Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Max Factor releases Limited Edition Star Wars make-up collection

Max Factor releases Limited Edition Star Wars make-up collection exclusively on Boots.com

Max Factor recently announced its partnership with highly anticipated, Star Wars film The Force Awakens.

Inspired by the characters in the film, Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath released three pairs of trend-led beauty looks, each taking cues from the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ side of the force.

Now, Max Factor is releasing a Limited Edition Star Wars make-up collection exclusively on Boots.com for one day only.

The full range launches on November 26 from the early hours until midnight. The collection features the False Lash Effect Mascara (£10.99) and a new limited edition Colour Elixir Lipstick (£7.99) shades in Gold and deep Berry.




Monday, 16 November 2015

Dita Von Teese Launches New MAC Lipstick

New Dita Von Teese Red Lipstick at MAC

Make-up brand MAC Cosmetics has announced its collaboration with Dita Von Teese to launch a new lipstick.

Inspired by the launch of her new book, Your Beauty Mark, the Vivid Red Von Teese Lipstick is the signature shade for the seductive spirit.

Von Teese Vivid Red is a tomato bright matt colour and is priced at £17.

This limited edition is available from December 16 exclusive to maccosmetics.co.uk only.


Thursday, 12 November 2015

How To Apply Gel Eyeliner

A Guide To Applying Gel Eyeliner

There are so many eyeliners out in the beauty market at the moment that it can be really difficult knowing which one to pick. Gel Eyeliner to me, is just like a gorgeous thick paint that you can apply easily.
 A lot of people get put off by the creaminess and strong pigment that it has over it's kohl and liquid eyeliner family, but this is only what makes it better as it is easier to apply and lasts longer on the eyes. I also love Gel Eyeliner because it doesn't pull or drag on your eyes like pencils and works well on oily, combination and dry skin because it glides over the surface of the skin.
Gel Eyeliner was a make up trick that people in the professional make-up industry and theatre world used for a long time before the consumer market got hold of it. You use it with an angled brush for the best effect and you can draw thin or thick lines for dramatic or a more natural effect.
Personally I like the cat eye flick which looks pretty on most eye shapes.
Not only do these Gel Eyeliners now come in wonderful flattering colours to complement your eye shape such as Black, Brown, Plum, Grey and Green/Blue hues, they also come in waterproof formats which is great for holidays or big nights out.

My top two favourite Gel Eyeliners are:
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner which comes in a gob smacking 16 colour hues! A 3g pot is £18.50 which I don't think is bad, considering that this pot will last you so much longer than a liquid eyeliner. Mine usually lasts me a good year if I am wearing it often. This eyeliner in particular gives you 12 hours of waterproof, sweat proof and humidity resistant wear. Link here
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Liner by Kate Emerald Only in this one emerald shade at the moment but you can get a wide range of other colours in the normal Rimmel Gel Eyeliner line. I just love this unusual green hue. For £6.99 for a 2.6g pot and brush you can't really fault Rimmel for such a great product. The colour and consistency of this eyeliner matches some of the high end eyeliners and this shade really brings out the green in eyes even if you have brown or blue eyes. Link here.

My favourite Gel Eyeliner brush is the Nanshy Eye and Lip Angled Detailer Brush. It is a bargain at only £5.95.It also has these benefits which is great for conscious make-up lovers. 
  • 100% Vegan – Cruelty Free – Approved by PETA.org
  • Bristles Soft on You & Yet Strong in the Handle
  • Antibacterial Synthetic Bristles
  • Pearl Coated Handles for elegant appearance
  • No Bristle Shedding
  • Designed in the UK
  • Hand Assembled, & Extensively Tested

1. Apply all of your make-up first. The Gel Eyeliner will be the last thing you will apply on your eyes. Some people like to apply their mascara afterwards, but I like to do it before in case I get any smudges from my mascara. I do my Gel Eyeliner last because it glides on better on foundation set skin and also then you get no fall down on your perfectly apply liner from eyeshadow if you do it last. Here I am using as mentioned the Nanshy Angled brush and Rimmel Kate Emerald Gel Eyeliner.

2. Dip the tip of the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush (sold separately) into Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, being sure to coat both sides of the brush. Wipe off any excess on a tissue. Working quickly, apply liner in short, even strokes close to the lash line, from the inner to the outer eye corner. Rest your hand on your cheek to give you a strong hold on your brush.
3. Your eyeliner can be natural or built thickly to accentuate your eyes. I personally like a thin line with a little tick, as a mum I don't wear dramatic make-up in the day so this works perfectly. 

