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Maternity Must Haves

I have tried a few maternity products over this pregnancy and some I have loved and some I just cannot get on with but I have come up with a small list of products that are definitely a must for those who are pregnant. I started getting maternity stuff around 12 to 20 weeks and beyond, as I started to grow my bump and as things went on I just needed to change things up a bit.

Pregnancy Pillow
This is a must in pregnancy. You cannot sleep on your back or front when pregnant as it can cause major issues to your baby, and one way to help hold you in place is a pregnancy pillow. The pregnancy pillow also offers a support for your bump when sleeping. For me the full sized all around pillow has been a life saver, really good bump support, super comfy and I use the other arm to support my back when sleeping on my side. It does take up space in the bed but it is honestly the best thing I could have and my partner uses it as well, plus the pillow area helps give you more support I'd you need to sit up in bed from reflux.


Maternity Clothes
They recommend starting to pick up maternity clothes around 12 weeks, this is because you may have started to develop a bump or just need a more comfortable wardrobe as the pregnancy goes on. For me by far the most used maternity clothing I own are the maternity leggings. They are so comfy and have enough stretch that they kinda grow with you. I picked mine us at about 14 weeks and have lived in the up until now, and I will continue to wear them after baby is here to help with the postpartum. I have tried the jeans but I just find them on the uncomfortable side and getting socks on in jeans is just a no no.


I have also been loving maternity tees. There are a lot out there, from basics to really stylish ones there are a lot to choose from for all different occasions. Plus they give you enough space around your bump without feeling too tight or short. I do still try to wear some of my oversized tees but they do have a tendency to cling to the bump and ride up, and it is not a good look on me. Along with the tees, a good maternity dress is a lifesaver for special occasions. There are some really nice ones on Missguided and George and they just look perfect. The best part is they have extra material over the front to allow the bump to sit snuggly without the shape looking to odd. I would definitely recommend investing in 1 or 2 just so you have something to feel really nice in for special occasions, especially as the festive period is upon us.


Maternity Underwear
Nursing bras are definitely something I would recommend investing in,  especially if you are planning on breast feeding. Personally I would invest in one around 20 weeks and then get a few more nearer to the due date. The reason, they are very different to normal bras and feel very strange at first. Honestly if I didn't start early I would have found them very uncomfortable now, but I'd only invest in 1 at the start, as you will get bigger as you go further in the pregnancy. Though, I would invest in some bra extenders just to be on the safe side, as mine aren't tight but they just need loosening for comfort as my bump pushes the bra in all different way.

Pregnancy Apps
It sounds obvious but pregnancy apps have really helped me through this pregnancy and have given us a topic of conversation for me and my partner. Every week we get a new update on how baby is doing, how big he is and what is likely to change with me. On top of that one of the apps, Ovia, has an online forum for all the questions you might want to ask or know. This has been a lifesaver if I'm honest, being able to ask question when in doubt and get some really helpful feedback. Plus you see questions that you haven't even thought of and get to see all the reply and comments which give you more knowledge into your own pregnancy. I have asked questions about baby items, mental health and joined in the love train of due dates and how long to go. This app is probably my go to every morning as it gives you a little bit of info about baby everyday, even tips of exercise, nutrition and looking to the future as well as some great articles. Though this app does talk more around the US maternity system the information is still really good, plus it shows you hand and feet size of your baby and what odd animal it is the size of that week.


Belly Butter/Bio-oil
OK so this might sound strange as to why it is a must have but I have a good reason and it's not all to do with stretch marks. Yes this stuff offers to reduce stretch marks, which is great I mean I haven't had this benefit as I had stretch marks before and sadly a couple new ones have appeared but my main reason its a must have, the ability to bond. Yep I love rubbing this stuff into my bump, it helps smooth my skin but I get such a wonderful reaction form baby. He rolls and moves when I rub my belly and it really puts a smile on my face, it also makes me more happy and positive about my body. Although, I still have visible stretch marks the fact my baby enjoys it and the fact he's in there makes me so proud of my body, like I made that and he is so happy. I find it hard some days to talk to him as its a very strange concept to talk to your belly, but this interaction helps a ton for me to connect. I am constantly rubbing my bump and feeling him move. Touch is definitely my love language and I cannot help but keep touching where he is.


These are my maternity must have for new mums to be. These have definitely helped me out over this pregnancy and I will definitely recommend then again. What are your maternity must haves??

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In beauty beauty review Becca Becca Beauty becca beauty review Becca Review face Highend Highend Review Love makeup Makeup Review Must have review

Becca Beauty || Review

Probably one of my favourite highend brands I own and contains so many products that I couldn't live without and these next products are up there with the highlights.

Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation (£32)
This by far is my go to foundation every time, and I cannot live without it in my life. Firstly the packaging is very sleek and professional and you get a lot which definitely goes a long way. I have tried two shades Linen and Alabaster, both work perfectly on my skin and alabaster is a little bit more my skin tone which is perfect as I did manage to pick this shade up in my favourite affordable brands shop TK Maxx. The coverage is a beautiful full coverage and doesn't feel heavy at all on the skin, making it feel breathable and like a second skin. It blends perfectly into the skin and can be buildable in areas you needed it without it looking cakey or over done. My skin looks flawless with this foundation and I love wearing it to special events and well any chance I get, definitely a must have.


