Pregnancy Beauty Survival Kit

Pregnancy Beauty Survival Kit

There are an abundance of products on the market for mums to be which claim to sooth all kinds of pregnancy woes. Although we are definitely not beauty experts, we thought it would be fun to give a few products a try in the hopes of a little bit of rejuvenation and nourishment. Which is very much needed, as being heavily pregnant can be quite tiring. Who knew!

Our favourites were from Natural Spa Factory from our fancy neighbour, Bath. Firstly, we tried the Organic Facial Mask with bergamot and rose petals, which helps to “calm, uplift and replenish the skin”. Then, it was the turn of the Boutique Cream Mask. This mask is particularly good for blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. We’ve got all of those (hooray!) so you could say it was perfect for us! We both really loved the alpine smell of this mask and thought it smelt good enough to eat, which was probably due to the lemon balm, cowslip and peppermint ingredients.

Pregnancy Beauty Survival Kit

Pregnancy Beauty Survival Kit

Big news! We’ve finally found something that we disagree on and oddly, it’s stretch mark cream. I (Victoria) prefer the Pregnacare cream whereas Jo is more of a Palmer’s Cocoa Butter kinda girl. Either way, unless we are just both super lucky, they have worked, so both receive the coveted She & Hem seal of approval. The Pregnacare is particularly good if, like me, you are allergic to the Palmer’s products. It also smells great, which is a bonus.

As for the Botanics eye roll on (seen below), although we’re not entirely convinced it makes a big difference to those pesky under eye areas, it feels refreshing and definitely helps you wake up in the morning. As someone not noted for an “up and at them” approach to the start of the day, this was certainly a bonus for me! This is a product I shall be repurchasing post pregnancy.

Thanks so much to The Bump Company for gifting us the super cupcake socks.They are almost too cute unravel, and make these products look even more alluring. Expect to see them on little She & Hem sometime soon!

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Just My Look

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Last week a little make up bundle popped through our respective letterboxes from Just My Look, how lovely! As super keen bloggers, we put it straight to the test and wore some of the pieces to shoot our Jo and Victoria Hit the Road post.

Now, we make no secret of the fact that we aren’t beauty aficionados (it’s all just so overwhelming) so Just My Look appear to be right up our street with their super affordable prices. We particularly rated the In The Buff eye-shadow palette from W7, with 12 shades of brown, nude and gold, at £4.99 it is an incredibly cheap alternative to palettes from other brands. The Technic Colour Max lipsticks in pretty pink and coral shades were also a hit thanks to their strong pigmentation and lasting power. Considering they are only £1.99 a pop they really are great value for money.  Finally, the OPI New Orleans Mini Pack of nail varnishes (£12.95) were another highlight! They are long lasting and as you can see in the above picture, really chip resistant. Who knew green nails could look so great?

We didn’t get on quite so well with the Contour Stix Contouring Crayons from Technic (£3.95), possibly due to our fear of creating a right old mess, but just didn’t seem to have much of an impact. We definitely need some cheekbone contouring tips from Kim K. Nevertheless, we did like the stick application, which always makes life so much easier.  Perhaps with some practice (and persistence) we can perfect the art? The Technic Mega Blush (£2.50) was also a bit of a miss as, despite containing four beautiful shades of pink to rosy up our pale faces, the pigment really wasn’t very strong at all and just left us looking as ghostly as ever. Boo!

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Have you shopped at Just My Look before? We’d been keen to hear any recommendations if you’ve discovered any cheap gems!

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Welcome to the 60’s

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To celebrate Hairspray the Musical coming to town, we decided to see if we could bring the 60’s style into 2016. We do love a challenge! We grabbed our make up, hair straighteners and all the hairspray we could find and set about creating two 60’s inspired hair and make up looks.

The transition from the delicate ladylike looks of the 1950’s to the fancy-free 1960’s trends was epic, with the 1960’s giving us mini skirts, mods and brilliant bobs. Idols such as Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Edie Sedgwick introduced bold, graphic flicked eyeliner, pretty pale skin (hooray!) and nude lips. The soft nude lips were a real contrast from the popular red lip of the 1950’s and helped to emphasize the exaggerated eyes, which were heavy on the black mascara and fake lashes. A lot like today, the cheekbones were accentuated with a highlighter and a light rosy blush was applied.

