Monday, 30 March 2015

38 Weeks Pregnant

It's Monday, so it's time for another pregnancy update. I've had a few poopy days (hence no blog posts) so I've have spent my time being very lazy and watching Homeland. 


How far along? 38 weeks today :) Two weeks to go!!
Total weight gain: 30lbs when I weighed myself a couple of days ago. I thought it was supposed to slow down at this point, but clearly I'm eating far too much cake.
Maternity clothes? For the most part, although in these pictures both tops I'm wearing aren't maternity. The vest is a stretch vest dress from Primark and the crop top I bought a year or so ago, also from Primark. Crop tops are great for adding over maternity vests and give a little more coverage - my boobs are huge now and I feel a bit exposed with just a vest!
Stretch marks? The same as last week...a few starting around my belly button where my piercing is and very faint ones on my boobs.
Sleep: Terrible! I've been awake for hours in the middle of the night with aches and an overactive mind!
Best moment this week: This last week was quite rubbish...I don't remember anything being a best moment.
Miss anything? Just feeling normal and wine, always wine!!
Food cravings: I've gone off food a bit, I don't crave things like I did!
Anything making you queasy or sick? I had a few days feeling sick but I'm not sure why.
Gender: Boy!
Labour signs: Braxton hicks, a lot of lightening crotch, back pain...I think these are classed as labour signs.
Symptoms: As I said above, but also carpal tunnel (which rather than just aching has turned into numb fingers most of the time), heartburn, indigestion, and I've been very emotional.
Belly button in or out? It pops in and out :)
Wedding rings on or off: On, but they won't come off!
Happy or moody most of the time: Hormonal...had a few crying fits over nothing and I've been a bit snappy :s
Looking forward to: I look forward to my little boy arriving, but at the same time I'm scared! It's weird I've been dying to meet him for so long, but now the day is arriving, I wonder whether I know everything I need to.


I wonder how many more of these posts I'll be's surreal that he could arrive at any point now...


Friday, 27 March 2015

The Perfect Red Nail

Red is such a classic and beautiful nail colour. It can instantly transform your look and leave you feeling glamorous. 

I prefer to wear red most of the time as it always makes me feel less dreary.

So, I thought I would share my three most used shades with you all...


Nails Inc. St James
A Pillar box red that has a blue-ish undertone to it - best for cooler skin tones. The brush is a good size, spreads the colour beautifully and only needs one coat for the perfect finish. I particularly love this for my toe nails.

Essie Lollipop
Essie describes this as a bright candy cane red - a more yellow based shade. It has a slightly thinner brush, so I find this works better on my fingernails. You could get away with one coat, but for the perfect opaque finish I would suggest two.

OPI The Thrill of Brazil
This has been in my nail polish collection for years. This is an orange based red so may work better with warmer skin tones or when you have a tan. I have an older bottle of this which has a thin brush, but I think most OPI polishes are now sold with the Pro Wide brush. Again, I would suggest two coats for the perfect finish.

What red nail polish would you suggest?


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Blogger Issues and Third Trimester Woes

I'm currently sat in bed, finished all the housework for this morning and my right hand is throbbing...Oh the joys of the third trimester. Who knew that being pregnant could cause tingling and numbness in your hands!? If anyone has any tips on how to ease the discomfort, I would very much appreciate it!

So, another really simple outfit today. I'm all about the comfort right now as my bump is getting huge! 


My jeans are the only maternity item I'm wearing and they're from Asos. They've got the band at the front and sit on your hips, rather than going all the way over the bump. I'll admit they're not the most flattering of jeans - they sag throughout the day at the knees, crotch, bum etc.. But, they're comfy and I honestly don't know whether there are many maternity jeans out there that look amazing because the material needs to give a bit for swelling and growth.


The tartan shirt I've had for ages - it's a lovely warm, soft material and a bit longer in length so covers the sagging jean situation.

The star item of this outfit though, is a relatively new addition to my wardrobe and by far the cheapest. It's another Primark Stretch Vest Dress, and it costs £3.50. These things are amazing for maternity wear and I highly suggest picking a few up if you are currently with bump :)

Jeans - Maternity Ridley Ankle Grazer from Asos (similar)
Tank Top - Primark Stretch Vest Dress
Tartan Shirt - The label says Ellos..I think it's a Swedish brand and I bough it years ago, but eBay has lots of plaid and tartan shirts.

