I think it's so important to make time for the people that really matter in your life. The people that shape your life and make you who you are, no matter what day of the year but Mother's Day is a great excuse to take time out for your Mum.I've always been close to my family and recent events have made me so much more grateful to have their support. They've helped me and Sam through so much in so many ways I can't even begin to explain. They're all just incredible.
She's 12 years older than me and I have looked up to her for as long as I can remember. I used to love Kylie Minogue as a kid and my sister reminded me of her -I think it was down to the 'perm stage' they both went through, we won't go into that.
She lived with her Mum so I only saw her at weekends, then less-so when she got a boyfriend but when she did come to stay I would be so excited. I remember lining up all of my barbies in a parade to 'welcome' her. Aren't I just the cutest?!
She stopped me biting my nails, it's hard to believe I ever used to bite my nails as I'm always getting comments on how long my nails are - that's down to her. She's who I went to when I left school and didn't know what to do with my life, she told me if I went straight out to work I would enjoy the idea of money rather than be interested in studying. She was right but it was definitely the best path for me to go down. I ended up being really target-driven and in a job I adored. I've always said she's a more sensible, prettier version of me and she is one tough cookie- she can handle anything.
Both Kelly and my Mum have been the biggest female influences in my life, proving that anything is possible with or without a man in your life. They've made me realise that life has it's ups and downs but with the right people around you, you can get through anything.
Last weekend I was invited down to The Bentall Centre, Kingston for a bit of a treat in time for Mother's Day. I was offered a day with my Mum (or Mother figure) to take some time out and have a pamper at one of their many make-up counters and a bit of lunch too.
While my Mum is absolutely incredible she's really not into the whole make-over thing. Naturally I was going to ask Kelly to join me. I immediately thought of her when I was approached for this day out, as we both have pretty busy lives I always love any excuse to spend time with her.
So on Sunday Kelly and I headed over to Kingston for some quality time together. First on the agenda was to get some food. After parking the car we took a little wander through the furniture section of Bentalls and fantasised about our dream garden.
Bentalls is the department store located within The Bentall Centre, Kingston and is part of the Fenwick group. There's a great selection of toys, homewares, clothing brands and a beautiful, big beauty hall which I will get to in a bit...
If you want something to eat while you're shopping, Bentalls have got you covered. We headed to the third floor to Restaurant on 3 where we were greeted by Sarah who told us all about the wide selection of food available. They really had everything you could wish for, a pizza oven where they made a pizza right in front of you, a pasta station, and a huge selection of hot food from a roast dinner to fish and chips. For lighter options there were freshly made sandwiches on delicious baked bread and an impressive salad bar too. We really were spoilt for choice, after much deliberation I opted for roast beef whilst Kelly had a freshly made bolognese.
We had a bit of time before our make-over appointment so we decided to have a coffee afterwards. I couldn't help but notice the wide selection of delicious looking pastries and cakes so we gave in to temptation - we were having a treat after all! I could easy have picked one of everything, it all looked so good!
The restaurant is nicely tucked away so you don't feel right amongst the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers, it's the perfect place to have a rest from shopping. It gave us a chance to really catch up over a good cup of coffee.
We then headed downstairs for our appointment at the Bobbi Brown counter. I have always heard great things about Bobbi Brown, but I was yet to try out any of her make-up. This make-up lesson was going to be a great way to see which products worked best for me. We were both sat down and asked about what kind of thing we were after. I wanted a day look that wasn't too much work in the mornings. My make-up artist Amanda knew exactly what to go for and the first step was to prep my skin.
My make up was removed using the lovely Soothing Cleansing Oil, followed by the hydrating face tonic to remove any last traces of make-up and sooth and soften the skin which smelt incredible and the scent was so calming I was immediately put at ease. Then Amanda applied a Hydrating Eye Cream and Hydrating Face Cream which are perfect to use under make-up. The Illuminating Moisture Balm was then applied to act as a sort-of primer to boost my skin give my face a natural glow due to the lychee extracts that it contains. You could really see how radiant my skin was looking already, it was like a mini facial. Bobbi Brown really believes in making sure the skin is really taken care of to ensure the make up looks its best.
I was really impressed with the skincare range and I had never thought about purchasing skincare from a make up specialist before but they clearly know their stuff.
The product that really stood out to me was the Illuminating Cheek Palette which is from the new Havana Brights collection which is what was used on my cheeks. It contains a gorgeous bronzer, blush and highlight which are perfect for Summer. I admit the blush looked pretty bright and scary at first but when applied it really gave me a warm glow. I really loved the Long-Wearing Cream Shadow Stick too. It is dual ended with perfectly matched colours to contour the eye area, Amanda gave me a lovely subtle smokey eye and after wearing my make-up for the rest of the day I was impressed how well it stayed put perfectly.
We were both so pleased with our make-up and the service from the girls at the counter who weren't pushy at all and had such great knowledge of the products and Bobbi Brown as a company. I'll definitely be taking more notice of the products from Bobbi Brown and I can really see me heading to the counter again soon.
Afterwards we went for a little wander around the shops. There's loads of great products in the Bentalls Centre to treat your Mum to. Here's a little gift guide for inspiration. I personally love the Kikki K planner!
Thank you everyone at Bentalls for making our Sister day out really special!