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Amazing Hair, Nails & Skin

IMG_8555The benefits that omega 3 and 6 has on your skin, hair and nails are well known. I thought I would share two products I have been using simultaneously, one that I take in capsule form and the other I smear all over myself : )

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I have been using Mama Mio Omega Body Oil which is said to be superfood for your skin. I read somewhere ‘say goodbye to lizard skin’ and was sold. The skin on my legs is so dry at the moment. I also have post-pregnancy skin recovery going on so moisturising is very important. I should point out that you obviously don’t need to be pregnant to use this, just have crispy skin like myself : ) omega-body-oil_29Nov11_rgb__89055_zoom This oil slides on your skin so it’s much quicker to apply that a cream. The best bit about it for me is that it is a dry oil, I hate feeling sticky. It’s smells of sweet almond and jojoba, which is really just soft and natural if you have no idea what I’m talking about. It is recommended that you use it once a day on damp skin after your shower. I pay extra attention to my tummy since my skin is in the process of firming up there. I also make sure to apply it to my bum, hip and thighs for the lovely stretchmarks. It’s available from Debenhams, pharmacies and online and costs €27.

Inside

I have always taken an Omega supplement, even as a child. Over the years I’ve learned that the quality of the oil is of vital importance. Now I’m a firm believer in buying within your means so I have tried all different kinds of oils over the years. When I was expecting I raved about Mor EPA, it ended the dreaded ‘pregnancy brain’. I have since switched to Udo’s Choice (which is also suitable for pregnancy). P070026_L Omega 3 and 6 help combat  wrinkles, acne and inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, cracked heels, dandruff, and even balances oily skin.For me it’s all about strong glossy hair, strong nails that don’t split and flake and radiant skin. When I forget to take my supplement for a week or so I notice a change in my all three, get grumpy and go pick up some more. Udo’s have a 6 Week Glow Challenge on their website, where you can log your results and get €4 off your next bottle. I will be doing just that. It’s available in oil and capsule form. The oil can be drizzled over salads of added to soups and smoothies. I tried this before with Viridian Beauty Oil (€13.45), which I also love. It’s a balance of 3:6:9 fatty acids and helps plump the skin amongst all of the other benefits for skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. 500 Ultimate Beauty Oil 200ml I have only tried the Udo’s choice capsules not the oil but it sounds just as good. The capsules are oils start at €14.99 which is a pretty good price for good quality supplements. Does anyone supplement? 

Aging, Moisturisers, Organic / Natural, Pregnancy & Baby, Previews/Launches, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Pukka Ayurveda Nourishing Facial Oil Review

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My skin type is always changing. It used to be combination oily, then sensitive and dry. Recently it has normalised but I still have a tendency to dryness and the odd spot here and there. I’m starting to be concerned about ageing so have been dabbling in different types of products that will hopefully help with dryness and protect my skin from ageing. For the Continue Reading

Bath & Body, Hair Removal, Pregnancy & Baby, Tanning Products

Lifesaver! ElevEase – the Shower Foot Rest

I have been enjoying my Elevease Shower Foot Rest for the past few weeks now. You may have heard me raving about it on Twitter and quite a few of you were asking to see it and for a full review.

Elevease is basically a ledge for your shower that you rest your foot on to apply false tan, shave your legs etc.

I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t benefit from this, especially fake-tanners. I also have to add that if you have a bump and find it harder to reach your feet this is fantastic for applying nail polish to your toes!

It fits in the corner of any shower at knee height. It also has a built-in slot to hold your razor, always handy. It comes with instructions and adhesive. I measured the height of mine with a ruler, marked the tiles with a pencil and applied the adhesive. You hold it in place for 3 minutes and then leave to try for 24 hours. Easy.

The chrome version costs €24.99 / $33.99 and the white €19.99 / $26.99 from Elevease.ie from Elevease.com if you’re in the US.

Love this one!

Fashion & Accessories, Pregnancy & Baby

Outfit of the day – Shopping!

I went out for a spot of shopping today. It’s been a while since I did an Outfit of the Day post – all normal clothes, no maternity wear :)

  • Blazer – H&M
  • Cream Vest Top – H&M
  • Butterfly scarf – Accesorize
  • Blue long sleeved top – a cheepy from Penneys/Primark
  • Skinny Jeans – TopShop Pippa’s
  • Boots – Roxy (I bought them in Macy’s in Chicago 5 months ago)
  • Earrings – Next
  • Glasses – Accesorize
  • Nails – Butter London

I also just updated my Bump & Baby Blog – 26 weeks Pregnant!

Have a lovely night everyone :)

Amy x

Fashion & Accessories, Pregnancy & Baby

Outfit of the Day… Yes, normal clothes

I couldn’t decide whether to post this on my bump blog or here but since I’m wearing ordinary clothes, i.e. not maternity wear, I thought I would keep it here. So many of you have asked to see a bump picture, here I am, 20 weeks pregnant.

