Mama Mio Skincare

I really feel like my skin has been through a tough time lately, yo-yoing after being pregnant twice in 1 year. So far I’ve been very lucky and haven’t got any stretch marks on my tummy… I have just had a couple on the very tops on my legs which I got at the very beginning of this pregnancy. I struggled with very sore hips early on during this pregnancy so I think those little stretch marks were from my hips widening again.

Ever since around week 10 I have been using creams and oils to make sure my skin is as subtle as possible and to prevent any more marks appearing… Early on in pregnancy I struggled with morning sickness so a lot of creams would have a scent and would make me feel queasy, this meant the only thing I could really use was Bio Oil due to it being scent free and as you all probably know it’s a great product for prevent and helping with the appearance of stretch marks.

I was just getting to the bottom of my second bottle when Mama Mio contacted me and asked if they could send me a parcel of their products to review and it couldn’t of arrived at a better time! I have now being using these products for a couple of weeks and not only do they smell delicious (ginger & lime scented to help ease morning sickness) but my skin is feeling the softest it has ever felt! I literally slather on The Tummy Rub Butter all over my belly and hips morning and night and use the Pregnancy Boob Tube all over my boobs morning and night too!

I also spritz the Liquid Yoga all over my pillow and bed sheets each night to help me fall asleep super fast and I get Ainslee to massage my feet and ankles with the cooling Lucky Legs gel after I’ve been on my feet all day!

During pregnancy there are so many treatments you can’t have done at the beauty salon so because all these products are super safe to use whilst pregnant you can pamper yourself at home every day instead…. because surely when we’re creating a human we need all the pampering we can get right?!

I 100% think that these Mama Mio products are the best on the market for during pregnancy.. they are a little more expensive than other creams but they are definitely worth every penny! You can purchase these in John Lewis or online at www.mioskincare.co.uk they have all sorts of packages and bundles or you can just buy the products individually. Let me know what you think of these products!

Lots of love x

Lily Flo Jewellery

As you can probably all see from my photos on social media I do love jewellery and like to wear jewellery that is comfy to wear everyday and I don’t really ever take my favourite pieces off. So when LilyFlo Jewellery asked if she could send me some pieces from her Minimalism and Flora Collection I could see that her jewellery looked like it was really great quality and very simple looking…. just like my style!

If you check out @lilyflojewellery on Instagram you will see that all of their pieces are handmade to perfection which I really LOVE!

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In the workshop

 

The earrings that I have been sent are perfect for wearing everyday and super comfy and don’t feel like they will ever fall out (especially with a little baby on the way) The Minimalism collection is very my style, simple sterling silver pieces that look great dressed up or down and make everyone look at them because of their cool abstract shapes and designs… Then the Flora collection is very girly and pretty which is also what I love.. these earrings are in the shape of little butterflies with a beautiful pink pearl in the centre.. These are not yet available to purchase on their website, so keep your eye out for them.. but in the meantime they have so much more to choose from on their website.

www.lilyflojewellery.com

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My Perfect Skin Ritual Whilst Pregnant

We all know that pregnancy comes with it’s rage of crazy hormones and I think skin is always put through the test during the 10 months of pregnancy (yes we are actually pregnant for 10 months and not 9!). For me one of my first pregnancy symptoms was SPOTS!! And I don’t mean the odd pimple or a couple…. they came in full force under my neck and around my chin area, they were horrible and lingered for around the first 15 weeks. So I thought to myself ‘I really need to step up my game with my skin regime.’ I was already using some really good products from my favourite brand Kiehls but I felt like I had to do something more… otherwise my fear was having scars on my face from the spots.

I was already using:

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser

Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner

and

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser

But my skin just wasn’t improving… so I stepped it up and headed to the Kiehls store and spoke to one of the ladies who worked there and she advised me to get a really good exfoliator so I got the ‘Epidermal Re-texturising Micro- dermabrasion Exfoliator’ from the special dermatologist section in Kiehls which really helped smooth out my skin, a few weeks later I was invited to a bloggers event at Kiehls on King Street in Manchester and they gave me a Pure Vitality Moisturiser and also another Ultra Facial Cleanser… So I made sure I was using all of these products morning and night and exfoliating 3 times a week.

