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REN SKINCARE | ATLANTIC KELP & MAGNESIUM BODY RANGE

REN SKINCARE | ATLANTIC KELP & MAGNESIUM BODY RANGE

I have been using REN SKINCARE for some time now. Even before I was pregnant. I like that they use 100% plant and mineral actives which works in harmony with your skin.  As a new Mom-to-be, choosing beauty and skincare products free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, […]

Lauren Conrad’s Maternity Line Is So Adorable!

Lauren Conrad’s Maternity Line Is So Adorable!

Shopping for Maternity Clothes was seriously the hardest thing for me. I wanted something cute yet versatile and comfortable. Yet most of the clothing for pregnant ladies were so frumpy and unflattering that I ended up sizing up at my favorite stores instead. That is […]

Wedding Ring No Longer Fits

Wedding Ring No Longer Fits

My wedding rings do not fit anymore! It happened fairly early during my pregnancy around month four and five. Although, my overall body weight hasn’t significantly increased. I didn’t ballooned the heck up. Nor did my feet swell (and still hasn’t at 32 weeks pregnant). My poor fingers took the hit. My fingers got pretty puffy and taking them off was hard at the end of the day! So I stopped wearing rings for awhile. I didn’t want my doctor to cut my rings off if it got stuck!

I love my wedding rings and I feel naked without them. After all, I have been wearing them for two years now and they’ve became a part of me.  I hate not having my rings on! I’ve read that some ladies would wear fake wedding rings. But to me, I didn’t want a “fake” ring.

So… I optioned for some fine jewelry from Mejuri.

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I purchased a few stackable diamond rings made with 14k solid gold. They are perfect for everyday wear and you can mix and match with your other jewelry. I love that they are delicate and has a little sparkle! I can wear them either on my left hand or right hand!

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The open diamond and the diamond line rings are set with high-quality diamonds (SI 1- 2 clarity), total carat weight 0.03. Conflict-free and socially responsible diamonds only. Band thickness 1.2 mm.

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Beaded ring also handcrafted in 14k solid yellow gold. Band thickness 1.2 mm.

 

Of course, when to take off rings when pregnant is different for every woman. What trimester did you wear your wedding rings up to?

 

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Top Home Renovation Must Haves | Personalize Your Condo

Top Home Renovation Must Haves | Personalize Your Condo

Living out of a suitcase for the past months was really fun! Guessing which box had my shirts was also an exercise. But now that we’ve gotten our keys to our apartment, it’s time to personalize our living space! Whether you buy a fixer upper or a […]

Indigo Chapters Baby Event Haul | 20% Off Everything… Almost

Indigo Chapters Baby Event Haul | 20% Off Everything… Almost

Oh Baby! It’s the Baby Event at Indigo Chapters! Starting today until Sunday, April 30 SAVE 20% on toys, clothes, nursery essentials and more. This is perfect time to stock up on baby essentials. This sale definitely will help us get ready for the baby nursery and […]

SkinCeuticals Review | Hydrating B5 Gel and More

SkinCeuticals Review | Hydrating B5 Gel and More

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You probably know that I’ve been madly in love with SkinCeuticals products, if you’ve been following me on my Instagram feed. I’ve recently introduced the Hydrating B5 Gel and a few other moisturizing products into my Asian skincare routine and found it working best with my Normal-Dry skin type.

 

To be honest, I’m not very committed to using a single skincare line. Instead I favor using a few different products from different companies. I swamp out certain products depending on the time of day or seasons to create the best skincare routine for myself.

 

I’m too lazy to commit myself to a 10-step Korean skincare routine, etc. What works for one person doesn’t necessary means it works best for me. Besides, I’ve found that completely changing all products usually just inflames my skin. But I must say, I love (selectively) trying out new products.

 

After using the following SkinCeuticals products over a 3-4 month period, I feel my skin has not had any allergic reactions nor breakouts. Which is always a good sign!

Let’s get into each product!

