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pregnancy skincare routine

November 13th, 2013 · 5 Comments

{at 16 weeks, finally glowing}

So, you know how everyone talks about the pregnancy “glow?”

There should be a little asterisk next to that phrase, because that the “pregnancy glow” is preceded by three months of puberty-comparable acne. Just saying — that’s a thing that they never talk about in US Weekly, but it is true, and it is terrible.

At least (sigh), it was for me. Over the past year or so, I’ve finally gotten myself on a skincare routine that I really love — one that doesn’t involve spending hundreds of dollars on random products that I try once or twice, and one that I actually stick to, and notice great changes in my skin because of it.

But pregnancy threw me for a loop. Because within a week of my positive pregnancy test, I’d look in the mirror and suddenly, my normally clear skin was… bumpy. I didn’t have great skin as a teenager, so it took me about two seconds to realize that pregnancy hormones were probably causing my sudden breakouts… but I had no idea how to stop them.

So I did exactly the wrong thing: I completely abandoned my tried-and-true skincare routine. Most acne-fighting products aren’t safe during pregnancy (you’re supposed to avoid everything with salicylic acid, which have always been my cure for the occasional breakout), so I was kind of in a bind.

And I did the grossest thing. I don’t even want to admit it, but in the spirit of total honesty, here’s what I thought would solve my breakouts:

I started washing my face with bar soap. And I did this (because I am a dope who thinks that everything she reads on the internet is true) because of some random forum post where a girl was talking about curing her pregnancy acne with antibacterial soap. So, for maybe three weeks, I used a bar of Dial Soap on my sensitive skin.

And you know what it did for my acne? Absolutely nothing.  It made my skin irritated and dry, and it didn’t clear up my breakouts one bit.  Instead, every time Chad leaned down to kiss me, he’d go, “you smell weird.”

In fact, if it weren’t for Chad, I’d probably still be doing it. Usually I’m quick to abandon skincare products that aren’t working, but somehow I was just convinced that this one would if I gave it more time… until, thankfully, Chad put his foot down and told me I had to go back to smelling like normal, please.

So I abandoned the bar soap (just thinking about it makes me shudder) and went back to Simple Skincare Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, which has been my go-to for the last two years.  And, finally, my skin started to go back to normal.  And at about week 14, I looked in the mirror and didn’t see bumps all over my forehead. And now that I’m at week 16, my skin is more or less back to its pre-pregnancy shape. I’ve added back in Simple Skincare’s Replenishing Rich Moisturizer at night, and will probably go back to my beloved Radiance Cleansing Wipes in a few weeks.

And, after that brutal adjustment period, now I feel like I’m actually starting to glow.

{PS — For those of you pregnant readers, remember to always check with your doctor before trying new skincare products while pregnant!}

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Halloween DIY: Butterfly Headpiece

October 28th, 2013 · 4 Comments


I loved my costume for Halloween last year, but this year I wanted to do something a little bit different!  Last year I bought a costume (on the day of Halloween, sigh — it was traumatic and intense and I have no interest in doing that again, ever) but this year, I had my heart set on doing a DIY project.  I’m not usually much of a crafter, but I thought this project would be really fun!

I like my DIY projects the way I like my recipes: simple, easy, and generally pretty foolproof.  I’d take a yummy cookie recipe or simple weeknight dinner idea over a hundred-step dish just about any day (although every once in a while, it’s fun to try something challenging).  So for this project, I wanted a DIY idea that was a little more my speed.

This wasn’t my brainchild — I based it on a Martha Stewart tutorial, but simplified it a lot.  This only takes are few minutes and I think the results are adorable!


Here’s what you need: Hair combs (I got mine at a dollar store, 6 combs for a whopping $1); crafting butterflies (I bought 24 but ended up using only 18), a glue gun, extra ribbon and wire.  I already had the glue gun, ribbon and wire, so the total cost of this project for me was about $17.

Step One

I told you this tutorial would be super easy: my butterflies came already attached to wire, so literally all I had to do was attach the wire to the hair combs by wrapping it tightly.  If your butterflies don’t come with wire, or if they fall off (as one of mine did), just re-attach them with a dot of hot glue from the glue gun.

