I was sent this product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
As a mum of two, I rarely find time for myself. I’m always taking the kids to school or clubs, doing my work or doing housework. I recently decided that I needed to spend more time indulging in self care – whether its by taking a leisurely bubble bath or reading a book. Just a few minutes to myself.
I was recently sent the Bentonite Clay mask from Sinivalia to review – this product retails at £10.99 and you can buy it here.
Sinvalia was founded by a group of women who are passionate about skincare. They travelled the world in search of superior skincare ingredients and they also did plenty of research – both reading and speaking to physicians – to formulate a safe, effective and gentle product range.
They came up with a few promises which they strive to always keep to. They are against animal testing – every item is tested on willing human volunteers to check it is safe, effective and gentle. They make sure their products are manufactured to the highest standards and with strict quality control.
So what did I think of the product?
This mask is designed to help detoxify the skin and get rid of blackheads naturally. It is said to be an all in one detoxing, exfoliating and moisturising facial care and body cleanse. It rids skin of toxins and large clogged pores for smoother skin below. It is also said to be anti-aging. Their use of bentonite clay, which has been used in skincare for many years, was definitely encouraging. But did it match up to my expectations?
As an almost 30 year old, anti-aging is something I have started to think about, especially after noticing my first grey hair! My skin often looks lifeless and dull – perhaps sometimes to do with lack of sleep – and it could certainly do with a boost. Whilst I haven’t got wrinkles to contend with yet, anything that helps to keep them at bay is worth a try in my books.
Since I’ve been using this product, I’ve found my skin is looking a lot less grey and lot healthier – more hydrated and plumper. I’ve also noticed that the amount of acne I get has decreased – whilst I don’t get much acne nowadays, I do find certain areas of my face are quite stubborn and I have repeat offenders. My skin has been looking a lot better and I’m putting it down to using this mask regularly.
I’ll definitely be checking out more of the Sinivalia range – I love that their products are all natural, cruelty free and affordable too. Have you tried any Sinivalia products before?
I don’t know about you but I am always busy doing something. I work from home – juggling a lot of different working hats too (blogger, freelance writer, virtual assistant, proofreader), I am also the main person at home doing the housework as Steve is out of the house a lot of the day. I also have Olivia at home all day (as she is too young for her free hours yet and I don’t really have the finances to put her in childcare) and so I am the main person taking her to her different groups, doing the school run with Jack and taking him to and from his groups.
As you can imagine, I don’t get much time to stop and actually relax. I actually went to bed for a lie down yesterday about 8pm for thirty minutes (I had so much to do but didn’t feel 100%) and woke up this morning instead – this very rarely happens and was very much needed!
With me being on the go all the time, I thought I’d talk about the essentials I am going to be needing this summer. What are your summer essentials?
First of all – and perhaps one of the most important summer essentials for everyone – a good sun cream. I can guarantee I will be out in the sun a lot this summer so I definitely need to ensure I’ve always got some suncream on hand.
A decent pair of shoes is my next choice. I spend a lot of time in flats during the summer but they can get worn out very easily – I do a lot of walking in the summer and this wears my shoes down quicker than I would normally do. I’ve been thinking about investing in some loafers or moccasins for the summer – perhaps some of these pairs from Damart – as they look very comfy, good quality and will wear better than a pair of ballet flats.
Thirdly, I will definitely be needing some maxi dresses. I mentioned in a recent post that I tend to wear leggings a lot – and my outfits can often be all black – which is not ideal in the summer and I can overheat. Maxi dresses are both stylish and light enough to be the perfect outfit option in the warmer months.
My final choice – and perhaps a weird one – is hairbands. I usually get my hair cut quite short in the summer – not pixie cut short but above my chin slightly. However, my hair grows incredibly quickly and I often end up with quite long hair by the end of summer. In the heat, I hate having my hair draped down my back, getting in my way and making my neck unbearably hot so I always like to put my hair up in a ponytail or a bun.
What summer essentials are on your list this year?
We were gifted this item for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Olivia loves wearing dresses. Whenever she is wearing a dress, she loves to spin around and show it off to whoever is nearby. She has a lovely collection of dresses – some we’ve bought, some she’s been gifted from friends and family and others have been passed down from friends. But recently she has had the most beautiful addition to her wardrobe – this orange floral summer dress from David Charles Childrenswear.
