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Thursday, 10 April 2014


Extremes in weather and environmental factors can exacerbate some existing skin conditions or even cause new ones. Over time, skin damage from sun exposure or pollution can cause wrinkling, premature ageing and blemish outbreaks due to excess sebum production, particularly if you already suffer with acne-prone, oily skin.

By protecting your skin with a moisturiser containing an SPF as part of your daily skincare routine, you can actively prevent the damage to your complexion caused by free radicals such as the sun, city-grime and smoke.

Clinically proven to be effective on problem skin and developed by the dermatologists behind the best-selling Proactiv® range, the new Proactiv® Solution Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 (£16.99, 50ml) which is on sale in Boots (, has been designed to help soothe, protect and re-energise blemish-prone skin in one simple step.

Suitable for all skin types (including sensitive, women, men and teens) and dermatologically tested, this lightweight lotion can be used as a moisturising treatment by itself or as a pre-makeup skin perfector. A gentle multi-tasker, Proactiv® Solution Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 leaves skin hydrated, protected, shine-free and feeling silky soft.

Containing a broad spectrum SPF 15 to help shield against skin ageing UVA and harmful UVB rays, Proactiv® Solution Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 absorbs excess oil to keep the complexion blemish-free, yet beautifully hydrated. This moisturiser can also be used over the Proactiv® Repairing Treatment contained in the Proactiv® 3-step system.

Proactiv® Solution Oil Free Moisture SPF 15: 

  • Contains an SPF15 to protect against the harmful UVB rays and ageing UVA rays that can cause long-lasting skin damage
  • Helps to keep the complexion clear and soft without over-drying
  • Absorbs quickly so it won't leave the skin shiny or greasy
  • Won’t clog pores
  • Is fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin

What we think at Mummy Fever:
I used to think that skin looked so much better with a tan, a bit of sun to 'brighten' the complexion and make you look healthy. Then I remember watching a programme where scientists and skin specialists were working with a number of women and men and showing the 'real' damaged they had done to their skin over time. They were also able to show what they would look like in years to come.

The result were shocking to say the least. Some of the people were full on sun worshippers and others used the dreaded sun beds weekly, so there were some extreme cases, but others were just people who maybe spent a couple of weeks in the sun each year. Even for these people, sun damage was shown to be ageing them quite dramatically and one of the skin specialists recommendations was to use a daily moisturiser with at least SPF 15 to avoid further signs of ageing and skin damage.

Since watching the programme I have been much more aware of this and now use a daily SPF 15 moisturiser. The Proactiv® Solution is really good because it has the SPF level, and can really be used by anyone. It is very gentle and doesn't aggravate the skin and it leaves quite a matt finish so you aren't left all shiny!

If you are looking for a good daily moisturiser with a SPF to protect your skin then maybe give this one a go!

Proactiv® Solution Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 (£16.99, 50ml) is available in Boots and from

Monday, 7 April 2014

Anatomicals Not Another Rough Day Please Body Moisturiser: great value and great results

Image 1 of Anatomicals Not Another Rough Day Please Body Moisturiser 250ml

not another rough day please, a
wonderfully neroli scented lotion that will leave
your body looking and feeling as though the gods
themselves have descended from heaven and
dipped you in an epidermal elixir.
all, of course, for the very down to earth retail price of £3.99
Available from Selfridges and ASOS

What we think at Mummy Fever:
This range of products is very well priced and therefore accessible to all. It smells lovely and leaves skin really soft. The packaging is striking and fun and should liven up any bathroom with ease! I wasn't familiar with this range of products until recently but having now looked into them in greater detail I am pleased to see that the great prices remain consistent throughout the range. I also thing that if you were looking for a gift for a friend, a nice gift bag packed with a range of these products would be really well received.


UK TOUR 2014 – 2015

Top-selling children’s stage show producers Fiery Light today announce a brand new full-length theatre adventure for children, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure. Based on the popular CBeebies’ TV show, Octonauts, this exciting new production opens at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Thursday 16 October and tours into 2015. Autumn tour dates are announced today. Press are invited to see the show from Friday 17 October.

In Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time.

Richard Lewis adapts and directs this new production for the stage. He also adapted and directed the hugely popular three Peppa Pig stage shows and last year’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom tour. Matt Lewis is lyricist, Simon Scullion is designer, Matt Haskins is lighting designer and Ian Horrocks Taylor is sound designer.

