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Monday, April 14

L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Colour- How Romantic

Back at Christmas time when I was in New York, it seems that pastel nails were at the top of my list of things to buy and this L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Colour in the shade How Romantic has surprisingly been one of my favourite American beauty buys.

The softest pale Pink, aimed towards more of a sheer natural look, this is very much in the Essie Ballet Slippers family and I find it's prettiest applied with a few coats, to a slightly more opaque tone and think it's such a pretty shade for all year round.

The formula isn't amazing, it is extremely sheer and so for the kind of finish pictured above, you're looking at 3-4 coats, which I know, most people would find ridiculous. I personally don't mind spending time building it up, as I really like the finish and shade you eventually reach, and I don't find that it ends up chipping any more than you would expect a polish to anyway.

I'm not sure if these are available in the UK, I know I personally haven't seen them, but I do hope that they do reach drugstores here shortly, as I remember having my eye on a few more of the L'Oréal shades.

Costing around the $5 mark, I picked this up in Walgreens although I'm sure it's available in the likes of Target and Ulta too.


Sunday, April 13

Pregnancy Update #5: Week 26 Update

Last week I uploaded my 25 Week Update and another baby haul to my YouTube Channel and now at the beginning of Week 27, I thought it was about time to give you a little update into how things are going for bump and I.

Other than at the beginning of my first trimester, when things were a little hard and a bit of a shock to the system (see here and here), my pregnancy journey so far has been pretty, dare I say it, easy. That is, until week 26, when my growing baby bump really started to take its toll on my body.

Being out of breath was something I had got used to because when you really think about how much space my baby boy is taking up in there, it's all pretty relative but the weight strain on my body, particularly on my back, is something I'm beginning to really struggle with. 
I don't have the best posture as it is *slaps wrists*, but I feel like my body is being thrown completely out of sync and whether I'm standing up, laying down or sitting, I feel so uncomfortable. 
Many a night has been spent sobbing myself to sleep in discomfort or tossing and turning until the early hours to the dismay of my boyfriend Mike and although it's not helping as much as I wish it would, I don't go anywhere without my V shaped pillow. It's not as firm as I would like, which I feel would possibly help a little more, and knowing that with 13 weeks still to go, this is just the start of the third trimester joys, if you have any recommendations for pregnancy pillows/wedges, I'd love to hear them!

Updating my bra collection, from what was quite the feminine, dainty and pretty collection to the more practical side of things, has helped massively and although I never thought I'd say it, I can't get enough of a good old comfort bra with lots of stretch, no underwire and well, designs that before, I probably would have mocked. I've been wearing a few different ones, but my standout go-to bra is a Silk Seamless number from Bravado*, which is a dream to wear and will come in perfectly when I start breastfeeding.

I have a very active baby on my hands and I'm not bored of feeling his kicks in the slightest. He's a cheeky little thing, in that he will only kick for Mike and I and any sign of anyone elses hands, means he hides away and goes back to sleep but each and every movement is honestly absolutely incredible and I cherish even the biggest of somersaults into my bladder or ribs (ish). 

I have my next midwife appointment in a couple of weeks, which although I've been made aware to expect blood tests, I'm actually really looking forward to. I'm going to put together a list of questions to put to her, which will range from the more personal of questions to more general things like weight, growth and birth plans- eek!

Moaning aside, I'm really enjoying pregnancy and although it is extremely exhausting, I wouldn't change it for the world. I have thirteen weeks left until my due date, which on one hand seems like it's just around the corner but on the other, seems so far away. I'm so excited to meet our little boy and so we're breaking the remaining time with a special little scan and I'm extremely excited to say, we'll be taking you and the camera along with us!

 I'm going to try and get a few posts up shortly of the beauty products that I've been using to keep my bump soft and supple and fingers crossed free from stretch marks, and I'll be sure to keep you updated on my YouTube Channel.

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Tuesday, April 8

Billion Dollar Brows

Last week I was invited down to Rush Hair & Beauty, where I was treated to my first ever Billion Dollar Brows treatment. 

I'm all about brows and in the past have had various brow treatments, but I must say, this eyebrow designing treatment is up there as one of the best, if not the best, I have experienced thus far.

Using the Brow Buddy, which is used to work out the perfect eyebrow shape for your face, along with the Brow Buddy Pencil, your brows are cut, waxed and plucked to perfection. 

