Laritzy Shade Stix Review

Hi you beautiful lot,

Yay!! I have a makeup related post.. Will be more to come as well as I have subscribed to Glossybox again & loving the products they’re sending so expect a lot of reviews & first impressions!🙂

I’ll definitely do a post when I get my next box to show you all what I got! A lot of my products this month was skincare so I like to try it for a little while before giving my opinions so it is fair!🙂

I’m so excited to write this post cos I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this product! I’d never heard of this brand before, that’s the beauty of Glossybox though you discover products you wouldn’t normally hear about!

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Laritzy is a pretty new company only founded in 2016.. their ethos is amazing…

https://www.laritzy.com/pages/about-us

Here’s how Laritzy describes their shade stix…

Introducing our new cream Shade Stix that will give you that perfect, subtle sun-kissed glow. The formula is highly pigmented, buildable, and weightless to make it easy to accomplish that perfectly blended look that will stay all day.

What do I think of the shade stix!?

I absolutely ADORE the shade stix, it is such a perfect colour, yes even for me & my pale skin! HOORAY!!

At first I was terrified, I’d never used a stick contour before, I applied it to my face & instantly thought ‘sh*t that’s way too pigmented & far too dark!’. As I started to blend it in to my skin it just looked so seamless & effortless, the colour looks so natural like you have caught the sun & have a natural tan.. which if your like me (don’t tan at all) you could definitely do with this!

The formula is super creamy too but doesn’t feel oily on the skin at all, it just glides on so easily & doesn’t dry down super fast so you have time to blend it out! As a new mum I need products that make my makeup application super quick, that last all day. This has definitely done this!

As you can see from the above picture the product is a decent size & you do get 9 grams of product which is fab, you literally use the tiniest amount each time so this is going to last me a good while!

The only down side is that as far as I’m aware there’s only one shade, aloha, as you can see it works for my pale skin & would definitely work for a lot of people but unfortunately would probably not be dark enough for deep skin tones! Hopefully they’re working on more shades as this seems like it’s a very new release, it is currently out of stock!

How I applied the shade stix

Since its summer I’ve been loving a light base so I just used my bareminerals complexion rescue & collection concealer! I then went in with the shade stix in the areas I wanted to contour! Literally just stripe it on to the face, I then went in with my Real Techinques Contour Brush, this brush is perfect for the job as it is nice & fluffy but precise so you keep the contour in the areas you want it!

BLEND BLEND BLEND!! Always key in makeup, make sure all edges are soft; I go in with my Real Techinques Sponge to soften the lines even more, make sure it is fully blended & pressed in to the skin!

❤COMMENT BELOW if you’d like to see a full in depth post on how to contour for your face shape!❤

How gorgeous & sunkissed does this look, I used the back camera to capture the full effect as the front camera (used for the above image) makes things seem lighter!

To finish off my face I went over the entire face with my powder foundation, this adds slightly more coverage & makes the contour look super seamless. You could just go in with a transparent powder if you use a higher coverage foundation underneath & just mattify/set areas that need it most!🙂

Is it worth the money!?

This retails for $24 which is about £18, to me this product really is worth that price! I have paid far more for products that haven’t preformed half as good as this!! It does what it says on the tin & stays all day! 😍 Totally recommend!

Laritzy Shade Stix also used for this look…

A big round of applause to Laritzy, you have made the perfect contour stick!! Unfortunately it is actually sold out at the minute😕 but I’ll include the link below in case it becomes available!🙂

Laritzy Shade stix in aloha buy here (currently out of stock!)

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Breastfeeding; our first week!!❤

Hi lovelies 🙂

So many people reached out to me about my labour story it was lovely to hear from you all! So I thought I would share more of my journey, something I particularly feel passionate about. Breastfeeding!🙂

Plus, it is actually National breastfeeding week in the UK this week – 25-29th June! YAAAAY!❤

Whether a new mum decides to breast or bottle feed their child that is totally their decision, everyone is different & everyone is entitled to their own choices! This is my decision & I want to share my experiences to help others!❤

I’ve always known I wanted to breastfeed my little one so when he came along it was a no brainer! Luckily I’m able to breastfeed my little man but I know others can’t which is unfortunate, so when he was born within the first few hours (not sure on timings at this point, I was out of it with all the drugs that were in my system!) I was told to give him a feed. As a first time mum many things went through my head. What if I can’t do it? What if I’m not doing it right? How do I know if he’s getting enough? Thousands of things went through my brain but when the time comes you just seem to do it. I seemed to gain this new, scary yet exciting skill out of nowhere.. like I’d somehow done it before but knew I definitely hadn’t!!