Please note that the sun was shining when  I got dressed, if only for a minute. We’ll just ignore the hail showers for now.

Jeggings – Penneys / Primark

Boots – Roxy

Top – Dunnes stores (but sold everywhere for Summer)

Cardi – Forever21 (few seasons ago)

Necklace – RubyCotton.com

Glasses – Accessorize

Spring fever anyone?? My hair is a slept-in-style with a quick run of the brush. I didn’t have time to faff. I didn’t bother adding a Face of the Day as I’m wearing the same old, same old today – Nars Sheer glow foundation, MUFE hd powder, MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow all over my eye and Daniel Sandler mascara (love!). I applied lip gloss but then ate toast so I doubt there was any left. Man, how my life has changed.

Have a great day!

Pregnancy & Baby

20 Weeks Scan Photos & New Bump n’ Baby Blog…

Well, as promised, here is my nugget at 20 weeks, taken on Monday. I can’t stop smiling!

There’s nothing better than the feeling of hearing your baby is growing fine – makes months of morning sickness worthwhile :)

New Blog Time!

I also wanted to mention that I have started a second blog – Bump & Baby Blog – so I can rant, rave and review all things baby and pregnancy related. I contemplated including such posts here but I don’t want to alienate my beauty readers. And lets face it, lots of people don’t want to read about baby stuff.  However, I will continue to post pregnancy beauty related posts here since it’s relative. This new blog won’t affect Makeup & Beauty.ie in any way. I will post as normal.

I will try and post on my Bump & Baby most days – Oh how I love to blog :)

Don’t forget to stop by and say hello!

Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Pregnancy & Baby, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Put to the Test – Olay 7 Effects Wake Up Wonder

I was perusing the Olay section in my local Boots  a while back and I was approached by a lovely sales lady who tried to coerce me into buying the new Olay 7 Effects Sensitive SPF15. I politely listened to the sales pitch and allowed her to demonstrate the smoothness of said magical product on the back of my hand. I then pointed to the oily mess that has become my chin and asked how well it would work for me. I was swiftly ushered to a counter that housed Olay 7 Effects Wake Up Wonder. Apparently this is the product for those of us with combination skin. It was reduced to €10 (from €16 I think) so I tossed a box in my already bulging shopping basket while my Mum bought herself the sensitive product.

According to the box Wake Up Wonder works in the following ways:

  1. Line minimisation: Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Hydration: For a health radiant glow.
  3. Firming: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance.
  4. Dullness: Improves skin surface dullness.
  5. Exfoliation: Smoothes and evens skin texture.
  6. Pore appearance: Helps minimise the appearance of pores.
  7. Antioxidant: Helps to prevent free radical damage to skin’s surface layers.

Does it work?

That’s a bit of a tall order but for the most part, it works. It most definitely makes fine lines look less, even if it is just an illusion. I wonder if it would do anything for wrinkles though, since they’re deeper than lines and harder to disguise – I’m not in a position to test that one out yet :) Hydration wise, my skin stayed moisturised all day without any richness or heaviness. My dry bits didn’t look chapped as the day went on and my oily bits weren’t out of control. My skin did also feel a little firmer, but nothing to write home about – bear in mind that I’m still in my 20’s. I would say I saw the most improvement in dullness. Pregnancy hormones have left me with a beautiful ashen complexion and Wake Up Wonder seriously helps in this department. It gives the skin a soft focus glow that counteracts knackered grey looking skin (video coming on this soon). My skin also felt really smooth after 2 weeks of use and the  soft-focus glow I mentioned does seem to make pores less noticeable – again, an illusion, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s altering your skin somehow. I should also point out that this hasn’t caused a breakout either. ( I have been using my usual spot fighting arsenal too).

Would I buy again?

Yes. It’s by no means a life changer but it works for my skin type and it’s affordable. ‘Nuff said :)

A note on Olay 7 Effects Sensitive SPF15 – My mum loves it. She finds it moisturising and calming on her skin. She’s quite dry so uses this in the morning and a rich cream at night. She said she would definitely re-purchase.

Have you tried any of these?

Baby Products, Favourites, Moisturisers, Pregnancy & Baby, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Flippin’ Amazing! Cicaplast Baume B5 by La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay is one of those brands that is constantly raved about by beauty bloggers. I have tried a few of their products and their quality cannot be denied – the spf 50 for face in particular is fantastic. But I have recently come across their piece de resistance!

Cicaplast Baume B5… what a beautiful name :)

This has been a huge success in France, the home of the brand, where 6 months worth of product sold within 60 days. The most amazing thing about this is that they didn’t even have to advertise. That’s surely the mark of a good product. I was intrigued.