4. I find that even if I don't have time to do my eyebrows properly and have minimum base on that the eyeliner tick instantly wakes up my eye and open it up. Subtle but genius. I also find the Gel Eyeliner you don't have to wait ages for it to dry, you can smudge it with an eyeshadow brush and you get none under your eyes. Any blue, green or purple eyeliner will make your eyes pop because the colour will look brighter. 

Let me know if you have any favourite Gel Eyeliners or any tips for different looks! 


Friday, 9 October 2015

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream launches at Boots

Magic Cream

This month sees the launch of Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream at Boots stores nationwide. Egyptian Magic offers a unique formula that dates back more than 2,500 years to the ancient Egyptians. This multi-purpose healing balm combines a blend of nature’s most effective healing ingredients to rejuvenate and repair the skin. 
Perfect for all skin types, Egyptian Magic’s formula contains no additives, added preservatives, parabens or GMO ingredients. Key ingredients include natural preservatives found in olive oil, bees, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, bee propolis and divine love. 
This healing balm is designed to reduce the appearance of scars, burns, stretch marks, chapped lips, insect bites, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, nails/cuticles and a wide range of skin conditions. 
Egyptian Magic is priced at £29 and available at Boots stores nationwide and online from October.


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Moschino launch 2016 Capsule Collection at Harvey Nichols London

New Squeaky Clean Collection from Moschino  

Italian fashion house Moschino has announced the launch of its spring/summer 2016 capsule collection exclusively at Harvey Nichols. 
Full of road traffic references urging us to ‘Shop',  Jeremy Scott also introduces an element of car-wash couture with window cleaning iPhone cases. 
The collection comprises Moschino Shop t-shirt (£155), Shop top (£610), Fresh iPhone case (£55), Shop clutch (£320), Moschino Shop earrings (£140), Fresh t-shirt (£230), Shop dress (£765) and Shop bag (£595). 
Harvey Nichols will be carrying the Moschino spring/summer 2016 capsule collection in-store at Knightsbridge from today and online at harveynichols.com from September 27th 2015.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

New 2015 Benefit Beauty Christmas Sets

New Christmas Gift Sets from Benefit- My Christmas wish list would include all of these!

Benefit Cosmetics has announced the launch of its Christmas gift sets. 
Gift sets include: Pucker Up & Party (£19.50) which includes Benebalm hydrating tinted lip balm, Posiebalm hydrating tinted lip balm, Benetint lip & cheek stain (mini) and Posietint lip & cheek stain (mini); 
Real Cheeky Party (£29.50) containing five Box ‘o Powders, bestselling mascara and liner which comes in a partyland tin; 
Life of the Party (£29.50) featuring its bestselling lengthening mascara and PRO primer; 
Get Your Party On (£39.50) a celebratory set which contains four bestsellers, including They’re Real! mascara, Hoola bronzing powder, High Beam, Gimme Brow in medium/deep which comes in a collectible partyland tin. 

The brand has also announced the launch of Party Poppers (pictured) which includes 12 products behind individual doors. 

Priced at £34.50, Party Poppers is available exclusively at Debenhams at debenhams.com and benefitcosmetics.co.uk


Friday, 17 April 2015

New Hair Braiding Bar at Topshop

  Hershesons launches Braid Bar at Topshop
April sees the launch of Hershesons pop-up Braid Bars across the country, in conjunction with Topshop. Including eight base-line braids hand-crafted by Hershesons experienced stylists, looks range from soft and romantic to classic and edgy. 
Customers can pick-n-mix the style and Hershesons build the look designed. Styles include the Boyfriend Braid, The S, Undercut, Off Duty Braid, Double Trouble, The Classic and Twell. Prices start at £15.

Friday, 10 April 2015

LUSH opens new flagship and largest store on Oxford Street

New Lush Store Opens In London

April 24 sees the opening of a new Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics store on Oxford Street, marking a new flagship and the brand’s largest shop in the world. 

Spread over three floors, the new shop is 13 times larger than its international shop average. Opening in Lush’s 20th year, the new store will offer a range of products from hair care and bath to skin care and make-up, with more than 200 new products, new packaging designs and sizes launching exclusively to Lush Oxford Street for the opening. 