The midwife literally left me to my own devices, I’m sure she would have helped a bit more if I had asked but I just sort of did it! He seemed to latch on well of course after many attempts as we were both newbies to it all… when I thought I had a good latch & the midwife came round I asked if it looked right & she was happy with how he was feeding.

This picture was taken hours after he was born, can definitely tell I was tired!

Colostrum & the very early days.

Being a first time mum & having little to no experience with breast feeding I swear it helped me a million times over to research about breastfeeding. While I was pregnant I would watch videos & read articles on how to get the perfect latch & take note of what the “perfect latch” looked like. I swear if I hadn’t of done this I wouldn’t have a clue, just hearing other people’s experiences & tips on breastfeeding really helped!🙂 I’ll link some of my favourite videos below❤

The first few days of breastfeeding are quite strange as you’re producing colostrum, not actual milk yet.

Colostrum is what is produced before your breast milk really comes in, it is yellow/golden in colour & is very rich & nutritious for your little one. Your colostrum provides your little one with lots of vitamins, minerals, fats, protein, carbohydrates & antibodies that help fight off any bacteria/viruses that can cause disease! Many say even if your baby just gets some of your colostrum it gives them a good kick start to life!

Your breasts don’t exactly feel full or much different to while being pregnant so I was worried he wasn’t even getting anything. We soon learnt this wasn’t the case, he would feed pretty well, newborns tend to feed anywhere between 5 & 30 minutes, even though they only have a tiny stomach – about the size of a marble – it obviously takes them (and you) time to get used to feeding so even though they don’t need alot it takes time!🙂 After his feeds on about day 2 he started spitting up a bit which I got worried about. The midwives reassured me all was fine & that in fact it was good as at least we knew he was getting plenty of the colostrum as what he spat up was golden in colour. The midwives said babies tend to spit up with the colostrum being so rich.

Little man was born on Wednesday 6th June at 23:23, the first 3 days we were in hospital with me having a c section & we were both being monitored (that’s for a different post, planning on doing a more in depth post about my c section!). It was actually nice to be in the hospital, everyone on the labour ward were lovely & so helpful. It was so reassuring to know they were just a buzzer away if I was concerned at all with his feeding or needed help establishing a latch.

However, me being me I just seemed to get on with it & when midwives popped in I would get them to have a look at his latch & see if they thought all was fine which 90% of the time they were happy.. the first few times we adjusted his latch but that’s easy peasy; always make sure to break the suction seal before taking your little one of your boob by popping your little finger at the side of their mouth otherwise it is very painful!

Love this image, gives you a good overview of how & why breast feeding is so beneficial!!

Day 3 & our hardest night to date!

We didn’t get home while about 8pm on Saturday evening so by this point we were so ready to be home & knackered from everything that we had gone through! You always feel instantly better when your home, or so I thought! I did love being back home but it was weird, I’d got used to the confines of the one room where me & Rylie were by ourselves. As much as I wanted to be home I felt so nervous & anxious. At the hospital I had midwives next door to rush in if we needed help! This was not the case anymore & this made me anxious.

Not only that my boobs where so so heavy, I wasn’t sure what was happening as at first with colostrum your boobs don’t exactly feel full! It felt so weird to me they were like rocks, after I stopped & actually thought about it I realised ‘wait, is my milk coming in!?’ I had a quick Google & it seemed that this was what was happening. I say this was the worst night cos we were up most of the night, probably got an hour, two at the most, sleep due to the fact my boobs where so hard & heavy Rylie was struggling to latch which was a knock on effect as he then couldn’t feed properly. When you haven’t slept much for the last week either it definitely gets to you.. I had a bit of a melt down to say the least! I didn’t know what to do for the best… it was all new to me, I was still feeling very ‘foggy’ & dazed like you do after having a baby (don’t think this goes for a few months! Haha!) So I wasn’t thinking straight, which was made worse with my little man screaming & crying cos he wasn’t able to feed right! My partner didn’t know how to help me for the best as his previous two children had been bottle fed so breastfeeding was new to him too! He comforted me & told me everything would be fine & that I was doing so good with him.. why did I feel this wasn’t true? After a cry I almost felt better.. sometimes you just need to let it all go & that is fine, never be afraid to cry & let your emotions out! That’s far better than keeping it all inside. I have learnt this the hard way over the years I’ve had a lot of crap thrown at me & I’d always hide my true feelings.

