I’m all about trying new things so this week I’m trying something a little different. I always see variations of these type of posts across all sorts of blogs and I thought I’d add my two cents about things that I’m loving right now. Let me know in the comments if you like to read this sort of thing.
Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel – One of the downsides of pregnancy is that there’s a lot of skincare products that you’re no longer allowed to use, primarily exfoliants. I’ve been lucky in that my skin hasn’t really changed dramatically from before I was pregnant so I haven’t had any major breakout episodes. Nonetheless, I was not really excited at the prospect of no exfoliation for nine months. I have dry skin and if I don’t exfoliate regularly then my skin gets really flaky and my makeup doesn’t sit properly (think flaky, pasty skin). The one thing you are allowed during pregnancy though is Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). I orignally got this product as a sample from Sephora and I’m very happy I tried it out. The first time I used it I thought I had done something wrong as the texture was rather strange. Once you get used to it though, the product works really well and doesn’t give you any scratchy, burning, sensations like some products. When you first put it on it’s a gel, but as you rub it into your skin it forms little clumps that I guess pick up the dead skin cells with it. I tend to apply it in the shower since it can be difficult to get all the little flaky bits off, but your skin feels very smooth and soft afterwards.
Philippa Gregory – The Last Tudor I bought this book originally when I went to Hawaii for beach/plane reading and for some reason left this book until the end and only read it recently. It was awesome! I mean, I pretty much like all of Philippa Gregory’s books so I should have known this but for some reason left this book by the wayside. If you haven’t read any off her books I highly recommend them. Her best known books would probably be The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a movie, and The White Queen which became a TV series. Most of her books are historical fiction based around the time of the war of the roses and the Tudors in England. They’re based on real women who lived in that time and told from their perspective based on historical research. They’re fun books with lots of drama but also feel somewhat educational since they’re based in real history. This one is the story of three sisters who are all at one point the heir to English throne and all the horror and drama that involves.
H & M Maternity Jeans – I’m not sure why I resisted the call of maternity jeans for so long, but they really are amazingly comfortable. I can see why a lot of women keep wearing them long after the baby is born. I think I felt that since I still fit a lot of my regular jeans I should keep wearing them as long as possible, but since I’d likely buy jeans anyway why not get more use out of them. It is a little weird when you don’t really fill out the over the bump part but as long as you get a size that’s a good fit they don’t really fall down at all. The H & M ones are a good price and decent quality that I think I’ll likely go back and get them in another colour before my pregnancy is done, hopefully they’ll fit me all the way through. There are a lot of really nice designer brand maternity jeans, J brand, Paige, that I’m sure are amazing but I’m not sure I can justify spending $300 on something that I’m going to wear for five months. Has anyone tried the panel jeans? How do they compare to the over the bump type?
Roots Baby Sweatpants – There really should be a rule about shopping while pregnant, I am having a very hard time containing myself when it comes to cute baby stuff. I went out to buy a baby present for someone else, and somehow came home with these, for myself. But really aren’t they just the cutest? The picture may not do them justice because you can’t see how adorably tiny they are. Really not the most practical of first purchases. Pregnant ladies, how did you reign yourself in from buying every cute little miniature thing you see?
Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises – I wrote in my last pregnancy update that I’ve been having trouble sticking with an exercise plan so far and I think this book is going to help me remedy that. I’ve had this book for a while, it’s actually a really good resource of information on all types of different exercises and how to put together an exercise plan. I think part of my problem is that I’ve always been goal focused with my working out, training for 5 or 10 km run, losing 10 lbs, that now I don’t have any specific goal other than general health (which I realise is the ultimate goal…) I feel a little lost in what to do. A lot of the classes and exercises I was doing before I don’t feel comfortable doing anymore so I needed to start something new. This book has helped me make a little program for myself that I’m hoping will stick, I’m only one workout in so far so wish me luck. I also realised that this book actually has a prenatal workout plan in the back of the book as well which helped me put mine together.
So that’s it for my first Friday Favourites, I hope you found something useful here. This post is part of a link-up hosted over at Life in Leggings head on over there to check out what other people’s favourites are for this week.