In regards to hair, along with the famous beehives and bouffants, luckily for us hair was also worn long throughout the 1960’s, sometimes with a lift, thanks to some harsh backcombing and a ton of hairspray! I (Victoria) love a good ol’ beehive, but unfortunately I don’t really have the skills when it comes to updo’s, so instead I pulled the top of my hair into a small quiff fixed with an oversized gingham bow from Beau xoxo. To create the ringlet effect on the lengths, I used a really simple but effective trick and put my hair in a high bun for the morning, spritzing it with Rush hairspray to help add volume and twirling around my fingertips after taking it out of the bun. Bonza! Jo parted her hair into a gorgeous side parting, pulled the rest of the top of her hair back, and used Batiste dry shampoo to add volume. She then straightened the lengths to create a chic 60’s style.

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To create our looks we both used Monu professional primerRimmel lasting foundation in Ivory and Bobbi Brown’s brow kit in brunette, because we love to rock a dark brow. Jo used an NYX eye-shadow in Girl Talk shade, her eyeliner is from Accessorize and her beautiful blush is from Laura Mercier and it is in the shade coral red. To finish the look she used NYX lipgloss in angel food cake. Yum! I focused on my eyes and used Supercat liner from Soap and Glory and lashings of Benefit’s roller lash mascara. For my face I used Benefit’s wonderful high beam highlighter and Bath and Unwind’s Fratboy blush. My lips sparkled thanks to Bobbi Brown’s pink apricot shimmer lipstick.

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Beat the Rush

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No, it’s not hair-say, a new hairdressers has opened in Bristol! When the invite landed in our inbox to pop for a chop at the new Rush Hair and Beauty salon on The Horsefair in the centre of Bristol, we didn’t need to mullet over. We have a heck of a lot of hair between us, so it’s really important that we try to keep it in tip top condition, especially in this monstrous weather. Long hair and blusterous winds are a frightful mix. Hair-raising stuff for sure!

We were handed a glass of champagne and chatted with our hairdressers, the wonderful Josh and Laura, about what we wanted. I (Victoria) am currently growing my hair, so although Josh took only a a little off of the length, he made sure we waved goodbye to all of my lifeless ends. Good riddance bad ends! My hair felt extremely light and swishy after and really did look so much healthier. We discussed tips on promoting hair growth, and Josh recommended that I use a hair mask about once a week to add moisture and shine. Since my visit to Rush, I have been using a Kérastase mask and I’ve really noticed the difference. My barnet has been exceptionally shiny, but I promise I haven’t let it go to my head! Laura had her work cut out finding the end of Jo’s hair, but once she did, she set to work and the results were absolutely gorgeous. I always love to see Jo’s hair curled, and Laura did such an incredible styling job with just a pair of GHD’s. What a talent.

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After a few cheeky selfies we parted ways, and I used every shop window en route home as a mirror to admire my luscious locks! We both definitely recommend a trip to see Laura and Josh. They really know their stuff, listened to our needs and intuitively produced exactly what we both wanted without any fuss. You could say they’re real big wigs of the stylist world. In fact, that very evening we raved about them to our mutual BFF Ellie, who booked an appointment and had her hair cut at Rush yesterday. Let me tell you, she looks INCREDIBLE! So, thank you Rush for inviting us and making us feel so comfortable at your super salon. We’ll be back soon!

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Alpha H Moisturiser and Korres Body Butter, Bath and Unwind.

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The Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser* has found me at the perfect time. I recently had some red blemishes on my forehead diagnosed as sun damage, and since having the areas removed with a reeeeeally sharp needle, I’ve sworn to myself that I will take much better care of my skin, especially my face. It’s an awfully pore (ha!) excuse, but I’ve never enjoyed wearing any sort of sun protection on my face as they are usually so greasy and heavy. This is the only product I’ve ever used which gives you effective protection against the sun (as long as you reapply when needed!), whilst not feeling sticky on your face. In fact it’s the opposite, as it dries on contact with the skin. It’s so lightweight I’ve actually started using it everyday.

