Preparing for a baby – hundreds, Max Factor 3 in 1 foundation £11.99, looking good during labour and in that first photo…priceless

Call me vain, call me superficial but before I had Evie one of my main concerns about the labour wasn’t the pain of giving birth but how I looked in the first photo with my newborn. I had done my research looking at many pictures of mothers posting their joy on Facebook for the whole world to see looking like they had just endured the most punishing time ever – I don’t believe that child birth should be an excuse not to look your best especially as you know there will be a camera present and those photos will be posted instantly.

I’m sorry if that causes offence but I won’t leave the house to go to the shop without having a full face of make up so there was no way on this earth was I going through one of my greatest achievements looking anything less than perfect. This is something that I picked up off my sister 3 years previously where she went into hospital to have my nephew complete with spray tan, false eye lashes and lip gloss.

So when I discovered the new Max Factor 3 in 1 foundation that makes you look like an airbrushed model I knew that this would be my saving grace. This foundation is like painting on a new and improved version of you. It banishes blemishes, fills in the lines and creates a flawless look that DOES NOT MOVE!! Trust me, when testing out the staying power of a foundation labour is a very good test.

I mis judged the intensity of my contractions and stayed in the house for the majority of my labour so it gave me time to pick out the outfits to arrive at the hospital (my trusty NYC Forever 21 stripy jumper, jeans and ballet pumps) and to depart the hospital with an element of style (black, always black as it is slimming). It also gave me time to do my hair and my make up so it was fresh for my child’s debut. Two hours after arriving at the birthing centre my angel arrived and Max Factor had proved itself as the only make up of choice from that moment forth. My make up didn’t even move a mm and I have the photos to prove it!!

So ladies, whether your planning on giving birth, giving a presentation or just popping to the shops I urge all of you to race to the nearest Boots or take the trolley on a detour to the make up aisle in the supermarket and pick up this life altering product. All I ask in return is that you leave the last Beige one for me.

Let me know what you think of it…



Pork and Chorizo Chilli

Looking after a baby is challenging to the most accomplished multi tasker and meal times become a military operation. Luckily help is on hand to create a scrumptious meal that will delight the other half and is quick and easy to prepare whilst your bundle of joy is fast asleep.

Shopping list:

Pork tenderloin fillet
2 chorizo sausages
2 red onions
Large tin of sweetcorn
Small tin of red kidney beans in chilli sauce
Chilli spice mix (packet from all supermarkets)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic
Green chilli

1. Wrap the pork fillet in a foil parcel and place in a pre heated oven (180 degrees) for 35 minutes. When cooked place to one side to rest.

2. Whilst the pork is cooking roughly dice your onions, slice your chorizo and chop your garlic cloves and green chilli. Place into a large pan or stock pot with the oil and cook on a medium heat until the onions soften.

3. Add the kidney beans and sweetcorn and turn the heat up.

4. Pull the pork apart so you have a mixture of chunky pieces and pulled pork and add to the pot. Add the chilli packet mix and fill the small red kidney bean tin with water and add to the pot.

5. Stir and reduce to a medium heat and leave to simmer for 25 minutes

6. Once cooked serve with garlic rice or sweet potato wedges for a healthy warming winter meal.

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