Pinching the Pennies During Pregnancy

I’m just over 5.5 months pregnant now and boy has it flown by. As we’ve now surpassed the halfway mark, Bob and I have been thinking about our finances and it made me decide to do a series of penny-pinching posts for pregnant ladies out there.

I’m kicking it off with a major pregnant lady pain: fighting stretch-marks and body care.

I’m a beauty hoarder by nature so my stash of products at home is somewhat insane. Rather than running out to purchase all those products that are labelled “Stretch-Mark Fighting”, I have made it my mission to use all my products up first before spending money unnecessarily. This includes using skincare or face care products up as well before spending more money.

It’s easy to get sucked into buying oodles of products that say they are stretch mark fighting and don’t get me wrong, I’ve bought a couple at the start of my pregnancy. What they don’t tell you is that you should be applying this stuff 2-3 times a day and at that rate, you are working through a bottle/tub a week! Who has that kind of money?

I made the decision to just use what I have at home first which includes several tubs of body butters and body lotions that all promote healthy, supple skin. I’ve been using these twice a day as advised and so far so good in terms of my skin looking and feeling great.

I’m going to keep sharing the progress of my skin journey as I know there will be lots of mums-to-be out there who share the same worries when it comes to combatting stretch marks.

This is the first in the series of penny-pinching posts during pregnancy and coming up we will share a before and after of our nursery as we decorate it without breaking the bank, ways to cut back on spending and bargain buys for baby.

I hope you find the series useful and I would love to read your comments if you do.

Laura x

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Getting myself wedding ready

It is now 7 days until I am a married lady and as I write this post, in exactly 7 days time we will all be sat down at the wedding breakfast enjoying some good food.

The last month has absolutely flown by and everyone is commenting on how the wedding has come round so quick in general. For the last 4 weeks however I have been trying to prep my body for the big day with a big focus on skin and hair.

One of the perks of pregnancy is that your hair and nails grow quicker and I have noticed this with my nails but my hair has decided to do whatever the heck it wants and resembles a shrub most of the time. Don’t get me wrong it’s got the length but sometimes it’s flat but full of static and others it’s like I’ve been dragged through a hedge. John Frieda luxurious volume products have been my go to lately and I’ve found that they’ve helped to tame my mane.

I’ve been using the 3 products above religiously for the past 4 weeks and can hand on heart say my hair definitely has a bit more volume in it. My hair is naturally wavy so unless I get some heat on there, it looks like a lion’s mane but I have definitely seen some improvement in the way it looks.

Now moving onto skin and this has become the bane of my life throughout my pregnancy so far. Hormones have launched a full-scale attack on my mug and spots have set up base. This has meant a complete overhaul of my skin care and even a couple of weeks break from using any products at all.

I decided to go back to using my Dermalogica favourites; the special cleansing gel and multi-active toner. These products have really helped to stop a mass eruption on my face but don’t get me wrong, I am still getting a few spots. These aren’t miracle products at the end of the day! I also added a light moisturiser to my routine: L’oreal Triple active anti shine. I’ve had this product in my stock for a few months and bought it in Wilkinsons on a whim one day but I do love how light it is on the skin and doesn’t feel greasy. It also does mattify the skin which is great for use as a primer before putting on your slap.

The downside of pregnancy is that your hormones are changing all the time so these products all might work at the minute but they may not continue to do so and a switch up may be needed again. For the minute though I am enjoying these products but hope that if you’re reading this and thinking you might give them a try, don’t forget nothing works miracles and it’s all about trial and error sometimes.

Thanks

Laura x

*some of the products in this post were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review. All thoughts and photos are my own*

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Sorting my dry skin problems

For the last year I’ve suffered with typical combination skin; oily in some patches and really dry in others.

This makes finding the right skincare a “mare” and has meant lots of trials with lots of different products. Now it’s getting closer to the wedding, I’ve been trying to get my skin in prime condition so that my makeup artist doesn’t have her own “mare” trying to cover my problematic skin.

I decided to try out Katherine Daniels Concentrate for Dry Skin to see if it would sort out my dry patches and help soothe the rest of my skin as well.

I tend to get a really dry hairline and dry patches around my nose so these have been the target zone for treatment.

This product combines nourishment and anti-ageing properties to protect and defend the skin against ageing. It aims to plump and protect to give that ‘new skin’ feeling and as soon as this arrived in the post, I put it straight to the test for 30 days.

Directions of use included using it twice a day and applying 2 pumps of the concentrate to your face and neck.

I love the smell of the concentrate which made it even more appealing when applying to the skin. After a couple of weeks of usage, I definitely saw a marked improvement in my dry skin patches. The only issue I did encounter was that the cream didn’t really suit the rest of my oily skin so I started applying it to the dry areas only. Once I decided to do this I saw better results again which was exactly what I was hoping for.

I love that the Katherine Daniels range offers multi step processes to help you combat any skin issues or worries that you may have. I would definitely look to try out more of their range in future as the results I saw, definitely gave me hope I can fight my skin woes in the future.

Laura x

(This item was sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, all content and photos are my own as usual)

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