Just wanna put this out there again in case anyone may be able to help. I've had trouble with my blog posts showing up in the Blogger reading list since switching to a custom domain. If anyone knows how to fix this, I would be so grateful for any advice. I keep hoping everyday that it may have miraculously fixed itself.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Glowing Skin and Winged Eyes

Finding the perfect makeup routine that can be applied quickly and easily when I've barely had time for my cup of coffee to do it's job is a must for me.

I've recently got into a little makeup rut...and I'm loving it.

So I thought I would share with you...


Rimmel Wake Me up has become an everyday staple as it creates a beautiful glow that blends into my skin seamlessly. It works perfectly with my all time favourite concealer Collection Lasting Perfection (in 2 Medium) to create a flawless base.


After this it's time to define my brows with MAC's Impeccable Brow Pencil in Taupe. A pencil is so quick and easy to apply!

To set my foundation I use Rimmel's Clear Complexion powder (which is translucent) then I define my cheekbones with Nars Laguna and add a gorgeous flush of colour using Nars Deep Throat.


To add some highlights I use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze on the top of my cheekbones or sometimes even all over.

And finally I finish off with my eyes. Using Urban Decay's Naked Palette I pop Sin all over the lid, Virgin under my brows, Toasted blended through the crease and Hustle smudged on the lower lash line. I then line my eyes with L'oreal Super Liner and apply a couple of coats of Bourjois 1 Volume 1 Seconde mascara.


If I'm lucky I can manage to slap this all on in 10 minutes, unless my husband, dog or something interesting on the TV distracts me!

On a completely separate note, I've recently changed my blog URL to a custom domain name and have had a few teething problems. The main problem is, I'm not sure if my posts are showing up in Blogger's Reading List - if you've had this happen to you, I'd really appreciate any advice you can give me.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Spaghetti with Prawns and Rocket

Every Monday night in the Lewis household, I get to make my favourite type of dish...pasta!

There's nothing like a hearty, homemade, plate of spaghetti to cheer you up.

I get a lot of my recipes off of Jamie Oliver's website or from one of the many books he's written. His instructions are always clear and easy to follow, plus he doesn't use too many exotic, expensive ingredients. 

I've made Prawn Linguine from 15 Minute Meals many times before, and I thought this weeks recipe would be quite similar but it's completely different as it doesn't contain any anchovies or cinnamon which you can really taste in the linguine. Instead you get more of the flavour from the prawns, with the rocket, lemon and dried chillies giving it a slight kick. It was delicious!

Click here if you'd like to try out the recipe.


Have you tried any of Jamie Oliver's pasta recipes? Are there any cooking websites you would recommend?


Monday, 23 March 2015

37 Week Pregnancy Update - Full Term


How far along? 37 weeks today.
Total weight gain: 29lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes for the most part, except in the photos in this post my top is from Topshop Petite range and I'm wearing Primark Mickey Mouse Pj bottoms :)
Stretch marks? Underside of my boobs (really faint) and a tiny one above my belly button piercing. I've not actually got the piercing in at the moment because I kept catching the pregnancy bar I bought.
Sleep: Sleep is awful. My hips and back ache when I wake up, and I'm also getting quite bad Carpal Tunnel which is worse in the morning. I found that scrunching up a blanket under and around my bump makes it more comfortable - more so than my pregnancy pillow.
Best moment this week: Saw my little boy again at my growth scan. But this was kind of a good and bad moment. His weight is great, in fact he's right on track...but he has a slightly larger head circumference (not unsurprising I don't think we're a small headed family) and that is somewhat terrifying to me - I have to push him out at some stage soon!!
Miss anything? I miss not aching. I miss feeling comfortable. And I cannot wait for a glass of wine!
Food cravings: Nothing specific...I'll eat anything.
Anything making you queasy or sick? I got sick twice when my husband and I went out a couple of weeks ago, but since then I've been fine.
Gender: Boy!
Labour signs: Braxton hicks, back pain, slightly too speedy digestion, shooting pain at the top of my right leg and I had menstrual cramps for a few hours last week that eased off in the evening. Baby's head is 2 or 3 5th's engaged according to my midwife, which is really good and explains the pressure down there!
Symptoms: Still getting some heartburn depending on what I eat. Carpal Tunnel, which is aching and pins and needles in your hands. I walk funny now because his head is really pressing on the right side of my pelvis.
Belly button in or out? I keep saying it's out, but it's only just slightly out. I've seen some women who have it really sticking out!
Wedding rings on or off: I've managed to get one ring off that I always wear, but my wedding and engagement rings are stuck!
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody and snappy! Apparently this is normal and can be a sign of pre-labor at this point.
Looking forward to: I'm in a state of 'living in the moment' right now because if I think too much about his arrival time will drag or I'll get really freaked out about birth. I've just been focusing on blogging lots (which I'm loving right now).


