Friday, 12 February 2016

How to Stay Glam during Pregnancy

how to stay glam during pregnancy

My experience being pregnant with baby number two hasn't differed much to when I was pregnant with Vinny, I've been pretty lucky to not experience many symptoms although these last few weeks growing pains have begun which is a little uncomfortable. I've been trying my best to stay looking like myself throughout my pregnancy whether that's just down to my makeup or the way I dress and many of you lovely people have said I look very glam and still 'me' which is so lovely to hear. I've had many requests to do a post on how to stay glam during pregnancy so I've put together a few things I've done to help me and I hope they help you too. 

Embrace 'the glow'
Luckily during pregnancy for most of us our skin is often better, so wear less makeup and use more enhancing products to focus on your favourite features like your eyes or your lips. I have really loved just focusing on my skin during this pregnancy and I've been much kinder to it making sure I cleanse and remove my makeup properly each day along with using a bunch of moisturisers, you can read about my moisturising routine here. 

Style it out
It's very easy to go ahead and wear frumpy and very unflattering pregnancy clothes when you find out your pregnant because our bodies change and for some of us it's very hard to get used to seeing that happen. I've done my best to grab a few key maternity pieces for my wardrobe this time round like skinny jeans and some nice tops and to be honest they aren't too different to what I'd wear if I wasn't pregnant apart from the huge bump bands! Stay true to your style and add different accessories to really jazz up an outfit, I know it can be hard when all you want to do is wear dark colours and 'slimming' clothes so add some fun scarfs or nice jewellery and your good to go. 

Spend an extra 5 minutes on the hair  
Looking glam isn't always going to be effortless so try take a little extra time doing things, whether it's your makeup or in my case my hair. I've spent a little more time making sure my hair looks nice and it really does make a difference with how you feel and present yourself, I've got into a little routine of blow drying my hair twice a week and curling it on a Saturday and to be honest it's been working really well for me and my hair has been loving the extra attention too! 

Eat & Drink healthy.... 
I say this with a loose tongue... we all know if we drink more water and eat healthy we are going to feel so much better but when you are pregnant for some of us doing the above can be quite a challenge especially when your not feeling great and just want to eat the whole of the snack aisle in your local Tesco. If I've had a naughty week I just aim to be better the next week and that usually helps me, even if I'm drinking an extra glass of water a day or some more fruit it all helps with my energy levels too. 

So there you have it, a few of my staying glam secrets during pregnancy. I aim to do a few hospital bag videos soon, one for me, one for baby and a whole dedicated video for my makeup and beauty essentials so keep and eye out on my YouTube channel for these as they will be coming up very soon. 

How did you feel during pregnancy, did you embrace the glow? 

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Skincare Favourites // Sanctuary Spa

sanctuary spa

During my pregnancy there has been one brand that has really stood out for me as a pamper essential and that is Sanctuary Spa, where do I start?! Affordable luxury with a whole range of products to suit different skin types and issues. For me I've always used Sanctuary Spa products mainly for pampering with a few of my favourite products being their body butters and shower gels but recently I have delved into some skincare products too which I'd love to talk to you all about today. 

sanctuary spa 2016
sanctuary spa skin care 2016

The Sanctuary Skincare range has recently been revamped with a massive 19 new products added to the line up! There are now four different ranges that are there to help you find the skincare solutions that you need, I'm a huge fan of this I think it's great that the brand have thought about specific needs and brought out products to compliment this. 

- The Cleanse Collection is there to assist you with removing your makeup, minimal effort required and perfect for all ages. 
- The Radiance Collection as you can imagine is there to help all women refine the texture of their skin and regain that glow to ensure we all look gorgeous and radiant all year round. 
- Protect is for those of us that need a little extra help with ageing skin and to keep us looking youthful for longer. 
- Reverse is there for the ladies that already struggle with existing signs of ageing and want smoother, firmer-feeling skin. 

A great bunch of ranges to suit everyone whether it's gorgeous glowing skin you are after or if you just need a little boost then there will be a product out there for you.

sanctuary spa wonder oil serum

Some of you may know that I have been struggling lately with dry and dull skin, I have always just stuck to really hydrating moisturisers but still found myself struggling with dry patches on certain areas of my face including my nose and chin area which can be very frustrating when it comes to makeup application and longevity so I thought it was about time I tried some face oils and I've been using the Wonder Oil Serum for a few weeks now and have been really enjoying it. This 2 in 1 product is very lightweight on the skin and has a non-greasy formula which is something that really put me off using oils in the first place, so I love the fact that this just sinks into my skin and hydrates from within. It works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and boost elasticity, and I have to admit it's really helped with the dry problem areas I've been struggling with. 

sanctuary spa charcoal cleanser

Whilst upping my pamper game I have been getting super into cleansing and masks, now we have our new bathroom I'm all about having an hour to myself here and there just to indulge in new beauty products, catch up on some YouTube and pop a mask on, my current favourites by Sanctuary Spa are the Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser, Ultimate Cleansing Oil, 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask and Warming Detox Charcoal Wash. It's hard to narrow it down to an ultimate favourite because I use them all and really enjoy them but being oil obsessed at the moment the Ultimate Cleansing Oil has been my go-to. I love this cleansing oil so much because it's very gentle on the skin and removes makeup so easily, I even use this on my eyes and for someone with very sensitive eyes this is amazing. It doesn't sting my eyes at all after rinsing and takes pretty much all of my eye makeup off with one application, pretty amazing huh! 

