Friday, 20 May 2016

13-14 Week Pregnancy Update

I was certain that I would do at least weekly updates on here during my pregnancy, even if you don't like reading them, for my own viewing as I really want to be able to look back on my pregnancy. It's been a struggle to gain the energy to even write this one, which I have been planning to do for nearly 2 weeks now. I will do updates when I can, however I have come to my own conclusion that they will probably (almost certainly) won't be weekly!

Today I am 14 weeks + 3 days pregnant. I have been pregnant for 101 days. I am firmly in my second trimester and my baby is the size of a peach. I am not enjoying pregnancy, full stop. There, I said it! Call me a bad person, but I have not enjoyed a minute of it so far. *que the violins* 

One of my main and worst symptoms is sickness. I must admit, I haven't been sick once however I have all day every day nausea. It really starts to get irritating when you just cannot do anything to shift it. Some days its worse, some days I gag even when I talk and some days I just want to run to the toilet and make myself sick as its that bad. Obviously I have times where it passes slightly but there is always a niggling sicky feeling in my stomach somewhere. The recent weeks I was certain it was beginning to pass completely but nope, its back with a vengeance. I'm sure it's worse now than it was before.

How far along: 14 weeks + 3 days

Days until due date: 179!!!!

My bump: growing more every day! I look in the mirror every morning and I'm sure I get bigger by the hour.

Weight changes: I have put on about 4 pounds in the past month, ouch.

Cravings: food!!! The only thing I've really been craving is ice lollies. I think its due to the weather though! 

Sleep: Terrible. I usually sleep on my front so for the past few months Ive been trying to get used to sleeping on my back/side. Its really not going well meaning I have restless sleep pretty much every night. SAD TIMES.

Symptoms: sickness as mentioned above, I've had heartburn tonnes, my back has been aching, I have had a headache every day for the past 2-3 weeks but again, I think it could be due to the weather, sore boobies!

Gender: unknown at the moment (28th June I will find out!) however I'm certain it's a boy.

Mood: terrible. I'm always so snappy, exhausted and tired and if I'm 100% honest I've really struggled lately.

Looking forward to: our next scan and going on holiday the day after!! My holiday shopping is out of control.

I still have so much more that I could say, I feel like my pregnancy posts will all be one massive ramble as I can talk for hours about it! but I won't bore you now, maybe soon ;-)

I hope you like the update posts, please do let me know if you would like to see regular ones and I'll try my best for you!! 
Daisy xxx

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

My HUGE Announcement!!! | Lifestyle

Hi guys! Long time no speak. If you follow me on Twitter or are my Facebook friend you will probably already know I'M PREGNANT! Now its out in the open I just want to shout it from the roof tops. I have known for over 2 months so it feels so good to be able to let the world know too. As I write this, I am 13 weeks pregnant today, so yesterday I had my official '12 week dating scan' (which is the time that most people wait to share the news as you are in the safer stages!). I have so so much to say so I'm not sure weather I'll split this in to two posts or just one huge one! 

So the thing everyone loves to know, how did I find out? It was actually my boyfriend that was telling me to do a test. I had no symptoms whatsoever, and for some reason he just knew. I was at my best friend Dani's house and she had a spare test so she told me to do that one. Off I went upstairs to do it, I think if you're expecting it to come back positive you wait around nervously and time feels like its going by so slowly... I was the complete opposite. I did my wee on the stick (gross, I'm sorry) and just looked at it. Obviously I didn't expect it to say anything so I wasn't that bothered. Oh how wrong I was. I think the tests suggest you wait about 5 minutes or so, but my test was instant. Instant isn't even the word, it didn't even take a mini second. It was positive. 

My bestie wasn't expecting it either, to be honest we were both just doing it to shut K up as he had been going on for ages. I went downstairs and was nervously grinning. She thought I was just nervous, or trying to wind her up. I just turned it around and showed her. We were both in complete shock! We literally put on our shoes and went straight to Asda as I needed more tests to be certain. 

I splashed out on a Clearblue test (the one that says how many weeks) and a pack of cheaper Asda own ones. When I got home I did the Clearblue, which again came back straight away as positive but you have to wait a little bit longer for the weeks to come back. I also did one of the cheaper tests which yet again was instant. I was pregnant. It was certain. The Clearblue test came back as 3+ weeks (which is the most it says, so I could be anything from 3 weeks+). I kind of had it in my head I was around 5-6 weeks meaning my due date would be end of October/November time. I made my appointments with the midwife and got my first scan date through pretty quickly.

