My new beauty favourites….

I haven’t gone a massive beauty splurge for ages and to be honest I am still working through and trialing a lot of the goodies from my M&S Christmas beauty calendar but I have collected a few things that have secured a place on my bathroom shelf that I thought I would share with you.

First up is this bottle of nourishing goodness in the form of essential Rosehip oil. This isn’t a new purchase, in fact I’ve been using this for about 8 months  after reading about the benefits which include soothing, hydrating and rich in essential fatty acids all whilst being loaded with vitamins, this natural oil promotes radiance. Promising all the above it didn’t falter on its delivery, I use this every other night or more if my skin particularly needs some TLC and although it is oily (as its an oil) it absorbs and doesn’t leave my skin greasy in the morning. Sukin and Trilogy are among the brands currently promoting Rosehip but I just headed down to my local Holland and Barrett to pick up a bottle at a snip of the price!

I don’t know if its pregnant hormonal hair or the time of year but just before Christmas my hair felt lank and flat and although I mix up my shampoo at each wash I wondered if I had slight build up that needed some attention.  I picked up L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner, the product info explains that the formula should purify the scalp whilst hydrating the ends and revitalise the hair with softness and shine. I have that super clean hair feel once I have used this and it doesn’t feel so flat anymore, this could be the shampoo and it could be another change in prego hormones but all I know is I’m much happier with how it is and how long I can stretch before another wash…lazy I know but girls with thick hair will totally get it!

My mum kindly bought me a pot of this 100% organic and totally natural Neal’s Yard Mothers Balm with my first pregnancy and it felt like such a treat to my expanding skin plus it was nice to take some time before bed to apply and massage into my bump. As you can imagine it was a lovely surprise when she handed me another beautifully gift wrapped pot a couple weeks ago! Pregnant skin is prone to drying really quickly and of course most women suffer from stretch marks so this is a great hydrator and encourager of preventing the appearance of those marks. Ingredients such as beeswax and skin nourishing oils its clinically proven to increase the skins firmness and elasticity which I 100% felt the results of after baby number 1 so fingers crossed its just as effective second time round! A perfect present for any mum to be!

Let me know if you have any new beauty finds,

Love Harriet x

 

 

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Pregnancy update Week 18….

So I thought I would do a little Pregnancy update so I can look back at some of the weeks and remember how I was feeling at the time; I wish I did this more in my first pregnancy so I could compare and share with friends who ask so here it goes….

How far along?  18 weeks

Total weight gain? I haven’t weighed myself and DONT intend too! I can still fit into my size 10 leggings (just) and in my maternity size 10 jeans ohh and squeezing into my normal work pencil skirt

Maternity clothes? My amazing friend Robyn has saved me with a bundle of maternity jeans and some gorgeous pieces. I  have purchased a couple tops from ASOS but I dont have loads from before!

Stretch marks? None yet

Sleep? Much better although always a toilet break interruption!

Best moment this week? Celebrating another friends baby shower makes it all seem more real for me!

Worst moment this week? None.

Miss anything? A cold G&T would go down well!

Movement? Not yet but then Sonny hardly moved so I am not sure when I will feel that first flutter

Food cravings? Scrambled eggs on toast, it was peanut butter on toast the last few weeks YUM..

Anything making you feel sick or queezy? Nothing now but funnily enough in the very early stages it was the smell of eggs cooking…babys changed its mind now!

Gender? Not sure yet

Symptoms? Achey lower back after a busy day

Belly button in or out? In

Pregnancy essentials? Pregnacare tablets, Comfy PJs, Neal yard Mothers balm (Thank you Mum) and my water bottle at my side constantly!

Looking forward to: 20 week scan and seeing baby again

 

I won’t do these every week – don’t worry non pregnant friends! Just now and again to keep a diary for myself and anyone interested in pregnancy related posts

Love Harriet x

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Self care Sunday……

I was listening to The Motherkind podcast episode ‘The art of self care’ with guest speaker Suzy Reading and it left me feeling so positive, accepting and not afraid to admit to myself or others that we all need a bit of self care. Suzy explores and explains what self care actually is, it doesn’t always have to be as extravagant as a spa day or weekend away but it can be as simple as a quiet moment with a piece of cake and cup of tea or attending your favourite gym class.

I have known for ages that for me to be at my best attending a Body Pump class for an hour twice a week makes me feel a million times better, a moment to just focus on the exercise not only benefits my body but also my mind gets a chance to switch off or even process the day!

My ultimate favourite self care indulgence would be a massage or facial but as Suzy explains sometimes these acts can be tricky to pull off with childcare, expense and timing, it can mean they turn into a stressful situation and defeat the object (not all the time and ohhh I am 100% all for a treatment- this wont stop me) Sometimes slowly savouring a piece of chocolate, in my PJs once Sonny is in bed feels like the golden ticket and soooo fulfilling!

Looking after yourself and making yourself happy is important for everyone at any age, parent or not however, I’ve talked about Mum guilt before here and sometimes self care can get mixed in with dreaded mum guilt. I make plans and then feel guilty asking for a baby sitter and worried about judgement when it’s probably not even there. I know its not just me, us mums need a break but so often stress about asking for it!

Finally that bit of ‘me’ time that we so desperately need to keep us sane has a title which just making it seem so much more acceptable! I totally recommend you look at Suzys work, its a ‘pick-me-up’ for sure!

Enjoy that quiet cuppa

Harriet x

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