So that was just a round up of a few of my current favourite Sanctuary Spa products... I'm a bit of a hoarder and have a huge collection now but if there is one thing you do this week when you pop into Boots or shop online I'd highly recommend checking out the new range and picking up some bits for yourself to try, I promise you won't be disappointed! 

Do you enjoy using Sanctuary Spa products also, I'd love to know your favourite products! 

Check out the Sanctuary Spa range here

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Valentines with Morrisons & Get Ready With Me Video

Valentines in our house has always been quite a relaxed affair, Mark and I really enjoy spending the evening at home with a yummy meal, dessert and a movie it's much easier to do this instead of booking an evening out and to be honest the prices just seem to shoot up when you book a meal out on Valentines.. not that we don't like to treat ourselves but to be honest we just prefer time to ourselves in the comfort of our own home. In this post I wanted to talk you through my typical Valentines Day and what we like to get up to plus give you some ideas if you plan on staying in too.

First of all I always love to have a pamper, I run a relaxing bubble bath and use all of my favourite beauty products to really make me feel special there really is nothing like having a lovely bath and that feeling you get afterwards when you are just smelling beautiful and feeling gorgeous it really lifts my mood especially as a mummy and a pregnant lady! I then like to continue the pampering and move to my beauty room where I get dolled up for my evening, although we aren't going out I think it's still nice to make an effort and it's one part of the day I really enjoy so I usually grab some new makeup and some old favourites to really get glam and then pop on my favourite perfume along with a new outfit. 

When it comes to food I will admit I'm not the best cook however I do like to rustle up something different and delicious for a Valentines treat so this year I'm going to be making a wonderful meal from Morrisons, Morrisons offer meal deals for just £15 where you can basically choose a three course meal including refreshments and desserts to suit you the meal deal includes a starter, a main, one side, a dessert and a bottle of wine or a non-alcoholic alternative. I created a video showing you how I prepared this meal and I'm definitely going to grab another meal deal for Valentines Day this year because it was so easy and quick to put together and it also tasted delicious I honestly couldn't believe the quality and how easy it was to get from our local store along with treats, flowers and gifts. 

Check out my video below to see how we will be enjoying our Valentines Day this year, I hope it inspires you and you enjoy it. 

What have you got planned this Valentines day? 

*This post is in collaboration with Morrisons, all views and opinions are completely my own. 

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Friday, 5 February 2016

How to Rock a Red Lip this Valentines with Clinique

Valentines Day is almost here, have you got plans and a new outfit organised? I'm going to be spending the evening at home with Mark, a lovely meal and of course lots of yummy treats. If you've got all of your plans already arranged then how about your makeup? Today I wanted to share with you a few new products from Clinique and also give you a few of my top tips on how you can rock a red lip this Valentines Day. 

clinique sweet pop
how to wear a red lip exfoliate

First of all when wearing a red lip it's super important to prep, prep, prep! There is nothing worse than popping on a red lip and your lips are looking all dry and horrible, it's just not going to look cute. So my first tip would be to exfoliate the lips gently, to do this you can use the new Clinique Sweet Pots which I actually wrote a full review on here. These sweet pots are a two in one product because you get a balm and a lip scrub, use the lip scrub to exfoliate your lips and tissue off. If you want to be a little more abrasive then use a soft toothbrush to work the product into the lips and once you are done you will have a super soft, smooth base ready for application. 

clinqiue lip pop and sweet pot
clinique quickliner

Next it's time to line those lips, by lining the lips you are going to create the perfect lip line. You can also use the liner to make your lips appear slightly fuller by over lining slightly and it's just going to make everything look much neater. My top tip for getting the perfect shaped cupids bow is to draw an 'X' on the upper lip, this will really help to define the cupids bow and it's such an easy trick to do. I have used the Clinique quickliner in the shade 06 Intense Cranberry to achieve todays look and I absolutely love it, it has a really intense colour and excellent pigmentation along with being creamy and easily glides on the lips. 

clinique lip pop

Finally grab a lipstick in a similar shade to the lip liner used and fill in the lips, I used the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipstick in the shade 07 Passion Pop this lippy provides a rich colour along with a smooth and nourishing formula. You can use a lip brush for a more precise application or if you are already a pro then apply straight from the bullet. It's as simple as that and if you are worried about wearing a bright red lip then why not go for a sheerer red gloss or even a tinted balm? 