Forward on a few weeks, I was at work and had just downed quite a large drink of hot chocolate. I had incredible stomach bloating which was a bit sore and I mentioned it to a few of the girls. I went and sat in the back office for a few minutes which was followed by absolute immense abdominal pain. I kept my cool until someone I work with came in and said 'are you okay?' (you know thats the worst thing to ask someone if they aren't okay) and I just broke down. I had recently found out I was pregnant, I had no idea how far gone I was and was in SO much pain. I rung my midwife and she suggested I get myself to hospital if its that bad, better to be safe than sorry. Some of the girls at work made the decision for me that I was going to A&E. My mum met me up there followed by my step dad and boyfriend. I had some blood tests etc and the nurse felt for baby, all seemed fine. Then she told me to head up to ward F14 but no information was given, I didn't even know what F14 was! Turned out it was the EPU (early pregnancy unit) and I was having an emergency scan. I am so glad I got to have an early scan, although it wasn't in the best circumstances but it made me SO at ease and I've not had any type of pains since! She dated me which made my due date of the 19th or 20th November. 

Yesterday I had my official dating scan, which is the one where you get the scan picture and do it all properly, not in a state of panic. She changed my date again, but I think the 12 week dating scan is pretty accurate. My due date is now 15th November, so it's only changed by a few days. K's birthday is the 13th so I am making a bet it will come then.

I am conscious this is becoming such a long post so I think I might follow up with a 13 week update where I will go in to more detail about how I'm feeling etc. I am also obsessed with reading mummy blog posts, I love reading ones close to the same dates as me to see how everyone else is feeling! Please leave your recommendations!! 

Daisy xxx

PS- thank you SO much for all your kind words etc on Twitter!! I LOVE YOU ALL!! 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Freedom Makeup London | House of GlamDolls Palette

This is a post which I must admit has been sat in my drafts for months. I got sent this palette a looooong time ago, however for some reason never got round to posting about it. Soz. This Freedom palette is something of a brilliant, genius idea. I'm sure there are thousands of this type of thing but ayyyy, I love Freedom so I'll let them take the limelight ok?

The idea of these House of GlamDolls palettes is basically an all in one. There are four in the collection, and obviously mine is quite brightly coloured but there are more toned down ones for more everyday looks. Included in the palette are: brow colours, highlighters, eyeshadows, contour & blush and finally lip colours. What more could a girl need?

Freedom Makeup London are the 'MUA sister' of Makeup Revolution, a brand that is targeted more at the actual makeup artist rather than myself for example, who just enjoys makeup. So this is perfect for any MUA to take along with them as it is very simple, sleek and small enough to carry around.  Win win!

What do you recommend I try from Freedom London next?
Daisy xxx

Sunday, 20 March 2016

NEW IN | Beauty

Payday came around and I went a bit cray. Don't get me wrong, all the above didn't cost much, I have just accumulated quite a few bits over the past few weeks. If you want full reviews on anything mentioned in this post please just ask and I will see what I can do! 

Starting with Collection... I was recently in my local Wilko's and I saw that there was a few new releases by Collection and they were SO CHEAP! All the three Collection products cost less than £9 as they were all under £3 each. I have been absolutely loving these products, I haven't tried much Collection recently but they have really upped their game!

Of course no makeup haul is complete without the Makeup Rev additions. The Makeup Rev primer is one that I repurchase time and time again as it is now my HG. I love it, very much. When I was picking up the primer I was stood in Superdrug thinking that although I have every Makeup Rev palette ever invented, I don't actually own many of their face products (yep, I know) so I picked up a baked blush. These are crazy pigmented which I always forget when applying it! I was also super lucky enough to be sent the Rose Gold lipstick collection and AHHH they are so nice. I have been wearing Chauffeur which I think is everybody's fave. 

Maybelline Dream Velvet Matte Foundation £7.99 (£6 in Asda at the moment!)
I saw Rosi Pierce post somewhere about getting this when it was released and I'm pretty certain she said she was disappointed with it. I've been on a huge foundation kick recently after realising I don't ever buy foundations and only own about 2. I picked it up when I saw it was £6 in Asda. I don't love it, and I also don't hate it. 

I am a complete NYX newbie. These are the only two items I own/ever have owned from NYX and I'm not completely blown away. I kinda like the palette, some colours are better than others but I think I need to try it more. I like the matte lip creams much more, but I defo got the wrong colour meaning I'm not in love with it. I think the right colour would make me like them more. Any suggestions?

I would love to hear how you got on with any of the products above, any suggestions you have and also what you've been trying out recently? 
Daisy xxx

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Threads Lashes & Brow | Beauty

I feel like lashes is one of those beauty do or dont's. You can either apply lashes or you can't, there is no other way around it. For the most part, I can't. Sometimes, I can (complete fluke believe me!). I'm not much of a lash wearer as I am blessed with some long ole' real lashes but sometimes I like to go all out and wear lashes.

I had never heard of Threads beauty before I was contacted by the lovely Jasmin to see if I wanted to try some out, Threads do lashes and brow products among other things too, so of course I said yasssss gimme all da lashes and brow products. I received two beautiful pair of lashes and an eyebrow pencil. 

