I am officially 21 weeks pregnant today, or yesterday as you're reading this. I am now a little halfway through the pregnancy and I just cannot believe how fast it has gone. Just the other day me and Josh attended our second scan at 20 weeks which of course can only mean one thing, the big gender reveal. I have been pretty excited about this ever since I found out I was pregnant. From day one I was looking up old wives tales and taking part in gender tests. You could say I was slightly obsessed. Don't get me wrong I have never been fussed about the gender of the baby but the lead up to that 20 week scan is super long and there's a lot of speculation within the family as to whether it's a girl or boy.
The suspense leading up from the maternity reception to the sonographers room was ridiculous. I was super nervous and thinking many things. What if the baby's not developing properly? What if the baby's got his/her legs closed? Will I be left disappointed if they can't tell me the gender? Thankfully I got my mind put to rest seconds into the scan as all was revealed that the baby was developing well and we were told we were expecting another beautiful little boy. Yes, another boy and a little brother for Alfie. I had a sneaking suspicion it was going to be a boy due to the lack of sickness I was having and the similarities between my pregnancy with Alfie and this little one. There really is such a thing as a mothers intinct isn't there? During the scan we was shown his little heart beating away and he seemed to be very active in the womb too, always changing directions and we even saw him swallow the amniotic fluid which is a sure sign he is doing well. If you can't tell by the scan photo that's what he was in fact doing. It's so adorable!
We are both so excited about adding another little boy to the family, we've even started talking about baby names already, although I have to admit we're not getting any closer to choosing one. I always find boys names more difficult to choose from compared to girls. I have been getting lots of suggestions from family members and friends and I've been rejecting every single one of them, I am so fussy. I guess I just want it to be right for little boo, especially as Alfie's name was chosen so quickly into the pregnancy.
Anyway putting the baby names and gender reveal aside let's talk about the changes. Urgh, deary me, it's sure been a whirlwind so far. I completely forgot just how much my body goes through when carrying a baby. There's ups and downs for sure, in my case it's been a mixture of both. My morning sickness, or evening sickness as I've had has completely died down, although I seem to be coming down with every illness under the sun. I had a stomach bug back in December, I've been getting colds left right and centre and now I've been struck down with the most horrifying hacking cough known to man. I may be overreacting but I've had this bloomin' cough twice now and they seem to be lasting forever(2-3 weeks to be precise).It sucks when you know there's not a lot of medication you can take. I guess I'm stuck with a prescription of good ol' paracetamol and plenty of fluids for now.
As I mentioned in my last update I was also having fainting episodes due to low blood pressure but I have since had my blood pressure checked by the consultant and it seems to have returned back to normal again. It's such a relief as I've been suffering with these terrible head rushes that left me feeling disorientated for hours after. It's actually quite a frightening experience. I had to grab hold of Josh when I was sitting down as it felt like the whole world had moved beneath me. I never want to feel like that again.
I really don't feel like I have that pregnancy glow about me right now. I mean is that even a thing? I certainly didn't have that the first time round and I definitely don't now. My acne is flaring up all over the place and I've been trying out a variety of new skincare to combat that but to no avail. Urgh, basically I look like absolute rubbish. Thank god for makeup so I have the ability to make myself look half decent.
On the plus side little boo has been getting bigger and stronger each day with his little kicks, twists and turns. Everyday I feel something entirely new, just yesterdayI was watching a horror film and he jumped out of nowhere, just as it was leading up to the scary part. Maybe that was his way of warning me that watching a horror with a cup of tea in one hand and biscuits in the other wasn't the smartest of ideas I've made.Speaking of biscuits that leads me to talk about cravings. Thankfully I haven't had any weird cravings so far, and I hope I don't further along the line either. I've had a few things that I've been relatively obsessed with eating but it's perfectly normal, I promise. I haven't stopped eating hot cross buns, pancakes and crumpets. No idea why, although I loved them before pregnancy anyway. Perhaps I just want all the carbs.Another thing that I have been enjoying are milkshakes. Yet again another thing I loved before pregnancy but it seems to have increased a fair bit. Speaking about all of that right now is making me staaarving.