What are your top tips when wearing a red lip? 

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New Bathroom || The After

new bathroom sanctuary
laura ashley clock
mira showers
big bathroom shop

Back in December our bathroom had a little makeover, you may remember back in July I entered a blog competition called My Dream Bathroom (view post here and old bathroom) to win a new bathroom and we actually won 2nd prize which was worth an amazing £1000 we received some vouchers to use on Tile Mountain and the Big Bathroom Shop and got to split the vouchers between each store, we managed to get some lovely pieces for our new bathroom. I was so excited to win because although our bathroom was never bad it wasn't something we were going to just do for the sake of it so winning this competition meant that I could give the bathroom a makeover on a minimal budget which was amazing especially at Christmas time! 

The overall layout of the bathroom hasn't changed as we were quite happy with how everything was set up however we have just updated the bathroom suite, tiles and added some extras to really make it special and I'm so happy with the outcome. I wanted it to be bright, modern, fresh and I really think we achieved that and I couldn't believe how quick it was to do. Once we got all of the pieces we needed the plumber came over and literally did everything within 3 days, pretty amazing considering our kitchen conversion took a few months! 

tile mountain tiles

When it came to picking the bathroom suite we didn't opt for a set, I chose each item individually from the bath to the toilet and vanity unit. We chose a soft close toilet which is very snazzy indeed and the bath is slightly bigger than our original one, the vanity unit was something I was most excited about because it has storage which is what we really lacked in our old bathroom. The doors are soft close also and I really adore the high gloss finish it's super swish and goes perfectly with the overall bathroom design.

tile mountain doblo tiles

I actually found picking the tiles a pretty hard task especially because we had to order online, I ordered so many sample cuts which was a great service that Tile Mountain offer. I'm so glad we ordered the samples because when it came to finishes and designs I really had no idea, I wanted something that would be easy to clean and I didn't want anything that would be too high maintenance so for the floor we went for the Doblo Matt Light Grey Porcelain tiles which are gorgeous I'm so happy with these tiles and even picked up some extra tiles to use in our hallway at some point. We also added some underfloor heating and oh my gosh this makes such a difference, our bathroom only ever had a large towel rail for heating so it got pretty chilly but now we have underfloor heating it's always nice and warm which is such a treat in the middle of the night when it's a bit chilly! For the wall tiles we chose the Velvet white wall tile which is again a pretty huge tile but I think it really acts as a feature piece and I adore the mix of grey and white in this tile, amazing quality and looks incredible.

mira showers honesty
honesty mire showers
mira shower

Onto fixtures and fittings, we desperately needed an update in this department because our old fixtures and fittings were pretty dated and I think that by simply updating these features it really makes a bathroom look modern and chic. All of our fixtures are from Mira Showers, our old shower was from Mira and we never had any problems so we wanted to make sure we got everything from there again this time round and after talking to the guys over at Mira we decided on the Mira Escape electric shower which looks fab, it has thermostatic temperature stability keeps showering safe for all the family which is perfect for us as Vinny likes to have a shower sometimes too and I also just love the contemporary design. 

For the taps and bath mixer we chose from the Honesty range which again is very contemporary and sleek, my favourite part about the tap and bath filler is that they both work amazingly well with low pressure. This was something I was a little concerned about as our bath taps are low pressure but we had nothing to worry about because these work a treat and fill the bath with ease and not too much of a wait. Everything we got comes in a chrome finish which I think looks perfect in our new bathroom, I'm in love!

laura ashley marble clock

Finishing touches have only just been done hence why the post is a little delayed after Christmas but I wanted to make sure it was going to be perfect and to be honest I wasn't too sure what I wanted but after a little online searching I came across some lovely key pieces that I feel really bring the bathroom together and makes it complete. After reading a few interiors blogs I came across an absolute bargain from Laura Ashley which is the Marble clock, can you believe this clock was reduced to just £13.50... I literally couldn't believe it and as a blogger you know I'm all about marble so it had to be done. I then grabbed some copper baskets and a mirror from Matalan which I've had so many compliments on already, I love how these just add a touch of colour to the room and I've actually kept things colour co ordinated by placing some of my favourite Sanctuary products into the baskets for that extra wow factor. 

Overall I'm so pleased with the outcome of our bathroom, it's one of my favourite rooms in the house now and I have to admit being pregnant it's very nice to be able to enjoy a lovely relaxing bubble bath in a swish, warm new bathroom I feel like I'm in a hotel! 

What do you think of our new bathroom? 

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