I'm not much of a brow pencil lover however this one claims to be semi-perminant, sweat proof & water proof, so I am all for that. It's quite a sharp pencil and I find you have to press quite hard to get any pay off but I've started using this on my less heavy brow days and it gives a really natural look too. However at £15 a pencil, I doubt I would rush to purchase it time after time.

I received two pairs of lashes, Celestial & Emiloo. The Celestial lashes are the more natural pair out of the two, when I wore these they were super natural and I would even go as far to say they looked like my natural lashes. When I wore the Emiloo lashes, of course they were much thicker and fuller. The Emiloo lashes didn't stick as well, which I'm unsure why. They were lifting and eventually fell off before I got home on a night out (although this was probably down to my bad application!). 

The one thing I found with both of these was the glue. It has absoloutely destroyed my natural lashes, so much so I can't even wear mascara at the moment as it just looks terrible. I'm not sure what it is about it, it just got in to the roots of my lashes and won't come out. I still have glue stuck from two weeks ago when I first wore them! I would love to use these lashes again however I wouldn't recommend using the glue that comes with them.

Have you ever tried Threads beauty before? What did you think?
Daisy xxx

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit | Beauty

Flicking through my blog over the past few weeks I have noticed something. I don't have much content. Long gone a time where I would write a review on one product, and one product alone. Since the flat lay epidemic, you rarely get a blog post where a single product is being spoken about. These days, its all about the comparison posts, or posts that are talking about 5 different products at once. I miss the bulk of my blog being single product reviews, I mean, you just have to look at my past 5 blog posts to see that I've turned in to conforming to the blogger flat lay norm and I don't like that.

Whenever I come home to my parents I always have a peek through my mums makeup stash. She buys a lot of makeup. She has several skin conditions which mean a lot of products don't work for her, but she is forever trying out new ones in search of the best. My mum was what I could only describe as an 'over plucker'. She has amazing brows naturally but she couldn't go a day without touching them. She regularly came with me to my waxing appointments and would say to my brow lady 'ahhh I wish I could get mine done', however with her not being able to go a day without plucking, the brow lady wouldn't have much to work with. She bit her tongue and grew the brows. She now has them waxed, and I doubt she would ever go back! She also enjoys a brow product or two and we all know these are my fave, so when I saw this new L'Oreal kit in my mums stash I knew I needed to try it.

I must admit, L'Oreal, just like brands similar (Max Factor, Rimmel etc) aren't brands I tend to use often. I'm all about the real cheap but amazing makeup, and never pay over the odds for it. Even this eyebrow kit coming in at under £10, I would think twice paying out that kind of money when I know MUA do a dupe for £3 (HAH, cheapskate).

The little brow duo comes with a wax, powder, mini tweezers and a brush/spoolie and it is the worst brow product I've ever used. Just throwing that out there. I'm not even sure why I dislike it so much, I can't quite put my finger on it but I wouldn't even recommend it to somebody that doesn't even do their brows. Its just really not very pigmented, the wax is very stiff making it pretty hard to get any product on to the brush and the powder is very light too. 

I am a massive eyebrow kit lover and I love trying new ones but this one sadly doesn't tick any of my boxes and for £10 I can think of brow kits I'd much rather spend my money on, sadly. 

Have you tried this brow kit? What did you think?! 
Daisy xxx

Monday, 22 February 2016

February YooHoo Mail Box & GIVEAWAY!! | Lifestyle

I can't quite believe that it is nearly the end of February and I'm only now posting this. About 4 or 5 months ago I posted on here a very quick and brief post about a new venture that my mum was going on. Yoohoo mail was something my mum had talked about doing for ages. She is a very talented graphic designer with her own business, however she has always had a very strong passion for stationery of all kinds and came up with this idea, a monthly subscription box filled with different stationery items. I really should do monthly reviews on these gorgeous boxes (bad daughter, and blogger) but I just either don't have the time or life crops up as per. 

Our house is now Yoohoo Mail HQ, designing, packing and distributing (and this month, some of your boxes may have been packed by my own hands!) as it has really taken off over the past few months, you can clearly see why.

This month is my favourite box that my mum has done. Don't get me wrong, I love everything she does and I always admire her talent. She is seriously good at what she does and I think the photo above just proves that. She puts a lot of time in to designing each item, then printing and packing them. This month box contains prints, cards, stickers and postcards however every box is always different.

You can either sign up to one month or three, and she also has little prints and various other items to buy in the shop. All prints are printed to a very good quality and standard and are always very current! Now time for the exciting part...

I will be giving away a few boxes (I'm not sure how many, I need to sweet talk mum...). Usual rules apply but please let me know if you want to know more about T&C's. It will only be open for a few days so get entering!! You will be contacted through either email or Twitter so please make sure you put the info in.

Daisy xxx