Leave me your links if you're doing pregnancy updates or if you have a parenting blog...I'd love to add it to my blog roll!


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Wrecking it

I'm currently sat in bed watching Wreck It Ralph on Now TV. If you haven't seen it and you're a Disney fan then make sure you pop it on your to-watch list!

As for my outfit..

I would say this is a go-to for me, and not just in pregnancy.

When you can't be bothered to think about picking and putting together an outfit, skinny jeans, a vest, patterned scarf and hoodie is the way to go.


These converse are my favourites at the moment, but because they're so beautifully white I hate to wear them too much for fear they will soon be covered in splodges of crap!


Hoodie - American Apparel Unisex Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie in Black
Vest - Primark (Stretch Vest Dress)
Jeans - Topshop Joni's
Shoes - Studded Converse
Scarf - River Island

I've been pretty much housebound for the last few days because my poor little puppy was castrated on Thursday and he needs someone with him constantly. He's currently wearing a cone which makes him so miserable and he keeps dragging himself along the floor as it's the only way he can relieve the itch/irritation where the stitches are. The only consolation for my husband and I is that it will protect him from problems that can arise later in his life, but we do feel so guilty that he has to go through this discomfort now.

And on that happy note, I hope you've all had a lovely weekend :P

Saturday, 21 March 2015

An Everyday Glow

A nice orange tinge is a must have for me. I rarely go more than a few days without slapping on fake tan!

For over a year now these products have been my go-to fake tanners when I went a nice natural glow.


First up Xen-Tan Face Tanner. I prefer to use a tanner specifically made for the face to prevent clogging my pores. This is a gradual tanner that contains antioxidants to help protect the skin from environmental factors. It's suitable for all skin types and can be used everyday, but I prefer to use it every couple of days to give my skin a subtle glow that doesn't build up too dark.

For my chest, arms and the top of my back I like to use Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel and blend it down into my stomach with Dove Summer Glow in Medium to Dark. As my stomach and lower back are rarely on show I don't want to use an expensive product like the Luminous Gold Gel all over my body. The gel gives you an instant golden sheen, is easy to apply, dries really quickly (absolutely no tackiness) and develops into a gorgeous glow the next day. It also smells incredible!

As I mentioned above, I use Dove Summer Glow in Medium to Dark on my lower back and stomach, but I also apply it to my legs. It's not as dark or as luxurious a product as the Xen-Tan gel, but as these parts of my body aren't on show too much I don't bother making them as dark as my arms and chest. Dove Summer Glow is such an affordable lotion that seems to have become a bit of a cult favourite.

If I did want a darker tan all over I'd probably use something like St Moriz or Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan, but I will do a full post on those products soon.

Are there any products you would recommend?


Friday, 20 March 2015

Lights Out In London

I used to always title my outfit posts with a song I was listening to or loving at that period of time. So, today I thought I would do a little throw back to 2012 and title this after a song by Heaven's Basement. If you like rock music check out their Vevo on YouTube here. They are awesome!

Onto the outfit itself...

I've been dressing very casual during my pregnancy, but sometimes it is nice to make yourself feel a little more glammed up! So I stuck on a blazer and hat over my usual jeans with vest ensemble - that small change made me feel instantly less frumpy. 


The only maternity item in this outfit is my jeans which are Jonis from Topshop. 

The tank I bought specifically for being pregnant but it's from Primark and is one of their stretch vest dresses. These are amazing and only cost £3.50! I've actually bought this in my regular size and it still fits perfectly over the bump.


The blazer is another Topshop purchase. I swear by Topshop for blazers because they last really well and don't go bobbly as some of my H&M ones have. They may cost a bit more but if the quality is better, it's obviously worth it!

And finally the hat is from eBay. I adore it but do get a bit of anxiety when wearing it ..I don't want to be that girl running down the road after her hat!


