Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lilly Ghalichi Inspired Big Sexy Hair Tutorial



Hey Guys!

Here is a hair tutorial inspired by Lilly Ghalichi. I saw the below picture on instagram and was inspired to recreate this look. Lilly Ghalichi is known for her big, sexy hair, and I think it's the perfect hair style for special occasions, especially with New Years Eve coming up! I hope you all enjoy this tutorial and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already!

| PRODUCTS USED |

Hair:
NuMe Lustrum 32 mm Barrel
Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Foam
Paul Mitchell Extra Body Hair Spray
Tangle Teezer Brush

Makeup:
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation in Medium Ivory
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 
Cover FX Powder Foundation in G30
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Pink Cult Blush
MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Superb
Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray
Anastasia Brow Pencil in Brunette
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
- Strange (highlight)
- Buzz (lid)
- Limit (crease)
- Nooner (outer V/crease, lower lash line)
- Darkside (outer V, lower lash line)
NARS Larger Than Life Eye Pencil in Rue Bonaparte
Lime Crime Velvetine Liquid Lipstick in Pink Velvet
House of Lashes Noir Fairy Lashes





Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Labour and Delivery Story!

Hey Guys!

Today I am 4 days postpartum! I really wanted to at least write out my labour and delivery story while it is still fresh in my mind. Not that I could ever forget, but I want to be as detailed as I possibly can. I do still plan on telling my story on YouTube because that is the most highly requested videos at this time, but for now, I don't have time to do so as filming and editing is quite a lot of work and my son is taking up 100% of my time. Currently, he's napping with Daddy so now onto my story!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013.

Today was my 40 week mark, Alexander's due date! I had an OB appointment scheduled for 1:55 pm and I was very excited to see how far along I had come since last week and if I would be meeting my son soon. My OB said at my 39 week appointment that I was "right on time", but I didn't think, literally, he would be right! At my appointment I was 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced. At 39 weeks I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. I was going to be VERY surprised if I hadn't made any progress since the following week because the night of my 39 week appointment I thought I was in early labour for 5 hours and then my contractions petered off. At my 40 week appointment my OB did a "sweep" which can bring on labour within 48 hours if your body and baby is ready. Otherwise, it won't work and some woman have to get multiple sweeps and some woman won't labour on their own and need a little help to get things going. Well, the "sweep" definitely worked because I felt contractions start pretty much right away. Nothing too painful, but I just assumed that what happened at my 39 week appointment was just happening again so I didn't think too much about it, even though ever time I have a contraction I would be a little more excited. LOL At about 9:00 pm I decided to start timing my contractions because they were becoming more regular/stronger and lasting a bit longer. When my contractions were almost 5 minutes apart, lasting one minute, for over 1 hour I decided to call the labour and delivery ward, tell them I thought I was in early labour, that I might be coming in and ask them how much longer I should wait before doing so. I live about 5 minutes away from the hospital so I wasn't too worried about getting there in time. They told me to go take a shower, wait around another hour or so and see where I was at. I did just that, had two contractions in the shower and went to lay back down and labour a bit more. 

Friday, December 6th, 2013.

At around midnight, I thought to myself that if this isn't labour this time, I don't want to know what REAL labour feels like. I was in lots and lots of pain. By the time I went into the hospital, my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute each and it hadn't quite been an hour, but I couldn't wait any longer! The nurse brought me into the labour lounge to check me and see if I could be admitted. They only admit you to the hospital when you are in "active" labour, and they don't count "early" labour as labour. Active labour you have to be 4 cm dilated and they monitor your contractions for 20 minutes to make sure it's the real deal. I was hooked up to the monitor and the nurse checked my cervix and said I was a little over 3 cm dilated, but not quite 4. On average it takes about 1 hour for each cm dilation, so she suggested I go back home since I wanted to do a natural birth and labour a bit more in the comforts of my own room. In my mind I thought she was telling me I wasn't in labour, telling me to go home and wouldn't admit me. I was really frustrated and started to cry because I thought my body was faking it again and this wasn't the real thing. I KNEW I was in labour and it had to be and didn't understand why they were sending me home. When I got home it was around 2:00 am (I think) and my husband and I went back to bed. I didn't sleep at all and I don't think he did either because I was moaning and grabbing the bed frame each time a new contraction hit. I did this for 2-3 more hours until I COULD NOT take being at home anymore. I NEEDED to be in the hospital because I was so uncomfortable and I wanted to be admitted before it got any worse. I could barely walk once I got to the hospital for the second time, they brought me back to the labour lounge and checked me again. This time I was at least 4 cms and they brought me to my birthing suite. It was 4:45 am and I was finally admitted! 

