Establishing my new beauty regime

Since having a second child and going through all the sleepless nights again, as well as turning 30 this year (I can’t believe I’m so old!) it’s fair to say I’ve not been looking my best. This however is no ones fault but my own (maybe a little bit is the kids fault) as up until a few weeks ago my beauty regime has consisted of putting minimal makeup on in a morning and not taking it off in an evening, and washing my face in the shower with body wash. With the odd bit of moisturiser used every now and again : ) 

This lack of routine or regard for my skin hasn’t really caused me much of a problem but now I’m getting older and age / lack of sleep is catching up with me, it’s time I took better care of my skin and face. I’ve done a lot of research over the last few weeks mostly on Pinterest and Youtube and I’ve invested in some new products so I now have an actual beauty regime which is as follows: 

  • First thing in the morning I moisturise my face with day cream
  • I then put some eye repair cream under my eyes
  • I also use primer if I’m intending to have a full make up day
  • Through out the day I’m trying to drink more water as well as using lip balm regularly on my dry lips
  • Every evening I take my make up off with makeup remover
  • Wash my face with a gentle face wash
  • Moisturise my face with night cream
  • Put eye repair cream under my eyes
  • Also after I shower I now use body butter to moisturise everywhere

I’ve been doing this routine for a few weeks now and am starting to see a difference in how my skin looks and feels so I’m going to try my best to stick with it. I’ve also found new ways of doing my make up but will go into that further in a separate post. 

My pregnancy beauty must haves.

Being pregnant is not glamorous. Fact. When I was pregnant with Jake I assumed I would just carry on with my very simple beauty regime and didn’t expect to need to buy any beauty or hygiene extras. I soon came to realise I was completely wrong and there are in fact a number of must haves that I wouldn’t be able to get through pregnancy without. Here’s my list:

1) stretch mark cream.

I’m proud to say I didn’t get a single stretch mark with Jake. I think the key to this was investing in a good cream very early on and using it on a regular basis well before my bump started to appear.

2) Day and night cream.

Once Jake was born putting on a good face of make up quickly become the bottom of my priority list and I soon started looking very tired ( obviously) I tried my best to use a good day and a night cream every day and this at least helped keep my skin clear and made me feel a bit better about my appearance as I could tell my skin still felt healthy.

3) Panty liners.

I won’t go into any details, but you just need them : )

4) Lip balm.

Looking after your skin and drinking plenty of water is really important during pregnancy and I tend to find the first place a lack of water shows on me is by getting very dry cracked lips so a good lip balm is a must to help with this.

5) Hair removal cream.

Usually I shave, but I swapped to using the cream towards the end of pregnancy as I found it easy to do once my bump got very large and balancing in the shower became tricky. The hair usually stays away a little longer too so it helped to not have to shave so often.