Felt floppy hat - eBay
White vest (stretch vest dress) - Primark
Black Structured Blazer - Topshop (Old)
Maternity Joni jeans - Topshop


PS: I did not wear fancy shoes or heels with this, but instead squashed my feet into my converse as they are the only thing that somewhat fits right now!

I hope you are having a far more interesting Friday night than I will be having. Being 9 months pregnant, there isn't much you can comfortably do, so I'll be chilling out and watching Netflix I should imagine. Although I am very much looking forward to the Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter ice cream that is sat in my freezer :)


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Calming Irritated Skin!

Being pale means that when my skin is angry, every vein, eye bag and scar is hideously exposed for all to see. Fake tan works at hiding some of these problems but it doesn't really fix anything. It acts more like a band-aid (or plaster as we say in the UK, but that doesn't really have the same ring to it).

I would usually use products containing salicylic acid to brighten my complexion and remove dead skin cells, but being pregnant means I'm not allowed to. So instead I've had to use something more gentle to calm down my skin.

Enter, Catastrophe Cosmetic, a Fresh Face Mask from Lush. It contains chamomile and calamine to soothe the skin, and great big chunks of blueberry that are rich in anti-oxidants (yep, I'm just paraphrasing Lush's blurb on the packaging).


If you've never used a face mask from Lush before, there is one thing to note, these must be kept in the fridge as they are fresh! And because they're fresh they also only last for about one month, so you have to make sure you slap it on a couple of times a week to use up the product.

Overall, it isn't some miraculous product that will make your skin completely free of redness.  But, it does leave the skin soft, plump and perfectly cleansed, while also calming inflammation. Also, the fact that it has to be kept in the fridge means it's lovely and cooling on the skin!


Catastrophe Cosmetic currently retails for £6.50 or you can get one for free if you take back 5 empty, clean Lush pots.

Have you tried the Lush Fresh Face Masks?


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Tasty Toast Salad!

I'm obsessed...and I never thought I would say that about a salad!

I don't know where I got the idea to make this, but for the past three or four months I will have some variation of this for lunch most days.

Two slices of wholegrain bread
A handful of spinach, watercress and rocket
A couple of tomatoes
5-10 olives
30g of feta cheese (approximately...I just cut off what I fancy really)
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar mixed with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

To start with, pop the wholegrain bread in the toaster, then cut up the tomatoes and mix together with the olives and salad leaves. Once the toast is done, tear it up and mix it in. Then pour over the balsamic and olive oil dressing and place your feta on top.

And that's it...

Super easy, bloomin' tasty lunch!

What is your favourite salad? Leave me links of any foody posts you've written...I do love a bit of food-porn.


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Perfect Pastels for Spring!

Since Spring has now officially arrived (according to the date, not temperature) I thought I would share my favourite nail polishes for this time of year.


Models Own Beth's Blue
A soft, lilac toned blue. This applies really nicely and you could even get away with one coat. I'm not sure if this has been discontinued, but apparently Nails Inc Oxford is very similar in colour (although probably a bit more expensive).

Essie Mint Candy Apple
A beautiful mint shade, as you would expect from the name. This applies slightly more streaky than Beth's Blue, but I do find that to be the case with a lot of Essie polishes - they're harder to apply but they do last a long time. This has been a favourite of mine for 4 or 5 years now!

Essie French Affair
A slightly more yellow based lilac. Again, can be a bit difficult to apply but the staying power is fantastic, especially with a good top coat like Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat or CND Super Shiney.

Essie Van D'Go
A light peach-pink. I absolutely adore this colour as it really perks up my skintone. It applies really thick and you do have to be quite careful, but it's worth it! 

Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream 
A lovely baby pink. You need two, maybe three coats to get an opaque finish, but it stills looks lovely if applied quite sheer and gives a pretty, natural nail.


What are your favourite pastel shades?


Monday, 16 March 2015

36 Week Pregnancy Update


Excuse the fact that I look quite moody in the photo above. The best place to take photos in my flat is the front room but I feel so self conscious that my neighbours can see me so I just quickly snapped a few shots!

