Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Surprise! | First Trimester.

You may already know if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, but if you don't ... Well surprise ha! We have a baby due on the 10th July 2017. How exciting!!! I never thought I'd be typing one of these posts, but here I am typing away and in my second trimester now. This post ought to be a big apology to my family and friends for putting up with me for the first 12 weeks as I was one hormonal mess. I don't think anyone dare speak to me (oops). There were a few things that helped was me such as me time, bubble baths, binge watching TV/YouTube video,  eating lots of chicken nuggets, ginger tea, lemon infused water. I'll stop rabbiting on now and let you read my post below as it's going to be a long en'.

Finding Out | 19th November 2016

We'd got back from being away on holiday in Mexico and I'd been taking the pill to delay my period whilst we were there. Getting back I stopped taking the pill and one week later I still had no period. I of course googled it and some people had got their period a week later or before. I just knew something wasn't right I'd gipped a few times as well, but didn't even click on. So I decided to take a test and it came up positive within seconds and then I did another 2 tests I think. When my partner got home later that day I gave him the test and said "we have a problem haha". We were both in total shock, but once we decided what we wanted to do we were over the moon.

The First Trimester
I had my first appointment with the Midwife on the 13th December 2016. It felt really weird as I'd still not got my head around being pregnant yet and there we were talking birth plans, which hospital I wanted to give birth at etc. It's a little daunting at first, but that feeling soon starts to fade and the excitement starts sink in and it's such an amazing feeling when it does.

  • Hormonal! I felt really snappy/argumentative towards everyone (whoops).
  • Morning sickness I felt sick pretty much all day/night for the first 12 weeks. It affecting me more on a night than in the day. I would just gip all day instead. Brushing my teeth in a morning/night was so awful as it was making me throw up a lot. I tried ginger biscuits, ginger tea etc. The only thing that worked for me was those bands that are like travel sickness bands.
  • Extreme tiredness! The first 12 weeks were really hard when it came to this as I'm usually full of beans so I just felt really poop! I think I wore the same gravy stained top for 5 days straight. I just really couldn't be arsed to get ready and do anything. I wanted to stay in bed or just nap on the sofa. 
  • Sore/tender breast. Ouch!
  • Peeing all the time.
  • Migraines.
  • Very strong sense of smell. I now hate the smell of bleach! 
Cravings & Food Aversion

  • Chicken nuggets were my first food craving and have become an every day snack. 6 chicken nuggets here, 6 chicken nuggets there.
  • Spicy and salty food mmm! Bombay bad boy pot noodles, jalapenos straight out of the jar or on the side of my plate with every meal, Nando's hot sauce on literally anything or everything.
  • McDonald's Burgers are forever on my mind. My mouth is watering as soon as I see the advert on TV. Basically I've wanted to eat anything and everything unhealthy!
  • Sparkling flavoured water.
  • Sour food.
  • Gherkins.
Food Aversion
  • I no longer love coffee :( this was the first thing I went off. I no longer wanted my second coffee in a morning and then the first became a struggle to drink. 
  • Chocolate.
  • I couldn't drink anything other than water, which isn't a bad thing I suppose. 
First Scan | 14 Weeks | 11th January 2017
We were both excited for the our first scan, we were counting down the weeks/days until it arrived on the 11th January. Our appointment was first thing in the morning thankfully and the letter said that I needed to drink one and a half pints one of water an hour before our appointment. So that I did and boy did I feel like I was going to explode! We got in the room and the sonographer got me to lay on the bed. I was so excited! As soon as I saw the baby I felt really emotional and so happy. Ben was laughing at how much the little baby was moving and being stubborn when the lady wanted to take the measurements. He said it definitely takes after you for stubbornness haha. Now we can't wait for our 20 week scan to find out what gender the baby will be.

Telling Family & Friends
I'd told my two closest friends pretty much as soon as I found out and one of my sisters. Me and my boyfriend then decided to tell all of our family on Christmas day. It felt really awkward to just say "We're pregnant!". So we decided to write it in their Christmas cards and got them to read it out loud. "Love from Me, Ben & Baby Flanny". My dad had no words haha! As he always thought I'd only ever be a mum to dogs (me too actually). My mum was quite emotional and desperate to go 'baby shopping'. Ben's Grandad cried. His mum was shocked and my sister was screaming with excitement. It was just so nice to see and it really made our Christmas Day.

You couldn't tell I was pregnant there was no bump in sight or anything just yet and I hadn't put on any weight as I'd lost some due to the morning sickness.

Do I have a pregnancy glow yet? Is this even real? Haha! I think I sat in the same gravy stained top for 5 days straight. I didn't want to brush my hair or anything. Although I'm glad I haven't had any breakouts yet *touches wood*.

