Pregnancy Update: Week 35…almost 36

Yes guys and girls, we’re nearly there!
I hit 36 weeks tomorrow(this is a scheduled post, tomorrow actually means Thursday 27th October!) –  (where has the time gone?) –  and the little munchkin is definitely making its presence known more & more as the days go by.
My bump has ballooned over the past couple of weeks as the baby tries to engage in the position it will stay in until birth.
I’m actually hoping that the baby doesn’t engage just yet, or if it does decide to, it turns around! That would be because the baby is still breech and I would love to have a natural birth in the midwifery led unit at my local hospital, however if the baby is still breech, I have to go into the main maternity area, and possibly even have a caesarean. It is possible to have a breech birth naturally, however a breech baby cannot be delivered in the midwifery led unit in case of complications.
I am going for another scan at 37 weeks to see if the baby is still breech, and if it is, me and Steve will be visiting the consultant to discuss our further options – he is talking about a certain procedure they can do to try and turn the baby around – however, my midwife has said that this can sometimes be uncomfortable and if this proves to be the case, and they cannot complete the procedure, I will most likely have to have a caesarean..
Keep your fingers crossed for me that I don’t have to!
Here’s my bump (clothed in its favourite maternity top, Mr Bump!). I have developed even more stretch marks over the past few weeks as my bump has ballooned and my baby brain gets worse and worse. I do apply my stretch mark cream, but being the complete bird-brain I am, I also often forget to do so until Steve tells me off!
At 35 weeks, the baby is said to not have much room to maneouvre – although him or her won’t be turning somersaults inside me, I can still expect the level of kicking to stay the same. Most of the basic development is complete – the kidneys are fully formed and the liver can process some waste products (How lovely!). The baby will spend the next couple of weeks putting on weight.
At 36 weeks (which I hit tomorrow!), the baby is still ‘packing on the pounds’, putting on an average of an ounce a day. The baby is considered full-term (eek!) at the end of this week, and should be engaged in the head-down position. If not, an external cephalic version may be scheduled to try and coax the baby to turn head-first from the outside (basically what I may need to have, and apparently involves a midwife or consultant trying to turn the baby around by slightly pushing my bump!)
I can’t believe its getting so close now! I can’t wait to meet my little boy or girl now – although we still don’t have a definite name for a girl! I’m going to pack my hospital bag tomorrow, better to be prepared.
Are you pregnant and writing updates as your pregnancy progresses? I’d love to read them! Leave your links below!
xo

REVIEW: Garnier Daily All-In-One BB cream (light)

The release of the Garnier BB cream a couple of months ago sent the blogging world into a frenzy. The product, available from a variety of retailers from as little as £7, had posts springing up everywhere on the internet – some praising the product, some downright trashing the product.
I didn’t really get involved with the hype back then, and I’m afraid to say I don’t really get the hype right now.
I recently a received a couple of free sample sachets of the product to try, and I must admit I was not impressed. So unimpressed in fact that I am only showing you the swatches of the product on my hand – the product itself is very sheer and left the imperfections on my face that I wished to cover looking untouched. From some other (positive) posts, I had been gullible enough to think that the product would work for me like it had for them, however, I found myself firmly in the negative bracket, feeling like the product had done little to my skin at all.
I have to say I did not feel covered or illuminated by the product, in all honesty.
I received the light sample, and as you can see on the sachet above, it is described as a Miracle Skin Perfector. I don’t deny that some people may find this product is near enough exactly that, however I’d have to state that I am not.
Being a sachet sample, I found there wasn’t a great amount of product within, and after viewing the application of one sachet with no noticeable change, I also applied another – still no change. The above picture is of the contents of one sachet – it didn’t exactly come out easily either! The cream looks quite dark in the picture, but I did find that it truly was the light cream as stated, as I felt like I’d applied a layer of nothingness.
Perhaps I just ordered a sample of the wrong shade, however I’m generally a light or ivory shade when it comes to BB creams, foundations or concealers. Unfortunately for me, this BB(Blemish Balm) cream failed to cover even the slightest blemish, and this left me extremely dissatisfied with the product.
Have you tried this product? Did you find it worked for you? Or do you have any idea why it may not have worked for me?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
xo
As stated above, this item was received as a free sample from the Garnier webpage. All thoughts in this review however are completely my own and I will always be 100% honest with my readers