I wasn’t confident that my skin would get along with Alpha H, as when trying new moisturisers, nine times out of ten, I will have some sort of reaction to them. With Alpha H though, so far, so good. Personally, I think this may be due to the aloe vera and natural honeycomb, but whatever it is, I am so thankful to have found a moisturiser that doesn’t leave me looking like a ripe tomato!  Bath and Unwind could not have picked a better product for me, and I would advise anyone who is as naive about skincare as me to get in touch with them and see what they can recommend for you.

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Moving on to more decadent matters, if there’s a body butter that smells anywhere near as good as Korres Guava Body Butter*, I’ve yet to get my nose near it. It’s like all of your favourite Summer holiday’s squeezed themselves into a really trendy looking tube. You only need a super small amount, so don’t go crazy ladies, and the moisture lasts all day with no icky sticky residue left behind. Moisture goals.

The body butter is packed full of sunflower and almond oil, shea butter and quince extract, but my favourite thing about this it is that it contains avocado. During my research for this post I have learnt that avocado is excellent for both skin elasticity and smoothness. Now, I can’t promise that if you buy this body butter (or eat a lot of avocados) that you will suddenly be blessed with smooth skin, but you will smell delicious. Strangers will be queuing up to sit next to you on the bus.

If you know of the perfect moisturiser for extremely sensitive skin, please let me know in the comments and do pop over to Bath and Unwind’s snazzy website.

Vx

*This post is in association with Bath and Unwind*

Eat, Drink and be Scary!

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The ghoulish festivities of Halloween are fast approaching and as a couple (blood)suckers for dressing up and decorating, we are obviously ready to indulge!  We went a little bats in our local Wilkos and ended up with all manner of horrific tat,  which actually ended up looking rather spooktacular once all thrown together!

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Those plastic spiders are a little too real, right? They caused many a momentary heart attack we can assure you!

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This may be hard to believe but we used even more make up than usual to create our bewitching looks, all of which came from Fragrance Direct*. It was harder than we imagined to create a fun, eerie but cheery look, so we give kudos to anyone with the skills to make over their whole face. We’re big fangs of your work! We decided to stick with our eyes, lips and hair, whilst goblin up all of the party food. Ghostly green muffin anyone?

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Smashing pumpkins.

J&V

Lush Blogger Evening

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Victoria wears Vintage polka dot dress | Jo wears Brown Riviera Vintage Silky Top and Brown Riviera Bistro Short both from Boden*

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A few Fridays ago we had the pleasure of attending a blogger evening at the Cribbs Causeway branch of Lush in Bristol. As big fans of their colourful bath bombs and ethical approach to creating natural cosmetics, we were super keen try out some new products and to catch up with local bloggers and fellow Lush fangirls Lily and Charlotte.

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What a slick event it was too! Comprising of five different stations to visit where the lovely Lush ladies (and gent) discussed hair, body, skin and sun care, as well as introducing us all to their pretty extensive make up range. The sun care products were particularly interesting, and we were suitably awed by the sunblock bar, a clever wash on, rinse off block of sun protection. This is a really novel way of avoiding conventional sticky lotion. As we all know, less time spent applying lotion = more time scoffing ice cream! That’s just basic beauty maths.

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Our favourite part of the evening was getting the chance to create our own Catastrophe Cosmetic face masks. Many blueberries were harmed during the making of the masks! After (extensively) testing the end product, we have both been genuinely taken aback with the results. After each application, our skin looks clean, clear and unusually healthy. Since getting our hands on these delights, we’ve become so obsessed that we’ve decided to try them all, even popping into the Brighton branch of Lush during our girly weekend away to pick up three more. We are both truly convinced that the calming Catastrophe Cosmetic makes our skin look and feel heaps better and would be interested to hear if others agree.

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What is your all time favourite Lush product?

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Hem and Away: Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop

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Last Friday, whilst sitting on the train from Bristol to London, we came across #MJDaisyChain on Twitter. Never ones to ignore a good hashtag, we were quick to discover that our trip to the capital had fortuitously coincided with a Marc Jacobs Pop-Up event in Covent Garden!