How far along? 36 weeks exactly today!
Total weight gain: When I weighed myself a few days ago I had lost a pound, so 27lbs in total.
Maternity clothes? Yep...all the time pretty much, except tracksuit/pyjama bottoms.
Stretch marks? Same as last week really, a few on my boobs but really faint.
Sleep: Sleep is still pretty terrible. It's hard to get comfortable, so I wake up a lot.
Best moment this week: I went for an appointment with an OB and all was well with my scan the week previously. She also said he was in the right position and he could arrive sooner rather than later.
Miss anything? Feeling comfortable.
Food cravings: This week I've been craving fruit juice, I think because I am incredibly thirsty all the time.
Anything making you queasy or sick? I've actually been sick a couple of times in the past week and my tummy seems to be quite easily upset at the moment. Perhaps it's all leading up to the big day? :)
Gender: A Boy.
Symptoms: Heartburn and indigestion, backache, tons of braxton hicks, carpal tunnel(aching hands) and shooting pain in my pelvis (which I think is lightning crotch) that nearly had me fall to the floor in Homesense. Ooh I've also had tons of energy at certain intervals throughout the past week.
Belly button in or out? Out.
Wedding rings on or off: On, but I really wanted to take them off this morning because my fingers felt really swollen.
Happy or moody most of the time: Generally quite happy I think...I probably moan a lot though.
Looking forward to: Another growth scan this week :) I love seeing my little boy.


I was thinking about showing you what I've packed in my hospital bag soon...maybe even filming a video of it. I know I found them really helpful when deciding what to take with me!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Hand Saving Products!

The cold weather and constant cleaning around the home has my hands looking and feeling absolutely rubbish. They're dry, itchy and sore if I don't keep up a good routine.

Here are a few of my favourite products...

Vaseline Healthy Hands and Strong Nails has been a staple in my cupboard and handbag for years now. It sinks in within a minute to leave your hands soft but not greasy and has the added benefit of strengthening your nails too as it contains keratin.

Garnier Handrepair is meant for extra dry skin, so it's fantastic for bedtime. I like to slap on a nice thick layer and leave to sink in. I also find that a bit of Sudocrem on sore knuckles works a treat!


When it comes to cuticles I use a combination of Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil and Lanolips 101 Ointment. The Apricot Oil is great for when I'm doing my nails and also helps to dry nail polish quicker if applied gently after your final topcoat. Lanolips is a multipurpose balm that I find is best applied at nighttime along with the products mentioned above.

Finally Handy Gurugu from Lush. Although I do like to use this on my hands at night occasionally, this is a product I prefer to use on my feet. It intensely hydrates extremely dry skin on the soles and it doesn't even need to be applied daily to keep feet soft!

What products would you recommend?


Friday, 13 March 2015

Khaki and Gold

Let me start by making a little disclaimer...

This outfit is very basic and casual. It epitomises my pregnancy uniform throughout the third trimester, which always comes down to the rule that comfort comes first. Being comfortable has become not only of great importance but essential to my functioning properly!

Ok, so that may seem a bit over the top, but I'm at the stage now where it's difficult to move if the wrong trousers are put on. And attaching socks and shoes to my feet is akin to a workout that either leaves me rolling around on the floor attempting to get up again or sets off braxton hicks cramps!

So, onto the outfit itself...


I'll start by talking about the two maternity items I'm wearing which are both from Topshop.

Blue Maternity Joni Jeans - I hated these at first because they sagged and didn't fit anything like my original Joni Jeans, but I have come to love them later on in my pregnancy. They have give in the material which means if you swell up (as you inevitably do when carrying a baby) you can still move! I was wearing regular jeans up until the end of December when I had to give in as I was beginning to walk robotically.

Black Slim Fit Vest - This was only £8 and has served me well over the past 7 months! In the earlier trimesters it fits like a dress, but as your bump grows it gets increasingly shorter till it starts to look like a regular vest top. 


The khaki waffle knit cropped jumper is again from Topshop, however it's from their standard range of clothing. I bought this last summer and have it in a range of colours as I was obsessed with the fit and how it looks with regular Joni jeans. Cropped tops are perfect during pregnancy to pair over a long vest, and also when breastfeeding with a nursing cami underneath.


Jumper - Topshop (Sold out but can be found on eBay)
Vest - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop
Gold Studded Converse - Schuh
Watch - Michael Kors (Not sure which model as it was a gift)

I went to get my hair done today and had some slightly lighter pieces put through the top to create a softer ombre style, which is apparently called sombre. I hadn't had it cut or coloured since July (as you can see by my roots and shaggy ends in the photos above) because the salon that I usually go to has closed down and I haven't been able to get in touch with my usual hairdresser. This meant I had to brave it and see someone new which always terrifies me! Please tell me it's not just me that feels scared when going to a new hairdresser?