My contractions were really strong, but manageable. It hurt, trust me, but as long as I focused on my breathing, I knew I could do it. I had my own nurse, Brittney, the whole time.  My OB, Dr. Smith, came in to check on me and said I was a good 5 cms at this point. At 5:45 am, Dr. Smith broke my water. My contractions felt stronger, but weren't as long at this point and I thought "Man, this is easy!" I spoke too soon because as soon as I said that, my contractions felt like they were one on top of another and were EXTREMELY painful! I couldn't stop my body from shaking and I was gripping the side of the bed so hard I was shaking the bed as well. I had to really focus on my breathing, but as soon as each contraction hit its "peak" I felt like I was going to vomit every time. I had a try laying beside my face because I couldn't move and I just shook and moaned and tried to breath the entire time. Every break felt like heaven and then hell would start all over again. I could feel the build up of each contraction and the "peak" was like anything I ever imagined. I felt like something had drastically changed in my labour because it was SO painful now. Up until this point my nurse and other nurses who came in to see me and monitor said I was handling everything really well and that I could do it naturally. They said they didn't know what my pain tolerance was but they couldn't tell I was labour. It was around 6:20 am at this point and I told my nurse that I didn't think I could handle the pain anymore and I asked about the epidural, how long it would take, if the anethesiologist was available…etc. I felt like a failure for giving up, but I've never felt anything like what I was experiencing and I just wanted it to stop. My nurse was supportive of my plan to have a natural birth and ask me if I wanted her to check me first to see how much further I was dilated before she called in the epidural. I said, "Yes, check me, if I have progressed I will keep going, if not, I want the epidural". The nurse proceeded to check my cervix and I was still only 5 cm after almost an hour since the last check. I promptly told her to call in the epidural because I knew 30 min from now, I couldn't imagine the pain. My parents came, what felt like MINUTES after asking for the epidural. I saw them and they saw me at the worst time during my labour. I was in so much pain, but they distracted me a bit. With each contraction I continued to shake and almost vomit and I couldn't control my body. I felt like I was permanently seizing. At 6:40 am the nurse administered my IV. I have good veins, but they aren't straight so she couldn't get it the first time. The second time she was able to get the IV in, but I honestly didn't notice anything that she was doing because I was in such bad pain. My dad had to leave at this point because I was only aloud 2 support persons in the room and they couldn't change. With all my shaking, I'm surprised she could even get it in. I wanted what felt like HOURS for my epidural to finally arrive. In fact, it was an hour before the anesthiologist did arrive. Before he came, I kept asking "Where is he, I can't do this". Everyone was telling me I can and I am. I was pretty much begging for relief at this point. The anesthiologist couldn't administer the epidural to me while I was having a contraction because I couldn't keep still. They were coming so close together, he didn't have much room to play with when administering it. They had me sit up, lay over the beside table and have my husband hold me down. It was 7:40 am. The anethsiologist told me that the baby's head was directly on my spin and that what I was experiencing was back labour. I heard about back labour before and that it was the worst kind of labour. If I didn't have back labour, I KNOW I could have made it through naturally. I honestly wasn't that surprised to hear it because I kept saying "My back, my back" the entire time I was contracting. The epidural felt like heaven and they had only administered a local anethestic to insert the actual needle. It took 20-30 minutes to feel any sort of relief. At 8:00 am I was 7 cm dilated and they had to give me an oxygen mask. I pretty much wore this for the rest of my labour, but had it removed during delivery. My baby's heart rate kept dropping and almost stopping EACH TIME I had a contraction. It was the scariest thing I've ever experienced. I could hear the heart rate monitor slow down each time, plus I still felt contractions in my ribs (only below the belly button did I not feel anything). They thought the baby's cord was wrapped around the neck or another area of the body because this was happening. Typically your baby's heart rate is suppose to elevate each time a contraction hits, not go down. I was so worried, I kept looking at my mom and husband's face to see their reactions because I couldn't see the monitor at all, just hear the slowing down of his poor little heart. This kept going on for pretty much the duration of my labour. They had to keep manually stimulated the head of the baby with their hands to get the heart rate back up. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. At 9:45, the OB that would deliver my baby, Dr. A., came in. Dr. Smith had been delivering babies for the past 2 days straight so he left at 9:00 am and couldn't deliver my baby. There was a baby boom at my hospital the past couple weeks, apparently. My nurse told me that babies were born now because of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy and when it was released. LOL I told her I only go half way through book 2 and lost interest, so we just laughed. When Dr. A arrived, he drained my bladder and performed an ultrasound to see what was going on with the bad. He couldn't tell, but said that the bad was in an anterior/postier position (whichever one is the one he's not suppose to be in) and that the baby needed to turn before being delivered. Basically, the baby was facing up and we were spine to spine for my labour, hence the back labour. Dr. A left, and we waited for me to dilate to 10 cm because you are not suppose to push before then. At 11:30, I was still only 9 cm dilated (possibly 9.5), but he could still see a little bit of cervix. He decided to put me up in stirrups and try and push the baby into position even though I wasn't fully dilated. He put an electrode on the top of the baby's head so that we could better tell the heart rate. Dr A. turned the baby while I pushed and INSTANTLY the baby's heart rate improved. I couldn't be happier. We stopped the pushing and I laboured until I was 10 cm dilated. I could hear baby's heart rate steady and strong on the monitor and was able to relax and get a little bit of sleep because I was already so exhausted, emotionally and physically, and I hadn't even started pushing. Finally, at 1:05 pm I was fully dilated! I couldn't believe how long it took me to get from 9-10 cm and at this point, I was so happy I had chosen to get an epidural because they had to talk to me about the possibility of me having a c-section which was the one thing I really, really didn't want, but obviously you can't control. I was prepared the entire time to have a c-section because of all the drama that was happening with baby. At 1:35 pm, we started pushing! I was extremely effective at pushing, but the nurse told me that the baby's head was very large and I had a very small pelvis (who knew with these child bearing hips of mine! lol). After 2 hours of pushing, they had to call in Dr. A. and get his advice. They informed him that I was very good at pushing, it was just because of the large head and small pelvis that I was having a hard time getting him over my pelvic bone. The Dr. proceeded to ask me if I wanted "assistance" and asked me if I'm too tired. "Assistance" meant a variety of things, in this case, forceps or episiotomy. Two things I also didn't want. I told him "I am tired, but I think I can do this on my own". He said ok and was going to let me try. I ended up delivering baby vaginally, WITH NO ASSISTANCE, at 4:01 pm! I had a mirror the whole time so I could see everything that was going on. I saw his head come out and it was MASSIVE. I couldn't believe that I pushed that out of me! I ended up having a second degree tear, boarding third, but at least I tore on my own. The Dr. held up the baby's bum, showed me the genitals and, sure enough, it was a BOY! I thought so all along my pregnancy. I was so happy and overjoyed to see my little, Alexander! I did skin to skin right away, my husband cut the cord and meanwhile my mom was snapping pictures that I hope she never puts on Facebook. LOL. I was crying my husband was overjoyed, so was my mom and as soon as Alex was put in my arms he stopped crying and just looked at me. Then he peed on me. LOL It was the most amazing experience ever. LOL. I was so so happy. Just thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes because I was just so thrilled to have him in my arms after such a scary experience. In the end, though things didn't go EXACTLY how I had planned I would have chosen the same things I did looking back. Everything happens for a reason and I believe I made all the right choices given my long labour and circumstance. Alex turned out to be 7 lbs 15 oz, measuring 21 inches! I breastfed shortly after and Alex latched on right away! He was tongue tied, which my husband noticed right away, but that didn't interfere with his latch (which it can). We had the tongue cut our second day there along with having him circumcised. We had to wait until Alex peed before we were able to be discharged from the hospital. I started to cry again because it took almost all day for him to pee! I thought I had destroyed his penis. My husband and I were both changing his diaper, looking for any sign of wetness and I said "Look! I think the tip is a bit wet". Charles and I looked a little closer, just in time for Alex to give us both a golden shower. Yes, we got pee in our faces and hair and I was smiling from ear to ear the entire time. I never thought I would be so happy to be peed on! We are now at home, getting into our own little routine, I am exclusively breastfeeding and it is going very well! I'm getting little sleep and my recovery has been unpleasant, but each day gets better and better. I won't get into too much details about my recovery, but lets just say, it looked like my insides were on my outside. 

I now must go breastfeed, again! Life of a new mommy! I love it!


**UPDATE** I forgot to mention that the reason his heart rate kept dropping was because he was gripping his umbilical cord, slowing down his own heart!


MEET MY SON ON YOUTUBE!



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sigma Beauty Enlight Collection Review, Photos, and Swatches!


The new Sigma Enlight Collection to release today, December 9th. 

If you LOVE neutrals, you must get your hands on this collection. At $165, it is a bit pricey, but you get everything you could possibly need to create a gorgeous, neutral look. The set contains brushes, blushes, eye pencils, bases, lip glosses and a 12 colour eye shadow palette. This would make an excellent gift for the holidays if you are still stuck on what to buy someone. Anyone can get use out of this product and it would make the perfect gift. 

Description: The Sigma Beauty Enlight Collection includes an array of products with a new take on neutrals. This collection contains one eye shadow palette, three lip glosses, three eye liners, three eye shadow bases, three powder blushes and three eye brushes. All of the products featured in the collection were created to add a unique warmth and calmness to your makeup routine. 
Launch Date: December 9th, 2013.

Pricing: Enlight Collection | $165 ($209 Value)
  • Eye Shadow Palette - Warm Neutrals | $39
  • E34 - Domed Utility Brush | $12
  • E52 - Soft Focus Shader | $14
  • E54 - Medium Sweeper | $12
  • Eye Shadow Base - Awake | $13
  • Eye Shadow Base - Composed | $13
  • Eye Shadow Base - Neutralize | $13
  • Blush - Mellow | $12
  • Blush - Peaceful | $12
  • Blush - Serene | $12
  • Eye Liner - Eclipse | $9
  • Eye Liner - Nutmeg | $9
  • Eye Liner - Vintage | $9 
  • Lip Gloss - Hint | $10
  • Lig Gloss - Tint | $10
  • Lip Gloss - Tranquil | $10

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sigma's November Rising Star!

Sigma's November Rising Star Interview

Hey Guys!

If you don't follow me on any of my social media sites, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, then you wouldn't know that I am Sigma's November Rising Star! If you are interested in seeing my interview with Sigma, click here!

16 more days until my due date!

Friday, November 15, 2013

LUSH Eau Roma Water Toner Water Review

Soothing herbal toner.
"Dry, sensitive or mature needs a gentle touch. In a world of 'technology' loaded cosmetics, using a toner with only two active ingredients may seem unusual. But at LUSH, we believe in using effective ingredients instead of filler. Our most moisturizing toner, Eau Roma relies on the King and Queen of the essential oils world, rose and lavender. Both oils have been used for thousands of years to treat dryness, redness or irritation. Rose is particularly nourishing and cooling, while lavender helps your skin produce the right amount sebum (oil) to keep it suppler. Simplicity at its best." - www.lush.ca

Features:
  • Soothing for dry skin: Moisturizing and soothing for dry, sensitive or mature skin.
  • Stuck on an airplane, near a heater or air conditioner?: Eau Roma helps restore parched skin.
  • Fresh rose water: Rose helps retain moisture and is mildly astringent, which evens skin tone and improves its appearance.
How to Use: Spritz directly on the face after cleansing and use a cotton pad to remove any excess cleanser. To tighten pores, let the toner air dry. Follow with the moisturizer most appropriate for your skin's needs. Facial toners also help combat the drying effects of airplane travel and air-conditioned offices. Give yourself a spritz or two on your next flight or at work, you'll know what we mean.

Fresh Ingredients: Lavender Water (Lavendula hybrida), Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben

Review: As soon as I read the label on this toner I thought it was made for me: "…helps hydrate dry, sensitive and mature skin without causing it to overreact." Most toners dry out my skin and leave it feeling tight; this one does not. I like to spray this all over my face and take a cotton round to remove any excess moisture. My skin is left feeling soft, not dry or tight in the slightest, and it does help remove any residue makeup leftover from cleansing. Since I've been using my Clarisonic with my LUSH 9 to 5 cleanser, I don't find there to be much, if any, residue makeup after cleansing. If I just use a cleanser and then this toner, I will find some makeup on the pad so I know this does help remove excess makeup. I really like this toner, but I feel it is overpriced for what it is. This is my second time repurchasing this, and I would repurchase again, but I feel as though I could easily make this at home with some Rose and Lavender water, without any added parabens. If you would like to try this product, I would suggest buying the smaller size first, which I did, just to make sure you like it. It is gentle and effective and a great toner for those with sensitive, dry, or mature skin and is lightly scented.

Retail Value: $9.95 - $21.95 (100 - 250 ml) www.lush.ca

Certified Vegan: This product does not contain animal products of any kind.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

LUSH 9 to 5 Facial Cleansing Lotion Review

Creamy dove orchid cleanser.
I started using LUSH skincare as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I wanted products that were as natural and organic as possible, thus being safe for baby. There are lots of ingredients in skincare products you should avoid when pregnant, Retinol being one of them, and I wanted to be sure my skin care routine was free from any harsh ingredients. Since I have been using this cleanser for the duration of my pregnancy, I can now confidently review this product after 37 weeks of use. First and foremost, I want to say that I will continue to use this product even after pregnancy! That is how much I have been enjoying my pregnant skincare regime. For reference, I have normal/dry, sensitive skin.
"Like Dolly says, 9 to 5 is quite the way to make a living. It can take its toll on the skin and leave you looking worn out. Our inventors created this one a long time ago and named it 'Orchid Oil Cleanser.' Our costumers had been crying out for a liquid cleanser, so we decided to bring (the newly renamed) 9 to 5 to the LUSH shelves. This gentle cleanser is made with almond oil, dove orchids and everlasting flower absolute to remove your leftover make up, dirt and grime at the end of a long work day." - www.lush.ca
Features:
  • Safe for sensitive skin: Treat your face to 9 to 5 after a long, hard work day.
  • Wash the day away: 9 to 5 is fantastic for taking off stubborn make up and leaves you with a fresh feeling after use.
  • Soft and gentle: The dove orchid is used in 9 to 5 to calm and soothe irritated skin.

How to Use: Take a quarter-sized amount and apply to the entire face, including the eye area, with gentle, upward, circular motions. Remove with a warm, damp face cloth or cotton pad. Follow with a balancing facial toner such as Eau Roma Water.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Stearic Acid, Fresh Dove Orchid Extract (Dendrobium), Everlasting Flower Absolute (Helichrysum stoechas), Ylang Ylang Absolute (Cananga Odorata), Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Review: When it comes to cleansing the skin, I think simple is best: simple cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. If you have any problems with your skin, I suggest using a serum to target your trouble areas. This cleanser has very few ingredients, but gets the job done. It is fantastic at removing makeup and cleansing the face. As you know, I like to wear a full face of makeup quite often and this cleanser is great at removing all unwanted residue at the end of the day. It is very effective at removing, not only face makeup, but eye makeup as well. I like to apply this with my fingers in circular motions to my entire face and then go in with my Clarisonic Plus and work the product over my face with a delicate brush head. My skin is left feeling supple, not tight or uncomfortable in the slightest. The scent is pleasant and not overly powerful, like some Lush products. I highly recommend this cleanser. If you haven't tried Lush skincare before, this is a great place to start. I like to follow 9 to 5 with Lush Eau Roma Water, as my toner and Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, as my moisturizer. If I have any blemishes, Lush Grease Lightening is THE BEST targeted spot treatment I have ever used. I plan on doing full reviews on each of these skincare products in the near future. My skin has never looked so good with this regime and I think it's because I'm sticking to the basics. With sensitive skin, you really don't want to overdue it on products. 

Retail: $10.95-$21.95 (95g-240g) www.lush.ca


Certified Vegan: This product does not contain animal products of any kind.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Karmin G3 Salon Pro Professional Ionic Hair Dryer Review


"Karmin is proud to introduce the New G3 Salon Pro Hair Dryer. Being the first hair dryer added to the Karmin Professional Hair Tools line it is definitely no surprise that it surpasses the standards of a professional hair dryer! 
Providing you with exactly what you would expect from the Karmin brand, this professional blow dryer features a powerful 2000 watts for unbeatable power and incredibly fast drying results. 
The ceramic heating makes for healthier hair styling and the ionic technology produces a faster drying time and emits negative ions for smooth, soft and shiny results that you would come to expect from a professional hair dryer. The narrow nozzle attachment allows for you to style and design easily using your favorite hair styling brush as well as concentrate on shaping smaller sections of hair such as your bangs."

About the Product:

Ceramic Heat
  • Moist ceramic heat comes from pure ceramic coils
  • Ceramic maintains an even temperature for healthier styling
  • Ceramic produces negative ions which work to add shine, softness and faster drying
  • Seals the cuticle 
  • Repels humidity
  • Locks in hair color
Features
  • Long-life AC powerful motor up to 2000W
  • 3 ways temperature, 2 ways speed setting
  • Cool shot function
  • 2 Narrow Nozzle Attachments
  • Professional Diffuser
  • Carry Case
  • Instruction Manual
  • Hologram Security Code
  • Low EMF
  • 3 Years Warranty
Review: When it comes to hair dryers, I'm not too picky. I've never had a hair dryer NOT serve it's purpose. The only difference between hair dryers these days is the amount of settings. Typically, I just throw on the highest fan speed and heat setting, flip my hair over and hope the job gets done at a relatively fast pace, then use the cold shot button at the end to seal in the cuticle and cool down the hair. I find newer hair dryers to be much faster at getting the job done, which is a major plus. I've had the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Professional Ionic Hair Dryer for a couple weeks now and I have to say that I like it MORE than the the previous Sedu I've been using, which I reviewed here. On my Sedu, I had to flip a switch to turn on Tourmaline Ceramic which was really annoying because I would accidentally hit the button off during hair drying. With this Karmin model, the ceramic heat technology is built in and doesn't need to be turned on or off. I don't know why you would want the option off because with it on, it is better for your hair in terms of shine, softness and dry time. I have noticed that my hair has considerably more shine and less frizz after using this hair dryer. I also like that this has 3 temperature settings instead of two. I've never used a model with 3 before, 2 has seemed to be the standard. It is nice to go to the middle setting so that I'm not using EXTREME heat or the low setting where it just isn't hot enough. There are a bunch of attachments, and a good 3 year warranty with this model. The price is the same as the Sedu if you buy from Beyas.ca AND the dryer is considerably lighter than my previous model. If you have a lot of hair to dry, you know that you don't want to be holding something bulky and heavy for too long because it gets tiresome and the weight of the Karmin is perfect. 

Retail Price: $189.95 CAD on Karmin.ca or $159.95 on Beyas.ca


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. As always, these are my honest opinions. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

UPDATE: 34 Weeks Pregnant!



Hey Guys!

I know it's been FOREVER since I've updated my blog. I'm a terrible blogger, but I've been really working hard at getting my YouTube Channel out there. If you don't follow me on YouTube, MakeupByCheryl, then you probably think I disappeared. I am still here! I never realized how much time YouTube would take up and it is considerably harder and more time consuming to film, edit, and upload a video as opposed to writing a simple blog post. I miss the days where I thought blog posts took up a great deal of time, because it comparison, they don't. Now that I feel that my YouTube is doing well, I figured I would take the time to update all my lovely followers on Blogger about how things have been going in my life! As you know, I've always been one to share things about my life, experiences, and have always worked that into reviews. I like to keep it professional and personal at the same time because I know my favourite people to follow are always open about their personal lives as well. 

Quite simply, my pregnancy has been AMAZING. I feel good 99% of the time and have really had nothing much to complain about. I had every intention of doing weekly updates, but it would all be the same. Minimal symptoms, good doctors appointments, and generally just feeling great. I know a lot of woman have a hard time with being pregnant, and pregnancy symptoms ARE REAL, but so far I've been feeling amazing these past months. 

I did go off work early, at around 26 weeks. For those of you who don't know I have a manual labour, building cars. I had to go on short term disability because my body physically couldn't do my job anymore and it wasn't safe for myself of the baby. In my pregnancy I developed Sciatica which a lot of pregnant woman face, but given my line of work, I just couldn't do my job and was taken off work. Luckily I have a good insurance plan and have been taking it easy for the past 1.5 months and will continue to do so up until my labour and delivery. In Canada we also get a year off PAID maternity leave, which I will be taking most of it, but sharing a couple months with my husband. I also have the option to have another year UNPAID after that year, but I will be returning to work and hopefully having another baby shortly after. Not too soon, but soon enough to put in my time and be eligible for leave again. LOL I've always wanted my kids to be close in age and I think ideally 1.5-2 years will be perfect. 

Other than my back, I really haven't had too many symptoms. 9/10 I feel like myself and then there is that 10% of the time I feel extremely pregnant. LOL I can tell that the last month and a half is going to be a bit more challenging as baby is growing much more rapidly and so is mommy! Here is my 34 week update:


How far along? 34 Weeks
Total weight gain: 24 lbs (since my last weigh in. I didn't gain any weight between 30-32 weeks). For reference I'm 5'7" in height.
Maternity clothes? I have been wearing maternity clothes for a while now. They are just much more comfortable and I don't want to ruin my old clothes. I can still wear my regular jeans with the button undone and a belly band, but it's just so much easier wearing maternity jeans, leggings or yoga pants. I'm enjoying the colder weather now because I can wear my regular loose fitted sweaters, cardigans and just have a few basic maternity t's and tanks and mix them around. I only have bought basics and it has worked really well with my regular wardrobe! 
Stretch marks? None...yet.Though I think I see one starting to appear above my lady parts and my lower belly. It may just be a vein though. I will keep you updated. Nothing on my hips, surprisingly because I had pre-existing ones from puberty. My pre-existing stretch marks have actual gotten BETTER because of the consistent use of Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil and Bio Oil. I have grown gradually and have been religious in apply oils in the morning and at night so I think that is why I haven't gotten any yet. I hear that stretch marks tend to come in the last month, and they are a large part genetic, so I think I'm going to be screwed because my mom had them. HOWEVER, none yet so let's keep being positive! *fingers crossed*
Sleep: My husband works shift work so he either gets home at 5:00 am or wakes up at 5:00 am. Either way that usually wakes me up. Otherwise, my sleep has been really good. I get at least 8 hours a night and I don't feel the need to take a nap during the day. Falling asleep is slightly an issue though because my mind is racing thinking too much and baby takes a little while to calm down once I have gone to bed. If I switch positions baby will wake up, so I have to make sure I'm good and comfy or else baby will thinks its go time. LOL 
Best moment this week: Sunday was our first Baby Shower and it was Halloween Themed. I dressed up as a Mummy and Charles dressed up as a "Father". We had the most amazing time and baby was spoiled rotten. The best part of the shower, and one that I HAVE to share is having your guests bring their favourite book as a kid, instead of a card, and writing their sentiments in that. Cards are such a waste of paper, and books the baby can keep and use! Plus, you get a big collection to start your baby off and all the books remind you of each person. 

Miss anything? A casual glass of wine or a beer. I heard that a beer after delivery helps bring the milk in. I'm going to be ALL over that. LOL
Movement: Tons. My OB says movement is really important from here on out. 10 kicks in a 1-2 hour period. My baby kicks 10 times in a minute. I'm good in that department lol. Baby also has a pattern of being very active at 9:30 am and 9:30 pm...and whenever I decide to lay down...or eat...or walk LOL 
Food cravings: Nothing. I haven't had crazy "pregnancy cravings" that everyone talks about. I was eating a piece of Chia bread toasted with peanut butter for a couple weeks in a row...but that's nothing weird LOL
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing. My sense of smell was really predominant in the very early stages of pregnancy, then went away for the majority of my pregnancy and is now back the past couple of weeks in full force. Though I can smell EVERYTHING, nothing really makes me feel sick.
Gender: We still don't know! Team green! 
Labor signs: I have Braxton Hicks daily and have been having them since the end of my second trimester. My OB says this is normal. Last night I had what felt like menstrual cramps, but again, I believe that is just my pelvis softening in preparation for labour. BH is uncomfortable, but not painful. Definitely not what I was expecting. Pregnancy has been A LOT easier than I have ever imagined. Labour on the other hand, scares the crap out of me...
Symptoms: My breasts have started getting sore again. Nothing too crazy. I feel heavy. My back aches, but I've become immune to it. However, if I end up exerting myself one day cleaning, errands, walking...etc., then the next time I'm laying down all day. I have to be careful not to do so much. The hardest part for me has been to just relax and take it easy. I'm so use to just GO GO GO GO. Baby is extremely strong and kicks feel harder and harder, ALMOST painful at times, but I still think it's cute. LOL My favourite symptom this week has been shortness of breath. Now hear me out... I found this funny because I walked downstairs to get one of those "Fun Size" chocolate bars...okay, who am I kidding, I got 4 of them...walked back upstairs, sat on the couch and was out of breath eating it. LOL *hangs head in shame*
Belly button in or out? In. It's not coming out anytime soon.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, Happy, Happy!
Looking forward to: A little more shopping for baby this weekend. We pretty much have everything we NEED, but there are a few "wants" that I've been meaning to pick up. My goal is to have absolutely EVERYTHING ready in 2-3 weeks. 




Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Baby Haul!



Hey Guys!

I've been picking up a few things here and there for my baby! Just wanted to share with you the odds and ends I have purchased along the way. I don't plan on buying too much as I will be attending a couple baby showers in the near future, thrown my various members of my family. I have, however, picked up all my big purchases. I'm still waiting on the crib I've been eyeing to come back in stock, but other than that, I'm pretty much set! I hope you enjoy this little haul.



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Favourites 2013



Hey Guys!

I'm back with a July Favourites video! Long time no see. My pregnancy is going fantastic. I am 22 weeks along and baby is doing great! I hope you are all doing well and come mid-September, you will be seeing a lot more of me as I plan on going on leave from work a few months early before baby is due December 5th and will have nothing but time for my blog and YouTube! Let me know any requests you have for videos or blog posts below. I've already filmed a few requests on my week holidays this past July and plan on getting to more! 


Products Mentioned:

Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil
Bath and Body Works Forever Red Fragrance Mist
Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Amped Up Tease Comb by Cricket
Real Techniques Multitask Brush
SMASHBOX Camera Ready BB Cream in Light
Benefit Wats Up Highlighter
MAC Spiked Brow Pencil
MAC Nude on Board Prolongwear Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Highlight Pencil in Camille
NuMe Argan Oil



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Week 15 Pregnancy Update


Hey Guys! 
Sorry I've been MIA. I haven't been working on my blog or YouTube Channel and when I do, I never finish what I planned to do because I get so distracted lately. I have plenty of new products and makeup looks I've been wanting to share with you guys, but to be honest, I've just been enjoying my pregnancy, working, and spending what little time I have left with family and friends. My friend Sarah is getting married this month so there has been constant wedding related events that I've been attending each weekend. Today I picked up my bridesmaid dress and I'm so happy it fits! I was really worried because my waist has grown 2 inches already! Next week is her bachelorette and the week after is the wedding! Im hoping after this crazy month I will have more time to make videos and write blog posts. Until then, I want to try updating weekly with pregnancy updates, belly shots...etc. I would like to try and document this pregnancy the best I can, but if I can't, I always snap photos for Instagram! My name is MakeupByCherylH if you aren't following me on Instagram yet. Hope you are in good health and having a fantastic summer! The weather is so bipolar here in Canada, but I think we will start getting consistent warm weather soon! Yay!

How far along? 15 weeks (yesterday)
Total weight gain: 4 lbs
Maternity clothes? None! I did buy some belly bands because my pants are getting pretty tight. When I sit down I always end up unbuttoning them or else it can be really uncomfortable. 
Stretch marks? None...yet. I have been using Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil since Week 5 before bed each night. After I shower I always apply a moisturizer. In the next couple weeks I will up my moisturizing to morning and night because my belly, theoretically, should start to grow faster. I can definitely tell a difference from prepregnancy to now, but most people can't. My co-workers still don't believe I'm pregnant yet and I'm almost 4 months. 
Sleep: My dreams are insane. Seriously. I have been having such vivid crazy dreams since I've been pregnant. Every night is something different, but about once a week I wake Charles up because I'm crying about something happening in my dreams (i.e., spiders, my dogs...etc.) He always talks back to me and calms me down and apparently I go right back to sleep. I always enjoy his recounts of what I said/did. I'm definitely entertaining him.
Best moment this week: I think I'm starting to feel small movements/"quickening". First time moms usually don't start to feel anything this soon, but I swear I even felt something at week 13. I can't tell during the day when I'm at work and moving around, but when I finally get to sit down and relax, I do notice something... And it's not gas! Lol
Miss anything? Alcohol (wine and beer) and Sushi. I managed to cure my Sushi fix by having avocado and cucumber rolls. Yum!
Movement: Here and there. Mostly at night when I'm relaxed and resting. 
Food cravings: Nothing. I'm waiting for these so called "pregnancy cravings" to kick in. I could care less about food, but I could down litres of water with how thirsty I am all the time. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: The smell of Palmers Cocoa Butter. Just the thought of it is making me nauseous right now. I bought it as a cheap alternative to my Mama Mio, but I CAN'T STAND the smell. Typically, I would assume that would be a smell I would like, but it's the only thing that makes me feel sick instantly. Also, the thought of meat sandwiches makes me want to hurl. Lunch meat is off limits anyways, but I'm defiantly not missing out. 
Gender: At first, Charles and I both thought we are having a boy, but we don't want to find out. At my first ultrasound, seeing my little one on the screen I thought girl insantly... Now I don't know!
Labor signs: None.
Symptoms: Thirsty. Crazy dreams. My symptoms died down around week 11 and up until then it wasn't even that bad. U was just reallyyyyy tired. Pregnancy has been a breeze thus far! *knocks on wood* I have had the occasional heartburn though, but it hasn't bothered me in a couple weeks. 
Belly button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: Feeling stronger movements in the next few weeks!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

UPDATE: I'M PREGNANT - The First 12 Weeks!



Hey Guys!

For those of you who follow me on my social media networks (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), you already know about the big announcement I made on Mother's Day: I'M PREGNANT! 

I haven't been making new blog posts or videos for about a month now for this reason. My health and well being have been my number one priority since I discovered I was pregnant April 5th. I've been watching and reading a ton of my favourite vlogger videos and blogger posts of the ladies who documented their pregnancy. I noticed that many didn't start talking about it until they were the typical 3 months along. I made my announcement when I was 11 weeks, but it was because I was dead set on making it on Mother's Day. For those of you who are interested, I plan on discussing, in detail, how my first 12 weeks of pregnancy have been like since this is something I would have found quite useful when I was going through the early weeks.

My husband, Charles, and I have been trying to conceive since the beginning of this year. In the past, I always wanted a beginning of the year baby (i.e., one to be born January), but when it was announced at my work that I would be making the next Full-Time hire, January 21st, I knew that now was the time to at least start trying. I read that it typically takes the average couple 4-6 months to conceive, but it only took us until March! I started taking prenatal vitamins in February and I swear that's what helped me conceive in March because I wasn't taking them prior. My birthday was on March 31st and just before then I was scheduled to get my period, which I thought I was getting because I started to spot. I spotted for about 3-4 days, but my period never actually started. I kept thinking to myself, "This CAN'T be my period". I took my first pregnancy test and it came back negative, however, in the back of my mind, I knew that I was pregnant. I decided that if my period didn't get going in the next week, I would take another test. I didn't even wait a full week because one morning I felt like crap, I was about to call into work, but decided to take my second pregnancy test and it came back POSITIVE! I was so extremely happy and even though Charles and I had been trying, I couldn't believe it. I was in tears and called Charles inside the house. He thought something was wrong and was all concerned until I choked out we were pregnant. I don't think I've ever seen him more happy in his life! I will never forget the joy and excitement I felt that day, and it has been with me ever since. I feel so extremely blessed to be able to have conceived so fast and have had a relatively easy pregnancy so far the past 12 weeks. 

When reading up about the spotting I had, it was consistent with women who have "implantation bleeding" (when the egg implants itself in the uterus). About 30% of women have this, and I was one of those women. When I got my period in January and February I was extremely discouraged, even though everyone was telling me you don't get pregnant RIGHT AWAY. When March happened and I started spotting I was really upset, but it wasn't my period! My advice to those trying to conceive, try not to think too much about it or you'll just be discouraged. Whatever is suppose to happen will and at the time it's suppose to. I truly believe that.

In terms of symptoms, I've honestly had it pretty easy compared to other stories I've heard and women I have talked to. I had a few days where I had "morning sickness", but I never vomited, I was just REALLY nauseous. Week 8-9 were the worst for me. That was when I had my nausea and I was EXTREMELY tired. I could barely keep myself awake during my 9 hour shifts and being on my feet ALL day was a battle in and of itself. I couldn't get enough sleep and one night I went to bed at 7! I had a bit of acne one week, headaches (mostly because I cut out coffee completely), crazy vivid dreams, EXTREME thirst and I'm currently suffering from heart burn at night. The worst thing for me was the weeks I had the lack of energy. At 9.5 weeks I FINALLY felt like myself again and had the energy to work and get back to my normal day-to-day life routine (minus blogging, and vlogging of course). I haven't had any cravings and my eating habits have stayed relatively the same. I honestly am disinterested in food because nothing tastes great, or nothing tastes bad, which is good because it means I can eat really healthy! Even now I'm sitting here trying to think of some of the symptoms I've suffered, but there hasn't been too much I've had to deal with, and when I have, it hasn't lasted too long. I'm still having crazy dreams and am very thirsty. Also, in the very beginning I had to urinate more frequently, but that has subsided considerably (even with the excessive amounts of water I've been consuming to quench my thirst). 

Around 5 weeks, when I found out I was pregnant, I started using creams and oils on my body to help hydrate my skin and allow it to stretch in the coming months to help prevent stretch marks. I know I will get them because I did during puberty and I'm prone. They are not very noticeable, so I hope they don't become more prominent again. Whatever the case may be, I will do what I can to prevent them, but I'm not too concerned if it happens, it happens. All you can do is try your best and the rest is out of your hands! I'm just overjoyed to be able to have a baby and am still in disbelief every day. I think everything will start to settle in more once I feel movement and see my baby for the first time on the ultrasound. I would be having my first ultrasound next week, but had to push it back a week due to my work schedule. I HONESTLY CAN'T WAIT! I should have just kept the first date and called into work, but figured I should save my call-ins for later in my pregnancy when it's harder to move. LOL. 

I almost forgot. Right at the beginning I also had cramping. This is what made me think I was going to get my period because it was a lighter version of my usual menstrual cramps. It also concerned me because the cramping lasted for a good 2 weeks and in the back of my mind I was just hoping it wasn't anything serious (i.e., an impending miscarriage). I also had cramping and a bit of spotting again after my first prenatal appointment when they gave me a pap and stabbed my cervix (lol). It lasted for a day and a half, then stopped. I guess it is pretty normal to bleed after a pap, but my doctor never said anything about it. I plan on telling him it happened at our next checkup. Another dead give away that I was pregnant, was how sore and swollen my boobs got. I've already gone up two cup sizes and that's the only noticeable change in my body thus far. I have a tiny little bump, but it mostly looks like I'm bloated or had a big meal. LOL

As I said previously, I've taken the mindset of whatever happens is meant to happen and I'm trying not to worry about every little sensation and discomfort my body may be going through because every women's pregnancy is different, and this is just my body's way of reacting to pregnancy!

I wish I could have sushi and a beer, but obviously those things are out. Really, I could care less because I'M PREGNANT! I'm so happy I can finally say it out loud to EVERYONE! I'M PREGNANT, I'M PREGNANT, I'M PREGNANT!!!!!!

