I’ve been a bit wrapped up with everything pregnancy and babies recently on the blog, so I thought I’d post something slightly different for today. Going back to my roots, before I hit the parenting blogging scene, I was more a beauty blogger – believe it or not. I know, my chipped nail varnish, slick of crusty mascara and constant mum-bun don’t really show that any more but it’s true! So, today I’m going through everything on my bedside table at the moment. I’ve called the ‘pregnancy edition’ but it’s only as my skin type has changed during this pregnancy, these aren’t pregnancy specific products at all (well, minus the books!) so if you aren’t expecting, hopefully you’ll find some good recommendations too.
The main items I keep on my bedside table are skincare products. I tend to cleanse my face then brush my teeth, getting into bed to finish my toning and moisturising routine, as it’s so much nicer sitting in the warm and having a pamper than spending any longer in the cold bathroom, right? Since being pregnant this time I have extremely dry skin, to the point I actually have skin flaking from my forehead (I know, yuck) so I’ve had to have a massive switch up in the products I use to try and solve this issue. It’s bizarre as I had greasier skin with Violet, so who knows why this has happened this time!
Weleda Skin Food – So, let’s kick off with one of my FAVOURITE all round skincare products, I’ve used this for years and love it – Weleda Skin Food. I use this predominantly as a hand cream as my hands are SO DRY since being a parent (all the washing up kills them!) but this is so deeply nourishing and moisturising, it’s just perfect. It can be used on any dry, rough spots around the body, I’ve even heard of it being used on the face by Victoria Beckham, so it’s got to be good. It also smells divine too.
REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask – I know what you are thinking, I’m a bit late to the party with this one. This face mask hit the beauty blogging scene in a big way a couple of years ago, but at the time I never got round to trying it. So, in a pledge to tackle my dull and dry pregnancy skin I finally took the plunge and gave it a go as I knew it was a superstar product. Well, I certainly haven’t been disappointed! It’s a bio active peel mask with a cocktail of four AHAs which exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. It is basically magic as without any effort or scrubbing it lifts dead skin and resurfaces to dramatically improve skintone, texture, firmness, and radiance. I don’t have a huge amount of time for face masks so I really love it’s quick, easy and mess free to apply – you leave on for 10 minutes and then reveal baby smooth skin underneath. It’s honestly one of the best masks I’ve ever used and will remain a staple in my cosmetics cupboard for a long time.
PIXI Glow Tonic – Another product where I’m COMPLETELY late to the party, but better late than never, right? I finally got round to buying a bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic a couple of weeks ago – this is another product I’m now addicted to. Again, with properties to exfoliate and renew cells, it’s been perfect on my dry skin and just a quick sweep across the skin really does work wonders for quick evenings where you have little time for a pamper.
Clinique All about Eyes – I was lucky enough to pick this up in a free gift with another purchase at Clinique and I’m so glad I did. I’m sure every parent will agree a good eye cream is a MUST. This pot is tiny, but a little really goes a long way to reduce puffiness and dark circles, it really is amazing!
Embryolisse Intense Fatigue Cream – If you’ve read any of my skincare posts before you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of French skincare products. I was actually sent this Embryolisse Intense Fatigue Cream to try and it’s just IDEAL for my skin at the moment. It’s one of the thickest, creamiest moisturisers I’ve ever used – honestly, it’s not for the faint hearted as it really is a heavy-duty cream, but for a tired, pregnant Mumma with dry skin, it’s absolutely perfect. I use this at night (it’s a bit too heavy for daytimes) and slather it on to reduce the signs of fatigue and fine lines across the face, letting it work it’s magic as I sleep.
SLEEP & RELAXATION
The pregnancy insomnia has certainly kicked in and I’m not even that big or uncomfortable yet – the sad thing is that I know all about what is to come! Urgh. I am going to need all the help I can get when it comes to sleep, so a good room spray and a scented candle certainly help to set the mood and help me get into the zone. I’m currently loving the Silent Night range from Wax Lyrical. They are created with the gorgeous aroma of lavender and chamomile essential oils (which are proven to help you relax and drift off to sleep). The scent fills the room and makes it a zen-like space for sleep. I also have the Reed Diffuser which keeps the room smelling gorgeous all day long too.
Of course my head is filled with all things pregnancy and birth, so it makes sense to be reading a couple of new baby related books. I read so many with Violet’s pregnancy I didn’t think there was any left to read this time, so I was pleased to see in the time since my last pregnancy, Clemmie (Mother of Daughters) had realised a book – How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out, which is a fresh new take on the standard pregnancy book and even as a second time Mum I’m finding out things I didn’t know! I met Clemmie at a book signing so this is a signed copy too.
My second book is The Positive Birth book by Milli Hill. I’ve been talking a lot about my birth plans and options over on my Instagram Stories and after putting out there I was hoping for a positive natural birth experience, maybe even a home birth, I was INUNDATED with recommendations for this book. I’m currently a couple of chapters and in it’s so readable and relatable already. Think it’s going to be a good one, I’ll report back!
So, that’s everything currently on my bedside table, hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different post from me this time! If you have any skincare, sleep or reading recommendations you think I’d like, please do let me know! 😊