Tuesday, 2 February 2016

My 40 Week Bump Update

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"Your baby is ready to be delivered and is measuring around 50cm in length and will weigh between 6-8 lbs. Your baby's vision at birth will have developed enough to see around 2.5cm so they won't be able to see much of your face at birth, they will however be able to recognise the sound of your voice and your partner's."

How far along: 40 weeks. Today is my due date...but I am still pregnant!

Days until due date: 0 days

My bump: Definitely dropped. At my last midwife appointment they said the head was 3/5 engaged so things are definitely moving in the right direction.

Weight changes: Pre-pregnancy = 8stone 4lbs. Today = 9stone 4.2lbs (+14.2lbs).

Stretch marks? No stretch marks whatsoever but my tummy has been feeling quite itchy recently so I'm being careful not to scratch too much and keep up with my daily bump-moisturising regime.

Cravings: Icy cold orange juice.

Sleep: Feeling a little more uncomfortable now as I try to get to sleep. When I lie on my side I seem to trap a nerve that leaves my whole side numb with a shooting pain so I have to lie on my back to begin with to try and get any shut-eye.

Symptoms: No further symptoms but still suffering with my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but I have been reassured this will go soon after I've given birth.

Labour signs: Nothing yet apart from feeling my bump has dropped quite a bit which has alleviated my heartburn no end. Yay!

Best and worst moment this week: On Friday I was sent for a growth scan at the hospital as my bump was measuring a little bit under the 'norm' line so they just wanted to check everything was ok and the little babe was growing well. Thankfully baby Wilson is absolutely fine and beautifully in proportion and nutritionally well fed and growing very well. They predicted he/she is around 6lbs at the moment but the consultant had no concerns - "tiny mum, tiny baby" was her evaluation so I am not concerned and feel relieved to know that I won't be pushing out a ten pounder! It was lovely seeing baby again on the screen and the scan also showed us that our little one has a very full head of hair. How cute! :)

Miss anything? Prosecco. Honestly so excited to have a small glass of bubbles once baby is here! :)

Maternity clothes: Still just living in H&M maternity leggings and basic 'normal' stretchy tops. I only ended up buying 3-4 maternity pieces and so pleased I didn't have go crazy and completely revamp my wardrobe as they certainly don't scream glamour!

Movement: Lots and lots of wiggles, pokes and prods.

Gender: Unknown and we aren't going to find out either. I think there are so few genuine surprises left in life I couldn't think of anything better than letting this baby be one of them. I plan for Rob to be the one who reveals to me what we've had (if he can see through the tears!) - a little girl or a little boy.

Belly button in/out: Ever so slightly popped out.

Wedding Rings on/off: Off due to my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Mood: Relaxed that I have finally finished all my nesting and our house is pretty much ready to welcome our newborn. I just feel a bit impatient now and want to meet our little one now!

Looking forward to: Having this baby! Could this be my last bump update?
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Friday, 15 January 2016

My 37 Week Bump Update

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"Your baby now weighs between 6 - 6.5lbs and measures 19 inches in length. They are gaining that cute chubby fat every day and the brain and skull continue to grow. The baby's lungs are more than capable of adjusting to life outside the womb and they now should be in the engaged position."

Life update: You may have noticed that I have been a bit quiet over here on my blog for the past month or so. This is down to the fact that we had to move house straight after Christmas so come the 27th December we were busy packing and unpacking boxes, cleaning, erecting furniture and doing all those other dull but necessary things that come with a new house. At nine months pregnant this was an exhausting, emotional and stressful time for me and my main priority was to make this house a home. The nesting instinct well and truly kicked in and all I wanted to do was ensure we had a happy place to bring this baby into. Thankfully we are definitely getting there and the end is now in sight but I would still like a few more weeks please baby to finish off decorating and buy a few more cushions!

How far along: 37 weeks and 3 days - officially full term.

Days until due date: 18 days

My bump: Definitely out there! It all goes out at the front and nothing around my middle so I barely show when I am facing front on to people.

Weight changes: Pre-pregnancy = 8stone 4lbs. Today = 9stone 4.8lbs (+14.8lbs). Really surprised I have only put on a stone throughout my whole pregnancy, especially with everyone telling me horror stories of eating ice cream at 3am in the morning and gaining 5 stone! But it isn't down to just being lucky - I have made a real conscious effort from the very beginning to continue eating very healthy, not over-indulge and keep up my exercise. I am still managing to 'run' 3-4 times a week, up to 5 miles at a time, much to the amusement of passer-bys!