The new shop will host a Lush Spa with four treatment rooms and introduce new concepts offered by the brand for the first time, including: a Hair Lab to try products before purchase, large fountain sinks for experiencing products, and a dedicated events space with an array of regular expert talks, workshops and activities. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

New Benefit Make-Up For Summer 2015

New Benefit Products

Beauty brand Benefit Cosmetics has announced the launch of new products in July 2015. Some of the products are bestsellers of their products but in fabulous new Summer colours!

Products will be They’re Real! in Full Colour (£19.50) mascaras, which come in two new shades including brown and blue; and They’re Real! Push-up Liner (£18.50) which comes in shades Beyond Brown, Beyond Blue, Beyond Purple and Beyond Green. 

The brand has also announced the launch of its Iconic Kits, including Do the Hoola Kit which includes a new liquid Hoola, Dew the Hoola; Operation Pore Proof Kit, which includes a new matte highlighter, Shy Beam; and They’re Real! Sexy on the Run Kit (£28.50), which consists of a mini They’re Real! mascara, push-up liner and remover. Perfect for your summer holidays! 

Monday, 6 April 2015

New Pretty Colour Intense Lip Balms From Max Factor

Max Factor unveils Colour Intensifying Balm

May 2015 sees the launch of Colour Intensifying Balm from cosmetics brand Max Factor. 
Marking the brand’s first buildable balm, this new addition to the Color Elixir Boutique covers the full spectrum of colour intensity from a subtle sheen to an extreme colour. 

Formulated with 70% occlusives, a substance that forms a natural barrier on the lips to hold natural skin moisture in, as well as emollients; Colour Intensifying Balm contains mango butter, shea butter and cocoa butters to leave lips feeling nourished and moisturised with a smooth effect. 

 Priced at £8.99, there are nine shades available including: Charming Cotal, Classy Cherry, Exquisite Caramel, Luscious Red, Posh Poppy, Refined Rose, Rich Chocolate, Sumptuous Candy and Voluptuous Pink.

www.maxfactor.co.uk @MaxFactorUK

Friday, 3 April 2015

New Fashion App To Buy Clothes Online From Pictures!

Fashion app Snap Fashion relaunches

Fashion app Snap Fashion has announced its relaunch with a new look and technology. Launched in 2012, Snap Fashion was the original search engine designed to combine visual search and fashion. 

Founded by Jenny Griffiths, the new Snap Fashion works by automatically analysing user images – from a photo in a magazine to a shade – to produce a colour palette based on the look captured. 

Clicking on a colour shows everything from that shade from over 1,600 brands, including Topshop to Net-A-Porter. Users can swipe left and right quickly to view dresses, shoes to accessories for both men and women. Tapping on an item lets users buy direct from retailers, add it to their wishlist to receive sales alerts, or ‘Snap For Similar’, which conducts a full image analysis on the item, letting users see everything in that shape, colour and texture. 

The brand’s existing user base is over a quarter of a million Snaps per month.


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics launches Brightening Brick

     New Blusher Highlighter from Bobbi Brown 

February sees the launch of the Brightening Brick from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Brightening Brick combines the warmth of a bronzer, the pure colour of a blush and the luminosity of a highlighter all in one compact. 
Designed for all ages, complexions and skin types, Brightening Brick provides radiant skin, without drying the skin or settling into fine lines. 
Available in six colour combinations, Brightening Brick is designed to instantly awakens tired skin, leaving it fresh and glowing. Brightening Brick comes in Pink, Coral, Patel Peach, Tawny, Pastel Pink and Cranberry priced at £34.


Friday, 13 February 2015

Rimmel London named as official Red Nose Day 2015 partner

New Red Nose Day Lip Colour From Rimmel 

Always a lover of any red lipstick shade, there is a new one to look forward to from Rimmel.
Cosmetic brand Rimmel London has been named as an official Red Nose Day 2015 partner. 
This year Rimmel London’s limited edition lipstick designed and developed by Kate Moss has been renamed as Red Nose Red  limited edition lipstick. 
The shade is a bright red with a hint of an orange hue. I can't wait to try this new colour out. 
Rimmel London’s lipstick by Kate Moss in Red Nose Red will be available in Boots , Superdrug and grocery stores nationwide from today priced at £5.49 with £1.67 going to Comic Relief.


