Beauty vlogger, blogger and author Fleur de Force starting making videos on YouTube in 2009 and has been building her global audience ever since. Together with her husband Mike, she announced she was expecting their first baby earlier this summer and their daughter is due to arrive at the end of the year.
Fleur was gifted the Jemima in black by her family for her birthday after lusting after it for some time. She said: "It's really, really gorgeous, it looks like a beautiful designer bag". We asked her what beauty buys for pregnancy she will be keeping inside. From pampering products, to the best creams for banishing stretch marks, find out what her top five favourites are below…
Romilly Wilde Light & Energy Serum Cleanser
This brand is a new discovery for me and one I’ve been loving using whilst pregnant as it’s 100% natural. This cleanser is such a gorgeous balm texture, it’s really effective at removing makeup and leaves my skin looking plump and refreshed. Perfect for this time of year too when the cold weather is drying out my skin a bit.
Romilly Wilde Advanced Supercell Serum
The Serum from Romilly Wilde is equally as lovely and I’ve been using it daily for the past few weeks. Pricey, but I’ve really noticed a difference in my skin since I’ve been using this.
Sarah Chapman Skin Insurance SPF 30
This is my go-to ‘no makeup, makeup’ product. I adore all of Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis range but this daily moisturiser with SPF 30 and a sheer tint gives the skin a lovely glow, has a nice light coverage, protects with SPF 30 and is really moisturising, yet is not greasy. It makes a great base for makeup but also looks lovely worn alone.
Palmers Tummy Butter
This has been the product I’ve come back to the most throughout my pregnancy for my bump. It’s a solid-oil product that you melt between your hands before massaging onto your tummy (plus your boobs, thighs, bum and anywhere else you’re cautious of developing stretch marks!). Obviously stretch marks are also genetic, so you can never be sure what works and what doesn’t... but this is such a pleasure to use and leaves my skin feeling lovely. It’s not as heavy and sticky as other solid oil products I’ve tried either and it’s really affordable.
Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner
This is a long time favourite of mine, but one which I’ve been using throughout my pregnancy for extra moisture, as my skin has been more dry than normal. You use it like you would a hair conditioner, but for your body! Massage onto wet skin in the shower, then rinse off - it leaves a lovely balmy residue and rose scent on your skin. Perfect to layer up with your body butters or use alone if you don’t have time to moisturise after your shower.
Batiste 2-in-1 Dry Conditioner
I’ve found my hair doesn’t need washing very much at all whilst being pregnant... I tend to wash it twice a week and use this in between washes to refresh my style. It doesn’t dry out my hair and scalp like traditional dry shampoo but really freshens it up, add little life back into second (and third!) day curls or waves and smells amazing too.