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Raising Milo

Who knew raising a puppy was such hard work?

When I first bought my little one home, I didn't quite anticipate how tiring and difficult the first couple of months can be. At times it seems like you're going round in circles with accidents and destruction happening on a daily basis. But it does get better.

Milo is a Cockapoo, which is a mixture of Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. The breed has become pretty popular and I seem to see them everywhere now! I think it partly has to do with that they're hypoallergenic, don't shed and are extremely smart, but also they're bloody adorable.

When we got Milo we were still living at my mum's right at the top of the house, which made toilet training really difficult as ideally it's best to put young puppies out every half hour or so. We relied heavily on puppy pads at first and they worked great (although he did miss from time to time). However, we started to realise when he was about 14 weeks that having those out in our bedroom was giving him the signal that it was OK to go in the house, so we ditched them and with perseverance he was fully trained within a couple of weeks. 

From the beginning we bought a Lindam Pet Pen, which can be used to divide a room or made into a pen. It was fantastic for keeping him safe when we were out and to sleep in at night. Another option we had was to put him in a crate, but we much preferred the pet pen and it's lucky because anytime he has been put in a crate, he's absolutely hated it. We had made the choice to have him sleep in the pen for a couple of years, but at about seven months he managed to leap over the sides. It's now stored away until our baby arrives as it is pretty much identical to the Lindam Baby Pens.

When it comes to chewing, bones are fantastic for keeping young puppies occupied. Unfortunately rawhide is supposed to not be given to dogs under 4 months, but our little one got hold of a bit from our older dog and was obsessed, so we had to search Pets At Home for an alternative. There aren't many that are suitable for little pups but we did find an antler which he loved and still loves now!

Milo is now 10 months old and considerably hairier than the pictures in this post, in fact at the moment he looks like Chewbacca from Star Wars. 

But he is still just as cheeky as he is in the photo below! 

I hope you enjoyed this post. It's quite different from what I've put up in the past, but I want to add in things that are a bit more personal and not necessarily just about beauty and fashion.


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Affordable skincare routine

I've always used a mixture of high-end and high-street products, but with a baby on the way, I want to save money where I can and find cheaper options. Below is a mixture of products I use to keep my skin as healthy and blemish free as possible. I've also mentioned a few things I liked prior to being pregnant that I can't use at the moment.


Botanics Ionic Clay Mask is a fantastic alternative to more expensive clay masks on the market, and in my opinion it works just as well. Pre-pregnancy I also loved Neutrogena's Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask, but unfortunately it contains saliclyic acid which is a no-no at the moment. I used to use it to get my skin really cleared out as it gets deep down into your pores. Their Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub is also fantastic - it contains very fine beads that gently get your skin looking bright and clear.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is very popular now so I doubt it needs any introduction. I used to use Bioderma Crealine (Sensibio) H2O to remove my makeup but the Garnier version is just as good and far cheaper.

For cleanser I like to use Superdrug's Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser. You massage the cleanser into your skin, place the muslin cloth (included in the box) under a warm tap and then gently polish off the cleanser. I've never used Liz Earle's hot cloth cleanser so cannot compare the two but apparently this is a good alternative and it's only £5.99 for 150ml.

The two products from Lush are probably not as affordable as all the other products I'm mentioning, but there is a lot of product for the price. First up is Breath Of Fresh Air. This is a toner water that I like to spray before applying my moisturiser. It's great for when my skin is feeling a little dry or needs a bit of refreshing. For 250g it costs £7.95, which I don't think is too bad and that bottle has lasted me blooming ages. The second product from Lush is Enchanted Eye Cream, which is a basic, gentle cream that's good for anyone who has quite sensitive eyes.

Last up is Nivea's Light Moisturising Day Cream for normal/combination skin with spf15. It's a basic, gentle cream that doesn't block pores and keeps the skin fairly matte. Prior to buying this a month or so ago, I was using Origins Make a Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment, which I did love but the £34.50 price tag is just a bit too hefty right now.

I'd love to know your high-street/drugstore recommendations, so do leave a comment if you have any.


Monday, 9 March 2015

35 Week Pregnancy Update


Obviously I'm quite far into my pregnancy now and I really wish I had have done these updates earlier on. I've read so many other blogger's pregnancy updates over the years and always really enjoyed reading them even though I wasn't pregnant.

