Travel whilst pregnant 

Being 22 weekend pregnant my husband and I decided we would take the opportunity to go on a baby-moon which is essentially a holiday whilst pregnant to just be a happy couple and have a bit of us time.

When me and Andrew first got together we went to Venice for our first holiday and it was great although we stayed in a hostel so wasn’t as romantic as it could have been so we decided to go again but this time stay in a hotel. It was much better. We stayed for 4 days 3 nights and really enjoyed it

Before we set off I made sure the travel insurance we purchased covered us should something happen involving my pregnancy and photocopied my pregnancy notes. I even bought flight socks which as I’ve never used any before I can say they are actually surprisingly comfy and my legs didn’t feel quite as “heavy”.

Whilst away I had growing pains once a day for about half an hour and Henry had a growth spurt or more accurately I did. I woke up the day after getting there and my stomach seemed to have sprung out of nowhere but apparently that’s a thing that happens…. Something else which provided entertainment is it was whilst away on this romantic getaway my breasts decided to start leaking clear fluid… Why is pregnancy so God damn sexy!

Packing was a bit hit and miss I wish I had brought lip balm and a different moisturiser for my stomach. It was that cold being January and all, I didn’t wear any of the nice clothes I packed and ended up wearing as many layers as possible and my coat the entire time!

Andrew was really patient with me which was amazing he didn’t rush me and constantly reminded me to go and pee before we left anywhere. Was always there to rub my back when Henry decided to push or pull or whatever it is he has been doing on the inside. So all in all it has been an amazing and very enjoyable trip. I just need a holiday now to recover from this holiday ha ha 😂

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Pregnancy beauty both good and bad!

Dry skin: I suffer from psoriasis on my hands, feet and scalp. Whenever I’m particularly stressed out the stuff on my scalp comes down slightly and goes onto my forehead but never further down than my eyebrows. Luckily I have a fringe so if it gets bad I just wear my fringe down and it’s hidden… Sorted. Being pregnant has had a very strange effect on my skin as the psoriasis I have on my hands and feet has completely cleared up and the stuff which is only very occasionally on my forehead was taking centre stage. I was caught in a tight place… The more stuff I put on my skin to help with the skin condition the worse it seemed to get, which is pretty standard really but still annoying as you can imagine. Once I got into the second half of the second trimester it seemed to clear up so fingers crossed it will stay away for a while.

Hair: My hair feels amazing! This is definitely a great side effect of pregnancy it’s growing like crazy and feels really thick (although I know it will all come out once baby is here). I cant put conditioner on it or it will get greasy in what feels like 2 seconds flat but oh well not exactly a bad thing! Will save me loads of money between now and the little critters arrival!

Nails: Also growing like crazy although they do seem a little brittle but that could be my imagination. With work all day I really am surprised that they last at all!

Bath bombs: Unfortunately I have had to put my bath bomb obsession to bed, at least until May. They have caused a brief encounter with a PH Imbalance that I sure as hell don’t want a repeat of! The doctor said now I’m pregnant I am more likely to get this sort of thing and if I’ve one once I’ll probably get another! 😱

Tummy: On my expanding stomach I have been applying The body shops Coconut body butter, Palmer’s cocoa butter and boots mummy oil spray for stretch marks. I love the smell and consistency of the body butter it’s definitely the one I have been applying the most, I find the cocoa butter too sweet smelling and the oil spray feels disgusting on my skin… 

The sacred truth

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I went into lush the other day and asked one of the advisors about what would be best for dry skin. Ive tried one from Lush that had oats in it and although it did help at first by the time the next day arrived it was as dry as ever. With this information i was told that The Sacred truth was the next best for moisturising and i should give that a go. He also gave me a sample of Skin drink moisturiser to try after the mask.

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The mask its self is really thick, green and slimy. I loved the smell of it tho! Its busting full of natural ingredients like lavender oil and jojobah oil smells great! When you put it on its really quite cool and refreshing on your face and you can feel the little bits of exfoliating matter throughout the mixture.