Stretch marks? No stretch marks whatsoever so hopefully I have got away with them, this time around.

Cravings: Ben & Jerry's! I haven't had any major cravings throughout my whole pregnancy and I am not even a big fan of ice cream but I had some the other day at my brother's house and ever since then, I have had a real hankering for Cookie Dough or Phish Food!

Sleep: Still sleeping soundly despite the random under-the-ribs kicks as I drift off.

Symptoms: Again I have been pretty much 'symptom-free' throughout my pregnancy but in the last week or so I have developed Carpel Tunnel Syndrome which is agonising and makes me wake up with severe numbness in my hands and fingers. It is causes by the increased blood pressure compressing your main nerve at the wrist which causes your fingers to go numb. I am seeing a specialist next week at the maternity unit to hopefully get some splints fitted to help ease the pain.

Best moment this week: Finishing work and starting my maternity leave!

Worst moment this week: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Miss anything? Prosecco. Honestly so excited to have a small glass of bubbles once baby is here! :)

Maternity clothes: Still just living in H&M maternity leggings and basic 'normal' stretchy tops. I only ended up buying 3-4 maternity pieces and so pleased I didn't have go crazy and completely revamp my wardrobe as they certainly don't scream glamour!

Movement: Over the past month, the movements of my little one have become more and more intense as they have grown and become more squished down there, and he/she has definitely developed its own little routine throughout the day.

Gender: Unknown and we aren't going to find out either. I think there are so few genuine surprises left in life I couldn't think of anything better than letting this baby be one of them. I plan for Rob to be the one who reveals to me what we've had (if he can see through the tears!) - a little girl or a little boy.

Belly button in/out: Ever so slightly popped.

Wedding Rings on/off: Off due to my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Mood: Generally happy and feeling content in our new house but ever so anxious that I still have lots I want to do before this little one makes an appearance.

Looking forward to: Our wardrobes being delivered next week - living with piles of clothes on the floor is not fun!
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

New In: Clinique Quickliners and Pop Lip Colours

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For so long lip liners were regarded as fairly 'uncool' in the beauty world but over the past few years they have become the must-have item in everyone's makeup collection. Clinique have already brought us the Quickliners for the eyes so it was only a matter of time before we would be relishing a liner for the lips that gives us the perfectly contoured shape we desire - welcome the Quickliners for Lips Intense (£14.50).

Available in twelve gorgeous shades, these twist-up lip liners are an ideal and convenient choice to get wonderfully defined lips with an intense colour payoff. The new formula creates a creamy texture that makes lining your lips a breeze and also means you can wear the colour all over without fear of it drying your lips out. They are water-resistant so really lock in your lip colour and prevent any feathering or bleeding over time. I love these new lip liners and they tick all the right boxes - silky feel, glides on easily and no need for sharpening with the handy twist-up applicator, they are brilliant to pop in your bag to top up your lip colour throughout the day. Above swatches are 04. Intense Cayenne and 07. Intense Blush.

Alongside the release of this new range of lip liners, Clinique have also extended their incredibly popular Pop Lip Colour + Primer (£16) collection with eight new shades to complement a matching lip liner perfectly. These cute-sized lipsticks are a rich colour lipstick and smoothing primer in one giving you a velvety texture and long-wearing finish on the lips. The feel so luxurious and I love the soft sheen yet intense colour payoff they give you whilst moisturising and soothing the skin. Above swatches are 20. Sugar Pop and 19. Party Pop.

Do you like the look of these new additions to the Clinique lip range?
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Saturday, 12 December 2015

MAC Rebel Lipstick

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The perfect Winter berry lipstick from MAC (£15.50) | available online

It may be a cliche but at this time of year it is inevitable that you will find yourself drawn towards those darker, more wintery shades when picking out your daily makeup and one shift I always make is swapping my pinky-nudes for a more sultry, berry pop on the lips.

Choosing that perfect Winter lip shade can be a tricky business as literally every brand will have a plethora of rich burgundy and dark purple shades to choose from but my ultimate pick for a ripened berry lip this Winter has to be a classic - MAC's Rebel lipstick. This lipstick has been around for years but is a firm favourite for many because of its gorgeous plummy colour and satin-rich texture. It is vampy and luxurious with superb pigmentation and lasting power. I love the Satin finish which leaves your lips with a slight sheen keeping it from being too dry and uncomfortable to wear.