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is produced by live children’s show supremos Fiery Light (joint venture by Fiery Angel and Limelight Productions), the team also behind the recent tours of the three successful Peppa Pig stage shows. Their most recent – Peppa Pig’s Big Splash - is currently on tour. It has broken box office records for a pre-school show and will return to the West End for fifth consecutive Christmas season at the Criterion Theatre this year. Other Fiery Light productions include the recent tour of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

Director/adapter Richard Lewis said: ‘Octonauts is all about adventure and exploration which offers up a whole host of possibilities in a live environment. From the colourful characters and fantastic underwater setting to the amazing octopod where the Octonauts live, there’s great scope for a really unique, interactive theatre experience. We can’t wait to take fans on an adventure like never before.’

About The Octonauts
The Octonauts are a dynamic eight-member team of quirky and courageous adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea.

Equipped with a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue amazing sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds, and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the octopod.

Based on the original books by Meomi, Octonauts is animated by Brown Bag Films and continues to go from strength to strength as a unique and exciting global pre-school brand.

About Silvergate Media
Silvergate Media is a highly creative TV production and licensing company driven by big ideas and big collaborations. Formed in 2011, and with offices in New York and London, Silvergate develops world-class brands which inspire entertain, educate and engage through innovative content, great products and strong partnerships. Among these brands are Peter Rabbit and Octonauts, two highly successful international properties for children.

Booking fees may apply. Please check with venue

Age recommendation: 3 +

THURS 16  - SUN 19 OCTOBER                                     ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD
Thurs 16 at 4 pm                                                     
Fri 17 at 1 & 4 pm
Sat 18 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm
Sun 19 at 10 & 1 pm

TUES 21 – WED 22 OCTOBER                                       PRINCES HALL, ALDERSHOT
Tues 21 & Wed 22 at 1 & 4 pm                          

SAT 25 – SUN 26 OCTOBER                                           WYCOMBE SWAN, HIGH WYCOMBE
Sat 25 & Sun 26 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm                 

WED 29 – THURS 30 OCTOBER                                    FAIRFIELD HALLS, CROYDON
Wed 29 & Thurs 30 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm          

SAT 1 – SUN 2 NOVEMBER                                           NEW THEATRE, CARDIFF
Sat 1 & Sun 2 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm                      

WED 5 – THURS 6 NOVEMBER                                    G LIVE, GUILDFORD
Wed 5 & Thurs 6 at 1 & 4 pm                             

SAT 8 – SUN 9 NOVEMBER                                           ALEXANDRA THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM
Sat 8 & Sun 9 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm                      

WED 12 – THURS 13 NOVEMBER                               GRAND OPERA HOUSE, YORK
Wed 12 & Thurs 13 at 1 & 4 pm                         

SAT 15 – SUN 16 NOVEMBER                                      CORN EXCHANGE, CAMBRIDGE
Sat 15 at 4 pm                                                          
Sun 16 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm

WED 19 – THURS 20 NOVEMBER                               ST GEORGE’S HALL, BRADFORD
Wed 19 & Thurs 20 at 1 & 4 pm                         

SAT 22 – SUN 23 NOVEMBER                                      GROVE THEATRE, DUNSTABLE
Sat 22 at 1 & 4 pm                                                  
Sun 22 at 10 am & 1 pm

Further tour dates to be announced

Bye bye bumps ... ...a guide to ingrown hair from the experts at Nad’s.

 Nad's for women

Hair removal can be a bit of a bumpy ride! Recent research by hair removal experts Nad’s revealed that 96% of women surveyed suffer with unsightly ingrown hairs caused by shaving, waxing hair removal creams & electrolysis. What’s more, those women resort to brutal tactics to get rid of the problem with the majority picking, squeezing and exfoliating their ingrown hairs away. Ewwwwww!

Luckily, help is at hand with the Nad’s Ingrow Solution (125ml, £10.49), specifically developed to release ingrown hairs and eliminate irritation, redness and bumps caused by hair removal techniques. Providing complete and lasting results, this easy to use solution contains Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) Extract which is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties, and Aloe Vera which is a well-known soothing agent.

Available from Boots £10.49

What we think at Mummy Fever:
Hair removal is one of those really annoying things that women have to contend with, and if you have dark hair this can be even more annoying as the process is likely to have to be much more frequent. More frequent hair removal can often mean more irritation to the skin and this makes the process even more frustrating.

Having a product on the market which goes some way to improving the situation has to be a good thing. It is fairly priced for what it achieves and one bottle should last quite some time because with this product a little goes a long way. It certainly calms down irritated skin and after a few uses skin is much less bumpy.

Feeling Nourished with Neutrogena

Dry skin?

Looking to find a nourishing formula?

The NEW Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Nourishing Rangewith Nordic Berry smells delicious and is light enough to use in the summer, whilst still enhancing the skin’s moisture levels by three times. The lotion, balm and hand cream significantly improve the softness, smoothness and suppleness of skin – clinical studies have shown dryness levels decrease after just two weeks. Nordic Berry itself is a known superfruit packed full of Vitamin C, it’s super rare too surviving Arctic temperatures!

