Hi everyone, happy humpday! As I mentioned before, I wanted to do a “Pregnancy Must Haves”. One of my very first pregnancy symptoms was breakouts. I guess I should consider myself lucky as many women have extreme morning sickness and suffer from weight loss, vomiting and spitting out saliva all day long.
My acne probably isn’t so terrible, but it consists of tiny, little bumps all over my forehead, chest, and get this – I get random pimples on both sides of my neck (Thank God it’s not in the front?). Yuck!! I know. To make matters worse, I have been picking and scraping them off with my nails when they harden and form small scabs. Hopefully you guys won’t have to go through this…oh, did I also mention back pimples?
Before I begin with following pictures, I have to tell you I gave up facial makeup: toner, serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, powder, bb cream and all that jazz. Unless, it’s a special occasion. I have very dry skin so I am used to putting layers and layers of products, but my hormones changed all this and turned me into a greasy “pizza face”.
I also gave up all my favorite Chanel products, because I felt like they were a little too harsh on my skin and overly fragranced. I am not a perfect “only natural mom” (it is just way too expensive), but I do try to prevent my baby from its exposure to any/potential harmful chemicals and toxins.
Here are some other life changes I have made.
*Embracing my black roots - This was a hard one. My doctor said I should have no problem dying/highlighting my hair, since there are no “studies” or real “evidence” the chemical that gets absorbed into your scalp will affect your baby. However, I am a paranoid mommy, and I fear the unknown so I chose to just not risk it.
*Nail party on the balcony - Bye bye biweekly visits to my nail salon for gel mani & pedi accompanied by unlimited wine. I now paint my own nails on my balcony because it’s well ventilated. Thus, I don’t have to breathe in as much fumes from the polish remover.
*Hello flats and flip flops! - I am just terrified of tripping, falling and/or hurting my little bean so I said my fares well to all my heels.
*No more Zumba - Not that I was ever diligent with workouts, but I do miss shaking my bum bum like nobody’s business.
*Dispensed water only - It’s my attempt to avoid Pthalate so I don’t drink bottled water, and I do not heat things in plastic containers.
I am sure there are some more, but the hardest thing was giving up certain foods. Sushi, deli meats, cold cuts, soft cheeses, rare steaks with red centers (drools), Dr. Pepper and honestly, alcohol was the easiest. The smell of alcohol makes me nauseated and pokey.
OK, sorry for the extended list. Here are my must haves!
Some of your guys remember this from my old post last winter. This $20 super absorbent, lint free, wrinkle free (no harsh rubbing needed) cotton is what I use to remove eye makeup. It is a bit pricy so I cut mine in half :) – it extends the lifetime of the box. I still have more than half left, even though David sometimes gets into my cotton stash instead of his Target ones. HAHA
I use 2 different combos: Fresh Soy Face cleanser with Bobby Brown buffing grains OR Belli Anti Blemish face wash with Clearsonic. Neither of these are very lathery, but I got used to not having the foam/bubbles, and they are great in removing a lot of my acne bumps. I also love the citrus scent of the Belli face wash, while the Soy cleanser is almost odorless and boring sometimes. I recommend the Belli brand to all the mommies and future mommies. You should avoid salicylic acid during pregnancy, and Belli product uses lactic acid instead – a safer alternative. All of their products are natural and easy on skin.
Another Belli product and a Molton Brown body wash. The Belli Pre-Treatment scrub is also lather free and for this reason, I found it easier and more affective to massage it directly with my hands. I absolutely LOVE this scrub – it’s grainy, minty and exfoliates without over drying your skin. After using all these non-lathery formulas, I have to get my foamy/bubbly fix, and this treat comes from the Pathouli & Saffron body wash by Molton Brown. I used to be a huge Molton Brown snob when I lived in a one bedroom apartment and only had MB products in the bathroom and the kitchen sink. But it was too pricy to continue this habit when we purchased a multi-level townhome with 4 bathrooms & a kitchen sink, so I went with a cheaper alternative. However, I came across this new scent early this spring from a sample and fell head over heels. It is not like anything I have ever smelled before – it’s sweet, with a little bit of spice, earthy, and oudy. The best body wash I have ever used. Needless to say, I will be buying this for next several years.
Prenatal One. Need I say more? You just take 1 a day. Before this, I was taking fancy, organic prenatal vitamins from New Chapter. It barely had any smell or taste to it, but this still didn’t justify the fact I had to take it 3 times a day, giving me the worst gas ever. I would never go back to that. Prenatal One, however, is one gigantic horse pill with a terrible, fishy smell and an after taste of blood, but gives me minimal gas, and I only have to suffer once a day. It’s also easier to swallow, knowing this is only the 1/3 of New Chapter vitamin’s cost. Nature Made folic acid is the size of a tiny blueberry with no taste. Other than the fact I need extra folic acid during pregnancy, this gives me no significant side affects or has no taste.
