It occurred to me that there are a tonne of products that I use every day on myself and my babies every day. Ok, so they may not be very exciting but they are necessary. I have also bought and tried many, many similar products and now have firm favourites that I repurchase again and again.
I had a nice Amy Day yesterday. I popped up to Therapie in Malahide for a well needed facial. My skin has dry patches, oily patches and some major large pore issues. Fine lines have also been on my mind. I haven’t tried any of Dr Murad’s products, which has to be some sort of a sin for a beauty blogger.
I would like to introduce you baba number three :))
I’m 22+2 weeks at the moment and due July 1st. I am so excited and very nervous, needless to say. I’ll be blogging away on my Bump & Baby Blog as usual – I have been posting pics and blogposts each week but have yet to push
I have been dabbling in Neom products lately. I recently reviewed their candles and bath oil set (Link). I was excited about trying their body range. I prefer to stick to organic bath products whilst pregnant but strong scents make me feel queezy. Another reason the body range in great!
Sensuous Organic Body Lotion
- Ylang Ylang, Frankincense & Patchouli
- Leaves my skin soft and smooth.
- It’s infused with essential oils. The scent is lovely and it’s not overpowering. It also doesn’t smell like most other organic body lotions made with essential oils.
- It’s also gorgeous when used after the body wash. Sort of like scent layering.
- Winner of the Bazaar Hot 100 Beauty Awards
- 95% certified organic ingredients; 5% natural ingredients
- Size: 240m
Sensuous Organic Body Wash
- This is a lovely body cleanser, gentle and non-irritating
- Like the body lotion the scent is subtle and not over-powering
- Contains soothing Aloe Leaf, Chamomile flower & Apricot Fruit Extract
- 74% certified organic ingredients; 26% natural ingredients
- Size: 240m
These are both lovely. They feel like a treat. The only thing I felt let them down a bit is the packaging. The box is beautiful and high quality but the bottles are plastic. Having tried the bath oil that comes in a gorgeous bottle I expected something similar for these product.
Both are available from Neom’s website where can collect Neom points, which can be redeemed against future purchases. I’ve also seen them on LookFantastic.com (with free international delivery). The wash retails at €20.49 / £18, whilst the lotion retails at €30.09 / £25.
Do you splash out on bath and body products or are you a drugstore fan? I’m a bit of both.
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!
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!
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
I got my hands on some Mil All Natural Balm products recently and whilst I have been enjoying testing the lip and body balms, baby bum balms are a little out of my league. A friend of mine who has recently had a baby offered to put Tóin Teoilaí Baby Bum Balm to the test.
Tóin Teoilaí is Gaelic for ‘Comfy Bum’. It’s made with golden yellow beeswax, which is a great emollient and organic sunflower seed oil which acts as a protective barrier. It also included Jojoba oil, and essential oil of chamomile which are both known for soothing and healing while vitamin E helps keep the skin healthy.
My friend, and said baby’s bottom, loved the product. She found it soothed and brought down irritation. She also loved that the product was natural and mentioned that a little goes a long way when you use a small amount at every nappy change to avoid nappy rash. I have been assured that she has recommended it to other mums in her Mammy and Baby group – that says a lot to me. Her final thoughts were – love the packaging, love the name, love the product.
Personally, using natural products on a baby would be essential for me. I wouldn’t contemplate smearing on lab made chemicals unless they were deemed necessary by a doctor or something. Just a personal preference.
I read that Tóin Teolaí can also be used on baby’s scalp for craddle cap and as an all over after bath balm.
Mil’s website for those of you who are interested, click here. Tóin Teolaí costs £6.99 – the prices are in British Pounds on the website so I’m not sure how much they cost in euro.
I get quite a few emails from pregnant women asking about natural baby skin care products. Yes to Carrots have launched baby range called Yes to Baby Carrots. All of the products are natural and gentle.
I have two products from the range, which I passed on to a friend, Sarah, who has a baby for testing. There are more products in the range but not all of them have arrived in Ireland yet. Mammies might be particularly interested in the Soothing Diaper Cream which isn’t available here until March. I will keep you updated when I get my hands on some.
Personally I would choose any natural products for baby care over chemical laden lotions. They smell delicious but many of them contain known allergens and some contain potentially toxic ingredients. That being said, after a little research it’s every mothers personal choice.
Gentle Foaming Shampoo & Body Wash (€8.99 / $7.99)
This product is 100% natural. It cleanses and softens delicate hair and skin. It’s also tear-free and hypoallergenic. It contains no petroleum, SLS or parabens.
300ml – 10 fl oz.
Nourishing Baby Lotion (€8.99 / $7.99)
This product is also 100% natural. It soothes and softens your baby’s skin. It’s also free from petroleum, SLS or parabens. It smells gentle and delicate. I like that there is no synthetic fragrances used either. Sarah loved how moisturising the lotion is. She was delighted that it didn’t aggravate her baby’s eczema.
200ml – 6.76 fl oz.
Yes to Carrots products are sold in pharmacies nationwide here in Ireland. Their products are on sale in Debenhams if you live in the UK and if you live in the US you can order from their website. As for the rest of the world, click here for a store finder.
I have added a Pregnancy and Baby category to my blog and will update it regularly.