My mum then told me about the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed face mask that she had purchased and how it made her skin feel like a ‘Babies Bottom’ so she put some into a pot for me to try and OMG!!! This was the mask that made my skin TRANSFORM.. I used this mask twice in 1 week and within 2 weeks my skin was glowing and my spots had literally vanished! Im not sure if it was because my hormones had started to settle down or if it was because of this face mask so I didn’t use it for a week and my skin started to break out again (not as bad as before though) So last week I went back to another Kiehls Blogger Event and in my goody box was a full size tub of the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed face mask… I couldn’t believe that out of all the products in the store that was the one I was given! So lets just say ever since my skin has been incredible.

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I also give my skin a little treat once a week and use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, you can use this every night if you wish but I feel my skin only needs it now and again and it also smells incredible so you are sure to have a really good night sleep whenever you use it.

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I can’t recommend Kiehls products enough and their service is so much better than any other brand I have ever come across. If you pop into any store and ask for a ‘skin consultation’ they will sit down with you free of charge and tell you what skin type you have and which products you need to be using and how to help any concerns that you may have.

They are also very generous and give you plenty of samples with each purchase, especially if you are wanting to ‘try-before-you-buy’, just let them know what you are thinking of buying next time and they will give you plenty of samples if they have them in stock… but they always have plenty of products to try if they don’t have a specific one!

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Also if you live in the Manchester area you can pop into Kiehls King Street before the end of August and donate a minimum of £3 to the #KiehlsxMTV Staying Alive Foundation and you will get this bag packed full of samples when you quote ‘Cheshire Gossip Girl’ to a member of staff – Ask in store for more details!

Pick up your FREE Kiehls products from KIEHLS, KING STREET, MANCHESTER.

I am so excited to share with you all that I am now an official Kiehls representative for the Kiehls x MTV Staying Alive Foundation charity which Leona Lewis is the new Ambassador for in aid of AIDS in less affluent countries. Aids is such a horrific disease and I think we should all do as much as we can for these people who are effected all over the world…

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SO… I would like to give you all this amazing gift for FREE! All you after to do is donate a minimum of £3 to this charity and you can pick up your goodies in store.

TEXT KIEH99 £3 to 70070 (or donate more if you wish) and SHOW YOUR TEXT and QUOTE ‘CHESHIREGOSSIPGIRL’ to a member of staff at the Kiehls King Street store in Manchester City Centre and they will give you one of these amazing packs full of goodies!

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Kiehls have also launched this Avocado Creamy Eye Treatment (I’m saving mine for when baby arrives and I need some extra eye treatment) and for every pot you buy £10 will go to the Staying Alive Foundation. If you know how good the brand KIEHLS are you will know that this is amazing value for money and also that you are helping out such a great charity.

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I will be telling you all soon how I keep my skin in tip top condition throughout pregnancy and which products keep my skin super clear and glowy whilst my body is full of all the crazy hormones that pregnancy brings, Kiehls is Paraben Free and all natural so perfect to use whilst pregnant.

Thanks for reading dolls x

 

Celebrating Bee Sting Clothing

The lovely Abbie from Bee Sting Clothing has been kind enough to send me some of her products to make me feel really comfy during my pregnancy. These clothes are not maternity clothes but I’ve found that if I wear a couple of sizes bigger than my normal size things normally fit me more comfortably at the minute.

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This brands products are super comfy and such good quality, I actually want all the t-shirts in every colour!! The brand is all about body confidence, so whether you have small, medium or large boobies… we as women should embrace everything that we are given, so if you’re model slim or gorgeous and curvy Bee Stings items will fit you and you will feel great!

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“Designer Abbie Dixon, 25, is the creative mind behind the independent Manchester based fashion label Bee Sting. Inspired by her horse Makalu’s shoes, Abbie started the brand from her bedroom on the family farm, where she grew up.

