Sunday, 19 April 2015

This Week...6

This week 6
Life - What a whirlwind this week has been, who knew time went so quickly with a newborn, I actually don't know where the time goes.
The tiredness kicked in the end of this week so I have been feeling a little all over the place but then last night Molly went 7 hours between her feeds, yes 7 hours so I feel really refreshed today. I actually couldn't believe it and ran over to check she was still breathing. She did have a bit of a screaming fit yesterday though so probably just wore herself out.

Food - This week I have started to cut back on all the rubbish that sneaked back into my diet whilst I was pregnant. No more chocolate and cake, etc and just making better choices for my meals.
Due to the good weather I have been eating loads of salads. Anyone else find eating healthier easier in the summer?
Even though I feel really well in myself I am giving myself until the 1st of May until I start exercising properly again as I know my body needs time to get back to normal. That saying I am making sure I go out for walks most days as I know that's good for me and Molly.

Beauty - I have worn the same makeup since having Molly, I spoke about my Mummy Makeup Bag here. It is all about quick and easy makeup at the moment.
I am also finding my hands are so dry at the moment, I think it is from continuously washing them. Nothing seems to be helping them at the moment so if anyone has any hand cream recommendations let me know?

What have you been up to this week?

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Current Cleansers.

Current Cleansers
I seem to have an obsession with cleansers at the moment and because my skin is combination I like to have various different cleansers for my skins different needs. I am using a few different ones at the moment and thought I would share my views on them.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£10) has been my got to make up remover for a couple of months now. This is a great oil that is gentle yet effective and removes all traces of makeup, even tough mascara. One I would pick up again.

Another oil cleanser I have been enjoying recently is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (From £4.50) which I use either as a make up remover or just a general cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling clean yet hydrated and doesn't leave any residue.

Another DHC product that I have recently discovered is the Face Wash Powder* (£9.50). This is a really unique product as it is a powder form but once mixed with water it turns into a slightly foaming face wash.
I use this on my more oily days as this can be a little drying but it makes your skin feel fresh and clean.

For my morning cleanse I am still loving the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28) which is more of a balm cleanser than a gel. This is packed full of amazing ingredients and leaves the skin feeling so smooth and plump after use.

Finally once a week I use the B.Revealed Glycolic Cleansing Peel (£7.99). This is kind of a cleanser but also more of a treatment for the skin. It is a balm consistency that you apply to the skin and you can leave it on for a few minutes if you wish. The Glycolic Acid gently exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling so so smooth. I also find that my serum and moisturiser sinks in a lot quicker after using this.

What is your current favourite cleanser?

*PR Sample. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review - Gerlinde Naturals Skincare.

Review - Gerlinde Naturals Skincare.
I have been trying out some natural skincare products from Gerlinde Naturals recently and have really enjoyed using them so thought I would share my thoughts on them with you.

I was made aware of the brand after reading Sugarpuffish Cleansing Oil Review and was intrigued by the brand.
Gerlinde Naturals is a small skincare boutique based in the South Of England making Vegan Skincare products that are rich with Minerals, Vitamins and Antioxidants.
They freshly make all of their products so they work in harmony with your well being and are suitable for sensitive skin.

I have three of their products I have been trying out the last couple of weeks and I am really impressed.
The Balancing & Purifying Cleansing Oil* (£10.70) is made up of Jojoba oil, Hemp oil, Apricot, Coconut oil and Essential oils which creates a gentle yet effective cleanser.
I found just two pumps of this effectively removed any makeup and dirt from my skin whilst still leaving it feeling plump and nourished. My skin is combination and this left it feeling comfortable and not dry or too oily just well balanced.
I really enjoy using this for my morning cleanse too, I give my face a good massage and then remove with a warm flannel, it is like having a mini facial.

After using the Cleansing Oil I have been following it up with the Skin Softening Day Moisturiser with Hyaluronic Acid*. (£14.90) This is a really lightweight moisturiser that is packed full of great ingredients including Rosehip, jojoba, Apricot oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Frankincense and Chamomile.
I find this to be the perfect moisturiser to hydrate my skin but it isn't to heavy and makes my skin look oily.

The third product I have been trying is the Natural Lip Balm* in Vanilla (£3.50) which is a lovely moisturising balm that comes in a handy stick form so great for throwing in your handbag. This has Shea and Mango butter in it as well as avocado oil and Vitamin E oil to leave your lips feeling nourished and hydrated and it certainly does that.

