June Empties

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been trying to use up all my products at home before spending any unnecessary money on myself whilst we save for Baby Moore’s arrival in October. We may only be 19 days into the month but I have used up a whopping 10 products this month and wanted to share some of my thoughts with you.

First up… Hair:

I used up a firm favourite of mine which is Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner, it’s that much of a favourite there’s another 2 bottles in the cupboard! I love this product as it always re-hydrates my hair when it’s feeling a little dry/frazzled.

Next up… Facial care:

I finished a couple of travel size products from Dermalogica; the special cleansing gel and the multi-active toner. I used these products on the run up to my wedding and they contributed a lot to my clearer skin on the big day. I will definitely be re-purchasing these products once I’ve bought everything I need for baby as they work wonders for my sensitive, spot-prone skin.

I also used up the Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian facial concentrate which has again helped my hormonal skin over recent months. I used to steer clear of oils on my face because I was always under the impression I had greasy skin. Now I’m older and wiser to skin care I appreciate that my skin needs moisture more than anything and oil based products like this are fantastic at giving you that result.

Now onto Body Care:

I used up a gigantic tub of SBC Rose and Argan Oil Body Butter which smells absolutely incredible. Trying to look after my body with limited funds has been a worry of mine but this product lasted me a decent amount of time for the size of the tub on offer. It really leaves the skin soft and supple but with a gorgeous floral smell that lingers afterwards. I have another tub of the aloe vera body butter in the cupboard ready to use as I love this brand so much.

I also started looking after my body with body scrubs more in the second trimester and the Evolve Tropical Blossom Body Polish has been a winner for me. This scrub looks like sugar in the jar and just require rubbing into the skin. You then add water to turn it into a milky texture and rub any remainder into the skin. I love that it’s not too harsh and melts away almost when water is added. I also used up a little jar of Tropical Blossom Body Butter which absorbs into the skin quite well and has a sorbet style feel to it. I don’t think I would buy this again as it felt a little oily on the skin after and as though it hadn’t fully absorbed.

I also used up my favourite roll-on deodorant Nivea Invisible Black & White. I always have a stock of these in the cupboard as spray on deodorants have given me problems in the past. I love how gentle this is on my skin and the fact that it never leaves marks on my clothing is another plus. I also finished off Dirty Works Coconut body wash which smells and feels incredible. As far as coconut scented products go, this is one of my absolute favourites as it has a gorgeous sweet scent to it.

Lastly I used up Soap & Glory Girligo Body Mist. I used this as another moisturiser in effect as it has a great smell and if I’m really honest; I needed to use it up. As a moisturiser it doesn’t leave my skin feeling hydrated for long but as a mist for quick spritz, it has a lovely smell and does have the desired short-term effect.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first in a long time of full empties posts on the blog. I love getting back to some of my roots and this was always a post I loved doing when I was well into my beauty writing. I will be sharing some more pregnancy specific posts soon so please keep your eyes peeled.

Laura x

 

 

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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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A Rose Quartz Valentines Day

There may be mention of Valentine’s Day in the title of the post but this is not a lovey-dovey post about what I’m up to and gifts I want to receive. I’ll be frank and say that I’m not big into V day but do like the chance to go out for a nice meal and make an effort with how I’m dressed. (right now I’m in my scruffs and hair is scraped back)

This post is dedicated to skinChemists Rose Quartz Age Defence Youth Facial Oil, which I’ve been trying out for the last few weeks.

So here’s some facts about what’s inside the box above…

The intelligently formulated Rose Quartz Age Defence Youth Facial Oil is infused with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and protecting actives. These provide essential vitamins and minerals for the skin to leave the complexion illuminated, hydrated and refined.
 
The main active ingredients in the formulation are: 
 
1) Rose Otto Oil helps to restore moisture balance in the skin. Its anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties aim to repair and protect the skin, whilst firming and toning.
 
2) Vitamin E aims to reduce skin damage, whilst protecting against daily damage.
 
3) Almond Oil works to provide deep hydration and nourishment, brightening and renewing the appearance of the skin.

I mentioned above that I’ve been using this for the last few weeks and have definitely seen some difference in my skin and have seen a reduction in eye bags and lines which has been great. I have had some really hormonal/stress related skin problems of late so for the last few days, I have stopped using it. Once this has calmed down though, I will get straight back onto using this product out and giving it another trial run.

If you fancy trying this product out yourself then usually its RRP is £99. For the month of February, this is reduced to a mere £24.99 and if that isn’t good enough, I have a discount code for 20% off as well: LAURABLOG

If you’re in need of a new facial oil and love the idea of rose quartz then grab yourself a bargain throughout February.

Thanks

Laura x

*this product was sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, all thoughts and photos are my own*

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