The Bee Sting brand is about body positivity. Whether you carry a pair of Bee Stings or Big B’s, the Bee Sting brand is here to celebrate women and hopefully crack a smile.”

Yes, the horseshoes look like boobs…

 

Check them out on Instagram – @bee_sting_clothing

www.beestingclothing.co.uk

Gender Reveal

I want to share with you all as much of my pregnancy as possible.. so basically we have been dying to find out if we are having a boy or a girl for such a long time. In my previous pregnancy I had a stillbirth and we lost our baby Sebastian so for me finding out in this pregnancy was so important because I felt that if I was going to be having a girl this time I would really have to get my head around it, whereas if we were going to have a boy I felt that it would help my grieving process slightly and we have everything in our house for a baby boy already… Not that we would ever prefer one instead of the other as all I want is a healthy baby after what happened to Sebastian. But basically we are over the moon that we have finally found out the sex and that our rainbow baby is a little boy!! ❤

We have had so many scans so far and the midwives at the hospital scanning me haven’t wanted to tell me the gender as they said most mums have to wait until 20 weeks, which is fair enough but yesterday we had our scan with Fetal Medicine (FMU) at St Mary’s in Manchester (where they do a really detailed scan of the brain, heart, limbs, fluid and placenta) and they gave us a 45 minute scan and I have to say I officially fell in love with our baby at this scan. We got to watch him on the screen for all that time, we got to see his face, lips, nose and eyes really close up and we got to see his hands and little feet. It was absolutely magical, watching him snuggle his face into my placenta, already trying to cuddle me was the best thing in the world. It’s safe to say we both got a little teary and had beaming smiles all day after the scan!

So I am now 21 weeks and definitely think that finding out the gender really makes the pregnancy feel real and like there is a real life little person growing inside of you. I just can’t wait to meet him now and hope everything goes smoothly ❤

Pregnancy so far..

Okay so as you all may know by now… I’M PREGNANT! It’s been a tough journey so far to get to where I am and it’s certainly not been easy but to say I am 19 weeks and its only a week until we are half way makes me feel all sort of emotions…

My last pregnancy ended at 26 weeks so as we are approaching this similar time I am definitely getting more and more anxious… I’d say for the first 12 weeks I thought to myself ‘If it ends, it ends’ as I didn’t want to get my hopes up or get too attached incase I had an early miscarriage. But now as time is going on it’s getting harder to not feel something for this little one inside of me as much as I am trying not to get to attached and I’m not sure how I would cope if we lost another baby.

I have to say though it has certainly not been an easy ride for me so far, I’ve been in hospital because I have been bleeding a couple of times and also because I had a lot of pressure down below and then this week I also thought my plug had gone, I was reassured each time though and was told you can bleed because of all the extra blood your body needs whilst pregnant and also people can have some of their cervix come away during pregnancy but I had lots of scans and tests and everything is fine right now. This hasn’t made me feel to great, seem as I’m a nervous wreck anyway@

So we get to find out on the 12th July if we are having a boy or girl.. we had a scan at 17 weeks and were told that the cord was between the babies legs so couldn’t find out…. In a way I am anxious to find out if its a boy or girl… I feel like if it’s a girl me and Ainslee will have to get our heads around the fact that we are no longer having a boy, (if you didn’t  know we lost our baby boy Sebastian in October) Its hard to explain to family and friends as we will be delighted with any gender its just another part of the grieving process, I think that no one else could explain unless you have gone through a stillbirth or loss.

Overall I can’t wait for the pregnancy to be over and actually have a baby with us to enjoy and love, I was pregnant in April 2016 – October 2016 and then got pregnant again in February, so I literally feel like I have been pregnant for over a year now and am looking forward to getting my body back and feeling like Maria again. Saying that though I keep saying to myself that I need to enjoy this pregnancy incase we don’t get to have a baby at the end again… I want to enjoy all the little movements that I am now feeling and want to do things with Ainslee to get us ready for whats to come.

As you all probably understand  its a massive whirlwind of emotions and feelings but I’m so thankful that we are almost half way and it has definitely gone a lot quicker than last time. Its all about getting through the next half and bring on November!!!