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After leaving it on for the required time the mask itself didnt set as such but you could tell a difference between just putting it on and theend result. Washing it all off was quite easy and didnt cause quite as much mess as is usual.

Both mine and Andrews skin felt great afterwards really soft and my face felt slightly plumper but not in an alarming way. The moisturiser we used afterwards was also quite thick so we didnt need to use very much of it and it definitely made a difference.
This morning when i woke up my skin still feels lovely so its already better than the last one i tried!

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Much Love Helen x

Glossybox review

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Noxidoxi – Enhancing serum base.

A serum is the power-house of any skin care regime. From Bordeaux born brand noxidoxi, this has a CRC6 moisturising complex, which hydrates the skins surface as well as the deeper layers, while a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories protect the skin. Layer under moisturiser. Full size £33.46
Www.noxidoxi.com

Helen thinks:
It is a really watery consistency and it smells like baby wipes. It did make my skin feel smoother and tighter (in a good way) and once it has soaked into the skin after just a few seconds, my skin felt nice and soft. Not sticky at all which is great! However i cant see any noticeable difference with the cream on. Maybe its something i will only notice after prolonged use.

Lollipops – lip balm delicieuse

A wonderful french find. This rich and creamy balm immediately soothes and softens with antioxidants and vitamin e, as well as protecting the lips from UV damage. Perfecr for the summer! Full size £4.15 http://www.lollipopsmakeup.fr

Helen thinks:
It tastes amazing, smells even better but looks like ive got vaseline all over my mouth. It also doesnt work well as a base for lipstick!

Teoxane Cosmeceuticals – perfect skin refiner

With hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate skin, 10% glycolic acid to help resurface the skin and calming ingredients to reduce irritation. Start by using it every other night (you’ll feel a mild tingling at first), and as with all potent treatments, a high SPF is a must during the day. Full size £70 http://www.teoxane-beauty.co.uk

Helen thinks:
It smells really chemically (not sure if thats a word) makes the surface of the skin feel a little numb when you have just applied it. I cant say if my face needa much plumping as i cant see a massive difference, but may be different on someone with a few wrinkles. It definitely felt different.

Yves Rocher – comme une evidence eau de parfum

This quintessentially french musky floral scent is light, feminine and airy. It intertwines notes of violet leaves, rose, lily of the valley and patchouli for a subtle scent that lasts all day (or night) long. Full size £24.50 http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk

Helen thinks:
The perfume has come in such a sweet looking bottle and box! It really does look classy and expensive! Im normally into musks that arnt flowery but i actually really like this. I dont think i would want to wear this at night but would be nice during a warm summers day. 🙂

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Much Love Helen x

Face mask reviews

Since December me and Andrew have been testing out a variety of face masks.

We have used:

I have 2 favourite’s:

Lush’s Love lettuce. I keep this in the fridge so its lovely and cool when it goes onto my skin. There are ground up bits of Almond shell within the mask so once you start to wash it off you get a nicely exfoliated face too. Plus (pardon the pun) it smells Lush!

I love the way my skin feels after using the Honey and Oat Body shop mask although it is certainly not easy to wash off, if you have a shallow sink you will find it goes everywhere! I don’t use it as much of some of the others simply because of this, which is a shame.

The Montagne Juenesse masque’s i have been getting from Primark for 89p each are Andrews favourite. The White chocolate one to be precise. He liked the texture and the thickness of the mask. It set well on his face and made his skin feel lovely and moisturised afterwards.

The one Andrew liked the least was also a Montagne Juenesse one, passion peel off. He found that it was really watery and quite greasy, it didn’t set properly either whilst also making his skin feel quite irritated.

So yes, this is just small few of the hundreds of different face masks out there. Hope you enjoyed it and if there is anything you would like me to do a review on let me know!