First Purchase
Was the baby grow in the picture above eeeeeeek. It's so cute!

Not yet but I can't wait!

All in all the first trimester was a little tough for me especially with the nausea and tiredness, but it was so worth it. I'll never forget the feeling I got from seeing our little baby on the screen for the first time. Its just so amazing. Hang on in there if you're still in your first trimester, it does get better. I'm so intrigued to know what your first trimester was like? And do we think the baby is team pink or blue?

Let me know if theres anything else you'd like to know or see thats pregnancy related. 
Chanelle Jade

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Marissa Carter the ambassador behind the brand Cocoa Brown is a genius when it comes to self tan. I honestly couldn't praise the tan enough if I tried and their 1 hour tan mousse is still my all time favourite self tan. So when I heard about their new hair care range including their new Kind shampoo & conditioner I couldn't wait to try it out. What I love about this product is that Marissa actually designed the product to use for her self as she has stated previously that she's suffered with psoriasis and a sensitive scalp, but hasn't found anything for her hair that treats this as well as adding volume and shine to her hair. I was really excited about this product as I've previously suffered with a sensitive scalp myself and it's still an on going battle.

I don't know about you, but I can be very picky when it comes to picking out my shampoo and conditioner. I don't mean I spend £30 on one shampoo, but I will look into what I'm buying before just adding it to my basket. I need something that's hydrating, gives me volume, shine and something that doesn't irritate my scalp. That's why I was so happy to try out the shampoo as it's paragon-free, alcohol-free and a formaldehyde-free product. The conditioner is also free of any nasties, making both of these hair products great to use on my coloured hair and extensions. There's nothing worse than those shampoos and conditioners that do nothing for your hair. Well other than making you want to wash it over and over again.

So what makes this Shampoo & Conditioner so Kind? Firstly the cleansing agents have been made up from natural sources including coconut oil, and fruit sugars. The Cocoa Brown Kind Range has a subtle Peach and Tahitian Gardenia scent to the product. It's not strong at all and I really love the  subtle scent it leaves in my hair (we all know how much I love peach). In fact the scent is that lite that the brand didn't have to list it on their product if they didn't want to, but of course they have.

I tried the Cocoa Brown Kind Shampoo & Conditioner out for a week before writing the review. My hair type is fine, but I have a lot of it so trying out a new shampoo can sometimes be scary! I often find that certain shampoos and conditioners weigh down my hair and make it look really flat and lame, but I'm so happy with the results! My scalp has been really clear and itch free. I'm happy with the volume and shine its given me too, which is amazing for a shampoo & conditioner that doesn't contain all the baddies!

Also if you're a fake tan lover like myself you'll also love that Marissa has made sure that the pH Balance of these products won't interfere with your tan. Helping to maintain your tan and ensuring an even fade. How amazing is that?!

Here is a photo of my hair after using the Cocoa Brown Kind Shampoo & Conditioner. As you can see there's a lot of volume and shine and most importantly it's hasn't budged my new pink hair. Yay!

Chanelle Jade

Monday, 8 August 2016



The New Grandiôse Liner from Lancôme is here with it's new hinged 35 degree bendable handle. Making application a lot easier as the brush just flows with the natural contour of the eye. Lisa Eldridge worked very closely on the design of this product. The 35 degree angle has been designed to help you create the perfect angle and application for when you're applying your eyeliner, which will help you create the perfect flick. Finally an eyeliner that gives you some flexibility. We all know Lancôme is popular make up brand that has a lot of ratings when it comes to eye make up, especially the Grandiose Mascara. So I had high hopes when I received this product.

The eyeliner comes in three different shades; Noir Mirifique, Brun Mirifique and Saphir Mirifique (black, brown and navy) which are all matte. The colour I received was Noir Mirifique which is a matte black. I absolutely love the pigment of this eyeliner, its blacker than black.

This eyeliner is really good for getting close to the lash line, it just takes a steady hand to make sure you get a perfect line with no wobbly bits as the tip is so fine. As you can see in the picture below. Saying that though... I did the best eyeliner I've ever done yesterday. You know when it's that good that you don't want to wash it off? Yep one of those days! I applied the eyeliner at around 8am and it was still in the same place at 10.30pm last night. The colour hadn't faded and I had no smudges. I really like this eyeliner and I'll definitely continue to use it.

Here is a look that I created along with my every day make up routine. 

Overall I really liked this product, but you do have to work quick with the eyeliner as the product seems to dry/set really quick, which I don't mind at all as the eyeliner stays put on the eye and doesn't loose any pigmentation throughout the day as stated above. The eyeliner has become a part of my daily routine and I'm loving it! Have you tried this eyeliner yet? What did you think if so?

Chanelle Jade

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