Why not make your beauty bag a happy bag of positivity by giving it a spring clean!
Many of us are guilty of keeping our makeup products long past their PAO (period after opening) dates … yes, that’s right, like foods, cosmetics go off! But with no sell by dates printed on the packaging, and no obvious signs of decay, it’s often tricky to know when good make up goes bad.
EU rules say that all make up/cosmetics have to have a PAO on it by law. In case you don't know this is the symbol and it says how long after opening it will last.
The main cause for concern is contamination. Makeup collects germs and should be thrown away once it’s reached it’s PAO – even if it’s your favourite product and you can’t buy it anymore.
We’ve pulled together this nifty little Spring Cleaning Checklist, which we thought we’d share with all our lovely mums-to.be.
This essential piece of kit, has a shelf life of one year. It’s usually fairly easy to spot when blusher has got-to go, as it tends to become dry and cakey. Cream blushers will last about eighteen months, as the pigment and oils preserve them.
This has a shelf life of one year. Remember to make sure you wash your brushes if you’ve been using them on spots.
These last around two years, whether you use cream or powder.
Oil-based foundation and make-up powder last for up to 18 months.
Lipstick and Lip Gloss
Both have a shelf life of up to two years. But remember to chuck them out immediately if you get a cold sore! As with your make-up brushes, wash you lip brush weekly.
This is the product to keep an eye out for (excuse the pun!). Mascara only lasts for around four months and should never be shared with your friends.
There’s no time like the present ladies – clean out the old makeup and treat yourself to new.
Find out about our beauty bag must haves on our latest Pinterest board!
Mothers's Day is on 26th March this year and we've been thinking up alternative ways to spend Mother's Day as a pregnant mum. We've come up with a few lovely ways to spend the day celebrating the lovely Mums and Mums To Be in Your Life!
Afternoon Tea With Your Mums
If you want to take your mum for a super treat (as well as yourself) then there’s no better foodie indulgence than Afternoon Tea at the Ritz. Get your favourite girls and take your own mum to share in this unique experience. This is one we’ve had on our bucket list for a while and we’ll be honest being pregnant is a great excuse to indulge in plenty of tea (over 18 types of loose leaf tea) and, of course, amazing cake!
Priced at £54 per person
Pregnancy Massage For Yourself!
Taking that time to appreciate your pregnant body and elevating those aches and pains is so important. A spa day which includes an indulgent pregnancy massage is an ideal treat for any mum to be.
Catch up on our suggestions of spas you need to visit here.
Styling Session For You and Your Best Friend
If you are a bit lost with your style then why not try and find a local stylist. A stylist will take you out and show you the best clothes to work for you at every stage of your pregnancy. You don’t need to be stuck in a rut with yoga pants and oversized tees any longer! Find your unique mama to be style now!
We would love to know how you are spending your Mother's Day. Secret Saviours believes in looking after Mums To Be during their pregnancy and so we'll be offering 20% off for all purchases on the day. We know many mums to be love our anti stretch mark bump band, gel and cream so we know that you will too! Why not give your partner a hint by sharing this post!
Not only that we have teamed up with some lovely companies to offer a great Mother's Day giveaway! Pop on over to our Instagram Account from 3pm on 17th March to enter!
Baby showers are a great way to celebrate your pregnancy in your last trimester. They’re usually thrown by friends, family or co-workers – leaving you to enjoy the fun, stress free!
We’ve always been fans of Baby Showers “with a difference”. Just because you’re not the organiser, doesn’t mean you can’t influence the planning. Here are a few of our favourite ideas:
Pamper and Preen
We all love a good “Pamper Day” and, with your friends and family around you, there can’t be a better way to celebrate the impending arrival! Make sure you book in for the full body treatment, including waxing, so you feel as good as new for labour day!
Check Out Our Pregnancy Pamper Pinterest Board.
If you’re a film lover then why not book a cinema experience? Many local cinemas allow parties in private boxes - often with a tour of the projection room after the film. This is one for the geekier mamas to be!
