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A Pregnancy Skincare Essential/Holy Grail!

C: I don’t know about other pregnant beauties, but one of my concerns (around myself, not the baby – the babies health is obviously most important!) is having a whole body of stretch marks! I am literally on daily stretch mark alert and make L check too! Poor man. So I did a little research into what exactly causes stretch marks and therefore what skincare products to focus on.

Now clearly stretch marks are caused by your skin stretching… but what makes that worse? Dry skin. Dry skin isn’t as supple, and will not stretch as nicely as lovely hydrated skin. Plus dry skin is super itchy as it stretches and no one wants that. So whilst out baby shopping (buying things in miniature is so much fun) I kept having a little goosey at skincare and eventually picked up this:

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I got this Derma Mum Superior Moisturising Stretch Mark Cream from Babies are us for about £6. It is a massive 500ml tub which I can see lasting me until the end of my pregnancy – although lets already state that I will be repurchasing this if I run out! It is a thick, white cream that requires a lot of rubbing in but does sink into the skin nicely once warmed up. It doesn’t smell of anything lovely… just slightly like aqueous cream or something similar which can easily be disguised by a little perfume/body spray.

Now just look at the ingredients: Rose Hip, Evening Primrose, Shea and Cocoa Butters. It was seeing the ingredients that decided the purchase for me! All ingredients that are good for your skin and okay to use whilst preggo. Now since using this all of my dry skin has disappeared, I still haven’t got any stretch marks even though baby has decided to go through a sudden growth spurt and that itchy stretched skin feeling has disappeared. Perfect.

So if pregnant, have very dry skin, or you are loosing/gaining weight (which can lead to stretch marks too unfortunately!) I would 100% recommend this! It truly is amazing! I shall add a little update to my post when super preggo to let you all know whether the stretch marks are still banished! #twolittleowls

Review: Nivea In-Shower Moisturiser

C: Some of you guys may have seen my recent haul post, if not you can see it here, where I picked up some old favourites and some new things to try. One of which was the Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser which I had seen around a lot recently, and since suffering with preggo related super dry skin thought it was worth a try! So here is what I thought!

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Now the packaging isn’t exactly beautiful, but its functional and works well. No complaints there. The smell however… not sure if it’s my super human sense of smell (which is a lie according to Annies other half, no one has super human smell) but I hate it! I don’t even know what it smells like, and haven’t used any other Nivea products so I can’t compare it… I just aren’t keen. Its not particularly offensive though as once dressed and perfumed up you can’t smell it. So thats only a minor complaint too!

So on to its effectiveness. I love it! I apply it whilst in the shower, leave it on for a bit whilst I wash my face or something (it doesn’t say you have to leave it on, I just figured it might work more if you did) and then wash it off. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and moisturised. I personally still apply my body butter afterwards as yes, my skin really is that dry. But I would say people with normal skin wouldn’t need to at all. This has literally been a godsend. Before using it I still had horrid flaky, dry skin after using my usual body butter and this has completely got rid of it! Amazing!

Have any of you guys tried this? If so what did you think? Any other recommendations for super dry skin? #twolittleowls

Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser

C: oh here I go again… another moisturiser review. My skin has been so dry recently I have had to change up my routine, something I absolutely hate doing as I prefer to stick with products that I know work for me. Instead this has forced me to look through my stash and use up some of the many other products I have hiding away, and one little gem that has been discovered is this amazing Clinique moisturiser! I have always been a fan of Clinique skincare, and the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is usually my go to moisturiser, so I had high hopes for this – and as usual, I am super clever and was right!

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First up isn’t this little pot super cute? The fact it is miniature and pink makes me way too happy. I clearly need a life. But anyway, my only problem with the packaging itself is that I hate having to put my fingers in a pot for skincare for my face! It just seems so unhygienic! But I suppose if you are less lazy than me you could use something to remove the product from the pot, or just shove it on your face and not moan. Either way.

Onto the product itself, as a moisturiser it is pretty dayum impressive and definitely lives up to its super long name. All of my dry patches were gone with one use! No joke. One use. It didn’t break me out or clog up my skin so I was pretty happy. However, I personally found it too heavy to use as a day cream under my make up, as I have pretty oily skin so it did make me extra shiny. To combat this I used my Clinique Gel Moisturiser in the morning and just used this as almost a face mask over night. All dry skin gone and no hint of oily skin! It sinks in quickly and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin so it was a pleasure to use at night. I would deffo recommend for anyone with super dry skin like me!

