When getting ready in the morning, we could all do with an easy skincare routine to follow. As a busy mum, I definitely need something quick and simple.

I have recently made changes to the skincare products I use, and now have new skincare essentials that I use daily.

My new morning skincare routine only has 4 products that are quick and easy to use, and smell great.

 

Cleanse

I start with cleansing my face using Angels on Bare Skin from Lush. Ground almonds, lavender and rose are it’s main ingredients. So not only does it smell lush, it exfoliates and calms the skin in one. It’s a solid cleaner that you have to massage in to a paste before rubbing onto the skin. Then you simply wash it off with warm water and pat the skin dry. I like to use a muslin cloth soaked in warm water to just wipe of any left over cleanser before drying the skin, which gives my face another light exfoliation too.

 

Tone

I then tone with the Pore Minimising Tonic from Your Good Skin. It helps me wipe away any left over grime, without being too harsh on the skin. I just use a cotton pad, though I am keen to explore reusable pads to cut down on some of my waste this year.

 

Concentrate

I love the Skin Balancing Concentrate from Your Good Skin. I use this before I moisturise just to even out any imbalances in my skin. I’ve found that since adding this in to my routine, I have had less dry patches on my face. I just use two pumps and massage it in to my skin.

 

Moisturiser

I then moisturise using the Vitamin Enriched Face Base from Bobbi Brown. I love this moisturiser as it has Shea Butter in which leaves the skin plumped and cushioned. It leaves a great base for make up, or just a matte look for those make up free days.

 

And that’s it! How quick and easy does that sound? I’ve filmed the routine for my YouTube channel so you can see how simple it is. I’ll link the video below so it’s easy for you to watch too!

 

 

Let me know if you have any tips for making your morning skincare routine quick and easy. And also, if you have any products that you can’t live without and think I should check out.

 

Little Big Love

 

Rebecca xx

 

Disclaimer: I was sent the Your Good Skin products last year as part of their #28daychallenge to review on Instagram. All opinions about the products are entirely my own and not influenced by the fact that they were gifted to me. I continue to use the products several months on, without incentive to do so. 

Just a little post today to show off my bloated belly! It goes up and down depending on the day and time but today I’m looking particularly round compared to normal. I actually look a bit pregnant and not just like I’ve put on a little weight 😁

 
16 weeks and 4 days – rounder tum, constant need to pee, trouble sleeping and sickness still lingering – when does that pregnant glow kick in?! 

I just keep reminding myself that all of this means there is a little person growing inside! Although I often end up referring to it as the alien growing inside me, I couldn’t think of a better reason to feel crap all the time 😍

Becky xx

…I like mine fertilised! 

And fertilised eggs we have. 10 of them to be exact. 10 little embryos that are at the one cell stage. I know the odds of them all making it aren’t the best but I’m holding out hope that they will all grow well. 

To get to this point I had to have the eggs collected yesterday. I got to wear the sexiest gown and pink clogs to go down to theatre in before I was sedated!

The socks were from the #ttcluckycharmexchange I mentioned in my last post 😊

I have felt ok since. I didn’t expect to but I have. It’s an unnerving feeling, almost like things are going too well! My mum told me not to worry and just enjoy it but I am a worrier at heart! The only symptoms I’ve had so far are feelings of pressure in my abdomin, particularly when I sit down and some back ache but I think that’s to be expected after having a huge needle stuck up your bits! 😂  
My ovaries are still likely to be swollen for the next couple of weeks, so still got to take it easy. Probably shouldn’t have booked to go to the dentist today then but it’s just as important to look after my teeth as it is my swollen ovaries! 

Our next call about the embryos is Saturday. Hoping they are all going strong 🍀 If they are anything like my weightlifting hubby they will be! 💪🏻

IVF Tip #4 – Prepare to look like a complete dork on egg collection day. Oh and get some quirky socks to make the look even better 😂

Becky xx

I seem to have some pretty good ovaries! They have grown lots of good sized follicles which are ready to go! The nurse told me at my second scan today that she would “eat her imaginary hat” if the egg retrieval wasn’t on Wednesday and low and behold I got the call to say Wednesday is the day! 

When they collect my eggs I’ll be sedated but not completely put to sleep. I’m not worried about it but I’ve never had a light sedation before so hoping I don’t remember any of it! I’ll be wearing my lovely socks given to me as part of my #ttcluckycharmexchange that I found through Instagram. 

Such a thoughtful package from a lovely person I was matched up with 😊

I can’t say I’ve indulged in the love for unicorns that lots of people seem to have at the minute but a bit of magic has got to be good, right? The whole package is so thoughtful and carefully picked out. The Instagram TTC/Infertility community has been so supportive!  

Egg collection gets us closer but there is still no guarantee that we will have our little baby L by the end of it 😕 Got to think positive as much as possible, while still guarding myself if the 48.8% chance of it working doesn’t tip in our favour! I used to think that IVF meant you had a baby. I used to be very naive! 

I had a friend buy me nettle tea as it’s supposed to help with the lining of the uterus and it seems to have worked. Mine is nice and thick and squishy, or so they tell me, which will be perfect for when the fertilised egg is ready to go back in 😊 I’ll admit, when I first made a cup I was slightly put off by the slight scent of wee but you soon get used to it! 😂

IVF Tip #3 – it might smell like wee but drink nettle tea as it works (even if it is a total placebo just go with it and believe!)

Becky xx

I have literally found my hand and nail saviour! After a recommendation from my friend Sophie, I tried a tube of The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector and am so glad that I did.

 

The smell took me a little while to get used to but I now really like it – it’s quite earthy but not too strong. I use it every morning and night after my skincare routine and my hands are now super soft. Even the hubby has noticed a difference! I can’t stop rubbing my hands together to feel the softness – I must either look like some weird pervert or super villain. I can clarify I am neither! I just really like the feel of my hands! 

The biggest thing I have noticed is that my nails are now really strong. My nails were so brittle and broke all the time but they now feel much harder and a lot less bendy. Since ruining them with the removal of a gel polish after my wedding they seem to be even better than they were before. 

If I could recommend one product for all those who love looking after their hands and nails this would be it. 

Becky xx