Check Our Our Favourite Chick Flicks Pinterest Board.
Air BNB City Break
We think a baby shower is a great excuse for a girlie weekend away. And for a more homely experience, why not check out the fab range of Airbnb apartments and getaway cottages, scattered across the UK. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Check Out Our Favourite City Break Spots.
The Crafty Party
If you’re a “maker” then a crafty party is for you. You can’t beat an afternoon with friends at a local pottery café, creating trinkets together. Or maybe a Sewing Bee style party is more your cup of tea? Chuckling over pregnancy and birth stories while you create your masterpieces is a must!
Check Out Our Crafty Pinterest Board.
Mad Hatters Tea Party
If you lean towards the more traditional type of baby shower then why not have a Mad Hatters Tea Party with upside down food? It’s just perfect for the mum-to-be who has all those crazy pregnancy cravings.
Check Out Our Mad Hatter Pinterest Board.
Are you planning on having a baby shower? Let us know what inspired yours over on our Facebook wall!
What would you say if we told you the key to a healthier body, beautiful skin and less morning sickness was in a piece of fruit? Because that’s the proposition we’re putting to you.
Secret Saviours have been enlightened on the benefits of drinking water with lemon (and they are huge), thanks to lifestyle blog Complete Health and Wellness.View full article →
Did you know that in pregnancy women pump about 25% more blood around their body, to support their uterus? It’s this increase in circulation that can make faces appear brighter – even flushed. And as women’s bodies produce more hormones at this time, their oil glands go into overdrive, often producing that well-known pregnancy glow.
If you’re not one of the lucky ones to benefit from that special glow, don’t worry, we’ve got four great tips to help you fake it!
A good lip balm or cream.
Your lips can become very dry during pregnancy so it’s important to find a good nourishing lip cream. And here’s a top tip: once you’ve applied a lip balm, wear your usual lipstick over the top – it’s a great way to seal the moisture in, preventing chapped dry lips.
We love Burt's Bee Lip balm collection - each one of the super nourishing balms has its own natural tint.
Charcoal facial cleanser
Those fluctuating pregnancy hormones are also responsible for the, all too common, acne breakouts. A charcoal facial cleanser is a great way to treat blemishes, but it also helps prevents spots appearing in the first place, by drawing out impurities in a way that a normal cleanser won't.
We love this Charcoal facial cleanser by Biore.
Are you suffering from unusually dry skin? Then, more than ever, you need to invest in a decent daily moisturiser. It can be used underneath your make up and will help rehydrate your skin to get that pregnancy glow with minimum hassle.
We love Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, with built in SPF for those sunny days.
Last, but not least, nothing achieves that pregnancy glow quite like a glow foundation. It should be every woman’s secret weapon, especially on those off days when you’re feeling tired. Glow foundation can make you skin look more luminous and give you that radiance that all pregnant women deserve.
We love NARS Sheer Glow foundation.
So come on, tell us how do you achieve your pregnancy glow?
Changing bags have received a somewhat bad reputation in the past, due to their unwieldy styles and bulky shapes. However, mothers in today’s world are provided with so many different options that now it’s easy to find a changing bag to suit your needs. Here is a list of 5 of the most stylish changing bags that we’ve found on the market.
If you are looking forward to getting your hands on a user-friendly change bag, Jem & Bea Amber is one of the best options available on the market. It has received lots of attention among women because of its innovative organization. From the outside, this Jem & Bea Amber change bag looks just like a standard handbag. However, the zip open panel offers you a complete view of all that’s inside. And with multiple compartments this bag is flexible enough to be used as a baby bag, or work/day bag. You can even personalise the leather tag!
The PacaPod Mirano change bag is also called the Mary Poppins of nappy bags – there’s just so much room!. And we think it’s the epitome of elegance! This bag offers a 3-in-1 organising system which includes a changer pod, feeder pod and changing mat. It’s perfect for the fashion-conscious mum and comfortable to carry around too.
