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Safe for Pregnancy Beauty Products

As soon as I verified (and re-confirmed with several ClearBlue tests and a Ob/Gyn appointment) that I was pregnant, I became acutely aware that I needed to make a lifestyle shift. It’s not that I was so “unhealthy” before pregnancy, but I guess I never really paid much attention to the ingredients in the world around me. Suddenly, my favorite cold cuts (potentially) harbored listeria, runny eggs were a no-no, spicy tuna rolls were a mercury hazard, and many soft cheeses were deemed un-safe. My daily five cups of coffee was a real hazard.  Everything seemed toxic and slightly scary! Why hadn’t I ever really paid attention to the lurking bacteria before?

Changing my diet also extended to changing my beauty routine. Subscribed to Birchbox, a Sephora Beauty Insider, and a drugstore makeup addict, my options for slathering on lotions and glossing my lips seemed limitless. Yet, my night creme, filled with retinol was now potentially harmful to my unborn child. That hydrocortisone cream I used occasionally for seasonal eczema? Off-limits in high amounts. My favorite high-gloss topcoat for nails? Filled with formaldehyde! Because some topical ingredients get absorbed into the bloodstream, expectant moms needs to be cautious. This is especially true because we are not entirely sure what could affect a fetus. Studies are lacking, methodologies are weak, and pre-emptive testing on momma-and-child is often amoral. So, lots of conclusions are from after-the-fact reported issues. Pretty biased.

Deciding to not even engage in the “is it safe or not” game, I went almost entirely organic, vegan and herbal with my entire regiment! There are plenty of watchdog sites out there that help consumers to make informed decisions like Environmental Working Group (EWG), SafeCosmetics, Good Guide.

Here’s what worked for me:

Suggestions for organic, vegan, and nontoxic products safe for pregnancy including: Aesop, Motherlove, Karma Naturals, Essie, Nature's Gate, Yu-be, TaTa Harper, January Labs, and more. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14

The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag-300x34P.S. I owe so much of my ability to unique during pregnancy to baths complete with epsom salts, oils and a soy candle.  However, stay AWAY from Sweet Basil essential oils. I had an extreme adverse reaction complete with bright red skin, rashes and burning! 

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Wheel of Lipstick

There are a few beauty products that I never leave the house without – earrings, tinted moisturizer, mascara, (a bra). Simply, without them, I feel naked or not the best version of myself. Lipstick has the transformative power to create an entire look. A fresh face with nothing but bright, red lipstick is still a statement. Even a swatch or smear of vibrant colors can be luxurious on an otherwise empty canvas.

Japanese lipstick advertisement, 1969.  Very Mod.Japanese lipstick advertisement, 1969.  Very Mod.

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Obviously, other women felt that lipstick was important, too. Its origins are over 5,000 years old in Mesopotamia. The ancient Egyptians were even willing to get themselves sick with pearlescent fish-scales as long as they could achieve a rosy hue. In 1770, a British law was proposed to the Parliament that a marriage should be annulled if the woman wore cosmetics before her wedding day. Scandalous! Today, the makeup is much more accepted. There are between 800 and 900 million lipsticks sold every year in the world. 

Wheel Of Lipstick including choices from Stila, Yves Saint Laurent, MAC, Christian Dior, Anna Sui and more.

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Narciso Rodriguez X Kohl’s

Drawing inspiration from the vibrant city of Istanbul, the Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation collection is available at Kohl’s for a limited time. Known for his perfection of color blocking and “the line”, Narciso’s entire collection was inspired by a trip to Turkey and features misses’ outerwear, dresses, skirts, pants and shirts with prices ranging from $30 to $150. That price range means that yours truly can afford to “splurge” on a few pieces at a time!

Features distinguishing the line include color blocking, the interplay of black and white, tuxedo separates, and ultra-feminine dresses. One of the foremost American designers during the last two decades, Narciso Rodriguez plays a singular role in global fashion. As the famed, sunglass bespeckled Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue has said, “No one but Narciso has ever made a simple line look more stunning.” Narciso’s minimalist, clean design aesthetic runs throughout the collection which is also highly affordable. As the son of cuban immigrants, I appreciate Rodriguez’s offer of simple yet affordable mastery.

Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress.  Structured, measured and balanced with beautifully slimming proportions. Mustard deep yellows mingle with royal purples and tethered by a basic black.

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Colorblock Ponte Dress. A gorgeous and unexpected color palette. Sky blue mingles with maraschino cherry reds, burgundies and fuchsia. Professional yet cheerful!

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Wool-Blend Coat. A billowing coat’s silhouette, cinched at the waist and juxtaposed with ultra slim tights.  The pink is uber feminine, but tamed by then manly style of the smoking jacket lapels, and robe cut.

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Lurex Tweed Jacket. Sophisticated and professional fabric blends meet dark and whimsical accoutrements. Intellectual, wasp meets punk rock mall rat.

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Colorblock Sweater and Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation Crepe Tuxedo Pants. Rodriguez is continuing the trend of high-profile designers doing collections for retailers to give public access to world-class fashion at affordable prices. He has been honored with three CFDA Awards, named one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine, and won the Fashion Icon Award from the Pratt Institute. In the look above, sea-foam greens and blues mingle with the seriousness of a black rectangle. The color play is quirky yet enlightened.

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While my inspiration was drawn from the ancient and historic city of Istanbul, the collection is designed for today’s modern woman,” said Narciso Rodriguez. “Kohl’s DesigNation has given me the opportunity to deliver beautiful, quality clothing to women at a true value. It is exhilarating to see the collection come to life.” Thank goodness for these inexpensive yet chic and rich collections. My closet and wallet are thankful!