Thursday, 20 April 2017

Choosing a Birth Partner




There are moments in life when you want to be alone. You don't want people to watch you devour a bowl of pasta after a long drive home. You don't want them to see you furtively bleaching your moustache in the bathroom.


Why would you invite somebody to a labour ward then?

Well, he can be helpful. You will need an extra pair of hands when looking for that hair band which WAS in your makeup bag, he can help you change into a t-shirt for the labour. He can serve you water when you need it. He can listen to your complaints. He can massage you. Finally, you may want to share the most precious moments with him.



Who to invite?

Pick a responsible, strong and cool-headed person. Somebody who can handle stress well and is OK with high temperatures. Somebody who can deal with a sleepless night.
Select a person who knows when to talk and what to say and when to stay quiet. Somebody you trust and feel comfortable with. This person will see everything. You need to be confident that he/ she will not broadcast your labour on Snapchat. A person who is scared of blood and needles may not be an ideal candidate.

Remember, do not invite a drama queen or crazy attention seeker. You can not worry about your partner during labour. They are in a delivery room to help you.

Does he/ she want to be your birth partner? 

Let's be honest. Nobody wants to see his loved ones racked with pain, bleeding, ugly, sweaty and screaming their heads off. Especially when  he can not take their pain away. Do not force anybody to share this experience with you. Kindly offer it to the chosen person, but let them decide.
Some will find the labour the most beautiful scene ever, but for some, it will be off-putting or even traumatic. 

I invited my partner to a labour room. He was very helpful. He laughed a lot when I felt drunk with Gas & Air. He was very calm and brave. I felt supported in the worse moments. I saw the pride in his eyes. He made me stronger
Baby, this post is for you- thank you for being there with me! I love you x



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Friday, 31 March 2017

Get a subtle glow!

I have been in love with highlighters for many years now. I adore the way they make me look. They beautifully transform my face from a rather large, matte potato into a decent looking human being. But enough rumble about the power of highlighters, we all know the drill.

There are two major groups of glow lovers. The first group loves a subtle highlight, adding just a bit life to their cheekbones. People, who like looking classy and elegant.
And then there is us- mothers of sparkle, whose brushes are swimming in a highlighter pod. Queens of glitter, who never blind others enough.

I once (?) went a bit over the limit and applied my beloved Mary Lou too heavily. I didn't like what I saw in the mirror. And this is when I thought about buying a less insane highlighter. A breakthrough moment in my makeup life. I have heard good reviews about  Makeup Revolution highlighters, and I thought that I would give them a go.




As first I picked up the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Moon Glow Lights. OMG. Why did I order it so late? Where have I been? This highlighter looks like a heaven on the cheeks. It is so subtle, so elegant, romantic and girly. it gives me the desired glow from within.
It is a genius product for its price (£3). It is quite powdery, you will get a lot of kick up with it.  I wouldn't worry about going through the product too quickly, though.

This product is also versatile- you can use it as a highlighter, light blush or blush topper. It has a light, neutral pink colour, which will suit both cool-toned and warm-toned fans of glow. The consistency kind of transforms on the cheeks and doesn't look powdery anymore. The Moon Glow Lights is also perfect for those of you, who want to begin the highlighting adventure.

The only con of this products is its packaging.  Mine has already broke, and I can not close it. It is also quite bulky and not easy to store. The letters rubbed off too. But hey, this is a massive highlighter and it retails for £3. I really can not expect more than I got.








So, when I was shopping for The Moon Glow Lights, I added one more highlighter to my basket. It was the beautiful 'Breathe' from the Radiant Lights range. At first, I wasn't 100% sold on this because I wasn't sure if this light peach shade will suit me. But when I swatched it and saw how subtle it is, I immediately thought about applying it all over my face. I use a large, not dense brush to apply it on the top of my setting powder. I do it always when I want to achieve a glowy, healthy looking skin and add an extra dimension to my face. It looks beautiful as a standard highlight on the top of the cheekbones. It would work wonders for those of you with pale, warm toned skin. It is very elegant and glitter-free. It is easy to work with and long lasting (min 7h of wear).

I really like the packaging of this highlighter. It is easy to store and to travel with. It is very sturdy and has a lovely mirror inside. Overall, I think this is a fantastic product!



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Monday, 13 March 2017

My favourite Zoeva palette






Zoeva has a few amazing warm-toned palettes, but, as much as I would love to give them a go - I look scary in warm-toned eyeshadows. Fortunately, I found one which I love and which screams cool tones! It is the beautiful 'En Taupe' palette.