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The Tweet Shop was promoting the Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance, which just happens to be a favourite of ours (and of everyone else, really) and worked using a cashless system where customers were instead encouraged to exchange tweets for products! See how Victoria cleverly demonstrates tweeting.

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We began by tweeting in exchange for a sample of perfume and both plumped for the newest Daisy scent, Daisy Dream. We decided that if it smelt as pretty as it looked, we were onto a winner! We then began checking out all of the other products on offer which included keyrings, manicures or a man with an excellent beard serving you hot drinks and macarons! Delightful. There was also a very exciting wall of goodies! If you were really lucky your tweet could win you sunglasses, a handbag or even a puppy perfume!

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Victoria is wearing a floral dress from Primark and a spotty bangle from Cath Kidston. She was probably wearing shoes too.

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Jo is wearing an ice lolly print dress from Emily and Fin (bought from Thundegg), black flats from M&S and a watch from Olivia Burton

Rather marvelously, thanks to the lovely Amelia (xameliax), we were really lucky and were both able to upgrade our sample sizes of Daisy Dream for 50ml bottles! We celebrated by playing with the giant perfume bottle props that were so heavy our arms still ached the next day!

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Victoria’s July Beauty Favourites

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites So, this is my first attempt at a favourites post. As beauty certainly isn’t my specialist subject, do please bear with me! I thought I’d give it a go as some of the products I’ve been using this month (and over the past few months!) are definitely worth sharing as they have contributed to making me look (slightly) more human on a daily basis.

It’s no secret that Soap and Glory products are amazing. They smell heavenly, they look dishy in your bathroom, and just seem to last forever. I’ve been using their Righteous Butter body butter since January and it isn’t even half empty. It’s easily my favourite Soap and Glory body product for moisturizing, as it’s made my skin feel softer and look smoother than ever.

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites After using my nifty butter I have to wash my hands, as although they would smell great, they would be so sticky my cat would get stuck to them. To do this I’ve been using English Rose soap* then protecting them with Verbena hand cream* from The Somerset Toiletry Company (support your local businesses Hemsters!). As I have very sensitive skin, I find most hand washes aggravating. So, I’ve recently switched to bars of soap after being told that liquid soaps contain more fragrances and other additives that would make my hands feel sad. No one likes sad phalanges.

I’ve included Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream not because I love it, but because I really want to love it! I’m just struggling to understand how to use it (because I am a wally) and I need your help kind readers. The day I bought it I got over excited and smothered it over my whole face. This was a big mistake as this cream is stickier than a Panini sticker factory. How does it work for you?

The Elemis lip balm which came in my Company Blog awards goody bag. I usually stick to Vaseline on my lips but thought I’d try this out and I’m so glad I did! I put this on one night when my lips were feeling more chapped than usual and when I awoke, they felt silky smooth. It’s a peppermint dream!

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites My nail polish of choice this month is Ciate and their enormous range of magnificent shades. I really rate the quality of this nail varnish, as I find that it doesn’t chip once applied and seems to lasts a lot longer than other brands. I’ve been loving the four colours below, which are ‘ladylike luxe‘, ‘maybe baby‘, ‘mines a mocha‘ and my personal favourite ‘spinning teacup‘, which I have been wearing constantly and can be seen in the lipstick pictures.

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The Witch concealer stick is one of those products that you don’t know that you need until you have one, and then just can’t live without. It’s a quick and easy way of covering up blemishes AND treating your skin at the same time. Winner!

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The mascara is very cute and comes with a step by step make-up class from Jemma herself, and I can confirm it does indeed add length to your lashes and stays on all day long. Hemsters, here’s a little secret for you. I actually bought this from The Original Factory Shop as I have recently discovered their make up is SO cheap, but please don’t all rush and clear their shelves, save some for me!

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We love a bit of vintage here at She and Hem, so I was predictably hyped to receive this lush ‘Debutante Pink‘ lipstick* from vintage experts Besame. The packaging is pretty ravishing, as is the lovely pink shade you can see above and in this post. Pretty in pink or what!

I will see you in August for another round up of beauty favourites.

Victoria