How far along? 35 Weeks
Total weight gain/measurements: I have put on 28lbs, so that's two stone exactly. I started out at 8st11 and I am now 10st11.
Maternity clothes: Up until about 28 weeks I was able to wear my normal jeans with a bump band, but they then started to get really hard to walk in because there just wasn't enough give in the material. Since then I have been wearing maternity bottoms all the time, except at night because tracksuit bottoms in my normal size still fit. Over the past few weeks the bump has grown quite a lot, meaning that some tops I was able to wear before are just far too tight and I don't particularly want to stretch for the most part I'm in maternity tank tops and t-shirts.
Stretch marks: I've got very slight marks on my boobs, but they're underneath and very faint pink so don't really bother me. On my tummy I can see that around my belly button I may end up getting some as the little bump packs on his weight over the next few weeks. After I've had a warm shower there are pinkish marks just round my belly button that disappear once I've massaged in bio oil.
Sleep: I haven't got any pregnancy insomnia, but I do wake a lot in the night in quite a lot of discomfort. Basically everything aches when I wake up!
Best moment this week: I had a growth scan last week as my bump was measuring small, but he was perfectly fine and weighed 4.5lbs. It was so nice to see my little man again, as the last scan I had was at 20 weeks!
Miss anything? This is going to sound weird, but I miss my Joni jeans from Topshop. I have lots of pairs and absolutely adore wearing them. I also miss sushi, wine, sleeping on my back, runny eggs and proper exercise.
Movement: All the time! I felt him move from week 16, but now it can sometimes actually hurt.
Food cravings: I want different foods everyday...but it's never seemed that different from pre-pregnancy. Lots of people ask me about this, but I'm boring and have had no weird cravings!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.
Gender: Boy.
Labor signs: I have a lot of braxton hicks, particularly when walking the dog or cleaning the house. As this is my first baby I'm not sure whether there are any other signs that I could just be missing.
Symptoms: Back ache is constant at the moment and it's hard to get comfortable. I also get heartburn occasionally, am starting to look a bit puffy, get breathless and feel the need to pee when I don't really need to.
Belly button in or out? Out.
Wedding rings on or off? On, but my fingers do get a bit swollen at times.
Happy or moody most of the time? A mixture of both I guess. I don't necessarily feel hormonal though, in fact pregnancy has done wonders for my moods - I was really badly affected by my hormones after coming off the pill.
Looking forward to: Going out for my hubbies birthday this weekend and enjoying the free time we have before our little man arrives. I just wish the back ache would calm down a bit as it's making everything harder and I just want to be getting lots done!


Let me know if you're currently doing pregnancy updates or have a baby blog. I'd love to add some more to my reading list!


Saturday, 7 March 2015

High-street foundations worth trying

I've been religiously using Nars Sheer Glow for the past few years now, but in a bid to save some money, I chose not to repurchase when it ran out. Instead, I have been using some high-street bases that I already had in my makeup stash and I have to admit, they are bloody good!


First up is Rimmel Wake Me Up, which I have in the shade Ivory (100). This is perfect for days when your skin needs a little boost as it contains tiny bits of shimmer that fake a flawless, healthy complexion. I can't say whether this would be any good when you have some serious breakouts going on, but it's wonderful for when your skin looks lackluster and a bit grey.  

The second from Rimmel is Match Perfection, again in shade Ivory. This gives more coverage than Wake Me Up, but I find I have to add in a bit more glow with something like Mac's Lightscapade or Nars Deep Throat. It does claim to be illuminating, but I don't feel it is - perhaps it's because I'm comparing it to Wake Me Up. I still love it though, particularly when I've got more to hide.

Bourjois Healthy Mix (Vanilla 52) is a base I have loved for years now because every time I use it I feel that my face is glowing and healthy. I think it may have something to do with the shades being more golden toned which instantly perks up my skin. I'm not sure how much I believe the fruit therapy blurb on the front of the bottle but it certainly smells lovely and fruity. One thing to note with this one is that it may not be as great for dryer skin types as it is semi-matte.

L'oreal True Match is the newest addition to my collection. It states that over two weeks your skin will look healthier and feel smoother but I can't comment on this because I do always mix up what I use. However, I can say that it evens out my skin nicely and covers up where I need it. The main downside is that I think I probably could have done with a slightly darker shade than Golden Ivory as it can make me look a bit ghostly especially the day after I've used my gradual tanner. 

What other high-street foundations have you used and loved? I'm definitely going to try and head to Boots or Superdrug from now on.

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