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Garnier launches Miracle Sleeping Cream

New Overnight Sleeping Cream for Skin 

This month sees the launch of Miracle Sleeping Cream from beauty brand Garnier. 
This anti-ageing overnight treatment for skin contains the restorative power of a mask and the lightness of a cream to revive skin. 
Garnier laboratories created a unique night cream using a brand new kind ‘intelligent texture’ polymer with self-smoothing properties. 
This compound naturally has a tensile, elastic, flexible form that can hold droplets of oils and active ingredients within the cream’s texture, enabling their properties to be preserved as much as possible. Upon contact with fingers, the polymer is irresistibly attracted to the skin, and once applied, leaves an ultra-flexible film on the face.

Once on the skin, the polymer returns to its dynamic form, providing great coverage and allowing the texture to act like a ‘conveyor belt’ that helps the active ingredients to penetrate the skin. Inspired by Asian sleeping pack technology, the anti-ageing formula has seven active ingredients including lavandin essential oil, LHA, adenosine, extract of albizia, extract of ruscus, hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil. Miracle Sleeping Cream is priced at £12.99.
A very reasonable price for such a wonder product- as a new mum I think I will be purchasing this! 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

bareMinerals unveils Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

New Natural Tint Cream from bareMinerals

Mineral make-up brand bareMinerals has announced the launch of its Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. 
The formula contains encapsulating hydrating humectants and pigment with mineral-infused water to help lock in moisture upon contact with skin for instant hydration and rapid absorption. 
By challenging the composition of traditional complexion emulsions that feature water on the inside and oil on the outside, Complexion Rescue takes an inside-out approach with naturally hydrating squalane at the core, surrounded by mineral-infused water. 
Formulated without oil or fragrance to maintain the integrity of the skin-loving formula, Complexion Rescue combines marine botanicals and hydrating humectants to help refuel thirsty skin, energising mineral electrolytes to help enhance skin’s appearance, and a skin-protecting antioxidant that helps protect against environmental stressors. 
This multi-tasking product is available in 10 shades and also offers SPF30. Complexion Rescue is priced at £26 and launches in April. The brand is also launching its Smoothing Face Brush priced at £24. I can't wait to try it for the Summer! 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Dettol launch a blanket donation for babies

Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser and UK children’s medical research charity, Sparks, are working together to make a difference to children’s health both at home and abroad. We are asking you to help make a difference to young lives by donating your used baby blankets and ‘keep the memories, not the bacteria’. For every blanket collected, £1 will be donated to Sparks to help to improve children’s health in the UK.

Why baby blankets?
Sparks’ projects find ways to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions in four key areas: pregnancy and birth, first months of life, infancy and early childhood and rare childhood diseases. Findings from Sparks’ research projects can make a lasting difference to the lives of children and families affected by serious illness or disability. Visit www.sparks.org.uk to find out more.
£1.00 to be donated to Sparks for every blanket received up to 5,000 blankets.
Baby blankets symbolise a very special time in both a mother and child’s life, holding many precious memories of the early days of life. However, many babies across the world will never get the chance to experience even the simple comfort that a warm, hygienically clean blanket brings.
 Why Baby Blanks
Every minute of every day, approximately 50 babies are born into poverty and will experience conditions lacking basic essentials including hygienically clean blankets. This is your chance to make a difference to the health of those children, as well as raise money to improve the health of babies in the UK.

We are pleased to announce that Rachel Stevens is the new ambassador of Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser supporting the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation. Rachel has very kindly donated the first blanket to the campaign and will be working with us to help make a difference to underprivileged children both in the UK and abroad.
Why 'Keep the memories, not the bacteria'?
Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol - on washed blankets donated by volunteer mums - show that baby 'blankies' carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40°C wash. In-fact, a third of the washed blankets harboured coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces. The good news is that Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria even at temperatures as low as 30C, so while you can safely wash away the bacteria, your memories will last forever!
How to help – share your memories, donate a blanket and we will ditch the bacteria
Dettol and Sparks are calling out to mums across the UK to “keep the memories, not the bacteria”. Simply post us a baby blanket to the Freepost address shown at the top of the page, then share on Facebook with Dettol's Mission for Health your special baby blanket memories and photographs. Or tweet @DettolBlanket remembering to include the hash tag #sharethememories. Once collected, Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser will ditch the bacteria by ensuring the baby blankets are hygienically washed before being re-distributed to families in need. Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser has also pledged to donate £1 to Sparks for every blanket collected to raise much needed funds for UK families who are affected by serious illness or disability.
About Sparks
Logo Sparks
Each year less than £10 per child in the UK is spent on research into children’s health yet one in 30 babies is born with a condition that may affect them for life. As a leading children’s medical research charity, Sparks is dedicated to funding pioneering research that will change this for children and their families.
Sparks’ registered charity (no.1003825 England & Wales; no. SCO39482 Scotland)


