How I contour - my first youtube video

Sunday, 14 January 2018

I have been doing makeup professionally for over 7 years, and I regularly get asked to show how I contour, or apply my makeup. I decided that I would share a video how I do my contour for when I want to look a bit more put together, which looks great in photos but might be a bit much for a day to day look. Most days I rarely wear any makeup, I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible which prevents breakouts or flare ups in problematic skin.

However, there are days that I do wear makeup and I LOVE trying out different products, and creating different looks. I guess I am more of a "wear nothing" or "wear it all" type of girl when it comes to applying makeup. At the end of the day I love being a girly-girl, and experimenting with beauty products as much as any one.  

**Sorry for the bad voice over, I promise I will get better at editing these videos! I did have a lot of fun making it.

Featured Products

Foundation | MAC - Pro Longwear Foundation SPF 10 - NW20 - 30ml/1oz | Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, Natural Beige-220

Concealer | Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Light 20, 0.2-fluid Ounce

34 weeks - Pregnancy Update

Monday, 8 January 2018

Wow I feel like this whole pregnancy just flew by! I am not high risk or have any complications with the pregnancy, thats been easy (minus the extreme morning sickness and the heart burn). What really was horrible, was that in my second trimester I broke a back molar which happens sometimes with pregnancy because it weakens your teeth. I couldn’t save it and had to get it pulled, but ended up getting Dry socket which is excruciating pain! I would have rather have broken bones than experience that again. I got put on some strong (baby safe) pain meds for two weeks while it got better as well as antibiotics. By 25 weeks, I started having a very sharp pain in my upper right side, which didn’t go away for three days. I decided to call Telahealth and they advised me to go to the hospital. A few tests later, and I was diagnosed with Gallstones. These are painful even with pain meds, and ultimately landed me back in the hospital a few times after that as well. I have seen a specialist to make sure I wouldn’t be at risk for having an attack so bad before I have baby that I would have to have surgery. 
All those rolls, kicks, and jabs are the most beautiful and reassuring thing for me. The little life inside of me is happy and moving about, and theres nothing more precious than that feeling!
I am currently on my way to go see baby P in her growth update this morning, and I am so excited to see how big she has gotten since the last update. 
I have to say…I appreciate all of you so much! The support and love you have shown me has really encouraged me. I read every comment you write on all my social media, and it blesses me more than you know!
I found this little question sheet for bump updates so I figured I’d fill it out to close this 34 week blog post:

How far along: 34 weeks!
Gender: Girl! 
How big is baby: Baby P is the size of a cantaloupe, and she can now react to simple songs we play for her. 
Have you started to show yet: Yes!! I was was so excited to show off this baby bump! I just started showing in the last few weeks.
Weight Gain: 40 lbs!! 
Maternity Clothes: Sometimes. I wear maternity dresses and tee shirts, but I just have been wearing my normal leggings because they are the comfiest. I normally wear a lot of casual wear so it works with my belly! I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on maternity clothes, and since I’m not really THAT big compared to a lot of other women at this stage I can get away with over sized regular clothing atm.  
Stretch Marks: Nope, I have religiously been using coconut oil every day and night.
Belly Button in or out: In, apparently my mom’s didn’t pop either. Tony looks every day if its popped! Haha. 
Cravings: Fruit and veggies. I wish I could eat more fruit but it is so highly acidic that it give me heart burn. 
Anything make you queasy or sick: Nothing that didn’t make me sick before I was pregnant 😉
Happy or Moody: Happy! Surprisingly and I’ve had a lot of energy during these last two weeks for some reason! I’ve even made it to the gym and yoga a few times this week. 
Movement: Lots of it! And I love it so much. There’s no way to describe it other than amazing and beautiful.
Sleep: What’s that? Or should I say what’s good sleep haha. I toss and turn all night! Unfortunately a good night sleep won’t be coming back for a while!
What I miss: I thought I would be saying wine, but I really don’t miss that at all. However, what I do miss is working out, jogging and CrossFit! I miss sleeping good without my hips and arms going numb at night. I also miss wearing some cute clothes, they no longer fit properly but that will just be my motivation to get back in the gym.  
Looking forward to: Meeting our baby girl! February is right around the corner. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Pregnancy Essentials (Part 1) Protein & Prenatal's

Thursday, 4 January 2018

It has been officially 33 weeks that I have been pregnant for, and it has been full of ups and many, many downs. I’ve struggled with keeping not only my sanity in check but my health as well. At 20 weeks I was in the hospital and had been diagnosed with gallstones, that would continue to give me “attacks" right up until the end of this pregnancy or worst case scenario I would be forced to have a surgery and have baby P really early (which is of course every new moms nightmare). My main concern is the health of baby, and without taking care of myself first how would I be able to take care of her? which only makes the most sense.   

I will be doing a full blog post on what having gallstones while pregnant means, the causes and what you changes you can make in your lifestyle before becoming pregnant to avoid gallstones.

There are a few things I have been doing religiously since I became pregnant, and the first thing even before I got pregnant.. while we were still in the planning stages, I started taking prenatal vitamins. The prenatal vitamins I have been taking are made by Jamieson with DHA, the Centrum prenatal’s, magnesium and Omega 3’s. I found that taking these made my hair thicker and my nails stronger, and that was just the benefits I saw with in the first few weeks for myself. Not only is there enormous benefits for you and your energy levels but also the following benefits for baby as well. 

The benefits of prenatal vitamins
  • Cuts back on nausea, because the Vitamin B6 helps to reduce morning sickness. 
  • Boosts fertility and also upping the chances that you’ll make that healthy baby faster. 
  • Reduces the rick of birth defects, because of the folic acid it contains but it is also known as folate when it’s in food form which you can get from eating things like spinach. Studies show that getting enough folic acid before sperm meets egg and in the early stages of pregnancy can dramatically reduce the risk of neural tube defects in your developing baby.  (For more info
Magnesium: Magnesium helped me when I had restless legs and leg cramps that sometimes happen during pregnancy. I didn't take these everyday, instead I took them when I felt I needed them before bed.