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SkinCeuticals – HYDRATING B5 GEL

This serum is oil free but extremely hydrating with hyaluronic acid. It has a watery viscosity and is not scented. This moisturizer combines vitamin B5 with hyaluronic acid which acts as the body’s natural hydrator and helps bind moisture to the skin. Two drops is plenty. It absorbs quickly but does not disappear right away. I make sure I also moisturize my neck with the extra left over products!

WHEN: I use this after my toner/first essence.

PROS:

  • Skin feels supple and smooth
  • Hydrating and enhances the benefits of a daily moisturizer
  • Non-comedogenic. Does not clog pores
  • Paraben, alcohol, dye, fragrance-free
  • Ideal for all skin types

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SkinCeuticals – HYDRATING B5 MASQUE

If the hydrating B5 Gel is still not enough to get you through whatever rough/dry climate you are in than the Hydrating B5 masque just might save your face! Similar to the B5 Gel, the B5 Masque contains high concentrations of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. Intensely moisturizing and I recommend using this 1 to 2 times weekly to help restore water balance and replenish parched skin. It feel like a cool gel when you first apply it to your skin with an initial tingle.

 

WHEN: I use this after my serum.

PROS

  • High concentrations of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5
  • Skin feels supple and smooth
  • Non-comedogenic. Does not clog pores
  • Paraben, alcohol, dye, fragrance-free
  • Ideal for all skin types

 

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SkinCeuticals – PHYTO CORRECTIVE MASQUE

I love the texture and the cooling effect of this SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque! This versatile botanical facial mask has multifaceted uses: leave on, rinse off or as an overnight treatment aka water sleeping mask. It has been clinically tested post-procedure to effectively reduce visual redness, discomfort, and heat. So it is particularly soothing to use post procedure – post laser, extractions, photodynamic therapy (PDT), intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), and other in-office procedures.

Also, if you’re skin is easily sensitive especially affect post workout, sun exposure and/or hot bath,chlorine/salt water from swimming, windburn from winter activities than this is for you!

I like to use this calming facial mask 1-2 times a week and often with a thin layer as an overnight mask to restore radiance and smoothness. It also helps to reduce redness!

 

WHEN: I use this after my serum. Sometimes I also mix in 2 drops of B5 Gel for added hydration.

PROS

  • Reduction in visual redness
  • Cooling effect in skin surface temperature
  • Pure Active Botanicals: Blend of cucumber, thyme and olive extracts
  • Skin feels supple and smooth
  • Non-comedogenic. Does not clog pores
  • Ideal for all skin types

 

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SkinCeuticals – EMOLLIENCE

This moisturizer absorbs into my skin very quickly. Quicker than the B5 Gel and didn’t seem to stay. The Emollience is formulated with sea algae, grape seed oil rose hip seed oil to help hydrate and moisturize parched, dry, sensitive skin however, I find it too gentle for the winter months. Come summer time I certainly would welcome this into my regime.

 

WHEN: I use this after my serum.

 

PROS

  • Nourishes and hydrates the skin
  • Restores and maintains skin moisture levels
  • Absorbs quickly and evenly
  • Optimal for high altitudes and cold or dry climates
  • Ideal for dry or sensitive skin types

 

Overall, I quite like SkinCeuticals products and excited to keep them rotating in my skincare regime.

 

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21 Weeks Pregnant | Gender Reveal

21 Weeks Pregnant | Gender Reveal

21 Weeks Pregnant Update: This week is so exciting because we finally get to find out the sex of our baby. For the longest time we’ve been calling our little human “baby”. Now that we know what the gender our baby is, we can finally […]

5 Baby Nursery Decor Ideas You’ll Want to Steal ASAP

5 Baby Nursery Decor Ideas You’ll Want to Steal ASAP

Looking for some inspiration to get started on the perfect room for baby? I’ve found 10 best nursery ideas from Pinterest that will inspire! Since we don’t know the gender of our child (just yet), here are ideas for the baby boy, baby girl or […]

12 Weeks Pregnant | Nuchal Translucency NT Scan

12 Weeks Pregnant | Nuchal Translucency NT Scan

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12 Weeks Pregnant Update: Heading into week 12 of pregnancy stills seems so surreal. And everything seems to be a mad rush. Rushing to get my ultrasound done, blood tests, and NT (Nuchal Translucency) test for Prenatal Genetic Screening. My window to book an appointment and to screen for down syndrome, trisomy 18 and open neural tube defects was down to the 11th hour. I got in at the last minute and basically had to leave work and rush to the clinic. Just before I am 13 weeks pregnant.