MAC Cosmetics launches new Disney Cinderella make-up collection

New MAC Cinderella Make-Up

This week sees the launch of a limited edition Cinderella collection from MAC Cosmetics. I need it in my life as I love the soft apricot colours. 
Drawing on inspiration from the Disney princess, the collection includes Lipstick (£17) in shades Free as a Butterfly and Royal Ball; Lipglass (£16) in shades Happily Ever After and Glass Slipper and Stroke of Midnight (£38.50) an eyeshadow palette which comes in six shades. 

The full product range is available exclusively in Harrods from today, launching nationwide and online from March 13.


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The GlamourCat Pregnancy Diaries -Massage Oil Review for Pregnancy

Absolute Aromas 'Expecting' Massage Oil Review

If you are looking for a great all-rounder aromatherapy oil to use during your pregnancy then this oil is fantastic.
Once you are four months pregnant you can use Absolute Aromas Expecting Bath and Massage Oil as a great item in your bathroom for multiple purposes. Best of all you get 100ml for only £8.26 which I think is a massive bargain. 

Expecting is a delicate blend that nourishes and supports the senses to help your body and mind relax.  Its natural moisturisers help to prevent stretch marks. This delicate blend of Neroli, Mandarin and Petitgrain nourishes and supports the senses. The rich base of Jojoba makes this an ideal blend to use during late pregnancy. As I had severe dryness and problems in my first trimester on my skin I found that because this oil didn't have loads of chemicals in it that it really helped my skin and got rid of my itchiness I had. It was soothing straight away.

The Essential Oils used in Expecting are:
Bitter Orange to repair and protect the skin. Orange oil promotes collagen production and supports the skin repair process. Bitter Orange comes from its leaves and twigs which tones and conditions skin- it has an uplifting scent.
Neroli comes from Orange flowers and tones and conditions the skin.
Tangerine (Tocopherol Vitamin E) is great as a massage oil to help stretch marks and tone loose skin- it has a sweet aroma which is gentle and calming.

The Carrier Oils used in Expecting are:
Sunflower to repair and protect the skin. It is rich in Vitamin E to help prevent scarring and smooth out the skin. Also great for the scalp for dry skin conditions.
Apricot to bring relief to dry, inflamed skin. Improves skin elasticity and smooth out fine lines. Great for massaging.
Jojoba which is great for repairing and protecting skin as it has a similar structure to human sebum. It helps skin to retain moisture. Great for hair and scalp.
Sesame helps to keep skin supple and soft. It also heals skin.
Carrot relieves stress and exhaustion and rejuvenates skin. It also fights psoriasis and eczema.
The smell is a fresh, rejuvenating and soothing scent that isn't overpowering and very relaxing.

I have used Expecting to:

  • Prevent stretch marks (massage into the abdomen in a clockwise direction), hips, thighs in the evenings as it is a very relaxing scent.
  • As a natural moisturiser after bath times as it soothes and nourishes skin to keep it soft and supple with no horrible oily residue. 
  • As a bath treat I add 3 capfuls under warm running water to create a moisturising aromatherapy treat and my skin always feels silky afterwards. 
  • Moisturise my hair by massaging 1 tablespoon into the scalp & hair to nourish it. I have left to for half an hour whilst in the bath and then washed our with a mild shampoo to leave it silky soft. 
  • Massage my muscles when tense and my partner massages my lower back which is great for pregnancy aches there as it relaxes my muscles. 
  • I will also carry on using this oil once I have given birth to help tone and rejuvenate my skin while I am losing my baby weight. 


