The Life of Aaliyah

22 January 2016

Eloquence Skincare Range

Eloquence Skincare Range

Eloquence is one of the UK's newest skincare companies. They use the finest ingredients in their skincare including Sachi Inchi Oil, which is known for its high levels of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. Sacha Inchi Oil is a superfood which comes from the forests of Peru, it's an exotic seed and is an incredibly popular health food supplement and premium beauty skin food. It's combination of ingredients means it can adapt to any skin type, not only parched dry skin but also oily and combination skin. Eloquence have recently released a four step skincare regime consisting of the following products...

Purifying Facial Cleanser 20ml* (£7.99) On first appearances, for a cleanser I think this is a bit too small and wouldn't last that long but you only need a small amount to cover your whole face. To use the facial cleanser you simply dispense a pearl sized amount in your palm and combine with water to create a lather. You can combine it with the Nourishing Treatment Oil which would be great at breaking down and removing foundation and giving the skin some extra nourishment. It does what it claims and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight, however it didn't really wow me. 

Firm And Tone Serum 20ml* (£19.99) I don't really tend to use serums, so I found this difficult to incorporate into my skin care routine. Like the other products in the range is comes with a pump dispenser and only a small amount is needed to cover the face. I find this works well underneath foundation to give my skin an luminous glow, although I do need to add a mattifying powder to help keep my t-zone shine free. 

Moisturising Eye Gel 15ml* (£19.99) My favourite product of the range is this eye gel. It's super cooling and makes an instant difference to my eyes. The applicator makes it easy to apply to underneath the eyes and the gel instantly fills fine lines, leaving my eyes looking invigorated. I like to apply this just before applying my foundation and concealer in the morning and in the evening after removing my make up.

Protect & Repair 24 Hour Cream 20ml* (£14.99) Another product which I like from the range is this face cream. It contains UVA and UVB which is important for sun protection and hyaluronic acid which helps the skin retain moisture. It's has a moisturising effect without feeling heavy and sinks into my skin beautifully.

Nourishing Treatment Oil 50ml* (£29.99) Oils are perfect for my skin when it's winter and my skin tends to dry out a bit more. This treatment oil contains coconut and almond oil (along with Sacha Inchi oil) to help renew and repair the skin. It can not only be used on the face but also on other areas of skin as well as hair and nails. This is a great multi-purpose product which I like to keep on my bedside table to apply before sleeping.

 If you'd like to try any of the range you can get 20% off until the end of January by quoting the code JANUARYEQ on www.eloquencebeautycare.com.
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14 January 2016

Second Trimester Pregnancy Update

Second Trimester Pregnancy Update

Week 14 - Week 27

This was an extra special trimester as I was blessed enough to go for hajj. When I left for hajj I was just over fourteen weeks pregnant and I returned just before my seventeenth week. My husband and I made the arrangements to go before finding out I was pregnant. I admit I was a little apprehensive as it is a physically demanding (but rewarding) journey, especially with being pregnant and with twins. Alhamdulillah it was much easier than I expected. Of course I did struggle with a few things, such as the heat which was 50 degrees most days and lots of walking, as most places are accessible via foot only. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a wheelchair, which meant my husband could push me for parts of the journey. I'm glad and thankful that I was able to go at such a time and I feel truly blessed. During hajj on the first day of Eid (I was sixteen weeks at this point) was the first time I felt little flutters in my stomach. It was such an amazing experience to be in Mina feeling them moving for the first time.

After coming back from hajj that's when things started to get a little complicated. I had a glucose tolerance test at 18 weeks and it came back that I have gestational diabetes. I have a few the risk factors (high bmi, PCOS, twin pregnancy, ect), so I guess it was inevitable that I would have some insulin resistance. I found out one month later that the results came back positive and I'm not sure why I wasn't told sooner. I attended a healthy eating workshop and was told to monitor my blood sugars. My blood sugars are mostly in the ranges given but in the first two weeks of me monitoring them, a few of them were out of the set ranges and I was prescribed to take metformin twice a day. A week later as my fasting blood sugar (the blood sugar which I have to check before breakfast - which may I add has been pretty much the same level since taking the GTT test at 17 weeks) was still too high and I was prescribed 6 units of insulin. It's been a battle pretty much since then my blood sugars are fine apart from the morning ones. I find if I eat a snack in the middle of the night, my blood sugars are stabilised in the morning without the insulin or metformin. I have mentioned this to the diabetic doctor but I have been told to avoid snacking in the night and just take the metformin and insulin *sigh*.