There are 10 eyeshadows in this palette. They come in a bunch of different finishes.

My favourites are:

- 'Stitch by Stitch'- a perfect matte, cool-toned ivory,
- 'Gallery' matte, ashy bronze,
- 'Old Master'- matte, greyish purple with glitter
- 'Handmade'- light pink with golden frost.

These eye shadows are really good quality, except two which sadly are poorly pigmented and hard to work with (Hour By Hour and Sheers& Voiles).
They are easy to apply and very blendable. They last on my eyes for 8-12h (the more pigmented shades last longer).



These shadows are not overly pigmented so you won't get much fallout. And they are very easy to work with.







When it comes to the packaging, 'En Taupe' has it all. It's compact, it's light, it's beautiful, and it's classy!

 This palette may seem to be a bit boring for those of you, who love strong colours but trust me, you can create really beautiful looks with it. It is beginners friendly!



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Monday, 6 March 2017

What to pack in your hospital bag

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One of the most common questions you'll get as mum-to-be is: 'Have you packed your hospital bag yet'? Don't let it become a big deal. Plan ahead, what you need to prepare, do proper research, pack your bag and relax. I hope that this post will be helpful. Happy reading!


WHAT TO PACK:


DOCUMENTS:
- Labour Plan,
- Maternity Notes aka Green Notes

FOR LABOUR:
-slippers
-nightdress or an old t-shirt to give birth in
-dressing gown (I would suggest getting one in a dark colour)
-lip balm
-2 hair ties
-carrier bag to put dirty clothes in
-drinks and snacks

POST LABOUR:
- nursing bras
-socks
-nursing PJ's or nightdress
-comfy tracksuit bottoms or leggins (again, dark colours are the best)
-going home outfit
-disposable or old knickers (yes, you will ruin them :))
-breast pads
-maternity pads
-toiletries
-towel
-some makeup
-antibacterial hand gel
-antiseptic wipes (they might come in handy if you would be concern about the cleanliness in the hospital)

FOR YOUR BABY:
-4-5 vests
-4-5 sleepsuits
-socks
-booties (helpful in late autumn/ winter time)
-2 hats
-mittens
-outfit for going home
-jacket or overall
-nappies
-2 muslin squares
-nappy cream/ coconut oil
-baby blanket
-car seat
-special outfit if you want to take some cute photos in the hospital (remember though that you may have no time/ not feel well enough to take them in the hospital)

FOR YOUR PARTNER:
-comfy slippers/ flip flops
-change of clothes (it is very hot in the delivery and postnatal wards, so a cotton T-shirt would be a good choice)
-toothpaste and toothbrush
-drinks and snacks
-towel


OTHER STUFF:
-phones and phone charges
-notebook and a pen if you like to note the memories down
-camera and charger (optional)
-tens machine if you are planning on using one
-book/ MP3 player/ iPod
-change for vending machines



MY TOP TIPS:


1. Going on a hospital tour will help you to visualise a successful delivery as well as help you to pack the right stuff.

2. Practice fitting the car seat securely in your car well before your due date.

3. Prepare an extra bag with yours & baby's clothes and leave it at home. Let your partner know where is it. It will come in handy if you need to stay in the hospital for a bit longer. You don't have to invest in an additional bag or a suitcase. It can be an actual large carrier bag.

4. Take at least two packs of maternity pads to the hospital and have a great backup at home. You may be bleeding for up to 6 weeks after delivery and you will specifically need large pads for the first two weeks

5.  You may want to pack a water spray however, it is not a necessity.

6. It is handy to pack sleepsuits in at least two sizes ('Tiny Baby' and 'Newborn' or 'Newborn' and '0-3'). Especially if you are expecting smaller/ larger than an average size baby.

7. Postnatal wards are usually quite noisy at night. I have had ear plugs with me, but I have never used them. I was scared that I won't hear my baby crying.
If they aren't a necessity for you, skip them.

8. I have had a book with me, but I had no time to open it. Remember that you may be discharged home few hours after delivery. Do not overpack.

9. Be well organised- talk your partner through the bag and show him where things are.


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Monday, 20 February 2017

Detoxify your skin with Sukin



When I asked a few of my friends what do they think about natural skincare, they all had similar associations. 'Boring. These products look bad, smell bad and do nothing'. Well, I promised them all to prove that natural skincare is the best option one can choose! 
I decided to begin the skincare series with two of my favourite products from Sukin.



Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub


In a late autumn/ winter time, my skin gets very dry. I have to exfoliate at least twice a week to scrub this lizard face off. I have tried many face scrubs before but after the fist use of Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub, I knew I found THE ONE. It is very gentle, yet effective.It has a rich, creamy consistency which leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh. It has a perfect amount of very fine, Jojoba peeling bids.

It's packed with goodness (Kale, Spirulina, Chlorella, Parsley, Pineapple, Licorice, Lime peel, Bamboo and Jojoba). It smells delicious and makes my complexion super radiant and supple.





Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque


This is a very pleasant masque. It comes in a plastic jar, which is light and convenient to travel with.It has a lovely light grey colour (my life may be sad but yes, grey is one of my favourite colours).I like to apply a semi-thick layer over a damp face and leave it on for 15-20min. It's comfortable to wear- thick enough so it will not slide off the face. It doesn't feel like a concrete like some clay masks do.I use it once a week and apply it only onto the centre of my face. It leaves my skin feeling tight, fresh and smooth. Washing it off is a long process but, trust me, it's worth it.




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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Neither Sheer, Nor Glow- NARS Sheer Glow



Finding a neutral shade of foundation for a super fair person ain't easy. We all have been through the super pink or the super orange face phase. Luckily I found a perfect shade for my skin tone at the Nars counter back in 2015, and I have been faithful to 'Sheer Glow' ever since.

What is great about this foundation- it looks flawless yet natural on the skin. It's also really comfortable to wear and feels moisturising. I am a big fan of the shade 'Siberia'.
It is fair, neutral colour. And- what is most important- it doesn't oxidise.

'Sheer Glow' comes in a wide range of shades so most of the people would find something suitable for their skin tone. There is nothing more frustrating than a foundation that comes in 4 shades.




The application process is super easy and quick. I like to apply this foundation with my fingers. It blends out nicely, and sets immediately, however, I always apply powder on the top of it. It has a lovely satin finish.


This foundation lasts on my skin for the whole day (my 'days' are super long). It rubs off my nose and Cupid's bow on hot days, and to me, that is the only serious con of this foundation. It is a very good product for those with dry or normal skin. Skip it if you're combination or oily.
It has a medium coverage so it won't cover the blemishes or scars on the face.

The packaging is pretty nevertheless, it is a nightmare to travel with.
It comes without a pump (you can buy it separately for £3) however, you can't put the cap back on when you use the pump! Also, mine broke when I was going through the second bottle of sheer glow.

Taking everything into account, I would recommend this product for those with dry or normal skin. I would suggest asking for a sample at the Nars counter because it is a very pricey foundation.

Is this the best foundation I have ever used? Shade wise- yes. This is the main reason I stick to this product. I wish the pump situation was solved and price tag different, though.



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Friday, 27 January 2017

Cruelty-free alternative for Mac's 'Heroine'






If you were looking for a decent cruelty-free dupe for Mac's 'Heroine'- look no longer :) I found a great one!
'Heroine' is one of the Mac's most popular lipsticks. It's a beautiful shade, but it might be a bit hard to pull off at first. 
It is described as matte however to me it has more of a semi-matte/ satin finish. It lasts for about 5-6h on the lips and wears out nicely (leaving an intense red stain). It is not kiss-proof and it will, definitely, transfer on your glass/ cutlery. 

It is a beautiful lipstick, but there are few reasons why I wouldn't recommend it.
Firstly, Mac isn't cruelty-free. 
Secondly, this lipstick is quite expensive (£15.50 is a lot for not an everyday shade).
Thirdly, you need to apply two layers of this lipstick to get an opaque colour coverage. 




So, let's move on to the dupe. 'Liberty Matte' by Makeup Revolution' retails for £2.49. 
Shade wise these lipsticks are almost identical. I would say that 'Liberty Matte' is a bit warmer, which makes it more wearable. It has the same finish like 'Heroine' and very similar staying power (4-6h). It has a bit thinner consistency and applies on the lips beautifully. 
The only con of this lipstick is its scent- it's too sweet and sickly for my liking (I'm super sensitive and picky when it comes to scents though).


All in all, I do prefer 'Liberty Matte' over 'Heroine'. 
I hope you guys liked my first cruelty-free vs. non-cruelty free comparison as there's lots more to come:) Have a great day!






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Friday, 20 January 2017

Help! I am pregnant!




You just saw two lines on the pregnancy test. Congratulations!
Be grateful! And enjoy the moment. Pregnancy is just a first step of motherhood. 
Remember to prepare yourself for a fantastic journey ahead of you. 

Quit smoking. Seriously. You don't want to smoke your baby! Ask your relatives not to smoke near you.