This is a really moisture-rich formula and leaves lips feeling silky soft for hours. The berry smell is subtle but delicious and great for preventing and curing dry lips.

Norwegian Formula Unscented Hand Cream
The NEUTROGENA NORWEGIAN FORMULA® Hand Cream is a true beauty classic. Containing nearly 40% glycerin, it is very effective at relieving skin dryness, restoring and protecting the skin barrier, even in the harshest conditions. With only a dab needed for each application, each 50ml tube contains over 200 applications!

This is another one of our favourites - this is a hand cream that really works. it isn't like any other hand cream I've ever used. It isn't really a cream as such, the glycerin in the product makes it more like a hand serum and hands feel instantly soothed. Perfect for popping in your bag or having by the sink. it is unscented which means it should be OK for most hands and one tube really does last you ages! 


By popular demand, Wand Week will return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this May and visitors will be invited to delve into the world of wandmaking and wizarding duels.

From Friday 23rd May – Monday 2nd June, visitors will discover first-hand how duelling scenes were developed and the incredible amount of planning that went into each wand movement. They’ll get the chance to duel with a Death Eater after learning wand battle choreography with an interactive experience created by expert Paul Harris. Paul composed the battle scene between Dumbledore and Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is the world’s only Wand Combat Choreographer.

Those exploring Diagon Alley will be able to see a special effects demonstration created by BAFTAwinning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson. By pointing a wand, visitors will be able to cast a spell that will make the sign above Potage’s Cauldron Shop bang and flash as if by magic.

Original moulds, concept art and wand designs will be displayed in the attraction and members of Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna’s team will showcase some of the techniques they used to handcarve wands for the Harry Potter film series.

The iconic duelling table, as seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will also be on display in the iconic Great Hall set.

Spellbinding secrets:
 In the first and second films, the wands looked quite plain. This was drastically changed in
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the wands were given distinctive shapes and
carvings, reflecting the owners’ personalities. For example, the wand of Professor Slughorn
(Jim Broadbent) is inlaid with silver slug trails and has a slug-shaped handle.
 Prop makers designed a series of wand holsters for the Death Eaters that would attach around their waists for easy access. The Death Eater wands were also more showy and aesthetic than the other characters’ – to match their extravagant masks which were made of filigreed silver.
 More than 3,000 wands were produced for the Harry Potter film series, including the elaborate wand that was created for Professor Dumbledore before the Prop Making Team discovered its importance as the Elder Wand.

Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Natural Facial Care: A'kin

[A'kin] logo

Restore a natural healthiness to your skin and reveal its true radiance from within with the [A’kin] natural skincare, hair care and body care range from The Purist Company. Pure, safe and highly effective, the extensive range of holistic well-being and beauty products has been formulated to mimic the way the skin behaves naturally with optimum results.

Created in nature’s healing garden and crafted in Australia, each product in the [A’kin] range contains a blend of hand-picked, pure botanical (plant-based) active ingredients, many of which are certified organic. They are all carefully selected to work in synergy with each other, whilst retaining their purest form to maximise benefits for radiant and healthy looking skin.

Each ground-breaking product is ingredient rich, suitable for vegans and 100% natural botanical aromatherapy. The range is also formulated without parabens, sulphates, ethoxylated and petrochemicals cleansers, propylene glycol, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA and artificial colours, animal ingredients or animal testing.

The [A’kin] range is available from stockists nationwide:
Holland and Barrett I Wholefoods Market I Planet Organic I DE Davies Chemist

Lavender & Rose Antioxidant Facial Night Créme




Improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our natural face créme for night time use. This night créme has a rapidly absorbing, highly moisturising formula that is enriched with combinations of pure botanic actives like Vitamins A, E, B5, and C, and a nutrient mix of Omegas 9, 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. These carefully selected natural ingredients work in synergy to hydrate skin and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful complexion. [A'kin] Lavender & Rose natural face creme is the essential nightly face moisturiser to complement your natural skincare routine for healthy, radiant skin. 
What we thought at Mummy Fever:
This is a pricey but luxurious night crème which will keep your face hydrated until the morning. It smells amazing, but the scent is not overpowering, which lavender can be sometimes. You don't need to use much for a good coverage on your face, so don't be concerned about getting through the pot too fast.

We like the look of the Rosehip Facial Oil A'kin do and we've also spotted they have a baby range, meaning there is something for all the family on their website. You can search their products by condition also, so if you have a particular skin type or concern, you can see which products are best for you. This is really useful.

The products are packaged really nicely, meaning they would also make great gifts as well, if you know anyone who has a birthday coming up.