In The Post

Yet again, I received some lovely items through the post – take a look at these goodies:
What did I receive?
  • Rio Rosa Mosqueta Anti-Ageing Day & Night Cream – the lovelies over at the Rio Rosa Mosqueta Twitter page recently sent out a tweet to ask if any beauty bloggers would like to review their cream. Now I am not necessarily a beauty blogger, however I thought I’d give the product a try and they sent me out a sample tub of the product – a very generous size too! Look forward to a review coming very soon, and as always, expect total honesty from me. This may have been a free sample, but if I’m not satisfied with the product, expect me to say so.
  • Garnier BB Cream sample – Garnier have recently been offering free samples of their BB cream and having seen a variety of posts on the product (some positive, some negative), I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about. Review post coming soon.
  • Nivea For Men Revitalising Q10 gel – Thought this would be a nice little sample for the boy to try, but he’s being stubborn unfortunately. I will find someone to try it out for me though!
  • Dove Bodywash – Another sample, this time from Dove. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I will very soon.
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo & conditioner – I love Herbal Essences products, and when I see them offering free samples, I’m always going to input my details in the hope of getting some. Do you use any Herbal Essences products? How do you find them?
Although all of the products seen above are free samples from either the companies websites or Facebook pages, any reviews of the above products will be completely honest, and I will always let you know whether I received the product for free or if I paid for it with my own money.
I also received some other goodies through the post this week, mainly competition wins. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of all of them, but this week I received an Anchor mug and cake tin from the Anchor Facebook page, a baby bath gift set (have no idea where this is from though), a So…? fragrance gift set from a blog giveaway and much more.
I also won an annual Merlin pass worth over £400 this week, and a bottle of Bacardi Oakheart this morning – it has definitely been a lucky week for me, competition wise! Do you ever enter competitions?
xo


REVIEW: Good Things Miracle Mattifying Moisturiser

If you’re anything like me and you love a free sample, you’ll often be keeping an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for your favourite brands giving away small samples of their popular products. Recent sample giveaways have included the Burberry Body fragrance, numerous Olay products and this little beauty here – the Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser:
The product, packed with superfruit extracts such as blackcurrant & goji berry, claims to ‘moisturise and mattify skin prone to breakouts’. I have to admit that recently, my skin has been a lot better than normal – I’m putting that down to the pregnancy hormones- but I was interested to see what this product would be like.
Good Things pride themselves on being exactly what they say – full of good things. All their products are free from cosmetic nasties such as parabens, sodium laureth sulphate, animal products and mineral oils. They consistently use natural products, such as the superfruits above, to give us a great cosmetic product without the guilt.
Also, they package their products so beautifully – it is a wonder how anyone can resist owning a Good Things product! Just look at the sample above  – simple but eyecatching, and absolutely stunning. The packaging is what catches people eyes first, so products need to be aesthetically pleasing – and I think Good Things have got it spot on!
The moisturiser itself is white in colour, a little creamy but not too thick – but what attacks your senses first is not the look of the moisturiser itself but the smell – you can definitely smell the superfruits that are within the product. Although the fragrance is what hits you first, it isn’t overpowering which is great in a product, because who wants to be overpowered by the smell?
Application is easy, the product sinks in swiftly, leaving skin feeling refreshed – and the stomach almost hungry at the gorgeous smell of the superfruits! Whereas some mositurisers or creams can leave skin feeling greasy or oily, this particular moisturiser instead leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth – and although I am not as prone to breakouts right now, due to pregnancy, I haven’t noticed a single blemish or spot on my skin – this product definitely does what it says!
Have you ever tried the Good Things range? How did you find them?
xo
I received this product as a free sample from the Good Things facebook page – however, although this was a free sample, all thoughts expressed in this review are entirely my own.

~New Feature~ The Bucket List: 1-10

Hands up how many of you have seen the film of the same name, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? I must admit, I myself haven’t, but I still understand the concept of such a list, and although I’ve seen plenty of 20 before 20, 30 before 30 and similar lists, there just isn’t enough that I want to do in such a short period of time.
However, over my lifetime, there is more than enough stuff that I would love to do, and I thought that I would introduce The Bucket List as a new feature on my blog – every now and then, giving ten things I’d love to do before I die.
This may seem morbid to you, but as someone who loves making lists (just like Bee from Vivatramp – check out her blog if you haven’t before!), I thought this would be a great idea to document what I would love to do, and let you know if I complete any of my goals.
Here are my first ten:
1. Learn to swim (I’m petrified of water due to an incident when I was 4)
2. Swim with dolphins (the only reason I want to do number 1!)
3. Write a novel (I have in fact written a whole book before, handwritten as well – however, being the clutz I am, I misplaced it)
4. Learn to drive (Not necessarily a want, but almost a necessity with a child on the way)
5. Have more children
6. Do an Open University course
7. Visit long lost family in Australia
8. Travel on the Orient-Express (As a lifelong Agatha Christie fan, this would be amazing!)
9. Marry Steve (Well, pretty obvious, really?)
10. Become godmother to a friends child (Who wouldn’t want to be considered for a role like this?)
What would you love to do before you die?
xo