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Monday 26 October 2015

Izabel Boutique

I am really into this seasons fashion, from the trench coat to the shirt dress it all looks wearable and right up my street. I was contacted by *Izabel an online boutique I had not heard of before to have a look at what they offer. 
Izabel have a wide range of clothing and accessory items at reasonable prices, I was lucky to be able to chose an item of clothing to review and struggled between the gorgeous trench coats such as a Kim Kardashian inspired camel coloured coat, click here to view and a floaty top to wear post baby!
 I chose this top in the end as need to feel comfortable.
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This top is so unusual, I love the dip back hen and sheer panel which adds a different feel to just the usual dip hem tops on the highstreet, it floats beautifully when you walk and when I saw a couple of my friends they loved it! The top is only £22!! so when it arrived the quality surprised me for that price tag, it looks a lot more expensive and feels soft to the touch with chiffon panels and looks great teamed with leggings or skinny jeans with either stilettos or chelsea boots.
Please bare in mind I was only 4 weeks post second baby in this picture and had an emergency c section so standing was an issue!
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The top is also available in khaki.
Click here to view.

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Izabel has a lot to offer and would recommend you guys have a peek to add some good quality staple pieces.

Have you purchased from Izabel?

A xx



Sunday 25 October 2015

Must Have MAC Products

Most people I know love a bit of MAC makeup but some are not quite sure where to start in terms of what to buy as MAC have such a huge range so I thought I would share with you what my top 6 recommended products are.
MAC Blusher
These blushers come in various different finishes
Mineralise- a sheer, lightweight blusher
Pro Longwear- a highly pigmented lightweight blusher
Powder- a buildable powder for all over the face
Casual Colour- a versatile creamy product for lips and cheeks
Cream Colour Base- a creamy formula that gives a dewy finish
Cremeblend- a medium coverage buildable blusher
They offer such a huge colour range that will wanting you want them all! One of my favourites is Dolly Mix, pictured below. It is a beautiful powder which is highly pigmented perfect for spring/summer, it is quite bright but easy to blend and tone down.
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MAC Eyeshadow
There are various different finishes available
Pro Longwear- a silky., creamy texture that is buildable in colour
Mineralize- a long wearing highly pigmented shadow
Veluxe Pearlfusion- a pearl matte finish, highly pigmented
The range of different shades is huge, from golds to purple and green, there is a shade for everyone. I love how easy it is to work with these shadows, I particularly love Woodwinked, Mythology and Satin Taupe.
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MAC Foundation and concealer.

No matter what your skin type MAC have a product for you, they have a good selection of different foundations and concealers.
Studio FX- my favourite! A buildable foundation with medium coverage. It lasts all day, up to 8 days according to MAC, giving a smooth appearance with SPF and special skin conditioning ingredients.
Pro Longwear- Lasts up to 15 hours according to MAC. This is a lightweight formula which gives a sheer to medium coverage.
Face and Body- This is what I use for my brides. Low-medium cover, its water resistant and long lasting,
Matchmaster-Moisturising, demi matte foundation with the latest pigment adjusting technology. A medium coverage.
Mineralize- Available as a compact or a cream gel type liquid. Sheer to medium coverage. SPF and an impressive 77 mineral complex.
Studio Sculpt-Gel based foundation that gives medium to high coverage. Long lasting and water resistant.
Studio Tech- a compact foundation that gives a natural matte finish which works with all skin types.
Full Coverage- a compact foundation that is opaque and can cover scars and even tattoos!
Pro Longwear- Lightweight formula that gives medium-full cover, long lasting and gives a matt finish.
Studio Finish- Lightweight opaque concealer which is water resistant and fragrance free.
Pro Conceal and Correct Palette- Four different shades to help correct all skin pigments such as dark circles or redness. Suitable for all skin types.
Mineralize- Longwearing, medium buildable coverage, full of minerals.
Matchmaster- Medium buildable cover with a natural satin finish.
Select Moisture Cover- This is good for under the eyes! Its a light formula that you can build.

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MAC Lipstick
My all time favourite product from MAC, they have such a huge range of colours, I get particularly excited when they have limited edition ranges out! My favourite finish has to be matte for its long lasting highly pigmented quality.
Matte- Long lasting, matte finish. This lipstick lasts through lunch and numerous cups of tea!
Frost-A shimmery finish that is medium lasting.
Satin- Long wearing, and opaque with a shiny finish. 
Retro Matte- A long lasting super matte lipstick that can be drying so make sure you apply a lip balm beforehand.
Cremesheen- Not the most long lasting but they are really creamy and shiny that give a good colour pay off.
Amplified- Good pigmentation with a moisturising feel.
Glaze- Sheer with a glossy finish that isn't long wearing.
Lustre- Very similar to Glaze, but more opaque.