Overall I am really impressed with all the products I have tried from Gerlinde Naturals and if you are into your skincare products I recommend checking the website out.

*PR Samples. 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Mummy Make Up Bag.

The Mummy Make Up Bag
As you can imagine having a newborn to look after means time to yourself is very limited if you actually get any at all. This last week my other half has been off so I have been lucky enough to have a decent shower and a little bit of time to make myself look more presentable if we are going anywhere.
That saying I still have been on a time limit and will be even more so now Neil's back at work so I have got myself a make up bag together that contains products I know I can throw on quickly and make me look less tired.

The base products are the main focus, my skin is a bit all over the place due the hormone changes and lets not talk about the under eye circles!
Now the weather is brighter I am applying the Clinique City Block in SPF 25 everyday, I then buff on a light layer of the L'Oreal True Match Foundation with the Zoeva Silk Finish Brush.
To cover any blemishes I use the Collection Lasting Perfecting Concealer, I also use this on any redness which I seem to have a lot around my nose at the moment.
For the under eye circles the Max Factor Colour Corrector has been perfect for brightening up the eyes I then apply the No7 Instant Radiance Concealer for a bit more coverage.
To finish that all off I dust a bit of the Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer using the Zoeva Powder Brush all over and a little bit of the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink to my cheeks for a bit of colour.

On the eyes I just apply a quick layer of the No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define Eyeshadow Pencil in Cool Mink all over the lid and blend it in with my finger. Then on the lashes I am currently using the L'oreal Volume Million Lashes. 
Lastly to define the brows I just run a bit of the L'Oreal Brow Pencil through them.

It seems quite a lot of products but I can apply them all in about 5 mins if I rush and it just makes me feel a bit more presentable.
What are your go to make up items for a quick makeup look?

Friday, 10 April 2015

This Week...4/5

This week - Bright town girl
Life - As I am sure most of you know by now I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Good Friday. We called her Molly after my nan and she weighed 7.15lbs. She is just amazing. Everyone tells you how incredible it is to become a mother but you never really know until it happens.
She is 7 days old now and doing really well. Your first week is such a whirlwind of emotions, the first few days you are on such a high and then your hormones kick in and that's when the tears come. Overall I am feeling good though.

Food - Well remembering to eat has been the main thing this last week, I didn't think anything could make me not care when my next meal is. It really is a case of eating when you can and you soon get used to cold food and cups of tea.
The other half has been home all this week so has been making a good meal in the evening, I will seriously miss that when hes back at work next week.

Beauty - You may have read the posts I have about Vital Touch Natalia, they make natural and organic products for mums to be and babies. I was kindly sent a few products to try and I can tell you the Labour & Birth Box* was one of the best things I had in my hospital bag. (Well other than the big bar of Galaxy, hehe)
I used the Labour Bath Essence* several times at home when my contractions first started and it really helped to soothe me and just generally keep me feeling calm.
At the hospital I got my mum to rub the Labour Massage Oil* into my lower back as that was where most of the pain was and I definitely think it helped, even if it was just a distraction.
I also was rubbing in the Labour Instant Energiser to my pulse points to help keep me feeling a bit more alive.
All the products in the box were really useful and I plan to treat all my pregnant friends in the future to the box.

My blog posts will be a bit random for a little while until I get into more of a routine with little miss but I want to try and get a couple of posts up a week as I do love to write them.

I hope you all have had a good couple of weeks?

*PR Sample. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

5 Products For A Brighter Look - Guest Post From Laurzrah.

5 Products For A Brighter Look - Guest Post From Laurzrah.
Hi guys, I'm Laura from Laurzrah. Alice asked me if I wanted to contribute towards her blog while she was, y'know, raising her brand new adorable baby girl, and I was so excited. I’ve loved Alice’s blog for a long time, and we have such similar tastes in makeup.

Everyone is always tired – especially Alice with a newborn! – and no one has any time. I get it. I have 5 products that can make you look bright, fresh and awake in 5 minutes. I got you.

Before any sort of base, or even just on it’s own, a liquid illuminator is amazing. It makes skin look so much healthier, and I firmly believe in faking it until you make it. The NARS illuminators are particularly sensational – shown here is 413 BLKR, which is a champagne colour, but there’s also a really flattering pink one. I normally mix a bit of this in with foundation and then apply it on high points of the face. It’s a liquid, so you can use your fingers and be done in seconds.

