Beauty, Pregnancy, Style

Pretty like a flower: pregnancy beauty essentials

In time with the golden trimester, my sciatica pain has come back (read: shooting pains up my right bum cheek), my sinuses are so dry, I get regular nosebleeds and my skin has the soft and smooth texture of a raisin. Still determined though to make it to the blooming and blossoming bit, here goes my top 10 list for skin like a spring chicken (though not quite as fluffy):

  1. Origins Drink Up mask: for very thirsty skin. Leaves skin feeling subtle and well hydrated. Also has the most delicious smell.
  2. Shu Uemura cleansing beauty oil: gently takes off make-up, big city dirt and moisturizes at the same time.
  3. Clarins Skin Smoothing Eye Mask: leave a thin layer of this overnight and you’ll look almost as new the next morning.
  4. Origins VitaZing with SPF15: visibly improves your complexion and gives you that certain healthy glow – without a hint of tint or foundation. Brilliant for summer.
  5. MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in signature blue: I just love this. Very dramatic and subtle at the same time.
  6. Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil: got my through my first pregnancy completely stretch mark free. What more do you need to know?
  7. Any plastic massage brush you can use together with your oil – so long, heavy legs!
  8. Bodyshop Peppermint Cooling Footspray: just blissful on hot days.
  9. Calpol Saline spray. To keep those sinuses well hydrated.
  10. Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne: the best perfume for very sensitive noses. Fresh, citrussy, clean.

What are your spring beauty essentials, pregnant or not? Spill the beans!


  1. Jo says

    Whoever coined the phrase ‘golden trimester’ clearly had no idea. at 19 weeks I too have sciatica pain – though in my left buttock -, hallucinogenic-grade dreams that leave me waking breathless at 3am, and have resorted to slathering my hormonally-enraged face every night with a mask of Sudocrem dotted with Origins spot zapper in an attempt to battle the acne that has decided to ravage my skin.

    And yet people are STILL telling me I’m ‘blooming’. It’s bloody hard work making pregnancy look seemingly effortless.

  2. I love the crisp grapefruit cologne- I’m not pregnant but I’ve always like it- I also read once that a grapefruit scent makes people think the wearer is younger than they are- which is probably nonsense but quite a nice side effect if true- though you look super young anyway! xx

  3. The Body Shop’s Almond Hand and Nail Cream! If you have dry skin, this stuff works wonders and it smells nice too 🙂

    It’s a bit pricey at £10 but you can sometimes find it on sale, which is when I stock up!

  4. I’m not pregnant but I’ve just bought 3 items from that list 🙂 (after I read your post this morning!)

  5. You look gorgeous! Wish I had looked that fabulous when I was pregnant. I can so relatedto the sciatica. I had it really bad, too, and had to go to a physical therapist to help relieve the pain. Here’s hoping that you feel better soon. Will have to try the Origins VitaZing. 🙂

  6. That Jo Malone cologne sounds wonderful, I love fresh scents for summer. My skin was suddenly brilliant during pregnancy and what worked best was pure Aloe Vera, I didn’t seem to need any moisturiser, in fact my very expensive SK-II had no effect during pregnancy. Odd. For my tummy I used 100% pure almond oil, not a single stretch mark but perhaps that was down to luck, I was very concerned about stretch marks because I do get them easily on my bum

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