Once I’d had my break down it seemed to clear my head a little, I expressed a small amount of milk, this helped my milk to come in & Rylie was able to get a better latch to feed! I was so relieved but felt silly as well for getting so anxious & worked up as this doesn’t help the milk. Now I realise it is only normal for me to feel this way & at the end of the day he is my first so it’s all trial & error for the first couple of weeks really! After this night though everything seems to be running smoothly. Once your milk has come in it almost seems easier as you can tell when he’s fed well as your breasts feel lighter & relieved! Haha! Usually after a few hours they get hard again when I know he’s ready for another feed.

Although your milk comes in, usually after about 5 days after birth but can be before, your milk doesn’t get fully established for a couple more weeks! These coming 2 weeks or so your body is deciding how much it will need to make to be able to feed your baby. This is the time where my washable breast pads have come in handy as they leak like mad. Usually while I’m feeding on one side the other will leak! (link will be below where I got my breast pads!)

Breastfeeding positions

I have linked a video showing different positions you can hold your little one in to make it comfier for you while feeding.

This is one part of breastfeeding I think I over thought way too much, I started by trying to feed him in the rugby/football hold, this just didn’t work for me, after having a caesarean I found this hold very uncomfortable & difficult as it felt like I was straining myself (I didn’t exactly have the lightest of babies!). Once I simplified it & just used the traditional cross cradle hold I found feeding far comfier & enjoyable. I wasn’t getting myself worked up cos I was hurting & he seemed happy & feeding well in this position so we have stayed with this position from then on! Always make sure you are well supported & comfy before positioning your baby onto your breast & lastly RELAX!!

❤RELAXING IS KEY TO SUCCESSFUL BREASTFEEDING!❤

These cushions are a gods send too… make life so much easier! Once you are in a comfy position just pop it under to support your little one & your arm! I tend to have it more at the side I’m feeding so the highest part of the cushion is well supporting my arm!

Don’t forget, while feeding your little one can be feeding for a good half an hour if not longer! My little man seems to feed for at least half an hour but then sleep for 3/4 hours which is amazing for his age & especially since they don’t really establish a routine yet!🙂 – post to follow when milk & routine is established!

I hope you enjoyed this post, rather a long one, but hopefully it will help you! Definitely check out the videos below & defintiely do your own research, it will help so so much!! I’m by no means an expert, heck, I’ve only been doing it a little over 3 weeks!

Thank you for reading & let me know if you’d like more breastfeeding updates.. I’ll definitely be doing a post when my milk has fully established🙂

My favourite breastfeeding videos

Emily Norris – Breastfeeding Tips & Essentials

Cloud Mom – Breastfeeding positions for newborns

Susan Yara- Breastfeeding tips & what I’ve learnt

Feeding Position & Latch

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My labour story…

Hi everyone😊

So it’s been a little while since I last uploaded! A lot has happened, MY LITTLE MAN IS NOW HERE!!😍

I really wanted to share my labour story with you all & make this a start to me uploading more (going to try upload at least once a week but ideally more!!) So definitely follow me for baby updates, all things makeup & beauty & my journey as a new mum!❤

My handsome little Prince, Rylie, was born on Wednesday 6th June at 23:23 via c section! My c section was not planned but was the best option in the end… read on to hear the full story🙂

Monday

My labour started days before the big event & started quite slowly. The Monday before he was born I went to see the midwife for a stretch & sweep (if you don’t know what this is it’s basically something that is meant to help bring the labour on!). We went in for the stretch & sweep, by this time he was already 6 days over the due date, the midwife did all the checks he definitely sounded happy in there as he always has (she joked he was too comfy in there! Which he probably was!😉) anyway she was unable to do the sweep as my cervix were out of reach, despite this she said it still may help! I’m not sure whether it did as that morning I had already started with slight period pain like cramps, which I told her about & was hopeful that something was happening! So after leaving the midwife we went on with our normal day, went to see family & I noticed the cramps did not go & were getting slightly worse over the course of the evening!