The GlamourCat Pregnancy Diaries- Ten Things That Happen When You Are Pregnant In The First Trimester

Ten Things That Happen When You Are Pregnant 
In The First Trimester

1. Sickness- 
Some of you will throw up, some will just feel queasy or you will get waves of nausea that come and go. Personally, I didn't have any morning sickness which was great but I did occasionally feel a bit sick from a smell now and then. Even though, it is called 'morning sickness' as it is more likely for a pregnant woman to feel sick then, it can actually happen anytime.
It usually lasts 6-14 weeks into your pregnancy so rest assured it will ease off.
Hormones and body changes are to blame for this and some women have a higher level of hormones which means they suffer with more sickness. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and Estrogen are particular hormones which get the body ready for everything needed to help grow a baby inside of you and are said to be main factors in sickness. 
Things to help you: 

  • Ginger Nut Biscuits
  •  Ginger or Peppermint Herbal Tea
  • Eat dry toast or plain crackers if you have really bad morning sickness 
  • Getting plenty of rest as tiredness makes the sickness worse
  • Lots of fluids like water (Not fizzy drinks or tea and coffee) little and often
  • Cold meals are better then hot ones as they do not smell as much
  • Instead of three meals a day, eat little and often with snacks
  • Go for non greasy fatty foods like jacket potatoes and pasta
  • Wear looser clothes around your middle so it is not pressing on your stomach and you feel more comfortable. 
2. Smells-
You will turn into the best sniffer dog in town when you are pregnant. I can smell everything like the phantom farters, what soup my colleague is eating and don't get me start don't get me started on people who eat eggs. This is apparently so that pregnant women can sniff out any food that may have gone off or bad bacteria so they can keep healthy. Unfortunately this means that the bad smells may make you have symptom number one, but on the positive, flowers smell stunning, italian cooking will be so delicious smelling and you will only need a couple of squirts of Chanel number 5 to make you feel splendid again. 

3. Hairy Mary-
You turn into a hairy monster. That's right, two razors one for each leg. Those witch hairs that sprout on your chin randomly will grow into plaits and you may get hair on your stomach. The obvious bush tucker trial of your bikini line will soon be out of your reach in your second trimester as well so my advice is to get what is known as a 'warm wax' - ask your local span if they use Lycon which is the best and less painful. The warm wax is peeled off and not stripped as such to leave red marks. Get your underarms, bikini line and legs done and save your belly for a razor in the bath. Otherwise embrace trousers and maxi dresses but don't say I didn't warn you about the odd sprout of hair on your toes you can't conceal. So what's the cause of this? Hormones, that's mainly the excuse for everything. But your normal head hair will grow lovely, hard work if you have 'natural' ahem blonde hair like mine. 

4. Acne/Bad Skin-
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, my usual good skin went disgustingly dry, spotty and red. 
I can reassure you though that near the end of the second trimester it does clear up and go away so have patience. Look at some of my beauty product pregnancy reviews in which I show you which foundations and creams are best. Basically treat your skin as super sensitive, no perfumed products or anything harsh and don't use make-up with loads of powders in that will dry out the skin even more.
 Why does this happen? You've guessed it; it's because of hormones and your immune system 
changing so it is normal. 
At one point I even had an allergic reaction to a 'Mum To Be' oil that someone gave me, which you think would be fine to use, I had a rash so bad that I had to go to my GP to get a special cream to calm it down, so stay with baby and sensitive products on your face and body during this trimester. 

5. Fatigue- 
You will feel tiredness like you have never felt. The horrible thing is that in your first 12 weeks you are keeping quiet about being pregnant so not only do you have to mask your sickness, you also have to try and hold yourself up and hold conversations while feeling like you have been drugged. 
I drove with my car windows down when I was driving to get the air to keep me awake on my commute and sometimes if I just sat down to watch TV I would be snoring away for a deep hour. I would just embrace it and sleep where you can, if you have to go to bed at 8pm then do it and it will eventually pass a bit in your second trimester. It's just your body working overtime trying to get all the vitamins and minerals to your baby. I kept really active in the day and had early nights to keep myself going, as I felt like if I stopped then I wouldn't be able to get up again. 
Try eating energy boosting foods like nuts, and iron rich foods such as red meat and green vegetables to give you energy. Stay away from sugar highs- I'm convinced this is why I craved so much cake in my early pregnancy, because I was so tired the cakes made me sugar drunk but then soon made me tired again afterwards. 

6. Lots of Air-
Because you have much higher levels of Progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscle tissue in your body, your gastrointestinal tract gets so relaxed that it slows down your digestion. This causes burping, flatulence, boosting and generally makes you feel like you want to lie down after a meal. Wear looser clothing and try and get away with things like leggings/smart jeggings that stretch with your body if you can at work so you don't feel so tight around the waist. 
If you feel air coming on when you are in public, develop a way to disguise your 'steam' as it were, by excusing yourself or coughing at the right moment and embrace alphabet burps in your own personal time. This one does get worse as pregnancy goes on, so stay away from fizzy drinks, gassy food like baked beans and get good at making excuses in public running off unexpectedly to get that air out of you. 

