Pregnancy Update and Current Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites

Long time, no see!

Quick life update: I’m now in the third trimester of pregnancy and things have been going well so far… (touch wood).

We’ve found out we’re having a girl and she is a very active little madam indeed. The shopping list is big but we have made a dent with getting the pram, car seat and Isofix base in a helpful bundle deal from Mamas & Papas. We’ve also been investing in some second-hand sleep suits and the like from Depop. I’d thoroughly recommend checking these out if you too are expecting!

vivify baby @ 20 weeks

Once again I’m sorry for the lack of updates. Working full time and growing a new life has left me very tired indeed. I hope to have more time to blog now I am using up my holiday at work to go almost part time during the last couple of months before maternity leave.

Whilst I’m here I thought I’d share my current beauty and lifestyle favourites with you:

  • Dove Summer Revived: As we come out of the colder months it’s nice to have a bit of a glow. If you’re pale skinned like me and burn to a crisp within five seconds of basking in the sun or are just sensible about skincare, it’s better to fake it. This is a gorgeous gradual tanning lotion which leaves a subtle glow without streaks or making me look like an Oompa Loompa. I go with the fairer variety but there is also a darker offering.

 

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: Yes, the bloggers’ fave, but for a reason. I’m all about the quick and effective products (even more so these days!) and this ticks all the boxes for me when it comes to mascaras. I would happily pay more for it, but don’t tell Maybelline. This mascara beats or at least competes with every high-end version…

 

  • Emma’s Rectangle: I’ve only just discovered Emma’s channel but I love everything I’ve seen so far. She’s a lovely down to earth girl and I thoroughly enjoy watching her tutorials and hauls. Check her out here.

 

  • Bloglovin’: I am addicted to swiping through my favourite blogs on my tablet during my lunch break at work. It’s just so convenient to have everything in one feed rather than hopping through different links! You can follow this blog here!

 

  • ASOS maternity jeans: I have tried them all and nothing fits me like ASOS. Personally, I was highly disappointed in the New Look maternity range as they come up too large. H&M are amazing for tops but the jeans are too expensive. So the responsibility fell to ASOS! I am lucky enough to be able to wear jeans to my office job so I NEED a reliable few pairs to see me through pregnancy. Look out for special offers!

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I’ll be back very soon hopefully with more single product reviews amongst some other stuff!

laura

PS Don’t forget to follow vivifyblog on Instagram where I am trying out instastories! The above picture is lifted directly from my “story” from a few days ago.

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VIVIFY Awards: Best of 2015

Welcome to the inaugural Vivify Awards where I showcase my favourite items from the world of beauty & lifestyle from the previous year!

Make-up

Most of these products are from the drugstore and are under £10 – score! I personally believe high-end products aren’t worth their high-end price tag so how about trying these out next time?

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational (in shade Very Black)

Eye-liner: L’Oreal Paris Superliner Superstar Black

Foundation: Collection Perfecting Minerals Foundation Light To Medium

Powder: L’Oréal Paris True Match Powder (in shade Rose Ivory)

Brows: Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Pencil (in shade Hot Chocolate)

Eye-palette: Maybelline, The Nudes

Nail polish: Ciate Paint Pots Red Hot Chilli

Lipstick: KIKO Ultra Glossy Stylo SPF 15 # 813 (Apple Blossoms)

Lip balm: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter Peach Parfait

Hair:

Hair colour: Live Colour XXL Radiant Red

Shampoo & Conditioner: John Frieda Radiant Red

Styling Product: Got2B POWDER’ful

Dry shampoo: Batiste Original

Skin:

Make-up remover: Garnier Micellar Water

Serum: Olay Anti Wrinkle Firm And Lift 2 In 1 Moisturiser And Serum

Primer: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer Transparent

Moisturiser: Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser

Cleanser: Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser

Wipes: Simple Micellar Water Cleansing Wipes

Toner: Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner

Face Mask: KIKO Hydrating Mask

Miscellaneous:

Candle: Yankee Christmas Memories

Book: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Album: At Least for Now by Benjamin Clemintine

Song: Chandelier by Sia

Bag: Fiorelli Flapover Shoulder Bag

TV Series: Pretty Little Liars

Bloggers/Vloggers:

Best health & fitness vlogger: Carly Rowena

Best yoga channel: Brett Larkin

Best beauty blog/vlog: Vivianna Does Makeup (blog, YouTube)

Best tutorials: Lisa Potter-Dixon

Upcoming vlogger/blogger: Fashion Mumblr (check out her new-look blog here!)

Best daily vlogs: The Saccone-Jolys

Most unique content: Zoe London

Best YouTube channel: Helen Anderson

What a year it has been! I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store in the world of beauty and blogging.

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xoxoxo

NB all opinions are my own and this post contains no sponsored content