I’m going to do a maternity clothing blog soon and lots more pregnancy type blogs so make sure you stay tuned!

How LushTums isn’t just a ‘Pregnancy Yoga Class’

So during my first pregnancy with baby Sebastian I wanted to try out a yoga class. At the time though I was still taking part in all my normal high intensity classes at the gym so thought it might be a bit ‘boring’ or a bit to ‘slow’ for what I needed. How wrong I was… looking back I really wished I had taken some time out for my baby and do something a little more gentle and relaxing and also to be around mum’s-to-be.

Before we lost Sebastian I had been to a get together with LushTums in Alderley Edge with the amazing teacher Jai, it was at The Yard and we all chatted and talked about what we are going through, symptoms and what classes we want to try etc. I went along with my friend Sarah who was also pregnant at the time and we had a lovely evening. I really wanted to join these classes but not long after I started to feel quite unwell.. and that was when things took a turn for the worst.

Loosing your baby… no one can explain what it feels like or what it does to you and I can imagine that if I had become close with a few of the ladies at the class I would of found it really hard to keep in touch with them… or even tell the teacher why I hadn’t returned. When I received an email from Jai a few weeks after we had lost Sebastian and no one knew what had happened apart from close friends and family, all she said in the email was

‘Hi, Maria

How are you?’

And that gave me the chance to explain what had happened, she wasn’t emailing me to ask me to sign up to her classes or wonder what I thought about her event.. It was a genuine email and she just wanted to know if I was OK!

By doing this we kept in touch and went for a few coffee’s we cried and laughed and she was able to lead me in the right direction for support and who to chat to when I do get pregnant again. She really helped my mental wellbeing and made me realise IT DOES HAPPEN TO A LOT OF PEOPLE.. even though when it happens to you we think we are the only ones and it does feel like you are the only one!

NOW THAT I AM PREGNANT AGAIN

Now that I am 17 weeks pregnant I really want to start Pregnancy Yoga to try and help relieve my stress and anxieties.. and give me some time to try and bond with my new baby. I no that doing this is easier said that done… as going into a room full of pregnant ladies who are so excited about having their baby when you’re just taking one day at a time and not expecting any particular out come to protect yourself is going to be very hard and emotional. I can just picture myself at the back of the class having a break down and everyone staring at me *laughs*

I know now though that as long as I told the teacher whilst emailing her to sort out which class I can make and how much it is etc.. I can tell her what has happened to me and she will make the class aware so that they don’t have to explain myself to everyone when we are chatting.

Pregnancy classes should be a safe place to go for everyone.. lets face it a lot of women have some type of trouble in the process of creating a human… whether it be struggling to get pregnant, miscarriage, stillbirth or loosing a baby once they are born or even things like struggling with postnatal depression. It isn’t something to be ashamed of either. So if you are worried about taking part in a class just chat to your teacher before hand and I bet you will feel a lot better once they have reassured you that you will have a lovely time in their class.

Check out the LushTums website for everything you need to know and where all the classes are held lushtums.co.uk

 

 

Hob Salon Hale – TredVision Competition

As you all may know by now that I get my hair done at HOB Salon in Hale Village. From weekly blow drys to full colour transformations this is my go-to salon! I’ve known the owner Shabaz for a long time now and through his years at the salon he has selected the very best of hairdressers, who are all individually talented at their own thing.

For cutting and styling and THE best blow drys Ben is your guy and when it comes to colour Suzi is just outstanding! The salon have been talking about the TrendVision competition for a few weeks now… and at first I didn’t really know what it was but as the weeks have gone by and I’ve seen how passionate all of the team at HOB are about TrendVision I wanted to know more!

So Lauren and Suzi have both got through to the finals of the competition in their own categories and I can’t wait to see how the finals go after the Summer! Here is a bit about the competition process so far:

HOB Salons, Hale are celebrating after reaching the national finals of the prestigious international Wella TrendVision Award. One of the most iconic competitions in the hairdressing calendar, Wella TrendVision is judged by leading hairdressing media and industry icons.