I’d seen a little about them in recent months and had been in awe of the beautiful children’s clothing they have on their site. I opted for a beautiful dress from their Spring/Summer range – the orange floral summer dress.
The collection of designer children’s dresses in their Spring/Summer range is absolutely beautiful and this dress itself is no different. This dress is exclusively available to David Charles and is vibrant orange in colour with a beautiful seasonal flower motif. It also has a pleated tulle ruffled bodice hand-finished with ornate jewels – simply stunning. With a beautiful sash bow and a concealed zip fastening, this is the perfect dress for all occasions.
Washing wise, this needs to be washed on a cool hand wash or dry cleaned. I’ve washed it a couple of times since it arrived and it washes well. I chose the dress for age 2 because Olivia has just turned two and is still quite small for her age – 18-24 clothing still fits here meaning she should get plenty of wear out of this dress over the summer.
Last summer, we headed into our local Bluebell woods for a photoshoot with my photographer friend Em and I feel like this dress would be the perfect outfit for the shoots we have planned in the upcoming months. It is beautiful, epitomises summer and really suits Olivia.
Whilst I don’t buy many designer dresses (for myself or Olivia), this is a great addition to Olivia’s wardrobe and I would definitely consider buying more from their designer range, especially the Spring/Summer collection. A beautiful dress is something every girl should have in their wardrobe, don’t you think?
A beautiful piece of jewellery can make any outfit, whether it be a work-suit, or a cocktail dress look extra special. If you’ve been given an antique piece of jewellery, or if you have purchased a statement piece of jewellery from your favourite designer, here are some tips on how to take care of your jewellery so it remains in pristine condition:
Store it safely
To prevent your jewellery pieces from getting damaged or becoming dirty, keep them in a jewellery box. There are numerous styles of jewellery boxes some specifically designed to store certain types of jewellery such as watches or rings. Plus, they come in different materials, colours and patterns so there is a jewellery box to suit all needs and styles.
2. Clean it regularly
If dirt and grime are allowed to build up, it can embed itself into the jewellery. This makes it incredibly difficult to remove. You may even cause damage to the jewellery through excessive washing and rubbing. Therefore, it’s a good idea to wipe down the piece of jewellery after each use with a soft cloth.
3. Don’t use chemicals
There are numerous products on the market that state they are good for cleaning jewellery. However, a lot of these contain chemicals which over time may damage the jewellery. The best way to clean most jewellery pieces is with warm soapy water which is applied with a soft brush or cloth.
4. Get specialist advice
Certain types of jewellery need to be cared for in a specific way. For example, pearl necklaces need to be laid flat when being stored to prevent the thread from stretching. Plus, they must be periodically restrung so the thread they are held on doesn’t snap. Getting care advice from a jewellery specialist will help to keep retain its condition.
Even if you are storing your jewellery in a jewellery box, you can protect if further by placing it in a zip or drawstring back which is made from soft fabrics like velvet or cotton. Storing it in bags will prevent scratches occurring that may be caused by it rubbing against other pieces of jewellery.
6. Keep jewellery out of sunlight
Certain metals like gold and aluminium and some gemstones will start to fade if they are kept in sunlight for prolonged periods. So, the best thing is to keep it out of sunlight!
7. Don’t wear it all the time
If you’ve got a piece of jewellery that you particularly love, you may want to wear it all the time. However, this increases the odds of it getting damaged. If you do wear it on a daily basis, make sure you remove it before partaking in any sports, particularly swimming. Plus, take care to remove it while you are getting dressed, as it may easily get caught on an item of clothing.
These simple but effective tips will help to keep every piece of jewellery, whether it’s a pair of diamond earrings or a pearl necklace in perfect condition so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come.
Hair loss as a new mother is quite common. If you have nurtured long and lustrous hair throughout your pregnancy, it may be a shock when your hair starts to fall out after pregnancy.
During the first weeks of motherhood, you will be happy and joyous about your newborn to even worry about how your hair looks like.
This is until the hair reminds you by starting to fall out in clumps. However, this is not another nail in the pre-baby appearance coffin.
There are solutions and effective remedies to help you out. This article goes through why you need not to worry too much if you are suffering hair loss as a new mother.
Are you suffering hair loss as a new mother?