Much Love 🙂

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Make up for women with glasses

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So as a woman who likes her make up, beauty and fashion, one thing I always have to be aware of, are the things that give me sight. My glasses!
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I sometimes find that my glasses can be both a blessing and a burden. I don’t like wearing contact lenses, so it can be hard work especially when I’m going out and want to look my best (as far as my make up is concerned.)

Wearing glasses doesn’t have to hinder your make up experience. If you want to wear make up, you should be able to!

These are just a few things that i find beneficial to me. I’ve worn glasses since i was 11 and going through my teens i either didn’t bother with make up or made bad choices… Usually going in too heavy with the eye make up and missing other parts of my face, because well whats the point my glasses cover them!

I am going to start from the top of the face to the bottom. As you do… Obviously

Eyebrows... Spectacles should not be an excuse to let them roam free. No matter how tempting it can be.

Plucking/Waxing/styling your brows gives your face a frame. Making sure that your eyebrows are looking good sets your face off to a good start especially when your glasses slip halfway down your face. Like mine always seem to do! Please do check that your brows are even as possible. Now I don’t mean that they have to be exact! Nothing in life is ever exact so don’t stress yourself out about that!

Eye Shadow Please please please lay off the dark colours. There is nothing worse than seeing someone attractive wearing glasses then ruining it with tonnes of dark eye make up. Glasses can make your eyes dark enough already without adding to it. You want your eyes to stand out from you glasses. They need to POP not blend into a dark background. Stick to lighter shades of shadows. Using a shimmery pale cream or nude eyeshadow (dependant on skin tone) in the inner corner of your eye will enhance the shape and size of your eyes. You can even make your eye colour stand out by using certain shades.

Blue eyes wear: Gold, Apricots or peaches.

Brown eyes wear: Blues and purples

Green eyes wear: Deep plums and wine

Eyeliner It adds definition to your eyes. If you have thick frames, have thick liner. If you have thin frames, have thin liner. Try gel liner on your top lid and a thin stroke of powder under your eye.

Mascara is something ive personally never had a problem with, but i know many other glasses wearers out there that have. Especially when it comes to your lovely long lashes getting stuck on your lenses. The best suggestion to prevent this is eyelash curlers. If you invest in a metal pair you can also heat up your curlers with your hair dryer, but be careful as you don’t want something that’s really hot next to your eye! A gentle warmth will do the job just as well! Waterproof mascara also holds the curl a little better than the non water proof variety.

Under eye Concealer Is a must! As i have already said, glasses cast shadows and make your eyes look darker. It is important to get rid of those dark circles under your eyes. So unless your blessed with the perfect under eye or you get your 8 hours of sleep every night im guessing you could do with a little help in this department. Try and use a non creasing concealer, to stop in clinging into any of your laughter lines!

Nose dents from your glasses…. Urgh I hate this. If this is something you also suffer with then try using a mineral powder rather than a cream foundation. Also if you can bear to wait a few minutes after applying your make up so it can settle/dry and using a setting spray is also a very helpful thing to do!

Contouring your nose. Glasses can draw attention to your nose and if you are sensitive about this area of your face contouring is the way to go! If your nose is quite wide you can contour down the sides and highlight down the middle, before applying foundation. This will help elongate the nose and help make it appear slimmer.

Blush I’m quite pale so i wear quite a pink blush but whatever your skin tone and whether you use bronser or blush, don’t be afraid of pairing this with your glasses! By applying it along your cheek bone it can give your face definition that your glasses can sometimes take away.

Lips! Bright statement lips are a must have! Now this is a tricky one. If you have full lips then you can usually wear whatever colour of lipstick you want. If you have thinner lips then lighter tones are a little better. But it is your preference. I Love wearing reds but wear a shade your comfortable with. Bold colours look great with dark frames 🙂
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CONFIDENCE Be confident in yourself and your look. Glasses are for seeing, not putting up a barrier between yourself and the outside world. Glasses are in fashion at the moment but they havent always been and they wont always be.

A person with confidence always looks good.