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Me and My Bump: beautifully blooming beauty tips for pregnancy

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Today we have a guest post from the wonderful Eris Eveiller, who has written some fantastic beauty tips safe for use during pregnancy.

Me and My Bump: beautifully blooming tips for pregnancy~ SnoozeShade.comEris is a British burlesque performer, known for her glamorous and cheeky routines such as her showgirl Stig act. She’s travelled throughout Europe, performing and modelling as well as speaking to live audiences on the history of burlesque. Offstage she’s also written for various publications about a variety of subjects as well as writing a column on stage make up for Alt-Mu magazine.

She’s currently based in the South of the UK and expecting her first child this Summer.  

 You can follow Eris on Facebook  or Twitter (@ErisEveiller).

 

Ahhh. Pregnancy. The time when I glow with an inner beauty, my hair becomes thicker and looks amazing, my skin is simply stunning and I give up on make up as I really don’t need it. Or so no one who’s gone through pregnancy has actually said.

My experience has been more of a second beauty adolescence. A rerun of the mortifying time when your body changed in mysterious ways overnight. Just like then, there are hairs popping up where there weren’t any before, skin rebelling in the strangest places. All of a sudden I need to buy new bras and get used to new body parts but without the bursts of energy, humour and support that got me through it the first time. Instead I find myself valiantly pretending to be completely normal while hoping that my energy devoid body makes it to the coffee machine without being attacked by zombie hunters.

Unlike the teenage years, there is no gradual improvement as you edge towards the ability to order a glass of wine without being judged. The first month after I discovered I was pregnant was a breeze. I just replaced my foundation with tinted moisturiser and HD powder, slipped on some lipstick and natural eyeshadow, light blusher and headed off towards the future/nearest bathroom. By the time I was at 16 weeks along, I was debating whether I could carry off the same paper bag with every outfit. At 19 weeks, I carefully sat in front a mirror and cautiously opened up my drawer of goodies. That first swoop of blusher actually had me bouncing around with happiness and feeling like me again.

It’s no good stubbornly sticking to your prepregnancy routine (unless you’re one of those lucky ladies who fly through pregnancy unaware of what all the fuss is about). Just as we learned to move on from scribbled face paint, cheap shared mascara and painfully unsubtle blue eyeshadow, we have to readjust, relearn what works and what doesn’t. It took me longer than I’d have liked to accept that my amazing foundation was no longer giving me a flawless glowing complexion. Instead my skins changes meant that instead it would either disappear into my pores, vanishing as though I’d not applied a single drop. Or it created creases and sat on top of the skin resulting in that wonderful decaying starlet look. If that sounds familiar, use a primer and try mixing the foundation with a dab of moisturiser/serum before applying it.

So here are my other painfully learned lessons:

Me and My Bump beautifully blooming beauty tips~ SnoozeShade.com
  •     Actually use the ‘good intention’ products. The eye & neck creams, the serums and other products you use sporadically (if at all). Estee Lauder’s Night repair should be handed out at the 12 week scan
  •   Really deep clean your skin every night. Massage a cream cleanser in before using hot water and a Muslin cloth to remove (you’ll be surrounded by muslin clothes soon enough. May as well start early).
  •   Clean your make up brushes! And throw away any that are beginning to fall apart
  • · Get a great HD loose powder and brush to buff it into your skin. Simple step that makes a huge difference 2 hours later
  •   Ease up on any black eyeliners in the daytime. Brown, bronze, grey and navy eyeliners are much more flattering.
  •  Spend some love on your eyebrows. Getting them threaded and using a light brow powder/pen will make you look better – even on days where you’re holding onto a bucket and getting queasy at even the mention of food.
  • · Nude Lipstick or Cliniques Cubby pen are my go-to products. Can’t remember the last time I had the energy or the ability to keep bright red lipstick looking perfect all day.
  • A great blusher will keep those zombie hunters at bay.
  •  Oh and a can of dry hairspray for mornings where the shower loses out to the snooze button.  It’s not just for teenagers.

Anyone else got a must have make up tips that saved them during pregnancy or just after? There are people who swear by nipple cream for lip balm so am very much looking forward to discovering what other beauty tips I’ve been missing out on!

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Why safety will always be number one at SnoozeShade

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September is Baby Safety Month and this became more pertinent when I read recently that a baby brand had to recall one of their products due to a choking hazard caused by a flower decoration where the petals were coming off and several babies were found gagging on them.

SnoozeShade was designed with safety in mind, first and foremost.This led me to remember what I had to think about when I started SnoozeShade as I am proud to say that I design with safety first and looks second.  I want my products to do their job in the safest way possible…

Manufacturing a baby product is a MASSIVE responsibility. When I started out my first questions as I designed SnoozeShade Original were all about safety and how could I ensure it was as safe as it could be?  As a mum, I would never forgive myself if I had brought an unsafe product onto the market, and so that is why SnoozeShade may not be the prettiest of products but it is one of the safest.

I often get asked why I don’t make SnoozeShade in prettier colours and the answer is simple – pretty colours don’t block UV the same way (unless the fabric is thicker or chemically treated).  So I could go pretty – but not breathable – as a paler thicker fabric would block UV but then you’d lose the breathability and I know which factor, as a parent, I’d rather have – breathability and UV protection.

When I started there were no other products like SnoozeShade, so I had to make decisions as to how I was going to test it- there are no specific tests for a pram, pushchair, car seat or cot accessory so I was starting from scratch all by myself. I decided to test to the same standards as a toy and similarly to the new cot bumper tests.

The key hazards I had to consider were:

CHOKING – nothing on the product should be able to come off easily, so no cute buttons, dangling bits or toggles that little hands can pull at. These things cannot be sewn on strongly enough to withstand the force that a pull a toy test will put them under.  My zips are seriously hardcore zips that are expensive but tough and have undergone extensive testing to be as sure as we can be that a baby can’t pull them off and swallow them. The poppers (or snaps) I use are the only type  to be safety-certified for use with baby’s clothing – they are sewn into the fabric and cannot be pulled off.

ENTRAPMENT and STRANGULATION: absolutely NO LONG STRAPS (and what We put the SnoozeShade through rigorous testing so that you can rest assured our products are as safe as they possibly can be.that actually means is no straps that exceed 22cm when pulled to maximum testing load). This made the job of attaching SnoozeShade to a pram quite hard but I added extra straps (which added extra cost) to get around it.  It would be so easy to be able to just have a nice long cord that reaches all the way around the pram. But it would also be a hazard that a child could be trapped by.  Safety is part of our smallest details – our drawstring storage bags have a velcro release break in them so that they also cannot be accidentally tightened too far.

So the next time you buy something for your child please, please don’t be afraid to ask what safety standards it adheres to and what additional testing they’ve done. If there are no specific tests for a product type then a responsible manufacturer should test above and beyond the legal requirements and be happy to share that information with you.

Please do get in touch if you have any further questions about any of the SnoozeShade products- I am always happy to help!

 

 

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