Is Lipstick Safe During Pregnancy?

Actually, there are so many things you need to know about pregnancy, but you do not truly understand until you have experienced it. Over the years, the pregnant women should color their hair and also use the cosmetic products based on their own interests either regularly or occasionally. As per the recent research, wearing lipstick is dangerous for pregnant women, but still it is an ultimately famous cosmetic item. This kind of cosmetic item is commonly exposure to chemicals known as phthalates, which are usually contained in the general products such as nail polish and lipstick, which posed a danger to the intelligent growth of one’s offspring. According to the IQ test research, the mothers who exposed to the greatest levels of phthalates had lesser IQs than children, especially whose mothers had lesser phthalate experience. To avoid this, every mother should look for the lipstick for pregnancy and safeguard their new born as well as them.Is Lipstick Safe During Pregnancy

Find the top picks for the best lipstick for pregnant women

If you have no idea on which product can prove to be the most attractive, this particular section has got you covered everything. Below are some of the lists of lipsticks that will provide your lips the life it warrants without harming you as well as your baby.

  • Botanical lipstick cherry plum
  • Karen Murrell natural moisturizing lip repair lipstick
  • Lavera color intense lipstick
  • Mineral fusion lipstick
  • Gabriel cosmetics Vegan lipstick
  • EXO all natural lipstick

What are the ingredients to avoid in a lipstick?

Whether you are pregnant or not, you must always select a safe lipstick for pregnancy with the organic and natural ingredients. Below are some of the ingredients that you want to avoid:

Methyl paraben

This is one of the common preservatives present in the cosmetic items from the US, but it is strictly banned in Europe. This is because; it leads to a number of negative effects like cancer and interruption of endocrine. So, it is categorized as a great hazard.

Propyl paraben

This is another ingredient that can be categorized as a sensible hazard. It can also cause allergic reactions and skin as well as eye irritation.

Retinyl palmitate

This is a synthetic kind of Vitamin A. It is named as a temperate threat. So, it is always the best away to stay from, particularly during pregnancy.

Tocopheryl acetate

This is a kind of vitamin E. This dangerous ingredient can cause burning and skin blistering among others.

What to look for in a lipstick?

Instead of using harmful chemicals, your lipsticks must consist of natural and organic ingredients. They should be plant derived as an alternative of being chemically and artificially made. The natural extracts and oils are the excellent; because they can hydrate as well as nurture the lips without even being troubled on harmfulness. Even some of the great sources of oils and extracts can build a lipstick highly safe for the pregnancy such as sunflower, cocoa seed, aloe Vera, avocado, caster seed and jojoba seed. When you look at this label, it is always much essential to take a note of terms such as cruelty free, lead free, organic, natural and non-GMO among others.

How to obtain the best looking lips naturally?

When you use lipsticks, you can ensure that it is pregnancy-safe. If you are uncomfortable with an idea of using cosmetics while you have a babe in your tummy, below are some of the excellent fresh ways to take care of your lips:

A pomegranate seed mask

It can be a worth home remedy to have smooth lips. To perform this so, all you need to do is to mix the crushed pomegranate seed with the cold milk cream and then apply it on your lips as like a face mask. After that you can leave it for a few minutes and then rinse it.

Drink a lot of water

Hydration is one of the best defenses against having dried and chapped lips.

Honey and lemon mask

Both these masks for lips can support a lot. This will provide the lips the hydration and moisture, which it requires to appear at its best.

Having a humidifier

It is a very good idea. More than that, dry air inside your home is a reason; why your lips are getting dry. The humidifier will also add moisture to a room.

Use lipstick during pregnancy is secure?

Basically, lipstick is one of the most popular cosmetic products in which several women are well known to use over ages. When it comes to your pregnancy time, you can search for many other alternative options such as a lip gloss or an herbal lip balm to be on a secure side. The lipsticks usually consist of lead, which could have fatal outcomes in pregnancy. The lipsticks also provide too much of glow, which is well known to be greater in lead content. Right from the beginning, you will not connect with anything hazard, so it is always good to discuss with your doctor and make sure that the brand you use is completely secure during your pregnancy. Some of the dangerous effects in which lead can have in lipsticks are given below:

  • Harmful reaction
  • Natural lipsticks
  • Lipstick contain mineral oils
  • Petrochemicals in lipstick
  • Neurotoxin effect


When you are pregnant, it is always much essential to be wise, especially when it comes to use the cosmetics like lipsticks. They actually consist of lead and other harsh chemicals, which can place you at threat, specifically for your baby. To be make sure that you’re safe lipstick for pregnancy will not be dangerous and also keep an eye on products, which have been mentioned. They will surely offer life to your lips without even a need to be concerned on the possible adverse effects. Lipstick is consumed throughout the day; you want to be more careful particularly in pregnancy time. However, it is good to avoid liking to use lipstick during those months of your pregnancy.

