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Is Wearing Lipstick Bad for Your Pregnancy?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Cosmetics Lead to Lead PoisoningWho doesn’t love a strong, red lip? It’s old-Hollywood glam at its finest. Just a swipe of rosy lipstick, and you’re ready for your close up (and a big kiss with your super-hot leading man). But what price are you willing to pay for a pretty pout—would you risk your health or the health of your unborn baby?

A disturbing new study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal says that not only do most lipsticks contain at least a trace of lead, but many brands of both lipstick and lip gloss contain up to eight other metals: cadmium, aluminum, cobalt, titanium, manganese, chromium, copper and nickel. (Aluminum keeps your lipstick’s color from bleeding into the fine lines around your mouth. Titanium oxide is a whitening agent that turns reds into pinks. The rest are likely unwanted contaminants.)

The worst culprits when it comes to hidden metals are vibrant pinks, and deep reds, browns and berries, as well as shimmery, glittery glosses or stains. Lighter, matte hues or lip balms are relatively safer.

What makes this finding more upsetting is that research shows that many women (and we all know pregnant women are no exception!) touch up their lip color more than 20 times a day. During that time these metals are being absorbed into your skin and tissue, and are likely being ingested, while you’re eating and drinking. That is what they call in the medical world long-term exposure. Eek!

While there is no need for a full-out panic, according to experts, there is some cause for concern, especially if you’re pregnant. The amount of lead and other metals in lipstick is rather small, but lead tends to accumulate in the body, and the CDC acknowledges that no level of lead is safe, especially when it comes to pregnant women because moms can pass on lead poisoning to their unborn children who have even less tolerance for it.

Plus, too much lead in your system can increase your risk for miscarriage or cause you to go into labor early. It can also harm the development of your baby’s brain, kidney and nervous system, or create learning or behavior problems in your little one.

So the best thing to do is read makeup labels, just like you do food labels. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ widely recognized study, here is a list of 11 lipsticks that will still add a beautiful pop of color to your lips without any detectable levels of lead. And if you have an absolute favorite that’s not on the list, try wearing it in small doses, rotating it out with one that you know is absolutely safe for baby. You’ll still look drop-dead gorgeous and you’ll sleep better at night!

TELL US: What “green” beauty products do you recommend? Will this new study affect what lipstick you wear?

Image of lipstick courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Hot Mamas! Pregnant Lingerie Models Hit the Catwalk

Friday, August 16th, 2013

You! Lingerie Maternity Line at Lingerie Fashion Week in New York CityFashion Week has long been synonymous with super-skinny models who are in major need of a hamburger—or any meal for that matter. So I was so psyched to see that You! Lingerie hired fierce, full-bodied pregnant women to show off their sweet and sexy line of skivvies at Lingerie Fashion Week in New York City.

The mamas-to-be worked the runway in You! Lingerie’s Spring/Summer 2014 line of maternity and nursing wear. As they strutted their stuff dressed in bright yellow, turquoise and purple bras (with discreet nursing clips) and panties, the expectant models wore nothing else but six-inch hot pink stilettos and the occasional thigh-high stocking. Talk about making a fashion statement!

Not only is You! Lingerie proving maternity underwear doesn’t have to be frumpy, the brand is also showing that pregnant women can still be babes in the boudoir (which of course we ladies already knew—but it’s nice to be reminded sometimes!). I love that the line filled with delicate bows and lace celebrates a pregnant woman’s curves and brings out all of those super-feminine feelings you have when you’re having a baby.

But even the most confident of women can have a maternity meltdown now and again, feeling supersized when you would much rather be funsized. So seeing these ladies in all of their pregnant glory is a nice reminder to embrace your new shape. You’re more than just a baby-making machine—you’re smokin’ hot! And don’t you forget it!

TELL US: Do you think wearing sexy lingerie is a waste while you’re pregnant, or does it make you feel sexy when you need an ego-boost?

Image via You! Lingerie’s Facebook page.

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The Real Reason Beyoncé Cut Her Hair Short?

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Beyonce short haircutAnything Queen B does makes news, but when Beyoncé unexpectedly chopped off all of her long, signature locks the internet nearly broke down! You could say Bey was going for shock value (it did make headlines!), or just a more sophisticated look. But I think all moms and moms-to-be know the real reason she decided to do an extreme makeover, a blunt blonde pixie—which I absolutely love! You just don’t have time for yourself once you have a baby so the less maintenance the better.

Lots of women experiment with a short ‘do while pregnant in anticipation of not having time to fuss with their unmanageable manes once baby arrives (I went the opposite route and just threw my hair in a ponytail 24/7). While you’re pregnant, you expect all of the changes to your body, but your hair goes through a pretty shocking metamorphosis too. Some women’s hair gets thicker and grows like a weed (like mine did—8 inches in 9 months!); others‘ hair gets noticeably thinner and can even start to come out in clumps.

I was at a photo shoot just yesterday with a celebrity who has a 3-year-old, and she was telling me that her hair is still frizzy post-pregnancy (an issue she never had pre-baby), and her stylist warned her that it could take up to four years to have your hair go back to normal after you have a baby. Who knew?!

So I think Beyoncé’s spontaneous cut (it was so spontaneous her longtime hairstylist reportedly didn’t even know about it till she saw the photos on Instagram!) actually has more to do with being a mom to toddler Blue Ivy, and all of the wacky changes her hair has gone through post-pregnancy, than her trying to make a style statement. That said, she has made one bold statement, highlighting her gorgeous face. I think she’s hotter than ever!