The doctor told me there was several ways to test of genetic disorders for my baby:

Blood Test: Regular and Non-Invasive Screening Test (NIPT) is a prenatal tool for pregnant women to screen for Down Syndrome as well as some other chromosomal abnormalities. NIPT test is expensive and costs between $800 and $1500. It is covered in a couple provincial health-care plans.

Nuchal Translucency (NT) Ultrasound: Nuchal translucency is a collection of fluid under the skin at the back of a baby’s neck. This test must be performed between 11 weeks and 13 weeks plus six days of pregnancy. An NT measurement of up to 2mm is normal at about 11 weeks, and up to about 2.8mm by 13 weeks and six days. Results combined with a blood test gives a more accurate result.

Amniocentesis aka (AFT) Amniotic Fluid Test: There is a one in 200 chance of miscarriage of a perfectly normal and healthy baby. This is not a procedure my doctor recommended me nor would I have signed up for. The medical procedure used requires a sample from the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus. The fetal DNA is s examined for genetic abnormalities.

 

I choose the first two options. I did not want take any risks with AFT.

 

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On a lighter note: Even though we don’t know the sex of our baby just yet. I can’t help but spend hours on Pinterest searching for the perfect nursery decor ideas. I’ve pinned there HERE incase are you doing some research too! I swear this is all for the parents more so than the infant themselves. I mean, all they care about is milk and sleep right?

 

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Popsugar Must Have Box Review | January Subscription Box

Popsugar Must Have Box Review | January Subscription Box

Finally got around to opening my Popsugar January Must Have Box. I’ve been down with this nasty cold that got me feeling low in energy for the past few weeks. What’s worse is that since I’m pregnant, I can’t take any medication! But now that […]


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Finally got around to opening my Popsugar January Must Have Box. I’ve been down with this nasty cold that got me feeling low in energy for the past few weeks. What’s worse is that since I’m pregnant, I can’t take any medication! But now that I’m better, I can’t wait to get back into doing some yoga and treating myself well! This box is filled with high quality goodies to jump start your 2017 challenge, at-home workouts and clean-eating recipes.

 

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What’s in my Popsugar January Must Have Box ?

Goldfaden MD: Fresh A Peel Multi Acid Resurfacing Peel – get fresh faced with this supercharged peel by removing dead skin cells with non-irritating, one-step, fruit enzyme and lactic acid peel. It can be used on even the most sensitive skin with no redness or irritation.

May Designs: Desk calendar and Notecard – add a bit of color to your desk setup with 12 hand painted floral patterns.

Daily Concepts: Hair Wrap Towel – Special microfibres reduces flyaways and cuts your blow dry time! Where have you been all my life?

Manduka: eQua Mat Towel – The perfect addition to any yoga class. This absorbent, quick drying and slip resistant towel is read to hold you in place as you breath deep. This is PERFECT for my pre-natal yoga classes!

Sourcebooks: Instant Happy Notes – Give yourself or someone you love a instant pick me up! These notes are full of fun illustrations and inspirational quotes!

Dean & Deluca: Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea – After a nice workout or a long day at work, it’s time to wind down and relax with this aromatic peppermint tea! The soothing menthol flavor and added digestive benefits will keep your days and nights calm and refreshing!

Glade: N°3 Free Coconut and Beach Woods Candle – Cold winter days are wonderfully cozy when paired with a great candle. I love lighting this up, diming the lights and relaxing while taking a nice long bath!

 

Each Popsugar Must Have subscription box costs only 39.95 USD and is filled with best-loved brands and full-sized products valued at over $100!

 

Get $5 off your first Must Have Box with code “SHOP5” 😘
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