Not compulsory with the treatment, for those that want a more natural look, tinting is offered but there was no way I was going to turn it down. I like quite a strong brow and wanted to brows to be tinted so I could go without make up, so decided on a Brown tint with ever such a touch of Black and I'm so pleased with the outcome.

After around thirty minutes in the chair, my brows were given the A-List treatment and I'm honestly so impressed with how they look. As opposed to other treatments I have had in the past, Billion Dollar Brows don't offer threading, which I must admit I had wondered whether I would miss, but surprisingly, I don't. Tinting, waxing, cutting and plucking worked a small miracle and I love my new and improved shape. 

To finish the treatment, the brows are filled where they are naturally sparse with the Brow Powder (Taupe was used on me), highlighted and shaded with their Brow Duo Pencil and once that step it complete, you're good to go. 

Having this treatment has drastically decreased my make up application time as I've had no need to fill them in and so I'll be going back in about six weeks for another treatment for sure.

Billion Dollar Brows cost £35 and I had my Billion Dollar Brow treatment done in Rush Croydon, by Sam who I would highly recommend.

Have you had Billion Dollar Brows? I'd absolutely love to hear your experiences. 

Thursday, April 3

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek- Rose Frivole & Corail Affranchi

Back in February I attended a rather fabulous event held by YSL, where they were showcasing their upcoming launches and these YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek duos were the stand out products in my opinion.

From afar, I assumed they were nail polishes but up close, when I realised just what they were, I was absolutely thrilled. 

Teaming up as both a blush and a liquid lipstick, the ultra soft formula works beautifully with the little brush and works as the perfect mix and match product. Providing a really lovely matte finish, they apply creamy to the lips and almost like a cream to powder product on the cheeks. 

I quite like cheeks and lips to match, although I'm fully aware that sometimes it can look a little bit over the top, but find 2 Rose Frivole* on the lips and 7 Corail Affranchi* on the cheeks actually works well together, despite being completely different tones that I wouldn't normally pair with each other. I like to use the applicator to apply to the lips for the cleanest most opaque finish and I normally find myself blending out the cheeks with a stippling brush for the most natural look.

Available in 12 shades, some of which can be seen over on my Instagram, they cost £27 and are currently a web exclusive available to buy here

What do you think of these Kiss & Blush? Will they be gracing your make up collection anytime soon?

Wednesday, April 2

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Stylo Gel Eyeliners

There are some brands that just do some things best and when on the market for a new eyeliner, I can't recommend Bobbi Brown highly enough. In my opinion, their Gel Liners are the best there are and already a fan of their Gel Liner in Black Ink and Dark Chocolate Ink, their newly launched Perfectly Defined Stylo Gel Eyeliners very much appealed to me.

Available in six shades; Chocolate Truffle- a rich Brown, Pitch Black*- the Blackest of Blacks, Sapphire*- a rich Navy Blue, Scotch- a Gold Bronze with shimmer, Steel Grey- a Grey with subtle shimmer and Violet Night- a Black Purple, all offer incredible pigmentation in a sweat and humidity-resistant formula that is combined with a mixture of both waxes and emollients, making it long lasting with intense colour.

Super easy to apply, these can be used as faintly or as intense as you wish and the built in sharpener helps make for a really easy precise line, with no need for any pull or drag.

I have been wearing Pitch Black closely along my top lash line ever so slightly winged out and find it sticks around for hours, with no need for any attention. Removal can be a bit of a work, which is always a good sign, but a good oily eye make up remover does the job well.

Available to buy now in Bobbi Brown stores and counters in Selfridges, Debenhams and House of Fraser each of these Perfectly Defined Stylo Gel Eyeliners costs £18.


Tuesday, April 1

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks

Back in August, I was left absolutely thrilled with The Body Shops Colour Crush Lipsticks and I'm equally impressed with their newest launch to the Colour Crush family- their Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks.

Launching with these three shades- Fuchsia Flirt*, Magenta Be Rouge* and Sunset Romance* are sheerly pigmented and made up of a formula that consists of Fair Trade Marula Oil and Cherry-Seed Oil which provide a glossy effect and suppleness to the lips. 

Very much like a balm on application, these apply with ease and offer three stunning shades that like the original Colour Crush lipsticks, feel incredibly light and comfortable on the lips- fading nicely and not needing too much attention.