If you are after a ravishing Winter berry lip this season then Rebel from MAC could be the perfect choice - I know I shall be wearing it non-stop for all those Christmas parties just around the corner!
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Friday, 4 December 2015

Clinique Days of the Week Lipstick Christmas Gift Set

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Pick a new lipstick every day of the week with this Christmas Gift Set* from Clinique | available online

Clinique are seriously treating us this Christmas time with a stocking-full collection of gorgeous gift sets to place under the tree and delight friends and family on Christmas Day. From skincare, body care essentials, makeup, fragrances and even a little treat for the guy in your life, there is something for everyone.

One of my favourite festive gift sets from this season is the Days of the Week Lipstick set which houses seven of Clinique's Long Last Soft Shine lipsticks, perfectly sized for slipping in your clutch bag before heading off for your work's Christmas party! The lipsticks feel lightweight, soft and moisturising on the lips leaving you with a subtle sheen that lasts into the night. Each lipstick has been assigned an adorable name giving you a reason to smile every day of the week; so will you be reaching for Monday Mojo, Finally Friday or Sweet Sunday?

The shades available are Sweet Sunday (a rose pink/nude), Monday Mojo (a bright fuchsia with blue shimmer), Take-on Tuesday (a warm coral/nude), Welcome Wednesday (a warm caramel-brown), Throwback Thursday (a baby pink), Finally Friday (a deep rosy pink), Sassy Saturday (a berry red). Will you be placing this little treat under the tree this year?
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Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector & Concealer

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IMG_8161Following the successful launch of Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Foundation earlier this year, a skincare and makeup product in one, it was only a matter of time before the new Skin Serum line was extended and welcomed in a new, powerful duo. The recently-launched Intensive Skin Serum Corrector and Concealer from Bobbi Brown are going to be your new best friends when it comes to covering, concealing, correcting and caring for your delicate eye area.

Inspired by Bobbi's own holistic approach to beauty, these supercharged formulas combine potent ingredients used for centuries in Eastern Medicine such as skin-plumping Indian Mukul Myrrh Tree Extract and energising Cordyceps Mushroom Extracts. These two products work hand in hand to eliminate those dreaded dark circles by targeting the major causes such as ageing and excess pigmentation as well as boosting the skin's moisture levels so over time the skin appears plumper, smoother and more refreshed. The first step is the Intensive Skin Serum Corrector - this is aimed at neutralising discolouration and primes the skin ready for the concealer. If you suffer from blue/purple discolouration then opt for a bisque shade, if you have brown/grey circles then pick a peach shade. Step two is the Intensive Skin Serum Concealer which lightens, brightens and evens out your skin tone once gently layered over the corrector in a triangular shape.

Designed for all skin types, these new concealers and correctors come in a wide variety of shades with a doe foot applicator housed in a new, premium vial packaging. The texture is seriously luxe with an almost gel-serum like formula. It smooths onto the skin beautifully and leaves the under eye area looking and feeling well-rested, natural, healthy and plump. Absolute lifesavers when it comes to faking a really goodnight's sleep!
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Kerastase Resistance Therapiste Haircare Range

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I like to think I am quite kind to my hair and make a real conscious effort to put down the straighteners every day and again, up the weekly hair masques and stretch out that highlights appointment for one extra week. Despite our best efforts though there will always be times during the year that our hair starts to feel washed out, defeated and just a little lifeless. I know mine does! It is times like these that I find myself upping the anti and reaching for some seriously hardcore haircare to bring my locks back to life!

This is where the new Kerastase Resistance Therapiste range comes into play - the absolute dream team when it comes to combating damaged, over-processed, dry or particularly fine hair. The range consists of four super products - a shampoo, conditioner, hair masque and leave-in serum to ensure hair is left looking renewed and serious luscious. The Soin Premier Therapiste is the starting point of Kerastase's reverse haircare routine - a conditioner that can be applied before the shampoo. Sounds weird but trust me, it works! The idea is that it is a smart starter, acting like a caring gauze working upstream infusing the fibre with softness so that it feels protected during washing. Following that you can go ahead and apply the Bain Therapiste which is a balm-in-shampoo with a unique gel texture. The formula has been developed to smooth hair, reduce friction and protect hair from further damage.

Stepping out the shower with freshly washed hair it is time for the Serum Therapiste which is a dual treatment with a combination of an oil based care agent, which nourishes the hair fibre, and a denser cream-textured top coat to help treat and seal hair cuticles and ends. It is formulated for extremely dry and damaged hair as well as helping protect against heat up to 230c. I love this stuff and it always makes my hair feel so super-soft after blow-drying it or using my straighteners. This range is seriously impressive and an absolute must if you suffer from fine or very damaged, lacklustre hair - after a few uses it will have a whole new lease of life!
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