Poetry – Pain

Pain is a funny thing that everyone encounters

Emotional

Physical

Both hard to deal with and yet both completely different.

The gauze that hangs over everything. The bleakness…..grey, damp, cold, lonely.

When lulled into a false sense of security, pain creeps up and stabs you in the heart and stomach slowly pulling you apart.

You can cry until there are no more tears, fall asleep and find courage in the blankness of sleep, ready to go through it all again tomorrow.

The wort part isn’t the excruciating pulling its the nothingness, the numbness, no feeling.

The worst pain is no pain at all

HJSA

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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

Ultimate Review

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Ultimate blends

The strength restorer serum 🙂

My thoughts about this product are a little conflicted, when buying this i also bought the matching Shampoo and Conditioner which have long been used and this has stuck around quite a bit longer!

My hair has gone through all sorts i have tortured it and taken it to the brink! Ive bleached it, dyed it, frazzled it and then finally i cut it all to about 2 inches long and as over the last 2 years it’s grown I’ve been a lot more loving.

I hardly ever even blow dry it these days, so when i do dry and straighten my hair i have to admit its in pretty good condition. Ive been really lucky after cutting it short that its grown back with a soft curl to it. I go to bed with it wet and its all pretty much styled by my pillow. Which is handy as I’m lazy… i live my bed… and this just adds to my bed time appreciation although it doesnt always work out so well!.

Anyway back to my product review!
It smells great! I would love for my hair to hold that scent all of the time! As an oil it does make my hair really shiny although i have to wash it much sooner than if i dont use it, but i guess that would be expected. I just dont feel that it makes any difference. I dont know if my hair was in bad condition that would change things tho, i was expecting my hair to feel softer and slicker but nothing. I think when i bought this from boots it was on special offer but i still wouldn’t buy it again. Im struggling to use this as it is to be honest!

If any one has used this and has found it works well for them let me know!

I guess this one just isnt for me!

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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

Beauty review

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Clarins gift set: So it was my birthday at the end of June and my very generous friend Louise bought me this awesome gift set. It has an exfoliating body scrub, a huge bottle of moisturising lotion and body oil. All three of these products smell different but just as lovely as the next.

The moisturiser is a beauty. Its not oily or sticky. It soaks right into the skin and really does make my skin feel loved! I havent looked to see how much they are as that would be rude! But im sure they are well worth the money!

The Body scrub is a small size so i have just been using this on my face to get the most out of it. It makes my skin feel really clean, soft and invigorated before applying any other creams afterwards.

Body oil i havent tried to use this yet as they do nake me a little nervous!  It smells really nice tho! I will have to try it when if ever i get a day off! 🙂

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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