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Makeup Guide for Pregnant…


and Breastfeeding Moms

With pregnancy come many do’s and don’ts.  Your doctor may give  information about what to and not to eat.  But when it comes to what you should and should not put on my body, you get mixed messages.  Surprisingly, a lot of cosmetic products out there contain chemicals that can be harmful to the baby, such as retinoids, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde and fragrances.  Luckily, we found a few cosmetic brands that are free of these chemicals and are safe to use during pregnancy.

  1. Physicians Formula. Most of Physicians Formula products are paraben, phthalates and fragrance free.  Physicians Formula produces high quality, hypoallergenic products with gentle formulation.  Its Organic Wear line boosts 100% natural origin makeup, free or harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives and parabens.   Here are a few of their products that we have tried and loved!
  • Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream: This is a makeup and skincare hybrid product that is designed to give the skin a smooth, glowing and flawless finish.  It combines the highest level of UVA/UVB protection with brightening antioxidants, moisturizing and firming botanicals and optical diffusers to deliver several benefits at once.  It not only provides protection from the sun, but it also acts as a moisturizer, primer, brightener and a concealer.  It contains Vitamin C and E, which work to brighten and provide protection from free radicals.  Additionally, it contains White Willow Bark Extract that is a natural exfoliator for a brightening and priming effect.  Encapsulated Glycerin & Perilla Ocymoides have moisturizing properties, while Covabead Glass creates a blurring and concealing effect.
  • Organic wear®100% Natural Origin CC Curl + Care Mascara: This products has 70% organic ingredients including Aloe, Cucumber and Tapioca Starch that nourish and condition lashes, and OrganicSoy and Eco-Olive that provide natural protection to lashes.  In addition to being harsh chemicals free, it contains no synthetic colors, preservatives, polymers, parabens, GMO or drying solvents.  It combines two technologies:  to curl and volumize lashes, and 2. to condition and nourish lashes.  With this mascara, you will have fuller, curled lashes that are clump, flake and smudge free.
  • Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner Sexy Booster™: This shimmery creamy gel formula glides on effortlessly.  It comes in three pots of complementary colors with luxe pigmentation.  It can be worn as a single or multiple layers depending on the look you desire.  The black shade will give you a dramatic definition and the other two will provide complementary tones to the lid.  It will stay on for 24 hours without crease or smudge.  It is free of parabens and fragrance, is hypoallergenic and is safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
  1. VMV Hypoallergenics: VMV guarantees safety with a unique rating system that objectively validates hypoallergenic claims in cosmetics. The rating system is based on the number of allergens that each product contains. There are 76 top allergens that are frequently found in cosmetics.  VMV products are free of most of allergens and are one of the most effective and safest products out there.  They are 100% free of fragrance, phthalates, parabens, preservatives and dyes.  Here are some of our favorite and highly recommended products from VMV.
  • Skin Bloom Blush: This product gives cheeks great color and radiance. It contains green tea and rice phytic acid for antioxidant benefits, virgin coconut oil for moisturization, monolaurin for disinfection, and titanium dioxide + iron oxide pigments for sun protection.  It enhances skin’s natural tone without causing darkening or irritation.  It is 100% free of parabens, preservatives, fragrances and phthalates.  It is validated hypoallergenic from VH-76/76 (free of 76 out of 76 allergens)  to VH 74/76 (free of 74 out of 76 allergens).
  • Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo: This product provides two concentrated colors that complement each other.   It also contains green tea, rice phytic acid, virgin coconut oil, monolaurin and titanium dioxide + iron oxide.  The pigments blend beautifully to create look you desire.  Needless to say, it is 100% free of parabens, preservatives, fragrances and phthalates.
  1. SheaMoisture is an impressive beauty, hair and skincare brand dedicated to eco-friendly, cruelty-free and fair-trade causes. It uses organic and natural ingredients and is free of chemicals that can be harmful or carcinogenic such as sulfates, parabens, paraffin, propylene glycol, petrolatum, DEA, phthalates, urea and mineral oil. It contains Shea Butter that is ethically sourced from Northern Ghana.  Its bottles and jars are made from recycled materials.  We were thrilled to try their cosmetic line and were impressed with every single one of them.
  • Mystic Jewel Palette: This palette includes 8 mineral wet and dry eyeshadows, 1 Shea butter lip and cheek balm, 1 mineral powder brush and 2 dual ended eye shadow applicators and 1 cheek applicator.  With this palette, you will be able to mix and match many different colors and textures to create endless looks.  It contains nourishing Shea butter, Vitamin E, aloe, meadow form as well as rice starch.  It is free of parabens, talc, gluten, sulfates, silicone, phthalates, mineral oil and synthetic fragrance.
  • Primer: The primer has a smoothing effect that prepares your skin for long lasting makeup application.  It is silky smooth, soft and glides on effortlessly.  It hides your skin’s imperfections and redness and gives you the finished look.  It is specifically formulated for oily, sensitive and acne prone skin.
  • Shea Butter Ultra Shine Lip Gloss: This Shea butter lip gloss gives the lips the perfect shine and color. It not only is highly pigmented and long lasting, but it also contains Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil that moisturize the lips all day long.  It is formulated with natural ingredients and it does not contain parabens, talc, gluten, sulfates, silicone, phthalates, mineral oil or synthetic fragrance.