Pregnancy is a time of joyous expectation and exciting new changes, but the morning sickness, dehydration and sudden skin sensitivity can sometimes leave you feeling less than beautiful. Gina Brooke, the Artistic Director for Hourglass Cosmetics, is a world-renowned makeup artist and a recent new mother herself, and she’s giving her unique perspective on looking and feeling your best.
“I loved being pregnant, but it certainly inspired some changes in my beauty routine,” says Gina. “Ensuring my body stayed hydrated, protected and free of irritants were my top priorities.”
Now, Gina is sharing her best tips and insider product recommendations for looking and feeling beautiful during your pregnancy:
· Skin is especially fragile during pregnancy, so SPF is key. Gina relies on Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52), a silky, mineral-based primer, before applying makeup. It smoothes the skin, neutralizes redness and hydrates the complexion while being free of gluten, parabens, sulfates and phthalates. It’s also vegan.
· Dry, chapped lips are one of the many side effects that pregnant women experience, and the best way to resolve this is to exfoliate and hydrate on a regular basis. Gina loves Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant ($18), a sugar-based lip scrub. Poppy seeds and sugar granules gently remove flaky skin, while shea butter conditions your lips. After exfoliating, try Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain ($26). This water-based, liquid gel stain formula offers a delicious wash of color and contains Vitamin E and Green Tea to make lips extra supple.
· Dry hair can be an issue for many moms-to-be as hormone levels fluctuate. Remedy it with Phyto’s Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream for Ultra Dry Hair ($26). This leave-in treatment makes hair incredibly silky and shiny with macadamia oil and plant extracts. It also works to smooth frizz and split ends.
· Many women experience dehydrated skin during pregnancy. Gina recommends using Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer ($55) to restore moisture to the skin and to create the “illusion” of healthy, glowing skin. It has light-reflecting properties and contains hyaluronic spheres which hydrate and keep skin looking soft and hydrated. It also contains an SPF 15 and is free of parabens, gluten, sulfates and phthalates. It’s also vegan.
Discover all of Gina’s recommended products at Sephora stores nationwide and on Sephora.com via computer or smartphone.
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian may have access to some of the best hair and makeup artists in the world, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a few beauty tricks of their own. The reality stars spoke to PEOPLE in N.Y.C. on Friday about some of the take-home tips they’ve learned throughout the years — and it turns out they aren’t all that fancy.
“Once a week I take Vaseline and I put it on my knees my elbows and my feet and I sleep in it because sometimes I just hate being dry,” Khloe shared at the John Frieda Destination: Style salon, a mobile salon making its way across the country to offer women free hair consultations and styling tips. “I put socks on over my feet and I swear it’s like the cheapest thing you can buy and you’re so moisturized.”
For big sis Kourtney, it’s all about the moisturizer, too. “I started putting Aquaphor all over my face,” she revealed. “It’s so healing, especially if you’re in the sun — I mix it with serum and I just put it all over my face.”
But their oldest beauty secret — one they learned in childhood — is a classic trick they picked up from mom Kris Jenner. “She always tells us to use a hot washcloth and scrub up your face. She tells us that like every day,” said Kourtney. “She says to get a scalding hot washcloth and put it on your face and it’ll steam your pores and scrub it and everything will come out,” added Khloe. “I’ll do it once in a while but she lives by this and embeds it into our brains. We’re like, ‘We get it, we get it!’”
What’s your favorite beauty trick?
I just had the chance to review the Motif line and I am really impressed. The design and scent rival high end soap products but theses beauties are only $2.99! Throw a few in a basket with a bow and you have a great hostess gift for summer parties.
Spring is always a great time to freshen up, especially for a brand. Motif, the luxuriously designed, but affordably priced line of hand soaps, has redesigned the beautiful packaging of its original and top four selling hand soaps. Citrus Zest and Ginger, Cypress and Pear, Olive Leaf and Coriander and Water Lily and Herbs can now be found on store shelves in their original rich fragrances, but in new striking patterns. Since the Motif brand aligns with fashion, it is committed to updating product designs annually to stay on trend for color and pattern that engages consumers at a level that hand washes normally have not.
Attached please find a photo of the new patterns and a fact sheet on the collection. All Motif Hand Washes are formulated with the healing and soothing properties of Aloe Vera and are available nationwide at Target for $2.99.
Please visit www.motifliving.com for more information
Disclosure: complimentary samples of the above mention product were sent to me for an honest review.