HOB Salons’ Style Director, Lauren Bickerton is a finalist in the Creative Vision category, with her colleague, Suzi Lawley, Colour Director, a finalist for ColorVision. To reach the finals both women had already made it through the first stage, submitting a photo entry of a style they had each created.  Having been selected from hundreds of other entries for the regional final, they then had to recreate the style live on stage in front of a panel of judges.

Suzi had to demonstrate a beautiful, colour focused, trend-led look, which is wearable and reflects salon relevant hair, whilst Lauren’s brief was to express creative vision with an on trend cut and finish or hair up, with an editorial catwalk feel. Both took inspiration from Wella’s NEW NORM by Pastforward: daringly “normal”: honest, uncomplicated, decidedly comfortable.

Suzi and Lauren will now compete at the UK & Ireland final on Tuesday 5 September 2017 at The Roundhouse, Camden, London. The winners of the two international categories (COLOR VISION and CREATIVE VISION) will then compete at the International TrendVision Award Final in London in October.

Shabaz Hussain, HOB Salons manager says, “Suzi and Lauren have worked incredibly hard to reach this far in the competition and the Hob Salons team and clients are immensely proud of them. We are always keen for our stylists to demonstrate their talent both in and out of the salon.  We are now looking forward to the national finals.”

To book appointment with Suzi, Lauren or any of the talented HOB Salons Hale team please call. Tel: 0161 941 4777

HOB Salons

203 Ashley Rd

Hale

Altrincham WA15 9SQ

FB: HOB Salon Hale

Wishing both of you girls lots of luck for the finals xxx

Still Birth Awareness – The Perfect Pregnancies on Social Media.

Soooooo my point of this blog post is to let everybody know that its okay to not feel like all of the celebrities and influences that you see on social media whilst pregnant. They all seem to have the perfect pregnancies and I’m sure you all envy them like myself and hope that your pregnancy will be just as straight forward BUT…. I just feel like there is nothing out there telling first time mums that things don’t always go as planned and these women on social media have probably spent a long time getting ready for that one photo and if you saw them an hour later in their pyjamas lounging on the sofa.. you wouldn’t think it was the same person.

So yes my point of this blog post is to raise awareness to the fact that things can go wrong during pregnancy.. whether you take years to get pregnant, its an early miscarriage or even having to experience a still birth or even finding out that once your baby is born that its disabled or has a terminal illness. Even if you are the healthiest of couples like myself an Ainslee.. he is an Ironman and eats really healthily and never drinks and pre pregnancy I went to the gym 5-6 days a week and never drank. So when we had all the tests at the hospital we were pretty confident that nothing could go wrong with our pregnancy, especially as I got pregnant so quickly.

I wish someone had told me to listen to my body more and also give me more knowledge on the things to look out for if your pregnancy is in danger. I want to let women know that they are not alone if they are struggling to get pregnant, I want women to not beat themselves up if you have struggled with a number of miscarriages and if you have had a still birth I want you to know that you are not alone in your next pregnancy and that there are women out their who are going through it too that you can talk to or professionals you can seek advice from. I want women to talk about their problems rather than keep them locked up inside. I have found that talking about my experience has helped me so much. I can openly talk about our baby Sebastian and how its not just me and Ainslee… we are a family of 3 and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have achieved so much in the past 5 months and also me and Ainslee wouldn’t be as close as we are now (when we thought we couldn’t get any closer) and have all the amazing things we have in our life. I truly believe that he has made so many things happen recently.

After my friends knowing all about my ‘still birth blog’ so many of them have come to me and said that they have had problems with fertility and miscarriages etc and I don’t think they would have told me if it wasn’t for me being open about my experience. I just want women to talk about it and not feel embarrassed.

I hope I have helped you in some way so far… even if its just to give you the confidence to know that you’re not alone. I can’t wait to share with you all my story when we do get pregnant and i Hope you share with you as much knowledge as possible and also let you know what is involved if you have a ‘high risk’ pregnancy (as this will be me next time).

Lots of love

Maria xx