Step Two

Spread the butterflies out at different intervals and different heights — you don’t have to be too picky about this, but make sure you have some variety.  Remember that some of the crown will be going lower on your hairline, so you want to make sure they’re still visible (and out of your eyes)!  In total, I did five combs with three butterflies each.

Step Three

Last, attach a few butterflies at 1-2″ intervals to a pink ribbon.  Make sure to tuck in or clip any excess wire so it doesn’t poke you!  Wrap the ribbon around your neck and/or wrists, and place the combs in your hair.  Arrange them until you have the shape that you want, and you’re done!


For my makeup in this look, I started with a freshly moisturized face using Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer,  and then added a light foundation.  I wanted the makeup to look radiant and luminous, so I stuck to colorful, feminine colors for my eyes and cheeks — a purple shadow palette from Avon and pink blush from Estee Lauder.  I lined my eyes with brown pencil liner before applying the shadow for some added definition, and finished the look off with mascara and a glossy bright pink lip!

And that’s it!  The finished product is below — Happy Halloween, everyone!


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NYFW Beauty: The Good, The Bad, The Wackadoodle Crazy

October 9th, 2013 · 4 Comments


The one thing you can always count on at New York Fashion Week: Spectacle.  No matter what you’re expecting, there’s always some designer to take a big risk with crazy accessories or totally unique hair and makeup.  Sometimes it’s an awesome addition to a show, sometimes it’s distracting and maybe not the best choice.  But it’s always interesting. 

So I thought I’d do a little recap of some of the trends I saw, from the ones that I’m excited to try out, to the ones that aren’t for me, to the ones that some of you braver readers might be interested in. :-)

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Good: Luminous Makeup

Candela is always one of my favorite shows (it’s hard to believe they were a new discovery to me just a few seasons ago) and this year, they knocked it out of the park with their models’ gorgeous hair and makeup.  EVerything was flawless, from the rosy cheeky to the dewy skin: to me, this makeup is perfect.

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Good: Minimal Makeup

The clothes were so fierce at Matthieu Mirano that I almost didn’t notice at first that the models were hardly wearing any makeup!  I love the juxtaposition of tough-girl clothes (black leather bralets, wow) with a completely natural face, so this one was a home run for me.  Things to remember when you’re recreating this natural look: you can still use foundation to add contour and definition to your features, just keep it light and natural.  And always start out with a clean and moisturized face (I recommend Simple Skincare’s Hydrating Light Moisturizer with SPF) so your skin can take center stage!

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Good: Bold Blush

Pale skin with bold blush is Just. So. Pretty.  I snapped this quick pic of one of the models backstage at Peter Som and just totally fell in love.  It’s a good reminder to venture beyond my normal pale-pink/golden-bronze cheek colors, because a swipe of bold blush is such a beautiful, fashion-foward look!

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Not So Good: Dark Under-Eye Liner

I loved the clothes and the presentation generally, but to me, this makeup was a miss.  Putting such heavy black liner under the eyes did nothing for the models’ pretty features, and the room was so hot that you could see them sweating.  (If only they had Simple Skincare Radiance Wipes!)

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Good: Messy Updos

Usually I’m not the biggest fan of updos generally, but this season, there were some gorgeous messy updo looks.  I loved the hand-twisted knot at Peter Som and this crimped bun at Tracy Reese.  The techniques were totally different — at Peter Som, the texture was created using Wella’s Ocean Spritz and then blow-drying upwards from the roots, and at Tracy Reese, the stylists created texture by crimping the models’ hair before styling the bun.  Both are cool techniques that I can’t wait to try out!

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Wackadoodle: Two-Tone Bobs

First, I have to set your mind at ease: these are wigs.  I wasn’t sure at first, but every single model came out with the exact same style, so at that point I felt reasonably confident that they hadn’t chopped and dyed the hair of a dozen or so runway models.  But what do you guys think of the two-tone bob?  I thought it was pretty cool and worked with the clothes, but it isn’t exactly a look I’m going to replicate anytime soon. 

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Wackadoodle: Body Tattoos

Only at Fashion Week, huh?  Truth be told, I kind of loved this full arm tattoo when I spotted it backstage at Tracy Reese.  I’m a big fan of temporary tattoos, and sometimes wear them on the weekends — so I’m kind of digging that the fashion world is embracing them!  What do you guys think — would you ever try this out?

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