Sunday, 19 June 2016

Pregnancy Update: 38 weeks and What I've Learnt So Far

The bun is still in the oven, although not for much longer. With under two weeks to go until my due date I thought I'd give you a little update and share what I've learnt about pregnancy so far. Quick confession, the picture above is actually a few weeks old (sorry I've not really mastered the bumpie) so imagine if you will, my bump is a couple centimetres bigger, but do me a favour - please don't add any more weight to my arm!

What I've learnt so far:

People touch! And I'm not just talking actual friends and family, but random strangers! Erm I don't know where your hands have been - get the F off! Or is that the hormones speaking?

Everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to tell you– you’re so big, you’re so small, oh I don’t like that name!

People judge! Oh you're having a water birth, what'd you mean you haven't bought isofix, I wouldn't buy THAT PRAM!

Supermarkets are dangerous places. I don't know why, but I can't push a trolley around tesco without encountering at least one of the above. One checkout lady told asked me if everything was ok with my baby's growth charts because my bump looked too small. Oh and there was the romany gypsy that pointed at my bump and screeched "BOY!!!!" That's what you get for going to Lidl.

Don’t watch one born every minute. Just don't.

You get hairy, EVERYWHERE! The elation of discovering my fine head hair was getting a whole lot thicker was short lived when I discovered it wasn't the only place. Basically new hairs grow, but the old ones don't shed, at least not until after the baby is born. So if you're already dark and hairy like me, be prepared to look like a Gallagher brother.

Getting off the sofa is a serious challenge. I'm at the roll over and slide stage. If you manage it unaided - pat on the back!

I’ll rub your feet every day when you’re pregnant” lasts about two weeks!

You have no control over your tear ducts. You know you're in trouble when you cry at Geordie Shore!

You will have to buy maternity pads and yes, they are HUGE!!

Money saved on nights out and bottles of wine can be better spend on makeup and shoes – the only two things that now fit.

BUT be prepared for mothers guilt. I now equate everything to how many nappies/baby growers/childcare vouchers I can buy with that.

Pregnancy/Life update

You'll have noticed posts have been a little thin on the ground lately. I am sorry about this, but between work and nesting aka erratic cleaning, unnecessary diy and ruthless sort outs, there hasn't been much time for beauty. Thanks for sticking with me and I promise I'm not about to give up on blogging. Still no cravings, other than eating oranges (sadly no gherkin McFlurry's), but I am hungry all.the.time! I rarely make it though the night without a 4am snack. Fortunately I broke up from work last week - in my mind I'm now a lady of leisure. I had a wonderful Clarins Luxury Pedicure yesterday (Dean tried bless him, but he's no nail technician) and I've been enjoying pregnancy reflexology - the mot relaxing experience ever. And I hate to brag but I have timed my mat leave brilliantly - Wimbledon starts next week and season 4 of Orange is the New Black has just been released on Netflix! I'm making the most of early nights and late mornings... whilst I still can.

Before I go, I wanted to share my Maternity Hero Products...

I couldn't have done with without the Dreamgenii Maternity Pillow, Bio Oil, Palmers Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion, Liz Earle Instant Tonic Spritz.

Judgemental/touchy people aside, I have had a fantastic pregnancy. It hasn't always been a walk in the park - sleepless nights, 4am hunger, fainting, but for the most part I've been really well. I've loved having my bump, feeling movements is an absolute miracle, stretchy-band maternity jeans are fashions best kept secret, my skin's glowing and in a couple of weeks I get to meet my baby. I'd do it all again in a heart beat... she says before THE LABOUR!

Good luck to all you pregnant ladies out there and best wishes to my yummy mummies, see you on the other side! Claire x


Friday, 17 June 2016

This Mascara is NOT for the Faint Hearted

When it comes to mascara I thought I'd seen it all, but the L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara  really is the strangest looking lash contraption yet! It's not the easiest mascara in the World to use, but you can NOT argue with those results!

So, as far as wands go, it's as fiddly as fiddly comes. There's probably a knack to it, I just haven't quite mastered it yet. You're supposed to gently press the brush against the waterline, before combing the lashes. In an effort to achieve this and get as close as humanly possible, I usually blink or flinch and end up with mascara in my eye! But practice makes perfect with this one and I'm getting better. Forget everything you know about applying mascara. I usually coat both sides, do horizontal and vertical stokes, wiggle it about... DON'T! This one works best if you open your eyes wide, place the wand at the root of the lashes - the closer the better, and slowly comb upwards whilst gently closing your eyes. The formula is pretty wet  so all you need is a couple of strokes and you're good to go.

Application challenges aside, this mascara is bloody good! Super dark, glossy black pigments coat the lashes generously. The lash sculptor brush really does sculpt, shape and fan the lashes perfectly. The results - longer, fuller, thicker sky-scraper lashes! And this is just one application, two would yield full-on falsies looking va va voom lashes.

See the difference!

Another great does-it-all mascara from L'Oreal! Buy Lash Sculpt Mascara £9.99 and currently 3 for 2 at Boots and Superdrug 


Monday, 6 June 2016

Finally, the Tan That Doesn't Stank!

YESSSSSS!!! They’ve finally cracked it! The holy grail of tanning has been achieved – self tan that doesn’t smell like tan!

During my pregnancy I’ve avoided self-tan. There’s no evidence that it’s in any way harmful to the baby (I ain’t talking sunbeds) but all those chemicals can’t be good, so I’ve embraced the naturalle. That was until the sun came out and I contemplated baring limbs that haven’t seen the light of day since last August. I decided a tinted moisturiser/gradual tanner, which contains less tanning agent would be the best option, just as St Tropez revamped their gradual tan.

So what’s changed?
The main headlines are, it’s now tinted so you can see where you’re putting it and there’s a newly formulated mood-enhancing fragrance that doesn’t smell like fake tan.

I wacked it on the other night, slept it in and completely forgot I was wearing it – no nasty biscuit smell and no dodgy brown residue on the bed sheets. Don’t be deterred by the bottle colour. It looks a little scary – quite dark and not all that natural looking, but as the picture above shows, it sheers out on application giving the tiniest hint of bronze - enough so you don't look dug up but not enough that you look instantly tango’d. It’s completely faff-free too – no need for a tanning mit, pop up tent, none of the usual tanning nonsense, just apply it like a normal body moisturiser. I love that it’s now tinted – none of the slap it on and see approach - you can see exactly where you have and haven't applied it. The texture’s pretty thick but it spreads easily enough and reveals a completely streak-free bronze. The colour develops gradually – it’s natural and subtle but packs a decent enough punch. Not like the in-shower tan that takes a good few applications before you see any hint of colour. I actually felt sufficiently tanned after one application. Sure I didn’t look like I’d been for a spray tan, but I did look like I had a day of two in the sun and really that’s all I wanted.

Bravo St Tropez!

Buy St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Lotion £12/200ml LookFantastic

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