7. Pee Increase-
The hormone hCG increases blood flow to the pelvic area causing you to make more urine. The efficiency of the kidneys also improves during pregnancy so you get rid of more waste products as well as your growing uterus which puts load of pressure on your bladder all making you want to go to the toilet more urgently and frequently than before.
 If you haven't done your pelvic exercises then you better make sure you are not a heavy sneezer because you will find you may get little leaks- that's what all those Tena Lady adverts were always about! Make sure though, that even though you are going to the toilet more often that you still drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated and you will be asked for your urine on every single doctors appointment so you may as well give them a healthy straw coloured sample to look at.

8. Anxiety-
It doesn't help any woman out when we open magazines and see perfect celebrity yummy mummies who look amazing, don't have any money problems and are sailing through their pregnancy with glamorous lifestyles. There is a lot of pressure to be constantly 'happy' and 'glowing' all the time when in reality, you just want to have a lay down and couldn't really care less about the melting make-up on your face because you are so hot. 
 Then there is the problem that saying you are worried or anxious about your pregnancy might be insensitive to your fiends who are trying for a baby because you have been blessed. You can feel as if you can't talk to friends and family about any worries because they will think you are being 'selfish' or like my partner said sometimes, it's just 'hormones'. 
Well I had full blown panic attacks because at 34 I had been a party girl, big traveller and always loved my beauty regimes and treats so you can imagine how I was suddenly panicking about how I was going to afford a baby and having to give up my independence. I was worried about maternity leave because since I have been 14 I have always been a workaholic and lived life at 100 miles an hour, but I've finally got my head round the fact that this will be my biggest job to date and that the rewards will be much bigger than any Louis Vuitton handbag or weekend away in Berlin ever gave me. 
My anxiety got a bit worse in my 2nd trimester and I eventually had to go to my GP about it. Don't feel silly telling them that you can't sleep, you are losing your temper or generally you are not feeling as 'happy clappy' as you think you should be as trust me they will have heard it before anyway and they will be glad that you told them so that they can do something about it now, rather than waiting until post birth and keeping it all inside. I will explore this topic further in a blog post I will do on here and post the link here. 

9. Cravings-
Cake, cake and more cake is all I ate as soon as I found out I was pregnant. The lady in Greggs actually knew my name and that I wanted the Victoria Sponge mini cake on demand.
The theory behind having pregnancy cravings are that it's to satisfy your nutritional needs. So red meat would indicate that you are lacking iron or craving orange fruits and veg might mean you need more betacarotene. I don't really eat anything dairy normally, so the fact I wanted fresh cream, milkshakes and gallons if ice cream makes sense. I don't think my partner has ever been so happy with a freezer full of ice cream and the cupboards stocked up with cakes. I now love dessert in a restaurant when before, I would be more interested in a starters. So I wonder if this craving will stay or whether it will diminish and I will be back to my olives and breads when I have my baby.
The only time you really need to worry about your cravings are obviously when you are craving things like bricks or coal which you should see your GP about. Or if you are just eating cakes alone and no other nutritional goodness then you really want to make sure you are having a healthy diet and taking your vitamins so you are getting everything you need.

10. Sore Boobs-
So you get sore boobs anyway when you come on your period, but your boobs when you are pregnant are beyond anything you have ever experienced pain wise in that area. 
I had to wear a maternity bra to bed in the end because they were aching so much it gave them support. I ditched any tight bras that dug in around the back and round the breast with under -wiring and started wearing the soft cotton, stretchy T-shirt style smooth bras for the day. My nipples used to hurt so much when they touched anything but this goes by the second trimester. Your nipples will get bigger and go darker and this is normal. Keep putting stretch mark cream or oil on as you will be prone to this around this area and it will help smooth out the skin. 
The reason you get these sore breasts is because your body produces more Oestrogen and Progesterone to support your growing baby. The same thing happens to you before your period so the tenderness you feel in pregnancy is a more dramatic version of this. 
Your breasts will get bigger because the fat layer in them thickens and the milk glands and blood flow increases. This is for feeding your baby. 
Try and embrace your new sized boobs as they balance out your beautiful bump and make you 'all woman'. Your partner will love them and they are a constant reminder that they are there eventually for your baby growing inside you- isn't nature wonderful? 


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