I first bought Bio Oil from Buy Buy Baby for $19, but discovered that they sell 2 bottles (4.2 oz & 2.0 oz) for the same price at Costco. I know they say you can’t prevent stretch marks since its pretty much written in the stone of your DNA, but I am going to do my due diligence and minimize it at the very least. The Bio Oil smell is great, and I find it fast drying (but I have super dry skin and never use any lotion). Mama Mio is one of the new brands, and while many celebrities swear by it, I didn’t want to spend over $70 purchasing the oil and butter set. I am pretty sure these products all do the same things any way: provide vitamins, moisturize, excelerate cell recovery, essential oils, anti itch and what not. Mama Mio Tummy Rub has a baby powder scent and is thick yet absorbent. The direction tells you to rub it twice a day, but seriously who has the time to do this? I know I don’t. I just put Bio oil before I get into bed, let it dry and soak in for 5 mins, then my loving husband rubs the butter on my belly before going to sleep. I started this routine at week 9, but some women start at week 5 as well as half way into the second trimester.
I have two makeup removers. One by Chanel and the other by “The Face Shop”, a Korean line. I find the over priced Chanel a complete waste. Illogically over priced, not concentrated, not long lasting, ineffective when it comes to removing red lipsticks, and the worst part – the formula is way to thick and oily, blurring my vision for several minutes with the slightest amount in my eyes. I am a huge Chanel fan, and I have been using all Chanel skincare products and makeup for the past decade so I know when something is terrible. From my experience, Chanel can’t produce eye makeup removers or mascaras. I don’t even want to get started on their mascaras so let me just say this, “Chanel, I have kept my faith in you and continuously bought every new mascara you came out with; however, you are just terrible. Please stop and a refund for the last 6 I bought would be very nice. Thanks!”
Makeup daily quintessentials. I don’t currently have a favorite moisturizer so I have been using samples from Chantecaille. I only use one product on my face as my face is already overly saturated with hormonal oil. My daily makeup routine now only takes 2 mins. I give myself a pair of brows with the Tom Ford brow sculptor, little tint of blush on cheeks (currently loving Pink Explosion by Chanel) with Sonia Kashuk brush, draw my eyeliner with THE BEST HEAVEN SENT Artliner by Lancome in Noir, and I do my bottom water lines with Chanel’s Stylo Water proof in Noir Intense.
As all Tom Ford products, the eye brow sculptor is highly pigmented, but it draws better on primed or powdered face with some kind of dry finish. It definitely doesn’t work as well on my natural skin due to the oil, however, it’s better than not having eye brows. Chanel’s Pink explosion is perfect for me, because it gives me rosy pinky cheeks and compensates my bare face from looking too bland and washed out. Lancome Artliner is the “Holy Grail” of eyeliners most of us girls, so no need to go into that. Stylo pencil by Chanel is a great alternative when wanting softer lines or more natural look. It smears minimally and is long lasting. I just don’t like to sharpen it as often as I need to because I feel like I am losing the precious product I paid for. Besides that, I can’t really complain – you just have to use a eye makeup remover because it doesn’t wash off with cleansers. I also clean the rest of eye liner residue with Qtips after I wash my face. Last but not least, I adore Sonia Kashuk brushes. They are actually affordable so you can own more than 1 brush, if not, a whole set under $50. They do the job and don’t shed like some cheapy ones do.
Finally, Deborah Lippmann polishes.
Since I found out I was pregnant, I went “3 free” when it came to nail colors. For those who are unfamilar with this term, “3 free” refers to the 3 toxins in nail colors – Formaldehyde, Dybutyl Pthalate and Tolune.
Formaldehyde isn’t always in the nail polish itself, but it is found in “nail hardeners” as it helps dry the polish faster. Dybutyl Pthalate is a fat soluble chemical that prevents cracks or chips. Toluene is a colorless volatile liquid that makes polishes easier to apply. While these chemicals won’t affect us detrimentally, they are very harmful for your unborn baby and could cause developmental complications for your fetus. Deborah Lippmann prides herself in these “3 free” products, but there are many other brands for cheaper. Butter, Sally Hensen, OPI, and Essie. I only bought these to splurge and don’t intend on buying too many more. I find other brands (mentioned above) doing the exact same for less.
I hope you guys found this helpful! Thanks for reading, and hope you have a great week!