Tuesday

Early hours of Tuesday morning the pains got worse, now I was realising I was getting contractions & this was the beginning of us meeting our little man. As the pains where getting closer together & were about every 5 mins & getting stronger we rang the hospital & was told we could come in but if nothing was happening we’d be sent home (we live about 45 mins away from the hospital I was going to give birth!). So we went in as the pains were getting progressively worse & paracetamol was no longer helping as much… breathing techniques really are your best friend during labour, it truly is the only thing that really helps (other than super strong drugs of course, but we don’t have those at home!).

When we arrived at the hospital we were left waiting for a while.. after at least half an hour of waiting to be seen a midwife came & examined us… annoyingly nothing was happening! I wasn’t dilated at all, so we were sent home! This midwife was the only midwife I had a problem with she was so rude & belittling so I was glad to be going back home!!

All Tuesday the pains got even worse & I was just trying to keep the pain down using paracetamol & breathing techniques. At this point I’d not slept all night & was feeling so drained already due to the pain.

Wednesday

Wednesday morning came, around 5/6 in the morning & I just couldn’t bare the pain anymore.. I woke my other half up & insisted we needed to go to the hospital, I couldn’t cope with the pain anymore & needed more pain relief, paracetamol just wasn’t touching the pain anymore!! We already had everything in the car, even so it took me a while to bring myself to move cos the pain was so bad… the car journey wasn’t as bad as I was expecting I just concentrated on my breathing which like I said earlier.. breathing techniques are your best friend in labour.. they help so much, it’s amazing, the pain is so strange it’s hard to describe unless you’ve experienced it before!

Once we got to the hospital & made our way to the labour ward we were shown to a room straight away & was introduced to the loveliest midwife… every midwife we met from here was so amazing & I couldn’t wish to be treat any better!!

Within about an hour of being on the labour ward a doctor broke my waters for me – they already suspected they’d been leaking during the last couple of days as I was also losing some of my plug while being at home… it didn’t shed at once it just came out as a pinky discharge (sorry tmi!).

All of a sudden we had loads of doctors in the room.. my midwife told us not to worry; but naturally you do! Since we have had some troubles in the past they said they wanted to keep an eye on us… once my waters had been broken I was given gas & air to help with the pain, it helped slightly but like I’ve said, it’s the breathing that helps!🙂

To cut a long story short the labour was progressing but very slowly! At one point little mans heart rate dropped so they had to do tests, which at the best of times would be uncomfortable!🙈 Thankfully his heart rate picked back up & the tests came back normal. The doctors where no longer worried as they nearly rushed us in for emergency c section… they gave us longer to see if the labour would progress more itself, at this point I’d not slept for nearly 2 whole days so I was knackered, I opted for the epidural to try get some rest in the hope I’d be able to push him out.

Once the epidural was in the labour just wasn’t going anywhere, we got to 7cm dilated & the doctors & midwife could see I was so tired & ready for him to be here. They urged I had a c section which we all decided would be best. I had been so against a c section & I don’t know why, I think it was lack of knowledge.. the doctors explained the procedure & everyone involved where amazing, I felt so much more relaxed!

Me & my partner were taken in to theatre & my sister was taken to the recovery room to wait (my other half was keeping her updated via texts!). No longer than half an hour of going in to theatre our little Prince was born at 23:23 😍 everyone working on me were so so shocked at how big he was.. they were all saying “How did you hide him in there?” Rylie was born 9Ibs 8oz which is a very good size, he’s also very long! If you know me you know I’m not the biggest of people, I am however pretty tall (about 5 foot 10!). We were instantly in love, he cried almost straight away which was a relief, they cleaned him up & my other half was able to cuddle him while I was being sewn back up! It wasn’t over though.. I was in theatre a good couple of hours as they noticed a bleed which they got a consultant in to stitch up! Once that was sorted they stitched me back up! The sensation of him being pulled out was so weird, you don’t feel a thing just the pressure of the pushing & pulling on your belly!