Play Up Your Beautiful Eyes!

Now that the warm (hot!) weather and need for simple, light makeup has past, it’s time to have fun with beautiful fall colors!!

I love this new Arbonne Sugar Plum Baked Eye Shadow palette. The colors are right on point will the current trends yet are also quite timeless. Wine and purple shades are super popular, as are golden bronze hues.

I recommend using the purple Plumberry and bronze Gingersnap from the upper lash line into the crease, as a pop of color for a special evening out. It could also be used to accent the lower lash line.

The creamy Icing shade is a perfect highlighter for the inner corners of the eye or a light swipe below the brow bone.

The chocolate brown Ganache is gorgeous and works well as a contour color in the crease and to line along the upper and lower lashes.

Happy Fall!!!Play Up Your Beautiful Eyes!

Nurture Your Eyes

The skin around our eye area is so delicate and thin. Here are my top tips for nurturing this precious eye area with a little extra TLC!

  1. Do not use rough washcloths around the eye area. I primarily use the delicate touch of my ring and middle fingers for application and a soft tissue, cotton ball or Q-tip for removal.
  2. Apply your eye cream both day and night to protect, nourish and moisturize.
    The RE9 Corrective Eye Cream is ideal to target fine lines, darkness and puffiness. The RE9 Lifting and Contouring Eye Cream tightens, firms and lifts the fragile eye tissue.Nurture Your EyesNurture Your Eyes
  3. Before applying your concealer, add a sheer layer of primer to fill fine lines, lock in moisture and act as the “glue” to hold your concealer in place with minimal creasing.Nurture Your Eyes
    1. Lastly, after your primer has had a few minutes to set, apply your concealer. You can use a concealer brush, but I find that the warmth of your ring finger helps blend the makeup into your skin smoothly and evenly.Nurture Your Eyes

Perfecting the Bottom Line

Articles frequently give tips on how to line your upper lashes, but what about defining your lower lash line?
Here is my go-to technique, that is perfect day and night, for enhancing your sparkling eyes.

  1. Apply eye cream, primer and concealer to smooth and even out the delicate skin under the eyes.
  2. Use a soft neutral toned pencil to line all the way across your lower eyelid, from the outer to inner corner. My favorite is this Toffee liner by Arbonne.,1267,265.aspx
    Note- if you would like for your eyes to look BIGGER, line just BELOW your lash line; to make your eyes look SMALLER, line just ABOVE or on top of the lash line.

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Dip a small brush in a similar neutral matte shadow and smudge it directly on top of your liner. This softens the line in addition to setting it, increasing its wear time. I use Sand Eye Shadow by Arbonne.,2875,265.aspxPerfecting the Bottom Line1

Line Time!

Line Time!Here are the top 4 reasons why you should take the time to line your lovely lips before applying your lipstick or gloss!

Reason #1- A high quality lip liner creates a barrier where you have lined, so that your lipcolor doesn’t cross the border and bleed into the fine lines around your mouth. I love Arbonne’s lip liners because they glide on smooth and creamy and stay put. Throw your dry, #2 pencil-like liners away!!

Reason #2- Lining and filling in the entire lip prior to applying lipstick provides extra staying power, so you won’t have to reapply as often.

Reason #3- Lip liners allow you to create a smooth, even outline, for a perfectly polished look that using gloss or lipstick alone cannot create.

Reason #4- With just 1 lipstick, 1 gloss and 1 lip liner you can create a variety of different color and texture combinations!! Try liner with just gloss on top, liner with lipstick, and liner with both lipstick and gloss, like this beautiful trio here. Arbonne’s Fuschia Lip Liner, Camellia Lipstick and Cosmos Lip Gloss. Gorgeous!

Line Time!.

Sweet Summer Smile

Summer is here and the sun is shining. 🙂 Here are my top tips for lovely lips and long lasting color!

Step 1) Exfoliate dry, chapped lips using a gentle cleanser with granules or make your own by mixing a bit of sugar and moisturizer together. Once exfoliated, pat dry and apply balm to keep lips soft and smooth.

*At this point you could also use a lip primer, which acts as a base to help grab hold of your liner and lipstick and increase their staying time. Two good options are Lip Insurance by Too Faced and Prep+Prime Lip by M.A.C.Sweet Summer Smile Sweet Summer Smile

Step 2) Line and fill in lips. Natural, flesh toned lip liners are often the best choice. You can use liner to even out the shape of your lips or to draw in/outside the natural line to create smaller or larger lips.Sweet Summer Smile

Step 3) Apply your lipstick from the tube or with a small lip brush for added precision.Sweet Summer Smile

Step 4) Gently blot to remove oils and press color into lips.

Step 5) Apply a second layer of lipstick.

