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Post-Baby All Natural Beauty Recommendations

bella b body cream + honest company nipple balmsafe products for new momsAfter having a baby, your body needs a little extra love in the beauty category. Your poor skin has been stretched, you are dead tired, and you spend the majority of your time nursing, so products that hydrate and rejuvenate in a safe and natural way are just what the doctor ordered.

Since a newborn is so fragile and sensitive, I personally have a heightened awareness for what is inside the products I am applying externally, because I spend so much time cuddled up against my babe. So, I found a few key products that meet all of my safety requirements and wanted to share with my fellow mammas. Here is what I am loving as I recover and try and restore my pre-baby body:

1. BELLA B Body Buzz Post Pregnancy Recovery Cream: Free of petroleum, lanolin and parabens (artificial preservatives), Body Buzz is specially formulated to firm skin all over the body and minimize cellulite in an all in one body cream. Sold at Destination Maternity. I lather it on my “stretched” areas like my belly and tush to help firm the skin. 

2. The Honest Company Nipple Balm: Helps relieve irritation and helps heal sensitive sore or chapped nursing nipples; made from a mix of calendula oil, olive oil, shea butter, tamanu and aloe. No need to wipe off before nursing and its unscented. Sold at Destination Maternity. I use it as an preventative measure and have had no pain while nursing. 

3. BASQ Revive Resilient Body Oil: Award winning blend of all natural oils; packed with skin essential omegas and fatty acids for skin strengthening, toning and protection. Built to absorb deeply and quickly for intense moisturization and repair. This select blend includes Hazelnut, Sweet Almond, Wheat Germ, Grapeseed, Rosehip Oils plus Vitamin E, all rich in Essential Fatty Acids to help build collagen and elastin. Paraben and Phthalate Free. Sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. I use it as a replacement to my usual body moisturizer and my skin couldn’t feel softer! 

4. Nine Naturals Vanilla and Geranium Regenerative Pregnancy Belly Butter and Stretch Mark Cream: Crafted from rich, organic emollients like broccoli seed oil, shea butter and cupuaçu butter, each ingredient is packed with restorative omega fatty acids and works deep within your skin’s connective tissue to dramatically improve elasticity, control stretch marks and fight itchiness. 100% Natural. Sulfate-free, Paraben-free, Phthalate-free, BPA-free, Triclosan-free, DEA-free, Petrochemical-free. No artificial chemicals, dyes or synthetic fragrance. Sold at NineNaturals.com. I loved using it at the end of my pregnancy and haven’t stopped. I love that it’s not greasy! 

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Summer Nail Trends

Essie Nail Polish Summer Collection

Hoping to be on-point when it comes to the hottest summer beauty and nail trends? Debuting those toes in a pair of cute summer sandals and a bright pedicure with a new nail color on your toes is just what the doctor ordered. When it comes to choosing the right shade, I am absolutely swooning over Essie’s newest summer nail polish colors – a mix of neons, from peachy pink to bright electric blue. While I have a hard time veering from my conservative nail color of Ballet Slippers {a pale white-ish pink} on my fingers, I love using my toes for a pop of fun! My favorites… first, Serial Shopper {a peachy pink}, followed by Too Taboo {Purple-ish Pink}, Vices Versa {Nickelodeon-style Slime Green}, I’m addicted {Turquoise Blue}, and Chills & Thrills {Lavender Purple}. I must say whether they look good on my toes or not, they do merchandise back to my apartment quite adorably!


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Wedding Week Beauty Prep

Wedding Week Beauty Products Collage

The week of your wedding is chaotic with last minute details – finalizing flowers, assembling hotel gift bags, maybe even final dress alterations! Between that, maintaining your gym routine, and welcoming in-laws, it may be tough to squeeze in any last minute spa appointments like that spray tan or facial you need. Because time is a precious commodity and you want to keep your sanity in check, I recommend buying these 8 Beauty Products for an at-home beautification week that will leave you glowing for the big day (not to mention be a great money saving alternative!).

Now here is my ‘Recommended Agenda’ for your Wedding Week that will leave you a glowing bride {or bridesmaid} in more ways than one!

Wedding Week Preparation:

Monday : Post-Evening Shower apply Tanning Towel. Allow 5-10 minutes to dry before getting dressed {Tan Towel Full Body Classic Self Tanning Towelettes}. Follow this with a heavy moisturizer {Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel}.

Tuesday : Before bed apply an over-night Hydrating Face Mask {BOSCIA Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask} – I recommend sleeping in it to get the full effect! Apply Teeth Whitening strips before bed as well; remove as directed prior to hitting the sack {Crest 3D Professional Effects Whitening Strips}.

Wednesday : After showering and washing your hair as usual, apply a Hair Mask and allow to sit in damp hair for a minimum one hour {Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo-Complexe Beautifying Oil Masque}. Another hydrating Face Mask is in order {BOSCIA Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask} while simultaneously applying an Eye Mask {Clarins Skin-Smoothing Eye Mask}. Bye Bye tired Skin and Eyes!

Thursday : If your teeth weren’t too sensitive after the last round, apply another Teeth Whitening Strip this evening. This will leave you with pearly whites for the weekend {Crest 3D Professional Effects Whitening Strips}. Also if you really want that bronzed look, a second tanning application takes place tonight. Make sure to pay VERY CLOSE attention to even-ness and wash your hands well post-application {Tan Towel Tanning Towelettes}! Again, to really keep your skin soaking up this glow, I love a thick Moisturizer Gel post towelette {Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel}.

Friday Rehearsal Dinner : The weekend has begun and it’s time to shine! Right after your shower but before you begin makeup application, it’s time for one last brightening mask and a great de-puff eye cream! Face Mask {BLISS Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask} followed by a rinse, moisturizer, and fab Eye Cream {Origins GinZing} prior to your Primer.

Saturday Wedding Day : Your big day is here!! Drank more than you hoped you would at the Rehearsal dinner? Make time for another Eye Mask {Clarins Skin-Smoothing Eye Mask} and drink LOTS of water. Ready to rock? Repeat Friday’s pre-rehearsal dinner regimen: Face Mask {BLISS Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask} and after rinsing, apply de-puff Eye Cream {Origins GinZing}. Want your arms or legs to glow? Apply Moisturizer Gel {Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel} before putting on your gown.

Head to my Wedding Section for more Inspirations & Prep Ideas!

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