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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.

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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? 

Baby Products, General

Some happy news!

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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 Continue Reading

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!

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, Organic / Natural, Pregnancy & Baby

Mil Tóin Teolaí -All Natural Baby Bum Balm

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.

Aging, Beauty Tips, Diet/Excercise, Health & Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing, Pregnancy & Baby, Skin Care

Stetchmarks – weight gain, pregnancy, teen growth spurts…

I received an email from a reader last week requesting a post on stretch marks. I may be in my twenties but I have a few run-ins with blasted stretch marks over the years, most of which occurred during my early teenage years. I have done much research over the years and tried just about everything to encourage them to fade. Now, I’m no expert but I’m happy to share what I have learned and what products I use.

1. Stretch marks can happen to anyone – They’re not age related. They can happen when you got through a growth spurt in your teens, put on weight or are pregnant. Stretch marks occur when the skin stretches and a tear appears in the tissue. It may appear purple at first but they fade to a faint silver shade with time.

2. Skin must be supple to bounce back. If you have dry skin it lacks lipids.

3. Stretch marks can be genetic. Blame your mammy.

4. You can help prevent them, although genetics may win in the end. At least when your body returns to normal the moisturisation will encourage your skin to follow suit.

5. They fade over time naturally. You can also help them fade by ensuring the skin the nourished and moisturised.

6. They may never completely disappear – it is ripping of tissue after all

7. Moisturise from the inside – If you have dry skin moisturising from the inside can help. My skin was so dry as a teen that I needed to moisturise my entire body 3 times a day for it to feel comfortable. Then a friend of mine, a naturopath, recommended I take flax supplements. After a few weeks my skin was far less dry and I only moisturised going to bed every second night. Drink plenty of water, if you’re body is dehydrated your skin won’t see a drop!

8. Moisture on the outside – Moisture is your friend. That being said there are very few ingredients that have proved helpful in fading and protecting your skin from stretch marks. Cocoa Butter has proved to be effective. As has Bio-Oil which is a little expensive. Bio Oil helped my scars heal flat so personally I would try it on stretchmarks. The Body Shop Cocoa Butter stick and Palmers Cocoa Butter(see below) are also good. I moisturise my stretched areas (for m e it’s hips)morning and evening without fail. It takes dedication and a constant stream of lipids to keep dry skin supple.


8. Pregnancy – start early. Genetics is in play, so if your mum had stretchmarks during pregenancy be prepared. They will fade after delivery but may not completely disappear. Palmers Cocoa Butter. Twice a day at least.

9. Teenagers – My own stretchmarks formed at the age of 14 when I took a growth spurt and my hips arrived. I didn’t actually out on any weight, I was a pigeon at this stage, but the growth spurt was enough to cause them. If you are a teenager, relax, they will fade. You’re skin is much more supple than women older than you. Moisturise regularly and take care of your skin. They will fade.

10. A bit of fake tan makes the world of difference. It counteracts the purple / silveriness. Try it.

* A note on organic – Many lab made creams that cost the earth and claim to rid you of your stretchmarks. Be realistic. You are often paying for the label and the advertising. Lab made chemicals are often too large to be absorbed by the skin, you will feel the residue sitting on the surface. In my experience a more natural approach is best. Nourish from the inside, add more moisture from the outside and stay hydrated. When you have those in check then start thinking about including a cocoa butter formula and maybe some bio oil. When choosing a cocoa butter formula check the ingredients on the back of the bottle – if cocoa butter is listed near the top of the list than you can rest assured that the product has enough of the ingredient to be effective.

I will post a recipe for a diy stretchmark cream later this week, it’s far more effective than most shop bought products thanks to the quality of the ingredients and the lack of synthetic chemicals.

As I said, I’m no expert, but I hope this helps!