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Meet Leo

Hello everyone, it's quite overdue but I'm happy to introduce someone special to the world. My little Leo arrived a little over two weeks early on a Sunday in October. 


As you can see, he wasn't very enthused about the Christmas photos.



I was due in early November and spent the week leading up to giving birth talking about how I was hoping not to give birth in October because I didn't feel ready to give birth to an October baby (since I'd drilled the idea of a November baby in my head). Baby clearly had other plans and my water broke at 10am on Sunday.


I tried to be calm when I told my husband about my water breaking, see if you can spot when I told him based on his heart rate monitor.



Twelve hours later with an epidural that I only benefitted from for less than 2 hours, I gave birth at 10pm. All things considered, I know I had a relatively easy birth since it was 12 hours from start to finish but it definitely didn't seem that easy while I was in the thick of it.


The COVID restrictions were tough, I was only allowed one companion who could not leave during my stay. That meant only my husband could be with me while the rest of my family had to wait. We wore masks during the process, though my husband and I were allowed to take them off while we were alone in the room. While I had been dealing with the restrictions during the entire pregnancy (my husband wasn't allowed at ANY of my prenatal appointments), it seemed more difficult not to share in the moment with my family there.


The beginning was also rough because he had jaundice, a tongue tie that was revised, poor latching despite the revision resulting in me exclusively pumping, and now torticollis (tight neck muscle) which contributed to a flat spot on the left side of his head. Leo's almost four months old but I'm feeling like it's only now that I feel like my head is above water and I have time to do more than just feed him, change him, and put him to sleep.  It's all too easy to feel like I'm losing my sense of identity beyond just being a mother, especially as a first time mom but I'm thankful for the support I've been able to have. 


Sometimes I'm in disbelief that they let me go home with him but it's really been worth the hard nights (and poo diapers!)


How have you all been? I still have trouble writing and typing 2021.

Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lip Colours: Swatches and Review

I Purchased This


Hey everyone!

Today I have a long overdue review on the Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lip Colours in Velvet Fawn and Velvet Muse. I've been watching Lisa Eldridge for many years now and I felt so keen to support her/her launch. I'll be honest with myself and admit that a majority of the appeal behind these lipsticks are because they're by Lisa, because they're rather expensive and can be harder to get since they only restock in Autumn/Winter so I wanted to get this post up before the restock/preorder (and new launches) tomorrow
 October 3rd at 1600 GMT (or 8am PST/11am EST if you're in the Americas) with both the lipstick and new Gloss Embrace shipping on the 19th.



I know talking about traditional lipsticks while we're still wearing face masks seems out of place but honestly the downtime from both the pandemic and my pregnancy gave me a ton more opportunity to wear makeup at home, even when I'm not going anywhere or needing to be on any kind of online meeting.

Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lip Colours Velvet Fawn and Velvet Muse

Still, I wanted to share my thoughts especially since they're an expensive purchase! 

Belatedly Sharing Some Good News

If you've been following me on social media, then this news isn't new but I realized I didn't share it here. I'm expecting a special someone (boy) in November 2020 (assuming they come right on time and not too early!!).


It's been quite a trying time managing my pregnancy while also being in the middle of a pandemic. I don't quite know how much more of my pregnancy I'll share here on the blog (likely it'll be on social media) and also not sure of how much I'll be sharing of the baby. I hope to continue writing more blog posts, a few are in the works!

Black Friday/Christmas 2019 Makeup and Skincare Haul


Hey everyone!

For my first post of 2020, I thought I would share the items I got from Black Friday and for Christmas. I used gift cards for pretty much all of my Black Friday purchases so it was much easier to justify and they were items I had been thinking about but waited for the sale + gift cards. I also took the time to make repurchases on products I already knew I liked.


Makeup

From Persona Cosmetics, I purchased the Identity eyeshadow palette (after hearing great things from Mandy Everly), an Eye Pencil in Bronze, and a Lipgloss in Shortcake (I've loved their gloss formula). From Colourpop I got a single eyeshadow in Come and Get It. From Glossier, I got the Brow Flick in Brown and Pro Tip eyeliner. My big indulgence was from Victoria Beckham Beauty with the Lid Lustre in Mink (a hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow). I got the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Smoke (so beautiful!!) and the Kaja Beauty Lookin' like a Snack gift set of four products as Christmas gifts.


Skincare

In terms of skincare, the majority of items were from Fourth Ray Beauty (Colourpop's sister skincare brand) in addition to Peach and Lily and Glossier (not pictured). From Fourth Ray Beauty, I got the Later Hater Spot Treatment, Soak It Up face mask, and The Big Detox face mask (a repurchase). From Peach and Lily, I got the Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask. I purchased two back ups of the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser but couldn't be bothered to put it in the photo. I'm all about the masks lately and was happy to stock up on The Big Detox, try out the Soak It Up mask as like an overnight mask, and the Peach and Lily to help with skin texture.

I've already tried most of these things out and hope to share some makeup looks or thoughts on the products!

What did you get for Black Friday/Christmas/during the Holidays?