Hope you are all well and you are having a good week?
I have around 10 weeks left to go now until baby number two arrives and so far in this pregnancy I have put on less weight than I did first time round. With Rocco I put on almost 4 stone which seems like a lot, but at the moment, I’m no way near that, although if I’m honest I try not to weigh myself because ultimately as long as the baby is healthy that is all that matters. I know I’ve put less weight because I am not snacking as much as I did with Rocco and unlike when I was pregnant with him, I have a toddler to run around after and he certainly keeps me on my toes. I’m suffering with heart burn and an acid taste in my mouth in the evenings and I’m avoiding eating late because as soon as I lay down I feel sick. Whilst feeling the baby kick is an amazing feeling, being pregnant certainly is tough sometimes.
I’m filming too and I thought you might find this photo amusing which I took ok location last week… On a building site but still trying to be glam!
So, in this week’s blog I wanted to answer someone your questions…occasionally I get emails through my website asking me about property, interior design, parenting, my beauty regime and where a particular outfit is from that I wore on screen or at an event. Last week I got an email from a lady called Kelly who wanted to know about the makeup I use and if I use a particular face cream. First I just wanted to say thank you to Kelly who said my skin always looks flawless! That is very kind… One of the advantages during pregnancy for me is that I seem to have good skin. When I was pregnant with Rocco my skin was flawless and everyone said I was having a boy…my skin is really clear now, so maybe it’s another boy? No Kelly, I’m not telling you to get pregnant so you can have good skin… I do in fact use a variety of products and I am happy to share those details with you…
As many of you know I generally spend a lot of time abroad with work or outside in the element because my TV work is location based. My skin gets really dry and dehydrated so I drink as much water as I can throughout the day and I always take my make up off each night. I avoid face wipes after I was told off by my make up artist Jo Adams. The day before my wedding she told me they are the worst thing for drying out your skin because of their alcohol content. I got a slapped wrist and haven’t touched them since! I now cleanse, tone and moisturise each night.
There are so many skincare ranges out there so it’s all about finding the one that suits your skin best. I’m currently a big fan of the Rodial skincare range which smells amazing. Don’t be put off by the quirky names of the products because their ‘dragons blood hyaluronic moisturiser’ is lovely. It’s light, non greasy and is a really nice product to hydrate and tone the face.
Rodial also have their own make up range so I have started to use their ‘instaglam skin tint’, a tinted moisturiser with SPF. I also like using their concealer pen to brighten any darkness under my eyes. Both products are nice and light and can be set with Rodials fixing powder. www.rodial.co.uk
The other skincare range I like it AEOS. This range is completely organic natural with no toxic chemicals or synthetics. I absolutely love their ‘Cleansing Oil De-Maq’ and their ‘Refreshing Hydrating Mist’. I didn’t know much about them until recently but they have won a lot of awards and their website has some great information about the products www.aeos.net.
So on to hair and makeup… I’m pretty rubbish when it comes to looking after my hair. I try to get it cut every 8 weeks but it doesn’t happen often. When I get the chance I go to FOUR London in Conduit Street. The salon is gorgeous and I’m always happy with my cut and blow dry. Much like my skin, my hair gets dry so I use http://www.moroccanroots.com/ Organic Argan Oil that I rub in to the ends before I dry it. You only need a small amount of this product for it to go along way. I also like using Bumble and Bumble’s thickening serum because when I’m not pregnant my hair is generally quite fine and thin and this really helps.
I wear a fair bit of MAC make up on screen. Their studio sculpt foundation is quite thick in its consistency but it is great for staying put when filming in the sunshine. Ruby Woo is my favourite matt lipstick and I am often seen wearing out and about. I finish off my brows using my billion dollar brow pencil.
The other two products I use regularly and love are for my hands. The elemis pro collagen hand cream whic is non greasy (and I find most hand creams are) so I totally recommend this one. However a great alternative is Calgels version ‘Calbrook’. Again it’s non greasy and priced at £8.00 it’s a great product and gives the Elemis hand cream a run for its money.
Hopefully that has answered some of your beauty questions. I really love hearing from you so please always feel free to get in touch and ask away!
That’s it from me for now. Rocco and I are off to The Baby Show at The Excel… Better dash…