The MAC prep + prime highlighter in light boost is also excellent at brightening. Put it everywhere, and make it look like you've had 12 hours of sleep. For eyes, mascara is key for opening up the eyes and making your eyes look brighter. Your eyes are the window to your soul, and all that…

When feeling tired or grey, go for pinks. NARS Gaiety looks scary, but is such a soft wash of colour that it’s hard to overdo. It makes cheeks look so perky. A slash of bright pink lipstick makes it look like you've put much more effort in. Shown here is the YSL lipstick in 208 fuchsia fetiche. Any bright pink will do, and make you feel pretty.

5 products for instantly looking brighter and more presentable in no time at all – now you know my secrets.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Natural & Organic For Baby - Guest Post From Sugarpuffish.

Natural skincare for mother and baby
Let me introduce myself, I'm Sarah (aka Sugarpuffish) my specialist subjects are natural & organic skincare, eczema and allergies (I sound like a contestant on Mastermind lol). Whilst Alice is on maternity leave, I am here to share some baby skin care tips and recommend brands. I don't have children but I have sensitive skin and eczema so I often use products formulated for babies.

We all know babies have delicate skin so in the first month it is recommended you only use water to cleanse and after this time slowly introduce products. The idea is to allow the skin to develop its natural protective barrier and this may help reduce the occurrence of allergic reactions and eczema. Be careful not to over bathe your baby, two to three times a week is recommended.

My first tip is an important one - always read the labels. I recommend you avoid sulphates (SLS - sodium lauryl sulfate/SLES - sodium laureth sulfate), parabens, petrochemicals (paraffin/mineral oil), artificial colours and fragrances. When opting for natural and organic skincare I recommend you select products developed specifically for babies as the essential oils will be at a lower percentage compared to skincare suitable for adults. It is still possible to react to essential oils so I would always recommend patch testing. Watch out for the term "hypoallergenic/dermatologically tested" as it can be misleading. It's a marketing term used to imply a product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction but that does not necessarily make it natural, organic or free from synthetic ingredients.

In your kit of baby products include soap/body wash, shampoo, body lotion/oil and nappy rash cream/balms. Avoid high street brands of baby powder (talc) as the ingredients can be considered harmful on baby’s lungs if inhaled (and same can be said for adults). I am also not a fan of lanolin and urea, common ingredients found in nipple balms and emollients. If you chose to use wet wipes, consider biodegradable brands that are free from perfume and alcohol. Please remember that unless the packet tells you otherwise, don't flush wipes down the toilet as they end up on our beaches. You may also wish to consider switching to a laundry detergent and fabric conditioner free from perfumes.

Many of the brands listed below offer products for Mum as well as baby. Gift sets are ideal if you are looking for value for money or a present for the new arrival.

Balm Balm - the fragrance free balm and oils are suitable for babies. I can also recommend the Chamomile floral water, a great multi purpose soothing mist for itchy skin.

Bare Bodycare - a “new to me” brand which caught my eye for its adorable 100% natural handcrafted products for mother and baby. A small but perfectly formed range of body butter, hair & body wash bar, bath tea and massage oils.

Bloom Remedies - handmade in Cornwall using certified organic ingredients, the range includes pregnancy oil, nappy balm, rescue balm (a personal favourite), baby oil, pillow mist and gift sets.

Handmade Naturals - another personal recommendation, I have used many their products including the unscented baby oil. Alongside their own range they also sell Eco-friendly Baby wipes.

Inner-Soul Organics - if you want a luxury treat the breast soothing oil and All-Over skin oil have been created with advice from midwives and breastfeeding specialists to care for mum and baby's skin.

Konjac Sponge - I highly recommend a Konjac sponge for delicate, sensitive skin and their product line includes face and bath sponges for newborns and children.

Myroo - handmade products always win me over, you can’t beat the attention to detail and personal touch. Myroo have a small line of baby products - soap, bath milk and balm

Nom Nom Skincare - I had the pleasure of judging these products at last years Free From Skincare Awards. The Camillia & Vanilla Stretch Butter was delightful and suitable even if not pregnant. The range includes body butters and oils, balm, body wash and gift sets.

Odylique by Essential Care - again another favourite brand and I have tried the baby gentle wash & shampoo. The repair lotion is good for irritated skin and mild eczema.

Organic Monkey - who can resist the adorable monkey branding and a range of balms, oils and gift sets.

Remember all these brands are suitable for adults as well but I do hope expectant and new Mums have found my post helpful. A BIG thank you to Alice for asking me to write for her blog.
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