Colour Correcting Concealer in Violet (£21)
I love colour correcting as if it is done right you can fix blemish area and make the skin look flawless. Knowing the colour wheel will help know how to correctly apply the product for any yellow spots the violet shade will help eliminate the yellow shade. I also use the violet corrector to intensify highlights as it is light enough to add extra light dimensions to the face. The packaging is very professional and definitely looks highend and a little goes a long way. The product is creamy and blends beautifully into the skin which is just what you want from a coloured concealer. If you understand colour correcting this product is perfect and I definitely want to pick up a few of the other shades to help correct further.


Overall one of the best brands that you could invest in and you will not be disappointed. Even if you just invest in the highlighters you will not want to look back. Sadly though the brand has gone under and it may be hard to find these products. SO if I find the foundation again I am definitely grabbing all that I can find.

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XOXOX 

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It Cosmetics || Review

I have been wanting to try It Cosmetics for years and when I managed to pick up the a couple of things from Cult Beauty. I have been giving these products a go on and off for some time and wanted to review them for you guys.

Your Skin but Better CC+ (£32.50)
This is the original CC cream from it cosmetics, a supposedly full coverage correction cream in a pump bottle. The product does look and free very professional and I was super excited to try it, however the shade is a little more darker than I would have hoped. It is in the lightest shade but does come off a little on the orange side on my skin and the coverage I wouldn't say is high coverage. I still can see blemishes and redness on my skin which when advertised as full coverage you don't expect to see. The formulation is also more on the demi matte side, giving the skin a slight shine to the skin. It felt like the product really clung to my pores as well, making them much more visible which again is not really for me. This is really discouraging as it advertises that it is pore minimising. I think think it's a great product if you like medium to light coverage but for me it just didn't work.


Your Skin but Better CC+ Oil-free Matte (£32.50)
This was a fail by me if I do say so myself, I decided to pick up a shade darker than the other. This is the second lightest shade and it was way too orange and dark which is highly disappointing as it was advertised as light/fair and is definitely not. The second issue with this product is again the pores minimising effect is pretty much non-existent and clings to the pores making them look so obvious especially when they are in the wrong shade and the matte effect makes it 10 time worse. I never would have though that a matte finish would be something I hated but it is with this product. The matte does dry a little too quickly and with all the other issues it just makes it a terrible product. I think if I had a lighter shade if that was even possible I might like it a little bit more than I do. Sadly though this product is just not for me.


Bye Bye Pores Powder (£24)
This is actually a product from It Cosmetics which I do like, though there are some downfalls for this powder. Firstly the packaging is really nice and looks professional, though I do wish you got more product for your money. The powder feels smooth on the skin and blends in really nicely, although it may blur some pores I can still see them present on my face. The only downside to this powder is the fact that it oxidises on the skin. I struggle with some products oxidising on the skin and this powder, although translucent, does turn slightly orange over time. But it is still a really nice product to use, more beneficial for me in the summer months when my skin gets a bit of a tan, but I cannot wear it all day as it will get darker.


Overall I'm afraid that this brand just doesn't do it for me. I do want to try more of their products but I wish they did more shades then they do as the lightest shade is still a tad to dark for me.

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XOXOX 

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In craft crafting crafty DIY Festive foil foil art foil design foil Quill freestyle pen foil quills freestyle pen Fun gift personalisation personalised gift

How to Use the Foil Quill Freestyle Pens

The Foil Quill is a fun little gadget that allows you to foil a variety of projects including leather and wood. The starter set comes with 3 sizes of quills, which can be used to add fine detail and block colour. The foil quills are USB operated and just need to be plugged in and left for a minute or 2 to allow the element to heat up. Being a heated tool it needs to be used carefully to ensure no injuries occur and they should be unplugged when not in use.


The kit comes with a fine point pen, standard point and bold point, however you can purchase further types of pens such as calligraphy point. The kit also comes with 3 colours of foil, silver, gold and rose gold as well as a reel of washie tape. I love using the pen to write with I cards and on tags adding beautiful details. Using darker cards really makes the shine pop out.




First step as mentioned before is to decide on the project and size of the point you want, I prefer the standard point. You will also need to decide the colour of foil you would want to use. Once decided you will need to cut out the foil to the correct size. If writing in a card I use a piece to the correct size of the card, but smaller projects require smaller sections. Once cut out place on the card or project and fix with washie tape on the sides ensuring the foil is flat and tight. Any ability to crease and the foil can ruck up and deform your project.


Now your set up you can create your design. Take your time when designing and don't worry about mistakes, all art has a minor mistake that's what makes it unique. If you have a specific design you want to create, you can sketch it out on tissue paper and draw over the paper on to the foil. The tissue paper is thin enough to transfer the heart though I do recommend going slowly just to ensure the heat does transfer to the foil. I have tried tracing paper and parchment but neither work that well. 


Once you have created your design it is now time to remove the foil. I peel off the washie tape first and then slowly peel the foil off. This will reveal your design and the foil will have empty spaces where your design has come from. If you have more foil areas on the foil and want to add more you can, until your finished and satisfied.


That's it, you have now made a personal design using the foil quill freestyle pens. They are really simple and easy to use and great for adding a little something special to a design. It is great for the up and coming festive month adding that personalisation to all your gifts and cards.


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XOXOX 

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