Omega 3's: Not only is Omega 3 good for the babies cognitive developments, but studies have shown that a higher consumption of Omega 3's and DHA's during pregnancy may help in reducing the risk of developing allergies in infants. 

Protein: We know that protein is made up of amino acids and those are the building blocks of your body’s cells and the same goes for your baby. It is so important (especially during the second and third trimesters) to get enough protein because thats when the baby needs it the most and the growth of muscles and fats happen at an increased rate. 

My absolute favourite protein powder is from Progressive, its called VegEssential All in One, which I love because it is a plant-based, Non-GMO Vegan protein powder that is full of vitamins, and minerals that is essential to daily health and great for mom and baby. 

Peppermint tea: I can't tell you how much I LOVE having a hot cup of black peppermint or spearmint tea in the evenings, not only is it super calming but it helps ease your stomach if its upset and will help you get to sleep quicker. 

Of course I am not a doctor and you should ask your’s before taking any of the vitamins or supplements mentioned. 

My favourite Diaper Bag from Little Unicorn.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Who doesn't love a new purse? especially one thats super stylish and also a really adaptable diaper bag! The other day I was doing some local shopping, and decided to stop in at this really cute store for nursing mothers or mothers to be called Rosy Posey in Midland. I had stopped in just to check out what kind of things were for sale there, and was so pleased to have met the owner who happens to be the kindest and sweetest mother/entrepreneur. I saw this bag and for the next month I could not stop thinking about it (you know its a must-have when you can't get it out of your head). Needless to say, I ended up buying this diaper bag from Little Unicorn, and I can't wait to put it to good use when baby arrives.  

Little Unicorn bag found here.

The bag comes equipped with a changing pad, lots of pockets, matching stroller handles and a special padded space for your iPad or laptop. It is also a wipeable vegan leather that looks sleek and minimal. 

There are some days you feel like superwoman

Sunday, 31 December 2017

There are days you want to sit at home all day, then there are days like today. Which also happens to be the last Sunday of the entire year, and so far one hell of a good one! First, T woke up in the best mood (surprisingly since he didn’t sleep that long), and then he made us some sausages for breakfast, and a big ol’ cup of coffee each. 
Yesterday, one of my friends invited me to workout with her and her trainer mom at a local gym. I jumped at the chance to get in a good sweat, not knowing what I had signed myself up for. Me being 32 weeks and 6 days pregnant, feeling more like a beached whale; did a whole workout this morning and I feel like a real live superhero!! Superwoman who? 

If y0u want to give this workout a try this is the exact workout she created for me this morning (Just make sure if you are pregnant, that a doctor says it is okay before you attempt this).  

5 min row warm up 

Repeat 10 times. 

5 sets of 2-5 rep 115 lbs (or whatever your comfortable with ) squats. 

Excuse my face. I look like I am about to give birth right then and there.  

Sometimes you have to do something for yourself that is emotionally and physically healthy. One thing I consistently gain from working out is that I am genuinely happier, and I sleep better at night. I make sure I follow the workout with a protein shake, and veggestential has a really good one safe for pregnancy and packed with tha goods! 

The things I love and how I have been feeling this last trimester of pregnancy

Saturday, 30 December 2017

I am currently closing in on the last month of my pregnancy (I am 32 weeks today), and I feel better than I have this whole time! I just signed up for yoga, and have my first personal training class for Pregnant women at a CrossFit gym I used to go to. I haven't had any gallstone attacks lately, and I feel like I have been having great sleeps. I also can't tell you how much I love feeling baby P kick, and move more everyday! We have slowly collected a massive amount of the cutest clothes for her, this boy oh boy! this little girl has more clothes than I have ever imagined she would have. 

I love Saturdays when T's at home all day, we watch movies and make food and you know what? I am perfectly content with this being our norm. 
Let the nesting begin! 

28 Week Bump Update (Third Trimester)

Friday, 24 November 2017

28 weeks

Here we are, officially in the third trimester or 28 weeks! My What To Expect app on my phone tells me I’m only 11 weeks and 6 days from meeting our sweet little girl. According to the app she is as big as a cauliflower which is 41 cm long, and weighs about 1.1 kg. I have also started to feel her hiccups and kicks so much more frequently and they have gotten stronger.

27 weeks 
Ive been asked so many times where to find these boots, and now you can buy them HERE.

You just read that right! We have found out the gender and are so excited that we are going to be parents to a beautiful baby girl in a couple months. 

We have even picked out a name for her! Penelope Francis Gibson.

It was pretty easy for us to choose this name, it was perfect and both these names mean something for Tony and I. Penelope will be named after my aunt who passed away, which I also inherited it as a middle name "Penny". "Francis" is in honour of Tony’s grandma who was diagnosed with cancer shorty before we found out we were going to be parents.

25 weeks
This is my absolute favourite Stripped Maternity Shirt (even if it doesn't match I was going for comfort not style).

It is so crazy to think that my body has gone through such a transformation, and is now accommodating another little life along with mine. What a wild journey this has been, at first I was so unsure that I could do this or that I would be able to give everything I had to this baby. As time has gone on, I have become more sure of myself. More confident that I can do this, and that I will do this and that I can give our little Penelope an amazing life that she deserves. 

So here’s to all 28 weeks of this pregnancy, my wonderful body for allowing this miraculous experience. Things are about to change yet again, but I’m feeling more and more ready for her to be here. Let the countdown begin! 

19 weeks