I've taken the pregnancy phenomenon of "nesting" to a whole new level. The home purging process has now effected my beauty & fashion regimen as well. Whereas I used to leave the house with a full face of makeup and completely accessorized, I'm now lucky if I am wearing a matching outfit and sunscreen. Here are a few leftover essentials that have survived the purging that's taken place in the past 9 months.
Since I now live at Whole Foods, I picked up these comfie Tom's in pink corduroy. The pink gives a little pop of color to my otherwise blah pregnancy wardrobe. And I love the padding and arch support.
Lea Journo Hydra-Riche Hydrating Conditioner - Travel Size, $12
I got a sample of this at the new New Beauty Shop at Fred Segal Santa Monica. Instant love. The lightweight, sulfate/paraben-free conditioner softened my dry ends while giving me some nice volume.
Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Foundation, $13
The last time I bought a Revlon product was back in the 80s - Frosted City Pink lipstick. Despite their slew of celebrity spokesmodels, Revlon will forever be stuck in the 80s to me. However, I saw some YouTube videos on this product and decided to give it a try. Its moisturization capabilities and subtle sheen were impressive, and I use it on the days I need a little extra coverage - especially since I've gotten more age spots due to pregnancy (ugh!). My pregnancy glow is all foundation.
Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Night Lotion, $55
Everything has to be natural when it comes to beauty and pregnancy. So Jurlique was an obvious go-to for daily hydration. The sweet rose scent was also one of the few fragrances that didn't make me gag.
Curling Iron, any
As I started ballooning into a size that I've never expected to be, feeling "pretty" was starting to be a struggle. A curling iron did the trick on particularly bad days. Tina Dizon from The Private Room taught me how to use it properly so I don't look like I belong in an episode of Dynasty.
Desert Essence Green Apple & Ginger Shampoo & Conditioner, $9
As mentioned, I spend an insane amount of time at Whole Foods. So I was happy to discover there Desert Essence products - well formulated with natural and organic ingredients. The scent of this haircare line is pure deliciousness. So why do I use two different conditioners? Because I can never commit to just one on a daily basis.
Palmer's Organic Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter, $10
The closer I get to the belly, the more natural I demand my products to be. Afterall, in my new mommy mind, what I put on my belly is as close as I get to my little baby. So this product - though difficult to apply and totally greasy - makes me feel like its pure goodness for my big bump, especially in helping with stretch mark prevention.
COCOCOZY Organic Lavender Sachet, $34
I get a whiff of pure relaxation and organic luxury everytime I inhale this sachet. I keep it at my desk and smell it all day to remind myself that work is work, and that I have to prioritize baby on the way.
And finally - Fashion...
Thank God a friend told me about these two sites for maternity fashion. They helped me feel more like my pre-pregnancy self and offered styles that were not frumpy, cheap or total cow.