Have any of you guys tried this? #twolittleowls

A Christmas Voucher Haul

C: I have been so busy since Christmas (read: found out pregnant, spent all time at work or asleep) that I hadn’t even spent my Boots Christmas vouchers! This is pretty much unheard of for me, normally I would have spent them on Boxing Day! So whilst in town the other day I needed to pick up some essentials, so thought I would have a little nosey round Boots. Now my local store isn’t very large so there isn’t a lot of choice, but I still managed to find plenty of things to spend my £20 voucher on.

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First up, skincare was 3 for 2 and I chose these badboys to make the most of the offer:

1. Nivea In Shower Moisturiser –  I have seen these around for a while now and they have always intrigued me, but never enough to spend £5 on something that is potentially pointless. Now as this was technically free, it was the perfect time to try it! Plus since being preggo my skin has been super duper dry, so anything that may assist with that is worth a try in my book.

2. S&G Peaches and Clean Cleanser – I have reviewed this previously here, if you want a goosey. This is now the third bottle of this stuff that I have bought which is a long term relationship for me and a face wash! I love it even more than I used too, its perfect for keeping spots and blemishes at bay.

3. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – another product that I have heard a lot about, and know that Annie loves. I normally use a cleansing oil/balm to remove my make up, but I have been so tired recently that I decided to get some of this for those evenings that I finish work late and just can’t be bothered!

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Next up, Rimmel is currently 2 for £10! Meaning a huge £5 saving on these:

1. Rimmel Provocalips in 110 Dare to Pink – another product I have had my eye on for a while now. I love Rimmel lipsticks, and these are meant to be super long lasting so I can’t wait to try them out! I decided to go for a pink colour because I am super excited for spring! Let me know if you want a review of this!

2. Rimmel BB Cream in Light – I had the Matte version of this, and due to my currently dry skin and having used it all up I decided to try the normal version. The formula is a lot thicker for this product, so I am not sure if they have actually changed the formula? Anyone know?

So there is what I have been buying recently! I am going shopping with Annie again today, so I shall hopefully have another haul for you guys going up soon! Any of you guys tried these products? #twolittleowls

Let The Good Times Roll

A: Last week, I had a mid-week Lush haul and the Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser was part of it. I started off using this every morning to combat my dry skin for the first few days and I now use it every other morning. Its a lovely product to use and lasts ages because you only need a tiny amount to mix with warm water in your hand to form a paste which you then rub onto your face gently. I always leave it for a few minutes to absorb and then wash off with warm water and moisturise, then carry only with my normal morning routine.

Because I’ve been using the Clinique 3 step Anti-Blemish Solutions routine, to help with clearing my blemishes, my skin is super dry because the step two cleanser is so strong. I didn’t want to stop using the Clinque routine so Chloe recommended this and I’m so pleased she did. She loves it because it exfoliates really well and doesn’t irritate her skin at all, and most things irritate her skin! From the first use I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin, it soothed it and gave me a glow and meant I was still able to carry on my normal morning routine – just with an extra addition. Now I use it every other morning, and it’s still working it’s magic.

Now to the best part about this cleanser – the smell. It is amazing. I know all Luch products smell good, but really you have to trust me on this. It has a yummy, buttery popcorny smell which stays with you all day and doesn’t fade. It makes me want to eat it and as we know from Chloe’s previous Lush reviews, that’s a bad idea.

I honestly can’t recommend this enough, if you skin is slightly dry or in need of some rejuvenation, go to Lush right now and buy it. Seriously – you won’t regret it.

Have you already tried this cleanser? What do you think?


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Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser: A Review


C: I’m not sure if any of you recently read my eczema/sensitive skin care post but I have such dry skin that I have to moisturize twice a day or my eczema comes back (literally within hours, I’m so unlucky!!). So after seeing a couple of reviews on various blogs I thought I would give this moisturizer from Vaseline a go. I picked it up for £3 whilst on offer in Sainsburys and I am in love.

I usually use my trusty Cetraben or something from Soap and Glory (smells good but I’m not allergic = winner) but in this cold, horrid weather it’s such a pain to spend ages moisturizing after your shower and getting cold when all you want to do is put your pj’s on and snuggle in bed! This is the first spray moisturizer I have used that has a continuous spray, meaning you can turn it upside down etc without having to keep stopping and starting so it literally takes 2 minutes to moisturize your whole body! I love the smell of Soap and Glorys Girligo Body Moisturising Mist but you can’t turn it upside down to spray your legs etc – you can with this and it also smells lovely!

The only downside for me is that it isn’t quite moisturizing enough for my super dry skin. I can only use it once a day before bed and will need to use my Cetraben in the morning to keep me moisturized all day. But if you have normal skin then this would be perfect and saves you valuable sleeping time! Let us know what you think #twolittleowlsblog

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