302013
 

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Two weeks of school holidays is a long time when you are four. While we had lots of fun and did plenty of nice things together the twins are very happy to go back to kindy today and I’m glad they love it there. One of the biggest hits these holidays was this Little Town Puzzle ($19.95) by Bamboletto, the kids can’t get enough of it. In fact, it pretty much lives on our kitchen table as someone is always playing with it.

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bamboletto little townjpgThe talented designers behind Bamboletto, a Polish husband and wife team, have done an amazing job creating a puzzle that is beautiful, fun and challenging at the same time. The twins (4) and I have had many great chats while exploring all the different buildings, houses, shapes and colours, there is lots to see in this Little Town. The attention to detail is just divine, it is so much nicer when every puzzle piece is interesting in itself, not just some vague shapes that only come together in the end.

The gorgeous Anastasia (daughter of Coccinella owner Renata) loves Bamboletto too

The gorgeous Anastasia (daughter of Coccinella owner Renata) loves Bamboletto too

Bird and TreeThe Little Town puzzle has 60 pieces, a good size for our twins but too difficult for miss 2. She didn’t mind though as she had her own Bamboletto puzzle to play with, the Bird and Tree Puzzle ($19.95) which is actually two puzzles in one box (1x 12 pieces/ 1x 8 pieces). The puzzles are made with strong, thick cardboard for extra durability and come in a handy box for storage. You can find these and other Bamboletto puzzles in store at Coccinella.

To find out more about Coccinella, to browse the Bamboletto range and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.

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Jan 062013
 

Kaszubebe

If you like Hip little one on Facebook you may remember that a few months ago I showed you some gorgeous images of the Polish Kaszubebe range. At the time this brand was not available in Australia but I have good news for you, Kaszubebe has arrived on our shores!

Kaszubebe Puzzles ($26.95 each)

Kaszubebe Puzzles ($26.95 each)

Puzzle RoseKaszubebe is a fantastic eco friendly toy brand that has embraced ‘green’ to the fullest. The stunning wooden puzzles are absolutely gorgeous and made to last, we all know wooden toys have that special charm that never goes out of fashion. The colourful chunky blocks are easy to hold for little hands and they will keep your toddler busy for ages. There are 4 different designs available in store.

Kazubebe MemoryJust as delightful and suitable for children that are a little bit older are the Kaszubebe games Memory, Halves and Domino. These games feature the most gorgeous illustrations, a little quirky and such beautiful warm colours, they are just divine! Made from eco friendly, recycled materials these games have a very obvious green feel to them. Priced at just $19.95 each and packed in a cute storage box they are a fantastic gift idea.

To find out more about Kaszubebe, to take a closer look at the range and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.