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What are your favourite MAC products?

A xx

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Where have I been?

Its been a while since I blogged or vlogged so here is where I have been.
As some of you may have known I was pregnant, I had a hard time with SPD and was on crutches, got signed off work and went about slowly preparing for baby. At my 36 week check the midwife said baby was transverse, meaning baby was lying across, I was not told what that meant for me or baby so carried on as usual and was told to come back in six days for a scan. Six days passed and I went for the scan, but the sonographer couldn't work the new system, I was pretty annoyed as it was 9pm and was getting fed up!
The next day I had to chase the midwives to see when I could have my scan at the bigger hospital that was further away, they eventually got back to me and I went to that hospital later that day. I had a scan and yes it was confirmed baby was transverse. I waited for a consultant who said it all to the point, the sentences were "you are now staying in hospital till the baby comes", "if your waters break and you are not within 5-10 minutes of theatre your baby could die!" and "a transverse labour coming in is the one call we don't want to get" so that was it basically, I cried obviously, and from that day stayed in hospital for 10 days, I have a 3 year old and hated the thought of being away from him as never have been!
The hospital stay dragged and dragged, I was told different things daily such as the babies position and what the plan was, I even had a c section booked within my 38th week but then they decided after I had all the prep for it that it wouldn't happen as they booked me in too early.
From day one they all felt babies position each day, twice a day and from day 7 felt the baby had become head down but not engaged, baby was now thought to be oblique, head down but at an angle. I was still not out of the red zone!
On the 10th day (I feel like I'm writing a passage in the bible about how the world began!) I had a consultant come to say they were going to look at a plan, so the plan was to go home if babies head was above pelvis ready to engage, or try a controlled induction. A controlled induction is where your waters are broken, whilst this happens a midwife turns babies head to engage and you are induced. I was happy for that plan. I went down for a scan so the consultant could see exactly where the head was.......but no it was not the head in fact it was the bottom! So all these days every midwife got it wrong, I know we are all human and mistakes happen. The consultant said I had different options now, either go home and wait for waters to break then go into natural breech labour or book me for a c section next week. I said I am tiny and could not imagine being able to have a safe natural deliver with a breech baby as the risks were 50/50 for an emergency c section so an elective one was decided. I was allowed to go home, so this was Saturday afternoon, and was to return Monday morning for more checks and see when I could a c section. I asked the consultant whether baby would be able to move back to transverse, she said no as there was no room for baby to do that.
I went home and stayed at my parents as my husband was on nights so safer for me and my boy to be with them. I had a lovely relaxing Sunday, my husband came over as was allowed Sunday night off so we all had a great feast in the garden and it was amazing to see my little boy.
Monday 5am....I woke and my waters had gone, I panicked and could feel baby across, I rang 999, my husband came, the ambulance crew were very relaxed as they did not realise how serious it was until after they rang midwives! I was blue lighted to the hospital, my worse nightmare was happening, I was sure baby wouldn't survive as it was now around an hour since I realised my waters had gone. I was taken straight to labour ward, I had midwife after midwife coming in to assess me and sort me out for c section, it was not nice as had so much going on and one midwife trying to find baby heartbeat, then suddenly a consultant said "I think we need to go now" and I was off.
In the theatre I was given a brief of who was who, I was given my spinal, though four attempts as they struggled with how small my spine was which was painful. The spinal is a strange sensation where the body from chest down goes warm and numb. During all this a midwife was still struggling to get the babies heartbeat. During the procedure I had episodes where my blood pressure dropped too much and I would struggle to breath, I felt like I had to get out of my own skin.
Baby arrived! Hurray!! All was fine, thank God! I honestly felt it was worth every part to have my little baby safe and well. The staff were amazing during the whole process.
Post c section is hard, not going to lie, but you get there and need extra support. I still have issues now nearly 7 weeks on but other women are fine after about 6.
Baby was born 7th September. Gender will be revealed on my Youtube channel! So check it out.
If you want to ask any questions about c section, SPD or post baby you are more then welcome to, you can email me or comment below.
A xx
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