Quit pregnancy food no-nos (you may want to print a list for yourself) and alcohol.


Calculate your due date. There are plenty of online calculators available for free. They will not only estimate your due date but also help you to track your baby's development.


Get yourself a notebook and write down your to-do lists, shopping lists, baby names ideas, questions, concerns, etc. Stay organised. Be careful, though. If your notebook screams ' I am going to have a baby' you won't have to worry about announcing this news anymore. 


Be prepared for early pregnancy symptoms.
Girl, you'd better always have an extra top and couple of sick bags in your handbag. 


Book an appointment with your GP so he can confirm whether you're pregnant. Talk to him about everything that worries you. 


Visualise delivering a healthy baby. Imagine your labour as the happiest moment of your life. Start from now on. I can not stress enough how important this is. Think only positive. Try to stay away from all negative people and energy vampires.


Decide when to announce your pregnancy.


Start taking folic acid (if you haven't already).


Note and record everything. All symptoms, your baby's first movements, your feelings and cravings. And do not stress over a labour yet :)


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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Questions To Ask Before Having a Baby





Having a child is the biggest challenge you'll ever face.Raising a human being and showing him the world is a lifelong, beautiful journey.
Make sure you are ready before you decide to have a baby because nothing will ever cost you more patience and forgiveness than growing a little human. And, what is most important, he will need your unconditional love and help.

Here is a list of questions that are worth answering honestly.

1. Can you afford to have a baby?

Raising a child can be expensive.
Obviously, toys and clothes you can buy second hand.
But nappies, formula (if you decide not to breastfeed), toiletries, babysitter or a nursery cost a lot of money. Think, if you can afford all of that.


2. Are you ready for a massive lifestyle change? Is your relationship ready for this?

Some of your friendships may become weaker or end.
Going out to the movies or gigs may be impossible in the first few months of your baby's life.


3. Have you discussed the religion/ language issues with your partner? 

Do it. It's crucial.


4. Are you planning to go back to work? If so, when? 

Obviously, you don't need to know the exact date yet. But have a think and plan ahead.


5. Do you both want a child?

Do not force your partner to have a baby, do not let him force you.
Remember that having a child is a decision that must be made by the two of you. And one more thing- don't go into pregnancy thinking that it will fix your relationship.



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Golden Rose Longstay Liquid Matte Lipsticks



I have always been a massive fan of matte lips, I wasn't a fan of liquid lipsticks, though. Flaking and cracking on my lips even after a few sips of water was simply unbearable for me.

Last year Golden Rose released their new line of liquid lipsticks. As I love their Matte Crayons and Velvet Mattes, I decided to give their liquid lipsticks a go.
And I'm so glad I did because these lipsticks are the bomb.

I own two shades- 2 & 3.
Number 2 is a beautiful fuchsia, which brightens up my complexion and makes me look good instantly.
Number 3 is a lovely light, cool-toned pink. It is my perfect everyday shade. It's a bit darker than my natural lip colour.




They have, hands down, the best packaging ever. These lipsticks live in my handbag since August'16, and they look brand new. Not even a single letter has rubbed off. Their packaging is sturdy, sleek and classy.
The applicator picks up the perfect amount of product, which makes the application stress-free.





I love the scent of these lipsticks. They smell delicious. Their staying power is great- they last 5-6h on my lips. And, what is important, one layer of lipstick gives you an opaque colour coverage.


They are enriched with Vitamin E and Avocado Oil, which makes them very comfortable on the lips.They are kiss-proof but allow them to set on your lips for a few minutes before you start kissing somebody :)

They are super affordable. Sadly, hard to get hold of in the UK. I bought mine from a trusted seller on eBay (I paid roughly £5 per lipstick). I hope that Golden Rose becomes widely available over here so we all could enjoy using their great products.


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Friday, 13 January 2017

My 'Ride or Die' Blush



I have been looking for a perfect cool-toned pink blush since I started getting into makeup. And I found one back in 2015- Ladies and Gents, please meet the gorgeous 'Delizioso Pink' by Milani. It is a baked blush in a deliciously pink colour, which is perfect for those with a paler skin tone. It's highly pigmented but it blends out very easily. Once applied, it stays put.


It comes in quite a bulky packaging, which is beautiful but, unfortunately, not ideal for traveling. However, some of you may find the little mirror and brush, hidden in the bottom part, very useful.



It is amazing how affordable 'Delizioso Pink' is for this kind of quality.
This is the best blush I have ever used. And it's vegan!



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