So Aurora is just over four months old and she takes up a lot of my time! I decided to write about some of those newborn items that I just don't find necessary! A lot of these are personal to me and focus on our journey so may not be the same experience for everyone!
1. Baby Mittens / Scratch Mittens.
This is a personal one as are many of the things on the list but I have put Aurora in mittens ONCE in four months! She fidgets too much with her fingers to keep a pair on and most sleep suits have built in scratch mittens so having the extra pairs just feels unnecessary! Get one good fluffy pair for winter months and you should be fine!
2. A lot of clothes!
Stick to about 7 sleep suits in suitable sizes seven vest tops and a couple of outfits you can rotate and mix and match! I have so many clothes for donation because everyone gets clothes as gifts! I have three bags full of stuff to donate (granted we have gone through premature baby, tiny baby, newborn and first sizes) but there is so many clothes that she did not get to wear! babies grow so fast so having a few key items that you will get the use out of is better then spending a fortune and using them once!
3. Baby Talc
I just don't know what this one is for....maybe I should be using it, but I'm not. Come to think about it I have not used any baby oil either!
4. Baby Shoes
Yeah they look cute but there is not a need for them! Socks are enough to keep their little feet warm - I don't feel like the shoes are necessary until they are starting to walk.
5. Cot Accessories.
Ever hear the phrase 'An empty cot is a safe cot' all you need is a mattress cover. The bumpers, pillows, blankets can all pose a risk to young babies especially if they accidentally cover their mouths. I don't want to preach here but a sleeping sac is much better for sleeping in!
6. Baby Bouncer or Swing.
I had so much pressure to buy one of these - that aurora would sleep in it and I could get stuff done in the house - honestly she's been in it once or twice she doesn't like to stay in it. I baby wear if I need to get things done in the house and honestly she prefers to nap on the sofa or in her sleep nest providing I am next to her!
Other things I wish I had never been pressured into buying were - ready made formula, bottles and a bottle steriliser. I always planned to breast feed and I gave in to the whole 'just in case it doesn't work' now I have a lot of bottles un opened, un opened formula and an un used steriliser. I have however been expressing a bit of milk here and there but I feel the age she is now it will probably be best to try some sort of baby cup rather then try to add a bottle to the mix and confuse her!
So I am currently getting together thing for comic con in november! I was first thinking of going as Sailor Moon - especially as I am thinking of dying my hair yellow.
However as me, Pawl and Aurora are all going we decided on a family costume. We have decided to do sleeping beauty theme! I have ordered a princess pink outfit for Aurora and I am currently in the middle of crafting my own Maleficent costume, Pawl will be going as Diaval.
Disney's Maleficent Poster - Picture found on google.
I currently have a black batwing maxi dress from eBay for the bargain price of £5 - it is actually decent quality too! This weekend I will be getting fabric for a cape and some collar work. Along with some wire and electrical tape for the head set. I need to come up with a way to make a decent staff - I think a broom handle and some imagination will really help there! I hope to make some videos to show how I create the Maleficent costume.
Pawl will be wearing his black leather coat over a black top and black jeans. I want to spray his hair black to make it a bit more authentic but I am not sure he will let me!
This will be my second time of going to comic con but will be my first time actually trying to create a cosplay outfit! I hope I do it justice and we all look good!
So it has been a while since I spoke about the three products I was testing throughout September.
For an update the three products were -
The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Serum
I love this serum! It really kick starts my skincare! This combined with a facial oil or overnight moisturiser really helps to keep my skin in good condition. I notice a huge difference when I do not use this as my dry skin tends to come back. This just adds that boost to my normal skincare and is easy to use. However I will say that the dropper does not pick up a lot of product so now I am working my way down the bottle I has to use two dropper full.
The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multipurpose Balm
This was a really nice balm, great on dry skin, dry lips, elbows, tattoos (it does give them some life but I feel this about any moisture product on my tattoos) I like that this has only 9 ingredients so you know what you are getting!
Pommade Divine Remedy Balm
I have been in love with this product since I first tried it through Birchbox! I use this on my eczema (which came back after giving birth) I use it on any dry skin areas. I have found a few new uses for this but my favourite is still to soothe my eczema. It works so well. After two weeks I always notice a huge difference and while my hormones made my eczema more stubborn this time around a month of testing was long enough to make a huge difference (and almost finish a whole tube)
I was also testing out both balms on my stretch marks however while I have noticed a difference in my older marks, I have found myself putting on weight so my newer marks have seen no difference and I think that is due to the weight not the treatments!
I am going to carry on testing the balms to see if I get a difference and hope to update you all soon.
I love single eyeshadows that are a little unusual - either in colour or finish! I feel in standard palettes it is had to find unusual colours or special finishes and the foiled eyeshadows by Makeup Geek are one of those special finishes.
The foiled eyeshadows are a hugely pigmented metallic shade - its as intense as a pigment but with the benefit of a pressed shadow.
The pans are a little bit small but the pigment is amazing in these and you do not need much to create an impact.
I love using these to help create halo eye looks so the eyeshadow gets packed into the centre of the eye to give some big impact! You can see from the swatch (this was one swipe) that you do not need a lot!
I love this colour and its long lasting and really compliments most other shadows!
So I have decided I need to declutter my makeup. Moving house means that I should really condense my collection.
Here is the first part which includes the clearing out of my 'Face' drawer - this does to include all my makeup but just what I have in my Ikea alex drawers for my face and base makeup. There is more in my makeup bags but that is for another declutter video!