Oh I just cannot wait until the day I meet little man. There is just 19 weeks to go. I say just, but the last 21 weeks has disappeared in a flash. I really hope this birth goes a lot smoother, not that anything seriously bad happened the first time. I was in labour for around two to three hours with Alfie before he arrived in the world so not long compared to others but I managed to tear(sorry tmi). I also managed to carry on through the pain without any painkillers too which I was so proud about. I'm kinda hoping I won't need anything this time either but I will definitely have gas and air on hand if I need it for sure.
I am lookingforward to seeing how things progress from here!
At the end of the year I would normally share my favourite beauty products that I came to love and enjoy that year. With a month already having passed into the new year and us being in february now I was unsure whether I should just share them with you. However I decided to go ahead and jump on the bandwagon and show you what my favourite beauty products were in 2016 anyway. Such a rebel. If I were you I'd grab a cuppa tea and some biscuits because this is going to be a loooong one.
So starting off with the base products first of course, my favourite foundation. It was the Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation that won that award. I've actually had quite a love and hate relationship with this ever since I first bought it(see my first impressions here) but I had really grown to love it during the last few months of 2016. It is a full coverage foundation which I love and it covers up every imperfection I could wish for, not to mention it is super long lasting too.
My favourite concealer is a super easy one, but unfortunately I have sadly misplaced it! We have switched rooms around for the arrival of the new baby in a few months and it is still yet to be found, I could shed a tear or two. On the plus side it's quite inexpensive and comes in the form of the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer. I believe it was a new launch last year and I pretty much knew I was gonna love it as soon as I swatched it. The lightest shade is the perfect match for my fair skin tone and it has hyaluronic acid within it which makes it ideal as an under eye concealer as it hydrates as well asbrightening and concealing. Oh it is seriously dreamy. I will need to purchase another asap!
Now moving onto powder which is certainly a liiitle bit pricey, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I luckily bought this from another blogger just last year for a little less than the RRP and I have been using it pretty much daily ever since. With that aside it imparts a beautiful flattering glow on the skin and works well to diffuse any redness or pinky tones on my skin. It is also very soft and feels almost lightweight on the skin so it doesn't feel like you're wearing any powder which is a huge plus. A little goes a long way for sure.
In 2016 I experimented quite a lot with contour and came to the conclusion that theKat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette was something that I needed to add to my evergrowing collection. Of course I did just that when KVD was finally released at Debenhams in the UK and I can happily say that I've had no regrets about buying it since. Every single contour shade within the palette is universal and suitable for every skin tone, more importantly fair skin tones like mine. They are so soft and blendable too. I have not put it down ever since I bought it and nothing else I have compares to it. A bold statement but it's so true. It shall stay a firm favourite until someone can convince me otherwise.
For the last few years I have been switching up my blushes daily, well, that was until 2016 arrived and I came across theUrban Decay Afterglow Blush in Score. It is a medium pinky-peach with a little touch of shimmer to it which adds a little soft lit within glow to the cheeks. It's unlike any other blush that I own. It is a neutral shade so it can be paired with any makeup look and any skin tone which is why I probably tend to use it more often than not.
And lastly for the base is Highlighter, my favourite subject. TheSleek Solstice Highlighting Palette became quite a big thing last year and for good reason too. You've probably seen me rant about my love for it a number of times so all I'm gonna say is if you haven't got it, you're gonna need it. Seriously, the pigmentation is whoooah, a little shocking but the shades within are beautiful! My particular favourite is the lavender shade.
Moving away from thebase products, let's talk all about the eyes. I first delved into Colourpop last year which I am more than happy about. I rarely use or buy single shadows but when I laid my eyes on the swatches I just knew I had to at least add one, or perhaps two to my basket. In the end I did just that and bought the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Weenie and Nillionaire. Unfortunately Nillionaire was a bit of a disappointment for me but luckily I fell in love with the shade Weenie. A super weird name but a beautiful shade nonetheless. It's a gorgeous rose gold shade with a pearlized finish and creamy feel. Need I say more?
Onto zee brows. Now if you read my previous post about my current eyebrow routine you may have come acrossBenefit Gimme Browso I don't want to divulge too much. It is my favourite eyebrow product of 2016 for good reason though. It is fabulous for adding some colour and volume to the brows as well as setting them in place.
For eyeshadow palettes I completely fell head over heels in love with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. It isn't much of a shock that it became quite the must have cult palette last year. The eyeshadows are so rich in pigmentation and apply seamlessly onto the lid. It's very much a 'me' palette with the mixture of reds, pink and orange tones inside.