If you’re expecting twins this could be the bag for you! The Multiples Kerikit Keri Jane bag is great for storing two bottles at time – plus it allows you to store four more externally. Better still, the liner can be removed so it doubles as the ideal weekender bag. You’d better hurry though – this stylish bag is Limited Edition,
This retro-style Storksak Poppy change bag looks good and has the perfect structure so everything can be neatly stored, and within easy reach, too. Even better, it can easily convert into a backpack, which is great for those times when you want to go hands-free. But what really makes it a winner for us, is the tough, wipe clean quilted nylon fabric – now what mum doesn’t want their bag to look stylish and new!
Last, but not least, this Pink Lining Wonder Bag has a great reputation for being one of the best change bags out there. This signature bag comes in several colours and is packed full of handy accessories like a cute changing mat, bottle warmers, a key fob, a wet bag and even a mirror to top up the lippy when you’ve got time!
So ladies, come on - which one of these fab change bags will be hanging of your arm this year?
Getting over that midway point in pregnancy is something that all pregnant ladies look forward to from the minute they find out they’re pregnant – whether it’s because they’re bursting to find out whether it’s a boy or girl or whether it’s just to get over the whole morning sickness and feeling-like-crap stage. If you’re one of the lucky ones that have managed to sail through pregnancy like there’s no tomorrow then hats off to you, but most ladies unfortunately have some symptoms that completely knock them out and make them crave feeling ‘normal’ again.
If you’re looking for a few ways to feel more like you again or you want to remain feeling as ‘Glam as you can’ then take a few of these tips on board and treat yourself to a pamper night (or two) if you’re ever feeling low…
A good pamper solves all most women’s problems and it can definitely help when it comes to pregnancy. If you’re able to take a bath then whacking a load of bubbles in, lighting some candles and chilling with a magazine or book can help you de-stress and take your mind off whatever it is that’s bothering you. Add a face mask to the mix and you’re good to go – try and get one that targets any problem areas you may have, pregnancy can dry your skin out so perhaps a hydrating one or one that can help detox your skin to let that pregnancy glow come through. I love the Tony Moly sheet masks – they’re super nourishing and not messy at all, simply pop the mask on, throw the mask away! You can read a little more about them and find out where to buy them here.
Not everyone wears it, not everyone likes it, but if you’re a lover of makeup and all things Beauty then doing your makeup regularly will definitely help you to feel more glam when you’re feeling low and, well, pregnant. We all have off days, let’s admit… Hair up, no makeup, PJ’s on and slogging on the sofa but, to feel yourself, if you regularly wear makeup then wear it! Pop on your favourite lipstick, play with some new eye shadows or even buy yourself some new bits to try and see how good it makes you feel. It doesn’t matter about what other people think – you’re pregnant, you do whatever you need to do to feel like yourself.
If you’ve had children before, you’ll appreciate how sacred hairdressing appointments are, you will give anything to have 2 hours peace and quiet in a hairdressers chair. When baby comes along, those days are going to be hard to catch unless you have a babysitter on hand or a willing partner to step in for a few hours. Whilst you can, treat yourself to a good wash, cut and blow-dry and swish that hair around like nobody’s business. It may seem like such a small thing but it really will make the world of difference!
Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean that you have to change your ways – you can read all about having a full on Pregnancy Pamper here if you want to know more things that can help you boost yourself, but if you wear false lashes daily, carry on wearing those false lashes! If you wear extensions whenever you leave the house, carry on wearing those extensions! Girl, if you wear 3 inch heels to do the food shop, damn right you should still wear those 3 inch heels! Do whatever feels normal for you and do whatever makes you feel your best!
Written by Emma Bradford who blogs at www.notyouraverage.co.uk about all things Lifestyle, Parenting and Beauty and lives in the East Midlands.
Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you need to take a break from fashion. Plenty of methods are available for the ladies in today’s world to stay stylish throughout the pregnancy. Here is a list of 5 most effective tips out of them. These stylish tips would give you the opportunity to make yourself feel good throughout the pregnancy as well.