TELL US: Has Beyoncé inspired you to chop your locks? Do you think Beyoncé can make the “mom cut” chic?

Image of Beyoncé via Instagram.

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Bikini Baby Bump Photo: Do It Now!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Celebrity Bumpie PhotoI know taking a bikini photo period can seem daunting, let alone one when you’re pregnant—like really, really pregnant. But I think you should do it, and here’s why:

It’s a beautiful moment. There’s an indescribable intimacy that develops between you and your bump. You have an amazing little being inside of you, and the unconditional love is already there. Much like in those nature videos when you see the mama bird keeping her eggs warm through winter, and prey at bay, that’s what a pregnant woman turns into—someone who will take care of her baby at all costs, even before its hatched. And I think that’s something to be celebrated.

You’re gorgeous, and no one is going to pick a part how you look (including you!). It’s true what they say—your skin has a natural glow when you’re pregnant. Hormones or not, I think it’s your happiness shining through! You walk with a newfound confidence and feel super-feminine. You no longer look at your so-called flaws, because all eyes are on your bump. It’s big and it’s beautiful!

You can be artistic. Have fun with it! Do a moody black and white shot, a silhouette at sunset, a playful old-school pinup pose. It doesn’t have to be something taken too seriously and it doesn’t have to be too sexy (unless you want that—you’re in control!).

It can be done on the cheap. You don’t have to do an elaborate photo shoot with a professional photographer and lighting to capture a great moment. Just a quick, simple shot can do the trick. Some of my favorite photos of myself were taken by my husband on his iPhone, some when I have no makeup on at all.

I regret not taking one, and so I don’t want you to have any regrets either! Not to get all Debbie Downer on you, but my dad was really sick when I was pregnant, so I spent a week out of each month going down to Florida to visit him during the last six months of his life—which I would never take back and I’m so glad I was able to do that for him and my mom—but that kept me from going on a babymoon and taking a bikini bump photo.

I remember a girlfriend of mine telling me, “Who cares if you have the vacation, you can still take the photo!” I felt silly just getting into a bikini for no reason to have my husband photograph me, so I never got the shot. Now when I see a gorgeous pregnancy photograph, like Jaime King’s, I kick myself every time. Learn from my mistake: Don’t be embarrassed, just do it!

For more celeb inspiration, check out Vanessa Lachey, Marisa Miller, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

TELL US: Will you be doing a bikini bumpie? If you already have, share your tips for getting a great shot!

Image of Jaime King via Instagram.

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Birth Trend: Tans, Waxing and Makeovers (Oh My!)

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Spray tanning waxing blow outs pre-baby makeoversOf course you want your labor to go as smoothly as possible, but is it important for you to look good while actually pushing out your baby? Apparently it is for a growing number of women, according to the Daily Mail.

The new trend is to shell out bushels of bucks to look your absolute best before you go into labor, so you can guarantee an amazing post-birth photo op with your brand new baby. As if everyone will be looking at you in the photo!

While everyone in the article seems to have prepped to the hilt with French manicures and pedicures, highlights and blow outs, bikini and leg waxes, and spray tans, 29-year-old Heather wins for most high maintenance by actually applying another layer of self-tanner while in labor. Yes, while in labor! I’ve heard of  keeping busy to get your mind off of things (like pain), but that is crazy!

I think it’s a bit ridiculous to have a spray tanner, bikini waxer, nail technician and hair and makeup artist on high alert so they can bronze you, dehair your nether regions, paint your nails, add color to your pout and straighten your locks for what could be 24 hours or more of hard, painful labor!

While some say if you feel beautiful, you’re more confident, and therefore you’ll get through the labor pains easier, for me, a face full of makeup is the last thing I would have wanted since my birthing room was already a total sauna thanks to a bum air conditioner in the dead of summer. I assure you it wasn’t pretty!

I went into labor 10 days early, with my water breaking at 4 am, so I was not prepared whatsoever. My mani and pedi were chipped, my hair was a mess, and I was still wiping sleep from my eyes as I was in shock and wondering if what I thought just happened really did (Could I be dreaming?). But once I gathered my thoughts—and things—I knew I wanted to be completely comfortable for what could be a long wait at the hospital. I wore a loose sundress and flip flops with no makeup whatsoever (Heather, mind you, was in heels and full hair and makeup).

I admit, though, I see those first photos taken right after my son was born and the vain part of me thinks, “Jeeze, I look awful!” instead of concentrating on what an awe-inspiring experience it was to hold my son in my arms for the first time. I was absolutely elated, proud, and in love with this tiny little Buddah baby that would one day call me mom!

Sure, a part of me wishes I looked straight off of the red carpet rather than the treadmill in my very first photo with my little man, but I now know  from other moms that there is a happy medium between my carefree attitude and the makeover madness of other women. Some friends I know had the baby au naturale, but then had hair and makeup people come to the hospital for a post-birth touch up on the day the family was checking out of the hospital. It also served as a mini spa day for the mamas, and much needed pampering as their bundles of joy were getting all of their tests ran before they could be discharged anyway.

Waiting that extra day or two, mom and baby had a chance to bond, rest, and lose some of that blotchy coloring that comes with extreme labor pushes for mom, and the wild ride down the birth canal for baby. That way, they had their (possibly cringe-worthy, but emotional) first photos for family viewing only, and then the glamour shots that were sent to everyone. It’s the best of both worlds.

TELL US: Will you be getting a makeover before you give birth?

Image of mom and newborn courtesy of Shutterstock.

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