Step 6) Set your lipstick with powder. This can be done after each layer of lipstick. The easiest technique is to lay a thin 1-ply layer of tissue on top of your lips and lightly dust loose or pressed powder on top.Sweet Summer Smile

Step 7) Add a touch of light gloss on the center of your lower lip to add fullness and shine.Sweet Summer Smile

Step 8) Use a Q-tip to clean up the edges. Now enjoy the sunshine and forget about needing to touch up your lips!!Sweet Summer Smile

TLC for Dry Skin!

While working at a wedding last weekend I met a lovely woman who was the sister of the bride. We talked a bit about makeup and skincare and she asked for recommendations. She said she didn’t regularly protect her skin from the sun but would like to start being more proactive, so she is the inspiration for this blog post.

I am by no means a skincare expert, and anyone with skin concerns should consult with their personal physician or a dermatologist. The products I list below are simply examples to help you start your search.

From the perspective of a makeup artist and someone who has experienced their own share of skin woes, here are some thoughts to take you into the upcoming winter season:

1. There are tons of excellent cleansers that are kind and gentle to dry and damaged skin. Cleansing our skin on a daily basis is crucial, especially if you wear makeup. Some cleansers deliver added hydration to the skin, like CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, while others exfoliate to remove dry/dead cells as they clean, as with the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash by Philosophy.,default,pd.html

2. Please be gentle to your skin! Instead of using a standard wash cloth, try a softer baby washcloth, or just using clean hands. After cleansing, PAT your skin dry, rather than rubbing.

3. I love Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. It feels very refreshing and soothing on my skin and doesn’t contain alcohol.

4. Just because the days are shorter and cloudier, doesn’t mean you should skimp on your sun protection!! Choose a daily moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF, like Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Extra Moisture Day Cream or Mary Kay’s TimeWise Day Solution Sunscreen.

5. At night you may want to use a richer moisture treatment or moisturizing mask, like Olay Regenerist Night Recovery or Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.

Even the very best makeup will never look its best when applied to dry and uncared for skin. Love and take care of your skin this fall and winter!!

Fall 2014 Inspiration!

Fall, my favorite time of the year, is upon us. The air is cool and crisp in the mornings, leaves are falling and apple and pumpkin picking events are in full swing!!!

At a photo shoot this past weekend at a beauitful Central Virginia winery, I felt so inspired by the striking folliage I found sprinkled on the ground. I was drawn to these red berry hues. This gorgeous shade by MAC, called Yield to Love, is a perfect berry for fall.

In addition to lovely berrys, reds and nudes for the lips, the fall 2014 runways yielded several other fun makeup trends that I encourage you to experiment with, including using metallics and glitter on your eyes, using your eyeliner to really outline and define your eyes and going a little crazy with LOTS of mascara or false lashes.

Wishing you a very happy fall season!! 🙂

Rooftop Creativity

This summer I had the opportunity to put together a rooftop photo shoot with some very talented colleagues – Erica Haskins of Top Knot Studio and Sarah Peyton of Sarah Peyton Photography.

We spent a beautiful afternoon and evening getting our creative juices flowing on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. Our models, Alexis and Leah, were so fun to work with. We had the best time perusing all of the cool clothing and accessories at Low Vintage, who kindly let us borrow items for our shoot.

We are already thinking of ideas for our next styled adventure. Can’t wait!

What get’s your creative juices going? You owe it to yourself to explore what inspires and excites you, and then share that inspiration with those around you!!

Cheers to putting your talents and passions to use!!! 🙂

A Little Spring Cleaning

Happy Spring!! Each year around this time I get the itch to clean my house, closets and drawers more thoroughly. For some reason I feel the need to make a fresh start, and cleaning and getting rid of unused items gives me a sense of peace.

As you are sprucing up and clearing out your home, take the time to look at your makeup drawer too! Get rid of old and broken items, and colors that you bought on a whim but no longer look right. Check out this post from last spring to make sure you are throwing out old products at the appropriate time-

Ideally, you should be cleaning your makeup brushes and throwing out disposable sponges on a weekly basis. At the very minimum make sure you are doing so AT LEAST once a month. One cleansing option is to mix a small amount of mild soap or shampoo (baby shampoo works great) in a bowl with warm water. Dip your brushes into the solution and lather the bristles well before rinsing. I then lay my brushes on a towel to air dry, letting the bristles hang off the edge of the counter. Do not submerge your brushes in water, as it can damage where the bristles/hair are glued to the base!

There are also some great spray brush cleaners that make daily cleansing super easy. Simply spray the bristles and wipe the brush on a clean cloth. This will remove excess product from your brushes. Some of the spray cleaners also contain alcohol, which will disinfect your brushes as well.A Little Spring Cleaning

Make Up For Ever Instant Brush CleanerA Little Spring Cleaning

Japonesque Makeup Brush CleanerA Little Spring Cleaning

Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray