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)