I picked up a tube for €12.50 in my local pharmacy – I couldn’t believe how cheap it was. After hearing such acclaim I was expecting a fairly hefty price tag. Now I actually bought it for baby Eve who had dry skin on her face, nappy rash and a touch of eczema on the back of her elbows (I tried all the usuals but to no avail). It cleared both up in 24 hours. My intrigue turned to delight. I proceeded to smear some all over the bumps at the backs of my arms, my knees and elbows and a dry patch on my forehead. All gone in a day or two. Result!

The product claims to sooth and repairs all everyday skin irritations, cuts and minor wounds. According to dermatologists the results of tests back them up. I have since read so many testimonials from Mammy’s online raving about this stuff. Ok, so its great for baba’s but it’s also great for us :)
I plan to use it on stretch-marks, scars (hopefully no c-section scars this time round), dry skin and irritation.
Cicaplast Baume B5, I’m so happy you’re in my life! Have you tried anything from La Roche Posay?
Baby Products, General, Pregnancy & Baby

Some exciting news!!! (again!)

Thought I should mention this somewhere since I have bumped into quite a few of you lately and people will start to notice :)

I’m having another baba!

Nugget Dazzledust – Taken at 9 weeks. I’m 16 weeks now :)

I know only a few of you knew last time round. I’m quite a private person. I know, it’s ironic that I make YouTube videos – I’m so comfortable talking about make-up with you lot. I’m always afraid of airing my private life on the internet though so I left that part of my life out of the equation all together. During my last pregnancy I wanted to scream it from the roof tops but I had some complications at the start of my pregnancy. I had to be ready for the worst news and it occurred to me that if my anything bad were to happen and I had told everyone about it then I would also have to tell everyone about any devastating news. Being a private person I couldn’t face that. I also spent quite a lot of time in hospital before my baby was born – hence the reduction in videos/blog posts and also the ‘fat face’ as someone put it :) I had pre-eclampsia. Another reason I kept quiet is that my blog and YouTube channel are like my sanctuary, somewhere I can just be Amy, not mammy, pregnant woman etc I thought if the news was out there it would no longer be a sanctuary. Luckily, everything has worked out lovely. Baby Eve is 10 months old and is an angel.

This time around I feel like a pro :) I’m only 16 weeks and due on August 22nd. Man, it will  be one hot summer in my skin.

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a pregnancy blog. Make Up & Beauty will remain about shallowness and pretty things. I just thought I would let you know in case a bump appears in Outfit of the Day posts :)

I’m absolutely thrilled!

Thanks for all  your support

Amy x

General, Pregnancy & Baby, Reviews, Salon Treatments

11 inches down – Universal Contour Wrap

I got a pressie of a Universal Contour Body Wrap from my dearest. It couldn’t have come at a better time – I booked myself in for the treatment in my local beauty salon the day before I left for my holiday.

As I’m sure many of you know, the Universal Contour Wrap is designed to help you lose inches for up to one month. The reason I selected this treatment was because of all the water storage issues I had. It involved being wrapped in warm muddy bandages from neck to toe, donning a big body suit to help contain the water loss and sitting back in a comfy chair and watching a movie for an hour. I should point out that this is by no means a luxurious treatment. I did get to select a dvd (I opted for The Queen) while I waited for the mud to do it’s work.

Every inch of me was measured before the treatment started. It took about 15 minutes to apply the bandages and I requested extra focus on my hips and thighs. I then sat for an hour while it worked its magic. When my therapist returned the floor was flooded. The suit couldn’t contain the water.

I found a stock image for the wrap -there wasn’t a chance in hell that I was posting pictures of me wrapped in bandages.


I was then measured again and I was delighted to hear that I had lost 11 inches. Granted it’s just water, but hey, 11 inches is 11 inches. My abs looked defined and most of the water loss came from my tummy and hips with a little reduction in my upper arms (aka the bane of my life). I initially thought that I would have to shower off the remaining mud but the therapist rubbed it into my skin and asked me not to shower for a day or so to allow the mud to continue to work.

I paid €75 for my wrap but it was on special this month. I remember a few years ago this wrap cost in excess of €100. It’s well worth the doe but they recommend a course for the best results – a little outside my budget I’m afraid but the results from one treatment were great. My thighs and tummy looked much slimmer going on holiday. I had the treatment two weeks ago and the results have lasted.

My local beauty salon, Jule Beauty in Malahide, is the best I’ve been to. It feels more like a little spa rather than a beauty salon. They use Yon-Ka, Image and Dermalogica skin care – I’m a fan of all three. The staff are so professional and always make me feel at ease. When it comes to Birthdays and Christmas pressies I usually opt for a voucher. I mentioned before that I went for a pamper afternoon during the Winter. It involved hot chocolate and biscuits between sessions…heaven.

Have you ever had one?