Launching on April 15th, these will cost £10 each and will be available to buy in The Body Shop and online

Do you like the look of these lipsticks? Which shade is your favourite? 

Monday, March 31

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Ever searching for the perfect Nude palette and currently loving using both matte and shimmer eyeshadows, the launch of the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette* had me ever so excited.

Made up of fourteen shades; seven shimmering neutrals and seven complimentary matte shades, this is in my opinion, one of the best neutral palettes to hit the market and covers all bases nicely.

The shimmer finishes don't offer as nice a finish in terms of formula as I had hoped they would, but they still offer a buildable shimmering wash of colour, which I personally find works well as I don't go for a full on shimmer look anyway.
 The matte tones on the other hand are all pretty incredible and are all extremely pigmented and wearable, making for the perfectly blended smoky eye look. I tend to go quite subtle on the eyes and I have found using only one or pairing three of the matte shades at one time to be perfect. 

The palette itself is a nice size and comes with a really nice double sided brush and in all makes for a perfect travel palette as for me, it covers all the shades I really wish for both day and night looks.

With a sample size of the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara coming with the palette, it is available to buy now in Boots where it costs £36.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this palette and whether you like the look of the fourteen shades.


Sunday, March 30

Pregnancy Update #4: 24 Week Update

It's been a while since I uploaded a pregnancy update, in fact, apart from my most recent Baby Haul, I haven't talked babies since my Gender Reveal at the beginning of March.

I can't quite believe that I'm more than half way there now, 25 weeks pregnant, it literally seems like just the other day that I was announcing my pregnancy and words can't quite describe how much joy it's brought.

It's been a bit of a whirlwind and started off a little bit rocky, but I'm pleased to say that I'm now extremely content with my pregnancy and fortunately, it's treating me pretty good.

Over the last month or so, I've not really had any pregnancy symptoms and lucky for me, it's been a pretty smooth road. Since feeling our first little flutters at around week 18, our baby boy has been an active little one. Mostly waking up when I settle down in bed or in the bath (typical!) he's a little mover and I absolutely love feeling each and every kick. 

My bump has grown a substantial amount and seems to have popped out somewhat over the past few weeks. This happened pretty much overnight and at first, brought me an unexpected agony in the form of round ligament pain. I was unaware that this was even a thing and spent a couple of days in so much pain, unable to move whilst baby made space for himself, pushing around my organs and stretching everything out the way he wants it. 

Once I had recovered, I experienced a huge energy burst and felt like I could quite possibly do anything and started the beginnings of my nesting. Long gone were the exhausted evenings, until more recently, when I returned to work after having five months off and have never felt more tired in my life. It's like the beginning stages all over again, although thankfully, I have my sleep pattern a little more under control and no extra worries to get me down.

Throughout the whole pregnancy, I've felt a little congested- almost like a constant cold and blocked up nose, but along with feeling the strains of being breathless due to baby growing and squashing my lungs, it's beginning to become somewhat of a struggle. I'm very easily out of breath and have to take things easy and I'm constantly reminding myself not to rush around, but it's all normal and just another one of those fabulous pregnancy joys(!).

The only thing to really take me by surprise, is how much my body is adapting to not only carrying a baby, but becoming a mum. I've filled out all over and put on a fair bit of weight, which I must admit wasn't easy to come to terms with at first. My colostrum has also started coming in, which took me by huge surprise one evening (I was wearing a Grey T Shirt so I'm sure you get the picture!). I wasn't even aware that it could happen as early as it did, but it's reassuring to know that my body is working to prepare for everything my baby will need and so I'm now embracing all of the changes pregnancy brings me.

Hormones are a crazy thing (my boyfriend will vouch for this!) and pop up every now and again, causing me to have little breakdowns and lots of tears over the most irrelevant of things but I'm pleased to report back that my anxiety has stayed away and I'm still crossing my fingers in the hope that it never creeps up on me again.

We have our pram now and our little dude has a heap more clothes waiting for him, so I'll be sure to film another baby haul to share all the adorable little things we've picked up over the past few weeks- it's out of control!

With only 16 weeks to go until our due date, I can't explain to you how excited my family and I are to meet our little boy. I'd love to know all of your pregnancy stories and if you're currently expecting, would love to know what symptoms you're experiencing. 

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