No need to worry too much. According to health care professionals, the causes of hair loss after pregnancy is related to hormonal changes.
The body experiences increasing levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy. This causes the hair to remain in an on-going growth stage creating more lustrous and thicker strands.
After childbirth, these hormones decrease tremendously in the following months. The hair will remain in the resting stage for about three months then start falling out. New growth will show itself along the hairline in the form of baby bangs.
Is it normal or?
Majority of new mothers are confused about how much hair loss is normal. If you find surplus strands clogging your shower drain or on your pillow, there is no need to worry too much.
When you have not had a baby, it is normal to lose approximately 80 hairs a day. However, new mothers may shed about four hundred hairs daily.
You should hence not worry too much if you find yourself losing this amount of hair. The hair loss should slow down to pre-pregnancy levels in about six months after giving birth.
In case the shedding does not slow after six months, this may serve as an indicator that there are other health indicators are at play.
In this case, you can tell the doctor about the issue of excessive hair loss. Pregnancy can alter the ferritin levels and may place your thyroid out of whack making it essential to carry out blood tests. Ferritin is a blood protein that helps in iron storage.
If your hair loss is not as a result of giving birth, several other causes may cause hair loss.
These include high fever, undergone an operation, stopped taking birth control pills, lost more than twenty pounds of weight and recovery from illness.
If you have undergone a lot of stress, you can suffer from long-term excessive hair loss.
Anxiety is a reason to postpartum hair loss, and some blog sites like The Wife Choice offer quite a lot of solutions to make new mothers’ life easier and help reduce their anxiety.
Drug and treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy treatments often cause hair loss which regrows after the treatment stops.
Women with hereditary hair loss will often suffer from gradual and continuous hair loss after pregnancy. If the woman has inherited the genes of hereditary hair loss, she may suffer from gradual thinning.
Are there solutions for hair loss as a new mother?
Taking good care of the newborn is stressful and puts your body in a lot of strain. This is the same case as breastfeeding.
The best thing you need to do is first ensuring you blood iron, sugar, vitamin D, ferritin and zinc levels are normal.
More so, you need to do everything you can to reduce stress. This is easier to say than to do when you are taking care of a newborn.
A healthy diet with lots of proteins will help in hair regrowth. Eggs, fish, lentils, and tofu are good sources of proteins.
There are prenatal vitamin supplements to supply vitamin D that helps in controlling post-pregnant hair loss. Eating healthy foods after pregnancy is effective in keeping your hair healthy.
Does Shampooing Help?
According to the majority of people, they think that shampooing will reduce hair loss.
However, the frequency of shampooing your hair will not affect the amount of hair you lose.
The hair that is ready to fall out will fall out. To prevent excessive hair loss, you need to be extra gentle during this after pregnancy shedding season.
You should shampoo the hair when necessary that is if you have the time to shampoo at all.
Also, to minimize tangling, you need to use a fine wide-toothed comb and a perfect conditioner. Instead of using rubber bands, you should use barrettes or scrunchies to put your hair up.
Avoid pulling your hair into tight ponytails. You should also put off any chemically based treatments until the hair stops to fall off.
Curling, flat irons and skip blow-dryers should be skipped. Try to use a shorter hairstyle and avoid to use heat directly on your hair.
It Is Important for Women to Embrace Change
After some months of hair loss, your hair will start to grow back.
You may note that there is a difference in texture, color, and condition of your hair from the one that you had before having a newborn.
The hair changes slowly and naturally over time in a seven-year cycle. It is a pregnancy that speeds up this process making it seem to change overnight presenting a bit of shock.
If your regrown hair is different, you may need to embrace it by rethinking your hairstyle and adjusting to unfamiliar thickness.
If your hair appears to greyish, you can start coloring your hair. Alternatively, pregnancy can bring you a positive effect on your appearance.
Some women who have had weak tresses of hair previously have enjoyed the best hair after having a newborn.
As the due birth date draws near, you are looking forward to losing your extra baby weight and a big belly.
But there is one thing you may not wish to lose, that is your shiny and thick lustrous hair.
However, as stated above, postpartum hair losses normal and you don’t have to worry anymore.
But if you continue to see clumps of hair in your hairbrush after your baby hits the first birthday, you will require to talk to a dermatologist to ensure there is no additional cause for your hair loss.