I wouldn't normally put this in a beauty favourites for some reason but I actually found myself becoming attached to an eyeshadow primer. It's not the kind of product I would get excited by but what the heck, I love it. My favourite eyeshadow primer of 2016 was the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. I only have a sample size which came alongside an order of mine. It sets eyeshadow in place like no other, no smudging, no creasing, just flawless application. I have no other words for it. I'll need to get an original size once I've ran out.
At one point I used to be all about the liquid liner. Don't get me wrong I still love it now but I love my eyeshadow more. With that aside there was one liquid liner that I became quite attached to, the Kat Von D Liquid Liner in Trooper. It is super black and easy to use and control to get the perfect 'flick' without overdoing it. Last for the eyes is of course Mascara! I experimented with quite a few mascaras last year and although I liked some of them there was one that topped them all, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara. It's pretty much the same as the original Lash Sensational Mascara but with added oils to keep my lashes looking softer and denser. It doesn't affect the volume or length which is a huge plus, and it is easier to remove too.
Now we are finally getting to the end of the post. If you've got this far I thank you and give you a huge round of applause. If you want to find out my favourite lip products then just keep on reading ladies(or gents perhaps).
I have two favourites, both of which are liquid lipsticks, how typical of me. The first is theJeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin. It's literally the most perfect brown toned nude for all skin tones and it dries down to a nice matte finish without any crusting or drying out the lips. Love it! The other is the Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit. Yep, you guessed it, it's another nude. It is super wearable and comfortable on the lips, not to mention it's affordable too! I have a variety of other shades too which I wished I had included but Birthday Suit is my favourite of them all.
Well that was a breeze wasn't it? haha. I don't like to single any product out and I have a tendency to babble a lot. I really hope you enjoying reading anyway, even if you have perhaps finished your cuppa before you got to the end.
Eyebrows are probably the one thing that I am a complete perfectionist at. This never used to be the case though, while everyone was plucking their brows as thin as they could I was growing them out, don't ask me why, I really have no idea. Although bushy brows weren't quite 'on trend' back then I am so glad I left them alone. I never used to pluck them until the age of around 16. I was so friggin' scared of touching them in case they went awry. Thankfully I've never put a foot wrong with them(except a beauty therapist), but we will speak about that another time. As of right now I am happy enough plucking and shaping them myself.
I would like to think I have my eyebrow routine down to a tee right now. I don't do a whole lot with them when I'm not wearing makeup except a little plucking here and there when they've overgrown but when I do put a little effort in I reach for the same tool and products to get them looking as defined and well groomed as I like them to be.
My tool of choice is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Large Synthetic Duo Brow Brush(£15). On one side of the brush is an angled brush and on the other is a spoolie which is perfect for brushing through my brows, getting rid of any excess product, and therefore giving me a more natural but defined look. I like to use that particular brush in conjuction with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown(£15) first of allwhich is the absolute perfect match for my hair.It is of a gel-mousse consistency and glides onto the brows with ease too, adhering to each hair and it doesn't budge until I remove it with my micellar water. It is so long lasting and a little really does go a long way, whether you want a more natural or bold look.
After carving out my brows with the Dipbrow I like to go over any sparse areas and further define the tail of my brows with an eyebrow pencil. My favourite is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown(£15.50). If you couldn't tell by now I am very much in love withAnastasia Beverly Hills brow products, the quality of them is impeccable and they last for so long. As well as using the Brow Wiz alongside my Dipbrow I also find that it works just as good on its own too for a subtle, toned down look and it only takes a matter of minutes to achieve it.
The third and final step within my eyebrow routine is a new addition to my brow routine, Benefit Gimme Brow(£20). It is a volumising tinted brow gel which not only adds some colour and fullnessto the brows but it also contains very tiny microfibres whichclings onto existent hairs and keeps them in place throughout the day. It also helps that it has a tiny brush which makes it easier to brush the hairs into the right place and shape. There is a small variety of shades to choose from but I like to use 5 Deep for this, although I would most likely suit 3 Medium.Like the Brow Wiz it can easily be used on its own which I like to do on the very few occasions I want to wear very minimal makeup.
What is your Current Eyebrow Routine? What are your favourite Eyebrow products?