I also found out that my iron levels are low as well as my B12 levels. Iron I was expecting as I'm carrying twins and b12 too, as metformin can reduce the levels of b12 your body has. I had to have a round of five B12 injections, which I have to say were the most painful injections ever. I also had a urine infection which meant a lovely course of antibiotics, which in turn gave me thrush! This is why I hate antibiotics. Thankfully I took some probiotics and apple cider vinegar, which helped to clear it up.

During this trimester I had two scans. My anomaly scan at twenty weeks and a growth scan at twenty four weeks. Everything was fine at the twenty week scan (alhamdulillah) and we were lucky enough to find out the gender of each baby. My prediction was correct and I admit I cried a little after finding out. The growth scan went well at twenty four weeks, each baby weighed around 750g each and were bang in the middle of their growth chart.

After the twenty week scan we purchased our pram and car seats. After much research I opted for the iCandy Peach Blossom 2. I wanted something that's gonna be easy to manoeuvre and not too big to get through doorways. For the car seats we opted for the Maxi Cosi Pebble which is compatible with the pram and we purchased the isofix bases for them, to make getting the seats in and out of the car a little easier.

From nineteen weeks I started to feel a few kicks here and there, especially at night time. Then I started to feel body parts through poking out through my stomach at around twenty four weeks. At the end of my second trimester in week twenty seven, my husband finally felt the twins moving and kicking. They normally used to stop when I put his hand on my stomach but they gave up this week and he felt them a few times. 

At twenty five weeks I went for a four week antenatal class with my husband. It was good to learn some more information and meet other expecting mums. I felt kinda small though considering most of the mums were further along in their pregnancy than I was. 

Despite escaping vomiting during the first trimester I haven't been so lucky during this one. I've vomited a few times mainly down to heartburn and change of climate when I was in Saudi Arabia. Back pain has also slowly started to creep in towards the end of the trimester as well as the constant need to go to the toilet.

I can't believe how quickly time has passed, as I write this I'm currently thirty weeks! In around seven to eight weeks time I will be able to meet my two little ones, insha'Allah. 

Please keep us in your prayers. ♡
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26 November 2015

First Trimester Pregnancy Update

Already In My Heart Someday In My Arms

Week 4 - Week 13

As you may know from my last post I'm pregnant with twins. I want to document my pregnancy here on my blog but feel I won't have enough to say for weekly updates, so I'm going to do three trimester updates along with a few baby related posts in between. My husband and I found out on 10th July which was during the last week of Ramadan. I wanted to wait until the twelve week scan to tell anyone else, where as my husband on the other hand wanted to shout it from the rooftops from day one. We decided to wait until Eid ul-Fitr (which was on 17th July) to tell close family members, as I figured it would be a nice surprise. Everyone of course was super happy and excited for us.

I told my doctor at six weeks and started getting the ball rolling. I paid for a private scan at eight weeks to put my mind at ease, as I experienced some spotting during the first few weeks. I had joked to my husband before the scan, that I might be carrying twins as I have twins in my family. Lo and behold at the scan we were told there were two babies with their own separate sacs. I burst into tears of happiness after hearing the news as I really did expect the worst after all the spotting.

I had my first midwife appointment at nine weeks which consisted of form filling, a blood test and a urine test.  The next appointment was my ultrasound at exactly twelve weeks. During the scan we got to see both of the heartbeats and all arms and legs of both babies. I decided to opt for the combined screening test which came back as low risk. The result wouldn't of changed my mind about keeping the babies. During the scan the sonographer told me I should of had a longer appointment as it's twins. I did tell my midwife but it looks as if it wasn't updated, despite her writing all over my maternity folder "twins". The scan confirmed that the twins have their own sac and placenta each. Until twelve weeks I had to take extra folic acid (for which I had to prompt my doctor for a prescription) and from twelve weeks a baby aspirin daily to help reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.

During the first trimester I experienced a number of symptoms ranging from nausea (with no vomiting), tiredness, extreme hunger, feeling full very quickly and needing to go to the bathroom a lot. Towards the end of the trimester the bottom of my stomach started to turn hard. In regards to food cravings, one of my major cravings was chips especially micro chips and chip shop chips - heck any chips I could get my hands on. Orange juice was drunk by the litre even though it's not necessarily the best thing to drink considering all the sugar.

Please keep us in your duaas {prayers}. ♥
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