June 30, 2015

She's here...

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably already know this... but I wanted to take this opportunity to formally introduce my little girl, born 2 weeks ago!

This is Lola Evelyn, born 16 June 2015 weighing 4.38kgs and 51cm tall.
A few hours old
Two weeks old and already has the duck face down pat!

June 13, 2015

The 2 products helping me fake a good night's sleep

Before we get started on the product review, there are 2 things you need to know.
a. I have an almost 3yr old son that still comes into our bed at night.
b. I'm currently 9.5 months pregnant (aaaghhhhh!!!!)

Those two things combined mean that I have been sleeping pretty badly lately! The 3yr old snuggles to me so tightly (burrows into me more like it), that if I'm not careful I'll fall off the edge of the bed. And the pregnancy bit means I get up a thousand times a night for bathroom breaks. So to say that a good night's sleep hasn't been happening for me lately is an understatement. And it showed. On my skin, under my eyes and just all over.

I was this close to going to the shops and buying my favourite Maybelline concealer which helped me fake good sleep after I'd just had baby #1. But then after rummaging through my stash I came across these 2 products I was sent a while back from Physician's Formula and thought I'd give them a go. And what do you know, they're great!

June 09, 2015

Lipstick Tales: Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Dry Rose

I'm a huge fan of Laura Mercier, but so far I've only ever tried their eye products (the Luxe Colour Wardrobe which I reviewed HERE is till a favourite!). I was recently sent one of their lipsticks to try out, and oh my, it's delish!

The Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Dry Rose is hydrating, it's creamy, it's pigmented and it's long lasting. Everything you'd want from a lipstick wrapped in an elegant case. One swipe is enough for full opaque coverage, and you don't even need a lipliner with it as due to the pigmentation it's easy enough to get a nice sharp outline to your lips.

June 02, 2015

36 week belly update


Aagghhhh.... I'm now just a little over 36 weeks pregnant! That's 9 months to those of you not in the know when it comes to pregnancy countdowns. When I was pregnant the first time around I did fairly regular belly updates, but this 2nd time the last time I did one was at 29 weeks! The major reason for that is that almost all my spare time is spent with my son who at 3yrs old still demands a lot of attention. And by the time he goes to sleep at night I'm too tired to do anything productive.

I'm still working full-time, but this is my last week at work then I'm off for 12 months. Working full-time this late into my pregnancy was probably not such a great idea, but I'd rather have that extra time off to spend with the baby than take leave early and sit around at home waiting for her to arrive. Oh and in case you haven't read any of my previous updates, it's a girl! Yes, we'll have a pigeon pair. Why do they even call it that, a boy/girl sibling?

Besides being constantly exhausted, aching all over (yes, back pain and rib pain made a visit to me early on at around 16 weeks and have stuck around), I'm also feeling a lot like a whale and miss my previous flexibility and fitness levels (don't get me wrong, I was never that fit to begin with, but I could at least walk further than 10m without huffing and puffing and needing to stop to take a rest!). One of the hardest things has been not having the energy or the flexibility to play with my son.

So far I've put on a total of 17kgs, and really I don't even want to think about it. I eat relatively healthy but the weight has piled on. I put on pretty much the same amount during my first pregnancy and lost most of it fairly easily so I'll worry about it later.

Enough about me, the baby - she's doing great! Touch wood everything is developing perfectly with her. She's a chunky little one, already weighing in at 3.5kgs (her brother was also a chunky one, what can I say I make big babies!) And apparently she has a lot of hair already, so I'm keen to see what she'll look like. My son has my eyes, but his daddy's fair curly hair. I do wonder if this baby will just look like a girlier version of my son or look completely different. Only time will tell.

Thanks for reading! And thanks for your continued support of my blog. xx

May 27, 2015

Brows brows brows - favourite brow products

A few years ago if you'd asked me what's the one beauty product I can't live without, I probably would have said mascara. Now it would have to be eyebrow pencil. Why? Because nicely done brows will really frame the face, giving it definition, making eyes look bigger and even slim down the cheeks. And well, because I have really yucky and patchy brows from years of over plucking, so a good brow product is absolutely essential for me.

Here is what I have on rotation. All of them purchased with my own hard earned cash, and repurchased over and over and over again.

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