Let me know if you guys would be interested in weekly updates (i.e., symptom report, belly photos, possible pregnancy vlogs). 


P.S. - Sorry this post was so sporadic. I kept remembering random symptoms and things I've been going through as I was writing. I also read about "pregnancy brain" and seriously think I have a bad case of it. Most of the time I'm in my own little world and totally out of reality and keep forgetting things because I'm just not really paying attention. LOL


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick Review, Photos, and Swatches


Hey Guys!

As many of you know, the highly anticipated MAC RiRi Woo lipstick went for sale online at 12 pm EST on May 2nd. I've never experienced a launch like that of RiRi Woo. There was a online queue that took a few minutes to wait in while your shopping cart was loaded with ONE lipstick per customer (i.e., one lipstick per order). In order to get free shipping on the Canadian website, you have to place an order of $65 +, so I've been making a list for a while so that I would have enough items I could put in my cart in order to get free shipping. I had an appointment, inconveniently, at 12, but got home around 2:30 pm and still was able to place an order for a lipstick. On the American website the lipstick sold out in 3 hours. After hearing about it selling out, I quickly placed an order for a second tube of lipstick on the Canadian website and filled my cart up with my typical $65+. Funny thing is, I received my first lipstick yesterday (which was actually my second order placed) and my first order has yet to arrive. I actually ordered the second lipstick so that I could do a giveaway, but here's hoping it comes soon so I can actually fulfil that promise. *fingers crossed* Otherwise, those who didn't get a hold of it the first time will have to wait until June until it's rereleased again.


RiRi Woo - a vivid cool red with a retro matte finish created by Rihanna.

After receiving RiRi Woo in the mail yesterday, I instagramed it right away. I'm in LOVE with the colour. I've been wanting Ruby Woo for a very long time, but put off the purchase once I heard RiRi Woo was coming out. Initially, I was under the impression that RiRi Woo was just Ruby Woo with Rihanna's signature, but in actuality, it is a reformulated Ruby Woo. I now wish I would have purchased Ruby Woo so that I could make a comparison to my RiRi, but I've heard that they are too similar to see a noticeable difference. With that being said, unless you are a die-hard fan of Rihanna, an avid MAC collector (like myself), or in need of a nice blue based red lipstick (like myself as well, since I don't own Ruby Woo), then you aren't missing out. For me, this is THE PERFECT blue based lipstick. I like this lipstick even more than Russian Red which was my once go-to blue based matte red lipstick. The colour suits my skintone perfectly, but I've seen this on pretty much every skintone, light to dark and it literally suits everyone.

What is special about this lipstick, isn't the colour, isn't even that it has Rihanna's signature embossed on the lipstick itself (though that is pretty cool), it is the formula. The formula is entirely new to MAC: Retro Matte. The retro matte formula is slightly less drying than the typical matte lipstick. I can definitely tell that this is a less drying matte as I have problems with Russian Red drying out my lips, whereas this felt considerably more comfortable to wear. This did not take away from the wear time either. It lasted a good 6-8 hours and slightly stained my lips after removal. 

If you didn't get RiRi Woo this time around don't fret! It will be rereleased in June with limited edition packaging as part of the RiRi + MAC Collection.

Red MAC Lipsticks
From Left to Right (ALL BY MAC): Diva, Charmed I'm Sure (LE), Runaway Red (LE), RiRi Woo (LE), Deeply Adored (LE), Russian Red, Lady Danger, Scarlet Ibis (LE)

Overall

Pros
  • Longwearing
  • Slightly less drying than your typical matte lipstick
  • Vivid, opaque colour
  • Rihanna's signature embossed on the lipstick
  • Blue undertone makes your teeth look EXTRA white!


Cons
  • Very similar to the permanent Ruby Woo
  • Difficult to remove, slight lip staining
  • Careful when applying lipstick as it can tug on lips


Retail Price: $18 CAD (limited edition, but will rerelease in June with special packaging)


Monday, April 1, 2013

My Weight Loss Story Video + Before and After Weight Loss Photos!



Hey Guys!

A while back I posted about my Weight Loss Story (click here to read). Since, it has been requested a TON on my YouTube channel and I finally decided to sit down and talk about it for all my new subscribers who don't know my story. At the end of the video, I also showcase a picture slideshow of some pretty embarrassing before and after photos. LOL Hope you all enjoy and are inspired to start or keep living a healthy lifestyle!




Sunday, March 24, 2013

Megan Fox Inspired Makeup Video


Here is the Get Ready with Me video I recorded for the Megan Fox by Troy Jensen look I posted a few weeks ago. Hope you enjoy it!



Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Inspired Makeup Tutorial



Hey Guys!

Last year I posted a Nicki Minaj/St. Patrick's Day look and loved it so much that I decided to film a tutorial this year featuring that same look. It is really easy to do and was a lot of fun to film. Hope you guys enjoy!







Sunday, March 10, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Palette Makeup Tutorial



Hey Guys!
I posted this look on Instagram a few weeks ago and I had a lot of requests to film a makeup tutorial for it. Without further ado, here it is! Hope you enjoy. I'm planning on doing celebrity inspired makeup tutorials soon so let me know what celebrities you would like me to recreate in the comments section below!





Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review, Photos, and Swatches



Hey Guys!

I'm sure by most of you have heard about the Urban Decay Basics Palette. At first when I heard this palette was coming out I didn't really have any desire to go and pick it up because I already have quite a few neutrals and lets be honest, I don't NEED anymore. I kept seeing more and more people using this palette and after debating it for a while I just decided to go out and get myself one. If you don't have either of the Naked Palettes already, I would actually recommend this palette over both of them because  you get all the essentials you need to create a variety of looks, plus, it makes the perfect addition to any palette out there because you already have "the basics" all in one. 

"Our first matte palette, featuring six gorgeously Naked neutrals to build on or wear alone - including four never-before-seen shades." - UrbanDecay.com