If you can put on your favorite jewellery and accessories, you will be able to make yourself look stylish during pregnancy. During pregnancy, it would be a good idea to wear long and dangling earrings along with a lariat necklace. They will assist you to deemphasize the fullness that can be found in your face. Or else, you can wear a scarf with some patterns around your hair. Carrying a chic handbag can also deliver a stylish look to you.
Most of the ladies prefer to go for plus sized clothes during pregnancy in order to hide the size. However, it can deliver a bulky look to you at the end of the day. Therefore, you need to think about slimming down your silhouette during the pregnancy with the objective of emphasizing all the features that are not expanding with button down shirts, skinnier pants or snug sleeved tops. It is possible for you to try out knits that could stretch and fit perfectly well with your form. They would deliver a feminine and sexy outlook to you as well.
You must have loved to wear skinny jeans before you got pregnant. However, you should not give up wearing those skinny pants after getting pregnant. It is possible for you to purchase skinny pants with super stretchy designs. They can cater your comfort requirements as well and you will not have to go through any frustration while wearing them. Therefore, you can purchase some leather leggings and skinny jeans in order to highlight your new curves during pregnancy.
Jeans from Isabella Oliver
With pregnancy, most of the ladies prefer to limit their wardrobe to neutral and black tones. But if you want to stay stylish, you should go for colorful clothes. Wearing colorful clothes have the ability to make you look good. In addition, they have the ability to deliver feelings of happiness and satisfaction to your mind as well. In case if you are not in a position to afford colorful dresses, you can think about wearing a bright sweater on top of your shoulders to complement a neutral outfit.
Last but not least, you can think about adding some decorative elements to your wardrobe. Decorative elements such as beaded accents and ruffled trims go perfectly well with pregnancy. However, you need to be careful enough to spend your money on accessories that you will be able to wear more than once in your life. Then you will be able to stay away from spending money unnecessarily.
Of course you always start with the underwear to make the most of your shape - so grab your Secret Saviours band if you haven't already!
During pregnancy, the majority of women and their partners look forward to the scans. It is a chance to see your baby and it gives you both a chance to start bonding with your baby too.
Scans in early pregnancy are not usually performed for reassurance or for dating unless agreed with a consultant at the unit where you are due to book. This is due to a high demand for the use of the service. The first time most parents-to-be get the chance to see their baby is at the 12 week scan, and for many it helps to make the pregnancy feel more ‘real’.
The ‘12 week scan’ can actually be performed any time between around 8-14 weeks. The main aims of the scan are to date the pregnancy, which will give you your estimated due date, and to check for any major problems with baby, which will hopefully provide you with some reassurance. Having a scan in pregnancy is usually a happy event and we know that it can be a very nervous time for parents to be.
The sonographer will also measure the thickness of the fluid at the back of your baby’s neck. This measurement will be combined with blood test results to give you a risk of your baby being affected by either Downs Syndrome or similar genetic problems.
It is important to note that a low risk does not give you the ‘all clear’ and that a high risk does not mean that your baby is affected. It just gives you the chance to get further tests if need be.
The sonographer will carefully examine your baby's body. At this point of the pregnancy they won't be able to determine gender for you.
Having the scan doesn’t hurt, but the sonographer may need to apply slight pressure to your bump so that they get the best views of the baby. A scan usually takes around 20 minutes, although it can take longer if your baby is lying in an awkward position or moving around a lot. Our top tip is to have a bit of chocolate before you go in as this may get baby moving. Also remember a full bladder gives a clearer scan result.
The dating scan is offered to all women, but you don't have to accept it. Your choice will be respected if you decide not to have a scan, and your antenatal care will continue as normal. You'll be given the chance to discuss it with your maternity team before making your decision.
Don't forget to take some coins with you if you'd like a copy of your scan. Most UK based hospitals charge for scan photos so don't miss out by not being prepared.
We have found that the first scan is such a magical moment. If you're a parent already weigh up the pros and cons of taking an older sibling with you. It can be such a beautiful moment to share.
These are just a few tips and things you should expect. Please do share eon our social media platforms if you think of any we should add!