It really is amazing what they all do😍 there were so many people working around me together to make everything go smoothly & keep me comfortable. Of course you feel crappy due to all the drugs but all of it was worth it! We have our little Prince here safe & sound & at the end of the day that’s all that mattered to us!🙂❤

If anyone would like me to go in more detail about c sections & the aftercare/recovery then let me know I’d love to share as much as I can with you all🙂

I would love to hear your stories & experience! 🙂 every birth is so different, it’s amazes me how us women can be put through so much & come out even stronger at the end!❤

I want to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Hull women’s & children hospital for looking after us during & after labour! Couldn’t fault any of them!❤

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No-Bake Crunchie Cheesecake ♡

Hi beauties,

A bit of a different post today! I’ve been really loving baking recently & while I’m still awaiting on the arrival of our little Prince (due 29th!) I’m using my time wisely by doing the things I love! ♡

I just wanted to share with you my Crunchie Cheesecake – originally I was doing a Diam bar cheesecake but couldn’t for the life of me find any! If you’d like to see my make the Diam Bar Cheesecake then comment below 🙂

Ingredients
Serves: 6

  • 150g (5 oz) digestive biscuits
  • 45g (1 1/2 oz) butter
  • 110g (4 oz) caster sugar
  • 120ml whipping cream
  • 150g (5 oz) dark chocolate – melted & cooled
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder mixed with a little hot water
  • 1 (200g) tub cream cheese
  • 5 Crunchie bars
  • You will need a 7 inch cake tin too!

Method

Firstly, measure out your ingredients into different bowls. Makes your life easier as you go through the recipe!

  • Crush your digestive biscuits! This can be done using a food blender or as I do I put the biscuits in a food bag, tie the top tightly but leaving plenty of excess room so the bag doesn’t burst & go mad, crush those biccies until they resemble a bread crumb type look!
  • Mix the melted butter & tablespoon of sugar in with your crushed biscuits.
  • Push the digestive mixture evenly in to the bottom of your cake tin & chill in the fridge while you make the topping
  • Whip your cream to a soft peak, either by hand or with a mixer.

  • Add your cooled melted chocolate & cocoa powder mixture to the cream – fold in to the cream mixture until the colour is even!

  • Beat the cream cheese and rest of sugar together.
  • Add the chocolate cream mixture & 3 crushed Crunchie bars to the cream cheese – fold in so you don’t knock the air out until the colour is even.

  • Spread evenly on top of the biscuit base & add a coat of cocoa powder for decoration.

  • Freeze for 1 hour for quick serving or leave in the fridge over night while the mixture sets.
  • Crush 2 more Crunchie Bars & sprinkle over the top for decoration & extra crunch!!

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Credit: recipe used for inspiration

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/85/no-bake-chocolate-cheesecake.aspx

Influenster!♡

Hi everyone,

I’ve been loving the app influenster.. you’ve probably all heard of it but if you haven’t it’s definitely worth checking out ☺

It’s basically an app where you review products, everything from makeup to food and all things between!

It’s a lovely community where everyone can ask questions and chat away!

Plus if your active enough and review enough products you can be sent free things to review ☺

Check it out here… http://www.influenster.com/r/4692255

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review ♡

Hi lovelies ☺

Sorry if has been a while.. life has been hectic, turns out growing a human is super tiring! Haha😂 If I’ve not been working, I’ve been sleeping 😯

Anyway, I thought I would let you know my thoughts on the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as I purchased it the other month & have now been able to give it a good test!😄

What Too Faced claim

Created during a quest to find the holy grail of mascara, Better Than Sex provides extreme volume and a more dramatic look with each coat. The hourglass-shaped brush unlocks the formula to create the perfect mascara that volumizes, lifts and coats both tops and bottoms of every little lash- with no lash left behind.

Do I agree with these claims!? I do. I really have loved using this mascara.. it does coat my lashes well but you do need a few coats to build up the length & volume!

The brush shape does make it easy to apply & I do prefer these sort of brushes but once I’ve worn this mascara a few hours it does seem to crumble/fall down on to my face which for me is a pet hate! Especially when this is a high end mascara as I don’t get this when I use drugstore mascara!

As you can see it does look amazing.. but for me, for the price there are a lot better cheaper alternatives!!

Help!!! I’m in need of a new mascara.. hit me with suggestions below please!😊

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♡ HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ♡

Hi lovelies,

Just wanted to do a quick post to wish all my fellow ladies a happy international women’s day 😃

I hope you have all had a fab day & felt super empowered!

Today I actually took time to make myself feel & look beautiful☺ I actually put makeup on & currently, literally as I’m writing this, half way through painting my nails 😂 Haha!!

Here’s my makeup look from today..

Loving this base combo & ‘meet Matt nudes’ shadow palette!!

Let me know if you’d like to see me film this look or do an in-depth post ☺ comment below lovelies ❤

☆HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY☆

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