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Pregnancy Skincare: Third Trimester Update!

April 7th, 2014 · 3 Comments

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As I’m nearing my due date, I realized that the last time I updated you guys about my pregnancy skincare routine, I was only about 17 weeks pregnant

Obviously, a LOT has changed since the first trimester and my disastrous attempt at washing my face with bar soap (shudder) to stop my hormone-driven breakouts.

I’m still being very careful about trying new products, since pregnancy has actually made my skin even more sensitive.  But after that brutal period in the first trimester, my skin is mostly (thankfully) back to normal.

There are still some problem areas: the biggest one is that I’m noticing some redness in certain areas that I didn’t have before I got pregnant.  Apparently growing a human being for nine months requires increased blood flow for your whole body (go figure), so I’m hoping that this will clear up on its own once the baby is born.  But I definitely see some redness around my nose and on the lower half of my forehead that’s new.  Fortunately, it’s easily covered up with makeup, so I’m trying not to sweat it.

And VERY thankfully, my breakouts are completely gone.  I’ve spent so much time in the past year being diligent and careful about my skincare routine, it was really hard to suddenly be getting breakouts that didn’t respond to anything.  Fortunately, as my hormones came back under control, those let up on their own, and now I’m back to almost exactly my pre-pregnancy skincare routine.

So here’s what I’m doing: Washing my face twice a day with Simple Skincare cleanser — I recently switched to their Foaming Facial Wash Cleanser and I love it!  It leaves my skin super clean and soft, and ready for either makeup or moisturizer, depending on the time of day!  I used to love my Clarisonic brush, but I found that it’s just too harsh for my skin while pregnant, so I can’t wait to try it with this cleanser once my skin is fully back to normal. 

For moisturizer, I used the Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer all winter, but now that Spring is in full swing in Texas, I switched back to the Protecting Light Moisturizer for its extra SPF.  Honestly, though, these are both great products that I use more or less interchangeably throughout the year, depending on whether I want a little extra moisture. 

For makeup, I’ve been trying to give me skin as much of a break as I can, including going makeup-free some days (if I don’t have meetings or commitments).  Instead of full foundation, I use a little bit of concealer and blend it with moisturizer for a bit of coverage that’s still mostly nourishing for my skin.  And on the days that I wear foundation, I’m using less of it — one pump about the size of a large Tic-Tac covers my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin.  This spring makeup look is still my everyday go-to, although I’m starting to think about experimenting with bold summer lipstick!

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

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Spring Cleaning: Beauty Cabinet Makeover!

March 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

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A few weeks ago, I did something *long* overdue: I cleaned out my beauty cabinets!

I try to keep our house streamlined and organized, but with the influx of beauty and hair products I receive every month, it’s almost impossible to keep my beauty cabinet organized.  It’s funny — I have SO many products, but my day-to-day routine pretty much fits into a small makeup bag.  Basically, it’s just Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer in the morning, and Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser at night, along with makeup wipes in a pinch and spot treatments if I have a break out. 

And yet, somehow, I wind up with drawers and shelves full of beauty products, which get so disorganized that I have no idea what they are or how long I’ve had them!  So, every once in a while, I do a huge cabinet cleanout and start fresh.

This was my rule: If I got it after September Fashion Week in 2013 (seven months ago), it could stay.  You can actually hang onto many products for much longer than that, but I wanted to toss a LOT of products, so I set my timeline a little shorter. 

And then, I organized!  I had all these old dividers from years ago, that were originally meant to be stacking shelves.  Instead, I used them to line my drawers, creating mini compartments for everything I needed.  Hairbrushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, skincare supplies — everything in its place, clean and de-cluttered.

I created a little cheat sheet list below, in case you’re wondering how soon to toss your old beauty products!  And scroll down for my before and after pictures — I debated whether to post them because the “before” shots are really messy and gross, but I figure honesty is the best policy!  Everything looks beautiful now that it’s done.

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Less than One Year
Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year, as long as there are no changes in color.
Bath oil: One year.
Nail polish: One year.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Two to three months.

Two to Three Years
Body lotion: Two to three years.
Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: About three years.
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years.
Foundation: Two years.
Deodorant: Two years (the package probably has an expiration date).

Three Years or More:
Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years.
Perfume: Technically two years, but truthfully, I keep mine around much longer than that.
Hair styling products: Three to five years.

So there you have it!  Who’s up for some spring cleaning this weekend?

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Easy Spring Makeup Tutorial

February 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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I know spring hasn’t quite hit most of the country yet, but here in Texas, it’s in full force!  And from the moment it warms up, I start thinking about how my beauty routine changes.

For instance: I don’t have to slather on as much Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer every night and morning! I change my moisturizer to the Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer, which has SPF 15 for those sunnier days!  (My foundation also has SPF, so don’t worry, I’m still getting sun protection during the winter!)

And my beauty routine changes too!  I start reaching for my bronzer a little more frequently, and easing up on the dramatic eye makeup.  Spring is the perfect time to try out a fresh-faced, minimal makeup look, so that’s what I always gravitate towards!

For this look, I created a subtle smoky eye using brown liner, and brown and gold eye shadow.  I use the darker brown shadow in the crease and right along my lash line, and then fill in the rest of my eye with shimmery gold.  I used a combination of blush and bronzer to highlight my cheekbones, and went with a soft, natural pink lipstick.  The end result is makeup that hardly looks like you’re wearing makeup — perfect to accentuate your natural beauty!

What’s your favorite spring makeup look?  Share it in the comments below!

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